first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2015)–Late running Finnegans Wake heads a field of nine older horses as he seeks his fourth consecutive graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes, to be run at the marathon distance of 1 ½ miles on turf.With Victor Espinoza aboard, the 6-year-old horse by Powerscourt has rallied for victories in three straight Grade II turf stakes; the 1 ½ miles Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 27, the 1 1/8 miles San Gabriel on Jan. 3 and the 1 ¼ miles San Marcos on Feb. 7.Originally based in the Midwest, Finnegans Wake was transferred to trainer Peter Miller late last summer and was a close second from off the pace in the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles turf John Henry Turf Classic at Santa Anita on Sept. 28, which was his Southern California debut.A close 10th, beaten just 5 ¼ lengths by eventual Eclipse Award winning Older Male and Older Turf Male, Main Sequence in the Grade I, 1 ½ miles Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 1, Finnegans Wake has three wins from five starts for Miller and is 27-6-3-3 overall. Owned by Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch, he has one win from three tries at 1 ½ miles on grass and has earnings of $1,065,375.Finnegans Wake’s biggest opposition could come from trainer Neil Drysdale’s Power Foot, who ran a troubled fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by “Finnegan” last out in the San Marcos Feb. 7. Although third early, Power Foot was well back of lone pacesetter Diamond Bachelor into the far turn and appeared to have a big shot at running second or third, if not for lugging in badly and clipping heels under Kieran Fallon in deep stretch.A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Powerscourt, Power Foot will be ridden for the first time on Saturday by Flavien Prat and would benefit from a realistic early pace. Owned by Stepaside Farms, LLC, Power Foot is one for two at the San Luis Rey distance and is 20-4-0-4 overall with earnings of $244,564.Hard hitting Play Hard to Get comes off a head victory in a second condition allowance going 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 27 and is one of several deep closers in the San Luis Rey field. Trained by Eric Kruljac, the 4-year-old chestnut gelding by Purim was ridden to victory last out by the recently injured Corey Nakantani, and will be ridden Saturday by Kent Desormeaux, who guided him to a first condition allowance score four starts back on Nov. 15 at Del Mar. Owned by Kings River Ranch, Play Hard to Get has three wins from nine starts and has earnings of $132,750. He’ll try 1 ½ miles for the first time Saturday.A Grade III winner at age three, 7-year-old Joes Blazing Aaron could pose an elusive target on the front end with Joe Talamo up. Claimed for $62,500 out of a close third place run going 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 27 by trainer Bob Hess, Jr., “Joe” will make his 38th career start in the San Luis Rey. Winless in two lifetime tries at 1 ½ miles on turf, the Graeme Hall gelding is 37-7-3-4 overall and has earnings of $393,491. He’s currently owned by Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., and Summertime Racing.Trainer Peter Eurton’s California-bred Ashleyluvssuger comes off a second condition allowance win in open company at 1 1/8 miles on turf Feb. 5 and is an up-and-comer who has proven effective stalking or rallying from well off the pace. Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old Game Plan gelding will try graded stakes company for the first time on Saturday. A winner of three out of his last five starts with Mike Smith aboard, he’ll be ridden for the first time by Gary Stevens, as Smith will be riding on Saturday at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky.With an overall mark of 9-4-0-2, Ashleyluvssugar is one for three on grass and will try 1 ½ miles for the first time. He has earnings of $215,504.Beaten 22 ¾ lengths in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, Diamond Bachelor gets back to his preferred surface on Saturday and will be reunited with Martin Pedroza, who put him on the lead and guided him to a close second place finish behind Finnegans Wake three starts back in the San Marcos Stakes. Trained by Patrick Biancone and owned by Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC, Mrs. Susan Magnier and Robert Trussel, Diamond Bachelor is 18-2-3-0 with earnings of $189,520.Trainer John Sadler’s English-bred Raise Your Gaze comes off an even sixth place finish in a one mile turf allowance and will make his second stateside start Saturday. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old gelding won a pair of minor stakes going 1 ¼ miles on turf last summer in England and will try 1 ½ miles for the second time.The complete field for the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine race card Saturday, with jockey and weights in post position order: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 118; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 118; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 118; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 118; Joes Blazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 118; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 123, and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. MILLER, ESPINOZA TEAM VERSUS EIGHT TURF VETERANSlast_img read more

Hegarty’s Ford puts Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub in driving seat

first_imgDonegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub are delighted to announce a new partnership with Hegarty’s, the Main Ford dealer in Donegal. Charlie Collins of Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub is pictured taking delivery of the New Ford Focus from Andrew Hegarty at the company’s state of the art garage and showrooms at Kilmacrennan Road, Letterkenny on Friday.Collins said he was delighted to accept the beautiful new Ford Focus on behalf of Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub and thanked Andrew and the team at Hegarty’s from their confidence and support in our products. Andrew Hegarty, Managing Director said that Hegarty’s welcomed the opportunity to team up with Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub and was looking forward to a successful partnership in 2019.You can visit Hegarty’s Ford Garage on Kilmacrennan Road, Letterkenny to view their large range of new and used cars and commercial vehicles, call on 074 91 21095, check on their website at or email [email protected]’s Ford puts Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub in driving seat was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Hegarty’s Fordlast_img read more

Roles starting to shift for Giants as dust settles following the trade deadline

first_imgDENVER — The Giants welcomed one new teammate and one old friend to the visitor’s clubhouse at Coors Field on Friday.Scooter Gennett, acquired in a trade with the Reds on Wednesday, will bat sixth and play second base in his Giants debut against the Rockies. Steven Duggar, promoted after an impressive stint in Triple-A Sacramento, will bat seventh and play center field for the series opener at Coors Field.Their arrivals will lead to a change in roles for several players, but no player will …last_img

Colorado’s South Park GeoTour Goes Live

first_imgGo on a geocaching adventure through the stunning landscapes, rich history and pristine natural resources of central Colorado’s South Park. Whether you enjoy exploring the wonders of the backcountry or touring historic communities, Colorado’s South Park GeoTour has something for you.Discover the wonders of the South Park National Heritage Area, a nationally designated region recognized for its cultural and natural resources. Unlock its secrets through this challenging but educational GeoTour that includes high mountain peaks, geological wonders and historic buildings. Set your own course toward finding enough geocaches to win a prize. Dozens of geocachers have already claimed their South Park Geocoin by finding 30 geocaches and even more have received a South Park t-shirt for finding 20 geocaches.Colorado’s South Park GeoTour is expanding this summer to include even more geocaches at unique and exciting locations. Sign up for the South Park GeoTour e-newsletter to be the first to know when the new geocaches go live on with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedColorado’s South Park GeoTourJuly 10, 2015In “GeoTours”Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour (GT34)February 11, 2019In “Community”Want a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…March 2, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

Level Up: Video Games Are The New Educational Hack

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Turns out—to no surprise—they can. Here are the winners from the 2013 Challenge, with video game designs encompassing everything from community and literacy, to math, science and health.Through the project, kids learn and take away a myriad of lessons about communication, collaboration, problem solving and systems and computer thinking. The high number of educational Challenge submissions speaks to the interest of youth to see video games with an academic framework. It’s taking a medium already used by students and developing the games in a way that benefits their progress in school. stephanie ellen chan Why You Love Online Quizzes Video games are often at the center of negative press for their effect on children. But that’s not the only story that can be told. Video games used as teaching tools can change lives and impart excellent skills.With news of any youth in possession of a gun or worse being the perpetrator of a shooting, the eyes of the world fall on their consumption of media: What video game did that child play last?  Names like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty have become synonymous with a supposed cultural degradation, the blame of many for the rise of youth violence and gun homicides. But children can also learn from the creation of and interaction with video games dispelling the harsh stigma of the child/video game complex and bringing a revolution to the educational system. A revolution that will be gamified. Related Posts Video games utilized for education can have unique and positive effects. Two programs make this very clear: The National STEM Video Game Challenge is an annual call for middle to high schoolers to submit their own video game designs and compete on the national level with other children their age. By designing their own games, children learn the ins and outs of coding, strategy and digital creation.The Mind Research Institute’s ST Math video game is another example of education gamification, as it utilizes the medium of a video game to teach students to conceptualize math in brand new ways. This lets children have a visual representation of math problems in motion; what was once just numbers placed flat in a textbook now dance to life with a digital companion to aid in figuring out solutions.The gamification of education is radical and effective. Such alternative methods to today’s education system deserve a closer look.The 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge is a call for youth to design and submit their own video games in an effort to increase science and technology learning. This challenge, started in 2010, was created in response to the White House’s push towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The goal is simple—plant an interest in technology and engineering by spurring youth to create their own video games. The question lies in if the students are actually able to build a platform themselves. Matthew Peterson from the Mind Research Institute argues that learning through video games—sans words—is the key to increased learning opportunities. With an emphasis on math education, the MRI aims to forever change how students achieve success in math. For example, MRI’s ST Math software is a video game where each level depicts a new math problem for the player to solve. Problems are presented without words, and instead inferred through pictures and numbers. An animated penguin is the friendly guide throughout each level—users must solve the math problem so that the penguin can cross the screen.In his TED Talk, Peterson speaks about how teaching math through video games is the key to raising test scores, granting educational opportunities and achieving success for the future.Youth thrive in being their own purveyors of their educational journey. Textbooks and paperwork provide only one way for students to engage in mathematics, a method that does not account for the variances in the many ways children learn. ST Math’s utilization of avatars, movement, and interactivity with problem solving grants players the agency needed to acquire a solid command of math skills. MRI’s dataset shows the improvement of math test proficiency in schools across America who used ST Math for one to two years. The conversation surrounding children and video games can be shifted to reveal the hugely positive hack it’s creating in the educational system at this very moment. Kids may be born into the care of screens, but if utilized in the right ways, those screens can create significant improvement in areas like science, tech and math. Images and videos courtesy of gamerenthusiast, National STEM Video Game Challenge, Mind Research Institute, TedxTalks, ELineMedia Tags:#education#math#stem#video games 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep on The GH5 2.3 Firmware Update

first_imgAre you hesitant about the latest firmware update for the Panasonic GH5? Here are a few reasons why you should take the plunge.When new firmware comes out, there’s always hesitation from the camera community. Will it brick the camera? Has anyone encountered any bugs? There’s usually a “you go first” attitude. (This is even more true when the firmware doesn’t really offer a complete overhaul — like 2.0 did.) However, while the majority of new features are photography-based, such as the ability to add grain to a photostyle, there are a few nifty upgrades for GH5 filmmakers that you shouldn’t pass up.Night Mode Setup > Page 2 > Night Mode > Monitor OnNight mode isn’t necessarily a feature for every GH5 filmmaker. In fact, I’d argue that perhaps 90% of GH5 filmmakers will never need to use this feature. Night mode reduces the glare and brightness of the LCD and the viewfinder by displaying the image in red. Of course, when we think about that on a practical level, you’re not going to want to use night mode when filming an exterior night scene on a busy street — it’s not meant for that.But if you’re shooting wildlife or a nighttime time-lapse in the wilderness, the bright glare from the LCD screen is not only going to distract the wildlife, it’s also going to strain your eyes. (Which is why many professionals tell you not to look at your phone in a completely dark environment.) The bright screen will reduce the visibility of the surroundings when you’re in complete darkness.Night mode gives you the option to reduce the LCD glare. Again, this is not something you’ll probably use for narrative work, but there are plenty of practical applications for the function. When you turn on Night Mode, you can increase or decrease the luminance of the display by pressing the display (DISP) button.Live View Boost Custom > Monitor/Display > Live View Boost > On(While this feature is a new addition to the photography tools available on the GH5, I think it serves some purpose for filmmakers who use the Gh5 for time-lapse.)As opposed to Night Mode, we also have Live View Boost. When photographing in extreme low-light situations, you may be unable to see what’s visible in the composition, and changing the exposure is not an option because the current settings are vital for what you need to shoot (think of a dark open field exposed for the coming sunrise). Whatever the case, you can give yourself a helping hand with Live View Boost. This setting increases the brightness of the display without affecting the settings of the image. Note, you have to turn off “constant live view,” and this is not available in movie mode.Maximum Enlarged ViewIf you use vintage glass or consumer-friendly cinema lenses, you’re going to be without the autofocus. Thankfully, the GH5 has two features that will help you find your focus before hitting record. The first is focus peaking, which illuminates the edges of in-focus objects, and the second is MF assist.MF assist is a tool the magnifies the image when you turn the focus wheel of your lens or double-tap the touchscreen. In 2.3, we get up to 20x enlarged view when using MF assist. This is especially great if you’re using a telephoto lens from several meters away. A common issue may be that the talent or object may appear to be in focus and the focus peaking is telling you they are, but upon reviewing the footage, you see they’re slightly soft. With the option of digitally zooming 20x, you can get right in on the actor’s face to check your focus.Improved AFThe continuous autofocus for the GH5 has been one of the camera’s shortcomings. As I’ve already stated, I only use manual lenses, so the problem hasn’t been an issue for me. However, for those who vlog, create online tutorials, or just want to use the camera for home recording without constant manual focusing, the continuous autofocus has been troublesome. We previously covered the problems (and fixes) in “The GH5’s Autofocus: A Disaster or Simply Misunderstood?” But whether the problem was due to user error or a truly terrible AF, the 2.0 firmware update changed the autofocus algorithm, improving the feature.However, there was still dissatisfaction in the community with how the AF performed in the SS/Gain Operation > ANGLE/ISO mode, which allows users to film at a true 180-degree shutter angle. Enter 2.3, and once again, GH5 users are getting an improved autofocus — along with a direct focus on the use of AF when using the 180-degree shutter. How reliable is it? Well, ProAV TV gives us a demonstration in the following video. Does the firmware change the camera as much as 2.0 did? No. But it does improve features and add new tools that many are going to find useful. For the full list of updates and new features, head on over to the Panasonic website for the press release.Looking for more on the GH5? Check out these articles.A Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 SetupHow to Set Up a Tethered Shoot with the Panasonic GH5Using 23.98 NTSC On The LUMIX GH5S in A PAL Regionlast_img read more

Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Lazio’s Nani, top, and Udinese’s Bram Nuytinck go for the ball during a soccer match in Rome, Italy. Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City. The team said Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)ORLANDO, Florida — Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City.The team said Monday that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Nani served as Portugal’s captain after Cristiano Ronaldo was hurt during the first half of the extra-time victory over France in the 2016 European Championship final. He has 24 goals in 112 international appearances, including a goal against the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup.He has played for Sporting Lisbon (2005-07, 2014-15 and 2018-19), Manchester United (2007-14), Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2015-16), Spain’s Valencia (2016-17) and Italy’s Lazio (2017-18). He won four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League with Manchester United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Azkals give up two late goals, yield to Vietnamese Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

India-Pakistan bilateral series will benefit both cricket boards: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan will bring in large sum of money for both the boards and said that the money could be used in helping grass roots cricket.He weighed in with his take on the long standing issue saying it was not just Pakistan which needed to play India but also India which needed to play Pakistan.”It is not just about us wanting to play them. I think it is also important for India to play us. And the fact is the financial rewards from a Indo-Pak series is immense for both boards and the positive is that money will eventually trickle down to the players and in helping the grass roots cricket,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by PTI.Also read: Shoaib Akthar keen on buying Pakistan Super League franchise “India might be a financial powerhouse but even they know they can earn a lot more from playing Pakistan. There are benefits for both boards,” he said.The Pakistan pacer also said that Pakistan and India, their cricketers, officials and politicians needed to refrain from making too many statements about the issue and concentrate more on staging the series. He said he considered India-Pakistan matches to be the pinnacle of international cricket and that a bilateral series will help both the countries.last_img read more

25 days agoNicolas Pepe: Why I chose Arsenal over PSG and Bayern Munich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicolas Pepe: Why I chose Arsenal over PSG and Bayern Munichby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicolas Pepe has explained his decision to join Arsenal.The attacker’s former St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier had spoken of Pepe joining PSG last summer.But Pepe explained to Canal Football Club: “Galtier imagined me at PSG? He even imagined Bayern in what he said. For me, this is a choice that can surprise because it is a club that does not play the Champions League, but it is also a club that has a lot of ambitions, we also play the Europa League, it’s also a European competition where we have the goal to win. “The coach is used to this competition, he already won with Sevilla, last year they were in the final. The goal is to do better, so to win this competition.” last_img read more

7 days agoBenteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contracts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Benteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contractsby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are boosted by news that Christian Benteke and James Tomkins have extended their contracts.Tomkins will now be with the club until the end of the 2021/2022 season, while Benteke has a contract that expires at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.While Tomkins is a key player, Benteke’s renewal was a little surprising given he has only started two Premier League games and not scored a goal in league play this season.Speaking about the renewals, Palace club chairman Steve Parish had the following to say: “I’m pleased that agreements have been reached with these two important senior players.”Both James and Christian bring vast Premier League experience, commitment and professionalism to the squad.”These new deals show that we recognise their levels of performance in recent seasons, that we believe in both players, and that they are hugely motivated by the direction the club is heading.” last_img read more