first_imgFASHIONABLY FAST STRETCHES OUT TO ONE MILE & SEEKS HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THE $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2020)–Unbeatable in his last five races sprinting, trainer Dean Pederson’s Fashionably Fast will stretch out to a flat mile as he heads a field of five California-bred or sired older horses in Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita.A game neck winner of the Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint going six furlongs here on Jan. 18, Fashionably Fast was a respectable second in his only career try at one mile on dirt 11 starts back on Aug. 26, 2018.The Doug O’Neill-trained Oliver, who was a close second to Fashionably Fast three starts back in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24 and the Carla Gaines-conditioned Tiger Dad, fresh off a 6 ¼ length allowance score going six furlongs here on Feb. 2, would appear to be Fashionably Fast’s primary opposition.Named after the Hall of Fame Cal-bred who won back to back Breeders’ Cup Classics in 2000 and 2001, the Tiznow is sponsored by the CTBA and is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.FASHIONABLY FASTOwner:  Harris Farms Inc., Per Antonsen & John Nicoletti                          Trainer:  Dean PedersonArguably the hottest Cal-bred in training, this 5-year-old Lucky Pulpit gelding counts three consecutive California-bred stakes wins among his five-win skein, which dates back to a 5 ¾ length allowance score going six furlongs at Del Mar on July 27.  Bred in California by Harris Farms, he’s out of the stakes winning Fall Fashion, who is by Forestry.  Although seemingly invincible among state-breds sprinting, Fashionably Fast tired late to finish second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in his only mile dirt try and was fifth in a one mile turf allowance eight starts back on Dec. 31, 2018. In both route races, he was keen in the early going, which took its toll late.OLIVEROwner:  William R. PeeplesTrainer:  Doug O’NeillMost recently second, beaten 1 ½ lengths in a seven furlong allowance against open company here on Feb. 8, this 4-year-old Papa Clem colt earned a 92 Beyer Speed figure, tops among Tiznow entrants. Fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Fashionably Fast in the Cal Cup Sprint Jan. 18, he was second, beaten a half length by him in the seven furlong Cary Grant three starts back on Nov. 24. A 1 ½ length winner of the one mile E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos five races back on Sept. 7, Oliver is proven at the Tiznow distance and could be poised to exploit Fashionably Fast’s potential distance limitations.TIGER DADOwner:  Mark Devereaux, Scott & Mark GrossTrainer:  Carla GainesA rousing 6 ¼ length winner going six furlongs versus open company in a first condition allowance on Feb. 2, this 4-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding will try two turns for the first time on Sunday. With an overall mark of 12-3-4-2, Tiger Dad’s lone main track win came in his most recent start, in which he earned an 86 Beyer.THE $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTOliver–Abel Cedillo–124Tiger Dad–Victor Espinoza–120Fashionably Fast–Tiago Pereira–120Posterize–Geovanni Franco–120Ernie Banks–Umberto Rispoli–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LeBron vows NBA fightback after ‘one of toughest career losses’ Baldwin, though, showed what being an Ironman is all about as he mustered enough strength to push through and keep Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, at bay. He finished with a time of eight hours, 50 minutes and 13 seconds.Brown came in second while Cochrane was in third.Brown put the pressure on Baldwin beginning the 19-kilometer mark onwards where he was just about a minute away from catching up.Sensing the serious threat, Baldwin went for one last push to create a sizeable distance inside the last 10 kilometers.“The hardest part was the run for sure. The first 10k I felt quite good. The 10-20k was terrible and then the last 20k, I just dug in,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The motivation I think was to have the chance to finally win the Ironman. I worked so hard for so long and when I had that chance within sight I wasn’t gonna let it slip,” Baldwin, who looked like he could still go for another round despite completing a grueling 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run.“I was just prepared to suffer for so much today and I did and that’s what got me to the line first and I was very happy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBaldwin had a comfortable lead after the second transition from bike to run with another Kiwi in Simon Cochrane,  who was running second at that point and was five minutes and 20 seconds behind heading into the run, while Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, trailed by eight minutes and 33 seconds.But Brown gained steam as the race went weary, overtaking Cochane near the halfway mark of the marathon and cutting Baldwin’s lead down to less than two minutes approaching the last 10 kilometers. Nick Baldwin of Seychelles at the finish line after a grueling full Ironman race. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC—Nick Baldwin hung on to beat Cameron Brown of New Zealand in a close finish in the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines on Sunday here.It was a victory of firsts for Baldwin, who finally won his first full Ironman in the Philippines’ inaugural whole distance competition and became Seychelles’ maiden winner.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Baldwin was met by his fiancée just before crossing the finish line and the two shared an emotional moment after.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

first_img… decision was taken long before ParisMinister of Natural Resources and the Environment Raphael Trotman said the two million hectares of landNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanset aside by government is only for conservation and will do no harm to any economic activity in the country.He was responding to criticisms from the Opposition in particular, which opined that the use of the land could affect both the economy and the country’s forest.Former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had recently criticised government, saying that the productive sector was likely to suffer tremendously now that government plans to conserve the additional forest lands. He said that it was at the recent signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change that Guyana pledged to put two million hectares of forest under conservation.However, at a recent meeting with the media, Trotman said that was not the case: “This is a commitment that Guyana did not make for the first time in Paris. In fact, it comes out of a commitment in 1994 at the US convention in Biodiversity, where it decided to set aside 70 per cent of state lands for conservation.”He said there is a combination of work to be done between the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and the Guyana Forestry Commission, before the more than 2 million hectares become available. This, he said, will be used for the preservation of pristine places where the country’s biodiversity could thrive.He stressed that persons are aware that they would not be allowed to mine in the area identified. The lands are below the fourth parallel going towards the Brazilian border, he informed.Jagdeo had strongly criticised the move and berated government for not having a serious strategy aimed at achieving a green economy. He contended that those currently responsible for the natural resources sector appeared to be “incompetent about the dynamics of the sector, given the plans, or lack of, made to fight against climate change.”He had said that Guyana’s deforestation rate has remained one of the lowest in the world, around 0.065 per cent.He said with a deforestation rate that low, there really was no need to conserve more of the country’s forest, which could otherwise be utilised in an environmentally friendly way to boost production and ultimately generate revenue for the country and its people:“How are they going to get that done? It could mean they are going to take back lands from the people who have forest leases, from miners, and even if they don’t, that would be two million hectares more of our land that we can’t bring into productive use.”Jagdeo contended that this commitment was silly also because even developed countries were not making these pledges. He also criticised the commitment made to move Guyana to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025:“So in nine years’ time, we’re supposed to believe that this country will use 100 per cent renewable energy. It is impossible to say that every vehicle, every power plant…will start using renewable energy.”Jagdeo posited that with the rate at which government was going, Guyana’s reputation on the international scene with regard to its climate change efforts would soon be destroyed.Recently, President David Granger had explained that the allocation of more land to the protected area system would ensure that these natural resources are used sustainably and preserved for future generations, and was part and parcel of the plan to promote a green economy.The President also stated that conservation would be used in tandem with the proliferation of eco-tourism in Guyana: “These areas will be established in each of our 10 administrative regions to ensure that conservation is on a national scale and covers all of our ecological zones in scope. Ecological parks, nature reserves and sanctuaries for our endangered species will be established to protect our flora and fauna and our natural habitats and ecosystems. Guyana’s ecotourism competitiveness will be enhanced by the fact that we are a part of the Caribbean and also the continent. We share borders with three South American countries. We are placed strategically to tap into the large tourist markets of our sister states of the Caribbean and the continent,” the President said.last_img read more

first_imgThere was success again for Anraí O Domhnaill from Carrickfinn / Letterkenny in the All-Ireland Fleadh.He finished in 2nd place winner in Senior Men’s Sean-nós singing at Fleadh Ceol Na h-Éireann 2015 in Sligo at the weekend.Anraí previously won the All-Ireland Senior Men’s Sean-nós competition 2013 in Derry and in Sligo 2014. He is a native of Carrickfinn – and a member of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann , (CCÉ) Leitir Ceanainn.  ANRAÍ IMPRESSES AGAIN AT FLEADH was last modified: August 19th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:Anraí Ó DomhnaillComhaltas Ceoltoirí ÉireannFleadh Ceol Na h-Éireann 2015Leitir Ceanainn.last_img read more

first_img Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro is reportedly wanted by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte 1 Juventus have confirmed they have received a “substantial offer” for reported Chelsea target Alex Sandro, but have refused to name the club moving to sign the Brazilian left-back.Reports suggest the Turin club have received a bid over double the 26 million euro (£23m) fee they paid Porto two years ago for the Brazilian.READ MORE: Juventus put £52m price tag on Man City and Chelsea target Alex SandroIt was Blues manager Antonio Conte who signed Sandro, who has won back-to-back league and cup doubles at the Juventus Stadium, and they could be reunited this summer at Stamford Bridge.Juve are keen to hang on to Sandro – who would provide competition for Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta at Stamford Bridge – but have insisted they will not stand in the left-back’s way if he wishes to leave Italy.Chief executive and general manager Giuseppe Marotta told Corriere dello Sport: “A substantial offer has arrived.“We have no intention of selling anyone but if a player decides to leave, as has happened in previous years, then at the end of the day he has to go.”“We don’t keep anyone against their will, but at the moment there are no such situations and I hope nobody will leave.”last_img read more

first_imgGardai are hunting a man who tried to rob a casino in Letterkenny at knifepoint last night.Man tried to rob casino in LetterkennyThe man entered the Majestic Casino on the town’s Port Road just before 11pm.He produced a knife and then began shouting at staff that he wanted the money. However staff refused to hand over any money and the man fled the scene on foot.He ran up the street towards the Main Street area of the town empty-handed.He is described as being more than 6ft tall and was wearing a navy-coloured jacket with a dark coloured scarf over his face with dark trousers.Witnesses said he spoke with an Irish accent. Nobody was hurt during the attempted raid which last only a couple of minutes.Gardai in Letterkenny have appealed for anybody who may have witnessed the incident or saw the man running up the Port Road in the direction of the town’s Main Street to contact them. STAFF OF CASINO HELD AT KNIFEPOINT DURING ATTEMPTED RAID was last modified: September 14th, 2013 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) Tags:knifeletterkennyMajetic Casinorobberlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday near this town 45 miles east of Los Angeles after the officer pulled over a car and talked to the driver. The car may have been doing 100 mph when the officer apparently stopped it for speeding, CHP Sgt. John Lessentine said. The officer apparently had begun walking back to his patrol car to write a ticket when the motorist got out of his vehicle and opened fire, police said. The officer was shot several times, suffering leg and stomach wounds, police Sgt. Gene Eberhardt said. The officer, a five-year veteran, fired back but authorities do not believe the gunman was injured. ONTARIO – A California Highway Patrol officer who was shot while making a traffic stop on Interstate 15 was released from the hospital Saturday after undergoing minor surgery, police said. The 27-year-old officer, whose identity has not been released, will recover at home, Ontario police spokeswoman Suzanne Thomas said. Police identified the suspected gunman as Jaime Zavala Garcia, 37, of Mira Loma. He remained at large Saturday but a black Pontiac Sunbird convertible that he was believed to have been driving was found at a hotel in Riverside County, Thomas said. Garcia may be traveling with his brother and attempting to flee Southern California, Thomas said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img25 January 2011Creating jobs in South Africa, while at the same time striving for decent work, will be the key focus of the Labour Department’s policies in the years ahead, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.“We have to ensure that our policies do not have negative consequences for employment,” Oliphant said at the annual labour policy conference in Pretoria on Monday. “Some may want to argue that our priority should be decent work. I would, however, caution against getting into an either-or debate.“What we ultimately want are jobs that are decent,” the minister said. “We know that the International Labour Organisation defines work as being productive jobs for women and men in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.”She said it was critical that the social partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) engaged seriously and vigorously with the proposed amendments to South Africa’s labour law.“I am sure we would all want the amendments to be passed into law as soon as possible so that the legal reforms can begin to change labour relations and the operation of the labour market for the better,” she said.Through the proposed changes, Oliphant said the department wanted to strengthen the powers of the country’s labour inspectorate. This would see non-compliance with the law being criminalised and penalties being increased for violation of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Employment Equity Act.“The Labour Relations Act is also being amended to strengthen the enforcement of arbitration awards issued by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) as well as Bargaining and Statutory Councils.”She said it was only through co-operation, rather than competition, that South Africa’s labour market could be changed for the better.Oliphant said the strategic objectives of the department over the next five years included:Contributing to employment creation.Promoting equity in the labour market.Protecting vulnerable workers.Strengthening social protection.Promoting sound labour relations.Strengthening the capacity of labour market institutions.Strengthening the institutional capacity of the department.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even for those not good at holding their breath for longer than 24 minutes and unable to complete more than 36 consecutive backflips on a jet ski in one afternoon, there are yet undiscovered ways to earn a spot in the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records.One of those ways is being pursued by Trey Colley, a graduate student in precision agriculture at The Ohio State University. This past winter, he decided to attempt to set a record for gathering the most data ever collected for a single corn plant.“As part of the Ohio State Precision Ag program, we want to stretch the limit of our current precision ag technology and data collection methods for this year by attempting to collect the most data ever for a single corn plant. We are going to do that throughout the 2017 growing season,” Colley said. “This is a goal we set to challenge the availability of technology for collecting precision ag data. We’re going to be watching this one corn plant throughout the year. We have a measurement scale located behind it and time lapse video so we can track the growth over the season and share the different types of data and the methods we use for collecting that data.”Colley is serious enough about setting a world record that he put $5 from his own pocket on the line as a part of the Guinness World Record Book application process. Along with hopefully setting a record, the project also seeks to illustrate the current possibilities for on-farm data collection, use and analysis in the future. Much of the data being collected in the project is fairly standard fare for many farms in Ohio, while some is not. With machinery now capable of driving itself, maintaining connection with cloud storage and even letting farmers know the possibility of an overnight shower, it’s important that data collected from the field is managed appropriately and evaluated as quickly as possible.The corn plant, named Terra, is monitored with a camera and a measuring stick. This was in early June.“We are using a variety of different precision technology platforms whether that’s for Climate FieldView or AirScout Aerial imagery. We’re collecting machine data, plant data — all types of different data from our corn plant for this year,” Colley said. “Really this is a good way to demonstrate the available data that producers can access and eventually use for decisions.”Visible from I-70, the potentially record-breaking corn plant (lovingly named Terra, in hopes of collecting terabytes of data across the field) is marked in a 100-acre field with an Ohio State flag. The field was planted on May 16, but data collection began accumulating for the corn plant well before the planting season.Several layers of data are being collected through the project. The agronomic layer involved will include a partnership with Integrated Ag Services that conducted automated soil sampling, and developed fertility prescriptions and management zones. Machinery data supplied directly from the tractors is also collected. The climate and growing environment will be considered as well in the “as-applied” data layer that includes rainfall, temperature of the soil, sprayer coverage, and fertilizer application. Aerial imagery will provide an advanced scouting opportunity through the assistance of AirScout with an additional layer of data including stand counts and potentially identifying crop disease, deficiencies and other problematic areas that require further investigation. As the story and corn plant progress, even more layers will be compiled including daily weather, the ongoing time-lapse video footage, tissue test results and finally the harvest data.Nate Douridas, the farm manager and CCA at the Farm Science Review, is excited about theThe potential world record holding corn plant is marked with an Ohio State flag just off of I-70 at the Farm Science Review.possibilities.“You can follow along as the growing season progresses. There will be a lot of good information to share and there are lots of data types and ways we are collecting data. Some of this is probably stuff you are already collecting on your farms but hopefully as you follow along you see something you may be interested in adding to your own operation,” Douridas said. “This is a way to showcase the amount of data that can be collected on farms and how it can be used.”To pull off world record numbers, it is crucial to not only collect the data, but also to organize it and manage it.“There are so many platforms involved and our goal is to show what we are using these technologies for. We challenge ourselves to find new ways to use the data to make informed decisions. It can be as simple as fuel consumption on the tractor. How much did the wheels spin across the field? What was the average load? Do I have the right size tractor on that planter? Can I get by with a smaller tractor? And then we look at just the general ‘as-applied’ information. How was my seeding singulation across the field? Did I have good spacing? How is my current downforce package whether it’s an air system or hydraulic downforce, is that giving me a good ride across the field? Do I have excessive compaction? And then we can gather all of that information in different ways,” Douridas said. “We’ve got everything from our as-applied machine data that started with the pre-plant ammonia pass. We’ve got planter as-applied data. We’ll have our post-emerge data and we’ve got a layer of weather data in there for the corn plant that is going to expand through the whole growing season. We’ve got aerial imagery from AirScout that’s going to be, we hope, 10 flights across the entire growing season. It’s going to provide a valuable piece of information to us that we normally wouldn’t have until the end of the season’s yield map. A lot of pieces are going to come together. We’ll have our list at the end of season and we’ll be able to share that and compare those to find some pieces that were actionable items for us that helped make some key growing decision as we went through the year. It’s just a great list of things we are currently collecting and maybe it will give growers the chance to say, ‘Hey there is something on that list that I don’t do right now that I am interested in and maybe I need to learn more about it.’”By studying the details, the data generated from precision agriculture can really pay off.“It can be a little bit overwhelming at times but a lot of this is data that the growers in our area, much like ourselves, are already collecting. You can use this data and research to make changes and improvements throughout the season leading to an overall more successful season rather than evaluating the field maps after harvest to calculate what they could have or should have done differently,” Douridas said. “A lot of grain farmers may already be collecting data and valuable information through the machinery they’re using without even realizing it and they may not be using the information to its fullest potential and taking advantage of a higher return on investment. Ultimately our farming operation is just like all of the growers in our area. We’ve got to critique every aspect of the operation from labor to the inputs that we purchase to make sure there is a return on investment one year or over multiple years. Farm profitability has to be a focus in this time period.”The data collected for Terra is already into record-breaking territory (there is no standing record yet for data collection on a single corn plant), but record or not, Colley is excited that the project is already putting up impressive numbers.“For this single corn plant, we are already over 1 gigabyte as of June 29,” Colley said. “I set a goal of 3 gigabytes for the growing season for Terra. If we multiply that out across the whole field of 3.2 million plants, we are talking about 3.3 petabytes of data. These are extraordinarily high numbers and amounts of data. We’ll see how far we can go, we’re trying to blow our goal out of the water.”To follow Terra’s progress through 2017, follow @OhioStatePA on Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates. This is the first story of a four-part series following the project through 2017. Trey Colley and Terralast_img read more