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Bolt eager to show speed at Racers Grand Prix

first_imgSpeaking at the launch of the inaugural Racers Grand Prix yesterday, club patriarch Glen Mills is promising a meet with a difference, while his top draw, Usain Bolt, says he will be using the June 11 event to show his readiness ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”I’m looking forward to it, I am excited. I don’t get to compete here that often, so the fact that I will be competing this year is a motivation to work even harder to make sure that I will be in top form and run fast times to show the country that I am ready to go to Rio and do big things,” Bolt told The Gleaner after yesterday’s launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.”This helps a lot of athletes; a lot of athletes really want to compete here. I think it’s a well-positioned meet because it’s just before the trials, so they can go out and compete and know where they are just before the trials, so it will be the right time for me,” he added.A long-time ambition of Mills, the IAAF Area Permit-certified Racers Grand Prix – which gets under way at 6:30 p.m. inside the National Stadium just a few weeks before the National Senior Championships, the Olympic trials – will boast some of the biggest names in local and international track and field, including Bolt.Mills, the driving force behind Racers Track Club, promised that the meet will bring together the largest collection of Olympic and World Championships medallists ever to compete on our shores, and believes it will serve as a catalyst for the formation of a regional circuit of international athletics meetings.EXPECTED PARTICIPATIONOrganisers are expecting the participation of 112 athletes in 15 events – the 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, javelin, and discus for male athletes, and the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, high jump, and triple jump for females.In addition to local stars Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Danielle Williams, Warren Weir, Hansle Parchment and Rasheed Dwyer, several international standouts such as 400m World Champion Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa); American stars LaShawn Merritt, Jason Richardson, Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Tori Bowie and Isaiah Young; Caribbean standouts Shaunae Miller, Michelle-Lee Ahye, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste; plus Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, are among the confirmed athletes.”We are currently having negotiations with several other big names in the sport and are awaiting confirmation from others who have expressed strong interest in competing at Racers Grand Prix,” Mills shared.”I am excited, I’m very excited about it,” Mills added. “This region is the most powerful in the athletics world and boasts a number of world stars and emerging future champions in the sport. The potential of success is great and will bring meaningful benefits to the region.”BROADCASTING MEETMills mentioned plans to broadcast the meet in the European, North American and regional markets, and hopes that its growth will help the club to secure much-needed technical equipment and facilities such as electronic starting systems, high-speed cameras for biomechanics analysis, and a treatment centre to aid in its continued success.Newly returned sports minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, welcomed the meet and believes it presents several benefits to the country’s sporting brand.”We are delighted and extremely proud that our country is staging another major track and field event of international repute,” Grange said.”The inaugural Racers Grand Prix is testimony as well as further proof that we are a major force in global athletics. It provides yet another opportunity for brand Jamaica as the world will be watching some of the best athletes on show,” Grange added.Organisers have promised to confirm ticket and entertainment package information at a later date.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa welcomes the United Nations’ appreciation of SA’s peacekeeping operations

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 31 May 2019 – Brand South Africa has noted and welcomes the United Nations (UN) recognition and praise of South Africa’s role in peacekeeping missions on the African continent.Speaking at the 2019 commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers held in Bloemfontein, South Africa – the newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas said that the country’s brave men and women should be celebrated for they put their lives at risk daily in their efforts to bring peace and security in the countries from which they operate. “Many other South African men and women have paid the ultimate price in the service for global peace,” added Bekele-Thomas.Since the advent of democracy in 1994, domestic and international expectations have steadily grown regarding South Africa’s role as a responsible and respected member of the internationally community.“South Africa has come a long way since the days when the sight of its armed forces used to instil fear among the peoples of neighbouring states. Since 1994, South Africa has transformed the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) into a symbol of hope and a defender of defenceless people. South Africa’s armed forces are celebrated today for their critical role in stabilising, reconstruction and development of infrastructure and the training of troops in war-torn countries,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO, Ms Thulisile Manzini.With a total of more than 1,190 troops stationed in UN Peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan, South Africa is considered as the 11th biggest troop contributor to UN Peacekeeping in Africa and the 17th biggest in the world.Testament to South Africa’s efforts is also recognised in the 2018 Good Country Index, which sees the country ranking 3rd out of 163 countries for its contribution to international peace and security. The Good Country Index measures how much each of the 163 countries on the list contribute to the planet, and to the human race, through their policies and behaviours. The Index is a composite statistic of 35 data points mostly generated by the United Nations. These data points are combined into a common measure which gives an overall ranking, and a ranking in seven categories: Science and Technology, Culture, International Peace and Security, World Order, Planet and Climate, Prosperity and Equality, as well as Health and Well-being.Brand South Africa would also like to express sincere congratulations to Ms Bekele-Thomas on her new appointment as a direct representative of the UN Secretariat. Ms Bekele-Thomas’ role includes, but not limited to, ensuring the coordination of all UN operational activities for its development programme in the country and to facilitate the alignment and coherence of UN operational activities for development in line with national priorities and development objectives.//ENDS//Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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2016 Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Brandon Monebrake, Preble County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although many corn yield monitors around Ohio have shown lower than average numbers after a challenging growing season, a few parts of the state are pleasantly surprised with the amount of corn they are taking in this year. Count Preble County farmer Brandon Monebrake among those farmers happy with his 2016 harvest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins dropped in to visit with Monebrake and found more surprises in the cab than the corn yields. See what was mounted in this John Deere 9770 in his latest corn harvest Cab Cam!last_img read more

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Bell named Ohio Pork Council Director of Membership Outreach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to welcome Melissa Bell to its staff as the Director of Membership Outreach, beginning May 29, 2018. In this new role, Bell will organize all OPC events and develop or maintain relationships with key investors, members and partners of the organization.“The Ohio Pork Council is excited to have Melissa join our team,” said Rich Deaton, President, Ohio Pork Council. “We know her experience, talents, and passion for agriculture will be a great addition to our organization.”Prior to joining OPC, Bell served in various roles within the agriculture industry. Most recently, Bell served as the Sponsorship Development Consultant at the Ohio FFA Foundation, and prior to that as the Executive Director for the Foundation. Formerly, Bell served as the Regional Supervisor and Organizational Director with Ohio Farm Bureau. Bell also worked as the Coordinator of Admissions for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Bell received a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Organizational Communication from Otterbein University and a Master’s degree in Human and Community Resource Development from The Ohio State University. Currently, Bell is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Agricultural Education at The Ohio State University.Bell resides in Zanesville, with her husband Matt, on his family’s sixth generation family farm. She is the proud parent of four children, Brady and Reily, 15 year-old twins, Delaney, 11, and Baylor, 3.last_img read more

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Bhima Koregaon clashes: Activists Gonsalves, Ferreira in police custody

first_imgA Pune police team took activists Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves into custody on Friday after a special court here rejected bail pleas filed by them and noted civil rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj.The three activists, who had been under house arrest since August 29, had on September 28 been given four weeks time by the Supreme Court to seek legal remedies. That period ended today.They were first arrested on August 28 along with poet-activist Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha for allegedly having links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and purportedly having had a role in the controversial ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.“Following the court’s rejection of their bail pleas, our teams took Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves into custody from their respective residences in Mumbai,” Pune’s Joint Commissioner of Police Shivaji Bodkhe told The Hindu. “They will be produced before a Pune court tomorrow,” he said.Ms. Bharadwaj was likely to be taken into custody on Saturday morning in keeping with legal rules that prohibit taking women into custody after sunset, said a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Earlier on Friday, a special court had rejected applications filed by the three activists’ lawyers seeking a week-long extension of their house arrest thus paving the way for the Pune police to take them into custody again.  In a parallel hearing in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court had similarly rejected separate pleas seeking the extension of house arrest sought by Mr. Gonsalves and Mr. Ferreira.In his order rejecting the bail pleas of the three accused, Special Judge K.D. Vadane said that “the investigation against the accused was at a very crucial stage” and that “material collected by the investigating officer prima facie revealed their involvement in alleged unlawful activities against the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of India.”The order took into account the prosecution’s submission of allegedly incriminating letters and e-mails which hinted at the involvement of the three activists in recruiting cadre for the outlawed CPI (Maoist) and purportedly made reference for the need to “assess the damage caused by the seizure of communications by the police”.Arguing against the bail pleas last week, public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had submitted two e-mails to the court that were allegedly “intercepted communications” exchanged between Maoist leader Ganapathy alias Comrade Chandrashekhar and poet Varavara Rao in July.The city police has claimed that the mails were allegedly exchanged after the June 6 arrests of activist Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson.Ms. Pawar told the court that the e-mails apparently revealed that top leaders in the Maoist Central Committee (CC) were ‘concerned’ after the June arrest of the five activists and that Ganapathy had allegedly asked Mr. Rao as to how the letters were leaked and how they had found their way into the hands of the Pune police.The contents of the e-mail, quoted by Ms. Pawar in the court, has Ganapathy allegedly urging Mr. Rao to ensure the confidentiality of “this communication channel” and remarking that the five arrests (of Mr. Gadling and the others) had caused a lot of damage to the movement and that urgent steps were needed to boost the morale of the cadre.Ms. Bharadwaj’s counsel had earlier argued that the so-called Maoist communications were of “dubious authenticity”.Similarly, lawyers representing Ms. Sen and Advocate Gadling, during their bail pleas, had also separately submitted that there was nothing in the so-called Maoist communications produced by the Pune police to incriminate the activists and asserted that the supposedly ‘incriminating’ evidence against their clients was “manufactured”. Ms. Bharadwaj, Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves had filed their bail pleas in the Pune sessions court in the second week of October.Earlier this week, the Hyderabad High Court extended Mr. Rao’s house arrest period by three weeks while Mr. Navlakha’s arrest has already been quashed by the Delhi High Court.The two countrywide swoops by the Pune police, in June and in August, that led to the arrest of the 10 persons, were based on an FIR registered at the city’s Vishrambaug Wada police station in connection with ostensibly provocative speeches made during the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held on December 31, 2017 — a day before clashes erupted in Bhima-Koregaon.The FIR was based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude against six participants, including Mr. Dhawale, of the Parishad. Those named in the FIR were members of the Kabir Kala Manch — a radical Dalit cultural troupe.The complainant had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which lasted almost eight hours and witnessed the participation of thousands of persons from more than 250 social outfits including several Ambedkarite and leftist groups across Maharashtra. Activist Vernon Gonsalves arriving at his residence along with the police, in Pune. File  | Photo Credit: Prashant Waydandelast_img read more

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Let the Man Spin

first_imgA lot have been said about Indian bowlers but I think they have done pretty well. We must understand that the bowlers have been given a raw deal. The Bangalore pitch was flat and that’s the reason why almost every team conceded over 300 runs. The odds are against the bowlers. Credit must be given to Indian bowlers for bringing the team back into the game against England. India were staring at a certain defeat when Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell were taking off. Zaheer Khan bowled exceptionally well to not only break the partnership but also earn India a tie if not victory.Another bone of contention has been Piyush Chawla’s inclusion in the playing XI. I think it’s a good decision. Leg spinners have always been match-winners and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s persistence with Chawla will soon get India the desired results. It’s heartening to see the captain’s confidence in his abilities. Considering the performance of others, the young bowler has not done that badly. Almost all the bowlers have conceded more that 60 runs in their stipulated 10 overs.As the tournament progresses, the bowler’s role will become more crucial. The wickets will be turning more and spinners will be more effective. Harbhajan Singh will have to play a big role in India’s campaign for the World Cup. I’m sure he will soon be among wickets. He, along with Zaheer Khan, will be our main wicker-taking bowler. Munaf Patel has to play the role of controlling the run-rate. Ashish Nehra also has the ability to take wickets at crucial moments.advertisementAmong other teams, Australia have a very strong bowling attack. Brett Lee’s performance will be significant. He is a game-changer. Shaun Tait is also bowling well. Another team which I expect to do well in the bowling department is Pakistan. They have a very promising bowler in Saeed Ajmal. Captain Shahid Afridi is bowling brilliantly. He has been successful because he is accurate and very fast through the air. He has the ability to turn the odd ball. And the game too.- Javagal Srinath is a former Indian fast bowler and a World Cup expert with NewsX. He spoke to Kaushik Deka.last_img read more