20 01 20

first_img POSITION MAINTAINED “First of all, the team maintained its position from the last World Relays by coming second behind the United States of America. Based on the fact that this year, we were without a lot of our more seasoned athletes, I think the team did extremely well because the team was selected on the athletes who made themselves available,” said Wilson. “Most of these athletes are on a second or third tier ranking in terms of positioning … .” Thirty-three of Jamaica’s 77 Olympic medals were mined at the last three instalments which took place in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) with another 33 of the country’s 110 World Championships medals coming since the 2009 event in Berlin. Additionally, 15 of the country’s 22 Olympic gold medals came since the 2008 Games, while 24 of the 31 World Championships gold medals won by Jamaica were secured since 2009. Meanwhile, Wilson expressed disappointment and surprise at Blake’s criticism after the sprinter suggested that the technical team had to take some blame for the team selection after a blunder on the second exchange between second leg runner Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie resulted in a disqualification in the men’s 4x100m heats. The coach, however, explained that athlete selections were made based on availability, but also agreed that there is a need for more practice sessions ahead of relay events. “I felt that he (Blake) was extremely frustrated because this would have been the first time that I can recall clearly for a very long time in his career that he would have been on a team that is not in the final of a major championships, so I can understand his frustration, but I was a little surprised and disappointed by the utterances because we have such a good relationship as a team,” Wilson said. “We are not playing any blame game, but if the baton falls, we go back and try to correct the issues, but they are professionals and need to accept responsibility when there is an error. I don’t understand how you could blame the dropping of a baton on the selecting of a team, especially when the options were limited,” he added. “As far as I was told by the head coach (Michael Clarke), he wanted an experienced athlete to run the third leg, but could not get the cooperation from the person who he had in mind to run the third leg, so he had no choice but to run the team based on who he had,” Wilson further explained. The other member of the team was lead leg runner Everton Clarke, who was making his first appearance at the senior world level. Jamaica ended with 39 points to finish behind the Americans (60 points) after a first-place finish in the women’s 4x200m, second in the women’s 4x100m and third in the women’s 4x400m, men’s 4x200m, mixed 4x400m and men’s 4x400m. Australia finished third on 24 points, with Poland fourth on 23. Maurice Wilson, who served as technical director for Jamaica’s team to the recently concluded World Relays in The Bahamas, says he is satisfied with the team’s performance in the archipelago, but is warning Jamaican fans to brace for less international success in the coming years. Jamaica’s performance was seen as lukewarm in some quarters, and Wilson had to respond to criticism from male team captain Yohan Blake after a baton mishap in the men’s 4x100m heats, but the respected coach maintains that the team’s efforts should be applauded given its composition and the quality competition they faced in Nassau. Furthermore, Wilson believes that it is unrealistic to expect Jamaica’s golden period of athletics success, which began at the 2008 Olympic Games to continue for much longer. “It is a good time for us to get back down to earth. From 2008, we have been having some glory years, and at some point in time, there has to be some transition. I said before the team left Jamaica (for the World Relays) that once the other countries were to bring most of their seasoned athletes, then it would not be an easy run for us,” said Wilson. “It was clear that Canada, America and Germany had some of their seasoned campaigners who brought a lot of stability to the performance of their team, so taking all of that into consideration, I think we did very well,” he added.last_img read more

17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,Minutes before Exxon’s announcement that it has started production of oil in Guyana, Mr David Granger delivered an address to the nation heralding the start of oil production and assuring that “no one will be left behind”. But what has the PNC-led Granger team done over the last 4 years and 5 months but leave the people of this nation behind? All that team Granger did was to work arduously to enrich the 500 or so members of the Granger cabal and their friends and family.The question that Mr Granger should really be asking himself rather than seeking to fool the nation is – “Has a deposit of cash been made at the Bank of Guyana because of first oil”? Both he and I know that zero dollars was deposited at the Central Bank because of the first day of oil production and we may have to wait for months before we see pennies on the dollars from this Guyanese crude oil. But upon checking, I found that the investors earned some US$2.2 million for that “first day” of production which will be added to their asset base as ballast (stabiliser in the boat). This reality clearly represents the exploitation that is happening to the Guyanese people as a result of this 2016 contract that was authored and executed by Team Granger.But in addition to the exploitation of the people as is being facilitated by team Granger, these people are also disconnected from the pains of the man in the street. History has proven such indifference to the plight of the people always end up hurting the rulers at the ballot box. Does team Granger know just how angry the Guyanese people are? Those who have taken the time to study the cash distribution clauses on this Stabroek Block contract are even more outraged.The local media have done a fine job of bringing this knowledge to the people by way of their newspaper reports or publication of the actual contract documents. So if Mr Granger believes that the people are unaware of what is happening, all he has to do is to dissect why the excitement and euphoria at the announcement of first oil are so mute across Guyana. As I walk the streets of Guyana, I am reassured by many people that they are upset at how team Granger continues to play with their intelligence. The people know what is happening Mr Granger, and they are waiting for you at the ballot box.And in every circus, there must be a “dog and pony show”. And up comes Mr Moses Nagamootoo with his usual hilarious commentary. This time his parody of comedy starts with the phrase – “out of economic bondage” after the first day of oil production. How more clueless can a public official get? Over the last 4 years and 5 months, it is public policies crafted by people like Mr Nagamootoo in team Granger that has subjected the Guyanese masses to a level of economic depression, only comparable to the bad old days of the ERP under the PNC when empty rice pots was a real occurrence in many kitchens.So no amount of sugar coating from Mr Granger or Mr Nagamootoo or anyone else will erase how raped the people feel this Christmas because the PNC’s man signed on the dotted line and bequeathed our patrimony for peanuts on this oil deal.Then to add salt to our injury, team Granger has abandoned the local Private Sector by failing to put any administrative framework in place to facilitate a seamless insertion of Guyanese-owned businesses into the international oil services trade that is happening on our soil. The outcome of such policy paralysis on the part of team Granger is that many local businesses have been made into aliens in their own country when it comes to this oil services trade.So do not be surprised Mr Granger when the people speak directly to you on March 2, 2020. What is important is that you act like an adult and not a child and accept the voice of the people when they speak to you directly on March 2, 2020.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

10 01 20

first_img“My message has been clear all year,” the defensive standout said after the Eagles 41-33 upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.“I want to see changes in our criminal justice system,” Jenkins said. “I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low income communities.“And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced,” Jenkins said. “That’s what myself and my peers have been pushing for for the last two years and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”At least two of Jenkins’ team-mates — defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith — have also said they do not plan to go to the White House.Long won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots last year and also declined to make the trip.Long, 32, made headlines this year by giving away his entire paycheck to worthy causes and has been a vocal supporter of team-mates who have protested against social injustice this season.Trump has been engaged in a feud with the National Football League all year over players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.The mainly African-American players have been taking a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner to protest police brutality and racial injustice.Trump indirectly warned players before Sunday’s game not to kneel.Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long celebrates following the Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots © GETTY IMAGES/AFP / Kevin C. CoxIn a statement, he expressed appreciation “for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.“We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem,” Trump said.No players kneeled while pop star Pink sang the national anthem ahead of the game in Minneapolis.Trump congratulated the Eagles following the game.“Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!” Trump tweeted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins celebrating after the defeat of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII © GETTY IMAGES/AFP / Gregory ShamusMINNEAPOLIS, United States, Feb 5 – Philadelphia Eagles star safety Malcolm Jenkins said Monday he plans to boycott the traditional White House visit along with at least two other members of the Super Bowl-winning team.“No, I personally do not anticipate attending that,” Jenkins, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, told CNN.last_img read more

15 12 19

first_imgYou’ve heard that e-commerce is an incredibly easy way to make money selling products, so you set up your site…and yet all you’re getting is crickets. You think your products are pretty unique, so what gives? Why aren’t you raking in the money?Likely you’re making one (or more) of the following mistakes. Fortunately, they’re all easy to remedy.1. It’s Not Easy to Make a PurchaseIf you log into your analytics, see where people are leaving your site. You might find that they’re actually putting products in their virtual shopping carts, but then not completing the transaction.Why?It could be that the checkout process is arduous and people get frustrated. Considering that they can buy something on Amazon within seconds, you’re going to have to ensure that buying a product is easy and fast.It might be because navigation is clunky and difficult to use. It could also be that there’s a link that doesn’t work.Pretend you’re a customer and go through the checkout process to ensure that everything is functioning correctly, and pay attention to how long it takes. If you can simplify, for example, the number of screens they click through to complete the transaction, you may instantly see an uptick in sales from this fix.2. You Come Off as UnprofessionalMaybe you got the free domain name that came with your e-commerce package because you didn’t want to spend money on one. That could be a big mistake. People pay attention to small details like the website name, and if you were too cheap to buy a $10 URL, that may make it harder for potential customers to trust you.The same goes for your business email address. If you’re using Yahoo or Gmail rather than @yourcompanyname.com, people may not take you seriously.It’s such a simple thing to buy a domain name, and it comes with free email with the domain name, so why wouldn’t you take advantage of making your business look more professional?3. Your Prices Aren’t CompetitiveIt’s sad to say, but e-commerce is often a race to the lowest price. Amazon has made it harder than ever to realize a hefty profit margin when you’re selling products online. On average, e-commerce stores see between 30 and 40% gross margin, but you might be lucky to get even that.Test out lowering your prices and see if that attracts more sales. If you can’t afford to lower your prices, find other ways to provide value. Can you offer a free gift with purchase or free shipping? The more enticing your offering, the more you’ll sell.4. Your Product Pages are LacklusterIf you were a shopper visiting your site, would the product pages spur you to buy from the site? Or are your photos dim and out of focus, your product description nil, and your add-to-cart button nowhere to be found?Your product pages are where you shine the spotlight on the things you sell. You need professional product photos, to start. It’s worth the investment. But if you want to DIY them, at least put effort into making the photos great. If you’re willing to really make your site stand out, try using explainer videos to highlight the product or service and increase customer engagement.The description copy is what tells visitors more about your products and helps them decide if they want to buy them, so go all out. Include keywords that help search engines find your product pages and describe in detail both the physical aspects as well as the benefits. Include dimensions and weight if applicable.Every product page needs to include the ability to add the product to the shopping cart. Otherwise how can you sell?? It may also be helpful to include a shipping calculator on each page so shoppers know up front what they’ll pay.5. Search Engines Don’t Even Know You’re AliveSearch engine optimization is your new best friend when running an e-commerce company. You need Google and other search engines to be able to quickly scan your site, figure out what it sells, and rank it high in search results.That doesn’t happen without a little effort.Each page should have one keyword focus. Your home page might have the keyword “organic dog treats” used throughout the copy, while one product page might use “vegan dog bones.” One keyword per page is all you need; more will confuse search engines and drop your ranking.Simply slapping up an e-commerce website isn’t going to make you a millionaire…or even a single sale. You’ve got to continually put effort into building your website and making it more user-friendly. Over time, if you do the right things, you’ll see sales. Happy customers will come back for more, and tell their friends. Have patience and be willing to put in the work. Maggie Aland Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Related Posts 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more

30 11 19

first_imgLATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas has one more game left in its schedule in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and yet, head coach Boy Sablan already looked resigned after his team suffered another defeat.“I wasn’t the first coach to have zero wins in the UAAP, other teams also had that record,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next UST’s latest loss came against league-leader Ateneo, 102-83, in a game where the Growling Tigers showed a semblance of fight but only to write the same ending and falter.READ: Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Growling Tigers stared at a 15-point deficit in the third, 72-57, but managed to claw back, 75-70, by the end of the period.The Blue Eagles (12-0), however, answered back in the fourth and mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with a vicious tomahawk with 2:22 left for a 92-77 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sablan was right. He won’t be the first head coach to possibly end a season with zero wins after Luigi Trillo and Rey Madrid had 0-14 seasons with Adamson University and University of the Philippines, respectively“Look at the history of the league, I’m not the first coach who’ll end a year with zero wins,” said Sablan. “There are of course who didn’t win, not just me.”Sablan’s only hope of redemption, if it can be considered as such, is the Tigers’ last game against University of the East where UST can at least save face after a disastrous season. “Of course we want to win that final game, we will prepare for it,” said Sablan. “We’ll do what needs to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena shrugs off vicious dunk vs UST, wins bet with dad View commentslast_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgMark Percival crossed the 500th point barrier for the club with a try and three goals whilst there were good performances off the bench from Luke Thompson, Morgan Knowles and Luke Douglas.The win was built on solid defence that needed to be on its mettle from the off.Charly Runciman fumbled over the line after just four minutes as Widnes made a lively start.Saints then defended four sets in a row and it wasn’t until the tenth minute that they managed to get into their opponent’s 20.Widnes continued to press and arguably should have been in front by the time Saints hit them with a cracker.The ball was moved with pace down the left, Regan Grace cut back inside and then offloaded for Mark Percival to go under the posts.And moments later Saints forced an error from Widnes in midfield and provider turned scorer for 10-0.Grace beating Jack Johnson for pace.Percival went close on 33 minutes as he took a bullet from Jonny Lomax and moments later the fullback just couldn’t find Grace on the wing.10-0 at half time would have probably pleased Justin Holbrook considering Widnes’ start – but he would have been less than impressed with the opening stages of the second.Saints looked fairly comfortable until a series of penalties, a couple harsh from a home point of view, gave the Vikings the perfect platform for Ryan Ince to score in the corner.But his side hit back through big Alex Walmsley.After Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was held up – on his 300th career appearance – the big prop crashed over from close range.Saints then turned up the heat and put the game out of reach; Ryan Morgan flying over on 60 minutes to extend the lead further following a slick passing move.Zeb Taia was held up over the line as the game entered its final stages, then Danny Craven ensured the home side would have a few jitters with a try under the posts.But Theo Fages, who had been lively throughout, put the game to bed when he charged down a kick, waited an eon for it to drop, and then put it down to the right of the posts.Mark Percival capping a man of the match display with his third conversion – his 500th point in the red vee.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Percival, Grace, Walmsley, Morgan, Fages Goals: Percival (3 from 5)Vikings: Tries: Ince, Craven Goals: Craven (1 from 2)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 13 Vikings: 9HT: 10-0 FT: 26-10REF: S MikalauskasATT: 10,474Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Subs: 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson.Vikings: 21. Jack Johnson; 28. Ryan Ince, 17. Stefan Marsh, 4. Charly Runciman, 2. Corey Thompson; 40. Rangi Chase, 33. Aaron Heremaia; 15. Gil Dudson, 31. Jordan Johnstone, 10. Jack Buchanan, 12. Matt Whitley, 11. Chris Houston, 13. Hep Cahill. Subs: 20. Manase Manuokafoa, 23. James Chapelhow, 25. Tom Olbison, 32. Danny Craven.last_img read more