Shocking Things in Australia that Fascinate the Travellers

It’s Australian summer time from December and the scenario around is pretty bizarre for someone who’s visiting the island country for the first time. You would find the cricket on, but no one is actually watching. But, if you are planning to grab that remote and change the channel, you are in trouble. Neither can you go swimming in that scorching heat. Yes, you can use those inflatable paddling pools on the courtyard though.

While tourists flock to Australia during this time expecting a warm climate along the beach, there area more weird things during Australian summers that catch the traveller’s fascination. But, before you think of hitting the Australian beach for some fun, do you have the Australian Visa to enter the country? Getting an Australian ETA is a must for all foreigners to be allowed to enter the country. All you need to do is to apply for the ETA online and it’s linked electronically to your passport.

Now that you have the official authority to enter the country, you would be shocked to find a few things in Australia that are pretty bizarre.

Christmas in Summers

Yes, it’s Christmas time during the Australian summers that typically starts from the month of December, when almost the entire world is feeling the chill. It may appear a bit weird and may not seem like Christmas at all, but then you do get a feeling with the surfing Santas and the fake snow on the Christmas trees.

Huge flying Cockroaches

This is a common sight at almost every Australian household. Whether you are lazing out or watching cricket, you may just find an added spectator, a huge one on your ceiling.

Beware of jellyfish

If you are in Queensland and you got to jump in the ocean for a quick swimming round, forget the idea as ‘tis the season of jellyfish in that zone.

Mind the crocodiles

And, then you have high chances of an encounter with crocodiles in the Northern Territory, so that’s not a place to swim either.

Snakes Galore

Watch out for these venomous slimy creatures that are found randomly almost anywhere within the long grasses.

A weather like nowhere

It’s a pretty unpredictable climate in the country with hot summers intervened with a sudden cold day, that can also accompany storms and rains. Yes, you are bound to get that tan despite the weather.

Entire country is on Holiday

It’s literally the word “holiday” spelt across the cities with none of the shops, bars, or restaurants open between the Christmas and New Year.

From Australian bellies wearing thongs all round the cities, or soaring prices during summers to a country obsessed with cricket or the no air-conditioner rule in even the scorching heat, Australia welcome its foreign visitors with Australian ETA a bizarre yet fascinating experience.

Beijing: in the Framework of the ‘New Silk Roads’ Signed With Artron, Artprice Has Revealed Its New Chinese Brand Specially Adapted to the Chinese Art Market

The name is: 雅派.艺术道

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Decided after much discussion with art market professionals in China, this name evokes Chinese confidence in art and the ‘Dao of Art’… i.e. the path of wisdom to which knowledge of the Art Market leads.

The Chinese baseline 掌握全球艺术市场 says … ‘Master the Global Art Market’.

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As thierry Ehrmann says, ‘by becoming a Chinese brand for China – taking into account the specific tastes of Chinese art lovers, collectors and professionals – Artprice is blending into the history and daily life of China”s thousand-year-old culture, thereby boosting its notoriety and its sales turnover more quickly‘.

At the end of this March, this new initiative will allow Artprice to achieve optimal exposure in China”s colossal domestic market and to capture its economic potential with a ”permeability” that relates to China”s multi-millennial history of art. Again, as Mr Ehrmann puts it ‘in order to conquer China you have to immerse yourself in a culture that goes back 4,000 year, and you have to approach the country with both humility and constance.

In collaboration with Artprice, Artron has strengthened Artprices”s road-map by the creation and implementation of a payment structure in order to comply with the new Directives from the Chinese government announced in February 2019. The strategic moves prompted by these Directives have slightly postponed Artprice”s initial targets, which otherwise remain unchanged (See Press Release of 18 March 2019).

Artprice”s strategy is therefore part of the framework for trade and partnerships defined during President Xi Jinping”s visit to France and largely commented in Emmanuel Macron”s speech on 25 March 2019 marking the 55th anniversary of China”s diplomatic relations with France.

In his editorial for the 21st Global Art Market Annual Report co-published by Artprice and Artron last week, Mr Wan Jie, Chairman of Artron Group, Artprice”s Chinese Institutional partner, stated: ‘This growth (of the art market) over time, like that of Artron”s partnership with Artprice, will continue to accelerate as we integrate our resources, optimize our data, upgrade our Internet technology and diversify our business cooperation models. The result will be a New Silk Road connecting the different art worlds and the markets of the East and the West.

We are therefore talking about a ”New Silk Road for the Art Market” in the framework of China”sOne Belt, One Road‘(OBOR) or ‘Belt and Road Initiative‘ (BRI) as presented by President Xi Jinping this week in France.

Artprice is now accredited by the Chinese authorities as a major player alongside Artron in the project to construct an Art Market SiIk Road, thereby confirming at the highest level the agreements reached during the official visit of Artprice”s management to Beijing in November 2018.

The Belt and Road Initiative covers approximately 65 countries in Asia and Europe, for a total estimated cost of 55% of global GDP. It involves 70% of the global population – 4.4 billion people – and 75% of the world”s energy reserves, with the total estimated investment period spanning 30 to 35 years for all the projects to be completed.

The estimated value of the initial projects is around 900 billion dollars and China is apparently considering making loans for the completion of future infrastructures in the different countries along the new Silk Road that could amount to 8 trillion dollars.

Moreover, as the country”s population gets richer – a phenomenon that is progressing at an astonishing pace – China”s Art Market is expected to enjoy phenomenal growth. By 2020, Asia should account for roughly 70% of the global Art Market.

According to a study published by Bain & Company on 20 March 2019, China alone consumed 33% of the world”s Luxury Goods in 2018. As the Art Market has very strong correlations with the Luxury Goods market, this figure corroborates Artprice”s and Artron”s forecasts for China”s Art Market. In fact, according to the same study, China”s consumption of Luxury Goods is already greater than that of Europe and the USA combined.

To build stronger institutional relations with China, Artprice has become a member of the New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyons because the French city is one of the historical final destinations of Silk Roads since the Renaissance.

Lyons is in fact the most visited French city by Chinese leaders.

Created at the initiative of the City of Lyons, the Lyons Chamber of Commerce and the ADERLY, the New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyons has already brought together many institutional and private partners like Groupe SEB, Institut Mérieux, Huawei, Sanofi, EDF, Bank of China and Veolia. It defines itself, among other things, as a networking facilitator for contacts at the highest levels in France and China for over 80 years.

The Institute”s mission is the international promotion of France and of the economic attractiveness of the Lyons region by advertising the economic advantages of Lyons in China and encouraging Chinese investment in the Rhône-Alpes region.

Moreover, after launching, in 2013, the project for an ‘Economic corridor traversing countries crossed by the old Silk Road’, in 2014, President Xi Jinping made an official visit to the New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyons in the framework of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with France.

Indeed, the New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyons was revived precisely in this context, and it intends – with its historical connections (since 1921) – to give new impetus to the future of relations between Lyons and China.

On 25 March 2019, the New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyons was the subject of a long article in the Figaro. Apparently China”s President Xi Jinping is at the origin of the initiative to revive the New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyons because a large section of China”s historical elite has been educated in Lyon since 1921. No other place in Europe can boast this kind of historical link to the Middle Kingdom.

To boost its visibility in China, Artprice will be present (for the first time ever) at Asia”s largest Contemporary Art fair… the 7th edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. Alongside Artron, the two groups will occupy a prestigious stand and will promote their exclusive Decision Support Tools. Likewise, Artprice will also be present with Artron at Art Beijing from 26 to 29 April 2019.

Lastly, Artprice”s Facebook page has just reached 4 million followers worldwide. This represents an exceptional success on the world”s leading social network, with a growing level of uptake at each publication, thereby spreading Artprice”s databanks and services to new potential clients all over the world.

On 30 June 2017, Artprice informed its AGM that it had 345,000 followers worldwide and it promised to reach 1 million by end-2018. That promise has now been largely superseded with an additional 3,655,000 followers, equivalent to a 1,061% increase in less than two years.

With its unequalled audience on social media, Artprice is now giving Artron Western exposure just as Artron, at the beginning of April, will open its numerous networks with several tens of millions of members for Artprice (with its new Chinese name) including notably WeChat, but alsoTencent, QQ, Sina Weibo, Baidu and Tieba, among others.

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Artprice is the global leader in art price and art index databanks. It has over 30 million indices and auction results covering more than 700,000 artists. Artprice Images® gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world: a library of 126 million images or prints of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, along with comments by Artprice”s art historians.

Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 6,300 auctioneers and it publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world”s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications.

For its 4,500,000 members, Artprice gives access to the world”s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art. Artprice is preparing its blockchain for the Art Market. It is BPI-labelled (scientific national French label) Artprice”s Global Art Market Annual Report for 2018 published last March 2019:

Artprice is associated with Artron Group the Chinese leader in the Art Market, its solid institutional partner.

About the Artron Group:

‘Artron Art Group (Artron), a comprehensive cultural industrial group founded in 1993 by Wan jie, is committed to inheriting, enhancing and spreading art value. Based on abundant art data, Artron provides art industry and art fans with professional service and experience of quality products by integrated application of IT, advanced digital science and innovative crafts and materials.

Having produced more than 60,000 books and auction catalogues, Artron is the world”s largest art book printer with a total print volume of 300 million a year. It has more than 3 million professional members in the arts sector and an average of 15 million daily visits, making it the world”s leading art website.’

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PARIS, March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As previously indicated in our March 18 press release (see link below), Artprice has today revealed the Chinese brand name it will use in Artron”s launch of its official spring campaign with a new baseline in Chinese. 

Lucara Announces Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

The declaration, timing, amount and payment of future dividends remains at the discretion of the Board of Directors and is subject to the requirements of the Company”s dividend policy.

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President and Chief Executive Officer

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Lucara is a leading independent producer of large exceptional quality Type IIa diamonds from its 100% owned Karowe Mine in Botswana. The Company has an experienced board and management team with extensive diamond development and operations expertise.  The Company operates transparently and in accordance with international best practices in the areas of sustainability, health and safety, environment and community relations.


Clara Diamond Solutions (Clara), wholly owned by Lucara Diamond Corp, is a secure, digital sales platform that uses proprietary analytics together with cloud and blockchain technologies to modernize the existing diamond supply chain, driving efficiencies, unlocking value and ensuring diamond provenance from mine to finger.

The information in this release is accurate at the time of distribution but may be superseded or qualified by subsequent news releases.

This information was publicly communicated on February 21, 2019 at 2:16p.m. Pacific Time.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — (TSX: LUC) (BSE: LUC) (Nasdaq Stockholm: LUC) – Lucara Diamond Corp. (‘Lucara’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has declared the first quarterly dividend of 2019 of CDN 2.5 cents per share to be payable Thursday, April 11, 2019 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on Friday, March 22, 2019.  View PDF version

EXPO 2017 Astana Delegation Represented Kazakhstan at India International Travel Mart

JSC National company ‘Astana EXPO-2017’ delegation made a working visit to the city of Bangalore, India. Representatives of the national company visited India International Travel Mart exhibition, where they presented the EXPO 2017 Astana complex of facilities to journalists and leading Indian travel agencies. Moreover, members of the delegation met with the Minister for Tourism & Sericulture Govt. of Karnataka, Sri. SA. RA. Mahesh; Minister of Skills Development & Vocational Training of Sri Lanka John Amarathunga and Minister (Commercial) of the Democratic Social republic of Sri Lanka Yasantha De Silva Yaddehi.

Astana EXPO exhibition has already become the new symbol of the Kazakh capital. The unique architectural site is attracting citizens of Kazakhstan as well as foreign visitors to the world’s youngest capital city. For this reason, tourism development is among top-priority aspects in preservation of the exhibition’s legacy.

During the presentation of opportunities offered by the facilities of EXPO 2017 legacy at India International Travel Mart, a compelling point was made regarding the potential for the development of tourism in Kazakhstan, its main attractive features both for tourists from all over the world and the business community.

A representative of JSC National company ‘Astana EXPO-2017’ noted that Kazakhstan is actively engaged in expanding its travel potential. Everyone now realizes that tourism plays enormous role for the country’s economy and its image on global stage.

This visit followed previously established relationships between the two countries. In 2017, India was among the participants of the International Specialized Exposition EXPO 2017 held in Astana. Besides, in 2015, EXPO commissioner Rapil Zhoshibaev travelled to India with a working visit. The Kazakh delegation headed by Mr. Zhoshibaev discussed various issues related to cooperation in the spheres of tourism and commerce.

Currently, the complex of EXPO 2017 facilities is an architectural landmark and a symbol of Astana. The complex is developing comprehensively, being smoothly integrated into the city structure. On July 5, opening ceremony of the Astana International Financial Center took place on EXPO 2017 premises with the participation of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. It will become the new business center of Astana, and will bring even more international companies to Kazakhstan. Other important projects implemented at EXPO 2017 facilities are the Astana Hub and the IT University, the Center for Green Technologies, a business center and the congress and exhibition venue. The complex is ready to host international events of any level and complexity.

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Iconic Address Downtown Opens Doors to Hotel Guests

Address Downtown, the flagship hotel under Emaar Hospitality Group”s premium lifestyle Address Hotels + Resorts, has opened its doors to hotel guests marking the arrival of Dubai”s much-loved destination, popular among visitors from across the world.

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Address Downtown has opened with several innovative features including new restaurant concepts, more rooms and suites, The Spa at Address Downtown, and a brand-new interior design. With 220 guest rooms and suites, Address Downtown will add more features in the coming days.

Olivier Harnisch, CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: ‘Address Downtown holds a special place in the hearts of all discerning travellers and guests. We are bringing to life a crowning glory in our hotel assets upholding the distinctive positioning of ”where life happens”.’

At 302 metres in 63 levels, Address Downtown is only 15 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. Set in the heart of Downtown Dubai, it is in walking distance of The Dubai Mall.

From the generosity of space to the rareness of finishes, the rooms and suites are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, interactive TVs, room automation and entertainment interface. Guests can choose from 16 immaculately appointed room and suite choices.

The hotel is introducing its popular The Restaurant at Address Downtown, designed as an avant-garde French apartment. Also, open are the Lounge, a social oasis, and Katana offering robatayaki-style cuisine.

Soon to open are The Galliard bringing Turkish flavours and inventive expressions of French and Spanish cuisine; and STK, an American steakhouse in the form of a contemporary lounge.

The Cigar Lounge is a connoisseur”s regal retreat and the Club Lounge, exclusively for guests in the Club Suites and Rooms, offers international cuisine and complimentary beverages. Neos, the ultra-luxury lounge on Level 63, and Zeta, an al fresco outlet will open shortly.

Address Downtown has a selection of meeting venues while rejuvenating treatments ensure the delicate balance between body and mind at The Spa at Address Downtown. The hotel”s classic refinement and modern sophistication ensure its stand-out appeal. Bearing the hallmarks of great public spaces throughout the world, the lobby is marked by fine architectural detailing and offers hand-crafted accessories.

Emaar Hospitality Group also operates Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Mall, Palace Downtown, Vida Downtown and Manzil Downtown in Downtown Dubai. Bookings can be made online at


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DUBAI, UAE, June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —