“BACKSIDE LIL” SELECTED AS RACE TRACK ANALYSTS FOR CITY COUNTY OBSERVERI’m glad to be back in Southern Indiana after 21 years traveling the country side and visiting nearly every horse track in the world. Although I can speak five (9) languages fluently, my favorite language is good ole “KENTUCKY TWANG”. All I can say about myself is, I was born, highly educated (7 college degrees) and presently living! I just can’t wait for the live meet at Ellis Park to begin.Lately I been hanging out and enjoyed connecting with my roots once again. Though I am still grieving about the passing of my 7th husband, oil man, Wolfgang Franz from Germany. Recently, I have rekindled an old flame with my high school sweetheart long time Ellis Park horse owner and trainer Kyle. We parted ways after high school due to my risky enlistment into the CIA. I’m now retired and just accepted a part time race track analyst with the City-County Observer.Oh, I want to personally thank the City County Observer for allowing me to write Handicapping articles on my predictions on upcoming winners not only at Ellis Park but also at other tracks throughout the country.I can guarantee that I know all about this subject and if you follow my predictions It’s my hope you will make a little money by doing so Bottom line there are no guarantee that you will be able win a bunch of money by doing so. Oh, I’m just a cartoon character created by the CCO so they can bring little more humor and interest for their readership. The handicapping of the races will be done by knowledgeable people. So sit back and enjoy and lets have fun at the races!Until next time, don’t take any wooden nickels! I’m on my way to give a lecture at Keeneland Race Track on “Handicapping of Races”!Amore!FOOTNOTES FROM “BACKSIDE LILHorse racing, like many sports, has its own language. Whether it’s how to place a bet, or words on a race form, it can be a bit perplexing. Below you’ll find a glossary of race track terms you should know.ACROSS THE BOARD: A bet on one horse to win, place, and show.ALLOWANCE OR ALLOWANCE RACE: A non-claiming event in which the racing secretary conditions weight allowances based on previous purse earnings and/or types of victories.ALSO ELIGIBLE OR “E’: Horses entered into the field that will not run unless other horses are scratched.APPRENTICE JOCKEY: A student jockey that will receive a weight allowance of varying degrees depending on his or her experience.BACKSTRETCH: The straight part of the track opposite the finish line or the stable area.BABY RACE: A race for two year old horses, especially early in the season.BLINKERS: Blinkers: Eye equipment that limits a horse’s vision; generally used to help the horse concentrate on running and to reduce ditraction.BREEZE: A term generally used to describe a workout in which a horse is easily running under a hold without encouragement from the rider.BUG BOY: An apprentice jockeyCLAIMING RACE: A race where each horse in the field has a price and can be purchased by any person that makes a valid claim prior to the running of the race.The first turn of races that begin on the frontstretch/homestretch.CONDITIONS: The circumstances under which a race will be run, such as: surface, distance, purse, and eligibilities.EXACTA: A bet in which the player attempts to pick the 1st and 2nd place horse on one ticket.Fast Track: Rating of a dirt track that is dry and hard.FIRE SALE: A drastic reduction in the claiming price of a horse.FRACTIONS: Clocking at quarter-mile increments in either a race or a workout.FRONT RUNNER: A horse that wants to run on or near the lead.FURLONG: One eighth of a mile.GRADED RACE: A stakes race that is assigned a grade (I, II, or III) by the American Graded Stakes Committee based on the relative strength of the race as compared to all other races. This is the highest form of racing.HANDICAP: A race in which the racing secretary assigns weights designed to equalize the winning chances of the entrants; or to study horses’ records in order to determine the chances of each to win the race.HEAVY TRACK: A grass racing surface that has received an extremely large amount of water and is an almost bog-like condition.INQUIRY: An official investigation by the stewards of the running of the race to determine whether a foul was committed by a horse or jockey.In the money: To finish in the top four; this generally entitles the owner to a share of the purse. In betting terms “in the money” means to finish in the top three.MADDEN: A horse that has never won a race; or a race for horses that have never won a race.furlongs but shorter than 1 1/8 miles.MINUS POOL: When enough money is bet on one horse that the pool is insufficient, after the track take, to pay the holders of the winning ticket the legal minimum odds. In this situation, the track is required to make up the difference to ensure that the bettors are paid the full amount.MORNING ODDS; The odds set by the track prior to the opening of the pools.MUDDY TRACK: A dirt track that is soft, wet and holding.OBJECTIONS: A claim of foul by a jockey following the race.ODDS: The chances of a horse to win a particular race based on the pari-mutuel wagering of the general public. The payouts for a $2 bet with corresponding odds are listed below:OFF THE BOARD: A horse that fails to finish in the money.OFF TRACK: A racing surface that is anything other than Fast (Dirt) or Firm (Turf/Grass).SCHOOL: To train a horse, generally in the starting gate or the paddock.SCRATCH: To withdraw a horse from a race.SHIPPER: A horse that has traveled from one track to another to run in a race.SHUT OUT: When a player fails to make his bet at the window prior to the gate opening.STEWARDS: Three person panel that determines whether or not any rules violations occurred during the race..TRIFECTA: A wager in which the player selects the first three horses in a race in order.TURF COURSE: A grass covered course.WASHED OUT: A nervous horse that is sweating.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce has increased its social media platform to attract even more visitors to “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Over the last year, e-marketing strategies designed to boost tourism seem to be working, according to a report by Shawnda McGinnis during the Chamber’s Business Summit Oct. 4 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.“It has been a very busy season for the Chamber,” said McGinnis, the Chamber’s marketing director.She noted that in addition to more web traffic from visitors to the Chamber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, the Ocean City App, which was launched last year, has seen a significant increase in users from 9,000 to 16,000.“People are becoming more tech-savvy,” McGinnis said. “The world is a changing place.”Marketing Director of the Chamber Shawnda McGinnis says the Chamber is seeing a big increase in traffic to the website and Facebook and there are more Ocean City App users.The app features things to do in Ocean City, highlights businesses, and by the end of the year, will offer consumers a way to do cash-free transactions. Ken Wisnefski, owner of the digital marketing company WebiMax, who is also the owner of OCNJDaily.com, has been working with the Chamber on creating the new feature.Wisnefski noted in his report at the summit that the cash-free feature is a way to provide more convenience to shoppers and attract millennials to Ocean City. Often, he said, younger consumers leave cash at home and opt for cards. With the app, they can purchase items from participating merchants.McGinnis said the app has been used for virtually everything this summer. People most often use it to check the calendar of events and learn all that is offered at local businesses.She said the option for cash-free purchases has been received positively by visitors and business owners, who feel it is a reflection of the times.The Ocean City App has been a hit so far and officials are hoping with new features it will gain more users.In addition to the growing use of the app, McGinnis outlined the number of phone calls made during a year to the city’s Welcome Center.“We field more than 100,000 phone calls,” she said.The Chamber also sends out emails to visitors and residents who sign up for the feature. The emails provide useful information about events and businesses. Currently, there are 150,000 people on the list.The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com gives Chamber members a reason to be pleased, McGinnis said. To date, there are more than 800,000 sessions and of those views, the top pages are the calendar of events and things to do. She noted that visitors to the website are primarily from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Facebook pageThe number of followers for the Chamber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts also continues to grow, McGinnis said.While the focus continues to be social media platforms and expanding the app, McGinnis said more traditional forms of advertising, including the Visitors Guide, remain vital parts of the marketing strategy.During the summit, restaurant owner and president of the Downtown Merchants Association, Patty Talese, told the audience that Ocean City continues to use digital, TV, print, billboards, mailings and other marketing tools to showcase Ocean City.Google display ads are a new addition to the Chamber’s marketing strategy. Facebook also continues to drive brand awareness, Talese pointed out.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian addresses the audience at the Business Summit.Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian noted at the summit that tourism is vital to Cape May County, which is why it is so important to stay current and offer visitors and residents as many activities and conveniences as possible.“We want you all to walk with us. This is a new age. We are looking to benefit the business community. We are here for you,” Gillian told the room filled with business owners. “We want to be at the forefront. We want businesses to thrive and hope the businesses come along with us.”For more information visit www.OceanCityVacation.com or go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation. This is where Ocean City officials went to meet up with Martin Z. Mollusk while using social distancing.
There’s barely a day goes past which doesn’t involve someone asking me about moss in their lawn – it seems there is little attraction in following the current fashion of having moss lawns which is sweeping gardens in cities.Although moss has a role, and indeed is attractive, in the wider landscape in our lawns we definitely don’t love it.The visual manifestation of moss is the end of a long chain of neglect (sorry!), and simply killing the moss is the same as painting over a damp wall – the conditions still exist for the dampness, you’ve just temporary hid the problem. Advertisement Killing moss is easy. An application of Sulphate of Iron will kill the moss, but then you’ll have to scarify or rake out the dead moss.If all the raking doesn’t float your boat then look out for the Mo Bacter product in the garden centres, this product will kill the moss but instead of leaving it all black this product dries the moss out and then this is digested by the bacteria contained in Mo Bacter and in turn consumed by the lawn, giving the lawn a lush colour.By killing the moss in either of these two ways you’ll temporary improve the situation, but to keep the lawn moss-free you will have to apply these products each and every year, which can be timely and expensive.So after using any of the products mentioned it’s then best to treat the cause of the moss problem, the compaction and the acidity of the soil. Advertisement Apply some lime to the lawn now (preferably Calcium Carbonate or Ground Limestone) to ‘sweeten’ the soil and remove one of the conditions moss needs to do well.In addition to this sweetening of the soil the removal of compaction in the top soil layer will further discourage moss from re-appearing and will improve grass growth without the need to apply any fertiliser.Lawns become compacted simply as a result of the years of you walking up and down it with the lawnmower and the pounding the soil gets from the rain here in Donegal. So the process of relieving compaction should be something you perform every few years (depending on levels of wear this could be as little as every 5 years).Hire a hollow-tine aerator from your local tool hire shop:> Drive this over the lawn and this will remove small cores of soil form the grass layer> Gather these up with the lawn mower> Spread some shard sand over the lawn> Brush this over to try to get as much sand into the core space as possible> After all this apply some lawn feed to thicken the lawn. This topdressing makes a great job of the lawn, and really encourages the grass to thicken and grow better AND will make your lawn more usable in the Spring and Autumn period.DD Gardening: Sorting out the moss in the lawn was last modified: April 8th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:dd gardeningGareth Austinlawnmoss
9 December 2015Consensus on how all media, including online, can play a vital role in encouraging more gender equality and understanding not only in the global media but also in promoting general social cohesion by the year 2030, is the aim of the first General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Global Alliance on Media and Gender (Gamag).Gamag is a global movement to promote gender equality in and through the media.The First GAMAG General Assembly will take place on 9 – 10 December in Geneva. @UNESCO #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/8cnrJn63ql— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 29, 2015The South African team will be led by the acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Johannes Rantete. The team will join other global government media departments, as well as private media organisations, civil society and media academics in Geneva from 8 to 10 December to discuss practical ways to achieve the desired outcomes.South Africa would use the platform to encourage media houses across the world to involve women in the sourcing, production, delivery, analysis and broadcasting of news to create a global media that better reflected the voices and interests of women, said GCIS.The objectives of Gamag align closely with the aims of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 to actively encourage gender equality through job creation, education and social and health welfare.The Gamag assembly takes place during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.Topics to be discussed in presentations and roundtables include the structure and details for a global development co-operation framework on gender and media. The gathering will also look at the effect and importance of the relationship between emerging online media and youth in achieving the goals of Gamag.Also under discussion will be gender and media as a business and development model, and the strategic link between policy and research on gender and media.An International Development Co-operation meeting will precede the Gamag gathering, hoping to outline and provide useful indicators on the direction of supporting, enabling and financing gender equality in and through the media.Both events will aim to provide a platform for dialogue and establish an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media.According to Unesco and Gamag, the conference objectives include initiating processes to:Expand the mandate and reach of key stakeholders to promote gender equality through the design of an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media that can give support to actions at the national, regional and global levels – in particular the activities of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender;Recognise the critical area of concern of the Beijing Declaration, the resolution adopted by the UN in 1995 to promulgate a set of global principles concerning the equality of men and women;Analyse and discuss the declaration’s Platform for Action, as well as the Women and the Media Diagnosis element of the declaration as central to all other critical areas of concern, in order to endorse and build Gamag as a mechanism to accelerate implementation and systematic follow-up; and,Encourage commitment to mainstream or strengthen gender and media objectives in the programmes and budgets of the development partners as well as through their communication strategies of their own media services.Millennium and Sustainable development goalsThe Gamag assembly is an answer to the call for global partnerships as stated in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 8. Also, the mission statement of the conference resonates with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17. These are to target 10 concerning measures to promote public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, as well as strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development by the year 2030.Addis Ababa Action AgendaThe Gamag meeting will also seek to advance the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.Women are underrepresented in media staffing at all levels. This is fact, but we must change it. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/Xc78Ls0OeT— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 30, 2015Decades of research has shown that despite many advancements in gender equality, there remains much work to be done. “Women remain consistently under- represented in media staffing at all levels, in particular in executive decision- making and technical areas, and [are] often misrepresented in editorial content,” GCIS said in a statement about the meeting.The South African government holds that women are under-represented in media regulatory and professional organisations. It is determined to help the media, traditional and emerging, to promote women’s full participation in the industry. “Media houses and government communications wings have [the] potential to promote editorial policies in favour of gender equality in media content, eliminating stereotypes and portraying a fair representation of men and women.”GCIS highlighted the need to bring more online access to women in general, around the world, allowing them a voice to speak about what mattered most to them, including health issues, human rights promotion and overall gender equality. In addition to allowing them the platforms to speak, the media, GCIS said, should offer women the information needed to promote their participation in every aspect of life and in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.“Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage and in all subject segments, including news on war and peace making, finance, science, technology and politics.”Ultimately, GCIS concluded, the media, working together with governments, the private sector and academia, “must enable time or space for women to express themselves and promote coverage and awareness of gender equality in work, working conditions, and property rights. A high priority [is] the situation of women in conflict zones, as well as violence against women.”Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/xtfoBfHScH— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) December 2, 2015Source: South African Government News Agency
Tags:#Fanhattan#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Fanhattan just put up a somewhat amazing post on its corporate blog describing how hard it is to find specific movies or TV shows on various streaming video services. Sure, this is why Fanhattan exists – it’s an app that lets you scan a bunch of streaming sites to find what you want. But I had no idea how crazy things are in the world of streaming content.To make a point, Fanhattan looks at horror movies (“screaming media,” nyuk nyuk) that you might want to watch on Halloween. There’s lots of stuff online, but it’s scattered all over the place.Fanhattan reckons there are 2,300 horror movies that can be streamed right now. However: “About 71% of the horror movies currently available are exclusive to a single digital media source and more than 22% can be accessed on only two sources.” Of the 100 top Halloween movies curated by Fanhattan this year, about 65% are available from just one source, and about 25% are available from only two sources. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Worse yet, even specific horror franchises get split up and spread across different streaming platforms, so if you want to watch an entire series you need to deal with a bunch of different services. Says Fanhattan: “Hostel is available for rent on Amazon Prime and purchase on iTunes. But Hostel: Part II is only available on iTunes right now. Hostel: Part III is available with a Netflix subscription and for sale on iTunes.”But wait, it gets even worse, because all of this is changing all the time, as content providers keep moving stuff around. So a movie might show up on one service this week but be gone next week. That’s why Fanhattan exists. The app pulls together content from 16 video distribution services. “Our aim is to simplify what has become strikingly complex – finding what’s on,” a spokesperson says.Someday maybe Hollywood and its streaming partners will get their act together. Until then, Fanhattan has a market opportunity.Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Fanhattan. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts dan lyons
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised his players for overcoming their nerves in a convincing 3-1 derby defeat of Manchester United.City snuffed out any hope of a comeback with Ilkay Gundogan’s cool 86th-minute effort to avoid a repeat of last season’s 3-2 triumph by United“The players wanted to play good in front of our fans. We know how important the game is against United,” According to FourFourTwo.“We cannot forget in our history we are always behind United.“It’s completely understandable [to be nervous], especially in that situation with what happened last season, but we reacted well and the goal from Sergio helped us play a lot better.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Last season when we conceded the first goal we were in chaos a little bit. This time we didn’t concede another chance.“In the first half, we played with a little bit of fear. We didn’t want to lose the ball, but we didn’t attack in the best way. Of course [United] was so deep it’s not easy. They defended well, they were so aggressive man-to-man.“But we made a good performance in a big game against a top, top team. I’m happy with the result.”City’s victory took them back above Liverpool, who earlier eased past Fulham.
German winger Leroy Sane insists the team is on the path to improvement despite losing a two-goal lead in the deflating 2-2 home draw with the Netherlands.Joachim Low’s side ended their inaugural Nations League campaign without a victory and a five-match competitive winless streak dating back to their forgettable World Cup.But Manchester City star Sane believes they have improved on their last game after netting his second international.“Of course we all wanted to win the game. We were 2-0 up. It’s a little bit disappointing,” Sane disclosed to FourFourTwo.“But everyone could see how we’ve improved and that we’re looking to keep taking steps forward.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The fans can see we have a plan and that we’re capable of playing really good football.“Obviously we now need to keep going for the 90 minutes, to play strong and good football. Then everyone will see that we’ll come back strong.“At the end, it’s annoying to have played a really good game and to draw.”Netherlands’ impressive fightback earned them a place in the Nations League Finals at the expense of world champions France, who finished second in the group on head-to-head aggregate.