first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2016)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the San Gabriel Valley’s largest Easter Egg Hunt, with 10,000 candy-filled “eggs” earmarked for distribution in the track’s spacious Infield Area on Easter Sunday, March 27.Parking is free via Santa Anita’s Gate 6, off of Colorado Place and will be available to kids ranging in age from one year to 11 years. Three different age groups will be individually served; with toddlers aged one to three years in Group One, kids four to six years in Group Two, and kids seven to 11 years of age in Group Three.Easter Egg Hunt times are as follows:–12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.In addition to Easter Egg Hunts, families can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and may also enjoy Santa Anita’s regular Family Fun Activities, including Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bounce Houses and Carnival Games. (The Family Fun Zone is offered every Sunday, free of charge, in Santa Anita’s Infield).Admission and parking to the Infield Area is free each weekend. There is a two dollar “per hunt” charge for each child on March 27.For additional information, please visit, or call (626) 574-6384.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 13, 2016)–Lightly raced Atascadero sat close to the pace throughout and fought off all challengers the final quarter mile en route to an impressive three quarter length win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance for California-bred or sired horses three and up. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Atascadero, a 4-year-old gelding by Eskendereya, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34.The 7-2 second choice in a field of eight, Atascadero paid $9.20, $4.40 and $3.20. Owned by his breeders, Al Graziani and Joe Russell, Atascadero, who was trying two turns for the first time in his fourth career start, improved his record to 4-2-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $82,720.Breaking from post position six, Atascadero sat second to longshot pacesetter Start a Runnin to the five sixteenths pole, took command and repelled a stubborn challenge from runner-up Matriculate while securing the victory.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Matriculate appeared to be in the garden spot turning for home, but had to settle for second, as he finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Ultimate Luck. Off at 5-1, Matriculate paid $4.80 and $3.80.Ultimate Luck, who was next to last turning for home, saved ground throughout and easily out-finished heavily favored Prime Issue for third by a length and a quarter. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Ultimate Luck was off at 8-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46 flat, 1:10.06 and 1:36.53.First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgA corporal in the Military Police base at Finner Camp has brought a legal challenge to a new hearing requirement for promotion to the position of sergeant in the Military Police.The action, against the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General, has been brought by Cpl Anthony Joseph Finnerty. Cpl Finnerty has been a member of the Defence Forces for more than 25 years.Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted leave to Michael Howard SC, for Cpl Finnerty, to bring the judicial review proceedings. The application for leave was made ex parte (one side represented only).Cpl Finnerty applied for promotion earlier this year but was unsuccessful because of a new rule that people in the rank of sergeant have a hearing grade of level H2 or better (H1 is the highest and H5 the lowest), the judge heard. Cpl Finnerty was assessed as having a hearing grade of H4.The judge granted Cpl Finnerty a temporary injunction restraining the Minister permanently filling any of the positions of sergeant in the Military Police in the 4th Western Brigade pending the determination of the action.FINNER CAMP SOLDIER BRINGS LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER PROMOTION was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cpl Anthony Joseph FinnertyFinner Camplast_img read more

MFLN “Network News” – February 2017

first_imgCalendar* by Dafne Cholet (Flickr, CC0)The past year has been one of change, collaboration, and innovation for the MFLN. We started 2016 by implementing a new approach to program planning and delivery: identifying timely and relevant issue-driven content reflecting the professional development needs of our audiences. We also shifted to a collaborative planning approach, which helps us address issues from multidisciplinary standpoints. Finally, we began shifting program delivery from lecture-style content delivery to problem-centered learning approaches that rely on our audience members’ participation and experience. These shifts in programming resulted in seven collaborative webinars, five “Lunch and Learn” sessions (discussion sessions as follow-ups to webinars), and two open-forum webinars. Across the network, you may have noticed some of these changes as a part of your participation experience: an increased use of case studies, intentional interaction in webinars and social media, and dedicated “chat times” in webinars; blog posts responding to questions and issues raised in webinar chats; expanding webinar conversations to our social media platforms; and programming topics that reflect your requests. We are just getting started on these new approaches and will continue to refine our work as we move into another new year of programming!We also welcomed several new staff members in 2016: Caitlyn Brown and Bari Sobelson joined Family Development at Valdosta State as information specialist and social media specialist, respectively; Alicia Cassels joined the leadership team as evaluation consultant; Kristen DiFilippo joined Nutrition & Wellness as professional education coordinator at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and Mitch McCormick joined Community Capacity Building as social media specialist at Cornell. New staff and old have been instrumental in implementing programming changes and also in keeping the MFLN mission at the center of all we do. We are grateful not only to our brilliant and dedicated staff, but also to our colleagues at the Department of Defense and across the Cooperative Extension System for helping to make 2016 one of our most productive and successful years yet.We also want to thank YOU, our audience members, for your continued participation and support! In 2016 alone, 5,725 of you attended our 50 live webinars and 3 virtual learning events. In total, you earned 7,727.5 continuing education credits (way to go!). We ended the year with 26,742 Facebook likes, 3,445 Twitter followers, and 94 LinkedIn group members. Please keep up the pace for 2017, and let us hear from you! We want to know what issues are important to you. We want to hear about your professional experiences. We want you all to have the opportunity to learn not only with us, but from each other. Interact with us during webinars, on social media, and on our blog pages. Contact the staff of the CAs to let them know about your professional development needs, facilitators you would like to interact with, and ideas for future programming. Please let us know how we can continue to serve you as you continue another year of service to our nation’s military families.Don’t forget to check out our upcoming webinars for February! If you do not currently receive the MFLN “Network News” to your inbox each month, we invite you to subscribe.last_img read more

Indian archers eye glory at London Olympics as they begin their campaign tomorrow

first_imgIndia’s 81-member contingent is all set to begin its quest for Olympic glory and leading the pack would be the archery team. Boasting of top-ranked performers and sensational form, the six-member archery team is expected to glorify India’s medal haul at the London Olympics.Solid, focused and determined, these archers are among the India’s biggest medal hopes as they would kick off their quest for Olympic glory at the Lord’s on Friday. They would carry the nation’s fortunes in six events.Aiming for gold first would be the men’s team. The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Bannerjee and Tarundeep Rai would battle in the men’s team ranking event. Ranked No 2 in the World, the Indian men would be expected to return with a medal around their neck.The archers launch India’s quest for medals even before the Olympic flame is lit at the main stadium. Ranking rounds of the team as well as the individuals would start off the proceedings. All eyes would be on young Deepika Kumari.The 18-year-old world No.1 would definitely be expected to hunt nothing less than gold.Deepika would not only be expected to rise above all in the individual event, but she would also shoulder the responsibility of leading the Indian women team comprising of Laishram Bombayala and Chekrovolu Swuro.Team coach Limba Ram believed that the Indian archers have been peaking at the right time and were raring to go.If the Indian archers find their mark, London Olympics could well be golden Olympics for India.advertisementlast_img read more

India seek redemption in must-win Trent Bridge Test against England

first_imgIndia take on England in a must-win third Test in Trent Bridge starting August 18. India suffered defeats in the first two Tests to go 0-2 down in the five-match series and only a victory will keep Virat Kohli-led team’s chances alive in the contest.India made a stunning comeback in 2015 in Sri Lanka where they bounced back to win the series 2-1 after losing the first Test. India also produced a stellar performance to salvage pride in South Africa by winning the third and final Test of the series earlier this year.The visitors are expected to make a few changes in their playing XI after being outplayed by hosts England in the Edgbaston and Lord’s Tests. India lost the series opener in Edgbaston by 31 runs but suffered a crushing innings and 159-run defeat at Lord’s.Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will be aiming to get the team combination right having bungled at the Lord’s.As a result, India will play their 38th combination in as many matches that skipper Kohli had led.Also read – Time for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?PANT TO MAKE DEBUT? Rishabh Pant scored three half-centuries in the two first-class matches against England Lions last month. (Reuters Photo)The most-awaited change will be 20-year-old Rishabh Pant’s imminent Test debut replacing a woefully out-of-form Dinesh Karthik, who might well have played his last international game in the longest format.With scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in four innings coupled with shoddy glovework meant that Karthik was seen giving catching practice to Pant, who also spent considerable time batting at the nets.advertisementREAD – Now or never for Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant can wait: Gautam GambhirBeing hailed as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s successor, Pant’s entry into the squad happened after three half-centuries in the two first-class matches against England Lions last month.Despite a triple hundred and a healthy first-class average of 54 plus, it will still be baptism by fire for the Roorkee-born youngster. He will be facing James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes.KOHLI, BUMRAH FITIt is the impact of the last defeat in swing-friendly conditions across just over six sessions that is still hurting the Indian camp. Throughout the week, they have been left picking up the pieces, mostly in terms of re-evaluating fitness of their key players.In that aspect at least, there is some good news. Jasprit Bumrah is fit again; Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya have recovered completely from their hand injuries suffered while batting at Lord’s, and skipper Kohli has more or less recovered from his back problems.Also read – Excited to have Jasprit Bumrah back for Trent Bridge Test: Virat KohliKohli’s condition seemed to have improved a lot and as he had maintained, he will be out there at the toss alongside Joe Root.This is where the hard part begins for India. Having admitted their mistake in picking two spinners for the Lord’s Test, it is about time skipper Kohli and coach Shastri hit upon the optimal team combination.Nevertheless, there are bound to be changes in the playing eleven for some vital members of the squad are now seemingly bereft of confidence.READ – India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test seriesMurali Vijay, for example, has scored only 128 runs in 10 overseas Test innings against South Africa and England. An average of 12.8 is tough to ignore, but for a batsman of his calibre, the team management could still afford another chance given that India need to win this game.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winAt the same time however, it brings Shikhar Dhawan back into contention. He averages 17.75 against South Africa and England in two Tests this year, and his overall average in England is 20.12 (four Tests). In these two instances, he has scored at a strike-rate of 68.93 and 57.29, respectively, which could once again go in his favour.Thus, there is every chance that India could opt for their third different opening pairing of Dhawan and KL Rahul in as many Tests, the middle order will be untouched. Especially with Kohli regaining fitness, Karun Nair still isn’t seen to be active during practice sessions. It was the case in Birmingham and London, as well as in Nottingham, and playing an extra specialist batsman is not in the management’s immediate plans as yet.If it so transpires, Umesh Yadav will once again be unlucky to miss out, for the team management will be eager to get their best possible combination out on the field.advertisementAlso read – Jelly beans and Vaseline: Recapping India-England stand-off at Trent Bridge The Indian team management is likely to pick one out of Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav for the Trent Bridge Test. (AP Photo)The pitch at Trent Bridge bore a different look than 2014, when these two teams met here. India scored 457 and 391/9 decl in two innings on a flat surface, as England had scored 496 whilst batting once and the match petered out to a draw.The forecast for this third Test is of decent cloud cover through the first four days, and if the Indian team takes into consideration, they would surely opt for just the lone spinner.STOKES BACK IN ENGLAND XIMeanwhile, England have included Ben Stokes in the playing XI with Sam Curran making way for the world’s most sought after all-rounder.He got a decent reception from a sizeable fan gathering ahead of the game, but how the crowd reacts to his presence in the game on Saturday could be a worry for the team management.Also read – India vs England: Dropping Sam Curran a difficult decision, says Joe RootTeams:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everything

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford insists they can turn their season around over Christmas.Rashford knows the glut of games can shoot United up the table.”We have to try to keep up the intensity that we’ve shown in the last couple of [Premier League] games and keep improving,” he told MUTV.”It’s always a good feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net but, in the last game, I was happy anyway. I was happy with the performance in the first half. I think, at the beginning of the second half, it dropped a little bit, which is natural when we’ve had a run of tough games, but we managed to lift it again which was important for us.”I just want to see the team improving, and for us to improve ourselves as individuals, so we can become more consistent. That’s what we’ve been lacking and that’s why we’re not higher up in the table. The Christmas period is always busy so consistency is the main thing. The look of the season can change in just this one month, so we need to pick the points up and keep improving.“ last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook USAfter the critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning phenomenon that was Get Out, expectations couldn’t be higher for Jordan Peele’s next thing – and since the trailer hadn’t dropped at press time, all we know is that the story involves a family’s beach-house getaway being interrupted by uninvited guests. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke co-star with Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker and Moonrise Kingdom’s Kara Hayward. But honestly, “Jordan Peele’s next thing” was all we needed. March 15 NWIT: CHAPTER TWOAndy Muschietti did a more than decent job directing the first part of this adaptation of Stephen King’s horror opus about seven losers battling a shape-shifting monster named Pennywise. The second part – filmed, like the first, in and around Toronto – will be more of a challenge, but it’s got plenty of star power, including Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy playing the adult counterparts to three of Chapter One’s teens. Word is Muschietti has dispensed with the book’s icky ending. If he gets the Chinese restaurant fortune cookie scene right, I’m in. September 6 GSUNCUT GEMScenter_img Advertisement Lupita Nyong’o stars in Jordan Peele’s horror film Us. (Universal Pictures) If you noticed the Safdie Brothers and The Weeknd liking each others’s pics on Instagram and wondered if they were collaborating – they are. The Toronto musician is appearing with Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch and Trinidad James in this crime drama set in New York City’s diamond district. The auteur brothers have had this project on the back burner for years, and now that Good Time has raised their profile – Martin Scorsese signed on to exec-produce this one – it’s finally happening. Release TBA KR Twitterlast_img read more

Looking back at who was hired who was fired and what transpired

Auburn’s Newton overcomes controversy, wins Heisman and National Championship Auburn, which started the season as the No. 22-ranked team in the nation, got an unexpected boost from transfer quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Cam led the Tigers to a 14-0 record, which ended with a 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game. The win gave Auburn its first national title since 1957. “Anything is possible,” Cam said after the game. “I guarantee you five or six months ago, nobody would have bet their last dollar to say that Auburn University is winning the National Championship.” However, Cam didn’t just make headlines for his on-the-field performance this season. In early November, allegations surfaced that Cam’s father, Cecil Newton, attempted to solicit money from Mississippi State when his son was being recruited as a junior college transfer. On Dec. 1, the NCAA ruled that although Cecil did in fact shop Cam’s services during his recruitment, neither Cam nor Auburn was aware of Cecil’s actions, so the association ruled Cam eligible. On the field, Cam passed for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. Despite the controversy surrounding him throughout the season, he still earned the third-highest percentage of first-place votes in the history of the Heisman Trophy. What does it take to be No. 1? In October, five teams were ranked No. 1 in the nation in as many weeks. After defending national champion Alabama lost its first game of the season to South Carolina on Oct. 9, Ohio State took the No. 1 spot. The Buckeyes’ reign as the nation’s top team only lasted a week, as they dropped their Oct. 16 matchup at Wisconsin, 31-18. “We have to bounce back because we can’t let this define us. We can’t lose another game,” Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said following the loss. Following OSU’s loss, Oklahoma rose to No. 1 in the season’s first BCS standings. However, just like the Buckeyes, Oklahoma couldn’t manage to maintain its position for a full seven days, as the Sooners lost their Oct. 23 game at Missouri, 36-27. Oklahoma’s loss was Auburn’s gain, as the Tigers climbed to No. 1 in the following week’s BCS standings, only to have Oregon top them in the polls a week later. Auburn eventually reclaimed the nation’s top spot following its SEC Championship win over South Carolina on Dec. 3. ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ wins ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ January 2010’s Fiesta Bowl contenders Boise State and Texas Christian University entered the season at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, leaving critics wondering what impact having both mid-major schools go undefeated in the regular season could have on the BCS. Among those critics was OSU President E. Gordon Gee, who told The Associated Press that even if they were to go undefeated, neither TCU nor Boise State was worthy of competing for a National Championship because of the low level of competition both teams faced. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day,” Gee said. Boise State eliminated itself from national championship consideration with its 34-31 overtime loss to Nevada on Nov. 26. The loss snapped the Broncos’ 24-game winning streak, which dated to a 2008 Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU. Mountain West conference champion TCU went undefeated, finishing No. 3 in the regular season BCS standings and earning itself a bid to the Rose Bowl. The Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin 21-19 in the bowl game. “Today we played for us, and for all the schools that wanted a chance,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said following his team’s Rose Bowl victory. TCU finished the season ranked No. 2. Out with the old, in with the new At season’s end, prestigious programs Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan began searching for new head coaches. Florida’s coaching vacancy came as a result of 46-year-old Urban Meyer’s retirement, following six seasons and two national titles with the Gators. Former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was named Meyer’s replacement Dec. 11. Miami fired coach Randy Shannon before the Sun Bowl, after the team went 7-5 in 2010. In four seasons as the Hurricanes’ coach, Shannon’s record was 28-22. On Dec. 13, former Temple coach Al Golden was introduced as the team’s new coach. Following its blowout loss in the Gator Bowl, Michigan fired coach Rich Rodriguez, who went 15-22 in his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Michigan is not used to this,” said Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon. “Michigan fans expect more than this, and so do Michigan athletic directors.” Michigan announced Tuesday it hired former San Diego State coach Brady Hoke as its 19th head coach in program history. Facing suspensions, Buckeyes overcome adversity, break losing streak vs. SEC On Dec. 23, the NCAA announced that five OSU juniors — Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas — would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel, and receiving improper benefits in 2009. A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, will be suspended for one game for receiving discounted services due to his status as a student-athlete. “My selfish acts were very young and immature,” Pryor said in an apology on Dec. 28. “I’m just very deeply sorry about it. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody at all or bring anything down or bring embarrassment to our university.” The suspended players were, however, allowed to play in the Buckeyes’ 31-26 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas on Jan. 4. The bowl win snapped OSU’s nine-bowl-game losing streak against SEC opponents. In the game, Pryor contributed 336 yards of total offense; Posey and Herron each scored a touchdown; and Thomas came up with a game-saving interception with less than a minute remaining in the game. Despite their Sugar Bowl performances and looming suspensions, the suspended Buckeyes committed to returning to OSU next season. read more

Opinion Derek Jeter deserves to be commended for staying clean in era

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter slides into third base during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Oct. 10, 2012, at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won, 3-2.Courtesy of MCTArguably one of the greatest players to ever step on a baseball field, Derek Jeter, announced that the 2014 Major League Baseball season would be his last, via Facebook.Jeter spent all 19 years of his MLB career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees.The sixth overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft, Jeter has far from disappointed any critics by being American League Rookie Of the Year in 1996, being selected to 13 All-Star appearances along with more than 3,000-hits and becoming the Yankees all-time leader in stolen bases. And how could we forget his highest accomplishments: leading the Yankees to five World Series championships.Jeter is the poster-child of professional sports. You would think a guy with his status making millions of dollars would go buck wild, but he has always kept a cool demeanor and avoided been involved in any known scandals while under the bright lights of New York City.Jeter has had his fair share of critics, including myself.Top players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez were caught or confessed to using performance enhancing drugs. Since then, I have always been skeptical of players from that era of baseball.Whenever I would watch Jeter play or hear of the numbers he put up, thoughts like “oh, he’s really going to get caught with those steroids someday” kept running through my mind.It was like waiting to hear that bit of bad news that you knew was coming, but wanted to do all you could to deny it. But I’m thankful that new never broke, and I pray it never does.I really do think Jeter deserves a standing ovation for having been surrounded by players like Rodriguez and never sticking a needle up his arm to help him play better.After Jeter officially retires at the end of the 2014 season, a question will be circulating the sports world. Not if Jeter will be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, but rather how long will it take.The Hall of Fame requires for the inductee to have played in the MLB a minimum of 10 years and be retired for five. The committee takes performance record in consideration, and I have no doubt in my mind that what Jeter has accomplished throughout his career he will some day join the elite in the prestigious honor. read more