TagsCelebrity Real EstateFlorida Shaquille O’Neal circa 1996 and the Orlando estate (Getty; Estate courtesy Sotheby’s)NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has listed his Shaq-sized mansion outside Orlando for $19.5 million.It’s the second time the four-acre lakefront estate has been on the market since 2018, when O’Neal asked $28 million for the property, according to Variety. Later that year he cut the ask to $21.9 million.Shaq bought the then-23,000-square-foot mansion in 1993 during his rookie year in the NBA with the Orlando Magic.He expanded the Neo-colonial mansion to an even larger 35,000 square feet. It now has 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court, and a garage with parking for 17 vehicles.One of the family rooms is home to the front section of a big rig truck with O’Neal’s nickname, “Diesel,” painted across the bumper, according to Variety.The oversized circular bed in the 1,000-square-foot suite features the Superman logo, which O’Neal has identified with over the years. The logo shows up plenty of other places around the house.There’s also a smoking room with a walk-in humidor and an Egyptian-themed room with a triangular saltwater fish tank.Out back there’s a 95-foot-long swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen. The property has 700 feet of lake frontage and a two-slip private boat dock.In the last three years, O’Neal has purchased homes outside Atlanta and in Los Angeles’ Bell Canyon. The latter is also on the market, currently asking $2.3 million. [Variety] — Dennis Lynch Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink
The president, whose remarks followed those of veteran code talker Peter MacDonald, said he “had the most beautiful speech written out” but didn’t deliver it.“What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna give you my speech,” he told MacDonald as he handed him a black binder. “And I know you like me so you’ll save it. But that was so well delivered — from the heart, that was from the heart — so I’m gonna give you this speech ’cause I don’t wanna bore them with saying the same thing you just said.”MacDonald was among some of the surviving 13 code talkers from World War II to visit the White House. Trump, whose doctor proclaimed that he would “be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” marveled at MacDonald’s health.“You said you’re 90 years old?” the president asked. “That’s great. ’Cause you have good genes. That means the press has got me to kick around for a long time.” Also On POLITICO Trump: Media should get ‘fake news trophy’ for its distorted ‘coverage of your favorite President (me)’ By Louis Nelson Time says Trump is ‘incorrect’ after president says he rejected Person of the Year overture By Emily Goldberg President Donald Trump mocked Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday at an event honoring Native American veterans, invoking his “Pocahontas” nickname for the Massachusetts Democrat as he talked about how long Native Americans have been in America.Trump hosted Navajo code talkers, who were recruited into the U.S. Marine Corps to communicate in the Pacific region during World War II, at the White House.“I just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people,” Trump said to the group. “You were here long before any of us were here — although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what? I like you. Because you are special.” Trump — who spoke in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the former president who signed the Indian Removal Act — did not mention Warren by name. But he frequently mocks her by calling her “Pocahontas,” a nickname he created during his 2016 presidential campaign. The derisive sobriquet pokes fun at Warren’s claim of Native American heritage when she was a law professor, which became a campaign issue during her 2012 Senate run.Warren, a frequent Trump critic, responded in an interview on MSNBC, noting that the White House event was supposed to “honor heroes.”“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur,” Warren said.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that “what most people find offensive is Sen. Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career,” saying the notion that “Pocahontas” is a racial slur is “ridiculous.”“Look, I think Sen. Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career,” Sanders said. “I don’t understand why no one’s asking about that question and why that isn’t constantly covered.”Warren has said her claim of Native American heritage stemmed from family stories, and she denied that she used it to advance her career.
Until now, Kogel Bearings only offered this Royal Blue color to their sponsored pro riders. Now, they’ve made a limited run of blue derailleur pulleys for 11-speed road and SRAM 12-speed Eagle mountain bike groups. To go with it, they’re celebrating a collaboration with Aaron Gwin and the YT-Mob this year, offering custom engraved blue bottom brackets for the entire team. For our friends to join in the celebration, we made 50 sets of the blue PF30-386 bottom bracket available for sale.And, available exclusively through YT Mob’s store, you can get these co-branded versions while they last. Retail for the standard blue BB starts at $199, and the YT-branded ones are going for €225 (and includes a YT Mob t-shirt). The branded one is only available in a PF30 option, running ceramic bearings, same as what the team is riding with their e*Thirteen cranks.They also just released a new Fire Engine Red option for the road and Eagle pulleys, and the road ones have already sold out (so if you’ve got $10,000, they’ll open production back up for you). But, the Eagle pulleys are still available in all three (red, blue, gold) for $149.99, and they’ve got a few gold and blue road ones still on offer for $139.99 a set.Kogel.cc
Related TriggerPoint Performance Therapy has announced the Team TriggerPoint roster for the 2014-15 racing season. The selected athletes span across the United States and ‘demonstrate a passion for healthy living, a commitment to their local endurance sports community and a support and understanding of the TriggerPoint brand and mission.’While the team’s official kick-off will not be until early 2015, TriggerPoint looks forward to supporting several athletes as they finish their 2014 racing season, among them, Jocelyn McCauley, the team’s first Ironman World Championship competitor racing this weekend in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.The 19 athletes selected for Team TriggerPoint will receive a custom-designed team racing kit and TriggerPoint products and education, in addition to benefits from team partners ISM saddles, Fuel Belt, Road ID, Speedfill and Compex.Team members will support TriggerPoint’s on-site initiatives within each of their markets, such as a major race or retailer event, alongside fulfilling volunteer requirements, such as hosting a community activity around health and wellness.“I am incredibly excited to join Team TriggerPoint,” said selected Team TriggerPoint triathlete, Erin Stephens. “To be on a team with such diverse endurance athletes is really inspiring and supportive, something I’ve never quite experienced before. I look forward to teaching fellow athletes about the tools for self-care which have helped me so much with my own training and racing, and empower these peers to feel better, prevent injuries and most of all, accomplish their athletic goals.”TriggerPoint Performance Therapy is a brand that ‘empowers people to move better’. The company’s innovative products are supported by simple instructions that aim to enable anyone to manage their own therapeutic care. TriggerPoint’s mission is to provide innovative education and products that increase, enhance or rehabilitate natural ease of movement in anyone who craves an active lifestyle.TriggerPoint is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and sells therapeutic self-care products and professional education around the world.www.tptherapy.com/TeamTriggerPoint
11 February 2004Global resources giant BHP Billiton officially opened its multi-million dollar Hillside aluminium expansion project in KwaZulu-Natal last week, and is exploring further opportunities for growing its aluminium operations in South Africa and Mozambique.The expansion project at BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter at Richards Bay reached full production in December, just 20 months after the project commenced in April 2003, at a total cost expected to come in under the original budget of US$449-million.This expansion, by 132 000 tons per annum, will raise Hillside’s production to 670 000 tons per annum, making it the largest smelter in the southern hemisphere and the western world.According to the company, some 1 200 people received training in various construction skills during the project. “About $80-million was spent directly in the KwaZulu-Natal region, with a further spend of $7-million per annum expected from the expansion’s continuing operations”, the company said in a statement.“To date, 22 contracts valued in total at US$20-million have been awarded to black economic empowerment procurement and service providers.”Business Day reported that BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus, speaking at the Hillside 3 opening ceremony at Richards Bay last week, said the company had begun a project to explore opportunities for adding value to its southern African aluminium operations.BHP Billiton accounts for approximately 7% of total global aluminium production from its Hillside and Bayside smelters in South Africa and its Mozal smelter in neighbouring Mozambique.Roughly 20% of the Australia-based company’s assets – including coal, manganese, ferrochrome and aluminium – are in southern Africa. The company, the biggest mining company in the world, resulted from the merger in 2001 of Australian firm BHP and South Africa’s Billiton.Earlier this month, the group appointed Dr Vincent Maphai, currently corporate affairs director at SABMiller, as chair of BHP Billiton South Africa.Maphai will be the most senior group executive located in southern Africa, and will report to BHP Billiton executive director Mike Salamon.Salamon said in a statement that southern Africa “is a core element of our global business activities, and Dr Maphai’s experience and stature will hold us in good stead as we progress our empowerment initiatives and seek development opportunities throughout the region.”SouthAfrica.info reporter
The 2009 Estate White Blend and the 2004 Estate Premium Red Wine received 94 points; the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve received 93 points; the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2009 Chardonnay Reserve, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and the 2006 “V” received 91 points; and the 2007 Merlot Reserve received 90 points. South African winemaker Vergelegen Estate has received several accolades in the critically acclaimed International Wine Cellar journal, with eight of its 11 wines being awarded a score of at least 90 points, based on the US 100-point scoring system. In 2008, the estate’s Vergelegen White had secured five-star status for six consecutive years in the John Platter Guide. Veregelegen MD Don Tooth said the awards were “an important milestone in recognising South Africa as a leading performer in the notoriously competitive top league of world wines”. International Wine Cellar editor and publisher Stephen Tanzer samples more than 10 000 wines annually, and his independent journal, also translated into French and Japanese, is read by wine lovers in 28 countries across the globe. It was also chosen as the Best Winery in the Wine Magazine in 2008, and was chosen as the Best Winery and Best South African Winery by the same magazine in 2007 and 2006. 25 May 2011 With its world-renowned handcrafted wines, 310 year old history and heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West deems itself to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience. The estate’s 2008 Chardonnay and 2007 Shiraz received 89 points, while the 2006 Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon Mill Race received 87 points. Award-winning wines The estate’s wines have won several gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, such as for their 2003 Vergelegen Red (in 2008), 2003 Vergelegen Auction Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (2007), 2003 Vergelegen Red and 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (2006), 2000 Vergelegen Red and 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon (2005). SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Airline chiefs have been warning for months that fares will go up. Australian airports’ profit margins are up to double those of other airports around the world operating in competitive markets or with greater regulation, according to a new report launched by the major airlines.The findings presented in Canberra this morning are contained in a report, The Performance & Impact of Australia’s Airports Since Privatisation commissioned by new industry group Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ).A4ANZ is an industry group that has been established as a voice to represent airlines based in Australia and New Zealand.The report, with analysis from Frontier Economics, says that “passengers and the economy are paying the price of airport privatization and the absence of appropriate constraints on monopoly power.”READ: Qantas denies economy passengers will have to pay for food and drinks It states that while Australia’s four main airports, including Perth, are collecting 25 percent more revenue per passenger than they were 10 years ago in real terms, quality of services has not improved, while airfares have fallen more than 40 percent over the same period.The report says that “Australia’s regulatory system needs to catch up with best practice to protect air travelers from monopoly airports.”Commenting on the report’s release, A4ANZ Chairman, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, said: “Privatisation of Australia’s airports promised to offer many benefits: more efficient management of assets, investment and downward pressure on prices.”“Yet, in the absence of an effective regulatory regime, airport privatization has ultimately resulted in higher costs for both airlines and passengers.”A4ANZ’s chief executive Dr. Alison Roberts said that Australia’s airports are “monopolists.”“What this report reveals is the ability of the airports to use this monopoly position to earn excessive profits, and that they have been doing so in the absence of a credible regulatory threat. This is a trend that began over a decade ago and shows no sign of stopping.”Professor Samuel added: “No one is suggesting the airports don’t deserve to make a decent profit. But the current levels of profit are excessive, and it’s ultimately being paid for by the traveling public. Given the importance of air travel to the national economy, A4ANZ and its member airlines are committed to maintaining positive, constructive commercial relationships with airports. It is in everyone’s interests to do so.”The report’s release comes ahead of the anticipated Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Economic Regulation of Airports of the ACCC’s most recent airport monitoring report.Professor Samuel said of that ACCC report: “Consumers are the ones who ultimately lose in this scenario, whether it’s the exorbitant landing and service fees paid by airlines on the passenger’s behalf, their car parking fee, taxi surcharge, or the bottle of water they buy in the terminal.”But Australian Airports Association (AAA) chief executive Caroline Wilkie said the A4ANZ claims were not borne out by the facts.She said the airports had invested more than $A11.5 billion on airport improvements in the past 10 years as well as worked locally and globally to encourage airline competition that had helped lower airfares.“Attracting international airlines and growing competition has been key to the rise of the tourism industry as a power house of Australian small business and regional economies,” Ms Wilkie said.Ms Wilkie also rejected the claims about airports’ use of market power, saying they ignored robust negotiations between airlines and airports to deliver runways, terminals and technology to meet passenger needs.“Airlines benefit from higher airfares to support higher profits and we are concerned the domestic airline duopoly disadvantages the passenger – particularly in the regions,” Ms Wilkie said.“To suggest airport charges have a major impact on airfares is simply wrong, with charges making up less than 10 per cent of airfares.”
Indian Cricketer Irfan PathanIndian speedster Irfan Pathan spoke to Editor Prabhu Chawla about his pace and performance.Q. You have taken 102 ODI wickets in 59 matches. What is special about you?A. It’s all about hard work. There’s high competition amid pressure from the media and public to perform. It’s very,Indian Cricketer Irfan PathanIndian speedster Irfan Pathan spoke to Editor Prabhu Chawla about his pace and performance.Q. You have taken 102 ODI wickets in 59 matches. What is special about you?A. It’s all about hard work. There’s high competition amid pressure from the media and public to perform. It’s very important to be mentally strong to survive.Q. Do you face problems being from a small town?A. No. It’s all about fate. It doesn’t matter whether you are from a small town or from a big one.Q. When did you start playing cricket?A. My brother and I used to play with a tennis ball. Then our uncle got us registered at the Baroda Sports Club.Q. Has Zaheer Khan helped you in your bowling?A. Yes, he helped me a lot during the Ranji Trophy.Q. What about your studies?A. I am yet to appear for my Class XII examinations.Q. Do you have a problem with red balls?A. I’m comfortable with both balls. I’ve taken 88 wickets with the red ball in Tests.Q. You still bowl at 125-130 kmph. Is that a strategy or your limit?A. I’m bowling at 135-138 kmph now. It’s more important to take wickets and to perform.Q. How have you improved your bowling?A. When I came into the team I was bowling at 128-130 kmph. I focus on variation and movement. I don’t bowl bouncers, I never threaten a batsman. I’m not Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee.advertisementQ. Are you working towards becoming an all-rounder?A. I’m trying to improve my bowling, not my batting. I’m a bowler first.Q. Which is better-ODIs or Tests?A. It’s important to perform in Tests to become a good cricketer.Q. Who is the best bowler according to you?A. Wasim Akram.Q. And the best batsman?A. Sachin, and my favourite is V.V.S. Laxman.Q. The best captain?A. Rahul Dravid is really good. Steve Waugh was a very good decision-maker.
In honor of Social Media Week, I asked a few of our favorite nonprofit experts to weigh in with their personal picks for nonprofits who are hitting it out of the park on social media. Here’s what they had to say:Mark RovnerPrincipal, Founder & CEO, Sea Change Strategies National Audubon SocietyWhere I follow them: Facebook and TwitterWhy they’re so awesome: Social media manager Elizabeth Sorrell knows her audience and feeds them a generous supply of bird photos, interactive challenges, and conservation news. She’s made the Facebook page incredibly fun and lively, and the extremely high level of engagement is testimony to that.Darian Rodriguez HeymanCo-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofitscharity:waterWhere I follow them: TwitterWhy they’re so awesome: Everyone talks about how amazing charity:water is at outreach, but one specific thing they’ve done on Twitter to get to over one million (!) followers is their “photo of the day” campaign. They use the assets they have incredibly well, and that’s the key to their success.Alia McKeePrincipal, Sea Change Strategies and founder, LifeboatAmnesty International Where I follow them: Facebook and Twitter Why they’re so awesome: They are timely, relevant, authentic. They use engagement data to optimize their social media communications. They use social media as a listening tool to tap into what their supporters are thinking and feeling about human rights. That info gets communicated to the fundraising and advocacy teams and informs integrated campaign opportunities. David HartsteinWired ImpactNo Kid Hungry Where I follow them: Twitter, Facebook, and Google+Why they’re so awesome: From the name of the organization to the information they share, No Kid Hungry does an awesome job of communicating their mission in a clear way. On social media, they vary the content they share to provide a wealth of value to those interested in ending childhood hunger in America. Despite their sizable following, they take the time to engage with individuals, responding and thanking supporters publicly. No Kid Hungry sets a great example for all types of organizations.Joe WatersSelfish Giving and author of Fundraising with BusinessesGeorge Washington’s Mount VernonWhere I follow them: Twitter and PinterestWhy they are awesome: They do a wonderful job creating unique content for their site and promoting it on social networks. For example, in October they really captured the macabre spirit of Halloween. They had a great post on people who had claimed to see Washington’s ghost through the years. Thanks to their activity on Twitter, I recently discovered a detailed post on how Mount Vernon looked when Washington lived there in the 18th century. Finally, Mount Vernon doesn’t restrict their content to text. They also have an active YouTube channel. Check out this video on Washington’s dentures! As a guy who follows and loves history, Mount Vernon really makes it come alive!Want to improve your organization’s social savvy? Download our free social media guide.