The Lir Jet ready for Breeders’ Cup test | Racing News

first_imgThe Lir Jet finished second again on his next start in the Phoenix Stakes, before placing fifth in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.The Qatar Racing-owned colt will be going two furlongs further than he has been before at Keeneland, but is reported to have arrived in Kentucky at the top of his game.David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, said: “Both the trainer and jockey (Oisin Murphy) believe the trip won’t be an issue for him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Connections of The Lir Jet are confident he will not be inconvenienced by a step up to a mile in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.Michael Bell’s charge narrowly outpointed Wesley Ward’s Juvenile Turf Sprint favourite Golden Pal in the five-furlong Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, before being touched off by Richard Hannon’s Ventura Tormenta in the Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly over six furlongs.- Advertisement –center_img “He’s in very good form. He did a nice piece of work before he went out and they say he’s travelled out extremely well and is taking everything in his stride, which is half the battle.”The Lir Jet is a general 33-1 shot for his Breeders’ Cup assignment, with Aidan O’Brien’s Battleground the 9-2 favourite.The strong European challenge is completed by Ralph Beckett’s pair of New Mandate and Devilwala together with the Jessica Harrington-trained Cadillac.- Advertisement –last_img read more

With presidential race on the brink of being called, Biden and Harris to speak Friday evening

first_imgBiden has spoken regularly since the end of voting on Tuesday night, consistently expressing optimism about the outcome of the election but calling for patience as every vote is counted. Speaking Wednesday afternoon, he said, “We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender. My friends, I am confident we will emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America. There will be no blue states and red states when we win. Just the United States of America.”Speaking Thursday, he again emphasized patience and expressed his confidence. – Advertisement – With vote counting continuing in the contested states, Friday evening could be a very different, celebratory occasion. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Rangers 8 – 0 Hamilton

first_img– Advertisement – More to follow.What’s next?After the international break, Rangers host Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on November 22 at 12pm – live on Sky Sports Football.Hamilton face Stranraer at 7.30pm on Wednesday and Albion Rovers at 3pm on Saturday in the group stages of the Scottish League Cup, before returning the Scottish Premiership action at Dundee United on November 21 at 3pm.- Advertisement – Rangers restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a ruthless 8-0 demolition of Hamilton at Ibrox.The pressure was on Steven Gerrard’s league leaders to respond after Celtic’s 4-1 victory at Motherwell cut the gap to six points, and respond they did, in devastating fashion.- Advertisement –center_img Scott Arfield opened the floodgates and Rangers were three up inside 19 minutes, as goals from Kemar Roofe and Joe Aribo completed a three-minute three-goal flurry to put the game beyond the Accies.Aribo and Roofe doubled their tallies either side of the interval before substitute Brandon Barker and a brace from captain James Tavernier sealed the biggest and most emphatic victory of Gerrard’s tenure.The chastening defeat leaves Hamilton rooted to the bottom of the table without a win since September, the only positive for Brian Rice’s side being that they narrowly avoided equalling the biggest losing margin in Scottish top-flight history by a goal.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Unity and Palantir stock jump after debut earnings reports

first_img– Advertisement – The New York Stock Exchange welcomes Unity Software Inc. (NYSE: U) Friday, September 18, 2020, as they officially begin trading today.NYSE Unity and Palantir sharesCNBC – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Unity and Palantir both reported revenue growth above 50% on Thursday in their first earnings announcements since going public in September. Investors rewarded them, sending their stocks up on Friday.Unity, whose software is used by video game developers, surged 12% to $114.31 following its third-quarter earnings report. The stock has more than doubled from its IPO price. Palantir, a developer of software and analytics tools for government agencies and large corporations, climbed 7% to $15.61. The shares are up almost 60% since the company’s direct listing.- Advertisement – Unity reported revenue growth for the third quarter of 53% to $200.8 million, topping the $186.9 million average analyst estimate, according to Refinitiv. Palantir’s revenue for the quarter jumped 52% to $289.4 million, beating the $279.4 million average estimate.The companies are also saving money from a steep drop in travel and by eliminating live events. Unity’s operating loss shrank in the period, reducing its negative margin to 4% from 21% a year earlier.“We’re experiencing a very material savings in travel, marketing and events,” Unity CFO Kim Jabal told CNBC in an interview. “That’s helping our operating margins.”However, Jabal said that from a revenue perspective, some of the growth the company often gets in the fourth quarter may have come in the latest period because people who would normally be heading home for the holidays are already there. Unity forecast sales for the fourth quarter of 27% to 29%, a significant slowdown from the third period. “That seasonal engagement uptick has already happened,” Jabal said. “They’re already engaged at a level that’s pretty high.”Palantir raised its full-year revenue guidance from about $1.06 billion to between $1.07 billion and $1.072 billion, which would represent 44% growth from a year earlier. Palantir’s sales continues to come from a small set of customers, who spend on average millions of dollars a year for the technology.The company noted that its “customer concentration is decreasing.” Palantir said that 61% of its revenue for the first nine months of the year came from its top 20 customers, down from 68% over the same stretch in 2019. WATCH: Palantir reports Q3 results with revenue of $289.37 million Both companies topped analysts’ estimates, aided by increased usage tied to the coronavirus. Hardcore gamers have been stuck at home during the pandemic, leading to higher engagement for Unity’s customers and demand for new titles. Palantir has won business from companies that need its software to monitor employee health, manage supply chains and track clinical work.last_img read more

Marcus Rashford: Manchester United forward launches book club | Football News

first_imgRashford says he wishes he had the chance to read more as a child but his family had to prioritise food over books when it came to budgeting. Rashford says acceptance and acknowledgment are a key focus of the project, adding: “Let our children read that they are not alone and enable them to dream.“Equip them for obstacles and adversities they might face.“Allow them to relate to characters by making sure people of all race, religion and gender are depicted correctly and representative of modern society.“No matter where you grow up, talent should be recognised and championed.“Under the Marcus Rashford Book Club young writers, illustrators and creatives will be seen and they will be offered a platform to shine.”Rashford, 23, has drawn widespread praise for highlighting the issue of child food poverty and his campaign resulted in the Government back-tracking to announce free meals would be provided to disadvantaged children over theChristmas holidays.The England footballer was also recently awarded an MBE after forcing a Government U-turn on free school meal vouchers. MCB say there will be a particular focus on getting books into the hands of children from vulnerable and under-privileged backgrounds.The first title of the partnership, ‘YOU ARE A CHAMPION: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice And Be The BEST You Can Be’ – an illustrated non-fiction title aimed at young people aged 11-16 – will be published in May 2021.- Advertisement – Next year will also see the launch of the Marcus Rashford Book Club, a reader-recommends programme publishing front-list titles from MCB’s successful list.Rashford said: “I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality.“I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.“There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it.“We know there are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.“My books are, and always will be, for every child, even if I have to deliver them myself. We will reach them.” Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is launching a book club so that all children can experience the escapism of reading.The United and England star is teaming up with Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) to promote reading and literacy among children from all socio-economic backgrounds.- Advertisement –center_img Each chapter will begin with a story from Rashford’s own life and will cover topics such as the value of education, positive mentality, understanding culture, and female role models.It will be co-created with Carl Anka, a journalist for sports media group The Athletic, and Katie Warriner, a performance psychologist.Two fiction titles for readers aged seven and up will follow later in 2021 and 2022.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his side's second goal against RB LeipzigImage:Rashford wants to promote reading and literacy among children from all socio-economic backgrounds.last_img read more

Clinical trial of West Nile DNA vaccine starts

first_imgApr 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A small, preliminary clinical trial of a vaccine for West Nile virus (WNV) was launched this week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).The vaccine is being tested for safety and immunogenicity in 15 healthy adult volunteers at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the NIAID announced Apr 18. The vaccine is one of three West Nile virus vaccines being developed with federal support. No vaccine for the disease has yet been licensed.The NIAID said it developed the vaccine jointly with Vical, Inc., of San Diego. It is based on an animal vaccine tested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Vical news release said the company has an option for exclusive rights to market the vaccine.Whereas conventional vaccines use a whole, killed version of the target virus, the NIAID-Vical vaccine uses a small ring of WNV DNA, according to the NIAID. The ring, called a plasmid, contains genes that code for two key surface proteins from the virus.”When the vaccine is injected into the muscle, the inner machinery of the muscle cells ‘reads’ the DNA and converts it into two WNV proteins,” the NIAID said. “Recognizing that the proteins are foreign, the muscle cells display them on their surface to alert the body’s immune system—both helper T cells, which spur the production of antibodies to block the WNV from gaining entry into cells, and killer T cells, which kill WNV-infected cells outright.””The DNA vaccine’s exploitation of both cellular and antibody immunity offers a potentially potent defense against West Nile virus,” said Barney Graham, MD, PhD, chief of the NIAID Vaccine Research Center’s Clinical Trials Core Laboratory, in the NIAID release. “In our experience in clinical trials, DNA vaccines generally cause few side effects, making them a promising alternative to conventional vaccines.”Vical said conventional vaccines using whole WNV are available for horses and some species of birds. But developing a conventional human vaccine against WNV could take “many years” of development and testing to verify safety and effectiveness, the company said.Although no DNA vaccine has yet been licensed, the NIAID has developed and is testing DNA vaccines against HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).In the phase 1 WNV vaccine trial, the 15 volunteers will receive three injections with a needle-free injector about 4 weeks apart, the NIAID said. They will be monitored for 32 weeks for side effects and for WNV-specific antibodies and T cells.The vaccine being tested is based on one developed by CDC researcher Jeff Chang, DVM, PhD, of Fort Collins, Colo. That vaccine has been tested successfully in a variety of animals, including mice, horses, and crows, officials said.The NIAID said two other human WNV vaccines developed with its support are already in phase 1 trials. Called chimeric vaccines, they combine WNV genes with genes from a closely related virus. A vaccine developed by Acambis uses genes from WNV and the yellow fever virus, while the NIAID’s own researchers made a vaccine that combines dengue virus with WNV.WNV was discovered in Uganda in 1937 and was first identified in the United States in New York City in 1999. There were 2,470 cases of WNV disease in the country in 2004, including 88 deaths. People usually catch the virus from the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the pathogen from an infected bird or animal. Most people experience no symptoms or only mild illness, but the virus can cause serious infections of the brain and nervous system.See also:Apr 18 NIAID news releaselast_img read more

CNTB has published a public call for joint advertising in 2018

first_imgThe deadline for submitting applications to the tourist boards of the counties and the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb is September 15, 2017.For all details of the Public Call, see here: PUBLIC INVITATION JOINT ADVERTISING 2018 With the aim of increasing tourist arrivals and overnight stays in the pre-season and post-season and on the continent throughout the year, extending the season and increasing total tourist traffic, the Croatian National Tourist Board will promote Croatian tourism in 2018 through advertising in public and private sector promotional campaigns.The total planned funds for advertising Croatian tourism in special destination promotion programs of coastal counties and the City of Zagreb amount to HRK 16.000.000,00 (including VAT). The distribution of funds by counties is done in accordance with the share of each county in the total realized commercial overnight stays in 2016 and can amount to a maximum as follows in the table:HRK 6.500.000,00 provided for continental tourismThe total planned funds for advertising Croatian tourism in special destination promotion programs of continental counties (except the City of Zagreb) are funds for underdeveloped areas and amount to HRK 6.500.000,00 (including VAT). The distribution of funds by counties is done in accordance with the share of each county in the total realizedcommercial overnight stays on the continent in 2016 (sum of fixed and variable part of the calculation) and can amount to a maximum of the following:last_img read more

Prof. Dr. Velimir Srića: Better Croatia – a country of bioinformatics tourism

first_imgMost small nations have a problem with a collective sense of inferiority.That is why, after almost three decades of independence, we see ourselves as a country without reforms, a victim of bad politics and tycoonization, a Balkan tavern, corruption mud and a hopeless space from which to flee to Ireland and Germany. Or we consider ourselves victims of world and European conspiracies, Masonic and Jewish intrigues, and the combinatorics of superpowers that have conspired to subjugate and destroy us. Such negative thoughts are a huge weight around the necks of both individuals and businesses.Every nation is what it thinks of itself, but it can become what it wants to be! That is why the first step towards a “better Croatia” is to replace destructive and negative thoughts with positive ones. There are countless examples that “everything is possible when you want it”. The experience of many countries shows that nothing is impossible if we believe and invest time, knowledge, energy and willingness to sacrifice in a vision. And our people can, from computer scientists to scientists, from doctors to athletes. of our footballers in France, won the Davis Cup, not to mention the Kostelićs. If we are able to be at the top of the world in almost every sport, we can achieve the same in economics, education, health, science or tourism.The most important resources of Croatia are its people, natural beauty and geopolitical position. Our basic development force should be knowledge, and our goal should be a democratic, rich, internationally affirmed Croatia, a regional leader, a country that is vividly described by the slogan “Croatia as the California of Europe”. And more than that because Croatia is a safe and pleasant country with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Croatia is a green and ecological country, desirable for living and housing. It can quickly become a country of prosperity and innovation, with responsible and prudent management, a healthy and active homeland of bioinformatics tourism. I first spoke and wrote about this last topic thirty years ago, as a “young minister” of science, technology and informatics in the Republic of Croatia.At last year’s meeting of international consultants in Dubrovnik, nine out of ten respondents answered that our main comparative advantage is tourism, one of the fastest growing global activities. According to the World Tourism Organization, the annual tourist traffic by the end of the decade will be 1,6 billion passengers, with a total consumption of 15 thousand billion US dollars. The dominant trend is sports tourism, health tourism, tourism of life comfort and harmony, adventure tourism of extreme experiences, love tourism, tourism of cultural experiences and creative tourism. Bioinformatics strategy requires a combination of a classic and original approach to entertainment.The ideal place for experimentation are the Croatian islands. Some of them should be branded for the young, some for the elderly, some for scientists, and some for artists, some for naturists, and some for parents with children. Bioinformatics tourism is not just coast and sea. First of all, there is Slavonia with its gentle landscapes, forests, swamps, hunting grounds, organic food and rivers created for ecological cruisers.Our economically devastated “belly” of Dalmatian Zagora, Lika, Gorski Kotar, Banija and Kordun is bursting with clean air, beautiful mountains, picturesque landscapes, clear rivers and national parks from Paklenica, Northern Velebit and Risnjak to Plitvice Lakes. They should be populated by the population, giving land in concession to anyone who is willing to start rural tourism or organic farming.We need to know that success happens to whoever struggles, who challenges it, who takes the risk and takes action. If we want to succeed, we need to start a campaign in which we will first convince ourselves that we are special and different, and then we need to start convincing others. And the money? There are European funds and world capital just waiting for smart projects. We already have the first steps. Dubrovnik became famous by filming Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Zagreb has been the best Christmas destination in Europe for two years in a row. The Croat became the head of the best health institution in the world, and Infobip is one of the best IT companies in the world.A better bioinformatics Croatia from utopia can finally become a reality.Published by: prof. dr.Velimir Srića Bioinformatics tourism means the concept of “selling the Croatian lifestyle” which sees tourists as buyers of our wine, kulen, prosciutto, olive oil, tourist arrangements, but also as users of our IT services, patients of our clinics, fans of our culture, fans of our sports clubs or students of our universities.Croatia needs to create such an image of itself that people all over Europe and the world want to visit us, experience our lifestyle, buy and consume our products and services, continuously increasing the volume of cooperation.What is bioinformatics in this context?It is about focusing the tourism industry and its infrastructure on becoming a place of healthy living, intensive use of information technology and consumption of organic food. Our hotels and apartments are becoming a combination of computerized sanatorium, wellness, fitness and healthy eating restaurants. Our medicine supports this through the development of the science and practice of nutrition, top diagnostics and active life therapy. The main element of the offer becomes a healthy Mediterranean diet with organically grown food, olive oil, fish and whole grains. Such a philosophy of nutrition and life is supported and explained in schools and the media, building the image of Croatia as a country of health.We offer our guests authentic healthy specialties from grilled fish and Mediterranean vegetables under the baking lid to shrimp with organic rice and Zagorje štruklji from whole grains. Our agricultural production and processing industry develops foods without pesticides and herbicides, grown in a natural way. The IT industry is creating a technological infrastructure of modern diagnostic devices, telemedicine systems and health Internet services. The pharmaceutical industry is developing drugs, preparations and other healthy living infrastructure. Sports events, cultural events, housing, road construction, horticulture, construction and other activities serve bioinformatics tourism. Shipyards produce ships-parking lots that eliminate the problem of traffic jams in tourist centers in full season.By fitting in and creating world ecological trends, Croatia is becoming a leader in lifestyle tourism, a country that offers a different lifestyle, health supported by modern technology. Our natural resources enable us to connect concepts such as ecological state, ecological agriculture, eco-tourism, eco-hotels, eco products, eco-souvenirs, eco lifestyle into a harmonious whole.last_img read more

Croatian tourist offer at the fair in Oslo and Vienna

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board presents the Croatian tourist offer at the Vienna Tourism Fair, which takes place from 11 to 14 January. In addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board, 12 co-exhibitors are participating in the fair: Šibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Boards (Makarska Riviera), Zagreb and Rab, HGK Otočac County Chamber, Jadrolinija, KUH, Camp Straško – Hadria, Jadran Crikvenica, Camping Village Simuni, Jadranka camps Mali Losinj and Cresanka Cres.The fair features about 800 exhibitors from 80 countries, and is one of the most comprehensive fairs in Austria, which wants to animate visitors to do what they have always wanted, from city trips, through family trips to adventurous vacations or wellness.In 2017, 1,4 million arrivals (8 percent growth) and 7,7 million overnight stays (7 percent growth) were made in Croatia from the Austrian market.U OSLU OTVOREN SAJAM „REISELIVSMESSEN”On the other hand, the Croatian National Tourist Board for Scandinavia will perform independently at the tourist fair “Reiselivsmessen”, which will be held from 12 to 14 January 2018 in the capital of Norway, or in Oslo in the exhibition space “Telenor Arena”.Riječ je o najvećem turističkom sajmu u Norveškoj pa se očekuje vrlo velik interes struke, ali i opće publike. Naime, sajam je prošle godine sajam posjetilo oko 42 tisuće opcih visitors and more than 3 thousand people from the profession, ie business entities.In 2017, more than 180 arrivals (20% growth) and 1,4 million overnight stays (19% growth) were made from the Norwegian market.The CNTB points out that the day before the opening of the fair, a business workshop “Travel Match 2018” was held in the congress center in Oslo, which was intended for the tourism profession and business entities. Croatia was represented at the workshop by the director of the representative office Paul Šikić, who on that occasion introduced the Norwegian partners to the Croatian offer and news in 2018.Presentation of the results of tourist traffic for 2017On the occasion of the end of the tourist year, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić will present on Monday, January 15, 2018 the results of tourist traffic for the twelve months of 2017 and expectations and projects in the tourist year 2018. Related news: CNTB ANNOUNCES NEW EDITION “MARKET PROFILES” FOR 2017last_img read more

Winemakers, join the public consultation for the National Wine Sector Assistance Program 2019-2023.

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture has drafted a proposal for the National Wine Sector Assistance Program for the period from 2019 to 2013, to which comments, proposals and suggestions can be submitted via e-consultation until 3 April 2018.The new program envisages the introduction of a new measure – Information in the Member States, which opens the possibility of co-financing the promotion of our wines in the European Union. The measure was introduced at the suggestion of the sector and the Ministry of Agriculture considers it a significant step forward compared to the previous Program, because the traditional markets in this segment are the Member States. “Winemakers and winegrowers, get involved in consulting on this important document. When drafting the proposal, we took into account all your objections to the previous program and we tried to be constructive and simplify things so that you could withdraw as many funds as possible, but your opinion and suggestions can result in an even better Program.. “Said Minister Tomislav Tolusic.Changes in the measure Restructuring and conversion of vineyards are also planned, where the percentage of support has been increased from 50% to 75%, and the possibility of compensation for loss of income in financial form in the amount of 100% has been introduced.The counseling can be found at the link: https://esavjetovanja.gov.hr/Econ/MainScreen?EntityId=7040last_img read more