Jeter hears complaints of Marlins fans at town hall

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He told them the Marlins traded major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, stolen base champ Dee Gordon and All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna for prospects because an affordable payroll and stronger farm system is the only path to sustained success.Jeter calmly answered questions until there were no more, and after the 90-minute session, he said he appreciated the fans’ feedback — positive and negative.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 folk“They’re passionate,” Jeter said. “That’s the thing that is most important, and that’s the thing that stood out. I would much rather have a situation where we’re answering questions from fans who are passionate, as opposed to everyone sitting there saying all positives. It shows me they care about the performance on the field and this team, and obviously they’ve been through a lot.”Some 200 ticket-holders attended the town hall, the first in a series, and the seats arranged in the outfield plaza were nearly full — a refreshing change for the attendance-challenged franchise. Jeter opened his charm offensive by addressing the recent payroll purge. Miami Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter speaks during town hall meeting at Marlins Park in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI — Derek Jeter sat Tuesday night in the left field plaza at Marlins Park, facing the music with the downtown skyline behind him.The former New York Yankees shortstop fielded questions from season-ticket holders, many upset about the direction of the team under a new ownership group led by Jeter.ADVERTISEMENT While Jeter has said he’ll oversee both baseball and business operations, it’s unclear to what degree he’ll be a hands-on owner. With Stanton gone, he becomes the face of the franchise by default, but has seemed reluctant to embrace that role.When one fan told Jeter she emailed her complaints to him, he recoiled in alarm.“You don’t have my email address,” he said.After the town hall, he said meeting with center fielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto — who could form the core of the team next season — is not part of his job.As to whether Yelich or Realmuto might be the next player traded, Jeter said: “I can’t say who will be playing for the Marlins in 2018, because we’re still looking to improve the organization.”Jeter also disputed the impression the recent trades favored the other teams. He noted that in the Stanton deal, the Yankees took on $265 million of the $295 million owed to the slugger over the next 10 years.“We gave a gift, right?” Jeter said. “I hope every gift I give returns $265 million.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You’ve seen the Marlins make moves like this time and time again,” he said. “This is not the same old same old. We have a plan. This is not a project to break the team down and build it up just to break it down again. We have a path to be sustainable over time.”The Marlins haven’t had a winning season since 2009 and went 77-85 this year, but several fans argued the team was only a couple of starting pitchers shy of contending, and Jeter’s group should have added talent instead of dismantling.More spending wasn’t a long-term solution, Jeter responded. He said the franchise lost too many games and too much money under previous owner Jeffrey Loria, who left the farm system decimated.“You can’t throw money at a problem and dig a bigger and bigger hole and not have any depth in the organization,” Jeter said. “You have to build from the bottom up.“I hear your pain. I know you’ve been through a lot. But we’re trying to build something that is sustainable, and this is the only way to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Jeter’s plan had better work, one fan said.“We have been the laughingstock of baseball for years,” she said. “If you have a shot at not killing baseball for good in Miami, this is it.”Another fan fought back tears while discussing the departures of Stanton and Ichiro Suzuki.“I appreciate your passion,” Jeter responded. “You are the true definition of a true die-hard baseball fan.”Several fans said they may not renew their season-ticket package, with one noting the town hall was being held on the plaza where many of Stanton’s tape-measure homers landed.“I don’t expect to see any more of that,” he said.Many fans offered suggestions, from free tickets to Jeter replacing Stanton in right field.“I’ve played my last game,” Jeter said.The rookie owner disputed the impression his group is underfinanced after buying the team for $1.2 billion. One fan said the dismantling leaves that impression, and expressed frustration with Jeter’s talk about improving the spectator experience.“You act like you ran out of money,” the fan said. “You’re not going to win here with dancing girls. You’re going to win with ballplayers who know how to win. The fans are alienated. They’re upset. That’s what you’re dealing with here.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lundqvist makes 39 saves as Rangers beat Ducks 4-1 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Corentyne accident driver on $1M bail

first_imgThe man who was driving the car which crashed into a parked lorry, killing two persons on the Corentyne in Berbice last week, was on Monday placed on $1 million bail.Driver: Navindra PremnauthNavindra Premnauth, also known as Avinash, 25, of Lot 35 Grant 1802 Crabwood Creek, was placed on self-bail on one charge and $1 million bail on the second charge when he appeared before Whim Magistrate Charlyn Artiga.The magistrate had initially suggested $2 million, bail on the charges, but defence Attorney Mursaline Bacchus successfully advocated for the bail to be reduced to $1 million.The charges Premnauth face allege that on April 16 he drove motorcar HC 2217 in a manner dangerous to the public, causing the death of Khemnie Chanchal and Soorajine Surjraj.As a condition of bail, Premnauth has to report to the Skeldon Police Station fortnightly, and has had to lodge his passport.Both matters have been transferred to the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court, and will continue on May 23.Reports are Surjraj, her mother and daughter were passengers in the car when the accident occurred.The family was returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) when the accident occurred.Reports are that the driver of HC 2217 might have fallen asleep behind the wheel, resulting in him losing control of the vehicle and driving it into lorry GMM 9207 which was parked on the eastern side parapet of the Number 58 Village Public Road, Corentyne.The body of Surjraj was cremated at the Number 66 Crematorium on Sunday, while Chanchal’s was cremated on Monday. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

FIFA ends Kuwait’s suspension for political meddling

first_imgInfantino was visiting Kuwait to announce the eagerly anticipated decision.World sports bodies led by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged government meddling in sports.The suspensions meant Kuwait missed out on the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup, and before that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.On Sunday, the Kuwaiti parliament passed a new law in line with FIFA’s requirements and on Tuesday, Kuwaiti clubs elected the head of a new football federation.Analysts say the crisis in Kuwaiti sports was the result of a power struggle within the ruling elite.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino (R) is welcomed by Kuwaiti national assembly speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim on December 6, 2016, on a visit to announce the lifting of the emirate’s suspension from world football © Kuwait News Agency/AFP / HandoutKUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, Dec 6 – World football governing body FIFA announced on Wednesday it was lifting its suspension of Kuwait, after the Gulf state’s parliament adopted a law meant to end government interference in the sport.“The suspension of the Kuwait football association is lifted,” FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino announced alongside a Kuwaiti official in a short video shared widely on Twitter.last_img read more

Sevilla halt Leganes run to reach Copa del Rey final

first_imgLeganes had stunned European champions Real Madrid last month to progress to the semi-finals of the domestic cup competition for the first time in the club’s 90-year history.But the modest outfit from the Madrid suburbs saw their dream run come to an end when Vazquez finished off a counter-attack in lethal fashion a minute from time to complete a 2-0 win on the night.“It’s a great feeling, it’s the reward for the all the work put in,” Correa told Spanish TV station Gol, before paying tribute to Sevilla’s vanquished opponents.“(Leganes) are a team who know what they’re doing, a team worthy of a cup semi-final.”Sevilla will meet either holders Barcelona, who beat the Andalusian side 2-0 after extra time to lift the trophy in 2016, or Valencia in the final on April 21.Ernesto Valverde’s Barca head to the Mestalla on Thursday for the second leg after a Luis Suarez goal handed the Catalans a 1-0 advantage in the tie.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Correa sent Sevilla on their way to the Copa del Rey final © AFP / Cristina QuiclerMADRID, Spain, Feb 8 – Joaquin Correa and Franco Vazquez scored as Sevilla advanced to a second Copa del Rey final in three years on Wednesday following a 3-1 aggregate victory over Leganes.After a 1-1 draw in last week’s first leg, Correa fired Sevilla ahead in the tie when he tucked home a cutback from Luis Muriel with 15 minutes gone at the Sanchez Pizjuan.last_img read more

MANCINI PLOTS ROMA LOAN MOVE FOR SHAY GIVEN

first_imgMAN CITY manager Roberto Mancini will let Shay Given go out on loan next month – but he prefers if he goes to Italy.Italian giants Roma are understood to want the Lifford man until the end of the season on loan with a possible purchase.It’s understood Mancini would prefer if Given did go abroad, so he doesn’t end up in goals for a Premiership club. Aston Villa is the latest in a list of clubs to enquire about Given – with Arsenal, Celtic, Liverpool and even Manchester United linked to the player.A move back to Newcastle has also been mentioned.MANCINI PLOTS ROMA LOAN MOVE FOR SHAY GIVEN was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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

WILL DONEGAL CLUBS BAN KIDS FROM TAKING SPORTS DRINKS?

first_imgTHEY’VE become fashionable for young people following their heroes in recent years – but sports clubs in Donegal are being urged to ban sports drinks for young players.The Irish Heart Foundation says the drinks are an unnecessary source of sugar for children who don’t need it.And yesterday a soccer club in Sligo banned all members under the age of 14 from taking sports drinks like Lucozade Sport. Strand Celtic Football Club has been supported in its move by the Irish Heart Foundation’s Donal O’Shea.“These sports drinks are another source of calories for children and young people that they don’t need,” he said.The soccer club’s chairman Brian McDermott said he was concerned at the amount of sugar in the drinks.The move follows a rash of laws in the United States banning sugary sports drinks for under-18s. Last night one under-age GAA coach in Donegal said the move could prompt a debate, but that it should be something for the county board to consider.“If a professor with the Irish Heart Foundation is making this sort of recommendation then it is something that should be looked at and taken seriously,” he said.“We would always encourage our kids to drink water anyway but if sports drinks are bad for them it is something which should be looked at,” he added.WILL DONEGAL CLUBS BAN KIDS FROM TAKING SPORTS DRINKS? was last modified: September 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

DDTV: HILARIOUS VIDEO SHOWS CARL McHUGH’S BID TO PARK THE BUS TO WEMBLEY

first_imgDDTV: Lettermacaward soccer star Carl McHugh shows he is not afraid to have a good laugh as his Bradford City side prepares for its David v Goliath clash with Swansea in the League Cup final at Wembley this Sunday. For when Bradford decided to take the Parkin’ Challenge – named after the club coach – the 20-year-old Donegal man made sure he was involved.And you can see how Carl got on driving the bus by clicking Play to watch…. DDTV: HILARIOUS VIDEO SHOWS CARL McHUGH’S BID TO PARK THE BUS TO WEMBLEY was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: HILARIOUS VIDEO SHOWS CARL McHUGH’S BID TO PARK THE BUS TO WEMBLEYlast_img read more

Premier League side-shows to look out for

first_imgArsenal’s Unai Emery is one of the new managers in the Premier LeagueFootball – Soccer aficionados are relieved that English Premier League action resumes Friday, only 27 days after France lifted the Fifa World Cup.When Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United lock horns with Claude Puel’s Leicester City later tonight, they open curtains to a drama that has engrossed billions for over two decades.Besides the obvious battle among Top Six rivals Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Man United, there are several other subplots that have made the league more viewable than anything La Liga, Ligue One, Serie A and the Bundesliga combined can offer. Here are some of the subplots to look out for.1- Top Signings. Good signings are often the thin margin between success and failure. In the 2017/18 season, title winners Manchester City’s acquisitions in the previous two seasons – Leroy Sane, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus are the ones who made a big difference. But the top season’s top recruit was undoubtedly Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah. His 32 goals and (44 overall) set a new record, and helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to their first Champions League final in eleven years.All eyes are therefore on the five most expensive summer recruits. Chelsea’s £71m outlay on 23-year-old Spanish custodian Kepa Arrizabalaga and Liverpool’s £67m splurge on sweeper keeper Alisson Becker mean the pair are the main focus of attention.City’s £60m Algerian Riyad Mahrez, Kop enforcers Nabil Keita and Fabinho, as well as Stamford Bridge arrivals Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic will be under as much scrutiny.2- Managerial Recruits: Of equal attraction will be the fate of managers new to the division. The managerial soap opera was already a joy to behold with half of the world’s top club bosses (Pep Guardiola, Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp already in the division. West Ham’s recruitment of former EPL winner Manuel Pellegrini, Everton’s choice of former Greek champion Marco Silva and Arsenal’s gamble on multiple Europa League and French Ligue One winner Unai Emery adds to an already volatile mix.Last season, Dutchmen Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman, together with Antonio Conte are the coaches who suffered most, before receiving marching orders. De Boer is a four-time Dutch Eredivisie winner whereas Conte had three Serie A titles and the EPL to his name, but it all counted for nothing. So, who will be the first manager to bat an eyelid? Fans await.3- Promoted Clubs: Like anything else novel, teams gaining promotion from the Championship are of keen interest because fans want to know whether they can make the stiff EPL grade. In the just concluded season, all three newcomers – Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town survived the dreaded relegation axe. Focus is now on Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers, Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham and Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.In my considered view, Championship winners Wolves are well tooled to cope with top flight demands. Espirito Santo is one of the fast and rising young managers and he’s recruited well. Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio have bags of experience, whereas Adama Traore is a speed demon with pace to burn. Fulham have also brought in key pillars in Alfie Mawson, pass Master Jean Michael Seri and ever improving Serbian target man Alexander Mitrovic. My key worry is for Cardiff City whose signings are all from lower divisions.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

A dazzling wedding and bridal showcase at Mulroy Woods – Picture Special

first_imgThere was a lot to celebrate at the Mulroy Woods Hotel Wedding Showcase this Sunday as a stunning new suite was revealed and many brides-to-be found their dream dresses.The ‘Say Yes’ event in Mulroy Woods Milford featured something special – a dress shop for future brides to browse and try-on designer gowns stocked by Ultimate Dresses Dungiven. The Mulroy Suite of the hotel was transformed into a pop-up shop for the occasion, with some women ‘Saying Yes’ to their perfect dress and marking an unforgettable moment on their wedding journey. Claire McLaughlin from Ultimate Touches Dungiven and Shona Tinneny, Sales and Marketing Manager of Mulroy Woods Hotel, at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelShe said Yes! Maria McBride celebrating finding her wedding dress with her bridesmaid Hannah (Left) and Nicola from Ultimate Touches Dungiven (Right)Over in the Glashagh suite, guests at the showcase enjoyed hearing music by Harpist Les Magee, seeing showstopping cakes by Selena’s Creations and browsing the range of decor pieces on display by Ultimate Touches.The newly refurbished Glashagh Suite oozes elegance and sophistication making it the perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations. The ballroom enjoys natural light by day and as night falls your guests can spill out onto a beautiful stone terrace to enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounding area.The Glashagh Suite at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelThe Glashagh Suite at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods Hotelat the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelCakes by Selena’s Creations at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelMichael, Meadhbha and Jordan at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelWatching harpist Les Magee at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelThe award-winning Mulroy Woods Hotel is nestled in the centre of the most picturesque wedding photography locations in Donegal just a stone’s throw from the majestic Glenveagh National Park and Castle, Fanad Lighthouse, waterfalls, woodlands and beaches to the natural beauty of Mulroy Bay.Love everything there is to love about a Mulroy Woods Wedding – with just one wedding per day, the team gives each couple their complete and individual attention throughout. There is a choice of two banqueting suites, catering for Civil Ceremonies/ Blessings and Bespoke Packages tailored for you, making your day as special as your dream.  The Mulroy suite is the ideal setting to hold your Civil Ceremony or blessing and can also accommodate a more intimate wedding in a cosy welcoming atmosphere.Manager Eoin McGee with guests Shannon and Ryan at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelMulroy Woods HotelAt Mulroy Woods Hotel, the dedicated Wedding Team will ensure your wedding day will be unforgettable and uniquely yours, making memories for you and your guests to cherish. Each couple is unique and the team will work with a couple exclusively from their very first encounter to the last toast.Emily Young and Ciaran Lavery at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelMartin Gallagher and Orla Breslin at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelAnne, Jenna, Yvonne, Eithne and Geraldine at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelWith prices starting at €45pp, there is an option for everyone. For full details, view the bespoke wedding packages or phone Mulroy Woods Hotel on +353 74 915 3313 or email weddings@mulroywoodshotel.comSee more photos from the Say Yes Wedding Showcase below:  at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelBilly from Ultimate Touches showing Adam and Louise around the decor options at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelAoife, Rebecca, Jennifer and Geraldine at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelOlivia Briggs and Ciara Toland at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelUltimate Dresses Dungiven pop-up bridal shop at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelThe Ultimate Dresses pop-up shop at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelUltimate Dresses Dungiven pop-up bridal shop at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelRose enjoying the setting at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelNicola Bradley, Ultimate Touches Dungiven, and Shona Tinneny, Sales and Marketing Manager, at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelThe Honeymoon Suite at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelMad Hatter’s Tea Party at Mulroy Woods – perfect for Hen Parties and Bridal PartiesHarpist Les Magee at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelDrinks reception ideas at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelUltimate Dresses Dungiven pop-up bridal shop at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelThe Glashagh Suite at the Say Yes Wedding Showcase in Mulroy Woods HotelA dazzling wedding and bridal showcase at Mulroy Woods – Picture Special was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bridalMilfordmulroy woods weddingswedding dressesWedding venuelast_img read more

Small businesses in South Africa honoured

first_imgThe hard work and achievements of the small business community in South Africa were in the spotlight when the winners of the 2015 South African Small Business Awards were announced on 5 November 2015 at a breakfast at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.The awards, hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and sponsored by Adams & Adams, First National Bank and Vodacom, paid tribute to the contribution that small businesses made in creating employment and building communities. They represented various industries throughout the country.Successful small businesses promote the outcomes of the country’s National Development Plan. It aims to create decent employment through inclusive economic growth, so creating a better South Africa, a better Africa, and a better world.The NSBC, established in 2007, is a non-profit membership organisation and the driving force fuelling small business growth. It was set up to foster the sustainability and growth of the SME sector, driving job creation, alleviating unemployment and nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit. The chamber has a membership of more than 87 000 small- and medium-sized enterprises and 50 big brands as national partners.Mike Anderson, founder and chief executive officer of the NSBC, gives a motivational speech.(Image: National Small Business Chamber)Mike Anderson, the founder and chief executive officer of the NSBC, said in a statement that being recognised as a champion business further validated the award winners’ reputation for quality and provided opportunities for further growth. “While our economy struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses like the 2015 award winners act as shining examples of how innovation, perseverance and commitment can have a big impact,” he said.“Though times can be tough, this year’s winners have proven they can be too. The 2015 winners have shown that through passion, hard work and dedication, success is achievable.”The South African Small Business Awards, now in its seventh year, once again drew thousands of entries. This year, three special awards were introduced: National Exporter Award, National Travel & Tourism Award and National Innovation Award.Social mediaBusiness owners and others at the awards tweeted about the event:Delighted that .@StaffsUni Business School has been recognised by @SmallBizCharter for its SME and enterprise work https://t.co/76NJL98Edd— Paul Williams (@PaulWilliams207) November 5, 2015Mike Anderson (NSBC Founder & CEO) & @KatlegoMaboe talking about the importance of #smallbusiness #SmallBizAwardsSA https://t.co/SlLBSxjFA5— NSBC South Africa (@mysmallbiz) November 5, 2015Networking with some of SA’s best entrepreneurs @Phezulu_Group #smallbizawards #entrepreneur #SmallBusiness pic.twitter.com/Y2kMfek7Ob— Jean-Mari_Zeilinga (@JeanMariZ2) November 5, 2015#smallbizawards @ThinkroomTalk Daunting task to grow a business but nothing more rewarding— Zuanda (@ZuandaReid) November 5, 2015Women absolutely dominating these awards. Very encouraging to see. #SmallBizAwardsSA— media757 (@Media7five7) November 5, 2015The winnersAriston Global, owned by Reginald Pillay, was named 2015 National Small Business Champion. Pillay’s company provides accounting, tax, human resources and advisory services. It has grown over eight years to report a growth rate of more than 250% this financial year and created many new, professional long-term job opportunities for young entrants to the job market.Pillay said the first 1 000 days of a business were the most critical. “I’m inspired by how we’ve grown over the last eight years into the Ariston Global that you see today.“I am honoured to be the recipient of this award and humbled to be recognised by the NSBC. The way that the NSBC not only supports small businesses but also provides accolades for achievement is great. I am so happy to be a part of that.”From left: Stephen Swart, Head of Acquisitions at FNB; Gerard Du Plessis, Chairman at Adams & Adams; Reginald Pillay of Ariston Global and Songezo Masiso, National Sales Manager at Vodacom. Pillay won the National Small Business Champion of the Year award. (Image: National Small Business Chamber)The National Entrepreneur Champion and inaugural National Exporter Award went to Shooshoos, an exclusive baby shoe brand owned by Gill Bowen. The company has grown exponentially to become the biggest exclusive baby shoe brand in South Africa and exports to over 15 countries.National Woman in Business Champion of the Year – From Left: First runner-up: Tanya Kisten of Khanyisela College; National Woman in Business Champion of the Year award winner Sonja Smith-Janse Van Rensburg of Sonja Smith Funeral Group Pty Ltd and Second runner-up Refilwe Marumo of Mighty Comms Pty Ltd. (Image: National Small Business Chamber)Sonja Smith Funeral Group, owned by Sonja Smith, was awarded the National Woman in Business Champion. Smith’s passion for being of service to people in times of grief and her tireless advocacy in tackling legal issues in the funeral industry led to the company being featured in the Sunday newspaper Rapport and on television investigative journalism show Carte Blanche.Janine van Zyl, the owner of Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream, scooped the National Young Entrepreneur Champion Award. With the motto “Perfection is all the little things done well with love”, Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream creates speciality 100% natural ice cream and sorbet in over 800 flavours.Van Zyl said it was a great honour to receive the award. “It has been inspiring to watch my business grow alongside those of my suppliers. It was part of my vision to not only create a business for myself but to assist other businesses to grow at the same time.”The full list of winners and runners-up is:National Small Business Champion of the YearWinner: Ariston Global – Reginald PillayFirst runner-up: College of Production Technology – Andy GreenwoodSecond runner-up: Oembotutravel.co.za – Henri OtouNational Entrepreneur Champion of the YearWinner: Gill Bowen – ShooshoosFirst runner-up: Tyrone Naidoo – BEE OnlineSecond runner-up: Kevin Paxton – Noble Water SolutionsNational Woman in Business Champion of the YearWinner: Sonja Smith-Janse van Rensburg – Sonja Smith Funeral GroupFirst runner up: Tanya Kisten – Khanyisela CollegeSecond runner-up: Refilwe Marumo – Mighty CommsNational Young Entrepreneur Champion of the YearWinner: Janine Van Zyl – Cold Gold Artisan Ice CreamFirst runner-up: Tshepiso Mametja – Amphiguard BrickyardSecond runner-up: Marisa da Silva – Infanta FoodSpecial awardsNational Travel & Tourism Award: Oembotutravel.Co.Za – Henri OtouNational Exporter Award: Shooshoos – Gill BowenNational Innovation Award: Noble Water Solutions – Kevin PaxtonSource: South African Small Business Awards and Brand South Africa reporter.last_img read more