Curated by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 and takes in six voting regions: India & Subcontinent; South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China & Korea; Japan. The list is voted on by the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. Speaking a few words on this momentous occasion, renowned chef-restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa said, “We are honoured to be listed as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the 5th consecutive year. This is only possible because of the dedication and perseverance of my team. This is not only a win for Ministry of Crab but also for our country!” The ‘Ministry of Crab’ has been included among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants at an awards ceremony held in Macau today.Taking Sri Lanka to international heights, Ministry of Crab has once again made its way to ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List for the 5th consecutive year. Sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the award ceremony took place on 26th of March 2019 at the Wynn Palace in Macau, where Ministry of Crab ranked No.35. Alongside the main countdown, several individual award categories were recognized, including individual country awards for which Ministry of Crab received the S. Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Sri Lanka.Co-owner Mahela Jayawardena stated, “We are proud to be recognized by this prestigious list and we are excited to be able to share the Ministry of Crab experience across the world.” The most anticipated award ceremony in the culinary world is attended by the region’s celebrated chefs, renowned restaurateurs, industry VIPs and international media for a series of events including the #50BestTalks leading up to the gala awards.Sharing his thoughts on the win, co-owner Kumar Sangakkara said, “We are extremely happy that Ministry of Crab has been able to surpass some of the best restaurants in Asia to rank on this reputed list and place Sri Lanka on the global culinary map.”
by Michael Hill, The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2016 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph.The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies to almost necessary additions to lure tourists in the 21st century to established destinations. It’s a trend that’s exposed a rift between those who approach nature like contemplative monks and others who require an extreme, Indiana Jones-style experience.“We can’t make these into museums. We have to keep the general public — the folks that these places have been set aside for — we have to keep them motivated to get out there,” argued Tom Benson, co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks, which built the Niagara Falls zip line.“How do you take a teenager and get them away from a game console to something that is going to capture their imagination?” he asked.The booming popularity of commercial zip lines over the past five years — there are at least 200 in the United States alone — means more people are experiencing nature in a way that would make Thoreau dizzy.They can ride above the tree line at New River Gorge in West Virginia, over California’s Catalina Island, above lush Hawaiian landscapes and in view of Denali in Alaska.A zip line ride in Mexico’s Copper Canyon runs more than 1 1/2 miles, one in Nepal has a drop of 2,000 feet and another in Sun City, South Africa, boasts top speeds of 100 mph.“You feel all this air rushing past you, it’s this great almost roller coaster-esque feeling,” Quillan Brady said after riding on the new Eagle Flyer zip line at Lake George in New York’s Adirondacks. “But really, what I think makes it is looking around and seeing all this natural New York beauty.”Niagara Falls-area resident James Bannister doesn’t quite see it that way. To him, the new zip line there amounts to a “circus midway-style attraction.”“Every once in a while somebody comes along and says, ‘Boy, you could build another great attraction here!’ As if the falls itself wasn’t enough of an attraction,” Bannister said.Zip line fans say it’s still possible to marvel at nature while whizzing above it at highway speeds.At Niagara Falls, WildPlay’s Benson said his four lines angling 2,200 feet along the Canadian side of the gorge were designed to be sensitive to the local environment.Catalina Island’s zip line makes stops for presentations at designated “eco-stations.” And riders of the Lake George zip line who were questioned after their rides said they had a new perspective on the natural wonder.The owner of the Lake George line, Ralph Macchio Sr. (father of the “Karate Kid” actor with the same name), said he got the idea for his attraction by gazing out from atop the majestic Adirondack peaks.“I thought, ‘Gee, if you could look at it like you were flying like a bird and get that view, that would be an Adirondack experience,’” Macchio said. “And that’s why I built the zip line.” In this July 19, 2016 photo provided by WildPlay Ltd., a tourist suspended above the water from zip lines makes his way at speeds of up to 40 mph toward the the mist of the Horseshoe Falls, on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. The overhead cables have evolved from a fun way to explore jungle canopies to trendy additions for long-established outdoor destinations. (Kien Tran/WildPlay Ltd. via AP) Whee! Niagara Falls latest natural wonder to add zip line
Poll Results: YesNoVote Yes (1472) No (3754) NEWS THAT THE Reform Alliance is holding a national conference in Dublin on 25 January will fuel more talk of a new political party being formed. The grouping of former Fine Gael TDs and senators has been much-speculated about since it formed last year with talk that a new party could be officially established after the local and European elections later this year. Opinion polls show in some cases nearly a third of the electorate is undecided, but does this mean there is a new political party needed or does it just demonstrate that people are fed-up and/or apathetic about Irish politicians? Today, we want to know: Does Ireland need a new political party?