first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, BAST, WINNER: “The outside post gives you the option of being able to read the pace.  When we got near the quarter pole, the other two were going easy, so I had to get after her.  She was shortening up out of a route, but she kicked it in.“There was a concern, Bob said the horses were running a big race so I really had to get after her but she showed her class today. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in right now. I’m blessed, I am grateful.”TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, BAST, WINNER: “Bast looked like she was in trouble at the (five sixteenths pole)…I heard Frank (Mirahmadi) say she was coming under pressure and the other ones (Authentic and Golden Principal) were looking good.  She came out of the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies, third going 1 1/16 miles) well.  She’s a picture of health and that’s why we ran her today.“You hate to run three in a race like that but it’s a graded race and its $200,000. I want to give all my clients a chance at it. I’ve gone sort of easy on her for this race. Those are two really good fillies that she was chasing there, as you can tell by the way they were spread out.  They showed up, they ran well so here we are.“She was doing really well, she looks great and I just hate training them too long they could get hurt in the mornings. As long as they are doing well and you enter them, the more races you get into ’em it is better for them. Especially those other two, there was no race for them, so I think they are going to get a lot out of it. They’ll move way up from this. Bast I can just freshen her up.”NOTES: The winning owner is Baoma Corp. Baffert also sent out Auberge for place and Golden Principal for show.last_img read more

No Police Director Needs to Be “Harsh”: Beware the Limits of Power

first_imgPresident William V.S. Tubman, once passing by a group of well armed soldiers  in the Executive Mansion in the 1960s, told a young reporter covering him, “You  have to be careful with those ones.  They are mean men.”The President’s kind and frank advice was keenly noted.                                       True to that warning, something terrible once happened to a young reporter, employed in the late 1960s as one of the four new recruits in the Press Bureau at the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (now Ministry).  This reporter on one fateful day was assigned to cover a political rally at Tubman Farm in Totota.  While trying to make his way through the crowd to get his story, he was brutalized by soldiers and had to be immediately hospitalized.  After three weeks in the hospital, this reporter NEVER returned to the Press Bureau, nor to Journalism.  The three remaining new recruits also eloped the Press Bureau—and  the profession.   But Tubman’s brutal soldiers, “mean men” most, did not know that there are always limits to power.  Many of those same soldiers probably never knew, though few may have heard, what really happened to the great President Tubman in London on that grim late morning of July 23, 1971.  None of these soldiers was around to protect their leader, the most powerful person that ever entered the Executive Mansion.One date which Police Director Chris Massaquoi—indeed ALL police directors, all policemen and all Attorney Generals—should never forget is April 14, 1979.  That was the day Baccus Matthews and his Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) staged their march, which they faithfully promised would be “peaceful.”Then Attorney General Oliver Bright, President William R. Tolbert, Jr.’s chief Legal Advisor, misadvised his boss.  Mr. Bright was a lawyer and should have known that it was the young people’s constitutional right to march.   But Bright, like so many Attorney Generals before and  after him, assumed a jingoistic (intolerant) posture.  He went on air on Friday, April 13 and  threatened to shoot, if the march went ahead.  That emboldened the young people.  Bright and his Police Director, Varney Dempster, started the violent reaction long before the march began.  They sent police to the PAL office on Gurley Street, just behind the building now occupied by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and broke up the furniture, confiscated all of PAL’s  documents and took them away.  Despite all that, the march got underway peacefully, from Broad Street.  But by the time the marchers reached the Information Ministry, approaching the Mansion, the police, true to the Attorney General’s threat, opened fire, killing three youth on the spot.  It was at that point that all hell broke loose.  People, many of whom had nothing to do with the march,  started burning vehicles,   breaking into offices and stores and looting everything in sight!  Chris Massaquoi was a very young man then; but just in case he has forgotten, it is important to remind him of the aftermath.    In the end, over a hundred people had been killed and over US$100 million had been lost in the looting and destruction of property!Remember Director Massaquoi’s warning last Tuesday, that the police would be “harsh” in enforcing the State of Emergency? We all should beware being “harsh!”Mr. Massaquoi most certainly remembers from history what happened to Attorney General Oliver Bright.  By the time the April 12, 1980 coup d’etat occurred, overthrowing President Tolbert and murdering, by firing squad, his topmost officials, Oliver Bright had left the country for England, where he died in exile.  Among those on the firing pole was Oliver Bright’s successor, Cllr. Joseph J. Chesson.And what happened to Police Director Varney Dempster, whose men harshly opened fire on the PAL marchers?  He was arrested and slammed into the Post Stockade where, at 2 o’clock a.m. one fateful 1980 morning, he and A.B. Tolbert, President Tolbert’s son, were taken away, given shovels to dig their own graves on a beach, and buried alive!The purpose of this editorial is not simply to recount this horrific moment in Liberia’s history, but to offer Police Director Massaquoi a gentle reminder of the history of police force in Liberia and of a phenomenon only few powerful people ever remember: the limits of power. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PNC Chairmanship fight heats up

first_img…incumbent Williams challenges Harmon and Lawrence to debateAs the time draws closer for the People’s National Congress (PNC) special meeting to decide on a new executive, the party’s incumbent Chairman, Basil Williams, has challenge his two contenders – Volda Lawrence and Joseph Harmon to a debate.Both Lawrence and Harmon have announced plans to compete for the position ofBasil Williamschairmanship of the party, the second highest post within the PNC.Williams told media operatives on the sidelines of a seminar on Wednesday that, “Who wants to challenge me must show their track record of achievements for the PNC.” He said party members should be given an opportunity to hear a debate by the contestants.Williams, the current Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, bragged about his track record stating that he is respected by his comrades and his work done for and on behalf of the PNC is also known. “I have always been having victories. I’m know, you know; people know me. I am known,” he stated.Apart from that, the AG pointed to cases where he has done a lot of bonafide work for individuals and the party. “I don’t know why you all keep forgetting my record but, as they say, the PNC people and the PNC members are very sensible people,” he said, referring to his work with the Rodney Commission of Inquiry.Importantly also, Williams noted that the current executive team was mainly responsible for the election victory in 2015 which led the PNC, the major party in the coalition Government into office. As such, he feels there is no need for a change in the rank and file of the party as it stands.“If we were good enough after 23 years to take us into Government, why afterVolda Lawrencethree years, when we are ready to look at the last two years to look at reelection, why would you want to change the team. You don’t change a winning team,” he told members of the media.Williams had previously said, “I am servant of the PNC and a servant of my party. They know me. I have been working steadily throughout the years, and me and my comrades… so we don’t think that’s an issue.”Nevertheless, the current Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister posited that he was confident of winning the position once again, although there have been reports that his performance since the coalition Government took office has been weak. “Our members are very intelligent people and the type of leadership that they require, they know,” he said.In May, Harmon announced his candidature for the position of chair of the party, for which elections will be held at Congress in August 2018. In making that announcement, he said every member of the party can aspire to the highest office in our party and like many others.“I am a member of the party of long standing, and therefore have indicated that it is my desire and my interest in putting myself up as a candidate for the chairmanship of the party,” Harmon stated.And less than one week ago, it was revealed that longstanding party stalwart Lawrence too will be contesting for the PNC chairmanship post at the upcomingJoseph Harmoncongress in August.This was announced by party activist and Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, on his Facebook page: “…Minister of Public Health Volda Ann Lawrence, has officially announced she is contesting the post of Chairman of the PNCR,” Jones posted on his social media handle.At the last PNCR Congress, Williams contested the position of Chairman unopposed. Initial reports had indicated that Williams would have been challenged by former party leader Robert Corbin, Minister Volda Lawrence and Lurlene Nestor. However, they all signalled their non-interest.Williams was first appointed PNCR Chairman in 2012 when he first contested the post along with Dr George Norton. That year, he replaced longstanding party member Cammie Ramsaroop as chair.At the last Congress held in 2016, Dr Norton and Lawrence were also re-elected Vice Chairpersons.last_img read more

Klopp tells Liverpool to focus on Euro ambitions

first_imgBut the German believes there is still plenty for the fourth placed Reds to play for and they should not get complacent just because City are so far ahead.“We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have to finish as high as possible,” Klopp said.“It looks like we could be second, third or fourth this year, that’s a fantastic situation. Not the dream but a fantastic situation.“That’s what we are working on and for this we have to improve in all departments.“This year, I don’t think that anyone apart from Manchester City and maybe Manchester United are thinking too much about how they can win the league.“In a very difficult league, performance-wise we are really consistent so far. If we stay consistent and avoid our mistakes, mistakes like in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal, we will win much more games than we lose or draw.Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for the clash with Swansea after he limped out of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal © AFP/File / Ian KINGTON“As it was and so it will be against Swansea, we have to perform first of all and then we have to see how the other team can react.”Even though Swansea are at the foot of the table, Klopp does not want his players to assume the result will be a foregone conclusion.“They are under pressure and that’s clear because they fight for the league, 100 per cent, and that will not change before Boxing Day,” Klopp added.“But we will be ready and we will perform, if possible, like against Arsenal but avoid the mistakes we made.“I don’t really remember the game from last year, to be honest. I remember that we lost it. But that’s not the plan!”– Step by step –Klopp confirmed Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson after he limped out of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal last Friday.Liverpool’s Joel Matip (R) could be fit enough to feature in the clash with Swansea after he recently returning to training following a muscle injury © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLDefender Joel Matip could be fit enough to feature after he recently returning to training following a muscle injury while striker Daniel Sturridge has recovered from illness.Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Nathanial Clyne (back) remain on the sidelines.Swansea caretaker manager Leon Britton will take charge of his second game following the sacking of Paul Clement last week.Britton is a modern-day Swansea great with more than 500 appearances to his name, and guided the club to a 1-1 draw in his first match against Crystal Palace.A match against free-scoring Liverpool at Anfield, however, will present a somewhat more difficult prospect for the South Wales club.Swansea striker Jordan Ayew admits the draw against Palace, in which he scored, has helped them take at least some confidence into the trip to Merseyside.“We all have a job to do. I think we responded well,” Ayew said. “We will take it day by day and see what happens in the future.“We will do our best to get something out of the game against Liverpool. We will build step by step and things will get better. It is important for us to get a good result.”Swansea will give a fitness test to striker Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and midfielder Leroy Fer (back), who both missed the game against Palace.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom side Swansea that a Premier League title challenge is beyond them © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to stay motivated to reach their target of a place in next season’s Champions League by the end of the season.Klopp has acknowledged ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom side Swansea at Anfield on Tuesday that a Premier League title challenge is beyond them given they trail leaders Manchester City by 20 points.last_img read more

Can Raiders afford to bring aboard Le’Veon Bell?

first_img— Trent Brown (@Trent) March 12, 2019There were financial hurdles, however, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported … ALAMEDA — Were the Raiders in play for Le’Veon Bell?The Raiders were under the impression Tuesday that the former Steelers running back would like to join Pittsburgh teammate Antonio Brown and play in silver and black. He was being lobbied by some Raiders players, including pending free agent tackle Trent Brown on Twitter.Cmon @LeVeonBell let’s get it ima lead da waylast_img read more

IPL 2016: KXIP seek positive start against Gujarat Lions

first_imgKings XI Punjab: David Miller (Capt.), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul ThakurGujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt.), Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Andrew Tye, Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi.Match Starts at 8 pm. Sanghi Industries is associate sponsor of Gujarat Lions team April 10, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL While Kings XI Punjab did not make any big buys this year, debutants Gujarat Lions have a balanced side with top-class performers. × COMMENTS Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina with his Kings XI counterpart David Miller. null RELATED Published on Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina with his Kings XI counterpart David Miller. SHARE cricket COMMENT IPL 2016 They endured a disastrous run the last time around to finish at the bottom of the heap and Kings XI Punjab would be aiming to make amends this season when they begin their campaign against newbies Gujarat Lions in their IPL opener here tomorrow.Kings XI Punjab did not make any big buys this year and have a new captain in South African David Miller in place of Australian George Bailey who was released after leading the side to the last place in the previous season.Virender Sehwag has also retired and he will only be the team mentor this season.The Preity Zinta-owned side continues to lack the team balance as it has not added any significant player, only snapping the likes of all-rounders Farhaan Behardien and Marcus Stoinis, seamer Mohit Sharma and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh.Last season, their batsmen lacked consistency and whenever they did well, the bowlers let the side down.On the other hand, debutants Gujarat Lions have a balanced side with top-class performers in both batting and bowling.They have explosive batsmen in Brendon McCullum, captain Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and a plenty of top-notch all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner.These T20 specialists can be dispersed through the order and some of them like Raina and Bravo can anchor or attack. Bravo, along with Faulkner, is a high-quality, death-overs bowler as well.But the weak link for the Gujarat side could be the pace-bowling department as they don’t have any big name — Indian or overseas — except for South African Dale Steyn.The side’s pace department are made up most of by medium pacers.It will also have to be seen whether Steyn will make the final eleven tomorrow, considering his poor form in the T20 format recently. Besides, only four overseas players are allowed in the line-up.For Kings XI Punjab, a big responsibility would lie on the shoulders of the likes of Miller, Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Murali Vijay and Mitchell Johnson.Miller has very little captaincy experience — he has led a side only thrice in domestic cricket — and he will also have to do the heavy lifting in the batting line-up along with Maxwell.Manan Vohra looks set to open with Vijay, despite their poor run last year. Kings XI also have the option of Shaun Marsh, who has been part of their set-up since the inception of the league.The spin department will have Axar Patel and Maxwell, who has often been considered a frontline option by Australia.Gurkeerat Singh, Swapnil Singh and K C Cariappa can provide the back up.Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Kyle Abbott will be the main pace bowlers but they need to start afresh in the gruelling IPL.Sandeep had missed the entire Indian domestic season in 2015-16 because of injury, while Mohit sustained one of his own during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and was subsequently ruled out of India’s limited-overs tour to Australia, the Asia Cup, and World T20.Johnson, who was retained in the squad, has not played competitive cricket since his international retirement last November.The teamslast_img read more

Express Logic supports Cypherbridge secure boot and secure firmware update solution

first_img Continue Reading Previous Socionext develops AI accelerator engine optimized for edge computingNext Mouser: global distribution partnership with Advanced Energy Industries Express Logic announced the integration of the Cypherbridge Systems uLoadXL secure boot and safe software update solution with its X-Ware IoT Platform.The X-Ware uLoadXL secure boot and secure firmware update solution anchors the product root of trust, authenticating and integrity checking the X-Ware-based system application. Managed software updates are securely distributed and installed on the target product. The precertified X-Ware IoT Platform provides operating system, middleware features, and performance. Together the integrated system boosts platform security, safety, and reliability, while simultaneously blocking malware, reverse engineering, counterfeiting, and overproduction.Express Logic has established itself as the safety leader in the embedded IoT space with its industrial-grade approach, including precertification to SIL 4 and ASIL D safety standards.The Express Logic X-Ware IoT platform includes the popular ThreadX RTOS, high-performance NetX and NetX Duo embedded TCP/IP stacks, the FileX embedded FAT-compatible file system, the USBX Host/Device embedded USB protocol stack, and the GUIX embedded graphical user interface development toolkit.The Cypherbridge uLoadXL SDK is widely deployed today across a range of vertical markets and products including payment systems, industrial control devices, and medical instruments. It delivers features such as secure boot, root of trust, application authentication, and secure software update. The solution also includes in-device firmware and offline software management tools, designed for use throughout the product lifecycle, from commissioning to long tail support. The uLoadXL+ includes options or hardware of trust and secure data storage, integrated with tamper-proof secure element devices at a mass-market value-point.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Broadcaster can’t decide on selection, BCCI tells ACC on Kohli’s absence

first_imgVirat Kohli’s absence from Asia Cup has led to a issue of disagreement between BCCI and Asian Cricket Council after broadcasters Star Sports expressed their displeasure.The BCCI, however, in a tersely worded reply to Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has made it clear that neither them or broadcasters have any say in national team selection matters.Kohli, inarguably the biggest draw in world cricket, was rested after an 84-day tour of England where he emerged as top run getter with 593 runs in five Tests.In an email to ACC Game Development Manager Thusith Perera (in possession of PTI), the host broadcaster expressed their displeasure, stating how Kohli’s absence will impact the financial aspect of the coverage.”In our view, the announcement of the absence of one of world’s best batsmen from the Asia Cup, only 15 days before the commencement of the Asia Cup, is a severe dent to us (event broadcaster) and will severely impact our ability to monetise and generate revenue for the tournament,” the email stated.The broadcasters had asked ACC to get in touch with BCCI as they made it clear that since MRA (Media Rights Agreement) obligations required ACC to ensure best national teams are playing the Tournament.However, BCCI made it clear that it’s solely parent body’s prerogative to choose their national team and no outside interference would be allowed.”Please note that selection of best available team for participation in a tournament is sole prerogative of BCCI,” BCCI CEO Rahul Johri replied to Perera.advertisement”It is not open for ACC or its broadcaster to insist on selection of any particular player and/or to question the expertise of any selection committee as to which is the best available team for particular tournament,” Johri further wrote.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M40 on sale today on Amazon: Price, specs and should you buy it

first_imgThe Galaxy M40 (Review) will see its second sale in India today at 12pm on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store. The first sale took place on June 18 and saw the Galaxy M40 going out of stock in minutes, which seems to suggest that consumers have taken to the phone’s unique Infinity-O punch-hole display.The Galaxy M40 is priced at Rs 19,990 in India and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This makes it the most expensive Galaxy M phone yet. Some offers on Amazon India include up to Rs 1,500 instant discount on ICICI Bank Credit and Debit Card on EMI transactions.Samsung Galaxy M40 specificationsThe Galaxy M40 is the first in its segment to offer a punch-hole display. It sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Infinity-O LCD display with Gorilla Glass protection and 91 per cent screen ratio. The rear panel is a 3D glasstic shell that comes in glossy gradient colours that includes Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue.Another USP of the Galaxy M40 is that it is the first phone in the Galaxy M series to ship with a Snapdragon 675 chipset. The 2GHz octa-core processor is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card. Another draw is the triple camera setup that includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M40 also offers a 16-megapixel selfie camera that rests under the punch-hole cutout.advertisementUnlike the Galaxy M30 that houses a large 5,000mAh battery, the Galaxy M40 gets a smaller 3,500mAh capacity. The phone supports 15W fast charging and ships with One UI based on Android 9 Pie.Should you buy the Galaxy M40?Before you head over to Amazon to purchase the Galaxy M40, there are a few things to keep in mind. While the device offers an attractive Infinity-O display, it is nonetheless an LCD panel rather than AMOLED. The Galaxy A50 and the more affordable Galaxy M30 offer Super AMOLED displays in comparison.The Galaxy M40 also comes without a headphone jack, which may disappoint audiophiles who own quality wired earphones. The Galaxy M40 also comes with a smaller battery compared to the Galaxy M30 and Galaxy A50, which means one shouldn’t expect the battery life to last beyond a full day.Samsung’s latest Galaxy M phone offers a smooth, lag-free performance thanks to the Snapdragon 675 paired with plenty of RAM and an optimised One UI software. The phone also offers a versatile 32MP triple camera setup, which is decent when shooting in daylight conditions. If you’re looking for raw performance, last year’s Poco F1 still hold strong today. If you’re looking for a better display, then you’re better off going with the Galaxy A50, which is currently available for as low as Rs 18,490.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 at Rs 18,490: Should you buy it over Galaxy M40?ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 review: A unique display but Galaxy A50 offers a lot morelast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brighton

first_imgRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says the Premier League’s best managers wouldn’t be able to take a smaller club into the top-six.Redknapp believes the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola would not be able to dominate the league without their star-studded playing groups.Asked about former club Spurs, Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.”You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management. “If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more