QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists there is no prospect of Newcastle being involved in a relegation battle – even if his team beat them today.The Magpies have endured a disappointing season so far and are currently 15th in the table.And as well as being Rangers’ first away win of the campaign, a victory would take them to within four points of Alan Pardew’s side.But Redknapp said: “Newcastle are not really in relegation trouble. I don’t see them being being in trouble – not a chance. They’re too good.”Click here for our Newcastle v QPR quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
OAKLAND — The Warriors did not listen to Klay Thompson’s wishes to play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Instead, the Warriors listened to their training staff and sat him for Game 3 after nursing tightness in his hamstring.“He’s been making a very strong case. That’s who Klay is. He wants to play no matter what,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said beforehand. “He’s trying desperately to be out on the floor. We’ll have to weigh all the factors …
The four-time PSL champions came close to paying for their wayward finishing shortly after that when Walid Soliman broke free with only goalkeeper Meyiwa to beat. However, his shot across the face of goal passed narrowly wide of the left- hand post, leaving Pirates breathing a sigh of relief. South African club Orlando Pirates won through to the semi-finals of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League after a goalless draw against Egypt’s Al Ahly in Soweto on Sunday. Group BTunisia’s Esperance topped Group B, with Cameroon’s Coton Sport taking second place. The Tunisians, who will face Pirates in the final four, put together the most impressive record in the group stages, winning five and losing only one of their six matches. 23 September 2013 After Zamalek outplayed Leopards 4-1 in Cairo, the Buccaneers reached the semi-finals in second place behind Al Ahly in Group A. The Egyptians, winners of the Champions League four times in the last eight years, had entered the match already assured of a place in the semi-finals, while Pirates needed a victory or Zamalek to defeat AC Leopards to ensure their passage into the final four. The Egyptians started the match brightly, with Mohamed Aboutrika and Zaher getting off shots on Senzo Meyiwa’s goal, but the home team then began to dictate play. Pirates’ shooting was poor, though, with only one shot finding the target. In the second half, they improved, but still couldn’t conjure up a winner. Best opportunityPirates’ best opportunity of the contest fell to Thulisizwe Mbuyane, but the substitute, with his first touch of the game, fired high over the crossbar after picking up an inviting through ball 20 minutes from time. Previous winnersOrlando Pirates are the only South African team to have won the Caf Champions League. That victory was achieved way back in 1995 with a team that featured, among others, Mark Fish, Marks Maponyane, Helman Mkhalele and Williams Okpara. Daine Klate had a diving header blocked near the end of the game by Sherif Ekramy and the teams settled for a goalless draw. On their way to the final against the Ivory Coast’s Asec Abidjan, they defeated Swaziland’s Eleven Men in Flight 5-0 on aggregate, Nigeria’s BCC Lions 2-1, Gabon’s Mbilinga 4-2 and Uganda’s Express 2-1. Coach Roger De Sa’s Sea Robbers had shocked Al Ahly in Cairo, winning 3-0, but despite dominating the contest at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday they couldn’t find a winner. After drawing with 2-2 with Asec Abidjan in Johannesburg in the first leg of the 1995 final, they produced a fine performance in Abidjan in the away leg of the title decider to win 1-0 and take the title 3-2 on aggregate.
14 March 2014The number of Africans at all income levels who are able and willing to buy a range of products may be larger than many companies believe, according to a new report released by US-headquartered consultancy The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on Thursday.Africa’s booming middle class, with its recently acquired purchasing power, has been linked to the strong economic performances of many African countries since the end of the 1990s, and is driving a new wave of foreign direct investment in the continent.BCG’s 2013 Africa Consumer Sentiment Survey, which polled 10 000 consumers across eight of the continent’s largest countries, bodes well for international retailers targeting African markets, BCG principal Lori Spivey said in a statement.“According to the survey, 60 to 90 percent of consumers in each of the eight African countries we visited expressed a strong desire to buy more things every year – higher than the averages in Brazil, China, and India, and twice the percentage of consumers in developed nations,” Spivey said.“Only 30 percent of African consumers say that they already have enough things – a much lower percentage than in other developed and developing nations. This suggests a pent-up demand for new products and services.“Overall, the market for new products and services in specific African nations appears especially attractive as new consumer classes emerge,” said Spivey, who co-authored the BCG report based on the survey, titled Understanding Consumers in the “Many Africas”.‘Not just one monolithic Africa’According to the report, the BCG survey supports the theory of not one but many consumer classes emerging across the continent, showing that while brands are powerful in Africa, favourite brands vary by country and age group.“Our research reinforced the fact that there is not just one monolithic Africa,” said BCG partner Stefano Niavas, also a coauthor of the report. “Rather, the continent is a collection of many different countries, markets, and consumers with sometimes similar aspirations but often different and specific needs.”Africans ‘knowledgeable, diligent’ consumersThe survey also found that African consumers are highly brand conscious compared with consumers in other countries around the world, reporting a strong and complex emotional connection with their favourite brands.Almost 70 percent of people survey said they feel that brands represent who they are, validate and communicate their personal values, and provide a sense of belonging, compared with only 40 percent of consumers in Brazil, 29 percent in China, and 24 percent in developed markets.One unexpected finding of the survey, according to BCG, is that brands remain important in Africa even as people’s income declines.“African consumers are both knowledgeable and diligent in their decision-making process: 70 percent said they knew a lot about the details of the products they buy. And almost 75 percent save and cut back on spending in other areas to pay more for products that are important to them.“As a rule, African consumers will trade up for quality and trade down to economize and stretch their budgets.”While these findings suggest that many well-known global brands already have a head start in Africa, they also indicate that, to succeed on the continent, global brands will have to create “an emotional connection with target consumers along specific dimensions, such as values, beliefs, and family – even more so than in other countries”.SAinfo reporter
Most of the things that make sales go faster are bad for long term relationships–and longer term results.Trying to close faster only creates resistance on the part of your buyer. Making sure that you take them through all of the stages of their process, even if it feels like it may take you longer, gets you to the final commitment sooner and with your relationships in tact.Telling the client what they want to hear so that you can make a sale might get you the business faster than telling them the truth about what they really need, but your deal will be short lived. By trading time for what is right, you damage the long term relationship, and you most certainly leave yourself open to be competitively displaced by a truth-telling salesperson.Avoiding consensus-building and collaboration because you fear it will take longer to strike a deal by involving more stakeholders might seem like a good plan to compress time and get the win across the line. But if for some reason your power sponsor gives you the green light, you will struggle with all kinds of execution problems because you didn’t really do the work to discover what your client needs and you didn’t allow the people you serve to collaborate on the solution. By neglecting and/or avoiding people, you damaged relationships.If you feel like you have to race to make your number, it’s because you don’t have enough opportunities to reach your goals and you aren’t gaining all of the smaller commitments you need to move forward the opportunities you do have. To go faster, you have to take your time and do better work during every sales interaction. Fast is slow, and slow is fast. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Chelsea striker Morata agents in AC Milan talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Alvaro Morata is in talks about a return to Italy in January.Morata is being increasingly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.The struggling Chelsea striker reportedly contacted Barcelona to enquire about a move last week.And Calciomercato says his entourage are now also spoken to AC Milan to see if they would be willing to take him away from the Premier League. Any deal would be a loan given Milan’s financial fair play plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after rushing for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Just because it looks like Braxton Miller won’t be playing quarterback this season for the Buckeyes, doesn’t mean Ohio State’s other QB’s can take things easy. There’s still a quarterback competition to win and a national championship to defend, and sophomore J.T. Barrett, the primary starter last season, certainly knows that. That’s probably why Barrett and fellow quarterback Stephen Collier spent some free time today throwing with wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Noah Brown. That Ohio State offense will be scary this season, no matter who is at the controls.