It is said that when fate closes one door, it opens another.Thursday night, fate dealt the Kansas City Chiefs a rotten blow when reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes dislocated a kneecap. Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce told ESPN, “His knee didn’t even look like a knee. It was all out of whack. I couldn’t even describe it.”Clearly Mahomes won’t be coming back soon.But wait, was that a knock on the door? Yeah, we get it. Not a week goes by without a Colin Kaepernick …
30 March 2009The chief executive of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), Danny Jordaan, gave the Union of European Football (Uefa) Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark a comprehensive update on the country’s World Cup preparations last week.Thirteen of the 32 World Cup places will be filled by teams from Europe, and Jordaan’s briefing was well received by some of the key figures in world football.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is of interest to all associations,” Uefa president Michel Platini said as he welcomed Jordaan on stage at the congress on Wednesday.Jordaan told Uefa’s member associations that South Africa’s World Cup stadiums were on course to be completed by October, in line with Fifa’s deadlines.He also updated them on the country’s transport, safety and fan park plans for the first African World Cup, and on preparations for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup kicking off in June this year, which will feature reigning Uefa champions Spain and reigning world champions Italy.“Not only will Europe bring the highest number of teams to South Africa in 2010, but the European football associations also have well established fan clubs, and we need to work with them to bring those fans to South Africa next year,” Jordaan said after his address.A substantial number of the anticipated 450 000 international visitors who will travel to South Africa for the World Cup are expected to come from Europe, with the likes of England, the Netherlands and Germany traditionally having among the largest fan bases at World Cup tournaments.“Already well over 800 000 applications have been received for the 743 000 tickets that have been made available in this first round of ticket sales, many of them coming from fans in Europe,” Jordaan said. “This means that the tournament is already oversubscribed, but it is still of utmost importance that the associations know exactly what to expect in South Africa in 2010.”Geoff Thompson, England’s former Football Association chairman, who was re-elected as Uefa’s vice-president at the congress, had high praise for Jordaan’s briefing.“The stadiums look superb, and we are also very impressed by the number of security personnel that will be deployed to secure the event and by the country’s track record in hosting major events,” Thompson said.“To have a World Cup in Africa is something many of us have dreamed of for years and without a doubt entrusting South Africa with the 2010 Fifa World Cup has been well placed.”Thompson said that the number of tickets already purchased by UK fans was evidence that English fans are gearing up in their thousands to travel with their team next year.There were also warm words for South Africa’s 2010 preparations from German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, a current Fifa executive member who was chairman of Germany’s 2006 Fifa World Cup organising committee.“I am convinced that it will be a wonderful World Cup,” Beckenbauer said. “With the organising talent that South Africa has, the country has nothing to worry about.”Beckenbauer’s compatriot, German Football Association secretary-general Wolfgang Niersbach, said South Africa “must host its own World Cup, reflective of its people and the continent. I believe the event will go along way to changing the world’s perceptions about Africa.”SAinfo reporter and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising CommitteeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
9 May 2009Newly inaugurated South African President Jacob Zuma says his administration will stay true to the course of nation-building and reconciliation set by former president Nelson Mandela.Delivering his inaugural speech at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, exactly 15 years from the day Mandela was elected South Africa’s first democratic president, Zuma said Mandela had healed the country’s wounds and firmly it as the “rainbow nation”.Mandela had “made reconciliation the central theme of his term of office,” Zuma said. “We will not deviate from that nation-building task. Thank you Madiba, for showing us the way.”Zuma hinted that this would be the theme of his presidency when, after being elected President in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, he said: “As President of the Republic, I will do my best to lead the country towards the realisation of Madiba’s vision of a truly non-sexist, non-racial South Africa, united in its diversity.“With the support of my organisation the ANC, as well as all South Africans, I hope to lead the country on a path of friendship, cooperation, harmony, unity and faster change.”Mandela arrived at the Union Buildings earlier on Saturday wearing a heavy black overcoat and black-and-white shirt, aided by his wife Graca Machel.When Zuma arrived on the main stage set up for his inauguration, he got down on his knees to address Mandela as an elder.He also embraced Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele and, in his inauguration speech, paid tribute to the former president who, in 2005, fired him as deputy president of the country.Zuma said Mbeki had taken South Africa forward as a true statesman, while making a massive contribution to strengthening its democracy, economic growth and development.Mbeki “made our country an integral part of the continent and worked tirelessly for an African rebirth,” Zuma said. “Through his leadership, South Africa’s stature grew on the continent and globally.”Zuma also acknowledged South Africa’s former second deputy president, FW de Klerk, who worked with Mandela in the resolution of the apartheid conflict and participated in shaping a new South Africa.Finally, Zuma acknowledged outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe, describing him as his friend, comrade and brother.He said Motlanthe – who took over as President last year, when Mbeki stepped down – had brought calm, stability and certainty to the government of the country during a period of great anxiety.Source: BuaNews
7 January 2016“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa for the honour of captaining my country,” said Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla when he announced his decision yesterday to step down from the role.“It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”Amla succeeded Graeme Smith in June 2014, and has since then captained the Proteas in 14 Tests. Of these, the team won four, drew six and lost four.Watch the press conference in which he announced his resignation, here:Amla said stepping down was not an easy decision to take. “The more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team,” he explained.We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me – CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2016New captain namedVice-captain AB de Villiers agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the Sunfoil Test against England series at PPC Newlands.“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format,” said De Villiers. “The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.”His current priority was to lead the team to a memorable series win against England. “ThisTest squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”Amla also acknowledged the team and his fans. “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management,” he said. “I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly.”Hey everyone . Thanks for all your messages and support. It means a lot.— hashim amla (@amlahash) January 6, 2016Amla fast factsNickname: HashDate of birth: 31 March 1983Place of birth: Durban, South AfricaRole: Opening batsmanBatting: Right-hand batterBowling: Leg breaksTest matches: 89Test runs: 6907Test match centuries: 22One day internationals: 126ODI runs: 6008T20 matches: 30T20 runs: 700Support from fansCricket fans around the world have supported Amla on social media:@amlahash All best wishes from an England fan Hashim. Excellent batting this test.— UBF riccardo (@UBFriccardo) January 6, 2016@amlahash Captain, my captain, a legend living in our own time! Good decision from a class act. #ProteaFire— Jax Hough (@JaxHough77) January 6, 2016@amlahash Thank you my captain.you served the nation with pride and hope you will continue to do so.— moeketsi moleko (@olamekx) January 6, 2016Source: Cricket South Africa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a Comment “Trust” is the first word that comes to mind when Tom Yingling describes Ohio Farm Bureau and why he recently signed up for its newest benefit, the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program.“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Farm Bureau and when they came out with (the energy program), I said ‘holy mackerel, this works for us.’ Farm Bureau has always worked to satisfy membership and not stockholders. You’ve got to trust who you’re doing business with and having Farm Bureau offer this program made the decision very easy for us,” said Yingling, a fourth-generation Huron County Farm Bureau member who grain farms with his brother.About the energy programThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program assists members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and finding the best ways to manage their energy resources. Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with an Ohio-based energy management firm, Community Energy Advisors, to run the program. The energy program is just one of many benefits that Ohio Farm Bureau members enjoy, which include savings in health, home and business insurance, travel and recreation and car and equipment purchases.Medina County Farm Bureau member Tawny Zajc signed up for the energy program for the LINE-X protective coating franchise she and her husband operate. She decided to look at the program for her home and was surprised by the price difference. Turns out she had been on a very high rate and didn’t know it. Her home gas savings alone was more than $832 per year.“The phone rings off the hook all day long from solicitors trying to get you to sign up for savings that turn out to only last for a short time, and I’m busy and focused on other things and tend to trust the savings stay the same,” she said. “To find an organization like Farm Bureau that you trust and know is going to have your best interest at heart for yourself and the community is great.”Zajc became an Ohio Farm Bureau member in 2012 to take advantage of the organization’s workers’ compensation program as well as to be more involved in the agriculture community. She grew up in Sugarcreek where she was involved with 4-H and rode horses. She learned about Farm Bureau’s energy program through one of her customers.“He said remember to look at Farm Bureau – you could save a ton with them,” she said. “We’ve already saved with workers’ comp and now we have the energy savings and are in the process of applying for Farm Bureau’s health care program.”Yingling learned about the energy program during a workers’ compensation meeting and signed up shortly after that.“I don’t know the energy rates day to day and always felt pushed by other companies,” he said. “I feel comfortable with Farm Bureau. Business is about relationships and I know Farm Bureau has our best interest in mind.”Online ExtraLearn more about the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program and enter for a chance to win $500 that can be used like cash, including to pay for utility costs.Photo credit: Photo by Peggy Turbett Leave a Comment
I once had a dog that was very energetic. I decided he needed training. The trainer insisted that I attend the training, something that was difficult for me to do at the time.You cannot have a dog trained for you. There are people who will train your dog, but once they return the dog to you, you will not have anything near the same level of obedience from your dog when compared to the trainer.If you ask the dog trainer why you have to be there when they train the dog, they may not tell you that they are really training you, but that is certainly what they are doing. The truth is that you are not very good with dogs.I am not comparing salespeople to dogs or sales managers to their owners. I am using this analogy to make a very simple, very important point about training and development. That point is that it is the person responsible for the behavior of those in their charge. If you train a salesforce and believe that this by itself will be enough to make a difference in your results, you are overestimating what training can accomplish. The results don’t come from the training; the results come from the execution after the training.After you have trained your team, the execution becomes the responsibility of the person who leads them, their sales manager. The sales manager is responsible for ensuring that what has been trained is executed. For many, this is a new set of more effective behaviors to replace older, less effective choices. This change of behaviors isn’t something that is easy to accomplish, nor does it happen overnight, making the sales manager the critical factor in any kind of real transformation or improvement (as if the role isn’t difficult enough already).When your sales managers aren’t involved in training with their teams, it’s a sign that the training isn’t going to produce the best possible results. More still, when the sales management team isn’t also trained, you are jeopardizing the future results that the training is supposed to produce.If your training isn’t producing the result you want, don’t look at the training, don’t look at the people being trained, look instead at their leaders. If they haven’t been trained to lead any transformation, you will have found the root cause. 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
Former Australia cricketer Brad Hodge called Jasprit Bumrah “a nightmare to face” in an enormous compliment but picked Cheteshwar Pujara’s runs at number three as the vital difference between the two sides.The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1.”Pujara has been the difference between the two sides. Both bowling units have looked strong. Barring the first session in Perth (where Australia scored 112-0), and Mayank Agarwal in Melbourne, all four openers have struggled,” Hodge told PTI.”So, the number three position where Pujara has dominated, has been of importance. Not only has he not lost his wicket cheaply, but he has also taken time out of the game.”India regained the lead with a 137-run win in the third Test Melbourne, with Pujara scoring a hundred in the first innings.”He also negated Nathan Lyon who bowled extremely well in Adelaide and Perth. So Pujara’s importance cannot be ignored. He was left out of the first Test in England, and came back into contention.”He has not been playing T20 cricket, and instead went to play for Yorkshire. He does the hard work and is getting rewards.”The former Kings XI Punjab coach was full of praise for the Indian pace-attack, in particular Bumrah.”Bumrah is a nightmare to face. If you ask any batsman, he is one of the most dangerous bowlers to face. He is quick, very accurate and moves the ball both ways, which is what you want from a Test match bowler.advertisement”His economy and strike-rates in Test cricket are already comparing to those for Kapil Dev, who is legendary in Indian cricket. So to be in that category within 12 months is amazing.”The Indian attack has looked strong ever since they have arrived here. They have performed and backed up their captain well. Bumrah and Ishant Sharma, in particular, have looked in shape.”Hodge said that the Australian batsmen have let themselves down with a lack of Test cricket temperament and application. Even so, he added that the selectors have no option but to stick with the same combination.”From a batting point of view, this has been a disappointing series. The averages are well down. They simply haven’t been good enough. The technique, temperament and aptitude to play Test cricket has been missing.”The problem is they won a Test ten days ago (in Perth). So you expect a lot from this batting line-up, but when they cannot score 200 runs (in the first innings), then that’s a serious issue.”We have high expectations, a rich history, and we had some serious players in the past (David Warner and Steve Smith). But we are also up against a very good team,” Hodge said.