Highs and lows from Sharks’ preseason opener vs. Ducks

first_imgSAN JOSE — The good news from the Sharks’ perspective following their 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night is that Aaron Dell solidified his spot as the backup to No. 1 goalie Martin Jones.The question remains, though, can one or more of the Sharks prospects make a serious challenge for a roster spot once the regular season begins next month?Tuesday’s preseason opener at SAP Center offered only a few hints. Timo Meier, Jonny Brodzinski and Joachim Blichfeld all scored, and Ryan …last_img read more

Raiders’ Derek Carr finds comfort level while on the move

first_imgALAMEDA — Since the day he arrived, Raiders coach Jon Gruden, and by extension offensive coordinator Greg Olson, have told Derek Carr he needs to play quarterback almost as much as his legs as he does with his right arm.Not that Carr will be doing any Lamar Jackson impersonations any time soon. Nor will he ever rush for 529 yards in a season like Rich Gannon did under Gruden in 2000.But with the second half of the season starting Thursday night for the Raiders (4-4) against the Los Angeles …last_img read more

Rooibos now on everyone’s lips

first_img30 June 2005After 10 years and over R6-million in legal fees, Rooibos Ltd has won the battle over ownership of the generic term “rooibos”, according to a company statement. The name of the tea, an everyday word in South Africa, was registered as a trademark in the US by Forever Young Ltd in 1994.According to the settlement agreement announced on Wednesday, Forever Young and the new owner of the trademark, Virginia Burke-Watkins, voluntarily and unconditionally agreed to the cancellation of their registration of the word “rooibos” in the US and various other countries. “Rooibos” is Afrikaans for “red bush”.The tea is grown only in the Cedarberg area of the Western Cape, about 200 kilometres north of Cape Town. There is no alternative source of supply anywhere in the world.Rooibos Ltd was the main driving force behind the case, with help from the national and Western Cape governments. A tea-processing and marketing company owned by farmers, Rooibos Ltd is the largest producer and marketer of rooibos internationally, handling about 70% of sales.“The livelihood of all rooibos farmers as well as tea manufacturers was threatened by this name-registration issue,” said Martin Bergh, managing director of Rooibos Ltd. “We had to do something about it.”In 1994, Forever Young registered the name “rooibos” in the US and numerous other countries, restricting the use the word to only those willing to do business with the company. In 2001, Forever Young sold the registration to Virginia Burke-Watkins of Dallas, Texas.Business Day reports that in 2004, Burke-Watkins sent letters to rooibos distributors in the US, insisting they stop using the term in their marketing material and demanding $5 000 (over R30 000) compensation from them.This year a Missouri district court ruled that rooibos was a generic term, the newspaper reports, and could not be used as a trademark. Burke-Watkins lodged an appeal, and the hearing was expected to take place in 2006. Rooibos Ltd also brought an application to the US patents and trademarks office to cancel the registration.Bergh told Business Day the direct implication of the judgment was that distributors would be able to use the term without having to pay. The indirect effect would be that distributors, who were not investing in marketing in the US because of the uncertainty over the name, would now start building up their market.Rooibos sales in the US are worth an estimated R70-million at retail level, Bergh said. That compares with about R300-million of retail sales value in South Africa.According to Business Day, Germany is the biggest market for rooibos tea, importing more than South Africa consumes.Bergh told the newspaper that although rooibos tea is a dryland – not irrigated – product and vulnerable to weather conditions, the industry produces about 9 000 to 10 000 tons of the tea a year, which could easily be doubled.The cost of the case to Rooibos Ltd has been astronomical. Because the lawsuit was in the interest of the entire rooibos-producing industry, it was decided to approach the South African government for financial assistance and support. The Department of Trade and Industry pledged R2-million, and the Western Cape provincial government R250 000.The red bushRooibos is a caffeine-free herbal tea with numerous scientifically tested health benefits. It is one of the many indigenous South African plants that make up the Cape Floristic Region. A world biodiversity hotspot and one of South Africa’s six World Heritage sites, the region has more plant species than the whole of the British Isles or New Zealand.Overall sales of rooibos in the US climbed from just over $1-billion (R6.7-billion) in 1993 to about $5.1-billion (R34.1-billion) in 2003, according to the Tea Council of the US.“Rooibos sales in America, in spite of the registered name obstacle, have quadrupled every year since 1999,” says Hugh Lamond, president of California-based Herbal Teas International.Rooibos has a delicate flavour as well as documented health benefits from polyphenols and antioxidants, which may delay the ageing process and help protect against heart attack and certain types of cancer.Many varieties of rooibos teas are available in grocery, speciality and natural food stores throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Rooibos Ltd also exports the tea to manufacturers and wholesalers in the US and Canada.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Chan 2014: Make us proud, Mbalula tells Bafana

first_img9 January 2014South African Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has wished Bafana Bafana well ahead of the Orange Caf African Nations Championship (Chan), which kicks off at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.South Africa tackle Mozambique in the tournament’s opening match. They also face Mali on 15 January and Nigeria on 19 January at the same venue to complete their fixtures in Group A.WarningMbalula visited the Bafana squad at their base camp in Cape Town on Tuesday to offer words of encouragement before the start of the tournament. He also sounded a warning, telling the players: “If you go with the mentality that teams have not sent strong players here you are going to be surprised by Mozambique. They will want to come here and embarrass you.“And you don’t want to appear as people who did not give their all and did not want to represent their country. I thought I needed to emphasise that point that we have pride in you, and we are confident that all of you will make this country of ours proud. Rewards come at the end, not at the beginning.”Important competitionThe teams competing in the African Nations Championship are made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries. Mbalula said the competition is crucial for the growth of the South African national team.“Anyone who says this competition is not serious is making a big mistake and misleading the country. This competition is taking place in South Africa and is a very important competition.“All the 16 teams that are coming here have not been invited or co-opted or asked by Caf to come here. They had to compete to get here. They earned their right to be in South Africa with us. It is time for the people of South Africa to have pride,” he added.“You are going to compete with the best on the African continent. This is our path and journey to glory. It starts with Chan.”SupportBafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune responded to Mbalula’s address, saying: “We are going to go out there with the knowledge that we have your support and the country’s. As players we need to inform you that we are taking this tournament very seriously and will do our best to ensure great results.”Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, the most experienced member of the squad, with 85 caps to his name, on Wednesday told the media a good result in Bafana’s opening match was vitally important.‘Crucial’“Every match we play is important,” he said, “but the first game is very crucial because it is always good to start the tournament on a high. A win sets a very nice tone for the rest of the competition. It is good for the team’s morale and for the fans.”Tshabalala also expressed confidence in South Africa’s preparations. “The stakes and the expectations are high for us to do well. I believe we are ready after days of hard work and will continue doing so in the remaining two days. I am positive that the 11 players that will be selected to do the job on Saturday will succeed,” he said.Striker Katlego Mphela echoed Tshabalala’s sentiments, saying: “We want to do well in every game we play. We are raring to go. We know what we have to do and we are well aware how important the first match is. We have to start with a bang.”Late changeMeanwhile, coach Gordon Igesund was forced into a late change to his squad on Wednesday because of an injury to Jabulani Shongwe, who was replaced by Matty Pattison.Commenting on the change, Igesund said: “It is never good to lose any player, especially through injury, but I am sad to say Shongwe will no longer be a part of us for this tournament due to a tear that won’t heal in time for the tournament, so we have had to withdraw him from the squad.“But I believe I have found a perfect replacement in Pattison. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and we have to soldier on.”last_img read more

On Relationship Hygiene

first_imgThe word hygiene means keeping things clean so that they remain healthy. You have to invest time in relationships if you want to maintain them, if you want to keep them clean.Trust and CommitmentsThe foundation of all relationships is trust. Without trust, you don’t really have a relationship, not a good one anyway.You have made certain commitments to your relationships. In your business relationships, you have made promises. You need clean edges around all of those promises. You need a list of the commitments you have made and your longer-term, ongoing commitments. You’ve committed to delivering some outcome you’ve sold or promised, and you need to ensure that promise is kept. You’ve also likely made some future-oriented promise you need to keep.Keeping your commitments is the relationship hygiene that builds and preserves trust.CommunicationGood relationships are built on good communication. But they’re also built on frequent communication. Like any other area in your life where hygiene is important, problems occur when you go long periods of time without taking care of things.Good hygiene here means open, candid conversations. In your business relationships, like your personal relationships, not communicating about problems and challenges only leads to bigger and more difficult issues.Long periods of time with no communication is apathy at best, but it’s most likely a form of neglect.ProactiveExcellent relationship hygiene is proactive. You don’t wait until there is a reason to take action before you take action. You take responsibility by initiating things.You proactively call before there is a reason to call. You send a note with some interesting, thoughtful idea when there is no reason to send it, other than the fact that you are thinking about the other person. For a client, you initiate the discussion around the next big idea before they even know they need the next big idea.Good relationships require care and maintenance. Keeping your commitments builds the trust that strengthens relationships. Good and frequent communication, along with being proactive, are forms of caring, and they are critical to good relationships.QuestionsWho do you owe a commitment to right now? Who do you owe some ongoing commitment?Who do you need to communicate with now? Who are you guilty of neglecting? Who might believe you are apathetic about your relationship?What do you need to do to initiate some activity for someone with whom you have a relationship? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Manipur tribal council chief caught with drugs worth Rs 20 crore

first_imgA team of Manipur’s Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) on Wednesday caught the head of a tribal council and seven others for possessing 4 kg of heroin and 2.8 lakh Yaba tablets besides old notes of ₹500.Yaba is an intoxicant made from methamphetamine and caffeine. NAB officials said the seized drugs are worth ₹20 crore in the grey market.NAB officials said a team led by deputy superintendent of police Thounaojam Brinda caught Lhukhosei Zou, a Congress leader and chairman of Chandel Autonomous District Council, and the others from his residence at Lamphel in State capital Imphal. district borders Myanmar.NAB officials said the consignment of drugs, procured from adjoining Myanmar, was in the process of being trafficked to Meghalaya capital Shillong and other states in the Northeast. Chandellast_img read more