Weld still hopeful for Rules

first_img Trainer Dermot Weld has a close eye on the weather ahead of the showpiece five days and would not have been too thrilled to see the Berkshire track mainly escaping the rain that has hit many parts of the country. Speaking at Navan on Saturday, he said: “He’s in great form and we’re very happy with him. As has been well documented, the ground is vital. Unfortunately Ascot missed all the thunderstorms, but we’re very hopeful. If the ground is safe he’ll run. He’s a very high-class horse.” Brown Panther was ruled out earlier in the day after suffering a setback. The Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old passed the post a close fourth in last year’s renewal of the prestigious two-and-a-half-mile contest before going on to claim Group One glory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Having looked as good as ever when making a winning return in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in late March before a narrow reverse in last month’s Yorkshire Cup, Brown Panther was set to return as a leading contender. Part-owner and ex-footballer Michael Owen posted on Twitter: “A bsolutely gutted to announce that Brown Panther injured his near fore leg this morning and is out of the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.” Dascombe is unsure how long Brown Panther is likely to be sidelined for. He said: “He suffered an injury this morning and he needs some anti-inflammatories, so he won’t be able to run on Thursday. “At this stage we don’t know the extent of the injury, so I can’t tell you any more. “It’s very disappointing.” Press Associationcenter_img Ante-post favourite Forgotten Rules remains in contention for the Gold Cup at Ascot on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety daily incident log on Wednesday, Feb. 8.Miscellaneous incidentsat 11:01 p.m., DPS officers responded to a female student in Mudd Hall who was suffering from an allergic reaction because of unknown cause. The student’s friend had administered epinephrine to the student before the officers arrived and her symptoms began to subside. An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #15 responded. The RA Unit examined the student and transported her to California Hospital for medical treatmentat 5:27 p.m., DPS officers responded to a student who injured his ankle while playing basketball in the Lyon Center. The officers examined the student and transported him to the University Park Health Center for medical treatment.at 2:18 p.m., DPS officers responded to a traffic collision involving four vehicles at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. Multiple LAFD units were at the scene and RA Units #14 and 876 transported an unknown number of injured parties for medical treatment. There was no USC involvement.at 12:45 p.m., a staff member in the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute said she has been the subject of ongoing harassment by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend and it has caused her to fear for her safety.at 8:15 a.m., DPS officers responded to a student who was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near Adams Street and Portland Boulevard. The student sustained an injury to her leg and she was being examined by LAFD RA Unit #15 when the officers arrived. The student was released at the scene after declining transportation for medical treatment. LAPD officers also responded to conduct a traffic investigation.last_img read more

Former Old Navy exec visits campus

first_imgJenny Ming, president and chief executive officer of Charlotte Russe and former president of Old Navy, spoke to undergraduate students on Thursday evening at Popovich Hall about the importance of team management and communication in executive leadership. The session was titled “View from the Top: A Conversation with Jenny Ming.” The talk was part of The Center for Management Communication Expert’s Speaker Series and was moderated by James Owens, professor of clinical management communication at USC.The event was structured in a question and answer format, beginning with general overarching questions from Professor Owens. When asked about the role that communication plays in her management of Charlotte Russe, Ming repeatedly emphasized the importance and necessity of good communication in creating a successful business model and pleasant working environment.“Communication is the most important aspect of business, and I am not just saying that,” Ming said. “Being a leader, you can think all you want, but if you can’t share your ideas, they don’t get done. Communication is key in being successful as a leader, but I want to not just be the leader of the team, I want to be part of the team.”Additionally, Ming explained her methods of successfully executing a business model that would lead to ongoing company success.“I always think of a business as a startup, turnaround, and growth. Even when Old Navy was a $3 billion company I still thought of it as a startup,” Ming said. “Turn-around is important to keep in mind because sometimes you need to switch around a business model. And growth because I’m always thinking about how we can leverage size and grow bigger.”In 1994, Ming was part of the executive team that launched Gap Inc.’s Old Navy division, later becoming its president in 1999. After she left Old Navy in 2006, the company generated $6 billion in sales. Since 2009, Ming has been the president and CEO of Charlotte Russe, a clothing company specifically catering to young women. Ming also advises companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. and Barney’s New York.Once the session was open to the rest of the room, the topics switched from a conversation on Ming’s own experience to her advice for recent college graduates entering the job market.“A lot of jobs are opportunistic, not planned,” Ming said. “It is important to take a lot of risks in your life. When you are too comfortable, it is time to move on. I worked 20 years at Gap but in different positions. It is important to keep asking yourself, ‘Am I happy with where I am?’”Bryanna Wallace, a freshman majoring in business administration, found the event to be worthwhile and educational.“Jenny provided great insight into the business world and how communication has an influence on that,” Wallace said. “She also talked about how it is important to have an open mind and view your company as always evolving. It was also just great being in her presence because Charlotte Russe is my favorite store.”Helene Burghoff, a freshman majoring in economics, said she appreciated Ming’s talk as a way to learn outside of the classroom to get in touch with the business world during the academic year.“I think the talk was really interesting,” Burghoff said. “Marshall always has so many events like this one, and it’s good because you can learn about these things in class, but it’s much more beneficial to learn it through listening to these people.”last_img read more

Ghana’s Korblah Wins Lakowe Anniversary Golf Tourney Â

first_img With the two over par he carded, Achimota Golf Club of Ghana ace, and former Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Order of Merit Leader, Emos Korblah, emerged winner (on sudden death) of the 5th Anniversary Pro-Am of Lakowe Lakes Golf Club, Lagos recently.  In the two-day event, which is also in celebration of the country’s independence, another former Order of Merit Leader, and IBB Golf and Country Club-based pro, Andrew Oche Odoh, holed out in second place with +2.  He tied in that category with his older brother, Martins Odoh (+2) of Minna Cantoment Golf Club, and current Order of Merit Leader, Sunday J. Odegha, also of the Minna Cantoment Golf Club. In last year’s edition, Odegha celebrated the country’s 56th independence anniversary in style as he shot a tidy 69, three under par to set a new course record at the club.  The 2015 winner of the tourney, and MicCom Golf and Country Club resident professional, Nojeem Sofela, only found space this year in the fifth position after holing out with +4.  In the 2017 Club Mixed-Single Match-Play, which was part of the two-day tourney, Ade Ajayi, emerged the club champion, and was followed by David Maji, Davis Edwards and Hwa Yeon Hwang in that order.On the first day of the tourney, Maji was one of the winners of ancillary prizes as he grabbed the longest drive, while Georgia Oboh, got the one for nearest to the pin.    With a net score of 128, the quartet of Kabiru Mohammed, Fossberg Piet, Nike Aworanti, Hee Dong Lee, carried the day in the Pro-Am.  The Pro-Am winners for Day Two (also with 128 net) were Francis Epe, Peter Eben-Spiff, Akinlolu Abiodun Akinola, Adebisi Shonubi Folashodun. Same day, Muazu Mohammed, got the longest drive award for the professionals, Tim Ayomike, got that of amateurs, while Dominic Andrew, went home with the nearest to the pin prize for pros, and Adams Jonah, got the one for amateurs.Golf Director at the club, Campbell Elliot, expressed happiness at the turnout of participants, saying it was an endorsement of the tourney, as well as its acceptability by the golfing community.  On the tourney’s metamorphosis into a two-day affair, he said, “Our objective was to expand the tournament from a one-day event to a two-day event, which over 120 golfers are taking part. We are likely to further expand it to a four-day Pro-Am tournament in future, with the participation of some of the best players from within Nigeria, and the West and East African sub-regions.”  He said the tournament has also succeeded in giving “pros more opportunities for tournaments, just as the quality of play has improved far beyond when we first started.   “One of the essence of starting the Lakowe anniversary tournament is to have young players coming through the ranks here bloom in golf. It will be our pleasure if we have some of them shooting to prominence in the circuit,” Campbell added.  He added that plans were afoot to develop a sports club and lakeside recreation centre to provide a wide range of activities, including squash, tennis, badminton, swimming and a playground and picnic for families who are not golf aficionados in the Lakowe Estate. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations

first_img Q1 industry donation figures released by GambleAware have listed Gamesys Group as its highest donor for the period, having contributed more than half of the total £820,000 received by the charity.Donating £450,000, Gamesys topped the list of the 144 donations received, with its Virgin Bet Limited subsidiary also contributing £5,224.UK licensing requirements demand that all license holders should contribute 0.1% of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) directly to GambleAware, requesting those with an annual gross gambling revenue of less than £250,000 per annum to donate a minimum of £250.The funds are used by the charity to help the development of initiatives targeted towards the prevention and treatment of problem gambling across the industry.The list of donors consists of operators and suppliers in the industry, in addition to donations in the form of unclaimed winnings, dormant accounts and other funds.Apricot Investments, the parent company of Microgaming, was the second-largest contributor after donating £40,000, followed by Betfred’s igaming subsidiary Petfre Gibraltar with a donation of £26,783.In addition to the donations, a further £169,800 was pledged during Q1. Praesepe Holdings committed £84,000 to GambleAware, followed by 888 Holdings which pledged £50,000.During Q1, the charity also received £8.8m in regulatory settlements from William Hill and Betway.William Hill’s Mr Green division was penalised as part of the Gambling Commission’s targeted investigation into online casinos, with the commission imposing a £3m penalty after the operator ‘failed to have effective procedures aimed at preventing harm and money laundering’.Meanwhile, Betway was ordered to pay £5.8m ‘in lieu of a financial penalty which will be directed towards delivering the ‘National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms’.This week, GambleAware trustees defended the charity’s funding structures, following concerns raised by the House of Lords Select Committee’s ‘Time for Action’ report – in which GambleAware was ordered to fix its ‘anomalous system’ which could impact funding of new RET programmes.Defending the charity, trustees stated that GambleAware held no influence on how treatment providers secured further funding beyond central contributions. GambleAware underlined that all records of its RET donations and contributions had been tracked and approved by DCMS and the UK Charities Commission. StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Charged up

first_imgThere were times during the game that the team from the west coast looked as though the Steelers snatched the lightning bolt that San Diego proudly sports as their logo and zapped them with it, well at least in the first half of the contest anyway.I am perplexed, puzzled and vexed as to how the Steelers even allowed the boys from “Cali” to even make a game of it. I am fully aware that most of you have little or no naval experience, but you must “now hear this.”Why should a team have to sweat out a victory when at the end of the first half of the contest, they have more than a 15:44 time of possession advantage and a 20:40 advantage for the game? Why? Because until the Black and Gold fully understand that they are the champions and every team on their schedule, even the McKeesport Tigers, are going to play them tough.There are going to be a slew of nail-biters during this campaign because the competition realizes that if you beat up the biggest bully in the neighborhood, everyone else is going to fall into place. A game that should have been a cakewalk after the first quarter turned into a pit bullish sort of dogfight in the final period.Offensive tackle Willie Colon said it best. “We never make it easy, it seems.” The hero of the day, Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall, seemed to put it best. “It was a great day for the offense as a whole. The offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage all game.”Colon had this to say about the second year 2008 first round draft pick of the Black and Gold. “He ran hard and he hit the holes hard.”Everyone kept barking about Mendenhall being in the doghouse of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. It seems as if the only canine dwelling that Mr. Mendenhall inhabited before last Sunday’s game was the imaginary doghouse of the media. Tomlin is not former Steelers headmaster Bill Cowher. If he says he has no doghouse, then we have to take him at his word. And anyway, doghouses are for dogs, don’t ya think?There are insatiable whiners still standing atop their permanent soap boxes crying about how the defense is continuing to be too permissive by allowing teams to come back. Well, lah-di-dah, Why do the other teams get paid? Just to whistle Dixie?The Men of Steel faced the same attitudes after they won Super Bowl XL. They came back the year after that championship and fell flat on their faces.When you sit on top of the mountain there is a roving bull’s eye on your chest, back, neck, and anywhere your opponent can get a shot in. There is definitely some “lead” going to be tossed in your direction. The Tennessee Titans were determined to make a statement before the Steelers eked out a win in their 2009 season opener.Willie Parker did not play as a result of turf toe and if Mr. Mendenhall performs half as good as he did against San Diego for the remainder of the 2009 season, next year Mr. Parker may have the entire 2010 season to nurse his battered toe.With cap issues looming and age now becoming an issue for “Fast” Willie, unless he agrees to a sizable pay cut in 2010, Mr. Parker will probably become a Pittsburgh Steelers alumni.The Black and Gold seem to have a small but dangerous cloud hanging over them. The cloud that I am referring to is the “Tiny Tim” tiptoe through the tulips cloud that continues to permit opponents to maneuver their necks from under the steel-toed boots of the Pittsburgh.At the conclusion of the second quarter, Pittsburgh had 19 first downs, San Diego had four. The Steelers had converted four of six third downs for a semi-remarkable percentage of 67. There is no way on God’s green earth that the contest held last weekend should have even been close.If you do not decapitate your opponent when their head is on the chopping block, you should not even be remotely surprised when you hear the executioner sharpening his ax after he slips the black hood over your face before you are forced down on your knees just prior to your $10,000 smile plopping into the head- catching basket below.Pittsburgh outperformed the over-achieving squad from San Diego in every category but were almost overtaken by the Chargers in the category that counts the most, heart. San Diego was not afraid of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Baltimore Ravens will not be afraid either. Nor will the Cleveland Browns or their counterparts, the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. All of the teams in the NFL including the 2008 doormat of pro football, the Detroit Lions, have the attitude that; “the only thing to fear is fear itself.”Teams get an adrenaline rush when they can face and defeat the champions. No team is going to roll over and play dead just because they are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The hope that the Steelers can win back to back championships is what will be buried in the bone yard of broken dreams if the Steelers are not careful.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) The San Diego Chargers came into Pittsburgh to compete against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hooray…It initially appeared that although the Chargers were here on the east coast at Heinz Field physically, they were performing as if they were operating on Pacific Standard Time as opposed to EST.last_img read more