Embracing the blood, sweat, tears and toil is helping transform attitudes to women’s sport. Middlesex Women’s cricket captain Izzy Westbury explains why a new campaign is hitting back at the Pride and Prejudice generation….“How can you be so silly,” cried her mother, “as to think of such a thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there.”It’s England in the early 19th century. The carriage isn’t available and there are no horses to be had, so Elizabeth Bennet, determined and thoughtful, resolves to walk through the wet fields to visit her ill sister.Fast forward two centuries later and this scene from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice could easily be replayed today, albeit without the horse and carriage.In an age where the finished, final, airbrushed and photo-shopped image is the one on which women are judged in society, Sport England’s new ad campaign ‘#ThisGirlCan’ – which premiered on TV on Monday – is one helluva breath of fresh air.“You were queen bee if you could skive PE and get your nails done while you were at it.”“Horses sweat, gentlemen perspire and ladies feel the heat,” is how the old saying goes. Well guess what, world, things have moved on since Jane Austen’s time and ‘This Girl Can’ is here to show us just that.I’ve found it difficult to relate to many of the past ad campaigns encouraging women to get active. You know the ones – filled with prim and proper ladies dressed more for a Friday night out than a gym session, lathered in make-up still perfectly in place and not a drop of sweat in sight.Is this realistic? No. Did I care how I looked? No. But society seemed to. Luckily for me, I lived in blissful ignorance. At school the choice was simple; you were either a girl dressing up as a fairy princess or a boy playing football in the school playground.Did I want to be a boy? I don’t think it particularly crossed my mind. But did I want to kick a ball around every minute of the day and be the next Alan Shearer? Hell yes. And the only way that I, aged seven, could see of doing this was to be a boy. And so I conformed.Cricket, oddly, arrived much later on the scene and ironically was a direct result of not having the opportunities as a girl to play football. Football, to my mother’s bewilderment, was my first love. As a south of the Watford gap, middle-class, well-to-do young girl with an accent straight out of Buckingham Palace, naturally Newcastle United was my Mecca and Alan Shearer my god. It’s a long story…I rose through the ranks at my local football club as the only girl in the team and thrived on it. The boys accepted me as one of their own and there seemed no reason that I could not aspire to play the game professionally like the rest of the boys.On reaching the age of 13, however, the dream ended. Girls were no longer allowed to play competitive football in mixed teams. There was no active girls team in the area and the only other option was playing in a team full of strangers 10 years my senior.The solution? Cricket. With no rule against girls playing with the boys I quickly adopted this new sport as my way of beating the boys at their own game. That was what I wanted to do and the only change was through the medium with which I was going to do it.“The world has moved on but attitudes are yet to catch up.”I was an anomaly. That much is easy to see. For the boys, you were kingpin if you were the star striker in the football team. For the girls, you were queen bee if you could skive PE and get your nails done while you were at it.In 2012, an American study claimed that 40 per cent of women avoid exercise because they don’t want to mess up their hair. Mud, sweat and tears just wasn’t ‘girly’. In a world where rising obesity levels are crippling our health service, we just can’t afford to have these barriers. ‘This Girl Can’ is trying to change a perception, and society knows all too well that perceptions count.“I jiggle therefore I am.”, “Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox.”, “Damn right I look hot.” – these are among the slogans Sport England have chosen to accompany shots of regular women pushing themselves to the limit in the gym, in the pool or on the pitch.This is the reality of sport, of hard work and of freedom. Train like Medusa to look like Helen of Troy, because you’re sure as hell not going to get there if you reverse those roles.Society judges people against the standards it sets. Those standards find their roots in a world where women couldn’t vote, where they couldn’t leave the house without another man and the idea of walking a couple of miles across a field could put paid to your marriage ambitions.The world has moved on but attitudes are yet to catch up. ‘This Girl Can’ is revolutionary and inspiring precisely because it shows real women, experiencing the realities of exercise in real life.And you don’t have to be a boy to do that.See also:Westbury vows to learn from testing first year as Middlesex captainFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
12 August 2014Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa led a South African delegation to the United States on Tuesday to bring back the remains of exiled writer and journalist Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa – better known as Nat Nakasa – for reburial on home soil.This comes after the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Westchester, granted permission for Nakasa’s remains to be returned to South Africa.The government has been involved in the efforts to return Nakasa’s remains for the past two years.A pioneer in South African journalismNakasa was born in Chesterville outside Durban in 1937. He worked for the isiZulu newspaper ILanga Lase Natal before moving to Johannesburg to join Drum magazine, joining a long line of famous Drum writers that included Henry Nxumalo, Can Themba, Lewis Nkosi and Casey Motsisi.He also worked for the Golden City Post, and was the first black columnist to write for the Rand Daily Mail, providing a black perspective for the newspaper’s predominantly white readership.In 1963 he founded The Classic, the first black-owned literary journal in South Africa.Death in exileHe was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 1964 to study journalism at Harvard College in the US. However, the apartheid government rejected his application for a passport. As a result, he was forced to leave South Africa on an exit permit, which meant that he could not return.Nakasa soon found that racism existed in America as well, albeit in a more subtle form. He did not like New York and soon moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent his time at Harvard steeped in the sombre business of education.His death by suicide was an apartheid tragedy, and a tragedy of exile. He wrote articles for several newspapers after leaving Harvard, appeared in the television film The Fruit of Fear and was planning to write a biography of Miriam Makeba. But two days before his death, he told a friend: “I can’t laugh any more, and when I can’t laugh, I can’t write.”As it was not possible to bring his body home, he was buried at the Ferncliff cemetery in upstate New York.Nat Nakasa Essay CompetitionAs part of the Nat Nakasa: Bringing Home a Hero project, the Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with Drum magazine and the SA National Editors’ Forum to launch the Nat Nakasa Essay Competition for second-year university journalism students.Entrants must write a 600-word essay explaining how the work of Nat Nakasa has inspired them to be the best in their field, and stand a chance of winning one of three internships at participating South African media houses in the course of 2015.Entries close on 30 August, and the winners will be announced at Nakasa’s memorial service in Heroes’ Acre in Chesterville on 12 September 2014. See here for more information on the competition.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
23 February 2016See 2016 SAFTAs nominations list: https://t.co/BIJkOHSEEL pic.twitter.com/aCrZ6o2lYG— SundayWorld (@SundayWorldZA) February 18, 2016The Safta celebration, run by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is in its tenth year, and this year the event’s theme is a call for a “commitment to growth and development of the industry”.NFVF chief executive Zama Nkosi said at the announcement of the nominees that the tenth Saftas would be the best yet. “It is a great honour (for) the NFVF to have been the custodians of these awards from the very beginning. We have seen how much it has grown, we have seen it grow from 50 entries to over 400 entries.”Winners will be announced during two star-studded events on 18 and 20 March 2016, at Gallagher Estate and broadcast live on SABC 2. Strictly Come Dancingand Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe will be the ceremony host, along with TV personality Minnie Dlamini. Maboe is also nominated for Best TV Presenter.Nataniel was at the #SONA last week to suss what what matters: what everyone was wearing. https://t.co/SHyiaRa3Lz pic.twitter.com/FUaAs5bqHc— ZANEWS (@zanews) February 15, 2016The Emmy-nominated satirical comedy show, ZA News: Puppet Nation, leads the list with 11 nominations, while acclaimed SABC 3 sitcom Those Who Can’t received nine nominations.Puppet Nation director Alex Fynn, who earned a Best Director nomination, calls the nominations the fruits of a team effort. “I think most people don’t really know what it takes to produce this kind of show. (and) 11 nominations is exactly what this team needs to just keep on pushing and doing what we do.” The show is broadcast on the StarSat network, as well as through its online platforms.Other highlights include nominations for the SABC 1 soap opera, Generations: The Legacy, which missed out on recognition at the 2015 awards, and a Best TV Drama nomination – one of seven nominations – for the innovative interactive series Saints and Sinners, which begins its second season this year. The unique narrative of the show uses viewer polling to determine the outcome of each episode.The local television institution, Isidingo, and e-tv’s popular funeral business drama, Ashes to Ashes, each earned six nominations for acting and production.Ayanda, a movie produced by @TerryPheto has received five nominations at South African Film and Television Awards. pic.twitter.com/Pr7DQrzRWd— TransAfricaRadio (@TransAfrica872) February 19, 2016This year’s Safta film nominations feature some quality productions vying for top honours during a year in which a host of local films were released to critical acclaim and box office success.Nominations for Best Film include indie festival darling Ayanda, which got five nominations; Afrikaans drama Dis Ek, Anna; and the Mzansi Magic channel’s township drama, For Love and Broken Bones.The film, While You Weren’t Looking, that deals with the everyday lives of South Africa gay and lesbian society, features heavily in the acting categories with nominations for veterans Lionel Newton and Tina Jaxa.For a full list of TV and film nominations, visit the NFVF website’s Saftas page.Source: News24
A lot of salespeople win deals by accident. Many of the sales organizations they work for also win by accident. But better salespeople—and better sales organizations—win intentionally.TargetsAccidental Targets: It is possible to win without being thoughtful about choosing who you call. You can bump into new business by accident. If you make enough calls and see enough prospects, you can win some new business.Intentional Targets: You win new business faster when you intentionally choose your targets. By choosing to call on the companies and people who value what you do, you win better clients at a much higher rate.Sales ProcessAccidental Process: You can win new business without having a real sales process. I know this for sure; I’ve done it. But you will lose more business by failing to acquire the outcomes and commitments that increase your chances of winning. Some salespeople (and sales organizations) aren’t winning as much as they should be because they don’t know how and why they lose. They accidentally win enough to make them believe they are successful.Intentional Process: There isn’t any reason not to do the best work possible when it comes to competing for new business. It’s difficult enough to win. You win by intention when you have a sales process that creates a competitive advantage. Knowing what outcomes you need and how to get them allows you to make selling intentional. The same is true of the commitments you need to gain.DifferentiateAccidental Differentiation: I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a salesperson describe the difference between their company and their competitor by suggesting that their company has better people. By saying this, they are saying that their company has all of the best people available, something very difficult to believe. I’ve also heard salespeople say that they were personally the differentiation, that there was nothing else different. And, sometimes these salespeople have won business in spite of their poor answer.Intentional Differentiation: Most companies need to use many factors to describe their differentiation. Some of it may be “what” they offer. But most of the time the difference is in “how” they deliver the value they create. The need for multiple factors to differentiate themselves is especially true for service firms. To win by intention, every salesperson should be able to explain quickly and accurately why your dream client should buy from you over your competitors.Perfect TimingAccidental Perfect Timing: You can win new business just by being in the right place at the right time. You may happen to call a prospective client right when they are experiencing a challenge that you can help them solve. Because you happen to be there, it’s easy to buy from you. But it is still accidental.Intentional Perfect Timing: If you are going to win intentionally, you need to be known as someone who creates value before your prospective client has a need to change. Your intention is to be known and trusted before an opportunity ever exists. You also want to be the very first person that the contacts within your dream client think of when they need help.CompetitorsAccidental Competitors: Some salespeople when by accident because many of their competitors are also winning by accident. But these salespeople mostly lose when they compete against salespeople who are winning by intention.Intentional Competitors: The best salespeople know that they are competing against other intentional salespeople. They work hard, study their craft, and refine their approach to try to gain a competitive advantage. And these intentional competitors almost always beat the salesperson who is only in the process by accident.Imagine an American football team that doesn’t have a set of plays designed to score points. Imagine a team with no strategy, no tactics, no training, no leadership, and no accountability. They may win accidentally from time to time. But over the long run, they won’t fare well over teams who are intentional. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Are you mostly winning by accident or by intention?What processes do you need to create to be even more intentional and rely less on good fortune?In what area could you intentionally create a competitive advantage?
LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “I’ve seen a lot of his games and I know his style of play. He’s a very crafty player, a very good post player. Whenever I can, I study film of a lot of players and I can definitely learn a lot of things from watching him play,” he said.Austin will be tasked to steer Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 10-team tournament in Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30. /idl Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges But that doesn’t mean that the import, who is also a prospective naturalization candidate for the Philippines, will back down against the seasoned Blatche.“I’m excited,” said the 23-year-old. “It’s always exciting to be able to go against great competition, but as a basketball player, I was thought to never back down from anybody. When it comes time for us to match up, I’m gonna play hard, that’s all I can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThere’s a high chance that Blatche’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers will meet Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup if the two teams make it past the group stages.Austin, however, said that Chooks should have no fear in the continental club tourney if it finds itself in a collision course against Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Chot Reyes is well aware of how good Andray Blatche is, being Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the better half of the past three years.One player in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas who hasn’t seen the 31-year-old in action first hand, though, is Isaiah Austin.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:#1) Town Manager Jeff Hull notified Selectmen that Michele Kincaid, Bernard Nally and Kevin Stokes were all reappointed for 3-year terms to the Finance Committee. Additionally, Hirak Shah was appointed to the unexpired term of former Finance Committee (and current Selectman) Jonathan Eaton. Shah serves as Legal Counsel for State Senator Bruce Tarr’s office. Other candidates for the seat included Thomas Attura, Eric Flynn, Lori Tibbetts, and Joseph Tierney. The appointments took place on June 19. The Appointing Committee consisted of Town Moderator Robert Peterson Jr., Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, and Finance Committee Chair Theresa Manganelli.#2) Selectmen approved the request of Wilmington Health & Recovery Coordinator Samantha Reif, on behalf of the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition, to use the Town Common and Gazebo for a Candlelight Vigil on Monday, September 17, 2018, from 5pm to 10pm. Selectmen also approved a request to illuminate the Town Common purple during the month of September in observance of National Recovery Month.#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull notified Selectmen that the state’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) unanimously approved Analog Devices’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with the Town. Hull attended the EACC’s meeting with company officials on June 20 at Worcester City Hall. After the success of the TIF agreement with Analog — the town’s first — Hull notes he hopes to establish guidelines for future potential TIF agreements and will bring a draft TIF policy to Selectmen for its consideration within the next few months.#4) Selectmen approved the request of Jessica Weaver for an exemption to work as a summer lifeguard at Town Beach. Weaver was recently employed by the school system as an Educational Assistant. For the past several years, she has worked as a summer lifeguard at Town Beach, which she wanted to continue. In order to continue, she needed a waiver from the conflict of interest law for being employed by the town in two different capacities. Town Counsel also okayed the request. Town Manager Jeff Hull noted the Recreation Department is having particular trouble finding lifeguards for Town Beach this summer. Selectman Greg Bendel encouraged residents to contact Recreation Director Karen Campbell if they know anyone who may be interested in serving as a lifeguard.#5) Selectmen approved the request of Sheri Palmisano for residents of Lucaya Circle to have a Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from noon to 10pm.Additional news from the meeting:Selectmen Seek To Keep Dan Deutsch As Special Counsel On Olin & NET Issues, But Appoint New Firm As General Town CounselPolice & Fire: North Wilmington MBTA Train Crossing Is Endangering LivesSchool Committee Vacancy To Be Billed On August 13; Letters Of Interest Due July 27Town Manager Jeff Hull’s Contract Is Up September 30, Negotiations To Begin SoonRetired Wilmington Teacher Bequeaths $50,000 To Town Scholarship FundTown Accountant Mike Morris Announces RetirementVerizon Announces Price Increases For Wilmington Fios CustomersLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”
CES 2019: Ride along with us in an autonomous Lyft Now playing: Watch this: Tech Industry Mobile 0 Tags Share your voice Post a comment Lyft 3:21 You might be able to drive these Lyft vehicles all by yourself. Lyft Just as Uber’s stock market debut gets off to a rocky start, rival ride-hailing company Lyft is exploring the possibility of car rentals in San Francisco.Lyft said its vision is to reduce the need for personal car ownership. As part of a small test, Lyft is experimenting with letting riders rent cars for long-distance trips. Lyft users will pay about $60 per day to rent a standard sedan and $100 per day for an SUV, according to a report Friday from Engadget. It’s unknown at this time how many people are participating in the test and how many vehicles are available for rent. The vehicles are reportedly new and there aren’t any mileage caps or options for hourly rentals.Lyft’s app could soon include car rentals. Lyft “We’re constantly adding multimodal options so people can use Lyft for any kind of trip. We’ve added bikes, scooters, and public transit info into the app in cities across the country, and we’re currently testing a small-scale rental option for long-distance trips, like a weekend away,” a Lyft spokesperson confirmed on Friday.Originally published May 10 at 11:16 a.m. PT.Update, 11:23 a.m. PT: Addd statement and images from Lyft.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Dhaka court on Monday fixed 17 April for the next hearing in the Gatco corruption case filed against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others as she could not be produced before the court due to illness, reports UNB. Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka set the date.Earlier on 27 February, the court fixed today (Monday) for hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 16 others in the case.On 7 February, the prosecution began hearing on charge framing in the corruption case.On 25 November last, the High Court directed the trial court to conclude the trial proceedings in the case within six months.On 2 September, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against two Gatco directors, Khaleda and others.They were accused of causing a loss of Tk 10 billion to the state by awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and Dhaka’s Inland Container Depot to Gatco.The ACC pressed charges on 13 May the following year against 24 people, including nine former ministers and state ministers of Khaleda’s cabinet. Six of the accused have so far died.