first_imgMartin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Tyler Baze14517151712%$1,035,884 John Sadler647111011%$478,246 Peter Eurton4496720%$417,528 Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Casse3975518%$594,800 Elvis Trujillo1231417911%$904,352 Gary Stevens54107919%$740,202 A. C. Avila1850228%$107,524 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Felipe Valdez2364526%$129,498 NASHOBA’S GOLD SET FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEATUREWith Joe Talamo committed to ride War Story in Monday’s Southwest Stakes at the Fair Grounds, Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount on Nashoba’s Gold in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita on Presidents’ Day.Talamo had ridden Nashoba’s Gold in all of her six career starts, winning three, including the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita last May 4. Unfortunately for Joe, Tom Amoss, trainer of War Story, called an audible and will not run in the Southwest, leaving Talamo between a rock and a hard place.Bejarano, currently comfortably atop Santa Anita’s jockey standings, was impressed when he worked Nashoba’s Gold three furlongs on turf Thursday in 36 seconds.“She went well; I think she’s ready for the race,” Bejarano said of the 4-year-old gray daughter of Smart Strike, trained by Carla Gaines for owner/breeder Warren Williamson.The field for the Buena Vista: La Tia, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Annecdote, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and Uzziel, Fernando Perez, 20-1.            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Philip D’Amato4188720%$419,460 Flavien Prat5995615%$425,430 Martin Garcia7413121018%$1,095,380 Richard Mandella3485624%$373,430 Rafael Bejarano14133231823%$1,574,594 James Cassidy3875718%$250,880 Fernando Perez989989%$391,962 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke11914151712%$781,086 Edwin Maldonado66731011%$270,216 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 Bob Baffert561112820%$1,132,318 Kent Desormeaux10521181120%$1,213,922 Corey Nakatani71128817%$633,030 Santiago Gonzalez4054813%$151,574 Thomas Proctor2553320%$320,220 FINISH LINES: In conjunction with the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 restoring its purse to $1 million, Santa Anita will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool that day at $1 million, a legendary bet for a legendary race. The Pick 6 pool will be guaranteed at $250,000 . . .Congratulations to Gary Stevens on registering career win No. 5,000 in North America yesterday aboard Catch a Flight for Richard Mandella in the fourth race. “It’s very special,” Stevens said after the milestone victory. “The owners and the trainers have been nice enough to put me on all these good horses through the years. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of fun, and obviously I love it or I wouldn’t be out here.” Mandella noted that the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap could be next for Argentine-bred Catch a Flight . . . Legendary Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden, who retired as the world’s winningest jockey with 6,032 following his victory aboard George Royal in the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap on March 12, 1966, would have been 108 years of age today, Valentine’s Day. Doug O’Neill879101010%$520,036 Hector Palma1962132%$121,400 Carla Gaines2654119%$309,145 ALFREDO MARQUEZ CONTINUES FAMILY LEGACY            If there’s a nicer guy in racing that nobody ever heard of, it’s Alfredo Marquez.The third-generation horseman, who turns 67 on Feb. 28, only has seven horses in training but has won with three of them this meet, not to mention one second and one third. Even though he’s had greater numbers, the personable Marquez is content with siete.One of the seven, recent claim Hot Lightning, runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes for 3-year-olds at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.“I claimed him for $30,000 at Del Mar last November,” Marquez said. “He’s a beautiful animal.”A California-bred son of Stormin Fever, Hot Lightning returned dividends pronto, running second in a $50,000 maiden claimer despite a slow start and winning next out at the same level, going 5 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita on Jan. 17.Obviously, this is not Marquez’s first rodeo. Among his past stakes winners are Irguns Angel (winner of the 2002 A Gleam Invitational at Hollywood Park under Eddie Delahoussaye) and Tali’sluckybusride (winner of the 2001 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita under Jose Valdivia Jr.). Both horses were owned by Ron and Susan Anson. Marquez also won the 1989 Bay Meadows Derby with Irish.“I was at Caliente years ago when the track burned down and then I went up north with Bob Hess Sr.,” Marquez said. “I came back and worked with Ted West for a year. Caliente reopened in 1974 so I went back, and was there most of my life–all my life, as a matter of fact.“So was my read more

South Africa wins 2016 Edinburgh Medal

first_img10 February 2016In a first for South Africa, the 2016 Edinburgh Medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from Cape Town’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), and the International Astronomical Union (IAU).The award will be bestowed during the upcoming 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival in a ceremony on 30 March.The Edinburgh Medal is given each year to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements have made a noteworthy impact on the understanding and well-being of humanity.“Besides its technological, scientific and cultural contributions, astronomy fundamentally gives us the perspective we need to change the world, and it is amazing to see how this vision has rallied people and organisations from just about every continent,” Govender said. “It has been, and continues to be, a journey driven by many with a shared passion for both science and society.” South Africa’s Kevin Govender is named as a recipient of the Edinburgh Medal. (Image: Supplied)President of the IAU Professor Silvia Torres Peimbert said she was delighted the development work of the union was being recognised. “Astronomy is an exciting and stimulating pursuit and has a large part to play in inspiring the next generation of scientists from developing countries.“I hope this award will highlight this important work and encourage others to contribute.”The Edinburgh Medal was awarded to an individual or an organisation that had not only discovered great science but had contributed more broadly to society, explained the director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dr Simon Gage.“It’s an unusual award that recognises two dimensions of the work – the scientific and the social consequences. I’ve followed the work of Govender and the IAU for many years. The positive impact in the schools, universities and communities where they operate is incredible and is helping to build a better world.”Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Council, the Right Honourable Donald Wilson said Govender and the IAU had made an astronomical difference in various developing countries such as Armenia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nigeria, Portugal, Thailand and Zambia.“The IAU strategy to use astronomy to stimulate global development is inspiring. It demonstrates how science, technology and culture impacts on our everyday lives and how we can use science to improve communities,” Wilson said. “I’m thankful to Kevin and the IAU for creating opportunities that might lead us to healthier and wealthier futures.”About the IAUThe IAU established the OAD in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Department of Science and Technology.Minister Naledi Pandor officially opened it in 2011; it was tasked with the establishment of regional offices around the world and three astronomy-for-development focus areas:Universities and research;Children and schools; andPublic outreachSee the map for IAU-OAD funded projects and regional offices:Govender was appointed the OAD’s director in 2011. He was previously part of a tiny delegation that successfully lobbied the United Nations to declare 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009); he chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project in the same year.He was included in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, and received the National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Communicator award in 2011.Govender is also on the boards of various scientific organisations, such as the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres, the Quest Editorial Board and STEM Committee of the Academy of Science of South Africa.He has a background in experimental nuclear physics and extensive experience in community development initiatives in South Africa.In 28 years, this is only the second time that The Edinburgh Medal has been jointly awarded to an individual and an organisation; in 2013 Professor Peter Higgs and CERN received the medal.About the awardThe medal is made of sterling silver and features the original Edinburgh International Science Festival logo – a juggler performing with different symbols of science.Previous individual recipients include Prof Jane Goodall (1991), Sir David Attenborough (1998) and Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1999).Four Nobel laureates have also been recipients: Prof Abdus Salam (1989), Prof Wangari Maathai (1993), Sir John Edward Sulston (2001) and Prof Peter Higgs (2013).Well doneTwitter users expressed their delight:Ah this is excellent news. Congrats @govender and @Astro4Dev!— Sarah Kendrew (@sarahkendrew) February 6, 2016Guess who’s one of 28 people (4 Nobels!) in the world to be awarded the Edinburgh Medal? @govender!!!! #proudwife— Carolina Ödman (@carolune) February 6, 2016The first time the Edinburgh Medal goes (jointly) to a South African! Congrats read more

Twitter Launches Hovercraft…I Mean Hovercards

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts If you’ve ever spent any time trying to parse through your list of Twitter followers, than you know how time consuming it can be. “Who’s this guy?” you ask yourself, as you open up their profile in a new tab, just so you can read their little blurb about who they are and what they do and why you care.Twitter’s latest feature, Hovercards, will offer that contextual information without making you ever open up another tab.Twitter announced the feature last night, though for many unfortunate souls, such as myself, it has yet to go live. As with most Twitter features, this one will be rolled out over time. As you can see above, the hovercard is like a business card that will appear whenever you mouseover another user’s name or avatar. The Twitter announcement says that this will happen in “any timeline” so we can only hope that this means it will work when you’re trying to organize who you follow into lists. We asked Twitter but didn’t receive a response by press.The Twitter blog also notes that the hovercards will work for its new retweet format, showing you information about the person who is being retweeted. They will also let you direct message the person from within the hovercard. It seems like there could be other basic functionality too, from the looks of it, but its too early to tell.Of course, this feature only affects those of you that actually still visit instead of using an third-party app, but it surely seems like a great tool for looking through your followers and trying to create lists. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansonlast_img

Photo: Tennessee’s Josh Richardson Appreciates This Vols Snowman, Which Is Wearing His Jersey

first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Southeast doesn’t always get a lot of snow, but when the people down there do, you better bet there will be some creative SEC-themed snowmen. One family of Tennessee fans made a pretty impressive snowman, complete with a Josh Richardson No. 1 jersey. They sent a photo to the senior guard, who is a big fan of his new snow doppelganger. “@sgregg12: Sir Josh! Our 2015 Snowman! #Vols #BowTie @J_Rich1 @Vol_Hoops @Vol_Photos”oh man that’s nice !!!— Josh Richardson (@J_Rich1) February 24, 2015The Tennessee wristband is a nice touch. Now we just need Richardson to wear a top hat on the court, and this will be spot on.last_img

Indonesia owns majority control over Freeports mine

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia has finalized transfer of majority control over giant gold and copper mine from Freeport-McMoRan.President Joko Widodo on Friday announced the landmark deal worth $3.85 billion to take over a 51.2 per cent stake in PT Freeport Indonesia from the U.S. company has been completed by PT Inalum, a state-owned mining company.The two sides have been on a collision course since a presidential regulation in 2012 imposed a limit of 49 per cent on foreign ownership of companies issued new mining licenses. Foreign investors with ownership greater than 49 per cent were required to sell shares to state-owned enterprises or privately owned Indonesian companies.Freeport-McMoRan initially owns 90 per cent of the Grasberg mine since it began operating in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua in 1973. The rest is owned by the Indonesian government.The Associated Presslast_img

Arab summit to showcase unity against Trumps Israel policy

first_imgTunis: Leaders meeting in Tunisia for the annual Arab League summit on Sunday were united in their condemnation of Trump administration policies seen as unfairly biased toward Israel but divided on a host of other issues, including whether to readmit founding member Syria. This year’s summit comes against a backdrop of ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen, rival authorities in Libya and a lingering boycott of Qatar by four fellow League members. Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir skipped the meeting as they contend with mass protests against their long reigns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRepresentatives from the 22-member league minus Syria aim to jointly condemn President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli control over the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 war, and Trump’s decision last year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the opening of the summit, King Salman said Saudi Arabia “absolutely rejects any measures undermining Syria’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights” and supports the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe added that Iran’s meddling was to blame for instability in the region. One of the few things that have united the Arab League over the last 50 years is the rejection of Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights as well as east Jerusalem and the West Bank, territories seized in the 1967 war that the Palestinians want for their future state. The international community, including the United States, largely shared that position until Trump upended decades of US policy by moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem last year and recognizing Israel’s 1981 annexation of the strategic Golan plateau earlier this month. The Arab leaders meeting in Tunisia are expected to issue a statement condemning those moves but are unlikely to take any further action. That’s in part because regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have cultivated close ties with the Trump administration, viewing it as a key ally against their main rival, Iran. Both face Western pressure over their devastating three-year war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and Riyadh is still grappling with the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents last year. Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Saturday that Arab ministers had voiced support in a preparatory meeting for a declaration that Trump’s Golan move violates the UN Charter, which prohibits acquiring territories by force. In Syria, small protests against Trump’s Golan move were held in different parts of the country and state media criticized the Arab summit. “The Golan is not awaiting support from the Arabs, and not a statement to condemn what Trump has done,” the Thawra newspaper said in an editorial that accused Arab leaders of taking their orders from the US and Israel. The Arab League is expected to consider readmitting Syria, a founding member that was expelled in the early days of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad. But officials speaking ahead of the meeting said it was unlikely Syria would be welcomed back anytime soon. The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus last year, and other Arab states have expressed support for restoring relations. But Saudi Arabia and Qatar have actively supported the rebels trying to overthrow Assad, and many other states view his government as an Iranian proxy that should continue to be shunned. In a rare sign of easing tensions across another regional rift, King Salman and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sat at the same sprawling table when the heads of delegations met Sunday. It was the first time the two leaders have appeared in the same room since Saudi Arabia led the boycott of Qatar nearly two years ago over Doha’s ties to Iran and its support for regional Islamist groups.last_img

Dimple to file nomination from Kannauj LS seat

first_imgKannauj (Uttar Pradesh): Samajwadi Party leader and parliamentarian Dimple Yadav will file her nomination on Saturday from here. She is seeking re-election from the Kannauj parliamentary seat and is the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be accompanying his wife Dimple Yadav, who was first elected from Kannauj in 2012 in the bypolls. The Yadav couple accompanied by politician-actress Jaya Bachchan has already left for Kannauj from Lucknow. They were headed down the Expressway, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said. There will be a roadshow around after they reach the party office here ahead of the filing of nominations, he added. Polling for the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat will be held in the fourth phase on April 29.last_img

Blazing sun fails to deter voters across Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A large number of people turned up at polling booths in all nine Parliamentary seats of Bengal, braving hot and humid conditions on Sunday, whereas two poll personnel fell ill due to excessive heat. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore had earlier predicted that the temperature would remain on the higher side on the day of the final phase of election. The mercury had started climbing from last Friday in the city. Along with the voters, the polling personnel also faced difficulties in conducting polls due to the high levels of humidity. The MeT office also said that the temperature may continue to go up in the city and some other South Bengal districts in the next couple of days. There is no prediction of rainfall at least in the next 24 hours, the weather office added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPeople were seen perspiring heavily while standing in queues outside various polling stations in Kolkata North and Kolkata South constituencies, during the afternoon hours. Many polling personnel had gone to the booths on Saturday, a day before the final phase of the polls, with ORS and other necessary items to fight the heat. Voters were found standing in queues outside polling booths with umbrellas to protect themselves from the blazing sun. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMathurapur (SC) constituency recorded 78.52 percent polling till 5 pm, with 77.77 percent in Basirhat, 77.40 in Diamond Harbour, 75.81 in Joynagar, 74.41 in Barasat, 73.05 in Dum Dum, 70.97 in Jadavpur, 67.09 in Kolkata South and 61.18 in Kolkata North. Polling was conducted till 6 pm and latest data regarding the final poll percentage is yet to be compiled. The overall percentage of votes in the nine constituencies remained at 72.91 percent till 5 pm, which is expected to go up after the final tally.last_img

Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams

I wrote this week that Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay in February, wasn’t certain to be picked in the NFL draft. Of those players at his position who had been rated as sixth-round picks before the draft — as Sam was — slightly less than 50 percent were chosen by an NFL team.I also wrote that I’d take Sam’s side of the bet given even odds:Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.Perhaps this counts as a “correct” (if well-hedged) prediction. But I got one thing pretty wrong. I assumed that Sam would be chosen by a team like the Patriots or the Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers that play in an urban area especially tolerant toward gay people. But St. Louis was probably the best fit all along.How come? Public acceptance of homosexuality certainly varies from city to city and state to state. If we use support for gay marriage as a rough proxy, for example, I estimate that about 47 percent of voters approve of it in Missouri, as compared with 58 percent in California, 59 percent in Washington state and 66 percent in Massachusetts. (Obviously, the percentages are likely to be higher in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle specifically as opposed to the states as a whole. But that’s probably also true for St. Louis, which is considerably more liberal than the rest of Missouri.)What varies a lot more, however, is appreciation for University of Missouri football. Interest in the Tigers is about 50 times higher in Missouri than in the rest of the country, according to the number of Google searches.In other words, a higher percentage of people in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri will know of Sam as a football player and not just as a gay athlete. Here’s hoping that helps him to concentrate on what he does best.