RHT clinch historic title

first_imgSueria/Magic Moments 20/20 Tournament…Residents of Fyrish and surrounding villages came out in their numbers last Sunday as the village hosted its first-ever Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) final.The entire ground was packed to capacity despite the fact that the visiting Rose Hall Town (RHT) Bakewell team easily defeated the home team Fyrish Cricket Club by 95 runs.Man of the Final Kevlon Anderson receives his award from Magic Moments’ Ganga PersaudThat final was the third zone finals to be organised by the Board, following Upper Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje.Fyrish Cricket Club won the toss and to the surprise of RHT, elected to field first. RHT opening pair Kevin and Junior Sinclair started aggressively as they tore into the Fyrish bowling attack.The pair added 50 runs in just 4.3 overs while the 100 mark was reached in the ninth over. Kevin, a National Under-19 player, was first to be dismissed, bowled by Yogindra Chinapen for 60 off 27 balls at 104 in the 10th over.His opening partner and fellow national player was then run-out for 40 after he and Surendra Kissoonlall found themselves in the same crease.Promising National Junior Player Kevlon Anderson and Kissoonlall then batted well to add 100 in eight overs. Anderson struck a polished 57 with eight boundaries and three huge sixes. The elegant Kissoonlall struck five sweetly-timed boundaries and two huge sixes to support Anderson, after he struggled to get the ball off the square early in his innings.Keith Simpson (05) and Jonathan Rampersaud (02) were not out at the crease when the overs expired as RHT ended on 218 for four.Avenash Rengasmi with 3-41 and Chinapen were the successful bowlers for Fyrish.Needing to score 219 from 20 overs to clinch the Lower Corentyne title in front of their adoring home fans, Fyrish raced to 34 without loss in three overs before medium pacer Anderson bowled Chinapen (14) and then had Younghan Gurdayal (08) caught by Mahendra Gopilall to leave Fyrish at 40 for 2.Former national youth player Javed Mohamed then tore into off-spinner Kevin, as he took 21 runs from the 8th and together with Aushramanie Shrikissoon added 40 for the third wicket in just 3.2 overs before they both fell to leave Fyrish in trouble.Mohamed was caught at deep cover by Gopilall, trying to hit Sinclair for another six while Shrikissoon was caught off Junior Sinclair for 28.No other Fyrish batsman reached double figures as Anderson ended with 2-30, Sylus Tyndall had 2-31, Junior Sinclair 3-10 and Keith Simpson claimed 2-8 as Fyrish crumbled to 123 in the 17th over.The tournament was sponsored by Sueria Manufacturing Inc under its popular Magic Moments brand.BCB President Hilbert Foster hailed the Fyrish Village and the Cricket Club for being wonderful hosts and committed the Board to organising matches of such calibre at non-traditional venues across Berbice in an effort to promote cricket.He urged the defeated finalist to be proud of themselves and to use the experience of being in a final as inspiration to become greater. Foster also hailed the support of Frank Sanichara, CEO of Sueria Manufacturing Inc.The Magic Moments 20/20 tournament includes zone finals in Upper Corentyne, West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje and Lower Corentyne. To date, No 48 Challengers have won the Upper Corentyne title, Young Warriors Cricket Club defeated Rose Hall Canje to clinch the New Amsterdam/Canje league while the final of the West Berbice Zone will be played shortly.The winning team, runners-up and Man of the Final, Anderson, received prizes and trophies from the Board.Up next for the Board is the final of the 2018 Elizabeth Styles Under-21 Tournament which is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at the Port Mourant Cricket Ground. The match will see arch-rivals Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets and Blairmont Community Centre battle.last_img read more

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Eagles are not so golden in heartbreaking loss

first_imgBut in the closing seconds, Palisades executed its offense, while King-Drew didn’t. Palisades junior center Aaron Hawk-Harris made a jump shot in the lane with 15.7 seconds left to give the Dolphins a 60-58 lead. On King-Drew’s final possession, Anthony Lozano took a 3-point shot at the buzzer, but Palisades’ Brian Barner blocked it. Lozano made three previous 3-pointers to finish with nine points, but Francis said the play was designed for senior shooting guard Aaron Hill, who scored a game-high 25 points. “Why didn’t Aaron Hill get the final shot?” Francis said. “Of course that was the plan. He had 25 points. Why wouldn’t we get him the ball?” Francis had a hard time finding a silver lining in his team’s season, even though King-Drew finished 22-7 and won the Marine League. Last season, they also went undefeated in the league, but won in the first round of the playoffs on the road. Palisades (19-9) got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Hawk-Harris. King-Drew’s boys basketball team had visions of a CIF championship. After going undefeated in the Marine League and winning 18 of 19 games heading into the playoffs, the visions weren’t too farfetched. But the Golden Eagles’ season ended disappointingly and in their own gym on Thursday night, when Palisades edged them 60-58 in the first round of the Los Angeles City Section playoffs. Reserve forward Kris Mehdipour added 12 points. The Dolphins started strong, going up 15-2 in the first quarter and holding on to lead 39-28 at halftime. King-Drew shot so poorly in the first half that it made just two 2-point field goals in the half and none in the second quarter. “I didn’t plan on the season ending tonight,” Francis said. “We came out flat, and it’s just very disappointing.” – Joe Stevens University 63, San Pedro 51 Tim Mills scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates (11-19) lost to the host Wildcats (20-12) in the second round of the L.A. City Section Invitational playoffs. Bell 50, Locke 44 Senior guard Daniel Torres scored 22 points and senior forward Josue Barrientos had 10 to lead the top-seeded Eagles (18-6) past the visiting Saints in the second round of the L.A. City Section Invitational playoffs. The score was tied at 42-42 with 30 seconds left when Barrientos made his second 3-pointer of the game to give Bell the lead for good. Girls basketball St. Matthias 47, Capistrano Valley Christian 36 Freshman guard Magali Garcia scored 13 points and senior center Ashley Ward had 11 for the Victorians (14-13) who defeated the visiting Eagles (12-10) in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs. New Roads 66, St. Anthony 57 Sophomore guard Brittney Bramlett scored 26 points and freshman guard Talor Hixon had 17 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Jaguars (13-9) defeated the visiting Saints (18-9) in a CIF-SS Division IV-AA first-round game. Pilibos 52, CAMS 41 Senior guard Nikki Sumait scored a season-high 16 points but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels (10-8) lost to the host Eagles in a CIF-SS V-A first-round game. Girls soccer San Pedro 2, South East 1 Heidi Farran scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner on a penalty kick late in the second half, to lead the Pirates (18-6) to victory in the first round of the L.A. City Section Championship Division. Garfield 2, Banning 1 Jenni Gonzales scored on a penalty kick for the Pilots (11-10-2), who fell to the Invitational Division of the City Section playoffs. Banning travels to South Gate on Tuesday. Fairfax 2, South Gate 1 The Rams were topped in a first-round game and were relegated to the Invitational Division. Girls water polo Millikan 4, Irvine 3 Junior driver Chelsea Velasquez scored two goals, including the game-winner of 1:26 left in the fourth quarter as the Rams came from behind to beat the host Vaqueros in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It’s very disappointing,” King-Drew coach Chris Francis said. “We expected to win the city championship. Very disappointing. We missed layups and free throws in our gym. We have seven seniors. This is the most disappointing season in my seven years of coaching.” Palisades went up by 14 points with 2:35 left in the third quarter, but King-Drew bounced back with a dramatic 20-4 run to take its first lead 56-54 with 2:46 to play. last_img read more

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GAA News: Glenswilly out to capture Dr Maguire once more!

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesCome on!!It’s just a few days to the senior championship final as the club prepare to do battle with Kilcar in a bid to claim the Dr Maguire once more. The lads, including the management and backroom team have put in a huge effort this season to get to Sunday’s final, throw-in at MacCumhaill Park is at 4pm. We would like to urge people to get their colours out for the big day and get behind our boys. Flags, bunting, car flags etc are all available from the club treasurer Bryan Faul. Club gear is avialble in Michael Murphy Sports. Only the lads can change things ion the pitch but we can certainly help them on the terraces. Glenswilly abu! Under 10sGood luck to the U10s team who are playing at half team in County Final. Who knows – they could be playing in the real final a few years later!TicketsAdult Tickets for the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal Senior Football Championship Finals are now available to purchase online athttp://donegalgaa.tickets.ie/ (Until Wednesday 12th October) and in your local Supervalu or Centra store. Pre Purchase price is €13 (Matchday €15) To avoid queues on matchday please Pre Purchase your ticket. Congrats to the Thirds!Congrats to the Third team who won their MM Sports Senior C Championship semi-final against MacCumhaills at MacCumhaill Park. Well done to Manus, Sean and the lads on chalking up another final for the club.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games. Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.JivingNow that winter is kicking in, we’re all looking for ways of passing the long nights and hopefully getting a little bit fitter in the process. It might be a little different but jiving classes which have started on Friday nights at the clubhouse are drawing real crowd and newcomers are welcome all the time.Bingo Bingo continues in the hall every Wednesday night starting at 9pm with more than €2,000 in prize-money each night.LottoThe winner of last week’s lotto was Dermot Hannigan of Letterkenny. The winning numbers were 7,11,15 and 23. Lottos are available in all local outlets. Please support the lotto each week as it is a major source of the club’s income.NotesAnyone wishing to have anything in the club notes each week should send them to stephenwmaguire@gmail.com on Monday evening.GAA News: Glenswilly out to capture Dr Maguire once more! was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bronze medal for Letterkenny’s Kirk Mullen in European Championships

first_imgLETTERKENNY MAN Kirk Mullen won a bronze medal yesterday at the IBJJF European Championships.Mullen hails from Kirkstown in Letterkenny and trains out of Rilion Gracie Ireland under head coach Brian Coyle.Mullen is competing in his first IBJJF Tournament and claimed a bronze medal in the Masters Division. He won his first match via a choke hold after just a minute-and-a-half.He won his second match 10-0 on points and was only pipped on the decision of the referee in his semi-final.The IBJJF European Championships is the largest tournament in Europe and one of the largest in the world with competitors traveling worldwide.Rilion Gracie Ireland’s headquarters are in Letterkenny and have affiliated clubs across Donegal in Donegal town, Gweedore, Greencastle and Cranford. New members are welcome and further information is available on http://www.riliongracieireland.com/  Bronze medal for Letterkenny’s Kirk Mullen in European Championships was last modified: January 18th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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RELAY FOR LIFE IN DONEGAL HITS THE GROUND RUNNING!

first_imgRelay for Life Donegal was unveiled to the public across Co Donegal last night with over 170 people attending a public information night in the Mount Errigal Hotel for the inspirational initiative due to take place in Letterkenny in May.Irish Cancer Society CEO John McCormick revealed it was the biggest turnout they have ever had at a Relay for Life Public meeting. Highland Radio’s Charlie Collins was Master of Ceremonies and introduced members of the committee who gave their reasons for being involved in Relay For Life, including their own experiences of cancer and their hope that this event will raise funds to help find a cure for this dreaded disease.At one point Committee member Garvan McCloskey asked all those who had been affected by cancer themselves or those near and dear to them to stand – how poignant it was to see only two people left seated in the large audience.Irish Cancer Society CEO, John McCormick, told the gathered crowd how monies raised from this event, and the other 7 Relays to be held in Ireland in 2012, will help fund research and such services as night nurses for cancer patients, Travel2Care and Care to Drive where volunteers bring cancer patients from their homes to receive treatment in local hospitals.Relay for Life Donegal will be held in the LYIT on May 26th and 27th and is a 24 hour relay – 24 hours to highlight that cancer never sleeps. Sixty teams will take part, being on the relay track in shifts for the whole 24 hours. Survivors, who are the special guests of the event, will do their lap of honour before being joined by carers and then the sixty teams take to the track.At dusk on Saturday, Candles of Hope will be lit and illuminate the relay course – candles in memory of those who did not survive or candles for those who are undergoing treatment or who have survived. Throughout the night and following day there will be entertainment with celebrities calling in to help with the event. The aim is to raise €100,000 so if you can help…………How can you help?Register as a survivor, register as a volunteer………. As we speak, the interest in entering teams has surpassed all expectations and it looks as though we have the 60 needed.But you can help at the event, you can help sell Candles of Hope before Relay weekend, you can volunteer to give general help at the event – there is so much that needs to be done. Have you an idea that might help provide entertainment during the 24 hours – can you provide sponsorship/prizes – are you a hairdresser/therapist that could provide services to survivors during the event?? Anyone who would like to volunteer or has an ides – contact relayforlifedonegal@gmail.com RELAY FOR LIFE IN DONEGAL HITS THE GROUND RUNNING! was last modified: January 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Relay For LIfe Donegal launchlast_img read more

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DONEGAL LOTTO WINNERS LIVE IT UP IN SAN FRANCISCO!

first_imgPictured enjoying the sites of San Francisco from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; Pearl & George Bustard from Ballyboe and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.If you’re going to San Francisco………please do the lotto for me!That could have ben the cry for Donegal folk Pearl Bustard, Martina Kelly, William Lucas and Francis O’Gorman who recently travelled with their guests to San Francisco thanks to the National Lottery’s Winning Streak game.A total of 44 lucky Winning Streak TV Gameshow winners from all over Ireland and their 44 guests jetted off to San Francisco for a six day luxury break on Friday 22 August 2014 with €2,500 spending money in their pockets. The excited winners won the prize on the National Lottery’s Winning Streak TV Gameshow during the January – May season. Gameshow host Marty Whelan accompanied the winners on their fun filled trip of a lifetime. For many winners, it was their first visit to the USA.Pictured from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; Liam & Martina Kelly from Killygordon and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.2FM’s Rick O’Shea Show broadcast live from San Francisco on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 August 2014 and trip winners were involved in these broadcasts.“Here at the National Lottery we’re delighted to make dreams come true for 44 winners and their guests by sending them on a trip of a lifetime to San Francisco,” said Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, National Lottery.Once in San Francisco, the group were transported by coach to the luxurious Fairmont Hotel which in recent times hosted US President Barack Obama. Pictured enjoying the sites of San Francisco from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; William & Mary Lucas from Killygordon; Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.On Sunday evening, the winners enjoyed a delicious gala dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay. The restaurant boasts incredible views of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.The group also visited the Rams Gate Winery in Sonoma where they sampled some of the regions finest wines. The winners returned to Dublin on Thursday 28 August 2014.Pictured enjoying the sites of San Francisco from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; Terence O’Gorman and his brother Francis O’Gorman from Bundoran; Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.  DONEGAL LOTTO WINNERS LIVE IT UP IN SAN FRANCISCO! was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal winnerssan franciscoWinning Streaklast_img read more

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SA publishing start-up wins UK award

first_img “If you’re not online, you can’t learn about technology, and you can’t close that gap.” Attwell believes that deals with publishers such as O’Reilly will help change that. “Many of our printing outlets directly supply schools and computer training centres, and these books will give them a huge advantage.” The deal will allow 150 Paperight outlets in South Africa – many in rural villages and poor townships – to legally print out O’Reilly books for their customers on demand.Increasing access to books Some of the O’Reilly books that will soon be available on Paperight include Learning Web Design, Programming C# 5.0, and Learning Java. Titles from the Head First series will also be available, including titles focusing on PHP & MySQL, Python and Excel. South African publisher New Africa Books also signed up earlier this month. NAB imprints include David Philip, Spearhead and New Africa Education. This deal means popular South African works – such as Mamphela Ramphele’s autobiography A Life – will soon be available from Paperight outlets. O’Reilly named Paperight the “most entrepreunerial start-up” at its Tools of Change Start-up showcase held in New York in February because of the “creative solution they’ve developed to convert copy shops into a new distribution channel”. Paperight has also been recognised locally, receiving a seed grant from the SAB Foundation at their innovation awards in November last year. Books are generally around 20% less to print at a Paperight outlet, although that depends on individual outlets. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 18 April 2013 A South African start-up is stirring up the world’s publishing industry with its innovative approach to book distribution. Paperight, a network of independent copy shops that print books, was awarded the Digital Minds Innovation Award this week at the London Book Fair, one of the world’s most prestigious publishing events. Copy shops use www.paperight.com to instantly buy licences and print out content for customers on demand, while publishers use it to access new markets and to sell in places where no bookstores exist. Paperight, which is based in Cape Town and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, beat seven other shortlisted candidates after a short presentation – and won thanks to a popular vote. “We’re incredibly honoured to have this support from the world’s leading minds in digital publishing,” said Paperight founder and chief executive, Arthur Attwell. ‘Solving problems of book distribution’ “It shows that as publishers we’re serious about solving the real problems of book distribution, getting the knowledge we create into the hands of people everywhere, no matter where they live or how much they earn.” Paperight announced on Tuesday that O’Reilly Media, one of the world’s leading publishers of technology books, had recently signed with Paperight to increase access to their books in the developing world. “The irony of the digital revolution is that while democratising knowledge production, it has increased the gap between the Internet-haves and have-nots,” Attwell said.last_img read more

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What do you get when you cross Queen, a Baby Shark and a school bus?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseI may be banned from chaperoning school field trips in the future.My daughter is 11 and, while I think she still likes hanging out with her dad, I fear her age will soon dictate me falling into the “definitely not cool” category. Because of this, I try to take as many opportunities to hang out with her as possible, hence my day spent on a recent school field trip.The bus ride there was around 40 minutes or so and I sat in the back seat of the bus with my daughter and her fifth grade friends, learning the girls’ favorite hand clap games, getting the scoop on all of the boys’ antics and learning the latest happenings in their junior high world. From there, the field trip was very fun and all went quite smoothly.Minutes into the bus ride home, some of my new back-of-the-bus friends had resumed their hand clap games. A couple of the girls started quietly singing some charming little fifth grade girl songs. Then I heard one of the little girls start singing in a very sweet voice, “We will we will ROCK YOU!” Immediately an idea popped into my mind that would surely secure the vote for me being a super cool dad.“Girls,” I said, “Why don’t you combine your hand clapping games with singing your songs like this.”With that statement, I rhythmically smacked my hands on the bus seat in front of me and then clapped once: smack-smack CLAP, smack-smack-CLAP. The eyes of the girl who had been singing shone with euphoria as she joined in singing, louder this time: “We will we will ROCK YOU!” along with my clever back beat. Quick to jump on the now coolest-dad-in-school rocking bandwagon, my daughter and the rest of her friends in the back third of the bus joined in by the next refrain grinning ear-to-ear, adding their voices and percussion of their own.My idea proved to be quite appealing to the jubilant fifth graders packed on the bus. In less than a minute, every last one of them was incredibly united in rhythmic clapping and song. It was like we were in the middle of some musical.To add further cool dad points, I then showcased my knowledge of Queen’s classic lyrics and chimed in: Buddy you’re a boy make a big noisePlayin’ in the street gonna be a big man some dayYou got mud on yo’ faceYou big disgraceKickin’ your can all over the placeSingin’“WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU!” the entire bus full of now screaming fifth graders replied vehemently in unison.It was at this point, about 5 minutes into the 40+-minute long bus trip, that I realized my error. I looked up toward the front of the bus to see the handful of teachers and fellow chaperones turned back in their seats with looks of concern and exasperation in their eyes. They briefly tried to quiet the roar but quickly realized those efforts would be ineffective and would probably only lead to the creation of less desirable behavior. Soon enough, they resigned themselves to silent desperation, knowing their not-so-silent fate for the next 35 minutes.My gaze next locked with the stress-filled eyes of the now red-faced bus driver reflected in the rear view mirror. His face was growing redder with each raucous stanza that rang out from row after row (after row) of fifth-grader filled bus seats behind him. I slumped down in my back seat of the bus to avoid the glares of the other adult passengers on the bus.Despite the high volume of the performance, it was really very well sung for an impromptu concert version of the beloved rock song. Unfortunately, though, after a couple more minutes of Queen, the song selection changed abruptly and degraded even more abruptly as one student shouted out the first line of the dreaded “Baby Shark” song: Baby Shark da-da-da-doo, Baby Shark da-da-da-doo, Baby Shark da-da-da-doo, Baby Shark!Six months ago, I was blissfully unaware that this song even existed, but now it seems that somehow every American child aged 3 to at least 12 knows every word to this inane, irritating song. If you do not believe me, just find a child in this demographic and say, “Baby Shark.” You will, no doubt, learn it and hear it ad nauseam.Approximately 147 verses of “Baby Shark” later, the bus singers switched songs several more times, with each song being somewhat more irritating than the previous. When we finally slowed to a stop back at the school, the bus driver just let out a long sigh as he opened the door and rubbed his temples. By the time we exited the bus, the nerves of all of the adults were very visibly frazzled. A couple of the chaperone moms eyed me with suspicious disdain as I walked off the bus (one of them grinned, though). A teacher sternly looked at me and apologized: “I am so sorry. Our students do not normally behave in this manner.”I just smiled and said, “Oh they were fine. I thought that was some pretty great singing.”A bus full of fifth graders singing in unison at the top of their lungs really was pretty great — just think of what they could have been doing instead. I saw some of them even put their iPads down for a few minutes. And, as I may officially be off the chaperone invite list, I just want to say I am truly thankful for teachers, bus drivers and what could be my last opportunity (Baby Shark and all) to be the coolest dad on the bus.From myself and all of the OCJ/OAN team, thanks for a great 2018 and we sincerely hope your blessings far outweigh your challenges this special time of year. Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

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Forget “Brand Conversations” on Social Networks

first_imgklint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Douglas Rushkoff spoke at Pivot, a conference on branding, last year and recently linked to a video of his talk. It’s worth watching if you’re involved in social CRM or any other sort of social business.For the first approximately 20 minutes of the talk, Rushkoff rants about the corporatization of the Internet and summarizes his book Life Inc. He explains the origins of the modern corporation during the mercantilist period of European economic development, and how branding came about as a means to put a friendly face on mass production. But during the final 10 minutes, Rushkoff gives some practical advice to companies trying to make sense of the social Web.Rushkoff thinks branding is irrelevant in the age of the social network. He compares social networks to the original bazaars and marketplaces of the past. The bazaar was the center of commerce, gossip, political debate and more. He says that people weren’t interested in “branding” then – they were interested in exchanging factual (or supposedly factual) information.Rushkoff gives the example of the Carl’s Jr. advertising campaign in which Paris Hilton ate a cheese burger while washing a car. Rushkoff says that even though this campaign was considered a “viral success,” sales at Carl’s Jr. actually went down while the ad was circulating. People were sharing the video on social networks, but it didn’t translate into sales for the company.On the other hand, he says, social media has proven to be an effective medium for damage control. It’s a good way to spread information (I would add that it’s also a good way to spread misinformation). He says actual information, and not branding, is the currency of social networks.He takes another example of corporate branding: the Keebler Elves. He says the elves were created to keep people from thinking about how Keebler cookies were actually made. He says no one is going to talk about the Keebler Elves on social media, but they might talk about the ingredients used in the cookies and whether they’re organic or what the environmental impact of the product’s packaging. In other words, people will talk about the actual product, but not the mythology.Rushkoff says branding has no future, but products might if the people making them are willing to engage their customers honestly through social media.I’m always surprised how much the contemporary debate over social CRM and social engagement sounds like The Cluetrain Manifesto, which was written way back in 1999. Whether its authors are right or wrong, they were clearly ahead of their time.Thesis number 11 of the manifesto is: “People in networked markets have figured out that they get far better information and support from one another than from vendors. So much for corporate rhetoric about adding value to commoditized products.” That sounds like Rushkoff’s thesis in a nutshell.What do you think? Is branding finished?last_img read more

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Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lyceum averts disaster, escapes Arellano to stay unbeaten Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren is confident his boxer will face the winner of Golovkin-Alvarez should he beat Monroe Jr.“If Bill comes through he will fight the winner of Canelo-Golovkin,” said Warren. “It’s all in his hands now. He knows what he gets out of this fight if he wins and I believe he will deliver.”– ‘Shot at redemption’ –Monroe, 30, is boxing for the first time in a year and has registered two points-wins since being stopped in six rounds by knockout specialist Golovkin.“He took a beating before and if he quit before when there were three belts on the line, he will certainly quit when there’s one belt on the line,” said Saunders.Monroe, from New York, refused to be drawn into trash talk but is hoping Golovkin beats Alvarez so he can have a re-match.“It’s a shot at redemption,” said Monroe. “I think Canelo is just going to win but I want Triple G (Golovkin) to win so I can get him back.“If you look at my fight with Golovkin and his fight against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs, he doesn’t deal with fast fighters.“I’ve had a 12 week camp for Billy Joe, but I only got six weeks’ notice for Golovkin. I never had big backers and money guys in my corner to make things happen, so when a shot like that comes up you take it.”He added: “Billy Joe has had a great promoter like Frank Warren in his corner. All the fights have been in his own backyard. Willie Monroe Jr. of the US is checked by the referee after being knocked down in the first round by Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan during their Middleweight World Championship bout at the Forum Arena in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2015. Golovkin won the fight by knocking out Monroe Jr. in the sixth round. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONGennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s eagerly-anticipated bout will be watched by a global television audience, but it is not the only world middleweight title fight on Saturday.Billy Joe Saunders’ second defense of his World Boxing Organization belt against Willie Monroe Jr. in London will not attract the same attention or glamour but is nevertheless significant since the winner is likely to face the victor of Golovkin-Alvarez clash, which takes place a few hours later in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Golovkin, from Kazakhstan but based in California, defends the other three versions of the world title (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation) against Mexico’s Alvarez in a clash between boxing’s biggest stars now that Floyd Mayweather Jr has gone back into retirement.For Saunders, there can be no more excuses about motivation after an inactive and frustrating reign as champion. The 28-year-old English boxer won the WBO belt from Ireland’s Andy Lee in December 2015 but due to injuries and postponements has only fought once since, an unimpressive points win over Artur Akavov at a leisure centre in Scotland in December.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 openingBut Saunders (24 wins, 0 defeats, 12 KOs) feels rejuvenated and credits new trainer Dominic Ingle with improving his conditioning ahead of facing American Monroe (21 wins, 2 defeats, 6 KOs).‘Confidence boost’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Great Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders (L) is declared winner after defeating Turkey’s Adem Kilicci during their 2008 Olympic Games Welterweight (69 kg) boxing bout on August 10, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON“You can say lack of motivation but when you’re in touching distance of something great, that alone gives me motivation,” Saunders told reporters on a conference call from his training base in Fuerteventura, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.“The way the Ingles go about their business is second to none. My fitness is on a different level. I’m fit enough now to fight 15 rounds, every minute of every round. That alone boosts my confidence by leaps and bounds.“I know what is around the corner, I want to test myself against one of the greats. Willie had his chance (against Golovkin in May, 2015). I want to beat Willie Monroe in a better way than Golovkin did.”Golovkin, 35, and Alvarez, 27, are recognised as the best middleweights in the division and Saunders thinks the champion will prevail this weekend.“I think it will be a very close fight but Canelo looks like he has overdone it in training, he looked fatigued in training and he’s overdone it,’ said Saunders, from Hertfordshire, northwest of London.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments “He hasn’t had to go into a lion’s den with all these screaming fans against him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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