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  • Breakthrough for buyers as home values drop in Brisbane

    first_imgNational Dec. -1.1%; Qtr -2.3%; Year -4.8% Median value $532,327 Darwin Dec. -1.8%; Qtr -1.2%; Year -1.5% Median value $416,149 Canberra Dec. 0.0%; Qtr 0.6%; Year 3.3% Median value $601,275 Hobart Dec. 0.4%; Qtr 2.0%; Year 8.7% Median value $457,523 Melbourne Dec. -1.5%; Qtr -3.2%; Year -7.0% Median value $645,123 Adelaide Dec. 0.2%; Qtr 0.5%; Year 1.3% Median value $434,924 Perth Dec. -1.0%; Qtr -2.5%; Year -4.7% Median value $446,011 “Housing is more affordable and Brisbane never had the run up in prices that Sydney and Melbourne did, so it remains a lot more stable.”“The economy is also not linked to the resources sector like it is in Perth and Darwin so it is continuing to attract (workers) from other states.” Brisbane’s housing market has not had the runup in prices that dogged Sydney and Melbourne buyers. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said it showed that the housing market slowdown was not just restricted to price corrections in Sydney and Melbourne.“Although Australia’s two largest cities are the primary drivers for the weaker national reading, most regions around the country have reacted to tighter credit conditions by recording weaker housing market results relative to 2017.”CoreLogic researcher Cameron Kusher said “the market in Brisbane has been flat, much like it has been for many years”.The flat conditions in Brisbane, at a time when prices were falling by record margins in Sydney and Melbourne reflected Brisbane’s better affordability and diverse economy. It is also attracting a lot of interstate migration, which is pushing up housing demand. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index, December 2018 Results More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoSydney Dec. -1.8%; Qtr -3.9%; Year -8.9% Median value $808,494 Combined capitals Dec. -1.3%; Qtr -2.8%; Year -6.1% Median value $612,737 Brisbane Dec. -0.2%; Qtr -0.1%; Year 0.2% Median value $493,568 Combined regional Dec. -0.2%; Qtr -0.5%; Year -0.2% Median value $377,661 The last time the national falls were this large was over the 12 months to March 2009. Picture: Penny Stephens.Buyers have had a breakthrough in Brisbane with home values dropping simultaneously over the month and the quarter for the first time in over a year.But it’s a small chink in the armour after a year in which Brisbane held its steady golden glow while Sydney and Melbourne were hammered by the credit crunch and restrictions on offshore buyers.The CoreLogic December home value index found Brisbane dwelling values fell -0.2 per cent over December to a median of $493,568.The result was just enough to also tip the Queensland capital into negative territory over the quarter as well at -0.1 per cent growth.National dwelling values were down by a cumulative 5.2 per cent since peaking in October 2017, while Sydney values were now 11.1 per cent lower than their July 2017 peak and Melbourne values 7.2 per cent below their November 2017 peak.The last time the national falls were this large was over the 12 months to March 2009. The price drops over December were not only seasonal, with the market much weaker than it was at the same time last year and substantially weaker over the same period in 2016. (Source: CoreLogic) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK — With Aidan Devinelast_img read more

  • Purple & Bold: Kobe inspired, encouraged and made ’em think

    first_img“He’s like, ‘Good luck with in the playoffs, you’re gonna do your thing.’ And then at the end he’s like, ‘When the symphony plays and the maestro comes in and the lights shine and they point at you, it’s your time to come in and solo. And you’ll know it because you prepared for this moment.’“Only Kobe would say and describe it in that way.”Steve Nash, himself a cerebral basketball mind, said on the TNT broadcast that he loved the way his adversary-turned-teammate put things. Because it always made him think.“I remember after we beat him in the ’06 in the playoffs, we were at a Nike shoot together and he came to me and he said, ‘How do you trust your teammates?’ ” Nash recalled. “And inside, I thought, first of all, that’s a sign of respect. And I thought to myself, with a smile, ‘Well, I have to trust my teammates, ’cause I ain’t anywhere near the player you are…’“But when I walked away from the conversation, I have to admit I went, ‘Was he Jedi mind-tricking me?’ Or was he telling me, ‘Just so we’re clear on the ledger, you had a better team.’“I love this about the Kobe Bryant. I love this about Kobe Bryant!”So many memories.“One of my favorite moments is All-Star weekend, his last All-Star,” said Dwyane Wade, a superstar opponent and good friend of Bryant’s, on TNT. “My son is on a court rebounding for us and Kobe says, ‘Zaire, come down here.’ And Zaire looks at me and he’s nervous like, ‘Should I go?’“And I say, ‘You better go get your Kobe moment!’ ”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.All SCNG’s extensive Kobe coverageAll of the Southern California News Group’s extensive Kobecoverage – For links to photos, news stories, columns, features and more, start here.Remembering Kobe – In lieu of a game, there was a wake at Staples Center.Photos – You have to see the fresh murals Kobe inspired. You gotta love L.A.From the jump – Jim Alexander writes about Kobe’s rare drive and determination.A unique story – Kevin Modesti on Kobe’s triumphs and tragedy.‘Don’t need no boy for that!’ – Kobe championed Gianna and the women’s game.Thebest of – The greatest legends and tall tales about Kobe.Cheering for Kobe – A ticket to SoCal life for many Asian Americans.At Mamba Academy – Players, coaches learned of the helicopter tragedy together.‘Never fly on a helicopter together’ – Kobe and Vanessa Bryant had a deal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 29 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.So many memories. Such great impact.Derek Fisher, pushing bravely forward, as Kobe Bryant would expect, took a few minutes Tuesday to call and talk about about his longtime Laker teammate, touching on what he learned during their time together, lessons thatFisher tries to implement now as head coach of the L.A. Sparks.It was a gift, Fisher said, “having been able to see what an athlete is capable of when they really dedicate and commit themselves to their craft, to being the greatest player and the best version of themselves that’s humanly possible. I saw it on a daily basis and so there’s no excuse for the rest of us to act like it’s not possible: I’ve seen a human being do it.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“There will be moments and opportunities to reflect even more on what he accomplished and what his legacy represents when we reconvene for camp this year,” he promised.Jordin Canada, the former UCLA star and WNBA champion for the Seattle Storm, grew up in L.A., one of the legions of young players inspired not just by Bryant’s skills, but by the work behind them.“As a kid, maybe about 5 or 6 years old, I used to sit on the couch with my dad and watch all the Lakers games,” she said Tuesday in a phone conversation. “And I remember, as I got older and got into the sport, watching his game and being in awe of him. He inspired me, he inspired me to want to be better. He motivated me to work harder. Just his mentality and the way he carried himself on the court, how he took the game and his craft so seriously, and how he continuously worked — his work ethic is something I’ll never forget.”All that work was preparation to be able to perform, beautifully, when the moment was right.“In ’08, we made the playoffs and I was in practice and I get out and I have this crazy voicemail,” said Sparks star Candace Parker during TNT’s emotional “Remembering Kobe” special that happened Tuesday night inside Staples Center as fans continued to gather to mourn outside.last_img read more

  • NHL awards 2019: Robin Lehner gives heartfelt speech while accepting Bill Masterton Trophy

    first_imgNew York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner brought a moment of solemn self-reflection to the stage when accepting the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the 2019 NHL Awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, further opening up about his battle with mental illness.Lehner, who in a letter written last summer in The Athletic detailed his struggles with bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, alcohol and drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder, received the Masterton Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game. Amid an otherwise lighthearted evening, Lehner delivered a heartfelt speech that reiterated the message he initially conveyed in his preseason letter.  “I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean mentally weak,” Lehner told the assembled crowd, Masterton Trophy in hand, to a round of applause.MORE: Full list of NHL Awards winnersLehner stressed the importance of changing the narrative around mental illness, urging others to seek help as he did. The 27-year-old underwent a harrowing journey, as described in his preseason letter, that culminated in him reaching out to the league and players association to undergo treatment. “I cannot say enough about the NHLPA/NHL substance abuse program,” Lehner wrote. “I don’t think I would be alive without them.”“I’m not ashamed to say I’m mentally ill, but that doesn’t mean mentally weak.”Robin Lehner’s Bill Masterton Trophy acceptance speech was powerful. 👏 #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/BuhJE7UBz4— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 20, 2019Speaking to his peers in Las Vegas, Lehner noted that his road to recovery isn’t over.“I took that first step, got help and that was life-changing to me,” Lehner said on Wednesday. “It’s something that we’ve got to keep pushing for and we’ve got to end the stigma.”last_img read more

  • BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MONDAY NOTES

    first_imgCLASSICArrogate/Hoppertunity – Arrogate worked 4f in 46 4/5 Monday morning under Martin Garcia.“Worked really good, he was happy and comfortable,” Garcia said.“It was fine,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.Hoppertunity, Baffert’s other Classic entrant, only jogged but drew the following compliment from Baffert.“Hoppertunity looks the best he’s ever been right now,” Baffert said. I’m a Chatterbox – The Spinster winner arrived at Santa Anita about 9 a.m. along with a large contingent of horses coming from Kentucky. Her trainer Larry Jones was en route himself and due later in the day. Effinex and Shaman Ghost – Tri-Bone Stables’ Effinex breezed 4f in 49 1/5 at Santa Anita Monday morning. Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal was aboard the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up.“It was good; it was all we were looking for,” trainer James Jerkens said. “He just ran in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Oct. 8) and he had a nice work at Belmont before we left, so we weren’t looking for anything too much.”Prior to Effinex’s workout following the 7:30 a.m. renovation break, Pahal was aboard Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost for a 1 3/8m gallop. JUVENILE FILLIES TURF Songbird – Unbeaten Songbird went to the track early today, completing a 1 1/2m gallop well before dawn as she finished her preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Assistant trainer Dan Ward supervised the exercise while trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was out of town tending to his Northern California stable. Regular exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was up.“With the weather forecast for rain late last week, we finished up her timed works on Thursday Ward said. “Before last year’s Breeders Cup, she worked seven days ahead of the race, and that turned out pretty well. Now, it’s just keeping her happy.”Songbird is scheduled to school in the Santa Anita paddock Tuesday and Wednesday morning around 9:45 a.m., following her morning gallop, and again between the races Thursday afternoon.             Joking – Owner/trainer Charlton Baker did not enter Joking in the Twinspires Breeders’ Cup Sprint after the horse developed a fever after arriving at Santa Anita Friday from New York. Frosted – Godolphin Racing’s 4yo gray colt had a routine gallop Monday morning at Santa Anita under exercise rider Rob Massey.Assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin has been managing Frosted since he shipped from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Oct. 22. His brother trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was scheduled to arrive Monday afternoon. McLaughlin said that the son of Tapit looked very good to him – well-muscled and dappled – during his visit to the track Monday.“He’s deceiving and when he goes out there you think he’s going in :19 or :20 seconds an eighth (of a mile).” McLaughlin said. “I put the watch on him this morning and he’s going :17. His average is probably :17.2. I like that. That means he is getting over the track well and he’s going faster than he looks. I couldn’t be happier with what we’re seeing so far.”Frosted spent the summer and fall at Godolphin’s Greentree Training Center adjacent to Saratoga Race Course. His morning exercise and timed works were done on the center’s Polytrack training track. Until he was shipped to Santa Anita, the last time he had been on a dirt surface was in his narrow third-place finish in the Woodward Stakes (G1) on Sept. 3 at Saratoga. Neal Mclaughlin said that long time away from the dirt figured into the decision to send him to California nearly two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup Classic and to have him do his final timed workout at Santa Anita. He covered a half-mile in 48 on Oct. 27.“We’re very happy with that, considering that he had not been on the dirt for a while or turning left,” McLaughlin said. “It was a great breeze, just what we were looking for, a nice half and he’s come out of it in really nice shape.”Frosted has traveling clockwise at Greentree – the opposite of the way North American races are run – every morning under a strategy to balance the anatomy and put less pressure on his left front and right rear legs.Weather was another factor in the decision to move Frosted from upstate New York in late October to Southern California. The colt was gone when about an inch of snow fell in Saratoga Springs on Oct. 27.“A couple of years ago when we came out here to run with Alpha and Questing to run in the Breeders’ Cup, it was cold and it rained during the final breezes at Saratoga. It didn’t go well. So we had to look at everything. And the shipping schedule, the airplanes was a part of it.” Beholder – Spendthrift Farm LLC’s champion galloped 1½ m at Santa Anita Park. Regular exercise rider Janeen Painter was aboard.Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella does not like to use the word “confidence,” but expressed he’s happy with his three-time champion.“I wouldn’t trade places with anybody, but is a difficult race,” Mandella said. “We have two very difficult fillies to run against.” Stellar Wind – Stellar Wind went to the track at 5 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Ricardo Peniche then proceeded to school in the paddock.It is a regimen that trainer John Sadler said will be followed for the next three days at least“She looks great, she’s into her routine and we’re excited,” Sadler said. Forever Unbridled – After a few days of heading to the track well before sunrise, Charles Fipke’s homebred Forever Unbridled saw Santa Anita sunlight at 7 a.m. for trainer Dallas Stewart. The daughter of Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever and two-time Grade 1 winner on the season arrived Oct. 28 and will enter Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff Monday afternoon. The Unbridled’s Song filly galloped 1 ¼ m.“This was a very good morning for her, her best so far,” Stewart said. “I might bring her out again (Tuesday) morning around the same time.” Midnight Storm – Midnight Storm, pre-entered in two Breeders’ Cup races, will go in the Mile instead of the Dirt Mile, trainer Phil D’Amato said Monday morning.“It was a fairly easy decision for Midnight Storm,” D’Amato said. TURF SPRINT             Lookin at Lee – L and N Racing LLC’s Lookin At Lee completed his final preparations for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a five-furlong move in 50 1/5 at Santa Anita for trainer Steve Asmussen. Second last out in the Breeders’ Futurity, the son of Lookin At Lucky was piloted by exercise rider Sergio Quevos, who was also aboard Gun Runner as he completed his final preparations Sunday with a half-mile drill in 48 2/5 for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm. Gun Runner, who pre-entered in both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, will enter the latter.“He worked an easy half in 50 and one and it was good,” Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant, said. “He worked a nice five furlongs in a minute last week and looked good. Both horses have had two works out here and are settled in well. Gun Runner didn’t do much because he worked yesterday. He’s a cool horse and looks good.” Om – Trainer Dan Hendricks sent his Turf Sprint candidate out to breeze a half mile after the second break Monday over the Santa Anita Park fast main track.The 4yo son of Munnings covered the half mile in 47 3/5 with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens in the irons.“He did it real comfortable and easy,” Hendricks said. “Gary said he felt as good as ever. I’m real happy with the way he is coming into it.” The first four European challengers for this year’s Breeders’ Cup arrived safely at the Santa Anita quarantine barn at 3:15 p.m. Saturday having landed at Los Angeles International airport two hours earlier.The first of the consignment off the trailer was the Charles Hill-trained Dutch Connection who will be bidding to give his trainer his second Breeders’ Cup victory following that of Chriselliam in the Juvenile Fillies Turf renewal of 2013.Rodaini, trained by Simon Crisford was next off under the guidance of traveling head lad Les Reynolds. This will be Crisford’s first runner at a Breeders’ Cup as a trainer, but he has witnessed many victories when racing manager for the Godolphin stable.Hugo Palmer’s Home of the Brave was third off, and Palmer is hoping for better luck at Santa Anita this time around as his Aktabantay was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf two years ago with a bruised foot.Newmarket handler Ed Vaughan’s Mehronissa was last to disembark and this daughter of Iffraaj held a pre-entry in the Turf Sprint but did not make the lineup and will now run in the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Saturday.At 6 p.m. the second consignment of the day arrived up at the quarantine barn and this consisted of three horses, Cavale Doree (Christophe Ferland) and Karar (Francis-Henri Graffrd) from France and the German challenger Spectre, trained by Markus Munch who will now run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in preference to the Filly & mare Turf.The remaining five British challengers, Limato (Henry Candy), Suedois and Mondialiste (David O’Meara) and Ulysses and Queen’s Trust (Sir Michael Stoute along with Joseph O’Brien-trained Intricately) arrived at Santa Anita in the early hours of Sunday morning having had a delayed departure from Stansted airport in England. All these horses are expected to clear quarantine Monday afternoon and be out on the main track Tuesday morning.Aidan O’Brien’s team from Ballydoyle, which is expected to amount to 12 runners in all, is due in to California late Monday afternoon. They will include the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Found, who holds entries in both the Turf and the Classic, but who is expected now to line up alongside stable companion Highland Reel in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.The only horse to depart the Quarantine Barn and head to the track was the Japanese Filly & Mare Turf hopeful, Nuovo Record, who went for a routine exercise under her regular rider Hideyuki Obara at around 8:30 a.m. Racing manager Hiroshi Ando, who is supervising the filly’s preparations at Santa Anita until the arrival of her trainer Makoto Saito, said “The plan will be to go on the turf later in the week, and she’ll have a breeze on the turf on Wednesday, with her assistant trainer Kazuyoshi Aita in the saddle. In Japan, she has had to run against the colts a lot, so I am looking forward to seeing her run here against her own sex.”MILE Corona del Inca – Argentina’s hope for the Distaff, galloped 1 m under regular exercise rider Daniel Padilla.Trainer Guillermo Frenkel Santillan said Monday that his mare’s preparationsn leading up to the Distaff are done.“She is ready,” the trainer said. “She’s in maintenance mode until race day.”The Distaff will be Corona Del Inca’s first United States start.“We all come to win,” Santillan said. “We learned a lot from our previous experience with Calidoscopio (referring to his old pupil’s victory in the 2012 Marathon also at Santa Anita).” Land Over Sea – With her speed works concluded, Land Over Sea galloped 1m under Gabby Blanchard over Santa Anita’s freshly harrowed main oval at 7:45 a.m.“She kind of tailed off on us this summer, so we freshened her up a bit, and now she’s training well,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “She’s acting like she did before her race in the Kentucky Oaks (in which she finished second).”center_img OVERSEAS HORSES DIRT MILE Kitcat – Chile’s dual Grade 1 winning daughter of Scat Daddy, galloped two laps around the training track shortly after 6 a.m. Monday at Santa Anita.Regular exercise rider Cristian Marin was in the irons for the exercise.Sebastian Silva, son of trainer Juan Silva explained his decision to enter Kitcat in the Filly & Mare Turf rather than the Mile.“We have opted to enter in the Filly & Mare Turf to keep her with her own sex and because she has already won at the 11/4-mile distance in Chile. I think she will be a better fit in the Filly & Mare Turf.” War Story – Loooch Racing Stables et al.’s Mario Serey, Jr.-trained War Story will be entered in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic in lieu of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile after being pre-entered in both last week.“The Classic has been our target all along,” Paolucci said of the late closer. “If you believe in your horse and you think you can get third in the Classic, that’s as good as a win in the Dirt Mile. We are hoping for a lot of speed in the race, but if not we may lay a little closer because of how the track usually plays. I’d like to be near where Frosted is and move when he does.”A winner of three of 14 and $399,395, the son of Northern Afleet has raced only three times in 2016, including a good second by a head last out in the Pennsylvania Derby Championship Stakes at Parx Sept. 24. Last year, the half-brother to Kentucky Oaks runner-up and Breeders’ Cup Distaff pre-entrant Land Over Sea was eighth of 11 in the Dirt Mile, capping a sophomore season in which he placed in four graded stakes.“He’s doing really good right now and it’s worth it to take a shot,” Paolucci continued. “I also think that we have a better chance of finishing third in the Classic than beating Dortmund going a mile. The thing about (War Story) is that he’s never been totally 100 percent until now. He may be 150-1 to win, but I believe he’s 7-2 to finish second or third.”Win the Space – The 4yo son of Pulpit galloped 1 mile at Santa Anita with regular exercise rider Amelia Green.Trainer George Papaprodromou has decided to take a crack at the Classic. “My horse deserves to run in the Classic. He’s run well against California Chrome a couple of times.” Keen Ice – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice is scheduled to ship to Southern California Tuesday from his Belmont Park base along with five Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates.Melatonin – Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Melatonin went to the track at 7:45 a.m.The 5yo son of Kodak Cowboy galloped twice around the oval under exercise rider Martin DeRubin then schooled in the paddock.“He’s doing awesome,” trainer Dave Hofmans said. “He’ll breeze a half-mile Wednesday with (regular rider) Joe Talamo up.” FILLY & MARE TURF Masochistic – Mike Smith will ride Masochistic in the Twin Spires Breeders’ Cup Sprint, trainer Ron Ellis confirmed Monday morning. The Hall-of-Fame jockey has ridden the speedy 6yo gelding twice previously, including last year’s renewal.“The owners really like Mike,” Ellis said. “He had a previous out-of-town commitment (Arrogate in the Travers) when we won the Pat O’Brien at Del Mar this summer. He seems to fit this horse well.” JUVENILE DISTAFF Runhappy – James McIngvale’s Runhappy, winner of last year’s TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland, returned to the track Monday morning at Santa Anita two days after working 5f in 58 2/5 in preparation for Friday’s Las Vegas Dirt Mile.“It looks like he came out of the work well,” trainer Laura Wohlers said as she watched Runhappy jog twice around the track with exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell up. “It is going to be a tough race with the two turns being the big question mark.”Runhappy arrived at Santa Anita on October 23 from his Lexington, Ky., base and has spent parts of several days at the nearby Sunshine Farms in Bradbury.“We would take him for a couple of hours to get some sunshine out in a paddock where he can graze. There is not a lot of grass here,” Wohlers said. “Today will be the last day we can go.”Horses in Championship races Friday have to remain on the grounds after 11 a.m. Tuesday.Wohlers said Runhappy would have a gate schooling session Tuesday and “probably go to the paddock a couple days.”Gary Stevens has the mount.SPRINT California Chrome – Under the watchful eye of Alan Sherman, California Chrome galloped 1 3/4 m shortly before the second track renovation break Monday morning. The expected favorite to cap a perfect 2016 campaign in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday had regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney aboard.“He looks great,” said Sherman, assistant to and son of Art Sherman. “He had a strong work at Los Alamitos last Thursday, so we’ll just gallop him up to the race.” Avenge – Ramona S. Bass Grade 1 winner finalized her preparations for her crack at the Filly & Mare Turf with a swift 5 furlong breeze over Santa Anita Park’s fast main track Monday in a bullet :58.80 under exercise rider Alex Bisono.“Clockers got her in 58 4/5, she went a little bit fast, but she is doing awful good,” Mandella said. “It’s the Breeders’ Cup. We’ll go out there and do the best we can. They are not easy races but I have good horses.” Miss Southern Miss – Trainer Keith Desormeaux reported that the 2yo daughter of More Than Ready is out of consideration for the Juvenile Fillies Turf due to a shin problem.“We didn’t enter her because she came up with a shin this morning. So she is out.”MORE NOTES Bill Mott (Tourist, Mile; Carina Mia, Filly & Mare Sprint; Celestine, Turf Sprint; Good Samaritan, Juvenile Turf) — Bill Mott’s quartet of Breeders’ Cup pre-entries were in good order on Monday morning. A fifth, Juddmonte Farm’s Full Mast, did not ship for the Turf Sprint. Two contenders, Celestine and Good Samaritan, worked for the respective races.China Horse Club and WinStar Farm’s Good Samaritan left Barn 59 at 10 a.m. and worked a half-mile on the Santa Anita turf course with assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset in 47 2/5 with Mott and WinStar president/CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden looking on. About two hours earlier, Brisset was aboard Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Celestine as she worked the same distance on the main track in 48 flat. Good Samaritan will enter into Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in lieu of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after being cross-entered last week. Carina Mia will enter the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint instead of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“He worked well and looked good over the turf,” Mott said of Good Samaritan. “There was some interest in running him over the dirt, but we’re going to keep him on the surface he’s done well on. Carina Mia hasn’t proven to be at her best at a mile and an eighth. We think she’s at her best between seven-eighths and a mile. The Distaff is a very tough race this year and we thought we would stay with what we think is her best trip. She’ll go two turns, but it also depends on who she’s running against.”Mott also expressed similar satisfaction with Celestine’s final maintenance move before she takes on the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. ###last_img read more

  • Mayor Cyvette Gibson, Why Do You Permit Rotten Garbage All Along Paynesville’s Main Corridor?

    first_imgThe saddest and most shocking thing about this terrible malaise (bad condition) is that these stinking dumpsites are not in one place, but are sprawled along the entire route from the Paynesville Red Light past Matilda Parker’s homestead, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, jam to one of the city’s main food centers, the marketplace across from the PA Rib House where some Paynesvillians buy their fish, meat, fruits, vegetables and other foods. There at this garbage-infested marketplace, our hapless and sorrowing market women have to wade through the filth to sell food to their customers. But the customers fully understand that it is no fault of the market women, but one woman in particular—whom we call “the Lord Mayor of Paynesville.”But what is Mayor Cyvette Gibson lording over besides rotten garbage and filth strewn all over her and our city? The situation is even worse at the Paynesville Red Light Market, where little over a week ago a mountain of garbage in the middle of the highway threatened to block motor vehicle passage to the Coca Cola Factory and, of course, the entire Liberian interior. When, we would like to know, will Mayor Gibson and her team get serious about cleaning up Paynesville and adding value to the city and its real estate owners? Take the impressive P. Ernest Parker homestead, where Matilda and her siblings grew up. If the family wanted to lease the building, which is situated ideally on over an acre or two of land, who would be foolhardy enough to lease a garbage-surrounded structure? Is the Paynesville City Hall interested in protecting and preserving the valuable real estate in the city?What is even more pitiful, in the immediate rear of the Parker Building is a clinic, called “The Goodwill Health Center.” Do the Mayor and her fellow administrators care about the terrible damage they are causing by keeping heaps of garbage right next to the clinic? Do they know the extent to which they are harming this clinic’s business? Which patient would dare seek medical care in such a filth-infested environment that would make him or her even sicker just by being exposed to filth, rats, roaches and stench from the garbage heap at the very entrance to the clinic? We recall that in June last year when American First Lady Michelle Obama was due to visit Liberia, we called on the Mayors of Monrovia and Paynesville to embark immediately upon a massive cleanup campaign before the visit took place. We specifically urged Mayor Gibson to clean up the Paynesville-Kakata corridor, which is also Paynesville’s main corridor, because we thought that the American First Lady might have passed through there en route to Kakata. It turned out that Mrs. Obama and her delegation were escorted through the Firestone Road leading to Kakata. But we were a bit surprised that Paynesville City Hall lifted not a finger to clean up anywhere in Paynesville. Instead, our advice was totally ignored. Did they care that in matters of official visits, the protocol or travel plans could change at any time? Well, because Paynesville City Hall did not lift a finger to clean up anywhere, the city’s main corridor remained as filthy as ever. Fortunately, the Executive Mansion proceeded with the original plan to travel to Kakata through Firestone.  But what if?We plead with Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson to heed our advice this time and clean up our city. The Daily Observer staff would be glad to participate in a cleanup campaign, as we did few years ago when we were at McDonald Street. A Friday or Saturday would be good, since we would not be in newspaper production. We pledge to do anything to help in this effort. We are that serious about and committed to cleanliness and good sanitation in our city. These would make life safer, more livable and pleasant for all of us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • EMBATTLED PAT THE COPE SAYS HE WILL FIGHT TO RETAIN DONEGAL’S VOICE IN EUROPE

    first_imgPat The Cope Gallagher has appealed to Donegal voters to get behind him after a new opinion poll suggests he has a fight on his hands to retain his seat in the European Parliament.Pat the Cope Gallagher.The Irish Independent poll suggests that Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy will top the vote with 17%, followed by Fianna Fail Senator Thomas Byrne.The remaining two seats would appear to be a battle between sitting Fine Gael MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness with 11% and Luke Ming Flanagan on 12%. Although it is early days yet, the polls suggests that the veteran Donegal politician is on 9% with a tough road ahead of him.But Pat The Cope Gallagher told Donegal Daily that he is prepared for the fight of his political life.However, he said he could not do it without the support of the voters of Co Donegal.“I have given my life to Donegal politics and now I am up against it. Donegal needs a voice in Europe and I am determined to be that voice. “We need a voice at the table as funding from Europe continues to be handed down and I am determined to be that voice to ensure that the people of Donegal are looked after,” he said. EMBATTLED PAT THE COPE SAYS HE WILL FIGHT TO RETAIN DONEGAL’S VOICE IN EUROPE was last modified: April 26th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalEuropefundingMEPPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

  • Assembler Robots: Symbiotic Builders of the Future

    first_imgMIT researchers have developed symbiotic robots, something that they’re calling assembler robots. These are robots that can build, maintain, and coexist with structures. The MIT work demonstrates that robots are capable of self-assembling complex structures. Potential applications of the technology are the construction of airplane parts, bridges, entire buildings or as complex as a lunar base. Once built, the robots can still remain with the structure and can maintain and rebuild it, as necessary. From: MIT News Sandor Fekete, director at the Technical University of Braunschweig, said that “ultralight, digital materials such as these open amazing perspectives for constructing efficient, complex, large-scale structures, which are of vital importance in aerospace applications. The use of small and simple robots promises to provide the next breakthrough: Robots don’t get tired or bored, and using many miniature robots seems like the only way to get this critical job done. This extremely original and clever work by Ben Jennet and collaborators [at MIT] makes a giant leap towards the construction of dynamically adjustable airplane wings, enormous solar sails or even reconfigurable space habitats.”center_img These assembler robots are a hybrid of previous robots. Robots to date can be classified as either very high-end, expensive and deployed for performing very precise and optimized work, or at the other extreme, as low-end, mass produced and with lower performance and capabilities.last_img read more

  • Create an Energized Molecule Effect in After Effects

    first_imgLearn how to create an energized molecule effect using only built-in effects in this exclusive After Effects tutorial.In this video tutorial we’ll take a look at how to create an energized molecule effect in After Effects — using only native effects in AE. This same technique could be used to create a sun or an energy orb, but for this tutorial, here’s what the final result will look like:You’ve probably seen tutorials in the past that used the effect to create planets, but in this tutorial we’ll use a technique to create a molecule-like effect with CC Sphere, Fractal Noise, and the CC Ball Action effect. One of the coolest things I learned while creating this effect was the power of the shift channels effect. You may have seen our How to Easily Key Out Black Backgrounds post in the past, but what you may not realize is that the shift channels effect is also great when paired with other effects, not just footage.More of a hands-on learner? You can download the project file for free below. The file shouldn’t take very long to render on your machine, so if you’re working on a laptop or low-speed computer, you should be good.The tutorial covers:Keying Out Black PixelsWorking with 3D EffectsSimulating FireParentingUsing Turbulence to Create Sun-Flares Using this same technique, you could easily create other orb-like effects in After Effects. As with most things in After Effects, just mess around with it until you get the results you want.Free Project FileHere’s a link to the free project file. In the tutorial, I used After Effects CC (2012), but the project file has been down-saved to work with any AE version 5.5 or higher.DOWNLOAD FREE MOLECULE PROJECT FILEIf you’re in the mood to learn more about After Effects, I highly recommend checking out the AE section of the PremiumBeat blog or our YouTube channel, where you can find tutorials from insanely talented tutorial makers like Evan Abrams, Mikey Borup, and Joey Korenman. And while you’re in the After Effects frame of mind, go check out our friends at RocketStock. They’ve got tons of resources for motion graphic designers and video editors, including several free After Effects templates!Know of any ways to make this effect even cooler? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

  • Amit Shah allays fears over new Citizenship Bill

    first_imgUnion Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the people of the northeast had nothing to fear from a fresh Citizenship (Amendment) Bill the Centre may push through.The Centre’s bid to pass such a Bill in January had triggered widespread protests across the northeastern States as it sought to legitimise the stay of allegedly persecuted non-Muslim migrants from India’s neighbourhood.Mr. Shah was addressing fears expressed by the Chief Ministers of the region and the “spillover effect” of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) at the fourth conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a forum of anti-Congress parties helmed by the BJP.‘Article 371 intact’“The Citizenship Bill will not violate Article 371 that is applicable in the northeast. It will not affect any rights of the indigenous people, nor will it affect the Inner-Line Permit,” he said. Any visitor to Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland need to possess the permit for temporary stay. Manipur and Meghalaya have been demanding such a permit.Mr. Shah also pointed out that the proposed Bill had December 31, 2014, as the cut-off date and no one arriving after this date would be given citizenship. But he said the Centre would not let any illegal immigrants to come in from neighbouring countries.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma had earlier told him that the northeastern States feel the Citizenship Bill would threaten their existence and urged him to take all the political partners of the BJP into confidence before bringing in the legislation again.Asking whether the Centre would bypass the States before reintroducing the Bill, Mr. Sangma requested the Centre to invite all stakeholders to arrive at a consensus.“We are also worried by the exclusion of 19 lakh people from Assam’s NRC. Meghalaya shares a long border with Assam, and there are fears many of them could sneak in,” he said.Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga too opposed the Bill. He also said the regional parties that supported the Bill had committed “political suicide”, insisting that the northeast should be excluded from its purview.The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on January 8 but it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.Border disputesThe Chief Ministers also called for settling the prolonged border disputes among the States. Almost all of them have disputes with Assam.Assam Finance Minister and NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said the disputes — some of which claimed lives — had often come in the way of development in the region.“The NEDA forum can be used to solve the border disputes and other issues plaguing the region. The constituents can hold discussions to resolve these contentious issues,” Mr. Sarma said, also expressing concern over drug dealing in the region.last_img read more

  • Hellen Kotlolo Discusses PMTCT

    first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 3, 2011August 17, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Young Champion Hellen Koltolo recently appeared on health-e’s TV unit in South Africa to discuss her work in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT). During the segment, she discussed how mothers can transmit HIV/AIDS to their children, methods to reduce the likelihood of transmission and the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS in South Africa:Sometimes mummy’s are afraid to go the antenatal clinic to book when they are pregnant because of the stigma that is related to HIV and AIDS. So that is one of the things that we are really trying to work on as healthcare workers.Download the full news segmentShare this:last_img read more

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