Paul Wright: Governors of horse racing need to act

first_imgA lot has been written regarding the appointment of 52 Government boards whose members were, as The Gleaner columnist Gordon Robinson puts it, “considered, vetted and approved in absolute secrecy”. It goes without saying that ideally, in a modern democracy, such appointments would be subject to scrutiny from the very people who would be affected by an unsuitable (incompetent) appointee. But the reality is that we have to live with it until we the people, understand and use our power to force elected representatives to govern on our behalf, not theirs or their ‘pardies’. In the popular sport of horse racing, there appeared in the Track and Pools publication of April 13, the results of an appeal heard by the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC). This appeal was held on April 7. The facts outlined in the report of the appeal were that a horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, trained by Colin Blair and ridden by the apprentice jockey, Bebeto Harvey, won the fourth race on the 28th November 2015. At the conclusion of the race there was a Stewards Inquiry, where the film of the race was reviewed. After the review, the winner, PRINCE OSHAUN, was disqualified for intimidation and interference to horses #5, MONEY NEVER SLEEP and horse #15, ROMAN SPY. Therefore, all those punters on and off the racetrack who had backed PRINCE OSHAUN, lost their money as second-past-the-post GRAND CORAZON was now declared to be the winner. However, at the appeal, the aggrieved trainer submitted that his horse (PRINCE OSHAUN) came down from the outside after the interference occurred and could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey. Mr Blair further submitted that if his horse, PRINCE OSHAUN, was not in the race, the infractions that happened would have still occurred. The trainers’ submissions at the appeal reflected the opinions of fans of racing who were present in the North Lounge at the Caymanas racetrack on that fateful day. UPHELD THE APPEAL The appellate body reviewed the film of the race and listened to evidence from Harvey and Operation Steward Robert Clark. Its conclusion was that PRINCE OSHAUN could not have intimidated any other horse or jockey, and upheld the appeal. Thus, the new results would reflect that PRINCE OSHAUN was, indeed, the winner and directed that the appropriate adjustment to the purses be made. Unfortunately, those knowledgeable punters who had selected PRINCE OSHAUN to win the race (and who witnessed PRINCE OSHAUN winning the race) have absolutely no possibility of being rewarded for their correct decision, while those responsible for this error is allowed to say, “oops”, and continue to adjudicate on races ostensibly to keep making these errors with absolutely no possibility of any sanction, while punters are actively encouraged to “come on down to the track and support the sport of kings”. Here now is an opportunity for the new commission to inject some long-lost confidence in the administration of the sport by taking decisive action against any member of staff whose actions repeatedly are found (on appeal) to have no basis in fact. Those responsible for these (numerous) errors only serve to turn off punters (the lifeblood of the sport) as there are many alternatives for the betting dollar. Racing cannot afford to keep alienating those whose money keeps the sport alive. For even though there was no parliamentary vetting and public comment on their suitability, competence or integrity, the sport of kings, horse racing, needs board members to do the right thing.last_img read more

Southampton linked with Fulham keeper, Juve said to be keen on Oscar

first_imgJuventus are interested in Chelsea’s Oscar, the Daily Mail say.It is claimed that scouts from the Italian club were in Paris specifically to watch him play for Brazil against France.Oscar signed a long-term contract at Chelsea last year and is contracted to the club until 2019.Juve were also said to be keen to sign him last year.Oscar has also been linked with Juventus in the pastThe Mail also say Chelsea have made enquiries about Palermo striker Paulo Dybala along with Manchester City and Arsenal.Dybala, 21, is said to be valued at £30m by Palermo president Mauro Zamparini and Juventus have been touted as favourites to sign him.The likes of Metro continue to link Chelsea with a move for Gareth Bale.The Blues, it is claimed, are ready to pay Real Madrid £75m for the former Tottenham star.And there continues to be speculation that Chelsea are interested in signing Radamel Falcao when his loan spell at Manchester United finishes at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is weighing up a summer move for Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to the Mail.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Starting up at the Bandwidth Barn

first_img30 April 2003The UUNET Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town, an incubator for information and communications technology start-ups in the Western Cape, is home to a growing number of international companies, with tenants from countries as far afield as the US, UK, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.The Barn was set up 18 months ago by the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI), a not-for-profit agency focused on developing the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the Western Cape. The Barn’s tenants have grown from 12 to 48 in that time, prompting a move to larger premises in the city.CITI marketing manager Judith Middleton said the Barn’s drive to raise South Africa’s international profile as a first-class tourist and business destination was starting to pay off.“It is encouraging to see a large number of flagship IT companies either using South Africa as a launchpad into markets in the US, Europe and Africa, or as a test site for locally produced products destined for global markets.”Among the international tenants located in the Barn is US company Pangea Solutions, which creates cost-saving solutions for labour-intensive, data-driven businesses.Pangea founder Jesse Heitler said South Africa has several competitive advantages in the global, Internet-driven market. “South Africa is one of the few countries with modern telecommunications infrastructure, sub-sea cable connectivity to the Internet and low-cost labour”, Heitler said.“Pangea has benefited particularly from setting up shop in the UUNET Bandwidth Barn, where minimal outlay was required and strong infrastructure supported a quick entry into the market. The low cost of labour in South Africa has also given the company considerable advantage over its competitors in the United States and Europe.”Another company showing confidence in South Africa is NBI New Business South Africa, which set up office in the country in 2002 as the sister company to Netherlands-based New Business Europe.The company focuses on assisting European companies looking to partner with South African companies and vice-versa.“One of the biggest obstacles to business investment in South Africa is the lack of knowledge of the country and the fear of moving into unknown territory”, said NBI founder Pieter Smits van Waesberghe.“We are able to provide an important service through supporting the development of foreign business in South Africa. We essentially act as the middleman, supplying both parties with the necessary information, preparing documents for European standards and demands, engineering and representing foreign projects being rolled out in South Africa.“The idea of forging stronger business linkages between South Africa and Europe is immensely exciting and will bring enormous economic benefit to the country”, said Van Waesberghe.Many of the local tenants in the Barn make similar use of the technology and networking opportunities available to take their business offerings to international markets.Software development house Application Junction, a black economic empowerment company, has doubled its staff since starting up in 2002 and recently landed two corporate clients in the UK, while marketing consultancy Ikineo has made big inroads into the consumer brands-driven Asian market, and is now eyeing China and the UK.Taking advantage of the Western Cape’s attractiveness as a tourist and business convention destination, entrepreneur Desiree Smits has started a company, CAPE.MOTION, which aims to attract more international meetings, conferences and exhibitions to South Africa.“Probably the biggest advantage we gain from being located in the Barn and in Cape Town are the marketing and networking opportunities”, said Smits.The Bandwidth Barn offers entry-level and small IT businesses reduced Internet connectivity costs, affordable office rental, shared office facilities, and membership of an entrepreneurial IT community where experiences, expertise and resources are openly shared.For more information, visit the Bandwidth Barn website. Also see the list of South African ICT company success stories on the Cape IT Initiative reporterlast_img read more

Yum: a new South African cuisine

first_img24 January 2006Two dances of the sea, four guises of salmon, iced peanut butter and kassler soup, chocolate risotto . yum, yum and yum again.And these are just the starters.These intriguing and tantalising dishes are available at Yum, South Africa’s 2005 Eat Out Johnnie Walker Restaurant of the Year, announced in November.“I am very flattered, it is very generous of them to give it to us. It is a lovely accolade – we will continue doing what we’re doing,” says owner Dario de Angeli modestly.He means it. De Angeli is a no-nonsense person who doesn’t let awards and such stuff go to his head – because his head is too busy coming up with more great creations.Sam Woulidge, the editor of Eat Out, says of De Angeli: “Since winning his first of five Top 10 awards (at Soho Square Cafe), Dario de Angeli has emerged as the undisputed trendsetter of his generation, although fame hasn’t cost Dario his passion.“His creativity has blossomed because talent learns from itself as well as from others and he is the creator of both intense flavours and beautiful presentation.”Eat Out: The Restaurant Guide of South Africa is an annual listings guide featuring independent critics’ reviews of more than 800 restaurants across the country. These critics visit restaurants unannounced and always pay for their meals.Together with a staff of seven chefs, De Angeli is going to change his menu every week this year, he says, in an effort to keep his dishes exciting and innovative. So if you fancy the soup or risotto and any of the other wonderful things on the menu this week, you had better get there quickly.Yum has been in the top 10 restaurant list five times previously, and De Angeli, 33, won the chef of the year award in 2003.No formal trainingHe has been in the industry for 16 years and dishes up his talent with no formal training. While at school he worked in a coffee shop in Hillbrow, then at a pizzeria, always in the front while angling to be in the kitchen. De Angeli then applied for a job as head chef. “It was out of my league,” he says. But he got the job, and thought, “Now I’m in trouble.”He rushed out and bought 10 recipe books, and read them from cover to cover. He also read about the world’s famous chefs and their styles and cultures of cooking. He still actively researches them, usually via the internet, enhancing his knowledge, like any good artist.But there’s also lots of at-the-table learning going on. When he goes on holiday he has lunch and dinner at different restaurants every day, tasting and observing food and its presentation.De Angeli’s menu consists of only six items per course. But that doesn’t mean it makes it any easier to choose – they all sound delectable. He is unimpressed with the American-style restaurants in South Africa that offer huge menus with repetitive food, in most cases simply adding another ingredient, for instance, to the long list of pizzas on offer.He takes the same principle through to the decor of his restaurant; the tables are simply decorated with classic white tablecloths, white serviettes, white crockery and white chairs. A single fresh sunflower decorates each table. Although he can cater for more than 80 people, he limits it to that number.“I want to focus on people, then food,” he says.Favourite chefs and restaurantsChef Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, in the US, which is regarded as the world’s best restaurant, is one of De Angeli’s role models.“He is just clever,” says De Angeli, “he takes traditional dishes and alters them slightly, but always retains their intrinsic goodness.”Spaniard Ferran Adria, described as the “world’s most experimental chef”, is next on the list. Then it is Heston Blumenthal, whose restaurant Fat Duck in England is the winner of three Michelin awards, one of the industry’s most prestigious awards.All take cooking one or two degrees beyond the norm – experimenting and setting trends. This is something De Angeli likes to do too, like his vegetarian bunny chow with atchar and mango sorbet, or his seafood trifle, with layers of champagne jelly, steamed mussels, white fish, caviar, prawn tempura and tuna steak with saffron ice cream.Locally he lists his favourite chefs as Bruce Robinson, formerly of one.waterfront in Cape Town; Richard Carstens of Lynton Hall in KwaZulu-Natal (the 2005 Eat Out Chef of the Year); and Mike Basset of Ginja in Cape Town.His favourite Joburg restaurant is Lucio’s in Blackheath. “It serves nothing adventurous, just good, good food.”Others include Versace, in Illovo – “natural flavours, stunning food”; Auberge Michel, in Sandton (in the 2005 Eat Out Restaurant of the Year top 10); and Pigalle, in Sandton.Food conceptualisingSo, De Angeli will be getting down in 2006 with his two head chefs every week for some serious “food conceptualising”, to compile the following week’s menu. “I want out of the box thinking and the fun of trying new dishes.”He describes Yum restaurant as presenting “new South African cuisine”, which is “our interpretation of global food from South Africa – world food by South African people”.In two years when the lease on the restaurant expires, he won’t renew it, De Angeli says. He’ll close down – and doesn’t know what he’ll do next. Ultimately, however, he wants to move to Hermanus and open a small restaurant, with 20 seats, “for fun”.In the meantime, he returns to his kitchen, pops a finger into a pot, savours the mixture and says to one of his chefs: “Too sweet.” Then turns to the next pot while reaching for a checklist of ingredients, ticking them off, getting ready for the midday rush.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Dairy margins widen to highest since 2017 in positive economic sign

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In welcome news for the dairy economy, the September margin under the Dairy Margin Coverage program rose by $0.56 per cwt. over the August margin to reach $10.41 per cwt, the second consecutive month margins have fallen outside the threshold necessary to trigger a federal payment. The is the highest seen since the beginning of 2017, allowing for the change in the alfalfa hay price in the margin formula’s feed cost calculation. The September all-milk price was $0.40 per cwt. higher than August’s and the DMC calculated feed cost for September was $0.16 per cwt. lower than August’s, mostly due to a drop in the price of corn.As of Nov. 6, USDA’s DMC Decision Tool currently projects DMC margin to remain above $9.50 per cwt. for the remainder of 2019 and during all of 2020. Milk prices are expected to generate most of the monthly changes in the margin forecast, while feed costs are anticipated to remain relatively stable during that time.last_img read more

Six Reasons to Stick with Your Startup: Survival Stories from the Trenches

first_imgTags:#start#startups Starting a new tech company is a labor of love. Particularly in the beginning, when funds are low, expectations are high, and the product is still a twinkle in the developer’s eye, stressful situations under external pressures can lead to pull-the-plug moments.When we interviewed Pandora founder Tim Westergren last week, he shared his personal brush with startup death: In 2007, it seemed that the music-streaming site would have to declare bankruptcy and close shop. Pandora’s success is one reason to stick with your own startup. Here are six more.Quick Growth Is a Good Thing, Right?In the heat of SXSWi 2009, Twitter users started snarking that Twitpic was down. The service had grown exponentially in the month or two before the geekfest, and founder Noah Everett said the sudden spike in adoption and use caught him completely off-guard.During that month, the one-man-show known as Twitpic “was barely usable and breaking all the time; and as you know, users on Twitter are very vocal about something when its not working,” said Everett via email.“The decision I had to make was to either shut the site down – since it was basically broke – or suck it up and fix it as fast as possible. I locked myself in my apartment for two weeks straight. I turned off the phone, Twitter, email. And I recoded the site and put together a scalable hardware platform to run Twitpic on. It worked and took two weeks less time than it should have.”You Don’t Touch a Man’s WheelsBootstrapper Tom Blue, who founded Lead411 in 2001, wrote us to tell about the time this cardinal rule was broken.“I am sitting in my office and I hear my car alarm go off. I run out to the parking lot to see my car driven off by the repo man. Sad, but true.”Blue said he convinced the bank to return the car and got family to loan him some money. But the process was costly and a huge waste of time. “After that moment, I realized that mentality is stupid. I should only focus on what is productive. I streamlined my focus on what was important – and at the bare minimum, cash flow is important.”From the depths of financial catastrophe, Blue persevered, and his startup saw staff grew and revenues tripled in 2004 and doubled again in 2005. Ultimately, wrote Blue, “It was actually one of the best lessons I have learned.”The Mundane DetailsEntrepreneur John Sarvay emailed us to share his own story. “I’m discovering that there are a couple of different scary startup moments – the dramatic cliffhangers (new company teetering on the brink; new company meets sexy venture capitalist; new company takes off) I think are dwarfed by the mundane (waking up every day wondering if there’s enough cash in the bank).“Nine months into my own startup, I’ve discovered a nice middle ground.”But that comfortable middle ground was nowhere in sight when Sarvay woke up the morning after his startup’s launch party with a severe case of entrepreneur’s remorse.“I realized I’d spent more on the launch party than all of my other business marketing. In the first three months of 2009, I brought in three percent of what I earned the previous year. The economy was continuing to melt down. I was insane thinking I should launch a business on my own.“That lasted three days.”Little by little, cash started flowing in. By this May, Sarvay wrote, “We had enough cash flow to actually pay our bills for the month – both for the business and for our household. Going into July, we have enough to pay those bills for three months.”“This whole startup process has been simultaneously terrifying, stupid, exhausting, exhilarating, and validating. It’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done. If I’d done it three years ago, I’d have failed. I might still fail. But I don’t regret one second of it.”Surviving the First BubbleCEO Brian Williams wrote us about his startup’s survival, not just through recent financial storms, but through the first dotcom crash, as well.“We started Viget in late 1999 with a few funded startups as clients, no funding ourselves (bootstrapped), and a lot of reason for optimism. Within a year, the dotcom era imploded, our clients had lost their funding, and it was no longer cool to be a consultancy run by 20-somethings. We were barely making payroll and considered throwing in the towel.”But instead of quitting, the team made one last effort, pitching to one of the few surviving startups in that time. “We were sweating bullets as we waited to hear back from them…Happily enough, they liked our proposal and hired us. I still remember coming up with some reason why we were going to be in their neighborhood that afternoon and could pick up the retainer check then instead of waiting until the kickoff meeting. I didn’t mention that we needed it to make payroll.”Williams notes his company is now 40 staffers strong and still working with startups. And since that dotcom bust, he wrote, “We’ve never missed payroll, never had layoffs. And although it has indeed been (and continues to be) a lot of hard work, I’ll always be thankful that we decided to stick it out.”Thirty-Seven Cents and a Heart Full of Hope AdrenalineGrocio founder Gerald Buckley went so far as to share the exact dollar amount of his worst fears realized:“I was $0.37 away from closing it up. Literally, that was all I had left in the bank account. There wasn’t enough to pay next month’s legal bills.”However, a dramatic turn of events saved him and his startup at the last minute. “In mid-November, Grocio won top prize in a local business model competition sponsored by the City of Tulsa and a local bank. That put $30K in the bank (non-equity, non-debt). Then the state of Oklahoma awarded us $100K matching funds (again, non-equity, non-debt). Money became less an issue and allowed us to focus on execution.”Although the economy began changing the equation once again last fall, Buckley encourages other startups, “I’m going to have the startup bug all my life, I think. NEVER give up if you really believe!”When Worse Comes to WorstHowever, we’d be a bunch of cockeyed optimists if we didn’t admit that sometimes, even the best teams and the best ideas can fail.Serial startup techie Dan Bedford wrote us to share a story of lessons learned the hard way. “In the summer of 2005, I was starting up an internet video platform. We had dreams and aspirations of being this all-encompassing entity… The technology was decent, and it had potential.”The company started getting some interest from angels, and the staff got excited. Until one of the investors started bringing his own staffing picks into executive positions, that is.“This is where is started to get fishy. A lot of money was being funneled to these people he hired… The company was bleeding money to a select few individuals who put not an ounce of their blood, sweat, and tears into the company.”During this time, the stock market crash began to unfold. Not so slowly, investors backed away. “We were left out to dry, and dry we did,” wrote Bedford. “Jobs were cut down to the core, and not too long after that, we had to close our doors.”But Bedford, who is still working in the tech startup space, refuses to let one closure set his course. “I don’t dwell on the negatives of the experience. Learning from the negatives and applying it to something positive is the way to go with this kind of business, I have found.”As many startups can attest, it takes a whole lot of failure to break through the barriers to success. In the words of one tireless innovator, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”And, as Bedford wrote, “Any experience with startups is a good experience.“You always have to evolve with the environment because it’s constantly changing all the time. That’s not something you can get in an established corporation; all those protocols have been worked out before you came and are now set in stone. It’s the involvement in building something new that true entrepreneurs are addicted to. And I don’t regret it one bit.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Rafael Nadal tumbles out of Mexican Open, falling to Nick Kyrgios

first_imgIn women’s play, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka routed Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Sofia Kenin. Kenin led 6-4, 4-1 when Katie Boulter retired.Third-seeded Donna Vekic advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Christina McHale; Bianca Andreescu topped fourth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 7-5; seventh-seeded Saisai Zheng edged Timea Babos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; and eighth-seeded Johanna Konta beat Varvara Flink 6-4, 6-1.In the quarterfinals, Vekic will play Konta, and Zheng will meet Andreescu.Lesia Tsurenko, the women’s winner the last two years, is skipping the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Haddad Maia will face Wang Yafan in the quarterfinals. Wang led Monica Puig 4-1 when Puig retired because of an injury.In men’s play, second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat David Ferrer 7-6 (0), 6-1 in the late match. He will play fifth-seeded Alex de Minaur, a winner over Feliciano Lopez in a walkover.Third-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal match against eighth-seeded John Millman. Millman beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-0, 6-2.Cameron Norrie beat fourth-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3. Norrie will face Mackenzie McDonald, a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 winner over sixth-seeded Frances Tiafoe.Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro is sidelined by a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img View comments Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t expect to puff away at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays the ball during his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)ACAPULCO, Mexico — Rafael Nadal tumbled out of the Mexican Open on Wednesday night, squandering three match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) loss to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.Playing his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in late January in the Australian Open final, the top-seeded Nadal dropped the first two match points on Kyrgios’ serve and the last one on his own first serve.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nadal won in Acapulco in 2005 and 2013. On Tuesday night, the second-ranked Spanish star opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Mischa Zverev.Kyrgios set up a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Steve Johnson in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe top seed also fell in the women’s event, with Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia beating Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3 for her first victory in seven career matches against players ranked in the top 10. The fourth-ranked Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open, was making her first appearance in the event since winning the 2016 title.“It was just a tough match, obviously she played well,” Stephens said. “A tough day. But I’m not too sad about it. I’m just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells.”last_img read more