Not all Valentine’s Day stories are about two hearts intertwined by love. This is a love story between our community and one half a world away. It does not involve paper hearts, chocolate or flowers. It is about the race to save the lives of infants and children who need surgeries to repair congenital heart defects. This is a story about the love, compassion and humanity shown by so many Pasadena Rotarians towards those who need one’s help to live.Through a unique grant process, Rotarians in the community have found a way to deliver a Valentine’s Day gift of life for only $88.00. They have made it possible for everyone to consider deferring that prix fix Valentine’s Day dinner out, that overpriced bouquet of flowers or box of heart-shaped candies to fund surgeries to repair damaged hearts of children who cannot afford the immediate medical care they so desperately need.According to the recent statistics, in India every hour about 20 children are born with heart defects and about 5% of those children die within a month due to lack of proper treatment. Recent data suggest that nearly 12,000 children with heart defects are waiting for surgery in Tamil Nadu, India (DHS Data 2016.)In 2017, Rotary Club of Pasadena put together a program called “Caring Little Hearts” and raised $19,000 in five minutes at one of their meetings! This together with funds from Madras South Rotary Club and Rotary International Foundation, the Ford Foundation in Chennai, India and others made the first 225 heart surgeries possible.Now Pasadena Rotary is asking our community to help fund 200 or more surgeries and has raised over $10,000 toward the goal of $23,500. This will enable Pasadena Rotary and Madras South Rotary Clubs to again seek a Global Grant from Rotary International Foundation.To save the life of a child and give that child a chance for a future is priceless! Make that special Valentine’s Day gift this year by not just buying a paper heart. A donation of only $88.00 made to www.caringlittlehearts.com will mend a heart a half a world away. Can you think of a better gift for that modest cost?The Pasadena Rotary Club has over 200 members that meet weekly at the University Club of Pasadena dedicated to contributing to the well-being and growth of the community, region, and world. Initiatives include Happy Feet (providing shoes at the start of a school year for PUSD elementary school students); Adopt-A-School; Dan Stove Music Contest; 4-way Speech Contest; Community Grants; Done In A Day; Toy Drive; RYLA -Teen Leadership; Project Corazon Super Build; and Teachers of Excellence to name a few. To find out more information on the Rotary Club of Pasadena visit www.pasadenarotary.com or (626) 440-0908. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News The Rotary Club of Pasadena Says Have a Heart this Valentine’s Day From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 5:03 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment 11 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
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One of the first symptoms of another battle brewing between estate agents and the masters of the property portals came when Murray Lee of Golders Green agency, Dreamview Estates. Murray, who has been in the business for 50 years, told The Negotiator that he and other local agents formed the group after failing to gain much sympathy from their local Rightmove rep.This news propelled agents across the UK to action, with an avalanche of emails, phone calls and online comments, as the portals realised that they had a fight on their hands.When Zoopla and OnTheMarket joined the battle, it became fierce, with online interaction across the portal map.Within two days 80 other agencies, with 150 branches joined Murray to ask for more help than Rightmove had offered within its ‘deferred payments scheme’, in which Rightmove would reduce its fees by between £150 and £500 a month for qualifying agents, depending on size and sector, to help agent cashflow during the Coronavirus crisis.When agents responded with an avalanche of emails, phone calls and online comments, the portals realised that they had a fight on their hands.However, the Rightmove scheme would not start until May 1st and the fees ‘reduction’ offered was, in reality, a deferred payment scheme; in which estate agents would have to pay the money back over an agreed term of between three and six months after the Coronavirus epidemic is over.The scheme would also only apply to estate agents who have fewer than 25 branches and who have been with the portal for at least 12 months.Rightmove also offered a series of webinars with industry experts on subjects from working at home through to legislation in the current environment and managing mental health.Fever risesBy Thursday 19th March, the lobbying group had over 250 estate agencies onboard, sent another email to Rightmove. One of them, Robert Sargent, CEO, Acorn, said, “For years I’ve been very vocal about Rightmove’s attitude to the hands that feed it, but their tone-deaf response to the Covid-19 pandemic compelled me to shout louder,” he told the members.“Like you, no doubt, I’m concerned for the future of my business, and Rightmove is one of our primary monthly expenses after staff. “While portals do serve a purpose, I have always maintained that they aren’t as essential as they seem to think they are. It’s people who sell properties, not portals.”Sargent also invite all agents to join his separate Say No To Rightmove campaign which, he says, already has 150 members from the industry.OUTCOMESZoopla wins!Agents working with Zoopla have been offered three or nine months of Zoopla usage free of charge.The portal smashed the current portal battle with its announcement of two new industry-leading fee structures which will support estate agents and to help mitigate the financial impact of coronavirus on agent businesses over the coming months.The offer is available to new and existing estate agency customers of 30 branches or less (which covers over 80 per cent of the UK estate agency population), as well as overseas and commercial agents, each option has been specially designed with the needs of agents in mind, offering both flexibility and financial backing to those requiring support.The two fee structures:ZOOPLA OPTION 1:Nine months of Zoopla – freeZoopla offers nine months of portal usage entirely free, returning to normal fee levels thereafter, as part of an 18-month contract that follows the free term.This is designed to support agents who recognise the benefits of establishing a long-term partnership with Zoopla, and who make a commitment to leave Rightmove once their current contract comes to an end.ZOOPLA OPTION 2:Three (to five) months of Zoopla freeWith this option, Zoopla offers three months of portal usage entirely free, returning to normal fee levels thereafter, as part of an 18 month contract that follows the free term. There is scope for the three month free term to be extended by a further two months, depending on whether the government limitations to control coronavirus have been lifted.After the free period, agents will return to normal fee levels.For both agreements, price increases will not exceed the RPI for the duration of the contract. Agents are able to sign up to either deal up until the end of April 2020, with the new terms to take effect from 1st May 2020. Charlie Bryant, CEO, Zoopla, said, “We have consistently said that agents are at the heart of everything we do, and today’s actions demonstrate the role we can play in helping to secure the long-term success of our agent partners. It’s our aim to support and work alongside agents to unlock new opportunities, deliver the utmost value for money, and to bolster them during this difficult period. “This isn’t something we wanted to rush; we have taken the time to speak to our customers to get these options right for them. We know each agent is different, which is why we have two compelling offers available. Both options are simple, concise, and there are no hidden clauses. Available to new and existing customers, we hope that they provide a financial cushion for agents that alleviates pain points and meets their respective needs.“Following the raft of investments made across the business, in product and technology, customer success, and in recruiting a highly skilled workforce, we are confident that Zoopla is the best marketing solution for agents. Without doubt, now is the time for agents to make Zoopla their primary portal. We look forward to working with the industry throughout this challenging time, and to playing a key role in helping our agent partners to grow in the months and years ahead.”Rightmove offers 75% refundOn Friday 20th March, Rightmove made a complete U-turn on its ridiculed deferred payments scheme and announced that it will refund all its customers invoices by 75% for the next four months – the first time it has reduced its fees since being established in 2000.The dramatic announcement was revealed to the stock market on Friday , and Rightmove said it had come to the decision after listening to its customers, and witnessing a significant slowdown in the speed of the UK housing market.“Notably the number of property transactions failing to complete in recent days and likely changes in tenant behaviour following the announcement of the renters’ protections by the government may put further pressure on estate and lettings agents,” the company says.It is understood that its CEO Peter Brooks-Johnson has been speaking on the phone to many leading estate agents over the past two days, and been ‘given an ear bashing’.The 75% reduction in fees will run from April until July will be for all its customers including agency, new homes and commercial property customers.Rightmove says this will decrease its revenues this year by up to £75 million. “At Rightmove we are doing everything in our power to rise to the challenges of COVID-19. We have chosen to utilise our position to support our customers at this difficult time,” says Brooks-Johnson.OnTheMarket cuts fees by a thirdOnTheMarket has dropped its fees by a third for three months without any strings for customers currently on its full tariff.The portal sent an email out to its customers pledging its support for agents in this difficult time, but not revealing a price reduction programme, had a change of heart.Calling it a payment support initiative, unlike its rival Rightmove which has caused widespread protest among agents with its ‘deferred payments’ system, OnTheMarket is simply reducing its fees for invoices issued in the three months starting in April.“We hope that this will go some way towards easing the pressure which agents of all sizes, in both sales and lettings, are anticipating in the coming months against the unprecedented COVID-19 backdrop,” says Clive Beattie, Acting Chief Executive Officer.“OnTheMarket exists because agents had the foresight to want their own portal in order to control their online marketing cost base. It is the core strategy of OnTheMarket as the agent-backed portal to deliver value and to provide first-class support for our agent customers.“We are resolutely focused on doing everything possible to deliver value to our customers, both in these circumstances and beyond. We are the agents’ portal. We understand the next few months are going to be tough and, as such, we believe simply kicking the monthly rate back is not helping agent partners, it’s delaying the unavoidable. We believe that offering this discount early will assist agents to control their costs in the face of such uncertain times.”INDUSTRY COMMENTS FROM THENEGOTIATOR.CO.UKAndrew Stanton, Proptech Real Estate StrategistDissent and upset, and anger is now being focused on Rightmove, yes all shares are getting hit, but Countrywide, and now Rightmove are showing they are out of step with the very industry they are in – you cannot fool all of the people all of the time – and if there is a mass exodus from Rightmove, those in the c-suite maybe deserve to be reminded who pays their salaries and bonuses.Pam Batth, nu move“RM 75% off for 4 months, OTM 33% off, Zoopla free if you ditch RM for 9 months, Choices, Choices, Choices Hmmm, they need to smell the coffee and take notice from Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies just released now, it can take a year before we see results. I suggest the three major portals should do for free for a year. No ifs, no buts.”Steve Way, OxletsCount me in Zoopla – I’ve been looking for a good reason to kick Rightmove into touch, even though they’ve countered with a reduced fee. Rightmove have for too long bashed us agents for high rates and now’s the time to tell them enough is enough and walk away.I’m with OnTheMarket too and to be honest, the leads from both Zoopla and OTM combined have been steadily increasing to the point where I don’t think I actually need Rightmove anymore.Ken Houchin, Roland JamesCould the original offer from Rightmove prove to be their ‘Ratner moment’ and that by insulting their customers so badly the adverse reaction brings them down. To paraphrase “How can we charge so much? Because we think our customers are c***p.” If you don’t remember Gerald Ratner, try Google.Friendly local agencyThey haven’t done this out of the kindness of their heart as they would have you believe – they have no heart!The hundreds of membership cancellations they have received over the last couple of days have backed them into a corner and forced them to change track.I just hope that those agents that have given notice aren’t fobbed off by this, and remember that this is a mere publicity stunt and that Rightmove’s plan on charging ever increasing fees has merely been put on hold.Peter Brookes Pam Batth Steve Way Ken Houchin Oxlets Roland James Murray Lee Dreamview Estates Nu move coronavirus Andrew Stanton Rightmove online agents OnTheMarket OTM portals Charlie Bryant Zoopla April 1, 2020Jenny van Breda6 commentsMatteo Donna, Alex & Matteo Estate Agents Alex & Matteo Estate Agents 2nd April 2020 at 10:36 amZoopla should be more clear on the “three (to five) months”. We have asked them to confirm whether it is going to be 5 but still awaiting an answer from them.Our contract terminate in June. Don’t you think it is better to wait until then and get a better deal?What’s your opinion about that?Best,MatteoLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 2nd April 2020 at 10:28 amGreat report Nigel (only 48 years this month..dont over age me!)Can I point out to Mr Bryant Zooplas offer comes with conditionshttps://advantage.zpg.co.uk/zoopla-plans/?utm_source=propertyindustryeye&utm_medium=trade-email&utm_campaign=zoopla-plansOption 1: 3-5 months free + 12 month contractOption 2: 3-5 months free + 13-36 month contractAs my colleague agent replied to the local rep “these are no options”As agents we cant commit to a new contract of any length at this stageSome may not even know if they will have a business to return toTurn again Dick Whittington as the story goesYes, free please Mr Bryant….but too review in 4 monthsListen to the voices of the business that supports you#togetherwearestrongerLog in to ReplyMatteo Donna, Alex & Matteo Estate Agents Alex & Matteo Estate Agents 2nd April 2020 at 10:43 amHi Murrey, I agree with you. To commit on a 12 months contract at the same price we are currently paying is not an option. I think they should give a discount on our current plans. Period. What are we paying for (0 enquiries 0 leads 0 valuation requests in the last month)?Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 2nd April 2020 at 12:04 pmAgreed 100%Log in to ReplySam Hunter, Homesearch Homesearch 1st April 2020 at 10:57 amFor perhaps the first time in 20 years, agents at least FEEL like they have an opportunity to make a decision around what portals they need to involve themselves with moving forward. If nothing else, this is good news for agents and the consumer. We made the decision to build a public service into Homesearch because of the additional information we will be able to provide both Agents and Consumers. If we can improve the experience around ‘property’ as a whole and deliver the public more of what they clearly need and agents not just higher quality leads, but genuine buyers, sellers, renters and investors, it’s the best thing for all parties.53 days, 9 hours and 3 minutes to go (at the time of writing).Keep up the good work, Nigel.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 1st April 2020 at 7:32 amThe present crisis and lock down is making all agents look at their fixed cost model, and start to think what adds value and what is an expensive millstone around their neck.Yes agents need to sell and rent stock, but increasingly property portals are seen just as the departure lounge for property, not a way of finding vendors and landlords, the lifeblood of the businesses.Many are now pouring some of their budget into social media, realising that local engagement with their customers pays as big rewards as being on a pretty faceless and brand averse digital property portal.My advice minimise your cost spend on property portals, even after these distressing times, and test drive services like Brightbee.co a simple, five click and very effective way to digitally expand your brand on social media and showcase your stock. A win win initiative, sometimes great tech can be simple to use and does not cost the earth.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Porter Medical Center, Inc,Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center has received a grant of $23,700 from the State of Vermont in support of its efforts to pursue a new transformational project to define, implement and evaluate an innovative model of resident care.The grant comes from the Enhancing Quality of Life program via the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) and will support Helen Porter s efforts to work collaboratively with their board, physicians, residents, families, staff and the broader Addison County community to change their long-established medical model of care to a new social model/person-centered model according to Helen Porter administrator Neil Gruber. Our overarching goal is to pursue a culture change within our organization to enhance the quality of life for our residents and build a positive community that fosters high quality and compassionate care in a manner that promotes independence, respect and dignity , he said.According to Gruber, this process of culture change will not simply be a cosmetic improvement intended to improve how our organization appears internally and externally it truly will impact and change the fundamental way that residents, families, staff and community experience the organization via very specific changes. The basis for this culture change project is our sincere belief that the traditional model of nursing home care and the current perspectives, interactions and relationships that exist within our facility and many others does not represent the very best environment for providing the highest quality resident care he said. We have presented to our board of directors our plans to embark on an intensive period of transformation over the next several months that began with the drafting of a new Mission Statement and Vision Statement to serve as the foundation for our work. These statements will be our reference points and guide the many concrete actions, decisions and changes that we will pursue Gruber said. He added that these statements are being developed in concert with residents, families and staff, and will be based on a core list of values . In our preliminary conversations with these internal members of our HPHRC family, the initial list of these values include: respect for each person as an individual, promoting the highest level of dignity for residents, promoting greater collaboration and teamwork, ensuring autonomy and independence, building a positive community, fostering healthy relationships and pursuing excellence in everything we do .The project coordinator, Nancy Schaedel, is excited to have received this grant and is very enthusiastic to implement a number of new initiatives. As we move forward, we do so in order to create a safe and caring environment, which fosters both positive relationships and a sense of community. We envision a home filled with love, dignity and quality service, and working together as a team to ensure a sense of collaboration and open communication, where every person is valued as an individual and as a member of a larger community she said.Beyond creating new Mission, Vision and Value statements, HPHRC will undertake a comprehensive effort to educate residents, family and staff about what culture change is and how to accomplish it. Changing from a medical model to a social and person-centered care model will require that we change our appearance, philosophy and language, such as changing our terminology from nursing units to neighborhoods and giving these new neighborhoods names as selected by our residents, families and staff, Gruber said. In our early conversations with our residents, families and staff about our plans to move forward with this project, we have received some important and specific feedback that could define our efforts including: less noise on the units, quicker answers to call bells, more privacy, freedom to eat what they want and knowledge of menu prior to meal service, a coffee shop that is always open, freedom to sleep as late as they want, clutter free hallways, and mirrors at wheelchair height, he said.Although the implementation of this culture change transformation will encompass many specific activities, outreach efforts, a new wellness programs , etc ¦over time, one of the primary programmatic changes Gruber envisions is the establishment of a new end-of-life Namaste Care Program for residents with Dementia. This program will be modeled on the highly successful program at the Vermont Veterans Home and will address the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of the residents.In anticipation of this new program, the administration of HPHRC has already identified a physical space within the facility that can easily be transformed to serve as the Namaste Care unit. They also have received a donation of $4,500 from the family of one of their residents that Gruber anticipates using these funds to support the creation of this space.According to Schaedel, this Namaste Care Program has been successfully implemented in several nursing homes and hospice organizations. She says that Namaste Care strives to maintain the highest quality of life possible for individuals with severe and terminal dementia. This care involves the creation of a special room that provides a quiet, peaceful environment for residents in the last stage of their disease. Meaningful activities are individualized for each resident and a continuous presence of staff members provide both physical and sensory stimulation. This high-touch care can be taught to all staff as well as family members. The family members, particularly, appreciate the attention given to their loved ones, she said.She added The need for programs that would be suitable for individuals with severe and terminal dementia is strong if we are to prevent them from progressing into a vegetative state and help them to continue to enjoy personal contact and stimulation.Schaedel says that Namaste Care provides residents and their families with quality care that addresses not only physical but also emotional and spiritual needs. It reminds us that individuals with advanced dementia should not be isolated in their rooms, but need to live their last days in a pleasant environment receiving loving care from all staff and families, she said.The Components of our Namaste Care Program will include Development of a personalized mission statement, development of criteria to determine which residents would benefit, staff selected based on the desire to work with Namaste Care residents, special education and training, soothing and comfortable environments, comfort care approaches, special programming, and grief comfort and bereavement service referrals. As we move forward with this effort and these internal improvements, we envision that we will do so in communication and collaboration with other area organizations Gruber said. We have had preliminary conversations, for example, with members of the Addison Respite Care Home organization (which is developing plans for improving services to area people in hospice care), the Living Well organization in Bristol (which offers a variety of outreach programs and services to improve the quality of life of elderly people such as their Living Arts program), and others Gruber said.As a part of the culture change project and the implementation of the Namaste Care Program, Gruber says that Helen Porter will actively engage these organizations and others in our community in an ongoing dialogue regarding how we can collaborate with programming or long-term projects that will enhance and/or increase services available to the residents of HPHRC and the elderly population of Addison County more broadly. We are very excited to have received this grant, and we believe that our project will greatly improve the quality of resident care at HPHRC, and also serve as a model for other Vermont nursing homes Gruber said.Source: Porter Medical Center. Middlebury. 4.8.2010######
Three outings this year have failed to yield a win and she was seventh of nine to Boccia Baciata in the Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Oxx said: “It has been decided to retire her to the paddocks. We had high hopes for her, but she’s had her problems and is not running up to her previous form. She is a lovely filly and a lovely looker. “She’s a Group Three winner, and hopefully she can produce something good.” My Titania, a Group Three winner during her two-year-old season, has been retired. The John Oxx-trained filly looked to have a very bright future when landing the C.L. Weld Park Stakes, but has not found things going to plan since and her three-year-old campaign was delayed until Royal Ascot. A fine fourth to Rizeena in the Coronation Stakes at that meeting promised much for the daughter of Sea The Stars, only for her to run just once more during that year, when third at the Curragh the following month. Press Association
Dan Duquette did as well as you could reasonably expect in his introductory press conference after the public-relations disaster that was the Orioles’ general manager search over the last few weeks.The new vice president of baseball operations — a Massachusetts native — recalled his days of imitating Brooks Robinson and the 1966 Orioles in his backyard as a child. In fact, the Hall of Fame third baseman was the first major league player Duquette met many years ago during a trip to Fenway Park.In laying out his vision for returning the Orioles to the glory days, he referenced the philosophy of Harry Dalton, who served as general manager during Baltimore’s most prosperous time from 1966 through 1971.“Aggressive scouting will build you a winning ball club; aggressive international scouting, I believe, will build you a championship ball club. You weave that in with a sound player development operation.”It sounded heartwarming — even a little romantic — before the familiar warning signals that we’ve heard time and time again from others who’ve tried and failed in turning around an organization stuck in baseball purgatory for the last 14 years.Duquette stopped short of repeating the infamous “grow the arms, buy the bats” mantra of former front office head Andy MacPhail, but the former Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox general manager made it clear the development of pitching would remain the organization’s top priority. It’s a fair and prudent strategy, but much like his predecessor, Duquette couldn’t resist referencing the “behemoths” of the American League East in what’s become a tired excuse for those wanting reasons to believe in the Orioles again.Denouncing the inflated payrolls of your divisional opponents might be tolerable if you were being left at the altar every season with 85 to 90 wins, but it smells of excuse-making when you’re not even allowed in the church after failing to approach the 80-win mark in seven years.But that critique aside, Duquette’s stated commitment to improve scouting and player development is a much-needed strategy for an organization poor in both areas. Despite what many will tell you, finding and developing your own talent and spending money at the major league level do not have to be mutually exclusive. The latter, of course, is dependent on majority owner Peter Angelos, which won’t instill much faith in anyone with ties to the Orioles.“When you don’t have the resources that the top two clubs have, you have to work harder and you have to work smarter,” Duquette said. “You have to do a better job in scouting and you have to do a better job in player development. If you can build up the inventory of your farm system and you’ve got core players coming to your major league team, you’ve got something to talk about. The team that has the best farm system is the team that competes, year in and year out.”Working harder and smarter than the competition sounds great, but how much can the organization really improve with holdovers such as John and Dave Stockstill entrenched in the front office with no track record to support it?And that’s overlooking the fact that Duquette hasn’t worked in a major league front office in nearly a decade. Though claiming he’s maintained contacts throughout the game, how “wired in” will he be to the everyday happenings of baseball circa 2011?With the ever-increasing dependence on statistically-based talent evaluation — more commonly referred to as sabermetrics — how far has the Orioles’ head man fallen behind during his absence from Major League Baseball since 2002?“Your [former] manager here, Earl Weaver, knew the value of on-base percentage way ahead of the sabermetricians,” said Duquette, who added that Weaver’s book on baseball strategy will be required reading throughout the organization. “In fact, I would call that the groundwork for today’s stats. [Weaver] knew the value of scoring a run. He knew the value of how precious each out is, and he was able to impart that on his ball club.”For Duquette, there’s little time to get acclimated to his new surroundings as he must balance finding a scouting director and a minor league pitching instructor with a thin free-agent market that opened for business last week. It’s not exactly an easy task for a man who’s just now moving into his office at the Warehouse.Continue >>>
The Holy Bible tells us, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment.”What the Bible does not tell us is when death will come. For some, it comes at the end of a long life; for others, it comes very early, sometimes in infancy, childhood or young adulthood, as it happened in the wee hours of Monday morning, when a young radio journalist, Tyron Browne, believed to be in his mid-twenties, was brutally murdered and his body dumped on Du Port Road.In the case of the outstanding journalist and media advocate, Abdullai Kamara, he was not at all sick when on Monday, April 16, 2018, he left for Gbarnga in answer to the call of duty. He had traveled to the Bong capital on Monday evening as a media consultant to implement a project for Solidaridad Network, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that helps civil society groups in the improvement of the ecosystem.The Daily Observer learned that while in his hotel room Monday night he complained of feeling dizzy and his colleagues rushed him to the Phebe Hospital in nearby Suakoko that same Monday night, where he died at around 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday.What a shocking incident, that unceremoniously snatched away from us one of the nation’s leading media practitioners, who as President of the Press Union of Liberia, as an administrator in the Liberia Media Center and in many other capacities, had worked so hard and so long for the advancement of media in Liberia.Only last Wednesday Abdullai was among many media executives invited by President George Manneh Weah for a conversation on the future of media in Liberia. As was one of those who were called to make remarks on that occasion, Abdullai stressed the importance of press freedom in Liberia’s democracy and urged the government to do all in its power to ensure that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press are practiced in an unfettered manner as an essential component in Liberia’s march to development.As for the terrible murder of young Tyron Browne, we call on the law enforcement agencies in Liberia, especially the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Liberian National Police, to launch a serious, professional and sustained investigation to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.Let this not be like the so-called investigation conducted by the previous administration into the mysterious deaths of Harry Greaves and Michael Allison. We further welcome the initiative of Counselor George Kailondo to engage a team of private investigators to find the perpetrators of this brutal murder of Tyron Browne and bring them to justice.Are there any prime suspects in this murder case? It is important to know, for example, who were Tyron’s closest associates at home and in that Super FM station? What was his relationship with them? Did any friction exist between him and any of them? What was Tyron’s relationship with the authorities at Super FM? Did he utter any words on radio that may have offended the sensibilities of those connected to his murder. And if he did offend anyone or some individuals, who could they be?Finally, we urge the government of President Weah to do everything in its power to compel all the security forces to do their job in protecting lives and property in Liberia, so that this nation under this administration, may continue to enjoy peace and security in this our “glorious land of liberty.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Presented by Pembina Pipeline Corporation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This weekend’s Fundraising Gala for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is a sold-out event.This is the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary of being in the community. Founded by, Archie Ferguson, the Foundation has helped to purchase over $15 million in medical equipment to better the community of the North Peace.The ‘Be an Angel’ Gala is being held at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.- Advertisement -The Celebration includes raffles, games, entertainment and auctions.There will be a presentation of the Janet Taylor Award, which goes to a deserving organization or member of our community that has shown exemplary support of the FSJ Hospital Foundation.All the proceeds from the Gala go to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.Advertisement
South Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities, and some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.South African low-cost airline Mango is owned by South African Airways (Photo: Mango Airlines, Facebook)South Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was formed to own and operate the nine principal South African airports, including the three main international gateways – OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International (Durban). The other six are Bram Fischer (Bloemfontein), Port Elizabeth, Upington, East London, George and Kimberley.There are several other privately owned international airports in South Africa, including Lanseria International, outside Johannesburg, and Nelspruit Airport/Kruger Mpumalanga International, conveniently situated near the country’s major wildlife reserves.Acsa is a partially state-owned company.See Acsa’s website.Seven major domestic airlines operate in the country, as well as a number of smaller charter airline companies.South African Airways, South African Express and Airlink fly between all the major cities and to some of the smaller ones.Kulula.com and Mango offer cut-price flights on the more popular routes between Johannesburg (OR Tambo and Lanseria), Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George.British Airways, operated by Comair, operates flights between the major centres.All flight operators offer online booking services, with payment by credit card or directly into the relevant bank account.You need to be at the airport 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights.Kulula.comKulula.com offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, East London and Port Elizabeth. It has also added other southern African countries to its itinerary, and flies to Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, and flies from Nairobi.Call centre: 0861 KULULA / 0861 585852International bookings (from outside SA): +27 11 921 0500General enquiries: [email protected] bookings: [email protected] online bookingsMangoA no-frills carrier operated by SAA, Mango offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein. Mango also flies from OR Tambo International to Zanzibar.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 086 100 1234Call centre from outside SA: Johannesburg: +27 11 359 1222, Cape Town: +27 21 936 1061E-mail: [email protected] online bookingsSouth African AirwaysSouth Africa’s national carrier flies locally between Johannesburg (from OR Tambo International and Lanseria), Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington, Nelspruit/Kruger, Hoedspruit, Skukuza, Phalaborwa, Mmabatho, Sun City, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. It offers economy, business and first class cabins.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313E-mail: [email protected] online bookingsAirlinkAirlink flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Upington, Sishen, Nelspruit/Kruger, Phalaborwa, Skukuza, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mozambique. Classes are economy, business and first.Customer care and head office: +27 11 451 7300 / +27 10 590 3170Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313 (customer support online bookings) +27 11 978 1111Group bookings: +27 11 451 7300 or +27 10 590 3170E-mail: [email protected] African Airlink online bookingsSouth African ExpressSA Express flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Mahikeng, Richard’s Bay and Pilansberg – as well as into Botswana, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights are in economy and business class.Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Reservations: +27 11 978 1111, E-mail [email protected] Reservations: +27 11 978 9905, E-mail [email protected] African Express online bookingsBritish AirwaysOperated by Comair, British Airways offers return flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and the Kruger National Park in economy, premier economy, business/club or first class. It has a codeshare agreement with Kulula.com.Reservations: +27 11 921 0222 option 1British Airways online bookingsFlySafairA wholly owned subsidiary of Safair, the aviation cargo and aircraft leasing company, FlySafair is a low cost, no frills airline that operates between Cape Town and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International), Durban, East London, George, and Port Elizabeth. Like other low cost carriers, it has a buy-on-board programme when it comes to food and drinks.Reservations: 087 135 1351; email: [email protected] online bookingsOR Tambo International AirportOR Tambo International Airport flight information: 086 7277 888OR Tambo International Airport help desk: +27 11 921 6262Online booking servicesA number of independent web-based agencies offer pricing comparisons between the airlines, and online booking services. These include:Travelstart, which also powers the SA Tourism bookings page;SA Airlines;SA Flights; and,Cheap Flights 4 U.Updated December 2015Originally published April 2002Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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