Walsh cleared in Foxrock case

first_imgTrainer Ted Walsh has been cleared of any wrongdoing and will face no penalty over the Foxrock case, the Turf Club has announced. The statement continued: “Penalty will be considered at a separate and subsequent hearing, which will take into account the penalty imposed in relation to the original finding of the stewards. “The committee took no further action against the trainer or horse, having regard to the dissatisfaction expressed by Mr Walsh in evidence in relation to Mr Heskin’s riding in the latter part of the race, which could no longer be justified by reference to the absence of two front shoes, or any other valid excuse.” The referrals committee cited Foxrock’s shoes were most likely to have become dislodged during the wash-down period. If the shoes were deliberately removed, said the committee, it would have been impossible for whoever removed them to have not soiled their clothes from close contact with a wet animal. Terry Smith, Turf Club senior veterinary officer, noted there was nothing unusual about the clothing of Walsh nor his assistants. The statement said Walsh would have had a “limited window of opportunity to determine on this course of action, obtain the necessary implements and remove the two shoes from the horse, all in the context of a stable yard on a race-day”. It added: “Although it was clearly possible that the Turf Club case could be correct, the committee was not satisfied that the evidence in support of a guilty inference carried the degree of cogency necessary to find that it was more probable than the alternative innocent scenario.” However, footage emerged that was not available on the day, prompting the inquiry to be reopened. The new video evidence appeared to show Foxrock returning to the parade ring after the race with his front shoes visible. Evidence was heard from various expert witnesses, including trainers Aidan O’Brien and Willie Mullins. Leading vets, farriers, stable security officers and stewards also gave evidence at the lengthy referral hearing on April 18. Having taken on board all the relevant facts, the Turf Club referrals committee could not “reach any firm conclusion as to the security with which the front shoes were attached to Foxrock from the post-race footage, save to (say) that they were not obviously or apparently loose”. A Turf Club statement added that that the committee “was satisfied on the evidence of Mr Walsh and on the footage of the race that Foxrock showed no signs of being lame as he passed the post at the end of the race, or at any time thereafter”. Although Walsh was cleared, the referrals committee said it was “probable” Foxrock could have finished second in the place and found Heskin in breach of failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to achieve the “best possible placing”. The jockey was, however, not found in breach of any other rule. Press Association Walsh and jockey Adrian Heskin attracted the attention of the stewards when the horse finished third at Punchestown on December 7. Officials on the day accepted explanations that the seven-year-old had finished slightly lame and lost both front shoes during the course of the race, although they banned Heskin for not reporting the issues in the first instance. last_img read more

Hasselbaink: Ranieri will be a hit

first_img “At the end of the day we have to look if they have players who can improve you. That’s what it’s all about.” Hasselbaink is preparing for Burton’s first ever campaign in Sky Bet League One this season with the club training at St George’s Park after renewing their deal with Perform and believes it gives them perfect preparation. “It helps magnificently, the pitches, the gym, all the stuff which Perform gives us is very helpful and needed,” he added. “It’s a magnificent facility. Not a lot of clubs in League One have what we have.” Perform, the official healthcare provider for St. George’s Park, will continue their recovery specific research programme as part of the deal with The Brewers. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed Claudio Ranieri to be a hit at Leicester – and build bridges with the Foxes’ fans. Pearson was sacked last month – despite keeping the club in the Barclays Premier League – after a breakdown in relations with the board during a season where he told a fan to “f*** off and die”, launched a bizarre ostrich rant at a journalist and grappled with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur. Pearson’s exit came after his son James, along with team-mates Tom Hopper and Adam Smith, were sacked for their part in a sexually-explicit video in which racist language was used during a post-season trip to Thailand. But Hasselbaink, who also worked with Ranieri at Atletico Madrid between 1999 and 2000, thinks his former manager will help to smooth things over at the Foxes. He said: “Claudio is someone who has experience all over the world – France, Italy, Greece. Why would he not be successful? He knows the English culture and that is what he has got ahead of others who come over. “As exciting it is for him it will also be for the club but you always have something to prove in football, every time you wake up you have to prove yourself. “He is someone who communicates very well with people around him – he is very good at that – and he has that charisma. They like him for it and, with the fans, I think he will be a success.” Burton boss Hasselbaink would also not rule out a link-up with Ranieri which could see some Foxes players move to the Pirelli Stadium. “Maybe, we have to have a look at what they have. I have always kept in contact with my old manager and it’s a contact I’ll be able to have in the future,” he said. The former Chelsea striker played under the Italian at Stamford Bridge and believes Ranieri can be the perfect fit for Leicester. Ranieri was a shock choice to replace the axed Nigel Pearson last week and signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

Police search for man who held FL Chick-fil-A at gunpoint

first_imgPolice are  investigating an armed robbery at a Sarasota Chick Fil A.The incident occurred Friday evening around 10 p.m., according to police.The man reportedly entered the restaurant with a semi-automatic silver/chrome pistol and held employees at gunpoint while demanding money.No employees or customers were hurt.He is described as a white man in his late 20’s early 30’s, 6 feet tall with a slim built, slight facial hair, wearing a dark colored jacket, dark colored pants, black cap with the Superman logo on the front.No other information is available this time.last_img

Ranji trophy: Meghalaya vs Sikkim tie ends draw

first_imgStaff CorrespondentShillong: Meghalaya recorded the sixth highest Ranji Trophy score in their plate group match against Sikkim in Bhubaneshwar on New Year’s Day, finally declaring on an incredible 826/7 after batting 171.4 overs.However, waiting until Gurinder Singh reach his century (101 not out) ate up time that could have been used in trying to bowl out Sikkim and the match ended in a draw today.“I’m unhappy at the decision to prolong declaration of the first innings on the third day, which led to a draw, thus depriving us of valuable points,” the Meghalaya Cricket Association’s Honorary Secretary Naba Bhattacharjee said. “Individual glory is great but not above greater interest of team Meghalaya,” he added.Sikkim had made 219 all out in their first innings. By the end of the second day of the match Meghalaya had amassed 555/3, with Punit Bisht having hit a triple century.Bisht would eventually be dismissed yesterday for 343 and he thus became the eighth highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy.Apart from Bisht, there were also centuries for Raj Biswa (175), Yogesh Nagar (148) and Gurinder in Meghalaya’s massive innings, which was declared before tea yesterday.Sikkim’s batsmen offered much stronger resistance in their second innings and lost only four wickets in their innings of 304 before close of play on the final day today.Gurinder took 3/84, while Aditya Singhania bagged 1/31. With a first innings lead, Meghalaya earned three points, while Sikkim took one.Meghalaya thus end their first season of the Ranji Trophy with four wins, two draws and two defeats.Also Read: J&K thrash Assam in Ranji trophylast_img read more

Voters cast ballots in Calif. election

first_imgSara R. Tompson, head of instruction and orientation services at USC Libraries, said she was the only one at Hillel when she voted.“I was hoping for a couple more, but I wasn’t really surprised since this is a student precinct and so many people are gone in the summer.”Some students used an absentee ballot to participate in the election. One such student, Tony Martinez, a senior majoring in kinesiology, said he believes it is important to vote.“You can’t complain about politics unless you put in your vote,” Martinez said.For Martinez, the propositions were one of the significant matters on the ballot.“Some of the propositions will be important because they will affect you in some way or another,” Martinez said.Another initiative on the ballot, Proposition 28, would reduce the maximum amount of time that a politician could serve in the legislature to 12 years, but allow them to serve the full amount of time in either chamber. Currently, legislators can serve a maximum of 14 years: three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate.Tompson said she thinks more people would participate in the election if the California presidential primaries were scheduled before the nominees had been decided.“People would like California’s primaries to be earlier,” Tompson said. “We have such a big population so we could make a big impact.” Voters near USC filtered into USC Hillel and Cardinal Gardens Tuesday to cast their ballots on a wide range of candidates and initiatives during California’s primary election.Some of the key matters on the ballot include a senatorial primary, the Los Angeles district attorney race and Proposition 29, which would raise the tax on cigarette packs by $1.Polls · Ballot stations for California’s primary election on Tuesday stand at the ready in Cardinal Gardens. Ballots included a senatorial primary, two state propositions and a district attorney race. – Briana Humphrey | Summer Trojanlast_img read more

Lecture canceled after speaker drops mayoral race due to PTSD

first_imgJason Kander, a former Army Intelligence Officer, dropped out of the Kansas City mayoral race to focus on his mental health. (Photo from Facebook)The Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences canceled its Distinguished Lecture event, which was scheduled for Sunday, after the speaker dropped out of the Kansas City, Mo., mayoral race.Jason Kander, who was set to run as a Democrat in Kansas City and speak at the event, announced that he would be dropping out of the race to treat his chronic PTSD and depression. Kander served as an Army Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan 11 years ago. Since then, Kander said that he has dealt with suicidal thoughts and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression but avoided seeking treatment.“I’m done hiding this from myself and from the world,” Kander wrote in a statement published on his website. “When I wrote in my book that I was lucky to not have PTSD, I was just trying to convince myself. And I wasn’t sharing the full picture. I still have nightmares. I am depressed.”After seeing the statement, Ali Bissonnette, chief of staff at USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future, said her team assumed the event would be canceled but contacted the event donors and Kander’s team to confirm. Robert Shrum, director of the Center for the Political Future, sent an email to students who  RSVP’d following Kander’s announcement. Shrum previously said that Kander had been selected to speak because of his service in the army and his political involvement. Before becoming a frontrunner in the Kansas City mayoral race, Kander was a former Secretary of State in Missouri and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 Missouri senate election. “He’s an outstanding person,” Shrum said. “[He’s] exactly the kind of person we should have for the lecture.”Since the cancelation notices were sent out, Bissonnette said students have shown sympathy and understanding for Kander’ decision to focus on his mental health. “Most of the people I’ve spoken with have spoken words of support about [Kander’s] bravery in coming forward with his challenges and putting his own health and mental well-being first,” Bissonnette said. In his statement, Kander said that he plans to come back to politics after he goes through treatment. The politician wrote that he decided to be public about his struggles with PTSD and depression to help others who are facing similar struggles and encourage them to also seek treatment. “I hope it helps veterans and everyone else across the country working through mental health issues realize that you don’t have to try to solve it on your own,” Kander wrote. “Most people probably didn’t see me as someone that could be depressed and have had PTSD symptoms for over a decade, but I am and I have. If you’re struggling with something similar, it’s OK. That doesn’t make you less of a person.” Shrum said that he commends Kander for stepping away from politics to take time for himself. Shrum hopes Kander’s withdrawal and public statement will help more people understand PTSD and other mental health issues.“A lot of politicians, a lot of people in public life would’ve just said, ‘I’m going to push ahead with my political career,’ and he has decided that he’s going to deal first with these problems and then come back to the political world,” Shrum said. “Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, I think you have to admire him.”last_img read more

Lance Armstrong could face new criminal charges in US

first_imgUS media are reporting that cyclist Lance Armstrong is facing a fresh federal investigation after admissions he took performance-enhancing drugs.Attorney Andre Birotte, who oversaw an earlier inquiry, had said a previous decision not to prosecute still stood.However, ABC News reports that: “Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation”.It adds that Birotte “does not speak for the federal government as a whole”.Armstrong made the confession that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.Legal experts said Armstrong exposed himself to possible charges of perjury or obstruction of justice. But of the case he investigated, Birotte said: “We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago.“Obviously, we’ve been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr Armstrong in other media reports. That does not change my view at this time.”Regardless of any fresh charges, Armstrong still faces a stream of legal worries.He is being sued for £6.9m by a US insurance company, and around £1m by the Sunday Times.There is also an ongoing “whistleblower” case involving former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his own 2006 Tour de France victory. That suit could see the US federal government reclaim money used to fund Armstrong’s US Postal Service team, with Landis possibly receiving 25% of any amount recovered under the Federal False Claims Act.last_img read more

NBA parity on the line as teams prepare for beginning of free agency

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After the Warriors blitzed LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Finals in five games and Durant was named the series MVP, the rest of the NBA realized that being great was no longer good enough.Now the only way to contend is by selling out and loading up on superstars. So now Gordon Hayward, drafted by a Utah team that in seven years he led out of the lottery and into the Western Conference semifinals, might forgo building with the team that is prepared to give him everything to play in Boston, a team more ready to contend.It’s a head-scratching time. The Collective Bargaining Agreement has proven to be as good of a friend to small-market teams as the Declaration of Independence was to the crown. The pact between the league and its players was designed to encourage players to stay put.It was designed for Paul George to want to stay in Indiana, but with a year left on his contract he has leveraged his way into a certain trade out of the Hoosier State, and could land in Boston or Cleveland, teams that won 51 and 53 games last season, met in the Eastern Conference finals and still realize they are at least one superstar away from challenging the Warriors.It was designed to keep Gordon Hayward in Salt Lake City. The Jazz can offer Hayward more than $44 million and one more year than anyone else.But if the fifth contract year and all that money wasn’t enough for Chris Paul, who as the president of the player’s association helped negotiate the charter known as the CBA, who’s to say it would be for anyone else?Paul’s now-former head coach, Doc Rivers, said in a local radio interview on Thursday that he doesn’t believe it’s the money that motivates free agents, that being able to win championships fast dictates player movement. The coming days will be an important test of that theory.If a majority of players are genuinely more interested in where they’re playing and who they’re playing with, then the system is broken. Dangling a few million dollars as an incentive to remain in place could prove to be irrelevant.If Boston, Cleveland and Houston are indeed successful in forming their own super teams, the rest of the NBA is forced out of the arms race. The divide between the haves and have-nots widens. More teams choose to bottom out in perdition like the Philadelphia 76ers.While star players have never been able to earn more in free agency, the value of a single superstar has never been less. That’s why Chicago dealt Jimmy Butler on draft night, and why players like Kristaps Porzingis, George and even DeAndre Jordan have all found themselves in trade talks.The NBA is on the cusp of monumental change.By Saturday morning, when the fiery orb emerges from the belly of the Atlantic and coffeehouses across the nation open their doors, the Boston Celtics could be more imposing than Cleveland and Houston best positioned to challenge the Warriors. Or, just maybe, the little guy will win. Perhaps Hayward will make like Stockton and Malone and vow to never leave Salt Lake, Blake Griffin will re-up with the Clippers, and the NBA will be able to raise those last shreds of parity to the top of its flagpole for one more season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersYet, the summer of 2017 marks an especially hectic time in league history. Teams are clearing room for superstars to join other superstars to match the juggernaut and, seemingly, unstoppable Golden State Warriors.Boston, a team that came within three wins of reaching the NBA Finals not only won the draft lottery, but will enter the offseason with plans to add two more All-Stars. One, All-NBA point guard Chris Paul, has already said sayonara to his employer and teamed up with the runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting.Suddenly, the offseason feels like picking sides during a pick-up game at All-Star weekend.The league’s inability to smooth out a dramatic spike in the salary cap last season following its new TV deal gave Golden State the unexpected flexibility to sign Kevin Durant. Add the four-time scoring champion to a core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green that had already won a championship – and was already positioned to contend for more – and you create a monster.How is the rest of the league supposed to keep up? The only way to beat a team with potentially four future Hall of Famers is with an All-Star lineup of your own.center_img Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, shortly after the Pacific Ocean swallows the sun and East Coasters seek companionship in the late innings of West Coast baseball, the cellphones of NBA executives, agents and players will begin to buzz. Twitter will crash.It is in those quiet hours between the last beer on Friday night and the first mug of java on Saturday morning, when most Americans finally put work behind them and get to sleep in, that the NBA’s offseason machine groans into motion, that the league is most alive. Players either find new homes or at least lay the ground work to earning their next millions. “It’s an exciting time, it’s a frustrating time. Every offseason is significant. Contenders are born with the decisions made and the money spent in the first minutes after the calendar at the league’s New York headquarters turns to July.last_img read more

Tired but full of Positive Energy: Dragons Arrived in Vienna

first_imgNational Football Team of BiH arrived in Vienna, where tomorrow they will play a friendly match with the selection of Austria. They were welcomed by the fans.After a two-hour bus trip from Andorra to Barcelona, Dragons boarded the charter flight to Vienna, which lasted for more than two hours.Fairly tired of traveling, they went to the hotel, after which they will do an easier training.Visibly in the mood after last night’s win against Andorra, the first in qualifying for Euro 2016, the Dragons have announced the relentless battle at the Ernst Happel on Tuesday.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

Hartley Jewelers Donates Pendant to Summer Splash! Gala to Benefit the…

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Stacee Sledge for Hartley JewelersHartley Jewelers regularly donates stunning jewelry pieces to nonprofit organizations to help raise money for causes that are important to the store’s owners and employees.The Summer Splahs! Gala is the HOCM’s largest fundraiser and helps support their free and reduced programs. Photo courtesy: Hands On Children’s Museum“The community has supported this business for 50 years,” says Hartley Jewelers co-owner Linda Hartley. “And donating to several local groups every year is one of the ways we like to give back.”The hard part for Hartley is being unable to say yes to every request. “I have a real soft spot for children, seniors, veterans and the disabled,” she says. “I wish I could contribute to all of them every time, but we can only do a certain amount every year. We do what we can.”The store regularly contributes to the Providence St. Peter Foundation Christmas Forest, Zonta Club of Olympia and United Way of Thurston County.This year, as they’ve done in the past, Hartley Jewelers is donating a beautiful pendant to be auctioned off at the Hand’s On Children’s Museum annual Summer Splash! Gala.The $1,500 pendant is made from extremely rare Larimar. Photo courtesy: Hartley JewelersThe sterling silver pendant depicts waves of Larimar stone below clouds of white sapphires. Larimar – an extremely rare blue variety of pectolite – is mined in only one place on earth: a relatively inaccessible, rain forest-protected mountainside in the Dominican Republic, near the city of Barahona, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.This piece comes from MarahLago, a company with the nicest quality Larimar work Hartley Jewelers has seen.“When you look into the piece, it’s very much like looking into a nice, bright blue sea,” says Hartley. “It’s very nautical-feeling.”The $1,500 pendant will be auctioned off at the Summer Splash! Gala, set for August 25th at the Hand’s On Children’s Museum, the last in a series of summer-long events that are part of the Hands On Summer Splash! Summer Festival of Fun.All auction proceeds will benefit the museum’s Free and Reduced-Fee Admissions Program, including award-winning educational programs for families.The Gala is a fun evening full of food and activities, including the unveiling of the new tree house. Photo courtesy: Hands On Children’s Museum“Hartley Jewelers regularly donates a piece that we feature in our silent auction as part of our Summer Gala,” says Amy Brockman of the Hands On Children’s Museum. “We’re very appreciative of their ongoing support.”The museum serves just over 300,000 people annually, though Brockman notes that they’re projecting as many as 25,000 additional visitors this year.“Last year, we served 303,000 visitors, and over 100,000 of those were somehow subsidized through our Free and Reduced-Fee Admissions Program,” says Brockman.This year marks the second annual Summer Splash Summer Festival of Fun, which replaced the long-running Sand in the City event – a popular street fair that ran for 15 years.“The street fair was a great success story, but it was taking us away from the mission of the museum,” says Brockman, “so we transitioned to Summer Splash, which creates more in-depth, quality experiences for families using our new space and our half-acre Discovery Center.”This year’s Gala will feature cocktails, gourmet food stations and delicious desserts. Photo courtesy: Hands On Children’s MuseumIndoor and outdoor stages at the museum are home to special headliners throughout the summer, aligned with different themes. June saw the Fire Rescue Spectacular, in partnership with the Olympia Fire Department, while July has Super Heroes and Stunts. August’s theme is Stars, S’mores and the Great Campout.“There’s learning happening every day in the museum and that certainly helps mitigate the learning loss that can occur over summer breaks from school,” says Brockman.Linda Hartley knows first-hand the benefits of the Hands On Children’s Museum to its many visitors.“When my granddaughters come back to visit, I get them an annual membership for the one month they’re here,” she says. “It’s the best children’s museum I’ve ever seen, by far, and it’s very near and dear to our hearts.”Hartley has been to the museum and seen groups of disabled youngsters enjoying their time in the spectacular space. “It was amazing to watch how much fun those groups were having. It felt really good to see our donation at work.”last_img read more