Salah set to retain African Player of the Year title

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is set to be named 2018 African Player of the Year for a second successive time at a gala awards ceremony in Senegal Tuesday.The sharpshooter is competing against fellow English Premier League stars, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.Consistent scorer Salah has already won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and it would be a shock if he did not add to his collection of individual honours in Dakar.Should he be confirmed as the best footballer in Africa once again, Salah will become the first player from the north of the continent to claim back-to-back titles.Ivorian Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Senegalese El Hadji Diouf achieved the feat in a competition first staged 48 years ago with Malian Salif Keita voted number one.Manchester City midfielder Toure, the younger brother of former Arsenal defender Kolo, went on to finish first four times in a row from 2011.Eto’o and Ghanaian Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew are also four-time Player of the Year winners, but not in consecutive years.Paris-based France Football magazine organised the annual award until the mid-1990s when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took over. Votes from national team and selected club coaches, CAF officials and unnamed ‘experts’ count toward deciding who lifts the trophy.Salah scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, his first at Anfield after moving from Italian Serie A outfit Roma.– Slow start –After a slow start to the 2018/2019 campaign, the right-side attacker has netted 13 goals, one less than Aubameyang and Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane.The Egyptian also scored the winning goal against Napoli at Anfield last month that took Liverpool to the knockout phase of the Champions League at the expense of the Italian club.Salah had less success with Egypt last year as injury ruled him out of the loss to Uruguay at the start of the World Cup in Russia.He did score against both Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the north Africans were beaten in both matches and exited without securing even one point.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Tokyo governor says cancelling Olympics ‘unthinkable’

first_imgThere are increasing doubts over whether the Games can be held (AFP Photo/Behrouz MEHRI)Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Cancelling the 2020 Olympics is “unthinkable” although the classification of the coronavirus as a pandemic will likely have some impact on the Games, the Tokyo city governor said on Thursday.“It can’t be said that the announcement of a pandemic would have no impact… But I think cancellation is unthinkable,” Yuriko Koike told reporters.Doubts are increasingly being raised over whether the Olympics can be held as scheduled from July 24 to August 9.Organisers have insisted the Games will go ahead as planned and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with whom the final decision rests, has said there has not yet been any talk of cancellation or postponement.The IOC has said it will coordinate closely with the World Health Organization, which has now officially classified the outbreak as a pandemic.But coronavirus has already taken a huge toll on sport across the globe. US basketball was the latest sport to be hit, as the NBA said it would suspend play starting on Thursday after a Utah Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.In Italy, the hardest-hit European country, all sporting events including Serie A have been suspended until April 3.Arsenal’s game at Manchester City on Wednesday became the first Premier League fixture to be called off due to the outbreak, with the Gunners’ players put in quarantine after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos.The virus has also hit the UEFA Champions League, with Italian side Atalanta qualifying for the quarter-finals at Valencia on Tuesday in an empty stadium, while Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Borussia Dortmund was also played without spectators.In tennis, the prestigious ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament was cancelled as California health officials declared a public health emergency in the area after a confirmed case of the coronavirus.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sheila and Ben – A Lifetime of Satisfied Kluh Jewelers Shoppers

first_imgSubmitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh JewelersSheila has been shopping at Kluh’s Jewelers with her husband, Ben, for decades.Aside from efficient and clever ad campaigns, nothing convinces a new potential customer to try a new product or store as the trusted word-of-mouth references from another shopper. So it is that we bring you an installment of affirming words from some very content customers, Sheila and Ben. (Editor’s note: They have chosen to withhold their last names for this article.)Ben, a retired sheet metal worker has lived in Thurston County most of his life, and graduated from North Thurston High School in 1966. At that time, the graduating class was presented with a 10% lifetime discount from the Kluh Jewelers family, and indeed, he has kept this card for life. In 1981, he married Sheila, (who has lived in this area since 1973), and they remembered this 10% discount card when it was time to buy a birthday gift for Ben’s mother. They made a trip out Kluh Jewelers, and he bought her some topaz earrings. “We were so impressed with the quality and service, that we have been going back for gifts for family (and myself) ever since.”Sheila, who retired from Alaska Airlines recently, shares that she and Ben and her sister-in-law from California have been attending several of the Kluh’s lay-away and vault sales. The annual vault sale event, in November, is Sheila’s personal favorite when she does all her Christmas shopping each year. “As I was a flight attendant, and out of town a lot, I had to miss some, but Ben went for me. We love the door prize events which take place prior to the sale, and have even won some, such as a $25 gift certificate towards the purchase of an item, and also pearl earrings.” As she reiterates, the vault and lay-away sales are an excellent opportunity to come in and see what they have in stock, and what their environment is all about. “And the donuts are great,” she adds with wit.Their support and loyalty to Kluh’s business has given them many opportunities to add special items to their collection. A recent such memory marked Sheila’s retirement with a little extra dazzle. “Ben and I were shopping and I gleamed onto a beautiful gold and diamond watch which I could not purchase at the time, but mentioned to my husband how much I loved this watch and what a beautiful retirement gift it would be.  Well, on my last flight, he went with me.  On my layover, I woke up in Chicago the next morning, and there was a beautiful gift wrapped box on top of my suitcase which contained the watch I had my eye on. “When Sheila retired from Alaska Airlines, Ben surprised her with a special watch that she had her eye on at Kluh Jewelers.She adds that Kluh’s does an excellent job with gift wrapping, which adds that much more to the experience of giving and receiving gifts from their store cases.In all their years of shopping at Kluh’s she has never had any complaints with their inventory or service. If anything, the opposite has been true. “I have had several pieces of jewerly in the past that needed to be sized or repaired and their on-site jeweler has always done an excellent and timely job. “The unique jewelry, friendly staff and customer service keeps them coming back. “You cannot find [this] at a big box store.” One of her upcoming notions is to have a gold bracelet (which she purchased at a lay-away sale) made into a charm bracelet with her airline-service wings.Ben and Sheila would probably not have foreseen that the 10% discount card that he received in 1966 would lead to their lifelong habit of shopping at this multi-generational establishment. But they are most certainly pleased with each experience they have had inside the doors of Kluh Jewelers. “What stands out most is their customer service.  When we walk into the store we are greeted with friendliness and they always remember our names. I would sincerely recommend anyone looking for a gift for someone or something for themselves for a special occasion to go to Kluh’s.  ”Kluh Jewelers701 Sleater Kinney Road SE in Lacey360-491-3530 Facebook3Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Now or never for Leafs, game three Friday at NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt’s time to put up or shut up for the Nelson Leafs.Down two games entering game three of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Semi Final to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the Leafs can ill-afford to fall into a three-game deficit.“We have to win our two games at home to be successful,” Leaf coach Chris Shaw told The Nelson Daily Thursday.“It’s a make or break situation for us. But we’re pretty confident playing at home where we’ve had a lot of success this season.”That success, however, has been limited against the Hawks. In four games at the NDCC Arena, Beaver Valley has won three.“We got to concentrate on our scoring chances and on our power play,” Shaw confessed. “We had some chances to get back in the game (Wednesday) but our power play let us down.”Shaw said the mood in the Leaf dressing room improved immensely following game one’s meltdown.“The guys feel a lot better than after the first game,” said Shaw. “I thought we played well enough to win in game two.”Nelson played Wednesday’s game without the services of top center Gavin Currie.Shaw did not want to comment on Currie, who spent the past six weeks on the injury list, saying the star forward is “questionable” for Friday.The rookie coach did call out his top players to be better when the puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday.“Our top players need to be our top players,” Shaw insists. “Our forwards six through nine, our younger guys, have been great. We really need our older guys to provide veteran leadership to lead us to victory.”ICE CHIPS: Game four is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. If necessary, game five is Monday in Fruitvale. . . . Nelson’s top two scorers from the regular season, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart, have yet to register a point in the [email protected]last_img read more

Lucchini sparks Kootenay to first win of BCMMHL season by scoring twice, Rockets rebound in game two

first_imgJake Lucchini of Trail scored with three-minutes-plus remaining in the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie and lifting the Kootenay Ice to its first win of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season, a 5-4 decision over Okanagan Rockets, Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Unfortunately, the Ice could not duplicate the magic Sunday in the rubber match losing 7-0 to the Rockets.Saturday, the Ice held period leads of 2-0 and 4-3 before Okanagan captain Josh Ellis tied the game beating Kootenay netminder Kimberley Newell four minutes into the final period.However, with time running out Lucchini snapped home his second of the game to power the Ice to its first win of the season.Nelson’s Brandon Sookro also scored twice for Kootenay with Riley Brant of Trail adding a single.Justin Marreck scored twice and Harlan Orr had a single for Okanagan.Sunday, Ellis scored the first goal of the game for the Rockets 58 seconds into the game — sliding a shot past Newell from the corner — and everything went south after that for Kootenay.Newell, orginally from Vancouver but moved to Nelson during the off season, played both games between the pipes for Kootenay after goalie teammate Brett Soles was sick for most of the week.The Ice ran into a red-hot goalie in the form of Harrison Whitlock, who slammed the door on the Kootenay shooters.Whitlock was especially tough in the first period as Kootenay twice breakaways but were unable to beat Whitlock.Mitchell Cook, with a pair, Marreck, Mackenzie Fernie, Parker Bowles and Drayden Larsen also scored for the Rockets, improving to 3-3-0 on the season.Meanwhile, the Ice fell to 1-3 to remain last in the BCMMHL standings. Kootenay opened the season losing twice to the North Island Silvertips from Nanaimo.However, Kootenay is only four points out of sixth spot in the 11-team league.ICE CHIPS: Kootenay netminder Kimberley Newell accepted a hockey scholarship offer to Princeton University following a tour of some Ivy League schools. Newell, celebrating her 16th birthday last week and currently attending L.V. Rogers in Nelson, plans to graduate early from high school and head to the New Jersey-based university in the fall to begin studies in a degree in economics. . . . Seth Schmidt of Creston had two assists during Saturday’s win. . . .Jake Lucchini of Trail leads the Ice in scoring with four goals for five points. Brandon Sookro of Nelson is second with three markers. Schmidt also has three assists for [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_imgBy Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures ChartersThe sun in shining and the fish are hopping on the hook so let’s get ready for a great month of fishing on Kootenay Lake. Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.Kootenay Lake Almost a carbon copy of the last couple months, the fishing has remained the same.  Lots of fish, but still waiting for the big ones to come to life. Water conditions are perfect and so is the weather.  This is our favorite time of year for fishing the lake.  So, hopefully, like everything else this year, things are a month behind.  And maybe December will be the beginning of our ‘Big Fish’  season. November saw lots of days with 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat.  A lot of smaller fish, but usually getting a couple decent fish each day to keep the excitement alive. On our last trip of November, we finally saw a couple big fish come to the boat.  A beautiful chrome 18 Lb Rainbow followed by an amazing colorful 20 Lb Rainbow.  So, hopefully that’s the beginning of our famous winter fishery. Other reports from the lake are similar.  Lots of shakers and small Bull trout, with a couple biggies being reported each week.  The North end of the lake is reporting good Bull Trout fishing, but not as many Rainbows. Hopefully, as December progresses, we will hear more reports of the big boys coming out to play. Stay tuned……………………  What are they biting on??? Most of our Rainbows are being caught on the surface and our Bull Trout on the downriggers.  So, it’s best to cover both angles if possible.  We’re lucky enough to have 3 or 4 people on the boat each day so we can run both surface and deep lines. My favorite bucktail flies as of late have been:  #210, 214, 215, and 224.  Or the common colors of Black/white, gray/white, purple/white. My favorite Lyman plugs have been:  #16, 55, 69, and 160 as of late.  Colors are similar to the flies we’ve been using. And the old standby, flasher/hoochie has been catching its fair share of Bull Trout.  Favorite depths have been 75ft, 95ft,  and 110ft. That should about cover it for this time of year. Hope to hear more people having success during this next month. Definitely my favorite time of year!! So, let’s get out there. ……..Kerry Reed Reel Adventureswww.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more


first_imgPeter Miller10620201019%$1,072,876 Martin Garcia10219141219%$1,342,980 Gary Stevens7513111217%$998,240 Rafael Bejarano18346272525%$2,018,194 HOT MEGA HEAT GOES FOR GRADE I GOLD IN KILROEMega Heat seeks his first stakes victory when he runs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding couldn’t be coming up to the race in better form, winning his last two starts at a mile on grass in come-from-behind style under Corey Nakatani.Winner of 10 of 22 career starts, Mega Heat was seventh in the 2012 Kilroe but was sidelined 13 months after that race. “He had a relatively serious injury, not life-threatening, of course,” said trainer Peter Eurton.“This is a step up but he’s won two in a row at a mile on grass and Corey really rides him well. He’s found a new dimension by not going up there and tackling the lead. He can be very versatile now.“We got a good draw and I think it will come down to who gets the first jump, because if he’s up there close, he will fight.”The Kilroe lineup: Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Holy Lute, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Mr. Commons, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Silentio, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Mega Heat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Summer Front, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Dimension, Joe Talamo, 20-1.Talco was scratched. Santiago Gonzalez70771110%$253,994 DENMAN TRAVELS DOWN BIG ‘CAP MEMORY LANE Trevor Denman raised the bar to unprecedented heights in North American race calling when he came to Santa Anita more than three decades ago from his native South Africa.The 2014-15 meeting marks Denman’s 32nd anniversary as Public Address Commentator at The Great Race Place, where he started in 1983.Following are recollections of his most memorable calls of the Santa Anita Handicap, for which he will do honors again Saturday.“One of the best surely would have been Greinton versus Herat (in 1986). That still sticks in my brain. Of course, the first one you call is memorable. That was Lord at War (1985) with Bill Shoemaker. That was great, too.“Martial Law (1989) still stands out as one of the biggest upsets in history (at 50-1). That was a great Big ‘Cap. Lava Man (2006 and 2007) was a very popular winner. Obviously, Game On Dude has to be one of the highlights of Santa Anita Handicap history, particularly his win in 2013 by a Big ‘Cap record 7 3/4 lengths.“Chantal Sutherland became the first female rider to win it (in 2011 on Game On Dude, who would go on to make history by being the only horse to win the race three times).“I wasn’t here when John Henry actually won the Big ‘Cap in 1981 and 1982, but I called his race the year before he retired. His races would have to be among the most memorable.“But Game On Dude really dominated the last decade, when you think about.”On Shared Belief, the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s classic: “He’s head and shoulders above this field. If nothing weird happens, nobody comes close to him in that field.“But you know horse racing. There’s no such thing as a certainty, is there? But beyond the unbelievable, he has to win. He’s by far the best. Without Bayern and without California Chrome, gosh, they don’t have a shot against him, do they?” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato531110821%$530,640 James Cassidy4986916%$317,350 Elvis Trujillo15418181112%$1,077,530 Tyler Baze20429232414%$1,555,104 J. Eric Kruljac3654514%$247,150 Jerry Hollendorfer12323171819%$2,210,478 J. Keith Desormeaux2054225%$164,110 DUBAI-BOUND SHERMAN WISHES HOLLENDORFER WELLArt Sherman and Jerry Hollendorfer have matched wits for decades on the Northern California racing circuit, where they were proverbial Big Fishes in a Small Pond.Now major players in Southern California, they’ve carried their rivalry to Santa Anita, where Sherman’s California Chrome was third and Hollendorfer’s Shared Belief a troubled fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last Nov. 1.No meeting between the two handicap stars is imminent, since Horse of the Year California Chrome is headed to Dubai for the $10 million World Cup on March 28, while once-beaten two-year-old male champion of 2013 Shared Belief is the odds-on favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.Still, Sherman, 78, understandably has the utmost respect for both Hollendorfer, 68, and Shared Belief.“Jerry is very dedicated and does a helluva job,” Sherman said of Santa Anita’s leading trainer this meet with 23 wins through Thursday. “He deserves everything that he has. He’s a workaholic and I’ve known him for years.”Sherman, meanwhile, has all his i’s dotted and t’s crossed as he prepares for his first trip to Dubai.“Chrome leaves on March 17 and I leave on the 22nd,” Sherman said. “He’ll have one breeze over the track there before the race.“All the details are completed now, and there was quite a bit of paper work. But I’m looking forward to the trip. I’m going to have a good time. Everything looks like it’s going well. ”Under exercise rider Anna Wells at Los Alamitos Friday morning, California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:11 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.60. Edwin Maldonado921181212%$432,674 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 NEWLY DISCOVERED SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE TO AIR VIA SIMULCAST ON SATURDAY            Santa Anita Park has announced that four minutes of recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit’s legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap will be shown between races six and seven Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Originally shot on 35 mm film, the video was discovered and edited by longtime Hollywood Park Television Department producer, Kip HannAn, who is now working as a video archivist at UCLA.“The footage is for the most part, absolutely pristine,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “I think very few people alive today have seen the 1940 ‘Big Cap in color, and when they do, they are going to be amazed.“We’ve edited this down to four minutes and I think people are going to be blown away by what they see. This is a perfect time to show it, on the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Santa Anita history.”Saturday’s 1940 Santa Anita Handicap Seabiscuit video will be broadcast on the track’s simulcast system and will be aired live as well at LINES: Martin Pedroza, named on Cigar Mile winner Private Zone in Saturday’s one mile Gulfstream Park Handicap and Diamond Bachelor in the Big ‘Cap at Santa Anita, rides 6-5 morning line favorite Private Zone for trainer Jorge Navarro in Florida. Another Martin—Garcia–rides Diamond Bachelor . . . Eclipse Award winner American Pharoah worked six furlongs from the gate in company in a bullet 1:10.40 under Martin Garcia for his 3-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes March 14. Workmate Whiskey Ticket was timed in 1:11.80 . . . Two time Eclipse winner Beholder, with designs on the Madison at Keeneland April 4, worked five furlongs in company for Richard Mandella in 59 flat. “She couldn’t look better,” Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes owned by B. Wayne Hughes . . . Jockey Brice Blanc, on the smashing debut of 3-year-old filly Spanish Queen, 5 ¾-length last-to-first winner of Thursday’s fifth race at one mile on turf for trainer Richard Baltas: “She acted up a little in the gate, first time out, and she kind of got left a bit. But she’s shown in the mornings that she’s very intelligent, although a little nervous, a little antsy. But in her works she came inside horses very nicely and had different gears. So I was pretty confident she was fit enough going a mile. Richard did a great job.” . . . Happy 52nd birthday today to Gary Stevens, who rode with the energy of a teenager winning two races Thursday. Birthday congrats too to Rosie Ybarra (63 on March 10) and Roni Walker (65 on March 21) who have been welcoming patrons at Santa Anita’s popular Clockers’ Corner eatery for 36 years . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Drayden Van Dyke14715162010%$839,936 CONQUEST TWO STEP ‘GOOD AS EVER’ FOR SAN CARLOSConquest Two Step has made himself at home at Santa Anita, where the Florida-bred son of Two Step Salsa guns for his third win from five starts at The Great Race Place in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.The 4-year-old colt was second by a neck to none other than once-beaten champion Shared Belief in the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs on Dec. 26 before winning the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 31.“He’s trained and looks as good as he ever has,” trainer Mark Casse said. “I think seven-eighths is his game. The distance is good for him. We’ve got to give everybody weight, but that’s what happens when you win.”The lineup: Chitu, Martin Garcia, 2-1; Outside Nashville, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Majestic City, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Conquest Two Step, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 8-1; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Midnight Hawk, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; and Blues Blaster, Juan Sanchez, 30-1. Bob Baffert7315141021%$1,311,588 Martin Pedroza1341218189%$541,414 (Current Through Thursday, March 5) Victor Espinoza13025251719%$1,532,858 John Sadler8611151313%$736,286 Carla Gaines3154216%$317,105 MINOR AWARDS MAJOR IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAPROOKIE EYES GIANT BIG ‘CAP UPSET ON 50-1 SHOTHOLLENDORFER’S EFFORTS ARE A WORK OF ARTDENMAN REMEMBERS HIS GREATEST BIG ‘CAPSTRAINER ‘SISES’ UP SAN FELIPE AS ‘TRIP’ RACECONQUEST TWO STEP ON THE MARK FOR SAN CARLOSMEGA HEAT HOT HORSE FOR GRADE I KILROE MILEVINTAGE COLOR SEABISCUIT VIDEO TO AIR ON SIMULCAST NETMANDELLA EYES FOURTH WIN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP            Richard Mandella has been known to kill a giant or two in a Hall of Fame career that began in 1974. Perhaps his most memorable hit came in 1996 when Dare and Go ended Cigar’s 16-race winning streak in the Pacific Classic.Mandella will attempt to add another notch on his holster when he sends out Catch a Flight in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.Catch a Flight, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred horse, registered his first U.S. victory from his second stateside start when he won an overnight race at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 13 under Gary Stevens, who will be seeking his fifth Big ‘Cap win, his last coming in 2005 aboard Rock Hard Ten, who also was trained by Mandella.“He’s an improving horse and those are always dangerous, I think,” Mandella said of Catch a Flight, a son of Giant’s Causeway who won six of 10 starts in his native country. “He’s showed enough to give the Big ‘Cap a try. I’m not sure if he’s up to this level, but we’re going to find out. You can’t win if you’re not in.”Noting the obvious in stating Shared Belief is the horse to beat, Mandella pointed out, “They pay pretty good down the line,” alluding to Big ‘Cap second money of $200,000; third, $120,000, fourth $50,000; fifth $20,000; and sixth $10,000. The winner gets $600,000.“This is a race anybody in racing wants to win, particularly if they’re from California,” said Mandella, who was born in Altadena and has captured the Santa Anita Handicap three times, with Siphon (1997), Malek (1998) and Rock Hard Ten.The Santa Anita Handicap: Cool Samurai, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Garcia, 50-1; Sr. Quisqueyano, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 3-5; Moreno, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Patrioticandproud, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Crimson Giant, Brandon Boulanger, 50-1; Imperative, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; Bronzo, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; and Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 12-1.In other Big ‘Cap news:Brandon Boulanger rides in his biggest race yet in the Big ‘Cap aboard 50-1 Crimson Giant. “This will be my first Grade I race,” said the 21-year-old apprentice who is represented by agent Ken Huth. Born in San Ramon, California and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Brandon is the son of veteran jockey Gary Boulanger.“I’ve been riding since October of 2012 and watched my dad ride at Golden Gate,” Brandon said. “I’m not really too sure how to feel about my chances Saturday, but Crimson Giant is a nice horse and last time out he showed a lot of heart (second by a nose going a mile against four rivals on Feb. 20).“I’ve got to take all the blame for that loss, getting my whip tangled in the reins. If I’d have gotten my whip out to urge him three or four strides earlier, we could have won the race by a good length. Only the Lord knows how the Big ‘Cap is going to go when we come to the top of the stretch.“Shared Belief is a monster of a horse, and we all know that. We saw what he did against California Chrome . . . I just hope the racing gods are in our favor.”Victor Espinoza on Hard Aces, recently acquired by Hronis Racing for trainer John Sadler: “I worked him three-quarters so I got to know him a bit. He’s a bit lazy in the morning but I guess he’s different in the afternoons. He knows when it counts.”Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million on the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 on the Pick 6. There will be a Beerfest and live music in the Infield.SHARED BELIEF SEEKS TO BE BIG FAVORITE TO WIN THE BIG ‘CAPShared Belief, who has lost just once in 10 career starts, will attempt to become one of the heaviest favorites to win the Santa Anita Handicap when he starts in the prestigious event Saturday. He is the 3-5 favorite on the Big ‘Cap morning line issued by Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White.“The biggest favorite of all the Big ‘Cap winners was Round Table,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for Santa Anita’s simulcast network. “Round Table was just slightly lower than 1-5 when he won the Big ‘Cap in 1958. He paid $2.30 to win for a $2 win ticket.“When Spectacular Bid won the Big ‘Cap in 1980, he was 1-5 on the tote board and paid $2.60. Prove It was 2-5 when he won in 1961, paying $2.80.”White noted that Round Table, Spectacular Bid and Prove It had something else in common besides being heavy favorites to win the Big ‘Cap.“All three were ridden by (Bill) Shoemaker,” White said.“Two of the other heaviest favorites to ever win the Big ‘Cap were Lava Man and Seabiscuit,” White added. “Lava Man was 3-5 when he won his second Big ‘Cap (in 2006), returning $3.20. And in 1940, Seabiscuit and Kayak II were coupled in the betting when Seabiscuit won the Santa Anita Handicap in the final start of his incredible career. Seabiscuit and Kayak II were 3-5 on the tote board and paid $3.40.” Mike Smith7715171119%$1,377,591 Peter Eurton59119819%$561,768 Mark Glatt5078814%$379,024 Corey Nakatani9618101419%$884,788 A. C. Avila2472329%$203,774 Joseph Talamo17119182811%$1,282,072 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux13626241819%$1,443,490 Ron Ellis4183720%$306,920 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS GOOD TRIP CRUCIAL IN SAN FELIPE STAKESTrainer Cliff Sise Jr. hopes Prospect Park takes a major step forward on the Triple Crown trail when the son of Tapit owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.It will mark the first stakes race for the colt, who broke his maiden impressively by 5 ¼ lengths at one mile on Jan. 30.Sise says the trip could be crucial.“”That’s what it’s going to end up being,” Sise said, alluding to which horse gets the best trip. “With (Bob) Baffert drawing the one and three (post positions with Lord Nelson and Dortmund, respectively), he’s got to get position early or else he’s going to get shuffled back.“So he’s got to use his horses in a little different manner. I think I drew well (six of 10). I’m going to try and sit like three (lengths) off of them. But it’s going to be a trip race. That’s what I think.”The field for the San Felipe: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Smith, 4-1; Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 8-5; The Gomper, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Kenjisstorm, Agapito Delgadillo, 50-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Bolo, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Pain and Misery, Flavien Prat, 15-1.The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, with 20 for second, 10 for third and five for fourth.Trainer Carla Gaines on Bolo, whose three career races have been on turf: “The owners wanted to try him on the dirt, and that’s how the decision evolved. He’s working well, but sometimes you don’t know until you run them, so we’re just going to give it a whirl and see.”Trainer Ron Ellis on The Gomper, who steadied when finishing fourth as the 1-2 favorite on Jan. 30: “He might not be ready to go on, but we want to give him one more chance. His last race was an inexplicably poor effort. There’s nothing wrong with him physically. I hope the pace is a little more favorable for him this time.” Mark Casse47105621%$708,008 Hector Palma2464125%$140,750 Jeff Bonde2790333%$321,530 Richard Mandella4488718%$431,346 Richard Baltas50118322%$433,268 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436 Michael Pender3564317%$164,190 Brice Blanc3772319%$277,352 Felipe Valdez4379816%$220,448 Flavien Prat911011811%$541,786 Tiago Pereira921091211%$357,494 Mario Gutierrez8161077%$360,750 Doug O’Neill11712111810%$698,024 Mike Puype6961199%$321,986 Fernando Perez13313161310%$587,802 -30-last_img read more

Sikhs are not Muslims, states media post US Gurdwara shooting

first_imgA candle-light vigil for the victims of the Wisconsin massacre.Most reports on the tragic August 5 mass shooting at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, took care to give readers a crash course in Sikhism as well. This was a precautionary measure to prevent further hate crimes against the community.,A candle-light vigil for the victims of the Wisconsin massacre.Most reports on the tragic August 5 mass shooting at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, took care to give readers a crash course in Sikhism as well. This was a precautionary measure to prevent further hate crimes against the community. Sikhs are adherents of a religion that originated in India, TV anchors would say, often adding, “Sikhs are not Muslims.”That just about sums up the quandary of the community, as it mourned the six victimsincluding four Indian citizensgunned down by 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, a discharged US Army soldier. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Page died by shooting himself in the head after a police officer fired at him. While it was revealed that Page had been a long-time member of white supremacist groups and music bands, it’s not yet known what caused his rampagewhether it was a random shooting, or if he thought he was attacking ‘Muslims’ or if he was actually targeting Sikhs.The distinction, even if it becomes clear, will offer little comfort to the Sikh community, estimated to number between 300,000 and 500,000 in the US. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they have borne the brunt of any backlash that has occurred. The first victim of a post-9/11 hate crime in the US was a Sikh gas station owner in Arizona, Balbir Singh Sodhi, shot dead just four days after 9/11 by an American who wanted to “kill a Muslim” in retaliation.”There’s an inundation in the popular news media over the last 11 years with stories about terrorism and bin Laden and the Taliban, and that’s the only image you see when you see a turban and beard,” says Amardeep Singh, director of programmes at the New York-based Sikh Coalition. He recalls there was similarly misdirected anger towards Sikhs during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. “My father was told to go back to Iran because they associated Sikhs with Ayatollah Khomeini,” says Amardeep.advertisementAbout half of the Sikh men in the US sport the traditional beard and turban, according to Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Washington-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE). In contrast, virtually no Muslims in the US wear turbans. As Harvinder Kaur Kochar, vice-president of the Philadelphia Sikh Society, notes, “It’s very simple, 99.9 per cent of people with turbans in America are Sikhs, they are not Muslims.”But simply proclaiming they are different from Muslims puts Sikh groups in an awkward spot. “We can’t deny all the time that we’re not Muslim. That means, go after Muslims. We don’t want to say that,” points out Rajwant. Instead, Sikh groups say they often collaborate with Muslim groups to jointly counter any bias and hate. In April, Congressman Joe Crowley from New York led 92 members of the US House of Representatives in calling for FBI to start collecting data on hate crimes against Sikh Americans who are currently clubbed with other minority groups on this issue.Rajwant notes that even the election of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India, or his state visit to the White House in 2009, did not increase awareness about Sikhs in the US. But he believes the Wisconsin massacre could be a “teachable moment”, even if it took a tragedy to create one. Adds Amardeep, “In the last two days, I’ve seen more stories about Sikhs, our heritage and our background than I’ve ever seen in my whole life. We just need that times a hundred.”last_img read more

Wall Street selloff resumes accelerates

first_imgFear about the effects of rising interest rates hit Wall Street hard today.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,033 points or 4.2 per cent to 23,860.The benchmark S&P 500 Index dropped 101 points of 3.8 per cent to 2,581, its lowest since November. Canadian stocks lost about half a much, with the S&P/TSX Composite dropping 265 points or 1.7 per cent.More to comelast_img

Arrests in Burnaby BC as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a court injunction to dismantle a protest camp and snuff out a sacred fire at a site where the Trans Mountain pipeline ends in Burnaby, B.C.Cpl. Daniela Panesar said police began enforcing an order obtained by the City of Burnaby last week from the B.C. Supreme Court.An update posted on social media by the detachment said 11 people were removed from the site known as Camp Cloud.“Five were subsequently arrested and have since been released from custody,” the post said.Police said in a news release that a family of three living at the camp was being helped to acquire emergency shelter.Environmental activist Tzeporah Berman, who works with the Watch House group that has an Indigenous protest site near Camp Cloud, said she understood the arrested demonstrators promised to stay away.“The folks agreed to sign the terms and they were released,” she said in a phone interview.Officers moved in after continuing to talk with camp residents in the hope that they would obey the injunction and leave within a 48-hour deadline set by the court, the RCMP said in a news release.That deadline passed Sunday and protesters at the camp said Monday they were prepared to protect a sacred fire, which has been burning since the camp was set up late last year. They also said they planned to tie themselves to structures rather than obey the injunction.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Gomery was specific in the injunction that the fire needed to be put out because it was burning in dry conditions near an aviation fuel tank farm.Camp residents had refused requests to extinguish the fire despite the increasing risk of wildfires.RCMP placed a large exclusion zone around Camp Cloud on Thursday as the dismantling began. They said they would arrest anyone, including media, who violated the zone.“Our paramount concern is safety,” said Panesar.“We ensure that everybody is out of the exclusion zone and then the City of Burnaby can come in and start cleaning up the protest site.”City crews brought in heavy equipment into the camp shortly after the arrests and began removing belongings and bringing down structures.Dipak Dattani, Burnaby’s acting city manager, said crews were doing an inventory of any personal property, as well as of the structures on the site.“Once that is done, we will then start looking at dismantling. To give you a date or time, it’s hard for me to say right now because we just got on the site.”Hazardous materials, needles or other dangerous items were among the things crews were checking for before dismantling could begin, Dattani said.Peaceful protests are still permitted, but when public safety is threatened, the City of Burnaby has to act, he said.The nearby Indigenous protest site wasn’t included in the injunction application.The City of Burnaby allowed the Watch House to stay because it had already agreed to several key conditions, including removal of its sacred fire.“The city asked it to be removed so there was a proper ceremony with Indigenous elders and (the sacred fire) was removed until after the fire ban,” Berman said.Camp Cloud has grown since last November when opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion parked a single trailer at the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain.The camp grew to include two-storey structures, several vehicles and a makeshift shower.RCMP said that since March they’ve arrested 217 people under a court-ordered injunction that restricts protesters from within five metres of sites in Burnaby where work related to the pipeline expansion is underway.It has also become a rallying point for demonstrators opposed to the pipeline’s expansion, which would more than triple the amount of bitumen and other oil products moving from near Edmonton to Burnaby for shipping overseas by tanker.As opposition built against the expansion, the federal government offered $4.5 billion to purchase the project. Kinder Morgan is presenting that offer to its shareholders and expects the sale will be approved later this month or in September.The purchase price, which includes the existing pipeline, pumping stations, rights of way and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, previously estimated at about $7.4 billion.last_img read more