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JN backs Racers’ Silent Auction to fund Grand Prix

first_img THREE-WEEK CAMP The auction pot was also sweetened with the opportunity to participate in a three-week Racers Summer camp slated for July 4-22 for athletes aged seven to 19 for $111,000. The camp package also includes accommodation and meals. Other items auctioned included a three-night stay at the Half Moon hotel for a minimum $75,000 bid, while vacationing at Secrets Resort and Spa went for the same price. Racers received a financial boost from Sunday’s auction to the tune of over $800,000, funds raised after admitting their club failed to acquire funds from the Government-run Sports Development Foundation (SDF). That, however, led them to try raising funds from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. Meanwhile, Racers boss Glen Mills lauded a JN video presentation dubbed Racers Track Club: The Vision, aired at Sunday’s reception. “This video highlights the aims and direction of our organisation, and we want our benefactors to appreciate how we see ourselves and the future of track and field in Jamaica,” Mills underlined. Racers Track Club showcased their universal sprinting excellence via an innovative and first-of-its-kind Mini-Museum and Silent Auction of running spikes, Puma T-shirts and track suits autographed by their leading stars during the colourful Jamaica National-organised event on Sunday night. Over 25 Olympic and World Championship medals were displayed. University of the West Indies-based Racers Track Club displayed authentic athletic memorabilia and autographed apparel and batons from the club’s local, regional and international track and field exploits at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Jamaica National’s general manager, Earl Jarrett, lauded Glen Mills’ Racers camp for contributing to Jamaica’s image as the ‘sprint capital of the world’. “Our sponsorship of the Grand Prix and hosting of the reception on May 1 is part of our continuing focus to support young athletes and to honour their achievements as we anticipate that they will be among future Jamaican athletes who will maintain the trailblazing standard set by others, some of whom will retire after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil,” Jarrett outlined. Sunday’s reception helped to raise funds and to promote the Racers Grand Prix, which is expected to host around 100 top athletes from some 10 countries, inside the National Stadium on June 11. Mega sprint star, Usain Bolt, who holds the double sprint world records and a total of six Olympic gold medals, saw two pairs of his illustrious Puma spikes fetch a whopping $130,000 and $150,000, respectively. The baton he and his Jamaica team carried while reigning supreme at last year’s IAAF World Championships went for $95,000. Warren Weir, a World and Olympic 200-metre medallist and an adidas-sponsored athlete, saw his spikes and body suit fetch minimum $60,000 and $50,000 each, while the second-fastest man of all time, Yohan Blake, also an adidas-sponsored athlete, had his spikes priced at a minimum of $50,000. Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist, Kemar Bailey-Cole, saw his framed photograph priced at $50,000 and his spikes for $55,000, alongside Olympian Michael Frater.last_img read more

‘ArcelorMittal Here to Stay,’ CEO Assures Liberians

first_imgIn spite of the slump in iron ore prices on the world market, Mr. Michel Prive, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal Liberia has assured the nation that the company is here to stay.Mr. Prive made the remark at the company’s club house in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County last Saturday during the certification of the second batch of five Liberians who have qualified as locomotive drivers. Mr. Prive said the company is more determined to ensure that Liberians are trained to fill positions to assist in government’s Liberianization drive. The five newly qualified employees bring the total number of Liberian locomotive drivers to nine. The five are Jackson Tingban, Don Hayes, Harris Luke, Willie Horace and Lawrence Wilson.The first group was also comprised of five trainees but one is deceased. The eighteen months training cost ArcelorMittal US$100,000. (US$20,000 per student), an official said.Mr. Johan Bekker, one of the manager’s in the Rail Department, said the training included theoretical and practical skills followed by a series of tests.“The training is of world class standard for train crews. The instructors are expatriates with years of rail experience in South Africa and the United Kingdom,” he stated.“Despite the bad market experience, ArcelorMittal is still here because we are here to stay and develop Liberia together,” Prive declared.He said the five Liberians have demonstrated that having completed eighteen months of intensive training and tests to be qualified as locomotive drivers, means they are prepared to accept added responsibility to move the company forward.“I urge you to apply the knowledge from your training to take care of yourselves and your colleagues and you must ensure that you accept responsibility for your safety. We count on you to grow with your responsibility,” Prive told them, as their family members and a cross-section of workers cheered.He added: “The training is in line with ArcellorMittal Liberia’s succession planning, which is intended to create more opportunities and build the capacity of Liberian employees while preparing them for higher roles and responsibilities.”Mr. Erich Katzke of ArcelorMittal’s HR Business Partner, said the company has two objectives, “To do mining and to develop Liberia.”He urged the graduates to accept the challenge, reminding them of the higher responsibility that is now on their shoulders, as well as the pivotal roles that they must play in the company.Katzke said the five Liberians must accept the responsibility to be the role models for future Liberians as the company reassesses its priorities but with a focus to develop the capacity of Liberian workers.Mr. Denis Foulds, ArcelorMittal’s head of Rail and Port, encouraged the five Liberians to take the mantle and run with it.On behalf of the newly certificated locomotive drivers, Lawrence Wilson recounted the eighteen months of training in three phases since 2013.“It was initially difficult but we were determined to follow through and despite the challenges we encountered we made it and therefore we thank ArcelorMittal and our families for their wonderful support,” Wilson said.He also assured ArcelorMittal, their families and Liberians in general that having completed the very difficult training they are ready to be responsible on their jobs to encourage the management of ArcelorMittal to do more for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Focus on Carolina: Can the 49ers stop McCaffrey?

first_imgThe most dynamic player in the NFL not named Patrick Mahomes looms as a threat to the 49ers existence as an unbeaten team.Christian McCaffrey is the rare kind of guy who can ruin a defense all by himself, which is what he’ll try to do when the Carolina Panthers invade Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.“I mean, he creates a lot of problems,” Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said of the speedy third-year running back from Stanford. “I don’t think you can stop him with one guy. Sometimes, …last_img read more

Trade Contractor Management — Part 4

first_imgIf you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit. Coming up nextYou can check out the image of one of the checklists to see the specifics in each section. Keep in mind that I created these for my business, and while everyone can use some of the ideas, you will likely have specifications that I don’t, you will use different types of trade contractors, and may even have a different work flow.Regardless, you can use this system, alter it to fit your needs, or create a whole new one that works just right for you. In any case, you should have a system in place to save time and money on your projects.Stay tuned for the next post: I’ll be discussing the brainstorming sessions we held to come up with the individual specs for each trade and go over a few individual checklists in detail. They can see immediately what work is still outstanding, and contact the project manager to arrange to complete it. No more partial checks delivered without explanations and fussy trade contractors arguing with accounting clerks about where their money is.After they go back and (hopefully) finish their work, the checklist is reviewed again, signed off as completed by the trade contractor and project manager, and the invoice is resubmitted for payment.Good trade contractors will learn quickly to make sure that their work is complete before invoicing. Weaker ones will have to come back again and again before they are finished and paid in full, and you will have a complete record of how many times they had to come back. You can use this information to evaluate your trade contractors and in your decisions to award work. Those that finish on time without retainage are probably making you the most money with the least effort and should get more of your work. RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 1Trade Contractor Management — Part 2Trade Contractor Management — Part 3Trade Contractor Management — Part 5 Keeping bookkeepers happyThe real beauty of this system shows up in tracking payments. The trade contractor receives a copy of the checklist with their check. If there is any retainage, it is broken out for each line item with the project manager’s signature at the bottom. So what’s In these checklists, anyway?Each checklist has five or six sections, depending on the type of work:An introduction with the project and trade contractor name, and the following statement: “This checklist is intended as an aide for you to ensure a quality job. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list. We strongly suggest that you develop your own quality assurance checklist based on your requirements to complement this form. Review all sections of this list before starting work. When you are finished with your work, make sure that your work is complete, meets all applicable codes, and has no defects. Deliver this form to Contractor with your final invoice for the work. Payments will not be issued without this signed and completed form.”A general information section noting that they must be working from a complete set of plans that are released for construction, direct any questions about the scope of work to the project manager, read all instructions and save all product literature, do not discuss the work with the homeowner, do not make any changes without discussing with the project manager, inspect the existing conditions and alert the project manager if there are defects that will affect the quality of their work, keep work area safe and clean, and clean up and dispose of all debris properly.A pre-construction section that covers trade-specific requirements such as checking for level and plumb, correct installation locations, correct materials and accessories on site, and other appropriate issues to address before the work starts.For trades that have a rough and a finish phase — plumbing, HVAC, and electrical, for example — there is a rough completion section for them to confirm that all work is complete and done properly and they have passed any required inspections.A final completion section that includes confirmation of all dimensions, confirming that work is within allowable tolerances of plumb, level, and square, all finish work meets requirements, work area is clean, waste materials discarded and recycled, everything works properly, and, if required, final inspections have passed.A job-specific section where the project manager can list any items unique to a project that the trade contractor must address. It’s time to get into the nuts and bolts of trade contractor management — the control documents — what I refer to as the field checklists. Since these checklists are a key part of a larger process, it is important to understand just how the process works.The checklists are designed so that the trade contractor uses them as a guide to confirm that they have completed their work properly. They must initial each line item, sign the bottom confirming that they have, in fact, inspected the work, and turn in a copy with their invoice. The project manager (or site supervisor) then takes the checklist and walks the jobsite, making sure that the work is in fact done properly.On each line item, the project manager checks “yes” for work that is complete, “N/A” for those that don’t apply, and, most importantly, “no” for work that is incomplete or incorrect. They write in a retainage amount on each line item for incorrect work, and total up the retainage for the project. If the work is complete, they sign off at the bottom to release the full payment. If the work is incomplete, they sign off and list the total amount of retainage until complete. The checklist is sent to accounting along with the invoice for payment.last_img read more

Tripura High Court rejects bail plea of CPI(M) leader in PWD scam case

first_imgThe Tripura High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of former Minister and CPI(M) leader Badal Choudhury, indicted in the alleged ₹640-crore Public Works Department scam of 2008. Lawyers representing the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly insisted on bail citing Mr. Choudhury’s fragile health. After the bail plea was rejected, counsel indicated their decision to move the Supreme Court. Mr. Choudhury was admitted to the ICU of the government GBP Hospital after he complained of chest pain in the custody of West Agartala police on Wednesday.He was locked up at the police station barely for 30 minutes after the police took his custody upon his discharge from the private hospital where he took admission a week ago ending his disappearance amid intensive police search.Street protestsThe CPI(M) has been organising street protests for the past two days protesting the alleged forceful removal of Mr. Choudhury from the private hospital. The party alleged that police officials misbehaved with its leader at the police station.Former Member of Parliament, the 69-year-old CPI(M) veteran was made prime accused in the case filed by the Vigilance Department. The investigation was later handed over to the Crime Branch.Sources said senior police officials were consulting doctors at the GBP Hospital on taking back Mr. Choudhury in their custody.Remains elusiveMeanwhile, former Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh, who was the Principal Secretary incharge of PWD in 2008, remained elusive despite searches by a team of the Crime Branch at New Delhi and Gurugram. Another accused, former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik, was arrested and remanded in custody.last_img read more

On Tuesday we brought you the heartbreaking story
On Tuesday we brought you the heartbreaking story

first_imgOn Tuesday, we brought you the heartbreaking story of a Tuscaloosa teen with autism who had his video games stolen, but today that teen is playing once again.Tyler Lee used a PlayStation 2 for special learning games to keep his mind active, and when they were stolen last week from his grandmother’s house, he was left questioning why someone would do such an awful thing.But Tyler’s story touched the hearts of so many viewers, they reached out to help, offering anything they could so Tyler could get back to some semblance of normalcy.One couple reached out and replaced Tyler’s 65-inch TV, and fellow Echols Middle School student Mitt Landers stepped up and offered his PS2.After those needs were met, dozens more Good Samaritans pitched in to get Tyler all kinds of games, but also goodies like his favorite snacks and drinks.Tyler’s grandmother, Wanda Powell, said she’s overwhelmed by the generosity that’s poured forth.“We thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” Powell said. “You just don’t know what it means to see him back happy.”Powell said she’s had a security alarm and a video system installed in her home to keep any other potential thieves at bay.last_img read more