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Sir Hilary: Protect Ja’s sporting tradition

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first_imgJamaican sport has reached a pinnacle of excellence which all Jamaicans have a collective responsibility to maintain and sustain.That was the message from Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who was guest speaker at Friday night’s RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.”This extraordinary nation has made a most incredible contribution to sport,” Sir Hilary told the audience at the ceremony to honour Jamaica’s best in sport for 2015.Sir Hilary, who has an affinity to cricket in particular, noted that Jamaican sport history was unique in its style, quality, and performance, and its capacity to establish gender equality in the process.”Jamaica has done what many countries have aspired to do in many areas, but especially in sporting culture. This phenomenal achievement has been recognised and it has been respected,” he said.”There is a tradition of excellence in Jamaica, and this excellence has to be maintained and it has to be sustained. It must be institutionalised and it must be industrialised,” the Barbados-born educator said.some societies”If it is not institutionalised and industrialised it will be lost. I have seen how many nations have lost that excellence they have achieved,” Sir Hilary added.Sir Hilary used West Indies cricket as an example of a sport which had at one stage been excellent but later deteriorated dramatically.”In some societies it is considered a crime to lose that excellence,” he said.”This must never happen to Jamaican sport. I don’t wish to be writing in the closing stages of my career about the fall of Jamaican sport,” he added.”Every child in Jamaica must grow to see that things are designed in Jamaica, patented … exported from Jamaica, representing the legends in Jamaican sport. We are here to celebrate this monument. It must not fall.”Sir Hilary, who gained tenure at age 37, said the University of the West Indies had an important role to play in ensuring that Jamaican sport does not lose its value.”Research, innovation, bringing culture, manufacturing, finance, and technology together to sustain this incredible achievement,” he said.”We all have a responsibility. There has to be accountability. It must not be taken lightly. The efforts of generations must not be dashed overnight.”last_img read more

Raiders training camp: Top 5 position battles

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first_imgJon Gruden stressed all offseason that he wants competition at every position, and he meant it.Just look at the flurry of offseason signings made to bulk up position groups you thought already had enough bodies.Let’s take a look at the five most intriguing training camp battles before Gruden and Co. get the ball rolling on Friday.5. Backup quarterback The only reason this one makes the top five is because we saw Derek Carr go down last season. Who knows if a similar injury happens …last_img read more

Hasselbaink Bolt can manipulate the media

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first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink implied that Usain Bolt is a media manipulator, while discussing his credentials as a footballerThe sprint king has captured headlines while on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners for the past two months.Bolt recently turned down a two-year contract offer from Maltese champions Valletta and his agent announced that they’ve received an offer from Mariners.Although head coach Mike Mulvey claims to know nothing of Mariners’ alleged offer to Bolt.Now Chelsea legend Hasselbaink has reflected on Bolt’s ability to use the media to his own advantage.“You’re talking about Usain Bolt, he could manipulate the press however he wanted for all his career, ” Hasselbaink told Man on the Street TV host Rob Cornthwaite on his Twitter.“So why do you think he can’t do it now?”Bolt recently bagged his first two goals as a footballer in a friendly game for Mariners, which Hasselbaink praised him for.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“But still, it’s an achievement for him to score those two goals,” said the Dutchman.“It’s one thing to run as fast as he can, but it’s another thing to switch professions.”Hasselbaink is a former striker who played for the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United and Atletico Madrid.The former Netherlands international scored 200 goals in 455 career matches before retiring in 2008.Hasselbaink has since undergone managerial spells with Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town.With all the Usain Bolt talk I asked what one of the best strikers the @premierleague has seen what he thought about Bolt. @jf9hasselbaink words on Bolt and his ability to manipulate the media! #bolt @TheWorldGame @FOXFOOTBALL @stadiumastro @GoalAustralia @ALeague @usainbolt pic.twitter.com/bYZgIIwkuo— Rob Cornthwaite (@robcornthwaite) October 21, 2018last_img read more

Amazon Scout robots are heading out to deliver packages

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first_img Comments Amazon Scout robots are delivering goods to customers in a neighborhood in Washington state.  Amazon Amazon is testing a small fleet of autonomous delivery robots in Washington state.On Wednesday the company introduced Scout, a fully electric robot about the size of a small cooler, that’ll deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps. Starting Wednesday, these robots are delivering items in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington, Amazon said in a blog post. Share your voice Amazon Robots The e-commerce giant said it’s starting with six Amazon Scout robots that’ll make deliveries Monday through Friday during the daytime. Scout robots can navigate around pets, people and other objects in their way, Amazon said, though they’ll initially be accompanied by a human employee. “We are happy to welcome Amazon Scout to our growing suite of innovative delivery solutions for customers and look forward to taking the learnings from this first neighborhood so Amazon Scout can, over time, provide even more sustainability and convenience to customer deliveries,” Sean Scott, vice president of Amazon Scout, said in the blog post. Amazon regularly experiments with new ways to deliver packages, including its Prime Air drones and its in-home delivery service called Key. Amazon completed its first public drone delivery in 2017. Other companies, such as Segway and Postmates, have also been testing autonomous robots that can deliver goods to customers. Since 2012 Amazon has been using KIva robots in its warehouses to help employees transfer goods. The Kiva robots were installed in 10 of Amazon’s US warehouses in California, Texas, New Jersey, Washington and Florida by 2017.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.First published Jan. 23 at 10:52 a.m. PT. Update, Jan. 24, 6:52 a.m. PT: Adds more information on autonomous delivery. center_img 5 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Internet Services Tagslast_img read more

Indian firms were involved in 77 billion worth MA dealsEY

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first_imgMergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving Indian companies saw 18 percent growth in value terms at $7.7 billion while the number of deals remained at 233 during the third quarter of 2015, said EY Services Ltd on Tuesday.In statement citing the Transactions Quarterly 2015, the company said the M&A activity involving Indian companies picked up momentum during the quarter ending September 2015 and saw a total of 233 deals — both inbound and outbound.The M&A activity is expected to remain strong in the coming months, on the back of positive economic outlook, improved investor confidence and favourable capital markets.The cumulative disclosed deal value registered during the third quarter of 2015 was $7.7 billion.”While this represents an 18 percent increase in terms of aggregate disclosed value as compared to $6.5 billion in 3Q14, the deal volume remained at the same levels (232 deals in 3Q14),” the statement said.According to EY Services, the technology sector continued to dominate the M&A sector tables in terms of volume, accounting for 36 deals, as companies remained focussed on acquiring firms specializing in SMAC (social media, mobile, analytics and cloud) capabilities.”Cross-border transactions were a significant driver of the M&A activity. This reflects increased business confidence of global playersin the Indian economy and the domestic companies. The M&A activity on the domestic front, though subdued, is expected to pick up over the next few months as the economy continues to improve.” Amit Khandelwal, partner and national director, transaction advisory services, EY was quoted as saying in the statement.Cross-border M&A dominated the country’s deal landscape during the quarter with 116 deals with a cumulative disclosed value of $6.6 billion, accounting for 85 percent of the total disclosed deal value.Compared with the previous quarter, the deal volume increased by 27 percent (91 deals in 3Q14) and deal value by 150 percent ($2.6 billion in 3Q14), EY Services said.This surge in deal value can be attributed to three outbound big-ticket transactions ($500 million and above) and two inbound deals totalling to $3.6 billion, compared to only one big-ticket cross-border transaction in 3Q14 that being an inbound deal valued at $610 million.According to EY Services, the quarter under review witnessed 33 outbound deals with a cumulative disclosed deal value of $3.6 billion.The deal volume remained nearly flat for the third quarter as compared to corresponding period last year. However, the value size of the deals for the quarter under review went up by eight percent from $401 million for corresponding period in 2014.Key transactions within the space included ONGC Videsh Limited’s agreement to acquire up to 15 percent stake in Russia-based CSJC Vankorneft for $1.3 billion, Lupin Limited’s agreement to buy the US-based Gavis Pharmaceuticals LLC and its affiliate Novel Laboratories Inc. for $880 million and Cipla Limited’s agreement to acquire the US-based InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Exelan Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a joint consideration of $550 million.”Of the top 10 deals of the quarter in terms of value, 50 percent were outbound and drove the significant increase in value to $3.6 billion in 3Q15, compared to $0.3 billion in 1Q15 and $0.5 billion in 2Q15.”These transactions marked an end to a prolonged absence of big-ticket outbound transactions from the M&A activity in India since 2012,” said Khandelwal.On the inbound front, a total of 83 deals were registered with a cumulative disclosed deal value of $2.9 billion, up from 60 deals with a total disclosed deal value of $2.2 billion in 3Q14.Technology, infrastructure and financial services were the most active sectors for inbound investments.According to EY Services, the US companies continued to be the most active counterparts of Indian companies in the cross-border transactions.During the quarter, players from the US were involved as acquirers in 23 inbound deals and as targets in nine outbound transactions.Companies from the UK followed next with 6 inbound and 5 outbound transactions.Domestic M&A activity took a plunge this quarter, both in terms of disclosed deal value and volume. The deal volume decreased to 117 from 141 in 3Q14 and aggregate disclosed deal value decreased to $1.1 billion from $3.9 billion in 3Q14.The largest deal in domestic arena was Birla Corporation’s agreement with Lafarge India to acquire its two cement assets for $768 million.last_img read more