first_imgTHE $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 8                                                                                                          Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT RACE ALSO MARKS RETURN OF HALL OF FAMER GARY STEVENS FOLLOWING HIP REPLACEMENT HILLHOUSE HIGH: Originally based in New York with Chad Brown, this 6-year-old Exchange Rate mare has done very well in four Southern California starts for trainer Richard Baltas.  A close third two starts back in the Grade II, one mile turf Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 6, she was a well beaten third in the Grade III Buena Vista on Feb. 18, a race that due to heavy rains, was switched to the main track.  She’ll get back to her preferred surface in the Wishing Well as she tries the hill for the first time under new pilot Corey Nakatani.  Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, Hillhouse High is 21-3-6-6 overall with earnings of $316,487.                   ILLUMINANT:  Trained by Michael McCarthy and idle since winning the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Gamely Stakes here on May 30, this 5-year-old Quality Road mare has a win and a second from three tries down the hillside turf and appears strictly the horse to beat.  With regular rider Flavien Prat engaged, look for Illuminant to be on or near the early lead.  Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she’s 11-4-2-1 overall with earnings of $367,650. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–In what looms as perhaps the most highly anticipated non-graded stakes of the Winter Meet, comebacking Illuminant, recent graded winner Prize Exhibit and consistent Hillhouse High all figure prominently in Friday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Carded as Friday’s fifth race, the Wishing Well attracted a field of seven.The race, named for the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year, Sunday Silence, holds additional appeal due to the fact it marks the return to the saddle of racing’s Bionic Man, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who’s been idle since undergoing hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21.  A winner of 5,083 career races, including three Kentucky Derbies and 11 Breeders’ Cup events, Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery in July, 2014 and last rode on Dec. 10, 2016 at Los Alamitos.Adding to the Wishing Well drama is the fact that Stevens, who has been named to ride Chilean-bred Paquita Coqueta for Richard Mandella, will turn 54 on Monday and be joined in the starting gate by his older brother, Scott.  Currently the leading rider at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ, Scott Stevens will ride Arizona-based Kera Kera, an Iowa-bred mare who’s trained by Satchell (no relation) Stevens. PRIZE EXHIBIT: With “Big Money” Mike Smith rationing her finite late kick, this 5-year-old English-bred mare took the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths on Jan. 16.  Although she’s routed in her last 10 starts, she did win the Grade II Monrovia Stakes here 12 starts back in her only hillside turf try.  With recency in her corner and Smith at the controls, she rates a big chance to notch her second consecutive win on Friday.  Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit has earnings of $637,045 from an overall mark of 31-7-3-2. Cadet Roni–Rafael Bejarano–120Kera Kera–Scott Stevens–120Illuminant–Flavien Prat–125Miss Double d’Oro–Santiago Gonzalez–122Prize Exhibit–Mike Smith–125Paquita Coqueta–Gary Stevens–120Hillhouse High–Corey Nakatani–120First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Mental health training in the GPF, GDF

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice (TCV) has been in the forefront of calling for mental health training for all Police Officers which would not only make them better prepared to handle cases involving mental health issues such as child abuse, domestic violence and suicide, but will also make them more aware of mental health issues affecting their colleagues. This issue was also raised in a recent meeting with the personal assistant to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Also, TCV recalls being contacted by the GDF, a few years ago, to conduct suicide prevention workshops for members of the GDF. Our follow-up attempts to finalise arrangements for the workshops elicited no responses from the source that had made initial contact with us. However, the issue of mental health workshops for the GDF members was also raised with Minister Ramjattan’s personal assistant in that recent meeting.In an article in 2016, the US magazine, “Psychology Today” pointed out that: “Almost a quarter of (US) military members have symptoms of at least one mental health condition.” In fact, research indicates that soldiers and Police in general are more susceptible to mental health dysfunction than the general population. And Guyana would be no exception to this reality. Thus, whether through TCV, or any other entity or combination of entities, all members of the GPF and the GDF should be provided with urgent mental health training on the one hand and enough psychologists (one psychologist centrally located would be woefully inadequate) to ensure a proactive approach to diagnosing and addressing mental health issues.Referencing Captain Orwain Sandy, one letter writer asked whether there are more ‘ticking time bombs’. The Caribbean Voice urges the establishment of a mechanism, in both the GPF and the GDF, to detect and defuse all such time bombs before further harm results.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

4 Ways to Prepare for the Next Wave of Digital Transformation

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a disruptive, SaaS-based enterprise-level workflow and business process automation platform enterprises with more than 10,000 customers across 120 countries. Tags:#digital transformation#IT The next wave of digital transformation is on the horizon — and it’ll be a veritable tsunami. A 2017 SAP report showed that 84 percent of organizations think digital transformation is vital to their success but that only 3 percent have completed their transformation initiatives.This wave will consist of applications built by citizen developers. Soon, these developers will be able to build their own applications just like business users can build out their own spreadsheets, documents, and presentations.Where’s IT in all of this? Right now, companies relying on IT alone to propel digital transformation are running at a pace that’s far too slow. If they work solely with professional programmers, organizations will never reach the necessary level of digital transformation.IT of the PastTraditionally, IT services has approached digital innovation very slowly. They have also viewed themselves as the gatekeepers of technology: If you want to use it, you have to go through them first. IT teams have done this because they see their primary role as safeguards of the current system — not as digital disruptors. In large enterprises especially, the goal of IT services is to not mess anything up.For almost as long as IT departments have been around, they have been battling it out with business users for resources and acclaim. But as technology has advanced, this rivalry has grown. If an organization hopes to stay competitive, business and IT teams need to work together.When computers first came on the business scene, IT was in charge of all technology decisions, both software and hardware. Security is the main reason IT has traditionally been given the final say. But as technology has developed, more and more business leaders and employees have found ways to circumvent IT and use the machines and programs they prefer.This creates a layer of instability, making true IT security almost impossible. In fact, a study conducted by SafeBreach found that malware succeeds about 60 percent of the time. Having an appropriate security plan in place is not only proactive — it’s absolutely necessary.With cloud technology and digital solutions required across any enterprise, a new IT approach needs to be developed. Rather than serving as security wardens, IT services should think of themselves as the enablers of technology usage. These teams should search for platforms that offer business users the ability to create solutions of their own. Swaths of core technology haven’t yet reached the masses; IT can democratize technology for those people.Digital Transformation of the FutureThe next wave of transformation will be wide, not deep. Most deep solutions needed by business users have already been solved. But hundreds of long-tail solutions are still needed in each organization. This includes customer-facing aspects of the business: An AlixPartners and MIT study found that a mere 23 percent of companies have fully digital business operations and customer interfaces.Achieving full digital transformation means finding a way to scale and reach these solutions. The advent of citizen developers will help. These individuals should know the business inside and out — they should be able to work directly with the technology.Enabling citizen developers, however, means eliminating full-code platforms. Platforms should be simpler, easier to use, and geared toward common business users. In other words, platforms for non-IT users should have a heavy emphasis on UI/UX while offering robust features.Ready to get started conquering the next wave of transformation? Here’s how:1. Expand your imagination.Many business leaders haven’t yet considered creating their own solutions. But IT doesn’t have to exist in a security-focused vacuum. Start thinking about technology as a solution to business problems. Encourage cross-organizational collaboration between business users and IT professionals. Share stories across departments to inspire all team members to think about using technology to solve business challenges in sophisticated ways.2. Train your workforce.Whether you’ve identified them or not, you have plenty of current and future citizen developers in your midst. But it’s possible some of them are too intimidated to jump into the world of building out their own solutions without encouragement. You should identify these eager team members and champion a select group of pioneers who are willing to create custom applications. Fostering a group of leading citizen developers will not only build up those individuals’ confidence in their abilities, but it will also show people across the organization that it is possible.3. Invest in the appropriate platforms.While products were the technological golden child of the past 10 years, platforms will become the go-to solution in the next decade. Groups within your organization want to build their own custom applications, so make sure that your company has the best technology possible for multiple functionalities. Consult with leaders of different teams in your organization. Right now, research shows that only 60 percent of business process management is digital, significantly behind the 79 percent of IT management that can claim to be digital — it’s time to catch up.4. Think about processes, not tasks.The workforce is increasingly volatile for companies. The freelancing economy continues to gain prominence, with an increased focus on remote work over the typical 9-to-5 desk job. In fact, as of 2016, about 35 percent of the American workforce was made up of freelancers. This disruption is likely to cause churn within teams. Enterprises should be thinking about processes that capture as much data as possible without being dependent on specific employees. This process-first approach will make transitions easier, as context-aware platforms can help onboard and offboard staff more fluidly.The growing wave of technology capabilities isn’t slowing down any time soon. Companies need to prioritize their own digital transformation to keep up, no matter what industry they are in. Leaders should follow these four steps to ensure they have a digital-first mindset that can keep up with the upcoming wave. 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Spurs set Premier League attendance record

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Spurs set Premier League attendance record in Liverpool thrashing Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:00 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli Tottenham 102217 Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Liverpool A record number of spectators took in a thorough dismantling of the Reds at Tottenham’s temporary home, with 80,827 people packing the stadium Premier League history was made Sunday as Tottenham took on Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.The usual home of the English national team is serving as the temporary place of residence for Spurs as they wait for their new replacement for White Hart Lane to be completed.Spurs or Draw 8/13 at Old Trafford Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Sunday, it housed 80,827 for the showdown between the Spurs and Reds, a new attendance record for the Premier League.It surpassed the previous record of 76,098, set in a contest between Manchester United and Blackburn in 2007.It’s likely there were far fewer fans at the finish than the start, however, as Spurs waltzed to a convincing 4-1 victory over Liverpool thanks to a Harry Kane brace and goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, leading Reds supporters to head for the exits early.But it’s likely the majority of the fans went home happy as Spurs went level with second-placed Manchester United on points, though they remain n third due to inferior goal difference. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Lancashire fail to build on Jordan Clark’s all-star hat-trick against Yorkshire

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp On a day of fiercely fluctuating fortunes, Yorkshire’s formidable batting-line up faded to a paper‑army at the hands of Lancashire’s Jordan Clark at Old Trafford, when he became the fourth man to take a hat-trick in official Roses Championship history.It was a hat-trick of epic proportions: Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow, two Test captains and the ICC’s third, fourth and 16th rated Test batsmen; with a small matter of 30,332 first-class runs, at a combined average of 47.8, and 14,639 Test runs between them.First he had Root lbw, edging forward; then Williamson, also trapped, entombed on the crease, and finally Bairstow, who took a leaden-footed plod forward, before edging to third slip where Jos Buttler took a clever knee-high catch. Clark launched into aeroplane style celebration and zoomed over to the point where he was swamped by his jubilant teammates. Since you’re here… Somerset Share on Messenger At Lord’s, Middlesex were bowled out for 236, with No9 James Fuller top-scoring with 71 before Warwickshire finished on 152 for four – each wicket an lbw. Will Rhodes finished the day with an unbeaten 53, while Jonathan Trott was dismissed three short of 50.Derbyshire were bowled out for 260 at Chesterfield; Ben Sanderson took five for 53. In reply Northamptonshire were 74 for three. After an opening partnership of 73, wickets fell in the pink ball game at Hove, with Sussex 211 for six at tea against Glamorgan.But there were runs at Cheltenham, where Gloucestershire finished on 315 for seven, with the only century of the entire Championship day going to Ryan Higgins, out for a 161-ball 105. Ben Stokes took three wickets, and hit James Bracey on the elbow with a fiery ball which landed him in hospital for a check-up. Southern Vipers sink Surrey Stars despite Sophia Dunkley’s defiance County Championship Division One Clark completed his bowling day with the wickets of Jack Brooks and Ben Coad, to give him five for 58, his first five-wicket haul, alongside a one-in-a-million run-out deflection to dismiss Tim Bresnan for zero.Yorkshire only reached 192 thanks to a wonderful 70 from Adam Lyth and some tail-wagging by Steven Patterson and Josh Poysden, the leg-spinner signed on a one-match deal from Warwickshire.In reply Lancashire finished on 109 for nine, effectively 109 all out with Liam Livingstone unable to bat with a suspected broken wrist, a batting collapse of ridiculous proportions precipitated by an astonishing one-handed tumbling catch by Root to dismiss Keaton Jennings for 22. Lancashire then lost another eight wickets for 63 including four wickets for zero runs in eight balls as Coad took the wickets of Alex Davies, Tom Bailey and Graham Onions in one over.Clark’s was the first Roses hat-trick for a Lancastrian since Ken Higgs dismissed Ken Taylor, Ray Illingworth and Jimmy Binks in 1968. Yorkshire won that match by an innings – a landmark in the moment, left behind as the game moved on. Clark may yet suffer the same fate.At New Road, there were three wickets for Moeen Ali as Somerset knocked up 324 for nine; Steve Davies top-scored with 72. While it was an excellent day for Surrey in the first v second clash at Trent Bridge. First they bowled out Nottinghamshire for 210, with four wickets for Morne Morkel, before surpassing the Nottinghamshire score for the loss of only one wicket in double-quick time. Mark Stoneman made 86 off 83 balls and Rory Burns was teetering on the brink, 97 not out at the close.In Division Two, wickets tumbled. Kent were bowled out for 104 at Canterbury with three wickets apiece for Ben Raine and Zak Chappell. In reply Leicestershire were rescued from the ignominy of 51 for four, thanks to forties from Neil Dexter and Ned Eckersley. Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Reuse this content Support The Guardian Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Read more Share on LinkedIn Read more Lancashire County cricket: Lancashire v Yorkshire, Notts v Surrey, KSL updates and more – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on Facebook Kent Surreylast_img read more

21 days agoJuventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right direction

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus midfielder Ramsey: Arsenal going in right directionby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Ramsey has spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He told BBC Sport: “Yes. It was in the end. There was a lot of confusion and a lot of things were up in the air. The decision was made and that was the situation, so I had to look at other options. “Arsenal are going through a transitional period at the moment. They have many great players and a lot of talent coming through. They are definitely going in the right direction – but my situation now is at Juventus. I have an unbelievable opportunity at a massive club. “I just want to be part of this now. Hopefully I can help my team-mates and my club achieve some great things on the big stage.” last_img read more

17 days agoAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Everton

first_imgAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Evertonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Everton boss Marco Silva remains confident he can be successful at Goodison Park.Everton currently occupy a position in the relegation zone following defeat to Burnley on Saturday and Newcastle United’s victory over Manchester United the following day. Carlos Goncalves told Record: “Any coach depends on the results. “We signed a three-year contract and football, with the entry of investors, makes us want immediate success, when success is actually built gradually.”The English coaches, who [managed] 10-15 years at the same club, disappeared.”Goncalves also opened up on Silva’s original move to Hull City in 2017.”Marco always had that ambition and hence took the risk, gambled in January and went to the condemned Hull City,” he added.”The club eventually were relegated but the work he did was unanimously well received. So he had four invitations to stay in the Premier League and moved to Watford.”I think all coaches have this ambition, because it is the most competitive championship in the world and where the best are.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoFive to go: Spurs to sell stars – including Dier

first_imgFive to go: Spurs to sell stars – including Dierby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Dier is to be transfer-listed by Tottenham in January, it has been revealed.The Times says Dier will be joined by Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama on the list with a mid-season shake-up seemingly on the agenda. Tottenham went into the international break in miserable circumstances after conceding 10 goals in two games with the 3-0 defeat by Brighton following the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Dier has struggled for minutes this season following the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele and has featured just three times. England team-mate Harry Winks appears to be the preferred option alongside Ndombele and so Dier has been forced to take a peripheral role so far. With a lack of involvement the report details how Pochettino is willing to sell Dier and some of his misfiring team-mates in a bid to freshen up the ailing squad. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New grant aims to keep women in tech jobs

first_imgA special gift for the non-profit group Chic Geek Wednesday as the province came through with a $47,000 grant.The purpose of Chic Geek is to reverse the trend of women leaving careers in technology and to encourage their efforts.Minister for the Status of Women Stephanie McLean said it’s something she wholeheartedly supports.“We do know that more women are getting their university degrees but unfortunately, the gender pay gap still exists and women are leaving their careers, we know that, part way through in numbers much higher than men are,” she said.The grant also marks this week’s celebration of Ada Lovelace Day.Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer.last_img

Annual pace of inflation slows to 22 per cent in September Statistics

first_imgOTTAWA – The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in September as increases in the price of gasoline continued to ease.Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index in September was up 2.2 per cent from a year ago compared with a year-over-year increase of 2.8 per cent in August.Economists had expected the September figure to come in at 2.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The inflation report comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s rate decision next week when it will also update its forecast for the economy in its monetary policy report.The central bank, which aims to keep inflation within a target range of one to three per cent and adjusts its interest rate target to help achieve that goal, is expected to raise its key interest rate target, which sits at 1.5 per cent, by a quarter of a percentage point.TD Bank senior economist James Marple said the softer-than-expected inflation report did little to alter TD’s expectation that the Bank of Canada will raise rates next week.“I don’t think one month of soft price growth is going to change the Bank of Canada’s mind on a rate hike,” he said.Marple said the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement removed a key risk for the economy, but added challenges such as high household debt remain.“There’s still are some underlying risks that have always been there and maybe weren’t in the spotlight because we were all focused on trade,” he said.“We have very high household debt levels. We have mortgage rates that have been increasing and will continue to increase even with very little action from the Bank of Canada.”Statistics Canada said prices were up in all eight major components for the 12 months to September.The transportation index, which includes gasoline, was up 3.9 per cent in September compared with a 7.2 per cent move in August as gasoline prices last month were up 12 per cent compared with a 19.9 per cent increase in August.However, the transportation group remained the largest contributor to the overall year-over-year increase in the index.Food prices were up 1.8 per cent, while shelter costs rose 2.5 per cent. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 4.4 per cent.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter noted the price of air fares, while up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, fell 16.6 per cent compared with the previous month. Hotel rates were also down 5.2 per cent compared with a year ago.“With travel tours also down 3.2 per cent, that meant that tourism overall got a lot cheaper in Canada last month,” Porter wrote in a brief report, adding that vehicle prices were up just 0.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis.“All of these soft sectors combined to clip core inflation as well, although the easing there was much less dramatic than in the headline tally,” Porter said.The average of the three measures of core inflation, which look to strip out more-volatile items like gas prices and are closely scrutinized by the Bank of Canada, was 2.0 per cent in September compared with 2.1 per cent in August.In a separate report, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell 0.1 per cent in August to $50.8 billion as sales moved lower in seven of 11 of the subsectors tracked by the agency.Sales at gasoline stations were down 2.0 per cent, while clothing and clothing accessories stores fell 1.2 per cent. Motor vehicle and parts dealers saw sales increase 0.8 per cent.Retail sales in volume terms were down 0.3 per cent.last_img read more