Cal’s back on board for June 25 Jamaica Derby

first_imgFollowing 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.last_img read more

South African para-cyclists shine at World Cup

first_img13 May 2014The South African Para-cycling team produced a series of top performances in the UCI World Cup in Castiglione, Italy on the weekend, highlighted by gold medals for Pieter du Preez and Justine Asher.Time trialA spectacular time trial route had the riders racing across a flat coastal foreland through Mediterranean coastal forest, with the smell of pine resin and the singing of a few early cicadas adding much to the ambience.The largely non-technical nature of the circuit proved deceptive in the way that it enticed the unwary rider to go out too fast and to not leave enough in reserve for the return section.GoldH1 hand-cyclist Pieter du Preez adapted to the challenges brilliantly to capture gold in his class. Ernst van Dyk picked up a silver medal in the H5 hand-cycling category, while George Rex added a bronze in the T1 tri-cycling class.While Justine Asher used the event to prepare for the following day’s road race, a number of other riders performed well: C3 cyclist Craig Ridgard, competing in his first international tour, finished respectably in the middle of his group; Stuart McCreadie finished fifth in the H3 category; and youngster Yusthin Lintnaar finished sixth, ahead of former Italian T2 world champion Giorgio Farroni.Road raceCompletely different to the time trial route in terms of a technical challenge, the route selected for the road race threaded its way through the narrow streets of Castiglione della Pescaia and the even narrower country roads extending out of town into the postcard landscape of olive groves and vineyards.As the first South African rider Stuart McCreadie discovered, the route made it extremely difficult to maintain a place in the lead group and he lost touch with it towards the end of the 65 km race. Nonetheless, he finished in a very competitive seventh place.George Rex, using lighter gears than in the time trial (to accelerate quickly out of the route’s myriad tight corners) improved on his previous day’s results by claiming a silver medal.His T2 tricycling teammate Lintnaar rode to a pre-set race plan, which worked perfectly and positioned him for a fourth place result after a sprint finish, one bike length behind Paralympian gold medallist David Stone, who finished third. The result was unfortunately later overturned when Lintnaar was disqualified for an infringement.HighlightA highlight performance of the day was Justine Asher’s gold medal win in the H2 category and the award to her of the World Cup champion’s jersey for her outstanding overall performance in the first leg of the season’s road race series.Pieter du Preez added a silver in his event to his time trial gold, while Ernst van Dyk picked up a bronze medal after a three-way sprint to the line to go with his silver in the time trial.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Deal was Closed A Long Time Ago

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The deal wasn’t closed on the boardroom table at the signing event. The signing is the formality, the ceremony, the codification of an agreement that happened at an earlier time.The deal wasn’t closed when you got the verbal commitment either. The fact that your prospective client said yes when you asked for the business is proof positive that the deal was closed at some earlier point in time. This ask is important, and it is not a conversation you should avoid. But it isn’t when you won the deal.Some deals are won during the very first meeting when you establish yourself as the right person with whom your dream client should be doing business. When they have decided they want you on their team, you’ve won.Deals are also won when you capture your dream client’s mindshare because you are the person who helps them think about their challenges, their opportunities, and what they should do moving into the future.You win early when your discovery process helps your dream client discover something about themselves and their business. It isn’t the slide deck that wins the deal. It’s you, the person who is helping them think about their business and their choices.Winning happens when you de-risk the deal by providing your dream clients with the confidence to move forward with the change you are proposing, explaining to them what is likely to go wrong, what you will do about it, and how you will anticipate these challenges. The close happens in some deals when your prospective client decides to make the change you are recommending, and to bring you on as a partner in those outcomes.It’s a mistake to believe that the deal is closed when you ask for the business and your client signs a contract. That is the end of the process if you’ve done everything right up to that point. But doing everything right up to that point is why you are getting the yes when you ask. If your dream client can say yes when you ask and sign when you give them paper, you won long before either one of those events occurred.last_img read more

Port of Oakland Wraps Up Busiest Year in Its History

first_imgzoom 2017 was the busiest year in the Port of Oakland’s 90-year history having achieved a new record of 2.42 million 20-foot handled containers, the port said. That broke the previous record of 2.39 million containers set in 2014.The port added it broke two more records in 2017 with 919,523 loaded import containers and 1.85 million combined imports and exports.The record performance was ascribed to import growth, which marked a 4 percent rise in 2017 over 2016 totals.December imports were up 6.4 percent over the same month in 2016.The port attributed the import rally to a strong U.S. economy and increasing consumer demand for retail products.“Our record-setting 2017 has set the stage for the future,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll.  “With new development projects already underway, we expect to increase our capacity and drive greater volume.”The record figures are being reported in the wake of the port’s strategic infrastructural investments which are expected to see larger ships calling at the port to become “the new normal“.Bigger ships of up to 18,000 TEU are expected to drive Oakland’s anticipated cargo increase over the coming years.Namely, the Californian port anticipates a five-year run of record cargo volume beginning in 2018, as revealed in a Strategic Maritime Roadmap released in August 2017.By 2022, the port expects to handle the equivalent of 2.6 million 20-foot containers annually. The number would represent 8 percent more volume than the port has ever processed in a single year.In June 2017, Driscoll said that the port envisions to see over USD 600 million in investment in infrastructural projects aimed at bolstering Oakland’s status as a major trade hub.These have included a terminal upgrade, a new operating system at Everport marine terminal, along with USD 100-million rail yard completed in 2016.In addition, the port has launched work on raising ship-to-shore cranes at its Oakland International Container Terminal’s (OICT),  doubling the size of the TraPac marine terminal, constructing a 287,000-square foot Cool Port for refrigerated cargo transport and developing the first 27 acres of a Seaport Logistics Complex.The port said it expects Cool Port to open late summer, while the work on its Seaport Logistics Complex could begin by spring.last_img read more

TORMs Profit Dwindles due to Weaker Rates

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: TORM Danish shipping company TORM saw its earnings drop in the first quarter of the year, driven by weak freight rates.TORM delivered a revenue of USD 163.1 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to a revenue of USD 172.8 million reported in the same period in 2017.The company’s profit for the period decreased to USD 1.1 million from USD 4.8 million seen a year earlier. TCE rates were at USD 14,225 per day, down from USD 15,264 per day in the first quarter of 2017.TORM said that in the first quarter of 2018, product tanker freight rates stayed relatively flat at levels slightly below the levels seen in the second half of 2017.“We remained profitable in the first quarter of 2018 despite a muted freight rate environment, as the One TORM platform continues to deliver strong commercial results,” Jacob Meldgaard, Executive Director, said.Following the end of the first quarter, TORM exercised options for the construction of three high specification MR newbuildings for a total commitment of USD 93 million and with expected delivery in 2019 through the first quarter of 2020 and secured commitment for attractive vessel financing of up to USD 63 million, subject to loan documentation.During the quarter, the company took delivery of two LR2 newbuildings, while a third LR2 newbuilding was delivered in April 2018.last_img read more

Can you spot the Mars rover on this wild Red Planet landscape

first_img 0 Mars rovers NASA Space Enlarge ImageTry to spot the Mars rover in this view from orbit. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA’s Curiosity rover loves to send selfies and close-up looks at fascinating rocks and even its own hole-y wheels. But sometimes it gets to pose for a portrait from far, far away. Conditions were just right at the end of May for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft to capture a snapshot of Curiosity working away in an area called Woodland Bay, part of the intriguing “clay-bearing unit.” The enhanced-color image comes from the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona in Tucson. If you’re having trouble spotting the rover, check out NASA’s cropped version of the image that highlights its location.hirisecuriosity2Enlarge ImageThat bluish spec is the Curiosity rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech A close look at the rover shows a bright spot in the upper left-hand corner. This is likely the rover’s “head,” which includes a suite of instruments on the end of a mast. The sun was hitting the rover just right. “Mirror-like reflections off smooth surfaces show up as especially bright spots in HiRISE images,” said NASA in a release on Friday. The clay-rich area Curiosity is exploring now is one of the big reasons NASA chose Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater. The rover is studying the history of water on Mars and looking for signs of microbial life, past or present. 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Spotting NASA machines on Mars is a bit of hobby for the MRO HiRISE team, which showed us both the InSight lander and the now-defunct Opportunity rover last year. Curiosity is NASA’s only working rover on Mars at the moment, but that’s scheduled to change when the Mars 2020 rover gets its own crack at the Red Planet in 2021. The MRO should be there to keep an eye on Mars’ new visitor. Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img 43 Photos Tags NASA rover sees bewitching night-shining clouds on Mars NASA spots Mars surprise at Curiosity rover work site Sci-Tech Marvelous Marslast_img read more

3 youths killed in Brahmanbaria road crash

first_imgThree young men were killed as a bus rammed a CNG-run auto rickshaw on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Malihata area in Sarail upazila on Saturday morning.The deceased are Nosor Miah, 16, son of Khorshed Miah, Arman, 17, son of Faruk Miah, and auto-rickshaw driver Saidul, 19, son of Lukku Miah, from Chor Chartola village in Ashuganj upazila, reports UNB.Md Hossain Sarker, officer-in-charge of Khatihata highway police station, said the Dhaka-bound bus rammed the auto rickshaw around 6:15am, leaving Nosor Miah dead on the spot and Saidul and Arman critically injured.Later, they were rushed to a local hospital. As their condition deteriorated, Arman was admitted to Bhairab Upazila Health Complex and Saidul to Bajitpur Jahirul Islam Medical College Hospital where they succumbed to their injurieslast_img read more

ACC director Enamul Basir held on bribery charges

first_imgKhandaker Enamul BasirSuspended Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Khandaker Enamul Basir has been arrested in Dhaka over taking Tk 4 million as bribe from suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman.A team of ACC arrested Basir in the city’s Mirpur area on Monday night, confirmed ACC deputy director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.The anti-graft body had suspended Basir on June 10, a day after a private TV channel reported that he had taken Tk 2.5 million as bribe from Mizan to give him a clean chit in a corruption case. He also asked the DIG to pay him another Tk 1.5 million within the next week.The police officer reportedly recorded the telephone conversation aired by the TV channel.A three-member committee, headed by ACC secretary Muhammad Dilawar Bakht, was formed shortly after the TV report was run.ACC then suspended Basir after reviewing the committee’s report which found him guilty of breaching job discipline by illegally leaking information.last_img read more