USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy protection as fallout from Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal continues

first_imgDecember 5, 2018 /Sports News – National USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy protection as fallout from Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal continues FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailsportpoint/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reeling from lawsuits over the serial sexual abuse perpetrated on athletes by former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday.The organization filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, Indiana, according to court records.“The filing enables us to expedite an equitable resolution of the claims made by the survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement released Wednesday.The USAG officials emphasized that claims made against the organization by Nassar’s victims are covered by insurance and will not be affected by the bankruptcy action.“We owe it to the survivors to resolve, fully and finally, claims based on the horrific acts of the past and, through this process, seek to expedite resolution and help them move forward,” said Kathryn Carson, the recently-elected chair of the USAG’s board of directors. “Our sport is safer and stronger thanks to the bravery of these women. The Chapter 11 filing and the expedited resolution of these claims are critical first steps in rebuilding the community’s trust.”The move comes as the organization continues to search for a new chief executive officer.“We hope to have this position filled in early 2019,” the USAG statement says. “We’re looking for someone with experience and leadership skills to build a leadership team that will help all of us to continue to restore faith and confidence in USA Gymnastics, and to set and execute a clear vision for a successful future.”Nassar, who also worked for decades as a sports physician at Michigan State University, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting numerous athletes under the guise of medical treatment. In January, a Michigan judge sentenced him to more than 175 years in prison, calling Nassar’s choice to assault scores of girls and women, under the pretense that he was treating them, “precise, calculated, manipulative, devious and despicable.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Harvard College announces new dean of students

first_imgDanoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced today the appointment of Katherine O’Dair as dean of students. O’Dair will begin working in this role in August.O’Dair will report to the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, and will oversee all initiatives that support Harvard’s distinctive residential House system and student involvement outside the classroom. In addition, she will oversee the College’s efforts to integrate the academic, residential, and co-curricular spheres of students’ lives, linking out-of-classroom experiences to the mission of the College.“I am delighted that Katie has agreed to take on this exciting and critical role at Harvard College,” Khurana said. “With years of student life experience, managing an array of programs at Boston College and MIT, she is ideally suited for this position. I look forward to working with Katie to make our Office of Student Life programs and resources more robust and accessible for every member of the College community.”Prior to accepting this position, O’Dair served as the associate vice president for student affairs at Boston College. In that role, she was responsible for supervising the engagement area, which included counseling services, Offices of Graduate Student Life, Health Services, the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, and the Women’s Center. O’Dair also oversaw assessment efforts within the division of student affairs, the creation of collaborative programs with academic affairs, and diversity initiatives within the division. In addition, she served as the student affairs Title IX coordinator.O’Dair was the associate dean for graduate student life at Boston College and an assistant dean in the division of student life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She is actively involved in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and has served in leadership positions both regionally and nationally. She is a competitive Masters swimmer, avid trail runner and cyclist, and serves on the volunteer leadership team in Sturbridge for the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC).last_img read more

4 ways marketing is exactly like comedy

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details The world is going to hell in a handbasket, so I’ve been spending my down time watching comedy. This week, I’ve watched Dying Laughing, a documentary on Amazon Prime Video, and Jerry Seinfeld’s new standup special on Netflix, Jerry Before Seinfeld.Both shows stress how difficult it is to be a comedian. “Pffft,” I replied to the screen. “Try a career in marketing.”And then I realized, marketing and comedy are exactly alike. Consider the following. The talented ones make it look easy.Seinfeld is an excellent example of this. After all, he became a household name writing a show about nothing. He doesn’t have a funny voice or created personality, he’s just a seemingly average guy making jokes about average people. But he’s not average; he’s a genius. Writing a show about nothing may sound easy, but it’s an incredibly challenging creative undertaking.In marketing, Apple achieves a similar feat. Apple’s marketing is so simple: oftentimes, just a black Apple logo on a white screen. There might be a photo of a new product and a few words. That’s it. To the untrained eye, it looks so simple anyone could do it. Many have tried to do the same but failed. Which brings me to the second reason marketing is just like comedy. If you’re bad, you’re really, really bad.There are few situations more uncomfortable than sitting through a terrible standup act. It’s possible to fake a smile and applaud a bad singing performance, but it’s physically impossible to convincingly fake laughter. What’s more, people who want to laugh but don’t get angry. They start to heckle. It’s a bad scene, man.Here’s another uncomfortable situation: being exposed to bad marketing. Most bad marketing is just stale, like the ineffective “now, more than ever …” line. Cringe worthy, but not uncomfortable. But sometimes, marketing falls as flat as a bad standup routine. I’m not a big fan of political correctness, but two campaigns this year from Sony and Nivea with blatantly racist messages and images were downright uncomfortable. Sony’s “white is coming” PlayStation Portable ads featured a white model menacingly grabbing a black model by the face. Nivea bungled a deodorant campaign by greenlighting a “white is purity” message. Both were heckled on social media and deservedly so. It’s sorcery.In Dying Laughing, Seinfeld describes comedy as magic, a real magic trick. Successful comedians have the power to change people’s emotions, and produce the physiological response of laughter. Successful marketing performs an even more remarkable feat. It sets the stage for, or even prompts people to, purchase something. Parting with a laugh is much easier than parting with hard earned dollars. Failure chips away at your soul.Comedians, like other performing artists, share big parts of themselves on stage. When a comedian bombs, the audience didn’t just reject some jokes, they are also rejecting a big part of the person. Now, marketing campaigns only have an element of artistry to them. Marketing is a means to an end, and that end is sales, not pure creative expression. That said, marketers don’t just build a campaign. They create it. That creativity does come from the soul, which is why it’s painful to see the mortgage brochure you lovingly created discarded in the gutter in front of your credit union. You don’t go home and curl up into a fetal position on your bed, like comedian Dave Attell did after his first stand up performance bombed, but it doesn’t feel good, either.Finally, a quote from Steve Harvey that describes comedy, but applies to the skill set required for marketing, and also sales.“You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there’s no class for comedy. You have to be born with it.”last_img read more

O’Neill says Republic have to beat Italy

first_imgMeanwhile, in Group A today hosts France, who are already through to the knockout stages, face Switzerland in Lille.Elsewhere, Romania take on Albania in Lyon.Both games kick-off at 8pm. That’s the message from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Italy on Wednesday.The Boy’s in Green’s hopes of reaching the last 16 suffered a blow yesterday after they lost 3-0 to Belgium in Group E.But O’Neill says the focus is now on the Italian clash.last_img

Hearts of Oak outdoors pre-season programme

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak begins pre-season training on Sunday August 11 at Akuse in the Eastern Region.The two-week residential camping will see the team taken through exercises in tactics, technique and conditioning.The team will return to Accra on Sunday August 25, after which it will play its first pre-season trial match a week later, on the 1st of September.Team Hearts will take to the field again to play its second preseason fixture on Wednesday September 4, after which it will round up pre-season activities with a final match to be played on Sunday September 8. All the preparatory matches will be honoured at the Accra Sports Stadium against yet to be determined opponents.Hearts are careful to avoid a repeat of disruptions to its last preseason camping at the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi. That hubbub created low morale leading to a patchy start to the season.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — Nelson Selects U14 Girls

first_imgThe Nelson Selects came away with a silver medal at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup Sunday in Kelowna. The Selects, also winners of the Fairplay award, lost in the final after rallying for two straight wins to conclude the round robin draw.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would also like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includs, back row, Emma Gregorich, Lakpa Dietz, Maya Mierau, Emiy Graeme, Naomi Perkins and Merissa Dawson.Middle, manager Eve Burkart, Isobel Morley, Kyra Burkart, coach Paul Burkart, Alli Zondervan, Bronwyn Sutherland and coach Pat Perkins.Front, Camille Gebhart, Kali Horner, Amelia Matzke, Haley Cooke, Netanya Hanley, Maddie Sternloff and Darian Voisard.last_img

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 18, 2017

first_imgHUNCH PLAY PREVAILS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY Doug O’Neill14618282112%46%$1,623,866 Corey Nakatani73138718%38%$790,767 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 Martin Pedroza11115202114%50%$637,027 Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586 Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 William Spawr31114435%61%$342,440 MANDELLA MAY HAVE A HIT FROM OKLAHOMA Jerry Hollendorfer12126182221%55%$1,693,129 STEVENS, ASHLEY REUNITED FOR SAN LUIS REY            Ashleyluvssugar is set for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf, and he’ll be reunited with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who missed riding the six-year-old in the California Cup Turf Classic Jan. 28 while still recovering from hip replacement surgery.Stevens had ridden Ashleyluvssugar five straight times and nine times in his last 10 starts before Flavien Prat took over to win the Cal Cup Turf Classic. Prat rides in Dubai next Saturday.Ashleyluvssugar, a California-bred son of Game Plan out of the 16-year-old dam Ashley’s Folly, who resides at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday in 1:01 under exercise rider Jose Aragon.“I got him a little bit quicker than that, but I like the way he did it,” said Peter Eurton, who trains Ashley for owners/breeders Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC.Ashleyluvssugar has been a mainstay with Team Eurton since day one. Not only did the bay gelding win the San Luis Rey under Stevens in 2015, overall he has a 9-3-3 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,145,004.Understandably, it’s become more than a business relationship between trainer and horse.“There’s always an emotional attachment for a horse you’ve had since he was a baby,” Eurton allowed. “We raised him and we’ve had his brothers and sisters. I’m going to have three other siblings (Ashley’s Sassy, Ashley’s Bambino and Ashley’s Cutie) at the race track at the same time.“I would love to take a photo of those four galloping together down the lane. That would be so cool.“They’re all different, every single one of them, but he is obviously the best of the bunch. The four out of that mare all won maiden special (weight races). There was a horse years back that got loose and jumped over the fence at Hollywood Park and almost wound up in the infield lake. That was his brother, Ashley’s Bambino. He came out of that episode to win another race.“Ashley’s Folly is just a good mare and we’ve got a lot of emotion involved with her.”Just like all her siblings. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas12221211917%50%$1,223,952 Santiago Gonzalez12713211710%40%$661,673 STEVENS, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR TOGETHER AGAIN Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat22351354323%58%$3,213,930 Mario Gutierrez95817108%37%$728,435 Rafael Bejarano13421232316%50%$1,395,101 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Edwin Maldonado761191114%41%$363,016 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Peter Eurton56116720%43%$576,057 (Current Through Friday, March 17) Mark Glatt749111012%41%$452,655 Joseph Talamo15321162014%37%$736,038 Kent Desormeaux13730171522%45%$1,690,242 Bob Baffert591381022%53%$1,303,516 OKLAHOMA-BRED MAKES DEBUT SUNDAY FOR MANDELLAIf Taxman’s Quest comes anything close to Rogers and Hammerstein’s smash musical hit “Oklahoma,” Richard Mandella can expect rave reviews after Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile on turf.Taxman’s Quest, a son of Euroears bred in Oklahoma by his owners, the Litsch Family LLC, is unbeaten in his only two races, both sprints on dirt at Remington Park. He hasn’t raced since last Oct. 21, but has been firing bullets for Mandella at Santa Anita in preparation for the Pasadena.“A friend of a friend asked if I would be interested in him, and I looked up his races,” Mandella said in explaining how he acquired the chestnut gelding. “Yes, the races were against Oklahoma-breds, but pretty impressive, I thought.“We got him here and he’d had a little rest, but he’s trained very well up to this race.”Master of the understatement, Mandella might have outdone himself with that one. On March 14, Taxman’s Quest went five furlongs in 59.20, fastest of 23 drills at the distance; March 8, six furlongs in 1:12.40, fastest of 19; and March 1, five furlongs in 59.80, fastest of 42.“I wasn’t looking to run him on the turf,” Mandella said, “but it was the only option I had, so I’m going to try and get a race into him and see what we’ve got. I don’t know why he wouldn’t handle the turf.”While Oklahoma-breds racing in California are about as rare as snow in Pasadena, there have been at least two of note, 1986 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame member Lady’s Secret, and 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Kip Deville.The Pasadena, race eight of nine: Big Sky Logan, Corey Nakatani. 30-1; Taxman’s Quest, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Ritzy A.P., Victor Espinoza, 15-1; Ky. Colonel, Mike Smith, 6-1; Taco, J.M. Rios, 6-1, Cistron, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Monster Man, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Conquest Farenheit, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 5-2; Zakaroff, Joe Talamo, 6-1; and Bird Is the Word, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.1001911919%39%$836,516 Philip D’Amato8516121319%48%$1,121,550 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jamie Theriot7387511%27%$405,770             FINISH LINES: Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day program ended on a fitting note, as favored Irish Dame powered to a 3 ½ length win for trainer Vann Belvoir, giving leading man Flavien Prat his third win on the card and his 51st overall, through 44 racing days . . . With Spring Training in full swing in both Florida and Arizona, Nick Alexander’s homebred Pee Wee Reese got the ball rolling yesterday, capturing the first race, a $56,000 allowance at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, by 5 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo. Named for the Dodgers’ legendary Hall of Fame second baseman, “Pee Wee” notched his third consecutive win for trainer Phil D’Amato. Alexander will hope to be in the Winner’s Circle again following’s today’s 10th race, as his homebred Catfish Hunter, a 3-year-old half brother to Pee Wee Reese, stretches out to a mile on turf with Tyler Baze up for trainer Steve Miyadi . . . Mike Smith compiles Frequent Flier mileage over the next week. The Hall of Fame rider pilots American Anthem for Bob Baffert today in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, returns to his home base of Santa Anita to ride Sunday, then heads halfway around the world to the Middle East where he rides Arrogate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup next Saturday. Agent Brad Pegram said Smith should be back in California next Sunday, March 29, but not in time to ride at Santa Anita. Baffert leaves Santa Anita this afternoon to hook up with Arrogate . . . There is a single ticket Jackpot Pick Six carryover today of $289,904.62 . . . Apprentice jockey Evin Roman has been suspended five racing days (March 23, 24, 25, 26 and 30) for interference aboard Candy Boss in last Sunday’s seventh race, which resulted in a disqualification from third to fourth. Tyler Baze23942443018%49%$2,216,922 J. Keith Desormeaux4394521%42%$504,945 Ruben Fuentes7671469%36%$200,320 Stewart Elliott14916162311%37%$772,968 Steven Miyadi59815614%49%$386,106last_img read more

Make a pledge to save our seas

first_imgThrough the Sea Pledge programme, people are encouraged to preserve SouthAfrica’s coastline and the environment in general.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) The hybrid cars that are carrying the SeaPledge message to towns and communitiesall along South Africa’s coast.(Image: SST) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alex Lenferna  South East African Climate Consortium,  Student Forum, Rhodes University  +27 72 372 4144 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa protects its oceans • New drive for greener cars • Research centre for African oceans • SA maps its freshwater priority areas • SA consumers help rebuild fish stocksEmily van RijswijckA modern day crusade recently set off from Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, to bring the status of the planet’s blue lungs – its oceans – to the attention of people living and working along South Africa’s coastline.The drive will also create awareness around the much-anticipated climate conference COP17 taking place over November and December in Durban.Driving under the banner of the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) and the South East African Climate Consortium (SEACC), a group of students, scientists and environmental activists set off in two hybrid vehicles on 12 October to visit 25 towns along a 2 500km-plus stretch of coast.Their aim: to get people to sign a Sea Pledge to commit to treating seas, estuaries, coastlines and oceans better in years to come. The team has finished their KwaZulu-Natal leg of the trip and is now en route to the Garden Route and the Western Cape.Vehicle manufacturer Honda, a leader in hybrid technology, sponsored the two vehicles involved in the project. Each car has superb green credentials, can travel 100km more per tank than similar fuel-powered vehicles, and has a carbon dioxide output of less than 110 grams per kilometre.The industry norm for exemption from the South African government’s emissions tax on passenger vehicles is 120g/kms.Working together to save the seasSEACC is an Eastern Cape consortium between NGOs and the province’s four universities – Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha and Fort Hare in Bhisho.It has a student forum representing the consortium at each of these academic institutions.The organisation has earmarked 3 December for the culmination of its Sea Pledge drive – on this day the oceans will come under the spotlight at COP17.According to the SST website, at 11h00 on that day, around South Africa and elsewhere, yachts will depart to exchange pledges at sea, divers will exchange pledges underwater and try to break world records, surfers will exchange pledges on the waves, and kite boarders in the air.In addition, swimmers, beach walkers, anglers, commercial fisheries, shipping lines, schools, desalination plants, marine mining groups, retail outlets, hospitality establishments and the general public will also join in the pledge exchange festivities.SST has stated that it aims to have a million pledges by 3 December.To make a Sea Pledge, contact [email protected] or visit the Sea Pledge Facebook or Twitter pages.  From Sodwana to SaldanaThe Sea Pledge drive will cover almost the entire coastline of South Africa, taking in Sodwana on the east coast all the way to Saldanha on the west coast.The event was launched at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the departure venue. Speaking at the event, SST founding trustee Tony Ribbink, a specialist on the coelacanth, the ancient fish which until 1938 was thought to be extinct, said the business community has a major role to play in bringing about positive momentum in green economic growth. “Far too many companies and businesses are unaware of the significant difference they can make when it comes to climate issues,” he said. “We aim to show them that they too can play a positive role and benefit from these initiatives.”The Sea Pledge drive is a crusade for change, added Ribbink. “It is one pledge with two goals: to reduce our emissions footprint and to increase our handprint, which entails helping others.”Stopping the decline in fish populationsRibbink said it is time the world sat up and took note of the drastic decline in the health of the world’s oceans and the living creatures inhabiting it. Just in terms of fishing volumes, there should be a major cause for concern, he said.World fishing numbers have been in decline for a number of years and scientists are predicting the entire collapse of major fisheries by 2046.But it is the survival of subsistence communities, whose very lives depend on the daily catch of fish, which is of most concern to SEACC. These communities will be most affected by mass extinction of fish species. “By signing the Sea Pledge, your business will undertake to help save the seas, and more importantly, contribute to deal with issues of social justice and environmental conservation,” Ribbink told business representatives.Each commitment will be added to a petition calling on the UN to make 2012 the International Year of Coasts and Oceans.The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber pledged its support during the event.“The chamber is joining forces with SEACC at this event to encourage businesses to become proactive in their response to climate change,” said chamber CEO Kevin Hustler.Impact of climate changeGuest speaker at the launch, air quality and climate change specialist and television presenter Simon Gear said the real impact of climate change has only been felt in the last decade. The increase in world temperatures is well recorded but is just a small part of this global phenomenon.“The world has not become massively warmer over the last decade,” he said, “but half a percent increase in temperatures indicates enormous changes in kinetic energy and resultant climatic systems.”It is for this reason that scientists prefer to talk about climate change rather than global warming nowadays, added Gear.Sketching a rather bleak picture, Gear said the harnessing of fossil fuels remains the single biggest threat to the environment and will remain so as the country lacks a political will to move away from it. He told the gathering that local power utility Eskom supplier burns up 14 kilograms of coal and uses 36 litres of water to give an average household a day’s supply of electricity.In summing up, Gear said that the Sea Pledge will make a valuable contribution towards protecting our fauna and flora and securing our water resources.last_img read more

War on plastic: SA seafood restaurant chain bans straws

first_imgPlastics are the scourge of the ocean, with millions of tons annually finding their way into the world’s open waters and then into the stomachs of marine life.In an effort to help save the oceans from plastic pollution, the Ocean Basket restaurant chain is no longer offering customers straws with drinks and bags for takeaway meals. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonOne of the most notorious plastic products, doing the most harm, is the ordinary drinking straw. Popular seafood franchise Ocean Basket has banned the use of straws in all its restaurants.Each day, around the world, more than 500 million drinking straws are used and discarded. While some are recycled, most are dumped in landfills and find their way into the ocean, where plastic pollution is taking its toll on wildlife.One million seabirds die from ingesting plastic every year, in addition to more than 100,000 other marine animals. In one example, inspecting the stomach contents of a sea turtle that died from ingesting plastic refuse, Marine Conservation Institute scientists found more than a hundred drinking straws, alongside plastic bags, cigarette butts and plastic bottle tops.Ocean Basket has now officially implemented a ban on the use of straws – and plastic bags – in all 168 of its restaurants nationwide, rolling out during 2018. The ban is the first step the brand is taking in raising awareness of the effects of plastic pollution on the planet and its oceans. The company will also push for the ban in its restaurants around the rest of Africa, of which there are more than 20 – including in Nigeria and Zimbabwe – during the course of the year.(Image: Ocean Basket)The move follows a global trend by the food and hospitality industry to reduce its plastic use. The US city of Seattle has banned straws and plastic packaging outright, including large fast food franchises; internationally, these large brands have yet to implement a full plastic ban. In 2017, Kenya banned the use of plastic bags completely.Ocean Basket understands the ban is as much a moral decision as it is an economic one, stating in the official announcement of the straw ban on 10 January 2018: “The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half the oxygen we breathe, helps to provide the water we drink and delivers [to] us the very core of our business success – seafood.”The company is the first large food franchise in South Africa to implement the ban, and it hopes the other big names in the industry will take note and follow suit.“Ocean Basket is building a movement… [that] inspires all of us to prevent plastic pollution, reduce waste, improve recycling and live cleaner, healthier lives. Watch this space as we begin the rollout of projects over the next 18 months,” the company said.Smaller independent food outlets around the country, many in the Western Cape, have also effected a ban on straws and plastics in their day-to-day operations.Ocean Basket says the ban has been largely supported by its customers, and has encouraged consumers to take the message to social media, using the hashtag #refusethestraw to spread the word.The company is well known for its corporate responsibility, particularly when it comes to its primary product, seafood. Ocean Basket, as per the guidelines of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) only uses seafood that has been harvested in a responsible, ethical manner.Greenpeace Africa has applauded Ocean Basket for the ban, welcoming more corporate involvement and responsibility in tackling environmental challenges. It hopes that more South African companies take note of the example set by Ocean Basket and are inspired to meet the same challenge and even take it further towards the ultimate goal: the complete eradication of processed industrial plastics across the board.(Infographic: Two Ocean Aquarium, Cape Town / Marine Conservation Institute)Source: News24, Good Things Guy website, Greenpeace Africa, Marine Conservation Institute Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: How to Become a Hustler

first_imgIf you want to transform yourself from a non-hustler to a hustler, you are going to need to make some serious changes. These changes begin in your mind before they manifest in your results.You must reject the scarcity mindset and replace it with a belief in limitless abundance. You can’t see your opportunities or your potential while you believe there isn’t enough.You must reject fear and embrace unconditional love. You can’t make the transformation from non-hustler to hustler while you are consumed with fear. You fear things over which you have no control, while hustlers have a different set of fears.You will have to reject cynicism and skepticism and fill yourself with the belief that everything is possible. The transformation cannot occur until you believe in yourself completely. Your cynicism and skepticism is the defense mechanism you use to shroud your fear that you aren’t good enough.You must replace distrust with the belief that everyone is acting out of good intentions. Once your intentions and actions are strong enough, you will find that you have always been surrounded by people who will help you succeed, not people who are trying to hurt you.You must replace judgment with the compassion required to understand that when you recognize bad intentions you are witnessing someone who is sick, injured, or doesn’t believe they have real choices. Hustlers avoid negative people, but they work to pull up those who need a hand.You need to shift your focus from what you can’t do now to all the things you are empowered to do now. You see the great distance you must cross and decide it is too far. Hustlers take the first step, and then they keep moving. To you it looks like a grind. To a hustler it looks like work they love.You must eliminate your belief that you need to wait for permission or someone else to validate your gift  in order to share them. There is no one who is going to tap you on the shoulder and tell you that you are allowed to do something. Your transformation can only occur when you stop waiting and start sharing your gift.You must kill your inner critic and replace that voice with the voice of your strongest proponent, that voice that pushes you forward. There is only one voice that can stop you, and that voice it the one that speaks to you when you are alone with your thoughts. That is the same voice that can help you and propel you forward. You have to decide what that voice says to you, and you have to decide what you believe.You must replace your belief that what you do doesn’t make a difference with the belief that helping one person right now means you have made the ultimate difference. The hustler knows that they create value, that they make a difference. You need to take credit for the value that you create.If you would be a hustler, then you need to begin by making these changes. The sooner you make them, the sooner you find yourself in a different–and better–place.last_img read more