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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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 2

first_imgJuan Mata’s free-kick late in the first half gave Chelsea a boost after they had found themselves two down after only 11 minutes following David Luiz’s own goal and Robin van Persie’s simple finish.Manchester United went ahead when the ball dribbled over the line after Van Persie’s shot struck the post and then the unfortunate Luiz.Luck went against the Premier League leaders on that occasion, but they had no-one but themselves to blame for the second goal.Antonio Valencia had time on the left and after Chelsea failed to clear the Ecuadorian’s low cross, Van Persie was able to smash home from five yards.Chelsea ended the half strongly and almost scored when defender Jonny Evans turned John Obi Mikel’s cross onto his own post and Gary Cahill went close with a header from the resulting corner.United keeper David De Gea then produced a fine save to deny Fernando Torres but was beaten by Mata’s curling effort.Before the game, United’s Rio Ferdinand shook hands with Ashley Cole following speculation about whether he would snub the Blues left-back during the traditional pre-match routine.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Marin, Sturridge, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Springboks tame Pumas in Cape Town

first_img20 August 2012The Springboks opened their four-nations Rugby Championship campaign with a grind-it-out 27-6 victory over Argentina in Cape Town on Saturday, but it came at a cost as Bismarck du Plessis suffered a serious knee injury which will likely keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.Du Plessis, regarded by many as the best hooker in world rugby, was tackled without the ball early in the match, directly on the knee. He fell to the ground writhing in pain and was eventually taken from the field on a golf cart. Later, it was confirmed that he had suffered knee ligament damage.“Bismarck, as a quality ball stealer, was our most experienced forward and we definitely missed him,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer told the media after the match.Best formOn a positive note, man of the match Morne Steyn, who was sub-standard with the boot in the three-match England test series, returned to his best form, landing every kick he took at goal. He also kicked well for touch and tactically, with one of those tactical kicks producing South Africa’s third try.Zane Kirchner was solid at the back under some testing high balls and he also crashed over for a try, only his second in the green and gold.For much of the match, though, it was an arm wrestle, with the Pumas exhibiting some ferocious defence, along with some streetwise tactics at the breakdowns. Their captain, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, led from the front and lock Patricio Albacete, a veteran of three World Cups, showed his smarts in the take-no-prisoners contest.Both Pumas’ wings, Gonzalo Camacho and Horacio Agulla, displayed fast feet in limited space.‘I am pleased’Summarising his charges’ performance, Bok coach Meyer said: “We played well at times and although it is a pity that we did not get the bonus point, I am pleased. The players gave it their all and I cannot ask for more.”Argentina went into the game with a front row composed of three props in an effort to put the South African scrum under pressure, but they couldn’t get the upper hand; Adriaan Strauss, who took over from Bismarck du Plessis, was solid in the set pieces and threw himself around the field with a whole-hearted effort.The Springboks were first onto the scoreboard in Saturday’s showdown, with Morne Steyn landing a fourth-minute penalty after Argentina had gone offside as they scrambled to defend a fast-moving Bok attack. While he took the kick, Bismarck du Plessis’ game was ending as he received treatment before being removed from the field.Shortly after that, another promising Springbok attack was stymied inside the Pumas’ 22-metre area when South African skipper Jean de Villiers was penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.Argentina responded with a multi-phased attack of their own and won a penalty inside the Bok 22 when Kirchner tried to play the ball from an offside position. Flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez, who once upon a time played for the Sharks, landed the kick to level the scores at 3-3.First tryThe home team hit the front in the 16th minute when they were awarded a free kick after an early engagement by the Pumas’ scrum. Francois Hougaard took a quick tap and threw out a ball to the left. The Springboks quickly set up two rucks before passing the ball out wide towards the left touchline.With an overlap having been created, Kirchner was able to use the extra man on his outside to cut inside the cover defence and crash over for a try. Steyn added the extras to make it 10-3 to the Boks.After Argentina went offside in the 24th minute, Steyn extended South Africa’s lead by slotting another penalty to make it 13-3.Astute decisionOnly three minutes later, captain De Villiers opted to set up a lineout five metres from the Pumas’ tryline after the Springboks had won a kickable penalty. It proved to be an astute decision.The Boks mauled the ball up towards the tryline before flank Marcell Coetzee broke off from the back to the blindside where he powered over the line despite the attentions of Agulla to score South Africa’s second try.Steyn’s successful conversion from the touchline made it 20-3 in South Africa’s favour.Hernandez reduced the deficit to two converted tries with a penalty in the 31st minute after the Boks were penalised for going offside.Missed kicksArgentina put South Africa under heavy pressure in the early minutes of the second half, but they missed three penalties within the first six minutes. The next points went the home team’s way in the 17th minute of the half.After South Africa had won a lineout close to the Argentinian line, the Pumas attempted to collapse the Springboks’ maul. In what was clearly a planned move, flyhalf Steyn, recognising that he would at least be granted a kick at goal if his plan failed, launched a cross-field kick for the right hand corner where Bryan Habana and Zane Kirchner could challenge for the ball.Habana plucked it out of the air and twisted out of an attempted tackle to dot down South Africa’s third try by falling over the tryline. Steyn kept his record for the day perfect by landing another conversion from the touchline to make it 27-6 in South Africa’s favour.Top of the tableThe victory over the Pumas leaves the Springboks top of the Rugby Championship standings after New Zealand beat Australia 27-19 in their opening game. The All Blacks’ victory, though, came away from home in Sydney.Next up for the Boks is another test against Argentina, this time in Mendoza on Saturday.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Youth urged to use science, technology and innovation for change

first_imgMore than 300 young people engaged with the government and other institutions at an indaba focused on creating opportunities relating to science, technology and innovation.Young people should be at the centre of all global change and innovations, says Bavelile Hlongwa of the National Youth Development Agency, at the Youth in Science, Technology and Innovation Indaba on 9 and 10 June 2017. More than 300 young delegates engaged with organisations such as the agency. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanYoung Africans were encouraged to take up the opportunities available in science, technology and innovation by Mmampei Chaba, chief director of multilateral co-operation and Africa in the Department of Science and Technology. She was one of the speakers at the Youth in Science, Technology and Innovation Indaba, held on 9 and 10 June 2017.More than 300 young people from all over the country attended the event, which was hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria. The theme of the indaba was “Creating opportunities for youth through science, technology and innovation”. It was a platform for attendees to share ideas and possibly get funding to scale up their ideas.On 9 June, during discussions, the youth were able to engage with government and youth-led agencies such as the National Youth Development Agency, the South African Youth Chamber of Commerce, the South African Youth Council and the SAB Foundation.On the second day of the indaba there were sessions related to pitching your innovation or business. The sessions included an introduction to innovation, pitching fundamentals, different types of pitches, and linking your business model and business plan to your pitch.Delegates were young people with an interest in using technology to innovate, some of whom were using science to solve some of the common problems in their communities, said the department.The objectives of the indabaThe indaba was aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP) of 2030, said Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general in the department. “The indaba is held as the second phase of the NDP. The implementation of the second phase is to put more emphasis on the inclusion of the youth.”We were to disrupt the way we lived, he said. The aim was to create opportunities for youth through science, technology and innovation. Mjwara said the points adopted by the indaba included strengthening what already worked and addressing any gaps.The opportunitiesMmampei Chaba, chief director of multilateral co-operation and Africa, spoke on “An African perspective on youth in science, technology and innovation”.She listed different opportunities in the sector on the continent. “We have a number of pan-African financial supporters.”Several youth strategy initiatives existed through the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Chaba said. “We also have South African-funded SADC science, technology and innovation initiatives.”In addition, 26 bilateral agreements in Africa gave young people study opportunities.Other initiatives included:• Pharmaceutical company SANBio supported youth and women bio-entrepreneurs in southern Africa;• Biosciences youth ambassador programmes; and• And the youth in fish agriculture programme.Immense potentialScience and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says youth employment is important to build a sustainable society, at the Youth in Science, Technology and Innovation Indaba, held on 9 and 10 June 2017. Startups are the heart of the economy. “It is the innovators and entrepreneurs who will create jobs. We have to think beyond here and now.” (Image Melissa Javan)Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said South Africa had such brilliant young people, but as a country we tended to undermine ourselves. She urged the youth to not let people call them the lost generation. “You have potential that is immense. You are not lost as a youth.”One of the challenges was that youth lacked information, Pandor said. “Many of our people do not know the institutions and what they do. We must talk among ourselves [to share information]. Knowledge is our armour. It is part of what you use to fight for change.”The minister encouraged young people to look at the different sectors in science, technology and innovation, especially the manufacturing and industrial sectors. However, not everybody could be a grassroots innovator. “Don’t neglect the need for knowledge workers. We need more and more young researchers. You are at your best before you are 30.”Pandor shared examples of young people who had made a difference in their communities through innovation, such as Ludwick Marishane. Marishane, a young man from Limpopo, developed a gel used to wash without water, responding to the need to save water in the water-scarce southern African region.“Ludwick knew what it was like when he was growing up in a township in Limpopo and so he dreamed up a type of gel that people can use to clean themselves – without water – when he was a pupil, and developed it into an award-winning product when he was a student,” said Pandor.She urged the youth to help school learners who struggled with maths and science subjects. “You might have the opportunity to lift the numbers of the maths and science. It could be a business opportunity.“We cannot afford the low levels of maths and science performance [in schools].”In the past 10 years, she said, 34 new science centres had opened in the South Africa — an achievement.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Bootstrapping Your Startup: 7 Hard-Earned Tips From Real Entrepreneurs

first_imgRelated Posts Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem… 3. Trading Growth For The Ability To Pivot QuicklyContrary to what you might think, being in bootstrap mode actually makes pivoting easier. With a lean operation, the costs for dropping ideas and moving in a new direction are minor, whereas the sunk costs that come with pivoting with money can be nerve-wracking. The biggest drawback is the loss of opportunity for rapid growth. There can be instances where hitting your niche hard and fast is crucial to establishing yourself in your market. A cash infusion at the right time can be what saves your company from the startup graveyard. – Nanxi Liu, Enplug 4. Keep The Profits One of the most under-recognized benefits to not bringing in outside funding (in particular, institutional or VC money) is that it means if you create a profitable company, you can actually distribute and enjoy those profits – meaning you can have a positive (and ongoing) outcome outside of a liquidity event. VCs are not interested in receiving dividends – it’s just not in their business model. They want cash to sit on the balance sheet, or even better, see it all thrown back into the business (even if there aren’t necessarily good places to put it). – Michael Mothner, Wpromote 5. Focus On The CustomerThe greatest thing about bootstrapping ColorJar is that our management team gets to do what’s best for our customers, rather than our balance sheet. By all means, we’re trying to run a strong business – and we’ve grown quickly – but if we want to take a calculated risk or go the extra mile for a client when it’s not in the budget, we can just go for it and act quickly. The drawback of bootstrapping is managing the ebbs and flows of cash flow without a cushion, but banks can help there. Overall, we’re a better company with a better process and better service because we’ve grown at our natural rate and not at the rate required by capital injection. – David Gardner,ColorJar 6. The Ability To Keep A Day JobI bootstrapped my business for almost seven years while working 80 to 90 hours per week as an investment banker and later a VC. It was a significant personal sacrifice, but I was able to reinvest 100% of the cash flow from Varsity Tutors and a large percentage of my “day job” earnings into growing the business. As a result of that initial sacrifice, money was spent improving every aspect of the company’s operations, as opposed to paying myself a salary. Since I had a day job upon which I could rely, it allowed me to be far more aggressive with the investments we made in improving the company. The downside was missing years of social activities. In retrospect, it was certainly worth it. – Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors 7. Don’t Spend Money, Make MoneyIn my experience, the biggest benefit of bootstrapping was learning how to offer a great-quality service. Because we weren’t funded, we had to make money, and the only way to do that was by offering a great service and hustling. Bootstrapping makes you grow as a person. It’s tough, stressful and full of ups and downs. And those things teach you invaluable lessons. – Zach Cutler, Cutler GroupThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. Everyone talks about the difficulty and importance of securing funding for your new startup. But that’s not the only way to go. Plenty of startups intentionally avoid taking investor cash in an attempt to control the direction of their companies and focusing on product.So called “Bootstrapping” can be a boon or a bust; you might be missing out on the kind of fast growth a only major cash infusion can provide, but running lean has advantages too.For insight, we asked seven experienced bootstrappers from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share, firsthand, the biggest benefits they’ve seen from bootstrapping – and what startup founders need to watch out for. 1. You Don’t Need Money To Teach About MoneyI bootstrapped my most recent startup because I didn’t want to lose control of the creative direction before I had proven the concept and sales model. I’m working in an area which has little-to-no track record (financial literacy education for young kids by working with financial institutions as distribution channels), and I wanted to test it first before having to answer to someone who wants to do it his way. An upside to doing it this way is that I am acutely aware of my spending decisions and make them with much thought, but this can also be a downside. There is never a clear “right way,” so I continue to bootstrap until my gut tells me otherwise and/or a great opportunity presents itself. – Darrah Brustein,Finance Whiz Kids | Equitable Payments 2. Don’t Strap Your Startup Too TightlyThe biggest benefit of bootstrapping for me is that I own 100% of my company, which means I have the freedom to take it any direction I please. There are no outside investors with their own special interests. I am solely responsible for the success or failure of the company. This, in turn, causes some drawbacks as well. Advice and opinions from investors can be very valuable and beneficial to the growth of your company. In addition, their networks can also produce connections that weren’t previously available. However, I’ve learned quickly that there are many successful entrepreneurs who are happily willing to give advice and direction without wanting anything in return. It’s up to me to reach out and show genuine interest in their advice and experiences. – Shahzil (Shaz) Amin, Blue Track Media, LLC Tags:#startups#Venture capital#Venture Funding 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… scott gerber Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hi… Pyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A…last_img read more

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