Month: July 2019

Potbellied pig Sir Oinksalot finds a new farm to call home

first_img Watkins said there were a lot of families interested in giving Sir Oinksalot a home. But he wanted to make sure the family who took him was capable of handling him, which meant they needed to have a farm.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. Sir Oinkalot, a potbelly pig, now lives at Buckhorn Farm with the Krause family and is cared for by the pender County Hooves, Spurs and Furs 4-H Club. (Photo: Bailey Aldridge/StarNews) ROCKY POINT (StarNews) — Sir Oinksalot has found a forever home with a Pender County family.Sir Oinksalot, you might recall, is a potbelly pig who was found in the Supply area. He was taken into the Brunswick County Animal Protective Services shelter after being abandoned by his previous owners. He was put up for auction and purchased by Skip Watkins, New Hanover County commissioner and manager of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo, who began looking for a family to take him in.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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4th Annual She Rocks CutAThon is Saturday

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 4th Annual She Rocks Cut-A-Thon is going to help you look great and raise money to fight ovarian cancer Saturday.1015 Salon & Spa hosts the day of fun, raffles and beauty.  Salon owner Amy Dickson says they are hoping to “make this year the biggest event yet.”  To date the event has raised over $30,000.- Advertisement – She Rocks is a local charity designed to help fight ovarian cancer. All of the proceeds directly benefit women battling this disease in the Cape Fear.  Money is donated to the Zimmer Cancer Center and UNC Chapel Hill.There will be raffles, salon services, local vendors, prizes and a food truck.For more information click here.Related Article: Teen who inspired Holden Beach community dies from cancerlast_img

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Photos Children stranded in Denmark back in Malta

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A number of children who had been stranded in Denmark arrived in Malta on Monday night after a special AirMalta flight was sent to pick them up.Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi had personally asked for this special flight. An AirMalta employee had been suspended from work because of the issue.On its Facebook page, AirMalta published pictures of the children being greeted on the runway by Minister Konrad Mizzi, AirMalta’s Chief Executive Clifford Chetcuti and AirMalta’s Head of Communication Paul Sies upon their landing.Read also: Konrad Mizzi sends aircraft to Denmark to families stranded by private operatorWhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img 1 of 3last_img read more

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Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO Bill Gates no longer Chairman

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has announced today that Satya Nadella will serve as its third chief executive.Nadella is Microsoft’s former cloud and enterprise head and his appointment makes it clear that cloud services will play a big role in Microsoft’s future.Microsoft has also announced that founder Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board and take on a new Technology Advisor role to “devote more time to the company.” John Thompson, who led the new CEO search, will take up the mantle as chairman of the board. – Advertisement – Nadella led the development of the company’s cloud services, which serves as the backbone for things like Office 365, Xbox Live, and Bing. One of Nadella’s big challenges going forward will be to help Microsoft regain some relevance in the mobile world. Windows Phone has inched its way towards being the third-place smartphone platform, but that was mainly due to BlackBerry’s implosion and success in European markets.Below is his first interview as CEO.Credit: VBlast_img read more

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Ugandan startup receives 100k from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

first_imgAdvertisement MMINDZS, a Ugandan startup has announced that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Francis Otim, the CEO of MMINDZS will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled MYAccounts, which is a A Low Cost, Mobile Money Enabled Accounting System for Africa’s Last Mile Merchants and SMEs.Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges.  Francis’ project is one of more than 50 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 14 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. – Advertisement – To receive funding, Francis and other Grand Challenges Explorations winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included enabling universal acceptance of mobile money payments.  The foundation will be accepting applications for the next GCE round in September 2015.MYAccounts, the world’s first mobile money enabled accounting system, is a low cost and easy-to-use accounting system with a host of additional features tailor-made for the African market. MYAccounts enables merchants to seamlessly view, track and account for all their customer and supplier payments made to their mobile phone, and aggregates this database of transactions to produce complete financial and stock records, customer invoices and receipts, printable financial statements and tax returns.It is built specifically to solve the financial inclusion challenges of mobile money-using African merchants, enabling them to manage their business, access formal financial services, and grow into prosperous, sustainable and thriving enterprises. By creating numerous options for bottom of the pyramid mobile money subscribers to use their e-cash, along with multi-platform accessibility, universal acceptance of mobile payments can be realized.About Grand Challenges ExplorationsGrand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Launched in 2008, over 1100 projects in more than 60 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants.  The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization.  The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required.  Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.MMINDZS supports African Small and Medium Enterprises, Governments and Corporations to improve efficiency of operations, lower cost and improve their bottom line by deploying smart, cost-effective technology solutions as well as skills development programs designed for success in Africa. We deploy technology solutions along with advisory services to help the local SME and the trade ecosystems in which they operate including distribution, manufacturing, retail and wholesale. We enable seamless mobile payment transactions processing and posting across all our systems. Learn more at sbintell.comlast_img read more

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Huawei and MTN Business Host CEO Golf Day

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda in partnership with Huawei are hosting host a one-day Executive Golf tournament dubbed, #CEOGolfDay, today at the lush Lake Victoria, Serena Golf Resort & Spa.Led by the MTN, Huawei and a cross section of corporate CEOs, the tournament, will field teams of MTN Business and Huawei customers and staff from both companies as well as golfers from various corporate entities in Uganda.Twelve (12) winners will get various prizes including a Hisense Smart 4K 50-inch TV, Huawei B315 LTE Indoor CPE routers, Huawei Mate 8 and P8 smartphones, Huawei Media Pad 10 and MTN’s 10-user LTE MiFis bundled with MTN data. – Advertisement – In what will be a Stableford mode of play, the one day tournament overall winner will also enjoy a weekend for two and a round of golf at The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa.So excited to host the #CEOGolfDay. Shotgun start with 1st tee-off at 8am. Chipping Competition on the 8th hole! pic.twitter.com/p74PpWaTfZ— Lake Victoria Serena (@lvictoriaserena) September 16, 2016This year’s executive Golf Day will feature a demonstration of the latest MTN Enterprise solutions including the MTN 4G LTE broadband Internet.“We’ll continue being leading fans  of golf in Uganda and we wish the golfers playing today and the fraternity continued success in every aspect,” MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte said.MTN Uganda’s General Manager at MTN Business, Reginald Kafeero said, “as we interact over a game of golf, MTN through its MTN Business unit continues to make milestones in offering business owners a full suite of cutting edge business solutions to meet modern day challenges and ambitions of corporate business in terms of accessibility, infrastructure, converged communications, security and software.”Huawei Uganda’s Managing Director, Stanley Chyn expressed delight at the long-standing business co-operation between the two companies that has enabled MTN Uganda build and support a lot of the solutions offered to corporate business.“The golf tournament is intended to commemorate the great business co-operation and strategic partnership between Huawei and MTN Uganda that has existed since 2003,” Chyn addedlast_img read more

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Facebook and Google Activate Safety Check Features in Barcelona After an Attack

first_imgAdvertisement According to reports by Associated Press, a van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone leaving fourteen (14) people killed and over 100 were injured.Soon after the attack, Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. and Mountain View-based internet firm, Google Corp. activated their safety check features to let users in the vicinity inform their friends that they were safe and get nearby support.Telegraph reported on Thursday that the social media firm created a page, titled “The attack in Barcelona, Spain” which users used to check in as safe. – Advertisement – Google’s SOS alert feature gave people up-to-date news and information about the Barcelona attack, also including helpful phrases for those who might be affected.Notably, the Facebook Safety Check introduced in 2011 and used for only natural disasters was later widely used in terror attacks after the 2015 Paris attack.When the Safety Check is activated in the affected area, users who Facebook determines to live or spend a lot of time in these areas are sent a push notification asking if they want to check in as safe. Then sends a notification to friends of those who check in – confirming they have been marked as safe.The feature also opens up ways for the people to offer help for those who are in need of help like food, shelter, medicines, or clothings.Editor’s Note: Written with some inputs from Associated Press and NDTV newslast_img read more

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2000 Guineas Preview by Liam

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he first classic of the season is almost upon us, with Guineas weekend on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile just a few days away. Though the introduction of the All Weather Championship has given some comfort to domestic flat racing fans through a particularly miserable winter, for many the flat season proper only really gets going over this prestigious weekend.As we approached the winter, the impression was that the 2000 Guineas lacked a standout contender, with a host of promising yet relatively untested juveniles clustered towards the top of the market. Over the last three years, the narrative of the race has been whether the favourite could carry through its superior juvenile form into the early part of their three year old career. The answer to that question has been in the affirmative, often emphatically, for each of the last three renewals.However, as the curtain closed on the 2013 flat season, we were left with more questions than answers to ponder over the winter months. The Dewhurst, that traditional end of season premier juvenile contest come Guineas trial, looked a below par renewal, with the winner, the impressive Coventry Stakes winner War Command, not even spoken of as certain to line up in the English Guineas. Many of the other leading challengers hadn’t crossed swords in their two year old campaigns, with several of them raced sparingly and spoken of as late developers in comparison to the archetypal Guineas contender.So, when the 2014 flat season rumbled into action with the usual blend of classic trials and gallops chatter, the Guineas picture still looked somewhat unclear. The vibes surrounding the Aidan O’Brien trained Australia over the off season had been particularly effusive (some would say characteristically hyperbolic), though it soon became apparent that we would have to wait until the race itself to judge for ourselves.That meant the onus was on something else to lay down a marker in one of the trials, which unequivocally occurred in the Greenham at Newbury.The John Gosden trained Kingman had been a hugely impressive winner of a Newmarket maiden back in June, before arguably not needing to improve much to land the Solario Stakes on his second outing. In both races, the conditions didn’t allow for a clock busting performance, with his maiden being a relatively weak contest for the track, and the Solario being a four runner affair where they didn’t go much of a gallop. That said, the colt posted some impressive sectionals on both occasions and was value for more than the winning margin at Sandown, where he still looked a touch green.The Greenham looked like a fair renewal on paper, with, in addition to Kingman, the tough and hardy Middle Park winner Astaire stepping up to seven furlongs, the Royal Lodge winner Berkshire, and the promising Hannon colt Night Of Thunder, all lining up. What occurred however was nothing short of a rout. After travelling well in behind horses, Kingman scythed through the field and quickly put daylight between himself and the rest with the minimum of fuss. With conditions on the soft side and jockeys appearing to be mindful of setting too strong a gallop in the conditions, it was somewhat surprising to see how impressive a time the winner had posted.After the race, the inevitable comparisons to Frankel were made, who also impressively took this race in the same colours, albeit with a greater sense of expectation around him after a slightly more high profile juvenile season. Gosden made clear that the colt would not be risked on fast ground, citing an injury that curtailed his two year old campaign and noting that other races were available to him other than the Guineas. Whilst this sort of openness is welcomed from connections, it would be naïve to think that there wasn’t some degree of politicking occurring here in order to ensure Newmarket doesn’t risk losing the presence of what had suddenly become the races star attraction.What had looked like a wide open Guineas had suddenly become a case of Kingman vs The Field in the eyes of many. With his ability not in question, fast ground is seemingly the only major concern when it comes to Kingman, though the usual cocktail of minor concerns that are applicable to almost all horses running in a Guineas such as how he will handle ‘the dip’ will always remain. Though there is a school of thought that Kingman could recoil slightly from posting such a big effort in his trial, it is apparent that this horse is currently at the top of the tree. Of course, little of this will matter if he isn’t still there come Saturday evening.The betting sees the aforementioned Australia as the main threat to the favourite. With breeding more purple in colour than the silks of his owner, being by Galileo out of the outstanding mare Ouija Board, it was natural that this colt would receive plenty of attention throughout his fledgling juvenile career. After being narrowly beaten on debut when very slowly away, he broke his maiden at the second time of asking, though was more workmanlike than flashy in doing so.He stepped up on that considerably when taking a Group Three over a mile at Leopardstown on his final start, looking much more like something approaching the finished article. Easily accounting for the similarly well regarded and unexposed Free Eagle, coupled with the post-race comments that accompanied, it quickly became apparent that he was a colt with huge potential. That said, all evidence suggested that he would be more of a Derby horse in the long term, with a campaign geared around that seemingly the route that would be taken.Obviously, being a Derby horse doesn’t exclude one from taking in the Guineas en route, indeed Ballydoyle have often sent similar types to the race in recent years, the most comparable being the eventual dual Classic winner Camelot. The difference this year however is that they appear to be taking on an almost already top class, specialist miler in Kingman, in addition to a host of other types with superior form who will likely be more of a miler than he is. Clearly, he may just be a freakishly talented horse who is good enough to win despite the trip being a bit shy of his likely optimum, but at around 3/1, there is too much guesswork involved to recommend him at that price.Another colt that we probably haven’t seen the best of yet is the undefeated Richard Hannon trained Toormore. By his connections own admission not a flashy type at home, he nonetheless got the job done on the track, racking up a couple of Group wins towards the backend of last season. Though the bare form and manner of his Vintage and National Stakes wins isn’t anything to get hugely excited about, the overriding impression is that he will have more to offer this year. His connections are usually pretty liberal in their campaigning of juveniles, even the better ones, but they seem to have been at pains not to overface this one last season.He reappeared in the Craven, which looked a two horse race between himself and the then leading Godolphin hope for the Guineas, Be Ready. However, the race somewhat fell apart with Be Ready running well below his best, and ultimately Toormore had a simple task to beat some exposed and inferior rivals. As is becoming his want though, he certainly didn’t make it look easy, posting a fairly laboured performance to eventually master the useful but limited The Grey Gatsby.For all his lack of the wow factor, it shouldn’t be held against Toormore. This tendency to only just do enough is clearly part of his makeup, leaving him to rely on the quality of opposition in behind him to put some kind of figure on his performance. Indeed, over the course of a long season, this characteristic may help him to prolong his durability for future targets. For now though, it’s obvious that Toormore needs to improve again to win a Guineas, never mind one as intriguing and potentially strong as this years.Of the remaining contenders, Kingston Hill looks to hold the strongest form claims. Not seen until late September last year, the colt quickly developed into a smart backend juvenile, culminating with victory in the Racing Post Trophy. Though that race again didn’t look quite up to scratch for a Group One, the winner couldn’t be faulted and put in a respectable performance on the clock. The concern is that he is unraced on ground on the faster side of good, and the suspicion is that he may find one or two too quick for him over a mile.Noozhoh Canarias adds a welcome extra dimension to the race, being from the somewhat unheralded racing region of Spain. Having raced exclusively in his home country, the colt took a provincial Listed race in France before proving he had the ability to merit his inclusion in the Guineas by running Karakontie close in the Jean Luc Lagardere. The bare form of that race leaves him something to find, but he could improve for the better ground and had the subsequent Djebel winner and fellow Guineas contender Charm Spirit behind that day. He opened his three year old campaign with a facile success at his home track in Madrid, in a race that was admittedly in a different stratosphere to what he will face on Saturday. Nonetheless, it is hoped that he will give his legions of fans making the trip over from Spain something to cheer about.In summation, this looks an outstanding Guineas and hopefully we will see a truly memorable performance from one or more of these promising colts. Defeat would be a blow for connections and supporters of Kingman, given he is likely to have everything in his favour on Saturday, whilst others may need an extra couple of furlongs or more in time. That said, if Kingman falters, whichever horse ultimately emerges on top will still have to improve on what they’ve shown before and beat the usual mix of unexposed types and proven Group One performers.Indeed, the fact that the Dewhurst winner War Command is available at as big as 16/1, with the likes of Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf victor Outstrip and highly regarded and improving types such as Ertijaal even bigger prices, underlines that this race doesn’t lack for depth either. But still, as illustrative of the races quality as they are, it’s hard to argue that these prices aren’t justified given the task that faces them to topple the favourite. It’s hard to suggest anything is particular value at current odds, but at the risk of sounding a bit Kevin Pullein, the recommendation will be 1pt E/W Noozhoh Canarias @ 16/1.last_img read more

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ROYAL ASCOT Thursday Preview

first_imgProfitable day two for the column after two of the three bets obliged for a profit of six points on the day:BACK IVAWOOD (2.30 Royal Ascot) for 8 points at around 15/8 with Star Sports LOST BACK EASTON ANGEL (3.05 Royal Ascot) for 4 points each way at around 6/1 with Star Sports 2nd BACK FREE EAGLE (4.20 Royal Ascot) for 4 points at around 3/1 with Star Sports WONIt didn’t exactly start well with Ivawood running a below par race in the opener but then I managed an each-way return with Easton Angel (2nd) who ran into a monster in the shape of Acapulco in the Queen Mary and a nice win return from Free Eagle who clung on by a short head to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.Richard Hannon would appear to have the opening Norfolk Stakes by the you know what on Thursday…..His King Of Rocks and Log Out Island completely dominate the market but interesting to note in the lunchtime update from Trevor Harris at Star Sports that the two are getting closer to parity with support for Log Out Island causing the favourite King Of Rooks to drift a little.It looks pretty much a coin flip with them both having form that ties in with Tuesday’s impressive Coventry Stakes winner Buratino.It’s really a question of whether you give more weighting to the scope of Log Out Island (1 run) against the experience of King Of Rooks (3 starts).I’m narrowly favouring the market and siding with Log Out Island who I thought looked exceptional when winning here at Ascot on debut.Three non runners in the Tercentenary Stakes and the market revolves around the Newbury London Gold Cup winner Time Test who now looks a little short and it would be no surprise to see the bookies get a result in this race. The Aidan O’Brien trained Cape Clear Island is quite capable at Group 3 level and could run into a place at decent odds. He runs in first time blinkers today.The Ribblesdale Stakes at 3.40 looks at the mercy of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascach who bids to become the fourth Irish trained winner in the last five years. She is rated eight pounds clear of fellow Irish raider Curvy who is improving but would need to do so again after her narrow win in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh last time out.The market is perhaps the best guide of all in the Gold Cup. With the exception of 20/1 shot Rite Of Passage winning in 2010 there has been no winner bigger than 6/1 in the last 12 years.Backing that stat blind you’d be on Forgotten Rules and Mizzou coupled at around evens.It’s Forgotten Rules for me. He’s unbeaten in three flat races and one bumper and is cast iron to get the trip. The ground is the only concern. It was heavy here when he won the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup in October but he has won twice on good to yielding ground and the overnight watering at Ascot will hopefully have helped matters.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LOG OUT ISLAND (2.30 Royal Ascot) for 8 points at around 7/4 with Star SportsBACK CAPE CLEAR ISLAND (3.05 Royal Ascot) for 3 points each way at around 14/1 with Star SportsBACK FORGOTTEN RULES (4.20 Royal Ascot) for 4 points at around 11/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 65.04 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Chelsea

first_imgMEETING BEN KEITH (part 2) MEETING BEN KEITH (part 3)BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 MEETING BEN KEITH (part 1)center_img [dropcap]I[/dropcap] don’t think collecting on an 8/11 chance could ever be harder than last night. Lightning did indeed strike twice at Ashton Gate with last gasp first half and second half Man City goals to land the HT/FT bet with the maximum of unease.Man City go on to face either Arsenal or Chelsea in the final and it’s spin a coin time on the betting as to who that might be. The first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and it’s now finished a DRAW the last four times the London clubs have met.The League Cup suddenly takes on a higher priority for the two teams and respective fans in an otherwise disappointing Premier League season which has seen them both left in Man City’s wake.Chelsea ended a run of five consecutive draws (including three 0-0’s) with a resounding 4-0 win over Brighton at the Amex where they were 2-0 up after just six minutes.Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and Alvaro Morata (back) are both out for Chelsea whilst the hosts will be without new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is Cup-tied.Arsenal v ChelseaCarabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg20:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2018 EFL CUP Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalJan 2018 PREMIER Arsenal 2-2 ChelseaSep 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalAug 2017 COMMUNITY SHIELD Arsenal 1-1 ChelseaMay 2017 ENGLISH FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 ChelseaFeb 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 3-1 ArsenalSep 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 3-0 ChelseaJan 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 0-1 ChelseaSep 2015 PREMIER Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalAug 20145 COMMUNITY SHIELD Arsenal 1-0 ChelseaI fancy Arsenal to edge it and both teams to score which is a Star Sports special at 4/1. Small stakes though.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL TO WIN AND BTTS 3 points at 4/1 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 106.94 pointslast_img read more

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