Stakes win for Bridgmohan

first_imgNEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan made virtually all the running aboard favourite Cash Control to capture the US$60,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds here last Saturday.Cash Control grabbed the lead outside the five-eighths pole after fighting Bridgmohan made her running along the rails before easily fending off her challengers in the stretch to reach the wire 2-1/2 lengths clear in a time of one minute, 43.07 seconds. The victory was her third straight but first added money score.Bridgmohan said he realised the four-year-old bay filly wanted the lead from the break and he complied.”She was very determined wanting to go, so I dropped my hands and let her do her thing,” he said.Bridgmohan narrowly missed out on another stakes triumph when he finished second by a nose aboard favourite Twirling Cinnamon as 5-1 chance Taylors Angiel won the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes.last_img read more

Giants call up shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon, report says

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The Giants are calling up a highly-touted prospect as they try to stay in the hunt for the National League’s second Wild Card spot.Infielder Mauricio Dubon, acquired at the trade deadline in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black, is set to join the Giants according to Brewers reporter Robert Murray.“When the (trade) rumors came out, I was excited,” Dubon told The Bay Area News Group on Monday in West …last_img read more

Design of aircraft is rarely a crash factor

first_imgLoss of control in-flight and runway overruns, typically in bad weather –not aircraft design – continue to be the biggest factors in air crashes in the first six months of 2013.While last year was the safest year ever for flying according to the International Air Transport Association with only 15 fatal airline accidents with 414 fatalities the aviation industry is working on programs to reduce the rate further.*But this year –so far – is even safer with only 6 major accidents with 46 fatalities for airlines and charter operators.Commenting on the figures airlineratings.com Editor Geoffrey Thomas said that where once aircraft design was a factor this is rarely the case today.“This safety report builds on our ‘Best and worst crash rates’ feature published on June 18, 2013,” said Mr Thomas.“Relating to that report it is important to clarify that an aircraft’s crash rate has almost nothing to do with the design or quality of the aircraft.”“Intending passengers should look more at the operator’s safety rating and then how and where they operate the aircraft – not necessarily the aircraft itself,” said Mr Thomas “Take aircraft such as the twin-engine LET410 and Twin Otter turboprop which have been involved in some accidents over recent years but none were related to the design of the aircraft. In fact the L410 has not been involved in any incidents or accidents this year,” said Mr Thomas.“In fact the latest models the rugged LET410 UVP-E20 and L420, being in production since 1990 have an excellent safety record and have been certified by many authorities including those in Australia, the US and Europe.“These aircraft [LET410] have made a name for themselves on the continent of Africa with their remarkable “hot and high” performance, excellent Short Take-off and Landing capabilities, durable structure and their ability to operate under extreme climatic conditions,” said Mr. Thomas.“Crash rates for aircraft must be treated with extreme caution as aircraft such as the LET410 and Twin Otter operate where most aircraft cannot and provide critical lifelines to communities in rugged mountainous regions and jungles almost always onto grass or gravel runways.”It is also important to look carefully at the model of the aircraft. For instance the airline industry differentiates when major upgrades occur such as with the 737 and DC-9 designs that date to the 1960s.Early models of the Boeing 737 and DC-9 have a higher crash rates than later versions which have had extensive systems upgrades as technology improves and industry wide safety lessons are learnt.According to Boeing data the earliest 737 series has a crash rate of .88 per one million departures, while the next series upgraded models have a rate of .26, while the latest series the 737NG has a rate of just .15.“It is the same with the LET410 series,” said Mr Thomas“The latest models are not to be compared with earlier versions from the 1970s and the manufacturer Czech based Aircraft Industries is now developing the new LET410NG which features a glass cockpit and General Electric H80 engines.*IATA’s data is based on twin-engine turbine aircraft above 5,700kg for turboprops and 15,000kg for jets. Airlineratings.com adopts the same standards.last_img read more

Zuma to discuss fees impasse with university students and management

first_img“Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion,” said South African President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)South African President Jacob Zuma is set to meet university management and student leaders on Friday 23 October to discuss the countrywide stalemate over fee increases.The meeting will be held with university vice-chancellors, chairpersons of councils and student leaders at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, with a view to finding a solution to the impasse.This will be Zuma’s second meeting with university management this month. His consultation with vice-chancellors and council chairs on 6 October resolved to set up a task team to explore solutions to short-term student funding challenges.Zuma said the government fully understands the pressure and difficulties confronting students from poor and working class households.“It is important that we work together to find solutions,” he said. “Nobody disagrees with the message that students from poor households are facing financial difficulties and possible exclusion.“Even in the January 8 statement of the governing party this year, we stated that the escalating cost of university education had become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child. All parties should allow space for this matter to be discussed in a manner that will enable us to find a solution.”In a statement released today, the South African government reiterated its commitment to funding for both basic and higher education, and to overcoming funding shortfalls.“Since 1994 government has prioritised education,” the statement reads. “This has translated into substantial funding for both basic and higher education. But given the legacy of the past there is a funding shortfall in higher education.“The current student protests over higher fees which began at Wits University and have since migrated to other campuses are of serious concern to government. The issues raised by the students are legitimate and government is sympathetic to their cause and are in line with our own priorities of ensuring quality and affordable education.“Government is committed to working with student leadership, university management and unions to find a solution to the current impasse and is working towards a long term solution to student funding in South Africa.”last_img read more

On the road to WEF

first_imgBrand South Africa will be in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum meeting of world leaders. It will be in Switzerland to tell the story of the country’s achievements in the past 20 years of democracy, and to speak about the way forward. Representatives from Brand South Africa will be attending the 44th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland this year.They’ll be taking the message that South Africa has achieved much in the 20 years since the advent of democracy. The country is a competitive nation on the continent, and globally – it is open for business and now is the time to invest.About WEFThis high-level meeting takes place from 22 to 25 January, with some 2 500 participants, including over 40 presidents and prime ministers. Central to the WEF agenda is finding ways to improve the quality of life for all, globally, involving leaders across the board – from politics to business to social activists.Under the spotlight are the ripple effects of evolving and changing social, economic, political and technological forces across the globe. With a growing need to focus on proactive strategies, rather than reacting to and managing crises, the theme for the 2014 WEF meeting is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”.On the agenda are issues of providing sustainable resources to deal with population growth; finding innovative ways to close an ever-widening gap of economic inequality between the haves and have-nots; looking at ways to embrace and utilise the rapidly changing technological environment; and boosting confidence in government and business leadership through strengthening accountability and transparency.Among those taking part are the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon; the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim; the director-general of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo; the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; and the chair of the G20, Tony Abbot.Team South Africa at WEFWhile South Africa has achieved much since the advent of democracy in 1994, the country is continually striving to improve. It has several far-reaching strategies:It has foresight in its Vision 2030;It is boosting competitiveness;It is growing the economy and playing a strong role globally through Brics;It is ensuring an innovative approach to science and technology; and,It is forging partnerships in support of an integrated Africa.last_img read more

Your “Real” Friends are Your Online Friends (or so Says Gen Y)

first_imgIs it easier to talk to your online buddies than your friends out there in the “real world?” Do you feel like you know more about what’s happening in the lives of your Facebook and MySpace friends than with those who don’t have accounts or don’t bother to update them? According to a recent UK MySpace study of over 16,000 social network users, these sorts of feelings are common among today’s younger generation. The study revealed that a good portion of this group admits to feeling more comfortable sharing and communicating with friends online than they do when logged out of cyberspace. Online: Sharing is Easier, Friends Know You BetterThe MySpace study asked social networking users between the ages of 14 and 21 (aka “Generation Y”) questions about their interactions both on social networks and in their real life, too. Some 36% of the respondents said they found it easier to talk about themselves online than in the real world, leading them to share more about themselves using technology. This group also felt that their online friends knew more about them, and so, in a sense, were closer than offline friends because they all knew what was going on in each other’s lives. Outside of the social networking sites, the survey respondents overwhelmingly felt ill-at-ease in social groups. A whopping 72% said they felt “left out” and didn’t think they fit into any particular group. More than four-fifths (82%) said they moved between four or more different groups of friends in an effort to find acceptance. It’s not entirely surprising that the younger generation feels this way. The teen years (and young adulthood to some extent) are a time when kids start exploring and experimenting with many different aspects of their personalities as they attempt to solidify who they are and who they will become as adults. What’s interesting, though, is how social networking is having an impact on this traditional coming-of-age process. Instead of simply feeling disjointed, confused, and lonely, today’s younger generation has an outlet for connecting with their peers which previous generations did not: the internet. Says Rebekah Horne, MySpace Europe managing director, the study provides insight into how this generation is “using online as a way to explore and settle into their burgeoning identities.”But at what cost? Will the younger generations remain awkward and shy in the real world as they age, only finding comfort in their interactions that occur online? Or does having an outlet for their feelings simply lessen the blow delivered by the otherwise often harsh process that is growing up? In many ways, easy access to technology can be seen as both a blessing and a curse for this young group of digital natives. These days, you’ll often encounter teens having text message conversations or posting status updates while ignoring the very friends they’re present with in the real world. Behavior like this could certainly send a message to the others that they are second priority to whomever else has engaged their friend’s attention. That could easily lead to feelings of being “left out” as reported in this study. And yet, at the same time, it’s this very technology that’s allowing the teens and young adults to feel like they have friends who know them and care about them.The issue is balancing that online life with the one out in the real world. The question as to whether this sort of behavior is healthy is one best left to psychologists to analyze and report, but there’s no doubt that at the very least, it is having an impact. Image credit: flickr user Paulo Fehlauer Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#NYT#social networks#Trends#web sarah perezlast_img read more

Internship to connect students with govt. schemes

first_imgA unique internship programme of the duration of three to six months will connect 45 selected students with the government’s schemes in different sectors in Rajasthan, enabling them to study their implementation, assess the impact on the public and suggest measures for improvement to accomplish the objectives.The State government’s Science & Technology Department has initiated the process to select the interns from among over 100 students who have applied for the programme. The duration will be counted as an experience of working with the government and treated as an additional qualification.S&T Secretary Mugdha Sinha, who along with a panel of experts interviewed the students here earlier this week, said the interns would work on the projects related to biotechnology, startups, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, climate change, nanotechnology, intellectual property rights and internet in order to review the execution of schemes.Ms. Sinha said the internship would enable the students to understand the government’s vision and functioning, besides improving their job prospects. “Interns may choose to become entrepreneurs after getting an exposure to the process of resource mobilisation and data analysis. Their reports will also give a feedback on various schemes and help in policy formulation.”The students who have shown willingness to join the internship programme are from different institutions in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota and other districts. Raksha Kukkad of M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur, said the internship would support them for developing innovations. Law student Ribeka Chaudhary of Rajasthan University, Jaipur, said the interns would find the scope for protection of rights of rural workers engaged in self-employment by utilising the local resources.last_img read more