A look inside: Currier House

first_img Love you Jim Cavallaro signs to his daughter Mara as she’s lifted to school and he departs on a business trip. Five staff photographers will offer close-ups of the interests, activities, and personalities inside five Harvard Houses in installments over the course of the academic year. In the second of the series, Rose Lincoln visits Currier House, home of 10-year-old Mara. When Mara Cavallaro started fifth grade last month, she titled her introductory essay, “Me as a House Master’s Daughter.” The first sentence said, ”I live in a Harvard residence in the middle of a quad which is already blooming with white and yellow flowers.”Ten-year-old Mara, who has a pile of Mad Lib magazines and a blue beta fish named “Bloofey,” lives in Currier House in the Radcliffe Quad with her parents, Nadejda Marques, a research coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health, and James Cavallaro, a clinical professor of law. Her parents are the interim Currier House masters.Asked what she likes about living at Currier, Mara fires off a list: “I like the soft-serve machine, I like the quad, I like the Cabot House master’s daughter … I like the pool table, the ping pong table, the air hockey table, and the dining hall.”Mara has two jobs at Currier. “I am the official Currier House event-poster-flier maker. I hang them too. I am also Patricia C. Machado’s assistant in I.D. swiping for … dining services. I get paid in brownies. They owe me six.” Rose Lincoln/Staff Photographer Hangin’ at Harvard This is the life! Air hockey right in your front yard. Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack Mara (middle) jumps rope outside her Currier House home with her mother, House master Nadejda Marques (right), and pal Autumn Galindo (left). Trick, or treat? Mara models her Wednesday Adams costume, which she is planning to wear on Halloween. Currier kid Mara Cavallaro’s parents, Nadejda Marques and Jim Cavallaro, are the Currier House masters. A few extra inches Oh, to be tall! Mara (right) and Autumn put on a show with homemade stilts. Sad goodbye Harvard Law School Clinical Professor of Law Jim Cavallaro, a House master at Currier House, walks Mara to the bus stop. On this morning, she’s unhappy because her father is leaving on a work-related trip. Storytime Mara and her mother read Portuguese books to each other every night. They lived in Brazil until Mara was three. Currier kid Babysitter’s club Harvard student and Currier House resident Lindsey Brinton ’12 teaches Mara piano while babysitting her. Dance, Mara, dance! If you can dance, dance! Mara has the dance studio all to herself. Open house Mara (right) and Autumn hang fliers announcing the Currier House open house. Play date Mara (on right, in stockinged feet) and Mara’s mother (left) wait for Autumn’s mom to arrive. last_img read more

Rock Climbing 101: Get a foothold on your first climb with our beginner’s guide to rock.

first_imgRock climbing is like forming a band in high school; everyone does it, but very few of us do it right. Typically, this is the way most of us begin climbing: You see some videos on Youtube or maybe watch Stallone’s Cliffhanger, get psyched about dyno moves, then convince some work buddy who claims to be “big into rock climbing” to take you out one Saturday afternoon. But said work buddy’s climbing experience is limited to hitting on chicks at the local climbing gym. He has to retie your knot three times before he says, “I think that’s right,” and you spend about 20 minutes stuck to the side of a sandstone route that’s way over your head wondering why anyone would risk their life just to make it to the top of a rock that you could probably summit on a hiking trail anyway. Once safely on the ground you swear you’ll never strap on a climbing harness again.There’s a better way to begin your rock climbing career. Follow this guide and learn about common mistakes, proper gear, training tips, and where to find beginner-friendly rock.ARE YOU TRAD OR SPORT?There is more than one way to send that rock. Here are the three most common forms of rock climbing.Top Rope: The rope is attached to a fixed anchor or temporary anchor at the top of the climb, allowing for a single point of contact above the climber. Top roping is usually the first form of climbing athletes explore. It’s single pitch only, so you remain relatively close to the ground, it requires a limited amount of gear, and because of the higher anchor position, a top roped climber never actually “falls” as long as the belayer is doing his/her job. There’s always tension on the rope so instead of falling several feet to a point of protection below the climber, you swing away from the rock staying at the same position.Sport Climbing: Permanent bolts are fixed to a given route allowing climbers to “clip in” as they progress up the wall. While sport climbing is very popular in Western states, bolted routes are few and far between in the Southeast. The Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Foster Falls in Tennessee are hotbeds of southern sport climbing.Traditional Climbing (“trad”): The most common form of climbing in the Southeast, trad climbers place their own temporary protection in the rock as they send a route. Climbers are equipped with a “rack” of gear which is placed in cracks and crevices throughout the climb to protect against falls. In multi-pitch trad climbs, one climber leads placing protection and the second climber follows removing the protection.TRAIN SMARTERClimbing is the best way to train for climbing, but how do you train for rock climbing when you can’t climb rock? Think muscle endurance. Pull-ups are good, but you need to train your entire body to withstand the demand of sending 80-foot long routes without rest. Forget the big plates in the weight room. Instead, do full body exercises like “cleans” and “burpees” that hinge on low weight at high reps. Work your core and don’t neglect your cardio and you’ll perform better on the rock than just knocking out a bunch of pull-ups.POSTURE PLEASEProper climbing posture can often feel awkward for beginners who want to hug the wall with every inch of their body. Instead of sticking to the rock like glue, adopt this basic climbing stance: “Keep your arms straight, your back arched and your hips pushed toward the rock, as if you’re leaning away from the rock with your upper body,” says Swis Stockton of Granite Arches. “This keeps the stress on your legs, which is the key to climbing endurance.” When you’re comfortable with the stance, work the wall with your legs, thinking about foot placement first and hand placement last. Maintain contact with your feet. If your feet are slipping off a hold, you’re putting too much pressure on your upper body (hugging the wall) and not enough on your lower body.last_img read more

4 ways marketing is exactly like comedy

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details The world is going to hell in a handbasket, so I’ve been spending my down time watching comedy. This week, I’ve watched Dying Laughing, a documentary on Amazon Prime Video, and Jerry Seinfeld’s new standup special on Netflix, Jerry Before Seinfeld.Both shows stress how difficult it is to be a comedian. “Pffft,” I replied to the screen. “Try a career in marketing.”And then I realized, marketing and comedy are exactly alike. Consider the following. The talented ones make it look easy.Seinfeld is an excellent example of this. After all, he became a household name writing a show about nothing. He doesn’t have a funny voice or created personality, he’s just a seemingly average guy making jokes about average people. But he’s not average; he’s a genius. Writing a show about nothing may sound easy, but it’s an incredibly challenging creative undertaking.In marketing, Apple achieves a similar feat. Apple’s marketing is so simple: oftentimes, just a black Apple logo on a white screen. There might be a photo of a new product and a few words. That’s it. To the untrained eye, it looks so simple anyone could do it. Many have tried to do the same but failed. Which brings me to the second reason marketing is just like comedy. If you’re bad, you’re really, really bad.There are few situations more uncomfortable than sitting through a terrible standup act. It’s possible to fake a smile and applaud a bad singing performance, but it’s physically impossible to convincingly fake laughter. What’s more, people who want to laugh but don’t get angry. They start to heckle. It’s a bad scene, man.Here’s another uncomfortable situation: being exposed to bad marketing. Most bad marketing is just stale, like the ineffective “now, more than ever …” line. Cringe worthy, but not uncomfortable. But sometimes, marketing falls as flat as a bad standup routine. I’m not a big fan of political correctness, but two campaigns this year from Sony and Nivea with blatantly racist messages and images were downright uncomfortable. Sony’s “white is coming” PlayStation Portable ads featured a white model menacingly grabbing a black model by the face. Nivea bungled a deodorant campaign by greenlighting a “white is purity” message. Both were heckled on social media and deservedly so. It’s sorcery.In Dying Laughing, Seinfeld describes comedy as magic, a real magic trick. Successful comedians have the power to change people’s emotions, and produce the physiological response of laughter. Successful marketing performs an even more remarkable feat. It sets the stage for, or even prompts people to, purchase something. Parting with a laugh is much easier than parting with hard earned dollars. Failure chips away at your soul.Comedians, like other performing artists, share big parts of themselves on stage. When a comedian bombs, the audience didn’t just reject some jokes, they are also rejecting a big part of the person. Now, marketing campaigns only have an element of artistry to them. Marketing is a means to an end, and that end is sales, not pure creative expression. That said, marketers don’t just build a campaign. They create it. That creativity does come from the soul, which is why it’s painful to see the mortgage brochure you lovingly created discarded in the gutter in front of your credit union. You don’t go home and curl up into a fetal position on your bed, like comedian Dave Attell did after his first stand up performance bombed, but it doesn’t feel good, either.Finally, a quote from Steve Harvey that describes comedy, but applies to the skill set required for marketing, and also sales.“You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there’s no class for comedy. You have to be born with it.”last_img read more

Agee, convicted of sexual assault of 6 young boys in 1980s, was recently released from detention

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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down WHAT · 335 weeks ago There was a cheaper way to handle this criminal. It involves a rusty dull knife. Agee is the lowest form of life. Why would any jury allow this guy to walk free? Now that he is 50 years old do you really think he is “reformed”? Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Disgusted · 335 weeks ago Nothing like setting someone who can not be rehabilated out into the public with children where eventually he will do it again, possibly worse. People of his nature can not stop their desires and it is our children that suffer. May the community that he resides in find him and do what is necessary to protect their own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Really? · 334 weeks ago I’m just gonna leave this here….. .http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/03/10/canon-city-police-make-arrest-in-triple-homicide/ Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down angry · 334 weeks ago So let me get this straight, a jury had the option to lock this guy up for 25 more years, but let him walk?? When will we learn society? People like this need to be kept off the streets as long as possible. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Robert T. Agee, who was found guilty by a Sumner County District Court jury on March 29, 1988, of six counts of indecent liberties, aggravated sodomy, terroristic threat and simple assault of six young boys, has recently been released from prison. He is now on parole in Montgomery County in the Independence-Coffeyville area as of Feb. 20, 2014. A Sumner County District Judge William Mott declared a mistrial when jurors failed to come up with a verdict in the “matter of the care and treatment of Robert T Agee” on Feb. 12 during a probate division hearing at the courthouse.Assistant State Attorney General Lee Davidson said he would not pursue a retrial to determine whether Agee should remain under the care of the state of Kansas or be released on parole now that he has served his term.Agee was sentenced to 20 to 50 years by then Sumner County Judge Lloyd McDaniel on April 27, 1988 after a one-man, 11 woman jury found him guilty on 10 charges involving the molestation of six young boys – some as young as 6-years-old at the time.Since that point Agee has served at several correctional facilities within Kansas until his release last month.Agee was convicted after an emotional trial that involved the testimony of two of the six boys, who were victimized from March to September 1987. He was 28 at the time of his conviction. Agee is now in his mid-50s.According to news accounts of the trial in the Wellington Daily News, Agee was found guilty after a jury deliberated for four hours. His court appointed attorney at the time Lee Johnson said Agee was a borderline mentally retarded person – testing at an IQ of 68-70.Kerwin Spencer was the county attorney during his first stint as a prosecutor, and presented in court a timeline that led to Agee’s conviction with testimony from two boys, their mothers, two police officers and others involved.“Johnny” (fictitious name), a 6-year-old first grader at the time lived across the street from Agee and told his mother that he and his friend “Joey” were molested when at his place. He said when he wanted to leave, Agee got a rifle and told him to stay.The other boy, Joey, was then tied up and molested. Johnny would eventually find a knife and cut Joey loose. They escaped while Agee was putting away the rifle, according to the testimony.Johnny said Agee told him if he told anyone he would shoot his mom.Two other boys “Billy” and “Tommy” were babysat by Agee and spoke of a game in which they drew body parts. “David” and “Michael” also spoke how Agee showed them pornographic video tapes and how they were molested.After found guilty, Agee was sent to Larned Correctional Facility. He was transferred 16 times over a 25-year period before coming to Sumner County for a court appearance.This time a 12-person jury was convened to determine whether he should remain in custody or not. After a two-day hearing, the jury went into deliberation and came out to say it was “deadlocked.” Two weeks later the state of Kansas said it would not prosecute again.Mott dismissed the matter without prejudice and “any detainer placed upon respondent as a result of this matter are hereby extinguished.”Agee is placed on intra-parole which means given parole in the state in which convicted subject to certain conditions. One condition sometimes is participating in a Community Release program that helps the individual with vocational skills, independent living skills, etc.last_img read more


first_imgRafael Bejarano40108425%55%$402,548 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: Taris, impressive winner of the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 7, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 49.40 for the Grade I Vanity Mile June 4 and a potential meeting with champions Beholder and Stellar Wind. “It was her first breeze back since she raced and it was perfect,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. The millionaire daughter of Flatter doesn’t have to carry her track around with her. She has won eight of 13 career starts, seven of them at different tracks: Aqueduct, Laurel, Presque Isle Downs, Keeneland, Del Mar, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita . . . Flavien Prat, tied for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings through nine days, rides at Pimlico today . . . Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked on Cyrus Alexander for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Lone Star Handicap on Memorial Day, May 30. Garcia ranks second nationally percentage-wise in stakes wins this year at 27 (11 stakes wins from 42 mounts), behind Jose Ortiz‘s 30 percent . . . John Sadler plans to enter both Royal Heroine runner-up Elektrum and Royal Heroine winner Nancy From Nairobi in the Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf Memorial Day, May 30. Fanticola, third in the Royal Heroine after setting the pace as is her wont, also goes in the Gamely for Phil D’Amato under regular rider Joe Talamo . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 26, 9:30 a.m. at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only web cast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (web cast). The meeting agenda and supporting package of materials also are available on the CHRB website . . . The Outlaw Jose Barnes: The 20-year-old apprentice rider from South Africa, Jose Barnes, pronounces his first name “JOE-zee,” not “HO-say.” . . . On Sunday, Santa Anita presents the Cal Rods Car Show, a free Infield event featuring some of the finest classics in the San Gabriel Valley for the 10th straight year. First post time is 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. WRITER, HANDICAPPER WEINBAUM DEAD AT 64(From Daily Racing Form)Larry Weinbaum, a retired sportswriter and handicapper for several Southern California newspapers, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness related to complications from a stroke, according to a close friend, public handicapper Bob Ike.Weinbaum was 64.A native of New York, Weinbaum lived in Southern California for much of his adult life. He earned a master’s degree in journalism at San Diego State and later worked for newspapers in Vista and Escondido in San Diego County, Ike said.Weinbaum wrote about the San Diego Padres of Major League baseball and the San Diego Clippers of the NBA before the team moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s.An avid racing fan, Weinbaum became a public handicapper for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Orange County Register and Riverside Press Enterprise.No services were planned as of Thursday. Weinbaum is survived by a sister, Linda. Edward Freeman631150%83%$84,865 Brayan Pena2021410%35%$47,725 SECOND SUMMER TRIES CALIFORNIAN DIRT            Second Summer has found his best form on the main track.After running in five straight turf races and showing only a maiden victory, trainer Peter Eurton transferred the gelded son of 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird to the main track where he was second first out and has won his last two.Sunday, he makes his second stakes start, this in the Grade II Californian Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.“He’s found the dirt quite to his liking, compared to the turf,” Eurton said. “He wasn’t making any kind of run in his last few on grass. I started to feel like he preferred some (turf courses) on the circuit but not others. He worked so well on dirt, we decided to try it.”The Californian, race nine of 10: Crittenden, Flavien Prat; Lieutenant Colonel, Rafael Bejarano; Second Summer, Mario Gutierrez; Point Piper, Martin Garcia; El Huerfano, Victor Espinoza; Follow Me Crev, Alonso Quinonez; and Hard Aces, Abel Lezcano. Patrick Gallagher730043%43%$70,635 Peter Eurton920122%33%$45,900 (Current Through Thursday, May 19) Flavien Prat2972424%45%$319,040 Jack Carava722029%57%$49,190 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tiago Pereira373798%51%$147,263 Fernando Perez2132214%33%$127,365 SNOW CHIEF GAINED REDEMPTION IN 1986 PREAKNESS            It’s been three decades since Alex Solis won his only Triple Crown race in a Hall of Fame career that began in 1982.It was in 1986 when the native of Panama rode Snow Chief to victory in the Preakness, after the California-bred had finished 11th as the favorite behind Ferdinand and Bill Shoemaker in the Run for the Roses.Solis remembers the Preakness triumph like it was yesterday.“It was a great race,” said Solis, now 52, and a senior member of the Southern California riding colony along with Hall of Fame mates Gary Stevens, 53, Mike Smith, who turns 51 Aug. 10, and Kent Desormeaux, 46.“I was happy Snow Chief redeemed himself in the Preakness,” Solis said. “His Derby was disappointing, but he proved himself before the Preakness with his win in the Santa Anita Derby and after the Preakness by winning the Jersey Derby.”Snow Chief, trained by Mel Stute, would go on to earn an Eclipse Award as best Three-Year-Old of 1986. He retired as the then all-time Cal-bred money earner with $3,383,210.As for tomorrow’s 141st Preakness at Pimlico, Solis is hopeful Nyquist can continue his unbeaten streak in the second jewel of the Triple Crown at a mile and three-sixteenths.“I think it would be good for racing and I’d be happy for the California connections,” Solis said. “Doug O’Neill and his team have been there before (winning the Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another in 2012) and they know what they’re doing.”The Preakness lineup: Cherry Wine, Corey Lanerie, 20-1; Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 3-5; Awesome Speed, Jevian Toledo, 30-1; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 3-1; Lani, Yutaka Take, 30-1; Collected, Javier Castellano, 10-1; Laoban, Florent Geroux, 30-1; Abiding Star, J.D. Acosta, 30-1; Fellowship, Jose Lezcano, 30-1; and Stradivari, John Velazquez, 8-1.First live post time at Santa Anita Preakness Day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. The Paddock Room opens at 7:15 a.m.Post time for the $1.5 million Preakness is 3:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. It will air live on NBC-TV and the Horse Racing Radio Network. Martin Garcia2254223%50%$297,670 Michael McCarthy521040%60%$80,845 Mark Glatt1732318%47%$94,101 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke2022010%20%$101,545 David Hofmans520040%40%$79,635 Jerry Hollendorfer2243318%45%$278,075 Joseph Talamo3385724%61%$392,948 Philip D’Amato2485333%67%$415,615 John Sadler2350322%35%$284,105 Matthew Chew421050%75%$41,945 HOLLENDORFER SENDS OUT TRIO IN KONA GOLDVeteran sprint campaigner Sahara Sky, winner of the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at one mile in 2013, is one of three horses entered by Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.The other two are Dream Saturday and Wild Dude.Sahara Sky, an eight-year-old full horse owned by Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd, who races as Sweetwater Stable, was fifth in an overnight sprint at Golden Gate April 23, his first race since finishing fifth in the Grade II San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles July 25, 2015, a span of nine months.“He had a prep race up north and just came down a couple days ago. He looks great,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward of Sahara Sky, a Florida-bred son of Pleasant Tap.Added Hollendorfer on Dream Saturday: “We’ve had him a few months and he’s been training real well.”Sahara Sky, who would benefit from a fast pace, was third in the Kona Gold last year. He has an 8-4-5 record from 25 starts, with earnings of $1,180,238.The Kona Gold, race nine of 11: Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Souper Knight, Abel Lezcano, 20-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Dream Saturday, Mike Smith, 12-1; Subtle Indian, Ramon Vazquez, 5-2; Sahara Sky, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 3-1.Cherubim and Kafister were scratched. Richard Baltas1733118%41%$126,198 Edwin Maldonado40117528%58%$346,371 John Brocklebank522040%80%$85,560 Hector O. Palma632050%83%$54,945 THREE DECADES LATER, SOLIS RECALLS PREAKNESSKONA GOLD: ‘SKY’S NOT THE LIMIT’ FOR HOLLENDORFER SECOND SUMMER’S FORM IMPROVES ON MAIN TRACKMANDELLA HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN MIZDIRECTION Richard Mandella1222317%58%$145,075 Steven Miyadi722029%57%$59,435 Mike Puype2041220%35%$141,430 MANDELLA DUO IN RIGHT DIRECTION FOR MIZDIRECTIONRichard Mandella has two entered in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. He expects solid efforts from both Avenge and Off the Road.Avenge, a four-year-old daughter of War Front, is three for four over the hillside course, winning the restricted Ultra Fleet last May. The Mizdirection will mark her first race since last June 27, when she was sixth after prompting the pace in the Grade III Senorita Stakes at one mile on grass.Off the Road, a five-year-old Brazilian-bred mare, was second in the Grade III Las Cienagas which was taken off the turf and run on the main track due to weather conditions.The Mizdirection lineup: Off the Road, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; So Sweetitiz, Mike Smith, 8-1; Velvet Mesquite, Tyler Baze, 5-1; My Year Is a Day, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Minks Aprise, Alex Solis, 15-1; Miss Double d’Oro, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Home Journey, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Avenge, Flavien Prat, 5-1; and Swift Lady, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2.Revenue Virginius was scratched. Tyler Baze48781215%56%$372,060 Ignacio Puglisi921122%44%$42,313 Santiago Gonzalez4367614%44%$288,493 Martin Pedroza2733411%37%$117,930last_img read more


first_imgHUNCH PLAY PREVAILS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY Doug O’Neill14618282112%46%$1,623,866 Corey Nakatani73138718%38%$790,767 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 Martin Pedroza11115202114%50%$637,027 Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586 Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 William Spawr31114435%61%$342,440 MANDELLA MAY HAVE A HIT FROM OKLAHOMA Jerry Hollendorfer12126182221%55%$1,693,129 STEVENS, ASHLEY REUNITED FOR SAN LUIS REY            Ashleyluvssugar is set for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf, and he’ll be reunited with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who missed riding the six-year-old in the California Cup Turf Classic Jan. 28 while still recovering from hip replacement surgery.Stevens had ridden Ashleyluvssugar five straight times and nine times in his last 10 starts before Flavien Prat took over to win the Cal Cup Turf Classic. Prat rides in Dubai next Saturday.Ashleyluvssugar, a California-bred son of Game Plan out of the 16-year-old dam Ashley’s Folly, who resides at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday in 1:01 under exercise rider Jose Aragon.“I got him a little bit quicker than that, but I like the way he did it,” said Peter Eurton, who trains Ashley for owners/breeders Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC.Ashleyluvssugar has been a mainstay with Team Eurton since day one. Not only did the bay gelding win the San Luis Rey under Stevens in 2015, overall he has a 9-3-3 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,145,004.Understandably, it’s become more than a business relationship between trainer and horse.“There’s always an emotional attachment for a horse you’ve had since he was a baby,” Eurton allowed. “We raised him and we’ve had his brothers and sisters. I’m going to have three other siblings (Ashley’s Sassy, Ashley’s Bambino and Ashley’s Cutie) at the race track at the same time.“I would love to take a photo of those four galloping together down the lane. That would be so cool.“They’re all different, every single one of them, but he is obviously the best of the bunch. The four out of that mare all won maiden special (weight races). There was a horse years back that got loose and jumped over the fence at Hollywood Park and almost wound up in the infield lake. That was his brother, Ashley’s Bambino. He came out of that episode to win another race.“Ashley’s Folly is just a good mare and we’ve got a lot of emotion involved with her.”Just like all her siblings. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas12221211917%50%$1,223,952 Santiago Gonzalez12713211710%40%$661,673 STEVENS, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR TOGETHER AGAIN Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat22351354323%58%$3,213,930 Mario Gutierrez95817108%37%$728,435 Rafael Bejarano13421232316%50%$1,395,101 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Edwin Maldonado761191114%41%$363,016 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Peter Eurton56116720%43%$576,057 (Current Through Friday, March 17) Mark Glatt749111012%41%$452,655 Joseph Talamo15321162014%37%$736,038 Kent Desormeaux13730171522%45%$1,690,242 Bob Baffert591381022%53%$1,303,516 OKLAHOMA-BRED MAKES DEBUT SUNDAY FOR MANDELLAIf Taxman’s Quest comes anything close to Rogers and Hammerstein’s smash musical hit “Oklahoma,” Richard Mandella can expect rave reviews after Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile on turf.Taxman’s Quest, a son of Euroears bred in Oklahoma by his owners, the Litsch Family LLC, is unbeaten in his only two races, both sprints on dirt at Remington Park. He hasn’t raced since last Oct. 21, but has been firing bullets for Mandella at Santa Anita in preparation for the Pasadena.“A friend of a friend asked if I would be interested in him, and I looked up his races,” Mandella said in explaining how he acquired the chestnut gelding. “Yes, the races were against Oklahoma-breds, but pretty impressive, I thought.“We got him here and he’d had a little rest, but he’s trained very well up to this race.”Master of the understatement, Mandella might have outdone himself with that one. On March 14, Taxman’s Quest went five furlongs in 59.20, fastest of 23 drills at the distance; March 8, six furlongs in 1:12.40, fastest of 19; and March 1, five furlongs in 59.80, fastest of 42.“I wasn’t looking to run him on the turf,” Mandella said, “but it was the only option I had, so I’m going to try and get a race into him and see what we’ve got. I don’t know why he wouldn’t handle the turf.”While Oklahoma-breds racing in California are about as rare as snow in Pasadena, there have been at least two of note, 1986 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame member Lady’s Secret, and 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Kip Deville.The Pasadena, race eight of nine: Big Sky Logan, Corey Nakatani. 30-1; Taxman’s Quest, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Ritzy A.P., Victor Espinoza, 15-1; Ky. Colonel, Mike Smith, 6-1; Taco, J.M. Rios, 6-1, Cistron, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Monster Man, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Conquest Farenheit, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 5-2; Zakaroff, Joe Talamo, 6-1; and Bird Is the Word, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.1001911919%39%$836,516 Philip D’Amato8516121319%48%$1,121,550 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jamie Theriot7387511%27%$405,770             FINISH LINES: Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day program ended on a fitting note, as favored Irish Dame powered to a 3 ½ length win for trainer Vann Belvoir, giving leading man Flavien Prat his third win on the card and his 51st overall, through 44 racing days . . . With Spring Training in full swing in both Florida and Arizona, Nick Alexander’s homebred Pee Wee Reese got the ball rolling yesterday, capturing the first race, a $56,000 allowance at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, by 5 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo. Named for the Dodgers’ legendary Hall of Fame second baseman, “Pee Wee” notched his third consecutive win for trainer Phil D’Amato. Alexander will hope to be in the Winner’s Circle again following’s today’s 10th race, as his homebred Catfish Hunter, a 3-year-old half brother to Pee Wee Reese, stretches out to a mile on turf with Tyler Baze up for trainer Steve Miyadi . . . Mike Smith compiles Frequent Flier mileage over the next week. The Hall of Fame rider pilots American Anthem for Bob Baffert today in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, returns to his home base of Santa Anita to ride Sunday, then heads halfway around the world to the Middle East where he rides Arrogate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup next Saturday. Agent Brad Pegram said Smith should be back in California next Sunday, March 29, but not in time to ride at Santa Anita. Baffert leaves Santa Anita this afternoon to hook up with Arrogate . . . There is a single ticket Jackpot Pick Six carryover today of $289,904.62 . . . Apprentice jockey Evin Roman has been suspended five racing days (March 23, 24, 25, 26 and 30) for interference aboard Candy Boss in last Sunday’s seventh race, which resulted in a disqualification from third to fourth. Tyler Baze23942443018%49%$2,216,922 J. Keith Desormeaux4394521%42%$504,945 Ruben Fuentes7671469%36%$200,320 Stewart Elliott14916162311%37%$772,968 Steven Miyadi59815614%49%$386,106last_img read more

Matt Saal, June 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are pretty soggy. We got quite a bit of rain through the week but we have not had serious flooding issues. You can see spots where crops are starting to suffer from too much water, though.Most guys are finished up with the first cutting of hay and guys are hoping to get started with second cutting this week if it dries out a little. It looks like there will be pretty good volume there with all of the moisture we have had.There is some wheat going down with the rain we have had but over all it is still standing pretty well. There are some ponded wet spots that always hold water. Further north they had a lot more rain than we did and they had some corn under water up around the Medina area.I haven’t heard a lot of people talking with a high level of concern about the amount of rain we have had, but we have plenty for now. I haven’t seen any pest problems or diseases yet. Some of the soybean fields have weeds that are pretty tall because nobody has been able to get in and spray.last_img read more

True confession: Riding my John Deere up a creek, without a paddle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On a recent Sunday after church, three farmer friends asked me to divulge the true identity of “Mitch” in my column published in the June edition of Ohio Country Journal. Chuckling, they went on to ask what pseudonym I planned to use to protect my own identity, if I were to write about a personal calamity they had learned about (thanks to one of my “disloyal” employees, who posted an incriminating photo on Facebook).Since that cat was well out of the bag, I had no choice but to tell all. I showed them other photographic evidence, stored on my ironically named smartphone, and gave them the full narrative of my — well, I guess I might as well say it — my idiocy. You’re going to be saying it by the time you finish reading this column, anyway.Here goes.It all began with me deciding to clear brush and debris out of Anderson Creek, which meanders through my farm. I hired Jack, a drainage contractor, to start the project last winter. He finally completed the job near soybean planting time this spring.Once newly seeded grass adorned the banks and filter strips, the bubbling, free-flowing stream looked fit for a painter’s canvas until one day when I discovered that a beaver had dammed up the works. Yes, near the upper end of my portion of the creek, a beaver had erected a mighty effective display of natural engineering. In front of the dam, the water was about eight inches deep. Behind the dam, it was about 30 inches deep. I marveled at how one beaver could be such an efficient engineer.The little guy had felled trees on the banks, strategically landing them in place for his mighty bulwark. He filled in leaky spots with leaves, branches and mud.I called Jack to report this new development and ask for advice.“You need to tear his dam down,” Jack said. “It probably is just one young beaver, or there would be several dams, not just one.”“How do I tear it down?” I asked, picturing in my mind dynamite and a demolition crew.“Drive your tractor and loader down to the far end of the creek, where the crossover ramp is. Ford the stream and drive your tractor upstream to the dam. Then tear out the center of it with your loader. The backed up water will do the rest.”“Is that safe?”“Your creek has a gravel bottom and your tractor has front-wheel assist, correct?”“Yes, do you warrant this will be safe?”“Yes, we do this all the time with a backhoe in creeks that have a gravel bottom, just like yours.”“Will you come and pull me out if I get stuck?”“Yes, we will pull you out if you get stuck,” Jack said, his patience straining.The following day I started out on my mission. I drove the tractor beside the creek, a half mile down to the south end of the field, and entered the stream at the crossover, as Jack directed.Slowly, I skippered the tractor upstream through the oncoming water. In spite of my trepidation, this cruise seemed pleasant enough. Water slipped smoothly around the tires. The diesel engine throbbed monotonously and the noisy green monster startled a small flock of ducks into flight.As Jack had predicted, wiping out the dam was an easy task. About three thrusts of the loader allowed the water to rip through and clear away the beaver’s handiwork. The demolition went off as smoothly as the bombing mission in the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai.” I kind of expected a beaver to peer out at me, but apparently he was too clever. He had to know I was out for vengeance.Slowly, I backed the tractor away from the demolition site. And the eight inches of water I had driven through suddenly rose to 30 inches. Apparently the water had been backed up several miles upstream.The tracks left by my tractor on the way upstream were no longer visible. As I started back downstream, the tractor dropped suddenly into a silt bed, sinking to the level of the operator platform.I attempted to back out of this predicament, but the tractor wallowed in deeper. Water splashed off the blades of the radiator fan. Then the engine hammered for five seconds. The exhaust pipe belched a cloud of white smoke. And the tractor went silent.I was in a state of shock. My nearly new tractor was sunk. As I stepped off the platform, I expected I would need to swim — or that at least the water would be chest deep. But I stepped off on solid footing in knee-deep water.After scrambling up the bank, I called Jack to remind him of his warranty. He answered immediately, but said he was about to enter a church — for his nephew’s wedding in Pittsburgh. Some warranty!But Jack said he would call one of his sons, Jack Jr., to assist me. Jack called me back right away to say that Junior was on his way.Junior arrived in just over an hour. He unloaded his backhoe, confidently driving it down the steep bank to position it behind my tractor. Then Junior promptly got his rig stuck. By maneuvering the machine’s retractable hoe, however, he managed to push it forward then pull it backward up onto the gravel sandbars, then drive back up on the bank.From there, with several lengths of chain, he pulled my tractor out of the silt hole and up on the bank. For my benefit, Junior spoke optimistically about the number of times he or his father had submerged their equipment in streams and suck holes, retrieved it and returned it to working order after cleaning the filters and changing the oil.He advised against running the tractor until the oil had been drained and replaced, with a thorough “going-over” by a mechanic.In any event, the dam was gone.The beaver was nowhere to be seen, although I suspect he watched the whole operation with some glee like his furry cousin, Alvin the chipmunk, would. I told my wife, Kris, afterwards that there was only one thing left to do: Go out to lunch and celebrate that we were still in one piece — and the tractor probably could be fixed.Within 24 hours, the beaver rebuilt his dam. My mechanic, after evaluating the tractor, has redirected the discussion to the cost of rebuilding the tractor engine and hydraulics versus buying a new tractor. In the meantime, I’d really like a beaver skin hat.last_img read more

‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, final confirmation of the trade has been delayed amid ongoing questions surrounding Thomas’ injury, which forced him to miss the end of the Eastern Conference finals last season.Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday that there was no question he would come back from his injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am not damaged,” Thomas said. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”Thomas insisted that medical professionals had assured him he would recover his fitness. Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NBA player Isaiah Thomas attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFPLos Angeles, United States — Isaiah Thomas insisted Tuesday that he would return to fitness from a hip injury as concern over his condition threatened to stall his move from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Thomas is poised to join Cleveland with several teammates in a blockbuster trade that saw Cavs star Kyrie Irving head to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN.“Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”Thomas said he had remained in touch with Cleveland since a physical on Friday but was in the dark about the team’s plans.“I don’t know what [the organization] is doing,” Thomas told ESPN. “It’s out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this (hip) won’t be a problem into the future.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Aung La N Sang keeps ONE middleweight title, Brandon Vera challenges for Light heavyweight belt

first_imgTOKYO, Japan—Two-division champion Aung La N Sang retained his ONE middleweight world title on Sunday after knocking out Ken Hasegawa in their rematch in ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.But before he could even step outside of the cage, a new challenger already awaits, this time for his light heavyweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Kevin Belingon yields ONE bantamweight belt after getting disqualified Aung La accepted Vera’s proposition and ONE founder, chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong immediately gave his go-signal.“Let’s get it on,” Sityodtong said, prompting a roar from the crowd.A slimmed down Brandon Vera says he’s moving down in weight to challenge Aung La Naang for the ONE light heavyweight world title. | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/KbHstUUlLw— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Google Philippines names new country director Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Shortly after delivering a second-round stoppage of Hasegawa, Aung La was joined by Vera in the cage where “The Truth” issued his challenge to the Burmese hero. 🚨 IT’S ON 🚨 Aung La N Sang accepts Brandon Vera’s challenge for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title! @AungLANsang @Verafied #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/03gPlbzj6D— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vera hasn’t faced any worthy competition since his move to ONE Championship and Aung La would certainly give him what he lacks.The 41-year-old Vera captured the inaugural heavyweight title in 2015 and he’s only defended it twice against overmatched opponents in Hideki Sekine and Mauro Cerilli.Vera demolished Sekine and Cerilli in just one round.Aung La N Sang retains his ONE Middleweight World Title with a HUGE knockout of Ken Hasegawa at 4:41 of Round 2 👊 @AungLANsang #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/5qL2Opxew8— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019 View commentslast_img read more