Bolt, Shelly sprint away with RJR awards … again: The Best!

first_imgKing and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

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SA and US to educate executives

first_imgStellenbosch University’s business school now offers business leaders a unique opportunity to boost their leadership skills. (Image: Stellenbosch Writers)Janine ErasmusBusiness leaders looking to improve their skills can now benefit from a new partnership agreement between the internationally accredited Business School at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape and the US-based Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).This is not the first such partnership into which the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has entered, as it already has well-established partnerships with over 50 top business schools in the US, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.However, the newest agreement sees the American institution setting up shop for the first time in Africa in partnership with USB Executive Development, a public company within the USB that focuses on public and customised programmes, strategic consulting, and leadership and organisational development.Working with USB Executive Development, the CCL will offer its highly acclaimed five-day programme on leadership development, starting in August 2008. The programme, which accommodates a maximum of 24 students, is aimed at mid- to senior-level managers who wish to become more effective leaders.This is achieved through an intensive programme of assessment, group discussions, self-reflection, small group activities and personal coaching. The goal is to produce more capable leaders who are willing to enhance their leadership abilities by listening to feedback from others and taking positive action accordingly.The CCL has agreements with other institutions in Europe and Asia, as well as North America, and according to Kim Lafferty, CCL European regional director, has previously looked into establishing a presence in Africa. At the instigation of USB Executive Development CEO Frik Landman the channels were opened and the partnership sealed.“With its focus on leadership underpinned by decades of research, the Center for Creative Leadership is unique among executive education providers,” said Landman. “When the deliberation around leadership is only an intellectual exercise, it serves none but the esoteric few. The laboratory of leadership is life and African life tests our leadership daily. I’m convinced that CCL will help us to tap into the vitality and spirit of our own emerging leaders.”The CCL agrees. “When taking a closer look at most Africans’ day-to-day lives, one can see that possibilities and opportunities are either lost or forgotten simply because of a lack of leadership skill,” said the organisation’s Simon Rweyongoza, Project Manager for Africa. “Our work on the continent so far convinces us that our leadership programs can make a difference.”“This will be the first time we run an open programme in Africa,” added Lafferty. “We have always looked at the region and wondered about the best way to have a presence there. Our partnership with USB offers us an easy way in.”International accreditationThe partnerships that USB has already established have resulted in a number of collaborative academic programmes and research projects. The USB also engages in exchange programmes with its educational partners.The USB is one of only two business schools on the African continent to receive the top rating of “universal business schools with major international influence” in the first Eduniversal survey of the world’s leading 1 000 business schools, released in early 2008. The other school is associated with the University of Cape Town.The Eduniversal Official Selection positions schools according to universality, quality and international recognition. Deans of business schools from around the world were asked to recommend schools in various countries from an informed point of view, and thus were only required to vote on those they could recommend with authority. There were more than 4 000 business schools and universities under consideration. From 2008 onwards Eduniversal survey results will be released every two years.The USB has also received two major international accreditations. It was the first business school in Africa to be granted accreditation from EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and later became the first South African university business school to receive AMBA accreditation from the UK-based Association of MBAs.The USB has since been granted membership of the European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration, and is the first, and to date the only non-European school to be admitted.The CCL, meanwhile, has received a number eight ranking in the Financial Times‘ survey, released in May 2008, of the best executive schools around the world. This is the fourth consecutive top ten ranking for the institution on the survey.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comhis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash

first_imgJames Harden scores 42 points, Rockets hold off Celtics P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Also Sunday, Alabama D-lineman Quinnen Williams ran a 4.83 40-yard dash. That’s the fourth-fastest combine time by a 300-plus pound D-lineman since 2003.His Tigers teammate, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, sustained a minor thigh injury while running his 40 and didn’t participate in the other drills. He is expected to work out at the Tigers’ pro day later this month.Lawrence is a 6-foot-4, 342-pound tackle who is a dominant run defender and scouts expect him to develop into a good pocket pusher in the passing game.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES That topped the mark of 4.43 seconds set by Emanuel Lawson in 2006.He was faster than all but two of 23 running backs who ran the 40 at the NFL scouting combine this week, and he was 0.12 seconds faster than Jadeveon Clowney’s time at the 2014 combine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSweat had 11 1/2 sacks and 14 tackles for loss last season after posting 10 1/2 sacks and 15 1/2 tackles for loss in 2017.He said Saturday that he models his game after “old-time pass rushers like Jason Taylor,” and when asked what would set him apart among this year’s deep D-line class, Sweat said, “I think I would separate myself with my effort and my play. Just getting after the QB is what I do best.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweat runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The defensive linemen hailed as the gems of the draft class didn’t disappoint during their on-field testing Sunday, and nobody performed better than Montez Sweat.The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Mississippi State clocked a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at Lucas Oil Stadium, the fastest time by a defensive lineman since at least 2003.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

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