Santa Anita featured by Time Out- Los Angeles

first_imgTime Out- Los Angeles recently featured our facilities writing, “The Arcadia thoroughbred racetrack kicks off its winter season with an afternoon of horse racing. Splurge for a Guest Chef Series ticket and you’ll be treated to a pop-up from the Church Key as well as live music by James Torme (son of Mel) in the Candelier Room.” The site also allows space to review your own experience.Via Time Out- Los Angeleslast_img


first_imgNYQUIST: PERFECT IS AS PERFECT DOESTRAINER FELT ENERGY OF TEAM O’NEILLGUTIERREZ IS MR. COOL IN THE SADDLESTELLAR WIND WORKS FOR VANITY MILEGOLDEN GATE JACKPOT NEARS $700,000 THE FACT IS, ALL NYQUIST DOES IS WINPrivate clocker Gary Young hadn’t fully scrutinized replays of Nyquist’s Kentucky Derby win Sunday, but he did allow as to how the son of Uncle Mo couldn’t be faulted in victory.“He got a great trip,” Young said. “The ironic part is, going into the race everyone said if the pace was slow the front-runners would keep running and if the pace was fast the come-from-behinders would run good.“The pace was fast and the only horse that made up any ground was Exaggerator. I haven’t yet seen the replays that thoroughly, but it didn’t look like that many horses had troubled trips.“There was still some water on the track after that half-hour downpour before the race, and I have heard that some horses might have been slipping and sliding.“But Nyquist won. All he does is win.”Trainer Brian Koriner summed it up: “California rules!” NYQUIST, SEATTLE SLEW MADE FROM SAME MOLD?The sun was out in all its glory at Santa Anita early Sunday morning, as if the racinggods were content in the knowledge that a three-year-old from Southern California had won the Kentucky Derby for the fourth time in the last five years.Saturday it was Nyquist, who joined I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014) and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015). The comfortable 1 ¼-length victory under a flawless ride by Mario Gutierrez for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill extended Nyquist’s unbeaten streak to eight.Nyquist covered the mile and a quarter in 2:01.31, the third-fastest time for the distance in the track’s long existence. For good measure, Santa Anita-based Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator closed from 15th in the field of 20 to be second, the only horse to make up significant ground against the winner, although Nyquist was never seriously threatened.Still, some of Nyquist’s naysayers were not dispatched.John Shirreffs was not among the coterie of critics when the trainer of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo at 50-1 was asked whether the Golden State dominance might be attributed to something in the water, so to speak.“New York has the best water in the world; ask all the pizza makers,” Shirreffs said, laughing aloud over his light sense of sarcasm. “Seriously, things go in cycles, and we’ve had some really, really great horses the last few years.“I think Nyquist is a very special horse. When he won that seven furlong race (the San Vicente (Feb. 15), how many three-year-olds can run 1:20 (1:20.71)? That’s talent. I don’t want to jinx the horse, but he reminds me of Seattle Slew (the first undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown, in 1977. Nyquist would be the second).”Added trainer Gary Sherlock, who plans to enter California Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino in the May 21 Preakness against Nyquist, “The best horse wins, it’s as simple as that, and Nyquist is just the best horse. I don’t know why he doesn’t get respect.“How can you knock him? There might be a Triple Crown champion back-to-back. If he wins the Preakness, he’ll win the Triple Crown.”Perhaps that would sate doubters of Nyquist, despite a record that becomes impeccably more impressive with each triumph.“I think respect stops at the Rockies,” Shirreffs said. “But now Nyquist’s team doesn’t have to climb over the Rockies. They can fly over them. It takes more than a good horse to win the Derby. It takes a tough horse. Giacomo was like that. He didn’t let anything bother him.”As for the future, imagine Beholder, California Chrome and Nyquist in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.It would be like Mantle, Mays and Ruth on the same field; Gretzky, Orr and Howe on the same ice; Ali, Louis and Marciano in the same ring.Savor the possibility. FINISH LINES: Stellar Wind, three-year-old filly champion of 2015, worked five furlongs Sunday in a minute flat in preparation for the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 and a possible meeting with three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder. “She’s right on track,” trainer John Sadler said of Stellar Wind. “Three more works and she’ll be ready.” . . . Trainer David Hofmans plans to work Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin Monday for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 . . . The Golden Pick 6 jackpot at Golden Gate Fields starts at a whopping $693,304.33 today. The popular 20¢ wager will begin with race four, scheduled for 2:22 p.m. Half of the Pick 6 sequence is slated to be run on the turf course. The jackpot, largest in the United States, continues to grow after a single ticket on Saturday threatened to spring a $757,538 payoff if Desert Peach had won the finale. First post at Golden Gate is 12:45 p.m. Spring racing continues until June 12 . . . Santa Anita hosts a Taco Festival next Saturday, May 14. Fans can purchase a Trackside Package that includes tacos and Mexican Craft beers on the trackside apron throughout the day. Online tickets are available at . . . Martin Garcia rides Robert B. Lewis third-place finisher I Will Score for Jerry Hollendorfer in next Saturday’s Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, and Bellamentary for Phil D’Amato in next Sunday’s $75,000 Angels Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs . . . The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will partner with trainers Jim Cassidy, Matt Chew, Eddie Truman and Howard Zucker in offering a FREE “Conformation Clinic” at Santa Anita next Saturday. The informal workshop is intended to help participants develop an eye for a horse. Attendees will visit the trainers’ barns, where they can view horses to identify their conformation strengths and weaknesses.center_img SANTA ANITA FANS CHEER MARIO TO VICTORY“Go, Mario! Go, Mario! Go, Mario!”            That was the mantra shouted by fans on Santa Anita’s posh mezzanine Saturday watching Mario Gutierrez pilot Nyquist to victory in the Kentucky Derby on the big screen.The 29-year-old jockey rode the race just like it had been drawn up on paper. He couldn’t have authored a better ride. You can’t improve on perfection.“He’s Mr. Cool,” trainer Steve Knapp said of Gutierrez at Clockers’ Corner Sundaymorning. “He handles the big pressure. He did it in the Florida Derby and he did it yesterday.” EURTON SHARES THE FUN IN NYQUIST VICTORYPeter Eurton was at Santa Anita bright and early Sunday morning after saddling Kobe’s Back to a third-place finish in the Churchill Downs on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby undercard.The trainer did beat the crowd (167,227, second-largest in the track’s storied history), but not before sharing in some of the festivities up close and personal.“I was stabled at the same barn as Nyquist and there was a lot of energy,” Eurton said. “I thought I crashed a party I wasn’t invited to. It was a lot of fun.“After we ran Kobe, we jumped on a plane and made a pit stop about halfway home and I was able to watch the Derby live on a big screen, so we beat all the traffic.“Otherwise, we could have gotten home at midnight or one o’clock in the morning. As it turned out, we landed at 7 p.m. It was awesome.“We’re thrilled for all the California connections, Doug and Mr. Reddam. It’s all good.”As for Kobe’s Back, Eurton said, “He looked good cooling out after the race. If all goes well we’ll look for bigger and better things.”last_img read more

Ebola Survivor Giving Blood, Helping Others to Survive

first_imgA certified nurse who survived Ebolahas been helping to save the lives of others infected with the deadly virus.KpetemeniMeine wasdeclaredEbola free last monthafter surviving a one-month stay in the ELWA treatment center. He says he has already begun to give bloodand will continue to do soas long as his blood count is normal.“I want to give blood if my HP is sufficient. The contribution that (I benefited from) at the center didn’t involve my paying any money and I survived. Therefore, I would do it for free, and hope that it is used for the intended purpose, and that is to save lives,” said Kpetemeni.According to Kpetemeni, a doctor whose name he did not disclose,becameinfected with Ebola and was given 2 units ofKpetemeni’s blood.Kpetemeni has also been working under supervision at an isolation center for children who have come in contact with the virus.  He says he is volunteering his services to make sure these children get a chance to live.“I am immune to the virus and can do a lot towards this Ebola fight. I wrote various ETUs to see if I could work with them, and the government in return called to find out if I was willing to work with children at an isolation center. I agreed,” said Kpetemeni.He adds that for now, he is giving his services free and has no problem with that because he wants to contribute to society in thanksgiving to God and to society for saving his life.  “But, the government says it will compensate those of us working at the isolation center, and I am waiting for that,” he says.Meanwhile, Kpetemenisays he still remembers the frightful experience of ‘staring death in the face’ months ago. According to him, he was the only one to survivethe virus after nine of his medical colleagues all died while trapped in a Paynesville clinic.Kpetemeni recounted how he contracted the virus after caring for a patient that he didn’t know was infected at the Peace Home medical clinic.“I’m a professional nurse, and when my colleagues and I became infected at Peace, we called the government ambulance and they refused to come for us. Our doctor went to the Ministry of Health and gave them a letter informing them of our condition and they refused to come for us immediately.“On August 27, 2014, I was taken to ELWA treatment center and tested positive for the virus. But after five days of treatment I started to feel better; all the symptoms subsided.”Further describing his ordeal, Kpetemeni said, “when the doctors first told me that I was positive, I was down hearted and refused to talk to any of the doctors or answer my phone. We were 10 infected at Peace Home, and I was the only person who survived; most of them died in my presence. I knew that I would die also,” he said.Kpetemeni recalled that he lost all hope but after his second test was conducted and came back negative, he knew he had a chance.“The ELWA atmosphere was hell and all one could see were sick people in all kinds of conditions; not all had Ebola. “Some would contract Ebola in there because the space was congested and the living conditions there were not good. I thank God I made it, and want to see others make it, and I’m working towards helping them,” declared Kpetemeni.Meanwhile the Peace Home medical clinic said to have been functioning for 10 years has reportedly been closed.Kpetemeni can be reached at 0886479120.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inter to sue La Liga boss over Modric comments

first_imgIn a media rant Tebas criticised clubs such as Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City and claimed he had doubts whether the Italian club had the cash to buy midfielder Modric.“You’ll need to ask why state-owned clubs exist as they are inflating the market when they buy players,” said Tebas.The La Liga chief also said he wanted to look at how Italian champions Juventus paid 100 million euros to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Real earlier this summer.“Regarding Inter, the offer made for Modric is trickery. The affair of PSG for Neymar is cheating.”The Italian League said they were “surprised and bitter” at Tebas’s “completely unfounded” comments.Midfielder Modric, 33, inspired Croatia to the World Cup final last month and was named the player of the tournament.He had been touted for a move to Italy but opted instead to extend his six-year stay with Real Madrid after securing a salary rise.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric prepares to kick the ball during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy football match between Real Madrid and AC Milan in Madrid on August 11, 2018. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMILAN, Italy, Aug 17 – Inter Milan said Friday they were ready to sue Spanish football league president Javier Tebas over comments he made concerning the Italian team’s bid to sign Real Madrid’s Croatian star Luka Modric this summer.“Inter Milan announces that it will take legal action against Mr Javier Tebas in relation to statements made today to the press,” the northern Italian club said in a statement.last_img read more

Drought SA: the gateway to managing water scarcity

first_imgThe South African Water Research Commission has launched a website that teaches people about being water wise. One of the messages is that this includes taking action to solve any water problems, as well as respecting water and all life. You can also work out your water footprint. Five provinces in South Africa have been declared drought disaster areas, prompting experts to urge people to become water wise and to use water carefully. The message is don’t waste water. (Image: Brand South Africa) Melissa Javan“Your knowledge gateway to managing water scarcity in times of drought” – this is the slogan of the Drought South Africa website, launched recently by the Water Research Commission (WRC).The WRC, which was established in terms of the Water Research Act following a serious water shortage in 1971, launched the Drought SA site in collaboration with a series of dialogues. The focus of the dialogues will be whether the country is prepared for recurring drought and what its mitigation and coping strategies are. Discussions will include the knowledge gaps in drought preparedness and what the country should do to bridge knowledge and practice.The site includes tips on how to save water. Users can discover their water footprint, learn how to fix leaks, and equip themselves to be water wise at home. Drought SA also allows users to check dam levels, rainfall data, and water restrictions in each province.Five provinces have been declared drought disaster areas, according to news agency News24. The drought has affected 2.7 million households in the country, or 18% of South Africa.Watch everything you need to know about South Africa’s water crisis:Drought SADrought SA is a unique online drought portal, explains the government. It gives users useful information about the current drought and links to various other drought-related websites. It will be an ongoing project and will be continuously populated with fresh research and knowledge that will empower users.  This graphic shows where water comes from. (Image: Water Wise)According to Water Wise, water is freely available from the natural water cycle. However, because water in South Africa is a scarce resource – and often a polluted resource– many systems need to be put into place so that we receive enough clean healthy water, i.e. dams, water transfer schemes, water purification stations, reservoirs, pipelines, et cetera.Water Wise is Rand Water’s environmental brand. It is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the need to value water and to use it wisely. Rand Water, the largest water utility in Africa, supplies potable water to Gauteng and other areas of the country.“These systems cost large amounts of money and this is why we have to pay for water,” says Water Wise. “At the moment you pay between R4 and R16 for 1 000 litres for tap water, which is very cheap compared to your grocery items.“If we continue to waste and pollute water then that cost will drastically increase. More dams and water transfer schemes will have to be built, and further technology will have to be included in Rand Water’s purification process, or further infrastructure built, to clean polluted water.“That is why it is so important for people to change their attitude towards water, treat it with respect and use it wisely.”Learn more about fixing leaking taps, toilets or meters and mains here.Find out more about water restrictions in your province here.Learn what your water footprint is here.For more information on how to save water at your home read more here.last_img read more

Romeo Kumalo: I am an Entrepreneur

first_imgBusiness leader Romeo Kumalo plays his part in promoting entrepreneurship in South Africa, sharing his vast experience in the information and communications technology sector.South African business leader Romeo Kumalo. (Image: M-Net)Brand South Africa’s partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation, Renault, MTN Business and MyStartUp on the ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ programme workshop series is aimed at promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in South Africa.Mentors and business pioneers present very different but compelling stories about their enterprising journey with budding entrepreneurs in a masterclass set-up.The Bloemfontein chapter of ‘I am an Entrepreneur’ held a workshop on 7 October 2017 with business man Romeo Kumalo. He has more than 20 years of experience in the South African information and communications technology (ICT) sector, 10 years of which were spent with Vodacom. Now Kumalo has struck out on his own and is forging a new path to success.Kumalo says he wants to make his own dent in the universe – and he plans to do this through supporting budding entrepreneurs in South Africa.As a member of M-Net’s Shark Tank, he has been afforded the opportunity to get involved with young entrepreneurs and invest in businesses he believes will help solve societal problems in the country. In Shark Tank, budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to five industry leaders who decide whether the idea is worth investing in or not.This was a great platform to amplify the values of Play Your Part as it highlights the goals of the National Development Plan to eliminate poverty and build an inclusive society through, among other things, youth development, skilling and empowering women and entrepreneurship. This ultimately sees South Africa having higher employment rates and a more confident, skilled workforce.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 8, 2012

first_imgInsider Tip: New Cache Alerts via Text MessageThe ping of your next text message could be the starting bell for a geocaching adventure. Premium Members can receive email alerts for newly published geocaches, giving those geocachers racing to claim a “First to Find” a much-needed head start. Many mobile phone owners can get an additional leg up on the competition by emailing new cache notifications to their phone via email-to-SMS.Email-to-SMS allows you to send an email to your phone, where it will show up as a text message. This means you don’t have to remain glued to your inbox to claim that “First to Find.”Directing Instant Notifications to your mobile phone takes eight steps of know-how, which you can find in this Help Center article. Get ready for the ping of a new text message to take geocaching to the next level!Quick disclaimer: Your phone needs to have internet access to receive Instant Notifications by text. Most mobile service providers offer this service, but it may not work on all phones. Your mobile provider’s text messaging rates may apply.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGive the gift of geocachingNovember 28, 2016In “News”Tools for the First To Find Hound: Getting Ready for the FTF RaceNovember 24, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newletter – December 1, 2010December 3, 2010In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Three held for hacking Facebook account, posting obscene messages

first_imgThree persons including a couple from Rajasthan were arrested allegedly for hacking the Facebook account of a person in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir and posting vulgar and obscene messages, police said on Sunday. Varinder Singh had lodged a written complaint on December 25 last year alleging that some unknown persons hacked his Facebook account and embarrassed his family by creating his fake ID and IDs of his wife and sister and sharing his family photographs with vulgar and obscene messages, a police spokesman said. He said an FIR under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Ranbir Penal code was registered at the Reasi police station and the investigation set into motion.Third accused During investigation, the spokesman said the Internet Protocol addresses of the fake ID’s were retrieved from Facebook and the accused were identified as Rahul Jain, his wife Kirti Jain of Jaipur and Parvinder Singh alias Rocky, a local driver. “It came to the light that the couple had once visited Reasi and had exchanged their phone numbers with the complainant. Later, they managed to contact the third accused through the friend list of Facebook account of the complainant,” he said. He said the accused couple were arrested from their residence in Jaipur by a special team on a court warrant and were brought to Reasi on Saturday and on their disclosure, the third accused was also arrested.last_img read more

Budget will take Maharashtra forward in ‘difficult times’, says Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday hailed the Budget of his government as “inclusive” and one that will take the State forward in “difficult times”. The BJP-led government has been able to retain the growth rate to a great extent despite a drought this year, he said. The Chief Minister also dismissed the Opposition legislators’ claim that the Budget provisions were “leaked” on Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar’s Twitter handle before he read out the Budget in the Assembly. “I congratulate Finance Minister for presenting a very balanced Budget. This is truly a Budget that will take all the sections of Maharashtra forward,” Mr. Fadnavis told reporters. “This is a Budget which will take the State forward even during difficult times,” he added. The State’s fiscal situation was better compared to other States, the Chief Minister said. The allocation for irrigation is the highest among the budgets presented to date, he claimed. The government has carried out impressive work regarding rural roads, water supply and infrastructure development in cities such as Mumbai, Mr. Fadnavis said. Boost for employment for women and the youth in the Naxal-affected areas were among the highlights of the Budget, he said. “We have also allocated ₹1,000 crore for the development of the Dhangar community through 22 schemes,” he added. Meanwhile, Mr. Fadnavis informed that he will be attending ally Shiv Sena’s foundation day programme on Wednesday.last_img read more

Forecasters call for cool dry Halloween across much of the country

first_imgTORONTO – Forecasters say the relatively cool, stable weather conditions expected this Halloween will feel like a particularly festive treat coming on the heels of a tumultuous week in much of the country.The Weather Network says parts of Ontario and Quebec will be digging out of a snowstorm in the days leading up to Oct. 31, while high winds are expected to batter areas including the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.Compared to those conditions, chief meteorologist Chris Scott says Halloween will feel like a reprieve across most of the country.Scott says temperatures are expected to be relatively cool and near average in most of Canada, even in regions that have experienced unseasonable highs for most of the month.He says most of the country will get a break from major precipitation that day, though bands of snow may still surface north of Fort McMurray, Alta.Scott says the areas contending with high winds may not be out of the woods come trick-or-treat day, adding that may pose some complications for Halloween decorators.“It’s not so much on Halloween day but on the Sunday and Monday leading up to Halloween,” Scott said in a telephone interview. “We will see very strong winds. And depending on where those are … some of these inflatable Frankensteins may be floating down the street.”Scott said the bulk of the windy conditions will be found in Atlantic Canada, though he said storm systems passing near the Prairies may result in stiff breezes there as well.The best conditions will be found in British Columbia, Scott said, adding that cities such as Vancouver and Victoria that typically find themselves under cloudy skies this time of year can expect dry weather and seasonably average temperatures. Southern Alberta, which will be feeling the chill from cooler temperatures in the run-up to Halloween, may also find some relief on the day of, he said.Scott said Canadians from Manitoba through Quebec may be less enthused about the Halloween forecast.Those provinces have all basked in temperatures well above seasonal norms, he said, with some areas experiencing days at a stretch where temperatures hovered around 20 Celsius.He said those balmy periods are likely done for the season, with temperatures forecast to revert to average daytime highs of up to around 10 degrees for Halloween.Scott said parents may want to consider having kids wear an additional layer under their costumes as they adjust to the return to cooler conditions.last_img read more