first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESNORBERTO ARROYO, JR. AIR STRIKE, WINNER: “This horse ran great.  It was a basic easy ride from coming off the pace. I give all the credit to God, and Phil who brought the horse ready, I just took him out, he did it all himself. To be honest, it’s not me, it’s God.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past and I’m trying to do things the right way now.  When you do the right things, good things happen.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, CISTRON, SECOND:  “That was a tough one.  I knew the fractions were fast but he was in charge.  I knew that other horse was coming and my horse tried really hard.  It’s a tough loss, we just couldn’t hold him off.”TRAINER QUOTESPHILIP D’ AMATO, AIR STRIKE, WINNER: “It looked like it was going to work out on paper. I told Norberto to just let them set the table for you and just come with that big wide run and just keep on em’. He followed instructions to a tee with a great ride and got the job done. We were going to use Prat, but he had the call on Kanthaka (who went in the Daytona Stakes instead) and Joe (Talamo) had the call for Ron Ellis (The Hardest Way), so we were left looking for a jock.  Norberto has been breezing a lot of horses for me and I thought he was the kind of rider who could fit this horse.  You have to stay on this horse the whole time. With a quarter of mile to go, you have to ride him like you are riding a bicycle.  Norberto never stopped.  He kept making up ground and we got up at the end.“He made a huge move that day at Lone Star (Steve Sexton Mile Stakes, Gr. III on April 28), he just petered out that last eighth of a mile so we were left scratching our heads, is he a late running sprinter? Is he a grass miler? And we answered that today.“He’s got the pedigree, the looks and he just looks like a great horse, he just has to put it all together and Norberto brought him a long way today, hopefully we will keep going forward.OWNER QUOTESNICK COSATO, SLAM DUNK RACING, WINNING OWNER:  “Seriously, when they were going to the gate and he was 22-1, I called a couple of the partners and I said ‘This horse should be half this price!’  He ran great and what can you say about Norberto?  He rode a great race.”NOTES: The winning owners are Madaket Stables LLC, Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig.Air Strike and jockeyNorberto Arroyo, Jr., outside, overpower Cistron (Victor Espinoza), inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Triple Bend Stakes, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Jamaicans getting in line for Rio

first_imgIt looks like there will again be a heavy Jamaican presence at a major international sporting event, with indications that Jamaicans have been gobbling up tickets to next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with more than 500 tickets bought through the ticket lottery.However, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Mike Fennell, is urging local fans to act quickly to secure the remaining tickets and packages before it’s too late.Cartan Global is the exclusive authorised ticket reseller and tour operator for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for Jamaica and 35 other countries in the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe, with the organisation’s director, Jay Price, promising Jamaican fans an unforgettable experience at the August 5-21 spectacle.The travel agency, which was represented by vice-president of international business, Greg Harney; director of global partnerships, Price; and sales account manager, Rony Epelbaun, has created three tour packages for fans, which include event tickets, hotel accommodation, airport meet and greet, shuttle service, breakfast, full-day city tour and access to a well-appointed hospitality area – Casa Cartan – among other offerings.Packages range from US$3,495 (bronze package), US$6,195 (silver) and US$7,995 (gold).important marketPrice, speaking at a press briefing held yesterday at the JOA offices at Cunningham Avenue in Kingston, said he is looking forward to again welcoming Jamaican fans to his company’s sports travel experience and highlighted the various ticket and tour packages on offer.”It’s extremely important for us to have Jamaican presence in what we do, in our packages. Especially at the last few Olympics, the Jamaican teams have done extremely well and the world’s focus is on Jamaica and it’s a really important market for us,” said Price.”Some of the best athletes have come from Jamaica, everyone loves the Jamaican team and follows the Jamaican team, so for us to be working and being a part of what’s going on in this country with the Olympic movement is extremely important,” added Price.The agency has received 20,000 tickets for all sports for its markets in its first allocation from the International Olympic Committee and although there is still some availability, smaller venues in Brazil when compared to previous Olympics, means that there are limitations.”We are very pleased with the reception. I wish we could make the stadium larger, I wish there were other things we could do to accommodate everyone, but we are very pleased with the response. We love working with Jamaica and we are going to do everything we can to ensure that everyone who travels to the Olympic Games from Jamaica have a beautiful experience,” Price added.Cartan’s travel packages will be executed in four different ‘waves’ or travel periods for spectators – August 4-9; August 9-13; August 13-17 and August 17-22.Stand-alone tickets are also available for fans who are not interested in full packages, while Price also noted that spectators who prefer to stay for periods outside of a particular wave can also be accommodated.”We had great interest back in May during our lottery process. We have got some tickets remaining in the morning sessions. A lot of the tickets that we have for the evening sessions are tied to our packages, but regardless, it’s important that people who are interested in going to the Games, go online and register,” added Harney.Fennell, underscored that tickets are limited and cautioned against last-minute applications.”This is my great worry – that a lot of persons will come on at the last minute, thinking they can get tickets. Luckily, the Jamaicans who have gone to previous Olympic Games – quite a large number of them – have already secured their tickets,” Fennell said.”There are others who have been excited since the Beijing performances and they have now come on board and they want their tickets, but there are limitations.”The capacity of the stadium is less than that of London, although we got the same number of tickets available to us,” Fennell warned.Cartan has also been working with local agency Sporttravel by Trafalgar, with Olive McNaughton being the point person.last_img read more

Vendor nabbed at car wash with gun, ammo

first_imgA 21-year-old vendor of Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was on Sunday evening arrested after he was found with an unlicensed handgun and sixThe gun and ammunition that were foundlive rounds of ammunition.Based on reports received, Police acting on information received went to a car wash at West Road, Sparendaam, where they conducted a search on the young man during which the items were unearthed.The illegal gun and ammunition have been confiscated and the young man is being processed for court.last_img read more

Williams wins state championship

first_img“That loss (at the CIF-Southern Section Coastal Division championships) changed my whole outlook,” said Williams, who finished the season 52-1. “I probably wouldn’t have won here tonight if I didn’t lose that match. It really made me re-focus and really look at my goals hard.” The No. 1 goal was to win the state title, which he came close to winning last season at 103 pounds. He got the job done this time by first scoring a 4-2 decision over Bakersfield’s Nektoe Demison in the semifinals before winning 5-2 over Pleasanton Foothill’s Kellen Aura in the finals. Williams took the lead with a takedown at 1:02 of the second period. Aura used an escape to cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the period before Williams countered with an escape and a takedown in the third to win, 5-2. Williams was one of six area wrestlers to place. Also scoring top-eight medals were San Dimas’ Angel Garcia (third at 119), West Covina’s A.J. Guardado (seventh at 135) and George Munoz (fifth at 152), Northview’s Steve De La Fuente (seventh at 140) and Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez (sixth at heavyweight). BAKERSFIELD – Losing usually is thought of as a bad thing in competitive athletics. But for South Hills High School wrestler Thomas Williams, a setback earlier this season provided the necessary motivation to win a CIF state individual title. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He accomplished his mission Saturday night by winning the 112-pound class during the CIF state wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena. He is the first South Hills competitor to score a state title since Jeremiah Miller pulled the trick at 171 pounds in 1992. last_img read more

Cheers, tears among Virginia Tech grads

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. – The image most people have of Kevin Sterne is harrowing: a photo showing a tourniquet wrapped around his wounded leg as rescue workers rushed him out of Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall. But on Saturday, there was a new image of the 22-year-old former Eagle Scout: jubilant and full of life as he limped across the stage at the university’s Cassell Coliseum, using a crutch and displaying a grin, to accept his degree in electrical engineering. The crowd rose to its feet and cheered Sterne in one of the most poignant moments of the morning commencement ceremony at the College of Engineering. It was one of several campus ceremonies in which individual colleges and departments handed out diplomas to students, including posthumous degrees to those killed when student Seung-Hui Cho went on a rampage April 16 at a dormitory and classroom building, killing 27 fellow students and five faculty members, then himself. He promised their families that their children’s empty seats “shall always remain in any class I teach.” As the overflow crowd rose to honor several of the department’s six injured students who were able to attend, Weisband said, “We take inexpressible joy in your survival.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The College of Engineering was hit particularly hard, with 11 students and three professors killed in the shooting. Engineering Dean Richard Benson was overwhelmed, his voice breaking at times, as he spoke about the slain. “Forgive me,” Benson said quietly as he paused to collect himself while commemorating professor Kevin Granata, who was shot in a hallway as he tried to save students. Professors, students, their families and friends wept openly as those attending the political science department’s ceremony were asked to remain silent while a bell chimed for each of nine slain students, who received posthumous degrees. Professor Edward Weisband said he has vivid memories of each of them in class, “attentive, bright, caring.” last_img read more

Pedregon takes huge lead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Pedregon all but locked up the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship Sunday afternoon by denying the daughter of his former team owner a page in the history books. Pedregon used a superior reaction time to defeat Ashley Force in the the finals of the ACDelco Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When Pedregon returns to the Inland Valley next week for the Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway, he’ll have a commanding 91-point lead over Gary Scelzi. Pedregon, who won the 2003 championship for John Force Racing, was the only one of the four title candidates who survived the first round and can secure the title with one round victory. Robert Hight is third (-99) and hanging on by a thread while Ron Capps (-133) was eliminated. The remaining three pro classes will be a closer when the regular season ends at Fairplex. “Hot” Rod Fuller threw a headlock on the Top Fuel title, thanks to his win over Doug Kalitta. Fuller, who has been the points leader most of the season, has a 52-point edge over Larry Dixon, Brandon Bernstein is third (-61) and defending series champ Tony Schumacher is fourth, trailing by 67. MOTORSPORTS: He has Funny Car title in his sights. By Louis Brewster STAFF WRITER LAS VEGAS – Surely, the NHRA didn’t expect Chino Hills’ Tony Pedregon to take its Countdown to One so literally. Fuller covered the quarter-mile in 4.531 seconds at 327.82 mph against Kalitta’s 4.537 at 331.36, his first loss in eight runs. Pro Stock is the closest of the classes. Greg Anderson defeated fellow title hunter Jeg Coughlin – 6.731 at 205.04 to 5.771 at 204.39 – to assume a 34-point advantage. Dave Connolly, whose streak of 21 consecutive round wins was stopped by Coughlin in the second round, is third (-48) followed by Allen Johnson (-103), the only one of the four to lose in the opening round. It was the series-high eighth victory of the season for Anderson. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines opened a 39-point margin on Chip Ellis, whom he defeated in the finals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester United starlet overlooked by Roy Hodgson for England squad

first_img1 Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will not be called up by Roy Hodgson for England’s senior squad heading into the upcoming international break, as he will be representing the Three Lions’ Under-20 side.The 18-year-old forward has risen from unknown to wonderkid in the space of a few weeks, and his form for Manchester United had many calling for his inclusion into Hodgson’s next England squad.However, the teenager will be forced to wait for his debut senior call-up, as he has been named in Keith Downing’s Under-20 squad for their clash with Canada.That almost certainly means he will not be part of Hoddgson’s plans for the upcoming friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands.Rashford rose to prominence when he started the Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland in place of the injured Anthony Martial.The youngster scored twice, following that up with a brace in the Premier League victory over Arsenal just days later.Rashford has been called-up to the Under-20 side alongside United teammate Ashley Fletcher, who is currently on loan at Barnsley.Fellow Red Devils Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and RoShaun Williams have been named in the Under-19 and Under-18 squads respectively.Hodgson has earlier suggested that the forward could force his way into the England squad for Euro 2016 this summer.last_img read more

JetBlue not soaring so high on Wall Street

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the U.S. airline industry unraveled over the past five years, JetBlue Airways Corp. proved that a carrier with the right mix of low overhead, cheap fares and distinguished service could succeed during a punishing downturn. The outlook for most big airlines is still pretty grim, with Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. in bankruptcy, and the rest unlikely to show a profit in 2006. What has changed, though, is that investors now lump JetBlue among the lackluster. The tarnish on JetBlue’s reputation comes just as a few money-losing carriers, such as AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc., are gaining favor on Wall Street thanks to shrinking costs, increased demand for air travel and rising fares. Analysts agree that JetBlue’s problems stem from an aggressive expansion plan that has run into headwinds, such as high fuel prices, fierce competition and some bad decisions when choosing new markets. Several have placed a “sell” or equivalent rating on the company’s stock. “Since we’re not making money, I think there is skepticism that is out there and it is legitimate skepticism,” said John Owen, JetBlue’s chief financial officer. While 2006 is expected to be an unprofitable year for six-year-old JetBlue, the discount carrier aims to minimize the red ink by flying more short-haul routes (to save on fuel), serving airports with fewer rivals and raising fares. CEO David Neeleman said another option on the table is to scale back JetBlue’s rapid growth plan, which includes orders for more than 180 new planes worth approximately $7.5 billion. JetBlue, which recorded its first-ever quarterly loss of $42 million in the October-December period, is expected to report a loss of almost $33 million for the first quarter, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Financial. The underlying challenges at JetBlue may not be a big deal to customers its planes were 83 percent full on average in February despite having the worst on-time performance among U.S. airlines but the story is different on Wall Street. The company’s stock price, which climbed above $30 in October 2003, is now trading near the bottom of its 52-week range of $9.65-$16.85. Shares of JetBlue, which were split three-for-two on Dec. 23, closed at $10.94 Wednesday on the Nasdaq stock market. In contrast, AMR closed at $28.10, near the top of its 52-week range of $9.80 to $29.14. While other airlines are shrinking their overall flying capacity in the U.S., JetBlue’s expansion calls for nearly tripling its fleet by 2011. In the fourth quarter, JetBlue’s seat capacity climbed 25 percent from the year before, and the company has acknowledged that a glut of empty seats to and from the hypercompetitive Florida market has made it difficult to increase fares. Furthermore, JetBlue’s non-fuel-related costs are rising sharply while most of the industry’s are only increasing modestly, and in some cases falling. Even before the price of jet fuel marched up to almost $2 a gallon, or roughly 20 percent above year ago levels, JetBlue’s costs for terminal leases, aircraft maintenance and pilot training were advancing. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2005, JetBlue’s maintenance costs rose 40 percent, compared with a 2 percent increase at Fort Worth, Texas-based American. JetBlue’s aircraft rent climbed roughly 14 percent, compared with a decline of 3 percent at American. “When you take a legacy carrier with all the inefficiencies that they have collected over decades of operation, it’s really easy to cut costs,” Owen said. “We started with low costs and our goal is to keep them as low as we can.” JetBlue’s per-seat flying costs are still some of the lowest in the industry, but the trend is moving in the wrong direction, analysts said. “The decision to grow as rapidly as they have, and simultaneously induct a new fleet type the Embraer 190 has caused them to incur substantial … costs for training, development and support,” said Robert W. Mann, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based airline consultant. By contrast, low-fare leader Southwest Airline Co.’s entire fleet is made up of Boeing Co. aircraft. Prudential Equity Group analyst Bob McAdoo said he sees the potential for a “financial meltdown” at JetBlue based on an extensive analysis of the newest markets the airline has entered. The fundamental problem, according to McAdoo, is that JetBlue is taking delivery of one new plane every 10 days, but lacks enough gates at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport its hub to deploy them profitably. Instead, McAdoo hypothesizes that JetBlue has been forced to work around the constraints by flying more long-haul flights in order to minimize the number of takeoffs and landings at JFK. Trouble is, 17 of the last 20 markets JetBlue has introduced since early 2004 have been unprofitable, according to McAdoo.While Neeleman disputes McAdoo’s arithmetic, he agrees that JetBlue would be better off flying shorter routes. Aside from saving fuel, increased ticket sales would more than offset the marginally lower fares on short hops, he said. Indeed, adjustments are underway. Roundtrips between JFK and Long Beach, Calif. are now six daily, compared with eight last year; roundtrips between JFK and OntarioZZSB, Calif., are down to one a day from two and executives say they are planning further cuts to transcontinental service by fall. Planes freed up from cross-country trips will mainly be redeployed for service east of the Mississippi, Neeleman said. The company recently launched service to Richmond, Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Jacksonville, Fla. Neeleman regrets not protecting the company from rising oil prices by locking in long-term fuel-purchasing agreements a strategy employed most effectively by Southwest, which remains profitable. But he also sees a silver lining in the experience. The fuel issue exposed otherwise hidden mistakes the company had made in market selection and revenue management, and JetBlue plans to correct them. “If we need so many cheap fares in a market to stimulate traffic during a certain part of the year, maybe we shouldn’t have so many flights,” he said. last_img read more

Volleyball Adds Four to Roster

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University volleyball head coach Darrin McBroom has announced the addition of four student-athletes to the roster for the upcoming season.Joining the Bulldogs for the 2017 season are Julia Huiskamp (Davenport, Iowa), Alexa Aldrich-Ingram (Iowa City, Iowa), Kylee Macke (Ankeny Iowa), and Madi Ford (Coralville, Iowa)”I am really excited about the girls that we are bringing in this year. In addition to the ones who signed early in November, we have four Iowa athletes who have had outstanding prep and club careers, not to mention a wealth of experience.” McBroom said. “We are still an emerging program with lots of opportunity for these players to come in and make an immediate difference with their talents.”Julia Huiskamp is a 6-0 outside hitter from Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. Huiskamp was named Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year, first team All-Conference, first team All-Metro, first team All-District, third team All-State and Class 3A First Team by The Des Moines Register. Huiskamp lead the MAC in kills and service aces.”She has a strong arm swing that I think will allow her to become a terminal hitter in our league,” McBroom said of Huiskamp. “We will be looking for her to develop her shots and her backcourt play this fall and when she has all of that in place she will be a total package player.”As a junior, she was named second team All-MAC, and honorable mention All-Metro. And as a sophomore she was named honorable mention All-Metro and honorable mention All-MAC. Alexa Aldrich-Ingram is a 5-9 right side hitter from Iowa City, Iowa. Playing for Iowa City High Aldrich-Ingram was invited to the IGCA Senior All Star Classic, Aldrich-Ingram was also named first team All-Mississippi Valley Conference, first team All-Division, and to the 5A second team by The Des Moines Register. Aldrich-Ingram helped lead her team to back to back MVC Championships her junior and sophomore years and a MVC Tournament Championship her sophomore year.”Alexa is an athlete with tremendous utility. The one thing that everyone notices about her is her ability to really get off the floor and fly,” McBroom said. “She combines that vertical with a terminal arm swing that can score on anyone. I think she will be a great fit for our program and I can’t wait to see her in our gym.”Aldrich-Ingram was named first team All-Conference, first team All-District, and honorable mention All-State her junior year, as well as being named MVC Player of the Year, first team All-Conference, first team All-Division, and second team All-State her sophomore year. Her club team placed third at nationals in its division.Kylee Macke is a 5-6 libero/defensive specialist from Ankeny Centennial High School in Ankeny, Iowa. While at Centennial, Macke was a three-time varsity letter winner in volleyball and as a senior was invited to the IGCA Senior All-Star Classic after leading her team to a Central Iowa Metro League championship and its third straight Class 5A state championship. Macke was named the Iowa Libero of the Year. Macke was also named to the Elite All-Iowa team, and the Elite All-CIML team by The Des Moines Register.   “Kylee is a fierce competitor and that is the kind of culture that we are trying to establish at Drake,” McBroom said. “She knows how to compete and she comes from highly competitive programs at Ankeny Centennial. As we graduated our starting libero this spring, we look for Kylee to come in and compete for that position and for playing time this fall.”Her junior year, Macke was named to the 5A All-Tournament Team, second team All-Conference, first team All-Division and honorable mention All-State. In addition to volleyball, Macke won letters in basketball and track and helped lead the basketball team to a state championship her senior year.Madi Ford is a 5-8 libero/defensive specialist who is from Coralville, Iowa and attended Iowa City West High School. Ford was a three-time varsity letter winner in volleyball and helped her team qualify for state her sophomore, junior and senior years. Her senior year, Ford was named first team All-Conference.”Madi is highly communicative and a tenacious defender,” McBroom said. “You can just see that she loves this game and her teammates. Not only did our staff want her in our program, so did our athletes. With the graduation of our starting libero, there will be opportunity for Madi to compete for time this fall as a freshman, either as the libero or as a defensive specialist.”Her senior year Ford, recorded 90 sets 39 assists and 28 aces, with a serve efficiency rate of 0.935. Her club team qualified to nationals four-times, placed second in their division at nationals and won the Mideastern Qualifier.The four recent additions to the roster will join the four student-athletes that commited to the Bulldogs in the fall in Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa), Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa), Hannah McCarthy (Allen, Texas) and Natalie Fry (Overland Park, Kan.).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Adobe Acrobat Version 8 Released

first_imgIn the first signs of integration with the MacroMedia line of products since acquiring MacroMedia in 2005 for $3.4 Billion, Adobe has re-branded the FlashPlayer-based MacroMedia Breeze product as Acrobat Connect.  Connect is a new addition to the Acrobat product line but it is quite a bit different than the other Acrobat component products.Acrobat Connect is a hosted web conferencing service similar to WebEx or Microsoft’s NetMeeting.  Members are assigned permanent virtual meeting rooms with fixed user-definable URLs, similar to phone numbers or email addresses.  The service is billed monthly with unlimited usage for up to 15 participants.  Functionality is similar to other web conferencing solutions, including screen sharing, white boarding, chat and video conferencing.  The Connect Meeting room allows customized layout with small windows of information called “pods”.  The Acrobat Connect service is free through the end of the year and $39/month after that.  There is also an SDK that would allow developers to create custom interactive applications based on Connect.Another new version 8 capability include the Acrobat 8 Professional support for true redaction.  In earlier versions of Acrobat, text could be redacted by hiding the text with layered markups, but the text was still in the file and could even be searched.Acrobat 8 introduces a redaction toolbar with a “Search & Redact” capability.  Redactions are displayed using color-codes that you select based based on the type of redaction being made.  Redacted text is totally removed from the document.  Within the context of document management, the feature is great — a frequently asked for capability, but you’ll need to remember to keep the original document archived using a different set of access control privileges.Formtek is a partner member of the Adobe Solutions Network. Yesterday Adobe announced the availability of version 8 of the Acrobat family of products.last_img read more