first_imgOLLIE’S CANDY, SECRET SPICE & PARADISE WOODS HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ZENYATTA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES RACE IS BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER  ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2019)–With the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff looming large on the horizon, Ollie’s Candy, Secret Spice and Paradise Woods head a field of six fillies and mares three and up in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita, which will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.The Zenyatta, named for the legendary distaffer that beat the boys in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic here at Santa Anita and who went on to win Eclipse Award Horse of the Year honors the following year, is a Breeder’s Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, with the winner granted a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 2.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner:  Paul & Karen EggertTrainer:  John SadlerAlthough she was multiple Grade I stakes-placed on turf, Sadler opted to run her on dirt in the Grade I Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 28 and she responded with a gutty head victory, accomplished in gate to wire fashion.  Originally trained by William Morey, this Kentucky homebred 4-year-old filly by Candy Ride comes back at the same 1 1/16 miles distance in what will be her fourth start for Sadler.SECRET SPICEOwner:  Little Red Feather Racing & Bobby FlayTrainer:  Richard BaltasOff as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade I Hirsch, this 4-year-old Discreet Cat filly bobbled at the break but was never far off the lead while second, beaten a head by Ollie’s Candy.  A rousing 2 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Beholder Mile here three starts back, Secret Spice should be in a stalking position early on Sunday.PARADISE WOODSOwner:  HS Stable LLC and Pam & Martin WygodTrainer: John ShirreffsImmensely talented but temperamental, Paradise Woods finished a well beaten fourth as the second choice in the Hirsch at 8-5, but never seemed comfortable after breaking a step slow.  With her best recent race a 10 ½ length romp three starts back in the Grade II Santa Margarita here April 27, this 5-year-old mare by Union Rags needs to break sharply and get into a comfortable rhythm if she’s to show her best again on Sunday.THE GRADE II ZENYATTA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTSecret Spice–Flavien Prat–125Mongolian Humor–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Paradise Woods–Abel Cedillo–123Ollie’s Candy–Kent Desormeaux–125La Force–Drayden Van Dyke–123Kaydetre–Martin Garcia–121For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Cricket for everyone

first_img IMMEDIATE SUCCESS It was an immediate success, and I remember going from London to Birmingham in the summer of 2004 to see the final and to have a day-out. It was a lovely day. Edgbaston was filled to capacity. I met some old friends. We talked cricket sometimes, we looked at the cricket sometimes, and we ordered a drink most of the time. Little did we know that T20 cricket was here to stay and, regardless of what the cricket bosses say, and keep saying, it is here to threaten the survival of the limited-over game and the longer and traditional Test cricket. And it is now played, not for fun, not for saving the game, but for the money it pulls in. A Test series usually lasted for eight to ten weeks, during which time five Test matches plus county or state matches were played, and a Test match lasted five days, and sometimes they finished without a result. Test cricket continues to be played in white clothing, and today, it is still considered a gentleman’s game, where you sit and have lunch and tea and conduct yourself in a polite manner. The basics of the game are rigidly technical, where a flowing cover-drive, or a tight and studious defence, is one of its creed, or one of its commandments. Those, like me, who defend Test cricket or one-day cricket as their preference, are referred to as old, or as coming from the Dark Ages. They are told to adapt to the times, to make the necessary changes, and to come into today’s world. But why do they have to conform? Can’t they still love the game for what attracted them to the game so many years ago? They love the game for what it was, for what it was intended to be, and for what it tries to be: a passion, a classical experience of a flowing cover-drive, a tantalising leg-spinner, a game which moves between fast and slow, pleasantly through the notes, somewhat like a good musician in action while playing some good music, up and down the scale, with the result, the win, a loss, or a draw, sometimes, most times, a drama, unknown right up to the end. T20 cricket is for immediate satisfaction. Test cricket is longer, much longer, and calls for patience and understanding. In terms of leisure and skill, it is like golf, which is played over four days, all day, and whoever likes it makes it to the course every day with no complaints. Maybe the difference is that one is for the working class, which needs money to survive, and one is perceived by the poor as being basically for the rich, or the well-to-do, and which hardly needs the people’s money to survive. The cricket clubs, especially in this country, and countries like this one, are almost empty shells, void of people, and lacking in everything. The golf clubs, on the other hand, are pristine palaces, nice and shiny, tucked away in prized locations, and full of life. Everything is done to market T20 cricket. The television screens and the newspapers are flooded with pre-tournament advertisements, and whenever it comes around, the players are dressed in colourful garments, the rules are changed so as to make the game more attractive for those who like non-stop action. Every shot, every ball, every bit of fielding, regardless of how they appear, is followed by extravagant and flowery descriptions as the commentators describe the action in T20 cricket. “Oh my. What a shot. That ball is on the way to Mars.” In terms of delivery to the fans, T20 cricket is marketed and promoted and delivered differently to how limited-over cricket and definitely to how Test cricket are marketed and promoted. Cricket is cricket, money is money, T20 cricket, up to now, is money, and nothing is wrong with that. I love T20 cricket because of its excitement and its rambunctious hitting, but I prefer limited-over cricket, and I have a passion for Test cricket, where, to me, the best of cricket is played. The cover-drive, the extra-cover drive, the on-drive, and the late-cut, the leg-spinner, the googly, and the screaming bouncer are things of beauty, and skill. I love Test cricket because of the prolonged battle between bat and ball, a battle that may last beyond four overs. Today is “modern times”, but the world, with its daily dose of terrorism, among other things, is not what it used to be, neither are other things of the past what they used to be. I love Test cricket, and I will always remember the sight of Frank Worrell batting. I loved also to see batsmen like Everton Weekes, Rohan Kanhai, and Garry Sobers, Alvin Kallicharran and Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards and Brian Lara of yesterday bat, just as how as I enjoyed Jeffrey Dujon batting, and Marlon Samuels, as he did in the T20 final, and Chris Gayle, and Virat Kohli, and Joe Root’s batting throughout the tournament. Everything is better today, it is said, but while I agree that most things are better, that cars are faster, I still remember and long for some of things of the past, of my earlier days. ADVERTISEMENTS There are, lately, three kinds of cricket around. There is the Twenty20 (T20) cricket of 2003, then there is the one-day cricket of around the late 1960s, and there is the traditional Test cricket, which has been going on almost forever, since 1877. First, Test cricket, or five-day cricket, was the order of the day, then the limited-over cricket. One-day cricket came on the scene to save the game, and then, so it was said, as soon as the one-day cricket appeared to have lost its appeal, T20 cricket arrived to do the same, to save the game also. T20 cricket was founded by an Englishman who, in the depths of winter and thinking about “the man and his dog” at county matches during the days of summer, thought of a way of getting fans through the gates in the coming summer. He came up with playing cricket after work for three hours, and it would be, must be, fun cricket, played in an atmosphere made for fun, with emphasis on the players hitting the ball far and often from start to finish, with the bowlers being present simply for the batsmen’s pleasure, and with the fans expected to pay a small entry fee for the entertainment while standing and having a drink or two.last_img read more

Trackers thump Rockies for second win in a row

first_imgThe team opened with a 5-0 win over the Whitecourt Wolverines, and followed that up with a 6-0 win over the West Yellowhead Rockies. The Trackers opened the game strong out of the gate with two goals in the first period, and followed that up with another two in the second.With the game well in hand they didn’t let up as the Trackers found the back of the net for a fifth time less than three minutes into the period, and rounded out the scoring with 11:53 left in the game.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Trackers were Alex Hanson, Wes Shipton, Wes Shipton, Ricky Bateman, Wes Shipton, and Wyatt Gale.Tavis Veins got the shutout in goal. He stopped all of the 26 shots he faced in the game.The Trackers will be looking to carry the momentum forward from the past two games into next weekend against Slave Lake on the road when they take on the Thunder for two games.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps has confirmed the appointment of James Gallagher as senior coach.Gallagher said today he is delighted to be back at the club.“I am very pleased to rejoin the club. I spoke to Ollie and was impressed with his plans for Finn Harps. We’ll be looking to ensure that the team is as professional, well prepared and competitive as possible,” he said. Ollie Horgan is happy to have the first element of his backroom team in place and expects there to be further announcements in the coming weeks as he embarks on his two year contract as manager of Finn Harps.“James will be an important part of what we’re looking to do at Finn Harps- he has a professional attitude, knows the local and national scene very well and is committed to helping us build a really competitive side here,” said Ollie. JAMES GALLAGHER APPOINTED SENIOR COACH WITH FINN HARPS was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:JAMES GALLAGHER APPOINTED SENIOR COACH WITH FINN HARPSlast_img read more


first_imgJOB VACANCIES: One of Donegal’s most popular Country House’s are on the hunt for new staff to join their innovative, creative, dynamic and hardworking team.The Red Door County House is not only one of Donegal’s most popular wedding venues – but is one of the most revered in Ireland. Management at The Red Door have a number of part-time and full-time vacancies available and are looking to recruit NOW!The Red Door has the following job vacancies:Experienced waiting staff – (Part/Full time)House keeper – (Part time)Chef de partie –(Part/Full Time)Commis Chef- (Part/Full Time)Kitchen Porter- (Part Time)Pastry Chef- (Part/Full Time)Successful candidates will be working in an AA Rosette standard restaurant.Salary based on experience. If interested, email CV to info@thereddoor.ieJOB VACANCIES: NUMBER OF POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT POPULAR DONEGAL COUNTRY HOUSE was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

Watch for important yield-determining factors as planted corn moves forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Roy A. Ulrich, DEKALB/Asgrow technical agronomistThe long fight with Mother Nature that started in the fall with harvest rolled right into spring and never really relented. As a result, the growing season of 2019 started out by challenging the plans that growers and agronomists had developed over the winter months to produce the highest yields possible while striving for the best return per acre. While most of those plans did not include a mid- to late-May and into June planting dates for corn and soybeans, that is when some growers finally found a dry period to put crops in the ground. Now is the time to reexamine those plans to see which of the yield determining factors could still have a positive influence on the corn crop in 2019.After all, according to Dr. Bob Nielson from Purdue University only “12 to 16% of the overall yield variability is actually impacted by the delayed planting date.” There is still a very high percentage of the overall yield that we can influence. If you’re interested in how planting date influences overall yield potential, you can find the rest of Nielson’s article at https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/PltDateCornYld.html.The first yield-determining factor in corn that most of you have already assessed is plant population. What kind of plant populations do you have out in your fields and how even and consistently did those stands emerge? The later planting date allowed for warmer soils and the adequate moisture at planting has set up many fields with near perfect stands. So, in many situations this first yield-determining factor is of to a good start with an almost ideal number of plants per acre.The next yield-determining factor that is currently being set in many corn fields is ear girth. The number of rows around on an ear of corn are set during the V5 to V6 growth stages and has a major impact on final yields. While product genetics have an impact on the average ear girth, environmental factors like weather, nutrient availability, weed competition, etc. can all have an impact on ear girth as well.By reducing stress from weed competition or lack of nutrient availability, we can maximize overall yield potential. From a weed competition standpoint keeping fields weed free and controlling both broadleaf and grass weeds before they reach 4 inches in height not only minimizes competition for sunlight water and nutrients, it also increases the effectiveness of chemical applications.Regarding nutrient availability, many growers are in the middle of sidedress applications and with the crop at its current stage it requires almost 75% of its nitrogen still to be up taken into the plant. We are getting ready to enter the growth stage in corn when it requires nearly 8 pounds of nitrogen per acre per day. With such a high percentage of nitrogen needed for crop growth and grain fill still to be taken up by the plant, reducing nitrogen rates just because of a later start could negatively impact overall yield potential.The next biggest hurdle in determining overall yield potential in corn is successful pollination, which sets up the maximum number of kernels per ear. After pollination you can more accurately assess that maximum yield potential for a field and we can begin to scout to see if any foliar diseases need to be managed to maximize the grain fill.The late start in 2019 has only slightly influenced the yield potential and there is plenty of growing season left to determine how much corn you put in the bins this fall. One of the ways to reduce the size of that number is to ignore one of these important yield-determining factors.last_img read more

Three Variables to Improve Your Prospecting Effectiveness

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Regardless of the medium you choose to prospect, and I hope you start with the telephone, the outcome is a meeting. Many variables play into your results, but three tend to dominate your ability to secure a meeting.Trading ValueNo matter what words your dream client uses to reject your request for a meeting, something you might refer to as an objection and what I would describe as a concern, their unwillingness is their belief that the meeting would be a waste of their time.“I’m happy with my current partner” might be translated into, “Your pitch to share information about your company and ask me what’s keeping up at night isn’t enough value for me to agree to a meeting.” “Can you send me some information,” as polite and positive it might sound, is not a request for information. Instead, it’s a polite way of saying, “I didn’t hear anything in your offer that is worth giving you my time.”When you know that the rejection is the result of too little value, you can improve your offer, promising something worth your dream client’s time and attention—and maybe exploring real change (See Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition).Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchYour ConvictionOne of the reasons your prospective says no to your meeting request is because what you say—and how you say it—betrays the fact that you aren’t sure you believe what you are saying. If you aren’t willing and able to promise you will not waste your dream client’s time, that they will benefit from spending time with you, your dream client’s doubt will be greater than their belief—and your belief that what you have to offer is valuable to command their time.If you want to be consultative and aspire to be a trusted advisor, you need the business acumen and situational knowledge to be able to create value in a meeting—without mentioning your company or your offerings. In part, confidence comes from knowing more than your prospective client. You and your company serve hundreds or thousands of clients or customers, and they buy what you sell for one company, meaning your collective experiences give you greater clarity and a much more nuanced understanding. How could it be otherwise?Your dream client will believe you belong in the room when you do.Professional PersistenceIf you are going to acquire a meeting, you are going to have to ask more than once. Your pursuit plan must include more than a quarterly call to “check in” and “see if anything has changed.” It would be best if you had a sequence (or cadence) that proves you have insights and ideas—and that you are not a one and done salesperson that gives up after one or two attempts.How do you demonstrate that what you have to offer is worth their time if you only ask once? How do you prove that you want your prospective client’s business and that you are seriously interested in helping them produce better results with an automated string of emails or a ridiculous pitch on LinkedIn? How serious are you?To professionally persist, you cannot be a nuisance, which means you have to nurture relationships over time, using a communication plan that allows you to professionally persist over time, never going away, never giving up, always providing enough value in every interaction until you have a meeting on your dream client’s calendar.If you want better results and more meeting, increase the value you trade for a meeting, ask again with confidence and conviction, and persist long enough that you get a yes.last_img read more

Geje Eustaquio exacts revenge, wins ONE interim flyweight title

first_imgMOST READ Eustqauio lost via split decision in their first match at ONE: Total Victory last September.He also became the third fighter out of the Benguet stable to win a championship in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sweet revenge for Geje! @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/uC2a9OetME— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Hayato Suzuki def. Yago Bryan – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:03)Emilio Urrutia def. Bruno Pucci – KO (punches) – Round 1 (3:33)Prelims:Edward Kelly def. Meas Meul – KO (knee) – Round 1Jomary Torres def. April Osenio – KO (slam) – Round 1 (0:40)Rajinder Singh Meena def. Zhang Ze Hao – submission (guillotine) – Round 1 (0:42)Adrian Matheis def. Eddey Kalai – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:15) Philippines’ Geje Eustaquio celebrates after defeating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov to claim the Interim Flyweight World Championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonGeje Eustaquio gained a measure of revenge as he claimed the ONE Interim Flyweight Championship and outclassed Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Team Lakay stalwart made sure that the result was definitive this time, winning via unanimous decision to avenge his past defeat to the Kazakh.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “This belt is not mine. It’s ours,” he proudly exclaimed as he shared his triumph with the adoring Filipino fans.Learning from his mistakes in Jakarta, Eustaquio entered the cage with a purpose as he attempted to ground Akhmetov and nearly got him with a kneebar in the first round.It was a complete opposite in the succeeding rounds as the fighters stayed upright and banked on their striking abilities in hopes of sending each other to the ground.The 28-year-old Filipino, however, showed poise as he wiggled his way out of danger and survived the former champion’s flurry late in the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With the win, Eustaquio improved to 10-6 and now has his sights set on unifying the ONE Flyweight titles against Adriano Moraes.“Give me one more try, Adriano. I hope I give you a better fight!,” he said.Akhmetov suffered only his second defeat to fall to 24-2.Results:Main Card:Geje Eustaquio def. Kairat Akhmetov – Unanimous DecisionJoshua Pacio def. Lan Ming Qiang – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:01)Rafael Nunes def. Eric Kelly – submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2 (1:31)Sam-A Gaiyanghadao def. Joseph Lasiri – TKO (strikes) – Round 2 (2:30)Ma Hao Bin def. Sotir Kichukov – Unanimous Decision Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pacio chokes out Lan in ONE Manila co-main event ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ICC World T20 Qualifiers: Zimbabwe knock Scotland out of the tournament

first_imgZimbabwe beat Scotland by 11 runs after a brisk half century by Sean Williams and a four-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza in the first round Group B match at the World Twenty20 on Thursday.Williams hit 53 off 36 balls as Zimbabwe made 147-7. Masakadza then took 4-28 as Scotland was bowled out for 136 in 19.4 overs, Richie Berrington top scoring with 36.It means Scotland exit the tournament early as in its two previous appearances in 2007 and 2009, the team still winless after three World Twenty20 tournaments.Hong Kong, which is Scotland’s opponent in the final match on Saturday, won the toss and opted to bat first against Afghanistan in the second Group B match.Zimbabwe, which defeated Hong Kong by 14 runs in its first game, stayed on course for the next stage with their second straight victory and will meet Afghanistan in the last group match on Saturday.”We have been playing well and the guys are gelling well,” said Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza. “The boys are believing a bit more, and that’s paying off.”After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Zimbabwe ran into trouble at 67-4 in the 11th over before Williams rebuilt the innings, hitting six boundaries.Hamilton Masakadza was run out for the second successive time in a mid-pitch collision with opening batsman Vusi Sibanda, who resumed his innings after getting a bandage on his injured chin.Scotland hit back late in the Zimbabwe innings when Williams holed out at square leg in the 17th over off Safyaan Sharif’s full toss with the score on 128 as Zimbabwe could add only 19 off the last 18 deliveries.advertisementHowever, Wellington Masakadza and Tendai Chatara took two wickets each inside the first four overs to reduce Scotland to 20-4 before Berrington added 51 runs with captain Preston Mommsen (31) to narrow the margin of defeat.”It was a difficult start,” Mommsen said. “We got to a better position to have a crack and it would have been different had we got that partnership going further.”last_img read more


first_imgBJP nominee Gopal Narayan Singh for Rajya Sabha andBJP nominee Gopal Narayan Singh for Rajya Sabha and Arjun Sahni for Legislative Council are likely to file their nomination papers tomorrow.Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey yesterday had announced that the party would field its second candidate for Legislative Council polls.If both RJD and BJP field third and second candidates respectively, as they have announced, for the seven-seat Council polls, then the contest will become inevitable for the upper house of the state.Polling, if necessary, will be held for seven Council seats on June 10 from 9 AM to 4p PM. Polling for Rajya Sabha election, if necessary, will be held on June 11 and counting of votes will be at 5 PM on the same day.All five Rajya Sabha MPs from Bihar – K C Tyagi, Pavan Kumar Varma, Gulam Rasool, Ramchandra Prasad Singh and Sharad Yadav – are from JD(U) and are set to retire in July.Members of the Legislative Council who will retire on July 21, 2016 are Uday Kant Choudhary, Kiran Ghai Sinha, Rudal Rai, Vijay Kumar Verma and Harendra Pratap Pandey while two seats fell vacant due to resignation of Bhola Yadav and Manzar Alam. PTI AR CR RTlast_img read more