first_imgXBTV UNVEILS BREEDERS’ CUP WEEK SPECIAL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE FEATURING HANDICAPPING SHOWS, ANALYSIS, WORKOUTS & MOREOctober 29, 2019 (Arcadia, CA) – With the Breeders’ Cup draw now in the books, leading horse racing content producer and distributor XBTV has finalized its plans for covering the World Championships.In addition to hosting a free library of more than 400 workouts and gallops from top Breeders’ Cup contenders, XBTV will also introduce the following videos and elements in advance of horse racing’s premier year-end event at historic Santa Anita Park on November 1 & 2, 2019:Breeders’ Cup Bullet Drills – Side-by-Side Edition: Exclusive to XBTV! These side-by-side workouts compare a horse’s recent workout with one prior to a win earlier this year to ensure that horse is entering the Breeders’ Cup in top form.Breeders’ Cup Paddock Picks: Millie Ball, Michelle Yu and Zoe Cadman give their in-person impression on the horses that schooled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Santa Anita Park.Breeders’ Cup Day Makers: XBTV’s handicappers analyze and give their ‘best bet’ in each Championship race.Breeders’ Cup BETMIX Bits: XBTV utilizes the comprehensive BETMIX race library to identify stats, trends and value that will help unearth hidden gems in the Breeders’ Cup.Candid Conversations: XBTV discusses life, horse racing and everything in between in one-on-one interviews with jockeys Mike Smith and Flavien Prat.To access XBTV’s Breeders’ Cup Portal, visit https://www.xbtv.com/breeders-cup/.Plus, Xpressbet customers can access a list of “In Today” horses who have recorded recent XBTV Video Workouts.  This feature, exclusive for Xpressbet customers, is available upon loggin in to your Xpressbet account.Don’t have an Xpressbet account? Sign up using Promo Code RELEASE to get a $100 Bonus.last_img read more

Smith cameo takes Lions into top spot

first_img Lions have 18 points, two clear of Sunrisers Hyderabad, with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils, all two points back on 14 points. Sent in, Mumbai were carried by Nitish Rana’s top score of 70 off 36 deliveries, while Englishman Jos Buttler gathered a patient 33. Smith, who grabbed a career-best four-wicket haul in his last outing, again shone with the ball, picking two wickets for 37 runs from four overs of seam. Fellow medium pacer and West Indies player Dwayne Bravo also claimed two wickets. In reply, Australian Aaron Finch fell to the second ball of the innings without a run on the board, but Raina and opener Brendon McCullum, who scored 48 off 27 balls, added 96 to put Lions back on course. When three wickets fell for 26 runs in the space of 18 balls, Smith put his head down, belting four fours and two sixes, to ensure Lions got home safely. KANPUR, India (CMC): Dwayne Smith’s late cameo earned Gujarat Lions a convincing six-wicket victory over Kieron Pollard’s Mumbai Indians with 13 balls to spare here yesterday and propelled them to the top of the Indian Premier League standings. The West Indies all-rounder, batting at number five instead of his usual position at the top of the order, stroked an unbeaten 37 off 23 balls as Lions overhauled their target of 173 at Green Park. Lions were 122 for four in the 13th over when top-scorer and captain Suresh Raina departed for 58, but Smith ensured there were no hiccups as he added 51 for the fifth wicket with Ravi Jadeja, who finished on 21 not out. Smith raced to 27 from 18 balls to kick off a methodical run chase Last outinglast_img read more

Trampling the Constitution

first_imgThe Ebola epidemic is an emergency. I identified it as a threat to international peace and security well before the Security Council declared, and the Government recognised, it as such. Public health and logistics experts and others are addressing it with the fervour, if not the alacrity, required. Once the effort gets into full gear, a reversal of the exponential rate of infection should result. This will portend the ultimate control, and hopefully the elimination, of the disease.While focussing on this problem, urgent attention also needs to be paid to the economic hit that the country faces. A recent World Bank report indicates that the short-term output and fiscal impacts, like the incidence of the disease itself, are expected to be greater for Liberia than for Guinea or Sierra Leone. Accountability and transparency with regard especially to the massive resources being mobilized for the Ebola fight must be prioritised. The Ebola and resulting economic problems, in turn, have political consequences the most obvious of which is the fact that elections are not being held this week in keeping with Articles 45, 46 and 83(a) of the Constitution.Accordingly, one could say that a state of emergency exists. However, ‘state of emergency’, as lawyers like to put it, is a term of art, having specific legal signification. It is very carefully defined in the Constitution and, when declared, may result in emergency powers being used. So, is there a ‘state of emergency’ as spelled out in the Constitution?The Constitution is the fundamental law, our secular bible. Why? Because it is the will of the people in whom, after all, all power is inherent. Such inherence is not by gift of the Constitution, although it is good to see that this immutable law of mankind is recognised in Article 1. Popular sovereignty is fundamental, learned by observing the human condition. Like the law of self-preservation or the law of gravity, it cannot be repealed – certainly not on this planet. Unlike them, the Constitution can be changed, but only by reference to the sovereign people. Indeed, the Constitution does need amendment, perhaps even thorough revision. Until that happens, it must be fully respected, not trampled.Article 86(b) clearly and unequivocally provides that a state of emergency may be declared ONLY in the case of ‘a threat or outbreak of war’ or ‘civil unrest’ that threatens the Republic and represents ‘a clear and present danger’. That is not our situation now. Under our system, the Legislature makes the law, the Executive ensures that it is carried out, and the Supreme Court interprets it – all in conformity with the Constitution. All senior officials take an oath to defend the Constitution and laws of the Republic. (See Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, 1986, Articles 31, 53 and 70.)The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives had the right idea when he suggested that the Supreme Court weigh in on whether Article 86(b) could be used to cover the Ebola crisis. While it would be unusual for the Court to issue an advisory opinion, it would not be a novel event, for the Court has done so at least once, in 1876. (See Opinion of the Court on Interpretation of Section 6, Article II of the Constitution, 1 LLR 509 (1876)). The Court would consider all the facts and circumstances and likely refer to‘minutes of constitution commission’ to determine the intent of the drafters of the Constitution, as it did in a recent case (See Toe v. FrontPage Africa Newspaper, decided 15 July 2013). The drafters obviously had in mind the sad history of emergency powers which were used to victimize some of them.Emergency powers have been the bane of Liberia’s existence since, at least, the beginning of World War II which was used as a convenient pretext in 1939 to pass an Emergency Powers Act. Thereafter, Acts were passed regularly, often suspending the writ of habeas corpus, something that can no longer be done. (See Constitution, 1986, Article 87(b)). Under the 1847 Constitution, the writ could be suspended for not more than 12 months. (See Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, 1847, Article I, Sec. 20th.) On occasion, the suspension was renewed from year to year, in keeping with the letter, though not the spirit, of the constitutional injunction. In 1961 and 1967-68, the Acts were used to suppress labour strikes and the latter Act was a handy tool in the prosecution of Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Sr. for an alleged coup plot. Interestingly, the 1961 Act granted to the President ‘nineteen sweeping powers, including authority to expand the army and police, mobilize and conscript all labor, commandeer private property without going through the courts, order arrest without warrants, and detain citizens for one year without bail.’ (See Carl Patrick Burrowes. Power and Press Freedom in Liberia, 1830-1970: The Impact of Globalization and Civil Society on Media-Government Relations).These sweeping delegations of authority were, in effect, derelictions of duty – manifestations of hubris, avarice and a collective autocratic psyche. They point to a need for the restoration of governmental balance, devolution of central power and repeal of oppressive laws.Are emergency powers required to combat Ebola? No new powers needed to be invoked to disinfect the apartment and vehicle of the health care worker in Houston, Texas who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian. Had she refused, a simple court order would have solved the problem. We have similar remedies already on the books.Another thorny question concerns the senatorial elections which were to have been held this week. In order not to have violated the Constitution, an amendment should have been arranged. This would not be possible under a de jure ‘state of emergency’. In any case, conducting an amendment referendum would have posed the very same problem – exposing participants to Ebola contamination – ostensibly being sought to be avoided by the postponement.Could elections be held in the midst of an Ebola outbreak? Perhaps. Experts may be able to design them in such a way as to minimize the risk of contamination. Was this possibility considered? In any event, it is interesting to note that U.S. presidential elections were held in 1864 during their civil war.The conundrum presented by postponing the elections could have been resolved with prior broad political negotiations at the most senior level and involving all stakeholders, similar to the Accra peace process in 2003 when representative groups came together to forge a peace and make necessary changes to the Constitution – an awkward solution, but one that was required to resolve an even more awkward problem. The beauty of such an arrangement is that it would get as close to popular involvement as possible. This would encourage broad, willing acceptance.It is not too late.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

27 cops charged in 2017 for criminal offences – Ramnarine

first_imgJust hours after two high-ranking Police Officers were charged for the murder of a businessman, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine blasted the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for the increasing number of charges laid against ranks implicated in criminal offences.He lashed out at the rogue behaviour at the closing ceremony of four training programmes at the Police Officers Training College on Thursday.Infuriated by news of once Best Cop Derwin Eastman and Officer Jamison Williams being charged for the murder of businessman Godfrey Scipio, also called “Saga”, Ramnarine slammed the Force saying, “It seems as though when we make some strides forward, by our own design we seem to go backwards. And it ought not to be in an organisation that can deliver so much.”The acting Commissioner pointed out the significance of being an officer attached to the GPF, thereby underlining the high expectations that come with the job.“Our role in the security environment is perhaps the most important role to play in public security in this country, and some of us are playing with it and toying with it and think that we can get off with it,” Ramnarine outlined.Even as he acknowledged that Police Officers, like civilians, are prone to making mistakes and could make wrong decisions from time to time, he reminded the ranks of their oath to protect and serve.As such, he emphasised, “We must not forget that the average member of the public did not take an oath. We who wear uniform took an oath and that is why we must be held to that standard.”With that, the acting Commissioner of Police reiterated that great levels of professionalism are expected from officers at all times.“You cannot be a professional in the line of work we do for the eight or 10 hours you are on duty and you’re not a professional when you’re off duty. It does not work. Learned people would never buy that idea,” he contended.During his tirade, Ramnarine took the opportunity to point out some of the recent incidents which have seen ranks of the GPF being implicated in crimes. In doing so, he noted, 27 of the Force’s Officers have been charged for criminal offences for the year thus far.Meanwhile, the acting Top Cop further presented statistics on the number of complaints filed against Police Officers in recent years. For 2015, that total amounted to 619 complaints. Complaints saw a decrease in the following year with 609 cases recorded. However, in 2017, the instances of misdemeanour and malpractice reports filed against the GPF ranks has spiked at 623, with the year not yet completed.Adding to that, he posited that this number was expected to increase even further given that at least two or three more ranks would be arraigned in coming weeks for the prison unrest and escape of inmates from the Lusignan penitentiary.It was then that Ramnarine indicated that similar to their relentless efforts to prosecute civilians for their acts of crime, Officers of the Force will be placed under strict scrutiny and dismissed with, if tied to unlawful activities.last_img read more

Midfielders linked with Emirates exit as Arsenal target Barca star

first_imgIt hasn’t been the busiest of transfer windows for Arsenal so far this summer; Petr Cech’s arrival the only significant purchase from the club.However, although Cech’s presence between the sticks has lifted confidence with Arsenal fans, it would be foolish to suggest that further strengthening is not required.The north Londoners could still do with a number of signings. A prolific goal scorer and a couple of defensive additions, plus a combative midfielder, are all needed for the Gunners to be labelled as Premier League title contenders.But who is on Le Professeur’s radar? And who is set to be deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see all of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours… 6 Another loan deal on the cards? England U21 star could be heading back to West Ham. Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Carl Jenkinson is set to sign on loan for West Ham for the second consecutive season. The East London side are doing their best to get Arsenal to sell the player permanently but a stubborn Arsene Wenger wants to keep the England Under-21 star for the future. An announcement on the loan deal is expected in the next few days. 6 No bids for Chilean according to Juventus. Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – The signing of Sami Khedira almost confirms Arturo Vidal’s Juventus departure but the Old Lady have confirmed they haven’t received an offer for the Chilean star. Arsenal have been heavily linked with the commanding midfielder but face competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. In a bid to keep Paul Pogba at the club, Vidal could be forced out and an offer in the region of £21m for the 28 year-old likely to be accepted. Could Santi be returning to Spain? Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in Arsenal star Santi Cazorla. With Arda Turan set to leave the Vicente Calderon, manager Diego Simeone sees the Gunners’ star as a perfect replacement. The 30 year-old was one of Arsenal’s best players last season, scoring eight goals and leading Arsene Wenger’s team in assists with 15 in all competitions. It is reported that Wenger will only consider selling his star player if the La Liga side come in with an ‘astronomical offer’. Podolski’s a Goner. German international completes his move to the Turkish champions. Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Lukas Podolski has completed a move to Galatasaray from Arsenal. The switch has been on the cards for the last week but has finally been sewn up with the German star penning a deal in Turkey, with the fee worth a reported €2.5million. The World Cup winner has never really had enough playing time under Arsene Wenger and his career at the Emirates seemed all-but over last season as the former Koln star was sent to Inter Milan on loan. 6 6 6 6 Is Rosicky heading home? Click the arrow above, right, to see all the latest Arsenal transfer news. – Another potential Arsenal departure could be Tomas Rosicky. The Czech star spent the majority of last season on the substitutes bench and has admitted to being unhappy with minimal playing time. His former club Sparta Prague would welcome the 34 year-old back with open arms. Sparta majority shareholder Daniel Kretinsky insists the club would jump at the chance to take the 34-year-old back to the club where he started his career. “I’d love him to come and for it to happen soon,” he told local press in Prague. “But I don’t want to put uncomfortable pressure on Tomas. It’s up to him, I understand that leaving Arsenal isn’t easy.” Barca star heading to London? – Barcelona star Pedro is and has been an Arsenal target for a number of seasons and it seems the Gunners are finally stepping up their efforts in capturing the Spaniard. The Telegraph reports that contact has been made by Arsenal and the player’s representatives, but with Pedro signing a contract at the Nou Camp until 2019, a move does seem slim. The player, often an afterthought to the likes of Luis Suarez and Neymar, will have to force a move himself, but he cannot be blamed for wanting to stay with the European champions.last_img read more


first_imgVICTORIOUS Donegal manager Davy McLaughlin has saluted his heroic players after they stunned favourites Monaghan to win the Ulster Senior Football Championship for the first time in the county’s history today.The proud Moville man has done outstanding things with a squad of players since taking charge 16 months ago.And now he can look forward to an All-Ireland quarter final in four weeks time. “The girls deserved it, for all their hard work and for all their hard work here today,” said Davy after the game.“They have worked so so hard and today they got their reward for that. We looked in control throughout and I could see the Monaghan heads drop midway through the first half because they weren’t expecting that today.“We were outstanding right throughout the pitch. We have experience and youth out there and we set out to play the game not the occasion and that certainly paid off for us today.”The Donegal manager was left baffled by a number of referee decisions; not least a goal by Niamh Hegarty in the second half which was given as a point. “Everyone saw the Monaghan keeper pick the ball out of the back of the net. I’m just glad we are not talking about that at the end of the game when point was given instead of a goal, but it was perplexing to say the least.”Glenfinn’s Katy Herron was outstanding today; and was on the rough end of some harsh treatment.She was just delighted with the win.“We’ve worked so so hard and today it all paid off,” she said.“All of us worked hard on the day too; we knew we were up for it from the start and we got going quickly.” Aoife McDonnell was named Player of the Match for her performance.And Termon’s Geraldine McLaughlin was once again the difference up front and she worked so well with Milford’s Amber Barrett today.Said Geraldine: “This is a wonderful day for Donegal Ladies football. We will enjoy the next couple of days and get back to training on Wednesday and get ready for the All-Ireland quarter final.”Donegal are likely to play Armagh or Westmeath in the next game. PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL MANAGER AND CAPTAIN DELIGHTED WITH FIRST ULSTER TITLE was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:davy mclaughlindonegal ladiesKaty Herronlast_img read more

Questions and Answers About Air Barriers

first_imgUPDATED on December 12, 2014Builders of a certain age — say, those older than about 55 or 60 — started their careers at a time when no one talked about air leakage or air barriers. Back in the early 1970s, even engineers were ignorant about air leakage in buildings, because the basic research hadn’t been done yet.Times have changed, and most residential building codes now require builders to include details designed to reduce air leakage. Today’s young carpenters are working on job sites where air barriers matter.A. A wide variety of materials make good air barriers, including poured concrete, glass, drywall, rigid foam insulation, plywood, and peel-and-stick rubber membrane. (Note that evidence is increasing that OSB is not an air barrier; for more information on this issue, see Is OSB Airtight?)Although air can’t leak through these materials, it can definitely leak at the edges or seams of these materials. When these materials are used to form an air barrier for your home, additional materials such as tape, gaskets, or caulk may be required to be sure seams and edges don’t leak.To make a good air barrier, a material not only needs to stop air flow; it also needs to be relatively rigid and durable. If you want to determine whether a material is an air barrier, hold a piece of the material up to your mouth and blow. If you can blow air through it, it’s not an air barrier.Engineers distinguish between air barrier materials (drywall, for example), air barrier assemblies (for example, plywood with taped seams attached to wall framing), and air barrier systems (all of the materials and assemblies that make up a building’s air barrier).A. Not necessarily. Although Tyvek and other brands of plastic housewrap are sometimes marketed as air… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Sliding Insulation Between Rafters From Above

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in It’s harder to weatherize an old Cape Cod house than it is to weatherize other types of houses. The second floor of a Cape Cod house has sloped ceilings, typically interrupted by 4-foot-high kneewalls. In most cases, a Cape also includes a horizontal ceiling in the center of the second floor, with a cramped third-floor attic above the horizontal ceiling.If you live in an old, uninsulated Cape, you know how hard it is to come up with a good way to insulate your home’s sloped ceilings. Among several possible methods, these approaches are typically recommended:These approaches work, but they are expensive and potentially disruptive. What about a third approach — namely, trying to slide ventilation baffles and insulation into the rafter bays from the third-floor attic? Is that even possible?The answer is “maybe.”Before we provide tips on how it may be possible to slide insulation down the rafter bays from the attic above, let’s list the factors that may make this work difficult or impossible:Before you attempt this approach to insulating a sloped ceiling, you have to decide on what type of ventilation baffle to use, and what type of insulation to use.Ideally, your insulation baffle will be long enough to reach from the top of the sloped ceiling section to the bottom, so that you don’t have to try to insert two or three baffles in each rafter bay. (It would be hard to insert the bottom-most baffle in place if it wasn’t long enough to reach all the way to the upper attic.)If you decide to use a commercially available baffle like SmartBaffle or AccuVent  or Provent, first determine whether the products are long enough. (SmartBaffle is 37 inches long, and Accuvent baffles can be ordered in… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Terrorist in the machine: U.S. DOJ fears IoT security threat

first_imgFollow the Puck The huge wave of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices has the U.S. government worried that the technology harbors lurking security threats.According to a Defense One article, the U.S. Department of Justice has joined other agencies in evaluating IoT technology for national security risksAnd with up to 50 billion connected devices coming online by 2020, the government is scrambling to assess threats from the fast evolving technology.See also: Can ISIS hack the Internet of things? (Uh, no.)U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said his division has a group dedicated to assessing IoT technology threats. He said it is critical to fully assess this new technology to properly combat next-generation terrorism tactics.“Look at the terrorist attack in Nice,” said Carlin. “If our trucks are running in an automated fashion — great efficiencies, great safety, on the one hand — but if we don’t think about how terrorists could exploit that on the front end, and not after they take a truck and run it through a crowd of civilians, we’ll regret it.”He says that the government moved overly fast in connecting its data store houses which left it vulnerable to state and non-state actors who have stolen valuable information for illicit use.“We made that mistake once when we moved all of our data, when we digitally connected it, and didn’t focus on how … terrorists and spies could exploit it,” said Carlin. “We can’t do that again when it comes to the Internet of Things, actual missiles, trucks and cars.”IoT security a theme around the capitalThe Justice Department joins several other federal agencies which are delving into the potential risks presented by IoT.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a program in 2012 that to fix vulnerabilities threatening IoT devices.In 2014 the Central Intelligence Agency admitted their IoT concerns. CIA Deputy Director Dawn Meyerriecks revealed that “smart refrigerators have been used in distributed denial of service attacks,” and discussed smart fluorescent LEDs that “are communicating that they need to be replaced but are also being hijacked for other things.”The National Security Agency also has its sights set on IoT, which it has said both presents a security threat and a signals intelligence bonanza. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#cybersecurity#cyberterrorism#DARPA#DOJ#IoT#nsa#Washington Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Donal Powerlast_img read more

Gorakhpur tragedy: CM Adityanath raised caution flag during previous visits

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Ministers have claimed that officials did not discuss the crisis in oxygen supply during his visit to the BRD medical college hospital in Gorakhpur on August 9.While the minute details of his interaction with the doctors there are unknown, during his visit Mr. Adityanath inspected the Japanese Encephalitis/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome ward.Mr. Adityanath had also cautioned doctors that no patient should die due to lack of medical care. “He instructed doctors that patients should receive better treatment and no patient should die due to lack of medical care [upchaar ka abhaav],” said the government statement issued on Wednesday evening.Nine children died in the hospital that day, including two in the AES ward. Twenty-one children died on August 7 and 8, including five in the AES ward, prior to his visit.The figure took a big jump on August 10 when 23 children died. The government admitted that the supply of oxygen was interrupted on the night of August 10 but stressed that no deaths were caused due to this or during the period when oxygen supply was hit.Inspections conductedOn Wednesday, Mr. Adityanath conducted a bed-to-bed inspection of the wards, unveiled a 10-BED ICU and six-bed CCI wards. He also inaugurated a CCU ward for critical children affected by JE and AES.According to the government, Mr. Adityanath had also inspected the emergency ward, infant ward, and ICU and checked on the availability of medicines.Mr. Adityanath later conducted a review meeting with health officials and doctors from Gorakpur and Basti divisions. Incidentally, he had made another visit to the hospital on July 9.last_img read more