With Pete DeBoer losing patience, Sharks goalie tries to reset season

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer entered this season with the hope that he could start Aaron Dell in net on a more consistent basis.With the way Dell has struggled in recent appearances, that initial plan has gone by the wayside.Martin Jones will make his fourth consecutive start and his sixth in seven games Tuesday when the Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers to close out a six-game homestand.Jones backstopped the Sharks to wins over Chicago, Minnesota and Nashville and is now 5-7-1 this …last_img

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Three new parties for South Africa’s Parliament

first_img9 May 2014With counting in South Africa’s national election over 96% complete by 11am on Friday – and the African National Congress (ANC) firmly in charge, with the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) also making gains – three new political parties are set to take up seats in the country’s Parliament.The newcomers headed for the country’s national legislature are the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the National Freedom Party (NFP) and the African Independent Congress (AIC).By 11am on Friday, the EFF had racked up 1070873 votes to place third in the national race with 6.2% of the vote, the NFP had bagged 275737 votes to place 5th nationally (1.6%), and the AIC had 92493 votes to place 10th (0.54%).For a seat in South Africa’s Parliament, a political party needs about 47000 votes.Led by former African National Congress (ANC) Youth League president Julius Malema, the EFF, which has only been in existence for around eight months, looks set to be the biggest gainer in the 2014 elections, easily placing third in the national election and set to be the new official opposition in two provinces, Limpopo and North West.The NFP, a breakaway from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) which, like the IFP, has its stronghold in KwaZulu-Natal, is led by Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, a former president of the IFP Youth Brigade.The AIC, based in the Eastern Cape region of Matatiele in the former Transkei homeland, was only registered as a political party this year.Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni told SAnews on Friday that it was possible that some voters may have unintentionally voted for the AIC, thinking they were voting for the ANC. The AIC appeared just above the ANC on this year’s ballot papers, and the party’s colours also resemble those of the ANC – black, yellow, green and white.“As far as I remember, [the AIC] doesn’t even have people at the results centre,” Fikeni said. “I am sure they are still recovering from the shock themselves.”This year’s elections, according to Fikeni, could see other smaller parties such as the Pan Africanist Congress, the United Christian Democratic Party, the Minority Front, the Azanian People’s Organisation and the African People’s Convention disappearing from Parliament altogether.Another new kid on the block, Agang SA, led by Mamphele Ramphele “never took off from the runway”, Fikeni noted. The party had recorded 46 702 votes (0.27%) by 11am on Friday.Also failing to impress was Kenny Kunene’s recently formed Patriotic Alliance, which received just 12 927 votes (0.07%).But for Fikeni the biggest loser in this year’s election was the Congress of the People (Cope), which received 7.4% of the vote in the 2009 elections and was now – with just 117 259 votes by 11am on Friday – languishing at 0.68% of the vote.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Night Caching: It’s not just for Vampires anymore

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Lurking in the shadows of night is a different kind of geocache. Sounds spooky, right? Don’t worry, it’s just a friendly Night Cache. These geocaches are the same geocaches you know and love—except they can only be found at night. Some Night Caches use reflectors, while others use glow-in-the-dark ink and require a UV flashlight.For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the shorter days of winter are a perfect time to learn all about geocaching at night. There also happen to be several Mega-Events around the world, like this upcoming event in Sweden, that are dedicated to Night Caching.See Night Caching at its best on the Geocaching Pinterest page, and check out cool Night Caching gear on Shop Geocaching.center_img SharePrint RelatedThe night is full of cachesOctober 17, 2016In “Learn”Geocaching in the Dark: The Great Canadian Night Caching EventOctober 21, 2011In “Community”Here are 9 Geocaching Tools – What Else Should You Pack?February 6, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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There is No Perfect VP of Sales and Marketing

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Sales and marketing are not the same thing. It’s true they both deal with relationship management and it’s true that neither of these job descriptions require hardcore engineering, but just because they’re both in the realm of words over code does not mean that they are the same. At the risk of muddling your mind with HR jargon, the core competencies of a marketer are very different from those of a sales person. Surprisingly, many startup CEOs insist on hiring for a VP of Sales and Marketing position. If you’re the VP of sales and marketing for your company, this article is not about how you aren’t doing your job properly. In fact, it’s about how you’re doing the job of two separate people and shouldn’t be. Interwest investor Bruce Cleveland recently wrote an article entitled, In Search of the Mythical VP Sales and Marketing where he defines the separate domains of sales and marketing. Says Cleveland, “Sales and Marketing are vastly different functions that require substantially different personalities, skills, and decades of experience to master…A CEO who doesn’t understand this basic fact, or doesn’t believe it, is not a CEO I want to invest in.” Explains Cleveland, a sales person understands the inner workings of B2B deal probabilities and the short term requirements to increase deal flow. Meanwhile, marketing people look at the landscape from a longterm perspective and lay the groundwork for sales through analyst, media and web leads generation. Essentially, sales people are great oral one-on-one communicators and marketers are great written mass communicators. He writes, ” I have found that the CEO who makes this serious mistake hasn’t worked with someone who is an excellent Marketer and therefore discounts the role it plays.” With expertise in the Software as a Service space, it’s interesting that Cleveland believes the marketing role is the one that gets tacked on at the last minute. While sales offers obvious measurement through direct revenue generation, marketing tends to have a less clear set of metrics.Cleveland explains that “today’s head of Marketing must be an excellent demand creator (the “owner” of future revenue) through sales-ready leads.” Essentially he believes that the marketer’s job is to increase perceived value and generate demand on a massive scale in order to grease the wheels of the sales team. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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City slice

first_imgFrom dining to trends, a lowdown on everything new in the city.Restaurant review Colombian carnivalBrick stone floors, butternut squash ravioli, latte macchiato, the sun caressing your back and the wind in your hair-Cocoa at C’est La Vie is the perfect picture of a day in Europe. Tucked in the bylanes,From dining to trends, a lowdown on everything new in the city.Restaurant reviewColombian carnivalBrick stone floors, butternut squash ravioli, latte macchiato, the sun caressing your back and the wind in your hair-Cocoa at C’est La Vie is the perfect picture of a day in Europe. Tucked in the bylanes of hill road in Bandra, the ambience of Cocoa comprises happy summer yellow interiors merged with antique wooden backdrops and small bits and pieces from the good old days. A wonderful marriage of old and new. Prepare to enter and drool. The buffalo mozzarella and tomato panini, braised lamb in red wine butter fettuccini and fig compote are a must try at the joint. The place is a treat for those with a sweet tooth. Cocoa has a live waffle and crepes station which serves you piping hot and fresh desserts straight from the pan. With friendly staff, happy faces, world music, great food and fabulous coffee, Cocoa is a must visit. They are a part of the C’est La Vie family and are waiting to serve. So when you are here to enjoy your cuppa, don’t be surprised if you land up making a new friend before you leave. There is something in the air, which makes you relax your shoulders and smile. Meal for two: Rs 1,000.What’s upNight owlThe city’s hottest new trend is the owl neckpiece. College students to weekend party goers all seem to be wearing an owl around their neck this season. Easily available at Colaba.Carefully undoneNatural messy hair is the in thing this season. Try it only if you have hair like Serena Vanderwoodsen. If not then the trick is to use your straightner in a way that you can curl your hair. The point is not to let your hair look neat.What’s downadvertisementNo clowning aroundJumpsuits are a complete fashion disaster. Easily available at all flea markets, they are a no-no to wear outside your home if you don’t wish to look like a clown.Osho no-showOsho chappals are completely out-dated and out of fashion this summer. Instead put your foot forward in tall wedges or comfy-sports wear and avoid your feet from tanning.Products basketStrap’em upEtro’s Spring Summer collection for men titled Tree of Life includes colourful leather belts. Available at Palladium.Price on request.BejewelledForevermark launched the world’s largest pair of identically cut flawless twin diamonds-The Yin Yang diamonds in Mumbai and Delhi.Price on request.Bag-it Satya Paul’s exciting new range of bags includes wallets, sling bags, clutches and others. Price: Wallets and clutches from Rs. 2,000, Handbags: Rs. 3,995 onwards.Pick your colour The new swiss collection by OPI offers a wide range of nail colours to make your tips look chic. Price: Rs 520 onwards.Keep cool Indulge and pamper yourself with Myrah spa’s new super cooling royal hydra fresh facial. It helps replenish your dehydrated skin. Price: Rs. 3,000 above.Cast awayWest Coast Marine presents new products to help when you set off on sail. These include shorts, rash vests, gloves,marine tools, watches.Price: Rs 2,000 onwards.Look who’s coming for dinnerArushi Mudgal, the foremost disciple of her renowned dancer-aunt Madhavi Mudgal will be visiting Mumbai later this month. The choreographies of Kelucharan Mohapatra, Madhavi Mudgal, along with one of her own, will be showcased in Mudgal’s Odissi recital, Sutra – Creativity in Tradition at the NCPA on 26th May. The show aims to highlight the beauty of various approaches to creativity in the same tradition over successive generations.With inputs from Ekta Marwaha.last_img read more

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TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CLINCHES STEEDEN DEAL

first_imgTouch Football Australia have confirmed a new three year deal with Steeden as the signatory ball supplier for the sport in a new arrangement that will benefit the game immensely from a marketing and operational perspective.The deal announced by Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson today, encompasses all States of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia who have existing arrangements with an alternate supplier.New South Wales Touch Association already have a long-term partnership with Steeden and the endorsement of the Steeden branded footballs by other States is viewed positively and gives the sport a united niche in the corporate sector.“Steeden were chosen after a competitive tender process and the scope of the new deal involving the majority of Touch Football playing States gives us an accepted official ball for the game that is of the highest quality.The  use of the “Classic Touch” ball will mean extensive and consistent Brand identification for our sport and Steeden. The unitary structure has allowed us to increase the sponsorship benefits for both parties” Mr. Thompson said. Steeden Football Brand Manager Scott Bradford, is excited by the renewal of the company’s partnership with Touch Football Australia.“It is a great step and a strengthening of ties, and with use of the Steeden “Classic Touch” ball as the official ball of the sport in most areas of Australia, it enables us to reach a wider audience. We are excited and delighted to consolidate our partnership with Touch Football Australia.” Mr. Bradford said.Steeden was founded in 1958 by Queenslander Ray Steeden.The company manufactured Football, cricket, and boxing products before becoming a World wide subsidiary in 1995 of Gray-Nicolls Sports.Steeden has been the official football of the Australian Rugby League since 1974, and holds exclusivity deals with the English Super League, the Queensland Rugby League, the New South Wales Rugby League, and the National Rugby League.Through continuous introduction of new innovative products and categories, the brand continues to go from strength to strength with a proven record of excellence in the production of sporting equipment. Steeden is working diligently with prominent Touch Football Australia technical officials on refining the product mix to ensure a harder wearing outer surface on their touch footballs.Steeden’s “Night Vision” ball with florescent orange paneling for improved visibility and a heavyweight skills ball specific to Touch Football, are just two of the initiatives Steeden and Touch Football Australia will be consolidating in the near future.Steeden will continue to supply Touch footballs to affiliated National tournaments and programs such as the National Touch League, The Austouch Program, and the National High Performance Program.Steeden Footballs can be ordered and purchased through the Touch Football Australia National office and supporting State offices around the nation.last_img read more

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