Jamaica’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.
1 Ashley Cole Ashley Cole admits he ‘jumped at the chance’ to join Roma and insists he still has a good relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.Former England international Cole moved to the Italian capital on a free transfer last week after the end of his eight-year spell at Stamford Bridge.The 33-year-old made only 15 Premier League starts during his final season in west London, with manager Mourinho, who signed the defender from Arsenal in 2006, preferring to use right-back Cesar Azpilicueta on the left side of defence instead.Cole has dismissed suggestions of a rift with his old boss and says his heart was set on a switch to the Stadio Olimpico once he had spoken with Roma boss Rudi Garcia.He said: “First of all, me and Jose still had a good relationship. I was just getting a bit old for what he liked. As soon as I spoke to Rudi Garcia and I saw how much they wanted me here at Roma, I jumped at the chance.”Cole, who will become only the third Englishman to turn out in Serie A since the turn of the millennium, also feels English players are too afraid to test themselves outside of the Premier League.He added: “I think probably English players are scared to come abroad, they’re in a comfort zone in England. I’ve never been out of London and it’s a big opportunity for me to try a different language, different culture and a different way of living.”
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zoomMumbai Maersk; Image Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping major Maersk has unveiled an investment in a US-based digital freight broker, Loadsmart, as the company expands its footprint.Namely, the company’s launchpad for new ventures, Maersk Growth, is leading a USD 21.6 million Series A funding for Loadsmart, together with Connor Capital SB and Chromo Invest.“We see huge potential with Loadsmart. Forward integrations between ocean shipping and over-the-road services can create incredible synergies and eventually provide a full service to shippers,” said Sune Stilling, head of Maersk Growth.Loadsmart leverages artificial intelligence to automate the truckload booking flow in the United States. It provides instant prices to shippers with capacity guaranteed on all US lanes. Through the company’s automated platform, shippers can book a truck in seconds manually or integrate via an API to have a server-to-server booking with no human intervention, according to Loadsmart.Shippers have been able to reduce their spot exposure by 50 percent after integrating with Loadsmart, while reducing procurement execution time up to 90 percent.The New York-based company explained that the latest move brings the total investment to date to USD 34.7 million following previous seed investment and a convertible notes round. The current investment will be used to scale Loadsmart’s operations team while doubling down on product and engineering.
Kolkata: A man was successfully operated upon by the doctors at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital who was brought in with a spear pierced in his chest. A major operation was conducted on Friday morning for several hours to remove it. According to sources, the injured person, identified as Prasen Bauri, a resident of Rathtala in Hooghly got involved in a brawl with some his neighbours on Thursday night over the construction of a house under the Indira Awas Yojana. During the scuffle, someone used a spear to attack Bauri which pierced in his chest damaging the arteries and the lungs. He was rushed to Tarakeshwar Rural Hospital from where he was referred to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. But due to some unknown reasons, he was referred to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. On Friday morning, doctors decided to operate upon him to remove the spear. Two doctors — R Basu and Sumanta Das — conducted a major operation. Later a portion of the lungs was removed as it was badly damaged. He is undergoing treatment at ITU in R G Kar. Till reports last came in, Bauri is said to be kept in ventilation.