President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation suspending the holding of the October 14, 2014 Senatorial Election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.According to the Foreign Ministry, the President acted under authority of the Constitution and “pursuant to powers vested in her by both the Constitution of Liberia and the Declaration of the State of Emergency.”The Ministry stated that the President has also suspended all voting rights associated and connected with the Senatorial Election.“The President has directed the National Elections Commission, the agency of Government authorized to hold general and special elections, to immediately commence consultations and discussions with all recognized and accredited political parties, independent candidates, and civil society organizations and other stakeholders, as well as national and international health authorities on a new date for holding the Special Senatorial Election,” the Ministry said in a statement issued by Mr. Horatio Bobby Willie, Assistant Minister for Public Affairs At least 15 of the 30 senators should have headed for election on October 14 but with suspension, they still have their jobs until a new date can be set to conduct the election.Citing reasons that necessitated the suspension of the October 14 Senatorial Election, the President’s Proclamation states that, “As a consequence of the measures taken by the Government under the State of Emergency to contain the spread and eradicate the virus, the continued prevalence of the Virus, and other self-surviving measures taken by the people in restricting their travel and contacts, necessary for a free, open and transparent political atmosphere, the National Elections Commission, the Institution clothed with the authority to conduct elections in Liberia, has informed the Government that it has been unable to undertake several of the processes that are prerequisites to conducting the pending 2014 Senatorial Election, including the deployment of staff in the field to conduct civil/voter education, the recruitment and deployment of the required polling staff at polling centers, the importation of basic, essential and sensitive electoral materials due to the suspension of flights to Liberia, the requisite campaigning by senatorial candidates and the monitoring of the process and activities by the NEC to ensure that there are no violations of the Elections Law and that violations are adequately addressed.”It can be recalled that the President on August 6, 2014 declared a State of Emergency throughout the nation, which action was subsequently approved by the National Legislature as stipulated under Article 86 of the Constitution with the aim to combat the deadly virus affecting Liberia and its people and eradicate the virus from the nation.“Under the Constitution and the mentioned Declaration of the State of Emergency, the President is vested with the power and clothed with the authority to suspend, during the period of the State of Emergency, any and all [some] rights ordinarily exercised, enjoyed and guaranteed to citizens and residents of the Republic in normal periods, limited only by specific exceptions stipulated by the Constitution”, the Proclamation adds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Suspected poisoningTwo additional relatives of Selena Thomas of Wakapao, Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), who died of suspected poisoning on Monday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), were also admitted at the institution on Tuesday morning.Dead: Selena ThomasThis would bring the number of family members currently being treated there to eight as six were admitted on Monday for suspected poisoning after they reportedly ate cassava bread which may have been contaminated. A relative told Guyana Times on Tuesday that Thomas’s cousin, Richard Thomas, and a niece, had to be rushed to the hospital after continuous vomiting and abdominal pains on Monday night.The relative further said that the two visited Selena Thomas’s residence last week and also ate the cassava bread. She said Thomas baked some eight cakes of cassava bread last week which they were consuming and sharing with their family. “She baked about 8 cakes of cassava bread and that’s what they were using all the time. And when family come over they would share and so…this was the norm but they didn’t imagine something was wrong with it or anything like that,” the relative said.She said that the Thomas family is peaceful and lived neighbourly with everyone in their community so it is unclear whether someone would have intentionally poisoned their farm. “They live well with everybody. They are very peaceful and never had problems with anyone in the village or so. But other family believe that they were poisoned,” the relative added.Selena Thomas, 38, died around midday while receiving treatment at the GPHC on Monday. Her family members remain patients at the said institution.Her father is in critical condition, while her husband, father-in-law, and brother are reportedly in stable condition.A relative told Guyana Times on Monday that the family fell ill on Friday after consuming the cassava, which they reaped from their farm.She explained that soon after eating the cassava, they complained of stomach pains.“They were fine. But they ate cassava which they get from their farm. They prepared it as a meal and then they started to vomit and they were getting bad pains to their stomach. It was the only thing all of them eat the morning,” the distraught woman related.The relative added that they reportedly fed the same food to two of their dogs – both of which later died. It was at this point that they suspected that their farm may have been poisoned.She related that Thomas and her husband both visited the health centre at Wakapao on Friday for treatment. However, they were referred to the Suddie Hospital, but owing to the severity of their condition, they, along with other members of the household, were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Meanwhile, a nurse at the medical facility confirmed that the family is being monitored for food poisoning and noted that at least one member is in a very critical state.The nurse added that doctors suspected that the food which they consumed was contaminated.An investigation has since been launched into the incident as officials were deployed to the community. When contacted on Tuesday, Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt told Guyana Times that there were no updates on the matter.
… new shipment to arrive soon – Public Health MinistryBy Devina SamarooA shortage of the yellow fever vaccine has struck the nation amid a mad rush to obtain the medication, in light of the recent outbreak of the disease in Angola.Dr George Norton said emergency efforts were being taken to procure more vaccines from BrazilPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton said emergency efforts were being taken to procure more vaccines from Brazil and they were expected to arrive in Guyana within the next two weeks.The outbreak of the fatal disease in Angola prompted several countries to impose a travel requirement for the yellow fever vaccination. Guyana, as part of the Latin American region with risk of yellow fever, is listed as one of the countries whose residents would be required to be immunised and issued with a certificate prior to travel.The great inflow of persons to get vaccinated resulted in an unexpected shortage, as before, moves could be made to restock the shelves, the vaccination was depleted.According to the Berbice Regional Health Service, over 9000 yellow fever vaccines were administered within the space of three weeks in that county.Persons needing the vaccination to travel within the next 14 days are likely to delay or alter their plans, owing to the absence of the vaccine.Earlier reports indicate that the shortage being experienced was not as a result of lack of funding, but because of the global demand for the vaccine.During an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, the Public Health Minister assured that all efforts were being exhausted to ensure enough vaccines arrived in Guyana to recommence the distribution process.An advisory from the Public Health Ministry states that the supply of yellow fever vaccines which arrived in Guyana on June 17, 2016, has been depleted and that a new shipment is expected by August 30.The vaccine is only mandatory for travellers and children under one-year-old, and was being offered at all health centres across the country; nonetheless, all persons are encouraged to get vaccinated.Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, had advised that once a person has been vaccinated, that person will be issued with a “blue card”.However, this card does not provide clearance for travel, but validates that such persons have indeed been vaccinated.A “yellow card” – which can be uplifted from the Public Health Ministry on Brickdam, the public hospitals at Suddie, New Amsterdam and Lethem, as well as the St Joseph Mercy Hospital – is a certificate of validation that you are immunised and allows you to travel to countries that impose yellow fever regulations.The vaccines are free of cost, but a fee of $1000 is required to obtain the certificate.Yellow fever is a viral infection transmitted by infected mosquitoes, most commonly found in parts of South America and Africa. When transmitted to humans, the yellow fever virus can damage the liver and other internal organs and can be potentially fatal.There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, but the symptoms can be treated while your body fights the virus. Headache, high temperatures and muscle pain can be treated using pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Infected persons are urged also to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.Other symptoms of yellow fever include jaundice, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.Meanwhile, the advisory from the Ministry further outlines that persons traveling to countries listed as ‘endemic’ for yellow fever (mainly in Africa and Asia) should also be in possession of a valid International Certificate of Vaccination.However, it was noted that residents of Guyana are not required to show proof of immunisation for travel to and from the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and most Caribbean and South American countries.The advisory explained too that if a person has been vaccinated at least once in their life and has the necessary documentation to prove this but is not in possession of a International Yellow Fever Vaccination Card, it is recommended that they visit the nearest regional vaccination centre to receive such.One dose of the yellow fever vaccine, even received as a child, is now valid for life according to the World Health Organisation International Health Regulations WHA67.13.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK — Norwalk Court Judge Dewey Falcone ruled Thursday that a 20-year-old Whittier man should spend 10 years in prison for shooting another man to death during a traffic dispute. Randy Aguila was found guilty Feb. 15 in the shooting of 26-year-old Oscar Rubio of Whittier in September 2005. A jury found him guilty of manslaughter, although prosecutors had charged Aguila with murder. The case against Aguila began when deputies stopped his car on suspicion of DUI, searched it and found an incriminating letter in which Aguila boasted about shooting a man. But his attorney argued that the shooting itself occurred after Aguila and Rubio squared off on a Whittier street, where Aguila had double-parked his car, blocking traffic. Rubio was returning to work after having had lunch at his home nearby. A verbal dispute broke out between the men, and Aguila opened fire on Rubio when he believed the other man was reaching for a gun, according to defense attorneys. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Jean Newman is hardly afraid of challenges. The 73-year-old Cuban native came to the United States as a teen, worked for years as a substitute teacher and volunteered in the Israeli army well into her 50s. But when it comes to the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, she is at a loss. “The whole thing is so confusing. It might as well be in Chinese,” Newman said. Millions of senior citizens will become eligible for the benefit Jan. 1, but but many don’t know whether it will save them money, or which private insurance plan they should choose among the dozens that have bombarded their mailboxes with ads in recent months. Many don’t know how to apply or whether they are even eligible. And many are asking: Will the medications I need be covered? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The clock is ticking. Those who fail to sign up by May 15 may not get coverage until 2007. Not surprisingly, the people who seem to know the most tend to be the more educated and more affluent – the ones least likely to need the new coverage. About 42 million people are eligible for the Medicare drug benefit. As of mid-December, nearly 20 million were enrolled in some form, but the vast majority of them were automatically switched over from other benefit programs, including Medicaid. Only about 1 million had joined voluntarily. Newman spends about $150 a month on Prozac and the thyroid supplement Levoxyl. She applied for the low-income assistance but was rejected. Now she is unsure whether she is eligible for any of the coverage. (She is.) “There’s a thousand different forms of confusion, but almost everyone’s confused,” said Robert Hayes, head of the Medicare Rights Center, a consumer group. The government has touted its Web site, www.medicare.gov, where senior citizens can compare plans on spreadsheets, and it has urged people to consult their families and their doctors. Hayes said its unrealistic to expect doctors to shoulder the burden of explaining the plans. “In an ideal world, which is long past in this economy, physicians could sit down and become experts and counsel their patients. That doesn’t happen today because there’s so much time pressure on every doctor,” he said. Federal and local health officials and insurance companies have tried to provide workshops on the new program. The Philadelphia Senior Center has hosted about a dozen workshops and seminars over the past couple of months, but not many people have been enrolling in the program, said executive director Tamara Moreland. She said she suspects they prefer to keep their current coverage. “I hope it isn’t that they don’t understand it,” she added. Philadelphia senior center counselor Gloria Mack said she herself was confused by the training she received on the program. “Oh, my God,” Mack recalled thinking. “I’m confused, and I’m not a senior.” At the Clairemont Friendship Senior Center in San Diego, confusion ran high even after Medicare officials held a briefing there in November. Several elderly people said their private insurers automatically signed them up for a plan, but they did not know whether they were getting the best deal. “The government should have just said, ‘You pay so much and all your drugs are covered,”‘ said Dorothy Morrill, 70, whose PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.’s SecureHorizons plan signed her up for coverage with a $44 monthly premium. Nearby, at Allen Pharmacy in San Diego, owner Roger Fetterly said he worries that some of his customers will find that their plan does not cover the drugs they need. “We have a group of people who either don’t open their mail or open and don’t read it,” Fetterly said. “They just don’t know anything about what’s going on.” Others say they are not good with computers or do not want to burden their children by asking for advice. Those who have done their homework are finding that the new program doesn’t always offer advantages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal County Council spent €34,071 on legal costs on three files sent to the Standards in Public Office between 2012 and 2013.The files were sent at the request of then Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty.The Raphoe councillor raised the issue at this week’s meeting of Donegal County Council when he queried the legal costs in the issue. Council spent €34,071 on legal costs for SIPO files was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegallegal feesSIPO
A fossil Cambrian arthropod shows a large complex brain, prompting evolutionists to propose that evolution ran backwards from there.“Complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, 520-million-year-old fossilized arthropod confirms” is how PhysOrg headlined a press release from University of Arizona that found “remarkably well-preserved brain structures” in a fossil from China. A similar headline is found on Science Daily: “Cambrian Fossil Pushes Back Evolution of Complex Brains.” Science Now announced, “Spider ancestor had big brain.” The press release continued the un-Darwinian refrain:The remarkably well-preserved fossil of an extinct arthropod shows that anatomically complex brains evolved earlier than previously thought and have changed little over the course of evolution. According to University of Arizona neurobiologist Nicholas Strausfeld, who co-authored the study describing the specimen, the fossil is the earliest known to show a brain.Cambrian arthropods, including trilobites, clearly had brains, but this one preserved the imprint of soft brain matter so clearly that scientists were able to trace the neural pathways from the brain to the eye stalks. The press release states that it “represents an extinct lineage of arthropods combining an advanced brain anatomy with a primitive body plan.” They must mean “primitive” with respect to age on the evolutionary timeline, else why would a “primitive” animal need a complex brain? One of the researchers, Nicholas Strausfeld, said, “In principle, Fuxianhuia‘s is a very modern brain in an ancient animal.” Live Science suggested “primitive” equates with “simple” – “The rest of the animal is incredibly simple, so it’s a big surprise to see a brain that is so advanced, as it were, in such a simple animal,” Strausfeld told Live Science.In the press release, Stausfeld, a neurobiologist at the University of Arizona, made other statements that run counter to evolutionary expectations, even though he assumed the brain evolved:The fossil supports the idea that once a basic brain design had evolved, it changed little over time, he explained. Instead, peripheral components such as the eyes, the antennae and other appendages, sensory organs, etc., underwent great diversification and specialized in different tasks but all plugged into the same basic circuitry.“It is remarkable how constant the ground pattern of the nervous system has remained for probably more than 550 million years,” Strausfeld added. “The basic organization of the computational circuitry that deals, say, with smelling, appears to be the same as the one that deals with vision, or mechanical sensation.”Another evolutionary expectation was shattered by this fossil. Fuxianhuia protensa is a malacostracan, a group with complex brains, including crabs and shrimp. Evolutionists preferred to believe that insects evolved from simpler-brained branchiopods (including brine shrimp). The discovery of a complex brain deep in the Cambrian explosion shatters not only that expectation but turns evolution backwards:Because the brain anatomy of branchiopods is much simpler than that of malacostracans, they have been regarded as the more likely ancestors of the arthropod lineage that would give rise to insects.However, the discovery of a complex brain anatomy in an otherwise primitive organism such as Fuxianhuia makes this scenario unlikely. “The shape [of the fossilized brain] matches that of a comparable sized modern malacostracan,” the authors write in Nature. They argue the fossil supports the hypothesis that branchiopod brains evolved from a previously complex to a more simple architecture instead of the other way around.The paper in Nature by Stausfeld, a Londoner and two Chinese colleagues stated that “early-diverging arthropods have scarcely been analysed in the context of nervous system evolution.” This was, therefore, the first and clearest opportunity to analyze it with Fuxianhuia, “exhibiting the most compelling neuroanatomy known from the Cambrian.” The authors had to make the astounding claim that later branchiopods underwent an “evolutionary reduction” in brain structure instead of the progressive increase as would have been expected. “The early origin of sophisticated brains provides a probable driver for versatile visual behaviours, a view that accords with compound eyes from the early Cambrian that were, in size and resolution, equal to those of modern insects and malacostracans,” the abstract stated. (Ma, Hou, Edgecomb and Strausfed, “Complex brain and optic lobes in an early Cambrian arthropod,” Nature 490, 11 Oct 2012, pp. 258–261, doi:10.1038/nature11495.)However they sliced it, the authors had to conclude that “the brain and optic lobes of Fuxianhuia suggest that the arthropod nervous system acquired complexity by the early Cambrian.” The editor’s summary of the paper stated again what this fossil means for evolutionary theory:The Cambrian explosion refers to a time around 530 million years ago, when animals with modern features first appeared in the fossil record. The fossils of Cambrian arthropods reveal sophisticated sense organs such as compound eyes, but other parts of the nervous system are usually lost to decay before fossilization. This paper describes an exquisitely preserved brain in an early arthropod from China, complete with antennal nerves, optic tract and optic neuropils very much like those of modern insects and crustaceans. This suggests that if insects evolved from quite simple creatures such as branchiopod shrimps, then modern branchiopods have undergone a drastic reduction in the complexity of their nervous systems.The authors found about 50 specimens in various orientations, leading them to infer that “the eye stalk assemblage possessed a considerable degree of rotational freedom and thus allowed active vision“. The preservation was so remarkable that they were easily able to compare structures with those from living malacostracans, insects and chilopods, each group having a similar tripartite brain. “Indeed, it is expected that optic lobes would have already evolved sophisticated circuits even more deeply in the arthropod stem-group, enabling high-level visual processing of the kind presumed to be associated with large compound eyes belonging to the stem-group arthropod Anomalocaris.”Spin DoctoringIn the same issue of Nature, Graham E. Budd tried to rescue evolution from this evidence, using the worn-out cliche that the fossil “may shed new light” on how brain tissues evolved. His opening paragraph is a masterpiece of spin doctoring, listing various unexpected fossil surprises as triumphs for evolution:Even to palaeontologists, the fossil record can resemble the chaotic attic of an eccentric relative, stacked with ancient bric-a-brac of dubious usefulness. But the record has recently been throwing up some surprises that are bringing new order to this jumble. Our concept of dinosaurs, for example, has evolved from what were essentially bolted-together lumps of bone into living creatures covered in graceful feathers — and in colour too. Other fossil finds have brought changes to the scale of our understanding of evolution. For example, the discovery of exceptionally well-preserved fossil muscle fibres throughout the record and fossilized embryos from at least the Cambrian period, some 500 million years ago, have provided remarkable insight into the fine-scale evolution of these tissues and life stages. Now, on page 258 of this issue, Ma and colleagues describe preserved nervous tissue from the Cambrian — a find that grants palaeontologists access to the exclusive zoological club of those who study the brain and nervous system.None of these “surprises” were anticipated by evolutionists, yet Budd described them all as providing “insight into the fine-scale evolution” of life stages. But clearly, in his own words, the only thing that has “evolved” is their “concept” of how evolution works. How complex muscle fibers and embryos from the earliest parts of the record could provide “insight” into evolution was left unexplained. His reference to dinosaurs covered in colorful feathers is also dubious.From there, Budd disputed the authors’ claim that complex brains appeared early in the arthropod lineage. His alternative? “Convergent evolution” (see 10/08/2012) or else a grab bag of rearrangement options:However, there are two potential alternatives to this far-reaching conclusion. It is possible that the arrangement in Fuxianhuia is convergent to that in the modern crustaceans or insects; in other words, similar brain assemblies to that reported for Fuxianhuia evolved again in later arthropods. Or it may be that we need to rethink the systematic position of Fuxianhuia. That latter option would entail a substantial rearrangement of our present understanding of early arthropod evolution — not least in the highly vexed issue of the ‘great appendage problem’. This refers to the controversial identity of a large anterior appendage found in many Cambrian arthropods, and seemingly also in the Fuxianhuia specimen described here. Discovering which part of the brain this structure is innervated from will add vital information to this debate. Either way, Ma and colleagues’ findings will prompt hasty re-examination of many old specimens, and quite possibly some recasting of recent theories.(Graham E. Budd, “Palaeontology: Cambrian nervous wrecks,” Nature 490, 11 October 2012, pp. 180–181, doi:10.1038/490180a.)We want to help our buddy Budd recast some recent theories without having to do any hasty re-examination of old specimens. Appealing to the fossil evidence, we point out abrupt appearance of all the animal body plans in the Cambrian explosion, with complex brains evident in the early Cambrian and no transitional forms. From there, diversification and simplification occurs according to built-in variability and adaptation mechanisms, but the original complex designs endure. This theory of descent is known as intelligent design. Reference: Darwin’s Dilemma. (Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
22 March 2005The Rand Show has been hailed as the most consistently successful consumer exhibition in Africa.The organisers reckon up to half a million people will turn up for this year’s event – running from 18 March to 3 April at the Expo Centre at Nasrec in the south of Johannesburg – and they’ve lined up a stunning range of entertainment and shopping opportunities for visitors.More than R20-million has been invested by Kagiso Exhibitions, the owners of the show, to stage this year’s event. It will boast the biggest and best line-up of chart-topping local musicians, a jam-packed exhibitor base and an awesome animal carnival. There is also the long-awaited return of A-grade show-jumping.On Saturday 2 April the showgrounds will thump to the township mixes of Brown Dash, MXO, Tokollo and Malaika and the hip-hop beats of Skwatta Kamp at the Metro FM Music Festival. It is one of the music year’s not-to-missed shows, and is on from 2pm until 8.30pm.Before the weekend is over, there is the YFM Youth Music Festival – on Sunday 3 April from 1pm. Among others, it will feature the popular kwaito sounds of Mandoza, Kabelo, Lebo, Hip Hop Panstula and the ever-popular Brothers of Peace. It ends at 8.30pm.Visitors will be spoiled for choice as more than 550 local and international exhibitors are displaying and selling their wares at the Rand Show’s exhibitor halls this year. Tomorrow’s Home, an exhibition of home furniture, electrical and decor products and leisure products, is being staged in Halls Six to Eight.The Global Trader’s Hall features exhibitions from around the world, in pavilions from India, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Pakistan, among other countries. Informal traders and crafters have set up camp at the Terrace.The SABC TV and Radio stall features competitions, shows and broadcasts, giving visitors an opportunity to sit in real TV or radio studios. Television presenters and radio DJs will also be at the show to meet and greet their fans.For something a little wilder, “Blunt” magazine has come to the party for the Rand Show Xtreme Street Sport Championships 2005, which will feature amateur and pro-challenge skateboarding, BMX riding, a Graffiti Art Challenge and the ASA Xtreme Stunt Shows, among other daring feats.For those who prefer their extreme sports a little safer, but no less thrilling, there is the 4×4 Experience, an advanced off-road track with mud beds, descents and ascents and the opportunity to drive in a 4×4 with an experienced driver.Animal lovers will have a ball at the Animal Carnival Pet Expo and Touch Farm, where they will be entertained and educated about responsible care and respect for all animals. For younger visitors there are talks about protecting animals, the environment and the preservation of our ecological heritage.To find out more about what’s on offer at this year’s Rand Show, visit the Rand Show website.Source: City of Johannesburg
28 August 2014The Proteas staged a magnificent run chase to haul in a challenging target, beating Australia by seven wickets with 20 balls to spare in the second match of a triangular one-day series at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Wednesday.“I think the most important thing is the hunger we play with,” South African captain AB de Villiers said at the post-match awards’ ceremony.“I’ve seen a lot of hunger, especially in Sri Lanka with our last series. That is what defines a cricket team to me, when we show hunger in the field and hunger to win. I was very pleased to see that hunger again today.”Outstanding partnershipThe highlight of the win was an outstanding partnership of 206 between De Villiers and Faf du Plessis, which was a third wicket record for South Africa against the Aussies.De Villiers finished the contest undefeated on 136, while Du Plessis departed after scoring 106, his first one-day international century.“I’m very, very happy with that batting performance. I haven’t scored a lot of runs of late and to get a few here today was very pleasing,” the South African skipper said modestly. “I had my chances, I have to mention that. But that is part of the game, you get dropped sometimes. Luckily I made it count and I was there at the end to see us through for our first win of the series.”Australian inningsIt was a convincing victory in the end, but a decision by De Villiers to bowl first after he won the toss looked suspect as the Australians got away to a strong start, with Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch putting on 92 for the first wicket before Hughes fell for 51 off 63 balls.Finch pushed on to top score with 102 from 116 deliveries, while George Bailey weighed in with 66 off of just 53 balls, with three sixes and three fours, to help Australia to an intimidating 327 for 7 in their 50 overs.Imran Tahir, with a haul of 2 for 45 in his 10 overs, was the pick of the South African bowling attack, while Morne Morkel and Ryan McLaren picked up two wickets apiece.Spot of botherFaced with a tough batting task, the Proteas were in a spot of bother early on when they slipped to 51 for 2 in the ninth over, with Quinton de Kock out for 19 and Hashim Amla for 24. The departure of the openers, however, brought Du Plessis and De Villiers together and they proceeded to compile a superb stand, which lasted 29 overs and took South Africa to within sight of victory.Du Plessis eventually fell for 106 when he failed to middle a pull off of the bowling of Mitchell Starc and was caught. His innings included 11 fours and one six.De Villiers, despite struggling with cramp, played an amazing innings, which was highlighted by how much time he appeared to have to score runs off of anything the Australian bowlers threw at him. In the kind of form he exhibited on Wednesday in Harare, there is not a more devastating or better batsman in world cricket.Morale-boosting victoryTogether with JP Duminy, who finished with a valuable 33 not out off 29 balls, the South African skipper guided his side to a morale-boosting victory in the 47th over. His unbeaten 136, the second highest score by a South African against Australian, behind only Herschelle Gibbs’ 175 in the “438 game”, included 11 fours and two sixes and came from only 106 balls. He was a slam-dunk choice for man of the match.“We certainly had enough runs on the board and probably created enough chances to win the game, but hats off to Faf and AB, two extraordinary innings, and you have to say well played to South Africa,” Australian captain George Bailey said afterwards.‘An amazing knock’De Villiers said two of his players had shone. “First of all, Faf, with an amazing knock. I know he has had a bit of a rough start to his ODI career, but he’s in magnificent form and one of our bankers at the moment, especially in this ODI team. It brings a lot of calmness. He batted so well today.“The other guy is Imran Tahir. He stood out with the ball in hand. I’m very proud of him, especially [that he excelled] against the Aussies, who don’t take a lot of nonsense from spinners, so for him to have bowled like he did was very pleasing for all of us.”‘A great effort’Du Piessis, in an on-field interview just after the game, said the Proteas could play at an even higher level. “There is a lot we can learn from this game. We weren’t at our best,” he reckoned. “The chase was obviously a great effort, but there are still a lot of areas where we can improve.”Finishing on an optimistic note, he concluded: “To chase down 330 against Australia, we’re a very happy team.”
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 Have you ever been in a competitive situation where your price is raised before there is a discussion about you having been chosen? Maybe you presented, did well, and then were immediately told you need to sharpen your pencil? The negotiations have begun. Or have they?This happens all of the time, but it’s a mistake to enter into negotiations before you are chosen.One Against the OtherSome buyers like to pit sales organizations against one another when it comes to price. They may not exactly share what your competitor’s prices are, but they make very clear you are in a contest over price. There are number of problems here.First, if you haven’t been chosen, you are being used a leverage against your competitor. You may not be very friendly with your competitor, but you don’t gain any business by helping them find their way to the bottom (and it’s likely they don’t need your help getting there). Or maybe it’s the reverse of this; your competitor’s price is being used to get you to lower yours.Second, by shifting to a competition on price, you are allowing the contest to shift from value being to price. You don’t want to win on price. You aren’t competing on price. And this puts you smack in the middle of a contest over price, if there is a contest.You don’t want to participate in a contest on price. There is nothing for you to gain.First Things FirstTo protect your pricing, you need a commitment that you have been chosen before you enter into pricing negotiations. You also need this commitment to protect your clients from underinvesting in the results that they really need.When asked about price, you ask the question: “Have we been chosen?” If the answer is “no,” then you have to say something that sounds like this: “We’re happy to negotiate a final agreement. But until you decide that we are the right choice for you, we believe it’s premature to start negotiating price. We want to make sure you get the outcomes you need, including the right price.”I’m not from the school that suggests that buyers are trying to hurt you. They negotiate price because they believe it benefits them to get the most for the money. You might have language that is every bit as direct and even less adversarial. But until you are selected, negotiating price can only hurt you.If you are pressed to negotiate price before being selected, you can always push back and say something like this: “We’d love to begin final negotiations. We know we can reach an agreement. If we can’t, you can always choose someone else. Have we been selected?”Negotiate once. Only after you have been selected.QuestionsWhy do some buyers bring up price before they select a partner?How do you push that conversation to some point in the future, after you have been selected?What leverage do you give up by entering into price discussions before you are selected? What do you give up in the way of value creation?