Mandela statue to grace Union Buildings

first_img3 September 2013 South Africa will honour former president Nelson Mandela by unveiling a golden statue of him as the country marks the 100th anniversary of the Union Buildings in Pretoria in December. Making the announcement at a business briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said that work on the statue was at an advanced stage. Mandela was discharged from hospital in Pretoria on Sunday morning in order to continue receiving treatment for a respiratory illness at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. The Presidency said that the 95-year-old former statesman’s condition “remains critical and is at times unstable”, but that his team of doctors were convinced that he would receive the same level of intensive care at his home that he had been receiving in hospital. “We take this opportunity once again to wish Tata Madiba well as he recovers from home,” Mashatile said on Tuesday. “Even in sickness, Tata Madiba continues to unite our nation and remains an enjoining symbol of our freedom and democracy.” The imposing Union Buildings, part of the official seat of the South African government, are located at the northern end of Arcadia in Pretoria. Designed by British architect Sir Herbert Baker in 1908, construction of the Union Buildings began in 1909 and was completed almost three years later, in 1913. Approximately 1 265 artisans, workmen and labourers were involved in building the structure, using around 14-million bricks for the interior office walls, half-a-million cubic feet of freestone, 74 000 cubic yards of concrete, 40 000 bags of cement and 20 000 cubic feet of granite. On 10 May 1994, Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, and his deputy presidents were inaugurated at the Union Buildings, after the country’s first free elections, heralding the beginning of a new era in South Africa’s history. Source: read more

AgCredit forms Mission Fund

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgCredit — one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness — is pleased to announce the formation of the AgCredit Mission Fund.The Mission Fund will fund AgCredit’s Joe Leiser college scholarship program along with grants to organizations who meet the objective and focus of the fund. The grants will operate on an application-based system within the following four focus areas.Education — Educating young, beginning or future farmersEnvironment — Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environmentTechnology — Supporting the advancement and utilization of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural communitiesQuality of rural life — Programs, projects or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communitiesOrganizations may apply for grants up to $15,000 per year. Beginning in 2018, grant applications will be accepted annually from March 1 to Aug. 31. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of AgCredit directors, employees and members. Grants will be awarded by Dec. 31.“The AgCredit Mission Fund allows us an opportunity to invest in the future of agriculture and positively impact the quality of life in rural Ohio,” said Brian Ricker, AgCredit President and CEO. “We are very excited to form this fund and are thankful to our board for helping to set it up.”Priority for grants will be given to purposes benefitting the eighteen county AgCredit geographic area and secondarily to other counties in Ohio. For more information and to apply, please visit read more

Four Rules for This Disruptive Age

first_imgYou want certainty. You want to know that what you are doing is working now and will continue to work in the future. What you really want is a sustainable competitive advantage. But there is no longer any “sustainable” in competitive advantage. The last thing you can expect in this disruptive age is certainty.Here are four rules for this disruptive age.Be AgnosticYou might hate an idea. You might have tried some idea in the past and failed. You might hate some new process, some new methodology, or some new “new” thing. You’d be happier with the tried and true, predictable, repeatable process that ensures you work consistently and produce equally consistent results. Yeah, good luck with that.The first rule is to take new ideas where you find them.Be agnostic. Don’t reflexively judge ideas. The idea you hate might very well be the idea you need right now. There is no right or wrong idea. There are effective choices and ineffective choices. What was once ineffective might now be effective, and vice versa. So be agnostic.Be Flexible“But that’s the way we’ve always done it.”“This is the only way we do this for our clients.”Let not these words escape your lips!You live in a disruptive age. Guess what? Your clients live in this disruptive age, too.Just because you’ve done something a certain way in the past doesn’t mean that’s what you are going to deliver now—or in the future. You’re going to have to be especially flexible in delivering what your clients want.Be flexible in what you do, and be flexible in how you do it. If you want to retain your dream clients, this is what’s going to make that possible.Be AdaptiveThe more successful you are, the easier it is to become rigid. You might want to avoid the conflict and stress that accompanies change. But avoiding the conflict and stress that comes with change isn’t adaptive behavior; it’s mal-adaptive.Succeeding (or surviving even) requires that you face the challenges that confront you. You deal with the conflict, the stress, and the constraints head on. You attack them and adapt to your changing environment.Be open to new ideas. When new tools are developed, adopt them into your practice. When new methodologies are developed, explore them and find ways to incorporate what works in your sales game.Adapt.Be CourageousHave the courage to change. Embrace the change. It isn’t enough to accept that things are changing. That’s too passive. Those who survive and succeed are those with the courage to embrace the disruption.And it will take courage.QuestionsWhat’s changing in your world?What no longer works?What changes make you uncomfortable? How can you embrace those changes?What’s changing in your client’s world? How can you better serve them based on their new wants and needs?Who do you have to become to be more adaptive to change? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the scores tied at 114-114, Castro missed a long triple against the defense of J’Nathan Bullock but Rice was there to salvage the two points underneath giving TNT a 116-114 lead with 10 seconds left.“It was a hard-fought victory, and we knew all along that going into the series facing Rain or Shine we will have a hard time,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It just so happened we came out the better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRain or Shine had a chance to either win or tie the game but Bullock’s pass to Beau Belga went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.“The breaks of the game favored us in the end.” Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City There were 16 lead changes and 16 ties overall in the game but the final six minutes saw the lead change hands five times and the scores knotted up four times.One of those lead changes happened when Bullock put Rain or Shine up 114-112 at the 46-second mark after sinking two free throws.Castro then tied it at 114-114 from the stripe as well after Bullock fouled him with 41 seconds left in the game.Rice led all scorers with 34 points for TNT to go along 16 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro put up 20 points and 12 assists, with four happening in the fourth period.Bullock led the Elasto Painters with 30 points while Belga added 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second seeded KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and needed a strong finish in the do-or-die match to set up with a semis date with Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

The 10 Best Quotes From The Baylor-OSU Game

first_imgHere are some of the best quotes from the postgame in Saturday’s Baylor-OSU tilt.Mike Gundy on what lost it for OSU“This game’s pretty easy to see. You travel on the road, turn the ball over three times and then defensively you give up way too many big plays. We got away with that last week. We had two turnovers that cost us points and we gave up big plays and we were able to overcome it. But now you’re traveling down here and playing a good team, and when you’re moving the ball and you turn it over, you just shoot yourself in the foot and then when you give up big plays, when you have them backed up against the wall, it’s hard to beat a good team. It’s really pretty simple.”Gundy on why he was upset after the game“Right, yeah, I mean, I’m not going to try to hide it. You can tell by looking at me, and I told the team the same thing. You have to learn to take care of the ball and you have to learn to quit giving up so many big plays on defense. Pretty easy press conference for me.”Jim Grobe on why he went for it on his own 30“Honestly, you’re talking about the time we were backed up inside the 30-yard line? That was totally my fault. We go pretty fast offensively, especially if we’ve got a short yardage situation, and somehow I had clicked my headset the wrong way and I was yelling, “Punt the ball! Punt the ball! Punt the ball!” And KB (offensive coordinator Kendal Briles) goes so fast, that before I could run down and grab him, we had run the play. So you know, I’ve got to take total credit for that. That’s just a little switch on my battery pack, and if you’re not careful, if you touch that, it cuts your voice off. So I’m just casually saying, “Punt the ball, punt the ball,” and then I see we’re going to go for it and I start running down the sideline and couldn’t get to him. But KB was happy to go for it. He never minds going for it.”Yeah, OK.Glenn Spencer on his defense“Doesn’t feel good at all. Very frustrated. Gotta prepare ‘em better. I’ve been very disappointed in how we’ve played. “It’s just never-ending. It’s just four hours of just gut-wrenching hell.” [O’Colly | NewsOK]Mason Rudolph on the gameplan“We had so many long drives, man, gave our defense a chance to recover and game plan over on the sidelines and I think Coach Yurcich called an incredible game, a lot of successful runs, a lot of play action, a lot of different stuff. We’ve just got to finish when it counts and we’ll get better, though.”Jalen McCleskey on OSU/Baylor“I feel like we were the better team. To get so close and not be able to execute, I feel like this one was on us.” [O’Colly]More Spencer on his defense“It’s a long season. We gotta make sure we give it our best to come back next week and have a chance to win a game. That’s all it’s about now: sticking together. Everybody’s broke. Everybody’s frustrated. We’ve just gotta go back to work. Figure out a way to win next week.” [O’Colly]Mike Gundy on Not being satisfied“I can pat you on the butt and tell you, ‘Good job and you played good against a team that’s ranked and so-and-so.’ That’s not the way I feel. I feel like we should have done a better job of coaching and we have to do a better job of playing so we can win these games, period.” [O’Colly]Seth Russell on Ish Zamora’s return from being suspended for beating a dog“That was huge. I knew he was going to step up. He’s a great football player and he showed that tonight. He’s another weapon to put in the offense, and he’s a great guy. He’s working hard. He never took any days off. When he was suspended, he never griped one day. He came out to work and it showed tonight.”Travon Blanchard on QB1 for OSU“It’s very important to get off the field. (Oklahoma State QB Mason) Rudolph, he’s a very smart quarterback. He has tremendous touch on his throws. He made a lot of really good, smart safe throws. We tried to show him a few different coverages, different looks and he was able to deliver. So luckily as a defense we were able to get the win and we also have a lot of points that we can emphasize, things that we can get better on, so that’s good for our defense.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


first_imgPhotographs from the 2005 National 18 Years and Under Championships are now available to view and purchase at Sporting Images took over 3000 for the event, a record number! Visit their website for all of the info. We would also like to thank Sporting Images for their service to us and their provision of photographs for our website.last_img

a month agoEx-Man Utd midfielder Hargreaves: Greenwood just like Van Persie

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd midfielder Hargreaves: Greenwood just like Van Persieby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood has compared to Robin van Persie by former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.Greenwood’s brilliant goal gave United a 1-0 win over Astana at Old Trafford on Thursday.And Hargreaves saw glimpses of former United striker van Persie in the 17-year-old.He said: “I think you have to take the positives on a night like this and the positives are that they kept a clean sheet and Mason Greenwood scored a stunning goal.”It reminded me a little bit of Robin van Persie, chopping inside onto that right foot and scoring a great goal.”I’m really happy for him because, as you saw (Bukayo) Saka for Arsenal, the night was all about the academies really.”They produced tonight for Arsenal and for Manchester United .” last_img read more

3 days agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheet

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheetby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZack Steffen was delighted with a first clean sheet for Fortuna Dusseldorf on the weekend.On-loan from Manchester City, Steffen has been superb for Fortuna this season – but hadn’t managed a clean sheet.That is until the weekend’s 1-0 win over Mainz.Steffen said, “Sometimes I like that when I have nothing to do. I’ll take that with me. I’m just totally happy and overjoyed that I finally did not concede a goal. That’s really good for me. “This is the credit of our defence. The guys did a great job. We finally showed that we can defend our goal when we totally concentrate for 90 minutes.” last_img read more

No, College Basketball Reporter, It Did Not Seem Like Kentucky Had 7 Players On The Floor vs. Auburn

first_imgA screenshot of a press conference transcript.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team made easy work of Auburn in this afternoon’s SEC Tournament semifinal game, blowing out the Tigers, 91-67. John Calipari’s squad held Bruce Pearl’s team to 33 percent shooting from the field, while making 56 percent of their own shots. It was a dominating performance in basically every facet of the game. Following the contest, a reporter asked Auburn’s K.T. Harrell if it felt like Kentucky had seven players on the floor. It did not. #math— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 14, 2015Math can be hard sometimes. Kentucky will play in the SEC Tournament championship game Sunday.last_img

Video: Philip Rivers Gave A Passionate Speech To NC State’s Players

first_imgPhilip Rivers talks to Geno Smith before a game.CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:last_img