Blood Service joins Football Fridays

first_img17 March 2010The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has thrown its weight behind Football Fridays as the campaign to unite South Africans behind the national 2010 Fifa World Cup™ effort intensifies.SANBS chief executive Loyiso Mpuntsha and SANBS executive management members joined staff at SANBS KwaZulu-Natal’s Donor Services offices on 5 March to launch Football Fridays at the SANBS.Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup firsts

first_imgBrazil play Chile in their 2010 Fifa WorldCup Round of 16 match at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg on 28 June.(Image: Crystian Cruz, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected] • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager 2010Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• A brief history of the Fifa World Cup• 80 pieces of World Cup trivia• 2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics• 2010 Fifa World Cup: final squads• Top marks for SA’s World CupThe 2010 Fifa World Cup broke new ground simply by being held on African soil. It was also Spain’s first global victory. Those were the most obvious milestones set in South Africa this year, but the rest of the tournament also had a number of firsts on the field, from team results to player landmarks.Result firstsSlovenia and Greece both picked up their maiden Fifa World Cup wins in South Africa, with Slovenia downing Algeria 1-0 thanks to a Robert Koren goal and Greece seeing off Nigeria 2-1.Japan also enjoyed a breakthrough win of sorts as their 2-1 victory against Cameroon was their first-ever Fifa World Cup finals success away from home, eight years after they defeated Tunisia 2-0 in Osaka.New Zealand’s 1-1 opening draw with Slovakia earned them their first Fifa World Cup point, after they lost all their group stage matches at their previous appearance in 1982. This year, the Kiwis drew all of their opening games, with a further 1-1 result against Italy and a goalless stalemate with Paraguay.Goal firstsDimitrios Salpingidis’s equaliser against Nigeria finally ended Greece’s World Cup goal drought, his strike coming after 404 minutes and over four games without result. There was a first for Daniel Agger too, but the Denmark defender would doubtless prefer not to be on this list as his own goal against the Netherlands proved his country’s first on the global stage. In another unwanted precedent, Denmark were also on the receiving end of Japan’s first ever three-goal haul in a Fifa World Cup final.Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire became the first African player to score against Brazil in six meetings between A Seleção and teams from the African zone. On a domestic note, midfielder Michael Bradley became the first Fifa World Cup scorer to be coached by his father when he equalised for the United States in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia.Penalty firstsVladimir Stojkovic became the first Serbian goalkeeper to have kept out a penalty at a Fifa World Cup when he saved a strike by Germany’s Lukas Podolski. In contrast, David Villa became the first Spanish player to miss a spot-kick in the tournament when he failed to register against Honduras.The new world champions can nonetheless lay claim to a more desirable landmark as Iker Casillas became the first goalkeeper to stop penalties in two different Fifa World Cups. The Real Madrid number-one player first thwarted the Ireland’s Ian Harte at Korea/Japan 2002 before frustrating Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in this year’s quarter-finals.On the other side, Asamoah Gyan entered the history books as the first player to miss spot-kicks in separate editions of the competition, following up his failed effort against the Czech Republic at Germany 2006 with another fruitless attempt against Uruguay in 2010’s eight.Player firstsCuauhtemoc Blanco can now boast that he is the only Mexican international to have scored in three different Fifa World Cup final tournaments, having added South Africa 2010 to his list by finding the target against France. On the other hand, Rigobert Song did not register for Cameroon, but he nonetheless returned home with a record as the first African player to have appeared in four Fifa World Cups.Somewhat less distinguished, Nigeria’s Sani Keita and Switzerland’s Valon Behrami became the first players from their countries to collect red cards at the finals when they were dismissed against Greece and Chile respectively.Progress firstsParaguay reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at South Africa 2010, experiencing a joy not shared by Italy, who exited the tournament without a single win to their name.As for South Africa, they became the first Fifa World Cup host nation to be eliminated at the end of the group stage.Team firstsChile’s pair of 1-0 successes against Honduras and Switzerland were their maiden Fifa World Cup triumphs outside South America, La Roja having only previously secured wins at Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 and Chile 1962.Algeria’s achievement was to record their first clean sheet in the global arena as they clinched a goalless draw with no less a team than England, while Paraguay topped their group for the first time. Better still, the Netherlands managed a feat beyond all previous Oranje sides by winning each of their three group games.Finally, the quarter-final line-up proved unprecedented with South American teams outnumbering their European counterparts by four to three, but the Europeans came out on top in the end as Spain lifted the trophy for the first time.Source: Fifalast_img read more

Salespeople Are Becoming More Valuable

first_imgToday, Andy points us to this idea.And my inbox today contains an email that says, “I am one of four salesmen in an organization that hates the thought that we might come close to coming across as ‘salesy.’ As a result of these good intentions, we neutered the sales-team to a passive, customer-service oriented team that has seen no revenue growth in two years.”No one wants to sell. No one wants to be a salesman. Or a saleswoman. Everyone is frightened to death of being perceived as “salesy.” (The word “salesy” isn’t even a real word. I checked.) No one wants to ask anyone for anything, least of all a commitment to buy.Neutered. Passive. Conflict averse. Order-takers. Flat lines.What Selling Is NotI might know three salespeople with the knowledge, experience, and chops to successfully pull off a hard sell. And there is a reason why this skill set is now so rare: it is unnecessary and it hasn’t been effective for decades.Selling doesn’t require that you manipulate others. It doesn’t require that you ask anybody to buy anything that doesn’t benefit them. Selling doesn’t require pressure tactics or closing techniques. It does requires influence, but only the influence that comes from being known and being known as someone who can be counted on to create value.What Selling IsSelling is helping someone achieve an outcome that they cannot easily obtain without you.Selling is helping someone come to the decision to buy by helping them with your experience, your ideas, and your recommendations.Selling is helping someone through their decision-making process.All of these ideas represent one part of selling, the collaborative part. But selling also comes with conflict.Selling is asking people to make a series of commitments that help both of you to come to a good decision. People that you can—and should help—sometimes resist making these commitments.Selling is asking people to make certain investments. Many of the people you can help will resist making the necessary investments, and some will make no decision because they are afraid.You don’t have to make people uncomfortable or trick them into making commitments. But you do have to gain those commitments. And you may have to make them uncomfortable with the status quo. You don’t have to “separate people from their wallets.” In fact, doing so will only make you something less than a salesperson. But you do have to help them spend enough money to get what they really need.Your intentions matter most of all. If you are self-oriented, you will make selling more difficult than it has to be, and you won’t be as successful as you might be otherwise.But if you are willing to be a salesperson, if you are willing to call yourself a salesperson, if you are willing to embrace and wear that mantle, if you are willing to acquire the chops necessary to help other people get an outcome they can’t get without you, and if your intentions are good, you are becoming more valuable by the day.Your skill set is growing more rare. But your willingness to be what you are is becoming something so rare as to be considered precious.QuestionsWhy do some people resist the idea of selling?Why do some people have trouble calling themselves a salesperson?What do salespeople really do?Why do your intentions matter? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Man mauled by tiger near Pench in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgMounted on elephants and patrolling in jeeps, scores of foresters are out along the fringe of the Pench Tiger Reserve in the Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh to search for a tiger that had mauled and eaten a villager in the area on Tuesday. This is the first incident of a human killed by a tiger in the Reserve.Terming the incident an accident, Vikram Singh Parihar, Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu, “On Thursday, we found a photograph of the tiger captured in a camera trap. We need to analyse it and identify the tiger. We even found pug marks on the day, but they are distorted due to continual rain.”On Tuesday, when Manoj Dhurve, a school teacher who has worked as a guide before, of the Mundiyareeth village, did not return home after sunset, villagers began searching for him near his farm in the Khawasa buffer zone of the Reserve. Later, they found his half-eaten body near a termite hill and informed foresters about it. The villagers bristled at the forest personnel for apparent dereliction of duty.Deep forest“The man went 300-400 metres deep inside the forest, where cattle have been killed in the past. He shouldn’t have gone inside alone. The tiger could have mistaken him for another animal as he was wearing green clothes, and bent while plucking mushrooms from the termite hill. At the spot, plucked mushrooms were found strewn around,” said Mr. Parhiar, adding that a compensation of ₹4 lakh would be given to his family. To pacify the villagers, the Deputy Director visited them and told them not to venture deep inside the forest and infringe upon the habitat of tigers.On Wednesday, during a search operation, foresters had found Dhurve’s clothes, slippers and a mobile phone. They even spotted the tiger. In 2014, another school teacher had been killed in the Khitoli area of the Bandhavgarh National Park.last_img read more

London Olympics: Krishna Poonia qualifies, shot putter Om Prakash crashes out

first_imgIndia’s top discus thrower Krishna Poonia qualified for the final round while triple jumper Mayookha Johny and men’s shot putter Om Prakash Singh were knocked out on the first day of the track and field events of the 2012 London Games in London on Friday.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Poonia achieved the target of 63.54 metres in her second attempt at the Olympic Stadium. The qualification mark was set at 63 metres.Johny crashed out of the Games, failing to qualify for the finals with a disappointing 13th place finish in Group B.The Indian finished a dismal 22nd overall with a best effort of 13.77 metres, which she got in her first attempt. Things only got worse for her as she jumped 13.68 m in the second and 13.22 m in the third.Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan had the highest jump in the qualification round with a 14.79 m.Mayookha earned a last-minute qualification for the Games after an impressive showing in a German competition.In men’s shot put, Om Prakash Singh faltered in the qualification round and finished 10th in group B here Friday.Om Prakash failed to make the finals and was ousted after he fouled in his third attempt to finish with a best of 19.86 m, which is below his national record of 20.69m he managed in the run-up to the Games in May.The 25-year-old, who is participating in the Olympics for the first time, finished 19th overall.In his first attempt, Om Prakash touched 19.40 m well behind American Reese Hoffa who led the qualifiers with an impressive 21.3 6m throw, while German David Storl took the second spot with 21.15 m.advertisementlast_img read more

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Museum officials warrant elastic mind in changed era

first_imgWhat the functionaries of museums need today ‘is an elastic mind’ that would boost the ‘educational value’ of such grand institutions, the octogenarian scholar noted in a talk she gave at National Museum in the capital.’Museums should make the invisible visible. Equally, they should make the visible more visible,’ she said in the Eighth NM lecture titled The Museum Experience. Substantiating, Thapar emphasised that curators of museums should be more alert to new developments in the world of history. For instance, labels describing an artifact on display should get their literature updated if latest discoveries have lent them a fresh dimension and relevance, she pointed out. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this context, the speaker attributed near-absence of such fine-tuning to lack of vision on the part of top officials of heritage institutions. ‘Administrators (wrongly) assume they are specialists in museums and their management,’ remarked Thapar.Delving deeper into the ‘big challenge’ of updating of labels, she said it was high time museums made better use of state-of-the-art technologies that could explain objects on public display. ‘It is not that every gallery should put up lengthy texts. Electronic devices can be employed so that the interested visitor gets access to the finer points that narrate more about items,’ she said, adding that providing copious background material to the discerning was more vital than taking out guided tours. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLaxity in taking steps in the country has been leading to the failure in the museums’ prime mission of projecting Indian civilisation, she regretted.Noting that heritage gave a nation its ancestry, Thapar said museum artifacts in a modern era no more catered to pleasing the whims of colonial masters. As 2014 marks two centuries of museum history in India, the country should make best use of passing on its proud legacy to the public at large, pointed out the 82-year-old expert, who has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and the College de France in Paris.Thapar spoke at the packed auditorium on how museums in India were initially a colonial imposition and seldom showed signs of growing beyond individual collections. The lecture also delineated on the fine line between art and craft, and noted that museums today have galleries on increasingly new areas of heritage such as textiles and decorative objects.last_img read more

Siliguri Municipal Corporation seizes 400 kg plastic bags

first_imgKolkata: Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Sunday seized 400 kg plastic bags from a godown. The godown has been sealed and a massive hunt is on nab to the owners.Acting on a tip off, senior officials of the SMC raided the godown situated in the area under the jurisdiction of ward 8. Senior officials said some unscrupulous traders used to push the bags in the market. Plastic bags have been banned in the areas under SMC.Any person found to be carrying plastic bag is fined. The opposition leaders put pressure on the SMC authorities to unearth the source from where the bags were being supplied to the market. For the past few months, the civic officials waited but could not spot the godown. The bags were kept in huge racks. It was learnt that the bags were meant for the rural areas where they are in great demand. Senior civic officials said the plastic bags are a potential threat to the underground pipeline not only in Siliguri but also throughout the country. Plastic bags clog the underground sewer lines causing massive waterlogging during the monsoons. The civic authorities have over and again requested the customers not to take plastic bags. But they have no other choice because most of the shopkeepers still use plastic bags to wrap various items like fish, meat , vegetables and fruits. The SMC has decided a move to use paper bags in the markets.last_img read more

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