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

Stephens Tops Williams; Faces Keys in All-American US Open F

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens was two points from defeat against Venus Williams in one U.S. Open semifinal before pulling out the victory.Madison Keys faced no such test, overwhelming CoCo Vandeweghe in the other semifinal.Now Stephens and Keys, a pair of pals in their early 20s, will meet in the first Grand Slam title match for each — and the first all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2002.Stephens summoned some of her best strokes when she needed them the most, steeling herself when so close to defeat and taking the last three games of a back-and-forth thriller, edging seven-time major champion Williams 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 on Thursday night.“I have a lot of grit,” said Stephens, who is ranked 83rd after having surgery on her left foot in January and is the fourth unseeded finalist at the tournament in the Open era, which dates to 1968. “I don’t give up. Like, I’m not just going to give it to someone. I’m not just going to let them take it from me.”The 15th-seeded Keys, who dominated No. 20 Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2, had her own recent health issue to deal with: She missed the first two months of this year after an offseason operation on her left wrist, then needed another procedure in June because of pain in that arm.“It was kind of one of those days where I came out and I was kind of in a zone,” Keys said of her play Thursday, “and I just kind of forced myself to stay there.”She had 25 winners to only nine unforced errors, never faced a break point and needed barely more than an hour to win.“Madison played an unbelievable match,” said Vandeweghe, who wiped away tears during her news conference. “I didn’t really have much to do with anything out there.”It would have been even shorter, except play was delayed for more than five minutes when Keys left the court to have her upper right leg taped at 4-1 in the second set. She said she first felt something in that leg in her previous match but made it sound as if the treatment was simply a precaution.“I just didn’t want it to become something that would be bad,” Keys said. “So as soon as I kind of felt it get the tiniest bit worse, I just had it wrapped to try and prevent anything from happening.”This was the first time in 36 years that all four women’s semifinalists at the U.S. Open represented the host country, so it was understandable if spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium were conflicted about which players to pull for.At 37, Williams was attempting to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She was trying to reach her third major final of this season, something she last did 15 years ago. Here’s how long and successful her career has been: Williams’ first final in New York came in her U.S. Open debut in 1997. Stephens, now 24, was 4 at the time.“Venus knows it’s an opportunity lost,” said her coach, David Witt, “because she had it. She had it on her racket.”Williams was ahead 5-4 with Stephens serving at 30-all. Two points away. That’s when they engaged in a 25-stroke point, until Stephens conjured up a backhand passing winner down the line, then wheeled and pumped her fists.“That was good, huh?” Stephens said later.At 5-all, Stephens broke with the help of a rainbow of a winner — “That lob-thingy,” she’d call it — that drew a standing ovation from the crowd, and a full-sprint get of a short ball that she turned into a “How did she do that?!” point-ender at an impossible angle.“There was nothing I could do about those shots,” Williams said.Soon enough, Stephens was serving out the biggest win of her career — and of this comeback. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon in July, losing in the first round, and lost her next match, too. Her ranking, which reached a high of No. 11 in 2013, dropped out of the top 900.But since then, Stephens has won 14 of 16 matches.“Sloane is a new person right now,” the 22-year-old Keys said. “I think she’s really loving being back on the court again and she’s just excited to be out here and playing really well.”Williams vs. Stephens was a back-and-forth affair, with a pair of lopsided sets leading up to a classic third. Just when it seemed one woman or the other was in full command, the match would swerve in a new direction.They both hit the ball hard. They both covered so much ground, Williams getting to seemingly unreachable balls thanks to her long wingspan, Stephens doing the same thanks to her speed.But it was Williams who faltered. She finished with six double-faults and a total of 51 unforced errors, 24 more than Stephens.“I just wasn’t playing well. Those are moments where you have to dig deep and figure out how to get the ball on the court and have a big game. I can’t be tentative and try to figure out how to put that ball in,” Williams said. “Clearly she’s seen me play many, many times. I haven’t seen her play as much.”Stephens and Keys have only played once before, on a hard court at Miami in 2015. Stephens won in straight sets.Away from the court, though, they know each other well. On Saturday, one will raise a Grand Slam trophy for the first time, at the other’s expense.“She’s one of my closest friends on tour. It’s obviously going to be tough,” Stephens said. “It’s not easy playing a friend.”By HOWARD FENDRICH TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found

first_imgThe figure makes the eruption of Mount Ontake, which was packed with hikers when it burst angrily to life on Saturday lunchtime, the worst volcanic disaster in Japan for almost 90 years.Up until Sunday 36 bodies had been found, but many of these remained on the ruptured mountain as toxic gas and the risk of further eruptions forced emergency workers to suspend operations.The grim news of more deaths came after media reports earlier suggested as many as 20 people remained unaccounted for, with an area of the volcano still spewing steam and gas. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenSome of the around 1,000 troops, police and firefighters combing the volcano succeeded in bringing down 14 more of the bodies that were discovered on Sunday, with another 10 still there. An official at Nagano prefecture`s crisis management office said helicopters had been used to ferry the dead from the mountain, whose pockmarked lunarscape bears witness to the huge volume of ask and rocks flung from the volcano.‘We believe there are more people still missing, but we don`t know how many they are,’ he added. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBroadcaster NHK said earlier in the day rescuers had seen more bodies that they had not yet been able to access.Hiking is a hugely popular pastime in Japan, with mountain trails promoted by tourism officials who ask walkers to sign in when they begin their trek and sign out again when they finish.But a local tourism association told the Asahi Shimbun that usually only 10 to 20 percent of hikers register before entering the mountains in high season.The report said 327 hikers had registered their presence on Mount Ontake at the time of the eruption.last_img

High levels of bacteria found in raw meat dog foods

first_imgFeeding your pooch with raw meat could pose potential health risks as they contain high levels of bacteria, researchers have warned. A study by researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden showed that many raw meat products contain enterobacteriaceae species, which are indicators of faecal contamination and hygiene standards. Such food products can also cause health risks to people, particularly infants, elderly and those with poor immunity, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA raw meat-based diet has become increasingly popular with dogs in recent years because it is seen as a “healthier natural alternative” to the widely available commercial products. But unlike commercial feeds, raw meat products are not heat treated or freeze dried to pasteurise, the research team added. For the study, published in the journal Vet Record, researchers took samples from 60 packs of raw meat samples that were analysed for bacteria, including enterobacteriaceae species – clostridium perfringens, salmonella and campylobacter. Nearly 31 samples (52 per cent) contained bacteria levels that exceeded the 5,000 bacteria per gram maximum threshold set by the European Union regulations, said the study. Escherichia coli was found in about a third of the samples. Clostridium perfringens, another marker of faecal contamination and hygiene standards, was found in 18 samples (30 per cent).last_img read more

Keeping Talented Women in the Tech Workforce

first_imgMarch 21, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read For decades, society and the federal government fixated on how to get girls into technology careers. There have been summits and conferences held, numerous presidential and congressional committees and reports, plus countless articles on the issue. All this activity would indicate that education and inspiring girls to choose tech as a career is the key for long-standing and sustainable female representation in the heavily male-dominated tech industry. However, this approach, which stretches back to the Clinton administration, fails to address a key issue — keeping women in the tech workforce.Related: 6 Inspiring Women Changing Tech and Business This New YearThe female tech talent pool in the U.S. leaks like a sieve and requires immediate attention. Here’s a sobering fact: today, there’s a smaller percentage of women in tech than 25 years ago. Men, and almost exclusively men, design the technologies that individuals use to interact with the world for more than half of their waking hours. It’s staggering how much influence tech has on society and the individual, and how much of that influence is coded by one gender.More than half — 56 percent — of women who enter the tech industry drop out of the workforce midway into their careers. None of the reasons cited are particularly shocking or unknown. The NCWIT report cited reasons including being undervalued — which is demonstrated in lower pay — not being challenged in tasks, not having a seat at the table and seeking a balance in priorities to include their personal life. Women don’t want to walk away from what they love to do, but the male-led tech industry isn’t working for the majority of women.Individuals, businesses and the society-at-large pay an astronomical price in hard and soft costs when women drop out of tech. For the worker, she’s forfeited more than $120,000 to get her degree, and she’s probably paying 4-5 percent in interest with student loans. There’s the cost of certifications, conferences and continuing education as well as the time investment in developing key expertise, building networks and developing intellectual capital.Related: Fellow Women in Tech: Where Do We Go From Here?Financial impacts on businesses can run even more steep in real costs, climbing as high as a million dollars or more. According to The Society of Human Resource Management, it costs six to nine months salary to replace a salaried employee. Hired.com reported in 2017 that the average tech worker in San Francisco made $142,000 a year. So, a company could pay anywhere from $852,000 to $1.3 million to backfill this position. Of course, replacing a salaried woman is on the lower end of this range, thanks to the well-documented wage gap. Keep in mind, this cost does not take into account the loss of productivity, institutional knowledge, and potentially, the industry’s next great idea when a woman leaves tech.Parity is profitable. A 2016 study by Peterson Institute for International Economics compared companies with no female corporate leadership to those with a 30 percent representation and found that the injection of women leadership yielded a 15 percent increase in profitability. This stat just scratches the surface of the missed growth and opportunity in tech without female participation at parity. We know that diversity of thought increases innovation and enhances problem-solving.I urge us to focus our energy equally on keeping women in tech careers and inspiring girls to enter tech. Gender parity in the tech industry is about more than workforce diversity. All of us must shape the virtual worlds in which we operate so these worlds are truly expansive, innovative and disruptive versus hard coding more of the same. But gender parity in tech is an impossible dream unless we stop the drop of women from tech after they start their careers. Awareness is a start, but it doesn’t generate change. Action is needed to move society forward. To energize this much needed change, I am launching the One Woman Challenge to ignite a discussion around this issue and create career supportive actions for women in business.Related: How Tech Conferences Are (Finally) Injecting Gender Balance Into Their Speaker Line-upsAt its core, the campaign is about connecting and contributing to a woman’s career path by pledging to help with one supportive act. This could be anything from reviewing a presentation, to taking a coffee meeting, to making an introduction. These acts create opportunity and change at the individual level, and each individual action creates a swell that together starts to change the tide. The time is now for us all to be change agents for society and a future in tech that will include female.To learn more about the One Woman Challenge, visit MJ Freeway’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more