A Different kind of charity

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first_imgMathiba MolefeThe mothers from Tales of Learning are just one group that have benefitted from generous donations made through the Different Donations initiative. (Image: Different.org, via Facebook)In a bid to help maximise the impact of non-government organisations (NGO) across the country, life insurance firm Different Life has started a crowd-funding initiative called Different.org to help fund NGO running costs and help these organisations continue their great work.The insurance group covers all running costs for the initiative so all funds donated to Different.org by generous individuals and businesses make their way to your chosen organisations.Donors are given the option of choosing which of the many listed organisations working in partnership with Different.org will receive their donations.The company allows its policy holders to donate through their monthly instalments. This Different Donation option allows your generosity to continue beyond one simple act of kindness. This is the source of the largest portion of donations collected by Different Life.The organisation reportedly donates the policy-holder’s first monthly payment to a charity of their choice, after which the yearly anniversary payments are also donated to the selected charity throughout the period in which the customer holds a policy with Different Life.According to the organisation’s website, more than R4 million has been donated to organisations on the Different.org roster. As more clients sign up, the number and variety of charities will grow.Organisations like The Diepsloot Foundation, Joint Aid Management, the Wildlands Conservation Trust and Fix Forward have benefited greatly from the Different Donation option and through direct donations to Different.org from people who don’t hold policies with Different Life.Watch The Different Donation:GET INVOLVEDLike many of the generous donors who have helped Different.org reach some of the funding targets they had set out, you too can play a part in helping improve someone’s life for the better.If you would like to make a donation to one of the many organisations working in partnership with Different.org, you can have a look at their projects page and choose a cause close to your heart from the list provided.The projects page also allows you to track the progress being made in meeting the targets of each project, allowing you to make the right choice.PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

New app helps reporters tell a better story

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first_imgCadet journalists, community reporters, activists and others interested in reporting on a news story and submitting it to a community newspaper can now make use of the Pocket Reporter app.The Pocket Reporter is designed to help citizen journalists or reporters working at a grassroots level. This app is seen as the editor who advises the users on the types of questions to ask while reporting. (Image: Brand South Africa)Melissa JavanAn app has been developed to help improve journalism at a community or grassroots level. The Pocket Reporter, touted as a “news editor in your pocket” is aimed at citizen journalists, community journalists of independent publishers, and those who want to get it right when writing a news story.Raymond Joseph, a journalist at Code for South Africa (Code4SA), says Pocket Reporter was developed because there are many journalists, especially freelancers, who do not have access to a news editor.“When I started out, I was briefed by my editor before I went to the scene of a news story. After I returned from that news story I would be briefed by my news editor again,” he explains.Pocket Reporter was developed by Code4SA in partnership with the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP).Joseph says the partners undertook market research before building the app. “Not enough people have Blackberry phones. Only a few have iPhones. The most common cellphone among citizen- and community journalists is the Android.“I also know that young people use their phones as typewriters.”The app was designed to be as simple to use as possible. Changes were made following testing on some community journalists. Joseph and his team at Code4SA tested the app again before launching it.How the app worksSome of the newspapers that are members of the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)The Pocket Reporter is an easy to use tool that helps the reporter collect all the information needed, Joseph explains. “It makes sure there are no holes in the story. This tool will help to improve content and make sure the people ask the right questions.”First download the app, which then walks you through a news story:Go to Google Play and search for “Pocket Reporter”, then download the app on to your Android phone.Enter + to choose an article type, or go to My Stories to add more info to previous articles.Choose your article type.Name your article and click “start this story”.Work through the questions and fill in the answers in the boxes with the information you gather.You can now email your information to yourself to work on your story later, or email it to your news editor.If you don’t have all the information to answer the questions asked on the app, Joseph says, you can return to the story. “It is saved on your app automatically. You can always go back to add information.”No internet connection neededTo overcome data costs, no internet connection is needed to use the app. “You only need an internet connection to download it or if you want to update the app.“Also, you need an internet connection to send the information to your own email address or to the editor.”For security, you don’t have to give any personal details when downloading the app, assures Joseph. “You stay in charge of the information. You can delete the story or the app after you are finished using it.”Your information is safe, because there is no server that saves it, he adds.Association of Independent PublishersThere are 204 independently owned newspapers in South Africa, according to the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)The Pocket Reporter was launched in October at the AIP national conference in Johannesburg.The AIP is a national organisation for advancing the interests of independent grassroots print media in South Africa. It comprises mostly small, independent newspapers, but also represents newsletters, magazines and online publications.The AIP holds a two-day conference with the theme “My South Africa, my story” in October 2016. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)Established in 2004, the AIP has about 250 members nationally, most of which are small, community based, grassroots publishers living in the communities they serve.Louise Vale, executive director of the AIP, says community media are growing.According to her, AIP members employ 2 000 people directly and 2 000 indirectly, such as freelancers. In South Africa, independent publishers are generally small, micro and medium enterprises. “They contribute about R150-million every year to the economy,” says Vale.One of the challenges is that they do not get much financial support, especially through advertising. “This is despite the fact that these independent publishers’ advertising rates are the lowest – lower than a mainstream newspaper would be.”It is difficult for independent publishers to run their businesses, Vale says, because of lack of funding from big companies or the government. “It’s sad because these independent publishers provide a real service to the people on the ground.”Gauteng has the most independent publishers in the country, followed by the Eastern Cape. This graph shows the monthly print order and publication frequency. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)Pocket Reporter is a great tool for journalists, she says. “It will help people a lot to get facts out in the field. There are lots of interns in the industry and the editor won’t necessarily have time to brief them.”Editors of independent publishers often have to do other tasks too, such as selling advertising space or social media marketing.Community media reports use voices on the ground, Vale adds. “We should actually have a platform where the mainstream media work with these community journalists. That way they get to hear the voices on the ground and give that input to the national agenda.”Independent publishers have about 28 million readers a month.Diversity in community mediaAIP members publish primarily in rural areas and disadvantaged communities, in a diverse range of languages and service a diverse range of interests.More than 80 members publish in a combination of English, Afrikaans and a local language. The AIP represents print media published in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and Tshivenda, among other languages.A total of 78% of publications are black-owned, and 28% are owned by women.The geographical communities served range from rural Cofimvaba to the urban people of Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and the Cape Flats, from Makhado to Gansbaai, from Mangaung to Jozini and further.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Why Do You Need New Clients, Really?

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first_imgEvery sales organization wants to increase their revenue and profit, but they normally only choose one method to achieve that goal. That method is new clients.Everybody loves new clients. But how do you feel about your old clients? The answer to this question is a clue as to how much new revenue you need from new clients and how much should come from your existing clients.What About the Clients You Have Now?Much of the time, the pressure to win new clients and grow revenue is caused by another problem: low wallet share.It’s easier to choose a new revenue number goal, to break it up into individual quotas for the sales team, and in doing so, ignore the fact that much of that revenue goal could be made simply by growing the clients you already have.It should be easier to grow revenue with your existing clients because you already have the contacts, because you already have a contract, and because you are already working with them.The reason it isn’t always easy to grow wallet share is because you don’t deserve the rest of the business. If you aren’t delivering, or if you aren’t creating a high enough level of value, you aren’t going to get your dream client’s additional spend because you don’t deserve it.The tough question for a salesperson or sales organization brave enough to ask it of themselves is this: “Are we really going to win another account only to perform like we are for the accounts we have already won? Is this the best growth strategy?”What About Creating Enough Value to Command a Higher Price?You can grow sales by adding new clients. You can also grow sales by selling more to your existing clients. There is one other way to grow your revenue, but most salespeople and sales organizations won’t consider it. That method is raising your prices.Go ahead and take a minute to recover from the shock of being asked to think about raising your prices. I’ll wait.The reason you don’t believe that you can raise your price is the same reason you don’t have a greater share of your client’s wallet: you aren’t creating enough value. The more value you create—and the higher that level of value—the more easily your clients will accept an increase in your prices. And there’s a bonus here. The more value you create for one client, the easier it is for you to apply that value creation to other clients—even new clients.The right question to ask is this: “What could we do that would create so much value that our clients would be willing to pay us more?”The value creation comes before your client gives you greater wallet share, and it comes before you can earn the right to command higher prices. If value creation isn’t part of your revenue growth strategy, why would you expect your next set of new clients to look any different the clients you have now?QuestionsWhy do you need new clients now, really?What increase in revenue should you expect from your existing clients as a result of wallet share increases?What methods do you use to grow revenue?How many of your existing clients would stay with you if you raised your prices? Of the ones that would leave you, what would be the real reason for your loss?last_img read more

NY police arrest fan who attacked wrestler at WWE event

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first_imgPhoto from WWE.comNEW YORK — Bret “The Hitman” Hart is OK after the famous wrestler was tackled by a spectator while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center.The man was promptly subdued by several people who came to Hart’s defense on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess A law enforcement official told The Associated Press a 26-year-old man was in custody and facing criminal charges. The official was not authorized to discuss to the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.Several shocked onlookers posted footage of the incident online.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, logisticsThe induction event resumed after the fan was taken into custody. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nets bolster playoff hopes with win against Bucks MOST READlast_img read more

Super Coaches Seeking Scotland Success

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first_imgAnd it’s just around the corner. The 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup will be contested from Wednesday, 22 June to Sunday, 26 June 2011 at the University of Edinburgh playing fields, Peffermill, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Australia will be one of over 25 countries taking part in the event. Representing your country isn’t an honour that comes around every day and for the seven Australian teams plus the referees contingent that will travel to Edinburgh, they are about to embark on one of the highlights of their sporting careers. Behind every good team is the mastermind – the coach that spends hours upon hours strategising and working on their team’s game plan. Three of the best in the business will line up as the coaches of the Australian Open teams in Scotland. The Australian Women’s Open team will be coached by Kerry Norman, Bernie Morrison will coach the Mixed Open team, while Tony Trad will coach the Australian Men’s Open team. World Cups have been a regular occurrence for Australian Women’s Open coach, Kerry Norman. She has attended every World Cup apart from one, in 1991 – the year she had her son, Peter. Norman played in the first ever World Cup in the Australian Women’s Open side in 1988 before playing in the Women’s 30’s division at the 1995 and 1997 (Masters) World Cups. She became the assistant coach of the Women’s Open division for the 1999 World Cup, while she also played in the Women’s 30’s division. She was again the assistant coach for the 2003 World Cup before taking over the reigns as Women’s Open coach in 2007. History is a big motivator for Norman and instilling this knowledge into her Women’s Open team is paramount. Learning where the team has come from and how it got there is something Norman makes sure her team knows about before running out in the Australian colours.  “We have this saying that ‘you’re standing on the shoulders of the ones that have been before you,’ and so there’s a big tradition there as well so you’ve just got to build on what’s gone before you. We’ve had players come and speak to us about what it means to them to represent Australia. You look around and you’ve had the opportunity to play against players that you’ve always admired and respected and now you just become a part of this great big Australian family and it’s such an honour. And you don’t want to let down the people that have gone before you either,” Norman said. Norman says that seeing the tradition continue and seeing the pride and respect her team has for the players that have come before them is an honour. She couldn’t be more proud of the amount of pride her team has for representing their country. “It means the world to them, the sacrifices that you see them make, the things that they’ve gone without because it costs money for Touch. Some of them don’t even own their own car because they are spending their money on Touch, some could have had their own house by now, they could be going out with their friends but they are off training, so many sacrifices,” she said. The foundation the Australian Women’s Open team has created is one of the great stories in the sport. In 22 years, and across six World Cups, they have never lost a game in the event. This is something Norman and her team are hoping to continue, but it’s not a statistic they think about too often.“I try not to think about it. But there’s got to be a first somewhere along the line, let’s just hope it’s not this time!” Norman said. For Australia Mixed Open coach, Bernie Morrison, the 2011 World Cup will be a new experience. It’s his first World Cup as the coach of the division and he is looking forward to the challenge. New Zealand defeated Australia in the Mixed Open division at the 2007 World Cup and while Morrison has guided Australia to two Trans Tasman wins since then, he knows that winning the 2011 event won’t be an easy task. “We’re feeling pretty good. We are on track but we’ve got lots and lots of work to do so we’ll be working hard to make sure we are ready for a long tournament at the World Cup with lots of fast improving teams,” Morrison said. “At some point, probably in the round games, we’ll get to play New Zealand who are the World Cup champions and we’ll have to adjust to a new New Zealand team as I’m sure they are working hard on getting their team together for the World Cup so we’ll have to be ready for that.”The opportunity to coach the Mixed side at the World Cup is an exciting prospect for Morrison, one that he says is ‘a wonderful honour to be able to lead a wonderful group of people’.“It’s probably the best fun job in the coaching world to coach Mixed at an international level because all of the players are so good at what they do and also value the opportunity to socialise both on and off the field not only with each other but also against the teams we play against. I think that’s one of the highlights of Mixed at any international tournament.”“It’s a great honour, it’s an honour to be coach of the national team and we’ll do our best to serve our country proud.”Morrison says that while his team loves wearing the green and gold jersey, they understand that they have a responsibility to leave a legacy of strong performance behind. “They are minding that jersey for the next generation so they’re mindful that they are setting the standards for that jersey to continue. When they hand that jersey on the new person that comes into the jersey has a lot to live up to, they are really the standards that each player and the entire group sets for ourselves. It’s no different to any Australian national team, we’re all the same. But everyone sees the jersey as a wonderful opportunity,” Morrison said. The 2011 World Cup marks the fourth World Cup appearance for Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad. After coaching the Lebanon Men’s Open side and being the assistant coach for the Australian Senior Mixed team at the 1999 World Cup, coaching the Australian Mixed Open side to their win in 2003 in Japan and guiding the Australian Men’s Open team to their 2007 World Cup win, Trad is looking forward to yet another appearance in the green and gold in Scotland.  While four years seems like a long time between each World Cup, Trad says the time between 2007 and now has gone very quickly. “I think part of that has been because we now have a full time international calendar with the Trans Tasman every year so you’re not just focussed on the World Cup, you are focussed on a particular Trans Tasman coming up and then as soon as you’ve got that done, it’s another Trans Tasman but all the while you’re still looking at the World Cup. It feels like just last year that we were in South Africa, I can’t believe it’s been four years,” Trad said.  A veteran in the Australian coaching ranks, Trad says that representing Australia at the World Cup is one of the proudest moments of his life and this is something he is trying to instil into his squad in the lead up to Scotland. “I never get sick of listening to the national anthem. A lot of people get excited at international tournaments in Touch because they get to watch the Haka and while that’s fantastic and it’s a great part of our tradition I get excited because I get to stand there and sing the national anthem before the battle. To me, it’s everything, it’s one of the proudest moments you’ll ever have to represent your country,” he said. “I think one of the things that I really instil in my players when they are representing Australia is the sense of pride and what it means to be an Australian. I think that’s the same feeling and the same questions that you ask a lot of Australian athletes, not just in Touch. I always talk about what’s the difference between an Australian Touch player and some of the highlighted and well known athletes like Ricky Ponting or Stephanie Rice or Ian Thorpe or these other great athletes that represent their country. The truth is that the commitment and the passion and the desire to represent your country in your chosen sport is the same, the only real difference is that they get paid and get a lot of things paid for, and while it’s great, what does it say about the commitment and the desire of the Australian Touch player who has to play and pay? That’s a big wrap for our athletes that we actually have to pay but we still get there and have that desire and commitment, it’s harder for us than others. I really want to instil that that’s pretty much the guts and the sacrifice it takes to represent this great country.”Trad says that while his team takes a lot of pride in their jersey, he teaches them that it’s about more than just the colour of the shirt that they are wearing. “They cherish it very much because they know how hard it is and how hard they’ve worked and for every player that is there, there is probably 100 that want to be there. A lot of people talk about the shirt and ‘the people that wore number 10,  the people that wore number seven and the people that wore number four’ Australian shirt, and they put too much emphasis on the shirt. I think what’s more important is the man that makes the shirt, not the shirt that makes the man. It’s those players, whether they are current or former, that have done a great honour to our country that makes the shirts important, not the other way around,” Trad said. Heading into his fourth World Cup doesn’t make the job any easier for Trad but he has learnt plenty of things along the way that have helped make him such a great coach. “You get a bit more experienced and you learn not to panic as much and to focus on the right things more often but the one thing about being in so many World Cups is I’ve noticed over the years is that greater expectations of you and your team and performance, people expect more, people want more, the game has changed and of course, if you continue to be successful, the pressure gets greater. Eventually you may not be as successful as people think and of course, we keep bringing young kids into this game who are younger and younger so your work is harder because you have to put an old head on a young shoulders. It doesn’t get any easier, there’s just different challenges, that’s all,” he said.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Sporting CP keeper Emiliano Viviano joins SPAL

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Sporting CP keeper Emiliano Viviano joins SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has joined SPAL.Viviano has moved to SPAL on-loan to the end of the season from Sporting CP.The 33-year-old only joined Sporting last summer after four years as Sampdoria’s No 1, along with Stefano Sturaro and Sinisa Mihajlovic.However, a change of board at Sporting has seen Viviano failing to make any appearances in the first half of 2018-19. last_img

10 months agoReal Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibaly

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are competing with Manchester United for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.United have eyed the Napoli defender since the summer, with former manager Jose Mourinho viewing him as the man to fix his leaky defence, and they made a world-record bid for him.But Il Mattino says they could face a serious rival for his signature.Koulibaly has grown into one of the finest defenders on the continent over the last season and a half.And that has led to Real eyeing him as a potential January addition as they look to recover from their shaky start to the season.Napoli are believed to be willing to accept a bid of around £90million for the Senegalese star. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Pereira desperate to repay Solskjaer support

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pereira desperate to repay Solskjaer supportby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira accepts the team is falling short of standards. The Belgium-born Brazil ­international has been at Old Trafford long enough to know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the midst of a crisis ahead of the game with Arsenal tomorrow. Pereira said: “The manager has shown a lot of faith in the young players – and I am very proud being one of them.“I want to carry on repaying that faith and hopefully nail down a spot in the team. ­ Manchester United is the ­biggest club in world. If we get a scoreline like we did at West Ham, the reaction to it is big – but that is normal.“People will talk about it and will always talk about this club. But we are Man United players and we have to deal with that pressure.“We have to pick ourselves up. We beat Rochdale and I am sure we will do the same against ­Arsenal.” last_img read more

Video: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy Reports That Charlie Strong “Would Listen” If Contacted About Miami Job

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first_imgBrett McMurphy head shot.Twitter/@McMurphyESPNA number of names have emerged as possible candidates to take over the Miami Hurricanes, including alumni like Mario Cristobal and Rob Chudzinski, and former ‘Canes coach Butch Davis. While the prevailing thought is that Miami may struggle to draw a huge name, ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy has heard that one prominent coach with South Florida ties may be interested: Texas head coach Charlie Strong.@McMurphyESPN on charlie strong pic.twitter.com/E69TeTfyXg— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) October 26, 2015Strong is only in year two at Texas, and seems to be picking up some steam after a very rocky start to 2015, so this would seem to be a hard sell. However, he knows the landscape well, spending a number of years as an assistant coach at Florida. Strong would probably be the splash hire that Miami fans may want, but it is hard to see him leaving Austin right now.last_img read more