Tranquil in heart of the action

first_img2/88 Mitchell St, North Ward.ONLY a  stone’s throw from The Strand, 2/88 Mitchell St offers the ultimate Townsville lifestyle.The spacious three-bedroom, two bathroom, ground-floor apartment fronts on to Strand Park and offers views of the water.It’s park front position means the unit is quiet and peaceful while still being conveniently close to The Strand’s restaurants, bars, playgrounds and walking tracks.The front patio spreads the width of the apartment and stairs lead down to a large courtyard, which is perfect for those wanting the ease of apartment life while still being able to have a garden.RE/MAX Townsville selling agent Michele Hyde said the home would suit someone who wanted to downsize from a house to a low maintenance option without comprising on space.“I think it would suit someone who had a substantial home up at Yarrawonga and is looking to downsize,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The apartment is as big as a house. The courtyard is very private and it means you could have a little dog and you don’t feel like you’re living in a unit.”The well-appointed apartment features a chef’s kitchen with premium appliances, ample bench space and stainless steel bench tops.The kitchen flows through to the living area with gleaming polished timber floors which leads out to the patio and courtyard.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and has access to the patio.Owner Jennifer Curtain said she had loved living in the home for the past eight years but was now looking for something smaller.“We had a house on Cleveland Terrace so I was attracted to the fact that this apartment was on the ground and you could walk to everything without having to walk back up a hill,” she said.“It was a great place to live and I loved being so close to The Strand.”The home is in a premium apartment complex with a gym and swimming pool, while there is also a double car space in a remote-controlled garage with a lockable storage unit.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Where will future megacaps come from?

first_imgWhat that also means is that certain sectors and types of companies are pretty limited – utilities are a case in point. But, as Coca Cola and Apple have shown, there are few restrictions for consumer companies and tech companies, and that holds true for drug companies as well. But ageing countries can also face challenges in developing the next generation of mega companies – few would expect to see new ones coming out of ageing Japan.The limits to growth for companies with a long runway depend on the business strategy a company chooses to follow. What does appear to be the case is that the limits to growth are further away for companies with three key characteristics.The first – as famously outlined by Warren Buffet as the characteristic of a company he favours – is one with an economic moat that protects against competitors, with a well-known brand name, pricing power and a large portion of market demand. This provides the opportunity to expand, but disruptive technologies can sometimes overwhelm even the widest moat. Kodak is a classic example where its domination of photography could not withstand the impact of digital technology.A second economic driver requires high-quality companies to be able to improve as they grow. There is a tendency for large caps to emerge when you get network effects in areas such as technology or consumers. Apple is the clear example of this, combining technology and consumers. Apple is not a one-trick pony, having built an ecosystem around a seamless integration of innovative products and applications way beyond the production of commodity hardware. It has become the ultimate consumer brand, with the ability to create interest in any new product or variation of an existing product by just adding the prefix ‘i’.Bigger does not always mean better, however, and the banking industry is the prime example of this. Even for those banks such as Citibank with a global footprint, their value lies in having a few particularly strong local franchises in countries such as Mexico. Chinese banks may have a high position in the Forbes list because of the size of their domestic markets, but their domestic focus precludes their being global companies. But others could certainly become so, Alibaba being an example.The third key characteristic virtually all mega companies have is the ability to seek customers in the emerging markets that are driving global growth. China and India are huge markets still experiencing phenomenal growth rates compared with the developed world.Investors, however, need to be aware that becoming a megacap does not necessarily go hand in hand with being a good investment. Just because a company needs a lot of capex, such as the energy industry, does not make it a great investment if the returns on the investment are poor. Tech companies may not have an issue with capex, but issuing a tremendous amount of stock options reduces earnings-per-share growth, reducing returns to investors.Where will the megacaps come from in a decade’s time? While Asia may supplant Europe, it is difficult to see the US losing its position as the undisputed champion of megacap generation.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Joseph Mariathasan explores where the megacap companies of tomorrow might originateIn February, Google beat Apple in market capitalisation. But does size really matter? The Top 4 companies in the 2015 Forbes Global 2000 list of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies – as measured by revenues, profits, assets and market value – are all Chinese. Apple does not make even the Top 10 on this basis since it fails on the metric of assets.But Apple, measured on market cap alone, of course led the list, followed by Google, Exxon Mobil, Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft, with eight of the Top 10 being US companies, alongside China’s Petrochina and ICBC. On the Forbes criteria, the US leads the list with 579 companies, while China (mainland and Hong Kong) has 232, adding more companies than any other country and surpassing Japan for the first time. The UK is in fourth place, while France ceded fifth to South Korea. Europe overall, with 486 companies, was beaten by Asia with 691.One manager told me the key attribute for companies to be able to grow to megasize is “a long runway”. Nestlé would never have been a global megacap if its market was just Switzerland. The dominance of the US and Chinese companies is unsurprising in this respect, given the size of their markets. As the manager explained, one reason the US has so many megacaps that have grown since the 1980s is because of the runway the US market offers domestically for retail companies. Companies such as WalMart or Home Depot can start off in Maine and roll out their stores to Los Angeles with no changes required at all for local conditions. In Europe, that would be inconceivable, with at least five languages required for an analogous rollout. Whilst the US retailers may not have succeeded outside, the US is big enough.last_img read more

“Cruise to Run” conducts activity along the Waitukubuli National Trail

first_imgPhoto credit: cruisetorun.comRoseau, Dominica – (January 23, 2012) – The Discover Dominica Authority has been working with the group “Cruise to Run” on their first ever forest run. Cruise to Run founder Jerry Freiser was very interested in conducting such an activity on the island since he believed that the experience would be different from any which they have done in the past. It was decided that a forest run and possibly the new Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) would be the best option after reading so much about it online and through the press.The Waitukubuli National Trail Project Officers and Marketing Executives of the Discover Dominica Authority first welcomed the group in 2011 while they were on their test visits to each island on which they would hold activities. After a day out visiting various trail options, Segment 10 (Colihaut to Syndicate) of the WNT was selected for this activity. The passengers will arrive via the Caribbean Princess Cruise ship on January 26, 2012 and depart to the heights of Colihaut where they will begin their run. It is expected that a total of 284 participants will be disembarking the cruise ship on this day. The group leaders have expressed great excitement about the day’s adventure and are looking forward to an excellent experience. The Colihaut Village Council have been every active in the preparation of this event as they have realized that this is an exciting and rewarding activity for the community. They have organized for their local vendors to provide the roast plantain, fruits and cane which the community is known for. They have assisted in the resurfacing of the access road to the trail and the clearing of the trail for the event. The activity is anticipated to last 2 hours with the group being mainly runners with a few walkers. The group will be driven to the heights of Colihaut where they will begin the run to Syndicate. Accompanying the group will be villagers from Colihaut and the cadet corps. A press conference will be held at the end of the run at the Syndicate Reception building where the “Cruise to Run” leaders will make a presentation to the Colihaut Community in the form of a Give Back program to donate sporting equipment to groups in the community. Colin Piper. Mr Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Tourism of the Discover Dominica Authority commented that “this activity will open the possibilities for the Waitukubuli National Trail and expand the offerings of the destination to potential visitors. This event is also an added benefit since the village of Colihaut will benefit from this activity and future activities since segment 10 of the WNT is the only one thus far identified suitable for non competitive running. From this activity we would like to encourage the participants to continue to inform and educate about the island and to bring along their friends next year as we hope to make this an annual activity.” The DDA is pleased to continue to market the Waitukubuli National Trail and hope that local tour operators can now put packages together to include the Waitukubuli National Trail ensuring that we continue to improve and develop new activities and interests to keep the potential visitor captivated.Cruise to Run is dubbed the Ultimate Runners Vacation which allows persons to set sail on a seven-day cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico and visit St. Thomas, Tortola, Antigua, Dominica and Barbados. It is meant for everyone to enjoy, from the recreational to serious runner with runs in a variety of distances and terrains.The Discover Dominica Authority continues to work towards increasing the numbers of visitors calling to our shores – one of its two mandates- and the Authority is always eager to work with groups such as these in an effort to augment Dominica’s tourism product offering. With the increase of visitors it is expected that visitor expenditure will also increase through services rendered and taxes paid.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews “Cruise to Run” conducts activity along the Waitukubuli National Trail by: – January 23, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Emery blames ex-girlfriend for his Arsenal demise

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Women Find The Most Attractive In Men From The 60-sThe 10 Best Female Drivers In Racing HistoryBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging Loading… The Spaniard was in charge of the Gunners for 18 months but was dismissed last November and replaced by Mikel Arteta. And his former lover Sacha Wright, 13 years Emery’s junior at 35, has opened up on their relationship. Ms. Wright revealed they split last September before she took Emery back in December, after he had been sacked “It was then that he blamed me for getting him the sack,” she told the Sun on Sunday. “He told me I was a white witch as I had brought him so much bad luck. “He said, ‘It was the day we broke up that we started to lose’. “He told me he was so stressed out that his mind wasn’t in the right place after we separated.Advertisement “I flew out to meet him in San Sebastian just before New Year’s Eve and it was then that he blamed me for Arsenal losing. “I trusted Unai and really believed we would get married and have kids together one day. “I thought he was a gentleman and a real family man. But in the end I realised he was not ready for a serious relationship.” “I miss the dressing room so much because you live your work there every day,” said Marchisio. Asked about a coaching future, the former midfielder was adamant. read also:Ex-PSG coach Emery warns Mbappe to keep his ego in check “If it’s Juve then yes, but not everyone can be a coach.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Unai Emery blames his ex-girlfriend for his demise at Arsenal, it has been claimed.last_img read more

INDOT recommends residents prep mailboxes

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — INDOT is recommending that residents along state and US highways make good use of the warmer temperatures over the weekend to prepare their mailboxes for the winter.Snow and ice removal is INDOTs number one priority in the winter months.INDOT’s plow trucks often travel slower than the speed limit, and snowfighters are careful to avoid mailboxes with the plows, but despite their best efforts, the weight of snow thrown from plows can cause damage to mailboxes with weak supports.last_img read more

Everton Sacks Martinez after Three Years in Charge

first_imgEverton has sacked manager Roberto Martinez after three years in charge.Martinez’s side, 12th in the Premier League, were beaten 3-1 by champions Leicester on Saturday and lost 3-0 at Sunderland on Wednesday.The Toffees lost in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup this season.The club praised the Spaniard, 42, for his “utmost integrity and dignity”, describing him as a “great ambassador” who played a “key role” in developing young players.A statement yesterday confirming the decision to relieve him of the post Everton said: “Would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons”. This season they have won just five league games at home all season and are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points tally at Goodison Park since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981.Everton’s annual awards scheduled for yesterday evening – where protests against Martinez had been expected before his dismissal was announced – has been postponed.The club said it wanted to “reciprocate” Martinez’s “commitment and dignity” by rescheduling the event, adding a “planned celebration would be inappropriate in the circumstances”.Former Ajax coach Frank De Boer, who left the Dutch club yesterday, has been linked with Everton. His agent Guido Albers told BBC Sport: “If a club like Everton comes to him of course he will be interested to talk.”He described Everton as “an amazing club”, adding: “They will have their own shortlist. If Frank is on the shortlist, I don’t know.”There have been an increasing number of protests against Martinez from supporters at recent home matches.A banner saying “Time to go Roberto” was flown over Goodison during the 2-1 win over Bournemouth on April 30, while some Everton fans remained inside the ground for more than an hour after the match to protest against Martinez and chairman Bill Kenwright.A 4-0 loss to Liverpool and FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United at Wembley came within four days of each other. Martinez had previously stated that they would be “defining” fixtures for his side.He promised to deliver Champions League football when he was appointed to replace David Moyes in the summer of 2013 and he finished fifth in his first season in charge with 72 points – the most achieved by Everton since they last won the league title in 1986-87.Only Aston Villa and Bournemouth have conceded more goals at home in the Premier League than Everton.The club won only one league game against a team outside the bottom six since September 12Martinez leaves Everton with a 38 per cent Premier League win percentage during his tenure. Over the past two seasons Everton have won a combined 22 league games – just one more than in 2013-14.They have conceded 18 points from winning positions this season – only Tottenham with 20 and Liverpool (19) have a worse record.Two-goal advantages were lost at Bournemouth and Chelsea – and even when they regained the lead in injury time in both games they still were pegged back to 3-3.In March, a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham with 12 minutes left ended in a 3-2 defeat.Last season the Toffees had the joint worst record with Sunderland for teams losing points from winning positions with 19.Martinez successfully fought to keep hold of defender John Stones last summer as Everton rejected a £30m bid from Chelsea, but striker Romelu Lukaku said in March that he is keen to play in the Champions League next season.In January, Martinez bought forward Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m – Everton’s third most expensive signing – but the Senegal striker has started only two matches, failing to score in seven appearances in total.Everton came under new ownership in February when Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9 per cent stake.Martinez began his managerial career at Swansea in 2007 and oversaw promotion from League One in his first full season in charge before joining Wigan in 2009.He led the Latics to their first FA Cup victory in 2013, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final, but they were relegated from the Premier League three days later and he took over at Everton shortly after.Former Everton winger Pat Nevin told BBC Radio 5 live that the “perfect storm” had formed against Martinez – with poor form, fan protests and a new owner.“I know Bill Kenwright gets along with him, so it’s hurt a lot people at Everton.“He is a good manger and he will get another job, he’ll come back better and stronger because he is still young.“Everton will have a lot of choices, you can throw David Moyes in there. Though I’ve spoken to a lot of fans and a lot of fans don’t fancy him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Reserve center Leary capitalizes for Orange, fires SU to 75-59 win against Providence

first_img Related Stories Tyson-Thomas rejuvenates already-stellar press, helps Orange to 75-59 win against Providence Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasscenter_img Playing behind Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer Kayla Alexander doesn’t leave many minutes for reserve center Shakeya Leary.Leary only averages 11 minutes per game, while Alexander plays close to 27 per contest.But Saturday afternoon, though Leary only played 13 minutes, she made the most of her time. Leary finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting, igniting a 19-10 spurt by the Orange heading into halftime. After that explosive run, Syracuse (18-3, 6-2 Big East) never looked back, defeating Providence (6-15, 1-7) 75-59 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.“Shakeya’s a great player,” said SU head coach Quentin Hillsman. “She’s a very good scorer. I think she makes Kayla better every day because of what she can do when she gets the ball in her hands.”Syracuse looked stagnant offensively early in the game, and let the Friars hang around. The Orange was shooting just 7-of-25 from the field and needed a spark off the bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Leary checked in with 7:07 to go in the half, SU got that spark. She snatched a rebound off a missed 3 by PC’s Danielle Pearson. Leary fired an outlet pass to Brianna Butler, who found a wide-open Pachis Roberts, who drilled a 3 to extend Syracuse’s lead to 24-16.Less than a minute later, Leary caught the ball in the post and froze momentarily. She sized up 6-foot-1 defender Alexis Harris, planning out her attack.Leary faked left, spun right and lofted the ball over Harris’ outstretched arm. Swish.“’Keya is a good player,” Alexander said. “She can play inside, outside. She can beat you off the bounce. She can hit the jumper.”The 6-foot-3 center showcased her jumper less than two minutes later. After catching a pass from Roberts inside, Leary made a quicker move this time, draining the shot as Syracuse claimed a 30-19 lead with 4:05 left in the half.The bucket gave SU its first double-digit lead of the game, and the Orange finally distanced itself from a pesky Providence team.Alexander fills up the stat sheet for SU, but Hillsman said Leary plays valuable minutes off the bench for the Orange.“Shakeya’s probably the unluckiest player right now in the country playing behind a great post player,” Hillsman said.Entering Saturday’s game, Leary and Alexander had identical field-goal percentages, both shooting an efficient 52.9 percent. Though Syracuse’s two centers rarely play at the same time, the duo complements each other nicely. When Alexander takes a breather, Leary is right there to pick up the slack.“They’re a great duo,” Hillsman said. “It’s not a big drop off when you sub her in. As a matter of fact, I don’t think there is a drop off. When you look at her numbers and what she does with her minutes on the floor, it’s phenomenal.”After two free throws by Providence’s Symone Roberts with 1:28 left in the first half, Leary went back to work. Butler delivered a pinpoint dime right into Leary’s hands, and Syracuse’s center laid it up and in for two. The basket highlighted a 10-2 run by the Orange to close the half, as Providence looked out of whack, strugging to contain SU.Leary played the final seven minutes of the first half for SU, as Alexander sat on the bench. After holding a slim five-point advantage when she entered, the Orange led 40-26 heading into halftime.Syracuse has certainly shown its ability to make runs with Alexander on the court. But with the spurt late in the first half Saturday, it proved it could dominate other teams without its star in the lineup.“I like it when ‘Keya comes into the game,” Alexander said. “I just watch her do work on people, so I enjoy it.”Syracuse’s seventh-leading scorer with 5.1 points per game, Leary has been a spark for the Orange all season. Providing a punch with valuable minutes Saturday, she played one of her most complete games of the year.But Leary deflected any credit.“I’m just happy we got the win,” Leary said. “That’s the only thing that matters.” Commentslast_img read more

No. 6 Syracuse struggles all around in 15-8 loss to No. 2 North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — First Riley Donahue fired a bouncing shot that went out of bounds instead of in the North Carolina goal. Then Kayla Treanor made a pivot and released a shot that was saved by Caylee Waters. Nineteen seconds later, Devon Collins attempted one wide to the right.By the time Halle Majorana turned the ball over with 14 minutes to go in the first half, Syracuse had missed six consecutive scoring chances. And the Orange deficit remained at two.“We didn’t show up to play today,” said a quiet and monotone head coach Gary Gait. “It’s one of those times where it’s been a long couple of months, and we showed up and we think everything is ready to go and you plan for it. We stepped on the field and I thought we played a little nervous.”No. 6 Syracuse (9-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) dropped a 15-8 decision to No. 2 North Carolina (12-2, 5-1) at Fetzer Field. It was the most lopsided loss since February 2013 for Syracuse and was the fourth conference loss of the season for the Orange. The previous three came by a combined three goals. On Saturday, though, Syracuse had trouble keeping the game as competitive.Syracuse only registered 17 shots on goal, third worst on the season. Its 16 turnovers were tied for the fourth most on the year. SU even struggled on free positions, converting on just two of its six shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Whether they showed up or not, we’re happy with the fact that we showed up and gave a top-notch performance against an ACC opponent,” UNC head coach Jenny Levy said. “… If you don’t show up, yeah you’ll get beat, but so will we if we don’t show up.”Levy said the game plan was to focus on Treanor and Majorana. She was quick to compliment her defense and note that two of Syracuse’s goals came on free-position attempts, while three more came in transition.Treanor converted on just two of her seven shots and appeared frustrated at points. After she attempted to pick up a ground ball behind the Syracuse goal, she was called for a foul and shrugged her shoulders questioningly at the referees.“It’s never fun to lose,” Treanor said. “But the game’s over now.”Treanor’s demeanor was mirrored by the the Syracuse bench, which was given a yellow card with 13:28 to play in the second half. It was unclear what the cause was, and Gait refused to comment on it.With 22 minutes left in the game, a Collins and Lisa Rogers run-out ended with a missed shot by Rogers and an Orange bench begging for some sort of call against the Tar Heels.“You know what,” Gait said. “That’s just an ongoing thing.”After the game, Gait answered questions with short phrases. His voice was faint. The Orange players didn’t talk to media until 40 minutes after the game ended.Syracuse had allowed the most goals it had all season and scored the second fewest of the year as well.“A lot of things didn’t go our way today,” Gait said. “It’s just the way the ball bounces, as they say.” Commentslast_img read more

FC IfeanyiUbah Slammed with N9.15m Fine for Abandoning Season Opener

first_imgTHISDAY learnt last night that the League Management Company (LMC) descended heavily on the Nnewi-based club to set as example for other clubs who may want to toe that obnoxious line of abandoning matches midway in the new season which started at the weekend.Due to a misinterpretation of a rule of the game, IfeanyiUbah players staged a walkout early in the second half, claiming their goal was wrongly disallowed by the centre referee in the first half.But with LMC ruling last night, IfeanyiUbah is not only going to forfeit three points and three goals from the match, the billionaire owned club is also to lose three points from their future games this season.“For refusing to continue the NPFL game vs Kano Pillars on Saturday, FC IfeanyiUbah will pay a fine of N3m,” the LMC announced on its website monday.“FC IfeanyiUbah will also forfeit 3 points, 3 goals from the NPFL game which shall be credited to their opponents Kano Pillars.“FC IfeanyiUbah will further forfeit 3 points from accrued points which will be suspended for a probationary period of the reminder of the NPFL season.“FC IfeanyiUbah will pay a fine of N5m for hindering and infringing the live TV Broadcast of the NPFL game vs Kano Pillars.“Also FC IfeanyiUbah will have two points deducted from accrued points, which is suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the NPFL season owing to hindering and infringing on the fulfillment of the broadcast contract.“For conduct capable of bringing the #NPFL to disrepute, FC IfeanyiUbah shall pay a fine of N1m.“Three points shall also be deducted from points accruing to FC IfeanyiUbah for behaviour capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute. This shall be suspended for a probation period of the remainder of the season.“FC IfeanyiUbah shall also pay a fine of N150,000 for causing a delay to the restart of the #NPFL game vs Kano Pillars after half time without good reason.”Team Manager of the club, Jonathan Igwe, was also fined N500,000 and suspended indefinitely from all league matches, while the club’s Ghanaian gaffer, Yaw Preko was reprimanded.FC IfeanyiUbah has two days to appeal the decisions of the LMC says the statement on the LMC website last night.Proprietor of the Nnewi club, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah had similarly been sanctioned last season for conducts capable of dragging the game into disrepute during an away match with relegated Heartland FC of Owerri.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NPFL…NPFL…NPFL…Duro IkhazuagbeFederation Cup champions, FC IfeanyiUbah has been handed a hefty fine of N9.15million for abandoning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season opening game against Kano Pillars in Kano last Saturday.last_img read more

Jamaica’s bobsled team on brink of elimination

first_imgTeam members Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell show off the bobsled provided by Red Stripe Loose bolts on Jamaica’s sled are believed to be responsible for the team’s underwhelming performance in their first two heats of the women’s bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea on Tuesday.Placed 19th overall after two heats The Jamaicans clocked times of 51.29s and 51.50s in Heats 1 and 2, respectively, to be 19th overall and on the brink of elimination from the competition. The team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell now need to finish in the top 10 in tomorrow’s Heat 3 to be assured of advancing to the medal round, Heat 4. Responding to queries about the team’s performance, Leo Campbell, Vice President of Sports at the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (JBSF) revealed that an inspection of the sled revealed what could be the source of the problem. Sled has loose bolts“The sled set-up (the way in which a sled is prepared for a particular track and ice conditions) was affected by some loose bolts that threw the front suspension out of alignment,” he said. The problem, he explained, caused a braking effect on the sled slowing it down during the heats.Bobsled team perplexedCampbell said the team was perplexed at how slow the sled was during the heats considering that during the practice runs on the weekend, it had attained speeds of 133kph much faster than the 128kph that was achieved during the first two heats of competition. However, he assured that all was not lost. “It’s not over yet,” Campbell declared.He assured that the problem was relatively easy to fix and it would be addressed overnight. He said that once the problem is rectified he expects the team to be much better for Wednesday’s crucial Heat 3. “If Carrie can push like she did today and Jazmine drive like she did I am sure we will get into the top 10 and then we take it from there.”last_img read more