Birmingham City are ready to sell Ben Foster for £4m, according to the Daily Mirror.QPR have previously been linked with a £5m bid for the former England international, who is one of several goalkeepers boss Mark Hughes is considering as a possible replacement for Paddy Kenny.Foster spent last season on loan at West Brom, who were hoping to buy him this summer, but Rangers are tipped to sign him.Several papers report the news that John Terry, who has been nursing a hamstring strain, is likely to be fit for England’s Euro 2012 match against France, but his Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole is struggling with a stomach bug.Meanwhile, The Independent suggest Chelsea have not given up hope of building a new stadium on the Battersea Power Station site despite losing out on preferred bidder status to Malaysian developers.And the Daily Mail say Fulham are interested in St Etienne’s Romanian defender Banel Nicolita.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The freedom that we celebrate today is a precious gift bequeathed to us by leaders such as Ahmed Kathrada, says Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela.Ahmed Kathrada’s quest for a great South Africa did not end after the advent of democracy. He continued serving the country as a political adviser to President Nelson Mandela after 1994. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Johannesburg, Wednesday 29 March 2017 – “The nation will always remember struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada as a hero and freedom fighter, but mostly for his magnanimous and selfless sacrifices for a free, just and democratic South Africa,” said Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela.Fondly known as ‘uncle Kathy’ to South Africans, the former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada who is being laid to rest today – passed away at age 87 in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg.Kathrada spent 26 years in jail,18 of which on Robben Island – after being convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, with hard labour, alongside Mandela, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba and Elias Motsoaledi during the Rivonia Treason trial.He was released from prison on 15 October 1989, at the age of 60. In 1994, Kathrada was elected as a member of parliament for the ANC, and served as Parliamentary Counsellor to President Nelson Mandela until 1999.“The freedom that we celebrate today is a precious gift bestowed to us by leaders like ‘uncle Kathy’. South Africa has lost one of its greatest leaders – an honourable man who represented peace and justice for all. In honour of his memory and to celebrate his legacy, all South Africans should strive to make our country better by protecting the freedom that so many who came before us fought for and died for.“We wish to express our most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of struggle hero. We share in your mourning, and hope you find comfort in the tributes pouring in from the nation and the world,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Take Advantage of Yelp’s Tools For BusinessesWe mentioned a couple of tools that Yelp has made available to businesses, such as the ability to respond to reviewers. Business owners can find that and more at the site’s business portal, found at biz.yelp.com. From there, you can claim a business listing, add informative details and unlimited photos to it, and establish rewards for customers who check in to your establishment via Yelp. They also publish a weekly email newsletter containing tips and best practices for using the site. It’s been a few years since Yelp launched, but despite proliferatingcompetition, the user-generated business reviews site isn’t going anywhere. For some local businesses, it’s a blessing. For others, the very public, sometimes brutal candor of their customers can be a lot to swallow.Like it or not, social media has empowered customers to call it like they see it and businesses have no choice but to join the conversation. So how can a small, local business make the most of Yelp and its often passionate community? We talked to Luther Lowe, Yelp’s Manager of Local Business Outreach and he shared a few pointers.Don’t Try to Influence ReviewsLet’s be honest: Business owners are used to being in control. When you bought an ad in your local newspaper (remember those?), you could work with the ad sales rep to define exactly the message you wanted the public to see. If somebody thought your service sucked, the worse they could do was gripe to a friend or tell you to your face. Now, those customers collectively have a megaphone that’s arguably even bigger than the one the local paper used to hold.As tempting as it is, business owners shouldn’t try to directly influence the reviews of their establishment on Yelp, says Lowe.“Yelp is different than many other review sites in that we discourage review solicitation,” he says. “There’s only one way to truly influence your reviews on Yelp: a laser focus on customer service.”It’s Just a Negative Review. Don’t Freak Out.Nobody likes to hear negative things said about them. Unfortunately for businesses, most people don’t tend to treat them with the same politeness as they would a person with whom they’re speaking face-to-face. And sure, when somebody publicly trashes your business, it can sting.“No one is taking that negative review as seriously as you are,” says Lowe. “It is, after all, one person’s opinion.”Yelp offers business the means to respond to reviews in a direct, private message or publicly on the site. Lowe recommends starting with a cool-headed, diplomatic message to the dissatisfied customer and then seeing where things go from there.“Often, users will update their review and change it from a 2-star to a 4-star after being contacted by an apologetic-sounding business owner,” says Lowe.If that doesn’t work, well, it’s not the end of the world. Listen and LearnWhether reviews are good, bad or indifferent, they’re still the opinions and anecdotes of actual customers. Never before has so much insight been made so readily available to people who run businesses. Use this feedback to learn what your strengths and weaknesses might be. Improving on those weak points can only result in more satisfied customers – and more positive reviews.Says Lowe, “If ten people say your bread is stale, guess what: your bread is stale.”The information to be gleaned from Yelp isn’t limited to your own reviews, says Lowe. You can also use the site to conduct a competitive analysis and learn what your local rivals are doing to enamor – or enrage – their customers. Apply those lessons to your own business and watch it thrive. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#biz#How To Related Posts john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
You 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 Now
The Australian Mens Open team have sealed a thrilling 2-1 series victory over New Zealand after winning game three 5-4 in a drop off.The conditions somewhat improved for the commencement of the final game of the series and Jordan Marshall-King made the most of the better-quality surface to cut the defence apart to find Shaun Francis for the opener.Francis was at it again five minutes later this time in defence to deny the Kiwis right on the line after the hosts took an intercept and ran the length of the field. The Aussies recovered and again turned the Kiwis away.The Australians couldn’t convert a tough chance at the other end of the field when a tap back inside from James Shute couldn’t quite make it into the hands of Marshall-King who was certain to score. The Kiwis took full advantage levelling it up at 1 all through Raiki Willison.The scoring was free-flowing for remainder of the first half with Rob Nakhla’s try matched by another one from the Kiwis. When Hennessey and Marshall-King both scored for the Aussies the hosts found themselves two clear but a third to the Touch Blacks this time through Maurice Stone sent the teams into half time with a 4-3 scoreline.Conditions worsened after the break and whilst the scoring dried up the display of desperation from both sides was evident for all to see.Sean Law scored to level it back up at 4 all and the defensive effort from the Australians in the final minutes turned the Kiwis away time and time again to send it into a drop off to decide the Mens series.With the match in the balance and the Aussies pressing the Kiwis line the ball made its way into the hands of Dylan Hennessey who found an unmarked Scott Bundy for the match and series winning try.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal make opening bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have tabled a bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.The Costa Rica international is determined to leave Real after being dumped for summer arrival Thibaut Courtois this season. Despite his three Champions League titles, Keylor has been benched by Santiago Solari since he replaced Julen Lopetegui as coach.Okdiario says Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring Keylor to London, where he sees him as ideal competition for Bernd Leno.And a first offer of €13m has already been tabled to Real for the keeper.Any move is likely to see Petr Cech seek an immediate departure next month.
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi confirms they’re seeking new investmentby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves chairman Jeff Shi says the club are seeking money from investors.Chinese group, Fosun International, bought Wolves in 2016 for £45m and have invested huge funds to take the club from the Championship to the Premier League.After qualifying for the Europa League this season, Shi says Wolves want to continue improving.”We welcome any new partnership, new funding, new sponsorship to help us, to grow together with us,” he told China Global Television Network.”And to push the club to a high level in the future.”Shi added that Wolves that the club hope to redevelop Molineux over the next three to four years in order to expand the capacity to 46,000. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Matthijs de Ligt admits confidence knocked at Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt admits his confidence has taken a hit since leaving Ajax for Juventus.The defender, 20, has had a slow start to his Juve career.”I’m still not at my best, I know that,” he said after Netherlands’ 2-1 win in Belarus yesterday.“The more I play, the more I’ll get there. What I can do is keep working hard, doing my best and learning from my teammates.“At Ajax I felt a sense of invincibility. Now I feel less so, but it’s natural. I have a little less confidence than I did last season.“I’m at a new club, with a new style of play and new teammates. For me, it’s all new. It’s less familiar than at Ajax, but I’m getting better and better.”
OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne (left). Credit: Courtesy of OSU“Small but mighty” might be the most fitting adage to describe Ohio State softball player Alex Bayne. Despite standing a mere 5-foot-5, the redshirt junior is currently leading her team in home runs and RBIs after three weekends of play.“She’s a monster in the weight room,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly.Bayne, a Texas native, played her freshman year at Marshall University in West Virginia but said she did not find her fit in the team and culture. After visiting a friend at OSU, she fell in love with the community and decided to transfer.“I saw the team was having open tryouts, and I was lucky enough for them to want me to come on,” Bayne said.Schoenly already envisioned Bayne, who took a year off from playing in 2014, as a great addition to the team prior to tryouts.“She pestered me over email for seven months, saying, ‘Coach, I want to try out for the team,’” Schoenly said. “After, she came into my office and had zero expectations. She was willing to do whatever we needed her to do.”This conversation showed Schoenly the type of selfless player the outfielder was — and continues to be — as she steps into a larger leadership role this season.“My close friends last year were the leaders, and I just followed in their footsteps and communicated with my coaches about what they and my team need out of me,” Bayne said.Bayne, who studies strategic communication, was given the OSU Sportsmanship Award in 2015, in addition to being named a scholar-athlete. Because of her natural leadership skills, her teammates nominated her to be a captain despite having just a lone season donning the scarlet and gray. Senior teammate Maddy McIntyre, who ultimately earned the captain role, indicated her enthusiasm about what Bayne continues to bring to the team.“Bayne has kind of taken it to a new level this year. She’s really stepped up into a leadership role,” McIntyre said. “She’s just the embodiment of empathy and so mature beyond her years.”Like McIntyre, Schoenly also described Bayne as lighthearted and commended her incessant dedication to the team.“She’s never going to leave anybody out. She’s a part of every group on the team,” Schoenly said, mentioning how Bayne will offer to give teammates rides or help the pitchers out at any chance she gets.Schoenly also recalled a game against Nebraska last season when Bayne’s commitment first started to show.“I put her in to pinch hit and she hit a double. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to keep her in,’ and then she hit another double,” Schoenly said.Within two weeks, Bayne had earned a starting position, and by the end of the season, she was hitting .375 with 17 RBIs.“A few games after Nebraska, she hit two home runs against Ohio University,” Schoenly said. “Because of her commitment to the process, she was more than ready for the opportunity.”Those two home runs were just the beginning of the slugger’s ascension to being one of the Buckeyes’ most dominant and consistent hitters. As she takes on a starting role, Bayne said she wants to focus on what her team needs rather than being only a big hitter.“Hopefully, I can continue to keep doing what I’ve been doing, but I’m not trying to think too big,” Bayne said. “Just bat on ball.”McIntyre laughed when asked what she expects from Bayne as the season moves forward.“If she could hit three home runs every weekend, we would love that,” she joked. Regardless of whether Bayne actually hits three home runs per weekend, she said she plans to keep supporting her teammates no matter what happens. “I just want to be there for my team through the ups and downs of it all,” she said.Bayne is planning to use her fifth year of eligibility on the diamond to attend OSU for graduate school, where she hopes to prepare for a career in either a communication program at a university or an athletics public relations firm.To Schoenly, who praised her player’s outlook on life, Bayne is the precedent for the younger players when it comes to making the most out of any opportunity.“She has this ‘I’m not taking anything for granted’ attitude,” Schoenly said. “She is really competitive, though.”Right now, Bayne’s competitive edge is the epicenter of the Buckeyes’ dynamic start to the season. The Scarlet and Gray are 9-4 with a chance to bolster that mark during a four-game stint in Tempe, Arizona, beginning Friday. When asked about whether her choice to come to OSU was the right one, Bayne’s eyes lit up as she started to grin.“It’s been one of the best decisions of my life,” she said.