first_imgCARMA Elects Candace Coder-Chew as Board PresidentLeading Thoroughbred aftercare charity to be steered by life-long equestrian and businesswoman ARCADIA, Calif., Feb. 23, 2019 – The California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a non-profit organization that provides funding for the retirement of California-raced Thoroughbred horses, announced today that Candace Coder-Chew has been unanimously chosen board president.Nominated by her predecessor, veteran trainer Howard Zucker, whose term had come to an end in January, Coder-Chew fills the position perfectly with her tenacious personality, involvement in racing and love of Thoroughbreds.“There is no one who deserves this title more than Candace,” said CARMA’s founder Madeline Auerbach. “She dedicates so much time to this organization and our mission. CARMA has seen tremendous growth over the last several years and I am confident Candace will continue that upward trajectory.”In her previous role as vice president, Coder-Chew oversaw the expansion of CARMA’s Placement Program and the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS).During her tenure, participation in both programs grew more than 50 percent. She was also instrumental in creating Aftercare Awareness Days at Santa Anita Park. Recognizing a need to demonstrate the versatility of Thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over, Coder-Chew created an on-track event to showcase their abilities to horsemen and fans during live racing.“I am more than honored to serve as President of CARMA with a team of dedicated and passionate industry professionals that make up CARMA’s board of directors,” said Coder-Chew.  “CARMA, and its critical mission of supporting Thoroughbred aftercare and aftercare awareness, has been near and dear to my heart since its inception.”“To begin this month, we have designed a new campaign titled OWN. RACE. RETIRE. This will be the common thread through our existing programs designed to increase awareness and promote inclusiveness with both the horse racing industry and the general public. I am looking forward to working with our talented board and staff to see the organization reach its fullest potential,” she said.Professionally, Coder-Chew is Santa Anita Park’s Director of Print and Graphics – a position she has held for 26 years. She is the wife of Thoroughbred race trainer Matthew Chew and has owned many retired racehorses.“Candace is incredibly hands-on – her passion for Thoroughbreds is evident in the amount of time she gives to this organization,” said Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.“She has brought so much of her knowledge and professional skills to the charity and we are excited to see where she will lead us over the next three years of her term.”last_img

‘I’m a slumdog,’ Mike Tyson says on India trip

first_imgThompson believes LeBron-less Cavs still team to beat in East He held that title from 1987 to 1990 and achieved 58 victories, including 44 by knockout.But his career was plagued with trouble, including drug addiction and stints in prison for rape. In 1992, at the age of 25, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for rape, serving three years behind bars. Tyson also notoriously bit off a chunk of boxer Evander Holyfield’s ear in a 1997 match.The heavyweight champion has in recent years worked to clean up his image, appearing in comedy films like The Hangover.Last year he unveiled plans to launch a boxing fitness franchise named after himself.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Former US boxer Mike Tyson speaks during a news conference to announce India’s first global mixed martial arts Kumite 1 league in Mumbai on September 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPEFormer boxing champion Mike Tyson declared himself a “slumdog” Friday as he made his first trip to India.The 52-year-old was in Mumbai, home to the slums that inspired Danny Boyle’s 2008 hit movie Slumdog Millionaire.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Many of them live in Dharavi, often described as Asia’s biggest slum and the backdrop to Boyle’s film. The title of the movie caused controversy in India with critics claiming that the reference to dog was derogatory. Boyle insisted no offence was meant.Tyson, in India to promote a new mixed martial arts league, said he planned to visit Dharavi.Tyson is one of the most formidable and controversial sportsmen to date.In 1986, at the age of 20, he became the youngest international boxing heavyweight champion in history. ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The most successful fighters have come from slums. All the current top fighters are from the slums,” the controversial heavyweight great told reporters.“I think the poorer you are the better boxer you are,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I am a slumdog. I grew up in a slum. I had the ambition to get out of the slums and that’s why I am here, Tyson said in quotes carried by the Press Trust of India news agency.Around 50 percent of Mumbai’s population of 20 million live in slums. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img

Welfare issues in Linden alarming – Board of Guardians Chairperson

first_imgChairperson of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Board of Guardians, Sandra Adams has said there is an alarmingly high number of welfare issues in Linden, which need to be tackled from various angles. She noted that the level of issues in the community is quite surprising when compared to that of other parts of the region.“At the level of the Board of Guardians… this region, Linden in particular, has a serious issue of welfare matters. We see on a monthly basis, the number of issues coming before the Board for assistance in the area of welfare,” she outlined.Adams added that it is surprising to see the amount of people that have to be approved for public assistance on a monthly basis, while stating that from reports, the sister body of the Board of Guardians, which is located at Kwakwani (Upper Berbice) does not have as many cases.“I don’t even know where to start recommending in this region, how do we handle it? But there are some areas that need to be tackled from various points. From health, welfare, education. It’s a number of teams that have to come together to tackle this situation, but it is not a too pleasant one here in Linden especially,” she stressed.Adams indicated that there is also a rise in terminal illnesses in the community, including HIV. She also pointed out that there was once a Regional AIDS Committee, which looked into such matters.“There’s something that has to be done regionally again… We’re in a serious crisis, especially here in Linden,” Adams contended. Speaking on the issue, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said he will be seeking to bring together a group of people who can look into such issues as early as this week.The issues, he noted, may have to be dealt with in steps.The local Board of Guardians, which was extended to include Sub-Region 2 (Ituni and Kwakwani) was installed at Linden in April 2016. Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, during the officiating ceremony said it is a critical body in ensuring that the Social Protection Ministry achieved its objective of reducing the levels of poverty in Guyana.last_img

Di Maria stars as PSG whip Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Joy was immediately plastered over the face of the forward, who peeled away performing his trademark loveheart celebration. Photo/COURTESYPARIS, France, Sep 19 – Angel Di Maria scored twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to get off to the perfect start in their latest bid for Champions League success.Di Maria beat Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put PSG ahead in the 14th minute at the Parc des Princes, but it was his second goal just after the half-hour mark that really lit up this encounter. The Argentine, who starred for Real for four years and won the Champions League with them in 2014 before making an ill-fated move to Manchester United, gave Courtois no chance with a shot on his left foot from 20 yards out that arrowed into the corner.Thomas Meunier added the gloss to the score-line at the death but it was Di Maria who had cleared the way for his side, stepping up in the absences of the injured Mbappe and Edinson Cavani as well as the suspended Neymar.After a summer dominated by the saga of whether the world’s most expensive player would leave the club, here was a reminder that the French champions have others capable of winning such games.Angel Di Maria celebrates with Mauro Icardi after scoring one of his two goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Real Madrid 3-0 in their Champions League opener© AFP Lucas BARIOULETThese two clubs are trying to recover some of their lustre after disappointing campaigns in Europe last season, but for PSG this result is a measure of revenge for their defeat at the hands of Real in the last 16 the previous year.They remain unbeaten at home in the Champions League group stage since 2004 and they are already in control of Group A before facing Galatasaray and Club Brugge, who drew 0-0 in Belgium on Wednesday.Real remain far from convincing since Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club for a second spell as coach and the 13-time European Cup winners have won only twice in five outings so far this season.There is still much work to be done if they are to go deep in this competition again after being humbled by Ajax in the last 16 last spring.– Hazard makes little impact –Eden Hazard (R) holds off PSG’s Pablo Sarabia – the Belgian made his first start for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s game© AFP MARTIN BUREAUThey had a Gareth Bale goal disallowed for handball after a VAR review just after going two behind, while Eden Hazard struggled to make an impact on his first start since his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.Madrid were also handicapped by the absences of Sergio Ramos, Nacho and Marcelo in defence as well as Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric from their midfield.Mauro Icardi made his first start for the home side after his arrival on loan from Inter, but his fellow countryman Di Maria stole the show.PSG, confusingly wearing white while the visitors wore dark blue, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Di Maria latched onto a Juan Bernat cutback from the left byline and fired in, although Courtois should have done better.Hazard shot just wide at the other end moments later and Bale curled a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the area after he had been fouled.Just after that, in the 33rd minute, Di Maria took a touch and smashed a shot into the right corner of the net to make it 2-0.Then came Bale’s disallowed goal, and the Welshman came close again in first-half stoppage time, yet the Spanish giants created little in the second half apart from a Karim Benzema goal that was ruled out for offside.Hazard, meanwhile, departed 20 minutes from time having failed to make his mark on the game, and PSG scored again in stoppage time.With the Madrid defence exposed, Meunier exchanged passes with Bernat before finishing to the delight of the home crowd.Both sides should still make it through but for now it is PSG, six months on from their horror show and humiliating exit against Manchester United, who have more reason to be optimistic.Especially with so much attacking firepower still to come back.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img

DDTV: Top 10 Irish Halloween Traditions

first_imgIrish Central uploaded a short video describing the origin of many common day Halloween traditions.Although we generally don’t question why we eat barmbrack, bob for apples, and carve pumpkins, it’s quite fascinating to see where these traditions originated. Do you do any of these? Let us know in the Facebook comments.DDTV: Top 10 Irish Halloween Traditions was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barmbrackHalloweenhallows evetraditionstrick or treatlast_img

Local Roundup: St. Bernard’s softball sweeps South Fork, tied with Ferndale for league lead

first_imgEureka >> With the St. Bernard’s Crusaders sweep of the South Fork Cubs and the Ferndale Wildcats taking two games from Hoopa Valley on Saturday, the stage is set for a race to the wire for a Little 4 softball title.St. Bernard’s (6-7 overall, 5-1 Little 4) scored 32 runs in a doubleheader to sweep the Cubs, 16-0 and 16-7, to run their record to 5-1 in the Little 4 and in a first-place tie with the Wildcats, which swept Hoopa Valley on Saturday [see below].The Crusaders scored early and often …last_img

World’s Top Chemists Can’t Match a Plant

first_imgThere’s a race on: a race to get cheap energy from the sun.  “The design and improvement of solar cells is one of the most vibrant areas of science,” said the BBC News, “in part because sunlight is far and away the planet’s most abundant renewable energy source.”  Two recent articles show that top labs around the world have not been able to do what plants do with such seeming ease under the sun.    The BBC News article explores one approach: harvesting real photosynthetic enzymes from plants and employing them on a scaffold of carbon nanotubes.  Michael Strano of MIT and his team have succeeded in getting the enzymes, lipids and surfactants to self-assemble on nanotubes, a promising step that may allow for solar cells that both harvest light and can repair themselves.  Oxygen, unfortunately, is very damaging to solar cells.  “There’s a kind of a horse race among scientists around the world to make the highest efficiency cell, but very few people are asking what happens with that cell when you plug it in for a few hours or for a week or for months.”  Obviously a short-lived efficient cell is no good.  Despite Strano’s advances in mimicking self-repairing structures, “the efficiency of the cells as designed is just a tiny fraction of that provided by the current best solar cells,” the article noted.  Still, plants give him hope that a solution will be found: “What our paper is good for is starting to think about device lifetime and borrowing concepts from nature.  Can we make cells that have an infinite lifetime?”    A different approach is to imitate what photosynthetic cells do using synthetic materials.  New Scientist reported that chemist Daniel Gamelin at the University of Washington is building on a previous synthetic water-splitting discovery to find ways to mass produce tiny arrays of them, get the cost down and the efficiency up while improving device lifetime.  Meanwhile, a team led by another scientist, coincidentally named Dr. Sun, is at work in Stockholm, Sweden experimenting with different kinds of electrodes that produce more-desirable hydrogen gas instead of hydrogen ions.  Unfortunately, “the efficiency is abysmal” for these and all other electrodes tested so far, said rival John Turner in Colorado at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Dr. Sun would be happy to get 10% efficiency – far below the near-100% efficiency plants get from the sun. Turner has achieved 12% efficiency, but his electrodes are only stable for a few days.  (The best solar cells achieve 27% efficiency.)    Getting efficiency, durability and low cost in one device is, so far, out of reach.  That’s why the photo in the New Scientist article of green leaves under the bright sun, with its caption “Catching up with nature’s innovation,” remains tantalizing but frustrating.  “Take sunlight, add water, and there you have it: free energy,” the article teased.  “Plants have been doing this for quite some time, splitting water’s hydrogen apart from its oxygen, but our efforts to turn water into a source of free hydrogen fuel by mimicking them have borne no fruit.”Even if their efforts do bear fruit some day, the next trick – bearing fruit, with its seed in itself, after its kind – would make electrolysis look like a fruitcake.  Stories like these are important to remind ourselves that the wonders in nature are far more marvelous than we realize.  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, cheap imitation that falls far short of the goal only accentuates the perfection of the original, like a bunch of sports fans with vuvuzelas trying to play a Mozart symphony.    Plants (even the measliest weeds in your yard) are light-years ahead of human science.  They split water with ease, at near 100% efficiency in ambient temperatures (09/16/2004, 02/10/2010, bullet 1, 05/09/2007), with self-repair (06/29/2010), self-defense (09/13/2006), sunscreen (08/22/2002, 06/23/2006), and automatic response to vastly different light levels and temperatures (01/24/2005, 11/28/2007, 10/13/2008, 05/13/2008).  On top of all that, they then package their technologies in tiny seeds launched into the air or soil or water (06/16/2009, 06/02/2009, 05/11/2007), where they can take root and grow into copies of themselves.  Until you can mimic that, scientists, don’t tell us plants evolved by blind, unguided processes (01/17/2010, 03/23/2009).  Even if you ever succeed (03/27/2010, bullet 2, 01/12/2010, bullet 3), you will have only illustrated the necessity of intelligent design to account for the exquisite engineering we observe in living things.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Shosholoza does SA proud

first_img11 May 2007South Africa’s Team Shosholoza completed her America’s Cup campaign with a win over France’s Areva Challenge in the Louis Vuitton Cup to finish as the most successful first-timer in the history of the event. Victory in her final race, ensured Shosholoza of a seventh place finish in the competition.Upon returning to the dock, the entire crew, along with team founder and managing director Captain Salvatore Sarno were wildly cheered and then thrown into the harbour.What South Africa is capable ofSarno had wanted to use the America’s Cup to show the world what South Africa is capable of. He saw the event as “a perfect opportunity for showcasing South Africa’s technology, incredible human initiative, skills and expertise in a way that few other international campaigns can.”Clearly, his assessment was right on the money.Although the crew missed out on reaching the semi-finals, from which the challenger to the defending champion, Alinghi, will be decided, they captured the hearts of sailing fans around the world.The spirit and determination of the competition rookies, and the manner in which they embraced the challenge, which included the crew making themselves and their Valencia base accessible to fans, captured the imagination.A new vibrant energyIt brought a new vibrant energy to the tradition-laden event, and that approach made Shosholoza one of the most popular drawcards in Valencia.Not only did the South African challengers earn the respect of fans, but, just as importantly, they earned the respect of the rest of the crews competing for a place in the America’s Cup.Race commentators could often be heard marveling at the incredible strides Shosholoza had made from her first outing as a greenhorn crew to one that was able to beat any yacht on any given day.In a sport in which big bucks play a massive role in a team’s success, Shosholoza performed brilliantly against opposition that in some instances had access to budgets of over $100-million. The South Africans had $25-million at their disposal.Exceeded expectationsCertainly, Shosholoza punched above her weight and exceeded expectations. “For us to have started as newcomers at the bottom of the leaderboard and come so far is incredible,” said Captain Sarno.To add some perspective to the difference funding makes, big budget teams are able to use two boats, one for testing and one for racing. The second boat can be employed to try out new ideas and equipment, to find out what works and will give the yacht better performance. Team Shosholoza didn’t have that luxury.In fact, led by principal designer Jason Ker, the RSA 83 hull was the first boat built according the Version 5 rules for the America’s Cup. It was launched a full seven months ahead of the next new boat.Later, it was decided against building a second boat – which had been the plan – because of the constrictions of tight funding.Significant changesWhen MSC Crociere added a significant sponsorship to that of T-Systems at the eleventh hour, Team Shosholoza was able to make some significant changes ahead of the Louis Vuitton Cup, but still using the original RSA 83 hull, which enabled the boat to put in a strong performance off Valencia.The changes included making the hull finer, “so it goes through waves rather than over them,” said Ker, adding a bowsprit to enable the spinnaker to be attached as far forward as possible, making some minor adjustments to the keel fin, and then adding a new rudder, a new bulb, and new sail designs.The result of the improvements was a boat with faster straight-line speed, as well as better maneuverability.One thing that didn’t change was the beautiful graphics, inspired by Ndebele and Zulu beadwork, which were painted onto the boat’s hull. They made the boat amongst the most recognisable and eye-catching in the America’s Cup fleet.An unqualified successFor Captain Sarno, Shosholoza’s campaign was an unqualified success. Summing it up, he said he might not have had the corporate backing that other teams received, but fans, both South African and international, got firmly behind the team.He pointed to South Africa’s colourful national flag and said it had now become one of the better-known flags in the world. “That is what makes it worthwhile,” he said.Now, said Sarno, he wants South African corporations to get behind South Africa’s next America’s Cup challenge. He believes Shosholoza’s success on the water and the tremendous international media interest she generated makes her an attractive sponsorship possibility.The next campaignThe SA syndicate’s three-and-a-half year challenge for the America’s Cup is over, but Sarno is already focused on the next campaign and he wants to take it on with two boats.There is talk that if the Switzerland’s Alinghi is successful in her defence of the America’s Cup, the competition will again be held in Valencia, but in two year’s time and not the usual four. If read more

Planters rolling into Memorial Day weekend around Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan LeeThings have gone pretty well. We have been on a good pace planting beans. All of the corn is up and in good shape. It looks a little yellow with the cooler weather, but a couple of warm days should fix that. We do have a few fields of beans where we are concerned about them making it. That ground should stay soft enough though to be alright. It’s not springtime, I guess, if you’re not worried about your beans.I have not heard any talk about replanting. I know some guys stopped planting in anticipation of heavy rains.We are getting down to the last field to plant, which is the field they are putting tile in. There is a strong possibility that they can get the tile in and we can get it planted in the month of May. If we do, I would consider that a homerun.We are watching for cutworms out there but I have not seen any. We are on high alert for that. Part of our standard program for corn is a dose of permethrin, which buys us a little window of protection, but that window of protection only lasts so long. Hopefully the corn plants get growing and we won’t have to worry about that much longer.We have really been blessed with ideal weather for getting corn out of the ground. Usually on the ground we work ahead of corn we have to work it twice and this year there were many fields where we were working it once and were done. Then we got those warmer temperatures that helped get the corn out of the ground in a hurry. Now we are thinking about making the transition to sidedressing, which is nice to do in the month of May. We always dream of a nice orderly spring on an easy schedule. It seems like this spring so far is on pace for that. But, as my grandfather would always say, “Knock on wood.”For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img

GST is a simple tax system: Goa CM

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the GST is a simple tax system and will benefit consumers as it will lessen the cascading effect of the tax burden on goods. He, however, said the new tax regime might cause some confusion in the early phases of its implementation.Mr. Parrikar said, “Today we are going through multiple taxations: excise, customs, luxury tax, entry tax, purchase tax, sales tax, VAT. With GST, they all converge into one. It’s very simple.”He added, “There may be some confusion, some teething troubles as the entire system will be functioning online. But there is no need to worry as we will no one is treated harshly.” He also said that the State government has put in place robust mechanisms to ensure smooth migration to the new indirect tax regime, which will come into force from July 1.The Chief Minister said there is a lack of adequate information about the new tax regime, but all details will be soon be available in public domain. “It may take two to three months for people to understand GST. But the Goa government is ready to implement it,” he added.last_img