ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2016)–Making his second start following a 16 ½ month layoff, A Red Tie Day was an impressive gate to wire winner of Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, as he prevailed by a half length under Mario Gutierrez while negotiating a mile and a quarter on turf in 2:01.98. Trained by Richard Baltas and owned by Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, the 6-year-old horse had been idle since Aug. 28, 2014 prior to running eighth in a mile and one eighth turf allowance here on Feb. 7.“I told Mario to go to the lead, but if they want it really bad, then let them have it,” said Baltas. “Speed is holding and it seems like his best races have come when he’s been up close.“Jeff (Bloom, owner) turned him out late in the summer of 2014. He had a little injury and then they rehabbed him and was off about a year and a half. He’s been with me for about four or five months now.”Off at 13-1 in a field of eight older horses, A Red Tie Day paid $28.40, $15.60 and $8.20.A Kentucky-bred by Indygo Shiner, A Red Tie Day collected his third win from 12 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $149,265.Ridden by Flavien Prat, longshot Street Fashion saved ground at the rail while sitting a close fourth into the far turn, angled off the fence turning for home and made the winner run late as he finished a half length in front of favored China Girl Lover for the place. Off at 29-1, Street Fashion paid $25.40 and $12.60.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, China Girl Lover was last turning for home and was gaining on the top two at the wire. Off at 9-5, he paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.75, 48.85, 1:13.56 and 1:37.71.There is a Pick Six carryover of $40,304 into Friday at Santa Anita. With first post time at 1 p.m., the Pick Six will begin with race three. It is expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $250,000. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $40,304 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $250,000
The Raiders are going to be upset about the suspension that cost them middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and that’s their prerogative.He’s their teammate, seems to be well liked, and no one questions Burfict’s football acumen or preparation. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who was with the Cincinnati Bengals, has seen almost every infraction Burfict ever committed and swears by the guy. Fellow linebacker Tahir Whitehead took to Twitter with a partly profane reaction when the 12-game …
Related Posts Arash Asli Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In its larval stages, new technology is at best, promising, and at its worst, redundant. In the last few years alone we’ve seen countless aberrations of the digital age die out nearly on arrival – the casualties of half-baked development, fads, or overestimations.However, when successful propagation occurs, new technology spreads like a virus. It synthesizes with the world around us. The changes are often so drastic that the resulting world is often unrecognizable.Steve Jobs envisioned a world with an iPhone in every pocket. Nearly six years after his passing and with 85.8 million iPhone owners in the US alone, his dream wasn’t far off from what would become eventual reality.The Age Of ConvenienceSome have dubbed our increasingly digital world “the age of convenience.” Now, with technology fully adopted and integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, countless industries have emerged around making things even easier than they already are.Often, the goal of these companies is simply to shave minutes or even seconds off of common day-to-day tasks or interactions. These improvements in expediency may seem marginal, but as it turns out, very few refuse convenience. And once fully implemented, seemingly negligible time-savers often become revolutionary. Car services like Uber threaten the once monopolized Taxi industry. Netflix, a once burgeoning mail-in DVD rental service, now dominates the digital entertainment world.The enemy of an ongoing battle waged by technology companies new and old, across the world – is inconvenience, often in the form of time wasted on frustration with anachronistic, decaying digital architecture.After all, there’s always a better way, right?The question we often find ourselves asking when dealing with unwieldy software or hardware has become the job description of millions. Only, the job is never finished. Just as new solutions are enacted, old ones fall apart. The resulting climate is chaotic, but a passionate one. Technology companies are constantly on their toes and at each other’s throats as they compete for temporary dominance – a frenetic, perilous battle of king-of-the-hill atop a slender, glacial surface, where even the best may soon slip and fall.Adapt Or DieThis is no different in the service industry, where customers and business owners alike have come to expect a certain level of convenience and competency from the technology around them.What was previously novel has become obligatory – customers now expect to be able to order takeout or book their appointments online, universally. Likewise, a newly-hired receptionist of a hair salon might expect to be managing scheduling through a digital interface rather than a pen-and-paper planner. Refusing to adopt these new standards of operation and convenience can be a death blow to any business of competence.Business owners also prize convenience, and like consumers, they’re willing to pay for it.Remember Apple’s slogan for their App Store back in 2009 – “there’s an app for that?” Today, the proliferation of business software means there are solutions for problems business owners didn’t even know they had. Shopify, Hotjar, MailChimp – businesses pay hundreds of dollars in monthly charges for software solutions like these that offer both them and their customers an improved online experience. In fact, spending in this area alone was estimated to reach $4.5 billion in 2017, a 17% increase from last year.This means software companies now have to compete by diversifying their functionality. Offering additional features like analytics and reporting, for example, is a common strategy employed by software companies in order to entice more customers.Go Mobile Or Go HomeA large contributor to the demand for online convenience is what’s in most of our pockets right now – in fact, you might be using one to read this article!Smartphones have evolved to competently rival desktop computers and laptops. Even if smartphones may not be able to compete in terms of raw computing power, ubiquitous WiFi and global connectivity have cemented the smartphone as a technological force-of-nature and a staple in most of our lives.In fact, after a decade of constant improvement and refinement, many could probably use their smartphone for all their daily online needs without ever needing to touch a desktop or laptop computer ever again.As such, service software has evolved similarly. Most – if not all – business software companies develop companion apps that empower both business owners and customers on a mobile level. These apps – typically designed and engineered for the iOS and Android platforms – have also become the norm to the point of being obligatory.In the service industry, these apps allow both business owners and employees to check-in with their business wherever they are, offering an unprecedented level of convenience. They might be able to view their upcoming work schedule, manage their clients, or review booking requests – all from the palm of their hand.The irony here is that a lot of this convenience is built around the idea of eliminating the need for back-and-forth phone calls or messaging in order to receive information – the very thing the telephone was invented for!And yet, there’s very little room for humor – both software companies and end-users know that offering a mobile app is essential. Not only is there a high demand for apps, but it’s also a prudent future-proofing strategy as the mobile era continues to envelop business of all kinds.As always, it’s difficult to see exactly where the future lies. However, one thing is certain: whatever is convenient now will be inconvenient tomorrow. Our world’s best and brightest visionaries stare into a deep, infinite well of problems with infinite solutions. And in that way, perhaps business is booming. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Arash Asli is at the forefront of business growth helping SMBs grow their businesses, as CEO of Yocale, an online scheduling and marketing platform. His thought leadership have been featured in major publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc. He is honored to have been named the Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40 business executive.
Leading Indian shuttler PV Sindhu created history on Friday by reaching the women’s singles semi-finals and assuring herself of at least a bronze medal finish at the World Championships.By achieving the feat, the 19-year-old Hyderabadi was in line to become the first Indian to win two medals at the sport’s most prestigious event having won the bronze last year at Guangzhou in China.The 11th seeded Hyderabadi proved that she belongs right at the top of the sport by defeating Chinese World No 2 Shixian Wang 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a marathon match which lasted an hour and 25 minutes at the 9,200-seater stadium.This is World No 12 Sindhu’s fourth victory over second seeded Shixian in six meetings.Meanwhile, her compatriot and seventh seed Saina Nehwal had to once again suffer a quarter-final defeat at the world meet when she lost 15-21, 15-21 in 45 minutes to Chinese World No 1 and top seed Li Xuerui.The last-eight match seems to be a jinx for the World No 7 Saina, who has now lost five matches on the trot at the Worlds since 2009.This is only the fourth time that an Indian was in line for a medal at the World Championships. Legendary Prakash Padukone started the trend in 1983 when he won the men’s singles bronze. It took Indian shuttlers another 28 years to win a bronze when Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa clinched the women’s doubles bronze in 2011.The Hydarabadi teenager won the women’s singles bronze last year and now was in line for a back-to-back medal at the prestigious world event.advertisementSindhu has a great chance of improving on the colour of the medal when she takes on the winner of the match between Chinese Taipei’s eighth seed Tzu Ying Tai and Spanish ninth seed Carolina Marin in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Everton boss Marco Silva lands new unwanted record after Spurs thrashingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has established a new unwanted record after defeat to Tottenham.Silva saw his side thumped by Tottenham at Goodison Park on Sunday, losing 6-2.And in the process he became the first Premier League manager to concede six goals at home for three different clubs.With Hull City he suffered a 7-1 home defeat again to Spurs.And when in charge of Watford he was beaten 6-0 at Vicarage Road by Manchester City. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer fears Liverpool could be last gameby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears a heavy defeat in their next game at home to Liverpool could see him lose his job.Solskjaer has described it as the “perfect game” for United after the international break following the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.However, it is understood the 46-year-old is concerned that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will come under huge pressure to sack him if United lose heavily to table-topping Liverpool at Old Trafford a week on Sunday, says the Daily Mail.Liverpool are on a run of 17 league wins in a row.United’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield last December sealed Jose Mourinho’s fate, and an embarrassing repeat could put Solskjaer’s future in doubt. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsRenowned Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal says he was disappointed with Monday’s court ruling that dismissed his request for an injunction to stop Cleveland’s baseball team from using its name and logo in Ontario.“I am deeply disappointed in the court’s ruling, however, today was a victory in that at a national — and even international — level,” Cardinal said in a statement.Just hours before the first pitch in game 3 of the American League championship series between Cleveland and the Toronto Blue Jays, Justice Thomas McEwan dismissed the legal challenge. McEwan did not give a reason but said he would later in a written statement.Cardinal launched the legal action against Rogers Communications and Major League Baseball.See related stories: ClevelandCardinal also filed a human rights complaint with the Ontario and Canadian human rights commissions.In a courtroom packed with lawyers for Rogers Communications and Major League baseball, Cardinal argued the team name and logo, which includes the depiction of an Indigenous caricature called Chief Wahoo, is racist.“You could not call a team the New York Jews. Why is it OK to call a team the Cleveland Indians,” Cardinal’s lawyer Monique Jilesen said in court.Cardinal was asking for a ban on commentators from using the name and a ban on the broadcast of the logo. Despite the looming opening pitch time, lawyers for Cardinal believed this was achievable.Lawyers for Rogers Communications, the owners of the Toronto Blue Jays, broadcaster Sportsnet and the stadium where the team plays, questioned the timing of the court proceedings, arguing Toronto has been playing Cleveland since the 1970s.Those lawyers also argued that Cardinal has referred to himself as an Indian in the past. They also argued that Cardinal is currently in China, nowhere near Rogers Communications broadcast area.Just last week Blue Jays broadcaster and Sportsnet employee Jerry Howarth made media headlines when he said he hasn’t used Cleveland’s team name in almost 25 years, after receiving a letter from a fan.Cardinal’s lawyer Michael Swinwood told reporters later this was just the start and his client will proceed with his human rights complaint.Cardinal is a world-renowned architect whose buildings include the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, Que., and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.His advocacy also includes an effort to stop a development near Victoria Island on the outskirts of downtown Ottawa.A number of U.S. media outlets posted stories about the injunction request including the New York Times and [email protected] [email protected]— with files from the Canadian Press
TORONTO – The court-appointed monitor for Sears Canada is warning that its available funds are running low and there may not be enough time to reach an acceptable deal with a buyer group headed by its executive chairman, Brandon Stranzl.In its third report to Ontario Superior Court, the monitor says Sears Canada is losing money on a weekly basis but will have enough liquidity to fund operations to Nov. 7 — subject to agreement of its restructuring lenders.It says the Stranzl group’s initial proposal to buy the business as a going concern would provide unsecured creditors with less than would sales of the Sears Canada assets piece by piece and liquidation of its remaining inventory.The report, dated Oct. 2, says a lawyer for the Stranzl group has indicated that a revised proposal will be submitted.It also says an extension of court protection until Nov. 7 would provide Sears Canada with more time to decide which major steps to take. The current court protection ends Wednesday.“The Stranzl Group Proposal as currently presented may not be executable within the timeline and liquidity available to (Sears Canada),” the report says.The monitor supports the company’s request for permission to sell some business assets — notably the Corbeil franchise chain, the SLH Transport operation and the Viking appliance brand.“The transactions for which the Applicants seek approval at this time are the highest and best offers obtained for each of the subject assets. The monitor supports the Applicants requests for approval of these transactions,” the report says.It said that Sears Canada isn’t yet asking for permission to begin a second round of store inventory liquidations, as announced last week, but added that it expects the company would return to the court “in the coming days” if a “going-concern” transaction can no longer be pursued.“The monitor, the applicants and their advisors are cognisant of the fact that liquidation sales in the retail industry yield better results if they are completed before and during the lead up to the December holiday season, which also impacts recovery to stakeholders,” the report says.
Tim Hortons will seek to shut down an apparent knock-off restaurant in India that uses a name and branding very similar to the coffee-and-doughnut chain.Tim Hottens, located in Yamunanagar, India, is two letters away from the coffee chain in its name.Its logo and branding appear to mimic the Canadian chain’s as well. The font and colour of the name in its logo is nearly identical. Tim Hottens also uses the phrases “always fresh” and “cafe & bake shop,” as well as the red-hued striped background in its logo.Tim Hottens did not immediately respond to requests for comment.“While we believe that imitation is often the sincerest form of flattery, we do have very high standards when it comes to our brand, the quality of our products and the service we provide our guests,” said Jane Almeida, a spokeswoman for Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons, in an email.“Therefore, we will be taking steps to protect our brand and trademarks, including closing down this imitation restaurant.”She declined to answer whether RBI was aware of the cafe’s existence before the Canadian Press asked about it.It’s unclear how long Tim Hottens has been open. The store’s first post on its Facebook page, a profile picture of the logo, dates May 8, 2016. Its first Facebook review appeared two days later.Inside, it appears markedly different from a Canadian Tim Hortons location. Photos show a dark interior that resembles more of a bar or nightclub than a coffee shop.While it serves coffee, the menu is more expansive and includes alcoholic drinks, like mojitos, and burgers. Wait staff serve the diners.Reviewers on Facebook call the food “delicious” and the coffee “best… I ever had,” leaving it an average score of 4.6 stars.Almeida declined to answer whether the company frequently deals with such imitation cases, but this isn’t the first time a knock-off Tim Hortons cafe has cropped up.In 2015, a Canadian posted a photo of a Tim House cafe under construction in South Korea. The logo also had a striking similarity to that of Tim Hortons.Later that year, another Canadian posted a photo of Tim Mortons brand coffee bags being sold at a market in South Korea. At the time, Tim Hortons released a statement saying it will take the steps necessary to protect its trademark.Other Canadian companies have fought to defend their likeness from copycats as well.In 2012, luxury winter jacket maker Canada Goose Holdings Inc. won a counterfeit case in Sweden after five Swedes sold thousands of counterfeit Canada Goose jackets and other luxury products for several years.More recently, Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. started a legal fight in the U.S. against an alleged connected group of unidentified defendants it says created hundreds of online stores selling counterfeit Lululemon goods.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)
Washington: The US is tracking 250-270 objects of debris in the space generated due to India’s anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test in lower earth orbit, but the International Space Station or ISS is not at risk, the Pentagon said Friday. US Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC) said 250 pieces of debris associated with an Indian ASAT launch that occurred on Wednesday are being actively tracked. “Debris from the event is being actively monitored by the JFSCC, and conjunction notifications are being issued to satellite owners/operators in accordance with standard notification processes through the Department of Defense’s public space situational awareness sharing website HYPERLINK “http://www.space-track.org,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The JFSCC said it will continue to actively track debris associated with the event and issue close approach notifications as required until the debris enters the earth’s atmosphere. US Air Force Space Command Commander Lt Gen David D Thompson told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Thursday that the JFSCC and Air Force’s 18 space control Squadron are currently “tracking about 270 different objects in the debris” field. Responding to questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, he said the number is going to grow as the debris field spreads out as the US collects more sensor information. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Thompson, however, refrained from giving any further details of the debris. “But we do know the altitude at which it occurred. We immediately started providing public notice on our space track website and will provide direct notification to satellite operators, if those satellites are under threat,” he said. Responding to questions from lawmakers, Thompson said, “At this point in time, the International Space Station is not at risk.” The ISS orbits over 100 km higher than the orbit at which India carried out the ASAT test. “That’s another thing that we do and provide warning routinely. That’s just an example of -no other nation –no other military force, no other civil or other body could have detected characterised and begun warning and providing the world, the way we do with air force and other joint assets,” Thompson said. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell from the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said India acted in a less irresponsible manner than the Chinese in doing the test. “We don’t know yet how much debris and how high. The United States has said that it’s tracking about 250 pieces. But it will take them at least a few days, if not a few weeks to figure to catalog those pieces,” he told PTI. Once the cataloging is done, only then one could analyses how bad the situation is, he added. Responding to a question, McDowell, who has been following India’s space program since 1970s, described the ASAT test as a “much more aggressive stance” even though it is presented as a defensive measure. This is reflective of the ambitious and military side of the Indian space programme and is in response to the China’s aggressive space militarisation programme, he said. Opposed to such tests, McDowell said, the Indian ASAT test was “relatively responsible” or “less responsible” than the Chinese ASAT test. “Although I’m opposed to the test, I think that if you’re going to do a test, that’s a better way to do it. “There will be debris that ends up in higher orbit but not as much and not as long left. The test at level will ensure that the debris doesn’t stay up for long periods of time, in contrast to what happened with the Chinese test, which was much higher up,” he said. “So that is relatively responsible. Certainly they (Indians) have learned from the mistakes of the Chinese,” said the American astronomer. He said the Chinese debris hundreds of pieces in worst possible orbit – are still in the space. The Indian debris might vanish and burn up when they come down in the next few months, while that of the Chinese might take decades to come down, McDowell said. Well known space professional, Brian Weeden said China is one reason for India’s test. “India sees itself in competition with China for regional power and prestige and has been internally debating its own demonstration ever since the Chinese ASAT test in 2007,” he said. “The other factor is India’s concern about being one of the “have nots” for ASAT weapons like they were for nuclear weapons, in the event of a future ban on ASAT testing,” Weeden said. But more tests like this risk creating space debris that could impact commercial business models for space, plus many of these new space companies feel strongly about social responsibility, he added.