The Ice House Fundraiser Raises More Than $10,200 for Pasadena Charity Hillsides

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Giving Back The Ice House Fundraiser Raises More Than $10,200 for Pasadena Charity Hillsides From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 11:39 am 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Make a comment Comedian Arsenio Hall poses with Hillsides Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa at the annual The Ice House Comedy Club benefit for Hillsides.Hillsides annual fundraiser held at The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA on October 12 raised more than $10,200 for the children who live at Hillsides residential treatment center. The sold-out show featured several top comedic talents, including talk show host and comedian Arsenio Hall, Chelsea Lately phenom John Caparulo, Wendy Liebman from America’s Got Talent, and actor/producer/comedian Jason Stuart. Before the show, guests attended a reception and a silent auction benefiting Hillsides.Each year, The Ice House owner Bob Fisher puts on a special anniversary show and donates the proceeds to a volunteer group of Hillsides, the Hillsides Volunteer Network. The funds raised provide outings and activities for the children. Hillsides Residential Treatment Services provide a safe and stable environment where children and youth who cannot live at home, have suffered trauma, or face emotional and behavioral challenges, can thrive. Sixty-two children currently live at Hillsides.Hillsides is a Pasadena-headquartered charity serving children, youth, and families in need throughout Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit www.hillsides.org. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Bob Weir Joins Chris Robinson’s Green Leaf Rustlers For Three Classics In Marin County [Video]

first_imgLast night, Chris Robinson and his Green Leaf Rustlers project rounded out a three-night run at Sweetwater Music Hall in Marin County, CA, the Grateful Dead motherland. To mark the occasion, founding Grateful Dead member, local resident, and venue co-owner Bob Weir came out to join in the music, as he’s been known to do at the Mill Valley venue.Weir joined Robinson, multi-instrumentalist Barry Sless, bassist Pete Sears, drummer John Molo, and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell (usual guitarist Greg Loiacono was unavailable due to tour dates with The Mother Hips) for three songs to start their second set. After a pair of Grateful Dead staples–”They Love Each Other” and “West L.A. Fadeaway”–Weir finished out his guest spot by helping the band through “It’s All Over Now”, the Bobby and Shirley Womack-penned song that became The Rolling Stones‘ first #1 hit and that the Dead covered briefly toward the end of their career.Now that this brief run with the Rustlers is over, Robinson will turn his attention to As The Crow Flies, a new Black Crowes-facing project featuring Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as guitarist Marcus King. Read what King has to say about As The Crow Flies and more here.You can watch fan-shot video of Bob Weir’s guest appearance with the Green Leaf Rustlers on Thursday evening below:Green Leaf Rustlers w/ Bob Weir – Sweetwater Music Hall – 3/29/18[Video: nowiknowuryder]Setlist: Green Leaf Rustlers w/ Bob Weir | Sweetwater Music Hall | Mill Valley, CA | 3/29/18Set One: If You Got To Go Go Now, Honky Tonk Song, Standin’, Portland Woman, Hippie From Olema, Waymore’s Blues, Positively 4th Street, So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll StarSet Two: They Love Each Other*, West L.A. Fadeaway*, It’s All Over Now*, Tiffany Queen, Folsom Prison Blues, That’s All Right, Well Come Back Home, Sweet Mental Revenge, I’m A Ramblin’ Man, Ride Me High, Big Mouth BluesEncore: Whatcha Gonna Do* – w/ Bob Weir[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

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Messi strike helps 10-man Barca earn draw as Ronaldo goes off injured

first_imgBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona’s unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.The challenge from Gerard Pique had come as Ronaldo cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener before Sergi Roberto was sent off on the stroke of half-time for an altercation with Real defender Marcelo.Barca, however, took the lead in the second half as Messi scored a brilliant individual goal only for Gareth Bale, who could earlier have been sent off, to have the last word in a thrilling Clasico, his emphatic strike earning Real a deserved draw.After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane decided to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement.His injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, will mean the Catalans depart the happier side.Ernesto Valverde’s men, already crowned champions, are now three matches away from becoming the first team ever to finish a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten.Andres Iniesta overcame, or perhaps ignored, a niggling calf problem to play his 38th and final Clasico while Philippe Coutinho was picked to start his first. Iniesta went off to a standing ovation in the second half.Barca exploded out of the blocks and they were ahead within 10 minutes. Suarez swept the ball out to the right where Sergi drove forward, ignored Messi’s run to the near post, and returned the cross deep to Suarez. He finished into the bottom corner. Pique’s last-ditch attempt had been robust enough to hurt the Portugese, who stayed down as Barca attempted to kick off. Ronaldo took treatment but was able temporarily to continue.Real dictated the rest of the half and Ronaldo could twice have given them the lead. His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.In between, Messi had played in Jordi Alba with a sumptuous ball over the top but even he lost his cool during five mad minutes at the end of the first period.Suarez felt he had been elbowed by Sergio Ramos, prompting the first round of scuffles, before Messi was booked for flying into the defender on the touchline.Bale was then lucky not to be sent off for stabbing his studs into Samuel Umtiti’s calf and moments later Sergi did see red, as he threw an arm into the face of Marcelo.The home fans were raging as the half-time whistle blew but, with Marco Asensio on for Ronaldo, they were celebrating eight minutes after the restart.Suarez’s blatant kick on Raphael Varane went unpunished and from there it was all about Messi. He skipped away first from Ramos, and then Casemiro, before firing into the bottom corner.Even Zidane was smiling on the touchline.Iniesta went off just before the hour and Messi could have put Barca out of sight soon after. He sped away from Varane but his shot was parried away by Keylor Navas.Real tried to make the most of their one-man advantage but in truth, they had been far more assertive 11 against 11.Instead, their goal in the 72nd minute came out of the blue as Bale raced onto Asensio’s pass and whipped the ball first-time into the top corner. It was the Welshman’s 15th goal in 24 matches this year.Real should have had a late penalty when Alba cleared out Marcelo but referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez somehow decided the challenge was clean. It was the final controversy of a surprisingly heated derby.Share on: WhatsApp – Equaliser comes at a cost –The lead, however, lasted four minutes. Just as Suarez initiated his goal, so did Ronaldo, a neat backheel freeing Toni Kroos, who found Karim Benzema at the back post. The Frenchman was cool enough to head back into the six-yard box, where Ronaldo bundled home.last_img read more

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How to Get Green and Opt Out of Phone Books and…

first_imgOpt out of catalogs: Catalog Choice offers a quick and easy way to opt out of catalog mailings. Just go to www.CatalogChoice.org to set up an account. Once you receive your password via e-mail, you can browse by catalog names from the huge list and start deleting. The program is offered by the Ecology Center, a California-based organization that promotes sustainable living. Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteSigning up for opt out lists is a quick and easy way to reduce wasteSummer is in full swing with all the familiar sights and sounds, including this year’s crop of phone books in yellow plastic bags that sprout up next to area mailboxes. But each year more and more phone books go unused and unwanted—that’s a lot of wasted water, paper and energy that all too often ends up as roadside litter.Wouldn’t it be great if you could clear out the clutter in and around your mailbox? With just a few clicks of the computer mouse, you too can get green and reduce waste by opting out of receiving phone books and other junk mail.Opt out of phone books: Eliminating several phone books at once is as simple as going to www.YellowPagesOptOut.com. Once you create an account, you can click on the local directories that you no longer wish to receive. Be sure to share this tip with your neighbors as well. Opt out of “junk mail” and marketing mail lists: A good way to remove your name from several national mailing lists at once is to sign up for the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service at www.DMAchoice.org. This website provides instructions on how to register online or via U.S. mail. This service is only for national mailing lists (not local) and only for residential addresses (not business addresses). The service is good for five years.If you receive a phone book or see unused and unwanted phone books in your neighborhood, don’t let them become litter—the phone books are recyclable in your curbside bin, but be sure to remove the plastic bag first.For more waste prevention ideas, visit www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org.center_img Facebook151Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Ex-Nelsonite Sookro sinks Leafs in overtime

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second consecutive night a player with ties to the Heritage City came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored early in overtime to power the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the fifth in six attempts for the Hawks, who have outscored the Leafs 24-13 this season.Friday, the one-two combo of Dane Rupert and Landon Andrusiak, who played last season in Nelson, combined for seven points to help the Kelowna Chiefs skate to an 8-6 win.Saturday it was a goaltender’s duel between Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets and Zack Perehudoff. Beaver Valley took a 1-0 into the first period intermission when Ryan Edwards beat Beesley from the edge of the goal crease.Nelson defenceman Braeden Hikichi tied the game in the second with an assist from Colton Schell.The Leafs, holding a 9-5 shots advantage in the third period and 21-17 in the game, pushed for the victory but could not beat Perehudoff.The loss all but ended Nelson’s bid to overtake Beaver Valley in the Murdoch Division standings. The Hawks now hold an eight-point lead over the Leafs. Beaver Valley also has played one fewer game.However, Nelson still holds a glimmer of hope if the Leafs can sweep a season-ending series next weekend.Saturday, the Hawks once again invade the NDCC Arena before the teams hook up Sunday, January 31 in Fruitvale.LEAFS BANTER: Ryon Sookro leads the Hawks in goals (23) and points (46). The 19-year-old native of South Slocan decided to play for the Hawks after failing to catch on last season with the Leafs. . . .Nelson, third in the Murdoch Division with a 22-17-0-3 record, has eight games remaining on the schedule. . . .Nelson plays host to Castlegar Rebels Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. . . .The game was slugged International Night as the hockey team welcomed visiting students attending school in the Heritage [email protected]thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 26, 2016

first_imgFlavien Prat3995523%49%$406,845 EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROW THIS MORNING AT PIMLICO            Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Exaggerator, who became the 10th Santa Anita Derby winner to take the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, jogged two miles over Pimlico’s main track on Wednesday and walked the shed row this morning as he continues to prepare for the mile and one half Belmont Stakes on June 11.“He walked today and he’ll van to Belmont on Sunday,” said Desormeaux, who arrived back in Southern California Wednesday night. “It’s not that far to Belmont. He’ll be on the van about eight or nine hours. We’re gonna breeze him one time, probably five eighths, before the race. He’ll either work a week from Saturday (June 4) or the following Tuesday (June 7).“I’ll go back for the work and I’m still thinking about whether or not to send Kent (Desormeaux) in to breeze him, or just have Aaron Gryder get on him. Aaron’s already there and he knows my horses and he knows me. As far as the horse is concerned, everything’s pretty basic. He has no issues and there’s nothing (physical) we’re having to deal with. He’s a pleasure to train.”A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby at a mile and one eighth on April 9, Exaggerator, who has made three out of his five starts this year at Santa Anita, was second to previously unbeaten Nyquist in both the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 15 and in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Mike Puype2662223%38%$199,280 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won RACE BRINGS FOND MEMORIES OF LENNYFROMALIBUThe Lennyfromalibu Stakes, the first of five added money events to be run Saturday in the Golden States Series for California-bred or sired horses on Gold Rush Day, has a notable back story.The race for four-year-olds and up at about six and a half furlongs on turf drew but five starters, but the derivation of its name is from stakes winner Lennyfromalibu, who won the Crystal Water in 2004 and the California Cup Mile in 2003. But wait. There’s more.“Lennyfromalibu was named after Lenny Goldstein, a liver doctor who treated my husband (Jim),” related Madeline Auerbach, who campaigned the horse, and is still an active owner/breeder and a member of the California Horse Racing Board.“Dr. Goldstein had an office at UCLA, lived on the beach in Malibu, had a big handlebar mustache and was really a throwback guy. He was very pro-active and helpful in my husband getting a liver transplant, and he was fascinated that we were in the racing business.“So the very first baby that we had available from Unusual Heat’s first crop (in 1999) was named Lennyfromalibu.”The field: Forest Chatter, Mike Smith,6-5; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Ambitious Brew, Flavien Prat, 7-5; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and K Thirty Eight, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1. O’NEILL HAPPY WITH NYQUIST, BUT HAS NO RACE PLANSChampion Nyquist, who suffered his first defeat in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes after eight straight victories including the Kentucky Derby on May 7, is doing well although he will miss the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11, due to a temperature that surfaced soon after the Preakness.“He has no temperature right now, his blood looks good, so we’re very happy with the way things are going back there,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Thursday morning at Santa Anita.“I don’t know what will happen next (as far as plans for future races). We’ll bring himback (from Maryland) June 5 so we’ll kind of play it by ear from there.” MUSICAL AGENTS CONTINUE: GONZALEZ HIRES EBANKS            Santiago Gonzalez, who fired agent Craig Stephan last Saturday after a two-year run that saw him become an overnight success, has changed representatives again, parting company with 28-year-old Brandon O’Bryan after four days and hiring veteran Ron Ebanks.“Santiago called me and wanted to know if I was interested and available,” Ebanks said. “I said I’d definitely like to talk, so we met, discussed issues and I was happy with what I heard.“He’s one of the most sought-after riders and rides for everybody. He’s achieved a lot in a short amount of time and looks like he can be a top rider.            “I represented Gary Stevens for two weeks at Del Mar last summer, but we just weren’t a good fit for each other,” Ebanks said, referring to his last gig as an agent.Ebanks has had plenty of experience with world-class riders. “I’ve had Chris Antley, Tyler Baze, Joe Talamo, Michael Baze, Patrick Valenzuela, Joel Rosario, Jorge Chavez and Shane Sellers for 15 years when he earned $115 million,” Ebanks said.“I’ve been in the business 38 years. I started when I was 13. I rode horses from 15 to 23 and became an agent when I was 23.” Jerry Hollendorfer3563717%46%$495,680 EXPLOSIVE DEBUT FOR 2-5 MELAIR CHOICE ENOLA GRAYEnola Gray won by a pole, as they say, in her debut race, coming home 16 ¼ lengths in front of eight rivals in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint on April 10. It was no surprise to leading trainer Phil D’Amato, even though the gray daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander paid $10.80 to win.“She was well-meant that day,” said D’Amato, who sends out Enola Gray in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. “I thought she had a really good chance to win, although I didn’t think she’d win by 16.“She’s always shown that kind of talent in the mornings. She breezed so fast, we never really put her in company to see how fast she really was, so it was a pleasant surprise.“She came out of the race good and she’s ready to go.”The Melair: Enola Gray, Tyler Baze, 2-5; Allsquare, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Cheekaboo, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Hacktivism, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; The Spiral Jetter, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; and Shy Carmelita, Martin Garcia, 6-1. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato381110429%66%$578,370 Edwin Maldonado561212621%54%$427,651 Patrick Gallagher1140036%36%$111,155 PREAKNESS WINNER EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROWRALIS TACKLES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEFNYQUIST DUE IN CALIFORNIA JUNE 5, PLANS ON HOLDSINGING KITTY IS IN TUNE ON A FIRM TURF COURSEBOOZER STAYS ON THE ON DIRT IN TIZNOW STAKESDYNAMITE DEBUT WINNER ENOLA GRAY HEADS MELAIRLENNYFROMALIBU IS REMEMBERED ON SATURDAYRON EBANKS NEW AGENT FOR SANTIAGO GONZALEZ RALIS TRIES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEF            Ralis makes his turf debut Saturday when the son of Square Eddie trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing runs in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on grass.“He ran really well on the synthetic surface at Turfway (fifth in the Grade III Spiral, beaten only three-quarters of a length on April 2), so generally, horses that run well on synthetic run well on grass, especially Square Eddies,” O’Neill said. “They run well on anything, so we’re very optimistic he’ll run a good race.”The Snow Chief field: Ralis, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; The Big Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Midnight Ming, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Tough It Out, Joe Talamo, 2-1; and Gold Rush Dancer, Flavien Prat, 9-5. FIRM COURSE A PLUS FOR SINGING KITTY IN FRAN’S VALENTINETrainer Matt Chew is optimistic about the chances of Singing Kitty in Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.“She’s coming up to the race really well,” Chew said. “She didn’t really care much going down the hill when the turf course was softer (eighth by four lengths on a “good’ surface in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 30).“She’s back where she’s somewhat confident, and I think she’ll like this surface the way it is right now. She won her races last year when it was 100-degree weather and everything was nice and firm. The course was a little soft this winter and it wasn’t to her liking.”The field for the Fran’s Valentine: Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Nite Delite, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Madame Mousse, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Lily Kai, Dryden Van Dyke, 8-1; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 5-1; Velvet Mesquite, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Singing Kitty, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1. BOOZER ON DISPLAY CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAYBoozer, a versatile son of Unusual Heat who has won six of seven career starts on turf, returns to the main track Saturday in the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for four-year-olds and up at one mile, one of five added money events in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses on Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita.Trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Sandee Kirkwood, Boozer won at a mile on dirt at Los Alamitos last out on April 16 under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount in the Tiznow.“He’s versatile, so it’s nice to have different options,” Glatt said of Boozer. “We’ll see how it works out for us.”The Tiznow: Howdy, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Boozer, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Songforjohnmichael, Joe Talamo, 2-1; Avanti Bello, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Indygo Holiday, Fernando Perez, 15-1; Soi Phet, Kent Desomreaux, 4-1; and Rocko’s Wheel, Martin Garcia, 5-1. Rafael Bejarano591211820%53%$654,912 (Current Through Sunday, May 22) Mark Glatt2344317%48%$139,886 Martin Garcia3764416%38%$366,535 Martin Pedroza3353515%39%$184,900 Santiago Gonzalez55810815%47%$413,775 SANTA ANITA BIDS FAREWELL TO FAN FAVORITE ‘LEXI’Santa Anita’s racing family and fans of The Great Race Place are mourning the passing of Lexi, the little Jack Russell Terrier who rode the carriages at Santa Anita for all of her 15 years, becoming a fan favorite.Owned by Santa Anita’s Operations Office Manager Paige Rickerd, Lexi died Monday afternoon but did her job until the very end.“She had such a huge fan base and was really one special dog,” said the understandably saddened Rickerd. “There are over 7,000 people who have reached out on Facebook. We knew she was popular and loved but we had no idea to what extent.“She was the best companion and friend anyone could ever ask for. We are truly heartbroken . . . She will forever be in our hearts, forever missed and forever loved. Rest in peace, Lexi. We love you.”Rickerd has a tribute to Lexi posted on Facebook under Carriage Horses. Tyler Baze6412101419%56%$511,055 Joseph Talamo46109922%61%$499,143 John Sadler2861321%36%$365,665 FINISH LINES: Trainer Simon Callaghan could run Taris against males in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs on June 25, although the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 and a potential meeting with distaff champions Beholder and Stellar Wind remains an option. “I’ll talk with the owners and we’ll make a decision,” Callaghan said . . . Congratulations to Jeff Mullins on registering his 1,500th training victory last Saturday, with odds-on favorite Spirit World ridden by his main man, Tyler Baze. “It’s a nice milestone,” said Mullins, who saddled three consecutive winners of the Santa Anita Derby from 2003-05 (Buddy Gil, Castledale and Buzzards Bay). “I’ve been training for 30 years, ever since I was old enough to get a license.” . . . Chad Lindsay will represent the United States in the 2016 Longines Future Racing Stars international apprentice jockey challenge race at Chantilly Race Course in Paris on June 19. Represented by agent Vince DeGregory, the 23-year-old Lindsay, a native of Aledo, Texas, near Fort Worth, will be one of the apprentices all under the age of 25 from 10 different nations . . . Agent Vic Lipton says he will not be representing Jaime Theirot . . . Ron Ebanks, agent for Santiago Gonzalez, and Simon Bray, TVG analyst and former trainer, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 12:50 p.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Sunday’s lone winning Pick Six ticket worth $98,243.80 was purchased at Golden Gate Fields for $72 . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday, Memorial Day, but will be dark for live racing next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 31, June 1 and June 2. Live racing resumes Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

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Global travellers vote SAA as Africa’s best

first_img9 December 2014Global travellers have voted South African Airways (SAA) as the Best Airline in Africa at the annual Premier Traveler Magazine awards, which recognise the world’s top travel companies, SAA said in a statement on Monday.The publication’s annual reader choice survey recognised SAA’s “quality of product and customer service integrity” at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles last week.“We appreciate that Premier Traveler Magazine’s readers are global travellers who expect the best on the airlines they fly, so we are honoured and thankful that they have consistently named us as the best airline on the African continent throughout the years,” said Marc Cavaliere, SAA’s executive vice president in North America.“SAA has worked hard to continually enhance our products both in the air and on the ground to meet the needs of today’s discerning international business travellers.”Shan Willis, the executive editor of Premier Traveler, said that SAA is voted number one by our readers “year after year”.“SAA is consistently moving in a direction of excellence, continuing to raise the bar. Congratulations on this well-deserved honour,” he said.DestinationsSAA offers the most flights from the US to South Africa with daily nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily direct service from Washington DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg.From Johannesburg, SAA and its regional airline partners offer flights to over 55 business and leisure destinations throughout the continent.The airline celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, and also received the Skytrax World Airline Award for Best Airline Africa for the 12th consecutive year and Best Airline Staff Service Africa for the third year.With its regional partners and code shares, SAA operates to 40 destinations worldwide. In its domestic market, it operates 660 flights a week. Regionally, it offers 26 destinations across Africa. SAA’s international network links to all continents from South Africa through 11 direct routes and code shares.Source: South African Airwayslast_img read more

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Knowing livestock tampering laws helps maintain responsible food production at Ohio fairs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Summer marks the beginning of fair season — a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across the state showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting. As these hard working kids gear up to show their animals, I  want to encourage all exhibitors to be aware of livestock tampering rules so they do not accidentally disqualify their market animal projects.Some key things to keep in mind as you prepare your animal for the show ring: • If an animal is sick, the exhibitor should contact the veterinarian. • Prescription medications must be prescribed by a veterinarian for a valid medical purpose. • Extra-label use of any medication must be prescribed by a veterinarian and have an extended withdrawal time. • Over-the-counter drugs must be used according to label directions for a valid medical purpose. • Showing any livestock which has been administered a drug that exceeds the tolerance level, or a drug for which the withdrawal period has not elapsed, is prohibited.Other prohibited practices include: exhibiting an animal which has been tranquilized, making a false statement on a drug use notification form, failing to file or update a drug use notification form, negligently causing an unlawful substance to be present in an animal, or failing to sign a chain of custody form.If you have questions, calling the right person can make all the difference. As the regulatory agency to ensure food safety and prevent livestock tampering, we have seen instances in past years in which livestock exhibitors unknowingly violated Ohio’s livestock tampering laws. For example, if an exhibitor has a problem with their animal and they call the breeder rather than their veterinarian, the well-meaning breeder may inadvertently give the animal a medicine that would disqualify them from competition. If you have a question or medical concern about your animal, you should always call your veterinarian. Consulting with your veterinarian can prevent an accidental disqualification.Drug residues and other signs of tampering not only pose food safety concerns, they can provide an unfair competitive advantage over other animals. In an effort to keep things safe and to level the playing field for all animal exhibitors, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will continue to strictly enforce livestock tampering rules this fair season.Animal exhibition is an important part of youth leadership development and preparation for future food and livestock production. Lessons learned in the show ring prepare youth to be the next generation of successful, responsible food animal producers in our state. In addition to providing us with necessities like food, milk, shelter, and even fuel, food and agriculture provides one in seven people with jobs and generates $105 billion to the economy. As our population continues to grow, livestock exhibitors will become even more important in passing our agricultural traditions to future generations and helping to provide much needed food and agricultural products.As you make your final preparations to head into the show ring, I urge all of our youth exhibitors to be aware of Ohio’s livestock tampering laws and to be diligent in making sure your animal does not fall victim to an accidental or intentional tampering.For additional information or clarification, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 614-728-6220.I wish every one of our animal exhibitors a safe, exciting and successful showing season.last_img read more

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Cignal showcases hard work in D-League triumph

first_imgAng spearheads strong PH showing Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “That’s why I always tell sportswriters, credit to the players. Because I really mean it. You can be a good coach but nothing will happen if you don’t have players who will follow the system and put in the hard work,” added Fernandez, who is often jokingly chided by the sports press for his oft-repeated go-to post-game interview comment.But Fernandez’ legacy in the D-League is no laughing matter. He has won eight titles in nine championship appearances. And sure, his teams were powerhouse squads on paper. But it was never an excuse for the team to give anything less than their best effort.Jose knows why. As part of the Southeast Asian Games gold-winning Gilas Pilipinas cadets squad, Jose knows being guaranteed the title doesn’t mean you will end up winning.“You still have to play hard because you don’t know what the opponent can do,” Jose said.Because of his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in the SEA Games, Jose missed the championship series, leaving the Hawkeyes without a marquee big man against a squad that featured the towering Rod Ebondo.But Raymundo and Jose, who was named D-League MVP while he was playing in the SEA Games final in Malaysia, were not concerned.“We have faith in coach,” Raymundo said, And Jose agreed. “He is very hardworking and that gave us confidence against CEU.”And with that hard work as a main weapon, there was no stopping Cignal from claiming yet another D-League crown. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That commitment became even more critical when the Hawkeyes moved their practices to 5:30 a.m. to accomodate the class schedule of Jason Perkins. Raymundo didn’t mind the switch. He just showed up earlier.“He’ll be there before 5:15,” Fernandez said. That the whole team agreed to practicing at dawn was a big reason for Cignal’s latest triumph in the D-League, where the Hawkeyes brushed aside Centro Escolar on the way to back-to-back titles in the season.“It was easy to make the sacrifice to practice earlier because we knew what Jason could do for the team,” Raymundo said.Perkins made it even easier for the team to adjust to the schedule: “Sometimes, he’ll be at the gym at 4 a.m.,” Fernandez said.But at the heart of the victory is the hard work that the team put into winning the crown.ADVERTISEMENT When he was coaching Far Eastern U in the UAAP, Nash Racela would gush on how Raymar Jose led the Tams by example. The burly big man would go all out even during practices, thus giving teammates no excuse to slack off.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That’s why when Jose was doing double duty in basketball—training with the national team and anchoring Cignal’s run in the PBA D-League—coach Boyet Fernandez would often sit the former FEU stalwart during practices.“If you let him practice, he’s just going to go in there and play like it’s a game,” Fernandez said during an appearance at Sports IQ Thursday. “So rather than risk injuring him and making him unavailable for Gilas [Pilipinas], I’d just let him rest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPamboy Raymundo’s commitment to Cignal’s D-League bid was just as solid. The tough-as-nails point guard would show up first during practice and log out after everybody had left.“He’s just out there working on his game,” said Fernandez.last_img read more

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Government Steadfast With Plans To Improve Health Sector

first_imgThe Government remains steadfast with plans to effect significant changes to the country’s health care sector, as it strives to create a first world system, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says.He notes that a balance between accessibility and optimal care must be the hallmark of Jamaica’s health care sector.The Minister was addressing residents of St. Catherine on July 9, during the eighth in a series of consultations on health financing, held on the grounds of the Spanish Town Hospital.“We believe that the provision of quality and affordable health care services and improvement in access can help us to achieve our national development objectives,” the Minister said.Among the changes to be made, he said, is the implementation of a referral system for persons seeking treatment in hospitals. Under this arrangement, individuals would be referred to the primary health system, such as clinics and health centres.The referral system is being established to reduce unnecessary costs at the secondary and tertiary level. In this vein, the Government is seeking to revitalise the primary health care system, which is considered the priority sector.As such, the Ministry of Health, since last year, started work on four regional Centres of Excellence at the primary care level. Dr. Ferguson noted that work is far advanced on three of these specialised facilities, which are located at the Isaac Barrant Centre in St. Thomas; the Santa Cruz Health Centre in St. Elizabeth; and Darliston Health Centre in Westmoreland.He informed that Government will be breaking ground “very soon” for an additional centre in Claremont, St. Ann. “These four Centres of Excellence will represent best practice in terms of primary health care in the country’s four regional health authorities,” the Minister said.Other initiatives to improve the country’s health care system, Dr. Ferguson said, involves “closing the gap” which now exists as it relates to a shortage of the necessary health care professionals in the public sector.He explained that while the Government aims to improve this aspect of the system, it must resort to the temporary recruitment of some health care professionals, including primary care nurses and doctors from Cuba.“Shortly we will be bringing in some dentists to help to close the gap. We will also be bringing in three pathologists very soon to help improve the turn-a-round time with respect to the examination of specimen and delivery of results from the National Public Health Lab. All of these are temporary arrangements, but must be done in the short run, if we are to alleviate the problems our people face,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister informed that within another month, there will be an additional 44 Cuban medical personnel in the public health sector including 29 nurses, eight doctors (including three pathologists), six dentists and one cytology technician.Additionally, the Ministry has also worked to upgrade and improve the services at more than 100 health centres across the island. Dr. Ferguson informed that this year, the Government completed work on 20 health centres at a cost of some $54.8 million.The Minister further pointed out that one of the Government’s main objectives is to find sustainable means of generating revenue to finance the public health sector.Dr. Ferguson noted that the ideal is for at about 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be committed to health care. Jamaica currently commits approximately 4.7 per cent.He pointed out that whatever model of financing the Government adopts for the public health system, must be one that is not only sustainable, but also encourages a balance between access and quality care.“There is no point in saying we want to create access at the expense of quality,” the Minister emphasized.Dr. Ferguson noted that this is the main aim of the public consultations, which form part of Government’s efforts to review the no user fee policy, but also aim to look broadly at options to finance the public health sector.The Government has so far completed eight consultations, including talks with the Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Ken Baugh, health groups and associations, staff of the Ministry of Health and other internal stakeholders and members of the public in all four Health Regions.According to the Minister, among the possible streams of revenue for the health sector is the provision of specialist services within the public system at a competitive cost.“Services such as plastic surgery, or going beyond the normal fillings and extractions, such as cosmetic dentistry, will be used as streams for those who can afford to pay,” he said.Other measures to be considered, according to the Government, include strengthening the billing mechanism to maximise revenue from payments by private insurance companies, addressing inefficiencies in drug procurement and distribution, and developing a mechanism to institute 24-hour per day service delivery.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that as part of plans to improve health financing in Jamaica, the Government will be introducing a Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Health Card on a phased basis.He noted that the introduction of the unique card will yield significant benefits through efficiencies in service delivery and overall patient care. The GOJ Health Card will be tied to the individual’s Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN). The Ministry, through the National Health Fund (NHF) will facilitate a simplified and on-going registration process and the card will facilitate better monitoring and identification.The card will also take into account private health insurance, so that instances where charges arise can be adequately and quickly covered, he said.“The GOJ card will, by a single swipe, identify persons who have health insurance, so we are not going to be depending on the honesty of patients or clients to tell us whether you have insurance or not,” the Minister stated. The card will also help hospital staff identify PATH beneficiaries, he informed.Another source of income for the public health sector, which is being considered, is the introduction of private wards, the Minister said.“We have also taken the policy decision that in hospitals across the country, where there is the possibility, we will look at private wards as an option for revenue that will offset the most vulnerable in our society,” he said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

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