What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Here are our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: Business News Uncategorized What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Friday, July 27, 2018 | 1:40 pm Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Top of the News Make a comment ShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_imgData fileOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Our continuing series of articles which give the basics on key areas ofemployment legislationFixed-term employeesThe hard factsThe Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations2002 are due to come into force on 10 July 2002. The regulations will prohibitemployers from discriminating against fixed-term employees and limit the use ofsuccessive fixed-term contracts. The regulations are being introduced as secondary legislation under theEmployment Bill and will implement the EC Directive on Fixed Term Work. The main changes The main changes that the regulations will introduce are: – A right not to be treated less favourably than those on permanentcontracts, unless the treatment can be objectively justified – A right to receive a written statement of reasons within 21 days ofrequest if a fixed-term employee believes he has been less favourably treated – An obligation on employers to advertise permanent vacancies in a mannerreasonably likely to come to fixed-term employees’ attention– The use of successive fixed-term contracts will be limited to a maximum offour years, subject to limited exceptions– Fixed-term employees will no longer be entitled to waive their right to astatutory redundancy payment and– A dismissal of an employee seeking to enforce rights under the Regulationswill be automatically unfair. Who will the regulations apply to? – All employees who are employed on fixed-term contracts, so it does notcover the wider category of ‘workers’ used in other discrimination legislation.Agency workers, apprentices, government-supported training schemes and thearmed forces are excluded. Pay and pensions – After the initial consultation, the Government has decided that thenon-discrimination principle in the regulations will cover pay and pensions.Accordingly, it will become unlawful for occupational pension schemes toexclude employee who are on fixed-term contracts from membership if comparablepermanent employees are eligible, unless it can be objectively justified. Part-time and agency workers – As a result of the regulations, the Part-time Workers (Prevention of LessFavourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 will be amended on 30 June 2002 toabolish distinction between fixed-term and open-ended contracts. – It has been widely reported that the EU is putting together proposals togive temporary/agency workers equivalent employment rights to permanentemployees. CBI comment is at: http://www.cbi.org.uk/home.htmlReading around the subject – The first consultation took place last year, and the Government responseto it can be found at: http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/fixed/response.htm– Final consultation is now in progress, and the deadline for responses is15 April 2002. The consultation document (including explanatory notes) is at: http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/fixed/consult2.htmIn the news – Equal Opportunities Commission comment on the Regulations: http://www.eoc.org.uk/cseng/legislation/legal_developments.asp– CBI comment on the proposals implemented under the Employment Bill: http://www.cbi.org.ukBy Claire Hughes at Wragg & Co Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Napier Sugar and British Sugar in pricing dispute

first_imgNon-refining sugar distributor Napier Brown has made a complaint “alleging an abuse of a dominant position by British Sugar”, to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).Napier Brown’s parent company The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has said that Associated British Foods (ABF) could face a significant fine if its British Sugar subsidiary is “once again found guilty of abusing its dominant position in the supply of sugar to Napier Brown”.In its third quarter trading update, published earlier this month, the RGFC warned that instability in the sugar market was giving it short term challenges, with the lowering of prices in the sugar market affecting profitability at Napier Brown.The firm has now revealed that one its challenges is a continuing price dispute with British Sugar. Earlier this month, and following repeated threats, according to RGFC, British Sugar temporarily withdrew supply of sugar to Napier Brown, despite Napier Brown continuing to pay over 95% of the imposed price, while it sought a solution to the dispute, it said.”Given that British Sugar has a monopoly in the supply of UK beet sugar, Napier Brown had no alternative but to pay the imposed price under duress in order to maintain supply to its customers,” said the RGFC.It added that Napier Brown believed, and had evidence to the effect, that this price is anti-competitive thereby effectively preventing it from competing commercially.Pieter Totté, executive chairman of RGFC, said: “If British Sugar is allowed to impose a price on Napier Brown, its largest customer and the UK’s largest reseller of sugar, without any reference to market pricing, the consequent impact on UK customers and consumers would be significant.”If RGFC’s complaint is successful it has said that as “a repeat offender” British Sugar could face a substantial fine.British Sugar had to give certain undertakings to the EU Competition Authorities in 1988 after it had received a fine for abusing its dominant position, undertakings which Napier Brown believes are being breached.”It is noteworthy that in recent days Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG, Suedzucker AG (SZU.XE) and Nordzucker AG were fined a total of €280 million, following a European investigation of European sugar companies,” said the firm in a statement published today (21 February).The Office of Fair Trading has referred the complaint to the new Competition and Markets Authority, the successor to the OFT, which begins operating on 1 April 2014.last_img read more

Caught Between MTA and Feds, Long Island on Fast Track to Nowhere

first_imgThe federal government is proposing a multi-billion-dollar monumental expansion of the Northeast Corridor passenger rail line that, if realized, would run high-speed trains straight through the heart of Long Island.Surprisingly, aside from a few well-connected insiders, most Long Islanders haven’t heard about this project, but they’ll get their first chance to express themselves at public hearing in Mineola on Jan. 12.“We’re hopeful that we’ll get the turnout to hear what folks are thinking about the effort,” said Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Northeast Corridor Future Program manager.Since 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been preparing a comprehensive plan for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to improve service and resiliency of the much-travelled route between Boston and Washington, D.C. The goal is the creation of an investment program that will guide passenger rail service improvement projects through 2040.The specifics can be found within the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Additional information is at The Foggiest Idea, my online land use resource, which first broke the story in December on how the proposal could impact Long Island.For us here, the proposal entails an all-new high speed rail network that stretches from Floral Park to the Village of Port Jefferson, where it travels 22 miles under the Long Island Sound via a tunnel to emerge in New Haven. Trains along the route might routinely reach speeds of nearly 160 mph, with stations placed at major existing transit hubs such as Ronkonkoma. According to the draft statement, “roughly 75 trains a day” would connect Ronkonkoma and Boston’s South Station through its proposed Alternative 3 route option.The draft statement raises significant questions that extend far beyond the realm of “how are they going to build it?” The most disconcerting comes from the seemingly lackadaisical public input process. For the length of LI, a lone public hearing is scheduled at the Nassau County Municipal Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., next Tuesday.Why are there public hearings set for Nassau County, New York City and other impacted areas, but not in Suffolk County, where a significant portion of this project is planned to be?This isn’t to say that some local officials aren’t aware of the NEC Future project.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (left) and his counterpart in Suffolk, Steve Bellone (center), join Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a breakfast unveiling the governor’s 2016 agenda. (Photo credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor)Politically, this project is both ambitious and unrealistic. It strives to set the tone for a developmental approach that local governments could take in the next five, 10 to 20 years. But hardly any input is being solicited for the 1.5 million or so residents who would be affected. This omission is especially troubling, considering that the public is being brought into the fold now, even though the planning process began in 2012. Starting that year, meetings were held with various transportation and railroad agencies, including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, the MTA and LIRR.In 2013, a meeting on the NEC future proposal was held with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works as well as with Suffolk County’s Department of Economic Development and Planning. Officials from both counties were briefed in September and October of 2014. Seemingly, these meetings outlined the project thoroughly, as the DEIS states: “Briefings on the program were also provided to Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ (New York) representatives to explain the program and discuss potential Long Island route options.”In October 2014, an economic development workshop was held in Farmingdale to discuss the NEC Future proposal. As its agency reported: “Private developers, local planners, economic development professionals, and academic institutions were invited to the workshops to help understand the key factors that affect station area development, broader economic development, and barriers to development.”Has anyone heard a peep from our two county executives about this high-speed rail plan? They’ve been briefed, supposedly, but not even a discouraging word has come from either Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone or Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, nor from their deputies or planning officials.This week at the Crest Hollow County Club in Woodbury they delivered their “annual state of the counties report” to 800 people at the Long Island Association’s Executive Breakfast, but the big story was Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of his sweeping infrastructure plan for the Island that highlighted his support for a 9.8-mile third track for the LIRR’s main line in Nassau between Floral Park and Mineola—an idea that’s only been kicking around since 1988. Cuomo said he would ask the State Legislature to include $7 million in the 2016 state budget for a feasibility study. Ultimately the third track upgrade could run as much as $1.5 billion, but he said he’d commit the MTA’s next capital program to funding it.Now, with the FRA’s ambitious plan for the Northeast Corridor coming down the line, what will happen to the MTA’s much-needed third track project? If Alternative 3, the option that uses Long Island as a viable option for increased rail service to New England, is selected, will the federal government utilize eminent domain to secure clearance on the new railway’s right-of-way? It certainly wouldn’t bode well for Stewart Avenue in Garden City, given what we know now.Here’s another question: are our local policymakers within Suffolk County and the Towns of Babylon, Islip and Brookhaven aware that the federal government is looking to tie together the Island’s large-scale regional projects with a high-speed rail network?When asked about the project, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) said in a statement, “Increasing long-term investments for passenger rail infrastructure is vital to the economic growth of New York and the entire region. I will continue to fight for increased federal funding to strengthen the Northeast Corridor’s critical infrastructure and improve the safety and efficiency of rail service.”The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was mum on the plans.“We have no comment on the NEC Future draft findings, which are still undergoing public scrutiny,” said Sal Arena, a spokesman for the MTA, which oversees the Long Island Rail Road. “The MTA has monitored the process from the beginning and will continue to do so going forward.”Understandably, the MTA preferred to keep the focus on Cuomo’s plan for the LIRR, as he unveiled it at the event sponsored by the area’s largest business organization.“Monies would be better spent to do the necessary studies for the LIRR’s Third Track,” said Kevin Law, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Association. “The Third Track is real, albeit, it has been difficult to get off the ground. The NEC is a pie-in-the-sky alternative that will never happen, even if someone gives Long Island $100 billion or so to build it…. If you were starting Long Island from scratch, it could make sense, but not now.”Planners agreed.“The proposal makes no sense economically for the region, especially Nassau and Suffolk Counties, considering that we have more pressing priorities that have been around for the last half century that we haven’t been able to build,” observed Lee Koppelman, who served 28 years as the first Suffolk County Planner and 41 years as the regional planner for Nassau and Suffolk, and has been the executive director of the Center for Regional Policy Studies at Stony Brook University. “Those examples include double tracking the North Shore LIRR branches, creating an extension of the central main LIRR line to Calverton in Riverhead, or finishing up the Second Ave Subway, which would tie into the East Side Access project. All of these pre-existing projects would all have economic positives that Long Island would benefit from.”Koppelman raised an essential point that wasn’t addressed by Cuomo’s recent announcement at the Crest Hollow Country Club.“The MTA is short roughly $20 billion in funding to meet the current needs of their infrastructure,” said Koppelman. “Where will the money come from?”The master planner tried to look on the bright side.“I am all in favor of the mantra ‘make no little plans,’” Koppelman said, “but there has to be some rationale, evidence of need for this type of large-scale project. In this example, this is merely top-of-the head type of scheming.”Reached by CBS 2 News’s Carolyn Gusoff  for her on-air coverage of the NEC project, the LIA’s Kevin Law expressed his skepticism, whereas former Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin, a Democrat, was optimistic.“Of course, it’s feasible,” Halpin told Gusoff. “They do this all over Europe. The Chinese are doing it all through China, and there they have billions of people.”But, as Gusoff discovered, most Long Islanders in the affected area had no idea this federal project was even in the works.Alternative 3 isn’t the only avenue the NEC Future project could take. The other options include improving and maintaining the current corridor so that it is in a state-of-good repair, creating new NEC rail linkages in Connecticut, or, the most ambitious, building a new NEC “spine” that either cuts through Westchester County and eventually through Connecticut or an offshoot that cuts through the heart of Nassau and Suffolk counties.According to Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, the FRA NEC Future Program manager, the costs range from $65 billion to $135 billion all the way up to $290 billion, but they’d be spread over time to make it less onerous. She told us that “the cost of doing nothing is so much greater,” explaining that all the current modes of transportation in the corridor, whether by rail, highway or air, are already at their capacity. What’s driving the federal effort, she stressed, are the number of choke points on the route now, plus the aging infrastructure—in some places more than a century old—and the region’s growing population.“Long Island is such an important market in the Northeast but it doesn’t currently have inter-city service,” said Reyes-Alicea. “We want to connect cities by rail… It is a challenging concept to absorb [because] it’s looking out to 2040.”Realistically, the NEC Future project faces enormous hurdles, thanks to the billions needed to build it, as well as the sizable expected pushback from residents and local elected officials up and down the corridor. For now, the main issue is the marked lack of input the public has had so far in the project’s promulgation.Planning, especially at the regional level, must include stakeholders across all levels of government and expertise. A project of this magnitude affects states, counties and, on Long Island, myriad local village governments. Further, the environmental impacts to our region’s sole-source aquifer were mentioned only briefly in chapter 7.7 of the draft.It is pretty damning that a project of this scale and breadth would not be mentioned once by any LI official during the various ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings or press conferences here.Unfortunately, it seems that keeping the public in the dark about this proposal is the typical business of “planning” on the Island, and for the vested interests and stakeholders involved, business couldn’t be better. All aboard?–with Spencer RumseyRich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea. Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Pig trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows promise with two shots

first_imgMore than 100 potential vaccines are being developed around the world to try to control the pandemic, which has already killed hundreds of thousands of people.Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at Leeds University who was not directly involved in this work, said it was “an encouraging advance” and showed that “a so-called ‘prime-boost’ strategy gives rise to far better responses” than a single dose.”Whilst these studies will need to be repeated within human subjects…this is a heartening study,” he said.  The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, also known as AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University scientists, who are now working with AstraZeneca on development and production.”These results look encouraging that administering two injections … boosts antibody responses that can neutralize the virus, but it is the response in humans that’s important,” said Bryan Charleston, Pirbright’s director.AZD1222 is already in human trials, and AstraZeneca says it hopes to have data on efficacy later this year.Preliminary data from a trial in six monkeys found that some of the monkeys given a single shot developed antibodies against the virus within 14 days, and all developed protective antibodies within 28 days. A trial in pigs of AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine has found that two doses of the shot produced a greater antibody response than a single dose.Research released by Britain’s Pirbright Institute on Tuesday found that giving an initial prime dose followed by a booster dose of the vaccine elicited a stronger immune response than a single dose. This suggests a two-dose approach may be more effective in getting protection against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.”The researchers saw a marked increase in neutralizing antibodies, which bind to the virus in a way that blocks infection,” the Pirbright team said in a statement. They added, however, that it is not yet known what level of immune response will be required to protect humans.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Nicolas Pepe to meet with interested managers

first_imgFrench media insist Liverpool and Arsenal have bid for Pepe (Picture: Getty)Lille wanted the deal completed before the Africa Cup of Nations, but both the player and his club remain confident he will be sold before the close of the window.AdvertisementAdvertisementPepe and his team plan to request a meeting with each manager, which could include Unai Emery and Jurgen Klopp.The 24-year-old wants to seek assurances from each coach and discuss what their plans for him would be. Coral BarrySunday 14 Jul 2019 3:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link600Shares Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Nicolas Pepe to meet with interested managers Comment Pepe appears set for a summer switch (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe intends to sit down with each of his prospective clubs’ managers this summer before making a decision about his future, reports claim.The Lille forward is wanted by a host of clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Arsenal.Reports in France claim Liverpool and Arsenal have made offers for Pepe, but L’Equipe claims Pepe will not be rushed into making a decision.Pepe has only just finished international duty, the Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations last week, and is set to go on holiday before returning to pre-season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Lille want upwards of £70m for Pepe (Picture: Getty)Pepe is keen to know what position each club foresee him in after playing the 2018/19 season on the right wing.Only Kylian Mbappe (33) scored more Ligue 1 goals than Pepe last campaign and Lille believe they can fetch upwards of £70million for their star man.Lille would like the deal to be finalised by the end of the month.MORE: Nicolas Pepe’s agent casts doubt over transfer reports Arsenal have submitted bidlast_img read more

FIFA: Ibrahimovic stunner ineligible to be goal of the year

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic scored his astonishing overhead kick goal against England hours too late to be named best goal in 2012 in a FIFA contest.FIFA said Thursday that Ibrahimovic’s fourth goal in Sweden’s 4-2 victory came after voting opened at 1400 GMT Wednesday for its 10 approved candidates for the Puskas Award.“Given that a number of votes have already been cast for this year’s award, the select committee for the Puskas Award may not, at this stage, include an additional nominee,” FIFA said in a statement.FIFA said the goal can be considered by its selection panel of experts as a candidate for the 2013 Puskas Award.The 2012 award, named after Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas, will be announced Jan. 7 at the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.Lionel Messi, Neymar and Rademal Falcao are among the contenders being voted for by visitors to fifa.com. Ibrahimovic’s instinctive 30-yard (meter) strike was lavished with praise by Swedish and English media.He reacted after England goalkeeper Joe Hart weakly headed the ball clear outside the penalty area. Facing away from the goal, Ibrahimovic leaped high and twisted to launch a looping shot which bounced into the unguarded net.Ibrahimovic ripped off his shirt in celebration and ran to the halfway line to be greeted by teammates mostly laughing with surprise at what they witnessed.The stoppage-time spectacle was a fitting end to the first international match at the new Friends Arena in Stockhom.“From now it’s called Zlatan Arena,” wrote sports columnist Mats Olsson in the Swedish daily Expressen. Ibrahimovic said it was “probably the goal I enjoyed the most” of those he scored for the national team.“I’ve played a lot of good games. I’ve scored many nice goals,” he said. “But the important thing was to win in the new arena, which I’ve said earlier, it feels like a Coliseum.”last_img read more

“I recited Bible scripture during the tournament” – The Open winner Zack Johnson

first_imgZach Johnson may not have been many people’s choice to win this longest of Open Championships yet, as the sun finally shone on the Old Course and the tears began to flow, he ended it as the humble champion that warmed many hearts.Johnson stayed long into the evening to soak up the victory, circling the 18th fairway to share his glorious triumph with those spectators who, just minutes earlier, had been rooting for Louis Oosthuizen and Jordan Spieth.By the end, his genuine humility, warmth and downright shock had won them over, a victor so bowled over by the achievement that, initially, he stared blankly into the distance.In his mind, Johnson was reciting a Christian scripture when Oosthuizen’s putt on the final play-off hole slipped by the cup to seal his second major title. He was so entwined in the moment that not even his caddie, Damon Green, could tempt him into a high five. The celebrations came eventually but, for a brief period, he appeared dumbstruck.“I was standing there, honestly, I was reciting some scripture that I have in my book just to keep me in the moment,” said Johnson, who is 39. “I was doing it all day, all week, and I was getting prepared for a tee shot on 18. You never want to see a tournament or a championship, specifically the Open, end on a miss.“I don’t particularly care to see that as a spectator, but fortunately I made a few shots prior to that which put me in that position, so I feel blessed.” Indeed, the denouement may not have been the dramatic one that this tournament deserved, but Johnson was undoubtedly a worthy winner.Whether he can add further majors to his name and, potentially, go on to a career grand slam is a question for tomorrow.For now, the Claret Jug can sit alongside his green jacket from 2007, pride of place among the 11 other Tour victories he has secured during a mightily impressive career. “I realise it’s just a game,” added Johnson.“I’m just a guy from Iowa that has been blessed with a talent, and this game provides great opportunity. I think if you mentally look at it that way, it kind of takes the pressure off. I don’t want to make it any bigger than what it should be. “This isn’t going to define me or my career, at least I hope it doesn’t. It’s not my legacy. Granted, as a professional athlete and as a golfer I’m going to relish this. I’m going to savour this. I’m humbled by this. But my legacy should be my kids, my family, that kind of thing.“The Open Championship: it’s a feat to be invited and an honour to be invited to these tournaments, and to win at Augusta and to win the Open Championship at St Andrews, it’s hard to put it into words, as a golfer, as an athlete, as a guy.“I’m not rich in history, I can tell you that. I’m not a great historian. I know the little things that probably most know, but I do know that this is the birthplace of a great game and a place that has fantastic fans. It was a beautiful Scottish summer day and you all came out.“The venue, for those that love the game, this needs to be on their bucket list and I love playing it. I’ve said it many, many, many times: this championship, it may sound corny because look what I’m holding, but it’s probably my most fun golf tournament. I am a little bit in shock.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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


first_imgA new boxing club will open in the next fortnight in Newtoncunningham as final preparations are made to the facility before it opens.Owner and head coach of the new gym Patrick Sweeney is excited about the new gym and says anyone that has any interest in boxing can attend.Patrick told Donegal Daily, “We’re opening the new gym now in a couple of weeks, and we just want to get the word out there to let people know. “We’re hoping it will be ready to open in the next 2-3 weeks and we’re looking forward to getting the gym open.“Anyone regardless of age can come and train in the gym, as long as there willing to work hard and be disciplined everybody is welcome.The new gym will be located at Unit 1, Main Street, Newtoncunningham.  COMMUNITY NOTICE: NEW BOXING CLUB TO OPEN IN NEWTONCUNNINGHAM was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingCommunity NoticemanorcunninghamNew gymNoticesSportlast_img read more