7 May 2014South African President Jacob Zuma cast his vote in the country’s fifth democratic elections at Ntolwane Primary School in KwaNxamalala, near his birthplace in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday morning.The President last voted at the school – which is just a stone’s throw away from his home – in the local government elections in 2011 and during the 2009 general elections.He was greeted by a large local and international media contingent, as well as jovial locals, who ululated upon seeing him. Various security personnel were also present.South Africa’s number one citizen arrived just after 10am and joined the queue of voters, not wanting any special treatment. His first wife, MaKhumalo, stood behind him. They were accompanied by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula.People tried to shake the President’s hand, while others took pictures with their mobile phones.Speaking to journalists after casting his vote, Zuma said he felt “good and very enthusiastic”, as the day marked the culmination of months of canvassing by all political parties.“It feels good that I have just voted, and I hope that all voters will cast their votes freely, without any problems. This is our right that we fought for, among other rights we have … My wish is that throughout the country, voting must be peaceful.”Asked who he had voted for, Zuma laughed and said: “It is a secret.”Political party leaders cast their votesMany political party heavyweights also voted in their home towns on Wednesday morning. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille made her mark at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Rondebosch in Cape Town just after 9am, accompanied by her husband, Johann Maree.Zille is the premier of the Western Cape, and the DA has been pushing to retain the province and increase its support in the national and provincial ballot.Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele surprised voters when she arrived to make her mark at the Sea Point library voting station in Cape Town.Julius Malema, the leader of the new kid on the block, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), arrived two hours after the voting station opened at Mponegele Primary School in his hometown Seshego, north-west of Polokwane, in Limpopo province, while Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota voted in his hometown of Bloemfontein in the Free State.In KwaZulu-Natal, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi cast his vote in Ulundi, as did National Freedom Party (NFP) president Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. Msibi made her mark at the Thengisangaye Primary School, a school she helped to build.The late Nelson Mandela cast the first vote in South Africa’s first democratic election 20 years ago, on 27 April 1994, at Ohlange High School in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Mandela’s vote on that historic day marked the final nail in the apartheid coffin, signalling the dawn of a new democratic dispensation of majority rule in the country.Source: SAnews.gov
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The article I read on LinkedIn stated that salespeople who relied on rapport, said another way, “being liked” do not fare as well as salespeople who have a greater level of expertise. One example that they cited was familiar to me. The author suggested that you would choose a neurosurgeon that was highly skilled over a likable one with lesser skills and knowledge. Having once been forced to choose a neurosurgeon for a brain surgery, I can’t argue with that math.That said, there are two problems here. First, the problem of generalizing. Second, the problem of mutual exclusivity.Large, complex, expensive, and riskier deals require greater insights, greater business acumen, and situational knowledge. Smaller, simple, relatively inexpensive and relatively low-risk deals don’t necessarily require greater skills or greater knowledge.All generalization, as useful as they are, are lies (even this generalizing sentence). Selling is a complex, dynamic, human interaction, and succeeding in sales is about choices. In some cases, your smarts will serve you well. In others, your fast rapport skills will produce the same or better results.Mutual exclusivity is a terrible trap. When you are offered a choice of “being smart” or “being liked,” you are presented with the idea that you can only have one, and that selecting one means giving up the other. This is a false choice. You can actually be smart and be liked. You can have insights and also have rapport skills at the same time.High Insights and Low Rapport: You can be smart, have poor rapport skills, and still win business. You will likely win business from people who are more concerned about the outcomes they need and who want to eliminate risk.Low Insights and High Rapport: You can know little and be so amiable that some people buy from you, usually people who don’t want to be challenged or forced to deal with conflict. Some people will work with you because you have a smart team behind you.Low Insights and Low Rapport: You are going to have a very tough selling anything that isn’t a straight transaction, eliminating any need to deal with you over the longer term.Now you have seen three of four possible combinations of smart and likable. But there is another choice available to you.High Insight and High Rapport: You can be both smart and likable. It is possible to be known, liked, and trusted while also possessing the business acumen and situational knowledge you need to serve your clients, helping them to make substantial changes. In fact, the very best salespeople look more like this than they do High Insight and Low Rapport. Why? Because for most complex sales, the relationship comes with the purchase.Let’s look at the scenario from the first paragraph again. You are choosing a brain surgeon. One has world-class skills, little empathy, and poor bedside manner. The second has world-class skills, is highly empathetic, and a bedside manner that helps put you and your family at ease, giving you a far better experience as you make a difficult decision under immense pressure. Which surgeon do you choose and why?A large part of selling, the part that is not transactional, is creating a preference to buy from you personally. There is no reason to believe that you are not part of the value proposition, and in some sales, the largest part. The more advantages you stack on your side of the scale, the better. These advantages accrue to you when you are smart and also someone your client wants to work with long term.
Ziva Dhoni, daughter of former India captain MS Dhoni and social media sensation, has shifted her loyalties to Mumbai Indians, or so it seems.Ziva, who tagged along with MS Dhoni and Sakshi at every Chennai Super Kings game in the Indian Premier League this season, was seen cheering for Mumbai Indians instead.In a video shared by Rohit Sharma on Twitter, Ziva could be seen rooting for Mumbai Indians which had the India opener in splits.But when asked to repeat the chant, Ziva keeps quiet.We have a new @mipaltan fan in the house yo!! @msdhoni @SaakshiSRawat pic.twitter.com/yasd7p6gHjRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 21, 2018Rohit Sharma and all the members of the Indian limited-overs teams have come back home from England where they won the T20I series 2-1 but lost the ODI series 2-1.Back in Mumbai, Ziva was recently seen dancing with her superstar parents watching on at former Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna Patel’s sangeet ceremony.Papa Mahi Enjoying his Bundle of Joy Dance Move #poornabanisoni #MSDhoni #Sakshi #Ziva pic.twitter.com/pLpT6loXTADhoni Raina Team (@dhoniraina_team) July 20, 2018Praful Patel’s daughter is getting married to entrepreneur Namit Soni and Dhoni was one of the celebrity guests in the three-day ceremony.Ziva has already proved her credentials with her singing skills and now it was time to rock the dance floor and she didn’t disappoint.Watch: Sakshi Dhoni dances to DDLJ song at friend’s sangeet ceremonyAfter Ziva, it was time for Sakshi to take over from her daughter and set the stage on fire with her performance.advertisementDhoni’s wife was seen grooving on the hit song, Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, from the blockbuster Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at Poorna Patel’s sangeet and had a few of her friends on stage for company.Sakshi Dhoni’s performance was fabulous but it was her undoubtedly Ziva who stole the show at the function.Amidst the ceremonies and party atmosphere, Dhoni was seen speaking to Parthiv and RP Singh in what looked like an intense conversation in a hotel lobby. Other photos of the former India captain also surfaced, where he was seen enjoying the ceremonies with his wife and daughter.Two wicketkeepers and one fast bowler. Guess what we are discussing? #Poornabanisoni pic.twitter.com/SvCTEODcciR P Singh (@rpsingh) July 20, 2018Other than Dhoni, the likes of Parthiv Patel, RP Singh, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir also graced the occasion. Sophie Choudhary, Nushrat Bharucha and Guru Randhawa were also present in the star-studded affair.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche open to rotating squad for Norwichby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche will likely rotate his squad for Saturday’s clash with Norwich City at Turf Moor.Substitute Jeff Hendrick popped up to score a stoppage-time equaliser against Brighton on Saturday.Matej Vydra and Jay Rodriguez also impressed off the bench, and Dyche says he might give his fringe players a chance when the Canaries come to town.”All three of them affected the game so I was pleased with that,” the Burnley boss said.”I’ve told them there will be certain players (rotated), obviously defenders it doesn’t change as much, but you have to keep everyone involved.”I think that’s the important thing here, we’ve always worked on a group mentality, so I want to keep everyone’s mind on it.”
paul finebaumESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum usually sticks to covering the SEC, but given the turmoil out in Los Angeles this week, he’s broadening his horizons. Tuesday, he commented on USC’s heading coaching situation. He thinks there are two “leading candidates” for the job.Finebaum said that former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, is one. The other is current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. He joined ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning:On @MikeAndMike, @finebaum just said he believes the two leading candidates for the USC HC job will be Chip Kelly and Kevin Sumlin.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2015Finebaum expanded on Philadelphia radio station 97.5 Middays later on:On NOW: @finebaum with @975Middays to discuss his claim that Chip is a leading candidate for the USC head coach job.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: Chip Kelly will be high on USC’s list. He may not want the job, but USC is the Pac 10 & has talent, so it may entice him.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum on dealing w/ boosters: USC isn’t a job like Alabama. LA is LA. You may have to do lunch w/ Spielberg once in a while but that’s it— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: To me it all comes down to what makes Chip Kelly tick. I don’t know what interests him (but USC seems like a fit).— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Finebaum: Chip is the Jon Gruden of five years ago; he is the most coveted coach by colleges.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) October 13, 2015Regarding Kelly, we’re obviously a few steps from it even being a possibility. Kelly would have to either coach his way out of his job with the Eagles or make the decision that he wants to return to the college ranks. As for Sumlin, given the momentum the Aggies have right now, it’s hard to see him jumping ship for a job that’s been very unstable recently.That being said, USC is still one of the most desirable jobs in college football. It’ll be interesting to see if Finebaum winds up being right.
Acting Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Horace Chang is this afternoon extending condolences and support to the families of those killed yesterday (Friday, August 25) in Clarendon. Story Highlights He added that he understands the outcry of those who call for the fast tracking of the implementation of the Zones of Special Operations. However, Dr. Chang says the initiative must be done right. Acting Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Horace Chang is this afternoon extending condolences and support to the families of those killed yesterday (Friday, August 25) in Clarendon.Dr Chang says he is especially troubled by the killing of children which seems to be a growing trend by criminals. “I am deeply troubled by what seems to be a growing trend where these murderers no longer care who the victims are whether it be women or children,” said Minister Chang.Dr Chang says that the current murder situation is untenable and that the government is working to ensure that it doesn’t continue.“There are various initiatives that are being activated to deal with these challenging communities and criminals. The police are being given additional resources including training and we know that once there is a full roll out, the results will be clear to see and lives will be saved,” said Dr. Chang.He added that he understands the outcry of those who call for the fast tracking of the implementation of the Zones of Special Operations. However, Dr. Chang says the initiative must be done right.“We have heard the calls from various sections of the society including inner-city crime plagued communities loud and clear. The police are being trained and the agencies of the state are being realigned to ensure the zones are effective and the entire nation benefits. We intend to do it right,” Minister Chang stated.Dr Chang will be visiting sections of Clarendon tomorrow (Sunday, August 27) to discuss with community members and law enforcement, the current situation affecting them. He is also appealing to members of the public to not shelter criminals as only with cooperation and partnership can we solve our challenges as a country. Dr Chang says that the current murder situation is untenable and that the government is working to ensure that it doesn’t continue.
RICHMOND, B.C. – Insufficient route planning and the absence of a dedicated lookout contributed to a tourist vessel running aground during a bear-watching excursion off Vancouver Island in October 2016, the Transportation Safety Board says.Twenty-six passengers and two crew members had to be rescued after the Stellar Sea hit a rock during a trip organized by Jamie’s Whaling Station out of Tofino, B.C. Two passengers fell and suffered minor injuries when the vessel halted abruptly.Nine of the passengers were picked up soon after the 12-metre vessel grounded in Warn Bay, but a falling tide caused the ship to tilt and forced the remaining 17 passengers to wait on a nearby rock until they were rescued.“Although the reduced manning level of two was allowed by Transport Canada, the investigation found that two crew members were insufficient to maintain an adequate lookout for navigational hazards and ensure that the master was able to focus on navigating and avoiding hazards during the voyage,” the report says. “No one saw the rock in time to prevent the vessel from running aground.”A spokesman for Jamie’s Whaling Station said they will be reviewing the board’s report to see where procedures can be enhanced.“We know the well-being of our passengers and crew depends on us and we take that responsibility seriously,” Ryan Teremy said in an email statement.The safety board report released Thursday says the ship’s captain did not use the chart plotter and echo sounder system to their full potential while navigating what it describes as a challenging marine environment filled with numerous hazards, including rocks, reefs and a large tidal range.The report also says Jamie’s Whaling Station did not notify the coast guard for more than four hours after the grounding and not until all the passengers were safe. Neither the master nor the company issued any kind of distress signal, as required by both federal regulation and company policy.“It is critical that masters and companies of small passenger vessels alert search-and-rescue services as soon as possible after an accident takes place. Doing so provides search-and-rescue resources with more time to plan the rescue and increases the chances of a successful rescue,” the report says.“For example, in situations where people have entered the water, timeliness is paramount, given the high risk of hypothermia and drowning.”The report says Jamie’s Whaling Station updated its emergency procedures last March to emphasize the requirement to contact the coast guard in an emergency, and increased the frequency of its safety drills.Teremy said Jamie’s Whaling Station agrees with the board’s criticism about not immediately contacting the coast guard, a move he said failed to meet company standards.“We fully agree this should have been done,” Teremy said. “We know we must do better.”The Stellar Sea was refloated two days after it ran aground and was towed to nearby Ucluelet for inspection and repairs.Jamie’s Whaling Station also owns the Leviathan II, a whale-watching vessel that capsized after it was hit by a rogue wave in October 2015, throwing 27 people into the water and killing six.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouver. Follow @gwomand on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the TSB report found the chart plotter and echo sounder system were not used.
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Photo by bestsportsphotos.com.L.C. Greenwood, one of the dominant defensive figures of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, died of natural causes Sunday in a Pittsburgh hospital. He was 67.Greenwood was a six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, a key component of the “Steel Curtain” that was a big part of the team’s four championships in six seasons.“L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history, and he will be missed by the entire organization,” team chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement.Greenwood, “Mean” Joe Greene, Ernie Holmes and Dwight White formed the bedrock of the defense that helped turn a perennial loser into a dynasty.L.C. Henderson Greenwood was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Canton, Miss., the oldest of nine children. He was taken in the tenth round of the 1969 NFL draft — nine rounds after Greene — from Arkansas A&M (now Arkansas Pine-Bluff). He blossomed into a tenacious pass rusher who used his superior speed to blow past offensive tackles and into the backfield. Though sacks did not become an official statistic until after his retirement, Greenwood posted 73½ during his 13-year career.The 6-foot-6-inch, 245-pound Greenwood thrived in the postseason. Greenwood was a showman. While recovering from an ankle injury during the 1973 season, Greenwood wore a pair of high-top cleats that a friend painted gold. He wore them twice — both Steelers wins — and went back to his usual cleats after the ankle healed. The Steelers lost the next game, and the gold cleats soon returned.Knee problems forced Greenwood to retire before the 1982 season. He remained in Pittsburgh after his retirement, working as an entrepreneur and motivational speaker.Despite support from his teammates — including Greene — Greenwood has not been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a finalist six times, the last in 2006.
The Flower is already among the eliteGoalies to post at least four shutouts in an NHL playoff run, 1980-2017 And while shutouts are good — they literally guarantee victory in the playoffs — it’s not just in the shutout column that Fleury has impressed: As it stands, he ranks ninth all-time in goals against average for a single playoffs among goalies post-1980 and second all-time in save percentage for a single playoffs among all goalies in the history of the NHL. All this even though the Golden Knights are giving up the most shots per game among teams that are still fighting for the Cup. And despite his reputation as a uniquely bad playoff goalie.That reputation cost Fleury last summer: Pittsburgh didn’t protect him, and the Vegas Golden Knights selected him in the NHL expansion draft. Despite being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft — and despite being part of three Penguins teams that won the Stanley Cup — Fleury was effectively cast off to the desert. The Penguins preferred to move forward with their newer, shinier model, Matt Murray. That decision didn’t pay off for Pittsburgh this spring: Murray had the worst playoffs of his young career, recording quality starts in just 50 percent of his games and stopping an abysmal 91 percent of the shots he faced. The top two playoff scorers to this point are Crosby and his teammate Jake Guentzel, yet the Penguins are no longer playing playoff hockey. The problem for Pittsburgh in these playoffs wasn’t putting pucks into the opponents’ net — it was keeping pucks out of their own. If only they’d hung onto that Fleury guy.To be fair to Fleury’s detractors, his playoff numbers before this season are right next to “bad playoff goaltending” in the hockey dictionary: His quality starts percentage in the playoffs is just 50, versus 55 in the regular season. For most of his career, the Flower has experienced a dip in play from regular season to the postseason. This season — for whatever reason — that dip has transformed into a massive ascent. So far this spring, Fleury’s quality starts percentage is an astonishing 80.Fleury’s metamorphosis has been especially impressive when viewed alongside the historically great playoff performances of his goaltending forebears. The majority of goalies on the list above made their mark in a season when scoring was notably down. From 2001-02 to 2003-04, the average goals scored hovered around 2.6 per team per game. It was in this window of dead-puck hockey — right before the NHL lost a season to the lockout — when the top five goalies on this list were tending net. In the 2017-18 regular season, scoring was up to almost 3 goals per team per game during the regular season. The only two goalies on the list who played in a more free-scoring season in this span were Mike Richter and Kirk McLean, who both posted four shutouts in the spring of 1994 en route to the Stanley Cup Final. 2010-11R. Luongo, T. Thomas2.79 GoalieTeamYearShutoutsTeam Result K. McLeanCanucks19944Lost in final M. FleuryGolden Knights20184? N. KhabibulinLightning20045Won Cup M. RichterRangers19944Won Cup Fleury is blanking teams in a high-scoring seasonGoalies to post at least four shutouts in one season’s playoffs and the average goals per game that season, 1979-80 to 2017-18 R. LuongoCanucks20114Lost in final M. BrodeurDevils20037Won Cup 1993-94K. McLean, M. Richter3.24 P. RoyAvalanche20014Won Cup It used to be difficult to imagine hearing “best goalie in the playoffs” and “Marc-Andre Fleury” in the same sentence, unless that sentence read, “Marc-Andre Fleury is most certainly not the best goalie in the playoffs.” But it also used to be difficult to imagine that Alexander Ovechkin would defeat Sidney Crosby in a playoff series, and yet here we are.Up is down, left is right, and Marc-Andre Fleury has been the best goalie in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs — and he’s doing it for an expansion team from Las Vegas. And depending on how Fleury plays from now until the end of spring, he might go down as the goalie with the best playoff performance in NHL history.Through his first 10 starts, Fleury — affectionately referred to as “the Flower” by fans and pundits — has pitched four shutouts. For his Vegas Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup,1We didn’t think they’d win the Stanley Cup, but we didn’t not think they’d win the Stanley Cup either. they have to win eight more games. If Fleury were to continue his current shutout pace of two in every five games — and conservatively assuming that the Golden Knights win each series in a sweep, limiting their netminder’s chances for shutouts — he’d tie Martin Brodeur for the most shutouts in a single Stanley Cup playoffs with seven. If the Golden Knights were to play the maximum number of games they could play for the remainder of the playoffs (14) and if Fleury continued his two in five shutout pace, he would finish with roughly 10 shutouts.And to be clear, shutouts aren’t just the cherries on top of a successful netminder’s playoff sundae — there have been 14 goalie-seasons from 1979-80 to 2016-172Or, since the NHL went to a 16 team playoff format. in which four or more shutouts were posted in a single playoff run, and in six of those, the goalie’s team won the Stanley Cup. 2003-04M. Kiprusoff, N. Khabibulin2.57 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 2001-02D. Hasek, P. Lalime2.62 P. LalimeSenators20024Lost in second round Source: Hockey-Reference.com 1997-98O. Kolzig2.64 E. BelfourStars20004Lost in final SeasonGoaliesAvg. Goals Per Game 2017-18M. Fleury2.97 M. BrodeurDevils20014Lost in final T. ThomasBruins20114Won Cup 2000-01P. Roy, M. Brodeur2.76 O. KolzigCapitals19984Lost in final 2002-03J. Giguere, M. Brodeur2.65 Who knows if the Flower will continue to bloom this spring, but history shows that he’s probably already done enough to earn his Golden Knights a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. And even if Fleury joins Patrick Lalime as the only goalie since 1980 to post four shutouts and not reach the Stanley Cup Final, a conference final berth is a decent consolation prize. And whichever way the pucks bounce going forward, Fleury will have gone further in these playoffs than the team that cast him off last summer. As the Penguins and their younger, shinier goalie march toward the beach, Fleury’s run to the Stanley Cup Final continues. D. HasekRed Wings20026Won Cup M. KiprusoffFlames20045Lost in final 1999-2000E. Belfour2.75 J. GiguereMighty Ducks20035Lost in final