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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2016

first_imgESPINOZA WAS PREPARED FOR HIS DAY IN THE SUNVictor Espinoza won four races Saturday including the FrontRunner Stakes on 10-1 shot Gormley; the Zenyatta Stakes on Stellar Wind; and the Awesome Again Stakes aboard heavily favored California Chrome. Each was a Grade I event.“It was a great day,” said Espinoza Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner where it was business as usual for the 44-year-old Mexican native. “I was ready and prepared for a big day like that. I thought if everything went well and all the horses I rode performed the way it looked on paper, it would be a fun day and very special.“When you ride a horse like Chrome, in addition to winning, you’re always looking forward to the next race. I was winning easy, so I didn’t want to use him too much, because the next race is going to be very important and tough. I had to save his energy for the Classic.”As for Stellar Wind, who defeated three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder for the second straight race, Espinoza felt she would be up to the task.“She’s an awesome filly who’s gotten better as she’s gotten older,” he said of the 2015 champion three-year-old filly, now four. “Basically, she doesn’t do things on her own. I had to earn my pay riding her because you have to ask her to run. But for her to twice beat the best mare ever shows how great she is.“Take nothing away from Beholder in defeat. They’re both the best, but right now, I think Stellar Wind is better.”Espinoza rode Gormley to a front-running three-length win over 3-10 favorite Klimt in the FrontRunner Stakes, posting a $23.60 upset.“It was a bit of a challenge for me because we had the one hole,” Espinoza said of the son of Malibu Moon trained by John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss. “I thought maybe I’d break and sit back because it was his first time going two turns. I didn’t really want to push him too much. But when something happened to the three (Secret House, the expected pacesetter, whose rider, Santiago Gonzalez, “stepped off” as the gates opened), I said ‘Forget about it, let’s go to the front.’” CHROME ‘LOOKS GREAT’ AFTER AWESOME AGAIN ROMPThe fairytale that is California Chrome continued to flower at Santa Anita Saturday.In what amounted to a paid workout, the five-year-old horse rolled to his sixth straight victory in the Awesome Again Stakes, winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths under regular rider Victor Espinoza before an adoring crowd of 18,563 on track and countless more watching on TV and satellites around the globe.California Chrome left Santa Anita at 6:33 p.m. Saturday night for his Los Alamitos headquarters to prepare for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“He looked great this morning,” Art Sherman said by phone from Los Alamitos at 6:15 Sunday morning. “I went over him and he looks like a horse that didn’t even run. The horse amazes me. We’ve just got to keep him healthy and fresh for the Breeders’ Cup.”Chrome won the Awesome Again almost pulled up, with Espinoza virtually applying the brakes “under a snug hold,” winning “handily” over Dortmund, blinkers and all, who had four and a half lengths on 26-1 shot Win the Space in the field of five, rounded out by Hard Aces and Soi Phet.“Victor told me he eased him up the last 70 yards,” said Sherman, who will keep the same agenda for California Chrome leading to the Classic as he did for the Awesome Again.“It’ll be the same kind of plan. We’ll train him here at Los Al and bring him to Santa Anita a week out. I’m not going to change anything. It seemed to be a good plan, so we’re not going to change it.”While California Chrome was far from all out, Sherman seemed all out to contain his emotions in the winner’s circle hubbub after the victory. This can happen at age 79, when you realize most of your life has passed. You gain a deeper appreciation of what you had and what you have left, and Art Sherman has a lot to look forward to.“Well, it was quite a thrill for me,” he confessed. “The people, everybody who’s involved with the horse, we’ve got a great bunch of owners, what can you say?”Once the victory celebration was over, the TV cameras, well-wishers and assorted hangers-on were gone, Sherman, in public a man of the people, as California Chrome is a horse of the people, returned to his comfort zone.“Faye (his wife) and I went out for a little Mexican food with my niece,” he said.“I had a couple of margaritas and was ready for bed.” ‘HAPPY’ MELATONIN BREEZES PAST WORK FOESSanta Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin continued working his way towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 with a six furlong move Sunday in a bullet 1:11.80 under regular rider Joe Talamo.“He worked in company with a couple other horses (Bluegrass Bronco, 1:12.60 and Majestic Kitten, 1:13.20) and went the last quarter in 22 and one,” said David Hofmans, who trains the son of Kodiac Kowboy for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farm.“Joe said he was smooth, felt good, happy and caught the horses that were five in front of him. At the eighth pole he blew right by them, so he’s doing good.” FINISH LINES: Lord Nelson, winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby and the Grade I Triple Bend in his last two starts, worked five furlongs Sunday morning under Rafael Bejarano for next Saturday’s Grade I “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship in 59.80. “He went nice; he’s ready,” said Bob Baffert, who rides Flavien Prat in the Sprint. “This will set him up.” Jazzy Times and Drefong, also nominated to the Sprint, worked four furlongs for Baffert in a bullet 47 flat . . . Mike Smith, who has ridden Drefong to three straight victories including the Grade I Kings Bishop on Aug. 27, rides at Belmont Park Saturday on Jockey Club Gold Cup day . . . John Sadler said Stellar Wind came out of her neck victory over Beholder “great” and it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and a potential third meeting with the three-time Eclipse champion. “What’s nice is that we’ll be in our own home environment (as Santa Anita hosts the 32nd Breeders’ Cup for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5),” Sadler said. “We’ll give Stellar Wind a breather for a few days and get ready for the big one.” . . . Harbour Master, a two-year-old trained by Jamie Osborne, arrives Wednesday for the $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at a mile on turf Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10. Jockey Jamie Spencer rides.center_img THE BEAT GOES ON FOR SONGBIRD            All systems remain go for unbeaten superstar filly Songbird as she seeks her 12th straight victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.“She’s continued to do things the way she started out doing them,” said Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who has ridden the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in all of her races, including the Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 24. “It’s pretty incredible for her to still dominate the way she has. Her last race was one of her best, so that’s always a good sign leading into a big, big race.“She’s doing really well, she’s happy and back at Santa Anita. I saw her the other day and she looks wonderful. She’s none the worse for wear. She seems to keep her weight on, her coat is shining, and all is good.”Added her Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer Sunday morning: “She’s going to breeze Thursday. That will be her first work since winning the Cotillion and it will be 11 days from her race, which is longer than I usually wait, but since she shipped and everything, I’m giving her more time.” CLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROMEESPINOZA WAS READY FOR ‘GRAND SLAM’ MELATONIN BREEZES FOR THE BC CLASSICSONGBIRD HOME TO PREPARE FOR DISTAFFlast_img read more

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Warriors Live: Five answers about the Spurs, who face Golden State Friday

first_imgScroll to the bottom of follow our live feed during the game.Searching for ways to overcome injuries to their Splash Brothers, the Warriors need only look down the court at the Spurs Friday night for an example of how to remain viable contenders despite crippling injuries.Most notably, San Antonio has endured injuries to the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Dejounte Murray in recent years while still keeping its consecutive playoff appearance streak alive at 22 seasons.This will be the …last_img

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Pod may be a housing game changer

first_imgRay Maota The pod’s many green features include a 1000 litre tank that fills up from harvested rain water. A youngster relaxes on one of the bunk beds inside. Anton Bauer, an AFAC director, said if this was made for a family it would feature maybe single beds instead of bunk beds. (Images: Architecture for a Change) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anton Bauer  AFAC: Director  +27 72 447 4309 RELATED ARTICLES • Drive to help clear housing backlog • New lease on life for Joburg buildings • New way to build green homes • Hi-tech shacks for better livingA Johannesburg architecture firm would like to dispel the connotations surrounding corrugated iron, and instead would like people to seen it as more than just a material used to build cold, damp shacks in informal settlements.Architecture for a Change (AFAC), in collaboration with Youth Zones, has built a club house for a soccer club in Mamelodi in Tshwane using corrugated iron, as well as incorporating green technologies. Youth Zones, a spin off from the 2010 World Cup, works in informal settlements to improve the sporting capabilities of young people. Green featuresMembers of the club can now rest in their clubhouse, which has been designed to fit two bunk beds. The structure, the Pod, is insulated, and the roof is angled for rain run-off. It is assembled off site and then flat-packed and shipped to wherever it will be erected. Apart from a concrete base, the structure, which can function as a clubhouse or home, can be assembled by three people in less than a day.Green features such as insulated walls, solar electricity and rain water harvesting are used. The Pod is a prototype for a low-cost, off-the-grid housing solution for informal settlements. This makes it an effective solution even in areas that do not have sufficient infrastructure.Anton Bauer, an AFAC director, said: “This is not a final solution on the housing debacle in South Africa. It just goes to show how corrugated iron can be used in an effective way that will make households comfortable.”Corrugated iron politicsPolitics was always involved when it came to corrugated iron being used to build houses, he explained. “People believe only brick housing is the best, especially because of the negative connotations attached to [corrugated iron] because of it being used mainly in informal settlements.”The unit’s 220mm-thick masonry walls gave it excellent thermal performance. It used solar energy for lighting, and it harvested rainwater in a 1 000-litre tank – a luxury in informal settlements. The unit was also suspended above the ground to prevent flooding. The Pod’s materials and aesthetic were chosen to suit its informal context. The wall panels were prefabricated to speed up construction, and the home featured a solar cooker.“This unit is not built to be a household unit but a sport club with bunk beds for players to sleep in but it only needs minor adjustments to become a household unit.”Fellow AFAC director Dirk Coetser added: “We aspired to design and build a small building that blends into its informal context but that has a hint of contemporary design and has optimal environmental performance.” The costsThe Pod prototype costs about R45 565 (US$4 500) to complete, putting the structure out of the reach of many people who live in informal settlements, but as the AFAC refines the design, it hopes that mass production will lead to more affordable prices. “The thing is it costs more because we only build one at a time. If we had to build them in large amounts the price would drop from there to about R15 000 ($1 480) a unit,” said Bauer.The group would have to build more and show people these could be lived in, and maybe that would change the perception of corrugated iron in South Africa, which was seen as a product only used in informal settlements. SlumsAccording to the UN Habitat State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 report, 62% of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa lives in slums. Urban populations in South Africa have almost trebled in the past 50 years, and according to the Census 2011 results, the population of Johannesburg, the monetary hub of Gauteng, increased by 1.2 million people between 2001 and 2011.Living conditions in these settlements are typically poor, and a range of basic livelihood issues challenge residents, including poor access to sanitation and water supply, solid waste accumulation, recurrent shack fires, safety and security risks, and a range of health hazards.last_img read more

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Ray Allen visits Manila

first_imgRead Next Jesus Shuttlesworth is coming to Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRetired NBA player Ray Allen Jr. is heading to the country for the first time on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The two-time NBA champion is making a side trip to the Philippines after attending Sneaker Con Hong Kong over the weekend.It is unclear, though, what Allen’s itinerary here would be.Allen, widely known as one of the purest shooters to ever play the game, last played for the Miami Heat where he helped LeBron James and company win the championship in 2013.He also won the title with the Boston Celtics in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games debacle looms WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments On his Instagram account @trayfour, Allen posted a photo of the boarding pass of his flight from Hong Kong to “thrilla” Manila. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Shah Rukh Khan is now Interpol’s Turn Back Crime ambassador

first_imgBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in as an ambassador for Interpol’s “Turn Back Crime” campaign to promote awareness on how everyone can play a role in preventing crime.SRK, said to be the first Indian to be made an ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect law and fight crime.Shah Rukh Khan shares his pic after being signed as Interpol’s ambassador for a crime prevention campaign. Twitter “It’s a very special honour to be a part of Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign as an ambassador,” said Shah Rukh.”As Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only god. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering, if I have to.”We all should believe in this maxim and in whatever way possible resolve not to let unjust people who might threaten us with criminal activity make us fear them.”Because I believe we can, we should, and we must stand together against the few who commit crimes against any human being, in whatever form or guise these crimes might take,” Shah Rukh said in a statement.SRK joins actor Jackie Chan as an ambassador for the campaign, which has already garnered support from public figures including footballer Lionel Messi, Formula 1 racing drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in addition to law enforcement agencies around the world.advertisementShah Rukh Khan shows off his Turn Back Crime Band. Twitter  Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at raising public awareness that organised crime is often involved in seemingly unrelated crimes.Drug trafficking, human trafficking, counterfeiting, cyber crime, kidnapping, crimes against children and corruption in sport are in fact often interconnected, with profits from one crime area used to fund another.The Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at helping the public better understand these issues and empowering them not to be duped by criminals when buying products or using the internet.”Shah Rukh Khan has dedicated his life to making films which reflect the highest level of professionalism and commitment to bringing joy into the lives of hundreds of millions of filmgoers in India and around the world,” said Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble.”We are honoured to have him as an ambassador for Interpol’s global Turn Back Crime campaign and we look forward to seeing how he puts his artistic talents behind this campaign,” the Interpol chief said.The Turn Back Crime campaign is also reaching out to companies and policy-makers in a bid to form a united front against contemporary crime challenges, and to support the ongoing activities of the global law enforcement community.last_img read more

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12 days agoWolves, West Ham eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves, West Ham eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindamaby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama.Luyindama joined the Turkish Super Lig team from Standard Liege in the summer, for a reported fee of €6m euros.Aston Villa were said to be interested in a move for the DR Congo international.Fanatik says Wolves and Premier League rivals West Ham United are now eyeing a January deal for the 25-year-old.Scouts from both clubs having reportedly watched him in recent Champions League games against Paris St Germain and Club Brugge. last_img

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Ashley Judd Upset After Being Threatened With Sexual Violence Following UK’s Win

first_imgA picture of Ashley Judd in light.Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd wasn’t a fan of Arkansas’ physical play during today’s SEC title game, and she expressed that opinion during the contest on Twitter. Unfortunately, some of the responses she got were wildly inappropriate.Judd took to Twitter to take aim at a number of users who made sexist remarks and threatened her with sexual violence. She also retweeted one example.When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015I am sorry to retweet but this is a typical example. “@Leeroy_MAX: [email protected] Go suck on Cal’s two inch dick ye Bitch whore.”— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015In 2011, Judd revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in her memoirs. It goes without saying that this is completely unacceptable, regardless of how serious the threats actually are. Do better, college basketball fans.last_img read more

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This Year’s 10 Most Hated College Football Fan Bases

first_imgNick Saban stares on the sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)College football season is rapidly approaching. By now, you’ve likely read dozens of prediction articles – telling you exactly what to expect for the 2016 campaign. We’re going to give you a different take on what to expect. We’re going to tell you which fan bases you won’t be able to stand this year.Yes, in any given year, it’s popular to hate on programs like Alabama and Ohio State – given their success. But there are other fan bases you’re going to get tired of hearing from this year as well.Without further ado, here are the 10 fan bases you’re going to hate this year. No. 1 won’t be a surprise, we promise.Get Started: No. 10 – Oregon Ducks >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

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Asian stocks rise on hopes US China will unwind dispute

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday on hopes that President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will unwind a blistering trade dispute at a meeting this week.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, reopening after a holiday, added 0.8 per cent to 21,812.00. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.1 per cent to 2,080.46. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rebounded 1.5 per cent to 26,316.61. The Shanghai Composite dipped 0.1 per cent to 2,577.20. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.8 per cent to 5,671.60. Shares rose in Taiwan and throughout Southeast Asia.WALL STREET: Energy companies led a slide in U.S. stocks on Friday, as a plunge in oil prices weighed on sentiment. Trading volume was lighter than usual as markets were only open for a half day after the Thanksgiving break. The S&P 500 index fell 0.7 per cent to 2,632.56, racking up its second correction of the year. It is now down 10.2 per cent from its last all-time high set on Sept. 20. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.5 per cent to 6,938.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.7 per cent to 24,285.95. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was less than 0.1 per cent higher at 1,488.68.TRUMP-XI MEETING: Presidents Trump and Xi will meet at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of the week. A trade dispute over Beijing’s technology policy, which has caused them to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, is likely at the top of the agenda. Investors are watching to see if the leaders can arrive at an agreement to ease tensions that have been weighing on corporate earnings and the global economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “As the current round of U.S.-Chinese trade talks only restarted in the last few weeks, hopes of a trade deal at this juncture could be too optimistic,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a market commentary. “However, an agreement for talks over dinner suggests a higher level of engagement, which could result in a gentlemen’s agreement not to escalate tariffs further.”BREXIT DEAL: The European Union and Britain have finally sealed an agreement governing the latter’s departure from the bloc on March 29. This comes after months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now get her divided Parliament to back the deal, which leaves Britain subject to rules and obligations of the bloc at least until the end of 2020 and possibly longer. She is facing intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike.JAPAN PMI: A private survey released on Monday showed Japanese manufacturing slowing in November. The Markit/JMMA flash purchasing managers’ index fell to 51.8 in November from 52.9 in the previous month. New orders slipped into contraction territory for the first time since September 2016. Numbers above 50 on the index show acceleration.ENERGY: Oil prices recovered after plunging on worries that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. Benchmark U.S. crude added 72 cents to $51.14. The contract plunged $4.21 to close at $50.42 in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained $1.27 to $60.07. It finished $3.80 lower at $58.80 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 113.22 yen from 112.96 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1349 from $1.1339.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Details of planned downtown Las Vegas casinoresort expected

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Details of a planned 777-room casino-resort that will rise in the entertainment district of downtown Las Vegas are set to be announced.The owners of the planned development along Fremont Street will reveal the property’s name and amenities Thursday.It will become the first casino-resort built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas in more than three decades.The proposed casino-resort will occupy an entire city block where the Las Vegas Club casino-hotel, Mermaids casino and Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club once stood.It is not the only planned development coming to downtown Las Vegas. The Downtown Grand casino-hotel announced Monday it will debut an additional hotel tower in mid-2020, while the video canopy above Fremont Street is set to undergo a renovation that will enhance its resolution.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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