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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Countries gearing up for TPP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in the United States awaits Congress’s return after the November elections to Washington, D.C., many of the other TPP partner countries already are making reforms to meet the trade deal’s standards, according to one Japanese government official.Kazumi Nishikawa, director of the Global Economic Policy Unit at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, at the East-West Center in Washington said Asian governments — including ones that aren’t now part of the deal — are getting ready to comply with the TPP concepts and guidelines. He said passing TPP this year is “critical” to ensuring that countries in the Asia-Pacific region won’t follow “less ambitious rules,” mentioning the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. That trade negotiation includes China and 15 other Asia-Pacific nations, including seven TPP countries. Also speaking about the TPP at the East-West Center — an institution established by Congress in 1960 to foster better relations and understanding among the people of the United States, Asia and the Pacific islands — was Krisda Piampongsant, senior adviser at the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand, who said failing to conclude the deal would be a “disaster for everyone,” including Thailand, which would like to join the 12-nation agreement eventually.Matthew Matthews, deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. State Department and ambassador for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, said the United States and Japan must “step up together, along with our partners in Asia, to shape a framework for world trade. Other TPP members are looking to the United States and to Japan to show leadership on TPP.” He added that other countries will “fill that void” if TPP is not ratified. NPPC strongly supports the TPP, which includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the trade agreement would significantly increase U.S. pork exports to the Asia-Pacific region, creating more than 10,000 pork industry jobs. NPPC is urging congressional lawmakers to vote on the TPP this year.last_img read more

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Get an RSS Feed or iCal of Your Favorite Bands’ New Releases With Roadie

first_imgEvery now and then, we come across cool apps that allow geeks to conveniently manage their musical tastes in a way that encourages more real-world fun.Last year, we met up with Livekick’s founders in New York to talk about their very thorough site for helping web geeks get out to more shows and concerts. Today, we’ve discovered Roadie, a much simpler app that focuses on album releases. Roadie creates an RSS feed or iCal based on a user’s Last.fm favorite acts or a custom list of manually entered bands. Essentially, it allows users to keep up with album releases quickly and painlessly.The Last.fm import is a super simple way to get users quickly into using the site’s features, but we also wish they’d allow for an iTunes artist scan: The RSS feed, which we quickly popped into Google Reader, shows recent and upcoming releases: Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell And iCal was just as easily added to Google Calendar, for those who prefer those kinds of notifications: Users can upload other folks’ Last.fm faves, as well, if gift-giving ideas are in need. Other features that would make this app even more useful would be a Twitter OAuth to receive DMs the day before or the day of an album’s release. And of course, we’d love to see a location-based feature that added tour dates to the mix.Roadie comes from Portuguese web and mobile dev shop Think Orange, which was founded by a couple of Ruby on Rails geeks. Roadie is an experimental side project for them, and they’re looking forward to creating many more projects in 2010. We’re looking forward to seeing what they cook up, as well!Give Roadie a spin, and let us know in the comments what you think. Is this app useful for you? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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BlackBerry signs deal to be Ford’s software provider of the future

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#automotive#BlackBerry#Ford#QNX#Self-Driving IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… BlackBerry has signed an expanded deal with Ford to install infotainment and security systems in future cars.The deal includes BlackBerry’s QNX operating system, which Ford has been using through a partnership with Panasonic for a few years, and Certicom security technology. Ford will also use QNX hypervisor and audio processing software.See Also: Apple picks Blackberry talent for driverless car OS“The future of the automobile is all about embedded intelligence. I believe our expertise in secure embedded software makes us the preferred technology provider to put the smart in the car,” said John Chen, executive chairman and CEO at BlackBerry.“Ford is an industry leader and the opportunity to contribute our world-class technology to their products is a privilege. Ford’s expanded application of our software and services illustrates the diverse and broad value we can bring to market.”The firm’s QNX operating system is one of the major platforms for automotive manufacturers, who want to add infotainment and GPS services to cars. Some investors see this as a major source of revenue in the future, as BlackBerry starts to move from hardware to software and services.BlackBerry QNX deal may go to 2021?Ford may use QNX in self-driving cars, if the deal extends to 2021. That would give BlackBerry a foot into the self-driving industry, as a provider of infotainment and security services for automotive manufacturers.“With the success of our SYNC 3 system globally, which is based on the QNX operating system, we understand the importance of the connected car experience to our customers,” said Raj Nair, executive VP of product development and CTO at Ford.“Growing our expertise, experience and use of the BlackBerry QNX embedded software platforms will help ensure we deliver the high-quality, highly secure experience that our customers expect.” Related Posts center_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Currylast_img read more

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His greatest achievement is humility

first_imgI first saw Sachin Tendulkar playing in a friendly one day international match between India and Pakistan in 1989 at Peshawar. That was the only match I played against him. He was not part of the Indian ODI team but got a chance to play because Kapil Dev had to,I first saw Sachin Tendulkar playing in a friendly one day international match between India and Pakistan in 1989 at Peshawar. That was the only match I played against him. He was not part of the Indian ODI team but got a chance to play because Kapil Dev had to sit out due to an injury. That was the match, I believe, where the legend of Sachin Tendulkar was born.He declared his arrival on the big stage by first hitting Mushtaq Ahmed for two huge sixes and then legendary spinner Abdul Qadir for 27 runs in a single over. He hit four sixes off Qadir, three of them in one over. And the 16-year-old was not slogging, those were pure cricketing shots executed to perfection. But what I liked best in him was that he did not utter a single word even though Qadir tried to provoke him. Tendulkar always lets his bat speak for him, something that the youngsters of today must emulate.* Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar* Born April 24, 1973, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra* Height 5 ft 5 in* Education Sharadashram Vidyamandir SchoolTendulkar’s 50th Test century is an achievement not likely to be bettered for a while. He will soon achieve the same in one-dayers. He is undoubtedly the master of records and runs. But, as I said earlier, his greatest achievement is his humility. I remember when I was coach of the Pakistan cricket team, he would come to the nets and watch us practice. He would ask questions, share his problems and seek counsel. That is the hallmark of a great player. He is always trying to improve his skills and you can see that in his game. He can never have enough of cricket. I tell youngsters, “The day you think you are a complete player, your downfall will begin from that very day.” Tendulkar is the antithesis of that. He loves his cricket and wants to keep learning.I remember watching him at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and he, like a beginner, was practising his shots and finessing his timing. It is a remarkable quality. This is what has made him the great player that he is today. Look at how versatile he is. He has adapted so well to the Twenty20 format and to playing in the IPL. He made a 50 in virtually every match while playing for Mumbai Indians last year. It’s a lesson for every youngster. Cricket is not about hitting in the air. It is a mind game. It is played and won in the mind of a cricketer.advertisementToday youngsters try to learn cricket from the laptop. This is ridiculous. It’s a practical game which can’t be taught by machines. If you have to learn the game, learn from Sunil Gavaskar or Sachin Tendulkar. Gavaskar is a textbook, so is Tendulkar. Hundreds of people play cricket, but there are only a handful of Gavaskars and Tendulkars. It’s not only about cricketing skills but several other factors that make a Tendulkar. Look at how he conducts himself off and on the field. He is still rooted in his background and always respectful to his elders. He never makes bombastic statements. All these make him a complete person.Is he the greatest player of all time? There is no answer to this question. He may have a better record than Gavaskar, but you must consider the era in which the other Little Master played. As someone who first played in the 1970s, I have to say that they don’t make fast bowlers like they used to. When Gavaskar and I were playing, we had to face fierce bowling attacks and there was no protection. There was no restriction against bowling bouncers. Gavaskar has scored centuries and double hundreds against those attacks.With due respect to Tendulkar’s incredible achievements, I must say competitiveness in the game has reached an all-time low. There are only a couple of good teams now, and even they are not consistent. In our time, barring one or two teams, all the teams were equally strong. So, it’s unfair to compare players from different generations. But among his contemporaries, Tendulkar is the best. And he has proved that beyond doubt.Apart from being a great player, he is such a warm human being. Whenever he comes to Karachi, he has dinner at my home. He is always so quiet and respectful. He is able to take the highs with the lows, the peaks with the troughs. He knows that as long as you are playing, your performance will speak for you. He is able to handle criticism in a positive way. As a captain he wasn’t so successful but it may well have been because he didn’t have the strongest team. Maybe he didn’t have the support that a Ganguly or a Dhoni gets now.advertisementTendulkar’s greatest virtue has been his consistency. The way he has handled his career and lasted for so long, keeping his passion for runs alive, is a lesson for budding young cricketers in Pakistan and India. He has been a great ambassador for the sport in these troubled times.Facts about Tendulkar: Tendulkar’s first five Test centuries came even before he turned twenty.Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly hold the world record for the most runs (6,609) scored by the opening pair. Their partnership in 136 matches produced 21 centuries, another world record, and 23 half-centuries.He has won the most man of the match awards (61) and most man of the series awards (15). Has played 185 consecutive ODIs, a world record.At the end of his ninth match, when he scored his first century, he averaged just under 43. It took him 93 innings to progress from his 30th century to the 40th. But his last 10 centuries have come in just 34 innings.In the 50 innings in which he scored hundreds, Tendulkar averages 214.26. He is the top century scorer in the first, second and third innings, and is second only in the number of centuries scored in the fourth innings.Tendulkar has starred in six 200-run partnerships in ODIs, a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.He holds the record of getting out the maximum number of times in the 90s in international matches. He has been dismissed 26 times (18 in ODIs and 8 in Tests) on scores between 90 and 99. The 18 in ODIs is an ODI record too.Mat: Matches, Inns: Innings, NO: Not Out, HS: Highest Score, Ave: Average, Wkts: Wickets, BB: Best Bowling, Econ: Economy- Javed Miandad is a former captain and coach of the Pakistan cricket team. He is the only player to have played in six World Cups.last_img read more

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UAE protests over Qatari players’ eligibility at Asian Cup

first_imgLATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte United Arab Emirates’ midfielder Ismail Al Hamadi (2nd-R) argues with Qatar’s defender Tarek Salman (2nd-L) during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semi-final football match between Qatar and UAE at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 29, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Asian Cup hosts the United Arab Emirates have lodged a protest over the eligibility of two Qatari players, the Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday.The move comes a day before Qatar make their first ever final appearance against Japan, and two days after the Maroons trounced UAE 4-0 in a bitter semi-final that saw the home crowd pelt the victors with plastic bottles and shoes.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town According to the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code, the penalty for fielding an ineligible player is forfeiting the match and a fine.The AFC also has the power to exclude teams from a future competition if the ineligibility is discovered after a tournament, the document says.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jeff Horn lets Manny Pacquiao know he’s ready for a May 2019 bout “The Asian Football Confederation has received a protest from the United Arab Emirates FA regarding the eligibility of two Qatar players,” an AFC spokesperson told AFP.“This protest will now be reviewed in line with the AFC regulations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMedia reports said the players in question are striker Almoez Ali, who has scored a record-equalling eight goals at the tournament, and defender Bassam Al-Rawi. Ali, 22, is of Sudanese descent, while 21-year-old Al-Rawi was born in Iraq.last_img read more

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Rookie, legend play mentor roles

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Colin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. AFP FILE PHOTONBA rookie Collin Sexton and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro said mentors play a key role in the fulfillment of basketball dreams.“I put myself in their shoes,” Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers’ rookie guard told reporters at Raffles Makati on Wednesday. “I know how much it felt how that one person you could ask questions to growing up is great.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leo Austria thanks his players for another PBA title: ‘They make me look like a good coach’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “When I was their age, I really didn’t have any female athletes to look up to except my mom. I had to look up to basketball players who were males—Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd,” said Penicheiro, a future Hall of Famer who made her name with the Sacramento Monarchs.The pair will have a chance to be a mentor to many youth players aged 13 to 14 when the Jr. NBA Philippines unfolds on Saturday, at Don Bosco in Makati.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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