U.S. Might Support Colombia NATO Bid

first_img Jacobson would not comment on Morales’s statements. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, met with foreign ministers from around the region on June 4 in Antigua, Guatemala, at a gathering of the Organization of American States focused on counter-drug policies. Bolivian President Evo Morales called the move a “provocation” and a threat to “anti-imperialist” countries like Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua or Ecuador. By Dialogo June 05, 2013 He said he was prepared to ask for a meeting of UNASUR, a grouping that includes most South American countries, to discuss the issue. “It is not all that surprising that Colombian citizens are interested in where else they would be able to interact,” Jacobson said. “Our goal is certainly to support Colombia as being a capable and strong member of lots of different international organizations, and that might well include NATO,” said Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. center_img Colombia will sign a cooperation agreement this month with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with a view to membership, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said June 1. The United States might support a bid by Colombia for NATO membership just as it has backed the close Latin American ally in other international fora, a senior State Department official said on June 3. “Ultimately this is a decision that all of the NATO members would have to make,” she added. “He was looking forward to that conversation,” said Jacobson. “There’s a very strong coincidence of views.” Evo Morales’s statements are out of context. It’s pure babbling and desire to talk politics. It is a silly speech.last_img read more

Jagielka backs Fellaini

first_img The previous week the Belgium international was booed off in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Wigan and there has been speculation all season about his future at the club. However, Jagielka insists there should be no doubts about the 25-year-old’s determination to do his best for the Toffees, and told the Liverpool Echo: “He had a painful ankle problem before the City game and he could have milked it and missed the game before disappearing off on international week but he was desperate to play.” Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes Marouane Fellaini’s commitment to the club cannot be questioned after the midfielder played through injury in last weekend’s win over Manchester City. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “He strapped himself up and put in a great performance. You cannot question his commitment. “Felli has taken all the beatings for us throughout the season and he will feel sometimes like the world is against him. Sometimes it has been. “You can forget he is not that old. “He hasn’t grown up in the Premier League for all his career and hasn’t been at this level as long as others.” last_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Vermantia’s Peter Woodfine

first_img Share Related Articles IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Share Submit Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Peter Woodfine, Business Development Director at Vermantia, is the latest to join the growing ranks of The World Cup’s Finest alumni, as he discusses Maradona breaking young hearts, “probably the best midfielder in world football” in 1990 and an “epic battle” in 1998.First World Cup memory The Hand of God, Mexico 1986. Sketchy memories of Mexico ’86 as I was only 8 years old, but I certainly remember the Panini sticker album and the large poster I had my in bedroom at the time – I also seem to remember the Gillette logo being a dominant figure on the poster so I guess they must have been major sponsor. Being the first World Cup I had ever seen, I think I presumed that England would win it (oh how that was to change), so I was as shocked as anyone, if not more so, by the Hand of God! Maradona was indeed phenomenal in that tournament, but its only in later years that you basically learn that he pretty much won the World Cup on his own!Favourite World CupTournamentItalia ‘90. Greatest England side in my memory (although Euro ’96 squad came close). The tournament had everything, it’s always best when hosted by a strong footballing nation, a good run from Italy which added to the atmosphere, and Schillaci winning the Golden Boot too! England had a genuine world class player in several positions: Gazza, Waddle, Beardsley, Lineker, Platt, Walker, Barnes…. Rather than dwell on the penalties, a more bizarre memory that sticks in the mind is the Cameroon Witch Doctor who predicted the final score. Which until Lineker’s equalizing penalty was almost the result!TeamBrazil, 2002. Ronaldo (the original!), Rivaldo, Ronaldinho + Kaka all in the same team… enough said.Player Paul Gascoigne. In 1990, probably the best midfielder in world football. Gazza had a turn of pace back then, before his knee injury in the following years FA Cup final. To See an England player going toe to toe with the best in the world was truly a joy to watch.Goal David Platt (England v Belgium, 1990). Looked for all the world that England were destined for penalties and ultimately progress no further than 4 years previous. Great technique from Platt, beautifully flighted free kick from Gascoigne, and at pretty well the final kick of the game!GameHolland v Argentina, 1998. Epic battle of the highest quality.. Bergkamp’s winner! Unbelievable first touch and finish – truly world class. Who knows what might have happened had the Dutch progressed to the semi-finals.KitBrazil, 1998. Typical Nike kit of the 90’s but stylish in the traditional blue and yellow. After that, the kits started move away from the traditional formats and ultimately became the skin-tight jerseys that we see now. Remember the supporting classic Nike ad at the airport? Brilliant.last_img read more

Pep readies for Poch’s Spurs

first_imgManchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola has hailed his Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino as one of the best managers in the world ahead of his team’s Premier League trip to White Hart Lane tomorrow.”I don’t think he (Pochettino) is one of the best managers in England – I think he is one of the best in the world,” said Guardiola of the man who led Espanyol to a win over his then unbeaten Barcelona team at the Nou Camp in 2009.”I enjoy watching Tottenham play now, and since last year, he has been doing an amazing job.”The way they play, he is so aggressive and he has a lot of quality players and the basis of the national team in (Eric) Dier, (Dele) Alli and Harry Kane.”If I was a fan or a young person wanting to become a coach, I would see Tottenham and say ‘I really want to play that way’.”Guardiola added: “When he (Pochettino) arrived at Espanyol from his first game, he was so aggressive and high-pressing and many more things, and the way Mauricio plays is quite similar. The difference now, of course, is the quality of the individual players – they are all so good.”City, who are perfect in the league-winning all of their six games to date, will be looking to get back to winning ways against second-place Tottenham after a midweek draw at Celtic in the Champions League.They will have to do it without Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, who are still absent with hamstring and groin issues, respectively.SCOUT REPORT:TottenhamAttacking down the wins – StrongCreating long shot opportunities – StrongCreating scoring chances – StrongDefending set pieces – StrongAerial duels – StrongProtecting the lead – StrongManchester CityShooting from direct free kicks – Very StrongFinishing scoring chances – Very StrongCounter attacks – Very StrongCreating chances using through balls – Very StrongDefending set pieces – Very StrongCreating chances through individual skill – StrongAttacking down the wing – StrongCreating scoring chances – Stronglast_img read more

Police encouraging safety over the holidays

first_imgThe holiday season is in full swing, and RCMP detachments across the province are warning citizens to be safe.Officers say people need to keep fire and safety hazards in the back of their minds at all times. Below is a list of ways to keep safe over the holidays. – Advertisement -For more safety tips, visit the B.C. RCMP’s website by clicking here. When your fireplace is lit: – Don’t burn gift wrappings, boxes, carton, or other types of packaging– Don’t use gasoline or any other flammable liquids to start a fire. – Always use a screen. – Remove stockings from mantels when fireplaces are in use. Christmas Tree tips: – Buy a bright green and fragrant freshly cut tree. The high moisture content makes it less of a fire hazard; just make sure you always keep the trunk immersed in water.– Use a tree stand with wide legs for stability.– Keep the tree away from heat sources (fireplaces, radiators, TV’s, heating ducts, etc.) and ensure it does not block any windows or doors. – Remove the tree in 10-14 days. Advertisement When you are shopping at a store: – Keep an eye on anyone who handles your debit or credit card. – Be sure a cashier only swipes your card once– identity criminals sometimes use small devices that look like store equipment to copy your card information and then use it fraudulently. – Get your card back promptly and shred all credit card receipts. – Don’t leave valuables unattended in your vehicle while shopping.Avoid charity scams: Fraudsters can take advantage of the holiday season by creating bogus fundraising operations. Ensure your donations are going to legitimate charities by logging onto the Better Business Bureau of British Columbia. The web site has information on charities and businesses in the province.If a crime has occurred, do NOT enter your home: – Use your cell or a neighbour’s phone to call the police. – Do NOT touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. – Note the license plate number of any suspicious vehicles. – Note the description of any suspicious person(s).last_img read more

Fortuna wrestlers win HDL meet

first_imgThe Fortuna boys wrestling team edged out Del Norte by a slim three-and-a-half point margin to claim first place at the Humboldt-Del Norte League Championships Saturday, in Fortuna. As a team Fortuna scored 147 points to Del Norte’s 143.5. Eureka finished the day in third place with 108 points to round out the podium.“The credit goes to the coaching staff and these kids who worked so hard every day in practice,” Fortuna head coach Steve Schmalzel said. “Our coaches come from all walks of …last_img

Draymond Green promised a reporter a trip to the NBA Finals. Now the reporter hopes to collect.

first_imgBy Ben Strauss | The Washington PostIt all started innocently enough. Geoffrey Arnold, a sports reporter at the Oregonian newspaper, was milling around the tunnel inside the Moda Center ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors when none other than Stephen Curry approached.“Can I borrow you?” Curry asked.Arnold, 60, has worked at the Oregonian for 27 years. He started out on high school sports and was once a Blazers beat …last_img

SA business keen on investing in Benin

first_img12 September 2012 South African businesspeople currently on a selling and investment mission in Benin, led by Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, have expressed their excitement about investing in the country. Thabethe and the 15-member business delegation arrived in Benin on Sunday night, and on Monday joined businesspeople from Benin at a trade and investment seminar. Thabethe, addressing the seminar, urged South Africa’s business community to seize the opportunities on offer in Benin. Madina Sephou, Benin’s Minister of Industry, Trade, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, said businesses from both countries should take advantage of the conducive environment created by their governments and form partnerships to boost trade.Opportunities in various sectors Peggy Mahlaba, a Cape Town-based electrical infrastructure engineer and managing director of Imbovotho Engineering, said presentations made at the seminar showed a country undertaking a major infrastructure development programme. “We are interested in claiming our stake in the energy-generation sphere as the country experiences a serious shortage of electricity,” said Mahlaba. “Load shedding is common as they lack capacity to generate sufficient power and meet the consumption demand.” Interior designer as well as deputy chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal chapter of the South African Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (Sawen), Phindile Mkhize, said the development proposed in the tourism sector would give her an opportunity to decorate hotels, lodges and other tourist attractions in Benin with South African decor, in which the people of the West African country had shown interest. “I will be sharing information on all the opportunities in Benin and contacts of relevant people in different sectors with other Sawen members so that they can also come here and establish partnerships with other businesswomen,” said Mkhize. North West businessman Gordon Cornish said agriculture and agro-processing in Benin beckoned. Cornish said he would study all aspects of both sectors, including legislation governing land ownership, as he intended to invest in land to set up an agricultural and agro-processing business. Meanwhile, Daniel Magagula of JK Consulting Engineers in Gauteng province said he had identified opportunities in mining and the construction of the national road network that the Beninese government had embarked on.Opportunities in various sectors Briefing journalists in Pretoria last week, Thabethe said the mission to Benin took place within the context of South Africa’s strategic engagement with the rest of the continent, aimed at supporting Africa’s economic revival and promoting intra-African trade. “It is important for South Africa to continue to pursue economic collaboration and partnership with African countries when crafting the way forward for sustainable economic development and the development of investment in the African region,” Thabethe said. “Benin, like most countries in Africa, presents a wealth of business opportunities for South African companies. By establishing their presence in this country, South African companies would be able to access other markets in the West African region and Africa at large.” According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Benin’s domestic economy revolves around subsistence agriculture, which accounts for 35.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is the main source of income for over half of the population. Cotton is the main commercial crop, accounting for about 45% of the country’s foreign-exchange earnings. The hydroelectric potential of the Mono River, which forms Benin’s border with Togo, is being developed, with the construction of dams for power generation and irrigation. Mineral reserves, notably of marble, iron, and phosphate, have not been fully exploited, which also presents an opportunity for investment, the DTI said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Bok victory seals a sporting weekend

first_imgBok stalwarts: Saturday’s match against the Wallabies marked the 50th cap for both Jannie du Plessis and Morné Steyn. Photo: SA Rugby By Anne Taylor30 September 2013It was a great sporting  weekend for South Africa – Ernie Els had a cracker of a round at St Andrews putting him in contention to win the Dunhill Classic, cyclist Louis Meintjes raced to a silver medal in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in  Italy – and, best of all, the Springboks beat the Australians 28-8 in a thrilling match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.The All Blacks won against Argentina, setting up the final between the world’s two best teams on Saturday (October 5) at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Springboks will need to beat the All Blacks and score a bonus point, without conceding one, to win the Rugby Championship.“A few things we have worked on that worked, this is a special bunch of players, really hungry to do well for their country,” coach Heyneke Meyer said after the match. “We don’t play on emotion, but focus on task at hand. We are in with a chance to win championship, and are where we wanted to be.”The last time the Aussies won at the Newlands rugby stadium in Cape Town was in 1992. Saturday’s game was also the Springboks’ 50th test at Newlands, the first ground in South Africa to host the national team 50 times. And it was Morné du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis’ 50th game. Du Plessis and his brother Bismarck became the first South African siblings to achieve 50 caps a piece.Read the match report on SA.info: Bok win sets up showdown vs NZlast_img read more

What’s Wrong with an Inbound Only Strategy

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 What is the size of your total addressable market? What percentage of that market is actively considering buying whatever it is that you sell? What percentage of those that are actively looking are considering buying from you?Statistics on the percentage of prospects actively looking for what you sell are commonly cited as something close to 10 percent of the market. If you have a monopoly, then maybe inbound marketing efforts are enough to meet your growth targets. Why would you ignore 90 percent of the people and companies that would benefit from what you are selling? By not addressing the 90 percent of the market, you are leaving them to develop relationships with your competitors.Let’s say you are brilliant at inbound marketing. Why still would you require your prospects to search and find you, rather than making it your responsibility to identify and pursue the very people and companies that your company was built to serve? Is the fear of interrupting someone so great that you can’t imagine doing so? Is the value you create so insignificant that you don’t believe it is worth your prospective client’s time? Is your belief so small that you don’t believe that you need to act with urgency to help your prospective clients produce the better results you produce?While you are passively waiting for clients to beat a path to your door, your competitors are not. They’re willing to do what you are not. When they make more money and capture market share, they create a competitive advantage, one that isn’t going to be reclaimed by principles that suggest you can only help people who come to you for help, when they come to you for help, and one that requires that they bump into your content marketing.All prospecting methods have value, but none are as effective as a well-balanced approach that includes different methods of prospecting, most of which are likely to be outbound. Competition is part of markets, and there is no reason to compete with one hand tied behind your back.last_img read more