Today, the upcoming third annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival annouced the highly anticipated lineup for the event’s annual all-star jam session, dubbed the “PowWoW!” In addition to the session’s previously announced maestro–the one and only Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, this year’s Okeechobee PoWoW! will be held down throughout by the best backing band in the business, the legendary Roots crew.A long list of artists from the worlds hip-hop, funk, soul, and beyond will join Snoop and The Roots onstage throughout the jam, including the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan. Rounding out the stacked PoWoW! lineup will be young hip-hop superstar Joey Bada$$, Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli, exceptionally talented New Orleans’ multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty, and organ guru Cory Henry (formerly of Snarky Puppy). Of course, as is customary for the Okeechobee PoWoW!, additional surprise guests are sure to make appearances during the set as well.Last year’s collaboration with Solange, Michael McDonald, Gallant, Griz, Allen Stone, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno, members of Lawrence & more reimagined McDonald and Kenny Loggins‘ hit “What A Fool Believes” and much more. At the inaugural Okeechobee weekend in 2016, Miguel and Win Butler of Arcade Fire, along with John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kamasi Washington created their own versions of David Bowie’s “Fame” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.Located in the heart of Florida, sitting between Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Sunshine Grove spans across 800-acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. The diverse, multi-genre festival celebrates the start of Spring with both world renowned and on the rise performers, art installations, yoga, meditation, local culinary treats and more.As Okeechobee Festival enters its third year on the heels of two sold out weekends in 2017 and 2016, respectively, it has quickly grown to be the largest independent festival in the Southeast and the first major destination of the festival season.Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is set to take place from Thursday, March 1st – Sunday, March 4th at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL. To purchase your weekend ticket for Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, head to the event website.
Casey Arneson scored the $2,000 IMCA Modified victory Saturday at Jamestown Speedway’s Stampede special. (Photo by Mike Spieker, Speedway-Shots.com)JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Sept. 22) – Numerologists in the grandstand had to enjoy the outcome of IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events Saturday at Jamestown Speedway’s Stampede.Casey Arneson, driving the number 2 car, topped the $2,000 to win Modified main event while Luke Krogh rode the number 47 Northern SportMod entry to the winner’s circle at the 47th annual event.Arneson had top-three finishes in two previous starts at Jamestown. He caught Dave Shipley for the lead on the 10th of 25 circuits and then outran Allen Kent in the race for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying checkers.“It was pretty surreal. I’ve never dreamed of being able to do this,” he said. “My car is number 2, it was Sept. 22 and the only time I looked at a clock during the day, it was 2:22. And I drew two.Shipley, Trent Grager and Dale Mathison completed the top five.Krogh started from the pole put was but back to third after track officials ruled he jumped the initial start.He had the lead back halfway through the 20-lap contest, used slower traffic to his advantage and stayed in front to the $1,000 win.Luke Krogh led a fleet field of Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods to the $1,000 Stampede checkers Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. (Photo by Mike Spieker, Speedway-Shots.com)“Last year I won my heat, started outside pole and had no luck,” said Krogh, ninth when the division made its Stampede debut in 2017. “We had pretty dang good results this year.”“I’m pretty lucky that I’ll have my name on the sweatshirt next year,” he added. “That’s a big deal.”Kelly Jacobson, defending race winner Robby Rosselli, Chad Strachen and Justin Medler were next across the stripe.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Allen Kent; 3. Dave Shipley; 4. Trent Grager; 5. Dale Mathison; 6. John Corell; 7. Marlyn Seidler; 8. Tracy Domagala; 9. Robert Hellebust; 10. Dylan Goplen; 11. Josh Eberhardt; 12. John Nord; 13. Eric Edwards; 14. Quentin Kinzley; 15. Jeremy Keller; 16. Tim Thomas; 17. Jarrett Carter; 18. Travis Ulmer; 19. Wayne Johnson; 20. Rusty Kollman; 21. Jeremy Forester; 22. Travis Davis; 23. Jamie Trautner; 24. Randy Klein. Northern SportMods – 1. Luke Krogh; 2. Kelly Jacobson; 3. Robby Rosselli; 4. Chad Strachen; 5. Justin Medler; 6. David Siercks; 7. Dan Dowling; 8. Philip Keller; 9. Ryan Restad; 10. Kevin Eklund; 11. Reile Sailer; 12. Zach Frederick; 13. Josh Carson; 14. Kyle Krogh; 15. Matthew Clark; 16. Brennan Urbach; 17. Joshua Moulton; 18. Chris VanMil; 19. Taylor Grove; 20. Kyle Keller; 21. Billy Michaelsohn; 22. Scott Jacobson; 23. Brian Schaffer; 24. Evan Morast; 25. Brandon Tendeland.
Germany’s Selina Dantzler won the shot put with a 17.64m heave while sprinter Tshenolo Lemao delivered a historic performance in the boys’ 100m final ( 10.61), becoming the first South African athlete to earn a medal over the distance at a world championship in any age division. Share on: WhatsApp Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsewo celebrates here 3000M win. PHOTO IAAFNairobi, Kenya| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | There was no medal, but three Ugandans advanced into finals as half of the country’s team of 12 started action on the opening day of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on Wednesday.Two of Uganda’s athletes advanced from the 1500m heats to the semis. Hosea Kiplangat (3:56.44) finished 4th in heat one, while Daniel Kiprop (3:58.68) came third in heat 2 to advance.Joshua Kibet advanced in the opening round of the 800m after finishing 4th in his heat, but Bekele Apenyo was knocked out after finishing 5th. Melese Nberet of Ethiopia (1:52.53) was the fastest of the qualifiers for the semifinals on Thursday.In the 400m, Uganda’s pair of Eric Layeng and Emmanuel Goni were disqualified in the heats.Expected in action Thursday, together with Kibet (800m), are Titus Given Kwemoi and Oscar Chelimo in the 3ooom.Three titles were decided on day one of the IAAF U-18 event at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.Sarah Chelangat (9:40.18) and Esther Yeko Chekwemoi (9:40.21) finished 5th and 6th respectively in the girls 3000m, one of the three final events Wednesday. The girls’ 3000m final was won by Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsewo.
Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.Another break to 36-year-old Federer in the pivotal fifth game of the second set put him in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown — and a sixth title in 2017.“We didn’t think maybe we were going to have the year we did, I definitely didn’t,” Federer said on court afterwards, looking at Nadal, reflecting on their continued success even at this late stage of their careers.“It’s nice to share this court with you today and I hope there are more to come in the tournaments we’ve got left.“It’s been a pleasure playing against you here today.”Federer, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better in grabbing the break and he then rattled through his own service game for 2-0. Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai.Nadal, 31, fresh from winning the US Open and China Open, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium. Roger Federer kisses his trophyShanghai, China | AFP | Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and was a fifth victory in a row against world number one Nadal.Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was labouring through his service games. – ‘Emotional year’ –There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the fifth game.Nadal saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of the title. Nadal, for whom defeat sees Federer close the gap at the top of the world rankings as the year approaches its climax, has nevertheless enjoyed a remarkable season.His triumph in Beijing last weekend was also his sixth of the year as he continues to defy doubts about his fitness following repeated injury.The Spaniard called it “an emotional year”.“Today you played a fantastic match so well done, may congratulations,” he told Federer.Share on: WhatsApp
by Jeff LatzkeOKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—When the Oklahoma City Thunder signed five-time champion Derek Fisher late in the season, they added a veteran guard with oodles more NBA finals experience than the rest of the roster he was joining.Whether Fisher can prepare his Thunder teammates for what they’re about to face is another matter. VETERAN LEADERSHIP—Thunder point guard Derek Fisher goes through a drill with shooting guard Daequan Cook during practice, June 11. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) While the Miami Heat are returning to the finals for the second straight season, it’ll be an eye-opening, first-time experience for most of Oklahoma City’s youthful players. Only Fisher, starting center Kendrick Perkins and backup Nazr Mohammed have ever made it this far—all winning titles with other teams.But for all the leadership Fisher has provided since joining the Thunder in late March, he doesn’t plan any lectures for the team’s younger set that includes three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant and All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.“With my experience, I’ve found it better to on some level allow guys to experience things for themselves in its natural state,” Fisher said. “You can’t always tell someone what they should feel or what they should be thinking as they get ready to go into what may be the biggest moment of their life or their career.“I think it’s important to allow people to be who they are and experience it the way they naturally would.”The finals are sure to disrupt some parts of the Thunder’s routine. Their practices will be uprooted from their brand new training facility on the north side of town and instead held downtown at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Heat will also work out. They’ll be surrounded by hundreds of additional media members, and it’s not uncommon for old friends and family to come out of the woodwork at what might not be the most opportune time.“Those are things that you can control and basically block out. If they haven’t called you in the past couple months, then don’t take their call now,” Fisher warned.“It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Just politely don’t answer or don’t respond to the text. And then in a couple weeks, once you’re done, you can reply back that you were busy. That’s how you keep that part under control.”Not so easy for some to handle, Fisher said, are the heightened emotions that come with playing for a championship. It could be anxiety, tension or excitement. Some players might not be able to sleep.“The bottom line is on the basketball court everybody feels comfortable,” said coach Scott Brooks, a reserve on Houston’s 1994 NBA championship team. “Everybody will have nerves, nervous butterflies, before the game. … You’re always nervous before the games until the tipoff. As a coach, I’m the same way. As a player, I was the same way. But that’s part of it.”Brooks even considers the nerves to be good, a sign that players care.“Once the tipoff is in the air, our players aren’t going to get nervous,” he said. “Once that ball is in the air and they’re ready to play, they’re going to fly around the court, they’re going to be aggressive and they’re going to play good basketball.”Westbrook said Sunday the fact that he’s in the finals probably won’t settle in until he’s playing in Game 1 on Tuesday night at home.“I’m kind of just going with the flow right now,” Westbrook said.Seeking redemption for last year’s finals loss to Dallas, Miami’s roster should be aware of what’s to come. The lion’s share of the team is back from last season, and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem were both on the 2006 squad that won it all. LeBron James will be making his third finals appearance, including one with Cleveland.“It’s been a long 12 months. But obviously when you lose in the finals, it hurts,” Wade said. “And you have to come into the season, you have to forget it. But you can’t forget in a sense. So you play and you try to get back to this moment again, so you can in a sense redeem yourself or in a sense put yourself in that position again to succeed.”Perkins—who won the title with Boston in 2008—said he sensed growth in the Thunder’s 20-somethings over the course of the season. He believes “guys knew what it takes to get where we needed to go.”There’s only one step left to take.“You can’t hide the fact that we have a young team, but that’s never been an excuse for us and we don’t look at it as one,” Brooks said. “Young is good. I wish I was younger.”
When Allderdice senior running back Patrick Ferguson entered camp this season, he came in with peak confidence for the upcoming season.But that wasn’t the only thing that was elevated.“I looked at him and noticed that he’d picked up some weight,” head coach Jerry Haslett said. “Indeed, he’d weighed in at 260 pounds.” At 6-feet-1 Ferguson—a four-year starter for Allderdice (1-1)— admitted he’d been indulging.“As much working out and preparing I’d been doing in the offseason, it’ll still probably be a good idea for me to watch my eating habits,” he said with a laugh.But that didn’t stop his performance in the team’s 9/7 non conference 21-7 victory at Cupples Stadium, when the Dragons defeated their West Virginia rivals, the Linsly School. He toted the ball 26 times for 179 yards, including two touchdowns.“He’s got some of the best feet I’ve ever seen on a kid that big,” Haslett said. “It’s obvious that the kid spends a lot of time getting himself ready physically. His gifts are truly second to none.”“It’s been all about speed,” Ferguson said. “I know I’m a bigger guy, so me working on my feet and training to be faster would be extremely important for me.”He scored on runs from 27 and 47 away. Senior quarterback Bishop Gethers hooked up with Jaylen Wilkins for a 29 yard pass to complete the scoring for Allderdice.“Bishop is really emerging as a solid leader for us,” Haslett added. “He’s got a really strong arm and is really going to be one of our keys to being a successful team this season.”He also attributed the win to containing their running game.“We were really lucky to have some guys step up on D this year and fill some holes that were left when we had Tyrique (Jarrett) and Jay (Barlow) graduate,” he said. “We knew it would be very important for us to make adjustments so that we could contain their good ground attack.”Linsly’s only score came on a 10-yard pass from Jameson Murray to Chinelo Oparanozie who transferred to the school from Perry.Other games:Perry 32, Pius X 13Running back Curtis Edmonds led the way for the Commodores offense with touchdown dashes of 60 and 19 yards. The other half of Perry’s formidable rushing duo, Robert Willie added a rushing score of one yard.Senior quarterback Ahmad Turner found Quentin Carter for a 9-yard score in the second quarter and run for another from 49 away, to complete the scoring for the Commodores (1-1).Wheeling C.C. 37, Westinghouse 22In their second consecutive trip across state lines, the Bulldogs have dropped that number of games.They put up all 22 of their points in the final quarter on three rushing scores. The school failed to provide those player’s full identities.Chestnut Ridge 35, Carrick 12Wheeling Park, W. Va. 41, Brashear 14(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) (Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]pittsburghcourier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.) PATRICK FERGUSON
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLike a well-oiled machine, the L.V. Rogers Bombers picked apart the Rossland Royals in every facet of the opening West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball game Tuesday at the Hangar.The Bombers shook off any pre-season rust, outscoring the Royals 22-3 in the second period to dump Rossland 87-18.The game was the first of the hoop season for both teams, but the Bombers definitely looked like the a squad in mid-season form.“I thought we were okay, but I find myself hyper-critical of the way we play,” Bomber head coach Ross Naka told The Nelson Daily following the game.“Rossland had only six guys so I cycled everyone in to the game. But (overall) I was pretty happy with what went on out on the court.”Rossland kept pace for the remainder of the first period — trailing 22-12 — but after the teams returned to the court for the second period it was all LVR.“I thought we started a bit slow on defence but in the second half there was a lot more talking on defence and we looked much, much better,” explained Naka, pleased with his young squad consisting of nine Grade 11s, two seniors and a Grade 10 player.McLain Sandeveland led the Bomber attack with 16 points while Matt Zukowski added 14.Connor Banks scored 12 and Jack Sturrup and Isaiah Kingdon each had 10.For Rossland Diego Mrlenaro had 12 points.The Bombers set out on the road Friday to play in the 51st annual Ok-kan-aqen Invitational Boy’s Basketball Tournament hosted by defending AA champion South Okanagan Hornets.The Bombers get fed to the wolves right off as LVR meets South Okanagan at noon Friday.The tournament is being played in Osoyoos as the gymnasium is not ready for play after a fire gutted the school earlier this year.Royals explode past LVR with big fourth quarter The news was not as good for the LVR Senior Girls as Rossland out scored the home side 29-10 in the fourth quarter en route to a 49-30 win in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action.Carrie Smith led the Royals with 15 points as the Royals converted three baskets from behind the three-point arc.Devyn Parker, Kiandra McLaren, and Samantha Einarson each had four points to lead the Bombers.LVR travels to Vernon Friday to play in the Vernon Panthers Invitational Tournament.First up for LVR is South Okanagan [email protected]
ESPINOZA: CHROME ‘DOING HIS BEST RIGHT NOW’MELATONIN WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSICBAFFERT MULLS HIS AWESOME AGAIN STARTERSOPTIONS ARE OPEN FOR VERSATILE TARA’S TANGO CALIFORNIA CHROME ‘NEVER BETTER’ FOR AWESOME AGAIN If anybody knows California Chrome better than trainer Art Sherman and his son and assistant, Alan, it’s Victor Espinoza.The regular pilot of the storybook California-bred, Espinoza has ridden the five-year-old chestnut 17 times, winning 12, including the last five in a row. He will be heavily favored to make it six a week from Saturday, Oct. 1, when he runs in the Awesome Again Stakes, one of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Espinoza says California Chrome is better than ever, but walked the tightrope when asked whether his “Slipped Saddle Saga” in the Dubai World Cup last March 26 or his spectacular, front-running, five-length triumph in the Pacific Classic Aug. 20 was his best race. “He ran insane in Dubai,” the gregarious and ever-accommodating Espinoza said by phone from New York where he was visiting family. “Going a mile and a quarter on a track a world away with the saddle slipping and running the way he did was amazing.“The saddle slipped all the way to his hind end. The girth was fully up on his hips. It was tough for me to handle, but we got it done (winning comfortably by nearly four lengths).“I don’t know whether the Dubai race or the Pacific Classic was his best, but I’m confident of one thing: He’s doing his best right now.“I watched a video of his workout last Saturday and he looked great. He’s absolutely better than he’s ever been. I’ve never seen him doing as well as he’s doing now, except perhaps in his three-year-old season when he was on his way to the Kentucky Derby.”Be that as it may, it’s a no-brainer that Espinoza and Chrome are on their way to the Hall of Fame. And lest we forget, it was just 15 months ago that Espinoza guided American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years.Perhaps only one question lingers: will their selections be unanimous?The Awesome Again shares the marquee with the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, expected to lure three-time champion Beholder and Stellar Wind, the champion three-year-old filly of 2015 who upset three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30.Supplementing the headline events will be the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on Santa Anita’s renovated turf course.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet starts on Friday, Sept. 30 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 6. Friday’s feature is the $100,000, Grade III Eddie D., named for one of the game’s greatest riders, Hall of Fame member Eddie Delahoussaye who celebrates his 65th birthday today. The ever-popular Cajun will be on hand to present a trophy to the winning connections.Entries for next Saturday and Sunday’s races will be taken a week from today, Wednesday, Sept. 28. Friday’s opening day card will be drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 27. First post time opening day will be 1 p.m. First post Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be 12:30 p.m. ZENYATTA OR SPINSTER FOR TARA’S TANGOTara’s Tango, winner of the Grade I Santa Margarita at a mile and an eighth last March, is nominated to the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at the same distance here on Oct. 1 but could wind up in the Grade I, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9.The Spinster also is at 1 1/8 miles.“She’s going to run in one or the other,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said Wednesday morning. “It would be easier for her to run in the Spinster than it would against Beholder and Stellar Wind here, that’s for sure, so it’s a possibility even though she’d have to ship. She’s training well.”Tara’s Tango, a four-year-old gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song, is owned and was bred by Stonestreet Stables, LLC, which also owns Cavorting, winner of the Grade I Personal Ensign and the Grade I Ogden Phipps. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Cavorting is ticketed for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Depending on how she performs in her next start, Tara’s Tango could go there also, although the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs Nov. 5 could be an option should Stonestreet opt not to run both fillies in the Distaff.Tara’s Tango has fared well sprinting, having won the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs Aug. 17 at Del Mar and finishing third by a neck in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs last Jan. 23. MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BC CLASSIC Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin worked five furlongs Wednesday morning in 1:02 as he prepares for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5. His fractional times were 23.80, 37 flat and 50 flat.“He did it nice and easy,” trainer David Hofmans said. “We’re pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He seems to like the track. It’s in very good condition.“We backed off training over the main track at Del Mar, and although we jogged him and galloped him on the training track, I lost enough time where I couldn’t make the Awesome Again. He likes time between his races but this is a lot of time and the Awesome Again is a tough spot.”Melatonin last raced on June 25, winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita earning a fees paid berth to the Classic valued at $150,000.Meanwhile, Bob Baffert, just returned from the Keeneland Sales, was non-committal on which, if any, of the five horses he has nominated to the Awesome Again would compete in the race, although Cupid is out as he was en route to Parx for Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby.That leaves American Freedom, Arrogate, Dortmund and Hoppertunity.“It’s too early to make any calls on the race yet,” Baffert said Wednesday morning after watching Chandelier Stakes candidate American Cleopatra work five furlongs in company with Noted and Quoted. Each was timed in 59.60. “I just got back; I’ve got to watch them train.”Win the Space, who was “pulled up and walked off” when last of nine behind California Chrome in the Pacific Classic, will come back in the Awesome Again.“I guess it wasn’t his day,” trainer George Papaprodromou said of the four-year-old Pulpit colt who threw a scare into Melatonin in the Gold Cup when he finished second at 24-1 under Gary Stevens.“Maybe it was the track (at Del Mar), I don’t know. The horse came back fine. It was one of those things. He didn’t fire that day.”Papaprodromou said Stevens would be back aboard for the Awesome Again. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will offer large guaranteed pools every day this meet, starting Saturday, Oct. 1 with $750,000 on the Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 Pick 6. Thursdays, Fridays and on holiday Mondays the Late pick 4 will be guaranteed at $300,000, and $500,000 on Saturdays and Sundays after Oct. 1, when the $100,000 Pick 6 will remain in play . . . Multiple graded turf stakes winner Om, a fast-closing second to front-running winner Midnight Storm in the Del Mar Derby, is ticketed for the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Saturday, Oct. 8, with the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 5 his ultimate goal. “I’m real happy with him,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. Stakes-winning turf specialist Obviously, also set for the City of Hope, worked six furlongs on the training track in 1:12.20 Monday for Phil D’Amato, who also sent Shoemaker Mile winner Midnight Storm five furlongs on the same surface in 1:01. The leading trainer at Santa Anita’s Summer Meet and the recent Del Mar session plans to bring the latter up to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on works. “Things are going well,” D’Amato said. “I can’t wait to debut a lot of two-year-olds here at Santa Anita.” . . . The California Horse Racing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast) . . . Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked on War Envy in the Eddie D. Stakes for trainer Shelbe Ruis.
26 July 2011Vodacom’s new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient data centre on Cape Town’s foreshore was designed and built not only to help the telecoms group reduce its carbon footprint, but also so that cost reductions can be passed on to its customers.Scalability of the seven-story data centre was a key design feature, with the data floor area being able to expand from an initial 1 552 to an ultimate 2 862 square metres.With low energy usage being a key design goal, cooling is provided by a water-cooled chiller plant, and air-cooled step-down transformers with an efficiency of greater than 98% distributing power at the highest possible voltage as close to the source as possible.The data centre is illuminated by a combination of T5 technology lamps and LED lamps, while lighting is controlled by individual light and motion sensors mounted to each fitting with a time delay to go off.The building also makes use of service passages around the data centre floor areas, which improves thermal insulation, reduces the risk of water entrance to critical data floor areas and improves physical security.“We’re excited about this data centre because it shows our commitment to our joint initiative with our parent company Vodafone, to ensure that we reduce our carbon emissions worldwide,” Vodacom head of corporate affairs Portia Maurice said in a statement this week.Expansion of cloud computingThe data centre is the latest built to meet the needs of the growing community of Vodacom business customers and to prepare for the expansion of cloud computing, which is already gaining traction in South Africa.Since the establishment Vodacom’s Business Services division just over three years ago, Vodacom Group executive Chris Ross said business customers of all sizes were demanding more and more services to run and grow their organisations.As a result, virtualisation, hosted services such as hosted call centres, telepresence, and increased acceptance of convergence have all been major factors in the investment in a new data centre.Scalable cloud computing plays a vital role in any modern data centre, and Vodacom has partnered with VMware and Novell to give customers all the benefits of efficient and cost-effective market-leading technology.“Vodacom has reduced the space needed to host traditional servers in our data centre,” said Ross. “We have also reduced power utilisation to help reduce our carbon foot print. We will pass the benefits of cloud computing to our customers, enabling a truly flexible, agile and scalable cloud service.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
16 September 2013 The government has unveiled an Animal and Veld Management Programme to provide support for farmers working in parts of South Africa that have historically suffered from overgrazing. The programme, launched by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti in Msinga village in KwaZulu-Natal last week, will also help with soil rehabilitation, spatial decongestion and re-greening of the environment. It is one of a number of initiatives aimed at reversing the legacy of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act, which led to the congestion of the majority of black people into 13% of the land, resulting in overcrowding and overgrazing in communal areas. Farmers in communal areas who have shown potential will be given the opportunity of moving into state-owned farms to grow their skills and expand their operations. Speaking on behalf of the Gunjana livestock farmers during the launch, Mkakeni Mchunu from Msinga village welcomed the introduction of the programme in their village. “We have livestock but not enough grazing land,” Mchunu said. “We appreciate not only the opportunity to access more land, but also the training and skills development in order to enhance our farming operations.” The Animal and Veld Management Programme will reach the country’s 24 poorest district municipality areas. Msinga has been identified as one of the areas that has been most affected by soil erosion. Twenty-seven young people from Msinga have received training in disaster management and have been deployed to help rehabilitate the 42.5 hectares of land where community members keep their livestock. Source: SAnews.gov.za