10 Feb

NCB Intercol Champs starts today

first_img 1 p.m.: Triple jump – men 2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase – women 3:30 p.m: Long jump – women 4 p.m: 400m hurdles – women 4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles – men 5:15 p.m: 800m – women 5:20 p.m: 800m – men 6:30 p.m: 100m – women 6:35 p.m: 100m – men The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m. The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB). At Wednesday’s launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor. Belinda Williams, NCB’s group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday’s launch: “Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time.” She added: “We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance.” The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a “good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.” UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting. Fourteen finals – eight on the track and six in the field – will be contested on today’s opening day. Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O’Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies. Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend. Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today’s first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without. Selected finalslast_img read more

9 Dec

A High Powered Application of Caring

first_imgAt a sales conference I recently attended, I watched a sales manager pass out sales awards to his global sales team. He passed out thirty-nine separate awards. There were three to five people nominated or eligible for each of the awards.This sales manager announced each of the nominee’s names, and then he rattled off some personal fact about the individual, how long they’d been with the company, their annual sales figure, their highest monthly sales figure, as well as the number of months that they reached a sales figure over a certain amount.He did all of this from memory. No notes. No slide deck.It was an impressive display, to say the least. I pressed him as to why he went to such great lengths to do all of this from memory when most people would have been content to use notes. He didn’t offer up much, so I pressed him a little more and he told me a story. It’s a short story, but it explains everything.When this sales manager was selling for another company, he won the national award for producing the highest sales. When the principal of the company presented him with the award, the principal didn’t know his name. Literally. He had to prompt someone to give him the name. Now that this sales manager has his own team (and it’s a massive team), he makes it a point to know all of his people by name, their spouse’s name, as well as all kinds of personal details.Why does he go to such lengths? He does this because he cares. It’s the company’s culture to care about their people, and this is just one demonstration as to how they manifest caring. But it’s a staggeringly powerful display of caring about people. No one wants to be anonymous. No one wants to be a transaction. Everyone has the need to be acknowledged, to be significant, to matter.Sometimes the most powerful lessons you will ever learn come from having a bad manager or leader. If what someone else once did hurt you, doing the exact opposite is a safe bet.The power of caring is unmatched in it’s power—both inside and outside of the company. It’s the foundation of trust. And it breeds results.QuestionsWhat does it mean when you remember someone’s name?Does it mean something if you forget?How do you ensure that people know you care about them?How important are the details?last_img read more

1 Dec

Congress divided in Maharashtra

first_imgAmid the political uncertainty in Maharashtra, the newly elected Congress MLAs from the State, staying at a luxury resort, near here, on Sunday authorised party president Sonia Gandhi to nominate the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).The party declared that it had accepted the mandate to sit in the Opposition.Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde arrived in the evening to convey Ms. Gandhi’s message to the MLAs and interact with them to get their views on the party’s stand on the formation of a government.Chavan standSenior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who is in Jaipur, however, said the party had “not yet decided anything”.“We are keeping an eye on the recent developments. We are discussing all the options before us. We have not decided anything yet,” Mr. Chavan told ANI over the phone.He said the Congress wanted a stable government and not President’s Rule.The party’s Maharashtra in-charge, Mallikarjun Kharge, who met the MLAs, told presspersons that people had given the Congress the mandate to sit in the Opposition, which the party had accepted.The party’s core committee met twice on Sunday to discuss the Governor’s invitation to the BJP to form a government in the State.Considering the threat of “poaching” amid a political impasse in Maharashtra, the Congress shifted its 44 MLAs-elect on Friday and Saturday to the resort on the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway, about 20 km from the city. They include the senior leaders Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat.At the CLP meeting in the resort, the MLAs passed a brief resolution favouring the continuation of the alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and authorised Ms. Gandhi to nominate the CLP leader. After the meeting, several of them left for places of worship in Ajmer and Pushkar.“Now, it is for the Congress high command to take a decision… There is no truth in the [purported] statements about supporting Shiv Sena. Those who have the mandate should form the government,” he said.Mr. Kharge said the Congress, along with the NCP, was willing to play the role of a responsible Opposition and raise people’s issues in the Assembly.The MLAs are likely to stay in the resort until the perceived threat of poaching subsides and a clear picture emerges on the government formation. The Congress had earlier alleged that its legislators were being “threatened and enticed” in Mumbai and huge amounts of money were being offered to them for defection. (With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

18 Oct

British navy to escort UKflagged ships in Gulf strait

first_imgLondon: Britain on Thursday ordered its navy to escort UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian soldiers seized a tanker in the flashpoint entrance to the Gulf. “The Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage,” the defence ministry said in a statement to AFP. The week-long standoff over the British-flagged Stena Impero and its 23-member crew has inflamed tensions between the Islamic republic and the United Kingdom. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Britain responded on Monday by proposing a European-led mission that could secure the passage of vessels through the world’s busiest oil shipping lane. But France said Thursday it was not willing to send extra military assets to the Gulf, but would share information and coordinate its currently deployed assets. Iran had earlier warned Britain that it intended to retaliate for UK marines’ involvement of the seizure of its own supertanker near Gibraltar on July 4. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Britain currently has the HMS Montrose warship in the Gulf and a handful of smaller naval vessels. The Montrose had tried to rush in to rescue the Stena but arrived too late to the scene. Britain has already raised its security level in the region to the highest level and advised all boats in Iranian waters not to enter the strait. Its guidance before Thursday was for ships to notify the navy and receive instructions on “the safest way to transit” into the Gulf. “It is not possible for the Royal Navy to provide escorts for every single ship,” now-former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament on Monday. The UK department of transport had earlier advised British-registered ships not to sail through the area. Hunt told parliament that two to three UK-flagged ships pass through the strait daily. He added that the Montrose had escorted 30 merchant vessels through the strait in 17 separate transits as of Monday. The 33-kilometre wide passageway provides the eastern entrance and exit point into the Gulf and runs between the United Arab Emirates and Iran.last_img read more

15 Oct

Condé​ Nast drops photographer Terry Richardson after misconduct claims

first_img Facebook Condé Nast International says it is severing ties with Terry Richardson, the U.S. fashion photographer who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct.The company’s magazines include Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Vanity Fair.In an email published by the Daily Telegraph, executive vice president and chief operating officer James Woolhouse told Conde Nast country presidents that the company “would like to no longer work with” Richardson. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Terry Richardson has faced numerous allegations of sexual assaultIMAGE: REX FEATURESHis career took off in New York in 1994IMAGE: REX FEATURESHe has worked with hundreds of stars, including Rihanna – IMAGE: EROTEMEcenter_img He said completed but unpublished work “should be killed and substituted with other material.”Condé Nast confirmed the content of the email Tuesday, but declined to comment further.Richardson’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Richardson has previously denied mistreating models.Richardson has photographed stars including Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lady Gaga and directed Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball video.The Associated Press Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more