Team SA shine – but no medals yet

first_img11 August 2008South Africa’s men’s 4 by 100 metres freestyle relay team were dethroned as Olympic champions on Monday in an astonishing final in which the first five teams bettered the world record that the USA had set in the heats.The South Africans had qualified for the final by finishing third in their heat, with the sixth best time overall. They clocked three minutes 13.06 seconds, which bettered their gold medal winning time in Athens by 0.11, and was also a new national record.The USA, swimming without their three fastest sprinters, showed amazing depth as they cracked their own world record of 3:12.46 with a time of 3:12.23. Australia and France also finished beneath the previous mark.Relay finalIn the final, the Americans included Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, with only Cullen Jones retained from their team that qualified for the final. It proved to be one of the most eye-opening of all the events swum so far in Beijing.Despite their enviable depth, the Americans needed the fastest leg ever swum in a relay to reel in France over the final 100 metres. Lezak clocked 46.06 seconds with the flying start and hauled in Alain Bernard, who holds the world record at 47.50 seconds, to take the USA to victory in 3:08.24. The French touched a mere eight hundredths of a second later.The winning time slashed an astounding 3.99 seconds off the record that had been set in the heats.Australia took third, Italy fourth, and Sweden fifth, all under the old mark. Canada followed in sixth and South Africa’s Roland Schoeman, Darian Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, and Ryk Neethling finished seventh in 3:12.66, which was once again a national record. Great Britain finished eighth.Basson impressiveJean Basson excelled in the 200 metres freestyle heats, winning his race and recording the second fastest time of 1:46.31. US superstar Michael Phelps turned in the fourth fastest qualifying time.Basson then upped the excitement level considerably by winning his semi-final in 1:46.13. Two swimmers in the other semi-final bettered his time, but not by much, so a cracking final is on the cards. Phelps, in his quest for a record eight Olympic gold medals, made it through by finishing third.While South Africa’s swimmers have failed to win a medal in the pool, it is hard to criticise their performances, which have been littered with national and African records.National recordsGerhard Zandberg won his heat in the 100 metres backstroke in an African record of 53.75 seconds, which was the fifth best time of the heats. He couldn’t match that time in the semi-finals, clocking 53.98, which was good for only sixth and saw him fail to make the final.Riaan Schoeman failed to progress beyond the heats in the 400 metres individual medley, but his time of 4:14.04 was a national record. Kathryn Meaklim also couldn’t progress beyond the 400 IM heats, but she, too, set a national record, lopping almost four seconds off the previous mark in 4:37.11.Mandy Loots established yet another SA record in the heats of the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.61. It wasn’t good enough for her to go on to the semi-finals, but Lize-Marie Retief lowered the new record shortly afterwards to 58.20, which earned her a spot in the semis where she finished last in her race.The one-minute barrierCameron van der Burgh became the first African to break through the one-minute barrier in the 100 metres breaststroke in the heats with his time of 59.96 seconds. He was third in his race as Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen won in an Olympic record that was later broken in the final.Van der Burgh was not as sharp in his semi-final as he had been in the heats and his time of 1:00.57 saw him eliminated after he finished fifth in the second race.Suzaan van Biljon qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres breaststroke by finishing third in her heat in 1:07.55, which was the fifth best time. The winner of the race, Australia’s Liesel Jones, set an Olympic record of 1:05.64 and then won her semi-final in a slightly slower time. Van Biljon was badly off song in the semi-finals, finishing in a time two seconds slower than her time in the heats, and in last place.Augustyn’s star on the riseIn the men’s cycling road race, won by Spain’s Sammy Sanchez over a tough and hilly 245 kilometre course, John-Lee Augustyn, one day shy of his 22nd birthday, excelled by finishing in 27th place. With his recent strong performance in the Tour de France and his gritty showing in Beijing, Augustyn has confirmed that he is a star in the making.Marissa van der Merwe finished 34th in the women’s road race, while teenager Cherise Taylor settled for 49th place.The SA women’s hockey team got their campaign off to a rough start against defending champions The Netherlands. They were crushed 6-0.Rowing hopesRower Ramon di Clemente kept alive his hopes of adding to the bronze medal he won at the Athens Olympics men’s pairs with Donovan Cech, who has since retired. He and new partner Shaun Keeling comfortably qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in their heat.Keeling is confident they can challenge for a medal; he says they held something in reserve in their outing.Rika Geyser qualified for the quarterfinals of the women’s single scull by finishing third in her heat.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Video: Football Friday at the FIC

first_imgStaff members at the Financial Intelligence Centre in Centurion, south of Tshwane/Pretoria, show their Football Fridays spirit ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Lesego Madumo catches up with the action.Click arrow to play video.last_img

Being Comfortable With People Being Unhappy With You

first_imgThere is a difference between being likable (something I recommend, as it can build rapport faster and more naturally), and the need to be liked (something that will limit your success in sales, management, leadership, and success more generally). Post-Challenger Sale, the idea that relationships are not essential and that one needn’t be liked are prevalent in the places where prognosticators do their prognosticating.While it’s true that competency counts, the idea that one need not worry about their bedside manner (desk-side manner, for our purposes) is a dangerous idea. The need to be liked is more often than not detrimental to success in sales. However, having someone unhappy with you is not the same thing as not being liked.In PracticeIf you are worried that a gatekeeper with the power to say no to your request to a meeting, and who also lacks the power to say yes to a deal,  is preventing  you from meeting with a stakeholder, obtaining that meeting may require that you choose another path. Taking a path that is almost certain to make the gatekeeper unhappy, and it isn’t a decision you take lightly (and nor is it one you should take after a single attempt unless there is real urgency), but it may be necessary to go over, under, or around the gatekeeper.Persistence is also a trait that, while being necessary for success in sales, can cause some people to become a little miffed with your attempts to gain a meeting with them. As a sales leader, I always expect one or two calls to complain about a salesperson’s persistent efforts to contact them. I was guilty of this when I started selling, and at some point I learned to say, “I am so sorry I am over-zealous in my attempts to get a meeting with you, but I want you to know I’ll be just as over-zealous in making sure you get what you need.” This mostly reduced their annoyance with my persistence.If you aspire to be your dream client’s strategic partner, from time to time, you are going to have to share ideas that conflict with what your client believes and what they want. Some people will be pleased with having someone push back against his or her ideas, but others will be unhappy. If you’re going to provide the best advice, you have to be willing to have people be unhappy with you occasionally.You have to be comfortable with people being unhappy with you, but that doesn’t mean that you should work to achieve that outcome—and is should certainly not be their default experience with you. The occasions should be rare, and you should do everything in your power to use charm and levity and collaboration to have tough conversations without making them worse than they have to be. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Own Goal, Lodeiro’s Brace Lift Sounders Past Red Bulls, 4-2 (Video)

first_imgSEATTLE — A shot by Victor Rodriguez that was knocked in for an own goal in the 83rd minute put the Seattle Sounders ahead, and Nico Lodeiro’s goal in stoppage time secured a 4-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.The Sounders (14-9-7) remained in contention for second place in the MLS Western Conference.New York (12-13-5) had come back from an early 2-0 deficit, getting the equalizer from Kaku in the 67th minute.The go-ahead goal came when Rodriguez, playing outside the penalty area on the left side, lofted the ball toward the goal, and New York midfielder Sean Davis leaped toward it. The ball deflected off Davis’ right leg into the back right corner of the net.Lodeiro scored on a breakaway in the third minute of stoppage time. The goal was initially waved off by an offside call. But after a video review by referee Allen Chapman, it was put back onto the scoreboard.Jordan Morris and Lodeiro gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first 23 minutes of the game before Aaron Long got the Red Bulls on the board in the 27th.The Sounders, with 49 points, have sole possession of second place in the MLS Western Conference, a point ahead of Minnesota and three ahead of Real Salt Lake. All three of those teams have four games left.By: Mark Moschetti, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interest

first_imgCrystal Palace ace Zaha flattered by Chinese interestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha admits he’s flattered by interest from China.It’s been claimed Dalian Yifang have offered Zaha, 26, a four-year contract worth £44m.”It is flattering, but it does not distract me because I have a job here to focus on,” the Ivory Coast international told Sky Sports.”I do not involve myself in things outside the plan.”Zaha’s contract runs to 2023. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2018 New Year Message from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen

first_img The challenges and sacrifices of the past year generated a degree of anxiety amongst our people, about the future. Many of us lost friends and loved ones, but we are grateful for the gift of life, health and family. Story Highlights I encourage everyone to participate in a national dialogue for the maintenance of our values, their restoration in some cases, and the protection of our public spaces, so that they are safe for everyone to access without harassment. My fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, Happy New Year. My fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, Happy New Year.This new year presents a great opportunity for us to write a new chapter in our lives, personally and nationally: a perfect time to reflect on the core values and traditions that placed us at the global forefront as the “One Love” people.The challenges and sacrifices of the past year generated a degree of anxiety amongst our people, about the future. Many of us lost friends and loved ones, but we are grateful for the gift of life, health and family.And even though hope is frail and faith may grow thin, we must not forget our own strength and resolve, and the pride that makes us uniquely Jamaicans.As we proceed into 2018, we need to unite around the values and principles of:• Neighbourliness,• honesty,• kindness,• decency, and• respect,so that we can truly become the prosperous nation we envision.In our thrust to play our part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race, we have made positive marks on the global stage: setting world records; shaping cultures, consciousness and civilization.Some of these Jamaican vanguards who readily come to my mind include: Marcus Garvey, Nanny of the Maroons, Usain Bolt, Bob Marley and Ms. Lou, exemplary individuals who have all triumphed in the face of difficulties.That indomitable Jamaican spirit is also within all of us, reminding us that we can do great things despite the hurdles we have to overcome along the way.I encourage everyone to participate in a national dialogue for the maintenance of our values, their restoration in some cases, and the protection of our public spaces, so that they are safe for everyone to access without harassment.It is in this context that individuals will be able to legitimately achieve their dreams and aspirations.I encourage those of you who are able:• to affirm those persons who are forging ahead despite their challenges,• to offer support to parents who are experiencing difficulties in raising and supporting their children,• to mentor our young people – our Millennials – so that they can make decisions that will benefit them rather than hurt them, and• to extend a ‘duty of care’ to the elderly and the disabled.When we fulfill these obligations, we state very clearly the type of society we are, and are creating for future generations.Since each new year offers us a great opportunity for a fresh start, let us seize the moment to renew our minds, replacing doubts and negativity with:• hope,• love,• honesty, and• respect.Thus consciously living our lives with a purpose.Lady Allen and the rest of my family join me in wishing you a healthy and successful New Year.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick Named Citizen of the Year While JAYZ

Colin Kaepernick has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine. The former San Francisco 49er landed the cover of GQ’s latest issue for protesting racial injustice by kneeling for the national anthem during NFL games. Since then, he’s angered everyone from the common Twitter user to Donald Trump, who’s called him out on social media, television and at a rally. It also seems that Kaepernick has been blackballed by the league and its owners for protesting. He filed a grievance against the NFL and accused them of collusion. He continues to remain silent and chose not to be interviewed for the GQ article.  He agreed to a photo shoot in Harlem, N.Y. where he posed with local adults and children. On top of that, some of Kaepernick’s friends, allies and general admirers gave statements for the article. Folks like J. Cole, Ava DuVernay, former teammate Eric Reid and Harry Belafonte, who said he’d help the quarterback however he could. “In my 90th year of life, to see people like Colin Kaepernick having gotten the message and carrying the cause forward is the greatest reward I could ask for,” said Belafonte. “Colin is a remarkable young man. The fact that he spoke out on police brutality against young black men, I thought it was absolutely admirable. I’m prepared to do anything it takes and whatever steps I can to support him if this insanity continues.”DuVernay — who also praised Kaepernick — said she had dinner with him and his mate Nessa just one night after Trump called him out during a rally in Alabama. She also said that his “stillness and wisdom” took her aback considering all of the scrutiny he faces. “Look at this brother,” she said. “He’s doing better than any of us would’ve done. A lot better. With a lot more elegance.”Related news: Colin KaepernickPolice Chief Apologizes But ‘No Policy In Place’ to Discipline Officer Over Colin Kaepernick CostumeMaster P Has a Better Solution for Colin Kaepernick NFL WoesCBS Sports Reporter Backtracks on Colin Kaepernick Anthem ReportCole, meanwhile, said Kaepernick’s level of altruism should always be etched in our minds since he sacrificed a lifetime of hard work and dreams to get to the pros.“You’re talking about a guy in his athletic prime who’s lived his whole life dreaming about playing football at a level that millions of kids dream to get to, and in his first big season he takes his team to within five yards of winning a Super Bowl,” said the rapper. “Suddenly, something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life — standing for the national anthem — now feels uncomfortable. Why? Because now it feels phony. It feels like, ‘Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we’re lying.’” At this time, there’s no word when Kaepernick’s grievance case will begin. But according to ESPN, several NFL owners have been called for depositions and asked to hand over their email and cell phone records. Owners such as Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, New England Patriots Robert Kraft and Houston Texans Bob McNair all have been called.In addition, ABC News reports that the owners were chosen for depositions based on public statements they made about the quarterback in the past. “But regardless of what happens with the grievance, Kaepernick’s days of playing in the NFL are over, and he’ll continue to fight for injustice,” said John Carlos, who famously raised his fist in protest with Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics.“Mr. Kaepernick, who needs no introduction, is this generation’s iconic civil rights leader,” Carlos told TMZ. “Through his commitment and sacrifice to speak about the awareness of police brutality against blacks in America, Kaepernick has cemented his status in my books as one of many great individuals whose name will be spoken alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and myself.”Although JAY-Z didn’t mention Kaepernick specifically during a recent “4:44” tour stop in Miami, he touched on the NFL protests and those players speaking out in other sports. “I want ya’ll to understand, when people are kneeling and putting their fist up, it’s not about a flag,” said JAY to the crowd. “It’s about justice, and that’s not a black or white thing that’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected … That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”JAY then addressed the black folks in the audience and like on his “4:44” album, spoke of ownership and not letting others dictate your financial future. He also said that Black people could do a far better job of sticking together.“Black people in particular, we gotta get our sh– together,” he stated. “We gotta start bossing up. We gotta start working with each other. We can’t be hired help. We’re not second-class citizens to anybody.”We reached out to the law firm Geragos & Geragos that’s handling Kaepernick’s case to get updates and question whether they think he’ll return to the NFL. But they chose not to respond or give any further information at this time. read more