OAKLAND – Unlike what they had experienced in the past two years following their final NBA game, the Warriors entered the locker room without spraying champagne on each other.Instead, the Warriors processed a 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday by having an impromptu meeting. While Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed gratitude for the team’s previous success and his players’ resiliency, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers …
21 August 2006International beverage giant Coca-Cola is relocating its Africa group head office from Windsor in the UK to Johannesburg, a move seen as a clear signal of the company’s commitment to the African market, and South Africa in particular.“The commercial aviation infrastructure, the telecoms infrastructure, the whole commercial environment is improving across Africa, and now is the right time for us to move our base to Africa, and Johannesburg is the location of choice,” Alex Cummings, president of Coca-Cola South Africa, said on the Moneyweb Power Hour.South Africa is by far Coca-Cola’s largest market in Africa, two-and-a-half times that of the second biggest, Nigeria. It makes up 40% of the company’s African revenue.In 2005, Coca-Cola’s South African turnover grew by 8% to 10% – a higher rate than GDP, which stood at 4.9%.“South Africa … has the most developed infrastructure,” Cummings said. “South Africa is our biggest business and, frankly, Johannesburg is the business capital of South Africa. And so if we’re going to move to South Africa, Johannesburg was the logical place to base our offices.”The move to Johannesburg will integrate the group’s leadership with the 60 000 associates who make up the Coca-Cola System in Africa, and bring its leadership closer to customers, suppliers and business partners.The Coca-Cola Company first entered Africa in 1928 with a beverage manufacturing plant based in South Africa. Since 2000 the company and its bottling partners have invested more than U$600-million in plants, manufacturing and distribution across the continent.Painting Africa redAccording to company statistics, Coca-Cola sells an average of 235 beverages, of all products, to each man, woman and child in South Africa every year – a rough total of over 10-billion units. The world per capita average is 77 units.In an article on brandchannel.com titled Painting South Africa R, Ron Irwin argues that Coke’s success in Africa “has been due to its savvy advertising as well as its ubiquitous involvement in local community life.“City dwellers in South Africa cannot fail to notice the Coke signs installed in every shop and roadside stand, but Coke has taken the initiative to reach poorer South Africans in rural areas as well. To this end it has initiated sports sponsorships, sports development, entrepreneurial development, scholarships and education projects.“It has also relentlessly found ways to get its products trucked into even the most remote corners of Africa, and has cultivated a reputation for corporate honesty and openness that has won the respect of African businesspeople from Cape Town to Madagascar.”Coca-Cola Africa’s group office relocation will begin in January 2007 and should be complete by June of that year.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinThis is your opportunity to help decide who takes home the earned, never-for-sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition Geocoin, a hat and a profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.bjmccacher was named the Geocacher of the Month for February for a big heart and a helping hand for other geocachers.bjmccacher – Geocacher of the MonthOne comment reads, “Bjmccacher has been a great geocaching collaborator and really helped raise the bar for geocaching in Lincoln, NE (and in the central US)! He is also incredibly inventive and is always coming up with new and interesting ways to geocache… He goes the extra mile in every possible way! ”Each of the nominees below is an essential part of the global geocaching community. Each will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide on the next Geocacher of the Month.Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month.Write a supportive comment for the nominated geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.Edgar44Edgar44 – Nominee for Geocacher of the Month iPajeroiPajero – Nominee for Geocacher of the MonthNominated by: Henzz and Louwtjie&Vroutjie: “We recently celebrated team iPajero’s 10000th find in Cape Town. An amazing achievement if one considers that there are only 10629 caches currently in Southern Africa (which includes our neighbouring countries). That is more than twice as many caches found in Southern Africa than any other Geocacher.On their travels around our beautiful country, they would not only seek out caches, but also make an effort to meet with geocachers where ever they go. They have such wonderful personalities that one instantly finds oneself enjoying their company.And in between all of this they still find time to hide and maintain quality caches as well. Every single one of the 163 caches they have placed is still active. iPajero also owns 36 Earthcaches and ranks amongst one of the top Earthcache placers worldwide. They are always willing to lend a helping hand, give advice, or to walk alongside you. No path too steep, no valley too deep, they are always there, shining like a lighthouse beacon, so that we can find our way.”barondriverbarondriver – nominee for Geocacher of the MonthNominated by abesimpson: “In Kansas, you just can’t go very far without finding a barondriver cache. While that could mean someone just puts out a bunch of caches, anyone who knows a barondriver cache knows they are in for something a little more than just a smiley.He started in 2001, and at that time helped to promote the activity state wide by placing caches in interesting places or near interesting pieces of history. He maintained those well and brought good consistency throughout the region. An avid garage sale visitor, he seemed to be always coming across something new and interesting to turn into a cache.What is truly inspiring about barondriver was his interest in expanding the activity to others. He was always quick to be the friendly face to muggles to explain what we are doing. He encouraged new cachers and worked with them on finds. He is always good for a story about this hide or that hide that would just get you excited enough to go after it. When it comes down to it, what makes barondriver stand out is that he always appeared to be the guy who just loved this little hobby in a way that made the rest of us want to love it in the same way.” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the March Geocacher of the Month. Comments accepted through through May 2.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the Newest Geocacher of the MonthApril 15, 2014In “Community”Write a Comment – Nominees for the February Geocacher of the MonthMarch 19, 2014In “Community”Announcing the August Geocacher of the MonthSeptember 24, 2013In “Community” Nominated by vehan, who says, “If you’ve discovered a geocache in Italy, the name Edgar44, is no stranger to you. A geocacher since 2010, Edgar44, has helped lead the geocaching adventure in Southern Europe, including connecting with the local and international community, fostering a love of nature by creating geocaches which showcase hikes, and hiding and maintaining much loved caches.”But there’s one geocache size he avoids. Vehan writes,”with 500 hidden caches, not a micro but only small, regular and giant caches! Our best in Italy :)”Edgar44 is also part of the growing Ladina Geocaching Team.
Uttar Pradesh’s madrasas have been asked to photograph and videograph Independence Day celebrations this year.While madrasas have criticised the order, calling it an attempt to test the patriotism of Muslims, government officials claimed that the move was only to document the best programmes held in madrasas on August 15. The controversy was triggered by a circular issued by the Madrasa Shiksha Parishad (MSP), the board that deals with examinations in madrasas, on August 3. The document laid out elaborate directions on how Independence Day celebrations should be conducted in madrasas.The circular was issued to the deputy directors (minority welfare) and district minority welfare officers, who would then ensure the implementation of the order. In directing madrasas to conduct “photography and videography” of the programmes, the MSP has argued that it was to identify the “best programmes” so that they could be “replicated”.Madrasas have accused the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of attempting to test the patriotism of Muslims. Mahtab Amrohi, manager of the Mehraj-ul-Uloom madrasa in Amroha, said the government’s monitoring was aimed at “creating suspicion” about Muslims. Not only did madrasas have a tradition of singing the national anthem on August 15, even on other days of the year, daily proceedings at his institution began only after the singing of the anthem, he said. Heads of madrasas also questioned why the government had not issued similar orders to other institutions run by the State, and to other religious communities.Suhebur Rehman, the Allahabad-based convener of the All-India United Ulema Forum, said the BJP government was “targeting Muslims” by asking them to produce “proof” of their patriotism.”Have they sent a similar notice to Sanskrit schools, municipalities, schools, colleges and other institutions? Why are they examining the patriotism only of Muslims,” asked Mr. Rehman.Government officials defended the circular. “The order was issued with a good intention. It clearly says that the videography is for the purpose of promoting good programmes,” said Rahul Gupta, registrar, Madrasa Shiksha Parishad, who issued the order.He dismissed the idea that the circular was to test patriotism in madrasas. “Not at all. We have defined each and every step. In fact, we don’t mind if there are anomalies or discrepancies in following the directions,” Mr. Gupta said.