Dandy seeking Wokingham repeat

first_img “Seanie’s going for the Buckingham. He’s had one run this year and was second at Navan where he ran very well over five,” Marnane said. “He’s going back up to seven, which is probably his trip. He’s in great form and we’re looking forward to running him there. “Jamesie was second in the same race there a couple of years ago. It’s the same owners, so hopefully we can go one better.” Press Association David Marnane has his sights set on Dandy Boy going for a second win in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot. “He goes for the Wokingham. I was pretty pleased with his run in Naas the other day on ground and over a trip that didn’t suit,” said the County Tipperary trainer. “He’s won two major handicaps over in Ascot and he’s going to take his chance. He’s training every bit as well as he ever has since we’ve had him. Fingers crossed he’ll get his fast ground and a strong-run race. “He won the Wokingham off 106 two years ago. He’s an old star here and always wants to work.” Dandy Boy could be joined by his stablemate Nocturnal Affair, although the latter could first take in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork on Sunday, if conditions are suitable. “He might be joined by Nocturnal Affair. It was a good first run back behind a good horse of Aidan’s (O’Brien, Guerre) and Maarek up at Naas. He wasn’t beaten far,” said Marnane. “He was a little bit disappointing the last day but that was on softer ground at Cork and he hit his head coming out of the stalls as well. “He’s in at Cork on Sunday. If we got good ground, we might run him there just to see. If it didn’t come up good at Cork we’ll just go straight to Ascot. On his day he’s good. He’s shown up in Dubai and in races like the Portland. We think he’d like a fast-run race as well.” Seanie will also represent the Marnane team at the Royal meeting as he attempts to go one better in the Buckingham Palace Handicap than Jamesie, who was second for the same owner and trainer in the seven-furlong contest in 2012. The eight-year-old lifted the prestigious six-furlong handicap in 2012 and has also tasted success at the Berkshire track in the Victoria Cup back in 2010. Marnane reports Dandy Boy to be in tip-top shape ahead of another important engagement at the course, after showing up well on his latest run at Naas last week. last_img read more

Study reveals cost of homelessness in LA

first_imgProviding permanent housing for the homeless in Los Angeles could save taxpayers thousands of dollars, according to a study conducted by a nonprofit organization with the assistance of USC researchers.The study, the first of its kind in Los Angeles, was conducted by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and released last week. It took place between 2005 and 2009, following four homeless individuals in Los Angeles and noted their mental health, physical health, encounters with law enforcement, substance abuse and housing costs.According to the study, taxpayers are spending about $20,000 more in a two-year period per person living on the street than those in permanent housing, meaning they would save 43 percent of the cost if a homeless person were offered a place to live.“After being placed in permanent housing, there was a decrease in their visits to the hospital, substance abuse and jail time,” said Michael R. Cousineau, an associate professor of preventive medicine research at the Keck School of Medicine, and the principal investigator for the report.The study used self-reports and public records to calculate how much the city spent on each homeless individual based on the number of visits to the hospital, time in jail and psychiatric or substance abuse help, and compared it to the relative cost of living in permanent supportive housing.Suzanne Wenzel, a professor at USC’s School of Social Work and an expert in homelessness and substance abuse treatment, agreed that decreased visits meant less taxpayer money would be spent.“These findings for Los Angeles are consistent with other cost studies in other parts of the country,” Wenzel said. “Other studies have shown that nights in a psychiatric hospital or a night in jail are actually more costly than a night in permanent supportive housing.”Cousineau said he hopes city officials acknowledge the results of the study when deciding how to deal with the homeless population.“Hopefully they will see the supportive results and invest in housing instead of in shelters,” he said. “The cost for the government would go down with the reduction of services.”Wenzel also said officials should pay attention to the results of the study, as it offers a straightforward solution to the problem of chronic homelessness.“It’s further evidence to policymakers that providing permanent supportive housing is an appropriate approach to addressing homelessness,” she said. “Providing housing to homeless individuals is not only the humane or ethical approach, but also more cost effective.”Cousineau pointed out that other areas that have conducted studies like this one have used the results to improve the states of their homeless populations.“Many cities like San Francisco have done a lot like turning four crumbling hotels into permanent housing for homeless,” Cousineau said.He added that he hopes the study will raise awareness and help local organizations, such as Skid Row Housing Trust and A Community of Friends, address the problem.“Skid Row Housing Trust is just not enough given the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles,” Cousineau said.last_img read more

Zombies aside, the rage is evident in Europe

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEING truly nuts about scary films, I broke with my tradition of always avoiding crowded opening weekends and went to see the first showing of “28 Weeks Later” on Friday. A big fan of the first film, “28 Days Later,” I loved the sequel, finding many critics’ comparisons between the U.S.-led NATO force in fictional apocalyptic Britain and the U.S. presence in Iraq to be overblown. If anything, the film showed that the U.S. crackdown in fictional Britain was not strong enough. The basic premise of the “28” films is an epidemic that turns those infected into speedy, manic zombies – no ambling “Night of the Living Dead” undead here – that quickly spread the infection as they chew on the healthy. The virus is simply dubbed “rage.” Britain is at rage’s mercy in the first film and surprises happen in the sequel (no spoilers). But as I left the theater, I thought about how the rage had already popped up around Europe, in the form of vicious reactions and bloodlust that has seemed so foreign to countries that have tried to pride themselves on a modern mix of liberalism, tradition and tolerance. The rage surfaced in reaction to the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as French president. Peaceful protests are one thing, but many discontents opted for breaking shop windows and burning cars night after night. We’re told this is just a youth reaction to feelings of inequality and not having jobs and being bored. We’re told that the French government is to blame for this rage, rather than the perpetrators themselves. Incidentally, Sarkozy was criticized by some for calling rioters “scum” in last fall’s deadly French riots, where authorities took days to respond with something other than a focus group. The rage detailed in news stories of the riots could give the “28” zombies a run for their money: A bus passenger on crutches set afire. A 13-month-old kid struck in the head with a rock. Youths pelting rescuers with stones and torching an ambulance as firefighters tried to save an ill person. Schools and churches and businesses and thousands of cars torched. It’s the rage that drove Mohammed Bouyeri to approach filmmaker Theo van Gogh in 2004 and proceed to shoot him several times, nearly decapitate him and stab him in the chest. Pinned to a knife left in van Gogh’s chest was a note threatening Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh’s partner in the making of his short film “Submission,” which decried the treatment of women in Muslim societies. “I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do the same, exactly the same,” an unrepentant Bouyeri said at his trial, also stating to van Gogh’s mother, “I can’t feel for you because you’re a nonbeliever.” The rage came out in response to editorial cartoons featuring Muhammad, published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and reprinted by publications across the world in a statement against self-censorship. While many Muslims peacefully protested, others threatened the cartoonists with death, torched Danish embassies and churches, and contributed to a cartoon-controversy death toll of more than 130. A high-school student in Turkey shot Father Andrea Santoro in the back as he prayed at his church on Feb. 5, 2006, claiming he was angry over the cartoons. In Britain, the focal point of the “28” films, the rage-stokers have been hard at work. Abu Hamza al-Masri, an Egyptian-born cleric who ran a London mosque, now sits in prison for encouraging violence against infidels and praising the likes of Osama bin Laden. Yet it was young, home-grown Brits who bombed three subway trains and a bus on July 7, 2005, killing 52. “We are at war and I am a soldier,” bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan said on a videotape left behind. “Now you, too, will taste the reality of this situation.” News outlets and scholars alike often have used the R-word when speaking about such situations. “Britain has become an incubator for violent Islamic extremism, fueled by disenchantment at home and growing rage about events abroad,” a Washington Post article stated last fall. This is no insinuation that the “28” creators sat around and decided to offer a statement about Islamic extremism’s spread in Europe. A fan of fright-fests such as myself wouldn’t want a smart, chilling horror film to be recast as a political commentary. But zombiedom aside, it’s easy to see the rage spreading through Europe beyond the silver screen – and terrifying to see how infectious it seems. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected] last_img read more