Dominican Republic Scores Record Cocaine Seizures as Trafficking Routes Change

first_imgBy Dialogo January 30, 2012 Dominican drug enforcement authorities set a record for annual cocaine seizures by seizing more than 8,000 kilograms of the white powder last year — reflecting a determination by the government of President Leonél Fernandez to fight drug trafficking in the country. Regional security expert Bruce Bagley, who’s written widely about drug trafficking in the Caribbean, said drug cartels — having been dismembered in Colombia by the $8 billion Plan Colombia — are meeting fierce resistance in Mexico under the Merida Initiative and are now rebuilding old routes in the Caribbean. “There has been a massive increase in traffic into the Caribbean in the last two years,” said Bagley, “There is a reverse dispersion of organized crime increasingly re-establishing routes that were previously in place.” The country’s geographic location also makes it vulnerable to drug trafficking from a number of angles, Bagley said. “The Dominican Republic is a jumping-off point to Europe, where the market is booming and the prices are high,” he told Diálogo. “It’s on the supply route through Florida, up the East Coast into Canada and also the supply routes to West Africa, where it continues on into Europe from the South.” Record drug bust at La Romana airport On Dec. 15, members of the country’s Tactical Division of Sensitive Investigations (DITIS) confiscated 1,077 kilos of cocaine at La Romana airport on the country’s southeastern shore. Dutch citizen Nicolass Johannes Maria and British citizen Edgar Rowson were arrested, along with 17 members of the Dominican government’s Specialized Airport Security Corps, the Immigration Department and the National Drug Control Directorate, said spokesman Roberto Lebrón. The cocaine likely traveled by speedboat from South America to La Romana, where it was loaded on a 24-seat Challenger jet plane that had filed a flight plan taking the jet to Antwerp, Belgium, said Lebrón. Security officials lowered the boom on the drug-trafficking operation after 20 suitcases containing the cocaine had already been loaded on the aircraft, surprising Maria and Rowson just prior to takeoff. Members of the immigration department were arrested under suspicion of creating conditions for trafficking by expediting the departure of the two Europeans from the Dominican Republic in return for an unspecified amount of money. The detained members of the Specialized Airport Security Corps and National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) are also suspected of having taken bribes for their cooperation in transporting the drugs. DNCD chief Rolando Rosado told reporters that proceeds from the sale of the cocaine were to have been used for terrorist activities in an unnamed foreign country. According to a story posted on the directorate’s website, authorities are seeking individuals of Lebanese descent in connection with the seizure. In October 2011, members of the DNCD made another huge bust, seizing 1,098 kilos of cocaine camouflaged as medical equipment bound for Le Havre, France, though the multimodal port of Caucedo, near Santo Domingo. Drug kingpin extradited to Puerto Rico Another indication of Fernández’s emerging political will to attack the drug trafficking problem was the arrest Dec. 9 of Puerto Rican drug kingpin Miguel Rivera Díaz, who had hid out in the Dominican Republic — carrying on business with impunity — for 10 years. The Dominican National Police tracked Rivera Díaz down in a neighborhood in western Santo Domingo, arresting the drug boss as he walked out of his hideout for a haircut, according to press reports. Following his capture, Rivera was quickly returned to Puerto Rico, where he had been one of the island’s most wanted fugitives. Rivera pocketed $40 million from the trafficking at least 2,500 kilos of cocaine through Puerto Rico over the last few months, according to official sources.last_img read more

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Chairman retires at UK Universities Superannuation Scheme

first_imgThe university employers representative, Universities UK (UKK), initially appointed Harris to the trustee board in 1991, before he went on to lead the organisation in 1997.In his final months as chair of the scheme, Harris oversaw a debate between the employers group and trade unions over the future of the scheme.The current proposals, set to be implemented by the USS board include fully closing the final salary section of the defined benefit fund and moving all members’ future accrual to career-average benefits.USS opened a career-average section for new employees in 2011, accounting for one-third of the scheme’s members.In addition to dropping final salary benefits for academics, the fund will become a hybrid scheme with defined contribution accrual for all entitlements above a £55,000 earnings cap.The current deputy chair, Kevin Carter, is an independent member of the trustee board and became deputy in April 2014, after the retirement of John Bull. Sir Martin Harris has stepped down as chair of the trustee board for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) after nine years in the role.He officially stepped down at the end of March, with the scheme set to announce his successor in the coming days.Harris joined the UK’s largest scheme as a director in April 1991, when he served as vice-chancellor of the University of Essex.He became deputy-chair of the £41.6bn (€57bn) pension fund in 2004, taking over as chairman two years later.last_img read more

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Parkland Survivors March for, Against “Black Lives Matter” Movement

first_imgMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors and Parkland residents marched on Saturday, in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.“I’m glad with how it turned out but even if we only got a few people, it’s the message that’s important,” said Parkland Shooting Survivor Hannah Karcinell.Shooting victim Joaquin Oliver’s parents helped organize the event, through their non-profit Change the Ref.The organization focuses on youth empowerment and gun safety.“I feel like they’re entangled in each other,” said Karcinell.The March began in front of the high school and ended at Pine Trails Park amphitheater.Meanwhile, other Parkland residents had a counter-protest for Blue Lives Matter across the intersection. “We believe it’s important for the police to know that we support them and what they do. They have a very difficult job and if you fail to support the police you’ll have worse police,” said Andrew Klein, who helped organize that event.“it’s honestly horrifying to me that this is a response from my neighbors, it’s a response to black lives matter,” said Karcinell.Still, the groups found some similar views on the need for police reform.“With what happened the day of the shooting, with the school resource officer not doing anything and other police officers doing nothing, just standing outside the freshman building as 17 people were murdered,” said Karcinell.“MSD was a failure in policing. George Floyd was an absolute failure. And those things need to be corrected,” added Klein.Both protests remained peaceful.last_img read more

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Players named for Dutch U21 championship

first_img28 Jun 2016 Players named for Dutch U21 championship Somerset’s Josh Hilleard – who won four titles in 22 days – is one of three players to represent England in the ST8TS TopGolf Holland Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria from 13-16 July Hilleard will be joined by Matthew Jordan of Cheshire and Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography) to compete for the U21 title. The players Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park), won the West of England Championship, the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales Championship and the Hampshire Salver in April. He was joint top-scorer when England beat France at Formby and was also in England’s winning team at the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament. Matthew Jordan, 20, (Royal Liverpool) was fourth in the Irish stroke play, sixth in the Duncan Putter in Wales and had top 20 finishes in the Scottish and Welsh stroke play championships. Earlier in the season he won the Hampshire Hog and tied third in the Hampshire Salver. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 19, (Trentham) reached the Amateur Championship matchplay and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy, where he shot the championship low score of seven-under 65 in the final round. He also tied third in both the Hampshire Salver and the Duncan Putter and was 10th in the Lytham Trophy.last_img read more

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Knowhow from managers helps shape club support

first_img Tags: Advisory Group, Business Support, Club Managers Golf club managers from across the country are working with England Golf to help shape the business support it offers.The new Club Managers’ Advisory Group provides an ear to the ground, offering feedback and opinions on the programmes and resources offered by England Golf.Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support, commented: “Our aim is to create stronger clubs which are thriving, healthy businesses and to do that successfully we need to know the views and needs of club managers.“This group is a great sounding board and it helps us shape what we do and how we do it.”The group is chaired by Alistair Booth, an England Golf Board member and chairman of Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, and its 12 members represent the full range of clubs.For example Jenny Holmes is a director of Fynn Valley Golf Club in Suffolk, a rural, family-run business which won England Golf’s Most Welcoming Club of the Year Award for 2017.Emma Clifford is the General Manager of Aldwickbury Park, a proprietary club in Hertfordshire, while Gary Pearce is the General Manager/Secretary of Fulford Golf Club, a private members’ club in York. Both Emma and Gary are past winners of the Golf Club Manager of the Year Award.“I felt we had a responsibility, as part of the golf community, to join the group,” said Gary. “We network with other clubs and hear what their problems and needs are and I can feed that back, I’m not there just for Fulford Golf Club.” In particular, he’s aware of the number of clubs which seek support with business planning.Both Emma and Jenny like getting a behind-the-scenes look at England Golf. “It is lovely to be able to advise golf club members and fellow golfers of what their subscriptions and Sport England funding supports,” said Emma.“Members and the management team at the club will gain a huge benefit, a good understanding of where golf in England is now, what is coming next, and the goal. The great thing is we can all do something to help make it happen.”She added: “It is also lovely to be able to give a little something back to golf after everything it has given to me.” Emma played for England before turning professional, competing on the Ladies European Tour, gaining her PGA qualification, then moving in to club management.Jenny highlights the benefit of the varied views represented by the cross section of group members and commented: “We are a diverse industry and this group is giving a voice to the industry and, more to the point, the governing body is listening.”She added: “It’s also valuable for England Golf because we have become ambassadors in our local community and can say what’s being done. That’s important, before I joined the group I wasn’t sure about the vast majority of what they did.”The other group members are: Niki Hunter, Golf Club Managers’ Association;  Stephen Boustead, Manchester Golf Club; Scott Morley, Sandilands Golf Club, Lincolnshire; Richard Penley-Martin, Ganton Golf Club, Yorkshire; Michael Robinson, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, Northumberland; Lindsay Salvini, Crosland Heath Golf Club, Yorkshire; Michael Thorpe, Scarcroft Golf Club, Yorkshire; and Richard Weeks, Hunley Golf Club, Yorkshire.England Golf also consults with multi-course operators, listening to their commercial considerations and the issues involved in running businesses from more than one site.England Golf has a nationwide network of Club Support Officers who work directly with golf clubs and centres, and a range of resources, from mapping tools to identify potential customers to advice on retention and recruitment. This, together with input from regional and national officers, provides extensive business support to clubs.To contact your local Club Support Officer click here 27 Nov 2017 Knowhow from managers helps shape club support last_img read more

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No. 23 Pitt slips by Villanova 73-64 in overtime

first_imgby Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP) — Dante Taylor spent four years at Pittsburgh trying to live up to sky high expectations.The former McDonald’s All-American slogged through lengthy stretches of mediocre play, his production never quite matching the 6-foot-10 center’s massive promise.Still, the player coach Jamie Dixon called “the best teammate we’ve ever had” found a way to provide an exclamation point to both his career and his team’s final home game as a member of the Big East.Taylor’s emphatic breakaway dunk in the final seconds of overtime closed out a 73-64 comeback victory over Villanova and gave Taylor and best friend Tray Woodall an emotional sendoff on Senior Day.“It was the best way to end it,” said Taylor, who had seven points and six rebounds in his first start in more than a year.Perhaps it was the only way for the 23-ranked Panthers to wrap up 31 seasons in one of the nation’s toughest conferences.Pitt (23-7, 11-6 Big East) trailed by nine in the second half before tying it late in regulation and controlling the extra session to put a dent in Villanova’s NCAA tournament chances.“You knew it was going to be like this,” Dixon said. “You knew it was going to come down to a couple possessions. That’s what it’s been every time we played (Villanova).”Though Taylor and Woodall (13 points, 11 assists) provided an emotional lift it was the play of Talib Zanna and youngsters Durand Johnson and James Robinson that propelled Pitt to its third straight victory.Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in overtime and added a career-high 19 rebounds. Johnson knocked down three 3-pointers to help Pitt claw back and Robinson — who hadn’t made a 3-pointer in weeks — hit two big ones.The first tied the game at 57 with 33 seconds left in regulation and the second gave Pitt a five-point cushion with 30 seconds remaining in the extra period.Villanova coach Jay Wright wanted Robinson to have the ball in his hands with a chance to shoot. Wright just didn’t expect the ball to end up going through the net twice. Robinson had made just 5 of 21 3-pointers in 16 Big East games.“We wanted to help off of him,” Wright said “But we didn’t want to give him an open shot. It’s execution on our part. We’ve got to do a better job.”Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova with 23 points but the Wildcats (18-12, 9-8) let an opportunity to pad their NCAA tournament resume slip away. Mouphtaou Yarou added 14 points and eight rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston chipped in 13 but Villanova has now dropped two straight at perhaps the most important time of year.“You know you’re running out of time,” Wright said. “Yeah it’s tough but it’s a season. We’ve got to bounce back and prepare for the next game, that’s what a season is all about.”It’s a sentiment Zanna has learned from during a turbulent four months. He was easily Pitt’s best player during the nonconference portion of the schedule but has struggled in Big East play. He came in averaging just 7.0 points since league play began, but matched that total during the first two minutes of overtime as Pitt finally took control.Zanna opened the extra session with a traditional three-point play then added two free throws and a short jumper to give Pitt a 64-57 lead.“I just kept playing, kept crashing the glass and the ball kept falling into my hands,” Zanna said.Villanova pulled within 66-64 on a 3-pointer by Arcidiacono but Robinson responded by calmly draining a 3 from the left corner with 30 seconds left and the Wildcats never scored again.Taylor did, his dunk capping 24 mostly energetic minutes as he filled in for freshman center Steven Adams, who was forced to sit with a sprained left ankle. Playing in front of his mother and members of his extended family, Taylor played with grit if not always grace, a perfect metaphor for his career.When Dixon pulled Taylor with a second remaining and the outcome decided, Taylor clutched Woodall and walked off the floor in triumph.“He’s done everything we’ve asked and more,” Dixon said. “He got the ovation he deserved.”The final regular season game in a rivalry that dates back to 1960 looked a lot like the 64 meetings that came before. Neither team could muster much momentum early as things turned physical quickly.The first half featured more fouls (21) than field goals (18) as Pittsburgh was unable to maintain an emotional lift from Taylor, making his first start of the season on senior day with several members of his extended family in attendance for the first time.Even with the 7-foot Adams out, Villanova opted to work from the outside in. Arcidiacono knocked down 3 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes as the Wildcats — desperately trying to get back to the NCAA tournament after missing it last spring — took a 28-25 lead into the break.It didn’t last, as Pitt closed a proud chapter in its history while eyeing the start of a new one next fall when the Panthers join Syracuse as new members of the ACC.“You wonder how it can get any better than this in playing in the best conference in the country,” Dixon said. “But our hopes and our plans are to make the ACC the best conference in the country. That’s why they came after us and Syracuse. They didn’t come after us to pull it down. They came after us to build it up.”Follow Will Graves on twitter at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP FINAL HOME GAME–Pittsburgh’s Dante Taylor, right, shoots a hook over Villanova’s Mouphtaou Yarou on Sunday, March 3, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)last_img read more

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A Customer’s Acquaintance with The Lanai Cafe

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Sylvie Delaney for The Lanai CafeUpon disappearing from rainy Capital Way to enter The Lanai, I was welcomed by an ambiance of tropical colors and natural furnishing in a charming atmosphere. I was greeted promptly with an endearing “Aloha!” by a pleasant hostess. On the way to a table, I received the pleasure of observing original local artwork, succeeding in complementing the setting I began to delve myself into.The Lanai Cafe is located on Capitol Way in downtown Olympia and brings the fresh breeze of Hawaii to the downtown core.After settling into my seat, I noticed the lush atmosphere around me. It started with the natural wood paneling and continued to the plants placed in a casual, yet noticeable way within the restaurant. I unwound in the natural setting and found a sense of comfort. Standing out in this aesthetic is a beautifully decorated chalkboard, displaying events and specials in a lively and artistic way. For an event board, it was far too vibrant to ignore.My meal and drink orders were taken by a friendly and relaxed server. The server checked on me pleasantly. I noticed this same treatment being given to the patrons surrounding me. It became apparent the business takes this personable service ethic into serious consideration.The wait staff seems to enjoy their work without missing a beat. The spotless environment is one example of how serious the staff takes their responsibilities. All of my questions about the menu and facilities were answered patiently, thoroughly, and very politely.My Chicken Katsu appetizer and Warrior Burger entrée arrived after a surprisingly short wait. The dishes were delicately prepared and served with the tasty traditional sides of salad and one ripe pineapple slice. My Chicken Katsu was a plate of tender dark meat chicken. The meat was breaded, modestly fried and served with two heaping servings of fluffy steamed rice.Original art throughout the cafe helps set the warm ad friendly tone of the islands.I made sure to keep room for my next dish as it held a hamburger, piled 6 inches high with fresh beef, tomato, lettuce all contained in a sweet bun. I opted for experiencing the traditional Hawaiian cuisine, so I ate it with an added side of spam and eggs. It was quite savory, but I didn’t find much pleasure in adding it to a burger.I ordered one of the options off the dessert menu.  Seconds later I was given a plate with an unreal serving of a simple, rich chocolate cake I am almost embarrassed to have finished as fast as I did. However, it was well worth the embarrassment, in my opinion.As I finished my meal, I noticed the customers around me. In the same way I did, those entering seemed to marvel at the bright atmosphere and happy people. The owner strolled his establishment, making himself no stranger to patrons by introducing himself. I felt proud to help support this relationship between customer and local business.Even the events and activities board at Lanai Cafe reflects the friendly spirit of Aloha!Today I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Hawaiian culture, not fifteen minutes from my home, in downtown Olympia. For the afternoon I delved myself into a leisurely atmosphere, filled with warmth, contagious enough to be felt by anyone. Regardless of your previous tastes of Hawaiian cuisine, The Lanai provides an authentic experience.I will make a point to return to enjoy the ambiance of warmth and, of course, a delicious cuisine portraying Hawaii. In an area that could benefit from discovering a satisfying change of culinary scenery, The Lanai Cafe is a breath of fresh air.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015

first_imgMartin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Jerry Hollendorfer9619131220%$1,961,070 AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARKBEHOLDER DRILLS FOR HER RETURN TO THE RACES Rafael Bejarano14635231924%$1,650,364 Philip D’Amato4288719%$419,710 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won James Cassidy4075718%$251,380 Kent Desormeaux10521181120%$1,213,922 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2464525%$129,748 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 14) Elvis Trujillo1231417911%$904,352 Tyler Baze15118151712%$1,157,134 Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Brandon Boulanger755387%$138,886 Ron Ellis3352515%$201,640 Richard Mandella3685722%$386,186 Gary Stevens57108918%$759,472 Carla Gaines2854218%$316,355 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 Hector Palma1962132%$121,400 Corey Nakatani74128916%$640,258 Thomas Proctor2754319%$339,240 Brice Blanc2641315%$162,092center_img Peter Eurton48108721%$481,558 A. C. Avila2051225%$110,974 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller831617819%$966,700 Fernando Perez9991089%$431,962 Drayden Van Dyke11914151712%$781,086 Joseph Talamo13314142211%$1,035,114 Victor Espinoza9718201319%$1,235,870 Edwin Maldonado66731011%$270,216 AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘IMPRESSIVE’ IN DRILL FOR BAFFERT            American Pharoah, a leading member of Bob Baffert’s “best crop of three-year-olds in years,” worked five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita on a picture-perfect morning in 1:00.40 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile prepares for his 3-year-old debut.The Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male 2-year-old of 2014, American Pharoah was clocked in 47.40 for four furlongs under Martin Garcia, who was aboard the bay colt for the 9 a.m. drill.“Very impressive; he was breezing,” said Baffert, who is mulling either the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 7 or the Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 14 for the handsome bay owned by Ahmed Zayat.“It will be one of them,” Baffert said of the aforementioned two races. “He handled the work pretty well. He’s coming around pretty quickly.”This was American Pharoah’s third recorded breeze since missing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 1 due to a suspensory-related injury.In other news from the Baffert barn, the Hall of Fame trainer said both Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and San Pasqual Stakes winner Hopperunity were on the track Sunday but as for a race, he had “no plans.”Power Jam, who demolished five rivals in a scintillating debut Saturday, winning by 4 ¼ lengths after a series of bullet works, was “no surprise” to Baffert. “He’s a really fast horse, like his sire (Concord Point),” Baffert said.Power Gem was bred in Kentucky by owner Kaleem Shah, who was on hand with his son, Arman, for the race. “Kaleem was so pumped up,” Baffert said.DOLLAR DAY, GRADE II BUENA VISTA ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.            Monday’s feature race is the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.The Grade II race marks the return to Santa Anita of multiple local riding king Joel Rosario, who pilots favored La Tia from the rail for trainer Armando De la cerda under the top weight of 123 pounds.The field for the Buena Vista, race seven on a nine-race program: La Tia, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Annecdote, Victor Espinoza, 3-1.Uzziel, who finished second at 52-1 in her debut for trainer Keith Desormeaux in Saturday’s Santa Maria Stakes, was scratched. John Sadler697121110%$509,576 Michael Pender2453221%$140,770 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Bob Baffert601213820%$1,177,618 Flavien Prat62105616%$460,846 Martin Garcia7914121118%$1,132,850 Santiago Gonzalez4454911%$154,244 FINISH LINES: Working in company with stablemate Moulin de Mougin, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder went three furlongs Sunday for Richard Mandella as she worked towards her 5-year-old debut. Each horse was clocked in 35.20. “They went nice,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has the Madison Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 as “a possibility” for her comeback race. “There’s no plan,” he said. “It’s a race I might think about, but Beholder is coming along great.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride impressive maiden winner Prospect Park for Cliff Sise Jr. in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7. A son of Tapit, Prospect Park worked six furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:12.20 . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan was non-committal on either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for Firing Line, who suffered two excruciating head defeats to unbeaten Dortmund in his last two outings. “We won’t make a decision for a few weeks,” Callaghan said . . . Agent Brad Pegram has Mike Smith booked on Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up Imperia for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, while Joe Ferrer has perennial Southern California leader Rafael Bejarano also at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Chandelier Stakes winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, among other stakes mounts . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative “probably” will run in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 . . . Former agent Ivan Puhich, who represented Mario Gutierrez when he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, was a Clockers’ Corner visitor Sunday. “I’m doing great,” said the former Marine, who gets around with a walker but is looking forward to his 89th birthday this Dec. 22. “I’m just old, that’s all.” . . . Congratulations toseven-pound apprentice jockey Brayan Pena onwinning his first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The 25-year-old native of Guatamala piloted the 6-year-old California-bred mare Rich in Tradition to a length-and-a-quarter victory for only her second win from 37 starts for owner/trainer Rafael DeLeon at a $48.80payoff. Agent Susan McBrayer represents Pena . . . All in the family: Alex Solis, represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, won the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Less than an hour later at Santa Anita, Tyler Baze, whose agent is Brandon’s father, Craig, captured the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Warren’s Veneda . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Tiago Pereira7176910%$226,434 Richard Baltas3966315%$234,188last_img read more

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SAN SIMEON STAKES QUOTES

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES IF THEY ASK YOU TO GO TO COLORADO WILL YOU GO RIDE? “We’ll see! If they ask me, maybe!”TRAINER QUOTES -30- NOTES: This is Mark Tsagalakis’ first stakes win ever. He was 52 on March 23. Winning owner Annette Bishop is from Denver.center_img TYLER BAZE, GET HAPPY MISTER, WINNER: “He was really nice to ride, a really classy horse. I’ve never been on him but I watched all his replays and rode him accordingly. It looks like he can do anything; he loves to run. I let him run out of there and had a beautiful trip. When Pure Tactics and Sweet Swap hooked up in front of me and opened up five I knew they were flying. I just took my time. When the time was right he just . . . he’s so big and strong and he has a huge stride. Just a really classy horse. MARK TSAGALAKIS, GET HAPPY MISTER, WINNER: Asked about trying him on the grass for the first time: “Right now, there weren’t a lot of choices. The horse was doing super. It was time to let him rock and roll. It was fun. This is my first stakes win.”Asked how many years he’s been training: “Too many to count, probably close to 25 years. I’ve won some races, but never a stakes. The race came up, he was ready to go, we were eligible for it, it was like ‘Let’s give it a try.’ We had him out on the turf the other day, he seemed to like it, and he did.“The plan is to go back home to Colorado and then come back here in the fall and run here again. We’ll play it by ear but that was the original plan and we’ll just enjoy it for now and think about that next week.”ANNETTE BISHOP, OWNER AND MOTHER-IN-LAW OF TRAINER MARK TSAGALAKIS, WINNER: “I have a very good trainer. He calls the shots.“I bought him at a 2-year-old sale in Arapahoe. I’ve been in the business about 14 or 15 years. He has a little history with his name, Get Happy Mister. We were sitting at the auction and I was with my trainer, Butch Gleason. He was getting nervous because everyone was bidding on him. I just said, ‘What? What’s your problem? Do you want that horse?’ He said ‘Yes!’ so I said ‘then get happy!’ and that’s how he was named.“He’s been a joy. I don’t know his limits and after today, I have no idea. I’m just amazed that he did as well as he did today. He’s just been training out of his skin. It’s all due to Mark, he takes his time. He takes his pulse every two hours.”last_img read more

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South Africa names Pravin Gordhan finance minister

first_imgThe Presidency has announced that Pravin Gordhan, the previous minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, is to take up the position of minister of finance. He held the same position from 2009 to 2014, and now replaces David van Rooyen.Pravin Gordhan returns as the South African minister of finance on 13 December 2015. (Image: South African government, Flickr)Pravin Gordhan was named the new minister of finance on 13 December, replacing David van Rooyen who was appointed to the role last week.“On 9 December 2015, I announced the appointment of a new minister of finance, David van Rooyen,” President Jacob Zuma said. “I have received many representations to reconsider my decision. As a democratic government, we emphasise the importance of listening to the people and to respond to their views.“In this regard, I have, after serious consideration and reflection, taken the following decision; I have appointed Pravin Gordhan, the current minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs as the new minister of finance.”Gordhan held the post previously from 2009 to 2014.“I have also decided to appoint Van Rooyen as the new minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.”Source: The PresidencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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