Binnie climbing to the top

first_imgJamaica’s top-ranked squash player, Chris Binnie is on his way to joining the global elite of the sport. The Jamaica and Caribbean men’s squash champion for the last seven years, Binnie, 27, has also improved his Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranking to number 89 among the world’s best players as of this month, from 93 in March. This improvement came after he signed a one-year sponsorship agreement with JN Fund Managers Limited at the firm’s New Kingston office recently. “My goal is to be ranked as one of the top 50 players by December,” he said. “I believe I can do it.” The top 50 players form an elite of the sport, travelling the world to compete in the main events. Having a better ranking means the players get better placed in competitions and also have more options in choosing the competitions they find more attractive. Binnie has come a long way since April of 2012 when he had PSA ranking of 389. He progressed to a ranking of 131 by October 2013 joined the top 100 in November last year. Binnie’s optimism is also based on the success he is having with his new coach, Australian Rodney Martin, a former winner of the World Open Squash Championship who once ranked second in the world. Along with three other teammates, he has been going through a tough training programme to improve his overall match preparedness level, with his new coach. He said the sponsorship by JN Fund Managers would also help him achieve his goal. Based in Connecticut in the United States of America, he coaches at Trinity College in Hartford, and had been limited to playing matches mainly in North America. “This sponsorship allows me to go to more tournaments and select ones in Europe and Asia,” he said. “I need to take on the best players in the most competitive tournaments globally if I am to improve. And it requires funding to get to the matches and maintain myself while competing.” Brando Hayden, general manager of JN Fund Managers, said: “We admire what Chris Binnie has done for himself and for Jamaica. He has invested his time and talents, making him one of the top 100 squash players in the world. “We want to help him fulfil his dreams because his success will also pave the way for others,” Hayden said. Binnie himself launched the Jamaica Squash Association’s Grassroots Clinic to students of Papine High School and New Providence Primary School on March 20. And the programme at the University of Technology is noteworthy for the players who have emerged from that facility.last_img read more

A potential Sharks reunion with Patrick Marleau? One hurdle is cleared

first_imgThe Toronto Maple Leafs traded Patrick Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday morning, clearing one big hurdle for the Sharks legend to potentially return to the organization he called home for 19 seasons.Carolina general manager Don Waddell said Saturday he hopes to meet with Marleau “just see where he’s at.” If Marleau is not interested in staying in Carolina, the Hurricanes are expected to buy out the final season of the three-year, $18.75 million contract Marleau signed with the …last_img read more

Five out of five for golden Natalie

first_img15 September 2008South Africa’s Paralympic team, after the weekend’s competition in Beijing, has won 24 medals. Incredibly, 17 of those medals are gold and the “golden girl” is Natalie du Toit, who completed a clean sweep of victories in the five events she entered.With an incredible 71 percent of South Africa’s medals being gold, the team sits proudly in seventh place on the medal table.On Sunday, Du Toit contested her final race, the 50 metres freestyle. If she was going to be beaten in Beijing it would be in the sprint because of her poor start due to the fact that she has only one leg to push off with.Paralympic recordIt was close, but Du Toit once again came out on top, winning the race in a Paralympic record 29.20 seconds to capture gold by 0.13 seconds over Russia’s Irina Gradzhdanova.Afterwards, South Africa’s flag bearer admitted to being relieved to have achieved her goal of five golds. Speaking about her performance in the 50m freestyle, Du Toit said she was frustrated by her start again, but satisfied with her finish.A day earlier, on Saturday, there was another gold medal for South Africa in the swimming pool and it came after an especially exciting final of the women’s S13 100 metres backstroke.A tie for goldSA’s Shireen Sapiro led through 50 metres, just 0.32 seconds ahead of New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe. The Kiwi then made up the gap over the final length of the pool, but couldn’t pass her South African rival as both swimmers touched in a world record time of one minute, 10.57 seconds to both claim gold.There was also a bronze on Friday for veteran Tadgh Slattery in the men’s SB5 100 metres breaststroke.Oscar Pistorius, after winning the T44 100 metres by just three-hundredths of a second over Jerome Singleton, was a convincing victor in the 200 metres on Saturday. He finished almost a second ahead of second placed Jim Bob Bizzell in a Paralympic record 21.67 seconds. Another South African, Arnu Fourie, was sixth in 23.87 seconds.One of the best“The Blade Runner” was thrilled with his victory in front of a massive crowd and described it as one of his best ever.Having won two gold medals already, Pistorius is looking forward to his best event, the 400 metres, in which he hopes to lower his world record.There was more success for South Africa in track and field when Fanie van der Merwe set a Paralympic record in the heats of the T37 100 metres on Saturday, clocking 11.97 seconds. He then made up a big early deficit to capture gold in the final as he lowered the Paralympic record to 11.83 seconds.Double gold medallistHilton Langenhoven struck gold twice; on Friday he scored a world record 3 401 points to win the men’s P12 pentathlon and he followed that up by capturing gold in the long jump with a Paralympic record leap of 7.31 metres.Langenhoven’s winning jump gave him victory by a comfortable 25 centimetres over Osamah Alshanqiti of Saudi Arabia and and former Paralympic record holder, Oleg Panyutin of Azerbaijan, both of whom recorded 7.06 metre jumps.Ilse Hayes joined Langenhoven and Fanie van der Merwe as winners on Friday when she recorded a distance of 5.68 metres to win the F13 long jump by just five centimetres over Anthi Karagianni of Greece. Despite the narrowness of the victory, Hayes twice bettered Karagianni’s best distance.Teboho Mokgalagadi won bronze in the men’s T35 100 metres.Gold at lastErnst van Dyk, competing in his fifth Paralympic Games, finally captured an elusive gold when he won the road race for hand cycling class C on Sunday.He was made to work hard for victory by the American duo of Alejandro Albor and Oz Sanchez, who worked together to try to beat Van Dyk. The South African, though, was up to the challenge and finished the 48.4-kilometre distance in one hour, 21 minutes and 40 seconds, to edge out the Americans by one second.Afterwards, Van Dyk said: “I’ve been waiting for this for 16 years, and finally I got a gold medal.”There was more success for South Africa in road cycling on Saturday when, in the mixed individual road race CP 1/CP 2, Riaan Nel captured the silver medal.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

R129m to reskill unemployed workers

first_imgThe Training of the Unemployed Scheme was launched at the height of the global economic recession, which saw multitudes of South Africans losing their jobs. Oliphant said the funding indicated the government’s commitment to skills development, and that it was aligned to job creation in the country’s manufacturing sector. “The country needs entrepreneurs … The skills that you possess will also enable you to be employers,” she said, adding that other government departments, such as the Department of Trade and Industry, had funds to assist start-up businesses. Oliphant was speaking at a graduation ceremony of 176 students who received training in boiler making, fitting and turning and other skills. South Africa will spend R129-million over the next three years training over 2 500 unemployed people in the fields of manufacturing and mining, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced on Friday. 5 December 2011 “Both agreements indicate a grand total of R129 million – a huge investment in skills development,” she said. “I take pleasure to announce a commitment of R84-million to fund training which will be conducted by the Manufacturing and Related Sector Training Authority,” Oliphant said. “This funding through the Unemployment Insurance Fund will provide essential skills to at least 1 500 trainees over three years.” Oliphant challenged the graduates to become employment creators and not just employees. The funding agreements follow the successful completion of courses that Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) beneficiaries undertake under the country’s Training of the Unemployed Scheme, which was launched in 2009. She further announced that government would provide funding to the Mining Qualification Authority to train 1 000 candidates over a period of three years. Training unemployed workers Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cisco iPhone Security App Reaches Across the Network

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products iPhones are becoming a standard in the enterprise. And with the the iPhones, we are seeing a number of applications for a variety of different uses.The latest is an application for security managers made by Cisco. The application alerts managers to threats in the enterprise so they may respond in real-tme to incidents that merit attention. It’s now available in the iTunes store.Threats to the enterprise come in all forms. Malware is perhaps the biggest concern for security managers. Its various forms are constantly changing. The Cisco app is networked to its Security Intelligence Operation (SIO). This group has different functions. It includes a threat monitoring network that includes 700,000 globally deployed Cisco security devices; a database of 40,000 vulnerabilities and 3,300 IPS signatures. Third-party data feeds are also watched. The SIO also includes a global team of more than 500 security analysts. Related Posts Real-time updates deliver information to the security manager.This information includes information from security devices, along with best-practice recommendations and other information for tracking threats and analyzing intelligence. alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more