first_imgRESULTS: DONEGAL NORTHMarley Travel U-13 League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Sep-2012 St Eunans C 0 – 1 6 – 9 Urris O Donnell Park-LetterkennyMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Sep-2012 St Eunans B 2 – 5 6 – 17 St Michaels O Donnell Park-LetterkennyMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Malin 3 – 3 4 – 9 Burt MalinMarley Travel U-13 League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Sep-2012 Downings 0 – 5 12 – 17 Glenfin DowningsMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Glenswilly 6 – 6 4 – 8 Letterkenny Gaels Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba Marley Travel U-13 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Termon 1 – 6 6 – 17 St Eunans St Eunans CollegeMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 3 – 4 5 – 20 Convoy Pairc Colmcille NewtonMarley Travel U-13 League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Naomh Padraig Muff 4 – 12 2 – 4 Robert Emmets MuffMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Fanad Gaels 4 – 9 1 – 5 Milford Fanad Gaels PortsalonMarley Travel U-13 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 5 – 13 6 – 3 Cloughaneely Machaire GathlanMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Red Hughs 2 – 1 5 – 18 Carndonagh CrossroadsGAA RESULTS – DONEGAL SOUTHMount Errigal Hotel Junior B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2012 Ard a Ratha 0 – 15 1 – 6 Glenfin Sean MacCumhaills S.F. Line: G Mc Hugh/J O DonnellALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: September 24th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Loggers getting ready for 2018 season

first_imgThe defending Big 5 Conference champion Eureka High began on-field practice earlier this week and head coach Jason White said he expects his Loggers to “be in the mix” when it comes time to crown a conference champion in October. Eureka amassed an 11-1 record overall – including a 4-0 sweep of the Big 5 – in 2017. The Loggers won a North Coast Section playoff game before losing to Rancho Cotate 38-35 in the second round.The Loggers open up their 2018 season on August 17 on the road at James …last_img

Klay Thompson’s Game 6 performance vs Rockets ranks just below his Game 6 vs OKC in 2016

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – The ball stayed in his hand for half a second. Too bad. Klay Thompson doesn’t need really any time to hold the ball before hoisting a shot.Therefore, Rockets guards Chris Paul and Eric Gordon did not have enough time to double team Thompson and contest the shot. Thompson had plenty of time to hit one of his many shots, though. This one was a dagger 3 …last_img

Draymond Green to miss 3 more games with finger sprain

first_imgHOUSTON — Warriors forward Draymond Green will miss at least three more games with a left index finger sprain, coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday morning. Guard D’Angelo Russell, sidelined with a sprained ankle, is probable to return sooner.Green, who missed the previous two games after suffering the injury in last week’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, will not join the team on its current three-game road trip in Houston, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.Russell is with the team in Houston but will …last_img

Underwater Forest Discovered: How Old?

first_imgSixty feet down in Gulf waters off the coast of Alabama, stumps of an old cypress forest have appeared.  How can they be 52,000 years old when the wood still smells like cypress?The discovery was reported by Live Science.  It includes a five-minute video tour of the area which the discoverers are keeping secret till it can be thoroughly documented.  Hundreds of Bald Cypress stumps as large as two meters in diameter are found over a half-square-mile area, several miles from the coast of Mobile, Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fish, anemones and other marine creatures have taken up residence in the forest, causing it to decay more rapidly.The video clip claims the stumps are 12,000 years old, but the text says they have been radiocarbon dated at 52,000 years old.  The article claims that they might have been uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Before that, they may have been covered in sand, preventing oxygen from accelerating decomposition.Yet it appears incredible the trees could be that old.  For one thing, “The forest contains trees so well-preserved that when they are cut, they still smell like fresh Cypress sap,” one of the divers said.  For another, are scientists ready to claim that no hurricane of Katrina’s proportions occurred in the alleged 12,000 years since the trees sank below the surface?  Now, the trees are decaying so rapidly, the discoverers fear scientists only have two years to examine the site and perform more radiocarbon or tree-ring date calculations.  Divers said they could break off chunks of the wood with their hands.Update 7/30/13: Live Science reported that the wood is so fresh, efforts are underway to protect the forest before developers start harvesting it!  “If salvage companies get their way, an underwater forest of 50,000-year-old trees only recently discovered could be destroyed to make high-end coffee tables.”  No one is questioning the credibility of the date.  “The trees were in such pristine condition that fresh sap oozed from the stumps when they were cut,” the article said.Learn to ask the questions the reporters don’t ask.  None of them ever questions the evolutionary dates, even when they lead to absurdities, like expecting fresh-smelling wood to be 52,000 years old, or asking people to believe thousands of years went by with no hurricanes strong enough to expose the forest.  And how did the forest last as it gradually sank, unless a catastrophe buried it rapidly?  The presence of this preserved forest silently cries for a recent catastrophe.Creationists argue that radiocarbon dates are unreliable before the Flood, because the atmosphere changed drastically.  Putting that together with the evolutionary absurdities, we can reason that the forest was probably buried around the time of the Flood or after.  It’s a stretch, though, to think five thousand years went by without a disturbance, so it may be younger than that.  The old date for such fresh wood, though, is clearly incredible. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

O guia rapido da África do Sul

first_imgQuantas linguas falam os Sul Africanos? A África do Sul e uma democracia? Ha cidades grandes com os confortos modernos? As estradas sao alcatroadas? Ate quando dara o meu dinheiro? . Tem tres minutos para nos dispensar? Aqui esta a verdade nua e crua e a razao por que ficara muito admirado quando nos visitar.Bem-vindo a ponta sul de África. É aqui que dois grandes oceanos se unem, que o bom tempo dura todo o ano e que a caça grossa deambula um pouco para la das luzes da cidade.É aqui que começou a humanidade: os vestigios dos nossos antepassados sao ainda visiveis em pegadas fossilizadas com mais de 80.000 anos e temos as pinturas rupestres mais antigas do mundo.Hoje em dia a África do Sul e a força motriz de todo o continente africano, a economia mais avançada e diversificada, com infra-estruturas a condizer com qualquer outro pais do chamado primeiro mundo, das naçoes industrializadas.Pode conduzir por todo o lado, dispoe de auto-estradas ao longo dos 2.000 quilometros do pais, de Musina, la bem em cima, ate a Cidade do Cabo, la bem em baixo. Ou junte-se aos milhoes de viajantes internacionais que desembarcam nos nossos aeroportos todos os anos.Cerca de dois terços da electricidade de África e gerada aqui. Aproximadamente 40% dos telefones do continente estao aqui. Mais de metade da platina de todo o mundo e 10% do seu ouro estao nas nossas minas. E quase todos os que nos visitam se admiram ate onde um dolar, um euro ou uma libra esticam. Bem-vindo a Republica da África do Sul.Quem vive na África do Sul?A África do Sul e um pais com mais de 47 milhoes de habitantes, das mais diversas origens, culturas, linguas e crenças. Cerca de 79% sao negros (ou Africanos), 9% sao brancos, 9% “mestiços’ – o rotulo local para pessoas de mistura africana, asiatica e branca – e 2,5% sao Indianos / Asiaticos. Mais ou menos metade da populaçao vive nas cidades.Dois terços dos Sul Africanos sao cristaos, sendo a Zion Christian Church (Igreja Crista de Zion) a maior igreja local, seguida da Dutch Reformed (Igreja Reformada Holandesa) e de igrejas catolicas. Muitas igrejas combinam a fe crista e a africana tradicional e muitas igrejas nao cristas adoptam as suas crenças tradicionais. Outras religioes de relevo – embora com muito menos seguidores – sao o Islamismo, Hinduismo e Judaismo.Que linguas falam os Sul Africanos?Existem 11 linguas oficialmente reconhecidas, grande parte delas naturais da África do Sul. Cerca de 40% da populaçao fala ou isisZulu ou isiXhosa. Voce nao fala? Se arranha o ingles, entao nao se preocupe. Para onde quer que va encontrara sempre alguem que fala ou entende o ingles.O ingles e a lingua que se fala nas cidades, no comercio, nos bancos, nos departamentos do estado, nos sinais de transito e nos documentos oficiais. Os sinais de transito e os impressos oficiais sao sempre em ingles. O Presidente da Republica faz os seus discursos em ingles. Em qualquer hotel os recepcionistas, os empregados, os camareiros e os porteiros, todos eles falam ingles.Outra lingua principal e o Afrikaans, um derivado do holandes, que para quem vem do norte da Europa achara facilimo de compreender.A África do Sul e uma democracia?A África do Sul e uma forte democracia multi-partidaria, com uma justiça independente e uma imprensa livre e diversa. Uma das constituiçoes mais jovens – e mais progressistas – protege cidadaos e visitantes. Nao sera de certeza encarcerado se exclamar as suas opinioes, mesmo que sejam de oposiçao (tenha mas e muito mais cuidado em fumar nos restaurantes cheios de gente!).E o apartheid?Ate Abril de 1994 a África do Sul era conhecida pelo apartheid ou regra da minoria branca. A inegavel e notavel capacidade do pais de deitar para tras das costas seculos de odio racial a favor da reconciliaçao foi por todos considerado um verdadeiro milagre, inspirando identicos esforços em lugares tao distantes como a Irlanda do Norte ou o Ruanda. A África do Sul pos-apartheid tem um governo que abrange todas as raças e e frequentemente referido como a naçao arco-iris, uma designaçao de Desmond Tutu, Premio Nobel da Paz.O negocio estrangeiro e bem vindo?Os sinais “estamos abertos para o negocio” tem a seta para cima. O pais proporciona ao potencial investidor um ambiente economico-financeiro favoravel, em que 100% da propriedade estrangeira e permitida. O repatriamento de lucros e livre. A taxa cambial e favoravel. E se por acaso tem negocios em África, esta e sem duvida a porta aberta para o continente africano.Saiba mais: África do Sul: aberta aos negociosComo e o tempo por ai?Muito sol, temperaturas amenas, sem se sofrer demais com o calor. Em Joanesburgo, capital comercial do pais, a temperatura e aprazivel todo o ano, mas a noite arrefece bastante. Durban, o maior porto de mar, e quente e muitas vezes humido, um paraiso de praias. E na Cidade do Cabo, onde os turistas se apinham para admirar um dos sitios mais lindos do mundo, o tempo e geralmente muito bom e quente, mas pode tambem ser temperamental. Se nos visita vindo do hemisferio norte, lembre-se: quando ai e inverno, aqui e verao. Traga os oculos de sol e deixe a gabardine em casa.Saiba mais: O tempo e o clima da África do SulO pais e muito grande?Para um Europeu, e. O pais estende-se por uma area de 1,2 milhoes de quilometros quadrados, tao grande como varios paises europeus juntos. Para um Americano, se calhar ja nao parece tao grande – e um oitavo dos EUA. Seja como for, leva mais de um dia de viagem de carro pela auto-estrada de Joanesburgo, a norte, ate a Cidade do Cabo, a sul (se conduzir como mandam as regras), com a topografia indo dos estonteantemente vales verdes ate quase ao semi-deserto.Como esta dividido o pais?A África do Sul tem nove provincias. Gauteng, a mais pequena e a mais densamente povoada, contigua ao Limpopo, Noroeste e Mpumalanga a norte. O Cabo Setentrional, a maior provincia mas com a menor populaçao, fica a ocidente. O Free State (Estado Livre) fica no meio do pais. E as provincias costeiras de KwaZulu-Natal, Cabo Oriental e Cabo Ocidental ficam a sul.Ha cidades grandes com os confortos modernos?África tem mais do que leoes, sabia? Joanesburgo, cheia de arranha-ceus, tem uma area maior que Londres ou Nova Iorque. As luzes acendem, a agua flui, as auto-estradas tem varias pistas e – para mal dos nossos pecados – tambem ha engarrafamentos. Pode fazer a sua reserva num Hilton ou num Hyatt ou num Holiday Inn e comer em restaurantes cosmopolitas que servem de tudo, desde sushi a hamburguer de bife de crocodilo. Ou pode recostar-se no sofa e saltitar entre cinco canais analogicos de TV e mais de 50 digitais.Quais sao as cidades grandes?A África do Sul tem duas capitais. Cidade do Cabo, a mais antiga, e a capital legislativa, onde esta o Parlamento. Pretoria, 1.500 km a norte, e a capital executiva, onde esta o governo. Portas meias com Pretoria – e suficientemente perto da mescla dos suburbios dos arredores – esta o centro comercial de Joanesburgo, outrora o maior centro mineiro de ouro do mundo, hoje em dia cada vez mais sede dos sectores financeiros e de serviços. A segunda maior cidade e Durban, um porto de mar em crescimento na costa oriental, rota de fornecimento da maior parte dos bens e produtos para o interior.Entao esta a dizer-me que as estradas sao alcatroadas?Sim, claro, ate as estradas das cidades mais pequenas. Os centros maiores estao ligados entre si por uma rede de mais de 9.000 km de auto-estradas alcatroadas mantidas periodicamente, incluindo 2.000 km de estradas de duas vias, e o seu numero tem aumentado regularmente. O caminho de ferro nacional tem 30.000 km de carris de linha ferrea ligando os lugarejos mais pequenos. Mais de 50 linhas aereas e mais do que 30 milhoes de passageiros por ano viajam pelos 10 principais aeroportos da África do Sul, entre eles tres aeroportos internacionais, nomeadamente em Joanesburgo, Cidade do Cabo e Durban.Saiba mais: As infraestruturas da África do SulE posso ligar para casa sem problemas?Isso e muito mais. Com uma rede 99,9% digital e que dispoe da linha fixa de ultima geraçao, comunicaçao sem fios e por satelite, a África do Sul tem a rede de telecomunicaçoes mais desenvolvida e moderna de África. Os tres operadores celulares nacionais fornecem mais de 39 milhoes de assinantes, cobrindo quase 80% da populaçao. O numero de Sul Africanos que desfrutam de acesso a Internet a preços competitivos, ligaçoes sem interrupçao e banda larga esta a aumentar cada vez mais.Saiba mais: As telecomunicaçoes na África do SulOs bancos sao modernos?A África do Sul tem um sector financeiro sofisticado e de nivel mundial, lado a lado com as tecnologias de ponta. A partir do momento em que puser o pe fora do aviao começara a ver bancos, casas de cambio e caixas multibanco por todo o lado. Pode usar qualquer um dos principais cartoes de credito, com o American Express e Diners Club a ter menos aceitaçao do que o MasterCard ou o Visa. Os bancos estrangeiros estao bem representados e pode fazer movimentos nas ATM ou pela internet.Ate quando dara o meu dinheiro?A África do Sul tem taxas de cambio favoraveis com a maioria das moedas estrangeiras e vera, por isso, que a sua estada nao sera dispendiosa. A moeda da África do Sul e o rand, dividido em 100 centimos. As moedas sao de 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 e R5 e as notas sao de R10, R20, R50, R100 e R200.Posso beber agua normal?A nossa agua e de muito melhor qualidade do que a agua de muitos paises chamados desenvolvidos. A agua da torneira e de boa qualidade e esta disponivel em qualquer lado, convenientemente tratada contra micro-organismos, com bom paladar e segura para se beber directamente da torneira. A agua de Joanesburgo, por exemplo, e tao boa como a de qualquer agua engarrafada.É seguro passear a pe?Como em qualquer outro lugar – desde que nao se lembre de andar de madrugada sozinho em ruas desertas. Sim, existe crime na África do Sul. Mas nao precisa de fazer mais do que tomar as precauçoes normais de bom senso. Saiba para onde quer ir antes de sair, sobretudo a noite. Nao exiba em publico ou na rua artigos de valor. Feche as portas a noite. E, como em qualquer outro sitio do mundo, deve ter em atençao que em certas zonas das cidades maiores os estrangeiros sao um alvo facil. É facil evitar essas areas sem diminuir ao seu divertimento e prazer de visitar um pais e conhecer as suas gentes que, com algumas excepçoes, sao notavelmente calorosos e acolhedores.E consigo mesmo ver animais selvagens?Nem precisa de ir muito longe. Basta uma hora de carro, saindo da selva das urbes de Pretoria ou Joanesburgo, para chegar a outra selva e ver leoes, elefantes, bufalos e centenas de outras especies no seu habitat natural.Uma das maiores reservas de vida animal do mundo e o Parque Nacional Kruger, com mais de um seculo. Actualmente faz parte de uma area de reserva maior que abrange parques de caça privados e publicos, estendendo-se para la das fronteiras nacionais para os lados vizinhos de Moçambique e Zimbabue.E ha ainda outras razoes para visitar a África do Sul: praias de areia dourada, alguns do melhores sitios de surf do globo, um cenario espectacular desde montanhas a desertos, ecossistemas que nao existem em nenhuma outra parte, uma oportunidade para ver em primeira mao a cultura africana – e um dos destinos de ferias mais baratos que podera encontrar.Saiba mais: Experiencias de viagem na África do SulEste artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSAlast_img read more

Burundian men empower women

first_imgWomen leaders in Mutimbuzi commune,Bujumbura-Rurale Province in Burundi.(Image: Jane Some, Irin News)MEDIA CONTACTS • Melanie BrooksMedia officer, Care International+41 22 795 1024 or +41 795 903 047RELATED ARTICLES• New body to empower SA women• Local heroines in the spotlight• School to empower Malawian girls• Hilfiger tackles poverty in Africa• SA women leaders unite for changeSource: Irin NewsFor a long time, Merthus Ntahobakuriye did not think much of being drunk daily or refusing to help out with household chores. He sold the little his family had to maintain his drinking habit.“Whenever my wife went to work in the field, she would come back to find that I had sold everything I could lay my hands on. One day she got a goat from her family; I couldn’t resist selling even this one,” the 53-year-old Ntahobakuriye told a meeting of women leaders in the commune of Mutimbuzi, Bujumbura-Rurale Province, which surrounds the Burundian capital, Bujumbura.Ntahobakuriye is one of dozens of men known in Kirundi as Abatangamuco (“those who bring light where there is darkness”).They are identified by the community and, with the help of international NGO Care, help empower women by raising men’s awareness of gender-based violence and other practices which denigrate women.Michelle Carter, head of Care Burundi, told Irin: “One of our biggest successes in Burundi has been the Abatangamuco – these men are revolutionaries, going against tradition and supporting women. It starts off with stopping the beating at home, and now some of these women are in political office. The challenge is the country needs more Abantagamuco and empowered women.”Care runs women empowerment programmes in several provinces, focusing on psycho-social wellbeing; legal and cultural empowerment; and maternal health.The Abatangamuco programme, according to Nicedore Nkurunziza of Care Burundi, was established two years ago to empower women by getting reformed men to testify before the community, and in the process get more men to emulate their changed behaviour.“This approach is interesting because it gets men to know that they can change their ways,” she said. “Even the government has found this approach useful and sometimes calls on the Abatangamuco to testify on social issues such as marriage and what it entails.”A turn for the betterFor Ntahobakuriye, life took a turn for the better when he heard one of these reformed men, from another commune, tell his story.“It was as if he was recounting my life. As a consequence of my actions, my wife was depressed and suicidal, my children didn’t go to school as I could not raise school fees and I realised I was starting to be adulterous,” Ntahobakuriye said.“Moreover, as I had not legalised my marriage, my wife became very insecure. Then Care came to our village and a Mutangamuco started sensitising us. From then on, I started changing; the drinking decreased and I started helping my wife with chores.“As I had sold everything, we were sleeping on the floor, but this changed soon thereafter. We started raising goats and soon enough we built a new house, as the one we were living in was leaking badly. I got the children enrolled in school. Eventually, I became a Mutangamuco after the community verified that I had, indeed, reformed.”More women electedThousands of women from 290 solidarity groups have benefited from Care’s Abatangamuco programme – as well as another on leadership, known as the Women Empowerment Programme, which helped get hundreds of women elected in local elections held country-wide in the middle of the year.Of the 35 000 candidates who presented their credentials for local elections in Bujumbura-Rurale Province in May, 8 000 were women, according to Care. The organisation contributed to the implementation of a national strategy to mobilise women to participate in the electoral process in accordance with Burundi’s constitution, which provides for 30% of seats going to women.Odette Ntirampeba, who was elected in Kinyinya Hill, Rukarama Zone, said the empowerment programme enabled many women to get elected because they were trained in uniting for a common cause.“We learnt, through training, that women can elect other women; we know that women often number more than men and they are the ones who turn out to vote, so why were we letting men defeat us?” Ntirampeba said.“At our hill, we had five women contestants against 20 men; the men had money and we didn’t, but thanks to Care’s programme most of the women got elected because women voters were united behind them.”last_img read more

MapofBeauty Charming and Sexy Women’s Long Curly Wig Wave Wig – Five Stars

first_imgLength: Approx 70cm Great wig for Dorthy Features of MapofBeauty Charming and Sexy Women’s Long Curly Wig Wave Wig (Light Brown)100% Top Quality & Brand NewMaterial : 100% Top Kanekalon FiberAdjustable Monofilament NetLength: Approx 70cm100% Top Quality & Brand New Five Stars SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-31 18:08:38Reviewed Item MapofBeauty Charming and Sexy Women’s Long Curly Wig Wave Wig (Light Brown)Rating 4.2 / 5  stars, based on  8  reviews Material : 100% Top Kanekalon Fiber Adjustable Monofilament Net For the price, the wig is great and flaws within the product are acceptable. The wig sheds a little and tangles easy – as with all wigs of this length. With proper care, however, this wig can be worn every day. The hair line is not so great, and the parting could be better. But for the price, it’s very impressive. Perfect for my dorthy costume this halloween. I used this for dorthy from wizard of oz just plaited it myself. The wig is really good quality. Very soft wig but light brown came much darker than expected. Curls very easy to brush without losing their shape but the bangs are very difficult to style: they dont want to be brushed to the side. Bought for halloween, and it looked great. Similar to my already existing hair style, so had several friends thinking i had dyed my hair and didn’t realise it was a wig until they got a closer look. I used two wig caps (bought from another supplier) to hold my hair in place due to the thickness and length of it. Will definitely wear again for future fancy dress parties. Does need a lot of care, but worth it for the price Posted on October 31, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories WigsTags MapofBeautylast_img read more

A New Book Helps Builders Tame Social Media

first_imgThe idea can be exported to other areasThe idea could be equally successful elsewhere, Hartrich says, and he’s worked on similar launches in nearby Monterey, California, as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin.But to be successful, the guilds will need a local person to front it.“I believe that the Construction Guild is a timely solution,” he said in a followup e-mail. “I would like to see that model grow. However, because it is people-based, it does not lend itself to a strictly automated computerized system. Each guild is rooted in its local community and has its branches in digital space. Each Guild needs to be strictly local and run by a local who will build it with the right people.”One approach for growing the idea elsewhere, he said, is to find a local person with good trade contacts to make the initial contacts, with Hartrich taking care of building individual pages and running the site on the back end. Revenue could be split.“The reason the Santa Cruz Guild works is because I run it,” he said. “People can call me up and I can go in there and publish something quickly. I can unpublish it. I can make changes. It requires an individual to be in charge, and that’s a hard job [when he or she is] elsewhere.” Keeping list local is keyHartrich started by contacting people he’d worked with, and built the list slowly. Companies can’t get listed without a local referral, and Hartrich retains final control over who makes it. But in nearly four years of operation, he said he’s had a total of three complaints; two of those were old “grudge matches.”He’s still actively building the list by searching out specific trades. He’d like to find, for example, an arborist and a crane service, and some in the trades have been slow to embrace the idea. For some reason, there’s no mason.“Contractors are just so stuck in their ways,” he said. “They think, ‘I don’t need that. People call me.’ So a lot of them don’t get it and they’re not interested, although some of them are coming around.”At the heart of Hartrich’s plan is helping small, local businesses. There are three local lumberyards and a local bank, for example, but no big out-of-town concerns.“When you buy from a family-owned business,” says a placard at the Guild’s website, “you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college.”Hartrich at first tried to limit each category to three or four companies or contractors, but then realized the Guild was something like a retail store. People wanted variety. A year and a half ago, he began adding advertising, most of which pertains directly to Guild members.Members pay $180 per year to be listed. Hartrich builds their web pages for them, moderates comments, and takes care of other administrative chores. The $28,000 he’s grossing from the site isn’t a full-time income, but it’s certainly more than chump change. Like a lot of builders, Santa Cruz, California, contractor Mike Hartrich relied on word-of-mouth referrals to keep his business in the black. Although he never advertised, he had plenty of work.Those were the good old days. Then, in 2009, the construction business dried up as the economy went into a tailspin. “I’d always stayed busy,” he said recently by phone, “and then all of a sudden I wasn’t.”Hartrich was hardly alone. Lots of other tradespeople weren’t getting much work, either. So Hartrich began browsing online resources for ideas on how to might win back business, checking sites like Yelp and Angie’s List. In the end, he decided to build his own online listing. By the following spring had launched the Santa Cruz Construction Guild.Now, nearly four years later, the web site is flourishing. It lists 160 local businesses, serving a market base of about 200,000 people, and gets about 600 unique site visits per week. Santa Cruz residents can search for plumbers, electricians, remodelers, and dozens of other trade specialists and materials suppliers. If you click on a business, you’ll get a separate web page and contact information.center_img Web prowess leads to book for buildersHartrich’s burgeoning internet skills eventually prompted him to write a book on social media specifically for other builders.Internet and Social Media for Builders, published around Thanksgiving, examines potential online resources that can help builders: Pinterest, Google +, Houzz and Facebook, and tells builders how to get started. Even if they don’t think they need to.“I’m a reluctant expert,” he said. “Seriously reluctant because I’m like most of the guys. They say, ‘Oh for God’s sake.’ If you can’t hit it with a hammer it’s frustrating. Computers are like that. But the bottom line is we all need a web presence today.”Hartrich suggests starting with one or two platforms. Houzz and Pinterest are especially helpful, he said, because they are photo-oriented, and each photograph in effect becomes a “digital business card.” Other online resources, such as Twitter and Linked In, may be well suited to other fields — Twitter for journalists, for example — but they’re not the best ones for builders.“There’s a lot of reluctance by builders to work on computers because they come home and want to spend time with their families,” he said. “They don’t want to do that stuff. But at the same time you have to know what’s out there.“All this internet stuff has got to be manageable,” he added. “And especially for contractors. It’s information overload, and that’s what we suffer from these days. It’s all too much. And so here’s what you need to learn or know, and you can implement some, all or none of it. But there it is.”The book uses straightforward language on how to use each of those four sites and includes links to examples.More than half the proceeds from sales of the book, $5 per copy, goes to Habitat for Humanity. Hartrich says it’s his goal, realistic or not, to raise $1 million for the organization.The book was published on Amazon’s Kindle platform, meaning there’s no traditional paper copy. The book can be downloaded from Amazon and read on a variety of digital devices, such as a tablet, a PC, or a smart phone.“Many builders will hesitate to buy a Kindle book because they mistakenly believe they need a dedicated Kindle reader,” Hartrich said. “In reality it is really easy to download your own Kindle reader from Amazon.” (Amazon offers a variety of free apps at its website.)Hartrich says there were several advantages to the digital publishing route, including lower costs and instant access.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook – Hustlers Sweat the Small Stuff

first_imgHustlers focus on big outcomes. That focus is what allows the hustler to produce bigger outcomes than non-hustlers. To produce those big outcomes, the hustler must ignore smaller, less important outcomes. If something isn’t critical to producing a big outcome, the hustler ignores it or hires someone else to manage it.This idea is important. Your life is the sum total of the outcomes you produce, especially the results you produce in your most important relationships.The non-hustler focuses on small outcomes. They allow trivial things to distract them from larger outcomes. And this is a distinction worth noting (and changing). The hustler hires someone to do administrative work for her so she can focus on creating the value that only she can create. The non-hustler does the administrative work themselves, giving it far more weight than it deserves.I hear you thinking, “Wait, Iannarino. You hooked me here by saying hustlers do sweat the small stuff. What gives?”Hustlers focus on big outcomes, and they know all the details necessary to producing that outcome.I know one hustler who knows the metrics of his business at a level that is difficult to imagine. He can name his top 20 accounts, their revenue, their profit margin, the percentage of his business the account generates in sales and profit, and all the main people on his team who serve the client. He knows all the main contact’s names, their children’s names, and dozens of other details. He cares about every little detail.Another hustler I know keeps dozens of projects going at the same time. She knows the status on every project, the next action that must be taken, who is responsible for taking that action, and when it is due. Like the hustler in the paragraph above, she is mired in the details on the big things that matter. If it’s important to producing the outcome, she knows the details.Non-hustlers focus on things that are urgent. Non-hustlers focus on activities that, even if successfully completed, do nothing to produce a great outcome. The non-hustler thinks that they need to sweat the small stuff without recognizing that knowing and dealing with the details only matter if the outcome truly matters.Are you steeped in the details of your most important projects, your life’s work?Are you focused on the largest, most interesting, and legacy-building projects? Or are you spending your time on small outcomes that won’t move the needle? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more