Daven Jones has overcome adversity unlike most players in college football face.As he was a top wide receiver recruit from Glenville (Ohio) High School last year, Jones seemed destined to be a playmaker from the time he arrived on campus. Despite his stellar play, however, Jones was unable to play for Wisconsin in 2006 because he was ruled academically ineligible before his would-be freshman year.With his dream to play college football slipping away, Jones decided enough was enough, and succeeded in bringing his grades up at a local prep school in Ohio and took the SAT and ACT three times each.On top of that, he continued playing football, and after being declared eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse on the eve of UW’s fall camp, made the team and started playing special teams Sept. 29 against Michigan State.“It was hard, but I just kept fighting,” Jones said. “I listened to my parents, my coaches from high school and my friends. Everyone just kept pushing me to try harder.”Overcoming the academic issues has not been Jones’ only hurdle to clear. Early in fall camp, Jones suffered a serious knee injury and has worked fervently to earn a spot ever since.Senior wide receiver Paul Hubbard feels that Jones’ passionate drive is due in part to him overcoming academic hardships in the past.“His work ethic has definitely gone out of the roof, especially having to work so hard to get here on campus in the first place,” Hubbard said. “I feel like him having that drive from that situation alone is helping him out on the football field.”Along with his work ethic, Jones has been a recognized presence on the field as well. Most notably, Jones’ big hit on special teams at Penn State forced an apparent fumble, but he was called for a penalty. Replays appeared to show Jones’ hit was not, in fact, early, but very well-timed.Despite the call, Jones feels that hit was a good statement for earning more playing time. The next week against Northern Illinois, Jones caught his first pass.“I think that week [at Penn State] I showed the coaches that I was ready to play in college,” Jones said. “I felt relieved. I felt good, I felt like I could still play.”Beyond his natural ability on the field, the players and coaches have recognized Jones’ ability to learn quickly and to become a better player at every practice. Hubbard, who Jones regards as a role model, sees not only Jones’ motivation increased by his prior academic setbacks, but also his ability to learn from his mistakes.“He’s got short-term memory, and I mean that in a good way,” Hubbard said. “When he messes up he doesn’t let it bother him, and that’s it. He’s a fun guy to be around, and everything he did to get here makes him who he is.”Wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander agrees with Hubbard, remarking that Jones’ ability to recognize his mistakes and accomplishments makes him a better player and person on and off the field.“He’s been through a lot of adversity, through the inside it helps build his self-esteem in that he’s accomplished a goal in being here and another goal in being part of the team,” Alexander said. “Those are great accomplishments, and I think guys understand that he had some things to overcome before he got here and he overcame those obstacles.”From academic hardships to unexpected injury, Jones had overcome far more than most players. Regardless, he is ready to compete at a high level and move on from his past and prove he is still the same player who garnered national attention two years ago.“I want the same name that I had in high school,” Jones said. “I was the number one receiver my year coming out of high school, so that’s what I want to be here.”While he hasn’t seen a significant change in his playing time, as his career at Wisconsin continues, Jones, the players and coaches expect great play from him in the future. Alexander, after seeing his play thus far knows that Jones is capable of receiving significant playing time and being a serious force on offense.“Our expectations for him were the same as any other freshman, but I think he did a great job and showed us the player that he is, and I see a lot of potential in him,” Alexander said. “We wanted to see if he could make a quick transition with the guys, and he definitely has done that.”Above all, Jones’ motivation and hard work has paid off for him and for the Badgers. As his career at Wisconsin continues, Jones won’t forget the troubles he overcame in the past.“Getting here was a bigger accomplishment for me than playing here,” Jones said. “The tests were hard, but I kept fighting and I finally got here.”
Il FORNAIO: A Group I winner at age three in his native Argentina, Il Fornaio, a 5-year-old horse by the Lure stallion, Orpen, has been idle since July 11, 2015 and will make his U.S. debut for trainer Ron McAnally on Saturday. Second, beaten a neck, in a one mile turf Group I on June 27, 2015, Il Fornaio was a two-time allowance winner sprinting seven furlongs on turf at age three, showing ample early foot on both occasions. Owned by Edward Goldstone, Il Fornaio has four wins from nine Argentine starts. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2016)–Course specialist Guns Loaded heads a field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course. GUNS LOADED: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat comes off an emphatic 2 ¼ length win over the course in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 28, and he seeks his third consecutive win on Saturday. Claimed five starts back, he’s won three out of his five starts for O’Neill and has two wins and a second from five tries down the hillside turf. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neil Haymes, Leove Rodriguez or Steve Rothblum, Guns Loaded has an effective stalking style and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who replaces the recently injured Santiago Gonzalez. Guns Loaded is 25-7-3-4 overall with earnings of $346,570. HAY DUDE: Trained by Phil D’Amato, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding was a close second in his only hillside try, the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes, five starts back in January, 2015. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, he tried runaway tactics in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes here on Feb. 6, and cuts way back in distance from a mile and a quarter on turf. A sharp gate to wire allowance winner going one mile on turf two starts back on Jan. 14, Hay Dude will likely be mid-pack early in the San Simeon. THE GRADE III SAN SIMEON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 7 (of 11) Approximate post time, 3:35 p.m. PDT Cape Wolfe–Flavien Prat–120Sexy–Agapito Delgadillo–120Producer–Drayden Van Dyke–120No Silent–Gary Stevens–124Hay Dude–Tyler Baze–120Il Fornaio–Joe Talamo–120Guns Loaded–Rafael Bejarano–120Outside Nashville–Martin Garcia–120Aotearoa–Brice Blanc–120First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 p.m. PRODUCER: A Group III winner going seven furlongs on turf in his native England at age two, 7-year-old Producer has been idle for 55 weeks and will make his U.S. debut for trainer Neil Drysdale and Calumet Farm in the San Simeon. Winless since venturing to Turkey for a Group II triumph at one mile on turf 10 starts back in September, 2013, Producer has his measure of back class but would appear to be in need of a recent race in order to show his best. His overall mark stands at 29-8-4-1 and he has earnings of $694,419.
Coach Ludlow Bernard said Harbour View must start earning wins against the big clubs in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) in order to challenge, for the title this season.The east Kingston-based club, currently in fifth place on 33 points, just two below fourth-place Humble Lion, slammed sixth place UWI FC 5-0 on Monday night at the Compound. In their previous encounter, they blanked Cavalier 3-0, also at home, but Bernard is not totally satisfied.”I’m satisfied that the goals are coming from more than one player. We need to maintain that sort of performance,” Bernard said at the weekly press conference at Red Stripe yesterday. “The opposition we played against in the last two games were, however, not top teams. We need to maintain our dominance and do it against teams above us,” he told The Gleaner. “I wasn’t surprised that we scored five against UWI, as in the previous fixture against them we created many chances and the game ended 2-2,” Bernard reasoned.Harbour View will next play against 10th-place Tivoli Gardens on Sunday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex starting at 3 p.m. and Bernard hopes his team will continue scoring goals and win the game. “Well, for us, the aim is to get into the last four. It is a motivator for the team, and although Tivoli are down at the moment, we know that every team has high hopes,” Bernard stated.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont (NYSE:DD) and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies.The corporate headquarters for the Agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Delaware and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Johnston, Iowa and Indianapolis, Indiana will serve as Global Business Centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations. In addition, the independent Agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company’s name, following completion of the corporate naming and branding process.“This efficient structure takes full advantage of the unique expertise and resources that exist in each location, enabling us to deliver the long-term opportunity for the leading global Agriculture company we intend to create,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “Our deep presence in Iowa and Indiana will continue the close ties to our customer base and the broader Agriculture community, while leveraging the existing corporate infrastructure and expertise we have in Delaware — DuPont’s home for more than 200 years.”The structure of the Agriculture company was specifically developed to ensure the cost discipline and efficiency necessary to achieve the previously stated $1.3 billion in synergies, while establishing the strongest foundation possible for sustainable growth over the long term — which will in turn create long-term opportunities for the company’s global employee base and local communities. This structure enables the intended independent Agriculture company to consolidate DuPont’s and Dow’s complete Agriculture capabilities across seed and crop protection in three primary locations, which is integral to achieving the planned synergies.“We want to thank the leaders of each state for a highly constructive, cooperative process to achieve the best possible approach that leverages key advantages in each location. As we advance plans for the intended merger, DuPont and the state of Delaware are committed to leveraging our respective science infrastructures and competencies to nurture the emerging science and technology innovation hub in the state,” Breen said.“The proposed combination of Dow’s and DuPont’s agricultural businesses will create a U.S.-based global leader with the scale and breadth necessary to deliver greater value and choice for growers worldwide and compete against the largest global competitors,” said Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow. “Combining each company’s strengths in science and R&D, with increased global market access, enables greater opportunity for innovative new solutions in both seed and crop protection. The headquarters location of the Agriculture company being announced as Wilmington, with global business centers in Indiana and Iowa is consistent with the intended headquarters of the Material Science company, to be named Dow, being headquartered in Midland, Michigan, but having global business centers in other U.S. and global locations.”“Today’s announcement is another step toward our creation of a leading global agriculture company. The intended Agriculture company will be highly focused, stronger, more competitive, more resilient and better equipped to deliver growth and long-term, sustainable value than either DuPont or Dow could deliver on its own. Both companies have highly respected brands in the agriculture industry, such as Pioneer and Mycogen, which we will continue to build and leverage. Going forward, we will be better equipped to meet and exceed grower expectations for innovation in crop technology and agricultural services. We intend to bring a broader suite of products to the market, faster, to increase grower productivity and profitability,” Breen concluded. With the announcement of the intended Agriculture company site structure, each headquarters location of the three intended independent, publicly traded companies now has been determined.Agriculture Company: A leading global pure‐play Agriculture company that unites the Seeds and Crop Protection businesses from DuPont and Dow. The combined entity is expected to have the most comprehensive and diverse portfolio in the industry and a robust pipeline with exceptional growth opportunities in the near‐, mid‐ and long‐term. The complementary offerings will provide growers across geographies with a broad portfolio of solutions and greater choice. The Agriculture company will be headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, the independent Agriculture company will feature DuPont in the company’s name.Material Science Company: A pure‐play industrial leader, consisting of Dow’s Performance Plastics, Performance Materials and Chemicals, Infrastructure Solutions, Consumer Care and Automotive Solutions (excluding the Dow Electronic Materials business) operating segments, as well as DuPont’s Performance Materials segment. The combination of complementary capabilities is expected to create a low‐cost, innovation‐driven leader that can provide customers in high‐growth, high-value industry segments in packaging, transportation, and infrastructure solutions, among others, with a broad and deep portfolio of cost‐effective offerings. The Material Science company will be headquartered in Midland, Michigan. In addition, the independent Material Science company will feature Dow in the company’s name.Specialty Products Company: A leading global specialty business focused on attractive secular growth markets where innovative science capabilities offer a clear competitive advantage. The company is expected to be composed of four strong businesses which include DuPont’s Nutrition & Health, Industrial Biosciences, and Protective Solutions businesses as well as the integration of DuPont’s Electronics & Communications business with Dow’s Electronic Materials business unit. The Specialty Products company will be headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.Prior to the intended separation into three independent companies, DowDuPont will be dual headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and Midland, Michigan.Both parties continue to plan for the closing of the transaction during the second half of 2016, subject to satisfying the necessary closing conditions including obtaining the required pre-merger regulatory approvals.
Fiber-cement SIPsA Chinese manufacturer was displaying samples of fiber-cement-faced SIPs with plain and fancy facings. (I never did figure out the name of the manufacturer; the salespeople didn’t seem to speak English very well.)I imagine this is intended to be a cladding for a steel-frame structure, but I think it could have potential in earth-sheltered construction or to enclose the first floor of a raised pole home in coastal and flood-prone areas.[Editor’s note: several U.S. manufacturers — including SIP Supply in Atlanta, Georgia and T. Clear Corporation of Hamilton, Ohio — offer SIPs faced with fiber-cement or cementitious backerboard.] Luminaries panel and a few classesI participated in a “luminaries panel” at IBS Live with fellow builder and writer Matt Belcher, building science guru Gord Cook, Walter Cuculic from Solar Cities, and Architect Peter Pfeiffer. The event featured free beer for the audience as well as the speakers. I recently returned from the International Builders’ Show, an annual extravaganza put on by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This year it was held in Las Vegas from from January 22 to 24, 2013.Most of us attendees didn’t get much time to cruise the show floor, because the educational resources were so rich. NAHB improved the format by adding several different levels of course offerings. They eliminated the last half-day and selected much more carefully for just the best teachers for the premium-priced educational track.They added on-floor education, called “IBS Live,” open to all with a budget-priced floor pass. The conference also offered a lot of focused mini-classes in the sponsor-supported “centers,” and aimed at introducing people to the Custom Builder Council, Design Council, Green Building Council, etc.In addition, the NAHB University of Housing offered pre-show full-day classes and a full-day curriculum during the show called “Lean Construction.” The Design Center offered numerous bring-your-house-plan review sessions with top architects, and the NAHB “Builder 20 Club” peer education program had a lounge with coffee, snacks, and business coaching available. InfinicardsI also discovered MooCard.com’s Infinicards, thanks to fellow builder Mark Huber. It’s a portfolio in your pocket, a pack of 100 or more business cards with your company info on one side and a different image from your portfolio on the other side of every single card.He pulled fifteen cards out of his pocket and there was a different photo on the back of each one, showcasing the variety and versatility of his work! If you’re going to take the time to upload your portfolio to Houzz.com, you may be just a short step away from a portfolio in your pocket. Sam Rashkin explains the Building America Solution CenterSam Rashkin used the IBS Live stage on the show floor to spread the word about the Building America Solution Center at the U.S. Department of Energy. (Rashkin is no longer with the Energy Star Homes program at EPA.)His talk was very energetic and compelling. It seems like an amazing resource. I also did a traditional class on Best Practices with Don Ferrier and Fernando Pages. And I presented at one of the Design Center lunch sessions with Ted Clifton of Zero Energy Home Plans.The traditional class was the best received, and the free beer and cash bar at IBS Live helped bring out some great audience participation. But the free lunch brought in some folks who really weren’t interested in the class. Reports from staff did say that they heard our message that designers who don’t educate and brand themselves as green tend to get clients who aren’t interested in green. And that there are fewer of them each year as the mainstream embraces “affordable green”. BALA LiveThe NAHB Design Committee has partnered with the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), Operation Finally Home, and the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) on a contest called “BALA Live.” This was speed-design contest in which teams competed at IBS Live to design a home for the family of a disabled vet.The contest allowed a single day for five teams to prepare concept drawings which were judged with input by text from the IBS crowd. The drawings were then presented to the recipient, who had been brought to Las Vegas unawares, in a surprise presentation that very evening with the builder who will be building the home for her. Vacuum insulated glassOne of the products I saw on the show floor was a display of vacuum insulated glass (VIG) from Guardian Glass. I held a piece of glass in my hand that had the same R-value as 2 inches of blue XPS styrofoam. The panes are held apart by a “frit” around the edges and tiny transparent “posts” of borosilicate glass spaced on a grid about two inches each way.Both in the display and in my hand, I didn’t notice the glass posts until they were pointed out to me. The gap between the panes is so small that a business card wouldn’t fit between them – two Post-it notes was all that would fit, and all the room required to reach a U-0.1 (or R-10). Its center-of-glass R-value is even higher, at R-11.5.Since the R-value is not dependent on low-e coatings, the visible transmittance and solar heat gain co-efficient can be as high as 0.70, making this type of glazing great for passive solar applications (where permitted by code).The product is expected to be “slightly more expensive than current triple-pane options.” It should be available from Ply Gem windows in 2014. RELATED ARTICLES 2009 IBS: Green Paint Sets the Scene (Martin Holladay) 2009 IBS: Energy-Efficient Show Home is an 8,500-Square-Foot Monster (Martin Holladay)2009 IBS: Everything is Colored Green at the IBS (Carl Seville)2010 IBS: Ramblings from the Builders’ Show (Carl Seville)2010 IBS: New American Home 2010 Takes a Bow (Richard Defendorf)2011 IBS: NAHB Annual Conference Wraps Up 2011 Event in Orlando (Carl Seville) 2011 IBS: KB Home GreenHouse and Martha Stewart Styling Share the Spotlight at IBS (Richard Defendorf) The Las Vegas aestheticOf course we were in Las Vegas and that influenced the “aesthetic” somewhat. The Design Center hosted a disco-themed launch party for a new magazine entitled “Best in American Living” with a pair of Nicki Minaj lookalikes.The NAHB Green Building Awards were presented in a similarly over-the-top fashion with a painfully loud “Eco-Disco party” at Paris, Las Vegas. The event featured lingerie-clad supermodel hostesses.The closing ceremonies featured a great performance by Cheap Trick with that (now) five-neck guitar and 12-string bass (actually 10 — the two top Gs are removed.)I didn’t visit the “New American Home,” but I heard many snarky comments about how a $4,000,000 home measuring 6,721 square feet wasn’t really representative of the new America. Many of the HERS raters in the crowd were wondering how it managed to get 0.2 ach50, LEED Platinum, and NGBS Emerald. [Editor’s note: See the comment by John Brooks posted below. One source reports that this home’s air leakage rate is 0.2 ach(nat), not 0.2 ach50. Using the old rule-of-thumb conversion ratio of 20-to-1, that would mean that the home’s air leakage rate is about 4.0 ach50.] Meshtec security screenI also saw a security screen product manufactured by a company named Meshtec. The screen is made of very hard, woven stainless-steel wire. It looked just like regular bug screen but couldn’t be cut with a knife and was rugged enough to stop kids or crooks.It seemed likely to be resistant to damage from pets and raccoons. I can imagine using it for a porch railing or swimming pool security fence instead of tempered glass. Chinese metalsAs in years past, there was a substantial village of suppliers from China. I was drawn to Masewa Metal’s specialty metal offerings. The also had doors, panels, and industrial products. Las Vegas has cheap hotels and lots of free foodIt’s great to see innovative thinking in the show planning. The IBS Live sessions drew people to the far end of the floor and added value for the vendors located nearby (including Fine Homebuilding).Next year they will be upping the stakes by co-locating with NKBA and presenting the International Builders show along with the Kitchen and Bath show.Many of the exhibitors were offering free floor passes. Vegas hotels are cheap, free food and drink abounds, and adding free education and exposure to the councils along with that was a home run. An app called JobbiesEveryone in my “20 Club” was buzzing about an Android / iPhone job log program from Australia called Jobbies. It was brought in by a really nice bloke from Down Under who seems to have invented an elegant little app for taking notes and improving job site communication.The app is being distributed through iTunes as a free full-feature download with the print-to-pdf feature watermarked. The paid version undoes that critical feature.
Take your project to the next level by adding punch with film grain and light leaks. These 5 sites offer 1080 to 4K footage that will work in your video editing app of choice.Media creators of all budgets (indie, corporate, commercial) are always looking to add pop and production value to their projects. One increasingly popular way to do this is to use video clips of film grain and light leaks/flares.You can buy video editing plugins that perform a similar function, but what I like about using actual footage is that it works in any video editing, compositing or color correction app (FCP7/X, Premiere Pro, Media Composer, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve).The best way to integrate light leak and film grain clips into your projects is to add them to your timeline using blend and composite modes (screen, soft light). Once a blending mode is chosen, lay the film grain or light leaks on the top layer of your video editing timeline. If this seems confusing check out a video tutorial here that will quickly get you up to speed using these elements.Some of the light leaks and film grain clips listed below are available in 4K, with the ability to resize and rotate them for flexibility with your HD & 2K projects. For those looking for free light leaks and film grains, I have a list of those here.Rampant Design ToolsFilm FX $100, Film FX 2 $150 – Rampant Design Tools offers a range of useful products including glitches, dust and film grain. Their newest product Film FX 2 features 100 4K (4096×2304) elements including flashes, light leaks, scratches and film grain. For video editors wanting to experiment with this type of footage, they offer a $.99 sample pack so you can check out their products for almost free. They have a training page with tutorials on using their products.Edit with LightGrain $9.99, 4K Leaks $39.99 – Edit with Light is an online marketplace of video editing light leaks, grain, flares, and sparks that range from 1080P to 4K resolution. Their elements have been used in everything from wedding videos to a Bud Light Commercial. They have a blog featuring case studies of their products in use.CinegrainIndie Filmmaker Collection 125 clips hard drive $499 – Cinegrain is unique in that they offer their flash frames, grain, and light leaks on a portable hard drive. They are aimed at freelancers that want the ability to carry that their elements with them. They offer a range of packages and their Indie Filmmaker Collection is 125 clips at 4K/2K/1080 resolution. Tao of Color has a tutorial/review on working with Cinegrain in Da Vinci Resolve & FCPX. Lights Film School has a nice read on using Cinegrain in an indie film.CrumplePopCinegrain $199 – CrumplePop offers Grain35 and it works both as an effect inside of FCP X and as footage for other apps. They offer 16mm & 35mm film grain in 3 flavors (underexposed, normal and overexposed). Their blog offers interviews with filmmakers and filmmaking tips.Gorilla GrainGrain Super Pack $99, Luster Film Burns $99 – Gorilla Grain offers 35 & 16mm film grain and light leaks/burns in 1080. For video editors on a restrictive budget, they also offer a free film grain and burn that you can download.
Arsenal midfielder Ramsey in Bosman talks with Juventusby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is in Bosman talks with Juventus.The Gunners withdrew the offer of a new deal for Ramsey earlier in the season after months of negotiations – with the player’s deal to expire in June.Calciomercato.com says Inter and AC Milan have recently been linked with the Wales star, but it now looks likely that Italian champions Juve will pip their rivals who have been dissuaded by the player’s high wage demands.Ramsey is thought to want £9million a year from any prospective deal, and Juve will consider sanctioning the move as it will be offset by the fact that no transfer fee will be involved.Ramsey was voted Arsenal’s player of the season last term by Arsenal fans – the second time he was won the award during his ten-year stay. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Galliani supports AC Milan moving from San Siroby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonza chief Adriano Galliani supports AC Milan moving from San Siro.Both Galliani and former Milan president Silvio Berlusconi are now in charge of Monza.And Galliani has throw his support behind a new stadium to replace San Siro.He said, “San Siro, for how it was built, in different periods, can’t be refurbished. In addition, the two Milan teams would have to play away for several years.“I don’t understand all these tears for having a new, wonderful, modern stadium, which would be two steps away from the current one. It’ll always be San Siro.”
Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, with the full support of the Government, has begun to explore with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) the possibility of Jamaica hosting a Diamond League meet. The Minster was speaking at the eighth regional Investment and Capital Markets Conference, held on January 24 at the Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston. “It is clear from these discussions that by hosting a meeting in Jamaica, the Diamond League will be able to build the worldwide appeal of athletics. It is also clear that a Jamaica meeting will be able to provide world class entertainment by providing outstanding television images,” Mrs. Neita-Headley said. Mrs. Neita-Headley argued that having the Diamond League in Jamaica would give a fair chance to top athletes of all disciplines to gain international media exposure, earn their living and have their success in major championships honoured. She noted that internationally, most track and field athletes want to compete in Jamaica.“They see this nation as the Mecca of track and field, where their efforts will be fully understood and appreciated. They want to experience firsthand, the adulation of the same fans that have cheered on the Jamaican champions and applauded our regional friends when they compete at the national stadium,” she added.The Sports Minister outlined how the government would be involved in facilitating the hosting of a Diamond League Meet in the country, citing the availability of hotels and a stadium facility.She also pointed out that promotion of the event would have to be done through the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, SportsMax and other regional and international media.“The Government of Jamaica would be responsible for leading the discussion with our regional brothers and sisters to secure buy-in to the event; not as a Jamaica’s Diamond League meet, but as the Regional Diamond League meet, with the outcome being measurable regionally,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.The Minister added that to host a successful Diamond League would require that bureaucratic obstacles are kept to the absolute minimum in making the participation of athletes from all global destinations as pain-free as possible. She said this would include arrangements at immigration and customs to expedite arrivals and departures at the airports as well as ground travel arrangements for the duration of the meet.Discussions will also be held with the security forces so as to assist with the security arrangements for the visiting athletes, and the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association would be involved to ensure that proper housing is available for all visiting athletes and their teams, as well as the media and persons who travel to Jamaica to watch the meet.“We have before us a real opportunity to leverage our success as a track and field super power. How we seek to capitalize on the dominance we currently enjoy will eventually reflect in our country’s balance sheet,” the Minister said.The Samsung Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards. It was designed to replace the IAAF Golden League, which was held annually since 1998.
Bermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has decided to sell two ships, thus reducing its fleet size to 31 tanker vessels.The move has been described as a means of “retaining the flexibility of NAT going forward”.“We expect that the sales will take place over the next couple of weeks,” Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO of Nordic American Tankers, said.NAT did not disclose details on the vessels being sold and World Maritime News is pending a comment on the matter from the company.The sale is being announced as three newbuildings are expected to join the company’s fleet in July, August and October 2018, respectively.Hansen added that the fleet adjustment “should be seen in this light.”Moving forward the company says it is optimistic about the market outlook.