Eastern athletes ready to shine

first_imgArch-rivals St Mary High and Buff Bay High are again expected to fight for the title at the second meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series, the Eastern Championships, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track tomorrow.The head coach of Titchfield High, Julian Ivy, welcomes the Digicel Grand Prix initiative, calling it “a wonderful idea.”Most of the schools in the Eastern region are really strapped for cash,” he said.”The eastern region is looked upon as the least in track and field in Jamaica. However, we’ve produced a lot of top athletes who have gone on to excel at the highest international level; and we’ve to understand that before they got to that stage, these coaches aided their development,” Ivy added.Some of the most notable include Morant Bay High alumnus Juliet Cuthbert, who won sprint double silver at the Barcelona Olympics; and another Morant Bay High star – who later transferred to Kingston College – sprint hurdler Hansle Parchment. Parchment won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and silver at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.Competition away from their training grounds this season has been sparse for most schools participating at the Eastern Championships, but St Mary High’s boys and girls have shown all-round strength at some of the development meets.These include The Queen’s Grace Jackson Invitational and Camperdown Classic, with Class Two girls Keresa Richardson, Janaeli Campbell and Kay-ann James looking dominant among the Eastern Championship entrants, along with Class Two boy Lenard Hall.PARTICULARLY STRONGThe latter is particularly strong in the 800m, where his female colleagues also appear quite strong in Classes One and Two, with Tameria Howell (Class Two) and Shanice Panton (Class One) headlining their charge.Among the boys’ sprinters, Morant Bay’s Jaheim Henry and Annotto Bay’s Kenoy Francis have done fairly well and should be among the Class Two front-runners, with St Mary High’s Travis Henry and Nicardo Vincent also expected to shine.Among Class One girls, Morant Bay’s Tishelle Fulcott and Nneka Francis, along with Oberlin High’s Latoya Graham, should feature.Though Buff Bay High have not shown their hand, they have gone toe to toe with St Mary High for the championship in recent years and are expected to feature big time again.”Right now, it’s between Buff Bay and St Mary High,” Ivy predicted. “Morant Bay will be coming strong as well.”We (Titchfield) are not expecting to be in the top three, as we’ve a fairly young team.”Nonetheless, Ivy said his Class One boys, Kai Chang and Moses Parkinson, will place high in the Class One Digicel Grand Prix Championship events, the high jump and discus.The Digicel Grand Prix Championship events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and 4x400m relays for Classes One and Two boys’ and girls.The series consists of five meets and the top two athletes from each of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship events will advance to the final, the G.C. Foster Classics, which will be held at the National Stadium on March 11.Each athlete can only participate in one individual event at the final, which carries a grand prize of $1 million dollars in gym equipment for the top boys’ and girls’ schools, $500,000 for second, and $250,000 for third.last_img read more

SJAK, Fidelity renew coach of the month partnership

first_imgMarketing Manager Nicholas Malesi urged other corporates to sponsor support local sports since it pays.“From out branding perspective and our obligations to the community this partnership gives us a lot of fulfillment and we see positive impacts. It is such small acts in the sector that contribute to greater things even at national level,” he noted“We have sponsored the award for three years and it has improved competition among coaches to do better and that has an impact on the level of competition among players. This manifests in the national team and we are now proud that Harambee stars are heading to the Africa Cup of Nations,” Malesi addedWhile pointing out that corporations shy away from sports sponsorships due to poor accountability, Malesi urged recognized sporting entities that strive to attain transparent management.“There are federations and clubs that uphold integrity and should not be neglected because some bodies lack integrity,” he urgedSJAK president Chris Mbaisi urged coaches to keep improving as their efforts are appreciated and contribute to overall improved performance by the national team.“We are grateful to Fidelity insurance for partnering with us since 2016. We have come a long way in this journey and it is my happiness to see them remaining one of our key partners,” MbaisiThe concluded season saw among others former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr, Bernard Mwalala of Bandari, Dennis Kitambi of AFC Leopards, Robert Matano of Tusker and Paul Odhiambo of Sony Sugar pocket the Sh75000 and personalized trophy.The two entities will review the prize money upwards after the transitional football calendar concludes in June.“We started modestly at Sh50,000 in 2016 and we are now at Sh75,000. Hopefully the award will grow bigger at the beginning of our 5th year so that recipients take home bigger figures than they currently get,” Malesi added.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi with SJAK president Chris Mbaisi during the signing of the new agreement for the coach of the month award. PHOTO/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – The Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and Fidelity Insurance have extended their partnership for Coach of the Month Awards into the 4th year, with the insurer also dipping into end of year awards for the first time.SJAK and Fidelity insurance signed a one year contract that will see deserving coaches pick the monthly gongs until from December to June next year. Fidelity Insurance retains the naming rights as winning coaches take home Sh75000 and personalized trophies.last_img read more

With heavy hearts, persistent anxiousness, Venezuelan ballplayers carry on

first_imgSecond baseman Franklin Barreto sat in the sanctuary of the Oakland A’s spring training clubhouse glued to his phone while dulcet sounds of baseball swirled outside in the desert air.The activities on the diamond seemed a world away as the South American watched reports from his anguished homeland in the wake of a mounting humanitarian crisis that has erupted this year in clashes in the cities and border crossings.“Oh my God,” Barreto said in Spanish. “What is happening to my Venezuela?”Demon …last_img

Surf and turf teenager

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a 15-year-old Blake Hanko enjoys the best of both worlds growing up here in Ohio — at least for an outdoors-minded teenager. The Erie County 4-H member spends his summers hanging around his family’s Cranberry Creek Marina, located on the shore of Lake Erie just west of Huron, in the heart of some of the best fishing the Great Lakes has to offer. I have boated and fished out of the marina several times in the past couple of seasons and have enjoyed getting to know the folks who operate the popular “mom & pop” boat business — Bob and Susan Hanko — and have come to envy Blake’s lifestyle and demeanor.At Cranberry Creek, when he’s not helping out his mom or sisters in the bait shop or his dad on the boat docks, he’s netting water snakes or casting for smallmouth bass and perch from the beach and breakwalls of the marina — or any manner of adventures a kid can find in such a setting. Hanko even has his own 16-foot outboard-powered boat, which he’s been puttering around in since he was 12 after taking his watercraft operator’s class, and is an accomplished boat handler and angler.When the teenager isn’t “messing about” with the boats and the marina, the balance of Blake’s free time is spent on the family farm, some eight miles inland. In the fall and winter, when he’s not tending to his 10 head of market steers or his hay business, he’s hunting deer or taking target practice to hone his shooting skills. This spring Blake planted a garden, which will keep the lad busy and the family in fresh vegetables this summer, and perhaps offer something additional for him to show at the Erie County Fair.As a kid growing up in suburbia where I had to beg a car ride to the nearest fishable water and discharging a BB gun in my own yard put me on the wrong side of the law, I can only imagine what life would have been like growing with one foot in the country and the other in a boat.As for Blake, he doesn’t appear to take any of it for granted. He has a great work ethic, appreciates what he’s got, and has his head on straight. At least from this parent’s perspective.  Mom and Dad may beg to differ…last_img read more

Soybean prices not falling out of bed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This past year the U.S. had 94.5 million acres of corn. U.S. soybeans reached 83.7 million acres. This compares to 2015 when the U.S. corn was 88 million acres while soybeans were 82.7 million acres. As we look ahead to 2017, early ideas suggest soybean acres will increase at the expense of corn acres, which should decline. At no surprise to anyone, wheat acres across the U.S. continue to shrink. This year the U.S. planted 55 million acres of wheat. USDA estimates the U.S. will plant 50.2 million acres this next season. When there is a world wide huge mountain of wheat stocks, it is no wonder wheat prices are at 10 year lows. Ohio’s producers are seeing above average to fantastic soybean yields in many parts of the state. Many will see new farm records as yields were beyond expectations compared to earlier projections. While it is the extreme, various reports indicated soybean yields reaching 80 bushels or higher in numerous areas in Ohio.Soybeans seemed to move more easily to town this fall when those extra bushels did not reach earlier projections of $8.50 to $9 for harvest time prices. Many producers were much more willing to sell soybeans while storing corn. Basis levels for corn and soybeans did not reach the normally wide basis levels seen at harvest time for many areas of Ohio. While harvest time basis levels for soybeans were November minus 30 to 40 cents, they were nowhere close to levels seen in the western Corn Belt that this year were November minus 70 cents or more. It is very common to see basis levels in the west at wider numbers compared to Ohio. Ohio is in a unique situation with several crushing plants having the ability to crush 50,000 to 100,000 bushels of soybeans every day. At this end of October writing, the U.S. corn harvest progress was 61% while soybean harvest progress was 76% complete. Both are near five-year averages.Input costs will see some changes for the 2017 season. Fertilizer prices have declined compared to levels seen in past years. Corn and soybean prices are considerably below those seen three to five years ago with producers welcoming any kind of reduced input costs for 2017. However, seed corn costs have remained high for several years and have seen little push to the downside. Nobody seems willing to break the mold and reduce costs to the producer. However, many will provide cash discounts for early payment Dec. 1. Many producers already have a great idea of which corn varieties performed great or were a bust as corn harvest comes to an end. While many may be disappointed at corn yields for 2016, they also know they performed much better compared to similar growing conditions of 10 years ago. The killer of corn yields continues to be heat and a lack of rain during that critical corn pollination period.Corn and soybean exports continue to be strong, especially soybeans. Demand is strong for both compared to the poor corn export demand of several years ago when only soybeans enjoyed a strong export demand picture. October set new records for U.S. soybean exports.The last week of October, the U.S. exported 100 million bushels of soybeans. That level broke a previous October 2016 record of 94 million bushels. To put some perspective on numbers, in previous fall harvest years, the U.S. has struggled to reach 100 million bushels as a weekly export total for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Total 2016-2017 marketing years U.S. export sales for soybeans that same October week reached 1.24 billion bushels while the year ago totals were 997 million bushels, a gain of 24%.Late last month, December CBOT corn was near the top end of its $3.30 to $3.60 range. January CBOT soybeans were near $10.25, near the top of a two-month high. In spite of record U.S. soybean production, soybeans are not falling out of bed. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Amazon Forces Kindle Lending Club to Rebrand – Now BookLending.com

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watters Tags:#E-Books#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We covered the launch of the new startup the Kindle Lending Club last month. The startup takes advantage of the Amazon Kindle’s new lending feature that was introduced in December – the ability to loan (some of) your e-books to another Kindle user for a 14-day period.But not surprisingly, Amazon has responded to the startup. Amazon isn’t shutting down its service (that’s good news), but it is demanding that the startup change its name. Amazon owns the trademark to “Kindle,” so starting tomorrow the startup becomes BookLending.com.Both sharing and borrowing are free through BookLending.com. You can browse for the titles that other users have made available, and you can make available the books you’re willing to lend. The site simply matches borrowers and lenders. The rest of the Kindle lending rules stay in place: the loan is for 14 days. You can’t read a title while it’s on loan to someone else. And you can only loan a title once.The name BookLending.com isn’t nearly as catchy as Kindle Lending Club. And the startup has a number of competitors in the e-book lending business, including LendInk, that connects both Kindle and Nook users. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Don’t Let This Happen to You

first_imgDoor design detailsThe photo at right is from an entry that’s just 15 years old. Fortunately, it was able to be repaired. I haven’t always been so lucky. Let’s just say that replacing subfloor and framing is no fun. A safe assumption is that, for one reason or another, doors always leak. They shouldn’t, but they do. Seals wear out. Wind blows. Jambs rot. Sills crack. Weepholes clog. Following are some ways to mitigate the chance of damage.Always use a sill pan. I used to make my own out of lead, a practice (and a material) I would not recommend. Then I used custom-soldered copper pans, but only on the most exposed locations, due to cost. Less-exposed locations received pans made from bituminous membrane. It is imperative that the corners are sealed, which is hard to do. Simply adhering the membrane to the subfloor without creating sealed, upturned corners only relocates the water. Now it’s easy: I specify one of the ready-made sill pans. It is important, however, to seal the sill pan to the subfloor and the door sill to the pan to prevent air leakage and flexing of the door sill.Choose the right sill type. When it’s important to be historically correct, I call for real wood sills, protected with epoxy paint or a penetrating sealer such as Penofin or Sikkens. Otherwise I prefer adjustable aluminum or fiberglass sills. They are usually available in brown or tan, if mill finished aluminum is not desired. Turning a few screws is enough to snug the sill against the door to stop water and air from getting through. Where the side jamb meets the sill there is usually a big dollop of butyl caulking. Don’t cut it away the way I did as a novice carpenter—it is necessary for sealing the transition between components. I like to order doors with “long horns” on the sills, meaning that the sill extends to the outside edge of the casing instead of the inside edge, where a vulnerable corner is susceptible to moisture. It takes more care to work with and is usually a special order, but I’ve repaired enough doors to consider it a worthwhile detail.Use rot-proof jambs. An added benefit to an adjustable sill’s air-sealing capability is the fact that it’s rot-proof. Rot usually starts at the bottom of the jambs. The end grain wicks water and rots the wood from the inside out. It shows up as paint failure after it’s too late to fix. This can be minimized by priming all sides of the jamb and leaving the caulking at the sill joint. Some manufacturers offer an even better alternative: rot-proof lower jambs. While as a rule I don’t consider pvc or composites to be green, this is one case where it solves a real problem.Storm doors are often discouraged because excessive heat buildup can damage the doors they are meant to protect, and if you live in a warm climate, you wouldn’t want them anyway. Anywhere that’s cold part of the year, though, I would still like to use them. They are a first line of defense, the same way siding takes the brunt of the weather but has housewrap behind it. Plus, in warm weather the storm panel can be swapped out for a screen panel, allowing for natural ventilation.Overhangs should protect every door. I know it’s not always possible, but a porch roof or some other form of protection is a good goal. Not only does an overhang keep rain from hitting the door on its way down, it also minimizes damaging splashback. An overhang also keeps the summer sun from baking south-facing doors. My favorite reason for overhangs: They offer a protected location to ease the transition between indoors and out.last_img read more

The ABCs of Off-Page SEO Tactics

first_img What other tips do you have? ymarketing Develop Unique ContentDevelop written content that invites people to click or take action several times in the text. Promote additional free content where you can track, interact with, or engage the reader in a social mediaplatform.Note: Consider using social platform API’s to allow users to join your site using social networking login credentials.Make your content easy to share! 
If your article is a downloadable document, consider adding a twitter button to a PDF, then add a Social Media Widget to the pages of your document. If your article is being submitted to directories, add links in the resources sections of your submissions to your social sharing site. Use articles to promote additional web assets: SEO best (and worst) practices link building and Off-Page SEO Hosted Content (social networking sites, image sharing sites, profile sites) @googlegirl , who manages SEO and Inbound Marketing campaigns for ecommerce and lead generation clients, and a provider on the . The following is a guest post by Tina Rawlins. Rawlins is a Digital Marketing Specialist for blog for or read her Send article content out to a few friends, family, and coworkers and ask for their responses. Find a few people who represent your target audience and get their responses. Specifically ask them to evaluate your article and give their honest opinions. Your article is a long term marketing asset. Your social network can give you important feedback on the voice, length, and resources of your article. On-Page SEO First, understand that while there are nuances to SEO approaches, the fundamental truth is that proper SEO should include efforts in the two primary areas that contribute to a site’s search rankings by search engine algorithms: Downloads or Whitepapers using tracked links Promote RSS Feed URLs Originally published Aug 25, 2010 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 To help clarify your off-page SEO approach and enable your organization to move forward, we’ll explore the ABCs of SEO tactics, beginning alphabetically with A, for Article Marketing. Follow-up blog posts will explore Blog Marketing, Comments & Ratings, Directories & Profile Building, and more.center_img and off-page SEO. What search engines can determine about the linking structure of other sites, and the sites inter-related to those sites, in relation to your site. Links to Promoted Blog Articles A is for … Article MarketingA well written article contains targeted content for publishers and often subtly advertises products and services. Most articles are hosted by article directory sites and reprinted by webmasters with topical content needs. Including keywords and links within articles adds SEO value to advertisers. Be Clear and DirectCreate an article that is direct about the value you mention in your title. Do not repeat your title in the subtitles. Typically articles are 400-800 words. Consider separating your article content into smaller portions and adding subheadings to create a web friendly format. Request Feedback services. You can follow her on Twitter at content and structure of your site Bookmarked or promoted website pages in Digg and similar sites . So what can companies and marketers do to sift through the noise of Unique Video or Flash Views on a landing page Unique Title Mentions in Twitter . SEO and Social Media Create Unique HeadlinesReview your unique titles in the search engines to track your article pickup. Also review your website analytics for referrers as an indicator of traffic from article directory sites.
 HubSpot Service Marketplace 2. Off-Page SEO Factors: What search engine crawlers can discern from the Natural Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be a confusing and contradictory topic even amongst the industry’s most recognized experts. Organization, directories, trade events and publishers (online and offline) can endlessly debate the finer points of Topics: 1. On-Page SEO Factors: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Google Launches Facebook Competitor Google+

first_img Originally published Jun 28, 2011 4:38:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Google Updates Marketing Takeaway Video Chat and Photos began rolling out to early users today. It will be a long time before we know if Google+ is a true social networking competitor and worth the time and effort of marketers. Until then, let’s take a quick look at what Google+ actually does. when you can start using the platform. Social networks aren’t anything new. Today, however, Google made news with its biggest attempt to date to take hold of the social networking market. After a year of development, When it comes to photos, Google has a section for viewing, managing, and editing images and video. A Google+ user can see all of the images he or she has, but unlike Facebook, it is more than just photo tagging. Users can edit images, add photo effects, and edit sharing options. Google has also create Hangouts, in hopes of increasing the adoption of online video chatting. The idea is to have designated chats that members in a group of friends could easily find and join. It is clear that Google knows that the next step of its business is social. Marketers should understand that, with moves like Google+, search will only continue to get more social. Having and growing a social media presence will be critical to generating inbound leads in the future. That said, Google+ does lack the simplicity that enables Google Search to be successful. As marketers, we will need to understand how Google+ is adopted and how Google integrates it with other valuable properties like Google Search and Google Maps. Content Discovery Circles+ Google+ is currently available via invite only, but you can sign up to be notified Topics: The foundation of Google+ is something called Circles+. Google’s belief is that existing social networks like Facebook and Twitter have failed at letting users connect with subsets of friends in an easy way. Friend lists were add-on features of most social networks, but they are at the foundation of Google+. Circles+ is a drag and drop system for organizing friends into different groups. With Google+ comes yet another feature, Google+ Sparks. Each Spark is a collection of content on a subject that pulls in information using Google technology like Google Search. Sparks places Google not just in the content sharing business but also in the content discovery business. In addition, Google will be launching a mobile version of the entire Google+ system, starting with the Andriod operating system. Google+ Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

3 Great B2B Uses of QR Codes

first_img Brand Experience Topics: We have said it before, but it must be said again: QR codes are here to stay. While most businesses commonly see them as a B2C tool, they can it fact be very useful for B2B interactions, too. If you are looking to connect offline and online marketing efforts, reach other businesses, and generate leads, here are a few tips and tricks for using QR codes that can be very useful.1) At Conferences & EventsQR codes can be a great tool for marketers to use at conferences, events, and trade shows. At Dreamforce, for example, HubSpot put QR codes on everything: handouts, unicorns, presentations, and our stand-in. It gave our visitors an easy way to gather information from us quickly without having to jot anything down. During the HubSpot sessions, attendees could quickly get a copy of our presentation to take notes or follow along. The key was to put the QR code in as many places as possible to make sure anyone could access information quickly and easily.The next time you’re participating in an event, consider places you could add a QR code to content you produce. Configure the QR code to send people who scan it to a targeted landing page on your website, especially one with a form to help you generate leads for your business.2) On Business CardsIt’s a pain to transfer a person’s information from their business card into your contact database. You need to input their name, title, email address, and phone number. But some people are making this easier now by putting QR codes on their business cards to shorten the process. By scanning the QR code, all of the information from the card can immediately be pulled into your contact list, making a normally tedious process much shorter and more efficient. This can be a much easier way to capture leads you generate from in-person communication and networking. In B2B, anything that can be made easier or more efficient is helpful.3) In Print AdvertisingWhen people see advertisements in newspapers, magazines, or signage, they often ignore them. But with a QR code, many people become interested in what other information it leads to. A QR code can help your print advertising stand out and actually help a business connect with other businesses. Moreover, QR codes can help businesses gauge the success of the ad by knowing how many people scanned the code and visited the landing page (and even converted!) on their website. With the millions of ads that people see every day, a QR code can help it stand out and make an impression.Marketing TakeawaysMaking information easily accessible to your target audience makes all of the difference. Using QR codes will allow you to provide more information than you normally would have been able to in a simple, condensed fashion.As a best practice for B2B QR code use, always be sure to link the QR code to a targeted landing page on your website that includes a lead generation form. QR codes are not only useful for directing traffic to your website. They can also be useful for generating leads, so test different offers and optimize the performance of your QR code usage!What other ways are you using QR codes? Originally published Oct 3, 2011 1:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more