RSPL matches postponed

first_imgThere will be no Red Stripe Premier League match today. The operations committee of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica decided yesterday to postpone all matches because of the threat to the island from the powerful Hurricane Matthew. The scheduled matches were: Waterhouse FC vs Maverley-Hughenden FC, Portmore United FC vs FC Reno, UWI FC vs Boys’ Town FC, Jamalco FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC, Montego Bay United FC vs Arnett Gardens FC, and Harbour View FC vs Humble Lion FC.last_img

AMEU to Expel ‘Criminals’ from Its System

first_imgAMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac: “Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity.”The administration of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) has said it will either suspend or expel individuals found culpable of robbing the institution by tampering with its online students’ registration program.AMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, told a news conference yesterday that an internal audit team has been mandated to properly investigate reports of alleged fraud committed by suspected students through the assistance of some instructors.Although Dr. Isaac did not name the employees allegedly linked to the fraud, he remains convinced that four of them (employees) have been identified and will be prosecuted. Those the court finds guilty will either be expelled or suspended depending on the gravity of their offense.“Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity. We will ensure that they are prosecuted in keeping with the law,” Isaac angrily reacted.Due to the intensity of the scam, Dr. Isaac has with immediate effect invited the internal audit team to conclude its investigation and present findings to the administration in less than a month as of yesterday.“The illegal clients and their so-called benefactors who hacked into our system and transacted thereafter, will regret their action, because they are already confirmed suspects. Thank God that the technological system we are using was able to discover that something went wrong with our students’ registration process in recent semesters,” he said.Dr. Isaac said since his administration believes making the AMEU second to none, it will not tolerate any act that will bring it to public disrepute.In another development, Dr. Isaac said a fund raising program will be held on June 9 to raise US$150,000, while the Episcopal Church’s General Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is expected to also raise US$500,000.“The amounts,” he said “will be used to renovate some of the buildings.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rumsfeld’s role will enhance open debate

first_imgStanford University’s motto is: “The wind of freedom blows.” But some members of the Stanford community are doing a disservice to the credo by protesting the naming of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, the conservative think tank at Stanford. More than 2,200 faculty, staff, students and alumni have signed an online petition objecting to the Hoover role for one of the chief architects of the Iraq war. Yet a university is supposed to be a bastion of free thought and open debate. So it smacks of hypocrisy and intolerance when members of an academic community collectively attack someone’s mere presence because of his politics or ideology. ? The Hoover Institution is right to stick by its Rumsfeld appointment, even if he’s anathema to many on the campus. ? There are plenty of reasons to criticize Rumsfeld’s politics, ideology and track record on the war. People are free to think of him as a warmonger, war criminal or torturer. Yet he has not been convicted of a crime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ? Universities should be paragons for the open exchange of ideas, even if they’re controversial or unpopular. ? – San Jose Mercury News last_img read more

DELIGHT AS BOYCE HAS PERSONAL BEST TIME – PATSY HAILS ROB’S GOLD

first_imgDONEGAL’S Brendan Boyce has recorded a personal best time of 3:54:24 and finished in a superb 25th position behind Rob Heffernan’s Gold Medal Walk in the 50k at the World Championships today.Team manager Patsy McGonagle told Donegal Daily: “It is a glorious day for Irish athletics; it’s only Ireland’s third ever gold medal at a world athletics championships.“Rob was in stunning form and we are simply over the moon for him. “Brendan had the walk of his life today; it’s a great day for Donegal athletics and a wonderful one for the country.” DELIGHT AS BOYCE HAS PERSONAL BEST TIME – PATSY HAILS ROB’S GOLD was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DELIGHT AS BOYCE HAS PERSONAL BEST TIME – PATSY HAILS ROB’S GOLDlast_img read more

DANIEL POSTS BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO MOTHER HE THOUGHT WOULD LIVE FOREVER

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has left a beautiful and touching tribute regarding the death of his beloved mother Julia, to his followers on Facebook. Daniel and late mum Julia.Daniel, who is currently on tour in North America, took to his social media account to discuss his mothers passing, and reveal how he and his family thought that she was going to live forever.Daniel posted the following message on his Facebook account. “Hello there, to be honest, I’m not sure how to start this little note to you.I’m sure I don’t have to say how difficult the past few weeks have been for myself and all the family.Even though my mother was 94, somehow I think we all thought she was going to live forever.We know how fortunate we have been to have had her for so long, but at this time, it’s not that easy to be rational. She was so much a part of all of our lives and took a great interest in everything we did, from my eldest brother John, right down to the youngest great grandchild Lauren.I suppose she had that sense of pride in us all that only a mother can have.We were blessed to be able to spend her final days with her and she was with us in mind right until the very end.We were so lucky that my mother was able to be cared for by the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff of Dungloe Hospital.The care she received was second to none and their kindness to her and to us, we will never forget. Looking back over the last year, I could see my mother failing, but somehow, it never dawned on me that the end was so close.We are all very grateful that she didn’t have a long illness and that God was kind and took her to be with him without her having to suffer too much.My father died almost 46 years ago and I have no doubt that they are now reunited.We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended her wake and funeral. It really was a great comfort to us and we thank those of you who came. If you were able to say a funeral was lovely, we can definitely say that about my mothers.Mary Duff sang beautifully throughout the service accompanied by Stephen Milne, John Staunton and Ronnie Kennedy, it was so kind of them to do this in mams honour.About 10 years ago, she asked our neighbour Fr Brian Logue, who lives in Scotland, if he would say her funeral mass.It was he who celebrated my father’s funeral mass as a young priest in 1968.We were amazed to find out when we knew my mother was in her final days, that Fr. Logue had come to spend a holiday in the village and was due to leave the day after my mother’s funeral.It was like it was all planned to perfection. In recent times, whenever we would return from a neighbours funeral mass, my mother would say “Were there many priests on the altar?” and when we would tell her the number she would always say “the more priests the better for someone’s funeral”.As I sat in the front pew beside her coffin, I glanced at the 11 priests that concelebrated and thought to myself, I hope you can see them mam, you’ve done well.While I write this, I am travelling through North America doing shows. I can’t believe I have been able to do this tour so soon after mams passing, however I believe that it was she who gave me the strength to do it.She loved coming to see the concerts. I have to say I have felt a great sense of peace each night on stage. I know in my heart it’s what she would have wanted me to do.We have had some enquiries as to when my mother’s months mind mass will be. It will be held in our local church, St Marys, on Friday 27th June at 7pm.While we don’t expect you to attend, we want you to know that everybody is welcome.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your kindness to her down through the years.I would also like to thank you on behalf of all the family for your kind messages of sympathy and your prayers at this time.Even though my mother is out of sight, her memory lives on in so many ways.During this trip, people have brought letters she wrote to them to show me, gloves she knitted and many who met her had stories to share with me, and of course, in our hearts she will live forever.Until we meet again Mam, Rest in Peace.DANIEL POSTS BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO MOTHER HE THOUGHT WOULD LIVE FOREVER was last modified: June 10th, 2014 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:daniel o’donnellFacebookHeartfeltHome-page NewsJULIA O’DONNELLTouchingtributelast_img read more

Yes, Virginia

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside the curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. The following editorial comes from the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the now-defunct New York Sun. Written in response to a young girl’s question and without a byline by Francis Pharcellus Church, it is the most reprinted editorial of all time. WE take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? — Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Huskies hang 49 in first half, hammer Lions

first_imgForget Fortuna’s up and down regular season, the Huskies are 1-0 where it matters — the playoffs. Fortuna found no trouble against the visiting El Molino Lions, sailing to a 55-14 victory in the first round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs in front of the Huskie faithful, Friday night in Fortuna.With Friday’s win the No. 6 seeded Huskies (6-5) advance to the second round of the NCS playoffs where they will face No. 3 Kennedy (8-2) next Saturday, Nov. 10 in Richmond.“Our guys …last_img

VW extends South Africa investment

first_img18 June 2010Volkswagen has launched a R230-million parts and accessories distribution centre in Centurion outside Pretoria, while announcing a R500-million investment in a new press shop at its plant in Uitenhage – further demonstrating the company’s commitment to South Africa.The car maker has invested over R5-billion in its operations in the country over the past four years – R4-billion of this over the past two years – and has embarked on a new strategy that will see the local content levels in its Polo and Polo Vivo cars increased from 40% to 70%.World-class operationThe company’s Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape is also the sole supplier of four-door Polos to right-hand-drive markets, as well as the sole manufacturer of the new Cross Polo for all global markets.“The new systems and processes to be installed in this giant distribution centre will enable improved levels of customer service to the Volkswagen, Audi and commercial vehicles dealer networks in South Africa,” Volkswagen AG chairman Martin Winterkom said in a statement this week.The 26 000 square metre facility will be fully operational before the end of 2010.“The investment [in the distribution centre], together with the best in class systems and processes and a major upskilling of the two hundred people employed at the centre, will enable a world class parts and accessories operation for the Volkswagen Group South Africa,” Winterkom said.Further new developmentsVolkswagen will also begin work on a R60-million dealer training academy on the site adjoining the distribution centre in the fourth quarter of 2010, in an effort to improve the company’s capabilities at the customer retail level.Winterkom said the company would launch its BlueMotion environmentally friendly technology – available in the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and new Tuareg ranges – by the fourth quarter of the year.In addition, the local arm of the manufacturer plans to introduce its new one ton Amarok pickup truck to the local market in the same period.“We anticipate the new Amarok will cause a major stir in the highly competitive one ton pickup market in South Africa,” Winterkom said. “The new Amarok will be a class leader in terms of emissions and fuel efficiency.”Remaining committedNext year will mark 60 years of manufacturing Volkswagens in South Africa, and the plant in Uitenhage has to date rolled out 2.7-million vehicles for both the South African market and for exports. Winterkom said the group’s commitment to the country had never been stronger.“We are proud of what we have achieved in South Africa, and the fact that next year we will celebrate our 60th anniversary of manufacturing cars in South Africa,” he said. “We remain committed to a country full of opportunity.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How I Know What I Know About Selling

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Recently, a salesperson asked me how I know the frameworks in my three books work, but particularly the ones in Eat Their Lunch and The Lost Art of Closing.I had a slide deck professionally designed. The outcome for this deck was answering the question, “Why should I do business with you and your company instead of my current supplier.” It worked well enough, allowing my team to tell our story (something marketing people find more valuable to clients than it is in practice). It also allowed us to explain why we do what we do different from our competitors, creating separation from the market. Naturally, it had the trophy slide, which included all of the big logos we had in our client portfolio.This deck was in service for years and faithfully updated. However, as the market changed, I began to struggle to help my clients make the changes they need to make to succeed. I knew what changes they needed to make, but rather than make those changes, they would stay with their existing supplier, or hire my company without making the changes. I wasn’t doing an outstanding job making my case, and in a moment of frustration, I built a new slide deck.The New DeckI built this deck intending to teach my clients and dream clients why they had to change. That is what we do in sales; we help our client’s change their results. Otherwise, why play at all?The deck I built did not look anything like my professionally designed deck based on the best practices, as defined by marketers. It violated all of the rules. Many of the slides contained nothing but raw data. If it were a traditional deck, you would say it had too much information, but I wanted the client to see it in its raw format, with no interpretation. The slides that followed the raw data were charts I created in Microsoft Excel; it was clear that I had not had the deck professionally designed, because I wanted the client to see the trend line for themselves.I clipped newspaper articles into Evernote for years, so I went back over those articles and captured images of the headlines and some of the money quotes. I supported the themes in the sections with data and with my company’s experience and internal data.The First CallThe first time I used my new deck was in a quarterly business review with an existing client in 2002. I wanted them to make changes to their policies, and I wanted to provide them with the context that would help them understand what I understood. The engagement with the content was excellent, and I did a sufficient job guiding them through the ideas.My focus was on how the trends and their implications were preventing my client from producing the results they needed. I focused on the strategic outcomes and nothing else. The conversation was among the best I had ever had with a client’s team, and we were talking about why they needed to change. By the end of the meeting, they believed they needed to change, and not because I alone convinced them. They had participated in deciding what things meant.At the end of the meeting, one of the managers asked me if he could have a copy of the slide deck. When I asked why he wanted it, he told me he needed to brief his leadership team later that afternoon. I agreed to give him the slide, he thanked me, and then he asked me to remove my logo.As I left the meeting, I realized the impact that the deck had on my client. I also recognized that I now had a Trojan horse inside my client’s four walls. It not only changed minds, but it began the conversation around change, changes they eventually made.Saying Goodbye to the Old DeckThe outcome of the meeting using the new deck was so much better than the old deck. No one had ever asked for that deck, and it never did anything to create the type of engagement the new presentation had provided. The old slide deck was lean back content, with client’s sitting passively while I talked to them. The new one was lean forward content, causing the client to ask questions, and not only of me but of each other.Even though I had the old deck on my laptop, I never had to use it. The new deck was more interesting to clients, and it sparked the kind of conversation where they discovered something about themselves.How I Know What I KnowI am grateful that I grew up in a highly competitive, highly commoditized business, the kind of environment that causes one to learn how to sell. When you can’t lean on your company’s history, your solutions, or any other external factor, you become the value proposition. While it might have been nice to have some external factor that might have made selling easier by creating some compelling differentiation, I would have been deprived of having to work on myself.I am not a researcher, not that you would know that by the way I read and study the things that interest me, the things I want to learn, and the things that are important to my clients. I have never developed theories and then set out to study them to create a framework or a book or some strategy. Everything I know, I learned from doing the work myself, calling prospects, making sales calls, nurturing relationships, and working to displace my competitors. The books that I read provided me with the concepts that helped me think about what I was doing, showing me things that I would not have seen had I not read them. Books can’t teach you to sell; they can only help you sell better.I write from the experience of a salesperson because I am one. While I love research, I believe that research and theories are one type of knowledge, and experience is an entirely different type of expertise. I only know what I know because I have done it myself, and because I have helped others repeat it.last_img read more

Mohit sings for Games at Qutub

first_imgHe came, sang and conquered the hearts. Singer Mohit Chauhan set the stage on fire on Thursday evening at the ongoing Qutub Festival when he crooned soulful numbers from his repertoire – numbers that have successively taken his career notches higher than before.Chauhan, who first shot to fame as the lead vocalist of the erstwhile band, Silk Route, strung together a beautiful evening of songs interspersed with anecdotes from his journey from the verdant mountains of Himachal Pradesh to the maximum city of Mumbai.”It has been a long journey and only I know how I have managed it,” he said before dedicating the first song of the evening to his home state.”This folk song from Devbhumi (referring to Himachal Pradesh) – Oh Lal Chidiye Ne -is close to my heart,” he said. Soon, more well-recognised numbers followed – Kissa Tera, Teri Dastan (Kismat Konnection ), Yeh Dooriyan (Love Aaj Kal ).The singer with a glossy voice, who lived in Delhi for a few years before shifting to Mumbai, recalled an amusing anecdote from his student days.”I was a science student and used to study rocks. When I joined the master’s programme, I didn’t study for six months because I was busy admiring the mountains and composing this song,” he said and hummed few notes of his popular number – Dooba Dooba from the Silk Route’s debut album, Boondein ( 1998).The song got the audience humming and grooving along. Post this number, Chauhan continued with the story of his life’s journey.advertisement”When I was a student, I used to sit on the last bench of the class to be able to admire the mountains,” he said. And then came the songs that the audience was most eagerly waiting for – Masakali (Dilli 6) and Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time in Mumbai) . Chauhan seemed to be in a mood to play with the audience.He said, ” There is a film called Jab We Met that has a song called Masakali ,” and added, “I’ll sing it only on one condition – you’ll have to sing along.” The crowd was more than willing; they happily sang along and jived to the lilting number from Dilli 6 . He had to cut short his story and the soiree due to time constraints but the singer promised to return soon.- The bands Indian Ocean and Euphoria get on stage for the Qutub Festival tonight.last_img read more