STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

first_imgSantiago Gonzalez8171299%35%$393,522 Peter Miller641614625%56%$930,190 Mario Gutierrez7571399%39%$641,605 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won STREAKING BETTYS BAMBINO SEEKS SENSATIONAL STAR REPEATStreaking Bettys Bambino guns for his sixth straight victory and his fourth straightstakes win when the son of Unusual Heat runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred or sired horses.The seven-year-old gelding, with seven wins in an abbreviated career of 11 races, holds the remarkable record of having started only once in each of the past two years, each a stakes victory. In his last three races, on Dec. 28, 2014, Feb. 21, 2015 and Dec. 26, 2016, he won the Grade III Daytona Stakes, the Sensational Star Stakes and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, all over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs.This year’s edition of the Sensational Star, part of the popular and lucrative Golden State Series, also will be decided at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.“He can just flat out run,” trainer Peter Eurton said succinctly in explaining the reason for the gelding’s success.Joel Rosario rode Bettys Bambino last out, but Eurton has Corey Nakatani booked for the Sensational Star. “He’s ridden him twice before (two thirds at Del Mar in 2014) and he’s worked him several times,” the trainer pointed out.Bettys Bambino has overcome relatively minor ailments that limited him to only 11 starts in a span of four years, among them tibia and joint issues.But with seven wins and three thirds, he has earned $378,036 for owners Sharon Alesia, Michael Mellen (Brand Jam Stable) and Joseph Ciaglia.Also ticketed for the Sensational Star are Ambitious Brew with Mike Smith and Forest Chatter under Flavien Prat.Eurton, with seven wins from 35 starts at the Winter Meet, has other upcoming stakes in view for his stable, which has earned $388,879 through Saturday’s races.Kobe’s Back is ticketed for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on March 11; Ashleyluvssugar for the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25; and Eclipse Award champion two-year-old female Champagne Room for the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11.“We want to give her a taste of grass,” Eurton said of Champagne Room, who captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Nov. 4 going a mile and a sixteenth on dirt, enough to sway any wavering Eclipse Award voters to come on board for divisional honors. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita offers Dollar Day tomorrow Presidents’ Day. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six carryover of $23,345.87 into Sunday . . .Congrats to 18-year-old apprentice and Puerto Rican native Evin Roman on winning his first race in the Continental United States when he piloted Sly Humor to a 6 ¼-length victory for Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s first race . . . There was a Peter Miller exacta in Saturday’s third race worth $74.60 when Annie’s Candy and Stormy Rocit finished one-two for the trainer, but Bob Baffert trumped that with a cold trifecta in the fourth race when he sent out Bronze Age to win, West Coast to finish second, and Glacier to run third, good for a $145.80 return . . . Trainer Ian Kruljac has two races in mind for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion in that category Finest City, the Triple Bend at seven furlongs against males on March 11 or the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles against her own sex on March 18 . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked on stakes engagements next weekend, Saturday at the Fair Grounds and Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico, while agent J.R. Pegram has Hall of Fame member Kent Desormeaux at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Dalmore, Majestic Quality and Sorry Erik in stakes for his brother, trainer John Keith Desormeaux. All three horses were among the 26 recorded works on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Sunday, each going five furlongs, Dalmore in 59.80, Majestic Quality in a bullet 59.60 and Sorry Erik in 1:00.40 . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. . . .Royal Albert Hall, conditioned by Doug O’Neill, will be the first American-trained Thoroughbred to race in Qatar. He is entered in the $1 million Emir’s Trophy at 1 ½ miles on turf Feb. 25. Royal Albert Hall left California this past Thursday and settled in nicely after arriving in Doha, Qatar on Friday Mike Smith35113931%66%$1,152,445 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23.Tyler Baze found his calling as a jockey, but he did have “a cup of coffee” as a basketball player more than two decades ago.Whether it will stand him in good stead Thursday night when Santa Anita’s jockeys play Holy Angels School in their annual charity game remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt his participation will be for a worthy cause.“It’s good for all the charities involved,” said the 34-year-old Baze, second in Santa Anita’s standings with 28 wins through Saturday, seven behind front runner Flavien Prat. “I played on a team in the fourth and fifth grades, but when I got in the sixth grade, they said I was too short to play.”The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m. TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Jockeys’ Coach. Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.67105415%28%$507,790 Vladimir Cerin3076523%60%$227,214 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Victor Espinoza3789622%62%$552,567 MARDI GRAS AT SANTA ANITA PARKThe bayou comes to Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the first-ever Mardi Gras Trackside celebration. Join in on the festivities a few days early and let the good times roll. The all-inclusive $28 package includes: authentic Cajun fare courtesy of “Ragin’ Cajun on Wheels” (your choice of ½ shrimp or ½ catfish Po’ Boy sandwich with choice of side, or a combo plate comprised of red beans and rice with smoked sausage and Gumbolaya, (a Ragin Cajun on Wheels specialty), live music, loads of Mardi Gras-inspired decorations, one 12 oz. craft beer, Club House admission, racing program, tip sheet and trackside seating.For more info and to purchase your ticket visit: http://www.santaanita.com/events/mardi-gras-at-santa-anita-park/Upcoming Trackside events at the Winter Meet: Feb. 25, Mardi Gras Celebration; March 18, Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival; March 18, St. Patrick’s Day; April 8, Santa Anita Derby Day Extravaganza; May 6, Kentucky Derby Day Celebration; May 13, Tacos y Cervezas; May 20, Preakness Party; May 27, Gold Cup Beer & Sour Festival; and May 27, Belmont Day. Stewart Elliott9411101612%39%$507,852 Joseph Talamo891061611%36%$375,998 Mark Glatt4799519%49%$377,310 J. Keith Desormeaux3072523%47%$434,570 John Sadler40781018%63%$461,824 Tyler Baze15028331519%51%$1,348,931 Jerry Hollendorfer8316101719%52%$1,228,134 TRAINER HAS ‘WRIGHT’ STUFF FOR BAFFLE            Bay Area-based trainer Blaine Wright has two horses entered in Monday’s Presidents’ Day feature at Santa Anita, the $75,000 Baffle Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.They are Anyportinastorm, an impressive maiden allowance winner at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 21, and Bay Muzik, also an impressive maiden allowance winner in his solo outing last August at Golden Gate.The Baffle goes as the 10th of 11 races with a first post time of 12 noon: Tipo Duro, Corey Nakatani, 9-2; Rockin Rudy, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Elwood J, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Souter, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Conquest Farenheit, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 2-1; Bay Muzik, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; and Anyportinastorm, Tyler Baze, 4-1. Martin Pedroza749131412%49%$402,248 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 18) Kent Desormeaux911911921%43%$1,191,101 Bob Baffert3895624%53%$865,741 Flavien Prat14135192525%56%$2,316,423 Philip D’Amato53126923%51%$772,555 Tiago Pereira6797713%34%$284,710 Doug O’Neill9610211810%51%$985,471 BETTYS BAMBINO EYES HIS SIXTH STRAIGHT VICTORYBAFFLE STAKES HEADLINES PRESIDENTS’ DAY PROGRAMBAZE JOINS JOCKEYS CHARITY GAME ON THURSDAYPOPULAR HORN BLOWER JAY COHEN BACK ON THE BEATIT’S DOLLAR DAY TOMORROW, FIRST POST IS AT 12 NOON HORNBLOWER JAY COHEN BACK ON THE BEATJay Cohen was a welcome and familiar sight at Santa Anita Saturday after being absent since Dec. 27 of last year battling a painful and persistent case of shingles.“It was the most relentless pain I ever experienced,” said the popular horn blower, a fixture at Santa Anita beckoning horses to the post for 30 years.“I was here opening day (Dec. 26), and yesterday was my first day since then (a span of seven weeks). Needless to say, I’m delighted to be back.”A New Jersey native, the 60-year-old Cohen has ingratiated himself with fans and horsemen alike through the years, fulfilling requests in his extensive repertoire from A to Z. William Spawr2091245%60%$261,071 Richard Baltas8415151318%51%$798,674 Peter Eurton3573420%40%$388,879 Luis Contreras849102111%48%$450,157last_img read more

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NWD man charged for killing father-in-law

first_imgThirty-six-year-old Lance Van-Slyton of Canal Bank, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini) was on Thursday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with the murder of his father-in-law.The court heard that on July 28, 2018 while in the vicinity of Canal Bank, he murdered Dennis Welcome.Based on reports received, about 03:00h on July 28, the accused and two of his friends were consuming alcohol outside his home and as time swiftly went by, he allowed the two friends to stay over.Later that night, Van-Slyton’s wife and daughter ventured out into the yard to use the washroom, but the man in a drunken state accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat her.Upon hearing the commotion, her father, who resided across the river, went over to the couple’s home and stopped Van-Slyton from beating his daughter. To avoid a reoccurrence, Welcome reportedly stayed with his daughter until the break of day. However, about 06:30h, Welcome was returning home in his boat and it was at this time his son-in-law flew into a fit of rage and slammed his boat into the man’s vessel. As a result, Welcome fell into the water and did not resurface.A search was launched, and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the canal. He sustained severe injuries to his head as a result of the hit he received from the boat.The body was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital and Welcome was formally pronounced dead on arrival. A report was made, and the accused was subsequently arrested and charged.The matter will continue on August 6, 2018.last_img read more

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BetLion launches free to play jackpot

first_img0Shares0000“We made a commitment that BetLion will always put the customer first, the release of our completely free to play Pick 6 Jackpot confirms this promise,” observed Spencer Okach, Managing Director – BetLion Kenya.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – Betting firm BetLion, home of Africa’s largest jackpot of Sh350 million BetLion Goliat Jackpot, has launched Kenya’s first ever free to play Jackpot; The Pick 6 Jackpot.With Sh100,000 to be won twice a week from predicting the scores of six top games, its sure to be a hit with sports and betting fans alike. BetLion’s Pick 6 Jackpot only includes the biggest games of the week, so the players know the teams well – helping them to predict and win! There are consolation cash bonuses for those who predict five correct scores.The first PICK 6 Games include Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona andJuventus!“We made a commitment that BetLion will always put the customer first, the release of our completely free to play Pick 6 Jackpot confirms this promise,” observed Spencer Okach, Managing Director – BetLion Kenya.”“By offering a completely free jackpot twice a week, every week we are giving Kenyans the ultimately BetLion jackpot experience at zero cost,” he added.BetLion continues to keep its initial promise of delivering an innovative and rewarding product that puts the customer first.The BetLion Pick 6 jackpot was created in conjunction with Incentive Games – an award-winning gaming software firm.0Shares0000(Visited 73 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Writers’ aides put dreams on hold

first_imgThough not union members, many assistants are staying true to their better-paid bosses. “Hopefully, very soon, I’ll be in the writers guild,” Howe said. “When the strike is over and the writers get the deal they deserve, I want to know that I did whatever I could to help.” At the core of the contract dispute is compensation for shows offered on the Internet – a medium that appeals to a number of tech-savvy, young assistants who aspire to create their own online programming and want a piece of the profits. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has said it’s offering writers a share of licensing fees paid by Web sites to stream shows. However, the union rejected the offer, saying the payments wouldn’t begin until six weeks after a show goes online and viewer interest is nearly exhausted. Writers also want a cut of revenue from nonskippable ads contained in many shows streamed free online. The alliance slammed the door on that demand. Howe said he worked and networked his way up from the mailroom at CBS to his current position, which pays $10 an hour, plus overtime. “Take away the strike, and this is a really good job to have,” he said. “It’s hard to get.” When TV writers gather in conference rooms to trade jokes and punch up scripts, the assistants frantically type the changes into a laptop – a precious opportunity to learn the craft. The experience “has shown me how to create a passable script,” said Ryan Harris, a writers’ assistant on the ABC show “Carpoolers.” He and his writing partner recently won an award for best spec script for a sitcom at a writing expo. He hopes the glow of the achievement lasts while he waits out the walkout. For him, supporting the strike is “a pay-it-forward thing.” He and other assistants were planning to join a picket line at Fox studios Monday in a show of solidarity with striking writers. Presidential hopeful John Edwards visited a picket line Friday at NBC studios in Burbank. “I am in this cause with you,” Edwards said to the crowd through a bullhorn. “This is about justice and fairness and equality.” Collins said the strike has tempted her to move back to Chicago, but she intends to hang on to her dream of selling her own sitcom, even if she struggles to pay the rent on her Hollywood apartment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With his first child on the way and dreams of writing for television, Jeremy Howe thought he had a perfect plan: His job as a writers’ assistant on the TV show “The Game” was set to wrap up in January, when his wife is due. But the Hollywood writers strike has left him unemployed sooner than expected. Now he’s looking for a way to pay his family’s $900 monthly health insurance bill. Howe, 26, and hundreds of other assistants – entry-level staffers who do Hollywood’s grunt work in exchange for a chance to learn the business – are among those least able to afford the economic fallout of the two-week strike. With starting pay around $7.50 an hour, many have little money saved and must take other jobs to make ends meet. last_img read more

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Wake up, get up and join up for Darkness into Light

first_img“Wake up and get up and join up! This walk is all about hope!” – this the message Cindy O’Connor of Pieta House has for Donegal people today.Ms O’Connor, the Chief Clinical Officer of Pieta House (pictured above), spoke with Donegal Daily today about the importance that Darkness Into Light holds in Donegal this year and why people should get up out of their beds extra early this morning and join the walk.The Northwest Pieta House will officially open in Letterkenny on May 15th, and it was thanks to the determination and generosity of the community that this day has finally come. At 4.15am on Saturday morning (Friday night), people all over Ireland and the world will take part in a 5K walk as the sun rises. The sponsored walk raises funds and awareness for Pieta House to help people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.Ireland’s 11th Pieta House will be established in Donegal, and Cindy said the charity is forever grateful to the fundraisers who take part in Darkness into Light and help make the centres possible.“Seeing a sea of people in yellow is so moving, it’s a magical sight to see people supporting us and us supporting them. We couldn’t be any more grateful to those people. They are the people who are keeping the doors open and they are the ones saving lives,” Cindy said. Cindy was involved in the recruitment of therapists and administration staff for the Northwest Centre, which she said was a privilege.“In some ways it was the easiest, in other ways it was one of the most difficult things to do. The people of Donegal are just wonderful. They are so warm and they have all the academic qualifications and the personalities for the roles,” Cindy said.Up to ten people from Donegal, Derry and surrounding areas have been employed at the new centre, which will be driven by the ethos of professional compassion and care. “I would expect that when we open in Letterkenny on the 15th of May we would be quite busy. It is a service that is much needed for the community. We would never impose ourselves in an area. We wait for the community to invite it and that’s what happened in Donegal.”“The service is free, you don’t have to have a letter from your GP and you don’t have to have any money. It’s provided by professionals, and all staff are accredited and highly skilled in their area,” Cindy said.As well as counselling, the centre also offers bereavement services and a helpline, with prevention, intervention and postvention support for families affected by suicide. “None of this would be achievable if not for the public that trusted us. The whole service is routed by compassion and care, we provide a warm voice on the phone or a cup of tea and a place to talk,” Cindy said.Pieta House has grown over the past decade to employ 270 staff. Some 5,500 people received support from the service in 2016, which Cindy sees as a positive number in relation to the nation’s attitude about mental health.“It’s really changing the social landscape of how we view suicide in this country. When we first set up I didn’t think there would have been 5,000 people who would want to talk about mental health.”“We saw 5,500 people last year, thankfully we didn’t see 5,500 suicides. That shows that there is hope, you can recover.”Cindy will be travelling from Dublin to Killarney today to take part in Darkness Into Light, which continues to be a special day for her each year.“It’s a very beautiful event, we’re really excited about it and there is a wonderful sense of achievement once it’s over.”“It’s important to people out walking who lost someone to suicide. There is a lovely sense of solidarity, and there’s nothing richer than seeing a community coming together to support each other. “It has become a real movement – we’re all getting up for one purpose. It remains an issue that continues to be addressed. The finish line of the walk is only the start for Pieta,” Cindy said.Already 109,000 people have registered for Darkness into Light this weekend and Cindy believes they will break last year’s record of 130,000 once more people join in tonight.Darkness Into Light is Pieta House’s best fundraising event. The charity receives 14% of its funds from the government and must source the rest from donations.If you want to take part in Darkness Into Light 2017, CLICK HERE to find your nearest venue: http://dil.pieta.ie/ You can also find out how to support a Darkness Into Light participant by clicking here: http://dil.pieta.ie/donateFeatured image: Chief Clinical Officer Cindy O’Connor, by Humans of Dublin for Pieta HouseWake up, get up and join up for Darkness into Light was last modified: May 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Awarenesscindy o’connorDarkness into Lightfundraisermental healthPIeta HouseSUICIDEWALKlast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid star reveals he turned down ‘impossible’ transfer to Real Madrid

first_img REAL DEAL Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Atletico Madrid superstar Lucas Hernandez gameday cracker REVEALED silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Latest Premier League latest no dice center_img Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “Atletico are the club of my life, they have given me everything and for those reasons it would be impossible for me to join Madrid.“I want to stay here for many years, who knows what will happen in the future if an offer comes on but that move would not have happened.” Despite consistent speculation linking the 22-year-old with a move to Bernabeu too, the France international and World Cup 2018 winner stayed loyal to Atletico and has since admitted a move across the capital would have been “impossible”.Hernandez said: “My agent said to me about the offer.“He told me there was an opportunity to join Real Madrid and I did not need to think to say that it was not a possibility, because I could not do that. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has revealed he turned down an offer to join rivals Real Madrid during the summer, according to RMC Sport.Lucas signed a new long-term deal at Atleti until 2024 but last summer his brother Theo moved from the club to Madrid in a £22m deal.last_img read more

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BOO! GET READY TO BE ‘SPOOKED’ THIS WEEKEND

first_imgDynamic Waves are regarded as one of Donegal’s most talented dance and entertainment groups.They have performed across the county and indeed the country at shows, parades and festivals.But this weekend sees them tackle perhaps their biggest project to date. Spooks 2 at An Grianan Theatre promises to both entertain and engage audiences of all ages long into the dark Halloween nights and beyond!The show will be performed by a cast of 45 talented young people aged between 6 and 17 years from across Donegal including Newmills, Glenswilly, Letterkenny, Milford, Kerrykeel and ManorcunninghamUnder the directorship of Kelda Guzman, the show promises to a spectacle not to be missed – if you’re brave enough! SPOOKS 2 – The summaryEver thought what happens at the end of a fairytale? Where do the bad characters go? How come in fairytale land everyone always lives happily ever after? Well…its simple…all the bad characters are removed and banished to the land of darkness by king Jasper head of fairytales, where all spooks, bad characters and nightmares live under a curse so not to ruin the land of good.Last October Princess Arianna the trapped princess who had accidently ended up in the land of darkness when the curse was set. she was lonely and frightened until 4 young children heard that of the curse of the book. If they were to read on Halloween night then they too would become part of the story. At midnight the curse is once again locked for a year so they had little time to lock it back up with the witches heart.Arianna was sent back to her tale by the children. But, once again nothing is ever simple in the land of darkness. When the children read the story they made the pass between light and good weak and the bad characters have slowly been entering the fairytale pass to begin to destroy the happy endings. The goblins plan on Halloween night to break through the door ruining fairytales forever, bringing with them Gumble the fairytale baby they once snatched to bribe king jasper all those years ago. Will gumble find out who she really is? Will the children read the story once again? Will fairytales with happy endings no longer exist? Who knows…sit back and see!EndsBOO! GET READY TO BE ‘SPOOKED’ THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 27th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Concentrate On One Thing

first_imgThere are so many distractions now that it’s very difficult to give anything your full, undivided attention. No matter how good your intentions, the potential distractions can be overwhelming.You never remove your smartphone from your hand for any period. If it isn’t in your hand, it’s sitting on your desk next to you, your car seat, or your bedside table. Your laptop is always open, and if you’re like most people, the browser is always open. And if your computer is on with the browser open, chances are your email is open, and so are a few social sites.Doing good work requires that you concentrate. Whatever you’re doing, do that and nothing else.EmailIf you are processing your email, process your email.I don’t process my email in the morning until I have done the most important tasks I need to complete. On Mondays and Tuesdays I let a lot of email sit unread while I am doing higher value activities, screening it on my iPhone to delete nonsense and trivialities and responding to anything that is important. But most people can’t wait to get into their email box first thing in the morning (for reasons I don’t understand unless your email is somehow way different than mine).If you are going to process your email, go ahead and do it completely. Respond to every email that requires a response. Delete all of the emails you don’t need to keep. And archive anything that needs to be archived. Move all of the tasks out and put them on your task manager so you can do them later.Make email your focus and give it all of your attention. Don’t do anything else while you’re doing it.Social MediaIf you are Tweeting or using some other social platform, do that.If you are going to go browse through the stream on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, stop everything and do it. Like whatever you are going to like, retweet whatever you are going to retweet. Update your status with something pithy and original, and hang around a few minutes to reap the rewards that come in the form of likes if you need to.Give the social channels your full attention. And don’t do anything else while you are doing it. It won’t help you produce the results you want, and it won’t get you paid, but if you are going to spend your time on social, dive in so you can finish it.CallsIf you are making calls, make them.If you are going to make your calls, close the browser, turn off the social channels and give yourself over to the phone. Your efficiency will improve, and so will your effectiveness.Maybe making calls isn’t your work. Whatever your real work is, do that work. If you need to write, write. If you need to create a spreadsheet and analyze numbers, make the spreadsheet and do your work. If you need to complete a report, develop a strategy brief, or whatever it is you do, do that and nothing else.Human Interactions!If you are engaging with another human being, be engaged.When you are with a human being, be completely with them. Put your smartphone down or turn off your notifications (My phone has a do not disturb function. Yours probably does, too). Close the browser, and then close the laptop lid.Give that person your full, undivided attention without checking your phone, your social stream, or your email. There is nothing in any of these virtual places that won’t still be there when you get back. Human interactions are where the real action is.If you are honest with yourself, I’ll bet you’re a little bored with the social streams, and a little burned out from trying to keep up with all of the pings, dings, and notifications you receive. The truth of the matter is, it’s keeping you from doing good work, and it isn’t helping your real relationships either.Doing exceptionally great work requires concentration. You can’t produce that quality if you are distracted and dividing your attention across your phone, your laptop, and your real work. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Police arrest Chittorgarh Karni Sena chief after ‘jauhar’ threat

first_imgPolice have arrested the Chittorgarh unit chief of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, after its senior spokesperson declared that over 1,900 women of the community are “ready” to commit jauhar (mass immolation) as part of protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.Police swooped down on the residences of Karni Sena Chittorgarh unit president Govind Singh Khangarot and vice president Kamlendu Singh Solanki at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and arrested them. Police also arrested Devendra Singh, one of the main members of the organisation.Speaking to IANS, Rajpratap Singh, state media in charge of Karni Sena, said: “Police are trying their best to curb our protest. We are not being allowed to take out a rally or stage protest. There is ‘nakabandi’ all around and strict police arrangements have been made in this town,” he said.“We have called a meeting and will unveil our next phase of action by evening after a call taken by our chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi,” he said. On Tuesday, the senior spokesperson of the Karni Sena from Chittorgarh said that people from the city of queen Padmavati were “disheartened with the verdict of the Supreme Court”.“If we want, we can choose violent ways and disturb people and tourists. However, on the contrary, our women have decided to opt for jauhar [mass immolation] without disturbing anyone,” he said.He claimed that “wood has been collected at the jauhar location and 1,908 women have registered for it. If the administration allows us to climb on top of the fort, we will do so.”last_img read more

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Breaking rackets along the way, Kyrgios exits French Open

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Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Those exiting included No. 12 Madison Keys — bothered by her surgically repaired left wrist, the American was eliminated by 290th-ranked qualifier Petra Martic of Croatia 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 — No. 20 Barbora Strycova and No. 29 Ana Konjuh among the women, and 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and 2013 French Open runner-up David Ferrer among the men.None, though, departed quite as destructively as Kyrgios, who has proven capable of beating stars such as Federer and Nadal, but also been prone to fits of pique, not to mention losses before the fourth round at six of the past seven Grand Slam tournaments.After taking the opening set and leading 4-2 in the second Thursday, Kyrgios fell apart.Down 5-4 and serving, he smacked a 136 mph (219 kph) ace — one of his many skills — to get within a point of 5-all. But then a poor drop shot hit his side of the net tape. Next came a double-fault that gave Anderson a set point and prompted Kyrgios to spike his racket, which got mangled and bounced so far it landed at the feet of a line judge behind the baseline.That drew a warning from the chair umpire for racket abuse. But Kyrgios was hardly done. After gifting Anderson the set with a second consecutive double-fault, Kyrgios trudged to the sideline, head bowed, sat down and proceeded to whack his racket six times against a metal box. The loud reverberations caused Anderson to turn to his right and check out what was going on — and drew a point penalty, assessed at the beginning of the third set.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know if that’s the best role model you want,” Kyrgios acknowledged with a smile, after being told by a reporter that a boy sitting in the front row at Court 3 was following this display from close-up. “But, I mean, I’m not trying to show anybody, really, my frustration. I just do it for myself.“I’ve been doing it my whole career, really. I think it’s just a habit now.”As for getting in his own way during the course of a match, well, that has become something of a habit, too.And opponents are aware.Here was the way Anderson described his own mindset as they moved into the third set: “I really felt if I could stay on top of him early on, there was a chance that maybe he would give me a couple games here and there.”Kyrgios’ explanation for his collapse was that he hadn’t been able to have the proper practice or preparation heading into Roland Garros, in part because he was troubled by injury issues. He hit only four aces over the last two sets after producing 12 over the first two, but dismissed the idea that he was dealing with something physical.“The surprising thing is, I was in a winning position today,” Kyrgios said, “and I still could have won.”What really matters, of course, is that he did not. As men’s tennis searches for the face of its next generation, perhaps someone who one day will fill a void left by folks such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, there are those who believe Kyrgios, 22, has the flashy game and attention-attracting personality to fit the bill.Still, it takes on-court success to lead a sport, and Kyrgios’ uneven attitude during matches can derail him at a moment’s notice. That happened Thursday, and it was noticed by Anderson — a 31-year-old South African ranked 56th and only once a quarterfinalist in 31 appearances at Grand Slam tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“While he was sort of getting into his own head and struggling with some (of) his own battles,” Anderson said, “I didn’t give him a way to get back in the match.”Other seeded players lost on Day 5 of the clay-court major, when No. 1 Andy Murray and No. 3 Stan Wawrinka moved into the third round. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Battle for top 2 ends here Australia’s Nick Kyrgios breaks his racket in his second round match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. APPARIS — Nick Kyrgios’ talent is undeniable. So is his temperament.Docked a point for smashing rackets, the 18th-seeded Kyrgios went from a set and a break up in the French Open’s second round to a swift loss, ceding 16 of the last 19 games while being beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) by Kevin Anderson.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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