Long Running Train set for smooth ride in Caymanas feature

first_imgHaving finished a fighting second to top stayer PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2,400 metres on Boxing Day, the American filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN should go one better in the open allowance mile at Caymanas Park today.Trained by ‘most improved trainer’ nominee Harry Parsard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN returns down in class with only 50.0kg under former champion Wesley Henry, and with a mile more to her liking, is confidently expected to lead home old rivals CAMPESINO, the recent CTL Fan Appreciation Trophy winner ALL CORRECT, and former St Leger and Gold Cup winner COMMANDING CHIEF in a 10-strong field.Before the Harry Jackson Memorial, the 4-y-o filly by Flower Alley out of Cuz You Never Know finished a good third to PHINEAS and CAMPESINO in the fast-run Gladiator Trophy over 1,400 metres on December 19 but had won back-to-back races in October and November, the latter over 1,300 metres in overnight company with a bit in hand.Reporting in good nick for this race, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, given her fine turn of foot, should prove too strong for the front-running CAMPESINO, ALL CORRECT, and COMMANDING CHIEF (working well) in the closing stages.Also on the 11-race card are the 3-y-o maiden special Eight Thirty Sprint, to be run in two divisions over the straight-five course and the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over 1,400 for the Allan E. ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial Trophy, to be contested by 11 starters, including top contenders BRAWN and MOM’S STUDENT.Recent winner BRAWN (Aaron Chatrie) is tipped to repeat for trainer Gary Subratie in the ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial. The well-advanced debutante PINELOPE (Shane Ellis up), from the Dwight Chen stables, gets the nod over fellow debutante DANCING QUEEN in division one of the Eight Thirty Sprint, while it should be POISON GAS (Omar Walker) in division two following her promising debut behind GLOBAL recently.last_img read more

Tanvir backing Malik to lead Warriors well in Hero CPL 2018

first_imgHero CPL 2018By Clifton RossGuyana Amazon Warriors seamer Sohail Tanvir said his countryman and new Captain Shoaib Malik will be a strong leader for the team who are geared towards bringing the title back home this.Malik was named skipper of the team a few weeks back and with the Guyana Warriors bowling off their camp on Friday; Guyana Times Sport caught up with the Pakistani during the team’s training session on Saturday at Providence.“He’s a very experienced guy he’s been playing international cricket for the past 20 years and he’s captained the sides whether it was international or franchise cricket. I played under him in PSL (Pakistan Super League) and I started my international career under him. He has the cricketing knowledge that skipper’s need”, Said Tanvir.Tanvir further pointed out that while Malik is new to the Guyana Amazon Warriors family; he has been around ever since the inception of the tournament and has been one of the leading run-getters to date.As such, his credentials as a captain and a player add invaluable experience to the team. “Yes he’s new to Guyana but he has been involved in CPL since it started. Everyone knows him and even our local players know him”, he added.Looking at not only Malik but his entire team’s stats, the 33 year-old said that the Warriors have a nicely balanced squad, adding that he was happy to know the young players who performed well in the Canada T20 and Windies B team were among his future teammates.“I’ve seen a few youngsters, Hetmyer (Shimron) was involved last year, I was inspired I was asking who was in our team from those boys and we’ve got three of them and I do hope that they grab their opportunities”, he said.With the record of 5-3 against Barbados Pride last year, Tanvir who has the fastest fifty in CPL history said his new teammates as well as Head Coach Johan Botha will certainly add a major boost to the franchise this season. “I played with Johan Botha at PSL he was our assistant coach and he was tremendous and we hope he can continue. We have been playing good cricket throughout the entire CPL since it started and we are hopeful this time that we can bring the trophy to Guyana”. Tanvir ended.Meanwhile, the Warriors engaged some hard work in the nets this past Saturday and will continue their preparatory camp up until August 7 ahead of their first game at Providence versus the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.last_img read more

Bill to take BEE ‘beyond the boardroom’

first_img21 June 2013Black economic empowerment (BEE) is not only a political and social necessity in redressing the wrongs of South Africa’s past, but is also crucial to broadening economic participation and so contributing to economic growth, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies was briefing journalists in Cape Town on Thursday before the debate on the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Amendment Bill in Parliament.“As we bring people into the economy those people become consumers … but also they become involved as producers and contributors to the development of the wealth of the country.”Davies said the growth in South Africa’s automotive sector, for instance, could be attributed to new entrants in the market.He said the intention of the Bill was to ensure that black people became not merely owners of companies but also active participants in the company.“They are the people that actually direct the way that the company operates. They are the people who when they sit in the boardroom, they sit in the proper boardroom and take the proper decisions about how the company operates, not just in the subordinate categories where PR and things like that are looked towards.”He added that the aspirant small business owner had not benefited sufficiently from BEE, but that the new BEE codes of good practice, which are expected to be released in a few months’ time after last year being released for public comment, would boost support for small black-owned firms.Answering a question on whether a time limit would be set on BEE, Davies said the country was nowhere near a point where a sunset clause could be set.He pointed to a 2007 survey on BEE, conducted by the University of Pretoria, which had shown that most companies were only at the lowest level on the BEE scorecard – level 8.The department has commissioned another university to conduct a follow-up BEE survey on the overall level of empowerment in South Africa.The Bill, which amends the Broad-based BEE Empowerment Act of 2003, provides a clear statutory definition of “fronting”, and also provides for the setting up of a commission to address issues of fronting and levy penalties specified under the Bill.The draft law also provides for a regulatory framework for BEE rating agencies, and gives all government departments and businesses one year to bring into line any other empowerment legislation they may be using with that of the Bill.The mining charter, said Davies, is one of these tools that would need to be realigned with the BEE Bill.The penalties under the Bill allow for those convicted of fronting to be levied with a fine or a prison sentence of no more than 10 years.The department is also in the process of amending the BEE codes of good practice after last year putting them out to comment.The amended codes provide for greater emphasis on the development of black suppliers. Davies said they would be released in another couple of months, hopefully at about the same time the Bill is signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.Davies said much of the comments received were around the targets, time-frames and parameters, which the department was still in the process of engaging with.Once the National Assembly has adopted the Bill, it will be referred to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence, before it can be signed into law by the President.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Feedtrace: Personalized Link Aggregation for Twitter

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Personalization In AggregationNot only does Feedtrace collect tweeted links by overall popularity, like Tweetmeme, but it customizes what links it shows you by comparing to ones that you yourself have tweeted. It uses a ranking system, ranking each link according to how recently it was posted, the “credibility” of the user according to their following/follower ratio, and the number of tweets and retweets.In addition to aggregating the most popular links Twitter-wide, you can also choose to login to the service with your Twitter account and have it examine only those links added by people you follow. We think this might be a real, distinguishing feature. There are a thousand ways to find out what everyone else is talking about. This lets you find out what the people you are following are talking about.You can also restrict Feedtrace to look just at a single website, to see what people are talking about the most. This can be a great tool, not only to quickly skim for what people really like right now on a website, but if you have a website yourself, it’s another way of measuring your own success.What’s The Buzz?The final feature we want to note is that the you can also take a look at who is saying what about the current link you’ve chosen to visit. By clicking the “buzz” tab on Feedtrace, you can see all of the tweets related to the current page. Feedtrace also lets you interact with those users, allowing you to retweet, favorite and reply from directly within the sidebar.The program was just launched last week and is still officially in beta, but from what we’ve seen we’re excited to see more. According to its blog, a new version “will incorporate new personalization options and improved navigation” and should be released before the end of February. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson Every day, hundreds of tweets fly past our eyes with links to important articles, meaningless drivel and the occasional self-promotion. There’s little, if any, way to tell what’s important and what’s not. Feedtrace has stepped in to try to fill this void and let you know what people are linking to that you might care about.For ways to harness the beast that is our Twitter stream, Feedtrace may have just stepped in as an addition to the daily toolbox. How It WorksFeedtrace works as a Twitter overlay, of sorts. You don’t look at your Twitter stream, but instead at the Feedtrace sidebar where you find your list of ranked links. As you navigate the links from this sidebar, Feedtrace steps out of the way and minimizes to the side of the window. It’s a browsing companion for navigating what people are linking to on Twitter. Tags:#Real-Time Web#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Chinmayanand case: SC stays HC order

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Allahabad High Court order on Chinmayanand’s request for a certified copy of a Shahjahanpur woman law student’s statement made against the BJP leader before a magistrate. On November 7, the High Court had asked the trial court to provide the former Union Minister a copy of the statement. She has challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court. On Friday, a Supreme Court Bench sought a response from the U.P. government on the woman’s plea. “Issue notice, returnable on December 9,” the Bench said, adding, “Pending further consideration, the operation of the order impugned herein shall remain stayed”.last_img read more

Zamboanga Valientes complete Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Cup roster

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READcenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s an honor and pride for our city to join this league, especially for our fans in Zamboanga,” said team owner Junnie Navarro. “They are really looking forward to watch our homegrown players play in a big league.”The Valientes join the other 11 teams of the inaugural Fiba-sanctioned 3×3 league in the Philippines with Manila, Go for Gold-San Juan, Quezon-City Zark’s, Bacoor, Valenzuela, Marikina, Bulacan, Vigan, and Cebu all in the fold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNavarro said they plan to showcase the talents of Mindanoans in the nationwide basketball league and that’s the main reason why they joined in the first place.“We all start here, on a three-on-three format, and the reason we’re interested was because we are passionate about basketball,” added Navarro in Filipino. “Rhayyan Amsali showed that Zamboangeños can excel in this discipline.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amsali is a highly-touted juniors player who’s part of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 team and has since transferred from National University to San Beda.Homegrown talents Das Esa, Jonathan Parreno, Grevani Rublico, Rino Berame, and Ferdinand Lusdoc are the first five players the team announced with the sixth yet to be named.Navarro also signed actress Empress Shruck for the opening ceremonies.He hoped that he can help his players become more exposed to a nationwide scope since his team already carry a certain drawing power in Zamboanga.“Our players can already sell out venues in Zamboanga and hopefully we could expose them more in this league,” said Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—And it’s finally a dozen.Zamboanga completed the 12-team lineup of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup that is set to begin on March 16 at SM Megamall Event Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgSelection for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa is on the line at the upcoming 2006 NTL.TFA has released the World Cup Selection Process and the Player Selection Registration Form.WORLD CUP SELECTION PROCESSPLAYER SELECTION REGISTRATION FORMEnquiries can be sent to Colm Maguire, TFA National Game Development Manager at [email protected]last_img

In The Spotlight – Ben Moylan

first_imgIn the fifth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Ben Moylan, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career.   Name: Ben MoylanNickname: RangaAge: 21Affiliate: Penrith/Sydney MetsOccupation: GreenkeeperPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans TasmanCareer highlights so far: 2009 Youth Trans Tasman, 2009 and 2010 Mixed Open Trans TasmanHow you got involved in Touch Football: I played in a school Touch tournament when I was 10 and Colm Maguire (a development officer at the time) thought I should go and play for an affiliate. He organised me to play at Penrith and have been there ever since.Favourite player: Chris BenfieldWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means a lot to me. It is what I have always wanted to do in my chosen sport. I am also very honoured to be able to represent our country.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My parents have influenced my career a lot not only financially but also morally. Without them I wouldn’t have been playing at all. Also my Penrith coach David Collins has also been there during my career and is always pushing me to do better on and off the field.Favourite sporting moment: Beating New Zealand in 2009 Mixed Open Trans Tasman in Wollongong in front of my family and friends.What do you know about Scotland: Don’t eat haggis.Any superstitions: I always put my left boot on before my right boot.Funniest Australian teammate: Nick Good or Anthony ZiadeFavourite quote: “a man that does his best has done enough”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Barcelona, London and Amsterdam.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 49 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

Online Fundraising Tactics – What Works?

first_imgMatch.58 percent$59 Standalone.31 percent$55 When it comes to online fundraising, there is no “one size fits all” magic formula to inspire list members to give. However, some tactics do work better than others.In an attempt to find out which strategies work best and when, we reviewed more than 180 fundraising appeals sent out over the course of the 2006 calendar year by nine prominent national non-profit organizations (see Study Participants for a full list). We explored everything from “double your money” matching gift opportunities to deadline-driven campaigns to goal-oriented asks. For the purposes of our analysis, we grouped the appeals we reviewed into one or more of the following four tactic categories:Multiple Appeal Series. Messages sent as part of a cohesive, multiple appeal campaign over the course of three weeks were compared to stand alone appeals that were not part of a larger series.Deadline-Driven. Stand alone or multiple appeal series that used a deadline to drive giving were compared to those without a deadline.Matching Gift. Stand alone or multiple appeal fundraising series that included a matching gift offer were compared to those without a matching gift element.Dollar Goal. Stand alone or multiple appeal series that focused on reaching a monetary goal were compared to those that did not make use of a dollar goal.However, many of the messages we reviewed fell into more than one of these categories — for example, a three-appeal matching gift series with a deadline of June 2nd and a goal of raising $25,000 would fall into all four categories. Because there are substantial variations in response rate, average gift, etc., among the organizations, we chose to evaluate these four tactics within each organization rather than compare the messages to each other. This led to a fairly small sample size, making it harder to draw definitive conclusions; however, our results did trend toward statistical significance in three of the four tactic categories.Multiple Appeal SeriesPerhaps the most striking finding was the difference between multiple appeal series (a fundraising campaign made up of two or more appeals) and single or “stand-alone” fundraising appeals. We found that the multiple fundraising appeal series tended to outperform one-time appeals, resulting in both a higher response rate and a higher average gift. Deadline Versus No Deadline Average Response RateAverage Gift Karen Matheson is the Manager of Quantitative Research and Analysis for M+R Strategic Services.Eve Fox is a vice president of the eCampaigns division of M+R Strategic Services.Copyright © 2007 M+R Strategic Services. All Rights Reserved. Series1.32 percent$99 No Match.34 percent$39 For more information on study methodology and statistical significance of results, please see Study Methodology, below. Multi-Appeal Versus Standalonecenter_img No Deadline$60 Matching GiftsDespite the fact that our small sample size prevents us from drawing any firm conclusions, the results of the analysis did trend towards significance. It appears that the idea of making a donation that will be doubled by another donor (or group of donors) is motivational to many online donors. A matching gift campaign also provides the perfect rationale to introduce a deadline and to send out multiple appeals, both good ways to boost returns. Matching Gift Versus No Matching Gift Average Response RateAverage Gift Dollar GoalsUnfortunately, the jury is still out on the effectiveness of including a dollar goal in a fundraising appeal. The results of our analysis were not large enough (again, possibly because of the small sample size) to be considered statistically significant. However, setting a dollar goal for a fundraising campaign does provide a solid rationale for setting a deadline to reach the goal and for sending multiple appeals leading up to the deadline — both tactics which are likely to increase response rates overall.ConclusionNo matter what your current fundraising strategies or goals are, we recommend that you continue to test different messaging hooks and tactics to find out which ones work best for your audience. A carefully crafted multiple appeal series could be used in conjunction with standalone messages, and might just increase your response rates and overall donations. Deadlines, matching gifts, and dollar goals are creative (and often effective) ways of raising money and engaging your email list members. Every organization has unique and specific needs, but the strategies described above are a useful place to start testing new approaches.Study ParticipantsDonorsChooseLeague of Conservation VotersNational Parks Conservation AssociationOxfam AmericaPlanned Parenthood Federation of AmericaPhil Angelides’ Campaign for Governor of CaliforniaPublic CampaignSave Darfur CoalitionThe Wilderness SocietyStudy MethodologyWe reviewed more than 180 fundraising appeals sent out by the nine national nonprofit organizations listed above between January and December of 2006. We examined appeals in four categories: appeal versus series, deadline-driven versus no deadline, matching gift versus no match, and dollar goal versus no goal. As explained above, every fundraising appeal was categorized by whether it was a member of each appeal category; this allowed for messages to belong to none of these categories or all of these categories.Because differences among the organizations’ message tone and donor databases were difficult to control for, we compared messages by fundraising tactic within organizations. One downside to using this “paired samples” data was that it kept our sample size small, which reduced our ability to generalize the results to all organizations.Given that the sample size was so small, it is encouraging to see some statistically significant (at the .05 level) results in the data we presented. Our results did trend toward statistical significance in three of the four tactics investigated. “Statistical significance” means that the differences we found within the paired samples were unlikely to be the result of chance variations. For more information about statistical significance, check see Statsoft’s article Elementary Concepts in Statistics.About the Authors: Deadline-Driven Appeals and SeriesThe results of our analysis showed that appeals and series that included a deadline by which gifts must be made tended to be more effective than open-ended appeals without specific deadlines. Although the difference between average gifts was significant, the difference between the response rates was not statistically significant (so we have not included it here).Although further analysis (ideally with a larger sample size) is warranted, it appears that deadlines, whether tiered to some real-life event or introduced without explanation, do tend to boost the returns on a fundraising appeal or campaign. Deadline$93 Average Giftlast_img read more

How Crisis Compels Donors to Give Online: A Study on Disaster Giving

first_imgOnline giving is growing exponentially per year, from just over half a billion dollars in 2000 to more than $4.5 billion in 2005 (source: ePhilanthropy Foundation), however it still represents a relatively small percentage of total charitable giving.The notable exception is giving in response to humanitarian crises, when the Internet is becoming donors’ avenue of choice.The Chronicle of Philanthropy has noted that Internet donations for the 2004 South Asian tsunami relief accounted for more than one-third of the total raised – more than twice the proportion of online gifts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.After Hurricane Katrina, half of relief giving was online, representing the largest outpouring of donations online in history.Marking the one-year anniversary of that disaster, Network for Good made this study of the recent, large-scale humanitarian emergencies that promoted massive online donations in order to analyze:Why donors give onlineHow donors give online: their giving behaviorsImplications for nonprofits seeking to fundraise onlineBe sure to view the other Network for Good studies listed in the related articles below for more in-depth research.last_img read more