She added: “I only train around 20 horses, and to be on the biggest stage in the biggest handicap pre-Christmas is very special.“We are rubbing shoulders with the likes of Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson – what she has done for my career so far is phenomenal, and hopefully we can create more memories at Cheltenham later this month.”The Venetia Williams-trained Aso heads the weights on 11st 12lb for the £130,000 contest, while Nicholls’ seven entries this year include the sponsor’s 6-1 joint-favourite Saint Sonnet (11st 1lb), who has not raced since finishing seventh behind Samcro in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Festival.A strong team for Nicholls also features Haldon Gold Cup victor Greaneteen (11st 5lb ex 5lb penalty), recent Chepstow scorer Grand Sancy (11st 3lb) and last year’s runner-up Brelan D’As (10st 11lb).Imperial Aura (Kim Bailey) shares favouritism and will shoulder a minimum of 11st 11lb following a comeback success in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle on Sunday.The prolific seven-year-old ran three times at Cheltenham last season and ended the campaign with victory in the Listed Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase at the big meeting in the spring.Nigel Twiston-Davies is the most successful current trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, with four wins. The Gloucestershire handler’s three entries include second-season chasers Al Dancer (11st 8lb) and Good Boy Bobby (11st), who have been in winning action this season at Newton Abbot and Bangor respectively.Harry Whittington’s Simply The Betts (11st 11lb) could face Happy Diva again – with other names to note including Mister Fisher (11st 9lb), one of four entries for Nicky Henderson, and Kauto Star Novices’ Chase victor Slate House (Colin Tizzard, 11st 6lb). Happy Diva is ready to defend her crown in next week’s Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.The Kerry Lee-trained mare proved a neck too strong for Brelan D’As 12 months ago, and later went close to a famous Cheltenham double when second to Simply The Betts in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase in March.- Advertisement – The nine-year-old was fifth on her return to action in a Listed handicap chase at Wetherby last week.Bradbury Star was the last back-to-back winner of the feature race at Cheltenham’s November meeting, back in 1993 and 1994, but Lee reports her stable star – who has been allotted 11st 5lb – in good order.She said: “Happy Diva has come out of Wetherby in fine fettle. She will come on plenty for that run, and the Paddy Power Gold Cup is once again the aim.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We were delighted with Wetherby, because she showed every inch of her usual zest and enthusiasm for the game.“She is a fantastic horse, and we are lucky to have her. She is so consistent and professional – she is just a pleasure to have in the yard.“It was very special to see her win the Paddy Power Gold Cup, and hopefully she can go close again.”- Advertisement –
The fact that ballots remained uncounted on Wednesday came as little surprise. Voters were allowed to deposit absentee ballots in county drop boxes until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The process of counting them is labor-intensive, involving manually removing ballots from envelopes and, in some cases, subjecting them to human review.- Advertisement – But there were also unwelcome surprises, most notably a pipe that burst Tuesday morning in State Farm Arena, the stadium where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball and where Fulton County was tabulating votes. The plumbing failure, announced by county officials late Tuesday night, delayed the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.The Trump campaign, which has been challenging election results in several counties and states, announced a lawsuit Wednesday over 53 absentee ballots in Chatham County, Ga., that suggested they may have arrived too late to be counted.In a news conference Wednesday morning, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said that the largest number of outstanding ballots — which at that point numbered more than 60,000 — were from Fulton County. About 50,000 ballots had been from DeKalb County, a Democratic-leaning area that also includes part of Atlanta, and roughly 7,000 ballots were from Forsyth County, which voted heavily for Mr. Trump in 2016.- Advertisement – Mr. Raffensperger, a Republican and supporter of Mr. Trump, said he would pressure county officials in the state to complete their tallies on Wednesday. Across Georgia on Wednesday night, the margin between the candidates continued to narrow. About 33,000 votes separated the presidential candidates, with President Trump leading Joseph R. Biden Jr. by less than one percentage point, with about 49.7 percent of the vote.The closely contested presidential race in Georgia, which awards 16 electoral votes, underscored the fact that this Deep South state, once a reliable Republican stronghold, has become a legitimate battleground. ATLANTA — In a nail-biting scenario whose resolution could help determine the winner of a tumultuous presidential race, the elections director in Fulton County said Wednesday that Fulton — the state’s most populous county, which encompasses most of Atlanta — is expected to finish counting absentee ballots overnight. The counting in Fulton County, which is a Democratic stronghold, may not end until after midnight, the director, Richard L. Barron, said Wednesday. “As long as it takes, we are going be here,” he told reporters.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – The parties are expected to spend even more if the other Georgia Senate election, between GOP Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, also heads to a January runoff. NBC has not made a call in this race.Each race has been expensive so far. The Warnock and Loeffler campaigns have combined to spend nearly $40 million, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Perdue and Ossoff have spent nearly $45 million. Combined, House and Senate across the country are expected to finish spending a total of $7 billion by the end of the 2020 election cycle.The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be leading the way in outside spending for the GOP in those races, according to the GOP strategist.- Advertisement – A Democratic fundraiser agreed that both sides are gearing up to drop loads of cash on Georgia over the next couple months.“Both Georgia races are going to runoffs. There will be more money spent on both sides than in any Senate races in history,” according to Charles Myers, the former vice chairman of Evercore and a Democratic bundler. Myers said that, if he was asked, he would start raising money for Warnock and possibly Ossoff if it’s needed.Other Democratic donors, including longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz, told CNBC that they are preparing to, or already are, raising money for Warnock and are just waiting for Ossoff to initiate their networks.- Advertisement – Control of the Senate could be at stake if both races go to a runoff.Still, some party bundlers told CNBC they’re already preparing to tell Democratic leaders they don’t believe the races in Georgia are a worthwhile investment as they aren’t convinced the candidates will win.Georgia historically has been held by Republicans. Yet there have been signs in recent years that the state has shifted somewhat toward Democrats. As of Thursday afternoon, the race for the state’s 16 Electoral College votes in the presidential race was too close to call, according to NBC.Warnock, according to people briefed on the matter, has started reaching out to some of his top donors to start raising for what’s likely going to be a grueling fight.People who declined to be named in this story did so in order to speak freely.Warnock himself warned his supporters in an ad on Twitter that “the negative ads are coming.” The ad features a link to his ActBlue page, where he encourages small dollar contributions.The Senate Leadership Fund has already spent $43 million taking on Ossoff and just over $770,000 targeting Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican who was running against Loeffler, Warnock and others in the special election, according to data from CRP.Their Democratic rivals in the Senate Majority PAC are gearing to engage in both races. They spent over $30 million against Perdue, CRP says.“We are committed to helping both Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win these seats in January,” Rachel Irwin, a spokeswoman for the super PAC, told CNBC. “The Georgia Republican ticket is made up of a pair of corrupt, out-of-touch politicians who profited off of the pandemic and will stop at nothing to take away Georgians’ health care.”The Lincoln Project, according to people familiar with the matter, will target Loeffler and could get involved in the other Georgia Senate race if that goes to a runoff.Way to Lead PAC, a hybrid PAC helping candidates up and down ballot, plans to give $100,000 to the New South super PAC. That committee is also supporting Warnock with digital ads and other forms of voter outreach. The committee has also been involved with the other Georgia Senate race and the presidential election there between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.New South’s budget for its 2020 program was over $2 million.Democratic super PAC American Bridge already put out an ad against Perdue in the expectation his race will go to a runoff. The spot claims Perdue profited after gaining insight from his Senate briefings on the coronavirus pandemic. Loeffler and her husband, Intercontinental Exchange CEO Jeff Sprecher, liquidated their individual stock positions and related options after being criticized for selling millions of dollars in stock amid the coronavirus pandemic.Loeffler and Perdue have denied wrongdoing.A spokesman for the PAC told CNBC they too are going to be pushing ahead into these races. The committee specializes in opposition research.“Over the next two months, American Bridge 21st Century will continue to do what we do best: digging into Loeffler and Perdue’s shady records and holding them accountable to Georgia voters, just as we have for the last year. They should buckle up,” Zach Hudosn, the groups spokesman, said.Both Democratic and Republican campaign committees appear to be bracing for both races to head to January runoffs.The National Republican Senatorial Committee has prepared a variety of voter contact tools for each race, including TV and digital ads, along with having surrogates ready for media appearances.“David Perdue won this race in regular time and will do the same in overtime,” NRSC Executive Director Kevin McClaughlin said in a statement.“Georgia is clearly now a purple battleground state, and Senator Perdue is a weak, scandal-plagued incumbent who can’t defend his record of outsourcing and corruption,” said Scott Fairchild, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “We’re ready to help Jon flip this Senate seat.” The coming Georgia Senate runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is shaping up to cost tens of millions of dollars.Republicans are expected to shell out at least $100 million, according to a GOP strategist familiar with the plans. This person also noted that Democrats are expected to spend a similar amount. NBC News projected that Loeffler and Warnock are headed to a runoff after they placed in the top two of several candidates running for the seat.- Advertisement –
Just because they are BFFs does not mean they know everything about each other’s careers! Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett took Us Weekly’s Friendship Quiz, and the results were all over the place.The duo started out strong with correct answers about the 36-year-old Olympian’s number of medals and an iconic fill-in-the-blank quote from the 39-year-old actor’s beloved film Mean Girls. However, things went awry when Bennett tried to list basic swim strokes and Lochte attempted to remember the name of his pal’s character from the 2004 movie.Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett – Advertisement – Watch the video above to see how Lochte and Bennett fared on their friendship test!Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Bennett, meanwhile, explained their connection as “love at first sight” for him. “This chemistry happened immediately. And I remember he picked me to be his partner for the first challenge. … And that’s when it [was] born,” he said. “The hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life was with Ryan.”Reid, 29, is not jealous of their friendship, and neither is the All My Children alum’s partner, Jaymes Vaughan. As Lochte said, “Kayla is actually like, ‘I’m glad you’re talking to someone else but me.’”- Advertisement – Although the competitive swimmer could not recall the moniker (Aaron Samuels, by the way), he is a fan of the classic flick. “It’s a weird thing, and [Lochte’s wife] Kayla [Rae Reid] was texting me about it — like, ‘The only way Ryan Lochte can fall asleep at night is if we put Mean Girls on to, like, soothe him so he falls asleep so he hears you guys talking,’” Bennett quipped.The athlete even brought up the Mean Girls “burn book” when he incorrectly guessed what happens if a character in the movie does not follow the clique’s dress code. “Don’t you get banned into a book?” he asked. “Like, a shame book?” While the correct response was “You can’t sit with us,” Bennett agreed to “give him credit” for remembering the book, noting: “You were so close.”Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett Broadimage/Shutterstock; Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/ShutterstockLochte and Bennett met while appearing on season 2 of Celebrity Big Brother in 2019. “As soon as he came in, I’m like, ‘Dude, like, this guy’s awesome.’ And I immediately was drawn to him,” the New York native told Us. “Then we had to be partners.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
The Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router boasts of up to 1.2Gbps speeds. It has a compact design free of external antennae. It has a claimed coverage of up to 1,000 square feet and is said to be able to handle more than 10 devices at a time. The router also has features like parental controls and separate guest access.There is a dedicated WPS button to connect devices to your network. It is a dual-band router, meaning that it supports both 2.45Ghz and 5GHz WiFi bands, with the former capable of up to 300Mbps speed and the latter up to 866Mbps. Hence the name AC1200.The Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router also comes with MU-MIMO technology that allows it to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. Being a Wi-Fi 5 router, it supports 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). You get one WAN port and four LAN ports for connectivity, and these ports are placed in a vertical orientation. There are four internal antennae present on the Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router and the device is powered by a dual-core processor. It also has 128MB NAND Flash and 128MB DDR3 memory.- Advertisement – The router comes with WPA2 personal encryption, SPI Firewall, connection indicator LED, and Ethernet port LEDs. The Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router can be set up through a web browser on your phone, tablet, or computer. Lastly, in terms of dimensions, the router measures 220x 235.7×91.1mm.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement – Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router has been launched in India after originally debuting in Indonesia last month. It is a relatively budget-friendly model that offers impressive specifications, such as 1,000 square feet area coverage and connectivity for 10+ devices. It is easy to setup and comes with dual-band Wi-Fi support. It is an AC1200 router, which means it can deliver 866Mbps speeds on a 5GHz connection and 300Mbps on a standard 2.4GHz connection.Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router price in IndiaThe Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router is priced at a maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs. 4,999 with a suggested retail price (SRP) of Rs. 3,499. It can be purchased via Amazon among other IT channels.Linksys E5600 WiFi 5 Router specifications, features- Advertisement –
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“I believe we were the first case that applied for review from that unit,” Mr. Horwitz said, adding that his client had been freed because of “a building snowball of exonerating evidence coming steady over the course of a very long time.” On Thursday, Joseph Webster lunched on grilled salmon, which he had longed for while spending almost 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. There was also steamed broccoli and Diet Coke. “It was delicious,” he said by phone on his way to a local TV news station for an interview.Mr. Webster, 41, walked out of a detention center in downtown Nashville just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, hours after a judge had agreed with a determination by the district attorney’s office that they had lost confidence in Webster’s first-degree murder conviction and had ordered it vacated. Mr. Webster had been serving a life sentence and would have been eligible for parole after serving 51 years.- Advertisement – Sunny Eaton, who runs the conviction review unit, said her office had been created in an effort to make truth-finding the central role of the prosecutor’s office. “I believe that the overwhelming feeling is one of pride to be part of a district attorney’s office that puts its money where its mouth is,” Ms. Eaton said, “and is actually transparent and takes the steps toward self-reflection and accountability and getting things right that may have been gotten wrong before.”The night he was released, Mr. Webster said, he went to his mother’s house and reunited with his four adult sons, whom he had called multiple times a week throughout his imprisonment. “My mom had cooked me a dinner, and we just caught up, and it was just unbelievable,” Mr. Webster said. “So we enjoyed the moment.”Mr. Webster was having a busy Thursday. In the morning, he was back in a courtroom petitioning a judge to return his voting rights, which may be restored after Mr. Webster resolves his court costs, Mr. Horwitz said.From there, the two went to the Tennessee Driver Services office so that Mr. Webster could obtain a new driver’s license, only to find that so much time had passed while he was in prison that he would have to retake the driving test.After doing interviews, Mr. Webster and Mr. Horwitz were planning to visit Project Return, a local organization that helps people transition from incarceration and reintegrate into society.Mr. Webster hopes to start a trucking business and drive a dump truck.“Nashville is growing so much that I just want to be part of the growth,” Mr. Webster said. “And I can contribute a little bit at a time by moving gravel and rocks.” Mr. Webster’s conviction was the first to be overturned since the Nashville District Attorney’s Office set up a unit in 2016 to review cases that might have been decided wrongfully. Members of the new unit collaborated with defense lawyers in an investigation that produced new witnesses and evidence.“We’re now in the process of helping him rebuild his life,” Mr. Webster’s lawyer, Daniel L. Horwitz, said Thursday. Witnesses testified during Mr. Webster’s trial that Mr. Owens had been attacked by two Black men driving a white station wagon, and they described one assailant as weighing roughly 160 pounds and the other perhaps 200 pounds. Mr. Webster, however, weighed 300 pounds at the time and had 12 permanently installed, very bright gold front teeth. No witnesses recalled either of the men who attacked Mr. Owens as having gold teeth.“There was evidence that made it pretty clear who committed this crime, and it was not Mr. Webster,” Mr. Horwitz said. “Two new witnesses came forward who saw the murder and were able to give pretty good descriptions of the two people who did it.”In October 2016, Mr. Webster hired Mr. Horwitz after a failed attempt to have the murder weapon tested for DNA evidence. It was around that same time, Mr. Horwitz said, that the Nashville District Attorney’s Office established what it called a conviction review unit to look at cases that might have been incorrectly decided.- Advertisement – Mr. Webster went to prison in 2003 on an unrelated drug charge and was convicted in 2006 for the murder of Leroy Owens, who was bludgeoned to death with a cinder block in a Nashville parking lot on Nov. 22, 1998.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Things seemed to be improving, but Mr. Sierra Macias took a turn for the worse. He was 49.Mr. Alvarado said it was difficult to contend with such loss even as people around him seemed not to be taking the virus seriously, believing it was being overhyped or thinking, somehow, that it was not dangerous.- Advertisement – Still, hospitals are now filling with patients, threatening the limits of medical systems in some regions. More than 68,000 people are in the hospital with the virus, greater than two earlier peaks in the spring and summer. Even the best medicines and techniques lose their usefulness if too many people get sick at the same time, taxing staffing and supplies.“When you’ve overwhelmed the health care system, nobody is going to get optimal care,” said Dr. Jessica Justman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University. “It seems like people think the news are overthinking, overtalking,” said Mr. Alvarado, who said he was waiting for paperwork to send his father-in-law’s body for burial in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where cemeteries are running out of room. “You don’t realize the situation until you live through it.”Improved medical treatments for the virus have emerged in the months since it first arrived in the United States, offering hope that even if cases soared before a vaccine was available, deaths might be held off.A steroid, dexamethasone, has been shown to help the seriously ill; a new antibody treatment, similar to a therapy given to President Trump shortly after he contracted the coronavirus, just won emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration; and doctors now know to turn patients on their sides to improve oxygen flow, one of the many best practices that have emerged over months of contending with Covid-19. The case fatality rate — a crude measure that looks at the share of people who die out of those who are known to have tested positive — has fallen throughout the pandemic, according to public health experts.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Nov 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Sri Racha Tiger Zoo in Thailand reopened Nov 18, one day after Thai authorities reported a final tally of 102 tigers lost in the zoo’s outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza.In a follow-up report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), authorities said 102 tigers died of illness or were euthanized in the past month at the zoo near Bangkok. Tigers fell sick after eating the carcasses of chickens later found to be infected with H5N1 avian flu.All necessary controls have been put in place and samples have been collected from all susceptible animals, from zoo staff, and from the grounds, the report said.About 1,000 people visited the zoo Nov 18, its first day back in business since the outbreak forced the zoo to close, according to a Nov 18 story by the Thai News Agency. Admission was free, but visitors face new rules that keep them farther away from the tigers and bar them from picking up tiger cubs. The zoo’s official reopening is scheduled for Nov 27.Elsewhere in Thailand, avian flu killed hundreds of pigeons at schools in Sukhothai province’s Thung Saliam district, prompting panic among local residents, the Bangkok Post reported Nov 19.Bird carcasses had been found Nov 5 at a primary school and a nearby kindergarten. Tests confirmed on Nov 17 that the pigeons had been exposed to avian flu, heightening fears of transmission to students. Two schools with 500 students were closed, the newspaper reported, adding that none of the students appeared to have symptoms, but authorities were monitoring them.A local health official called the school closings an overreaction, the newspaper story said. Volunteers were instructing people in the district not to touch the dead birds and to avoid entering affected areas without proper protective gear.In Vietnam, authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 3,000 ducks in the central province of Binh Thuan, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today. The ducks reportedly had swollen heads, paralyzed legs, and exhaustion, according to the news agency’s summary of local press reports.One newspaper, Vietnam Agriculture, characterized the ducks as having cholera, the Xinhua reported. A local veterinarian said samples from the affected ducks were being tested, but added that they showed no signs of avian flu.Xinhua also reported that Vietnam had found 20 chicks infected with H5 influenza in mid-November in Can Tho city. However, the OIE Web site’s most recent report on avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam is from Oct 22.See also: OIE update on avian flu in animals in Asiahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htm
With the solemn signing of the Agreement on cooperation on the project “House of frescoes in Draguć“, danas je u Draguću započela nova faza valorizacije Kuće fresaka od strane potpisnika sporazuma – Istarske županije (Upravni odjel za kulturu i Upravni odjel za turizam), Općine Cerovlje, Turističke zajednice središnje Istre te Povijesnog i pomorskog muzeja Istre.The house of frescoes was opened in the old school in Draguć in 2015, thanks to the Revitas II project, which was a joint project of the Istria County and the Municipality of Cerovlje, while the Veneto Region and the Ministry of Culture later joined. Namely, since the Revitas II project was completed, the County of Istria initiated the signing of the Agreement with partners in order to not only continue the story of the frescoes of Istria, but also to further enrich it.That is how one respects one’s culture and heritage, and investing in this and similar stories is never a cost, but an investment. Congratulations to the County of Istria on this move and the continuation of the story of the House of Frescoes.As the Istrian prefect Valter Flego pointed out, the common interest of all signatories of the Agreement is an even stronger connection between culture and tourism, the development and professionalization of cultural tourism and the promotion and sustainability of cultural sights of the Istrian County. “The House of Frescoes and the Agreement we are signing today is a unique way of developing a cultural and tourist product and an example to others of how to strengthen cultural tourism.”, Said the Istrian County Prefect, emphasizing that the Master Plan of Tourism of the County highlights cultural tourism as an important segment of the tourist offer of Istria.”Naše je opredjeljenje razvijati turizam koji nije ovisan isključivo o ljetnim mjesecima te o istarskom priobalju te koji nam omogućuje ulazak na nova tržišta i stvara nove motive dolaska gostiju. Siguran sam da je Kuća fresaka vrijedan kulturno-turistički proizvod u koji se itekako isplatilo ulagati te ćemo kroz ovaj Sporazum nastaviti obogaćivati njezinu ponudu u još širem smislu”, Said the prefect Flego, adding that in the last four years, 2 million kuna has been invested in the House of Frescoes.The head of the House of Frescoes Sunčica Mustač, which operates as a separate department within the History and Maritime Museum of Istria, presented numerous program activities that will take place in the next two years and stressed that the House of Frescoes is open to all visitors. Sanja Kantaruti gave a presentation on the topic of cultural tourism in Central Istria.The intention of the project partners is that the House of Frescoes in Draguć operates as a Center for Frescoes, which is run as a separate department at the History and Maritime Museum of Istria in Pula. The House of Frescoes will become a center for research, protection and presentation of wall paintings throughout Istria, as a digital database of all wall paintings, and other works of art and cultural monuments related to sites with wall paintings and as logistical support to experts and scientists.