first_imgDD LIFESTYLE: There are so many different designs, metals, ideas and traditions that choosing your wedding ring can be quite daunting.The wedding band is one of the few pieces of jewellery that you may choose to wear everyday – in the shower, at the gym, at work; so you want it to blend easily with your life.Hopefully, you will be wearing your wedding ring – a symbol of eternal love – for a very long time. It helps if you can narrow down your choices.Do you want the band to match your engagement ring? Would you prefer gemstones or diamonds? Would you like matching bands?GoldGold has always been a popular wedding band choice and is the most traditional option. White gold and platinum have become the most popular contemporary styles. This year has also seen a rise in the popularity of rose gold. PlatinumIt’s durable and therefore more expensive.PalladiumPalladium is from the same family of metals as platinum, it is just as durable as platinum but less than half the price.Titanium Affordable, durable, scratch-resistant and light to wear, it is also a growing trend in wedding bands.Diamond set ringsA little sparkle adds a touch of glamour but will also add to the price depending on the size of stones, the cut and the carat.Consider Buying Your Ring and Your Bands Together * Start Your Search Early – Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to go ring shopping. You’ll need this time to browse and research prices. Be mindful that any engraving can take up to one month.*Set a Budget*Keep Your Lifestyle in MindDon’t buy a wedding band that feels uncomfortable or if you have to remove it a lot. You have a bigger chance of losing it.*Take Your Time Trying*Wear the same metals together as a harder metal can wear a softer one down over time.*Beware of getting the right size. Do your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalise first thing in the morning (you retain salt from the night before), right after you’ve exercised (fingers swell) or when you’re extremely hot or cold (which can cause expansion and shrinking of your hands).*Check for QualityMake sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example (this proves that the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).If the ring consists of two or more metals, make sure there’s a quality mark for each.DD LIFESTYLE: GUIDE TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE PERFECT WEDDING RING was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Donegal Dailyhow to buy a wedding ringring guidelast_img read more

JB Lewis scores five first-half TDs, Forutna beats Moreau Catholic to advance to NCS D-4 semifinals

first_imgFortuna >> Mike Benbow might not have seen a better first half from his team to open the North Coast Section playoffs last Friday night.Seven days later, last week’s impressive first half got a pretty good run for its money.Sparked by a monster stand on fourth down and a rushing attack that could not be stopped, 4th-seeded Fortuna scored a mind-boggling 41 unanswered points to end the first half that turned what was a back-and-forth opening eight minutes into a runaway 60-6 win over No. 5 …last_img read more

Ferndale’s hot start leads to win over Panthers

first_imgLandon Gomes took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and the Ferndale Wildcats never looked back as they beat the McKinleyville Panthers 21-14 Friday night in McKinleyville.Gomes took the ball and found a hole along the right sideline and a block by Kyler Becksted put him in the clear to give Ferndale the early advantage. A missed point after attempt put the Wildcats ahead 6-0.“I think it was huge psychologically,” Ferndale head coach Clint McClurg said. “It’s huge to know you’ll be …last_img read more

Getty Fire forces LeBron James to evacuate his Brentwood mansion

first_imgThe Getty Fire is threatening thousands of homes in Brentwood including that of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.In the pre-dawn hours Monday the brush fire raged in the hillside communities on the west side of Los Angeles forcing mandatory evacuations. At 3:53 AM PT James tweeted that he was driving around looking for a place to stay with no luck. Man these LA 🔥 aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No …last_img read more

South Africa possible new BRIC member

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma could soon be sharing the stage with (from l to r) Presidents Dmitry Medvedev, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Hu Jintao, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (Image: Wikimedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlatsi MmineleDepartment of Foreign Affairs media liaison+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432 RELATED ARTICLES • SA-China trade ties to strengthen • India-South Africa trade booming • South Africa-Brazil cement ties • SA, Russia sign uranium deal• China deal: a new day for AfricaJanine ErasmusSouth Africa may be poised to join the BRIC group of nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – after both the Russian and Indian heads of state expressed their support for the move.The BRIC group, also known as the Big Four, is a powerful economic alliance of the four fast-growing nations, two of which have the biggest populations of any country on earth.At a function in South Africa earlier in August 2010, held to mark the Indian day of independence on the 15th, India’s newly appointed high commissioner to the country, Virendra Gupta, said that his government desired the development of more opportunities for close collaboration with South Africa.Such collaboration, he said, would strengthen the two countries’ already close ties. Besides being home to one of the largest Indian communities off the subcontinent, South Africa also exports vast amounts of coal to India, recording an export increase of 74% in July 2010.Precious stones, steel, minerals and fertilisers are also highly sought-after commodities. Incoming goods include computer software, pharmaceuticals and textiles.The two countries also share a strong historical link. Indians first arrived in South Africa in November 1860, 150 years ago, and their descendants have played an important part in the country’s sporting, legal, social and economic development as well as in the fight for freedom. The renowned Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lived in South Africa between 1893 and 1915.“As important developing countries, we have much to talk about; much to consult about and coordinate,” said Gupta. “The Indian government attaches a high priority to very close connections, both at bilateral level and at the regional multi-lateral level, that is, in the G20 forum and in the IBSA forum.”He added that the Indian government hoped that “South Africa will be able to join BRIC in the not too distant future”.Russian supportHis sentiments were echoed by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who voiced his support for South Africa’s inclusion during South African President Jacob Zuma’s Russian visit in August. The South African president was accompanied by a high-level delegation of business and political leaders.It was Zuma’s first official visit to the northern country since his inauguration in 2009. The president is an avid campaigner for South Africa’s BRIC membership, and visited Brazil in April and India in June 2010. At the time of writing he was wrapping up his BRIC crusade with a visit to China.At a press conference Medvedev said that South Africa’s participation in BRIC proceedings would be advantageous, since the group is an alliance of fast-growing nations, of which South Africa is one. Russia is the world’s biggest producer of gas, and South Africa is the most powerful economy on the African continent.The two leaders discussed the situation at a meeting before speaking to the media.We are prepared to develop various forms of cooperation with our South African partners, including in the BRIC format,” said Medvedev, but he cautioned that this would not happen unless the views of all BRIC members were in accord.While South African trade with Russia is nowhere near the levels of that with India and China, the latter being South Africa’s biggest export destination with trade in 2009 valued at US$16-billion (R119.7-billion), a stronger liaison between the two countries would boost economic exchange.India, Brazil and South Africa also make up the IBSA group. However, it is unlikely that the two groups would merge. Earlier in 2010 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that IBSA and BRIC were two entirely different entities.“IBSA has a personality of its own,” said Singh in April. ”It is three separate continents, three democracies. BRIC is a concept devised by Goldman Sachs.”Powerful allianceEconomist Jim O’Neill, of the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, coined the BRIC acronym in 2001.The Brazil, Russia, India and China group contributes a massive 16.5% to the global GDP and together cover 25% of the earth’s land area. Nearly half the world’s population – 43% – call these countries home.A recent Goldman Sachs projection states that China has the potential to supersede the US as the world’s biggest economy by 2027. In this scenario the US would be second on the list, followed by India, Brazil and Russia.By 2050, according to Goldman Sachs, the economies of the BRIC powerhouse could be greater than the combined economies of the world’s current richest nations.The Goldman Sachs BRIC report may be downloaded (PDF, 3.4MB).The first official BRIC summit took place in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, with a second meeting in Brasilia in April 2010.last_img read more

How to Build a Great Salesperson From Scratch

first_img 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 A sales organization can have no competitive advantage greater than an exceptional sales force, and an exceptional sales force is made up of great salespeople.How do you build the great salespeople that make up your exceptional sales force?Like this.Hire AttributesNothing after this line matters if you don’t hire people with the right attributes.You can’t build a great salesperson out of someone that lacks the character, the beliefs, the attitudes, and the attributes required to succeed in sales. Once you have a person that’s made up of the right stuff, only then you can build a great salesperson.You hire for attributes, train for skills.Combine Training and ExperienceYou build salespeople by giving them the training and development they need to succeed, and then you couple that training with experience. You train the fundamentals of selling and product knowledge in the classroom. You start to build a foundational understanding of the great game of sales inside your four walls.But learning to sell isn’t an academic exercise; you don’t learn to sell in a classroom. You build the salesperson by getting them in the field to use what they learned as quickly as possible. This is where your salesperson obtains the real learning outcomes; it’s where the academic discussion comes to life.But this training and gaining some foundational experience is only the beginning.Start CoachingIf you want to build a great salesperson, you have to help them make sense of what goes on in front of their dream clients. They learned some things in training, they attempt to use them in the field, some things go well, and some things go not quite so well.Training tends to come undone at first contact with a real prospective client.Coaching builds your salesperson by helping them make sense of their experience. It puts the training in context. It helps identify principles and their application. Was what went right on that sales call something the salesperson did well? Can you give them the positive feedback and reinforcement that makes that action their regular practice? Was went wrong caused by a mistake they made? Can you clear up their understanding of the principle they violated that resulted in that challenge? Can you give help them seeing the frame in which they are operating?Give More Training and Greater ChallengesBuilding great salespeople requires ongoing training. In fact, I’ve come to believe the second round of training is more valuable in producing better salespeople than the first round. But we too often quit after the first training, or at least let up.The experience between round one and round two totally changes what the salesperson gains from the training. In the second round of training, they’re looking for answers. They’re looking for help. And it’s no longer academic. Now that they’ve felt it, they have the kind of understanding that let’s you notch up their learning.Building great salespeople requires ongoing training and development, as well as providing them with greater challenges. Salespeople develop by tackling greater and greater challenges. Building them means making sure you help them find and tackle those greater challenges.Give Even More Sales CoachingThe top 20% of salespeople are coachable. They are always looking for an advantage, an edge. They are consistently trying to take on new ideas, anything that will allow them to succeed at an incrementally greater level.Ongoing coaching is the key to building great salespeople.Training and coaching isn’t something you can do once—or for a short time—and produce results. Growth and learning isn’t something that is accomplished in a single event. Building great salespeople requires a long-term commitment.QuestionsHow do you build an exceptional sales force?Can you build an exceptional sales force if you don’t hire well?What obligation do you owe your salespeople if you want to build champion?How important is coaching to growth and performance improvement?last_img read more