first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP): The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year’s Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Enter Nyquist. The bay colt who lacks any distinctive markings won the Kentucky Derby by 11/4 lengths yesterday improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favourite to win the race. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 2000 metres in 2:01.31. The three-year-old colt became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history, and the first since Big Brown in 2008. He the 2-1 favourite in the full field of 20 horses. “We got a beautiful trip from the start to the end,” Gutierrez said. Nyquist delivered a second Derby win for Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam. The southern California-based team was behind 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. “This is such a special horse,” O’Neill said. “You can see it in his eye on a daily basis and he’s such a professional.” The bay colt is from the first crop of sire Uncle Mo, who never got the chance to run in the Derby after being the early favourite for the 2011 race. He was scratched the day before with a stomach illness.last_img read more

first_imgRay Maota The community of Ga Masemola in Polokwane came out in numbers to celebrate the launch of the 2012 Nedbank Back-to-School campaign. Through his own foundation, Lupi Ngcayisahas collected over 70 000 school shoes since 2009, with the aim of improving the confidence of underprivileged pupils. Kgoshigadi Masemola, the tribal chief of the community of Ga Masemola and Namane Dickson Masemola, MEC of education in Limpopo, were in attendance. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Senior Communications Manager: Nedbank  +27 11 295 3560 RELATED ARTICLES • SA prioritises quality education • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • Nedbank invests in water project • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsNedbank‘s 2012 Back-to-School campaign is giving underprivileged pupils the pride to go to school with all the resources they need to make a success of learning.At the launch ceremony, held on 24 January at Thabanaswane Primary School in Ga Masemola, Limpopo province, 150 pupils from four schools in the area received essential school items such as uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, bags and sports kits, to start their school year on a high note.The schools are Thabanaswane Primary, Shushu Primary, Tsoatago Primary and Makgoabe Primary.Attending the event were Namane Dickson Masemola, MEC of education in Limpopo; Sekhukhune district mayor David Magabe Mogobo; Kgoshigadi Masemola, the tribal chief at Ga Masemola; Limpopo member of parliament Nelson Diale; Lupi Ngcayisa, from the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation; and mayor of Makhuduthamaga, Makaeya Matlala.Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility (CSR), said: “Education is one of our CSR focus areas and we are delighted to partner with the Department of Basic Education to ensure that all pupils are able to focus on their studies rather than worry about the lack of school resources.”Gugushe said the back-to-school campaign aims to give disadvantaged pupils an equal opportunity to be the best they can be.Nedbank is investing R2-million (US$251 000) in its 2012 campaign. Some 1 800 pupils across the country will benefit from the initiative.“We are gathered here today because we know the importance of education and the role we have to play to ensure that you get the best education possible,” said Ciko Thomas, managing executive for consumer banking in Nedbank’s retail division.Why Limpopo firstLimpopo province was chosen first because of a link between Ga Masemola and certain fund-raising efforts in Johannesburg.Nicholas Mampana, a shoe-shiner at Nedbank’s head office in Sandton, hails from Limpopo. He’s worked there for the past nine years and managed to raise R124 000 ($15 600) through Nedbank’s Retail Staff Volunteerism Programme, which encourages staff to use their time for worthy causes.Nedbank added another R100 000 ($12 500) to the amount raised by Mampana, who chose two of the back-to-school beneficiaries.Mampana said: “In 2002 I met the director of Nedbank at the Hilton Hotel where I used to work and he told me he wanted me to work at their offices.“I saved some money from the tips I received, as I remembered how I used to feel going to school with no shoes in my hometown of Ga Masemola. This is why I’m here today making sure youngsters in my community don’t go through what I went through.”Mampana said although he used to meet international stars and bigwigs while working at the Hilton, and loved his job there, he doesn’t miss it because it didn’t afford him the opportunity to help his community.MEC Masemola said: “Nedbank has shown its commitment to education every year and I would like to take this opportunity to say we appreciate the work they do.”Limpopo matric pupils improved their pass rate by 6% in 2011, going from 57.9% in 2010 to 63.9% last year.Thabanaswane and Nedbank partnershipThabanaswane Primary had one block of classes with only four classrooms and four ablution facilities when Obed Tshebetshebe became principal in 2006.Tshebetshebe applied to the Nedbank Foundation for assistance in improving facilities.Two years would go by before Tshebetshebe received a call in 2008 saying the foundation would donate R496 400 ($62 000) to build another block of classes.Nedbank built another block of four classrooms and five ablution facilities and also donated an Edutainer Container for early childhood development.This container has educational toys and is used to house Grade R pupils.Special focus on rural areas and informal settlementsNgcayisa, the founder of the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation, has been collecting school shoes for underprivileged pupils since 2009.Ngcayisa said: “Our selection process looks at the poorest of the poor and we have a bias that favours pupils from rural areas and informal settlements as they have it the worst.”He knows exactly what he’s talking about as he was raised in a shack in Walmer in Port Elizabeth.“As a kid who grew up in a township characterised by despair, I was intrigued by a couple shopping for school shoes for their daughter in one of Johannesburg’s suburbs three years ago,” said Ngcayisa. “The young girl’s smile inspired me to seek to create or rather duplicate this delight in other children who unlike her, had never worn school shoes.”He collected 16 600 school shoes in 2009, 27 700 in 2010 and 43 400 in 2011.People who would like to donate school shoes to the foundation can drop them off at their nearest SABC office, and corporations who wish to help can contact Bata Toughees and buy directly from them at a discount.last_img read more

first_imgThere are more ways to get a demo wrong than there are ways to make it compelling and useful. If what you sell requires you demo for your prospective clients, the following eight laws will allow you to rule your demo—and improve your odds of winning.A Demo is a Sales CallThe first—and most important—law when giving a demo is to operate as if it is a sales call (because it is a sales call). When you get this wrong, you behave as if the software is going to do all the selling for you (entering from the left). When you approach the meeting as a sales call, you start with the outcomes the software generates for your clients (entering from the right).Because the sales call includes a demo, you are likely to have different levels of stakeholders in the meeting. These stakeholders need different outcomes, and the four levels of value to speak to this fact, treating all levels as necessary. The end users care about the product and need to know it works. Other stakeholders want to know about the experience working with you and your company. Still, others care about strategic outcomes.Your ability to link what you share to the outcomes is what makes for a successful sales call, even if you call it a demo.Open StrongLike any sales call, a successful demo starts with a strong opening in which you 1). Thank the practice and the stakeholders for their time, 2). Share your agenda, 3). Suggest the next steps you will ask for at the end of the meeting, and 4). Invite the stakeholders to share with you any adjustments to the agenda they may want or need from you.The pro tip here is to preview how you intend to speak to the individual needs of the different stakeholder’s needs. The more you demonstrate you understand each individual’s needs and concerns, the more effective the demo, and the better the sales call.It also doesn’t hurt to have a sense of humor.Confirm AttendeesWhen you are meeting with a group of people from your dream client’s company, you want to acknowledge them and learn a little bit about how you might best serve them. Start by asking for the attendee’s name, title, and how long they’ve worked for their company. If you have done enough discovery that they know what to expect and you know enough about their needs, you can ask them to share what they need to see from a demo to be confident it can meet their needs and improve their experience.The more productive you are at making sure everyone gets to see and hear what they need to be confident in changing, the more effective your sales call (demo).Confirm Decision-Makers AttendanceOne of the significant problems you run headlong into when you provide a demo is that the person with seniority and authority often goes missing. What most people do when this happens is plow through the demo without addressing the fact that the person you need in the room is absent; pretending it is okay may be polite, but it doesn’t do anything to improve your chances of winning without a person you know is critical to the process.You ask if the person can join you, and if they cannot, you ask if someone can confirm a follow-up call where you can bring them up to speed. To make this work, you have to identify the person that will help you acquire that meeting and ask them directly for help. You do not have to wait until the meeting ends to recruit their help.Start with Why ChangeIt is natural to want to dive right into your demo. That is what you believe your contacts are there to see. You are better starting off by sharing the reason your product or service exists in the first place. You expect too much of your product or software if you believe it is going to answer the question, “Why should we change what we are doing now?“Differentiate your product or software by explaining how it improves your client’s lives by eliminating the difficulties they struggle with as it pertains to the outcomes they are charged with creating. However, it is important to remember that different stakeholders will have a different view of what that value is.Tie the Value to the Future StateYou might say something like, “You know how you have that one problem that causes you to have to do this difficult thing using that cumbersome process? Here is how we get that outcome without all that effort.”Alternatively, you say, “You know how you have struggled to acquire the new clients you need and have experienced more churn than you believe is warranted? The outcomes we help our clients generate reverse these trends.”The demo is not going to connect the dots between what you do and how it benefits your clients. It is your job to show them the connection between what your product or service does and how it ensures the outcome your dream client needs from you. This is pure sales. The demo helps support the conversation; the conversation doesn’t support the demo (see law number 1).Confirm the ValueYou want to ensure that the stakeholders are tracking with you and agree that what you are showing them will help them produce better results. One of the outcomes of a sales call is to ensure it was valuable for your clients. You also need them to share their questions and concerns, which means you must ask for them.Schedule Next StepsNo sales call is successful if you don’t gain a commitment to do what comes next. This is as true for a demo as it is for every other sales call you might make. You want to control the process, sharing what works best for your clients after a demo—and when they want the better results you just spent an hour or more discussing with them.Follow these laws and make your demo the best sales call your dream client has ever experienced.last_img read more

first_imgTagsAustralia/Asia NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ABC deal for A-League and W-League club competitionsby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAustralian public-service broadcaster ABC has struck a two-year deal with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to provide free-to-air coverage of the A-League and W-League club competitions, as well as matches involving the men’s and women’s national teams, reports SportBusiness.It will mark the first time that ABC has broadcast the A-League, the top tier of the men’s club game in Australia. The deal also marks a return of ABC’s W-League coverage, with the broadcaster having served as the inaugural partner of the women’s competition from 2008 to 2017.Under the agreement announced by FFA and its pay-television rights holder Fox Sports, ABC will broadcast 29 live regular-season matches at 5pm on Saturdays during the 2019-20 campaign, with coverage to be shown on television and via the iview on-demand service.For the A-League 2020 Finals Series, ABC will provide delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the grand final. It will also show 14 rounds of the 2019-20 W-League season and the entire W-League Finals Series live.Additionally, ABC will broadcast every men’s national team match which Fox Sports has rights to. The broadcaster will also show the women’s national team’s upcoming matches against Chile on November 9 and November 12, as well as next year’s Asian qualifiers for the women’s Olympic tournament.Fox Sports will continue to provide live coverage of all A-League, W-League and national team matches via Foxtel and Kayo Sports. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players pic.twitter.com/vdwQ8ddega— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance. pic.twitter.com/7LouzovljA— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Katy Perry attends the Los Angeles opening night performance of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at Ahmanson Theatre on October 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)Last year, pop superstar Katy Perry joined ESPN’s College GameDay and, among other things, joked that LSU fans smell like corndogs. Saturday, she doubled down on trolling the Tigers and their fans.Perry apparently found the time to record an intro for Ole Miss today as they took on LSU in Oxford. Perry got the “Hotty Toddy” chant started and then chowed down on a corndog. Here’s video – it’s amazing.Katy Perry pumping up Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. #OleMiss vs #LSU pic.twitter.com/TDveqQgEBt— Scott Satchfield (@Satchfield) November 21, 2015.@katyperry is the greatest!! @OleMissFB pic.twitter.com/O0gnrEifJy— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) November 21, 2015Katy Perry and Ole Miss – apparently a match made in heaven.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The US Bankruptcy Court has approved the USD 78 million sale of Hanjin Shipping’s stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) to Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), an affiliate of the Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Reuters reports.The sale of Hanjin’s 54 percent stake in TTI, which operates container terminals at the Port of Seattle and the Port of Long Beach, was given a nod by the Seoul Central District Court in December. Following this, the South Korean bankruptcy court sought approval from US authorities, including the relevant ports.In late December, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its approval for the deal, under which MSC will take over sole control of the long-term lease of the port’s largest terminal, the 381-acre Pier T container terminal.The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.The transfer of the sale’s proceeds to South Korea would also be approved, Reuters cited US Bankruptcy Judge John Sherwood as saying.The approval may reportedly help prevent a bankruptcy filing by TTI as the terminal operator recorded a decrease in its container throughput after Hanjin filed for court protection on August 31, 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN National news Several Indigenous youth have been featured in a new film.It sheds light on the similarities between residential schools and the current child welfare system.The film, Displaced, was screened in Calgary over the weekend.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

first_imgMumbai: Irrfan Khan, who is currently shooting for a film after a year-long break following his neuroendocrine tumour diagnosis, says he is on the road to recovery but still needs space to heal. The 52-year-old actor received treatment in a London hospital and returned to the country early this year. In a statement, addressed to his “friends in the media”, the actor said he has been getting requests to share his story but needs more time to process it. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”Last few months have been on a road to recovery a period to heal to fight the fatigue and face the reel and real world.” “I am aware of your concern and request to talk to you, share my journey, but I am fathoming it myself inhaling and internalising, taking baby steps to merge my healing with work and trying to experiment the amalgamation of both,” Irrfan said. The actor is currently shooting for Angrezi Medium, the much-anticipated sequel to his 2017 blockbuster Hindi Medium. Irrfan said he was grateful for all the well wishes he received from media.last_img read more