first_imgFINISH LINES: Rebel Stakes winner Cupid worked four furlongs for Bob Baffert Thursday in 48.40, while Sorrento winner Pretty N Cool went the same distance for Baffert with Mike Smith up in 48 flat. Baffert trainee American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, went four furlongs in 48.60 in company with an unnamed stablemate whose dam is Fortunate Queen, also timed in 48.60 . . . Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge tournament winner Hesham Ragab and horse players Carlon Rogers and Rajiv Rishi will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively, 12:20 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Tomorrow, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States takes place at Santa Anita in the form of 626 Night Market. The growing entertainment tradition features merchandise vendors, games, food, music, and more. For more information, visit or Fernando Perez861110813%34%$421,488 IMPROVING BEACHMARCHAIS STEPS UP IN AFFIRMEDBeachmarchais steps up from a smashing 5 ½-length victory against $75,000 maiden claiming horses to Saturday’s Affirmed Stakes, but Simon Callaghan feels the Florida-bred son of Big Drama deserves the chance.“He’s simply getting better,” the trainer said. “Stretching out in distance for the first time last out (at a mile) he showed there’s more improvement to come. He needs to step up his game but I think he’s heading in the right direction.” SUNDAY RULES SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT AT SANTA ANITALeading trainer Phil D’Amato hopes to have a bang-up Fourth of July Monday with Sunday Rules when the five-year-old mare runs in the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap, one in the popular Golden State Series, this for fillies and mares, three and up, at six furlongs.Sunday Rules, a daughter of the late Tribal Rule owned and bred by Nick Alexander, won three straight including the California Cup Sprint on Jan. 30 before fading to ninth after setting the pace in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland last out on April 9.“She’s been training well; her last couple breezes were dynamite,” said D’Amato, who also could enter Sidepocket Sue in the Spring Fever. “We’re looking forward to running Sunday Rules back at Santa Anita (where she is unbeaten in five starts).”D’Amato is well on his way to his second straight Santa Anita training title and overall his second ever, with a 22-13 lead over runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer and only eight racing days remaining in the Spring Meet.“We’re running our horses through their conditions and they’re all firing,” he said. “We’re doing well.” The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.VISIT FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES. BAFFERT SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ IN AFFIRMEDDanzing Candy makes his first start for Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, and the Hall of Fame trainer is anxious to see what he’s got.“It will be interesting,” Baffert said between workers Thursday morning. “His last two races were sort of disasters. We taught him how to harness some of that speed. He’s got a good post and we should have options from there (No. five in a field of five).”Danzing Candy won the Grade II San Felipe Stakes last March when trained by Cliff Sise Jr. prior to finishing fourth by 13 ¼ lengths in the sloppy Santa Anita Derby and 15th by 20 lengths in the Kentucky Derby after leading both races.The Affirmed marks the first race under Baffert’s supervision.“I’m looking forward to seeing if what we’ve done has made a difference and to see what we have,” Baffert said.The field for the Affirmed, named for the 1978 Triple Crown winner: Curlin Rules, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Beaumarchais, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Prince of Arabia, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Danzing Candy, Rafael Bejarano, 2-5. (Current Through Sunday, June 26) Mark Glatt6411131017%53%$406,666 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo12023171719%48%$1,378,763 LIVING THE LIFE LOOKS FOR PASSING GRADE SUNDAYLiving the Life, a versatile Irish-bred mare trained by Gary Mandella, moves from a Grade III victory on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface back to dirt Sunday when she runs in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.The six-year-old bay daughter of Footstepsinthesand has run in eight straight graded stakes prior to Sunday’s Southern Truce.“It would be nice to get a win with her on dirt,” Mandella said, “but her races sprinting on it were really good against a little tougher competition than what she’ll see on Sunday.“Obviously, you always have more confidence with her on synthetic, but she traded punches with some very nice fillies like (Grade I winners) Tara’s Tango and Taris on dirt and I’m happy to be away from them.” Tyler Baze17028332716%52%$1,401,534 Flavien Prat12433191727%56%$1,649,387 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato862217726%53%$1,475,698 Rafael Bejarano15839302825%61%$2,178,245 Bob Baffert46119624%57%$684,203 Edwin Maldonado13122211317%43%$893,666 FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ AND MORE ON DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4Monday, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 DANZING CANDY DEBUTS FOR BAFFERT IN AFFIRMEDD’AMATO EYES BANGUP FOURTH WITH SUNDAY RULESVERSATILE LIVING THE LIFE RETURNS TO MAIN TRACKFAN APPRECIATION DAY, DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, JULY 4 Mike Puype48104521%40%$312,130 Jerry Hollendorfer681371319%49%$925,543 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith37117130%51%$846,437 Santiago Gonzalez15617222511%41%$909,200 Peter Miller541012719%54%$463,660last_img read more

Letterkenny to welcome 51 visitors from twinned town Rudolstadt

first_imgA large delegation from the German town of Rudolstadt will visit Letterkenny this weekend marking one year since the official signing of the Twinning Agreement between both towns.Fifty-one visitors will be welcomed by Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr. John O’Donnell when they arrive at a special reception on Friday night in the Radisson Hotel.Cllr O’Donnell said he believes that “great progress has been made over the last 12 months in building strong connections with our partners in Rudostadt and I am looking forward to welcoming them back to Letterkenny and indeed Donegal on Friday evening. “From the outset we were keen to see young people from both towns involved in the initiative and I am delighted with the progress that has been made on this front.  We have a number of young people visiting as part of this delegation and there will be an event for students and young people on Monday morning in the Co-Lab where they will get an opportunity to build friendships and learn about each other’s community and I hope that this will lay the pathway for a more extensive youth exchange programme in the near future.”Rudolstadt, GermanyThe delegation will have an opportunity to participate in some of the planned Donegal Connect initiatives this weekend including the Donegal Bay Drive Tour where delegates will have an opportunity to visit Hanna Hats and Magees of Donegal Town before experiencing the highest seacliffs in Europe at Sliabh Liag along with a visit to Glencolmcille Folk Village.On Sunday the group will travel north visiting Creeslough and Dunfanaghy before travelling to Ramelton to enjoy a jazz music session.A delegation from Letterkenny visited Rudolstadt in March this year and Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely hopes that this return visit will be an enjoyable experience for the delegates and that they will get a sense of the scale and diversity of County Donegal while continuing to build strong meaningful linkages with Letterkenny. Mary Daly, Donegal County Council, Karol Kerrane, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Letterkenny MD and Jorg Reichl, Rudolstadt Mayor at the official signing of Twinning Agreement between Letterkenny and Rudolstadt in Letterkenny Public Service Centre on October 2nd, 2018. Photo Clive WassonAn important part of the visit will be exploring opportunities to further develop commercial linkages and with that in mind the delegation will be visiting a number of businesses including Kinnegar Brewing at K2 in Letterkenny on Monday morning and will visit Donegal County Museum on Monday afternoon.The visit will conclude on Tuesday morning with a formal meeting between the delegates and members of Donegal County Council and businesses represented by the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.Letterkenny to welcome 51 visitors from twinned town Rudolstadt was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:GermanyRudolstadtlast_img read more

Zuma thanks world for Mandela Day

first_img19 July 2013President Jacob Zuma has thanked South Africans and people around the world for their support and display of love for the country’s former president on Nelson Mandela International Day.Thousands of people from around the country and the world took time to roll up their sleeves and help the less fortunate on Thursday, Mandela’s 95th birthday.“This year has seen the biggest Madiba birthday celebration ever. We regard this … as a fitting tribute to the triumph of the South African people against institutionalised racism, led by Madiba and many other illustrious freedom fighters,” Zuma told a press conference after the conclusion of the 6th South Africa-European Union Summit in Pretoria on Thursday.Zuma reported that the 95-year-old, who is spending his 6th week in hospital, was steadily improving. “Madiba’s condition in hospital continues to improve steadily and we are very encouraged by this development.”European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and EU Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso, who led the EU delegation to the one-day summit, were also touched by “the Madiba magic”.In his opening remarks at the summit, Van Rompuy said he was privileged to be in South Africa on Mandela’s birthday, adding that Mandela’s was proof that ethics and politics could go hand-in-hand.“President Mandela is in our thoughts and prayers right now. His contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace and reconciliation crosses national borders,” Van Rompuy saidBarroso said the EU Commission was continually inspired by Mandela’s vision, adding that the best way of honouring Mandela was to continue spreading and consolidating his legacy of peace, democracy, tolerance and social justice.“Nelson Mandela’s walk will continue in the steps of every South African, and we are proud to continue walking that walk alongside you … President Zuma, and alongside all South Africans.”Barroso said Mandela was loved by the South African people as well as by the whole world.“Through his words, deeds, his vision and courage, he rises above life and death and wins a place in the gallery of the great personalities of mankind. More than ever, our thoughts are with him, his family and with all South Africans.”Source: read more

False narrative by Western media on Kashmir: Naidu

first_imgVice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that revoking the special status of Kashmir was the demand of time for the unity and integrity of the country. “Dilution of Article 370 would strengthen the security, safety and integrity of India and should not be viewed through any other narrow prism,” he said at the first Balramji Dass Tandon Memorial Lecture at Panjab University. “A section of the western media was indulging in false propaganda on the situation in Kashmir post dilution of Article 370,” he said. Mr. Naidu referring to a news article published by national dailies in 1964, said that MPs cutting across party lines including those from ruling party almost unanimously supported a non official resolution seeking abrogation of Article 370.Mr. Naidu said the Parliament took the decision that this transitory provision needs to go and Jammu & Kashmir must be fully integrated with the rest of India. “People across the country are rejoicing over the abrogation of Article 370. It is expected that this will pave the way for faster development of the State in the years to come,” he added.Calling for a need to tone up administration, speed up judicial reforms and promoteing healthy and meaningful debates in legislatures and Parliament, Mr. Naidu said, “‘Discuss, debate, decide, decentralise and deliver’ should become the agenda and the way forward for public representatives.”He also asked political parties to adopt a code of conduct for people’s representatives including MPs and MLAs for effective functioning of Parliament and legislatures. “Parties should incorporate such code of conduct in their election manifestos,” he said. Mr. Naidu stressed the need for taking immediate steps to reduce heavy pendency of cases in courts. “In order to streamline and make justice delivery more effective, there should be time-bound decisions on election petitions and criminal cases against sitting MPs and MLAs, including disqualification under the anti-defection law,” he said.He also suggested revisiting the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, containing anti-defection provisions, to ensure a time bound disposal of such cases and make it more effective by plugging loopholes.He added that expanding the Supreme Court bench and having separate benches in different regions on trial basis as suggested by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice would help address the problem of pendency in judiciary and would save huge amount of money and energy of litigants who travel miles to reach Delhi.last_img read more

Chief Brand Officer Others Out as Hachette Moves Cycle World Under Jumpstart

first_imgFollowing a management reorganization of its Cycle World Brand Group last fall, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. is now moving Cycle World under its Jumpstart Automotive Group, which will oversee the magazine’s print and digital advertising sales, as well as overall operations. As a result of the change, chief brand officer Larry Little—who took the job last August—will be leaving the company.Senior-level marketing executive Andrew Leisner will take over Little’s responsibilities as vice president of integrated sales and marketing. In this new role, Hachette says Leisner will oversee all sales and revenue strategies across Cycle World’s print and digital media platforms.According to Nick Matarazzo, who returned to Hachette this spring as CEO of the Jumpstart Automotive Group, it “makes perfect sense that Cycle World’s robust motorcycle information and services be added to Jumpstart’s broad and diverse network of vehicle shopping and enthusiast properties. We’re excited about this latest addition and we look forward to broadening the Cycle World brand and establishing new partnerships under Andrew Leisner’s leadership.” Other related personnel changes include: Libby Hartung has been promoted to Western sales director, Dennis Scully was promoted to Eastern sales director and Katie Kovaleff will assume responsibility for the aftermarket category. Corey Eastman, Cycle World’s vice president of brand development, will retain his role as will Mark Hoyer, editor-in-chief and vice president of brand content.Vice president and brand publisher Paul Labella, and others, are said to be leaving the company as a result of the reorganization.The Jumpstart group is now made up of 13 brands, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Consumer Guide Automotive and JD Power Autos.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, October 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand is holding a Community Meeting from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Woburn Street School. This is an opportunity for the community to provide Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend the meeting, including community members who may not have children in the school system.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington Public Schools is taking part in Blue Shirt Day on Monday, October 1. All students are encouraged to wear blue. The campaign is organized by Stomp Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in America.At The Library: Wilmington Community Playgroup at 9:30am. Wilmington Networkers — Articulating Your Accomplishments at 10am. Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Course at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Wii Bowling at 12:30pm. Book Club at 1pm. Quilting at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 3, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Start up creates a nofocus point and shoot camera

first_imgLytro is having the cameras made itself and did not disclose the planned price. Citation: Start up creates a ‘no-focus’ point and shoot camera (2011, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — If you have ever used a “Point and Shoot” style of camera in the last few years then you know that that term is a misnomer because unless you are using a disposable camera you are going to be waiting for that camera to auto-focus and that focus can take up to 45 seconds to find its focus and allow you to take a picture. It is annoying to say the least if the action that you wanted a picture of can’t be stopped like a posed photo. Since that focus can mean that you may miss a winning goal or a really cute moment it can be more than just annoying. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 More information: Picture gallery: Computer scientists create ‘light field camera’ banishing fuzzy photos One start up, based in the Silicon Valley, is looking to change all of that. The company is named Lytro and it is based on the work of Dr. Ren Ng whose dissertation on light-field technology was published five years ago to accolades by his Alma Matter Stanford University. Dr. Ng has recently received $50 million in funding in order to create his company, which is about to launch a digital camera that is free of the focus factor, by getting all of the information about the surroundings that is possible. “Shoot now, focus later,” Dr. Ng said today in a blog post describing this innovation. The machine takes a photo by getting as much of the information about the field of light in the general area as possible. This will allow users to adjust the focus as many times as they want after the photo has been taken. It will also allow users to alter a photos level, and depending on your setup may even allow users to create images that are three-dimensional. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Setting benchmark in hospitality

first_img153 elegant and well furnished rooms, The Pride Plaza Hotel, Kolkata offers an enriching experience to all visitors, whereas, The Pride Plaza Hotel, Delhi that boasts of 385 Designer Rooms and Suites, Oriental Spice has a lot to offer in one platter. Both have bagged the National Awards for excellence in Hotel Industry.Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity, New Delhi has bagged the award for most preferred airport hotel of the year and Pride Plaza Hotel, Kolkata won the award for most preferred premium hotel of the year at the National Awards for excellence in Hotel Industry 2015 held recently in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’National Awards for excellence in Hotel Industry is the most renowned award ceremony that recognizes pioneering businesses that have excelled in travel, tourism and hospitality industries. These awards bring the best industry brands and professionals who have made outstanding contribution in the industry. The awards aim to reward the best in the industry and enhance reputations.The awards for both the hotels were received by Sachin Lagat (Regional DOS-West, Pride Hotels Group). “It is indeed a great pride to receive awards in the categories of Most Preferred Airport Hotel of the year & Most Preferred Premium Hotel of the year for Kolkata & Delhi unit.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThese awards definitely bring in a lot of confidence and zest to excel further and provide the best of our services & luxuries to our honoured guests,” said Satyen Jain, CEO, Prize Plaza Hotel.Both the hotels feature a state-of-the-art wellness center equipped with the finest fitness equipments. The wellness center also features an exclusive spa. Extensive banqueting and convention facilities have been provided at the hotel to take care of all forms of events.last_img read more

Cirq 040 released for writing quantum circuits

first_imgCirq is a Python library for writing quantum circuits and running them against quantum computers created by Google. Cirq 0.4.0 is now released and is available on GitHub. Changes in Cirq 0.4.0 themes The API is now more pythonic and more consistent with respect to breaking changes and refactoring. The simulation is faster. New functionality in Cirq 0.4.0 The following functions, parameters are added. cirq.Rx, cirq.Ry, and cirq.Rz cirq.XX, cirq.YY, cirq.ZZ, and cirq.MS related to the Mølmer–Sørensen gate cirq.Simulator cirq.SupportsApplyUnitary protocol is added to specify fast simulation methods cirq.Circuit.reachable_frontier_from and cirq.Circuit.findall_operations_between cirq.decompose sorted(qubits) and cirq.QubitOrder.DEFAULT.order_for(qubits) are now equivalent cirq.experiments.generate_supremacy_circuit_[…] dtype parameters are added to control the precision versus speed of simulations cirq.TrialResult helper methods (dirac_notation / bloch_vector / density_matrix) cirq.TOFFOLI and cirq.CCZ can be raised to powers Breaking changes in Cirq 0.4.0 Most of the gate classes have been standardized. They can now take an exponent argument and have a name which is of the form NamePowGate. For example, RotXGate is now XPowGate and it no longer takes rads, degs, or half_turns. The xmon gate set has now been merged into the common gate set. The capability marker classes have been replaced by magic method protocols. As an example, gates now just implement a _unitary_ method as opposed to inheriting from KnownMatrix. cirq.Extensions and cirq.PotentialImplementation are removed. Many decomposition classes and methods have been moved from* to cirq.*. Example: is now cirq.EjectPhasedPaulis. The classes and methods related to line placement are moved into Notable bug fixes A two-qubit gate decomposition will no longer produce a glut of single qubit gates. When multi-line entries are given, circuit diagrams stay aligned. They now include “same moment” indicators. The false-positives and false-negatives are fixed in cirq.testing.assert_circuits_with_terminal_measurements_are_equivalent. Many repr methods returning code are fixed that assumed from cirq import * instead of import cirq. Example code now runs in both Python 2 and Python 3 without the need for transpilation. Notable dev changes The test files now import cirq instead of just specific modules. There is better testing and packaging of scripts. The package versions for Python 2 and Python 3 are no longer different. cirq.value_equality decorator is added. New cirq.testing methods and classes are added. Additions to contrib cirq.contrib.acquaintance: New utilities for defining permutation gates cirq.contrib.paulistring: Utilities for optimizing non-Clifford operations which are separated by Clifford operations cirq.contrib.tpu: Utilities for converting circuits into an executable form to be used on cloud TPUs. This requires TensorFlow. Read next Google AdaNet, a TensorFlow-based AutoML framework Graph Nets – DeepMind’s library for graph networks in Tensorflow and Sonnet A new Model optimization Toolkit for TensorFlow can make models 3x fasterlast_img read more