SIMON NOTT Come Racing

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] had been planning this blog for a while, honest guv, I even primed it with my historical piece on Tiverton Races CLICK HERE a couple of weeks ago. The Greyhound Derby has taken precedent since then so with the Racing Post starting a week long feature on racing broadening its appeal I thought I’d jump in with no more procrastination.Racing really should be a PR firm’s dream, it has all the winning ingredients, It’s got glamour, it’s got colour, it’s got characters and most of all, bloody hell it’s exciting, where do people who don’t go racing or bet get that buzz?Of course we all know that, because here I’m preaching to the converted. The problem racing has in general is that it’s often so far up its own insular backside it thinks it doesn’t need to tell anyone, the arrogance of it. The people that run racing appear oblivious that the majority of people have no interest in horse racing let alone care about it. They are not suddenly going to decide to turn up at racecourses, they need to be led there.Of all the meetings in the racing calendar the Cheltenham Festival, and arguably the Paddy Power at the same venue are the only ones that attract people in huge numbers purely for the racing. Given that those meetings are long established it’s commendable that the racecourse don’t rest on their laurels and do their best to promotionally up their game annually while the National Hunt build-up to those meetings is self-perpetuating but still promotion.Then we have Royal Ascot and The Derby. I saw a terrific quote on Twitter recently that went along the lines of ‘Great societies are built on old men planting oak trees that they know they’ll enjoy the shade of’. Of the aforementioned duo, how many would flock to Epsom for the Derby were all the attractions of the Downs not there and no Queen’s patronage ensuring the well-heeled numbers bolstered on the other side? Likewise Royal Ascot, of course centuries part of the social calendar, but how long would it have survived had it not become so? Let’s not kid ourselves, the vast majority of people don’t go to Royal Ascot for the top class racing.Which brings us to bread and butter race meetings. Midweek they have been allowed to waste away with seemingly very little effort made to address their falling attendances. It’s particularly frustrating when you hear of premier racecourses actually closing areas rather than working hard on getting people to come. Anyone who has been to the Thoroughbred Arabian meeting at Newbury where they really make an effort to engage the local community will have witnessed the results. Yes there’s the lure of endless freebies and the prospect of winning a brand new car involved but people queue around the block to get in, for free. Most of them have no idea about the races and the breeding but they enjoy the day out betting with bookies and cheering home their winners. I don’t think I’d be courting contention if I said that take away all the freebies and charge a score entry there’d be less people at that meeting that your average all-weather meeting.Make traditionally quiet days free entry to Tattersalls, money earned from media rights on just one of the races could pay for some extra publicity. Start to build it up a well in advance get the locals involved, throw open boxes to local businesses, crank up some excitement, engage people, maybe even start a social media campaign, now there’s an idea!If nobody was coming anyway, nothing’s given away apart from the chance for people who wouldn’t normally be there to see what racing has to offer, of course a few extra staff would be glad of their wages too.It’s commendable too that some racecourses are using other attractions to get people to come racing, it’s a great idea and I’m all for it but are they just for revenue? Of these attractions, bands seem to get the ire of racing folk. It’s not hard to see why when I’ve heard racecourse announcers say ‘Only two more races before the music starts’. You can’t expect music fans to rush home and take subscriptions for the Racing Post after an evening on the turf but they do need to be engaged in the racing too use the music nights to promote racing not just a bolt on.Equally as important, don’t alienate the existing audience, make ‘non-event’ tickets available to people who just want the racing and keep the bookmakers badge fees to that of a ‘non-event’ night. It’s reality that the demographic of your average girl band fan means that betting turnover isn’t going to rise in proportion to ticket prices. Sadly it doesn’t mean that middle-aged men aren’t still going to turn up, get hideously drunk and then potentially ruin the night for everyone. If racecourses are going to turn their venues into nightclubs (where patrons have been encouraged to drink for hours beforehand) they need nightclub type security to the same scale.Back to my little historical tale about Tiverton Races, that captured the whole town’s imagination. The whole day was ‘The Races’ but it wasn’t just the races that attracted people, the people attracted the people but also the other attractions, musicians, entertainment, gambling, in short ‘the buzz’, there’s that word again, that buzz would have been building up for weeks then reached hive pitch by race day.We know that we have a winner in racing, people need to be told, crank up the excitement, build up that hype get the buzz going for each and every meeting, racecourses what are you waiting for? PR firms get your pitches in.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img

Cardinals Land Setter Transfer From TCU

first_imgShe comes by her athleticism naturally as she is the daughter of Trent Dilfer, who played football at Fresno State and in the NFL for 14 years. Her mother, Cassandra, swam at Fresno State and her sister, Madeleine, played indoor volleyball at Notre Dame and Pepperdine and finished career on the beach volleyball team at Pepperdine.Print Friendly Version “We are very excited to add Tori to our 2019 team,” said Busboom Kelly. “She brings a wealth of experience at the setter position and is a proven competitor.  Not only is Tori a talented athlete, but she is a great student and person of high character.”  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tori Dilfer, a 5-10 setter, has transferred to the University of Louisville volleyball team according to Dani Busboom Kelly, UofL head coach.  She played in all 27 matches and all 102 sets during the 2018 season, led the team with 1,134 assists and 11.12 assists per set and scored 10 double-doubles on the year.  She scored 40+ assists in 17 matches and 50+ assists in seven matches. She dished out a career-high 57 assists in the four-set victory over Louisiana and her 11.12 assists per set ranked No. 5 all-time in the individual single season records at TCU. She scored six service aces against Cincinnati which was a career-high is tied for sixth all-time in program history in individual match records. She finished with a career-high 5.0 total blocks in the four-set victory over SMU and led the team all season with 41 service aces and 0.40 aces per set which ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 43 nationally in aces per set. She led the team in service aces and scored at least four service aces in four matches. Her average of  0.40 aces per set is tied for No. 7 all-time in the individual single season records and her earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team. She was also named to the all-tournament team at the Cowtown Classic and Fight in the Fort and picked up TCU Athlete of the Week honors. A strong student, she was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. As a freshman, she played in 11 matches and 36 sets and finished third on the team with 161 assists and 4.47 assists per set. She recorded a season-high 22 assists twice, against Kansas and at North Texas and picked up a season-high eight digs against Kansas State.center_img Story Links She arrived at TCU as a four year letterwinner in volleyball at Valley Christian High School and one year letterwinner in track and field. She was a 2017 Senior Ace “150” and was named MVP of the volleyball team at Valley Christian her senior season. She finished her four-year career with 2,495 assists, 870 digs and 223 kills and was named 2016-17 Valley Christian High School Athlete of the Year. In 2016, she earned All-State Division 2 Team honors and was a Medium Schools All-American Second Team and a 2016 All-CCS First Team. In 2015 she was All-WCAL First Team, and All-CCS Second Team and made All-WCAL Second Team in 2014. Dilfer, who played her first two seasons at TCU, is from San Jose, Calif., and played her prep career at Valley Christian, will have two full seasons of eligibility remaining. last_img

Efforts to recognise Ayurvedic terms on international platform

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the Ministry of Ayush ((Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) will hold a meeting with World Health Organisation officials from June 10 to 11 to develop Ayurvedic terminology that has been coded so far by the experts.The main purpose of the meeting is to explore avenues to recognise various Ayurvedic terms on the international platform. The Ministry of Ayush has developed National Ayush Morbidity and Standardised Terminologies Electronic Portal (Namaste-Portal) where various Ayurvedic terms have found place with their synonyms in English and Hindi languages. Many old manuscripts, which were originally in Sanskrit language, have already been digitised to attract attention from the international audience. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAyurveda is one of the oldest forms of treatment in the country which is gaining momentum after both the Centre and the Bengal government had given an impetus to enhance the infrastructure to boost its reach. The World Health Organisation had tied up with the Ministry of Ayush to chalk out a detailed plan on how traditional modes of treatment can be adopted in foreign countries. The ministry also signed Project Collaboration Agreement with the World Health Organisation for co-operation on promoting the quality, safety, and effectiveness of serving provision in traditional and complementary medicine. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to Dr Asit Panja, an invitee member of the forthcoming event, Ayush system of medication has a significant role in delivering healthcare to masses. It is cost effective and will benefit economically-challenged patients. Hence it is of paramount importance to promote the traditional method of treatment not only in the country but in abroad as well. Dr Panja, a professor of National Institute of Ayurveda, has been a part of the team that prepared the Ayurveda Morbidity Codes. The World Health Organisation has been developing a terminology in Ayurveda, Unani and Sidhha so that the terms, which are originally in Sanskrit, can be comprehended by the people in foreign countries and India’s traditional form of treatment can be implemented in other countries.last_img

EL: Roma robbed by ref howler

first_imgNicolò Zaniolo’s first half header should’ve given Roma victory, but a stoppage-time penalty for non-existent handball gifted Borussia Monchengladbach a point. Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG. Both teams were struggling with an injury crisis, so had to revamp their line-ups. Gianluca Mancini was moved into a new midfield role, as Davide Santon, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Nikola Kalinic, Amadou Diawara, Davide Zappacosta, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Cengiz Under were out of action, with Alessandro Florenzi only fit for the bench. Gladbach were top of the Bundesliga, but struggling in the Europa League so far. Alassane Plea, Tobias Sippel, Tobias Strobl, Matthias Ginter, Torben Musel, Raffael, Ibrahima Traore, Keanan Bennetts and Fabian Johnson didn’t make the trip. Edin Dzeko – playing with a protective mask after fracturing his cheekbone – threaded through for Justin Kluivert, whose finish was deflected wide in the opening minutes under torrential rain. However, Ramy Bensebaini went even closer, as he was unmarked to redirect a free kick from six yards on to the underside of the crossbar. Moments later, Breel Embolo skimmed the far post with an angled drive, while Marcus Thuram – son of ex-Parma and Juventus defender Lilian – drilled wide. After a period under siege, Roma started to emerge from their shell and Javier Pastore’s effort was deflected for a corner after his cheeky back-heel nutmeg at the by-line. Patrick Herrmann turned his marker to fire over from a tight angle, but Roma broke through from a corner earned by Dzeko. Nicolò Zaniolo peeled away from marker Stefan Lainer to get a free header from six yards and give the hosts the lead. Dzeko had the ball in the back of the net moments later on the counter from a poor German corner, but Jordan Veretout’s through ball was a little late and the offside flag went up. Kluivert wasted a promising opportunity, then Dzeko and Jordan Veretout attempts were deflected. The rain intensified in the second half, making it difficult for both teams. Yann Sommer rushed off his line for a decisive save on Kluivert after the offside trap failed and Pau Lopez smothered a Lars Stindl snapshot. Chris Smalling’s diving header from a Veretout free kick whistled wide and Dzeko’s strike was charged down from a Diego Perotti through ball. Substitute Florenzi should’ve made it 2-0 in the final minute when sent clear by Dzeko, but drilled wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. Moments later, Borussia Monchengladbach threatened at the other end, but couldn’t keep the ball down as he slid on to a cross at the back post. There was huge controversy in stoppages, as Scottish referee Willie Collum awarded a penalty to the visitors for handball. However, replays clearly show it struck Smalling square in the chin. There is no VAR in the Europa League and the decision could not be overturned, so Stindl stepped up and converted with only 30 seconds to go. Roma 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach Zaniolo 32 (R), Stindl pen 95 (B) Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo (Antonucci 77), Pastore (Perotti 62), Kluivert (Florenzi 84); Dzeko Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Elvedi, Jantsche, Bensebaini; Herrmann (Hofmann 62), Kramer (Benes 77), Zakaria, Neuhaus; Thuram, Embolo (Stindl 77) Ref: Collum (SCO) Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit:

L.A. council seeks phone-users tax

By Beth Barrett STAFF WRITER Setting up a showdown with voters, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously declared a revenue emergency Tuesday and agreed to ask voters to approve a 9 percent telephone-users tax that would expand the levy to many new technologies. The 14-0 vote to place the tax on the February presidential primary ballot comes amid concern that a judge could soon invalidate the current 10 percent phone tax – which brings in $270 million of the city’s $7 billion budget. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith, who had questioned the urgency of the measure, met privately with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after learning – to their surprise – that the measure would tax new technologies like VoIP and private communication services used by large companies. They then voted for the measure – providing the unanimous support needed to get it on the February ballot and allow it as an emergency to pass with only 50 percent support instead of the two-thirds majority required for taxes. The council’s decision brought immediate criticism over expansion of the tax as well as the city’s belated recognition that the current phone tax probably violates taxpayer protections imposed by Proposition 218. City officials estimate the proposed tax – which supporters intend to promote as a 10 percent cut – would raise about $243million annually. They said they don’t have estimates on how much the new taxes on “emerging” technologies will raise. The communications industry challenged the current telephone-users’ tax after the federal government last year backed off a tax that the city had referenced since 1967. Earlier this month, Villaraigosa released a report recommending the city take “emergency” action to place the tax on the ballot. A unanimous council vote was needed to declare an emergency and put the measure on the ballot, but Smith and Zine expressed strong criticism. They questioned the urgency of the measure as well as whether it should include a higher voter-approval requirement. On Tuesday, Zine expressed additional concern and called it “creative taxation.” He also criticized several exemptions, including a 5 percent rate for telemarketers. “I’m of the belief (the proposal) should be candid and forthright, not smoke and mirrors, bait and switch,” Zine said in an interview before the vote. But Zine and Smith flip-flopped after holding a last-minute private meeting with Villaraigosa, saying he convinced them that the city would be in serious financial trouble without the tax. “We can’t be fiscally irresponsible,” Zine said, adding that public safety and other services could be slashed without the tax revenue. Smith said that in the closed-door meeting, the mayor argued for the tax – including its expansion to new technologies – and was upset the council hadn’t gotten a more complete briefing earlier. City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson, the mayor and Councilman Bernard Parks, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, all defended taxing new communications technologies. “Everyone who makes a phone call should be treated equitably,” Sisson told the council. Parks said the city always has made efforts to capture new technology within the tax base. Cell phone service, for example, now accounts for about $162 million of the $270 million in annual telephone tax revenue. “You just move so the tax base continues to grow,” Parks said. Still, despite the expansion of tax to new services, the vast majority of phone users should see a reduction in taxes, insisted Matt Szabo, the mayor’s spokesman. “The loss of $270 million would have a devastating effect on critical services. The mayor believes the voters should have an opportunity to vote on critical services while lowering their phone tax,” Szabo said. Exemptions in the measure, meanwhile, also will be reviewed and could be changed at a later election. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said raising the rates now would offset the message that the tax is being reduced. Councilman Richard Alarcon worried that taxing telemarketers at their current 5 percent rate could doom the measure with voters. Business and other groups also criticized the action, which follows the city’s recent negotiation of a five-year contract that gives most municipal workers a nearly 23 percent raise at a cost of over $200 million. Transfers worth tens of millions of dollars to the city’s general fund from the Department of Water and Power also are in jeopardy pending a court action. Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, said taxing new technologies would make up for some of the touted rate cut. “Obviously they’re looking for new forms of revenue by people who don’t have as much of a lobbying arm,” Stern said. Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associations, said whether the measure actually cuts taxes is questionable. In a memo to council members, Sisson said loss of the tax would likely mean a combination of cutting services, raising fees and laying off employees. “Potential service reductions will involve several essential services in the areas of public safety, community services, recreation and cultural programs, transportation services and general city support,” the memo read. Of the city’s $6.8 billion budget, only about $3.6 billion is considered unrestricted to pay for various services, with the telephone-users’ tax accounting for about 6 percent of that. “Every resident would feel it in some shape or fashion,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!