Boomer Sooner: Tide QB Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma

first_imgBy yesterday Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. Thirteen months ago, Hurts was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman. In the 2018 national title game, with Alabama down big at halftime against Georgia, Tagovailoa replaced him and led the Crimson Tide to victory. Tagovailoa then beat out Hurts for the starting job heading into this past season and finished second in the Heisman voting. Hurts finished the season with 765 yards passing and 167 yards rushing. In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts answers questions during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) “Could not be more impressed with Jalen Hurts, how he handled that,” Riley said as Oklahoma prepared to face Alabama in the playoff last month. “Big fan of that kid and how that entire situation was managed.”center_img Riley will get to know Hurts a lot better soon: The quarterback announced Wednesday in a story in the Players’ Tribune that he will transfer to Oklahoma. He will be available immediately as a graduate transfer.“So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board. Y’all don’t know me yet… but just for now, to introduce myself: I’m a motivated coach’s son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball,” Hurts wrote.Hurts leaves Alabama with 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns passing and 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. If he starts for the Sooners in their wide-open offense, more huge numbers are possible. If so, he will follow in the footsteps of Kyler Murray, another dual threat maestro who is currently deciding whether to play in the NFL or Major League Baseball. Murray waited his turn behind future No. 1 NFL draft pick Baker Mayfield, then delivered the second-most efficient passing season in FBS history while rushing for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.Riley’s short history with transfers is spectacular.Murray transferred from Texas A&M before winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma this past season. Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech before winning the Heisman at Oklahoma in 2017. Neither was very efficient in their stops before playing for Riley.Hurts could be next in line to make a dramatic leap.“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead,” he said. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many quarterbacks do these days. Instead, he stuck it out and delivered a moment for the ages. After Tagovailoa went down with an injured ankle during the SEC title game against Georgia, Hurts rallied the Crimson Tide to victory. Hurts should help Oklahoma smooth its transition from Murray at quarterback. Last year’s backup, Austin Kendall, is expected to transfer. Tanner Mordecai, a freshman last season, is the only quarterback currently on scholarship for the Sooners. Five-star recruit Spencer Rattler, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2019, is committed to the Sooners.Hurts has a special place in Alabama history. When he graduated with a degree in public relations, he got a standing ovation as he walked across the stage.“And to my Bama family, once again, THANK YOU — for everything. It’s been a great three years. I’ll love you until the end of time!” he said.___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: AP college football: and read more

Ghana’s government faces pushback in bid to mine biodiversity haven for bauxite

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Governance, Insects, Mammals, Mining, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by terna gyusecenter_img Ghana’s Atewa Forest Reserve is home to dozens of endangered species — as well as a substantial bauxite deposit.Environmental impact assessments have not been completed, and conservationists and local communities reject the plan as a threat to the reserve, which is a noted biodiversity hotspot.The government claims it can mine the forest with minimal damage, yielding 150 million metric tons of bauxite that it will use to pay for a national infrastructure program. ACCRA — “Beginning now, the full-scale exploitation of Ghanaian bauxite resources will commence,” Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said last June. “I am satisfied by what I have been told and what has been demonstrated to me that it is possible for us to get that red matter out without disturbing the wildlife that there is in the Atewa mountains.” The president may be satisfied, but environmentalists and concerned residents in and around Atewa are not.On Jan. 13, Ghanaian environmental NGO A Rocha Ghana went to court in a bid to stop the mining project. Supported by 20 other civil society organizations, A Rocha’s suit claims that mining bauxite in Atewa will violate Ghanaians’ rights to a clean and healthy environment and the protection of the environment for future generations.Chocolate-backed Kingfisher: one of 155 bird species found in the Atewa Forest Reserver. Image by Nik Borrow via Flickr (CC BY-NC-2.0)A treasure of biodiversityThe Atewa forest, 95 kilometers (59 miles) northeast of the capital, Accra, spans 725 square kilometers (280 square miles). Ranging in elevation from 230 to 845 meters (750 to 2,700 feet), the reserve supports a variety of different habitats, including more than 650 species of plants and a rare upland forest ecosystem. The forest is also the source for the Birim, Densu and Ayensu rivers, which provide water for some 5 million people, including residents of the capital.Though Atewa is designated a production forest and has been logged in the past, it is home to many vulnerable and endangered species. The white-naped mangabey (Cercocebus lunulatus) is found here, and what may be the last viable population of the critically endangered Togo slippery frog (Conraua derooi). Among 155 bird species recorded in the reserve are the brown-cheeked hornbill (Bycanistes cylindricus) and the Nimba flycatcher (Melaenornis annamarulae). The reserve also hosts 17 species of rare butterflies, half of which are found nowhere else in Ghana, including the African giant swallowtail (Papilio antimachus), with a wingspan of up to 23 centimeters (9 inches). New species continue to be found here, such as the endemic Atewa dotted border (Mylothris atewa), a butterfly recorded nowhere else, and a new species of hooded spider, Ricinoides atewa.There are about 30 communities — around 50,000 people — in the area. Most residents grow cacao alongside food crops. They also enter the forest in search of bushmeat, snails, honey, mushrooms, and wild fruit.This is where the state-owned Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC) is determined to develop a bauxite mine as part of a massive $2 billion infrastructure deal.Hollow promises of protectionIn July 2018, Ghana’s parliament approved an agreement with China’s Sinohydro Corporation Limited to build infrastructure projects including roads, hospitals, landfill sites, and industrial parks. The Master Project Support Agreement will also see the electricity grid extended to more rural communities. Ghana is to pay for these with $2 billion worth of refined bauxite.Thirty-five kilometers of roads have already been constructed in Atewa, linking 53 test drill sites. Map courtesy Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape.In June 2019, GIADEC started clearing access roads to the summit of the Atewa forest to allow test drilling for bauxite deposits it believes amounts to 150 million to 180 million metric tons.The plan to mine in Atewa has been strenuously opposed by environmentalists and local communities. In 2018, NGOs and faith groups walked the 95 km from the forest to the capital to protest the mining plans. More recently, a group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape organized a shorter march. Carrying placards reading “Save Atewa Forest Now” and “Atewa is our heritage,” the protesters marched 9.5 km (6 mi) from the forest to the local municipal seat in Kyebi on Jan. 21.“GIADEC had entered the forest to explore and had drilled 53 points where the mining will take place, with the claim that the mining would take place in the northern part of the forest which will not affect the southern part,” Oteng Adjei, the leader of the group, told journalists. “Interestingly, the water table at the specific place being referred to is such that when you dig 3 meters [10 feet] deep, you will meet water. The bauxite is 6 meters deep [20 feet] and beyond, so the obvious conclusion is that the water will be reached before the bauxite is extracted.”The company insists it will mine the bauxite in such a way that the forest will not be damaged.At a press conference in Accra on Dec. 4 last year, GIADEC’s chief executive officer, Michael Ansah, said a “strip mining approach” would help to reduce noise, dust and the mining footprint.“There are examples of industry best practices where forest reserves have been mined and successfully rehabilitated and GIADEC will draw upon these examples to ensure minimal impact to the environment and the local communities,” he said. “One example where the bauxite mining has been done in a sustainable manner is the jarrah forest in Western Australia.”He said GIADEC would restrict mining near water bodies in the Atewa forest, as well as carefully remove and preserve topsoil for the preservation of the flora and fauna for later rehabilitation of the mining site.Asked about an environmental and social impact assessment for the proposed mine, Ansah told Mongabay that companies that would be awarded the contract to mine the bauxite would be engaging with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ghana Water Resources Commission to do the impact assessment — a key requirement before mining can begin. He confirmed that test drilling has been done and that he expects the companies that will be contracted to mine the forest to be selected before the end of March 2020.“So, who gave GIADEC the permission to enter the Atewa forest and conduct the test drilling?” said Francis Emmanuel Awotwi, a lecturer at the University College of Agricultural and Environmental studies at Bunso, also in the Atewa enclave. Under Ghanaian law, one has to submit a work plan, site and concession plan before a prospecting permit can be granted.Awotwi said he was also unconvinced by GIADEC’s claim that strip mining will protect ecosystems in Atewa.He said the same approach is currently being used at Awaso, in western Ghana, and the outcome has been devastating. There, Awotwi said, the Awa River has been destroyed by the bauxite operations in the area, and people there can’t harvest rainwater because of the dust, adding that many of them are also suffering from respiratory diseases.Regarding the reference to mining in Australia’s jarrah forest, protest leader Adjei pointed out that the rehabilitation model from Western Australia is irrelevant here. “There are hundreds of different type of tree species and animals in the Atewa forest which can only survive in a natural habitat and GIADEC hasn’t shown any effort or roadmap towards preserving them, while it prepares to start the mining operation,” he added.The state-owned aluminium company says it can mine Atewa with damaging it, but conservationists are unconvinced. Image courtesy A Rocha Ghana.Unnecessary sacrificeAwotwi says the estimated 700 million metric tons of bauxite deposits at the Nhyinahin forest reserve alone could produce the $2 billion needed for the Sinohydro deal, without touching the Atewa forest. “We have always known that there is bauxite at Atewa, but governments have come and gone and nobody has touched Atewa because it is a very sensitive area ecologically.”Nhyinahin is part of the Tano-Offin Forest Reserve, in the Ashanti Region. But here, too, there is resistance to bauxite mining. Traditional leaders in the district have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to halt the proposed mining operations, citing lack of consultation from GIADEC.Communities around Atewa have also rejected the assurances being given by GIADEC.“We don’t live in a dreamland anymore and we are not 17th-century Ghanaians,” said Emmanuel Tabi, a local assembly representative. “Where is the environmental impact assessment? What is the roadmap? Let them be serious so that we will take them serious. They can’t just throw anything at us.”Tabi said he fears the worst for people whose livelihoods depend on the forest. “The Atewa Forest Reserve defines our livelihood. So, if anything should happen to the forest, the rainfall pattern will change and our livelihood also change. It will affect everybody living along the line and it is therefore important that the forest is reserved,” he said.Tabi has called on the president, who also comes from the Atewa area, to cancel the proposed mining project and instead turn the forest into a national park.“Nobody is saying that bauxite mining is not good or it won’t give employment or it won’t give Ghana government money,” he said, “but we believe that whatever we will get out of bauxite mining as at today, we equally beg that if we do the alternative, we will get several times what we will get and that will help Ghana today and Ghana tomorrow.”Local assembly representative Emmanuel Tabi: ‘if anything should happen to the forest, the rainfall pattern will change and our livelihoods will also change.’ Image Awudu Salami for Mongabay.Banner image: Foothills of the Atewa forest range. Image by Ahtziri Gonzalez/CIFOR via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Jazz shut down Rockets for 118-91 victory

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “They were driving and kicking and being more active,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They were more athletic, getting to the rim. They just beat us in every which way they could.”the Rockets finished with eight turnovers in the quarter and gave up more points off turnovers (15) than they scored (11). Favors bookended Jazz baskets over three straight possessions with a dunk and a hook shot to give Utah its largest lead at 91-54.“They got off to a really good start in that third quarter,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “They made shots. We didn’t make shots. We made a couple of mental errors on defense and they capitalized.”Harden scored 15 points while Chris Paul and Clint Capela added 12 apiece for the Rockets. Houston (11-13) allowed an opponent to pull away in the second half for a second straight game after committing a season-high 22 turnovers and giving up a season-high 33 points off those turnovers.Utah adjusted well to Gobert’s early absence. The Jazz ripped off an 11-0 run to take a 27-16 lead near the end of the first quarter. Favors ignited the spurt with a pair of dunks. Dante Exum finished it off by slashing to the rim on back-to-back possessions for a pair of baskets.“The game is always going to throw you adversity,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s wrapped in different ways. The way that Derrick responded was terrific.TIP INSRockets: Michael Carter-Williams scored a season-high 13 points off the bench. . Houston totaled a season-low 11 third-quarter points. That also represented a season low for a Utah opponent. . The Rockets gave up more than 100 points for the 10th consecutive game.Jazz: Exum had a season-high 15 points. . Utah outscored Houston 16-4 in fast-break points and finished with a 70-42 advantage on points in the paint. . The Jazz improved to 7-2 when scoring at least 20 points off turnovers. They had a season-high 15 steals.PAUL HITS MILESTONE MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Chris Paul passed the 17,000 point mark with a driving layup in the final minute of the third quarter.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Dallas on Saturday.Jazz: Visit San Antonio on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) defends during the first half during an NBA basketball game Thursday Dec. 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — No Rudy Gobert proved to be no problem for the Jazz on defense.Utah smothered the Houston Rockets for the better part of four quarters en route to a 118-91 victory Thursday night. The Jazz pestered and pressed Houston into coughing up the ball repeatedly, especially after halftime. The Rockets gave up 22 turnovers and allowed Utah to score 33 points off them. Both were season highs for a Houston opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Kyrie Irving leads Celtics past Knicks for four straight wins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Derrick Favors stepped up in Gobert’s absence. Favors totaled a season-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench.“When Rudy went out, I had an opportunity to just go out and be aggressive and take advantage of the opportunity that was given to me,” Favors said. “That’s what I did and it paid off for me.”Joe Ingles added 18 points and six rebounds for the Jazz. Utah (13-13) won for the fourth time in five games to climb back to .500.Everything unraveled for Houston starting in the third quarter.The Jazz opened up the second half with a 15-2 spurt. Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder each scored a pair of baskets on Utah’s first four possessions to ignite the decisive run that gave the Jazz a 68-47 lead. Houston committed four turnovers in that stretch, leading to eight points for Utah.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Jazz played the bulk of the game without their starting center after Gobert was ejected less than three minutes into the game. He picked up his first foul on the opening tip. After picking up his second at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter, Gobert was tossed after swatting a paper cup off the scorer’s table in frustration.Gobert drew a $15,000 fine from league officials earlier in the week for criticizing the officiating crew following Utah’s 102-100 loss to Miami on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis response to the officials ended up being more subdued this time around.“I just came in to try to play basketball,” Gobert said. “Fouls were called and I had a stupid reaction. I think I can blame myself more than anything for that one.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Learn to cook the perfect Christmas dinner with chef Brian McDermott

first_imgShow off your cookery skills this Festive Season with a Christmas Cookery Demonstration by one of Ireland’s top chefs, Brian McDermott.Celebrity chef Brian will demonstrate how to master the perfect Christmas dinner at home.He will take the stress out of cooking the most important meal of the year with step by step recipes for the complete festive meal at home. The event at the Foyle Hotel in Moville includes lots of tips for preparation, cooking and serving plus wine & drink recommendations.With Top Tips, Spot Prizes, Mulled Wine & More, this promises to be a great night out!Venue: The Foyle HotelDate: Thursday 12th DecemberTime: 7.30pm – 10pmPrice: €20 per ticket – Book with our Reception Team* Recipe Booklet for all attendees * Spot prizes on the night* Mulled Wine on Arrival* Gift Shop on the Night with Vouchers, Chopping Boards, Knives, Aprons, Brian’s Award Winning Book – Have it signed & many moreThis will be a ticket event with tickets purchased in advance.Tickets are limited and available at hotel Reception, call our team on +353 (0) 749385280 or email [email protected] with tickets priced at only €20 Why not enjoy a pre-show Dinner Offer for Only €50 per couple including a two course meal & wine each. Book a table with our reception team *show starts at 7:30pmPlanning to stay the night?Our Overnight B&B Package is ONLY €99 for two people including TWO tickets to the Christmas Cookery Demo!Book Your Overnight Stay here: Contact Our TeamTo Book a ticket, dinner or an overnight stay please contact our reception team on +353749385280 or reply to this email.Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information on the event at www.foylehotel.ieLearn to cook the perfect Christmas dinner with chef Brian McDermott was last modified: November 28th, 2019 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:Brian McDermottchefChristmas Dinnerdemonstrationlast_img read more

Mayibuye planned a massive onslaught

first_imgThe innocent-looking truck was modified to include hidden storage compartments. The seating areas covered secret compartments used to smuggle a total of 40 tons of weapons into South Africa.(Images: Lucille Davie) The first page of the Operation Mayibuye document, which sets out the strategy for the operation.(Image: Operation Mayibuye, Wits University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Historical Papers research archive  William Cullen Library, Wits University  +27 11 717 1940 RELATED ARTICLES • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • MK: In pursuit of liberty • Travelling the Mandela Route Lucille DavieIn the early 1960s, the African National Congress (ANC) and its armed wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), planned to bring into South Africa 7 000 men and arms to fight the apartheid government, via air and sea. But instead, a much smaller operation took place: it brought in arms via a tourist truck, making 40 trips in all.The Africa Hinterland Camping Safaris truck has been recovered and is now parked at its final destination: Liliesleaf in Rivonia, which had been the headquarters of MK for two years. This is where the security police swooped in and netted the top echelons of the ANC in July 1963. The result was the Rivonia Trial, in which eight men were sentenced to life imprisonment, including Nelson Mandela.They also found Operation Mayibuye, the blueprint for armed resistance in the country. The eight-page document was lying on the table when the police drove up the driveway. Govan Mbeki gathered up the plan, and together with other papers, stuffed them up the chimney of the small stove in the room.But the police retrieved this document and hundreds of others, which were used as proof that MK – which means “spear of the nation” – was planning sabotage. The Rivonia trialists were charged with this crime. A massive onslaughtPage three of the document reads: “In the initial period when for a short while the military advantage will be ours, the plan envisages a massive onslaught on pre-selected targets which will create maximum havoc and confusion in the enemy camp and which will inject into the masses of the people and other friendly forces a feeling of confidence that here at last is an army of liberation equipped and capable of leading them to victory.”The 7 000 men would be brought in by ship or air, “armed and properly equipped in such a way as to be self-sufficient in every respect for at least a month”. The Transkei in the Eastern Cape would receive 2 000 men, as would Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal and the north-eastern Transvaal, now called Mpumalanga. Some 1 000 men would be deployed to the north-western Cape.Departments were to be established, with the function of studying and submitting detailed reports and plans, among which would be points along the coast where men and supplies could be landed; the location of airstrips and airfields; the location of everything from police stations to power stations; and the population distribution; as well as the main crops in areas around the country. Africa Hinterland truckBut of course it never happened. The high command of MK was jailed and the ANC took a huge knock. Instead, almost 20 years later a Bedford truck was re-fashioned to become the Africa Hinterland truck. It took up to nine months to create secret spaces beneath its long passenger benches to be used to store weapons.It was used between 1986 and 1993 to transport weapons to MK units inside the country. The operation fooled the security police who never for a moment suspected that the truck they were waving through the border, contained a ton of weapons each time. Trips were made from Nairobi in Kenya to Johannesburg and Cape Town, giving tourists an overland safari experience. In 1990, the operation moved to Johannesburg, making the trip to the Okavango Swamp in Botswana, through to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, where the weapons were loaded, and back down to Joburg.In all, some 40 tons of weaponry were brought into the country by this means over seven years. The weapons were used for sabotaging selected spots across the country.Nelson Mandela writes in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom: “Our strategy was to make selective forays against military installations, power plants, telephone lines and transportation links; targets that would not only hamper the military effectiveness of the state, but frighten National Party supporters, scare away foreign capital, and weaken the economy. This we hoped would bring the government to the bargaining table.”In fact, the strategy began in the early 1960s and lasted until the Rivonia arrests in mid-1963. It was taken up again in the mid-1980s, and lasted until the release of Mandela in 1990. Man of ideasThe man behind the idea was draughtsman and exile Rodney Wilkinson, who suggested that hidden compartments be constructed beneath the seats of the overland tourist trucks. Enterprising South African Communist Party (SACP) member Mannie Brown, a banned South African exiled in England and a friend of Joe Slovo, took up the idea with enthusiasm and established a company in London called Africa Hinterland.Once the weapons reached South Africa, they were distributed across the country and buried, sometimes for quite a long time, says David Brown, son of Mannie. The caches gave the ANC a sense of strength when going into negotiations with the apartheid government in the early 1990s, he adds.David has made a documentary of the travels of Africa Hinterland, entitled The Secret Safari, which can be seen while sitting in the truck at Liliesleaf. It recounts the impressions of different drivers over the years, and tourists who took the tours.One of those drivers was 19-year-old Stuart Round from Nuneaton, Warwickshire in England.Round told The Guardian in 2001 that he learned how to work the truck’s secret compartments, and he got training in counter surveillance, for instance, how to raise the alarm if he was being followed. Then he got his driving licence. He says in the movie that he was “very, very apprehensive” at the thought of carrying the weapons, which included AK47s and ammunition, Makarov pistols, grenades and limpet mines, and TNT.But he was good at the job – he made eight trips altogether, and by 1991 Africa Hinterland was one of the best safari companies around. The vehicle was never stopped and searched. It closed shop in 1992 when  Mannie Brown established Rainbow Tours, a tour company. He died in 2003.Round went back home, and only told his parents in 2001 that he had been a gun runner for the ANC. They were pleased to hear it. “While I was driving, it had 100% of my effort. I’ll never put as much into anything again, and nothing will demand it of me. I’ve done nothing since in terms of political activity. I’ve done my bit,” he told The Guardian. Loading the weaponsLoading the weapons into the secret compartments was the hardest part of the job – they had to be wrapped and stashed carefully. Once in South Africa, drivers had to find a remote place, dig a hole and bury the weapons, then mark the spot in some way, either with a nail in a tree, or paint a nearby rock.Interestingly, the Bedford on display at Liliesleaf Farm was taken to Truck Farm, a truck workshop north of Pretoria, in the late 1980s to be lengthened for use as a tourist truck. The owner of Truck Farm was Witold Walus, the brother of Janus Walus, who later killed SACP leader Chris Hani. Walus is serving a life sentence for the murder.In 2001, the truck was sent to the South African Museum of Military History in Saxonwold, Joburg, where it remained until 2005. It was returned to David Brown, who offered it to Liliesleaf.last_img read more

Cisco Gets Presence – Video Crucial To Collaboration Play

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… But competition means a wholly different thing these days. Competitors are collaborators, too. Cisco’s software collaboration tools will eventually integrate with Microsoft Sharepoint, Oracle and other document management environments like Documentum. Cisco Quad will also eventually wok with Google’s OpenSocial.Prosumer VideoIt’s perhaps the Flip camera integration that reflects most about Cisco’s foray into the social technology landscape.Video is core to the Cisco mission, complementing its dominance in the networking space. Video bolsters use of the network, making the Flip camera a tool to strengthen Cisco’s data services. In some respects the Flip is like a loss leader, acting as the means for delivering data to the network.Cisco sees video as a core collaborative exercise. It is increasingly used as a means for providing context, be it personal or for showing products. Prosumer Video includes a new online video workspace called FocalPoint and a new camera designed for business use: the four-hour Flip MinoPRO camcorder. The Focal Point service is designed for groups to share video over a cloud-based network. Its an end-to-end secure network. The Flip, like all previous models, has its editing software built-in to the camera.Cisco WebEx Connect 6.5Cisco WebEx Connect is now in the browser, making it a fully accessible IM environment. It’s like GTalk or any other browser-based IM service. It’s localized now for several languages. Logs can be compiled for purposes of compliance. Jabbr makes the latest update of most interest. Developers may now integrate Jabbr into Web application with Cisco’s Ajax XMPP library. That’s a step for Cisco into the murky and shifting currents that come with building a developer community.How Cisco builds a developer community is a big question mark. Murali Sitarem has lead the effort for Cisco’s enterprise collaboration development. It has been a two year process, marked recently by the acquisition of Tandberg. It’s acquisitions like that of Tandberg and Jabbr that Sitarem says will be the key to building a developer community. Sitarem says the company will see systems integrators and developers with deeper IT experience. But from our view, Cisco will have to provide incentives, which they appear to be doing. Their recruitment program gives fresh technology graduates from the top engineering schools the option of working on any project they wish when joining Cisco. Recruiting young people makes sense as they are digital natives who inherently understand the social networks that stand as models for today’s enterprise social technology initiatives.But how is Cisco going to make it appealing to attract a wide network of developers? The answer may come with Jabbr and Tandberg. But it will take a lot more to build a developer community. A network is not born overnight. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Cisco has launched its own enterprise collaboration platform that puts it in league with multiple other providers that are here in force at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston this week.Cisco’s collaboration suite is focused on video and instant messaging. “Presence,” is baked into all aspects of the service, which distinguishes it apart in this increasingly crowded space.The collaborative environment has three core components:Cisco Quad is a collaborative service that will be available later this year.Cisco Prosumer Video integrates Cisco FocalPoint, an online video workspace with a business-class Cisco Flip MinoPRO camcorder.Cisco WebEx Connect IM is now browser-based with capabilities for integrating the IM service into third-party web applications.There’s an interesting thread that flows through this news that reflects on the overall networking space. Video is a driver for networking traffic. It will continue to be a major aspect of overall network traffic in the enterprise.Cisco is facing this market opportunity by offering collaboration services and devices that connect to the network. Hewlett-Packard will continue to offer devices that complement its network infrastructure. The Palm acquisition provides HP with its own Web OS and the tablets and other device to go with it. As the Web continues its march into the enterprise, we expect that this combination will be a part of how HP and companies like Cisco approach the market.For the purposes of the E2.0 conference, let’s take a look at the Cisco strategy to gain a bit of insight into how the landscape is shaping for one of the giants of the networking world.Cisco QuadA core tenant of Cisco Quad is its cross-integration with the company’s voice and video business. Cisco’s goal is to make video a communication that is as easy as video. it includes an activity stream and other standards that we are seeing emerge. For example, people may use Quad as a microbloging tool for internal use. Messages can go to Twitter, too. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Altimeter Group’s analyst Ray Wang compares Cisco’s efforts to unified strategies from other major players in the space. Project Vulcan is an IBM initiative launched earlier this year: alex williamslast_img read more

How to Be More Competitive in Sales Now

first_img 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 Now We don’t often speak to the fact that selling is a form of competition. In a contest measured by the value the salesperson creates, there is a winner and a loser. The victory often goes to the salesperson and sales organization who can solve the client’s problem, the best of whom solve the problem before it’s a problem. We give to little attention to the need to more competitive in sales now, with most people merely going through the motions, doing their job, hoping to win. This is how to be more competitive in sales now.Competition to DisplaceRight now, your competitors are calling on your existing clients. Some of these competitors pose a threat to the future of your relationship. Even if you delude yourself into believing your competitors are all terrible, their results likely prove different. Your competition intends to displace you, removing you from the relationship altogether, and taking the business for themselves and their company. Sometimes they achieve their goal, and you lose business.You know this is true because you are calling on companies that belong to your competition. You are trying to take your competitor’s clients from them, making you a threat to your competitor and their business. Both you and your competitor are both susceptible to being displaced when you are apathetic, complacent, or entitled. You also lose when you stop creating the value that won you the business in the first place.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchBecause selling has moved in the direction of creating displacements, the strategies and tactics for doing so have improved to the point where more salespeople and sales organizations are capable of creating a displacement without having to wait for the client to be dissatisfied enough to change. Instead, the salesperson and their teams create the environment for displacement and compel change. Even though many sales organizations haven’t adopted these practices (we are slow to make difficult transitions), there tends to be some in every industry.Retention as CompetitionRetention is also a competition. It is difficult to grow sales while losing clients and customers. It is difficult to get out of a hole while you continue to dig. You are competing to keep your clients, and there are two ways to prevent being displaced: Execution and New Value.Execution: If you don’t execute well, you open the possibility of being displaced. If you can’t produce the outcome you sold, your client is going to have no choice but explore relationships with someone who can. Retention is one part execution.New Value: The best way to avoid being apathetic, complacent, and entitled is to create new value for your client. To create new value, you have to develop and win a new opportunity or create some change that improves the result you are producing—or forms an improvement in some other way.If you don’t execute and create new value, there are plenty of people who will.Competition for New EntrantsSometimes you compete for a client who is buying what you sell for the first time. These prospective clients have no existing relationship and are exploring their options. The competition here is in some ways easier because you don’t have to remove a person and company with a long history of working together. It is also in some ways more difficult because your prospective client often lacks an understanding of what you sell, the choices available to them, and the trade-offs and concessions they are making without really understanding them.There is one winner in these contests. In mature markets, there are not too many of these contests, and the winner can keep a client for years before their new client ever considers changing, making the stake high for all who compete.ConsequencesThere are rewards for winning and consequences for losing. Some believe it impolite to speak about the rewards and the consequences of winning and losing. They prefer not to think of selling in terms of contests or winning and losing. Some believe that the idea of competition breeds terrible behaviors, and maybe for the segment of the population already in possession of low moral intelligence, that could be true. However, in more cases, competition compels good sales behaviors, as far more salespeople have high moral intelligence and do not possess a “whatever it takes” attitude when that means giving up their integrity and reputation.The consequences of losing contests are many. When you are displaced, you lose the revenue, the profit, some part of the relationship, and the financial rewards you would have earned had you retained them. Your company also lost the financial rewards, but they might also have lost a strategic client, a reference for future acquisitions, reputation, and in some cases, market share.In business, some competitions create a disruptive in the market, displacing and harming a whole industry, as Uber and Lyft have done to the taxi industry in major cities (something that happens to industries over time, and a threat this is difficult to discern if you are not of the mindset to disrupt yourself before it happens to you).How to CompeteBelieve It Is a Contest: To win a contest, you have to believe you are competing. It isn’t enough to show up. You have to possess a strong desire to win. When a contest has consequences, you have to bring your very best effort to the competition. You are not served by showing up, and there is no benefit of just doing your job. You have to play to win.Focus on Creating Greater Value: There is no reason to focus on your competitor. You cannot do anything about them or their approach, even if they always win by lowering their price. The way that you compete in a contest for a client’s business is in large part is creating greater value than your competitor. You win by being more valuable to your client than your competitor. You tilt the playing field in your direction when your dream client perceives more value.Create a Preference to Work With You: We don’t spend nearly enough time on this concept. Clients decide that they want to work with someone more than they want to work with someone else. When you lose, they decided they want to work with your competitor. Your approach to selling is a differentiator. So is your bedside manner, what it’s like to work with you. Your business acumen and situational knowledge also help position you as the right partner, as your competency creates trust. It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of intangibles.Make Every Interaction Count: If you believe you are making another sale call, you are not playing the game as well as you could. When you think you are engaged in a contest, a struggle where you win or lose, you treat each interaction as if it is critical to the outcome—because it is critical.Leverage Every Resource Available: It is a mistake not to engage with the people on your team who might help you win a deal. If you can, bring your leadership into the contest. If there are things you can do, like visiting their site and meeting with their teams to better understand their world, you do it. If you can invite them to your location for a whiteboard meeting to share ideas, make it worth their while to join you. Use every resource available to you to win.Sales is a competition, and you are a competitor. Even though we don’t talk enough about competing, winning means recognizing you are in a contest and playing to win.last_img read more

Commercial ‘artiste’ Sachin Tendulkar Gets Tax Break

first_imgSachin Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on an income of Rs 5,92,31,211 he earned from ESPN Star Sports, Pepsico and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05.Sachin Tendulkar, super God of cricket, has formally declared that he is an actor and not a cricketer. The,Sachin Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on an income of Rs 5,92,31,211 he earned from ESPN Star Sports, Pepsico and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05.Sachin Tendulkar, super God of cricket, has formally declared that he is an actor and not a cricketer. The excuse: he models for TV advertisements. In order to save tax of around Rs 2 crore on income derived from doing TV commercials, Tendulkar told the Income Tax tribunal that acting, not cricket, is his profession. The tribunal accepted that he is an artist on the grounds that “he has to use his own skills, imagination and creativity in the commercials”.Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on the income of Rs 5,92,31,211 that he earned from ESPN Star Sports, PepsiCo and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05. He had challenged the order of the Commissioner of Income Tax-Appeal (CIT-A), to pay up. In an order on May 20, the tribunal ruled that Tendulkar could claim deduction in tax on his income from modelling as he is an artist.Tendulkar had claimed deduction of tax under Section 80RR of the Income Tax Act. The section states that a person can claim tax deduction if he is a playwright, artist, musician, actor or sportsman and the income for which deduction is claimed is derived by him in the exercise of his profession.When the assessing officer asked Tendulkar to explain the nature of his profession, the master blaster submitted that “he is a popular model who acts in various commercials for endorsing products of various companies”. He further stated that the income derived by him from ‘acting’ had been reflected as income from “business and profession” whereas income from playing cricket was reflected as “income from other sources” since he is a non-professional cricketer. Tendulkar explained that the claimed deduction in tax was from the exercise of his profession as an ‘actor’.advertisementThe assessing officer rejected Tendulkar’s claim and looked up the dictionary for the meaning of the term ‘professional’. “It could be correct to say that playing cricket is the source of his livelihood and is therefore his profession,” the officer observed, adding that “if Sachin is not a cricketer, then who is a cricketer?” He noted that Tendulkar had received remuneration for providing a wide variety of services to these companies. The various activities mentioned in the agreement with these companies had nothing to do with his claim of being an actor. Therefore, the officer said, his claim was not justified. Tendulkar has an agreement with these companies for the use of the name, photo, original voice, clothing, footwear, playing product spokesman, personal and media appearances.”It is true that while appearing in ad films Tendulkar would have to dress in a certain way and would have to follow the script suggested by the director. However, that does not make him an actor. In all the advertisements in which he appears, what is highlighted is his personality as a cricketer. It is important to note that the company that wants Tendulkar to endorse its brand uses him because he is Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketing legend,” the officer noted.After his claim was rejected, Tendulkar submitted that he should be considered an ‘artist’ for the purpose of Section 80RR. He submitted that the meaning of ‘artist’ be read along with the several clauses of the endorsement agreements. However, the CIT-A did not buy this argument. He ruled: “Tendulkar is primarily involved in playing cricket and irrespective of whether he is a professional or not, it cannot be disputed that his profession is playing cricket. Tendulkar is not being paid for his activities as an actor or his performance as an artist. The nature and quality of his acting or performance as an artist would never have resulted in the contracts and payments made out to him.”Tendulkar appealed against this ruling to the tribunal. An earlier ruling by the tribunal allowing tax deduction to actor Amitabh Bachchan helped his case. In 2004, the tribunal had ruled that the income derived by Bachchan as a host of TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) was liable for deduction of tax under Section 80RR because he used his skills as an artist in the show.Asha Vijayaraghavan, judicial member of the tribunal, and R.K. Panda, accountant member, ruled: “While appearing in advertisements and commercials Tendulkar has to face the lights and camera. As a model he brings to his work a degree of imagination, creativity and skill to arrange elements in a manner that would affect human senses and emotions and to have an aesthetic value. No doubt, being a successful cricketer has added to his brand value as a model. But the fact remains that he has to use his own skills, imagination and creativity. Every sportsman does not possess that degree of talent or skill or creativity to face the lights and camera. The income received by him from modeling and appearing in TV commercials and similar activities can be termed as income derived from the profession of an artist.”advertisementTendulkar had also claimed deduction of Rs 57,969 towards staff welfare expenses that included expenses incurred on tea and snacks provided to his staff, Rs 50,000 each on account of entertainment expenses and telephone expenses and Rs 1,42,824 on account of car expenses. However, the tribunal dismissed these claims saying that the use of telephone, car and food was for him and his family.This is one act where the man who holds almost all the batting records in cricket has outdone himself.last_img read more

Ayoze Pérez’s late strike helps Newcastle add to Huddersfield worries

first_img Dwight Gayle missed a number of chances before Ayoze Pérez got the Newcastle winner. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters Read more Newcastle United “Huddersfield are well organised and dangerous on the counterattack,” said Benítez who, perhaps significantly, did not find a place on the bench for the previously influential but latterly out-of-sorts Mikel Merino. “But I told the players to stay calm and a chance would come.”When it did, it lifted Newcastle to 12th, seven points clear of the drop zone. Benítez’s side now have 35 points, four more than Huddersfield but Wagner remains optimistic that his team can also survive.“We wanted to frustrate Newcastle and minimise their chances,” said the German. “It was defensively one of our best performances and this gives me enough confidence for the future. But we deserved at least a point for the great defending and great attitudes my players have shown.”The first half was punctuated by much nervous defending from an edgy Huddersfield as they were hit by wave upon wave of Newcastle attacks. Fortunately for the visitors, Benítez’s players were more than a little anxious themselves, their desperation to claim an early goal reflected in considerable snatching at the ball as pass after pass was rushed.As a result, bar Jonas Lössl watching a Shelvey shot whizz past a post and then doing extremely well to divert Matt Ritchie’s goalbound effort with his feet, Wagner’s goalkeeper was surprisingly under-employed at St James’ Park.Jonathan Hogg found the going particularly tough against Shelvey and Mo Diamé. His consequent frustration was manifested by a booking for a foul on Pérez, which led to the concession of a free-kick, from which the industrious Dwight Gayle sent a clever lob over the advancing Lössl before watching it drift narrowly wide of an upright. Gayle subsequently connected with DeAndre Yedlin’s cross only to shoot fractionally too high.If Shelvey’s repertoire of vision-fuelled, defence-splitting passes lifted the gloom on an unseasonably cold, extremely wet Tyneside afternoon – which saw Benítez unusually, and strangely reluctantly, resort to wearing a coat – Laurent Depoitre symbolised Huddersfield’s travails.Isolated, he did his best to defend from the front but, generally, had a solitary timeand foraged ever deeper for possession.As the hour mark approached, though, Depoitre issued the defence with a warning. Belying his imposing physical bulk, he swivelled before dragging a low shot just wide. Newcastle were losing control of the tempo and allowing opponents who had previously appeared incapable of stringing two passes together back into things. Marko Arnautovic double lifts West Ham and sinks Southampton Reuse this content Read more Facebook Twitter The Observer Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics West Brom look booked for relegation as Chris Wood goal seals win for Burnley The time had come for the lesser-spotted Islam Slimani’s long-awaited debut. Sure enough, in the 75th minute Benítez’s hitherto injured £2m January loan signing from Leicester, pulled on a pair of woolly black gloves and stepped off the bench to replace Gayle.Within minutes Slimani had a hand in Pérez’s goal. The Algeria striker served as a nuisance value filled decoy, distracting Lössl before the Spaniard directed the ball low into the bottom corner from close range following Christian Atsu’s cross and Kenedy’s unselfish, quietly brilliant, short flicked pass. Appropriately Pérez had begun the move courtesy of a glorious pass to Atsu dispatched with the outside of his boot.Almost imperceptibly the skies above Gallowgate switched from slate grey to sunwashed blue. Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Premier League Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest With a delicate swipe of the right foot Ayoze Pérez pushed Newcastle within touching distance of Premier League survival and intensified Huddersfield’s relegation fears.Do not be deceived by the skinny scoreline; Rafael Benítez’s side deserved a win which showcased Jonjo Shelvey’s claims to an England playmaking spot on a day when David Wagner’s players seemed to have run out of ideas and adrenaline. match reports Huddersfieldlast_img read more