The jockey, trainer and owner combination of Shane Ellis, Neive Graham and O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) teamed up to win the first three races at Caymanas Park yesterday, the horses in question winning very easily as short-priced favourites.In the opening race over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds, Ellis had an arm-chair ride aboard the howling 1-9 favourite, PROLIFIC PRINCESS (made all), in winning by 101/2 lengths.Ellis came back to boothome another 1-9 favourite, FRANKENSTORM, in the second race and completed the rout with 1-5 favourite HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the third.closest rivalEllis (53 winners) thus regained the lead from closest rival Robert Halledeen (52 wins) in the three-man race for the jockeys’ championship, followed by Omar Walker on 49.For trainer Graham, this was his first triple.”I am really elated to have achieved the feat, especially in that the winners came one behind the other in the first three races on the card.”I saddled three winners once before, but one horse was disqualified,” he recalled. “With the help of O’Shaun, I am looking forward to impact on the last four months of the season.”Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite, ROYAL GIRL, ridden by in-form Wesley Henry for owner/trainer Patrick Chang, came through in mid-stretch to win the Henry George Harrison Sr. Memorial Cup over 1300 metres.
Two of the greatest competitors in tennis history will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, NC.Recently retired superstar and new Cashiers homeowner Andy Roddick takes the court against good friend and fellow superstar Jim Courier in “The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge.” The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with McKee Properties is hosting the event and proceeds will benefit the new non-profit organization Mountain Youth Charities.The marquee match-up brings together players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world.Roddick held that position following his victory in the 2003 U.S. Open, one of 32 ATP titles in his career. Courier, meanwhile, was the world’s No. 1 player four times in the 1990s. He totaled 23 ATP victories, including four Grand Slam titles.“The UCB Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will also include two preliminary matches. The first is a battle between top-ranked juniors Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, NC and Korey Lovett of Brevard, NC and the second is a doubles match pairing the winners of a local pro-am versus Roddick & Courier.The event will also feature a gala dinner on Friday evening, July 26 hosted by Roddick and Courier. This will be held in Cashiers at Lonesome Valley’s famed restaurant Canyon Kitchen and will feature crowd pleasing entertainment, a celebrity chef catered dinner, and fundraising activities… a don’t miss event for the times.“This is exciting for our club and the Cashiers community,” said Scott Handback, general manager of Cedar Creek Racquet Club. “We’re thrilled to provide folks in the Carolinas and Georgia with a rare chance to see two of the world’s best tennis players compete in such a scenic mountain setting.”Grounds open at 9 am on Saturday, July 27. The VIP breakfast and the junior match begin at 10 am, followed by Roddick and Courier facing the pro-am doubles champs at 11 am. The main event, pitting Roddick versus Courier, is at 11:30 am.To purchase tickets, click here. Reserved seat tickets are $100. Fans can also choose from an array of luxury box tickets, VIP tickets and group packages.“The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will be a benefit to create and enhance much needed youth programs in the Cashiers area. The goal is to establish long-term programs for all kids in this area to have opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. “Mountain Youth Charities” is the organization that will manage the funding for the children’s needs. For more information on this event call 828-743-3411 or go to www.Cashiers.com.Source:PRWeb.com
Publisher-association relationships aren’t foreign to the B2B world, but they rarely go this far.PMMI, a trade group for packaging and processing technologies, has agreed to purchase Summit Media Group, a publisher with five titles in the same space.Terms weren’t disclosed, though the deal is expected to close next month. Summit staff and leadership will become employees of the association, with operations remaining headquartered in Chicago. The deal immediately gives PMMI, producer of five trade shows, an established year-round, multi-platform connection to its audience—something the company had been exploring on its own for the last 18 months, says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI.“A robust publishing and multimedia presence will be the foundation of our efforts to build a year-round audience for our tradeshows and other products,” he says. “Building a platform would take several years and a significant financial investment with no guarantee of success. On the other hand, purchasing an existing, successful entity would mean much greater speed to market and a faster return on our financial investment.”While integration on the marketing front is a central part of the deal, show sales will continue on separately from media sales for now, Yuska says, though cross-platform buys will be available.The merger makes PMMI’s own magazine, PMT, redundant however. It’ll be absorbed into Summit’s title, Packaging World.
By The Associated PressBill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine how the 81-year-old comedian will be punished for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman more than 14 years ago.Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison — perhaps for the rest of his days — after being convicted in April of violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.Bill Cosby, center, is facing the start of a sentencing hearing, at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University athletics employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Cosby, looking grim, walked into the courthouse on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him.At the end of the potentially two-day hearing, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill could sentence Cosby to as many as 30 years in prison or send him home on probation. The state guidelines for someone like Cosby, with no prior convictions, call for about one to four years behind bars.Judges can’t help being influenced a little by the “optics” of a case — that it, how it is going to look to the public, said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University’s Kline School of Law.In this instance, “the judge is going to get flak,” he said. “The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs.”Samuel Stretton, a veteran defense lawyer not connected to the case, said: “Obviously, the allegations are serious, and, except for his age and poor health, would normally warrant some jail time.”Cosby is legally blind and uses a cane, something his lawyers are certain to point out along with his achievements and philanthropy. Prosecutors hoped to call some of his other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counseling the rest of his life, in prison or out. Neighbors and schools will be warned he is living nearby.In the years since Constand first went to police in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.Two of those women, Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha, said September 23 at a Philadelphia news conference that they want prison for him and hope they get to make impact statements at the sentencing.“I really think it’s important that he spend some time behind bars,” said Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her in 1989 when she was 23. “At some point, he should acknowledge what he’s done, and do the time for the crime.”Just a few hours before the sentencing hearing was to begin, Constand tweeted Ephesians 4:26, a Bible verse about letting go of anger: “Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity.”Cosby, who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, became the first Black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century, hitting his peak in the 1980s with the top-rated “Cosby Show” as the warm, wisecracking dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.But behind the scenes, according to testimony, the married star sought out sexual encounters with young women, including actresses he offered to mentor, models seeking a part on his shows, and flight attendants he met in his travels. He also acknowledged obtaining quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Lublin, Lasha and Constand have done.
Travelweek Group Friday, April 6, 2018 Flight Centre Independent to celebrate 10th anniversary at next week’s annual Meetup << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — It’ll be a meeting of the minds next week in Toronto, when Flight Centre Independent Agents from nearly every province convene for FCI’s Annual Cross-Canada Meetup.Taking place on April 13-14 at Flight Centre’s flagship Travel Centre in downtown Toronto, this year’s Meetup will feature the launch of new booking tools, new marketing and social media initiatives, and a new fee model that gives agents the ability to customize and better control their program expenses. The weekend will also feature the inaugural independent Partner Appreciation Awards, during which supplier partners chosen by FCI agents will be recognized for their work.“Our partners are extremely important to us at FCI,” said FCI General Manager Lee Zanello. “With Flight Centre’s Preferred Partnerships, not just in Canada but globally, we know they help us offer our agents the most extensive and supportive network in the country. I cannot wait to show our appreciation for all that they do with these upcoming awards.”More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckAs FCI turns 10 years old this month, the weekend will also celebrate the January launch of sister U.S.-based brand, Independent by Liberty Travel.“Independent by Liberty Travel has exceeded all of our initial expectations in the first few months,” says Flight Centre Vice President for the Independent Agent Brands in North America, Cameron McLeod. “There is a fantastic camaraderie between our Canadian and US businesses with Canada guiding the way with their 10 years of experience and the US able to contribute heavily with strong supplier relations and technology and systems innovations. It’s a fantastic time for Independent Agents to come on board with the company on both sides of the border.”Flight Centre has three distinct Independent offerings working with individual Independent contractors, small agencies who appreciate the backend support and earning potential offered by a Global brand, and partners who have unique and specific requirements from a host agency.“Our size and strength in the Canadian travel industry gives us the resources to work directly with each agent or agency on an individual basis,” Zanello says. “We aren’t cookie-cutter and we work hard to ensure we have a host solution that is flexible enough to fit pretty much any arrangement.”More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAdd to that a company culture that doesn’t take itself too seriously, she adds, “and you get opportunities like this that help people realize they are not just a part of our business, they are a part of our family.”Flight Centre Independent is Flight Centre’s host-agency solution for Independent Contractors and has agents in nearly every province and territory in Canada. It operates as part of the larger Flight Centre Leisure business. Tags: Flight Centre, Sphere