Series broadcast first for SA women’s cricket

first_img26 August 2014In a first for women’s cricket in South Africa, the Momentum Proteas’ broadcast partner, SuperSport International, announced on Monday that the team’s three-match T20 series against England, starting in Chelmsford on 1 September, will be broadcast live.The Proteas’ tour begins on Friday with two warm-up T20 matches against the England Women’s Academy in Southend-on-Sea on successive days, followed by the first T20 international.The team learnt of the coverage of their series at a send-off function hosted by Momentum at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria on Monday.‘A landmark achievement’“This is certainly a landmark achievement for the Women’s game in South Africa,” said an excited Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat.“Never before have we seen a South African broadcaster televise the entire series of our Momentum Women’s National team and this will help us to generate greater interest by raising the profile of Women’s Cricket.“We had experienced the benefits of live coverage during the ICC World T20, when our women cricketers were seen live in action for the first time, and the decision by SuperSport to continue this trend will certainly benefit the sport. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to SuperSport for this decision,” he added.‘Delighted’“SuperSport is delighted to confirm the broadcast arrangement,” the Acting CEO of SuperSport, Brandon Foot, said at the function in Pretoria, which fell within Women’s Month.“Our national team has made great strides recently and we trust this development reflects growing interest in the women’s game.“Women’s sport hasn’t always been on top of the national agenda. SuperSport’s hope is that this series unearths the role models and stars we know are out there and deserve to be seen on our platforms.”‘Extremely excited’National women’s captain Mignon du Preez, commented: “This is amazing news for women’s cricket in South Africa. We are extremely excited to have television coverage of a tour for the first time and we look forward to showing the country what we’re all about and just how much talent is in this squad.“We hope that this is just the first of many televised tours and that having South Africa finally see us play will inspire other young girls to choose cricket as their preferred sport to play.”‘Upwards trend’Women’s cricket is on an upwards trend in South Africa, with more investment being made to back it up.Recently, thanks to the partnership with Momentum, central contracts for the Women Proteas increased from six to 14. This year’s National Academy intake also saw women’s players included for the first time.In addition, there has been an increase in women’s clubs around the country, with the number now sitting at 79 clubs actively involved in women’s cricket.‘A fantastic next step’National coach Hilton Moreeng was thrilled with the news, saying: “The good news just keeps coming. It’s a fantastic next step after CSA announced the additional contracts.“This is exactly the kind of move that is needed to catapult the profile of the national team as well as women’s cricket in South Africa. We look forward to having the country cheer for us from their couches at home and we will do our very best to make everyone proud.”‘Growing fan base’Momentum’s Head of External Communications and Corporate Social Investment Charlene Lackay said: “Live match coverage is fantastic news for the ladies given their growing fan base at home and increasing interest in competitive performances of national women’s teams globally.“Live TV coverage increases the pressure, but we believe the ladies are equal to the task. Momentum has always believed in this team and has been working hard to build their profile. We’re very proud of them and want them to feel the support of the nation all the way in England.”TOUR FIXTURES Fri, 29 Aug: SA vs England Women’s Academy, Southend-on-SeaSat, 30 Aug: SA vs England Women’s Academy, Southend-on-SeaMon, 1 Sep: 1st T20, SA vs England, ChelmsfordWed, 3 Sep: 2nd T20, SA vs England, NorthamptonSun, 7 Sep: 3rd T20, SA vs England, BirminghamTue, 9 Sep: 1st T20, SA vs Ireland, SolihullWed, 10 Sep: 2nd T20, SA vs Ireland, Solihull SOUTH AFRICAN SQUADMignon du Preez (capt), Trisha Chetty (vice-capt), Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Moseline Daniels, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Matshipi Letsoalo, Sune Luus, Sunette Loubser, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Dane van NiekerkSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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An Argument for Longer Call Blocks and More Meetings

first_imgThe reason we block time for prospecting is so we can ensure that we have time to make calls on our dream clients. The activities that result in new relationships and new opportunities are too important to leave to chance, and too crucial to be overtaken by other tasks, duties, and responsibilities. In some ways, call blocks prove that we get priorities exactly backward, freeing up time for what’s most important instead of limiting the amount of time spent on lower value activities. By reserving small amounts of time for prospecting (and the very few other actions that drive sales), we are conceding more time to what is less important.A Thought ExperimentWhat if instead of blocking time for prospecting, you blocked time for administrative and other necessary tasks, limiting the time available for things that don’t result in a new opportunity or the movement toward a deal, things like sales calls, follow-up activities, research, client communications, and nurturing relationships? What if the 90-minute block was all the time available to you for updating your CRM, most internal emails, and reporting?An eight-hour day would then be comprised of 1.5 hours of mostly administrative work and 6.5 hours of sales activity. How different would your days look if you spent 81.25% of your time on the tasks we know result in opportunity creation and opportunity capture?Autonomy, Agency, and DisciplineSalespeople are given a good measure of autonomy, deciding for themselves what they do and when they will do it. That requires a greater discipline to be able to work proactively on the few things that truly matter—while avoiding the countless number of distractions available to each of us, much of them coming by way of interruptions on the small screen of infinite distractions.The idea of agency is that one has a sense of control and can initiate and control their own acts in the world. If you are reading this, it’s likely that you can do whatever you want with your time, or that you have enough autonomy to do so.Instead of a single 90-minute call block, what if you committed to double that number, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon, eliminating the possibility of less meaningful work (work that feels like work but isn’t) encroaching on your day—and your results?What if you blocked time for sales meetings and worked diligently to fill half your day with real sales meetings? Few tasks result in helping clients change and produce better results, improve your company’s performance, and accrue greater benefits to you, including the pecuniary benefits that follow.By increasing the time you dedicate to selling, you crowd out the things of lesser importance and you improve your results.last_img read more

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Barca president We dont need Messi to win

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that the squad can win any game with or without Lionel MessiThe Blaugrana will not be able to call on the services of their Argentine superstar for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan in Group B or in Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid.This comes in light of Messi sustaining a fractured arm in Barcelona’s 4-2 La Liga win over Sevilla at the weekend.But Bartomeu is adamant that they will be fine regardless of whether a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in leading the frontline.“Messi will be out for however long he needs to be,” Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Without Leo, we are still competitive, but the important thing is to move forward.“We have to win, of course, and prepare ourselves. The players are conscious of where they are.”Messi has provided 12 goals and six assists in 12 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona this season.Bartomeu also dismissed reports linking Barcelona with a return for former star forward Neymar.last_img read more

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Awarding Excellence

first_imgHigher education is very important as it acts as the stepping stone after school education. Keeping the glorious legacy intact on its 19th year of existence and with the aim of reinventing education in management studies under the dynamic leadership of  Pankaj Agarwal, vice chairman and strategic stewardship of Dr Urvashi Makkar, Director General, GL Bajaj Institute of Management & research (GLBIMR), has been recently awarded with number of prestigious awards. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first award conferred to the institute is Top B School for Excellence in Education by CSR.Apart for that, GLBIMR has also been bestowed with Best B School in Industry Interface (North India) award by Dialogue India in 2016 along with Eminent Director of Leading Institute of India Award by CSR in 2016. With a focus to provide global exposure and create a benchmark of delivering quality management education, GLBIMR Greater Noida, has collaborated with two internationally acclaimed corporate leaders as the adjunct faculty members. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe institute has also empanelled Dr Alain Boge-a reputed international faculty who has visited many recognised universities of Asia and Europe. Dr Alain, Professor at University of Jean Moulin Roubaix (France), who previously worked as the CEO at BGM Internationals, will be conducting 30-hours module on International Business. Ashish Patel, a distinguished financial expert, Director- Morgan Franklin Consulting (Washington D.C, USA), formerly senior vice president in the Bank of America, has been roped in as an adjunct faculty to conduct extensive 30-hours module on Strategic Management.last_img read more

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Country needs a more responsible sensitive govt at the Centre Mamata

first_imgItahar/Narayanpur (North Dinajpur): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said the people are fed up with a non-performing government at the Centre and the country needs a more responsible and sensitive government and not the one that creates division on the basis of religion.Addressing twin rallies at Itahar and Narayanpur respectively under Balurghat Lok Sabha constituency here on Tuesday afternoon, she said: “For the past five years, the people have seen this non-performing government. What India now needs is a responsible and sensitive government that will provide roti, kapra aur makaan.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe also added: “Two crore people have lost their jobs, farmers have committed suicide and small traders and businessmen have been ruined due to note ban and hasty implementation of the GST. Look at the Prime Minister for the past four-and-a-half years. He was busy travelling abroad,” she said. “India has never seen such a non-performing, humbug and publicity-crazy Prime Minister.” Banerjee said in 2014, Modi had introduced himself as a chaiwala and now he has become a chowkidar. “We do not need a chowkidar that protects only the interest of the rich.” She added that the BJP is spreading hate politics and are trying to confuse people. Reacting sharply to the procession of Ram Navami where weapons were carried by the participants, she said: “Only the Gods carry weapons which are used to kill the demons. But humans cannot carry weapons. Do they think themselves as Gods?” Banerjee also hit out at the RSS, saying the right-wing outfit had imbibed the “shopping mall culture”, in an apparent reference to its change in dress code. Last year, the RSS shed its 90-year-old dress code and khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. Continued on P7last_img read more

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Keep UptoDate With Business Tech

first_img 2 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Q:Computers, mobile phones and other technologies seem to be improving by the minute. How do I stay current with today’s ever-changing technology?A: The first step is to decide which technologies are most important to your company. Take a quick inventory of your needs and the technologies you use most around the office, why you use them and how you use them. This step will focus your research so you’re no longer trying to keep up with every piece of technology that hits the market. Some other tips:Read up. Technology and trade magazines, blogs and newsletters can keep you informed. Many trade magazines offer a technology section targeted to your industry. Sites like www.technorati.com also include product blogs and articles for business owners.Talk to a techie friend. Most of us know someone who works in the technology field or simply loves technology and is hip to new products. Ask this person to have coffee or lunch with you occasionally to catch up on technology trends.Ask other entrepreneurs. When you’re networking at events, bring up the topic of technology to learn what other entrepreneurs in similar industries are using at their companies. Another thing to consider is how current you really need to stay. In general, if the technology you have still works for you, you may not need to upgrade just yet.More SolutionsUpgrading Your IT EquipmentHow to Cut Tech CostsHow to Find IT Help Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 21, 2006last_img read more

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