ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2017)–Thought to be a turf specialist, Watch This Cat handled the transition to a sloppy main track with aplomb, as she took Saturday’s $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita by 8 ½ lengths under Corey Nakatani. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old mare by Eskendereya got six furlongs in 1:16.41. (Originally listed as a Grade III event at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, the ultimate graded status of the Las Cienegas will be determined by the American Graded Stakes Committee in the coming week).With overnight rains necessitating a switch from turf to dirt, the Las Cienegas was reduced to a field of four with the scratch of morning line favorite Prize Exhibit. Breaking from the outside, Watch This Cat, who was ridden by Nakatani for the first time, was hustled from the gate and surged to the lead while three-deep mid-way around the far turn.“He (Baltas) told me that wherever she’s placed, just let her get her feet under her and she loved it,” said Nakatani, who registered his second stakes win of the meet. “She didn’t turn a hair out there and she was focused and spot-on…I was just cruising. I pounced on them when she was ready to go.”Off at 9-5 in the field of older fillies and mares, Watch This Cat, with no show wagering, paid $5.60 and $3.20.Owned by Harry Bederian, Harry Kamberian and Jack Nakkashian, Watch This Cat, who was claimed five starts back on June 26 for $32,000 and who was off the board in her only other start on dirt, improved her overall mark to 16-4-4-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $164,220.“I was excited about (running) today but the only thing was that we didn’t know about the dirt,” said Baltas, who won his second stakes of the meet in partnership with Nakatani. “I just told Corey to let her have her way…He rode her perfectly.”Chilean-bred Paquita Coqueta, who showed the way from the rail through the first half mile, finished second, 4 ¼ lengths in front of 3-2 favorite Cadet Roni. Off at 2-1 with Flavien Prat, Paquita Coqueta paid $3.00 to place.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.44 and 1:09.57.
LONDON (AP):Chelsea set a club record of 12 straight English Premier League wins as they beat Bournemouth 3-0 yesterday.Two goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard’s penalty kick ensured that Antonio Conte’s side bettered a run of 11 victories set over two seasons in 2009, beginning in April under Guus Hiddink and ending in September under Carlo Ancelotti.Only once – Arsenal in 2001-02, with 13 straight wins – has a top-tier club had a longer winning streak in one season since World War II.Hazard starred in the absence of suspended duo N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa as the league leaders recorded their 10th clean sheet of the 12-match winning run.”Today, we sent a good message because I think a lot of people thought that without two really important players, we could lose points,” Conte said. “But it didn’t happen, and I’m pleased with this because I can count on all my players in the squad.”As for Hazard, Conte said: “It’s fantastic for me to see the great job (he) is doing with the ball, but also without the ball.”OUTSTANDING PLAY”I thought the decisive moment was the second goal (the penalty), and how that went against us was the key moment of the game,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said. “I thought (Hazard) was outstanding today – his movement and ability to turn on the ball so quickly.”The hosts struggled to create chances early on, but after a moment of magic from Pedro unlocked the Bournemouth defence in the 24th, the Blues didn’t look back.Hazard and the recalled Cesc Fabregas combined to find Pedro on the edge of the Bournemouth box before he created space and curled a precise left-footed effort into the top corner.Jack Wilshere, on loan from Arsenal, had Bournemouth’s two best chances to level at Stamford Bridge as he was first denied by Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois before Cesar Azpilicueta crucially blocked Wilshere’s volley after a poor clearance from Marcos Alonso.Fabregas almost doubled the lead 10 minutes before half-time as his free kick landed on the roof of the net, with Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc beaten.Thriving as he deputised in a centre forward position, Hazard all but ended the match in the 49th, winning a penalty after beating Bournemouth captain Simon Francis.Hazard coolly deceived Boruc as he rolled his penalty into the right corner to score his 50th Premier League goal.As Chelsea wasted numerous chances to extend their lead, Courtois once more displayed his importance as he foiled Benik Afobe after Wilshere had played the second-half substitute through on goal.The Blues finally added a deserved third in stoppage time as Pedro picked the ball up in the centre circle before driving at the Bournemouth defence and firing past Boruc via a significant deflection off Steve Cook.
The findings confirm what many scientists have been saying all along: Losing weight is easy. Keeping it off is another story. “If dieting worked, there would be a bunch of skinny people walking around,” said obesity researcher Dr. David Katz, head of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, who did not participate in the latest study. Since the 1970s, the ranks of overweight and obese Americans have risen, with two-thirds of adults now in that category. Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Being overweight increases blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart disease. Many factors can conspire against successful weight reduction, health experts say. Diets can be boring, and there’s always a temptation to return to old habits. Serial dieters may also become discouraged and give up when their weight reaches plateaus. People who lose too much too soon don’t learn to make the overall lifestyle changes – eating healthier foods and exercising regularly – that are necessary to keep their weight stable. “It’s just plain difficult to modify your diet and turn away from the pleasures of eating,” said Michael Goran, an obesity researcher at the University of Southern California. “We’re driven to eat.” Roberta Perry has tried it all to lose the pounds – organized diet programs, prescription pills, psychotherapy, even hypnosis. Those efforts worked for awhile for the Pennsylvania woman, but the weight inevitably crept back up. After years of yo-yo dieting, Perry realized it would take more than gimmicks to slim down. “As much as I would like to have a magic bullet, I knew the only way to lose weight was eat less and exercise more,” said the 39-year-old public relations consultant. Her experience is a common one. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, examining 31 weight-loss studies found long-term dieting doesn’t keep the pounds off. While people can lose weight initially, many relapse and regain the weight they shed. The UCLA researchers analyzed 31 diet studies that followed people two to five years after they went on diets. Between one-third and two-thirds gained back the weight they lost. A small number were able to successfully maintain their weight loss. The UCLA study did not compare individual fad diets or organized weight-loss programs. “We’re not saying don’t make some kind of effort,” said Traci Mann, the UCLA psychologist who led the study. “It means that people should be quite clear that a diet is a temporary fix.” The study appeared in the April issue of American Psychologist, a publication of the American Psychological Association. Perry, who owns a public relations firm in suburban Philadelphia, was an “emotional eater” who found comfort in food whenever she felt angry or depressed. For the past 20 years, Perry tried all sorts of diets with mixed success. More recently, she decided to change her lifestyle and focus on lowering her cholesterol rather than obsessing about her weight. The result: Perry, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall, has kept her weight steady for the past two years – 250 pounds from a high of 325 pounds. Although still obese, she is no longer considered morbidly obese. “I would like to be healthier. I would like to be a little more toned,” she said. “But I’m not running out the door to join another program so I can lose weight and go back on that cycle.” Dr. Samuel Klein, an obesity expert at Washington University in St. Louis, said a diet’s success shouldn’t just be measured in pounds. If a person becomes healthier, even if the weight loss is temporary, that should be deemed a success. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Store owners Tim and Julie Wickman wanted to include a fountain in their new store, one that would help a local charity. The Hoefflins are friends and customers and choosing their foundation was a natural, store spokeswoman Kathy Cleversley said. “It’s pretty awesome,” she said. “Everybody really likes it.” Hoefflin and his wife, Sue, have not yet seen the bronze sculpture just inside the new store’s main entrance. The piece is anchored in a setting reminiscent of “Our Gang” comedies. Six children and two dogs apparently have abandoned the chore of painting a fence, opting for a squirt gun fight in a creek bed. The fountain will be unveiled at a private opening party, complete with an auction and raffles, at 6 p.m. Friday. Proceeds will be donated to the foundation. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Friday night’s gala will be a fancy private one with an unusual hitch. Guests are asked to bring their change jars and piggy banks. The party is to celebrate the opening of Homemakers furniture store at a new location on Ruether Drive and to raise money for another homegrown institution – the Michael Hoefflin Foundation formed to support childhood cancer research and to aid families of youngsters hit by the disease. A bronze fountain will be dedicated to the foundation, and any change tossed into it – wishes attached – will be collected periodically and donated to the organization. “We are so thrilled,” said Chris Hoefflin, who created the foundation after his 10-year-old son’s death in 1996. “They’re extremely generous and kindhearted people. It’s making my heart swell up to think of a fountain dedicated to children to help local children with cancer.”
AN investigation has been launched after an Irish Army soldier based in Co Donegal was allegedly threatened by dissident terrorists.Gardaí have been informed of the incident which involves a serving member of the Defence Forces based at Finner Camp.The threats have been traced to dissidents. Sources say the threats are being taken “very seriously” and the Irish Army soldier has stepped up his personal security as a result.He lives at the camp.The threat has been traced to dissident terrorist groups in Derry. DISSIDENT TERRORISTS ISSUE ‘THREATS’ TO FINNER CAMP IRISH ARMY SOLDIER was last modified: January 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Defence forcesdissident terroristsFinner Camp
Oisin Merritt and the Irish Cerebral Palsy team will take on the Netherlands on Wednesday in a 5th-9th place semi-final at the IFCPF World Championships in Argentina.Ireland qualified out of their group on goal difference with Merritt played every minute of the last two games (a 7-0 win over Spain and a 5-0 loss to Ireland) having come in at half-time during a 3-3 draw with Canada.Ballybofey United clubman Merritt was this year given the go-ahead to return to competitive sport after cheating death following a horrific accident. But yesterday, Ireland lost 5-0 to Russia in a quarter-final.A lack of concentration let Russia in for their first goal on 16 minutes with the Irish legitimately feeling a little hard done by.Just four minutes later the Russians got in behind the Irish defence with a fantastic counter attack to clinically score their second of the day.With Ireland pushing for a goal, a quick counter attack from Russia resulted in their third goal and Ireland’s dreams of a World Championships Semi Final berth destroyed. With the sweltering heat taking its toll on the Irish players Russia took advantage with two quick goals in the 44th and 50th minute.Merritt and Ireland bow out of IFCPF World Championships – but still have places to play for was last modified: September 19th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArgentinaBallybofeyBallybofey UnitedIFCPF World ChampionshipsOisin Merritt
That was the score at halftime. The Sharks had enjoyed the better of the play, but Pienaar had missed three penalties to the one that Steyn had missed. Despite the closeness of the score, the Sharks were full value for their win, which was more convincing than the five-point difference might suggest; tenacious Bulls’ defence ensured the margin was not bigger. Bulls’ captain Victor Matfield said: “The Sharks were awesome. They were really motivated in front of that fantastic crowd.” Michalak was called on to take the conversion and he split the upright to make it 14-6 to the hosts. The Sharks claimed a well-deserved fifth Currie Cup title with a 14-9 win over the Blue Bulls in the final on Saturday. After a big build-up to the game in Durban, the mostly local Absa Stadium crowd, which was electric and vocal, greeted the home team’s first Currie Cup title in 12 years with a massive roar. Big match temperamentWhile Muller and company had finished top of the log to earn a home final, some felt the Bulls’ greater experience and success in finals would prove decisive. The Sharks, though, answered any questions about their big match temperament with a disciplined, high-intensity performance that netted them two tries to nil. There were also suggestions in the lead up to the game that the Bulls would try to play a forward-dominated game, using their traditional strength in the set pieces, and when light rain fell they felt they conditions would suit the Bulls. It was an interesting theory, but the Sharks started an all-Springbok front row, while the Bulls did not have one opposing them and it showed. Pienaar converted his try to put the Sharks 7-0 ahead. Emulated his compatriotScrumhalves Ruan Pienaar and Fourie du Preez both directed play well from the back of the scrums, while Frenchman Freddie Michalak turned in an assured performance as he emulated his compatriot Thierry Lacroix by wearing the number 10 jersey in a Sharks’ Currie Cup win. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material KickingKicking was always going to be important in a final, both out of hand and at goal and, while both teams missed a number of kicks at posts, the Sharks played effectively and stuck to their game plan by taking few chances in their half and kicking, even if it meant conceding a lineout to the opposition. No way throughMuller’s men weren’t going to buckle and they imposed themselves on the Bulls again. With time running out, the visitors attempted to run the ball a little more, but there was no way through a resolute Sharks’ defence. Second tryWith an hour played, the Sharks extended their lead when Francois Steyn crossed for a well worked try. After they had kept the Bulls on the back foot for some time, good work by Bismarck du Plessis and Michalak put the big centre in the clear and he raced over on the left. The early going was filled with probing kicks, typical of a final, where neither team wants to give anything away. Plumtree’s movesCoach John Plumtree, who had been a member of the last Sharks team to win the Currie Cup, made all the right moves. His decision to start Bismarck du Plessis at hooker ahead of John Smit was rewarded with a powerful performance from the younger man and late in the game he effectively used his bench to ensure there was no way through for the Bulls as they tried to snatch a late victory. After both Morne Steyn and Ruan Pienaar had failed with kicks at goal, the Bulls came close to hitting the front when Bryan Habana intercepted a pass from Francois Steyn. Michalak, however, slowed him down with an ankle tap and Steyn made a try-saving tackle. TryIt was Pienaar who finally got the scoreboard moving in the 23rd minute. After a nice run by JP Pietersen, Pienaar broke around the ruck, beating a tackle, before being hauled down from behind. However, he stretched out his right arm and just managed to place the ball over the tryline. In the battle for the loose ball the Sharks again enjoyed the edge, while flank Jean Deysel was outstanding in his role as a ball carrier. Once again the Bulls responded almost immediately with a penalty to the Sharks’ try with Steyn’s successful kick making it 14-9. Fullback Stefan Terblanche masterfully covered the Bulls’ tactical, probing kicks, including high-up-and-unders, and returned them with interest, which helped put the home team onto the front foot. Finally Jean Deysel was able to clear the ball for touch and the Absa Stadium, Durban, and KwaZulu-Natal erupted, sparking off celebrations through the night. Outside of Michalak, big Francois Steyn put pressure on the visitors’ backline with his power and fast feet. The Sharks responded well to the threat and upped the pressure on the Bulls. They had the upper hand in the scrums and were mostly playing in the opposition’s half. 27 October 2008 Sharks’ captain Johann Muller said afterwards that his side never felt they were going to lose. Almost immediately the Bulls replied as Steyn landed a penalty to make it 7-3. Drop goalTwo minutes into the second half the Bulls pulled to within a single point when Steyn struck a beautiful drop goal from 40 metres out. Muller and Steven Sykes effectively secured their ball in the lineouts, where the Blue Bulls posed a big threat in captain Victor Matfield and Danie Rossouw.
Founded in 2012 by the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (Praesa) and the DG Murray Trust, Nal’ibali has spread its influence, working with an ever-growing number of children and parents across the country. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali, a South African campaign aimed at promoting reading for enjoyment, has issued its 2016 Story Power Promise, and in so doing has again committed itself to helping South African parents instil a strong reading ethos in their children.Parents and children are asked to sign a pledge agreeing to help establish strong reading habits in their children as well as to maintain and develop those habits that are already in place.“Reading and sharing stories with children is one of the most powerful gifts you can give them,” says Nal’ibali general director Jade Jacobsohn.“Not only does it help to develop children’s literacy skills, it also fires up those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement. Ultimately it helps to create the neural circuits that enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning, helping children to do well at school.”Founded in 2012 by the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (Praesa) and the DG Murray Trust, Nal’ibali has spread its influence, working with an ever-growing number of children and parents across the country. Its focus is to build and feed excitement about reading in a range of different languages.It works with more than 800 reading clubs, a number it is continually seeking to grow through sustained mentoring of and collaboration with communities, literacy organisations and volunteers of all ages.The above infographic serves to highlight some of the many advantages of reading to children. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali issues a bi-weekly reading-for-enjoyment newspaper supplement and weekly radio stories which have also made a significant contribution to the library of South African children’s literature and stories. This year, Nal’ibali plans to add eight more stories to the 51 it has already produced and made freely available.“We have made our promise to the nation to assist and support children and adults in becoming strong and powerful readers through the development, translation and distribution of literacy materials,” said Jacobsohn.Nal’ibali would continue to provide on-the-ground support for those invested in its efforts in the hope that they would join the campaign on its literacy journey in 2016 and ” work together to grow a nation that reads”.The Story Power Promise forms part of Nal’ibali’s broader Story Power campaign, and carries the clear message that anyone can share a story anytime, anywhere. The main concept behind the campaign is the belief that children who enjoy story-time and being read to will, as they grow up, be more likely to read by themselves and build further on the foundation built by their parents and caregivers.This is, for the most part, why the campaign encourages parents and caregivers to take it upon themselves to make story-time a fun part of their daily routine with the children.Nal’ibali has a wide range of stories in a number of home-languages that can be downloaded from its mobile site or website.For more information about the Nal’ibali campaign and how to get involved, can visit the website or mobi site, or find the campaign on Facebook or Twitter: nalibaliSA.Watch this video touching on some of the defining characteristics of the Nal’ibali Campaign:PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid brian proffitt Tags:#3d printing#MakerBot#Stratasys Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? If there was any doubt 3D printing was going to be taken seriously by the business world, then note this news: Minnesota-based Stratasys just had a big-city shopping spree and picked up MakerBot, a cool Brooklyn-based 3D printing company you may have heard of, for $403 million.It wasn’t exactly a buy that was far afield for Stratasys, itself a professional-grade 3D printer operation. But the merger, set around $403 million in stock and potentially another $201 million in performance-based payouts, has sent some shockwaves around the maker community.Reactions range from concerns that the larger company may absorb MakerBot, or at least the special sense of community the small four-year-old company engenders, to excitement that the startup’s efforts are getting the recognition it deserves.(See also What Is A MakerBot, And Why Does It Matter?)Primarily, MakerBot manufactures 3D printers, devices that create physical objects from digital plans. After loading the devices with ABS (what Lego blocks are made of) or PLA (a biodegradable plastic made of corn), users can download or make their own designs on a computer and create replicable, real objects on the printers.As part of the merger, MakerBot’s online repository of digital plans of printable object, known as Thingiverse, will also be acquired.Stratasys already makes high-end industrial sized 3D printers, and this purchase of MakerBot will plunk them squarely within the consumer market, what the companies refer to as “desktop 3D printing.” This is not Stratasys’ first foray into the consumer sector. In 2010, the company, which also has headquarters in Israel, partnered with HP to take a stab at the 3D printer market, though apparently those efforts were less than successful.Picking up MakerBot may be a better fit for this goal – MakerBot already has a rich and vibrant community, and if Stratasys keeps to its “hands-off” policy with MakerBot’s staff and brand, as it has stressed in its public comments about the merger, then it should get its foothold in the desktop 3D printing market.(See also Just How Hard Is It To Get And Use A 3D Printer?)If Stratasys sounds a little familiar, they were the company that was involved in the 3D printing of a gun by a University of Texas law student last Fall.MakerBot, for its part, just got a nice influx of capital to expand its efforts in making affordable 3D printing devices. That should be a great boost for the consumer 3D printing movement as a whole.Image courtesy of Thingiverse. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…
Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said on Friday he wants his country’s cricket board to stop advocating for a Test series against India and concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan.The Pakistan Cricket Board is still waiting for the green light from its Indian counterpart for December’s planned Test and limited-overs series in the United Arab Emirates.Both countries’ cricket boards have signed an agreement to play at least six times from 2015-2023, but the India board needs its government’s approval to revive cricketing ties with Pakistan.”I don’t know why we are pushing for series against India again and again,” Afridi told reporters in Lahore during Pakistan’s short training camp ahead of next week’s limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe. “I don’t see any reason to play (against India) if they don’t want to play. We have invited them and if they do not want to play then it shouldn’t be any worry, we are still happy.”The last time both teams played a Test series was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Pakistan last hosted India for a Test series in 2006.Pakistan have scheduled Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe, England and New Zealand ahead of the World Twenty20 tournament in India next March and April, after which Afridi has said he will quit playing the shortest cricket format. Afridi has already stopped playing ODIs following Pakistan’s loss in the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup in Australia in March.Pakistan cricket selectors have included rookie left-arm fast bowler Imran Khan Jr. and offspinner Bilal Asif for the two Twenty20s against Zimbabwe later this month in order to start getting ready for next year’s event in India.”The idea is to try out new players and there are number of players who impressed me in National Twenty20 tournament this week,” Afridi said.Imran took 16 wickets in the tournament and played a key role in the final when his Peshawar squad won the trophy over the Karachi side led by Afridi.Asif took nine wickets in the national tournament. In May, Zimbabwe became the first Test country to tour Pakistan since 2009, when gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus. The Zimbabweans played three ODIs and two Twenty20s in Lahore.With top-level international cricket a rarity in Pakistan, Afridi said it would have been better if the Pakistan Cricket Board had decided to host next February’s inaugural Twenty20 Pakistan Super League at home instead of choosing Doha, Qatar, as the venue.”It would have been great had it been organized in Pakistan because we were talking about revival of cricket in Pakistan after the tour of Zimbabwe,” he said.”Our players would have benefited more had it been organized in Pakistan. I am not worried whether foreign players come or not, but at least the crowd will come and our own youngsters get an opportunity.”