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CALIFORNIA-BRED WARREN’S VENEDA IS SMASHING 7 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES; WARREN HOMEBRED MARE RIDDEN BY BAZE AND TRAINED BY LEWIS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 14, 2015)–California-bred Warren’s Veneda firmly established herself as the West Coast’s top older filly or mare with a sensational 7 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes, as she negotiated 1 1/8 miles under Tyler Baze in 1:48.73.Conditioned by Craig Lewis, the 5-year-old chestnut mare by Affirmative registered her third win in-a-row and followed up on a career-best 2 ¾ length win in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 14. Drawn outside in a field of six older fillies and mares, Warren’s Veneda was hung three-wide while last into the Club House turn and cruised to the leaders while in-hand under Baze going to the far turn. Three-wide turning for home she lengthened her considerable stride and put her competition away with a furlong to run.“The last three times I’ve ridden her, she just does things so easy,” said Baze. “I haven’t gotten to the bottom of her yet. There’s so much horse under me and she just does what she needs to do to win…Usually, if you’re sitting mid-pack, horses won’t flick their ears back and forth and just relax, but she was…and was totally relaxed.“Craig tells me she’s only getting better and she proved it today. She’s special. She’s named after Mr. Warren’s late wife, so I know how special this is for him.”Owned by her breeder, Benjamin, C. Warren, Warren’s Veneda provided Warren, who has owned and bred horses in California for 35 years, with his first-ever Grade I win.“Out of our 800 horses, that’s the best win, the biggest,” said Warren, who currently resides in Las Vegas.The 3-2 favorite, Warren’s Veneda paid $5.00, $2.60 and $2.20. The Santa Margarita was her eighth win from 22 career starts, and with the winner’s share of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $827,612.“I was pretty confident that she was going to win, but I didn’t think that she would be that dominating, because I thought the two Eastern fillies (runner-up Dame Dorothy and early pace setter Cassatt) looked awful good on paper,” said Lewis. “We’re thinking about the Charles Town Classic (versus males on April 18). We’re going to have to take on some pretty tough boys, but she could be up to the task.”Dame Dorothy, who shipped in from South Florida for trainer Todd Pletcher, stalked the early pace and overhauled Thegirlinthatsong and Uzziel late to run second by a half length. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Dame Dorothy was the second choice at 2-1 and paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Mike Smith, Thegirlinthatsong was off at 8-1 and finished third, a half length in front of Uzziel and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.15, 46.64, 1:10.68 and 1:35.79.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Transfer gossip: Villa tipped to make Remy move, Italian clubs linked with Blues duo

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea as the January window approaches….Aston Villa boss Remi Garde reportedly wants to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy on loan.A number of today’s newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, say Garde wants Remy, 28, to join the Premier League’s bottom club to try to help them stay in the top flight.Both men were at Lyon earlier in their careers and Garde is said to be trying to use his contacts to lure Remy to Villa Park.Remy has struggled to establish himself in Chelsea’s first teamMeanwhile, Cesc Fabregas has been linked with a potential move to Italy.A report in the Italian sports publication Corriere dello Sport, subsequently picked up by the Daily Mail, suggested that Inter Milan and Juventus are both interested in the Blues midfielder.There are also reports in Italy that Roma are keen to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Business confidence firms

first_img5 August 2009Business confidence inched up slightly in June, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) reports, with contributing factors including higher export volumes and lower inflation.South Africa’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) increased to 83.2 points in July from 83.1 points in June.The chamber said this week that although July’s BCI was 4.4 points higher than the 78.9 points registered in March, its was still “flirting” with lows last seen in the first half of 2003.“Business confidence remains sensitive, and each month there are areas in the business environment which show vulnerability to the prevailing economic conditions.”Disruptions to businessThe chamber said that despite the current economic dispensation, disruptions to business caused by strikes and service delivery protests contributed to a tense, volatile business environment.“Such activity will further dampen business and investor confidence, and would undermine growth prospects and job opportunities at a vulnerable stage in the business cycle.”The organisation said that, given the increase in the number of unemployed people and the depth of the recession, there were growing irreconcilable demands on the economy.“SACCI is of the opinion that the economy may be at a tipping point, and will be adversely impacted if not appropriately managed and if restraint is not exercised in respect of the aforementioned demands.”Signs of resilienceThe chamber added, however, that South Africa had shown signs of resilience to the economic downturn, with improvements in the rand exchange rate, consumer inflation and producer deflation that would provide the basis for an economic recovery.“Until there are indications that the depth of the challenges encountered in the business environment is appreciated, and that such appreciation is reflected in the behaviour of all economic stakeholders, the BCI is likely to remain tentative,” it said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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AFBF releases new agricultural career education games for young students

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new “My Little Ag Me” game and a new agricultural literacy display resource, the My American Farm Fair Display Kit.The new version of My Little Ag Me features five new agriculture careers and two expansion levels to encourage deeper learning. It’s geared towards students in grades 3-5 and can be played online at www.myamericanfarm.org.“While playing My Little Ag Me, students will be exposed to careers from all nine of the agriculture career focus areas,” said Christy Lilja, acting executive director of the Foundation. “Along with the game, we’ve also created a volunteer guide for those in the agriculture industry interested in sharing about their careers with students in multiple school settings. This volunteer guide includes presentation outlines, PowerPoint templates and additional activities to support the My Little Ag Me game,” she said.The My American Farm Display Kit is a new resource for volunteers to use at fairs and events to set up a professional, accurate and easy-to-use agricultural literacy display. The kit includes four large banners that bring learners into a life-size corn field, dairy parlor, farmers’ market and machine shed. Each of the banners provides an interactive approach to learning about a specific part of agriculture. The kit includes activity cards that align with the theme of each banner, a welcome poster and a set-up guide to create a complete agricultural literacy experience area. Banners are available to order or download graphics for local printing at www.myamericanfarm.org.The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visithttp://myamericanfarm.org or http://www.myamericanfarm.org/fairs_events/gaming_area.last_img read more

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Big Data May Be A Pretty Small Problem

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Small Data Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts brian proffittcenter_img The idea that a business needs data analysis to better make business decisions is not in dispute… but there is currently a strong debate on how big a data set a business actually needs and how much they need to spend to get that data.The lure of big data is a powerful one… your web site is flooded with tracking and logging data, after all, and if you only had the tools to store and analyze that data, you could learn the secrets of making your business successful, discover the Colonel’s secret recipe and figure out the Question that goes with the Answer 42.Well, maybe not that much detail, but with the level of hype around big data, one sometimes wonders.One standard approach to analyzing this data is the installation and configuration of Hadoop servers that are grouped together in clusters of machines – either physical or virtual. Hadoop clusters use distributed storage that makes it relatively simple to store a lot of data fast with less pain than relational database configuration. They also use Java-based MapReduce software to reach into that data and scoop out what you really want – golden nuggets of pure information.There are limits to MapReduce, naturally: it doesn’t perform analysis in real time, but rather in occasionally time-consuming batches, and setting up MapReduce software to do exactly what you need has been compared to getting a root canal. This is why there is an entire ecosystem around Hadoop dedicated to working around those shortcomings, introducing real-time analysis, structured database tool, and software that can convert existing database queries written in Structured Query Language (SQL) to something MapReduce can handle.But even though Hadoop is relatively inexpensive and easy to scale out onto many machines that run the Linux operating system, is this approach the equivalent of using a wrecking ball to knock down a dollhouse?Too Much Data?Some would argue that is indeed the case. A January 2013 paper from Microsoft Research, for instance, disputes the notion that most data analysis that a business would even need a Hadoop cluster, but instead could use a more powerful single server that is scaled-up.According to the authors of “Nobody Ever Got Fired For Buying a Cluster,” the data set sizes of many given businesses are not typically large enough to warrant scaled-out clusters of multiple computers.You would expect that to be the case for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), but it’s also true for enterprises. Even the mega-companies for which big data tools were practically invented don’t need those tool a large majority of the time.For example, the authors found, an analysis of 174,000 jobs submitted to a production analytics cluster in Microsoft had a median job input data set size of less than 14 GB, and 80% of jobs had an input size of less than 1 TB.The paper cites another study from K. Elmeleegy that “analyzes the Hadoop jobs run on the production clusters at Yahoo. Unfortunately, the median input data set size is not given but, from the information in the paper we can estimate that the median job input size is less than 12.5 GB.”And Yahoo, by the way, is where much of the core functionality of Hadoop was developed, built on the distributed filesystem research conducted earlier at Google. If they aren’t using Hadoop for mega jobs all of the time, how appropriate is Hadoop for a “normal” enterprise’s data sets?Facebook, the Borg-like consumer of all user data, surely needs the big data tools, right?“Ananthanarayanan et al. show that Facebook jobs follow a power-law distribution with small jobs dominating; from their graphs it appears that at least 90% of the jobs have input sizes under 100 GB,” the paper states. “Chen et al. present a detailed study of Hadoop workloads for Facebook as well as 5 Cloudera customers. Their graphs also show that a very small minority of jobs achieves terabyte scale or larger and the paper claims explicitly that ‘most jobs have input, shuffle, and output sizes in the MB to GB range.’”Most Data Is SmallThe conclusions of the paper, which analyzes various configurations of Hadoop jobs in clustered computers, both physical and in the cloud, against a single scaled-up Hadoop cluster, found that for a majority of data analysis work, the scaled-up server not only handled the workload well, it actually outperformed the clustered machines in many respects.Now, like any scientific paper, particularly one from a commercial vendor, some skepticism must be applied. Here, the conclusions would seem to benefit Microsoft’s sales model for pushing data analysis tools into the enterprise and even SMBs. Scaled-out Hadoop clusters on Linux, after all, are pretty cheap compared to comparable Windows Server clusters, but even the least expensive Hadoop cluster can’t hold a candle to the low price of a single scaled-up server.Which may be the point of the paper, so take it as you will.Still, there seems to be compelling evidence from sources other than Microsoft that there is a vast majority of data analysis jobs that do not need much more than a strong server or even a personal computer to crunch the numbers and get those golden nuggets of information.This is not to say that every data problem can be solved with an Excel spreadsheet and a laptop. The flexibility of non-relational (NoSQL) databases are still a very attractive solution to storing and analyzing data sets. And Hadoop is still a relatively inexpensive way to store a lot of data until such time you need to massage it and discover the secrets of the universe or at least your third-quarter sales.(See also Hadoop Adoption Accelerates, But Not For Data Analytics.)Before beginning an exploration into the world of big data, businesses should be careful on separating hype from reality and making sure they don’t overkill their data needs with a solution that will be more costly to set up and operate in the long run.Look at NoSQL databases as a way to hold and analyze data for lower costs than relational SQL databases. Or look at federated data services that can provide key information aggregated within your particular sector. And even look at the data you have and start playing around with it in a spreadsheet sometime and see what you come up with.Hadoop is one way to work with data, but it is by far not the only way.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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a month agoFabinho insists Liverpool need ‘something extra’ to break title drought

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fabinho insists Liverpool need ‘something extra’ to break title droughtby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool have to do “something extra” after finishing second last season with a record points total of 97.The Reds have got off to the perfect start to this term with five wins from five games.”Last season we achieved a club record number of points in the Premier League,” he told the official Liverpool FC magazine.”I think it was the third-highest points total in the history of the competition. This shows how much the level of competition is increasing.”We’re a great team but all our rivals are very strong as well, it shows that if we want to be champions we have to do something extra. “It’s not enough beating the record, sometimes we have to do even more.”We’ve focused upon this at the start of the season and started really well. I hope this run of form continues as it will help with our confidence in the forthcoming games.” last_img read more

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Photos: Alabama Players Are Very Jealous Of Nick Saban’s New Car, Which Is Awesome

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Nick Saban has a new car. It’s a shiny Mercedes-Benz and, yes, it is awesome. The Alabama head coach apparently drove it to the Crimson Tide’s football facility today. And, unsurprisingly, Saban’s players were very impressed by it. I just want yall to understand how Saban kilt the game today….. Smh boy boy boy pic.twitter.com/xBH7aJ9uap— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) June 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/gq4Bu3U87i— Juice (@D_4Charlot) June 11, 2015When I saw Saban’s new whip, I thought he was James Bond or some B lol— Khi (@MekhiBrownFFF) June 10, 2015Saban’s car bruh!! pic.twitter.com/AtDADg1j9L— Brandon (@SabanNation_15) June 10, 2015It’s good to be the head coach of the University of Alabama’s football program. It’s very, very good. [BamaOnLine]last_img read more

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Kirby Smart Responds To Jim Harbaugh’s “Barking Up The Wrong Tree” Tweet

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) kirby smart georgiaTwitter/@KirbySmartUGAAt this rate, Jim Harbaugh’s ongoing war of words with half of the college football world may last until next season. It looks like he’ll have to find another new sparring partner, however. Georgia’s Kirby Smart was critical of Michigan’s upcoming trip to IMG Academy, saying that he believes the NCAA will have to step in to stop it. That earned him a tweet from Harbaugh, who said that he was “barking up the wrong tree” with any assertion that Michigan is trying to break NCAA rules.And that is enough for Smart. When asked about Harbaugh’s response, he chose not to feed things any more. From Macon.com:“No reaction,” Smart said following an hour-long speech he gave at the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia’s football coaches conference. “To be honest with you, I’m focused on what we can do at the University of Georgia to get better. That’s the most important thing to me, getting better there.”That’s no fun, Kirby. Luckily, odds are Harbaugh will find someone else to get into it with soon enough. He’s very good at that.[Macon.com]last_img read more

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