The Jam Man cruises to victory in Troytown Chase | Racing News

first_imgMcNally said: “I’m emotional after winning that. We hoped he could do that, but whether he could do it over fences or not was another thing as he’s only a pony.“Going around the paddock against those big horses, he was dwarfed. I walked the track early, I went down to the last and then to the open ditch and thought ‘am I wise doing what I’m doing’?“Paul was majestic on him and the horse was unbelievable. We’re so proud of him to jump around there the way he did.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Fit from a recent spell on the Flat – including a victory on his latest outing at York last month – The Jam Man was a heavily supported 5-2 favourite for his shrewd connections, and ultimately got the job done with the minimum of fuss.With champion jockey Paul Townend in the saddle, the seven-year-old was settled towards the rear for much of the three-mile contest before making smooth headway before the home turn.The Jam Man cruised to the front in the straight and pulled right away between the final two fences – passing the winning line 18 lengths clear of Roaring Bull, with Scoir Mear and Discordantly third and fourth respectively.- Advertisement – The Jam Man made the most of a lenient mark over fences with a wide-margin victory in the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase at Navan.Ronan McNally’s charge has a rating of 143 over hurdles following seven victories, but returned to the larger obstacles for the first time since winning at Cartmel in June of last year a stone lower in the weights.- Advertisement – McNally is enjoying an excellent campaign, having also trained both The Trigger and Dreal Deal to win five races in a row since July, and the trainer is keen to pay tribute to his young son Kian, or ‘Tubbs’ as he is affectionately known.He added: “It’s a pity for ‘Tubbs’, who is at home. It would have been unbelievable if he was here as he does a lot of work with him at home. It’s a pity he’s not able to share it with us.“We’ve had a great run of it, but we put a lot of work into it and a lot of money into it. I think we deserve the success we get, the horses are treated brilliantly and they are are rewarding us for the care we give them.”On future plans for The Jam Man, McNally said: “I could see him going back to England now. There is a Grade Three (hurdle race) at Haydock and a Grade One at Ascot.“We’ve unfinished business from last year as that wasn’t his run in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham (finished ninth). He had aspergillus when he ran in that and I’d love to go back and have another crack.“I’m not saying he’s good enough for a Grade One, but I’d love to go back and give him a chance when he’s healthy and see how he goes.“I don’t think he’s scopey enough to be a Grade One horse over fences. Paul said there if he hadn’t been well handicapped over fences and he had to go looking for big jumps towards the end, you could have been in trouble.”Townend had earlier produced N’Golo with a well-time late run to claim the Grade Three For Auction Novice Hurdle for Willie Mullins.Despite having won two of his three previous starts over obstacles for the champion trainer, the grey was a 9-1 shot for his latest assignment, but finished with a flourish to score by a length and a half from Annexation.Hot favourite Eskylane was only fifth.“It worked out for us. The tongue-tie probably helped on that ground,” said Townend.“I think he’s stepped up today, to carry the penalty, and it was a nice performance out of him.“He could go further, definitely, and even today we thought in that grade, two miles might be sharp enough for him.”There was a thrilling climax to the opening Ladbrokes Giving Extra Places Every Day Maiden Hurdle, with Noel Meade’s 6-4 shot Joshua Webb edging out even-money favourite Grangeclare Native by a head under Sean Flanagan.The stewards called an inquiry after the pair came close together in the closing stages, but the placings remained unaltered.Meade said: “I’d say he’s a nice horse. He’ll go on for a novice now and we’ll see what way the handicapper rates him.”last_img read more

Democratic counties represent 70% of U.S. GDP

first_img– Advertisement – Biden took away half of Trump’s 10 most economically significant counties from 2016, including Maricopa in Arizona, Tarrant in Texas, Duval and Pinellas in Florida and Morris in New Jersey.Blue districts have attracted the expanding segments of the U.S. population and workforce; 34% of their residents are non-white and 36% have at least a bachelor’s degree. Red districts, by comparison, are 15% non-white and 25% have at least a bachelor’s degree, Brookings found. – Advertisement – The problem, Muro suggests, is not only that Democrats and Republicans disagree on issues of culture, identity, and power, but that they represent “radically different” areas of the economy.These differences, if they persist or worsen, could result in partisan gridlock for years to come, the researcher wrote.Democrats represent voters who overwhelmingly live in the nation’s diverse center and thus tend to prioritize housing affordability, better social safety nets, transportation infrastructure and racial justice.On the other hand, Republicans represent the economies of the nation’s struggling small towns and rural areas that see little reason to weigh the needs of urban districts.“If this pattern continues—with one party aiming to confront the challenges at top of mind for a majority of Americans, and the other continuing to stoke the hostility and indignation held by a significant minority—it will be a recipe not only for more gridlock and ineffective governance, but also for economic harm to nearly all people and places,” Muro wrote.“In light of the desperate need for a broad, historic recovery from the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic, a continuation of the patterns we’ve seen play out over the past decade would be a particularly unsustainable situation for Americans in communities of all sizes,” he added.—Data visualizations by CNBC’s John Schoen Brookings researcher Mark Muro put it this way: “While the election’s outcome has changed, the nation’s political geography remains rigidly divided.”“Blue and red America continue to reflect two very different economies—one oriented todiverse, often college-educated workers in professional and digital services professions and the other whiter, less-educated, and more dependent on ‘traditional’ industries,” he added.To put a point on this economic-geographic divergence, Brookings noted that Biden flipped seven of the nation’s 100-highest-output counties in the 2020 election and further cemented the link between the Democratic party and the nation’s core economic hubs.- Advertisement –center_img The 2020 elections, chaotic and marked by races “too close to call,” have nonetheless reaffirmed that, at least in Washington, the two parties now speak for markedly different segments of the U.S. economy.President Donald Trump carried 2,497 counties across the country that together generate 29% of the American economy, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution. President-elect Joe Biden won 477 counties that together generate 70% of U.S. GDP.- Advertisement – Silhouettes of Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and President Donald Trump on the campaign trail.Reuters Republicans represent a far greater number of smaller counties with less-educated, more-homogenous workforces that, on average, tend to rely on manufacturing, agriculture and mining.Democrats represent a smaller number of densely populated and diverse metropolitan counties fueled by service-oriented industries like finance, professional services and software.That’s similar to the 2016 results, when Brookings showed that the nearly 2,600 counties Trump won generated 36% of the country’s output versus the 472 counties that Hillary Clinton won that produced 64%.last_img read more

USA send anti-racism message ahead of Wales friendly | Football News

first_imgUSA players lined up for the national anthems with anti-racism messages on the back of their training tops On the backs, each player also had a personal anti-racism or unite message with both sets of players taking a knee ahead of kick-off.A statement on USA’s website read: “With the goal of inspiring action on social justice issues, all of the players had “Be the Change” adorned on the front of their anthem jackets.“The spirit of their message is that each and every person has the ability, opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in our own way.” USA’s line-up also saw highly-rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gio Reyna, who celebrates his 18th birthday on Friday, handed a USA debut with Fulham defender Antonee Robinson and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen also in USA’s starting line-up.Meanwhile, Wales made wholesale changes with forthcoming Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Finland in mind.Gareth Bale was rested with Chris Gunter leading the side on his 98th appearance while goalkeeper Danny Ward, defender Tom Lockyer and striker Tom Lawrence also returned. – Advertisement – The game is the USA’s first opportunity to show their support for racial equality following the death of George Floyd back in May.Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests, driven by the Black Lives Matter movement, which was subsequently echoed across the world of sport.It led to numerous campaigns including players taking a knee before games and names replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of shirts.- Advertisement – The USA sent a powerful anti-racism message ahead of their international friendly against Wales at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium.The side, led out onto the field by captain Zack Steffen, wore tracksuit tops during the national anthems which read ‘Be the Change’ on the front.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

How to move on after the US election

first_imgHe’s authored several books on the subject and taught two of the most popular classes in Harvard University’s history – on positive psychology and the psychology of leadership. – Advertisement – Regardless of which side you’re on, the US election has probably been an emotional time.So here’s some advice from Tal Ben-Shahar, who writes and teaches about the science of happiness. – Advertisement –last_img

China’s avian flu deaths reach 6; Indonesia reports case cluster

first_imgJan 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities today announced another human death from the H5N1 avian influenza virus, raising the government’s case count to nine, including six deaths, according to a Reuters report.A 35-year-old woman with the surname of Wei died in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Jan 11, Reuters reported. That was a week after the onset of her fever and pneumonia, according to Bloomberg News. She worked as a poultry farmer, and people who had contact with her are being closely monitored, the Bloomberg story said.Reuters said poultry had been dying in the woman’s village, but China’s Health Ministry, which published information about the case, did not say whether the poultry had tested positive for H5N1.Another Turkish child infectedThe World Health Organization (WHO) had not updated its case count to reflect the new Chinese case at this writing. However, WHO today confirmed the 21st human H5N1 infection in Turkey, involving a 4-year-old boy whose case was announced yesterday by Turkish officials. He became sick Jan 5 and is hospitalized in Erzurum province, the agency said.A news report from Ankara published today by the United Nations’ Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news service said initial investigation suggests the boy became sick after eating chicken. He is from Dogubayazit in eastern Turkey’s Agri province, site of the four deaths from H5N1 that have occurred in Turkey.Despite the new human case, the news from Turkey may be improving. The WHO update said intensive education and culling efforts are expected to reduce “opportunities for human infections to occur.” In addition, Reuters reported yesterday that five H5N1 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals that day. Many of the remaining 12 people in hospitals were in stable condition, but one patient’s condition was described as serious.Indonesian cluster growsIndonesian authorities were investigating what one health official described as the “cluster with the largest number of patients” they had seen, according to a Bloomberg story published today.The cluster involves four people in one family, including a 13-year-old girl who died on Jan 14 and her 3-year-old brother, who died yesterday. Both tested positive for H5N1, said Hariadi Wibisono, director of vectorborne disease control at the Indonesian Ministry of Health, as quoted by Bloomberg. Those tests were done locally and have not yet been confirmed by the WHO-accredited laboratory in Hong Kong.Another sibling, a 15-year-old girl, is improving in a hospital while investigators re-test tissue samples from her throat to determine whether she has an H5N1 infection, the news service reported.Meanwhile, the father of all three children has been hospitalized after experiencing similar flu-like symptoms, the Bloomberg story said. Wibisono said this is the fifth cluster of infections in Indonesia since July.See also: Jan WHO update on the situation in Turkey read more

West Nile cases stay ahead of 2006 pace

first_imgAug 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The count of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States so far this year remains ahead of last year’s pace, but fewer severe cases have been reported, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC West Nile page West Nile cases in the United States jumped sharply last year, totaling 4,269, a 42% increase over the 3,000 cases recorded in 2005, according to the CDC. Neuroinvasive cases were 34% of the total in 2006 and 43% of the total in 2005. The record year for reported cases was 2003, with 9,862. WNV report in Aug 18, 2006, MMWR See also: California has been hit hardest this year, with 86 cases, including 32 neuroinvasive illnesses. Colorado is second with 72 cases (10 neuroinvasive), followed by South Dakota, 62 (19), North Dakota, 52 (8), and Wyoming, 34 (5). CDC. West Nile virus update—United States, January 1-August 14, 2007. MMWR 2007 Aug 17;56(32):821-2 [Full text] As of Aug 14, 444 WNV cases, including 15 deaths, had been reported from 27 states, the CDC says in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That compares with 388 cases and 13 deaths in 26 states at this time last year, as reported in the Aug 18, 2006, MMWR. Screening of donated blood has led to the identification of 49 donors with presumed WNV infection so far this year, the CDC reported. Fifteen of the donors subsequently had West Nile fever. Nineteen of the 49 donors were from California. Neuroinvasive cases—the severe form of the disease, including West Nile meningitis, encephalitis, and myelitis—make up 30.6% (136 of 444) of cases so far this year, as compared with 40.7% (158 of 388) at this time last year, according to CDC figures. (Nine cases this year were unclassified, as were 13 at this time last year.) Jul 26 CIDRAP News story “Number of West Nile virus cases surges”last_img read more

Cross-border cooperation to the development of tourism and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in Slavonia

first_imgSome are fighting to maintain the status quo, while others are fighting against the status quo. This is the difference between successful and those who strive for development and others who stagnate or fail. It is easiest to say there is no money, the status quo cannot be adhered to, while those who are proactive are always looking for a solution to the problem and are actively fighting in the market, and this is also the case when we talk about attracting money from various EU funds. EU projects are there to make the best use of them for development, they all have the same opportunities, and it is up to us whether we use them or not.This is also the case with the project “EXtraordinary PLeasure of Our REGion – Common gastro, eco and recreation routes of Croatia and Serbia” (EXPLORE CRO-SRB) which is implemented with the general goal of contributing to tourism development and preservation of cultural and natural heritage of the cross-border area. expansion and integration of the tourist offer and management of cultural and natural assets of the cross-border area.The targeted cross-border area is rich in natural, historical and cultural resources that are economically underutilized due to poor tourism infrastructure, low level of marketing, lack of information exchange within the tourism industry and undiversified tourism offer, lack of communication among tourism stakeholders, poor destination management and lack of effective marketing strategy.Anita Đerek Krnjić from the Development Agency of the City of Slavonski Brod states that this project with a total value of EUR 369 thousand was financed from the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, and is implemented from July 2017 to July 2019. implementation, an eco, gastro and recreational study of the cross-border area will be made in order to form three tourist routes of the cross-border area. “An e-cluster platform will be established, the capacities of the members of the Tourist Cluster “Slavonian Basket” and the Tourist Cluster of the Subotica Palić microregion and other actors in tourism will be strengthened through trainings on destination management, promotion and marketing, logistics in tourism, valorization of cross-border resources.”Says Krnjic.Photo: Bojan Haron MarkičevićNew cross-border tourism products will be promoted through a ten-month targeted social media marketing campaign, a presentation at trade fairs with a total of 100.000 visitors and a ten-minute promotional film on regional television. We learned more about future studies of tourist routes from the development process leader, Autumn Ricl, leaders of the Eco Route Study process, Tina Horvatina, leader of the Recreational Route Study process and Jasmine Krkić Poznić, leaders of the process of making the Gastro Route Study.Each study also consists of survey questionnaires, ie research on eko, recreational i gastro tourism, which are extremely important for the implementation and development of the project. If you care about quality and sustainable development of tourism, especially in Slavonia, take a few minutes of your time and participate in the survey.The geographical area of ​​eastern Croatia covered by the study contains all the prerequisites for the development of quality and eco-tourism, not mass tourism, he points out. Jesenka Ricl, process leader of the Eco Route Study, adds that the rich natural and cultural heritage, natural landscapes recognized in the plains and the peculiarities of the Kopački rit and Papuk Nature Parks are a great inspiration for travelers who do not want to leave their footprints after their visit. “If the tourism sector, but also many other complementary sectors, accept changes that will affect sustainable development, energy efficiency, production of eco products and business based on the offer of “eco friendly” services then we can say with great certainty that the offer of Osijek-Baranja County, Vukovar Srijem County, Slavonski Brod County and Požega-Slavonia County to be deserved on the map of the tourist international eco route. A tourism product alone is not enough to become a respectable eco destination. Such a thing requires a “green” state of consciousness in every household, school, local government unit, factories. An eco-tourist is highly educated, often knows more about the destination than the host, and expects quality, originality and principles for the value of the money he pays.” Ricl points out.Link to the eco-tourism survey questionnaire: the study, we want to first analyze the situation on the ground in the field of recreational tourism, in eastern Croatia, he points out Tin Horvatin, head of the Recreational Route Study process, adds that the results will then be compared with strategic documents applicable to this geographical area and global trends in tourism, so that they can identify, improve and promote tourism products that will be on the recreational route. “Personally, I think that Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem can offer a lot in the field of recreational tourism, through active holidays, but also through an offer aimed at professional sports, and I hope that the Study will eventually show that.”Horvatin pointed out.Link to the survey questionnaire for recreational tourism: Bojan Haron MarkičevićThe third study is based on gastro tourism, and the head of the Gastro Tour Study process points out that Slavonia and Baranja as an agricultural treasury are a unique source that enables the development of gastro tourism, and tourism development becomes a tool in promoting and commercializing these same agricultural products. “Holidays are increasingly ceasing to be “sun and sea”, and more and more desire for new experiences. In the sea of ​​today’s attractive offers of once almost unattainable exotic destinations, today’s tourist becomes oversaturated and turns to discovering destinations that nurture traditional values. Originality becomes an attraction in itself. And that is the best answer to the question of how to stand out in the offer of a guest who is oversaturated with everything? With life  traditional values. And that is the basis of gastronomy – respect for culture and tradition, a healthy lifestyle, authenticity, sustainability, experience. We have never given up our traditional values, although they are sometimes neglected. The gastronomic experience we expect becomes one of the key moments when choosing a destination ” concludes Krkić Poznić.Link to the survey questionnaire for gastro tourism: read more

Specialized tourist journalists from China come to Croatia

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the tourist boards of the city of Zagreb, Zagreb County, Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Istria County and Kvarner, is organizing a study trip for Chinese journalists.The trip will take place from 1 to 8 December 2018 and will be attended by journalists from the most influential specialized media such as Cosmopolitan, Traveler Magazine, World Traveler, Southern Metropolis Weekly, National Geographic Traveler, iWeekly, Weibo and others.On the first and second day of the program (December 1st and 2nd), the journalists will stay in Zagreb, where they will attend the opening of Zagreb’s Advent, but also visit all the city’s sights and tourist attractions. On the third day of the program (December 3), a tour of Samobor is planned, accompanied by a tourist guide, followed by a departure for Čazma and a tour of Salajland, a popular property decorated with millions of lamps.After touring the continent, the group will head to Istria (December 4-6) where they will visit Rovinj, Porec, Pula, Motovun, but also the interior of Istria. After Istria, the journey continues to Kvarner (December 6-8) where Chinese journalists will visit Opatija, Lovran and Rijeka.last_img read more