first_imgCURLIN RULES: Lightly raced, this Triple Crown nominated son of Curlin will hope to hit the board in a field that appears cast in the long shadow of the favorite. Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Curlin Rules was a gate to wire maiden winner here in his second career start going a mile and a sixteenth four starts back on Feb. 21. Winless in three starts since, he comes off a third place run to Dalmore in a first condition allowance on May 29. Although he broke his maiden on the lead, that position figures to be taken by Danzing Candy, so look for Curlin Rules to employ stalking tactics. He has one win and two thirds from five starts.   ARCADIA, Calif. (June 29, 2016)–Danzing Candy, considered one of the West Coast’s top 3-year-olds earlier this year, looms a standout as he makes his first start for trainer Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth. Originally trained by Clifford Sise, the Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy was an impressive gate to wire winner of the Grade II San Felipe Stakes three starts back and has been idle since well beaten in the Kentucky Derby May 7.With Rafael Bejarano engaged to ride for the first time, he’ll face four rival sophomores in the race named in honor of Harbor View Farm’s homebred 1978 Santa Anita Derby and Triple Crown winner who was conditioned by the late Hall of Famer Lazaro Barrera. Curlin Rules–Victor Espinoza–120Dalmore–Kent Desormeaux–120Beaumarchais–Joe Talamo–120Prince of Arabia–Santiago Gonzalez–120Danzing Candy–Rafael Bejarano–124First post time on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. THE GRADE III AFFIRMED STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PDTcenter_img DANZING CANDY: Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms, he’s owned by Halo Farms and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bashor. Following his two length win in the 1 1/16 miles San Felipe, Danzing Candy went to the lead in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9, but tired badly over a sloppy surface and was fourth, beaten 13 ¼ lengths by eventual Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator. Transferred to Baffert following his 20 length defeat in the Kentucky Derby, Danzing Candy, who possesses tremendous natural speed, has trained exceptionally well here at Santa Anita in preparation for the Affirmed. Look for him to go to the front and pose an elusive target on Saturday. The leading money earner in the Affirmed lineup, he’s banked $358,650 and has three wins from six starts. DALMORE: A sharp 1 ½ length allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles here on May 29, Dalmore earned a career best 91 Beyer Speed figure and will hope to be running late for the Brothers Desormeaux, trainer Keith and jockey Kent. Last by a distance in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct three starts back on April 9, the Florida-bred colt by Colonel John was subsequently fifth, beaten eight lengths by speedy Uncle Lino in the 1 1/16 miles California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos April 30. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Rocker O Ranch, LLC and Keith Desormeaux, Dalmore is the most seasoned horse in the Affirmed field, as he has two wins and three seconds from 10 starts.last_img read more

first_imgEnd to the controversy. The Unionistas de Salamanca has confirmed this Saturday that the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid next Wednesday, January 22 (9:00 p.m.) will definitely be played at Las Pistas of the Helmántico and without the installation of extra tiers that allow to increase the capacity. That is, that alone 4,000 spectators they will be able to witness the historic match between the charro team and Real Madrid. As the Salamanca club explained in a statement, “he has prioritized at all times the fact that the match was held in Salamanca, as well as being able to play in the place where he usually plays his matches. “ Unionists statement:“After the security meeting held on the morning of this past Friday, which was attended by the City Council of Salamanca, the City Council of Villares de la Reina, the State Security Forces and Bodies, the Government Subdelegation, the Junta de Castilla y León, the private security of Real Madrid, the RFEF and club members, the match corresponding to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey between Unionistas de Salamanca and Real Madrid will be played next Wednesday, January 22 9:00 p.m. at the Pistas del Helmántico.Unionistas de Salamanca has prioritized at all times the fact that the match was held in Salamanca, as well as being able to play in the place where they usually play their matches and where they have achieved all their sporting successes so that their partners and fans could enjoy at home most important game in the history of the club and where he will try to achieve the feat against Real Madrid.After this meeting, Unionistas de Salamanca presented to the City Council of Villares de la Reina on Friday morning the documents required to request the installation of additional stands and a new lighting according to the requirements of said meeting.On Friday afternoon, the City Council of Villares de la Reina informed the entity that it would be impossible to grant authorization for the installation of the additional stands within the necessary deadlines. Therefore, under these circumstances, the meeting between Unionistas de Salamanca and Real Madrid will definitely be played at Las Pistas with the current capacity.In a last effort to try to increase the capacity, the Hon. Salamanca City Council will carry out measurement work on Monday at the facilities to try to increase it as much as possible and certify what is the maximum capacity of Las Pistas for that game.Unionistas de Salamanca wants to thank all the parties involved for the collaboration and willingness shown. From today, all the actors will work together with the sole objective of making this party a party for and for the city of Salamanca. Soon you will be informed of the prices of the tickets and the withdrawal schedules of them. “ As for the extra tiers, Unionists presented to the City Council of Villares de la Reina (municipality where Las Pistas are located) during the morning of Friday the documents required to request the installation of additional stands and a new lighting according to the requirements of said meeting. However, “on Friday afternoon, the City Council of Villares de la Reina informed the entity that it would be impossible to grant authorization for the installation of the additional stands within the necessary deadlines.”last_img read more

first_imgAsafa Powell was left fuming after his 100m defeat to Justin Gatlin; American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison blazed to the second fastest time ever in the 100m hurdles; and Omar McLeod continued to have his way in the men’s variant at the Prefontaine Classic – witnessed by a packed crowd at Hayward Field – in Eugene, Oregon, yesterday. It wasn’t a glittering performance, but super sprinter ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce also made her return to competitive action, while Elaine Thompson made her first 200m appearance this season, and Kirani James extended his authority over LaShawn Merritt in the 400m, now finishing ahead of the American in seven of their last nine meetings. Powell had to put in some work to get back and claim second spot in the men’s 100m in 9.94 seconds, but there was no catching Justin Gatlin, who crossed the line in a wind-aided 9.88 seconds, with Tyson Gay taking third in 9.98. However, the Jamaican, who was looking for his first win over Gatlin since 2004, was livid after complaining that he could not hear the starter’s gun, an issue that was also raised by Gay and Mike Rodgers, who finished fourth in 9.99. “The mic wasn’t working, so that threw me off big time. I thought the starter would have stopped the race, but that’s how it goes,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. DISAPPOINTING “I’m very disappointed because I felt good coming here. I am in good shape and I was expecting to come here and run really fast, so it’s disappointing that they allowed Justin (Gatlin) to go away with such a big jump, and he was too far for me to catch him,” added Powell, who joked about what he’d take from his performance here. “I’m very pleased that I was able to run back very well. That’s a good thing for me, but I’m very disappointed with what happened at the start. What I’d take from this? I would take away the starter’s gun,” he laughed. McLeod continued to add credence to his status as a serious threat for top honours at the Olympics, with another solid win in the 110m hurdles. The speedy Jamaican stopped the clock at 13.06 seconds, well ahead of former World Champions David Oliver, 13.38, and Jeff Porter, 13.48 – both from the USA. Hansle Parchment was eighth in 13.58 and despite seeming to be in some discomfort after the event, his management is reporting that the national record holder is fine. “This was a good win for me and I am grateful that I could come here and get this result,” McLeod said. Fraser-Pryce, who is trying to get her season on track after a toe injury that has kept her out of action for several weeks, was just happy to have completed her 100m assignment despite crossing the line in eighth place in 11.18 seconds. “I really had no expectations. I just wanted to come out and see what’s happening,” she noted. STOMPING GROUND The event was won by American English Gardner, who was competing at her old college stomping ground, with a time of 10.81 seconds – the second fastest time this season. Second place went to Tianna Bartoletta, 10.94, with Murielle Ahoure, 11.01, finishing third. Jamaican Simone Facey was fourth in 11.09. Competing in her first 200m of the season, world silver medal winner, Elaine Thompson, 22.16, took third place behind Tori Bowie, 21.99 (world leading), who scored a minor upset over world champion, The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers, 22.11. American Bowie now has the fastest time in both short sprints so far this year. Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller is now 3-0 in the 400m this year after a strong 50.15 seconds win over Francena McCorory, 50.23 and Natasha Hastings, 50.86. The Jamaican pair of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.07, and Shericka Jackson, 51.34, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The male equivalent was won by Grenadian James, 44.22, after another exciting battle with Merritt, 44.39, with the two coming off the 300m mark stride for stride. Isaac Makwala, 45.37, was third with national record holder, Rusheen McDonald, 46.82, finishing at the back of the field. The performance of the day was, however, provided by young American Harrison, who stopped the clock in a blistering 12.24 seconds in the 100m hurdles, a time only bettered by the world record 12.21 set back in 1988 by Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova. Harrison is now the holder of the three fastest times this year in the event.last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew — Williams streaked into the US Open having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon that year and chasing a second straight title in Flushing Meadows.In the semi-finals she was up against Kim Clijsters, a former rival who’d taken off nearly three years to have her first child and had returned to the sport just weeks before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Unranked and unseeded Clijsters won the first set with Williams receiving a warning for racquet abuse as she vented her frustration.Williams was serving to force a tiebreaker at 5-6 in the second set when she was called for a foot fault on a second serve, giving Clijsters double match point. MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA/AFPSix-time US Open champion Serena Williams has been embroiled in her share of controversies at Flushing Meadows. AFP Sport looks at three Williamsoutbursts in the wake of her clash with umpire Carlos Ramos in a loss to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final:2009: Semifinal against Kim ClijstersADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way,” she said. “Because you’re out of control. You’re out of control. Totally out of control. You’re a hater and you’re just … unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser. You give a code violation because I expressed who I am? We’re in America last I checked.”2018: Final against Naomi Osaka— Battling to get back in a match against a 20-year-old opponent playing in her first Grand Slam final, Williamswas incensed to be warned for receiving coaching from her box.A relatively calm conversation on a changeover seemed to settle things down, but Williams was further infuriated when she was docked a point for a second violation after smashing her racquet in frustration at dropping serve, calling chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief”.Broken again to trail 4-3, Williams continued to berate umpire Ramos.“You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine,” she fumed. You are the liar,” prompting Ramos to issue another violation and dock her a game under the ascending scale of punishments for repeated code violations and putting Osaka on the brink of victory. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Sweat, friends and bagels: The making of Naomi Osaka Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Serena argued briefly, went back to the service line then directed a venomous rant at the offending lineswoman including a threat to “shove this ball down your throat.”The chair umpire assessed a point penalty for the outburst — giving Clijsters the match.2011: Final against Samantha Stosur— In the 2011 US Open final, chair umpire Eva Asderaki warned Williams for hindering opponent Stosur for shouting “come on” before the Australian had reached the ball.An angry Williams — who confused Asderaki with the umpire who was in the chair for the 2009 Clijsters match — verbally attacked her during the changeover.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSara Pulecio, who played for Colombia’s soccer club La Equidad, controls the ball during a soccer clinic for professional female players in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, March 8, 2019. Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments but has barely trained since the season ended last May and could be out of a job altogether this year, as soccer officials contemplate cancelling the local women’s’ league, due to its poor economic performance. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia— On a recent weeknight, Sara Pulecio dribbled a football ball gracefully through a set of orange cones, and jumped repeatedly over small obstacles placed by coaches along a field, to develop more strength in her legs.The football clinic, organized by a global sports apparel brand, gave Pulecio and several professional female players a rare opportunity to train in the long break between seasons. And even though the drills were intense, the 20-year-old midfielder finished them with a smile on her face.ADVERTISEMENT Ramon Jesurun, the president of Colombia’s Football Federation, said in an interview with local media Sunday that it is the first time he heard of these complaints, and has promised to open an investigation.But players said they have letters dating from 2012 and recordings that show they had previously brought their complaints to Colombian football officials.Daniela Montoya, a midfielder for the national team, said she was left off the Rio Olympics squad as punishment for speaking to the media about irregularities. Last week, she provided journalists with a recording made in April 2016 where a Colombian football official berates her for speaking out about disputes over prize money and describes her as a “spear in his backside” that had to be removed.The complaints have sparked a national debate on the status of women’s football in Colombia, where the men’s game is passionately followed, while the women often labor in obscurity playing for salaries of around $400 a month.They also encouraged a physical therapist who worked for the national team to disclose details of sexual harassment charges she filed last year against a 70-year-old coach who was in charge of Colombia’s female under-17 team.Carolina Rozo, 34, said coach Didier Luna overburdened her with work, left her out of meetings, shouted at her and made her life at work so miserable that it led to a bout of depression after she rejected several attempts by the coach to engage in a romantic relationship. She also said Luna groped players during training sessions.“I pressed charges because I want justice, not just for myself but for the players who are mostly under-aged girls,” Rozo said. “With everything that is going on now in Colombian football, many of the players are afraid to come forward.”Luna denied the charges in a statement, calling them a “sensational” effort to “tarnish” his image. But he has been removed from the national team and is now under prosecution. A player from the same under-17 squad who does not wish to disclose her identity filed separate sexual harassment charges against another member of Luna’s coaching staff.As members of the national squad wait for officials to take action on the allegations of sexual harassment and mistreatment, some 500 women who played in last year’s local league are stuck in uncertainty.Colombia launched its professional female league in 2017, becoming just the second country to do so after Brazil. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But last week Colombian football officials proposed downgrading the league of 23 teams to amateur status, saying that professional female clubs were not profitable and had created a significant financial burden for clubs that already run male teams. In Colombia, only members of the national football association known as Dimayor are allowed to run professional clubs. Most of the clubs currently running female teams have been running professional male teams for decades.Diego Perdomo, the women’s football director at local team Atletico Huila, said his club spent about $30,000 a month in salaries for female players, coaches and support staff last year.But Huila reported overall losses of $1 million in the first part of 2018, with most of its earnings coming from its long-established male team.The club got a small financial break in December after its women’s team won the female version of the Libertadores Cup, South America’s top club competition, netting $50,000 in prize money.Under current conditions, however, they would burn through that money in just two months. The male version of the Libertadores Cup awards winning teams $6 million in prize money.“We only have one company willing to sponsor our female team,” Perdomo said, “and support from the media has also been lacking.”He noted that only one Colombian journalist made the trip to Brazil to cover the female Libertadores final. The match was not broadcast on Colombian television.Players have proposed solutions to save the league that include reducing the number of teams, and using public funds, as well as grants from FIFA, to sustain it. They have also asked Colombia’s Football Federation to appoint someone to lead efforts to promote women’s football.Government officials have offered to meet with companies to raise funds for the league, but have stopped short of promising public funds.And as the uncertainty over the future of the league continues, the most talented players are already looking for ways to leave the country. In Bogota, Pulecio said she’s hoping the pro league will survive. But she has also signed with an agent, who is looking to place her with a team in Spain.“This league is something we have all dreamt about,” Pulecio said. “It would be really sad to end something that generations of players have worked hard to build.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We try to do things on our own time, to keep in shape,” she said. “But it’s not the same as when you’re training with your team.”Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments, and last year, she was one of the up and coming stars of the local professional women’s league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut the defensive midfielder has barely trained since the season ended last May, and could be out of a job altogether this year as football officials contemplate cancelling the local women’s league due to its poor economic performance.News that the recently created professional league could be cancelled capped a turbulent month for women’s football in this country. The month was also marked by sexual harassment complaints against two coaches and claims of poor working conditions for players on the national team. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Players are now making a last-minute attempt to save the women’s league, while they seek better conditions for the national team, in a struggle that mirrors the ongoing push for equality in women’s football in the United States.“It’s very tough to have your dreams and aspirations just brushed aside,” Pulecio said following a news conference in which players urged officials to come up with solutions to save the women’s league. She added that cancelling the league “would shatter the hopes of younger girls who are coming up the ranks.”Complaints over the management of women’s football in Colombia started to snowball last month, when two acclaimed national team players published a Twitter video where they outline what they claim are discriminatory practices.Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz say that for the past two years women’s national team players have been denied stipends paid to their male counterparts when they train with the national team.The players also claimed that they weren’t paid prize money promised to them for qualifying for the second round of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and said that on several occasions they were forced to pay for their own plane tickets to make national team training camps, something that is unheard of in the men’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WNBA star Maya Moore mural on Hypercourt for Her inspires women ballers to raise their gamelast_img read more

first_imgMadam Samelia Tweh, the customer service manager at Lone Start Cell Communication, MTN yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that over L$470,000 was mistakenly transferred to the mobile money account of defendant Suzette Binda Blake.Defendant Blake was then responsible for the GSM company electronic mobile money transaction, which she allegedly withdrew without authorization from the management.As prosecution’s second witness, Madam Tweh said the money was erroneously transferred to Blake’s mobile money account by the financial controller assigned at the entity’s Broad Street Service Center. The witness did not mention the name of the controller.Besides, she did not explain the number of erroneous deposits made into Blake’s mobile money account by her financial controller that reached the L$470,000 amount at the center of Blake’s trial.She however claimed that the act was discovered during their normal reconciliation process and, when they conducted an internal investigation into the disappearance of the money.“Huge deposit was made to the defendant’s mobile money account where she immediately withdrew those monies without being authorized to do so,” the witness alleged.She said when Blake noticed the erroneous transaction, she immediately withdrew the money from her account at Ecobank.She did not say how long it took the entity’s management to discover the mistaken transfer made into the defendant’s account by the financial controller, although the controller is yet to face prosecution.Concerning the role of the controller and the defendant, Madam Tweh said, Blake was also responsible to make a daily report to the financial controller after she had collected cash through the mobile money transactions from the company field agents.Tweh claimed that the controller also issued receipt to Blake as confirmation that he had collected money from the defendant and the controller, which she later deposited into the company’s account at Ecobank and other banking institutions in the country.Tweh, in her testimony, however, claimed that “The management through my office observed that the defendant could not properly account for money that was entrusted into her care when she took away cash that was given to her by our agents.”The case emerged when Lone Star Cell Communication and MTN alleged that from 2014 to 2015, Blake, who served as regional sales supervisor was directly responsible to businesses like supply stores, gas stations, pharmacies with mobile phones, scratch cards and sim cards.They further alleged that they entrusted her with electronic mobile money valued at L$449,515 and US$66,000 to sell, supply and report or deposit the proceeds into the company’s account at Ecobank, and other banking institutions in the country.To their disbelief, the GSM operator claimed, defendant Blake received the money from the sales and converted it to her personal use thereby depriving the entity of its legitimate revenue.They claim, Blake had denied when the indictment was first read to her in court and refused to be tried by a jury.The case continues with defense lawyers waiting to cross examine witness Tweh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img When Amacher told Steve Slakey, 59, of Glendora about her hobby, he was intrigued. “At that time, I had no conception of what she was talking about,” he said. But after learning more and seeing the puppets for himself, Slakey, a Glendora Library volunteer who coordinated the library exhibits, decided it was the perfect venue for the puppets. “I like to get displays that (show) the skills of people in the community and interesting aspects of the community. And this seemed to be a perfect fit,” he said. “It’s gotten a lot of positive feedback. They have tremendous eye appeal.” Twenty-four of the puppets are on display in the library. The exhibit is expected to continue through this month. “It’s fun to show them,” Amacher said. “My husband said, You’d better find something to do with them or they’re going to take over.’ “ Lafayette C. Hight Jr. can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764, or by e-mail at lafayette.hight@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like a modern-day Gepetto, Rita Amacher transforms lifeless raw materials into incredibly detailed figures, including witches, pirates, princesses and clowns, all created in the style of Indonesian rod puppets. Amacher, 51, a library reference technician at Citrus College in Glendora, has manipulated wood, paper clay, papier mache and cloth in her free time for about four years, ever since her son presented her with the gift of a traditional Indonesian puppet. “I thought they were fabulous,” said Amacher, of Claremont. “In Indonesia, they are gods, demons, princes and princesses” used by storytellers in traveling puppet shows to teach history and tell stories. Puppet performances in Indonesia are geared toward adult audiences and are considered the highest form of dramatic performance art. Typically, puppet masters deliver hours-long performances. Some are believed to possess spiritual powers. Their puppets are made from wooden skeletons, with rods that allow heads and hands to be manipulated. Over the last few years, Amacher has made 26 of these rod puppets, including The Mad Hatter, pirate Jack Sparrow, Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespearean characters, a geisha, a fortuneteller, Rapunzel and Lemony Snicket’s Violet Baudelaire. Another five or so are in the works, including a mermaid and Don Quixote. All of them stand about 45 inches tall, and each takes about two months to complete. “I’ve always been interested in the theater,” she said. “I get a lot of ideas from stories (and) literature.” Amacher and head Reference Librarian Barbara Rugeley have given performances at Citrus and at local elementary schools.last_img read more

first_img12 March 2014 South African Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has welcomed the €120-million (R1.8-billion) investment in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project that was announced by the British government on Tuesday. “The significance of this announcement … is in the impetus that this provides to implementation of phase 1 of the SKA. This is a most welcome commitment and reaffirms the global partnership of the SKA countries in this mega project,” Hanekom said in a statement. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia, with South Africa and its eight partners on the continent hosting two-thirds of the technology and Australia the remaining third. South Africa is currently building the 64-dish MeerKAT, which is due to come online in 2016 both as the country’s precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right. Britain, a major player in the SKA project, hosts the head office of the international SKA Organisation at the Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester. UK Science Minister David Willetts, who made Tuesday’s announcement, paid a special visit the South African SKA site in the Northern Cape in September, accompanied by SKA project director Bernie Fanaroff. According to the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa and the UK are “already collaborating extensively in the field of radio astronomy, with 25 research organisations and more than 80 individual scientists from the UK directly involved in the large survey teams that will use the MeerKAT telescope for research during its first five years of operation.” This includes scientists from Oxford University and from Manchester University. There is also extensive SKA-related co-operation on big data and high-performance computing with Cambridge University, which Hanekom visited in January, the department said. The South African government has made a contribution of close to R4-billion to the MeerKAT and its associated human capital development programmes. The MeerKAT, with a further 190 antennas to be built on the same site, will make up the first phase of the mid-frequency component of the SKA. The second phase will see further mid-frequency antennas constructed across South Africa and in eight African SKA partner countries. Complementary components of the SKA will be located in Australia. The SKA will be at least 50 times more powerful and 10 000 times faster than any other radio telescope. It is expected to address fundamental unanswered questions about our universe, including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, how dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe, the role of magnetism in the cosmos, the nature of gravity, and the search for life beyond Earth. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Northeast Counties Farm Bureau’s Farm, Business, Land & Homeowner Conference is on Friday, August 17, 2018.The specific topics that will be covered in breakout sessions at this event are:● Land As Your Legacy, a transition planning tool● Why do we do what we do: A look into our goals and mission as farmers and business owners● Timber Marketing and Property Tax Options● Growing Forward: Young Farmers● Landowner Toolkit: A professional guide on laws, regulations and more;● Nationwide Agribusiness Products and Services available for farms and ag businesses● Conservation Programs and how to preserve farmland forever● Home Preservation Methods● Soil Health and Soil Testing● Nutrient Management Plans● Health Benefits Plans & Workers Compensation Programs● What’s that mean? – Labeling, GMO’s, AntibioticsRegister today. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 10 for the conference, which is to be held at: Grand Valley High School Auditeria, 111 Grand Valley Avenue, Orwell, OH 44076. Cost is $10 per person for Farm Bureau members, and $75 per person for non-members, which includes a one-year membership to Farm Bureau. Please call the Farm Bureau office at: 440-426-2195, or register online at https://nefbconf18.eventbrite.com . FREE soil sample kits for attendees . Continental breakfast items, drinks, snacks, and a BBQ style lunch will be provided.Registration starts at 8am the day of the event for workshops from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Sorry, no refunds. If you have any questions, or need more information, contact the Farm Bureau office, or Mandy Orahood, Organization Director, at 440.426.2195.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Unlocks the Secrets of the Earth – Geocaching Weekly NewsletterJanuary 21, 2013In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”The Creator of EarthCaching talks about the 10th AnniversaryJanuary 10, 2014In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 13): EarthCachesMay 10, 2018In “Community” EarthCaching is a great way to combine science education and Geocaching.EarthCaches are locations that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.This week marks the 7th anniversary of the first EarthCache: “Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head” (GCHFT2) in New South Wales, Australia by geoaware. The listing went live on January 10th, 2004 and 96 people have since logged a smiley.If you are considering submitting an EarthCache for review, please read the updated EarthCache listing guidelines. The wording of the guidelines has been clarified and the guideline about logging requirements has been separated into two guidelines: one about logging tasks, one about logging photographs.Important points about the EarthCache guidelines:• Any requests for photos are considered optional.• Logging requirements should be centered on the Earth Science at the location.• You will need to provide the reviewer some information about permission or your EarthCache publication will be delayed.• If your EarthCache is not quite publishable, you and the reviewer will work together to ensure that it meets the guidelines.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more