News story: AI and machine learning companies named for DIT USA trade mission

first_img The AI Summit offered good networking opportunities with some strong prospective clients: we saw several decision makers and key influencers from New York area enterprises, while DIT’s programming informed us about New York area buyer expectations. We were able to convert new connections into meetings and we have since won business with a prominent US brand as a result. This summit is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the leading UK AI companies and provide them with a platform to develop key partnerships in the US. The UK is a global leader in AI, and one of the 4 Grand Challenges in our modern Industrial Strategy, which focuses on driving international trade and investment in emerging fields to secure a prosperous future for the UK and its partners in the global economy. Previous trade missions have seen UK companies learn best practices about US expansion strategy, generate sales in the US market, and network with top-level industry executives. The 2017 mission to the AI Summit led to immediate benefits for UK participants.CEO and co-founder of StatusToday, Ankur Modi, said of being part of the 2017 DIT delegation: meet with US corporations connect with influencers in the New York tech community gain valuable insight into doing business overseas The Department for International Trade (DIT) trade mission offers UK artificial intelligence (AI) companies the opportunity to: Recruitment ran across the whole of the UK and focused on companies with a unique AI or machine learning (ML) product offering for the US market and some experience with US clients.Now in its third year in New York, the AI Summit hosts more than 3,000 attendees with insight into AI solutions spanning all industry sectors and offers participants multiple business-building opportunities.Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Trade Commissioner for North America, Antony Phillipson, said of the mission: UK delegatesKainos provides digital technology services and platforms that help people work smarter, better and faster. They have been researching and developing AI-powered solutions for over 3 years and are prioritising Artificial Intelligence as a core part of how they work, embedding it as a key component of their solutions to ensure optimal outcomes and customer value.Kainos has helped to transform healthcare delivery, become a leading workday partner in Europe, and spearheaded large-scale digital transformation across the commercial and public sectors.Clients include Netflix, Airbus,, and the NHS.Luminance, the leading artificial intelligence platform for lawyers, uses machine learning to read and analyse document sets much like a human does. Deploying the latest breakthroughs in pattern recognition and machine learning from the University of Cambridge and trained by legal experts, Luminance is transforming processes such as due diligence, compliance reviews and eDiscovery.The platform is currently in use by 14 of The Global 100 law firms, such as Holland & Knight and Eversheds Sutherland, and 3 of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms.Peak are the pioneers of the first enterprise AI System, which enables the rapid unification, modelling and use of data. They work with enterprise clients across sectors such as retail, manufacturing and media, delivering returns for FTSE businesses including Speedy Hire, Footasylum, and Global Media. Peak is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner and holds Machine Learning Competency status.Ravelin combines machine learning, behavioural analytics and highly effective graph database approaches. It detects fraud across 93 countries for some of the world’s leading businesses and their subsidiaries. Clients include Deliveroo, MyTaxi, and’s deep learning platform converts unstructured communications (emails, calls, chats, notes) into structured data in real-time, allowing for analytics and automation.In the pre-trade environment, re:infer is automatically discovering market information, client intents, sentiments, trends and hidden relationships that translate into trading signals for front-office teams. In post-trade operations, re:infer is discovering manual processes, quantifying failures, highlighting root-cause errors, detecting incorrect reference data and providing a bridge to downstream automation.Clients include UBS, Hiscox, RBS, Farfetch, and Orange.Smartology has developed a proprietary machine learning and natural language processing platform which semantically profiles the world’s most premium news as well as all branded content from across over 120 of the world’s largest B2B brands. Their SmartMatch solution allows brands to match their thought leadership with pinpoint precision alongside contextually relevant premium publisher articles resulting in record engagement.Top clients include PwC, Blackrock, Morgan Stanley and Microsoft.Speechmatics has used its decades of machine learning and research expertise to develop automatic speech recognition (ASR), available in private or public clouds and securely on-premises. The technology can be used for real-time or pre-recorded audio and video files, pushing the boundaries of speech recognition innovation and supporting an industry-leading number of languages and dialects.Key clients include Red Bee Media, Deloitte UK and Adobe.StatusToday is the world’s fastest growing employee insights platform. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, the platform eliminates the need for surveys, helping companies measure collaboration, wellbeing and engagement objectively.Patented Artificial Intelligence in StatusToday analyses metadata to compare companies and creates actionable insights without extensive monitoring. You can understand how your employee behaviour compares to others in your industry, their email responsiveness or if they are overworked outside office hours.Clients include Cisco and Hiscox.Tessian is a machine-intelligent email security platform that automatically prevents cybersecurity threats like spear phishing, misaddressed emails, unauthorised emails (data loss), and non-compliance.Tessian uses machine learning to understand normal email communication patterns to automatically identify email security threats in real time, without the need for end user behaviour change or pre-defined rules and policies. Tessian makes email safe at some of the world’s largest enterprises across the financial, legal and technology sectors.Top clients include Schroders, Clifford Chance, and Investec.Velocity Black is a lifestyle management company that harnesses technology and human expertise to empower its members to live extraordinary lives. Its members live and travel all over the world and have a combined net worth of more than $300bn. It uses AI and machine learning to deliver on its mission to delight customers, offering a truly personalised service and the ultimate specialises in the end-to-end build, deployment and scaling of AI-powered chatbots. Through the implementation of this technology, Volume AI aims to prepare companies to accommodate the evolving needs of the consumer – moving from the ‘search’ generation to the ‘ask’ generation, creating a superior customer experience.Volume AI is a Gartner-recognised vendor of AI consulting services. The company’s Big Brain Chatbot – an AI-powered, omnichannel chatbot framework – is technology agnostic and can be tailored to meet a multitude of specific business requirements. QBox analyses, identifies and visualises performance improvements needed in chatbot training data to help businesses scale their chatbots with a high degree of accuracy, confidence and stability.last_img read more

Vermont awards $531,119 in Recreation Trail Program grants

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation has announced that 19 trail projects across the state will be receiving $531,119 from Vermont’s Recreation Trails Program (RTP).Vermont’s RTP is a matching grant program of the Federal Highway Administration for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails, trailhead facilities, trailside amenities, and trail-related educational projects for non-motorized, motorized, and multiple compatible recreational use.“RTP funds provide enjoyable opportunities with trails close to home, close to schools, in our parks, in our forests, and on our mountains,” says Sherry Winnie, Vermont’s RTP Administrator, “Vermont’s trails and trail systems connect people to places, promote healthy active living, and conserve the natural landscape of Vermont we love.”RTP funds have been authorized through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users (SAFETEA-LU), and are appropriated to States through the state transportation departments and natural resource agencies in cooperation with citizen advisory committees and a network of organizations and communities.The 19 communities and non-profit organizations being funded for project work include:Project Sponsor / Trail Work                            RTP AwardVermont Association of Snow Travelers                     $291,932Winter trail maintenance/winter grooming;Vermont ATV Sportsmens Association                      $5,570                     ATV educational safety courses;Cross Vermont Trail Association                      $19,672Wells River Cross Vermont trail bridge;Town of Stowe                                           $20,000Adams Camp trail construction accommodating mountain bikingKingdom Trails Association                             $10,000Nordic ski system rehabilitation accommodating nordic, cross-country classic, & skate skiingMoosalamoo Association                             $17,292Trail reconstruction on Horseshoe trail, Sucker Brook trail, Moosalamoo ski trail, & connector trail from Voter Brook Overlook to Moosalamoo Campground.Local Motion                                           $19,599Expansion of Trail Finder in Franklin & Lamoille CountiesCity of Rutland                                          $7,755Pine Hill Trail maintenance/upgrades & trail toolsNorthwoods Stewardship Center                     $7885Echo Lake shore trail construction, trailhead parking area & connector trail.Cross Vermont Trail Association                      $20,0001/mile section of new non-motorized multi-use universally accessbile trail along Winooski RiverNorthern Forest Canoe Trail                             $13,388Richford comprehensive river access trail, kiosk & trailside amenities for water-based trail usersNature Conservancy                                    $20,000Black Mountain Trail restorationTown of Williston                                    $19,725Hill Trail ConstructionTown of Sharon                                    $17,000Improve trail access with new 1-mile trail section for the Sharon-Royalton Community Trail.Mad River Path Association                             $18,671Clay Brook FootbridgeVermont Trails & Greenways Council                     $5,000Development of trail-related educational materials for trail users, trail groups & the public.Catamount Trail Association                             $3,570Development & installation of trailhead signs for 20 of 31 sections of the Catamount Trail.Vermont River Conservancy                            $5,000Upgrades to Guidhall portage & access trail with signage at parking lot.Millstone Trails Association                             $9,060Construction & installation of interpretive signageSource: VT FPR. 6.3.2010-30-last_img read more

People moves: New CIO for Iceland’s Stapi Pension Fund [updated]

first_imgStapi, NIBC, Dimensional, IIGCC, FRC, IPFA, Lazard, Gildi, VanEck, DNCA, Investcorp, IVS, Pemberton, The People’s Pension, Invest-NL, Het Nederlandse PensioenfondsStapi Pension Fund – Brynjar Þór Hreinsson has been appointed as the new CIO of Iceland’s Stapi Pension Fund. He is taking over from Arne Vagn Olsen, who has now left, having been in the role since 2012. The pension fund has also appointed Ottó Hólm Reynisson as risk director. He previously worked in the risk management department at Íslandsbanki. He is replacing Jóna Finndís Jónsdóttir, who has been risk manager since 2012, and is now moving to new position as head of legal affairs.Vagn Olsen has joined LV, the pension fund for the commerce sector, as chief investment officer. Dimensional – The €476bn asset manager has appointed ABP trustee Erik van Houwelingen as head of European sales for its UK business, Dimensional Fund Advisors. He has been working with the group as a consultant for the past year, and will take up his new role in September, Dimensional said.As a result, Van Houwelingen will step down from ABP’s trustee board, where he has been chair of the investment committee since 2012. He is also leaving his role as chairman of Achmea Investment Management’s supervisory board. He is also a former CEO of Aegon Asset Management.NIBC – Angelien Kemna has been nominated as a member of the supervisory board (RvC) of Dutch investment bank NIBC. She is to become chair of the company’s risk policy and compliance committee.Kemna has been chief investment officer as well chief finance and risk officer at the €480bn asset manager APG. She has also held several supervisory and advisory roles. Currently, she is on the RvC of AXA Group and Railpen Investment Board, the asset manager of UK industry-wide pension fund for railways.Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) – The board of IIGCC has four new members following recent elections: Sasja Beslik, head of group sustainable finance at Nordea Group; Tatiana Bosteels, director of responsibility and head of responsible property investment at Hermes Investment Management; Gerald Cartigny, CIO at MN; and Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board.IIGCC chair Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO of Danish pension fund manager PKA, said: “IIGCC’s growing network across Europe will benefit immensely from their experience as we continue to engage with policymakers, companies and fellow investors in support of a prosperous low carbon future.”Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – The UK audit watchdog has announced that Mike Suffield will be its acting executive director of audit and actuarial regulation, following confirmation that Melanie Hind is stepping down to take up a family opportunity overseas.Suffield joined the FRC in July 2016 as director of audit quality, having previously been a director at the National Audit Office. He will take up his new role at the beginning of August.Hind joined the FRC in June 2012, initially as executive director for codes and standards before assuming her current role in April 2016. She led the reform of the UK’s generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the development of the country’s corporate governance code, the FRC said. Icelandic Pension Funds Association (IPFA) — Guðrún Hafsteinsdóttir has been appointed as the new chair of the IPFA, replacing the industry body’s long-standing chairman Þorbjörn Guðmundsson, who resigned at the latest annual meeting. Hafsteinsdóttir is chair of the Federation of Icelandic Industries and chair of the board of trustees of the Pension Fund of Commerce.Lazard Asset Management – Bill Smith has retired from his role as UK CEO of Lazard. Jeremy Taylor, previously managing director and global co-director of research, took over from Smith on 30 June and has assumed responsibility for the asset manager’s operations in the UK, the Middle East and parts of Europe. Taylor joined Lazard in 2003 from UBS.Gildi — Kolbeinn Gunnarsson, chairman of the Icelandic trade union Hlíf, has been appointed as the new chairman of the supervisory board at Gildi pension fund. He is replacing Harpa Ólafsdóttir, who has stepped down after resigning as head of the Employment Committee of Trade Unions. Ólafsdóttir is changing jobs, having been recently appointed as head of the Department of Equal Opportunities at the City of Reykjavik council.At the same time, Ingibjörg Ólafsdóttir, chief executive of the trade union Efling, has been appointed as a new member of Gildi’s supervisory board.VanEck – The exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider has appointed Martijn Rozemuller as its European head. He was previously managing director of Dutch ETF provider Think ETFs, which was acquired by Van Eck at the beginning of the year. The transaction is now complete and the Think ETFs brand will remain in use “for the time being”, VanEck said.Rozemuller will form a European board of operations for VanEck as it expands its presence in the region, alongside co-founder of Think ETFs Gijs Koning. The company currently runs roughly $45bn and is one of the US’ biggest ETF providers. The Think ETFs acquisition added an Amsterdam office and brought its European assets to $2.6bn.DNCA Finance – The French investment group – an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers – has created a responsible investment department led by Léa Dunand-Chatellet. It follows the company signing up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment last year. She will be responsible for hiring a team ahead of planned fund launches later this year.Dunand-Chatellet was previously equity CIO at Mirova, overseeing 10 managers and €3.5bn. She has also worked at Sycomore Asset Management, where she set up several socially responsible investing funds, and at Oddo Securities.Investcorp – The alternative investments specialist has appointed Dominic Courtman as director of its European credit management business. He is also a portfolio manager. Based in London, Courtman will oversee closed-end credit funds and separately managed accounts. He joins from Rothschild & Co where he worked for 13 years as a credit portfolio manager.Separately, Investcorp has also announced that Ann-Kristin Achleitner has joined its international advisory board. She is a business economist and professor of entrepreneurial finance studies at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. She also sits on the supervisory boards of several large German companies.Achleitner has received several awards for research and teaching, including the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014.IVS – The institute of actuarial experts for pensions, a branch of the German actuarial association (DAV), has reshuffled its leadership. Friedemann Lucius, member of the executive board of consultancy firm Heubeck, has taken over as chair from Horst-Günther Zimmermann, who stepped down from the board after six years. Stefan Oecking, partner at Mercer, replaces Lucius as deputy chairman. Pemberton – Antoine Josserand has been appointed head of business development at Pemberton, a credit asset manager backed by Legal & General. In the newly created position he is responsible for Pemberton’s institutional business worldwide. He was previously head of international fund distribution for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Citigroup, and has also worked Pioneer and AXA Investment Managers.The People’s Pension – The UK’s second largest defined contribution master trust has named Chris Fagan as a trustee. He is an associate director at consultant Muse Advisory, and previously worked in Willis Towers Watson’s investment advisory and fiduciary management teams, as well as being a trustee of the consulting giant’s pension fund.Invest-NL – The Dutch government has appointed Wouter Bos as chief executive of its financing institution Invest-NL, effective from October. The new organisation – to be officially established next year – is to support and co-finance companies, projects and start-ups with social impact and an uncertain risk-return ratio and long duration, such as energy transition, sustainability and mobility.Bos is a former treasury secretary and and deputy prime minister under former leader Jan Peter Balkenende between 2007 and 2010. After his political career, he became a partner at KPMG. Since 2013, he has been CEO of the VU Medisch Centrum in Amsterdam.Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds – Gijs Flameling has started as policy adviser and compartment director at Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds, the general pension fund (APF) set up by insurer ASR. In his new role, he is supporting the APF’s stakeholders body.Prior to this, Flameling was senior policy advisor at the €1.1bn Arcadis Pensioenfonds, which is currently in liquidation. On 1 July, the scheme joined the general pension fund in an individual compartment.last_img read more

Tokyo Gas to stock up on low spot LNG prices

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Tokyo Gas)Japanese utility, Tokyo Gas could stock up its LNG supplies to take advantage of low spot LNG prices later in the peak winter season. Speaking during an earnings conference, Tokyo Gas manager of financial management department, Hirofumi Sato said the company is considering various ways to take advantage of lower spot LNG prices, Reuters reports.He added that the company could also look to renegotiate price terms in its contracts, however, it is only possible if the company accepts higher prices should the spot LNG value should rise.Tokyo Gas is focusing on securing flexible long-term deals that don’t have destination restrictions and volume restrictions.Earlier this year, Tokyo Gas negotiated a deal with Shell coming up with a pricing formula that is based on coal indexation. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Former major league umpire Rick Reed died Saturday at 70. Reed first worked a handful of American League games in 1979 before eventually becoming a full-time ump in the big leagues four years later. He worked the classic seven-game World Series between Minnesota and Atlanta in 1991 and also received All-Star assignments in 1986 and 1998.PGA-MEMORIALRahm shines while co-leaders struggle at MemorialDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — The fast greens were to Jon Rahm’s liking Saturday as he took over the Memorial lead at Muirfield Village.Rahm began play one shot back before carding a 68, while previous co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau (FEE’-now) shot 73. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSCanada won’t give Blue Jays exemption to play in TorontoUNDATED (AP) — There will be no Major League Baseball action in Canada this year. RUSSIA-FIGURE SKATER DEATHFormer world junior skating champion Alexandrovskaya diesSYDNEY (AP) — Former world junior pairs figure skating champion Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has died. The Australian Olympic Committee says the 20-year-old died Friday in Moscow. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed. Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship and competed for her adopted country in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics with skating partner Harley Windsor. The pair won the 2017 world junior title.NASCAR-WALLACE-BUMPER Update on the latest sports — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has confirmed that Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19, and remains cautiously optimistic the veteran point guard will be ready for the restart of the season. The coach’s comments came one day after multiple reports indicated that Bledsoe said he had tested positive but was asymptomatic.— The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual as players become acclimated to competition following the suspension of the season. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes.— Edmonton Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones says he tested positive for the coronavirus before training camp. Jones said he completed his 14 days of isolation before camp started, but was held out of main sessions for the first three days as he tried to get himself back up to speed. Toronto’s Auston Matthews is the only other NHL player to acknowledge a positive test in a media interview.— Arizona has three positive coronavirus tests among 83 football players still on campus for voluntary offseason workouts. Two were asymptomatic and all three entered department protocols for self-isolation. Arizona has performed 366 test encounters including PCR, antigen and antibody testing among the players already on campus before the school paused bringing additional student-athletes to campus earlier this month.— There will be fans in the massive grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend. Sunday’s race will be the first major sporting event in Texas in more than four months to allow spectators. It could be one of the largest gatherings of any kind in the state since the start of the pandemic. A state-approved plan would allow 50% capacity Sunday at the track with about 135,000 seats, but the crowd is expected to be closer to the 20,000 that attended this week’s All-Star race at Bristol. July 19, 2020 F1-HUNGARIAN GPHamilton takes Hungarian GP pole position ahead of BottasBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s Hamilton’s second straight pole this season and record-extending 90th of his Formula One career.He was 0.107 seconds quicker than Bottas and 0.93 faster than Racing Point driver Lance Stroll.Hamilton has won seven times at the Hungaroring. The veteran British driver needs one more to equal F1 great Michael Schumacher’s single-track record of eight wins, when the French GP was held at Magny-Cours. Rahm now enjoys a four-shot edge heading into Sunday’s final round. He took control with four straight birdies on the back nine before closing with consecutive pars.Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, six shots back and one ahead of Jason Day and Henrik Norlander. Tiger Woods shot a 71 after barely making Friday’s cut. He’s 10 strokes back.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL tells teams training camps will open on time UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has informed teams their training camps will open on time.League executive Troy Vincent sent a memo to general managers and head coaches on Saturday informing them rookies are to report by Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players by Thursday and all other players should arrive by July 28.The league and the NFL Players Association are still discussing testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols. Union leadership expressed several concerns in a 90-minute conference call with reporters Friday.However, under the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL can impose report dates.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Wallace bumper auctioned off by rival driverFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A charity will become the benefactor of a wreck during NASCAR’s qualifying race for Wednesday’s All-Star event at Bristol.Bubba Wallace wrecked out of the race after he was turned from behind by Michael McDowell as they raced nose to tail with William Byron. An irritated Wallace was later seen walking away after the damaged bumper was deposited at McDowell’s team hauler.McDowell’s team retrieved the bumper and the driver put it in an on-line auction to raise money for Motor Racing Outreach, a Christian ministry. The bid price was over $15,000 by Saturday afternoon. INDYCAR-IOWANewgarden salvages weekend at IowaNEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Josef Newgarden led nearly wire-to-wire to win the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway and give team owner Roger Penske a sweep of the weekend doubleheader.Newgarden thought he had the best car in the opener Friday night, and he was irate when a series of misfortunes left him fifth and well back of winning teammate Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh). But the two-time series champ left little to chance in Race 2, leading just about all of the 250 laps for his 15th career victory and first since last year’s race at Iowa.Will Power finished second after wrecking out of the doubleheader opener. Graham Rahal (RAY’-hahl) was third for his first podium in more than a year, while Pagenaud again came from the back to finish fourth. Associated Press HORSE RACING-HASKELLDr Post wins Haskell StatesOCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Dr Post surprisingly took the lead at the start and held off a late challenge by Ny Traffic to capture the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.Ridden magnificently by Joe Brave in his first ride on the colt, Dr Post covered the 11/8 mile Grade 1 stakes in 1:50.46. The win was the third in four starts this year for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, with his only loss coming against Tiz the Law in the Belmont Stakes last month.Odds-on favorite Authentic finished a disappointing third in failing to give trainer Bob Baffert his record-extending ninth win in the event. — Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman doesn’t know if he has time to be ready for their season opener following a scary journey in his battle with COVID-19. The four-time All-Star revealed Saturday that he had a high temperature of 104.5 degrees early in his battle with the disease and prayed for his life. He said Saturday was his ninth consecutive day without symptoms, which also included body aches, chills and a temporary loss of his senses of taste and smell. — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán (hehr-MAHN’) says he is not retiring from baseball and apologized for suggesting as much in an Instagram post on Friday. Germán is serving an 81-game ban for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy last summer. He posted Friday night words in Spanish that translated to, “I’ve left baseball. Thanks everyone.” But he wrote Saturday in Spanish and English that he was “very sorry for the unsettling post.”— Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for Thursday’s season opener after missing much of preseason camp because of a positive coronavirus test. LeMahieu finally reported to camp this week after testing positive at his home in Michigan last month. The three-time Gold Glove winner participated in his first practice Friday.— Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has rejoined the Orioles after missing the start of summer camp following a positive test for the coronavirus. Smith hopes to be ready to play in Baltimore’s opener at Boston on July 24. He tested positive when camp opened early this month. — Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is going on the 45-day injured list because of a strained right forearm. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the right-hander doesn’t need surgery and could return at the end of this abbreviated season. He went 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA last year and has struggled to stay healthy while with the Tigers. The Canadian government has turned down the Blue Jays’ request for an exemption that would have allowed them to play regular-season games in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The team had previously been given clearance by city and provincial governments to play regular-season games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but needed approval from Canada’s federal government.In a statement, Canada’s immigration minister said the government determined that the cross-border travel required for regular-season play “would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety.”The team’s alternate sites for home games include its training facility in Dunedin, Florida, which is among the states that are virus hotspots. They also could use Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, which is home to Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate and just across the Niagara River from Canada.In other MLB news:last_img read more

Westport Winery Named Washington Family Business Award Finalist

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryThe Roberts family of Westport Winery in Aberdeen, Washington, has been selected from a large number of distinguished family business enterprises nominated from all over the state as a finalist for the Seattle Business Magazine’s Washington Family Business of the Year for 2012. The award will be presented on Thursday, November 29 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle. According to the magazine, “In an age when innovative new startups are launched, sold and resold, the family business provides a valuable study in consistency and reliability. This doesn’t imply predictability, for the successful family business is anything but predictable. Through it all, they have managed to prosper, change and grow while also keeping a practiced eye on tradition and succession.” Blain and Kim Roberts launched Westport Winery in 2008 with their son Dana as their winemaker and daughter Carrie managing the tasting room. Together the family has grown this business from the first winery on the Washington coast to Wine Press Northwest’s 2011 Washington’s Winery to Watch and King 5 Evening Magazine’s 2012 Best Wine Tour. Blain Roberts said, “We did this to teach our kids about the love of our community, the love of the land, and the love of enterprise. This award is a culmination of that effort.”center_img “When you bring the family dynamic to a financial venture you can magnify your weaknesses. The good thing for us is that we’ve found our strengths complement each other in a manner that has allowed us a unique level of success,” Kim Roberts said. “For us to bring the spotlight to our wonderful Grays Harbor community and to this state’s wine industry makes us especially proud of our family’s efforts and accomplishments.” Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery is open daily at 11a.m. The winery with its extraordinary outdoor sculpture garden and unique grape maze is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Memorial Day Parades and Events

first_imgBy Allison M. PerrineUpdated SundayCOLTS NECK – Canceled for MondayFrom the town website: “This year’s Memorial Day Parade, Bicycle Decorating Contest and Hot Dog barbecue at Fire House 2 scheduled for Monday, May 30, 2016 have been cancelled due to the anticipated arrival of heavy rains to our area.” Information: colts-neck.nj.usFAIR HAVENMemorial Day Parade 9 a.m. Monday in Memorial Park, directly across from Fair Haven Borough Hall. The parade will include patriotic anthems, a Benediction, reading of names, presentation of wreaths and more. Information: Location: corner of River and Fair Haven Roads, Fair Haven.HIGHLANDSMemorial Day Parade 1 p.m. Saturday at Huddy Park. With a tribute to 13 men from the town whose lives were lost in WWII. At Veterans Park. Information: Location: 301 Shore Dr.HOLMDELHolmdel Memorial Day ceremony will be held 10:30 a.m. – noon Monday at Holmdel Town Hall. Information: Location: 4 Crawfords Corner Rd.New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Day ceremony will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Information: Location: 1 Memorial Ln.KEYPORTKeyport’s Memorial Day Parade will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Parade starts on West Front Street and American Legion Drive at Fireman’s Park and will end at Keyport Borough Hall. Information: Location: 70 West Front St.LITTLE SILVERMemorial Day Parade will be held Monday at Memorial Park. Begins 8:30 a.m.; ceremony is at 9 a.m. Information: Location: Corner of Parker Avenue and Willow DriveMIDDLETOWN|Annual Memorial Day Parade begins 10 a.m. and is hosted by American Legion Post #338 with Middletown Township. The Parade will take place at Bayshore Middle School. The Parade route follows: Leonardville Road to Appleton Ave. to Center Ave. to Brevent Ave., then takes a right onto Highland Ave., a left on Leonard Ave., and right on Viola Ave. to Post Home on Route 36. The parade will end around 11:30 a.m with ceremony to follow. Information: Location: 834 Leonardville Rd, Leonardo.OCEANPORTMemorial Day Parade at Blackberry Bay Park at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Ends at Old Borough Hall, where there will be a ceremony. Information: Location: 430 Port Au Peck Ave.RED BANKThe Red Bank Elks Lodge will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday. Refreshments after the service. Information: Location: 40 West Front St. RUMSONMemorial Day Parade and service 10 a.m. Monday. Parade will march down East River Road and end in Victory Park, where there will be a ceremony at 10:30 at the Victory Park Gazebo. Information: Location: Blackpoint RoadSEA BRIGHTMemorial Day service at the Sea Bright Police Station 11 a.m. Monday with patriotic songs by Shore Regional Marching Band and organist George Murphy. Information: Location: 1099 Ocean Ave.SHREWSBURYMemorial Day Observation is 10 a.m. Monday at Patriot Isle. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Shrewsbury Hose Company #1. Information: Location: Corner of Sycamore Avenue and Route 35.last_img read more

Emergency Crews Busy with Weekend Flooding

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MONMOUTH BEACH – Extensive flooding isn’t a new phenomenon for Monmouth Beach residents. Trekking through inches of deluge and piggybacking a stranded motorist to safety, on the other hand, seemingly was a first for one first responder.As a wet and blustery nor’easter slammed New Jersey last week with high winds and significant flooding along the Jersey Shore, Sgt. Aaron Rock of the Monmouth Beach Police Department, also the deputy office of emergency management (OEM) coordinator, was busy in his own right.High tides on March 3 brought several inches of floodwater in from the Shrewsbury River. It was also the reason one motorist trying to navigate through the flooded roadway along Sailors Way became stranded inside her car when it could no longer move.Rock said a resident flagged him down a few streets over and alerted him of the stranded car. In a police issue Humvee, he arrived to assist the driver who got stuck while making her way to work. Rock helped push her car out of deeper waters and then carried her out of the vehicle to safety on his back.“She didn’t really want to get out of the car,” Rock said. “We had a long conversation and I finally told her to get on my back, and I helped her over to the grass area. Our patrols gave her a ride to work in town here.”Although resolved without incident, situations like this are avoidable if motorists and residents follow rules and issues provided by their local police departments and OEM crews.“Trying to tell them about flooded roadways – some people really don’t understand it,” Rock said. “We meet up with the fire department and first aid and brief them on different scenarios, and they’re a big part of the collaboration in town.”Monmouth Beach was just one of the many towns in the Two River area that was affected by the gusty nor’easter that rolled into New Jersey on March 1, with side effects lasting days later due to flooding and intense tide cycles.Rock said there were no power outages reported to the Monmouth Beach Police Department during or after the storm and only one tree had fallen down, on Mann Court. “Several cars” were stuck in the floodwaters he said, including a 2017 Mercedes Benz on River Avenue and Channel Drive on March 2, Rock said.“These tide cycles have been crazy for us,” he said. “Usually it doesn’t take this long – three to four days in a row – where the tides are always coming up. This is a little different.”Just north along Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, the same flooding effects were felt. Det. Daniel Chernovsky of the Sea Bright Police Department said moderate flooding covered Ocean Avenue near Driftwood Beach Club and the Navesink Marina, in the downtown business district around River and Center streets, and even up to the 400 block of Ocean Avenue, one of the narrowest points in Sea Bright.“It’s probably consistent with the areas of flooding we’re used to experiencing,” said Chernovsky, also the borough OEM coordinator, “but the magnitude was a little higher than what we would have seen in an event like this.”He added that, just like Monmouth Beach, there were no reported power outages in town. Chernovsky also said no property damage from the flooding was reported to the police, most likely thanks to many houses being lifted after Super Storm Sandy in 2012.Damages and personal injuries were also avoided, he believed, in part to the numerous notification services offered to residents. Sea Bright has a free Nixle alert system and a Code Red reverse 911 system. Both are meant to make everyone aware of an oncoming storm.After the nor’easter hit New Jersey on March 1, moderate flooding broke across the Shrewsbury River and covered many roadways in Monmouth Beach. The same eventually hap- pened after the most recent nor’easter storm on March 7. Photo courtesy MBPD“The old-time residents just kind of knew. They watched the weather and adapted to it,” he added, saying notification services weren’t usually needed in the past. “But the new people coming in really don’t have too much of an idea yet.”More flooding also affected low-lying areas in Middletown and Highlands, where Bay Avenue and many other side streets were inundated with flood waters.Fallen tree damage wasn’t a factor along the shore, but further inland it became an issue. Social media accounts for the Colts Neck and Holmdel police departments noted fallen trees and snarled powerlines shut down traffic in many areas around town. By the afternoon of March 2, the Colts Neck Police Department reported at least a half-dozen accidents on Route 18.At one point on March 3, six total roadways in Colts Neck were impassable: Dutch Lane Road between Cedar Drive and Heulitt Road; Laird Road between Cross Road and Muhlenbrink Road; Clover Hill Lane; Phalanx Road between Rimwood Lane and Brookdale Community College; Bray Street; and Heyers Mill Road with one lane shut down at Prothero Road.All roadways didn’t fully open until March 5 when the Phalanx Road Bridge was reopened after a downed tree was removed.Two River residents needed a short memory, though, as another nor’easter rolled through New Jersey on Wednesday, dropping inches of snow and bringing in more flooding and windy conditions.This article was first published in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgJerry Hollendorfer3257616%56%$559,394 Martin Pedroza3155316%42%$186,420 Kent Desormeaux3363518%42%$537,173 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.3973018%26%$309,580 FINISH LINES: Heartiest congratulations to Santa Anita Paddock Guard John Shear, who will celebrate his 96th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Shear started at Santa Anita in 1961 as a parking lot attendant but became a Paddock Guard the next year. This marks his 55th year at The Great Race Place. Santa Anita will name Monday’s fourth race in his honor . . . Belated congrats to Bob Baffert, who turned 64 yesterday…Norberto Arroyo Jr., third in Santa Anita’s jockey standings with seven wins, took off his mounts Saturday after pulling his left shoulder in a third-race mishap on Friday. “He’ll see a masseuse today and ride tomorrow,” said his agent and brother, Nelson . . .Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Doug O’Neill’s longtime assistant Leandro Mora on the passing of Mora’s brother, Francisco, who died of esophageal cancer at the age of 56 on Dec. 31. “He had worked for trainers since 1975,” Leandro said. Among them were O’Neill, Armando Lage, Gary Jones, Peter Eurton and David Bernstein . . . Sierra Madre resident and Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza is featured on the latest READ posters and bookmarks in the Sierra Madre Library newsletter. Espinoza is holding “American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise,” and the children’s book, “D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet.” Espinoza has won the Kentucky Derby three times and the Preakness three times. The self-described “Luckiest Mexican on earth,” Espinoza says Sierra Madre is lucky for him . . . There is a single Pick Six Jackpot ticket carryover of $152,989.04 into Saturday’s races . . . Santa Anita offers holiday racing on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be Dollar Day, with beer, sodas and hot dogs on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes on Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. Gary Sherlock1030130%40%$62,520 Brice Blanc1433121%50%$125,125 Rafael Bejarano4043910%40%$376,353 Flavien Prat4894919%46%$628,813 Mike Smith1331323%54%$297,650 Victor Espinoza2044420%60%$236,130 Doug O’Neill4465814%43%$287,613 John Sadler1454436%93%$243,824 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won William Spawr940244%67%$134,541center_img (Current Through Friday, Jan. 13) Peter Miller2365326%61%$317,780 Stewart Elliott3754614%41%$178,590 Richard Baltas3144513%42%$273,823 Corey Nakatani1532020%33%$167,690 Mark Glatt1734218%53%$131,865 Mario Gutierrez2534412%44%$173,861 CHROME, ARROGATE NEAR REMATCH IN PEGASUSEQUINE PROMOTION BENEFITS HORSES AT CARMAPADDOCK GUARD JOHN SHEAR TURNS 96 TUESDAY CHROME WORKS FOR PEGASUS, ARROGATE NEXTThe eagerly-anticipated rematch between leading Horse of the Year contendersArrogate and California Chrome on Jan. 28 in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park continues to grow in intensity, as California Chrome worked towards that goal this morning at Gulfstream and Arrogate could possibly work at 9 a.m. or later, at 11:45 a.m. on  Sunday at Santa Anita. First post time is 12:30 p.m.While Baffert was non-committal on details Saturday morning as to when Arrogate would work, Chrome had already completed his breeze at Gulfstream under the direction of trainer Art Sherman’s son and assistant, Alan.“I haven’t watched the video yet but from all reports he went real good,” Art said at Santa Anita Saturday morning. Sherman leaves California next Thursday for Florida, where he will be on hand for Chrome’s upcoming work slated for next Saturday.California Chrome “attracted a crowd for his first workout over the Gulfstream Park track Saturday morning,” according to a release from the Hallandale, Florida venue.Chrome went five furlongs in 1:00.72 under exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20.“I’m really happy with that work,” Alan said in the release. “The track was a little deep, and he covered the ground well. I couldn’t be happier with him. He just goes about his business. He just loves to train.”Added Gladney: “This horse has a lot of supporters. I looked out there before the track closed for the break and I saw the people piling in. I said, ‘Look at this.’ The Chrome Community is strong everywhere. They love this horse everywhere we go.“He’s been training early in the morning (before dawn), but he’s the type of horse when you take him out in the daylight, he looks around to see what’s going on. By the time I turned him around and he started jogging, he saw the crowd.“He knows this is business. He loves the show.”Video link to California Chrome work: BENEFITS FROM EQUINE PROMOTION Much like human athletes, performance horses of all equestrian disciplines need sports therapy to recover from various aches and pains from strenuous physical activity. Leading the rehabilitation industry with cutting edge technology and services is Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center (Eclipse) who helps heal some of California’s finest horses.As a tribute to the Thoroughbreds they care for, Eclipse has created a special promotion to benefit the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding aftercare for California-raced horses.“After a successful 2016 working with several top trainers and their horses, Eclipse would like to give back to the industry. Our commitment to the well-being of Thoroughbreds is unwavering, whether they are beginning their racing career or retiring,” said Angie Hager-Scully, owner of Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center.Starting with the New Year, for each new Thoroughbred racehorse that receives a minimum 30 days treatment from the state-of-the-art therapy center, Eclipse is donating $200 to CARMA, hoping to raise funds and awareness about importance of aftercare.            “Our goal is to be able to provide rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement for as many former racehorses as we can. Getting support from the local equestrian community and businesses is vital to our success,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center is located in Paso Robles, California. The promotion ends March 31. For more information please visit Tyler Baze53106619%42%$383,207 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Luis Contreras2735711%56%$179,514 Drayden Van Dyke3847011%29%$238,060 Philip D’Amato1634419%69%$359,925last_img read more