Economics Dept. opens research lab

first_imgThe Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ economics department opened a computerized research lab to study economic decision-making.Experiments are set to begin this semester once the lab has built a large enough subject pool, said Juan Carillo, a professor of economics.The Los Angeles Behavioral Economics Laboratory in Kaprielian Hall will use its 36 computer terminals to record subjects’ decision-making strategies.Carrillo is one of the core faculty members for LABEL. He said the lab will give USC the ability to run a variety of experiments.Researchers can test, for example, how individuals respond to risk and how games of strategy work depending on the actions of multiple people.LABEL’s purpose is two-fold because it can train students in research practice while generating data.Carrillo said students will be able to run their own experiments and to gain valuable hands-on research experience.Though Carrillo acknowledges that these experiments could be run in other labs, such as those at UCLA or Cal Tech, “the quality and amount of experiments would not be comparable to having an in-house lab.”The economics department hopes to expand the lab to include equipment capable of recording physiological reactions, Carrillo said, making it one of the only research facilities in the United States with this comprehensive structure.“It would put USC on the frontier of research and experiments,” Carrillo said.Nazmul Ahsan, a graduate student studying economics, said he looks forward to conducting his own research in a lab that will set USC apart from other research universities.Ahsan said that, because economists analyze the behavior of economic issues through theory and theories need to be tested before they are applied, the lab will let him look at theory put into practice.“It’s a great opportunity,” Ahsan said. “It’s good to have a lab here because many universities do not have one at all.”Student researchers will be required to go through the process of building experiment models, developing software, running multiple experiments and analyzing the resulting data.According to Carrillo, student involvement is a vital aspect of running the lab. He said the economics department plans to train students in experimental techniques and further expand on classroom concepts.“Students can see how theories they learn in class apply in practice,” Carrillo said.LABEL was built in honor of Jean-Jacques Laffont, a French economist who came to USC in 2001 with the intention of instituting improvements and advancements in the department. He had hoped to one day build an experimental lab at USC, but died in 2004.“He was such a great figure,” Carrillo said. “We thought it would be appropriate to honor him.”last_img read more

SCA removes Bryan Singer’s name following new sexual assault allegations

first_imgPhoto of Bryan Singer from Wikimedia Commons.The USC School of Cinematic Arts announced that it removed director Bryan Singer’s name from its Division of Cinema & Media Studies program Friday after new sexual assault allegations emerged.SCA said in a statement that Singer requested for the school to suspend his name affiliation until the allegations were resolved.“The School means a great deal to Bryan, and while he intends to defend himself vigorously against these claims, he does not want the pending litigation to have a negative impact on his alma mater,” said the statement, which was acquired by the Daily Trojan.Since November, over 4,000 students, alumni and members of the USC community have signed a petition requesting the University remove Singer’s name from the institution, citing former allegations of sexual assault, harassment and pedophilia.“We have known about the allegations against Singer for some time, as have many students — 20-plus years of media coverage on the multiple allegations against Singer have made his history a highly public topic,” petition co-writers Emily Halaka and Adrian Vega-Albela Osorio wrote to the Daily Trojan in November.In response to the petition, SCA acknowledged its appreciation of the Trojan community’s concerns and stated it was monitoring the situation.The latest lawsuit, obtained by The New York Times on Thursday, accused Singer of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003.Singer has faced multiple lawsuits throughout his filmmaking career, including one in 1997 concerning child nudity on a film set, according to Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, Singer also faced allegations of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents obtained by The Wrap.last_img read more

MSU’s frontcourt scoring too much for UW

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Most teams would be satisfied with the defensive effort the Wisconsin men’s basketball team set forth against Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis. But with Michigan State’s deep frontcourt rotation, Wisconsin wasn’t able to get the result it wanted in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.Michigan State’s leading scorer and rebounder finished with an impressive stat line of 14 points and 16 rebounds, but it took him longer than usual to produce those numbers. In the first half of the Spartans’ (26-7) 65-52 win over the Badgers (24-9) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, however, Green scored just two points and turned the ball over a stunning four times.But thanks to his frontcourt partners, centers Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne, Green was able to take his time before picking things up in the second half. Guard Austin Thornton also was critical in allowing Michigan State to rebound from the 20-9 run Wisconsin began the game with, scoring 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range.All together, with their top player unusually ineffective, the Spartans entered halftime leading 35-25.“One of us was down, and I’ve been saying all year, a lot of the credit came towards me, but this team wouldn’t be where it’s at without Austin,” Green said, singling himself out for his first-half struggles. “I’ve always said we complement each other so well. I’m kind of a guy who’s up front and all that and Austin is just behind the scenes, does the work. And today, everybody saw what he was capable of doing when I started off the game struggling very bad.”Green was quick to praise Thornton, but the all-around efforts of Nix and Payne might have played the largest roles in carrying the Spartans to victory. Offensively, Nix finished with nine points, while Payne added six. But on the defensive end, the duo largely shut down Wisconsin’s post players, providing a noticeable advantage in the paint.UW forward Ryan Evans finished with 18 points, but the majority of those points came on jumpers abnormally far from the hoop. Forward/center Jared Berggren, one game after nearing a double-double against Indiana with 16 points and nine rebounds, finished with just six points on 1-for-7 shooting against Michigan State. Forward Frank Kaminsky added one three-pointer, while forward Mike Bruesewitz was held scoreless.“They’re a good defensive team,” point guard Jordan Taylor said. “They do that to a lot of teams. But we didn’t do a very good job moving without the ball and some other things.”Wisconsin’s biggest issue seemed to be an ability to manufacture quality shot attempts, reflected by its 34.7 percent (17-for-49) mark from the field. The Badgers also made just 35 percent of their 3-point attempts (7-for-20), making a second-half comeback even more difficult. Michigan State’s largest lead of 19 points came with 16:52 left in the game, but the closest Wisconsin was able to come in the second half was within 46-40 at the 12:18 mark.With the Badgers’ frontcourt unable to manufacture consistent production, the Spartans took advantage – from start to finish. All nine of Nix’s points came in the first half, while all six of Payne’s were scored in the second.The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Nix greatly overpowered any of the defenders Wisconsin threw at him defensively and on the boards, none any bigger than the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Berggren. Payne, at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, also exhibited his will on the Badgers in the second half.Ultimately, the size disparity manifested itself inside. Michigan State finished with 22 points in the paint, while Wisconsin scored just six.Coupled with the Spartans’ hot three-point shooting, keyed by Thornton, the Badgers simply could not keep pace. MSU finished 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc, including 4-for-5 (80 percent) in the first half.“The three threes really hurt because there were a couple things that we didn’t do according to our rules,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Some teams make you pay more than others if you don’t stick to your reads on defense. People talk about reads on offense; I like to talk about [them] on defense. It’s the same thing.”last_img read more

Badgers weather the storm while Kaminsky out with injury

first_imgAs the Badgers hit mid-season conference play, they find themselves fifth in the Big Ten standings and searching for a spot in the AP rankings.Coming off a road win against Illinois, the Badgers hope to avenge an earlier season loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes when the two teams meet again Wednesday. Despite sitting lower in the Big Ten standings, head coach Bo Ryan knows the Hawkeyes still pack a punch similar to many ranked teams. “They have the guys with experience. They have depth. So that’s what you need in this league, and then you can compete with anybody if you have that,” Ryan said. “Iowa is as good as any team as I’ve seen.”As a result, the Badgers are looking to grab some payback on a game that went awry in mid-January as they trailed by 20 at one point in the first half. They were able to pull it back within three but were ultimately ousted 70-66.Despite going 3-4 on the road thus far, Ryan noted he sees no difference in how the team plays between home and away games.“I never tried to analyze winning on the road, winning at home, any of that, because there’s so many different things that you can say about why, why, why, because it would fit,” Ryan said. “As soon as you think you have an answer, then next game, it’s like, well, wait a minute.”Nonetheless, as is customary of a Ryan-led team, the Badgers will look to get back to their fundamentals, something they struggled with in their loss to Iowa earlier this year. Perhaps more important is the return of sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky to the lineup this time around. With Kaminsky back in the lineup, the Badgers can claim to have depth back on their side this time around.Kaminsky and junior guard Ben Brust helped most in the scoring department Sunday, totaling 39 points for the Badgers against Illinois.“To be able to get Frank back, obviously, after missing some games and the fact that he hadn’t practiced much, it was a big difference between the Ohio State game and what he gave us against Illinois,” Ryan said.Ryan even proceeded to note Kaminsky’s performance against the Illini was similar to that of finding Waldo.“You put that hat and sweater on him, and I tell you what, it might happen,” Ryan said. “We’ve been looking for him. I think we found him yesterday.”Of the many key players on the Badgers’ roster to play a key role during Kaminsky’s absence, Ryan spoke highly of senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and his ability to lead the Badgers’ defense, especially on a team that lived and died on its ability to contain its opponent this season.“Mike is a leader. He sets the tone defensively,” Ryan said. “Mike is right in there on every possession.”With Kaminsky finally returning, capping off a difficult season in which they’ve had to make more adjustments to their rotation than they ever have or ever would have liked to, things are finally looking up. “To be sitting where we are, you take it and get ready for the next,” Ryan said.last_img read more

Junior attacker named Player of the Week

first_imgFor the first time in program history, the Women of Troy are undefeated, winning their season opener.  Instrumental in the team’s commanding victory over Stetson on Saturday was junior attacker Michaela Michael.In the team’s 21-2 win, Michael notched six goals, an assist and 12 draw controls to earn her the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week Award. For Michael, this award is her second honor in addition to a Rookie of the Week award in her 2014 debut. For the Trojans, this award counts as their 13th overall certificate.Michael is thrilled with the team’s performance against Stetson and the feeling of being undefeated.“This is the first time our team has been 1-0. I think we did a really great job focusing on the little things and focusing on ourselves,” Michael said. “We’re undefeated so it feels really good to start the season off clean.”Leading by example, Michael remains a strong asset to the team chemistry and cohesion.“The biggest thing was in the midfield for us, on the draw controls and then our midfield ride, I think that’s the moment where all 12 players are working together so I think that was a big thing for us to really be able to bond together as a unit on the field,” head coach Lindsey Munday said.” Every single person contributed to this game because every single person prepared us during pre-season.”To be successful in the remainder of the season, working together will be key. With a clean start, the No. 18 Trojans face a difficult road ahead with No. 5 Duke on the horizon for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lebard Stadium in Costa Mesa, California. In a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Round of 16 contest that ended the Trojan’s season, the two teams will meet again in a non-conference battle.In the game, Michael will remain a crucial component of the Trojan offense. Against Stetson, Michael dominated from all sides recording six goals for the second time in her career. The other occasion was against Colorado in 2015.Continuing to break records, Michael’s 12 draw controls marks the most in a single game for her own career and the third highest in league history. In one of Michael’s best performances to date, she earned the MPSF single-game record for 15 draw controls against Fresno State last year. In the culmination of the Trojan 2015 season, Michael continued to earn decorations, named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American third team on May 18. In their strongest season in their third year as a program, Michael recorded 63 goals, holding the Trojan record for goals in a season.But for Michael, each day marks an opportunity for improvement. Michael has a positive outlook as the team prepares for Saturday’s contest against the Blue Devils.“We  have  a lot of work this week, a lot of preparation,”Michael said. “I’m confident that we can do it. We just have to work hard this week.”last_img read more

2 Men Arrested in Connection with Hale Murder

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis One person was charged with murder and another man was arraigned yesterday, in connection with the slaying of a 72-year old Northern Michigan man. The body of Roger Lee Knickerbocker was found in a shallow grave behind his home in Hale last Thursday.Police described the scene inside of the home as very violent with lots of blood. 20-year old Daniel J. Olar was charged with Knickerbocker’s murder. Police say that both he and the victim had known each other for quite some time. Just yesterday a second man was charged with being an accessory after that murder. 24-year old Christopher R. Grinnell of Bay City.The judge set a $1 million dollar cash–surety bond. Both Grinnel and Olar are to appear for probable cause hearings on Tuesday. Investigator’s say Knickerbocker was killed on or around August 3rd. He was a convicted sex offender, but it is unknown whether or not that played a role in his death. Forensic testing is currently being done to see how Knickerbocker was murdered, but investigators do say several methods were used. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious National Senior Day: Meet Posen’s Famous Lady, ‘Ms. B’Next MSP Warns Residents to Lock-Up Their Vehicleslast_img read more


first_img$1,023,484 15% SLEWGOODTOBETRUE EYES UPSET IN THE OAKS 38% 23 $2,612,707 $493,848 33% 10 55% (Current Through Thursday, April 4) 22 29% 9% 42% 14% $1,143,281 Tyler Baze195 9 2nd 11 9 LISTING LEANS TOWARDS DIRT IN THE ECHO EDDIE 12 12 Flavien Prat180 7 44% 16 4 25 $2,807,469 Rafael Bejarano156 4 Aaron Gryder66 14 Assael Espinoza129 $1,480,912 $1,415,153 $482,030 18% $352,858 4 55% 3rd 14 16% 18% 22 Peter Miller109 15% Win% STEADY MS BAD BEHAVIOR TRIES VASILIKA AGAIN 17 28 21 Jerry Hollendorfer98 11 66% $1,425,038 $987,070 33% JockeyMts 9 9 18% $886,499 15 8 7 17% 11 43% 59% 16% $1,365,986 Ruben Fuentes95 Mark Glatt76 11% 21 24 15 16% 23 16 Richard E. Mandella42 25 $419,429 Vladimir Cerin57 $320,053 Agapito Delgadillo61 11% 17 28 $536,398 Mario Gutierrez106 Geovanni Franco202 11% FRENCH CONNECTION WITH SMITH PAYS OFF WELL 13% J. Keith Desormeaux57 46% $668,400 38% 9 CLOCKER FAVORS GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNER 9 5 $1,512,256 41% 29 $340,333 $900,813 19% 2 19 12 19 9 9 21 21% 18 13% 12 23 8 9 13center_img $746,928 20% $1,482,864 37 7 26 36 $267,372 SADLER HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK SATURDAY 1st 28 5 25% 53% Money Won 6 29 1st Philip D’Amato105 10 $611,418 12% Richard Baltas119 22 14 52 William E. Morey56 RAINBOW 6 JACKPOT POOL COULD TOP $3 MILLION $1,531,201 O’NEILL HAS 2 SQUARE EDDIES IN EVENING JEWEL 25 Tiago Pereira167 10 27% ITM% Kent Desormeaux103 39% 17 30 20 Win% 50% 3rd Joseph Talamo127 Steve Knapp55 62% 15% $1,531,897 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 11 17 10 20 15 15% 48% $1,198,193 13 14 41% 11% 13 Joel Rosario210 Heriberto Figueroa179 20 59% 10 46% 14 38% $1,291,730 $507,820 Drayden Van Dyke150 26% 15 18% 47% 22 8 19% Peter Eurton48 33 53% $631,062 3 61% 53% 14% 12 ITM% 42% 9 GIFT BOX, NOLO CONTESTO CARRY SADLER HOPESJohn Sadler, still smarting from the worst “bad beat” of his exemplary careerwhen Ohio nailed Catapult by the narrowest of noses in last Saturday’s Frank E. Kilroe Mile, is focusing now on tomorrow’s Santa Anita Handicap and the Santa Anita Derby.He has second choice Gift Box and outsider Campaign going in the Big ‘Cap andNolo Contesto in the Santa Anita Derby.“Even though we’ve had disruptions in his training schedule, Gift Box is more thanready to go,” said Sadler, who won his first Big ‘Cap last year with Accelerate. “We also have Campaign, who I think is going to love the distance (a mile and a quarter), so we’re excited about that.“Nolo Contesto was second to Roadster (by 2 ½ lengths in an overnight race at one mile on March 1) and I thought he was uncomfortable with his trip. He was stuck down on the inside, so hopefully things will be more favorable this time.”The Santa Anita Derby, race eight: Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; More Ice, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Nolo Contesto, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Synthesis, Rafael Bejarano, 30-1; Instagrand, Flavien Prat; and Game Winner, Joel Rosario, 4-5.The Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino goes as  race 10: McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; Mongolian Groom, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Prime Attraction, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Prince of Arabia, Joe Talamo, 30-1;and Campaign, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1.Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza Saturday, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, SantaAnita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for racing’s biggest day to date this year is 12 noon.CLOCKER LIKES GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNERRespected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young fancies 6-5 Gift Box over 4-5 morning line choice McKinzie in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Handicap, citing the distance of a mile and a quarter as reason for the edge.In the Santa Anita Derby, however, Young is sticking with favored Game Winner.“I’m always looking to beat the favorite, but I think in Game Winner and Gift Box you have really solid choices,” Young said. “Both have trained well. Obviously, Gift Box has had more works for his race than Game Winner, who ran more recently.”Young expressed distance reservations about McKinzie. “He’s a nice horse but I don’t know if he’s a mile and a quarter horse,” Young said, “and I feel very confident Gift Box is. On ability, they might be about even, but at the distance, I give a slight nod to Gift Box.”EURTON SEEKS UPSET OF BELLAFINA IN SANTA ANITA OAKSAfter two stylish wins at Santa Anita,Slewgoodtobetrue disappointed in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on March 23.The trouble line reads, “2-wide turns, faded,” but Peter Eurton says there’s more to the story, which is why the daughter of Jimmy Creed will take on 2-5 morning line favorite Bellafina in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Oaks.“She wasn’t wide,” the trainer said. “She broke well, was sitting right off the speed, and as soon as he (jockey Florent Geroux) turned her head loose, she started a bit of bobbing, like she wasn’t getting a hold of the sandy race track.“That’s the only excuse we would find. We couldn’t find anything wrong with her at all. She scoped clean and physically she’s been training well, so we thought we’d give it a shot. We just hope she gets to run her race. She always seemed to like this race track.”The Santa Anita Oaks, which goes as race three: Flor de La Mar, Joel Rosario, 5-1; $8,000 supplemental nominee Chasing Yesterday, Mike Smith, 3-1; Stirred, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Slewgoodtobetrue, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; and Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5.BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM AGAINST VASILIKAIt’s been close but no cigar for Ms Bad Behavior against monster mare Vasilika, finishing second and third, respectively, in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes and the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes.Trainer Richard Baltas hopes the third time’s the charm when he sends out Ms Bad Behavior against 3-5 morning line favorite Vasilika in Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on grass.“It’s hard to say if we can beat her, but that’s what we’re hoping for,” Baltas said. Vasilika has won nine of 10 races with one second over Santa Anita’s turf course.“We’re trying,” Baltas continued. “Our filly is doing well and Mike (Smith) got to know her a little bit (in her last two races).“You never know.”Ms Bad Behavior, an Ontario-bred daughter of Blame, has a 3-7-3 record from 15 starts with earnings of $320,480.The field: Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 3-5; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Cordiality, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Raven’s Lady, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Space Talk, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; and Smoovie, Martin Garcia, 30-1.O’NEILL SQUARE EDDIES DOING WELL FOR EVENING JEWELLeading trainer Doug O’Neill has eight horses entered in five races Saturday, includingLippy and Settle It in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for California-bred or sired three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Lippy was second last out in the California Cup Oaks at a mile on grass, while Settle It broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course.“They’re both daughters of Square Eddie and both coming off good efforts,” O’Neill said. “They’re training well and it’s a pretty wide open race, really.”O’Neill also has Bizwhacks in the Grade I Ashland and Parsimony in the Grade II Blue Grass Saturday at Keeneland. Mario Gutierrez rides both horses for owner J. Paul Reddam.The Evening Jewel: Settle It, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Silk From Heaven, Eswan Flores, 8-1; Violette Szabo, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Naughty Tiger, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Lippy, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Sneaking Out, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Ruby Bradley, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Time for Kisses, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Dr Wyson, Flavien Prat, 4-1.LISTING RETURNS TO DIRT IN ECHO EDDIEBen Cecil is hoping for another winning performance from Listing despite moving the son of Square Eddie from turf to dirt in tomorrow’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds bred or sired in California at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.The bay colt won the California Cup Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 26.“He handled the dirt at Del Mar,” Cecil said, referring to a debut victory in the restricted I’m Smokin for state-breds last Aug. 18. “Then I ran him back east (in the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Oct. 6) and he ripped his quarter open.“He was a bit flat when I ran him here in the Golden State Juvenile last Nov. 3, so I gave him a break and he’s come back and run well twice. Going back on dirt shouldn’t be a problem.”The Echo Eddie, race six: Prodigal Son, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Daddy Jones, Ruben Fuentes, 20-1; Moon House, Evin Roman, 20-1; Midnight Special, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Listing, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Foster Boi, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Lieutenant Dan, Geovanni Franco, Tap the Wire, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Principe Carlo, Tiago Pereira, 10-1; and Oliver, Martin Garcia, 15-1.FRENCH, SMITH POST $36.40 UPSET IN THURSDAY FINALENeil French teamed with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in Thursday’s eighth race to post a $36.40 upset with Charmingslew in the one mile turf allowance test for California-bred fillies and mares.It was a circuitous route for the 66-year-old French, down to four horses but still one of the state’s most respected horsemen.Owned by her breeder Bob Frear, Charmingslew took the lead at the start, relinquished it briefly at the head of the stretch, but fought back gamely to win by a neck, earning $34,200.“Gary Stevens has always been my go-to guy, but since he’s retired, he suggested Mike Smith,” said French. “I’d been trying for maybe three months to get a mile turf race for her, but it never filled.“I was desperate to run her, so I entered yesterday’s race which was originally scheduled down the hill (at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf). By a stroke of luck, it was taken off the hill and run at a mile on the grass, so it all worked out.”It was the second win from 11 starts for the bay filly by Roi Charmant out of the Afleet Alex dam Afleet Slew. She broke her maiden on the lead going a mile on turf at Del Mar last Aug. 9. It was no surprise to French that she won in similar fashion yesterday.“She gets courageous on the lead,” he said.SATURDAY’S TOTAL RAINBOW SIX JACKPOT POOL COULD EXCEED $3 MILLIONWith anticipation building for a potential $3 million mandatory payout pool on Saturday, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Thursday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $779,629.With a healthy $150,125 in “new” money wagered Thursday, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot reached $895,383, fueling a payout of $3,912.10 to 21 consolation tickets with six winners each.Approximate post time for race three, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.HENRIQUEZ CHOICE IN SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY 5K RUNLike the compact yet seasoned field for the Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita’s two-legged runners entered in the Employee Division will know how to navigate the 3.1 mile road course.Of the 15 employees entered, only two are new to the event–Albert Razo from the Plant Department and Joe Tootell, a Vet Tech who works on the backside.Everyone else can do this race in their sleep, which is not encouraged if they want to collect medals in this competitive division.Among women, last year’s champion of both genders, Millie Ball, is not running this year, opening up the field considerably. But two of the perennial “Big Three” are entered– Christine Beer of the Receiving Barn and Mary Forney of the TOC (the other third, Sandy Hoar of Hospitality, is no doubt getting into work early for a big afternoon at the racetrack)–and they have placed in the top three in prior years.Among men, I like last year’s champ, Rene Henriquez, who ran a respectable 23:35, to repeat. Lead pony rider Jesus Camacho is back to run this year. I know he has been training like Game Winner, so he will give Rene a run, if he gets an equally good jump from the gate. Noe Meza (third last year) and Alec Jimenez (fourth last year) from the Corp Yard will be looking to pick up the pieces.Champions no matter where they finish are Lucinda Mandella and Natalie Rietkirk who represent CARMA, which does fantastic work with our retired equine athletes. The top three in each division receive medals.You guys rock!!– Pete Siberell.The odds:Women’s DivisionChristine Beer                                              Receiving Barn                              8-5Jo Tootell                                                       Racing/Vet Tech                                      2-1Mary Forney                                                  TOC                                              3-1Voni Walker                                                   Parking                                                        5-1Lucinda Mandella                                       CARMA                                         7-1Natalie Rietkirk                                            CARMA                                         7-1Wendy Thatcher                                         Hospitality                                                 10-1Terri Hanks                                                     Accounting                                                20-1Men’s DivisionRene Henriquez                                          Starting Gate                                 4-5Jesus Camacho                                           Racing                                           3-2Noe Meza                                                        Corp Yard                                       4-1Alec Jimenez                                                 Corp Yard                                       5-1Albert Razo                                                     Plant                                               8-1Billy Malone                                                   Hospitality                                      10-1Rey Solis                                                         Accounting                                     20-1      BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN & WALKFans and horsemen are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5k Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest perimeter, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track at Santa Anita’s northeastern perimeter, via Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, via Gate 3 at Holly Ave. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive, while Gate 5 is situated at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)Ameerah B (Outside) and  Koritsi work 5 furlongs (Sadler)Rickey B (Outside) and  Stone Hands work 5 furlongs (Sadler)Mantaray Island (Outside) and   Don’t Sell works 5 furlongs (O’Neill)Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 5th, 2019Jerry Hollendorfer discusses  Vasilika in the Royal Heroine and  Instagrand in the Santa Anita Derby tomorrow.Phil D’Amato talks about Foster Boi in the Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita Park.Bob Baffert Talks  Roadster Ahead of His Next Start in the Santa Anita Derby.Santa Anita Derby Memories:  Laffit Pincay Jr. talks about the 1973 Santa Anita Derby.McKinzie works  6 furlongs prep for Santa Anita Handicap. (Baffert) 4-01-19Dream Tree works 5 furlongs. (Baffert) 4-01-19FINISH LINES: Improbable, second by a neck in the first division of the Rebel March 16, worked six furlongs Friday morning in a bullet 1:14 under Joe Talamo for Bob Baffert, who will send the son of City Zip back to Oaklawn Park April 13 for the Arkansas Derby. Improbable worked in company with Hot Sean who was clocked in 1:16.60. “Very nice,” Baffert said of the drill. “I’m happy.” . . . Scoot Coles, 2019 National Handicapping Championship king, and Trey Stiles, 17-time NHC qualifier, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests in the XBTV studios, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively. 38% Bob Baffert70 9 Mike Smith71 Jeff Mullins49 49% 11 34 40% John Sadler82 Money Won 14 $223,827 TrainerMts Simon Callaghan31 17% 26 25 Doug O’Neill174 42% $328,459 11 36% 34 2nd 47% 47 9 8 13 34% Edwin Maldonado75 $961,985 18%last_img read more

Pelé: “I never imagined that he would be one of the greats”

first_imgPelé has been chosen as the athlete of the 20th century and is considered by all to be the greatest footballer in all of history. But for you, Edson Arantes do Nascimiento, in your words, who is Pelé?Delighted, it’s me (Serie). Everyone forgot about Edson, but this is me, Pelé (Serie). No one remembers Edson, but it is Edson who pays the bills, who suffers, who cries … Pelé is the one who gets all the fame and tributes. Pelé is a son of God that he put on Earth and asked me to take care of him….How did your nickname come about?My father played for Bauru Atlético and there was a goalkeeper named Bilé. He was my father’s rival. And the boys, to piss me off, called me Bilé, which later led to Pelé, and I fought with them because I didn’t like it. And you know that when you don’t like a nickname, you end up staying. If it wasn’t for those kids in Bauru, Edson would never have been Pele.When did you realize you would be great in soccer?I never imagined that it would be one of the greats. I swear. I remember when the president of Santos called my father when I was little. I thought it was a joke. He was 13 or 14 years old and was not a starter at Bauru. In the end they took me to do the test at the Santos and I was approved. I thought I was dreaming. There are things from that day that I remember as if it were today… I remember my father taking me to the bus station. It seemed like something from another planet, but today the players go on a private jet. How’s life… What is the goal you remember every day on the pillow?Undoubtedly, the goals that I do not forget are those of the 1958 World Cup. I had not even turned 18! He was the youngest player in the World Cup and Brazil had never won the tournament. I also remember a lot of the thousandth goal. It wasn’t a World Cup, it wasn’t worth anything, but it made me shake my legs even though I was already a veteran player. I do not know if I stay with the first goal of 1958 or if with goal 1,000. Racism | “Against Argentina they already called us ‘monkeys’, but nobody found out” “I’m better now and the only thing I can’t do is ride a bicycle”center_img Is being a footballer today easier or more difficult than before?Much more difficult. In my time I think we had more freedom. It gave us time to stop the ball. Not now. Before they played with and for the ball, now they only want to destroy. Who pays to go to football does not pay to see defense. We gave more spectacle than current football. But it is a very big difference.They say you are depressed from all the physical and health problems you have had in recent years …I think there is a big misunderstanding there. Because after hip and femur surgeries, when I was going to try to train or make an announcement, I had to stop. People started to worry and I appreciate that. But they have invented that I am depressed. I came here by walker, but the only thing I don’t do today is ride a bike. I preferred to be walking normally, without a walker, training from time to time, playing soccer. But, thank God, I am much better, I am recovering.What do you think of the cases of racism that are happening in football?The only thing that has changed is that these cases are now coming to light. Before, a player would tell you a silly thing and it would be there. It happened when we were going to play in Europe. Also against Argentina, who called us monkeys and chimpanzees. But before, no one found out and there was no scandal. After Pelé, who is the soccer player that you liked the most to see play?It would be unfair for me to say one and forget the others. There were players I saw and said, “I want to learn how to do it the same.” I wanted to be like my father, who has the record for leading goals in one game: five. This is Dondinho’s record that Pelé was unable to beat. In front of the goal, I broke all records. But five heads goals …If you played today, what would your career have been like?I think it would not change anything. One of the biggest concerns of my entire career was taking care of my fitness more than anyone.last_img read more

CSO Leads Campaign to Save ‘3 Days Free Calls’

first_imgThe Coalition of Youth and Students against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSAPD), a local civil society organization, has called on the National Legislature to intervene in what they termed as the ongoing campaign to bring more hardship on the Liberian masses if the ‘3-days free calls’ promotion is cancelled.On Thursday, July 21, members of CYSAPD displayed a banner on the grounds of the Capitol Building to petition their lawmakers to put a halt to what they described as a plot led by Lonestar Cell MTN’s Chairman, Benoni Urey, to end the ‘3 days free calls’ promotion currently offered by telecommunications companies in the country.Urey sent a letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calling on her to put an end to the promotion, which, according to him, is causing government to lose millions of dollars in taxes. The letter, which seeks to place an excise tax of US$0.01 (1 US cent) per minute on all calls—emanating from the President’s office—and is currently before the lawmakers for their consideration. President Sirleaf said in her letter that the proposed tax on phone calls is to help raise US$30 million to fill gaps in the 2016-17 national budget. In her letter suggesting a tax on phone calls, she also called for steeper taxes on tobacco and alcoholic beverages. “Our attention has been drawn to the Liberian government’s proposed increment in taxes on mobile phone calls in the wake of increasing waves of unbearable economic constraints being faced by a vast majority of ordinary citizens,” CYSAPD Executive Director (E.D.), Ishmael T. Koffeh, said.Mr. Koffeh said the campaign to cancel the three days of free calls is a clear indication that some Liberians are not seeking the interest of the masses, and can do anything to put their selfish interests above those of the common people—many of whom live in abject poverty, and ignorance. Mr. Koffeh said he brought his members to the Capitol to tell the lawmakers, who are the direct representatives of the masses, not to heed “this wicked action of the people who say they love the country and its people.”“With growing disenchantment over this piece of legislation that is before our lawmakers to add 1 cent tax per minute to all calls, we are calling on lawmakers not to pass the new bill,” he said, adding “This is a diabolical and calculated attempt to end the ‘3 days free calls’ promotion in Liberia and to suffer the Liberian people.”The group said the imposition of excessive taxes on mobile phone calls needs to be reviewed, as it is not in the interest of Liberia’s suffering masses, adding that the plan to halt the promotion has the propensity to leave thousands of Liberians without the ability to call friends and family because of the high cost of phone calls that would follow. “We believe that any laws passed by the Honorable House of Representatives should be done only in the interest of the Liberian people, and we want to make (it) unequivocally clear that this proposed bill has no benefits (for) the Liberian people except to disenfranchise the citizens and their fundamental right to communicate.”The group says that even with the current discounts and promotions being offered, many Liberians still cannot afford to get even the US$1 on a regular basis. “If many of our people cannot afford this already discounted promotion, what do you think will happen if there is no more ‘3 days free calls,’ and government raises the price to call by adding a heavy tax burden?” the E.D. said, and threatened continuous mass protest against the proposal. He called on the Legislature to reject the bill “because it is a recipe for chaos.” Meanwhile, a new Facebook page called “Save 3 Days Free Calls” has gone viral in just a week, generating thousands of followers and comments as Liberians continue to express their dissatisfaction over the proposed bill, which they said is devious and has no substance or benefit to the average Liberian, who is working to make ends meet and to put food on the table. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Carnival Parade rocks Georgetown

first_imgGuyanese from all walks of life flocked the route to observe and participate in this year’s Guyana Carnival Parade in observance of Guyana’s 53rd Independence Anniversary.As expected, the revellers rocked the streets and delivered, even though the inclement weather prevented the events from starting at the scheduled time.The three main “party trucks” assembled at the corner of Camp and Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, around 14:00h before heading to the D’Urban Park around 18:00h where it concluded.Thousands of Guyanese who came out to support the event were blown away by the phantasmagoria of colours that was showcased by the revellers who were all decked out in costumes.Some of the patrons who were looking on from the sidelines were decked out in their very best outfits as they enjoyed the scenery that was provided by the revellers, who put on a show that would attract any passerby to join the festivities.Guyana Times spoke to a few thrilled patrons who related that the Guyana Carnival Parade did not disappoint. Keisha Bacchus told this news publication that this is her second year participating and to her surprise, it was better than last year’s event. “More people participate in the parade and the beauty about it is that families get together and line the streets just to get a feel.”She further stated that a lot of foreigners were observed gyrating in the streets, which boosts Guyana’s tourism.Clive Forde, who was observed with his family viewing the parade, said: “I’m just happy to be here with my family, celebrating 53 years of Independence”. He continued by saying that he loves the way the country is developing and he is quite excited to see where our country is headed.One of the organisers of the events and a well-known personality in the entertainment sector of Guyana, Robbie Singh, said that he worked tirelessly to ensure “Pulse Band” produced an even better experience than last year.He stated that the idea is to never take away the authentic Guyanese culture but to give our country more exposure since Carnival is globally recognised. In closing, he stated that it is a beautiful experience and, therefore, Guyanese should support the Carnival body in the future.Guyana Carnival is a privately owned festival in Georgetown, Guyana, during the month of May. It is an amalgamation of influential entertainment bodies, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders to create a new exciting product to boost tourism, entertainment, and nightlife in our emerging city.It attracts thousands of tourists, locals and carnival chasers daring to indulge in something new and exciting.last_img read more