Jamai Raja humbles Bigdaddykool

first_imgCLASSIC HOPEFUL BIGDADDYKOOL found the going too hot to handle on his three-year-old debut at Caymanas Park yesterday, finishing a disappointing third behind JAMAI RAJA at a mile.Richard Azan-trained JAMAI RAJA ran out a four-and-a-half length winner at odds of 9-5, clocking 1:39.4, beating the filly BIRDCATCHER, a 9-1 long shot.BIGDADDYKOOL finished two-and-a-quarter lengths behind BIRDCATCHER, eased by jockey Shane Ellis approaching the last furlong.It was a dismal run by BIGDADDYKOOL, who had finished third in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day, beating JAMAI RAJA out of sight at a mile.Sent off as the 1-5 favourite, BIGDADDYKOOL was slowly into stride as usual and tailed off at the half mile while JAMAI RAJA went in chase of STUNNER, who led from the start.JAMAI RAJA, treated with lasix for the first time and without his regular tongue strap, pounced on STUNNER coming off the home turn and stayed on strongly under jockey Dane Nelson, handing the three-time champion rider his second winner of the afternoon.Nelson opened the 11-race card with a win aboard 7-2 chance DWAYNE STAR, beating howling 1-5 favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by seven and a half lengths.ACTION MAN made all with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker to romp the 1100-metre Howard Phillipps Memorial by six-and-a-half lengths.last_img read more

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Balotelli warning! The eerie similarities between Liverpool’s problem striker and Brazil’s forgotten prodigy

first_img1 Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has warned former charge Mario Balotelli to change his ways or fear wasting his career.The Liverpool striker’s appalling return of just two goals in 18 appearances for the Redmen has seen his future at the club come under increasing doubt, and Mancini, who used to manage the Italian during his days at Man City and in his first stint at Inter has told him to shape up or run the risk of ending up on the scrap-heap like another once-prodigious talent, Adriano.“Mario is at risk of following the same path as Adriano,” Mancini said. “I hope that he wakes up one morning and realises that he is wasting everything.”At 24 years old, Balotelli has enjoyed a relatively successful career to date, but his early progress seems to eerily mirror Adriano’s much more closer than the Italian would perhaps like.We compared the two, totalling his achievements to-date with the forgotten Brazilian’s at the exact same age Balotelli is now.Mario Balotelli24 years oldTo date:239 appearances (all competitions)90 goals (all competitions)33 caps for Italy13 goalsNine major honours – Including: Three Serie A titles, One Premier League title, One Champions League titleAdrianoBy Balotelli’s age he had:212 appearances (all competitions)103 goals (all competitions)36 caps for Brazil25 goalsNine major honours – Including: One Serie A title, Two Copa Italia crowns, One Copa America title, One Confederations CupThe result is pretty surprising and should be a warning to Balotelli that he is at serious risk of slowly disappearing from the football landscape. Something needs to change.To remember just how good Adriano once was, take a look at the video below. Mario Balotelli has been warned by Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini last_img read more

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Search on for three missing boys

first_imgDIAMOND BAR – Authorities searched today for three missing boys from Diamond Bar — reportedly the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar — who may have been kidnapped by their mother. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Major Crimes Bureau responded to the 2200 block of Cello Drive at 10:15 last night to investigate the circumstances surrounding the possible abduction of the three boys, said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Sheriff Headquarters Bureau. The children — one is 8, the others are 6, were reported missing about 3:35 p.m. yesterday, Sierra said. The 6-year-olds are twins and one of the missing children is named Brian, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, which first reported the alleged abduction yesterday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The mother, who does not have legal custody of the children, was identified as Jennifer DeJongh and is also known as Jennifer Lopez. She may be en route to Nevada, possibly Las Vegas, Sierra said. The parents of the children are divorced and there appears to be a custody battle between the two, sheriff’s officials told the Tribune. Miller, 59, represents the 42nd Congressional District, which includes Diamond Bar, Brea, Chino and Chino Hills. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three boys was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Walnut Station at (909) 595- 2264. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

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Mobile shopping made easier with payD

first_img8 May 2012 Mobile services company Oltio, a joint venture between Standard Bank and mobile operator MTN, is looking to change the way South Africans use their mobile phones by turning their handsets into personal point of sale devices. Earlier this year, Oltio was nominated in the “best mobile money innovation” category at the annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards for its secure transaction authentication technology, payD. Through the payD platform, launched in August 2011, consumers can buy products and services online, using their debit cards to pay for their purchase and their mobile phones to enter their PINs.Major partners, vendors on board The technology is used by Oltio parent company MTN for its Eazi Recharge pre-paid airtime top-up service, which has nearly 140 000 users. Other partners include MasterCard, through its recently launched MasterCard Mobile payment platform; PayU, which currently processes 65% of all online payments in South Africa; and Vodacom’s new Express Recharge pre-paid airtime top-up service. In addition, payD has more than 200 vendors on board, including 1time Airline and online retailer TakeAlot, and Oltio is pushing to grow the number of merchants offering payD to its customers. “The MasterCard Mobile platform enables millions of South Africans to make secure purchases using their PIN-based bank cards,” Oltio CEO Terry Timson said in a statement last week.‘Convenient and cost-effective’ “It’s a convenient and cost-effective payment mechanism that lets customers make use of their existing bank accounts, credit and debit cards, if issued by Standard Bank, Absa or Nedbank. “This use of our pioneering technology means consumers can benefit from the competitive prices, convenience and variety associated with buying online, simply by registering their MasterCard or Maestro PIN-based credit or debit card to transact.” payD is also available to PIN-based Visa debit and credit cards issued by Standard Bank, Absa or Nedbank. PostBank customers can also use payD to make payments on their mobile phones. According to Timson, this means “we are, in effect, enabling the vast majority of the more than 30-million South African debit card users to join the e- and m-commerce revolution, many for the first time.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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What’s the Best Method to Use When Paying Down Debt?

first_imgBy Carol Church If you or someone you know is carrying credit card debt, they’re far from alone. The Federal Reserve estimates at least half of U. S. cardholders don’t pay their bills in full monthly. Service members are far from immune to this issue. In fact, some research suggests that military members are more likely to have credit card debt (and more of it) than civilians.For some, this issue may be relatively minor—a few hundred dollars that will get paid off within a month or two. For many others, however, the situation is much more serious. Just as millions are in debt, millions also suffer from bad credit ratings, affecting so many things about their lives and costing them even more money. For service members, debt can be a distraction while deployed and may even result in revocation of security clearance.Of course, credit cards aren’t the only kind of debt that can cause problems. Car payments (especially those with high interest rates), medical bills, and student loans all also have the potential to become a problem. Many people have more than one type of overdue or problem debt.Those in this situation may feel like they have no idea where to start with getting the situation under control. However, the first step is to begin thinking about a clear plan of action. There are many possible ways to begin digging out of debt; we’ll discuss some common strategies below.The Snowball MethodOne approach to beginning to eliminate debt is the so-called “snowball” method. With this technique, you “get the ball rolling” on eliminating debt by (of course) making sure to pay the minimum on all debts monthly, but otherwise concentrating all “extra” payment on ONE debt first: your smallest debt. You do this regardless of interest rate. Return to article. Long DescriptionStockSnap/Pixabay.com, CC0The idea is to get this first debt erased quickly in order to enjoy the immense emotional and psychological satisfaction we feel when “zeroing out” a deb. Once the smallest debt is wiped out, you move on to the next smallest debt, and so on and so forth.This approach to debt is appealing to many due to basic human nature. Getting rid of a debt can feel like a big accomplishment and can provide debtors with motivation to keep going—and as with many things, the key here is to keep going! However, from a dollars-and-sense financial point of view, the snowball method is, at its root, unsound. You will pay more in interest this way!The Ladder MethodWith the “ladder” method, you again make sure to always put at least the minimum payment towards each debt, but concentrate on the debt with the highest interest rate first, regardless of its relative size. Even if it takes years to pay this one off, that is where you pay extra, because that is the debt that is losing you the most money.Some simple math demonstrates the common sense of this approach, if you think about it. It might feel good to pay off that annoying $1000 student loan with a 5% interest rate, but consider how little that loan “costs” you over the year compared to a $10,000 credit card debt with an 18% interest rate!The “Kickstart” MethodWith this method, you start off paying a small debt in full for the motivation value and then proceed to your highest-interest debt next for the financial “dollars and sense” value. If you’re losing motivation paying on a large, high-interest loan, you can temporarily “downshift” to paying off a small loan again for the emotional payoff, but then go back to the high-interest account.The “Rising Tide Lifts All Boats” MethodIn this method, debtors pay the minimum first, then divide whatever extra amount they have left for debt elimination pretty equally among all their debts. Typically not a particularly intentional strategy, this approach is nonetheless pretty common, and may make debtors feel like they are at least “making progress” on all their obligations.Which One to Choose?Many experts advise choosing a method based on knowledge of your own personality. Can you work well within the logic of the ladder? Will you need the emotional satisfaction of the snowball? Is the kickstart method a good compromise? Although those of us who work in finance may feel that the ladder (or at least the hybrid) is always better, be aware that real-life research on the matter suggests that the less mathematically valid snowball method may often work better for people in real life. In an experiment where people “worked” by playing games to “pay off” pretend debt and get real money, those who concentrated their efforts on the account with the smallest balances worked the hardest to “get it done.”And it does appear that concentrating on one loan at a time, rather than spreading out payments, is often best. Researchers looking at credit card data from nearly 6000 customers found that those who concentrated on paying off one account at a time were more successful than those who distributed their payments equally over multiple accounts. This effect was stronger when the debtors paid off smaller loans first.Whatever the plan, debtors should make it clear and easy to follow They will benefit from thinking carefully about the best approach, making a plan, and sticking to it.  Paying off debt is not easy, but it can be done.References:Boyer, R. (2012). The ‘snowball’ approach to debt. Retrieved from http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/news_articles/2012/snowball-approach.aspxTrudel, R. (2016). Research: The Best Strategy for Paying Off Credit Card Debt. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2016/12/research-the-best-strategy-for-paying-off-credit-card-debtKettle, K.L.  Trudel, R., Blanchard, S. J., & Häubl, G. (2016). Repayment Concentration and Consumer Motivation to Get Out of Debt. Journal of Consumer Research, 43 (3), 460–477, https://academic.oup.com/jcr/article/43/3/460/2200459 Snowball, snowlast_img read more

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FA Cup: Chelsea edge Tottenham in thrilling semi-final

first_imgLate goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic sealed a 4-2 victory for Chelsea over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a rip-roaring FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.#EmiratesFACup semi-final reaction from the @wembleystadium pitch! https://t.co/ivzk4GA6wS- The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 22, 2017It was only the fourth time in the competition that a semi-final had featured the current top two in the top flight and it did not disappoint as the title rivals produced a sizzling contest.Brazilian Willian, surprisingly selected ahead of Hazard in the starting line-up, twice put Chelsea ahead, first after four minutes with a free kick and then close to halftime from the penalty spot.Twice Tottenham roared back with Harry Kane heading them level after 18 minutes and Dele Alli making it 2-2 with a superb finish seven minutes after the break.Tottenham, who are four points behind Chelsea in the league after a brilliant run of form, dominated at times but their hopes of a first FA Cup final since 1991 were sunk late on.First Hazard, who replaced Willian with half an hour remaining, buried a low shot past Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes, then Matic’s 30-metre piledriver sank Spurs who have won only one of their last nine matches at Wembley and have now lost in seven successive FA Cup semi-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgAt the 2004 National 18 Years Championships players will be vying for a position in the 18 years Australian teams that will compete at the 2nd Youth World Cup at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast from January 19-23 2005. “The Youth World Cup is a good stepping stone for our young players and a guide to how much depth we have in our juniors,” said National Director of Elite programs Cathy Gray. The 10 selectors at this years tournament will be selecting three squads for the Youth World Cup. Around 16 players will be chosen in Mens, Womens and Mixed squads. These players will be invited into the squads and once they have accepted, the squads will be announced nationally. The squads will then attend a selection training camp, held at Runaway Bay from November 12-14 2004. The selectors at these 2004 National 18 Years Championships will be assisted by members of the Elite Program Panel, including Australian Mixed Open Assistant Coach, Wayne Bambury. Selectors and coaches will be looking for players who are not only skillful, but fast and agile enough to match the strong New Zealand teams. “The natural skill and agility of the New Zealand players was obvious at the last Youth World Cup, but with their skills developing rapidly, the gap between the teams is closing,” said Ms Gray. Australia has a near perfect record at the tournament after winning four of the six titles on offer at the first Youth World Cup, held in New Zealand in 2001. Australia claimed the title in all three 18 Years divisions and also the Womens 20 Years division, but lost both the Mens and Mixed 20 years divisions to the New Zealanders. With a national title on offer, and Youth World Cup selection on the line, our 18 Years players have a huge few days ahead of them in Coffs Harbour. By Lisa Plummer.last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very different

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very differentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Neymar admits Manchester United are a different proposition after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.PSG and United will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”I was happy [with the draw], they will be two great matches between two great sides,” Neymar told PSG’s official website.”We know the quality that Manchester United have and we know that their players have a winning mentality.”The coach has changed and it will be a different playing style – they’re in the process of changing things up – but we know the quality they have.”I love the big matches and it’s always a pleasure to play in them.“I’m very happy to be taking on Manchester United.” last_img read more

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John Mayer Joins Crosby Stills Nash Onstage At Autism Concert

first_imgThe sold-out Light Up The Blues concert to benefit Autism Speaks, hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills, rocked The Theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Saturday night.Headlining the night were Crosby, Stills and Nash (CSN), John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stills. The night also featured performances by artists on the autism spectrum like rapper Rio “Soulschocka” Wyles who teamed up with guest artist Watsky, cellist Adam Mandela Walden and indie-rock artist Xolie Morra. Neal Katz, a non-verbal young man with autism delivered a talk via speech-to-text technology that called for more listening to individuals with special needs.The crowd of more than 1,600 – nearly all wearing the blue Autism Speaks puzzle-piece pin – were treated to an electrifying show, with John Mayer and Stephen Stills hammering out blazing guitar solos while Brandi Carlile belted the lyrics to the blues classic “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination.”Mayer later joined CSN to share lead guitar duty on “Almost Cut My Hair” followed by “Wooden Ships” which also featured Don Felder. The number was greeted with a standing ovation, one of many received by the night’s performers.The event was emceed by David and Leigh Koechner and featured appearance by actors Christina Applegate, Gary Cole, Dax Shepard and Dave Marciano.Also in attendance, Autism Speaks President Liz Feld and Executive Vice President of FX Networks Chuck Safler. The Autism Speaks national board member was instrumental in getting the stars out the help raise awareness for autism.The concert spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global awareness and fundraising campaign celebrated by the international Autism community during World Autism Awareness Day and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Proceeds from the concert will go towards Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.The 2013 “Light Up The Blues” concert documentary, emceed by actor and musician Jack Black, is now on sale through iTunes and features performances by CSN, Don Felder, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Stephen Stills’ son Chris, among others.Source:Autism Speakslast_img read more

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Cindy Blackstocks Spirit Bear book written to explain human rights to youngsters

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN News Child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock has fought a lot of battles over the past 10 years.But she hasn’t been alone in pushing for equality for First Nations’ kids.A fuzzy little fellow named “Spirit Bear” has kept her company at each and every hearing, including the ground-breaking 2013 case against the federal government at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.“I really wanted something in the room that reminded all of us about what this case is actually about, which was children,” said Blackstock, a Gitxsan activist and executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.So it was only natural the stuffed animal, which was gifted to Blackstock by the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in British Columbia, would help tell the story of the historical case.A book entitled “Spirit Bear and Children Make History” was released about a month ago.Blackstock said it’s geared towards children in Grades 2 to 6 as a way to help educate and create change.“If we can raise a generation of non-Indigenous children – who know about these inequities, who don’t accept these inequities or rationalize these inequities – that creates a better ground for those inequalities to end for First Nations’ kids,” she said.“Not only for children and young people and their families…but for university students and university professors, who look at this almost as a textbook because there’s so few cases – legal cases – where children have not just been the subjects of the law, they’ve been participants of the law and justice and reconciliation.”Spirit Bear has matured right alongside Blackstock, obtaining a law degree, setting up a Twitter account and, by this time next year, starring in an animated short film.“We’ll all have to figure out what Spirit Bear sounds like, that’s going to be our next little task,” said Blackstock with a chuckle.Proceeds from the self-published book will be donated to children’s reconciliation projects. It sells for $15 from [email protected]last_img read more

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