Barbadian Rico Walcott Snatches Feature in Triple to Set Up Thrilling…

first_imgJockey Rico Walcott after riding Shanghai Mike to victory at the Century Mile racetrack, in Edmonton Saturday July 13, 2019. The race was Walcott’s first since returning from life threatening surgery. Photo by David Bloom CALGARY, Canada, CMC – Reigning champion Rico Walcott rode three winners including the feature CAN$100,000 Freedom of the City Stakes at Century Downs on Saturday, to set up a thrilling finale to the jockeys champion on Sunday.The 29-year-old Barbadian paired with 5-1 choice Sangria in the Freedom of the City in race seven over 7-½ furlongs to trounce the two-year-old fillies by a length in a time of one minute, 30.82 seconds.Crucially, Walcott also won race four with Kicken West G and race five with Prince Afleet to move within one of championship leader Rigo Sarmiento on 18 wins, with a day left in the meet.Jamaican Dane Nelson, who won just once on the 11-race card, lies third on 14 wins.Barbadian Renaldo Cumberatch also featured prominently on the day’s card when he combined with favourite Hidden Grace to win the co-feature $50 000 CTHS Sales Stakes in race 10, before returning to win the following race aboard 11-1 outsider Talkin’ Bull.And another Barbadian Damario Bynoe also grabbed a share of the headlines with a brace, winning back-to-back with favourite I Tricked My Ride in race eight before following up with 5-1 chance Texas Alley Kat in race nine.Walcott was forced to wait until race four to notch his first win when he guided three-year-old bay gelding Kicken West G to a two-length win in a 6-½ furlong sprint for the three-year-old and upward maidens.Longshot Emerald Canyon, with Jamaican Neville Stephenson aboard, produced the early fractions with Kicken West G half-length back before giving way at the three-eighths pole.Kicken West G then held off a surge from second-placed Go Mama in the stretch to reach the wire comfortably.Walcott followed up in a 3-½ furlong dash in race five, making all the running with bay gelding Prince Afleet to dismiss the two-year-old maidens by 2-¼ lengths.His big win, however, came aboard the dark bay Sangria. Blushing Brooke showed early with Lil Miss Molly and Pearl of Knowledge in pursuit but Walcott brought Sangria from off the pace to grab the lead at the top of the stretch.Near favourite Enchanted Lady chased desperately but Walcott held well with Sangria.last_img read more

Fans paint Rustenburg red, white, blue

first_img14 June 2010 It was all systems go in Rustenburg on Saturday night as football’s version of the American Revolution played out in front of nearly 48 000 fans at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. While England squared off against the USA on the pitch, in the stands it was a contest between the two biggest packs of travelling fans to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The USA leads the pack in terms of international ticket sales, with 142 000 tickets sold for the tournament, followed in a close second by the United Kingdom with 104 000 tickets sold. On Saturday, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and the town of Rustenburg were awash with the red and white of St Georges Cross and the red white and blue of the American flag. Old rivalries might have been renewed on the football pitch, but in the pubs and bars of Rustenburg new friendships were being made. Fans were heard learning to speak Setswana (the local language) and how to blow a vuvuzela. And the word dumela – Sestwana for “hello” – was among the most common phrases to be heard.‘People here are so warm and friendly’ For Alex Zakipour, 14, the World Cup is the beginning of greater things. It is his first World Cup and his first visit in Africa. “I am here with my father and we have been here for a week. This country is so great. I visited places like Soweto, where I was at Maponya Mall, and I also saw the house of the former President of this country, Nelson Mandela. “People here are so warm and friendly,” said Alex. “I thought the welcome was reserved for Johannesburg only, but I am surprised with the welcoming we received here in Rustenburg. “We are here until next week Tuesday and I am enjoying every moment. After this experience, I will not miss the next World Cup”.‘I want to come back next time’ Another excited fan was a five-year-old Tre Scherz from Leeds in England. Dressed in red and white, she could not hide her excitement. “The food here is perfect and I am having fun,” said Tre. “I am here with my father and my grandmother, and we are having fun. We travel a lot and meet people. I want to come back next time.” The local language might have been popular, but it was the Rustenburg food and drink at the PH Network Cafe outside the stadium that attracted England and USA fans Daniel Dade, Christine Drysdale, and Helen and Gerry Kane. “The World Cup in South Africa made us to meet,” said Drysdale. “I am very happy I met Gerry and Helen. They are very nice people and we are going to visit them in the States. People in Rustenburg are very friendly and I am enjoying my stay. We had a braai (barbeque) and made a few friends from Portugal, South Africa, United States and even Botswana.”‘The opposite of what I read in the media’ Teri Dukel from Cincinnati in the United States had the privilege of doing something for less privileged South Africans when she donated school uniforms to needy learners in Soweto. “I am happy I have done something for some people,” Dukel said. “We bought school uniforms for some learners. We moved around and identified a school where we asked for names of children who might need some assistance. “People in South Africa are friendly and I can’t believe what I was reading in the media is actually the opposite of what is happening here,” said Dukel. Rustenbug residents were equally excited to have so many guests in their city. Tshepo Pule had a chance to braai with Stephen Clark and Matt Henry from England. “These guys are so amazing,” said Pule. “Rustenburg is buzzing with red, white and blue. This is a moment I will never forget. “I have been teaching them some Setswana words like ‘dumela’ (hello), ‘ke a leboga’ (thank you), ‘dijo’ (food), and ‘tsamaya sentle’ (go well). It is a great privilege to have these two top countries in our village. They are friendly, and we are taking care of them.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

MTN-Qhubeka ready for Tour du Suisse challenge

first_img “There are some serious mountains there, so there are some good opportunities there [to do well]. Hopefully the legs and the form will be good, so that I can see what I can do.”Television coverage South African and African cycling fans will be able to follow the fortunes of Team MTN-Qhubeka in the Tour du Suisse on SuperSport, which will deliver a delayed broadcast of Saturday’s first stage, followed by live coverage of every other day, through until the finish on Sunday, 22 June. SAinfo reporter 11 June 20134 South Africa’s Team MTN-Qhubeka will be on the starting line of the 78th Tour du Suisse on Saturday, eager to test their mettle against many of the world’s leading cyclists over the course of nine days. The challenge will be great, as many of those riders will be in peak physical condition ahead of the Tour de France. ‘Incredibly important race’ “The Tour of Switzerland is an incredibly important race for Team MTN-Qhubeka,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in an interview on the team’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. “The Tour of Switzerland is the fourth-biggest stage race in the world of cycling. It has huge media coverage around the event,” Ryder said. “It is one of the final preparation races for the big teams in terms of the Tour de France, and so it was critical for us to get into that event. “We’ll bring a fantastic team there, because it is the kind of event that suits our riders. It’s very hilly and it’s good for our African and European riders.”Vuelta a Espana preparation MTN-Qhubeka will be using the Tour du Suisse to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana, which along with the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia make up the sport’s three Grand Tours. The Vuelta will be raced for the 69th time this year, taking place from 23 August to 14 September. One of the major aims of the team’s participation in the Tour du Suisse, besides good results, will be to run a smooth operation ahead of the three-week race around Spain.Making a mark Assessing where Team MTN-Qhubeka could make its mark in Switzerland, Ryder said: “In the first few days, we’ll look for Gerald Ciolek to potentially win a stage because he can really get over the mountains and the smaller climbs. “Going towards the end of the tour, the last two stages, which are mountain-top finishes, we’ll be looking to Sergio Padilla, Linus Gerdemann and, obviously, Louis Meinjties [to excel].”Testing oneself against the best Meintjies, the silver medal winner in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in September 2013, said in a Soundcloud interview released on Tuesday that he was eager to test himself against the best. “I’m really looking forward to racing the Tour of Switzerland. It will be my first World Tour stage race, so that will be something new for me,” Meintjies said. “I am really looking forward to seeing how I cope with that level [of racing] day after day.last_img read more

Woman at the head of supreme audit institution

first_imgSouth Africa’s first woman deputy auditor-general, Tsakani Ratsela. (Image: Auditor-General South Africa) • Tsakani RatselaDeputy auditor-general+27 12 426 [email protected]• South Africa’s Constitution • Government in South Africa • Thuli Madonsela on Time 100 Most Influential People List • Want to grow Africa’s economy? Include Women • Celebrating the Power of Women Gabrielle Ozynski Tsakani Ratsela, the first woman to be appointed national deputy auditor-general (AG), says her goal is to “develop a cadre of professional auditors”. In taking up the position, she assures South Africans that they will “continue to see a very high quality of service from our office”.On 1 April, Ratsela officially started her term as chief executive of the country’s supreme audit institution. She credits her background for her success: “I was strongly encouraged by my father, a lawyer, to study for a BCom at the University of Cape Town. And it was during my university holidays when I worked at accounting firms that I got to understand a bit more about the accountancy profession as a qualification, about the shortage of black people who enter the profession and the difficulties black people experience with the barrier of passing the board exam.“It was also during this period that I heard about Nonkululeko Gobodo, the first African woman to become a chartered accountant and now the chair of accounting firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo.”Inspired by Gobodo, she says, she decided she too was going to qualify as a chartered accountant (CA). “I finished university and came back to Johannesburg to finish my articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers. I passed my board exams and qualified as a CA.” From there, she chose jobs that gave her the opportunity “to make a difference, a real contribution. So much of the work I did in the public and private sectors has led to this role [as deputy AG].”Before her promotion she spent two years as the national leader of audit services at the AG. It has been a good fit: Ratsela points out that working for the AG has enabled her to realise her ambition of contributing towards a better South Africa, and given her the space to practise her “professional excellence to succeed” in what she does best – auditing.With her lawyer father and teacher mother as her role models, she adds that it is “commitment to excellence, perseverance and a passion for what I do that has got me to where I am today”.The AG’s officeWorking alongside the AG, Kimi Makwetu, Ratselas says she is “deeply committed to serving her country to the best of her ability”. Her goal as the deputy AG “is to develop a cadre of professional auditors”.“The office has done very well in conducting close on 1 000 audits. We do all sorts of analyses on the outcomes of the audits and spend a lot of time with our audit team. Our audits are of a very high quality and standard, and are comparable to the best in the world.“We have close on 500 chartered accountants in the AG office who play a big a role in ensuring our audits maintain a high standard. We use our skills to give the government, parliament and citizens the type of information that they can act on, to create a country where citizens have the benefit of a government that they know is accountable, capable, and truly represents their interests, and can enjoy the benefits of having a strong audit office.”Ratsela is also the accounting officer and chief executive of the Office of the AG and is responsible for providing the strategy direction and oversight, “essentially… guiding a very strong leadership team in the organisation”.The partnership between her and Makwetu is tantamount. “I share the responsibilities he has around managing stakeholders externally, around managing all three spheres of government and responsibilities in the international arena as well. We are members of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (Intosai), a worldwide affiliation of governmental entities. Its members are the auditor-general offices of nations.“The AG is called the supreme audit institution of the country because we were founded through the Constitution, and we have a constitutional mandate to support, and that’s similar to other offices in the rest of the world. At Intosai we learn from each other, we share experiences, we drive the type of initiatives that build the capacity of our various offices. We try to improve the standards of what we all do. The office has responsibilities at Intosai – our AG is also the chairman of the capacity building committee, an important strategic committee.“So we have responsibilities which stretch globally, to the continent and the region, all of which require time and effort. So it’s really about partnering the AG and ensuring that we do deliver on the mandate, and that we work as a team… I can assure stakeholders they’ll continue to see a very high quality of service from our office. The process is about driving increasing intensity in what we do, so that we can heighten the impact of what we achieve in promoting democracy,” Ratsela says.A Chapter Nine institutionThe Office of the AG is a Chapter Nine institution. These were established after the country’s Constitution came into effect in February 1997. This means that the AG operates independently of the government and any political party. According to the Constitution, the AG is required to report on the finances of all national, provincial and local government administrations. It has the discretion to audit any institution that receives money from the public, and its reports must be made public.According to its website, the Office of the AG, which was established in 1911, “has a constitutional mandate and as the supreme audit institution of South Africa, exists to strengthen the country’s democracy by enabling oversight, accountability and governance in the public sector through auditing, thereby building public confidence”.Ratsela joins other women in leadership positions in the country’s Chapter Nine institutions: Thuli Madonsela, the public protector; and Pansy Tlakula, the head of the Independent Electoral Committee; as well as deputy chairs: Dr Pregaluxmi Govender of the Human Rights Commission; Thoko Mpumlwana of the Commission for Gender Equality; and Julia Helen Mabale of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.last_img read more

Use strategy to capture market opportunity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fundamentally, this market doesn’t have a lot of upside unless South America turns dry. It appears some farmers are taking advantage of these rallies to catch up on sales, but many farmers are still uncertain. This is why a marketing plan is so helpful. It can help take the uncertainty out of decision-making.SoybeansBeans showed some life after the new Argentina President announced his soybean export policy. Most likely, the soybean export tax will gradually disappear over a number of years. This may be bullish near-term as South American farmers will be rewarded for holding beans until taxes lower. However, long-term this may keep a lid on prices for several years.CornCorn continues to trade in a 10 cent trading range. There isn’t much demand in the world for corn right now.Marketing strategy – Capturing opportunitiesThis summer some of my new clients began selling grain on rallies. The strategy — start selling 5% of their production at $3.75 and then selling an additional 5% with every 10-cent increase. This strategy resulted in 50% of their production at an average sale price of $4.12 on the Dec futures.Clients using this strategy above were able to capture market carry on their sales. They received an 18-cent premium for holding their grain until June. Meaning their $4.12 sales against the Dec turned into $4.30 by holding the grain until July.Many farmers didn’t think making these rally sales last year were a good idea, thinking they should hold for $4.50, $4.75 or maybe even $5. I’m sure today many wish they would have sold more than they did when it hit $4.50. Even I wish I would have sold much more of my 2016 crop when I saw $4.50 futures. In these types of situations it would be best to remember the market carry premium, which can make early sales like those look much better.Basis opportunitiesThese sales also don’t take into account the movement of basis (difference between CBOT and local prices) from the middle of summer until now. Basis levels in the western Corn Belt went from -.40 last summer and before harvest to -.20 in the last couple of weeks. Basis changes in the eastern belt have been even more dramatic with -.30 common in the summer to +.20 being very attainable now. That means that farmers who did presell their grain using futures and captured the carry have the opportunity to sell their grain at even more profitable levels.Understand the marketThe market already knows how farmers think and market their grain. Savvy farmers understand how the market works so they can take advantage of the opportunities available. Occasionally farmers catch the market off guard, like in the fall of 2014 when farmers didn’t sell grain at very low levels causing a bump in prices, but that doesn’t always happen. This year end users aren’t making the same mistake as last year by not having enough coverage on at lower values.2016 should have opportunities for farmers too. However, a farmer needs to be ready and learn how to use the market to their advantage. I encourage all farmers to learn more about how to reduce risk and use the carry and basis to their advantage. By seeking advice from people who understand how the market works, farmers can increase their farm operation profits.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Justin.TV’s Sub-Sites Are a Surefire Profit Generator

first_imgdana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… With almost half a million broadcasters, popular lifecasting service Justin.TV could probably create a section for clown fightclubs and still have thousands of video voyeurs clamoring to entertain us. The company just launched its first in what is likely to be a long list of sub-sites. is a sub-site that offers viewers info, events and videos specific to the gaming community. The company is already working on followup sites with music and social channel queued up for the future. It’s hard to believe that a young man and his hat camera could build an empire like Justin.TV. In just three years the company has gone from a four-person gritty apartment startup, to a service with more than 21 million unique monthly visitors. The site currently serves the equivalent of 16,946 standard DVDs per hour in video content and ReadWriteWeb featured it as one of the top 5 video sites in the world. With the new channel sub-sites, this empire is about to expand even further. In a blog post the company writes, “ sub-sites will have their own promoted content and could include custom features as well…Now that there’s a dedicated gaming area, we’re free to build new features just for gamers that may not have been possible before.”Last month ReadWriteWeb covered Wikia’s profit announcement. Wikia acknowledged that corporate sponsorships on sites like the World of Warcraft and Halo communities were particularly lucrative. Justin.TV is likely to see even more advertiser interest. Video production often requires much more time than the average wiki contribution, and viral video makers are perhaps some of the most sought after customers due to their far-reaching networks. If corporations can get to a sub-site’s influencers and gain favorable reviews, then the outreach could generate huge sales growth. Furthermore, given the fact that the Justin.TV’s traffic more than doubles Wikia’s, it will be hard for advertisers to resist the lure of these fan communities. To check out the first sub-site, visit 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

MOLs LNG Carrier Fleet Gets VSAT Update

first_imgzoom MOL LNG Transport (Europe), a subsidiary of Japan-based shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), has signed a contract with NSSLGlobal to replace the underperforming and unstable legacy VSAT system on board MOL LNG’s fleet of 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.Eleven ships have been completed and a further three are being worked on.Many installations have been conducted while the ships were in active service, NSSLGlobal said, adding that the installation involved removing the old equipment, replacing with new racks and completing the task of configuring the antennas when the ships were moving.The new system meets MOL LNG’s performance and support requirements to deliver faster, more robust operational connectivity and ship-to-shore remote access, alongside improved crew welfare and MLC-2006 compliance, according to NSSLGlobal.“Satellite communications is a key requirement onboard the MOL LNG fleet and is likely to continue as the industry moves into the era of the smart ship,” said Henrik Christensen at NSSLGlobal.last_img read more

Royal Navy close by in case of Emergency

first_img Update on the Tropics; System forecast to strengthen CSA Nominees revealed tomorrow Related Items:Department of Disaster Management, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, UK Royal Navy Unified effort to help Fire Victims Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – The UK Royal Navy could be in the Turks and Caicos Islands within 24 hours if a storm hits. So says DDME Director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux who told media at a press conference today that the Navy is “close by” in the Caribbean and on standby to provide rescue in the event of a national catastrophe. “We are in constant contact with the Royal Navy through the Governor’s Office and the FCO,” Clerveaux told media today.The ship is equipped to evacuate 1,600 persons at one time and supplied with enough food for one week. Nearly 200 officers from the Royal Naval were in the Turks and Caicos early August to conduct training and emergency assessment with the Department of Disaster Management.last_img read more

Halliday is not happy after Rangers tie

first_imgRangers and Kilmarnock tied 0-0 in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round and will replay the match on February 20th.Rangers and Kilmarnock drew 0-0 in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup.And for Andy Halliday, this was not the best performance by the Gers and will have to replay it on February 20th.“I thought that the first half was a scrappy affair and I don’t think that either team was very good, to be honest, I don’t think there were many chances created,” he told the club’s official website.“Second half, I thought that we were a lot better. We got the ball on the floor a lot better and we started to string some passes together.”“Some chances came from it and unfortunately we couldn’t take them away so it’s gone to a replay,” he commented.“The message was always at the start of the game that if we keep a clean sheet then we are still in the hat, however, we always wanted to win the game.”“We’ve played a lot of games this season, so another one to add to your schedule is not ideal,” he added.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“At the end of the day, we’re going for a trophy, so tiredness isn’t going to come into it. It wasn’t the best performance in the world but we are still in it.”“It’s back to Ibrox where we have own crowd advantage, so it’s not all doom and gloom,” he continued.“Obviously the pitch is something that they are used to as they play on it and they train on it every day and play on it every week.”📆 Our @ScottishCup replay against Kilmarnock will take place at Ibrox on Wed 20th February, KO 7:45pm.Ticket information will follow in due course.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 9, 2019last_img read more