Sun gazing

first_imgArea stargazers are sure to enjoy the next Saturday at the Rock program where visitors will use special telescopes to gaze safely at the sun’s surface.The session is set for May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. Guest presenters from the Charlie Elliott branch of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will deliver the program. The presenters are trained by NASA as NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors. Following a short presentation about the sun and how it is studied, guests will participate in guided observation of the sun. Using white light and H-alpha telescopes, participants will examine the structure of the sun’s surface, including filaments and prominences. This cannot be replicated at home. This session is appropriate for all ages and costs $5 per person. Observations will be subject to weather conditions. Advanced registration is required. For more information contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or by email at read more

​10 ways Bill Gates built his fortune

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bill Gates went from being a little boy tinkering with computers to becoming the richest person in the world with a net worth of $87.4 billion, according to the latest data from wealth intelligence research company Wealth-X. But how did he do it? Was it his Harvard education or savvy business skills? Or, was it his relentless passion that helped Gates become a successful business magnate and investor?If you want to become as rich — okay, maybe almost as rich — as this Microsoft co-founder, check out the 10 ways Gates was able to build his fortune from the ground up.1. He Had a Top-Notch Semi-EducationGates was accepted to Harvard University, but he dropped out after a short time. Still, he attributes his time at Harvard to his success.In a 2007 commencement speech, Gates said, “It was an amazing privilege [studying at Harvard] — and though I left early, I was transformed by my years at Harvard, the friendships I made, and the ideas I worked on.” continue reading »last_img read more

APIs for watch list screening: Fueling your credit union’s risk mitigation

first_imgWhen you automate watch list screening with an API-powered solution, your credit union can easily and quickly incorporate the best practices described here. To learn even more, download CSI’s new white paper, Fueling Modern Risk Mitigation with APIs: A Quintessential Guide to Watch List Screening.Co-Authored by: Fred Teumer is technical product manager with CSI’s Regulatory Compliance Group, and is focused on bringing high-tech solutions to the forefront of the financial regulatory industry. As technology becomes more sophisticated and continues to influence the way organizations conduct business, the need for efficient and dependable watch list screening increases exponentially. For those caught dealing with a blocked entity on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, the financial penalty now often reaches into the millions. In fact, OFAC alone imposed $4.37 billion in fines between 2006 and 2018. The violators include medium asset-size credit unions and local businesses alongside large, sophisticated conglomerates. Many of their enforcement actions noted the lack of an adequate or formal compliance program.Given the increasing complexity of regulatory environments, credit unions need to realize what’s at stake when they violate watch list sanctions. More importantly, they must understand the most effective and efficient way to mitigate that risk.Changes in the Regulatory EnvironmentSeveral converging factors make watch list screening more complex than ever. The purpose of OFAC’s SDN List has not changed—to prevent U.S. citizens and companies from engaging in business with potential terrorists, money launderers and any other persons or entities deemed enemies of the United States. Neither has the purpose of the lists from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which restrict export privileges and enforce specific licensing requirements of targeted individuals and businesses. However, since the turn of this century, several factors have vastly increased the significance of restricted party watch lists: Expanded Regulatory Reach: Prior to the 9/11 attacks, federal regulators mostly scrutinized watch list screening at banks and credit unions. The USA PATRIOT Act changed that with its expanded definition of “financial institution,” adding the following businesses with a higher risk for money laundering and OFAC violations:CasinosImporters and ExportersInsurance IndustryJewelry, Precious Gem and Metal DealersMoney Service BusinessesNon-profits and CharitiesReal Estate FirmsTravel and Tourism IndustryVehicle Dealers Increasing OFAC Fines: In addition, the amounts of OFAC fines have risen drastically in the last several years. For instance, in 2008, OFAC fines totaled $3.5 million, with the largest single fine coming in at $1.2 million. For 2014, those numbers were $1.205 billion and $963.6 million, respectively.Watch List Update Frequency and Unpredictability: On any given day, OFAC, BIS and other watch list sources may add, change or delete multiple parties to their lists, often with multiple name variations for each party. A review of the SDN List updates for one month—January 2018—revealed more than 350 changes over nine unpredictable days. Best Practices for Automated Watch List Screening SolutionsThe most effective watch list screening program includes an automated solution that incorporates the following technology, functionality and methods to strengthen and streamline compliance and reduce the risk of costly fines:API Integration: APIs have recently emerged as a game changer in watch list screening. They facilitate full integration between otherwise separate systems. In other words, APIs can help your watch list screening solution communicate across your institution’s various systems in real time. With APIs incorporated into the solution, credit unions see a unified, cohesive view of their compliance across their entire organization.Streamlined Screening: For the best and most cost-effective watch list screening results, your automated solution should monitor, gather, cleanse and deploy list updates in real time; allow you to screen multiple lists simultaneously via one data integration; screen retroactively; and do it all while ensuring your transactions flow uninterrupted.Sophisticated Matching: The veracity of individual matches is a vital best practice. A solution that generates too many false positives creates unnecessary, costly work and may lead to missed true matches, while also harming the customer experience. Additional Technology, Tools and Services: There are several other functions that are considered crucial for watch list screening, including:a centralized, cloud-based API Gatewayaudits and reports customization outsourced watch list servicescenter_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Ferguson James Ferguson serves as vice president of CSI’s Regulatory Compliance Group. Web: Detailslast_img read more

Winter Wonderland Banners go up in the Village of Owego

first_imgBut the Tioga Arts Council say they are thrilled with the community’s response and turnout. The Tioga Arts Council partnered with the Historic Owego Marketplace to bring a series of community-based art initiatives to the village for the holiday season. Around 27 community members created banners to hand up around Owego, with those as young as age 7 contributing, according to the Tioga Arts Council. OWEGO (WBNG) — If you visit the Village of Owego sometime soon, you may notice some festive artwork. “Throughout all the months, what I find so heartening is how the community comes together despite the adversity and times that we are in,” said Christina Di Stefano, Executive Director of the Tioga Arts Council, adding, “It’s been so nice seeing a grandparent and grandaughter come in saying what a wonderful time they have.”center_img Tioga Art Center also says they want to be able to continue to promote joy through art, especially during the difficult months ahead. The hope, organizers say, is to keep up the holiday spirit as the town had to cancel the traditional “Lights on the River Banner’ due to the pandemic. Organizers add they hope the art will draw more people to explore the downtown area and shop locally.last_img read more

Valamar wins prestigious Euromoney Real Estate award

first_imgThe leading domestic tourist company Valamar Riviera is the winner of the prestigious award Euromoney Real Estate in the category “leader in the development of tourist property” in Croatia (leading developer in tourism). This is the second award given by Valamar Riviera to the specialized financial magazine Euromoney, after it was named the best managed hotel company in the CEE region two years ago.The Euromoney Awards are recognized worldwide as a symbol of business excellence. They are awarded on the basis of research in which real estate consultants participate, developers, investors, real estate users and bankers from all over the world. The survey was conducted for the 13th time this year, and involved 2.463 professionals from 1.218 companies in 75 real estate markets worldwide.Valamar Riviera is the largest investor in Croatian tourism through total investments amounting to more than HRK 4 billion, with the aim of completing a three-year investment cycle worth between HRK 2020 and 1,5 billion by 2. In 2017, Valamar realized the largest single investment in tourism with a total value of HRK 562 million, and these are two newly opened luxury resorts in Rabac, Family Life Bellevue Resort 4 * and Valamar Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 *.Today, Valamar Riviera is the leading Croatian tourist company in terms of capacity and number of destinations, revenues and operating income, as well as in terms of the number of guests and employees. Valamar’s 30 hotels and resorts and 13 camping resorts can accommodate more than 56,000 guests a day in five destinations and operate according to the highest standards of service quality and accommodation. The profession and guests recognize this on a daily basis, as evidenced by the numerous recognitions, awards and ratings that Valamar’s facilities place high on world-renowned portals and organizations in the travel industry. Of the numerous awards, it is worth mentioning international ones such as the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Travelife Gold Award, Holiday Check, Leading Campings of Europe and domestic Tourist Flower – quality for Croatia, Zlatna dionica, INNOVACAMP, Croatia’s Best Campsite and many others. The company’s commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of services is also recognized by Valamar’s guests, so that as many as 93% of guests rate Valamar’s employees as “excellent” and “incredible”.Euromoney magazine has been published since 1969 as a publication by Euromoney Institutional Investor, one of the world’s largest publishers of specialist publications in the field of finance.last_img read more

Street food: the new trends shaping foodie culture

first_imgTwenty years ago, street food was barely a concept in the UK. If you told your friends you had eaten a street delicacy, it generally meant you had succumbed to the late-night temptations of a greasy burger or kebab van. As Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers remembers, “getting anything other than a hot dog or Mr Whippy on the streets was almost impossible”.Thanks to the likes of Miers, the picture today could not be more different. Street food is now at the forefront of culinary innovation. Showcasing everything from crowd-pleasing Indian wraps to unfamiliar cuisines such as Ugandan and Filipino, it’s fast becoming big business. According to a report by The Grocer’s sister publication MCA, the street food market is forecast to reach £1.2bn this year, up 9.1% from 2017. That’s comfortably outstripping the percentage growth seen in fast food, albeit from a smaller base.Watch: The Grocer visits Brighton’s Street Diner Foodies are a driving force behind this explosion. Nearly a third of self-described foodies say they often buy street food, compared with just 5% of non-foodies, according to a poll of over 2,080 consumers conducted by Harris Interactive exclusively for The Grocer. This food-loving demographic was also more likely to describe street food as exciting (80%), authentic (78%) and high quality (72%).All of which means it’s a trend worth noting. Not only are restaurants rushing to mimic the flavours of street food – Dishoom, Wahaca and Masala Zone are among the high-profile examples – but retail is now getting in on the act. Schwartz, Rubicon and Street Delights are among the brands to have brought out products that aim to replicate the experience at home (see innovations, below). If they can get it right, they stand a chance of tapping the high-value foodie audience.So which cuisines are leading the way in the retail crossover? Which flavours and dishes are proving popular? And what will be the next big street food cuisine?From Kolkata to Kerala Launched: July 2018Manufacturer: AG BarrInspired by “authentic street drinks from some of the world’s hottest places”, this four-strong range (rsp: 79p/330ml) launched just in time for the UK’s scorching summer. With flavours including Turkish Sharbat (pomegranate & rose); Mexican Agua Fresca (watermelon, lime & mint); Indian Nimbu Pani (lemon, cumin & mint) and West African Bissap (hibiscus & ginger), AG Barr is hoping to tap the major street food markets. Plus with no more than 4.5g of sugar per 100ml, it ducks the sugar tax.Schwartz street seasonings The rise of Lebanese street food has seen consumers branch out beyond basic mezzeIn store now: Baharat seasonings, mezze selectionsIn store tomorrow: Manousheh (Lebanese pizza) is tipped for big thingsAside from basic mezze, Middle Eastern food remains relatively unexplored in the UK. That all looks set to change. Lebanese cuisine is looking like a particularly hot area of growth. Street food eateries such as Yalla Yalla are bringing dishes such as Samboussek Chicken – pastry parcels filled with pulled chicken, onions confit, sumac and garlic – and baked flat pastry Manaee’sh to the UK’s palates. Or for simpler, handheld options, there are operators such as Beyroots offering the likes of a Chicken Shish Taouk wrap.This activity prompted Schwartz to make room for Baharat – a Middle Eastern blend of spices including coriander, garlic & black pepper – in its street food seasonings range. “Baharat works well with lamb, bulgur wheat and a minted yoghurt,” says Yates. “It’s creamy and cooling and a bit spicy.” It joins existing Baharat SKUs, which include offerings from Tesco Finest and Bart, in the retailers.There is clear potential to go beyond mezze and spices. Food Spark points to manousheh, which is essentially a Lebanese pizza, as a possible future crowd-pleaser. That the delicacy gained a mention in The Guardian’s faddy eater column this year suggests awareness could be building. Outside of Lebanese cuisine, Food Spark believes Turkish börek and Iranian kebabs could also prove popular. It’s certain to beat the late-night kebab of twenty years ago.The street food innovations making their way into retailRubicon Street Drinks Puchkas, a popular street food in areas such as Calcutta, are making their way into UK cuisineIn store now: Waitrose’s Bombay brunch wrap and Iceland’s Mumbai street food rangeIn store tomorrow: Indian burgers – ‘pavs’ – are tipped to make their way into retail, along with vegetarian-led Gujarat dishesNamed one of the top trends in the latest Waitrose Food and Drink report, Indian street food has exploded onto the scene as predicted. And it bears very little resemblance to the tikka masala. That the first Market Hall food site in Fulham – a blueprint for the two other Market Halls set to come to London, including the gargantuan 36,000 sq ft Oxford Street site – includes a Calcuttan stall speaks volumes. Founded by Asma Khan of the critically acclaimed Darjeeling Express, the Calcutta Canteen serves delicacies such as kati rolls (a wrap made with paratha bread and a choice of spicy fillings) and puchkas (wheat and semolina shells filled with spiced black chickpeas, potatoes and tamarind water).Street food is bringing this type of regional cuisine to the fore, says Indian chef Hari Ghotra. “From the Punjabi chole bhature (tangy chickpea curry and soft fluffy bread) to Mumbai’s pav (bread rolls served with potato cakes or speared with spiced vegetable curry), each state has its favourite street corner dish,” she explains. George Pitkeathley, founder of Indian street food chain Pilau, says handheld options are also proving popular. He names its butter chicken wrap, which includes the traditional dish with fresh ginger, lime, slaw and chutney or yoghurt, as a favourite among its core lunchtime crowd.Retailers are taking on board the demand for modern formats and regional flavours. Waitrose launched a Bombay brunch wrap – an egg wrap containing egg, pork sausage and spinach with a spiced tomato, chickpea and chilli bombay sauce – on the back of its trend report. “It’s all about merging different cuisines to excite our palates and create new fusion dishes,” says Waitrose executive chef Jonathan Moore. Iceland brought out its 16-strong Mumbai Street Co range in January, designed to replicate “the melting pot of flavours found on the streets of Mumbai”. Then there’s the biryani kit by Street Delights (see innovations, below), designed to replicate the one-pot cooking seen on the street.So what’s next? The Grocer’s sister publication Food Spark, which analyses food trends, tips the pav as a dish to watch. Essentially an Indian burger, pavs are rolls stuffed with either a vegetable curry or minced meat. Gujarat street food is another area with potential. Including dishes such as dhokla – fermented rice and split chickpeas – much of Gujarat food is vegetarian by tradition, making it perfectly placed to capitalise on the plant-based boom.New wave Mexican Launched: June 2018Manufacturer: SchwartzDesigned to help consumers recreate their favourite street food experiences at home, this range includes Korean BBQ, Baharat, Caribbean Jerk, Chimichurri, Sriracha and Mexican spices (rsp: 99p/14g). The launch is backed by a campaign “to help reinvigorate the herbs and spices category” including a partnership with Kyra TV, a digital channel aimed at millennials.London Flavours Street Food crispscenter_img Street food tacos use authentic flavours such as jalapeño, garlic and limeIn store now: The Wahaca range of kits and seasonings, including a Sweet & Smoky Barbacoa Soft Taco Kit, and Schwartz Mexican seasoningIn store tomorrow: Waitrose is set to launch a vegan jackfruit taco in time for Christmas, and Iceland has just unveiled a Mexican street food rangeWe’re all familiar with the standard burritos, enchilladas and tacos. But the rise of Mexican street food means UK consumers are now branching out beyond the basics. We’ve got the likes of Wahaca – arguably a pioneer of Mexican street food in the UK – serving fusion recipes such as Devon crab & avocado tostada, or regional fare such as pork pibil tacos from the Yucatán. Then there are the La Choza street food restaurants in Brighton serving pulled pork smoked in house for 14 hours. A simple burrito this is not.As a result, Schwartz says consumers are turning away from the trusty fajita kit in favour of more subtle, authentic flavours. “People have moved away from traditional chilli towards zingy flavours with jalapeño, garlic and lime,” says head of marketing Nic Yates. Culinary developer Craddock says this means Tex Mex is out, while “Yucatan-style flavours” and more unusual dishes such as baja fish tacos are in.All this is already evident in the retailers. We have the Wahaca range, with SKUs ranging from a Tomato and Chipotle seasoning mix to a Habanero soft taco kit, and the Gran Luchito range of sauces including a Smoked Chilli Chipotle paste.FoodSpark says this diversity is only set to grow. Iceland has just launched a Mexican street food range with products such as chicken mole and green corn, and Waitrose is introducing a vegan jackfruit taco in time for Christmas. Plus Food Spark believes interest may venture from Central into South America, as consumers discover delicacies such as Venezuelan arepa (maize rolls) and Peruvian juanes (a rice and meat dish wrapped in leaves).Beyond Middle Eastern mezze Launched: August 2018Manufacturer: Indo-European FoodsIEF’s head development chef Navin Bhatia travelled far and wide to find “the most iconic street food dishes” for the Street Delights range, launched and listed in Tesco this summer. The result is a six-strong range of meal kits including everything from Caribbean Jerk to Indonesian Nasi Goreng and Moroccan tagine (rsp £3/£3.69). All dishes can be made in ”three simple steps” to ensure they are easy to recreate at home.Store profile: Eat 17Eat 17originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2 Launching: September 2018Manufacturer: London FlavoursHigh-end crisp brand London Flavours is hoping to inject more excitement into the market with this street food inspired range, which includes Pho, Teriyaki and Sticky Ribs flavours. Available in 40g and 150g bags (rsp: £1 and £1.99), the new range will be supported by social media activity and sampling around London ahead of its big-bang launch later this month.Street Delights meal kits The latest Eat 17 branch in Hammersmith, London aims to bring the experience of outdoor street food markets indoorsWho said you could only get street food on the street? Eat 17 is hoping to recreate the atmopshere of a “vibrant open air food market” in its latest opening in Hammersmith’s Smiths Square building.Two thirds a grocery store and one third a street food market, the branch hopes to capture both time-poor commuters in search of a meal for tonight and diners wanting a quick bite before a night out.The street food area includes three independent sellers: an Indian street food outlet, a BBQ stall and a pizza stand with a full pizza oven. For drinks, there is an in-house coffee bar and refill stations for food, wine and beer.With 34 spaces to eat inside and 20 outside, Eat 17 hopes it will become an eating area that will attract high footfall “well into late evening”.Store spotlight, Eat 17: Breaking the mould in conveniencelast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues to Urge the Legislature to Pass Medical Marijuana Legislation

first_imgBLOG: Governor Wolf Continues to Urge the Legislature to Pass Medical Marijuana Legislation Medical Marijuana,  The Blog Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf has long been a supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana and is continuing to urge the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass medical marijuana legislation.“I support the legalization of medical marijuana so we can finally provide much needed relief to families and children,” said Governor Wolf. “It is time to legalize medical marijuana because we should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help people suffering from seizures or cancer patients affected by chemotherapy.”On February 25, 2016, House Majority Leader Dave Reed announced the decision to hold a vote on legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf thanked Majority Leader Reed and looked forward to the possibility of finally providing much needed relief to families and children.Governor Wolf has been a leader in the fight to legalize medical marijuana. Take a look at the coverage below: Surprises at Gov. Wolf’s Medical Marijuana Forum“The times have definitely changed in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf invited advocates and legislators into his official residence Monday night for a forum on medical marijuana. The event marked a big shift for stakeholders who, for years, were ignored and thwarted by former Gov. Corbett…. His stance on the issue is the first time in recent memory that any governor in the region has been so strongly and intimately supportive.”Penn Live: Medical marijuana supporters pack Pa. governor’s mansion“[Advocates] stressed their view [that] Pennsylvania is on the verge of joining about two dozen states which allow some form of access to medical marijuana. They base their optimism on the fact the state Senate recently voted 40-7 in favor of a a medical marijuana bill, public opinion surveys show strong support and, in Wolf, the state now has a governor who supports allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana-derived treatments to those with approved medical conditions.”FOX 43: Pa. House group meeting daily on new medical marijuana bill“Governor Wolf (D) has been vocally supportive of signing legislation which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.”Post-Gazette: Medical marijuana use in Pa. debated at governor’s residence“With the legalization of medical marijuana now before the House, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday hosted supporters at the governor’s residence for what he described as ‘a chance to get the facts out.’ Mr. Wolf sat for more than an hour in the front row as two doctors, a lawyer, the mother of a child with epilepsy and a man with a pain disorder made the case for allowing doctors to add marijuana to the treatments they recommend to their patients.”ABC 27: Pa. House ready to vote on medical marijuana“Nine months after the state Senate approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, the House is expected to finally take action.Gov. Tom Wolf says House Majority Leader Dave Reed has decided to hold a vote. Members are expected to consider the bill when they return from recess next month. Wolf supports legalizing medical marijuana. He said he believes it is long past time to provide medical cannabis to patients and families across the state.” Wolf confirms his support of medical marijuana“On the same day that legislation was reintroduced to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday told parents of sick children that he would sign a bill if it reached his desk.”Penn Live: Gov. Tom Wolf meets with medical marijuana advocates, families“Gov. Tom Wolf met with medical marijuana advocates Tuesday at the Capitol, marking a significant shift in policy from his predecessor. ‘I feel there’s a lot more compassion as I walk through these halls,’ said Dana Ulrich, whose 7-year-old daughter Lorelei suffers from intractable epilepsy.”York Daily Record: Pa. House expected to vote on medical marijuanaThe Pennsylvania House is slated to vote on a medical marijuana bill after it returns to session March 14, according to a state document. In the statement, Wolf said his administration has pushed forward a program to research the use of marijuana to help children with intractable seizures.Lehigh Valley Live: Medical Marijuana amendments, vote planned in Pennsylvania House“Gov. Tom Wolf…has maintained he supports opening up cannabis for medical use in Pennsylvania, as 23 states — including New Jersey — and the District of Columbia have done.”WFMZ 69 News: Gov. Wolf vows to support Pennsylvania Senate’s medical marijuana bill“Gov. Tom Wolf gave an impromptu audience to parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and is vowing to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing.”Governor Wolf on the Record:“I want to give doctors the ability to prescribe medicine as they see fit. It pains me that anybody, any citizen of Pennsylvania, is not getting the treatment he or she needs because of some legal impediment.”— Penn Live, January 27, 2015“I commend the bipartisan effort to allow Pennsylvania doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. We should not deny a physician’s ability to recommend medical marijuana treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from seizures, those affected by PTSD, cancer patients affected by chemotherapy, and Pennsylvanians suffering from many other ailments and conditions that could benefit from this effective, doctor-prescribed treatment.”—, January 29, 2015“We ought to let doctors prescribe the medications that they think their patients need. I don’t think that’s a really unusual thing to ask of our legislators. This passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. I think it would probably pass overwhelmingly in the House, if we can convince the right people to do the right thing.”— Post-Gazette, May 19, 2015“I want doctors to be able to prescribe the drugs that they think their patients need to get better.”— FOX 43, May 22, 2015“The legalization of medical marijuana–I think we ought to allow doctors to prescribe. They’re the experts. We ought to allow them to prescribe the treatments that they feel are best fitted to the challenges facing the person.”— WPXI Channel 11 News, May 21, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img Read more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: March 11, 2016last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to host world’s richest horse race

first_img Loading… “Racing routinely sees male and female riders compete on a level playing field and we are proud to continue this great tradition at King Abdulaziz Racecourse during Saudi Cup weekend.” The Saudi Cup field is weighed more towards the United States entrants, who race on dirt more often than European racehorses. A top contender is McKinzie, which was runner-up in the prestigious Breeder’s Cup Classic last year, and trained by Bob Baffert who has an excellent record in the Dubai World Cup with three victories in total. Another American runner Maximum Security won the Kentucky Derby last year but was then disqualified and has not shown much since. – Reputation revamp – Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sports push is designed to lure international tourists and boost domestic spending as the OPEC kingpin seeks to diversify its oil-reliant economy. The kingdom also hosted the Dakar Rally, one of motor racing’s most gruelling adventure rallies, earlier this year as well as the Italian and Spanish super cup finals last year – with the added attraction of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Activists accuse Saudi rulers of “sportswashing” – using such events as a tool to soften their international image. And in a country where two-thirds of the population is under 30, critics say the sporting drive is aimed at blunting public frustration over an economic downturn and soaring youth unemployment. While Saudi women now have the right to drive, campaigners say jailed activists who spearheaded the push for a ban on the long-standing restriction have faced sexual harassment and torture in detention. Read Also: Greece, UEFA vow to clean up Greek football The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and a sweeping crackdown on dissent have also dented the kingdom’s reputation. “The amount of money spent on those events is… an investment in Saudi Arabia’s PR campaign to improve its image that was tarnished by a number of policy missteps,” said Yasmine Farouk, a Middle East expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsThe Best Tarantino Movie YetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Saudi Arabia this week hosts the world’s richest horse race, with $20 million in cash prizes on offer in the latest international sports extravaganza designed to boost its battered global image. Jockeys compete at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in the Saudi capital Riyadh The ultra-conservative kingdom has in recent years invested heavily in sporting events, in a soft power push designed to project a more moderate image and jettison a reputation for rights abuses and the export of hardline ideology. The Saudi Cup, expected to attract about 10,000 spectators, takes place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack on February 29 with the main race run over 1,800m on a dirt track with a maximum field of 14. The winner will walk away with $10 million, second place with $3.5 million and even the 10th place finisher will go away with something. The Saudi Cup includes another seven races on dirt and turf with prizes worth $9.2 million up for grabs. “We are taking the first steps on a journey to bring the domestic racing product on a par with our international counterparts,” said Tom Ryan, director of strategy and international racing at the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia. The event will “increase the sport’s following inside Saudi Arabia, as well as opening up the industry to international horses and connections to make our mark on global racing,” he said. Saudi journalist Mugbel al-Zabni, who writes for Arriyadiyah sports daily, said the event plays to Saudi culture, in a kingdom where the horse is considered a symbol of its heritage. – Glitzy rivals – The Saudi Cup is set to take place in between its two predecessors as the world’s richest race – the Pegasus World Cup in the United States and the Dubai World Cup which are scheduled one month either side. The Pegasus World Cup was the richest in the world in 2018 worth $16 million surpassing the $12 million Dubai World Cup, but it was only worth $9 million this year. The big name jockeys at the Saudi Cup include Italian legend Frankie Dettori and Britain’s Ryan Moore. The Racing Post said that Nicola Currie is one of seven international female jockeys who will make history by becoming the first women to ride in a competitive race in Saudi Arabia. Currie and her fellow female riders are to compete on Friday in a four race points-based challenge with seven male riders led by Dettori. “We’re delighted to welcome some of the best jockeys in the business to compete,” the Post quoted Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, as saying.last_img read more

Solskjaer: Martial taking tips off Ighalo

first_img Loading… Martial, 24, has moved from the wing into a more central role this season following the departure of Romelu Lukaku. It has seemingly worked as the Frenchman has scored 19 across all competitions, and Solskjaer says he is getting tips of his teammates. “Odion is a seasoned No.9,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “He’s played that position his whole career whereas Anthony has played more out on the wing. “Odion is helping on the training pitch, in terms of his movement, hold-up play and just being himself. Anthony’s learning off an experienced centre-forward.” On Martial’s move to a number nine role, Solskjaer says he will keep challenging the former Monaco man.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Absolutely Unique Facts About Kanye8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowItalians Go Out On Balconies To Sing & Play Various InstrumentsThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyescenter_img Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said Anthony Martial ‘is learning off’ veteran teammate, Odion Ighalo. “It’s the first season that he’s really playing as a No.9; he’s had to have that burden of the shirt and be that central focus through the middle,” he added. “Sometimes that’s not easy when you play for Manchester United but he knows that we trust him and I think he knows that we want him to keep developing. “We’ll keep challenging him. There are always players in and around the team – and outside the club – who would want to be No.9 for Manchester United. There’s always pressure on a centre-forward but so far, he’s performed really well.” Solskjaer continued: “He’s playing with a smile on his face. read also:Ighalo makes FA Cup Quarter-final Team after United victory “Anthony has had a really good season, he’s been really important for us. We felt it during the couple of months he was out injured; we struggled. “But he knows that we trust him. He knows that we’ll have patience with him and that we’ll keep working with him.”last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-12)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball ScoresTuesday  (2-12)East Central  42     Lawrenceburg  35North Decatur  59     Franklin County  38Rising Sun  58     Jac-Cen-Del  48Hauser  88     Milan  81Greensburg  60     Seymour  46South Dearborn  90     Villa Madonna  60Delta  55     Rushville  49Muncie Central  54     Connersville  49Knightstown  71     SW-Shelby  60Edinburgh  69     Trinity Lutheran  40Indian Creek  87     Madison  80  (2-OT)last_img