Finding time and energy for mentoring

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » We all know how difficult it is to find the time to complete tasks associated with our daily work duties, much less to find time for such additional activities as mentoring. So why do people do mentoring? And more importantly, how do they do it?The answers to these questions are as unique as people themselves, yet there are some common factors. Many people become involved in mentoring so they can learn a new skill, advance their careers, share wisdom and expand their personal networks.It is human nature to want to continue to improve ourselves. Our ongoing need for knowledge drives us to engage in relationships that support our growth. Likewise, it is human nature that forces us to accept our mortality and compels us to leave our mark on the world while we are here. Our need to leave a legacy reflects itself in our willingness to help others and share our expertise.These factors persuade us to engage in mentoring. Yet at times, despite our best efforts, we experience difficulties in our mentoring relationships. The biggest deterrent to a successful mentoring relationship is dedicating time and energy to it. Half-hearted efforts yield half-hearted results. For a mentoring relationship to succeed, people need to fully invest themselves.last_img

Pillars, Falcons Win Conference Six Playoffs

first_imgKWESE PREMIER BASKETBALLNigerian Premier Basketball League defending champions, Kano Pillars, and top notch Nigerian club, Kwara Falcons at the weekend emerged champions of the Savannah and Atlantic Conference Six of the Kwese Premier League playoffs.The two conferences had six teams each. The Savannah Conference held at the Murtala Muhammed Square in Kaduna while the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara Sports Complex in Ilorin played hosts to the Atlantic Conference with only four teams qualifying to play the Final 8 scheduled for Kano between September 4th and 9th.Kano Pillars defeated hard-fighting Gombe Bulls 104-97 points in their first game, crushed Kada Stars 91-58 points, won the clash with Bauchi Net 85-44 points before succumbing to defeat from Niger Potters 103-71 points. They defeated Plateau Peaks 80-64 points.Coach of the Kano-based team, Sani Ahmed, speaking on his team’s performance after the championship reiterated his club’s desire to retain the trophy at the Final 8 in Kano. “Winning the Savannah Conference Six shows the level of consistency in the club.“It also tells of the amount of hard work put in by the players to remain consistent on the winning side.”Ahmed said the ultimate goal of the team is to retain the Final 8 trophy next month. “The team is not 100 per cent perfect yet. We are still a high scoring side averaging 80 points per game but we can still be able to do more so as to defend and win the Final 8 at home in Kano.“Our tradition is to win any tournament we find ourselves in. So, we aim to retain the Final 8. We have noticed some weaknesses and lapses in the course of our games and will work on them before the Final 8.“I noticed the boys sometimes get complacent; but we need to be consistent and more perfect in taking shots,” observed the Pillars coach.Ahmed also disclosed that the conference play-off was part of preparations for his team’s participation in an invitational tournament slated for Malaysia in the first week of September.“Immediately we conclude the Final 8 we shall be honouring a fully sponsored trip to Malaysia for an invitational tournament involving teams from Japan, China, Malaysia and others from other Asian countries.Good enough, we will be well prepared because this Kwese Premier Basketball League Final 8 is as good preparatory ground for the tournament,” concludes the Pillars coach.In the Atlantic Conference Six Play-offs, Kwara Falcons tutored by Adewunmi Aderemi, also defeated all five opponents, Police Batons 106-70, Oluyole Warriors 77-67, Customs 84-73, Hoops and Read 78-73 and defeated Rivers Hoopers in the final game.In the Atlantic Conference, Rivers Hoopers placed second, Hoops and Read was third with Customs fourth. Police Batons and Oluyole Warriors didn’t make the Final 8.Falcons’ Coach, Adewunmi Aderemi, stated in a post event chat that his team will return to training as soon as possible to get the needed fitness for the Final 8.“My dream is to help pick a continental club ticket for the club.“We shall try our best to win vital games in Kano when the Final 8 begins. We won’t let the Atlantic Conference victory enter the heads of our players, the journey is still far and I believe strongly that, we shall make a very big impact in the Final 8.”   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Di Maria stars as PSG whip Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Joy was immediately plastered over the face of the forward, who peeled away performing his trademark loveheart celebration. Photo/COURTESYPARIS, France, Sep 19 – Angel Di Maria scored twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to get off to the perfect start in their latest bid for Champions League success.Di Maria beat Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put PSG ahead in the 14th minute at the Parc des Princes, but it was his second goal just after the half-hour mark that really lit up this encounter. The Argentine, who starred for Real for four years and won the Champions League with them in 2014 before making an ill-fated move to Manchester United, gave Courtois no chance with a shot on his left foot from 20 yards out that arrowed into the corner.Thomas Meunier added the gloss to the score-line at the death but it was Di Maria who had cleared the way for his side, stepping up in the absences of the injured Mbappe and Edinson Cavani as well as the suspended Neymar.After a summer dominated by the saga of whether the world’s most expensive player would leave the club, here was a reminder that the French champions have others capable of winning such games.Angel Di Maria celebrates with Mauro Icardi after scoring one of his two goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Real Madrid 3-0 in their Champions League opener© AFP Lucas BARIOULETThese two clubs are trying to recover some of their lustre after disappointing campaigns in Europe last season, but for PSG this result is a measure of revenge for their defeat at the hands of Real in the last 16 the previous year.They remain unbeaten at home in the Champions League group stage since 2004 and they are already in control of Group A before facing Galatasaray and Club Brugge, who drew 0-0 in Belgium on Wednesday.Real remain far from convincing since Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club for a second spell as coach and the 13-time European Cup winners have won only twice in five outings so far this season.There is still much work to be done if they are to go deep in this competition again after being humbled by Ajax in the last 16 last spring.– Hazard makes little impact –Eden Hazard (R) holds off PSG’s Pablo Sarabia – the Belgian made his first start for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s game© AFP MARTIN BUREAUThey had a Gareth Bale goal disallowed for handball after a VAR review just after going two behind, while Eden Hazard struggled to make an impact on his first start since his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.Madrid were also handicapped by the absences of Sergio Ramos, Nacho and Marcelo in defence as well as Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric from their midfield.Mauro Icardi made his first start for the home side after his arrival on loan from Inter, but his fellow countryman Di Maria stole the show.PSG, confusingly wearing white while the visitors wore dark blue, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Di Maria latched onto a Juan Bernat cutback from the left byline and fired in, although Courtois should have done better.Hazard shot just wide at the other end moments later and Bale curled a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the area after he had been fouled.Just after that, in the 33rd minute, Di Maria took a touch and smashed a shot into the right corner of the net to make it 2-0.Then came Bale’s disallowed goal, and the Welshman came close again in first-half stoppage time, yet the Spanish giants created little in the second half apart from a Karim Benzema goal that was ruled out for offside.Hazard, meanwhile, departed 20 minutes from time having failed to make his mark on the game, and PSG scored again in stoppage time.With the Madrid defence exposed, Meunier exchanged passes with Bernat before finishing to the delight of the home crowd.Both sides should still make it through but for now it is PSG, six months on from their horror show and humiliating exit against Manchester United, who have more reason to be optimistic.Especially with so much attacking firepower still to come back.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img

The Creator Thought of Everything

first_imgSometimes little things make a big difference to a plant or animal. Evolutionists can always make up just-so stories, but creationists see God’s wisdom even in small things.by David Coppedge Why Roosters Aren’t DeafBoys trying to hypnotize a rooster. Photo by David Coppedge.Did you ever wonder why roosters don’t go deaf? The loud, constant crowing of male chickens should damage their own ears. To the rooster, it’s like hearing a chainsaw at an intensity of 100 decibels, says Phys.org. European scientists decided to figure out how they protect themselves from hearing loss. Evolutionists might speculate that deaf roosters are less likely to pass on their genes, but more is required than an after-the-fact story. What the researchers found is quite clever, involving multiple traits working together.People who regularly use chainsaws without ear protection, it should be noted, go deaf over time due to damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. Chickens of both genders also have such hairs in their ears, and the team wondered why they weren’t damaged. To find out, they performed micro-computerized tomography scans on the skulls of the birds.They discovered that half of the birds’ eardrum was covered by a bit of soft tissue that dampened incoming noise. They also found that when the rooster tilted its head back to crow, another bit of material covered the ear canal completely, serving as a built-in ear-plug. Thus, for the rooster, it is as if someone were sticking their fingers in their ears while they are crowing. The researchers noted the birds also have another advantage—unlike humans, birds can regrow damaged hair cells. As for why the hens and chicks do not suffer hearing damage from the male crowing, though not mentioned in the research, it is well known that roosters tend to seek a vantage point offering maximum reach when they crow (away from the hens and chicks), making sure everyone within earshot knows that the hens that live there are his.How Venus Flytraps Love Their PollinatorsWouldn’t it be the ultimate insult to a beneficial insect for a Venus flytrap to accept the favor of pollination, then eat the pollinator? Scientists at North Carolina State University discovered that the carnivorous plants don’t eat the bugs that pollinate them. An evolutionist might speculate that nature selected the plants that treat their pollinators kindly, but how can a blind plant know the difference?Nobody knew which creature pollinated these curious plants that had attracted the admiration of Darwin, so the biologists went looking. They found 100 species of insects around the plants, then checked which ones carried Venus flytrap pollen. Only a few carried a lot of pollen, and all of them could fly. Answers to the puzzle presented themselves:The researchers also retrieved prey from more than 200 flytraps at the study sites. The three most important pollinator species — despite being found so often on the flowers — were never found in the traps.“One potential reason for this is the architecture of the plants themselves,” Youngsteadt says. “Venus flytrap flowers are elevated on stems that stand fairly high above the snap traps of the plant, and we found that 87 percent of the flower-visiting individuals we captured — including all three of the most important species — could fly. But only 20 percent of the prey could fly. The pollinator species may simply be staying above the danger zone as they go from flower to flower, making them less likely to be eaten.”While that may sound like a simple thing for natural selection to do, the scientists note that “other factors may also come into play.” For instance, the colors of the traps are different than the flowers. The chemical scents might be different, too (that’s something they have yet to prove). It appears that multiple factors work together to achieve this beneficial relationship. “There is still a lot to learn about these plants and their pollinators,” one of the team members said.Incidentally, Chinese scientists (far from the habitat of the Venus flytrap in North Carolina) have taken inspiration from the little bug catcher. They have designed a nano-claw, writes New Scientist, to trap bacteria in the bloodstream. It works just like the Venus flytrap.Why Deer Don’t FreezeEver see deer in deep snow? One would think they would be miserable with those skinny legs and short fur coats. At Phys.org, Chris Whittier from Tufts University lists the multiple adaptations that keep them hardy all winter long.White-tailed deer, the kind found in Massachusetts and across most of the United States, are the widest-ranging ungulate in the Americas, from as far south as Bolivia to as far north as southern Canada. To cover such diverse territory and climates, white-tailed deer have a variety of adaptations and behaviors, including those that allow them to survive harsh winter weather that is common in New England.Photo by David Coppedge.These read more

Video: Vuvuzela, Africa’s call

first_imgAnchoring the Brand South Africa campaign for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is a stunning television advert featuring the vuvuzela – the trumpet that has come to symbolise South African football – and nine of Africa’s most famous locations.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 11 May 2009.last_img

10 months agoReal Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snub

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Luka Modric has hit out at Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Barcelona star Messi and Juventus striker Ronaldo refused to attend Modric’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris earlier this month.Asked about the snub, Modric told Sportske Novosti, “I do not know why they did not come. It’s their choice, is it logical? “Obviously, these trophies only matter if they win them. It’s not fair to other players, for those who have voted for them for the last ten years, or for football and fans. “But everyone is free to act as he wishes.” last_img

14 days agoJuventus eager to secure Wojciech Szczesny to new contract

first_imgJuventus eager to secure Wojciech Szczesny to new contractby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWojciech Szczesny is in line for a new contract with Juventus.Gazzetta dello Sport says the goalkeeper’s current deal runs to 2021.And Juve are in the process of drawing up new terms for Szczesny.Bianconeri management sees the Pole as a critical member of the squad and intend to close the deal quickly.Szczesny is firmly established as Juve’s No1. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoLindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stayby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Lindelof has urged Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba to stay at the club.Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in January.”So, he has a contract with the club and is a very important player for us,” he said.”I am very happy to have him as a teammate.”Not only because he is a good person but also because he is a good footballer.”We have a very good relationship, a nice and kind guy who is very fun to hang out with.”There is nothing more to it. We live very close to each other too, so that makes things easier.” last_img

Photo: Tennessee’s Josh Richardson Appreciates This Vols Snowman, Which Is Wearing His Jersey

first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Southeast doesn’t always get a lot of snow, but when the people down there do, you better bet there will be some creative SEC-themed snowmen. One family of Tennessee fans made a pretty impressive snowman, complete with a Josh Richardson No. 1 jersey. They sent a photo to the senior guard, who is a big fan of his new snow doppelganger. “@sgregg12: Sir Josh! Our 2015 Snowman! #Vols #BowTie @J_Rich1 @Vol_Hoops @Vol_Photos pic.twitter.com/oUDguj0HY2”oh man that’s nice !!!— Josh Richardson (@J_Rich1) February 24, 2015The Tennessee wristband is a nice touch. Now we just need Richardson to wear a top hat on the court, and this will be spot on.last_img

Jared Abrahamson talks Branching Out as Trevor on Travelers

first_img Twitter The tension on Travelers is rising to epic proportions this week following the conclusion of “Donner,” where a possible rise of new rogue Travelers was hinted at. Meanwhile their personal lives are making it even harder to stay on mission, from Carly’s (Nesta Cooper) baby-daddy problem and Marcy’s (Mackenzie Porter) uncertain feelings for David (Patrick Gilmore) to MacLaren’s wife suspecting he’s having an affair.Monday night’s episode “Bishop” sends MacLaren 20,000 feet up in the air for a mysterious mission surrounding a congressman involved in the creation of a new pipeline, while Carly struggles to find work thanks to interference from her ex-abuser Jeff (J. Alex Brinson).Trevor (Jared Abrahamson), meanwhile, has to deal with a problem of his own when his father (William MacDonald), or Gary, as he continues to call him, confronts him about his missed tests and how their relationship has changed recently. The TV Junkies spoke with Abrahamson about his role as a spiritual and sweet Trevor and how he almost missed the opportunity altogether. Login/Register With: “I wasn’t interested [in pilots] at the time,” says Abrahamson, who was in the midst of filming Hello, Destroyer, an independent film about a young, troubled hockey player. It wasn’t until his agent insisted he give the show a chance did he pick up the script. “Once I read it I was all-in.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img