No contact? No contest

first_imgSmartphones: the 21st century idle fidgeter’s time destroyer of choice. Whether you spend your free minutes tracking commodity prices or, more likely, playing Angry Birds, soon there will be another opportunity to flash your widget and wave it about in public. And this time, it’s all about saving time rather than wasting it.The latest buzz in electronic point of sale (EPoS) technology is around using mobiles to pay for low-value goods. Completely new technology to the UK, Barclaycard and Orange are putting their money where their mouthpieces are, having just launched a Quick Tap phone. This does the same as the contactless credit card you swipe your credit-loaded mobile handset over a terminal freeing customers of the usual faff of typing PIN numbers and fiddling with loose change.This is supposed to make it easier to quickly grab a coffee and a croissant on the move. “It’s called Quick Tap, because it allows money to run out of your account like water,” joked one online sceptic when the story broke. Which, let’s be frank, is exactly what you want to see happening in your shops.While paying by phone may be a leap in the dark for the unfamiliar consumer, it’s a question of ’when’ and not ’if’ the technology becomes mainstream; with most of the major phone manufacturers planning to fit near field communications (NFC) chips as standard, it is tipped to take off in 2012.Starbucks has signed up with Barclaycard to introduce contactless and NFC mobile payments to its UK coffee shops from spring 2012, subject to a successful pilot. Meanwhile, consumers are gradually familiarising themselves with contactless card payments, with Pret A Manger, Eat and Subway notable adoptees. The number of contactless transactions has grown 150% year-on-year, with 50,000 terminals in the UK the vast majority of which are independent shops. At the moment, there are 12.9 million contactless cards out there.Barclays’ research into consumers’ attitudes to queueing suggests people are unwilling to wait more than two minutes in a queue. The average contactless transaction takes 12.5 seconds twice as fast as a cash transaction. Meanwhile, research by Mastercard suggests they cut queues by 20%, and up to 40% where there are express queues.”During bakers’ peak times at lunchtime or on Saturdays, if you can reduce the queue, there’s less chance of people looking in the shop, seeing the queue and abandoning the purchase,” says Richard Armstrong of Barclaycard. “It is a technology that is specifically targeted at low-value transactions (beneath £15), so people with contactless cards will have a greater willingness to use their cards for those types of transactions. We have seen the average transaction value increase by around 6%, where people use contactless cards instead of cash.”Barclaycard terminals feature contactless payment technology at no extra cost. And as people start seeing the technology in bigger retailers for example, The Co-operative is rolling it out this year the indies are set to gain.There are other benefits from the shift away from cash. A WorldPay survey of retailers showed one-in-five said that card payments decreased the number of disagreements with customers over change; it also reduced the amount of cash held at the till. What’s more, low-value contactless payments mean consumers can buy what they want rather than being limited by the amount of cash in their wallet, says Matt Rowsell of Epos firm Streamline.”Historically, payments on cards have been slower than cash,” he says. “Now contactless technology is starting to become popular, it is a viable payment option. Many bakeries and cafés are still missing opportunities, both to up-sell and to get customers who don’t carry cash, by ignoring card payments.”And what of the future? Last week, Google launched its ’Google Wallet’ NFC service, piloting in major US cities, with coffee, bagel and sandwich chains among the first to adopt. This mobile phone app even has the function to store loyalty cards in one place on your phone. With Google putting its considerable weight behind NFC, it’s worth planning ahead for. EPoS-sibilities Of course, EPoS is about so much more than customer transactions. It can enable a business to better control stock, speed up tills and tighten fraud controls.”Every night it’s important that you get the information that you need to reassess your business going forward, so you can take decisions on tomorrow’s trading. It’s all about the immediacy of decisions. In bakery it’s about getting the right balance between availability and waste,” says Roy McDougal, head of IT at Greggs.Is the cloth cut to fit?The difference between a good and a bad EPoS system is whether it’s designed for your needs. For example, options are available for retail such as clothing and others for restaurants. Aim for one that is designed for tracking bakery goods, controlling stock and waste. “Some bakeries use hospitality software with additional pieces of software stuck on,” says Trevor Claybrough of AlfaRichi, which has developed EPoS solutions specifically for bakers. “It can be complex and can go wrong. We advise that bakeries take a package that has everything they need the EPoS part and the ordering part.” New EPoS technology is also giving bakeries greater control over stock and sales. Bakery technology specialist RSA Systems creates EPoS solutions to help bakery businesses handle a wide range of management tasks, including controlling recipe costs and reducing wastage. The company is using Partner Tech UK’s EPoS terminals as a platform for its tailored Daybreak software.”Our solutions are helping bakeries cost recipes more accurately and decide which products to prepare depending on the day of the week or even the weather,” says Jon Measures at RSA Systems. “They can measure the exact volume of each ingredient they will need on any day, and then identify which ingredients are in stock before generating orders for new stock with suppliers direct from their EPoS system. We’re seeing how this alone can dramatically reduce wastage.”Meal deals and promotionsAre promotions increasing overall sales and profits? It’s important to have a report that shows whether you’re losing or gaining money, compared to if you were running no promotion.”The AlfaRichi system we use has a lot to offer the retail baker, particularly in the way of sales and promotion evaluation, improved ordering, stock control, cash management and theft prevention,” says Robert McIlroy, retail estates director at 89-shop Cooplands of Doncaster. Also, if you’re promoting heavily, make sure your processor speeds can cope. “We’ve moved to the J2 615 model the big change we’ve gone for is processor speed, because we’re doing more and more at the till point such as meal deals,” says Greggs’ McDougal.If you can’t stand the heat…”Bakeries are relatively harsh environments to host technology, especially if baking takes place on site,” says Tim Van den Branden of EPoS firm Partner Tech UK. “A fanless EPoS terminal is essential in a hot and humid bakery where moving parts would attract and circulate machine-clogging flour and grease.”Another easy win in the shop is having bigger screens, says McDougal at Greggs, which traded up from 15-inch to 17-inch screens in recent years. “The shop staff love that because it’s easier to use. Having enough space on your screen to get all of the products in is the most efficient and effective way to serve the customer.”Space is also at a premium in a shop. J2 came up with a space-saving solution for 52-shop Birds of Derby: a new bracket which could be pushed back 45 degrees, to allow the J2 615 tills to be recessed into a more EPoS checklist When choosing EPoS for a bakery or coffee shop, a system that only gives takings and sales information is not enough. Ask your supplier if it:l allows orders, waste declaration, overs/shorts and stock to be entered on the tills and then immediately available at head officel has reports that will highlight any loss by automatically reconciling everything that goes into the shop (products, ingredients) and everything that goes out (sales, ingredients used for sales, damage, waste, samples)l shows you at any time what is the current stock in all shopsl has pertinent management reports including promotions, gross margins and comparative sales. New in EPoS l AlfaRichi now offers functions for mobile sales, such as sandwich vans, using touch tablets with mobile broadband. The firm also just added solutions for processing wholesale orders and deliveries; customers place orders directly online, which can be seen and adjusted at head office before being integrated into the overall production figures.l Partner Tech UK recently launched the PT-6215 the latest in its series of compact all-in-one terminals, which combine customer display, magnetic card reader and thermal printer in one machine. The terminal was designed to save valuable retail space.l J2 Retail Systems’ new J2 630 is tipped to dramatically extend till life beyond the normal 5-7 years. A new motherboard can be slotted into the tens of thousands of J2 580s in use worldwide, to maximise end-user investment. EPoS in action: Woods Pies, Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent bakery, Woods Pies, has found using its EPoS system to continually monitor sales and daily buying trends has given the company better control over stock and reduced wastage.Woods Pies uses Partner Tech’s PT-6200 all-in-one EPoS terminals to manage sales transactions and gather data in its four busy town-centre shops. The system was provided by bakery technology specialist RSA Systems and uses its Daybreak operating software. Sales data gathered in each shop is transmitted to a back-office system, where it can be displayed in the form of management reports and used to assess performance.Woods Pies director Neil Wood says having the tools to see exactly what each shop is selling throughout the day has helped him make daily buying decisions based on trading patterns.”Our EPoS system is constantly gathering and transmitting data from our shops to head office where we can track performance and refine our product offering,” he says. “Simple management reports mean we can easily see the times of the day when we need to bake to be prepared for peak selling periods, such as lunchtime and after school, and when we need to time our last bake-off in order to maximise sales and minimise wastage.”We can also plan promotions and record them on the system so that price reductions and multi-buys are automatically applied in-store, and end on the right day, without staff having to re-programme their tills.”Another positive is ease of use, he says: “For example, hot and cold products are clearly identified and the right VAT rates applied, which makes our monthly accounting duties much more straightforward.”last_img read more

Plotting her return

first_imgAs the saying goes, “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.” For more than a decade, much has been expected from ZZ Packer, the gifted writer whose breakout story collection left critics and fans wanting more.“I don’t think I can remember where I last encountered a debut collection that so justified its existence, that buzzed with so much credibility and attitude,” read one review of “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” (2003), eight stories that vividly capture the complicated rhythms of contemporary American life.The wait for a follow-up may soon be over. As the Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Packer is working on a sweeping novel titled “The Thousands” that follows the lives of several families from the end of the Civil War through the American Indian campaigns in the Southwest. The author is unfazed by the extended lead-up to her sophomore effort, except when pressed by her publishers. “The longer they wait,” she said, “the better they expect it to be.”But good writing takes time, noted Packer, 42, during an interview in her Radcliffe office, and life can get complicated. Since starting work on “The Thousands” she has married, divorced, had two children, and struggled through custody battles and six moves, including two cross-country treks. (Also in the mix: a spot on The New Yorker’s list of the country’s top young writers.) The novel’s narrative has changed, too, with Packer throwing “hundreds of pages away” to arrive at the right place.“Your conception of something can change so completely, but you can still be writing the same thing,” she said.Packer’s original narrative focused on buffalo soldiers, regiments of African-American men who served west of the Mississippi River following the Civil War. The idea sprang from talks with her grandmother, the daughter of a Southern sharecropper who moved the family north in search of a different life. “The wandering mind part of me just began thinking about those that didn’t go north the way that everybody else did,” she said. “I wondered, ‘What about the ones who went west?’”But as she delved deeper, she gravitated toward a broader exploration of Reconstruction and “what happened in America during this time period, and what happened with African-Americans that led us to how we are now.” From the outset it was clear that “The Thousands” required a “bigger treatment” than the short story could provide.“The feeling of a novel is of having lived this life, or a life,” Packer said. “I like that the novel can do that as a form.”To capture that sense of time and place Packer logged long hours at the National Archives in Washington, researching how sugar-cane production drove labor in the South (her protagonist works in a Louisiana cane field) and developing a period-specific perspective on challenges for the hearing-impaired (another main character is deaf). Books such as “Bad Hand: A Biography of General Ranald S. Mackenzie” and “The Military and United States Indian Policy, 1865-1903” rest on her desk at Radcliffe.But the work has been as much a personal as a historical journey for Packer, who always hopes to learn something about herself when building complexity into her characters. “In a sense, it’s my way of understanding my own weaknesses and foibles and how not to repeat them.”She is frank about getting stuck. To work through a recent creative dry spell, Packer drafted a flow chart that included descriptions of her different types of writer’s block and practical ways forward. “This is actually me doing something to get out of it,” she laughed, pointing to the intricate diagram on her computer screen.Another resource is her vast collection of books.“I’ll wonder sometimes just how writers do certain things. It’s like a little note in your mind to go back to look at what they’re doing, what they did well that produced that feeling in you.”Joyce, Melville, and Shakespeare all have their “stylistic tics,” Packer said, and their pages offer up new things that each “brought to the form.” She reaches for Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” when “just trying to see what the language can do.” She will thumb through works by Malcolm Gladwell looking for “a sentence that’s universal.” Colson Whitehead’s writing “looks new” she said, “but has a sort of noir component.”Growing up in Atlanta, Packer fell in love with words during her daily trips to the local library with her mother. Coming-of-age stories by Judy Blume, the sleuthing of “Harriet the Spy,” and young-adult novels by S.E. Hinton were among her favorites. In high school she read “whatever there was.” Her passion for writing and reading developed in tandem — when she wasn’t reading, she was scribbling down snippets of stories, plays, and poems.“I’d always loved writing because I’d loved reading. I think people who are readers are inevitably interested in how it’s all put together, what literature is and how it works.”She learned an important lesson about how it works during a reading before high school classmates. The story was “melodramatic and overblown,” remembered Packer, but it also resonated with her teenage audience and introduced her to the power of making people “feel something” with her words. “I think that that’s the kind of thing that isn’t emphasized enough when younger writers begin to write.”As an undergraduate at Yale, Packer opted for literature over engineering and spent much of her time at a local bookstore, scanning the shelves and reading as much as she could. “That was where I first read Updike. I liked the visual quality of being able to see all these fiction titles and their covers … luckily they didn’t kick me out.” She did graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and later became a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. But even after years as a successful writer and teacher, Packer hesitates to endorse the profession.“In a way it requires an obsessiveness that’s not going to be taught. And that obsessiveness of trying to figure out how to be a better writer is not a very good thing to recommend to people.”Still, on a recent afternoon Packer engaged with students from across the University who had signed up for a luncheon and a chance to ask the author about the work that has become her life. Great writers, those who craft vivid, believable characters and prose, are great observers of human behavior, said Packer. She encouraged her listeners to experiment with different forms, to hone their styles by reading and writing as much as possible, and to be prepared for success to take time.Style, she said, comes from “writing and writing and writing, and failing and failing multiple times.”last_img read more

Judge orders Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority officials to explain privatization plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 senior officials of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) must appear in court and explain why the public corporation is allegedly refusing to provide two nonprofit organizations with information about the privatization process and the power grid.That is what San Juan Superior Court Judge Anthony Cuevas ruled. Cuevas -who presided over a follow-up hearing to the “mandamus action” that CAMBIO and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) filed last May “to obtain information about the electric power utility’s (PREPA’s) system and the ongoing privatization process.”Astrid Rodríguez (Legal Consultant), engineer Hiram Medero (Chief Strategy and Information Officer), engineer Efran Paredes (Planning and Environmental Protection Director) and Fernando Padilla (Project Management Director) are the four PREPA officials called to appear at a new hearing on September 26, with a follow-up hearing on September 30.“The Authority is trying to make it appear that there have been misinterpretations in our requests and that they are willing to provide the documents, but that is not the real experience. The real experience has been that we have to insist that the documents do exist for them to provide us those documents. The requests have been clear,” said CAMBIO co-founder and president Ingrid Vila.She added that PREPA “has refused” to provide them with documents that exist – or that should exist – invoking confidentiality clauses that, in her opinion, do not apply. Judge Cuevas ordered CAMBIO and IEEFA to present, on or before next Thursday, a list of the information that PREPA allegedly owes them.Rodríguez confirmed that the organizations insisted on “stating there is information that PREPA has not provided.” “However, they did not specify what information was missing,” she said.More: PREPA officials will be held accountable Judge orders Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority officials to explain privatization planslast_img read more

The Root Causes of Your Poor Sales Results

first_img 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 Now An exhaustive list of all the reasons your sales results aren’t what you want them to be would require a vast number of posts. The menu here is what I see right now with some ideas about what you might do to eliminate them. None of these are easy to resolve, as they all require behavior changes and tough conversations. You have to solve the root causes of your poor sales results if you want them to improve.No Effective Role ClarityThe Account Executive, a pure sales role, is often found doing the work that belongs to an Account Manager. The Account Manager ends up doing the work of Customer Service (or some similar role). People in operational roles who are struggling to serve the client pass their challenges to the person most competent to deal with the problem—and the client. When you pull salespeople out of a selling role, their sales decline.Salespeople don’t spend enough time selling for many reasons, including distractions, being burdened with email communications, and time spent taking care of their responsibilities to their company. When there is confusion about their role and outcomes, they spend even less time selling. A lot of the things Account Executives spend their time on when it comes to taking care of their clients feels like work, but it isn’t the right work. They need to own the outcomes, not the transactions.Imposing role clarity doesn’t require a purity test that forbids the salesperson from being engaged in a serious challenge serving the client, but it does require removing them from the day-to-day management of their clients.Recently, more companies are trying to model SAAS companies, slicing the sales role into thinner and thinner slices. The idea is old enough to include Adam Smith’s division of labor and Frederick Winslow Taylor’s scientific management. These companies struggle when reality doesn’t match their theory about roles. By pulling their senior salespeople out of the prospecting role, they deprive their prospects of conversations with the person who is best prepared to help them.Whatever the design of your structure, it should both serve the outcomes, and provide clarity about each role’s responsibility.No Strong DirectionPeople need to be led. More still, they want to be led. They want to know what they’re supposed to do and how they are supposed to do it. They want to succeed in their role. When you deprive them of strong direction from leadership, they tend to struggle. Sales leaders who struggle with establishing noon-negotiables worry about being autocratic when they should worry more about setting high standards.Leaders are often too removed from their teams to provide strong direction. Their communication isn’t frequent enough, nor is it direct enough about what they want, why they want it, and how their teams need to go about producing results. The communication also isn’t consistent enough to make it believable as a real priority.I have spoken to a sales organization three years in a row, each year bringing a new primary goal, a new strategy, a new methodology, a new structure (or modifications to the existing structure), and a new compensation plan. What was most important just twelve months ago went unachieved.Strong direction and high standards are foundational to strong execution. For most sales leaders, the most effective new strategy they could pursue would be to execute their plans over many years with firm direction before ever looking at something new.No AccountabilityNo organization produces the results they are capable of without accountability. There is a lack of accountability in sales now, and you will find it in most organizations, invariably in the activities that fall under the category called opportunity creation. There is too little willingness to hold salespeople accountable for prospecting and scheduling first meetings with prospective clients. Managers don’t want to be micromanagers. Accountability is not micromanagement; it’s macro-management.Senior sales leaders look at forecasts made up of opportunities that will soon be celebrating their fifth anniversary of being entered into the CRM (I only wish I was exaggerating). Sales managers allow their salespeople to hide behind a couple of big deals they claim to be working, optimistic about winning them and avoiding any conversation about new opportunities. They also accept excuses for not prospecting because the salesperson suggests they were too busy taking care of their existing accounts (see Role Clarity above).Salespeople need to be accountable for precisely two outcomes: 1) opportunity creation, and 2) opportunity capture. Both of these outcomes require role clarity, strong direction, and accountability. While I don’t believe any sales leader would argue with these outcomes, there are too few who are willing to impose the necessary accountability. Instead, they tinker with the compensation plan, mistakenly believing that everyone on their team is solely motivated by money.If you want a result, you have to hold people accountable for producing it—and doing the work necessary to make it so.Avoiding Tough DecisionsAvoiding tough conversations and tough decisions lead to increasingly poor results.A person is allowed to remain in the wrong role indefinitely, even though they are failing and unhappy, and even though the leader is unhappy with their performance.The senior person who is negative and cynical infects others with their disease in private and public conversations is allowed to infect others with debilitating beliefs without consequence.The operations team passes their problems to the salesperson to solve, and no one has yet broached the subject of their hiring people with the competency to manage the day-to-day client issues that pull salespeople out of their role.There has been no accountability for so long that it is difficult to imagine how to start imposing it now. No one wants to hit the reset button and begin the process of transformational change.If you are a sales leader, I guess that you could very quickly write down the names of the individuals in the scenarios above (only because they are so universal that any leader would have no trouble with this exercise). Leaders are required to make decisions, including the tough, but necessary calls.Presenting Problems and Root CausesThe presenting problem is poor sales results. The root cause is something else, and probably many factors. Better sales results are only possible when you treat the root causes.last_img read more

Tabrez Ansari lynching case: police drop murder charge

first_imgThe Jharkhand Police have reportedly watered down the charges against those accused of lynching Tabrez Ansari in Seraikela-Kharsawan district about four months ago.Eleven persons, against whom charge sheets have been filed for beating Tabrez, a 24-year-old man, to death, will be facing trial under Section 304 of IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder, instead of murder charges under Section 302.In April this year, Tabrez, who was working as a welder in Pune, had returned to his village Kadamdia, 15 km from the district headquarters town of Seraikela, for his marriage. On April 27, his marriage was solemnised with Sahista Pervez, 19. The couple would have returned to Pune in a few days.But on June 17 night, a few people of Dhatkidih village, a few kilometres from his house, caught hold of him and branded him a thief. He was beaten up by a mob through the night and forced to chant ‘Jai Hanuman and Jai Sriram’. On June 22, he succumbed to injuries. It was alleged that Tabrez was not given proper medical attention in time.When contacted, Seraikela-Kharsawan Superintendent of Police Karthik S. said, “this is not a matter of dilution of the case. Section 304 of IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder, has life imprisonment provision and 302 of IPC is capital punishment. There is a very thin line existing between the two sections.”“Since the medical report did not confirm the cause of death properly, the provision under Section 304 of IPC was applied. Tabrez didn’t die of injury. He died of cardiac arrest due to stress,” said Mr. Karthik.The district police chief further said, “We had gone for the second opinion from forensic experts. According to them, the death was due to combined effect of heart attack and injury. Moreover, the victim did not die on the spot, but after a few days of the attack. That is why we thought it proper to seek punishment under Section 304 of IPC after getting it vetted by legal experts.”When asked about earlier reports of Tabrez developing brain haemorrhage in the mob attack, he said the first post-mortem report did mention about ‘light’ haemorrhage.“However, the brain haemorrhage was so minimal that it could not be written. Even in the second opinion, they also talked about brain haemorrhage. It was mentioned that the fracture in the head and other injury had led to heart attack. If 302 IPC was applied, one had to establish the premeditated actions. So we deemed Section 304 to be proper,” Mr. Karthik contended.The charge sheet in the case was filed a month ago. After getting to know that there was no mention of murder charge, family members, including the wife of the deceased, had met the district police chief and demanded that the accused face grave charges.Eleven persons have so far been chargesheeted in the case and investigation was pending against two more as they were apprehended later. The photo and voice analysis of the two are yet to be done.last_img read more

Joshua Pacio vows to put on convincing performance in ONE strawweight title rematch

first_img“I have to dominate the fight so even if it goes to the judges it would be a clear win,” said Pacio. “But if I get the opportunity to end it early, then I’ll do it.”Pacio admitted that what he showed against Saruta wasn’t his best, and he’s determined to change that in their next fight.“For me, it’s hard because I know I didn’t fight at the best of my abilities,” said Pacio (13-3). “I wasn’t able to execute some parts of our game plan, so this time I have another chance of executing it perfectly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Joshua Pacio admits to shortcomings in close title loss to Yosuke SarutaONE’s top honcho boldly said just a few days after their ONE strawweight bout last January that Pacio should’ve won that fight and a rematch is definitely going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I’ll prove in this rematch that the judges won’t hesitate to give me the win,” said Pacio in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway during Team Lakay’s media lunch. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sean Anthony baffled by another PBA All-Star snub Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pacio admitted that there were areas in their game plan that he failed to execute against Saruta but the split decision verdict was too close of a call for him, and apparently for Sityodtong.But the controversial loss did not dampen Pacio’s spirits and it instead fueled his inner fire to prove that he deserves the title.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—In just three months since yielding his belt, Joshua Pacio is getting his chance to avenge that painful loss to Yosuke Sarurta.A rematch has been set between Pacio and Saruta for April 12 at Mall of Asia in the co-main of ONE: Roots of Honor headline by Martin Nguyen and Jadamba Narantungala, true to ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong promise.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Victorian Touch Wine Rules A Success

first_imgSt Mary’s serves over 350 meals each day to people from the Fitzroy region and Melbourne CBD, and is heavily reliant on fundraising and donations.20 teams from Victorian Wineries competed in the event, which following the success of the event in South Australia since 2003 moved interstate for the first time.  The day involved wine tasting, a great atmosphere of live music, and some fantastic games of Touch Football. Event founder Matthew Jukes, was excited by the turnout and support for the event in Melbourne. “It’s a much different demographic then SA,  it’s a vibrant cutting edge city, so to involve the greater wine community and offering something different, and raise awareness of homelessness issues here has been fantastic,” Jukes said. Jukes, a renowned international wine writer believes that Touch Football is the only sport which can be utalised as a vehicle for promotion and an event of this kind. “Touch is the only medium where it works, you can be male or female, young or old, and all come out and play in a team together, have a great day soaking up the sun, tasting wine and a great atmosphere, all while raising awareness about the homeless cause then people go home and think about it.”Ten Minutes by Tractor took out the event defeating Rogue 5-2 in the final.  Victorious captain Dan Gregory from Ten Minutes by Tractor Wine Company agreed the concept of the event was great. “It’s a fantastic idea because you can combine two great passions of wine and touch,” Gregory said.The event was a great success, with money raised from team entry fees, auction and raffle items throughout the day, along with general donations from those in attendance. Jukes was already making plans to continue the event next year following the great response.  “We will have the event in South Australia next year, and look forward to coming back to Melbourne, and also expand on few other opportunities also,” Jukes said. Touch Football Victoria and St Mary’s House of Welcome would like to thank the following partners for the event:·         Garnier·         O I Glass·         Yabby Lake Wineries·         Touch Football Australia·         Touch Football South Australia·         Richmond Football Club·         Port Phillip City Council·         All of the participating wineries from across Victorialast_img read more

NSW Footy Facilities Fund open for applications

first_imgMinister for Sport and Recreation, Stuart Ayres and the National Rugby League have announced the New South Wales Footy Facilities Fund, which is open for applications until Sunday, 9 January 2015. Funding is available for projects throughout New South Wales. “This program is a terrific initiative of the National Rugby League (NRL) and the New South Wales Government that will help fund grassroots footy clubs in local and regional New South Wales,” Mr Ayres said. “The program aims to improve facilities for a variety of benefits including increasing participation, safety and security, environmental sustainability, social inclusion and building strong communities.” The main objectives of the Footy Facilities Fund are to: –        increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in Rugby League –       improve the standard of Rugby League grounds and facilities Additionally, applications can be strengthened by addressing one or more of the following: –       improve safety at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. upgrade of field to provide a safer playing field, access pathways for players, disability ramps) –       increase the security at sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of fencing) –       remove barriers to promote inclusion in Rugby League (e.g. upgrade of amenities to increase female participation, provision of disability access, upgrade of referee amenities) –       develop environmentally sustainable sport and recreation facilities (e.g. installation of drainage, rainwater tank, upgrade lighting for environmental impact) –       build strong communities NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg said grassroots facilities were crucial to the success of Rugby League. “Every parent wants their children to play footy at safe, secure and high quality venues,” he said. “This program not only improves facilities at local footy clubs but it provides the services needed to enable more youngsters, particularly those with disabilities, to be part of our game.”“And that is crucial because there is a place in rugby league for everyone,” Mr Greenberg concluded. Touch Football affiliates in New South Wales are also eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, visit or phone (02) 13 13 02.  Related Files141110_nsw_footy_facilities_fund_open_for_applications-pdfRelated LinksFooty Facilities Fundlast_img read more