Speedcast awarded contract supporting leading oil & gas engineering services customer in Iraq

first_imgThis company is an existing customer of Speedcast in EMEA that, with this new contract, is extending the scope of services that Speedcast will deliver Image: Speedcast awarded contract supporting leading oil & gas engineering services customer in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay. Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of remote communication and IT solutions, today announced that the company has been awarded a new multi-year contract with an Oil & Gas engineering services customer for fully managed internet services and IT support across the company’s base in Iraq.This company is an existing customer of Speedcast in EMEA that, with this new contract, is extending the scope of services that Speedcast will deliver. This new solution will supply the main base camp in Basra, Iraq with high-speed fibre internet and backup, as well as 24×7 on-site IT maintenance and troubleshooting support. The expansion of the scope of products and services Speedcast provides to customers is a key part of the company’s growth strategy, and this win is another sign that this strategy is materializing.“This customer is a global leader in the delivery of engineering and technical services, and this contract is a great opportunity to support growth initiatives beyond the rigs,” says Speedcast’s EVP of Energy, Keith Johnson. “It’s another example of the fact that Speedcast provides solutions that go beyond standard satellite bandwidth and network management. We listen to our customers’ needs and deliver what they require, in this case, fibre and IT services for infrastructure support.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Associate Professor or Professor – Applied Mathematics, Complex Systems

first_imgAssociate Professor or Professor – Applied Mathematics, ComplexSystemsJob Description SummaryThe Department of Applied Mathematics at Florida PolytechnicUniversity seeks candidates for an Associate Professor or Professorwith broad teaching capacity that supports an undergraduate degreein Engineering Mathematics and has a research specializationfocused on applications of mathematics, typically facilitated withadvanced computing, and focused on highly topical and currentengineering and applied science problems.The Department of Applied Mathematics at Florida PolytechnicUniversity has embarked on a new initiative in EngineeringMathematics since August 2019. The new undergraduate programprovides the nexus of Florida Polytechnic University – wideactivities in engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry andbiology and anticipates close collaborations between appliedmathematics faculty and faculty members in other engineering andscience departments.This position is part of a strategic expansion of the departmentthat will add approximately four faculty to the current eight fulltime faculty members within the department. As a part of thisfaculty expansion, the department will be emphasizing and improvingits current teaching mission and also putting in place a researchpresence for the department. Relatively near-term plans include aMaster’s degree program for the department.Ideally, applicants will provide evidence of prior success inteaching (both undergraduate and graduate) and research with anestablished record of independent research funding, publicationhistory in high quality, peer reviewed journals, and supervision ofgraduate and/or undergraduate students.Job DescriptionMINIMUM QUALIFICATION: ABOUT FLORIDA POLY:Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and isthe twelfth university in the Florida State University System. TheUniversity was created as an exclusively STEM-focused publicuniversity that offers high-value undergraduate and graduatedegrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focuson economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated topreparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, FloridaPolytechnic University blends traditional subject matter masterywith problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide studentswith learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and acareer of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses insmall class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to facultyexperience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and researchmission.Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term definedappointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, thatsubstantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment andprogression in rank upon completion of a significant review ofaccomplishments.Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-moderncampus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway betweenTampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines smalltown comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor ishome to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has morethan 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college.Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World,Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thrivingperforming art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and homevalues increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakelandand Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to liveand work.EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience andqualificationsAPPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: Cover letterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Research InterestsStatement of Teaching PhilosophyList of at least 3 professional references (names and contactinformation) Ph.D. in Mathematics or closely related field with emphasis inthe specializations listed above or related field/ areas.Six years of experience as a faculty member or as anindependent researcher. Diversity Statement:Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal accessinstitution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provideequal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities toall (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants foradmission, students, and others affiliated with the University)without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex,religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status,veteran status or genetic information.Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please besure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field beforecontinuing through the application. Once your applicationhas been submitted, no changes may be made and additionalattachments will not be considered.An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable duringthe application process. For positions requiring a degree, theofficial transcripts are required upon hire.Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United Statesrequire a equivalency statement from a certified transcriptevaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of anaccredited institution within the USA. This report must be attachedwith the application and submitted by the applicationdeadline.All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date ofthe job announcements.This position requires a background check, which may includea level II screening as required by the Florida Statute§435.04. APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submitthe following in PDF format during the application process: Active participation in professional activities andorganizations.center_img Curriculum development and significant teaching experience atall collegiate levels.Funded research experience as a Principal Investigator.Demonstrated ability to identify project opportunities andindependently develop proposals that are subsequently funded.Experience with students’ academic mentoring and as a thesisadvisor.Experience in program assessment and execution of a continuousimprovement plan. Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe positions are filled. Prior professional US experience with progressiveresponsibility.Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively withdiverse campus community. Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to workin the United States. This proof must be provided prior toemployment at the University. An appointment is not final untilproof is provided. DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:last_img read more

(Sr) Research Associate, Data Science

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technologyat Virginia Tech is a university-level research center that reportsto the Vice President of Research and Innovation. Its mission is tocultivate the next generation of national security leaders bydeveloping and executing curricular, extracurricular, and researchopportunities to engage students. One of the fastest growingresearch centers at VT, sponsors and collaborators benefit fromboth highly experienced student talent and senior technicalleadership that address some of our nation’s greatest securitychallenges. The Hume team executes research on behalf of a range ofnational security research sponsors, including Government agenciesand industry.This is a research and development position that may be based inBlacksburg or Arlington, Virginia and is part of the Hume Center’sIntelligent Systems Lab (ISL). Depending on the qualifications ofthe successful candidates, offer in rank may be at the researchassociate or senior research associate level.ISL brings together researchers from computer science, statistics,machine learning, networks, signals processing and other fields todevelop interdisciplinary solutions to cutting-edge technologicalchallenges. Successful candidates for this position will haverelevant experience in one or more of the following areas:statistics, systems engineering, data science, or computerscience.Specific responsibilities include the following:(1) Support research conducted in ISL in projects focused on designof experiments, time series analyses, anomaly detection, naturallanguage processing, large scale data infrastructure, and test andevaluation(2) Contribute to technical documents/presentations andpeer-reviewed academic papers(3) Provide mentorship to students working on programsRequired Qualifications• US citizenship• For Research Associate: An earned Master’s degree in Statistics,Data Science, Computer Science, or related discipline; or an earnedBachelor’s degree in Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science,Mathematics, or related discipline and significant relatedexperience• For Senior Research Associate: An earned doctorate degree inStatistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or related disciplineand progressively related experience. In lieu of the doctoratedegree, a master’s degree in the related field with substantiallysignificant professional experience may be considered.• Proficiency in R, JMP, Python or related statistical analysistools.• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in executingresearch and/or development projects• Evidence of high potential for excellence in research anddevelopment as demonstrated through academic study orexperiencePreferred Qualifications• Active security clearance• Interest and/or experience in working effectively with a diversefaculty, staff and student population• Experience working in an academic environment• Experience executing on research and/or development programssupporting the federal governmentAppointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview Date2/8/2021 and open until all positions filledAdditional InformationMultiple openings with location in either Blacksburg, VA orArlington, VA.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check. Candidates must be US citizens with the abilityto acquire a security clearance.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Sue Kass [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: January 20, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

Arnold Gets Off To Fast Start; Red-Hot McPeek’s Ellis Juvenile Entrant To Be Determined

first_imgTrainer Rusty Arnold got off to a great start at Ellis Park, winning a $40,000 maiden turf race with Calumet Farm’s 3-year-old filly English Affair and a $41,000 allowance race on grass with Preston Madden’s Derby Champagne on Saturday’s opening card.Arnold trained English Affair’s mom, the talented Lady Melesi. The trainer particularly remembers Lady Melesi narrowly losing in Churchill Downs’ Dogwood Stakes 17 years ago. As noted in the official Equibase race chart, the stakes wound up being hand-timed and the chart-callers were the ones determining the margins and order of finish. Arnold recalls that the photo-finish operator had a heart attack, and there was never a picture to determine the outcome. (As an aside, finishing sixth in that Dogwood was Spain, who later at 56-1 odds would win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff).“That’s how far back I go with the filly,” Arnold said. “Then Watts ended up selling Lady Melesi years ago, and one of the group of babies that Calumet sent me two years ago was this baby by English Channel out of Lady Melesi. Just coincidence.”English Affair was second in her first two starts.“She was a little slow to come around,” Arnold said. “We ran her at Belterra first time out because we wanted to get her off to a good start. It came off the turf; we ran her anyway, and she ran pretty good and got some education. Ran back at Indiana and had kind of second-start-itis. She didn’t want to load, threw a little fit in the gate, got way back and came running. I was really impressed with her (at Ellis). She was kind of in trouble down on the rail. Didn’t have a place to go, switched to the outside and finished up and finished really strong. She’s a typical English Channel — she’s going to get better with age. We think she’s got a future. She’s made huge strides.”Two races later, Arnold and jockey Brian Hernandez teamed again to win the entry-level allowance feature with Derby Champagne. That gelding is one of three horses Arnold trains for Madden, the master of historic Hamburg Place whose grandfather was the legendary John E. Madden, breeder, owner and trainer of Derby winners around the turn of the 20th century.“We’ve a couple of 2-year-olds for him that we really like, a Blame and an Uncle Mo,” Arnold said. “They’re not close to the races yet. But he called me like a year ago, and this was the first horse I ever had for him. That was a pretty solid race at Ellis Park — it wasn’t the old easy place to go. Pretty good bunch. I think you’ll see that with the money being added down there.”McPeek will be in EP Juvenile — horse to be determinedTrainer Kenny McPeek does not plan to run Friday night’s Bashford Manor winner Ten City or Debutante heroine Sunny Skies back in the 2-year-old stakes at Ellis Park on Aug. 20. But that doesn’t mean McPeek won’t have horses in the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile and Debutante.While Ten City and Sunny Skies are expected to train up to the 1 1/16-mile Iroquois and Pocahontas at Churchill Downs’ September meet, McPeek said he’s got more youngsters in the barn to put on display.“I’ve got some others that can run in those races anyway,” he said by phone of the Ellis races. “I’ve got a bunch of 2-year-olds that are going to run in the next few days and weeks. I’ll end up having something for them, but it’s a matter of which one.”Of Ten City, McPeek said, “He might be the best horse I’ve ever had my hands on. He does everything, goes out like a 5-year-old already. So it’s pretty easy to get excited about him. What I don’t want to do is beat him up over the summer and run in blistering heat. I want to keep him under wraps for a little while.”McPeek runs a pair of 2-year-olds in Tuesday’s maiden race at a mile on turf, carded as the fifth race (post time 2:42 p.m. Central). It’s a formula he’s long used at Ellis, wanting the longer distance rather than looking for grass. Rushin Tothecircle ran once at Churchill, going five-eighths on dirt, breaking slowly and finishing last to the ultra-impressive Copper Bullet, the Bashford Manor runner-up. Eclipsed Moon is a $400,000 yearling making his debut off some impressive works at Keeneland.“As far as the group as a whole, yes, it’s exceptional,” McPeek said of his 2-year-old crop. “It will still be later in the year when they’re all ready.”McPeek knows well how tough a maiden race at Ellis can be. He was sixth in a mile dirt race last August with Senior Investment, who this year won Keeneland’s Grade 3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes before taking third in the Preakness. The 10-length winner in that maiden race was Not This Time, who in his next two starts won Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois by 8 3/4 lengths and narrowly lost the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.Jockey Robby Albarado not only won both 2-year-old stakes Friday at Churchill but swept the card’s third stakes with the Ben Colebrook-trained bourgeoning sprint star Limousine Liberal taking the Kelly’s Landing. In addition to McPeek’s treasure trove, Albarado also rides some very promising 2-year-olds for trainer Dale Romans, the pair teaming to win a maiden race by 10 lengths at Ellis last summer with Not This Time.“I’ve got quite a few of them,” Albarado said. “It’s promising to have these 2-year-olds for the future. Kenny’s 2-year-olds were impressive. And Limousine Liberal, in an overnight handicap, not to be disrespectful of anyone but it was a breath of fresh air for him (versus graded stakes). It was nice to do it on that stage, the last night of racing.”Winning will make a person forget the weather. And in between the Bashford Manor and Debutante, Churchill experienced an hour delay when a storm blew through. “What rain? I didn’t see any rain,” joked Albarado. “Actually I was worried about myself freezing up, my body freezing up. I stayed on the vibrating machine in the little workout room, kept stretching.”At some point, Albarado’s 2-year-old mounts could stack up for the same race and decisions will have to be made — a great problem to have for a rider. “By the time the route races come along in the fall, whether Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity or Churchill’s Iroquois, by then we’ll have a good line on who’s who,” he said. “First time out, all of them were impressive. I can’t split them.”Betting up 62 percent on Ellis’ opening cardTotal betting on Saturday’s opening card was $1,789,882 — up 62 percent over the $1,106,508 wagered on last year’s first day of racing. That breaks down to $232,276  bet on Ellis at Ellis (up 14 percent over 2016) and $1,557,715 bet off track on Ellis’ nine-race card (up 72 percent percent over last year’s $903,119). Another $300,993 was bet at Ellis on other racetracks, a number that does not show up in the all-sources total but which was up 10 percent, the track said.“It was just a delightful and great day,” said track president Ron Geary. “We worked hard the whole year to get to this position. We launched a bunch of new things, the new video and tote board and a lot of interior improvements. We’re very excited. Obviously we got our purse money up, and that helps a lot. But I think our team executed quite well. We thought we’d have a good meet; this is certainly a good indicator. But we’ll see what happens in the next 30 race dates, see if it rains or anything like that.”Sidelined jockey Francisco Torres visits Ellis ParkJockey Franciso Torres just needs his surgeon’s clearance to resume getting on horses after sustaining a broken neck for the fourth time in his long career on March 28 in a spill at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds. He was supposed to meet with his Indianapolis surgeon on Wednesday, but said the doctor canceled because of a heavy surgery schedule and can’t fit him in until Aug. 1.“I said, ‘Are you serious? That’s another month,’” said Torres, who was visiting Ellis Sunday. “Meanwhile, I emailed the surgeon in New Orleans (who did the actual surgery) to see if he can see me before Aug. 1. I’m waiting to hear back. If he’ll see me before Aug. 1, I’ll make a trip down there. But I think things happen for a reason. If he can’t see me, it’s another month I can heal. But, believe me, I am anxious to get back.”Torres keeps a photo on his phone of the hardware in his neck — the latest being a titanium plate and eight screws. “The surgeon said, ‘Cisco, you’ll never break your neck again,’” he said.He showed how he has maintained complete flexibility in his neck. “If you’d told me (before) that they’d fuse my neck (and he could continue riding), I’d have told you you’re a liar,” Torres said. “What hurt the most was my tailbone. I broke my tailbone also. That hurt for a good two months. I’m just getting over that now.”We want you to sing the National AnthemDo you sing or know someone who does? Ellis Park is looking for talented singers to audition to sing the National Anthem for our live races this summer. To audition, email [email protected] or call 812-435-8903.Photo below: Jockey Brian Hernandez guides English Affair to victory in a grass maiden race Saturday at Ellis Park. Credit: Coady Photography. Jockey Francisco Torres, sidelined with his fourth neck fracture, was a visitor at Ellis Park. (Jennie Rees photo) Trainer Rusty Arnold got off to a great start at Ellis Park, winning a $40,000 maiden turf race with Calumet Farm’s 3-year-old filly English Affair and a $41,000 allowance race on grass with Preston Madden’s Derby Champagne on Saturday’s opening card.Arnold trained English Affair’s mom, the talented Lady Melesi. The trainer particularly remembers Lady Melesi narrowly losing in Churchill Downs’ Dogwood Stakes 17 years ago. As noted in the official Equibase race chart, the stakes wound up being hand-timed and the chart-callers were the ones determining the margins and order of finish. Arnold recalls that the photo-finish operator had a heart attack, and there was never a picture to determine the outcome. (As an aside, finishing sixth in that Dogwood was Spain, who later at 56-1 odds would win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff).“That’s how far back I go with the filly,” Arnold said. “Then Watts ended up selling Lady Melesi years ago, and one of the group of babies that Calumet sent me two years ago was this baby by English Channel out of Lady Melesi. Just coincidence.”English Affair Was Second In Her First Two Starts.“She was a little slow to come around,” Arnold said. “We ran her at Belterra first time out because we wanted to get her off to a good start. It came off the turf; we ran her anyway, and she ran pretty good and got some education. Ran back at Indiana and had kind of second-start-itis. She didn’t want to load, threw a little fit in the gate, got way back and came running. I was really impressed with her (at Ellis). She was kind of in trouble down on the rail. Didn’t have a place to go, switched to the outside and finished up and finished really strong. She’s a typical English Channel — she’s going to get better with age. We think she’s got a future. She’s made huge strides.”Two races later, Arnold and jockey Brian Hernandez teamed again to win the entry-level allowance feature with Derby Champagne. That gelding is one of three horses Arnold trains for Madden, the master of historic Hamburg Place whose grandfather was the legendary John E. Madden, breeder, owner and trainer of Derby winners around the turn of the 20th century.“We’ve a couple of 2-year-olds for him that we really like, a Blame and an Uncle Mo,” Arnold said. “They’re not close to the races yet. But he called me like a year ago, and this was the first horse I ever had for him. That was a pretty solid race at Ellis Park — it wasn’t the old easy place to go. Pretty good bunch. I think you’ll see that with the money being added down there.”McPeek Will Be In EP Juvenile — Horse To Be DeterminedTrainer Kenny McPeek does not plan to run Friday night’s Bashford Manor winner Ten City or Debutante heroine Sunny Skies back in the 2-year-old stakes at Ellis Park on Aug. 20. But that doesn’t mean McPeek won’t have horses in the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile and Debutante.While Ten City and Sunny Skies are expected to train up to the 1 1/16-mile Iroquois and Pocahontas at Churchill Downs’ September meet, McPeek said he’s got more youngsters in the barn to put on display.“I’ve got some others that can run in those races anyway,” he said by phone of the Ellis races. “I’ve got a bunch of 2-year-olds that are going to run in the next few days and weeks. I’ll end up having something for them, but it’s a matter of which one.”Of Ten City, McPeek said, “He might be the best horse I’ve ever had my hands on. He does everything, goes out like a 5-year-old already. So it’s pretty easy to get excited about him. What I don’t want to do is beat him up over the summer and run in blistering heat. I want to keep him under wraps for a little while.”McPeek runs a pair of 2-year-olds in Tuesday’s maiden race at a mile on turf, carded as the fifth race (post time 2:42 p.m. Central). It’s a formula he’s long used at Ellis, wanting the longer distance rather than looking for grass. Rushin Tothecircle ran once at Churchill, going five-eighths on dirt, breaking slowly and finishing last to the ultra-impressive Copper Bullet, the Bashford Manor runner-up. Eclipsed Moon is a $400,000 yearling making his debut off some impressive works at Keeneland.“As far as the group as a whole, yes, it’s exceptional,” McPeek said of his 2-year-old crop. “It will still be later in the year when they’re all ready.”McPeek knows well how tough a maiden race at Ellis can be. He was sixth in a mile dirt race last August with Senior Investment, who this year won Keeneland’s Grade 3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes before taking third in the Preakness. The 10-length winner in that maiden race was Not This Time, who in his next two starts won Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois by 8 3/4 lengths and narrowly lost the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.Jockey Robby Albarado not only won both 2-year-old stakes Friday at Churchill but swept the card’s third stakes with the Ben Colebrook-trained bourgeoning sprint star Limousine Liberal taking the Kelly’s Landing. In addition to McPeek’s treasure trove, Albarado also rides some very promising 2-year-olds for trainer Dale Romans, the pair teaming to win a maiden race by 10 lengths at Ellis last summer with Not This Time.“I’ve got quite a few of them,” Albarado said. “It’s promising to have these 2-year-olds for the future. Kenny’s 2-year-olds were impressive. And Limousine Liberal, in an overnight handicap, not to be disrespectful of anyone but it was a breath of fresh air for him (versus graded stakes). It was nice to do it on that stage, the last night of racing.”Winning will make a person forget the weather. And in between the Bashford Manor and Debutante, Churchill experienced an hour delay when a storm blew through. “What rain? I didn’t see any rain,” joked Albarado. “Actually I was worried about myself freezing up, my body freezing up. I stayed on the vibrating machine in the little workout room, kept stretching.”At some point, Albarado’s 2-year-old mounts could stack up for the same race and decisions will have to be made — a great problem to have for a rider. “By the time the route races come along in the fall, whether Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity or Churchill’s Iroquois, by then we’ll have a good line on who’s who,” he said. “First time out, all of them were impressive. I can’t split them.”Betting Up 62 Percent On Ellis’ Opening CardTotal betting on Saturday’s opening card was $1,789,882 — up 62 percent over the $1,106,508 wagered on last year’s first day of racing. That breaks down to $232,276  bet on Ellis at Ellis (up 14 percent over 2016) and $1,557,715 bet off track on Ellis’ nine-race card (up 72 percent percent over last year’s $903,119). Another $300,993 was bet at Ellis on other racetracks, a number that does not show up in the all-sources total but which was up 10 percent, the track said.“It was just a delightful and great day,” said track president Ron Geary. “We worked hard the whole year to get to this position. We launched a bunch of new things, the new video and tote board and a lot of interior improvements. We’re very excited. Obviously we got our purse money up, and that helps a lot. But I think our team executed quite well. We thought we’d have a good meet; this is certainly a good indicator. But we’ll see what happens in the next 30 race dates, see if it rains or anything like that.”Sidelined Jockey Francisco Torres Visits Ellis ParkJockey Franciso Torres just needs his surgeon’s clearance to resume getting on horses after sustaining a broken neck for the fourth time in his long career on March 28 in a spill at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds. He was supposed to meet with his Indianapolis surgeon on Wednesday, but said the doctor canceled because of a heavy surgery schedule and can’t fit him in until Aug. 1.“I said, ‘Are you serious? That’s another month,’” said Torres, who was visiting Ellis Sunday. “Meanwhile, I emailed the surgeon in New Orleans (who did the actual surgery) to see if he can see me before Aug. 1. I’m waiting to hear back. If he’ll see me before Aug. 1, I’ll make a trip down there. But I think things happen for a reason. If he can’t see me, it’s another month I can heal. But, believe me, I am anxious to get back.”Torres keeps a photo on his phone of the hardware in his neck — the latest being a titanium plate and eight screws. “The surgeon said, ‘Cisco, you’ll never break your neck again,’” he said.He showed how he has maintained complete flexibility in his neck. “If you’d told me (before) that they’d fuse my neck (and he could continue riding), I’d have told you you’re a liar,” Torres said. “What hurt the most was my tailbone. I broke my tailbone also. That hurt for a good two months. I’m just getting over that now.”We Want You To Sing The National AnthemDo you sing or know someone who does? Ellis Park is looking for talented singers to audition to sing the National Anthem for our live races this summer. To audition, email [email protected] or call 812-435-8903.Photo below: Jockey Brian Hernandez guides English Affair to victory in a grass maiden race Saturday at Ellis Park. Credit: Coady Photography. Jockey Francisco Torres, sidelined with his fourth neck fracture, was a visitor at Ellis Park. (Jennie Rees photo) FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Thursday Beach Update: Pumping to Be Complete by Tuesday

first_imgThe advancing line of wide beach is now at 59th Street and will continue a short distance into Corson’s Inlet State Park.Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Thursday, Sept. 17PROGRESS: As of Thursday at noon, pumping operations were stalled at 59th Street while a hose on the hopper dredge Liberty Island was replaced. But the replacement is expected to come quickly, and the final stage of the pumping is expected now to be complete by Tuesday. The beach at 58th Street is back open with the project area just to the south of the beach entrance. A new frontal dune runs in a straight line throughout the entire project area and will continue a few hundred feet past where the homes in Ocean City end as the project comes to a close. Beaches between 37th Street and 58th Street are now complete.WHAT’S NEXT: Work will continue in the area at 59th Street in the final phase of the project until Tuesday, Sept. 22. The contractor will take another five to seven days to remove pipeline, clean up and finish dune crossovers. The planting of dune grass is scheduled for November.READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for freelast_img read more

Starbucks UK creates unique London stores

first_imgAhead of the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer, Starbucks UK is investing £8m to renovate its stores within the capital.The international coffee chain is redesigning a selection of London stores within just a few months, including six more high-profile renovations and 70 refurbishments. The company has said it will offer customers a store more unique to each individual neighbourhood.Thom Breslin, director of Design Starbucks UK and Ireland, said: “More and more customers are looking for added value – and a great cup of coffee, delivered with a smile and enjoyed in a welcoming environment that embraces its local surroundings, offers just that.”The Vigo Street outlet, close to Savile Row, has been selected to undergo a high-profile redesign, including the restoration of a hand-carved mahogany and mother-of-pearl ceiling, originating from a Damascus coffee house or bath house from around 1903. Other features include a new soft-seating area, a large community table and a fish tank-style food case.In addition, Starbucks’ Brushfield Street store near Spitalfields will extend from two to three floors within its Georgian-listed building location. Its ground floor will become the serving area, while its first floor will include community tables suited for groups and laptop users, and the second floor will be designed for business customers and smaller groups intending to stay longer.last_img read more

Fyre Festival Founder Faces 115 Years Behind Bars, Amasses New Charges

first_imgIf we had to select 2017’s most epic-fail in the music world, it would have to go to none other than Fyre Festival—the “A-List” Bahamian destination event, where everything that had the potential to go terribly wrong did exactly that. The event was like watching a small child build a sandcastle on the beach, only to have a massive wave come and wipe out the entire creation. Except for Fyre Festival, there was no wave, just rapper Ja Rule and his fraud of an entrepreneurial partner, Billy McFarland.The music-festival-turned-mega-shit-show promised a luxurious, upper-crust gathering on a private island but promptly imploded, devolving into a borderline refugee situation just hours after the event began. McFarland and his company, Fyre Media, were quickly hit with a barrage of legal actions, including a 100-million dollar class action suit filed by Fyre Festival attendees, with various criminal charges brought on behalf of investors.Already facing 40 years in jail following a guilty plea to two counts of wire fraud in connection to Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland has pleaded guilty today to new fraud charges, carrying a maximum sentence of up to 75 years behind bars. McFarland, a man with zero integrity and even less common sense given he was already under close watch, launched a new scheme in which he sold fake tickets to major events including Coachella, Super Bowl LII, and the MET Gala. According to prosecutors, McFarland scammed 30 people out of at least $150,000 and also attempted to pay an employee with a $25,000 fraudulent check.On Thursday, McFarland pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, and one count of making false statements. On top of his five-million dollar civil lawsuit, McFarland was ordered to forfeit over 26-million dollars to those he defrauded and deceived. With these new charges, McFarland faces up to 115 years in prison, although he’s expected to serve closer to 11 to 14 years under a plea deal he is negotiating.Just when you thought Billy McFarland couldn’t be more of a clueless jackass, he went out and proved everybody wrong one more time. Here’s to Billy, hoping this is the last time we see your name and “amasses more criminal charges” in the same sentence! Cheers![H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Understanding Ebola

first_imgThough a few Ebola-infected Americans have begun returning home from the epidemic in West Africa, U.S. medical experts believe that there is still little risk that the epidemic will gain hold here. Key questions, however, include how much help U.S. organizations will give to overwhelmed medical facilities in affected nations, and how quickly personnel there can get the disease under control.To better understand the disease and the threat it presents, the Gazette spoke with Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), which works to improve humanitarian response to disasters around the world through training, research, and by developing tools that put information at responders’ fingertips.VanRooyen, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and vice chairman of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine, has extensive experience responding to humanitarian crises, from the Rwandan genocide to the turmoil in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, when HHI and physicians from Harvard-affiliated hospitals erected a field hospital to handle the injured. Here are his thoughts.GAZETTE: What’s the most important thing for the American public to understand about this outbreak?VANROOYEN: I think most important is that there’s no cause for panic. We have experts who understand the spread of this virus and how to protect the public from it. When the [nonprofit] Samaritan’s Purse, for example, evacuates somebody and has them sent to Atlanta for treatment and surveillance, it does not pose an epidemic risk in the United States. That’s probably first and most important.Second, the countries that we work in, like Sierra Leone and Liberia and Guinea, depend on us to lead the response. This epidemic has rapidly exceeded the capacity of local hospitals and health institutions, and we should mobilize resources to help. We have well-trained experts and significant resources to provide a robust response by the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], as well as NGOs [nongovernmental organizations], and even the private sector. We need to quickly mobilize people to help control the epidemic and undertake a public health campaign.GAZETTE: What are the biggest medical needs?VANROOYEN: We have close colleagues working in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and they have indicated two major areas of need.First is greater technical support of the health care delivery program for better hospital treatment, case management, and quarantine. Some of the hospitals in Liberia are closing down or severely reducing their capacity because they don’t have gowns, gloves, respirators, or other protective gear. One critical essential need is the personal protective gear that will allow front-line health care workers to safely treat infected patients. Linked with that is medical expertise: It is essential to send physicians, nurses, and public-health experts who have significant expertise and some prior experience with acute onset epidemics. The right people and supplies can go a long way in stemming the spread of the disease.The second area that we really need to enhance is community education. The virus spreads from person to person through intimate contact, such as feces and blood and preparing bodies for burial. This puts health care workers, close family members, and those preparing the dead for burial at risk. Although there has been an aggressive campaign in recent years, in some places, like Sierra Leone and Liberia, it’s [backfired and] actually caused people to be suspicious of health care workers.GAZETTE: We’re hearing that the disease is hard to spread and not a big danger to the U.S., and yet it does seem to be spreading in Africa. Why it isn’t considered a danger here?VANROOYEN: The disease spreads — and the CDC has confirmed this — through very close personal contact, blood and feces. As long as people are under proper care and appropriate precautions are taken, there’s no reason to think we can’t control the transmission of the virus. So in that sense, it’s not like SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] or MERS [Middle East respiratory syndrome], for example, where we would worry about an epidemic spreading in the United States.We have experts who understand the spread of the Ebola virus (pictured) and how to protect the public from it, said VanRooyen. Image courtesy of the CDCGAZETTE: Because SARS is respiratory?VANROOYEN: Exactly. With SARS or influenza, the disease can spread through casual contact, such as on a bus, train, or plane. But fortunately, Ebola is only spread by patients who have become symptomatic, and then only spread through close contact with blood, feces, and other bodily fluids. If you have no symptoms, you don’t spread the illness. If we are carefully screening patients who have been exposed to Ebola and become ill, the transmission can be controlled. I would agree with the CDC that the risk of an epidemic spreading in the United States is very low.GAZETTE: What has your involvement been so far?VANROOYEN: HHI is hosting a symposium of ambassadors of five African nations, including Sierra Leone and Liberia, to discuss some of the challenges and unmet needs regarding the epidemic, and ways to better prepare their health and public health systems.  The meeting will bring together several experts in health systems and public health communications.  The meeting will be the first of several, and we hope to get the participation of CDC and several organizations with experience in managing the epidemic.I am also working closely with my colleagues from Samaritan’s Purse, who have been leading medical management efforts in Liberia.  My colleague and long-time friend Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, has been deeply concerned with the lack of medical capacity in these West African countries and the complexities of managing those returning to the U.S.Recently, we’ve been approached by several organizations, including the American Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee, to send health personnel  — to Sierra Leone in particular — to run the health programs there for the Ebola epidemic. Harvard has suspended all nonessential travel to those areas and I haven’t sent anybody yet. That being said, we’re exploring it. They [would be working with] strong NGOs, with solid leadership, but we have not yet committed personnel to the area.GAZETTE: So it would be a Harvard person associated with HHI working for one of these NGOs?VANROOYEN: All clinical relief work we do is through our partner hospitals. Although these physicians are academically affiliated with HHI, they are performing clinical work as a hospital physician from the Brigham or other Harvard-affiliated hospital.GAZETTE: Is there a particular specialty they’re looking for?VANROOYEN: They’re primarily looking for emergency-medicine physicians with relief experience, although in this case infectious disease specialists and those with experience managing an epidemic would be most helpful. Although we have a group of emergency physicians that have had specialty training in humanitarian medicine, few have experience in managing an epidemic.GAZETTE: They have experience overseas and in crisis situations?VANROOYEN: Yes. Most have specific training in humanitarian assistance as well as significant experience with multiple deployments in refugee health settings in conflict and disasters. Obviously, the Ebola epidemic is unique and requires a specific training.GAZETTE: What’s the role of an academic institution like Harvard and our affiliated hospitals, and what should it be in this sort of a situation?VANROOYEN: In general, the role of an academic institution is not to provide clinical services on the ground in an epidemic, but to provide other types of support for NGOs, through research and information management. Although we may send hospital medical staff to work in medical facilities, the role of Harvard is to investigate and address the broader implications of the epidemic, such as the social and political implications of this epidemic in Sierra Leone, which already has an unstable government. There are significant collateral issues that can lead to political instability and public mistrust of the government.We also provide better data collection tools for organizations to gather and share data real-time. Organizations responding to these crises may not place a priority on data collection, management, analysis, and sharing, and we have worked in both Sierra Leone and Liberia in mapping population needs and disease patterns. As with other humanitarian crises around the world, HHI and Harvard can play an important role in educating responders, understanding social, political, and human rights dimensions, and helping to optimize future responses.last_img read more

Anybody want a pizza?

first_imgWhat credit unions can take away from Pizza Hut’s latest rebranding initiative.by: Erik PaynePizza Hut took a swing at capturing the taste buds of the millennial generation on November 19 when it rebranded its website and logo and introduced a slew of new pizza flavors. The 56-year-old chain intends to show the 20-something age demographic that it is hip to their ways.Pizza might just be the country’s most popular food. A full 25% of the world’s cheese is destined to end up between crust and sauce. One in eight Americans consume pizza on any given day, equating to approximately 100 acres of the stuff consumed every day by Americans, according to the Department of Agriculture. It’s no surprise the competition over pizza market share can get hotter than a brick oven.Callahan writer Drew Grossman threw down the cheesy gauntlet on Twitter when he expressed skepticism over what credit unions could learn from Pizza Hut’s move. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Revenues from tourism are up 10 percent

first_imgAccording to the Croatian National Bank (CNB), in the first nine months of 2017, revenues from tourism amounted to 8 billion and 724 million euros, which compared to the same period last year (7 billion and 902 million euros) represents a growth of 10 percent, or 822 million euros.In the third quarter, ie July, August and September 2017, revenues from tourism amounted to 5 billion and 992 million euros from foreign guests, which compared to the same period last year (5 billion and 459 million euros) is an increase of 10 percent, or 533 million euros.In the first nine months, the share of revenues from travel – tourism in total GDP in current prices was 24 percent, which is 0,9 percentage points more than in the same period last year.We will have to wait a little longer for the final balance of income and the share of tourism in GDP, because the CNB has so far published data for last year at the end of March or the beginning of April.The problem is not in tourism, but in the poor state of the economy It is very bad when the State depends so much on one sector, and especially on tourism, where one rainy year that you cannot influence can lead the State into “bankruptcy” or current security issues. It would be optimal if the share of tourism in GDP is a maximum of 5 percent, but the main problem is not tourism, as all other sectors are not at a much better level. Especially production and exports, which in addition to tourism (year-round) should be our main industries. The share of tourism in Croatia is by far the highest in Europe, but again, this is not a problem of tourism, but of the poor situation in the country, ie all other economic sectors.Related news:RECORD TOURIST YEAR: 102 MILLION NIGHTS ACHIEVED LAST YEARlast_img read more