South Africa’s plan to save mining jobs

first_imgIn a joint attempt to save jobs in the mining sector, the government, labour, and the mining industry have signed an agreement.“In the face of challenging global economic conditions and the high risk of job losses facing the mining industry, I called for a retreat of leaders in the industry,” Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said yesterday.“This retreat concluded that a tripartite technical team comprising government, business and labour must convene to develop an intervention strategy to address the challenges facing the mining industry in respect of the risk of job losses.”The team met regularly after its first meeting on 5 August. It has identified 10 intervention areas, and has made recommendations to minimise job losses in mining.Delay the execution of retrenchments. This could allow consultations to be extended to continue during a section 189 of the Labour Relations Act notice period, to allow for the implementation of the interventions.Enhance productivity and managing cost pressures to improve efficiency.Accelerate concurrent rehabilitation activities to create alternative jobs for mineworkers.Sell distressed and other mining assets to possibly save and create jobs at alternative operators.Explore other options to avoid job losses. This will require the development of a framework for management, employees and the unions to seek solutions on a case by case basis, such as utilising the training layoff scheme or reskilling employees.Provide adequate support, such as counselling, training, and obtaining Unemployment Insurance Fund payments for mineworkers when job losses are unavoidable.Use the Multinational Companies’ procurement levy to support employment opportunities for retrenched mineworkers. In terms of the Mining Charter, multinational suppliers of goods to the sector must contribute towards a development fund, which could help to create alternative employment for mineworkers.Streamline the processes for downscaling, updating the database and exploring fiscal instruments to enable comprehensive management of the circumstances facing mining.Investment in promotion and market development – this includes joint promotional activities to help increase the demand for South Africa’s minerals.Communication and implementation plan – a milestone plan has been developed and progress regarding its implementation will be communicated from time to time.Signatories to the agreement include the Department of Mineral Resources, the Chamber of Mines, the South African Mining Development Union, National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and Uasa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Take the Path of Most Resistance

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 Electricity follows the path of least resistance. So does water. And so do too many salespeople.Your very best prospects already have a partner who provides them with whatever it is that you sell. They trust that partner, and as far as they know, they are completely satisfied. On top of that, they’re busy, and they receive tons of emails from salespeople asking to pitch them. They have no idea who is worth talking to and who isn’t, so they say no to almost everyone.These dream clients are the path of most resistance.Like electricity and water, you can seek a path of least resistance. When your dream client refuses your request for a meeting, you can put them on a calendar, call them quarterly, and seek an easier path. There are plenty of people who will be receptive, but you can’t create massive value for them, and that means they can’t massively value you or what you do. They might buy from you, but they will buy like you are a commodity.The path of most resistance is a more difficult path to take.First you have to fight your internal resistance and your desire to find an easier path.You have to expend far more energy nurturing your dream clients and becoming known as a value creator than you would if you called on lesser prospects. The path of most resistance requires that you build a prospecting campaign and pursue different contacts at different levels within your dream client’s company until you find some opening, someone who is receptive to you.The path of most resistance is more difficult. But you will likely be one of very few willing to pursue that path when most others will simply give up, give in, and go home.Go where others fear to tread. Do what others dare not. Take the more difficult path.last_img read more

Are You Getting Better At Selling?

first_imgK. Anders Ericsson, the expert who uncovered the 10,000-hour rule that you know from Malcolm Gladwell’s work once said, “I’ve been walking for 48 years, but I don’t believe I’m getting any better at it.” If I’m not mistaken, I saw that quote in Fast Company magazine many years ago. I saved the quote because it’s so powerful–and it’s funny.Certainly, there is something to the idea that the longer you do something the greater the odds that you will develop a higher level of competency. But Ericsson’s great insight is that it’s not the time you spend in a human endeavor that makes one an expert. Instead, it’s something he calls “deliberate practice.”Deliberate practice is different than just doing your job. It’s doing something with the intention of improving what you are doing. Ericsson suggests that the violinists he studied would take a nap after spending an hour in deliberate practice. Their focus and concentration were so intense, that afterward they were drained and had to rest and recover from the effort.I don’t know about you, but I don’t know too many people who are getting better at the endeavor of selling well because they are giving so much focus and concentration that they’re actually improving day-to-day. For most of us, we’ve done something long enough that we’re not even really conscious of what we’re doing. It’s like driving your car. If you’ve ever left your house and ended up at the office on a Saturday, that isn’t too different from what we do most of the time at work. Because we’ve made thousands of sales calls before, we make a sales call, without giving it much thought.The problem here is that selling has changed. Not in the way many of the pseudo-experts talk about sales changing. They tend to believe that all prospecting is now inbound and that the digital tools are the greatest evidence of change. This is not true, in fact, what’s changed is something more significant than the digital toolkit available to salespeople now. Success in sales requires that one be truly consultative, that one is perceived as a peer, and that one possesses the insights that allow you to advise your clients on decisions around their business.Because client expectations have changed, and because consensus is now necessary to win in B2B sales, and because most companies are not different enough to be able to compel change with their product or service alone, salespeople have to get a lot better and a lot faster.To this end, I’ve developed a program I call Sales Accelerator. It’s been built to provide salespeople with the mindset, skill sets, and the tools that allow them to develop into the salesperson their prospective clients need now, and to become someone those dream clients will want to buy from.If you’re an individual looking for self-development in both your personal and professional life, right now there is a lifetime offer available, and you can check it out here. If your business, looking for training for your teams, please go to the contact page here and I’ll reach out to you to schedule time to share some ideas with you. 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 Nowlast_img read more

LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA

first_imgAlthough Conor McGregor is certainly one brash individual inside and outside of fighting, the UFC Lightweight Champion prides himself as “gracious both in victory and defeat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComing off his 10-round TKO loss to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend, the Irish superstar had nothing but high praises for the fighter he verbally tormented before their iconic matchup.ADVERTISEMENT In a surprising turn of events, “The Notorious” even suggested that the boxing legend could very well transition to mixed martial arts.“I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer,” McGregor said of his recent foe.“But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure,” he added.McGregor also addressed his lingering cardiovascular issues, which seemed to be the main cause of his downfall during their bout.“I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night,” he said. “Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way.”  /raADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Miguel, Kia change imports LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match,”  he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.  “Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down.” View commentslast_img read more

Formula One: Retirement not on Hamilton mind as fourth title beckons

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I don’t look upon him and think that I am better because I have more wins and championships and poles, but I feel very proud for my name to be mentioned alongside his name — and that’s all.”Looking back on his early years in F1 with McLaren and his first championship win, he added: “In 2008 I was a kid. I had all the natural talent I have today, but I didn’t have the knowledge or experience.“I’m much better equipped now than I was in 2008. It’s actually been more enjoyable this year being in the position I am. I’m a lot more comfortable in my own skin so that’s really helped me.”Looking ahead to Sunday’s race and his chance to secure another title, he added: “I’m now fighting a championship-winning team in Ferrari and a champion driver, but I’m much better equipped. It’s actually been more enjoyable this year being in the position I am.“When you are 18, you think you know everything, but you don’t know anything.”On Friday, Hamilton wound up second in both sessions, having also been outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the morning.“It’s been a good day,” said Hamilton. “It didn’t really start out great, particularly in the second session with the big spin on my first lap that really threw me off the session and made it a little bit tricky to get the run on the super-soft tyres.“I had put myself on the back foot, but the single lap and then the long run on the ultra-soft was probably one of the best I’ve ever done.“I don’t think I’ve ever done 26 laps that consistent, apart from in a race maybe.“We got lots of information, the track was feeling better in the second session once the temperature came up -– so, overall, it was a good day.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I definitely won’t be here at 40,” he said. “I don’t think that is going to happen, but it changes all the time.“There have been times when I thought I am happy to move on, but you can’t come back.“I can’t tell you how long I will be here for, but eventually I will figure it out and know when the time comes. I anticipate a couple more years at least.”Hamilton said also that he would not consider winning a fourth title elevated him beyond his childhood hero Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who had won three championships before his death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.“Ayrton’s life was cut short and I think, had he the opportunity to continue and race in safe conditions, he would have continued to win more championships.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Earlier, he had suggested that a fourth world title would not usher him towards retirement and hinted that he is likely to remain in the sport for the next few years.“I can easily imagine myself without Formula One, but it is not about that right now,” he told reporters. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There are some really cool things coming along that are going to complement where I am in Formula One.”He declined to elaborate on his plans, but conceded that he had been in Los Angeles earlier in the week to discuss “creations” he was working on. Harden’s triple-double lifts Rockets past Hornets QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Mercedes’ British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton poses with his car at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, on October 26, 2017 ahead of the week-end’s Mexican Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZLewis Hamilton hailed one of his “best drives” on Friday despite being outpaced by Daniel Ricciardo during second free practice for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, where on Sunday he hopes to claim his fourth drivers’ world title.The 32-year-old Briton, who spun and ruined a set of tyres at Turn 11 early in the session, said his recovery and consistency in the remainder of that practice had seen him produce a drive that was “one of the best I have every done.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Joel Embiid fined for verbal attack on referees

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The National Basketball Association slapped Joel Embiid with a $25,000 fine on Wednesday after the Philadelphia 76er player openly criticized the referees following a loss to the Boston Celtics.Embiid was wrapping up a post-game news conference with reporters after a 112-109 defeat on Tuesday night when he leaned into the microphone, yelled a profanity and said the referees “suck.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Yap to the rescue The league responded by fining Embiid for “public criticism of the officiating which included use of inappropriate language”.Embiid’s outburst was apparently the result of not getting a foul call in his favor in the final minute of the Celtics’ game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe finished the game with 23 points after shooting just nine-of-22 from the field.Asked about the fine following the 76ers 126-111 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, an unapologetic Embiid said “I knew what I was getting into.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Embiid’s discipline is just the latest in a series of recent fines for criticism of NBA referees.Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Cleveland’s JR Smith were both fined $15,000 each last month for “verbal abuse of officials” while Rudy Gobert of Utah was fined $15,000 in December for criticizing the referees.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Embiid scored a team-high 26 points and 14 rebounds as New York handed the hapless Knicks their 18th straight loss.Embiid gave the Madison Square Garden crowd a scare in the third quarter.While trying to chase down a ball going out of bounds, he jumped over Hollywood actress Regina King, who was sitting courtside, and landed on top of a Knicks broadcast worker. No one was seriously hurt.King, who won a Golden Globe for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” tweeted about the incident, saying “Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted.”Asked why he chased a ball out of bounds with his team ahead by 15 points and the game out of reach, Embiid said, “I only know one way to play.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

BIG GIG FOR RHEMUS

first_imgThey’re calling it their first ever stadium gig! For local Coffs Harbour pub band `Rhemus’ their performance at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships was their first inside a main arena. Used to pub gigs and community benefits Rhemus played at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium last night, in front of around 1000 players, spectators and officials. After feedback from previous 18 Years functions, which included venues that were too small, not enough live action or freedom to move around or catch up with friends; Tournament Director John Pratt decided that something needed to change this year. And so it did. Instead of heading out for the function, caterers came to the Coffs Harbour stadium, cooking a delicious barbeque spread, adding salads and bread rolls for all players and officials to enjoy. “The ATA decided we needed to change the format of the function following the survey feedback gained from all participating permits,” Mr Pratt said. “We decided to hold the smorgasbord dinner, with a live band and in a secure location.” “It was a very successful night, particularly with the live band and an excellent meal,” he said. The band provided an atmosphere for the players never seen before, with players singing with the band and dancing to win touch footballs signed by Benji Marshall and Joe Williams. Rachael Behan from Central Queensland kicked the night off, jumping out of her seat to race down the front and sing a song for the crowd. The 15 year-old at her first National 18 Years tournament wowed us all with her guts as well as her singing. The players enjoyed the night, Kelly Jones from the Brisbane Cobras echoing the general consensus: “It was good food, good service and the band were pretty good too,” Kelly said. “It was also more relaxed because you could move around and talk to everyone.” With such a successful night, it will no doubt be on the cards again for the 2005 National 18 Years Championships. “It was definitely a great success, the one area we will continue to work on is the structure of food delivery to ensure a shorting waiting time for teams, but overall it was a great night,” Mr Pratt said. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

Alabama Signees Adonis Thomas, Damien Harris Vow To “Bring The Dynasty Back” On Twitter

first_imgA top Alabama Crimson Tide signee.Alabama football certainly is not down – the Crimson Tide were the No. 1 seed in this past year’s College Football Playoff before losing to Ohio State. But the program has gone two years without winning the national title, so it’s fair to say that Alabama is no longer a “dynasty” in the true sense of the word. Two Crimson Tide signees are looking to change that fact.Adonis Thomas and Damien Harris – two of the highest-rated recruits in the country this past year – had a nice little Twitter exchange Saturday morning. It began with Harris wishing Thomas a happy birthday, and quickly morphed into the topic of winning rings and bringing the dynasty back. Check it out:Happy Birthday boss @_SimplyThatGuy5— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, 2015@DHx34 appreciate it big timer! Only a few more months till we go get these rings— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, 2015@_SimplyThatGuy5 you already know what we about to do— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, 2015@DHx34 bring that dynasty back— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, 2015Alabama never rebuilds – it reloads. If Harris, Thomas and the rest of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class pans out as expected, they’re going to have a real shot at following through here.last_img read more

Tennessee JUCO Commit Jonathan Kongbo Tells Alabama, “We’re Coming For (You)”

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]last_img read more

NYK New Ship Propeller to Cut CO2 Emissions

first_imgzoom Japan’s NYK Line, MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have developed a highly efficient propeller by analyzing the conditions surrounding vessel propellers in actual operation.The propeller, which will achieve a 1.2 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by improving fuel efficiency, will be installed on two newly built containerships scheduled for delivery in 2019.NYK informed that the project partners analyzed the condition of a propeller in operation on an oceangoing vessel. Afterward, they confirmed that the simulation data matched the actual conditions to a high probability. The highly reliable simulation was then used to achieve further optimization of propeller design and thus improve fuel efficiency.In collaboration with shipping companies and shipbuilders, the three companies “will continue to make use of their expertise to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through the provision and operation of vessels demonstrating excellent environmental performance,” NYK said.The analysis was conducted by observing the cavitation and measuring the flow velocity around the propeller. Cavitation is a phenomenon in which air bubbles are generated when the pressure in a liquid suddenly drops. Excessive cavitation on the propeller blade causes ship vibration and leads to erosion of the propeller.last_img read more