Bank on Bigdaddykool

first_imgBIGDADDYKOOL, a top contender for the June 25 Cal’s Jamaica Derby, looks the one to beat when he takes on six fellow three-year-olds in the opening restricted allowance race (non-winners of two) over 1700 metres at Caymanas Park tomorrow. Trained by Anthony Nunes, BIGDADDYKOOL was a fast-finishing fourth (beaten 4-1/4 lengths) to FUTURE KING in the Post to Post 2000 Guineas over a mile on April 9, this after running miles wide into the straight. He has worked well in preparation for this race, and with the competition less than fierce, should have little difficulty in beating THE PROMISE LAND and company. Top apprentice Linton Steadman has the ride from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. TWILIGHT CITIZEN, a fast-finishing second to stable-companion to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1300 metres on April 23, is tipped to go one better in the second race over a similar trip to be contested by eight starters, including GOLD SCREW, who just failed to stave off TARANTINO over 1820 metres recently, and MINY LEE, who was third in that race. GOLD SCREW will have lots of supporters even with female apprentice Mellisa Ward replacing former champion jockey Wesley Henry, but the Carl Anderson-trained TWILIGHT CITIZEN, with apprentice AndrÈ Powell, only needs to get it right at the start to score an overdue win. The third race should provide the lightly raced RAWALPINDI EXPRESS with his maiden win on his fifth start. True, the five-year-old son of Coded Warning is proving expensive to follow, but with champion jockey Shane Ellis now taking the ride, the hint should be taken. IDON’TKNOW looks the principal danger in a seven-strong field over 1100 metres. Recent winner PRINCE O’SHAUN, now back over an ideal trip after flopping over the straight behind MIRACLE RECOVERY on April 24, looks nicely off at the weights (53.0kg) with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, and should rebound with a win over 1500 metres. (1) BIGDADDYKOOL (2) TWILIGHT CITIZEN/ GOLD SCREW (3) RAWALPINDI EXPRESS/IDON’TKNOW (4) PRINCE O’SHAUN/BURNING MEDIC (5) AQUILO/EL CLIENTE (6) URBAN PRINCIPAL/ DUSSELDORF FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES LIVE CONTENDER BURNING MEDIC, who finished a close second to MIRACLE RECOVERY, looks a live contender in the 10-horse field, along with the bold front runner TROPICALDEPRESSION. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by AQUILO (Javanne Patterson up) and URBAN PRINCIPAL (Odean Edwards), both of whom finished second last time out. Their respective dangers are EL CLIENTE (Omar Walker) and DUSSELDORF, with Shane Ellis up.last_img read more

UK ‘to double trade with SA by 2015’

first_img3 December 2010British Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has pledged to double trade volumes between South Africa and the UK by 2015. The goal was set by President Jacob Zuma during his state visit to the UK in March 2010.Bellingham made the pledge during discussions with Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim in Pretoria on Wednesday.Major trading partner, investorBritain is one of South Africa’s major trading partners, and remains one of the two largest foreign investors in South Africa. There are over 200 South African companies that have established a presence in the UK.Total trade between the United Kingdom and South Africa increased by 173% between 1998 and 2008, from R25.492-billion to R69.630-billion.Bellingham also congratulated South Africa on its return to the United Nations Security Council after a short absence and with such an overwhelming vote in its favour.He also expressed Britain’s firm commitment to closely collaborating with South Africa and to sharing views on matters of mutual concern.North-South relationsEbrahim expressed appreciation for the UK’s commitment to maintaining International Development assistance at a level of 0.7% of Gross National Income, even in the harsh economic times.Relations between South Africa and the UK are strong across the board, covering fields as diverse as defence, trade liberalisation and development co-operation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Storm Brewing: Commercial Data Bill Of Rights Introduced

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dan rowinski Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Senators John Kerry, and John McCain introduced a bill to the Senate floor last week entitled “The Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights” that would reform and codify how Internet user data could be used online.On the surface, this seems like the type of altruistic bill that falls in to the no-brainer area of Congressional legislation. Privacy, protection, trust, accountability. All the good political buzzwords apply. Yet, it is not that simple. Data is the lifeblood of the Web and the use of consumer data and the bill would allow the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce to have a significant hand in regulation of how data is collected and used by companies. Advertisers, innovators and consumer groups are concerned with the bill, not so much because of the wording of the legislation, but rather the amount of control it places in the hands of the FTC and whether or not that is necessary. From the summary of the bill:The right to security and accountability:Collectors of information must implement security measures to protect the information they collect and maintain.The right to notice, consent, access and correct information:The collector must provide the ability for an individual to opt-out of any information collection that is unauthorized by the Act and provide affirmative consent (opt-in) for the collection of sensitive personally identifiable information.The right to data minimization, distribution constraints and data integrity:Holds companies to use the data they collect only for specific purposes of conducting business within a set timeline hold any third-party accessors of that data to the same standards as the collector.Voluntary Safe Harbor Programs: Companies can opt-out of portions of the bill if they set policies that are equally as stringent as the bill.How will it affect the advertising ecosystem?The advertising community feels that this law is unnecessary because the industry has been crafting its own privacy policies for some time and think that the market can regulate itself. “We’ve set up a system; now they are going to replace it with the FTC,” Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of the Association of Nationals Advertisers said in and AdWeek interview. “It basically undermines the momentum last December when botht he FTC and Commerce Department scolded the industry for not moving fast enough.”Kaliya Hamlin, the executive director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, believes the bill is absolutely necessary. Foremost, she says, it will bring American privacy laws in to correlation with those of the European Union, which would allow for greater international commerce as currently U.S. sites that do not comply with European privacy laws either cannot operate there or have to change their data handling processes to accommodate European law. “Our consortium has a point of view about how the future could be and it doesn’t have to be the way it is,” Hamlin said. “It is totally possible to advertise (and potentially even more effective then today) in an ecosystem that gets re-wired to respect people and their information – that seeks to build with them and connect them to offers and opportunities that are relevant to them.”Hamlin noted that on a recent trip to Europe that she encountered many pop-ups on sites that telling asking if her information could be used. It is likely that if this bill is passed similar pop-ups could be coming to the United States. Will it stifle innovation?Hamlin does not think so.“So there are currently 20+ startups innovating around developing personal data banks and services around them,” Hamlin said. “So, where is the stifling?”Yet, social network data hacker and ReadWriteWeb contributor Pete Warden, told our editor Marshall Kirkpatrick last week that “these regulations will deter startups from building new tools like or Rapportive, while the big corporations can devote whole departments to working around any new rules,” Warden said.There is clearly a split in the tech community on if and how the bill would affect innovation. It is notable that the United States leads Europe in volume and quality of innovation. Is that because of the culture on the other side of the pond? The amount of regulation by the European Union? A group of the largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Intel and e-Bay signed an agreement last week supporting the bill. Notably, Facebook and Google have not weighed in on the bill.CNET pointed out last week that the bill will not apply to the government or law enforcement, which brings up an interesting double standard in how the government views itself in relation to business. Internet consumers are as wary of the government and how it uses their information as they are of businesses. When it comes to the day-to-day processes of government function, it does not operate all that different from a large enterprise corporation yet yields more power over the lives of American’s than almost all corporations put together.In the long run, start-ups and innovators will learn to deal with the new regulations if the bill passes. It comes down to a matter of trust. How much do consumers trust the businesses that use and control their data? This bill would help companies gain and keep the trust of consumers.But, the question becomes: does the federal government need to legislate that trust or is it something that companies have to craft and earn on their own?last_img read more

The Energy Grinch

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img With apologies to Dr. SeussEvery WhoDown in Who-villeLoves the Energy FairWhen Whos get togetherTo vie and compareTheir energy use — their utility charges —To see whose is smaller, Milton’s or Marge’s.To win the grand prize (a bouquet of flowers)A Who has to limit his kilowatt hours.The Grinch who resided just north of the valley,Burned tank-loads of gas — What an energy tally!The Grinch hated saving! He shouted, “Who cares!Global warming is good! I hate Energy Fairs!”He hated the contest; he hated the season!Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.OTHER PARODIES2014 Parody: The Raven2013 Parody: Casey Makes a Bet2011 Parody: Macbeth2010 Parody: Christmas Carols2009 Parody: ’Twas the Night Before ChristmasIt could be that his head wasn’t screwed on quite right.It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.But I think that the most likely reason of allMay have been that his heart was two sizes too small.But, whatever the reason — his heart or his shoes —He just hated the Fair and all of the Whos.He looked down from his cave with a sourpuss frownAt the triple-glazed windows below in their town,And despised every Who down in Who-ville belowWith their dual-flush toilets (all super-low-flow).“They’re swapping their light bulbs!” he said with a sneer.“Tomorrow is Fair Day! I hate that it’s here!“Conservation is bad!” he exclaimed with a sigh,“I must find a way to keep energy bills high!”If a load isn’t needed, a Who pulls the plug.To the Grinch, though, these Whos all appeared to be smug.They limit their driving — they bike off to work,With a smile that looks to the… last_img read more

Who is Emiliano Sala, the missing Argentinean footballer?

first_imgSport has often been used in books, movies and pop culture a reference to as a metaphor for life. And just like it, sport presents the highs of high and the lows of lows. The story of Emiliano Sala is no different.Sala, the son of truck driver in Cululu in Santa Fe Province of Argentina, has been missing since he reportedly boarded a flight from Nantes in France to Cardiff in the United Kingdom.Sala secured a club record transfer (17 million euros or 19.3 million US dollars) from Nantes, after a phenomenal season in the French Ligue 1, and was on his way back to Cardiff to attend his first training session with his new teammates.He was travelling in a plane arranged by his agent on January 19 from France en route to Wales. On January 21, the news of his disappearance started to surface. The plane, according to reports, lost radar contact off the English Channel island of Guernsey (a small Island in the English channel) late on Monday.According to reports, Sala sent a distress call to his father in which he admitted that he was “scared” for his life.”Hello, my brothers, how are you? Boy, I’m tired. I was here in Nantes taking care of things, things, things, things, things, things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops. Anyway guys, I’m up in this plane that feels like it’s falling to pieces, and I’m going to Cardiff. [It’s] crazy, we start tomorrow. Training in the afternoon, guys, in my new team Let’s see what happens. So, how’s it going with you guys, all good? If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you will know Dad, I’m scared!”- Sala said on whatsapp callExtensive searches were on by Guernsey Police and then called off, resumed and then called off again, without any sign of the plane or a person.advertisementOne week on, there has been no news of Sala or of the missing plane.Sala’s last social media post, in hindsight, was tragic. He posted a photo with his Nantes teammates with the caption – “La ultima ciao.” – which translates to “The ultimate goodbye.”He had met his new teams mates the day before Cardiff’s last match at Newcastle United, before going back to Nantes to say goodbye to his former club and gather his belongings.A shrine has since been established outside Cardiff’s stadium.Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s trip to Arsenal on Tuesday, their first match since Sala’s plane vanished, manager Neil Warnock said it had been the most difficult week of his career and admits he had questioned whether he could even carry on doing his job.”You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on,” Warnock, told reporters.”It’s impossible to sleep. I’ve been in football management for 40 years and it’s been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile.”It’s been a traumatic week and even now I can’t get my head around the situation.”All you need to know Emiliano Sala:Born Emiliano Raul Sala Taffarel in Argentina’s Santa Fe Province on October 31, 1990Began his playing career as a youth at Argentinian side Club Proyecto Crecer, before heading to France where he signed for Girondins de BordeauxThe striker made his debut for the club in 2012 before going on loan to French sides Chamois Niortais and CaenHe joined Nantes in 2015 and has scored 42 goals for the French Ligue 1 side so farSala had scored 12 goals this season in France’s Ligue 1 to rank fifth among top scorers behind Kylian Mbappe (17), Edinson Cavani (14), Neymar Jr and Nicolas Pepe (13)last_img read more

Storefront Theatre closing seeking new location

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The company hopes to have a new permanent home by the fall, he added.“There’s always blessings in disguise and we’re really positive about this. When one door closes, a whole horizon opens up for you. We’re just experiencing this whole outpouring of support. A lot of people cut their teeth there and have some great memories,” Blais said, adding he recently attended the wedding of a couple who met on one of the company’s productions.The company will operate out of its secondary studio location at 296 Brunswick Ave. in the interim. Advertisement Company founder and artistic director Benjamin Blais said the theatre has been warmly embraced by members of the theatre community and patrons since it opened in December 2012.“We’ve got a very open, accessible and liberal view on how things should be created so we’ve given people opportunities when they were having doors closed in their faces,” Blais said. The independent Storefront Theatre company is closing its doors at the end of January after four years but hoping to reopen at a new location later in the year.The company announced it’s leaving its 955 Bloor St. W. location after four years of “protracted negotiations” with the property owner.“The company leaves behind its current location with a heavy heart. The Storefront has served as a trailblazer and beacon for the burgeoning movement of independent theatre in Toronto. The company hopes to reopen in the fall of 2017,” the company said in a statement. Facebook The company had been trying for a while to persuade the building owner to give it a long-term lease so it could mount a capital campaign to upgrade the building, which needs a speaker system and has only one washroom in the basement.“But (the owner) refused to give us a long-term lease. So we weren’t going to raise money from people to throw it away,” Blais said.Blais said the company has had to scrap six planned productions, although it has tentative plans to mount a few of them in other locations in the months ahead. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Introducing Life A crossplatform WebAssembly VM for decentralized Apps written in Go

first_imgPerlin Networks, a scalable DAG-based distributed ledger protocol, introduced a new cross-platform WebAssembly VM named Life. This WebAssembly VM is secure, fast, written in Go and is built specifically for decentralized applications. WebAssembly is a high-level instruction set which enables developers to easily design computationally heavy programs that can securely run on web browsers at an improved speed. Apart from designing programs for the browsers, this instruction set can also be used to train ML models, host databases, or even host blogs/online retail stores 24/7. This is the reason why Perlin networks used it in their project, Life. Projects can easily run WebAssembly code anywhere by simply integrating the Life tool into their applications. Features of Life Life is Fast It uses a wide range of optimization techniques and is faster than all other WebAssembly implementations tested (go-interpreter/wagon, paritytech/wasmi). Life is Correct It implements WebAssembly execution semantics and passes most of the official test suite. Life is Secure User code executed is fully sandboxed. A WebAssembly module’s access to resources (instruction cycles, memory usage) may easily be controlled to the very finest detail. Life is Pure This VM does not rely on any native dependencies, and may easily be cross-compiled for running WebAssembly modules on practically any platform such as Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, and so on. Life is Practical One can make full use of the minimal nature of WebAssembly to write code once and run anywhere. With Life, one can completely customize how WebAssembly module imports are resolved and integrated. A complete control over the execution lifecycle of the WebAssembly modules is also possible. To know more about the WebAssembly based Life VM, visit its GitHub page. Read Next Grain: A new functional programming language that compiles to Webassembly WebAssembly comes to Qt. Now you can deploy your next Qt app in browserlast_img read more