first_imgIt’s Jamaica Racehorse Trainers’ Association (JRTA) Day at Caymanas Park, the well-supported 10-race programme featuring the JRTA Trophy over 1200 metres.A maximum field of 16 native-bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) is down to face the starter, and victory should go to the lightly-raced 3-y-o colt, MAN IN BLUE, who left on a winning note on February 8 in maiden company.Trained by Richard Azan for emerging big owners, New Blue Limited, the chestnut colt by Miracle Man out of Lady Chiriya oufinished ROAD WI SEH by a short head over 1300 metres – as the howling 2-5 favourite back then – and although returning from a 10-month absence, has trained well and should take up where he left off.Truth be told, MAN IN BLUE looks to have a bit more class than his 15 opponents, on a line through ROAD WI SEH. He has worked fairly well alongside stable companions FRANFIELD, the recent Superstakes winner, and EDISON, in preparation for this trophy and reporting with only 52.5kg and champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis aboard, gets the nod over TURBO MACHINE CAT, TROJAN and the fleet-footed FIRE ALARM.I am expecting MAN IN BLUE to track the expected leaders FIRE ALARM and TROJAN into the straight, before disposing of both a furlong out. Thereafter, it should be smooth sailing as he should supplement New Blue’s December 5 double with the two-year-olds CUP O TEA and MISS MYRTLE.Supporting features on the card are the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres, for native and imported two-year-olds; the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup over a mile, for maiden two-year-olds; and restricted stakes over a mile for the Seymour ‘Foggy’ Mullings Memorial Trophy, to be contested by nine starters. The field for the latter race includes top contenders BRAWN, ORIGINAL TRAIN and SOUTHERN CRUISE.Significantly, the programme is staged annually by the Vin Edwards-led JRTA. Most of the races have been named in honour of prominent members, including Enos Brown, Dalton Sirjue, Clifford Atkinson Sr. and founding member, the late Roderick ‘Pilot’ Francis.BRAWN catches my fancy in the Seymour Mullings Memorial Cup, while other firm fancies include BLUE DIXIE IN the first for two-year-olds; FORCE DE JOUR to repeat in the fourth; BIGDADDYKOOL in the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Trophy; NATASHADONTPLAY in the sixth; and SIRMANDI In the eighth.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost a third of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Donegal failed inspections between 2017 and 2018.The EPA has revealed that there was a failure rate of 29% out of the 230 inspections carried out in Donegal from 2017-2018, posing a risk to human health and the environment.A new report on Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems has found that nearly half of the systems across Ireland failed inspection because they were not built or maintained properly. The EPA is warning that faulty systems can contaminate household wells and pollute rivers.Dr. Tom Ryan, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said, “If you do not maintain your septic tank, it can contaminate your own or your neighbour’s well or your local stream, putting your health at risk and that of your family and neighbours. You can take simple steps to maintain your septic tank by making sure it is not leaking, ponding or discharging to ditches and by cleaning it out regularly.”One-fifth of systems that failed inspections during 2013-2018 are still not fixed in Donegal.The EPA said that authorities need to take appropriate measures to ensure householders fix systems that fail inspection. Householders should avail of the proposed expanded grant scheme when it becomes available, to address malfunctioning septic tanks. Noel Byrne, Senior Scientist in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said, “It is important that householders fix systems where problems are detected. To improve water quality, the government’s proposed expanded septic tank grant scheme, due to be launched later this year, will increase the maximum grant aid available to €5000 and remove the means test requirements.”One in three septic tank systems in Donegal failed inspections was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDiscover how to create 3D in Smoke from a 2D video image – a very cool effect!Autodesk Smoke and Flame pro Joel Osis is a compositing, video editing and motion design pro.  This talented creative pro currently works full time as a lead compositor, and previously was a senior Flame artist.We’re lucky then, that Joel shares his Smoke and Flame knowledge in regular Vimeo posts that demonstrate advanced post production techniques.  In the following Smoke video tip he demonstrates a fairly quick way to achieve a 2D to 3D parallax based conversion using Smoke’s built-in toolset.3D (or stereo or stereoscopic) video is usually created by shooting two cameras next to each other simultaneously.  The simulated Smoke 3D effect that Joel demonstrates is unique in that the effect can be created with a single 2 dimensional video image (in this case, footage shot on a RED camera).Word of warning for Smoke newbies, this tutorial isn’t “intro to Smoke” level stuff…rather it’s more advanced and probably more suited for seasoned Smoke compositors/editors.See how to pull off a 3D effect in Smoke below.  Thanks for sharing Joel!last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photos are from Inquirer’s Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LeBron James supervised the training of select members of the media and players from Gilas Pilipinas Saturday afternoon at Kerry Sports.This was part of James’ third visit to the Philippines for the “Strive for Greatness” tour.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has become the first female team principal in Formula 1, taking over from team founder Peter Sauber with immediate effect.The 41-year-old Monisha, an Austrian of Indian origin, will be trackside with immediate effect and in that capacity will be responsible for the everyday workings of the team. Her first assignment in that capacity will be the Korean Grand Prix this weekend.Kaltenborn joined the company in 2000 to run the legal department, was appointed a member of the board of management not long afterwards, and took over as Sauber CEO in January 2010, being responsible for business operations. In late 2011 Sauber transferred a third of the company’s shares into her name. Peter Sauber will continue in his capacity as President of the board of directors of all Sauber Group companies and remain responsible for the group’s strategic direction.Peter Sauber had announced some time ago that he did not wish to be on the pit wall when he turned 70, and he remained true to his word, handing over charge two days short of his 69th birthday (October 13).”We decided a long time ago that Monisha would take over from me,” he explained, “but we left the timing open. Now is a good time for both of us, so this is the right moment to pass on the baton. After all, there have been a number of races I’ve been unable to attend – most recently the Japanese Grand Prix, where the team put in an excellent performance. I’m in no doubt that Monisha has all the necessary skills to be an outstanding team principal, and I’m equally certain she will ensure that the values underpinning the company live on. That is very important to me.”advertisement”Naturally I’m very aware of the major responsibility I have for Peter Sauber’s racing team,” said Kaltenborn. “He founded the team over 40 years ago, and in the spring it will be 20 years since Sauber lined up for its debut Formula One Grand Prix. I have set my sights high and am committed to taking the team forward as Peter Sauber would want and leading it on to success.”last_img read more

first_imgView comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) risks his two lightweight world titles at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles when he takes on Britain’s Anthony Crolla.Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) is a big underdog against the masterful Lomachenko, whose technique and athleticism have propelled him from two Olympic gold medals to the short list of the world’s greatest pound-for-pound fighters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLomachenko trains outside Los Angeles, and he has already fought in the LA area twice. But he has never appeared in this fight-loving city’s most prominent indoor arena, and the mere idea of headlining in such a cavernous venue would have been improbable just a few years ago.“It’s a very exciting place,” Lomachenko said. “After my first (LA) fight at Microsoft Theater, I looked across the street and thought, ‘Wow, maybe someday I can get into Staples Center.’” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Harry Kane suffers ‘significant’ ligament injury, likely to miss rest of Premier League season Crolla has watched Lomachenko’s bouts with admiration, but he has been fighting for too long to be intimidated.“He’s the best fighter in the sport, and I’m grateful for this chance,” Crolla said. “Even the best fighter in boxing is beatable. Nobody is bigger than the game, so I go into this fight knowing I’ve got a chance and a strategy to beat him.”Crolla is making his U.S. debut, but the Manchester native is likely to have every British athlete’s contingent of vociferous stateside fans. Crolla has another advantage, according to Lomachenko.“He’s very good, and he’s in a comfortable position because he has nothing to lose,” Lomachenko said.The Staples Center card also includes Mexican star Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez making his light heavyweight debut against Tommy Karpency in the co-main event, along with veteran brawler Mike Alvarado facing unbeaten Arnold Barboza Jr.Lomachenko isn’t looking beyond Crolla to other fights, partly because no big fight looms. He wants Commey’s belt, but the biggest money would come from a showdown with former American lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.But even if Garcia could get over his antipathy toward Top Rank boss Bob Arum — his former promoter and Lomachenko’s current promoter — Lomachenko and Garcia probably can’t find a common weight. Lomachenko says he is too small for 140 pounds, and Garcia could struggle to get back down to 135 after fighting at welterweight — and getting thrashed by Errol Spence Jr. — last month in Texas.Until money creates the motivation to solve this dilemma, Lomachenko will go on showcasing himself to the world against the best opponents he can find. Crolla is worthy, and Lomachenko is taking him seriously.“I get nervous a little before a fight, but when I step in the ring, I’m in my place,” Lomachenko said. “I start to enjoy it right away. A couple of rounds, and then I find my moment.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ FILE – In this May 12, 2018, file photo, Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, throws a punch at Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during the WBA lightweight championship boxing match in New York. Lomachenko is a significant favorite when he defends his two lightweight titles on Friday, April 12, against Britain’s Anthony Crolla at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)LOS ANGELES— Vasyl Lomachenko left Ukraine and moved stateside several years ago because he dreamed of fighting for big money in the world’s most popular boxing venues.After headlining at Madison Square Garden, in Macau and in several spots around Las Vegas, Lomachenko is going Hollywood on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Less than two years after that LA debut in the smaller Microsoft venue, Lomachenko has moved across the street for a title defense he is expected to win with style — and not just because he’s wearing an outlandish robe worth a reported $200,000 into the ring.Any opponent under 140 pounds would be an underdog against Lomachenko, but the lack of a theoretically worthy opponent doesn’t interest the champion. Until a bona fide challenger to his dominance emerges at 130 or 135 pounds, he will keep racking up wins.“I don’t care,” Lomachenko said with a smirk. “In my fights, I just want to show off my skills. My opponent, whoever. I just want to enjoy it and to put on a good and interesting fight.”Lomachenko’s next fight was supposed to be a title unification bout with Ghana’s Richard Commey, who holds one of the two remaining lightweight belts that Lomachenko covets. But Commey emerged from his bout Feb. 2 with an injured right hand, and Lomachenko elected to stay active by entertaining his mandatory challenger for the WBA crown.While Crolla is widely respected for his toughness and resilience, Lomachenko sometimes seems to be competing in a different sport. His footwork alone inspires rhapsodic appreciation from veteran fight watchers, and his hand speed is similarly peerless.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Referees Greeted With Standing Ovation In Return

When referee Gene Steratore  turned on his microphone at midfield to greet the captains for the pregame coin toss Thursday night in Baltimore, the crowd could hear him say: “Good evening, men. It’s good to be back.”And with that, the fans roared.That act likely will be played out in stadiums across the NFL on Sunday, as the traditional officials retake their positions on the field and the much-maligned replacement officials faded to black.Steratore and his seven-man crew donned their familiar stripes for the first game of Week 4 after three weeks of replacement officials created moments of chaos throughout the league. The new/old officials predictably were  serenaded with a hearty round of boos for one call that went against the home team, but there were no headline-making gaffes.“You know we always pride ourselves in being a face without a name,” Steratore, a 10-year league veteran, told The Associated Press about an hour before kickoff. “This will be a little different, but I don’t expect it to last too long. And that’s the goal — is that we can let them get through that portion of this. It’s happy to be back; it’s happy to be appreciated. But then as soon as the game starts, it’s happy to disappear again and let the entertainers entertain.”The final pass of the game sailed out of the end zone, saving the regular refs from the same type of call that brought the replacements to the height of unpopularity just three days earlier.Referee Gene Steratore and his crew didn’t have to decide which player came down with the ball, and fans and players aren’t going to spend Friday going ballistic that their team was robbed. From the pregame cheers to the final whistle, it was overall a good return for the NFL’s veteran men in stripes, who ran a mostly smooth and efficient game Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens edged the Cleveland Browns, 23-16.“It was great to have those guys back,” Ravens running back Ray Rice said. “It looked like they knew what they were doing.”.The league’s experiment with replacement officials ended on “Monday Night Football” in controversy. A touchdown was awarded even though replays appeared to show it should have been an interception. From then on, the posturing was done. The sides got down to serious negotiating with Thursday night’s return the result.“I thought they handled (the game) great,” Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said. “I had all the confidence in the world that this was going to be officiated in the right way.”The love for the officials was evident all evening. About an hour before kickoff, they walked on the field and heard cheers from the early arrivals. A few minutes later, Steratore was shaking hands with Shurmur near midfield and getting a hug from Ravens face-of-the-franchise Ray Lewis  at the 30-yard line.Later, when the crew returned, it received a standing ovation, and the officials doffed their caps to the crowd. One fan held up a sign that read: “Finally! We get to yell at real refs! Welcome back!” read more

Enterprises bill not scary says Bahamas Finance Minister

first_img Related Items:#Enterprisebill, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – No need to be frightened of the Commercial Enterprises Bill 2017 because any company applying to do business in The Bahamas will have to go through the set procedures before being given a green light to operate.    Both the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Financial Services are speaking out after a battering in the media by current and former country leaders on their new legislation. DPM Peter Turnquest said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but warned against scare tactics  or sensationalizing the proposed law.The Deputy Prime Minister said the country is proposing new industries but all investments will have to go through the Bahamas Investment Authority about what they require to set up shop.   Turnquest said the economy needs for Bahamians to open up to adaptation, not business as usual.  He added in a media report that, “This is not about introducing foreigners to come and take jobs that Bahamians have or Bahamians are qualified to do.   This is about creating new opportunities.  This is about introducing new skills into the country that is designed such that those skills are transferred to Bahamians so that they could take advantage of those opportunities going forward.”#MagneticMediaNews#Enterprisebilllast_img read more

first_imgAs she prepares to step down from leading DOD’s community and family programs before moving to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rosemary Freitas Williams underscored the crucial role nonprofits and community-based organizations play in supporting service members, their families and veterans.“You have heard me say countless times how important it is to close the gap between DOD and VA, now more than ever,” Williams, who has served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy since July 2013, said in an email newsletter obtained by Military Times.“DOD is leaning forward with new ideas like access to Military OneSource for 365 days after transition. Meanwhile, VA is going through a remarkable transformation. But no matter how forward the two agencies reach towards each other, there will always be a gap. And that is where the community-based providers, state programs, non-profits — large and small, schools, churches, synagogues and mosques come in,” she said.William said in her new position she plans to help integrate the support offered by Veterans Affairs with that offered by local groups.“I intend to join VA’s mission of transformation and to help where I can to help weave that net of community-based support in concert with VA,” she said.Williams will become VA’s assistant secretary for public affairs, effective at the beginning of April, according to the story.In her current post, Williams has been responsible for policy, advocacy and oversight of all community support to service members and their families, quality-of-life issues, child care and youth programs, family violence prevention and intervention, casualty and mortuary affairs, morale, welfare and recreation programs, commissaries and exchanges, military spouse career advancement and voluntary education programs for service members. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more