first_imgMartin Pedroza32 55% 40% 12 EARLY FIRST POST TIME OF 12 NOON SATURDAY 4 6 JockeyMts Heriberto Figueroa40 2nd 3rd 50% John Shirreffs20 49% (Current from April 12 through Sunday, June 2) $164,066 JACKPOT IS $1,017,841 AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ 14 2 4 J. Keith Desormeaux27 Joseph Talamo92 17 13 4 1 5 48% 2 4 Philip D’Amato63 19 5 5 17 46% 25% 7 44% 67% $585,414 13 3 5 $248,162 47% Aaron Gryder69 4 $196,128 7 $212,105 Vladimir Cerin39 Alfredo Marquez9 1 2 20% Victor Espinoza52 1 15 1 Money Won 7 53% $386,722 57% 20 19% $473,667 34% 4 12 $110,424 Win% 53% 22% 11 50% 12 3 35% Steve Knapp27 1st 58% $641,771 16% 9 11 19% $858,872 39% $476,884 55% 44% 24% $220,519 12% 5 7 Geovanni Franco76 Martin Garcia53 10 21% 9% ITM% $1,796,776 4 6 8 5 $875,492 48% $194,688 0 26% 12 8 Jorge Velez43 7 $245,638 Ruben Fuentes94 6 17% 17% 18 48% $649,248 37% 47% 9 7 5 24 9 $189,654 Drayden Van Dyke83 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 16% 13% 10 $749,427 TrainerMtscenter_img Norberto Arroyo, Jr.33 BAFFERT GOES COAST TO COAST THIS WEEKENDBob Baffert goes from the ridiculous to the sublime this weekend when he sends out multiple Grade I winner McKinzie in Saturday’s $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap, one of eight consecutive Grade I races on the Belmont Stakes day card, and Rafal, who makes his stakes debut Sunday in Santa Anita’s $75,000 Desert Code at five furlongs on turf.“It’s a tough race, but he’s doing really well,” Baffert said Friday morning of McKinzie, a versatile son of Street Sense who has won sprinting (Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs) and routing (Grade I Pennsylvania Derby at 1 1/8 miles).“I don’t like his post (number two). I wanted to be on the outside where he could stalk them and make his run, but he’s on the inside so they know where he is. I like to be on the outside where they don’t know. But Mike (Smith) knows him well and he’s probably got him figured out. It’s taken him 9 ½ races.”Smith has ridden McKinzie in each of his 10 starts, winning six, earning $1,483,560.New York-bred Rafal, meanwhile, broke his maiden on a wet/fast track at Santa Anita, winning by 4 ¼ lengths going five furlongs under Joe Talamo, who retains the mount Sunday.“I don’t think I’ve ever run a horse in the Desert Code,” Baffert said. “But this horse is really fast and I thought I’d try him on the turf and if he likes it run him on the turf at Del Mar, where they have a lot of grass races.”With the talented Irish-bred filly Ginger Nut taking on the boys, here’s the Desert Code, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Ginger Nut, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Listing, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Legends of War, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Rafal, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Alleva, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; and Strictly Biz, Tiago Pereira, 4-1.The Desert Code is named for the winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, who scored at Santa Anita as the longest shot in the race at 36-1 under Richard Migliore on Oct. 25, 2008. David Hofmans trained Desert Code for long-time client Tarabilla Farms.EARLY FIRST POST TIME TOMORROW OF 12 NOONWith a tremendous Belmont Day undercard coming in from New York, Santa Anita’s admission gates will open tomorrow at 8 a.m.  First post time for the first of nine races locally is at 12 noon.Approximate post time for the 151st running of the Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, which will preceded by seven other Grade I stakes, is at 3:37 PT.Following the races at approximately 6:30 p.m., Santa Anita will present a concert in Sirona’s featuring Bret Bollinger and the Bad Habits.Entrance is free to everyone with paid admission, but there will be a $10 cover charge after the races.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $1,017,841For the 26th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Sunday, creating a huge Jackpot carryover of $1,017,841 into Friday at The Great Race Place.With $266,281 in “new” money bet, Sunday’s Rainbow Six pool reached $1,223,156, helping create a payout of $52.74 on 2,697 consolation tickets with six winners each.Today, the track offers two dollars beers and six dollar Specialty Cocktails, sponsored by Woodford Reserve. Free Club House and General Admission are also offered each Friday.Approximate post time for the third race, which begins the Rainbow Six, is 2 p.m.HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT JOCKEYS AND JEANS FUNDRAISERA Jockeys and Jeans record 19 Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.The Hall of Famers are Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr., Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez.New this year are Desormeaux, Espinoza, Smith and Stevens. Cauthen, Espinoza and Smith are three of the five living jockeys who have won the Triple Crown. Day will become the only Hall of Fame member to have attended all six events, while McCarron will offer brief remarks. Ussery is 83, while Boland, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1950 as an apprentice at 16, will travel by train to the event from Florida. He is 85.Organizing committee member Sandy Hawley, who arranged for the attendance of his fellow Hall of Fame member, said, “I missed the first two but when I attended I realized the importance of this cause and have been to all since.“It’s truly an honor to help my severely injured brothers and sisters and I know it’s the same for every Hall of Famer who has taken the time out of their lives to attend.”The six honorees are Oscar Andrade, Stacey Barton, Dennis Collins, Jack Fires, Armando Rivera and Diego Sanchez. All became pari or quadriplegics from racing accidents. Committee member Jayme LaRocca, a severely injured former rider who oversees relations with injured riders, will also attend. Andrade, Collins and Sanchez will attend for the first time.Andrade was already a leading Quarter Horse jockey when he was injured in 2001 at Los Alamitos at 21. Collins, winner of 2,360 races, was injured at the Downs at Albuquerque in 2016 at 53. Sanchez participated in a jockey foot race to benefit the PDJF in 2015 at Emerald Downs and less than a year later was injured at the same track. He was 26.All seven, along with some 53 other severely injured former jockeys, receive a $1,000 monthly stipend from the PDJF, the recipient of all funds raised by Jockeys and Jeans.          The group of all volunteers, founded in 2014 by five former jockeys and led by                President Barry Pearl, has raised over $1 million for the charity.Tickets are limited and on sale at An online auction of valuable memorabilia is in place until the event at www.32auctions.comFor more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing, Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at (626) 574-6413LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Game Winner (Outside) and Shocking Fast worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)Roadster worked 5 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)She’s Devoted (Outside) and Rip City worked 3 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baltas)Square Peggy worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Koriner)Bitter Ring Home worked 3 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Drysdale)American Anthem (Outside) and Nero worked 5 furlongs.6-3-19 (Baffert)Stronach 5: All-Star Ticket for June 7th, 2019.Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting June 8th, 2019.Executive Cat (outside) works 4 furlongs 6-1-19 (Glatt)Campaign works 6 furlongs. 6-1-19 (Sadler)McKinzie (Outside) in company with Inshannity worked 4 furlongs. 6-2-19 (Baffert)Guiliana worked 4 furlongs. 6-2-19 (Powell)FINISH LINES: Martin Garcia worked two of Bob Baffert’s leadingthree-year-oldsFriday morning, Game Winner and Roadster.Game Winner,ticketedfor the Grade I Traverson Aug. 24, went four furlongs in company with Shocking Fast at 6:45 a.m., getting a time of 48.40 with Shocking Fast going a tick slower in 48.60. Roadster breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 . . . Mario Gutierrez rides 5-2 morning line chance Fore Left for Doug O’Neill in today’s Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park . . . Camby, 4-1 winner of last Sunday’s first race by a head under Joe Talamo for owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood, was bred inKentuckyby a group that includes Rocco Baldelli, manager of the Minnesota Twins who currently have the second-best record in baseball at 43-21 . . . It was a chalky Sunday, but still congrats are in order to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free for picking seven winners on top in the nine races: Raging Whiskey ($5.40 in the second), Tequila Joe ($12.60) in the second, Phantom Boss (2.80) in the fourth, Neptune’s Storm ($5) in the fifth, Seaside Dancer ($7.60) in the seventh, Uno Trouble Maker ($3.80) in the eighth and Honeyfromthesouth ($4.40) in the ninth . . . Track announcer Frank Miramahdi and handicapper Ciaran Thornton will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studios. 8 $156,722 1 $158,236 RAFAL MAKES HIS TURF DEBUT IN DESERT CODE 4 $103,260 13% J. Eric Kruljac23 4 $983,952 19 16 48% HALL OF FAMERS HONOR PEERS AT FUNDRAISER Rafael Bejarano103 9 4 6 $862,237 12 13% Andrew Lerner11 $995,826 13 64% 5 2 24% 48% 12 Bob Baffert27 6 0 5 17 Mark Glatt59 4 ITM% Jerry Hollendorfer46 20% 26% 27% $1,185,986 10 2nd 4 5 Tiago Pereira102 Mario Gutierrez58 10 Flavien Prat102 $482,033 12 48% $1,099,074 17% 55% 23% 14 22 5 11% $448,476 5 6 4 7 4 13 47% 5 4 $210,156 25% 19 59% 7 11 $384,291 12% 70% $503,314 10 47% George Papaprodromou20 Win% 19% Richard Mandella22 Richard Baltas61 $987,094 Kent Desormeaux54 23% $586,874 16 5 6 Doug O’Neill82 Edwin Maldonado61 11% 34% $222,614 52% 1st $273,590 17% 2 20% 7 William Spawr17 5 41% 4 24% $797,780 Agapito Delgadillo37 Tim Yakteen15 4 13% 4 8 14 2 6 13 54% Money Won 3rd 20% 59% 13 11 Peter Miller35 44% John Sadler56 17% 18%last_img read more

Martí: “Our priority is the League, that’s very clear”

first_imgHow is the team?What we have is the desire to compete again. Again a match, in this case of Copa. We will try to pass, although our main Competition is the League. We all have in mind Sunday. That It is very clear, but we cannot divert the attention of the Cup.Will it make rotations?This type of matches are for everyone to have minutes. Will something similar to the last qualifiers. It is very likely, they can Play many of those who have not had minutes.What does the equipment fail?We have failed in the last meters, we must correct it. We have trouble dialing.Are you worried about the rainstorm?We adapt, the field drains well, there will be no problem.How are the injured? Soriano is being tested. It looks like it won’t come for the game. Aday and Samu Sáiz either.How do you see Villarreal?It is a team that will fight to go far in the Cup. It will try to Get a good team. They have different schemes, but always together Many people inside. They have a lot of ball and a lot of arrival. If not We keep possession we will suffer. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 21, 2020last_img read more


first_imgOisin Merritt, the Stranorlar man who was left fighting for his life after suffering an accident while holidaying in Spain continues to fight against the odds in an effort to make a full recovery. Oisin suffered severe head injuries after suffering a fall while on holiday with a group of friends in the popular holiday resort Santa Ponza.Doctors had prepared the Merritt family for the worse and had told them at one stage that the prognosis wasn’t good for Oisin. However, Oisin now dubbed the ‘miracle man’ made an astonishing recovery and continues to fight everyday in his efforts to make a full recovery.The inspirational former Finn Harps youth player is determined to pull on the boots again and won’t stop until he can.His sister Tasha expressed her pride at her ‘amazing little brother who celebrates his 20th birthday today.Tasha wrote on Oisin’s timeline, “A massive happy birthday to my incredible little brother and best friend. “Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful and blessed we are to have you here with us and to be celebrating a birthday with you.“The difference that one year made to our family, you have come through sooo much and are still continuing to fight even harder everyday pushing yourself breaking all limits even through all the pain.“We are sooo unbelievably proud of you and how far you have come with your recovery.“The determination and strength you show us daily is indescribable.“You absolutely seize to amaze us every single day, our little “miracle man”. Happy 20th birthday Oisin Love u❤xxxxxx‘MIRACLE MAN’ OISIN CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AS HE CONTINUES REMARKABLE RECOVERY was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:birthdayFeaturesMiracle MannewsOisin Merrittrecoverylast_img read more


first_imgNext Monday the ancient St Conall’s Bell and Shrine complete the final leg of their historic visit to the county as they make their way back to their place of origin, west Donegal.The shrine for St Conall’s BellInishkeel Island off Portnoo is acknowledged as the relics original starting point. Access to it on foot is restricted to certain tides and weather conditions but for centuries it has been a place of pilgrimage as a result of its historical connections with St Conall.A number of years ago a committee, spearheaded by the late Malachy Mahon and his wife Brenda, began a process of liaising with the British Museum, and then Donegal County Museum for approximately 18 months, to see if the matter could be revisited.Donegal County Museum curator, Judith McCarthy met the couple and between them the various challenges in bringing these priceless items to the county were overcome.“The British Museum previously had the bell and shrine in an exhibition entitled ‘The Treasurers of Heaven’ and on its website the items are listed as one of the highlights of their collection,” explained Judith McCarthy.The curator, who just marked her 21st year at the Letterkenny facility last weekend, added while the British Museum was also keen to facilitate items such as these returning to their place of origin this also meant a host of stringent conditions and a regime of protocols that they hadn’t had to deal with up to this.“These included fixing a timetable that would suit all parties, copious amounts of paperwork and reports covering everything from security, fine art couriers, environmental conditions and display facilities to name but a few and if these initial hurdles don’t pass the scrutiny of the British Museum’s curators, conservators and security advisors the artefacts don’t leave.”Fortunately Donegal County Museum can boast the highest standards. It has achieved accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland and it’s also a designated museum under the National Cultural Institutions Act.“All of the environmental and security conditions we have to fulfil anyway and that requires training and expertise within our ranks and we’re funded by our local authority to have that,” she said.Next Monday’s one day display at the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney also had to fulfil certain criteria which, according to Judith, she was able to complete with the assistance of the local committee who were organising the event there.“In order for the bell and shrine to go to the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney we had to comply with similar conditions on the understanding it was only going to be for one day but thanks to all parties working together, we were able to ensure it could happen.“Taking artefacts like these outside the confines of the museum is a big deal for all concerned,” she added.The curator acknowledged the assistance such an event received thanks to the generous donation from Tim Kelly of Kelly Communications as well as the financial outlay from Donegal County Council to support the overall project.“All of this has happened as a result of the local committee, the British Museum and Donegal County Council playing a role. There’s a lot of work behind the scenes that the public might not realise and this was a massive undertaking for all concerned”.But all the hard work over such a long period of time has been worthwhile, said Judith.“It’s been a great learning curve for me and staff at the museum, Assistant Curator, Caroline Carr, Jacqueline Abbas and Mervyn Whyte. The visitors have been overwhelmed too by the fact they can see such historic artefacts. It’s certainly increased visitor numbers and that in turn should also help bring people back here again in the future.“I am very pleased to have been able to facilitate these items coming back to Donegal and that people have had the opportunity to see objects that they might never get a chance to see in Donegal again,” she said.St Conall’s Bell and Shrine will be available for public viewing in Letterkenny until 4.30pm this coming Saturday, July 11.The artefacts will then be going on display at the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney between 10.30am and 5pm next Monday, July 13 and then going straight back to the museum in Letterkenny before leaving the following morning for their journey back to the British Museum and bring to an end what could only be described as an historic occasion for everyone connected with this event.FAMOUS ST CONALL’S BELL AND SHRINE TO RETURN TO WEST DONEGAL was last modified: July 9th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Ouch! Mesut Ozil trolls ‘experts’ who wrongly predicted FA Cup final result

first_img Mesut Ozil and Arsene Wenger 1 Not many predicted Arsenal to show Chelsea up in the FA Cup final on Saturday evening.But the Gunners did exactly that, winning 2-1 with a depleted team to to lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium for a record 13th time.And a day after the victory, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has trolled those who predicted Chelsea would comfortably seal the trophy with this tweet: It’s been a largely miserable campaign for the north London outfit, with their failure to break into the top four meaning they’ll be competing in the Europa League next season.But Ozil’s tweet suggests that has, at least for now, been overshadowed by their victory over the Premier League champions. “Experts predictions” … 😂😆 #FACup 🏆— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) May 28, 2017// read more


first_imgBlossoms: We will be meeting with all volunteers for the shop on Wednesday 28th November @ 1p.m. to show them around the premises and have a run through of what working in the shop will entail. If any members of the public are interested in coming along, contact reception on 074 91 41773 or pop in to the Centre on Wednesday. Tea and sandwiches will also be served.Appeal: As we are opening a charity shop in the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, we are appealing to the public to donate items of clothing, books, toys, bric-a-brac. We can only accept items which are new or as good as new. Unfortunately we will be unable to accept any furniture or electrical items. Donations can be dropped off at the Resource Centre during opening hours.Christmas Craft Fair: Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on Sunday 9th December, from 2 – 6p.m. See Santa arrive by Fire Engine with face painting also on the day. There is a wide variety of stalls booked for the fair which will have something for everyone. Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies on the day. Sign Language: Unit 01 Sign Language Classes will begin in the Resource Centre on Tuesday 27th November from 12 – 2p.m. If anyone is interested in taking part please contact reception on 07491 41773 or call into the centre on Tuesday.Classes: We are now taking names for hobby classes in photography and writing which will begin in the New Year. These classes are non-accredited but if you would like to meet new people, share laughter and also find a common interest in learning about a new subject. If you are interested in taking part, please contact reception on 07491 41773.Astro Pitch: Work has now begun on the upgrade to the existing multi-purpose recreation facility. In order to increase usage of the pitch, we are considering taking booking at a reduced rate for weekends. As the work will not be completed until near Christmas, this will not take place until the New Year, weather permitting. However, to avoid disappointment feel free to contact reception if you or your local club/team wold be interested in availing of this.   LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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:LIfford/Clonleigh community noteslast_img read more

After-school folklorico

first_imgPICO RIVERA — Boys wearing straw hats and plaid shirts twirled girls dressed in ribbon-bedecked pink and purple dresses Thursday. Their teacher shouted: “In the circle’. It was the first fall practice of the North Ranchito Folklorico Quetzal dance group. For Nelson Henriquez, 9, one of the rosy- cheeked youngsters in the North Ranchito Elementary after-school dance program, it’s something to look forward to after the last bell of the day rings. In the 15 years of the program, students have performed at Rio Hondo College in Whittier and cities including West Covina, Hacienda Heights, El Monte and Pasadena. “Our school serves a very low- income population, and for a lot of these kids Pico Rivera is all they know,’ said Barrera. “So we take them to perform all over so they can see other communities and get a broader view of the world. “It’s also nice to share our Mexican culture with others, like the Asian population in Hacienda Heights.’ Roxanna Zambrano, 9, a two- year dancer, likes the road trips the best. “We went to a senior center in the mountains one time,’ she said. “It made the seniors happy and we saw things that you don’t see in Pico Rivera.’ The students’ first performance this year will be a Fall Festival on Oct. 28 at the school. They also plan to perform close to Thanksgiving at the Pico Rivera Senior Center and at the Huck Finn Parade in November in Pico Rivera. People interested in having the group perform can call the school at (562) 801-5031. Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e- mail at 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s fun, it wakes me up because I jump around a lot and it makes me think about Mexico,’ said Henriquez, as he wiped sweat off his brow with a red bandanna and stomped his feet. Henriquez is one of 50 third- to fifth- graders in the program, which teaches youngsters folk dances from different regions in Mexico, like the lively Evangelinas dance from the state of Jalisco or the amusing Dance of the Little Old Men from Michoacan. Youngsters don’t have to try out to take part; the free program is for any student who wants to dance and learn more about Mexican traditions, said Elizabeth Barrera, the third- grade teacher who has taught the folklorico dancing for 11 years. “The community is mainly Latino here, so we had a mariachi program at the school and we have continued with the folklorico as a way for youngsters to learn more about and take pride in their culture,’ she said. The youngsters practice two days a week after school, from October to June, to prepare for performances throughout Pico Rivera and other Southern California cities. last_img read more

Largess spread around

first_imgWASHINGTON – The two defense contractors who allegedly bribed ex-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., with cash and gifts in exchange for government business spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to curry favor with other key lawmakers, records show. One of the contractors, Brent Wilkes, provided private jet flights for Reps. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., DeLay’s stand-in as majority leader while DeLay fights money-laundering charges in Texas. Wilkes also became a “pioneer” for President George W. Bush by raising $100,000 for his 2004 re-election and donated more than $70,000 to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed him to two state boards. There is no indication the donations were improper. Prosecutors have not suggested that the investigation that snared Cunningham – who resigned last week after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes – involves other lawmakers. In addition, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., got about $46,000 from Wilkes, Wade and their associates, his campaign treasurer said. Wilkes’ and Wade’s political activity came as they landed valuable government contracts, drawing the attention of campaign finance watchdog groups. “There’s no question that both Wilkes and Wade were expert at greasing the wheels of the legislative machine,” said Keith Ashdown, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. “They knew who and when to give money to, and it really gave them free rein over taxpayer-funded defense contractors.” The list of other lawmakers who took money includes Reps. Katherine Harris, R-Fla.; Virgil Goode, R-Va.; Alan Mollohan, D-Va., top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee; House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra; and Sen. Larry Craig, R-Wyo. Craig, Mollohan, DeLay and Doolittle have said they’ll hang on to the money. As of Thursday, Goode hadn’t decided what to do with the money, his press secretary said. Meanwhile, more than a half-dozen of the lawmakers who took their money – including Hunter, Lewis, Hoekstra and Harris – have announced plans to give it to charities, seeking to distance themselves from the contractors. “I just think it was the appropriate thing to do,” said Hunter, who is giving the money to help injured Marines. He also released two letters Thursday that he wrote to Pentagon officials in 1997 and 2000 urging them to use their own judgment on pursuing projects to convert paper documents to digital form – the specialty of Wilkes’ company ADCS Inc., headquartered in Hunter’s San Diego-area district. Published reports have said Cunningham and Hunter promoted such programs in the face of Pentagon opposition. Wilkes and his associates increased their political donations to the tens-of-thousands-per-year level about 1996. In 1996, 1997 and 1998, lawmakers earmarked money for document conversion programs even though none was requested in the president’s budget. ADCS got a major contract to digitize documents in the Panama Canal Zone around the time of the canal handover in 1999. Neither Wilkes nor Wade is named in Cunningham’s plea agreement, in which he admits taking cash and gifts, including antiques and a Rolls-Royce. The documents mention four co-conspirators, with details such as business addresses and occupations making it clear that coconspirator No. 2 is Wade. Wilkes’ attorney, Michael Lipman, does not dispute that Wilkes is co-conspirator No. 1. On Thursday, Reginald Brown, Wade’s attorney, declined comment. Lipman didn’t return a call. Wilkes was particularly active politically. He, his wife and his companies donated heavily to Schwarzenegger, who appointed him to a state fair board and another board that overseas racetrack issues. Wilkes resigned from those positions last week at the suggestion of Schwarzenegger’s office, said Margita Thompson, the governor’s press secretary. Wilkes’ donations to DeLay included $15,000 from one of his companies to Texans for a Republican Majority. The spending of the elections committee is at issue in DeLay’s criminal case, in which he and associates are accused of illegally funneling corporate donations to Texas legislative candidates. Texas law prohibits corporate money from being used directly in political campaigns. Wilkes’ company also hired Alexander Strategies, a consulting firm that employed DeLay’s wife Christine. Wilkes’ private jet company, Group W Transportation, provided flights to DeLay three times and twice to Blunt, among other lawmakers. In each case, the politicians reimbursed Group W as required, records show. Doolittle also paid for DeLay to take a fourth flight earlier this year, but his press secretary said Doolittle wasn’t on the plane himself. Sometimes donations from Wade or Wilkes came around the same time their companies were getting contracts or lawmakers were passing favorable legislation. Wade’s company, MZM Inc., got a five-year blanket purchase agreement contract from the General Services Administration that went into effect May 13, 2002. On May 15, 2002, MZM donated $1,000 to Cunningham. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Wilkes and the other defense contractor, Mitchell Wade, along with their families and firms, donated generously to dozens of candidates – mostly Republicans – beginning in the 1990s. Among the top beneficiaries, according to federal campaign records: DeLay, who got about $70,000 from Wilkes and his associates. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., who got about $50,000 from Wilkes, Wade and their associates. Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., a member of the Appropriations Committee, who got about $46,000 from Wilkes and his associates. last_img read more

School Record and PRs Fall For Track & Field Saturday

first_img800 Meters11. Meghan Kearney, 2:16.1713. Kayla Giuliano, 2:16.31 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)7. Mary Young, 8.4818. Victoria Coombe, 8.94 Meyo Invitational Results 5,000 Meters10. Kyle Brandt, 15:04.0315. Kyle Cass, 15:22.81 Just a day after lowering her career best in the 60-meter hurdles preliminary heats, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) lowered it again by turning in a time of 8.43 in the finals of the event to finish eighth behind hurdlers from Texas, Kentucky and UNLV. Her time now ranks as the third-fastest in the MVC this season and the fourth-fastest in Drake history. 400 Meters7. Bas Van Leersum, 48.1544. Malik Metiver, 50.53 The rest of the team competed at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., where 11 of the 21 Bulldogs that competed set personal bests in their respective events. Also on the track, Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) lowered her personal best in the indoor 200 meters with a 22nd place time of 25.04 while Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) finished 14th in the 3,000 meters with the fastest time of her career in 10:26.42. 200 Meters22. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.0430. Mariah Crawford, 25.3440. Ebele Okoye, 25.90 Story Links Husker Invitational Results 3,000 Meters15. Joshua Yeager, 8:28.15 Saturday’s field competitors included Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn.) finishing seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 47-5.57 while Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) was 10 in the women’s triple jump at 39-9.75. The school record came via Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) turning in a time of 8:04.98 in the 3,000 meters to finish fourth at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. In addition to shattering the Drake school record in the event, his time ranks as the second fastest in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and one of the top 30 times in the nation. The previous record was set in 2000 by Matt Gabrielson with a time of 8:06.44. 600 Meters15. Danielle Griesbaum, 1:37.08 The men’s team got a near half minute personal best from Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) in the 3,000 meters at the Husker Invitational with a 15th-place time of 8:28.15. Freshman Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) also clocked a personal best in finishing 19th in the 800 meters. Mile 20. Morgan Garcia, 5:12.37 The Bulldogs’ performances on Saturday concluded two strong days at the Husker Invite as the Bulldogs competed against a 35-team field that included No. 11 Kansas, No. 13 Stanford and No. 16 Texas on the men’s side and No. 6 Texas, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 18 Kansas State in the women’s field. 200 Meters27. Demetrius Shelton, 22.1029. Caulin Graves, 22.32center_img Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)27. Mariah Crawford, 7.8628. Mary Young, 7.8936. Ebele Okoye, 7.95 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)17. Dominic Lombardi, 8.3519. Hudson Priebe, 8.38 4×400-Meter Relay21. Lombardi, Metivier, Priebe, Lechleitner, 3:20.52 Triple Jump10. Taryn Rolle, 39-9.75 Print Friendly Version 60-Meter Hurdles (Final)8. Mary Young, 8.43 Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalFeb. 3-4, 2016 – Lincoln, Neb. Weight Throw30. Michael Dolan, 47-5.25 Triple Jump7. Johnathan Osifuye, 47-5.75 4×400-Meter Relay1. Okoye, Coombe, Giuliano, Griesbaum, 3:54.80 800 Meters19. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:56.4620. George Webb, 1:56.55 Shot Put24. Ryan Lemke, 43-8 High Jump16. Tamar Mosby, 5-0.5 Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)21. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9825. Caulin Graves, 7.03 Drake returns to action next weekend at the ISU Classic, February 10-11, in Ames, Iowa. In addition to a school record, 12 members of the Drake University track and field teams also set personal bests in competition Saturday, Feb. 4. 600 Meters16. Cory Erickson, 1:23.4918. Matt Cozine, 1:23.9520. Alec Bognar, 1:26.57 Long Jump23. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-7.25             last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal parish has announced its plans to open a distillery – to produce both whiskey and legal poteen.The plans for Carrick and Glencolmcille in south west Donegal could create up to 25 jobs in an area devastated by emigration.It’s part of an ambitious plan to extend the stay of hundreds of thousands of people who come to see Ireland’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag. The parish council has been given the backing of the man behind Ireland’s only Irish-owned distillery in Dingle, Co Kerry.“Glencolmcille has had a reputation for generations for its poitin,” said Margaret Cunningham, an entrepreneur and native of the village of Carrick.“We know that 200,000 people come here every year to see the cliffs at Sliabh Liag but then they leave again and there is very little spend in the local community.“Our plans would include a distillery making whiskey and poitin, a visitor centre explaining the history of area and a café and bar. “We have investors on board and we are moving to the design stage now.”An application for a license to distill is being completed.Oliver Hughes, the man behind the Dingle Distillery, has given the Glencolmcille parish council advice on their plans.“Like Dingle, we are a Gaeltacht area which has lost many people to emigration. All my own father’s grandchildren live abroad for example, they’re Americans, English and Greeks,” said Margaret, the former MD of a design company.“We believe we can create 25 jobs, which for an area like here, is a huge boost.” The plans have also been given the approval of Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar who spent his summer holidays last year in the area, walking the hills around Sliabh Liag.“It’s a fabulous idea for the area which is one of the most beautiful places on the island,” he said recently.“Along with micro-breweries, small distilleries have huge potential for job creation and can act as extra visitor attractions in areas like this.”Margaret Cunningham is hopeful. “You just have to look at north Antrim. People go there to see the Giant’s Causeway and a visit to the Bushmills distillery is part of the attraction,” she said.An artist’s impression of the proposed distilleryAMBITIOUS PLAN TO OPEN NEW DONEGAL DISTILLERY was last modified: May 30th, 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:CarrickdistilleryGlencolmcilleIrish whiskeypoitinwhiskeylast_img read more