Bafana get down to training

first_img28 May 2009With less than three weeks to go before the kickoff of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, the Bafana Bafana training camp at Johannesburg Stadium is abuzz with activity.Speaking to BuaNews on Wednesday after an intense training session, Bafana Bafana Captain Aaron Mokoena said the expectations of South African fans was motivation enough for the team.‘Positive mood’“The mood at the camp is positive, which shows that the players want to go out and perform their best for the country,” said Mokoena, or “Mbazo” (Axe), as he is known to his fans.“We are playing at home, and that will add strength to our players, but on the other hand we will not underestimate our competitors because they have experienced players who are familiar with these tournaments.”Mokoena, who has just joined Portsmouth FC from Blackburn Rovers in England, said there was a good relationship between Bafana’s overseas-based and local players.“It is very important for players to understand each other on and off the field, because that assists players to develop mentally and also create a sense of family within the team.”Opening match against IraqThe squad is using the remaining days before the 14 June kick-off of Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions” to hone their physical and mental strength.The team will play against Mauritius in a training match on Saturday, and against Poland in a friendly match on 6 June, before locking horns with Asian champions Iraq in the tournament’s opening match at Coca Cola Park in Johannesburg.Bafana Bafana defender Benson Mhlongo told BuaNews that the team would not underestimate Iraq. “They are very quick on the ball and play aggressively. Though we are not frightened by them, we will have to play cautiously.“The spirit is high among the players, and we are looking forward to the tournament and to proving our critics wrong,” the lanky defender said. “It’s going to be a do-or-die situation.”‘Now is our time’Mhlongo, who has been outstanding for Orlando Pirates in the past season, told BuaNews that the players wanted to emulate the 1996 squad which won the African Nations Cup by lifting the Fifa Confederations Cup trophy on home soil.“Our rugby team and cricketers have won international titles. Now it’s time to make our soccer fans proud,” Mhlongo said.“We need support from South Africans, and criticising the team will add no value but will dampen players’ morale,” he added.Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs said the entire squad, “from the technical team to the kit manager, wants to make the country proud.“We have the fighting spirit, and with the country rallying behind us, nothing will stop us from reaching the next round of the tournament.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Full Weekend for the 2017 Ohio Beef Expo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 30th Ohio Beef Expo is underway and will run through Sunday. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Elizabeth Harsh about all of the activities filling the 3-day event at The Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.last_img

The Audacity of Belief

first_img 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 Now For some reason I was reminded today of the very first formal sale training I ever received. I was 24 years old. I was the only male sales rep in a room of fifty salespeople being trained. I was greener than green. But I was audacious and I believed.At some point in the training, we had to role-play asking for an order. Here was the scene they painted. The client is big. They spend $5,000,000 in your space. They have enough orders that they could give you an order and no one would ever miss it. The orders they have are all in your wheelhouse, and they have unmet needs right now. It’s a good role-play because it can be challenging, but there are a number of paths to a successful outcome.I was sitting at the end of the table, but I was called up somewhere in the first ten or so places. So, I did what I would have done in a real life situation: I asked for all of their open orders. The Regional Vice President playing the client smacked me down. I went back after her a second time. She was having trouble saying no, but she shut me down anyway. So I went after her a third time. She caved in and gave me half the orders.I thought I failed and sat back down. It felt like I failed. But no sooner had I sat down then my manager showed up to pull me out of the room. As we walked out, I noticed the Regional Vice President was waiting. Clearly, I was in trouble.She said, “Listen, you’re making a mess in there. Most of the people sitting in that room are afraid to ask for a single order. We’re trying to give them the confidence and courage to ask for an order. I love it that you ask for all of the orders. Please don’t stop doing that when you’re in the field. But in my room, I need you to play by my rules.”Before I could walk back in, my manager pulled me aside. I told him how bad I felt for failing. He said, “You didn’t fail. Everyone that asked for a single order got one. You asked for all of them and got half. If you’d have had a little more time, I think you’d have gotten the other half.”There are some benefits of being young and green. Believing so deeply in what you sell and your ability to make a difference can embolden you. It can make you audacious. It can fill you with passion, energy, and enthusiasm.I believed that my company was the best company in the world. I believed that my team could make more of a difference than anyone else.Believing is sometimes enough.QuestionsDo you remember your first sales training?Do you still believe so deeply that your emboldened by your beliefs?When was the last time you did something audacious?What are you passionate about? What puts the wind in your sails? What do you believe so strongly that it fills you with an energy that is contagious?Tell me your best sales training story?last_img read more

Hard Work Pays Off For Devils

first_imgTope guided his Wollongong Devils team to the Men’s Open title at the 2012 New South Wales Country Championships in Dubbo last weekend, winning the Player of the Final award in their win over the Central Coast Dolphins on the siren. The win was the young Devils’ side second consecutive Country Championships title, and Tope says it’s great to see the team is reaping the rewards for the efforts they are putting in. “We’ve put a lot of work into them but the motto of the group is that ‘you make your own luck’ so they are the ones who turn up to training and they are the ones that put the effort in and do the extras and stuff, all we do is shape them and polish them,” Tope said. “It’s never really been driven about results it’s about how you perform and how you hold yourself and to have fun. The win is great but it’s actually better to see them become good models of the game and I guess examples for other kids coming through the system as well, I think that’s where the Country Champs are so important. That was the purpose for us to go away, to have a good time as a group, perform well but act accordingly off the field as well.”“We had three guys who played in their first tournament for the Devils in the Men’s group and that was Dylan Menzies and Matt and Adam Clune. All of them were actually outstanding. They know if they don’t perform and do the wrong thing there are 20 guys that can take their spot and they stepped up to the plate and were probably three of our best players over the weekend and everyone played well.”Tope became involved with the Devils in 2008 after moving to Wollongong and when a knee injury sidelined him in 2009 he took on the challenge of coaching one of the junior Devils teams with fellow Australian Men’s Open player, Terry Deegan. Over the past couple of years the side has developed to a point where they will this year compete in the New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League competition. “I tore the cruciate in my knee in November 2009 and I figured I was going to be out for roughly six to nine months or however long it takes to get back, and I needed a project to keep me interested so we took the Junior State Cup team, the under 18’s Boys.” “We trained them up over the past couple of years and piece by piece they got better and more guys have joined in and now we’ve got a bit of a system where, they played division one last year in Vawdon Cup and State Cup, won the State Cup, made the final of the Vawdon Cup and the next progression for them is to actually play in Premier League.”It’s also been a successful 12 months for Tope, who has won two Country Championships titles, as well as the New South Wales Vawdon Cup and State Cup titles with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Earlier this year he was a part of the Australian Men’s Open team that played New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, something that has been a goal of his for some time. “To put in so much effort over so long of a time and to have so many setbacks, to make that team you could imagine what it was like it was just smiles from ear to ear. It was hard to sort of block out the occasion and play well because I was just so amped up and so happy and chuffed with the achievement so to actually win it and in the fashion that we won it and to play with guys that I’ve played with for a long time, my best mate was in the team, the coaching staff were so good to us. It was the ultimate experience in sport.”Tope travelled to Scotland to watch the Men’s Open team win its World Cup title last year and says it was ‘fulfilling being in Scotland but even more fulfilling being in Mudgee’. “I actually trained right through with them, I trained right up until they left for the World Cup. I was always going to go over anyway because I thought if I don’t make the team I’ll take my girlfriend over and my brother was living over there at the time, but to see them win, the way that they treated me was that I was still part of the team even though I wasn’t a player. To actually make the team and be a real player in the team actually added to the experience. Being in Scotland and seeing them win and seeing how well they get along off the field and the ambassadors they are for the game, I just wanted to be a part of it so much.”Tope admits its been a big 12 months and that ‘it’s not going to stay that green forever’ but as long as him and his respective teams continue to enjoy playing and keep learning, then that’s the main thing.  “As long as whatever happens, whatever the results end up being that we are still enjoying it, keep enjoying each other’s company whatever team I play in and keep learning and staying fit, no more injuries. The most immediate goals are to keep enjoying it, to stay fit and to keep learning, hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”last_img read more

10 months agoEverton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reaction

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.” last_img read more

Maxime Bernier names candidate to run in Montrealarea federal byelection

first_imgMONTREAL — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier has chosen a candidate to represent his party in its first-ever Quebec election.Bernier will be in the Montreal area today to launch the campaign of Canadian Army veteran James Seale, who will be on the ballot for the party in the federal byelection in the Outremont riding on Feb. 25.Seale was a member of the armed forces for more than 30 years, and served overseas stints in Israel, Germany, Haiti and Bosnia before later becoming a military instructor and civil servant.Bernier founded the People’s Party of Canada in September after leaving the Conservative Party following a series of disagreements with leader Andrew Scheer.A spokesman says the fledgling party has taken in close to $1 million in donations since last August.The other candidates in Outremont include lawyer Rachel Bendayan for the Liberals, international development specialist Julia Sanchez for the NDP, Jasmine Louras for the Conservative Party, and artist Michel Duchesne for the Bloc Quebecois.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Three Free kids Learn to Fish classes at local Provincial Parks

first_img Swan Lake Provincial Park 5:50 pm to 7:30 pmMeet at the picnic shelterSaturday, July 20th, 2019 Charlie Lake, Beatton Provincial Park 10:00 am to 12:00 pmSunday, July 21st, 2019 Gwillim Lake Provincial Park 10:00 am – 12:00 pmMeet at the boat launchDuring this class, kids will learn the basics of freshwater fishing. This is an opportunity to understand hatchery roles, fish identification, tackle, rod rigging, casting, and hands-on fishing.Luhr Jensen fishing rods providedFree Program; no registration requiredPrograms run rain or shineThe program coordinators share being on time is important. The introductory information on fishing techniques and ethics are key to your participation in the hands-on fishing portion.The coordinators also share they reserve the right to deny entry to those arriving after the program has started.To view more on Freshwaters Fisheries Society of BC; CLICK HERE PEACE REGION, B.C. – There will be three, free kids learn to fish classes being held at Swan Lake, Charlie Lake and Gwillim Lake Provincial Park.Hosted by the Freshwaters Fisheries Society of BC, these 2-hour hands-on class are for kids aged 5 – 15 years with parent supervision.Friday, July 19th, 2019 For more information; visit.summerland@gofishbc.comlast_img read more

Facebook joins top Indian music labels

first_imgMumbai: Facebook on Thursday announced to partner top music labels in India that will let its nearly 300 million users in the country express themselves with music on its platform as well as Instagram. With the partnerships with T-Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films, Facebook will allow the users to include their favourite music in videos, messages, posts, stories and other creative content. “People will now be able to include music in their videos on Facebook and Instagram, opening up more options for more ways to express and sharing memories with friends and family,” said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Facebook has partnered with the music community in more than 40 countries. “We’re introducing a new feature: from a song on your profile, we’re making it possible to tap through to Spotify so people can listen to the full song and discover more from that artist. “We’ll be adding other partners in the near future as well,” the company said in a blog post. The Spotify feature, however, is yet to come to India. According to Anand Gurnani, Vice President-Digital, Yash Raj Films, “our association with Facebook offers a chance for audiences to experiment and express themselves through music and share the same with their friends”. “We have one of the largest catalogue of songs. Today’s digitally-savvy consumers are ultra-creative and it will be interesting to see how they re-purpose our music and videos to say what they want the world to hear,” added Neeraj Kalyan, T-Series President and Digital head.last_img read more

The Worst Loss In The History Of US Mens Soccer

For every step taken, there’s been a step back — no matter who has been the coach. The team made a breakthrough in 1994 when it reached the knockout stage for the first time in the expanded World Cup era.1It was expanded to 24 teams in 1982 and to 32 teams in 1998. It followed that by crashing out in 1998. The Americans stunned Portugal in the group stage in 2002 and made its first modern-era quarterfinals with a win over Mexico in the round of 16. It followed that by being a complete also-ran in 2006. So if the heroics in 2010 and 2014 — when the team fought through tough groups to survive and advance in dramatic fashion — gave the U.S. any confidence, it has just been completely wiped out. 7/23/00Qualifier1799Costa Rica157167.6 DATESTAGEU.S. ELOOPPONENTOPP. ELOHOME?WIN PROB. 10/10/17Qualifier1761Trinidad & Tobago138982.7% 5/31/85Qualifier1558Costa Rica1505✓70.7 Only includes matches that were at the World Cup or World Cup qualifying level (i.e., excludes continental championships, friendlies and minor tournaments). Games played in neutral locations denoted with a dash.Source: eloratings.net A chart of the U.S. team’s Elo rating over the past two decades shows not so much steady growth but a series of peaks and valleys with, at the moment, no overall progress to speak of. This is not to say that money and size are everything in international soccer. The two biggest countries in the world by population — China and India — have made the World Cup just once (China in 2002), whereas Iceland, a country of just 340,000, will play in its first next summer. But the U.S is different. It has spent the last decade talking about long-term plans for soccer development. The U.S. Soccer Federation increased its staffing and pay for national team coaches and introduced new youth initiatives to build a better team from the ground up. It is hard to see the results of these ambitions on the field. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe 3/25/16Qualifier1749Guatemala146074.8 9/1/17Qualifier1789Costa Rica1741✓70.1 All newsletters 5/11/69Qualifier1455Haiti1453✓64.3 6/14/02World Cup1832Poland1653—73.7 9/1/01Qualifier1791Honduras1734✓71.2 Before coach Bruce Arena gets too much of the blame, it’s important to remember that it was the failures of the team under his predecessor, Jurgen Klinsmann, that put the Americans in this position in the first place. The team lost to Mexico and Costa Rica last November in this qualifying cycle, which led to Klinsmann’s ouster. And, ultimately, losing those points made what should have been a meaningless game against Trinidad a must-win. Earlier last year, the same Klinsmann team also inexplicably dropped a game to Guatemala in the group stage of qualifying, the second-worst loss by Elo.The advantages the U.S. squandered are many. America finally has a legitimate men’s soccer superstar in Christian Pulisic, but he alone could not score two goals for the team. (He got one.) And it’s not just a question of talent: The U.S. towers over these CONCACAF opponents when it comes to resources. Trinidad and Tobago, after all, has a population of 1.2 million — or roughly the size of the greater Hartford metro area. Here is how the 12 countries that made the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying compare in gross domestic product and population — it probably won’t be hard to spot the U.S. 10/15/08Qualifier1813Trinidad & Tobago153373.8 6/22/06World Cup1797Ghana1682—66.0 The worst USMNT World Cup losses everMatches for which the U.S. men’s soccer team had the highest probability of winning (according to Elo ratings) but ultimately lost, 1885-2017 No one still believes that we will win.On Tuesday night, it all fell apart for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. A seven tournament, 24-year streak of consecutive World Cup berths was snapped in cartoonishly heartbreaking fashion.Coming into the match, American fans were rightfully confident. All it would take to qualify for the World Cup was a win or a tie against Trinidad and Tobago, a team that had nothing to play for but pride and only one win in nine matches in the final qualifying group. And even if somehow the U.S. lost, Honduras and Panama would both need victories over the top two teams in the group, Mexico and Costa Rica, to complete the elimination. If the USMNT lost and only one of Honduras or Panama won, the US would be headed for a playoff against Australia. By ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, the United States had a 93 percent chance of reaching its eighth consecutive World Cup.Then the U.S. conceded two goals in the first half — first an own goal and then a blistering 35-yard strike — despite giving up little in the way of high-quality chances. And despite a halftime switch to bring on Clint Dempsey and line up two attackers behind strikers Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore, the U.S. could not create the chances to level the score. USMNT fans could only watch in horror, and Panama and Honduras both clawed back first-half deficits to knock the U.S. out of World Cup qualification.U.S. men’s soccer is obviously no stranger to embarrassment and heartbreak on the international stage. In the 1998 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup — the last two on European soil — it combined for one tie and five losses. In 2015, the team was stunned at home in the Gold Cup semifinal by Jamaica, which at the time was ranked 76th in the world by FIFA. But what happened Tuesday night may stand alone.Looking only at World Cup matches and qualifiers, it was the worst loss in USMNT’s history based on the Elo rating system. Going into the game, Elo gave the U.S. an 83 percent chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago, making the Americans huge favorites even after accounting for the fact that they were playing on the road. Going back to 1885, the American men had never lost a match at that level when they had such a high probability of winning. And it came with all the chips on the table. You cannot blame U.S. soccer fans for being a little woozy this morning. read more

Southgate questions early start to the Premier League

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has attributed the injury crisis and suspension in his squad to the early kick-off of the Premier League shortly after their World Cup exploits.England are set to confront Spain in Seville but are decimated by suspensions and injuries.An injury crisis coming into this international double-header has been exacerbated by suspensions to John Stones and Jordan Henderson, and Southgate revealed to the Express: “Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June.“Of course it’s always easy to make a comment like that and not know the complex scenario decision-makers had to go through.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But everybody knew when the final was and the semi-final, and that they would be away for a period of time. It’s a bit like our clubs in the Champions League. Some of the rest of the leagues in Europe help them and adjust the fixture list.“And I’m sure our clubs would appreciate that because in the end they’re representing English football and we want them all to do well.”“When you see the league, a lot of teams haven’t started yet at the level when they are at their maximum,” said Southgate.“And there are a lot of injuries across our league. I think it’s psychological rather than physical.”last_img read more