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Jan 14, 2017 at 23:25 o\clock

The Various Health Benefits of Cloves You Will Be Amazed to Know

Cloves are the dried, unopened flower buds, that grow on a middle-sized evergreen clove tree. A clove tree grows up to the height of 10 to 12 meters. The clove flower bud (Eugenia aromatica) is pink in color, and when dried, turns brown. Clove is native to the Moluccas or Spice Islands (Indonesia), and the Southern Philippines. Indonesia is the largest producer of cloves. These herbs are also cultivated commercially in Jamaica, Brazil, India, West Indies, Pemba, Madagascar and other tropical areas. Cloves as compared to other spices are available all year round.

In India and China, cloves have been used as an ancient remedy to get rid of bad breath. It is said that in China, anyone who had consultation with the Emperor was required to chew on cloves so that their breath turned sweet. In China and Persia, the cloves are considered to have aphrodisiac qualities.





Clove, a versatile spice, is easily available in every home and with so many nutritional qualities, one can surely benefit in a number of ways. But it's always advisable to consult your doctor before using clove oil in treating infants and during pregnancy.

Jan 14, 2017 at 05:12 o\clock

Meliá Hotels International Reaches a Binding Agreement for the Sale of Seven of Its Largest Resort Hotels in Spain to Starwood Capital Group for €176 Million, Retaining the Management of the Hotels



PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Meli Hotels International has reported to the Spanish Stock Exchange

Commission a binding agreement in which a controlled affiliate of

Starwood Capital Group will take a majority stake in seven hotels

currently fully owned by the Spanish hotel company. The final completion

of the transaction is subject to the approval of bank financing, and

clearance to be obtained by the EU Merger Control Office. Meli

announced the successful conclusion to the negotiations reported to the

Commission on 9 December.

The assets will be held by a new joint venture company in which a

controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital owns 80 per cent and Meli 20

per cent. The agreement also includes the continued management of the

properties by Meli under the Sol Hotels brand.

The deal between Starwood Capital, a leading global private investment

firm with a core focus on real estate, and Meli Hotels International, a

world leader in resort hotels, marks the beginning of a fruitful

relationship as part of a plan announced a few months ago to transform

and reposition the Sol Hotels brand, which includes a large number of

the company's resort hotels.

Meli has created new and innovative concepts to adapt hotels to the

needs and expectations of modern travellers and transform traditional

"sun and beach" hotels into something more inspirational and

competitive. This has already been shown in other brands such as ME by

Meli, Paradisus Resorts, or Innside by Meli and other city hotels.

This association will create unique opportunities to grow, and expand

these new concepts throughout different locations and markets. The

transaction confirms the strong interest of global investors in the

Spanish hotel market. The fact that this deal has borne fruit on the

basis of a joint venture to re-launch the Sol brand confirms the

investment markets interest in Meli, and represents a unique

opportunity for growth for both parties, both domestically and

internationally.

"The know-how and managerial excellence of Meli combined with the

financial strength and property expertise of Starwood will create a

partnership that we hope will develop and deepen over time, and will

also help improve our balance sheet and consolidate our leadership in

the growing international resort industry". Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of

Meli Hotels International

The seven hotels included in the deal represent 2.933 keys, comprising

of Sol Prncipe in Malaga, Sol Lanzarote and Meli

Gorriones (Fuerteventura) in the Canary Islands, Sol Ibiza

and Sol Pinet Playa in Ibiza, and Sol Mirlos and Sol

Tordos (Palmanova, Mallorca). The hotels will all undergo a full

refurbishment. A joint investment plan will start this winter that will

see the renovation of hotel facilities and their adaptation to the new

Sol Hotels product and service standards to bring about their immediate

repositioning and provide a better response to the needs of modern

leisure travellers.

After the renovations, Sol Prncipe, Sol Lanzarote, Sol Mirlos and Sol

Tordos will continue to operate under the new Sol Hotels brand, with the

Sol Mirlos and Sol Tordos being renamed as Sol Palmanova. Sol Ibiza will

become Sol Beach House Ibiza and, in 2016, Sol Pinet Playa will be

renamed Sol House Pinet Ibiza. The main portion of the Meli Gorriones

property will continue to operate under the Meli brand, and the current

annex shall be rebranded to Sol Beach House Fuerteventura.

The deal will allow Meli to deepen its debt reduction objectives

through asset rotation, together with general improvements in the

business and other positive impacts that will provide the company with a

far healthier balance sheet to support strategic growth through

management agreements and design its new Strategic Plan in 2015 for the

following three years. The whole operation has been advised by CBRE.

As stated by Vice Chairman and CEO, Gabriel Escarrer: "Meli's strategy

is succeeding in enhancing our leadership in hotel management, while

also favouring the strategic growth we plan for our brands worldwide,

strengthening a business which is increasingly robust, profitable and

sustainable, supported by a select number of major JV partnerships such

as the agreement with Starwood Capital."

A value proposition for investment funds

Partnerships with major international investment funds with AAA credit

ratings for the rotation and enhancement of first-class resort assets is

not new to Meli. Two years ago, it sold the Sol s'Argamassa in Ibiza,

now rebranded as the ME Ibiza, and created a joint venture along with

the British investment fund London & Regional Properties,

retaining management of the hotel. The results of the deal could not

have been more satisfactory for both parties. In its first year, the new

ME Ibiza was the first hotel in the Balearic Islands to be admitted to

the exclusive group of Leading Hotels of the World, was named the best

renovated hotel in Europe at the International Hotel Awards, and

increased average revenue per available room (RevPAR) by almost 300 per

cent after its transformation.

More recently, Meli has also joined forces with Avenue Capital,

another major US investment fund, both on the Calvi Beach project and

the Sol Aloha Puerto hotel in Mlaga, covering a total of over 2.600

rooms. Avenue entered the Meli project to renovate and reposition its

hotels in Magaluf a few months ago, when it acquired the holdings of

Meli's previous joint venture partner. Avenue brings greater financial

muscle to a project which in 2015 and 2016 will see one of the most

important phases of the transformation of Magaluf: renovation of 1.500

rooms in four hotels, and the demolition and reconstruction of the

former Sol Jamaica, raising its official category and adding extensive

leisure and shopping facilities.

Bringing major international investment funds into the ownership of

selected company assets and at the same time attracting first-class

financial partners, has generated significant benefits for Meli,

facilitating its asset-light strategy, allowing acceleration of product

improvements and enhanced value of its hotel brands which helps

stimulates company growth. It is also an effective way of improving

mature destinations by providing incentives to attract important foreign

investors who would otherwise not consider such areas for investment.

Meli estimates that once the investment programmes have been executed,

the resulting asset value of the properties held in multi-property

partnerships with such investors will be around 800 million euros.

Far from being a one-off deal, the agreement signed today with Starwood

Capital forms part of a major new strategy for Meli's mid-scale resort

hotels, both in Spain, where the resort industry broke all records in

2014, maintaining the country's position as the third most popular

tourist destination in the world, and also in other destinations

worldwide in which Meli continues to grow and consolidate its

leadership.

-ENDS-

About Meli Hotels International

Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meli Hotels International

is one of the largest hotel companies worldwide as well as the absolute

leader within the Spanish market, with more than 370 hotels (current

portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries and 4

continents under the brands: Gran Meli, Meli Hotels & Resorts,

Paradisus Resorts, ME by Meli, Innside by Meli, Tryp by Wyndham and

Sol Hoteles. The strategic focus on international growth has allowed

Meli Hotels International to be the first Spanish hotel company with

presence in key markets such as China, the Arabian Gulf or the US, as

well as maintaining its leadership in traditional markets such as

Europe, Latin America or the Caribbean. Its high degree of

globalization, a diversified business model, the consistent growth plan

supported by strategic alliances with major investors and its commitment

to responsible tourism are the major strengths of Meli Hotels

International, being the Spanish Hotel leader in Corporate Reputation

(Merco Ranking) and one of the most attractive to work worldwide.

www.melia.com

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Jan 5, 2017 at 04:37 o\clock

Pryce Corp (PPC.PS) Company Profile



Pryce Corporation is engaged in acquiring, purchasing, leasing, holding, selling or otherwise dealing in land and or real estate or any interest or right therein, as well as real or personal property of every kind and description, including shares of stock in industrial, commercial, manufacturing and any other similar companies. The Company operates through segments, which include real estate; liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), industrial gases and fuels, and pharmaceutical products. The Company concentrates its operations in Mindanao and is involved in the development of memorial parks and sale of memorial lots. It is also engaged in hotel operations in Cagayan de Oro City. It owns and operates over 10 memorial parks in Mindanao's cities, including Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Ozamiz, Zamboanga City, Davao City, Malaybalay Ctiy in Bukidnon, Malita in Davao del Sur, Bislig in Surigao del Sur, Alabel in Saranggani and Pagadian City.



Jan 4, 2017 at 10:24 o\clock

Island Vacations In Africa's Tropical Destinations

Island Vacations In Africa's Tropical Destinations

by: Aimee C. Barnard









When it comes to island vacations, Africa is one great destination for some of the most luxurious hideaways.

This is no surprise. Blessed with pristine white sand beaches, private islands, and rich marine life, many resorts already have the perfect setting for great tropical island getaways.

If you want to stay in one of the most luxurious tropical resorts in Africa during your island holidays, you might be interested in checking out the following hotels which offer great amenities, romantic villas and suites, and 5 star world class service fit for the perfect island vacations.

St Anne Resort, Seychelles



St Anne Resort is luxury accommodation on its own island which is surrounded by a protected marine park. It is only about 15 minutes by boat from Mahe, the capital.

This tropical resort in the Indian ocean belongs to Beachcomber hotels which is one of the leading providers for luxury accommodation in Africa.

St Anne's Resort has 87 villas set amidst tropical surroundings. It has its own private garden that leads to the beach and its own gazebo to lounge in and spend romantic evenings and days at. It is also well known for its exceptional Spa by Clarins.

With a protected marine park around it, it is not only great for swimming and lazing by the beach but there's also excellent underwater marine life to explore. The island itself is also host to a range of flora and fauna which you can see if you've had enough of the white sand beach and the clean aquamarine sea.

Fundu Lagoon Luxury Resort, on Pemba Island ( Zanzibar's sister island )

With only sixteen bungalows, this tropical island resort is one of Africa's most exclusive accommodation made for romantic and quiet holidays.

Set on an idyllic beach on http://www.africancentury.co.mz - Property in Palma - Pemba island, 40 kilometers north of Zanzibar, it is accessible by boat or chartered flights from Zanzibar or Dar Es Salaam.

Simple yet elegant, all the bungalows have thatched roofs and have either an ocean view, or are oceanfront. There are also bungalows set in a very secluded tropical jungle setting for those who want time and space only for themselves. For even more luxurious accommodation, some of these bungalows have a private plunge pool.

Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

If tropical resorts can be breathtaking, Le Prince Maurice accurately fits the bill. From its lush gardens to its impeccable architecture and charm, staying in this resort is an experience in itself.

Overlooking a lagoon and barrier reef, the resort is set on 60 acres of land. There are over 89 suites which are artistically set over it's very private resort setting. Choose from the one-bedroom junior suites to the senior and princely suites which have private swimming pools.

Le Prince Maurice is undoubtedly one of Mauritius's best 5 star luxury resorts for great island vacations, not only for its great setting and elegant accommodation, but also for the various activities which you can enjoy here.

It has very easy access to two world class golf courses and there are also many land and water sport opportunities for more active guests.

The Residence Tunisia

If you're looking for luxury resort accommodation in Tunisia, The Residence, which is the country's first 5 star hotel is the only place to go.

The rooms are designed in rather dramatic North African architecture and have marble floors, dome ceilings and an elegant dcor.

The Residence easily fits the needs of all kinds of guests. From couples on holidays, to people who want to get away, and even for families spending a vacation together.

This is best exemplified by its wide range of facilities ranging from a relaxing massage centre and spa to a children's playground and swimming pool.



This article was posted on December 11, 2005











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Jan 1, 2017 at 09:30 o\clock

Police search suspect's property in 1997 Oklahoma abduction of Kirsten Hatfield, 8







The 8-year-old girl was abducted from her bedroom in Midwest City, about 10 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Palma, 56, lived just two doors away from Hatfield, and was linked to the case after his DNA matched blood evidence from the scene.

The search, so far, has focused on the back of http://africancentury.co.mz/ - Real Estate in Palma - the home with investigators digging up the yard. Authorities have not said what they are searching for or what information led them to the site where they are now focused.



Palma was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail late Tuesday night.

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