Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

Drop Cover Hold message spread TCI Wide by DDME

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 – Earthquake Awareness Week did more than host activities in Providenciales; in a rare opportunity the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies visited several other islands with the message of Drop, Cover and Hold – its what you do if an earthquake hits.On Thursday though, it was a series of scenarios as the DDME welcomed stakeholder input in the aim to develop a national plan for handling an earthquake event.  Kayana Bowen of the DDME called it a worthwhile exchange;  “It’s very heated right now at the moment, because persons are saying that they have a command, they know what their role and responsibility is, however, when you actually come to the table and faced with the situation you realize that you’re stumped.  So the good thing about it is we have other stakeholders around the table who are providing feedback, giving them ideas who are discussing what are better ways to approach things and do things to make sure they respond effectively.”As many as 25 stakeholders were represented at the session held at the DDMEs office.   Thursday, January 12 also marked the seventh anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which some had reported was felt even here in Providenciales at the time.   The TCI was put under a tsunami watch in 2010 due to the quake in Port Au Prince, which killed nearly half a million people and displaced one million others. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

After Vijay in Bigil and Kamal Haasan in Thalaivan Irukkindraan AR Rahman

first_imgAjith and AR Rahman.PR HandoutAR Rahman seems to have shifted his focus back to Tamil cinema as he is taking up Kollywood films one after the other. In the last two years, he has approved more projects in Tamil than in any other languages.After working on Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil and taking up Kamal Haasan’s long-pending Thalaivan Irukkindraan, AR Rahman is rumoured to have given his consent to compose music for Ajith Kumar’s next movie with H Vinoth.As per the latest buzz, Boney Kapoor had a meeting with AR Rahman recently and the musician is believed to have agreed to compose music for the Ajith-starrer which happens to be a thriller. If it turns out to be true, the untitled flick will be his fourth film with Thala after Kandukondain Kandukondain, Varalaru and Pavithra.The forthcoming movie, presently referred to as Thala 60, will take off by the end of August. “A big thank you to the entire unit of #NerkondaPaarvai for working towards August 8th release. Happy to announce our next AK60 with #AjithKumar #HVinoth and @ZeeStudios will start with Pooja end August 2019. @SureshChandraa @DoneChannel1. [sic]” producer Boney Kapoor tweeted.Currently, Boney Kapoor is funding Ajith’s latest flick Nerkonda Paarvai, which will hit the screens on 8 August. It is the Tamil remake of hit Hindi film Pink. Vidya Balan, Shraddha Srinath and others are part of the cast.last_img read more

25m cyberattacks thwarted during World Cup

first_imgPresident of Russia Vladimir Putin touches the trophy as FIFA president Gianni Infantino looks on before the trophy presentation. Photo: ReutersPresident Vladimir Putin says Russian and other security services thwarted nearly 25 million cyberattacks linked to the World Cup.Putin announced the foiled attacks after Sunday’s World Cup final – and just before meeting with US president Donald Trump, who is facing growing concerns about alleged Kremlin meddling and Russian cyberattacks on the US electoral system.In remarks released Monday by the Kremlin, Putin said the attempted cyberattacks targeted “information infrastructure” linked to the World Cup, but did not elaborate.He spoke at a meeting with representatives of 55 intelligence units from 34 countries who worked on securing the tournament.He said that thanks to Russia’s tight security there were no “serious incidents” and “people who came to our country really felt they were safe.”Putin’s leadership has been marked by his strengthening of the country’s security services.last_img read more

NanoSuit Researchers use nanocoating to allow for electron microscopy of living insects

first_img Up till now, researchers have had to kill insects and dry them before putting them under an ESM—that is because such microscopes require the specimens to be viewed in a vacuum (to keep the electron beam from scattering). In this new effort, the research team reports that they have figured out a way to apply a very thin clear coat to a specimen that prevents dehydration and thus allows specimens to be imaged as they exist naturally—representing a major step forward for research involving studying biological samples or living creatures at very close range.The coating used by the team was an artificial material that mimics an extracellular substance, in this case, a solution consisting of surfactant polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate, aka TW20, which was subjected to plasma or electron beam irradiation, causing it to polymerize. The result, they report was a very thin (50 to 100 nanometers) layer, or coating, which they immediately dubbed a nanosuit. Insects coated with the material were able to survive up to two hours in a high vacuum the team reports. In addition to preventing dehydration, the coating also prevented damage to the insects from the electron beam.The team used the coating on several different kinds of insects and report that imaging them via ESM was done successfully and that most of the insects survived. They note that the coating remained intact (hard on the outside, soft on the inside) even if the insects moved. They also pointed out that coating the insects was easy to do—they just dipped the bugs in a solution or let a drop of it fall onto them and then wiped off the extra.The team plans to continue testing the impact of the nanosuit on the insects that have been coated, to find out if it causes harm that is not obvious, such as damage to DNA. Explore further More information: A ‘NanoSuit’ surface shield successfully protects organisms in high vacuum: observations on living organisms in an FE-SEM, Proceedings of The Royal Society B, Published 28 January 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2857AbstractAlthough extremely useful for a wide range of investigations, the field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) has not allowed researchers to observe living organisms. However, we have recently reported that a simple surface modification consisting of a thin extra layer, termed ‘NanoSuit’, can keep organisms alive in the high vacuum (10−5 to 10−7 Pa) of the SEM. This paper further explores the protective properties of the NanoSuit surface-shield. We found that a NanoSuit formed with the optimum concentration of Tween 20 faithfully preserves the integrity of an organism’s surface without interfering with SEM imaging. We also found that electrostatic charging was absent as long as the organisms were alive, even if they had not been coated with electrically conducting materials. This result suggests that living organisms possess their own electrical conductors and/or rely on certain properties of the surface to inhibit charging. The NanoSuit seems to prolong the charge-free condition and increase survival time under vacuum. These findings should encourage the development of more sophisticated observation methods for studying living organisms in an FE-SEM. (—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in Japan has found a way to allow for using scanning electron microscopes (ESM) on living insects—encase them in a nanosuit. In their paper published in Proceedings of The Royal Society B, the team describes the coating they used and how effective it was when used on a variety of insects. . Observations of living insects by light and electron microscopy. Credit: Proceedings of The Royal Society B, Published 28 January 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2857 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: ‘NanoSuit’: Researchers use nano-coating to allow for electron microscopy of living insects (2015, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Nanosuits help small creatures survive a vacuumlast_img read more

General Court of the EU orders bloc to remove Hamas from terror

first_imgThe General Court of the European Union ruled on Wednesday that the inclusion of the group was not based on a “concrete examination” of Hamas’s acts but on “imputations derived from the media and the internet”. Hamas has been contesting its inclusion on the list, maintained since it was created in 2001. The court said the move was technical and was not a reassessment of Hamas’ classification as a terrorist group. It said a funding freeze on the group would continue for the time being. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe foreign office of the EU reacted by sayng “We respect the General Court of the European Union’s judgement delivered on Wednesday annulling measures against Hamas, namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of Hamas’ funds. This legal ruling is clearly based on procedural grounds and it does not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive reasons for the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation. It is a legal ruling of a court, not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The EU continues to uphold the Quartet principles”. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIt added “The EU institutions are studying carefully the ruling and will decide on the options open to them. They will, in due course, take appropriate remedial action, including any eventual appeal to the ruling. In case of an appeal the restrictive measures remain in place”. On December 27, 2001 the Council of the European Union adopted a common position and a regulation to combat terrorism. These measures require the freezing of the funds of those people and entities included on a list adopted and regularly updated by Council decisions. The same day the Council adopted its first decision establishing that list. By this decision the Council included Hamas on the list and has maintained them on that list ever since. The General Court said “The case-law of the Court requires that an EU decision to freeze funds is based not on factual elements that the Council may have derived from the press or the internet, but on elements which have been concretely examined and confirmed.”last_img read more

Is Initiative Q a pyramid scheme or just a really bad idea

first_imgIf things seem too good to be true, they probably are. That’s a pretty good motto to live by, and one that’s particularly pertinent in the days of fake news and crypto-bubbles. However, it seems like advice many people haven’t heeded with Initiative Q, a new ‘payment system’ developed by the brains behind PayPal technology. That’s not to say that Initiative Q certainly is too good to be true. But when an organisation appears to be offering almost hundreds of thousands of dollars to users who simply offer an email and then encourage others to offer theirs, caution is essential. If it looks like a pyramid scheme, then do you really want to risk the chance that it might just be a pyramid scheme? What is Initiative Q? Initiative Q, is, according to its founders, “tomorrow’s payment network.” On its website it says that current methods of payment, such as credit cards, are outdated. They open up the potential for fraud and other bad business practices, as well as not being particularly efficient. Initiative Q claims that is it going to develop an alternative to these systems “which aggregate the best ideas, innovations, and technologies developed in recent years.” It isn’t specific about which ideas and technological innovations its referring to, but if you read through the payment model it wants to develop, there are elements that sound a lot like blockchain. For example, it talks about using more accurate methods of authentication to minimize fraud, and improving customer protection by “creating a network where buyers don’t need to constantly worry about whether they are being scammed” (the extent to which this turns out to be deliciously ironic remains to be seen). To put it simply, it’s a proposed new payment system that borrows lots of good ideas that still haven’t been shaped into a coherent whole. Compelling, yes, but alarm bells are probably sounding. Who’s behind Initiative Q? There are very few details on who is actually involved in Initiative Q. The only names attached to the project are Saar Wilf, an entrepreneur who founded Fraud Sciences, a payment technology that was bought by PayPal in 2008, and Lawrence White, Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy and George Mason University. The team should grow, however. Once the number of members has grown to a significant level, the Initiative Q team say “we will continue recruiting the world’s top professionals in payment systems, macroeconomics, and Internet technologies.” How is Initiative Q supposed to work? Initiative Q explains that for the world to adopt a new payment network is a huge challenge – a fair comment, because after all, for it to work at all, you need actors within that network who believe in it and trust it. This is why the initial model – which looks and feels a hell of a lot like a pyramid or Ponzi scheme – is, according to Initiative Q, so important. To make this work, you need a critical mass of users. Initiative Q actually defends itself from accusations that it is a Pyramid scheme by pointing out that there’s no money involved at this stage. All that happens is that when you sign up you receive a specific number of ‘Qs’ (the name of the currency Initiative Q is proposing). These Qs obviously aren’t worth anything at the moment. The idea is that when the project actually does reach critical mass, it will take on actual value. Isn’t Initiative Q just another cryptocurrency? Initiative Q is keen to stress that it isn’t a cryptocurrency. That said, on its website the project urges you to “think of it as getting free bitcoin seven years ago.” But the website does go into a little more detail elsewhere, explaining that “cryptocurrencies have failed as currencies” because they “focus on ensuring scarcity” while neglecting to consider how people might actually use them in the real world.” The implication, then, is that Initiative Q is putting adoption first. Presumably, it’s one of the reasons that it has decided to go with such an odd acquisition strategy. Ultimately though, it’s too early to say whether Initiative Q is or isn’t a cryptocurrency in the strictest (ie. fully de-centralized etc.) sense. There simply isn’t enough detail about how it will work. Of course, there are reasons why Initiative Q doesn’t want to be seen as a cryptocurrency. From a marketing perspective, it needs to look distinctly different from the crypto-pretenders of the last decade. Initiative Q: pyramid scheme or harmless vaporware? Because no money is exchanged at any point, it’s difficult to call Initiative Q a ponzi or pyramid scheme. In fact it’s actually quite hard to know what to call it. As David Gerard wrote in a widely shared post from June, published when Initiative Q had a first viral wave, “the Initiative Q payment network concept is hard to critique — because not only does it not exist, they don’t have anything as yet, except the notion of “build a payment network and it’ll be awesome.” But while it’s hard to critique, it’s also pretty hard to say that it’s actually fraudulent. In truth, at the moment it’s relatively harmless. However, as David Gerard points out in the same post, if the data of those who signed up is hacked – or even sold (although the organization says it won’t do that) – that’s a pretty neat database of people who’ll offer their details up in return for some empty promises of future riches.last_img read more

First snakes on a plane now we have snakes in a sock

first_img Thursday, October 5, 2017 Share First snakes on a plane, now we have snakes in a sock << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — An Ontario man who was caught trying to smuggle snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty in an American court.Chaoyi Le, 28, is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations, according to prosecutors in Buffalo, N.Y.Le’s lawyer, Victor Sherman, said he’s requesting a more lenient sentence of time served.Le, described in court documents as a resident of Mississauga, Ont., was arrested in April 2014 at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in western New York.According to the complaint filed against him, Le was discovered with three western hog-nosed snakes concealed in his socks.Le initially told customs agents he found the snakes in a New York park, but later admitted to purchasing them for about $500, the complaint said. He had also mailed a package of snakes to China from the U.S. on the same day, court documents said.The arrest marked the end of Le’s brief but active time sending live reptiles via mail, the documents said. The complaint said he began doing so in 2013, making several crossings from Ontario to the U.S.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe complaint said Le became a regular customer at a UPS store somewhere in the Buffalo area, where he would travel to send and receive packages.Le came to the attention of customs officials once before the April 2014 incident, it said. While en route to China from Toronto in February 2014, Le was stopped at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and was found to be travelling with an assortment of 55 reptiles, including pythons and turtles.Le was charged in Canadian court with various wildlife violations, according to court documents.After an initial court appearance, Le flew to China in the summer of 2014 – after his April arrest – and informed customs officials he would be there for the next year or two and would not be attending scheduled Canadian court dates, documents said.The charges in Canada were ultimately withdrawn in July 2015, according to the American complaint. Le was then arrested by U.S. authorities this past August when he flew to Los Angeles from Shanghai. Sherman said Le is set to be sentenced on Oct. 30. Posted bylast_img read more