PCP: Biggest playoff shocker?

first_imgBraun:I’m one of those sports fans who knows when his team has absolutely no shot at winning a series. I think I proved that last week when I picked the Cardinals to win the World Series.Somehow, both teams Bleach and I picked to win the World Series wound up winning a total of zero games in the division series. The Yankees proved the Metrodome wasn’t a magical baseball haven (sorry Bleach) and the Dodgers showed that Albert Pujols isn’t actually a machine.But the most surprising victory had to be the Dodgers over the Cardinals. Since its acquisition of Matt Holliday, St. Louis was flat out ridiculous. With the pitching tandem of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright — both of whom are among the top choices for the Cy Young award — the Cardinals had only lost back-to-back games started by Carpenter and Wainwright only once all season.But then the Dodgers showed up, and that was the biggest surprise of the division series.Manny Ramirez hit .308 in the series and drove in a few runs, Andre Ethier and Rafael Furcal each hit .500 (6-for-12) and Los Angeles bullpen continued its dominant form from the regular season.While the Angels may have outplayed the Red Sox in the ALDS, they didn’t have to face the two best pitchers in the league and the best hitter in all of baseball. Now that they’re facing the Yankees, their chances at a ring have all but dwindled. But boy would a Freeway Series be fun.Bleach:Jonah, since the Brewers made me tear up like an 8-year-old at the dentist every time I watched them in 2009, I am not the best analyst of baseball.Still, if I’m not mistaken, didn’t the Dodgers have the best record in the entire NL?How can the most surprising team be the one with the most wins and the best team ERA?The Angels on the other hand, won merely two more games then the Red Sox and also play in the AL West, so in reality, they had a worse record.Besides, it’s the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.” They don’t even know what city they are from!Seriously though, the LAAA were going up against a team that had knocked them out of the playoffs two years in a row and had suffered through the challenges of the impossible AL East. I didn’t even think the Red Sox had to play in the ALDS anymore, I thought they were just given a pass to the next round.Since winning the World Series in 2002, the Angels have been synonymous with playoff failure. Their ace, John Lackey, had his worst season since 2004 and the face of the franchise, Vladimir Guerrero, suffered a power outage driving in only 50 RBIs with 15 home runs this season for Anaheim.There have been 100-loss Cubs teams with a better ace and star player than that.The most surprising part, though, was how the Angels swept the BoSox with relative ease. When overcoming your nemesis it should be a battle to the death (or with L.A. traffic), not like beating up on the Royals.last_img read more

Players to watch Wisconsin vs. Bowling Green

first_imgJames Knapke – QBKnapke didn’t play in the first game this season against Western Kentucky, which also happened to be the only loss for the Bowling Green this season, but since then he has put up some impressive numbers in back-to-back wins.After redshirting his freshman year and seeing limited playing time a year ago, Knapke has stepped up in his first two career starts this year, orchestrating a 45-42 win over Big Ten squad Indiana last week. Not only did Knapke throw for almost 400 yards, with 395 yards through the air against the Hoosiers, he also displayed a dual-threat potential with 37 rushing yards on eight carries.The week before in a comfortable win over VMI, Knapke had three total touchdowns and 237 yards through the air in his first career start.Although his college numbers have been limited, he had a strong high school career as the only quarterback in Indiana to lead his team to three-straight high school championships. With a big day from Knapke, the offense for Bowling Green could give Wisconsin a formidable test.Melvin Gordon – RBRunning back Melvin Gordon waited for his turn to showcase his abilities in a Wisconsin rushing attack that has forged the identity of Badgers’ football over the last two decades. After spending time behind Montee Ball and James White, Gordon had high expectations heading into this year but has started the year off slower than expected.The first game of the season against LSU started out with a bang as Gordon ran for 144 yards, almost half of which came on a 63-yard rush to begin the second half. Since then, though, Gordon has run 20 times for only 40 yards. In his first two seasons, Gordon averaged almost 10 yards per carry, so his numbers recently are nothing he, or fans for that matter, are accustomed to seeing.Wisconsin’s power running game is still its calling card, and if Gordon can break out of the mini-slump, the Badgers’ offense could become a force to be reckoned with. If a healthy and destructive Gordon gets back to his potential this weekend, and if quarterback Tanner McEvoy continues with what he displayed last week, Wisconsin will win big.last_img read more

9-Year-Old Girl Dies in Head-on Crash in Loxahatchee

first_imgThe crash occurred Monday night at State Road 7/441 and 54th Street.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, identified as Coral Skye Smits, was riding in a vehicle with Kymberlee Ann Mitala of Loxahatchee. The relationship between the two individuals is not clear in the report.However, investigators say that Mitala failed to stay in her lane and swerved into oncoming traffic. The Subaru she was driving collided head-on with another car, driven by a man from Greenacres.Coral Skye, who celebrated her birthday three weeks ago, died at the hospital.Mitala and the second driver both wore seat belts.Charges are still pending, according to the crash report. A 9-year-old girl was killed this week in a crash in Loxahatchee, just weeks after her birthday.last_img read more

LVR salutes top Bomber athletes following stellar season

first_imgL.V. Rogers is getting ready to wap things up on another exciting school year at the Fairview High School.Bombers teams brought back a pair of BC High School Provincial titles in Boy’s Rugby and Girl’s Soccer to hang on the walls of the Hangar.However, before the final test has been marked, the athletic department saluted its top students during the annual awards ceremony.Some of the award winners included: Jonah Thiele: Top Male Scholar Athlete award:  for a student who excelled in both their chosen sport as well as their academics.  Jonah is an elite soccer player.Kyra Burkart: Top Female Scholar Athlete award:   “  “     “     “       “      Kyra was one of the stars on her soccer and field hockey teams.Naomi Perkins: Received the Most Outstanding Female Athlete award: for her play in soccer led LVR’s Soccer Team to a Provincial Championship and was awarded the tournament MVP. Perkins also received the Best All Around Athlete award (besides soccer, she also excelled in basketball, field hockey and X-Country Running).Darian Johnson: Best All Around Male Athlete award – for his achievements on the basketball, soccer, and X-Country Running Teams.Josh Matosevic: Most Dedicated Athlete award – for his extreme dedication to his own personal growth as a basketball player and for helping with the Steve Nash Foundation which promotes basketball to our local elementary school youngsters.Eli Swan-Wilson: Most Oustanding Male Athlete — Swan-Wilson captained the LVR Rugby Team to a AA Tier 2 Provincial Championship.  He received a “Commissioner’s 15” recognition, rugby’s version of being selected to the all-star team.last_img read more

Beezy & Weezy: Why becoming a Raider is a heart-tugger for Trent Brown

first_imgALAMEDA — Trent Brown stood in the middle of a Super Bowl celebration last month in a state of euphoria and sadness. As confetti fell inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the New England Patriot’s tackle kissed the Lombardi Trophy and said, “Weezy, that was for you.”Neiron Ball, aka “Weezy,” was unaware of his best friend’s tribute after the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Ball, a former Raiders linebacker, is in a coma at a long-term care facility in Georgia after an aneurysm …last_img read more

Press release: Top learner encourages Class of 2017 to play their part, build South Africa

first_imgWith the matriculants of 2016 entering the wider world, top learner, Karabo Moreni, calls on the Class of 2017 to lead fellow learners in the coming year. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 13 March 2017 – Karabo Moremi from Dendron Secondary School in Limpopo was among the country’s top achievers for the Class of 2016 national senior certificate examinations, says playing his part in preparing for his studies was a key factor for his academic success.“I played my part, and committed myself to studying as well as assisting other learners, and all the hard work paid off. Preparation is key as I studied well in advance and I made sure that I consulted my teachers if I didn’t understand. Success in life depends on being a strong person with clear goals and an indomitable spirit.”Having obtained seven distinctions in English, Sepedi, Science, Accounting, Maths, Life Orientation and Life Sciences – Karabo Moremi lost his mother in 2009 at the age of 11 years. The 18 year old who will this year pursue his higher education degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town – said he fully understands challenges that face many families and youth in South Africa which may be a hindrance to attaining one’s goals.“Napoleon Hill once said ‘every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit’. Courage, discipline and perseverance flourish when we are tested. I am blessed because I had my father, aunt, friends, cousins and teachers who saw me through my trying times.“My wish for the Class of 2017 is for them to play their part in applying themselves to their studies because the benefits of a decent education are vital to being successful in life,” added Moremi.Brand South Africa’s GM for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said the youth and their aspirations is a key constituency in Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme.Ms Ntombela said: “The Play Your Part campaign is a call to every South African to do what they do excellently and with diligence in order to help the country move forward. The Play your Part campaign was created to stimulate South African society from the ground up to fulfil their individual potential, in all they do, and Karabo Moremi embodies these values.Brand South Africa encourages matriculants to manage their study time through proper planning and to engage with other students by forming study communities to help each other – this is what Play your Part is all about. Helping and uplifting others.”last_img read more

Read your way through 20 years of democracy

first_img Through the sharp yet loving eyes of 11-year-old Lily we see the whole exotic, vivid, vigorous culture of the so-called Cape coloured community at the time when apartheid threatened its destruction. As Lily’s beautiful but angry mother returns to Cape Town, determined to fight for justice for her family, so the story of Lily’s past – and future – erupts. 1999 Disgrace by JM Coetzee (Penguin) After years teaching Romantic poetry, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy’s isolated smallholding. For a time, his daughter’s influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship.2000 13 Cents by K Sello Duiker (Kwela) K Sello Duiker was, before his death in 2005, widely regarded as South Africa’s most promising young writer. 13 Cents, his explosive debut, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book Award (Africa Region) and has gone on to become a modern South African classic. 2001 The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda (Oxford University Press) Set in the Eastern Cape, where in the 1850s, a 16-year-old prophetess Nongqawuse instructed the Xhosa nation to kill all their cattle and destroy their crops. She foretold that on an appointed day, the dead would arise, the kraals would be full of cattle, the silos full of fresh grain, and the white colonists and others who did not believe in her would be swept into the sea. Mda weaves a captivating story about a family caught up in the events of the 1850s, and their descendants’ continuing feud in the 1990s.2002 The Restless Supermarket by Ivan Vladislavic (Umuzi) It is 1993, and Aubrey Tearle’s world is shutting down. He has recently retired from a lifetime of proofreading telephone directories. His favourite haunt in Hillbrow, the Cafe Europa, is about to close its doors; the familiar old South Africa is already gone. Standards, he grumbles, are in decline, so bad-tempered, conservative Tearle embarks on a grandiose plan to enlighten his fellow citizens. The results are disastrous, hilarious and poignant.2003 Recessional for Grace by Marguerite Poland (Penguin) When a post-graduate student of African languages, looking for an angle for her doctoral thesis, comes across an obscure and incomplete lexicon of metaphorical names for indigenous Sanga-Nguni cattle by long-dead academic CJ Godfrey, she knows, instinctively, that she has found her subject. She is given access to his personal papers and field notes, recorded in a remote valley in 1946. Among his many photographs is a small print of a delicately patterned cow. In finding it, she discovers – unwittingly – a cipher to his world.2004 Dog Eat Dog by Niq Mhlongo (Kwela) Dingz, your “average Wits student”, spends most of his time with his friends, drinking and discussing current affairs – Aids, racism, South African politics and history. Set at the time of the first democratic elections, this novel offers a glimpse into the lives of the “kwaito generation”, both in the township and on campus.2005 The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright (Bloomsbury) A classic novel of English life and family love. Prodigal daughter Juliet is about to be released from prison after being involved in an art theft. This brings the family back together, reopening the wounds caused by her imprisonment.2006 Coconut by Kopano Matlwa (Jacana) Coconut tells the story of black children who grow up in white neighbourhoods, go to private schools and have white friends. As is the case with any child, all that these children want is to grow, to be loved; but most importantly, to fit in. Fitting in, however, comes at the cost of one’s blackness – too white for black, and too black for white.2007 Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk, translated by Michiel Heyns (Tafelberg) On the farm Grootmoedersdrift, tragic and unexpected events are triggered by a number of fateful shifts of power and dependence in the intimate relationships between four family members.2008 Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey (Penguin) A chef, a portraitist and a barber are taken hostage in a bloody coup to overthrow their boss, the President. They are held in a castle high above a nameless capital city. Far below them, chaos tears through the streets. As the old order collapses, so does the network of secrets and lies that hid the brutal truth about their own dark passions.2009 The Rowing Lesson by Ann Landsman (Kwela) Betsy Klein is summoned to the bedside of her dying father in a South African hospital. Faced with having to say goodbye, she imaginatively recreates his life – his struggles to become a doctor after being orphaned young and his fight to win the respect of his Boer patients as a Jew – as well as her own experiences with him as a father.2010 Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (Jacana) Zinzi has a sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a client turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons. Set in a wildly re-imagined Johannesburg, it swirls refugees, crime, the music industry, African magic and the nature of sin together into a heady brew.2011 Young Blood by Sifiso Mzobe (Kwela) Sipho is a young man living in Umlazi, Durban. At 17, he’s a school drop-out who helps out at his father’s mechanic shop during the day. Soon Sipho’s love for fast cars and money leads him into a life of crime that brings him close to drugs, prison time and death.2012 Lost Ground by Michiel Heyns (Jonathan Ball) A richly textured novel set in contemporary South Africa. The murder of a beautiful woman shatters the rural village peace of Alfredville, and her husband, the police station commander, is jailed as chief suspect. Her cousin Peter, a freelance writer in London, returns to South Africa for the first time in decades – unsettled, curious, but also in search of a career-defining story. Lost Ground explores questions of xenophobia and prejudice, of national, sexual and personal identity, and what it means to be a foreigner wherever you go.2013 For the Mercy of Water by Karen Jayes (Penguin) In a country devastated by drought, water has become the priceless commodity over which a deadly war is being waged. When an unexpected rain leads a group of ruthless water security guards to a town long since thought abandoned, they find an old woman, identified only as Mother, and four girls in a classroom. When strange, dislocated fragments of Mother’s story appear in the media, a young writer is intrigued enough to set off on a journey to find her, a journey that will take her into the heart of a broken country in search of a truth that no one wants uncovered. The books team at the Sunday Times has put together a list of the top South African books that will give readers insight into the country’s past 20 years of democracy. We feature a selection of their award-wining and best-selling fiction titles below. To download their colourful infographic, made up of the covers of the selected “notable reads, as a high-res PDF, click here. To download a high-res image in jpg format, click here.Highlights from 20 years of fiction1994 None to Accompany Me by Nadine Gordimer (Penguin) In the extraordinary period immediately before the first non-racial election and the beginning of majority rule in South Africa, Vera Stark, the protagonist of Nadine Gordimer’s passionate novel, weaves a ruthless interpretation of her past into her participation in the present as a lawyer representing blacks in the struggle to reclaim the land.1995 Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda (Picador) In Zakes Mda’s first novel, Toloki is a “professional mourner” in a vast and violent city of the new South Africa. At a funeral for a young boy, Toloki is reunited with Noria, a woman from his village. Together they help each other to heal the past, and as their story interweaves with those of their acquaintances, this elegant short novel provides a magical and painful picture of South Africa.1996 The Year of the Tapeworm by Chris van Wyk (Pan Macmillan) Mandla “Scara” Nhlabatsi is a journalist who yearns to write “tales of fantasy and imagination”. In the small hours one morning, he is woken up from a drunken stupor by urgent knocking at the door of his tiny Sofasonke home. Scara stumbles out of bed to find the most unexpected visitors imaginable: the white President of a beleaguered government accompanied by one of his ministers. They have come to ask a favour. And so begins an uproarious sequence of adventures, stranger than any Scara’s overheated mind might have invented.1997 Kafka’s Curse by Achmat Dangor (Random House) From the award-winning poet Achmat Dangor, an imaginative reinterpretation of an old Arabic fairy tale unfolds in five magical narratives set in post-apartheid South Africa.1998 Dance with a Poor Man’s Daughter by Pamela Jooste (Transworld Publishers) Originally published by BooksLive. A selection republished here with kind permission.For the full list of both fiction and non-fiction titles – with short descriptions – visit the BooksLive blog at bookslive.co.za/bloglast_img read more

5 Tips to Improve Channel Partner Lead Generation

first_img – Email is an important part of the lead generation mix. Create a great email marketing campaign with an offer that each partner can send to new leads. Maybe it is a free assessment of a website, or an opportunity to attend a free consulting session. This campaign is to help move leads further down the funnel and to help increase a partners lead-to-customer percentages. Often channel managers have the ability to give marketing funds for offers, so why not provide them the email message to use as well. In a recent conversation with a channel marketing manager I was asked, “What can I do now to get my partners and resellers found?” As with many channel marketing managers, their time is very constrained, but the need to do more lead generation for their resellers is ever present. Additionally, they often talk about how their resellers do a great job once someone is introduced to them, but often their own websites are not helping them bring in new leads. After asking me that question, she said, “I wish I could just give them a few tips to get them started in Inbound Marketing and getting website traction” 1. Identify Longtail Keywords Online marketing is unique for each business. For large businesses that rely on channel partners to sell and distribute products, the online marketing process can be a challenge. With many channel partners across multiple locations, how can a business make sure that partners have the leads they need to help grow the business? brackenb your partners or resellers can quickly optimize their pages . 2. Provide Partners with Lead Generation Offers –  Find 10 keywords that are in the longtail for your services or products and provide them to your resellers and partners to use.  Keywords need to be used in a consistent way on each webpage in the page title, the URL, the page headers and text. By doing the background research and providing a starting point, Photo Credit: 5 Tips For Channel Partner Lead Generation 3. Create a Landing Page Templatecenter_img –  Create an offer such as a ebook or webinar that can be downloaded or accessed from each partner’s website. Maybe your company provides security software and you have a tool that does a quick, free sweep of their network to test for vulnerability. Another option would be to offer a free assessment that will help prospect better understand which product offering best fits their needs. By creating these downloads, you are giving your reseller network an offer they can give visitors that come to their websites. 5. Share Partner Successes –   If one of your partners is finding an offer is converting leads well or a free assessment is leading to more business in the door, let the network know! Inbound marketing may be new, but closing a deal is well understood and anything that drives more business to one partner will help the overall brand and network as well. Share the success! What have you done to help improve inbound marketing for your channel partners? – Create a standard landing page that every reseller can put on their main page of their website to both capture lead data, and provide an offer. 70% of visitors to a website are in the “early stage” of buying. They are not ready to purchase, but are starting to investigate. Instead of having them visit your site and then “drive on”, give them an offer in exchange for collecting some of their information, even if it is just an email address. This will allow you to stay in touch with them via email offers or turn over the lead to your sales team for qualification and follow up. 4.  Develop An Email Template and Campaign Originally published Sep 2, 2010 2:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: Lead Generation Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

LinkedIn Releases Offical Share Button

first_imgToday, LinkedIn, the social network targeted towards business professionals, released its offical share button . The button allows LinkedIn users to easily share content they find interesting and relevant with their network. Publishers can find instructions for how to add the share button on the Marketing Takeaway With all easily implemented options for sharing content such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, etc. it probably isn’t going to be the ease of execution that determines how successful LinkedIn’s share button is.  At 85 million users and a new users joining every second the success of LinkedIn’s share button is going to fall in the hands of it’s users.   Once you have taken the time to create remarkable content make sure that you are doing everything you can to share it with your entire network.  Since your LinkedIn network may find your content relevant this is an excellent way allow them to help you spread your content beyond your immediate reach.  Head on over to LinkedIn to try out your share button today. Originally published Nov 30, 2010 3:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016center_img Social Media Engagement Since those connected on LinkedIn most likely share business interests, it is very likely that the LinkedIn share button becomes a standard for business related content.   Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack portion of the LinkedIn site.  LinkedIn is offering three options to choose from: a vertical button with a share counter, a horizontal button with a share counter, and a horizontal button without a counter.  To add a button to your website or blog all you need to do is choose a button style and copy and paste a few lines of code.  publishers Topics:last_img read more