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Court amends juvenile procedure rules

first_img April 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Court amends juvenile procedure rules Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Before, when foster children turned 18, most kids were sent out into the real world with few skills to make it on their own.“It was like, ‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, honey,’” said Deborah Schroth, chair of the Juvenile Court Rules Committee and a lawyer at Florida Legal Services, Inc., in Jacksonville.Beginning in 2002, the legislature addressed that problem by creating, and refining in later sessions, the independent living services program that requires foster children to be taught common sense basic survival skills that most parents make sure their own children know before leave home: how to balance a checkbook, why it’s not a good idea to mount up credit card debt, how to grocery shop on a budget, and even how to cook dinner.Now, thanks to a March 3 order from the Florida Supreme Court in Case No. SC04-1653, Amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, there are rules in place to respond to changes made in Florida Statutes, effective 2004.Schroth said the most significant highlight of the 29-page order — that also deals with several delinquency rules involving witness attendance and subpoenas, process service, detention orders, and disposition forms—is Rule 8.415, Judicial Review of Dependency Cases. It sets forth a procedure for finding the Department of Children and Families in contempt of court for failing to comply with its obligations under a case plan or a provision of independent living services, as required by §§ 39.701(6) and 409.1451 of Florida Statutes.If it is a judge’s opinion that DCF has not complied with its obligations, the court shall issue a show cause order. If cause is shown for failure to comply, the court shall give the department 30 days to comply. And if DCF does not comply, the court may hold the department in contempt of court.“I do think it’s good,” Schroth said. “Otherwise, what happens is a case worker says, ‘I’m doing the best I can.’ It’s very easy to have sympathy for people who say, ‘I’m the only one and have so many kids.’ When you have a particular contempt position, the department and community-based care agencies know that if they don’t have enough workers to ensure this is done timely, that this is a priority of the legislature, and they have to get enough workers.”As Schroth explained, DCF cannot wait until the month before a foster child turns 18 to begin crafting an independent living plan, either. Some skills are required to be taught when the foster child is 13 and the life lessons continue to intensify at ages 15 and 17, and increase as the child nears age 18 and is released from foster care and the court’s jurisdiction.“What has happened in the past—and I hope it is being resolved, and I stress ‘hope’ for the children’s sake—is that caseworkers tended to wait until the last minute to address how incredibly important this independent living skills plan is,” Schroth said.“I think that’s why the legislature included contempt. It’s now or never. Either do this or the child will not get the services.” Court amends juvenile procedure ruleslast_img read more

Student treated after anthrax spill in Mississippi lab

first_img In late June the CDC suspended work in a Texas A&M biodefense lab while it investigated reports from the Sunshine Project, a watchdog group, that lab workers had been infected with the category B bioterrorism agents Brucella and Coxiella burnetti. According to a statement released to journalists by the UMMC press office in Jackson, Miss., the student inoculated a flask of medium with anthrax cells and then tried to place it in a shaker, at which point it broke. Witnesses at the hearing will include officials from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and others to be announced later, the committee said. Jul 3 CIDRAP News story “CDC suspends work at Texas A & M biodefense lab” The student immediately followed the anthrax lab’s biosafety plan, which includes actions to protect personnel and ensure that pathogens do not escape the lab, the press release said. Officials at UMMC and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were notified about the incident. In other biodefense lab news, the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently announced plans for a hearing in early October to examine the risks associated with the nation’s growing number of BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories, which handle dangerous microbial agents. Aug 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A graduate student working in a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was treated for possible anthrax exposure following a laboratory accident Aug 11—two days after a US House committee announced plans to hold hearings on biodefense lab safety. A preliminary report from the British government last week said the FMD outbreak, discovered recently near London, was probably caused by a virus that leaked from a Surrey laboratory that is shared by a government-funded institute and a company that makes FMD vaccine.center_img Rep Bart Stupak, D-Mich., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said in the statement that legislators need to explore whether an increasing number of high-security labs increases the chance of a release of deadly disease. “We want to know the answer or whether anyone in the Administration has even seriously considered the question,” he said. Aug 7 CIDRAP News story “Report: Lab leak likely caused UK food-and-mouth outbreak” “At no time was there a risk of infection to anyone outside the lab, which is specially designed to contain biohazards,” the UMMC statement said, adding that the student was allowed to return home after precautionary treatment. See also: “It appears that there has been a surge in construction of biosafety labs over the past several years, which have been financed, at least in part, with federal funds,” said committee chairman Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., in an Aug 9 press release from the committee. “Yet little information is available about the number of labs being operated in the US and whether they are safely run.” The committee statement pointed to the role of a lab in the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Britain, as well as a recent accident at Texas A & M University involving Q fever.last_img read more

TOMAS health tourism 2018. / Attitudes and consumption of users of health tourism services in Croatia

first_imgAccording to the UNWTO, health tourism is the fastest growing special form of tourism with an annual growth of 15 to 20 percent worldwide, but Croatia lags behind its competitors and its strategic development. Attachment: TOMAS health tourism 2018. / Attitudes and consumption of users of health tourism services in Croatia  Source: Institute of Tourism The Internet is the most important source of information for wellness guests (29%), and users of spa and medical services mostly rely on recommendations, from doctors in the spa segment (47%) and relatives and friends in the medical segment (63%). UNWTO RELEASES NEW HEALTH TOURISM REPORT Survey of Attitudes and Consumption of Users of Health Tourism Services in Croatia (one of the surveys from the ‘family’ of the TOMAS survey), which was conducted in 2018 for the first time by the Institute for Tourism as a pilot survey. CNTB LAUNCHES PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR NAUTICAL TOURISM Health tourism (wellness, spa and medical tourism) has finally been recognized as one of the drivers of tourism development in the Tourism Development Strategy of Croatia until 2020, which is currently being agreed in the Ministry of Tourism. It is precisely health tourism that is recognized as one of the three main segments of the development of our tourism. TOMAS health tourism 2018. / Attitudes and consumption of users of health tourism services in Croatia Source: Institute of Tourism We have the most important thing – excellent, certified, recognized on the global stage and in the profession of health care institution, but it lacks a complete and unified tourist product or better said – the support of systems and destinations. Because health tourism is much more than just a health service. Of course, health service is the main skeleton, but it must be a complete tourist product. What is the state of health tourism in Croatia? What are the opportunities and challenges? Source: Institute of Tourism Average daily consumption of multi – day visitors in wellness segment is 149 € (82 € for accommodation, 11 € for health services), lbarley segment € 63 (€ 34 for accommodation, € 16 for health services) and medical segment at € 292 (€ 31 for accommodation, € 221 for health services). Wellness guests are, according to the monthly income of the household, the best paying power, followed by users of medical and health services, and about half of users of wellness and medical services and about two-thirds of users of health services go on one to three health-motivated trips a year; at the same time, about a third of guests have not used this type of service so far. According to the research, users of wellness and medical services are mostly foreigners (82% and 73%) and come from nearby traditional emitting tourist markets, while users of health services are mostly domestic guests (67%). RELATED NEWS: Health and tourism services are mostly bought by middle-aged and elderly individuals, while the youngest are on average users of wellness services (43 years old) and the oldest users of health tourism services (58 years old). The survey covered all three segments of health tourism, wellness, spa and medical, and the survey was conducted on a sample of 2.540 respondents (1.331 users of wellness services, 793 users of spa services, 416 users of medical services) and 43 facilities / centers of health tourism in Croatia 28 hotel facilities with wellness offer, 10 spas and special hospitals, 5 polyclinics / clinics with medical services).last_img read more

Oklahoma Sooners past and present react to Kyler Murray’s Heisman Trophy win

first_imgMurray certainly was deserving of the honor; the junior led the 12-1 Sooners to the College Football Playoff while posting 4,945 total yards and 51 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback.He was also a standout on the baseball field in Norman; the Athletics selected him ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. Murray, an outfielder, plans to pursue a baseball career after OU’s 2018 season.  Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray triumphed over fellow quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State in being named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.Murray received 2,167 total points from Heisman voters to claim the trophy, becoming the second consecutive Sooners quarterback to win, following Baker Mayfield in 2017. Four of Oklahoma’s last eight starting quarterbacks (Murray, Mayfield, Sam Bradford and Jason White) have taken home college football’s most prestigious award.  HOOVER: Murray’s Heisman win mirrors Mayfield’s, but is one-of-a-kindMurray’s Heisman victory inspired a bevy of congratulatory tweets from football Sooners past and present, including Mayfield and Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, who accompanied Murray to the Heisman ceremony in New York:AND THATS WHAT WE CALL BACK TO BACK. YOU DESERVE IT K1. So proud of you man. Enjoy every second of it. Absolutely nobody can put a ceiling on you…. Football or baseball, follow your… https://t.co/xkQdtY9o8n— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 9, 2018Congrats Brodie @TheKylerMurray— Dede Westbrook (@DedeTHEGreat11) December 9, 2018Congratulations To my brotha @kyler1murray hard work don’t go unnoticed #Back2Back HEISMAN! pic.twitter.com/z5dgJyvleG— Marquise Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) December 9, 2018Incredible. Congratulations @TheKylerMurray. 2018 @HeismanTrophy Winner.— Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) December 9, 2018#BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/AJ0WIxLNhD— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 9, [email protected] Congratulations! I’m so proud to be a Sooner! May the Lord continue to bless and cover you along your journey! #Heisman2018 #BoomerSooner— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 9, 2018BACK 2 BACK 👀👀👀— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) December 9, 2018Back to Back! Congrats to Kyler Murray ! BOOMER— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) December 9, 2018A pair of Major League Baseball players with OU ties offered congratulations, as well: Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley, who grew up in Oklahoma and committed to play quarterback for the Sooners before opting to play baseball out of high school, and former Sooners pitcher Garrett Richards, who recently signed with the Padres.BOOMER!!! Congrats @TheKylerMurray !! #HeismanTrophy— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) December 9, 2018Proud to share the same amazing program as you. You have been so much fun to watch @TheKylerMurray. Congrats on your accomplishment. Business isn’t finished. Also take it easy on me in the future! #Boomerforlife— Garrett Richards (@GRICHARDS26) December 9, 2018last_img read more

Free agency, trades improve ‘Madden NFL 20’ outlook for Browns, Raiders, others

first_imgThose two might be the most high-profile names on the move for the upcoming season, but many others will heavily influence the effectiveness of teams in “Madden NFL 20” when it releases in August.MORE: NFL free agency winners & losersMore often than not, the teams that make the biggest splashes in free agency don’t end up following the aggression with great success on the field. But in “Madden,” it’s all about individual talent rather than coaching and chemistry.It should come as no surprise that all of the teams below failed to reach the playoffs last season and are trying to change their fortunes. As 2019 NFL free agency continues, a number of already agreed-upon deals were made official Wednesday with the start of the league year. Two of the biggest transactions involve recent “Madden” cover athletes in Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr.Brown is coming off a year in which he was on the cover of “Madden NFL 19,” and his rating stands at 99 Overall. Only three other players (Aaron Donald, Bobby Wagner, Khalil Mack) currently hold the coveted 99 rating. Beckham was featured on the cover of “Madden NFL 16” and is the game’s fourth highest-rated receiver at 96 Overall. On defense, they will have a big upgrade with middle linebacker C.J. Mosley (87 Overall).Detroit LionsThe Lions and coach Matt Patricia went after former Patriots, bringing in defensive end Trey Flowers (88 Overall), wide receiver Danny Amendola (82 Overall) and defensive back Justin Coleman. “Madden” has probably underrated Coleman, who is just 79 Overall, but Detroit made him the highest-paid nickel corner in the league.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, hosts the Press Row Podcast and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre. EA Sports https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5f/23/madden-nfl-antonio-brown-oakland-raiders_1kxdc12aq4duh12cxayvvqxehk.jpg?t=2015261865&w=500&quality=80 Oakland (Las Vegas) RaidersWhile it somehow remains unclear where the Raiders will play in 2019, they are putting together a roster that should prove entertaining for Las Vegas when the move is officially made. The addition of Brown, safety LaMarcus Joyner (87 Overall), offensive tackle Trent Brown (81 Overall) and a slew of draft picks should make them more competitive immediately.For “Madden,” in which a disruptive personality like Brown doesn’t matter, the Raiders are shaping up to be one of the more fun teams to utilize. Their new Vegas stadium should be included beginning with the second season in Franchise Mode, making them an especially appealing pick to control.Cleveland BrownsNot only will the Browns be a fashionable “Madden” choice, but they could be a real contender in the AFC this season. Their lots of money and draft picks are paying off with the acquisition of Beckham, along with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (86 Overall) and end Olivier Vernon (83 Overall) adding to an already fierce pass rush.Cleveland will also bring on running back Kareem Hunt after he completes his probable suspension. He was the second highest-rated running back last season before his release and subsequent removal from “Madden.” He might rank third now with Le’Veon Bell’s return.MORE BROWNS:Transformation timeline | Sports talk reactionNew York JetsBell’s rating in “Madden” dropped last season while he sat out, but at 93 Overall, he remains behind only Todd Gurley atop the list of running backs. He is the dynamic, versatile weapon the Jets were lacking. The offense has a few other new pieces, too, in guard Kelechi Osemele (83 Overall) and wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80 Overall).last_img read more

Marina Rebuilt To Be Stronger Than The Storms

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHIGHLANDS – During 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, James Bollerman’s 33-foot express cruiser was destroyed.Its name was “Overboard.”Bollerman, too, could have gone overboard – figuratively speaking.Sandy – a combination of hurricane, nor’easter and high tide storm – struck in late October 2012 and “obliterated this property, reduced it to a pile of rubble,” Bollerman said. He was speaking of his Sandy Hook Bay Marina, which sits on the water near Popamora Point.He bought the marina eight years prior to the storm and, despite setbacks, was restoring it. He doubled the number of boating slips to about 90. Then Sandy hit, bringing in six feet of floodwater. After the storm, some marina boats were found a quarter-mile-away.“It wiped out eight years of work in an hour and a half and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions,” said Bollerman, 61, recalling the events. “It’s too painful to talk about.”Instead of going overboard, Bollerman, who lives in Little Silver and owns Bollerman Development in Red Bank, pressed forward.A few months after the storm he re-opened Sandy Hook Bay Marina, with about 25 to 30 slips. He closed it at the end of 2013, and reopened it in March with an $8.5-million-dollar redevelopment almost completed on the 5-1/2-acre property.“We decided to commit the resources and effort to redevelop it,” Bollerman said. “You’re left with a pile of rubble. It’s easy to get discouraged.”Although he questioned his compass reading at times, Bollerman stayed the course.“There were times I wasn’t sure it was the right decision,” he said.The result of sticking with it is a marina with 130 slips, including 15 reserved for transient boaters, that can handle boats 25 to 70 feet. The 115 regular slips have been fully rented since a few weeks ago.“We had a very good response to the new marina,” Bollerman said. “Most of our (former rental) boaters stayed with us.”The view inland from the Sandy Hook Bay Marina docks. The new construction is the Pulte Homes townhouses.Sandy Hook Bay Marina includes a wave screen that sits about 10 feet above the bay waters and is built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane. In some spots, he raised the bayfront property by 8 feet to where it now sits about 14-1/2 feet above sea level.The marina has various amenities for boaters, such as restrooms, showers, a gathering room. Some of the marina’s 3,600-square-foot building over four stories and looking like a lighthouse is still under construction.“We wanted to do something architecturally significant to give us a presence,” Bollerman said.Jersey Shore restaurateur Joe Amiel is scheduled to open the Bay Pointe Inn full-service restaurant at the marina later this summer. The restaurant-tavern will be open to the public.“Mr. Bollerman has been a dedicated partner in our borough for decades,” said Mayor Frank Nolan. “We are so proud to have this investment in our community. The post-Sandy re-launch for this site is another sign of Highland’s recovery.”“This is an achievement that we can point to with great pride,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “We are grateful to Bollerman Developers for inspiring this vision.“We remain confident that this important new addition to the borough’s amenities will spark prosperity and economic development throughout our town.”On Sunday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m., borough and Highlands Business Partnership officials will cut a ribbon to celebrate the marina’s re-opening. The marina is at 1 Willow St.“Just a meet-and-greet, a salute to the marina,” Bollerman said.On an adjoining 5-1/2 acres, Pulte Homes is in the process of building 49 townhouses.Bollerman, himself, is back inside the boating community with a 23-foot Boston whaler – although it was not yet in the water as of a few days ago.“Hurricane Sandy devastated the boating community,” he said.For boaters, it took away their boats, their sense of adventure, their relaxation time, Bollerman said. So, he said, “it makes me feel good” to help restore what was lost to boaters.But Bollerman knows Sandy lingers for many.“There are people that have a lot of pain from Sandy,” he said. “There’s still an enormous amount of pain.”Sandy Hook Bay Marina, 1 Willow St., Highlands; 732-872-1511; sandyhookbaymarina.com; [email protected]last_img read more

From expansion to KIJHL champs, Osoyoos continues magical ride

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn the end 42 wins, 90 points and runaway winners of the 2010-11 regular season really does mean something.The Osoyoos Coyotes flexed their offensive muscles, scoring four times in the opening period to trounce the Castlegar Rebels 7-1 and clinch the 2011 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship in convincing fashion Saturday before an overflow crowd at the Complex in the Sunflower City.The Desert Dogs win the best-of-seven League Championship series 4-2 and now represent the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Fernie.“(Osoyoos) is a good team . . . you have to give them all the credit,” an emotional Ryan Aynsley, tears and sweat still dripping from his playoff beard, said from outside the silent Rebel dressing room.“They came out strong . . . they wanted to win and they won tonight.”The title continues what has already been a Cinderella season for the Desert Dogs.Welcomed back to the KIJHL as poor expansion franchise in April 2010 after their team was jettisoned from the South Okanagan in 2007, the Coyote coaching staff somehow managed to perform some thievery of its own, mixing a core group of veterans in with skilled younger players and a solid netminder contingent to build a winner. Going 1-1 to open the season, the Desert Dogs proceeded to dominate the Okanagan Conference and the league, heading into the Christmas break with an amazing 29 wins in 36 games record.The final numbers on the regular season for Osoyoos was 42-2-2-4 nine points better than conference rivals and defending league champ Revelstoke Grizzlies — a team the Dogs took out in six games to advance to the KIJHL Final.“It started with coach (Ken) Law doing a lot of good recruiting,” said Dogs’ captain and leading scorer Thierry Martine said from ice level following the ceremonial winner’s team photo.“We had some good vets come back from other teams in the KI and we just did some hard work all year and managed to pull it out.”Saturday, the visitors put Castlegar back on their heels early. Steve Sasyniuk scored 35 seconds into the contest on Rebel goalie Alex Ross and the Dogs never looked back.Thierry Martine made it 2-0 on the power play before Brock Anderson and Shane Hana, finishing the game with three goals, scored in the final three minutes to give the visitors the insurmountable lead.Hana’s goal, a weak wrist shot that fooled Ross, came with nine seconds remaining in the period.“We came out ready to win,” said Osoyoos goalie Kyle Laslo, cool, calm and collected in the Coyote net throughout the contest, even at one point during the game playing like a defenceman as he controlled the puck behind the net, not in front, as his team prepared to set up a rush on the power play.“We were all on the same page and we all wanted to win (tonight) and it’s great to win it in their barn.”Laslo said Castlegar seemed to lose focus once the Dogs got the early lead.“(Castlegar) seemed to be flying around really desperate to win, but we had a game plan and stuck to it and everyone on the team did what it took to win,” said Laslo, finishing the KIJHL playoffs with a scintillating 1.60 goals against average.Aynsley, obviously slowed by a lower body injury during the Conference and League Finals suffereed in the Beaver Valley series, couldn’t agree more.“Obviously, that’s tough when they score four right away,” Aynsley, held off the score sheet since scoring the overtime winner in Game three, confessed. “It just kills the bench . . . it kills everybody’s confidence . . ..”“I really don’t know how to explain it,” the Kelowna native added. “We really didn’t know what to do. We had never been down by that much (of a deficit in a game).”The four-goal outburst in the first forced Rebel coach Steve Junker to replace starting Alex Ross for backup Cole Buckley.Buckley played well through the remainder of the game. But the Penticton product can’t score goals. And leading 5-0 after 40 minutes, the Coyotes played it smart for the final period.Castlegar managed to give the crowd of more than 800 something to cheer about by snapping Laslo’s shutout bid in the third.But nothing was going to stop the Osoyoos juggernaut from completing rags to riches story.“This feels good but we’ve still got something left and that’s win two more banners,” said Martine. And how will this expansion franchise continue its incredible run?“Hard work is the only way we’re going to pull it off,” Martine added. ICE CHIPS: The Rebels were missing two keys to the offensive playoff puzzle. Kootenay Ice affiliate Jesse Knowler, on fire throughout most of the post season, missed Saturday with a concussion suffered in Friday’s Game five in Osoyoos. Castlegar was also minus offensive sparkplug and team leader Taylor Anderson. The Castlegar native took a puck to the face during Game four in the Sunflower City. Anderson lost a few teeth and was unable to play for the remainder of the season. Anderson and Knowler, three and five in Rebel scoring, combined for 37 points in the playoffs. . . .Despite losing in the final, the season is a tremendous success for the one-proud Rebel franchise. Castlegar, under the guidance of rookie coach Steve Junker, finished 20 points better in regular season standings to win the Murdoch Division, and registered 12 more wins in the playoffs from a year ago. The Rebels also won the Murdoch Division and Kootenay Conference titles for the first time in more than 15 years. 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Tuisova fires Fiji past Boks for London title

first_img“There were a lot of new boys in the squad but we performed as a team, that’s why we overcame South Africa today,” Fiji skipper Jerry Tuwai said.Fiji beat Canada 40-7 in the quarter-finals before seeing off Ireland 38-12 in the semis, while South Africa edged New Zealand 14-5 in the quarters and England 29-19 in their last-four play-off.Fiji’s hopes of a fourth straight tournament win took an early blow when Sevuloni Mocenacagi was yellow carded from the kick-off for taking Justin Geduld out in the air.South Africa immediately made their numerical advantage count, Stedman Gans scything through the stretched defence for the opening try, Geduld converting.Fiji did well, however, to absorb the Blitzbok pressure when a man down, and showed just why they average just 23 passes per match such is the efficacity of their strike power.Tuisova, also part of the Fiji team that won Olympic gold in Rio in 2016 but not a regular on the circuit, muscled his way past some weak defence for a try, converted by Amenoni Nasilasila, to pull the Pacific islanders level.Paula Dranisinukula was the final recipient of an amazing display of off-loading rugby started by Semi Radradra, crossing for Fiji’s second try with Nasilasila making no mistake with a conversion in front of the posts.The Boks hit back when Ruhan Nel expertly took a high pass one-handed and rode a tackle by Dranisinukula to cross in the corner, Geduld missing the extras.But Fiji responded perfectly, Jasa Veremalua skilfully exchanging passes with Josua Vakurunabili to go over for Fiji’s third try, Nasilasila’s conversion taking the Fijians out to 21-12.Bok Zain Davids bounced through a couple of desperate tackles for a fine individual try to set up a dramatic finale, but Fiji won the restart and safely ran the ball out to seal the win.“I found it tough today but I got help from the boys and was hanging in there. I know we trust each other and finally we get the win,” said free-running Fiji back and man-of-the-final Radradra, who is quitting Top 14 club Toulon for Bordeaux-Begles next season.Ireland, a “non-core team” in their maiden Series appearance, marked a remarkable weekend by edging England 21-19 to take third place.Jordan Conroy scored a first-half brace of tries for the Irish, including one from 90 metres out, before Dan Bibby hit back with two of his own.England speedster Dan Norton then took his record career try tally to 295 when he crossed early in the second half.But Conroy showed all his gas by sprinting away for his hat-trick, Mark Roche nailing a tricky conversion to seal a memorable win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fiji lead the World Rugby Sevens Series standings with one leg of the competition to play © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 3 – Toulon winger Josua Tuisova scored a try to help fire Fiji to a 21-17 victory over arch-rivals South Africa to claim the London leg of the World Rugby Seven Series.With just the Paris leg of the Series to play, next weekend, Fiji now stand atop the standings on 167 points, with the Blitzboks in second on 160. New Zealand sit in third on 133.last_img read more

Gnip Now Offers Smarter Activity Feeds With PostRank

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Full feeds of data are exciting, but sometimes you need a little something special.Gnip, the Boulder, Colorado startup aiming to act as a clearinghouse for user activity updates from around the web, announced a partnership today with Canadian firm PostRank, to offer additional versions of Gnip-delivered data feeds, filtered by popularity. Gnip could already deliver anyone a big bucket of user data like photos from Flickr, submissions from Digg or slide shows from SlideShare – but now this partnership will allow customers the option of receiving only those items that were most commented on, linked-to, tweeted about, etc. It’s wonky, but it’s a whole lot of fun.Popularity isn’t a perfect substitute for quality, but it’s not a bad place to start looking. Especially when inbound feeds are being displayed on a 3rd party’s website automatically, the ability to crank up or down popularity criteria for inclusion in a feed can be really useful. We use Postrank around the ReadWriteWeb team often: to make sure we don’t miss big stories on niche blogs, to display the most recent break-out hits on other blogs we write about and to power the Community Management Aggregator that automatically delivers the hottest posts from community management experts to customers of our Guide to Online Community Management. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Why You Need Targets

first_imgWithout targets, you have nothing to aim for.There is a reason you need to carefully and methodically select your dream clients: You need targets.Targets limit your focus. Not every prospect is right for your company, and your company isn’t right for every prospect. Some of what might look like prospective clients in your territory won’t perceive value in your solution. By selecting targets, you thoughtfully limit your focus to the prospective clients for whom you can create value, and who will perceive the value you create as something worth paying for.Targets provide a foundation for consistent action. Some salespeople complain that they don’t have enough leads. They gripe about not having a large enough list of prospective clients. Sometimes this is true, but more often than not the same salespeople do not have a list of targets (dream clients). If they had a list of dream clients, they would know who they needed to call on, even if these prospective clients are difficult to win. A list of targets allows for consistent action over time.Targets ensure you direct your activity towards something strategic. When a company or sales force doesn’t have target prospects, they call on anyone and everyone. They end up winning clients that are too small and divert their limited time and resources to outcomes that don’t make a difference. And they end up spending most of their time with receptive prospects instead of high-value, high visibility prospects. Having targets ensures you spend your time with prospects that help your business obtain its strategic objectives.If you don’t have a list of dream client prospects, make that list now. The more time you wait to focus on your dream client accounts, the longer it will take for you to create and win clients that matter–and for whom your work matters. The more you flail around with inconsistent and ineffective activity, the longer it will take you to develop the relationships you need to win your dream client accounts. The time you spend on smaller, irrelevant prospects is the time that you should spend on the most strategic accounts in your territory.Choose your targets. Narrow your focus. Win big. And make a difference. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more