Teenager frustrates Windies

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (MC):Teenager Jake Carder stroked a half-century on first-class debut as Cricket Australia XI put West Indies under pressure on the second day of their four-day match here yesterday.The 19-year-old left-hander struck a top score of 58 to lead four top-order batsmen with scores over 40 as the hosts finished on 245 for four at Allan Border Field – a lead of two runsNick Stevens, in his sixth first-class match, hit a polished 46; debutant 20-year-old Josh Inglis chipped in with 44; while captain Jimmy Peirson, also on debut, finished on 42 not out.West Indies bowlers struggled to make headway, and captain Jason Holder was the best of the attack with two for 41.Earlier, left-hander Darren Bravo scored 51, Carlos Brathwaite got 47, while tail-ender Kemar Roach chimed in with a crucial 28 as West Indies, resuming on 154 for six, were dismissed for 243.Pacer Simon Milenko led Cricket Australia XI with five for 76 while seamer James Bazley, one of six Australian players on debut, picked up two for 37, and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, two for 56.last_img read more

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Many Wary of Weah’s Governance

first_imgEddie Jarwolo, Executive Director, NAYMOTENAYMOTE survey says 64% of Liberians believe Weah’s Gov’t heading in the ‘wrong direction’In a little over nine months since the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) administration came into being, 64 percent of 3,185 (46% women and 54% men) registered voters across 46 electoral districts (out of 73) within the 15 counties say the country is not being run in the right direction.In their opinion, the George Weah administration is heading into the wrong direction.Majority of Liberians polled believe that President Weah is not on the right trajectory in transforming Liberia into a prosperous and peaceful nation as promised.According to a survey report released by the not for profit organization, National Youth Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) the survey was meant to assess citizens’ perception on the quality of governance in Liberia.The report, using a sample size of 3,185 (women 46% and 54% men) registered voters out of 2,183,629 registered voters across 46 electoral districts out 73 within the 15 counties participated in the survey.The NAYMOTE survey targeted the 15 counties, with respondents between ages 18-35 (54%), 36-50 years (41%) and 50 above (6%).The report revealed that 35% of respondents were business people, 30% were self-employed, 12 % are farmers, 10% government employees, while 89% of the respondents were high school and college students.NAYMOTE said with the 3,185 registered voters interviewed, 64% of respondents “think the country is going in the wrong direction, 13% said the country is somehow going in the wrong direction while 9% said the country is going in the right direction.”“12% said the country is somehow going in the right direction, 70% of the respondents described the current economic condition as poor, while 14% described the current economic condition as very poor,” according to NAYMOTE.The survey report says “2% of the respondents see the current economic condition in the country as good, while 1% describe the current economic condition in the country as very good; 13% of the respondents describe the economic condition in the country as fair and 9% said they don’t know.”The results further showed that 74% of respondents said they are satisfied with the way democracy is working in Liberia, while 6% said they are very satisfied with the way democracy is working. 19% are not satisfied with the way democracy is working in the country, 1% said they don’t know.Meanwhile, 85% of the respondents said they have not attended any meeting organized by a government official while 13% have attended a meeting organized by a government official and 2% don’t know.44% of respondents rated their lawmakers’ performance as poor, 30% rated their lawmaker’s performance as fair and 25% rated lawmakers’ performance as good, while 1% said they don’t know.86% of respondents said they do not approve of the President appointing local leaders or chiefs in their districts while 11% said they approve the president appointing local leaders. 3% of the respondents said they don’t know.The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) is rated as the most trusted security agency in Liberia. 61% of the respondents said they trust the AFL, 32% said they fairly trust the AFL, while 4% don’t trust and 3% said they don’t know. 46% of respondents said they trust the Liberia National Police 29% said they fairly trust the LNP while 25% said they don’t trust the police.21% of the respondents said they trust the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), 53% of the respondents said they fairly trust the LIS and 26% of the respondents don’t trust the LIS. The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is the least trusted security agency in Liberia, with 72% of respondents saying they don’t trust the DEA, while 18% fairly trust the DEA and 10% trust the DEA.Generally, the survey has also rated government performance in handling the economy, job creation, improving living standard of Liberians and improving health services as poor. Keeping prices stable and fighting corruption was graded as very poor. However, addressing educational needs of citizens, addressing infrastructural development/roads, addressing youth and women’s needs were rated as fair.While the districts varied in their perspectives of what are the most important problems facing the country and what government should prioritize, the respondents generally identified the national economy as priority number one that the government must address, followed by education, healthcare, infrastructure development/roads and unemployment.Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development, Eddie Jarwolo, in the report clarified that the results of this survey reflect the perception of the respondents. It has no views, choices or perception of the enumerators and the management of his organization.“This is simply an exercise organized to assess citizens’ perception on the quality of governance in Liberia,” he said. His institution strongly believes that this report will help strengthen democratic governance and public service in Liberia.NAYMOTE was established in 2001 by student leaders and activists and has been one of the leading national institutions promoting democratic governance, peace building and civic engagement in Liberia. The institution is a member of the World Movement for Democracy, the World Youth Movement for Democracy, the African Movement for Democracy and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.The survey was undertaken with technical support from the Center for Democratic Governance through a grant support from the National Endowment for Democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures

first_imgHere’s how all of this weekend’s action in the Donegal Junior Leagues panned out.Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 1 Cappry Rovers Reserves 4Third place was up for grabs for Benji O’Meara’s Cappry side on the Reserve League table if they could gain three points over Kilmacrennan Celtic, who have been in good form this season so far. Cappry got things off to a good start with most of the action in Kilmacrennan’s half and in particular on the left side with Shaun Bannigan creating goal chances.The visitors soon turned things around to put pressure back on the home side and the game was end to end for both teams but it was Kilmac’s Cathal Gallagher who broke the deadlock with a low shot from the edge of the Cappry box to put the visitors ahead. Kilmac continued to push at the hosts creating chances but unable to capitalise.Cappry came back into the game again in the last 15 minutes with plenty of pressure coming from the midfield presence of Conor and Shane Laverty and in the 34th minute when ball came back out from a Cappry attack in the visitor’s box onto the path of right winger Jack Burk, who then scored with superb strike to level the scoreline until half time.The second half started lively for both teams but it was Cappry’s Steven Carr who terrorised the Kilmacrennan defence and after beating three players, put the home side ahead in the 56th minute. Cappry continued to dominate possession in the second half and held off the visitors thanks mainly to defenders Petie Lafferty and William McGlynn.They also had Aaron Kelly and Paddy Long pushing up to create goal chances.Those chances came with NP McDaid lodging a 3rd goal for Cappry on the scoresheet and substitute Kyle O’Meara beating the Kilmac goalkeeper on the 81st minute to put the home side 4 up.Thursday 1st December 2016Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 0   Erne Wanderers Reserves 5 (No Report)Saturday 3rd December 2016 Ulster Junior Shield Strand Rovers 1 Cavan Rovers 2 Ulster Shield action in Maghery saw Strand welcome Cavan Rovers in this knockout competition, Strand didn’t know what to expect from the visitors but they needn’t have been worried as the home side enjoyed all the possession and had numerous chances to go in front but it remained 0-0 at the break.In the second half Paddy Glackin was taken down in the box but failed to capitalise and hit the post. The pressure eventually paid dividend when the sub McGeehan slotted home from outside the box.Cavan decided to get physical and few yellows were shown one of which possible should have been red but the score stayed the same until 85 minutes when Cavan nicked an equaliser.Cavan nicked another in extra time before delay tactics came into play for them, Strand tried hard to get back but it wasn’t to be.Orchard F.C. 2 Glencar Celtic 1(No Report) Glencar Inn Saturday Division Arranmore United 2     Fintown Harps AFC 1Arranmore United welcomed Fintown to Ranagh Park on a day perfect for football. The game started quite slowly as both teams played with caution. Fintown managed to get forward with numbers on one or two occasions but were quickly shut down by a solid Arranmore defence.Arranmore were awarded a penalty when Fintown’s goalkeeper brought down Paul Early on the six yard box; Michael McHugh converted to make it 1-0.After this Arranmore began to look a lot more comfortable on the ball and were awarded another penalty after Glenties man Leo Mc Loone was brought down in the box. Michael McHugh converted again to put the home side 2-0 ahead.Fintown started the second half with a lot of intensity and were awarded for their efforts after Caolan Mc Gonagle got on the end of a free kick and finished well.Arranmore were bombarded with pressure but held out with Leo McLoone putting a massive shift in midfield to break up play.Saturday Reserve DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2     Keadue Rovers Reserves 1Kilmacrennan came out on top in a closely fought game which was switched to Rathmullan. Keadue started brightly and the Kilmac defence stood strong under Seamus Mc Laughlin who Marshalled his troops with all his experience.Keadue took lead on 27 minutes when Luke Ferry scored a header from edge box. Kilmac equalised on 36 minutes when Edwin Doherty headed home from a perfect Mouse McLaughlin free.On 75 minutes Michael McLaughlin danced through the Keadue defence and slotted home after great work from Cathal Gallagher and Darren McGinley. The two Glenswilly men linked up well.Kilmac held out for last 10 minutes and Gerard Mc Grenra dealing with all Keadue’s pressure.The big Glen man played well in nets and was great outlet for the team with his accurate kick outs and safe handsCastlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Donegal Town Reserves 1Castlefin secured a vital three points after a home victory over Donegal Town on Saturday at Parkview. The hosts started the brighter and took the lead when Brian Dooher latched on to a Keith Nelis flick on and he slotted home after 6 minutes.The home side pushed on and doubled their advantage when Marty Owens played through Dooher and he made no mistake from 10 yards in the 28th minute.Donegal pushed forward but failed to break down the home defence. In the second half the game turned into a midfield battle but Castlefin increased their lead when Ronan Tourish broke clear and unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25 yards in the 68th minute.The home side kept pushing to increase their advantage but wasted decent chances to increase their lead. In added time the visitors pulled a goal back when Shaun Kelly scored direct from a corner.Cappry Rovers Reserves 0     Glenree United Reserves 0(No Report) Sunday 4th December 2016 Ulster Junior Cup Gweedore Celtic 3     Monaghan Town 1Gweedore Celtic played well in the early stages but Monaghan started to come into the game more as the first half progressed.Monaghan had the opening goal of the first half on 32minutes but unfortunately it was a Gweedore Celtic man that found the back of the net for them.Gweedore Celtic started the better team in the second half with a goal on 56 minutes scored by Jamie Boyle from a free kick 35 yards out into the top corner.On 60 minutes Gweedore found the back of the net again to make it 2 – 1 when a cross by Kevin Friel was headed on by Tomas Diver and scored by Eamon McGee.Gweedore wrapped up the game on the 85th minute when a long kick out by Chris Sweeney found Odhran Mac Niallais who took on both defender’s to bury the ball in the bottom corner.Buncrana Harps 1   Kilmacrennan Celtic 3(No Report)Aileach F.C. 3                Cranford United 0(No Report)St. Catherines 4     Clones Town 0St. Catherines started the brighter of the two sides passing the ball crisply through the Clones defence and their pressure paid off when debutant 16-years-ol Ryan Cunningham crossed superbly for Daniel Breslin to nod home on 6 minutes.Cunningham continued to haunt the Clones defence and David Conwell latched on to another of his crosses on 16minutes to make it 2-0.Breslin again rose highest to meet a superb corner ball and it was 3-0 at the break. Clones applied more pressure in the second half with Sean McDonald and Simon Douglas pushing the visitors on but it was all to no avail as again another assist from Man of the match Ryan Cunningham provided an easy finish for Daniel Breslin to complete his hat-trick.Odhran McGuinness, another 16-year-old making his home debut. impressed along with Evan Broderick in Defence. Ulster Junior ShieldRedcastle F.C. 1     Glenea United Reserves 2(No Report)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Glenea United 2     Convoy Arsenal 2Glenea got back to winning ways at home with a hard-earned victory over Convoy. It was the proverbial game of two halves with the home side starting well and had a chance to take the lead on 10 minutes but Ryan McFadden saw his penalty saved.Glenea took the lead on 19 minutes when a Ciaran Mc Fadden effort from the edge of the box hit the post and he slotted home the resultant rebound. Glenea extended the lead on 25 minutes when Ciaran McFadden’s through ball released Ryan McFadden and found the corner of the net.Glenea got a third goal on 40 minutes when Ciaran Mc Fadden reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box and scored from close range. In the 2nd half it was Convoy that started well and pulled a goal back on 55 minutes when Johnny Robb pounced on a loose ball and scored from close range.Convoy continued to press and pulled another goal back through Johnny Robb on 70 minutes when he scored from the edge of the box.Convoy pressed for an equaliser but Glenea threatened on the break and Ryan McFadden saw an effort come back off the bar on 85 minutes. The home side kept Convoy scoreless to the game endCastlefin Celtic 6 Lagan Harps 2Castlefin romped to a vital three points after a convincing win over Lagan Harps on Sunday in Parkview.The home side started on the front foot and took the lead in the 21st minute when a PJ Mc Menamin ball played through Ronan Tourish who squared to JP Malley who tapped home.Castlefin doubled their advantage when Menamin again played through Tourish who took on three men and fired into the bottom corner after 27 minutes. Micheal Doherty had a free kick well saved from Castlefin Keeper Anthony Sweeney.In the 35th minute Corrie Lee Bogan found space on the left, he cut in and found the bottom corner to increase the host’s lead.In the 36th minute Tourish found Matthew O’Rourke on the right who finished through the keeper’s legs to put the home side four up.JP Malley added to his personal tally when he headed home a McMenamin corner and completed his hat-trick when he tapped home a Damien Mc Anenny cross before half time.The second half was a dull affair in terms of goal mouth action. Lagan pulled two consolation goals back through Mark Hunter.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore United 1   Raphoe Town 1This game played at Carrickboyle will leave the home side wondering how they didn’t get all 3 points from this one. As early as the first minute Ciaran McFadden’s shot was excellently saved by Roy Duffy in the Raphoe nets.However, Raphoe took the lead when Oliver Quinn finished well past Charles Doherty after good play by Jamie Gallagher to make it 1-0.United continued to play well and press however Duffy in the visitor’s nets made great saves from Kevin Cassidy, Adi O’Gara, Frank McGee and Michael Barry on different occasions.In the 22nd minute young Mark Mc Fadden made it 1-1 when he rounded one defender and shot into to bottom corner from 25 yards leaving Duffy with no chance.This pattern of play continued for the rest of the half with Duffy making important saves for Raphoe.In the second half the home side saw good chances from Ciaran Mc Fadden, Ryan Kelly and Shane O’Donnell with the game ending in a draw.Tom Mc Hugh at the back and Duffy in nets were excellent for Raphoe, with United’s young players. Mark Mc Fadden, Ryan Kelly and Odhran McFadden excelling for United on the day. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin.Erne Wanderers 1     Cappry Rovers 3Erne Wanderers hosted fellow promotion rivals Cappry Rovers and the hosts were left to rue a poor first half showing when they trailed by two goals to nil.Cappry were the better team in the opening half and deserved their lead. Wanderers started the second half on the front foot and scored through David Dolan inside two minutes when he followed up an Alan Russell shot to head home.The homesters had Rovers penned in for spells in the second period but couldn’t get the breakthrough to equalise and after David Dolan spurned a great chance to draw level Erne got hit with a sucker punch when Bradley scored after he got on the end of a monster throw in to slip home the third.Wanderers kept going and created some good chances but found the visiting keeper in great form as he made three or four excellent saves. Best for Erne was Russell while the Cappry keeper had an excellent outing. Referee: John Coyle.Deele Harps 0                Keadue Rovers 0Deele welcomed Keadue to The Athletic Grounds on a fine day for football. The first half was an even contest with both sides playing some good football but chances were at a premium.he early stages of the second half was more of the same but as the half wore on Keadue were starting to dominate and the fact it was only Deele’s second game in two months was starting to show. Keadue had the better of the chances but Deele defended brilliantly and deserved the point.Referee: Martin McAnenyCT Ball Division Two Drumkeen United 1     Copany Rovers 1Copany Rovers were the visitors to a bitterly cold St Patrick’s Park on Sunday afternoon for this Division two clash. The first half was largely uneventful with very few chances created by either side.The only talking point of the first half was actually the Goal which Copany scored.An injury to regular goalkeeper Michael Gibson meant that John Rodgers was the Stand in Keeper for the day and he made what looked like a good double save after 38 minutes,Unfortunately for him and Drumkeen the Referee deemed that the ball had crossed the line from the second effort from Vincent Breslin and he awarded a goal to Copany. Drumkeen came out in the second half and were immediately on the attack when Peter McNamee had a chance right at the start.They also had efforts from Kevin Boyle, Ryan Kettle and Eunan Doherty without success. As the half wore on Drumkeen threw everything at the visitors with everyone going forward for corners and free kicks leaving John Rodgers in the role of sweeper ‘keeper.When you throw everyone forward like that you are vulnerable to a counter attack if your attack breaks down and they were nearly caught a couple of times.It was John Rodgers who set up Drumkeen’s equaliser when his clearance from the halfway line fell to Peter McNamee who then scored a great goal from 30 yards out.Having got back level the home team then went for a late winner but the clock was against them and as the minutes ticked by the Copany Defence stood firm so both teams had to settle for a point.Letterbarrow Celtic P             Dunkineely Celtic P( Match Postponed )Eany Celtic P     Lifford Celtic P( Match Postponed )Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1      Whitestrand United 2Both teams started well in a hotly contested derby.Whitestrand went close on ten minutes when Johnny Sweeney fired high over the bar after good work from Paul Coyle.The ‘71 went close on thirteen minutes when Shaun Patton’s great cross was met by Donal Callaghan only for the ball to just drift wide.The Strand took the lead on 18 minutes when Shaun Martin scored from a Kevin Loughrey corner.Kerrykeel pushed hard for the equaliser and it came on thirty minutes when young Bernard McGettigan finished brilliantly.Kerrykeel had a penalty denied on 38 minutes when Jimmy Coyle was taken down in the box but referee waved play.Kerrykeel were again denied a penalty at the start of the second half when the same player was taken down by the Strand goalkeeper but once again the referee denied the home appeal.Whitestrand took the lead on seventy two minutes when Kevin Loughrey headed home a Johnny Sweeney cross.It was nip and tuck for the remainder of the game but the away team took the spoils. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Michael Mc Devitt, Cathal Martin and Shane Sandilands. Best for Whitestrand: Ken Dempsey.Referee: Mickey Mulhern.RESULTSTuesday 29th November 2016 Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves         1 v 4                   Cappry Rovers Reserves Thursday 1st December 2016 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves               0 v 5                   Erne Wanderers ReservesSaturday 3rd December 2016 Ulster Junior ShieldStrand Rovers                                  1 v 2                   Cavan RoversOrchard F.C.                                    1 v 2                   Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday DivisionArranmore United                            2 v 1                   Fintown Harps AFCSaturday Reserve DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves      2  v 1                   Keadue Rovers ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves                 3 v 1                   Donegal Town ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                 0 v 0                   Glenree United Reserves Sunday 4th December 2016 Ulster Junior CupGweedore Celtic                              3 v 1                   Monaghan TownBuncrana Harps                               1 v 3                   Kilmacrennan CelticAileach F.C.                                     3 v 0                   Cranford UnitedSt. Catherines                                   4 v 0                   Clones TownUlster Junior ShieldRedcastle F.C.                                  1 v 2                   Glenea United ReservesFAI Junior CupGrattan United                                             3 v 0                   Drumoghill FCAbbeyfeale United                           5 v 0                   Kildrum TigersBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United                                  2 v 2                   Convoy ArsenalCastlefin Celtic                                6 v 2                   Lagan HarpsTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore United                             1 v 1                   Raphoe TownErne Wanderers                                1 v 3                   Cappry RoversDeele Harps                                     0 v 0                   Keadue RoversCT Ball Division TwoDrumkeen United                            1 v 1                   Copany RoversLetterbarrow Celtic                          P v P                   Dunkineely CelticEany Celtic                                      P v P                   Lifford CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C.                           1 v 2                   Whitestrand UnitedFIXTURESSaturday 10thDecember 2016         K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDunlewey Celtic                                 v                      Glencar CelticOrchard F.C.                                       v                      Strand RoversSaturday Reserve DivisionDrumoghill F.C. Reserves                   v                      Milford United ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves                      v                      Castlefin Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                    v                      Keadue Rovers Reserves Sunday 11th December 2016                        K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic                               v                      Glenea UnitedKildrum Tigers                                    v                      St. CatherinesMilford United                                   v                      Castlefin CelticLagan Harps                                        v                      Drumoghill F.C.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town                                     v                      Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers                                   v                      Gweedore UnitedDonegal Town                                                v                      Glenree UnitedKeadue Rovers                                    v                      Erne WanderersBonagee United                                   v                      Deele HarpsCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United                              v                      Dunkineely CelticDrumkeen United                               v                      Lifford CelticLetterbarrow Celtic                             v                      Cranford UnitedDonegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: December 4th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP!

first_imgA young Co Donegal lad has kicked his way to the top of his sport across the world.World champ Damian!Damian Duddy, a student at Deele College in Raphoe, has been crowned ISKA World Junior Kickboxing Champion.Damian, who fights in the welterweight category, is no stranger to success, winning Irish and European titles in recent years. The 15 year old, who fights out of the PT kickboxing gym in Carrigans is a 5th year student in Deele College and is obviously delighted with his latest success.Nick-named ‘Kid Dynamite’ for his explosive speed and agility, Damian enthralled the crowd in the Millennium Forum with a brilliant display of technique, speed and strength last Saturday night.He overcame his Spanish opponent, winning all three rounds in convincing fashion.Damien celebrates his historic win with his family. From left, his brother William, father Cathal and mother ArleneMore than 2,000 people were in attendance in the walled city and it was the biggest kickboxing tournament ever seen in Ireland. His success will have delighted his hard working trainers, Paddy Toland and his father Cathal Duddy who have put so much into Damian’s success.Principal Mr PJ McGowan and Vice Principal Mr Danny McFadden congratulate Damien on his magnificent winDeele College Principal, PJ McGowan commended Damian on his big win, saying it was great for the school to have representatives like Damian, competing at the top level in his chosen sport.Damian follows in a long line of sporting heroes who have passed through the door at Deele College, not least four time world champion, Natalie McCarron, who defended her titles successfully on Saturday night.Mr McGowan also wished 3rd year student Brett McGinty the best of luck in his upcoming European Boxing Tournament in Russia, where he will be looking to emulate his recent success in Eastern Europe and bring back a medal.Damien celebrates his World Title with his classmates DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP! was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Damian Duddydeele collegekick-boxingRaphoelast_img read more

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A feast of South African festivals

first_imgFestivals, festivals, festivals … South Africa has a celebration for every event, art form, food, drink and agricultural commodity.The pupils from Chris Hani High School welcome festival goers on day two of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in March 2017. (Image: Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Facebook)Here’s a comprehensive month-by-month guide to some of South Africa’s best excuses for a party. You can browse the whole list, or click on the links below to jump to a specific month:FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberFEBRUARYDance UmbrellaWhere: Johannesburg, GautengWebsite: Dance UmbrellaA festival of contemporary choreography and dance, the Dance Umbrella presents work ranging from community-based dance troupes to international companies. Since it started in 1988, it has launched many South African choreographers into international dance, including Vincent Mantsoe, Robyn Orlin and Boyzie Cekwana.Up the CreekWhere: Up the Creek campsite, Breede River, near Swellendam, Western CapeWebsite: Up the CreekThe Up the Creek campsite is situated on the banks of the Breede River and during the four-day festival offers three stages: the main stage, the river stage and the all-night-long Breede River bar stage. Visitors can frolic in the river during the day and then move up to main stage as the day progresses.Prickly Pear FestivalWhere: Uitenhage, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern CapeThe Prickly Pear Festival is held in late February or early March every at Cuyler Hofstede farm near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay. It’s a day of traditional food, such as ginger beer, pancakes, potjiekos, home-made jam, a spit braai and fish braai, bunnychow and home-made pudding.MARCHCape Town International Jazz FestivalWhere: Cape Town, Western CapeWebsite: Cape Town International Jazz FestivalCape Town International Jazz is a two-day festival held during March or April featuring some 40 international and African acts performing on five stages to an audience of 15 000. It also features photographic and art exhibitions.Lambert’s Bay KreeffeesWhere: Lambert’s Bay, West Coast, Western CapeWebsite: KreeffeesKreef is Afrikaans for crayfish, and a fees can be both festival and feast. It is held every March in the West Coast town of Lambert’s Bay, where you’ll feast on fresh crayfish and get festive at rock concerts by some of South Africa’s favourite musicians. There’s also bungee jumping, aerial displays, a half-marathon, beer tents and more.The Rotary River FestivalWhere: Vanderbijlpark, GautengWebsite: Rotary River FestivalThe Rotary River Festival takes place on the banks of the Vaal River at Stonehaven on Vaal in Vanderbijlpark and has been running since 1995. It’s a fun fund-raising occasion, with the money raised going to a large number of local charities. The festival features top musicians, dance, fashion, raft racing, tasty eats, and plenty of fun for the kids and those that are young at heart.Scifest AfricaWhere: Grahamstown, Eastern CapeWebsite: Scifest AfricaSciFest Africa, or the National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, is held in late March in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Over seven days it features some 600 events: lectures, game drives, a laser show, workshops, sunset shows, robotics competitions, science olympics, school quizzes, interactive exhibitions, the PlayFair, field trips, talkshops and a film festival. Attendance now exceeds 35 000 visitors every year.Tonteldoos Country FestivalWhere: Tonteldoos, MpumalangaThe Tonteldoos Country Festival, previously known as the Peach Festival, happens in late March or early April in the village of Tonteldoos, some 20km northwest of Dullstroom and two hours from Johannesburg. It offers peaches and pretty much everything that can be made from the fruit, including peach mampoer.APRILKlein Karoo Nationale KunstefeesWhere: Oudtshoorn, Western CapeWebsite: Klein Karoo Nationale KunstefeesThe Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn features well-known and young up-and-coming artists in dance and theatre. Started as an Afrikaans alternative to the mainly English National Arts Festival, KKNK has 200 different shows on three different stages.AfrikaBurnWhere: Tankwa Karoo, Northern CapeWebsite: AfrikaBurnAfrika Burn is based on The Burning Man festival which grew out of a loose grouping of individuals and organisations who questioned, and continue to question mainstream, highly commercialised society and what it does to the notion and workings of community. In a nutshell, it’s about radical self-expression.Splashy FenWhere: Underberg, KwaZulu-NatalWebsite: Splashy FenEvery year the Splashy Fen music festival attracts thousands of people to a farm near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for a feast of mainstream and alternative rock and pop. It offers plenty of facilities, but there are great bed-and-breakfasts in nearby towns for those who believe music festivals can be enjoyed without mud.Philippolis Witblits FestivalWhere: Philippolis, Free StateThe Philippolis Witblits Festival, held in early April, will give you a taste of a proud local tradition – witblits (Afrikaans for “white lightning”) is South African moonshine. Held in the oldest town in the Free State, the festival has boeresport (literally “farmers sport”) for the kids, food, drink and more witblits.Prince Albert Town and Olive FestivalWhere: Prince Albert, Western CapeWebsite: Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival The Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival, held in the Swartberg region of the Western Cape in April, offers a whole lot more than just the region’s famous olives and wine. There’s an art exhibition, beer tents, live music, witblits tastings, crafts for kids, historic tours, a cycle race, an olive pip-spitting competition, culinary demonstrations, a midnight ghost walk, stalls, cabaret, a dance and more.MAYPink Loerie Mardi GrasWhere: Knysna, Western CapeWebsite: Pink Loerie Mardi GrasThe Knysna loerie is a green bird, but the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is different. A gay festival held in the beautiful coastal town of Knysna in May, the Mardi Gras offers four days of non-stop entertainment for anyone who enjoys a party.Riebeek Kasteel Olive FestivalWhere: Riebeek Kasteel, Western CapeWebsite: Riebeek Kasteel Olive FestivalThe Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival takes place in the Swartland area of the Western Cape in May. A feast of wine and the best olives in South Africa, the festival also has an art competition, live entertainment, stalls and lots of food.JUNECalitzdorp Port and Wine FestivalWhere: Calitzdorp, Western CapeWebsite: Calitzdorp Port and Wine FestivalThe Klein Karoo town of Calitzdorp is the port-wine capital of South Africa. Its annual port festival, held over a weekend in June, is hosted by the eight wine cellars of Calitzdorp. There’s a historical treasure hunt around the town, local arts and crafts, lifestyle market stalls to suit all tastes, the Port Dance, restaurants, food stalls and the annual South African boules championships, plus much more.National Arts FestivalWhere: Grahamstown, Eastern CapeWebsite: National Arts FestivalThe Grahamstown National Arts Festival, held in late June or early July every year, is South Africa’s oldest, biggest and best-known arts festival. The 10-day event offers culture hounds every indulgence of theatre, music, song, dance, film and a whole lot more. If there’s one South African festival you have to attend, this is it.JULYHow artists will help South Africa reflect, critique and reimagine our national aspirations: https://t.co/LnXQ2DnchJ #NAF2016— National Arts Fest (@artsfestival) October 30, 2015Dullstroom Winter FestivalWhere: Dullstroom, MpumalangaWebsite: Dullstroom Winter FestivalHeld annually in July, the Dullstroom Winter Festival is historically themed as Christmas in Winter. Activities during the festival include a golf day, a tagged trout event – Dullstroom is a fly-fishing hotspot – chocolate and wine tastings, art exhibitions, whiskey tastings and themed restaurant evenings. Live music shows showcasing roots, blues and folk music from top South African performers take place at various venues around town.Knysna Oyster FestivalWhere: Knysna, Western CapeWebsite: Knysna Oyster FestivalThe coastal town of Knysna is famous for its oysters, and increasingly famous for the July festival that celebrates them. In addition to oyster braais, oyster tasting, oyster-eating competitions and other molluscular activities, there’s live entertainment and lots of sporting events.VryfeesWhere: Bloemfontein, Free StateWebsite: VryfeesFormerly the Volksblad Arts Festival, this is a lovely festival with lots of live shows, stage productions, and an art market with lots of stalls. This festival is the big showcase for artists from all over the country who want to perform in the Free State.Ellisras Bushveld FestivalWhere: Lephalele (Ellisras), LimpopoThe Ellisras Bushveld Festival takes place in early July in the heart of the bushveld, in the Waterberg district of Limpopo. The festival includes cattle shows, a game auction, horse jumping, dog shows, agricultural activities, a three-day battle for the best 4×4 competition, a game farms expo, hunting opportunities, bird- and tree-identification competitions, traditional food, a beer tent and huge camp fires.AUGUSTOppikoppi Bushveld FestivalWhere: Northam, North WestWebsite: OppikoppiHeld on the bushveld farm of Oppikoppi (“op die koppie” in Afrikaans, or “on the hill”), this festival offers three permanent thatched stages, a smaller comedy stage and a stage for more chilled music at the top of the koppie. Oppikoppi has helped establish many South African musicians’ careers, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. This is real bushveld: hot and dry, and everywhere red dust and thorn trees. Expect to shower a lot when you get home. (Oppikoppi also hosts an Easter Festival in March.)Standard Bank Joy of JazzWhere: Johannesburg, GautengWebsite: Standard Bank Joy of JazzJohannesburg’s biggest annual jazz festival is an ideal family outing, featuring a range of musical styles but with a strong emphasis on jazz. Over 200 local and international artists perform at different venues across the city, particularly in Newtown.Hantam VleisfeesWhere: Calvinia, Northern CapeWebsite: Hantam VleisfeesCalvinia in the Northern Cape is sheep country, and this festival celebrates meat. There’s meat braaied, stewed, curried, in pita, on sosaties, in potjies – you can even pick up a done-to-perfection sheep’s head for a mere R30. First held in 1989, the three-day Hantam Vleisfees has a music concert, street party, vintage car rally and, a highlight for many, the Miss Vleisfees competition – a glittering affair with dinner and dancing.Cellar Rats Wine FestivalWhere: Magaliesburg, GautengWebsite: Cellar Rats Wine FestivalTaste South Africa’s best wines in a tranquil outdoor setting in Magaliesburg. Held every year in August, the Cellar Rats Wine Festival is a day of wine tasting, with picnic baskets for sale and many activities for the kids. Enjoy huge shady trees, lush green grass and an abundance of birdlife on the banks of the picturesque Magalies River. Designated drivers get in for free.SEPTEMBERArts AliveWhere: Johannesburg, GautengWebsite: Arts AliveArts Alive, held every September since 1992, features a heady mix of dance, visual art, poetry and music at venues in the Joburg inner city. The main concert, held at the Johannesburg Stadium, headlines international superstars such as 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. Over 600 artists perform during the four-day festival, with most shows at various venues in Newtown. The ever-popular Jazz on the Lake is held on the final day.Aardklop Arts FestivalWhere: Potchefstroom, North WestWebsite: Aardklop Arts FestivalAardklop Arts Festival offers a feast of arts and an all-round good jol for five days in late September and early October. First held in 1998, Aardklop – Afrikaans roughly translated as “earth beat” – has over 90 productions, with classical music, jazz, hard rock, cabaret, visual arts, theatre, circus performances, opera, African and World music, poetry and more, ending with the OppiAarde rock festival on the final day.Southern Cross Music FestivalWhere: Mooi River, KwaZulu-NatalEvery September the Southern Cross Music Festival showcases South African music in a three-day event in Hidden Valley on the banks of KwaZulu-Natal’s beautiful Mooi River. First held in 1998, the festival donates part of its proceeds to charity. In addition to music, there’s fishing, swimming, white water rafting, abseiling, hikes, walks, mountain biking and 4×4 courses. The farm caters for 6 000 festival-goers.Woodstock Music FestivalWhere: Hartbeeshoek, North WestWoodstock, first held in 1999, is the largest youth-oriented music and lifestyle festival in South Africa. In addition to mainstream music, the festival offers a market of crafters and alternative lifestyle products over four days. It is held at Hartbeeshoek Holiday resort near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West.Boertjie KontreifeesWhere: Bultfontein, Free StateWebsite: Boertjie KontreifeesThe Boertjie Kontreifees is an agricultural festival, featuring 340 stalls, which draws about 20 000 people over four days. It includes plenty of sport, plenty to eat and drink, lots of competitions, and many entertainers. It being an agricultural festival, you can expect to find horses, cattle, sheep, buck, greyhounds, tractors, and cars as well.Gariep KunstefeesWhere: Kimberley, Northern CapeWebsite: Gariep KunstefeesThe Gariep Kunstefees (arts festival) features an impressive line-up of local musicians, a film festival showcasing South Africa’s new filmmakers, as well as art exhibitions and children’s theatre.Hermanus Whale FestivalWhere: Hermanus, Western CapeWebsite: Hermanus Whale FestivalEvery year, southern right whales travel thousands of miles to the Cape south coast to mate and calve in the bays. Join the villagers of Hermanus for an entertainment-packed festival, in the town with the best land-based whale watching in the world.Awesome Africa Music FestivalWhere: Midmar Dam, KwaZulu-NatalThe Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival, first held in 1999, takes place at the Midmar Dam in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands after calling Durban home for many years. Its focus is on collaboration with musicians from Africa and beyond.Prince Albert Agricultural ShowWhere: Prince Albert, Western CapeWebsite: Prince AlfredJoin the people of Prince Albert as they celebrate their agricultural heritage in September. Homecrafts, art and flowers, horses, motorbikes, sheep and angora goat competitions, local products, delicious food, bar facilities and entertainment for young and old are all on the menu.MacufeWhere: Bloemfontein, Free StateWebsite: MacufeMacufe, the 10-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. The festival attracts up to 140 000 people and is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.It’s great to see our female musicians get so much support. A prove that they are being recognized #Macufe2015 pic.twitter.com/ksgrjNzKR1— Arts & Culture (@ArtsCultureSA) October 9, 2015White Mountain FestivalWhere: Estcourt, KwaZulu-NatalWebsite: White Mountain FestivalThe White Mountain Folk Festival in the Central Drakensberg mountain range offers great music in an awesome setting for three days in September. Featuring acoustic performances by some of South Africa’s top folk musicians, it is held at White Mountain Lodge in the foothills of the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve. Camping in a beautiful site at the edge of a dam is free, with hot shower units at the ready, plus lots of “executive” loos. There’s also a variety of food stalls, and a beer market offering naturally brewed local ales and lagers.Vrede Paddadors FeesWhere: Vrede, Free StateThe full name of Paddadors, the Free State town of Vrede’s annual festival, is the Vrede Paddadors Rooivleis en Kultuurfees – which translates literally as the Peace Frog-Thirst Red-Meat and Culture Festival. The story goes that the dry land on which the town was established was originally called Paddadors (“frog thirst” in Afrikaans), until peace came and the place was named Vrede. The festival offers live music, traditional food, a beer garden, children’s activities and more.OCTOBERLekkerhoekie OpskopWhere: Polkadraai Festival Ground, Zwartkops, CenturionThe Lekkerhoekie Opskop brings together many of South Africa’s best-loved Afrikaans singers. There is also plenty of other entertainment on the side, including things for the kids to do.Herman Charles Bosman WeekendWhere: Groot Marico, North WestWebsite: Herman Charles Bosman WeekendHerman Charles Bosman was one of South Africa’s greatest writers, and this weekend festival celebrates his work in the desert town of Groot Marico, the setting for many of his stories. Some of South Africa’s top actors read from and perform Bosman’s work; there’s also good food, good company – and lots of mampoer.Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle FestivalWhere: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, Western CapeWebsite: Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle FestivalRocking the Daisies features top South African bands performing a wide variety of music, as well as comedy, burlesque dancing, acoustic jams, and giant African puppeteering. The Food Village looks after the stomach and the Traders Market offers exciting goodies. Other attractions include swimming, wine tasting, the Daisy Den and Art Field, and activities for the kids.NOVEMBERFicksburg Cherry FestivalWhere: Ficksburg, Free StateWebsite: Ficksburg Cherry FestivalOne of the oldest festivals in South Africa – first held in 1969 – the Ficksburg Cherry Festival now attracts around 20 000 visitors to this small eastern Free State town every November. The scenery is magnificent, and the festival offers cherry and asparagus tastings, tours, picnics, music, and the Miss Cherry Blossom and Miss Cherry Pip competitions.DECEMBERRustler’s Valley New Year’s GatheringWhere: Ficksburg, Free StateWebsite: Rustler’s Valley New Year’s GatheringRustler’s Valley in the eastern Free State hosts some of its best trance, dance and drumming festivals in late November and December, including a New Year celebration. The majestic scenery in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains alone is worth the trip.Updated November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Safety considerations for community gardens and community supported agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Community gardens present unique safety and health hazards for garden staff and volunteers. Workers of all ages tend to these gardens, with various levels of knowledge, skills, and physical condition. For many volunteers, working in a community garden or on a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm, is their first experience with crop production or horticulture. Having awareness of the hazards and risk is not something they think about when they come to work. Educating the staff and volunteers on workplace safety, emergency action plans, and first aid is important for community garden owners and managers.Workplace safetyJust the physical environment itself on farms, gardens and greenhouses can have hazards that lead to injuries.Hand tools designed to cut, dig and prune do not discriminate between plant and soil, and human skin. Often times a good pair of gloves, close-toe shoes, and long sleeves/pants will protect the person from minor cuts and abrasions.Community gardens built on previous residential or industrial plots may have debris in the soil left behind by the previous owners; it is not uncommon to find scrap metal, nails, broken glass, and other discarded items on the property. Working on these newly developed sites may also require gloves, close-toe shoes, and long sleeves/pants to protect from cuts abrasions, and puncture wounds. Having a current vaccination for tetanus is a good idea as well.Some tasks using roto-tillers, electric pruners and chainsaws will require stronger protection like leather gloves and boots.Chemical handling will require rubber gloves, and possibly a rubber apron, rubber boots, and goggles (depending on the scope of the project, and the type of chemical being applied).Slips, trips and falls are common in garden and greenhouse environments. Uneven terrain, water hoses, garden tools, and equipment like pots, stakes, and harvest containers are often to blame. Persons with limited mobility or other handicaps may find it difficult to assess all areas of the greenhouse or garden plot.Common ergonomic issues affecting horticultural workers include repetitive motions and awkward posture. It is recommended to take regular stretch breaks or rotate between garden tasks that require long periods of the same activity in order to reduce muscle tension.Sun safety practices include wearing a hat with a 3-inch brim all the way around and lightweight clothing. These protect the skin from from UV exposure when sunscreen is not desirable. Emergency action plansBecause emergencies are unpredictable and can occur at anytime, including weather-related emergencies, it is important to have a pre-determined plan of action for all garden staff and volunteers to follow. Not all persons may be familiar with the community or know where to take shelter if a thunderstorm or weather event strikes.Posting a sign where to take shelter in the event of a weather-related emergency is important for staff, volunteers, and visitors. When there is no place to post the sign, and there is a small workforce (10 or fewer), it is possible to verbally give this information.Have emergency numbers posted for non-life threatening 911 emergencies. It is also recommended to post a number where a supervisor or property manager can be contacted. First aidBeing prepared for injuries is just as important as preventing injuries.Have a first aid kit available on-site, or possibly in a person’s vehicle, for treatment of injuries, insect stings, and heat/headache relief.Access to fresh water for drinking, hand-washing, and heat stress cool-down is recommended. Having staff and volunteers bring their own water when attending the gardens may be necessary in some locations. On-site water supplies collected from rooftops or rain barrels should not be assumed to be drinking quality; many contaminants can be present.Additional safety and health information, designed specifically for community gardens, greenhouses, small farms and community supported agriculture (CSA) land can be accessed on-line at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/topic/yard-and-garden.Additional planning guides for emergencies, including safety information for agritourism and outdoor community festivals or events, are available at https://u.osu.edu/agritourismready/. Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor for Agricultural Safety and Health, can be reached at 292-6008 or jepsen.4@osu.edu. Contributions from Andrea Costin, MPH, recently graduated from OSU where she conducted a research project on agricultural related injuries. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.last_img read more

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Beyond the Web Page: Google, NY Times and Washington Post Launch News Experiment

first_img“The lock- in that we’ve had around pages has held us back in terms of innovation and how to use this medium. When we got here [to the Web] there was nothing, and we flopped a 500-year-old metaphor of pages on top of it, a browser that by its name says you will browse, not touch, this content. But it was not meant to be a one-way experience. We’re only a fragment of the way into this journey.” -John Borthwick, The Real-Time Web and Its FutureLiving Stories is the name of a new experimental collaboration between Google Labs, the New York Times and the Washington Post that seeks to transcend that 500 year-old metaphor with a parsable flow of news content around big stories. It’s very cool. We offer a 5 minute video tour of the project below.First, Google’s official tour of the experiment.And now our tour of the service, twice as long and more detailed. What do you think? It looks inspired by blogging and by databases. I’d like to see more opportunity to comment and a clear method to surface the most high-quality reader comments. I’d like to see a mobile interface. I can imagine other publications employing this kind of system of organization, though, and it’s great to see some web-centric innovation. We really are just beginning with this powerful medium.Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb is a syndication parter of the NYTimes. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#news#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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The One Way to Scale Things That Don’t Easily Scale

first_imgCaring doesn’t easily scale. You might care very deeply about helping your clients achieve the outcomes they need while, at the very same time, someone else on your team couldn’t care less. You see this everywhere, don’t you?The only way to get everyone to consistently care is to build a culture of caring.Passion doesn’t easily scale either. The cynics, the critics, the has-beens, and the never-will-be’s are too cool to drink the Kool-Aid. They’ll never allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to feel anything.Unless you build a culture of passion, passion doesn’t scale.Craftsmanship doesn’t easily scale. It isn’t easy to scale the kind of craftsmanship that differentiates the exceptional from most products or services. You know this kind of professionalism when you see it, the attention to detail, the deep knowledge, and the meticulous care that goes into it.Unless you build a culture around craftsmanship, it doesn’t easily scale.Execution scales fine when the outcomes are easy, low cost, and low risk. But execution of real, tangible, business outcomes isn’t easy to scale. Getting complex, intangible business results is difficult. You know by now that the only answer is a culture of execution.Resourcefulness doesn’t easily scale. Resourcefulness is what the human spirit is made up of, but it’s been driven out of most adults in the workforce. Business has spent more than a Century building dependents.You can scale resourcefulness if you build a culture around identifying new ideas, finding away, and killing sacred cows.The way to scale things that don’t easily scale is to build a culture around those values. It’s the leader’s job to build that culture—and defend it from anyone and everyone that threatens that culture. It’s your job to live that culture, to breathe life into, to make it real. This is your real competitive advantage.QuestionsWhat do you do that’s difficult to scale?If it scaled, what intangible could provide your competitive advantage?How important is culture to an organization’s success? It’s survival? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Why Can’t I See You?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now My client said, “Why can’t I see you.” The reason he couldn’t see me is rather simple. I called him from my cellular phone, and I was driving the through Starbucks. The phone was on the seat next to me. He expected to see me because I called him over Skype, and we almost exclusively use video as our preferred method of communication.Your cellular phone may be the greatest communication tool ever invented. Look at all your choices.Phone Calls: You can use your cellular phone to call your clients and speak with them directly. It’s hard to remember that it’s really a phone when it offers so many other methods to communicate.Video Conference: Your smart phone allows you to video conference, making your communication even more real and more personal. Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts all work well, and many of your clients are already using video internally.Text Message: I have one client who loves to text. No matter where he is or what he is doing, he can communicate and give direction. It also requires short answers. More and more, I have clients who are using text messages to communicate.Email: You’re never away from your email, are you? And neither are your clients. You’ve seen them check their smart phones while you’ve been in meetings with, haven’t you? Email works—and you know your client or prospects gets your message immediately.Social Media: I tweet direct messages to clients. Some clients tweet or DM me. I have clients who send messages through Facebook, and sometimes LinkedIn. All of these can be done from your smart phone. It’s a great little social media toolbox.But it’s a phone. And soon it will be more.If You Don’t Like the TelephoneSome salespeople, mostly younger, prefer email to the telephone. They prefer text messaging to email. They live on social media. And the next generation won’t know a world without the Internet or social media.The phone is a different form of communication. There is no backspace or delete button. You can’t go back over your words to correct them. You have to deal with what comes at you, and you are alone to deal with it. You need real chops. Some salespeople are uncomfortable with the phone.I Want to See YouIf you don’t like the phone, you’re going to hate what comes next. We’re going to video.The cost and availability of video is now the price of using a cellular phone. More and more, your clients are going to expect you to be on their screen, looking them in eyes, and speaking with them directly.We’re (still) human. We (still) prefer face to face communication. Your clients want to see you. Get ready.last_img read more

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Jamie Vardy’s exit will be catastrophic for Leicester, says Taggart

first_imgLosing striker Jamie Vardy to Arsenal could spark an exodus of players from Leicester City, former defender Gerry Taggart has said, adding that the move could be catastrophic for the Premier League champions.Arsenal tabled a bid for Vardy before he left for the European Championship in France with the rest of England’s squad on Monday, according to British media reports.The 29-year-old was the joint second-highest scorer in the English top-flight last season and Arsenal’s bid comes at an uncomfortable time for England, whose manager Roy Hodgson has banned players’ agents from the team hotel in Chantilly to avoid his players being distracted.”If Vardy goes then one or two others might want to leave as well,” Taggart, who made over 100 appearances for Leicester, told the BBC. “For the good of the whole team and the club it is important Vardy stays.” (Arsenal trigger Jamie Vardy’s Leicester buy-out clause – reports)Vardy scored 24 league goals last season as Leicester won the top-flight crown for the first time in their history, and was voted as the Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association. (Euro 2016: Focus on England, not transfers, Roy Hodgson tells players )”The whole Leicester ethos over the last couple of seasons has been built around people like Vardy,” Taggart added.England open their Group B campaign against Russia on Saturday. Wales and Slovakia are the other teams in their group.last_img read more

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