Pitterson-Nattie positive about Grenada’s World Cup chances

first_imgLONDON (CMC):GRENADA’S national coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie has painted a bright future and believes that with continued development, the country can challenge for a spot at the Netball World Cup scheduled for England in 2019.”I don’t see any reason why we can’t do it. It’s a tall task, but it can be done and based on what we have (it is possible),” the former Jamaican player and national coach told the Grenada Sports website.”Right now, we have 17-year-olds touring with the team, so you can imagine we have 19-year-olds, 20-year-olds who are touring with the team, so it means that these are the girls in the next three or four years and they should be ready for World Championship,”she said.Pitterson-Nattie has been working with the Grenada netball programme over the last year and has been seeing signs of development at the national level.The national side is currently participating in the challenge section of the Netball Europe Open, which involves Gibraltar, Israel, Ireland, Malta, Switzerland and the United States. It ended yesterday in Newcastle.Pitterson-Nattie said Grenada’s netball would excel once the focus was placed on grassroots development.”What will be important is the work that is done at the schools, and that is where it starts,” she continued.”We have to create that developmental pathway so that you can see players improving as they go along. We have to look at the coaches who are working with the kids at schools.”Grenada is currently ranked 30th in the International Netball Federation rankings.last_img read more

Change to survive – Local cricket clubs diversify as they face financial struggles

first_imgFacing a financial crisis, administrators at local cricket clubs say they have been forced to take a wider approach to keep their clubs in operation as they struggle to deal with monthly expenses that climb in excess of $500,000. This against the backdrop of little or no direct financial support from the Jamaica Cricket Association, pushing clubs to tackle the situation by adopting a more multipurpose approach and placing focus on fundraising efforts, ranging from after-work socials and road races to wall advertising and venue rental. Mark Neita, president of the Melbourne Cricket Club, which has turned out West Indies stars such as Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh and Marlon Samuels, says his club has put together a 10-year plan which it hopes will lead to greater financial security, while noting that the institution fully understands the need to diversify in the face of scarce revenue potential in local cricket. “We understand that if we were to just focus exclusively on cricket, then we would not be able to make the revenue needed to sustain a club like Melbourne. You have to see what programmes will work for your club, but if you just focus exclusively on cricket, your club will die because there is not enough revenue from cricket,” Neita stressed. Neita pointed to 12 sponsors who he says play a major role in the club’s continued existence, with other revenue streams such as cricket clinics, membership fees, plus an active bar and restaurant also keeping the lights on. Lucas Cricket Club, another cornerstone in local club cricket, with famous alumni including George Headley and Chris Gayle, according to long-serving vice-president Brian Breese, has also been looking to go beyond cricket to help with the offsetting of expenses. Among the club’s focus is the establishment of a cricket tourism component as well as a focus on community cricket. “We have tried to expand to more than just cricket. We have a group that comes in the mornings to exercise, and we call them the Lucas joggers. We have people who play table tennis, couple of dart boards and we are always trying to go beyond cricket and to put in a multipurpose court as well,” said Breese. The management is also looking to renting the ground to other cricket teams, while looking to its membership of close to 90 persons to pitch in with membership fees. Breese, meanwhile, will be heading back to England to work on their cricket tourism business component, which he hopes will help bring visitors from schools and clubs in the off-season from September to March. According to Breese, they have a partnership with Jason Henzell of Jakes in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. TRIP OUT OF TOWN “The idea is to take them (tourists) out for two weeks and they stay in St Elizabeth and play some matches and help raise funds for the club, where we would have them come to Kingston and play matches, see Bob Marley Museum and other attractions,” he confirmed. Meanwhile, chairman of the Boys’ Town Cricket Club Lindel Wright noted that his club, the home of West Indies’ Collie Smith, continues to struggle to cope with its massive budget, which, when considering its football team, raises to $14 million a year. “It is tough going. We are nowhere near 50 per cent of that amount at the moment. We are more than a club, though. We are dealing with the ‘have nots’ of the society and we operate out of Trench Town,” he explained of the 76 year-old club. “We are struggling. It’s day to day. It is terrible. The burden now falls on a number of individuals and stalwarts of the club to assist,” Wright bemoaned.last_img read more

‘WE DON’T WANT TO SEGREGATE GAA FANS’ – CHAIR

first_imgTHE chairman of the county board PJ McGowan has said he will do everything to prevent segregating fans at GAA matches in the county.His comments come after a number of incidents at matches this year both in Donegal and at in other Ulster counties.Mr McGowan said the GAA did not want to introduce segregation for fans – or play games behind closed doors. He revealed that both gardai in the south and the PSNI in the north are looking at what arrangements can be made to prevent crowd trouble in the future.Meanwhile the five new members of the Executive are Sean McGinley (Kilcar) assistant secretary, Frankie Doherty (St. Eunan’s) assistant treasurer, Con O’Donnell (Moville) Oifigeach na Gaeililge agus Cultuir, Anthony Harkin (Ardara) Coaching Officer and Pat Conaghan (Killybegs) Ulster Council delegate. ‘WE DON’T WANT TO SEGREGATE GAA FANS’ – CHAIR was last modified: December 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAlast_img read more

COLEMAN STILL A MAJOR DOUBT FOR CLASH AGAINST GERMANY

first_imgDonegal soccer star Seamus Coleman is still a major doubt for Ireland’s crunch Euro games with Germany and Poland.The Killybegs man, who has been out for almost a month, didn’t feature for Everton in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with rivals Liverpool.Coleman is battling a hamstring injury he picked up in the game against Chelsea three weeks ago but is back training and made himself available for selection. Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill has named him in his squad but it is doubtful that he will feature in that game.COLEMAN STILL A MAJOR DOUBT FOR CLASH AGAINST GERMANY was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalIrelandKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

Panthers through to NCS semis, first time since 2011

first_imgPitcher Cameron Saso carried a shutout for six innings and Lance Lally finished it off as the top-seeded Panthers prevailed in the the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs, silencing the No. 8 Redwood Christian — San Lorenzo Eagles 3-0 Wednesday night at McKinleyville High.Saso struck out nine while allowing a third as many hits and walks in the win. Lally, the go-to closer for the Panthers throughout the season, ended the night with a quick no-hit seventh inning. …last_img read more

Saving South Africa’s wildlife

first_imgIn 1973 Clive Walker, James Clarke and Neville Anderson established the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), dedicated to conserving endangered species and restoring the delicate balance in southern Africa’s ecosystems.The organisation has, since then, played a major role in conserving many of Africa’s unique species.Droughts, floods, poachers and predators make survival for Africa’s wild animals a difficult affair and a growing human population encroaching on their habitats is driving many species to near extinction“We as human beings rely heavily on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems and without them we jeopardise our own wellbeing,” says Nomonde Mxhalisa, communications manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust.“People around the world can no longer ignore the fact that the environment in which we live underpins every single human need.”The EWT has worked to bring issues of conservation to the fore in terms of issues in the way of social and economic development.THE THREATDroughts, floods, poachers and predators make survival for Africa’s wild animals a difficult affair and a growing human population encroaching on their habitats is driving many species to near extinction.The quagga, which used to be a subspecies of the plains zebra or common zebra, once roamed the African landscape in large numbers. But the animal was hunted to extinction in the 1880s, when the last quagga died at the Amsterdam Zoo.Other indigenous African species such as the African wild dog and the black and white rhinoceros face the same fate. To preserve these animals, the EWT has created a number of programmes targeting threats such as poaching, deforestation, disease, traditional migration route interference, and mitigating the impact that human involvement is having on their habitats.The Riverine Rabbit or Vleihaas is South Africa’s second most endangered animal after the De Winton’s Golden Mole. Pictured above is a juvenile Riverine Rabbit. (image: Endangered Wildlife Trust)PROJECTSMost animals are suited to very limited environments; humans however can adapt environments to suit their needs, and with a growing human population needing food and other resources, natural areas are getting smaller and smaller. Animals that lose their habitats often can’t survive this encroachment and can eventually go extinct. Recognising that humans and animals need to share environments the EWT works on programmes to teach communities, like farmers, how to run their farms without driving the animals out.The Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Programme, involving the Livestock Guarding Dog Project aims to reduce this kind of human/animal conflict.“We often deal with a great deal of human/wildlife conflict particularly when it comes to our work with carnivores,” Mxhalisa explains.“We have solved these issues however by introducing mitigation measures such as the livestock guarding dogs that we encourage farmers to use to ward against their livestock being eaten by various carnivores.”The Livestock Guarding Dog Project encourages farmers to use guard dogs to drive predators away, instead of shooting the animals or poisoning them (images: Endangered Wildlife Trust)Livestock farmers need to protect their domestic animals; but these animals are easy prey for carnivores such as lions, leopards, hyenas, wildcats and the now endangered African wild dog and cheetah. The programme encourages farmers to use guard dogs to drive predators away, instead of shooting the animals or poisoning them.The Livestock Guarding Dog Project has, since it was taken over by the EWT in 2008, helped farmers reduce their annual losses from an average of R3.4-million, to about R150 000.“. . . The work we do is literally bringing amazing creatures back from the brink of extinction and that means we’ve bought more time for all people to enjoy these species and to continue to reap the benefits of living in ecosystems that are healthy and thriving,” says Mxhalisa.“Many of the EWT’s staff live and breathe care for the environment.“Many of us are idealists who want to make a difference, to leave a real and positive mark on the world. We believe the work is important and the results and successes we have keep us pushing forward.”Another project, the African Crane Conservation Programme, in partnership with the International Crane Foundation, helps to ensure the sustainability of wetland, grassland and Karoo ecosystems that crane species such as the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird, depend on.PLAY YOUR PART“You can make a difference to the environment simply by not littering, not wasting water or electricity, disposing of rubbish and oil correctly and spreading the word that you are forever linked to your environment and without it we will suffer,” says Mxhalisa.The EWT also regularly holds talks “about biodiversity and conservation at the Country Club Johannesburg and events that commemorate the various wildlife and biodiversity days that take place during the year”.Along with individual action, the EWT needs funds to manage and run its programmes; it accepts corporate sponsorships and private donations. Corporate sponsors can contact Debbie Thiart on debbiet@ewt.org.za or call her on +27 (0) 11 372 3600.For more information on the organisation’s programmes and lectures, or how to donate, visit its website or call +27 (0) 11 372 3600/1/2/3.last_img read more

Customer Service Tips for Early Stage Startups

first_imgdana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Few companies put as much effort into customer service as they do into member acquisition. However, in order to retain members, community-driven startups need to be conscious of the entire customer experience. No stranger to support techniques, Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane spends most of his time perfecting the end-user experience for his clients. Best known for its web-based help desk services, Zendesk launched in 2008 and even then ReadWriteWeb gave the company a favorable review. In 2009, Zendesk continues to establish itself as a great alternative to the traditional call center experience. Svane offers some helpful tips for our ReadWriteStart readers. Says Svane, “The good news for businesses starting out today is that the web offers a whole host of easy, affordable tools that can help to ensure businesses have a meaningful dialogue [with their customers].” Some of those tools include: 1. Web-hosted Solutions: Rather than investing in an in-house legacy customer support service, Svane advises startups to consider a web-based help desk product to eliminate any headaches associated with security, scalability, and ongoing maintenance. Says Svane, “Keep the human touch in-house but outsource the infrastructure.” In addition to Zendesk, companies can look at services like Openbravo for web-based support. 2. Crowdsource Solutions: In addition to a Frequently Asked Questions page, consider incorporating a discussion forum or dialogue tool into your website. These tools allow customers with questions to interact with your best advocates. In addition to Zendesk’s forum tool, companies can also look to Get Satisfaction, FixYa or Lefora for help. 3. Social Media: When your customers or ex-customers are going to complain about your company, they’ll often do it via Twitter or Facebook. Take advantage of these tools and use them to keep a positive conversation going. Having a dedicated staff person that interacts with customers to answer their urgent questions on Twitter shows how responsive and committed a company is to its customers. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

A Passivhaus Project in D.C. Nears Completion

first_imgUPDATED on May 1, 2011, to change the description of the exterior-wall insulation layers outside the SIPs to EPS (expanded polystyrene) from XPS (extruded polystyrene).In October, when we last checked in on the New American Foursquare, a Passivhaus project in Bethesda, Maryland, the foundation was already in the ground. Passive House Institute U.S. director Katrin Klingenberg had stopped by the jobsite an offered a suggestion for airsealing the foundation perimeter, and a crew of specialists in structural-insulated-panel installation would soon get to work putting up exterior walls.The project is now in the finish-work stage and has been put through a couple of preliminary blower-door tests to track down air leaks and affirm that the house is sufficiently airtight. The first test showed about 0.67 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference. The second test, conducted before drywall and trim were installed, showed 0.59 ACH, which meets the Passivhaus airtightness requirement.A prototype and suite of plans for replicasAt 4,318 sq. ft., with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a finished attic and basement, this house is being presented by the project principals – O’Neill Development and Peabody Architects – as a prototype that can be replicated in several sizes and less-costly configurations. The strategy is to offer plans for American foursquare homes in sizes ranging from 2,400 to 4,400 sq. ft., and homes built in a Craftsman cottage style from 1,500 to 2,500 sq. ft.The New American Foursquare prototype is located in a Bethesda neighborhood that, even by the standards of the Washington, D.C. metro area, is relatively pricy. The home’s listing price is expected to be $1,688,000, but the partners hope to accommodate far smaller budgets with many of the replicas.SIPs and “outsulation”The home’s exterior walls are built with 8-in. InsulSpan SIPs covered on the exterior with two staggered layers of expanded polystyrene (1 3/4-in. thickness total), bringing the total thermal resistance of the wall assembly to R-36. The foam sheets were covered with Tyvek housewrap and vertical furring strips to create a rainscreen; the siding is HardiePlank fiber cement.The roof was constructed with 12-in. SIPs, with standard asphalt shingles over felt, for R-45 thermal resistance. Foundation walls are insulated to R-44 with 4 in. of EPS on the exterior and 5.5 in. of fiberglass on the interior, while the concrete slab, at R-20, has 4 in. of EPS with a vapor barrier underneath.Windows on this project are Thermotech triple-glazed units with insulated sashes and frames, and motorized awnings have been installed on the west wall of the home. (There are roof and porch overhangs on the south wall.)MechanicalsThe house is equipped with two Zehnder ComfoAir 350 energy-recovery ventilators, one for the attic and second floor, the other for the basement and first floor. A hot-water line from the home’s gas boiler runs to a heat exchanger downstream of each ERV unit. The boiler also supplies hot water to a Weissmann insulated tank with an integral solar heat exchanger, although installation of solar collectors will be up to the homeowner.A 36,000 BTU Mitsubishi ductless minisplit air-source heat pump will assist with cooling and dehumidification.Bringing the home to the Passivhaus performance standard added 8% to the project’s construction costs, according to the project partners. The annual energy bill is expected to be about $2,400, although the usage habits of the occupants will obviously come into play. Still, architect David Peabody points out that only about $600 – or 25% – of the estimated annual energy bill is likely to be for heating and cooling.last_img read more

The One Area Where It Really Pays to Be Different

first_imgIt is important to be different in a way that makes a difference. There are all kinds of differentiation strategies. You can differentiate by having the lowest price as a way to attract customers who only perceive price as value. You can differentiate by having a better product, with features and benefits that are far beyond your competition, differentiating on what makes you unique. There are strategies for explaining why what you sell is different and how your clients benefit from those differences, and they can help you win business.As beneficial as those differences are, there is one area where it is even more important to be different, and that area is salesmanship.There is a reason why salespeople who have higher prices and who do not have the very best product or service win business. Most of the time, that reason is that they are better at selling than the salespeople and sales organizations against whom they compete for business.If you want to tilt the playing field in your direction, the most important differentiation is within your control. You can:Improve your willingness and your ability to create new opportunities by spending more time refining your approach to prospecting. The commitment for time is now one of the most difficult commitments to gain, and those who outperform here generally outperform when it comes to their overall results. No deal is closed that is not first opened, and creating opportunities is part of salesmanship. This is a critical differentiation strategy.Your business acumen and your situational knowledge is now a defining differentiator when it comes to salesmanship. It is the “advice” half of the two-part recipe that makes one a “trusted advisor,” with “trust” being the other half. If you want to be different, investing here provides exceptional returns. It isn’t all that difficult to develop in this area. You need only to read, study, and interview people who know more than you, take account of what you know, and develop a few themes. It’s easy to create a gap here if you are willing to work while your peer group plays.Knowing how to sell is a differentiator, and it produces an enormous difference in your results. If you want clients to see and acknowledge a difference, you need to be able to help them identify the reasons they should change, understand how they should change, what trade-offs they may need to consider, and know what commitments they need to make to further the process of change to pull yourself out of the pack.There is a reason that some salespeople do tremendously well while selling commodities and other salespeople struggle even when they have an offering that is clearly differentiated and superior to the alternatives. As much as you may want to believe that the product, service, or solution is what needs to be different, the real differentiator is salesmanship. 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

Asian Games 2010: Indian shooters win bronze in men’s douple trap event

first_imgIndian shooters’ gold drought continued and the trio of Ronjan Sodhi, Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar settled for bronze in the men’s double trap event in the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sodhi, Noria and Bhatnagar combined for a score of 403 after shooting 139, 134, 130 respectively.The Chinese team of Qiang Pan, Junjie Mo and Binyuan Hu China clinched the gold with a score of 414 (143+136+135).Kuwait — comprising M Fehaid Aldeehani, M Hamad Alafasi and A Meshfi Almutairi — grabbed the silver with a total of 407 (137+136+134).With today’s bronze, Indian shooters have so far bagged six medals in the event.- With PTI inputslast_img read more