Job well done, Jake White

first_img1 November 2007On Wednesday afternoon, Jake White, the International Rugby Board’s Coach of the Year and the architect of South Africa’s triumph at the Rugby World Cup in France, called a news conference to announce that he would not be reapplying for the post of Springbok coach.White leaves the position at the pinnacle of the sport, bringing the curtain down on a difficult but undoubtedly successful time in charge of South Africa’s national rugby team.His successor has very big shoes to fill.DisarrayWhen White took over the coaching reins at the end of 2003, the Springboks were a team in disarray. Their World Cup campaign Down Under had been overshadowed by a racial row before the team departed for Australia, further compounded by the revelations surrounding the squad’s preparations at “Kamp Staaldraad”. Their results were average at best.On the field, the team had a lot of passion, but it was channelled into an ill-disciplined confrontational approach which, tactically, was as accomplished as an over-the-top charge out of the trenches in World War One.Even before the World Cup, back in 2002, the Boks had made the record books for all the wrong reasons, suffering record defeats to England, Scotland and France. At Twickenham, against England, a pitiful and shockingly ill-disciplined performance resulted in a 53-3 hiding, while Scotland won 21-6 at Murrayfield and France won 30-10 in Marseille.In addition, South Africa had last beaten New Zealand in a test in August 2000, and the All Blacks had run off six wins against them on the trot. The Springboks were ranked sixth in the world.‘You’re going to win the World Cup’When White first addressed his players after being appointed Springbok coach, he told them they were going to win the World Cup in France.On 20 October 2007, South Africa claimed the Webb Ellis Trophy for the second time in the country’s history, joining Australia as the only two-time winner in the history of the event.Having won the under-21 World Championships with John Smit as his captain, one of White’s first decisions was to appoint Smit captain of the Springboks.Over the course of their tenure, both White and Smit came in for plenty of criticism. There’s a deafening silence from those quarters now; it’s hard to argue with the Webb Ellis Trophy.Four-year journeyFrom the time White took over the hot seat, he continually stressed that a four-year journey lay ahead, the destination being to the World Cup final.Somehow, after a roller-coaster ride, with some great triumphs and some sobering lows, he survived rugby’s biggest pressure cooker job, and today walks away from it leaving a legacy second to none.That includes a Tri-Nations title, the number one ranking in world rugby, the IRB coach of the Year Award in 2004 and 2007 and, of course, the World Cup.White steps down having coached the Springboks in more matches than anyone else – 53 altogether – with two more matches to follow before his contract expires, against Wales and the Barbarians. His win rate stands at 67 percent.A South African identityHe has enjoyed an even greater success than the figures show, however. Under White, the Springboks have grown as a team, establishing a South African identity that is disciplined, tough as nails, and undoubtedly world class. They are a team united, with the players clearly playing for one another and respresenting their country with massive pride.This has led South Africans to unite behind them as never before. They identify with the Boks because a big part of the Springboks’ growth has come off the field, where the players have embraced the side’s support in an open and humble manner not always seen in the past.White’s success has made the Boks a team of the people, an achievement that has been evident from watching the celebrations around the country since the team’s World Cup victory.Keeping faith with the playersWhite has also meant a lot to the men who played under him. Take Os du Randt. White persuaded him to come out of retirement and kept faith with him in the face of the sceptics who said he was over the hill.Du Randt now retires from the game as one of only four players to win the World Cup twice, and arguably the greatest loosehead prop in the history of rugby.Percy Montgomery was playing club rugby in Wales when White approached him to return to the Springboks. Today he is South Africa’s most capped international of all time and the holder of numerous records, including the highest points’ scorer in Bok history.The oft-criticised John Smit has become a revered captain, maybe the most respected captain in international rugby.Bryan Habana and Schalk Burger, both players whose talent White recognised early on, were given opportunities to represent the Springboks at a young age; Burger was named IRB Player of the Year in 2004, while Habana won the award this year.White also retained the combination of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha at lock when he took charge of the Springboks. Under him they grew in stature and are now regarded as the foremost second row combination in world rugby. Together, they played a decisive role in South Africa’s World Cup final win over England.Dreamed that, done thatWith the majority of the players who were part of the Springboks’ World Cup winning team likely to be in with a shout at another World Cup campaign in 2011, White’s legacy on the playing fields is likely to continue for some time to come.Jake White has brought pride back to the green and gold jersey adorned with the leaping Springbok. It’s a pride that is shared by all South Africans. And for this the country owes a big thank you to the man who, as a schoolboy, wrote an essay in which he said it was his dream to coach the Springboks one day.White exceeded his dream. South Africa has benefited thanks to that. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Beef Industry Update meeting Aug. 15

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Beef Industry Update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Seneca County. Beef producers from Seneca and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Carmie’s Bar & Grill, 2460 OH-231 Tiffin, Ohio 44883.A complimentary dinner will be hosted by OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) members Multimin USA and Ag Credit, and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Multimin USA and Ag Credit representatives on keeping their cow herd profitable. OCA Staff will be in attendance to discuss OCA events and policy updates.Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email or more information about the beef industry update meetings. More information can also be found at read more

IoT isn’t just a connection, it’s a conversation

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Sanjay Khatri The immense hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by businesses, as IDC’s latest research revealed that 31% of companies surveyed have already deployed IoT, with another 43% looking to deploy within the next 12 months. However, a recent study from the IoT Institute shows that only 25% of businesses feel that they have a clear IoT strategy.What this data suggests is that businesses continue to rush into the IoT fray, but that many are doing so without asking the fundamental question of “Why?”See also: To predict the IoT future, it helps to look to the pastWithout an answer to that critical question, it’s hard to develop a clear business strategy around IoT. Are you pursuing IoT in order to increase efficiency and reduce costs? To introduce new revenue models? Or to deliver new services that enhance your customers’ experiences? Once you know what business outcomes you’re trying to accomplish, the business case for IoT is much easier to define.The industry has been talking a lot about “digital transformation” over the past couple of years, focusing on the efforts companies are undertaking to transform the way they do business based on new connected technologies. And IoT plays a key role in enabling this transformation for today’s businesses. So by identifying the clear business outcomes and goals you want to achieve with IoT, your roadmap to digital transformation becomes much clearer.Sanjay Khatri, Head of Platform Product Marketing, Cisco JasperWhen it comes to defining an IoT strategy, though, too often companies focus solely on how they are going to connect their assets or products. There seems to be a belief that if you connect them, the benefits will roll in.But IoT isn’t just about connecting things – it’s about engaging in a conversation.This is what’s most exciting about IoT (and what enables a true shift in the way you do business and make money) – the ability to have a constant conversation with the customers and end-users that utilize those assets and products. And do it in on a massively scalable level.Always-on means always engagedIoT provides the always-on connectivity needed to establish an ongoing services relationship with your customers. But this connectivity is merely a means to an end, enabling you to learn and understand how customers are using those products, to learn about the environment in which those products operate, and ultimately use those learnings to find new ways to deliver value.A packaged food distributor can use a connected vending machine to understand the buying patterns of their customers and ensure that the right snacks are stocked at appropriate times to maximize their sales. A heavy machinery manufacturer can offer a “zero downtime” service that analyzes machine performance and makes sure 3rd party suppliers have parts on hand just in time for replacement. That manufacturer can monetize both the value added service as well as the partner relationship, again by constantly listening to their end users.So, what best practices should you keep in mind as you bridge the gap from merely connecting devices to achieving business outcomes through a real-time conversation with customers?1. Think about scaleAs you plan your IoT business it’s important to select IoT solutions and business partners that will enable you to scale your connected services over time. Start by selecting a networking strategy that has global reach so that you can quickly and cost-effectively expand your IoT services into new countries as customer demand dictates. In many cases, using the mobile network is an obvious choice. It is ubiquitous, reliable, secure and increasingly cost-effective. Simultaneously, selecting an IoT connectivity management platform that is widely deployed and deeply integrated into the mobile networks worldwide ensures your IoT service is ready for global deployment and scale.2. Embrace the cloudCloud-based IoT platforms will give you the flexibility and efficiency to get to market quickly with your IoT services. The Software as a Service (SaaS) model of such platforms means your connected services can be agile, benefitting from rapid cycles of innovation and the on-demand scale of cloud-based implementations.3. Automate, automate, automateIoT and digital transformation is nothing if not characterized by business process automation. Managing connected devices should not get in the way of figuring out how to deliver value out of the conversation. A properly designed IoT platform lets you do just that. Whether it is provisioning the connected services, diagnosing service performance or managing ongoing costs, an IoT platform can automate away many of those tasks, freeing you up to manage your core business. In short, let connectivity work for you – not the other way around – as you uncover new sources of revenue.Starting that IoT conversationIt’s important to remember that IoT is not solely about things being connected, it’s about the services you can enable through that connectivity. And those services provide the foundation for an ongoing conversation and relationship with your customers that enables you to continuously adapt and better meet their needs over time.For this reason, companies that focus first on the tactics of connecting their products – instead of the services they plan to deliver and the ongoing conversation those services enable with their customers – often end up having to refine their strategy later on. Instead, begin by identifying the services that you want to deliver to your customers to enhance their experiences, then invest in an IoT strategy that lets you focus on that always-on conversation. Follow the Puckcenter_img Tags:#cloud#featured#Intel#IoT#Jasper#saas#top Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

WATCH: Kickboxer assaulted by fans after controversial KO win

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Grigorian appeared to be asking for a timeout and inexplicably turned his back on his opponent and walked towards his corner.The referee, however, did not see why the fight had to be stopped and Groenhart capitalized by landing a right hand which knocked Grigorian out cold.Groenhart celebrated his victory by raising his hands in the air, when he was attacked by two hulking men from the audience.The angered fans were believed to be agitated by Groenhart’s “cheap shot”, but ring side analyst Todd Grisham said the blow was completely legal.He also shared the video on his Twitter page, which showed the moment one of the attackers came flying in out of nowhere.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As seen in the Instagram video uploaded by ESPN, the two combatants were exchanging strikes in the center of the ring, when Groenhart connected with a flying knee. LaVar Ball on why son Lonzo is perfect for Lakers: ‘They really don’t have a leader’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Fighters are often cautioned by referees to “defend yourselves at all times,” and this viral clip certainly explains why.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChaos erupted at a Glory kickboxing event in Paris over the weekend, when fans stormed the ring and viciously attacked kickboxer Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart after his welterweight bout against Harut Grigorian.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen at a fight.— Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) June 10, 2017According to Yahoo News, Groenhart believed he suffered a broken jaw from the unwarranted attack. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter gets slapped by mom after losing fight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more