"Five-star hotels look too old, service is not so good and prices are high for what you get.''
- Kevin Xu, general manager of Grand City Tours, the biggest Chinese travel agency in Australia, commenting on Australia's poor showing as a holiday destination for Chinese tourists.
A poor 17th overall. And behind such exciting places as Switzerland and ...Russia.
FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series
Dennison Hambling: "Investing for the next three years"
Following a strong FY-16, over 30% of clients' share portfolios have now been 'refreshed.'
Hear how and why at one of a series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer.
Invitations have been sent to clients. We have been overwhelmed by the response from clients. We have already held events in Brisbane and Sydney; and four in Melbourne.
Waiting lists are now in place for all remaining events.
Donovans, St Kilda Beach (lunch)
Donovans, St Kilda Beach
Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...
At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve
Kerry Johnson, 52, was gambling at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro, West Virginia when he ran out of money at the blackjack table. Did he:
a. go the the nearest ATM and take out even more money;
b. borrow cash from another player;
c. ask the casino for credit, as he was a regular; or
d. leave a $25 chip to preserve his spot; excuse himself; go the a nearby City National Bank; rob it; and return to the table, with more cash to lose?
Close, but no cigar. d. is the correct answer. Johnson did rob the bank. And did return to the blackjack table. But he was identified, arrested and charged with robbery.
Bonus: Police said that Johnson had a gambling problem. Whew.
Long distance running
The long-rap-sheeted Darren Clinton, 48, was in the process, according to Minneapolis police, of burglaring a hotel room in September when an occupant returned and surprised him. Clinton, wielding a knife, escaped.
But the occupant summoned his nearby roommates, the visiting University of Arizona men's cross-country team, and after a chase, which included jumping several barriers, the runners steered a severely-exhausted Clinton into the arms of a state trooper.
Saudi Arabia has switched to the "Western" Gregorian calendar to pay its civil servants in one of a number of financial reforms announced by the Council of Ministers. The Kingdom has used the lunar-based Hijri calendar since it was founded in 1932, but switched to the solar-based Gregorian calendar for paying public sector staff on 1 October.
The shift will mean civil servants will lose 11 days of payment as salary days are cut, bringing the nation’s public sector in line with the way private sector employees are paid.
Have a wry and dry weekend