South Africa’s BMX World Cup thriller

first_imgRobinson was full of praise for Willoughby, but felt that the inside lane was undoubtedly a factor in the final result. In the final, Willoughby started in the favoured inside lane, with Robinson on his left in lane two. Willoughby’s powerful start gave the young Australian the edge and this secured the all-important holeshot into the first turn. “I’ve been riding again for just seven weeks, so this is a good way to return. I took a year off after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Deciding to return to racing has obviously been the correct decision.” ‘It feels really good’ “Sam is improving all the time. He’s a real talent and so consistent. I would have loved to have had lane one for the final, but he made the most of it and he never made a single mistake. I planned to run at him in the third straight, but he was flawless through there.” Current women’s world champion, Sarah Walker of New Zealand, left her best performance for last when she recorded a dominant victory ahead of Argentina’s Gabriela Diaz and Frenchwoman Eva Ailloud, the current world number one. SAinfo reporter An enthusiastic crowd of over 1 000 spectators watched the event, which was the first of its kind in Africa. Van den Wildenberg was thrilled with third place. Praise Women’s finalSarah Walker (NZL) Gabriela Diaz (ARG)Eva Ailloud (FRA)Magalie Pottier (FRA)Merle van Benthem (NED)Rachel Bracken (AUS)Alise Post (USA)Jana Horakova (CZE) Australian double-junior world champion Sam Willoughby continued his impressive rise to the top of the BMX world when he won round two of the 2009 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Saturday. For Diaz, it was a rewarding return after a long layoff from the sport. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Women The 18-year-old Willoughby, who last month became the first rider ever to win back-to-back junior world titles, was in superb form throughout the event, winning every one of his heats, the quarterfinal, and the semifinal. “It feels really good to get a World Cup win so soon after winning the World Championships. I have definitely developed a lot of confidence lately and it’s showing in my results.” 24 August 2009 “This is my first ever podium in a World Cup, so I’m very happy,” smiled the Dutchman. “I over-jumped the first jump, which threw my rhythm out a bit, and from there I just followed Donny’s line and held my position.” The USA’s current elite men’s world champion and world number one, Donny Robinson, placed second, with Rob van den Wildenberg of The Netherlands rounding out the podium positions. With a bike-length gap opened up, Robinson had to hope Willoughby made an error on the highly technical third straight if he had any shot at grabbing the lead. But the Australian was smooth and in control, throwing up his arm in elation as he won his first Supercross World Cup event. After a crash in practice and less-than-perfect semi-final runs, the 21-year-old Walker charged into the lead at the first jump in the final, and had powered her into a two-bike-length lead by the second turn. She kept it smooth through the critical third straight, giving her rivals no opportunities to challenge her. “I’m really excited with this win! It’s the right end to a perfect day, I guess,” said the charismatic Willoughby. “I had lane two in my first heat, but won that and held land one for the rest of the day, which proved decisive.” Final “I took it a bit easy in the semi-final motos because I didn’t want to risk doing something silly and not making the final. But in the final I let it all out and I had a really good race,” smiled Walker. Next year, Pietermaritzburg will host a far bigger event when the UCI UCI BMX World Championships take place in the city in July. RESULTS Men’s finalSam Willoughby (AUS) Donny Robinson (USA)Rob van den Wildenberg (NED)Quentin Caleyron (FRA) Raymon van der Biezen (NED)Nicholas Long (USA)Ramiro Marino (ARG)Martijn Scherpen (NED)last_img read more

Oscar shines at IAAF World Champs

first_imgAsked by Jacaranda FM DJ Darren Scott whether he would like to participate in both the London Olympics and Paralympics, Pistorius said: “I would like to. I’ve run one qualification time for the Olympics and I need to run another time next year, I think between January and June, but I’ve first got to qualify for the Paralympics. After making history by becoming the first athlete with a disablity to qualify for an able-bodied World Championships, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius left a huge impression in Daegu, South Korea. Running in the outside lane in his heat, he turned in the second-best time of his career, clocking 45.39 seconds to secure a spot in the semi-finals. “I’m extremely excited about that and I think I’ll be running the 100, 200, 400 and then for the first time the 4 by 100 in the Paralympics, so I’m extremely excited about that. The 400 metre runner had qualified for the event at the last possible opportunity by running a personal best time of 45.07 seconds in Italy in June. 31 August 2011 “I think we’ve got a great year coming up and there’s a lot of hard work [ahead] to prepare for both of those [events] next year.” With the 14th-fastest qualifying time out of 16 for the semi-finals, the “Blade Runner”, as Pistorius is known, was given lane seven in his semi-final. Unfortunately for him, a poor start set him back and he failed to get into his stride, finishing last in the event, but making a massive stride for athletes with disabilities. After the race, Pistorius was somewhat disappointed, but spoke with his customary humility, saying: “I would really like to have performed better tonight. My goal was to make the semi-final when I came out here, and that I did, and it’s just been a great experience. Wenda Theron, running in the women’s 400 metres hurdles, bowed out in the semi-finals, but managed a personal best time of 56.13 seconds in the heats. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Ruben Ramolefi, competing in the 3 000 metres steeplechase, turned in the second fastest time in the qualifying rounds of the event. His time of 8:11.50 was also a national record. However, despite his fine performance in achieving the A-qualifying standard, Pistorius was not expected to progress beyond the heats, but, as he has done so often before, he proved his doubters wrong. “I think even if I had run faster tonight, I wouldn’t have made it to the final. It would have taken a miracle for that to happen and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guys that made the final. ‘A great oportunity’“It’s just been a great opportunity to come out here and I’ve learnt a lot from this experience,” he added. “The IAAFs is a phenomenal event and being one of the athletes to be able to come out here has just been a huge blessing.” Already a popular figure among Korean fans, Pistorius was loudly cheered by the locals, who had taken him on as one of their own. Even before the start of the event, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak paid a visit to the athletes’ village and met Pistorius. LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks continued the rich tradition of South African 400 metres hurdlers by qualifying for the final of the event after both claimed second places in their semi-finals. South Korean support Top South African performersWhile South Africans have failed to land any medals in Daegu, there were other promising and excellent performances by Team South Africa athletes during the first three days of competition.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2015 Trade TalkThe Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo visits with Arysta LifeScience’s Brian Battles about their fungicide options for corn, soybeans and wheat.Arysta Brian BattlesJaime Yanes with Arysta LifeScience says a seed treatment is critical for better germination, emergence and high yields.Arysta Dr Jamie Yanes Seed Treatmentslast_img

How to Deal with Sales Advice from Civilians

first_imgBusiness managers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs offer all kinds of advice to sales managers and salespeople as to how they might improve sales results. It can be difficult to listen to advice about selling from those who have never carried the bag. The recommendations are often naïve and often ignore the realities and constraints the sales force is forced to confront. If it were easy to sell more or sell faster, your life would be as easy as the non-salesperson’s advice makes it sound.You can react to advice from civilians by being defensive, insulted, or hostile. It’s easy to ignore the suggestions from civilians without the experience base from which to offer the advice they offer. Or you could make a healthier choice and spend the time educating the inexperienced as to your real challenges.Here’s how to deal with advice about sales from civilians.Help Them UnderstandThe primary reason non-salespeople so easily dole out sales advice is because they are unaware of the real challenges we face in sales.When non-salespeople suggest that sales should be closing faster, you need to spend time educating people on your sales process, your client’s buying cycle times, and the velocity of the deals in your pipeline. The business’s need for fast sales doesn’t allow you to violate the natural laws of the sales process or buying cycle. You have to educate non-salespeople on sales cycle times so they understand what options are available when it comes to increasing speed.When civilians suggest that sales people should be closing more business, you educate them the limitations of the sales force. Increasing quotas doesn’t do anything to improve territory coverage or the sales force’s effectiveness. You have to spend time working to help your non-salespeople team members understand what is possible and what isn’t possible.Probably the hardest advice to take from civilians is advice about deal strategy. It’s hard to accept advice about how to move a deal forward from people who have never met your dream client contacts, who weren’t there through the discovery process, who don’t really understand your competitive position, and who don’t have to actually do the work of winning of the deal. You have to help the civilians on your team to understand what it will really take to win your dream client.You help yourself and you help your team when you educate the non-salespeople on your team on the realities, the challenges, and the constraints. This sets you up to do what comes next.Ask for the Resources You NeedYou don’t do yourself or your company any favors by avoiding the battle for resources. Your job is to give the company what it needs in the way of sales results, and to do that you have to ask for the resources you need.You may need to make investments that reduce your sales cycle time. You may need to make investments in a larger sales force to produce the sales results that your company needs from you. You may also need changes or modifications to what you do to serve your dream clients in order to win deals.Asking for what you really need is likely to run smack into a discussion over resources. But often that is exactly the discussion that needs to be had.Sometimes producing results means that you have to put as much energy into selling inside as you do outside. You are more likely to get what you need from the organization if you have spent the time building their understanding of what is needed and why.Engage Them in the Sales ProcessKeeping the civilians away from the sales process is a mistake. The more deeply you engage the entire organization in the realities of selling, the better results you will produce. Selling is a team sport.Instead of keeping non-selling senior management away from the sale process, ask them to engage in the process. Let them join pipeline review and opportunity review meetings. Let them understand what is being done, the challenges, and the opportunities. If you want them to see the world from your viewpoint, invite them to sit on your side of the table and show it to them. Let them feel it.Instead of keeping them away from your dream clients, ask them to join you in sales calls with your dream clients so that they get to see and feel what it’s like to work on big deal. Do some relationship mapping and send the high-level civilians from your company to call on the high-level management team from your dream client. These is work that they can do that makes a difference, and they are normally happy to do it.It’s amazing how much more you can get done and how much faster you can get it done when your whole team is engaged in the deal. They look at your role and they look at deals very differently when they have skin in the game.As a final note, go into this endeavor knowing things aren’t any easier for non-salespeople. Respect their challenges like you want them to respect yours.QuestionsWhy is it so difficult to take sales advice from non-salespeople?Are you ever guilty of telling your non-selling peers how they should do their job?How can you educate your civilian peers on what you need to produce better results?How can you help them understand more about what you need?What actions can you engage management in to help you win your dream client? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

WB govt engineering terror violence: J-K RSS chief

first_imgJammu and Kashmir RSS chief Suchait Singh on claimed the “footprints of terror elements” are increasing in West Bengal and accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “engineering terror violence” and “communal politics” in the State.“We express concern over the increasing presence of ‘Jihadist’ elements in West Bengal, the policy of vote-bank appeasement being followed by the state government there and the shrinking population of Hindus in the State,” he told reporters here.The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at its Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in Coimbatore, had discussed and passed a resolution expressing grave concern over the alleged rise in violence in West Bengal, Singh said.“The ABPS has strongly condemned the extremist violence and the appeasement policy of the Bengal government,” he said.The J-K RSS chief called upon the countrymen to create awareness against this “Jihadist violence and communal politics of the West Bengal government“.Referring to the attack on a police station, just 8 km from the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s Malda district, he said the “increasing attacks against security forces is a grave danger to national security“.Singh said, “Hardliner clerics have been issuing fatwas to incite violence, and Hindus have been attacked in several places in West Bengal.” In the border areas, the growing presence of hardliners is forcing Hindu families to flee and they are also behind the fake currency, cow smuggling and illegal migration rackets, he alleged.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its probe into the Burdwan Bomb Blast case had found evidence of terror groups being active in several parts of West Bengal, he claimed.Singh also said 57,185 ‘shakhas’ were currently being run at 36,729 places in India, besides 79,675 weekly meetings and monthly ‘sangh mandali’“People under 45 years age make up for 90% of the attendees at these meetings, of them 53%are students,” he said.Singh said in the last one year 1,04,256 Swayam Sevaks attended the seven-day ‘Prathamik Shiksha Varg’, the first step towards becoming an RSS volunteer.Prant Karywah Parshotam Dadiechi explained in brief the Sangh’s working in J-K and 279 ‘shakhas’ that were running at 180 places with 110 weekly meetings and 76 ‘mandali’Dadiechi claimed around 45 people join the RSS online every month. More than 1,600 people from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have joined the organisation in the last three years, he said.last_img read more

11 security personnel injured in IED blast in Jharkhand

first_imgEleven personnel of the CRPF and the State police were injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said.The blast took place around 5 a.m. when a joint team of the CRPF’s special jungle warfare unit, Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), and the State police was carrying out an operation in the forests of Kuchai area in the district, they said.According to officials, the improvised explosive device (IED) is suspected to have been buried under the dirt track. The injured troops, eight of the CoBRA and rest belonging to the State police, have been airlifted to Ranchi, they said.The joint team was being led by the 209th battalion of the CoBRA of the CRPF deployed in the State for anti-Naxal operations, officials said.last_img read more

July 29 2016This continues our report about the i

first_imgJuly 29, 2016This continues our report about the installation of a grey water system designed to handle the needs of the East Crescent Phase 5 building.6/6/2016Tristan Tollas, Brodie Atkinson, and Charlie Correales, all from the May 2016 workshop, install the purple reclaimed water pipes that will deliver the grey water to the Colly Garden.[photos and text by Scott Riley]6/10/2014Several members of the Construction Crew and workshop participants sift the earth prior to backfilling the plumbing trench.7/5/2016The Grey Water plumbing manifold awaits the installation of the irrigation dripline in the Colly Garden, the primary project for the June 2016 workshop. The pump, float switches, Geoflow irrigation components, and technical expertise were supplied by Applied Process Equipment, of Scottsdale (contact Richard Sinclair).last_img read more

Russian service provider Rostelecoms vicepreside

first_imgRussian service provider Rostelecom’s vice-president of strategic development, Vahagn Martirosyan, is to leave the company, according to local reports.Martirosyan, who took up his post in August last year and had previously been chief executive at Center Telecom, will leave on May 10.last_img

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched its Per

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has launched its Peretz channel in Kyrgyzstan following a deal with local distribution partner Evropa-Azia.Kyrgyzstan is the second international market for Peretz, which is also available in Belarus. Outside Russia, CTC also operates an international version of its flagship CTC channel in North America, Europe, Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Middle East and Kyrgyzstan as well as owning Kazakhstan’s Channel 31 and a subsidiary in Moldova.“Expanding CTC Media channels’ broadcasting internationally is part of the company’s long-term strategy. Evropa-Azia already owns the rights to distribute the CTC television channel’s signal in Kyrgyzstan. Peretz is now available in the country’s main cable networks and we plan on continuing to dynamically develop our technical penetration. In 2014 Peretz’s viewers will see quite a lot of new programmes and genres,” said Sergey Petrov, chief broadcasting officer for CTC Media.“We have been successfully working with CTC Media since 2012. I am certain that Peretz will not disappoint Kyrgyz viewers and will give us all a great deal of vividly positive emotions,” said Ayder Bekirov, CEO of Evropa-Azia.last_img read more