General Manager Gary Thulander announcedtoday that the Equinox Resort & Spa has been named one of the World’s 500Greatest Hotels by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Travel & Leisure 500is composed of the 500 hotels that have received the highest overallscores from the 2002 World’s Best Awards survey, taking into considerationrooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. “We arethrilled to be recognized as one of the elite properties in the World,”commented Thulander. “This award is a testament to our incrediblydedicated staff. Over the past year we have worked very hard to upgradeour amenities and deliver a memorable resort experience to our guests.It’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized in the form of this award. It’s all part of our goal to be the number one resort in the Northeast.”The Travel and Leisure accreditation is the latest in an impressive arrayof awards bestowed upon the Equinox. During the past year, The Equinox hasreceived; The Golden Key Award 2002 – Meetings & Conventions Magazine,Inner Circle Award 2002 – American Society of Association Executives(ASAE), Silver Metal Award 2002 – Golf Magazine, 100 Best Golf Courses inNew England -New England Journal of Golf, Top 10 Woman Friendly Courses -Golf for Women Magazine, Connoisseur’s Choice 2002 -Resorts & GreatHotels, Excellence in the East -Meetings East and Four Diamond – AAA.The Travel and Leisure award comes on the heels of the opening of two newfacilities at The Equinox. The first new facility is the Rockwell Room,which has created 3,200 additional square feet of flexible,state-of-the-art function space. The Rockwell Room officially opened thispast fall. In January of 2003 the Equinox unveiled the new Avanyu(pronounced ah VAHN you) Spa. The Avanyu Spa is a beautifully appointed13,000 square foot facility that provides the utmost in spa experiencesfor resort guests and the local community. The Spa features a 75’ x 25’indoor pool, 10 treatment rooms, a weight and aerobic room, a relaxationarea and beautiful locker room facilities. Local memberships to the spaare available on a limited basis.
Dead: Michael Anthony LeitchA Rose Hall man is now dead after he reportedly crashed into a horse before losing control of his motorcycle at Port Mourant, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Dead is Michael Anthony Leitch, 28, of Lot 55 Beharry Street, Rose Hall Town, Berbice.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the father of one had borrowed his friend’s motorcycle on Thursday evening to go to purchase food a short distance from where he lives. This newspaper was told however that Leitch reportedly made a stop at a popular hangout bar in the area known as “Wash Bay” where he met up with friends and was allegedly seen imbedding.Reports indicate that a woman identified as “Soldier”, who had been among the group of friends, requested Leitch to take her on a “ride”. It was during the joy ride that he met his demise.The now dead man was reportedly speeding when he collided with the horse. His female companion was pitched a few feet away from the point of collision but escaped with minor injuries.Leitch was then taken to the Port Mourant Hospital moments after the accident where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to the dead man’s mother, Sandra Bascom, her son suffered severe injuries.“When I see my son, his head was beat in, his chest part was short, one of his hands twist up and behind his head was dented in,” the emotional traumatised woman related.