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Pinelope to atone

first_imgMidweek racing continues at Caymanas Park today with a nine-race programme featuring a knotty open allowance race over 1200 metres to be contested by eight starters, including the recent winners GARY GLITTER and BLUE DIXIE.Also on the card is the annual renewal of the $350,000-$300,000 claiming race over 1100 metres for the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup in which 11 will face the starter. Top contenders are the down in class pair of DIFERENTGENERATION and FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, along with SHADE OF BEAUTY.But the race of the day is definitely the three-year-old and up open-allowance sprint which not only features GARY GLITTER and BLUE DIXIE, but the talented filly PINELOPE, DREAMCOMETRUE, POLLY B, PROLIFIC PRINCESS and SIR BUDGET.Speed is strongly represented by POLLY B and SIR BUDGET, both of whom will ensure a cracking pace into the straight. Others expected to race prominently are GARY GLITTER, PINELOPE and PROLIFIC PRINCESS.TOO SHARPI suspect that the speed of SIR BUDGET and POLLY B should set up the race for the likes of GARY GLITTER, PINELOPE or BLUE DIXIE, who though scoring over a mile in the Alex Hamilton Trophy on January 28, beating the then favourite PINELOPE into third place, will not find the trip too sharp.The Dalton Sirjue-trained four-year-old colt GARY GLITTER has progressed along the right lines in recent months and was most impressive when scoring over this trip in overnight company recently. He could well start favourite on the strength of that performance and could win again. Strictly at the weights, however, the Patrick Fong-trained PINELOPE looks tempting with a mere 48.5kg and in-form apprentice Dane Dawkins in the saddle.Backed as if defeat was out of the question when finishing 21/2 lengths third to BLUE DIXIE over a mile on last, PINELOPE chased the leader SIR BUDGET, and although taking over on entering the straight, gave way to BLUE DIXIE on the rails a furlong out, but enjoys a 8.5kg swing with her old rival today and should stave off GARY GLITTER, who is allowing her 5.5kg.Other firm fancies on the card are MONEY MAGNET in the first race for three-year-olds, PROUD PRESIDENT (Dane Nelson up) ahead of BOUNCE in the sixth, along with the Steven Todd-trained DIFERENTGENERATION in the eighth and SURE STEP in the closing four-year-old and up maiden race over the straight, both with Nelson aboard.last_img read more

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‘Parker Forged Signatures on US$800K Contracts’

first_imgYesterday Blamo Koffa, the chief investigator of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), told a crowded courtroom that the former National Port Authority (NPA) managing director, Matilda Parker, allegedly forged signatures on contract documents she submitted during investigations about the disappearance of over US$837,957 at the National Port Authority.Mr. Koffa, who testified as the prosecution’s first witness at Criminal Court ‘C,’ further alleged that the act was uncovered during an investigation they held with people whose signatures appeared on documents, making reference to one Tom Kazulu, an employee of West Africa Dive Association (WADA).Parker, together with her comptroller, Madam Christiana Kpabar Paelay, are accused of duping the NPA of US$837,957 by awarding two contracts, one to remove wrecks from the Greenville Port in Sinoe County, and the other was to provide security consultancy.The prosecution claimed that the contract awarded to Mr. Deneah M. Flomo and his Demar Enterprise did not do the job.The defendants have meanwhile denied the allegation of wrongdoing, arguing that the company performed the work for which it was paid the amount of US$837,957.According to Kofa, the dismissed NPA manager allegedly presented a document which contained Kazulu’s signature, which claimed that, “Kazulu had completed his diving contract to verify whether or not Demar Enterprise actually took away ships or vessels left in the water at Greenville Port, in Sinoe County.”“Surprisingly, when our investigating team contacted Mr. Kazulu, he told us that he has never been hired by defendant Parker to perform said contract, and it was not his signature on the diving reports,” Koffa quoted Kazulu.“I never did any diving work at the Greenville Port to establish as to whether Demar Enterprise did the wrecking job for which it was contracted,” the LACC chief investigator quoted the investigation report allegedly held with Kazulu.Koffa also quoted Kazulu as saying, ‘‘I’m not educated and so how could I write such volumes of report.”Koffa said when his team also contacted the management of WADA, the institution allegedly said they have been working with the NPA for over 20 years, claiming that “all of our agreements have been done through the management, and not an individual, as the diving report showed.”The LACC chief investigator testified that information “reached my office alleging that there was a massive corruption at the Free Port of Monrovia.”He said after receiving the information they invited defendant Parker and her comptroller, Paelay, to submit contract documents bearing the signature of Tom Kazulu.According to the state witness, during the investigation they also discovered that defendant Parker did not follow the bidding process of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) that is responsible to certificate companies involved in ship or vessel wrecking in the country.“We contacted those institutions and they claimed that they do not have any knowledge about the NPA awarding contract to and the existence of Demar Enterprise,” he said.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Video: The Hazard goal Chelsea fans will not have seen

first_imgThorgan Hazard scored for German club Borussia Monchengladbach as the Bundesliga’s high flyers eased past Frankfurt in the German Cup.Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea ace Eden, is on loan at Monchengladbach – who he joined from the Blues at the start of the season – and he has certainly had an impact, helping Borussia up to second in the league table.For the past two years he has been at Belgian club Zulte Waregem on loan as he waits for his chance in the Chelsea first team.The 21-year-old has one cap for Belgium.last_img

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Wenger admits Alexis-Mkhitaryan swap is on

first_img0Shares0000Sanchez has long been linked with a move away from the Gunners, and was thought to be close to signing for Manchester City, only for negotiations between them and his agent to break down, leaving United as favourites to land the Chilean, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United could be set to swap sides after Arsene Wenger conceded that such a deal is “likely to happen”.Sanchez has long been linked with a move away from the Gunners, and was thought to be close to signing for Manchester City, only for negotiations between them and his agent to break down, leaving United as favourites to land the Chilean, whose contract runs out at the end of the season. Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, has been limited to just 15 Premier League appearances and one goal this season, making him surplus to requirement at Old Trafford and looking for a way out, making a swap deal a win-win solution.“I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen but any moment things can break down,” Wenger said.“That’s how the transfer market is so as long as it’s not over the line you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kinds of things are never guaranteed.“My understanding is yes (Mkhitaryan will be involved in the Sanchez deal). The wages would not be a problem. If it’s a possibility it’s because I like the player.“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund so he’s certainly appreciated the quality of our games and the way we play football so that’s why certainly he loves the club.“This would be an exchange of players and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Microchips may cause human cancer, critics say, citing animal tests

first_imgTo date, about 2,000 radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips have been implanted in humans worldwide, according to VeriChip Corp. The company, which sees a target market of 45 million Americans for its medical monitoring chips, insists the devices are safe. “We stand by our implantable products which have been approved by the FDA and/or other U.S. regulatory authorities,” said Scott Silverman, chairman and chief executive officer of the Delray Beach, Fla., company. Management was “not aware of any studies that have resulted in malignant tumors” in laboratory animals, but he added that millions of pets have been implanted with microchips without reports of significant problems. The FDA also stands by its approval of the technology, but declined repeated AP requests to specify what studies it reviewed before approving the implants. The agency is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, which, at the time of VeriChip’s approval, was headed by Tommy Thompson. Two weeks after the device’s approval took effect on Jan. 10, 2005, Thompson left his Cabinet post, and by July was a board member of VeriChip Corp. and its parent company, Applied Digital Solutions. He was compensated in cash and stock options. Thompson, until recently a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, says he had no personal relationship with the company as the VeriChip was being evaluated, and played no role in FDA’s approval. Also making no mention of the findings on animal tumors was a June report by the ethics committee of the American Medical Association, which touted the benefits of implantable RFID devices. Had committee members reviewed, or even been aware of, the literature on cancer in chipped animals? No, said Dr. Steven Stack, an AMA board member. Dr. Cheryl London, a veterinarian oncologist at Ohio State University, noted it’s easier to cause cancer in mice than people. “So it may be that what you’re seeing in mice represents an exaggerated phenomenon of what may occur in people.” Tens of thousands of dogs have been chipped, she said, and veterinary pathologists haven’t reported outbreaks of related sarcomas. (Published reports detailing malignant tumors in two chipped dogs turned up in AP’s four-month examination of research on chips and health. In one dog, the researchers said cancer appeared linked to the presence of the embedded chip; in the other, the cancer’s cause was uncertain.) Nonetheless, London saw a need for a 20-year study of chipped canines.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients’ medical records almost instantly. The FDA found “reasonable assurance” the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005’s top “innovative technologies.” But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats. “The transponders were the cause of the tumors,” said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining the findings of a 1996 study he led. Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people. last_img read more

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Swansea star undergoes surgery and will not play again this season

first_imgSwansea winger Wayne Routledge will not play again until next season after undergoing ankle surgery.The 30-year-old, who was absent from the team which won 3-2 at Newcastle on Saturday, went under the knife to solve a long-term injury problem.He will now be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, missing his side’s last four fixtures against Stoke, Arsenal, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.Routledge, who signed a contract extension in September, is expected to be fully fit for the start of next season.Swansea have recalled Gambian winger Modou Barrow from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest with Routledge sidelined and Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero also picking up a thigh injury at Newcastle.“We are down to the bare bones,” Monk said after beating Newcastle took Swansea to the 50-point mark for the first time in their Premier League history. Wayne Routledge 1last_img read more

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INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: CLUB NOTES

first_imgNEWS FROM AROUND THE CLUBS IN INISHOWENCuldaff FC Football NewsBoth teams had wins last week with the first team defeating Illies four two with Eugene McLaughlin(2), Derek Doherty & Dermot Diver scoring.The reserves also came from behind to defeat Se Rovers three two with goals from Michael Mclaughlin, Terence McLaughlin and Martin McGrenaghan This week the first team have no game with the reserves away to Glengad United Res.Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday nights at Caratra at 7.30pm.Weekly LottoNumbers drawn in last weeks lotto draw were 4-5-6-11-12-15 and there was no winner of the jackpot which now stands at € 6,800. Twenty euro winners were Charlie Barr Culdaff,Michael Lynch Culdaff and Mary Ruddy Oldtown Culdaff. This weeks sellers are Martin McGrenaghan & Niall GordonCharity Match Due to the poor weather over the weekend the over 35 game was cancelled but wil be rescheduled shortly.Golden GoalThe winning ticket for the Man Utd /Liverpool game is ticket number 19. To claim the prize the winner must present the ticket to Brendan Lafferty.Carn FCGood As New Carn FC would like to thank everyone who assisted in any way while the Good as New shop was open before Christmas. We would like to thank all those who gave up their time to work in the shop, there are too many to mention individually. Thanks also to all those who donated items of any kind.The shop proved to be big success and the monies raised will be going toward running the underage side of the club which has almost 300 children registered.Finally a HUGE Thank You to Ailbhe Hickey who put in a serious amount of time finding volunteers for each day, working in the shop herself, looking after the money, re-stocking and discarding tat and all the other jobs that take up so much time.Astro-Turf Anyone who is looking to start 2013 by getting into shape with some exercise can avail of the Carndonagh FC Astro Turf facilities and book an hour an evening a week. Bookings can be made on a 6 week or 12 week slot. Bookings can be made by contacting any member of the Carndonagh FC committee or by going to St Patricks Park any weekday evening from 6-10pm.Carndonagh FC Lotto Bonus BallLines can be bought during the week in The Sportsman’s and The Arch Inn. For €2 per line players get the chance to win €50 if they correctly choose the lotto bonus ball. Thanks to everyone who is supporting this fundraiser.Fixtures, Results, NotesAnyone who would like to include Senior or underage fixtures, results or notes in either the Carn FC local press notes or the Carn FC facebook page please send the information to carndonaghfc@yahoo.comIllies CelticSenior and reserve training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings all players must attendIllies celtic played away to culdaff and lost 4-2 with niall mc daid and stephen mc hugh scoring.Next match is away to cockhill next sundayThe reserves match was cancelled next match away to cockhill colts .Golden goals resumes next week.The clubs annual registration night for all underage players is on Monday 21 st January from 7pm till 8.30 pm Committee meeting next meeting to be confirmedGleneely ColtsFootball news – The Colts will play a friendly against Finn Harps on Wednesday night at 7.30. All welcome.The Colts had no game at the weekend due to an unplayable pitch.Club merchandise – A range of club merchandise is available on order, anyone interested on buying club clothing please check the players noticeboard in the clubhouse or contact Daniel.All Players can check club information and events on Facebook ‘Gleneely Colts Fc’Club Lotto – No winner of last weeks lotto jackpot of €9,150. The numbers were 15, 17, 9 and 22.The five lucky winners of 20 euro were:Kylie & Oran Donaghy, GleneelySiobhan Harkin, Dristernan, GleneelyAnn Doherty, Letrim, GleneelySiobhan Donnelly, MoneydarraghRonan McLaughlin, Drumley, GleneelyThank you all for your continued support! Up-to-date result results on facebook and in local shop and pubs.Clonmany ShamrocksLotto numbers on 14/01/2013 were 13,14,18,22.There was no winner of our Jackpot of €2,250€20 prizes went to:Darren Gill,Gaddyduff;Blaine McCarron,Cleagh;Ann McGilloway,Roxtown.Our next week Lotto draw will take place in the Square Bar on Monday 21th January.The Jackpot will be €2,275.Thanks for your continued support.Tickets are available from McFeeley’s,The Square Bar,Centra,Top Filling Station,Ballyliffin & all club members.Our Bingo Sheet Jackpot on Friday 25th January will be €350 on 48 numbers or less,thanks for your support.Results:Sunday 20th January 2013;F.A.I. Junior Cup 6th Round:Clonmany Shamrocks 2-3 Collinstown FCReserve Premier Div:Cockhill Res.v Clonmany Res.(Postponed)Fixtures:Sunday 27th January 2013;Ulster Junior Cup:Clonmany Shamrocks v Curragh Athletic @ 1.30pm.Reserve Premier Division:Clonmany Res. v Sea Rovers @ 11am.The club has a range of merchandise on sale,including replica shirts,rainjackets,hoodies,sportsbags,t-shirts & tracksuits.For prices,or to place an order,contact Neil on 0872617290 or e-mail clonmanyshamrocks@vodafone.ieMoville CelticAll under age training is now set up for the incoming season, Monday night football for the under 10 is for participation for all, under 12 girls Tuesday 4 – 5.30, under 12 mixed Wednesday 5 – 630, under 14 boys Thursday 5- 6.15, under 14 girls Thursday 6.15 – 7,15, goal keeping 4 – 5.30 Friday and under 16 boys 5 – 6.30. Rule of thumb if you the same age as the competition u r to old for that age (under 12 can’t be 12 that year of playing)The club lotto is sold door to door and by club players on a Saturday night, thanks u for your support.Anyone that can help out with club activities please contact any club member.All coaches are reminded that the first aid training is on Tuesday at 6.30All training and games at home must be reported to Joe.Follow us on facebookGreencastle FCThere was no jackpot winner in this week’s ‘Guess The Score’.Sinead Lake won €30 for two correct scores. The scores were 3-1, 2-0, 5-0, 1-2. Next week’s jackpot is €2,150. The club would like to thank all the people who contribute weekly to the ‘Guess The Score’. It has been the main fundraiser for the club since the move to Chapel Lane.The Reserves match away to Illies was postponed. The First team travelled to Rasheeny and went down 2-0.First and Reserve team training continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7:15pm. Training for U10s in the Astro Turf on Saturdays from 11:45 to 12:45.The Inishowen Ladies AGM takes place in McClures Bar on Thursday 24th at 9pm sharp.The Monthly Quiz takes place in the Sean Ti Lounge on Friday 25th at 9:30pm sharp. All Welcome.There is a new selection of Umbro club merchandise now available on Sport4Real.com, Click ‘Your Team’ on the left hand side and you will see Greencastle FC.The two Astro Turf pitches are now available for booking any inquiries, contact Duncan on 0863418289.Redcastle UnitedThe first team lost 4-0 at home to Glengad, The reserves won 2-1 in Moville Mervyn Gourley and Greg Breslin scored.Under 16 futsul training is on friday nights in Moville with the reserves. Indoor football for under age continues on Friday nights in the Community Centre,First Class/Second Class,530 to 630 . Third class/fourth class 645 to 745, 2 euro per child. Indoor for 1st years at community school and 6th class continues on Monday nights ,from 730 to 9,Fee 2 euro. U12 training for winter league team, continues on Monday nights @7.30 at all weather pitch at the community centre ,quigleys point. Players should wear tracksuit bottoms and wrap up well, There is a table quiz in Mc Gowans bar on Friday the 8th of February @ 10pm Sharp, 5 euro per person teams of four.QPSLooking for a venue to host your parties or meetings, well why not keep QPS in mind. There are two rooms and kitchen facilities available within our clubhouse and full Astro turf facilities available. All of these facilities are available for under 14 birthday parties simply contact (0044) 07517660650 for further information. The Ladies only football session taking place every Friday night has completed for the Christmas holidays. We will be starting up again come January and hope to see all he old and maybe some new faces there on our return. Please feel free to join in, contact Maria or join our Facebook page for further information.Aerobic and Circuit Fitness classes will finish up on Wednesday 12th. These classes will resume on the Wednesday January 9th. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome. Classes are adjusted to cater for your level, so come along a join in at any time. Stay tuned for further information.The Fun Football would like to thank everyone who supported them at their stall at Thursday’s light switch on. Your support would be greatly appreciated. The fun football kids had a bit of a Christmas breakup and had fun and received some small gifts. Fun football practice will resume next year. If you’re interested in having your child attend or volunteering please feel free to contact the committee. All under 5’s should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost of the one hour session is €2 per child of €5 per family. This is a great way for your kids to take part in team sports and meet new friends. All coaches have achieved a minimum of kick start coaching badges through the club.Can we please continue to remind everyone, and especially so during this bad weather, that it is imperative, where possible, to stay off the pitch. This is to help ensure we have the best possible playing surface available in 2013 for matches. Thank you for your co-operation.Club gear is available for purchase for both members and non members. Prices vary depending on size. Please contact committee members Catherine McCarron or Annemarie McIntyre for further information. Could all those people with outstanding monies please ensure it is paid to the ladies at your earliest convenience.Glengad UnitedLotto results for 16/1/13 numbers drawn were 11;14,16,21. No jackpot winner €50 winner was Sarah Lafferty Bunn Glengad. The jackpot now stands at €2000. As always the club would like to thank the community for it’s continued support.Glengad United recorded an excellent 4-0 victory away to Redcastle last Sunday . This result keep them in contention for the league title. Scorers on the day were John Gerard Crua (2) Patrick Mc Dermott (1) and Terence Doherty (1). This Sunday sees Glengad travel to Kilmacrenan in the Ulster Cup kickoff @ 1.30pm.Glengad ReservesGlengad Reserves were beaten 3-1 by Aileach this game was switched due to too much snow on the pitch at the crua. Goalscorer on the day was Gary Kelly.Inishowen League NotesDelegate MeetingThe next delegate meeting will be held in Maginn Park on Thursday 7th February commencing at 8pm.All clubs are asked to be present.Astro Turf BookingsAstro Turf bookings are available by phoning 086 -2106878 or by calling to the pavilion Monday – Friday between 7pm and 9pm.INISHOWEN FOOTBALL: CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CarndonaghclonmanyculdaffGreencastleilliesINISHOWEN FOOTBALL: CLUB NOTESmovilleqpsredcastlelast_img read more

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Success for SA cyclists at UWCT Final

first_img27 August 2012Former South African and African Elite road cycling champion Lynette Burger bookended her racing career with two world championship titles at the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Pietermaritzburg on the weekend. She was one of four South Africans to be crowned world champion.With South Africa hosting the World Championships, Burger, who had retired from professional racing at the end of 2011, decided to enter the 30-34 year age category. It proved to be a great decision.The 31-year-old Boksburg resident secured gold medals in both the individual time trial and the road race in what she describes as the highlight of her racing career.“I wore the stripes of national champion and African champion as a professional racer, but to wear the rainbow stripes of world champion is simply the best accomplishment for me,” beamed Burger.Unable to hold back the tears, she also explained that she had been riding for her late grandfather who died in the past year. “He was my greatest fan and greatest supporter,” said Burger. “It really felt like he was with me all the way today. This is the greatest moment of my career.”Scenes of jubilationThere were scenes of jubilation at the medal ceremonies as South Africa celebrated four new world champions, topping the results in the 61km and 96 road races with gold medals for Pauline Cound (women 50-54), Anette Loubscher (women 40-44), Burger (women 30-34) and a late 50th birthday present for Gary Beneke (men 50-54).“It is absolutely fantastic to have won. It is something I have always aspired to,” said Beneke. “I can now imagine how the guys feel at the Olympics.”The women’s race was complex as the splintered group that raced into Wartburg included riders from three different classes and four nationalities. However, aggressive riding at the turn at Wartburg saw Burger and van Houweling take charge of the front of the race, and they raced away to the finish together.“She (Burger) was too strong for me in the end sprint and I think she is the better climber,” said the Californian, who was delighted to be the new world champion in her age group. “In the last two miles I was cramping so badly. Thank goodness the race wasn’t any longer!”BrutalWith racing more than hot enough to match the 40-degree plus temperatures out on the road, the battles for the rainbow jerseys were brutal, none more so that the riveting tactical battle in the men’s 45-49 age group where local icon Andrew McLean was pipped at the post by the wily French rider Gregoire Balland.It was bitter pill for McLean to swallow as he had been narrowly beaten to the rainbow jersey in Thursday’s time trial. “It was tough out there, but in the sprint he had the legs and I couldn’t get rid of him,’ he said.Italian rider Daniella Passalacqua was the star of the morning’s 61km race that started in Wartburg and wound back into the city, winning the UCI rainbow jersey in her 45-49 year age group as she posted the fastest time of the morning.While Passalacqua won comfortably in her age group, the women’s 50-54 age group saw a ding-dong duel between local rider Pauline Cound and Norwegian Sissel Vien, with the pair trading the lead throughout until Cound found that little bit extra in the final few kilometres to prevail over Vien.Similarly American master Ann Marie Miller won her first world title after managing to outsprint the gutsy Dutch woman Marti Valks in the closing stages of their 55-59 year age group race.The men’s 65+ age group produced similarly ferocious racing with tough Belgian rider Herman van der Borre leading for most of the latter stages of the race to edge out English rider Jimmy Young on the home straight.Italian successOn Sunday, the final day of racing, the Italian flag flew enthusiastically in the wind at Alexandra Park after the 112km road race brought down the curtain on the UCI World Cycling Tour Final as two of the three world titles on offer went to Italians.D’Andrea Allesandro won a thrilling three-way dice to the line to snatch the coveted UCI rainbow jersey away from local riders JC Jooste and Jaco Ferreira in the 30-34 year class, while his compatriot Gabriele Clementoni capped a tactically astute race with an imposing victory in the men’s 40-44 class.“Of course it is a great honour to have won,” said Allesandro. “Cycling is a hobby for me now. I used to be a pro, but now I have a full time job. But my whole season has been focussed on this and winning was my main goal.”“We are a little disappointed,” said JC Jooste. “At 35km to go, myself and Jaco Ferreira had a gap of two minutes and when one of the 16-29 youngsters bridged the gap the Italian had a lot of help closing in on us.”“To get two South Africans on the podium is great,” added Ferreira. “We obviously would have liked top spot but we are still very happy.”Dramatic crashThe day will also be remembered for the dramatic crash 50 metres from the line by Slovenian rider Igor Kopše who had dominated the 35-39 year class to the extent that he was able to enter the home straight alone, and he started to celebrate as he entered the straight.The move proved costly because as Kopše threw his arms aloft and punched the air he lost control of his bike and crashed hard into the tarmac.As he got up, he glanced back to see where second placed Jone Ellinsen was and tried to remount his bike, only to discover the he had smashed the gear off his back wheel in the crash, and he had no option but to pick up his bike and run to the line.“I probably tried to salute too much when I got it wrong, but none of that matters now because I am so happy to have won,” said Kopše.“I have been working for this the entire season trying to push the limit,” he said. “Yesterday my derailleur broke and we tried to repair it until 8pm last night. Just before we started, I had to put a new chain on and I was very nervous that it wouldn’t working properly.”“On the last descent there were three or four times when I nearly fell, but somehow I managed to survive and I attacked on the downhill. I am not a sprinter but I can push it when I need to and that gave me the gap over the others,” he explained.Second placed Ellinsen cottoned onto the dramatic developments too late as he too was coasting into the finish, and his late charge was not enough to keep a relieved Kopše from the rainbow jersey.16-29 age groupThe 16-29 year age group Challenger class produced breakneck racing in the cool overcast conditions until the sun burnt off the clouds, creating ideal conditions for very fast times.Belgian Simon Collard, 27, retained his title in the class, which is the only age group not eligible for Masters’ world champion rainbow jerseys as he crossed the line first in a four-way sprint finish with Allesandro, Jooste and Ferreira.“I am very happy to have defended my title,” said Collard afterwards. “Four of us got away and were coming in together and I wanted to win overall, and my sprint is good so I went with about 300 metres to go.”The event concluded with warm praise from the riders for the standard of organisation and the hospitality shown by the residents and fellow riders in Pietermaritzburg. It was the first time that the UWCT Final has been held outside of Europe.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Todd’s Take

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd HultmanDTN Lead AnalystMuch of last week in DTN’s newsroom was spent preparing for USDA’s reports on Friday. Ever since USDA closed the lockup room in Washington, D.C., last year, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report day has taken on an extra layer of anxiety as a whole village of staff plans and works behind the scenes to make sure we all hum in unison to get USDA’s new estimates out as quickly and accurately as possible.We’ve all seen hectic portrayals of newsrooms in the movies with people yelling and reporters running through the office to make deadlines. WASDE report day at DTN is actually much different. There is an eerie quiet when the clock strikes 11:00 a.m. Every second waiting for data to show up feels like a minute, and when the numbers do appear, a nervous chatter of cross-checking begins.Coming off of a five-week government shutdown, Friday had plenty of new estimates to examine, ranging from U.S. and South American crop estimates to Dec. 1 grain stocks to winter wheat seedings with numerous details in between. As DTN’s lead analyst with exactly one hour to prepare a public webinar, I was scrambling to highlight the most important findings and slap up the best charts I could get ready.Now in my 35th year of watching WASDE reports, I have to admit the process has not gotten any easier. In my role at DTN, I no longer trade markets, but the tight stomach never goes away and I am constantly wondering how USDA might surprise us this time. Both in my older days as a broker and trader and my more recent days as an analyst, there has always been a concern of having overlooked something.After Friday’s duties were done and I had a little time to reflect on what just happened, it seemed to me that the reports in general had been fairly tame. There was even some slightly bullish news. USDA reported record-high corn demand for the first quarter of 2018-19. World ending soybean stocks had also fallen more than expected, thanks to modest revisions from previous years.What I didn’t realize until later Friday evening were the surprises in Friday’s data, which many probably missed. It didn’t come from the WASDE report or the grain stocks report, or even winter wheat seedings. It came from USDA’s Oilseeds: World Markets and Trade, a less-talked-about publication that is full of helpful information (see it here: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/…).The February issue began with a bullish headline: “Smaller Supplies to Limit Brazil’s 2018-19 Soybean Exports.” Opening remarks explained how USDA expects Brazil’s soybean exports to drop from 84.2 million metric tons (mmt) in 2017-18 (the local season that just ended on Jan. 31, 2019) to 70.0 mmt, or 2.57 billion bushels (bb), in 2018-19.WASDE estimates, based on the U.S. crop year, don’t match with Brazil’s local season, but the thought that Brazil just exported 84.2 mmt of soybeans and USDA estimated China’s total import needs at 88.0 mmt is a bit breathtaking. A new-crop estimate of 70.0 mmt of exports offers some relief, but is still a lot of soybeans for the U.S. to compete against.Now for the interesting surprise: Under a section titled “Brazil and Argentina Soybean Stock Adjustments,” USDA explained how they had just gone back to 2000-01 and revised ending stocks estimates for the two countries. For Argentina’s latest marketing year, which will end on March 31, 2019, December’s ending stocks estimate of 16.85 mmt was roughly cut in half, to 8.44 mmt, or 310 mb.For Brazil’s latest marketing year, which ended on Jan. 31, 2019, December’s estimate of ending soybean stocks was raised from 775,000 metric tons (mt), or 28 million bushels (mb), to 1.15 mmt, or 123 mb — not a huge difference. However, looking back at prior years, USDA now says the local seasons from 2011-12 to 2016-17 had far higher ending stocks than previously estimated. Four of the years had ending stocks four times higher than originally estimated.As the report admits, “Determining realistic stock numbers for both Argentina and Brazil has been an issue for some time.” This reminded me of an email exchange I had with a USDA official in early 2016 (written about here: https://www.dtnpf.com/…).At the time, I asked the official if he could offer any insight as to how Brazil’s soybean prices could be so low at a time when USDA was estimating ending stocks at an “unbelievably low 17 mb for the current marketing year?”As I explained in the article, USDA was not willing to make a public comment, but the anonymous official offered some helpful possibilities, which included unreported production and unreported imports. He did not specifically mention Argentina, but it was not difficult to imagine Argentine farmers finding creative ways to get around punitive export taxes by crossing the border.Within four months, USDA revised 11 years of corn data for China, adding nearly 6 billion bushels to its count of ending stocks, and now has revised 18 years of South American ending soybean stocks, showing significant changes through the years.Understandably, some will cuss USDA for being off by so much all these years, and I understand the frustration. But as I see it, the real world is messy. You will not hear me bash USDA for attempting to make their estimates more accurate. I would also not want the unenviable task of trying to figure out how much grain is in any country, especially those that are politically closed or have reputations for political corruption.On a more practical note, however, our customers need to know that DTN’s Six Factor Market Strategies do not depend on USDA’s estimates of world grain inventories, and I would not recommend any producer bet the farm based on these numbers. Let these two recent examples remind us yet again why USDA’s world estimates should be taken lightly. We have other data and market clues that offer more help.After watching WASDE reports for so long, it’s no wonder why my stomach knots up on report day.Todd Hultman can be reached at Todd.Hultman@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ToddHultman(BE/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Netflix Adds 7.7 Million Subscribers in 2010 to Pass 20 Million

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Beyond subscriber growth, Netflix examines several areas of its business, such as DVD delivery, international expansion, consumer electronics and its streaming content plan. In terms of DVDs versus streaming content, the company writes that “streaming is much bigger for us than DVD, in hours of entertainment delivered, and streaming is growing much faster than DVD, our DVD shipment and content costs are still very material.” It makes sure to assure DVD subscribers, however, that “we intend to continue to offer great DVD-by-mail service for many years to come.” As for international expansion, it calls its results in Canada “excellent” and says that it expects to be “profitable on a run-rate basis in Q3 of this year.” It also says that, should Canada continue to perform well, it will expand into a second market by the second half of 2011. With continued success, Netflix will “invest aggressively in 2012 around the globe.”As for consumer electronic devices and streaming content, the letter mostly recaps on previous announcements – consumers will soon see integrated “Netflix” buttons on some devices and the company will continue to vie for first-run streaming content and complete television shows. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Netflix is announcing its Q4 2010 earnings (pdf) today and one of the big stories, as you might expect, is the company’s explosive growth. According to the letter the company issued to its shareholders, Netflix surpassed the 20 million subscriber mark in final hours of 2010, adding 7.7 million of those subscribers during 2010.In the letter, the company looks at this growth and explains how it will only help the company to continue to add compelling content and increase its business in the times ahead.According to the letter, subscriber growth in 2010 far outpaced its original prediction of 3.6 million. Part of this growth, it says, can be attributed to its newly-offered streaming-only plan, which accounts for more than a third of all new subscribers. Of the 7.7 million new subscribers in 2010, nearly 3.1 million arrived in the fourth quarter alone. As the letter explains, this sort of growth “means more money to license content with, which drives more subscriber growth.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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