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

Busy Autumn Programme of International Activities for Invest Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 4, 2016 – The months of October and November see Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) continuing to promote these islands to an international audience while also undertaking overseas developmental training to enhance staff skills and develop best practice in the delivery of its work as an investment promotion agency.In October, Invest TCI was represented at the 21st annual World Investment Conference (WIC) by CEO John Rutherford. The flagship event of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) which took place in Istanbul October 13-14 brought together Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from all around the world, as well as multilateral organisations, private sector representatives, prominent economists and researchers.  The conference focus was on Foreign Direct Investment as a driver to achieve national sustainable development goals; the influence of technology in IPA service excellence; and analyzing factors that determine private sector investments into markets.Following the WIC, Invest TCI had representation at the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) which took place in Hong Kong, China from October 19-21st.  This hospitality industry conference brought together the top hotels and resorts in Asia as well as major investors and developers and Mr Rutherford was able to meet with a number of representatives of these bodies to promote TCI as the number one luxury destination in the Caribbean.“These events were extremely useful to promote both Turks and Caicos and the Agency itself”, Mr Rutherford said.  “The World Investment Conference provided an excellent opportunity to learn the latest in best practice in attracting overseas investment, and to compare notes with heads of other investment agencies.  The conference’s theme of encouraging sustainable development through inward investment is very important for the work of Invest Turks and Caicos and the TCI Government as we try to ensure that the country fully benefits from investment in our islands.”“I was based in Asia for ten years and the HICAP event in Hong Kong allowed me to resurrect a number of useful corporate contacts and raise the profile of Turks and Caicos with some luxury hotel brands such as Shangri La, Marco Polo, Oberoi and Langham Group.  While we currently do not have any Asian hotel brands in TCI there is growing interest in the region and I was not the only Caribbean investment agency presence at the conference.”    Invest TCI’s promotional and developmental activities will continue in November as members of the team will be promoting the country at The Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 10/11 November; and attending the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) Interactive workshop and training session in Jamaica November 8-9.   The islands will have representation at an FCO-sponsored conference on Economic Diversification and Resilience on Small Islands in the British Virgin Islands from 7-9 November; the deputy head of Invest Turks & Caicos is looking forward to engaging in dialogue with representatives from other small islands on the issues as it relates to mapping out a pathway for policy-making, investment and sustainable growth given the current economic conditions.For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website at Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

The New Republic Bulks Up Editorial People on the Move – 10516

first_img Atlantic Media has promoted two and hired one. Jessica Leigh Hester and Adam Sneed, both associate editors, have been promoted to senior associate editors at CityLab. Gracie McKenzie joins CityLab as social media editor. Finally, Steph Leke was hired as media relations manager from a PR role at Princeton Architectural Press. The New Republic has added six in an effort to bulk up editorial and business departments at the company. The magazine also has three open editorial roles it’s looking to fill. Stephanie Davis Smith is now editorial director of Modern Luxury Media. She replaces Beth Weitzman. Though not new to the company, Laura Reston has been promoted from reporter-researcher to managing editor. She previously worked at Forbes and the Boston Globe. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Siung Tjia was hired as design director. Previously he served as the creative director for Bloomberg Markets and ESPN The Magazine. Eliza Fish is now audience and partnership manager from a fundraising and marketing role at The Baffler. Sarah Jones was hired as social media editor from a role at the non-profit Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Graham Vyse is now a staff writer in the Washington bureau. He previously served as the politics editor of InsideSources. Bonnier has named Colin Kearns editor-in-chief of Field & Stream. He previously served as senior deputy editor at the brand, and replaces Anthony Licata, who will continue as editorial director of the Bonnier Lifestyle Group. TV Guide has added Food Network host Sandra Lee as a columnist. Lee, known for her show “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee,” published her first column this week. “It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” Eric Bates, editor of The New Republic, said in a statement. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.” Kamelia Angelova has joined Mashable as director of emerging platforms. She joins the brand from her role as supervising video producer at Business Insider and Tech Insider.   Sam Jacobs has been promoted to executive editor of Time Digital, from his position as assistant managing editor of Time magazine. He joined the company in 2013 as senior editor of read more

Houston Immigration Activists Criticize End Of Temporary Protected Status For Nicaraguans

first_imgJacquelyn Martin | APYurexi Quinones, 24, of Manassas, Va., a college student who is studying social work and a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, rallies next to Ana Rice, 18, of Manassas, Va., far right, in support of DACA and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), outside of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.Local immigration activists criticized Tuesday the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Nicaragua, and demanded the federal government maintains the status and offers its beneficiaries an opportunity to become United States permanent residents.Nicaraguans were granted TPS back in 1999 when Bill Clinton was President of the United States.The U.S. made that decision after the devastation hurricane Mitch caused in Nicaragua, as well as in Honduras, in 1998.Currently, 5,000 Nicaraguans live in the U.S. under TPS and, according to the Congressional Research Service, about 2,550 were expected to renew their status, the AP reports.According to 2016 US Census Bureau figures, almost 10,000 Nicaraguans were living in Harris County, however it’s not clear how many of those are under TPS status. Elaine Duke, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said Monday that TPS was no longer necessary for Nicaraguans and specified those who are in the U.S. will be given 12 months to return to their country.Reacting the government’s decision, Carlos Duarte, director of the Texas chapter of the grassroots organization Mi Familia Vota, said: “What we see is a pattern of the [Trump] Administration of not wanting to renew the Temporary Protected Status as part of a wider strategy to deport immigrants.”Duarte added the decision will disrupt families and could also create a situation by which some TPS beneficiaries could “become undocumented immigrants.”For Teodoro Aguiluz, executive director of Houston based Center of Central American Resources (CRECEN, by its Spanish acronym), TPS beneficiaries “should be considered” to be granted permanent residency in the U.S.Aguiluz argues that these “are people who, every 18 months, every time they have renewed their fingerprints have been processed by the U.S. Department of [Homeland] Security” and added they are people of “good moral character who have abided by all the laws of this country and all the requirements.”Aguiluz also stressed that many of the Nicaraguans impacted by the government’s decision have children who have been born in the U.S. and the vast majority are employed and productive members of the communities where they live.Amanda Baran, a consultant with the national non-profit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, said her organization doesn’t think TPS is no longer justified for Nicaraguans.Baran noted that the Central American country was hit by hurricane Otto in 2016 and hurricane Nate this year, so the assumption that they can safely and effectively take back the TPS beneficiaries is questionable.The government has postponed until July the decision to renew the TPS for 86,000 people from Honduras who are currently in the country because of this program. Sharelast_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

Meeting held to expedite Rajdhani bus service

first_imgKolkata: A high level meeting was held on Tuesday, in a bid to ensure initiation of “Rajdhani” Volvo bus service between all district headquarters and Kolkata.Sources said that top brass of the state Transport department and all the corporations under it were present in the meeting, which was held at Paribahan Bhavan in the Central Business district.It may be mentioned that it was in March, when the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had said that a step has been taken to introduce bus services to connect district headquarters with the city and it will be introduced soon. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsNow, in a bid to ensure that the service is started as early as possible, the top brass of the state Transport department have discussed all the related issues in this connection. Sources said there was discussion to decide the headquarters of which districts will be connected first with Kolkata and the infrastructure that needs to be created to ensure smooth service to the people once it starts.The service will be introduced from the headquarters of all the districts, including those in North Bengal. An elaborate arrangement is needed so that the service continues without facing any trouble. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Rajdhani Volvo service will be introduced in phases and if necessary, more Volvo buses will also be brought into service, sources said.It may be mentioned that hundreds of people travel from different districts to Kolkata every day. So, the introduction of the bus service between the headquarters of all districts and Kolkata will help the commuters, as they will be able to reach Kolkata directly in minimum time. It may be mentioned that so far in the past seven years after the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, the Transport department has introduced several buses on different routes.last_img read more

Debnath inaugurates 12th Banglar taant er haat

first_imgKolkata: Demonetisation had harmed the Taant industry in West Bengal, alleged minister of state for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Swapan Debnath, while inaugurating the 12th ‘Banglar taant er haat’ at Central Park mela ground in Salt Lake on Friday. He also informed that the event will be held at Salt Lake instead of Milan Mela ground from now on.”The sales in the fair has increased a lot since 2011. In 2016, the amount was Rs 4.32 crore. In 2017, the amount increased to Rs 5.85 crore. It is expected that the amount will go up this year as well,” said Debnath. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the officials connected with the event, the fair has been organised keeping the upcoming Durga Puja festival in mind. The fair will go on till September 23. “Before puja we Bengali’s usually buy new clothes for ourselves and our family members. Keeping the fact in mind, we selected the date,” said an official from the MSME department.Apart from this, the organisers have thought of some unique steps. Three credit/debit card transaction kiosks have been installed at the mela ground. If any trader with a stall does not posses a card swiping machine, then the kiosks will be there to help them. The customer will be accompanied by a employee of the trader to a kiosk with a valid purchase bill. Operators at the kiosk will swipe the credit/debit card for payment. The amount will be credited to a government-owned account, which will be transferred later to the trader’s account.During the inaugural programme, Debnath unveiled five designer sarees manufactured by Tantuja. He said: “In this year’s fair, 270 stall have been installed. We need to provide more platforms to our taanti brothers and sisters, as instructed by our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”Plastic carry bags have been banned at the fair. Instead of plastic, traders are using bags made of jute and other eco-friendly materials.last_img read more

Designer Ritu Kumars exciting journey

first_imgFashion in the country has undergone drastic changes over the years which wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of some of the fashion extraordinaire. From a small traditional outlet on the crowded lanes of Kolkata to high-street fashion boutiques on the by-lanes of Paris, London and New York, fashion connoisseur Ritu Kumar has not only evolved as a designer but has also contributed to the evolution of the fashion industry of India, as a whole. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Millennium Post caught up with her when she was recently in the Capital where she was a part of the jury in an event held to inspire and felicitate young-upcoming designers.How does it feel to be a part of the jury and the event?Well I have been a part of the jury for similar events, many times and I truly feel it’s very important to take time out to do that because it’s the future, future of the kids as well as the fashion industry. Very often, they need someone who has been in the industry for a while, has the experience and can give a feedback which will be very objective.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe present scenario where everyone is fashion conscious, do you feel that this is an advantage for budding designers as they possess the knowledge before setting their foot in the industry?I think so. You know, when I started, there was no fashion in the country and all. There was no indigenous or organic fashion. Also, there were no choices, options or retail, of course today upcoming designers have much more options, they have access to schools, a great access to a variety of fabrics, to the media like yours and I think that’s an advantage. In fact, I think this is one of the reasons why India still has indigenous fashion while the rest of the world doesn’t. Since you have designed a repertoire of bridal wear, what’s your take on the evolution in bridal wear with the modern Indian brides going over the edge while picking up their wedding trousseau?Earlier on there was one occasion and one traditional outfit before the actual ceremony. In all the other ceremonies, most brides were asked to play down and you were not even supposed to be dressed up or seen. So that has changed now and brides today are very participating. They don’t want to hide anymore or shy away from indulging in. Also, they are very inquisitive. They want to have, sometimes, a mix of Indian-western, options to be specific. And now it’s not the case anymore where one is told that you can wear this or can’t wear that. Women, nowadays, enjoy their bodies and they enjoy the clothes they wear.So, in a way are women moving out of their comfort zones?No, they are moving into a comfort zone without being scared. I think it is more than the evolution of Indian women along with the evolution of fashion that has happened. Over the years, women have started to experiment with their looks and try new things.From Miss World Aishwarya Rai to Priyanka Chopra, Princess Diana, you’ve designed for many renowned names of the showbiz, who have you loved designing for, the most?You know, how wonderful it is that there was no one person. I mean, from designing a salwar kameez for Princess Diana to designing for Priyanka when she recently was in LA, I have loved every one of them. You see, there is a time and a moment and also the people you design for, evolve. What they used to wear earlier they don’t really prefer that anymore. In 1994 when Aishwarya won the crown, what she wore then, it’s not what she wears today. And I designed according to their characters and preferences and I don’t impose anything on them other than good craftsmanship.last_img read more

Visualizing BigQuery Data with Tableau

first_imgTableau is an interactive data visualization tool that can be used to create business intelligence dashboards. Much like most business intelligence tools, it can be used to pull and manipulate data from a number of sources. The difference is its dedication to help users create insightful data visualizations. Tableau’s drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for users to explore data via elegant charts. It also includes an in-memory engine in order to speed up calculations on extremely large data sets. In today’s tutorial, we will be using Tableau Desktop for visualizing BigQuery Data. This article is an excerpt from the book, Learning Google BigQuery, written by Thirukkumaran Haridass and Eric Brown. This book is a comprehensive guide to mastering Google BigQuery to get intelligent insights from your Big Data. The following section explains how to use Tableau Desktop Edition to connect to BigQuery and get the data from BigQuery to create visuals: After opening Tableau Desktop, select Google BigQuery under the Connect To a Server section on the left; then enter your login credentials for BigQuery: At this point, all the tables in your dataset should be displayed on the left: You can drag and drop the table you are interested in using to the middle section labeled Drop Tables Here. In this case, we want to query the Google Analytics BigQuery test data, so we will click where it says New Custom SQL and enter the following query in the dialog: SELECT trafficsource.medium as Medium, COUNT(visitId) as VisitsFROM ` bigquery.LondonCycleHelmet.ga_sessions_20130910` GROUP BY Medium Now we can click on Update Now to view the first 10,000 rows of our data. We can also do some simple transformations on our columns, such as changing string values to dates and many others. At the bottom, click on the tab titled Sheet 1 to enter the worksheet view. Tableau’s interface allows users to simply drag and drop dimensions and metrics from the left side of the report into the central part to create simple text charts, with a feel much like Excel’s pivot chart functionality. This makes Tableau easy to transition to for Excel users. From the Dimensions section on the left-hand-side navigation, drag and drop the Medium dimension into the sheet section. Then drag the Visits metric in the Metric section on the left-hand-side navigation to the Text sub-section in the Marks section. This will create a simple text chart with data from the original query: On the right, click on the button marked Show Me. This should bring up a screen with icons for each graph type that can be created in Tableau: Tableau helps by shading graph types that are not available based on the data that is currently selected in the report. It will also make suggestions based on the data available. In this case, a bar chart has been preselected for us as our data is a text dimension and a numeric metric. Click on the bar chart. Once clicked, the default sideways bar chart will appear with the data we have selected. Click on the Swap Rows and Columns in the icon bar at the top of the screen to flip the chart from horizontal to vertical: Map charts in Tableau One of Tableau’s strengths is its ease of use when creating a number of different types of charts. This is true when creating maps, especially because maps can be very painful to create using other tools. Here is the way to create a simple map in Tableau using BigQuery public data. The first few steps are the same as in the preceding example: After opening Tableau Desktop, select Google BigQuery under the Connect To a Server section on the left; then enter your login credentials for BigQuery. At this point, all the tables in your dataset should be displayed on the left-hand side. Click where it says New Custom SQL and enter the following query in the dialog: SELECT zipcode, SUM(population) AS population FROM `bigquery-public- data.census_bureau_usa.population_by_zip_2010` GROUP BY zipcodeORDER BY population desc This data is from the United States Census from 2010. The query returns all zip codes in USA, sorted by most populous to least populous. At the bottom, click on the tab titled Sheet 1 to enter the worksheet view. Double-click on the zipcode dimension on the dimensions section on the left navigation. Clicking on a dimension of zip codes (or any other formatted location dimension such as latitude/longitude, country names, state names, and so on) will automatically create a map in Tableau: Drag the population metric from the metrics section on the left navigation and drop it on the color tab in the marks section: The map will now show the most populous zip codes shaded darker than the less populous zip codes. The map chart also includes zoom features in order to make dealing with large maps easy. In the top-left corner of the map, there is a magnifying glass icon. This icons has the map zoom features. Clicking on the arrow at the bottom of this icon opens more features. The icon with a rectangle and a magnifying glass is the selection tool (The first icon to the right of the arrow when hovering over arrow): Click on this icon and then on the map to select a section of the map to be zoomed into: This image is shown after zooming into the California area of the United States. The map now shows the areas of the state that are the most populous. Create a word cloud in Tableau Word clouds are great visualizations for finding words that are most referenced in books, publications, and social media. This section will cover creating a word cloud in Tableau using BigQuery public data. The first few steps are the same as in the preceding example: After opening Tableau Desktop, select Google BigQuery under the Connect To a Server section on the left; then enter your login credentials for BigQuery. At this point, all the tables in your dataset should be displayed on the left. Click where it says New Custom SQL and enter the following query in the dialog: SELECT word, SUM(word_count) word_countFROM `bigquery-public-data.samples.shakespeare` GROUP BY wordORDER BY word_count desc The dataset is from the works of William Shakespeare. The query returns a list of all words in his works, along with a count of the times each word appears in one of his works. At the bottom, click on the tab titled Sheet 1 to enter the worksheet view. In the dimensions section, drag and drop the word dimension into the text tab in the marks section. In the dimensions section, drag and drop the word_count measure to the size tab in the marks section. There will be two tabs used in the marks section. Right-click on the size tab labeled word and select Measure | Count: This will create what is called a tree map. In this example, there are far too many words in the list to utilize the visualization. Drag and drop the word_count measure from the measures section to the filters section. When prompted with How do you want to filter on word_count, select Sum and click on next.. Select At Least for your condition and type 2000 in the dialog. Click on OK. This will return only those words that have a word count of at least 2,000.. Use the dropdown in the marks card to select Text: 11. Drag and drop the word_count measure from the measures section to the color tab in the marks section. This will color each word based on the count for that word: You should be left with a color-coded word cloud. Other charts can now be created as individual worksheet tabs. Tabs can then be combined to make what Tableau calls a dashboard. The process of creating a dashboard here is a bit more cumbersome than creating a dashboard in Google Data Studio, but Tableau offers a great deal of more customization for its dashboards. This, coupled with all the other features it offers, makes Tableau a much more attractive option, especially for enterprise users. We learnt various features of Tableau and how to use it for visualizing BigQuery data.To know about other third party tools for reporting and visualization purposes such as R and Google Data Studio, check out this book Learning Google BigQuery. Read Next: Tableau is the most powerful and secure end-to-end analytics platform – Interview Insights Tableau 2018.1 brings new features to help organizations easily scale analytics Getting started with Data Visualization in Tableaulast_img