Rep. Chu Addresses National Monument Designation for San Gabriel Mountains at Community Meeting

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government Rep. Chu Addresses National Monument Designation for San Gabriel Mountains at Community Meeting Published on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 1:41 pm Community News 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. Make a comment Yesterday, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) spoke at a U.S. Forest Service Town Hall in Baldwin Park in support of President Obama designating the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument. Rep. Chu joined Representatives from the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, LA County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis, and a panel of local leaders and environmental experts for the meeting, which was attended by hundreds of interested local residents.“Our forests, mountains, and rivers are a treasure for the L.A. area, attracting millions of visitors a year. But without funding for rangers, garbage collection, necessary signage, and new trails, many of our underserved areas are unable to take advantage of the mountains while others are finding it covered with trash and graffiti,” said Rep. Chu. “With over 3 million visitors a year, the San Gabriel Mountains are in urgent need of critical resources. This is of particular concern as we rely on this water supply. That is why I was proud to receive support from local water utilities for the bill I introduced in June to create a National Recreation Area and I have asked the Administration to use the NRA language I crafted in collaboration with the water agencies and other stakeholders as a foundation for a national monument.”The panel discussion was facilitated by Oscar Gonzales, California State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency. In addition to Hilda Solis, panelists included Janice Rutherford, San Bernardino County Supervisor; Denis Bertone, Councilman from the City of San Dimas; Daniel Rossman, San Gabriel Mountains Forever; George Sanchez-Tello, Wilderness Society/San Gabriel Mountains Forever; Dr. Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College; Dr. Hugh Safford, Regional Ecologist, Forest Service; Malcolm Cade, Urban Conservation Corp; and Victor Diaz, REI – Friends of the Angeles Vice Chairman.“This is an important conversation,” continued Chu. “It is vital that we continue to hear from and work with local stakeholders and residents to preserve property and water rights. To that end, I was pleased that we also received support from Cal Fire on behalf of Governor Brown, Senator Barbara Boxer, Rep. Grace Napolitano and Rep. Adam Schiff.” Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community Newslast_img read more

JPMorgan says vaccine news could take the S&P 500 as high as 4,500 next year, or 24% from here

first_imgPeople visit the Charging Bull Statue during Covid-19 pandemic in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States on May 25, 2020.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)JPMorgan said Monday’s surprise vaccine news is setting the stock market up for big gains next year, seeing the potential for S&P 500 to surge as much as 24% by the end of 2021.“The equity market is facing one of the best backdrops for sustained gains in years. After a prolonged period of elevated risks (global trade war, COVID-19 pandemic, US election uncertainty, etc.), the outlook is significantly clearing up, especially with news of a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine,”  Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, chief U.S. equity strategist at JPMorgan, said in a note on Monday. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

first_imgThe first case of the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of Ecuador’s indigenous Amazon tribes, the health ministry said Sunday.Waorani organizations — speaking through the GO Alliance for Human Rights in Ecuador (DDHH) — warned COVID-19’s spread could be “catastrophic and highly lethal” for their community, which is vulnerable to diseases.The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a “pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4,” the ministry said in a statement. Topics : It has reported some 33,000 cases and more than 2,700 deaths.center_img She was taken to a hospital in the capital Quito and placed in isolation, the statement said, without giving further details.The federal government — in coordination with indigenous leaders — checked on 40 people that the woman had come into contact within the Miwaguno community, which has 140 inhabitants.”Seventeen citizens with a history of respiratory systems were found. To date, six of them have symptoms, so 20 rapid tests and a total of seven nasopharyngeal swabs were performed,” the health ministry said, without releasing the test results.Ecuador, one of the hardest-hit countries in Latin America, is now in its second month of lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

Lakers salary cap: How Anthony Davis trade date impacts LA’s free agency plans

first_imgANTHONY DAVIS TRADE GRADES: Lakers begin title chase; Pelicans exploit LA’s desperationYou might have heard the Lakers still need to add players — many players — in 2019 NBA free agency. You also might have heard that the Lakers’ salary-cap space for NBA free agency will be impacted based on the timing of the official completion of the Davis trade. But you might not understand why. That’s where we come in to explain a complicated scenario in — we hope — as simple terms as possible.Here is the bottom line: If the trade is completed July 6 (the first day possible), the Lakers will have either $23.7 million of $27.8 million in cap space for free agency, depending on whether Davis accepts a $4 million bonus (which he will). If the completion of the trade is delayed until July 30, the Lakers will have roughly $32.5 million in cap space for free agency.Here we explain why that’s the case under each scenario.Lakers salary cap if Anthony Davis trade date is July 6The Lakers, operating under the salary cap, will have $23.7 million in cap space if Davis accepts his $4 million trade bonus as expected. If Davis waives that bonus for some reason, the Lakers will have roughly $27.8 million in salary cap space.The Lakers don’t need to match salaries with the Pelicans in the Davis trade, because LA is far enough under the salary cap to absorb Davis’ salary. (Ball, Ingram and Hart will make a combined $17.9 million this season — not enough to match Davis’ $27.1 million.)The player of the Pelicans’ choosing that the Lakers will draft at No. 4 overall will not be signed by LA. When the Davis trade is completed July 6, the Lakers will simply trade the rights to that player to the Pelicans.Why July 6? NBA free agency begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, but deals can’t be officially signed until July 6, when the league’s moratorium on transactions lifts. Likewise, trades that have been agreed upon can’t be processed and completed until July 6.This is the most likely scenario, because the Pelicans have little if any reason to let the Lakers push back the completion of the trade.Under this scenario, the Lakers don’t have enough salary-cap space to sign a player to a max contract. Unless somebody inexplicably agrees to sign in LA for less than the max, this eliminates the possibility of Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard becoming the Lakers’ third star.According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Lakers are preparing for this scenario. While they are still in the hunt for max players, Lowe reports they “also have begun discussing players expected to fetch somewhere in that $10 million-plus range.” That would put the Lakers in the market for somebody like JJ Redick or Danny Green, who could play vital shooting roles to complement the games of James and Davis.However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks report the Lakers are “scrambling to reshape the parameters” of the Davis trade so they can have more cap space July. 6, acting as though they still want to sign a third max player. The Lakers just pulled off a blockbuster trade and acquired a superstar in Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and a handful of NBA Draft picks to New Orleans. The deal technically was months in the making, considering Los Angles had already tried to trade for the 26-year-old before last season’s deadline, and it’s a move the Lakers arguably needed to make in order to maximize the impact of LeBron James’ presence.And … now comes the tricky part. LAKERS FREE AGENT TARGETS:What are LA’s next moves following Davis trade?Lakers salary cap if Anthony Davis trade date is July 30The Lakers will maintain their current level of cap space, which is $32.5 million, as they enter free agency.If the Lakers sign a max free agent with their $30 million-plus in salary-cap space, they will need to match salaries with the Pelicans in the Davis trade, because LA will be operating as a team over the salary cap.On July 1, after their signing of the max player, the Lakers will sign the player they drafted at No. 4 overall for roughly $5 million so they can use his salary for matching purposes in the Davis trade.Why July 30? Per NBA rules, first-round draft picks can’t be traded until 30 days after signing their contracts.This is the best-case scenario for the Lakers if they want to sign a third max player. Of course, one could argue they should be fine settling with the first scenario, because it would make for a deeper, less top-heavy roster — not unlike the one the Raptors just used to make a playoff run and beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals.Also, under this scenario, Davis will not need to waive his $4 million trade bonus. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the trade “would work by $66,000.”last_img read more

Pittsburgh embracing playoff-bound Pirates

first_imgRows of Pittsburgh Pirates hats indicating the teams participation in postseason play are ready for sale at the team’s store at PNC Park on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Pittsburgh. T (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — The image is seared into 12-year-old Chad Rowland’s mind forever.The slightly up the line throw up from Barry Bonds. The dive to the plate by catcher Mike LaValliere. The textbook slide by Sid Bream. The Pittsburgh Pirates walking off the field in stunned silence after collapsing in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS. The Atlanta Braves piling on top of each other in jubilation on their way to the World Series.Even now, 21 years later, it still stings.“You never love baseball more than when you were 12,” Rowland said. “I cried my eyes out that night.”The tears were welling again on Monday night, this time for an entirely different reason. This time, the throw from the superstar outfielder was wisely cut off by the veteran first baseman picked up at the waiver deadline. This time, the catcher was positioned right on top of the plate. This time, the runner was out.This time, finally, the Pittsburgh Pirates were on the right side of history.One of the sport’s most beleaguered  — to put it mildly — franchises is back in the postseason. Pittsburgh clinched a spot in the NL playoffs on Monday night when catcher Russell Martin tagged out Chicago’s Nate Schierholtz at home to end a thrilling 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field that reverberated in a bar 500 miles to the east, where Rowland let a generation of anguish and angst melt away.“I was freaking out,” Rowland said.He wasn’t alone.At a time of year when the Pirates are typically playing out the string and attention in the self-dubbed “City of Champions” turns to the Steelers and the Penguins, the Pirates — yes, the Pirates — are currently the hottest thing going.A steady stream of fans poured into the team’s store at PNC Park on Tuesday, many of them with cups of coffee in hand trying to fend off the effects of another late night in a season that has restored the faith of one of baseball’s most tormented — not to mention faithful — fan bases.Rick Hilinski ducked in to pick up a pair of hooded sweatshirts celebrating the playoff berth. One of the sweatshirts was for him. The other was for his son, R.K., born a few months before Bream’s now iconic slide sent the club spinning into a record-setting run of futility.Hilinski became a season-ticket holder in 2011, believing the hiring of manager Clint Hurdle and the emergence of talented center fielder Andrew McCutchen were harbingers of the clouds finally parting. Hilinski remembers the good old days, when Roberto Clemente tracked down fly balls in the outfield at Three Rivers Stadium and Willie Stargell tried to hit home runs into the Allegheny River.The Pirates used to be postseason regulars back then. Between 1960 and 1992, the Pirates won three World Series and made the playoffs 10 times. Hilinski spent countless nights during his childhood sitting with his father and uncle hanging on every pitch. Now he does it with his son, who grew up doing karate “because nobody really wanted to play baseball.” Together they’ve watched a renaissance decades in the making.As painful as it has been, the journey made the destination all the sweeter. For years when Hilinski would try to talk to his friends about the Pirates, the subject would quickly shift to the Steelers. Now? Not so much.“It’s nice to finally be able to say ‘Yeah, we’re doing a little better for a change,’” Hilinski said.And don’t think the neighbors haven’t noticed. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, clad in a Clemente jersey, took in batting practice before last Friday’s game against the Reds and live-tweeted from the Pirates’ Twitter account from the stands. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dropped Hurdle a line on Tuesday morning reminding Hurdle there’s still more work to do.“It’s big for them, it’s big for our community,” Tomlin said. “It’s just awesome. I look forward to watching him represent us in the playoffs and going to chase the big prize.”While not even a world championship would unseat the Steelers’ spot atop the pyramid in one of the most sports-rabid towns in the country, the Pirates are making inroads. Local TV ratings are up and more than 2.26 million people poured through the gates of a stadium considered by many to be the best in baseball.Hurdle isn’t joking when he says he received a standing ovation recently during his daily trip to the local coffee shop. When the unwaveringly confident manager dropped his children off at school on Friday a few hours before a pivotal three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds, one of the teachers told him it was “Pirate Day” as kids walked by in McCutchen T-shirts. Local businesses have caught pennant fever too. The Gulf Tower — easily visible from home plate at PNC Park — now flashes black and yellow when the Bucs score a run and practically hits tilt when they win.Though there is no guarantee of a home playoff game, there’s a sense the last six months have gone a long way toward erasing 20 summers of heartache.General manager Neal Huntington cautioned over the weekend that “the hardest part is still to come” as the club tries to prove it’s far from a one-year wonder.At the moment, the people who hang Jolly Roger flags from their front porches don’t care. At the moment, the Pirates are in, and that’s all that matters.“I’ve seen the Penguins win the (Stanley) Cup, I’ve seen the Steelers win the Super Bowl,” Rowland said. “This is the one thing on my list … I’ve been holding on to it forever.”At last, Rowland — like so many others — can finally let it go.___AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman and freelance writer Brian Sandlow in Chicago contributed to this report.___Follow Will Graves at read more

Middletown Residents Can See How Tax Dollars Are Spent

first_imgMiddletown residents can see exactly where their municipal tax dollars are being spent with the township’s easy-to-use tax receipt calculator. By Allison Perrine Due to the pandemic, revenues were reduced in this year’s budget and “large adjustments” had to be made, according to Colleen Lapp, chief financial officer. That includes decreasing anticipated costs in the introduced budget, like fees and permits, from $475,000 to about $373,00; court fines and costs from $675,000 to $375,000; and parking meter fees from $600,000 to $294,000. It’s pretty simple: By visiting the website,, residents can enter their 2020 residential assessment and discover where each penny of their municipal tax dollars goes, with explanations and details. Anyone unsure of their assessment can also find it on the site. The New Jersey State League of Municipalities recognized the township in 2019 with an innovation in governance award for establishing the platform, said Perry. The National League of Cities also recognized the township for its efforts to explain its tax bill to residents, and the mayor of Paterson, Andre Sayegh, who is a friend of Perry’s, asked representatives of his city to create the same platform once he learned what Middletown created. The 2020 Budget The feedback has been “incredible” from township residents as well, the mayor said. “It’s very simple and anytime government can provide greater insight into how they’re spending the hard-earned dollar of the taxpayer, they should,” said Perry. The idea to create the page came as officials brainstormed ways to make tax bills easier to read and understand for residents. It was set up by members of the public information office and tech department in 2019 but underwent some renovations in 2020 to give it a more polished look. Most people have questions about their bills and where the money is going, said Perry. The municipality keeps just about 21 percent of taxes collected; the school board gets 62 percent. “This is really something that I’m very proud of, the township committee is very proud of, because it really gives an incredibly transparent view of your tax bill,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “Every municipality in the state of New Jersey should be required to provide something like this.” The final municipal budget for 2020 was unanimously approved at the June 15 township committee meeting. It anticipates $83.1 million in total general revenues, with $56.1 million to be raised by taxes for support of the municipal budget. “When somebody scrolls down this list, this receipt, and they see that their fire department on the average assessed value only costs them $25 a year, that’s an amazing statistic that I want the people of Middletown to know,” said Perry. “Who wouldn’t pay $25 to have a fire department?” MIDDLETOWN – With its municipal budget for 2020 approved, the Middletown Township Committee wants to remind the public of its user-friendly tax receipt calculator that shows residents exactly where their money is going. According to the calculator, the average Middletown resident with a home valuation of $445,000 will pay about $2,249 in municipal taxes. Of that total, $512 will go to police, $418 to public works, $99 to the public library, $25 to fire services and much more. But “despite the global pandemic,” the committee was able to deliver a “fiscally responsible budget” with a 0 percent municipal tax rate increase without reducing services, said Perry. “This budget represents the fiscal solvency and stability to withstand this crisis and lost revenues, however it hinges on Middletown and the State of New Jersey getting back on its feet.” The article originally appeared in the July 16 – 22, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Saints big winners as BCIHL announces season awards

first_imgThere’s a pretty good reason why the Selkirk College Saints are in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship for the second consecutive year.Part of the reason was unveiled Tuesday when the BCIHL announced its individual award winners for the 2013-14 season. And the Saints were well represented with no less than eight award winners, including team captain Logan Proulx was a co-winner of the BCIHL’s Most Valuable Player award.Winners were selected in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. Proulx shared the honour with Trinity Western University forward J.P. Villeneuve. Proulx led Selkirk to their second straight  BCIHL regular season title, was the team’s points leader with 42, and set a new BCIHL league record with a 22-game point streak that stretched from October 4th to February 22nd. Netminder Chris Hurry was also honoured for his strong play, earning the league’s Top Goaltender award. Hurry won a BCIHL-high 14 regular season games between the pipes and posted league-bests in goals-against average (1.87), save-percentage (.925) and shutouts (3). Saints head coach Jeff Dubois was the team’s third award winner, splitting BCIHL Coach of the Year honours with Trinity Western University’s Barret Kropf. Under Dubois, Selkirk finished with a league-best 20-3-1 record that included a 12-0-1 record over the final 13 games of the regular season. “Logan and Chris both had outstanding seasons and it’s very gratifying to see their accomplishments recognized by coaches around our league,” said Dubois.”Logan has been a tremendous leader for our program and a driving force behind our on-ice success. When you combine those characteristics with his offensive output and his work on the penalty kill, it’s tough to identify anybody in our league who makes a more substantial impact in all facets of the game and plays at such a high level night in, night out.” In addition to the Saints’ individual award winners, a total of six players were named to BCIHL All-Star teams. Proulx and Hurry were joined on the league’s First Team by defenceman Stefan Gonzales, who was a standout at both ends of the rink in his rookie season.”For Chris, this honour really is a validation of just how far he’s come as an athlete since he joined our program two seasons ago. He’s shown an incredible commitment to developing his game and put in a tremendous amount of time with Alex Evin to work on his technique,” Dubois said.”Chris was a rock for us all season and gave us huge games whenever we needed them. When you look at the statistics it really jumps out at you that there was a gigantic gap between him and every other goaltender in our league this season.”Forwards Cody Fidgett and Connor McLaughlin, who tied for the BCIHL lead in goals with 22, were both named Second Team all-stars along with blueliner Tanner Lenting, who led the league in assists by a defenceman with 17. “The fact that Stefan was recognized as a one of the league’s top defencemen despite modest offensive numbers shows you just how well-respected he is for his skating and strong two-way play,” says Dubois.”Cody and Connor have very different styles but both of them were outstanding putting the puck in the net for us, and Tanner’s game improved steadily this season to the point where he was in the mix with the league’s top scorers as a defenceman while also logging tough minutes defensively.”2013/14 BCIHL Award Winners: Most Valuable Player – (Tie) Logan Proulx, Selkirk College & J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Top Defenceman – Jared Eng, Simon Fraser University Top Goaltender – Chris Hurry, Selkirk College Rookie of the Year – J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Most Sportsmanlike Player – Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University Coach of the Year – (Tie) Jeff Dubois, Selkirk College & Barret Kropf, Trinity Western University2013/14 BCIHL First All-Star Team: Forward: Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University Forward: Logan Proulx, Selkirk College Forward: J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Defence: Jared Eng, Simon Fraser University Defence: Stefan Gonzales, Selkirk College Goaltender: Chris Hurry, Selkirk College2013/14 BCIHL Second All-Star Team: Forward: Cody Fidgett, Selkirk College Forward: Connor McLaughlin, Selkirk College Forward: Nick Sandor, Simon Fraser University Defence: Tanner Lenting, Selkirk College Defence: Blair Murphy, Trinity Western University Goaltender: Andrew Parent, Simon Fraser Universitylast_img read more


first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)–Multiple stakes winner Acceptance, who is unbeaten in three starts for trainer Don Warren, and Tough Sunday, a horse who has overcome being born deaf, blind and without a mother, headline a field of eight California bred or sired 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles.Bred by Old English Rancho and owned by E.W. and Judy Johnston and Robert Riggio, Acceptance broke his maiden at first asking by 13 ¼ lengths and he comes off emphatic wins versus state-breds in the one mile King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 14, and in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile on Nov. 1.By Vronsky and out of the Perfect Mandate mare Allswellthatnswell, Acceptance has banked $257,600–easily making him the leading money earner in the Derby lineup.Tough Sunday, who is owned by his breeder, Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, comes off an impressive 6 ¾ length state-bred maiden special weight win going seven furlongs on Dec. 28 and will try a route of ground for the first time in his fourth career start.In breaking his maiden, Tough Sunday, who is by Grazen, from the General Meeting mare Sunday Dress, earned a Cal Cup Derby best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 83 and will be ridden back by Tyler Baze. A truly miraculous story, Tough Sunday endured a difficult birth in which his umbilical cord became compromised, resulting in a lack of blood flow and oxygen. In addition to being born deaf and blind due to the lack of oxygen, he lacked a nursing instinct, and as a result, was abandoned by his mother.When asked about his chances stretching out, Baze responded, “I love this horse.”Second, beaten three lengths by Acceptance in the King Glorious, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Pulmarack broke his maiden going a mile two starts back and merits respect in what will be his fifth career try.Named by owner/breeder Alexander for the former major league slugger Ted “Big Klu” Kluszewski, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Kluszewski finished third, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the King Glorious and will be making his sixth start on Saturday.Although a well beaten fourth at 3-1 in the King Glorious, Griffen Thoroughbred Stables’ Mischief Clem will try to rebound for the potent team of Kent Desormeaux and Bob Hess, Jr.The complete field for the Cal Cup Derby, which will be run as the sixth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tough Sunday, Tyler Baze, 117; Acceptance, Elvis Trujillo, 124; Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Neveradoubt Joe Talamo, 117; Kluszewski, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Chanito, Brandon Boulanger, 117; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 117, and Avati Bello, Mike Smith, 117.                There is special early first time on Saturday of 12 noon. Admission gates open early as well at 10 a.m. RACE IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES ON 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY CARDlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 2, 2015)–Favored Catch a Flight split horses turning for home and went on to a convincing three quarter length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes, as he got 1 1/16 miles under Flavien Prat in 1:42.22. Most recently third in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 7, Catch a Flight provided Richard Mandella with the 2,000th win in his Hall of Fame career.With longshot Mystery Train and last year’s Precisionist winner Fury Kapcori setting the early pace, Catch a Flight was a close fourth approaching the quarter pole and seized the opportunity to split horses two off the rail.“I had a lot of horse on the far turn,” said French-born Prat, who got his first North American graded stakes win. “When I got a good spot I let him run. When he got the lead he waited a little bit, he was doing it so easy. I split horses easy because I had a lot of horse.”Off at 7-5 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Catch a Flight paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.40. A 1 1/8 miles allowance winner two starts back on Feb. 13, the 5-year-old Argentine-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway now has two wins from four stateside starts and is 14-8-0-3 overall. Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., he picked up $60,000 for the win, boosting his career earnings to $273,239.“We thought there was too much speed so he settled him back and got between horses and he did it like a pro,” said Mandella. “Flavien rode him like the champ that he is, so it was really great…He’s developing very nicely.“The Gold Cup is the big target (Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at a mile and a quarter June 27), maybe using The Californian (May 30) as a stepping stone. I’m not sure yet.”Mandella was circumspect when asked about his milestone, 2,000th victory.“It’s good, but it took a long time,” he said. “I did it one inch at a time, 42 years…This didn’t come overnight.”Ridden by Alex Solis, longshot Sammy Mandeville rallied from last to be second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Motown Men. Off at 8-1, “Sammy” paid $7.80 and $4.60.Motown Men was attentive to the pace, rallied four wide at the top of the lane and was third best under Tyler Baze, finishing 3 ¼ lengths clear of Blue Tone. The second choice at 7-2, Motown Men paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.88, 46.11, 1:10.63 and 1:35.75.Lured by the prospect of the 141st Kentucky Derby from Louisville and an 11-race card at Santa Anita, an on-track crowd of 25,486 contributed to a robust overall pari-mutuel handle of $22,071,224, a slight increase over last year’s $21,307,634.First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. KENTUCKY DERBY DAY CROWD OF 25,486 CONTRIBUTES TO ROBUST TOTAL HANDLE OF $22 MILLIONlast_img read more

Deep sadness at passing of Raymond Blake

first_imgA deep sadness hangs over Letterkenny today following the passing of one of its best-known characters Raymond Blake.Raymond, of Main Street, passed away at the Donegal Hospice overnight after a short illness. He was aged 56.Raymond touched the lives of so many people through the family’s business Blake’s Bar. He was also heavily involved in St Eunan’s GAA Club for many years as a player and a coach.A former nurse, Raymond spent some time working in England but spent his later life working in the family business alongside his late dad Harry.There are many words which could describe Raymond Blake and many people will have their own personal memories of him.He had great general knowledge which included a vast knowledge of sport. But he also possessed a cutting wit as well as a genuine listening ear from his view of life from behind his bar counter.But there was so much more to Raymond as no doubt will be shared by the vast amount of people who will recall the goodness he brought with him in his relatively short time with us.Raymond is survived by his brothers Joe, Kevin, David and sister Ita and a wide circle of relatives and friends.He was predeceased by his father Harry and mother Maire.Funeral arrangements will be released shortly. Deep sadness at passing of Raymond Blake was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyobituarylast_img read more