Prince out to reign at Naas

first_img Aidan O’Brien’s 93-rated colt steps into handicap company for the first time and has to give weight away to all eight rivals. Crucially though, he won his maiden on soft going at Limerick last month. A runner-up finish to Postulation at Dundalk last-time out should leave him primed for this 50,000 euro contest. Press Association The Happy Prince should relish the forecast soft ground at Naas on Wednesday evening when he runs in the valuable Woodlands 100 Club Handicap over six furlongs. O’Brien’s Los Barbados was a beaten favourite in the Curragh when promoted from fourth to third place. Considering he finished less than a length off the winner he has to be a threat. Vasoni got her head in front at Sligo on heavy ground and attempts to follow up in the naasracecourse.com Apprentice Handicap. Robbie Downey has been booked by Timothy Doyle. Last year’s winner Regal Power has been dropping down the weights and showed a return to form when third here at the end of April. He can make his presence felt from stall one. Weld and Smullen team up with Chinese Light in the mile maiden for fillies which concludes the card. This grey filly has been turned over at short odds in her last two appearances. Mick Halford’s Duchessofflorence and O’Brien’s Outstanding can both give her plenty to think about. Recent winners Great Wide Open, Penny Pepper and Ohh Lala head the dangers, while Disprove makes her Irish debut for Tom Hogan having been trained in Britain by Hugo Palmer. She was last seen down the field in a Group Three at Ayr in September and a hood is fitted for the first time. Jim Bolger has landed the last two runnings of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) Maiden for two-year-olds, so his Special Focus merits close consideration. This daughter of Intense Focus was beaten four and a half-lengths into second on debut at Navan on yielding ground. A nose behind in third came O’Brien’s Californiadreaming who reopposes again. Impressive course and distance winner Argentero carries a 4lb penalty in the Fishery Lane Race. His trainer Ger Lyons saddled subsequent Group Three-victor Cappella Sansevero to victory in this six-furlong contest last year. Bolger introduces Round Two, while more will be expected from O’Brien’s Waterloo Bridge who was sixth on debut. Dermot Weld bids for a hat-trick in the Kill (C & G) Maiden over a mile and two furlongs. Sight Hound looks the best of his pair on the back of being edged out by a short head in Clonmel over the same trip. Pat Smullen takes the ride in preference to Royal Ascot Trip who was 10th at this track last month. last_img read more

Donegal bake party ready to raise some dough for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

first_imgThere’s a rush on flour and eggs as hundreds of families and friends touched by brain injury get ready to raise some ‘dough’ to support the life-changing work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.Once again, the people have been Donegal encouraged to organise a ‘bake party’ to raise funds for the special cause that touches so many lives after serious brain injuries from stroke, road traffic accidents, falls and brain tumours.The seventh annual ‘bake party’ fundraiser set to sweep the nation during National Brain Awareness Week, 11-17 March. Jonathan Power, Head of Fundraising with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland said: “We’re looking for people to join in the fun and embrace the ‘flour power’ for our annual ‘Bake for Brain Injury’.“Hosting a bake party or coffee morning between 11-17 March is a great excuse to catch up with friends at home, work or school while raising vital funds for our charity.“Your support or donation will make a real difference to people who need our help after their lives are turned upside down after brain injury.“Monies raised will go to support our local services so we can provide more personalised rehabilitation programmes to more brain injury survivors.” Every year in Ireland an estimated 19,000 people acquire a brain injury. Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them but according to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland it happens to 52 people here every day.Mr Power added: “Brain injury is a hidden phenomenon in Ireland often because many people with brain injuries have problems that people can’t see.“That’s why our rehabilitation services are so important. We help people manage difficulties with memory, fatigue, judgement and we support them in relearning everyday activities to increase their independence.“Thanks to the generous donations from events like this, we can help even more people get their lives back. Last year more than 50 bake parties took place in homes and communities around Ireland raising more than €10,000 and this year with your help, we can beat it.”To register your own bake party for this year please go to www.abiireland.ie/bake Donegal bake party ready to raise some dough for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

How Robbie Grossman factors into A’s crowded mix of outfielders

first_imgMESA, Arizona — The A’s have had a knack for acquiring quality talent late into free agency over the past couple of years.Robbie Grossman is their latest find.The team announced Friday that it had signed Grossman to a one-year deal to continue a trend of acquiring players management did not believe would be available at this juncture. It happened last year when the A’s got Jonathan Lucroy after spring games already had begun. With free-agent market littered with quality players who remain …last_img

“Richard Garriott’s Haunted Geocache” Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgGeocaching pioneer and video game designer Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, pushes the envelope again with the creation of the Mystery Cache Necropolis of Britannia Manor III (GC2B034).A resident at Necropolis of Britannia Manor IIIThe journey leads geocachers through what Lord British describes as eight chapters on “The Guardian’s Quest.”Part of the graveyard at Necropolis of Britannia Manor IIIThe first seven chapters are waypoints or benchmarks.  The chapters are a twisted maze of cryptic clues and mind-bending puzzles.  Solving each chapter provides a clues to find and unlock the geocache at the end of the final chapter.The treasure hunters that reach the final chapter will find a geocache with all too realistic professional movie props and haunted house techniques.  It took months to plan and build.Garriott holds the record for the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.  Garriott rode aboard a Russian rocket to place a geocache aboard the International Space Station (GC1BE91) in 2008.  He also placed a geocache, Rainbow Hydrothermal Vents (GCG822), 2300 meters below the surface of the ocean far off the coast of Portugal in 2002. You can view a Lost & Found video about Lord British’s highest and lowest geocaches.Lost & Found videos explore the fascinating adventure geocaching.  View more than a dozen stories, including one about an Army Sgt. who credits geocaching with helping keep him safe.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHighest and Lowest Geocaches – Geocaching PresentsJune 1, 2010In “Community”The First Geocaching First-to-Find in SpaceNovember 18, 2013In “Community””The British Library” GC2M0AF GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 10, 2011October 10, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Business Loan? Budding Entrepreneurs Raise Their Chances

first_imgRelated Posts Emma Salvador Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Emma Salvador, a masters in computer science has a knack for computer technologies. She has over 15 years of experience in systems security and IoT. Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Business credit is the grease that keeps the wheels of a business enterprise moving. The fact that business enterprises rely on business loans from time to time is an obvious statement. Regardless of the scale or the diversity of a business — budding entrepreneurs running from pillar to post in search of seed capital or liquidity injection for their business enterprises are a common sight in business circles.Challenges in Getting a Business Loan ApprovedWhile getting a business loan application approved by a banker, angel investor, or a private equity (PE) fund has always been a tall order. It has become even more complicated in the last two decades in the aftermath of global economic crises. There has been the subprime crisis (2008), the Eurozone crisis (2011) and the lessons learned from the cases of fiscal profligacy in the PIIGS (Portugal, Iceland, Italy, Greece, and Spain).Banks, private equity investors, angel investors, and lending institutions for business across the world have become even more cautious about approving loan applications due to a vast number of reasons.Some of the significant macroeconomic challenges that have an impact on the non-approval of business loan applications are as follows:Stringent guidelines by regulatory agencies and federal banksImpact of non-performing assets (NPAs) on balance sheets of banks due to bad business loansAbsence of a strong value proposition to be offered through the businessLack of a clear definition of the purpose of the business loanAbsence of well-documented history on the corporate behavior of the firmAbsence of demonstrated history of credit and payback by the firmA weak revenue model to support the payback of the creditLack of the scope to build scale into the business model for expansionHow to Raise the Chances of Getting the Business Loan Application ApprovedDefine the Purpose of the Business Credit First, define the core purpose of seeking business credit. It is of paramount importance that you, as an entrepreneur, be clear about the goals that you aim to achieve through the business credit that you are seeking.Do you want a working capital injection for your business to pay off salaries and wages?Do you want a loan to pay off existing debt?Do you want a business credit to expand your business?Do you want a line of credit to reach out to new geographiesDo you want to diversify your businessDo you want to embark on a capacity expansion through the establishment of new production units?Be very clear about the source of your journey and where do you want to end up?Decide on the Capital Injection- Debt or EquitySecond, as an entrepreneur, explore the multiple modes of business credit that are in place these days.You do not always have to lean towards a bank to seek a capital injection for your business.There are other options of private equity (PE) fundsAngel investors who are also sometimes referred to as venture capitalists (VCs)Microfinance institutions (MFIs).You also have the option to explore capital injections through equity crowdfunding. Banks offer the traditional debt route, PEs and VCs offer an equity route. On the other hand equity crowdfunding is a mechanism that allows your business to lean on broad groups of investors that fund micro, small and medium enterprises in lieu of payback, profit or revenue sharing of sweat equity.Update your Tax RecordsThird, do not forget to be a socially responsible corporate citizen. At the grassroots level, this translates to compliance with regulation and governance norms as per the local laws. Tax compliance is one of the essential factors for micro, small, and medium businesses.Bankers, PEs, VCs, and even crowdfunding platforms pay a great deal of attention to the details of the tax burden on your business and are particularly keen to study your tax records.Check for outstanding tax burdens and liabilities and consider a clean tax statement to be a testimony to subsistence level checks before proceeding forward with further processing of your business loan application or liquidity injection that you are seeking.Assess the Financial Risk Factor ObjectivelyFourth, be sure of the financial risk that your business is capable of taking upon itself. Ask yourself where and how to draw the line? There is no substitute to sound financial risk management.How much of financial risk is considered to be conservative, and how should you recognize the red flags?Work on your financial risk modeling. Your risk modeling should ideally include the expected return on investment (RoI), the payback period of your business, and the net present value (NPV) of the assets of the firm.Further, work with an experienced financial risk analyst to assess the unforeseen risk factors that may delay the returns from your project.In short, as an entrepreneur, you should be aware of the farthest that you can stretch with the financial risk involved with the capital injection.Define the degree of affordable risk (DAR) to yourself first, and you should be in an excellent position to explain it to the bankers and creditors.3Cs Matter: Character, Capability, and CredibilityRemember, bank managers and creditors, watch out for three things here:Character–The character here may refer to the value creation potential of the business seeking a capital injection.Capability–Capability here refers to the projected risk-returns trade-off faced by the business.Credibility– credibility refers to a combination of things, including brand value, the market capitalization of the firm, or the total valuation of the assets in possession of the firm.Safeguard Your Intellectual Property RightsOne last thing before you pitch your application before a banker, PE firm, or angel investor. Your intellectual property rights are especially applicable to product based and concept selling businesses. If you are into a company that uses technology, data, or digital assets in any way.It makes enormous good sense to think of your core competence and operational risks in terms of the VRIO model.VRIO here refers to:value (V)rareness (R)non-imitability (I)organizational fit (O).When you safeguard your intellectual property rights like trademarks, copyrights, and patents you have a very potent weapon to beat the competition in the market and create a solid basis for product differentiation and thus, a unique selling point for customers to lean on.Having a unique selling point transforms the very nature of your business loan application. It gives you a legal safeguard, a USP to talk about and finally a perfect core competence to draw the attention of PEs and VCs and win their trust.ConclusionWhile this is a list of general guidelines for entrepreneurs seeking a capital injection for their business, more layers and sub-layers of analysis may be added to make your business loan application even better and precise.One parting shot for entrepreneurs here is to focus not just on justifying why their business deserves a loan or an equity investment but to focus on how a small capital injection can multiply the value creation many times more and benefit investors, clients and employees through a profitable, predictable, sustainable and de-risked business model. Tags:#Business Funding#Capital#Crowd Funding#Entrepreneurs#Finance China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

Public Urged to Support Downtown Shopping Extravaganza

first_img ‘Downtown Sizzling Summer Savings’ will be held from July 25 to 27 at the St. William Grant Park Shoppers stand to benefit from massive discounts Story Highlightscenter_img Members of the public are being urged to support the ‘Downtown Sizzling Summer Savings’ event, which will be held from July 25 to 27 at the St. William Grant Park.The three-day mega shopping extravaganza, which is being held in collaboration with the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and the Vendors and Higglers Association forms part of the Government’s ongoing thrust to rebrand downtown Kingston, and also provide an avenue where persons can shop in a safe environment.Public Relations Officer at the KSAC, Jodiann James, said that shoppers, who come out early, stand to benefit from massive discounts.“We are encouraging patrons to come out and capitalise on our early bird specials, because this event promises to be an exciting one, which will see downtown transformed into a shopper’s paradise, outfitted to accommodate registered vendors, who will be providing massive discounts on back to school items, household and personal supplies.  Also, while shopping, we want everyone to have fun, because it is really an electrifying family affair,” Ms. James stated.In addition to three days and nights of discount offerings, from various merchants, there will be attractions such as a kiddies village, food court, live music, as well as a concert on July 27.The park will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily and there will be 24-hour security provided by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and private security companies.Ms. James informed that vendors, who wish to participate in the event, are required to submit a fee of $22,000, along with a valid identification card (ID), Tax Registration Number (TRN), two recent passport size photos, and a food handler’s permit, for those who will be selling food.The requisite documents should be taken to the St. William Grant Park’s administrative block, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m during the registration period, which is now underway and ends on Friday, July 19.For further details, persons can contact the KSAC at 967-4196 or 279 0708.last_img read more

Cortez Simmons in court tomorrow for 2013 murder

first_img Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Related Items:cortez simmons, court, Keziah Burke, margaret ramsey-hale, murder, rodney adams Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – Court tomorrow for murder accused Cortez Simmons according to the court docket. The now 31 year old Simmons has been imprisoned since May 2013 for allegedly being a part of the shooting death of Keziah Burke in April that same year. Simmons had been beaten up initially when remanded; now he stands trial for the incident which has spawned other landmark cases and rulings in the country; including the trial of now exonerated Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams. Cortez Simmons is expected to appear before Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale in Provo at 9am, Tuesday. Recommended for you Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more