CAS cuts Real Madrid’s transfer ban

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):Real Madrid’s transfer ban was cut yesterday, allowing the club to sign new players sooner than expected.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) partially upheld Madrid’s appeal against FIFA, keeping the team barred from registering new players only in the January trading period. But Madrid can now sign new players in the off-season transfer period starting in June.FIFA had imposed a one-year transfer ban in January. Its appeal panel confirmed the sanction to take effect for 2017.Madrid must also pay FIFA a fine of 240,000 Swiss francs, reduced from 360,000 Swiss francs by the single judge who heard the case.”Considering that the infractions committed by Real Madrid were less serious and less numerous than argued by the FIFA judiciary bodies, the (judge) ruled that the sanctions imposed on Real Madrid had to be reduced,” the court said in a statement.UNJUST BANStill, the club which on Sunday added the Club World Cup trophy to its Champions League title complained about the verdict.”The decision highlights the injustice of the original ban imposed by FIFA, although the club regrets that the CAS lacked the courage to revoke the ruling entirely,” Madrid said in a statement.The court gave an urgent ruling yesterday and is expected to publish its full reasons in several weeks.Madrid denied wrongdoing in signing young players from outside Spain who played in games since 2005.The case involved the sons of current coach Zinedine Zidane.Madrid’s signings were registered by the Spanish football federation, which has repeatedly allowed clubs to break FIFA rules designed to prevent trafficking of minors. FIFA previously fined the federation 220,000 Swiss francs.Barcelona served a one-year signing embargo in 2015, and Atletico Madrid are currently appealing their one-year ban at CAS.Atletico have accepted not to sign players in January and have reached an agreement with CAS to reach a verdict by June.last_img read more

Death of aspiring 49ers linebacker-turned-CEO of hunting apparel giant a suicide

first_imgThe death of Jason Hairston, who aspired to a pro football career before founding KUIU, a successful hunting apparel company, was a suicide, according to a post on his company’s website.It read in part: “We are incredibly saddened to report that Jason Hairston, the visionary leader and founder of KUIU, was found dead at his home in Dixon, CA on Sept. 4, 2018. He took his own life. The family has requested that donations be made to support CTE-related research at the Boston University …last_img

SA to set up mines, labour task force

first_img20 August 2012 A task force will be set up to look into labour issues in South Africa’s platinum industry after last week’s violent clashes near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on the weekend. The task force will consist of representatives from the mining industry, unions, government and traditional leadership. Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week. Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant met with the Chamber of Mines, business and organised labour in Johannesburg on Saturday to discuss and agree on an action plan to address the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine and share practices applied by other mining companies. The management of Lonmin, the Chamber of Mines and other mining executives gave an account of what challenges they faced relating to engaging with labour organisations and employees generally. Both ministers then met with organised labour to get their account and what they perceived as the source of the conflict. Olifant reminded all parties of the legal processes pertaining to labour organisations and how they needed to operate as required by the law. Shabangu also put to all stakeholders the need to agree on how the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be engaged going forward, as long as their operations were within the confines of the law. Shabangu reiterated the need for all role players to uphold the spirit of tripartism as the image of the country’s mining industry was being tarnished after the sector, working with the government, had gone out to the world saying that the South African mining sector was open for business and encouraging investors to invest in the sector. Source: read more

Afcon Group C all square after openers

first_img22 January 2013Champions Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia despite the Wayla Antelopes having goalkeeper Jemal Tassew sent off in the first half of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations clash at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Monday.Nigeria and Burkina Faso also drew 1-1 in the match that followed at the same venue, leaving the four teams in Group C on equal footing with two more group games to play.The two Group C draws took the tally of draws to five in six matches. Only Mali, which defeated Niger with an 84th minute strike by captain Seydou Keita in a Group B clash, has enjoyed the taste of victory.After the clash between Zambia and Ethiopia, Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard paid tribute to goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene for his performance, which included saving a penalty taken by Salahdin Said. “Today we have to thank our goal keeper because without Kennedy Mweene maybe it could have been a very bad result. I think we deserved today what we got,” he said.Struggling for formConsidering that the Zambians are the defending champions and Ethiopia is playing in the Afcon finals for the first time since 1982, that is quite some statement to make. The Zambians, though, have not been in good form leading up to the Afcon finals.Since beating South Africa 1-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in November, they have lost to Tanzania and Angola, and drawn with Morocco.Afcon 2013 should be an ideal opportunity for the Zambians to defend their title. Many of their players are with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs, while many others have used the PSL as a stepping stone to a move overseas. They know the conditions, but desperately need to find a spark to ignite their campaign.One man who could provide it is Collins Mbesuma, who scored their goal against Ethiopia. He was a sensation with South African glamour side Kaizer Chiefs before moving abroad. He has since returned to South Africa, and is currently with Orlando Pirates. His form appears to be on the up.Sucker punchZambia’s Chipolopolo had the better of the game after the dismissal of goalkeeper Tassew for an appalling challenge, but the Ethiopians caught them out with a sucker punch when Adane Girma netted in the 65th minute.Saladine Said, despite his penalty miss, was the Antelopes’ best player and posed a strong threat on the attack. He should be a familiar face to South African fans: he scored Ethiopia’s oal in a 1-1 draw with Bafana Bafana in June 2012, which proved to be coach Pitso Mosimane’s last game in charge. He was subsequently replaced by Gordon Igesund.A large number of passionate and loud Ethiopian fans, probably about 20 000-strong, also made their support known, and it’s something that could really boost the Antelopes’ campaign.Nigeria and Burkina Faso shared a 1-1 draw too, thanks to a goal at the death by Alain Traore, which earned the Stallions a share of the spoils.The Nigerians enjoyed the better of the contest, but the sending off of Efe Ambrose with 15 minutes to play, after he picked up a second yellow card, gave Burkina Faso a one-man advantage.The Super Eagles led 1-0 after an Emmanuel Emenike goal in the 23rd minute and it appeared that the two-time champions were on their way to the top of the Group C standings.Last kick of the gameFour minutes of time were added on at the end of regulation time and with the very last kick of the game, Traore netted for Burkina Faso. Godfrey Obobona, who up until then had been very solid at the back, had a chance to clear the ball, but made a mess of his effort and Traore capitalised on the defender’s mistake to score.John Obi Mikel starred for the Super Eagles in the midfield, starting attack after attack with his incisive passes, while goal scorer Emmanuel Emenike, who played only an hour, also showed up well, as did substitute striker Ikechukwu Uche, who lifted the energy of the Nigerian attack.Jonathan Pitroipa, who set up Traore for the equaliser, was Burkina Faso’s best player, industrious and creative. Florent Rouamba excelled on defence, while substitute Wildred Sanou provided good width and crosses. Goal scorer, Alain Traore, a 65th minute substitute, also impressed with his movement and interplay.Waiting for a sparkAfcon 2013 is yet to take off, though, as the tournament is waiting for a team to stamp its authority on the tournament.The Group B clash between Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday provided excellent entertainment, but no team has yet thrust itself forward as a potential champion. That could change on Tuesday when Cote d’Ivoire, the highest ranked team in Africa at 14th in the Fifa world rankings, takes on 77th- ranked Togo.The Ivorians are loaded with big name players, and the tournament needs some of these players to show why they are big names for Afcon 2013 to take off. Five draws in six games is a so-so showing so far.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Women of the Black Mambas take on poachers

first_imgA group of South African women who are part of an anti-poaching unit are not afraid to man-up in a nature reserve. The Black Mambas are well-trained bobbies on the beat in the Olifants West Nature Reserve, and their success can be seen in the massive drop in snaring. The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit keep an eye on the wildlife in Balule Nature Reserve. (Image: Supplied/ Transfrontier Africa)• South Africa’s sniffer elephants learn to track explosives • Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve • Voodoo Funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards • Rhino care on wheels Melissa JavanA group of 26 South African women is on a mission: to stop poaching so that their children and grandchildren are able to see Africa’s Big 5 in the wild.Known as the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) of Transfrontier Africa, they protect the Olifants West Nature Reserve. It forms part of the Balule Nature Reserve, near Kruger National Park. It is not an easy job for them, because they work in a male-dominated environment.Amy Clark, the project administrator at Transfrontier Africa, says the women have to endure the judgement of others while trying to prove themselves on the job. “Since the majority of our Mambas are mothers, they also have to leave their families behind for extended periods of time while on duty in the reserve.“Former soldiers and old-school conservationists had doubts that the Mambas could effectively protect wildlife, but the success of our female mambas has triumphed over the scepticism,” she adds.“I want my baby to see a rhino, that’s why I am protecting it,” one of the women, who is pregnant, told Grind TV.Clark says the Mambas are fully qualified to carry out arrests. “Since the deployment of our first team in April 2013, we have, to date, assisted in the arrest of six poachers. However, our mission is not to catch poachers, but to prevent poaching altogether by early detection and visual policing.“We do not measure our success on the number of poachers caught, but on the number of weeks free of any poaching-related incidents.”There has been a 76% drop in snaring since April 2013, Clark points out. “We have located and destroyed over 350 snares, 13 fishing traps, five poachers’ camps and two bush meat kitchens.” There is a drop in amount of poaching incidents since the Black Mambas are on patrol. (Image: Supplied/ Transfrontier Africa )Her Mambas are “bobbies on the beat”, she says, referring to the traditional British police officers who patrol on foot to keep an eye on things. The women’s duties vary between sweeping an area for snares, fence patrols looking for tracks of either people breaking in or animals breaking out, manning observation posts during the day and night, and being aware of suspicious activity.Most rhino poaching happens during full moon, prompting patrols to be doubled on these nights.Members of the Mambas have had paramilitary training, as well as in the legal issues around anti-poaching. “All Mambas are qualified Grade E security and have been fully trained in weapons handling. However, the Mambas gather intelligence and are constantly on the lookout for anything suspicious,” explains Clark. “We have armed units that take the lead once the Mambas have picked up the trail.”The Black Mamba APU was founded by Craig Spencer, the managing director of the non-profit conservation and research organisation, Transfrontier Africa. Putting an end to poaching is no easy task, with multiple issues to be considered. Locals around game reserves, for example, are scornful of wealthy park operators, according to The Guardian newspaper. They are protective of their own, making the fight against rhino poaching much more difficult.“The problem really is that there is this perception that has developed in the communities outside the park – they see a uniformed official and think we are the sheriff of Nottingham, [and] they see the poachers as Robin Hood,” Spencer says.With this in mind, he decided to take a more creative approach and work with those communities. He began to hire young women, unemployed high-school graduates, to form the patrols. They came to be known as the Black Mambas and the original team of six women grew to cover the entire Balule area within a year of starting work. The Black Mambas work hard, because they want their babies to see a rhino or an elephant someday. (Image: Supplied/ Transfrontier Africa )The idea of involving local residents was supported by Fundisile Mketeni, the chief executive of South African National Parks, who said communities should help to protect our national heritage and their economic future. “I would like to appeal to you as the communities who are reliant on our natural world as a means of survival – economically and socially – to stand up and declare that no rhino, no wild species of plant or animal – be it a pangolin, a lizard, a cycad or a tree – will be destroyed on your watch,” he said on World Wildlife Day, on 3 March.Clark says a local non-profitable organisation called Nourish also benefits from the Mambas work. They women planted a community vegetable garden and helped to install an irrigation system to water the garden.The war against rhino poaching will not be won with bullets, she adds. “If awareness among the community rises and positions like the Black Mambas continue to be respected higher than those of the poachers, then through education within their families, this will be a great step in the right direction for rhino conservation.”last_img read more

Facebook Aims To Simplify Sharing, Ad Targeting With Android Apps

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… selena larson Today Facebook announced a major update to the Facebook SDK for Android intended to further simplify the process of letting users share news and updates from outside apps, while also beefing up support for Facebook advertisers.The update introduces what Facebook calls the “Share Dialog,” which enables users to share activity and tag friends from applications without having to first log in to Facebook. The update also includes support for Object API, which makes it easier for developers to integrate Facebook’s Open Graph into Android apps. Open Graph is Facebook’s technology for letting apps push information and updates to Facebook proper.The update also provides new tools that let apps developers track, analyze and publish the actions their users take within their apps, such as adding products to a cart or achieving a new level within a game. This is largely intended to help advertisers measure the effectiveness of their mobile ads on Facebook. Similarly, Facebook will now let app developers define particular subsets of customers as “custom audiences” for future ad targeting. Tags:#Android SDK#Facebook#updates The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Cutting the cord from cable/satellite TV is easier than you think!

first_imgThis post is the first in a series of posts written by AFCPE-FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Interns. These posts will be shared every Friday afternoon.By Wendy Faul, Military Spouse Fellowship InternOver the Air or OTA programming is replacing traditonal cable and sattelite television viewing options for many families.The combination of available portable entertainment options and the rising cost of traditional pay TV are spawning a new trend: cord cutting. Households are ditching their expensive cable or satellite subscriptions in exchange for (free!) Over-The-Air (OTA) programming. Networks offer the ability to watch most of their current line-up and many archived shows on their Web sites at no cost. With an Internet connection and a Netflix, HuluPlus, or Amazon Prime subscription, members can stream movies and TV shows on mobile devices and/or through media devices like Apple TV, Roku or Xbox. Additionally, shows can now be DVR’d (digitally recorded) without pricey Dish Network or TiVo subscriptions by using a Boxee service which records programs to a cloud server for less than $10/month, including an option to program a recording while away from home. These new alternatives are allowing many military families to increase their savings by reducing their entertainment costs. Typically, the initial cost of a media box pays for itself within a year of purchase. With a little research (and an Internet connection) viewers can free themselves from expensive pay-TV contracts and customize their viewing preferences. For more information, check out this video.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 26, 2013.last_img read more

Dan Pink: Productivity Improvement Techniques, Chronotypes, and Napucinnos – Episode #108

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:12 — 40.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSDan Pink is not a guy who normally would come to mind when you begin thinking about a person who can teach you productivity improvement techniques. But given that Dan is committed to a research-based approach to his writing, it shouldn’t surprise you that he’s discovered something that can improve your productivity either. His new book, “When” is a masterpiece for those looking to improve their productivity – but you won’t know it when you first pick up the book. This conversation digs into what Dan discovered through his research about how humans work, how our biological cycles and clocks inform the decisions we should make about the work we do and provides practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting more important stuff done. Dan’s discoveries are revolutionary, so don’t miss [email protected]: #Productivity Improvement Techniques, #Chronotypes, and Napucinnos, on episode 109 of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #SalesClick To TweetAre the “morning person” and “night owl” stereotypes based in reality?For a very long time, we’ve heard people referred to as “morning person” or “night owl.” It’s an example of a trite saying that IS a trite saying because there is truth to it. Dan Pink’s research has revealed that there really are rhythms to life and patterns to the way individuals operate that make them more prone to be productive at different times of the day. Why does that matter for productivity? It’s because knowing which type of person you are will enable you to strategically plan certain types of work for specific times of the day. The result is that you’ll be operating at peak capacity when you are working. These ideas make a lot more sense in the context of the conversation Anthony had with Dan, so set aside time to listen to this intriguing conversation.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily activity you need to understandOne of the most important things Dan Pink has discovered while researching for his new book, “When” is that every human being operates in cycles. We all experience the following three periods in every day – peaks, troughs, and recovery periods. When you are able to identify exactly WHEN each of those periods happens in your typical day, you’re able to do the right kind of work during the right time frame and your productivity soars as a result. This is more than a productivity improvement technique, it’s a day planning strategy that can yield results beyond what you might imagine. Listen in to the conversation and you’ll hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dan Pink is Anthony’s guest on this episode of In The Arena.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily #activity you need to understand. @DanielPink explains why on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your decisions based on the outcomeOutcome-based evaluations are never a good idea, even though it’s the kind of reasoning most of us fall into. You can’t tell if an idea was good or bad simply because of the outcome because there are too many variables that could have or didn’t happen to be entirely sure of the result. Dan cites the decision to run every red light on the way to work as an example. Just because you get to work safely and without being pulled over by the police doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Listen to find out how Dan applies this concept to decision making, sales strategy, and day-planning and productivity.Are you limiting your productivity by trying to be too productive?Most of us who are worker-bees or “doers” spend our day in non-stop productivity mode. But research reveals that non-stop production actually becomes counterproductive. In this conversation, Dan Pink highlights how breaks throughout the day, and even what he calls a “Napucinno” (you’ll have to listen to find out what that is) can actually increase your productivity and enable you to get more done in less time. What is more, the quality of what you do will increase exponentially. It may sound too good to be true but Dan’s got the research to back him up, so don’t miss what he’s got to share.Are you limiting your #productivity by trying to be too #productive? @DanielPink explains why it could be the case, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Dan Pink’s writing and why his newest book should be on your 2018 reading list Anthony’s first meeting with Dan and how he introduced a new concept to Anthony Why Dan loves hiring musicians and actors for no-arts related work What got Dan’s attention to compel him to write his latest book? What is a chronotype and why it’s important to know it’s embedded in humans? Peak, trough, and recovery times in every day. You need to understand this Using your knowledge to make gains in the sales process The vital necessity of practicing a restorative break Could a daily nap (with coffee) boost your productivity and effectiveness? What is a mid-point slump and how can you deal with it? The changes Dan has made in his own life as a result of writing this book Dan’s “Next Big Idea Club” and how you can get connected.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeDan Pink – Explore Dan’s websiteBOOK: Free Agent NationBOOK: A Whole New MindBOOK: DriveBOOK: To Sell Is HumanBOOK: WhenEvernoteBOOK: Thinking In BetsBOOK: Chasing DaylightThe Future ProjectThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeAre the “morning person” and “night owl” #stereotypes based in reality? @DanielPink reveals amazing research from his new book WHEN, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #Sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your #decisions based on the outcome. @DanielPink reveals what research and experience show, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more