Giants cut trade deadline acquisition Scooter Gennett, promote three players

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The long wait is over for Tyler Rogers.The short ride for second baseman Scooter Gennett has also come to an end.The Giants announced Tuesday that Rogers will join their bullpen and take the place of right-hander Trevor Gott, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow strain.The club also announced that Gennett, who was acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from the Cincinnati Reds, was placed on unconditional release waivers. In a flurry of …last_img

Reviving sports in SA schools

first_imgThe recent South African Democratic Teachers Union festival aimed to bring back a love of sports in schools. (Image: The South African Teachers Union (Sadtu) recently held a three-day national festival in Bloemfontein, which offered training for school teachers who are determined to bring back a love of sport in the country’s schools.Sadtu media officer Nomusa Ncembi said the union is deeply concerned about the current lack of physical activity in schools. It’s hoping that through this event it can inculcate a passion for sport among teachers who will take it back to their learners.The festival, which ran from 7 to 10 October 2009, attracted close to 1 100 teachers and 100 Sadtu officials from all nine provinces who competed in various sporting codes such as soccer, rugby, netball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, pool, softball and chess.Lebogang Sithole, a Johannesburg teacher who competed in volleyball at the festival, said he had learnt a lot and planned to take what he could back to his school.“We don’t always have the resources and training to teach sports at school, but by being at this festival we have learnt a lot from each other, and are motivated to go back and use the knowledge and the resources that we have to teach and ignite the passion of sports in our learners,” he said.Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said the union believes sport, art, and culture are crucial to learner development and should not be treated as extra-curricular activities.“For Sadtu sport is not only for fun, entertainment and competition, but it is one of the most effective unifiers of people of different races, cultures, sex and creed. We also see sport as one of the best promoters of health and wellness,” he said.Over the past few years there has been a slow decline in learners participating in school sport, and the union wants to re-emphasise the need for sport to be taken seriously at schools, and treated like any other subject, he added.“We therefore call upon the Department of Education to provide sporting facilities, trained personnel and time to engage in sport in schools – more especially in rural areas,” Maluleke said.Learning through sportAlthough the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA) and the Department of Education state that every school should have a compulsory physical education period of at least 45 minutes per week and offer at least two different sporting activities, many schools say they cannot do this as they lack resources and suitably trained teachers.To get around this, the departments advise poorly equipped schools to make use of facilities at a nearby community centre or team up with a neighboring school. For example if one offers netball, and the other cricket, a partnership will enable learners to participate in both.“There is ample evidence to show that participation in physical activity has significant advantages. Besides the obvious benefits to health, it is shown that participation in sport can contribute to improved academic performance, as well as to an improved self-image and sense of general well-being,” said Department of Education director general Duncan Hindle.He added that his department, together with SRSA, views school sport as an important vehicle for promoting social cohesion and transformation.“We believe that if all schools were to offer a comprehensive programme of curricular and extra-curricular physical activities, we would see a dramatic decline in the incidences of risky behaviour, including substance abuse, sexual activities and crime. Sport channels the enormous energies of our youth in positive directions.”Vernon Petersen, SRSA director general, believes a well-organised and planned programme of school sport, including physical education during the school day, should facilitate the creation of safe and caring schools, and allow for quality teaching and learning.“The starting point is to ensure that besides the compulsory programme of physical education, every school introduces at least two sporting codes for each school term – for both boys and girls. These may be for recreational purposes, aimed at mass participation, as well as for more competitive purposes, involving events with other schools.”Petersen added that through such sport activities, key values of hard work, respect for authority and team loyalty can be developed.“To win and yet be modest; to lose but with dignity – these are some of the most important lessons of life, and they are best learnt on the sports field,” he said.last_img read more

LLC agreement to adjust member financial contributions must be in writing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, Ohio State UniversityThe Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a decision finding a verbal agreement to adjust contributions between members of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to be unenforceable, even if the other party admitted to making the statements. Ohio Revised Code § 1715.09(B) requires a signed writing in order to enforce a “promise by a member to contribute to the limited liability company,” and therefore the court could not enforce an oral agreement to adjust contributions.The Fourth District Court of Appeals heard the case of Gardner v. Paxton, which was originally filed in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiff, Mr. Gardener, argued that his business partner breached an agreement to share in LLC profits and losses equally. In order to share equally, both parties would have needed to adjust their contributions, but Mr. Paxton only made verbal offers that were never reduced to writing. Because there was no writing, Mr. Paxton’s statements were not enforceable by his business associate against him.last_img read more

What You Need To Believe

first_imgBelieve that you can win. That you can still win. That you are playing the long game.Believe in your product, your service, and your solution. Believe it is the right choice for your clients and that it will benefit them. Believe that your clients will be made better.Believe in yourself. Believe you create unique value. Believe that you are the unique value proposition, that you are the difference that makes the difference.Believe your competitors are trying to take your business. Believe that they are dangerous, that they also create value, and that they deserve your respect.Believe your dream clients need your help. Believe that they have challenges and opportunities to find improvement. Believe that you can help them discover the gap and the way forward.Believe your clients will pay more for greater value. Believe that price is only an expression of value. Believe that you have the power to move the conversation from price to cost, and by doing so, help your clients make the proper investments.Believe that fear is what you should fear most and that inaction is more dangerous than taking action. Believe that your greatest fear should be avoiding what is necessary because it makes you uncomfortable.Believe that winning will be more difficult than you imagine. Believe that you are going to have to give it all of your effort and energy. Believe that you are going to have to persevere, and that you are going to have to be resourceful enough to find new ideas.Believe more people, many you don’t yet know, will be involved in the decision to buy from you. Believe that you need consensus, but believe that your client needs that consensus as much or more than you do. Believe that it is your obligation to find or build that consensus.Believe real trust takes time to develop. Believe that relationships matter, that they require an investment of your time and energy. Believe that caring is the killer app.Believe it will take longer to create an opportunity within your dream client accounts. Believe that you need to be known and trusted before you are given an opportunity to serve your clients.Believe that the next big disruption is right around the corner and that you have an urgent need to get better faster. Believe you have already fallen behind and you need to work feverishly to improve yourself. Believe that you are the only asset you have for producing all of the results you want in life, and that you have to build that asset.Believe that the best and fastest way to capture value is to first create it. Believe that fast is slow and slow is fast. Believe that difficult is easy and easy is difficult. This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.last_img read more

Bottom Fishers Find Bottom Feeders

first_imgA bottom fisher is someone who fishes for bottom feeders.A bottom feeder is the lowest end of the low-end of the food chain, a scavenger, one who eats what others higher on the food chain will not.Bottom fishers have a way of finding bottom feeders. The bottom fisher entices bottom feeders with an offer that appeals to them. The offer is super easy to acquire. It doesn’t take any real work or creativity, you just troll along the bottom until you bump into something. Bottom feeders are lazy, and bottom fishers know it.Those at the top end of the food chain wouldn’t touch what a bottom feeder eats. Top-enders are energetic and fast, and they hunt for more valuable offers, something worthy of their time and their effort. They don’t even see what the bottom feeders see, because they’re never trolling along in the dark scrounging for an opportunity. The top-enders never worry about bottom feeders competing with them for an opportunity; the bottom feeders are too slow, too lazy, and aren’t willing to engage in the chase.You know who the bottom fishers are. They spend a lot in your category. They are concerned only with price. They don’t recognize the value that you create, and if they do, they aren’t willing to pay for that value.Are you a bottom feeder? It isn’t hard to get there. You take the bottom fisher’s offer, even though it is foul and provides nothing of real value. Then you do it again. And pretty soon you’re used to it, and without meaning to, you’ve become a bottom feeder. Then, the only people you know are bottom fishers. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri charged with misconduct

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct for his behaviour during Monday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Burnley, the English Football Association said.The Chelsea coach was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend after becoming embroiled in a scuffle amongst players on the touchline in the dying moments of the game at Stamford Bridge.Sarri did not carry out his post-match media duties, sending assistant coach Gianfranco Zola to fill in for him instead.Zola told reporters at the time that Sarri had sought to get his players out of the scuffle but the referee had “misinterpreted” his intentions and that the Chelsea manager had been offended by a comment from the Burnley bench.”Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday’s Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Burnley,” the FA said in a statement on Wednesday.The Chelsea manager has until 1700 GMT on Friday to responded to the charge, the governing body added.Also Watch:last_img read more