Reports say Blues are confident on Remy, QPR want duo and Diame is joining Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace are set to beat QPR to the signing of West Ham midfielder Momo Diame, the Sunday People say.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has long been keen to bring in Diame but it is claimed that Eagles boss Neil Warnock has won the race to sign him. Hull were also reported to be interested.Redknapp wants to sign Aaron Lennon as well as Andros Townsend from Tottenham, the Mail on Sunday claim.Diame has long been one of Redknapp’s transfer targetsThe Daily Star Sunday say Redknapp is also looking to buy forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool.Chelsea are extremely confident of signing Loic Remy from QPR despite Arsenal launching a late bid to capture the France striker, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Related West London Sport story: Arsenal make their move for QPR’s Remy  Meanwhile, the Mail say Paris St-Germain are keen to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Another bad loss highlights the bad vibes around the Warriors

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicePerhaps nothing matters for these Warriors until the playoffs start.Perhaps the Warriors’ embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday is totally irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. After all, the Warriors have proven a few times this year that their top gear is better than anyone else’s in the NBA. And these are …last_img

Madiba: role model for South Africa’s youth

first_imgFirst-year students participated in a day-long dialogue workshop aimed at enabling them to think and act like the university’s namesake. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com. For more free images visit the image library) The goal of the programme is to reach one-million youth by 2020. (Image: openedpractices.org) MEDIA CONTACTS • Debbie Derry  Senior Manager: Communication  NMMU   +27 41 504 3057RELATED ARTICLES • ‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011 • New Mandela book released • Mandela Day now a global event • Free tertiary studies on the cards Emily van RijswijckThe Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth is the first tertiary institution in South Africa to introduce a national project aimed at transforming students into life champions.The youth programme, known as Nelson Mandela -The Champion Within (NM – CW), is a national project to equip young people in critical thinking, self-reflection and self-leadership skills.The programme was jointly developed by The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Life College Group. Both are not-for-profit organisations based in Johannesburg.The Life College Group is the brainchild of social entrepreneur and television news anchor Pat Pillai, who is also an Ashoka Globaliser Fellow. Ashoka is a global organisation that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs that have innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems.The programme draws on the vision and values of prominent South African leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela.According to Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the programme is based on the book, Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela, as well as his extensive personal archive.Changing the way young people thinkIn a statement Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, said that the goal of the programme is to harness the life-work of Nelson Mandela and his generation of leaders to build a nation of champions.“Our goal is to reach one-million youth by 2020 and inspire them to make every day a Mandela Day,” Dangor said. “We will do so by partnering with and offering the programme to schools, universities, companies, civil society and government youth programmes.”Pillai, Life College Group CEO and lead facilitator of the programme says that a great opportunity exists to positively influence young South Africans.“The mindset of the nation and the youth is up for grabs,” he says. “Do nothing and we risk too much.”Although the programme draws on the values of prominent South Africans such as Nelson Mandela, the programme encourages students to be authentic.“It’s not about losing one’s own individuality, but rather a process of deconstructing the Mandela legend to get to the core principles by which he leads his life,” Pillai explains. “We want to help students be the best that they can be.”Launching the programme in Port ElizabethThe programme was formally launched at the Missionvale campus of the NMMU.During the university’s orientation week, about 5 000 new first-year students participated in a day-long dialogue workshop aimed at enabling them to think and act like the university’s namesake.The workshop was facilitated by Life College and NMMU facilitators in an innovative and fun way.“Our belief is that we will only succeed in making our country and world a better place if each one of us lives the changes we want to see in the world,” NMMU vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz said in a statement.According to Swartz, the NMMU will repeat the programme every year until 2020 to achieve its goal of reaching 50 000 students.“By scrutinising the Mandela legacy, students are asked to start thinking critically, to understand the power of their own purpose and to think critically about circumstances and choices, among other things,” Pillai says.Guest speaker at the launch, NMMU chancellor Santie Botha said that Nelson Mandela is an outstanding role model for students.“With this workshop we tell students how to learn from his greatness and to make it their own,” Botha said.Round table facilitator Ruby-Ann Levendal, who is also the director for transformation, monitoring and evaluation at the NMMU, hopes the workshop discussions will help students to see themselves in a new light.“It is really just about triggering a different, lateral way of thinking which our secondary education does not always give our youth,” Levendal says.Become a committed championOn completion of the programme, students are asked to sign a pledge to implement their personal action plans to achieve their champion status. Students also appoint their own integrity partners who will offer support and help them to achieve their goals.Eighteen-year-old Chamonay Johnson who enrolled at NMMU for a LLB degree says she was surprised by how little she know about Nelson Mandela and his life.For Johnson, the take home message of the workshop is that Mandela never gave up, and she hopes to apply this principle in her own life as a student.“It does not matter what it takes, I will get my degree,” she says.More inspirational South AfricansApart from Madiba, the lives and achievements of other noteworthy life champions such as former Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs and Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman, will also serve as inspiration to students.The University of Cape Town, the National Research Foundation, Citadel, the Development Bank of South Africa and other project partners have also signed up for the programme.last_img read more

Reflections on a Green Home Tour

first_imgOne thing our local Green Building Council really does right is the annual green home tour. We get great turnout from the public, and it gives the more experienced green builders a chance to open their homes to the novice green builders and share what’s working and how we choose features that make sense for our region. Here are a few of the elements that make our tour such a success.We have a really good tour guidebook with descriptions of the houses and an accurate map of the homes, so participants can plot out itineraries that makes sense for them. We get the guides out on the newsstands in local meeting places and on the Internet a couple of weeks before the tour. Builders link to their page in the online tour book and e-mail it out to friends, prospects, and past customers. Tour goers show up with the books or printouts from the website marked up with the houses they most want to see and questions they want to ask at each house.We don’t charge a fee for the tour. We charge our builders a reasonable fee to participate and sell ads in the tour guide. This way we make it possible for people to stop by only one or two houses as it works into their weekend plans. We also hand out lots of directional street signs and put out very large job-site signs listing the tour hours and the builder’s name and contact info, so we bring in the neighbors and others who may not have heard about the tour from our ad campaign.We work hard to have a good mix of building types. Some people are really offended by light-green or high-priced green-certified homes, some want to see “mainstream green”, some want to see the state-of-the-art energy and water conservation features, some want to see a lot of recycled materials and creative reuse. We always work hard with Habitat for Humanity and the local affordable housing folks to make sure that they have the support they need to get their homes Energy Star approved and Green Certified and to make sure they can show off their efforts on the tour. People have the impression that green homes are a lot more expensive and that they may look or even smell funny. The best way to counter this impression is to show them green in all sizes and prices.We hold a press conference on the Monday before the tour. The builders come to pick up their tour guides and directional signs and to get a briefing on the details that we all need to know to make the tour work. On the first morning of the tour, we’ll have a two-hour event in a central location with educational panels and booths for our tour-book advertisers and sponsors.The green tour is such a strong motivator to be part of our HBA’s green-building council that builders who enroll a house in our program but fail to follow through on certification within a set time from pulling a CO can be banned from participating in the tour.last_img read more

Things No Salesperson Should Ever Do

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now No salesperson should ever lie to win a deal, speak poorly about your competitor, exaggerate claims about what you sell, give up too soon, lack the resourcefulness to be creative in achieving your goals, be undisciplined, be pessimistic, be negative, be cynical, allow disempowering thoughts to guide your actions (or lack thereof), fail to follow up, respond to an RFP without reading and challenging it, believe they don’t need to plan a sales call, show up to a meeting without a pen and paper, rely on their company’s history to prove they’re worth doing business with, stop reading books on their craft, stop reading books that make them more conversational, fail to continuously improve their ability to create value for their clients, waste time listening to politics or sports between sales calls, leave the office without a list of phone numbers you can dial from the road, not carry something to shine their shoes in the car, pretend they can’t use the technologies necessary in sales now, believe that their business is so different that the principles of selling don’t apply to them, lead with pricing (when that is not your business model), negotiate with their sales manager before negotiating with the client, ask for the commitment to decide before going through a process that earns you the right to ask, leave a meeting without another meeting, treat the gatekeeper and other stakeholders as if they are unimportant, watch hours of television (or Netflix) at night, avoid a necessary conflict, fail to prospect every day, fail to build a pipeline that protects you from needing bad business, take on a nightmare client for the money, share your compensation model with your client, lack credibility, accept their lack of business acumen, avoid dealing with all the stakeholders who are going to be impacted by a deal, go without executive sponsorship, send a proposal by email, give the client a demo that shows them every feature, read the client your proposal out loud, or use a high pressure sales tactic to bully a prospect.last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for him

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident getting the players to play for him.Solskjaer says he’s done it all as a player and manager.He told MUTV: “I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated.”It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.”The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different. I’m a different personality.”I like to speak to people, I like to engange with people, I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”On assistant manager Mike Phelan, he added: “That (appointing him) was the first thing I thought about. I’m young, Kieran and Michael are young.”I rang him and he was at a coaching course in Burnley when I rang him. He’s an incredible calming influence. His football knowledge is really really good.” last_img read more

a month agoTottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoff

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham lose Hugo Lloris before Leicester kickoffby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham lost Hugo Lloris before kickoff against Leicester City.He was forced to rush back to London to attend the birth of his child.Lloris was due to start but left the team hotel on Saturday morning to be by his wife’s side in hospital, meaning Spurs have had to make a late selection change.Back-up goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has replaced Lloris between the posts, as the 27-year-old makes just his 13th appearance since joining the club in August 2017. last_img

18 days agoCrystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgCrystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning a new move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in January.Palace, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, plan to bolster their attack when the transfer window reopens and have made Chelsea striker Batshuayi a leading target, says the Daily Mail.The 26 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and was a popular figure, scoring six times in 11 starts and 13 appearances in total.Palace hope Chelsea could be persuaded to part with Batshuayi due to Tammy Abraham’s emergence, along with the presence of Olivier Giroud in Frank Lampard’s squad, and also the Belgian’s contract situation.Batshuayi signed a five-year deal when he joined Chelsea, who beat Palace to his signature, from Marseille in 2016 for £33m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Two Kentucky Fans Recorded “Big Blue Train,” A Bluegrass Ode To The Undefeated Wildcats

first_imgKentucky fans play bluegrass song about Wildcats.When you’re undefeated and dominating the competition like No. 1 Kentucky is, you’re bound to inspire passionate fans to drum up unique ways to express their love and appreciation. What better way for two fans to show their devotion to UK basketball than with a little Bluegrass tribute?That’s what the Jenkins twins decided to do. They recorded a musical ode to their beloved Wildcats, complete with shout outs of every key player, and jokes about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Bill Self drinking vodka. The chorus of the song features the line “We’re going to ‘Nap town on this Big Blue Train.” It’s a reference to Indianapolis, or ‘Nap Town, where the 2015 Final Four will be held.All in all, it’s entertaining in a quirky and hilarious way. [H/T : @KySportsRadio ]last_img read more

CanniMed tells shareholders to wait while it reviews Aurora offer

first_imgCanniMed Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it needs time to review a surprise takeover offer from a rival marijuana producer that sent its share surging on another volatile trading day for pot stocks amid speculation a wave of consolidation is coming.“We advise shareholders to take no action until such time as the board has had the opportunity to fully consider and make a recommendation regarding the unsolicited offer,” CanniMed (TSX:CMED) said in response to the bid made public by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) after the close of markets on Tuesday.Vancouver-based Aurora announced an all-share offer valuing CanniMed’s stock at up to $24 per share that it said already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Aurora said it submitted a proposal to CanniMed’s board of directors Monday and has given the company until Friday to respond. If the board doesn’t respond, it said it plans to launch a formal takeover bid.But CanniMed said that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora, adding it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.CanniMed cautioned that it considered Aurora’s estimates of how much the share-exchange deal was actually worth to CanniMed shareholders to be inflated, since Aurora’s valuation per share is based on its stock price as of Nov. 14 after a 125 per cent increase over the preceding 12 trading days.Following news of the proposed deal, CanniMed’s share price shot up $4.50 or 29.4 per cent to close at $19.80, while Aurora closed down $0.19 or three per cent at $6.22.CanniMed also said it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP), a producer endorsed by members of rock band the Tragically Hip.Marijuana analyst Vahan Ajamian said this latest deal could spark merger and acquisition activity among the around 50 licensed producers in the burgeoning industry ahead of recreational legalization, slated for July 1.“This could spark a wave of consolidation with the larger players ‘gobbling up’ the smaller ones,” said Ajamian in a note.PI Financial Corp. analyst Jason Zandberg said he wasn’t sure if the deal would spark consolidation, but that it make sense to build scale ahead of next July.“If you can build scale, then not only can you guarantee supply numbers, but you also have a bit better negotiating power,” said Zandberg.But he said any deals would likely be shared-based ones within the industry, like Aurora’s proposal, since cannabis stocks have climbed so much in recent months.“The absolute value of the market cap of these companies would scare off a lot of outsiders from buying.”He said the deal looks to make a lot of sense from both sides, but given CanniMed’s response it could go hostile.Current valuations mean that for some companies it would make more sense to simply build their own facilities, said Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report.“You can build square footage at a lower price than you can buy it on the stock market, the difference is quite astonishing.”He said CanniMed offered some particular attractions to Aurora, including licensed soft oil gel capsules, a foothold in Saskatchewan and expanded facilities that haven’t yet been reflected in its financials.If Aurora’s acquisition is successful, it would boost its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and would see it serve about 40,000 active registered patients. That compares to 63,000 at Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest marijuana company.CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013.last_img read more