Judy Fitzgerald former Miss Bikini Ireland wins 4 European titles

first_imgFacebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement Previous articleMinister Zappone Hails “Significant Impact” of inclusion programme delivered by Mary Immaculate College led consortiumNext articleSocial entrepreneurs from Limerick announced as finalists for SEI Awards programme worth €40,000 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Email LifestyleNewsJudy Fitzgerald former Miss Bikini Ireland wins 4 European titlesBy Staff Reporter – June 18, 2019 1622 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Linkedin Judy Fitzgerald set her sights on winning a European title from the National Irish Fitness Model Association (NIFMA) and ended up winning four. Judy Fitzgerald set her sights on winning a European title from the National Irish Fitness Model Association (NIFMA) and ended up winning four.Irish model Judy Fitzgerald had a record-breaking day at the NIFMA WBFMA Mr & Miss Irish European Fitness Model Championships in Dublin on Sunday, 16th June 2019.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She entered the championships for the first time this year and competed in four categories. She came first in all of them; Miss First Timers, Miss Beach Body, Miss Bikini, and she is also now the overall European Fitness Model Champion for 2019.The annual fitness contest took place at the ALSAA Centre in Dublin and had both men and women competing in various categories. They were judged on both their physique and stage presence.Judy is a qualified nurse, fitness instructor and lifeguard from Limerick. She was encouraged to enter the competition in January by her coach and former Mr Ireland bodybuilding champion James “Blue” Shinners, who passed away unexpectedly in March.Rather than dropping out after his sudden death, she decided to honour him by competing wearing a blue bikini in his memory. With the help of her new coach Ray Kearney and the Good Food Outlet, Judy underwent an eight-week intensive training plan to finish the preparation she had started with Blue.As it was her first time entering the competition, she would have been happy to win even one category, but she ended up winning first place in all four of the categories she entered.Judy’s prizes included four trophies, a gold medal, 50 per cent off a Selina Bikini and a goodie bag containing supplements from Forever Living and Feel Free Nutrition. She is also now the face of Extreme Pro Competition Tan.She has dedicated her win to the late Blue Shinners and credits her success to her team of supporters.Speaking of her win on Sunday, she said: “I worked extremely hard over the last few weeks to honour the promise I made to my close friend and former coach Blue Shinners and this win is for him.” TAGSachievementawardLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Local council members set for 47 per cent pay increase

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Email Print Councillors who work in the public service are given paid time off to attend monthly meetings but those working in the private sector have to do so mostly on their own time.“We need talented young people of every persuasion coming into politics but up to now, we have been losing good people because they just can’t go on juggling jobs, family and council,” Mayor Sheahan told the Limerick Post.The Mayor referred to the “huge number of enthusiastic young people who joined us and then had to leave. People with families to support and bills to pay can’t take time out of their jobs even though the council is itself a full-time job.“Many of them say they would very much like to work full-time at the council but they don’t have an option. Maybe this is the move that will allow them to do so and the carrot that will attract more young men and women into local politics.”Mayor Sheahan said the increased salary decision is timely, given that Limerick could have a directly elected Mayor in the next two years.“Limerick will be in a unique position then and we will be looking for more powers. It will be a bigger challenge. If the Minister doesn’t give the local authority more power and it’s seen as just a different version of the same thing, then he won’t be able to sell it to Cork or Galway.“We still have a long way to go to sort out what the new Mayor’s powers and role will be and how the council will work with that but this is a unique opportunity for Limerick,” he said.While elected members salaries are to go up, unvouched expenses for local politicians are to end and will be replaced with a verified costs system and audits in all councils.Currently, only a limited number of councillors account for their expenses as it is not compulsory, as is the case with members of the Oireachtas.However, city and county councillors will still get to keep a number of expenses including attendance fees for meetings of Special Policy Committees and other groups. NewsPoliticsLocal council members set for 47 per cent pay increaseBy Bernie English – January 3, 2020 799 Twittercenter_img Limerick County Hall Chamber. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA 47 per cent pay rise for city and county councillors will bring new blood into local politics and help members with families stay in local politics.That’s according to Limerick Mayor Michael Sheahan (FG) who has welcomed the announcement that councillors salaries are to increase by €8,000 a year to €25,000.Currently, councillors are paid a basic salary of just over €17,000, with unvouched expenses up to €2,667 and vouched expenses of €5,000. Advertisement The rate of pay for councillors was highlighted by Fine Gael City Councillor Olivia O’Sullivan last month when she told the Limerick Post that the personal driver for Limerick’s directly elected Mayor would be paid more than local councillors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr O’Sullivan, who is self-employed and a mother of two young children, is a first-time councillor who won her seat in last May’s local elections.Referring to the current salary level, she said: “It is very underpaid, it’s less than the minimum wage. Although it’s said to be a part-time role, that is not the public expectation. You do have to manage it along with another job because you don’t get paid enough for it to be full-time.”“I’m only six months in it, but there is a big commitment on a weekly basis. I’m self-employed and I don’t know how you could do this job and be answerable to an employer on a daily basis, because the amount of meetings and commitments; just to fulfil the role is very difficult,” she added. Linkedin Previous articleKevin’s journey from special branch to the political heartlandNext articleBoojum release limited edition plant based menu for Veganuary Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

Oceanport OEM Director, Members Resign

first_imgIn his prepared remarks at the Oct. 18 meeting, Baldanzasaid OEM members have “no confidence in members of thepublic safety and finance committees,” groups that includeborough council members Joseph Irace, Steven Solan andRobert Proto, all of whom are running for reelection on theRepublican ticket in November. Proto said one of the vehicles requested was an “$85,000pickup truck.” Also announcing their resignation from OEM assistant director roles were Chris Baggot, Wes Sherman and Oceanport Chief of Police Michael Kelly. “Over the last two years the chair of the public safety committee, Steve Solan, asked (Baldanza) to tell us how much it would cost to outfit his current vehicle, another taxpayer-funded pickup truck that he drives each day to and from his full-time job in Long Branch. That would have been the most cost-effective and fiscally responsible option for taxpayers. He wouldn’t tell us,” Proto said. OCEANPORT – Ahead of the seventh anniversary of Super Storm Sandy’s New Jersey landfall, a number of the borough’s office of emergency management (OEM) personnel announced they would resign from their volunteer posts, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Proto said it is the responsibility of the OEM director to have a succession plan in place, “but we’ll make sure that the town is not in any risk. When the time comes we will appoint a qualified person to develop a team. The town won’t skip a beat.” The cost of the requested vehicle, Baldanza said, is due to its design, which is based on the potential risk factors the community could face, including severe flooding, hurricane winds and large crowds drawn to Monmouth Park racetrack. In April Coffey said he would not be seeking a second mayoral term, as he felt ineffective in a form of government that limits the powers of the mayor. In the borough form of government, the mayor only has a vote on council matters to break a tie. The mayor does have veto power, but that veto may be overruled by a two-thirds council vote. Proto called the resignations a “political stunt.” Coffey said he will be reaching out to try and convince theOEM members to reconsider. Baldanza disputed Proto’s claim, saying, “It wasn’t untilJune 2019 that I had to text our CFO and ask if the new vehiclewas being funded. I was told it was not. I never heard a wordfrom the public safety or finance committees.” “This is nothing more than orchestrated political theater and it’s upsetting to see the depths that they’re willing to sink to,” said Proto, who was the lone mayoral candidate in the borough before Mayor Jay Coffey, a Democrat, announced his run for reelection in May on an independent ticket with Democrat Meghan Walker and Republican Tom Tvrdik. “Oceanport is built on the backs of volunteers and right now I don’t think our volunteers believe that the majority of the members of our municipal council are supportive of them,” Coffey added. Coffey said the resignation of this OEM leadership group“is a severe blow to our community. But when elected officialsmake volunteers feel unwanted and unsupported and, in turn,the volunteers believe they are not making a difference, thereis a problem.” “It’s been seven years since Sandy has passed and we keep on trying to do a lot of positive things for public safety, and when you just don’t see anything coming back your way, it kind of knocks the wind out of your sails,” Baldanza said in an Oct. 29 interview. The former Oceanport police officer of 30 years has served in an emergency management role for 18 years, including 14 as the OEM director. In a statement delivered at the final borough council meeting before the Nov. 5 general election, OEM director Mauro “Buzz” Baldanza said his passion for the position “has been waning” and attributed that deterioration to a lack of support from community leaders. But Baldanza said the Durango’s engine failed in January 2018 and the repair “would have cost more than the vehicle was worth.” After removing the vehicle from service, according to Baldanza, the OEM submitted two quotes for a new vehicle during a capital request period. Baldanza said he and his assistant OEM directors will remain on until Dec. 31 to help guide the town through hurricane season, as well as to leave time for the mayor and council to identify their replacements. Baldanza said the final straw was the rejection of a request for a new primary emergency response vehicle. He added that the previous vehicle was a 2004 Dodge Durango that had been fully outfitted with radio communications equipment, a laptop computer with internet capabilities and a rear command console for various documents, supplies and electronics. last_img read more

LVR need tie-breaker to capture Bomber Baseball Invitational

first_imgLVR opened the tournament with a tough 7-6 loss to Mount Baker Wild. The loss was the first of the season for LVR after the Heritage City squad opened undefeated in 10 games against American competition.However, the Bombers roared back with three consecutive wins over Selkirk of Kimberley (13-3), Vulcan (13-3) and Mount Boucherie 13-5.The decision over Boucherie forced the three-way tie, setting up the tie-breaker — decided by runs for and against, calculated with only the teams tied.Mount Boucherie had a 4 and – 8 for a total of -4; Mount Baker had a 1 and – 4 for a total of – 3, and L. V. Rogers had a 8 and -1 for a total of 7.EXTRA INNINGS: Sunday, Bomber Austin Tambellini signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Hill College in Hillsbourough Texas, for the 2015 – 2016 school year. The L.V. Rogers Bombers bounced back from an early loss to capture the Bombers High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Butler Park in Trail.The Bombers won the tournament on a tie-breaker after three teams — LVR, Mount Boucherie of Kelowna and Cranbrook’s Mount Baker — finished in a three-way tie with 3-1 records.last_img read more


first_imgPeter Miller631510624%49%$530,170 O’NEILL: LIFE GOES ON AFTER NYQUISTHorse racing, like life, is relative. So last Saturday, when Kentucky Derby winner andtwo-year-old colt champion of 2015 Nyquist was declared out of Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a “puffy ankle” and ultimately retired, Doug O’Neill suffered the emotional pangs, then understandably moved on to the business at hand.The 48-year-old trainer has horses entered in 10 Breeders’ Cup races, five tomorrow and five on Saturday. The amicable and readily accessible O’Neill made his rounds as is the norm Thursday morning, milling between the noticeably above average throng on hand at Clockers’ Corner in picture-perfect Southern California weather for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships unfolding for an unprecedented ninth time at The Great Race Place.“Nyquist is officially retired and is in Lexington (Kentucky) with Darley,” O’Neill said between schmoozing with well wishers. “He’s been turned out there, looks great and is settling in (for his stud career).“It’s hard to put into words what his absence means emotionally, because he’s a member of the family. But he’s only a plane ride away to visit and we’ll keep in steady touch with the people at Darley who work with Nyquist, so it’s like a family member who’s moved out of the house.”As for an objective opinion on the Classic now that he’s out of it, O’Neill opted for the home team: “The Cal-bred,” he said, referring to California Chrome.Art Sherman, trainer of Classic favorite California Chrome, was happy not to draw the rail in the mile and a quarter race, which he had done in his last two starts, the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again Stakes.“I had to laugh at the post position draw (Monday),” Sherman said, “because nobody could be unlucky enough to get No. One three times in a row.” Joseph Talamo5388215%34%$348,560 Bob Baffert32117334%66%$914,190 FINISH LINES: With three racing days remaining, Rafael Bejarano holds a 19-18 lead over Tyler Baze in the jockeys’ race, with Kent Desormeaux and Norberto Arroyo Jr. right on their heels at 17 each . . . Among trainers, Peter Miller has a comfortable 15-11 lead over runners-up Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert . . . Santa Anita will have an NFL presence tonight when the league showcases the Atlanta Falcons on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 5:25 p.m. on NBC-TV. A few weeks back, Bodega Studios shot the lead-in for the game in Santa Anita’s tunnels that lead to the Paddock Room and the Infield. The promo features the a cappella band Pentatonix . . .  Frank Scatoni, author of Six Secrets of Successful Bettors, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 10:50 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita’s jocks’ room usually is comfortable accommodating its base group of about 20 riders, but during Breeders’ Cup weekend, the number more than doubles to about 50, according to Assistant Clerk of Scales Charlie McCaul, who’s been on the beat at Santa Anita for 30 years. Jerry Hollendorfer5056610%34%$331,155 (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 30) Gary Sherlock1752129%47%$142,590 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze861891121%44%$628,865 Carla Gaines1741224%41%$235,770 Doug O’Neill7711101714%49%$518,776 TIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLDTiz a Kiss, a consistent California-bred daughter of Tiznow, returns to perhaps her favorite distance, at one mile on turf in Sunday’s closing day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up.Although she has only one win at a mile on grass, she does have four seconds and is shortening up from a mile and a quarter, when she finished fifth by three lengths in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes on Oct. 1.“She’s a late developer and seems to be in her best form ever,” said Richard Baltas, trainer of the six-year-old gray mare for Barbara and Ron Perry of Berkeley, California, who campaign as Cicero Farms, LLC.Tiz a Kiss has a 4-6-1 record from 21 starts with earnings of $320,751, but seeks her first stakes win in the Goldikova. She worked five furlongs last Sunday in 1:01.The Goldikova, race six of nine with a first post time of 12 noon: Nancy From Nairobi, Joel Rosario; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Majestic Heat, Flavien Prat; Zindaya, Javier Castellano; Hillhouse High, Santiago Gonzalez; and Tiz a Kiss, Kent Desormeaux. Kent Desormeaux621771127%56%$686,005 Flavien Prat8715171417%53%$1,192,833 Rafael Bejarano10119221319%53%$1,244,183 Eddie Truman1441329%57%$107,675 Victor Espinoza3868416%47%$783,050 Gary Stevens3346912%58%$467,645 Martin Pedroza7095313%24%$302,639center_img Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 Jamie Theriot564257%20%$208,259 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.9017121319%47%$678,453 Philip D’Amato4572516%31%$457,630 Fernando Perez551031018%42%$255,800 William Spawr1343131%62%$124,413 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Robert Hess, Jr.1842222%44%$114,395 Mike Puype2541116%24%$135,270 NYQUIST GONE BUT O’NEILL LOOKS TO THE FUTUREMIGLIORE RECALLS $75 UPSET WITH DESERT CODETIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLD IN FINALE Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 Tiago Pereira6588112%26%$340,980 MIGLIORE FANCIES BEHOLDER IN DISTAFFRichard Migliore, the personable former rider on hand for the Breeders’ Cup races as analyst for the Breeders’ Cup “Player’s Show,” a simulcast feed that goes world wide, had fond memories of winning the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at 36-1 on Desert Code for trainer David Hofmans.A four-year-old son of E Dubai, Desert Code came from 12th after a quarter-mile in a field of 14 in the turf race at about 6 ½ furlongs to win by a half-length at a juicy $75 win mutuel.After a half mile, Desert Code had only three horses beat.“Desert Code was always a horse that was close to the pace,” said Migliore, a 52-year-old native of Babylon, New York, retired for the past six years, “so I came away from the gate driving to get position, and we went about 50 yards and he pinned his ears on me. He was telling me he wasn’t happy with me hustling him, so I just put my hands down and trusted the horse, and he backed up a long ways, and I was nervous, I was worried.“About the three-eighths pole he was kind of leaning into the bit and had one horse beat at that point. I had a lot to do and there was a lot of traffic in front of us. I had to wait until we crossed the dirt to move, because you always get in trouble if you move before you reach the dirt . . . Anyway, we waited, the horses fanned out and we just got up. When you look at the fractions, the horse was telling me we were going too fast, stop pushing on me.“Honestly, the horse should have never been 36-1. He had won five races down the hill and you can’t discount horses that have an affinity for it.”Migliore evaluated the two marquee Breeders’ Cup races thusly: “I really like Beholder in the Distaff. I don’t think the last two races set up well for her, taking nothing away from Stellar Wind, who was extremely good, and Songbird obviously is a brilliant three-year-old, but we’ve seen through history, when Seattle Slew beat Affirmed, Affirmed was three, Slew was four.“When Affirmed beat Spectacular Bid, Affirmed was four, Bid was three, so I’m going to lean towards an older horse in that situation, even as brilliant as Songbird is.“I think Richard Mandella has Beholder primed for the best race she’s run this year and she’s only been narrowly beaten by Stellar Wind, so I really believe in my heart that Beholder is the horse in the Distaff.Noted Mandella on Beholder’s farewell race: “Few people in the world ever got to experience what I’ve had year after year with Beholder. She’s probably as good as any horse I’ve had. I’m not saying there might not have been a better one that’s stayed around who’s been so good.“If there were any, there weren’t many that got better, so I’m very fortunate.”Continued Migliore: “The Classic is so intriguing, because California Chrome is so good and so brilliant. He’s a great horse. You can say that without any reservation. Arrogate was so brilliant in the Travers, but here’s the thing I wonder about.“At some point, they’ve got to take each other on. Now is it going by the wire the first time, is it down the backstretch, that’s the question? And if they hook up early, and they have to respect each other and are really eye-balling each other, something’s got to give. So it could set up for a horse not as good as they are.“If it works out that way, I think the horse that benefits is Frosted, because he’s going to be sitting fourth or fifth. If I’m on Arrogate outside of Chrome, do I come out running and make sure he commits, or do I let my horse float away and put pressure on him later?” Peter Eurton2142319%43%$250,359 Richard Baltas581010617%45%$512,080 Mark Glatt3166919%68%$236,916 SANTA ANITA STATISTICSlast_img read more

‘Don’t Dignify Terrifying Ebola Predictions’

first_imgA Liberian educator has urged Ebola-weary Liberians to not dignify the terrifying predictions by some international organizations about an oncoming massive resurgence of the deadly virus.Mr. Thomas Bing Cooper, 66, admonished Liberians and foreign residents to instead observe and intensify the safety measures publicized by health authorities in the country to fight and eradicate the virus.Mr. Cooper, a former instructor of the defunct Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing from the former Transworld Tutorial College in London, gave his reaction to the grave Ebola predictions in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia. He urged Liberians and foreign residents to vigorously promote sensitization and awareness campaigns throughout the country.In the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Ebola deaths could exceed 20,000; while the Atlanta-based United States government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people maybecome infected by January 2015.  Also, the British medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, said that by mid-December, the virus will infect 171,000 and kill90,000 people in Liberia alone.Interestingly, many communities which initially denied the existence of the virus, and performed cultural burial practices, have now wholeheartedly joined the fight against Ebola.  They have departed from their cultural and traditional habits and adopted the strict health measures instructed by health authorities to stop the spread of the virus.As a result of the terrifying predictions, many Liberians are worried, including those who were earlier in denial of the virus.  Now they have seen that adhering strictly to the anti-Ebola measures and taking advantage of the awareness campaigns have resulted in diminishing infections and deaths in their neighborhoods.Many Liberians   throughout the country who have seen the positive results of proper attitudes, behaviors and practices, have vehemently rejected the predictions by WHO and others.Today, Liberians strongly believe that with fortitude, determination and resilience, the deadly Ebola virus spread is being minimized, contained and controlled throughout the country.Liberians and foreign residents alike, especially in the business communities, have begun to have their hopes restored despite the terrifying and troubling predictions by WHO and others. Mr. Cooper warned Liberians not be complacent with recent gains and successes at the ETUs in the country.He also advised Liberians to desist from joining foreign countries in stigmatizing health workers and medical personnel in the front lines of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Art has stacks of fun on Pancake Tuesday!

first_imgStudents of Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Buncrana in Donegal have had a ‘flipping’ great morning putting their own twist on Pancake Tuesday.The popular Buncrana Gaelscoil had a fun baking day as Gaeilge – Lá na bPancóga – with Leaving Cert student and actor Art Parkinson joining the event.Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Between his studies, the Moville teen has played notable roles in TV and film including Rickon Stark in Game of Thrones and starring in the award-winning animation Kubo and the Two Strings. The dedicated 17-year-old attends classes at CCE via video link when out filming to keep up with school.Art was more than ‘sásta’ with his pancakes today, while skilled students had the opportunity to perfect their flip and fill up on healthy fruit toppings. A great day was had by all.Art Parkinson enjoying Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál EoghainLá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Do you have Pancake Tuesday event photos to share? Send them into [email protected]    Game of Thrones star Art has stacks of fun on Pancake Tuesday! was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Art ParkinsonColáiste Chineál EoghainLá na bPancógapancake tuesdaylast_img read more

Raiders near full strength for Texans with Williams, Brown, Jacobs good to go

first_imgThe Raiders were as close to full strength Sunday as they’ve been all season based on their inactive list for their road game against the Houston Texans:The following players are active and expected to play:Wide receiver Tyrell Williams: Missed the last two games with plantar facciitis. Leads Raiders wide receivers with 17 catches and four touchdowns.Williams presence, along with Zay Jones, adds some size and athleticism to the unit to go along with Trevor Davis and Hunter Renfrow. Dwayne …last_img

Boks romp to record win over Wallabies

first_img1 September 2008Recent unhappy thoughts of a disappointing Tri-Nations 2008 campaign were erased at the weekend as the Springboks ended their competition with a record 53-8 victory over the Wallabies. The win brought the curtain down on Percy Montgomery’s outstanding career.South Africa entered their final Tri-Nations match needing a win to avoid a first-ever home whitewash in the southern hemisphere’s flagship rugby competition. Incredibly, when the dust had settled on their clash in Johannesburg, the Boks had prevented that ignominious record with a sensational 45-point victory.South Africa’s loss to the Aussies at the Absa Stadium in Durban had been the world champion’s third on the trot and after that lacklustre performance they had come in for heavy criticism in the week leading up to the clash at Coca-Cola Park (formerly Ellis Park).StructureMost experts felt the Boks needed more structure in their approach. The question was whether or not it would be on show in Johannesburg, and what effect it would have on the Springboks’ play.The answers to the questions were clear: there was more structure on show on Saturday and with it came more opportunities. By making effective use of those opportunities, the Springboks raced to a record margin of victory over the Wallabies as they outscored them by eight tries to one.The score makes clear the dominance that South Africa enjoyed in all phases of play. The direction that was absent in their disheartening losses earlier in the Tri-Nations was back and Springbok fans were treated to a rich dollop of traditional Bok rugby.Effective approachThe effectiveness of the approach that had won South Africa the 2007 Rugby World Cup left one wondering why there was ever an attempt to play the game in any other way. It also left Bok supporters hoping that their team will from now on stick to the tried, tested, and successful.Australia were first on the scoreboard after five minutes of play when, after they had kept the Springboks pinned in their half of the field, Butch James was trapped offsides. Matt Giteau slotted an easy penalty attempt to put his team 3-0 ahead.South Africa went onto the attack from the restart and eventually capitalised from a knock on by Wallaby skipper Stirling Mortlock. The Boks moved the ball left, but looked pretty static until Andries Bekker ran onto a pass into a gap and raced through to dot down. Butch James converted to increase SA’s lead to 7-3.Easy run-inOnly three minutes later, South Africa had crossed for a second five-pointer. Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez took a quick tap and spun the ball wide. Jean de Villiers drew a defender and passed to Jongi Nokwe for an easy run-in. James was wide with his kick, but the Boks’ lead had grown to nine points at 12-3 in front.Australia had an opportunity to get back into the game four minutes later, but Lote Tuquri dropped a pass with an open goal line in front of him.After 25 minutes, the Springboks extended their lead. The Australians were shoved off the ball after a scrum near their own try line and South Africa made them pay for conceding the tighthead; Du Preez moved it wide and after a few pick ‘n drives Nokwe was freed up for another easy canter over the line.James was off target with conversion, but South Africa’s lead had grown to 17-3.The flyhalf had another kick at goal shortly afterwards from right in front after Springbok pressure led to the Wallabies conceding a penalty. This time he was on target and SA led 20-3.BeastBok loosehead prop “Beast” Mtawarira had been making Matt Dunning’s life miserable in the front row and after just 32 minutes the Australian coaching staff had seen enough as Al Baxter substituted Dunning.Four minutes the Springboks scored their bonus point try and Nokwe again benefited after he found himself on the end of an overlap once more. Schalk Burger made a break from a lineout before finding De Villiers with a pass. He pulled three defenders in before releasing Nokwe to cross for a hat-trick of tries.Butch James added the extras and South Africa took a 27-3 lead, which was the score when the halftime whistle sounded.Any concerns that the Springboks might go off the boil in the second half were quickly dispelled when they added a fifth try only three minutes into the second stanza.Long-distance tryDe Villiers made a break and his centre partner Adi Jacobs, running a good angle, burst through the Australian defence. A neat sidestep wrong-footed the last defender as Jacobs raced through for a long-distance try.James kicked the conversion and South Africa were 34-3 ahead.After 50 minutes the lead was extended as Nokwe scored a Tri-Nations’ record fourth try in a single game.A clever grubber kick by Conrad Jantjes was gathered by Odwa Ndungane and left wing Nokwe, looking for work on the right, was on hand to take the offload from Ndungane and crash over for another try. Unfortunately for the flyer, he was injured in the act of scoring and had to be substituted.James missed the kick, but the lead had been extended to an astonishing margin of 39-3.A few minutes later Matt Giteau intercepted and ran through to dot down for the shellshocked Aussies, but the try was disallowed and the flyhalf penalised for straying offsides.Australian tryNot long afterwards, though, the Wallabies finally cracked the South African defences. After retaining possession through a number of phases, they worked the ball up to the Springbok try line. They then moved the ball quickly to the left where Drew Mitchell crossed in the corner for the five-pointer.The conversion attempt by Giteau was wide of the mark, leaving the score at 39-8.After about 15 minutes without a change to the score, Ruan Pienaar, on for James at flyhalf, scored the Springboks’ seventh try with a brilliant solo effort during which he beat three defenders before crashing over near the uprights.Percy Montgomery knocked over the conversion to put South Africa 46-8 ahead.Nail in the coffinTwo minutes from the end the Boks struck again to make their victory margin over the Wallabies their biggest ever. Substitute Danie Rossouw made a powerful run that split the Australian defence and then committed the final defender to the tackle before passing to Odwa Ndungane, who rounded off the move.Montgomery added the extras to make the final score 53-8.It was a vastly improved performance by the Springboks and the woes at the breakdown where Victor Matfield and company had played second fiddle during their three successive losses were comprehensively rectified; more players were committed to the loose ball and SA bossed the breakdown.The pack, with “Beast” Mtawarira to the fore, dominated the set scrums and the lineouts, which had been strangely unreliable in Durban, were more solid.DefenceSouth Africa’s defence, upon which Springbok teams pride themselves, regained its hard-hitting edge and the game plan that won the Boks a World Cup was once more in evidence.Coach Peter de Villiers insisted the Springboks were still a long way off the level they could achieve, putting their performance at only 60 to 70 percent of its potential. However, observers have by now learnt to take his pronouncements with a pinch of salt.SA skipper Victor Matfield, upon whom cheers rained down during the after-match interviews, praised his team, saying their character had shown itself when the pressure was at its greatest.Australia’s coach Robbie Deans quipped: “We’ve already seen in this tournament how little it takes to go from being a victor and enjoying the experience to a loser and not enjoying the experience.”Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How to Think Up a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Topics in an Hour

first_imgLast November, I got my team in a room and asked them to do something that sounded nearly impossible: brainstorm a year’s worth of blog topics in under an hour. That’s an aggressive target — I know — but we needed enough titles to support the Blog Topic Generator’s algorithm. So we all sat around the conference room table, writing blog ideas in a Google spreadsheet. The first five minutes, we were stumped. The eight of us tentatively put in a few ideas … and then all of a sudden ideas were flowing. One idea would suddenly morph into 10, and before we knew it, we had almost 300 titles … and we still had 15 minutes to spare. Sounds like a fairytale, right? Who has their next year of blog post ideas at their fingertips, never mind thought of them all within an hour?Well, it’s certainly not a myth. It’s not even a luxury reserved for only well-established companies that are rolling in dough. All you need is a Google spreadsheet/Word doc/Evernote note/pen and paper, and the right blog topic brainstorming process.You’ve already got the first part covered, so keep on reading to get the process we used to come up with those few hundred titles in under an hour. Remember: The key to this whole process is to not start from scratch each time you need a topic — just iterate off old topics to come up with unique and compelling new topics. So let’s get to it!Free Download: Marketing Editorial Calendar Template1) Come up with your first topic.This step is probably the hardest of the bunch: coming up with your very first topic. If you’re struggling to get down even one idea, there are a few go-to places you can always turn. First are your customers. What kinds of questions do they have, and how could you answer them in a blog post? If you don’t know what their struggles are, send them (or someone internally who deals closely with them) an email. You could also try sitting in on a few sales calls to see what your company’s prospects are asking — not only will you suddenly have way more to blog about, but you can also help your sales reps close more deals. There are lots of ways you can get blog ideas, but these are two of the most efficient and effective ways to get them. 2) Change the topic scope.Okay, so now you have one idea. Great! Now it’s time to iterate.The first way you iterate is by changing the topic from something broad to something narrow. Let’s say your first idea is “15 Social Media Tips and Tricks for Beginners” — you can change that topic to more niche ones like “15 Pinterest Tips and Tricks for Beginners” or “15 Facebook Tips and Tricks for Beginners”. You can also go from narrow to broad in the same manner (“15 Marketing Tips and Tricks for Beginners”), or go from one narrow topic to another (“15 Twitter Tips and Tricks for Beginners”), or even go from narrow to narrower (“15 Facebook Company Page Tips and Tricks for Beginners”).Then boom: you have a bunch of ideas from one, all because you changed the scope of the topic. 3) Change up the timeframe.Even though these post ideas are evergreen, you can use specific timeframes to iterate on a blog topic.Let’s take a very broad topic like “The History of SEO.” This is a field that has been around for years, so if you were to write about the entire history, it’d be a long, comprehensive post … but if you wanted to squeeze more juice out of that topic, you could restrict the topic to a certain timeframe like the past month. The new title would then be “What You Missed This Month in the SEO Industry”. Or you could restrict it to a year: “The Biggest Changes in SEO in 2013”.4) Choose a new audience.Often, you’ll have multiple audiences you’re writing for — and they probably aren’t interested in reading the same exact post, even if they’re interested in similar topics. For example, a post for a CMO and a post for an entry-level person might both be about Facebook, but one will be more strategic and one will be more tactical.It’s easier than you’d think to frame the post for that person — one way to do it is to just add their name in the title. For example, “What Every Entry-Level Marketer Should Know About Facebook” could also be “What Every CMO Should Know About Facebook”.Obviously those will be two very different posts when you get down to it, but the initial concept is one and the same: Facebook tips.5) Go negative or positive. When most people think of blog post ideas, they think in the positive mindset: “20 Social Media Rules You Should Always Follow.” It makes sense — we’re trying to be helpful with our content, so it’s natural to try to be upbeat and positive. But you can actually come up with way more topic ideas if you embrace your negative side.So let’s take that initial post idea and turn it negative: “20 Social Media Rules You Should Never Follow”. Simple, right? This little trick can help you think of more creative and attention-grabbing blog topics — that are often more fun to write, too.6) Introduce new formats. When all else fails, try plugging recurring themes into new formats. So a title like “The Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing” could easily become “The Ultimate Email Marketing Checklist” or “The Ultimate Guide to Email Marketing [Infographic]”.The angle of your post will likely have to change to correspond with the format (not everything should be an infographic, or a video, or a cartoon), but thinking through new format types alongside your regular topics will help you identify new ways of thinking about something you’ve blogged about over and over.7) Remove titles that don’t solve for your customers or audience. At the very end of all this, you’re going to have a huge list, but not every topic is going to be a great choice for your blog. Some may not align with your brand’s positioning or some may feel played out and stale. Be ruthless and cut out any topics that don’t fit the bill. You’ll be left with some great ideas that you can use as you like through the rest of the year.But remember, the goal of this brainstorming process is to set a good foundation for your content backlog — not dictate what you must blog about over the next year. It’s likely that your editorial or marketing strategy will change, or you hear about some breaking news that you need to blog about ASAP. So use this brainstorming session as the foundation of your editorial calendar, not the entirety of it.Do you have a process for thinking of new blog post topics so your well doesn’t run dry? Share your tips with us in the comments below.  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Brainstorming Techniques Originally published Feb 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics:last_img read more