UAAP softball: Lady Falcons sweep 1st round

first_imgView comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mutual respect with San Beda makes title win sweeter for Lyceum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES The Lady Maroons forced a three-way tie at third place with the Lady Warriors and the Lady Bulldogs, all carrying identical 3-3 cards, while La Salle remained in sixth place with its 2-4 record.center_img Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Once again showcasing its might over the competition, defending seven-time champion Adamson pounded University of the East to take the 14-4 victory to complete a first round sweep in the UAAP Season 80 softball tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Baseball StadiumADVERTISEMENT The Lady Falcons bucked a slow start and banked on pitcher Lyca Basa, who struck out seven batters to hold the Lady Warriors scoreless in the last four innings, to help their side remain perfection through six matches.Jeanette Rusia fired her third homerun of the season, giving Adamson a 6-2 lead before the Lady Falcons scored two more runs in the fifth and another six in the seventh inning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFlor Pabiania also had four RBIs.In the other games, University of Santo Tomas blanked La Salle, 7-0, in six innings to end its first round campaign with a 4-2 record, while the University of the Philippines nipped National University, 3-2, in extra innings. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Claressa Shields in another boxing 1st on Showtime

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Undefeated women’s middleweight world champion Claressa Shields, second from left, is handed one of her three title belts as prepares to pose with her world champion opponent Christina Hammer, far right, during a press conference to preview their upcoming fight, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019, in New York. Shields and Hammer will showdown for the undisputed women’s middleweight world championship in a unification bout on Saturday, April 13 in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK — Claressa Shields is participating in another first for women’s boxing.The two-time Olympic gold medalist and Christina Hammer will be featured in “All Access” episodes on Showtime Sports’ social media platforms.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Showtime announced Tuesday that the episodes will premiere March 29 and April 5 on SHO Sports YouTube and Facebook pages. Shields and Hammer will fight for the undisputed middleweight championship on April 13, broadcast live on Showtime from Atlantic City, New Jersey.The episodes will show Shields preparing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Hammer training in Seefeld, Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUndefeated Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) and Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) were supposed to fight on Nov. 17, but Hammer postponed it because of illness.Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza says the fight highlights “two of the elite athletes in boxing” in the network’s 10th women’s bout since 2017. That year, Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UAAP men’s volleyball: NU turns back La Salle, Adamson sweeps UE LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Mayor admits need for overhaul of City Constabulary

first_imgShooting incident…Lance Corporal remains in Police custodyGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green said that the recent shooting incident involving a Lance Corporal of the City Constabulary proved that there should be a greater sense of urgency to have the city police department restructured and to have staffers trained to execute their duties more professionally.Killed: Marlon Fredericks“This has brought more than one issue to light and there is a greater need now, more than ever before, to have the constabulary – if not restructured – to have training at all levels. The Town Clerk has started the process of calling and writing to the national Police for training, so we are onboard together to ensure that all our Ranks are properly trained,” the Mayor noted.On Sunday, a City Constabulary Lance Corporal shot 34-year-old Marlon Fredericks of Tiger Bay, Georgetown as he allegedly tried to escape from lawful custody. Following the incident, eyewitnesses noted that the shooting could have been avoided had the Lance Corporal pursued the weakened man rather than shoot him.The relatives of the dead man have since indicated that they would be pursuing legal action against the Constabulary since they believe that Fredericks was murdered.Mayor Chase Green said that the Lance Corporal remained in Police custody assisting with investigations.“The investigations are being done by the national Police and until that report is submitted to us, there is not much that I can say. We at the City Constabulary Department will do everything to try to bring closure to this matter, so I have to wait on the Police; whatever decision they would have made, we would have to abide by that decision,” Chase Green explained.She said that following the surfacing of videos which showed Fredericks being assaulted by a Joint Services rank, she enquired as to the identity of the rank and was informed that he was not enlisted with the city police department.She added that the Constabulary rank, who was injured during the altercation on Saturday when Fredericks was apprehended, was currently on sick leave.“I will say that every individual in custody portrays certain characteristics and behaviour pattern; as to the assessment, I am not certain if the officers on duty can assess it. We were informed that he is a drug addict and what we have now is just as how you have officers trained for domestic violence, we will now see the need to have persons trained to deal with persons of unsound mind or addicts who are in our custody. It’s something that has to be ongoing at every level,” Chase Green explained when asked about provisions to deal with mentally challenged persons in custody.Fredericks, who is said to be mentally unstable, was wanted by the City Constabulary for simple larceny and was spotted on Saturday in the vicinity of Robb and King Streets, Georgetown. He was taken into custody following a drama-filled chase which resulted in him being assaulted by the Joint Services rank.The following day, Fredericks was shot about 13:15h outside the City Constabulary Bourda Outpost. Reports are that the now dead man allegedly forced his way outside the lock-ups when it was opened to let out another prisoner who needed to use the toilet. A struggle reportedly ensued between the victim and the Lance Corporal who tried to restrain him, and in the process, Fredericks ran out of the Outpost and was fatally shot once in the lower back by the Lance Corporal, who was armed with a service pistol. A post-mortem examination has since confirmed his death was the result of a gunshot wound.last_img read more

Origi, Ibe, Lallana: Seven players that Liverpool must start v FC Sion

first_img 7 7 7 3. Joe Gomez (centre back or full back) – The 18-year-old, signed by Liverpool for £3.5m from Charlton Athletic in the summer, got his Anfield career off to an exciting start at left back. However, his inexperience quickly left him exposed, with conceding a penalty against Manchester United a moment to forget, and Alberto Moreno has now moved in on his position. Gomez, nonetheless, would relish the opportunity in the Europa League and such experience will be crucial for his development. The talent is there, but he needs the minutes under his belt. 2. Divock Origi (striker) – Rodgers will not risk Daniel Sturridge against Sion, and with Christian Benteke injured, this could be Origi’s best chance to impress. Rumours were rife that Liverpool would send the Belgium international on loan again this season, yet with Rodgers having recently discussed the need to nurture his talent, he must be given playing time. He could partner Ings in attack and it’ll be interesting to see how another potential forward partnership combines. 7 5. Jordan Rossiter (centre midfield) – Rossiter’s performance in their opening Europa League clash against Bordeaux has left supporters eager for more. The stage is certainly set for the youngster to prove to Rodgers that he is ready to become an important player in his senior squad. He appears unfazed at stepping out onto the main stage and his progression is one to keep a close eye on. 7 7 4. Danny Ings (striker) – Danny Ings is shining in the absence of Christian Benteke; so much so that the Belgian could struggle to force his teammate out of the line up upon his return. And with the confidence of a striker so fragile, Rodgers could be wise to hand Ings a continuous run in his side, particularly given there will soon be a great deal of competition for a place up front. The England Under-21 international will be desperate to get his name on the score sheet and such determination is key in a competition that the Reds should be targeting glory in. 7 With Liverpool’s form in the Premier League leaving much to be desired, Brendan Rodgers is likely to rest a number of key players in their Europa League clash on Thursday night.However, while English top flight clubs often treat the second tier European competition with similar tactics to the League Cup – in using the tournament to hand young players an opportunity in the first-team – Rodgers must be smart in his selection. PREDICTED LIVERPOOL EUROPA LEAGUE XI VS FC SIONAs such, we’ve looked at seven players, including youngsters hoping to impress and key first-teamers, who should be named in Liverpool’s starting XI.Find out our chosen players by clicking the yellow above, right.Liverpool fans – who would you like to see play against Sion? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 1. Jordan Ibe (winger) – to see six others that should start, click the arrow above – With constant comparisons to former teammate and now Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, expectations on Ibe have been arguably unrealistically high. The 19-year-old is yet to really dazzle supporters as he struggles to emerge from Sterling’s shadow, but a run in Europe could do wonders for his confidence. 6. Adam Lallana (attacking midfielder) – The Europa League is an excellent opportunity for young players to be handed their chance to impress; yet the more senior of Rodgers’ squad must also step up. Lallana has been met with mixed reception since arriving, with his form and influence in games far too inconsistent, but he should be able to express himself comfortably in Europe. 7. Adam Bogdan (goalkeeper) – Following his heroics in the League Cup, Bodgan perhaps deserves be the first choice goalkeeper in the Europa League, too. What’s more, Simon Mignolet shouldn’t get too comfortable at believing his role as the No.1 is uncontested. A little competition could be healthy for the squad.last_img read more


first_imgBrothers in arms! When the McHughs met the Maileys!There may be a few years between them.But there was no shortage of craic and conversation when the McHugh brothers of Kilcar met the Mailey brothers of Convoy and Letterkenny.Brother Barney and Hugh Mailey were out celebrating Barney’s 80th birthday in Letterkenny this week when they came across the young Donegal stars.And upon hearing it was Barney’s birthday, nothing would do the McHugh boys Mark and Ryan than to hop into a photo with the older boys.Word has it that Barney and Hugh would have been well able to mark either of the boys in their day.But with a few All-Ireland days between the lads, Barney thought it best to stick to the craic and the birthday cake.The McHughs agreed that if they look as well as Barney does when they’re 80 years young, they’ll be doing well.A belated happy birthday Barney!WHEN THE McHUGH BROTHERS MET THE MAILEY BROTHERS ……! was last modified: July 14th, 2015 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:80th birthdayBarney MaileydonegalGAAHugh MaileyMark McHughRyan McHughlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img TUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free lecture, titled “Putting the Joy Back into Holidays,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Eldest,” 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Valley PC Group will meet, 6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call Judy Taylour at (661) 252-8852. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in front of the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Deputy Mike Lorenzi at (661) 799-5804. Tyke Hike for siblings of newborns, 3-5 p.m. at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8060. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Nature program will teach Animal Survival Strategies in Winter, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Hanukkah Boutique will feature unique gifts, Judaica items, jewelry and art, noon-4 p.m. at Chabad of SCV, 23120 Lyons Ave., No. 19, Newhall. Call Naomi at (661) 296-4566. Fiction Light Book Group will discuss “The Undomestic Goddess” by Sophie Kinsella, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit last_img read more

Ison Finishes In Fourth At Zach Johnson Invitational

first_imgThe Bulldogs finished in seventh-place with a score of 933 (305-307-321), while MVC foe Bradley took home the team title with a score of 894 (295-300-299). The Braves’ Drake Bushong won individual medalist honors with a score of 216 (71-70-75). Story Links Results “The wind kicked up today and we knew that going in. This is already a difficult course with no wind and then you throw in 20 to 30 miles per hour winds, it makes it even tougher,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “We aren’t going to play any course that is harder than this. Whatever we see going forward in the next couple of tournaments will feel easier to us. Plus, it is good for the guys to feel some adversity and will help them mentally deal with it in the future.” Ison shot a 79 in the 18 holes to lead the Bulldogs with a score of 224 (73-72-79). Freshman Chase Wicklund placed tied for 16th with a score of 232 (74-78-80), while sophomore Jack Kennedy carded a 79 in the final round for a total score of 238 (78-81-79). Fellow sophomore Tommi Avant registered a total score of 239 (80-76-80), and freshman Kyle MacDonald rounded the team effort with a score of 259 (87-85-87).center_img RHODES, Iowa – On a blustery Autumn day, junior Drew Ison finished tied for fourth-place to lead the Drake University men’s golf team at the second annual Zach Johnson Invitational on Tuesday at The Harvester Golf Club. Individually, junior Matt Lavery placed tied for 14th with a score of 231 (75-76-80). Sophomore Arjun Reddy recorded a score of 248 (74-84-90), while senior Karter Smith totaled a 276 (95-85-96). Drake returns to action on Sunday at the Northern Illinois Invitational. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Soccer, life skills for Zandspruit youth

first_img9 November 2011 Working together makes it possible to achieve more – but somebody has to make a start. That’s one of the lessons to be taken from Singcono Masisonke Football Club, which is giving the youngsters of Zandspruit informal settlement much more than just football skills. It took a long time and many people to play their part to get it where it is today. But it took the vision and initiative of four people in particular to get the ball rolling. Back in 2009, Pastor Simon Mosia was mentoring a number of teenage boys at the Thandanani House of Refuge in Zandspruit, an informal settlement north-west of Johannesburg, every afternoon, and playing soccer with them. Mosia then approached two youngsters in the community, Shimi Mathebula and Peter Malinga, to assist him when his workload became too heavy. Philen Naidu, who was a missionary in the community at that time – having just founded the My Life My Africa Children’s Foundation – joined hands with Shimi and Peter to lend support. They partnered with the Emthonjeni Community Centre, cleaned up a patch of land into a soccer field, and began to develop a football club.‘Together, we are better off’ The children and youth of Zandspruit have no facilities to keep them occupied in the afternoons and evenings. Without something to keep them occupied, most them spent their time on the streets. This was where the gangs, drugs, alcohol and womanising started, which was destroying the youth. Naidu explains: “We came up with the name ‘Singcono Masisonke’ (together, we are better off) because we wanted to unify the community. We believe that for the youth to break free of the shackles of poverty and neglect, it is imperative that they build positive and healthy relationships through unity and peace.” Currently, there are about 120 boys, aged 9 to 19, who train at Singcono Masisonke Football Club from Monday to Sunday. They have an Under 10, 13, 15 and 17 division. The group also partnered with Golang Education Outreach and look after a number of their children. Naidu says they are a values-based club and they take their lead from the teachings of the Bible: believing in peace, love, grace, forgiveness and tolerance, but also believing that a person must have a heart that is willing to be re-shaped in order for the group to work with him. They also partnered with the Panorama Football Club in 2011, and played against Orlando Pirates and Wits this year, together with matches against local schools and clubs in the area. An extra-mural learning environment The vision of My Life My Africa is to facilitate and nurture the growth of an extra-mural learning environment and culture for the young people of Zandspruit – to keep them off the streets and steadily equipped them for a bright future. “Our first boy in the club has reached Grade 12 this year, and we managed to secure him 31 hours of private tuition to help with his preparations for the matric finals,” says Naidu. “From here, we are planning to implement a sustainable after-school tuition structure to support all high school children with their studies, homework and career planning. We also have a youth gathering every Tuesday evening to go into closer mentorship through life issues that the youth have. “Our vision is to have a Zandspruit Community that is filled with practical, emotional, spiritual and educational activities and learning opportunities for the youth – Monday to Sunday.” Shimi and Peter have been sponsored this year to complete their Grade 12. Both have been trained as childcare workers and have been employed by Golang. The foundation has a few partners who help keep it strong and get things going.Getting people to engage Naidu says they need to be “westernised” in how they deal with the westernised sector of society, which is where the funds have to come from. But at the same time they have to be mindful and sensitive to the cultures within the community. This is the challenge. “Funding is never easy – unless you are a well-established organisation, government and corporate are not even interested in talking to you. “And then to approach small and medium business, churches, individuals and groups is also frustrating, because people are lavish with praise and vocal support, but to move them from their comfort zones to actually step into Zandspruit to engage with the people is not so easy,” says Naidu. “It’s difficult to motivate people to give financially unless their hearts have been moved, and this seldom happens if individuals do not engage with the impoverished sector of society.” What he appreciates most about the project is to watch the visible change come over the faces of youth and young adults in his care. To see them as confused, disruptive and ill-disciplined people when they arrive, and then to watch them grow in humility, service, gratitude and hope is a great reward. Their focus remains on equipping those who are in their care to be the leaders of the ones who are younger than they are. The vision is to have sufficiently equipped and competent leadership teams in place by the end of 2012, so that all their work in Zandspruit takes on community “ownership”. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Becoming An Open Enterprise: Five Lessons from Booz Allen Hamilton

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling On Tuesday, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton won the Open Enterprise Innovation Award at the 2009 Enterprise 2.0 Conference. The portal that garnered them the accolade,, has shown impressive adoption within Booz Allen, especially for a firm that’s 90 years old. Since being rolled out in August 2008, it’s been taken up for daily use by 40% of the 21,000-strong workforce, according to Walton Smith, who’s worked as an evangelist for it. But by now, the flurry of activity around the conference has subsided, and many are left wondering just what about Booz Allen’s enterprise 2.0 initiative makes them innovative? What led their social software implementation to be successful, and what patterns and practices can we imitate? After taking a look, here are five characteristics that ReadWriteWeb feels were key to the success of hello.bah.com1. Empower Evangelists Related Posts Tags:#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 4. Create a One-stop ShopPart of what stalled previous undertakings was that despite having good software like Confluence, their varied systems were segregated. Inadvertently constructing more silos out of multiple enterprise 2.0 platforms creates more problems than you ever had with just email and filesharing. Now, you might depend on interoperability between your different software packages, but what really worked for Booz Allen was to create a true one-stop shop for information that included individual profiles, communities, forums, blogs, wikis, and social bookmarking. 5. Just Solve Problems for PeopleThe down side to the growing popularity of the enterprise 2.0 concept is that we are now seeing organizations jumping on the bandwagon without any understanding of what increased collaboration will do for their business, often at the behest of overeager vendors. But after a year of steady adoption, Booz Allen has countlessstories of how even somewhat mundane uses of the portal — such as putting whitepaper drafts in to the wiki — lead to serious professional boons for both individuals and the firm as a whole.What led to these rewards was an unwavering focus on solving real problems for people within the firm, not aiming at the vague goal of boosting collaboration and openness. Photos by Alex Dunne, leunix, Brian Hillegas, and swanksalot Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The first thing to note about Booz Allen Hamilton’s social software effort is that they didn’t go out to just buy something and deploy it, end of story. They pinpointed and effectively aided evangelists within their organization to be responsible for making work. Now, when many people think of an evangelist, they think of an individual or two that take up the mantle of enterprise 2.0 on an ad-hoc basis. But Booz Allen went about it in a much more directed way by bringing together a cross-functional team to develop and deploy the software.2. Draw on Past ExperienceThe portal was not the first time Booz Allen had made a push to collaborate better. The fact that they drew on past attempts to understand just how they should move forward was a essential factor in the outcome for hello.bah. What Booz Allen did was make an honest assessment of their past successes and failures with SharePoint, Outlook, and a standalone wiki from Confluence. They clearly understood what didn’t work about their older methods of sharing information, but didn’t abandon the knowledge they’d captured through older collaborative tools. 3. Know ThyselfIf rules were made to be broken, the real trick is having enough self-awareness as an organization to know when to discard the given wisdom. Case in point? Numerous vendors, consultants and analysts are quick to distance enterprise 2.0 from its consumer web predecessors by discounting all networking that isn’t completely business-oriented. But Booz Allen knew something critical about their firm that made them think differently in this case: with more than half of their distributed team out consulting in client offices and physically distanced from their coworkers, adding a dash of the personal to hello.bah could get everyone comfortable enough to collaborate more smoothly. So despite some objections, they encouraged everyone to tag their profiles with hobbies, in order to develop personal affinities within the team. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more