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Kentucky Derby top bets you should consider to challenge Tiz The Law



After a challenging summer and numerous delays, the 146th Kentucky Derby trail is coming to its final run on September 5, 2020. The annual Run for the Roses is typically the first leg of the Triple Crown, but the pandemic reshuffled the racing season, and the Kentucky Derby is now the second leg of the iconic series.

With all the excitement brewing for the coming weekend, many race bettors are not checking the top choices to consider. Tiz the Law remained to be one of the favourites after winning the Belmont Stakes in June. He now nailed the top spot after leading a dominant victory in the Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Track. Barclay Tagged has impressively trained him to keep up on the tracks at Churchill, Downs.  But, will there be a worthy contender for this winning thoroughbred?

We've listed three other top contenders to challenge Tiz the Law for the Kentucky Derby. Check these horses out, and you may even want to consider the odds just to stir the excitement.

Art Collector

Trainer: Tommy Drury

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

Art Collector is relatively unpopular and struggled with his career before his 2020 debut. But after claiming a seven-furlong dirt race on May 17, the colt has risen as one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby. He proceeded to win three more races this year, with the last one in the Ellis Park Derby on August 9.

Art Collector even comes from a top pedigree with notable career wins. Art Collector's sire, Bernardini won the 2006 Preakness Stakes, 2006 Withers, 2006 Jim Dandy, 2006 Travers, and 2006 Jockey Club Gold Cup. While his dam, Distorted Legacy, finished fourth in the one 3/8-mile Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in 2011. Based on pedigree, Art Collector, won't have problems stretching out for the race miles.

This thoroughbred also possesses speed and versatility that can come for all contenders fast. These factors are very evident in his recent wins and how he evolved throughout his career. His versatility will be a top consideration when evaluating his chances, especially with distance and track at Churchill, Down.

Honor A. P.

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Jockey: Mike Smith

Honor A. P. gradually improved his 2020 career, placing second after  Authentic on the San Felipe Stakes last March. After that, he successfully won the San Anita Derby early in June, before returning to the field with a runner-up finish to Thousand Words in the Shared Belief Stakes in August.

Honor A. P. has enough tactical speed and the ability to settle nicely on top of his contenders. He shows the potential to pace further when necessary and slow down when needed. This technique will allow him to save some energy and stamina on the early stage of the competition and jump-start for the stretch to win.

This colt also has the Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who has been riding Honor for his four starts. Together, these two had no problem stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for the Santa Anita Derby. It's no question that they can keep going, pull significant strides, and gallop without losing air or slowing down.

Indeed, this pair is headed in the right direction now. Honor might even become a more robust and better horse that will inevitably lead Kentucky or even the Preakness Stakes. It's not hard to reserve some cash on this colt during the Kentucky Derby betting 2020 as it will, in some way, give outstanding benefits.

Ny Traffic

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.

Jockey: Paco Lopez

Ny Traffic is a New York-bred horse. He may only have one victory in five races in his 2020 career, but he always finishes three of these races on the runner-up spots against fellow top contenders.

This colt finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Wells Bayou after chasing the winner from start to finish in the Louisiana Derby last March and earned a career-best 89 Beyer Speed Figure. He then forwarded for the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational last July 18 at Monmouth Park, where he finished a runner-up to the winner Authentic.

According to his trainer, Saffie Joseph Jr., they have been working non-stop to condition the thoroughbred ever since. They are cautiously optimistic that Ny Traffic will put in an intense fight against fellow New York-bred and race favourite Tiz the Law.

This thoroughbred has shown steady improvement with his previous races, and underestimating this gritty colt may cause some peril to your betting strategy.  If you want to add some spice with an unusual ticket on Derby Day, Ny Traffic is the way to go.


Everyone may be expecting Tiz the Law to stay on top and win the Kentucky Derby 2020, but it will not be an easy win with these top contenders. Next weekend, we will find out if any of these thoroughbreds can snag the lay of roses out of Tiz the Law's neck.




USEUCOM demonstrates readiness to support NATO in Exercise Austere Challenge



US European Command (USEUCOM) leaders, strategists, planners and operators joined forces with their NATO counterparts in exercise Austere Challenge 2021 (AC21) to practice a co-ordinated response to a fictional major crisis this week. While the exercise was conducted virtually to protect the health of the participants and our communities from COVID-19 more than 4,000 military and civilian personnel participated.

The exercise brought together USEUCOM and its components who joined Joint Forces Command-Brunssum and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO for the weeklong, computer-based, biannual command post exercise, which culminated today (23 October).

"We are looking forward to drawing on the lessons learned we have from this exercise as we prepare for future activities together," said German Gen. Jörg Vollmer, commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum. AC21 is part of an exercise series planned and executed since the 1990s and focused upon training combatant command co-ordination, command and control and the integration of capabilities and functions across USEUCOM’s headquarters, its component commands, US interagency and NATO.

The exercise was linked globally to other US combatant command exercises, including US Strategic Command and US Space Command’s Exercise Global Lightning 2021 and US Transportation Command’s Turbo Challenge 2021. “Exercises like AC21 prepare the USEUCOM staff to respond to crises in a timely and well-coordinated manner with our NATO Allies, which ultimately supports regional stability and security,” said US Army Maj. Gen. John C. Boyd, USEUCOM’s director of training and exercises.

While the ongoing pandemic forced a variety of USEUCOM exercises to be modified or canceled this year, training and partnership-building has carried on. “We remain postured and ready to support NATO against any enemy or threat – be it a military crisis or an invisible virus,” Boyd added. “Together on innumerable instances, the US and NATO have demonstrated a strong, unbreakable working relationship to counter any threat to the alliance. AC21 is yet another example of the strength and solidarity of the NATO alliance and USEUCOM’s contributions to Europe’s collective defense.”


US European Command (USEUCOM) is responsible for US military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. USEUCOM is comprised of approximately 72,000 military and civilian personnel and works closely with NATO Allies and partners. The command is one of two US forward-deployed geographic combatant commands headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information about USEUCOM, click here.

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President von der Leyen at the annual meeting of the US National Academy of Medicine



On 19 October, Commission Ursula President von der Leyen (pictured) gave a speech at the annual meeting of the US National Academy of Medicine. “Global crises need global solutions. Health and climate change are two areas where Europe is willing and able to lead. And they are two areas where a strong transatlantic alliance has the potential to make a real difference. I believe it is now time to revitalize global health co-operation,”  she said.

The president mentioned the launch of the European Green Deal as one of the first initiatives launched after she came into office, as well as the efforts under the Coronavirus Global Response and COVAX Facility.

“Just as with mitigation and adaptation policies for climate change, we must focus on the same principles for health. The crisis exposed the lack of global investment in preparing for pandemics. And it showed us the need to strengthen our capacity to respond to epidemics, emerging diseases and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. This is a lesson that we are already heeding here in Europe. [We also need systemic change since challenges] on a global scale cannot be fixed with a single intervention or a silver bullet. It requires change involving government, industry, researchers and all of us as individuals.”

Ursula von der Leyen also underlined the need to use and respect science: “Like many of you, I am concerned about the erosion in trust in science in some quarters. But science is also making a popular comeback. The world has seen its true value for policymaking and for communicating complex public health decisions. We must continue to stand up for science - so science can help us find and explain solutions to our global challenges.”

Read the full speech online.

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The Trump Administration’s 'Clean Networks Initiative' has no place in European telecommunications policy



Announced in August 2020 by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the so-called Clean Networks Initiative seeks to decouple the United States from all Chinese telecommunications equipment and mobile communications technology, including mobile apps. It also extends to data servers and transmission network infrastructure like undersea cables - write Simon Lacey.


Simon Lacey

Simon Lacey

On its face, the initiative might appear to be a comprehensive approach to network security that seeks to leave no part of the digital economy untouched. Yet although it claims to be based on “internationally accepted digital trust standards”, this claim has never been substantiated since the initiative was announced.


If the initiative were, in fact, based on international standards, it could not discriminate so blatantly against equipment and technology from one country: China. Any international accepted digital trust standard would have to be based on some degree of consensus, and the global consensus among cybersecurity experts is that measures based on a simple “flag of origin” approach do nothing to improve network security. As one expert, Maria Farrell, explained “[the Initiative’s] specifics don’t add up terribly well [and] don’t speak to a good understanding of how networks function”.


The Administration’s approach also seems at odds with that of America’s own technology sector. In 2011, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade group that unites US hardware and software companies, released its Cybersecurity Principles for Industry and Government. This document articulates 12 principles that “seek to provide a useful and important lens through which any efforts to improve cybersecurity should be viewed”.


Principle No. 2 says that “[efforts] to improve cybersecurity must properly reflect the borderless, interconnected, and global nature of today’s cyber environment”. ITI goes on to explain that policies that comply with this principle will improve interoperability of digital infrastructure by making it easier to align security practices and technologies across borders, while also facilitating international trade in cybersecurity products and services across multiple markets.


Interestingly, the ITI also refers to the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, which it notes “calls for non-discrimination in the preparation, adoption, and application of technical regulations, standards, [and] avoiding unnecessary obstacles to trade”. The Clean Network initiative as currently formulated is the exact anti-thesis of these principles.


It also stands in marked contrast to that of the European Union, a major US trading partner and geopolitical ally. In early 2020, the EU announced a “5G toolbox” to guide regulators on how to secure 5G communications networks as they are being launched. By adopting the 5G toolbox, EU Member States have committed to “move forward in a joint manner based on an objective assessment of identified risks and proportionate mitigating measures.”


The EU’s 5G toolbox calls on member states to strengthen security requirements for mobile networks, assess the risk profile of suppliers based solely on security grounds and objective criteria, and to ensure that the 5G ecosystem consists of a healthy plurality of competing suppliers by requiring operators to have an appropriate multi-vendor strategy (i.e. that they source equipment and technologies  from at least two and ideally three or more vendors).


The EU’s concerns about 5G network security are based on the critical role that communications networks and data play in modern economies. Nowhere do the EU specifications call for the arbitrary and discriminatory singling out and banning of equipment vendors based in China.


A better approach to securing 5G networks and equipment is one developed by the global industry itself. The Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) was created  by GSMA, an industry organisation representing more than 750 mobile network operators worldwide; and by 3GPP, an umbrella organization of seven standards-setting organizations, which develop protocols for mobile telecommunications.


NESAS articulates many of the internationally accepted security requirements that network equipment vendors must comply with, and it lays out a blueprint for independently verifying compliance with ISO requirements. Nowhere is there any provision for excluding a product simply because the company that manufactured it happened to be headquartered in a country that has fallen out of favour with the United States executive branch, or with certain members of Congress.


The Clean Network initiative actually makes it less likely the that United States will adopt any of the demonstrably effective steps it could take to improve network security. These steps require a multi-stakeholder approach and the active participation of all ecosystem players – including equipment vendors, operators, regulators, businesses, and even individual users.


As commentator David Morris has also pointed out, the current unilateral approach being pursued by the Trump administration risks undermining international cooperation and abandoning the rules-based system of international trade cooperation that the United States has traditionally championed. This is a bad idea, best relegated to the trash heap of history and replaced with more collaborative, more effective approaches that will actually enhance the security of the world’s communications networks.


* The author is Senior Lecturer in International Trade at the University of Adelaide and previously served as Vice-President Trade Facilitation and Market Access at Huawei Technologies in China.

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