Local Roundup: Four Redwoods baseball players named to All-GVC team

first_imgEureka >> The College of the Redwoods baseball team’s 11-win improvement over the previous season didn’t go unnoticed by the league’s coaches and officials, as the Corsairs garnered multiple Golden Valley Conference honors, which were announced on Tuesday.Leading the way for CR was Kokko Figueiredo, who was among the league leaders in batting average (.338) and RBI (30), was named to the GVC’s first team as an infielder. The Hawaii native also won a conference Gold Glove award, one of two for …last_img read more

Cape Town’s World Cup winter boost

first_imgCape Town Stadium with the harbour andpart of the V&A Waterfront at right, withTable Bay beyond. Tourist accommodationnear the city bowl was 90% full in the finalweek of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Skye Grove, communication managerCape Town Tourism+27 21 487 6800skye@capetown.travel• Tammy WhiteRabbit in a Hat Communications+27 21 447 3197 or +27 73 202 5041tammy@rabbitinahat.co.zaMary AlexanderCape Town, foreign tourists’ favourite South African city, is set to enjoy long-term benefits from successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup by building its reputation as a special-events destination in the winter off-season.The city is immensely popular during summer, with its sunny and dry Mediterranean climate, but tourists tend to stay away during its cold, windy and wet winters.“Our focus has never been on the short term benefits of hosting this event, but rather on maximising the long term benefits and changing the opinion the world has of us, converting soccer fans into fans of Cape Town,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, head of Cape Town Tourism.“Our aim is to double the economic impact of tourism by 2020 and the successful hosting of the World Cup in Cape Town in winter will definitely make this target more attainable.”This week Cape Town Tourism is launching a campaign to promote the city as a winter destination, with advertising on radio and billboards in Gauteng province, and internationally on TripAdvisor, a major online travel portal. TripAdvisor named Cape Town one of the world’s top 25 destinations in its Travellers’ Choice 2010 Best Destinations Awards.During the World Cup Cape Town Tourism conducted weekly surveys to determine visitor behaviour, choices and trends, and assess the city’s tourism industry’s attitude towards to event.It found that while tourist numbers and bookings were a lot higher than the same period in 2009, they did not live up to the winter peak season anticipated during the World Cup.Nonetheless, 90% of survey respondents agreed that the tournament had had a positive impact on Cape Town as a destination, and 62% agreed that it had helped to counter seasonality.Felicity Purchase, the Cape Town city council‘s head of economic development and tourism, said hosting major events in the Cape Town winter would help boost the city’s economy.“The City of Cape Town has developed an events policy and is now working on a post-2010 World Cup events strategy,” she said. “Events can play an important role in addressing seasonality, which is one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the development of Cape Town as a year-round tourism destination.”While official visitor numbers have not yet been released, the survey, the results of which have been published online, found that the average occupancy level for the 30 days of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was an estimated 55%, some 15% up on the same period in 2009. Bookings rose by at least 30% over the tournament’s final fortnight, with an average of some 70% for the Cape Town metropolitan area.Tourist accommodation in the vicinity of the city bowl and the Cape Town Stadium obviously benefited the most, with 90% occupancy in the final week of the World Cup.International arrivals at Cape Town International Airport from 11 June to 16 July – the final match was on 11 July – were 24% higher than in the same period in 2009. These included an increase in chartered flights, in addition to scheduled international flights. Domestic arrivals were up by 8%.The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain cableway and other major Cape Town attractions confirmed that visitor numbers higher than those of the 2009 season. More than that, World Cup tourists spent up to four times as much as regular winter visitors.Cape Town Tourism’s 18 visitor centres reported a 47% increase in visitors from kickoff to the final match of the World Cup compared to 11 June to 11 July 2009, with international visitors up by 77% and locals by 15%.Most international tourists came from the UK and US, but there were also significant numbers from South America and the Far East – new markets for Cape Town that tourism officials plan to expand with media and trade campaigns.“We have to follow up the raised profile that our city has garnered as a result of a highly successful World Cup with real, visible, accessible offers that speak to a world still battling their way through tough times,” said Du Toit-Helmbold of Cape Town Tourism.“We are in a unique and incredibly fortunate position to have seen so much positive coverage on television this year. Now it’s up to us to convert that into tangible tourism results through showing that we offer great value.”last_img read more

South African classrooms go digital

first_img21 July 2015A teaching and learning programme to create paperless classrooms in 375 high schools would start rolling out today, said the Gauteng department of education.The programme is about combining and using a range of technology like interactive boards and mobile devices such as tablets and laptops with internet connectivity, to conduct teaching and learning. There will be unlimited data usage from 5am to 9pm.Empowerment and responsibility“A child of a domestic worker or a child of a gardener or a child of an unemployed parent will have a tablet in their hands,” Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told Grade 12 pupils at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto. “Gone are the days where only those that are rich will have a quality education.”The top three students in their schools would also be given a four-year bursary, he said.“We are empowering you that when you finish your education and are given a form in a bank, and they ask you how much you earn, you will cancel that and say I don’t earn a salary, I pay salaries.”He warned that social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp would not be allowed on the devices. Pornography sites would also be blocked. “With every tablet, we will get an activity report which will show us which sites you visited,” he told the pupils.In numbers“The department has also purchased over 17 000 tablets for Grade 12 learners and 1 800 3D LED interactive boards that are currently being installed in matric classrooms at the targeted schools,” said the department.Over 4 000 classrooms were also re-furbished with new ceilings and specialised lights and blinds to cater for the lighting requirements of the interactive boards. The boards are integrated with the tablets to increase interaction between teachers and students during class.Security riskEarlier this year, tablets were recalled from schools. They needed to have additional security measures installed to stop theft of the devices.“The devices have been fitted with trackers to ensure that they are traceable should they get lost,” said the department. All schools were also linked to police stations to ensure rapid response.Lesufi said if a pupil’s device was being stolen, the student should not act like Rambo and fight the criminals. “Your life comes first.” In addition, if a matriculant did not return the device after the exams, the school would withhold the pupil’s results until it was returned.“This tablet belongs to government. not you. But you are allowed to take pictures with your friends and family.”The deadline for the completion of the renovations to the classrooms, mainly in schools in townships and rural areas, is the end of August.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How to Think About Rejection

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 You are not being rejected. You are being told no. These two things are very different.If you are dating someone for years, and you believe that your relationship is going to continue, and the person you love refuses your marriage proposal, you have been rejected. It’s personal. The person to whom you proposed has made a decision that you are absolutely not the kind of person with whom they want to spend the rest of their life. See, they know you well enough to reject you.When you call someone to ask them for their time, your request is being rejected, but you are not personally being rejected. Your dream client doesn’t know you well enough to reject you personally. They are simply telling you no.The no you hear isn’t personal. It is simply feedback. The no answer to your request means your dream client does not believe that the time you are asking for isn’t what you offered in trade (see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales for more on Trading Value). Because they didn’t hear a strong enough value proposition, they are refusing your offer.Improving your approach means paying attention to this feedback that the no provides you so you can sharpen your message and try again. This is something that you will not do if you sit and wallow in your sorrow because you feel that you were personally rejected. Listen, you don’t have the kind of relationship with a prospect that makes a no to a meeting request a rejection, so don’t be so sensitive.Later on, after you’ve won some clients, you’ll get to feel rejection when your client decides to work with your competitor because they feel that you have been complacent and believed you were impossible to replace. Your client will feel a little something when they inform you that they’ve gone with your competitor, and it will feel a lot more like rejection, but know that this too is just a form of feedback.last_img read more

Culling of birds begins in Puri district

first_imgThe Odisha government on Friday began culling of birds after confirmation of avian influenza outbreak in Krushnaprasad block of Puri district.Special teams went around Sanasahi, Maluda and Patharaganja in the block and looked for affected birds. As many as 400 birds in three poultry firms were culled and dumped in a pit on the first day.Bird culling would be undertaken within a one-km radius of the epicentre of bird flu. The State government also decided to take samples of migratory birds congregating in Chilika lake to ascertain if they were carriers of H5N1.last_img read more

Aqua line Metro linking Noida and Greater Noida opens for public

first_imgThe much-awaited metro rail linking the twin-cities of Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar was opened for the public on Friday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The rail corridor, also known as the Aqua Line, would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor — 15 of them in Noida and six in Greater Noida — spread over a distance of 29.7 km.“Today we dedicate the Noida Greater Noida metro rail to the people of the region. The Aqua Line, which has been completed in record time, will provide better connectivity to the region and prove to a milestone in development of the region,” Mr. Adityanath said. The final and mandatory safety inspection of the corridor was done in December 2018 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) which gave its approval to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) for launching commercial operations. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates the Delhi Metro, will assist the NMRC over the next one year in operating the Aqua Line. The Aqua line, which will have 19 rakes with four cars each, will halt on the Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot metro stations. However, a major concern among the people has been that the interchange stations of the DMRC-operated Blue Line and the NMRC’s Aqua Line are not seamless. Commuters will have to get down at the Sector 52 metro station of the Blue Line, which will further get extended to the Noida Electronic City station, and reach the Noida Sector 51 station of the Aqua Line, covering a stretch of around 300 metres. Earlier, the NMRC had said a skywalk or a foot-over bridge to directly link the two stations was under consideration but there have been no talks about it lately. The NMRC had in December 2018 announced fares for the Aqua Line, with the minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use the smart cards to get 10 per cent discount on fares, the officials said. The 49th battalion of the UP PAC has been entrusted with the responsibility of security on the Aqua Line, while some private security personnel will also be deployed.“The security personnel are being trained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the Delhi Metro,” the NMRC had said.The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. Seat reservation through different colours has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens and differently-abled persons. A dedicated space has been provided for wheelchair in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains, according to officials. The Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015 and was completed in record time, was initially expected to be opened for public in November 2018, then December.last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street)Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10am-3pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10am-3pm: St. Thomas/Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more