With more prize money up for grabs and the best local tennis stars looking to close out the year in fine style, this year’s sixth annual JN Open Tennis Championship is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair.The championship will start on Saturday and end next Thursday at the Liguanea Cub in New Kingston.Jamaica National has raised the bar with increased prize money for the men’s event from $150,000 to $200,000, while women’s prize money has moved from $50,000 to $60,000.Tournament director Llockett McGregor has described this year’s event as “bigger and better”.The tournament which will start with a kiddie’s camp with 50 juniors on Saturday morning, will feature men’s open singles, ladies open singles, men’s amateur class two and class three as well as doubles event.”Once again, we want to say thanks to Toyota Jamaica, thanks to Singer but most of all we want to say thanks to JN for their continued support and we want to invite the general public to come out and support this wonderful event,” said McGregor at the event’s press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday.Entries close today for the event which has total prize money of more than $600,000.Gavin Beckford, marketing executive at Jamaica National said his company views the JN Open Tennis Championship as an opportunity “to showcase the talents of Jamaica’s tennis players”.
We’ve been told recently that two thirds of the universe consists of a mysterious phenomenon called dark energy. Now, some scientists at ESA say it doesn’t exist. Observations by the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory of clusters of galaxies 10 billion light years distant show remarkable differences from nearby clusters in the amount of X-ray energy emitted. One interpretation is that dark energy is not needed to explain their structure, because they appear too dense, and emit more X-rays than expected by the “concordance model” that posits 70% dark energy. If confirmed, “we may have to rethink our understanding of the universe.”Related stories: 07/07/2003, 05/30/2001. Nevertheless (bad timing?), Science magazine Dec. 19 issue) and its editor Don Kennedy, convinced that “the data conclusively prove the existence of dark energy,” awarded the “discovery” of dark energy the journal’s “Breakthrough of the Year.” (This was probably voted on before the XMM-Newton telescope results were announced.)Models are playthings for theorists. They may or may not correspond to reality. Beware of popularizers who speak of models as facts. Cosmological facts obey Dunlap’s Laws of Physics: (1) Fact is solidified opinion. (2) Facts may weaken under extreme heat and pressure. (3) Truth is elastic.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The South African Police Services havenotched up many successes in thefight against crime.(Image: South African Police Services)Janine ErasmusPolice statistics for the period April 2007- March 2008 showed a decrease across the board in contact crime, but an increase in home and business robberies. Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula released the figures on 30 June 2008 at a media briefing.He indicated that although the most recent statistics did show a continuation of the steady decline in crime levels achieved over the past five years, government still considers them to be unacceptably high and was continually striving to address the issue with a number of strategies.Contact crime was down by 6.4%, said Nqakula, in all categories. These are common robbery, rape, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, common assault, murder, assault with grievous bodily harm, and indecent assault. Murder, in fact, is at its lowest levels since 2003.“The decrease in murder is connected to the decrease in aggravated robbery, which is often accompanied by bloodshed as firearms are used in the commission of such crimes,” said Nqakula.Although the 2007/2008 figure falls somewhat short of the target of 7-10% reduction in contact crime set by the police back in 2004, such crime has decreased annually by an average of 7.0% since then. Other crime categories that recorded decreases include motor vehicle theft, which fell by 7%, and residential burglary which decreased by 4.7%.However, said the minister, business and home robberies were still increasing, as were car and truck hijackings. Nqakula partly attributed the increase in hijackings to organised crime, explaining that criminals sought vehicles for getaways and to use as battering rams in cash-in-transit incidents. Cash-in-transit attacks, meanwhile, showed a significant decrease of 15.4 %.Organised crime and criminal gangs are a particular focus of the police, said the minister, as they wreak havoc against society although comparatively speaking, they make up a small percentage of crime overall. “The police identified and investigated during the period under review 145 organised crime groups. 131 syndicate leaders and 375 syndicate members were arrested.”Taking action against crimeThe minister cited prevailing socio-economic conditions as a major contributing factor to crime, saying that people often committed crimes out of need, while criminals bought the silence of residents in their communities.Nqakula noted that the co-operation of these communities was crucial if the police were to win the fight against crime. He encouraged communities to continue to work with the police. “It is our experience that in areas where communities are working together with the police, crime levels there have been reduced, quite drastically in some respects.”The minister explained that the police force had been bolstered in areas where it was most needed. “One of the important interventions that government made was the redeployment of more and better resources to the various police stations in the country where crime fighting actually happens,’ said Nqakula, adding that over 14 000 police members were deployed to 606 stations around the country.“Some of the deployees were experienced police managers and commanders who served, previously, at the national and area levels of the South African Police Service. Some of the stations received allocations of reservists who are a force-multiplier to the police. “Nqakula also praised business for its involvement, and said that organisations such as Business Against Crime were crucial to the cause as they contribute human and material resources to combat crime.Other interventions singled out include 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children, as well as the related Operation Basadi campaign which follows up unresolved cases of abuse of women, and Operation Isondlo which identifies and punishes fathers who default on their children’s maintenance.The complete report on crime statistics for 2007/2008 can be downloaded from the Institute for Security Studies or the South African Police Services websites.Related storiesCrime in South AfricaUseful linksDepartment of Safety and SecuritySouth African Police ServicesInstitute for Security StudiesDepartment of JusticeCrimestats
24 January 2011After a day of high drama on a full Umzimkulu River in KwaZulu-Natal, defending champions Hank McGregor and Abby Adie retained their titles in the Global Trader Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on Sunday, capitalising on mishaps that derailed their challengers.McGregor started the 38 kilometre final stage from Swartberg Road bridge outside Underberg to the Hopewell farm, close to the Coleford Resort, side by side with two former winners of the race, Len Jenkins and Ant Stott.The trio quickly reeled off the first eight kilometres into Underberg before setting off into the notorious Underberg Gorge.Tripped upMcGregor was the first paddler to be tripped up by the feisty river, when his paddle wedged between some rocks and almost flipped him out of his kayak. Against the odds, however, he managed to recover and the front bunch remained intact and shared a laugh about McGregor’s close call.The race was effectively reduced to a two-horse race when six-time champion Stott fell out of his boat at the end of the Underberg Gorge, leaving McGregor and Jenkins to race away on the second half of the stage.Both got through the Lower Gorge unscathed, before McGregor made his break a kilometre-and-a half from the finish.‘I pushed the pace’“I pushed the pace in the last 25 minutes so that Len (Jenkins) didn’t have the jump on me. Messed up in the FastDrak (a race over the same course but run on a single day), and I didn’t want that to happen again,” explained McGregor, who got his nose ahead for the sprint finish to win the race by just two seconds from Jenkins.Stott completed the stage alone to wrap up third almost three minutes behind the leaders.“Today was my day,” said a delighted McGregor. “I was lucky and I am stoked with the win.”Jenkins was generous in defeat, and said he had battled with his fitness so early in the season. “I have also been doing a lot of mountain biking, which has eaten into my paddling training,” he said.Seasoned Gauteng racer Jacques Theron wrapped up fourth place by holding off under-21 star Brandon van der Walt who, despite recovering from a bout of tick bite fever, constantly hounded Theron and his Gauteng ally Piers Cruikshanks.DelightedJust as delighted as the men’s winner McGregor was Howick racer Abby Adie, who retained her title in the women’s division, after starting the final stage nearly a minute behind Robyn Kime.The lead was unchanged when Kime approached her nemisis, “The Mineshaft” chute, down Scotstons Weir on the outskirts of Underberg. It was the same place where she took the second of the swims that scuttled her 2010 title challenge.Once again, she saw her chances of winning the GT Drak disappear in the churning water at the foot of the weir as she took another swim.“Two guys went into the chute ahead of me and I had to slow right down, losing all my speed going into the weir,” said Kime. “I then made a silly mistake. It was a stupid rookie error.”Comfortable victoryAbby Adie, on the other hand, didn’t put a paddle wrong on the tricky river and coasted home to a three-and-a-half minute victory over Kime. “I am thrilled to defend my title and I look forward to trying to make it three in a row next year,” she said.“I was cautious in the rapids once I took the lead,” she continued. “I had done my homework at Glenhaven Rapid, even though my line wasn’t the recommended line, but I backed myself, and it worked.“The other rapids were brilliant. Heaven and Hell Rapid was heaven!”Amanzimtoti surfski ace Michele Eder hung hang onto third place, despite also taking a swim at “The Mineshaft” chute. “I am still nervous of the rocks as I am quite new to river racing. I try to picture them as a foamie in the sea,” said Eder.Adie was touched to be the first recipient of the new Margie Oliver Memorial trophy, which honours the “mother of canoeing” who passed away five weeks ago.RESULTSMENHank McGregor 3:45.01Len Jenkins 3:45.03Ant Stott 3:47.43Jacques Theron (Gau) 3:51.32Brandon van der Walt (U21) 3:52.34WOMENAbby Adie 4:09.40Robyn Kime (WP, U21) 4:13.08Michelle Eder 4:23.14Hilary Jean Pitchford 4:26.36Alex Adie (EC) 4:33.23SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes to our weather outlook this morning for the state. We are allowing for a few more instances of scattered showers, and we are taking out any concern about a tropical influence next week, but otherwise, our talking points are very similar to yesterday.Another dry, sunny day today expected statewide. Temps will be similar to yesterday, but perhaps a couple degrees warmer. Humidity levels should stay lower today. Sun is back for tomorrow too. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in far northeast Ohio, but otherwise the state turns out at least partly sunny, and in west/southwest parts of the state, we should be mostly sunny. Showers arrive overnight tomorrow night and bring rain totals of .1”-.6” for Thursday with coverage at 90% of Ohio.Friday turns out partly to mostly sunny and we stay sunny into the weekend, through at east Saturday. On Sunday, most of the state continues to be see at least a mix of clouds and sun, but we are seeing a few scattered showers trying to nose in over central parts of Ohio, mostly south of US 30, but but not drifting too far south of I-70. These showers are not expected to spread much, and will hang around through most of the day in the same general areas. They will also have only minimal moisture…no more than a few hundredths to .2″, but still, it is keeping us from waving the “all clear” flag for the finish to the weekend.Monday increase statewide, and that will lead to some scattered showers for Monday evening and overnight, with rain totals up to .25” but only 40% coverage. The best chances will be in northern and northeastern parts of the state. Then we turn sunny and dry again for Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday to finish our 10 day forecast window. The map at right is an updated look at 10 day rain totals through next Thursday.Showers and thunderstorms will be around for Friday the 19th as a frontal boundary sags across Ohio from north to south. Combined rain totals from that event will be from .25” to .75” with coverage at 90%. However, that is really our only well-organized batch of rain for the entire 11-16 day period. We are sunny and dry for Saturday the 20th through Wednesday the 24th.Temps over the next 10 days remain near normal with a skew toward slightly above normal this weekend and next week. As we mentioned yesterday, as humidity builds, we have to leave the door open to temps feeling much warmer than normal, but we think overall, this is pretty close to what one would expect for mid-July. We still see no reason that this should not be anything but beneficial to most of the crops across the state but will not be surprised to hear some thoughts about “needing a rain” in areas that miss out on action in the coming 10 days.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:52 — 12.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSSuccess stories are a dime a dozen. But success against all odds – like 3 different stints in prison – is unheard of. Today’s guest, Weldon Long, is a man who has lived that story and was the force behind making it happen. On this episode Weldon walks through how he landed in prison, why he went back 3 times, and what it was that turned him around and had in running his own successful business within 2 years of leaving prison. It’s more than an amazing story, it’s proof that with the right mindset and determination you can make a success of your life, your career, whatever it is that you want.From prison to multimillion dollar company, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetIt’s easy to develop a victim mentality and an entitlement mindset.Weldon Long knows how easy it is because he had both in the first half of his life. It’s those mindsets and beliefs that landed him in prison, not just once, but three times. When a turn of events, including his father’s death, led him to recognize that he was responsible for his own life and destiny, everything changed. Now he’s not only the owner of several very successful businesses but also the author of 2 bestselling books. Anthony’s conversation with Weldon on this episode is both inspirational and instructive. You won’t want to miss it.Success in life and in sales is a consistency problem.It’s amazing the things we know to do but simply don’t do. We know smoking causes cancer, but still many, many people are killing themselves with cigarettes. We know that unhealthy eating and lack of exercise causes obesity and a slew of obesity related diseases – yet we overeat. Weldon Long is convinced that when the consequence to negative behaviors is not immediately apparent we tend to brush off those consequences. The key to change is learning to engage the emotion surrounding that consequence to bring yourself to a point of consistency in taking the right actions to avoid it. You can hear how Weldon explains it on this episode of In The Arena.Success is not a knowledge problem, it’s a consistency problem ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetMindset may be a buzzword these days, but for good reason.It’s been said that what you think about will impact the way you live, and the way you live will impact the life you have. Weldon Long completely agrees with that statement. He’s seen it proven true in his own life as he experienced the tremendous differences that positive, can-do thinking has enabled him to achieve. After leaving prison for the third time, Long was able to establish a successful life as a business owner and author that most people only dream about. Yet, he did it – and he attributes all of it to a change in mindset. You can hear his story and learn how to do the same thing in your life, on this episode.Would you like some free sales training?When Weldon Long started his first business, a heating and air conditioning company, he didn’t know anything about heating and air. But he did know that no money changes hands unless a product or service is sold. So he concentrated on learning marketing and sales, got his first customer, then hired the specialists who could service them. Rinse and repeat a thousand times and you have the raging success that is Weldon Long. That’s a man who can teach you a thing or two about sales, and he’s offering a free set of sales training videos and a complimentary membership to his coaching calls for a year. Find out how to get in on the deal on this episode.When I realized that I was responsible, everything changed ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction of Weldon Long. What entered Weldon’s mind the 3rd time back in prison. How Weldon developed a victim mentality and a sense of entitlement. Weldon’s success story with his first business after prison. Success is a consistency problem. Weldon’s book and how it has become a bestseller. The power of mindset and how it connects to emotion. Where people can connect with Weldon.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.WeldonLong.comwww.FreeSalesCoaching.com – Get Weldon’s free membership.11184868031608320006074326951904499117721585424331B006EQLYG8The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeYou’re still breathing, and as long as you are still breathing you’ve got a shot, on this episodeClick To TweetYou have the responsibility to fill your mind with great things ~ Weldon LongClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below
A few years ago, while I was sitting in a sales kickoff meeting and waiting to speak, I was struck with an idea. I looked around the room, and saw 500 people enjoying great speakers and excellent content. That is a lot of salespeople, but I couldn’t help but think about all the salespeople who had never been to a sales kickoff meeting.At that point, I went to the web and bought virtualsaleskickoff.com. I called the people in my mastermind group, and we scheduled the first VSK. Over 2,500 people attended that first VSK in 2015. In 2016, 5,400 people attended, and over 10,000 watched that year’s kickoff. This year, 7,400 people signed up, and I have no idea how many attended.Around the middle of last year, I had another idea. There are all kinds of conferences, but there isn’t one on outbound prospecting, which is still the fastest way to create new opportunities. I called Jeb Blount and pitched him. He was difficult to restrain, calling it “genius.” I called Mike Weinberg and Mark Hunter, both of whom agreed that it was not only a good idea, but “necessary.”All of us agree that too little attention is being paid to prospecting and pipelines. There is too much waiting, and salespeople need more help creating opportunities. So, OutBound was born.The very first OutBound Conference is being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia on April 13th, 2017. The all-day event starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:45 PM.The morning will consist of four keynote speeches, all centered around the themes of Prospecting, Pipeline, and Productivity. These are the speeches that we give to the private companies that hire us to speak. The afternoon sessions will include five workshops, including one by our special guest, Laura Madison.I want you to join us at OutBound Atlanta. Go to www.outboundconference.com to register you and your team.OutBound Atlanta is sponsored by Cirrus Insight. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now