Start with Berranca on Guineas Day

first_imgTHE 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 COPlast_img read more

Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More Resilient

first_imgAs we look to create homes and communities that will keep us comfortable and safe in a world of climate change, terrorism, and other vulnerabilities, there are a handful of strategies that I group loosely under the heading of “smarter design.” Some of these strategies come into play more at the land-use planning scale, or are relevant only in certain locations that are at risk of flooding, but all are worth thinking about when planning a new home.Where we buildFollowing Hurricane Katrina’s flooding of New Orleans in 2005, I got involved in an effort to guide the reconstruction that would occur — shifting it towards more sustainable practices. But the very idea of spending billions of dollars to rebuild in a place that is already below sea level at a time when sea levels are projected to rise seemed a mistake. I wrote at the time:“In many respects, New Orleans should not be rebuilt in its present location — a lowland bowl situated between a lake and a river channel where this largest of America’s rivers forms its delta. … Serious consideration should be given to the idea of relocating the city to stable land, either somewhat inland from the coast or farther from the delta where it can be better protected. But there’s almost no chance of that happening. New Orleans will be rebuilt where it is. Our nation has learned a lot in its 200-plus years, but we’re neither that smart nor that bold.” RELATED ARTICLES We need to keep this discussion active. Whether it’s about low-lying coastal areas prone to hurricanes, river floodplains in the Midwest that seem to flood every few years, or valley towns in Vermont prone to flash floods, we should be asking ourselves why we continue to rebuild in places that will again be damaged by flooding.And it’s not just flooding that should concern us. Each summer, when we read about wildfires in the fire-adapted chaparral country of southern California, we should ask ourselves why we keep building in places that keep burning. The frequency of those wildfires is expected to increase as climate change dries out that part of the country.While we may not be able to change land-use laws to fully restrict building in places prone to flooding, fires, and other disasters, we can certainly make those decisions on our own — and not build in vulnerable places. While suitability for development is still often gauged by the 100-year flood elevations, we should be even more conservative and avoid places that are in the 500-year flood elevation. While Vermont’s valley towns are attractive, we should build our houses and roads well above the valley floors. We should try to shift people from the Midwestern river floodplains to higher-elevation areas, increasing density in those safer areas through infill housing.Elevating living spaces and equipmentIn any area remotely vulnerable to flooding, elevating the living space above the potential flood elevation will dramatically reduce damage in the event of flooding. As is commonly done in coastal construction, ground-level spaces can be designed to be inundated with water and dry out. Break-away panels can also reduce damage in the event of flowing water — as in a flooded steam or river.Basements should be avoided where there is risk of flooding, but even when flooding isn’t a concern, it makes sense to elevate all mechanical equipment above a concrete-slab basement floor. A burst water pipe or the failure of a dishwasher or clothes washer can dump thousands of gallons of water that will find its way down to the basement. Elevating boilers, furnaces, water heaters, electrical panels, and any other equipment can dramatically reduce damage. It just makes sense.Wettable materialsJust as we should elevate equipment so it doesn’t get wet in the event of a flood, in locations where flooding could conceivably occur we should use materials that can survive wetting without significant damage. Paper-faced drywall, any kind of wood flooring or subflooring, and wall-to-wall carpeting, for example, should be avoided in finished basements.Instead, consider polished concrete slabs as finished floors, metal studs for interior frame walls in basements, insulation materials that can get wet and dry out (such as rigid mineral wool and polyisocyanurate), and fiberglass-faced or non-paper-faced drywall.More compact homesBuilding smaller houses makes sense for a lot of reasons: less resources to build them, smaller footprint on the land, and less energy to operate. From a resilience standpoint, if power is lost for an extended period of time or heating fuel becomes scarce or supplies cut off, smaller houses are easier to keep safely warm in the winter months using a wood stove or gas-fired space heater (some don’t require electricity to operate, because they have pilot lights and pezioelectric-powered thermostats).I’ll get into more on minimizing heating and cooling loads next week — and why that’s such a critical resilient design strategy.– – – – – –In this resilient design series, I’m covering how to improve the resilience of our homes and communities, including strategies that help our homes survive natural disasters and function well in the aftermath of such events or other circumstances that result in power outages, interruptions in heating fuel, or shortages of water. We’ll see that resilient design is a life-safety issue that is critical for the security and wellbeing of families in a future of climate uncertainty and the ever-present risk of terrorism. Defining Habitable Temperatures Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient CommunitiesResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building EnvelopesResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

How to Crowdsource Without Being a Jerk – Or an Idiot

first_imgIn the six years since Jeff Howe coined the term ‘crowdsourcing’ in Wired Magazine, the phenomenon has grown into several distinct, maturing industries that give businesses and workers almost limitless flexibility. But crowdsourcing also significantly changes the relationships betweeen employers and workers – and not necessarily for the better.The 3 Types of CrowdsourcingHowe’s definition of crowdsourcing (taken from a trailer for his book) is pretty straightforward, if a little broad:Crowdsourcing is when a company takes a job that was once performed by employees and outsources it in the form of an open call to a large, undefined group of people, generally using the Internet.Depending on how you interpret “job,” that definition could include crowd-based funding, like Kickstarter, crowd-based voting, and other community-driven decisions, but most commonly the term applies to marketplaces for soliciting work products.Typically, businesses offer up a request for a block of work, like a logo, software coding, marketing copy, a website or a list of voicemail transcriptions – and the crowd answers the call. Those are the basics. Every crowdsourcing marketplace has its own rules and specialty, but generally, they break down into three categories:1. Contests 2. Open Markets 3. MicroworkEach type of crowdsourcing requires a different approach to get the most value for the money and effort you put in – and to avoid the very real opportunity to anger your existing workers and contractors while exploiting crowdsourced contributors (assuming you care about that): IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#crowdsourcing#enterprise cormac foster Crowdsourcing task work is a delicate decision, since it pulls hours from an in-house team, needs to integrate with in-house workflows, requires a very well-definied data specification and requires a certain amount of trust in data quality.When it works, crowdsourcing microwork can be brilliant. When it doesn’t, it’s a train wreck. Before entering into a contract for microwork, it’s criticial to nail down the specs, do your homework (and check lots of references), and give as much power as possible to the project leads so they can make the process work as efficiently as possible. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 2. Open Markets: Marketplaces like oDesk, eLance, Guru, and Mechanical Turk allow employers to post nearly any job at any price, leading to a wide range of offers, from 20-minute typing assignments to complex, multi-week software development projects.Open markets are generally free of stigma, but managing the projects can become a full-time job. Job posters often need to sift through a number of low-quality providers (or high-quality providers with the wrong domain expertise) before finding the right match. A poorly-defined job description will compound this problem, attracting too broad a range of applicants, and discouraging the real pros who don’t want to waste their time.If you aren’t completely sure what you need, you may do better hiring a local to work through the process on-site. If you really do know what you want, be as specific as possible in your posting, and create a quick qualification process on which everyone in your office agrees.3. Microwork: Microwork marketplaces break up large, repetitive projects into very small, discrete chunks that are managed by a highly-automated software. In most cases, the need for microwork will be driven by specific projects.Microwork marketplaces typically focus on a specific type of work. For example, Microtask focuses on very large projects involving text and data recognition – specifically, handwritten, damaged or stylized text that computers can’t read. It has built its entire user interface and back end around increasing worker productivity for this very specific job, and the majority of its tasks take only a few seconds to complete. 1. Contests: Contest marketplaces solicit responses as an open call and generally choose just one as a winner. The client purchases the winner’s work product with the award, and the losing entrants retain the rights to their work product. Contest specialties range in scope from small graphic design projects (Crowdspring) to substantial scientific quandries with awards in the tens of thousands of dollars (Innocentive).Very few people have a problem with the top end of the contest crowdwourcing market, which tends to add unique value with sites like IdeaConnection and Xprize . Innocentive, for example, rewards creative thinking, requires domain expertise and helps identify talent that might otherwise remain buried. Plus, Innocentive participants are trying to solve important problems, not just grind out grunt work to pleases the corporate overlords. If you want to offer a million dollars to the first person who can cure acne, have at it. Everyone wins. Low-end contest sites like Mycroburst are a different animal. In these situations, the majority of participants end up performing hours of work with zero compensation. A logo design project, for example, might start with 100 participants, then work through several rounds of revisions and cuts before settling on a winner, who might earn as little as $200,For the winner, if there is one, the reward might barely justify the expense. For everyone else, it’s a total bust.To mitigate this situation, some contest sites have created secondary marketplaces (like the 99 designs Logo Store) to help artists recoup at least some money from non-winning work. Still, contests conjure the specter of ‘spec work’, and many artists have attempted to organize boycotts of them as abusive exploitation.So what’s the right approach? At the very least, companies need to be honest about what they can spend and what they need when they create a crowdsource contest. And they need to be realistic about what they’re likely to get – a competent if not brilliant solution to an immediate problem. If that’s all you need, a crowdsourced contest could be all you need.In most cases, though, if you can afford to actually hire a designer or a coder, you’ll get better work, more consistency, with far less ongoing management effort. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Virat Kohli and Joe Root after 50 Test: Who has the better stats?

first_imgThe Vizag Test was not just a competitive match between India and England but also their two key players – Virat Kohli and Joe Root. (Vizag Test Scorecard)The Indian Test captain and England player are currently among the finest batsmen in the world. Both players played their career’s 50th Test in Vizag, second of the five-match series, only to make their already brilliant score even better. (Match Highlights)It is only natural to compare the two cricketers who finished their landmark 50th Test at such high numbers and close competition. While Root’s batting average of 53.19 is higher than the batsman from Delhi at 48.03, Kohli should be proud of holding three more centuries under his name.While the first innings of the Vizag Test was in favour of Kohli who scored 167 as compared to Root’s 53. In the second innings, Kohli struck 81 while Root scored 25. Root however has a better run record than Kohli, both of whom have played equal number of Tests now.Here are the scores of legendary batsmen after their 50th Test: Player Runs 100s 50s Highest Average V Kohli 3891 14 13 211 48.03 JE Root 4309 11 24 254 53.19 AN Cook 3654 10 20 160 42.99 HM Amla 3836 12 18 253* 47.36 SR Tendulkar 3438 11 16 179 49.83 R Dravid 4135 9 22 200* 52.34 SM Gavaskar 4947 20 21 221 57.52 BC Lara 4205 10 21 375 51.28 KC Sangakkara 3698 8 18 270 48.03 DPMD Jayawardene 3501 9 17 242 47.96 RT Ponting 3081 9 14 197 44.65 Younis Khan 4065 12 17 267 48.39 Indian Test captain’s highest score of 211, a feat he achieved at the Indore Test against New Zealand, however, could not match Root. The top-order batsman from Yorkshire who made his Test debut in 2013 also achieved his highest score this year, in a match against Pakistan in July where he scored 254.advertisementWhile only Gavaskar’s score of 4947 after his 50th Test is better than Root, Kohli stands behind iconic batsmen like Dravid, Gavaskar, Lara and Younis Khan but has managed to surpass legendary Tendulkar. Root has clearly overtaken Kohli, who made his debut in 2011, in all aspects of Test cricket except the number of tons.Kohli’s average in 2016, however, is 69.00, a contrast to Root’s 49.66. Root has scored 1192 runs so far this year, as compared to Kohli’s 897, but the huge difference is also because the Indian batsman appeared in only 9 games while Root played in 14. Player Matches Runs Average Highest 100s 50s Kohli 9 897  69.00 211 3 1 Root 14 1192 49.66 254 3 7 There is no doubt that both the batsmen are their country’s current best but Root has the advantage of better statistical numbers on his side. The data however is biased against Kohli, who did not get as much Test exposure as Root did this year.last_img read more

‘The great Neymar’ hailed after hat-trick heroics

first_imgParis Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has lauded “the great Neymar” after the Brazilian led his team past Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.Neymar scored a hat-trick to help the Ligue 1 champions to a resounding 6-1 victory on Wednesday.Meunier was full of praise for the 26-year-old forward, who now has 10 goals in as many games this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He was excellent. It was the great Neymar, as he has already proved in the past,” he said.”He has already scored two and three goals in a match before. We all know his qualities.”We can be proud to have a player like that in our team – and he can be proud of who he has around him as well.”Neymar admitted to reporters after a star showing in Europe that he had just delivered his finest performance of the 2018-19 campaign.Asked he had hit a new high, he said: “Yeah, it was so far.”Not just my best game but also from our team.”It’s not important whether I score or not. I just want my team to win, although when I score I become even happier.”Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe were also on the scoresheet for PSG, who are third in Group C on three points.last_img read more

43 killed in Syria tanker bomb blast

first_imgImage taken from a video obtained by Reuters at the scene where a fuel truck exploded in the centre of rebel-held Azaz, Syria. Photo: ReutersA massive tanker truck bomb ripped through a market by a courthouse in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz on Saturday, killing 43 people and wounding dozens near the Turkish border.The attack appeared to be the deadliest yet in the town in northern Aleppo province, which has been regularly hit by bombing targeting rebels and civilians.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least six rebels were among the dead, but most of those killed were civilians.Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said identification of the dead was being hampered by the fact that some bodies were completely burned in the blast.Video from the scene showed huge clouds of smoke rising from a street filled with debris and twisted metal, which bulldozers were working to clear.Raging fires were burning in several vehicles, and the fire brigade was battling to put them out with a giant water tanker and hoses.Civil defence workers, rebels and civilians picked through the rubble of a building, half of which had tumbled into the street.Azaz has been repeatedly struck by bomb attacks, including in November when rebels said 25 people—civilians and opposition fighters—were killed in a car bombing of a rebel headquarters.The rebels accused the Islamic State group of being behind that attack.The jihadist group is present elsewhere in Aleppo province and has sought to advance on Azaz in the past.In October, at least 17 people were killed in a car bomb attack on a rebel checkpoint, the Observatory said.IS suspectedThere was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s attack, but Osama al-Merhi, a lawyer at the scene of the blast, pointed the finger at IS.“These kinds of crimes are only committed by the terrorist group Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.“They are the ones who target civilians and the cadres who are building this country,” he told AFP.The blast comes during a fragile nationwide ceasefire brokered by government ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey.The truce came into effect on December 30, and is intended to pave the way for new peace talks in Kazakh capital Astana, which regime ally Iran is also helping organise.But the ceasefire and the planned talks have been threatened by ongoing violence in the rebel-held Wadi Barada region outside Damascus, which is the main water source for the capital.Overnight, the Observatory said seven Syrian soldiers and two civilians were killed in clashes, though the fighting appeared to have calmed by late Saturday morning.Fighting in the region has continued despite the truce, which does not apply to IS or former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, known previously as Al-Nusra Front.The government says Fateh al-Sham is present in Wadi Barada, and blames rebels there for cutting water to Damascus since December 22.Rebels deny the jihadist group is in the region and say the mains supply was severed after government strikes hit pumping facilities in the area.‘Millions without water’The damage has left 5.5 million people in Damascus and its suburbs without water, according to the UN.On Saturday, state media said maintenance teams had arrived in the area 15 kilometres (10 miles) northwest of Damascus and were “prepared to enter” to begin repair work.A source close to the regime said a temporary ceasefire had been agreed to allow the repair crews to enter, though it could take days before the mains supply is restored.But there was no official confirmation of a deal or the entry of the repair crews.More than 310,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.The fighting has displaced more than half the population, internally or abroad, and proved stubbornly resistant to international attempts to broker a political solution.Turkey and Russia want to convene negotiations in Astana later this month, but rebels have suspended participation in preparatory talks, blaming regime “violations” in Wadi Barada.Elsewhere, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters backed by US special forces moved to within four kilometres of the Tabqa dam held by IS, the Observatory said.The monitor said the Syrian Democratic Forces had taken the last IS-held village between them and the dam on the Euphrates, which is the country’s largest.The dam is just 500 metres (yards) from the town of Tabqa, where many senior IS commanders have been based.last_img read more

Who can say no to chocolate

first_imgChocolate comes from The Cacao tree which is called as ‘Food of the Gods’. It is only apt to pair this heavenly ingredient with Cognac also known as ‘Nectar of the Gods’. Get a mental high and your heart pounding with delicious antioxidants that chocolate is made of, with the Cognac and Chocolate Symphony at The Imperial New Delhi. In life these sinful and luxurious pleasures are a treat to the senses. Cognac paired with chocolates and then enjoyed as nightcap has been a tradition to go by. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Imperial New Delhi presents a delightful way to end a great meal with our house made artisanal chocolates and a crystal glass of the finest and rarest cognacs.Being the trendsetting hotel with an avante garde approach, here is an innovative mixing some creative cocktails based on Cognac and then artfully paired with chocolate. A few of the cocktails are legendary and are served as an ode to patrons by talented bartenders. For instance, a clever old fashioned made with cognac will leave a great impact on your senses. Old school toddy (The Imperial Bartender’s Special) is another fine example of our mixologist’s technique in extracting a fine balance of flavors and colors to create a great cocktail. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChoose from an innovative menu featuring Stinger: Cognac, mint liquor and ice cubes; Red Russian: Cognac, vodka, cherry juice and rock ice;  Old Fashioned: Angostura bitter, cognac, sugar cube;  Burnt Orange: Angostura bitter, cognac, orange juice and ice cubes; Bartender special: Cognac, Indian spices, lemon juice, sugar syrup and hot water, and many more satiating concoctions this March.Where: 1911 Bar and Patiala PegWhen: March 15-25AROMAS OF BENGAL Satiate your love for Bengali cuisine as Imperial’s Daniell’s Tavern’s Executive Chef Vishal Atreya brings to your palate, inspired gourmet from Kolkata, the culinary capital of Bengal. From ‘Daab Chingri’ to ‘Shukto’ and ‘Ilish Maach Bhape’, the spices, the flavours and the aroma will delight you in each bite. We invite all you gourmands to take on an epicurean sojourn of East India.Where: Daniell’s Tavern (all day dining restaurant) When: March 10-25last_img read more