MoBay City Run seeks more $$ for students

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Organisers are looking at participation in this year’s MoBay City Run/Walk races to top 4,000. The event last year drew almost 3,000 runners and raised approximately $3 million in the process.”We are doing our best to see how much we can, but we are realistically looking at about $5 million this year,” said chief organiser, Janet Silvera.The event is held to raise funds for assisting students in defraying costs at tertiary institutions.Four institutions will benefit directly from proceeds of the MoBay City Run – the University of the West Indies and University of Technology (western campuses), Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, and Montego Bay Community College.The event, which consist of a 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run, had its launch on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Resort and indications are that this year’s renewal will be much bigger and better for the runners.RACE ROUTEThe race will get under way on Sunday, May 1 in the vicinity of the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay and will take the runners and walkers through the city and back to the starting line, where the race will end.Two-time men’s winner, Ronique Williams, will be back defending his title, as will female champion Arieta Martin.Williams have made the MoBay City Run his own, winning the overall title in the event’s inaugural staging in 2014, and return with a bang last year to defend his title, when he completed the race in 36 minutes and 17 seconds. He is among the favourites again this year.Martin took the female first place medal and trophy in a time of 47 minutes and 10 seconds and could repeat as champion.However, with an expected increase in overseas participation, especially among the female runners, Martin will be hard pressed to hold on to her crown.In preparation for the event, organisers have maintained the fitness camp, which will run from March 12 at the Old Hospital Park, on Gloucester Avenue.The team section was one of the most exciting aspects of the City Run last year and will again be a spectacle of colours. Riu Hotel won the team trophy by sending a huge contingent of 521 members in 2015.Scotiabank, FLOW and the Royalton Hotel will feature again this year with big contingents also.last_img read more

LeBron To Be Named NBA MVP For Third Time

LBJ: Three times the MVP.It was when LeBron James was a kid that he developed the mindset of team.”I was always taught it’s team first,” James told the AP on Friday. ”My first time playing basketball, we went undefeated and won a championship and Frank Walker Sr. gave everyone on the team a MVP trophy. Right then and there, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to see my teammates reap the benefits as well.”He has maintained that disposition, but his individual talent has been overwhelming, so much that he will for the third time be named the NBA’s most valuable player, putting him in rarefied air.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the MVP six times, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell five times each and Wilt Chamberlain four times. They are the only players with more than James. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone also have been so honored three times.James likely will receive the trophy in Miami Sunday before Game 1 of the Miami Heat’s second-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.James said last week that while another MVP award ”would be amazing and would be humbling,” it’s not what drives him. In his ninth year in the NBA, he is determined to win a championship.”I think he’s probably as committed as he’s ever been in his career,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this week, asked to summarize James’ season. ”And he’s always been committed. … We all respond to his energy on the court.”James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists – making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two different seasons, according to STATS LLC, joining Oscar Robertson (five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Bird (twice). read more

Anurag Kashyap goes gaga over Revolver Rani

first_imgAnurag Kashyap goes gaga over ‘Revolver Rani’281 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Anurag Kashyap goes gaga over ‘Revolver Rani’281 viewsEntertainmentMumbai, April 25 (ANI): Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who recently attended the special screening of Kangna Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’ went gaga about the film and said that its needs great courage to make such a film. While Kangna who plays a criminal politician in the film looked quite confident and happy with the reviews. Directed by Sai Kabir the film also stars Vir Das, Piyush Mishra and Zakir Hussain and is out on theaters near you to watch it.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, April 25 (ANI): Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who recently attended the special screening of Kangna Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’ went gaga about the film and said that its needs great courage to make such a film. While Kangna who plays a criminal politician in the film looked quite confident and happy with the reviews. Directed by Sai Kabir the film also stars Vir Das, Piyush Mishra and Zakir Hussain and is out on theaters near you to watch it.last_img read more

Sony Shares Dive Over 8 after Company Announces Plans to Boost Image

first_imgSony Corp shares witnessed a sharp fall on Tuesday, after the electronics manufacturing giant announced that it would sell shares and convertible bonds worth nearly 440 billion yen ($3.6 billion) to raise funds to improve its image sensors business.After the announcement, stock prices of Sony plunged 8.3% to trade at 3,461.5 yen on the Japanese stock exchange. The shares have gained by 40% so far this year, while the benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose by 16%.Sony plans to invest the amount raised from the sale in increasing the production of image sensors amid soaring demand from smartphones makers.The company said that it would raise 321.5 billion yen from selling shares and 120 billion yen through sale of convertible bonds.Sony will issue shares and convertible bonds for sale to the public in Japan and abroad and it is the first sale by the company since 1989.However, analysts express concerns about the company’s fund raising program, saying that it is contradictory to the growth seen in image sensors.”The amount they are raising doesn’t correspond to the kind of growth we see in image sensors,” said Yasuaki Kogure, chief investment officer at SBI Asset Management Co.”This is pretty negative, and the share selloff shows a mismatch with market expectations,” Kogure said.In February, the company had said that it would invest 105 billion yen to increase the production of sensors so as to raise revenues from rapidly growing sensors business, as its income from TV and mobile divisions come under pressure.”We have gone through a restructuring phase and are now entering into an investment stage,” the company’s spokesman Yasuhiro Okada told Bloomberg.The company plans to use 25 billion yen of the total amount raised from convertible bond sale towards repayment of debt.The share and convertible bond sales account for 10% of current market capitalisation of Sony at nearly 4.1 trillion yen.last_img read more

9 injured as man deliberately ploughs car into Tokyo crowds

first_imgPolice inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early 1 January 2019. Photo: AFPNine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year’s Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said Tuesday.With an “intent to murder”, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo’s fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight, a police spokesman told AFP.According to national broadcaster NHK, Kusakabe told police he was acting in “retribution for the death penalty” without giving more precise details.NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances.One witness told NHK it was a “ghastly scene.””I saw some guys collapsed on the street. As I walked closer toward the scene, many more people had fallen on the ground. By the time I reached the exact place, paramedics were already there helping people,” he said.Another witness who runs a clothing shop in the area said: “I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street.”Police immediately cordoned off the street, which was packed with people celebrating the New Year.One college student suffered serious injuries during the attack and was undergoing surgery, the police spokesman told AFP.Kusakabe was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.According to local media, Kusakabe hit a total of eight people and assaulted another on the street, which was closed to car traffic at the time as revellers packed the area to celebrate New Year.Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of international tourists every day.Unlike in other major cities, New Year in Tokyo is a relatively muted affair.There is no major fireworks display and no central point where drunken revellers gather to see in the New Year.Instead, Japanese people tend to see in the New Year with families and quietly go to the shrine to pray for good fortune in the year to come.last_img read more