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Brick by brick and wall by wall, we will free Mumia Abu-Jamal

first_imgBy Erica CainesThis lightly edited presentation was given by Erica Caines, with Black Alliance for Peace and Hood Communist editor, at an April 15 press conference to demand the immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal.I am a member of the Black Alliance for Peace, and I’m also co-editor of the African revolutionary blog Hood Communists. I’m very honored to speak a bit about Mumia Abu-Jamal and his present influence on this movement era.Mumia once said that prison is a second-by-second assault on the soul, a day-to-day degradation of the self, an oppressive steel-and-brick umbrella that transforms seconds into hours and hours into days. In Mumia’s case, the state of Pennsylvania is deeply invested in ensuring that there will be no more days for him.Instead of adhering to the longtime demands of the people to free Mumia, the state, including Philadelphia’s popular progressive prosecutor [Larry Krasner], has refused to do so.Learning about Mumia’s case, I’ve gotten more opportunities to publicly advocate on behalf of his freedom. This has especially opened my eyes to the delusions of any justice being found within the U.S. justice system. It has been clear since the three-decades fight to remove Mumia from death row was won, that he is being punished for not dying, both then and now. However, despite these realities of the prison system and his unjust trial and sentencing, Mumia’s invaluable voice and clear analysis of our material circumstances as Black people within the U.S. could be heard on Prison Radio or read in one of his many books, like “Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?” Or “Murder, Incorporated” — all produced from behind the prison walls, encouraging, informing and inspiring countless youth who are marching and organizing around a collective demand that our Black lives do, in fact, matter.Mumia does not simply serve as a point of inspiration. Mumia and all political prisoners who are aging away and dying — rest in peace to Chip Fitzgerald — behind prison walls serve as a warning to any of us who refuse to normalize this settler-colonial state that depicts Blackness as innately criminal and Black people as deserving of injustice.So brick by brick and wall by wall, we’re going to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. May we all catch one another in the whirlwind. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 15, 2021 0

DTI causes confusion in part-time law draft

first_img Comments are closed. The Government’s failure to explain its approach to implementing thePart-time Work Directive has led to confusion over the draft regulations.Giving people more opportunities to work part-time is one of the two mainintentions of the directive and was expected to be covered by the regulations.But there is no mention in the document, out to consultation until nextweek, of what the Government intends to do to “identify and review theobstacles”, as required by the directive. Obstacles could includeinadequate child care and inflexible working patterns.It concentrates solely on giving part-timers the same rights as full-timers,the directive’s other main aim.A DTI spokeswoman said part-time working will be promoted through a goodpractice guide, to be issued once the regulations are in place.”Member states are free to choose the most effective way to promotepart-time work. We believe encouraging best practice, not legislating, is thebest way to do it,” she said.But the DTI was criticised for leaving employers in the dark.”I had been telling everyone that promoting part-time opportunities wascoming in the regulations and to prepare for a change of culture,” saidNoreen Sumra, legal adviser at consultancy Policy Network.”Most of our clients feel they are already more than compliant in termsof rights, so this was going to be the big issue.”Caroline Noblett, partner in the employment department at law firm EdgeEllison, said the Government had caused confusion by claiming to embrace thedirective then failing to legislate on one of the most important parts.”Part-time rights are already protected indirectly through sexdiscrimination legislation. We had expected the legislation to deal withbarriers to part time work. It was a surprise to find these are not evenmentioned,” she said.”There is a huge pool of people who cannot work full time and we arelosing them as a resource to the country because companies are not beingcreative or flexible enough to tap into it,” she said.By Dominique Hammond Previous Article Next Article DTI causes confusion in part-time law draftOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

May 18, 2021 0

UEFA probes PSG after Neymar, Mbappe deals

first_imgParis, France | AFP | UEFA opened a “formal investigation” into Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar.European football’s governing body said it would look at whether PSG had violated its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.“The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity,” UEFA said in a statement.PSG signed Brazilian striker Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) on August 3 and completed a loan move for Kylian Mbappe on Thursday in a deal that includes an option to buy the French teenager for 180 million euros.“In the coming months, the Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body will regularly meet in order to carefully evaluate all documentation pertaining to this case,” the statement added.“UEFA considers Financial Fair Play to be a crucial governance mechanism which aims to ensure the financial sustainability of European club football.” The FFP system was first approved by UEFA in 2010 to try and combat soaring debts in the game.From 2013 to 2015 clubs could only post a net total loss of 45 million euros, which was reduced to 30 million for the next three years, running until 2018.Non-compliance with the rules can result in a series of disciplinary measures, ranging from a warning to the deduction of points, and even exclusion from European competition.PSG have already incurred sanctions for a previous violation and were slapped with a 60-million-euro fine, 40 million of which suspended, in 2014, and saw their squad for the Champions League cut from 25 to 21 players.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 13, 2020 0

Becoming Ali: Fight 50 years ago launched icon

first_imgIn this May 25, 1965 file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger, Sonny Liston, shortly after dropping him with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. In 1964 he changed his name from Cassius Clay and adopted his Muslim name. (AP Photo/John Rooney)Nobody knew quite what to make of the handsome young boxer whose mouth seemed to be his greatest weapon. What they did know was that Cassius Clay didn’t stand a chance.Not against Sonny Liston, the fearsome pug and ex-con with mob ties who wore a perpetual scowl as he knocked out almost everyone put in front of him in the ring. Not even when Clay predicted in verse that a new heavyweight champion would be crowned that February night 50 years ago in Miami Beach.“The crowd did not dream when they put up the money,” he roared, “that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.”Oddsmakers thought the fighter known as the Louisville Lip was as crazy as his poems. They ignored the 22-year-old’s boast that he would win in eight; they made Liston a 7-1 favorite.“I’m the champ of fightin’,” Liston sputtered to Clay, “but you the champ of talkin’.”They met as the nation was on the eve of massive change, which few could foresee and even fewer could understand. Still deep in mourning over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy just three months earlier, the country would be rocked by race riots in major cities in the long, hot summer ahead. Civil rights activism was gearing up, the conflict in Vietnam was moving into U.S. headlines, there was new music in the air.In fact, on their frenzied first visit to America, the Beatles stopped by the gym where Clay was training, to check out this fighter who, like them, was prepared to take on the world.The world itself would soon want to check out Cassius Clay. Those starting to pay attention liked some of what he offered, such as the poetic collaborations with cornerman Bundini Brown.“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” the two would chant together.A lot of it they didn’t like. In Liston they had a fighter they knew, even if they did not respect the big puncher who was as surly outside the ring as he was ferocious inside it.Clay was unlike anything they had ever seen, and it wasn’t just because he couldn’t seem to stop talking. Clay’s own father accused the Black Panthers of brainwashing his son. There were reports he was a confidant of Malcolm X, and a new disciple of the Black Muslim religion that frightened many in White America. Promoters managed to keep Clay quiet about his religious leanings until after the fight.The silence didn’t last long. The day after the big fight, there was more to talk about than just the heavyweight championship of the world.“I don’t have to be what you want me to be,” said the young champion who would take the name Muhammad Ali. “I’m free to be who I want.”In this March 1, 1964 file photo, Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight boxing champion, right, stands with Malcolm X outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater on Broadway at 49th Street in New York. They had just watched a screening of films on Ali’s Feb. 25, 1964 title fight with Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Two days after the fight with Liston, Cassius Clay announced he was a member of the Nation of Islam and was changing his name to Cassius X. He would later become Muhammad Ali as he broke away from Malcolm X and aligned himself with the sect’s leader, Elijiah Muhammad. “What is all the commotion about?” he asked. “Nobody asks other people about their religion. But now that I’m the champion I am the king so it seems the world is all shook up about what I believe.” (AP Photo)The man who would become arguably the most recognized figure in the world as Ali had trouble getting noticed at first, even after winning the gold medal as a light heavyweight at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Clay was fast and he was good, but it wasn’t until he charged in the ring ranting and raving at Liston after the champion knocked out Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas in 1963 that he got a shot at the title.The contracts were signed in Denver, where Liston lived and where Clay traveled in a secondhand airport bus he decorated with signs like “Sonny Liston Will Go in Eight” and “World’s Most Colorful Fighter.” Clay headed straight to Liston’s upscale house (where 32 for-sale signs suddenly sprouted in the neighborhood after he moved in a few months earlier), honking his horn and shouting in the air at 1 a.m. for the man known as the “Big Bear” to come down.Former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano was among those who thought Clay was making a big mistake. Clay’s own lawyer advised him against the fight.“Cassius does not try to learn anything from one fight to the next and really doesn’t care about becoming one of the finest heavyweights who ever lived,” attorney Gordon Davidson said at the time. “All he wants is to be the richest.”The deal was a good one for both fighters, with Clay getting 22 percent of the gross and Liston 40 percent. There was talk of it being one of the richest fights ever, and Clay wanted to use his share to fulfill his dream of living in a $100,000 house on a hill with a swimming pool.On the morning of the bout, Clay arrived wearing a blue denim jacket that said “Bear Huntin’” on the back for a weigh-in unlike any boxing had ever seen. Clay seemed on the verge of hysteria as he shouted at Liston.“Don’t let everyone know what a fool you are,” the sullen Liston said in a low voice.The doctor conducting the prefight exams reported Clay’s pulse went from a normal 54 to 120. There was talk the fight could be called off if he didn’t find a way to calm down.“This is a man who is scared to death,” Dr. Alexander Robbins told reporters. “He is living in mortal fear.”A few hours later, Clay proved how wrong both Liston and the ring doctor were.“The only thing that could scare Sonny was a crazy person who defied any kind of logic,” said Robert Lipsyte, who covered the fight as a young reporter for The New York Times. “I think Clay understood you could psyche out Sonny Liston by some show of insanity. And I think that’s exactly what he did.”In this May 25, 1965 file photo, perspiration beads on the face of world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo)If the fight wasn’t won at the weigh-in, it was when the two men stripped off their robes in the ring. All the talk had been about the beast Liston was, but when the two stood in the center of the ring Clay was clearly the bigger man.He dominated almost from the opening bell, peppering Liston with jabs and throwing fast combinations that seemed to bewilder the Big Bear. Except for a brief moment Clay got something in his eyes from Liston’s gloves and begged trainer Angelo Dundee to stop the fight, he was in complete control.Still, it was shocking when the seemingly invincible Liston quit in the corner after the sixth round, claiming a shoulder injury.“Look at me: I’m still pretty,” Clay said afterward.There was talk that the fix was in, and a Senate subcommittee wasted little time in announcing it would investigate a contract that promised a rematch between the fighters. But the world had a new heavyweight champion, and he didn’t take long to make some news outside the ring.Two days after the fight, Clay announced he was a member of the Nation of Islam and was changing his name to Cassius X. He would later become Muhammad Ali as he broke away from Malcolm X and aligned himself with the sect’s leader, Elijiah Muhammad.“What is all the commotion about?” he asked. “Nobody asks other people about their religion. But now that I’m the champion I am the king so it seems the world is all shook up about what I believe.”Gene Kilroy, who would later become Ali’s business manager, said Ali often talked about how his faith was the key factor in winning the fight“Elijiah Muhammad told him, ‘How can you lose when Allah is on your side?’” Kilroy said. “That was his belief and he was strong with it. It gave him the confidence that he couldn’t lose to Liston.”Ali and Liston would meet again the next February in, of all places, Lewiston, Maine. The fight ended quickly in the first round with a right hand few saw that clipped Liston’s jaw and put him on the canvas, where Ali towered menacingly above him.In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 1977 file photo, artist Andy Warhol, left, photographs Muhammad Ali, his infant daughter, Hanna, and wife, Veronica, at Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pa. (AP Photo)He’s an old man now, his body ravaged by Parkinson’s Syndrome and his voice long since muted. The world has known him as Muhammad Ali for a half century, and he’s as revered now as he was once reviled.The changes in society in those 50 years seem almost as unimaginable as young Cassius Clay winning the title in the first place. Ali was squarely in the middle of some of them in a way no athlete had ever before been.“I really think in my mind the ’60s really began with that fight,” Lipsyte said. “Kennedy was recently dead, which was the end of the ’50s, and here we are on the verge of this new world of civil rights, anti-war demonstrations, and anti-authoritarianism. The Beatles were in that mix, Malcolm X was there. It seemed like there was a confluence of all those factors that would be the foundation of the ’60s and the changes that would come from that.”The military draft notice that had loomed for Ali since before the first Liston fight would arrive during the prime of his career, and he famously refused induction in 1967, saying he was a conscientious objector who would not serve in the Army of a country that treated members of his race as second-class citizens. By this time, U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war was escalating, and supporters and opponents were hardening their positions.“I ain’t got no quarrel with those Viet Cong,” he said, setting off on a path that cost him more than three years of his career and nearly put him in prison. Ali became a symbolic, if unlikely, figure of the anti-war movement, though his mind was always more on resuming his career than furthering the cause.Even when he was cleared on a technicality by the U.S. Supreme Court he was a pariah to many.“They can’t hate me or dislike me any more than they do now,” Ali said in 1969.Ali would go on to be the first man to win the heavyweight championship three times, engaging in epic fights in faraway places that were so big they had names like “Rumble in the Jungle” and “Thrilla in Manila.”And when he stood trembling, torch in hand, to light the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, many of those watching couldn’t help but tremble along with him.More than a fighter, he was for many an athlete who transcended sports as a champion of principle and human rights. More than just a man, he had become a figure of almost mythic proportion.“You can’t interview him anymore, but he still has this kind of marvelous physical presence. He still seems to glow,” Lipsyte said of Ali, who’s now 72 and living in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I have obviously not had any substantive conversations with him in years but I still smile and feel good in his presence. He has that effect.”Liston would fight for several more years, though he never got another chance at the title. He was found dead in 1970 in his Las Vegas home in what was ruled a drug overdose but what some of his contemporaries thought might have been a mob hit.“Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston. 1932-1970,” reads the tombstone near the city’s airport. “A man.”They were both men, different men who both wanted the same thing. It was Feb. 25, 1964, and in Miami Beach, the man who would become Muhammad Ali did what he said he would and shocked the world.And the world would never be the same.last_img read more

August 12, 2020 0

Leaf rally twice but Fordy sends fans home disappointed after Princeton nips Nelson 5-4 in overtime

first_imgKeenan Fordy scored at the 3:16 mark of the second overtime period lifting Princeton Posse to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.The win allowed the Posse to sweep the season series 2-0.Twice Nelson rallied from deficits, including a 4-3 deficit with Nick Newman scoring in the final seconds of the third period to force overtime.Devon Grossler, Alex Demchuk, Jaden Jazen and Brendan Colter also scored for the Posse.Walker Sidoni, Colton Mamlsten and Matthew Naka replied for Nelson, which out shot the visitors 35-24.Sky Buller was outstanding between the pipes for Princton to out duel Nelson netminder Andrew Walton.The loss drops the Leaf to 4-5-0-1 in its last 10 games and makes the climb to the Murdoch Division title even more of a grind as Nelson trails leading Beaver Valley by 14 points.The Leafs return to the NDCC Arena tonight to face the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Castlegar Rebels pasted the Bruins 10-0 Friday in the Boundary City to run the Grand Forks record to 1-35.Kody Disher and Anthony Delong each had four points and Conner Beauchamp registered the goose egg in goal to lead the Rebels, which pulled to within two points of idle Beaver Valley.Game time at the NDCC Arena is 7 [email protected]last_img read more

August 3, 2020 0

Sprint – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBob BaffertMartin GarciaSusan ChuCharlie ChuPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we are back down in the media briefing room, and the winner of the TwinSpires and twinspires.com Breeders’ Cup Sprint is Drefong, and we are joined now by the winning connections. Having a seat on our right is trainer Bob Baffert. This is his fifth win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. To our left, winning jockey Martin Garcia and Susan Chu and Charlie Chu. The horse runs in the colors of Charlie’s small stable. But Susan actually was first into the Thoroughbred game, and Charlie, who knows a good thing when he sees one, got in soon after. But, Bob, we’d like to start with you, as we typically do. Bob, if you could just take us through the race, the two California horses were on the lead the whole time. Tell us how you saw it?BOB BAFFERT: Well, Drefong, he looked so good in the paddock. This is probably the sharpest he’s ever been. So we’ve been taking our time. We were bringing him up to this point. So I just told Martin, we had a discussion about, you know what, if you get away from there, just whip him a little bit, and he did a great job. I knew there was going to be a little bit of a speed deal. I was worried about the inside post because he had to force his hand. But he waited. He let him just sort of ease up there without really forcing the issue, and then once I knew Masochistic and him were going to battle, and when Masochistic — he’s a really good horse, and I thought, wow, I think we’re going to run second. Then turning for home, he knows the horse really well. You just can’t really hit him too much. He doesn’t like the whip too much, and he got after him a little bit left-handed. But I knew at the 1/8th pole, I thought, wow, this horse is really — it was almost like watching Beholder and Songbird yesterday. I mean, when they throw down like that, I mean, those two horses really threw down in the stretch.It’s one of those things that I’m just lucky that I happened to be on the better end of it. But it was a pretty fast race. Because this track is not real — we’re used to a really faster track, but I’m just glad that the Chus, they’ve been very lucky. They’ve been extremely blessed and fortunate. They’ve had some nice horses. So Susan just loves the animals. She wants to keep them all and take care of them. She’s the kind of owner that really worries about her horses.Charlie, he’s game. He’s a sportsman, he loves the horses. So he’s got his whole family here. So it’s a great honor to have a horse like this, to have a talented horse. For him to show it today, we didn’t know how fast he was, because he’s done everything, and today he needed to be really, really good to beat that horse.THE MODERATOR: They were really moving. Martin, you were actually on the inside of Masochistic, so just tell us how your horse responded and about your trip in general?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Well, I was pretty confident since I got on him here in the paddock. And Mr. Baffert told me just let him run, whatever, however he’s happy, and I was really comfortable.THE MODERATOR: Let’s hear from the Chus, please. Susan, this is a big win. Just tell us about your reaction and the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race if you would.SUSAN CHU: Yeah, we are so honored to be sitting here with Bob and with Martin together. And Bob knows how much we love this sport, and we love our horse. I’m so appreciative to everybody doing everything for us, Bob and Jimmy, Donato, everybody in Bob Baffert’s stable that support us 100%. And we so appreciate we have a chance to be winning today. So this is so joyful.We have a big, strong family coming to support us today from everywhere, all over the country to watch us on such a special day. This is really so joyful. Thank you.Q. Bob, good when a plan comes together. I mean, you knew he was training good, and then the track hadn’t been playing necessarily in the favor of speed, but today it worked out. So good to see that all come together?BOB BAFFERT: Well, I mean, when he broke and he broke with him and Martin, he just let him ease up there that first quarter. He rode a really beautiful race. When I saw the fraction 21, I think it was 60 something, I thought, and I thought: That’s manageable. That’s okay. These are good horses. They can handle that.When I saw Masochistic out there with Mike Smith, I thought that horse is running his A-game, and I’ve been watching that horse train. So I knew it was going to be a battle. But the 3/8th pole it looked like Masochistic was going to have the edge on us. But, you know, this little horse and Martin, they just — when the running started, he just brought it. And the 1/8th pole, I could just tell that horse — it just shows you the will to win they have. And he was just — both horses were just champions. They were just throwing it down.The Breeders’ Cup, I remember years ago I was in Chicago, and I ran second and third, and Bob Lewis, one of my greatest owners ever, I was complaining to him about it, You know what? Maybe we could have done this, whatever. Just complained a little bit. I was just trying to — and he said, Robert, hey, that’s why they have these races. The best horses are in the race, so there’s no excuses. And that’s what happens.So they threw it down, and it was incredible, because after losing Lord Nelson this week in the lineup, that really hurt. He was doing so well also. It would have been nice to have him in there. But it’s great that I knew Drefong was ready to do it. His post, I was a little leery. If he would have been on the outside, I would have felt a little bit better. But, like I said, it was a great time for Martin to reunite with me (laughing). He got a big, fat check.THE MODERATOR: Well, you brought up the topic. So let me ask, Martin, how it feels to be back riding the best horses in the Baffert barn again or several of the best horses in the Baffert barn and what your probation period was like?CHRIS RICHARDSON: I feel lucky.SUSAN CHU: He has to.Q. It is part of the story of this horse.BOB BAFFERT: You know, he needed some time there. You know, when you have one jockey just constantly and if you’re going through a rut or whatever, it’s tough. Just like a jockey can get beat and he can get on the next race and win with the trainers. It’s a lot of pressure.So sometimes it’s tough to really — like, if I use 10 different, 20 different riders, you really don’t notice it. But guys, if they get a little cold, if the trainer gets cold, if you’re both cold, there’s a lot of tension.So sometimes that happens. You have your little — we really didn’t have any argument. But it’s one of those things where sometimes it’s good to have that time away just to reorganize, and it’s worked well. So, you know, he knows my horses. He knows how they’re going to be ridden. When Mike Smith chose Masochistic, and he’d won on it before, and Charlie — we talked to the Chus, and they were, you know, well, I could put whatever, but I know Martin knows the horse really well. Came in there, worked these horses, got them ready. So it’s one of those things where it’s just, you know, I wasn’t mad at him. But we needed some separation. It was getting tense. So everything’s good. Look at him.Q. Can you reflect a little bit on the Breeders’ Cup Sprint specifically? It was a breakthrough win for you. Your first emergence onto the national stage, the first time you won it. Your success specifically in this race? Just talk about how well you’ve done in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and what this race means to you?BOB BAFFERT: You know what, when I first was training quarter horses, I remember watching the first Breeders’ Cup, and I thought, wow, that looks so much — that is exciting. So I thought maybe I could do something like that, maybe the Sprint. Maybe I could win a Sprint race. I remember Thirty Slews was the first horse I ever bought for $30,000. When he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, I thought that day at Gulfstream Park I had reached the pinnacle of my career. That was it. I’ve never — I never had that feeling again until I won a Kentucky Derby. But it was just the most exciting. I can’t even remember how I got to the Winner’s Circle. I was so afraid if I didn’t get there in time they were going to take the picture without me. That’s how nervous I was. So it was one of those things where I remember I had to take an elevator to Gulfstream Park, and it wasn’t coming and I was panicking. I was like, I’ve got to get down there. They’re going to take the picture without me.But still it’s a thrill. Breeders’ Cup Races, these championship races, there’s a lot on the line. Not only the money, but the championships. The championships. This is when they hand out the championships in the fall. So hopefully this put Drefong in the conversation, and we’ll see what goes.Q. When did you get involved in racing, and some background on your involvement in the sport of Thoroughbred racing? When did you get started buying horses?SUSAN CHU: Yeah, we actually started show jumping, and since all of our family — myself, my daughter, my son — we are all riding horses. So we know horses. We love horses when the kids were so young. And after that, we watched the Kentucky Derby years ago, four, five years ago, and my husband and I, we took our kids to Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. It was a surprise: Oh, this horseracing is totally different. It’s amazing sport. So I turned ahead to my husband and said, Charlie, let me do horseracing. How’s about that? And he said, Okay. Since from then, actually just probably four, five years ago, I’m working so hard. I started searching, searching, searching. I know Bob Baffert is the best. So I’m searching. I tried to compare with Bob 100 times without getting him. And then he has so many people blocked me, I could not reach him.So you know what I’m doing? Finally I decide just buy a ticket, fly to California to see him. And then the first time he met me in the stable, I was so nervous. I thought this is the very top trainer. Does he want to talk to me? I don’t know. I was so nervous. I just took the trip myself.So he asked me, Are you sure you want to do horseracing? I said, Yes. And so he said, Okay, I’ll help you.BOB BAFFERT: I was trying to talk her out of it.SUSAN CHU: So, yeah, that is the starting.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

August 2, 2020 0

Northeast BC Predators Female Hockey players honoured at annual team awards

first_imgLB Energy Midget PredatorsMVP – Hannah PiketTop Defence Man – Bethany ConnellyMost Sportsmanlike – Ally DancevicBest Defensive Forward – Hannah Piket & Madison FellTop Scorer – Payton BowenOutstanding Leadership & Dedication – Jordyn LarsonB-Rae Consulting Bantam PredatorsMVP – Cheree PetersTop Defence Man – Kylee JohnsonMost Sportsmanlike – Kennedy PunterBest Defensive Forward – Bralin WillichTop Scorer – Mikayla LoewenOutstanding Leadership & Dedication – Carlee BennettGlacier Glass Peewee PredatorsMVP – Maria AyreTop Defence Man – Paige BrownMost Sportsmanlike – Azalyn KotakBest Defensive Forward – Molly HamiltonTop Scorer – Hailey ArmstrongOutstanding Leadership & Dedication – Maria Ayre FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Northeast BC Predators Female Hockey teams hosted their annual awards banquet this past Saturday.Predators Female Hockey consists of three teams in the Peewee, Bantam and Midget age groups.A variety of awards was given out to team members including: season MVP, Top Defenseman, Most Sportsmanlike player, Best Defensive Forward, Top Scorer and Outstanding Leader and Dedication award.- Advertisement -As well, four Midget Predators in their final year received their jerseys as mementos of their minor hockey career. Kyana Watson, Ally Dancevic, Bailey Wollen, and Lynette Wiebe.The Peewee Predators finished 5th at Female PeeWee provincials, the Bantam Predators finished 6th, and the Midget Predators finished 7th at Female Midget provincials.Full Results BelowAdvertisementlast_img read more

January 12, 2020 0

Wheat harvest underway Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scott Metzger, Pickaway Co.We started cutting wheat around the 17th. We had a little freeze damage in the wheat in the areas where I expected it. There the yields were in the mid to low 80s but the rest of it has been in the upper 90s and low 100s.The test weight has been fine. Some of the worst areas of the wheat were a pound or two lighter but nothing drastic like I thought it would be. There just was not seed in the head. About three-fourths of the stem was still wet where there was frost damage. The wheat never matured right. The seed head was dry but the stems were tough.We still have about 75 acres to do and I’m hoping to start on it late this afternoon. We leave the straw and double-crop right behind it. I like having that residue out on the field and it lets us get the double-crop beans in faster too.We got four to 4.5 inches of rain Friday night into Saturday and I’m sure that will lead to lower test weights. The sooner we can get that cut the less likely we are to have quality issues. The first double-crop beans were planted a week ago and you can row those now. With that rain and heat, they popped up pretty quickly and are not looking bad. The beans are really taking off growing.The rain fell over a long period. It was a nice rain. As we got closer to that four-inch mark we started to see some water running off but the ground really took it in. The wet holes still have water standing in them but if the wheat was left in the tiled ground we could have probably run yesterday.We went almost three weeks without any measurable rain. On the gravel ground the corn was getting pretty stressed. The beans weren’t growing well but it is hard to believe how they jumped out of the ground.You can’t really tell the difference between the April and May planted corn anymore. We have a bit of giant ragweed along some field edges, but overall the fields are looking petty clean. We’ll start post- spraying beans this week and we’ll be using the new technology. Two-thirds of our beans are dicamba beans.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 0

Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock

first_imgK-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Neymar #11 of Barcelona heads for the net in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017 on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHe has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT “But the people here are not talking about Neymar. The people here support their team.”It will be a major culture shock for Neymar in a town which has a population of just 7,000 and is best known for its annual Breton dance showcase, the Saint Loup Festival which draws visitors from around the world.However, that’s not to say that Guingamp do not have football pedigree.They were French Cup winners in 2009 and 2014 and last season beat PSG 2-1 in the corresponding league fixture, the capital city club’s second defeat in four visits to Guingamp since their hosts were promoted in 2013.Furthermore, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba spent a season at the club in 2002/2003.ADVERTISEMENT “We could have filled a stadium of 40,000 seats with no problem at all,” said Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat whose club budget is an eighth of what PSG paid for Neymar.“Remember the star of the show is going to be Neymar and for us we want to welcome this very special player and his team in the best conditions possible.”Journalists from far and wide are expected for the game — the ground’s press tribune, built to hold 80 people, has been extended to cater for 350.A total of 145 stewards will be on duty at the ground — 30 more than usual.1,200km away, Barca start new eraMeanwhile, French media speculated over who in the expensively-assembled PSG team will make way for Neymar.Le Parisien suggested it will be Javier Pastore, the Argentine star who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners.“After first giving up his No.10 shirt, will he (Pastore) now give him (Neymar) his place in the team?” Le Parisien asked of the player who took up the No.10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United last season, only to hand it to the Brazilian this summer.“Neymar will start on the left at the cost of Pastore.”Sports daily L’Equipe saw things differently, though. LATEST STORIES “Neymar — the football version,” ran their headline on Saturday in a light-hearted reference to how the most expensive transfer in football history has dominated news despite Neymar not yet having kicked a ball in anger.“A trio of Neymar, Pastore and Angel di Maria will support (striker) Ederson Cavani,” predicted L’Equipe.The match in Guingamp kicks-off at 1900GMT.An hour later, and around 1,200km further south, Barcelona will start their first competitive match without Neymar by facing bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement for Neymar has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Gerard Deulofeu was handed Neymar’s role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Monday’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on his return to the club after spells at Everton and AC Milan.And the Spanish international took his chance with a goal and two assists in just 45 minutes on the field. 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WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “He’s physically ready to play the whole ninety minutes,” PSG coach Unai Emery told AFP.“He’s been working well and we looked hard at tactics and free-kicks. We all want him in the starting eleven, he’s a player we need in the group.”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 shutoutEven Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré, himself a former PSG boss, wants Neymar to play despite the potential for destruction at the feet of the Brazilian superstar.“I want the fans to come Sunday to see Guingamp win… preferably against a side with Neymar in it.last_img read more

November 30, 2019 0

12 days agoLiverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stay

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper coach Achterberg leaves door open for Lonergan stayby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has lifted the lid on signing Andy Lonergan.A goalkeeping shortage ahead of a tour of the United States brought Lonergan, a long-serving goalkeeper of the second tier, on board, literally, with the Premier League title hopefuls as they jetted across the Atlantic.Lonergan’s professionalism was understood to have impressed Reds officials, who handed him a short-term contract to keep him on.”Lonergan has come in to do this job because of the injury [to Alisson],” Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo. “He has done a good job and he works really hard every day. That is a good step for us this year. We will have to look at the end of the season to decide what we will do.”But just how has a soon-to-be 36-year-old journeyman of the lower leagues ended up signing for a team who collected 97 Premier League points the season previous?Achterberg adds: “We had, at that time, agents dropping names and then actually someone came to Michael Edwards (sporting director) with his name.”We were not thinking about signing another goalkeeper but we were short because Kamil Grabara went to Huddersfield and then I think Ali was on holiday and Caoimhin Kelleher broke his wrist, so we were really short.”Then, Andy had said to the club he would come in on non-contract terms and train to stay fit and that was a winning situation for us and him. Then he worked hard, got fit and he was waiting for something to happen somewhere, he had a few shouts to move and that didn’t come off so he stayed training with us.”Then Ali got injured and Simon Mignolet was leaving quickly, it was all done in a week so we were really short. Then we were looking at what was available as the [transfer] deadline had gone and Andy had done really well.”He played some games and had done well. If we were bringing in someone who hadn’t trained with us, then they would have to get up to speed really well. Andy had been training with us and was up to speed. So it made sense to keep him on and he has helped us. He is a good guy and he has fitted in well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 0