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Warriors’ Omari Spellman has lost weight, but can he keep job?

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — The Warriors took a flyer on Omari Spellman last summer. This week will serve as a performance review of sorts, conducted in public view.Thursday is the deadline for the Warriors to exercise their option on Spellman’s contract. Spellman is signed through this season, but if the Warriors want to lock him up for next season, they must do so by Oct. 31.“You’d almost like another month or two to see him in actual games,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You have 30 days to …last_img

SA scores at World Travel Awards

first_img17 October 2012 South Africa enjoyed a big share of the spoils in the 2012 World Travel Awards for Africa, winning 32 awards out of a total 57 categories, including leading African airport, beach destination, family resort, city hotel, conference venue, safari lodge and spa resort. First held in 1994, the World Travel Awards have grown in prestige to become known as “the Oscars” of the tourism industry, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the world voting annually for the winners. The results for Africa were announced last month. Hotels and resorts South Africa’s hotels and resorts were strong performers in this year’s awards. Among the resorts, South Africa’s winners were Sun City (in the family resorts category), Palace of the Lost City (casino resorts), the Arabella Hotel & Spa (spa resorts), and the Legend Golf & Safari Resort (sports resorts). Winners among the hotels were the Sandton Sun (in both the business hotels and city hotels categories), Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa (boutique hotels and luxury hotels), The Regent (apartment hotels), the Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve (green hotels), and the No 5 Boutique Art Hotel (town house hotels), while Durban’s International Convention Centre was named Africa’s leading conference centre.Wildlife and wilderness tourism Closer to the wild, South Africa’s Shamwari Game Reserve (in both the safari lodges and the conservation companies categories), Thanda Private Game Reserve (luxury game reserves), and Shambala Private Reserve (luxury lodges) all ran out winners. The country also scored well for responsible tourism, with &Beyond being named leading responsible tourism company as well as leading game reserve brand, and Fish Eagle Safaris winning Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award. Fairmont Zimbali was named Africa’s leading tourism development project.Airlines, airports, travel agents South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline as well as leading airline economy class, and 1time Africa’s leading low-cost airline, while Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International was voted the leading airport, Durban the leading port, and the Blue Train the leading luxury train on the continent. South African tourism operators also fared well, with Club Travel (travel agencies), Travel with Flair (business travel agencies as well as travel management companies), and Flightsite.co.za (online travel companies) all winning in their categories.Africa’s Leading Destination While Cape Town was voted Africa’s leading beach destination, the coveted “Africa’s Leading Destination” award went this year to the ancient medina of Marrakech in Morocco – which saw off competition from Cape Town and the Kruger National Park, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Kalahari Desert in Namibia. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Obama at Facebook: “We Want To Start Making Science Cool”

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Government#web dan rowinskicenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down at Facebook headquarters this afternoon to have a townhall meeting that was streamed live to the Web.Via Facebook Live and Livestream, Obama answered questions from Zuckerberg, the crowd and participants across the Web. Even though Obama was sitting on stage at the quintessential Web 2.0 corporation, not much of the conversation veered towards technology.Questions included the national debt, the budget, the economic recovery, the Dream Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), immigration, Medicare and Medicaid and education. For a while it sounded more like an “Obama For Re-Election in 2012” campaign stop than it did a conversation with one of the leaders of the Internet industry.Technology topics that Obama did touch on included: the need for more engineers and programmers; what his administration is doing to change the education structure; the need for the education system to emphasize science and math; clean energy and the convergence of the healthcare industry and technology.This is not the first time that Obama has gone to techland. In February he met with the leaders of the tech industry and had dinner with some of the most influential people in the United States. It is also not the first time that Obama has visited the home turf of a tech giant to tout education, as he did when he visited Intel in February to reiterate the need for more engineers in the world. Since his last State Of The Union address where he spent a significant amount of his speech on the need to pour money into tech, Obama has been making the rounds of the leaders in the industry to push the point home.“We are in Silicon Valley, so, let’s talk IT stuff,” Obama said at one point. “I will try to pretend that I know what I am talking about.”Obama makes jokes that he is not tech savvy, but he is perhaps the American president most attuned to how current and emerging technology can lead the United States to a new economy and status in the global ecosystem.For Obama, that all starts with education.“[O]ne of the reasons that we had one of the first science fairs at the White House in a very long time [was] just because we want to start making science cool.” – President Obama“I want people to feel the about the next big energy break though or the next big Internet breakthrough the same way they felt about the moon launch,” Obama said. “That is how we are going to stay competitive for the future and that is why these investments in education are so important.”The president praised Zuckerberg as well as Bill Gates’ charitable organizations for the work they do in advancing education in the realm of science and technology.“Government alone cannot do it, there needs to be a cultural shift where we buckle down and say ‘this stuff is important,’” Obama said. “That is why the work you, Mark, are doing is important, work that the Gates Foundation is doing in philanthropic investments in best practices in education [is] going to be so important. We have to lift our game up. That is hopefully one of the most important legacies I can leave as president of the United States.”Obama talked about the need for a cultural shift in American education that would create the type of people that can lead the United States in a technological evolution. “That is why we are emphasizing math and science, that is why we are emphasizing math and sciences for girls, that is why we are emphasizing making sure that black and Hispanic kids are getting math and science. We have to do a much better job at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and that is one of the reasons that we had one of the first science fairs at the White House in a very long time [was] just because we want to start making science cool.” Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Goa Minister on visit to US must call on CM: Congress

first_imgPanaji: The Congress in Goa on Thursday mockingly advised Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, whose official tour to the US, along with four family members, has sparked a controversy, to at least call on Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in hospital during his visit.“Since Mr. Ajgaonkar has gone on a junket to the US with family members along with some tourism ministry officials, he should at least call on our ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and enquire after his health, considering that no one in Goa has been formally informed about the state of health of our Chief Minister,” Congress spokesperson Urfan Mulla said at a press conference at the party headquarters on Thursday. Another Congress spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar said it was unfair that the minister travels to the US with family members, at a time when the state was reeling under a financial crisis, especially with the mining industry non-functional following directives from the Supreme Court since March.“The government should get reimbursement for the cost incurred on the travel and stay of the family members, once the minister returns,” Mr. Panjikar said. The State Tourism Ministry has said that the Minister is in the US to participate in tourism promotion road shows. Senior Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) leader and Public Works Development minister Sudin Dhavalikar recently rushed to the rescue of his ministerial colleague and said that Mr. Ajgaonkar should pay for the cost incurred on the travel and stay of his relatives for the US trip. “There is nothing wrong with family travelling on such trips, as long as state funds are not used. The tourism department can recover the amount from the minister,” Mr. Dhavalikar responded to media reports recently.Mr. Ajgaonkar is one of the three MLAs of MGP, an alliance partner of BJP-led coalition in the State.last_img read more