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China censors German publishing house

first_imgPresident Xi Jinping, who has just been awarded another five-year term, has set about bringing the academic world to heel after previously gagging journalists and bloggers during his first term.During the Beijing International Book Fair in August, RSF urged international publishers not to get involved in the Chinese government’s censorship because this would just encourage the regime to escalate its demands.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. November 8, 2017 – Updated on November 18, 2017 China censors German publishing house GREG BAKER / AFP RSF_en News April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Economic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expressionInternet ChinaAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Economic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expressionInternet Follow the news on China News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further The owner of the science magazines Nature and Scientific American, as well as the Journal of Chinese Political Science and the publishing house Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature describes itself as “the world’s largest academic book publisher” and a “pioneer in the field of open research.”Springer Nature confirmed last week that it has blocked online access to around “one percent” of its articles from within China. The censorship affects such sensitive subjects – sensitive for the Chinese authorities – as Taiwan, Tibet, human rights and the biographies of Chinese leaders. The company said the choice of the articles was left to the Chinese authorities themselves, which takes censorship to a new level.The announcement comes less than three months after the Cambridge University Press, another venerable publishing house, reported that, at the Chinese government’s request, it was blocking online access from within China to 300 articles in the archives of its China Quarterly journal.After a storm of protests, the CUP eventually backed down and restored access to all the articles, but not before its reputation took a big knock. Another CUP publication, the Journal of Asian Studies, also reported being pressured by the Chinese authorities.Dangerous precedent“This censorship from Beijing sets a very dangerous precedent for the academic world,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “Soon, the Chinese government will no longer need its Great Firewall to prevent its citizens from accessing unwanted information, because it will have removed it from the source.” News Just months after the Cambridge University Press scandal, the German publishing house Springer Nature has likewise yielded to the Chinese government request to censor itself. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12, 2021 0

Consumer Sentiment Tumbles in February After Hitting 11-Year High in January

first_img Tagged with: Conference Board Consumer Confidence Consumer Sentiment housing industry U.S. Economy University of Michigan The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Conference Board Consumer Confidence Consumer Sentiment housing industry U.S. Economy University of Michigan 2015-02-27 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago While Fannie Mae’s February 2015 Economic Outlook released on Thursday predicted a boost for housing this year based on strong economic growth, consumers may not be quite convinced, based on two consumer sentiment indices released this week.The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters Index of Consumer Sentiment released Friday tumbled down to 95.4 for February after reaching its highest level in 11 years, 98.1, in January. Even with the month-over-month decline, however, February’s reading was still at its highest level in eight years and still much higher than the 81.6 reported for February 2014.”The underlying strength that has kept confidence at high levels has been job gains,” said Richard Curtin, chief economist for the Survey of Consumers. “While buffeted by harsh weather and lower gas prices, consumers have remained focused on gains in jobs and wages. Consumers intend to increase their spending during the year ahead, but they also want to keep a tight rein on their debt as well as to increase their precautionary savings. Few consumers believe that gas prices will not increase in the future, and even fewer think the economy will no longer suffer downturns. Without more robust wage increases, consumers will increasingly condition their spending on the availability of reduced prices.”Many economists and analysts have insisted that robust wage growth among Americans is needed to facilitate a complete recovery in housing – and particularly needed among milliennials, those ages 25 to 34, who are the key to household formation.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Summary released in early February reported an average hourly wage gain of 12 cents month-over-month, from $24.63 to $24.75. Still, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said after that report was released that more wage growth is needed in order for the economy, and hence the housing industry, to recover.”Over the last year, we’ve seen average wages going up, a little over 2 percent,” Lew said in an interview with CNBC earlier this month. “We need more wage growth than that for people to really feel it, but it’s something to be that’s starting to be something that’s a trend in the right direction. I think we’ve got to do everything we can to help drive that trend forward.”The University of Michigan Index is not the only consumer index released this week that saw a decline, however. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, released earlier this week, took a dive in February down to 96.4 after hitting 103.8 in January. In fact, consumers’ outlook was less optimistic in February than in January across the board – Conference Board data for the month indicated declines in consumers’ appraisal of current conditions, optimism about the short term outlook, and the outlook for the labor market – despite recent reports from the Obama Administration proclaiming that the labor market is at its healthiest since the turn of the century.”After a large gain in January, consumer confidence retreated in February, but still remains at pre-recession levels (September 2007, Index, 99.5),” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at the Conference Board. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions remained positive, but short-term expectations declined. While the number of consumers expecting conditions to deteriorate was virtually unchanged, fewer consumers expect conditions to improve, prompting a less upbeat outlook. Despite this month’s decline, consumers remain confident that the economy will continue to expand at the current pace in the months ahead.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Consumer Sentiment Tumbles in February After Hitting 11-Year High in January Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 27, 2015 1,196 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Status Quo Will Prevail in Housing Policy for Foreseeable Future Next: Mortgage Insurer Compares FHA With Private Market at Congressional Hearing Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Consumer Sentiment Tumbles in February After Hitting 11-Year High in Januarylast_img read more

May 31, 2021 0

Alert cancelled after Roscommon mother and children are found in Enniskillen

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Alert cancelled after Roscommon mother and children are found in Enniskillen Previous articleMayor seeks appointment of Emigration Liaison Officer in DonegalNext articleThree car collision near Manor Roundabout News Highland Pinterest Pinterest Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp A Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert issued by Gardai in Roscommon has now been cancelled.The alert was issued last night in respect of 41 year old Fiona Gregg, from Hawthorn Avenue in Ballyforan, who was last seen with 8 year old Killian, 6 year old Elisha and 2 year old Derbhla at around 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.All concerned have been located safe and well by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the Enniskillen area.Gardai wish to thank the public and the media for their assistance during this C.R.I. Alert. We also wish to thank and acknowledge cooperation received from the Police Service of Northern Ireland during this investigation.Gardai say this is a sensitive matter, and they have urged the media to respect the privacy of the Gregg family at this difficult time. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Google+center_img By News Highland – November 28, 2013 Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

May 27, 2021 0

Bar license tag bill still on track

first_img Bar license tag bill still on track Bar license tag bill still on track May 1, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar’s “Kids Deserve Justice” specialty license plate — praised for being free of administrative costs —sailed through another round of legislative committees.“I want to salute the Bar for what they are doing here,” said Sen. Jim Sebesta, R-St. Petersburg, during the Senate Children & Families Committee that passed the proposal unanimously on April 13.“No pun intended, they have really raised the bar. Now it’s 100 percent of the dollars. I would throw that challenge out to all of the organizations. It’s a great bill, and I’m very supportive of it,” Sebesta said.Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, sponsoring the license plate bill (SB 2730), explained that The Florida Bar Foundation has the infrastructure in place to handle the administrative duties of dispersing funds raised from $25 for the specialty tag to go totally toward children’s legal service programs for disabled, neglected, and abused children, provide testing services required by law, and assist in permanent placement for foster children.Steve Metz, the Bar’s legislative counsel, said, “Senators, this is a good cause, and one I think lawyers will embrace. I think it can do a lot of good things.”The committee unanimously passed the bill that next traveled to the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, where it also passed unanimously April 15.In the House, Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, is sponsoring the license plate, where it last passed favorably out of both the Finance and Tax Committee on March 31 and the Subcommittee onTransportation and Economic Development on April 16.last_img read more

December 19, 2020 0

Does your credit union have ‘Phase Two Syndrome’?

first_imgSymptom #2 – You are frustrated with most of your digital vendors because you need new features or have paid for new features and they are not out yet. Then, when you go to find out what the problem is, every single person points to the other person. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Best Financial technology service expert John Best crushes the reiterated maxim “thinking outside the box” to tiny particles, leveraging his lofty, yet proven, financial technology “innovativeness” for credit unions nationwide. Recently … Web: big-fintech.com Details Symptom #3 – People from other departments are sneaking around Information Technology with cookies and free food in order to coax programmers and implementation people to do their bidding.If any of this sounds like you, then you likely have Phase Two Syndrome.How do you fix Phase Two Syndrome? Well, first you have to understand the root of the problem, and if you’re executive leadership at your credit union, I hate to say this … you’re part of the problem. The challenge is this: When you have a new product and you implement it, there’s a big difference between what I’ll call Phase One; implementation, and then Phase Two; which is continuous improvement. We’re all really good at Phase One, but it’s really hard to handle Phase Two. That’s what creates distrust.Let me give you an example. Here’s a scene from a conference room at your credit union. Two people are sitting around the table. It’s likely a manager from credit cards or another processing area, and an IT manager.IT Manger: So I see we have a new project on the books.Department Manager: Yes, yes we do. I’m very excited.IT Manager: Okay, well let’s get moving with it. I was looking at the timelines, and we can only get A, B and C done. We’re going to have to push off E, F and G.Department Manager: Yeah, that’s what you said last time when we were implementing project X, but we never got back to that.IT Manager: Oh come on, you know that we had those regulatory issues come down and the NCUA was in and we just didn’t have time to do it.Department Manager: Yes I know, but when are we going to get to it?IT Manager: Oh, I have plans for that.Now, here is the interesting thing: The IT manager sincerely has plans for this. He is not in the wrong. He is doing what he can to get this done. The department manager isn’t in the wrong here, either. It’s fair of her to expect these features and to expect a timeline for Phase Two. The challenge is that Phase One implementations require a different mind set than Phase Two implementations. Phase Two implementations run along a practice we call “continuous improvement.”Now, let’s just talk about that for a minute: continuous delivery and continuous improvement. There are companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Apple that continually put out releases to their products. Have you ever had an app on your phone automatically update? Keep an eye on it. You’ll see the big players that I mentioned above all deliver continuous updates. This is important because this instills a trust into their consumers and members.If you have one of these products and there’s a bug or an issue with it, you learn to trust that there will probably be a new release within the next few days. So before you complain, you’ll sit back and wait to see if it gets fixed. You can then install the new update as soon as it’s available.However, what I’ve determined in the credit union world is that these releases are few and far between. If you have a mobile banking product or home banking product, it’s not likely that you will even push out yearly fixes. In fact, bi-annually would be good. So, how do you resolve this?Well, continuous improvement and continuous delivery requires a separate project management track. It’s a different mindset. It uses agile, and because it does that it means that you’re going to continuously be pushing to put out new things.Now, many of you are going to say, “Yes, but we are at the mercy of our vendors for these improvements.” I would argue that most vendors have improvements waiting in the wings for you right now. The challenge they have is getting on your schedule to get it out the door. However, if you knew that you were going to do a release every quarter, and you knew that you had a capacity within IT of X amount of hours, you could plan for that and you could always be continuously improving your world.This would also help to restore trust. The distrust between the departments and IT that sometimes occurs is really synthetic. It’s not real because the reality of the situation is that IT wants to perform and deliver, and the department also wants to deliver. They’re put at odds because you’re trying to fit a round peg in a square hole.The continuous improvement process allows the group that is iterating on the platforms you have to focus on those iterations. It also allows the groups that are instantiating new product, which by the way is much more far reaching, to focus there. It changes whole processes within your organization. It can change your call center and it can touch all areas, which is why these projects are so difficult. Think of a core conversion. Think of a home banking change.But something little like fixing a bug or adding a small new feature? You can learn to master the art of the little and do small releases. I would even recommend for most credit unions working toward a bi-annual release as your first step. You would see a tremendous improvement both in the relationships of your departments and your relationship with your members.Once your membership learns to trust that you’re going to do regular releases, continuously deliver updates you won’t see the types of reviews that we typically see in iTunes. And, once the staff begins to trust that there absolutely will be a Phase Two, they will calm down as well, and IT will be happy.What does this cost you? Well, it’s going to cost you some resources. It’s going to cost you some implementation time and some training time. That’s why here at BIG we have our digital strategy offering that includes guidance on continuous improvement and delivery. These are the kinds of things that we like to help credit unions with.center_img For a long time I worked in credit unions and couldn’t understand a simple problem: It seemed like we were really good a cranking out the ‘big bang’ project. You know, converting a bill pay or converting to a new credit card provider. But afterwards? We would struggle. We would struggle to do updates to those products.It seemed to me that when we got the product together we were really good at reaching parity, meaning that the product we were changing to was 80% the same as the product that we had, and it was 20% different. That 20% difference was usually in features. Sometimes it would be cost. But most of the time it was features. Somewhere along the way while we were implementing the product we would learn that we could get the product out on the timeline that we had and get to parity, meaning that it did all of things that the old product did. That was sort of the bar.Then, later on, we would make a promise and we would say, “We will come back and do the rest.” And we would usually call that Phase Two, which would lead us to “Phase Two Syndrome.”Here’s how to tell if you have Phase Two Syndrome:Symptom #1 – There is a general distrust between the departments in your organization and Information Technology.last_img read more

December 18, 2020 0

Women in Business event to go virtual

first_imgGreensburg, IN — In one form or other, The COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020 certainly has disrupted business as usual for almost everyone, including the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber made the decision to move forward with the Women in Business Conference, only in a different format.Inspire, Influence, Innovate will be the theme for this year’s event and will feature a keynote speaker making a return engagement with all new material written specifically for the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Conference.The event will present three – one hour live virtual sessions over a three-week period beginning Aug. 27. 2020. The event will run on consecutive Thursdays, Aug. 27, Sept. 3 and conclude Sept. 10. Each session will have a specific theme starting with Inspire, followed by Influence and concluding with Innovate.”Executive Director Jeff Emsweller said there will be an opportunity for attendees to also participate in a bonus session following each program, where they will receive an additional 15 minutes of question and answer time with Lindsay following the conclusion of each presentation.The Chamber Director said that attendees who register for the total Women in Business Conference Experience (all three sessions) by Aug. 17, will receive a swag box either delivered to them or picked up.Also, registered attendees will be eligible for a drawing for several door prizes including webcams from Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation and a Chrome Notebook from Computer Solutions Innovations. The Chamber anticipates having other nice prizes as well.The Inspire, Influence, Innovate 14th Annual Women in Business Conference is sponsored by Duke Energy, First Financial Bank, and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana.Ticket prices for the event are $69 for all three sessions with an additional $5 for bonus time with Lindsay Boccardo in a separate breakout room following her initial presentation. Should attendees desire to only participate in one specific session, the price is $29.95 each session. By signing up for the Women in Business Experience (all three sessions), attendees will save $20 and will receive the Swag Box.Tickets are available online at the Chamber’s website, www.greensburgchamber.com or by emailing at [email protected], or [email protected] wishing to participate as a virtual vendor or other sponsors may also contact the Chamber via the email or by calling 812-663-2832 or 812-593-4003.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 0

Nestle organizes fun games to celebrate mothers

first_imgNestle Ghana Limited, producers of MILO has organized an invitational fun games to bring together mothers and the brand key targets Queensland International School at Sakumano.The event which was dubbed MILO® ‘Mum and Me’ was organized to celebrate mothers through Sports and fun games.It was also to create an engaging, hugely entertaining environment for mothers and their children to interact with each other and the brand.Hundreds of mothers and children converged at Sakumono on Saturday and took part in various exercises and fun walk.When asked why the brand organized the Fun Games, Mrs. Funmilayo Osineye, Category Business Beverages and Coffee of Nestle Ghana Limited said, “We needed to put this event together in appreciation of the mum and to say that the mums are doing excellent jobs in their quest to do everything possible for their kids to attain the best in life”. “As you know, MILO is the energy drink for future champions and for the past three decades we have been organizing sports related events in such as the MILO Marathon, the MILO Under 13 tournaments and again the weekly aerobics events we ran in schools to keep the children healthy and so this event is also a continuation of all awe have been doing”. She added.The fun day commenced with a 2.5 kilometer health walk for both mothers and children from the premises of Queensland International School at Nungua through to Sakumono estates, Lashibi, Spintex Junction and back to Queensland International School where the health walk started. Other sporting engagements on the day were aerobics, tag of Milo and sack race competition and penalty shootout. . Mothers who gathered at the event had healthy living tips from an invited medical practitioner and also went through free health screening.Patrons of the event were treated to free Nestle products, photo-shoot for both mothers and children and bouncing castle plus other fun activities for the kids.last_img read more

August 28, 2020 0

Black identity and racism collide in Brazil at World Cup

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar controls a ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Before teams representing their countries from around the world arrived in Brazil, the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, took the opportunity to label 2014 the “anti-racism World Cup.”The declaration came after a wave of racist incidents in soccer around the world targeting Black players, many of whom are Brazilian. While it’s a well-intentioned gesture and a particularly important one for a World Cup being hosted in the country that’s home to the largest population of people of African descent outside of Africa, Brazil has a complex past and present when it comes to race.That complexity can perhaps best be illustrated by the fact that many Black Brazilians don’t think of themselves as Black. Brazilian soccer star Neymar is a great example. Asked during an interview in 2010 if he had ever experienced racism, his response was, “Never.” He added, “Not inside nor outside of the soccer field. Even more because I’m not Black, right?”This denial of Blackness may seem confusing to many Americans, because despite his long, straightened and occasionally blond hair, Neymar is clearly Black. But for Brazilians, being Black is very different from what it is in the United States.Dion Rabouin“The darker a person is in Brazil, the more racism she or he is going to suffer. Light-skinned Black people don’t identify as Black most of the time,” says Daniela Gomes, a Black Brazilian activist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas. “A lot of people choose to deny their Blackness. They don’t believe they are Black, but they suffer racism without knowing why.”Gomes calls it a “brainwash” that Brazilians go through in a country that likes to hold itself up as a model for racial harmony. But she also points to differences in the histories of the United States and Brazil. “We never had segregation, we never had the one-drop rule, we never had those kinds of things that are so normal for an African American,” she said. “What happened in Brazil was the opposite.”Integration and miscegenation were actually government policy in Brazil. Around the time that slaves were freed, in 1888, the government sought to whiten its population through the importation of European immigrants. This idea was made law by Decree 528 in 1890 and opened the country’s borders to foreign immigrants, except for those from Africa and Asia.The goal of this immigration effort was depicted in an 1895 painting by Brazilian artist Modesto Brocos known as “The Redemption of Ham,” which features a Black grandmother, mixed-race mother, White father and White baby. The grandmother stands to the left with her hands raised in prayer, praising God that her grandson is White. This, says Brazilian entrepreneur and activist Carlos Alberto David, is the “final point” of racism in Brazil.“Racism in Brazil is very sophisticated and structured,” says David. “The racism here is not physical. It works on people psychologically.”Neymar, whose son looks very similar to the grandson in “The Redemption of Ham,” seems to have had quite a different experience in the four years since saying that he wasn’t Black. The star forward has been subjected to monkey noises made by his own teammates, had multiple bananas thrown at him during international matches and even confronted an opposing coach he thought called him a monkey during a game.That harassment may have been at the heart of a campaign he started after fellow Brazilian team member Dani Alves had a banana thrown at him by fans during a match in Spain. Rather than protest, Alves picked up the banana, peeled it and ate it, then continued playing. Later, Neymar posted a photo to Instagram of himself and his son holding bananas with the slogan, “Somos todos macacos” (“We are all monkeys”).The campaign took off in Brazil, with many of the country’s notable artists and personalities also tweeting photos of themselves with bananas. But many in the country protested the movement, citing it as a trivialization of a very serious problem in soccer and in society.“The comparison between Blacks and monkeys is racist in its essence,” wrote Brazilian activist and history professor Douglas Belchior on his NegroBelchior blog. “However, many people don’t understand the seriousness of using the monkey as an offense, as an insult to black people.”This can be a particularly complex issue in a country full of people whom outsiders see as Black but who don’t think of themselves as such. That divide is evidenced by growing monkey taunts of Black players and officials in Brazil.As the World Cup moves forward and more fans see their teams bounced from the tournament by teams led by star Black players like Italy’s Mario Balotelli, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, France’s Paul Pogba and others, Brazil’s hopes for a global marker against racism may be tested.(Dion Rabouin is a freelance writer currently based in Rio de Janeiro. Follow him on Twitter.)last_img read more

August 12, 2020 0

Nelson Cyswogn’ Fun, 29 years and still going

first_imgTwenty-nine years ago Jen Stanger and the Babins had an idea after attending an event south of the border.It’s obvious the game plan was a good one as 29 years later the event is still going strong.Sunday, at Lakeside Park competitors young and old takes to the waters of Kootenay Lake for the 29th annual Nelson Cyswogn’ Fun Triathlon.However, for the 2011 edition there’s a few changes — a la in the swim and cycle stages.The swim has been extended to 1500 meters while the bike course had changed from two loops to Six Mile to a 39-kilometer cycle to Kokanee Park and back.“Most of the competitors like this change,” said Janice Poetsch of the cycle stage. “It was tough having to ride twice to Six Mile.”Poetsch, along with John Knox, coordinates the Nelson Triathlete Club, a program to help novices or rookies get ready for the big race.The changes were made to switch the Cyswogn’Fun from a ¼ Ironman race to a full Olympic Distance event.The race begins at 8 a.m. sharp Sunday with the 1500-meter swim.Competitors then switch to the bike for the cycle stage before completing the race with the 10 km run.Participants choosing the short course racers swim for 500 meters, ride for 22 km and run for five km.Spectators are [email protected]last_img read more

August 3, 2020 0

CLASSIC – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBob BaffertGarrett O’RourkeDr. John ChandlerMike SmithPress ConferenceLadies and gentlemen, the winner of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is Arrogate, and we’re thrilled to be joined by the winning connections. From left to right, we’ve got jockey Mike Smith. We’ve got Garrett O’Rourke, the racing manager for Juddmonte Farms. Trainer Bob Baffert; his son, Bode, as well as Dr. John Chandler, President of Juddmonte. Congratulations to you all. Mike, this is your fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Bob’s third in a row. Mike, we want to start with you. You’ve had another amazing weekend at the Breeders’ Cup. If you could just take us through this Breeders’ Cup Classic and your trip on Arrogate.MIKE SMITH: Well, we had a really good trip. He jumped very well today out of the gate, but was a little reluctant the first probably 16th of a mile. I had to give him a little reminder on his shoulder. Once I did that, I seen that California Chrome had a little bit of company up front of him, so I felt secure that at least he was going to go quick enough, and I didn’t have to go after him early and chase him. Then Victor got a comfortable lead down the back side and kind of started staying off the fence a bit. I didn’t want to move too early; that will just make him pack us out more. I winded up cutting the corner going into the far turn, and that really helped a lot. Because once I switched over and dropped into the far turn, he really picked it up at that point, able to get him back outside. Then he was relentless, this horse. He never stops. He’s got some stamina. Bob’s done a great job. The horse has only run five times and he beat California Chrome. That’s incredible.THE MODERATOR: Bob, as I said, your third Classic win in a row to go with Bayern and American Pharoah. If you could just give us your impressions of this effort today?BOB BAFFERT: Well, going in, we knew we had a great horse. We thought we could be competitive. But down deep I really wasn’t sure if we could beat California Chrome because I still have total respect for the horse. He’s a great horse. Down the backside it looked like California Chrome was getting everything going. I thought, well, you know, maybe he’s not running. Maybe he’s just not into it. But I hope Mike Smith knows what he’s doing. And all of a sudden, turning for home it looked like, well — I thought, well, I’m going to run second, but there is nothing wrong with that, because Chrome is a really good horse, and running second to him is no bad thing.But the 8th pole, all of a sudden, he started getting into that gear, and he’s coming, and he’s inching away at him. And that last 50 yards, I could not believe. Of all the horses I’ve trained — I never thought after losing Pharoah that I thought how are you going to beat something like that with everything we went through. And then to be so lucky and blessed that to have a horse like that. Then to run down a great horse like California Chrome was just like — that’s what the Breeders’ Cup is all about. Watching races like that. They’re just the best. The cream just rises to the top.I can’t say more for Mike Smith, “Big Money” Mike. I mean, he won that today, and I was like it was a “wow” opportunity. I could not believe — what we just accomplished, we’re very lucky to win these races, but today, watching that horse do what he did and come back, he wasn’t even tired. That horse is just a big kid that’s learning how to run, and in the wind, under the Juddmonte Flag is incredible for me. Prince Khalid wanting to get me on their team, and Juddmonte is like the biggest franchise in racing. So to be part of that and for Garrett O’Rourke, working with him. What makes it so — they just let you train the horse. You tell them when they’re getting ready and let them know what’s going on.But it’s been a great experience training for Juddmonte. But I have a great horse, but I have a great jockey. What he did today was incredible. It’s hat’s off to California Chrome. He tried so hard. I mean, he’s a great horse. I’ve been chasing that horse for two years. So it was nice to — I still can’t believe that we caught him.THE MODERATOR: Dr. Chandler, Juddmonte’s had incredible success both here and abroad. But this is your first Breeders’ Cup Classic victory. Can we get your impressions of today?DR. JOHN CHANDLER: Well, before the race, Teddy, we were talking about which would possibly be the most exciting race we’ve ever won, and Teddy said, well, let’s wait a minute, and we waited a minute, and undoubtedly this is one of the most exciting races we’ve won. We’ve won excellent — we’ve won great races, The Arc de Triomphe and the English Derby and the Belmont, and we’ve won races everywhere. And we had Frankel, of course, who won everything in sight. But this has got to be one of the greatest things we’ve done.It’s all due to Garrett and Bob, and Bob found — it’s a story that’s been published many times. But Garrett has really done most of the work on the farm side of this, and has taught Bob how to train horses and he’s done a good job of that (laughing). And we’re very grateful to Garrett and to Bob and to do this for us. Now Bob appears to own the Classic. We’ll have to call it the Baffert Benefit after this, I think.THE MODERATOR: Very good. One question for Garrett before we open it up to the media. Garrett, talk about the campaign overall this year, especially the decision to train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Well, when I made that decision, I think it’s a tribute for all of this, obviously goes back to Prince Khalid, and if it’s something on the farm, yeah, we’re responsible for it. If it’s when we go to the sales, Bob and Donato help us, and we get the right horses and we hand them over to people like that. But Prince Khalid has always been a firm believer in hiring the very, very best and allowing them to do their jobs. He doesn’t tell them what to do or how to do it. It’s something that I’ve learned from him as well. So don’t believe what Doc says in me telling Bob Baffert. I don’t have to tell Bob Baffert how to do anything. I don’t have to tell Mike Smith how to do anything. They’re the very best at their profession, and they proved it today. I thank them for it. I want to thank everyone back on the farm, especially because there’s an awful lot of people back on the farm. There’s a lot of horses that didn’t make it here today, and I know the people back on the farm have to go through the heartbreak of seeing those ones not make it.So when something big like this happens, it’s a great team effort. It’s the professionals I have sitting beside me here, and I think it’s all obviously funded, number one, and motivated, more importantly, by Prince Khalid.Q. I wonder if you could give us an idea of when you had the inkling, I know five races back the horse was third and then it’s moving in the right direction to find it today, but when you first started with the horse, when did you get the feeling that you had what you have?BOB BAFFERT: I remember calling Garrett around October. I said, Garrett, I think I’ve found one that’s going to pay for all of them. I said, I think we’ve stumbled onto a really good horse. And he showed run as a 2-year-old, and he had some shin problems. He was a big, tall horse, so Garrett says, you know what, just give him the time. Don’t worry about it. And they freshened him up. It’s one of those things that the really good ones, once we got them going, and he was developing and baby steps, and Rafael Bejarano did a great job helping me develop this horse. Unfortunately, Mike ended up on him because of other circumstances. But it just happens that way.But it’s one of those things where he always showed run, but we never let him go in the mornings. We never let him run. He’s a big horse. He came around on his own, and I was almost going to run him against Chrome in San Diego at Del Mar, but he got a little bit — I called Garrett and said, I might get a little crazy. I’ve got a crazy plan. Okay. Then he called me a week before, Are you still going to do that crazy thing? I said, No. He had a little bit of a temperature when I got down to Del Mar, so I missed a few days, and I’m glad. That’s when we decided to point for the Travers, because Bejarano always said this horse wants to go a mile-and-a-quarter. I mean, he can go and go and go. And so in the Travers, when Mike rode him, we had to let him run away from the one-hole, and he got him out there. I thought he could win, but I didn’t know he was going to do that. I mean, that was just incredible. I was in awe of him.So then to come back and sit on him for two months, it was something that I used to do in the quarter horse bin, and I wasn’t worried about it. And we got away with it with Pharoah, and you can do that when you have a great horse. I just didn’t want to run him against California Chrome and Awesome Again. Maybe if it he had been there I might have run him in there. I just felt with my team, Jimmy Barnes, everybody that gets on him, Dana Barnes gets on him. I knew we could do it. We’re equipped to deal with these situations. It’s a lot of fun, especially, so we show up for the big days, we lead them up there, and you just pray and hope that they show up.I told Mike, if he runs this race, you can win it. If he doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do. And I told him, Mike, you have the reins. Whatever you do, I’m good with. If he gets beat, don’t worry about it. But if you can get me second, that would sure be nice.So turning for home, I’m still — I’m going to be watching that replay a lot tonight when I get home. That was an incredible race by two incredible horses.Q. Mike, does this victory here take a little bit of the sting out of yesterday with the Songbird-Beholder match-up?MIKE SMITH: Well, that still hurts, it’s always going to hurt. You hate to get beat, especially the matter of maybe an inch. This was incredible today. This horse ran a race today that you just don’t see things like this from a young 3-year-old that’s only run five times. He literally was prancing after the race was over. Which most horses hang their head and have to take a breath or two before they can even turn around and come back after going a mile-and-a-quarter. He hasn’t run in two months and he was literally dancing. The outrider couldn’t believe it. He goes, Are you kidding me? This horse is dancing like this? And I said, He’s just got air forever.Q. What are the plans for the next year?BOB BAFFERT: Well, that’s up to Garrett. Garrett still runs the show, so I guess he’ll get back and discuss that with Prince Khalid. You want to answer that?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Obviously, we will have to go back and run it by Prince Khalid, but I think the pointers are that he will definitely race next year.BOB BAFFERT: Yes.MIKE SMITH: Double yes.GARRETT O’ROURKE: That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re going to bring him to England.MIKE SMITH: I’ll go to England (laughing). Call me English Mike.Q. I want to congratulate all of you. It’s obviously a major accomplishment. Bob, I know you’re a huge fan of the history of the game and great training jobs. You’ve done plenty of them. This training job is sort of unprecedented. This horse’s foundation, what he’s done in these starts, I want to know what, for you, this means. Because it’s certainly a huge, unprecedented achievement you’ve done here today.BOB BAFFERT: Every year I’ve been so lucky. I always say: How am I going to top this year? And it’s been going on for all my life. Even when I was training quarter horses. This is what keeps me, keeps my juices flowing. I’m telling you, after American Pharoah retired last year, I was in a really — I wouldn’t say — it was just like a lull. You know, I really missed that horse so much. I still miss him. He’s actually — two of the best horses I’ve ever trained have been in Stall 33 at Santa Anita. He’s in the same stall that Pharoah was with his camera. It’s incredible that I’ve been so lucky.Somebody up there is really looking down on me. So it’s one of these things that when you’re — when you’re used to doing something, we know what we have to do. We get a horse that’s a good horse. We’re going to do this, and I stick to the plan. It’s all gut feeling, instinct. Sometimes it works. Sometimes we’ll make mistakes. But it’s all trial and error, mostly error. So it’s one of those things that when it comes, I know what I’m dealing with. So I don’t get caught up. They’re still horses, they have to train. You can’t baby them. You’ve got to train them because they’re going to lay it out there for you.Today I was just hoping to have that horse tight enough for Mike. When he asks him to run, I hope when he pushes the button, I hope it doesn’t get stuck. Because it gets stuck a lot. But it’s one of those things where my good friend Jerry Hollendorfer. I have a lot of respect for him. I felt so bad for him. He always tells me you always seem to pull a rabbit out of your hat on these big days.MIKE SMITH: He used another word instead of hat, though (laughing).BOB BAFFERT: But it’s one of those things where I’ve been lucky. Lucky enough I’ve got a beautiful family, beautiful wife, beautiful kids, and I couldn’t ask for more.Yesterday, things weren’t looking very good. Like I said, this business can get you down, but, boy, there’s nothing like a great horse to pick you right up off the ground. I can’t be happier for my team, everybody that works for me, everybody that works the horses. Even Martin Garcia came in here, helped me get him ready here at the end. It’s a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without everybody.Still today, and Donato Lanni, who is right there, best Bloodstock agent. Short listed him. He does all the dirty work. I get up there, and we can just walk around and say, nah, okay. But you couldn’t do it without these owners. That’s one thing about Prince Khalid, our owners, they have so much passion for the game. They want to live this assignment. I wish I could have been sitting and watching the race with them on television, the excitement, because you can’t put a price on it. That’s the beauty of horseracing. You cannot put a price on it.Q. Mike, this Travers victory from last — when you rode this horse, it was phenomenal. We don’t know if Secretariat could have beaten the horse that day, the time was so outlandish. Now he comes back here today and does something also incredible, runs down an older horse with a foundation. Can you talk about the difference in feeling between those two days on this horse? Was there any? Was it better, anything you could say about that?MIKE SMITH: They were both incredible performances. The only difference was being down in the 1-hole was a whole lot more aggressive that afternoon than I had to be today. Though I did ride him out of there a little bit. He was kind of looking around. The crowd was pretty loud. I just had to get his attention a couple of times, but my hand wasn’t forced, so I didn’t have to push him. But it goes to show you he’s so versatile. He doesn’t have to be in front. I actually even dropped down and took some dirt. The dirt made him run even faster. As soon as it hit him, he kind of got mad and pulled me into him, which is a good sign. He’s not a horse that needs the lead, which is a good thing.THE MODERATOR: Mike Smith is the winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award as the winningest jockey across the 13 races of the Breeders’ Cup.MIKE SMITH: Thank you.Q. What about the last 20 yards of that race, and what that says about maybe the freak that this horse is?MIKE SMITH: I became a fan the last 20 yards. I was just cheering with everybody else at that point, because I felt that I had the race in hand at that point. So I was just in awe of what he did and the horse that he beat.Q. Art Sherman would like to have a rematch in the Pegasus Cup. What is the chance that you’re going to go there?BOB BAFFERT: All I can say is Art Sherman, they’ve done an incredible job with California Chrome. I mean, that’s why this place was packed today. Racing, they’ve done a great job with that horse. I even became a fan of that horse. Anytime you see two horses like we saw yesterday with Beholder and Songbird, it was like you sit there and you really don’t want to see a loser.Even today in the stretch, you really don’t. If they could have come up dead heated, but I could hear the whole grandstand was just screaming and yelling. And I know most of them were screaming and yelling for Chrome, and I can’t blame them, because he’s done a lot for racing.THE MODERATOR: On the Pegasus, that’s a?BOB BAFFERT: We don’t have a berth.THE MODERATOR: You can buy one from someone else. We’ll leave everybody in suspense on that. Wherever he shows up, we’ll be thrilled to see him. Congratulations once again to the connections of the Breeders’ Cup Classic breeder, Arrogate.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

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