Palestinians resist Israeli renewed attack on Gaza

first_imgIsrael began pounding the Palestinian area of Gaza on Nov. 12 with scores of air raids and artillery attacks. The assaults renewed an ongoing Israeli military campaign against Gaza that had been in a lull in recent months.Gaza has been described as the largest open-air prison in the world, after nearly 2.1 million residents suffered 12 brutal years of an Israeli-imposed state of siege. During this time Israel has limited or cut off complete access to food, water, electricity and medical supplies, leaving the Palestinian people there in hunger, thirst and danger.Now Israel has renewed its outright targeting of Palestinian political and military leaders in their homes. On Nov. 12, Israel claimed it had assassinated the top local commander of the Islamic Jihad, Bahaa Abu Al-Ata, in his house in Gaza City. His spouse, Asma Abu Al-Ata, was allegedly also killed. The Israeli Defense Force asserted this was a “surgical airstrike” and that it also was “investigating” whether Gazan civilians were killed in the dozens of other airstrikes and bombardments in November.In fact, scores of civilians have been killed in recent attacks on Gaza and hundreds wounded. Housing units, agricultural lands, poultry and vegetable farms have also been targeted and destroyed by the air raids. This tactic of destruction, along with genocidal murder, has been employed by the Israeli government since 1948 in an attempt to subjugate or drive out Palestinian resistance to colonization and occupation.Arab members of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, accused right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of renewing and escalating the attacks on Gaza in order to secure his political survival. Netanyahu received a severe setback in recent Israeli elections, narrowly winning reelection.Gaza continues to fight for its liberation. The day following the predawn attack on Al-Ata, Palestinians fighters fired a barrage of some 200 rockets into Israeli territory.  Al Jazeera Arabic’s Wael Al-Dahdouh, reporting from Gaza on Nov. 13, said there is a “high degree of anger” in the city. ”The overnight [Israeli] operation reminded people in Gaza of previous assassinations that targeted Palestinian activists and high-level commanders from Palestinian resistance groups in their homes.”Previous resistance in Gaza has also been fierce, most recently in the year-long Great March of Return, lasting from March 2018 through March 2019. Every Friday thousands demonstrated at the border fence imposed by Israel, demanding their right to return to their Palestinian homeland. The majority of Gaza’s population descended from those violently expelled from their homes and villages in 1948 when Zionist militias drove out 750,000 Palestinians in order to seize land for Israel’s creation, backed by U.S. imperialism.Throughout the Great March, Israeli snipers opened fire at protesters, killing over 300 Palestinians, including those clearly identified as journalists and medics, and injuring more than 26,000, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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System for global pandemic vaccine development challenged

first_imgFeb 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia, the country that has seen more human deaths from avian influenza H5N1 than any other, has ceased sharing viruses isolated from its patients with international health authorities, challenging the global system for flu-strain identification and vaccine development.The World Health Organization (WHO) has not received any viral isolates from Indonesia since the end of 2006, Dr. David Heymann, the agency’s acting assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in a telephone briefing this morning.”We have been in discussions with the Ministry of Health since November of last year,” he said. “We will continue to work with them and with all countries to ensure this virus will remain somehow a public good.”Indonesia is also preparing to sign on Wednesday an agreement giving a single vaccine manufacturer rights to its isolates, Heymann said—though by the end of the day Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the agreement with Baxter International would block health authorities and other manufacturers from accessing the samples, or solely guarantee Indonesia’s right to purchase vaccines made from its viruses.The episode highlights the fragile and increasingly contentious system by which flu viruses—from both seasonal flu and novel strains such as avian influenza H5N1—are identified and shared around the world.Under that system, designed by the WHO with the agreement of its 193 member states, flu viruses are isolated in a country and analyzed to increasing levels of sophistication by a national lab, regional lab, and 1 of 4 WHO Influenza Collaborating Centers in Tokyo, Melbourne, London, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.Gene sequences from the analyses are used to identify emerging strains of flu—to track the evolution of the disease and, crucially for Tuesday’s news, to provide the basis for flu vaccines made by pharmaceutical companies.For about 50 years, the system has operated on goodwill, with its costs borne by the WHO membership and no compensation offered for viral contributions. There have been signs in recent months, though, that the agreement is breaking down.China last year refused for a time to share flu virus samples internationally, complaining that credit for discoveries was going to Western scientists at the top of the network’s pyramid rather than to the Chinese researchers who originated them.And last month, developing-world members of the WHO’s 34-country Executive Board complained at the board’s annual meeting that the system routes viral isolates, and the vaccines that result from them, away from the developing countries that lack the capacity to manufacture them but are likely to need them the most.”The pandemic will definitely occur in developing countries, not developed countries. But we are sending our virus (samples) to the rich countries to produce antivirals and vaccines. And when pandemic occurs, they survive and we die,” Suwit Wibulpolprasert of Thailand said in remarks carried by Reuters.”We are not opposing the sharing of information and virus, but on the condition that every country will have equal opportunity to get access to vaccine and anti-virals if such a pandemic occurs.”He was supported by Sameer Khalfan of Bahrain, who said: “There should be a fixed percentage of the vaccine produced for the pandemic strain for each region, proportionate to the population of each region, to ensure equitable and fair access.”At the end of the meeting, the board passed a resolution—to be sent to the full membership for a vote during May’s World Health Assembly—that pointedly said: “No national influenza centre laboratory, Global Influenza Surveillance Collaborating Centre or H5 Reference Laboratory should charge fees or sell influenza viruses or strains or in any way seek to profit from participation in the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network. . . . No national, influenza centre laboratory, Global Influenza Surveillance Collaborating Centre or H5 Reference Laboratory should impose agreements or administrative procedures that may inhibit the proper functioning of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network, including in particular the timely sharing of material and information.”Indonesia is a WHO member state but does not belong to the executive board.In the teleconference Tuesday, Heymann said the virus-sharing relationship has broken down over twin concerns of intellectual property rights and vaccine access.”Their major concern is that the virus strain they have put into the WHO network . . . has been used by several manufacturers to develop vaccines,” he said. “Indonesia feels they must be getting some compensation for the use of their viruses in production and marketing of these vaccines.”In addition to intellectual property rights, Heymann said, the dispute hinges on the mismatch between where vaccine seed strains originate and where the vaccines that result from them are sold. Most vaccine manufacturers are in the industrialized world, whose countries are also the major markets for seasonal vaccine. If a pandemic strain arises and a vaccine can be developed against it, developing countries that also want to purchase it could find themselves at the end of a long queue.”Developing countries . . . would like to have their own stockpiles, or would like to have some benefit from the viruses that they have given, seeing that there is not great access to vaccines in the world,” Heymann said.Indonesia is due Wednesday to sign a memorandum of understanding with vaccine manufacturer Baxter International. How much that memo could alter the relationship with the global flu-identification effort is unclear.”We anticipate the MOU will then modify the way in which Indonesia participates in the network for sharing of novel influenza viruses,” Heymann said. But Baxter told the Financial Times and Canadian Press today that the agreement would not block the sharing of Indonesian viral samples with others.Whatever the memo’s content, the issue of developing countries’ desire to exert some self-protective control over flu-virus identification is unlikely to go away—as Heymann acknowledged Tuesday.”The solution to this certainly comes from a round table at which many people are seated; that round table has to include pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines, it has to include countries that are having human infections, it has to have countries in whose interest it is to have those viruses and it has to have international organizations,” he said. “We have begun those discussions with the pharmaceutical industry, with the governments, and we are gradually trying to come to a paradigm that will work.”last_img read more

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Aimi Bullock: inspiring more disabled golfers

first_img One person who won’t let disability get in the way of playing golf is Aimi Bullock, 43, from Surrey. An active sportswoman throughout her life, Aimi was forced to stop playing hockey eight years ago due to a bout of optic neuritis that left her with impaired vision. Unable to play several of her favourite sports as a result, Aimi channelled her energy into golf – a sport she had first played in her early twenties. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013, Aimi refused to let the condition alter her life and competitive nature, competing in the Ride London-Surrey in both 2013 and 2014. Playing golf became a way for Aimi to continue playing competitive sport, even during the worst bouts of her illness. Aimi said: “It was tough not being able to play hockey when I had my optic neuritis eight years ago, but being able to play golf and keep playing a competitive sport was fantastic. I try and do something golf related twice a week just to stay active and keep myself feeling good. I can’t always play 18 holes twice a week so will play nine or go to the driving range.” Aimi tries to play as much as her health allows, but can still find it difficult to play a full 18 holes at times. Her neurologist is encouraging Aimi to play golf regularly as it helps keep her active and the competitive nature of sport helps her cope mentally with the effects of her condition. “I love competing against my friends or in competitions at Woking Golf Club and Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Clubs, but I got involved with competitive disability golf for the first time this summer. I signed up to play in the European Individual Championships in the Czech Republic, finishing in third place. I’ll definitely look to playing more disabled golf tournaments.” ??”Golf is a great sport for disabled people as anyone can play. It isn’t as demanding on your body compared with other sports.  It’s a great way to keep playing competitive sport and stay sharp physically and mentally.” Dr David Schley from the MS Society said: “MS is an unpredictable condition but research suggests that exercise can help manage symptoms, such as fatigue, as well as improve the overall health of people with MS. It’s really important to find an exercise that works for you and you’re more likely to stick with it if it’s something you enjoy and find worthwhile. There’s plenty of information and support out there on exercising with MS, including on the MS Society’s website.” Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about beginner courses, taster lessons and special events at clubs and ranges nationwide. Image © Leaderboard Photography 17 Oct 2016 Aimi Bullock: inspiring more disabled golfers last_img read more

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Awards celebrate all that’s great about golf in England

first_img It was celebration time last night when players, volunteers, clubs, counties and coaches got together to recognise all that’s great about golf in England.About 500 guests attended the England Golf Awards 2018 sponsored by Bridgestone and applauded the achievements which are helping to grow the game.The winners included a 23-year-old golf club captain who is helping to change the image of the game, a golf coach who is transforming lives through golf, clubs which go over and above to welcome new players and value existing members, a county which is proving that golf is modernising, volunteers who are the backbone of the game and players, led by Tommy Fleetwood, who have produced outstanding performances.Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, told guests at the Royal Lancaster London: “Tonight is a real celebration, a time to shout about all the really exciting achievements in golf.“We’ve got so much to be proud of – our finalists and winners are amazing and their stories deserve to be told far beyond the golf community. And, behind them is a whole army of volunteers, coaches, clubs and counties who are also making a huge difference.“We have an enormously exciting future ahead, with lots going on to change the image of the game. By working together we can build on all our achievements and spread the message that golf really is a game for all, with huge benefits for everyone.”The award winners were:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by American Golf: Golf at Goodwood, Sussex. This clubs gets out and about in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to take the game to new players, it looks after and listens to its visitors and members and last year it was rewarded with almost 300 new members. Read more Young Ambassador of the Year, presented in association with the Golf Foundation: Liam Ridgill of Drax Golf Club, Yorkshire. The 23-year-old club captain is changing the perception of the game and, with his can-do attitude and marketing and media skills, is helping attract new members. Read moreChampionship Venue of the Year, sponsored by Travelbag: Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk. This club hosted the English Women’s County Championship and won the award thanks to the massive enthusiasm of their staff and volunteers, their attention to detail and their exceptional support. Read moreVolunteer of the Year, sponsored by Players 1st: Jean Hooper of Bramley Golf Club, Surrey. Jean has built up a brilliant junior section and tirelessly encourages, supports and integrates the youngsters in the club. Jean is one of about 50,000 golf volunteers in the country who are the backbone of the sport. Read moreCounty of the Year, sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC: Middlesex. 2017 was a landmark year for Middlesex when the women’s association and men’s union merged to form a unified county, speaking with one voice for all its clubs and players. Read more Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDo: Leeds Golf Centre. The centre’s open door policy helped it to an amazing year when it welcomed new golfers and members, made improvements and planned even more, which could create 30 new jobs. Read moreCoach of the Year sponsored by The PGA: Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire. Matthew has inspired thousands of children and adults to get into golf, he supports new and improving players and he works with stroke survivors and disability groups. Read more Performance of the Year: Tommy Fleetwood. It’s only a few years since Fleetwood was English amateur champion and playing in England teams. Now he’s the European Tour’s Number One, having won the 2017 Race to Dubai – and followed up by defending the 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Today’s English amateurs also had a memorable year. Read moreRising Star Award: Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex. The 15-year-old had a sensational 2017 season when she won five titles. She’s one to watch. Read more Lifetime Service Award, sponsored by Bridgestone: Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire. Anders changes lives through golf. For the last 20 years he has given his services, for free, to coach and support blind and visually impaired players. He also offers an annual scholarship to develop a young golfer. Read moreAwards celebrate all that’s great about golf in EnglandIt was celebration time last night when players, volunteers, clubs, counties, and coaches got together to recognise all that’s great about golf in England.About 500 guests attended the England Golf Awards 2018 sponsored by Bridgestone and applauded the achievements which are helping to grow the game.The winners included a 23-year-old golf club captain who is helping to change the image of the game, a golf coach who is transforming lives through golf, clubs which go over and above to welcome new players and value existing members, a county which is proving that golf is modernising, volunteers who are the backbone of the game and players, led by Tommy Fleetwood, who have produced outstanding performances.Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, told guests at the Royal Lancaster London: “Tonight is a real celebration, a time to shout about all the really exciting achievements in golf.“We’ve got so much to be proud of – our finalists and winners are amazing and their stories deserve to be told far beyond the golf community. And, behind them is a whole army of volunteers, coaches, clubs and counties who are also making a huge difference.“We have an enormously exciting future ahead, with lots going on to change the image of the game. By working together we can build on all our achievements and spread the message that golf really is a game for all, with huge benefits for everyone.”The award winners were:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by American Golf: Golf at Goodwood, Sussex. This clubs gets out and about in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to take the game to new players, it looks after and listens to its visitors and members and last year it was rewarded with almost 300 new members. Read moreYoung Ambassador of the Year, presented in association with the Golf Foundation: Liam Ridgill of Drax Golf Club, Yorkshire. The 23-year-old club captain is changing the perception of the game and, with his can-do attitude and marketing and media skills, is helping attract new members. Read moreChampionship Venue of the Year, sponsored by Travelbag: Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk. This club hosted the English Women’s County Championship and won the award thanks to the massive enthusiasm of their staff and volunteers, their attention to detail and their exceptional support. Read moreVolunteer of the Year, sponsored by Players 1st: Jean Hooper of Bramley Golf Club, Surrey. Jean has built up a brilliant junior section and tirelessly encourages, supports and integrates the youngsters in the club. Jean is one of about 50,000 golf volunteers in the country who are the backbone of the sport. Read moreEngland’s County of the Year sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC: Middlesex. 2017 was a landmark year for Middlesex when the women’s association and men’s union merged to form a unified county, speaking with one voice for all its clubs and players. Read moreClub of the Year sponsored by Howdidido: Leeds Golf Centre. The centre’s open door policy helped it to an amazing year when it welcomed new golfers and members, made improvements and planned even more, which could create 30 new jobs. Read moreCoach of the Year sponsored by The PGA: Matthew Turnock of Mottram Hall Golf Club, Cheshire. Matthew has inspired thousands of children and adults to get into golf, he supports new and improving players and he works with stroke survivors and disability groups. Read morePerformance of the Year: Tommy Fleetwood. It’s only a few years since Fleetwood was English amateur champion and playing in England teams. Now he’s the European Tour’s Number One, having won the 2017 Race to Dubai – and followed up by defending the 2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Read moreRising Star Award: Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex. The 15-year-old had a sensational 2017 season when she won five titles. She’s one to watch. Read moreLifetime Service Award, sponsored by Bridgestone: Anders Mankert of Cosby Golf Club, Leicestershire. Anders changes lives through golf. For the last 20 years he has given his services, for free, to coach and support blind and visually impaired players. He also offers an annual scholarship to develop a young golfer. Read more 22 Feb 2018 Awards celebrate all that’s great about golf in England Tags: Award, England Golflast_img read more

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NJSIAA Keeps Hope Alive for a Spring High School Sports Season

first_imgCoaches may interact virtually with their student-athletes, including providing workouts or training materials. However, such virtual contact – as well as any activity that may result from it – must strictly conform to all directives in effect related to the coronavirus out- break and social distancing guidelines. In addition, any virtual contact and resultant activities must be entirely in keeping with all NJSIAA in-and off-season protocols. With the doors shut on high schools, the spring sports season is on hold. Many athletes and coaches fear there could be no sports played for the remainder of the school year, but the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJ-SIAA) is keeping the door open to the possibility of some sort of spring sports season, if schools reopen. The NJSIAA executive committee held a teleconference April 1 and released the following statement: No, the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Luncheon, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, has been canceled. NJSIAA is continuing to solicit nominations from each member school and will send each honoree a certificate and gift. Monetary scholarships, however, will not be awarded this year. While the return-to-school date will play a significant role in determining the length of the regular season, NJSIAA staff will also discuss options with officers of each league and conference. Important factors in determining the potential length of the regular season will be feedback from these officers related to the status of various county or conference tournaments, as well as plans for abridged divisional and/or inter-con-ference schedules. By Rich Chrampanis What is the status of NJ-SIAA championship tournaments? Here are the NJSIAA’s answers to some frequently asked questions, as of March 25: This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no practices, scrimmages, or games may be held. This includes any event organized by a parent, captain, or other student-athlete. RICH CHRAMPANIS Pitcher Shane Panzini looked to lead RBC as the defending Shore Conference champions. All spring sports are side- lined during the quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic center_img No, during the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no NJSIAA member school, school district, or coach may conduct practices, scrimmages, or games (which includes all official interscholastic contests). This is a mandatory period of no in-person contact between coaches and their student-athletes. Are coaches allowedto have in-person contactwith student-athletes whileschools are shut down? When schools are able toreopen, how will NJSIAAdetermine the length of theregular season? “While a return-to-school date and related public health guidelines will determine the viability of a spring sports season, NJSIAA is committed to doing whatever is possible to provide New Jersey’s student-athletes with some type of spring season. We have not given up on spring sports and will continue holding teleconferences and virtual meetings with leaders of our various leagues and conferences to assess options. To be clear, any effort to arrange for scholastic competition outside the traditional academic calendar would require support and approval beyond our office.” As stated in the previous FAQ, all dates, locations and qualification requirements per each sport’s tournament will be subject to change. As soon as a return-to-school date is made official, NJ-SIAA staff will work directly with key tournament staff for each sport to structure championship tournaments. Also, NJSIAA staff will work together to ensure that all sports will, as much as is feasible, provide consistent opportunities for participation and championship play. These restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with restrictions imposed by the governor and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health. These restrictions relate to all sports, not just spring sports. Will NJSIAA host its annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon? last_img read more

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Bomber errors come back to haunt squad in Grand Forks

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers started slow but finished with a bang, edging Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 11-10 at the Wolves High School Invitational Baseball Tournament Saturday in Grand Forks.John Barabonoff, surrendering four runs while giving up three walks and fanning two batters, was stellar in relief, pitching a one-hitter, to lead the Bombers to the narrow win over the Storm.“The team played shorthanded again with hockey and the music festival taking players (away),” said Bomber head coach Ron Mace after finishing the weekend with a 1-2 record.Daine Olenek started the game and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits and four strikeouts. LVR committed five errors.LVR opened the tournament losing a pair of games Friday, 9-3 to the host Wolves and 14-4 to the Storm.Connor Bojey struggled on the mound for LVR, giving up all nine runs — only one earned. Bojey finished the game with two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.Eric Madore pitched the final inning in relief to retired the Wolves.LVR had five different players knock out hits, including Mateo Pipe with his first hit of the season.The Bombers then fell victim to the Storm in the opening game between the two clubs.Cole Laughton started the game and took the loss for LVR. Barabonoff once again pitched in relief.The pitchers received no help from the rest of the team as LVR committed whopping 10 errors.Pipe, Brandon Hufty, Chris Mahe and Clay Rickaby all had hits for LVR.Wednesday, LVR travels to Grand Forks to play a doubleheader against the Wolves.The Wolves return to face LVR at Queen Elizabeth Park Tuesday, May 10 with the first pitch at noon. [email protected]last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015

first_imgFINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on the status of Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief, currently recovering at Golden Gate Fields from an injury suffered in the Charles Town Classic on April 18: “He has no surgical issues whatsoever. He tweaked his right hind leg coming out of the gate so it’s going to take some time to heal, but hopefully not a lot of time. I would expect him to be 100 percent recovered.” . . . Agent Vic Lipton is two-for-two with his new rider, Alex Solis, who captured Thursday’s fourth race for trainer John Shirreffs aboard Smart Transition by 2 ¼ lengths at a $3.40 win payoff. Solis is named on five horses Saturday . . . Jockey Saul Arias has been suspended three racing days (May 10, 14 and 15) for failing to maintain a straight course on Bella Breeze in Sunday’s second race. KENTUCKY DERBY GALA AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY            The countdown is closing in on zero for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby but you don’t have to be among the more than 100,000 at Churchill Downs to enjoy the extravaganza.Fans can join the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky at Santa Anita on an afternoon filled with world-class racing, hat contests, mint juleps and live racing.Festivities include an Infield Beer-fest with live music from Seedless, and a party in the Premium Gallop Out in the Club House East. Fans can purchase a Trackside Package for a prime seat and their first drink in a commemorative cup featuring Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, plus all the fun and excitement of racing’s best 3-year-olds in the Kentucky Derby.First post time Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 7:15 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at santaanita.com. HORSEMEN: IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT BAFFERT IN DERBYSATURDAY IS PARTY TIME AT SANTA ANITA FOR DERBYO’NEILL HOPES TO LEARN WHAT MAKES ‘SAMMY’ RUNPRIZE EXHIBIT READY FOR HONEYMOON ON SUNDAY SOLIS APPOINTED TO CHRB SEAT VACATED BY BO DEREKGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the appointment of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis to the California Horse Racing Board. This followed the resignation of Bo Derek, who served nearly seven years on the Board, most recently as 1st Vice Chair.CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner expressed high praise for both.“I’m very pleased that the Governor appointed Alex to the Board. Having a rider will bring a new dimension to our process that has been missing,” Winner said. “I’ve known Alex since he began riding in California. He’s a terrific jockey and a man of integrity, who is well respected throughout the industry.”“I’m looking forward to adding another perspective to the Board,” said Solis. “I have 34 years of experience in the racing industry. I’ve been on top of horses and I’ve been in the backside. I’ve associated with many great horsemen. I feel that I have a good understanding of the industry.”Chairman Winner continued, “Vice Chair Bo Derek has been an outstanding commissioner. She has worked tirelessly as a leading advocate for the health and safety of the horse and the rider. I personally learned a great deal from working with Bo on the Board and as a member of her committee that dealt with equine medication and track safety. There can be no doubt that the horses, the riders, and the industry are much the better because of the work of Bo Derek.”As a commissioner since July 15, 2008, and chair of the Medication and Track Safety Committee, Ms. Derek helped insure the health, safety and welfare of horses and riders by leading efforts to improve the construction and use of riding crops; require riders to wear improved safety helmets and safety vests; greatly restrict the use of a wide range of medications, such as anabolic steroids; implement the process for voiding claims (purchases) of horses that demonstrate unsoundness following their races; and insure that every racetrack and approved training facility has immediate access to ambulances and paramedic services.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work on welfare and safety issues from the inside of the sport I love,” she said. “And I’m thrilled that Alex Solis is joining the Board. He has so much to offer.” HORSEMEN PREFER BAFFERT DUO IN KENTUCKY DERBYThe Kentucky Derby is front and center Saturday for the 141st time, bringing forthrandom opinions from whizzes to washouts.With Bob Baffert training the two morning line choices, American Pharoah and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, this year’s Run for the Roses has a dominant Southern California panache, since both 3-year-olds are stabled at Santa Anita.Following are thoughts from local horsemen:Barry Abrams: American Pharoah. He’s the best horse.Rafael Becerra: American Pharoah. I think he’s the real deal.Ray Bell: The best value for the money is Firing Line, but I’ve never seen a Derby with more depth in my lifetime around horses, and that’s since 1975.David Bernstein: Dortmund.Jack Carava: American Pharoah. He’s the best horse.Vladimir Cerin: The best horse since Secretariat is running–American Pharoah.Keith Desormeaux: I’ve been impressed with what American Pharoah has done and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can control that speed in a 20-horse field.Phil D’Amato: Firing Line. He’s done nothing wrong, he’s coming in fresh, he’s got a Hall of Famer aboard (Gary Stevens), and I’ve seen Gary out here in the mornings getting on him a lot and schooling him, so I think he’s a good contender.”Caesar Dominguez: Dortmund, Mubtaahij, American Pharoah and Firing Line.Neil Drysdale: American Pharaoh. I was super-impressed with him.Peter Eurton: I’m rooting for Firing Line. I’d like to see (trainer) Simon (Callaghan) have some fun, but American Pharoah is in a position to stalk if he breaks clean.Ron Ellis: There’s strength in California for sure, with Firing Line. American Pharoah and Dortmund.Neil French: There’s quite a lot of speed in the race. American Pharoah does things so easy, it’s hard to say, but I’m leaning towards him.Mark Glatt: It’s hard to go against American Pharoah, although the best horse doesn’t always win the Derby, but he’s the best horse by a long way.Dan Hendricks: I’m going for the horse from Dubai (Mubtaahij).Bruce Headley: Dortmund. He’s made for a mile and a quarter and he has a good post.Karen Headley: Mubtaahij.Jerry Hollendorfer: It looks like a tough race. I’d like to see a California horse win it, so I guess I’d have to root for the best chance Bob Baffert has. It looks like there are several horses that have a chance, but I like Bob’s horses.Eric Kruljac: It looks like there’s a lot of pace in the race, but American Pharoah got a good post and should be in a good stalking position.Craig Lewis: Either Baffert horse, whoever has the best trip. Both are very talented.Mike Machowsky: It’s got to be Pharoah. He looks too damn good.Ron McAnally: American Pharoah.Sean McCarthy: American Pharaoh, but that’s subject to change in the post parade.Steve Miyadi: Frosted. I liked his race in the Wood and I like his breeding.Henry Moreno: I’m pulling for Pletcher. His parents sent him to live with me before he went to work for Wayne Lukas. Todd was the nicest young man I’ve ever been around in the racing business.George Papaprodromou: American Pharoah wins by five. No, make it 10.Jorge Periban: American Pharoah.Mike Puype: I like the two Baffert horses but American Pharoah is a bit risky as a favorite. Anything can happen in a 20-horse field like the Kentucky Derby.Gary Sherlock: Dortmund. He’s done nothing wrong.Gary Stute: American Pharoah. I bet Corey Nakatani $100 horse for horse, and he’s got Dortmund.Eddie Truman: Dortmund.Dan Ward: I hope it’s California one-two-three, and in the Oaks, too. Dortmund’s already won on the Churchill Downs track.Ted H. West: American Pharoah. He could be the next super horse.Howard Zucker: American Pharoah is one of the most impressive winners I’ve seen. Watching him in the mornings, the way he gets around, he seems like a calm Seattle Slew. SAMMY MANDEVILLE OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN PRECISIONIST            Sammy Mandeville was impressive winning an overnight race by 6 ½ lengths at Santa Anita on March 6, then fired a dud finishing ninth and last in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap on April 11. Now the bay son of 2005 Santa Anita Handicap winner Rock Hard Ten is back in three weeks for Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and 1/16.“He never got a hold of the track,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the 4-year-old colt owned by Glenn Sorgenstein and Josh Kaplan, who campaign as W.C. Racing.“He’s kind of a hot-minded horse and shipping him we knew was kind of a challenge. Kent (Desormeaux) said he never got a hold of the track, was slipping and sliding all the way, so we’re putting a line through the race.“He worked with Alex Solis the other day, Alex got along with him great, so we’re looking to rebound here.”Meanwhile, trainer Ted H. West is hoping for further dividends in the Precisionist from recent $40,000 claim Motown Men, who won by 7 ½ lengths in his first start for his new connections on April 10.“He couldn’t be going into the race any better,” West said. “His last two works were exceptional. He was training pretty well before his last race and that was a pretty tough field. After handicapping that race, I didn’t think we could win it, even though the horse was doing so well, but he sure did.”Asked why he claimed the 6-year-old Decarchy gelding: “He seemed consistent, he was hitting pretty hard at that level. I thought maybe he’d like the dirt a bit more than the turf.”The field for the Precisionist, race 10 of 11: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 6-1; Fury Kapcori, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 15-1; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; Blue Chip, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 15-1; and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 6-1. CASSIDY HOPES HONEYMOON NOT OVER FOR PRIZE EXHIBITTrainer Jim Cassidy is hoping for smooth sailing when Prize Exhibit runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.The English-bred daughter of Showcasing owned by Don Pearson of Valencia, who campaigns as DP Racing LLC, had a very troubled outing finishing fourth in the Grade III Providencia Stakes on April 4.“She was just everywhere,” Cassidy said in summing up the eventful excursion, in which she was beaten only three lengths despite steadying twice through the stretch.“The distance is good for her,” Cassidy said. “She’s doing fine now.”Prize Exhibit won an overnight race by three-quarters of a length in her U.S. debut on Jan. 25 despite being forced out and going wide in a one-mile grass test under Mike Smith, who regains the mount Sunday.The field for the Honeymoon, the final of eight races: Screaming Skylar, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 3-1; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Lutine Belle, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith, 7-2; Star Via Strada, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Entrechat, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Spirit of Xian, Joe Talamo, 7-2; and Singing Kitty, Tyler Baze, 8-1.last_img read more

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The DXL: A New 8K Camera from Panavision and RED

first_imgPanavision, Light Iron, and RED Digital Cinema team up to create the ultimate 8K camera for professional filmmakers.All Images via PanavisionThe Millenium Digital XL (or DXL) camera is a new high-end 8K camera built by Panavision, their subsidiary Light Iron, and RED Digital Cinema.The DXL uses a large format 8K RED sensor, optimized for Panavision’s large format lenses. The camera delivers 21-megapixels of true 4K anamorphic images, a first in the motion picture industry. It can simultaneously capture 8K RAW files and a 4K file in either ProRes or DNx.The best of three companies has come together for the first time in history. What it does is marry the lenses to the camera to the workflow. It is the most complete system we’ve ever seen. – Haluki Sadahiro, Product Manager for Camera SystemsThe camera is smaller than most studio cameras, making it ideal for an array of uses. The body features an interchangeable power module, six independent video outputs, built in WIFI, and dual side menus – one for camera operators and one for camera assistants.The DXL has a patented Steadicam dovetail on the bottom of the body, allowing users to instantly move from traditional studio use to a Steadicam.There is a high-end top cheese plate that allows operators to mount a modular handle system, as well as integrated electronics for the viewfinder. The camera system even stays cool using much larger fans than Panavision has traditionally used. The DXL was designed for modular and toolless quick changeover accessories.The new Panavision T series lenses and the 8K RED sensor will give the only 4K anamorphic in the motion picture industry. More impressive, the motors of the Panavision Primo 70 lenses can be driven internally by the camera. The lenses and sensor all sit on a new Light Iron color science. The DXL supports 6 independent 1D LUTs or up to 4 independent 3D LUTs.Here is a look at the camera and its development from Panavision.DXL Specs:Sensor – 16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS (RED)Resolution – 8192 x 4320Sensor Size – Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)Dynamic Range – 15 stopsMax Frame Rate – 60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)Recording Codec – 8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)Recording Media – SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine)File Type – .r3d (supported in RED SDK)Color Profile – Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves)Weight – 10 lbsThe camera will be available for rental only beginning in 2017. It will make a public appearance at Cine Gear Expo.last_img read more

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a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhüttl: We face Tottenham full of confidence

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhüttl: We face Tottenham full of confidenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl says his team will head to Tottenham full of confidence after victory in the south coast derby during the week.Saints thrashed Carabao Cup rivals Portsmouth 4-0 on Tuesday night, as they ended a 35-year wait for victory at Fratton Park.”It was very interesting to watch all the videos after the game from celebrating fans in the city, on the streets dancing,” he said.”I thought we had won the cup, but it was only winning one round, against Portsmouth. But that shows how massive this win was for our fans, it was something very special, but also for us the night was something very special.”When you see how many teams were struggling in this round, big teams, then I think it was a performance that you cannot speak too highly about.”Wins are always good boosters, so it’s important that we take the good things out of this game. It was a toxic atmosphere and it was really, really not easy to go in the game there, but we were very clinical and we saw how important it is. If you have one chance and make a goal in the right moment that can help you very, very much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Winks focused on positives after loss to Wolves

first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks insists he’s focusing on the positives after the team’s disappointing home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.Spurs suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Nuno-Espirito Santo’s side on Saturday at Wembley, a result which has seen then fall to the third position on the Premier League table.However, Winks is taking a positive outlook on the club’s current position.“It shows how well we are doing this year to be considered title contenders and to be sitting here disappointed that we aren’t closer to the top than we’d expect, it just shows us how far we have come and how well we are doing,” he said, according to BT Sport.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have high expectations ourselves and if we don’t come away with a win against Wolves at home we get frustrated at that. It just shows how high our standards are set at the moment and how ambitious we are.”Mauricio Pochettino’s men get the chance to return to winning ways against Cardiff on New Year’s Day and Winks insists the players are determined to put the Wolves result right.“We said before the game that it was must-win so to come away with a defeat is a down dressing room – everyone is fuming but it is football,” Winks added. “We have to bounce back against Cardiff on the first.”“We are still in the race, we have had some great results, we can’t get too down about this, we have to get ourselves ready for the next game and bounce back with a win.”last_img read more

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