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Vision upsets in Ronron feature

first_imgVISION, offering odds of 12-1 with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, made virtually all to win the second running of the Ronron Trophy, a restricted stakes event over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.Breaking smartly from the number two post position, the 3-y-o grey colt led under pressure from 7-1 chance CLASSY AVIATOR on his inside, passing the half mile with the highly fancied pair of BIRD CATCHER (5-2) and PURE AMAZEMENT (5-1) in close touch in a field of 12 three-year-olds.VISION, however, maintained a narrow lead over the Aaron Chatrie-ridden CLASSY AVIATOR into the straight, finding extra under a bustling ride to beat CLASSY AVIATOR on the rails by 11/2 lengths with the American filly, PURE AMAZEMENT a close third. The 2-1 favourite, ANOTHER FURY, was a big disappointment and ended up in the eleventh spot.VISION, who had previously won over this trip on August 20 with Walker aboard, is by He’stherealthing out of the Alisios mare Money Spinner, owned by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth DaCosta, and bred by Orange Valley Estates Limited.DaCosta had a second winner on the card in QUEEN OF BAGDAD (8-1), who stormed through from well off the pace to catch and beat stable-companion DYSFUNCTIONAL, the 3-5 favourite with Walker aboard, by a neck.FIRST OF THREEOwned by Carlton Watson, QUEEN OF BAGDAD was the first of three winners for top apprentice Bebeto Harvey on the 10-race programme. Harvey also won the closing race over the straight aboard 2-1 chance STAR OF DAVID as well as the 99-1 outsider A VESSEL OF LOVE for trainer Lawrence Freemantle in the eighth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies.Coming from far off the pace, A VESSEL OF LOVE finished like a runaway train to beat 11-1 chance BROOKLYN by a neck in a 13-horse field.This weekend will feature the two-day Heroes Racing Carnival with the Cash Pot Only One For Me Trophy kicking off the Supreme Ventures 2-y-o series on Saturday and the popular Gold Cup race over 1400 metres highlighting Monday’s Heroes Day programme on October 17.last_img read more

Savant promotes SA technology

first_img SAinfo reporter Reviewed: 2 May 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Becoming a local and global voice for the ICT and electronics sectors; Creating awareness about the South African electrotechnical and ICT industries; Strengthening the sector to become globally competitive by showcasing the successes in the South African economy; Promoting export and investment opportunities; Helping to identify potential international partners and facilitating matchmaking opportunities; andCo-ordinating an information portal across the sector and between both the private and public sector. The multilevel project is an ongoing initiative, which includes participation in local and international trade shows, as well as an effective web presence. These efforts are complemented by extensive promotion material, advertisements and projects, both locally and abroad. When it was established in 2001, its broad objectives were to grow the ICT and electronics industry to increase employment, broaden participation, encourage exports, and promote small business development. Savant – the South African Technology Vanguard – is the country’s marketing and branding campaign for the electro-technical sector, which includes electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and telecommunications. A unit within the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Development Division, it aims to accelerate the development of the country’s hi-tech sector.center_img Savant acts to alert prospective partners, both at home and abroad, that the local technology industry can compete with the best the world has to offer. Website: www.savant.co.za Strengths The DTI says South Africa’s competitive advantage is created from the defence and mining sectors as well as high-level government investment in research and development in strategic programmes. The country also has strong engineering and integration capabilities from working as a prime contractor on complex projects.Objectives Savant plans to help grow the sector by:last_img read more

Africa’s growth ‘has to be inclusive’

first_img10 May 2012While Africa has experienced its best decade of the past 50 years, there are major challenges still to be tackled, African Development Bank Tunisia president Donald Kaberuka said at the opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.“We should not confuse economic growth with economic transformation,” Kaberuka said, noting that the structure of African economies had not changed fast enough and that countries remained vulnerable to external shocks.Public policy choices should target ways to leverage wealth from natural resources for broad-based, sustainable growth, Kaberuka said, identifying two key drivers for the future: the education of children of the poor as a tool to address generational change, and the development of small and medium enterprises to close the wealth gap.Over 700 participants from more than 70 countries are taking part in the three-day WEF on Africa, the first to be held in Ethiopia.Time for Africans ‘to take ownership’Monhla Hlahla, chairperson of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), told the plenary that it was time for Africans themselves to occupy centre stage on the continent and to take ownership of their lives and production.African farmers were now in a position “not only to produce coffee beans but also to taste the coffee”, Hlahla said, but added that strong and decisive leadership was required to keep African development on track.She said the future of the contintent called for leaders that were predictable and consistent, and that were able to move Africa up the value chain.No growth ‘if millions are left behind’Kofi Annan, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Africa Progress Panel, Switzerland, emphasized the need to empower young people and to strengthen health and education to ensure that Africa reaped a “demographic dividend” over the next decade.Annan told delegates that African government policies needed to create equal access to opportunities to avoid dissatisfaction in the future. “We cannot talk of growth when millions of people are left behind,” Annan said.A lack of consensus and vision had led to a situation where each new government in Africa had a tendency to start afresh instead of building on the achievements of its predecessor, Annan said.It was therefore important for more debate to take place to reach consensus on the direction countries needed to take.Bekele Geleta, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told the plenary that it was important for Africans to feel that they had a stake in their countries’ wealth, and that there was free and fair opportunity for everyone.Geleta said the mindset within Africa was changing, with Africans increasingly wanting to shape their own lives and actively engage in their future.Mood of ‘pragmatic optimism’Gao Xiqing, president of the China Investment Corporation, said Africa was in the position of being able to create a new template for its future.However, Xiqing said it was important for African countries to ensure that their growth was as inclusive as possible. In this, he said, Africa could learn from China, which had prioritized growth over development and was now facing challenges such as huge wealth inequality and environmental problems.World Economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab told delegates that the mood in Africa today was quite different from what it was 22 years ago, having moved from one of cynicism through scepticism and then realism to today’s atmosphere of “pragmatic optimism”.Doug McMillon, chief executive of US retail giant Wal-Mart, told the plenary that, while its $2.4-billion investment in Africa – through the acquisition of South African retailer Massmart – the company was excited by the numbers it looked at before making the decision to invest.“There are a lot of things to be optimistic about in the region,” McMillon said.SAinfo reporter and World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Military Caregiving WEBINAR: Guide to Coping with TBI

first_imgRemember to mark your calendars for our Military Caregiving webinar series held Wednesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT entitled, A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Military Caregiving concentration team will be hosting a free, one-hour professional development webinar on the many issues family members face living with a veteran or service member with TBI.Dr. Elliott will identify potential problems such as movement, visual impairments, fatigue, memory loss, lack of attention and many more, due to wounded warriors who have experienced TBI. Dr. Elliott will also offer military professionals and families strategies and solutions to these problems so they may begin the journey to ‘creating a new normal.’No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with TBI to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.For more information on upcoming Military Caregiving webinars or the latest caregiving information, connect with us via Twitter or Facebook.last_img read more

You Aren’t That Bad, and It Isn’t Over

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The new cottage industry that has sprung to life on the social channels are self-loathing sales improvement experts.These folks talk down to you, suggest that you are terrible at selling, and suggest that the vast majority of salespeople can’t sell and have everything backwards. They spend their time publishing the mishaps and poor attempts some salespeople make, suggesting that somehow the poor SDR is to blame for the poor approach and not their manager.This new crop of commentators on all things sales will tell you that buyers now have all of the power in the relationship between buyer and seller and that the best that you can hope for is mercy when they abuse you, misunderstanding the very statistics they cite as evidence. They also tell you that your job is practically gone now, due to automation.Let’s set the record straight.The number of salespeople who make their quota has been relatively stable for a long time. But like all statistics, who knows what makes sense? Were half of those statistics the result of sales leaders and entrepreneurs believing that requiring a 50 percent increase in sales was going to be achieved because they mandated it and called it quota?The United States economy is some number North of 19.2 billion dollars, and that is the highest number in history. Someone, somewhere, must be selling something with a fair bit of success.Are there terrible salespeople? Sure there are. But no more as a percentage than terrible doctors, lawyers, tattoo artists, and barbers.The Internet provides buyers with information. That is a factor when it comes to selling effectively. But the Internet provides you with information, not wisdom. It doesn’t provide you with the experience to understand how to make complicated decisions. The Internet moved information closer to the person who needs it, but it has not eliminated the need for help understanding how to evaluate strategic, expensive, and risky decisions. And it doesn’t tell you anything about who you should trust as a partner, or how well you do working together.Artificial intelligence and automation are factors when it comes to the future of every job. If a robot can perform complicated surgeries, then nothing is off limits. But not today. And not tomorrow either.I promise you are not as bad as this new crop of self-loathing sales experts suggest you are. Quite to the contrary, you are far and away better than the generations that have come before, being better trained, better developed, and better coached than salespeople were in the past. And, you are going to be able to make a living selling for a long time into the future, in some form or fashion.last_img read more

Girl living with monkeys rescued

first_imgAn eight-year-old girl found living with a troop of monkeys in the Katarniyaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is now undergoing treatment at a hospital here.After being spotted by locals in the Motipur range of the sanctuary, a police team managed to rescue her in January, but not before overcoming stiff resistance from the monkeys.ASP Dinesh Tripathi said it appeared from her behaviour that she had been living with the monkeys in the wild for a long time.She is unable to communicate and screams when people approach her. Chief Medical Superintendent D.K. Singh said this was hindering proper treatment. Her curious condition came into limelight after visuals went viral on the social media in the past couple of days, police said.“… Our priority now is to give her proper medical care and look for her parents”, the ASP said.last_img read more

Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump

first_img“He is a rock star here. We call him our secret weapon,” said team manager Daniella Virata.Virata said Syquia has been competing in the Florida circuit where he is based. He grew up in New York City and began riding in Claremonth Academy.“He is a cool guy. Good personality. He gave us six clear rounds, three in individual and three in team event,” said Virata.Syquia was part of the team that won silver last Saturday along with Chiara Sophia Amor, Joker Arroyo and Marie Antoinette Leviste.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Colonia fifth in weightlifting The horse dealer and professional equestrian rode with his mount Adventure L.He finished tied with five other riders after two rounds and then in the jump-off clocked 37.63 seconds besting local riders Sharimini Cristina Ratnasingham  (41.30) and Dato Seri Mahamad Fathil Qabil Ambak (41.66).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRatnasingham on board Arcado, and Ambak on 3Q Qaliya, wound up second and third, respectively.After two rounds, Syquia finished in a bunch of five riders who went to the jump-off along with the Malaysians, Brunei’s Mohd Nasir and Singapore’s Catherine Chew. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img MOST READ Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — A 46-year-old rider with “rockstar personality” thrilled the Southeast Asian Games equestrian show jump individual competition Monday after capturing the gold medal for Team Philippines in Rawang.John Colin Syquia, riding for the Philippines for the first time, won via jump-off and shocked the field when he upstaged his Malaysian foes, riding four seconds faster than the second placer to rule the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Playoff-ready Raptors wrap up regular season with dominant win

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.“I think all of us want to win, get to that promised land,” Leonard said. “That’s a great group of guys here that are unselfish, want to win, want to play defense, want to do the right things on the floor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFred VanVleet scored 16 points, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who finished the regular season at 58-24. They’ll be the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and face the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons or Orlando Magic in the first round.“Since I’ve been in the league these last three years, we’ve been one of the top teams in the league, top teams in the East,” VanVleet said. “There’s a lot that comes with that. You should take pride in that.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Boucher scored 11 points in 10 minutes in the second quarter. Boucher’s previous career best was the nine points he scored Dec. 28 against the Orlando Magic. Boucher, the G-League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was signed to a standard NBA contract on Feb. 10.“I just want to play,” Boucher said. “When you get in the game, play hard, good things happen.”Towns did not play because of knee soreness. Saunders said Towns would travel with the team for Wednesday’s season finale in Denver and be a game-time decision.The Raptors set a franchise record with their 26th road victory of the season. The only player who missed Tuesday’s game with an injury was guard Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb). Starting guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka were rested.“I think we’re about as healthy as we could be,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think it was nice to get Serge and Kyle a night tonight.”GOOD TIMINGThe Raptors were in Minneapolis on Monday night, allowing coach Nick Nurse and his staff to attend Monday night’s NCAA title game. Nurse played against Virginia coach Tony Bennett when Nurse was at Northern Iowa and Bennett was at Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I think I held him to 29 points one time,” Nurse joked.TIP-INSRaptors: G Kyle Lowry (rest), F/C Serge Ibaka (rest) and G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) did not play. VanVleet started in place of Lowry. . Toronto reached 1,000 made 3-pointers in a season for the first time.Timberwolves: G Jerryd Bayless (right ankle contusion) and F Taj Gibson (strained left calf) did not play. They joined Towns and long-term absentees F Robert Covington (bone bruise on right knee), F Luol Deng (left Achilles soreness), G Derrick Rose (right elbow surgery) and G Jeff Teague (left foot inflammation) in missing the game. . Dieng made his first start since April 12, 2017. . Tyus Jones had his stretch of 129:18 without a turnover snapped. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Marvin Miciano begins GM norm hunt in Mongolia Fide meet SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Dieng started in Towns’ place. It was Dieng’s first start since April 12, 2017.“Starting or playing from the bench, it doesn’t really matter to me,” Dieng said. “I just want to play and help the team. I think it’s good that I get to use this playing time.”Toronto went on a 20-5 run over the final 5:16 of the second quarter and led 69-47 at halftime.The Timberwolves never got closer than 15 points in the second half, and the Raptors led by as many as 32 points in the final two periods.“I looked at little things and after that big second quarter from Toronto, we started trying to, ‘OK, let’s win the next quarter,’ and we did,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. “We won the first quarter, so those were positives to us. But ultimately, we didn’t do enough things to be in the game at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam holds on to the ball next to Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. Toronto won 120-100. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS — The Toronto Raptors are healthy, confident and ready for the playoffs.Now, all that’s left is to find out their opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess UP NEXTRaptors: Hosts Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic or Detroit Pistons in Eastern Conference playoffs.Timberwolves: At Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Media’s Preseason All-SEC Teams Released, Alabama Leads The Way On The First Team

first_imgA day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams.   SEC Preseason TeamsSEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.last_img read more

Hissing shouts of shame as pipeline station gets permit

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of “shame” from more than 200 opponents.The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favour of a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would run 600 miles (965 kilometres) and carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.Some opponents of the project hissed, coughed and shouted during the meeting. Fifteen people were removed by state police, and one woman was charged with trespassing after she laid down on the floor and refused to comply with police verbal commands to leave.The proposed site for the compressor station is in Union Hill, an unincorporated community founded by freed slaves. The community is in rural Buckingham County, about an hour’s drive west of Richmond.Opponents are concerned that exhaust from the 54,000-horsepower compressor station would hurt low-income and elderly residents living nearby. Supporters say it will boost development.The station would be built on 15 acres (6 hectares) of a 70-acre (28-hectare) site, and the rest of the property left undisturbed, according to Dominion Energy, the pipeline’s lead developer. Compressor stations are used to power interstate natural gas pipelines, moving gas through the system.Paul Wilson, pastor of two Baptist churches near the proposed site, said opponents will keep fighting. He didn’t elaborate on whether they would take legal action.“We’re looking at all of our avenues,” he said after the vote. “It’s a long way from over. I think Dominion wants to wear people down. But that’s not going to happen.”Dominion spokesman Karl Neddenien acknowledged in a statement after the vote that it will “have to continue building trust in the community.” He said the project’s backers are making investments in a new community centre and rescue squad “but it will not end there.”Neddenien said most air emissions at the station will be 50 to 80 per cent lower than at any other compressor station in Virginia.The air pollution permit has become a flashpoint in the yearslong fight over the pipeline.Supporters say it’s needed to help boost the supply of natural gas. Opponents say it is an unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure project that tramples on land rights and hurts the environment.With a current pricetag of $6.5 billion to $7.0 billion, the pipeline has recently suffered significant legal setbacks, including a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last month throwing out a permit for the pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Dominion has suspended all project construction and said it plans to appeal the ruling.John Laury, who lives less than a mile (kilometre) from where the compressor station would be built, said he doesn’t believe assurances from Dominion or state regulators that emissions from the station would not hurt residents’ health or the environment.“I challenge them to come live in the community with us, to breathe this air, drink this water,” said Laury, 74.Mike Dowd, the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Director, said the department reviewed compressor station permits from around the country and scrutinized pollution control technology.He said the station will “set a new national standard that all future compressor stations will have to meet across the country.”Gov. Ralph Northam angered environmentalists and minority groups when he replaced two members of the pollution control board after it delayed a scheduled vote in November.Northam, a Democrat, said the move was unrelated to the compressor station vote and that members were replaced because their terms had expired.Two new members didn’t vote Tuesday, nor did a third member who cited a conflict of interest.Board member William Ferguson said at the hearing that there’s a real need for the pipeline, particularly in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region.“The region needs the energy; the state needs the energy,” he said.His comments prompted a woman to shout: “How much is Dominion paying you?”Some opponents held pieces of paper with a blown-up photo of the governor’s face and the words “foul” or “shut it down.”Northam has said he’s agnostic on how the board votes.“As far as the pipeline … there’s not a lot of middle road on that issue,” Northam said in a recent radio interview. “I’ve tried to be as fair as I can.”After the board approved the permit, some of the opponents overturned their chairs.Charles Strickler, a retired dentist, predicted that opponents will not give up their fight.“I think there are going to be people in front of bulldozers for the pipeline getting arrested,” he said.Denise Lavoie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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