Teams will have to ‘kick, battle and bite’ to beat Man City this season, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester City’s Premier League rivals will have to play dirty to halt the Blues this season following their rip roaring start to the campaign, believes club legend Rodney Marsh.Manuel Pellegrini’s side sit top of the table with six points after storming their opening two games, following up a 3-0 victory over West Brom with a stunning win over Chelsea by the same scorline.The likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure were irresistible in those games, while Vincent Kompany has recovered from a below-par campaign to again prove why he is regarded as one of the league’s best centre-backs.And, after losing their top flight title to Chelsea last season, Marsh believes City will be a force to be reckoned with as they seek to reclaim the crown.“I think this year, when you play against Man City the biggest thing you’re going to have to do is stop them playing,” he told the Sports Bar.“All this about trying to outplay teams – no. When you play Man City, you’ve got to kick David Silva, you’ve got to battle and bit and stop them from playing first because they just look sensational .“In the first two games of the season, David Silva has been absolutely outstanding – they couldn’t live with him at West Brom and he was brilliant again against Chelsea, they were breath-taking.“They’re absolutely flying and I don’t see that stopping either, they look like they could go and beat anybody, anywhere at the moment.”Listen to Rodney Marsh on Manchester City and Chelsea’s start to the season IN FULL above…last_img read more

SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled out

first_imgThe frame of the A hi fambeni is made from light and strong advanced materials, and was built by students from the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. (Image: Tshwane University of Technology) South Africa’s rural communities may soon have access to a new, greener form of transport, following the recent launch of the country’s first hydrogen-powered bicycle.Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor unveiled the vehicle at a technology conference earlier in August 2010 at the Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge in the North West province.The name of the bicycle is A hi fambeni, which is Xitsonga for “let’s go”.“A hi fambeni offers a practical way to promote public awareness of hydrogen as a clean energy alternative,” Pandor said at the launch.Team effortThe bicycle was developed by students of the Tshwane University of Technology in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and Hydrogen SA, which was set up by the South African government in 2008 to investigate the use of hydrogen as a sustainable and clean source of energy.The team mentor was internationally renowned motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche, who was sponsored by the department to work at the university for a month during the design process.The South African-born Terblanche has been based in Italy for the past 20 years as a designer and consultant for prominent bike manufacturers Ducati and Piaggio, among others, and has scooped three prizes over the years at the Milan Motorcycle Show.Terblanche became involved in A hi fambeni through the Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RETECZA), which is a non-profit initiative between the department, the Tshwane university, the Georgia Institute for Technology in the US, a consortium of the world’s leading motor manufacturers and a group of South African companies.RETECZA – set up to develop technology for cleaner, more sustainable energy and poverty alleviation – hosted the conference at which the hydrogen bicycle was launched.Top local and international researchers delivered papers at the conference, which focused on how technology can improve the standard of living in rural communities. There were contributions from a variety of overseas experts, including individuals from Sweden, Germany and Italy.‘E-bikes huge part of the future’A hi fambeni is not a conventional bicycle that needs vast amounts of pedalling: it’s powered by electricity that comes from hydrogen fuel cells, which are generally quiet and reliable units as they have no moving parts. Although there are other types of electric bicycles in South Africa, these are powered by lead batteries, not fuel cells.Electric bikes, or e-bikes for short, are a huge part of the future of the green transport sector, Pandor said at the launch, adding that she was pleased the innovation was based on the bicycle, which is an affordable mode of transport.“In many ways, the future of e-bikes can be seen in what has happened over the last decade in China, where the growth in the number of electric bikes has been spectacular. In 1998 there were a mere 400 000 there, but in 2008 there were 21-million,” the minister said.In 2007 the science and technology department launched Shova Kalula, which means “push easily” in isiZulu. This is a partnership with the private sector and civil society that plans to give 1-million bicycles to school children by 2015 and to build dedicated bicycle paths across the country.Pandor said she hopes there will be some synergy between Shova Kalula and the A hi fambeni prototype.She added that the plan is to start with an environment-friendly bike, a trike and then a car.last_img read more

Total helps protect the leopard

first_imgRay Maota The leopard is elusive in nature and isseen here feasting on a springbok. Sperm is collected from a wild leopardfor research purposes.(Images: The Leopard Conservation Project)MEDIA CONTACTS• Fred BerrangeLeopard Conservation Project: Founder+27 82 813 8013RELATED ARTICLES• Big Five cat moves into new reserve• Bringing a taste of Africa to London• Gallery: South Africa’s wildlife• Kruger’s animal populations growingSouth African conservationist Fred Berrange is on a mission to protect the endangered leopard, with the help of petroleum giant, Total.Berrange believes that leopard poaching is just as rife as rhino poaching but isn’t publicised as the latter.“The leopard is as much in danger of extinction as the rhino, but not enough people are aware of this fact,” said Berrange.Berrange, who founded the Leopard Conservation Project in 2000, has saved 19 leopards from traps, snares, illegal cage traps and gin traps, this year alone and has captured and released 75 since its inception.The projects main focus is protecting leopards from poaching, poisoning, trapping and over-hunting but in recent years there has also been an emphasis on the collection of data regarding population, territory, genetics and diversity.Total is sponsoring the project with fuel so that the team of conservationists can move within different regions of the country collecting data on population and territory size, as well as the genetic relatedness and diversity of leopards.“Total’s sponsorship of our fuel is a massive win for us as it means that we can get to where we need to be when we need to be there,” said Berrange, speaking from Gravelotte in Limpopo Province, where he is tracking a leopard in search of food for itself and its cubs.Total is also the supplier of fuel to South Africa’s SANParks body which manages national parks.Reina Cullinan, Total South Africa’s marketing manager, said: “As a responsible company we are passionate about environmental issues and about preserving the country’s wildlife.“We believe that the Leopard Conservation Project is doing vital work in improving the prospects for leopards which are under constant threat from a variety of man related pressures and actions.”The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism along with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment and the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism have all accredited the project as a research organisation, enabling it to collect and process data that will expand the knowledge base of the elusive predators.The focus of the projectThe accreditation by the departments will help the project which covers a study area of 100 000km² in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.The project has three areas of focus which are protection, research and education.Being a high-profile cat species, the leopard’s value in the tourism industry cannot be underestimated, so the LCP works closely with farmers, conservation bodies and other research organisations to protect its existence.As part of its research, the conservation project teamed up with the University of Johannesburg to “study the physiological, morphological, development and viability of the spermatozoa from the males of these untraditionally researched animals, which could lead to later success in assisted reproduction”, according to Berrange.This will entail the drawing of sperm from the male species to preserve and later use in assisted reproduction because “both tourist and local hunting activities of the leopard will result in a decrease of the ‘good’ gene pool within this species”.To research what motivates the leopards movement, how human habitation and development affects this movement, the leopards that are saved from traps or are sighted get collared to track their movement.The project uses GSM cell phone collars to monitor the collared leopard’s movements. In 2010, 10 leopards were collared.From the research, the population and territory sizes; photographic database of individual leopards; prey preference; infant growth and mortality rates, as well as male to female ratios in specific areas will be known.These findings will assist farmers better protect their livestock and will educate people on the issues facing the leopard due to us infringing on its territory.Helping outAlthough Total and other companies are aiding the project to fulfil its objectives, it is always in constant need of more help.“Some young leopards need to be hand reared and then released back into the wild, this process is costly. Please help the project through sponsoring equipment, services or by depositing into the LCP’s bank account directly,” said Berrange.Those that help out will have their companies logo displayed on the projects website, where they can also find the project’s banking details.last_img read more

Sourcingmap Women Spring Loaded Purple Flower Print Plastic Hair Claw Clamp Clip – Very pleased with this item would buy again and recommend it

first_imgA gift to your fiancee, wife, mother, couple or just a friend and will bring them nothing but joy No slip grip technology holds styles on any hair type A very pretty and nicely sized hair claw. One of a number in my collection and always a joy to wear. Very nice clip – would highly recommend. The clip is strong and holds hair neatly. The price is unbelievable and was very well packaged for delivery. Very pleased with this item would buy again and recommend it. It was a lovely clip however it did break quite quickly. I can’t complain too much as it was very cheap and i have very long hair so these types of clips dontvlast long with me anyway. Larger than expected and heavy so unless you have really thick hair, it slips out. Interlocking teeth for secure grip; Holds hair while cutting or styling Very pleased with this item would buy again and recommend it Ideal for tousled hair casual styles A joy to wear! Features of Women Spring Loaded Purple Flower Print Plastic Hair Claw Clamp ClipSize : 8.5 x 5 x 4cm / 3.3″ x 1.9″ x 1.6″ (L*W*T)No slip grip technology holds styles on any hair typeInterlocking teeth for secure grip; Holds hair while cutting or stylingIdeal for tousled hair casual stylesA gift to your fiancee, wife, mother, couple or just a friend and will bring them nothing but joySize : 8.5 x 5 x 4cm / 3.3″ x 1.9″ x 1.6″ (L*W*T) It was a lovely clip however it did break quite SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-07-14 03:42:10Reviewed Item Women Spring Loaded Purple Flower Print Plastic Hair Claw Clamp ClipRating 4.8 / 5  stars, based on  18  reviews Posted on July 14, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Clips & BarrettesTags Sourcingmaplast_img read more

More Features on the Geocaching App for Premium Members

first_img SharePrint Related5 tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingJuly 31, 2017In “GeoTours”Five tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingSeptember 24, 2019In “Learn”Hike or seek this seasonSeptember 17, 2019In “News” The perks of being a Geocaching Premium member just got better. Besides unlocking the powerful search and listing tools on the website, now when you sign in to the free official Geocaching App, you’ll have a few extra features:List View – See geocaches in a new way with the List View.Filters – Filter your geocache search results by distance, Favorite Points, size, difficulty and terrain.The perks for Geocaching Premium members will keep getting better and better as we upgrade our app. Stay tuned for more and if you haven’t yet, upgrade to Geocaching Premium.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

The Invaluable Nature of Mistakes

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 I was a better salesperson before I was given my first job in sales. I just tried to get people to meet with me, some did, and some gave me good opportunities. Then my manager made me a full time, outside salesperson. The company armed me with a big binder full of our history, our locations, and our features and benefits. Having not been trained, I read most of the 84 pages to my unsuspecting prospects, never noticing that all were lulled into a catatonic state.As I was responsible for more deals, I mistook receptivity for opportunity. I spent time with people who were happy to have someone to speak with but had no real power–or interest–in changing anything. They were receptive, but they’re weren’t motivated to change anything.As I improved I won very, very big deals. At one point I had three of four major clients and I was making more money than I had ever made, all of it commissions. Then the largest of the clients decided to relocate to another state. The second largest changed their business strategy and no longer need me or what I sold. My income was cut in half, and because I was content to serve these big clients, I had no pipeline.I had a big deal all wrapped up and a verbal commitment from the buyer. It was worth a few million bucks a year. But then he took a final meeting with a competitor, and they showed him something I hadn’t shown him. It was something he never mentioned. He chose them instead of me. I demanded a meeting, and he agreed. I reviewed 8 pages of notes with him, none of which contained a single word about the shiny object my competitor had used to lure him away.These were all major mistakes I made. And I could write dozens and dozens more of these that I have personally made, and countless more I have seen others make.No one likes to make mistakes, but the experience of making them is one of the primary ways that you learn, adjust, and improve. The experience is something very different and more valuable than reading about other people’s mistakes. It ingrains the lesson into you.Mistakes without learning, without deciding what you will do different in the future, are wasted. But mistakes with a lesson that changes your beliefs and behaviors are invaluable–but only if you treat them as such.last_img read more

Chinese foreign ministry tells US EU to take Canada to task for

first_imgOTTAWA — China’s foreign ministry says the United States and Europe should be complaining about Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese business executive.Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the detention of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer is a much bigger international offence than China’s own arrests of two Canadians, including a former diplomat.In the last few days, officials from the United States, Britain and European Union have joined Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s complaints about the arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in apparent retaliation for Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver.Hua says Canada should “correct its mistakes” and stop acting at the behest of the United States, which wants Meng extradited to face fraud charges.She says Kovrig and Spavor’s rights are being respected in Chinese custody.Sources familiar with Kovrig’s situation say he’s been held without access to a lawyer, in a cell with the lights on around the clock, and questioned three times a day.The Canadian Presslast_img read more