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Oleksandr Zinchenko: Man City signing’s best bits – VIDEO

first_imgWant to know more about Manchester City’s newest signing Oleksandr Zinchenko? Check out some of his best bits here. The Citizens announced the capture of the teenage midfielder on Monday, from Russian club FC Ufa. He becomes Pep Guardiola’s third signing, following Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito through the door at the Etihad. Zinchenko leaves Ufa after just one season, having joined from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer last summer.The 19-year-old midfielder went on to make 26 appearances, scoring twice, before impressing for Ukraine at Euro 2016, playing all three games.It remains to be seen how much Zinchenko will be involved in the first team next year, but take a look at what he offers in the video above.last_img read more

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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWS POPS UP IN LETTERKENNY!

first_imgLovers of the cult musical movie – the Rocky Horror Picture Show – are in for a treat this week when the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny is transformed into a pop-up cinema showing the movie for one night only on Friday night!The madcap movie – famous for the massive hit ‘The Timewarp’ – has a huge international cult following and audiences are usually well-prepared to get fully involved by dressing up as characters from the movie and joining in the fun.“We’re certainly encouraging people to get into costume and join in the fun on the night. It will be an interactive cinema experience and it is not something that anybody ever forgets in a hurry,” said Lorraine Porter, captain of the Letterkenny Musical Society’s Relay for Life team who are hosting Friday night’s event. She added: “We really wanted to do something musical and fun as one of our fundraisers and The Rocky Horror Picture Show certainly fits the bill. It is just one of those shows that lives long in the memory and we’re hoping that as well as dressing up people will also bring props like water pistols and newspapers, flashlights and rubber gloves!”The LMS team captain however did stress that tickets for Friday night’s show (they cost €10 and it starts at 8pm) are strictly limited and she urged anyone interested to get in touch to book a ticket.“The Regional Cultural Centre is going to be a superb venue for this but it does have a limited number of seats and while it’s possible that there will be tickets on sale on the night, I’d really urge people to make sure they get their tickets in advance to ensure they get in. And let’s face it, this is a one-off experience that you really don’t want to be missing!”Some tickets are available at the Regional Cultural Centre or you can pre-book by sending an e.mail to [email protected]  ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWS POPS UP IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyRCCRocky Horror Picture Showlast_img read more

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Bilic likens West Brom youngster to Rice after win at QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWest Brom boss Slaven Bilic likened Nathan Ferguson to England star Declan Rice after the youngster inspired the Baggies to a 2-0 win at QPR.Ferguson, 18, was outstanding at left-back and scored his first goal for the club to put them ahead seven minutes into the second half.He strode forward from his own half and sent a right-footed strike past Joe Lumley at the keeper’s near post.Matheus Pereira also scored his first Albion goal – the on-loan Sporting Lisbon man netted with a late free-kick to seal the victory.Former West Ham manager Bilic, who worked with Rice at the east London club, was full of praise for Ferguson and believes he is destined for a bright future.“Nathan has a mentality that reminds me of Declan Rice,” Bilic said.“He’s only 18 on paper but his mind is 25 or 27 – he’s not a kid. He’s only a kid in a positive way in that he’s not afraid to take the ball forward and have a shot.“It’s our job to keep him humble but there’s no doubt that he has an extremely bright future and a great career in front of him.”Albion are unbeaten in seven matches and were much the better side at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, where Charlie Austin played against his former club along with fellow ex-QPR men Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips.Austin is still waiting for his first league goal since his summer move from Southampton but Bilic was more than happy with the striker’s contribution and the team’s display.“This is the best performance that we played so far,” Bilic added.“Straight from the start we were on the front foot. They didn’t have a sniff.“We were a bit nervous – we were getting in great situations but were rushing it.“In those situations you maybe need one moment of individual brilliance and we got that with Nathan. We were pure class afterwards.“When we got the second goal it wasn’t game over – you can always come back – but we managed the game really well.“I’m really pleased. Of course we can get better and it’s still early days but I have to say the lads have been excellent.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoSingapore Property NewsRadisson Hotel Group opens new luxury beachfront resort in VietnamSingapore Property NewsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoLight and Charm33 Traditional Beauty recipes from Indian WomenLight and CharmUndolast_img read more

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Motor cluster will drive change

first_imgNew Mercedes-Benz cars await export on the docks of the harbour, below the factory. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nomsa Mbovani  ECSECC corporate affairs manager  +27 43 701 3400 RELATED ARTICLES • Automotive boost for Eastern Cape • Two-billion reasons Mercedes chose SA • Motor industry, government talk jobs • SA’s auto industry to turn greenEmily van RijswijckThe Eastern Cape province opened another chapter in its ongoing efforts to improve its regional competitiveness and increase job creation with the formal launch of a dedicated automotive cluster.The cluster will be represented by industry, government and labour.The cluster agreement was signed by Volkswagen Group South Africa, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), Mercedes-Benz, General Motors South Africa, the Ford Motor Company of South Africa, the authority of the automotive parts industry (Naacam), the National Union of Metalworkers, Transnet, Eskom, the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Buffalo City Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.The minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davis, was on hand to get the initiative under way at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro on 19 March, just days after the grand opening of the Port of Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth.At the Ngqura launch President Jacob Zuma reiterated the government’s commitment to bringing the Eastern Cape into the economic fold.The province has three ports, each of which plays a critical role in the import and export of vehicles and parts to partners locally and overseas. The Port of Ngqura is already Africa’s major transhipment hub, while the ports of Port Elizabeth and East London continue to focus on clean cargo and automotive exports.Industry’s changing face A robust automotive sector plays an essential role in maintaining the overall health of the province, allowing it to stay internationally competitive, said Andrew Murray, executive director of the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council.“If the industry sneezes, the whole Eastern Cape gets a cold.”The council acts as a link between the government and relevant players in the province and, until now, has been the cluster facilitator. In time, the industry itself will take over the reins.The numbers speak for themselves. With 50% of the country’s vehicles manufactured in the province the Eastern Cape is understandably seen as the automotive heart of South Africa.Four of the country’s seven original export manufacturers are based in the province. They are Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) in Uitenhage, Ford South Africa and General Motors South Africa in Port Elizabeth and Mercedes-Benz in Buffalo City. The sector employs 40 000 workers in 1 500 companies.Globally the automotive sector is in transition and this will bring both threats and opportunities, Murray said. “If we don’t reassess this sector we are going to be found wanting.”This is where the cluster will play an important role, creating a platform for more coordinated efforts and a better aligned industry to face the global challenges, he believes. There will also be regional spin-offs.“The cluster will address the issue of regional competitiveness which will also have positive spin-offs for the rest of the Eastern Cape economy.”The overall objective of the cluster is to maximise job creation, market share and productivity levels, said Murray. Initial efforts will focus on improving logistics, building the skills base of the labour market and assisting with supplier development.It is hoped that the Eastern Cape cluster will tap into the experiences of the Durban Automotive Cluster, a successful initiative which was started in eThekwini in 2002,.In pure numbers South Africa’s automotive industry hardly makes a dent in global markets. With an output of less than 1% of it is considered to be uncompetitive in global terms.Despite this, major opportunities still exist, Murray said – they include emerging African markets as well as markets in South Africa and, more importantly, the Eastern Cape’s strategic location as a transhipment hub, linking the Americas with South East Asia.    Focus areasThe government and Eastern Cape industry partners started talks about forming a cluster almost a year ago.The need to do so became apparent with the introduction of the Automotive Production Development Plan (APDP), which came into effect in 2008. This scheme replaced the Motor Industry Development Programme in order for the sector to fall in line with the trade and tariffs requirements of the World Trade Organisation.The APDP has shifted the emphasis away from export incentives to production and local manufacturing incentives.In terms of logistics, the cluster will look at improving efficiency in the movement of goods and services within South Africa and to global markets.As for skills, an alarming trend perceived in the global automotive industry is the shift away from semi-skilled and unskilled labour to a workforce of highly skilled individuals with sophisticated technical proficiency, Murray said.“These jobs are disappearing, which means the cluster will need to focus on re-skilling, ongoing training and up-scaling apprenticeship programmes.”In pursuit of this aim the cluster will embark on a full-scale needs and skills audit and in time hopes to create a centre of excellence in research and development with the help of the province’s tertiary institutions. This should contribute to addressing the skills shortages in the industry.Suppliers form the backbone of the motor industry. The province has about 80 component manufacturers, which have to help keep the wheels turning by supplying the automotive manufacturers with components that meet international standards.They face their own unique challenges, including access to finance, rising production costs and the availability of raw materials. The cluster will seek to nurture and improve local suppliers by creating various enabling platforms, said Murray.Cluster welcomed The launch of a cluster does not come a moment too soon, industry leaders and cluster partners all agree.  David Powels, straight-talking MD of VWSA and chairperson of Naamsa, said the industry has never faced greater challenges. Despite the fact that last year VWSA broke its production record by 137 000 units there was an urgent need for a dramatic improvement in productivity in the industry. In 2011 VWSA celebrated 60 years in the Eastern Cape and currently produces about 70% of local content. Powels believes the cluster has the potential to make the Eastern Cape more productive and efficient.“The industry has to dramatically improve its competitiveness to be able to compete against low-cost products coming out of low-cost countries. We fully support this effort and will put a great amount of energy, power and support into this,” Powels said.General Motors communications manager Denise van Huyssteen said the company will be an active partner in the initiative. General Motors has been in South Africa since 1926 and continues to invest heavily in the industry, having spent R130-million on skills transfer in the past five years to make the industry more competitive.“We are committed to the Eastern Cape and support the establishment of an environment that is conducive to sustainable economic growth; one that serves as a platform to create jobs and social prosperity.”last_img read more

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Dealing with Your Irrational Competitor

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 There is no way your irrational competitor can quote those prices and be profitable enough to deliver the outcomes they’ve sold. You can’t do it, and the companies that have tried have struggled, or they have disappeared.The concessions your irrational competitor makes are unintelligible. They make no sense at all, and they are something your company would never agree to. The profit margins don’t exist to allow these concessions. Yet they regularly agree to them.The explanations your irrational competitor provides to explain how they can be better and cheaper usually amount to nothing more than “We’re just like them, only cheaper.”There is nothing you can do about your irrational competitor’s strategy, their tactics, or their promises. If the strategy is unsustainable, it will eventually prove itself to be just that. If the tactics reduce their margins and make it difficult for them to execute and produce the promised outcomes their clients expect, at some point, that is what will happen. If their promises turn out to be lies, they will be exposed. Eventually.You can do nothing about their strategy or tactics. There is even less that you can do about the promises they make to your prospective clients—and your actual clients, as they try to displace you. Even collecting the stories of the clients that have come back to you aren’t always enough to keep you from losing a prospect or having a client defect.Your irrational competitor is irrational. These behaviors are what make them irrational. It’s how they believe they will win. They will operate this way until the market punishes them. And, over time, the market punishes those who don’t run a profitable business.Until such a time, your job is to identify the prospective clients who are willing to pay more for the greater value you create. Your strategy is to identify those clients who are let down by the concessions your irrational competitor makes, when their execution fails because they made the concession necessary to buy business. Your strategy must be to create greater value for your prospective and existing clients, focusing on winning those who are unwilling to make concessions, and those who understand the difference between price and cost.You will lose to irrational clients because there is nothing they won’t do to win. The hedge you make is to build your pipeline, and learn to create greater value, value worth paying more for.last_img read more

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WHO WANTS TO GO TO CANADAS WONDERLAND EBOSS CANADA HAS ARRANGED DISCOUNTED

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canada’s Wonderland is home to more than 200 attractions, including 16 roller coasters, two children’s area and Splash Works, our 20-acre water park. The park features North America’s largest variety of rides, including Canada’s tallest and fastest coaster – Leviathan, Canada’s longest wooden coaster – Mighty Canadian Minebuster and Canada’s first inverted coaster – Flight Deck.GET YOUR TICKETS TODAYGO TOwww.canadaswonderland.com/affiliateLOG INNOTE: The username and password are case-sensitiveWe recommend always using CHROME as your browser to log-inUsername:  CW-eBOSSPassword: eBoss18The Wonderland Express “GO” Buses run regularly from Yorkdale and York Mills subway stations. Schedule operates throughout the day and evening through closing (http://www.gotransit.com). York Region Transit offers several routes to Canada’s Wonderland. YRT Route 760, as well as TTC Route 165A operate directly into the park. In addition, Routes 4, 20 and 87 stop nearby the main entrance. For more YRT route and schedule information, please visit the YRT/Viva website (http://www.yrt.ca/). Advertisement Login/Register With: Thinking of going to Canada’s Wonderland?eBOSS Canada has arranged discounted tickets for you, your family and friends. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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