Start the new year right with All Correct

first_imgHaving saddled five of the six winners of the major trophy races in the last quarter of last year, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta is likely to continue where he left off in 2015 by winning the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy overnight allowance feature with down-in-class ALL CORRECT at Caymanas Park today.DaCosta will mount a two-pronged challenge in the 1820 metres event as in addition to ALL CORRECT, he will saddle last year’s winner ROYAL VIBES in a nine-horse field. A year ago, ROYAL VIBES got up in the nick of time to deny hot favourite ALL CORRECT by a head.Since then, ALL CORRECT has rubbed shoulders with the best in grade one company, while ROYAL VIBES has declined in ability.better run expectedWith DaCosta calling up four-time champion Omar Walker, ALL CORRECT having finished eight lengths, sixth to stable-companion SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Diamond Mile, clocking a personal time of 1:38.0 in that fast-run race, will report even better today. As such, he is likely to stave off the vastly improved HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who won the Royal Dad Trophy over this trip on November 21, and will again be ridden by newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.DaCosta capped a record-breaking season on Boxing Day by winning the co-feature races, the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes with FUTURE KING and the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup with top distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR for an 11 straight trainers’ title and an unprecedented 15 overall, surpassing Hall of Famer Philip Feanny with 14.DaCosta not only won the Boxing Day co-features, but saddled PERFECT NEIGHBOUR to win the Burger King Gold Cup on October 17, DREAMLINER to win the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy for two-year-olds on October 19, and SEEKING MY DREAM who won the inaugural running of the $13.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5.Also on the 10-race programme are the New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, here the DaCosta-trained DRIPPING IN GOLD (Robert Halledeen up) starts favourite; and the $180,000 claiming race over 1820 metres for the McKay Security Trophy to be run in two divisions, both attracting 11 starters.In division one, OH MY GRANDPA has a strong chance based on his close third to GO GO TRAIN in a blanket finish over this trip on a $210,000 claiming tag on October 24.Division two looks tailored for GOFORTHEGLORY, who not only has appealing form, but steps down two classes to vie for this trophy.He can win from PERFECT FLYER and CAUSE FOR CONCERN, who won this race in 2014 when owned by Carlton Watson.last_img read more

Spotlight on open access learning

first_imgRay Maota Open access resources will benefit everyone, especially pupils, as they will be able to access valuable information which would have been out of their reach if they had to pay for it.(Image: images, visit the image library) Professor Russel Botman, rector and vice chancellor of Stellenbosch University, said that it was important to bridge the divide and to set up processes for the free flow of information to and from developing countries.(Image: Stellenbosch University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Reggie RajuBerlin 10 Conference: programme chair+ 27 21 808 4641RELATED ARTICLES• A winning open education system• Take-away content to help pupils• Open access to SA journals• Education goes mobile with VodacomOpen Educational Resources (OER) is a system that uses digital materials for teaching, learning and research, and makes them freely available online.While many OERs are developed in industrialised countries, developing nations should themselves be more than mere consumers of them.OERs are to be shared, exchanged, expanded and adapted – with appropriate attributions.After becoming the first African university to sign the Berlin Declaration on open access to knowledge in science and humanities in 2010, Stellenbosch University will also become the first African host of the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference.Berlin 10 is the result of a meeting organised in 2003 by the Max Planck Society and the European Cultural Heritage Online project, where international experts were brought together “with the aim of developing a new web-based research environment using the Open Access paradigm as a mechanism for having scientific knowledge and cultural heritage accessible worldwide”.The result was the signing of The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, a document outlining the promotion of the internet as a medium of stimulating knowledge worldwide.Building on the widely accepted Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Berlin Declaration also calls for authors not to expect payment for their research and for them to give permission to others to use their work, so as to accelerate the pace of scholarship and research.Talking open accessThe Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, where unrestricted access to research material is to be discussed, will be held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in the Western Cape from 6 – 8 November 2012.The conference has been held annually since 2004 and to date Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, China and – most recently – the US – have hosted it.Professor Russel Botman, rector and vice chancellor of Stellenbosch University, said: “Stellenbosch University will be a proud host of this prestigious event along with the Max Planck Society; the Academy for Science for South Africa; Unesco; and, the Association of African Universities.”Making research more accessibleBotman said that the time is right for Berlin 10 in South Africa.“South Africa and its academic and research institutions are at the juncture where they are formally adopting open access principles.“Africa is a near silent, almost invisible contributor to global research, but the research that is being conducted on the continent is not easily accessible to the international audience.”Botman said that it was therefore important to bridge the divide and to set up processes for the free flow of information to and from developing countries.“In my capacity as the vice president of The Association of African Universities, it is my obligation to see that higher education on the continent benefits from Berlin 10 but more importantly that Africa fully embraces open access itself,” he said.Signatories of the Berlin DeclarationSignatories of the Berlin Declaration will add value to the worldwide research output and at the same time make their mark as a progressive institute“Since Stellenbosch signed the declaration, five other institutions in South Africa have done the same,” said Botman.These are: the University of Cape Town; the University of the Free State; the University of Pretoria; the University of South Africa; and the University of Johannesburg.There are 10 other African institutions that have already signed the declaration, including the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana; the National University of Lesotho; and, the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.If your institution wants to sign the Berlin Declaration, your highest representative needs to send an email or letter to the president of the Max Planck Society, indicating his or her wish to be listed as a signatory of the Berlin Declaration.Botman said: “Stellenbosch University is also one of a small group of institutions worldwide that have started to publish some of their journals using open source software.“In October 2011 the university launched 11 titles now being made available in this way.”Registration for the conferenceRegistration to attend the conference is now open and early birds will get a discount.Those who register before 15 September 2012 pay R3 300 (US$391), while those who miss that deadline will pay R4 000 ($474).The registration payment includes registration for the main conference, as well as lunch and coffee/tea breaks; workshops; conference and workshop material; the welcome function; and a gala dinner including transport.For payment and account details visit the Berlin 10 website.last_img read more

Texas Tech turns to Matt Mooney, defense to top Michigan State

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The rest of the game was a defensive slog, filled with air balls, blocked shots and clogged-up passing lanes. It was, to put it Texas Tech’s way, perfectly ugly.Michigan State (32-7) leaves coach Tom Izzo’s eighth Final Four with its seventh loss — the 2000 title is still the only time the Spartans have taken it all the way under their veteran coach.But they did not go away easily.After Mooney put them down by a baker’s dozen midway through the half, the Spartans trimmed it to 3. Matt McQuaid had a wide-open look from the corner — one of the very few on this night — to tie with 1:50 left, but the ball rimmed out and the Red Raiders pulled away.Jarrett Culver (10 points, five boards) made one free throw on the next trip down, then Norense Odiase swiped the ball from MSU’s Xavier Tillman — one of Tech’s four steals on the night — and the Red Raiders worked the ball to Culver, who made his only 3 to push the lead to 58-51 and start the celebration.ADVERTISEMENT The defense that led the nation in efficiency and held teams to under 37% shooting — second best in the county — held Michigan State to 31.9% from the floor.Most tellingly, it stymied Big Ten player of the year Cassius Winston. Yes, he led the Spartans with 16 points, but it came on 4-for-16 shooting, and he didn’t score his first second-half points until more than 10 minutes had elapsed — long after Mooney put this game out of reach.Mooney is the fifth-year senior who made his way to Texas Tech after graduating from South Dakota — the school he transferred to after a rough year at Air Force.Most all these Red Raiders have a story like that.Beard is on his 12th stop in a travelogue of a career — and he’s been recruiting grinders like him to help him take this most-unexpected ride.Culver wasn’t in the top 300 among high school recruits, and chose his hometown college over a few other places. He overcame a rough start in this one — 0 for 6 from the floor in a first half that ended with Texas Tech leading by the not-so-scintillating score of 23-21.But through it all, he kept reaching and clawing and rejecting. Culver had one block and rim protector Tariq Owens, also a grad transfer, had three more before leaving late in the second half with a leg injury.Owens came jogging back in toward the end to the cheers of the Texas Tech crowd, which included alum Patrick Mahomes, the high-flying QB for the Chiefs.“Pretty cool to have the MVP of the NFL on our side, cheering for us,” Mooney said.Turns out, the quarterback isn’t the only one from Tech who can light up that scoreboard. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mooney matched his season-high with 22 points, including three 3-pointers over the span of 3 minutes to give Texas Tech a 13-point lead midway through the second half.Under these circumstances, it was too much to overcome, and now Texas Tech and its vagabond coach, Chris Beard, are playing in Monday’s final against Virginia.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, logistics“He told us we had enough to play in the final, and maybe coach is psychic,” Mooney said. “He must be psychic because here we are.”Mooney’s first two shots in the stretch capped a 5-for-5 hot streak by Texas Tech (31-6) that stood as the game’s only true blast of offense. 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH squads Pasig, 1Bataan advance to Asia Pacific Super Quest playoffs Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney (13) celebrates after making a three-point basket during the second half against Michigan State in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it’s time to meet Matt Mooney.While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one win away from the title Saturday night with a 61-51 victory over the Spartans in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd fullback Darmian Serie A return hopes shutdown

first_imgMan Utd fullback Darmian Serie A return hopes shutdownby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian has seen plans of returning to Italy this month stall.The Italy international is eager to return to Serie A after being limited to a bit-part role at United this season.TMW says Darmian’s agents have made fresh attempts to open talks with both Juventus and Inter Milan, but the response has been ‘cold’.While both giants regard Darmian highly, the word is they’re not interested in a deal for the defender in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWatford manager Sanchez Flores likes new position for Sarr

first_imgWatford manager Sanchez Flores likes new position for Sarrby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores thinks Ismalia Sarr is suited to play as a striker.The Senegalese was deployed as a lone forward against Arsenal on Sunday, having previously been deployed primarily as a winger.”I think the best quality of Sarr is of course his skill,” Sanchez Flores said.”The velocity is something very pure and very interesting for us. This kind of player is giving us a break in lines – you put one as a striker, a good striker with big velocity between defence and midfielders.”He will run, separate the lines and find space. He’s there really to run. He’s very young, so it’s very interesting when he’s playing because at the start he was a little bit shy, but then little by little he was more relaxed, more confident and to see the progress was really good and good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazing

first_imgSanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has commended his players upon his return to the club.The Hornets fought back from 2-0 down at home to Arsenal last Sunday to gain just their second Premier League point this season in Flores’ first game in charge.He said: “I think when you are in the bottom of the table, of course, the mentality is a struggle, but we need time.”I think the behaviour and the performance of the players on the training ground is amazing, they look really positive. The way they understand everything and the way they played the last match, of course every single match is different, but very positive.”I feel they’re happy, I feel they’re positive, I feel they’re confident in the way they train and the energy they are using. They look fit and after the last match I think they’ve got a lot confidence for the next match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoChelsea striker Giroud wanted by Conte’s Inter Milan

first_imgChelsea striker Giroud wanted by Conte’s Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is being linked with Inter Milan.Inter coach Antonio Conte is considering bolstering his attacking ranks with the acquisition of veteran Giroud, says was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.And the former Blues boss could sign him for a second time as he looks to provide competition for Romelu Lukaku and cover for the injured Alexis Sanchez at the San Siro.Giroud is off contract at Chelsea in June. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Wisconsin Releases Depth Chart For Season Opener Vs. LSU

first_imgWisconsin quarterback throws during practice.Wisconsin Depth ChartThe official Wisconsin depth chart for the season-opening game against LSU has been released.One week from tomorrow, Wisconsin will take on LSU at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season. This afternoon, the official Wisconsin depth chart for the game was released.Here’s your first look at the #Badgers’ depth chart for the season opener vs. LSU:— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 26, 2016One of the big names on there is Bart Houston, who was named the starting quarterback yesterday. Badgers fans have to be excited to see Corey Clement back at first-string running back after he battled injuries last year. Several true freshmen also appear, including former four-star defensive tackle prospect Garrett Rand.Wisconsin and LSU will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC next Saturday.last_img read more

Jennifer Lopez Named As Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals Spokesperson

first_imgJennifer Lopez is joining Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as an official spokesperson to encourage supporters to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.”Video: Jennifer Lopez: Give Kids Every Chance to Live BetterThe actress and singer is the latest celebrity to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ efforts to raise funds and awareness for 170 member children’s hospitals across North America. The new campaign brings attention to the importance of urgently needed donations to children’s hospitals.Lopez, an actress, singer, American Idol judge and mother of twins, is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals through her Lopez Family Foundation. She will be appearing in print, television and radio advertisements, including commercials airing during this season’s final episodes of Fox’s American Idol.“We are so pleased to have Jennifer on board as our official spokesperson to help with raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals,” said Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals President and CEO John Lauck. “Children’s hospitals are charities and need donations to help provide much-needed, life-saving care and expenses not covered by government programs or insurance. As a mother and longtime supporter of local children’s hospitals, Jennifer understands how donations can make a difference in the level of care kids receive.”Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stay local and are used however the hospital needs them most, typically for funding critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.In the Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are advertisements, Lopez wears a yellow Miracle Band. The design resembles the identification bands worn by children while in the hospital and represents the 62 kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every minute. Anyone can order a free Miracle Band at Supporters are encouraged to share their reasons for wearing a Miracle Band on social media with #MiracleBand.last_img read more

Thunder Bay city council approves plan in wake of inquest recommendations

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsIt’s been a year since a coroner’s jury wrote 145 recommendations to the federal, provincial and city governments on how to prevent student deaths in Thunder Bay, city council is approving a plan to make it happen.The inquest looked into the deaths of seven First Nations students who were in Thunder Bay for school.Many of them died under suspicious circumstances.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img