Impossible Will Bring Magic to the West End

first_imgThe West End is about to get mystified. Impossible, a magic show featuring illusionists from around the world, will play London’s Noël Coward Theatre this summer. Performances will run from July 24 through August 29.Among the top-class tricksters appearing (and disappearing) in the show are daredevil and escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, digital marvel Jamie Allan, mind reader Chris Cox, unorthodox illusionist Ben Hart and mentalist Katherine Mills.Additional acts will be announced later. The show is directed by Anthony Owen. View Commentslast_img read more

KeyBank, RunVermont announce Vermont City Marathon title sponsorship for 23rd year

first_imgRunVermont and KeyBank announced today that the bank will extend its 23-year sponsorship of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon for an additional three years.  KeyBank has been the title sponsor of the race since its inception in 1989. The relationship is the second longest marathon-corporate sponsorship arrangement in industry history, surpassed only by John Hancock’s 26-year sponsorship of the Boston Marathon.”We are tremendously proud to be part of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay,’ said Scott Carpenter President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. ‘Nationally, the marathon has earned a high reputation among elite runners, yet the event maintains a community feel, engaging thousands of local runners, hundreds of volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators. We appreciate the national and local attention the marathon provides our company, as well as the excitement our employees feel participating in the event.”RunVermont Executive Director Peter Delaney said the staff and board of the organization have a deep appreciation for KeyBank’s long-standing partnership. ‘It is a privilege to be affiliated with a well known, community-focused company such as KeyBank,’ Delaney said. “They are a true partner and their consistent support assures we can continue to provide Vermont a great event for years to come.”‘There are very few sponsorships of this magnitude and this longevity in Vermont,’ said Tom Torti, President and Administrative Officer of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. ‘KeyBank’s continuation of this sponsorship shows a real commitment, not only to the event, but to this community.’ The race is estimated to bring in over $3.5 million in economic impact for the northern Vermont area over Memorial Day Weekend each year.Registration for the May 29 race is on record pace and organizers have announced a cap of 8,000 runners, which includes 700 2-Person and 700 3-5 Person Relay Teams.  The relay is sold out and the marathon is expected to fill before race day. Runners can register for the 2011 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon at www.vermontcitymarathon.org(link is external).About KeyBank:KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.About RunVermont:RunVermont is a not-for-profit business focused on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The organization offers competitive and educational programs for adults and children including the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay, the MVP Health Care YAM Scram , FirstRun, Ready, Set, Run! and the Half Unplugged.  For more information, visit www.runvermont.org(link is external).last_img read more

Coal plants faltered in Australian heat wave, while renewables powered on

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A report into the Victoria “load-shedding” events in the January heatwave, which sparked yet another political battle over Australia’s energy policy, has highlighted the critical failure of the state’s main brown coal generators, as well as the important contributions of rooftop solar at key times.The report by the Australian Energy Market Operator confirms observations made at the time that its efforts to keep the lights on in the face of a record heat-wave were undermined by a series of failures and capacity reductions at all three of Victoria’s big brown coal generators.In contrast, AEMO notes, renewables performed better at the time of the major load-shedding at 11 am on January 25 than had been anticipated when modelling for the anticipated hot summer was completed.“The contribution from coal generation was significantly less than expected and renewables was slightly more than expected, based on the 2018 ESOO modelling assumptions,” AEMO says.It is the poor performance of the brown coal generators that stands out in the events over January 24 and 25, where load shedding was experienced on both days in Victoria, and South Australia escaped only because AEMO was able to call on emergency reserves.The performance of the brown coal generators contrasts sharply with other generation sources. As AEMO notes, brown coal performed substantially worse than expected when it was putting its plans together a few months ahead of time, gas and hydro performed as expected, but both wind and solar did a lot better than expected.More: Brown coal generators failed the grid in Victoria heat-wave, blackouts Coal plants faltered in Australian heat wave, while renewables powered onlast_img read more

2 IT trends that will help your organization scale, reduce cost and significantly reduce risk

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Will Rose Will Rose is the Director of Marketing at Newtek Business Services Corp. Previously at Newtek, he held the position of VP of Alliance Systems, where he managed software development and … Web: www.newtekone.com Details While Silicon Valley likes to focus on how the next startup will “disrupt” an entire industry, most of the exciting new trends in business technology are actually attempting to do the opposite – help industries become leaner, more secure, and better equipped to scale. The biggest challenge, then, for most organizations, particularly those who are not technology companies themselves, is where to start. Here, we will explore two significant IT trends that your credit union should at least be aware of, and how they might help your credit union in the areas of cost reduction, security, risk management and, more importantly, how they can better position your credit union to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace.Desktops as a Service (DaaS)Over the past thirty years, no other technology trend has been more transformative than the desktop computer. Try to imagine any business operating today without desktops; even the most blue-collared corners of our economy still depend on computing and the software it powers.But let’s also think about some of the major pitfalls of owning and operating desktops in the modern work environment. For one, there is the capital expense to purchase the hardware and all the necessary software. Then there is the ongoing maintenance, security updates, troubleshooting, and failed components. More importantly is the constant security threat. We all know by now how vulnerable every internet-connected computer is to hacking, viruses, and other cyber threats. The challenges of managing an office full of traditional desktops include:Enabling secure mobility to your workforce.Upgrading operating systems and other software.Maintaining hardware needs with tight IT budgets.Desktop as a Service, or “DaaS”, which is not a new technology, but a technology development that has become, more recently, a cost-effective option. Daas takes the computing and storage element out of your office, virtualizes it, and houses it in a more manageable, centralized location — typically in a secure data center.DaaS provides more freedom for users in device choice and connectivity, without exhausting your credit union’s bandwidth; there is no hardware and less software to purchase or manage; your users’ apps, data, and personalized desktops live in “the cloud”; and security, support, and compliance are easier to achieve. Additional benefits include:Lower and predictable costs, based on the number of users you have.Business continuity, with backup and recovery capabilities baked right into the offering.More mobility: users can securely access their desktop anywhere they have an internet connection.Bottom line: moving your office desktops to the cloud will empower your IT team to control costs and keep your credit union more secure, while also giving your workers more flexibility in terms of accessing their data and apps no matter where they are located.Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)If your network or systems experienced a catastrophic event and became unavailable for an extended period of time (such as over 48 hours), what would happen to your  credit union? Fallout from such an event could be as simple as the loss of a day’s productivity to more long-term damage that may include a dent in member confidence in your credit union. Worse: could your credit union suffer a complete or partial (and unrecoverable) loss to your critical business or member data?As organizations become more dependent on digital data and assets for all aspects of the operation, from customer databases to financial data, serious planning to ensure those digital assets are secure and recoverable becomes critically paramount.The great news for a growing swath of businesses and organizations today is the accessibility of more affordable disaster recovery solutions for organizations that do not have the benefit of an enterprise-sized IT budget.Fundamentally, a true disaster recovery solution would require that data is backed up and/or simultaneously housed in a secondary geographic location. Because of this, major challenges include:Investing in multiple facilities – there is a significant cost and effort to operate a secondary physical recovery facility.Doing it on your own – IT’s focus is taken away from core tasks that add value to the organization.Disaster Recovery as a Service, or “DRaaS”, allows you to cost effectively outsource your disaster recovery point of presence to a specialized provider – a provider that has already made the significant investments to build out a facility and hire the qualified professionals needed to support such a solution. Benefits of DRaaS include:Predictable costs – a fixed monthly cost makes budgeting and scaling much easier.Maximized IT resources – your IT team can focus on core tasks instead of managing a facility or secondary infrastructure.Improved compliance – selecting a DRaaS provider with in-house compliance experts means you don’t need to hire the additional high-cost staff.The important thing to keep in mind when considering either DaaS or DRaaS is that these are not out of the box products. These are, rather, solutions that are developed and managed by what are known as “Managed Technology Providers”, who have invested in the necessary infrastructure and expertise to help organizations leverage technologies that have previously only been accessible to enterprise-sized organizations.Final Thoughts: Do Your Due DiligenceIt goes without saying, you can’t trust just anybody with your critical data and digital assets. When doing your due diligence for selecting a IT provider, ask the following:Can you visit their data center facility to inspect their operations and security?Can you view their financials to ensure the provider will be around for the long haul?How long has the provider been in business, and what experience do they possess?What security and compliance requirements and/or audits can they meet or exceed?Will the provider consult, strategize and plan your solution?Ultimately, if your credit union wants to reduce costs, be more competitive, and minimize security risks, look for providers that will empower your credit union to take advantage of enterprise-level technologies without having to build and manage it all on your own.last_img read more

Processing ‘qurban’ meat before distribution is allowed: MUI

first_imgHe explained that the cattle meat was traditionally distributed immediately after the animal was slaughtered so that people in need could receive it as soon as possible. But given the current situation, he said processing the meat before distributing it was safer, especially for people affected by COVID-19.“Since it may be difficult for these people to cook it themselves, it is permissible to distribute the meat through cooked food or other processed foods,” he said.If there is an abundance of meat during Idul Adha, the meat can also be preserved and distributed at a later time as stipulated in MUI Fatwa No. 37/2019.The Religious Affairs Ministry recently banned the public celebration of Idul Adha in areas considered “unsafe from COVID-19” by their respective regional administrations. Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, also encouraged Muslims to convert their qurban to sadaqah (alms) to help those who had been hit hard by the pandemic, or to do both if they could afford it, as Muhammadiyah acknowledged that the health crisis had caused social and economic problems that had forced many into poverty.Topics : The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) announced recently that processing qurban (sacrificial cattle) meat prior to distribution is allowed due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, MUI fatwa commission secretary Asrorun Niam Sholeh said meat sacrificed on Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) could be processed into canned food, or cooked into rendang (slow-cooked meat in coconut milk and spices).last_img read more

New-look Leafs ring in New Year with a win over Murdoch rival Beaver Valley

first_imgNo one in the their right hockey minds thought the Green and White would bounce back overnight.But the future sure looks a whole lot brighter heading into New Year for the Nelson Leafs after a win on the final day of 2015.Veterans Rayce Miller and Jordan Davie each had three points to lead the Leafs to a 7-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the annual New Year’s Eve clash Thursday at the NDCC Arena.The win was a first of the season for the Leafs over the Murdoch Division leaders and avenges a 6-5 loss Wednesday in the first of the home-and-home series.“It’s a fresh start and that’s exactly how we’re looking at it,” said Leaf defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff.“We’ve got 17 games left this season and we have no choice but to put our best foot forward. I think the guys are all buying in to our new systems and once we get going we’re going to finish off real strong.”“As a team were ready to go,” added captain Rayce Miller.“The mood on the team is really positive.”Of course, the game didn’t go exactly as it was drawn up on the blackboard.After jumping to a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the game on goals by Blair Andrews and Davie, the Hawks scored four straight times to lead 4-2 midway through the second frame.But much like Wednesday in Fruitvale, the Leafs bent but did not break. Two quick goals by Nicholas Ketola 45 seconds apart tied the game at 4-4 heading into the third period.Andy Fitzpatrick gave Nelson the lead for good, scoring his eighth of the season with eight minutes remaining in the contest.Empty net goals by Davie and Austin Anselmo with time running out secured the win for the Leafs.“We’re going to get into playoffs and we’re going to compete,” Chernenkoff said.“We have to come every night and work hard. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past, this is now and we all have to step up to play.”Allan Pruss, Jace Weegar, Blake Sidoni and Sam Swanson scored for the Hawks.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 32-27 in the contest.Kootenay Ice affiliate netminder Kurt Doyle, making his second consecutive start, was solid in the nets for Nelson to register the win in goal.Hawks’ netminder Tallon Kramer took the loss for Beaver Valley.“We’re a talented group,” explained Miller, adding he’s pleased to see the players respond positively to the coaching change.“We work hard at practice. Once we get systems and everything down with the new coach I think things will begin to get better,” Miller said.And what about 2016?“Can’t wait,” Miller exclaimed.ICE CHIPS: After scoring 12 goals in the past five games, the Leafs busted out for a dozen markers in two games. . . . Head coach Mario DiBella watched from the lower level, allowing assistant coaches Sean Dooley (forwards) and Isaac MacLeod (defence) to hold down the bench duties. . . . Jordan Davie has been on fire offensively for the Leafs. Davie is currently riding a five-game scoring streak, with 11 points during that time. The Kaslo native has points in eight of his last nine games. . . . Nelson trails third-place Grand Forks by two points in Murdoch standings.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2015

first_imgRichard Mandella6113101121%$755,946 Mario Gutierrez10591599%$474,512 Elvis Trujillo21424302111%$1,414,490 Hector Palma3275222%$187,240 Felipe Valdez8412121314%$383,041 Mike Smith10421211520%$2,320,631 Steven Miyadi4195422%$261,780 Jerry Hollendorfer15729202418%$3,215,322 -30- Steve Knapp3772319%$281,140 Ron Ellis60134922%$464,540 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BOLO ON SCHEDULE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYBack on a regular training schedule after a helter skelter regimen dictated by inclement weather prior to the San Felipe Stakes on March 7 in which he finished an encouraging third behind unbeaten winner Dortmund, Bolo is coming up to Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and a rematch with Dortmund in fine fettle.“He’s back on his regular training program and it looks like there’s a lot of pace,” said Carla Gaines, who trains the Kentucky-bred son of Temple City for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle I. Mack.“On paper, the race looks good for a horse with his style. He’s got tactical speed and he’s very ratable. He’ll pretty much sit wherever you want him to in the race, so that’s good.”The field for the 78th Santa Anita Derby: Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 3-5; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 15-1; Bolo, Mike Smith, 4-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.In other Santa Anita Derby news:Dennis O’Neill and brother Doug, trainer of outsider Bad Read Sanchez, who has not raced in eight months: “Obviously,” said Dennis, “the idea is to have him hit the board. It’s a very, very tough race, but the horse is doing really good, he’s training great, he’s finally healthy, and we did it a couple years ago.“We were 43-1 when I’ll Have Another won the Lewis in 2012 and we’re hoping we’re 40 or 50 to one tomorrow and shock the world.”Added Doug: “We were doing the math. He’s just short of 12 miles in works the last few months, so he’s got a lot of foundation underneath him. He’s going to be fresh, of course, but not overly hot. If he’s going to have any chance to go a mile and an eighth against these kinds of horses, he’s got to relax early.”Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on California Derby winner Cross the Line, 15-1 on Jon White’s morning line:“He’s coming up to a peak race and we’ll have no excuses. He’s looked good going over the track; it looks like he likes it. He’s been schooled in the gate, schooled in the paddock. This is a big test, but he’s prepared. We’ll find out a lot Saturday.”Bob Baffert will be seeking to add to his Santa Anita Derby record of six wins, having captured it previously with Cavonnier (1996), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001), Pioneerof the Nile (2009) and Midnight Interlude (2011).The first 15,000 THOROUGHBREDS members in attendance at Santa Anita Saturday will be offered free an exclusive 2015 Santa Anita Derby Day T-shirt while supplies last. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Gates open at 10 a.m.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. Victor Espinoza16831332418%$2,035,826 Fernando Perez1881624219%$787,678 Drayden Van Dyke20123252411%$1,434,597 Joseph Talamo23924274110%$1,688,978 Jeff Bonde3592426%$342,840 Thomas Proctor5086316%$563,628 Tyler Baze29639373313%$2,283,534 FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos reports that Corey Nakatani visited with Dr. James Tibone yesterday and got word that he could resume riding in two weeks. Nominated to the Hall of Fame this year, the 44-year-old Nakatani suffered a broken left collarbone in a riding mishap March 15 . . . Sunland Derby winner Firing Line worked four furlongs under Gary Stevens in 48 seconds flat as the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher prepares for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. “He went on the steady side and really relaxed, which is good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I think we’ll probably do our last work here and then ship him (to Churchill Downs).” . . . As stated yesterday, Millie Ball has joined Santa Anita’s simulcast broadcast team and will be sharing her insights throughout the current meet along with Michelle Yu and Jon White . . . Omar Figueroa is the 6-1 favorite among jockeys to capture their division of tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby Day 5K run. Jesus Camacho (9-5 against men) and Jennifer Cirillo (3-1 vs. women) are the picks among employees. Martin Garcia13026161620%$1,856,310 Martin Pedroza16716252210%$720,234 Richard Baltas781613721%$676,035 NO DEFECTION FOR HAVANNA BELLE IN PROVIDENCIA            Havanna Belle is ready for her close up in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.An Irish-bred daughter of Teofilo trained by Phil D’Amato for owner Michael House, Havanna Belle finished sixth in her U.S. debut in the restricted Sweet Life Stakes on Feb. 14, but was beaten less than four lengths despite hopping at the start of the race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. It was her first start in nearly four months.The nine furlongs of the Providencia should be well within her comfort zone. “She needed her last race,” D’Amato said. “She’s just crying to go longer. I think this is more her trip. Rafael (Bejarano) breezed her on the grass last time and loved her.“She should be fit and ready to run a much better race this time.”The field for the Providencia: Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 12-1; Ol’ Fashion Gal, 12-1; Miss Boom Boom, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Entrechat, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Jaded Glory, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Frosty Friday, Mike Smith, 6-1; Prize Exhibit, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Spirit of Xian, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Lady Zuzu, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Sister of Mercy, Fernando Perez, 30-1.Show Stealer was scratched. Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Gary Stevens9717141818%$1,534,578 Edwin Maldonado11715111413%$528,154center_img Tiago Pereira1201691513%$490,982 Michael Pender4978614%$202,620 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Eddie Truman2071235%$278,590 Mark Casse57106818%$797,378 VEHICULAR TRAFFIC REROUTED ON DERBY DAYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day Saturday are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3.  Gates 3 & 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day.  Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE. MACHOWSKY EYES DOUBLE IN EVENING JEWEL            Mike Machowsky is looking for a repeat victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies bred or sired in California.The 49-year-old trainer sent out Rovenna to win the race last year and has the speedy Bad Ju Ju set go in the 6 ½ furlong sprint on Saturday.“We’ve had this race picked out for her the last few months,” Machowsky said. “She doesn’t have to be on the lead. She’s trained off horses in the mornings, and she’s a pretty talented little filly.”Bad Ju Ju is a daughter of Desert Code owned and bred by Machowsky’s Lo Hi Racing Stable and Dick Barton. She was off slow from the rail in her debut in which she finished fifth last Nov. 7 at Del Mar, but won her next two starts on the front end under Kayla Star, who rides in the Evening Jewel.The field for the Evening Jewel: Long Hot Summer, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Niassa, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Desert Thief, Agapito Delgadillo, 12-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 8-1; Bad Ju Ju, Kayla Star, 4-1; Can Can Babe, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 50-1; Alwazabridesmaid, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Grand Yodeler, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Princess Bertrando, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; and Easter Fever, Victor Espinoza, 8-1. Flavien Prat13715161711%$794,124 Santiago Gonzalez13017152013%$749,934 Philip D’Amato7016121123%$725,650 Peter Eurton8315131418%$856,006 Mark Glatt7914151218%$606,382 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Rafael Bejarano26165363525%$2,960,866 ULTRA SOUND TOMORROW FOR JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS REDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red and his trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux will be on the outside looking in at Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, a race Desormeaux had resolutely on his radar screen until abscess issues with the colt’s right front foot ended those plans.“I would have liked to been part of the Santa Anita Derby festivities but the horse is still here at Santa Anita and his status hasn’t changed much,” said Desormeaux, who has handled the disappointment of missing the Triple Crown candidly and forthrightly.“He’ll have a thorough examination and then we’ll decide if we’re going to send him off to the farm again, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.“He’s doing great, his legs look great. We’re going to do an ultra sound tomorrow to make sure things are progressing nicely, and as long as they are, he’s going to remain here. If the doc thinks the horse might benefit more by going to the farm, then we’ll do that, but in my estimation, he’ll be staying here.”NEWCOMER STELLAR WIND FAVORED IN SANTA ANITA OAKSIn only her second start for John Sadler since a recent private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC, Stellar Wind seeks Grade I status when she runs in Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s doing well,” Sadler said of the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. “She’s trained steadily and everything’s gone perfect. This is a step up in class but we’re looking forward to it. She’s doing great.”            The field for the Santa Anita Oaks: Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Glory, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith, 4-1; Singing Kitty, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; Luminance, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza, 9-5; and Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, 8-1.She’s a Big Winner was scratched. Mike Puype100915139%$463,286 James Cassidy68981213%$382,890 Bob Baffert9723161324%$1,894,852 BOLO SHOULD FANCY PACE IN SANTA ANITA DERBYDESORMEAUX OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WITH TEXAS REDSTELLAR WIND CHOICE IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKSSPEEDY BAD JU JU SET FOR EVENING JEWEL STAKESHAVANNA BELLE READY FOR BEST IN PROVIDENCIA Kent Desormeaux19033332317%$1,914,290 Doug O’Neill16422162313%$1,018,420 Brice Blanc5572413%$299,930 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, April 2) Peter Miller14627271618%$1,352,936 John Sadler12717181713%$1,056,534last_img read more

FAVORED MELATONIN RATES KINDLY AND WINS GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA BY 1 ½ LENGTH UNDER TALAMO; HOFMANS-TRAINED GELDING GETS 1 ¼ MILES IN 1:59.79

first_img77th RUNNING OF PRESTIGIOUS GOLD CUP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ QUALIFIER TO THE $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA ON NOV. 5 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2016)–In winning the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, the David Hofmans-trained Melatonin crashed the party at 16-1. That wasn’t the case on Saturday, as the 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy was dispatched as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita–and he ran like it–winning by 1 ½ lengths under Joe Talamo while getting a mile and a quarter in 1:59.79.A gate to wire winner of the Big ‘Cap, Melatonin, who came off a second place finish in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap April 16, rated kindly in second behind pacesetter Lieutenant Colonel before taking the lead a quarter mile from home.“He’s a jockey’s dream,” said Talamo. “He just does his thing. He does not have to go to the lead. As you saw, he laid second, comfortably. What impressed me the most about him today was when (runner-up) Win the Space came to him at the eighth pole, he just battled back. He gives you everything he’s got.“I knew I had a lot of horse turning for home and my horse dug in so nicely. I don’t know what else to say. He’s an unbelievable horse and the sky’s the limit.”Owned by Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Melatonin paid $5.60, $4.00 and $3.00. Due primarily to a rare neurological disorder, Melatonin earned but $132,552 prior to this year. With his win in today’s Gold Cup, he picked up $300,000, running his 2016 earnings to $1,086,000. With five wins from 13 starts, his career earnings stand at $1,218,552.“I think we gave him enough time to get rid of that awful thing in his body (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM),” said Hofmans. “I think that held him back and since we got rid of that, he’s developed into such a nice horse.“I’m normally low key but today I was really nervous. It was his big test today. I thought there were some quality horses in here that he had to beat in order to think about going on (to bigger things). The difference is that today he validated himself. Any horse can beat any horse, on any given day. But to do it again, and maybe even again, then you start thinking.“We were gunning for the Breeders’ Cup Classic anyway, but to win this is quite a bonus.” (Note: The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In Challenge Race guaranteeing Melatonin an automatic berth, with fees paid, into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5).Ridden by Gary Stevens, longshot Win the Space sat a close third at the rail and rallied three-wide outside the winner turning for home and was head and head with Melatonin inside the furlong pole. The biggest price in the field of eight at 24-1, he paid $24.80 and $9.40.“It was a huge run,” said Stevens. “It was a fun race. He settled great for his first time going a mile and a quarter and it was just a really professional race from him. Great job and well done by everybody in that barn.”Last year’s winner, Hard Aces, sat closer to the pace than he normally does and finished three quarters of a length behind Win the Space while holding off Hoppertunity by a nose for third money. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Hard Aces was off at 8-1 and paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.83, 47.70, 1:11.48 and 1:35.52.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita. First post time is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

South Africa: open for business

first_imgWith its top sporting, recreational andhospitality facilities, and a world-classconvention centre, Durban is a perennialfavourite with visitors. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free pictures, visit the image library)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Thandiwe Mathibela  Communications, South African Tourism  +27 11 895 3000 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape Town • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • Table Mountain new natural wonder • SA becomes business tourism hubBongani Evans MtlhavaniSouth Africa is open for business – this is the emphatic message delivered by the Department of Tourism during the recent Meetings Africa gathering.Said to be Africa’s biggest business tourism business trade show, the event took place at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 28 February to 1 March, and attracted influential buyers from around the world.It’s a flagship marketing initiative of South African Tourism (SAT), and focuses on the so-called MICE (meetings, incentives, conference, and exhibitions) industry, with offerings that appeal to local and international buyers alike.Meetings Africa 2012 also saw the launch of the National Convention Bureau (NCB) which is going to play a crucial role in harnessing national tourism efforts.“The NCB will add considerable value to the country’s business tourism industry,” said tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, “and will strengthen and support efforts already being made to drive expansion in business tourist arrivals to make South Africa a truly global force.”Van Schalkwyk pointed out that through the successful staging of major events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the recent COP17 climate change conference, and other sporting, business and tourism events, South Africa has established its credentials as a competent global host.He also said that South Africa has an advantage in that the country has world-class business and conference facilities, but also excellent leisure tourism attractions and hospitable and friendly people.The NCB was established in November 2011 and is headed by executive director Amanda Kotze-Nhlapho, who joined SAT after a successful tenure as head of convention bureau and events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited.“We believe that the industry is ready to contribute to the economy,” she said.The NCB will offer services such as support with the planning of conventions, all aspects of the bidding process, and on-site event services.Welcome to South AfricaA presentation on the first day by Mabeka Makola, SAT’s brand experience manager, gave details about the organisation’s SAT’s Welcome Campaign, aimed at inspiring all South Africans to welcome visitors warmly and so encourage them to return.He said that perception of the country is a crucial factor not only in bringing visitors back, but in inspiring them to spread the word about South Africa back home.“It’s about everyone working together to emphasis the small things that will have a greater impact on visitor perception in the long run.”The initiative is going into its second phase of implementation, which brings the consumer on board. The first phase involved talks with the trade.“We need to partner with small businesses to make sure that this campaign reaches the full potential, because its success relies on partnerships,” said Makola.Significance of the BRICS partnershipA Meetings Africa panel discussion highlighted the role South Africa’s BRICS membership has played in in fuelling trade and investment in the country.South Africa officially joined the bloc of emerging economic powers in April 2011.Representing their countries on the panel were Russia’s Elena Demidova, general director at Expert Avis Marketing; Nandakumar Devarajan, president of India’s largest travel group Kuoni India; Civic Group founder Olivia Ji from China; and South Africa’s Anitha Soni, Brand South Africa chairperson.The discussion was chaired by CNBC Africa business reporter Lionel Skink.Soni told the audience that the move to join BRICS has enabled South Africa to connect with the big growth economies in the world, and tap into their lucrative markets.“President Jacob Zuma has shared that since we joined the BRICS family, our exports grew four-fold into those countries and our imports into the same countries doubled,” said Soni. “It therefore makes business sense to play with the largest growing economies in the world.”She added that to make the most of these opportunities, long-term strategies were needed, and these were in place.Demidova indicated that there is great interest in South Africa from the Russian side. “Russians are interested in what is going on in this country, and are looking at the destination as an event alternative.”She hinted at the possibility of direct flights between South Africa and Russia in the future, likening the concept to the recent non-stop flight to China recently introduced by South African Airways.South Africa and China have set up bilateral agreements in many areas, including transport, education, housing, infrastructure, and water resource management.The introduction of non-stop flights between South Africa and Russia promises to facilitate business and leisure travel between the two countries, said Demidova.She said that South Africa should continue to focus on issues of access to the country, such as visa requirements, flight length and destination promotion. She revealed statistics from Russia which show that since Latin America dropped visa requirements, travel from Russia to that region increased exponentially.Ji shared Demidova’s sentiment, and indicated that the Chinese people want to know more about South Africa and how to do business with the country.“Our focus is on cooperation and looking for a win-win situation,” she said. “We are very open to forming new partnerships and are looking at a long term interest.”Devarajan said that there are a number of elements to consider when planning a MICE tour.“The planner wants a focus on logistics, access and customising an itinerary to suit the traveller, while the tourist wants to see new things, experience new sites and enjoy nightlife and shopping. Corporate visitors want more bang for their buck and are concerned about safety” he explained.In terms of Indian visitors to South Africa, Devarajan said that their numbers would increase if hotels offered more Indian products, such as Indian television channels and cuisine.The bottom line for business tourism, said Soni, is that South Africans need to speak with one voice.“Business, government, society and the media need to communicate accurate messages, and we all need to be ambassadors for our country.”last_img read more