Racism should be treated like match-fixing & doping, says Jason Holder

first_imgLondon: West Indies Test captain Jason Holder feels that racism should be penalised in the same manner as doping or match-fixing. Holder said that racism is one of the issues plaguing the sport and it must be dealt in similar manner as other sporting offences. “I don’t think the penalty for doping or corruption should be any different for racism,” Holder told BBC Sport. “If we’ve got issues within our sport, we must deal with them equally.” Holder said that anti-racism briefings should become part of the pre-series routine alongwith briefings on doping and corruption. “In addition to having anti-doping briefings and anti-corruption briefings, maybe we should have an anti-racism feature before we start a series,” he added. “My message is that more education needs to go around it. I’ve not experienced any racial abuse first hand but have heard or seen a few things around it. It’s something you just can’t stand for.” Holder cited the example of England fast bowler Jofra Archer, who faces racist abuse in home and away Test matches and that of all rounder Moeen Ali, who allegedly faced abuse from a section of fans in 2014. West Indies’ Test series against England starts on July 8. The series is the first since the cricket calendar halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. IANSAlso Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img read more

A woman’s place is everywhere!

first_imgThese young women added a splash ofcolour to the A Woman’s Placeproceedings with their innovativeheadgear. Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge Members of the Young Women’s Networkdance for joy in the old AssemblyChamber in parliament.(Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternOne hundred and fifty nine women from various walks of life met in Cape Town on 27 November to explore the concept of “A Woman’s Place”, as part of the international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.The event was organised from the office of the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. “[It] is a collaboration of various women-focused partners, including parliament and legislatures, government, civil society, trade unions, academia and the corporate sector,” Madlala-Routledge said.The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and ends on 10 December, International Human Rights Day. This choice of dates reflects that violence against women is a human rights issue affecting everyone.And it is no accident that the 16 days also includes 1 December, World Aids Day. It is a terrible reality that the spread of HIV/Aids is furthered by physical and economic violence against women and children.Exploring placeThe concept of place is a tricky one. There is physical space, which is easy to understand, but there is also psychic or mental space, social and political space. And they all interconnect.Any good architect, ergonomist or feng shui practitioner can tell you that the physical space you inhabit affects the quality of your life. Any social worker, domestic worker or psychologist can explain how one’s mental state is reflected in one’s surroundings – miserable or depressed people tend not to keep a cheerful and tidy house.“We don’t mean only a physical place like a building,” Madlala-Routledge said. “We also mean every space that women occupy throughout society, from parliament to boardrooms to kitchens to hospital wards to schools to factories and farms … a woman’s place is everywhere.”“A women’s place,” she said later, “is created through movement and interaction, the flow of knowledge, information, commodities, arts and culture, as well as the acknowledgement that structures of power can, and did, limit or contain all of these.”The purpose of the event was to explore this interaction to create a more positive space – “A space where women are free and safe. A space where women’s lives are celebrated – where their voices are listened to,” Madlala-Routledge said.Planned as a consultative process, the discussion focussed on the interpretations of a woman’s place from three different perspectives – women’s place in history, women’s place in government, and women’s place in arts and culture.” Not surprisingly, delegates found that these spaces overlapped significantly.Women’s rights in South AfricaIn South Africa the rights of women are deeply enshrined in our Constitution. This fact is borne out by the impressive gender ratio in local, provincial and national government, where more than 30% of elected representatives are women – a figure that puts us way ahead of most countries in the world.“But that’s not enough,” says Yvette Abrahams of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE). “We are launching a 50/50 campaign to get all the parties [standing for election in 2009] to indicate how they stand on 50/50 gender representation in local and national government.”While many South African women do occupy positions of power and yield real influence, the majority of their sisters are living with the triple whammy of poverty, disease and the threat of gender-based violence. For many, life is a daily battle to survive.While unemployment and poverty affect everyone, it is usually women who suffer the most. Disease, too, affects everyone more or less equally, but the status of women is an important factor in the extent and severity of the spread of disease – especially HIV/Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases.It is an unfortunate fact that, while many women may be perfectly aware of how to protect themselves from these diseases, they are powerless to negotiate safe sex, or even – in many cases – to decide whether they want to have sex at all.It was also made clear during the course of the day, that the need for a woman’s place was not limited to South Africa. If anything, the situation was even more desperate across our borders. Some women from DRC, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Somalia told their stories, offering a poignant and very real view of the dire consequences of being “displaced” – the fear and insecurity of not having a safe place, a place where you can rest secure in the knowledge that you belong.It was a real eye-opener for many present, and a call to action. And it was brought home to many that we can’t live in isolation. The plight of our sisters (and brothers) in the rest of Africa affects us deeply.“We need to connect with women all over Africa before they come to our borders,” said Abrahams.Turning 16 days into 365Everyone agreed that the 16 Days of Activism campaign was a fantastic symbolic event. It was a powerful way of raising awareness of the problem, but 16 days were not nearly enough.“The 16 day programme needs to be expanded to 365 days,” Madlala-Routledge said. But that’s a long process.Delegates were asked to volunteer to join a working group to carry forward the resolutions reached by the consultation. The group, consisting of Abrahams, Bernadette Muthien of the NGO Engender, Rosieda Shabodien of the proposed Women’s Museum and Centre, Diana Gibson of the anthropology department of the University of the Western Cape, Fiona Clayton of the District Six Museum, Nosizwe Madlala- Routledge, deputy speaker of parliament, Lynette Sait of the Office of the Speaker, Rita Edwards of the New Women’s Movement, and Vainola Makan of the Young Women’s Network.These women will meet early in the new year to promote awareness of women’s issues in local and national government, in schools, in hospitals and in the workplace, and will explore ways of creating physical spaces for women.Some of the proposed strategies include a women’s newspaper, the creation of a women’s ministry in parliament, and the construction of a number of multipurpose women’s resource centres in various parts of the country.An interesting project that is in an advanced stage of planning is a proposed women’s museum that will celebrate the contribution of South African women to our history and culture.While there was no doubt in the mind of anyone present that the situation for women in South Africa, the rest of Africa and – in fact – in most parts of the world was pretty dire, it was a cheerful and vibrant affair.The presence of dozens of singing, dancing women rocked the staid walls of the Old Assembly Chamber, where parliament sat prior to 1994, and many attendees mused aloud about staunch apartheid-era politicians like JB Vorster and HF Verwoerd turning in their graves.It was a colourful way of taking ownership of a space that was once very segregated, very white, very male and very hierarchical.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksCommission for Gender Equality PeaceWomen ProjectUnited Nations – Human Rights16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and ChildrenWomen’sNetlast_img read more

The Strategic Power of Generating Possibilities

first_imgIt is important that you have a roadmap to guide you through all of the things that move you from target to close, especially the commitments you need. Your sales process, however, by itself is not enough to help guide you to winning new deals. It is necessary, but not sufficient. This is where being strategic in generating possibilities is invaluable.Methodologies are important, too. Methodologies are different from your sales process. For example, SPIN Selling is a methodology, not a process, as it doesn’t speak to the stages of the sales process. It’s a methodology for asking questions, and for my money, creating a compelling case for change. The Challenger Sale is also a methodology, and a very useful one today. Methodologies are also necessary, but not sufficient.I would argue that you also need a philosophy of sales. You need a set of beliefs about what is good, and true, and beautiful. You need a set of beliefs that guide how you sell. A lot of what I write here is my personal philosophy of sales and selling, like all things being equal, relationships win, and fast is slow, and if you create value you are entitled to capture a portion thereof.Another idea that lies outside a process or a methodology  that I would classify as a philosophy is the idea that selling requires the identification and selection from a number of possibilities.Turn By Turn Directions Are UnavailableLet’s say you are calling on your dream client. You have a great relationship with the main, decision-making stakeholder. You have also met his boss, and she has agreed to support your initiative. Things have progressed nicely, and according to your sales process, you are right where you want to be. You are certain that you are the preferred choice, and you are very close to winning a deal.And then, like turning off a light, your main contact tells you that they have decided not to move forward with no further explanation. And then he goes dark.Your process provides no guidance. Your methodologies don’t touch scenarios like the one described above. In spite of a lack of guidance, you still have to act. This means you need to generate and select from a range of choices.One choice may be to go over your main contact’s head and speak directly to his leader. She has already agreed to support the initiative, and you know it’s important to her. This might be your first idea as to how to get your deal on track, but if it makes you a little nervous, that’s because you know that doing so comes with the risk of completely alienating your main contact.Maybe you have more ideas.Another choice may be to have someone higher up in your organization call the leader of your dream client’s organization, to go peer to peer, leader to leader. A higher level discussion may be just the thing to put the opportunity back together, and you may have some air cover when your main contact discovers you have gone around him. It wasn’t you, though, was it? You have plausible deniability. Is that enough?There are still more ideas available to you.What if you went directly to your main contact and asked to understand what changed on his end so that you could better understand what might be done to put the train back on the tracks and help them achieve the outcome they were hot on just days earlier. If you find a way to put things back together it’s a win. If the answer is still “no,” you are no better off than you are right now. It feels like a long shot.Maybe you need to pursue two of these ideas simultaneously, or maybe you need to generate more ideas.One of the best ways to make good decisions is to first identify the choices available to you. If you only have one course of action, then the only decision you have to make is whether to take that action or not.Possibilities provide you with more potential opportunities to succeed, and they often provide you with additional choices should one approach fail.Possibilities make the impossible possible.last_img read more

Report: Rangers 0 Spartak Moscow 0

first_imgRangers failed to make their dominance count in a frustrating 0-0 stalemate with Spartak Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday.The Scottish side were on top from start to finish at Ibrox but ultimately had to settle for a draw that allows Villarreal, who romped to a comfortable 5-0 win over Rapid Vienna, to join them on five points.The result, while perhaps not enough to satisfy Steven Gerrard, did continue the manager’s unbeaten record in Europe while stretching his side’s undefeated streak to four matches in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Spartak’s early intentions were clear during a first half in which they failed to attempt a single shot, instead sinking into a deep defensive shape from the outset.Rangers, though rich with the confidence of a team that had scored 10 goals in their three previous outings, struggled to find a way through the blockade.49,068 inside Ibrox tonight. Thank you for your support. #WeAreRangers pic.twitter.com/qGLuzuiYKx— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 25, 2018Daniel Candeias wasted the only real clear sight of goal in the opening 45 minutes when he overhit a squared pass that should have resulted in a simple tap-in for the unmarked Lassana Coulibaly.The visitors were more enterprising after the interval with substitute Sofiane Hanni injecting impetus, though they were relieved to see Alfredo Morelos fire across the face of goal in the 68th minute.Gerrard appeared justified in protesting the referee’s decision not to award a penalty for a challenge on Eros Grezda, who carelessly squandered the final chance of the contest when he blazed over deep into stoppage time. read morelast_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

2 days agoJuventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.” last_img read more

RVP hesitant for future in football

first_imgRobin van Persie, the legendary Dutch forward, has admitted he has been contemplating his future as his contract at Feyenoord is expiring as soon as the season ends.Van Persi, who turned 34, returned to his first ever club in January from Fenerbahce, where he played ever since his departure from Manchester United in 2015. Despite scoring the second goal in the 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar and winning the Dutch Cup on Sunday – his first major trophy in his home country – he admitted it is becoming increasingly difficult for him to keep up with his own pace.“There will come a moment where I have to be honest with myself — like now,” van Persie shared, according to ESPN.2010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“But people don’t see the other side, which is that for the last three weeks, I have been going to bed at 10 p.m. every evening and that I eat the right things at the right time. There is a lot that comes with being able to deliver today and sometimes that is a struggle. … Sometimes the recovery takes a little longer than I want.”“I also really want it, but you have to be honest and people don’t see that other side,” Van Persie added. “And sometimes it really is a struggle and I get tired of it myself, to be honest.”last_img read more

Dortmund seals late win to avoid Cupset

first_imgLate goals from new boy Axel Witsel and Marco Reus ensured that Borussia Dortmund beat Greuther Fuerth 2-1 in the German Cup on Monday.Dortmund was on the verge of an upset at the hands of the second-division club before Belgium midfielder Witsel restored parity to send the game to extra-time.Reus completed the comeback late in the game with an injury-time winner.Dortmund, who won the competition in 2017 failed to impress in Lucien Favre’s first competitive game in charge, and they paid the price when Sebastian Ernst opened the scoring for Fuerth.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Witsel, who joined Dortmund from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian, was set up by Reus, who was the beneficiary of Jadon Sancho’s incisive play for the winner – after goalkeeper Roman Buerki denied Fuerth’s Fabian Reese in a one-on-one.Fuerth coach Damir Buric missed the game due to a family bereavement.In the other encounter, Freiburg needed penalties to get past third-division Energie Cottbus. Tim Kruse missed the decisive spot-kick as the Bundesliga side won 5-3.last_img 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