Cyrname targeted at Cheltenham Gold Cup | Racing News

first_imgPaul Nicholls believes Cyrname can develop into a prime contender for next year’s Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.The Ditcheat trainer plans to work back from March, with the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase next on Cyrname’s agenda – after he finished second at Kempton 12 months ago, well behind stablemate Clan Des Obeaux.- Advertisement – Cyrname silenced his doubters on his return this season, proving he can stay three miles and race left-handed with an impressive victory under a penalty in the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.Nicholls said: “Cyrname will be a different horse going into the race (King George) this year (to what) he was last year.“He will almost certainly go down the Gold Cup route after that.- Advertisement – “He has had three quiet weeks, but he has cantered every day. He looks great. I couldn’t be happier with him. “Nicholls expects Cyrname to demonstrate his true ability in this year’s King George, having given him more time between his seasonal reappearance and his intended outing at Kempton.Last season, Cyrname had just over month to recover from his exertions in becoming the first horse to defeat Altior over jumps on his return at Ascot.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Nicholls said: “Cyrname was good the other day, and he has come out the race well. What we wanted to do was run him with that big gap between the two races.“We go into the race full of optimism that we have got him really right this time.”last_img read more

Industrial: sustained and improved demand is driving the market forward

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A USP: Never sell a home without one

first_imgBeachside living can be a draw card.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoYou can also show solutions for where and how that second bathroom could be created.The key is to acknowledge that what is considered special or unique in one market may not be worthy of that title elsewhere. A stunning modern kitchen is nothing exciting in an area with many newly built homes. An acre backyard space for a home on the edge of a small country town is nice, but typical of the vernacular so nothing unique. A block one tenth that size in an urban area is a rare find. Even that restored heritage stunner, worthy of an interior design magazine, won’t stand out if it’s in a historic, wealthy suburb where properties of this ilk are plentiful. They expect those features in the suburb, so all that character won’t get buyers over the line to pay top dollar. A better USP would something like rear lane access or a view of the CBD. Everyone loves an extra bathroom.It could even be the location, street or position within that street. If all else fails, the price or terms of sale may suit. Many sales campaigns flounder because they don’t establish the property’s USPs at the earliest opportunity. Without these points, it’s difficult for buyers to look past substantial negatives such as limited parking or a position on a busy road. Your USP moves the focus away and offers buyers compensation. The negatives of being on a main road, for example, can be negated with an attractive price tag.If you have a big family home with a substantial backyard, but no second bathroom, you can establish your USPs as the scale of the property and the block size, which are better than most other comparable homes in your local market. Andrew Winter. Picture: Jerad WilliamsEvery home needs a unique selling point. Without one, selling the property will be a struggle.A unique selling point, or USP, a term borrowed from the world of sales and usually implies something that differentiates a product from the rest of the market, but it has a place in modern real estate marketing. Having a USP helps focus a sales campaign and ensures your real estate agent knows which of your property’s features will strike a chord with potential buyers.These sale points are not reserved for only grand homes, waterfront properties or urban retreats. Every single home should have at least one to attract purchasers in sufficient numbers. If the points are not physical features such as an extra bathroom or more space, they can be visual elements, like a view. center_img Special views help.I strongly urge anyone struggling to sell, preparing to list it or even those about to rent out a property to know their home’s USP. Hopefully it has more than one. Ensure they are unique to your local market, housing type, price range and intended market. If your home has one of those clear negatives that seem insurmountable — a busy road, electricity pylon, a hideous house next door — discovering your USP will balance these factors out.If all also fails and you really have nothing different to offer, hit the market with the right price and that may be sufficient to tempt a buyer.last_img read more

The Libertarian Case for Drug Prohibition

first_imgThe Public Discourse 28 January 2018Family First Comment: An excellent article….. “Recreational drug use interferes with clear thinking. The very activity is centered around the consumption of an intoxicating substance that impairs one’s cognition. The whole point is to impair one’s ability to think clearly, which in turn impairs one’s ability to act freely. Thus, recreational drugs should be legally restricted because their use is incompatible with the vision of a freedom-respecting liberal state.”Many libertarians argue that we should legalize recreational drugs in the name of freedom and personal autonomy. Drug prohibition, they argue, infringes on personal freedom by denying individuals the liberty to do what they want with their own bodies.This is mistaken. In fact, it is drug legalization that infringes on freedom. Drug prohibition, not legalization, is the real pro-liberty position.Let me explain.The Foundations of FreedomAll should agree that one of the essential responsibilities of government is to protect and promote personal freedom. To that end, governments have an interest in restricting activities that impair, destroy, or otherwise undermine personal freedom.Now, freedom cannot flourish unless certain background conditions are met. Consider an analogy with markets. If a government wants to protect and promote markets, then it must safeguard the conditions that make a market economy possible. These conditions include the protection of life, exchange, contracts, and private property. Without these prerequisites in place, it would be all but impossible for markets to flourish.The same is true of freedom. If the government has a responsibility to protect and promote freedom, then it must also protect and promote the conditions that make it possible. On this point, one essential ingredient of personal freedom is rationality. Choices can only be free if they are made by a person whose cognitive faculties are functioning in the right way. Reason confers on our actions a certain order and intelligibility that make them explicable and coherent. It is what makes our actions ours, such that we are responsible for them. Our ability to act freely is diminished or destroyed if we are unable to deliberate and think coherently, or if we are subject to overwhelming coercive forces.In other words, freedom isn’t just the bare ability to do something; it is the ability to act under the influence of properly functioning cognitive faculties. This point is pivotal in making sense of the legal concepts of consent, coercion, and competence. Young children are unable to enter into legally binding contracts because their cognitive capacities are not fully developed. Likewise, insanity defenses are based on the understanding that cognitively disabled or insane persons cannot be held criminally liable for their actions. There cannot be freedom without rationality.Accordingly, since the government has a responsibility to protect personal freedom, it must also protect and promote a culture that is conducive to clear thinking and discourages impaired thinking. The government, therefore, has a responsibility to restrict activities that impair, destroy, or otherwise undermine clear thinking.Drug Prohibition: Myths and RealitiesSo far I’ve been defending drug restrictions. But the term “restriction” is vague. What kind of restrictions should the government adopt?Answer: the government should prohibit those substances that have no legitimate use aside from recreation. In addition to making them difficult to obtain, prohibition serves to drive up the cost of drugs, which in turn reduces demand by making it more expensive. It’s simply a matter of supply and demand: the more expensive you make something, the less willing people are to buy it. The added threat of legal punishment also serves to drive down demand. Conversely, if something is cheap, legal, and widely available, then people are more inclined to buy it.Drug legalization would make drugs both cheaper and more available, which in turn increases use. A 2015 study in the Journal of Health Economics found that medical marijuana laws increase marijuana use in both adults and adolescents. In adults aged 21 and older, the frequency of binge drinking also increased. Similarly, a 2017 study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that “medical marijuana laws appear to have contributed to increased prevalence of illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders.” Increased availability is also associated with increased use of other drugs, including alcohol.Prohibition makes drugs more expensive and less available, which in turn reduces drug use. Alcohol prohibition, which many think ended in failure, actually reduced per capita alcohol consumption by about 30 to 50 percent. Cirrhosis death rates, admissions to state mental hospitals for alcohol psychosis, and arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct also declined dramatically. While is true that alcohol prohibition did ultimately fail, it failed for political reasons. In terms of reducing alcohol use, prohibition was a success. And given that excessive alcohol consumption impairs clear thinking (in addition to the $250 billion annual cost that it imposes on the nation), it is worth asking whether we should bring back some form of stringent alcohol regulation for reasons considered earlier.Of course, not all drugs are used recreationally. Alcohol can be consumed as a mild social lubricant without the intention to get drunk. But this is not true of marijuana, as the whole point of non-medical marijuana use is to get high (and, as we will see, most cases of so-called “medical” use are indistinguishable from recreational use). Nobody smokes a joint wanting to avoid the high. So too with heroin, cocaine, and other drugs. These drugs would be the target of prohibition, since their paradigmatic use is abuse, unlike alcohol.It is true that there will still be some who will go through the effort to illegally obtain drugs even if prohibition is enacted. Perfect compliance, however, isn’t the standard of success when it comes to lawmaking. Laws against murder, assault, and theft don’t stop all of these crimes, but nobody is proposing that we legalize these things.What about Medical Marijuana?My focus has been on recreational drug use, but it is worth briefly discussing so-called “medical” applications of drugs (specifically marijuana), since these are wedge issues that many pro-legalization advocates exploit to sneak in full recreational legalization.There is research showing that cannabis or cannabinoids can help with pain management, nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity. However, this same research has also found strong evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids can negatively affect respiratory health, lead to the development of schizophrenia or other psychoses, and increase one’s risk of being in a motor vehicle crash. So the putative benefits of marijuana must be weighed against the negative health effects of marijuana use.Additionally, there isn’t really an essential need for medical marijuana, given that there are plenty of other medicines that can address the ailments that marijuana may help with. Thus, while I am open in principle to allowing certain kinds of medical marijuana (provided that it go through the same rigorous process by which other medicines are approved), it would appear to be unnecessary. And, given the health risks of marijuana, it would be ill-advised and reckless to legalize marijuana under the guise of medicine.Indeed, medical marijuana is ripe for abuse. In states with medical marijuana programs, the overwhelming majority of medical marijuana users are young male adults who claim “pain” as the reason for which they need marijuana. Only a tiny percentage use marijuana for other reasons. Pain, of course, is a very vague reason that is easy to fake, so it provides an avenue for recreational users to obtain marijuana under the false banner of medicine. It seems then that medical marijuana programs provide a smokescreen for recreational use that amounts to de facto legalization. So there is a case to be made for extending drug prohibition to so-called medical marijuana.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2018/01/20650/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=1d3e381a50-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-1d3e381a50-84094405Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Area Baseball Sectional Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Baseball Sectional Scores.  Friday  (5-30)Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Batesville  3     Greensburg  1Rushville  5     South Dearborn  0Sectional  45 @ Austin.Austin  3     South Ripley  2North Decatur  11     Southwestern  5Sectional 14 @ East Central.Bloomington South  6     Columbus East  5Columbus North  2     Bloomington North  0Courtesy of The IHSAA.last_img

Teen mauled to death by several dogs

first_imgA Tennessee teenager has died from injuries she sustained in a bizarre dog attack.Adrieanna O’Shea died Friday after being hospitalized for over a week.The 19-year-old was attempting to retrieve her purse at a neighbor’s home when several dogs mauled her.A witness told authorities that she heard O’ shea screaming “Help me” and saw a neighbor’s dogs attacking her.The animals reportedly tossed her into the air, and then dragged her body toward a wooded area.Knox County sheriff’s deputies said they found O’ shea unconscious and covered in bite wounds at the scene.Deputies shot one dog and the four others were later euthanized.Police described the dogs as a mastiff, a Rottweiler-Lab mix, two mastiff-Lab mixes, and a Pitbull.The young girl reportedly dreamed of becoming a history teacher and traveling the world.The obituary Adrieanna McKenna O’Shea has been released. https://t.co/3q5vJvydgm Background: https://t.co/0KOTWn3CjC pic.twitter.com/TFzfG3Hcbs— DogsBite.org (@dogsbite) September 4, 2019 It is unclear at this time whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.last_img read more

Florida Woman Facing Charges for Putting Porn in Easter Eggs

first_imgEaster eggs typically bring joy, especially to children.However, one Florida woman had quite a different idea for their use.The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested 42-year-old Abril Cestoni on 11 counts of distributing obscene material.According to deputies, she put pornographic images in the Easter eggs, drove around town and placed them in peoples’ mailboxes.In addition, the eggs contained non-threatening references to local churches and county buildings.Courtesy: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookOne homeowner said he found a fish cracker, a sheet of toilet paper, powdered drink mix, and a crumpled up piece of paper containing pornographic images in one of the eggs, the sheriff’s office reports.Cestoni told deputies that said she did it to educate people. Authorities also found a bag full of pornographic material in her car.“Our team did a great job in tracking this deranged offender down and taking her into custody,” says Sheriff Rick Staly. “Thankfully she did not appear to be sick with COVID-19 symptoms, but she certainly needs some help.”Abril Cestoni is also facing charges for driving without a driver’s license and violating an executive order banning non-essential travel during a state of emergency.last_img read more

Yadram, Persaud in WI U-19 squad to tour South Africa

first_imgBATTING sensation Bhaskar Yadram and wicketkeeper batsman Joshua Persaud have been included in the West Indies Under-19 squad for the tour to South Africa next month.While the entire squad is yet to be made public, secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board, Anand Sanasie, confirmed on Wednesday that the two Guyanese will feature in the squad.Both players were a part of the West Indies Under-19 training camp held last December. Subsequently Yadram represented the West Indies Under-19 team in this year Regional Super50 tournament before making his first-class debut against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the just concluded West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League (PCL).Persaud, who plays for the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) was part of the West Indies Under-17 team that tour the United Kingdom in 2015.The tour is part of the region’s preparation for their title defence of the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup.The Caribbean side will play five 50-over games against the South Africa Under-19s and two warm-up matches against local opposition, in a tour set to run from June 30 to July 27. The Caribbean side will also journey to Zimbabwe for further ODI engagements.The World Cup is scheduled for New Zealand, January 12 – February 4, 2018.last_img read more

Nagamootoo urges CGF to help rebuild hurricane-devastated Caribbean

first_imgSPEAKING at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) meeting of the Americas and Caribbean and addressing a room full of sports enthusiasts, some of whom are serving members of their respective governments, Acting President Moses Nagamootoo, yesterday challenged the gathering to use the Commonwealth Games and the Federation to help rebuild the hurricane-devastated region.The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) facilitated a two-day meeting where a number of important issues, regarding the Caribbean and the Americas involvement in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the 2022 edition, were discussed.Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, forcing a number of residents to evacuate, and those who weren’t affected, to lend a hand to help rebuild.Nagamootoo heads a Ministerial Task Force that is responsible for overseeing the Civil Defence Commission’s (CDC) National Risk Reduction Platform efforts, in Guyana’s bid to support the hurricane-affected Caribbean countries.According to the Prime Minister, who is currently performing the duties as President in the absence of President David Granger, sports should be seen and used as more than just a tool to bring glory to one’s country, but also to highlight the world’s issues, whatever they might be.“We all feel an elevation of the spirit and we all feel that we are triumphant because sports represent for me, the human value that rises above difficulties and challenge,” Nagamootoo said.He added “we have a responsibility to use sports to help to rebuild, to meet the many challenges, the policies and strategies that Governments cannot remedy successfully.“Drug abuse, the crime epidemic, particularly among young people…and sports we count on, to deal with these social scorches, and every time you plan a Commonwealth Games, and you mobilise in all our countries, it would help to bring young people into the centre of the pitch” the Acting President highlighted.Nagamootoo drew attention to a 1963 Cricket memoir, of Cyril Lionel Robert James – `Beyond a Boundary’ – to emphasise a point that Sports can be used to bring more than just the joy of winning to someone.CLR James described his memoir as “neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography”, as mixed social commentary, particularly on the place of cricket in the West Indies and England, with commentary on the game, and argued that what happened inside the “Boundary Line” in cricket affected life beyond it.“Back in those days we have people like Sir Learie Constantine in cricket; they not only came out from the boundaries to the middle of the pitch, but they went out to the middle of Lord’s, in the Empire, where they played at Lord’s against our masters and won.Sports represented what Politics couldn’t do for us; becoming a people who felt that we had power beyond any consciousness that we thought we had,” Nagamootoo stated.Meanwhile, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, in her address, also spoke of the ravaged Caribbean states, and added that she’s confident of region rebuilding and the Federation’s interest to help in whatever regard.last_img

The Latest: Philadelphia clarifies ban on public events

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___City of Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia.The Phillies will host the Miami Marlins next weekend when the major league baseball season begins.___The Baltimore Ravens won’t have fans at their training camp this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced Wednesday that it will adhere to NFL/NFLPA protocols that prohibit fans from attending practices, even if state and local government regulations would eventually permit them to do so. The Latest: Philadelphia clarifies ban on public events July 15, 2020 The OVC says it plans to reschedule for a date closer to the start of the season, which is slated for Sept. 3, a Thursday night.The conference’s meetings were held virtually in June for the first time in league history.___The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021. ___The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8. Associated Press The team’s ticket office will contact season ticket holders about game and seat availability after local capacity guidelines are established, according to the memo sent Wednesday.The memo also outlined enhanced safety precautions at the stadium in addition to face masks and social distancing requirements, including cashless concession options, touchless bathroom fixtures, sanitation stations, and “the latest air purification technology.”–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.___The Head of the Charles Regatta is going virtual because of the new coronavirus, only the second time since 1965 that the two-day rowing event has been canceled. center_img With 44 players invited, the event was part of USA Hockey’s selection process in determining its team to compete at the world junior championships in Alberta in late December.Without citing the coronavirus pandemic, USA Hockey executive John Vanbiesbrouck said it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel the event.___The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic.This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities. The Family Night event will still take place at Lambeau Field and will be televised statewide, though the date and time haven’t been announced yet. The Phillies will host the Miami Marlins next weekend when the major league baseball season begins.___The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium. Plans regarding attendance for regular-season games haven’t been announced yet. Season ticket holders have the of opting out of the chance to buy tickets this year without losing control of their tickets for next season.The Packers have already conceded their regular-season home games will have a “significantly reduced” capacity, if there are any spectators at all.___The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. Since 2011, up to 2,000 fans a day have attended camp at the team facility in Owings Mills, Maryland.Ravens president Dick Cass said the team believes the decision is in the best interest of the public and the organization.The defending AFC North champions have not announced the starting date for training camp, which usually begins in late July.___The Ohio Valley Conference announced Wednesday that it has postponed the league’s Virtual Football Media Day scheduled for Monday. The competition scheduled for October will instead go virtual, allowing rowers to take part by racing a 2.9-mile (4.7 km) course on their own bodies of water using a GPS device, or on an ergometer.The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing race, with 11,000 competitors from around the world.The race was also canceled in 1996 during a rain and wind storm.___USA Hockey has called off holding its world junior summer showcase, set to be held in Michigan in two weeks. Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more