One Last Dance: Wade returning to Heat for final season

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wade is Miami’s career leader in points, assists, steals and games played. His status was an enormous question mark this summer, especially now with the team a week away from going to training camp. Miami has signed 19 players for camp, one shy of the maximum preseason allotment, and it was never a question why they kept that last spot open.It’s filled now, by the most accomplished Heat player ever. Yet it was no guarantee that Wade, a 22.5-point scorer for his career, would return.His decision took longer than some expected, partly because he was deciding what he wanted to do, partly because he was dealing with some personal business and some family business, and partly because it took him and the Heat some time to figure out what made sense for both sides. A person familiar with Wade’s thinking told The Associated Press that the guard was strongly considering retirement until late last week, when Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and others made a late push to help him decide.Whatever they said worked.“Can I physically do it? Can I physically get out of bed every day to do this? Can I step with every step hurting in the morning? Can I deal with the travel? Can I be away from my family? Is it selfish for me to want to continue to be away from my family?” Wade said, reeling off a list of questions that he pondered when making the decision.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Filipino paddlers rule ICF world championships Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES One more year.Retirement needs to wait a little bit longer for Wade, who announced Sunday night in a video taped earlier in the day that he’s returning for a 16th and final NBA season. He basically spent the entirety of the last four months weighing his options, and retirement — even just a few days ago — was an extremely real possibility in his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’ve always did things my way,” said Wade, who is expected to sign a $2.4 million, one-year deal later this week. “Whether they’ve good or whether they’ve been bad, I got here because I’ve done things the way that I feel is right for me and right for my family. And what I feel is right … I feel it’s right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season.“This is it. I’ve given this game everything that I have, and I’m happy about that, and I’m going to give it for one last season, everything else I have left.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ View comments MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: (editor’s note: This image has been converted to black and white.) Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dwyane Wade looked into the camera, stood alone in the middle of a darkened room and talked for 10 minutes. He struggled with his words at times, unable to control his emotions. He wept.And finally, he made what he called the hardest decision of his life.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Miami won.“Let’s enjoy it,” Wade said. “Let’s have some joy through this last season. Let’s push this young team over the hump and let’s write our own story to the end of this career, together. Together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title He apparently found his answers.“These things to you guys may seem small,” Wade said. “But to me, they’re real. I feel like my family has put me first for so many years, for good reasons. But there comes a point in time when we’ve all got to think about someone else, especially the ones around you that have supported you, supported your dreams, supported your journey like my family have.”Wade’s return basically means that Miami will have the same team — a young, rising team it believes in many respects — this coming season as it had last season, when it went 44-38 and claimed the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.This time, though, the Heat will have Wade from the season’s outset.He spent 2016-17 in his hometown of Chicago, then began last season with Cleveland. Wade returned to the Heat in a trade last February, appearing in 26 games including playoffs, enamoring Miami again even while coming off the bench and averaging 12.9 points. His impact on the court was clear, and so was his impact off the court — Wade was very involved in the response to the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, including a student named Joaquin Oliver who was a Heat fan.Oliver’s parents buried their son in a Wade jersey.That touched Wade deeply, and he spent the latter portion of last season dealing with both the anguish of that and the death of his longtime agent Henry Thomas. Wade would eventually say that he felt lost at times last season without Thomas, that he wasn’t always getting the same joy out of playing the game as he once did.“When I lost Hank, I lost a part of me,” Wade said, wiping away tears.The plan going into this season will be to keep Wade in that reserve role like last season. While he likely won’t be starting, it’s fairly certain that he’ll be finishing them — Spoelstra utilized Wade as a closer last season, and Wade loves that role.Wade could have gotten a deal elsewhere this summer, though moving to another team again was never a consideration for him this time around. It was Miami or nowhere.last_img read more

Longtime NASA man recalls Enterprise, Columbia

first_img“I was surprised by the number of people who came out for that. There were little kids up on the block wall with little American flags,” said D’Agostino, who is retiring in March after a career that has included 11 years in the Air Force and 31 with NASA. “The Antelope Valley has always supported aerospace, but you don’t often see that kind of outpouring from the public.” D’Agostino’s NASA career has been intertwined with the shuttle program, ranging from security work in the 1970s with the Enterprise test program to serving as the Dryden Flight Research Center’s head of shuttle operations. And it is memories of Enterprise that first come to mind when he reflects on his career. The orbiter never flew in space, but its test flights and test landings proved that shuttles could fly in the atmosphere and land like an airplane, but without power. In 1977 it made five test flights, carried aloft by a heavily modified Boeing 747. Experts weren’t certain before the first flight that it could safely clear the 747’s tail as the two aircraft separated, D’Agostino recalled. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE One of the first space shuttle missions Joe D’Agostino ever worked didn’t involve a journey into space – just a long, slow roll down 10th Street East. A highlight of his 42 years of federal service, D’Agostino recalls, was the trip the shuttle Enterprise made in January 1977 from its manufacturing home at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale to Edwards Air Force Base. He was part of the support crew that accommodated the very first shuttle on its daylong journey up what was to become Challenger Way. “It was a great event for the nation,” he said of the first flight and the sense of relief when the two aircraft separated cleanly. D’Agostino, who was in the ROTC program as a student at the University of Connecticut, joined the Air Force in 1964 but decided to leave active duty in the mid-1970s. With the Vietnam War over, D’Agostino figured the military would be downsizing and his future was elsewhere. He started looking for a full-time job and got two offers – one at Dryden and the other from the China Lake Naval Warfare Center near Ridgecrest. “It was an easy decision. The NASA thing always interested me,” he said. “When I interviewed I remember thinking all the NASA people are old. If I play my cards right, I could replace them.” D’Agostino worked with Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, who was leading the Enterprise approach and landing tests for NASA. “Deke was a very fine gentleman,” he said. “He was very much skilled in letting people do what they do.” D’Agostino was also on hand for the April 14, 1981, landing of the shuttle Columbia at Edwards. Columbia’s was the first landing of a shuttle that actually made it to space, and the event drew a crowd of 200,000 to 300,000 people. D’Agostino’s job was to help manage the crowd and assist with guests from the program office – a task he once likened to serving dinner for 500 guests, each with distinct needs. His role at Dryden has changed over the years. At one point he was the center’s deputy director for administration, a post that went away during a restructuring. In the wake of the 1986 Challenger disaster, he went into flight operations until NASA was ready to resume missions. Normally, two government employees and 48 contractors work on shuttle operations at Dryden, but during landings that number can grow to as many as 400. Although Florida is the primary landing site for the space shuttle, poor weather conditions divert about one in every three missions to Edwards. The last Edwards landing was August 2005 – the first flight following the Columbia tragedy. D’Agostino was on hand to shake hands with the astronauts as they exited the shuttle. Columbia landing A team player Susan Ligon, who has worked on the shuttle program since the early 1990s, said D’Agostino has a straight-forward, matter-of-fact approach as a manager and still maintains a sense of humor. “Joe is good people to work for,” Ligon said. “He makes you feel like you’re important. You don’t feel like you’re working on just a piece of the program. He makes you feel like you’re part of the whole.” George Grimshaw, who is taking over as manager of shuttle operations, said D’Agostino has a way of cutting through “flavor of the month” management philosophies. “Joe comes into the office and we talk about it and it always comes down to the people,” Grimshaw said. D’Agostino’s last days with Dryden have included a ride in one of the shuttle carrier aircraft used to ferry orbiters back to Florida. The carrier crew was practicing approaches and landings at Air Force Plant 42. More recently, he went along on a night training flight with astronaut and former Edwards test pilot Pam Melroy, who will be commanding a shuttle flight later this year. The training flight was conducted in a Gulfstream 2 jet used to simulate space shuttles for approach and landing training. D’Agostino said he just doesn’t know yet what he will do in retirement – and he doesn’t worry about it. “I’ve been working ever since I was 10 or 11,” he said. “It’s going to be a change.” james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drinking and driving spikes after legal drinking age: UNBC study

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A new study shows that alcohol-impaired driving in this country spike immediately after the minimum legal drinking age is reached.The lead author of the study was D. Russ Callaghan of the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern B.C., which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.- Advertisement -That, as you might expect, means that drinking-age laws can have major consequences on driving safety.Currently, the minimum legal drinking age in Canada is 18 years in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 in the rest of the country. But this research supports those who believe a coast to coast increase to 21 would best address the social impact concerns.last_img read more

Mata expects strong response from angry United

first_imgMourinho angrily spoke of missing “joke chances” and “childish” errors from his players after Saturday’s draw.But Mata, who scored both United goals in an excellent personal display, hopes his side responds positively to the frustration of the evening at the King Power Stadium.“You have to keep going. It’s Christmas time, you play every two or three days obviously,” Mata said.“Now we feel frustrated and angry but we need to keep going and, from tomorrow, rest and think about the next game and have the will of finishing the next game with a much better feeling.“We got a point but it feels like a defeat because we were so close to winning, had chances to kill the game and they were with one less player.”Mata put United 2-1 ahead with a superbly-taken free-kick and revealed afterwards that his goal celebration was a dedication to Indian children with whom his charitable foundation Common Goal works.“It was because when the kids from the Oscar Foundation — one of the foundations we work with — came to Old Trafford to visit me they asked if I could do this kind of ‘namaste’ celebration for them,” explained Mata.“The first goal I didn’t do it because we needed a second goal but for the second goal I thought of them and it was dedicated for those kids in the slums of Mumbai.”– United injury woe –Mourinho may feel less charitable when it comes to selecting his team for the visit of Sean Dyche’s side, although injuries will limit his options at Old Trafford.Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee while Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini have been ruled out of the holiday games.Matteo Darmian missed the Leicester game, while centre-half Chris Smalling was hampered by a late injury.At least United have history on their side in the Boxing Day fixture, having not lost at home to Burnley since September 1962, a sequence of eight wins and five draws.And United’s run of 19 wins from the 23 Boxing Day games they have played in the Premier League era is a record for the division.Burnley will be looking to respond to the 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and will be without in-form defender James Tarkowski, who serves the second game of a three-match ban.But Clarets manager Dyche has every reason to be pleased with the first half of the season as his team visit Old Trafford just three points from the Champions League places.“We’ve got good points on the table,” he said. “Whichever team we put out there, we’ve always been competitive.“That’s the key, even going into these games, which are tough games.“The key is to be competitive. As long as we’re doing that, and we perform, over a longer period, we’ll get results. That’s what we’ve done over the season.“We’ll have to continue to do that. It’s probably the first time we’ve been stretched this season.“Adding a suspension does stretch it, but I’ve great faith in the players.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Juan Mata scored both United goals in their match against Leicester City on December 23, 2017 © AFP/File / Roland HARRISONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata admits his team-mates are furious after dropping two points at Leicester City, but he hopes they can channel that frustration into a strong response against Burnley on Tuesday.Jose Mourinho’s side were stunned by a late goal from 10-man Leicester in a 2-2 draw that saw United fall a staggering 13 points behind leaders Manchester City at the halfway stage of the campaign.last_img read more

Guardiola will play golf as City await title

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola is on the verge of adding another league title to those he won in Spain and Germany © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Pep Guardiola will be on the golf course as Manchester City wait for news of the Manchester United match that could see them crowned champions on Sunday.Guardiola’s side are within touching distance of the Premier League title after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham. The leaders are 16 points clear of second-placed United and a defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would see City take the trophy.But Albion are bottom of the table and few give them a chance of upsetting United.So City boss Guardiola won’t be watching the match on television.Instead, he plans a round of golf with his son Marius.“I have a golf game with my son. The only score I want to know is bogey or birdy,” Guardiola said.“We will see. Football is unpredictable. Normally United beats West Brom.”City could also take the title if United beat West Brom and then lose to Bournemouth in midweek.If United — who denied Guardiola’s team the title by beating them last weekend — win both games, City can still clinch it with a victory against Swansea next weekend.“We didn’t take our first chance, so hopefully we can take the second chance to celebrate with our fans next week,” Guardiola said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fantastic Fossils Challenge Paradigms

first_imgA flood of amazing fossils from around the world has hit the news lines recently.  We’ll list these non-dinosaur fossils briefly, with links for those who want to investigate.MammalsHorse with foal (PhysOrg):  An exquisitely-preserved fossil of a four-toed horse, complete with foal in its uterus and associated tissues, has been found in Germany.  It was unearthed 15 years ago but not studied in detail till now.  Live Science has a photo of the fossil, and claims that bacteria growing on the soft tissues preserved their impressions.  The horse is alleged to be 47 million years old.  It had “surprising reproductive similarities with today’s horses,” the researchers found.  “The reproductive similarities between ancient and modern-day horses might seem surprising, given the differences in the animals’ size and anatomy.”  The horse was about the size of a fox terrier.“Completely preserved skeletons of fossil horses are rare,” MacFadden told Live Science. “Usually, they’re fragmented and the bones are all dissociated. If you find a skeleton with a preserved foal inside, that indicates exceptional preservation, which is normally not found in the fossil record.”Pygmy mammoth (Live Science): Tusks in a cliff indicate that mammoths swam to California’s Channel Islands earlier than thought, before humans got there.  Sea level must have been lower for these beasts to reach the islands that are now 26 miles offshore.  This also challenges the idea that climate change killed off this species; they must have lived in a period warmer than the present.Backyard mastodon (PhysOrg): An Argentine man had a surprise; he found a mastodon while digging in his back yard.Siberian bison mummy (Science Daily): The most complete mummy of a steppe bison has been found in Siberia. “The Yukagir bison mummy, as it is named, has a complete brain, heart, blood vessels and digestive system, although some organs have shrunk significantly over time. The necropsy of this unique mummy showed a relatively normal anatomy with no obvious cause of death. However, the lack of fat around abdomen of the animal makes researchers think that the animal may have died from starvation.”Giant Cretaceous groundhog (Science Daily):  A large rodent that ran with dinosaurs named Vintana (“luck”) will “shake up current views on the mammalian evolutionary tree,” the article says.  The original paper in Nature calls it a case of “remarkable mosaicism.”  Live Science calls its ear “primitive yet specialized“.  Sid Perkins in Science Magazine notes that it was no primitive creature: it was agile, fast, had a good sense of smell, and could bite with twice the force of rodents its size.  Even though Science Daily promises that Vintana “provides new and important insights into early mammalian evolution,” Dr. David Krause (Stony Brook University) “emphasizes that a major question remains for scientists: How did such a peculiar creature evolve?”  Noting its “super senses,” National Geographic was more confident about evolution in general:The story of evolution is one of stops and starts, of successful accidents and many dead ends. But nothing lives and dies in isolation, and the same chapters that included Vintana also featured the creatures that would eventually evolve into whales, bats, cats, and humans.Walking kanga-rabbit (Science Magazine): Extinct mammals called strethurines (short-faced giant kangaroos) appear to have been bipedal, walking one step at a time, instead of hopping.  Living kangaroos are more slender, allowing some species to travel at 60 km per hour.  Science Daily‘s article shows a drawing of a walking creature with a rabbit-like face.  See also New Scientist.  Only Live Science speculated about how strethurines evolved: “for the most part, the group we refer to as Macropodoidea (kangaroos, wallabies and their relatives) have evolved to [support] bipedal hopping locomotion, perhaps more than once,” a quoted expert says.Living fossil tenrec (Live Science): The tenrec, a small mammal in Madagascar resembling an opossum, can hibernate for at least 9 months, leading some evolutionists to ask whether this is how mammals survived through the Cretaceous impact that killed the dinosaurs.  “I regard the common tenrec as a living fossil,” one researcher said—a case of “phylogenetic inertia.”Jurassic euharamiyidans (Nature): “The phylogeny of Allotheria, including Multituberculata and Haramiyida, remains unsolved and has generated contentious views on the origin and earliest evolution of mammals,” the paper begins.  “Here we report three new species of a new clade, Euharamiyida, based on six well-preserved fossils from the Jurassic period of China.”  The species  indicate the “early divergence of mammals,” the headline says.  Six “well-preserved” specimens show details of tooth morphology.  The “cosmopolitan” distribution of species of these animals implies “homologous acquisition of many craniodental and postcranial features in the two groups.”BirdsDodo scan (Science Daily): A new detailed scan of the only known dodo skeleton has been reported.  The scans, performed in South Africa, “provide an insight into how the flightless dodo may have evolved its giant size,” the article claims; “dodos open a new window upon an evolutionary experiment in rapid increase in body size and shift in locomotor mode, cut short by human-induced ecosystem destruction.”Moa beta (Science Daily):  The extinct giant birds of New Zealand went extinct before human population became large, a new study finds.  At most, 2,500 people were living on the islands when they hunted the moa down to a population of zero.  A researcher at the U of Otago feels this can explain other megafauna extinctions, such as the giant sloths and mammoths of North America and giant marsupials of Australia.  It “shows that population size can no longer be used as an argument against human involvement in extinctions elsewhere.”InsectsInsect amber (Science Daily): Ryan McKeller at U of Alberta is trying to piece together the ecology of insects in the age of dinosaurs.  He thinks that “New techniques for investigating very tiny pieces of fragile amber buried in dinosaur bonebeds could close the gaps in knowledge about the ecology of the dinosaurs.”  What are these gaps?  “It means scientists can sample at a finer scale, and still close some gaps in the past, especially regarding insect evolution, said McKellar.”  No proto-insects were described in the article.Insect evolution database (PhysOrg):  European evolutionists have compiled a dataset of all known insects in an attempt to arrange them on a phylogenetic tree.  One conclusion: “insects developed wings long before any other animal could do so, and at nearly the same time that land plants first grew substantially upwards to form forests.”  A video clip in the article, though impressively produced by Heidelberg U, shows only fully-functional winged insects arranged on a branch of Darwin’s tree of life.  The video admits that deciphering the evolutionary relationships of these animals would require more than all the computing power on earth.  “Whatever people do, insects did it first,” the article notes.Reptiles and AmphibiansLargest venomous snake (Live Science):  The “largest venomous snake ever known to man” has been uncovered in Greece.  It’s estimated to have been 10-13 feet long and weighed 57 pounds.  “What makes Laophis even stranger was that it achieved this bulk not in the tropics, where most large reptiles live today, but in seasonal grasslands where winters were cool.”Amphibian regeneration (Live Science): A fossil amphibian so well preserved that external gills and scales can be seen shows evidence that “the ability of some vertebrates to regenerate or regrow amputated limbs first evolved at least 300 million years ago.”Jurassic croc (Science Daily):  From research at the University of Edinburgh: “Crocodiles which roamed the world’s seas millions of years ago developed in similar ways to their modern-day relatives, a study has shown.”  PhysOrg reports a fossil croc that was nearly 30 feet long.MiscellaneousVeticolians (Science Daily): Another human ancestor is alleged, this one 500 million years old in the evolutionary scheme.  Veticolians, “among our strangest distant cousins,” had a rod through their tails; was it an emerging backbone?  Among the diverse Cambrian animals that exploded onto the scene in the fossil record, “They were simple yet successful creatures, large in number and in distribution across the globe, and one of the first representatives of our cousins, which include sea squirts and salps.”Evolutionists desperately try to fit complex, successful animals into their primitive-to-complex story plot.  When they don’t fit, they invent terms like “mosaicism” and “living fossil” or “convergent evolution.”  Those are theory-rescue devices, not explanations.  What needs to be explained is the complex, information-rich, specified genes, proteins, cells, tissues, organs, and systems that make each of these animals successful in their habitat.Creationists might want to take note of the story about the extinction of New Zealand’s moas.  It shows that humans could have hunted down animals, including the last dinosaurs, in short order.  This would not only explain dinosaur extinction better than other theories, but also explains the dragon legends, soft tissue preservation and ancient artwork depicting dinosaurs.  Speaking of dinosaurs, there’s been a lot of news about dinosaur fossils, too.  Those will be discussed in a separate post. 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Bassie is a beauty with heart

first_imgBasetsana Kumalo is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls.. (Image: Basetsana Kumalo)Top Billing+27 11 274-2650info@topbilling.comRomaana NaidooBassie, as she is affectionately called by her friends and legions of fans, is a vivacious beauty queen who exudes more than just good looks; she is also a savvy businesswoman.“Being a Miss South Africa had pros and cons and one of the challenges was overcoming people’s perceptions that I was nothing more than a beauty queen and had nothing to offer,” she said. “I realised that I could either allow people’s perceptions about what a Miss South Africa can and cannot do to determine my destiny, or I could use the opportunity to show that I had something real to offer.“I worked really hard to prove myself and made sure that everything I did was done to the highest standard of excellence. My attitude was that, although I knew that I didn’t know much, I was willing to learn, so over time I did business courses and learned from others in business,” she said.Being a responsible individual was a lesson Kumalo learned from her parents. They did a lot of smaller scale things to make extra money, such as making and selling curtains at the end of each month, as well as selling sandwiches and ice cream, among others.Born Basetsana Julia Makgalemele on 29 March 1974 in Soweto, she has two sisters and a brother. Her bus driver father, Philip Makgalemele, died in 2003 and her school teacher mother, Beatrice Makgalemele, died in 2006. Though she started school at Thabisang Primary School, she was later transferred to a school in Lenasia when schooling became untenable in 1986.She describes herself as being an introvert at school, but soon blossomed into a confident young woman. And at the age of 16, she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990. Just four years later, she was crowned Miss South Africa. That led to the Miss World pageant, in which she was named First Princess.During her reign, Kumalo was the beauty editor of Drum magazine and she began her career as a television presenter on Top Billing, the popular lifestyle show. Her career catapulted and she was soon a household name and the face of Revlon’s Realistic Hair Care range internationally. Since then, Kumalo has racked up an impressive list of achievements, including an honorary scholarship for overseas study in 1994 from then-president Nelson Mandela.By 1995, she became a 50% partner in the company that produces Top Billing, Tswelopele Productions. Four years later, Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE. This merger made Kumalo one of the youngest black women directors in South Africa.Television careerThe production company then branched off into other television shows, such as the Afrikaans magazine programme Pasella, and a youth TV show in SiSwati called Ses’kona. In 2000, Kumalo branched out, launching her own clothing range. This led to other ventures, including her eyewear range and her brand of cosmetics.In 2001, Kumalo joined Travel with Flair as a director. The company was named the top travel agency in 2007, and at the World Travel Awards in 2009, it won Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency, Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company and South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company.In 2004, Kumalo contributed to the book Inspirational Women at Work, which focuses on the new face of leadership in South Africa. She also features in Recipes from the Heart, with 36 of South Africa’s most-loved celebrities. She is also the editor-at-large of Top Billing magazine, the print edition of the television show.Kumalo is the president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa. In 2008, she became a new Tawana shareholder through a transaction with her investment company Pro Direct 189. She also sits on the boards of Unipalm Investment Holdings, Vhangana Energy Resources, Tactic Group Limited, SME Financial Holdings Limited, Morongwa Investment Holdings, Seven Falls, Q2 Petroleum and PHAB Holdings.When asked how she manages so many projects, she says: “My biggest gripe is that there are not enough hours in the day. I prioritise things according to their level of urgency and plan at the beginning of the year, so I have diarised all the important meetings and events well in advance. I have cut down on the international travel as well and I lean on people to help me.”Playing her partAlong with her husband, the actor Romeo Kumalo, she has established the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which supports children’s development, especially those who have been orphaned by Aids or related diseases. She also joined Unicef in its attempts to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus. She was nominated by former first lady Graça Machel in 2007 to be one of five celebrities to take a public HIV test, and she helped to raise money for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Children’s Hospital.As part of her philanthropic work, Kumalo is a volunteer for Agang Sechaba, a project started in 2007 that helps female professionals to give back to the communities into which they were born. She has received several awards, including from Operation Hunger, the Cancer Association of South Africa and the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme), in which she played a key role. Childline, Take a Girl Child to Work, and Reach for a Dream are some of the charities in which she is involved.Kumalo holds a diploma in marketing from Damelin College and is currently studying towards a degree in international relations and political science.She is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls. In the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Gender Equity report, women earned up to 33% less than their male peers. The current international pay gap average is 13%.And while more than half of university graduates are women, only 44% are employed in corporate South Africa. When it comes to top management, just 19% of the country’s top managers are women and just 17.1% of board seats are held by women; in the United Kingdom this is at 17.3%, in the United States it is 16.6%.However, women make up 5.5% of board chair roles in South Africa – double the 2% in Europe.last_img read more

Cartoon: When Life Gives You Lemons, Acquire Lemonade

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I’m en route to Portland, Oregon for OSCON, but here’s a little something to commemorate the newest addition to the Google family.If you’re at OSCON too, give me a wave (I’ll be the guy drawing madly on his iPad, as I’m cartoon-blogging the event). Or drop by my session on Wednesday.Or just acquire me. That seems to be the new “hello!” Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

The Number One Action to Stay on Task and Reach Your Target

first_imgA reader asks” What is the one thing I can do to stay on task and rich my goals in 2016?” The answer here is a fundamental approach that works in sales–or anything else.last_img

The Leadership Playbook: What A Leader Does

first_imgA leader leads. They lead the people and the organization in their charge forward.The vision thing. The leader can only lead if she has a clear vision of where she is leading the people in her charge. That vision—and the ability to share it in a clear and compelling way—is what draws followers to her, and what inspires them to take action.Making change. No leader ever finds themselves in charge of an organization that doesn’t need to change, or one that could not produce greater results than they are currently producing. That means a leader leads change. That change is what move an organization from their current state to its future.Strategy. A leader has to have some idea of how to compete and how to win. Strategy is the plan to do so. Without strategy, the vision will not come to life, and the change will not be achieved.Execution. A leader has to ensure execution. Execution is a big deal. You can have the best strategy on Earth and the tactics to achieve them, but without execution, it is all for naught.Growing people. Execution isn’t easy. To execute, the people in the leader’s charge will be required to change, to grow, to develop personally and professionally (you cannot have the latter without the former). A great leader helps those in their charge become the best version of themselves. The greatest of leaders build leadership factories.Teams. Leaders build teams. They bring diverse groups of people together to achieve what would otherwise be impossible. Teams are a force multiplier, creating value far in excess of the individuals it is made of.Nonnegotiable values. A leader creates a culture. They decide what values are nonnegotiable, the core beliefs and behaviors that make the organization in their charge what it is. They decide where the organization stands, what it is for, and what it is against. And then the leader protects that culture.These are some of the component parts of leadership. That said, what a leader really does is lead. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more