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5 reasons to integrate storytelling into your marketing strategy

first_imgWe’ve been telling stories for thousands and thousands of years, dating back to when cavemen drew hunting stories on stone to brag about their adventures. Telling stories is an innate way for humans to communicate and build relationships. Think about any date you’ve ever been on. When getting to know one another and trying to develop a relationship, you wouldn’t simply spit out your own features, rather you’d tell your story.Example 1: “I have a great job. I have green eyes. I wear size 7 shoe.”Example 2: “I love what I do. I help people achieve their dreams every day and I wouldn’t change that for the world.” –Or- “My parent’s always told me that my green eyes run in our family because we’re of Irish decent. My great grandparents emigrated here from Ireland.”Which example is more likely to strike a chord with your date? People don’t buy features and benefits; they buy your story. Take a look at five reasons storytelling is important to your marketing strategy: Stories strengthen relationshipsYour stories create connections with members on a deeper level than standard marketing tactics. By telling your brand story and sharing member stories, you’re creating invaluable emotional connections between your members and your brand. Good storytelling that creates the ultimate connection are those that aren’t necessarily about you, your products, or features, they are stories about emotions, experiences, needs and wants. Stories create experiencesBy telling your story you leave lasting impressions on those who come in contact with you. By creating a story-based experience, your audience walks away with something way more tangible than traditional product-based marketing message. They walk away with an experience that they are more likely to remember. Stories are more likely to be sharedWhen was the last time you called your friend to tell him/her about the features of a new checking account you just opened? Probably not recently. But if you saved money by switching to a credit union and felt like you family from the moment you walked through the door, you might share that story with your friend, no? Sharing of stories has been amplified by social media, making storytelling that much more important to your brand. Stories shape information into meaningRemember that grade school teacher who always told stories while he/she taught? Sure you do. That’s because those stories made you remember the educational content better than the boring teacher who just taught textbook content. Stories can help shape useful information into inspirational, shareable content. Stories are less likely to be resistedThe average consumer is exposed to over 5,000 marketing messages per day (Yankelovich Consumer Research). When we know we’re being sold to, we tend to close our ears. Miraculously, when someone tells us a story, we are captivated and have all the time in the world to listen. Telling your story will help break through the marketing clutter that consumes people today.A great example of a credit union that uses storytelling in their marketing is BECU. 201SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Detailslast_img read more

England vs Iceland: FA asks for Nations League game to go ahead at Wembley | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – In an international week special, Jamie Redknapp reacts to Joe Gomez’s injury news and analyses where England must strengthen ahead of next year’s European Championships.Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox – Advertisement – Entry from Denmark is currently banned for non-British residents after a new strain of coronavirus – thought to have originated in mink farms – was found in the country.The FA has now confirmed they have been lobbying the UK Government for “elite athlete exemption” on Iceland’s behalf, which would have allowed them to enter the UK under strict rules.It had been suggested that a neutral country, possibly Albania, might host the match. “We have asked Government to consider allowing us to play our final UEFA Nations League match at Wembley Stadium, by giving travel exemption to the Icelandic team subject to strict medical protocols,” read an FA statement.“The Icelandic team will have played Denmark in Copenhagen and therefore would be subject to a travel ban.“While in Denmark they will have been under strict UEFA protocols in a sporting bubble and will be PCR tested before travelling to England. The PCR test picks up the Cluster 5 variant.”Pitch to Post podcast: Redknapp on England- Advertisement – Oxford are gearing up to face Wycombe at an empty WembleyImage:England vs Iceland could yet be played at Wembley The FA has asked the Government to consider allowing England to play the UEFA Nations League match against Iceland at Wembley on Wednesday.England’s national stadium was due to host England’s final Group A2 game, but the entire Iceland squad are unable to enter the UK under current rules given they first play Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018: Kabaddi event complete schedule, timings and details

first_imgNew Delhi: The 2018 Asian Games is all set to go live from August 18 in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. The Kabaddi event will kick off from August 19 and will go on till August 24. This will be the eight time that Kabaddi will be a part of the Asiad after having its debut in 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China.Asian Games 2018 Day 1, LIVE Score, updates, resultsHowever, Kabaddi made its debut in the 1982 Asian Games, New Delhi as an exhibition game and the Indian team is the most successful team in the history of Asiad with nine Golds, seven in men’s category and two in women’s. And another interesting fact is that the Indian Kabaddi team has never lost a match in the men’s category of Asian games.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Young ‘guns’ of India hungry for medalsHere is the complete schedule of Kabaddi event in the 2018 Asian Games:Note: All timings are in Indian Standard Time (IST).19 August 2018 – Sunday7:30 AM: (Women’s Group A) India vs. Japan8:20 AM: (Women’s Group B) Iran vs. South Korea9:10 AM: (Women’s Group A) Thailand vs. Sri Lanka10:00 AM: (Women’s Group B) Bangladesh vs. Chinese Taipei10:50 AM: (Women’s Group A) Japan vs. Indonesia12:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) India vs. Bangladesh01:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Iran vs. Japan02:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) South Korea vs. Thailand03:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Pakistan vs. Malaysia04:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Nepal vs. Indonesia05:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) India vs. Sri LankaALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for Asiads20 August 2018 – Monday7:30 AM: (Women’s Group A) Sri Lanka vs. Indonesia8:20 AM: (Women’s Group B) South Korea vs. Chinese Taipei9:10 AM: (Women’s Group A) India vs. Thailand10:00 AM: (Women’s Group B) Iran vs. Bangladesh10:50 AM: (Women’s Group A) Japan vs. Sri Lanka12:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) Bangladesh vs. Thailand01:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Japan vs. Malaysia02:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) India vs. South Korea03:30PM: (Men’s Group B) Iran vs. Pakistan04:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) Thailand vs. Sri Lanka05:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Indonesia vs. Japan21 August 2018 – Tuesday7:30 AM: (Women’s Group A) India vs. Sri Lanka8:20 AM: (Women’s Group B) Iran vs. Chinese Taipei9:10 AM: (Women’s Group A) Thailand vs. Japan10:00 AM: (Women’s Group B) Bangladesh vs. South Korea10:50 AM: (Women’s Group A) India vs. Indonesia12:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Malaysia vs. Indonesia01:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka02:30PM: (Men’s Group B) Japan vs. Nepal03:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) India vs. Thailand04:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Iran vs. Malaysia05:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Pakistan vs. Indonesia22 August 2018 – Wednesday12:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Iran vs. Nepal01:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Pakistan vs. Japan02:30 PM: (Men’s Group A) South Korea vs. Bangladesh03:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Malaysia vs. Nepal04:30 PM: (Men’s Group B) Iran vs. Indonesia23 August 2018 – Thursday07:30 AM: (Men’s Group A) South Korea vs. Sri Lanka08:30 AM: (Men’s Group B) Pakistan vs. Nepal09:30 AM: (Women’s Group A) Thailand vs. Indonesia01:30 PM: (Women’s) Winner Group A vs. Runners Up Group B02:20 PM: (Women’s) Winner Group B vs. Runners Up Group A03:30 PM: (Men’s) Winner Group A vs. Runners Up Group B04:30 PM: (Men’s) Winner Group B vs. Runners Up Group 24 August 2018 – Friday01:30 PM: (Women’s) Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2 Gold Medal Match03:30 PM: (Men’s) Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2 Gold Medal Match For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Unlikely hits propel box office

first_imgWhen the movie industry receded into a six-week box-office slump at the start of the year, few expected an ancient battle flick with no-name stars, a movie about bikers having a midlife crisis and an action film starring Nicolas Cage to turn things around in such spectacular fashion. But this trio of critically panned movies has surpassed all expectations and put Hollywood on track to possibly have its first $10 billion year. Year-to-date box office has surged to $1.777 billion – 5.31 percent higher than a year ago – according to figures released Monday by box-office tracker Media By Numbers LLC. “Things really turned around when they needed to,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “Had we gone on with down weekends leading up to the summer, chances for a record-breaking year might have been in jeopardy.” Most impressive has been the Warner Bros. release “300” about the ancient battle of Thermopylae. The film, which had a production budget of just $60 million, has been the No. 1 movie in the marketplace for the past two weekends, grossing an astounding $129.2 million in its first 10 days. The movie had no big-name stars yet set the record for the biggest March opening in history ($70 million) and had the third-largest opening ever for an R-rated movie behind only “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of the Christ.” “It’s really `300′ that’s leading the way; it’s been able to blow past everyone’s expectations,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com. “The marketing was brilliant, but also the style of filmmaking kept the cost down. It was filmed inside of a Canadian warehouse and a lot of excitement came from the look and feel of the picture. I think this is actually something that will get imitated. “`300′ is on its way to probably doing $180 (million) to $190 million domestically and well over $400 million.” In the weeks before “300” exploded onto the scene, the big surprise was the box-office performance of the Disney comedy “Wild Hogs,” starring Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and John Travolta as a group of men on a motorcycle road trip. After a first-place opening, “Hogs” has gone on to spend the past two weeks in second place and now has an impressive three-week total of $104.2 million. But the first film to cross the $100 million mark was the Sony Pictures Entertainment action movie “Ghost Rider,” based on a lesser-known Marvel Comics franchise and starring Cage, who was coming off a lengthy string of flops. “It’s putting us in good position going into the summer season,” Pandya said. “Part of this might just be the anticipation of summer and people need some thrills now. They can’t wait another two months.” “Ghost,” while clearly losing steam in its fourth week, has already grossed $110.4 million and provided Sony, the dominant studio in 2006, with its biggest hit so far this year. Sony also scored this past weekend with the third-place bow of the Sandra Bullock thriller “Premonition,” which took in $17.55 million – the biggest debut of Bullock’s career. Still in the top 10 after six weeks is the Eddie Murphy comedy “Norbit,” a Paramount Pictures release that has taken in $92.4 million to date and is a shoo-in to become the fourth 2006 release to cross the $100 million mark. It’s questionable whether the Disney family picture “Bridge to Terabithia” will make it to $100 million but the movie has performed strong over three weeks with a cumulative gross of $74.9 million. But all of this is a warm-up to what many believe could be a record summer and the biggest year at the box office in history. In the month of May alone, sequels to “Spider-Man,” “Shrek” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” will hit theaters. Post-May, new installments of “Harry Potter,” “Fantastic Four” and the “Bourne” franchises are on tap in addition to a new Pixar animated movie (“Ratatouille”), and sequels to “Rush Hour,” “National Treasure” and George Clooney’s popular “Ocean’s” movies. Dergarabedian thinks all of this firepower could result in a record year for the domestic box office despite the inauspicious start. “We were in a mini-slump that could have turned into a major slump,” he said. “Presidents Day weekend was the turning point.” The highest-grossing year on record remains 2004, when revenue totaled $9.45 billion. Last year, ticket sales wound up at $9.4 billion. “A record-breaking year may have been in jeopardy because you need consistency every weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “But what is happening now is a perfect prelude to a record-breaking May and a $10 billion box-office year.” [email protected] (818) 713-3758 March Moviegoing Madness 2007 year-to-date revenues: $1.777 billion 2006 year-to-date revenues: $1.688 billion Revenue up 5.31 percent Attendance up 3.57 percent Source: Media By Numbers LLC160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Football in South Africa

first_imgSouth African glamour football club KaizerChiefs play Manchester United in the finalof the 2008 Vodacom Cup at LoftusVersfeld Stadium in Pretoria.(Images: Chris KirchhoffMedaiClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bafana BafanaMatlhomola MorakeTeam Media Officer+27 82 7444 [email protected]• South African Football AssociationMorio SanyaneDirector: Communications and Media+27 82 99 00 [email protected]• Kaizer ChiefsLuthando ZibekoMedia Liaison Officer+27 82 992 0454+27 11 941 1465+2711 838 [email protected]• Orlando PiratesMickey ModisanePublic Relations Officer+27 82 992 [email protected]• Mamelodi Sundowns+27 11 393-5007/[email protected]• SuperSport UnitedLuca Matlou+27 11 340 [email protected] Munyai+27 11 340 7066• Premier Soccer LeagueAltaaf KaziManager: PR and [email protected]• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected] FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected]• 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa LocalOrganising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected]• Government Communication andInformation SystemTiyani RikhotsoChief Director: 2010 Fifa World Cup+27 12 314 2834+27 76 034 [email protected] MorganFootball – or soccer, as many of us call it – is the most widely played sport in South Africa, with its traditional support base in the black community. For many South Africans, the country’s proudest sporting moment came when we won the African Cup of Nations on home turf in 1996.Football is intensely followed, and the quality of the local game keeps improving – as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs.Local teams, organised in a national league plus a plethora of knock-out cups, are followed with passion by paint-daubed, costumed, whistling and cheering fans. Mercifully, the country has been spared the spectre of football hooliganism.Bafana BafanaBanyana BanyanaGlamour clubsPremier Football LeagueKnockout competitionsFirst DivisionBAFANA BAFANAOne of the first gifts that democracy brought South Africa was its first truly representative national football team.In 1992, two years before the country’s first democratic election, the united South African team came into being, playing Cameroon in its first match in Durban on 9 July. It was a triumphant occasion for the side that came to be known as Bafana Bafana – “The Boys” – as they edged the West African powerhouse by a goal to nil.However, the win concealed the negative effect that apartheid-enforced isolation had had on local football. This lack of international experience showed as South Africa lost four matches in a row – to Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Zambia – in failing to qualify for the 1994 African Nations Cup.When South Africa hosted the 1996 African Nations Cup, however, South Africa proved they belonged in the finals by defeating Tunisia 2-0 in the final. It was during the team’s run to the title that its nickname, “Bafana Bafana”, became known around the world.BANYANA BANYANASouth Africa’s senior women’s team, Banyana Banyana – “The Girls” – have traditionally been the strongest team in southern Africa and one of the best in Africa.There is, however, one hurdle that Banyana have yet to overcome: Nigeria. Had it not been for the West African powerhouse, South Africa’s women would have laid claim to the number one ranking in Africa a number of times in recent years.Banyana Banyana were crowned Cosafa (Confederation of Southern African Football Associations) champions in 2002 and 2006. In continental competition, the team finished runner-up to Nigeria at the CAF African Women’s Championship in 2000, and second at the All Africa Games in 2003 and 2007.GLAMOUR CLUBSKaizer ChiefsSouth Africa’s favourite football club never seems to play an away match. “The Amakhozi” often draw more supporters at away games than their opposition.Founded in 1970 by Kaizer Motaung – who made his name in the United States when the American league was drawing such superstars as Pele, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer – Kaizer Chiefs are one of South Africa’s most successful teams.Twice the winners of South Africa’s Premier Football League since its launch in 1997, the Soweto, Johannesburg-based team secured their first African title in 2002 when they won the Cup Winners Cup – renamed after Nelson Mandela – by defeating Inter Luanda of Angola in the final.Orlando PiratesFormed in 1937, Orlando Pirates has a support base extending across the country’s borders.Two-time winners of SA’s Premier Football League since its launch in 1997, “The Buccaneers” are the only South African team so far to have won Africa’s premier club competition, the Champions League, a feat they achieved in 1995.Like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates – who are also based in Soweto, Johannesburg – are seldom disadvantaged when they play away from home, with fanatical supporters spread throughout South Africa.The fierce traditional rivalry between Pirates and Chiefs makes for one of the biggest derby matches in the world. In November 2007, on the day preceding the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ draw in Durban, the Chiefs-Pirates derby was broadcast throughout Africa and 43 European countries, a first for South African football.Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport UnitedWhile Chiefs and Pirates have long battled for the title of South Africa’s most popular club, other outfits have emerged to challenge for the position, among them two Tshwane/Pretoria-based clubs: Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.Backed by billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, Mamelodi Sundowns have the finances to ensure a squad with depth and quality. The club is often compared to England’s Chelsea, which rose to prominence partly through the backing of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.“The Brazilians” have been the most successful team since the formation of the Premier Football League in 1997, winning the title on five occasions, most recently in 2007.Since then, however, they have had to surrender the title to another “youngster” among South African football clubs. SuperSport United was formed in 1994, when pay-television company M-Net bought Pretoria City and renamed the club after its popular sports channel.In recent years, SuperSport United has reaped the benefits of all-round consistency under coach Gavin Hunt, and of having one of the most successful youth academies in the country.PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUESouth Africa’s top football league, featuring the country’s best 16 clubs, came into being in 1997.The Premier Football League (PSL) has helped raise the standard of club football in South Africa, providing the sport with better media coverage and much-improved revenue through strong sponsorship deals. It has also provided a platform for local players to make their mark and catch the eye of overseas clubs.Sponsorship boomIn June 2007, the PSL pulled off an astounding coup when it signed a R1.6-billion broadcast deal with SuperSport International.In August 2007, corporate heavyweights South African Breweries (SAB) and Absa Bank announced a joint sponsorship of more than R500-million over the next five years for South African football. SAB is behind Bafana Bafana, while Absa sponsors the PSL’s Premier Division.In February 2008, Nedbank announced that it would be putting up R20-million in prize money for the Nedbank Cup knockout competition as part of a five-year, R400-million sponsorship of the local game.And in August 2008, cellular giant MTN committed the same amount – R400-million over five years – to the local game, while taking over the title sponsorship of the Top 8 knockout tournament.These deals combined have made South Africa’s Premier Football League the seventh biggest earner of sponsorship revenue among football leagues worldwide.Premier Football League champions:2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning RangersKNOCKOUT COMPETITIONSA number of knockout competitions are played alongside the league fixtures in South African football.Nedbank CupA knockout competition modelled on England’s famous FA Cup, giving lower league teams the chance to do battle with premier league clubs, has been in existence since 1978, under various names: the Mainstay Cup (1978-1987), Bobsave Superbowl (1988-2002), Absa Cup (2003-07) and, from 2008, the Nedbank Cup.With a total prize purse of R19.3-million, including R6-million for the winners, R2.5-million for the runners-up and R1-million for the losing semi-finalists, the Nedbank Cup is the most lucrative domestic football competition in Africa.Cup champions:2009: Moroka Swallows2008: Mamelodi Sundowns2007: Ajax Cape Town2006: Kaizer Chiefs2005: SuperSport United2004: Moroka Swallows2003: Santos2002: not played2001: Santos2000: Kaizer Chiefs1999: SuperSport United1998: Mamelodi Sundowns1997: not played1996: Orlando Pirates1995: Cape Town Spurs1994: Vaal Professionals1993: Witbank Aces1992: Kaizer Chiefs1991: Moroka Swallows1990: Jomo Cosmos1989: Moroka Swallows1988: Orlando Pirates1987: Kaizer Chiefs1986: Sundowns1985: Bloemfontein Celtic1984: Kaizer Chiefs1983: Moroka Swallows1982: Kaizer Chiefs1981: Kaizer Chiefs1980: Orlando Pirates1979: Kaizer Chiefs1978: Wits UniversityMTN 8The MTN 8 – formerly the Top 8 and Supa 8 – is contested at the beginning of each Premier Football League season by the top eight finishers of the previous season.Now known as the MTN 8 Knockout, after cellular operator MTN took over the title sponsorship, the tournament boasts a R8-million winner-takes-all prize – while guaranteeing each team R800 000 simply for participating.Top 8 champions:2009: Lamontville Golden Arrows2008: Kaizer Chiefs2007: Mamelodi Sundowns2006: Kaizer Chiefs2005: Bloemfontein Celtic2004: SuperSport United2003: Jomo Cosmos2002: Santos2001: Kaizer Chiefs2000: Orlando Pirates1996: Orlando Pirates1995: Wits University1994: Kaizer Chiefs1993: Orlando Pirates1992: Kaizer Chiefs1991: Kaizer Chiefs1990: Mamelodi Sundowns1989: Kaizer Chiefs1988: Mamelodi Sundowns1987: Kaizer Chiefs1986: Arcadia1985: Kaizer Chiefs1984: Wits University1983: Orlando Pirates1982: Kaizer Chiefs1981: Kaizer Chiefs1980: Witbank Black Aces1979: Moroka Swallows1978: Orlando Pirates1977: Kaizer Chiefs1976: Kaizer Chiefs1975: Moroka Swallows1974: Kaizer Chiefs1973: Orlando Pirates1972: Orlando PiratesTelkom KnockoutThe Telkom Knockout competition, which features all 16 Premier Football League teams on a knockout basis, is African football’s second most lucrative domestic competition after the Nedbank Cup.The competition was first held in 1992 and has existed under a number of different names, including the Coca-Cola Cup and the Rothmans Cup.Telkom became the new sponsors in 2006, and in 2007 paid out R14.2-million in prize money, including R4.25-million to the winners.Cup champions:2008: Ajax Cape Town2007: Kaizer Chiefs2006: Silver Stars2005: Jomo Cosmos2004: Kaizer Chiefs2003: Kaizer Chiefs2002: Jomo Cosmos2001: Kaizer Chiefs2000: Ajax Cape Town1999: Sundowns1998: Kaizer Chiefs1997: Kaizer Chiefs1996: Umtata Bucks1995: Wits University1994: Qwa Qwa Stars1993: Umtata Bucks1992: AmazuluFIRST DIVISIONBelow the Premier Football League, South African football’s First Division is divided into two – the Inland Stream and the Coastal Stream – with each stream made up of eight clubs.At the end of each season, the winners of the two streams meet in a final, with a place in the Premier Football League at stake (replacing the team that finished last in the PSL). The second-placed team, however, still has a shot at making it into the PSL.That club takes on the two second-placed finishers from the First Division, as well as the team that finished second-last in the PSL, in a mini-tournament, with the winner earning a place in the top league.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Players, Coaches Go Crazy After Stanford Beats Notre Dame

first_imgTaylor Decker tweets about God being a Buckeye.No. 9 Stanford just beat No. 6 Notre Dame 38-36 on a 45-yard field goal as time expired. The win by the Cardinal eliminated Notre Dame from College Football Playoff contention, and kept Ohio State’s hopes alive after the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan today to finish the regular season 11-1. Naturally, Ohio State’s players and coaching staff were very happy with the outcome, and celebrated it on Twitter. If he makes this….God is a buckeye— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) November 29, 2015 Let’s gooo— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 29, 2015 Go Cardinal!!!!— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 29, 2015 Man man man— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) November 29, 2015 With Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State, Alabama and Clemson all winning this weekend, Ohio State needs some chaos next week to sneak into the CFP. But today proved the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team if they get there.last_img read more

Taylor councillors vote in favour of receiving compensation for meetings outside the

first_imgAt an open public meeting about the proposed bylaw, a number of District residents came to give their thoughts on the proposed pay raise for councillors, with mayoral candidate Laura Prosko, council candidate Sherry Davies, and Jennifer Simpson speaking out against it.Council candidate Michelle Turnbull and residents Matt Edgar and Rick Banack spoke in favour of councillors accepting meeting fees, saying that many council members have increased the hours they have spent in performing civic duties.Mayor Rob Fraser clarified that he had worked approximately 1,600 hours performing mayoral duties in the past 14 months, which works out to an average of 28.5 hours per week.Councillors voted in favour of passing McPhail’s recommendation, albeit with an amendment removing the proposed increase in the mayor’s base salary by $4,600 to $28,000 per year.Councillors did vote in favour of being able to claim meeting fees for attending pre-approved meetings outside of the District.All members of council will be eligible to claim $100 for a meeting(s) lasting up to four hours, $200 for a meeting(s) between four and seven hours, and $300 for a meeting(s) running longer than 7 hours, in addition to their base salary. TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor councillors have voted in favour of a recommendation from Financial Services Director Michael McPhail that District councillors receive renumeration for attending meetings outside of the District, but excluded also increasing the mayor’s base salary beyond the rate of inflation.At Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, councillors discussed McPhail’s third report on the subject since the issue of mayor and council getting compensation for attending meetings outside of the District was brought up at the beginning of September.Council had deferred making a decision on the topic on two occasions, saying that more information about which meetings councillors would be able to claim meeting fees, and whether a graduated scale of renumeration should be developed depending on the length of a meeting instead of a flat meeting fee. The meeting fees will be applicable for all meetings councillors attend on or after January 1st, 2019.Council members, including the mayor, will see a Cost of Living Allowance increase in 2019, with future COLA increases to be determined based on inflation during yearly budget discussions.last_img read more

No mega consolidation of power PSUs Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Power Minister R K Singh Thursday ruled out consolidating all state-owned power sector firms like NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL and PFC into a single entity, saying it would be the biggest company of the world but will not be manageable. However, the minister said discussions are on regarding merger of some companies under the Power Ministry. The issue of consolidation in the power sector gained prominence after the government recently approved REC’s takeover by the Power Finance Corporation (PFC). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”If it (consolidation of all power sector PSUs) does happen, (then) it will be the biggest company of the world. “But we have to think about whether it will manageable in the sense that you need managerial focus also and if it become too big and too diverse, it is matter of management control,” Singh said at a press conference. He was replying to a question on whether such a consolidation can happen in the power sector to improve efficiency. When asked about mergers of some power sector PSUs, he said, “Discussions are happening of and on.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn December 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the sale of the government’s 52.63 per cent stake in REC to PFC. The two state-owned firms are non-banking finance companies which fund power sector projects. The government is expected to garner around Rs 15,000 crore from this merger. Another proposal for SJVNL’s takeover by state-run power giant NTPC is also under consideration of the government. Industry experts said consolidation of firms in the same sector brings efficiency but one has to see that whether it leads to monopoly and also whether the mega entities would be manageable. Earlier last year, the government had approved dilution of its 51.11 per cent stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) in favour of ONGC in the oil and gas sector.last_img read more

Jskanwals journey of printmaking

first_imgAn exhibition of prints has been organised at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi from May 15 – 24, 2019. Aptly titled ‘Introspection’, the current exhibition of printmaker Jskanwal bears evidence of the three decades spent by her, in the practice of printmaking.These formative years of her art training, which has led a rare finesse in her art, bears credit to her years of training under the famed and independent minded printmaker Jagmohan Chopra, who had set the pace of printmaking on an indigenous footing. An alumni of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Jaskanwal’s current exhibition is a landmark solo show of her career and contains a cache of fifty selected works. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt the very first glance, this exhibition stands out for its freshness of approach, its novelty of technique and its clarity of emotional expression. The tones in the colours of her art, are a true definition of the word ‘muted’. With a dominance of earth-brown, dusky yellow and a grey-blue tinge, arranged in solid formations that resemble a rock solid contour, the forms overlap and merge, yet remain distinct and explicit, without being overbearing. The many layers of the tones, coupled with the graphic format, become a way of expressing her emotions, according to the art maker. A nature lover and keen observer of life around in her natural surroundings, Jaskanwal has depicted her thoughts and observances on nature into her art in a truly unique way. Each colour depicts a form, a familiar recall from nature, that triggers an emotional journey in our minds. A printmaker with a difference, she does not use conventional methods to create her works, either.last_img read more

TCI Chevening Scholars Encourages Islanders to Utilize UK Learning Opportunity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 26, 2017 – Providenciales – With her studies well underway, Jasmine Parker, the 2017/2018 TCI Chevening Scholar is already making the most of her study opportunity and Chevening experience in the UK.   Ms. Parker recently attended a Chevening welcome event in London, where she got the opportunity to network with all 1,700 of her fellow Chevening scholars.   The Chevening welcome event also allows scholars to hear from and meet prominent individuals from the UK’s business, academia and public sectors.Commenting on her experience, Ms. Parker said: “Lord Michael John Hastings’ speech summed up perfectly the reason for studying in the UK.   He stated that, our challenge was beyond getting a great master’s degree or visiting all the 660 castles of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.   Lord Hastings gave us a challenge of discovering the reason we exist.   He gave us a challenge of discovering what we will do with the privileges and assets we, both have and will attain.   Chevening Scholars have this opportunity to become valuable and we need to go back home having sorted out how we will shape life not according to the algorithm but one that brings value to humanity.   He gave a few thoughts on the purpose of life as to serve, to show compassion and to help others achieve their purpose.   I am encouraging interested Turks & Caicos Islanders to seize this great opportunity to study in the UK with a fully funded Master’s degree.”The Applications season for this year’s 2018/19 scholarship is still open until 7th November 2017 and we encourage all eligible persons to apply.Applicants should read the online guidance and be able to demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject’s areas are available atwww.chevening.org/applyFor more Information Contact the Chevening Officer- Mr Neville Misick or Damian WilsonEmail: [email protected]: +1649 -946-2308/9 or 232-1521last_img read more