Bartlett calls for greater appreciation for grooms

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_img UNDERRATED Consultant veterinarian at Caymanas Park, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, believes that there needs to be greater appreciation for grooms plying their trade in the racing industry. Bartlett, who was one of the main speakers at a recent one-day grooms’ seminar, which was held in Kingston through the support of McKay Security, said a lot of the grooms in the local fraternity do not have high levels of formal education and so they are least appreciated. “There are many situations with the grooms; for example, education is a major part of it, and a lot of grooms are youngsters that actually have had very weak life development,” said Bartlett. “A lot of them never get to the level of a high school and a lot of them came to the track as youngsters and have been there all the years until they become a groom, and they just pick up things around and about the horses,” he said. “They have not really been trained; and some of them are not even academically able, because some of them are unable to read and some of them are not functionally literate, and so they have a lot issues,” Bartlett added, while bemoaning that grooms are the most underrated members of the horse racing profession. “They are underrated because they are the least educated and are the least in terms of their social mobility … the work that they do is really the dirty work and the work; that they do a lot of people don’t give any ratings,” he said. “They are underrated, they are underpaid and they are overutilised.” The seminar, which saw 35 grooms taking part, was put on by the McKay Security Company and was held at The Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston. It served to improve grooms’ professionalism and register their status as stable assistants and grooms working in the racing industry. Bartlett said his presentation was well received by the grooms and it will certainly help them to better understand their roles in the racing industry. “I think that they were very receptive to my presentation and I also indicated to them the necessity for the industry to have a training programme for them because we have training programmes for the jockeys and trainers, but we really don’t have any training programmes for the grooms,” Bartlett said. “The grooms are the ones who are with the horses all the times, and so they should know more about the horse and how they should take care of them,” Bartlett noted.last_img read more

Hop on DaCosta’s Hover Craft

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgAinsley Walters/Gleaner WriterHOVER CRAFT has the handicaps in his favour and could emerge from the shadow of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, his more illustrious stablemate, in this afternoon’s 10-furlong Governor General’s Stakes.Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has three runners in the event – HOVER CRAFT, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and DYSFUNCTIONAL – ganging up on their main rival, Ian Parsard’s SUPERLUMINAL.Returning at 119lb, SUPERLUMINAL sits level with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR who he had beaten by three-quarter length for second behind WILL IN CHARGE in the Prime Minister’s Stakes a month ago, both carrying 110lb.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was slowly away from the gate and ran well to get within three-quarter length of second-place SUPERLUMINAL, who tried hard but was outclassed by WILL IN CHARGE.Though boasting contrasting running styles, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SUPERLUMINAL are proven 10-furlong specialists, leaving the race hinged on tactics and pace.SUPERLUMINAL rebounded to form, two races off a four-month layup, with a strong overnight allowance victory over useful DONTAE, going his signature distance on August 6.HARD TO BEATParsard’s runner skipped class 19 days later and bravely took his chances against WILL IN CHARGE in the Prime Minister’s Stakes, a run which should make him hard to beat if he gets a chance to control the pace.However, SUPERLUMINAL will have HOUDINI’S MAGIC and DYSFUNCTIONAL to contend with, leaving him open to DaCosta’s two closers – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and HOVER CRAFT.Sneaking in under the handicaps, HOVER CRAFT is no 10-furlong specialist but will get at least 14lb from HOUDINI’S MAGIC and seven each from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SUPERLUMINAL, making him the fly in the ointment.The eight-year-old gelding flew home at odds of 15-1 to beat sprinters at five furlongs straight two weeks ago, albeit returning off a near four-month play-up, carrying 126lb to boot, winning the event in 57.2, nailing speedy CRUCIAL APPEAL at the wire.With that recent blowout victory under his girth and getting seven pounds from SUPERLUMINAL and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, horses who he has extended in two-turn races before, makes HOVER CRAFT an enticing choice to upstage the specialists at a decent price.The last time HOVER CRAFT faced slowly declining PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was March, in the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy, at nine furlongs and 25 yards, losing by a half-length, getting 14lb from his stablemate. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR had to fight tooth and nail to stave off DONTAE and HOVER CRAFT, who ran out of character by leading the event, which his stablemate won at odds of 2-5.last_img read more

Influenza Vaccine available in Peace Region

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgFor anyone interested and who qualifies for free influenza immunizations, Public Health Influenza Immunization Clinics will be set up starting the week of Oct. 17.Dawson Creek will have a clinic set up on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Dawson Creek Seniors Hall.In Fort St. John, a clinic will be set up on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fort St. John Seniors Hall.- Advertisement -Influenza is a serious viral illness and the immunization is one of the best ways to avoid contracting it this winter. The vaccine is provided free of charge for many groups of people who are at higher risk of getting influenza and its complications.Visit your family doctor, public health unit or Northern Health’s official website if unsure weather you qualify for a free vaccine.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur team news: Predicted Spurs XI to face Southampton

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_img 11 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield) 11 Having watched every other Premier League team get their festive campaigns underway, Tottenham get their one started away at Southampton on December 28.Manchester United now sit level on points with Spurs, while rivals Arsenal are now four clear of them in fourth place, meaning a win is vital against a tough Saints side.Mauricio Pochettino has been boosted with the return of Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Janssen to his squad, but he remains without the progressing Erik Lamela.Meanwhile, the Argentine may wish to rotate some of his players ahead of clashes with Watford and Chelsea, which could throw up some surprise selections.So who will start for Tottenham at St Mary’s? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Spurs XI to face Southampton… 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Spurs XI to face Southampton… 3. Danny Rose (left-back) 2. Kyle Walker (right-back) 11 11 11 7. Heung-Min Son (left-wing) 11 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 17. Moussa Sissoko (right-wing) 11 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 11 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 11 23 Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield)last_img read more

CBS TV set to stream shows for free on Net

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgCBS Television will begin showing episodes of several new and returning prime-time shows for free on the Internet, becoming the second network to do so. CBS already sells downloads of episodes on Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Music Store and Google Inc.’s video store. In May, it launched an advertising-supported online channel called “innertube” to stream programming created just for the Web. The network said Tuesday that starting next month it will begin streaming episodes of a new show, “Jericho,” as well as returning shows “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” “NCIS,” “Numbers” and “Survivor.” The shows will contain fewer ads than when they are shown on TV. The ads also will be shorter – typically 15 second to 30 seconds – and cannot be skipped, CBS said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe shows will become available the day after they appear on TV. Episodes of “Jericho” and “Survivor” will remain available online for the entire season, while episodes of the other shows will be online for four weeks following their initial airing. “Making our new and returning prime-time series available to our viewers is the next step in innertube’s programming evolution,” Larry Kramer, president of CBS Digital Media, said in a statement. ABC began showing episodes of four prime-time shows, including “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” for free online in May. The network was the first to sell episodes on iTunes last October. ABC recently hailed the success of its later effort, saying that in May and June, the network’s site showed 16 million video streams. The network is expected to expand its online offerings in the fall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Letting Ramsey leave Arsenal is criminal as club cannot attract world’s best’

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Jérémie Aliadière has slammed Arsenal for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free because they struggle to attract the best players in the world.The former Gunners striker came through the ranks at Highbury in his early career, playing alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry in north London. The Frenchman eventually left the Gunners in 2007 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “It pains me every time I see him, knowing he won’t be there next season.”“Losing him on a free is criminal.“ 😡“Arsenal’s become a club that doesn’t attract too many top players now.”Former #AFC striker Jérémie Aliadière on Aaron Ramsey leaving for Juventus 🔴— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 21, 2019 At the peak of his powers, Arsene Wenger masterminded the club to a Premier League title without losing a game in 2004.However, as the Frenchman’s power began to wane, so did the club and the club’s hierarchy decided to replace Wenger with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery in the summer.And the club will have to delve into the transfer window to replace another key figure at the Emirates when Ramsey joins Juventus in the summer – a decision the former Middlesborough and Leyton Orient striker cannot comprehend.Aliadière told Jim White on talkSPORT: “It pains me every time I get to the Emirates and I see lately how well he is performing, knowing he won’t be there next season. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 REVEALED AARON RAMSEY STATS REVEALED 3 goals6 assists50% tackle success80% pass success1 Goal of the Month22 key passes 2 LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Having such a talent – and he is a team player – he will work for the team, he will do anything for the team before himself.“He will see the benefit of the team.“And just losing a player like this on a free, for me, is criminal.“Arsenal has become a club which doesn’t attract too many top players because you just don’t really know what direction they are going in. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Despite starting just 12 games this season, the Wales international has delivered in the Premier League… gameday cracker “Which, with Arsene Wenger for 22 years, was the same direction.“These days, it’s like everybody is a bit in limbo – you don’t really know if they are going to be there next season or not which is difficult for everybody.” no dice tense Aliadiere has slammed Arsenal’s decision to let Ramsey leave on a free huge blow last_img read more

Predicted England line-up against USA in World Cup semi-final

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img targets 4 England are aiming to reach their first ever World Cup final when they face the United States in a mouthwatering encounter in Lyon.Phil Neville’s side have had a blistering campaign so far, winning five out of five matches on their way to the semi-final – which you can follow live on talkSPORT. “It’s not something that England would do. We’re happy with our hotel. We were training,” he said.“But it’s their problem. I’m sure that Jill [Ellis, the USA boss] probably wouldn’t have been happy with that arrangement; I wouldn’t have been if that was my team ops person going round, and I’m sure that she will be dealing with their infrastructure within their own discipline, probably.“It’s not an unfair advantage. It’ll have no bearing on the game. I actually found it quite funny. I just thought ‘what are they doing?’ It’s not etiquette really, is it? Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa deals Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest And they produced their best display yet against Norway in the last round, dismantling their opponents 3-0 in a dominant performance, although they did have the odd scare.Victory over the USA would see a senior England side reach a major final for the first time since 1966, and fortunately Neville has no injury concerns among his squad heading into the vital clash.And the build up to the huge knockout clash has not been without controversy.On Sunday, the England boss criticised his opponents’ ‘poor etiquette’ as at least one member of the US team’s staff was in England’s hotel on Sunday. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TROPHY getty Lionesses captain Steph Houghton and centre-back partner Millie Bright both played the entire 90 minutes in the quarter-final, having overcome an ankle injury and a virus respectively.They are expected to start the match at the heart of defence again. However, it remains to be seen who Neville will pick on the left side of defence, with Alex Greenwood and Demi Stokes both competing for that spot. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions boost Bronze tore Norway apart in the quarter-finals and has been called the best player in the world by Phil Neville LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 4 Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED White is aiming for the Golden Boot Getty Images – Getty Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Neville has been critical of the US’ etiquette ahead of the match Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea JIBE The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Getty Images – Getty New job 4 punished Nikita Parris is expected to start on the right, with Jill Scott and Fran Kirby in the heart of midfield, although the latter has had a couple subdued performances in the lead up to the match.Toni Duggan will provide creativity from the left flank, while Ellen White will continue to lead the line as she hopes to win the Golden Boot.Here’s’s full predicted team below… 4 Is this how Phil Neville’s side could line-up against USA?last_img read more

Tapping into ingenuity

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgWhile children play on the merry-go-round,the PlayPump system draws water up intothe storage tank nearby.(Image: PlayPumps International) Former president Nelson Mandela hasendorsed the Hippo roller system.(Image: A woman easily pushes the Hippowater roller across the ground.(Image: ErasmusAccessing fresh water is a difficulty facing many rural African communities, affecting the health and quality of life of the population. Two South African inventions – the Hippo water roller and the PlayPump® Water System – have largely alleviated this problem by combining simple designs with practical solutions.According to the World Health Organisation, 1.1-billion people have no access to any type of safe source of drinking water. Because of this about 1.6-million people, mostly in developing countries, die every year from water-borne diseases spread through poor sanitation. Of the deaths, 90% are children under the age of five.However, the innovative PlayPump® Water System, which doubles as a merry-go-round and water pump, has brought fresh water to many rural communities, using the energy of children at play. In June 2008 the system was honoured by Reader’s Digest South Africa with a mention on its 60 Best list in the category of Innovations.Simple idea, far-reaching effectsThe PlayPump had its origins in a device exhibited at an agricultural show in KwaZulu-Natal in 1989. There, former advertising executive Trevor Field saw and immediately recognised the potential of the device. Field licensed it from its original inventor, engineer and borehole driller Ronnie Stuiver. With his colleague Paul Ristic, Field established Roundabout Outdoors with the intention of developing a larger system complete with a water storage tank.Ever the advertising ace, Field also envisioned clever usage of the space around the tank to carry health-related messages from stakeholders, thereby funding maintenance of the system and adding to its sustainability. After revising and enhancing the initial design, the partners came up with the concept of the PlayPump® Water System as it is today – a merry-go-round and pump, sealed 2 500-litre storage tank and stand, tap and water run-off, and borehole.The spinning motion of the merry-go-round pumps water from the borehole to the tank, which stands 7m above ground and is covered on four sides by advertising boards. Two sides are given to product advertisement, and the other two sides to messages raising awareness of public health matters.At a rate of 16 revolutions per minute, the pump is able to move 1 400 litres of water from a depth of 40m, says the manufacturer, and can operate at up to 100m. Any excess water is simply returned to the borehole.PlayPump systems are manufactured in Johannesburg, South Africa, and installations are carried out by local crews who are hired and trained especially for the purpose. Installation of the first two systems took place in the remote Masinga district of KwaZulu-Natal in 1994 and three years later 20 communities were benefiting from freshly pumped water and new play areas for children with limited facilities.In 1999 an encounter with former president Nelson Mandela, who attended the opening ceremony of a school with a PlayPump system, drew media attention to the PlayPump project. The system was nominated for a World Bank Development Marketplace Award in 2000, which it won, and the associated exposure and funding allowed Roundabout Outdoors to speed up development and expansion.The company later established a non-governmental organisation in South Africa – now known as Roundabout Water Solutions in its country of origin, and as PlayPumps International, a registered non-profit organisation, in the US.Water for sub-Saharan AfricaPlayPumps International has targeted a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia – as its focus until 2010. To date 1 000 systems have been installed in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and plans are in place to expand into Kenya before the end of 2008.Communities do not pay for the pump systems – all installations are donated. The company’s goal is to have 4 000 systems in place by 2010, giving 10-million people access to fresh drinking water. The PlayPump system has received extensive coverage in the international media, having featured recently on National Geographic weekend radio, NBC Nightly News, and PBS Frontline.With millions of people denied a source of clean water, this critical global problem is one that organisations are fighting on a daily basis. Not only are water-related illnesses the leading cause of death around the world, claiming the lives of 6 000 people every day, but people’s efforts to supply themselves with water means many hours are wasted fetching and carrying the resource.PlayPumps International says that over 40-billion hours are lost annually to this chore, which most often falls on women and children. With a PlayPump system in place, children can spend more time in school instead of fetching water over great distances, says the organisation, and women can spend more time with their families or take on income-generating activities.The Hippo water rollerAnother invention that is easing the lives of African communities is the Hippo water roller. This is a barrel-shaped polyethylene container that holds 90 litres of water and is rolled along the ground instead of being carried. A steel roller attached to the drum allows it to be pushed or pulled over bumpy ground.The Hippo roller was developed in South Africa in 1992 by engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker, and since 1998 has been manufactured and distributed by the locally based Imvubu Projects. The manufacturer claims that because the weight of the water is carried on the ground, even children and the elderly can manage a full roller, allowing for collection of five times more water with less effort.Costing about R595 ($75) per unit – therefore well beyond the reach of the people it is intended to help – the Hippo roller is distributed to villages through a funding partnership with the Africa Foundation. More than 27 000 rollers have been distributed throughout Southern Africa since the project was launched.Former president Nelson Mandela has given the project his personal endorsement, appealing to the private and corporate sectors, as well as donors, to actively support it. A US-based non-profit organisation called Water to the People, incorporated specifically for the purpose, raises funds overseas for the distribution of Hippo rollers.As with the PlayPump® Water System, the Hippo roller improves the lives of those who use it, not only because it facilitates access to clean water but also because it alleviates health problems that accumulate through years of carrying heavy water containers on the neck and shoulders for long distances. Pregnant women, for instance, who have to carry water this way and who are often already malnourished, risk damage to the development of their unborn babies.A unique benefit of pushing a Hippo roller that it has the potential to save lives in situations where landmines may be triggered. Demonstrations showed that when a water-filled Hippo roller was pulled over a landmine, it absorbed enough of the blast to prevent hospitalisation of the person operating the roller, although bruising and cuts would still occur. In this way, the loss of limbs and possibly lives can be drastically reduced.Useful linksPlayPumps InternationalHippo water rollerReader’s Digest South AfricaHenry J. Kaiser Family FoundationSave the World With Music – online trivia quiz with proceeds going to PlayPumps InternationalWorld Health OrganisationWater to the Peoplelast_img read more


Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img#SHRM14 is just a few days away and I’m packing up for a week away with my HR buddies. I’m pretty excited for the opportunity to attend annual conference again. For me it’s like a place to recharge and get excited for the profession again. You’ll hear inspiring stuff from the keynote speakers, something you can bring back to the workplace in concurrent sessions and you’ll grow your network while you are there. You’ll have everything you need to be a great HR pro under one roof from an I “heart” HR jacket to the latest and greatest HR books to vendors for every possible thing you can think of. A quick Google of #SHRM14 will point you to some sound advice from veteran conference goers, groups from all over the country trying to connect with people in their industry, and of course party guides for making the most of your week out of the office.I just have a few notes to put you at ease before you head to Orlando this year. 1) Stop worrying about silly things like dress code. You are a grown up, wear whatever you want. 2) We are all busy, your office will survive without you. Do not be that guy that sighs and huffs and puffs between each session while you proclaim how busy you are and that you don’t understand why your managers and so on can’t make decisions without you (we can only assume it’s because you won’t let them make decisions without you when you are in the office).  3) Have a plan. You can check out all of the sessions before you get to Orlando so do it. Download the app and plan your day out, it’s not that hard-pick a session!Get out there and learn something new. Have fun in Orlando. Make new connections. Go back to the office and share what you’ve learned and follow-up with those new connections. They will prove to be useful throughout the year. Don’t be shy. Don’t waste your trip to Orlando. If you are going to #SHRM14 email me or hit me up on twitter and lets hang out! But, if you can’t find me it’s because I’m at Disney trying to pick up a gig as Belle while we are there, but one that doesn’t sing. I don’t have a good singing voice. Maybe they have a Belle job for someone that can rap? A girl can dream…To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

New Study Shows that Online Creativity and E-learning Popular with Kids

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A new study released today by the National School Boards Association shows that 96 percent of students with online access use social networking technologies – defined as as chatting, text messaging, blogging, and visiting online communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and Webkinz. 81 percent say they have visited a social networking Web site within the past three months and 71 percent say they use social networking tools at least weekly. The report also claims that one of the most common topics of conversation on the social networking scene is education. Nearly 60 percent of online students report discussing education-related topics such as college or college planning, learning outside of school, and careers. And 50 percent of online students say they talk specifically about schoolwork. The study also shows that students are engaging in creative activities on social networking internet sites; including writing, art, and contributing to collaborative online projects “whether or not these activities are related to schoolwork”. Almost half of students (49 percent) say that they have uploaded pictures they have made or photos they have taken, and more than one in five students (22 percent) report that they have uploaded video they have created. Those figures are “at some point”. The weekly figures are shown in the graph below and suggest that it’s probably 1/4 or less of students who do creative activities online at least once a week. To use the television metric, teens who use social networking sites spend about 9 hours a week online compared to 10 hours a week watching television.And here’s one for the ‘nerds’ of a previous generation: nonconformists, defined as “students who step outside of online safety andbehavior rules”, are said to be “on the cuttingedge” of social networking,with online behaviors and skillsthat indicate leadership amongtheir peers. They are the heaviest users of social networks. The study states that one in five (22 percent) of all students surveyed, and about one in three teens (31 percent), are nonconformists. 50 percent of nonconformists are producers and 38 percent are editors of online content, compared to just 21 percent and 16 percent, respectively, of other students.Interestingly, the NSBA report contrasts a little with another recent report, by Online Publishers Association (OPA), that suggests Internet users are spending more time looking at content and less time communicating with others. According to Nielsen/Net Rating statistics released by OSA, from January to May 2007, about 47 percent of users’ time was spent looking at content and 33 percent spent on communicating – a trend attributed to an increase of online video and search usage. Although, that report doesn’t account for IM as communication – which seems a bit behind the times.ConclusionWhat the NSBA data shows – see the report for the full details – is that US teens and tweens are not “passive couch potatoes online”, as the report put it. This generation is very participative and creative online. Or at least growing more creative as time goes on and the Internet becomes more pervasive.The report, ‚ÄúCreating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social and Educational Networking,‚Ä? is based on three surveys: an online survey of nearly 1,300 9- to 17-year-olds, an online survey of more than 1,000 parents, and telephone interviews with 250 school districts leaders who make decisions on Internet policy. The study was carried out with support from Microsoft, News Corporation, and Verizon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more