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Arauca community radio station threatened by persons claiming to be paramilitaries

first_img Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the threats that have been made against Sarare Estéreo, a community radio station based in Saravena, in the northeastern department of Arauca, since early May. In the latest incident, on 28 May, the entrance of the station was painted with the letters AUC – the initials of the paramilitary alliance known as the United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia.“An investigation must be carried out as quickly as possible to determine whether these threats are coming from the paramilitaries and, in the meantime, Sarare Estéreo and its staff must be given protection at once,” the press freedom organisation said. “The paramilitaries have not disarmed despite the government’s demobilisation programme. They continue to have connections within the political class, in some cases at a very high level, and they continue to pose a serious danger to the media, especially in the provinces.”“A detailed evaluation of the risks must be carried out and security measures must be taken by the authorities, in coordination with journalists’ organisations and human rights groups,” Reporters Without Borders added, saying it was ready to contribute to such an initiative.The staff of Sarare Estéreo found the letters AUC painted on the entrance to the station on the morning of 28 May. Officially demobilised in June 2006, the AUC is Colombia’s biggest paramilitary group. Sarare Estéreo manager Ella Patricia Ardila told Reporters Without Borders that all of the station’s staff have been getting threatening messages signed “Arauca Self-Defence Groups” since 8 May. The messages warn them “not to meddle in subjects that do not concern you.”Sarare Estéreo’s programme content consists almost entirely of music. Its only news programme is broadcast from 6 to 7 am. In early May, it reported the capture of a drug trafficker known as Pablo Arauca, who allegedly set up paramilitary groups on the department. But Ardila said his arrest was widely covered by all the national media so it would not explain the threats against Sarare Estéreo. Other local sources take the same view, claiming that ordinary criminal gangs are using the “AUC” label to create a climate of fear. June 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arauca community radio station threatened by persons claiming to be paramilitaries ColombiaAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more Reports Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts Newscenter_img Follow the news on Colombia News to go further RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF_en Help by sharing this information RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Best of the Outdoors 2008: Climbing

first_imgBEST CLIMBING CRAGNew River GorgeThe New River Gorge has more than 2,000 developed routes and more are being sent every year. The gorge is famous for hard, heavily featured sandstone and routes with killer views.“I moved all over the U.S. checking out different climbing areas, but I kept coming back to the New. What makes it unique is the diversity. The Red has good sport climbing, North Carolina has good trad climbing, but the New has it all. It’s the best diversity of climbing in the country. On any given crag inside the gorge, you’ll have great sport and trad climbs, crack, corners. And the difficulty is just as varied, from 5.7 to 5.14.”—Mike Williams, guide at New River Mountain Guides NEXT BEST2. Red River Gorge, Ky.3. Tennessee Wall, Tenn.4. Linville Gorge, N.C.5. Looking Glass, N.C.6. Tallulah Gorge, Ga.7. Sunset Rock, Tenn.8. Seneca Rocks, W.Va.9. Potomac River Gorge, D.C./Md.10. Whitesides Mountain, N.C.FAVORITE CLIMBING ORGANIZATIONSoutheastern Climbers CoalitionThe Southeastern Climbers Coalition fights for climber’s rights in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, securing access to some of the Southeast’s most cherished crags.“Whenever possible, we purchase climbing spots across the region, but the other side of the equation is making sure we take care of the climbing areas that we do not own—on both private and public lands. To ensure access, climbers have to continue to be good stewards of the land. One of our greatest achievements is energizing climbers to preserve their local crags. Seeing people step up to keep their crags clean and open has been really powerful.” —Paul Morley, climber and board member of Southeastern Climbers CoalitionCLIMBING HERORick WeberMuir Valley Nature Preserve, Ky. Muir Valley Nature Preserve is a privately owned tract of land within the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. Lifelong climber Rick Weber and his wife opened their property specifically to climbers, leading the way for a new realm of private stewardship.What made you decide to open a climbing preserve? We bought it in 2003 with the specific purpose of opening it up as a nature preserve and climbing area. We’re at that point in our lives where we’ve been successful and want to start giving something back.How many climbers visit Muir Valley?It’s growing fast. We got 10,600 visitors last year—almost one-third of all climbers in the Red River Gorge. People come from all over the world, making it the most popular private preserve in the East.You’re retired now—do you still climb?I try to get out a couple of days a week. I’m also a certified guide, so I do some instruction and guiding as well as climbing for fun. It’s a great way to spend our retirement. But it’s a lot of work too. I don’t think some climbers understand that [Muir Valley] is privately owned. They think it’s state owned or something. But I know they appreciate it as a good place to climb.BEST BOULDERING SPOT Rocktown, Ga. Sitting atop Pigeon Mountain, halfway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, Rocktown is full of house-sized sandstone boulders, some of which top out at 40 feet high. Climbs range from sweet beginner’s routes to classic advanced problems.“Rocktown has an underground reputation that’s spreading fast. The variety is incredible. It’s got great problems for everyone from novices to sick climbers. The Orb section alone has everything from 5.0 up to 5.8, and it’s all incredibly classic stuff. —Trey Johanson-Smith, owner of Adrenaline Climbing Gym in Sewanee, Ga. NEXT BEST2. Grandmother Boulders, N.C.3. Horse Pens, Ala.4. Rumbling Bald, N.C.5. Little Rock City, Tenn.6. Beauty Mountain, W.Va.7. Sandrock, Ala.8. Coopers Rock State Forest, W.Va.9. Blowing Rock Boulders, N.C.10. Little River Canyon, Ala.BEST CLIMBING EVENTTriple CrownBouldering SeriesThe series combines three of the most popular bouldering competitions in the Southeast—Hound Ears, Stone Fort, Horse Pens 40—into a single series that attracts the strongest climbers in the country.“The original idea was to raise money for climbing access. We didn’t think it would be this big. We have to cap Hound Ears and Stone Fort, but Horse Pens is open, so this year we’ll have over 750 people at that event. To date, we’ve raised $50,000 for access issues. Some people are into it purely for the competition, but the majority of climbers come because it’s a festival. It’s the one time of year when they get to engross themselves in the climbing community.”—Chad Wylke, co-founder of the Triple Crown Bouldering SeriesNEXT BEST 2. New River Rendezvous, W.Va.3. Red River Reunion, Ky.4. Sand Rock Hoe Down Bouldering Comp, Ala.5. Boulderween, Ala.6. Boat Rock Boulder Competition, Ga.7. Sloperfest, Ala.8. Rocktoberfest, Ky.9. Fall Flash Fest, N.C.10. Escalade Power Series, Ga. last_img read more

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Sell your ideas to the CEO: 5 steps

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In his work as a strategic planning professional, Jeff Rendel has built relationships with nearly 500 credit union CEOs, and he has surveyed these executives about how they prefer learning about ideas for new initiatives.Rendel offers five suggestions on selling ideas to the CEO:1. Bring new ideas. This sounds obvious, but CEOs are looking for fresh ideas rather than the “same old, same old” in an industry that is built on tradition but threatened by disruption.That means knowing what’s on the horizon and what’s working elsewhere. Don’t shy away from imitation, or being a fast follower.“The true value of innovation comes from imitation,” Rendel says.last_img read more

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How NYSDOT is ready to take on snowfall in May

first_imgIn the meantime, Cook says the department always has its plows at its locations, fueled and ready to go in case of unpredictable weather patterns. As for the amount of salt for the roads, he says they have plenty. With the travel ban recently lifted in Broome County and snow expected, the New York State Department of Transportation wants to make sure drivers are away of their surroundings. “Don’t let the time of year cloud your judgment,” said NYSDOT Region 9 spokesperson, Scott Cook, after he says he recently saw more cars out on the roads. “If you see a plow, stay away. If a plow is working, if it has its blade down, if the plow is spreading salt, keep your distance. Don’t try to pass it and let us do our job.” “Just in this region, we got almost 50,000 tons ready to go,” said Cook. He says depending on how the weather is forecasted in the next several hours, his crews will be pre-treating roads in the center of where a possible squall system could come through in the area.center_img At the NYSDOT Region Nine, Cook says a lot of them have been working from home as much as possible. He says crews out and about on the roadways have been taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the coronavirus. (WBNG) — Snow in the middle of May is uncommon, but the NYSDOT says it’s ready for anything and has a warning for drivers. Cook went on to say his department has not yet seen an economic impact from this pandemic in things like the budget, supplies, or hiring. He says there could be changes as the economy starts to re-open.last_img read more

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Minister vows ‘firm action’ against protest violence

first_imgThe government has reiterated its stance on the Job Creation Law, defended its endorsement of the legislation and warned that it will take stern action against protest violence amid ongoing demonstrations throughout the country.In response to nationwide protests on Thursday, some of which saw clashes between police personnel and protesters, Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the law sought to help the government improve people’s welfare through the creation of employment opportunities, labor protections and a streamlined bureaucracy for business purposes. He said the government respected residents’ rights to express their opinions about the law as long as it was done so peacefully and in an orderly manner.“We regret the violence conducted by masses by damaging public facilities, setting fires, injuring officers and looting. Such actions are crimes that cannot be tolerated and must be stopped,” he said in a press conference on Thursday evening.Read also: Cities flare up as jobs law protesters clash with policeMahfud claimed the violence was insensitive to the struggles caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“For the sake of order and security, the government will take firm action against the violent acts aiming to trigger riots and fear among the public,” he said, adding that the government would take legal action against those who took part in the violence.He asked people to protest in an orderly manner that did not violate the law and to take their opposition to the jobs law to the Constitutional Court through a petition for judicial review.A number of facilities were set ablaze and destroyed during clashes between the police and protesters in several regions, including Jakarta, East Java, North Sumatra and Bali.Topics :last_img read more

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Russell Westbrook dedicates performance to Nipsey Hussle, whose death has shaken NBA

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Hussle’s music was playing in the Lakers’ locker room before the game as a reminder to the players, who said they had a difficult time receiving the news.“We’ve been talking about it the last couple of days, we’ve taken it pretty hard,” veteran point guard Rajon Rondo said. “He’s a legend, he’s a king to where he’s from and around the world. He had a great message, setting a great example for a lot of young people and people where he’s from. So he was a great man.”KUZMA SITS AGAIN, COULD BE SHUT DOWNWith just four games remaining, there’s only one member of the Lakers’ preseason-hyped young core left who hasn’t been shut down.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers OKLAHOMA CITY — As Russell Westbrook landed with a rebound, accomplishing a milestone unseen in the NBA in fifty-one years, he repeated one sentence as he pounded his chest.“That’s for Nipsey!” he shouted as the home crowd stood up to applaud during the timeout. “That’s for Nipsey!”The shooting death of 33-year-old rapper Nipsey Hussle on Sunday rocked much of the NBA, where intersections with hip-hop are common and often powerfully felt. It meant a lot particularly to Westbrook, who wore a Crenshaw shirt to the game in honor of Hussle – the two men grew up close in South Los Angeles and became friends over the years.“That wasn’t for me, man,” Westbrook said postgame on the broadcast. “That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey, man: 20 plus 20 plus 20, they know what that means, man. That’s for my bro. Rest in peace, Nipsey.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s been just as much of a talking point in the Lakers locker room. Many players, including LeBron James and Lance Stephenson, knew Hussle and were close with him. Hussle was a Lakers fan who frequently attended games and sat courtside.News broke of his death during the Lakers’ victory in New Orleans on Sunday, with James posting social media tributes to Hussle, including a tweet: “So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.”While James wasn’t available to the media Tuesday after being shut down for the season, others were willing to speak up. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said he had met Hussle several times in James’ company.“Great person,” he said. “Always had great energy. Just been sad what happened. … Hurt the whole city, pretty much.”Aside from his music catalog, Hussle also left behind a legacy as an L.A. activist, with hopes of improving his hometown and helping kids. Officials from the L.A.P.D. spoke this week about a planned summit with Hussle to help curb gang violence in the neighborhood in which he was killed. A suspect in the murder was arrested on Tuesday.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs But if problems persist with his left foot tendinitis, Kyle Kuzma could be next.The second-year forward missed his second straight game with the ailment, which Coach Luke Walton said was not yet “100 percent healthy.” Instead of his typical pregame workout, Kuzma went to the weight room before sitting on the bench in a suit during Tuesday’s game.When asked if the injury might reach a point where the team’s medical staff decides the risk isn’t worth him playing again this season, Walton affirmed: “Possibly, yeah.“That’s why when we get home and kinda take a better look at what’s going on, that decision will be made,” he added. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Flexed: NFL’s nice move had Bengals-Chiefs in prime time

first_imgIn this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, catches a pass in front of Kansas City Chiefs safety Josh Shaw (30) during the second half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski was the runaway choice this week as the NFL’s top tight end by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) New England (4-2) at Chicago (3-2)Seems like every week, the Patriots’ opponent is battered by injuries to key players. No one is more key in Chicago than edge rusher Khalil Mack, who is battling an ankle problem.Just what Tom Brady needs against one of the five teams he’s never lost to. Brady is 4-0 against the Bears; the others are Atlanta (5-0), Dallas (4-0), Minnesota (4-0) and Tampa Bay (4-0).While the Bears should be able to move the ball on New England, they’ll likely need lots of points for a chance in this one.New Orleans (4-1) at Baltimore (4-2)Just like Patriots-Bears, this is one terrific offense against defense matchup. New Orleans ranks third in total offense and Baltimore is first on defense.Led by Drew Brees, who set the yards passing career mark in a rout of the Redskins before their bye the Saints have won four in a row. Nobody is more balanced with the ball now that RB Mark Ingram is back from suspension to team with dynamic Alvin Kamara. Brees, who is 0-4 vs. the Ravens, this year has a 78 percent completion rate for 1,658 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.The Ravens had 11 sacks last week against Tennessee and a league-most 26 overall. They are allowing an NFL-low 12.8 points per game and the fewest yards per game (270.8). Baltimore has four of the NFL’s past 14 shutouts since the start of the 2017 season.Carolina (3-2) at Philadelphia (3-3)An intriguing matchup of a solid running team in Carolina, led by Christian McCaffrey and QB Cam Newton, facing the second-stingiest rushing defense in a place where the Eagles are 17-4 under Doug Pederson.As for the air game, which seemingly everyone needs to succeed these days, Carolina is far too inconsistent.Meanwhile, Carson Wentz has thrown at least one TD in his past 19 games played, the longest streak in franchise history and second-longest active streak behind Andrew Luck (28). Wentz has thrown 133 consecutive passes without a pick. His longest streak is 135 passes.Tennessee (3-3) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) at LondonThe Titans were humiliated at home by Baltimore and should welcome the long trip overseas. Then again, they have lost 10 of the past 11 to the Chargers and bring a sputtering offense into Wembley.Although Tennessee has a solid D, it faces an in-synch offense. The Chargers are 13-5 since starting last season 0-4 and QB Philip Rivers leads the AFC and ranks second in the NFL with a 115.1 passer rating. He has 13 TD passes and four interceptions in seven games vs. the Titans.Houston (3-3) at Jacksonville (3-3)The other AFC South leaders.After beginning the season with three defeats, the Texans have turned it around, albeit all their wins have been tight affairs, two in overtime.Defensive end J.J. Watt , perhaps the NFL’s best player when healthy, is back in form after missing most of the 2016 and ’17 seasons with injuries. Watt has seven sacks and three forced fumbles in the past four games.The Jaguars have a solid defense, too, particularly against the pass, where they ranked first in yards surrendered. But Jacksonville was outscored 70-21 in consecutive road losses, forcing coach Doug Marrone to return to training camp practices this week to emphasize fundamental football.Dallas (3-3) at Washington (3-2)Among pro sports’ most intense rivalries, this will be a physical and possibly low-scoring affair given the strength of both defenses and imbalance of the offenses.Dallas, winless on the road, will try to run with Ezekiel Elliott, second in rushing yards with 586 and third in yards from scrimmage with 752. Washington will counter with Adrian Peterson, who averaged 108.5 yards rushing in the past two home games.Minnesota (3-2-1) at New York Jets (3-3)The Vikings have never won at the Jets, going 0-5. To break that slump, the main weapon could be WR Adam Thielen. He had 11 catches for 123 yards last week, joining Houston’s Charley Hennigan (1961) as the only players in NFL history with 100 or more yards in each of his team’s first six games to begin a season. Thielen leads the NFL with 58 catches, the most by a player in the first six games in league history, and 712 yards receiving.Guess what: New York’s secondary is banged-up and porous.The Jets are seeking their first three-game winning streak since Weeks 3-5 of 2017.Los Angeles Rams (6-0) at San Francisco (1-5)Keeping the NFL’s only perfect record shouldn’t be too challenging for LA, which has the most dangerous offense around. RB Todd Gurley ran for a career-high 208 yards and two TDs last week. The Rams are averaging 32.7 points per game despite scoring TDs on only 56.7 percent of red-zone trips. Los Angeles also leads the NFL with 7.64 yards per play on first down.San Francisco blew a game at Green Bay last week and Niners QB C.J. Beathard is tied for the NFL worst with seven turnovers in the past three weeks since Jimmy Garoppolo tore up his knee. The Niners have an NFL-worst minus-11 turnover margin.New York Giants (1-5) at Atlanta (2-4), Monday nightMore injuries plagued the Falcons, who placed top running back Devonta Freeman on IR. No team has been more damaged by injuries in 2018, most of them coming on defense.That means Atlanta needs shootouts to have a chance most weeks, and QB Matt Ryan leads the NFL with 1,432 yards passing and a 128.2 rating since Week 3. He is tied for first with 12 TD passes in that span.New York’s D is vulnerable and the offense is enigmatic despite the presence of sensational rookie RB Saquon Barkley, and firebrand wideout Odell Beckham Jr. The O-line should be dubbed the “Awful-Line.”Detroit (2-3) at Miami (4-2)The Lions are feeling upbeat following a victory over Green Bay and a week off, but that special feeling could turn sour because of their special teams.Lions coverage units rank last on punts and sixth worst on kickoffs. The Dolphins rank second in kickoff return average and third in punt return average.Miami is no powerhouse, though. The Dolphins are tied for the AFC East lead even though they’ve been outgained by 398 yards.Cleveland (2-3-1) at Tampa Bay (2-3)The Dawg Pound was silenced in Cleveland when the Chargers pounded the Browns last week. Tampa will be hitting the airwaves, trying to find mismatches for WRs DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans. It won’t hurt the Bucs that Browns Pro Bowl MLB Joe Schobert is out with a hamstring injury. This will be his first game missed — at any level — due to injury.The Browns do lead the NFL with 16 takeaways, three more than all last season. Tampa has 11 giveaways.Buffalo (2-4) at Indianapolis (1-5)Remember Derek Anderson, most lately the backup to Newton in Carolina. He has surfaced as the new starter in Buffalo with rookie Josh Allen hurting and Nathan Peterman an interception machine.On the positive side, the Bills’ defense is tied for the league lead with seven fumble recoveries.The Colts will try for the fifth time to win game No. 300 since moving to Indy in 1984. And placekicker Adam Vinatieri needs 10 points to break Morten Andersen’s scoring record (2,544 points).___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill strikes a pose as he warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. It’s been a while since the NFL flexed a game to Sunday night. The Bengals vs. Chiefs is a worthy choice, (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) Some of the juicy plot lines involve offense, hardly a surprise in this year of points, points and more points. Kansas City has the league’s lowest-ranked defense and the Bengals rank 29th. Even worse, both are dealing with a slew of injuries on that side of the ball.So Patrick Mahomes throwing to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt could fill the screen. So might Andy Dalton connecting with A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd.“Any time you want to be one of the great ones on the defense or you want your defense to have a statement-type game, you have to do it against the best offenses in the league,” Cincinnati defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “And right now, they’re putting up those points like they’re one of the best offenses in the league. So you’ve got to go out there and put it on ’em.”There are some caveats to this matchup, however.Although the Bengals have won four straight in the series dating to Oct. 14, 2007, they are 3-15 on Sunday nights, losing eight straight. The Chiefs are 7-3 in games on Sunday nights.The weekend began with Denver’s 45-10 victory at Arizona on Thursday nightEmmanuel Sanders threw and caught touchdown passes, Denver returned two interceptions for first-quarter touchdowns and the Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak.Todd Davis returned rookie Josh Rosen’s deflected pass for a touchdown on the second play of the game and Chris Harris Jr. took another back 53 yards for a score with 2:02 left in the quarter as the Broncos (3-4) opened a 21-3 lead. Rosen threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice on a rough night that began badly for him and never got better. The Cardinals (1-6), down 35-3 at the half, fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1979.Off this week are Seattle (3-3), Green Bay (3-2-1), Oakland (1-5) and Pittsburgh (3-2-1).center_img In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, file phot,o, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass against Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Vince Williams (98) in the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) It’s been a while since the NFL flexed a game to Sunday night. The Bengals vs. Chiefs is a worthy choice.No games were moved from day to night last season, except for the final weekend, when all games are scheduled for the afternoon until the league and NBC figure out what is most attractive for prime time. Back in 2016, there were three flexed games, including Week 17. Not counting that, the last flex was Bucs at Cowboys on Dec. 18, 2016.So switching a pair of first-place teams made sense: Cincinnati (4-2) is at Kansas City (5-1).last_img read more

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FAVORED WILD IN THE SADDLE HANDY 6 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES UNDER BEJARANO

first_imgRACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED THROUGH ‘ELITE TURF CLUB’ PAYS $385,622.40 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2015)–Odds on favorite Wild in the Saddle made short work of three California-bred or sired fillies and mares in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old mare by Silic was attentive to a fast pace and took charge midway around the far turn en route to getting a flat mile in 1:36.73.Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Sudden Sunday, who broke from the inside, was hustled to a narrow advantage over the winner into and around the Club House turn, but Wild in the Saddle opened up leaving the quarter pole and the Dream of Summer was over.“The trainer told me to go to the lead, but when I saw Sudden Sunday rushing too much into the first turn, I just decided to let her go,” said Bejarano. “My horse doesn’t have to be on the lead and the way she was going I didn’t have to worry about the lead. I was holding her as long as I could and when we hit the three eighths pole, I asked her to pick it up and she showed me a big kick. She won easy.”With no show wagering, Wild in the Saddle was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40. Owned by Nadine Anderson and Cheyenne Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle was bred in California by Dinesh Maniar. The Dream of Summer marked Wild in the Saddle’s first stakes win and improved her overall mark to 34-8-1-9. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $289,318.“She’s starting to relax in her training finally,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who is currently out of town. “It took a long time to get there. I think she can go a mile and a sixteenth and I think anywhere from seven furlongs, that will be her thing…It pays to have a Cal-bred.The longest shot in the field at 7-1, Melanistic, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, moved into contention when a close third going into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Grazenette. Melanistic paid $4.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.63, 46.13, 1:11.15 and 1:23.94.With a Pick Six carryover of $92,696.80 coming into Sunday, today’s total Pick Six pool reached $641,020.62, and there was just one winning ticket, worth $385,622.40. The ticket was purchased for an as-yet undisclosed amount through the Elite Turf Club wagering hub.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Ronaldo named UEFA player of season for 2016-2017

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures as he poses with the trophy after he was awarded the title of “Best Men’s Player in Europe” at the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on August 24, 2017 © AFP / VALERY HACHEMONACO, Monaco, Aug 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw. His great rival Lionel Messi has won the prize on two occasions and could pave the way for him to capture a fifth Ballon d’Or title.“There are the same goals every year, to meet the same challenges, win everything if possible, qualify for the World Cup with my national team,” said Ronaldo.“This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up. I am blessed and delighted to be with Real Madrid.”Ronaldo won the UEFA award in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 and in the Champions League last season, where Real defeated Juventus 4-1 in the final, he finished as top scorer with 12 goals.Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was second in the voting ahead of Messi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more