20 Dec

Panama Surpasses Its Record for Drug Seizures in 2016

first_imgBy Roberto López/ Diálogo January 30, 2017 It is reassuring to know that Minister Bethancourt recognizes the “benefits of having a permanent cooperative relationship with countries like the United States and Colombia.”I would have liked the Minister comments on the impact of U.S.-provided capacity building. Did U.S. capacity building help increase the number of “officials educated and trained in security” he places in “positions at ministry headquarters and its subordinate offices, as well as in intelligence organizations”? A total of 68.4 metric tons of drugs were seized by Panamanian security agencies in 2016, a record for the country, Alexis Bethancourt, Panamanian minister of Security told Diálogo on January 19th. He stressed the importance of international cooperation to defeat drug trafficking. Large quantities of drugs produced in South America are introduced into Panamanian territory via the coasts and then transferred by land, where the majority of seizure operations occur. “Operations are conducted throughout the country and we have had positive results at sea, on the coasts, and on the borders but the most effective [operations] have been on land,” explained Minister Bethancourt. Central America is one of the key regions where criminal organizations transport their illegal shipments. They use the countries of the isthmus as their principal drug-trafficking routes. “Because of its geographic position and its logistical and maritime platforms, Panama represents one of the main links for drug-trafficking routes,” said Commissioner Belsio González, director of the National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym). The number of seizures in 2016 surpassed the 2015 record of 58.1 tons of drugs. In 2014, a total of 39.2 tons were seized, according to figures published by the Ministry of Security. Of the total amount of drugs seized in Panama in 2016, SENAN confiscated 29.1 tons, González reported. SENAN operates in the air, the sea, and on land along the country’s 1,690-kilometer Pacific coast, the 1,160-kilometer Caribbean coast, and in close to 1,600 islands. Another component of the Security Force, the National Border Service, operates along the borders of Costa Rica and Colombia and seized 2.3 tons along the 555 kilometers under its control. The rest of the drugs (37 tons) were confiscated by the National Police of Panama. Intelligence work Commissioner González told Diálogo that in 2016 SENAN conducted 74 operations with positive results. Meanwhile, Bethancourt highlighted the importance of both domestic and international intelligence work in planning operations. “That is why actions like ‘Operation Homeland’ and ‘Operation Shield’ served to collect and verify pertinent information that could contribute to the work of developing a security strategy,” he said. Bethancourt added that planning allows for “efficiency and effectiveness for Panamanian security institutions.” The fight against drug trafficking cannot be done alone For Panamanian authorities, international cooperation plays a crucial role. Minister Bethancourt and Commissioner González don’t just concur on this — they also emphasize the benefits of having a permanent cooperative relationship with countries like the United States and Colombia. Both officials stressed that improving and strengthening international collaboration and bonds of friendship translate to support when confronting the global threat represented by drug trafficking in the different countries. Commissioner González said that cooperation in the air and sea environments, particularly in Western Hemisphere countries, is highly important, “especially since the fight against drug trafficking cannot be fought alone [by a single country]. It is necessary to use resources to systematically engage in cooperation and the constant and secure exchange of information.” To achieve active cooperation and teamwork in the fight against international crime, Panama has agreements and memorandums of understanding with countries such as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Honduras, and Peru. New equipment and training According to Bethancourt, another crucial factor for achieving good results is finding officials educated and trained in security, and placing them in positions at ministry headquarters and its subordinate offices, as well as in intelligence organizations. The minister also noted the “importance of improving technological equipment and providing training to people working to confront this scourge, as well as integrating officials from the Public Ministry district attorneys’ offices specialized in drug crimes who are looking for work that is more flexible and has better results.” In the past few years, institutions such as SENAN have increased seizures and criminal apprehensions and have sent more individuals responsible for illicit maritime traffic to the justice system. “Through the execution of a dynamic of strategic operational targeting, SENAN has confronted historical challenges affecting the financial-logistical system of drug-trafficking terrorist groups, stripping them of large drug shipments that are the engine driving their finances,” explained Commissioner González. At the end of their discussion on the importance of maintaining fluid communication and constant cooperation among investigative bodies within their country and with other nations dedicated to combating this illicit activity, the two Panamanian officials agreed to jointly engage in a decisive battle against the scourge of drugs in the region.last_img read more

17 Aug

Kyle Kuzma carries Lakers down stretch of 100-93 win over Memphis

first_imgHis fourth 3-pointer was his biggest. With the Lakers up by four with under a minute to go and the shot clock running out, Kuzma’s 27-footer rattled in, pushing the Lakers lead to seven – their biggest of the night. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Kuzma attempted 21 shots but with 10 rebounds was one of three Lakers to record a double-double. Julius Randle finished with 20 points and 11 boards, while Lonzo Ball endured another rough shooting night to tally to 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.The Grizzlies were coming off a 61-point loss Friday against Charlotte, becoming the eighth team in NBA history to lose by at least 60 points.“This is almost like a setup game for us,” Randle said. “You knew they were going to come out swinging. After kind of getting embarrassed. They were going to come out hard, playing hard and giving us their best shot. Nobody wants to lost by that much. They fought really hard.”The Lakers had struggled against the lottery-bound Grizzlies (19-54) earlier this year, losing two of their first three matchups. After allowing 80 points in the paint in a loss to New Orleans on Thursday, the Lakers knew they were going to assert themselves defensively to avoid a third loss to the Grizzlies.That came in the second half, when the Grizzlies managed just 12 points in the paint.Kuzma said the Lakers made “a collective effort to make them shoot outside shots. Just try to sit in the paint and make them kick it out. They’re not a really good 3-point shooting team, so play percentages.”Memphis connected on just five of their 29 3-point attempts.“There’s no secret to playing good defense,” Walton said. “It’s communication, it’s effort. … It’s ultimately why we gave ourselves a chance to win, was because of the way we started playing defense.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe rookie forward scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth, including the game-clinching 3 with 45.1 seconds left as the Lakers escaped Memphis with a 100-93 win over the Grizzlies.“Without that who knows if we would’ve won,” Lonzo Ball said. “He took some good big shots for us and they went down. He was asking for the ball, too, so that makes it a lot better.”Kuzma orchestrating the Lakers escape act, after they fell behind 27-10 in the first quarter, was not entirely surprising. He oozes confidence and has the swagger of a player with many game-winning performances to his name, even though that task usually falls to a more senior member of the Lakers roster.“I’m a pretty clutch player,” said Kuzma, who has averaged 22.2 points over his last five games. “I always try to think that way and be that type of guy just to finish it off. That’s how I think about it.”Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) drives between Memphis Grizzlies forwards JaMychal Green, right, and Jarell Martin in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, drives between Memphis Grizzlies forwards JaMychal Green, left, and Jarell Martin in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) grabs a rebound against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, right, controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green, left, controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear (21) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, right, controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) drives between Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, guard Lonzo Ball (2) and forward Kyle Kuzma (0)in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers (6) looks to pass between Los Angeles Lakers forwards Julius Randle (30) and Kyle Kuzma (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)ExpandMEMPHIS – Three quarters in at FedEx Forum and the Lakers had managed to erase the double-digit deficit they fell into in the first half, but they still needed someone to put the team on his back if the Lakers were to snap their four-game losing streak.The roster’s most accomplished closer, Isaiah Thomas, had joined Brandon Ingram on the bench in street clothes, the hip injury that has plagued him the last year flaring up.A thought flashed through Kyle Kuzma’s mind.“Just told myself I wasn’t going to lose this game,” Kuzma said. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

12 Aug

England’s senior men seek title hat-trick at North Berwick

first_img11 Sep 2014 England’s senior men seek title hat-trick at North Berwick The six-man team that collected the bronze medals in last week’s European Men’s Senior Team Championships in Poland plus Tyrone Carter (Stevenage, Hertfordshire) will represent England in the Senior Home Internationals at North Berwick Golf Club on 16th – 18th September. England will be seeking a hat-trick of titles after winning in Wales and Ireland over the past two years while the new-look squad will use the experience gained in Poland to complete a third successive triumph. The six who were beaten by the Irish in the Europeans but then overcame the Scots to finish third will be on parade again: Stephen East (Moortown, Yorkshire), Clive Jones (Toulouse, France), Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O). “We were disappointed not to win the European title,” said Team Manager Richard Palmer. “We just can’t seem to get over the line at the moment and we lost on the last green to Ireland in the semi-finals. Now we must defend the Home Internationals having won for the past two years.” McLure and Mew formed a formidable duo in the European foursomes, winning all three of their games, while Jones dropped just half a point in his three outings. East, the English senior champion, won two of his three games in Poland and is currently leading the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Senior Order of Merit after second places in the Irish and Scottish Seniors and fourth spot in the European Senior Men’s Championship. Jones, a resident of France for the past 20 years, will be making his debut in the Seniors Home Internationals as the European Seniors individual champion while McLure, who has come close to winning the Welsh Seniors for the past two years and this year’s British Seniors, will also be getting his first taste of the Seniors Home Internationals. Mew, enjoying a new lease of golfing life after a distinguished amateur career, won the Senior County Champions Tournament in 2012 and this year has finished second in the Scottish Seniors and eighth in the European Seniors. Latham, enjoyed a meteoric rise through the senior ranks last year, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in European Team Championships. This year he has finished tied fourth in defending the English Seniors title and sixth in the Scottish Seniors while he also represented GB&I against the US in the Concession Cup. Stracey, a past winner of the Irish and Welsh Seniors, was also selected for the Concession Cup. Also this year, he finished joint runner-up in the English Seniors, equal fourth in the Welsh Seniors and tied eighth in the British Seniors. He has represented England at senior level since 2009. Carter (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) made his England seniors debut in the 2012 European Seniors Team Championships in Portugal and was a member of last year’s team in Hungary. He has helped England win the past two Seniors Home Internationals and was a member of the Hertfordshire team that won the Seniors County Championship in 2012.last_img read more

4 Aug

Townhouses Approved For Vacant Tract in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After 27 hours of testimony and more than 10 months of public hearings, the borough planning board voted 6-2 to approve an application to transform one of the last significant pieces of undeveloped Bayshore property into a cluster of luxury townhomes. When the application was first submitted to the planning board, Denholtz initially proposed 21 homes, but scaled back the plan to accommodate requests for a public board- walk and open green space overlooking the bay. In his post-hearing publiccomments, board memberEd Cetron, who is a memberof the Atlantic HighlandsFire Department and joinedthe borough’s first aid andsafety squad in January,addressed the emergencyresponse concerns. Though the case was made the tract had never been developed for residen- tial purposes and should be recognized as an undeveloped space in a flood zone, Cetron, who helped craft the addition six years ago, disagreed. The McConnell Tract is currently occupied by Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services, a boat storage facility. The site has been zoned residential but used commercially since 1923. In 1929 the parcel was developed by Standard Oil and was later owned by Exxon for industrial operations. The property in question, better known as the McConnell Tract, is an elevated piece of land that backs up to Center Avenue and extends forward to the bay, pressing up against a narrow stretch of beachfront and a bulkhead that has taken a beating in recent years from historic weather events like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Borough resident Brent Sonnek-Schmelz stressed the dangers of developing homes so close to the waterfront and on a piece of land that has never previously held residential properties. “Regardless of the intent (of the code), we are legally bound by the wordage. And I think it’s absolutely clear that it only applies to undeveloped open space. This is clearly a developed space,” Cetron said. Chiles said the first meeting with Denholtz concerning funding took place in December 2018, where resources like the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were suggested. “We love the application and we think it’s going to be great for the town,” Denholtz said. “We have tried to do what they (the board and residents) have asked. It’s never fun to be in an environment where you have some vocal people, but I understand their feelings, and if they have ideas, we’ll be here to talk.” “We have an opportunity right now to actually protect our town, protect the land, protect the people,” Sonnek-Schmelz said. “We do not want to put homes where they are at risk in a storm surge situation like Sandy. And we’re not just talking about the residents who would live there. We’re also talking about our first responders who would report to rescue those who don’t evacuate when they’re directed to. These are potentially life-threatening situations and situations that we want to avoid.” “As a first responder who lived through Sandy and did a lot of work during and after Sandy, I know what the building standards are now. I’ve seen what the building codes are. And I have no intention of risking my life, ever. However, I do not see any opportunity here where I would be at risk of doing that, if these buildings are built to standards. And they will be. There will be no problem. It’s a lot more risky going into homes on the steep slopes we have thandown there,” Cetron said. This article was first published in the May 2-8, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In an interview with The Two River Times earlier this month, Denholtz CEO Steven Denholtz said the public portion of the project was cut after discussions about public funding options to maintain those amenities broke down. But according to Denholtz, who spoke to The Two River Times following the planning board’s decision, there is still time to hear suggestions from the public. Benson Chiles, leader of the resident opposition group Neighbors for Water- front Preservation, noted that the proposed development’s current alignment would result in three homes, as well as portions of seven of the planned lots, constructed in the AE flood zone. Neither Chiles nor Denholtz said they pursued any of the sources and the public facilities have since been removed from the plan. About 100 people attended the meeting concerning the Denholtz Custom Homes application calling for the construction of 16 luxury townhouses on 7 acres of land overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay. It was held at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Cetron also did not agree with residents who cited borough code 150-84, which addresses general site design standards for subdivision site plans. The code lists several areas that should be preserved as undeveloped open space, including “lands in the flood way,” a provision added to the code April 24, 2013 in response to Super Storm Sandy. last_img read more

3 Aug

Leafs open KIJHL season Friday against defending champs from Beaver Valley

first_imgThe Leafs enter the contest with a new coach in Dave McLellan, who replaces Frank Maida behind the bench.The veteran skipper has been tested already, getting a late start to coaching the Green and White after being thrust into the coaching position late in the off-season when first pick, Matt Hughes surprisingly resigned.McLellan has had his work cut out for him finding the right mix of players to roster the Leafs and fans should not be surprised if the opening night roster looks very different in a few weeks when a few more Junior A cuts filter into the dressing room.What McLellan does have is a ton of experience on the blueline as no less than four quality defencemen — Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Croome, Robson Cramer and Austin Lindsay — return to the Green and White.Adam Maida is also back to hold down the backstopping duties. The Nelson Minor Hockey product hopes to rebound from an injury-plagued season.Up front it’s work in progress as Nolan Percival is back along with Alaskan native Aaron Dunlap and versatile center Austin Lindsay.McLellan has very little time to get the Leafs’ roster set as Nelson plays six of its first seven league games at home.Saturday Nelson meets Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena before hosting Kamloops Storm, Kimberley Dynamiters and Sicamous Eagles to round out September.ICE CHIPS: Season tickets for the Leafs on sale at the Nelson Sports Council upstairs in the Chamber of Commerce building on Hall Street — 250-352-3989 The colder weather can only mean one thing — hockey is back.The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks of on five fronts as 19 teams look to dethrone defending champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks from the top of the podium.The Hawks made the 2014 campaign a season for the history books as the Fruitvale-based squad swept all three Junior B titles— KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup.The Nelson Leafs have the first opportunity to beat up on the Hawks as the Heritage City franchise hosts Beaver Valley in one of five games to open the season.Game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

2 Aug


first_imgMOTOWN MEN & SHIP IN JOY BOY HEAD FIELD OF 10 IN $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES La Fiera, a winner of the one mile turf Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields April 26, and Sheer Pleasure, a rousing off the pace winner of Santa Anita’s Evening Jewel Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, head a competitive field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes, to be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.Owned and bred by Dr. and Mrs. William T. Gray and trained by Greg James, La Fiera broke her maiden for a $32,000 claiming tag going one mile on synthetic Tapeta four starts back at Golden Gate and has three wins from five starts. A dark bay or brown filly by Comic Strip out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty, La Fiera, who gets the services of Rafael Bejarano, will try natural dirt for the first time in the Melair. With earnings of $82,607, she’s proven a tractable sort and will likely stalk the early pace on Saturday.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure rallied from far off the pace to take the state-bred Evening Jewel by three quarters of a length. A 6 ½ length first-out Cal-bred maiden special weight winner going six furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 19, Sheer Pleasure has two wins from four starts. A dark bay or brown filly by Birdonthewire, she is out of the Blare of Trumpets mare Kathryns Birthday and has earnings of $147,450.Second, beaten two lengths by La Fiera in the Campanile at Golden Gate April 16, trainer Peter Eurton’s Ashley’s Sassy was third, beaten five lengths by Sheer Pleasure two starts back in the Evening Jewel at Santa Anita. Owned by her breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashley’s Sassy is 6-2-1-2 with earnings of $135,800. A two time sprint winner, she is by Decarchy and is out of the Urgent Request mare Ashely’s Folly.Third, beaten two lengths by La Fiera in the Campanile Stakes, Jack and Barbara Owens’ homebred Niassa was a close third five starts back in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos Dec. 7 and rates serious consideration with Flavien Prat set to ride for the first time. A dark bay or brown filly by Papa Clem, she is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Glamour Cat and is 8-3-0-3 with earnings of $126,930.The complete field for the Melair Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 118; Thermodynamics, Gary Stevens, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 123; Niassa, Flavien Prat, 120; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 120; La Fiera, Rafael Bejarano, 123, and Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 118. GOLDEN GATE INVADER LA FIERA & LOCALLY BASED SHEER PLEASURE HEAD $200,000 MELAIR STAKES STAKES WINNER GO WEST MARIE HEADS FIELD IN FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES RECENT STAKES WINNERS GRAZEN SKY & RICHARD’S BOY HEAD $200,000 SNOW CHIEF; FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORES SET TO CONTEST 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF Motown Men heads a field of 10 California-bred or sired older horses in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at a mile on the main track.Motown Men, who is trained by Ted West, was claimed out of a $40,000 optional claiming race March 8, won at a mile in an allowance race April 10 then went on to run a close third in the Grade III Precisionist going a 1 1/16 miles on the main track May 2.The 6-year-old gelding by Decarchy has one win and a second at the Tiznow distance and will again be ridden by Tyler Baze. He is owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 28-5-6-5 overall with earnings of $294,459.Joy Boy ships in from Midwest for trainer Kellyn Gorder and returns once again to Santa Anita following his Gus Fonner Stakes win in Nebraska on April 25. The 7-year-old gelding by Tribal Rule has two wins, two seconds and third at the mile distance and will gain Joe Talamo as he breaks from the far outside in Saturday’s Tiznow.Joy Boy is owned by Kevin and Tammie Hulse of TK Stables, LLC and is 36-11-5-3- overall with earnings of $455,377.The complete field for the Tiznow Stakes, to be run as the ninth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 121; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 119; Toldeo Eddie, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119; Short Heat Wave, David Flores, 121; Soi Phet, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Poshsky, Elvis Trujillo, 121; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 121; Joy Boy, Joe Talamo, 124. GRADED STAKES WINNER HARLINGTON’S ROSE HEADS FIELD IN SPRING FEVER STAKES Stakes winner Go West Marie heads field of eight in Saturday’s Fran’s Valentine Stakes for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going one mile on turf.Trained by Eddie Truman, Go West Marie will attempt to improve her perfect record at the Fran’s Valentine distance Saturday. Ridden by Gary Stevens in her last four starts, in which she has not finished worse than second, Go West Marie will retain the services of the Hall of Fame rider.A close second in the Grade III Las Cienegas turf sprint on April 11 and a winner of both the Irish O’Brien Stakes and the Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes earlier this year, Go West Marie will attempt a mile on the grass for just the second time.Owned by Peter Redekop, B.C Ltd, the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame is 19-6-2-5 overall with earnings of $482,520.Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top is coming off two back-to-back wins in allowance company and will look to make the jump in class Saturday. A close second in the Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate on June 8 going a mile on the turf, she has one win, two seconds and a third overall at the Fran’s Valentine distance.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify she is 13-3-5-2 overall with earnings of $184,228.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out stakes winner Heat Du Jour. A winner of the Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar on August 17 at a mile on turf, Heat Du Jour ran fifth in her next two stakes attempts; the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap on Sept. 1 and the Oct. 4 Swingtime Stakes.Owned in part by Hollendorfer as well as Mark Schlaich and George Todaro, she is 26-5-2-4 overall with earnings of $263,910.The complete field for the Fran’s Valentine Stakes to be run as the sixth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 121; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 121; Heat Du Jour, Corey Nakatani, 124; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Qiaona, Mike Smith, 119; Mangita, Aaron Gryder, 119; Chilada, Elvis Trujillo, 119. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2015)–A pair of $200,000 stakes, the Snow Chief, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf and the Melair Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, headline a total of five stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California on Saturday, California Gold Rush Day, at Santa Anita.The Snow Chief, which attracted a field of 11, is headed by Grazen Sky and Richard’s Boy, both recent stakes winners, along with impressive allowance winners Rocko’s Wheel and Zinvor.Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, Grazen Sky, a grey or roan colt by Grazen out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, tried turf for the first time and pressed the pace en route to a 1 ¼ length win in the one mile Silky Sullivan Stakes on April 26 at Golden Gate Fields. The 6-5 favorite in a field of six state-breds, Grazen Sky followed up on a good second to highly regarded Gimme Da Lute in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita on April 4.With three wins and three seconds from six starts, Grazen Sky has earnings of $186,800. Like the rest of the field, he’ll try the deep waters of a mile and one eighth for the first time in the Snow Chief.Owned by Rockingham Ranch and conditioned by Peter Miller, Richard’s Boy comes off a neck win as the 9-5 favorite in the Desert Code Stakes, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course May 2. A grey or roan gelding by Idiot Proof, Richard’s Boy finished third, a half length behind Grazen Sky two starts back in the Echo Eddie. With four wins from five starts, Richard’s Boy, who will try two turns for the first time, has earnings of $187,840.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and co-breeder Jimmy Ukegawa, Rocko’s Wheel rallied from off the pace to take a 1 1/16 miles state-bred allowance by 1 ¾ lengths on April 26 and thus looms a serious contender given his proven ability to act around two turns. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel earned a Snow Chief best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 89 and will try to transfer his recent sharp form onto turf, which he’ll try for the first time.A dark bay or brown colt by Grazen, Rocko’s Wheel is out of the Double Honor mare Honored Gold and was bred in-part by D’Amato’s mentor, the late Mike Mitchell. Rocko’s Wheel has two wins from four starts and earnings of $81,900.Trained by John Sadler and owned by Triple B Farms, Zinvor was a handy 2 ¼ length state-bred allowance winner going a mile on turf April 4, and with two wins from three tries on grass, he rates a huge chance in the Snow Chief. A dark bay or brown gelding by Tribal Rule out of the Woodman mare Shady Lady Dancer, Zinvor is 8-2-2-1 overall with earnings of $109,068.The complete field for the Snow Chief Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Cardiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 118; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 123; Book Thirty Four, Felipe Valdez, 118; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 120; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Chief of Staff, Tyler Baze, 118; Temple Keys, Drayeden Van Dyke, 118; Neveradoubt, Flavien Prat, 118; Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 120; Pulmarack, Corey Nakatani, 118, and Over Par, Mario Gutierrez, 118. Graded Stakes winner Harlington’s Rose heads the field in Saturday’s Spring Fever Stakes for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going six furlongs.Winner of the Grade III Las Flores on March 8 at the Spring Fever distance, Harlington’s Rose has finished in the money in each of her last four starts, including a third place finish in the Grade II Santa Monica on Jan. 19 after a slow start.The Steve Knapp trainee will again be ridden by Joe Talamo who has been aboard for her last four starts. Harlington’s Rose is owned by Thomas Halasz, Ryan Johnson, Paul Newhart and partners and is 21-4-5-2 overall with earnings of $371,040.Philip D’Amato’s Sunday Rules will be looking for her fifth win in a row Saturday. The lightly raced 4-year-old filly by Tribal Rule broke her maiden at first asking in August 2013, went on to win the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar the same year then after a 10 month layoff returned to the races winning by 8 ¾ lengths in her 2014 debut at Santa Anita. After another approximate 10 month layoff, she won again on April 30 going 6 ½ furlongs in an optional allowance race and looks ready to go once again.Sunday Rules is owned by her breeder Nick Alexander and has $224,880 in earnings.The complete field for the Spring Fever Stakes to be run as the third race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Shakeitupbetty, Elvis Trujillo, 119; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 123; Sidepocket Run, Tiago Pereira, 119; Meinertzhageni, Fernando Perez, 121; Sunday Rules, Tyler Baze, 121; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 119. First post time on California Gold Rush Day is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

30 Dec

Colin Murray and Friends – Tuesday, December 15

first_imgListen back to the best bits of Tuesday’s Colin Murray and Friends, with the host joined by Kevin Bridges and Stuart Pearce.last_img

9 Dec

What I Learned Writing 2,000 Blog Posts

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The blog metrics plugin in my WordPress install reports that this is my 2,000th blog post. It tells me that the words that I have written total 1,472,090 (but that plugin doesn’t count the 100 or so newsletters that I have written over the last 2 years). Here is what I’ve learned.I have been learning. There is no better way to discover what you know and what you believe that tops writing. The act of writing forces you to think things through. It forces you to make decisions. You are what you write, and you become what you write at the same time. I am still learning.I have been practicing. I am still not a great writer. But I am better than I was when I started writing daily, five years ago. It is nearly impossible not to gain some greater competency when you do something deliberately every day for years. I have been practicing writing, and I have been practicing what I write. All the great masters were practicing. You can practice too.I have been growing. I am a different person than I was five years ago. I have grown both personally and professionally, and a good part of that growth has come through writing and posting here, as well as the work that has come to me through this vehicle. Growing is something you do forever.I have been serving. I still hear from some people who reject the idea that you should share your ideas freely. They believe everything is a secret unless and until someone pays you. I disagree. Every week I receive emails from people who have been helped by something that I have shared here. Sharing is one way you make a contribution.I have been practicing awareness. You don’t know how many great ideas pass through you until you start writing every day. Once you start to need ideas, you start to become aware of just how many good (and bad, and fair, and exceptional) ideas pass through you. The demand for ideas creates a vigilance, and constant awareness (and a notebook). There is power in noticing what has your attention.I have been improvising. I am still improvising. My plan was to write every day, and other than a list of big ideas, I’ve had nothing else to guide me, except for a few role models. You don’t have to wait until you have the perfect plan to start. You just have to start.I have been making a ruckus. With a hat tip to Seth Godin. I have shared my ideas and my art. I have created work and put it out into the world. Seth always talks about the fear of being judged, and you will be criticized. But the people you want to reach will find you, and you them.I have created a body of work. What I have written is my work. The first book to come from the ideas here will be printed in 2015. But there are a half a dozen more books that will follow, all of which have come from work that started here. There are also the roots of some of the frameworks and methodologies I have created here. Your work is trapped inside you until you free it.I have been building relationships. I have made new friends. I have reconnected with old friends. I have developed new business relationships, many that have helped me create new relationships with people from around the world. There is nothing more important than relationships, and the people who you need to know and who need to know you can be anywhere on Earth.last_img read more

10 Aug

January 27 2014Last Thursday January 23 the Co

first_imgJanuary 27, 2014Last Thursday, January 23., the Cosanti Foundation Executive Committee held its second Strategic Planning Retreat in a conference room at the nearby Orme School, with ALT, the Arcosanti Leadership Team and some of the department managers and staff. 
Attending were Mary Hoadley, Cosanti Foundation director and treasurer;Roger Tomalty, Cosanti Foundation director, and director of Cosanti Originals and Soleri Scupture Studio; Cosanti Foundation director, and director of the Soleri Archives, as well as director of Design, Tomiaki Tamura; Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein; Utilities manager Scott Riley;Ron Chandler, manager of Grounds keeping and Welding; Maintenance manager Randall Schultz; Andy Chao, Foundry manager; David Tollas, Foundry and maintenance staff; Nadia Begin, Ceramics studio staff; Kip Hersted, Maintenance and Tourism; Kate Bememsderfer, PR and Development; Travis Shappell, Planning coordinator; Ali Sadiqui, Cafe manager; Danny Derosiers, Cafe staff; Jane Tellini, Ceramics Studio manager; Travis Neal, AIS Network and Phone services;  and taking the photo was Hanne Sue Kirsch, manager of the Soleri Archives.last_img read more