Irish Gold Cup possible for Vautour as Willie Mullins outlines options

first_img The seven-year-old moved back to the head of the ante-post betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after stable companion and fellow Rich Ricci-owned star Djakadam fluffed his lines when falling in the BetBright Trial Chase on Saturday. Vautour was last seen going down by a head to Cue Card in a thrilling renewal of the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and Mullins is undecided as to whether to run him again before his return to Prestbury Park in March. The champion trainer raised the Denman Chase at Newbury on February 13 and the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on the same day as possible alternatives to next weekend’s Leopardstown feature. “I don’t know if I want to run Vautour anywhere before Cheltenham,” said Mullins. “He could go to Leopardstown on Saturday for the Irish Gold Cup and there is also the race in Newbury and the Red Mills at Gowran. “They would be the options if he is to have another run.” Willie Mullins will consider letting Vautour line up in next Saturday’s Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ITF Announces Dates for the 2019 Lagos Open

first_imgThe International Tennis Federation has released the dates for the 19th edition of the Lagos Open.The men’s and women’s hard-court event will run from October 7 to 20 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.The Lagos Open is a $100,000 tournament on the ITF World Tennis Tour and comprises two legs, which will hold for a week each, with $50,000 ($25K for the men’s and women’s event each) the prize-money for each week. The first leg will hold from October 7 – 13, while the second leg will get underway immediately, from the 14 – 20. It will be the first time the event will run under the new ITF World Tennis Tour format, which was introduced in March, 2017 and implemented this year.Under this new format, the tournament will be known as M25 Lagos for the men’s event and W25 Lagos for the women’s. M and W denote the gender and 25, the prize-money.Last year, in the men’s singles, Tom Jomby of France won the first leg, while Britain’s Jack Draper, who was 16 years old at the time, clinched the singles title in the second leg, beating Tom Jomby in an epic final.The Lagos Open is the follow up to the Abuja Open which serves three weeks of top class action starting with the Tombim Open, Dayak Championship and the GSL Open a combined $75,000 + Hospitality prize-money event which is part of the ITF World Tour.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Viterbi receives $10-million grant to develop robots

first_imgA research team partnered with USC received a $10-million grant from the National Science Foundation last week to build “socially assistive” robots that will aid developmental goals for preschool-age children, according to a statement released by the Viterbi School of Engineering.The grant from the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering was one of four new Expeditions in Computing awards.The research team, led by investigator from Yale University, will attempt to develop robots to supplement the work of caregivers and teachers. The robots will be developed to establish long-term relationships with children to help them with developmental goals, such as reading and surmounting disabilities. The researchers plan to achieve their goal by modeling social interaction and creating new algorithms to give the robots a wide behavioral range.Maja Mataric, a professor of computer science, neuroscience, and pediatrics, and vice dean for research at Viterbi, will serve as a co-principal investigator.“I am thrilled to have the importance and promise of this work recognized by the Expedition Award,” Mataric said in the statement.  “The term ‘socially assitive robots’ was defined in our Interaction Lab at USC in 2004.”The research team is made up of 17 principal investigators from USC, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. The investigators’ areas of expertise include computer science, robotics, educational theory and developmental psychology.last_img read more

U.S. Beats Gallant Nigeria to Reach FIBA World Cup Semis

first_imgThe U.S. trailed Nigeria for most of the first half of their FIBA World Cup quarterfinal. Even with 2-for-16 shooting in the first quarter, the Americans rattled off eight straight points going into the break, then rolled to a 71-40 win in the Canary Islands yesterday.The U.S., rallying from a 17-9 deficit after the opening frame, improved to 13-0 all-time against African nations at the senior level.Otis Hugley’s team came into the encounter with three consecutive victories so did the USA after three straight wins in the group encounters. Against all odds, D’Tigress took the first quarter 17-9 as they come out of the blocks as fast as possible.The USA who struggled against African opposition Senegal in their opener lost their first quarter of the competition.Like a wounded lion, the USA came back in the second quarter as they regained the lead 18-6 to lead 27-23 going into the halftime break.The USA started the second half of the game with intensity, straight two points back to back.D’Tigress put up a better fight in the third quarter but fell seven points behind as it ended 19-12 and the USA took a massive eleven points into the final quarter.D’Tigress could not withstand the USA in the fourth quarter as they were outplayed 25-5, to finish at 71-40.If the U.S. wins its next two games for a third straight world title (and 2020 Olympic qualification), it will run its record between the Olympics and World Cup to 100-1 in the last 22 years. The lone loss came to Russia in the 2006 Worlds semifinals.This American team is without stalwarts from its previous decade of undefeated play at the Olympics and worlds. The U.S. has still won all of its games by double digits, but none came against a world power. If it’s France in the semifinals, that will change.In 2014, the French beat the Americans in an exhibition, the U.S.’ first defeat in three years. The Americans then whipped them in the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals (94-72) and the 2016 Olympic semifinals (86-67).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The City of Alpena of gets rid of its mobile app after six years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe City of Alpena is getting rid of it’s mobile app after 6 years.Assistant City Engineer Steve Shultz says, its not the method of communication residents prefer.“If we continue to use our email and use the phone to communicate with the public, that’s all we need for now and I have no idea what will happen in the future, but it’s all about the phone call and having a personal contact with a person. That’s the biggest thing I can see right now and why people still use the telephone to make contact with the city – because you’re talking to a human, you’re not talking to some electronic device.”Shultz says the city of Alpena’s website is still a great source of information for those who want to stay updated. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, appContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, February 4Next Road commission warns of black ice on roadwayslast_img read more

Halloween Events Friday-Saturday

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyOct. 30, Highlands: Windansea is hosting a Halloween Bash with Chris Knoxx, Brandon Alex, and DJ Cati. Prizes for best costume. Starts 9 p.m., at the restaurant located at 56 Shrewsbury Ave. in Highlands. Phone: 732-872-2266Oct. 30, Monmouth Beach: School childrens’ Halloween Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. up Hastings Place to Wesley Street and then east to Riverdale Avenue.Oct: 30, Highlands: Halloween Costume Contest at the Highlands Elementary School Athletic Field. Starts 3:30 p.m. Participation is divided up by ages 3 and under, ages 4-6, ages 7-9, ages 10 and up, and themed groups of three or more. Activities include a bounce house, animal balloonist, prizes, candy, and refreshments.Sponsored by the Borough of Highlands Recreation Department. Call 732-872-1224 ext. 232 or email communitycenter@highlandsnj.us.Oct. 30, Asbury Park: Porta‘s Halloween Bash features a costume contest beginning at 11:30 p.m. awarding $1,000 grand prize for best overall, best female, best male, and best couple costumes. Other prizes include Apple watches and iPads. Admission begins at 9 p.m. and is free before 11 p.m. Located at 911 Kingsley St. in Asbury Park.Oct. 31, Atlantic Highlands: Annual Halloween Parade begins 2 p.m. along First Avenue.Oct. 31, Asbury Park: Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits Halloween Party. Costume contest winner will win a $1000 prize, second place will win $300, and third place will win $200. The winner of the mummy wrap contest will win a $200 Johnny Mac gift certificate, and the winner of musical chairs will win an iPad. The party begins at 9 p.m.Oct. 31, Sea Bright: Annual Pet Costume Parade starts at noon on Ocean Avenue, starting at Valley National Bank and ending on Peninsula Avenue at the Sea Bright Mural. At 5-6  p.m.,Trunk or Treat at the Sea Bright Municipal Parking lot. Costumes are encouraged, and activities include face painting and music. At 6 p.m., The Halloween Parade and Costume Contest at Rooney Park and end in the Municipal lot. Hot chocolate will be available in the Church Meeting Room after the parade. Prizes are available for all participants.last_img read more

Sligoville Stadium’s handover to GC Foster College in doubt

first_img “My office did a visit recently and submitted a report, which I will look at shortly. I will review the report and determine the next steps. But we will take it in hand and ensure the facility is restored and fully utilised.” Principal of the G.C. Foster college, Dr Joyce Graham Royal, admitted they are involved in rehabilitating the facility but would not say to what extent, before directing us to the Ministry of Education for further insight. “Until it is completely handed over to us there is only just so much we can do. The documents have been prepared and are being processed and we are just waiting on the ministry (education),” Graham Royal stated. Report submitted In 2013, the People’s National Party-led government of the time announced that GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport would assume responsibility for the neglected Sligoville Stadium, a gift from the Chinese government, which was completed in 2007. It was believed that the process of handing over the complex to the college was nearing its final stages, although no timeline was ascertained. However, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange poured cold water on that idea, as she indicated that her Jamaica Labour Party – led administration is looking in another direction to develop and maintain the facility. The complex will be available for all government sports entities once possible, but they are also looking at a public-private sector partnership for development and management. “Under the Bruce Golding administration, we had plans for it, we were in discussion about creating a football academy there, and I have resumed discussions with a well-known athlete, who also wants to utilise the facility for track and field,” she said.last_img read more

PSL: Generika-Ayala barges into quarterfinals, escapes Petron

first_imgGenerika-Ayala entered the quarterfinals of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational after escaping Petron in a thriller, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 31-33, 15-11, Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Orendain had a game-high 23 points to lead the Lifesavers while Araneta added 20 markers.Maizo-Pontillas spearheaded the Blaze Spikers with 14 points. Ma. Angelica D. GarciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rain or Shine averts disaster, axes Globalport for semis berth Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Lifesavers improved to a 3-1 slate while the Blaze Spikers fell to a 2-1 record.Generika-Ayala had a slim one-point lead in the fifth set, 11-10, before staging a 4-1 blitz, capped by team captain Angeli Araneta’s off-the-block kill to seal the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I told my players to think of it just like one of our trainings because we have nothing to lose because Petron is really a strong team but since our team is balanced, the points were distributed equally,” said Lifesavers head coach Sherwin Meneses in Filipino.An Aiza Maizo-Pontillas drop ball and an attack error from Patty Orendain broke a 31-all deadlock in the fourth frame to force a decider. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 awardcenter_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

QC receives donation from alumni chapters

first_imgSeveral chapters of the Queen’s College alumni on Friday presented to the institution donations which are expected to assist the students with their academics and upcoming examinations.Present at the ceremony were the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alfred Granger; members of the Central and South Florida Chapters, Sharia Yasin-Bacchus and Adrian Bacchus; and staff of the institution.Among the donations received was the servicing and reconfiguration of 39 computers in the Information Technology (IT) Laboratory and the repainting of the sick bays, which was done by the Toronto Chapter. The counsellor’s dwelling was also refurbished, and new furniture was added.Grade 10 students utilising the reconfigured computersOne staff member attached to the laboratory, Samantha Liverpool, explained that the need for functioning computers was essential, since examinations will be written shortly and the equipment is critically needed.“It won’t just benefit them, but also it’s going to benefit the students that are to come. The fourth form students are currently using those PCs,” she said.Additionally, the Central and South Florida Chapters were responsible for equipping the science laboratories with supplies and models for easy demonstrations in the classrooms.Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter assisted with the provision of two air conditioning units for the IT laboratories. This was due to incidents in the past wherein several expensive pieces of equipment were damaged due to an excessive amount of heat in the room.Chairman of the Board, Alfred Granger, stated, “It’s a collaborative effort between all of the overseas alumni. We get tremendous support from them.”Over the years, the alumni chapters of the institution have been the driving force towards the success of the students, and they have revealed that this will continue in the coming years.last_img read more

Finance Committee announces 2017 public consultation schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The all-party Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services announced the public hearing schedule for the Budget 2017 consultation process. The announcement was made today.The committee will be travelling to 15 communities to hear from individuals and organizations about their financial priorities. There will also be Videoconference opportunities available for 8 communities, including Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.Public hearing registration will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The deadline for public input will be Friday, October 14th, 2016 and the committee will then release their report on the results by November 15, 2016.- Advertisement -Other dates and locations include: Vancouver (Monday, Sept. 19) Cranbrook (Tuesday, Sept. 20) Kamloops (Tuesday, Sept. 20) Kelowna (Wednesday, Sept. 21) Richmond (Wednesday, Sept. 21) Surrey (Thursday, Sept. 22) Victoria* (Monday, Sept. 26) Prince Rupert (Monday, Oct. 3) Dawson Creek (Tuesday, Oct. 4) Prince George (Tuesday, Oct. 4) Quesnel (Wednesday, Oct. 5) Port Hardy (Wednesday, Oct. 5) Courtenay (Thursday, Oct. 6) Delta (Thursday, Oct. 6) Victoria* (Tuesday, Oct. 11)last_img read more