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Barefoot on the Roof of Africa

first_imgMembers of the Barefoot Impi teamon top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Dr Ross Tucker, a member of the team,said that when they reached the summitof Kilimanjaro, the team was engulfedwith feelings of vindication mixed withhappiness.(Images: Barefoot Impi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ronnis DanielsThe Children’s Hospital Trust:Communications Co-ordinator+27 21 659 1796Ray MaotaSouth African mountain climbers can now relish the fact that they are the first people documented to ever climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, barefoot, and all done in the name of charity.With no serious injuries, all the climbers from Barefoot Impi – a group of adventurers and philanthropists who engage in charitable causes barefoot – reached the summit of Kili.Their feat was done in aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. The expedition was sponsored by Old Mutual, a financial services provider.There were 10 climbers in the team. Matt Botha, Dr Ross Tucker, Camilla Howard, Clyde Barendse, Andrew King and Hedley Young went shoeless, the others were guides and a camera man.The money raised from the climb will go towards upgrading the hospital’s Poisons Information Centre.Carla Goliath of the Children’s Hospital Trust said: “The money donated is still coming in and some have pledged donations which we have not yet received so the amount of money raised from the climb is still to be confirmed.”The Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraisers for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.Before their departure, Sean Disney, the managing director of Adventure Dynamics International, who has climbed Mount Everest and the Seven Summits twice, said: “The objective of the expedition is to climb and summit Kilimanjaro barefoot in entirety. This naturally poses a whole new array of additional challenges that one would have to overcome during a conventional summit.”Tackling KiliTucker said: “Ultimately, to be perfectly honest, we were clinical, precise and got to the summit relatively easily. I’d go so far as to say that probably 80% of expeditions to Kilimanjaro have more problems and issues than we had.“Perhaps being barefoot forced on us a more stringent approach, but it worked, and that should, I would hope, shake a paradigm or two.”The team reached the summit of the 5 895m mountain, also known as the Mountain of Greatness and the Roof of Africa, in five days battling terrain, altitude and weather along the way.They went through extensive training for months in advance, hiking barefoot up trails on Table Mountain and spending time in ice chambers at -15°. The mountaineers basically lived barefoot for months to give their feet the best possible chance against the elements on the mountain.And all that training paid off. “We reached the peak as one very emotional tribe knowing we had achieved what we set out to do,” said King.Tucker added: “I can honestly say that when all six of us got to the summit, with no drama, there was a feeling of vindication mixed with the happiness. All it took was planning and preparation with intelligence, foresight and discipline.”Some of the rules for the hike included: walking barefoot from the gate of the mountain to its peak; set climbing times during each day and not placing a shoe of any kind on any foot during the set climbing times.Why the upgrade is neededThere are only two 24-hour emergency poison lines available to the South African public and medical profession. They are based at the Tygerberg Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospitals, both in Cape Town.Both use the database at the Red Cross hospital as their source of information.According to the Children’s Hospital Trust, an upgraded, internet-based system is required that can be accessed on- and offline by medical professionals throughout southern Africa. This web-based system will allow rapid and immediate access to medical institutions and healthcare professionals, as well as provide information on non-toxic substances to the general public.The cost to upgrade the Poisons Information Centre is R3.1-million (US$406 000).last_img read more

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Play to Your Strengths. Shore Up Your Weaknesses.

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 For some reason, it’s popular to tell people that they should focus on their strengths and ignore their weaknesses. This is terrific advice . . . in context, anyway.My strengths are in sales and marketing. I care deeply about financials, but I am not a CFO, an accountant, or a bookkeeper. Focusing on my strengths means that I should focus on a few lines of the P&L, and not on the work of putting the P&L together. This is an example of what people mean when they offer this advice that you should focus on your strengths.If you don’t focus on minimizing your real weaknesses, they will be your undoing.Lack of Self-DisciplineIf you lack self-discipline, and you decide that willing yourself to take action is not your strong suit, this weakness will destroy your ability to produce anything more than mediocre results in business and in life. This is a fundamental law of the universe. Success will elude you. You think this is a weakness you can ignore? Do you accept or admire this weakness in others?Low Emotional IntelligenceLet’s say you aren’t the caring type. You have low EQ. You are self-oriented and care only about getting what you want. Maybe you want to offset this weakness with your super high IQ. Unless you are a two-year old, who can be excused for their behavior as they figure out how to deal with discovering that they are an individual, this weakness will massively limit your success.You’ve been taught to answer the interview question, “What is your weakness,” with something about how you wish you were more organized. A lack of organization is either a lack of discipline, or it is a lack of caring about keeping your commitments to other people. In both cases, it isn’t a weakness that you can overlook.Poor MindsetIf you have a pessimistic, defeatist attitude, you may absolve yourself of responsibility for your attitude by suggesting you are a “realist,” or some such thing. You will still produce poorer results than you are capable of, and it will destroy your ability to lead or inspire others to take action. No one succeeds or leads with believing in a better future. Pessimism is weakness, especially in a leader.Lack of ResourcefulnessMaybe your weakness is that you believe you lack creativity. You aren’t resourceful, and you wait passively for someone to give you the ideas you need to reach your goals or help your clients to reach theirs. It doesn’t really matter what your strength is, but it won’t be enough to offset this weakness in the Disruptive Age. You can’t be proactive and take initiative without ideas. You can learn to exercise your creativity by sitting down with a legal pad and a pen for one hour in the morning (see Earl Nightingale).Unwilling to ProspectOne salesperson told me his strength was being in front of prospective customers and his weakness was prospecting. I asked him how he planned to get in front of those customers. He said that it would be great if someone else could do the dirty work for him. I argued that his exceptional business acumen made him the right person to do that work. He argued that it might be nice to have someone with his business acumen make those calls for him. I recommended that it might be better for me to hire that person for the job I was hiring him for, if they had his same chops.Lack of Business AcumenLet’s say your strength is prospecting, but you lack the chops, the real business acumen and situational knowledge you need to make a difference for your customer. Does that sound like a weakness you can live with? Does that sound like a weakness your clients are going to be willing to live with? Hardly. Without business acumen, you will never create enough value to be relevant for most roles, and your career will be severely limited.Shore Up Your WeaknessesThere are some human attributes that you need to have as strengths in order to succeed, to produce the results that you are capable of, and to do meaningful work in line with your greater purpose. You can’t overlook your weaknesses in important areas, and you cannot decide that playing to your strengths will be enough to offset them. In fact, if you are unaware of your weaknesses, you are already paying a price, whether or not you know it.A visionary leader without the ability to execute is a dreamer. A leader with the ability to execute and no vision is a weak manager, at best.A smart person with no energy is a bore. An energetic person with no brains is an entertaining train wreck.Play to your strengths. Shore up your weakness, before they make a mockery of your strengths.last_img read more

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Cignal back on winning track with rout of AMA

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Raymar Jose just missed out on a double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the win.Coach Boyet Fernandez was glad with how Cignal responded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino, 66-65 last Thursday, noting that at the team knows how important the games are especially with the loaded schedule they have in the first three weeks of the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just a little tired, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track,” he said. “We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer.”Potts got things going in the first quarter as he strung eight points to allow the Hawkeyes to take a 22-16 lead before they pulled away in the ensuing frames and grab a lead as high as 25, 64-39, with a Simon Atkins fastbreak with 1:25 left in the third period. Paolo Pontejos got himself going for AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.Andre Paras impressed in his first game for the Titans, winding up with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes of play.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 86 – Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0.AMA 76 – Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Davon Potts. PBA IMAGESCignal HD pounced on AMA Online Education with a wire-to-wire 86-76 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Davon Potts led the way for the Hawkeyes as he fired 17 points and three rebounds, while Pamboy Raymundo unfurled 16 markers and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriorscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

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