CRICKET:ST JOHN’S, Antigua:The Caribbean will be the epicentre of the cricket world next June, when two of the world’s leading teams visit for a three-nation one-day international (ODI) tournament.Hosts West Indies will face reigning one-day world champions Australia and current world No.3, South Africa in a 10-match tournament over a three-week period from Wednesday, June 6 to Sunday, June 26.”This tournament promises to be very exciting with two of the world’s top teams coming to the Caribbean,” said WICB manager, cricket operations, Roland Holder.”It will provide a golden opportunity for our team to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world in the ODI format.”The tournament opens with round-robin matches contested at the Guyana National Stadium, before the teams travel to Basseterre in St Kitts for another series of matches at Warner Park, with the series moving to the Barbados capital of Bridgetown for the final round of matches at Kensington Oval, culminating with the final.”Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil earlier this year and South Africa are highly ranked in this format, but are also the No.1 side in Tests,” said Holder. “These two sides have shared some fascinating rivalries not only in the ODI, but other formats of the international game in recent years.”The regional audience, therefore, will have a rare chance to attend and see this strong rivalry played out before their eyes, so we expect them to pack the three venues and bring the noise and colour associated with the game in the region.”SCHEDULEJuneWed 6: Australia vs South Africa – Guyana National Stadium, GuyanaFri 8: West Indies vs South Africa – Guyana National StadiumSun 10: West Indies vs Australia – Guyana National StadiumMon 13: South Africa vs Australia – Warner Park, St. KittsWed 15: West Indies vs South Africa – Warner ParkFri 17: West Indies vs Australia – Warner ParkMon 20: Australia vs South Africa – Kensington Oval, BarbadosWed 22: West Indies vs South Africa – Kensington OvalFri 24: West Indies vs Australia – Kensington OvalSun 26: Final – Kensington Oval
1 Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was lost for words after watching a replay of his stunning match-winning volley in the 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Stadium of Light which eased their relegation worries.The 32-year-old’s brilliant dipping effort on the stroke of half time earned Sunderland a record fifth straight derby victory over their fiercest rivals, who were despondent throughout.The three points earned Dick Advocaat his first win in charge after replacing Gus Poyet, and Defoe was clearly caught up in the emotions when reflecting on his winner.“To be honest it’s unbelievable. As soon as it leaves your foot you know it’s going in and it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Defoe told Sky Sports.“Words can’t describe how I felt when that went in – it’s quite emotional really.”Defoe was visibly moved by the moment as the players walked off at half time, and reiterated the importance of a victory that meant Advocaat’s side leapfrogged Aston Villa and Hull and moved three points clear of the drop zone.“It was a massive game and I just wanted to do well. The lads have worked so hard and everyone’s put the effort in. We just wanted the three points as well and I’m delighted we got them,” said the former Tottenham striker. Jermain Defoe
Dimitar Berbatov is unfit to play so Adel Taarabt is named in the Fulham starting line-up to face Manchester City, who recall keeper Joe Hart and are without the injured Pablo Zabaleta. Sergio Aguero is also sidelined for the visitors.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise; Dejagah, Karagounis, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson; Taarabt.Subs: Kasami, Ruiz, Kacaniklic, Stockdale, Duff, Amorebieta, Bent.Manchester City: Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Nasri, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Silva; Dzeko, Negredo.Subs: Pantilimon, Boyata, Garcia, Rodwell, Milner, Navas, Guidetti.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO–Brandon Belt wants to finish out the season as the Giants starting first baseman, but an aching right knee may prevent him from doing so.Belt has dealt with pain since he hyperextended his knee July 25 in Seattle and the injury doesn’t appear to be improving.Instead, Belt’s knee soreness has forced him to sit out several games over the last month and was the reason Giants manager Bruce Bochy removed Belt in the top of the seventh inning of Friday’s 2-0 win over the Rockies.Belt …
2 April 2007The European Union (EU) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have launched a R450-million funding facility for emerging small businesses in South Africa.According to Business Day, the Risk Capital Facility 2 (RCF2) will be funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) over the next three years and co-managed by the IDC and the European Investment Bank.R430-million of the total amount will be available for investments in qualifying projects, while R20-million will be used for ancillary costs.The RCF2 follows a similar successful funding structure, the Risk Capital Facility 1 (RCF1), which had a R300-million investment, leveraged R650-million in co-investments and created more than 5 000 jobs in 90 small businesses.According to Business Day, the RCF2 funds will be co-invested alongside the IDC’s mainstream business. It will also have venture capital funds targeting specific sectors and third-party investments where it will co-invest with other financial bodies.IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena told Business Day that the corporation’s primary objective as a development financier was to contribute to economic empowerment through job creation in various sectors.“The RCF2 channels donor funding from the European Commission to deserving South African investments in response to development needs and opportunities for growth,” Qhena said.According to EU ambassador Lodewijk Briet the credit facility is designed to support sustainable employment creation in under-developed regions.“Despite notable challenges, the successes of this programme has allowed us to consider funding for smaller initiatives in the years ahead,” Briet said. “The EU’s support in this sector underscores our commitment to partner the government in its undertaking to create a better life for all.”DTI Deputy Director-General Lionel October said growing small enterprises was “vital to achieving our goal of halving unemployment and poverty by 2014.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The weather for the first part of the year has been mild to say the least with average temperatures running well above normal. The very mild February continued into March and similar trends are expected for the next several months when addressing temperatures. While most enjoy the warmer than normal temperatures for the winter and spring, if the trend continues into the summer months as the models are leaning we may change our opinion. Precipitation, mainly in the form of rain, was above normal for the past month and this trend is also expected to continue into April, or at least for the next couple of weeks. Looking at these conditions in relation to the ag industry, the temperatures to this point for spring will aid in raising the soil temperatures for planting, but the moisture could lead to delays in getting early seed in the ground.Examining the monthly outlook guidance, a drying trend is noted as we move into May along with temperatures at or above normal. Last freeze dates appear to be following normal trends for the region. May looks to be more favorable with normal or slightly below normal rainfall expected with continued near or above normal temperatures. Moving into the summer months the climate models are hinting at temperatures that remain above normal with precipitation regimes leaning towards normal or slightly below normal conditions. So overall the temperatures are expected to be supportive, but rainfall will be the factor to watch moving forward.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), a non-profit membership organization that represents the business interests and way of life important to Ohio’s cattle families, recently launched a revamped website. The newly redesigned site is mobile friendly and offers easy access to information about upcoming events and programs while offering more online registration capabilities. The site can be found at the same address, www.ohiocattle.org.While visiting the site, members will benefit from the increased use of visual aids that assist in navigation and can stay informed from a highlighted “Latest News” section on the home page. The latest issue of the Ohio Cattleman magazine is also available for viewing within the same browser under the “Magazine” tab.Join or renew an OCA membership online by clicking “Become a Member” and then selecting the type of membership that best applies: Producer, Associate, Ohio Young Cattleman or Allied Industry Council.In addition, users have the ability to share web pages to their own social media channels to further disseminate information regarding Ohio’s cattle industry.Explore the new www.ohiocattle.org and check back frequently for regular updates. For questions regarding the new website, please email [email protected]
Light It UpThe main feature of the ASTRA is the backlight, which is customizable to five different light levels. I personally love backlit keyboards. After using a backlit keyboard for the first time on a Macbook Pro, I couldn’t go back. As an editor, I often work in dimly lit edit suites. At my previous job, they had a keyboard with two small USB-powered lights attached to the keyboard, and I really didn’t like that setup. I definitely would’ve preferred the ASTRA. Backlit keyboards are the way to go. Speaking of go, if you’re on the move and want to bring the ASTRA with you, check out the LogicGo Keyboard Bag.If you’re a fan of keyboard shortcuts and backlit keyboards, you really can’t go wrong with the ASTRA.Which editing keyboard do you prefer? Let us know in the comments. Durability and DesignLogicKeyboard products are beautiful — both the packaging and the products. I’ve been using a LogicSkin on my Macbook Pro for several months now, and I can’t even tell you how many times people have noticed and asked about it. This is because the skin is so colorful. Both the LogicSkin and the new ASTRA keyboard use color-coded keys to categorize and group keyboard shortcuts. This makes the shortcuts easily identifiable when editing. In addition to the beautiful design, the ASTRA is also very durable. When you hold and use the ASTRA, it truly feels like a very high-quality product. Ease of UseThe ASTRA is a breeze to use. It is plug and play — no drivers required. It comes with two USB connectors, one for the keyboard and one for a USB hub. You will find two additional USB ports on the back of the keyboard. When you aren’t using your software application, the ASTRA functions as a standard keyboard. If you are confused with any of the keyboard shortcuts, simply look them up in the ASTRA documentation, which explains every shortcut in detail. In addition to the color-coded system, it uses icons on each key. I find it much easier to quickly reference a shortcut visually with an icon. Tired of editing in the dark? Let LogicKeyboard’s new Backlit ASTRA light your way.LogicKeyboard offers a wide variety of keyboards for both Mac and PC. You can pick up a backlit ASTRA keyboard for Premiere Pro, Media Composer, Pro Tools, Final Cut, and a handful of other brands. The nice folks over at LogicKeyboard sent me an ASTRA series designed specifically for Premiere Pro on the Mac. I’ve had some time to tinker with it, so here are my thoughts on this wonderful product.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You can stop chasing the bottom now. You found it.You can’t afford to cut your price anymore. You can’t afford to make a less money than you’re making now. You already can’t afford to deliver and execute on the promises you made. You don’t have the necessary profit.You found the bottom. This is it.What about your competitors? They found the bottom, too. Since you’ve matched their prices, they think you’re the one selling price. They’re waiting for you to stop selling price and start selling value again so they can feel comfortable competing against you on value.But someone has to be brave enough to go first. Someone has to take the first step and begin moving things in another direction. Someone is going to learn to justify their prices and prove that a greater investment provides a greater return. The sales organization that’s able to do this is going to not only win their client’s business, they’re going to retain their business for a long time because they’ll finally have the profit they need to deliver results.The sales organizations that continue to chase the bottom will eventually discover they’ve gone way past the bottom; they’re unprofitable, they’ve destroyed their business model, and perhaps their business with it. The sales people that continue to chase the bottom will discover that they’ve damaged the relationships they had with their clients, they weren’t able to execute, and they’ve destroyed their reputations.It’s time to turn this thing around. Someone has to go first. Be brave. That someone is you.Read my friend Don’s story here.
Beyond belief: Korea won hearts and matchesAs poor as the english traveller is at languages, I can muster the words I want to say. Kamsahamnida, Korea. Arrigato, Japan. Thank you for the security, for your different cultures, your organisation and your people. These are the issues of the first World,Beyond belief: Korea won hearts and matchesAs poor as the english traveller is at languages, I can muster the words I want to say. Kamsahamnida, Korea. Arrigato, Japan. Thank you for the security, for your different cultures, your organisation and your people. These are the issues of the first World Cup in Asia, not some journalistic notions of conspiracies alleging crooked refereeing or drug-enhanced performances.The conspiracy theorists could not accept that South Korea, Senegal and Turkey were inspired successes of this tournament of Oriental mysteries. I will not waste your time or mine on unfounded accusations.There was corruption in the FIFA congress where the air was fouled before a ball was kicked. But on the field? No Sir. There were mistakes by referees, there were the bleatings of Italians especially who dared not go home admitting they had been beaten by the Croats and Koreans.I do not share the suspicions. There was more rancid journalism than fixed football. We had the thrill of “lesser” nations eliminating so-called superior ones because their motivation and their preparation were better.Overall, the quality was weak, and the twin excuses for this are that it is hot and humid in Asia. Good God, do people not know that the sun also shines in Mexico, and that it is hotter, more humid, the air more difficult to breathe at altitude and polluted at sea level, and Mexico’s organisation shambolic compared to the job Korea and Japan put on?Why bring that comparison? Because Mexico has twice staged the most memorable World Cups of the past 32 years – and in the atmosphere there Brazil in 1970 and Argentina in 1986 left indelible imprints of the Beautiful Game played in challenging conditions.Brazil is the one team to have again transcended the others. A mass population, poor in financial wealth but besotted with the precious game, Brazil has been the team that has grown throughout this Korean-Japanese odyssey.advertisementRonaldo, a grown-up child of a player, has come back from the brink of sporting extinction, as if it is his destiny to win back what he lost in that mysterious finale of 1998 when he had a convulsive fit hours before the match against France, and played like a shadow of himself.In the semifinal on June 26, he scored the only goal against Turkey, and a marvellous demonstration of his form it was. He had the physical strength and balance to stride through one challenge, the confidence to dust off two more defenders as if they were flecks of dandruff on his shirt, and the power to beat an excellent goal keeper, Rustu Recber.RonaldoFor that goal, the FIFA Technical Study Group made Ronaldo man of the semifinal. It was seduced by the human story of a man coming back from the dark side of career-threatening injury to exude again the thrill of being a big player. But man of the match? I will suggest a better one at the end of this article.First, the other semifinal, for it concerned the epicentre of this Asian World Cup. On June 25, the world looked in on South Korea. TV cameras panned from one player to another, registering numbness, some tears, much dignified pride in a task done beyond expectation. In defeat, the Koreans were magnificent and, deliberately I do not single out any one warrior. They accomplished as a team.Behind the scenes were two very familiar faces, each a mask to something different. Chung Mongjoon, the man responsible for bringing a share of the World Cup to Korea and for hiring Guus Hiddink, seemed aged by disappointment. In contrast, Hiddink reflected a kind of calm.Chung, president of the Korean fa, had believed in the dream and Hiddink, the Dutchman who coached Korea, had worked for the dream, encouraged it, given it his all. But he had not believed it was possible.He is a realist, a total football man. He was astounded by the spirit and the adaptability his team displayed. “At first we got blown away,” he said, “but we went on and found we were not so outplayed or so inferior.”So where does South Korea stand in the football world? The short answer is at No. 3 or 4 We are not as profound as Confucius in our simple football sphere, but the one reality is where you finish on the pitch. FIFA rankings are spurious, a mathematical computation designed on one hand to sustain a frisson of interest between tournaments and also to please fifa sponsors and remind top nations how good they are. Some of them have not been good at this Cup. They fell off their perch too early In 2002 we cannot say France or Argentina or Italy are top of the football tree. Pele, the best player we have seen, suggested early in this tournament that Korea had progressed beyond the level of Asia and reached the level of Africa. He may wish to revise that upwards.advertisementFamiliar sight: Rivaldo’s skills lit up the World CupThe immutable law of the game is that you are as good as your last result. England, the founder of modern football, has won the World Cup once, at home, at Wembley Stadium in 1966. France, which invented the World Cup, also won it once, at home in 1998. The only nation to win a World Cup on a continent other than its own is Brazil.Home advantage is enormous, and here one host, Korea, drew energy from nationalistic but perfectly behaved mass support. Japan was less fanatical and achieved less. They are different societies who gave different weight to sharing a World Cup that was an opportunity to bridge enmities between them.Now, because somewhere inside all this there is still a game, back to Brazil’s R&R. Ronaldo is a heart-warming sight to see, but on Tuesday he was transcended by Rivaldo. There was a spell against Turkey when Rivaldo mesmerised the Turks, sometimes three at a time.With his sleight of foot, with body movement, with instinct or with supremely calculating mind, he bewitched fine opponents into falling, literally, at his feet. Rivaldo was playing for his pride, trying as a great artiste does to erase his shocking gamesmanship in feigning facial injury when he was hit by the ball on the legs when Turkey first met Brazil on June 3. He simply seemed to say: OK, let’s play Let’s raise our game.