Coloccini proud to retain armband

first_img The Argentinian was linked with a summer move away from Tyneside with former boss Alan Pardew, now at Crystal Palace, among his admirers. However, he remains at St James’ Park after signing a contract extension and is thrilled still to be wearing the armband. Press Association Coloccini told BBC Radio Newcastle: “For me, it’s something very important. I know there was much speculation about the captaincy, but for me it is something special. “The manager made the choice and to be captain again is fantastic news.” Coloccini was one of the men to receive criticism last season as the Magpies struggled to retain their Barclays Premier League status, and there was a school of thought which suggested he should be relieved of the captaincy. He insists he would have had no problem had McClaren looked elsewhere, but is delighted that he did not. He said: “It’s part of football. It’s the team, we have to think of the team. If the manager thinks it is better for the team, then I don’t have a problem. “But for me, it’s fantastic because as I have always said, I am from Argentina and I came to another country and didn’t know the language, so everything was new. But they made me feel part of the family here, and I am very proud of that.” center_img Fabricio Coloccini has spoken of his pride at being asked to continue as captain by new Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren. last_img read more

Lakers’ Magic Johnson on trade deadline fallout: ‘It’s a part of business’

first_img“It’s a part of business, it’s a part of being a professional athlete,” Johnson said Saturday. “I’m going to hug ’em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs. Magic Johnson plans to hug Lakers players after the drama surrounding the NBA trade [email protected]— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) February 10, 2019“I love our team. I love the guys,” Johnson said. “It’s a tough part of our business whether you’re mentioned in trade talk, or you get traded. It’s a tough part of professional sports, but they came together and played great against Boston. My job is to make sure we stay together as a team and stay focused on the goal, which is to make the playoffs.” Related News Lakers president Magic Johnson addressed the franchise’s recent trade deadline fallout after Anthony Davis trade rumors with the Pelicans didn’t come to fruition. Johnson said it was simply “part of business” and that he is going to work to keep his team focused on the end goal of making it to the playoffs.  With no Anthony Davis deal, Magic Johnson plans meeting with Lakers players, report says Many of the Lakers players were mentioned as part of the trade talks before Thursday’s deadline. Los Angeles ended up dealing Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk in a pair of deals to acquire Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala.The Lakers are 28-27 and sitting 10th in the Western Conference heading into Sunday’s game against the 76ers.last_img read more

MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL West

first_imgDivision prediction: Astros win (again)Houston has been red hot the past couple seasons and there’s no reason the Astros shouldn’t come away with the division again. The last time this team three-peated was 1997-99.Despite the fact this team lost three of five pitchers from its starting rotation from a year ago, Houston returns All-Star caliber players and a couple of Cy Young candidates in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. If the heart of the team’s lineup is at full health to match the power of its bullpen, the Astros will be in a good position to once again run away with the title. MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL Central For an extended look at how things can shake out, here is your 2019 preview for the AL West.Storyline to watch: Will the A’s find their leader in Matt Chapman?The third baseman could be his team’s saving grace as it looks to build off a very good season last year. In fact, Chapman could be a name in the AL MVP race if he backs up what he did in 2018. Related News MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL Eastcenter_img Chapman, who is only in his third season with the A’s, is already a staple in the team’s defense but more impressively, it was his offense that turned heads. He more than doubled his runs (100) and hits (152) from his rookie campaign in 2017 (that saw just 39 runs on 68 hits) and finished 2018 with a .278/.356/.508 slash line to lead the team. But, that’s not all, manager Bob Melvin said: “the scary part is that there’s a lot of room for growth.”It’s been a while since Oakland has had back-to-back winning seasons — the last time the A’s put it together was 2012-14 — but if Chapman can get going early into the season, he could be just what this team needs to do it again.  MVP candidate: Mike Trout, AngelsThey don’t give out record-breaking deals to just anyone, right? Trout agreed to a shocking 12-year contract worth nearly $430 million and he is certainly worth it.The two-time AL MVP passed the 100-run mark for the fifth time in his career last season and if he can pull off another MVP-worthy year, he will be one of 11 players in history to have captured the award three times. Trout previously earned AL MVP honors in 2014 and 2016. The case could have been made for Trout to win the MVP award in multiple seasons but his team simply hasn’t won enough to justify giving him the award.Here is 3 minutes and 43 seconds of @MikeTrout being awesome.— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2019He has been one of the best players in baseball but still has yet to win a playoff game. Will this be the year for both another MVP win and a playoff-series victory?Cy Young candidate: Yusei Kikuchi, MarinersThis one may be a bit out of left field, but, while Yusei Kikuchi doesn’t have the resume to prove it just yet, a breakout season could put his name in the Cy Young conversation. He faced his first MLB hitter in the Mariners’ second game in Japan and would be a good sleeper pick for the honors.Seattle already features rotation staples Marco Gonzales, Wade Leblanc and Mike Leake but Kikuchi is unlike anything batters have seen and could be the Mariners’ best pitcher when all is said and done. He can throw in the mid- to upper-90s from the left side and has earned comparisons to the likes of three-time National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.Yusei Kikuchi is filthy. #MLB開幕戦— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2019Kikuchi debuted with three strikeouts to his name and could see similar success to countrymen like Hideo Nomo, Masahiro Tanaka and, of course, Shohei Ohtani.Prospect to watch: Jo Adell, AngelsHe’s not Mike Trout, but honestly, he could be the Angels’ second-best player if they decide to call him up this season.The 19-year-old outfielder made it all the way to Double-A last year, and if he proves he can handle the level over 50 games this season, he could see a call-up to Triple-A, or if Los Angeles is in the playoff race, he could see a more aggressive move and find his way to MLB.Gifted with plus power, great speed and an arm which was pumping 97-mph heat off the mound in high school, Adell’s tool set and arrival date are incredibly similar to Trout’s and he could be the man who gives the two-time MVP something to look forward to over the course of his 12-year deal. In 2018, the Astros dominated the American League West by stringing together a franchise-record 103 wins, the Athletics surprised nearly everyone with their best season in more than five years, the Mariners were in the playoff hunt while both the Angels and Rangers rounded out the division.This time around, expect Houston to win the division for the third consecutive time, a very rich Mike Trout to put his money where his bat is and emerging players to lead their respective team’s this season.last_img read more

NJ Fluke Fishing Industry in Flux

first_imgIn a Jan. 19 letter to Rootes-Murdy, Martin wrote that Addendum XXVIII would “serve as a de facto moratorium on summer flounder for the recreational fishing industry in New Jersey.”If New Jersey were not to accept the Option Five measures, a precautionary default measure would be implemented for recreational fluke fishing – a 20” size limit and a bag limit of two fish. Rootes-Murdy said this measure is used as a backstop to ensure states follow the approved guidelines.Not forgotten in this equation are the commercial fisherman, who are constantly monitoring federal fluking regulations.In August 2016, the ASMFC and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council – a regional fishery management entity that covers waters from New York to North Carolina – decided that, due to the possible over fishing of fluke, a 30 percent decrease in the commercial quota would be necessary. That would put the 2017 quota down 5.66 million pounds commercially for the year.The Belford Seafood Co-Op, a fishing enterprise operating on approximately 11 acres of land on bay side of Middletown, is a key player in New Jersey’s commercial fishing scene.Roy Diehl, captain of the Donna Lynn – a 60’ commercial trawler out of the Belford Seafood Co-Op – fishes for fluke all year. He says roughly 50 percent of the dock’s income is dependent on fluke.Roy Diehl, Co-Op president and captain of the Donna Lynn, is just one out of a few year-round commercial flukers based out of Belford.He estimates that 50 percent of the dock’s income comes from fluke.“We should be at 13 to 14 million pounds per year, half of what it was in the 1980’s when it was 30 million a year,” Diehl said.While the yearly quotas are set, Diehl must meet specific guidelines which spread out his fishing days. Right now, he is allowed to catch 1,500 pounds of fluke every two weeks. In peak season, which is May and June, he’ll be able to catch 500 pounds per trip, with four trips in a week.Although a proponent for appropriate management, he says that the fishing can be regulated efficiently through new data gathering methods, a claim constantly brought up along with fluke regulations.Instead of data-gathering boats trailing the commercial fisherman, Diehl suggests the commercial folks do the data gathering themselves.“It’s just a shame that they won’t let us fish,” he said. “We’re not asking for a lot; we just want to be within reason.” On Tuesday afternoon, crew members of the Donna Lynn unload a day trip’s worth of spiny dogfish, which were being packaged and shipped immediately to Massachusetts.John Amici, the harbor manager, believes the deep fishing history is a trademark of Atlantic Highlands.Tasked with ensuring the harbor is as full with boats as possible, Amici said he’s already received calls from boaters who are questioning whether or not to dock their boats there this summer.“It’s part of the charm of Atlantic Highlands to come down, walk by the water and look at the boats,” he said. “It’s just a big attraction.”Frank McDonald, the harbor commission chairman, says Atlantic Highlands has invested money into the harbor so it can be competitive on the shore. By Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After a decision made last week aimed at protecting the Atlantic Ocean’s primary cash fish, New Jersey anglers now believe their industry is in dire straits.The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a federally regulated authority that oversees fishing management for the 15 states along the Atlantic Coast, has decided to increase regulations on summer flounder for 2017.“With what they’re proposing, it’s going to be the final nail in our coffin,” said Ron Santi, a head boat captain based out of Atlantic Highlands.On Feb. 2, the ASMFC passed Addendum XXVIII with a 7-3-2 vote, choosing Option 5, which calls for new recreational regulations on summer flounder, commonly known as fluke.Those sanctions propose an increase in keeper length from 18” to 19”, along with a reduction in bag limits from five fish to three. The season length will remain the same, though, open from May 21 through Sept. 25.“When looking at recreational and commercial fisheries on a whole, it seems as though for 20 to 30 years, we’ve been fishing at a higher level than the resources can sustain,” said Kirby Rootes-Murdy, a senior fishery management plan coordinator with ASMFC.Between recreational and commercial fishing, fluking generates nearly $2.5 billion for the state’s economy, according to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.Santi, captain of the 72-foot head boat named Fishermen, believes these are draconian sanctions which could kill the recreational fishing industry. The new regulation could effectively reduce recreational fluke fishing hauls by roughly 30 percent.“I’m sick of the bureaucracy looking down at me – we’re part of the country, too,” he said.In addition to Belmar and Point Pleasant, the Atlantic Highlands Harbor is one of the more popular head (or party) boat fishing destinations in Monmouth County. Though what makes Atlantic Highlands unique is the harbor is run as a public utility, similar to water and sewer departments in other towns.According to Adam Hubeny, the borough’s administrator, the Atlantic Highlands Harbor sends nearly $1 million back to the municipality every year, which is used to offset property taxes.“Anytime the harbor is in a position to lose any part of its fishing fleet, the tenants that lease mooring and berthing space or have boaters who don’t buy fuel, that will have an ill effect on the municipal taxes,” Hubeny said.The Atlantic Highlands Harbor, which was constructed between 1938 and 1940, oversees one primary launch ramp, eight head boat slips, roughly 475 regular slips, 171 moorings for sailboats and 125 spots for summer land storages.center_img “This is what the town has banked on, and I certainly hope we can keep it going,” McDonald said. “When you have stuff like this, it’s really tough.”Both Amici and McDonald believe these new regulations could not only hurt the fisherman, but the businesses who depend on steady and successful fluking.While most bait and tackle shops are closed this time of the year, 87-year-old Ernie Giglio was at work in his shop Monday morning, ironically preparing to make fluke rigs.“We’re really geared for fluke fishing and striped bass, those are the two big ones,” said Giglio, whose son Tom now owns Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright.Since 1961, the shop has been a fluke fishing hub, attracting anglers who fish from the head boats, the surf and on kayaks in the ocean.Not one fond of government restrictions, Giglio said his son’s business will feel the effects of these new rules, because a majority of the store’s summer time traffic comes from fluke fishing. While the shop still may stay afloat thanks to the other fish in the area, he continues to worry.“I think we’ll still survive with the striped bass and the bluefish, as long as they come around, but the fluke will definitely have a huge effect on us,” Giglio said. “I hope it doesn’t wipe us out.”As a whole, state officials sharing the anglers’ concerns are coming out against ASMFC’s decisions. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has been out front with the anglers, joining them in opposition. NJ DEP commissioner Bob Martin has come on as well.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, will offer fans much more than just world class Thoroughbred action in American racing’s most beautiful winter setting. In addition to four graded stakes, all on-track fans will receive the track’s traditional full color wall calendar, free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture, sponsor of the opening day Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) will provide the first 20,000 fans with a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mathis Brothers, one of America’s leading furniture retailers. Additionally, the first 5,000 kids, 17 and under, will receive a miniature Thoroughbred plush toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture.In addition to the Mathis Brothers Mile, Santa Anita will also present a pair of Grade I, seven furlong stakes worth $300,000 each; the Malibu and the La Brea. The Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, will round out the opening day stakes action.Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby, noted that the partnership forged between The Great Race Place and Mathis Brothers Furniture has become synonymous with Opening Day.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Newby. “They are (again) sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as to the Mathis Brothers flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis, who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Themed “What’s In a Name,” the 2016 wall calendar will no doubt be in keen demand among racegoers everywhere as fans will be treated to monthly depictions of how notable Thoroughbreds, who have competed at The Great Race Place over a period of nine decades, have come to be named.Opening Day attendees are also encouraged to come in their “Holiday Best,” and participate in Santa Anita’s “Passion for Fashion” contest, which will reward the winner with a $2,500 gift certificate redeemable at Mathis Brothers Furniture.All fans 18 and over are eligible to sign up for “Passion for Passion” in the East Paddock Gardens near Champions! Gifts and Apparel. The top 10 “Passion” finalists will be announced before the Mathis Brothers Mile, with the winner taking home the $2,500 Mathis Brothers gift certificate and six passes to Santa Anita’s popular Winner’s Terrace, which adjoins the Winner’s Circle.Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series will also return on Opening Day, with LA’s hottest culinary event taking place in the track’s luxurious Chandelier Room. Fans are encouraged to experience some of LA’s most innovative restaurants steeped in the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing in this one-of-a-kind event.Fans can enjoy an amazing menu created by LA’s own, The Church Key, and experience live music provided by the mult-talented James Torme’. Guest Chef Series tickets are on sale now at more contest information on opening day at Santa Anita, please visit, or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ CONTEST TO OFFER WINNER $2,500 MATHIS BROTHERS GIFT CERTIFICATE last_img read more


first_imgJoseph Talamo13019121815%38%$629,203 Steven Miyadi55814615%51%$374,333 Jerry Hollendorfer10219132119%52%$1,438,064 Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 Flavien Prat18941303722%57%$2,743,674 Tiago Pereira9511111312%37%$380,035 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won 1940 BIG ‘CAP STARTING GATE IN PADDOCK GARDENSSanta Anita’s first-ever electronic starting gate, which housed the legendary Seabiscuit prior to his career-capping victory in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, has been completely refurbished and will be on display for fans to admire in the track’s East Paddock Gardens this Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day, at Santa Anita.De-commissioned for decades, the 15 ton gate had been relegated to Santa Anita’s own “battleship row,” according to assistant starter John Lopez, who headed the renovation project.“I had been looking at that gate since I was a little kid and I just decided this was something that needed to be done,” said Lopez, 59, who began working as an assistant starter in 1977.  “It was just wasting away and I said, ‘You know what, I can do this.’  It’s like putting a model airplane or car back together.”With Lopez heading the project that began this past May, he was assisted by Santa Anita’s Carpenter and Paint Shops, as well as the track’s Director of Graphics, Candice Coder Chew.“The carpenters built the sign, the painters stripped everything down and brought it back to life and Candi was able to provide the numbers on top of the gate,” said Lopez.  “I just put everything back together…It’s nice to see the ‘Old Lady’ come back to life again.”The vintage starting gate, which was originally assembled on-site prior to the 1939/40 meeting, provides a link to a legendary past that can be revisited by all on Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, at The Great Race Place.First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Stewart Elliott12914151811%36%$689,348 Rafael Bejarano10719161918%50%$1,060,623 Corey Nakatani64117617%38%$603,401 John W. Sadler478101017%60%$503,869 Philip D’Amato731591321%51%$896,630 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 FINISH LINES:  California-bred Masochistic, idle since running second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5, drew post position five with Mike Smith in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes and appears to be the speed of the race.  “It looks good and he should be fit enough,” said trainer Ron Ellis…A winner of the 2015 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, Ring Weekend, trained by Graham Motion, drew post five in a field of seven for Saturday’s Kilroe and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Rafael Bejarano.  “He caught a sloppy track in the San Gabriel (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles, two starts back on Jan. 7) and he had a slow start in the Arcadia (Grade II, one mile turf on Feb. 11),” said Aimee Dollase, assistant to Motion.  “Rafael kind of waited late to ask him in the Arcadia, but the horse is training good.  Hopefully, he knows him better this time, we’ll get a good trip and get lucky.”…Trainer John Shirreffs, a recently announced finalist for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot, has opted to “stay home” and run in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes with his prized Derby hopeful, Gormley.  “The big thing was how well Gormley worked here when he went (six furlongs) in 1:11 and change (best of 14 at the distance on Feb. 27),” said Shirreffs…Trained by Phil D’Amato, speedy Midnight Storm, who drew the rail in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap with Rafael Bejarano, would appear to have limited options in terms of early strategy.  “We’ve got the rail and we hope he gets out of there good,” said D’Amato.  “I think Rafael’s going to try and control the race and we’ll see what happens.”…Jockey Edwin Maldonado reports agent Joe Griffin is “doing good” after undergoing open heart surgery at Arcadia Methodist Hospital on Monday.  “He’ll probably be up and walking tomorrow,” Maldonado said. (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Jockey Standings Tyler Baze20334402317%48%$1,606,591 Martin Pedroza9913191713%49%$559,048 CLASSY DORTMUND GOES GREEN IN KILROE MILEFOUR-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO HERE ON SATURDAYVINTAGE 1940 STARTING GATE ON DISPLAY IN PADDOCK GARDENSTWO-TIME BIG ‘CAP WINNER JOHN HENRY BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1975SHIRREFFS ‘STAYS HOME’ WITH GORMLEY IN SAN FELIPE   Kent Desormeaux11924151220%43%$1,403,077 OPPORTUNITY BRINGS ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO TO SANTA ANITAWith regular rider Gary Stevens, idle since undergoing right hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21, returning to action in today’s fourth race, trainer Peter Eurton opted to book four-time Eclipse Champion Jockey Javier Castellano to ride his late running grey, Kobe’s Back, in Saturday’s Grade I, Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs.  Kobe’s Back, a multiple graded stakes winning 6-year-old by Flatter, has been idle since running third in last year’s Triple Bend on June 25 and had been ridden in 11 consecutive starts, dating back to March, 2015, by Hall of Famer Stevens.“Saturday is a big day of racing at Santa Anita and the Triple Bend has a $400,000 purse,” said Eurton.  “I know Mike (Lakow, agent for Castellano and former Santa Anita Assistant Racing Secretary). There’s not much else on the East Coast this Saturday except maybe at Tampa Bay Downs, so I thought Javier might want to ride here that day.”And ride he will. In addition to Kobe’s Back, Castellano is named to ride Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Stakes and Shaman Ghost, for Jimmy Jerkens, in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap. Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Trainer Standings SANTA ANITA STATISTICS GRASS IS GREENER FOR DORTMUND IN GRADE I KILROE MILE Saturday’s Grade I, Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass will mark at least two firsts:  The first time  Dortmund runs on turf and the first time the 5-year-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown runs in a stakes for owner Kaleem Shah under his new trainer Art Sherman.Dortmund, a winner of five of seven starts on Santa Anita’s main track, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in 2015, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 4, but even though the Kilroe attracted six graded stakes winners on turf, Sherman opted to go there rather than run seven furlongs on dirt in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, for which Dortmund was also nominated.Overall, Dortmund has eight wins from 14 career starts, with earnings just under $2 million.“He left Los Alamitos on Wednesday for Santa Anita, where he’ll school for a couple days,” Sherman said.  “If you really think about it, seven eighths is probably one of the toughest distances on a horse.  You’ve got to run every inch of the way.“It’s just a hard, hard race to recover from, and Dortmund has some grass breeding and it’s an opportune time to try him on the grass.  You don’t have to win, but if he runs a good race, it gives me another option.”Sherman, who along with Doug O’Neill, picked up several horses that had been previously trained by Bob Baffert for Shah in December, allowed that he likes the position he’s in.“I run a horse for Kaleem for the first time Friday (Besides the Point, in the seventh race), but the Kilroe will be the first time I’ve run in a stakes for him.  I also have Klimt (a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5), but he won’t be ready until Del Mar this summer.“Kaleem is very nice.  I don’t know what happened (between him and Baffert).  I don’t get into any of that.  I was just happy to get the horses.”As for two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, now at stud in Kentucky, Sherman says the California-bred son of the late Lucky Pulpit is enjoying life.“He’s really strong right now.  He’s being bred to 130 mares, so he better be strong!” Peter Miller892721930%64%$1,330,356 Richard Baltas10719191718%51%$1,010,787 (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Doug F. O’Neill11815241913%49%$1,173,586 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.90188920%39%$790,821 Bob Baffert49106920%51%$966,131 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 Mark Glatt65911914%45%$419,760 Vladimir Cerin46910620%54%$334,024 Edwin Maldonado61107916%43%$321,640 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA:  Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who was trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, won the 1981 Big ‘Cap under 128 pounds and Laffit Pincay, Jr.  The following year, he took the race via disqualification under Bill Shoemaker and 130 pounds, thus becoming the first two-time winner of the Big ‘Cap.  Regarded as one of the greatest geldings of all time, John Henry, a son of Ole Bob Bowers, was foaled on this date in 1975.  Santiago Gonzalez10912181311%39%$570,427 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105last_img read more

A personal tribute to Hugh Masekela, Prof Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile and Rica Hodgson

first_imgHonorary Consul Anne Page writes a personal tribute to the three late South African greats: Hugh Masekela, Prof Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile and Rica Hodgson.Almost never seen without his trusty trumpet, Hugh Masekela was more than just a legendary South African musician, he was a global iconoclast who celebrated his continent and its people through his music. Masekela died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23 January 2018. (Image: Wikipedia)By Anne Page, Honorary Consul for South Africa in the East of EnglandI am feeling blue at the death of Hugh Masekela, world-renowned musician, and personal friend. It is hard for those of us for whom the struggle years lasted longer than the born-free years have yet done. We are all into old age now, and meet too often at funerals.Hugh’s death comes too soon after those, also this month, of Poet Laureate Professor William Kgositsile, and anti-apartheid champion Rica Hodgson. Hugh and Rica were specially connected to the UK, Hugh and Bra Willie to the United States.All three of these distinguished South Africans began their lives of struggle at home. They moved into exile. They continued the struggle, but so differently. Each used their own platforms to alert the world to apartheid. Each was lucky enough to be able to return to the new South Africa, and continue contributing to the country’s development.Hugh should need no introduction, even to young readers. His music continued to give joy to millions around the world until last year when illness attacked him irrevocably. It was here in Suffolk, East Anglia, that I last heard him perform, at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 18 months ago. I watched him, as ever, seduce an audience new to him, young and old, with his music, his wit, and his politics.I heard him play several times with the London Symphony Orchestra and London youth choirs. I heard him do a marvellous charity gig for Johannesburg’s Trevor Huddleston Centre, in St James, Piccadilly. There he gave a trumpet to a young Londoner, and said he hoped it would bring him the same luck he had been blessed with when Trevor gave him his first trumpet.Best of all, I heard him when he arrived late, delayed by planes, one evening at South Africa House. This was for the London tribute to Oliver Tambo. People had left, with the last few just chatting, far from the basement stage. I looked up and saw Hugh charge in and down the stairs all anxious because he was late. At once he saw the event was practically over. But, un-greeted, not even noticed, he rushed through to the empty hall, got up on the stage, and blew his heart out for Oliver.Only last November, the Festival Hall was jammed to hear him together with another South African musical legend, Abdullah Ibrahim — but Hugh had to cancel. The illness had taken hold by then.On January 11, Rica Hodgson died at 97.She helped prepare the 1956 Congress of the People. ‪She was also a leader at the women’s march against pass laws, that same year. ‬In 1957, following the arrest of 156 leaders, she became fund-raiser and secretary of the Treason Trial Defence Fund and later, for the Johannesburg branch of the Defence and Aid Fund. In 1959, she was secretary for the musical production King Kong that sought to promote black jazz musicians and non-racial performances.She was detained during the 1960 state of emergency. In 1962, she and her husband Jack were placed under house arrest. They left the country illegally in mid-1963 and from 1964 to 1981, Rica worked full-time for the Defence and Aid Fund in London, heading the Welfare Section, covertly channelling money for the defence of political prisoners and the support of their families. Rica was much involved with the development of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, established by the ANC in Tanzania after the Soweto Uprising. Eventually she returned home to become personal assistant to Rivonia trialist Walter Sisulu at the ANC’s headquarters.Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile, born 1938 and also known by his pen name Bra Willie, was a poet and political activist. He lived in exile in the United States from 1962 until 1975. Kgositsile was one of the first to bridge the gap between African poetry and Black poetry in the United States. He later went to live in Africa, was prominent in the arts and cultural work of the ANC in Zambia, and on returning home, was made Poet Laureate in 2006, successor to another distinguished UK- and American-based returnee from exile, Mazisi Kunene.The lives of these great South Africans are recorded more fully elsewhere. All leave us a legacy of commitment to South Africa’s future, perhaps just now more clearly back on track. In this year of the Mandela Centenary, we must all continue their work.About Anne PageAnne Page is Honorary Consul for South Africa in the East of England. A graduate of the University of Cape Town, she returned to London in the early 1960s. Founding editor of Anti- Apartheid News, she worked with and came to know many political exiles. Her full story is recorded in the official archives of the Anti Apartheid Movement, link here.last_img read more

Real Bad Guys Create Fake Bad Piggies Game: Infect 80,000 Angry Birds Fans

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#gaming#security#web Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App christina ortizcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout People love to play the bad guy, so it’s no surprise that Bad Piggies, the spin off of Rovio’s popular Angry Birds game franchise, has done very well worldwide, earning the top spot in the iPhone App Store hours after its release in late September. But that popularity has a dark side: Some real bad buys have created a fake version of the game as a Chrome extension that has already infected more than 80,000 users with malware. Rovio’s new game focuses on Angry Birds’ hated green swine baddies, giving the Bad Piggies a chance to soar to new heights through mazes and puzzles. But when a user searches the Chrome Web Store for the game, what they find might be a little fishy. IT security company Barracuda Networks posted on its blog that it downloaded a few of the titles and found that the plug-ins came from a site called, supposedly a source for free flash games. (This includes a game called “Angry Mario,” which aside from any possible malware that comes along with it, sounds like a pretty freaking cool idea.) Barracuda found that when a user downloads one of these games, they are asked to allow the  app access to website data.Using a test environment, the company allowed access and checked out the games. The first thing it noticed was that the game doesn’t resemble the real Bad Piggies game. Instead of the mazes and puzzles that make the pig game different from its predecessor, you get a pigs-shoot-birds set up.More to the point, the plug-in also accesses popular sites like Yahoo, Myspace and even to snatch up personal info like email addresses and credit card numbers. A full list of the sites infected with adware so far is available on Barracuda’s blog. Don’t Be A VictimTo make sure you don’t get sucked into this mess, be wary of giving any permissions to plug-ins from the Chrome Store. If it seems suspicious, don’t download it. If you already did allow access, change your passwords and uninstall the extensions immediately.As of right now, the real game is available in the App Store, Google Play, Mac App Store and as a download for the PC.  Windows 8 and Windows Phone versions will be available soon.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Family Development WEBINAR: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of Parents

first_imgNovel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsMark your calendars for what’s next in our 2014 MFLN Family Development Webinar Series!Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsWhat to Expect…Presenters of this 2 hour webinar will highlight how parents today are less likely to attend traditional parenting programs, provide research showing that parents are increasingly seeking information online, through social media and mobile devices and promote the use of two FREE, effective and innovative resources that can meet the needs of parents with young children.Luisa F. Soaterna-Castañeda, MPH, Text4baby Multicultural & Outreach Specialist, will highlight the successes of Text4Baby and how you can easily incorporate it into your work with mothers that have smartphones. Webinar attendees will learn about the Text4Baby service and how the service provides information on key topics that interest pregnant women and new moms via short and succinct text messages. Attendees will also learn about significant creative communication enhancements (including interactivity, mobile pages, quizzes, and videos) to the nation’s largest and only free text messaging service. Research on the effectiveness of text messaging in reaching underserved populations will also be covered as well as how Text4Baby can assist in women feeling more prepared for motherhood due to increased knowledge, awareness and skills that lead to better health for them and their babies.Aaron Ebata, Ph.D., University of Illinois,  and Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., University of Delaware, will show how Just in Time Parenting (JITP) connects with the needs of today’s parents for reliable, research-based information.  Presenters will highlight evaluations of JITP to demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering age-paced information and show how readers across all educational and economic levels demonstrate more confidence and competence in raising their children when using information and strategies outlined by JITP. Presenters will also highlight how JITP can help parents have realistic age-appropriate expectations, provide reassurance about their child’s development, help parents identify problems early and suggests how to find help. Speakers will share how to get parents enrolled for the free electronic version of JITP and how to take advantage of additional online resources that support and strengthen JITP outreach and impact, including: “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Ask the Experts”.FREE CEU’s!We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Stop Chasing What Is New and Start Chasing Impeccable Execution

first_imgFor many, the next idea is going to be better than the one that came before it. They believe the next evolution of the sales process is going to be more effective than the existing process, the next new methodology better than the last. The next digital offering is going to revolutionize sales like nothing seen before, turning the industry on its head, and changing sales forever. The next new research report is going to provide a greater depth of understanding of how you should sell and what your clients need from you.Looking for “next” is chasing, and chasing is how one avoids doing the work necessary for producing better results. Also, there is something you can easily recognize in those who chase: they rarely ever execute the fundamentals consistently enough to produce results, being too busy looking for something better, something easier, and something new.If you are going to chase, chase impeccable execution of the fundamentals.You Know What You Need to DoThe execution of opportunity creation requires a few different activities. It starts with targeting your dream clients, those prospective clients who will perceive your value proposition as strategic, worth changing providers to obtain, and worth paying more for the better results you produce. Creating an opportunity means capturing mindshare by nurturing those relationships and executing a persistent, professional pursuit plan. You create opportunities by prospecting and scheduling meetings with your dream clients and prospects.The time you spend trying to avoid, over-automate, or over-optimize these activities, the worse your execution.In addition to executing against the activities that create opportunities, you need to execute opportunity capture, i.e., winning those opportunities. In most cases, this means face-to-face, or video face to video face, or ear-to-ear conversations with your dream clients. The execution of those meetings require you to plan your sales call, have a theory about what creates enough value for your dream client to continue to engage in the sales conversation, and gaining the commitment to take the next step. It also requires that you know how to control the process and, in complex sales, how to manage the many and varied stakeholders who are going to weigh in on any decision to change.The execution of a sales process includes good discovery work, proper development of solutions, and excellent presentation and proposal skills. All of this work now requires you have the business acumen and the relationship to create a preference to work with you, your company, and your solution.Everything outside of these two major outcomes, opportunity creation, and opportunity capture, is commentary, even when it is vital to good sales hygiene.All of this is to remind you that the difference in your future result isn’t likely to found in anything “new,” unless what is new is your commitment to impeccable execution. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more