Oral Tracey: Three the ‘snobbish, arrogant’ way

first_imgThe rumblings have once again started over the availability and access to the most precious commodity in Jamaican sports: grandstand tickets for the final day of Boys and Girls’ Championships. The discourse has now reached ridiculous proportions with the recent proposal by the past student bodies of top high schools – Calabar, Kingston College, and Jamaica College – launching a formal lobby for a bigger portion of the premium, final-day grandstand tickets to be made available to them. This, to my mind, is a most obnoxious, contentious, and unprincipled proposal. Equity and fairness have been thrown into the garbage, as KC, Calabar, and JC typically seek to feather their own selfish nests. The so-called ‘three the hard way’ are trying to make the case that they spend a combined total of over $40 million in preparing their teams for the marquee event, which, invariably, is won by one of the big three, thus their claim of entitlement for preferential treatment. The arrogance went up a notch with the sly reminder by the ‘cartel’ that Champs would not be the same without Calabar, KC, and JC – with no regard for the fundamental fact that Champs is still a national amateur high-school event. The situation is what it is as it relates to the overwhelming demand for grandstand final-day Champs tickets, and that situation will not change anytime soon. The capacity of the grandstand is less than 5,000, with approximately half of those seats allocated to sponsors, special guests, media, etc. So, in reality, there will be tens of thousands of people chasing less than 3,000 premier grandstand Super Saturday tickets. Certainly, allocating more of those limited tickets to ‘select schools’ cannot be the way to go for the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). Outside of allowing the overwhelming demand to dictate the price of the grandstand tickets, which would probably push the price up to an exorbitant level, ISSA must remain cognisant of the fact that Champs remains a mere high-school event. Under the less-than-perfect circumstances, the limited tickets should continue to be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. That is simply the fairest method of allocation. WHAT NEXT? Following the principle of the ‘three the hard way’ proposal to its logical conclusion, it would not be long before the suggestion comes that only past or current students of the top contenders and the big spenders and recent Champs, winners KC, Calabar, and JC will be welcome inside the grandstand and eventually inside the entire stadium. I suspect that the erudite and principled leadership of ISSA will pay very scant regard to the proposal of what must now be more appropriately known as ‘three the snobbish and arrogant way’. The sending of the right messages of fairness, justice, equality, and transparency must be of utmost importance as it relates to a high-school event. The principle must remain where no students or past students of any particular school should be more entitled to a seat in the grandstand on the final day of Champs than the students or past students of any other school. I sincerely hope that after burning in the fields for so long in order to build Boys and Girls’ Champs into an international spectacle of the highest reputation, that on this particular issue of principle, ISSA will neither fall nor yield.last_img read more

Teenager caught speeding in crowded area on St Patrick’s Day

first_imgA teenager has been warned he must complete the prosocial driver’s course if he stands any chance of keeping his licence, a Judge has warned.Owen Kelly, 18, of Lower Illies, Buncrana, was charged with dangerous driving at the Cockhill Road on March 18, last, when he appeared before Buncrana District Court. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, a conviction for which would lead to an automatic driving ban, in Buncrana Court last Thursday.However, after hearing evidence Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Kelly an opportunity to keep his licence by completing the prosocial drivers course before the next District Court sitting.Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle told the court that Gardaí were on routine patrol in Buncrana Town on St. Patrick’s Night when they saw a red Skoda car driving at speed.He said there were a large number of people and pedestrians in the town for St. Patrick’s Night so the Gardaí followed the car onto the Cockhill Road.“The guards failed to indicate Mr. Kelly’s speed but they say that they were travelling at 100km per hour in the 50km per hour zone and they failed to keep up with him,” Insp. McGonigle told the court.However when Mr. Kelly got stuck behind traffic further up the Cockhill Road the Gardaí were able to stop him.“He said he was unaware of the speed limit in that area and could not give a reason for his speed,” the Garda Inspector said.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said there was no element of a chase involved as his young client was unaware the guards were behind him.“He did accelerate on the Cockhill Road as the road was clear but he didn’t try to overtake anyone,” Mr. Dorrian said.“He is very young and I know the Sergeant was worried that there were a lot of people about on St. Patrick’s Night but he wasn’t trying to show off or anything.”Mr. Dorrian said Kelly was ‘very polite to the Gardaí’ and admitted he didn’t know that he was driving in a 50km per hour zone.The defence solicitor said his client had previously worked on a farm in rural Australia and hoped to return as soon as possible as there are no employment opportunities for him in Inishowen.Judge Kelly told the court that there is a prosocial driving course this month in Donegal Town and if Mr. Kelly completed this, and paid €200 towards the cost of the course he would reduce the charge from dangerous to careless driving and allow the Buncrana man to keep his licence.He remanded the case until June 13, excusing the Buncrana man on the next occasion if he had returned to Australia, on the basis that he completed the prosocial course.Teenager caught speeding in crowded area on St Patrick’s Day was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by StephenShare 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

Man United, Liverpool and Everton tracking England starlet

first_img Paul Cook could look to promote Gelhardt to Wigan’s first-team next season Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are tacking Wigan and England starlet Joel Gelhardt, according to reports.Gelhardt, the striker, has emerged as one of the brightest talents in his age group since breaking into Wigan’s Under-18s as a 15-year-old. 1center_img The forward, now 16, is a regular in the side, and he’s also represented England at Under-15 and Under-16 level.And now Premier League scouts are taking interest in him.Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are all credited with an interest in Gelhardt, according to the Sun.The top-flight trio are said to have monitored Gelhardt last season and they are now ready to test Wigan’s resolve with an approach for the teenager.last_img read more

Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru opens 13 March in th

first_imgRadisson Blu Atria Bengaluru opens 13 March, in the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state, Bengaluru, also known as, “The Garden City.” An centre of economic activity and high-technology industry, the city is also renowned for its parks and nightlife. The newly opened Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru, is set to introduce the brand’s internationally renowned, Yes, I Can!SM service philosophy with sophisticated design and premier accommodation.Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru is a 45-minute drive from the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) and a 10 minutes’ drive from the City Railway Station. Located within close proximity to iconic attractions including the Government Legislative Building, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, the hotel is also positioned at the centre of the central business district and leisure hubs, making it an ideal destination for the discerning business and leisure traveller.Designed with the modern traveller in mind, the hotel features 167 well-appointed guest rooms and suites with modern amenities. Bringing exciting flavors from around the globe, the hotel has four food and beverage outlets for guests to indulge in. Guests can enjoy international cuisine at One Atria Café or authentic Indian cuisine at the hotel’s speciality restaurant, Tijouri. The Whiskey Bar and Tea and Wine Lounge provides drinks, making it the perfect venue to unwind.The hotel has over 1,250 square meters of flexible room configurations with its six meeting spaces and two boardrooms, capable of accommodating large wedding receptions or intimate team meetings complemented with state-of-the-art presentation and audiovisual tools. Other facilities available at the hotel includes the Business Class Lounge, business centre, swimming pool, spa and fully-equipped fitness centre.last_img read more

What Ever Happened To Alta Motors

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Alta Motors Introduces Hot New 2018 Redshift MXR Harley-Davidson Invests in Alta Motors To Secure Electric Future Alta are you ok? Alta are you ok? Are you ok Alta?On October 18, 2018, citing financial difficulties, electric motorcycle company Alta Motors suspended its activities halting a ten-year success story. The company has since been MIA and while there were glimmers of hope that the electric legacy could be saved, the prolonged silence has gotten us worried. We decided to dive into what has lead to the October announcement and what the next step could be for the company. Alta Motors Pulls the Plug After all, Alta had spent over a decade on the market perfecting the technology so it made sense for H-D to benefit from that experience while giving the small company access to its resources. It looked like a match made in heaven.The honeymoon didn’t last for long. Six months into their partnership, Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors broke off their engagement. Harley allegedly backed out of the deal which meant Alta was losing the support of a well-established strategic partner and the resources it had brought to the table. The Americana company had apparently decided to build its own Research and Development center in Silicon Valley instead. The announcement came only a few days following the separation which created a very obvious cause-effect relationship between the two events.Understandably, this brought a number of questions, surprisingly not regarding Alta’s future which didn’t seem compromised, but rather regarding Harley’s capacity to reach its ambitious goals. A few weeks only prior to Alta’s shut down, nobody seemed concerned about its next step. This is where things got a little foggy regarding Alta. Had the company leaned into its partnership to the point that the end of the deal also meant the end for Alta?What Now?Between the end of August, when H-D officially backed out of the deal, and mid-October, business seemed to continue as usual. The company remained active on its social media platforms and on October 10, 8 days before the company’s confirmed shutdown, Alta even announced it would participate in the 2018 RedBull Straight Rhythm motocross event with Darren Durham set to take place in California on October 20, 2018. Despite the apparent financial crisis, Alta followed through since Durham showed up at the event on the 20th and got eliminated in the first round.On October 18, alongside the official announcement stating that it was halting its production, also allegedly letting go of its staff, the company posted a heartfelt and short thank you note to its supporters on its Facebook and Instagram accounts. That was the end of it.When it announced it would suspend its operations for the time being, Alta seemed confident it would soon remediate the situation by finding new investors or partners to keep things moving forward. That was almost 50 days ago—the company has since virtually disappeared off the face of the digital world.The RideApart team reached out to Mark Fenigstein in the hopes of learning more about what the company’s next move and to give everyone a bit of hope that the game wasn’t over. To be honest, we were all rooting for them. However, either for legal or personal reasons, Fenigstein never replied and we are now left to wonder whether there will be a future for the brand or not. Despite our initial optimism, things aren’t looking so good.On the company’s Facebook page, the owner of a Redshift with a broken display commented 2 weeks ago that she tried contacting her dealer and even Alta directly to get a fix but couldn’t get a hold of anybody, which leads us to believe that the company isn’t even providing owner support. Were the company currently discussing investments with bigger companies, we suppose customer service would still be provided and owners wouldn’t be left to their own device.The apparent absence of basic customer support isn’t a good sign and while we want to believe that Alta Motors will rise from its ashes, we might have to admit that we are witnessing the end of an era.Sources: Clean Technica, Alta Motors, Harley-Davidson, Business Insider, Top Speed, Revzilla, Tesla Raticenter_img More Alta News Source: Electric Vehicle News By the time 2018 rolled in, things were looking up for the company. Its lineup was now four models strong with a fifth one scheduled to come out during the year and the company had managed to slash its prices by 30%, making the bikes more accessible. Already at the end of 2017, Alta had recorded skyrocketing sales, hired a new Chief Revenue Officer, and added 36 new distributors to its expanding network. The picture was pretty: they were on track to grow exponentially and finally carve their place on the market.The Future Is Orange And BlackThings got even better in March 2018 when giant Harley-Davidson confirmed it had invested in the company with the goal of forming a partnership for the development and production of electric motorcycles, something the black-and-orange brand has been struggling to address despite the introduction of the Livewire. There were obvious benefits for both companies.“Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part, by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology,” said Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich in a press release. “We intend to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles and, at the same time, remain true to our gas and oil roots by continuing to produce a broad portfolio of motorcycles that appeal to all types of riders around the world.” Alta Motors was going to be its express one-way ticket to rejuvenation. While some people still use the term “startup” to define Alta Motors, the company has actually been around since 2007. The company was founded more or less at the same time Zero Motorcycles released what is considered to be the first modern electric motorcycle, the X. While Zero soldiered on, trying to crack the market’s hard shell, Alta waited close to a decade to follow in the tracks and launch a bike of its own.The First RedshiftAlta Motors co-founder and CEO Mark Fenigstein told Business Insider that it was the explosion of Tesla’s popularity that sparked the demand for electric motorcycles and helped propel Alta forward. In 2016, the company gave the world its very first electric bike model, the Redshift. Both the XM and SM were generally well received on the market despite the unsettling new reality of the absence of a clutch lever and gear shifter. The bikes even proved to be fierce competitors in the dirt, participating in number of motocross events and even getting a few wins. The world was finally ready for electric bikes.last_img read more