Jamai Raja fancied in the third

first_img FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. Elvira gets the nodlast_img read more

Kew shows Africa’s plant wealth

first_imgKew’s Dr Rhian Smith gathers aspecimen of Isoetes eludens fromits rocky habitat in South Africa. (Image: Stephen Hopper, Kew) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn FriedlanderPress office, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew+44 020 833 25605RELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • SA marks Year of Biodiversity • Protea hotspot under scrutiny • Mount Mabu yields hidden bountyJanine ErasmusEast and tropical Southern Africa yielded the greatest number of new plant species in 2009, according to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which celebrated 250 years of existence last year and has just released its anniversary report.The leafy bounty of almost 300 new species included palms and rainforest trees, rare orchids, fungi, wild coffees, and an aquatic plant related to ancient ferns.Plants were discovered in wild and fascinating areas all over the world, from Madagascar, Iran and Borneo, to Brazil, Cameroon, South Africa and Western Australia. Scientists believe that a third of the new discoveries are endangered.A whopping 67 new species were discovered in Tanzania – more than in any other country – while 33 each were found in Madagascar and Uganda, 25 in Kenya, 16 in Cameroon and Zambia respectively, 13 in Malawi, seven in Mozambique and six in Zimbabwe.Four species were discovered in Ethiopia and Somalia, three in Sudan, two each in Nigeria, Angola, South Africa and Congo, and one each in Burundi, Namibia and Botswana.The East African finds are part of two long-standing Kew programmes that focus on the flora of that region. It is estimated that eventually the Flora of Tropical East Africa and Flora Zambesiaca databanks will hold around 12 500 species and 10 000 species respectively.The full list of 292 new discoveries is available on the Kew website, and can be seen in a special Google Earth layer.South African discoveriesOne of the two new species found in South Africa is a tiny aquatic plant Isoetes eludens, just 5cm in height. It lives in temporary rock pools and is so named because it eluded discovery for many years.The minute specimen was found by Kew director Prof Stephen Hopper himself in a small rock pool, just 15cm deep, at 1 284 m above sea level in the Kamiesberg Mountains in Namaqualand – this is its only known habitat.Kew botanists have highlighted the discovery as indicative of the huge diversity of the Cape province’s famous floral life, much of which has yet to be documented.But the little plant, part of an ancient family known as quillworts, may be at risk from climate change, as the temporary rock pools in which it thrives are in danger of drying up should rainfall decrease. The shallow pools are known by the local Nama people as !gau. Scientists have dated quillwort fossils to more than 150-million years ago.The other South African discovery, Dioscorea strydomiana, is a member of the yam family. This critically endangered plant is on the verge of extinction, with just two populations left in the wild.Botanists have a particular interest in D. strydomiana because indigenous people view it as a cancer cure. However, this has resulted in over-harvesting of the tuberous plant, and although the tuber grows back prolifically each year its numbers continue to decline.Botanical diversityHopper said that over 2 000 new plant species are discovered each year, a significant 10% of which is contributed by Kew.“These new discoveries highlight the fact that there is so much of the plant world yet to be discovered and documented,” he said. “Without knowing what’s out there and where it occurs, we have no scientific basis for effective conservation. It is vital that these areas of botanical science are adequately funded and supported.”Prof David Mabberley of the world-famous Kew Herbarium acknowledged the role that international collaboration played in the discovery of new species. “We are currently working with 100 countries around the world,” he said.Kew’s Breathing Planet programme, a 10-year floral conservation strategy introduced in 2009, aims to accelerate the discovery and description of new species, as well as protect and restore vulnerable habitats while conserving the livelihoods of people, such as medicinal healers, who depend on plants.During 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, the institution will educate the public on the importance and value of plant biodiversity. Art exhibitions, horticultural displays and other educational activities are on the agenda for the upcoming months. Diversity of plant lifeOther interesting finds include three new species of towering rainforest trees that were found in the Korup National Park in southwest Cameroon. One of them, Berlinia korupensis, is critically endangered because of human encroachment on the park.In Madagascar, Kew botanists discovered 20 new palms. This is important because 90% of Madagascar’s 188 palm species, including the 20 new species, are threatened because of habitat destruction and commercial use of the plants.The island is also home to seven newly discovered wild coffee species, which hold important commercial implications.Fourteen new species of indigo, the plant from which the valuable blue dye is extracted, came to light in Southern tropical Africa. An alarming 78% of these are threatened.On other continents scientists found a new legume genus in the Rio de Contas mountain range in Brazil, and three new species of orchid on Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, while the Australian-born Stephen Hopper discovered a tiny species of eucalyptus in his homeland. The dwarf tree stands just 1m high.Centre of botanical learningThe famous botanical gardens and research institute is situated on 132 exquisitely landscaped hectares in the borough of Richmond upon Thames in southwest London.It houses the world’s largest collection of living flora – some 30 000 different plants – and its herbarium holds over 7-million dried specimens. Kew keeps a massive fungal collection of over 1.2-million specimens.The institution also administers a National Trust estate, known as Wakehurst Place, in West Sussex. Here visitors will find the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest of its kind on the planet. To date, this facility has collected and documented seed from about 30 000 flowering plants, but this is only a paltry 10% of the world total. The goal is to have a quarter conserved by 2020.Kew was inscribed as a world heritage site by Unesco in 2003.last_img read more

Yahoo: 86% Use Mobile Devices While Watching TV

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts More and more, both TV networks and app developers are relying on the fact that watching TV is no longer a passive act to which we apply our undivided attention. From check-in apps like Miso and Get Glue to TV shows like Glee and Community, they want to assure that we watch our TV with our smartphone or tablet in hand, a-tweeting and a-checking in all the while.According to a recent study by Yahoo’s advertising division, the TV watching crowd is ripe for this type of prime time interactivity, with 86% of mobile Internet users fondling their mobile device while watching the old boob tube.Yahoo interviewed 8,384 U.S. residents age 13-64, with 5,313 of those being mobile Internet users. Of that 5,313, 86% said they used their device while watching TV. That number grows even higher, to 92%, when you look at the 13-24 year old bracket. Of those using their mobile device, 25% say they are browsing content related to the program they are watching. Take a look at Yahoo’s breakdown: What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Last week, we looked at how the TV show Glee’s use of in-show, character tweeting had caused viewers to rally around watching the show in real-time, instead of time-shifting it by recording it on their DVR and watching it later. With this many viewers watching TV with their mobile device in hand, expect tactics like this to be on the increase.As Yahoo notes, this presents “a compelling opportunity for content providers and advertisers alike to complement the viewing experience on the mobile platform.”Yahoo, of course, wants a piece of our divided attention. Its upcoming Internet TV product, which we saw at CES, works to create an interactive experience that you can experience using both your smartphone and your tablet. mike melanson Tags:#Internet TV#mobile#Statistics#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Compensation plan may not fetch desired results: experts

first_imgWhile the Punjab government has decided to pay ₹2,500 per acre as compensation to small and marginal farmers, who have not burnt paddy residue in the ongoing harvesting season, farmers’ unions and agriculture experts feel that the move may not fetch the desired results.“The government’s decision would only have a limited benefit… They have announced to give compensation to farmers who own land up to five acres, but what about others? If any farmer has even a little over five acre then compensation will not be given, what’s the point of putting conditions? The government should compensate every farmer otherwise the desired result will not be achieved,” said Harinder Singh, general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal).Mr. Singh said FIRs registered against farmers for defying the ban on stubble burning should also be immediately withdrawn. The government data shows that between October 1 and November 13, as many as 48,689 cases of farm fires were reported in Punjab. Last year, during the same period there were 44,845 such incidents. Sangrur district has seen the highest number of farm fire incidents at 6,558, while Bathinda with 5,522 is in the second spot. Firozpur recorded as many as 4,537 cases to be placed third on the list, according to the Punjab Pollution Control Board.Stubble burning, close to the autumn season every year, has been a key contributing factor to air pollution across the northern region, including Delhi.For management of paddy straw, the Centre and the State government are providing subsidised agro-machines and equipment to farmers and cooperative societies to achieve zero burning, yet farmers continue to burn the crop residue claiming lack of alternatives.‘Not a lasting solution’Lakhwinder Singh, professor of Economics at Punjabi University, Patiala, who has been mapping rural Punjab for decades, also feels that the State government’s decision to pay compensation is not a long-lasting solution to the problem. “The compensation amount is good but it’s not a permanent solution. Let’s say even if all farmers are given compensation and they don’t burn the residue… They collect it then what next? What will they do? How will they dispose it? The solution lies in alternative uses of residue for which the State government needs to infuse investment,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

Northern Ireland enters fight to defend Bombardier in dispute with Boeing

first_imgMONTREAL – The United Kingdom is allying itself with Canada in the fight to persuade U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing to abandon its complaint against Bombardier regarding the CSeries.Days after a phone call on the issue between British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump, politicians in Northern Ireland have taken up the cause.In a letter sent to U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence on Tuesday, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein warned Boeing’s actions could affect social peace in the country.“For a small economy such as ours, the significance of the contribution that Bombardier makes cannot be understated,” reads the letter signed by Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill, members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is the largest employer in the country with its Belfast factor, where 4,200 people work. That facility manufactures the wings for the CSeries.The letter explains how the consequences of Boeing’s complaint could threaten the fragile political balance in the country.“The security of our economy has and continues to be a crucial part of our efforts in delivering peace through prosperity,” the letter continues.“At a time when we are striving to take the next steps in our work on the peace process, and resolve our current political difficulties, this issue creates a new and potentially critical factor.”Boeing claims Bombardier’s subsidies allow the company to sell its planes cheaper than competitors.The U.S. Commerce Department is currently investigating Boeing’s complaint and could impose tariffs or fines on Bombardier if it finds against the Canadian company.It is expected to release its preliminary findings Sept. 25.The Trudeau government revealed Tuesday it held secret talks with Boeing in hopes of persuading the U.S. aerospace giant to drop its case.Boeing spokesman Dan Curran said the company is not against competition.“No one is saying Bombardier cannot sell its aircraft anywhere in the world,” Curran said by email. “But sales must be according to globally accepted trade rules.“Any claimed economic threat to Bombardier…can be attributed to that company’s decision to flout U.S. trade rules. Boeing could not stand by given this clear case of illegal dumping, which could hurt American workers.”May is scheduled to arrive in Canada for an official visit next week during which the trade dispute will likely be on the agenda.Aside from the London-Ottawa partnership against Boeing, two U.S. carriers — Spirit Airlines and Sun Country Airlines — have recently written to the United States International Trade Commission and the Commerce Department defending Bombardier.Hundreds of Bombardier employees protested in downtown Montreal on Wednesday to denounce Boeing.last_img read more

California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Regulators are accusing one of California’s largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines over a five-year period.The California Public Utilities Commission said Friday that an investigation by its staff found Pacific Gas & Electric Co. lacked enough employees to fulfil requests to find and mark natural gas pipelines.Regulators say that because of the staff shortage, PG&E pressured supervisors and locators to complete the work, leading staff to falsify data from 2012 to 2017.A U.S. judge fined the utility $3 million after it was convicted of six felony charges for failing to properly maintain a natural gas pipeline that exploded south of San Francisco in 2010, killing eight people.PG&E didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sale of BC hydroelectric project boosts Fortis Q2 profit to 720 million

first_imgThe Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadian utility company Fortis Inc. says the sale of its share of a B.C. hydroelectric project helped boost its second-quarter profit to $720 million — nearly three times what it had in the same period last year.However, adjusted earnings and revenue for the Newfoundland-based company were below analysts’ estimates.The quarter included a $484-million after-tax gain on the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric project in British Columbia. Fortis says its net profit attributable to common shareholders including the unusual item amounted to $1.66 per share, up from $240 million or 57 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.Excluding the Waneta Expansion sale and the impact of natural gas derivatives, Fortis had $235 million of adjusted earnings, or 54 cents per share, down from $251 million or 59 cents per share in last year’s second quarter.The electric and gas utility company’s revenue was $1.97 billion, mainly from businesses in Canada and the United States, up from $1.95 billion a year ago.Analysts had estimated $2.06 billion of revenue and 57 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.center_img Companies in this story: (TSX:FTS)last_img read more

To help foreigners at IGIA, cops learn different English accents

first_imgNew Delhi: The police personnel from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport Unit have been trained for the understanding of various English accents used by foreign nationals particularly from Africa, America, British, European and Middle East countries.According to police, it was observed in the recent past that due to strong local accent used by foreign nationals as mentioned above, a considerate amount of help was being denied to them without any fault on either side as the personnel posted at helping counters were unable to decipher the problem or statements of these foreign nationals because of their voice and accents during the conversation. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”To cope up the situation, the IGI-Airport staff under the overall supervision of DCP-IGI Airport along with stakeholders of Delhi Airport worked together and started a five days training program aimed to understand the accents of foreign languages and to identify communication gaps and its possible solutions,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia stated that the training course on voice and accent communication covered different topics based on Sounds, Received-Pronunciation which is ‘Standard English’ or Queen’s English, accents and differences of different countries. Questioning techniques, cultural sensitisation activity, difference in vocabulary have also been imparted in the training. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Also, the officers were given various tasks and assignments like Country Presentations on countries like Afghanistan, Congo, Nigeria, Somalia to enhance the knowledge and presentation skills of the officers” said DCP Bhatia. In English speaking countries such as USA and UK have different words for the residence or house. “In USA it is called ‘Apartment’ and in UK it is called ‘Flat’. Moreover, you are on ‘Vacation’ in USA and on ‘Holiday’ in UK,” police said. Active listening through vowel sounds and consonant sounds are another major part of the course. It is good to know that only five vowels in the English language have 20 different sounds. As many as 50 police personnel from IGI-Airport Unit have been aimed for understanding various accents used in speaking English. These will act as trainers to further train the staff posted at IGI-Airport Unit. The ‘Training of Teachers’ (TOT) course was well received and appreciated. Further, such courses would be continued in future also.last_img read more

Congress finally stitches alliances in several states

first_imgNew Delhi: After much uncertainty, the Congress has finally succeeded in putting in shape alliances in some states for the Lok Sabha battle, with a functionary saying it will be the “most alliance friendly” election for the party. After being in power in Karnataka along with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), the Congress has formed major alliances in Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress is largely contesting alone in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh after being rebuffed by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). And its talks with the Left in West Bengal have crashed and there is also uncertainty over a tie-up with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi. In Assam, AIUDF appears keen to shake hands with the Congress to avoid a split in opposition votes. The alliances, party leaders hope, will not only help Congress candidates perform better but will also help it to form a post-poll coalition. Praveen Chakravarty, Chairperson, Data Analytics Department of Congress, said the Congress will concede the most number of seats to allies and contest the fewest number in this parliamentary election. “Amidst all the din, 2019 will be the most `alliance friendly’ election for @INCIndia. With just the already announced alliances, it will concede the most number of seats to alliance partners and contest its fewest number of seats in a Lok Sabha election ever,” he tweeted. The Congress had reached out to opposition parties in a major way in 2004 to oust the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. The party contested 414 seats, its lowest number since 1996, and the carefully crafted alliances helped the party get a surprise result and form a coalition government. The Congress-led alliance was re-elected in 2009. Congress leaders are hopeful of a similar outcome in 2019. The Congress contested 529 seats in 1996, 467 in 1998, 451 in 1999, 414 in 2004, 440 in 2009 and 464 in 2014. The party has so far declared candidates on 218 seats for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The party will fight nine of 40 seats in Bihar, 26 of 48 in Maharashtra with two seats being given to smaller parties, 20 of 28 in Karnataka, seven of 14 in Jharkhand, nine of 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and at least four in Jammu and Kashmir, including two where it will have “friendly contests” with its ally, the National Conference. The nitty-gritty of alliances in Bihar and Maharashtra were announced only in the last two or three days and the time taken in reaching the tie-ups could impact campaigning by the candidates. The Congress has come up so far with eight lists of candidates. But its alliance talks with the CPI-M in West Bengal have crashed as both parties are keen to fight Raiganj and Murshidabad seats. The CPI-M has announced 25 candidates in its first list in West Bengal, leaving the Congress unhappy. In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is hoping for a revival after having performed very poorly in the last Assembly and Lok Sabha battles. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi undertook a boat ride from Prayagraj to Varanasi to bolster the party’s prospects. The party has sealed an alliance with the Krishna Patel-led faction of Apna Dal. It has left two Lok Sabha seats — Pilibhit and Gonda — for it. In Kerala, the Congress heads the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) and there is no squabble in ticket distribution. Congress strategists feel that some opposition parties, fighting on their own in states, will join hands with it after the Lok Sabha polls if there is an opportunity to keep the BJP out of power.last_img

Gucci owner Kering fined $1.7 bn for dodging taxes

first_imgRome: The owner of Italian fashion giant Gucci is set to pay a record fine of nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in a tax evasion case, according to media reports Friday. “Lawyers are still negotiating with the tax authorities over a few hundred million euros, but the fine that the (French luxury) Kering group is about to pay is the highest (in Italy),” the La Stampa newspaper said. “It’s a cheque for nearly 1.5 billion euros,” it added. It follows a probe by Milan’s public prosecutor into the fashion house on suspicion of declaring several years worth of Italian sales in Switzerland, thereby saving around 1.3 billion euros in domestic tax. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalKering is expected to sign an agreement on the amount due on May 2, according to the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. “At this stage, no agreement has been reached on any specific amount,” the French group said. Earlier this year, Kering said it faced a claim for 1.4 billion euros in unpaid Italian taxes, adding it contested the preliminary findings. The group has consistently denied avoiding tax, saying its activities were fully compliant with all tax obligations. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company’s Swiss-based Luxury Goods International (LGI) subsidiary has been under investigation for allegedly avoiding tax on earnings generated elsewhere. Most of the allegations centre on Gucci, whose offices in Milan and Florence were raided by Italian police in late 2017. In November, Milan prosecutors wrapped up their probe into alleged tax evasion of more than 1 billion euros by Gucci for revenues booked in the years between 2010 and 2016. The prosecutors say that revenues booked through LGI should be taxed in Italy and not in Switzerland. By agreeing to a settlement, Kering would be spared from having to pay interest and sanctions for late tax payments, which one source said would have added around 500 million euros to the final bill. Gucci’s Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri and former CEO Patrizio Di Marco are under investigation in the case. That investigation is expected to conclude with a separate settlement once the agreement on the tax dispute has been signed, one of the sources added. Lawyers for Bizzarri and Di Marco declined to comment.last_img read more