Comments Published on December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 After eleven games, the routine has become familiar. Rakeem Christmas, the highly touted freshman, starts the game at power forward for Syracuse only to be replaced within the first five minutes.How much playing time he receives from that point on ranges from little to very little, as head coach Jim Boeheim usually opts for C.J. Fair and James Southerland instead.But on Tuesday, Christmas stormed out of the gates by scoring the first seven points for SU. It didn’t matter. Just like he had so many times before, Christmas went to the bench after 5:17.‘I don’t know why he didn’t get back in,’ guard Brandon Triche said. ‘I would have been kind of mad if I was him and scored the first seven and didn’t get back in. But he was so active, it’s something that we need out of him. If he is able do that, I think we’re unbeatable.’High praise for Christmas, but warranted on the heels of his best game of the season. After his deluge in the opening minutes, Boeheim rewarded the freshman with extended minutes to start the second half. The result was a career-high 10-point, five-rebound, two-block performance that aided Syracuse in an 80-61 win over Bucknell on Tuesday, as Christmas played 14 spirited minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than four minutes into the game, Christmas held a 7-4 lead over the entire Bucknell team. The outpouring was anything but expected from the player that came into the game averaging just 3.3 points per contest, yet it showcased some of his talents that will continue to blossom as the season progresses.After aggressively pursuing a rebound, Christmas was fouled and opened the scoring for Syracuse by hitting one of two free throws. Kris Joseph found him posting up down low on SU’s next possession, and Christmas nimbly tipped the ball to himself before finishing the play with a dunk.‘Rakeem got off to a great start, and I thought he was very good, very productive,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s learning the game. But I thought tonight he did some really good things.’Two possessions later, he created a bit of offense for himself with an awkward-looking, yet effective turnaround jumper in the lane. And he finished the spurt with a putback off a missed jumper by Joseph.But at the 14:43 mark, Christmas got the hook. And there he remained as usual until the start of the second half.‘He’s basically he’s too nice, and he’s got to get more physical on the basketball court,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s got to get stronger, and he’s got to be a warrior down in there. And right now he’s a nice kid. He’s got to be able to go on the court and be a warrior. He isn’t right now.’Undeterred by his time on the bench, though, Christmas opened the second half with glimpses of the toughness and inside presence Boeheim might be looking for going forward.Just 2:45 into the second half, Bucknell forward Mike Muscala drove baseline on the right side and rose up for a dunk. Christmas, who was playing on the opposite side of SU’s 2-3 zone defense, glided over and pinned the ball against the backboard to deny the 6-foot-11 Muscala.Moments later, Brian Fitzpatrick’s layup attempt was swatted away viciously by Christmas who rotated over after Fab Melo bit on a pump fake along the left baseline.‘I usually don’t get as many minutes, so I was just trying to take advantage of what I could do,’ Christmas said. ‘I didn’t think I was going to get that high to block that shot, but I obviously did. And it got me really hyped up.’Christmas played the first 9:01 of the second half without respite, and he capped off that extended run with another strong post move. He received a high-low pass from Baye Keita on the right block for a short turnaround jumper to extend the SU lead to 19 at 55-36.It was a breakout performance that caught the attention of every one of Christmas’ teammates, in addition to Boeheim.‘That’s how we need him to play, getting on the offensive glass and making aggressive moves to the basket,’ Joseph said. ‘ … Rak just showed a little bit of what he can do. He hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential yet.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Students 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 tuesday
A look at how NFL teams rank going into Week 16:1. New Orleans (12-2)Drew Brees’ ability to lead an offense and complete short passes combined with legitimate balance and a stout defense make the Saints NFC favorites.Last week: 2 Next: Pittsburgh 2. L.A. Chargers (11-3)Have pretty much taken Philip Rivers for granted, considering he’s never mentioned here as a contender for the MVP. He should be. And don’t you want to see an AFC title game in StubHub?Last week: 4 Next: …
The 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 …
9 February 2010Plans are under way to set up a medical operations centre in Polokwane to assist with any incidents that might arise at the Peter Mokaba Stadium during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Provincial Health Departmental spokesperson Selby Makgotho said the centre, to be located at the department’s provincial offices, will be linked to the stadium whenever the matches are being played.The centre will have a telephone line, two-way radio, television, laptop, emergency lighting system, fire extinguishers and first-aid equipment.The teams that will play at the state-of-the-art Peter Mokaba Stadium are Algeria, Slovenia, France, Mexico, Greece, Argentina, Paraguay and New Zealand.Health facilitiesThe provincial 2010 health committee said it was pleased with moves to set up the centre as well as progress made towards the final preparations for the event.The committee, which met at the weekend, confirmed that Polokwane, Mankweng Hospital Complex, Lebowakgomo, Mokopane, Seshego, and Polokwane – Medi Clinic Hospital were ready for the World Cup.Key facilities at these hospitals such as theatre operations, trauma centres and intensive care units have gone through an intensive checking process and will be ready to handle any casualty during the event.Emergency responseMakgotho said mobile services have been arranged for the tournament which include eight emergency response vehicles to be stationed at the stadium and fan parks; five disaster busses; five rescue vehicles; one helicopter (for aero medical services) and five mobile intensive care units.Two of the five buses have already arrived and the remaining three will be ready in April.It is expected that the 548 posts for emergency medical services officers will be filled before the commencement of the tournament in June. At the moment, there are about 1 500 emergency medical personnel who will be working during the World Cup.Source: BuaNews
Inspiring New Ways expresses South African pride in finding new ways of doing things: Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola With the aim of giving a voice to the aspirations and achievements of the multi-cultural residents of this country, Brand South Africa has re-positioned itself with a new pay-off line – “South Africa: Inspiring New Ways”. Inspiring New Ways follows hot on the heels of the organisation’s previous tagline, Alive With Possibility. The new slogan was launched along with the organisation’s new ad to promote it, featuring some of the country’s most influential figures.This natural progression comes after much research and consultation. Inspiring New Ways was chosen to express South Africans’ pride as they continue to find new ways of doing things and new solutions to challenges in a rapidly changing world.Brand South Africa’s inspiring advert “The positioning had to be flexible enough to support marketing South Africa as an investment destination, and to promote our products and services. It also had to mobilise support from South Africans at home and abroad,” Miller Matola, the organisation’s chief executive officer, explained of the choice. He stressed that the organisation “needed a brand expression, a positioning, that could be used by all elements that represent South Africa”. In making the commercial, Brand South Africa was inspired by people’s pride in the country’s achievements. “Yes, as a nation we are certainly concerned about things like youth unemployment, about substance abuse, about corruption, about poor academic performance and greed. But people are deeply proud of our achievements, such as how we hosted the football World Cup, our successful democracy, and the Constitution – because it says something about our national character.”Describes national character Inspiring New Ways was a powerful descriptor of the best of the country’s national character, values and the fabric of its people, he said. It also challenged all citizens to help build on the country’s reputation for inspiration and innovation. Brand South Africa could not do this alone; it needed every individual to help build a strong nation brand. About the new slogan, Matola said: “We should not assume that our fellow countries on the continent have not been developing – they have become very competitive and alive with possibilities. So we need now to differentiate ourselves as a nation that is ‘more grown up’ as it were … where we are not still talking of ‘possibilities’ 18 years into democracy and re-entering the international community.” This progression from “possibility to delivery” had implications for Brand South Africa as it had changed, just as the country had. “When you have, as we do, the best regulated stock exchange in the world, a highly regarded tourism industry and excellent banking and financial regulation – to name a few examples – you don’t still describe yourself as having ‘possibilities’ because, in fact, you are delivering.” South Africa had evolved and had gained stature and confidence. In response, a review of the brand and the role of the International Marketing Council (IMC) was undertaken, laying the basis for a new name and country brand positioning. In May 2011, the Presidency announced that the IMC would become Brand South Africa, which more accurately captured the organisation’s mandate “to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve South Africa’s global competitiveness”.This mandate focuses on driving international investment and trade. Domestically, the organisation’s mandate is “to build pride and patriotism among South Africans and contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship”.Top 20 nationBrand South Africa’s vision, according to Matola, is to have the country acknowledged as a Top 20 Nation Brand and a Top 30 Nation in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index by 2020. “South Africa recognised that every country in the world has a ‘brand’ – a way in which the country is perceived.The active management of that brand can positively differentiate the country from its competitors and support increased trade, tourism and investment, resulting in more jobs and economic growth.” The country had grown from a teenager, he said, and today it was a key player in global governance institutions such as the World Bank, G20, United Nations and African Union. “South Africa is using its membership of these forums to promote the African agenda of development, growth and greater influence. We play a pivotal role in the reshaping of global governance as well as financial and trade architecture,” he said.“Hosting the successful 2010 FIFA World Cup™ elevated South Africa on to the largest possible global stage before an audience of billions – and today Brazil looks to us for advice.” He described South Africans as communicators and stressed that citizens needed to acknowledge that “South Africa has moved beyond possibility to delivery”. “Since 1994, South Africa’s character and its brand have changed dramatically. As a country it transformed from a rainbow nation of hope to one that was alive with possibility to the present, where we have moved beyond possibility to world-class delivery and become a leading player on the global stage and contributing as global citizens.”This change indicated the strong need to update the brand positioning to keep up with and lead the way in how the country was perceived by the world, he said. South Africa was ranked in the World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competiveness Report as: First in the strength of auditing and reporting standards;First in the regulation of securities exchange;Second in the soundness of banks;Second in the efficacy of corporate boards;Third in the protection of minority shareholders’ interests;Third in the availability of financial services; and,Fourth in financing through the local equities market.
Johannesburg, Wednesday 11 September 2013 – Brand South Africa will fly the South African flag at the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos or Annual Meeting of the Champions in Dalian,Peoples Republic of China from 11-13 September 2013.The high powered South African delegation to the Summer Davos will use the opportunity to network with government leaders, business representatives, and civil society to profile and position South Africa as a competitive, developed economy that offers investors good returns on investment and other benefits.The New Champions meeting follows the World Economic Forum’s announcement of its 2013 Global Competitive Index which revealed that South Africa has improved on four of the 12 pillars of competitiveness, namely: Institutions, Goods & market efficiency, Business Sophistication and Innovation.South Africa has also made steady progress on the Innovation pillar, improving by three positions to 39 this year. This must be harnessed to drive the National Development Plan as South Africa’s blueprint for economic and social development by 2030.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola commented on this saying, “Economists recognise that innovation is a product of entrepreneurial activity and injects dynamism into an economy. This reflects very positively on the South African economy and opportunities for growth. It is also the factor that has been shown to drive social and economic development in other developing countries. South Africa open for business and we invite investors to look at what we have to offer.”Meanwhile, South Africa retained its position on three pillars: financial market development, technological readiness and market size.South Africa will be represented at the Summer Davos by:NameDesignationOrganisationMiller MatolaChief Executive OfficerBrand South AfricaPaul Scott MatthewDirectorAfrica North Star AllianceImrhan ParukExecutive, Corporate DevelopmentAfrican Rainbow Minerals Ltd (ARM)Patrice T. MotsepeFounder and Executive ChairmanAfrican Rainbow Minerals Ltd (ARM)Anne Githuku-ShongweFounder and Chief Executive OfficerAfroes Transformational GamesBronwyn NielsenSenior Anchor and Executive DirectorCNBC AfricaTsholofelo B.L. MolefeGroup Executive, Group Customer ServiceEskom Holdings SOC LimitedSteve J. LennonGroup Executive, SustainabilityEskom Holdings SOC LimitedZola TsotsiChairmanEskom Holdings SOC LimitedMartyn DaviesChief Executive OfficerFrontier Advisory Pty LtdMonhla Wilma HlahlaChairman of the BoardIndustrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC)Lynette NtuliFounder and Chief Executive (Pty) LtdInnate Investment SolutionsJayendra Naidoo (Jay)Executive ChairmanJ&J GroupAvril HalsteadChief Director, Sectoral OversightNational treasury of South AfricaEllis MnyanduEditor: Business ReportSekunjalo Independent MediaIqbal SurvéExecutive ChairmanSekunjalo Investments Ltd South AfricaPatrick SchofieldFounderThe Indalo ProjectBruce HartHead, China Africa Business DevelopmentThe Standard Bank Group LimitedKuseni DlaminiChairmanTimes Media Group LimitedLungisa MatshobaFounding Chief Technology OfficerYOCOAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
If the Guinness Book Of Records ever introduces a section on bureaucratic decision-making, there would be more record-holders in South Block than in the Patiala sports institute. But even by Indian snail-paced standards, one of the favourite contenders for the title of the longest decision-making process must surely be the,If the Guinness Book Of Records ever introduces a section on bureaucratic decision-making, there would be more record-holders in South Block than in the Patiala sports institute. But even by Indian snail-paced standards, one of the favourite contenders for the title of the longest decision-making process must surely be the succession of officials who have been agonising over the proposal to purchase a light transport aircraft (LTA) ever since 1974.The Saab-Fairchild (below:) and (bottom) the Metro: Surprise entrantsNot surprisingly, by last fortnight, the current LTA committee had made what must be considered major progress by whittling down the original array of contenders to three and were reportedly, in the words of a committee member, “just one or two meetings away from a final decision”. But judging by the manner in which the final decision has dragged on interminably, that could mean anything between next week and next year. In fact, even as the Government was claiming that a decision is imminent, two more aircraft manufacturers hove into view over the horizon with their gift-wrapped packages to try and convince Vayudoot, the country’s floundering third-level regional air service that what they were offering would better suit its needs. The presentation of the two offers could not have been more contrasting and yet symbolises the tortuous twists and belly-rolls that the LTA decision has undergone right from its initial stages.High-powered Selling: The first offer is for the Saab-Fairchild 340, the product of a collaboration between the Swedish company, Saab-Scania and Fairchild Industries of America. Saab-Fairchild did it in style. A luncheon press conference at a five-star hotel where glossy brochures and give-aways were reverently handed out, a demonstration of the aircraft for the prospective customer and a high-level delegation headed by the company’s senior vice-president.advertisementThe other offer was, by contrast, almost a casual afterthought. An Indian aircraft dealer called Mr Mahajan, based in the Bahamas, strolled into the offices of Vayudoot General Manager Captain B.K. Bhasin dressed in chappals, T-shirt and jeans and casually inquired whether he would be interested in the Metro-3, a fast-selling commuter aircraft. Both aircraft are, at the moment, highly unsuitable for Vayudoot.Saab-Fairchild is a 35-seat pressurised aircraft that costs somewhere in the region of Rs 8 crore while the Metro-3’s performance and price-tag is hardly compatible with the three aircraft that have been short-listed by the LTA committee which is essentially looking for a 19- to 20-seat unpressurised aircraft for its four customers, Vayudoot, the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Coast Guard and the navy. The three aircraft in the running – the West German Dornier 228, the Canadian Twin Otter and the Spanish Casa C-212 – have comparable seat capacities and price-tags of just under Rs 2 crore. With the aviation business being as fiercely competitive as it is, Saab-Fairchild and Metro-3 were obviously aware that a final decision was just around the corner and yet the fact that they still put in their bids is more than indicative of their confidence that the LTA decision is vulnerable to last-minute changes.Committee Conundrum: Already, the decision has dragged on for nine years and no less than four expert committees after the original Ministry of Defence committee, headed by scientist V.R. Sinha, first met in 1974 to examine the feasibility aspects. The Sinha Committee’s report projected a demand for between 150 and 300 aircraft and also concurred on the key requirement – that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was capable of undertaking indigenous production of the aircraft selected.In April 1978. the Gidwani Committee, headed by then director-general of civil aviation B.S. Gidwani, examined 11 aircraft and recommended three – the same three that are being considered now in 1983, the Dornier, the Casa and the Twin Otter.But, in typical bureaucratic tradition, committees bred faster than rabbits. No sooner had the Gidwani Committee submitted its report than another committee, under Air Marshal J. Zaheer was set up in December 1979 to examine the Gidwani Committee’s report and recommend two aircraft. The aircraft recommended were the Twin Otter and the Australian Nomad. Barely a year later, yet another committee called the Braganza Committee was formed and the entire exercise repeated with the final decision still no closer than when the proposal was first mooted.Aircraft List: Neither was the committee-breeding process over. With the Zaheer Committee’s report still fresh from the printing presses, yet another committee called the Menon Committee was born which short-listed 10 aircraft and insisted on three requirements – short take-off and landing (STOL) capability, turbo-prop and twin-engined aircraft and low operating costs. Of the 10, two types appeared to be ahead of the pack – Dornier and Twin Otter.advertisement(From below) the Casa-212; the Dornier and the Twin Otter: Short-fistedStrangely enough, though the Menon Committee report still remains the basic working paper, the Twin Otter has not so far been invited for demonstrations.Even stranger is the fact that though the Casa C-212 has twice been rejected by separate committees, it still remains in the running, even though its rear-ramp loading system is hardly suitable for an operator like Vayudoot. The fact that Vayudoot only requires around 30 aircraft, or 15 per cent of the total requirement of around 200, is the main argument in favour of the Casa which is only preferred by the IAF.But the fact remains that it is Vayudoot which has suffered the most because of the delay in the decision. Apart from the fact that its fares and seat/kilometre costs are the lowest in the world, and by deliberate political design, its mounting losses are largely because of the uneconomical fleet of ageing Avros and Fokkers which are 44-seat aircraft flying half empty on most of its routes. The other factor is, of course, the fact that a two-year delay in decision-making can push up original estimates by as much as 50 per cent.The only aspect in favour is that the aircraft industry is running through rough financial weather and it is currently a buyers’ market. But that may not last too long. Already, both Casa and Dornier have submitted revised estimates and if the delay extends any further the original total estimate of Rs 400 crore may go haywire.Delayed Decision: Vayudoot’s Bhasin insists that the delay is because the manufacturers keep altering their estimates but admits: “Even with brand new aircraft, we will continue to make a loss unless the fare structure is revised.”The fact that Vayudoot’s initial requirement is only for seven or eight aircraft in a fly-away condition would imply that the stalling tactics are being employed by the IAF and the navy, who have larger requirements. The navy’s requirement is essentially for maritime reconnaissance for which the Twin Otter and the Dornier are eminently suitable.The Twin Otter has been around for almost two decades and has proved itself as a dependable workhorse. The Dornier. which is a newer design, also conducted successful maritime patrols during its demonstration flights in India.But with the IAF still stubbornly plugging for the Casa, the final decision could have no bearing on proven performances. As a senior Indian Airlines official who sat on one of the committees admits: “There are a lot of pressures from various directions.”Growing Pressures: But even with the “pressures”, it is hardly conceivable how a high-level committee like the present one, responsible for the final decision, manages to take so long to decide on a suitable aircraft. Apart from representatives of the four operators, the committee consists of Defence Secretary P. K. Kaul, Secretary for Defence Production, M.C. Sarin, Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence Dr V.S. Arunachalam and HAL chief Air Marshal L.M. Katre. Added to this is the fact that the project has been shrouded in unnatural secrecy from the time it started.advertisementWhat makes matters worse is that all four operators are urgently in need of new aircraft. Vayudoot is in desperate financial straits, the navy’s reconnaissance patrols are necessarily limited by its ancient Islanders, the IAF has already grounded its Devons and the Coast Guard is without any aircraft of its own. As the entry of Saab-Fairchild and Metro into the raee has proved, any further delay will only be a signal for more manufacturers to converge on New Delhi and further confuse what is already a highly confusing scenario.
Your nonprofit organization needs to have a website. Period. It need not be flashy, overly colorful or even all that pretty-it just has to do its job. Your organization’s website should provide doormats for the major types of visitors, have relevant and timely information, and provide interested parties with your contact information.But, where do you even start? After determining your budget, follow these five steps to create your new website:Register a domain name (at least one):Think about other websites you’ve visited and other organizations you’ve searched for. The web address is straight-forward and relevant to the organization’s name and brand. People can’t visit your website if you don’t have a registered domain. You can get one free for a year through grassroots.org, or begin an inexpensive contract with godaddy.com. If your budget allows, you may consider purchasing more than one domain that all lead to your main webpage. For example, choose a common misspelling, reversal of words in your web address, etc.Develop the initial content for your website:What message or information do people visiting your site need to know? What are the goals of your website? Consider how you will incorporate your call-to-action (contact us, sign up for our listserv, make a donation, sign a petition), and who will be looking at your website. You may have an extremely varied audience-just make sure you’re providing information for each other: donation opportunities, background information and compelling storytelling of why people should care. Take into account the eight things your homepage must have.Determine if a free or really inexpensive option will work for you:Take some time to evaluate sites like Change.org and Grassroots.org. The former allows you to create your own branded social network (complete with online donation capabilities), and the latter has a free web-design/hosting service if you get on their list.Decide who will build your website (if step #3 doesn’t satisfy your organization’s needs, timing and/or format):There are a number of ways to create the page itself: outsourcing the work, creating a page in-house or finding an appropriate application provider (ASP). Read more about each of these options here.Allow your website to accept online donations:With all this “doormat” talk, it’s important to keep in mind that many donors will turn to your website for a quick way to get funds from their wallets to your organization. Network for Good offers an affordable, easy to use online fundraising solution.Once you have your website up and running, keep in mind that it’s an evolving tool and hub of information. Take some time to pat yourself on the back for getting it launched and donor-friendly/ready, but don’t forget to evaluate and re-evaluate how you can keep your site fresh and relevant.