Following their high-powered sponsorship and promotion in 2015, Cal’s Manufacturing will once again sponsor the prestigious Jamaica Derby at Caymanas Park on Saturday, June 25.Plans for the big day were outlined at yesterday’s promotional press launch in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park. Cal’s marketing manager, Sabrina Thomas, disclosed that her company donated $2 million to the race day, including $1.5 million to the $7 million derby purse.This will be the 96th running of the premier classic for the Sir John Mordecai Trophy, and it marks Cal’s Manufacturing’s third stint as sponsors. The first was in 2011 when TECHNOMOTO scored a stunning upset.”We are indeed happy once again to launch Cal’s Derby Watch six weeks before the race for promotional activities,” said Thomas. “We are excited about the venture, and this intense and extensive promotion is to bring about the buzz and awareness of Cal’s Jamaica Derby 2016,” she added.According to Thomas, among the list of activities scheduled to start on May 13 are live roving reports and interviews in the stands with patrons and on-the-spot giveaways and promotions at six off-track locations by the Cal’s team every Saturday leading up to the big day.Racing secretary DenziL Miller Jr said 11 races would be offered on the day, with Cal’s donating $500,000 for the $180,000 claiming race over a mile, boosting the purse to $1 million, and the CTL Juvenile Cup for maiden two-year-olds with a purse of $850,000. The derby field will include Triple Crown contenders NUCLEAR AFFAIR and FUTURE KING, respective winners of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas on April 9.Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer of Caymanas Track Limited, said it was heartwarming at this early stage to participate in the promotional launch of Cal’s Jamaica Derby.”We welcome back CEO Carlton Watson and his hard-working team. Their contribution to the Jamaica Derby has showcased the prestige and capabilities of horse racing through their promotional activities to the wider community across the island,” he said.- O. C.
Empowerment. That was the buzzword Saturday during a citywide congress of Los Angeles neighborhood councils hoping for a greater voice in government. On the fifth anniversary of the first of what became 89 neighborhood councils, city officials joined residents in calling for a louder voice of the people. “Are we here to stay? Are we here to have our voice heard?” asked Guy Leemhuis of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission. “Are we here to be empowered here in the city of Los Angeles?” “Yes!” shouted an estimated 1,000 participants at the Congress of Neighborhoods. The city-run congress at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown was a one-day rally for broadening the strength and effectiveness of the neighborhood council movement. Throughout the day, residents breezed in and out of seminars covering everything from public safety and parks to how councils can work to improve city services. One seminar on best practices covered topics including how to obtain trees, paint and trash cans from the city and calling 311 to express local grievances. “I’m excited,” said Vas Singh, 62, on the board of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council. “I like the interaction with the community leaders from the different councils. This is an opportunity to interact with city managers. It is good to see the feedback from the mayor.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking about the loss of neighborhood children to gang violence, drew a standing ovation from the congress. “With the neighborhood council movement, we’re seeing the power of people coming together to make a difference,” Villaraigosa said. “Our neighborhood councils must play a significant role in empowering parents to take back their schools.” Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarc n, head of a committee overseeing neighborhood councils, pledged to cut red tape and to double the councils’ annual $50,000 allotments. He also promised better outreach to draw community involvement from neighborhoods lacking councils. “We have the greatest urban model in the history of mankind,” Alarc n said of the council program. “Our challenge of the neighborhood council system is to come together in one resounding drumbeat to bring this city together. “We can’t exclude anybody from the process.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has written to the Prime Ministers Office, requesting Bharat Ratna for the late Dhyan Chand in what can considered be its latest push to bestow the hockey legend with Indias highest civilian honour. Sports Minister Vijay Goel confirmed to PTI that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Yes, we have written to the Prime Minister about Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand. Conferring the honour posthumously will be a fitting tribute to his exceptional service to the country,” said Goel. It is not the first time that the Ministry has sought Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand, who helped India win three gold medals at the Olympics (1928, 1932, and 1936). During the UPA rule in 2013, the Sports Ministry had chosen the hockey wizard for the honour over cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar. However in the same year, it was eventually announced that Tendulkar will be the first sportsperson to receive the award, hours after he ended his illustrious international career. Asked whether Dhyan Chand, who passed away in 1979, should have got Bharat Ratna before Tendulkar, Goel said: “I would not want to get into this and it is not fair to comment about sportspersons of such legendary stature. “You cant measure Dhyan Chands achievements with any award. He is beyond that. “As I said, Prime Minister will take the final call on this subject. He wants India to emerge as a sporting power and that is why he has been giving a lot of emphasis to sports. “We want him to consider this. We feel Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand will not only give a huge boost to Indian hockey but also to other sports,” said Goel. The Ministry decided to write to the Prime Minister earlier this week. Dhyan Chands son Ashok Kumar and other former players have been demanding Bharat Ratna for their hockey hero for years. Last year, former India captains Ashok Kumar, Ajit Pal Singh, Zafar Iqbal, Dilip Tirkey were among a 100 former players who sat on a protest on Dhyan Chand being repeatedly ignored. Even in 2011, government did not consider the plea of 82 members of parliament who backed Dhyan Chand for the recognition. The Wizard is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time and singlehandedly popularised the game in India. His birthday, August 29, is celebrated as the National Sports Day when the countrys top athletes are awarded by the President of India. PTI BS PM PMadvertisement