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Start with Colt Of Arms

first_imgTrainer Ryan Darby and jockey Shane Ellis hold the keys to the opening race in tomorrow’s Sunrise-6 at Caymanas Park.Darby will saddle three starters in the three-year-old only event over 1820 metres. Ellis rides the trainer’s best hope, the well-bred COLT OF ARMS, a full brother to former classic contender Southern Cruise. Both are bred by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda and owned by Hyde Valley Farms.COLT OF ARMS has competed just once, a tame effort behind Henry The Second on April 22. His exercise reports, however, suggest he can do much better than the 1:38.2 he did for 1500 metres on that day, and with Ellis remaining on board, there is every likelihood that we will see a vastly improved performance.E.J. MAKIT was also in that April 22 event and finished well ahead of COLT OF ARMS (eleven lengths). The Delroy Wisdom-trained E.J. MAKIT showed negative tendencies (slowly out) on his next start, however, and the well-bred COLT OF ARMS is now ready to show his true class.At just 47kg MIRACLE RECOVERY will not be beaten in race two, a bottom-of-the-barrel 1000 metres straight event for horses who have not earned $120,000 since January 13.The ten-year-old mare carried 55kg on her last outing on April 29 and was not disgraced in finishing sixth by four-and-a-half lengths to Bullet Raj. She will be 8kg lighter tomorrow and the female apprentice, Andree Powell, should have an easy win.EYESON CODED SECRETThe third race for four-year-old and up maidens going 1400 metres looks tailored for CODED SECRET with the sparingly used jockey Anthony Sybble aboard.CODED SECRET was strongly whispered and chased the consistent Leekout all the way for 1600 metres last time out and only failed by half a length to nab the favourite. The splits for that race were 24.3×47.3×1:12.3 with a final time of 1:41.4. No other entrant in tomorrow’s race can better those splits and CODED SECRET will be a lonely winner.The consistent XQUISITE CHOICE gets a grand opportunity to get off the mark for 2017 when he runs in the fourth race. Andrew McDonald’s gelding did finish behind WARRIOR PRINCESS on January 28 but while the latter has raced just three times this year XQUISITE CHOICE has faced the starter six times and, therefore, his fitness is not in doubt.Race five is another knotty maiden event where the main contenders are VICE ROYALTY, ROSES IN BLOOM and DIOSA DE ORO.VICE ROYALTY ran a surprising third in the Jamaica Oaks on April 29 while she was just over two lengths behind ROSES IN BLOOM on her previous start.The two are really nothing special and DIOSA DE ORO, who ran her best-ever race when fitted with the visor on April 29, appears to be an improving sort. Trainer Anthony Nunes has also opted for the very competent jockey Aaron Chatrie, instead of apprentice Dane Dawkins, and DIOSA DE ORO will run a big race tomorrow.In the sixth event, BIG BLACK NATION should recoup losses after being surprised by Cup Of Tea last Saturday.SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS1. Colt Of Arms2. Miracle Recovery3. Coded Secret4. Xquisite Choice5. Diosa De Oro6. Big Black Nationlast_img read more

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Please Pay Our ETU Workers at Once!

first_imgThere are too many good people and institutions involved in Liberia’s triumphant (victorious) anti-Ebola crusade to end up with bitter complaints over pay from those who bore the brunt of the struggle—the ETU workers.You have President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself, who led the vigorous, yea victorious charge.  You had Dr. Walter Gwenigale and his right hand woman and successor at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Bernice Dahn.  You had all the stalwarts at the Incident Management System (IMS), including Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah and Dorbor Jallah and their co-workers.  There were also all the local and international partners that gallantly joined in the fight, leading us to the finish—the United Nations Agencies, most especially the UN Medical Emergeny Ebola Response (UNMEER); our American, Chinese and European partners, who poured in money, equipment, supplies and even troops; Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), Samaritan’s Purse; and all the individuals and institutions that contributed one way or another.  Then, as President Sirleaf has repeatedly acknowledged, both here and abroad, there were the Liberians themselves who, having finally embraced and obeyed all the measures put into place, stopped the virus in its tracts.  Soon, as a result, people were no longer dropping dead and the epi-centers of the virus became totally free from it.  Today, most of the country, with the exception of Monrovia, are long past the 42 days stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be declared Ebola-free.  Monrovia has few more days to go before we and the world can, at long last, hear this grand announcement that Liberia, once the hardest hit country in the Mano River basin, is at last Ebola-free!         But who, in all this, can forget the people on the ground who dangerously but courageously bore the brunt of the struggle—the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) workers?  You are talking about the doctors, nurses and paramedics, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice.  You are talking also about the ambulance and other vehicle drivers, many of whom had to attend, with their bare hands, the bleeding and vomiting victims.  Some of these drivers, too, died in the process.  Remember the driver who brought Deputy Health Minister Yah Zolia from Ganta and died the next day?  He was one of those who paid the sacrifice.Who, therefore, can afford to forget these ETU workers?  Nobody, we hope!  So why do they have to engage in a protest to get their just, sacrificially-earned wages?  You mean we are so ungrateful, so hardhearted, as to forget so soon the people who risked their lives to set us free from Ebola?The Deputy Information Minister, Robert Kpadeh, during a press briefing last Friday, expressed “surprise” that the ETU workers were owed arrears.  And former Health Minister Walter Gwenigale himself said he knew nothing about this.  So who should know?This newspaper will not be so mindless as to call on the President to intervene in this, too.  Heaven knows that the woman cannot do everything.  Otherwise, why does she have so many lieutenants to execute and implement the policies she and her government have put into place?We think the ETU workers should have been the last bunch of healthcare—or any other workers—to forget.  Yet indeed NONE of them, our healthcare workers who labored dangerously in this most horrendous health  hazard in our history, should have been forgotten. GOL should have rather made sure that they were the first to be paid before Easter.Would it be prudent to appeal to the ETU workers to return to duty because we are sure that GOL will, before the end of this week, pay them in full?We surely hope so.  We therefore urge them to return to work and we are positive that GOL will meet its side of the bargain, by paying them. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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talkSPORT Drivetime Special with Piers Morgan

first_imgPiers Morgan took on co-hosting duties with Adrian Durham on Friday and it made for an explosive Drivetime show.During the three-hour special, Piers gave his thoughts on his beloved Arsenal, and he didn’t go easy on Arsenel Wenger, insisting he must challenge for the Premier League this season.He also refused to apologise to England selectors after the Three Lions took a 2-1 Ashes series lead without exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen, and explained why Graeme Swann’s radio impression of Pietersen was reminiscent of his “despicable” decision to leave England’s Ashes tour of Australia in 2013.last_img read more

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180 families lose federal rent subsidy

first_img Antonovich agreed to provide $75,000 that year to hire additional Housing Authority investigators. Lancaster contributed $50,000 and Palmdale $25,000. The Housing Authority investigators work with the LanCAP deputies in Lancaster and Palmdale’s Partners Against Crime sheriff’s detail. About 47 percent of the people who lost their Section 8 aid over the past year had been granted the aid originally in Los Angeles, county Housing Authority investigator Bob Nishimura said. Another 44 percent were granted the aid through the county Housing Authority, which covers Lancaster, Palmdale and dozens of other smaller cities around the county. The remaining 9 percent of the violators came from elsewhere. Officials said the terminations do not indicate that a majority of Section 8 recipients are abusing the rules. The violations were found at apartments and rental homes that deputies and housing investigators checked because of complaints from neighbors or others, Nishimura said. Violations included having income not reported when applying for the housing aid, as shown by investigators finding big-screen televisions or expensive cars at homes. Violations also included taking in unauthorized tenants, some of whom paid rent to the Section 8 recipient or who were on parole or probation, officials said. In one case, a Section 8 recipient let a registered sex offender live with her, Antonovich’s staff said. In five cases from 2005, people have been charged with grand theft for fraudulently receiving Section 8 aid, they said. During January, investigators arrested another 34 people at Section 8 apartments for unrelated offenses, including drug possession, parole violations and outstanding warrants. Taking away subsidies from the 148 households in 2005 will free up about $1.2 million annually to go to law-abiding families on the county’s Section 8 waiting list. The wait for the aid is about 10 years, Antonovich’s staff said. The Housing Authority’s Section 8 abuse toll-free hotline number is (877) 881-7233. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – More than 180 households have lost government rent subsidies in the Antelope Valley over the past 13 months during a crackdown on fraud and abuse in the so-called Section 8 federal rent subsidy program. Los Angeles County officials said 148 households were terminated from the Section 8 program during 2005 and another 36 got termination notices in January as a result of violations ranging from not reporting all their income to selling drugs. “There’s been far too many people that have chosen to abuse the program and who are not looking at it as a helping hand but are looking at it as an entitlement,” said Norm Hickling, an aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. At Antonovich’s urging, county supervisors last week asked county Housing Authority officials to look for new funding sources to finance the increased Section 8 enforcement and to ask the federal government to boost its own funding for enforcement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Supervisors also voted to develop a policy to mandate that Section 8 landlords evict tenants immediately on discovery of drug dealing, serious crimes, sex offenses or probation violations. The Section 8 program lets low-income individuals and families pay about 30 percent of their monthly income for rent, with the rest of their landlord’s standard rent charge paid by the federal government. About 3,200 Antelope Valley households receive Section 8 aid, or about 3 percent of the population. That is up from about 2,100 in 2001, but down from the 3,400 recipients in 2004, when the crackdown on abuses started. The local crackdown started after Lancaster’s newly created Lancaster Community Appreciation Project unit of sheriff’s deputies concentrating on crime in rental housing found that many of the complaints they investigated involved Section 8 aid recipients who were violating the program’s rules. Many problem Section 8 tenants had transferred with rental subsidies to the Antelope Valley from Los Angeles, where county housing officials said city officials had not been checking applicants’ claims that they had no criminal background. last_img read more

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Volleyball Continues Homestand on Monday at 6 p.m.

first_img The Drake University volleyball team is set to play its third match in four days on Monday, Oct. 3, evening when it welcomes Illinois State to the Knapp Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m. with the match being broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Monday’s Missouri Valley Conference match continues Drake’s challenging start to the MVC schedule as five of the Bulldogs’ first six MVC games will come against teams picked to finish in the top half of the league. Illinois State sits on top of the MVC standings with a perfect 4-0 league record and has won eight-straight matches with six of them coming in three sets. The Redbirds are led by Jaelyn Keene’s 3.05 kills per set on .473 hitting while Courtney Pence is one of the MVC’s top defenders with 322 digs this season.Despite coming off back-to-back home losses, the Bulldogs have shown continual improvement against some of the top teams in the Valley and aim to continue that team and individual trajectory into Monday’s match.One of those individuals, junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) needs just 28 kills and 21 digs to reach 900 for her career in each category. She is coming off of her eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs against Missouri State. On the other side of the court, senior Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) has recorded double-digit kills in five of the last six matches and is hitting .255 during that span.In between those two, middle blocker Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) is coming off two strong games with 14 kills and eight blocks in the last two matches.Following Monday’s contest, the Bulldogs remain at home to host UNI on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Live Stats Story Links Buy Tickets center_img Drake vs. Illinois State Match Notes The Valley On ESPN3 last_img read more

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A’s move from Coliseum would be insult to East Oakland residents

first_imgThe Oakland Coliseum has been home to the A’s since 1968, and the baseball team is an integral part of East Oakland’s identity and history. When built, the Coliseum brought promises of transit and affordable housing that justified large infrastructure costs and the use of eminent domain to displace East Oakland residents.Unfortunately, the current proposal to move the A’s out of the Coliseum and into a new ballpark at Howard Terminal on the waterfront is essentially forsaking the significant …last_img read more

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Bacteria Generate Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

first_imgEthane and propane have been detected in ocean depths near the Galapagos, reported EurekAlert.  These heavy energy-rich hydrocarbons may be widespread in ocean sediments.  The authors of a paper in PNAS1 believe it is formed by bacteria metabolizing acetate from organic material in the sediment, and that this “upsets the general belief that hydrocarbons larger than methane derive only from thermal degradation of fossil organic material.”  Though the paper discusses only the C2 and C3 hydrocarbons ethane and propane specifically, this surprise announcement includes the possibility that heavier hydrocarbons could be formed by processes not yet understood.  The end of the paper says cryptically, “Specifically, they signal the presence of an additional process, probably significant in many environments, for extending the terminal degradation of organic material.”1Hinrichs et al., “Biological formation of ethane and propane in the deep marine subsurface,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 21, 2006, 10.1073/pnas.0606535103.Maybe lowly bacteria, not decaying dinosaurs, will keep our automobiles (or barbecues) running for the foreseeable future.  This announcement could have ripple effects on astrobiology as well as geopolitics.  It also illustrates how little we still know about some of the most basic processes on our own planet occurring today.  Remain doubtful, therefore, about what some scientists claim was going on billions of years ago.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Touring Joburg’s stadium masterpiece

first_img23 August 2010Johannesburg visitors and residents who are keen on seeing the architectural masterpiece that is Africa’s biggest stadium – known as Soccer City during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, since renamed FNB Stadium – can now take a guided tour of the city’s famous “African calabash”.Soccer City was the flagship stadium for the World Cup, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the first and final games.It is the largest sports stadium in Africa, with a seating capacity of up to 94 700. Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt is the second-largest, with a seating capacity of 86 000, followed by Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, which can seat 80 000.The original stadium was called FNB Stadium. It was demolished and rebuilt at a cost of R3.8-billion, designed to resemble an African calabash sitting on a pit of fire, for the World Cup.During that tournament, it was called Soccer City, as Fifa does not allow brand names other than official cup sponsors at World Cup venues. The stadium has now reverted to its original name of FNB Stadium until 2014.A number of major events have already been held at the stadium since the end of the World Cup on 11 July, including the Telkom Charity Cup and a friendly international between Bafana Bafana and Ghana. The Springboks began the home leg of their Vodacom Tri-Nations rugby campaign at the stadium, playing New Zealand on Saturday, 21 August.Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA), managers of the venue, has been conducting tours of the stadium since the beginning of the year. By 20 May, about 35 000 people had toured the stadium, with the demand increasing since the World Cup ended.“We intend to offer completely enjoyable, comfortable and informative tours that will ensure that customers are thoroughly satisfied and appreciative at the end of their trip,” said SMSA spokesperson Brescia Bianco-Badenhorst.Tours are conducted by professional, well-informed tour guides. A tour is 60 to 90 minutes long, with one tour guide accommodating up to 30 guests. Groups of more than 30 people are split up into smaller groups.On the tour, visitors see scale models of the Nasrec precinct and the stadium; the walkway; the concourses and seated areas; pitch level and the players’ tunnel; the change rooms; and warm-up areas.They are also taken to the mixed zone areas and the western side of the stadium, where the VIP and VVIP areas, suites and private suites are situated; the venue operations centre; as well as the upper concourses and the upper seated level.Tours cost R80 per person, with family packages available at R160. The family packages are for three children under the age of 16 years accompanied by two adults.Bookings can be made e-mailing enquiries@stadiummanagement.co.za or by calling +27 (0)11 247 5300. Tours run from Monday to Friday at 9am, 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Weekend tours are at 12 noon and 1.30pm. Payment must be made in cash on the day of the tour.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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What Are The Feds Hiding? Let’s Ask The Declassification Engine

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Each year, the U.S. government declassifies thousands of documents and releases them to the public through collections like the Declassified Document Reference System (DDRS) and the CIA’s FOIA Reading Room. Some, however, contain “redacted” information that’s too sensitive to be released — leaving, for instance, key details of an FBI memo blacked out for the average reader.Enter the Declassification Engine, which aims to harness Big Data analysis and some old-fashioned crowdsourcing to peer through the “black bars” of redacted documents and reveal what the government doesn’t want you to know. Using publicly available, declassified documents as its sources, the Declassification Engine aims to eventually make informed guesses about what those black bars are hiding, providing a “word cloud” of likely possibilities. Is that blacked out word “Aurora,” for example, potentially referring to new types of advanced aircraft? And, if so, does that imply that similar redacted memos refer to the same key words? A Tool For Historians And The PublicThe Declassification Engine could be an instrument for historians and conspiracy theorists alike. For now, though, it’s basically just a set of data-analysis tools developed by researchers at Columbia University.One finds correlations between specific words and often-classified memos, for example. Another was designed to help train the system to pick up on differences between redacted documents, and what was revealed years later when the government declassified them for public eyes. Eventually, they’ll form a more cohesive whole, the Engine’s creators say.To take the next steps, the Engine’s founders are asking for help. Last week, historians, journalists, legal scholars, statisticians, and computer scientists met at Columbia University to formally launch the Engine — and to ask for money. The Declassification Engine hopes to raise $50,000 to fund the project, and its founders have only raised a few hundred dollars at present.Matthew Connelly, a historian at Columbia and one of the creators of the Declassification Engine, explained that the group is consciously trying to put the Declassification Engine on the “white hat” side of the fence — the opposite side, in other words, from organizations like Wikileaks.The Engine’s source material consists of documents that have already been declassified and released by the government for public scrutiny. Furthermore, its users aren’t “cracking” redactions; they’re simply making guesses. What they hope are good guesses, but guesses nevertheless.How The Engine Revved UpDeclassification straddles a long-standing fault line in American politics, as Marc Trachtenberg, a professor of political science at UCLA explains:There is thus a built-in conflict between the consumer and the supplier of historical evidence: we historians want to see the ‘dirt,’ but those responsible for the release of documents want to make sure that the material released does not damage the political interests they are responsible for protecting.A redacted memo, made public by the Freedom of Information Act. (Source: http://www.foia.cia.gov/)Declassified documents are often a tool to better understand our own history. But getting at that understanding sometimes requires teasing out decades-old data.One of the first things the team did last year was to analyze which keywords were most closely associated with federal decisions to withhold documents among 1.4 million State Department cables. They then created a tool to analyze diplomatic activity over time depending on which terms were used, and the likelihood that a cable that included a specific term would still be classified.That analysis revealed that 1970s cables that contained the word “Boulder” or phrase “Operation Boulder” were much, much more likely to be withheld, Connelly said. As it turned out, Project Boulder was President Nixon’s plan, hatched following the hostage crisis at the Munich Olympics, to increase FBI scrutiny of Arabs entering the United States. In other words, 1970s-style ethnic profiling.In this case, Connelly said, the archive of scanned documents could have served as a historical context when people began discussing the treatment of Arab-Americans thirty years later, after Sept. 11. But without the digital archive of source documents, that context wasn’t readily available.“The reason that these historians have never even heard of it is because the vast majority of the documents have been withheld, in the archives,” Connelly said. “Without those documents, we can’t even begin to try and derive some of these lessons.”The government originally held back the majority of memos that contained the word “Boulder”. (Source: Matthew Connelly)Is It Legal?Given the political climate surrounding security in the decade-plus since September 11, the Declassification Engine’s creators said last week that they were somewhat nervous that the U.S. government might try to clamp down on it. (The creators, naturally, believe that it’s perfectly legal.) Connelly, however, said that the discussion during Friday’s conference gave him reason to believe that the Engine’s creators aren’t likely to face any investigation from law enforcement agencies. Nevertheless, on Friday, the FAQ portion of the site was modified to eliminate all references to the project’s legality, including that the group sought input from the State Department and the National Archives to better understand the declassification process.“In some cases, we are using statistical methods to predict what is still classified,” the Declassification Engine’s FAQ said Thursday night.How The Tools WorkConnelly gave ReadWrite an early glimpse of one component of the Engine on Thursday night. That’s the Redaction Visualizer, which compares redacted and unredacted documents and highlights the differences. On the surface, this seems pretty obvious. Comparing an unredacted and redacted memo. (Source: Declassification-engine.org)But the Visualizer is also the basic equivalent of your math homework: the redacted document provides the problem to solve, and the unredacted document is the “answer”. This supervised data will  “teach the computer to teach itself about what’s in the redaction,” Connelly said.The text that the Redaction Visualizer pulls out. (Source: Declassification-engine.org)The real work for the Engine, though, lies in deciphering the redactions themselves. And the biggest arrow in its quiver is context. In total, the Engine uses 117,509 documents from the DDRS, with the most from the Eisenhower and Johnson administrations.The text of the documents themselves are just one part of the puzzle. But there’s a surprising amount  of unredacted metadata attached to each as well: the date, the author, the subject, who classified it, when it was declassified — 68 fields in all, Connelly said. All can be used as clues to make guesses as to what the redacted content contains. Connelly admits that he’s not even clear on how well the Engine could work, once it’s up and running.What the Declassification Engine hopes to do for each redaction is generate a “word cloud” of the words that are statistically likely to be hidden by the redaction. Granted, this is a lot easier to do with a short series of letters, such as a name or date. Still, any guesses could be used to tease out further possibilities, and cross-correlated with other, similar documents to make further guesses.Eventually, the Declassification Engine could become a Web site, where users could upload their own declassified documents, run them against the tools, and also add their own insights. “It would create a virtuous circle, and [users] would be able to make more and more powerful and accurate predictions,” Connelly said.Obama Turbocharges The EngineThe Declassification Engine received an unexpected boon from the Obama Administration on the eve of its launch: an executive order making machine-readable government documents the law of the land.“Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable,” President Obama wrote. “In making this the new default state, executive departments and agencies shall ensure that they safeguard individual privacy, confidentiality, and national security.”The order could remove the need to optically scan some government documents, allowing the Engine to more quickly process bunches of files. It remains to be seen how executive agencies will protect their electronic documents, however. But, as Connelly noted, the order begs the question: if machines are now allowed to read government documents, shouldn’t they be allowed to guess what they’re hiding? markhachman Tags:#Big Data center_img Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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