Time to go on a Cruise

first_imgSOUTHERN CRUISE, who was third in the St Leger as a three-year-old in 2015, should give Super-6 players a flying start when he runs in the opening race (restricted allowance III) over 1400 metres, to be contested by seven starters.Trained by Anthony Nunes, SOUTHERN CRUISE is easily the most accomplished in the field, and following his close second to TARANIS in the recent New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, the 4-y-o son of Western Cruise cannot be opposed with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard. Stable companion BALLON D’OR should follow him home.The second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds up has attracted 10 starters, and indications are it will come down to a straight fight between IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST (Robert Halledeen up) and SIR LEYLAND HALL (Ryan Nelson), both of whom have shown promise.The Paul Hylton-trained SIR LEYLAND HALL finished second to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1200 metres when last raced in September 2015, while the Burt Tomlinson-trained IAMALLABOUTHEBEST showed good speed when finishing fourth to LAGUNA POINT over the straight on January 1.With Lasix administered for the first time, IAMALLABOUTHEBEST (working fairly well) is preferred to SIR LEYLAND HALL, who has not been seen at exercise and is apparently training at sea.The second banker in the first Super-6 comes in the third race over 1500 metres in the form of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who was caught on the line by FUTURE KING in the SVL 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day.Trained by Gary Subratie, the 3-y-o daughter of Nuclear Wayne reports in fine fettle (working well) and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson having secured the ride, should account for old rival ANOTHER FURY under Wesley Henry.EL CLIENTE, now dropped in class for the fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers, will prove hard to deny from the convenient mark of 54.0kg due to apprentice Odean Edwards’ 3.0kg claiming allowance. The six-year-old gelding has run some good races against better horses in recent months, and despite the sound claims of the recent winner EUSEBIA and super-fit ENHANCE PROSDPERITY, the choice has to be EL CLIENTE.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by TURBO MACHINE CAT (knocking at the door) and the well-forward first-time runner MEGATRON (Shane Ellis up) in the sixth, division one of the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings. Their respective dangers are MAN IN BLUE and newcomer BOLD SYMPHONY (working fairly well).FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SOUTHERN CRUISE(2) IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST(3) NUCLEAR AFFAIR(4) EL CLIENTE/EUSEBIA(5) TURBO MACHINE CAT(6) MEGATRON/BOLDSYMPHONY- O.C.last_img read more

In the news today Feb 25

first_imgThe Canadian Press Five stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 25———SINGH’S FATE IN HANDS OF BYELECTION VOTERSJagmeet Singh’s political fatem, and the fortunes of the New Democratic Party as a whole, are in the hands of voters today in a B.C. riding. The NDP leader is running for a seat in the House of Commons in Burnaby South, one of three federal byelections today. Many New Democrats believe it’s a do-or-die contest — that Singh cannot lead his party in this fall’s general election if he can’t get himself a seat in Parliament. Singh is hoping a victory will put to rest grumbling within the NDP about his underwhelming performance since being chosen leader almost 18 months ago.———CANADIANS DOMEE SHI, PAUL MASSEY WIN OSCARSToronto-raised director Domee Shi won her first Oscar for her animated short film “Bao.” Shi wrote and directed the Pixar production, about a Chinese-Canadian woman and her adorable little dumpling that miraculously comes to life. The eight-minute film is set in Toronto and features many of the city’s landmarks. Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey also won his first Oscar for his work on “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He won the trophy alongside Tim Cavagin and John Casali in the best sound mixing category.———REGULATING WILD FOOD SUGGESTED FOR NORTHA federal advisory group says northerners could get relief from sky-high grocery bills if Ottawa helped regulate and encourage the sale of food harvested from the land. In a report released today, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board recommends sweeping changes to how so-called country food is exchanged. It suggests everything from regulations on buying and selling to safety standards, and even marketing boards to explore potential sales outside the North. Inflated food prices have long been an issue across Canada’s far northern reaches.———INJURED HUMBOLDT BRONCO PLANNING ON THAILAND SURGERYInjured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki has focused entirely on his recovery since he was paralyzed in last April’s deadly bus crash in Saskatchewan. Now his quest to heal is expected to take him to Thailand. Straschnitzki plans to undergo a surgical procedure on his spine that could restore some movement. The surgery, tentatively planned for April or May, would involve placing an epidural stimulation implant on his spine. Straschnitzki says he isn’t looking at it as a cure but says any improvement in his mobility would make his life better.———ABRUPT TRANSITION TO SPRING IN THE FORECASTThe Weather Network is predicting winter will continue to grip the country heading into March, but Canadians can expect an abrupt transition to spring. It says winter weather will persist for most of the country over the next three weeks, followed by a sudden turn to mild temperatures. But the network’s chief meteorologist says the sharp change in conditions doesn’t mean some colder days won’t briefly interrupt the spring weather. Chris Scott says B.C. will be the first province to get an extended taste of spring, and the Atlantic provinces will be the last.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to reporters ahead of debate on a motion to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify at the Commons justice committee.— The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation releases a report on foreign buyers in the condo market.— Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council to be named in Edmonton.———last_img read more

HTC Vives VR game and app subscription service starts April 2 for

first_img Preview • Here’s what it’s like to use the HTC Vive, the $799 VR headset that you can preorder today Review • HTC Vive review: Yes, this is the best VR experience, if you’ve got the space Mentioned Above HTC Vive HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,… Along with the considerable investment in hardware, the lack of quality VR content has been a major turnoff for people interested in buying headsets. To help with the content part, HTC launched the Viveport Subscription service in 2017 for Vive headset owners that gives subscribers access to up to five titles at a time for $9 a month. The service was expanded to support rival Oculus Rift headsets in August 2018 and the upgraded service works for both Vive and Oculus users. New Viveport customers can sign up anytime for a free two-week membership to the Infinity service. Current subscribers to the Viveport Subscription service, as well as those with prepaid memberships, will be upgraded to the Infinity service at no additional charge through 2019. To encourage developers to crank out more titles, Viveport also increased revenue shares for developers to 80/20 up from 70/30 starting April 1 and runs through the end of 2019. It applies to all titles in the Viveport Infinity service.  Up close with the HTC Vive Pro 1:47 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It HTC HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited subscription service could deliver a much-needed boost to the virtual reality scene. Subscriptions cost $13 a month, HTC announced Thursday, or you can prepay an entire year for $99. The service, which was announced at CES 2019 with the upcoming Vive Cosmos headset, allows subscribers to download any of the more than 600 games and apps currently available in the Viveport store.Membership will include additional perks such as “weekend deals on select titles, free title giveaways, and monthly coupons,” HTC said in a blog post. The service starts on April 2. See it Share your voice $689 Post a comment 9 Photos Wearable Tech 0 Oculus Virtual Reality HTC HTC Vive Now playing: Watch this: Tags Walmart $499last_img read more

Ozil takes iftar with Erdogan

first_imgA handout photo released on 18 May, 2019 by the Turkish President`s press office shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) next to Arsenal`s German soccer player Mesut Ozil (L), who is of Turkish descent, and his fiancee Amine Gulse (R) during an iftar dinner in Istanbul. Photo: AFPArsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil dined with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a Ramadan iftar meal in Istanbul late Saturday, a move likely to cause a backlash after previous meetings caused controversy.Images in Turkish media showed a smiling Ozil and model fiancee Amine Gulse, sitting at a table on either side of Erdogan at the Ottoman-era Dolmabahce Palace.The iftar, the meal for breaking the fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, was also attended by young Turks ahead of Youth and Sports Day on Sunday, a national holiday in Turkey.In another photo, Ozil and Gulse were sitting in a room with Erdogan, joined by Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency.Ozil, who has Turkish roots, was criticised in March after inviting Erdogan to his wedding to the former Miss Turkey scheduled for this summer.He had already sparked controversy last year when he was photographed with Erdogan, which led to Ozil becoming a target of xenophobic comments.After their meeting in May 2018, Ozil’s loyalty to Germany was questioned and following a disappointing World Cup performance last year, he left the national squad and claimed there was racism within the German FA. The German FA dismissed his criticism.last_img

Work Smarter With These Computer Input Devices

first_imgNovember 13, 2012 Just as chefs stir with spoons rather than screwdrivers and plasterers smear stucco with trowels instead of spatulas, tech pros need the right tool for each job they undertake. Four-inch smartphone screens weren’t designed for typing memos, and a mouse wasn’t made to paint digital pictures. But arm your computer with the appropriate input devices, and you will immediately see the difference in the quality and efficiency of your work.Image courtesy of AdonitWhat’s your point?Adonit Jot Touch ($100)While most styluses write like fat rubber crayons, Adonit’s finely tooled aluminum implement lets users see the exact point where the ballpoint touches the touchscreen. That alone was enough to make previous Adonit models the most accurate around, but the updated Jot Touch adds the ability to press harder to make thicker lines. The dampening tip makes doodling on glass feel as natural as sketching on paper.Ideal for: Artists, designers who want to draw their concepts.Image courtesy of MobeeExtra digitsMobee Magic Numpad ($30)As manufacturers continue to simplify keyboards, they often cut tools users love, like the number pad. Mobee Magic Numpad is software that combines with an overlay to turn the Apple Magic Trackpad into a touch-sensitive numeric keyboard extension.Ideal for: Number crunchers who don’t want to haul around a full-size keyboard.Image courtesy of LogitechMaster keysLogitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 ($80)At the push of a button, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard seamlessly switches among Mac, iPhone and iPad, allowing users to type, text and chat on three screens without reconfiguring settings. Small and light, the K760 is great for mobile workers.Ideal for: iPhone/iPad power users.Image courtesy of WacomFinger paintingWacom Intuos5 Professional Pen Tablet ($349)With wireless connectivity, touch controls and pressure sensitivity, Wacom’s tablet will have you mothballing your old sketch board–or investing in the technology for the first time. It transmits data to your computer via radio frequency, not Bluetooth, which results in a faster and more sensitive device.Ideal for: Graphic artists and photographers who do a lot of retouching. This story appears in the October 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Google Fuchsia Whats all the fuss about

first_imgIt was back in 2016 when we first heard about the Google Fuchsia platform which was supposed to be an alternative to the Android operating system. Google had revealed a WIP version in 2016 and since then a lot of dust had gathered on this news until the latest developments and news resurfaced in January 2018. The question on everyone’s mind is is do you really need to be concerned about Fuchsia OS and does it have what it takes to even challenge the market positioning of Android? Before we come to these questions, let’s look at what Fuchsia has to offer. The Fuchsia UI – Inspired by Material Design Fuchsia brings a complete material design approach to UI design. The first look shared by Google seemed a lot different than the Android UI. Source: The Droid guy Basic Android UI Source: Tech Radar Google Fuchsia on a smartphone device There is more depth; the text, images and wallpapers all look sleeker and feel like a peek through a window rather than being underlays to text and icons. Fuchsia currently offers two layouts – a mobile-centric design codenamed Armadillo, and a more traditional desktop experience codenamed Capybara. While the mobile centric version is in more focus, the desktop version is far from being ready. Google is trying to push Material Design heavily with Fuchsia. How far hey will succeed depends on their roadmap and future investment plan. The Concept of One OS across all devices It has been a long standing dream of Google to make all the different devices work under one OS platform. Google seems to be betting on Fuchsia to be that OS on Desktops, Tablets & Mobiles too. The Google ledger facility allows you to get a cloud account to seamlessly access and manage different Google services. The primary feature of seamless transition of data from one device to another, is sure to help the users play around with it effortlessly. Using the Custom Kernel Feature What makes Android version updates a pain to implement is that different devices run different kernel versions of Linux,the spine of Android. As such, the update rollouts are never in unison. This can create security flaws, and can be a real worrisome factor for Android users. This is where Fuchsia trumps Android. Fuchsia has its own Kernel – Zircon, which is designed to be consistently upgradeable. This helps the apps to be isolated from the Kernel and hence adds an extra security layer to the apps and also doesn’t render these apps useless after an OS update. Language Interoperability The most important aspect from the developer’s perspective is the feature of multi language support. Fuchsia is written in Dart using the latest Google cross platform framework, Flutter. It also provides support for development in Go and Rust. It is also extending support for Swift developers. This along with the added FIDL protocol, will help the developers to easily develop different parts in different languages – such as using a Go based backend with a Dart based front end. This gives developers immense power and flexibility. Although these features seem to be useful and interesting, Fuchsia will need a steady development pipeline and regular updates to reach a stable version so that devices can use it as their default UI. Keeping the current development trends in mind, we can safely conclude that till the next stable release, you can continue to browse your Android phones and not worry about being replaced by Fuchsia or any other competitor. Read Next: Google updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt API Google’s Android Things, developer preview 8: First look Google Flutter moves out of beta with release preview 1last_img read more