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Disastrous toll – 21 Latin American journalists killed in past six months

first_img News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Organisation RSF_en to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more This disastrous toll is attributable in part to flawed or non-existent protective mechanisms but above all to the alarming level violence, corruption and impunity in most of the region’s countries – a region that is now one of the world’s most dangerous for media personnel.As in 2015, Mexico continues to register the biggest death toll, with nine journalists murdered in the first half of 2016. It is followed by Guatemala with five, Honduras with three, Brazil with two and Venezuela and El Salvador with one.None of these countries is officially at war, but each of them suffers from a significant degree of structural violence linked to ubiquitous armed groups that include Mexico’s cartels and Central America’s “maras.” The motive of most of these deaths is still unknown*. When the police investigate them, the investigations soon get bogged down and are obstructed by corrupt officials. Impunity is, more than ever, at the centre of a vicious circle of violence against media personnel and journalism’s chronic depreciation. The circumstances of these murders are usually very similar. The victims are often radio hosts or local correspondents based in regions far from major cities who cover crime, corruption or sensitive social issues. They are gunned down by “sicarios” (hit-men) near their home or workplace and in some cases they had been warned in advance about their reporting.If there is any room for doubt, the police and judicial authorities quickly rule out any connection between the murder and the victim’s work as a journalist. They often try to cast doubt on the quality of the victim’s journalism and even go so far as to suggest that the victim was linked to local criminal groups.“The toll of murders of journalists in Latin America in the first six months suggests that 2016 will be a terrible year for the region,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The spiralling violence, especially in Mexico and Central America, is transforming Latin America into one of the world’s most dangerous regions for media personnel. When you add the countless attacks, abductions, enforced disappearances, threats and cases of judicial harassment, you end up with a climate of terror in which journalists are clearly no longer at home. It is high time the region’s leaders did their duty and undertook to do everything possible to end this deadly spiral.”The Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression that was adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS) says: “The murder, kidnapping, intimidation of and/or threats to social communicators, as well as the material destruction of communications media violate the fundamental rights of individuals and strongly restrict freedom of expression. It is the duty of the state to prevent and investigate such occurrences, to punish their perpetrators and to ensure that victims receive due compensation.”Many OAS member states seem to have forgotten these principles because they do not treat the protection of journalists as a priority. Only two Latin American countries, Colombia and Mexico, have created national mechanisms for protecting journalists and in both countries the mechanisms fail to serve their purpose because they are cruelly denied adequate financial and human resources and autonomy vis-à-vis the political class.As a result of strong pressure from civil society and journalists’ associations, a mechanism is in the process of being created and implemented in Guatemala. In response to the almost total impunity for crimes against journalists in Honduras, RSF is calling for the creation of an independent investigative body with trained and qualified personnel that is able to clearly establish the links between the murders of journalists and their work and to make its findings public.The 2016 toll as of 1 July:Mexico, 149th in RSF’s 2016 press freedom index: 9 victims- Marcos Hernández Bautista, 38, killed on 21 January 2016, Oaxaca state.Media: Noticias, Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca.- Reinel Martínez Cerqueda, 43, killed on 22 January 2016, Oaxaca state.Media: El Manantial community radio.- Anabel Flores Salazar, 32, killed on 9 February 2016, Veracruz state.Media: El Sol de Orizaba. – Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, 65, killed on 20 February 2016, Tabasco state. Media: head of the VX media group. – Francisco Pacheco Beltrán, 55, killed on 25 April 2016, Guerrero state.Media: El Sol de Acapulco. – Manuel Santiago Torres González, 48, killed on 14 May 2016, Veracruz state. Media: Noticias MT website, TV Azteca. – Elidio Ramos Zárate, 44, killed on 19 June 2016, Oaxaca state.Media: El Sur.- Zamira Esther Bautista, 44, killed on 20 June 2016, Tamaulipas state.Media: freelancer, El Mercurio and La Verdad.- Salvador García Olmos, 31, killed on 29 June 2016, Oaxaca state.Media: Radio Tuun Ñuu Savi.Guatemala, 121st in RSF’s 2016 press freedom index: 5 victims- Mario Roberto Salazar, 32, killed on 17 March 2016, Jutiapa department.Media: head of Radio Estéreo Azúcar. – Wiston Leonardo Cano Túnchez, 41, killed on 8 April 2016, Escuintla department.Media: Radio La Jefa presenter. – Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar, 22, killed on 30 April 2016, Quiché department.Media: Radio Sembrador. – Víctor Hugo Valdez Cardona, 65, killed on 7 June 2016, Chiquimula department.Media: Chiquimula Visión presenter.- Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López, 65, killed on 25 June 2016, Quetzaltenango department.Media: director of Estéreo Ilusión.Honduras, 137th in RSF’s 2016 press freedom index: 3 victims- Marlon David Martínez Caballero, 27, killed on 7 February 2016, Cortés department. Media: Radio TopMusic presenter.- Dorian Hernández, 27, killed on 16 June 2016, Lempira department.Media: freelance photographer, former producer for GRT Channel 31. – Elmer Cruz, 30, killed on 19 June 2016, Yoro department.Media: music programme presenter for local TV channel.Brazil, 104th in RSF’s 2016 press freedom index: 2 victims- João Valdecir de Borba, 51, killed on 10 March 2016, Paraná state.Media: Radio Difusora AM presenter.- Manoel Messias Pereira, 46, killed on 9 April 2016, Maranhão state.Media: Sediverte.com blogger.Venezuela, 139th in RSF’s 2016 press freedom index: 1 victim- Ricardo Durán Trujillo, 45, killed on 19 January 2016, Caracas.Media: government press officer (Distrito Capital)El Salvador, 58th in RSF’s 2016 press freedom index: 1 victim- Nicolás Humberto García, 23, killed on 10 March 2016, Ahuachapán department.Media: presenter on Radio Expressa, Voces al Aire.*Note: RSF has not been able to include all of these murders in its official figures, used for its Barometer and the World Press Freedom Index, because of the absence of sufficiently clear information about the local investigation and therefore about the link between the murder and the victim’s journalistic work. MexicoBrazilVenezuelaGuatemalaHondurasEl SalvadorAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionArmed conflictsImpunityViolence Follow the news on Americas June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information MexicoBrazilVenezuelaGuatemalaHondurasEl SalvadorAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionArmed conflictsImpunityViolence July 5, 2016 Disastrous toll – 21 Latin American journalists killed in past six months 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to have to report that no fewer than 21 journalists were killed in the first six months of 2016 in Latin America, 14 of them in just two countries – Mexico and Guatemala. Reports Newslast_img read more

Reward for info on slain Florida dolphins increases to $54,000

first_imgOfficials found one dolphin in the water off Naples killed by a bullet, stab wounds, or possibly both.In the same week, along the Emerald Coast, Wildlife Refuge also found a dolphin with a bullet in its left side along Pensacola Beach.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had offered a $20,000 reward last month. The federal agency announced Monday that it was combining that reward with another $34,000 pledged by animal rights groups. A reward for information about the recent deaths of two slain dolphins along Florida’s Gulf Coast has increased from $20,000 to $54,000.Reward offered for information after dolphins found stabbed, shot to death off Florida coastlast_img

Dutch double for England’s Dan Brown

first_img20 Jul 2015 Dutch double for England’s Dan Brown England’s Dan Brown pulled off a winning double when he scored a five-shot victory in the ST8TS TGH Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria in the Netherlands.Brown (Bedale), a member of the England Golf men’s squad, was 10-under par for the championship, having forged ahead in the last round with a closing 68.He also teamed up with fellow Yorkshireman Joe Dean (Lindrick) and Cheshire’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) to win the Nations Cup for England.Dean – who won this event in 2012 – shared second place overall, while Nevin-Wharton tied fifth. Jordan Wrisdale (Boston) also finished in the top 10 and the other four England players in the field were all inside the top 20.This was Brown’s first and only attempt at the U21 title and he remarked: “I decided to go over and try to win – and it was nice to do so.”The final round began as a battle between Brown and Dean who were tied for the lead after 54 holes. “Joe hits it a long way and I thought he might make a few birdies and put the pressure on,” said Brown. But it was he who moved ahead, dropping only one shot in the round and amassing five birdies, including one on the 18th.He reaped the benefit of a long practice putting session after the second round and was able to complete some good up-and-downs to keep his momentum going. “I was very pleased, it’s nice to know I can go into the last round leading and hold my own under pressure,” he said.Brown’s prize includes a place in the KLM Open on the European Tour which starts on September 10. But, as a member of the GB&I Walker Cup squad, he hopes to be selected for the team which will take on the USA at the same time. “It’s a nice situation to be in, a bit of a win-win. If I get picked for the Walker Cup then that’s the major event to play in; if I don’t I’ve got this to fall back on.”Brown’s next big date is the English amateur championship next week at Alwoodley and Pannal in Yorkshire, followed by the European amateur in Slovakia.Caption: Dan Brown with his caddy, Bas Soudant, 13. Brown stayed with Bas’s family throughout the championship.last_img read more

Newly Restored, Fisk Chapel A Rich Reminder of Town’s Past

first_imgBy Alison Bitterly AFTER MANY YEARS of tireless effort on the part of community members and volunteers, the restoration of Fair Haven’s Fisk Chapel is close to completion.The historic church has long been a focus of the Fair Haven Historical Association, acknowledged for its special significance to the town and in particular to its African American residents.And although there is still some work to be done, Fair Haven residents are celebrating the remarkable progress that has been made on restoring the once dilapidated building.Fisk Chapel, originally located on Browns Lane, was built in 1858 and known as the AME Bethel Chapel. Unfortunately, the building burned down in a fire shortly after; it was rebuilt years later thanks to the efforts of General Clinton B. Fisk, a summer resident who had been one of Lincoln’s officers during the Civil War. Fisk donated $3000 to build a Methodist church in an area where many of Fair Haven’s black citizens lived. When the chapel was completed in 1882, it was dedicated to Fisk.According to former  Fair Haven andFair Haven Borough celebrated the restoration of historic Fisk Chapel/Bicentennial Hall at the annual reorganization meeting Jan. 1.Hallhistorian Timothy J. McMahon (now deceased), from 1890 into the 1940s, Fisk Chapel was the scene of an annual Emancipation celebration that featured the reading of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which officially ended slavery.The Fisk Chapel became central to the Fair Haven area’s African American community for generations to follow. Although the congregation eventually outgrew the chapel space, the building itself was donated to the Borough of Fair Haven in 1975 and moved to its present location on Cedar Avenue.The difficulty of such a move proved severely detrimental to the upkeep of the building; rust and decay set in, and many council members  even suggested that the chapel be demolished. Thankfully, the Historic Association of Fair Haven, formed in 1995, stepped in to preserve the 19th century character of the building. Fisk Chapel, which also became known as Bicentennial Hall, was added to the Fair Haven Community Appeals list and a trust fund was established to raise money for its preservation and reconstruction.For the past thirteen years, Patricia Drummond has been to go-to individual on matters of Fisk Chapel. As President of the Fair Haven Historical Society, she has overseen the work that has gone into the recent chapel restoration. However, as Drummond says, “there were many other people who worked tirelessly to raise money for the cause”. Specifically, Drummond acknowledged Borough Councilwoman Drew Dunigan, Director of the Monmouth County Historic Commission Randall Gabrielan, Councilwoman Wendy Jones, Representative Rush Holt, and Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre. The project is also indebted to all of the Fair Haven Historical Association members as well as the local businesses that donated goods to various auctions.Now that Fisk Chapel, or Bicentennial Hall, is once again in functioning shape, it will be used for meetings of local organizations (such as Garden Club and Scout groups) and cultural events. Inquiries are even being made already about booking the chapel for weddings. While the kitchen and bathroom floors still need some work, the Historical Association continues to move forward towards completing the massive project they undertook years ago.Perhaps the greatest achievement of the Fisk Chapel renovation has been the Historical Association’s ability to keep alive an appreciation for the church’s significance to the Fair Haven community. As Pat Drummond says: “The preserved and restored chapel will stand as a reminder to the residents of an important time in the history of Fair Haven, especially for its African American community. It served as a center of their life during a period of segregation, Jim Crow laws, and separate schools for whites and blacks”.last_img read more

Winter Seal Walk Delights, Even Without The Seals

first_imgStory and photo by Jay CookSANDY HOOK – It was hard to believe the amount of fog that covered the barrier island on an unseasonably warm Saturday morning.While crossing the Captain Joseph Azzolina Memorial Bridge from Highlands to Sea Bright, neither the ocean or the bay were visible from the bridge’s peak.Yet, at the tip of Hook, skies were clear and sunny for 70 people gathered at the third Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk hosted by the American Littoral Society (ALS), all anxious to catch a glimpse of some of the local Harbor Seals that call Sandy Hook home from November through March. It was one of the largest number of nature lovers the society has attracted to its walks.When one of them asked if the dense fog would push the mammals away, the society’s executive director Pim Van Hemmen admitted he had no control, “We don’t own the seals,” he joked.Leading the tour was Jeff Dement, an ALS naturalist and director of the fish-tagging program. He claimed the fog was “conspiring against us this morning.” Unfortunately, he was right. No more than a trio of seals could be seen resting on the sandbars. During low tide, they like to stay bayside in an effort to catch some rays and relax from a day’s worth of fishing, he explained.The hikers were greeted by a surprise appearance from a bottlenose dolphin, kicking towards the Shrewsbury River.Instead of waiting on the fog to pass, Dement led a caravan of cars down to Plum Island, a marshy outcropping famous for its bird displays. Collections of Buffleheads and Brant Geese floated off in the distance, with the bridge towering in the background. Dement said it was one of the most striking views along the East Coast.Lot E marked the final parking destination for the remaining hikers, just as the clock hit noon. A quick walk along the beach was followed by a hike though the Old Dune Trail. Shade from Sandy Hook’s maritime forest, mostly old cedar and holly trees, guided the group for a walk alongside prickly pear cacti and a surprising fresh-water pond.“It’s pretty special, and endangered as well,” said Dement. “The National Park Service takes that piece of land pretty darn seriously.”Across the street, binoculars and cameras were unpackaged as the fog began to lift, ever so slightly. Still, to no avail, it remained thick, right around the time when the tide was dead-low.Although the Harbor Seals made only a brief appearance, it was still an enjoyable and educational morning for the 40 or so who stayed for the whole tour. It highlighted other areas of Sandy Hook not everyone sees when simply parking at the beaches.“The seals are what gets everyone out here – people are excited to see seals – but there’s a lot more out here to rope them into the environment,” said Stevie Thorsen, ALS’s educational director.After a short, three-minute drive back to the society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive, the naturalists were greeted with the aroma of New England clam chowder wafting out the back door.While sitting on the front porch, with a cup of that chowder in hand, Victoria Lesoine looked to her son Nikolaus, who enjoyed the limited seal-watching action that morning.“He was excited just to see their heads bobbing,” said Lesoine, a Hawthorne resident.“I just want him to spend more time outdoors,” she continued. “Get him involved in the environment, less time spent on video games.”Damani Parran, a father of three, drove 40 minutes for the walk that morning. While growing up outside of Washington, D.C., he said he never fully embraced the city. That just fuels him more as a dad.“I’m trying to make sure my kids have memories with all of this now,” he said.The next Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk is scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 10 a.m. Spectators are advised to dress for the weather and expect to walk a mile on sandy beaches. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit littoralsociety.org or call 732-291-0055.last_img read more

Stinson, DeGroot take lead on West Kootenay X-country tour

first_imgHunter Stanway of J.V. Humphries and Steven Hernandez of Mount Sentinel finished third and fourth, respectively. DeGroot won in Kaslo over Smith, Stanway and Hernandez, respectively.In the Junior Girl’s division Naomi Perkins of Trafalgar edged Totem teammate Tara Yowek to claim the top prize in the Mount Sentinel race. Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries finished third followed by Justyne Goulet of Trafalgar.At Kaslo, Darya Huser of Salmo topped the division over the Trafalgar trio of Perkins, Allie Zondervan and Yowek.In the Junior Boy’s race, Conrad Watt of J.V. Humphries edged out Darian Johnson of Trafalgar to win the top prize. Bradley Spurge of Mount Sentinel was third and Everett Hicks of Lucerne fourth.At Kaslo, Micah May won the first Junior Boy’s race of the season over Watt Braeden Zarikoff of Trafalgar and Jamis Beattie of Salmo.The tour shifts to Nelson today for a race hosted by the L.V. Rogers Bombers. The final stop of the regular season goes October 13th in New Denver.The West Kootenay Championships go October 20th in Salmo with the top runners advancing to the East/West Kootenay Finals October 27th at the Camp Busk Cross Country Trails near Apex.The B.C. High School Cross Country Championships are set for November 6th at Oak Bay in [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsBombers Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot look to be the early favourites to win it all on the West Kootenay High School Cross Country tour after the pair captured the opening two races of the season.The two L.V. Rogers racers topped Kaslo’s J. V. Humphries event to open the season before making it two-for-two at the second stop on the circuit last week hosted by the Mount Sentinel Wildcats. Stinson, who dominated the West Kootenay Senior Girl’s division last season, edged out fellow teammate Kiraya Spencer at Mount Sentinel race held near the Slocan Pools in South Slocan.Third was Kia Weir of Mount Sentinel. Ellie Hewat of J. V. Humphries in Kaslo.Stinson opened the season winning in Kaslo over Hewat, Spencer and Laura Hunter of J.V. Humphries.Meanwhile DeGroot also posted his second Senior Boy’s win of the season edging out Lukas Smith of J.V. Humphries. It was the second consecutive race the two have battled for the top spot in the senior boy’s division.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017

first_imgGIANT KILLER HOFMANS EYES CLASSIC UPSETSONGBIRD TO WORK ON SUNDAY FOR DISTAFFDERBY KING NYQUIST BREEZES MILE THURSDAY Bob Baffert2467225%63%$730,465 Rafael Bejarano8115191119%56%$1,052,925 WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JOE DiMAGGIO?                  Veteran jockey agent Joe Griffin, who wouldn’t know a baseball bat from a fruit bat, was at Bay Meadows race track in the late 1990’s sitting in a box seat with the legendary Joe DiMaggio.Fellow agent and rabid baseball fan Jim Pegram happened to walk by and could barely believe his eyes. There was Griffin, who had no knowledge of or interest in baseball, sitting next to the Yankee Clipper himself, Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, he of the 56-game hitting streak.The nonplussed Pegram was stunned, asking Griffin what he was doing sitting with Joe D? “You don’t even know who he is,” Pegram fumed, but Griffin didn’t flinch.His response was quick and deadly.“I know who he is,” Joe said. “He’s Mr. Coffee.”But wait. There’s more.Days later in a Bay Area sports bar bedecked with pictures of baseball greats, Pegram went for the jugular.“OK,” he fumed at Griffin, pointing to the wall, “for dinner in any San Francisco restaurant at any price, who’s the guy in that picture?”Griffin barely took a deep breath before spitting out, “Lou Gehrig.”Pegram let the expletives fly. “Now how $##%*&*@!%$$ did you know that?” he barked between vulgarities.“Easy,” Griffin said. “I saw the movie. He looks just like Gary Cooper.” Jerry Hollendorfer3354415%39%$272,767 Martin Pedroza4865213%27%$222,620 -30- (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 22) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas5178614%41%$408,120 Joseph Talamo3776219%41%$301,985 Flavien Prat58128821%48%$976,760 FINISH LINES: Humberto Ascanio, long-time right-hand man to the late Bobby Frankel, was a welcome visitor to Clockers’ Corner Sunday, greeting old friends and former co-workers . . . With two wins Saturday, Rafael Bejarano opened a 15-13 lead over runners-up Norberto Arroyo Jr. and Tyler Baze in the race for riding honors through 14 days of the 23-day Autumn Meet. Among trainers, Peter Miller has a comfortable 12-7 lead over runners-up Doug O’Neill and Richard Baltas. Tyler Baze671361019%43%$474,310 SUMMARY OF CHRB MEETINGThe California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting last Thursday at Santa Anita. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Steve Beneto, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance.The audio of the entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:In discussing 2017 race dates allocations for Northern California, all attempts to negotiate an agreed-upon solution failed and all motions failed to garner the required four votes for adoption. Therefore, the matter was moved to the November agenda. Chairman Winner implored the stakeholders to try once again to reach an accord.The Board approved the license application for the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association to conduct a race meet commencing Dec. 30, 2016, through Dec. 17, 2017.The Board approved for 45-day public notice proposed amendments to regulations that would allow racing secretaries, racing associations and fairs to write medication-based race conditions, subject to CHRB final approval.The Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed rule to require ADW companies to identify those wagers placed by accountholders located within California racetracks and simulcast facilities, so that racetracks and horsemen would get a larger share of revenue from the takeout on those wagers.A proposed regulatory amendment governing use of the riding crop in races was rejected when three of the commissioners voted no and the fourth, Commissioner Solis, recused himself.In his executive summary, Executive Director Rick Baedeker reported that the stewards and normal licensing, enforcement and veterinary staffing levels will be greatly supplemented for the Breeders’ Cup being hosted by Santa Anita Park on Nov. 4 and 5.The Board authorized the Pacific Racing Association to distribute $39,573 in race day charity proceeds to nine beneficiaries.The Board approved a license application for NewCo Ventures North America, doing business as NYRAbets.com, to provide ADW wagering services to California accountholders for the rest of this year. All ADW licenses must be renewed for 2017. Kent Desormeaux42114626%50%$440,635 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Jerry Hollendorfer said unbeaten two-year-old filly champion of 2015 Songbirdwould have her last breeze next Sunday prior to the $2 million Longines Distaff on Nov. 4.Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Classic) “is galloping daily and looks great,”trainer Doug O’Neill said. “If all goes well he’ll breeze a mile on Thursday, come out of that good and gallop into the Big Dance.”Union Strike (Juvenile Fillies) worked seven furlongs Sunday under MartinGarcia in company with The Strip for trainer Craig Dollase. The two fillies were timed in 1:27.80 and 1:28.60, respectively.Gun Runner (Dirt Mile) worked five furlongs for Steve Asmussen in 1:00.40.On the dirt training track, Hunt (Turf Sprint) worked six furlongs in company withMetaboss for Phil D’Amato, getting a time of 1:15, while Metaboss was clocked in 1:16.20.Also on the training track for D’Amato, Obviously (Mile and Turf Sprint) went fourfurlongs in 48.80, breezing, while Bowies Hero (Juvenile Turf) went four furlongs in 50.60 to stablemate Billy Big’s 51.80.Multiple Grade II turf stakes winner Ashleyluvssugar worked five furlongs forPeter Eurton in 1:02.20. Peter Miller45127327%49%$396,860 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill60791312%48%$350,541 Fernando Perez4371916%40%$202,365 Philip D’Amato3960515%28%$397,645 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.61139921%51%$526,399 FRESH MELATONIN PEAKING FOR CLASSICMeet David Hofmans, the Giant Killer of the Breeders’ Cup.Consider the fact that he saddled Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board, to win the 2003 Distaff under Patrick Valenzuela; Desert Code at 36-1 with Richard Migliore up to win the 2008 Turf Sprint; and Alphabet Soup to upset two-time Horse of the Year Cigar in the 1996 Classic with Chris McCarron aboard at a $41.70 win payoff.His next task could be his most daunting, however, sending out Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Melatonin after an absence of more than four months to tackle streaking 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $6 million Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 5.“He loves to run fresh, I know that,” said the 73-year-old Hofmans of Melatonin, a five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy owned by Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “Unfortunately, I missed a race with him before the Classic so we have to come into what is probably the toughest race of his life off of works.“I know the horse is doing really well right now. He reminds me of Alphabet Soup. They both try real hard every time and they’re both so smart.“I thought Adoration and Alphabet Soup had good shots to win, despite their odds. Desert Code, I wasn’t too sure about, but I think Migliore was a big part of that. He really wanted that win and he rode the horse like he did, and I think he got every bit out of him.“But all three horses were like Melatonin, peaking at the right moment.”last_img read more

Spotlight on UWI FC, Waterhouse clash

first_imgTomorrow’s game: In a week which sees things just as tight at the bottom as they are at the top, the focus today will be on the UWI FC-Waterhouse clash at the UWI Bowl.In this encounter the promoted UWI FC, who are sitting in sixth position on 30 points, host former champions Waterhouse, who are sitting in 12th position in the 12-team league on 21 points. While the table may show that UWI FC should be the more fancied of the two, recent events may cause some amount of worry for the University boys, while Waterhouse could be convinced that they have a good chance of taking all three points.Prior to Monday night, UWI FC were looking quite stable with goalkeeper Amal Knight putting in commanding performances, their defenders kept it tight, while Girvon Brown and company kept the goals coming as they recorded two wins and two draws in their previous four matches. Against Harbour View on Monday, though, they looked very porous in the back, Knight looked unsure of himself, while their forwards were unable to breach the ‘Stars of the East’ who spanked them 5-0.Waterhouse, despite sitting at the foot of the table, are looking up positively with coach Paul Young being convinced that things are coming together and that they are primed for a lift. In their last four games, they have had three draws and one win – away over fourth-placed Humble Lion. Two of their three draws in that time were against current third-placed team Montego Bay United.”I am very much optimistic about our chances from here. Today, one of our central players, Dale Reid, was out because of asthma attack yesterday, so we had to make an adjustment in the defence line. In the midfield, we had Dominic James out and there are some other key players out who we are trying to get back healthy just to get the system going but it is a work in progress and we are going; to be fine,” Young said last week at the end of their second 0-0 draw with Montego Bay United.Young also said that while his team did not play, their best football that day, they showed great character to stand up to the opponents who ended the game with a one-man advantage following the expulsion of Theo Brown. The team, he said, had a good balance with the experienced Hughan Gray, the returning Weston Forrest, Kevin Lamey and Devon Hodges providing leadership for the youngsters such as Reid, goalkeeper Akeem Chambers and Nicholas Nelson among others.”We were brought back down to earth as we were having a good run for the previous six games … but it is better now than later,” Marcel Gayle, UWI FC’s coach about their big loss to Harbour View.He added: “Consistency is not the order of this league. All teams have had their ups and downs and it was our time to have a down. The good thing, though, is that we will be at home and we are looking to make amends.”Today’s games:3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion – Wespow Park3 p.m: Portmore United vs Boys’ Town – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Sports Complex3 p.m: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Bowl, Mona 8:40 p.m: Cavalier vs Arnett Gardens – Stadium Eastcenter_img Points standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsArnett 23 13 4 6 35 20 15 43Portmore 23 13 4 6 28 20 8 43MoBay United 23 11 9 3 34 13 21 42Humble Lion FC 23 9 8 6 21 18 3 35H View 23 8 9 6 28 22 6 33UWI FC 23 8 6 9 24 34 -10 30Cavalier SC 23 7 6 10 18 23 -5 27Boys’ Town 23 7 6 10 25 33 -8 27Reno 23 6 9 8 22 30 -8 27Tivoli 23 6 5 12 26 32 -8 22Rivoli 23 5 7 11 24 32 -8 22Waterhouse 23 4 9 10 20 28 -8 21last_img read more

Why one Giants pitcher spent the offseason gaining weight

CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Every February, baseball players report to spring training to make an all-important announcement.“I’m in the best shape of my life,” they say.Last offseason, Drew Pomeranz wanted to join his fittest baseball brethren, so he tried to cut out salts, butter and oils from his diet. He never felt quite right. Pomeranz struggled through the worst season of his professional career as he dealt …

Mexico sets Polokwane alight

first_img21 June 2010 Mexico and France met at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Friday in a night that rocked the World Cup host city. For the local spectators, it was a match that made them realise that the World Cup party had well and truly arrived in Polokwane. “It was a brilliant spectacle, and the match took Polokwane to another level,” said Thabo Molokwane, who has been looking forward to seeing a World Cup match in his home town ever since he heard the new stadium was being built. “This was a memorable day for everyone … This is history,” Molokwane said. “It was fantastic for a villager like myself to see world-class players in action at the Peter Mokaba stadium.” Jamie Robb, who had travelled from Johannesburg for the match, said: “It was a great game … The vibe in the stadium was awesome, the Mexicans were great.” The Mexican fans took up an entire stand of the Polokwane stadium, spurring their side on to a 2-0 victory over the French. “They went crazy when a goal was scored, they must have outnumbered the French fans a thousand to one,” said Robb. The city of Polokwane was one of the host cities that received a new stadium, which is wowing fans. The 45 000 seater stadium is the largest in the province of Limpopo, and has changed the sporting atmosphere of the city. “The new stadium is impressive, the massive columns and the way it sticks out above the bushveld,” said Robb. “I would like to watch another game here, it is radical.” Shaina Facey is a 16-year-old local who is thrilled to have the World Cup in her city. “There is an electric feeling here, people are happy and getting behind the teams,” Facey said. “There is something amazing happening here, the World Cup feels like it brought this city together.” Many of the Polokwane residents are excited by the influx of foreign visitors into their city. “We met some of the Mexicans and it was really great to see them around,” said Facey. “It’s very interesting to have foreigners here, I think people are enjoying it.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more