first_imgSANTA ANITA TO CLOSE MAIN TRACK AT 9 A.M. MONDAY & ALL MORNING TUESDAY IN ORDER TO FULLY EVALUATE SURFACE; INDUSTRY COMMITTEE FORMED TO EVALUATE SURFACE PERFORMANCE FOR TRAINING & RACING WITH 11 ½ INCHES OF RAIN IN FEBRUARY, CREWS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WEATHER WINDOW ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2019)–In conjunction with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), Santa Anita Park has announced its main track will be closed for training beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and all day Tuesday in order to fully evaluate sub-surface conditions such as moisture content and soil consistency.  If the results of these efforts indicate the track is in prime condition, regularly scheduled training will resume Wednesday morning and live racing will proceed on Thursday.In order to accommodate horsemen tomorrow, the main track will open for training beginning at 5 a.m., with two regular renovations scheduled at 6 a.m. and 7:15 a.m.  Santa Anita’s training track will be open each morning as planned, at 4:45 a.m. and will stay open until 10:30 a.m.Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, in addition to performing all regularly scheduled maintenance on the dirt oval, will examine the entire track surface and if any issues are found, he will address those areas.Although Santa Anita has experienced 11 ½ inches of rain and near-record cold temperatures this month, dry weather and more moderate temperatures are forecast for the next several days, which will enable LaRocco’s crew to “peel back” the track’s cushion to a depth of approximately five inches, where a thorough examination of the base can be undertaken.Mick Peterson, PhD, who serves as Director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs, and who evaluates soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis, will be on-site in the coming days to review Santa Anita’s sub-surface and surface data.  Peterson will also be working with a newly formed committee consisting of Hall of Fame retired jockey Alex Solis, who is now a CHRB commissioner, one well-established Southern California trainer, one active jockey and one member of Santa Anita’s management team to fully evaluate all data and monitor feedback from horsemen, including trainers, jockeys and exercise riders.Santa Anita’s main track surface, which is tested and evaluated on a daily basis by both Santa Anita and the CHRB, is one mile in circumference, with quarter mile and seven furlong chutes located to the southwest and northeast of the “course proper.”Live racing will resume as planned, this coming Thursday, Feb. 28, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

El Rayo signs forward Yacine Qasmi until 2022

first_imgYacine Qasmi is new Lightning player. The franjirrojo club and Elche have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Franco-Moroccan striker, 29, until 2022. The attacker will arrive in Madrid in the next few hours to pass medical examination.Yacine has played 27 matches with Elche this season and has scored seven goals. The striker arrived at the Ilicitano club last winter market (cost about € 300.00), from Melilla, and since then became one of the pillars of Pacheta’s team. Yacine trained in the lower categories of the PSG, with whom he debuted in the Europa League. He went to the subsidiary of the Stade Rennais and, later, got involved in our Second B in the ranks of Getafe B, Sporting B, Sestao River, Compostela, Alcoyano, Mérida and Melilla. International with the lower categories of Morocco, Yacine reached his best scorer record (ten goals) in the 2015-16 season with Alcoyano and in 2017-18 with Melilla. This campaign already has seven goals, a good premise for a team that generates as much as Lightning.The arrival of Yacine opens the exit doors to Piovaccari. Paco had already warned that the Italian would not leave Vallecas until the arrival of another nine materialized. So that the ‘Operation Exit’ is also accelerated in these last hours of market.last_img read more

Diver Knight-Wisdom hopes Olympic berth will inspire Jamaicans

first_imgAfter raising his head above water following his final dive on Sunday at the biennial Diving World Cup – an Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro – the next few seconds seemed like an eternity for Jamaica’s three-metre springboard representative, Yona Knight-Wisdom. The electronic scoreboard flickered to life and his tally for six dives was scored at 397.90 points. That wasn’t only enough to get him the 17th-place spot in the standings, but also one of 18 semi-final spots – a guarantee of a place on the platform at this year’s Olympic Games. The usually reserved diver burst into tears as confirmation came that he would be heading back to Brazil this summer to represent Jamaica in the three-metre springboard diving competition, at the same facility that he competed last weekend. It’s an accomplishment that the 20-year-old, who will become the island’s first Olympic diver, hopes will inspire the nation as he looks forward to the August 5-21 Games. “I think that it should inspire people to try new things. Don’t be limited to what is normal and what is safe. Don’t be afraid to go against the odds. I am a 190-cm tall, 90-kg heavy, black diver. Watch a diving event and that is not something you will see very often. I’ve gone against the odds, with the faith and support of my family, coaches and teammates, and I’ve succeeded,” he told The Gleaner in an interview shortly after his qualification. “I think the history of it will really sink in during the Games. Right now, I’m concentrating on today’s (yesterday’s) semi-final and still worrying about the dissertation I have to write and hand in on the 27th of April. All the messages of congratulations and support have made it feel incredible,” he added. Born in England, Knight-Wisdom began diving in 2004 after being spotted through a talent-identification programme. “I remember watching the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, just after I got involved in the sport, and saw Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield win a silver medal for Great Britain in the 10-metre synchro. From that point, it was always my dream to compete in an Olympic Games,” he noted. After struggling to break into the British team, Knight-Wisdom took the advice of his coach to represent one of his parents’ countries of birth. He decided to don the colours of his father’s country, and first represented Jamaica in 2012. “From that point, we set the goal of using various competitions to gain experience, so I would be in a realistic position to qualify a spot for the 2016 Olympic Games,” he shared. Qualify he did. As the youngster pointed out, it did not come without its fair share of challenges and sacrifices. “This process, especially in the last four years, has required much sacrifice, particularly of my socialising time, lots of commitment and discipline,” Knight-Wisdom said. One of his biggest challenges have been to balance his Olympic dream with his studies at Leeds Beckett University from where he is expected to graduate this summer. Knight-Wisdom said he is looking forward to continuing his preparation ahead of the Games, where he will be going headfirst towards his ambitions to represent the country to the best of his ability. “I aim to enjoy the experience as much as possible because it’s not often you get to go to an Olympic Games. But in the competition, just giving 100 per cent diving, to the best of my ability, and representing Jamaica as well as I can over my six dives,” he said. Diving events at the 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 7-19 at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. GAINING EXPERIENCElast_img read more

76 graduate from pest control applicators programme

first_imgIn observance of Pesticides Awareness Week 2018, the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) of the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday graduated 76 Pest Control Applicators (PCAs) from the basic and intermediate levels of the programme.Pesticides Awareness Week 2018 is themed, “Increase food safety, Reduce dependency on Pesticides, Adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM)”.The Board is tasked with the responsibility for licensing, registration, training, inspecting and enforcement of the laws related to pesticides, and executes these activities with the aim of ensuring sound chemicals management in Guyana, reduced human health and environment risk, and increased food safety inThe Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board Pest Control Applicators’ graduating class of 2018agriculture production.At a ceremony held in Georgetown, PTCCB Chairman and lead trainer for the pesticide handling course, Dr Leslie Munroe said that the basic pesticide applicator course aimed to educate persons on the responsible management of pesticides and toxic chemicals.He noted that this initiative also aimed to get the message across that pesticides were most effective if used properly.Dr Munroe explained that the law prescribes that all persons dispensing pesticides and other toxic chemicals ought to be certified and the PTCCB has agreed to provide three levels of training for everyone.While delivering the feature address, Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, Delma Nedd echoed similar sentiments as she noted that “we need to put a halt to the manner in which we use pesticides”.Further, Nedd highlighted some of the dangers which this practice posed to individuals, especially the young, and also reminded of the dangers of applying pesticides to enclosed spaces with people present.Triecia Garnath of the PTCCB acknowledged the efforts of the Board as an important driver in ensuring the proper management of pesticides and toxic chemicals. She challenged the graduates to utilise the knowledge gained to educate others and to contribute to the ongoing effort across Guyana.At Tuesday’s ceremony, three graduates were given special prizes for the highest score at the intermediate levels of the programme.This year marked the sixth annual Pest Control Applicators graduation ceremony.last_img read more

A’s eager to see what catcher of the future Sean Murphy can bring to pennant race

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — A’s manager Bob Melvin was a catcher, and so was Ray Fosse, the team’s radio and TV analyst. And they both like 24-year-old Sean Murphy, who was making his major league debut Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.“He hits, he hits for power, he takes his defense seriously — he’s a defense-first guy. He frames (pitches) really well, he’s got a really strong throwing arm, loves being the quarterback …last_img read more

Giants make their GM move; will managerial hire be far behind it?

first_imgThe San Francisco Giants haven’t hired Bruce Bochy’s replacement yet, but they did make a high-profile addition to their front office on Sunday.The Giants hired Chicago Cubs assistant general manager Scott Harris to serve as the team’s general manager under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.“We’re thrilled to be able to bring in an executive of Scott’s caliber to help lead our Baseball Operations group” Zaidi said in a team release. “The combination of his breadth of experience, …last_img read more

SA’s IT market in good health

first_img7 June 2007California-based business consulting company Frost & Sullivan states that the South African information technology (IT) infrastructure outsourcing market earned revenues of between US$2.78-billion and $3.5-billion in 2006, estimating that it will reach $5.6-billion by 2012.“South Africa’s IT infrastructure outsourcing market is expanding at a robust rate due to sustained economic growth,” said Frost & Sullivan research analyst Lindsey Mc Donald in a statement issued this week.“The market is poised to experience fairly significant consolidation within the next five years.”According to the business research and growth consulting firm, South Africa’s IT infrastructure outsourcing market will continue to show healthy levels of growth, but that the country would need to focus on the requirements of the SMME sector in order to effectively capitalise on existing opportunities.“This follows a trend whereby large market participants have started to increase their services and areas of expertise through targeted and strategic acquisitions of ‘best-of-breed’ service providers,” the company said.The company states that such moves are already happening, as seen through Telkom’s attempt to take over Business Connexion.Frost & Sullivan also states that two significant challenges threaten market growth, the first of which is the country’s skills shortage leading to service providers experiencing problems with attracting and retaining skilled staff.Secondly, the company points out to the high cost of bandwidth due to lack of competition to the incumbent fixed-line operator.“Service providers can look forward to the introduction of the services of the second national operator; a development that will go some way to reducing the cost of bandwidth,” said Mc Donald.“In order to build a reserve of skilled personnel, service providers should show higher levels of commitment to skills development.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How Hackathons Could Save The World

first_imgEarlier this month, LinkedIn held its third annual LinkedIn Intern Hackday. The popular event, which offers the winner a $10,000 scholarship, is packed with young people hopped up on caffeine, struggling to finish an app before the 24-hour deadline. There are a lot of silly concepts, as you’d expect from college-age interns. A program for “creeping” on your friends (or strangers) by snapping hidden shots of them while you ostensibly make a phone call. A virtual door sock to advise your roomies to stay away for a while. And every now and then, out comes an app that could change the world. Check Out CheckupNineteen-year-old Sam Bodanis came away with second place for Checkup, his iOS app that aims to detect an onset of Parkinsons disease in a smart phone user’s voice. It was inspired by an article he’d recently read about breakthroughs in treating Parkinsons through voice algorithms. An intern at high-tech healthcare engineering firm Aditazz, Bodanis is intensely interested in using technology to treat disease. But this project was so “menacingly large” that he didn’t consider tackling it until the Hackday came around. “I kind of used the hackathon as an opportunity to build an idea I’ve been playing around a lot,” he said. “The LinkedIn Hackday was an opportunity to have 24 hours uninterrupted to make a start on it and have something to show at the end.”Hackathons aren’t serious events. They’re the tech world’s take on a social event, where everyone stays up all night, downs way too much caffeine, and alternates hard work with naps and impromptu 2 AM ping-pong battles. However, they may have serious implications for how we tackle our biggest problems, simply because of that lack of intensity.Want Big Ideas? Turn Down The PressureHackathons are becoming birthing pods for some of the tech world’s brightest new ideas simply because the stakes are so low. When the goal is just to have something to show for yourself, it’s easy to try and tackle big ideas and not worry about failing. When there’s no pressure to build the Next Big Thing, that’s exactly when the Next Big Thing gets built.“Definitely people are moving toward that,” Bodanis said. “General startup culture has become so much bigger that as opposed to coming up with products during hackathons, people are beginning to come up with prototypes that could become potential companies.”As the tech world recognizes the hackathon’s power, people are increasingly turning to them to solve a variety of problems. The hosting company can recruit new talent or find ways to solve problems it regularly deals with. Even the White House held a hackathon this year in order to brainstorm ways to use its new API. There are also niche hackathons for lawyers, pet lovers, and foodies.“Our goal with LinkedIn Intern Hackday is to invite outsiders ‘in’ our halls, so we can unleash the creative genius of the best and brightest interns around the globe,” said LinkedIn brand manager Florina Xhabija Grosskurth. “There were entertaining hacks as well as hacks, like Sam’s, which tackled difficult real world problems.”Nobody expects a group of interns or amateur coders to come up with solutions for our most tenacious tech problems. Which is why they’re the ones who just might solve them.Photo from Wikimedia Commons Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#Hackathon#Healthcare#LinkedIn lauren orsinicenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Kamlesh Tiwari murder: U.P. police announce reward for nabbing 2 suspects

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Monday announced a reward of ₹2.5 lakh each for apprehending the two suspects who committed the murder of Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari in Lucknow on October 18.Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh said all aspects of the murder case, including a possible terror link, were being investigated by a special investigation team. “We are not ruling out any possibility,” he told reporters.When asked by if he was implying the involvement of a terror group, Mr. Singh said terrorist activities also had several types of modules like self-motivated module and terror outfit module.“We are looking at all aspects and connecting them, be it the Maharashtra module or the Gujarat module or the Haryana module,” he said.The three detained by the Gujarat ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) in Surat on suspicion of hatching the conspiracy to murder Kamlesh are being brought to Lucknow on remand for further questioning.So far, five persons have been detained in connection with the case, including two Muslim clerics from Bijnor who have also been named in an FIR.last_img read more

Breadwinner Cherry Rondina buys home for family in Cebu

first_imgDavid Beckham watches as Salford secures promotion at Wembley Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Cherry Rondina has yet to deliver the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title to University of Santo Tomas but she has already provided her family a forever home.Rondina fulfilled her role as her family’s ultimate breadwinner, buying a house for her loved ones in her hometown of Compostela in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Nevertheless, it was her vow to provide for her family and giving them the home they deserved was the least she could do to give back to them.Rondina said she made it a point for herself that when she moved to Manila for her schooling, it was also her duty to lift her family up.“I went here to Manila to prove a point that even though I grew up poor I will show to everyone who are losing hope that nothing will happen if you don’t work,” said Rondina, who led UST to a 1-0 series lead over Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals on Saturday.“You have to do it with effort. You just can’t do something for the sake of doing it. And before I arrived here I told myself ‘we won’t ever experience hardship ever agin.’”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Basically, I embraced the role of breadwinner and I don’t want my family to be left behind,” said Rondina. “If they want something like this and I’ll give it to them, if they want to eat this food I’ll give it to them.”“I’m too family-oriented so I set aside my wants first and focus on what my family needs. If I don’t need this or that then I won’t buy it. What I really want in my life is to give back to my parents because I love them so much.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina’s new two-story house was built in a well-off area in Compostela and she said they will move to their new home by December.The Season 81 MVP added that it was almost a risky move for her to invest her earnings from her club team Petron in the Philippine Super Liga to buy the house and land. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more