Foster’s Fairplay | Think tank needed

first_imgThere is a crucial question that, not for the first time, is being asked after another successful staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships. Inevitably, it concerns the plethora of talent that continues to flow from the five-day showcase of the country’s best in that age cohort. What needs to be addressed and answered should be palpably clear to all who understand and appreciate the sport. How will Jamaica respond to the further developmental requirements of the young male and female athletes who came to the National Stadium, and guided by coaches and team officials of optimal quality, delivered the goods in such outstanding fashion? Foster’s Fairplay has long yearned for a system that could provide the environment and material necessary to afford the stars of Champs the opportunity to enhance the gifts with which they have been undoubtedly blessed. Take a look at the lower classes. The two little babies – how else can they be appropriately described? – Brianna Lyston and Kevona Davis of St Jago High and Edwin Allen, respectively, put on sprinting displays that sent those privileged to be there into sheer ecstasy. Vere Technical’s sprint hurdler, Brittany Anderson; and Sachin Dennis of St Elizabeth Technical were no less awesome in the execution of their events. There were others who one hopes will form the nucleus of a wealth of talent that will keep the nation’s flag aloft internationally for years to come. Any lover of the sport who believes that this will happen automatically had better think again. There has been talent before, and many have hit a brick wall and stopped in their tracks, failing to achieve their true potential. This has been so as there was an absence of the nurturing that would encourage excellence in any given discipline. A formula has to be found and developed to take care of the limiting deficiencies and deprivations that currently exist. Maybe, one day, some bright individual will come up with the reason our sports performers are invariably from the country’s socially and economically disadvantaged sector. Until that is reversed, it is the duty of a caring nation to ensure that lack of resources is not a hindrance to the advancement of those who give us the inestimable joy and satisfaction that the athletes bring to us. What the country witnessed at the National Stadium two weekends ago had its genesis in the work of some special and select individuals. Coaches, some school officials, parents, guardians, and volunteers have worked and sacrificed for a long time to bring about solid achievements for their charges – these young athletes. In their turn, the youngsters have performed out of their skins to bring honour and recognition not only to their community, but to the country. There are more educational and financial outcomes that can emanate from all this, and they should not be left to do it all alone. This is where the Government should step in. Being present, occupying the best seats in the park, to applaud, revel in the spectacle, and hand out a few awards are commendable efforts. Those actions and activities show that there is interest. However, a lot more is expected. Can there not be a think tank bringing in some of those who have toiled and contributed to the athletes’ efforts over time, and where giving them more support is discussed and a way forward is identified? Would it not be justice for these athletes if they were afforded an easier passage away from the neglect and abuse of their talent that some of them are forced to endure? These youngsters are giving to the nation a lot more than the compensation that they are receiving. As the great one, Herb McKenley of blessed memory always said about athletes, “What they need is a sense of belonging to something.” The country should join with them in the struggle to achieve their full potential and for them to feel good about their efforts in pushing their country’s image to greater heights. Isn’t this what these youngsters are doing for the nation? So why can’t Jamaicans join hands and do the same for them? Let it start with our leaders. For feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. HELP NEEDED TO BRING ABOUT OUTCOMESlast_img read more

Charles Taylor Turns 67 Today

first_imgThe organizing committee of the birth anniversary of former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor has announced an official program marking his 67th birthday today.The program is expected to be held at Taylor’s “White Flower” residence in Congo Town in the absence of the honoree.  Mr. Taylor is currently serving a 50-year sentence in a jail in the United Kingdom for crimes against humanity and others.The chairman of the ‘Ghankay 67th Birthday Anniversary,’ Atty. Edwin M. Martin, said the program will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature special prayers, singing of birthday song and speeches.According to Atty. Martin, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cabinet Members as well as lawmakers of the 53rd Legislature, have been invited.  Also invited to the celebration are the diplomatic corps, traditional, political and civil society organization leaders including youths, women and others groups.Cllr. Cyrenius Cephas has been chosen to serve as keynote speaker.When contacted, Cllr. Cephas confirmed being the guest speaker and said he will speak on: “Living and building our dream, a major step toward national reconciliation.”He noted via mobile phone last night that his speech will come from the Bible specifically the book of Luke 10:25-37.“My speech will be defining who your neighbor is,” Cllr. Cephas said. A few verses of that chapter in Luke read, “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life? Do what is written in the Law?” Jesus replied, “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,” the Bible says. “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”When contacted, the former Chairman of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) which former President Taylor established, Chief Cyrus Allen, told the Daily Observer that Mr. Taylor is in high spirits, even though he is locked up in a UK jail.Chief Allen disclosed that Taylor had sued the British Government for denying him the right to a family life.Britain agreed to imprison Taylor after he was convicted in 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers during a civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s that left tens of thousands of people dead.He has now lodged legal papers with the United Nations’ Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, claiming that his detention in the UK breaches his human rights. The trial is expected next month.Charles Taylor led a rebellion in Liberia, which toppled the Samuel K. Doe regime in the 1990s.Mr. Taylor was Liberia’s 21st President. He was born on January 28, 1948 in Arthington, Montserrrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BUNDORAN TOWN COUNCILLOR JOINS SINN FEIN

first_imgBundoran Town Councillor Diarmaid Doherty has joined Sinn Fein.Speaking today in a meeting with senior Sinn Féin Public figures, Cllr Doherty said he was delighted to formally announce that he has joined the party. “Throughout my time in public office, I have worked closely alongside Michael McMahon and Sean McCarthy on innumerable campaigns and local issues on behalf of our community and I have for a long time believed Sinn Féin to be my natural political home.“Sinn Féin has been at the forefront of the campaign to defend our communities against the ravages of this government’s austerity measures, and I feel that our Party’s policies are resonating with ordinary people, not just locally but across Ireland,” he said.He added that Sinn Féin has consistently presented alternative political solutions to the difficulties faced by the people believes many others will follow his lead take the decision to join its ranks in the future.“I would like to thank the representatives here today for the warm welcome and I look forward to working with them and the wider Sinn Féin membership as I continue to represent the people of Bundoran to the very best of my ability,” he said. Deputy Pearse Doherty said he was delighted to welcome Diarmaid Doherty into the Sinn Féin Party.“Having known Diarmaid for a number of years now, both in his capacity as a local business man, and in his role as one of Bundoran’s outstanding public representatives, I firmly believe that his addition to both the Sinn Féin team on Bundoran Town Council and the wider Sinn Féin organisation is an incredibly positive move for the Party.“Diarmaid has toiled alongside our representatives on many campaigns and I look forward to this continued and strengthened relationship developing further into the future as all of us on the Sinn Féin team continue to address the issues concerning the people of Bundoran and South Donegal,” he said  BUNDORAN TOWN COUNCILLOR JOINS SINN FEIN was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 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:Bundoran Town CouncilDiarmaid DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

SF ARD FHEIS WILL PROVIDE ECONOMIC BOOST FOR DONEGAL AND DERRY – MacLOCHLAINN

first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that next weekend’s Sinn Féin Ard Fheis will provide an economic boost for both Derry and Donegal.Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnThe annual conference will welcome some 2000 Sinn Féin members from across the island of Ireland to the Millenium Forum in nearby Derry City.Speaking along with fellow Donegal and Derry Sinn Féin representatives Deputy Mac Lochlainn said they are delighted to welcome the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to the North West for the first time ever. “The continued growth of Sinn Féin has meant that our annual Ard Fheis has grown year on year, with an estimated crowd of 2000 people expected this year.“The national media present at the event will provide an opportunity to promote this region while local hotels and restaurants will benefit from the huge number of visitors who will stay here for the weekend. Hundreds of our members will be staying in Donegal.“I would also encourage everyone to tune into our live debates and see our party’s democratic process in action and watch some of our talented young Sinn Féin representatives .”SF ARD FHEIS WILL PROVIDE ECONOMIC BOOST FOR DONEGAL AND DERRY – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 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:DerrydonegalSINN FÉIN ARD FHÉISlast_img read more

49ers’ offseason needs came into stark focus in the loss to the Giants

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Don’t you dare blame Nick Mullens for the 49ers’ loss to the Giants on Monday night.After all, what do you expect out from an undrafted, third-string quarterback who can’t throw outside the numbers painted on the field?No one could have seriously expected Mullens — with 53 seconds remaining in the game and only one timeout in the quiver — to march his team 75 yards down the field to a game-winning touchdown. To hold him to such a standard would have been greedy.So …last_img read more

Brazil Sees Soy Basis Weaken

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lin TanDTN China CorrespondentSAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) — China and U.S. trade relations have greatly shaped Brazil’s soybean export market in the past two months. Basis is currently weakening for Brazilian sellers since the U.S. and China agreed last week to dial back the trade rhetoric. July soybean basis (Paranagua paper market) traded May 25 at 74 U.S. cents per bushel, or just over half the basis compared to the same day last month. “The U.S.-China commercial tension ends up placing Brazil in the spotlight. What we saw this year was a skyrocketing of premiums when the U.S. threatened to tax goods imported from China … (at) 25%. We saw Brazilian FOB (freight on board) premiums getting 100 cents per bushel stronger in a matter of a few days just because of the expectation of the new world trade environment between the two largest economies,” said Thiago Piccinin, CEO of Lotus Grains and Oilseeds, a trading house in Sao Paulo. FOB basis has been suffering strong pressure since the U.S. and China started to appear to back off their tariff rhetoric last week. On May 19, the U.S. and China announced that both countries saw boosts in U.S. ag exports following high-level talks between the two countries. Chinese buyers got back into the U.S. market and bought at least 132,200 metric tons in soybean last week for the 2018-19 crop. That buy helped boost U.S. soybean sales 65% higher than the prior four-week average of sales, according to USDA. “The cooling down of the U.S.-China trade war, together with the lower exchange rate of U.S. dollar to Brazil real hit Brazilian FOB premiums like a hammer,” Piccinin said. “Much commercialization was seen in the interior, obligating trading companies to cut their premium positions by selling on the FOB market. Compared to two weeks ago, premiums lost 20 and 30 cents per bushel.” August delivery, for example, was trading at $1.10 the week of May 15, but had fallen to 90 cents by last Thursday, and traded at 75 cents on Friday. At the same time, however, Brazil nationally also has been seeing pressure because of a nationwide trucker strike driven by fuel prices. The main tool for trading companies to protect themselves against this scenario is to unload their long-basis position in the export market, where there is a higher liquidity of the volume. Or, even better, by anticipating the movement of prices going lower and keeping a short-basis position. Though the market shows a huge impact on the trading side, it did not have much to do with the farmers in the interior yet. “I sold all my old-crop beans already and sold only 5% of my new-crop beans,” Marcio Girolette told DTN while harvesting his second-crop corn. “Now it is time for us to buy soybean seed and chemicals. After we barter those farming inputs with our beans, we would be selling 25% of our new-crop beans.” Girolette farms 2,300 hectares (about 5,680 acres) of soybeans in Sorriso, in the north part of Mato Grosso. He believes that the stable price in his area is because of depreciation of Brazil’s real. But, Girolette is worried about further depreciation of Brazil’s currency in the second half of this year, as the country will face a new president election in October. Most people believe the election will cause more instability in politics, as well as currency value in Brazil. So far, voters still do not know which candidate they will choose after so many corruption cases in the past and current government. “I knew who should I vote early before, without watching their debate on the TV, but not this time,” said a taxi driver in Sao Paulo. Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil is completing its soybean harvesting. Farmers in the state still have about 7 million metric tons (37 million bushels), or 40% of their soybean crop still to sell. “Price in the local area is still good for farmers,” said Antonio Carlos Sayao, regional manager for Lotus Grains and Oilseeds in Rio Grande do Sul. If China decides to buy more U.S. soybeans to ease the trade deficit, Brazil farmers may have difficulty selling their soybeans. “Now, it is hard to find buyers from China, the price may keep going down. If China and the U.S. get a good deal and China buys 35% to 40% more from the U.S., then Brazilian basis will get very low for the next crop,” said Acaua Sena, Marketing Manager of AgriBrazil, a trading company in Sao Paulo. Questions for Lin Tan may be sent to Talk@dtn.com (CC/ES)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Be the Value

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Value is in the eye of the beholder. There are lots of different ways to think about value. But you can be the biggest part of the value proposition.Your Business AcumenYou create value by understanding fundamental business principles. You understand how what you do is translated into greater revenue, lower costs, and increased profits. Part of business acumen is knowing how your business works and understanding your business model. It’s also knowing how your client’s business works and their business model.Business acumen is the new sales acumen. You create value by understanding how to help your clients with their business.Your Situational KnowledgeYour experiences are also valuable to your clients. You have some scars, as my friend Dave Brock would say. You’ve seen what works. You’ve also seen what has failed. Your experiences allow you to create value for your clients by helping them find the path to better results, seeing around corners, avoiding common pitfalls, and taking advantage of opportunities.Your situational knowledge creates value for your clients by helping them make decisions based on experience.Your IdeasNothing makes you more valuable than ideas. Resourcefulness is perhaps the greatest human attribute. Your ability to generate new ideas that help move your client’s business forward is valuable–and it can easily differentiate you in a crowded marketplace.Your ideas allow you to be the value.Your Ability to CollaborateYou have business acumen, situational knowledge, and ideas. But so does your client. They want to collaborate with you on a solution to produce better results. You know what you know, but you don’t know everything your client knows. Your ability to collaborate with them on a solution creates value, and it almost also creates more value than dictating a solution that hasn’t taken into account all the things that makes your client unique.Your ability to collaborate makes you a good partner and an effective team member. It creates value for you clients by helping them get the solution they need.Your Ability to Build ConsensusThere is no power sponsor. There are sponsors. More and more, business are making decisions by consensus. The status quo is well-entrenched in their organizations, and it’s sometimes as difficult for your contacts to sell within their own organization as it is for you to sell in yours.Your ability to help your clients build consensus in their organization makes you a value creator. It’s helping them do something they struggle to do on their own: build the case for change.Your Ability to ExecuteYou create value for your clients by owning the outcome that you sold them. They aren’t paying for the idea alone. They’re paying for the execution of that idea. They’re paying for results.You create value when you orchestrate the effort of your team, owning the outcomes, delegating the transactions, and producing the results they need. Execution is value creation.last_img read more

Rivalry rekindled as Gargano falls in NXT Takeover: Philadelphia

first_imgTommaso Ciampa attacked his former teammate Johnny Gargano after NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia. Photo from WWE.comJohnny Gargano’s night went from bad to worse at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia.Just moments after narrowly losing to Andrade “Cien” Almas in their NXT Championship match Sunday (Manila time) at Wells Fargo Center, the charismatic cruiserweight was nailed with a crutch to the back by his former DIY teammate Tommaso Ciampa as he ended the night on a pile of heap.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Gargano showed how big his heart is as he kept himself in step of Almas for the entirety of the match and almost claimed the biggest prize in the developmental ranks if not for the interference of Zelina Vega.Luckily for him, his wife Candice LeRae came to the rescue and evened the odds, chasing the Vega out of the ring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnfortunately, Gargano was just at the wrong place at the wrong time as Almas pushed him to the ring post while they were on the ring apron and nailed the killer running double knee smash and followed it up with the elevated hammerlock DDT to score the three-count.Aleister Black also topped Adam Cole in a hellacious Extreme Rules match after catching the leader of the Undisputed Era with the Black Mass. LATEST STORIES Black was primed to get the victory after dropping Cole from a fireman’s carry to the back of two steel chairs and hitting a dropkick, but his foes cohorts Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish stopped the three count and nailed Black with the Enter the Dragon.SAnitY would make the save to set the stage for Black hitting a double knee stomp on Cole onto the announce table before the two recovered and finished the match in the ring.Ember Moon survived a tough challenge from Shayna Baszler as she retained her NXT Women’s Championship despite an injured left arm as she reversed her challenger’s armbar to a rollup.Frustrated with the result, Baszler went berserk as she attacked Moon and locked her in a Kirifuda Clutch twice.The Undisputed Era also edged the Authors of Pain to keep their NXT Tag Team Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mercito Gesta loses title fight to Jorge Linares Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The former champs already nailed the current titlists with the Super Collider, but O’Reilly was able to reverse the powerbomb attempt as he head-scissored the injured Akam to his partner Rezar and rolled him up for the three-count.The Velveteen Dream also came out on top of Kassius Ohno after nailing a Death Valley Driver and hitting a Purple Rainmaker for the victory.Stories, however, weren’t limited in the ring for the night as independent scene standouts Trevor “Ricochet” Mann, EC 3, and War Machine were all spotted at ringside, potentially signaling their signing with the company.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Suryakumar Yadav gamble paid off, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir was pleased with his team’s nerve-wracking win over Rising Pune Supergiants in Rajkot on Sunday night. Gambhir’s gamble to promote Suryakumar Yadav at No.3, after Manish Pandey was sidelined due to chicken pox, paid off in KKR’s two-wicket win.Chasing 161 for a win, Suryakumar blasted a 49-ball 60 to guide KKR to their third successive win.”It is a very important win because me and Robin did not perform. Suryakumar, the way he batted, it was unbelievable,” Gambhir said.”Manish was a big blow, so to push someone like Surya was a big gamble. He gives us a lot of options.” Gambhir, however, said they need to improve in their bowling department.”We didn’t bowl really well. In the last 3-4 overs, we could be more professional. I thought they would end up getting 145. We need to pick up our bowling socks. Overall, more positives than the negatives,” he added.Suryakumar, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match, said: “I was told by my captain, that I have to express myself.Carrying my form from the last game. I did not finish the game but happy that it came in a winning cause. First 8 overs would have been crucial because later it was difficult for the batsmen to capitalise. Winning against this challenging side on this wicket, it shows good signs.”Disappointed to end up on the losing side for the fourth time in five matches, Pune Supergiants skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed their bowlers and said there are many areas where his team needs to work before the next match.advertisement”It was difficult to hit the spinners. When I got time, I told the spinners not to bowl up to the batsmen. Still five were hit. 30 runs were scored. No excuses for us,” he said. (RPS bowlers lacked character, says Dhoni)”It’s not about what should have happened. It’s about how you execute your plans in the field. That is when you relish it and what it takes to win games in the pressure.”We are definitely lacking it, especially the bowling unit. Someone like an Ashwin, he is new and he will feel the pressure. You can advise individuals, but when you have the ball, nothing can be done for you. Overall plenty of areas where we have to improve,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Organizing Your Nonprofit Marketing Plan

first_imgA properly organized nonprofit marketing plan supports itself like a pyramid. For each goal, there are objectives; every objective has strategies; and each strategy has tactics.However, all too often the terms goal, objective, strategy and tactic are used as interchangeable ways of saying the same thing. Plainly put, they are not – and the resulting lack of precision can be problematic.GoalsA goal is a “statement of being” for the plan. While the completion of the goal signifies the end of your plan, the objectives, strategies and tactics are the means to that end.ObjectivesCompared to the goal, objectives are more focused and specific, and the best-formulated objectives express results as measurable outcomes. Think in terms of the awareness, attitude or action that you hope to invoke. Often there are multiple objectives in support of a single goal. Meaningful objectives start with action verbs and have four parts. They:Identify a specific audience being addressed,State a measurable outcome,Set an attainment level, andSet a timeframe.StrategiesStrategies are where the rubber meets the road. Rarely is one strategy enough to fully accomplish an objective. Likewise, it is not unusual for a single strategy to serve multiple objectives.TacticsTactics are the specific tools you use to implement your strategies. News releases, brochures, media pitches, e-newsletters, blogs, Web sites, surveys, focus groups, and videos are just a few examples that spring to mind. It is the truly creative part of the plan’s authors to decide exactly which tactics are needed to successfully implement the chosen strategies.In ClosingA good marketing plan is interlinked from top to bottom. Without good tactics, a strategy will not successfully complete an objective, rendering the success of a goal limited.A true marketing plan forces the authors to employ the right mix of experience with critical thinking. With this understanding of the key differences between goals, objectives, strategies and tactics, the end result is a plan that can be executed successfully.(Source: Arketti Group)last_img read more