Uganda off to mixed start in 3*3 World Cup

first_imgJamila Nansikombi (9) throws down a layup against Romania on Thursday afternoonFIBA 3*3 World Cup 2018Xi’an, ChinaThursday, 04-10-2018-Uganda 17-11 Romania-Hungary 14-08 UgandaThe Uganda Women’s 3*3 national team got off to a mixed start at the FIBA World Cup in Xi’an, China.Uganda was in action on the second day (Thursday) of the games, first defeating Romania 17-11 in the early tip-off.JKL Dolphins forward Akello was the top contributor with 8 points, Nansikombi scored 3, Asinde the youngest player on the team scored 3 points while Imanishimwe scored a point.In their second game of the day, the Ugandans took on a tougher and high-ranked Hungary. Uganda lost the game 14-8.Asinde top-scored for Uganda with 3 points, Imanishimwe and Nansikombi who missed many from two-point range contributed 2 points each while Akello scored just a single point.Uganda returns to action on Saturday, October 6 to complete their pool schedule with matches against German and hosts China.The FIBA 3×3 World Cup is the largest tournament for 3*3 basketball organized by FIBA to help make basketball a more versatile sport.About the 3*3 World Cup:The debut of the tournament then named as the FIBA 3×3 World Championship was held in August 2012 in Athens, Greece.The current champions are Serbia in the men’s division and Italy in the women’s division.There are two events in the tournament; one for men and another for women. Each team has 4 players (3 on court, 1 bench).In the first edition, there was a mixed event where each team composed of 2 men and 2 women. The match is played on a half court and every rule applies as well as a 12-second shot clock and clearance needed on a new possession. 3*3 basketball received Olympic status in 2017.Saturday Fixtures-October 6: German vs. Uganda-October 6: Uganda vs. ChinaComments Tags: 3*3 World Cup 2018toplast_img read more

Khalil Mack on the Raiders: ‘Those my brothers over there’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Khalil Mack turned the corner after his shower, stopped, and observed the swarm of cameras already crowding his locker.The man of the hour played his first game in the Bay Area on Sunday, albeit not against the Raiders, since Oakland traded him to the Bears on Sept. 1.Mack is a defensive player of the year candidate and his Bears (11-4) are NFC North champions. He couldn’t be happier with his new team. But that doesn’t mean he holds anything against his old one, or even the …last_img

A tour guide in your pocket

first_imgRobben Island, a barren 2-kilometre-longpiece of rock in Table Bay off the coast ofCape Town, is world-famous as the placewhere Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for18 of his 27 years in jail.(Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusVisitors to South Africa now have their own personal tour guide permanently on call, with the launch of the innovative new Mobiguide – a service that allows tourists to download multimedia tour guides to popular destinations onto their mobile phones, laptops and other portable media players.From its official inception in October 2007 to the launch at popular tourist destination Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town in March this year, Mobiguide has already generated much interest.For R30 (about $8 or €12 at current exchange rates), plus service provider charges, visitors can download audiovisual tourism guides that enhance the experience of visiting some of South Africa’s most popular destinations. Content ranges from the Stellenbosch wine route, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch in Cape Town to Soweto, Newtown and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. There are also guides on South Africa’s famous Big Five safari experience.On average the clips run for around four minutes and feature original footage and historical clips from national archives, as well as narrative and music. Clips can be previewed and downloaded at the tourist destinations themselves, from the Mobiguide website, or by going to http://www.mobiguide.tv/ on a mobile browser.The guides are currently available in several languages, including English, French, German and Mandarin. These were specifically chosen, says Mobiguide’s IT director Dan Seidman, based on statistics of tourists to South Africa.“We actually found that Dutch is the second most commonly spoken language among South African visitors,” says Seidman, “but Dutch people generally speak very good English and are not averse to using English-language products. French covers not only France but also the Francophone countries in Africa. The Asian tourist market is growing very quickly, and we found that tourists speaking Mandarin Chinese often don’t have a fluent grasp of English – they indicated that they would like the product to be made available in their own language.”Seidman says that new languages are in the pipeline, among them Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, and local languages Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa. This is because Mobiguides are not only targeted at tourists, but there is also a goal to get South Africans more interested in their heritage too, as locals make up a large percentage of the tourism sector.However, the production of new guides in other languages must be balanced with the need for guides covering new sites. Seidman says they may well end up taking both options, depending on what the production budget allows.The mobile generationDownloading audio and video clips to a mobile phone is by now an everyday occurrence, and Mobiguide is capitalising on that by offering its guides in popular formats that are accessible to most media devices. The formats include mp3, mp4, avi and 3gp.Popular South African artists such as award-winning instrumental group DNA Strings, and musician/songwriter Riku Lätti, perform the backing tracks on Mobiguides – these may also be downloaded individually.The idea for Mobiguides was born, says founder and MD Amanda Forsythe, during her years as a French interpreter working for the French embassy. Her job often entailed taking VIPs to tourist destinations around South Africa. She found that general information about South Africa’s culture, history and development was not always available at sites of interest, and even less so in languages other than English.“I simply wanted people to be able to cross the language barriers that often prevent us from really understanding one another,” she says on her blog. “And I wanted people to really understand this extraordinary country, South Africa. I wanted them to see the beauty of this land and its people, as well as the passion and pain that form the foundations of the new South Africa.”A little research revealed that the costs of introducing audio guides, and the equipment required such as headsets, would be too expensive. Consequently the idea had to be temporarily shelved but when Forsythe met her current business partner Dan Seidman in 2006 the two put their heads together, enabling Forsythe to turn her passion for languages and travel into the Mobiguide concept. This, she claims, is a first for Africa and possibly the world.To date Forsythe has produced all the Mobiguides herself, from taking photos and shooting footage to research and writing, voice-overs, translations, and more.Canadian-born programmer, entrepreneur and former derivatives trader Dan Seidman is also well travelled and has lived in various countries around the world. Between them Seidman and Forsythe have degrees in history, languages and philosophy.Showing off what South Africa has to offerMobiguide is registered with tourism authorities in the Western Cape and Gauteng, and works closely with South Africa’s national archives, local municipalities and world heritage sites.“Tourists don’t always realise exactly what is on offer in areas other than Cape Town,” says Seidman. “The most visited place in South Africa, by far, is the V&A Waterfront shopping centre which welcomes 1.8-million tourists annually. Robben Island is a distant second with 600 000 visitors. We’re hoping that when tourists visit the Mobiguide website to download clips on Cape Town they’ll notice that there are also interesting destinations in, say, Johannesburg, and will decide to extend their stay to explore these options.“A lot of stakeholders are realising that multi-lingual information is a must and some are interested in investing with us to produce a Mobiguide on their destination. For instance, we’ve received inquiries from places like Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind.”The company is always looking to expand its offerings and invites users to get in touch through the website if they feel their location, no matter where in the world it is, would make an interesting addition to the Mobiguide portfolio.Mobiguide has also introduced the Mobitalk mobile application, which is also expected to be of great use to travellers. This offers e-mail, SMS and chat services at a fraction of the normal cost – but only to another device that has Mobitalk installed. A VOIP facility will go live in June, enabling users to make low-cost voice calls using the internet. Mobitalk also provides instant access to the Mobiguide system. The application can be downloaded free of charge from the Mobiguide website.Useful linksMobiguideMobitalk blogSouthAfrica.info – Gateway to the NationGauteng TourismCape TourismSouth African National ArchivesWorld heritage sites in South AfricaSouth African Tourismlast_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

‘The key is to stay at the wicket and accelerate towards the end’

first_imgThe weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I,The weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I was impressed with the professionalism of the groundsmen.They pass on specific instructions to the coach regarding the use of practice wickets so that they don’t get spoilt. They are very particular about using the pitches and are constantly working on the ground to maintain a high standard of facilities.Finally, as planned, we played a match against Loughborough University. The team was a collection of youngsters, all keen to do well against us. We played the match in a public school spread over 30 acres and the facilities were stunning.They had 12 nets for the younger boys and six nets for the seniors, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a sports shop. It would be great to have such facilities at home.It was agreed that India would bat first to get as much practice as possible. It worked well, for Sachin, Azhar, Robin and Ajay had useful outings. Only Saurav fell early to a brilliant catch. Unfortunately the bowling was average and Sachin didn’t relish it much though he scored a brisk 64.The wickets were slow and the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. The outfield too was soft and the ball wouldn’t travel. The Indians, Azhar and Sachin in particular, stunned the crowd with some stunning shots – not surprisingly one Sachin six hit the gymnasium wall almost 80 yards away.advertisementI called back the batsmen once they seemed to be hitting the ball well; 290 was a fine score. Then the bowlers took over and I was pleased with their line and length. Prasad was simply brilliant, Saurav bowled effectively and Jadeja picked up two wickets in three overs.He just has to believe he has a golden arm. Ultimately they were out for 98 runs. Our second practice game was against the Leicester Second XI at their excellent county ground. We rested Sachin, Srinath and Kumble to give Ramesh, Mohanty and Chopra a chance (Khurasia had twisted his ankle).Final stretch: Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Ajay Jadeja tune up for the South Africa tieThe bowling was better and we lost three wickets for 60 runs, whereupon Azhar, Jadeja and Mongia batted with a lot of confidence to take us past 200 runs. Robin unnecessarily had an argument with a left-arm spinner after hitting him for two sixes and got out.The bowler came out the winner. These are the sort of situations where we have to use our experience and keep our cool. Nevertheless, Saurav with three wickets led the bowlers who polished them off for 130-odd runs.Considering the prevalent conditions, it seems we have to keep our wickets in hand and accelerate later on. I have been stressing that the batsmen shouldn’t be impatient. The most interesting aspect so far has been the meeting of the managers and captains at Lord’s at the recently built media centre that resembles a spaceship about to take off.There was a team photograph of the captains – only the Scottish skipper was missing, probably held up in the traffic on the highway. I found Brian Lara the most humble of the lot and I was impressed when he came up to wish me.Later we were briefed about the playing conditions and about security, especially after the recent bombings in London. The ground at Lord’s was looking as pretty as ever. Hopefully we will do well enough to play here during the tournament.last_img read more

Adam Schefter Is Getting Crushed For Interviewing Greg Hardy, What He’s Said About It

first_imgAdam Schefter talks about his interview with Greg hardy.SchefterAdam Schefter recently had a sit-down interview with Greg Hardy. The interview (in parts and in full) has been shown across ESPN’s platforms today.You can view some of the interview here. In the interview, Hardy, who is currently unsigned after playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, says he has never hit a woman. Hardy was referencing the 2014 incident with his former girlfriend in which he allegedly hit her multiple times, causing what appeared to be significant injuries. The former Carolina Panther was charged and convicted, but the case was thrown out in 2015 after Hardy appealed. “I’ve never put my hand on any woman,” Hardy says.Schefter appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the interview. A transcript of some of what Schefter said: Schefter: What he meant by that was he feels like he should not have put himself in that situation around that woman at that time of night around alcohol, and that was his mistake he should never have done that. But in his mind he swears he never put a finger on this woman. And people can believe what they want.Patrick: Do you believe it?Schefter: Doesn’t matter what I believe Dan, right?—–Schefter: I went in with the idea that this guy is a monster. I came out of there with a very different feeling. I came out of there feeling this is a guy who has managed to say the wrong things at the wrong time.Schefter is now getting crushed for what he’s said about Hardy and for interviewing him. One of his colleagues, Michelle Beadle, even criticized him on-air on ESPN for giving the NFL defensive lineman a platform. For the love of f&[email protected] Dude doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. Dude has changed? I give the hell up.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) April 5, 2016Beadle isn’t alone, either.Posting illegally obtained medical records didnt activate the integrity gene of Schefter. So a softball Q&A with a womanizer wouldn’t either— Marshall (@M_W_19) April 5, 2016Greg Hardy interview…WTF? https://t.co/JYFcmhDVkl— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 5, 2016Hardy’s comments were bad. But the fact that ESPN and Schefter gave him a platform for redemption is even worse: https://t.co/9NLFgULiuj— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) April 5, 2016If ESPN decided on its own to send Schefter to interview Hardy instead of Rachel Nichols or Jeremy Schapp or Bob Ley, well, that’s a problem— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 5, 2016Of course Adam Schefter bought into Greg Hardy’s bullshit: https://t.co/4vre5nvXAV— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2016Schefter discussed the interview in-depth on The Dan Patrick Show today, but he’s likely going to have to further defend his position in the coming days.last_img read more

Suezmax Tanker Joins NATs Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based tanker owner Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of a newbuilding Suezmax tanker on February 27.Nordic Space, the company’s second Suezmax newbuilding tanker, was constructed by South Korean Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.The 158,000 dwt ship, which was christened on August 24, 2016, has started its maiden voyage, according to NAT.Featuring 84,000 gross tons, the 277-meter long vessel was ordered in December 2014 for a price of USD 65 million.Nordic American Tankers now has a fleet of 33 Suezmax vessels, including three newbuildings to be delivered during the second half of 2018.last_img

Federal Competition Bureau calls for rethink of BC taxi regulations

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — The federal Competition Bureau wants British Columbia to re-examine its taxi regulations to permit more competition in the industry and improve services for riders and businesses.The bureau’s report says it will urge a B.C. government committee reviewing transportation network services to level the playing field for taxis and ride-hailing providers.An all-party legislative committee on Crown corporations was asked last year to provide recommendations on regulations on transportation network services for the legislature by March 31.The Competition Bureau says it will submit recommendations to the committee to ensure fair regulations that do not favour taxi providers or ride-hailing platforms.The bureau says it will urge the committee to allow drivers to have flexibility to choose their own service areas and allow market forces to determine how many drivers are available to serve passengers.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena introduced legislation last year that she said could see ride-hailing services introduced in B.C. sometime this year.last_img read more

3 Ohio State wrestlers listed No 1 in their weight classes in

Redshirt freshman wrestler Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating Penn State’s Matt McCutcheon at 197 pounds on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorThree Ohio State wrestlers — heavyweight Kyle Snyder, 187-pound Kollin Moore at 187 pounds and 125-pound Nathan Tomasello — were listed in No. 1 spots in FloWrestling’s preseason NCAA wrestling rankings on Monday.Buckeye wrestlers are represented in the top-12 of every weight class. FloWrestling also ranked Ohio State second in the NCAA in its preseason rankings. Coach Tom Ryan’s group ranks behind Penn State, which won the NCAA team championship the past two seasons.The Buckeyes, coming off a runner-up finish at the NCAA team championships last season, has three other team members listed in the top five in their respective weight classes. Junior Myles Martin is ranked second in the 184-pound class. Redshirt senior Bo Jordan is ranked third at 174 pounds while his brother, redshirt junior Micah Jordan, is listed fourth at 157 pounds. Sophomore Luke Pletcher (133 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 pounds) are both ranked ninth in their respective weight classes. Two new additions to the Buckeyes are also ranked. Joey McKenna, who transferred from Stanford, is ranked sixth at 141 pounds and Te’Shan Campbell, who transferred away from Pittsburgh, is ranked 12th at 165 pounds. Seven Penn State wrestlers are ranked, including five who are ranked No. 1 and two others ranked fourth and fifth. The Buckeyes will face off with the Nittany Lions on Feb. 2 or 4 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Michigan, which FloWrestling ranks third in team rankings behind the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes, will showcase eight ranked wrestlers in its lineup during the upcoming season with six being ranked in the top six. Ohio State will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a dual meet with the Wolverines on Feb. 11. The Buckeyes kick off the 2017-2018 campaign on Nov. 4 when they compete in the Princeton Open in Princeton, New Jersey. read more