International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordan

first_img Receive email alerts to go further August 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation April 14, 2020 Find out more Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown News RSF_en JordanMiddle East – North Africa News News October 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordancenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests International Press InstituteActive Watch – Media Monitoring AgencyAfrica Freedom of Information CentreArabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association for Freedom of Thought and ExpressionBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCommittee to Protect JournalistsElectronic Frontier FoundationFoundation for Press FreedomFreedom HouseI’lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in IsraelIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaIndex on CensorshipInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders JordanMiddle East – North Africa News The following letter was sent to King Abdullah II, urging an end to restrictions on websites and amendments to the country’s media laws: June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information His Majesty King Abdullah IIThe Royal PalaceAmman, Jordancc: His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister7 October 2013International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in JordanYour Majesty,We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the continued restrictions placed on dozens of news websites in Jordan and provisions in the Press and Publications Law that enable the government to block Internet news media.According to the information available to us, nearly 300 websites have been affected by the restrictions that were imposed on 1 June 2013 by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and many continue to be blocked to users within Jordan. We consider these moves by government authorities to prevent the distribution of news and information to be out of line with internationally accepted press freedom standards and practices. They also contravene Jordan’s longstanding commitment, under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the national Constitution, to respect freedom of expression and access to information. Many Jordanians believe these restrictions are in violation of the principles of press freedom and guarantees made in the Jordanian Constitution.Despite the commitments made by high-level representatives of the Jordanian government during the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, which was held in Amman in May, and promises they made during an emergency press freedom mission by representatives of several of our organisations, including ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch and IPI, there is little evidence that your government is taking any steps to redress the restrictions placed on information sites. No draft amended law has been discussed by the government and no attempt has been made to communicate with affected media and civil society to discuss possible solutions.To end any doubt about Jordan’s commitments to press freedom and a pluralistic media environment, we urge your government to immediately end the blockage of news websites within and outside Jordan. Furthermore, we urge the government to amend provisions of the Press and Publications Law that require the licensing of all news websites.By reversing policies that effectively silence independent voices of information Your Majesty would send a strong message that Jordan respects its international commitments to freedom of information and expression, and would underscore your ministers’ stated commitment to press freedom in the country.We thank you for your personal attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,last_img read more

Iranian regime accused of crimes against humanity

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Receive email alerts “The systematic suppression of all criticism of the regime’s political and religious institutions is creating a climate of terror that forces journalists to censor themselves or flee the country,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Following arrest, journalists are held in secret locations in extremely harsh conditions and with long periods of solitary confinement, in flagrant violation of their most fundamental rights.” Follow the news on Iran Condemning the continuing arbitrary arrests and illegal detention of journalists, many of whom are being held incommunicado for long periods, Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian regime of “crimes against humanity” and urged the international community to speak out. March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en The latest arrest is that of Azad Lotpoury, the editor of the Kurdish and Farsi-language newspaper Yaneh, who was arrested by intelligence ministry officials at his home in Sanandaj, in Kurdistan province, on 14 January. In a search of his home lasting several hours, computers and books were confiscated, the door and windows were broken and members of his family were insulted. It is not known why he was arrested or where he is being held. News The Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance, an offshoot of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, is meanwhile continuing to suspend the licences of newspapers. Hemat, a conservative weekly that has tended to support the government, was suspended on 14 January. Moj Andisheh (Wave of Opinions), another Hemat publication, was suspended four days later. These two newspapers are the victims of in-fighting between different conservative factions. News Farhang Ashti, a newspaper that has been suspended several times in recent years, was closed for good on 18 January and its licence was withdrawn by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. According to a statement posted on its website, the decision was prompted by the publication of comments about a warning issued by the ministry’s new media chief, Mohammed Ali Ramin. to go furthercenter_img IranMiddle East – North Africa The family of leading journalist and human rights activist Emadoldin Baghi is extremely worried about him since the short phone call he managed to make to them from Tehran’s Evin prison, during which he said: “I don’t feel very well.” His wife, Fatemeh Kamali-Ahmad-Sarai, said she was all the more concerned because intelligence ministry officials openly threatened him at the time of his arrest on 28 December, telling him that if he did not modify his views, “it’s not sure you will remain alive.” Nemat Ahmadi, a lawyer who represents several journalists including Ali and Mahssa Hekmet and Mohammed Reza Zohdi, told Reporters Without Borders: “The grounds given by the authorities for not allowing lawyers to see their clients is a change in judicial procedure not originally envisaged in the law. They added a period during the investigation in which the case is assigned to a ‘specialist’ before being sent to the prosecutor’s office, and during this special period, no information is given to the detainee’s relatives or lawyers.” According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, several of the journalists arrested in Tehran are under the control of the Revolutionary Guards and are being held in section 240 of Evin prison, where they are being subjected to a great deal of pressure to make confessions. Contrary to Iranian legal provisions, their names do not appear in the official prison registers or on the justice ministry website. IranMiddle East – North Africa January 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian regime accused of crimes against humanity The press freedom organisation added: “These incommunicado detentions, which can be regarded as forced disappearances and crimes against humanity, are violations of international law. The international community cannot continue to remain silent.” June 9, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation A Holocaust denier and loyal adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ramin has issued many warnings and threats to the media, especially the print media , since taking over this position last October. He has said the purpose of suspending newspapers is to render them more compliant. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Several journalists arrested more than 10 days ago are still being held in secret locations and their families and lawyers have received no information about them since their arrest. This is the case with Kivan Mehrgan of the daily Etemaad, Nassrin Vaziri of the ILNA news agency and Abdolreza Tajik of Mashaallah Shamsolvaezin, who is also the spokesman of the Association of Iranian Journalists and the Press Freedom Defence Committee.last_img read more

Uniline brought representatives of Georgian travel agencies and media to Croatia

first_imgUniline, the leading Croatian tour operator, is systematically expanding its business to new emitting markets and is now on the Georgian market as well. For this purpose, a study trip was organized for the first time for Georgian travel agents and Georgian media.Thus, about eighty representatives of leading Georgian tour operators, travel agencies and their partners and the Georgian media, for the first time, toured Croatia in the organization of Uniline, arriving on a special charter flight to tour Dubrovnik and its surroundings.The aim of the organized study tour was to get acquainted on the spot with the offer of Croatian tourism, especially historical and cultural sights and accommodation facilities. “OThis tour is the result of systematic Uniline efforts to gradually open the Georgian tourism market in both directions as one of the new destinations where we are expanding our presence and bringing Croatian tourism closer to Georgian travel agencies and their partners, who are able to get to know Croatia step by step. tourist trump cards. We are on the right track and a more significant arrival of Georgian guests is expected soon, which, among other things, opens new opportunities for Croatian tourism for further growth.” said Sandra Gobin, a member of the board of Uniline and director of the sales and production sector.The visit and the tour took place in two parts. The first is designed for the Georgian tourist sales network, and the second for the representatives of the Georgian media and the management structure of tour operators and their business partners.The publication of the first extensive reports and information about Croatia on Georgian television stations, in the press and on social media will follow from July 9 this year onwards.last_img read more

Application for New LB Temple Continued

first_imgBy John BurtonLONG BRANCH – Mem­bers of the city Zoning Board of Adjustment expressed skepticism during a hearing for a proposed West End synagogue when the congregation’s rabbi stressed that membership would remain at a fixed number.Rabbi Laibel Schapiro told the board it was his and the administration’s intention to contain Chabad of the Shore to about 200 members if permitted to relocate the synagogue to the proposed Ocean Avenue site between Brighton Avenue and West End Court.“I have to tell you I find that so improbable,” Zoning Board Chairwoman Terry Janeczek told Schapiro. “I can’t believe in my wildest imagination you will keep to that in your heart.”“We have to follow the (city) code,” regulating occupancy, should the applica­­tion get approval, Schapiro responded.Schapiro also faced cross-examination from Thomas J. Hirsch, a lawyer representing about eight West End property and business owners who are opposed to the proposal.Hirsch reminded Schapiro that when he testified during a hearing in June he said was hoping to increase his numbers.The number of those who would be attending the synagogue’s services, educational programs and events and the parking necessary to accommodate them is, in part, at the heart of what concerns business and property owners.The issue will again be discussed Jan. 14, when the board will again consider the application.When the board first heard the application in June, the chambers were filled with business owners and area residents who detailed their worries about having a house of worship in that location. The Chabad of the Shore is looking to construct an approximately 21,321-square-foot, two-story synagogue on three-quarters of an acre on Ocean Avenue, replacing a long vacant movie theater destroyed by a fire about 20 years ago. The synagogue would have a 200-seat sanctuary, multipurpose room, classrooms and office space.The area is zoned commercially and the synagogue would need the board to grant a use variance as a non-permitted use.“While this is a beneficial use,” Hirsch said following the lengthy hearing on Monday, Sept. 24, “it is in opposition to the master plan.”The location for many years has been used as an informal public parking lot by those visiting shops and restaurants in the city’s West End section. The objectors worry about the possible impact on their customers and an increase in traffic at the location for Saturday services.“It’s really about disrupting the zone and its intended use,” Hirsch said.But Schapiro continued to stress his intention of limiting the congregation’s size, and the fact that many live in the area and walk to services.The property would accom­modate 51 parking spaces, more than city ordinance would require, said John Rae, the project’s traffic engineer. Rae also told the board concerns over traffic were a non-starter because the synagogue would add only a very small number to what can be a reasonably busy intersection at Brighton and Ocean avenues. He contended that many of the permitted uses – retail, restaurants, doctors’ offices – would have a greater impact on traffic and parking.Schapiro and Rae said the synagogue would be willing to allow the parking lot to be used by the public when it was not in use by the congregation.For some on the board a troubling revelation was that the synagogue’s current location, in converted office space at 620-622 Ocean Ave., violated city codes.When pressed on it, the rabbi acknowledged, “We’re not following the (city) code. That’s why we’re here.”Before adjourning the hearing until January, Chair­woman Janeczek said she heard rumblings from audience members during a break that the board had made up its mind. “I really take great offense to that,” she said. “There is not one of us here who is taking this lightly.”last_img read more

Off-ice decision proves costly for a trio of Leaf players

first_imgLeaf coach Dave McLellan tabbed November a “pivotal month” in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Heritage City franchise.However, finding success against Murdoch Division opposition — Nelson plays nine of its 11 games in November against divisional teams — just got a little more difficult for the Green and White after Leaf brass sent three players home for missing curfew Halloween night.“We have very strict team rules dealing with on and off-ice behavior,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.“The rules are there for a reason, especially after what went on with this team in the past. The players breached curfew on Halloween night, and it cost the three of them.”The players sent home include Nelson’s top netminder, Brett Soles along with defenceman Brendan Smith and 16-year-old rearguard Cody Paivarinta.McLellan said he is actively trying to find trading partners for Soles, ranked fourth overall in KIJHL goalies, and Smith. “We’re actively trying to move and acquire assets back in quick time,” McLellan said.“The players have been sent home until such time as they’re traded.”Soles was in his second stint with the Leafs after returning to the Green and White from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.In 12 games the Cranbrook native posted an impressive 9-1-1 record with a 2.43 goals against average.“Brett is a good kid . . . he just make a mistake breaking curfew,” McLellan said. “This is a huge loss to our team but we have rules in place for specific reasons. Unfortunately Brett put himself before the team.” Smith, who played in 15 games for Nelson, has been out of the line up with an injured wrist.As a 16-year-old, McLellan said Paivarinta falls under special BC Hockey exemption and cannot be traded.The towering rookie defenceman was sent home to Abbotsford.The loss of the three players further depletes and already crippled Leaf roster.Nelson already had forwards Austin Lindsay and Blair Andrews on the injured reserve list and is now missing defenceman Darnel St. Pierre to junior hockey suspension for an accumulation of hit-to-the-head penalties.“We could be facing quite a short roster this weekend,” McLellan confessed.“Right now we have three defencemen and between nine and 10 forwards and one goaltender.”As a result of the decision McLellan has been burning up the phone lines in an attempt to move the suspended players.Nelson travels to Creston Friday to meet the Thunder Cats before concluding the weekend Saturday for a return date against Spokane Braves.The Braves edged Nelson 4-3 Sunday in the Lilac City.Goalie Adam Maida has now been thrust into the No. 1 role. McLellan said he’s still working on a back up for Maida.Nelson continues its road swing to Beaver Valley (November 15) and Castlegar (November 16) before returning home (Wednesday) November 19 to meet Grand Forks.As for the mood in the dressing room after the decision was made to suspend the three players?“By all indication the players support the decision,” McLellan said.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 16, 2015

first_imgMike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 MITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITAA public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita. The service, which is to start at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be held in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. Mario Gutierrez1161116109%$586,302 Drayden Van Dyke22623282610%$1,507,553 OPPORTUNE TIME FOR FANTICOLA TO TRY 10 FURLONGSFanticola runs in her longest race yet when she goes in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000Santa Barbara Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf, but trainer Phil D’Amato feels she’s up to the task.“She’s trained in the morning like she can run longer,” D’Amato said of the 5-year-old mare, whose longest race in 14 career starts has been at a mile and a sixteenth. She won that race on the front end at Hollywood Park in December of 2013.“She’s doing really good right now, so I just thought this was the opportune time to see if she can go a mile and a quarter,” D’Amato said. “She’s really shown a lot of strong gallop-outs in her last couple drills, which leads me to believe she can run longer, and we’re going to give it a shot.”The field for the Santa Barbara: Three Hearts, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Tangelo, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Queen of the Sand, Drayden Van Dyke, 9-2; Walk Close, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Industrial Policy, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Habibi, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Arethusa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1. Flavien Prat16318192111%$1,010,914 Eddie Truman2574228%$349,170 Martin Pedroza18218272410%$784,894 Jack Carava55710813%$223,370 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tyler Baze33650443615%$2,787,538 Tiago Pereira1321891514%$516,612 Ron Ellis651551023%$605,440 Edwin Maldonado13318151414%$637,454 Kent Desormeaux21334382816%$2,100,220 Gonzalo Nicolas997557%$208,616 Gary Stevens10518151817%$1,607,488 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Santiago Gonzalez14719172113%$865,164 Richard Baltas851716720%$760,585 Michael Pender5589615%$222,200 Elvis Trujillo24227352611%$1,568,498 Steven Miyadi46106622%$338,670 O’NEILL SENDS OUT TWO IN LA PUENTE STAKESDoug O’Neill has no delusions of winning the Kentucky Derby with Ernest Shackleton and Perfect Temptation this year, but he does expect them to run well in Saturday’s $75,000 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.“Ernest is already proven on turf, so we’re excited about him,” said O’Neill, who saddled 2012 Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another to win the Run for the Roses that year. “Ernest was fourth in his last start (the Pasadena Stakes at a mile on grass March 21) but he bobbled at the start.“That was his first race with (Felipe) Valdez, and he’s come back and worked the horse, so we’re looking for a big effort from him.“Perfect Temptation is a big, good-looking gelding we always thought had potential, so hopefully he can repeat his win last out, even though this is a step up.”Perfect Temptation, owned in part by University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, broke his maiden on the lead in a $75,000 maiden claiming race at one mile on March 8.The La Puente field: Anytime Anyplace, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Papacoolpapacool, Gary Stevens, 9-5; Perfect Temptation, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Rockin Robin, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Pretentious, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Ernest Shackleton, Felipe Valdez, 12-1; and Ride Hard Kowboy, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1. John Sadler14323201916%$1,533,220 Rafael Bejarano30572484224%$3,592,248 Felipe Valdez10113121613%$431,237 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Aaron Gryder9171188%$448,170 Martin Garcia15430201719%$2,761,970 Brice Blanc6473611%$352,638 Doug O’Neill19224182513%$1,161,832 Philip D’Amato8420121524%$940,050 Victor Espinoza18937352820%$2,531,716 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 DOMINANT SO-CAL TRAINING GREAT MIKE MITCHELL DEAD AT 66Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years passed away Tuesday at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66.Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary trainers Farrell Jones and Willard Proctor prior to taking out his first trainer’s license in 1974. Married in 1982 to the former Denise Weaver, Mitchell is survived by his wife and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux).Known primarily as a wizard at the claim box, Mitchell had a finely tuned ability to analyze the way races would be run and the ability to communicate pertinent pre-race information to those in his employ.“The thing about Mike that I loved was he had so much faith in himself, so much confidence,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. “He was one of my biggest supporters and we had a lot of success together. He knew his horses and every time he told me a horse was doing well, they ran that way. When I rode for Mike, he never gave me instructions and when I rode for him, I had a lot of confidence. He was a great trainer with claiming horses and with stakes horses. He was one of the best I ever rode for.”Santa Anita’s leading Winter Meet trainer in 1992-93, and again in 2007-08, he handed his stable over to his longtime assistant, Phil D’Amato on April 21, 2014 and retired due to his illness as Santa Anita’s fifth all-time leading trainer with 659 wins, behind only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham, Bob Baffert and Ron McAnally.Mitchell’s first Santa Anita stakes winner was Johnny’s Image, who won the 1978 Santa Catalina Stakes (now run as the Robert B. Lewis), and he saddled a total of 20 overall stakes winners at The Great Race Place, his final added money win here coming with Egg Drop in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes in 2013.“Mike was a very aggressive guy when it came to where he was placing his horses,” said veteran jockey agent, Scotty McClellan, who represented several top riders during Mitchell’s career, including Darrel McHargue, Chris McCarron, Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani and Joe Talamo. “He always ran them in live spots. There were a lot of times a horse would run good and I’d be looking for a race for $40,000 (claiming), and he’s looking for a race for 25 or 32 (thousand). He did phenomenal with his claims over the years and if he said he had a runner, believe me, it was a runner.”McClellan also touched upon the kind of person Mitchell was.“As competitive as he was, Mike loved to laugh,” he said. “He just loved to laugh and hear new jokes–and play practical jokes. He was a great trainer and a great person as well–one of the best I’ve ever been around.”Mitchell, who won his first race at Bay Meadows in 1974, won 21 overall training titles in Southern California. In addition to his two Santa Anita Winter Meet titles, he won four training titles at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting; in 1983, 1995, 1996 and 2004. He also took seven overall Hollywood Park titles that included the 1982, 1985, 1993 and 1997 Spring/Summer Meets, and Hollywood Park Fall Meets in 1983, 1996 and 2011.Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with 476 wins, Mitchell won seven Del Mar titles; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996 and 2011. He was also leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 2008.“I haven’t seen too many guys that were ever better with a condition book than Mike,” said TVG’s Kurt Hoover. “He knew where to place his horses and when to run ’em. In addition to that, I’ve known several people that had great success with Mike as their trainer, but they all say that along with racing success, the fun they had with both Mike and Denise was just as important.“On top of all of his professional achievements is the fact that he had a great family. You could see that they all genuinely enjoyed being together. He was an all-around good man.”Although known (and feared) as one of the top claiming trainers of all-time, Mitchell also developed a number of stakes winners, including the top sprinter Kela, who provided him with his first Grade I win, in the 2004 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.His greatest stakes success came late in his career with Irish-bred Obviously, who won five graded stakes, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, between August, 2012 and August, 2013. Obviously also finished third for Mitchell, behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mitchell is survived by a twin sister, Cheryl, and brothers Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey. Funeral services are pending. Peter Miller16631292119%$1,513,176 Thomas Proctor5887314%$582,328 STEVENS SEEKS FOURTH DERBY VICTORYGary Stevens knows his way around Churchill Downs as well as anybody, having wonthe Kentucky Derby three times, with the filly Winning Colors in 1988, Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Silver Charm in 1997.The 52-year-old Hall of Fame rider hopes to make it four on May 2 when he rides Sunland Derby winner Firing Line in the mile and a quarter classic for Simon Callaghan, who trains the son of Line of David for owner Arnold Zetcher.Stevens knows it won’t be easy, this year especially.“This is the best group of 3-year-olds as a whole that I can remember, dating back to when I was a little kid,” Stevens said. “This will be my 21st or 22nd Derby, but as far as depth goes, it’s there, with American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Dortmund, Firing Line, Frosted–even Far Right, El Kabeir and the colt that won the Lexington Saturday, Divining Rod.“It’s going to be an interesting Derby, and I’m excited about it, not just for my horse, but to see so many other good ones. It’s fun to be a part of it.” Mark Casse63106916%$810,186 J. Eric Kruljac6287913%$379,140 Peter Eurton9215131516%$884,196 Fernando Perez2151825278%$894,418 Mike Puype11014161513%$613,146 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won William Spawr5176614%$208,940 Bob Baffert11426191523%$2,961,772 BEHOLDER’S OWNER LOOKS FORWARD TO GRADE I VANITYB. Wayne Hughes, a successful fixture in Southern California before moving to Kentucky where his Spendthrift Farm is one of the world’s major breeding facilities, was a visitor at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning.Hughes was expected to be on hand to see a colt he owns a share of, Cyrus Alexander, run in today’s third race. Hughes also owns two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, ticketed for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9 and a possible meeting with streaking California-bred stakes winner Warren’s Veneda.“I actually came out to see Melvin (Stute) and Henry (Moreno) and friends here,” Hughes said. “Beholder’s race in the Santa Lucia (April 10) was as good as we could have hoped for.“I know there’s another really good mare out here in Warren’s Veneda, so May 9 is going to be a good day for racing. It could be a bad day for us, but overall I think we’ve got a nice horse and I think we’ll be very competitive.”Cyrus Alexander, a Medaglia d’Oro colt also owned by Stonestreet and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has been favored in each of his six starts, three times at odds-on. He is the 9-5 morning line favorite in today’s one mile test.FINISH LINES: Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo booked to ride Louisiana Derby third-place finisher War Story for trainer Tom Amoss in the May 2 Kentucky Derby . . . Bob Baffert will ship Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane to Louisville for the Run for Roses on April 26, along with unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund . . . Cozmic One, the first foal from 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, makes his long-awaited debut in Friday’s second race at one mile for John Shirreffs, who trains the 3-year-old colt by Bernardini for owner/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss. Jon White, who makes the morning line at Santa Anita, notes that the race will be a rematch of sorts. Also entered is Volume, whose sire is Blame. Volume will be racing on dirt for the first time after finishing 10th on the grass in his career debut on March 28. It was Blame who edged Zenyatta by a head in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, the only loss in Zenyatta’s 20-race career . . . With his 3 ¾-length victory aboard My Monet for trainer Ricky Agarie in Sunday’s sixth race, apprentice Gonzalo Nicolas posted his 40th career victory, thus losing two pounds from his weight allowance. The 24-year-old native of Guatemala represented by agent Vince DeGregory now rides with a five-pound advantage . . . Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief is the 2-5 morning line favorite against eight rivals to win Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic . . . Kudos to Eclipse Award-winning writer Joe Clancy for giving a shout out to California Chrome trainer Art Sherman and his aides on the announcement that Clancy will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism at the May 14 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico. Clancy said in part, “The California Chrome story was a great one to tell and really couldn’t have been told so well without the cooperation of trainer Art Sherman and the whole team.” . . . Condolences to family and friends of Paul “Biff” Lowry, 87, a racing publicist and executive for more than 50 years, who passed away April 9 in St. George, Utah. Lowry, reared in Los Angeles, started his career in 1947 at Hollywood Park and retired in January 2001, when the racing community held a luncheon in his honor at Santa Anita. FOND MEMORIES OF MIKE MITCHELL, DEAD AT 66D’AMATO REMEMEMBERS MENTOR MITCHELLLONGEST TRY FOR FANTICOLA IN SANTA BARBARASTEVENS: DEEPEST KENTUCKY DERBY IN MEMORYDOUG O’NEILL ENTERS PAIR IN LA PUENTE STAKESWAYNE HUGHES ON HAND TO SEE COLT RUN TODAY Mark Glatt8715181217%$675,802 Jerry Hollendorfer17330222717%$3,333,138 (Current Through Sunday, April 12) Hector Palma3875318%$195,440 D’AMATO CREDITS SUCCESS TO FATHER FIGURE MITCHELLTrainer Phil D’Amato understandably had nothing but fond memories of Mike Mitchell,who died Tuesday.“He was more than just my boss for a decade,” D’Amato said on a picturesque Thursday at Clockers’ Corner.“He was my mentor and he was a father figure to me. The reason for my success so far has everything to do with Mike Mitchell. It’s everything I’ve learned from him.” Richard Mandella7317101323%$1,031,476 James M. Cassidy761081313%$444,160 Steve Knapp4172317%$289,447last_img read more

LEC Rations Power Supply, Bushrod Island, Other Areas Affected

first_imgAs the rains recede and the dry season heats up, LEC, the Liberia Electricity Corporation, will be under greater pressure to supply power to homes and businesses.  But not much juice is flowing out of LEC’s power lines these days. The Corporation, already struggling to keep up with the demand for electricity, said in a statement issued in Monrovia this week that due to the constant break down of its generators, it was compelled to begin rationing power in many areas of greater Monrovia.LEC’s management and support partners also had to stop construction work on the Mount Coffee hydro power plant owing to the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus which ran many of its expatriate technical counterparts out of the country.  The cessation of progress on the hydro power plant for an uncertain duration, dims the hope of the public to see Monrovia and its environs fully electrified any time soon.Many families and businesses will have to spend even more on fuel for their generators, worsening the economic blow dealt by the Ebola epidemic, still worrying the public. A slight relief was provided by the lowering of fuel and gasoline prices by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation with the support of the Ministry of Commerce.Already, small businesses are beginning to vent their frustration and grave concern over the power rationing.  The affected customers, mainly on the Bushrod Island and in Central Monrovia, are demanding that LEC come up with a strategy to ensure the uninterrupted power supply to homes and businesses.“Our homes and businesses over the past few weeks have been undergoing serious financial losses and unbearable constraints due to the constant rationing of power supply,” the customers lamented.LEC customer Beatrice Clinton Browne of Duala community told the Daily Observer recently that she is completely frustrated over the constant power rationing to her home and business.Mrs. Browne manages a small provision shop to sustain her family of five living in the Duala Community on Bushrod Island.“I want the LEC management during this critical dry season to work out some concrete plans on how to constantly supply power to my home and business in this Duala area,” Mrs. Browne insisted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea v Bournemouth: Blues fringe players get chance

first_imgAs expected, Chelsea make a number of changes for the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge – eight in total. Michy Batshuayi starts, as do Kenedy, Ethan Ampadu and Danny Drinkwater.Academy duo Dujon Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi are on the bench, as are Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.Striker Hudson-Odoi and right-back Dujon Sterling have both impressed at youth and Under-23 levels for the Blues.Bournemouth, meanwhile, make seven changes to their side, with the likes of Steve Cook, Harry Arter and Dan Gosling returning.Chelsea: Caballero; Rudiger, Ampadu, Cahil); Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Fabregas, Kenedy; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro. Subs: Eduardo, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Bakayoko, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi, Morata.Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Gosling, Mousset, Fraser, Defoe.Subs: Ramsdale, Ake, Cook, Hyndman, Ibe, Pugh, Wilson. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA ‘busy tackling issues raised by IMF’

first_imgResolving the country’s electricity supply constraints;Increasing investment in infrastructure;Improving the regulatory environment;Stimulating development in agricultural;Growing the prospects for youth employment; andIntensifying support for small business development. 3 October 2013 South Africa is already busy tackling the issues raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest country report, the National Treasury said on Tuesday. The IMF said in the report that, while a weak global economy was not helping South Africa to lift its growth to the levels where it could start making a dent on unemployment, the country had to focus on tackling domestic constraints to growth. In particular, the IMF urged South Africa to move forward with the structural reforms outlined in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) in order to boost growth and create jobs for a growing population. The issues raised by the IMF report “are already captured in government policies and programmes,” the Treasury said in a statement, noting that the Cabinet, during a three-day meeting in August, had agreed on a number of measures to reignite economic growth in South Africa. These measures were “in part informed by the recognition that the South African economy can no longer rely heavily on the global economy to reignite growth and create job opportunities for the millions of unemployed South Africans”, and included: The Cabinet had agreed to focus on speeding up the implementation of domestic plans to grow the economy in an inclusive way, as well as to seize opportunities in the wider southern African region. “One of these issues is the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), which government believes will make a significant contribution to the longer term effort to address both historical and new challenges confronting the South African economy.” The Treasury noted that tackling issues around South Africa’s political economy, as well improving the performance of the country’s public sector, “is an ongoing process requiring a wide range of measures and interventions”. Steps were being taken to improve labour relations in key sectors such as mining, while the government was strengthening its administrative structures and processes in order to achieve better service delivery and public accountability. “We remain committed to fiscal consolidation and the need to rebuild fiscal space,” the Treasury said, adding that South Africa’s fiscal policy “remains grounded by the three principles of counter-cyclicality, debt sustainability, and inter-generational equity.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Derrick White’s career night leads Spurs past Nets

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) reacts after he was fouled while scoring late in the the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in San Antonio, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. San Antonio won 117-114. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs relied on LaMarcus Aldridge until they were able to put things together against a sneaky zone defense from the Brooklyn Nets.Leaning on Aldridge has worked out pretty well this season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He’s had a great season and really kept us together when we were still learning,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “During the tough times when we were really discombobulated, he’s been a beast all season. It’s a good reward for him to make the All-Star team. He deserves it.”DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence because of a sore left knee.After failing to make the All-Star Game as a reserve, D’Angelo Russell pressed his case to replace injured selection Victor Oladipo. Russell had 25 points, nine assists and four turnovers in 33 minutes for Brooklyn.The Nets eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game even without Spencer Dinwiddie, their third-leading scorer.“They’re not going to beat themselves,” Russell said of the Spurs. “So, when you go to an away game, you’ve got to come with your hard hat on and be ready to take that win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss Nets: Brooklyn’s last win in San Antonio was Jan. 22, 2002, when Jason Kidd had 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-86 victory at the Alamodome. … Dinwiddie missed his fourth straight game with torn ligaments in his right thumb. The Nets are 2-1 without the 6-foot-6 guard. … G Caris LeVert missed his 39th straight game with a dislocated right foot. … Brooklyn was also without Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) and Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring).Spurs: A San Antonio player has participated in the All-Star Game in 21 straight seasons, the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. … Aldridge, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are the only players to play in the All-Star Game in seven of the last eight seasons. … Patty Mills became the 20th player to play 10,000 minutes with the Spurs.ABSOLUTELY BATTYThe game was delayed for 2½ minutes early in the first quarter when three bats began hovering just above the court. Officials had players return to the bench as stadium staff, security and ballboys attempted to shoo the bats away with towels. A stadium official eventually brought out a net, but the bats were scared up to the rafters. Some fans shouted “Manu! Manu!” in tribute to recently retired Manu Ginobili, who swatted a bat with his hands in November 2009.KNOW YOUR WORTHDeRozan failed to make the All-Star Game for the first time since 2015, snapping a streak of three straight appearances. DeRozan made four All-Star appearances while with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Spurs in the offseason.“I’m not going to sit here and be sad,” DeRozan told the Express-News. “I know the caliber of player I am. I can never be the one to say I should have made it over this guy. I’m not worried about it. Last year wasn’t my last one, pretty sure of that.”UP NEXTNets: At Orlando on Saturday night.Spurs: Host New Orleans on Saturday night. View commentscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points, Aldridge had 20 and the Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 117-114 on Thursday night, their 16th straight win at home over the Nets.White added six assists, including four in the second half as San Antonio improved to 3-0 on its four-game homestand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He’s working hard,” Aldridge said of White. “He helps this team get better. He’s making the right reads, he’s growing offensively (and) he’s getting to the basket. I think he’s that difference maker right now.”Aldridge, fresh off his seventh All-Star selection, made a critical three-point play in the final minute and had 13 rebounds. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Brooklyn shot 47 percent from the field and had 30 assists, which was four off its season high.Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll had 18 points each for the Nets.Brooklyn, which had won seven of eight coming in, erased a 12-point deficit in the first half and led 97-90 with eight minutes remaining.The Nets used a zone defense off their own made shots and played man-to-man when they missed. The strategy threw the Spurs off-kilter.“Zones are tough for everybody in the NBA,” Popovich said. “With the short clock, people just sort of stop. It’s a good move. They’ve been really successful at it. They’ve used it quite a bit and it’s really helped them out. There were times it gave us trouble, at times we had good shots and missed them, but it keeps you on your toes and keeps you off balance. It’s a good tactic by coach (Kenny) Atkinson.”San Antonio rallied in the fourth quarter, when it started finding some seams in the zone.“It was one of them nights where we couldn’t make nothing to save our lives,” DeRozan said. “We just kept pushing, kept fighting and it turned for us.”Aldridge’s three-point play after a foul on his own follow-up shot put the Spurs ahead 115-111 with 51.1 seconds remaining. Aldridge added two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Shabazz Napier missed a 26-footer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.“Pop went zone,” Atkinson said of the last shot. “It’s a good move by him. We obviously had a man-to-man play. Good job by him.”TIP-INSlast_img read more