4 January 2013 Fourteen South African hotels and resorts made it onto the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler 2013 “gold list” of the 510 best places in the world to stay, with eight of these earning “platinum circle” status for making the list for five years running. Featured in the US magazine’s January 2013 issue, the 19th annual “gold list” was selected by nearly 47 000 participants in the publication’s annual Readers’ Choice survey. Three Cape Town hotels were among the eight South African properties rewarded for their consistent excellence with platinum status: the Cape Grace, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel connected to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, and the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay. South Africa’s other five platinum properties are all located in or adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, the country’s “big five” wildlife province. These are: the MalaMala Game Reserve, Singita Kruger National Park, Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, and Singita Sabi Sand. Also on the 2013 gold list are: Find out more about SA’s gold list hotels and resorts on the Conde Nast Traveler website: www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/2013 SAinfo reporter Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape TownSteenberg Hotel, Cape TownVictoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape TownLe Quartier Français, FranschhoekSaxon Boutique Hotel, JohannesburgLion Sands resort, Mpumalanga
Tags:#Social Web#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification In the year and a half since Klout launched at SxSW 2009, the company has grown to become the leading social network influencer measurement within the online communications space. With success has come criticism within the public relations and advertising sector. This criticism of the algorithm-driven influence measurement ranges from its Twitter-heavy measurement of people’s participation to the ethics of its Perks program.Klout CEO and co-founder Joe Fernandez conducted an open interview on Tuesday that included a dozen communications bloggers and influencers to discuss these criticisms. The call revealed a corporate culture that actively weighs and debates the merits and ethics of influence. Here are four ways Klout is looking at its challenges and how it may evolve:Counterbalancing the Weight of Individual Data PointsWhen Klout launched it used Twitter data only, creating a metric that was over-reliant on one network. In recent months the service has added LinkedIn and Facebook analysis to its analysis of an individual’s influence capability. Guest author Geoff Livingston is the co-founder of Zoetica, a social enterprise that provides superior communication consulting, training, and strategy to help mindful organizations affect social change. He has worked as a public relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. region for more than 16 years, and is the author of “Now is Gone“. He can be found at geofflivingston.com and @geoffliving.Fernandez outlined the future algorithm roadmap, which includes adding the ability to weigh up to 20 social networks and commenting services to one’s Klout score. In addition to diffusing the weight of an individual data point with multiple networks, Klout may directly integrate individual content creators and systems. According to Fernandez, it is rare for a person to achieve a Klout score higher than 60 without creating some sort of content outside of just Twitter or Facebook.“We do plan on tying in with the content systems,” said Fernandez. “We want to move beyond just ReadWriteWeb or TechCrunch, and focus on individual writers. Conglomerate blogs are pools of voices, they are media properties. How do we break the author’s influence away from masthead?”By weighing a diverse set of data points, Klout is likely to bulwark itself against criticism about the algorithm’s validity. Past measures like Technorati and Twitter-specific solutions have suffered because of their inability to weigh multiple sets of data. Other measures – particularly those of blogs – that use multiple weights, such as PostRank and indexes like the AdAge 150, have survived criticism because they weigh diverse data points to counterbalance inconsistencies. Build Volatility Into the MetricAnother strong criticism of Klout remains the appearance of influential relationships in one’s profile that may or may not be relevant anymore. Klout currently values long-term relationships over zeitgeist events, such as someone who garners sudden influence due to a particular issue or event. In the past, networks like Technorati and Digg have tinkered with their algorithm to de-weight long-term relationships and influence, which in turn have met significant criticism and even lower usage.Klout wants to infuse more volatility into the algorithm to account for changes. The start-up is actively looking at how social data is created with more ease each day, and how data analysis can scale with it. Part of the timeliness challenge facing Klout is keeping the system fun and interactive for people to want to increase their Klout score while preventing gaming of the algorithm, which both Digg and Google search have had to combat. “It’s important to build the algorithm so that it can’t be gamed,” said Fernandez. “It has to be volatile enough that it can’t be moved. You want the score to be responsive to real life, but you want to avoid intentional gaming like retweet networks. We have scientists that spend the whole day thinking about all of the loopholes. We are going to have to live with (a constant battle against) the overall gaming.”“Influence is such a soft word,” he continued. “The idea of influence is everyone’s individual lens, and we are trying to standardize it. […] We see the idea of influence as the ability to drive action, and action can include retweets, mentions, and the ability to get people to do things like participate on calls and events.”The encouraging aspect of the algorithm volatility issue is Klout’s adherence to the past. It does not want to repeat the mistakes of past algorithms, and actively looks at what has worked, too. Only time will tell if the company is successful, but it’s not operating in a vacuum.The Warren Buffet ProblemIf one were to type Warren Buffet’s profile into Klout, there would be no measure for him. Inside Klout, executives and staff actively debate the Warren Buffet problem. How do you account for someone who has real-world fame but no online influence? This inability to qualify influence is endemic in any quantitative metic with limited data sets. Not every non-present celebrity has the presence of mind to create an account for references, like Seth Godin did. Further, there are individuals who may be influential in a specific sector, but not present in social networks.But are these people truly influential online? Is the Washington Post influential on Twitter even though it gets retweeted all the time?“Participation is an element,” said Fernandez. “And you look at the accounts retweeting the Washington Post and Mashable and there are a lot of bots and not so many influential people retweeting it, but the scale and speed that it occurs, you can’t deny there’s some influence. “Influence is such a soft word,” he continued. “The idea of influence is everyone’s individual lens, and we are trying to standardize it. We struggle with this, and everyone’s conversation demonstrates it is a lightening rod. We see the idea of influence as the ability to drive action, and action can include retweets, mentions, and the ability to get people to do things like participate on calls and events.”One of the ways Klout counters the qualitative issue is via subject matter-specific analysis of influence. Further, the company has a taxonomy of influence, thought leader, curators, etc. which allows it to parse what kind of a role they play in social networks. Most of these deeper qualifications and analysis are available online already.The Ethics of Klout PerksKlout Perks such as the Virgin America program are not only a way for companies to leverage the database and actively engage influencers, but also a method for Klout to test the validity of the algorithm. The company has built an ethics program around Perks based on several conversations with organizations like the Interactive Advertising Bureau and examining the FCC’s disclosure policies. However, the taking of Perks has raised cries of foul play, some a matter of jealousy and other with a little more substance. In particular the issue centers around social media consultants who are responsible for recommending (or not) Klout to clients, but then participate in the Perks program.“We’re not sending Scoble or big bloggers perks,” said Fernandez. “The way we’ve structured them is to make sure that people don’t pollute their Twitter stream. That’s the last thing we would want. But we’re in a space where everyone is a mid-tier influencer who is probably counseling someone. The percentage of end-users who are participants in Perks, and then use our disclosure recommendations is not as high as we’d like it to be.”Like other matters, ethics remains a matter of debate and evolution at Klout. It’s clear that the organization wants to influence more ethical disclosure of its Perks program and is also examining its program on a consistent basis. 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Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Ministry plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all the youth innovation centres that are being established across the island.He said the objective is for these facilities to serve as safe spaces for young people to meet, study, develop business ideas, and access personal development and empowerment services.He noted that cameras have already been installed at centres in St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.“The plan is to ensure that all our centres have that level of security,” Mr. Green added.He was addressing a national youth symposium under the theme: ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’ at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (August 13).The State Minister, earlier this year, announced a partnership with the Organization of American States (OAS), to rebrand the 11 Youth Information Centres (YICs) across the island to focus on fostering entrepreneurship among young people.He informed that the Westmoreland YIC, which is the first to be converted into an innovation centre, will serve as a model for the other facilities across the island.“(Westmoreland is) our first innovation centre so they have a full-fledged entrepreneurship programme that is being run in the centre to unleash the next generation of entrepreneurs,” he said.“Our plan is, throughout all our centres, one thing that will be standard, is that young people, who have ideas in their community, and they are looking somewhere to go for guidance, somewhere to go to transform an idea into a business plan, they can go to these safe [and] sustainable spaces,” he outlined.Mr. Green said he hopes to see many of the ideas generated being manifested into sustainable business initiatives, which young people own and operate.YICs provide free access to the Internet and serve as a focal point for the dissemination of information on youth issues and programmes including educational training opportunities.The conversion of these facilities into innovation centres will involve putting in additional personnel, such as persons with business training and human resource skills, and relevant equipment.They are located at Lot 190 Llandilo Road, Westmoreland; Edgewater Rounda-bout, St. Catherine; Emmanuel Baptist Church, 5 Hodgson Street, St. Mary; 1 Humber Avenue, St. James; Marcus Garvey Skills Training Centre, Owen Sound Drive, St. Ann; Wint Road in Brooks Park, Manchester; Watson Taylor Park, Hanover; 7-9 Trenton Road, Clarendon; 2A West Palm Avenue, Portland; Santa Cruz Community Centre, St. Elizabeth; and Old Police Station, Corners of French and Wellington Streets, St. Catherine. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Ministry plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all the youth innovation centres that are being established across the island. He said the objective is for these facilities to serve as safe spaces for young people to meet, study, develop business ideas, and access personal development and empowerment services. Story Highlights
APTN National NewsThe Specific Claims Tribunal blasted a branch of Aboriginal Affairs for being “paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful” in a recent ruling impacting the department’s “take-it-or-leave-it” gambit to settle historical claims with First Nations.The Jan. 17 ruling by Judge Patrick Smith eviscerated Aboriginal Affairs’ specific claims branch for its handling of a claim filed by the Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nation, which is on Manitoulin Island, and its attempt to block it from accessing the tribunal.Smith said the ruling could have “significant relevance to many other claims” where Canada has put deadlines on settlements for “small value claims.”Under the tribunal’s rules, a band can submit a claim if the department hasn’t made a decision on whether to negotiate a claim three years from the day it was originally filed with Ottawa.A band can also submit a claim before the three years pass if the department indicates it won’t negotiate a settlement.The department has issued numerous take-it-or-leave it settlements to bands across the country seeking compensation for historical grievances around the mismanagement of trust funds and the loss of lands.AOK was seeking access to the tribunal arguing the department was not willing to negotiate a settlement claim which centered on the 1914 payment of $559.63 from the band’s trust fund. The money went to the children of a former band member named George Abotossaway, also known as George Thompson, who gave up his status under a process called enfranchisement in 1909.The band, which was known as the Ojibways of Sucker Cree at the time, obtained confirmation from Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Patrick Borbey on Nov. 12, 2011, that the payment of the money “was not authorized by law, and thus Canada breached its fiduciary duty.” The money was paid to Abotossaway’s children after he gave up his status.A few months later, Brendan Blom, the assistant negotiator in the specific claims branch, sent a letter dated March 28, 2012, to Chief Patsy Corbier informing the band that the department was offering a take-it-or-leave it offer that was based on a predetermined formula.The formula calculated the owed amount by applying the Consumer Price Index to 80 per cent of the total and adding compound interest at Aboriginal Affairs trust fund rates to 20 per cent of the amount. The actual dollar figure is redacted from the documents filed with the tribunal.Blom’s letter also gave the band 90 days to accept or the department would close the file.The department argued that its take-it-or-leave-it settlement letter to AOK constituted a form of open negotiations putting the claim outside the tribunal’s jurisdiction. The department argued that the Aboriginal Affairs Minister had “considerable discretion in deciding when to accept, negotiate or not negotiate a claim.”Smith ruled that the department’s position outlined in the settlement letter effectively gave notice to the First Nation that the claim wouldn’t be negotiated.“In deciding to employ a small value claim process in making an offer to settle without discussion, in refusing to discuss or explain the offer, and in imposing a 90 day deadline and then closing the file, Canada, and specifically the minister, effectively decided and notified the claimant that it would not negotiate the claim,” said Smith in his ruling.Smith said the department’s actions fell short of upholding the “honour” of the Crown.“This position, along with the process employed by the specific claims branch for small value claims in relation to this claim, and perhaps many others, is, frankly, paternalistic, self-serving, arbitrary and disrespectful of First Nations,” said Smith. “Such position affords no room for the principles of reconciliation, accommodation and consultation that the Supreme Court, in many decisions, has described as being the foundation of Canada’s relationship with First Nations.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office said that the department is reviewing the tribunal’s decision before deciding what to do next. The tribunal’s decision could be put to the Federal Court for a judicial review.Magnetawan First Nation Chief William Diabo said his community, which sits along Ontario’s Hwy 69 near Georgian Bay, received a take-it-or-leave it offer from the department within the past month. Diabo said his claim centres on loss of reserve land through the construction of highways and a redrawing of the reserve’s boundaries.“That may give us another chance to take a kick at the can,” said Diabo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has denied making any contact with Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur as regards to signing some of their players on loan.The new Leeds boss hasn’t spoken to any of the two club’s managers about any form of loan deals.Bielsa enjoys a very good relationship with both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, with the latter playing under him during his stint as the manager of Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys.“I don’t think it would have been a good thing to do to use a personal relationship of respect and love you have for both of them for a professional reason. You don’t have to manipulate the professional decisions.” Bielsa said, according to Yorkshire Post.Meanwhile, Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa are planning to sign two Newcastle United players on loan before the loan window closes on August 31.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.The Villans want Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark to join them on loan for the entire duration of the 2018-19 season.Hayden has been linked with a move away from St. James Park all summer but a permanent moved failed to materialize before the close of the Premier League transfer window last week.Stoke City are also believed to be interested in signing the former Arsenal midfielder on loan.Aston Villa want former centre-back Ciaran Clark to join the club on loan. Clark left Villa Park in 2016 to sign for Newcastle on a permanent basis.
The race is tomorrow at the Challenger Learning Center parking lot starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be a trophy ceremony at the conclusion of the race where first, second and third place drivers along with best of show car and a sportsman award are presented. Drivers aged 9-17 will be competing in the derby. The winner of Saturday’s race will have the option to represent the Kenai Peninsula in the Ohio nationals or claim a $1,000 scholarship. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Rotary Club of Kenai will be hosting the annual Soap Box Derby tomorrow, in the Challenger Learning Center parking lot. This annual event is sponsored by numerous local community members and is a qualifying race for the National Soap Box Derby event in Ohio.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch volunteers will be kicking off the first day of the beach clean-up and fitness series ‘trash-ercise’, on Tuesday, July 10. Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Volunteers receive all of the training and supplies, including volunteer campsites, to share information on river protection while completing hands-on projects on the Kasilof, Kenai and Russian Rivers. According to Stream Watch it’s “a *shore* way to keep our community clean and hearts healthy.” Stream Watch will provide trash bags to volunteers. The ‘trash-ercise’ series will take place on every Tuesday through July and August. The series is open to runners, walkers, or fat bikers who volunteer their time to pick up beach litter. Volunteers will meet each week at the North Kasilof Beach. From Soldotna, head south on Sterling Highway for 13.5 miles. Take a right onto K-Beach Road, and in 4.8 miles turn left onto Kasilof Beach Stub. For any questions, please call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell. However, there was one cryptic scene featuring Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister that has made many to think that Jon Snow’s cousin brother, who now goes by the Three-Eyed-Raven, will not survive the final battle.Major Spoilers:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms,” we saw Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark conversing for the first time ever. Many of us speculated that Bran has revealed Jon Snow’s true identity to Tyrion but as the recently released episode revealed to us that Tyrion learned about Jon from Sansa Stark.In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw how everyone was celebrating the end of Night King and the White Walkers. During their celebration moment, we saw a drunk Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark or the Three-Eyed-Raven. Their conversation was brief but like always, Bran spoke in puzzles and now everyone is worried about his future in the show.In the episode, we saw Bran Stark sitting on his wheelchair and Tyrion approaching him. Daenerys’ Hand tells Bran that the machinery of his wheelchair is clever and is much more useful than the saddle he had designed for him all those years ago. For this, Bran simply states that this is the same one Daeron Targaryen designed for his crippled nephew 120 years ago. Impressed Tyrion replies to him that Bran knows the history of entire Westeros better than anyone and it would come as handy since he is going to be the Lord of Winterfell. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)But as we all know, Bran Stark has no desire to become any Lord anymore and this is what he tells Tyrion. When Tyrion tells him that he feels envious of him for not wanting to be a lord anymore, Bran first looks over his shoulder to see that someone is coming to take him away from the fireplace. Before leaving Tyrion, Bran says to him that he shouldn’t feel envy of him because “Mostly, I live in the past.”Over the years, Bran Stark has learned about himself and the Night King by going in the past only and him saying Tyrion that he lives in the past makes perfect sense. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility that he was referring to himself but not from his current perspective.Fans are now speculating that in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark will try to help Jon Snow in his battle against Cersei Lannister by warging himself into Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and he might be killed during this course. Since Bran knows what is going to happen with him in the future, he simply stated the obvious to Tyrion by telling him that he lives in the past only.Bran Stark is an important character and it would be interesting to see if we see the last of any Stark in the upcoming battle of HBO’s Game of Thrones.