STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016

first_imgJose Verenzuela403238%20%$115,321 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer14724141716%37%$1,717,298 Martin Garcia13821141515%36%$1,194,766 Mike Smith971191811%39%$1,649,875 BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED MORNING OF SANTA ANITA DERBYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 9, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE. William Spawr42107424%50%$288,732 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux49861016%49%$351,974 (Current Through Saturday, April 2) Mario Gutierrez17621312412%43%$1,267,069 Ron Ellis37102527%46%$251,835 Gary Stevens6512111118%52%$1,607,898 Drayden Van Dyke17417172710%35%$1,061,212 Alonso Quinonez9571067%24%$336,590 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat26344484417%52%$2,725,516 David Lopez17924162213%35%$759,436 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 Michael Machowsky4187520%49%$312,151 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 -30- Bob Baffert10722181721%53%$1,649,210 Abel Lezcano858559%21%$576,849 Tiago Pereira123713106%24%$509,913 Brice Blanc6676911%33%$568,865 Tyler Baze28130454111%41%$1,554,496 FINISH LINES: Agent J.R. Pegram has Edwin Maldonado booked to ride multiple stakes winner Sunday Rules for Phil D’Amato in next Saturday’s Madison at Keeneland, and Rocket Heat for Vann Belvoir in the Shakertown. With 41 victories and a 20 percent winning average, Maldonado is enjoying a solid Winter Meet, fourth in the standings behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano (71), Santiago Gonzalez (47) and Flavien Prat (44). The trainers’ race seems destined to go down to the wire, as Doug O’Neill and D’Amato were tied at 32 wins each with five days remaining in the meet that ends next Sunday . . . With two winners Saturday, including one by rejuvenated claimer Guns Loaded in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, O’Neill enjoyed a banner day from coast to coast, capped by Nyquist‘s smashing triumph in the Florida Derby . . . Jason Levin, host of Inside Racing on KEIB AM 1150 Saturdays at 7 a.m., will hold a handicapping seminar next Saturday in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace room at 10:30 a.m. Joining Levin will be Jay Friedlander and 2014 NHC king Jose Arias. Cost is $25 and includes program, coffee, donuts and a full card analysis . . . Congrats to longtime racing photographer Bill Mochon, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. Martin Pedroza1121513713%31%$411,710 Edwin Maldonado20241212220%42%$1,350,050 Agapito Delgadillo10214111114%35%$394,172 Jeff Bonde4274717%43%$193,590 Doug O’Neill19332282617%45%$1,571,127 BALTAS HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY AGAINST SONGBIRDHorsemen who hope to win next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks have to accomplish something no one has ever done: defeat unbeaten champion Songbird.That said, Richard Baltas plans to double-team last year’s Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly, sending out Forever Darling and Mokat, who have been prepping well for their assignment in the prestigious 1 1/16-mile race.“They worked separately last week and finished up good,” Baltas said. “We’re going against a special horse in Songbird, but I’m happy with how they’re doing.“You know you’re up against it, but both times I shipped Forever Darling out of town, she didn’t run well, so my owner and I decided to stay here and try for second. She’s two for two at Santa Anita.”The chestnut daughter of Congrats broke her maiden at Santa Anita by nearly two lengths last Sept. 26, and won the Grade II Santa Ynez by a half-length on Jan. 2.She was beaten nearly 18 and 19 lengths, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland Oct. 30 and the Grade II Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds Feb. 20.“Mokat has a different style,” Baltas said. “She’ll probably come from way off the pace, make one run and hopefully we can get a piece of it.” SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN ON SATURDAYNext Saturday, the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5k run/walk will kick off a world-class day of racing at Santa Anita. Organizers expect to have over 6,000 runners and walkers enjoy one of Southern California’s most picturesque and unique courses that include a romp through the LA Arboretum and a tunneling into Santa Anita’s manicured Infield capped by a photo finish captured on the Infield big screen.A race with a rich 22-year history has attracted many followers over the years. Always a crowd favorite with runners, walkers and racing fans, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza will be leading the way through the LA Arboretum, while Chantal Kruse has been a perennial favorite in the jockey’s division for years.A unique aspect to this year’s race will be the 150-plus participants over the age of 70.  Included will be 93-year-old resident of Azusa, Margaret Davis.At 92, Davis won her age group in 2015 with a blazing time of 45:56 for 5k, averaging 14:46 per mile. Davis barely missed the American Age group record despite a challenging finish on the dirt track.This year’s elite field of runners will include members of Pasadena’s “Run with US,” running club, including Mark Bartres (29:24 10K PR), Rosario Castenada (18:12 5k PR) and Natalie Miano (17:37 5k PR).The event has experienced a steady growth since its inception, due to the passion of Santa Anita’s Special Projects Director, Pete Siberell. It has been embraced by a team of fabulous sponsors, including Methodist Hospital, which expects to field a team of over 300 employees, friends and family.Westfield Santa Anita, the LA Arboretum, Yoobi, Run with US and Saucony will be represented as well.Registration is available online at derbyday5k.com, at Westfield Santa Anita on Friday, April 8, or the day of the event at Santa Anita’s Gate 3, starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call Kinane Events at (760) 434-5255, or email info@kinaneevents.com. George Papaprodromou5796816%40%$310,015 Fernando Perez18419202310%34%$968,612 Rafael Bejarano30171583324%54%$3,343,031 Victor Espinoza921212913%36%$922,095 -more-3/3/3/3 Richard Baltas12121201517%46%$1,343,919 NYQUIST: HOMETOWN BOY MAKES GOOD IN FLORIDAIT’S SONGBIRD VS. THE WORLD IN SANTA ANITA OAKSSANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN AND WALK ON SATURDAY Steven Miyadi7513151017%51%$410,727 Peter Eurton9615231216%52%$1,061,657 John Sadler901410916%37%$873,324 Peter Miller14019152214%40%$817,795 Kristin Mulhall53118321%42%$410,190 Kent Desormeaux13520262315%51%$1,660,214 Jeff Mullins35108329%60%$271,839 Alex Solis2230514%36%$246,783 Mike Puype87913610%32%$423,175 Brayan Pena7555147%32%$187,460 Vladimir Cerin5096818%46%$359,169 Joseph Talamo25031273012%35%$2,072,833 Art Sherman4172417%32%$353,580 Carla Gaines5386315%32%$647,700 Stewart Elliott474549%28%$211,500 NYQUIST ‘LOOKS GREAT’ AFTER FLORIDA DERBY ROMPCalifornia is on a roll, and we’re not talking sushi here.American Pharoah, Beholder, California Chrome, Songbird, Stellar Wind and nowNyquist, recent champions all, six of them based at Santa Anita and all in Southern California.The Golden State glittered even more after Nyquist turned Saturday’s touted Florida Derby match with previously unbeaten Mohaymen and eight others into a victory almost as one-sided as Villanova’s 44-point Final Four destruction of Oklahoma.At 8:30 Pacific Daylight Time Sunday morning, Nyquist was about to leave Ft. Lauderdale for Keeneland, where the undefeated son of Uncle Mo trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zillah Reddam will do the majority of his training prior to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7.“My crew said he looks great,” O’Neill said by phone from his home in Santa Monica Sunday morning. “So far, so good. He’ll train at Keeneland and ship to Churchill about a week before the Derby.”Nyquist won the Florida Derby under regular rider Mario Gutierrez by 3 ¼ lengths for his seventh and richest victory. In addition to earning the winner’s share of $589,000, he picked up a $1 million bonus offered by Fasig-Tipton to any graduate of its 2015 sale at Gulfstream Park that went on to win the 2016 Florida Derby.Earnings for the $400,000 bay colt now stand at $3,322,600, but more important, Nyquist stamped himself as a clear-cut favorite in the 142nd Run for the Roses.“You’re always surprised when your horse wins as easy as he did,” O’Neill said. “But as quick as he broke and with an easy run to the first turn, we were very optimistic at that point.“It unfolded perfectly, and 100 percent credit for that goes to Mario and Nyquist. Horses came to him, challenged him and definitely went at him. It was no pedestrian trip, but all that should help us down the road when there’s a full field in the Kentucky Derby.”Tom Knust, the agent for Gutierrez, obviously has a vested interest, but the former Racing Secretary and a race tracker for 48 years cited three reasons for the dazzling performance by Nyquist in the Florida Derby.“He’s a great horse, Doug did a great job training him up to the race, and I thought Mario rode a great race,” Knust said. “You can’t ask for any more, that’s for sure.“This next five weeks will be real exciting. Paul and Zillah Reddam are really good sportsmen. They had no problem going to Florida to run. Mohaymen is a great horse and probably had his excuses Saturday.”Mohaymen finished fourth, beaten 8 ¼ lengths as the 4-5 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.“Hopefully,” Knust said, “he’ll make it to the Derby and they can face each other again.” -more-2/2/2/2 Mark Glatt1001012910%31%$497,495 Philip D’Amato14532232422%54%$1,675,865last_img read more

Roy Keane has ‘easy solution’ to fix Man Utd – ‘go and get Harry Kane’

first_imgAre Liverpool’s ‘mental frailties’ showing following a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford? Sun Sport’s Duncan Wright has his say ROY KEANE has told Manchester United there is a simple solution to their goalscoring problems – sign Harry Kane.United have been struggling for goals this season after the club took the decision to sell Romelu Lukaka to Inter Milan.1 Roy Keane says Manchester United can solve their problems simply by signing Harry KaneCredit: Getty – ContributorOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s have scored just ten goals in nine Premier League matches this season having left themselves short of options up front.United legend Keane is in no doubt what his former club have to do if they want to solve the problem and return to the top table – break the bank to sign Kane from Tottenham.And he says the current mess Spurs find themselves in this season gives them the ideal opportunity to snatch the England captain from the North London club.Keane told Sky Sports: “Just go and get Harry Kane from Spurs, easy.”You look at me as though I’m not being serious. Go and buy him.”He scores 25 goals a season with his eyes shut.”They’re in disarray, go get him.”Marcus Rashford is United’s leading scorer in the league this season with four goals, one more than Daniel James.Only Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay have also hit the net – and the club are crying out for a top class centre forward to shoulder the burden.Kane has long been on the United wanted list, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear he has no interest in selling the clubs star player.Latest Man Utd newsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingYet that situation could change if the club fall further off the pace of being able to challenge in the Premier League and in Europe.Kane has remained committed to the club who nurtured him through their academy, but at some stage he will want silverware to show for his career in the professional game.That could provide United with the opportunity they to go in with a blank cheque to sign one of the top strikers in world football.last_img read more

Kyrgios tattooed Kobe Bryant and LeBron: “With me forever”

first_imgNick Kyrgios wastes no time throughout confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian tennis participant additionally collaborates with solidarity causes, reminiscent of organizing the distribution of meals to folks with difficulties leaving the house or with out monetary assets, which he dispatches comfy with a well-known French sports activities newspaper on his social networks. And this Monday, the 24-year-old tennis participant has shared the massive new tattoo that adorns his left arm and through which the deceased Kobe Bryant and LeBron James seem, his two nice idols within the NBA.“Kobe and the King, with me perpetually and a little bit of Jordan (whose quantity 23 seems on James’ shirt)”, Kyrgios writes on Instagram together with a video through which he exhibits the drawings of tattoo artist David Chavez. The faces of the Mamba and the Chosen one and their figures from the waist up. “I needed to get some Kobe tattooed after what occurred. It is a vital a part of my life and though I do know that I can not get the issues that he did, generally at the very least I strive ”, Nick says in a video through which the tattoo is seen, which clarifies that it was printed on the pores and skin earlier than confinement.last_img read more

GBTI launches “Celebrate in Style” Christmas Loan Promotion

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) has launched an enticing Christmas Loan Promotion that will see lucky customers winning trips to Trinidad, local tourism destinations and a stay at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown.Staff members of GBTI during the launchCustomers who qualify for any loan of $250,000 and more automatically enter for a chance to win one of the three fabulous prizes along with a Visa Credit Card.At GBTI, staff members understand the needs of the Guyanese populace and they know that every Guyanese loves to enjoy a good Guyanese Christmas.Hence, the Christmas Loan offer is designed not only to ensure that customers and potential customers have a good Guyanese Christmas but to do so in style.“Whether you want to spruce up your home, buy a new home, car or special gifts for your loved ones for the holidays, GBTI is here to make it easy for you to do so,” the Bank stated in a release.The promotion runs from October to December 31, 2018 and can be accessed at any GBTI branch across the country.last_img read more

Money spent on Lindo Creek CoI not wasted – Harmon

first_img…several recommendations not acted uponGovernment is denying that monies spent on the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry were a waste of time; even as certain recommendations including those of a financial nature have not been acted upon.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThis acknowledgement was made by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press conference. According to Harmon, only some of the recommendations that had to do with restructuring the joint services have been implemented.Harmon explained that changes have been made to ensure that more control is kept over the joint services. But there was no word on when compensation for the families of the eight victims, a major recommendation arising out of the CoI, would be paid.“The Commission of Inquiry made several recommendations. Some of those recommendations are administrative in nature. And they have been acted upon at the level of the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force. Some of them have pecuniary implications and those matters are still to be acted upon.”“But I can say to you when Commissions of Inquiries sit, they make a huge amount of recommendations. For example, the Guyana Public Service Commission of Inquiry made 87 recommendations. And so you have to look at every one of these recommendations and see which ones can be implemented now and which ones can be implemented in the medium and long term.”While Harmon acknowledged the cost of the CoI as exceeding $100 million, he insisted that the money was not wasted as lives were lost and closure was needed.“I don’t consider the expense that we spent on that Commission as a waste. It’s a lot of money indeed. But the value of the lives of every Guyanese, we cannot put a price tag on it. Several Guyanese lives were lost,” Harmon said.Sometime between June 12, 2008, and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI was the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of the eight miners and to report its findings as well as recommendations to President David Granger. The CoI was completed and handed over since August of last year.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been critical of the CoI, noting previously that the conduct of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is reminiscent of a Commission hell-bent on achieving a particular outcome – one which points the finger to the armed forces.In particular, Jagdeo had expressed concern over what he said was the slant the CoI was taking and had pointed to the manner in which witnesses were being cross-examined, as though the testimony must fit a particular narrative.last_img read more

Granger’s Petroleum Advisor agrees with Jagdeo

first_img…advocates auctioning off available petroleum blocksPresident David Granger’s Petroleum Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, has come out publicly in support of the calls by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, and has since called for the auctioning of the available petroleum blocks.Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan Mangal,Dr Mangal was at the time responding to queries raised and published by the Guyana Times and attributed to the Opposition Leader, who this past week raised the matter as a worrying case of cronyism evolving, wherein relatives, friends and associates of Ministers and senior Government functionaries have been incorporated into companies through complex shareholding arrangements, and are applying for exploration and production licences for oil and gas in the blocks still available.Speaking to the need for the available blocks to instead be auctioned off rather than having preferred companies apply, Jagdeo sought to point out that a premium must be considered.Jagdeo suggested that the world-class discovery of oil in Guyana could be compared to a ‘gold shout’, and said the moment oil was discovered, “there is a premium now to owning offshore blocks and getting an exploration or production licence”.The Opposition Leader has since found support in the utterances of Granger’s petroleum advisor, who in a public missive over the weekend said, “The process of one-on-one negotiation, or the open door method, where the Ministry of Natural Resources negotiates directly with the interested party, exposes the country to very real risks of corrupt activities.“There is a very serious risk of corruption with this method, due to the lack of transparency and accountability… Most countries have abandoned this method, as experts recommend against using it. Guyana should no longer be awarding petroleum acreage via one-on-one negotiations after the Liza discovery in 2015,” said Dr Mangal.According to the President’s Petroleum Advisor, as he echoed the sentiments of the Opposition Leader, “After the Liza discovery in 2015, Guyana was in a position to use the method of competitive bidding for the award of leases…The Liza discovery de-risked Guyana, and as a consequence, all the major oil companies recognise that there is oil in the country. Hence all the oil companies will be interested in bidding for leases in a transparent way, which ensures that Guyana incorporates market forces to maximise its share.”Dr Mangal used the opportunity to reiterate that, “the petroleum adviser’s position has consistently maintained that competitive bidding is indeed the best approach for Guyana.”He has since called the public’s attention to a direct correspondence from May 2017 with one such oil company attempting to acquire acreage via one-on-one negotiation.According to Dr Mangal, that company was advised by him that: “Now that Guyana is on the radar post-Liza, it is my personal view that all future acreage should be leased in a way which maximizes benefit to Guyana, hence in a market-orientated way by an open bid round, to ensure competition. And acreage should not be negotiated one-on-one between the Government and a prospective developer.”According to Dr Mangal, the risk of Government’s friends and family illegally obtaining leases will be significantly reduced if an independently managed and well audited competitive bidding process is used.“There is no rush to award more leases, since Guyana is already occupied with the developments in the Stabroek Block,” Dr Mangal said.Opposition Leader Jagdeo, in similar warnings to that of Dr Mangal – of Government friends and family illegally obtaining leases – had stated that several of the local companies applying for petroleum licences “have no means whatsoever.”According to Jagdeo, those companies he referred to as aligned to Ministers and their families, and some others, cronies, “have no means of finding hundreds of millions of US dollars to do the exploration work.”As such, he opined that the companies in question “will get these blocks and, weeks later, they will sell the blocks without any competitive process being followed”.Jagdeo suggested, too, that even some of the foreign companies that have been making applications had “unhealthy contacts with some Ministers and their surrogates”.The Opposition Leader posited that were these companies to secure licences, there is the possibility of them earning tens of millions of US dollars.He told members of the media that according to industry experts he has been in communication with, “the big companies will just buy these up (licences).”Jagdeo used the opportunity to suggest that were President Granger serious about transparency in the sector, he would shut down the application process and instead have the blocks auctioned off.“The process is not transparent now. They should look at the beneficiaries, the shareholders of these companies; they are very complex now. There are a lot of front people, and they should go to an auction, because now this is a valuable resource.”Jagdeo also reminded that, given the discovery of oil, the blocks could now be sold at a premium.“If you go to an auction, money that the middle men will make will come to the State…so if they auction off these blocks, the companies that will buy it, they don’t have to get middle men who will buy it and sell it to them without any tender in a secret process.”last_img read more

Skateboard hopefuls show their stuff

first_imgVALENCIA – For skateboarders, BMX bikers and in-line skaters at an open audition at Magic Mountain, this weekend is all about making it – nailing tough tricks and trying to earn a spot on the park’s performance “street team.” About nine spots on the new Action Sports Street Team are open, and Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain is billing the posts as the ultimate summer job. On Saturday, amateur and pro skateboarders took turns soaring and spinning through the air in a mini-skate park set up under the shadow of a giant roller coaster. Among the pros showing their stuff – but not trying out for the team – were Chad Knight, Dayne Brummet and Brian Sumner. Brummet, 29, shows off his skateboarding skills in travels across the world. And he has also earned his share of broken bones – everything from his ankles and a knee to his skull and spine. “These days, the biggest difference between the pros and the amateurs is their consistency and if they can do it under pressure,” Brummet said. Announcer Gregg Witt touted the amateurs as much as the pros as a sizable crowd watched from behind a metal fence. Amateur Anthony Janow, 18, got some attention with a bank-to-bank ollie to feeble grind, a nifty trick that involved jumping with his board from one banked incline to another, then sliding along a rail on the metal part between his board’s wheels as the rest of his board hung in midair. “He made that look smooth,” Witt told the crowd. “That was one of the hardest tricks that went down today.” Also getting plenty of attention was Luis De Los Reyes, 16. The Oxnard teen is nicknamed “The Moose”; as he skated, his sisters and girlfriend watched from beyond the fence. But De Los Reyes said he was not auditioning for the Magic Mountain team. “It’s real fun being able to skate and get paid, but it’s just I can’t get a ride out here all the time,” he said. The riders soared through the air, sometimes spinning completely around or grabbing their boards at the same time. In between the tricks, Witt told the crowd some of the history of the pros – how this one was from Liverpool, England, or that one had a home in Brazil. As rock music blasted from loudspeakers, every few minutes a coaster train could be heard speeding along its nearby track. “It’s a lot of concentration they have to put into it,” said Luis Valdivia, 37, who was watching with his son. “It’s just every ride they’re risking their bones, their body.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 If you go Auditions for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s New Action Sports Street Team will continue today at the park, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway. Registration will start at 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Could you be seen as the terrorist next door?

first_imgI was an ordinary American until Nov. 27, 2006, when I became a terrorist, or more accurately, what I call a “stand-by terrorist.” Perhaps I cannot truly own this newfound nickname until the government decides to prosecute me for word crimes, if that day ever arrives. Until then, I just think of myself as being on stand-by, just as are most – if not all – Americans, whether they realize it or not. You may wonder how words can amount to a terrorist act in the land of the free and home of the outspoken. It is not widely known, but Congress last year passed legislation called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which can be used to prosecute civil disobedience and speech as “domestic terrorism” when an animal-related business loses profits and property. The act also protects corporations that pollute and destroy the environment. You may ask: What does this have to do with me because I’m no nature fan or animal lover? Well, it could eventually have very much to do with you because the AETA – a natural child of the Patriot Act – is likely to be the first of many assaults on the social-justice movement in favor of corporations and other moneyed interests. If you think you may want to use your free speech some day to criticize something, anything, then you had better be very concerned. You should also be concerned about whether law enforcement protects you from the bin Ladens of the world or fritters away your hard-earned tax dollars investigating pacifists. The American Civil Liberties Union says the FBI uses “counterterrorism resources to monitor and infiltrate (nonviolent) domestic political organizations that criticize business interests and government policies.” An FBI special agent recently told me that planting undercover agents at legal, peaceful events – with hopes that they will somehow learn about illegal activities – is a favored tactic of the bureau. What are the parameters of AETA and who could be tangled in its web, slapped with prison time and branded a terrorist? Could Oprah Winfrey – the beloved and successful talk show host – and her former vegetarian guest, Howard Lyman, be prosecuted as terrorists if they were to repeat anti-beef comments made to Winfrey’s 15 million viewers in 1996? It is indeed possible, because the AETA is overbroad, vague and subject to the whims of law enforcement. That much was evidenced last year when six young, New Jersey Web site operators became the first individuals convicted on “animal enterprise terrorism” charges. The young people were part of the Stop Huntington Cruelty campaign, which targeted the Huntington Life Sciences animal research labs. The site operators did nothing more than assert their First Amendment rights: They posted videotape of tortured dogs inside HLS and reported the legal and illegal handiwork of activists, which eventually caused the corporation to lose profits and to be dropped from the New York Stock Exchange. The FBI was unable to catch the underground activists, so it targeted the Web site operators, who are serving up to six years in prison for their speech. If the government fails to catch a thief or saboteur, should it be allowed to pursue the CNN reporter who delivers the news? Or an outspoken op-ed columnist? Or six kids from New Jersey with a Web site? The AETA ignores Shakespeare’s recommendation, “Don’t shoot the messenger,” potentially stigmatizing a “speaker” with the most heinous, post-9-11 label in America: terrorist. America is about nothing if it is not about fairness and free speech. The AETA does not comport with this image. It is unjust and unconstitutional, and it interferes with the prosecution of real terrorism against the American people. Once we faced a “red scare”; now we are bombarded with a “green scare.” The time has come to ask yourself: Do you really want to be on stand-by or do you want to take a stand? And are you now, or could you someday be, the terrorist next door? Charlotte Laws, Ph.D., is the author of a chapter of the 2006 book, “Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of Mother Earth.” She is founder and president of the Los Angeles Directors of Animal Welfare and is a member of the Greater Valley Glen Council.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Owen Wilson said to be joking with friends as he heals

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wilson and Anderson have worked together for more than a decade, in pictures including “The Royal Tenenbaums.” The 38-year-old Wilson was taken by ambulance to a hospital last week after police responded to a call at his Santa Monica home. The day after he was hospitalized, he issued a statement asking for privacy so he could “receive care and heal.” In “Darjeeling,” Wilson plays a distraught man – bandaged throughout the film – who other characters imply has attempted suicide. Wilson plays one of three brothers who haven’t said a word to each other in a year and who take a train journey across India in an attempt to find themselves and their relationship again. Owen Wilson is doing well as he recovers from an apparent suicide attempt, and is even making colleagues laugh, the director of his latest film said Monday. “Obviously he has been through a lot this week,” said Wes Anderson, who directed Wilson in “The Darjeeling Limited,” one of the films in competition for the Venice Film Festival’s top award. “I can tell you he has been doing very well, he has been making us laugh,” Anderson told a news conference to promote the film. “When he is ready, he’s going to speak for himself much better than any of us could,” the director said. last_img read more

SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB LAUNCH STUDENT NIGHT SPECIALS

first_imgSister Sara’s have launched ‘student night specials’ as the new academic year swings back into action. The Letterkenny super-pub has been going from strength to strength since re-opening under an innovative and driven new management team.It’s the now go to venue at the weekend, and provides an extensive and diverse range of entertainment which caters for all ages. It’s why its re-established itself as one of the most popular watering holes in Letterkenny.This weekend DJ TUBSY will be rocking the bar on FRIDAY night, while resident house DJ MARTY CURRAN will have the place hopping on Saturday.LIVE sport will be provided on many of their stunning HD Plasma TV’s all weekend, and with great drink promotions available all weekend, it really is the best place to watch the football!For more information on the students nights, and this weekend, check out their Facebook page now. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Saras/154934577880211?fref=ts SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB LAUNCH STUDENT NIGHT SPECIALS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more