Ireland’s O’Briens make Breeders’ Cup a family affair

first_img The Turf, the richest grass race of the weekend, also features Ulysses, trained in England by Sir Michael Stoute. Other notable international stars in the Breeders’ Cup include: • Aidan O’Brien’s Seventh Heaven in the $2 million Fillies & Mares Turf today. The 3-year-old has already captured the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks this season. The race also includes Japanese mare Nuovo Record, a career winner of just under $5 million. • Mongolian returning to defend his title in today’s $1 million Turf Sprint. The first Breeders’ Cup winner owned and trained by Mongolians was greeted in last year’s winner’s circle by a large group decked out in colourful native garb. ARCADIA, Calif. (AP): The Breeders’ Cup is a family affair for the O’Briens from Ireland. Horse racing’s international festival, the Breeders’ Cup features 13 season-ending championships worth a combined $28.5 million over yesterday and today at Santa Anita. Once again, many of the best runners in the world will assemble for the prize money and the prestige of taking home a trophy. Not surprisingly, the foreign contingent is led by Aidan O’Brien who brought 12 horses from his Ballydoyle training centre in Ireland. O’Brien is the leading international trainer in the Breeder’s Cup with 10 wins, ranking third overall. O’Brien’s horses have earned a collective $17.2 million in the series. O’Brien also brought along son Joseph, a former Breeder’s Cup winning jockey, now following in his father’s footsteps as a trainer. Joseph O’Brien rode St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the 2011 Turf for his father. Now O’Brien, 23, could make history as the youngest trainer of a Breeders’ Cup winner if Intricately takes the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. Joseph O’Brien retired from the saddle this summer after a losing battle to maintain riding weight. “The last few months I was riding became quite hard weight-wise. I don’t really miss it (the riding) and I love training now,” O’Brien said. Joseph O’Brien will have brother Donnacha aboard Intricately, a 6-1 shot who most recently captured the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. Joseph’s biggest obstacle could be his father. Aiden O’Brien saddles two runners in the race: Roly Poly, the 4-1 choice and Hydrangea at 6-1. The star of Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup crew is Found, the brilliant 4-year-old filly who returns to defend her title against the boys in the $4 million Turf. She rallied from far back to win last year over a rain-softened course at Keeneland. Conditions should be firm this weekend in sunny Southern California. As if Found wasn’t enough firepower, O’Brien will also send out Highland Reel, the Arc runner-up. Trained in Englandlast_img read more

What kind of financial advice do you need?

first_imgWe’re thinking of ways to start offering financial education services to our members, so we’ve put together a short survey on the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about retirement planning, investing, debt reduction, or anything else related to personal finance, please tell us about it by taking the survey. On the same topic, one of our favorite blogs is Millionaire Artist.  It’s by a creative professional and it’s all about personal finance. The author is pretty candid, even sharing financial details at NetworthIQ.last_img read more

Germany spied on John Kerry and Hilary Clinton by accident

first_imgGERMAN INTELLIGENCE LISTENED to at least one phone call of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Der Spiegel reports.The German paper announced today that tomorrow’s edition will outline how German secret service BND intercepted a 2013 phone call by Kerry “by accident”.Kerry was discussing Middle East tensions by satellite, the paper says.Relations between Germany and the US have been deeply strained by revelations from fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden last year that Washington had conducted intensive spying operations in Germany, including eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.The issue erupted again last month when two alleged German double agents working for US intelligence were unmasked.The revelation comes days after German public broadcaster ARD and Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung revealed that Kerry’s predecessor Hilary Clinton had been spied on.A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Berlin and the State Department in Washington declined to comment on the latest reports.In its report today, Der Spiegel also cited a confidential 2009 BND document listing fellow NATO member Turkey as a target for German intelligence gathering.The Germany intelligence agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Contains reporting from AP and AFP.Read: Obama proposes to end NSA bulk data collection >More: Is the US spying on hundreds of leading Germans? ‘No comment, but…’ >last_img read more

Agile and DevOps is all about managing change thro

first_imgAgile and DevOps is all about managing change through continuous improvements in people, processes and technologies to deliver high-quality software as fast as possible. However, since the invention of software, one hurdle that remains the same is the software testing process. A survey shared with the SD Times community reports that 70% of organizations have adopted Agile, but only 30% automate testing. The 2017-18 World Quality report found that while Agile adoption is now widespread across 96% of organizations, only 16% of these organization’s testing activities are automated.With so many technological advances, why is testing so challenging? Ron Shoshani, VP of R&D for Testim, says, “Today software development is much more complex. The pressure from trying to keep up with customer demands while navigating competition, coupled with the need to support so many different types of operating systems, browsers, devices and security measures, creates a web of challenges for software teams.”And that’s just the front end. When you take into consideration the back end and infrastructure; cloud, containers, microservices and integrations, there are a lot of moving parts required to maintain app performance, user experience, and cross-platform compatibility. As teams push app changes more frequently, this often causes tests to break.Testim Enables Testing to Keep Pace with leverages AI for the authoring, execution and maintenance of automated tests. The flexibility to record and playback, or use custom code to fully control the tests actions, makes the platform easy for anyone on the greater project team to get involved in the testing process. From developers and testers to PMs and analysts to even marketers and salespeople, Testim helps teams make quality an organizational initiative.The average Testim customer increases test coverage by 30% in 3 months. Leading account-based marketing provider Engagio created 40 tests in a one-day blitz and increased test coverage by more than 40% in three months, while reducing maintenance by 90%. Globality, the #1 B2B marketplace that is used by millions of people and transact billions of dollars every year, was able to move from manual to automated testing in under 5 months growing their repository to more than 40,000 test executions.Support For Any Size or Stage Software Team“Agile and DevOps is a journey which will continue to evolve. Some teams are much further along in their journey and have very mature automated processes and tests. We understand that and built Testim in a way that will support any size team and development methodology regardless of where they are in their automation efforts, giving them the flexibility to change as their processes evolve over time,” says Shoshani. Testim makes automating, running and capturing tests fast and easy. The branching capabilities allow users to change the tests, then merge them back to the master branch. The automated tests are so stable, they won’t break even when an application changes. The AI analyzes thousands of parameters for each element, weights each based on their overall reliability and ranks them accordingly. Essentially, with each execution, users are teaching the AI how the software works and what breaks it, so Testim can isolate the issue.Integrating the platform into the CI/CD pipeline is as simple as invoking a command. Additionally, users can create rich detailed bug reports, including video, automated tests and step-by-step, annotated screenshots so QA and developers can communicate faster, more effectively and more efficiently. Rather than arguing about whether a bug is reproducible, a developer can click on an automated test to automatically reproduce the bug in a browser. Once the bug is fixed, the developer can add it to the regression test suite to ensure everything works well, even after updates.The Future of Test AutomationEventually, Testim’s AI capabilities will be built out further to enable autonomous testing, similar to Google Analytics, a snippet of code can be placed on the application and automatically collect all the user scenarios in real-time, create tests in the background and run them, making real-time continuous testing a reality. The data captured will also reveal what area of an application is most actively used so the tests can be prioritized for supplemental manual, exploratory and ad hoc testing. Edge case testing will be practical and affordable.Try Testim for free. Learn more at Content provided by SD Times and Testim.last_img read more