THE sparingly raced 4-y-o filly BERRANCA should make amends for her near miss over 1100 metres on March 26 when she takes on seven opponents in the 4-y-o and up restricted allowance, the opening Super-6 race over 1200 metres on tomorrow’s Post to Post Guineas Day 11-race programme at Caymanas Park. The Adore The Gold – Charity Dance offspring, who, in 2015 finished third in the in 1000 Guineas and second in the Oaks, returned from a nine-month absence recently and lost out by a head to RAS EMANUEL in a driving finish in a highly competitive race. Now a lot better for the run and bang-in-form claiming apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, BERRANCA will not be easily denied from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. She will find the distance ideal and should lead home SUPERTRONICS and COMMANDING AVIATOR. DOC HOLIDAY, who has won a number of races in the past six months, should prove too strong for rivals in the closing stages of the second race (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) over 1300 metres. The stretch-running 6-y-o gelding, who now takes orders from trainer Tyrone Prince, has lots of speed ahead of him in the likes of down-in-class DIFERENTGENERATION, AUNT HILDA, and recent winner LEGAL ACCOUNT, who has changed stables since winning easily on a $250,000 tag on March 19. With DIFERENTGENARATION, in particular, sure to make things pretty hot, the pace should come back to the closer DOC HOLIDAY, who notched his last win over this trip some months ago at this level. The improving claiming apprentice Jerome Innis has the ride. GRAND TRAIN, who found only FABULOUSCONNECTION too good over the straight recently, should provide top apprentice Steadman with yet another winner in the third race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 5-y-o grey horse has most appeal in the 10-strong field and gets the nod over the free-running DR DEAREST with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. SUB STRUCTURE, now dropping down two classes for the fourth race over 1100 metres for conditional $180,000 claimers, should come into her own with Steadman astride and win from MANDEYA and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS in a field of 10. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by CONCLUSION (improving rapidly now) and the well-forward first-time runner SUPER COP (working brilliantly), with Omar Walker riding him for 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta in a field of 13 maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) BERRANCA (2) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGAL ACCOUNT (3) GRAND TRAIN/DR DEAREST (4) SUB STRUCTURE/MANDEYA (5) CONCLUSION/MR DOITBETTA (6) SUPER COP
PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here.It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Travis, one of LeBron James’ best friends while they were growing up in Akron, Ohio, led the Aces to the Finals in that conference only for Alaska to be swept by San Miguel Beer.Finally showing the form of a top seed, Rain or Shine comes into Game 3 of its Final Four series with crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra with newfound confidence Saturday as both teams gun for a crucial win in the series that has been reduced to a race-to-two at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.After snapping the Gin Kings’ tournament-best eight-game winning streak with a super finishing kick in Game 2, the Elasto Painters enjoy some sort of momentum in their 6:30 p.m. contest.James Yap was one of the heroes in that 109-100 win and will try to repeat his sterling performance, along with teammate Reggie Johnson, who had 25 points and 20 rebounds. ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “We got one (win) and that’s all we needed (coming into this game). Now we have another chance,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “Today just kind of felt like our day. We made a bunch of shots and we had a bunch of bounces go our way.“I just hope we have many of those days,” Compton said. “Obviously we’re still down, but I tell you what I love my guys and I asked them to fight till the end and they did. I’m just really proud of my guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alaska closed out the half with a 64-55 lead, and the turning point of the game was when the Aces managed to stay in step with the Beermen with San Miguel’s usual third quarter storm. Alaska took a 94-77 lead into the fourth.Meanwhile, former Alaska import Romeo Travis, who was the Best Import in the 2015 Governors’ Cup, gets another stint in the league after agreeing to play for the Magnolia Hotshots in the season-ending Governors’ Cup. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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
Non-profit organisations in Africa also have the opportunity to benefit from this new development aimed at boosting their visibility and helping them to raise the funds needed to ensure their sustainability. (Image: TechSoup)Its services would be available to non-profit organisations around the world through the launch of TechSoup.Global, non-profit technology solutions organisation TechSoup announced on 18 November.Social change organisations across the African continent can now make use of TechSoup’s online donations platform to help raise funds and so continue to make a positive change in their communities.TechSoup has become the world’s first fully global technology donation platform aimed at non-profit organisations (NPOs), according to the group’s website. Its services already benefit more than 500 000 non-profit organisations around the world; the organisation plans to increase this number by extending its reach and influence.“The launch of TechSoup.Global is a pivotal step in helping the world’s estimated 10 million non-profit organisations gain visibility and connect with support critically needed for their missions and communities,” says Rebecca Masisak, chief executive officer of TechSoup.“The platform, operated in partnership with the TechSoup Global Network, enables a unique capacity for innovation and the co-design of locally relevant, globally scaled programmes that strengthen impact on the ground.”SUPPORTING AFRICA’S NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONSNon-profit organisations in Africa also have the opportunity to benefit from this new development aimed at boosting their visibility and helping them to raise the funds needed to ensure their sustainability.“From covering only four countries, we are now in a position to provide technology products and solutions to NPOs in 54 countries across the continent,” says David Barnard, the vice-president for Africa at TechSoup. “It is a game-changer for NPOs in Africa, and provides us with a very unique opportunity to strengthen their technology capacity and infrastructure in an affordable and informed manner.”TechSoup has gone to great lengths to ensure that each of the organisations making use of its services fall under the NPO category in each of their respective countries. This measure is to make sure no other companies other than NPOs benefit from its services.The organisation also offers NPOs access to relevant educational resources to help meet their operational requirements. These resources include web-seminars and peer-to-peer events where NPOs can learn from and teach each other best practices.Non-profit organisations are urged to make use of these services and continue the work they do to develop their communities and the world as a whole.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co., holds up her turkey for the judge. Myah Jones, Clinton Co., went on to be the Grand Champion. Luke Bennett, Fayette Co., shows off his turkey. Ethan Nolan, Huron Co., watches the judge examine his birds. Cassady Neviska, 19, Morrow Co. Emma and Lauren Preston from Fairfield Co. (right) each made the final drive, along with their younger sister. Cassady Neviska, 19, Morrow Co., rocking the “Bird Nerd” jacket. Fifth Overall: Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co. Fourth Overall: Mason Jackson, Logan Co. Res. Grand Champion Turkey: Jozie Jones, Clinton Co. Third Overall: Allison Kinney, Logan Co. Fifth overall: Sophia Preston, Fairfield Co. Grand Champion Turkey: Myah Jones, Clinton Co. Res. Grand Champion Market Chickens: Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga Co. Grand Champion Market Chickens: Allison Davis, Carroll Co. Turkey Champion Drive Turkey Champion Drive Turkey Champion Drive Turkey Champion Drive
The Dawoodi Bohras’ patriotism is an example for India to follow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, addressing the community members at the Saifee Mosque in Indore’s Saifee Nagar. He called them his “family”.Addressing over two lakh community members, who had gathered to attend Ashara Mubaraka, the commemoration of the death anniversary of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Husain, Mr. Modi outlined various schemes implemented by his government over the last four years.Syedna Aaliqadr Mufaddal Saifuddin, the current Da’i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were present on the occasion.’Ashara Mubaraka’ is observed at the beginning of the Islamic year. It refers to a period of 10 days. The 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is known as Ashara and marks the day when Imam Husain was martyred along with his family members and companions.’Bohra sect is integral to peace in country’ “The Bohra sect is integral to peace in India and has contributed to our unity on diversity,” Mr. Modi, said in a 33-minute address.Mr. Modi said that he considers himself too to be a part of the Bohra community because most villages in his home State, Gujarat, have Bohra businesses.”Even when I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, they supported me at every step of the way and I feel fortunate for that,” he said.Prior to his address, Mr. Modi heard Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s sermon. This is the first time a Prime Minister is attending an Ashara Mubaraka event.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident keeping hold of on-loan Chelsea striker Abrahamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith remains confident of keeping hold of on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.Rumours are rife that an £18million move to Wolves is imminent.Smith says he still expects the 21-year-old to be at Villa Park next week though.“I haven’t heard anything,” Smith said following Villa’s 3-0 defeat to Swansea. “I believe Tammy was here today.“I believe he will be in training on Monday.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Chelsea defender Boulahrouz: Wake-up Arsenal! Buy Ziyechby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz is urging Arsenal to move for Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech.Boulahrouz says Ziyech’s playing style fits “very well” with “a number of clubs”.”In that regard, I think Bayern Munich and Arsenal have really gone to sleep,” he said on FOX Sports. “He is a player who is important in attack, with his passes and creativity, but who also has an enormous zest for work. “That zest for work was brilliant in the semi-final of the Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur.”Boulahrouz acknowledges that due to his risky fit, Ziyech can lose the ball a lot. “But that is the player he is and you shouldn’t try to take that away. Often enough the balls arrive and goals or dangerous moments arise. Ziyech knows what he wants. He feels good and he doesn’t just go for something unknown, such as Sevilla or AS Roma. He earns well at Ajax, gains confidence and is appreciated. You don’t just trade that in.”
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – DarkMatter, a growing cybersecurity company in the United Arab Emirates that’s recruited Western intelligence analysts, is stepping out of the shadows amid concerns by activists about its power and potential targets.The company’s founder and CEO, Faisal al-Bannai, says DarkMatter takes part in no hacking, although he acknowledges the firm’s close business ties to the Emirati government, as well as its hiring of former CIA and National Security Agency analysts.Activists warn such expertise could be used to target human rights campaigners, some of whom already have been jailed in the UAE, a major U.S. ally in the Mideast.Al-Bannai told The Associated Press his company carefully chooses its clients, while leaving the ethical decisions about privacy and surveillance in wielding its powerful technology to its governmental customers, which include the Dubai police.“Ignoring that use, in my view, would be silly,” he said. “I think tackling that issue and saying, ‘What is the right balance,’ is the right question and the one I think everyone is trying to figure out.”Surveillance is prolific across the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. Flashing cameras capture license plates of vehicles pulling into gas stations. At Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, home to an indoor ski slope, shoppers can use a kiosk to find their cars via the mall’s surveillance system.Authorities say surveillance keeps the UAE safe. Surveillance footage helped authorities quickly identify the woman who stabbed an American school teacher to death at an Abu Dhabi mall in 2014.It also aided Dubai police in identifying members of what it described as an Israeli hit squad that killed an operative with the Palestinian militant Hamas group in 2010, an attack never acknowledged by Israel.For al-Bannai, whose father is a retired major general with the Dubai police, cybersecurity seemed like a good bet after he found success with his mobile phone reselling firm Axiom Telecom. He formed DarkMatter in 2015 and today, he said the company has some 650 employees. Most work out of its headquarters in the disc-shaped Aldar building along a major highway connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The firm also has research-and-development centres in China, Finland and Toronto, he said.“The only country in the region that’s strong in cybersecurity is Israel,” al-Bannai told foreign journalists who visited DarkMatter on Tuesday. “Other than that, it’s blank.”He described DarkMatter as entirely privately held, with a customer base that is 80 per cent government agencies and 20 per cent commercial. He declined to name specific clients, but many suspect they include the Signals Intelligence Agency, the Emirati version of the NSA. The agency is also registered as having offices in the Aldar building.“Frankly, it’s an alignment of the stars,” al-Bannai said of DarkMatter’s government contracts. “It is a pure commercial transaction with them.”Since its inception, rumours have swirled around DarkMatter.Some hackers described receiving aggressive, repeated job offers by the firm. An Italian hacker wrote a blog post in 2016 alleging that DarkMatter tried to hire him through a third-party recruiter who described the company as setting up a vast domestic spying infrastructure, something denied by al-Bannai.However, human rights activists and others have been targeted by hacks suspected to be directed, if not carried out, by the Emirati government.Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor became famous in August 2016 when he worked with security experts to reveal three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system after he was allegedly targeted with a phishing text message he didn’t open.Mansoor and others believed the United Arab Emirates was behind the attack, as it involved so-called “zero day” exploits — flaws in programming that hackers can use to potentially install spyware or gain control of a system — that can be worth over a million dollars each. Mansoor was arrested by UAE authorities last March for his online posts. Authorities later said he was being held at Abu Dhabi’s central prison and had “the freedom to hire a lawyer” and receive family visits.Another hacking campaign targeting Mansoor and others, dubbed “Stealth Falcon,” also appeared to be co-ordinated by the government, said Bill Marczak, a research fellow at Citizen Lab. DarkMatter’s close work with the Emirati government, and the experience of its staff, raised flags about the company, Marczak said.“When you’re talking about human rights activists like Ahmed Mansoor … there’s nothing he can do and the government gets access to him and his contacts and then can take further actions against his contacts,” he said. “It’s one thing to use them against people you may think are committing terrorist acts or criminal acts, but using them against someone who is just kind of sitting around their living room tweeting, it seems kind of disproportionate.”Al-Bannai said DarkMatter had no depository of “zero day” exploits, nor did it take part in so-called “offensive hacking.” He pointed to one of the company’s signature products, a secure mobile phone called “Katim,” or “silence” in Arabic, as showing the firm’s interest in defensive technology.He added that DarkMatter hired CIA, NSA and other ex-government employees for their experience.“If you think an NSA guy is a spooky guy, the NSA guy is the one protecting you in the U.S.,” al-Bannai said. “These are not the bad guys.”He did, however, acknowledge that questions remain about how much information authorities should have and be able to use.Pegasus, a DarkMatter subsidiary, now has a “big data” contract with Dubai police. An example offered by al-Bannai suggested police could be able to pool hours of surveillance video to track anyone in the emirate.“My team knows what they’re building,” he said. “If they thought they were building funny stuff, they wouldn’t be here.”___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap. His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz.
YEARTEAMCOMPOSITE ELOCHANGE FROM PRIOR SEASONWON NBA FINALSAVG AGE*CONT-INUITY* 1966-6776ers1734+103✓27.995% 27.282 2007-08Lakers1701+171 1984-85Lakers1736+102✓28.2100 That’s a pretty good group. You see Michael Jordan’s Bulls (twice), along with Tim Duncan’s Spurs and several of the Lakers’ mini-dynasties. But there are also a couple of cases of teams that didn’t quite live up to their promise. The next chart shows how many games each team won in the seven seasons after its breakthrough, along with whether it reached or won the NBA Finals.On average, these teams won 1.5 additional championships in the seven seasons after their breakthrough year.1Technically, that average could go slightly higher if the Cavaliers win the championship next year or if the Miami Heat do within the next three seasons. But the average, of course, conceals a lot of variation. Eight of the 13 teams won multiple additional titles, while the other five won no more.The Warriors look pretty good even compared to this elite group of teams, however. Their Elo rating is the second-highest — after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — while their average team age, 26.4 weighted by win shares, is the second-youngest, behind the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.The Warriors have also gotten better “organically” with the same core group of talent. Their continuity percentage, which I calculate as the percentage of a team’s win shares that came from players who were also on the roster in the previous season, is 86 percent. Interestingly, going from good to great organically seems to be the more common path than doing it by signing a bunch of superstars. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics and the 2010-11 Miami Heat are the only real exceptions on the list above.Based on a nearest neighbor analysis,2Using the five categories you see in the first table in this chart: a team’s Elo rating, its change in Elo rating from the previous season, whether it won the NBA championship, its average age and its continuity percentage. the most similar team to this year’s Warriors is the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ three best players that year — Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant — were 27 years old, 25 and 25. By comparison, Curry was 26 this season, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were 24.That’s a fortuitous comparison, of course, since the Bulls’ 1991 championship was the first of six they’d win in eight seasons. The second-most similar team, however, is the 1970-71 Bucks. They had all the talent in the world — Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor3Alcindor changed his name to Abdul-Jabbar after the Bucks won the 1971 finals.) on the same team! But after going 66-16 and romping their way to a title in 1971, the Bucks wouldn’t win one again. They ran into a 69-13 Lakers team in the 1972 playoffs and then were upset (by the Warriors) in the 1973 playoffs. They did reach the finals again in 1974 but lost to an underdog Celtics team. Robertson retired after that season, and Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles a year later. And that was it.At least the Bucks were highly competitive, though, averaging 61 wins in the three seasons after their breakthrough. If the Warriors fail to win another title, it’s likely to be because of a Bucks-like circumstance of running into some other really hot team in the playoffs or blowing a couple of playoff series that they ought to win — rather than (barring an injury to Curry) because of a sudden and dramatic collapse. Winning an NBA championship is never easy. But the Warriors are very good, very young and have many players locked up to long-term contracts. Teams in similar circumstances usually haven’t been one-year wonders and instead are able to make several more runs at a championship. 28.942 2014-15Warriors1796+170✓26.486 1995-96Bulls1815+199✓30.289 26.779 We here at FiveThirtyEight have been riding the Warriors bandwagon for a long time. Good thing they won the championship Tuesday! But now the question is how many more titles Steph Curry and company might expect in their future.Let’s take a really simple approach. We’ll identify other teams that, like the Warriors, had a big breakthrough and quickly went from being good to really great. More specifically, we’ll look for teams that had a composite Elo rating of 1700 or higher, which is a rating that we’d ordinarily associate with a championship-caliber team, and whose Elo rating improved by at least 100 points from the previous season.There were only 13 of these teams before the Warriors, it turns out. You can find them below. 1971-72Lakers1732+199✓30.489 1998-99Spurs1728+105✓29.478 2007-08Celtics1710+310✓28.048 2008-09Cavaliers1738+188 1970-71Bucks1723+143✓25.977 2010-11Heat1702+138 1999-2000Lakers1724+110✓28.481 *Weighted by win shares 1990-91Bulls1755+122✓26.795 1979-80Lakers1706+124✓27.266
Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAlong with several topics pertaining to the on-field performance of Ohio State’s football team, head coach Urban Meyer also addressed several off-field topics and locker room issues that are important to his team during Monday’s press conference. Here are our takeaways.Big Ten away locker roomsFootball teams know when traveling for away games that the accommodations in the locker room will not quite live up to the standards set by those at home. However, teams expect not only at least respectable locker rooms, but also believe they should be met with air conditioning and proper care when it comes to medical treatment.During Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference Monday, the outspoken coach said his team was met with poor facilities at Purdue and that the poor conditions tend to be more of a reflection on the rest of the conference rather than just the Boilermakers.“We had to open the doors to get ventilation going in a small area and people are walking by watching you dress. The number of urinals or bathrooms for the players and staff, I think there was two,” Harbaugh said. “Injured players can’t get an X-ray. Taken to a student health care center in a van. We needed a brace for a player and there wasn’t one at the facility we were taken to. A lot of things need to be addressed.”Harbaugh is not the only coach to express displeasure with away locker rooms in the conference. Meyer said he has had a “couple” of difficulties with the locker rooms in opposing stadiums and said that he has expressed his opinions to the commissioner, Jim Delaney.“All due respect, this is the Big Ten Conference,” Meyer said. “I’ve shared it with our athletic director and the commissioner should handle that.”Kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFLFollowing tweets from President Donald Trump condemning the actions of players in the NFL who knelt during the national anthem, athletes from around the league demonstrated a large display of solidarity Sunday, kneeling during the anthem in large groups or remaining in the locker room. As the players did this, debates raged between those who viewed the demonstration as players expressing their First Amendment rights to protest racial injustice in the United States and others who viewed it as a protest against the country as a whole and as disrespectful to military members.Topics such as this have divided the nation, but Meyer said the mutual respect teammates show for one another has helped maintain decorum in Ohio State’s locker room.“It’s the ‘r-word,’ the respect. Respect all,” Meyer said. “I personally have very strong beliefs and thoughts about things like that. And I share them with my friends and obviously very close with my family about our thoughts.”Religion in sportsThe “r-word” appeared again in Meyer’s vocabulary when the head coach was asked about religion. He talked about how important it is for the players in the locker room to all have mutual respect for everyone as many of the players have different views on religion as well. Meyer said the players are all allowed to hold their own views on religion, and that in the Ohio State locker room, all views are not only welcome, but also encouraged given how important religion is in Meyer’s life.“Our players, you look at their schedules, so we want everything to be user-friendly,” Meyer said, “Whether it be nutrition, whether it be real-life Wednesdays, those type of things, and also your spiritual life, so we have everything available to them. And I’m proud to say we have multi religious players, denominational people in our program.”