ALAMEDA — The Raiders signed wide receiver Keon Hatcher to their 53-man roster Monday to replace Brandon LaFell, who injured his Achilles in the Raiders’ win over the Cardinals on Sunday. LaFell heads to injured reserve, and his season is over.He sustained the injury on an acrobatic 24-yard catch on 3rd-and-4 midway through the third quarter, his second catch of the day after an earlier 5-yard touchdown grab. LaFell entered Sunday as the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver with knee injuries to Jordy …
ST. LOUIS — Replete with a cake bearing the Mexican flag and his record number, the Oakland A’s honored reliever Joakim Soria on Wednesday for achieving a milestone among Mexican-born pitchers. Soria pitched an inning of relief Tuesday night in the A’s 7-3 victory over the Cardinals – the 647th appearance of his career and most-ever by a Mexican-born pitcher.“You have to be healthy. You have to be in the big leagues. You have to perform,” Soria said in explaining the mark. “You have to be in …
5 September 2012 South Africa is the highest-ranked African country and third-placed among the BRICS economies in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, ranking 52nd out of 144 countries surveyed while placing third overall for financial market development. Published on Tuesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since evolved into the prime authority on relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations. South Africa (52nd) and Mauritius (54th) continue to lead the competitiveness rankings by African countries, followed by Rwanda (63rd), Morocco (70th), Seychelles (76th) and Botswana (79th). China (29th) continues to lead the BRICS group of influential emerging market economies, followed by Brazil (48th), South Africa (52nd), India (59th) and Russia (67th). Switzerland tops the overall rankings for the fourth year running, followed by Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong and Japan completing the list of the top 10 most competitive economies.Strength of institutions, financial markets According to the report, South Africa benefits from the relatively large size of its economy, particularly by regional standards, ranking 25th overall for market size. It also scores well for the quality of its institutions, ranking strongly for strength of auditing and reporting standards (1st), efficacy of corporate boards (1st), protection of minority shareholders’ interests (2nd), efficiency of legal framework (17th), intellectual property protection (20th), property rights (26th), and judicial independence (27th). Particularly impressive, according to the report, is the country’s financial market development, for which it ranks 3rd overall, “indicating high confidence in South Africa’s financial markets at a time when trust is returning only slowly in many other parts of the world”. Contributing to this assessment was South Africa’s high rankings for regulation of securities exchanges (1st), soundness of banks (2nd), availability of financial services (2nd), and financing through the local equity market (3rd). South Africa also shows up well for business sophistication, ranking 38th overall, and innovation, ranking 42nd overall – benefiting in the latter case from good scientific research institutions (34th) and strong collaboration between universities and the business sector in innovation (30th).Weaknesses At the same time, the report identifies weaknesses which South Africa will have to address in order to further enhance its competitiveness. South Africa ranked 63rd overall for infrastructure, and even though this was good by regional standards, it would require upgrading, according to the report. This is something the country has already embarked on, with President Jacob Zuma announcing a massive state-led infrastructure drive in his State of the Nation address in February. The country ranks 113th for labour market efficiency, thanks in large part to “rigid hiring and firing practices (143rd), a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies (140th), and significant tensions in labour-employer relations (144th)”. The country can also develop its innovation potential by increasing its university enrollment rate, the WEF says, adding: “Combined efforts in these areas will be critical in view of the country’s high unemployment rate of almost 25 percent in the second quarter of 2012.” Other concerns raised by the WEF report include the security situation and the health of the country’s workforce.Sub-Saharan Africa On sub-Saharan Africa more widely, the report notes the region’s impressive growth over the last decade. “Registering growth rates of over 5 percent in the past two years, the region continues to exceed the global average and to exhibit a favorable economic outlook,” the WEF states. “Indeed, the region has bounced back rapidly from the global economic crisis, when GDP growth dropped to 2.8 percent in 2009.” In recent years, according to the report, the region has been improving its competitiveness in specific areas, such as educational attainment and goods market efficiency, “but a persistent infrastructure deficit and health concerns continue to be significant bottlenecks.” As a whole, sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world in competitiveness, “requiring efforts across many areas to place the region on a firmly sustainable growth and development path going forward”. SAinfo reporter
Get your sneak peek of episode nine of the Play Your Part television series, here:Lufefe Nomjana, known as the Spinach King, is one of the guests featured on episode nine of Play Your Part, broadcast on 4 November. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter Lufefe Nomjana was a volunteer at a community garden when he spotted a business opportunity. Using the vegetable spinach, he went on to build his company. He tells his story of how he became known as the Spinach King in this week’s Play Your Part.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 4 November 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s more on the other two guests on this week’s episode:Avril SnymanAvril SnymanSnyman and her team talk about the growth of Lebone Village outside Bloemfontein. The village consists of five centres and benefits vulnerable children, youth and their families. Most of the children are affected by HIV and Aids.Matona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the marketing and communications department at The Innovation Hub, Gauteng’s innovation agency. She talks about how The Innovation Hub creates a platform to bring tech entrepreneurs, industry, academics, researchers and venture capitalists together.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
You worry about your dream client taking your big idea and executing it themselves—or worse, giving the idea to your competition. As unfortunate as this is, it is a necessary risk and part of being consultative. One way to make this point is to recognize how absurd it would be to try withholding your insights and ideas.Client: “Do you have any ideas about what wevmight do to improve?”You: “Yes, I do.”Client: “What should we be considering? What should we do?”You: “I know the answer.”Client: “What is it?”You: “I can’t tell you.”Client: “You can’t tell me?”You: “No. I can’t.Client: “What? Why not?”You: “You are just going to have to trust me and sign the contract.”Client: “Sign a contract to do what?”You: “Help you get the result you need.”Client: “But, shouldn’t I be able to understand how you are going to help before I decide? What if it isn’t something we can do?”You: “I’ll tell you what the solution looks like after you sign the contract, then you will know how we produce those results.”Client: “What, is it a secret?”You: “Yes. No one knows how we get these results. We hold this secret sacred. We can never allow our competitors to discover it.”Client: “Thank you so much for your time, Johnny Illuminati.”Being a Consultative SellerYou cannot be consultative without sharing your ideas and insights.Mostly, what you do isn’t so different that your competitors couldn’t do the same thing if they wanted to. The reason they don’t is that they don’t want to, or they are executing a different strategy or business model. Nothing stays a secret forever, and in many industries, people find very similar ways to get to the same result—or something close. Over time, things tend towards commoditization.If you are ahead of your competition in some area, giving them the idea doesn’t mean they could execute if they tried, which is why real differentiation tends to last awhile. People and companies don’t change easily or quickly.When a prospective client runs off with your idea or passes it off to your competitor, they often continue to have the same problems, including a lack of new and relevant ideas and a partner who can’t fill that gap.When this happens, you need to address it. You cannot avoid difficult conversations.You: “I would love to keep sharing ideas with you, but to do that, you’re going to have to commit to letting us help you execute them. While we would love to serve you, we aren’t interested in helping teach our competitors how to think about the problems we solve. Is that fair?”
Making it at No. 5 on the list of top sports stories of 2018 are the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Nets beat Hornets in 2OTs on Joe Harris’ late layup View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion University of the Philippines captured the hearts of many and stole the UAAP spotlight after making its first finals appearance since 1986.After a series of losing seasons, including winless campaigns, the Fighting Maroons finally broke through in Season 81.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefAt the forefront of UP’s dream run were steely guard Paul Desiderio, electrifying sophomore Juan Gomez Di Liaño and Bright Akhuetie, who went on to have an MVP campaign.UP may not have won the championship after getting swept by Ateneo in the finals, but the Fighting Maroons already overachieved when they stunned No. 2 Adamson in the Final Four. But they’re far from content and next season could finally be UP’s year with Akhuetie and Di Liaño back in tow and the likes of Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras making their debut for the Maroons.RELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweepINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champRELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ
MOST READ Romeo a champ, finally Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting St. Benilde struggled with JRU’s press, indeed, and turned the ball over 36 times but fortunately for the Blazers, the Bombers collected just 13 points from those errors.Yankie Haruna was the sole Blazer in double digits as he scored 19 points.CSB ended a two-game slide to go to 1-2 while JRU, under new head coach Louie Gonzales, fell to 0-2.In the high school division, National University survived a furious battle with La Salle Greenhills to prevail, 86-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Down 48-61 after a triple from Letran’s Fran Yu, the Pirates turned to twins JC and JV Marcelino to shred the Knights’ defense and spearhead a 9-0 run that trimmed the deficit to four.Nzeusseu finished with 20 points and 10 boards as Lyceum climbed to the Group B lead. Raymar Caduyac and JC Marcelino each added 18 while Jayson David chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAllen Mina’s 30 points went down the drain for Letran. Mina also had six triples as he helped the Knights control the match early.Yu and Tommy Olivario added 15 and 10 points respectively. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In another seniors match, the College of St. Benilde Blazers blasted the pesky Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 79-56, for their first win in three matches.The Blazers built leads of as many as 20 after a 20-6 start but the Bombers seemed to find a way to crawl back, with guard MJ dela Virgen knocking down a turnaround jumper that trimmed the lead to 55-50.But back-to-back boo-boos by the Bombers blunted their momentum and the Blazers went to Unique Naboa and Yankie Haruna for a 14-2 blast that opened up a 69-55 gap.“Their press gave us some problems and that is something we have to address especially when the NCAA season opens,” coach TY Tang said. “Luckily, our outside shots started falling for us.”“I hope that Unique will find the consistency come the NCAA season,” added Tang of his third-year point guard who grew up in New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum rallied from 13 points down to keep its slate clean and hand Letran their first defeat, 101-95, in the the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday.A couple of put-backs, one each from big man Mike Nzeusseu and guard JC Marcelino gave the Pirates a pivotal 96-93 lead in the stretch that greased Lyceum’s path to a 3-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too