Joseph O’Brien wins Melbourne Cup with Twilight Payment | Racing News

first_img“This was our first full year with him, he came to us halfway through last year. Going through the summer, he ran a couple of huge races at the Curragh.“I was worried today he might have got a bit of pressure on the lead, but the horse has an incredible heart and Jye gave him a fantastic ride and he has a huge will to win.”Twilight Payment was previously trained by Jim Bolger, until he was bought by Lloyd Williams, who also owned Rekindling.O’Brien said: “It’s a privilege to train for the people that I train for and the horses that we have.“We really appreciate the support and the success when it comes, but it’s a tough game as everybody knows and it’s a fine line from the top and the bottom. I’m just very appreciative.“The proof that he got the fractions spot on is watching the race when you see Tiger Moth finish, but the horse is incredible and I’m just thankful of the support and the work everyone has done with the horse, at home as well.”Of beating his father once again in the Australian event, O’Brien added: “We both realise how hard it is to win on the world stage in these big, big races, but I am very lucky that I have been able to win a couple of big races.“Dad has been very lucky, he has won a lot of big races, I’d be delighted for him if he had won, and I’m sure he is for me having won. We do our best on the track and whatever happens out there happens.“I was really too nervous to see what was going to happen. I was hardly able to watch, but it was a fantastic ride by Jye and a fantastic effort by all the lads with the horse.”Kerrin McEvoy was thrilled with Tiger Moth’s effort in second, beaten half a length, on what was only his fifth career start.He told www.racing.com: “We were able to get across into a nice spot. We dropped in and got a nice lead and he travelled really well.“The winner kept running, I just had to pick up to get into the race, which he did, but the winner was just a bit strong today.“It was a great run for a young horse having only his fifth start in a race. He’s run really well.”Prince Of Arran was finishing fastest of all at the line and jockey Jamie Kah was left ruing her luck after their three-quarter-length defeat.She said: “He was super unlucky. He really deserves it. He just had no luck on the turn.”Fellowes tweeted: “Incredibly proud of Prince Of Arran. Another wonderful run in Australia’s great race. Thank you@AledBeech for looking after him so well, thank you Jamie Kah for a lovely ride, thank you to the Obaida family for sending him to me to train. 4th time lucky next year?”The Willie Mullins-trained Stratum was 20th and jockey Jordan Childs said: “He ran OK. We got up on a nice spot, travelled good. They were just a bit slick for him when the pace quickened.”Dashing Willoughby beat just one horse home for trainer Andrew Balding.His rider Michael Walker said: “He’s not right, the horse. He’s not right. Action-wise he’s not right.”German runner Ashrun finished 10th while last year’s winner Vow And Declare was 18th. Charlie Fellowes’ British raider Prince Of Arran, placed in the last two Melbourne Cups, again finished with a flourish to take third.However, the race was marred by a fatal injury to last year’s Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, who was euthanised after fracturing a fetlock.McNeil had his mount prominent throughout with Tiger Moth also to the fore in the early stages before settling back into third.- Advertisement – Joseph O’Brien sent out his second winner of the Lexus Melbourne Cup as Twilight Payment triumphed in the Group One contest at Flemington.O’Brien claimed the two-mile event with Rekindling in 2017 and he again was on the mark as Jye McNeil’s mount fended off Tiger Moth, trained by O’Brien’s father Aidan, to take the prize.- Advertisement –center_img With five furlongs to run, the 23-strong field was well strung out and Twilight Payment was winding it up in front and Twilight Payment had lengths to spare entering the closing stages.However, Tiger Moth charged home late, but Joseph O’Brien again denied his father, as he did three years ago when Rekindling beat Johannes Vermeer.O’Brien told Sky Sports Racing: “Jye gave the horse a fantastic ride. Credit goes to the lads who have looked after Twilight Payment for the last month or so. They’ve done a fantastic job with the horses down there.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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2020 is brimming with historic firsts for the LGBTQ community—especially queer people of color

first_img– Advertisement – The presidential election undoubtedly matters—but so do the smaller races. Every win is worth celebrating.  Colorado elected its first openly bisexual candidate to the state legislature in David Ortiz. Notably, Ortiz is also the state’s first wheelchair user elected to the legislature.Lesbian Episcopal pastor Kim Jackson made history in becoming the first openly LGBTQ member of Georgia’s state senate. Also in the South, Tennessee elected Torrey Harris to the state house, where he will become the first openly LGBTQ member. In Oklahoma, Mauree Turner won a historic race as well. Turner will become the first openly nonbinary person elected to a state legislature in the entire country. Turner is also the first Muslim lawmaker in the Oklahoma legislature. More than 500 openly LGBTQ people were on the ballot. Transgender, nonbinary, and queer people are taking up much-deserved and much-needed space in our elected offices all over this nation. Why does that matter so much? Because in the rush to paint all voters or people in a certain state as irredeemable or uneducated, the reality is, there are progressive activists on the ground all across this nation who are doing the work every single day. And some of those people are being elected. That’s incredible. Politically, of course, and in terms of visibility. Seeing an openly transgender elected official, or an openly queer woman of color, or an openly gay person with disabilities, and so on, can be truly life-changing for young people anywhere, but especially in places where LGBTQ folks face additional barriers of oppression and discrimination.- Advertisement –center_img Want to look at races outside of the Northeast? Excellent. First, we can chat about an enormous win coming out of Kansas, where Stephanie Byers, a member of Chickasaw Nation, became the first openly transgender member of the Kansas state legislature, as well as the first openly transgender person of color elected to a state legislature. Not just to the Kansas state legislature, but any state legislature. Again: History. Some good news came out of Florida, too. Shevrin Jones was just elected to become Florida’s first openly LGBTQ state senator. Not long after his win, Jones was joined by a candidate for the New York state senate, Jabari Brisport. And don’t forget about Michele Rayner-Goolsby, who also carried an important victory home in Florida. Rayner-Goolsby has become the first openly LGBTQ Black woman elected to the House of Representatives in Florida.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Judge orders twice daily sweeps in postal facilities in states where ballots can still count

first_imgThe USPS and Department of Justice are having to report to Judge Sullivan daily. He ended today’s proceedings on an encouraging note, at least for the rank and file staff of the USPS, praising “all the dedicated men and women of the US Postal Service. […] Nothing stops the Postal system. I feel like giving the postman a big hug today,” he said. That’s a sharp departure from Wednesday’s process, when he was livid at USPS leadership for ignoring his Election Day order for ballot sweeps.“Someone may have a price to pay for that,” and that someone might still be Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who Sullivan threatened to make testify about the decision to refuse the order and then not tell him they were refusing the order until after the fact. Had DeJoy or leadership told him that his order was too onerous to complete on top of their Election Day activities, Sullivan said, he’d have happily worked with them. Instead, they just disregarded his order. He told the Justice attorneys representing the USPS in court Wednesday that he doesn’t blame them. “It’s your clients. Each and every one of them, starting at the top of the food chain,” he said. “I don’t want you to keep falling on the sword.”- Advertisement – “The postmaster’s going to have to be deposed or appear before me,” Sullivan said, adding, “I’m not going to forget it.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Wall Street’s small-cap guru sees a 2021 rally, but without the ‘euphoria’ of mega-tech

first_img– Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)Small-caps are outperforming during the vaccine-induced rally as investors ditch technology heroes for cyclical stocks whose outperformance hinges on a strengthening economy.The small-cap benchmark, the Russell 2000, is up more than 5% this week following Pfizer’s news that it had developed a Covid-19 vaccine with a better than 90% success rate in tests. Investors digested the news by rotating out of growth stocks and into those most beaten down by the pandemic.- Advertisement – A passenger boards an Avis shuttle bus at Los Angeles International Airport.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images However, Wall Street small-cap market guru Steven DeSanctis said the group of cyclicals has been silently grinding higher since the start of the pandemic, with many signs pointing to a strong 2021. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Analysts back stocks like Lyft & Square amid vaccine hopes

first_img– Advertisement – Air travelers walk toward a Lyft pickup area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images Still, a vaccine has yet to be approved, and with many questions related to the pandemic continuing to linger, navigating the current economic climate isn’t easy.Following the latest stock recommendations from analysts with a proven track record of success is one way to find compelling investment opportunities. TipRanks analyst forecasting service tracks analyst ratings to determine the Street’s best-performing analysts, or the analysts with the highest success rate and average return per rating.Here are the best-performing analysts’ five favorite stocks right now:Square- Advertisement – The Democrats have gained control of the White House, and Wall Street appears to be on board. Although President-elect Biden will have to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout, stocks have rallied in the days following the election.On the back of fading uncertainty, the S&P 500 notched its best post-election week performance in at least four decades. On top of this, impressive data from a Phase 3 trial evaluating Pfizer’s experimental coronavirus vaccine has boosted the markets.“The much-awaited results from Pfizer that its COVID-19 vaccine has an efficacy rate greater than 90 percent is a positive event that will allow society to gradually normalize during 2021,” Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a note to clients.- Advertisement –center_img Five-star analyst Mayank Tandon, of Needham, lifted his price target for Square on November 6, with the figure increasing from $190 to $230 (25% upside potential), following its strong Q3 earnings release. Along with the price target update, the analyst reiterated a Buy rating.In the quarter, Square saw net revenue of $3.03 billion, reflecting a 140% year-over-year jump and surpassing the Street’s $2.04 billion call. This result was driven by an influx of low margin bitcoin revenue. Gross profit for the Cash App segment soared 212% year-over-year, and adjusted EPS of $0.34 easily beat the $0.16 consensus estimate. Additionally, GPV increased 12% year-over-year to reach $31.7 billion, coming in $1.7 billion above analysts’ forecast.Looking ahead, the payments company is still declining to provide guidance due to continued pandemic-related uncertainty. That said, Tandon remains “positive on the shares for aggressive growth investors looking for exposure to the positive trends driving growth in digital payments.” Square did however state that it expects Cash App gross profit growth to moderate but still surpass 160% year-over-year in October, given that the stimulus impact has dissipated.“We remain positive on SQ given the impressive growth within Cash App and improving trends in the Seller ecosystem. While the NT investments will weigh on profitability, we believe they will help SQ continue to gain share in both the consumer and business payments end-markets, both of which provide a long growth runway for SQ,” Tandon opined.Based on his 68% success rate and 21.5% average return per rating, Tandon scores the #70 spot on TipRanks’ list of best-performing analysts.Hecla MiningHelca Mining, which is a silver and other precious metals mining company based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has earned a thumbs up from H.C. Wainwright’s Heiko Ihle. The five-star analyst reiterated a Buy rating, with the price target standing at $7, on November 10. This target puts the upside potential at 39%.Ihle points to the company’s third quarter results as a key component of his bullish thesis. Revenue came in at $199.7 million and net income attributable to shareholders clocked in at $13.5 million, or $0.03 per share, versus revenue of $161.5 million and a net loss attributable to shareholders of $19.7 million, or ($0.04) per share, in the prior-year quarter.The strong showing came thanks to a 41% year-over-year increase in silver ounces (oz) sold, as well as 39% growth in the average realized silver price, with the figures landing at 3.1Moz and $25.32/oz, respectively.“The meaningfully better earnings were a result of the higher revenue figure as cost of sales remained mostly flat,” Ihle commented. This performance prompted the company to bump up its consolidated FY20 silver production guidance to 12.8-13.4Moz, compared to the previous guidance of 12.4 – 13.0Moz.Reflecting another positive, Ihle points out that “liquidity remains strong” even after HL repaid its revolver. In Q1 2020, the company drew down $210 million from its credit facility in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On top of this, it declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.00875 per common share, an increase of 250% year-over-year.When it comes to Lucky Friday, its mine located in Idaho, management believes it will reach full capacity in Q4 2020 and expects to see production of over 3Moz of silver for FY21. “We note that Hecla believes Lucky Friday can produce about 5Moz annually in three to five years without significant capital outlays. The company is also analyzing other mining methods to improve safety and increase production from the site,” Ihle said.The H.C. Wainwright analyst is among the top 150 analysts tracked by TipRanks.Boingo WirelessAfter a rough second quarter, Boingo Wireless has managed to drive a turnaround in Q3. Delivering substantial improvements, revenue increased by 0.1% sequentially to $58.8 million, beating Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan‘s $57.9 million estimate. The five-star analyst cites a 100-basis point improvement in EBITDA margin as the driver of the solid result.Additionally, cash EBITDA of $10.3 million beat Horan’s $9.1 million forecast on lower SG&A and network operation costs, with CAPEX accounting for 58% of revenue, compared to 50% in the previous quarter. According to the analyst, this result highlights “expectations of strong growth.”“Revenue bottomed last quarter and EBITDA margins are improving. Multifamily saw an uptick in traffic usage, meaningful Wi-Fi offload, and higher ARPU. Positively, progress has been made for the MTA project and a carrier will go live in 4Q20. Revenues will ramp up into 2022 and could generate $20 million in revenue per year,” Horan noted.Some investors have expressed concern as lower foot traffic levels related to the pandemic continue to impact Boingo’s Retail/Advertising segment. However, Horan points out that connects improved from 13.8 million to 28.3 million, with DAS nodes in backlog accelerating by 500 and higher CAPX reimbursements “pointing to strong network demand.”The analyst added, “Although there wasn’t an update on a strategic transaction, we believe a deal will happen. There is much more business visibility with COVID headwinds subsiding, there has been an uptick in transaction activity in the industry on low-cost debt, and WIFI has unique infrastructure assets.”All of the above led Horan to boost his FY21 revenue and cash EBITDA projections by 420 basis points, with the analyst also anticipating that “DAS revenue growth will improve as Boingo books venues and the MTA projects ramp.”To this end, Horan, who is #83 on TipRanks’ ranking thanks to his 71% success rate, maintained a Buy rating and $15 price target (17% upside potential) on November 9.New RelicOppenheimer’s Ittai Kidron is standing squarely with the bulls on New Relic despite the SaaS software company’s mixed fiscal Q2 2021. On November 6, the five-star analyst kept a Buy rating and $75 price target on stock, suggesting 34% upside potential.During the quarter, ARR was flat on a quarter-over-quarter basis, with fiscal Q3 revenue guidance indicating declines. Dollar-based net expansion declined to its lowest-ever point of 98%, versus 100% quarter-over-quarter and 112% year-over-year. In addition, gross margin and operating margin contracted by 673 basis points and 784 basis points, respectively, quarter over-quarter.Kidron adds that there is a high execution bar as the product and pricing model is changing and the macro and competitive environment is tough.Expounding on this, the analyst stated, “The company’s seeing the early negative effects of the transition to its new product/pricing model, which is further complicated by the challenging macro backdrop and tough competition. We expect the environment to remain challenging and caution investors of more mixed results ahead.”Having said that, Kidron remains optimistic. Conversion to New Relic One is progressing, with the company seeing “initial positive signs validating the potential of the new pricing strategy.” There was also large account growth, as roughly 77% of ARR came from over $100,000 accounts. “We continue to see strategic/business value in New Relic’s product (TDP, FSO, AI) and pricing (per user for Observability/data ingestion for Telemetry) changes, but caution that it will take 3-4 quarters to fully work through customer renewals,” he mentioned.All in all, Kidron argues “with the stock trading at the low end of its range (~4.5x EV/sales), the risk/reward scenario looks positively aligned.”With a 73% success rate and a 36.7% average return per rating, Kidron is among TipRanks’ Top 15 best-performing analysts.LyftRBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney sees a recovery for Lyft. To this end, he maintained a bullish call on the ride sharing company on November 10, but trimmed the price target from $48 to $46. This new target still leaves room for 26% upside potential.Unsurprised by the company’s Q3 performance, Mahaney points out that revenue of $500 million was affected by the U.S. mobility restriction. That said, trends picked up modestly during Q3, with Rides down 54% year-over-year in July, 53% in August and 48% in September, with October down 47%. To compare, Rides were down 75% year-over-year in April. Additionally, EBITDA came in at a loss of $240 million, besting the company’s guidance of -$265 million.The bottom line? Mahaney argues fundamental trends are improving, with Lyft “aggressively managing expenses.” On top of this, Prop 22’s passage has “removed a major expense wildcard,” in the analyst’s opinion, as gig employees will continue to be classified as contractors in California.“Long term, we continue to appreciate a very large Ridesharing market opportunity that is still early in its S-Curve adoption, and we continue to recognize a lot of material innovation around both the rider and driver experiences. Given a recovery in U.S. mobility, we continue to like LYFT as a pure play on the U.S. ridesharing industry, especially at < 3X EV/Sales,” Mahaney wrote.Thanks to his 68% success rate and 31.9% average return per rating, Mahaney is ranked #45 out of 7,079 analysts tracked by TipRanks. - Advertisement -last_img read more

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New Sell Croatia workshops announced

first_imgBusiness workshops called “Sell Croatia” (B2B workshop) are held between Croatian tourism entities and foreign partners. Characteristic of the concept of “Sell Croatia” is maintenance in emitting markets. Most of the workshops are organized by the CNTB representative office abroad, ie organized by the CNTB General Directorate if there is no representative office on the relevant market.CNTB business workshop Sell Croatia, Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic as well as in distant marketsCroatian National Tourist Board organizes business workshop Sell Croatia 2.10. in Budapest, and registrations are possible until 20.9 .. Also, the next Sell workshop is organized in Prague on 25.10. as part of the international B2B tourism fair Czech Travel Market. Applications are possible until 27.9.Also, CNTB organizes workshops Sell Croatia 13.2. Korea and 15.2. Japan, and Sell Croatia is planned for 14.5. and ITB CHINA fair 16.-18.5. in China and Sell Croatia 22.-25.4. Dubai. You can send an expression of interest for the mentioned workshops / fairs and proposals for the organization of workshops in some other distant markets by e-mail. dive.kovacevic@htz.hr to 25.9.The goals of the Sell workshops are meetings of representatives of the Croatian tourism industry (hotel and tourism companies, travel agencies and DMC) with foreign partners as well as business meetings with partners and negotiations on the purchase of services and / or packages.See a list of all Sell workshops hereLIST OF FAIRS FOR 2018 PUBLISHEDCNTB has published a list of fairs where it plans to participate in 2018. Compared to 2017, Mostar will be abolished, and after a 3-year break, a performance at the MATKA fair in Helsinki is planned again. The costs of arranging the current design of the stand are lower by 17% compared to 2017 (in Madrid by 7%), and from the ITB in Berlin, the CNTB will have a new design of the stand. The CNTB expects the announcement of the prices of arranging stands with a new design at the beginning of December.All information about the fairs, as well as the conditions and lease can be found here: HTZ FAIRS 2018 Related news:NEW CONCEPT AND CREATIVE SOLUTION FOR CNTB’S APPEARANCE AT FAIRS SELECTEDlast_img read more

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Booking.com rewards hosts who provide guests with an unforgettable stay experience

first_imgTo celebrate the outstanding contributions of the hosts in the family accommodation, Booking.com has launched the Booking Heroes competition in which one travel worker has the opportunity to win the amount of € 25.000 he can spend on Booking.com.To nominate their Hero and include him in the competition, Booking.com users around the world can share their stories on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #BookingHero. Booking.com will select the three best stories of tourism workers who put in the effort and did much more than what is in their job description to provide their guests with an unforgettable user experience. One Hero and the guest who nominated him will win 25.000 euros each, which they can spend on Booking.com, and two other Heroes and guests who nominated them will each win 5000 euros, which they can spend on Booking.com. “In the run-up to our annual Guest Review Awards, which recognize the accommodations for the outstanding experiences and stays they provide to guests, we also want to reward the individuals behind it all: the invisible heroes who make it possible. Our partners provide extraordinary experiences and unforgettable stays every day. It’s our way of thanking them for everything and sharing their inspirational stories with the rest of the world. ” said Peter Verhoeven, global director of Partner Services at Booking.com. Booking.com accepts nominations for the #BookingHero competition on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter until November 30, 2017, and the winner will be announced in January 2018. For more information on the terms and conditions of the competition, please visit: http://booking-hero.com/last_img read more

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State must do more to fund our schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m increasingly dismayed by local school districts being forced to cut programs and reduce teaching positions in their current budget sessions. This is particularly evident in the smaller districts like Johnstown and Mohanason as reported in your paper. This is highly unfair to the students in those districts who will have fewer extracurricular choices and larger classes. I realize it’s the fault of rising taxes and increased costs. I don’t blame the school boards that are trying to create manageable budgets, nor the residents whose taxes are already too high. I certainly don’t blame the students for wanting a quality education, nor the teachers who are trying to provide it.The fault, as I see it, lies with the state Legislature and the governor. More money should be set aside to aid the struggling districts and to provide equal opportunities to their students. New York state has within its massive budget and wasteful spending more than enough money to head off this underselling of the students in the smaller and poorer districts. A more reasonable solution to funding the schools would be to supplement local taxes with higher subsidies from the state. Reading the list of programs being cut in the districts The Gazette has reported on is sad and disconcerting. Those students should have the same chances to learn and flourish as all students. It’s time the state took notice.Anthony FrankSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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The Pru gets behind Bars

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