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Pacman ain’t done yet

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “Definitely this is not my last fight,”  Pacquiao said during a press conference Friday held to drum up interest for his World Boxing Association welterweight crown showdown with the Argentine champion at Axiata Arena.“I want my last fight to be in the Philippines, but I still have a couple more fights till I retire,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who reigned in an unprecedented eight divisions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor now, Pacquiao is focused on dethroning Matthysse and regaining his reputation tarnished by a shocking decision loss to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July.Aware of Matthysse’s impressive knockout rate, 36 of 39 victories against four losses, Pacquiao dared not predict a stoppage, but vowed to bring the 147-pound crown home. Pacquiao, Matthysse face the press in Kuala LumpurKuala LumpuR—No matter what happens in his title duel against Lucas Matthysse here on July 15, Manny Pacquiao isn’t hanging up his gloves yet.The Filipino ring icon believes he has a couple more fights left in him before closing a sterling 23-year career that has made him one of the sport’s all-time greats.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Belingon keeps streak, clobbers Leone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award To do so, Pacquiao, who’ll have to divide his time at the gym with his duties as a senator,  intends to train for at least 10 weeks, the early part in Manila under the supervision of bosom buddy Buboy Fernandez. When the Senate takes a break, training shifts to General Santos City.In his first stint as an international promoter by way of MP Promotions, Pacquiao promised a viewer-pleasing fight with Matthysse in the card to be shown worldwide by ESPN on pay-per-view.“Matthysse’s style is very aggressive. He’ll want to come inside and fight toe-to-toe. You won’t see running or dancing in the ring,” said Pacquiao, who holds a 59-7-2 (38 knockouts).Matthysse said he’s willing to do a rematch with Pacquiao, but with Argentina as venue.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more


Taxing times loom for China’s wantaway foreign football stars

first_img0Shares0000Expensive flop: “Very homesick boy” Carlos Tevez © AFP / CHANDAN KHANNASHANGHAI, China, Nov 15 – Expensive flop Carlos Tevez could leave China soon, but other foreigners pining for a move in World Cup year may be disappointed by clubs desperate to retain their pricey stars.The unsettled Argentine, branded “very homesick boy” by fed-up Chinese fans, has endured a miserable 11 months in the Chinese Super League (CSL) and hinted that he is eager to return to Argentina. Shanghai Shenhua are paying the 33-year-old forward some of the highest wages in world football, an estimated 730,000 euros a week, and could agree to let Tevez go after the two-legged Chinese FA Cup final this month against Shanghai SIPG.But other overseas players wanting to quit the CSL now that the season has ended are less likely to get their wish.Replacing them will cost their clubs dear — the result of a Chinese Football Association (CFA) ruling in May that effectively slapped a 100 percent tax on the purchase of foreign players, bringing a sudden halt to the influx of foreigners signed for eye-watering sums.Perennial champions Guangzhou Evergrande, under new coach Fabio Cannavaro, have already declared they want to field an all-Chinese team by 2020, though it remains to be seen if they can do that and still remain the team to beat in the CSL.“Certainly someone like Tevez could leave, but only because he hasn’t been very good,” said Ji Zhe, director at London-based sports marketing firm Red Lantern and an expert in Chinese football.Bucking the trend: Paulinho left Guangzhou Evergrande for Barcelona — “a difficult move for to turn down” © AFP / LLUIS GENE“Paulinho left Guangzhou Evergrande for Barcelona, but that’s a difficult move to turn down. We have seen key players extend contracts, like Renato Augusto at Beijing Guoan recently and Fredy Guarin at Shenhua earlier in the year.“Now that they cannot spend freely, CSL clubs will try their hardest to keep hold of their most prized foreign assets rather than letting them go.”That view is shared by Beijing-based Mark Dreyer, founder of China Sports Insider, which specialises in sports business news in the country.“In the past a lot of the teams would change foreigners very regularly and often not for the best reasons because agents and everyone else along the way would take their cut, even if that meant sacrificing long-term stability,” said Dreyer.“If you just extend the contract of an existing player you don’t need to replace him with another player and pay that 100 percent tax.”– ‘Huge gamble’ –Next summer’s World Cup muddies the waters.China did not qualify for Russia but players from countries that did will be desperate to impress their national coaches between now and when the tournament begins in June — not easy to do with the Chinese season over and the 2018 campaign not kicking off until spring.Tevez’s Shenhua team-mate Giovanni Moreno was reported to be considering a return home out of concern for his place in the Colombia World Cup squad. Whether Shenhua would allow the popular attacking midfielder to go is another matter.Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar might be taking an expensive gamble if he tried to force a move to boost his hopes of a return to the Brazil squad for next year’s World Cup © AFP / Johannes EISELEJi said the likes of Oscar, SIPG’s 60-million-euro man from Chelsea, could also be tempted to force a move back to a higher-profile league in the hope of reclaiming his spot in the Brazil squad.“But that would be a huge gamble for him, he stopped playing for Brazil when we was at Chelsea anyway,” said Ji.“Furthermore, someone like Renato Augusto at Guoan and Gil at Shandong Luneng still get called up by Brazil even though they play in China.”In last winter’s transfer window Chinese clubs shelled out record amounts on foreign players, but the CFA soon acted, ostensibly out of concern that Chinese players were getting squeezed out.The transfer levy greatly stymied spending in the summer, but Zhao Yu, of Beijing-based sports consulting firm Key-Solution, believes CSL clubs will splash the cash again before the new Chinese season.Clubs will find ways to circumvent the transfer rules, he said, such as through loan arrangements like the one that took French predator Anthony Modeste from Cologne to Tianjin Quanjian.“What happened to Neymar may also be repeated in China,” said Zhao, referring to the Brazilian’s record 222-million-euro move from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain in August.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Deschamps says France won’t offer Denmark any favours

first_imgDenmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot in Group C with a victory.“We are not going to give them a helping hand. Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that,” Deschamps told reporters at the Luzhniki Stadium on Monday. “I would never say to my team that we’re playing for a draw. I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match.“I’m sure Denmark will also be playing to win.”Deschamps admitted he could rest players in danger of suspension, with midfield trio Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso all a booking away from missing the next match.“If I can preserve them, it’s now,” Deschamps said. “I won’t be able to that after that.”Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the World Cup, calling them “nothing special” © AFP/File / Jonathan NACKSTRANDReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane looks likely to captain the side, with Steve Mandanda expected to start in goal ahead of regular skipper Hugo Lloris.“I have 23 players, they can all have a role to play and start a match,” Deschamps added. “There are no risks, if they’re here it’s because they’re ready to play.”Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the tournament, calling them “nothing special”.“Everyone is free to say what they want and accept responsibility. It wasn’t a very nice thing,” said Deschamps. “The players read and listen more than me. They know very well what the coach said. “That’s not what’s going to fire up the players that are going to start tomorrow.”Title contenders France have yet to hit top gear in Russia, churning out a 2-1 victory over Australia before scraping past Peru 1-0.Varane believes there is much more to come from the team, particularly going forward.“I think we have progressed compared to the beginning of the competition,” Varane said. “We have improved which is great and we need to carry on.”“In attack I think we can still progress, we can still hurt the opponent more,” he added. “We saw it in different phases during our last game but we can do better. We have the quality to tear defences apart.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raphael Varane (R) is likely to captain France as Didier Deschamps (L) rotates his squad for the Denmark game © AFP/File / Franck FIFEMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – France coach Didier Deschamps has said his team will be going all out to win their final World Cup group game against Denmark on Tuesday as they look to wrap up first place.Deschamps is expected to make several changes for the encounter in Moscow with France guaranteed a spot in the last 16 following wins over Australia and Peru.last_img read more


Honda: Hybrids can look hot, too

first_imgBy Yuri Kageyama THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO – Hybrids don’t have to sacrifice looks to be environmentally friendly – they can be muscular and stylish, too. That’s the message Honda hopes to send at this month’s Tokyo auto show with its new gas-electric hybrid sports car CR-Z. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“This is something rivals can’t offer,” Tetsuji Morikawa, a Honda Motor Co. engineer, said of the CR-Z, whose sales date is promised for the “near future.” The vehicle has maintained “the essence of the sports car” while still delivering good mileage and less pollution, he said. Hybrid vehicles tend to be bulkier than sleek sports cars because of the size and complexity of the hybrid systems, which include a battery, motor, engine, converter and other parts. They’re usually not known for their torque, acceleration, handling and innovative design. The CR-Z comes with a new hybrid system developed by Honda whose breakthroughs allowed designers to get around such restrictions to achieve its lean, cutting-edge look, said Morikawa, while declining to give details about the hybrid system and the vehicle. The model will be on display at the biannual Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the public Oct. 27 in the Tokyo suburb of Chiba. Japan’s No. 2 automaker already sells the hybrid Civic but discontinued the hybrid Accord and hybrid Insight. It has promised a new hybrid in 2009. Interest in hybrids is high among the world’s automakers amid concerns about global warming and rising oil prices. Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp. has emerged the leader in the technology, having sold more than a million hybrids globally in the past decade. Tokyo-based Honda, which has sold about 220,000 hybrids worldwide so far, is eager to make its stamp on hybrids by showing how its reputation for sporty cars will also work for hybrids.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Scores killed by Tropical Storm Noel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A swollen river overflowed its banks Monday night and swept away the hamlet of Piedra Blanca in the central Dominican Republic, forcing Charo Vidal to climb a tree. She watched her neighbor struggle to do the same nearby, clutching infant twins while water swept an older daughter away. “She couldn’t take care of all three,” Vidal said Wednesday. “That is something very significant, to have a child snatched from your hands and you cannot do anything for them.” The mother, Mary De Leon, was inconsolable. “The river tore her from my hands as I held her,” she said through tears. “A lot of people had to choose between losing one child and losing another one,” said Liony Batista, a project manager for Food for the Poor, an international Christian relief organization. Sagrario Diaz, a 42-year-old farmer, also struggled to hold on to his son in the surging waters but failed. “I fought, I swear I tried to save him, but I couldn’t,” Diaz said. “I would like to die.” A neighbor, Lucia Araujo, said she heard the boy scream: “Daddy, I don’t want to drown. Help me, I don’t want to drown.” At least seven people died in Piedra Blanca, emergency officials said. About 200 homes were destroyed in the nearby town of Bonao, Batista said. Dominican President Leonel Fernandez declared a state of emergency for the next 30 days and asked for international help, especially rescue teams and helicopters. He ordered residents in 36 communities to evacuate because they were in potential flood zones. At least 58,300 Dominicans fled their homes, some 14,500 of which were damaged, said Luis Antonio Luna, head of the Emergencies Commission. He said at least 56 people had died in the Dominican Republic so far. Flooding also forced the evacuation of about 1,000 inmates from a prison north of the Dominican capital. Luna said officials were trying to reach dozens of isolated communities, but bad weather, a lack of helicopters and damage to bridges and highways slowed rescue efforts. The southwestern town of San Jose de Ocoa was in a precarious situation, unreachable by air, land or water, Public Works Secretary Victor Diaz Rua said. “We have been told that the town has a limited food supply, so we’re looking for a way in,” Diaz said. In neighboring Haiti, floods rushed through houses in the capital’s Cite Soleil slum, carrying away a 3-year-old boy as relatives frantically shouted for help and tried unsuccessfully to reach him through the muddy, debris-filled water. Two people were killed when their house collapsed in a mudslide in the hillside suburb of Petionville, and at least three others died in Jacmel, where officials said 150 people were trapped on rooftops awaiting aid. Some Haitian shelters were overwhelmed by evacuees. One in Cite Soleil, guarded by U.N. troops, had one blanket for every two people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! . PIEDRA BLANCA, Dominican Republic – Tropical Storm Noel triggered mudslides and floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, pushing the death toll to 81 on Wednesday and forcing some parents to choose which of their children to save from the surging waters. The storm was slowly moving away from the north coast of Cuba and was projected to skirt Florida and batter the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A tropical storm watch was issued for parts of southeast Florida. With rain still falling two days after the storm hit, rescuers were struggling to reach communities cut off by flooding on the island of Hispaniola. As they did, they found a rising toll of death and damage – at least 56 dead in the Dominican Republic, 24 in Haiti and one in Jamaica. last_img read more


26 summoned as Hippos enter residential training

first_imgAFCON U-20 QUALIFIERS, first leg:Uganda Hippos vs CameroonStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 12-05-2018 @04:00pmThe Hippos are preparing for Saturday’s game against CameroonThe Uganda U-20 National team, the Hippos have officially entered into residential camp at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.The Hippos are preparing for their second round first leg qualifier against Cameroon in the Total U-20 African Cup of Nations, Niger 2019 campaign.With the game only a few days away, head coach Matia Lule has confirmed a team of 26 players that will be camping at Njeru as they prepare for the young ‘Indomitable Lions’.The list includes French based Agiri Bashir who plays for lower division side AS Beziers among others from Uganda’s top flight, second tier and several schools.The major absentee from the list is Proline’s Joshua Okiror who featured for the Hippos in the two legged affair with South Sudan.Okiror has been struggling with fitness since then and has barely featured for his club in the Azam Uganda Premier League.However, AMUS College Bukedi goalkeeper Okello Solomon has been called up along with Herbert Katongole of big league side Kansai Plascon.Despite their confirmation in the list, Allan Okello, Julius Poloto, Fred Okot, Mustapha Kiiza, Steven Mukwala, Geoffrey Waswa and Frank Tumwesigye did not travel with the team to Njeru the to club commitments in the upcoming Azam Uganda Premier League but there is assurance that they will all join up with the team later this week.Top scorer Steven Mukwala is one of the players still on club dutyThe head coach Matia Lule had a word of inspiration and motivation for the players upon arrival as he urged them to keep their heads high.“I am glad to be working with a group of players that i am positive will represent the Nation in numerous occasions from now going forward, said Lule.“Being here means that you have a path to the senior National team, that is if you strive as hard as you can.“There are going to be a lot of challenges but if you keep you heads high, nothing is impossible in the end.“My job is to nature you the best way i can and you do your bit by replicating all the training we do on the field of play.Uganda will take on Cameroon in the first leg of the second round of qualifiers at the StarTimes stadium in Saturday before heading for Yaoundé seven days later.In the first round, the Hippos defeated South Sudan 8-1 over two legs including a 5-1 drubbing of the South Sudanese in Kampala.For Cameroon, they received a ‘by’ in the first round so the game next Saturday will be their first in the qualifiers.Vipers’ Steven Mukwala is the top scorer of the qualifiers with two goals from as many games and he will be one of the players looked upon to inflict the desired damage come Saturday afternoon.The 26 players that have been summoned for the U-20 side:Achay Herbert (Kibuli SS), Bashir Asiku (Vipers), Ivan Eyam (Kataka FC), Bashir Kagiri (AS Beziers, France), Alpha Kakonga (Kyetume FC), Abubaker Kasule (Not Attached), Herbert Katongole (Kansai Plascon), Said Keni (Proline FC), Robert Kitabalwa (St. Mary’s Kitende), Mustapha Kiiza (KCCA FC), Mustapha Mujuzi (Proline FC), All Mukiibi (Kisugu FC), Steven Mukwala (Vipers SC), Billy Nkata (Express FC), Solomon Okello (Amus College), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Fred Okot (URA FC), Raymond Onyai (Kataka FC), Denis Otim (Mbarara FC), Solomon Ovoyo (Nkumba University), Julius Poloto (KCCA FC), Faisal Ssekyanzi (St. Mary’s Kitende), Hamid Tibita (Bul FC), Frank Tumwesigye (Vipers SC), Geoffrey Wasswa (Vipers SC), Paul Willa (Police FC), Derrick Emmanuel Were (Nkozi University).The technical Team:Head Coach: Matia LuleAssistant Coach: James OdochGoalkeeping Coach: Sam KawalyaKits Man: Kizito LawrenceTeam Doctor: Nakabago EmmanuelTeam Media Officer: Omaria BoscoTeam Manager: Suliat Makumbi.Comments Tags: Hippossteven mukwalalast_img read more


Video: Goodbye, Oracle. Thanks for the memories — it’s been a heck of a ride!

first_imgThis is the place, this hulk of a building just off Interstate 880 in Oakland, that wrapped its arms around this storied team and nurtured its epic rise.This is the place where fans were so loyal and so loud — even during the … Click here if you’re having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device.For 47 years, the Golden State Warriors called Oracle Arena home. Now, they’re saying goodbye.On Thursday night, win or lose, the team will play its final game in the historic stadium.last_img


National Fly the Flag Day: 2 March 2010

first_imgGear up for the 100 Day Countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™Three million tickets. 64 matches. 32 teams. Approximately 450 000 international visitors. A global television audience of more than 26 billion viewers cumulatively. 48 million proud Bafana Bafana supporters. And billions of rands spent on improving South Africa for the long term beyond the World Cup.This is the spectacle that will greet the world on 11 June 2010 – more than six years after South Africa was chosen as hosts, bringing the largest sporting event in the world to the African continent for the first time.On Tuesday, 2 March, this celebration of football and of Africa’s humanity will be just 100 days away.What will you do on 2 March to mark this important landmark for the country and the international football community?Government, FIFA, the Organising Committee (OC), South African Tourism, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa) the SABC and a range of partners in the public and private sectors are pooling ideas and initiatives to ensure that 2 March is celebrated with all the passion and vibrancy that the world associates with this young, dynamic country.The national and global highlight of the 2 March festivities countrywide will be a widely publicised event in Durban where government, the OC and FIFA will jointly start the 100 Day Countdown. The 2010 National Communication Partnership of private and public-sector marketers and communicators will implement activities that will add impetus to this national landmark.2 March is therefore earmarked as a day on which South Africans, here and abroad, are called upon to demonstrate their excitement for the tournament, and to display their passion for the country and the beautiful game.It is also a day for previewing how we will open our hearts and homes to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will soon be driving, flying and sailing to this diverse, scenic and rapidly developing destination at the southern tip of the African continent.From flying the flag and donning Bafana Bafana kit, to feasting on homegrown meals and music, 2 March is a celebration of what the country has already achieved in preparing for the tournament, and a chance to get our hearts and minds into the spirit of the FIFA World Cup.So, what can you do on 2 March? “Fly the Flag” on the day!The 100 Day Countdown builds on the “Fly the flag” initiative, which brings together all who live in South Africa around the country’s national symbols and anthem, and expresses support for Bafana Bafana.Organisation and institutions are invited to host events at midday (12 noon) on 2 March, enabling staff, clients and partners to sing the national anthem, wear the Bafana Bafana kit, dance the Diski and acknowledge the flag.Mini-football, football quizzes, chats about what makes us good hosts and good football supporters and discussing ways in which football can bring us closer as a nation, are among the activities that could serve as in-house team-building exercises.Of course, a simple braai will add to the feel-good factor!Create awareness about the importance of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and communicate the important role each of your audiences creates in nation-building.Make Football Fridays a standard celebration in your home, community and officeEach Friday, before and after 2 March, encourage those around you to wear the Bafana Bafana kit and create a “sea of gold” on the streets and inside the stadium when the national team plays. Information on official Bafana Bafana merchandise and licensees can be obtained on the website: SLAM. So, wear your shirt from now onwards, fly your flag and learn the national anthem. Many companies are already hosting Football Fridays and some activation can be viewed on the website: Football Friday.Get into shape with the Diski DanceThe Diski Dance can provide fun and team-building, promoting excitement and national unity. Official Diski dancers can be booked to come to your offices and teach your staff the Diski Dance or add additional excitement at a client function. Please refer to the corporate Diski Pack for more information on how to book your Diski dancers via the website: South Africa 2010.Distribute Proudly South African (made in South Africa) nation-building collateral to be given to your stakeholders on Football FridaysFor organisations, a great way to ignite excitement and national pride is to distribute various collateral elements to stakeholders, including:South African flagsSouth African beanies and scarvesSouth African branded vuvuzela’scredit-card size face-painting kits and more.Individuals and communities can also showcase their participation in many creative forms, whether it is through clean-up campaigns, tree planting and many other activities that involve communities to create long-term legacies that we all can be proud of.Take the World Cup into the classroomThe passion of South Africa’s youth can be unlocked through 100 Day Countdown activities at schools and campuses where curricular or extra-curricular programmes could be used to focus learners’ and students’ attention on the 2 March celebration.Graphic and performance art, essay compilations or competitions, the Diski Dance and other options could be used to mobilise young people.For more information and to discuss ways you can get involved, please contact:Sugen Pillay South African Tourism: Global Events Manager Email: Tel: (011) 895 3016Bulelwa Zimba International Marketing Council of South Africa: Marketing Coordinator Email: Tel: (011) 483 0122Kholiswa Kleinbooi Government Communications (GCIS) Email: Tel: (012) 314 2173last_img read more


Mandela Month: inmates renovate homes

first_img2 July 2015Mandela Month acts of goodwill have started across South Africa and on 1 July in Morning Star, Cape Town, a group of inmates alongside the Department of Human Settlements started the renovation and building of 16 homes in the township.Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks, in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services, and other stakeholders visited the site where prisoners put their handyman skills to use in building homes and renovating existing structures. The inmates are from the Goodwood and Pollsmor correctional facilities.Tears of joyMorning Star resident Simon Filander was at a loss for words when the inmates and the department showed up on his doorstep, ready to get to work.“This makes things easier,” he said. “There is no word in the dictionary that I can look up to explain how grateful we are that this is happening to us.“I have tears waiting to come rolling down my cheeks, but not tears of sadness, but tears of joy.”Community members chose the Filanders as one of 16 families to benefit from the initiative because of the severity of their socio-economic situation – Filander and his wife are both unemployed, he is disabled and his eight-year-old child is wheelchair-bound and suffers from cerebral palsy.Everyone benefits“We are here today to renovate these houses here in Morning Star, an area where residents have been living in asbestos-built homes for many years,” Kota-Fredericks said.The community will benefit from having better homes, and it will help prisoners with artisan skills to give back to the community. It is seen as a positive step towards their rehabilitation and reintegration.Manelisi Hlakuva, an inmate at Goodwood Correctional Centre, was glad to be part of the initiative.“We are here to help this community also in honour of the late Tata [Mandela],” he explained. “He also valued helping other people and we also decided it was good for us to make a positive contribution to the community.“As part of rehabilitation, we are aware of the mistakes we have made but we hope that our contribution will also help re-integrate us in the community,” he said.The legacyMandela Month is commemorated annually in tribute to Nelson Mandela during July, the month of his birth. On his birthday, 18 July, South Africans – and indeed all people around the world – are called to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to give back through initiatives to help improve the lives of people less fortunate. The United Nations has declared the day International Nelson Mandela Day in his memory.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more


The 10 Reasons You Believe You Hate Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now When someone says they “hate sales,” you can be confident they don’t work in sales. Those who work in sales don’t feel that way about selling. The reason people suggest they have a strong emotional feeling about sales is that they believe things about sales that aren’t true, had negative experiences, or are struggling to sell successfully. Here are the ten reasons you hate sales and some ideas about reframing sales.BeliefsYou Believe You Are Harming SomeoneIf you hate sales, it is likely because you believe it is something you are doing to someone, instead of for someone and with someone. You think that selling requires you to convince someone to buy something they don’t want, don’t need, and can’t afford. None of this is true.In professional sales, there are not many people who try to force people to buy things they don’t want and can’t afford and doing so would be a waste of their time. What is true is that you are helping someone obtain a result they couldn’t create without you. You are helping them make an informed decision about what they need to do and how to do it.You Believe You Have to Be Self-OrientedThere was a time when companies hired gregarious salespeople, people with a smile on their face and a shine on their shoes. They wanted people with charisma and who could use their charm to get what they wanted (as opposed to helping the client get what they wanted). Salespeople were taught tactics to manipulate their prospective clients.In the last couple of decades, evolution has mostly weeded out these behaviors. They don’t lead to success in a world where there are too many choices to have to work with a self-oriented, smart, back-slapping, glad-handing salesperson.The people who are most successful now are more other-oriented than self-oriented (although there will never be any profession without its bad actors). There is no requirement that you be self-oriented, especially when it isn’t helpful to your results.You Believe You Have to Be AggressiveIf you have watched movies about salespeople, you have no doubt seen “the hard sell,” or what is also described as a “high pressure” sales. If you have witnessed this type of sale, you can imagine how bad it feels. There are still laws on the books that allow the person who falls prey to these kinds of tactics that provide the right to rescind a deal within three days. The law provides for a “cooling down” period, the name is a perfect description, not because you were too hot on buying something, but the fact that you need to cool down after a salesperson took advantage of you.No one teaches or trains the hard sell. No one uses high-pressure tactics. Most of the salespeople who sell professionally now have never seen anyone be aggressive and apply pressure to convince their prospect to buy. If you have to use force to win a deal, you are not a very good salesperson.You Believe It Can’t Be TaughtYou might believe that salespeople are born, not made. There is some truth to salespeople being born, as some of them have incredibly fast rapport skills, high emotional intelligence, and the ability to provide their clients an experience that creates a preference to work with them. These people, however, are more the exception than the rule.Even some with slow rapport skills and take a little longer to warm up still have other attributes that allow them to sell effectively. You can find a food doctor with an excellent bedside manner, and you can find a good sawbones with a lousy bedside manner.You can learn to sell. It is a skill set that can be taught, trained, and developed. Like any other human skill, if you are willing to do the work, you can learn.ExperienceYou’ve Had Bad ExperiencesMy first experience with a salesperson ended up with his sales manager blocking the door and telling me I wasn’t leaving the dealership if I wasn’t driving the car he was trying to sell me. As you might imagine, I left in the car I drove onto the lot. Because a lot of us have a negative first sales experience, that is how we think about salespeople.You have also likely had good experiences, but because there is nothing harmful in these interactions, there is nothing worth noting. But you have made purchases where the salesperson helped you explore your choices and come to the right decision. If you’ve had a great experience, you’ve had a salesperson prevent you from buying something that wasn’t going to serve you.In sales, there is no benefit whatsoever from providing a bad experience. It only results in your losing.You Have Been Exposed to Bad ExamplesMovies and television shows often portray the worst people in sales as a sort of anti-heroes (this is why the connotation sticks). If you spend time on the internet, you will still see a few bad examples. If you wander around long enough, you will find people who embody all the reasons you believe you hate sales.You have never thought about the people you know who work in sales. You have friends that sell, family members that work in sales, and you may even have a parent that sells. Good examples of real salespeople surround you.Skill SetsIt Feels Difficult to YouSelling can feel challenging, especially at the beginning. More especially when you have to ask for the commitment for time (i.e., prospecting). Everything feels awkward when you don’t what you are doing. Until you sell for a little while, it can be difficult. However, like anything else you in which you are competent, over time, you get better—and your results improve.You Are Unaware of the MechanicsIf you don’t know how to make a cold call, it will feel dreadful. If you don’t know how to have a conversation in which you trade value for time, you might feel as if you are being personal rejected (you are not). When you don’t know how to open a sales call or control the process, you struggle to lead the conversation, and you have a difficult time creating value for your prospect.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. There are a lot of mechanics to selling. Once you know how things work, it starts to fell a lot less complicated. Your competency grows, as does your confidence.You’ve Never Been TrainedA lot of us had training that consisted of being given index cards with the five most common objections we could expect and a list of phone numbers (or in my case, the most leads you have ever seen, all in alphabetical order in what was called a phone book). You may have been cast into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim, in which case, you weren’t given the best start.Because selling is critical to any enterprise, we know how to train and develop people on how to sell successfully. If you are lucky enough to get a job where you get excellent training, you will spend a lot less time struggling against the water, taking into mouthfuls, while you doggy paddle to the side of the pool. You will feel a lot different after training.You’ve Never Had a Good MentorMany of us in sales had excellent mentors. We had people who cared about our growth and development. They modeled the right beliefs and behaviors, and we modeled them. We also shamelessly mimicked their language choices for client conversations. If you haven’t had a good sales mentor, you missed one of the greatest accelerators possible and one that would have had you feeling very different about sales and selling.None of the beliefs, or experiences, or lack of skills are fatal. You can try on some new beliefs, ones that might fit you better. You can have new experiences, including the satisfaction that comes from helping people get what they want to need. You can also get the training and development that would allow you to find greater success.last_img read more