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first_imgSANTA ANITA’S BELOVED PADDOCK CAPTAIN JOHN SHEAR TO CELEBRATE HIS 99TH BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY, JAN. 17ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2020)–Orphaned as a young boy in London, wounded by German artillery in World War II and employed by Santa Anita Park since 1961, John Shear, the track’s beloved Paddock Captain, will celebrate his 99th birthday between races with family, friends and co-workers on Friday, Jan. 17.A former exercise rider, groom and assistant trainer who had originally aspired to be a jockey, Shear, who checks in at four feet, 11 inches and 104 pounds, gained national attention on March 12, 2011, when he threw himself into the path of a loose horse, potentially saving the life of a 5-year-old girl who was attending the races with her father.“Horses are like homing pigeons,” Shear said in an interview following the incident.  “When they’re upset, they want to go home.  So when I heard someone shouting ‘Loose horse!,’ I knew it would be heading our way as it tried to go back to the barn.”Despite suffering multiple fractures to his pelvis, hip, back and cheekbone, along with internal bleeding that resulted in a significant loss of blood, Shear was back on the beat in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens in less than a year, and at nearly 99 year of age, he continues to defy Father Time.“I love what I do,” said Shear on Sunday.  “I love the people, the horses and working outside.  I still do 30 pushups every morning and I walk all the time.  I’ve loved this place since I first came here in 1954 and I’m blessed to be able to do what I’m doing.  I think if people got outdoors more often and stopped worrying about things none of us can control, they’d be much happier.  I know I am.”Shear and his wife Diane, who have one son, Michael, reside in nearby Sierra Madre, where Shear was feted during the city’s 2011 Fourth of July Parade as a “Hometown Hero.”So, does Shear have any advice for longevity?“Find something you love, stay positive and exercise!”John Shear will be honored with a race named in his honor on Jan. 17 and will be presented a birthday cake in the Winner’s Circle between races.last_img read more

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first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE players lead the way in the FIFA World XI nominations this season.The likes of N’Golo Kante, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling lead the way for English football’s hopes at the upcoming award ceremony.4 NGolo Kante has been nominated for the FIFA World XICredit: Alamy Live News21 players who played for a Premier League club last season have been put forward for the team of the season.That’s one more than La Liga, who usually dominated the event each year.Liverpool have seven players nominated after their Champions League exploits.Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino find themselves mixing it with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100FIFA World XI nomineesGOALIESAlisson – LiverpoolDe Gea – Man UtdEderson – Man CityOblak – Atletico MadridTer Stegen – BarcelonaDEFENDERSAlba – BarcelonaAlexander-Arnold – LiverpoolAlves – PSG/Sao PauloCancelo – Juventus/Man CityCarvajal – Real MadridChiellini – JuventusVan Dijk – LiverpoolGodin – Atletico Madrid/Inter MilanKimmich – Bayern MunichKoulibaly – NapoliLaporte – Man CityDe Ligt – Ajax/JuventusPique – BarcelonaRamos – Real MadridRobertson – LiverpoolSandro – JuventusSilva – PSGVarane – Real MadridMarcelo – Real MadridWalker – Man CityWhile Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are up against superstars such as Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Gerard Pique.Alisson Becker is also nominated after a stunning debut season, and is joined by fellow Prem shot-stoppers, Man Utd’s David De Gea and City’s Ederson.City have a number of other players included, such as Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte and Kyle Walker.Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, and Sterling are also looking to get into the side.FIFA World XI nomineesMIDFIELDERSBusquets – BarcelonaCasemiro – Real MadridDe Bruyne – Man CityEriksen – SpursDe Jong – Ajax/BarcelonaHazard – Chelsea/Real MadridKante – ChelseaKroos – Real MadridArthur – BarcelonaModric – Real MadridPogba – Man UtdRakitic – BarcelonaBernardo – Man CityTadic – AjaxVidal – BarcelonaFORWARDSAguero – Man CityBenzema – Real MadridFirmino – LiverpoolGriezmann – Atletico Madrid/BarcelonaKane – SpursLewandowski – Bayern MunichMane – LiverpoolMbappe – PSGMessi – BarcelonaNeymar – PSGRonaldo – JuventusSalah – EgyptSon – SpursSterling – Man CitySuarez – BarcelonaSpurs boast the likes of Kane, Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen, while Chelsea can be proud of Kante and Eden Hazard’s nominations, although the latter is now at Real Madrid.Interestingly, Arsenal have no players in the shortlist, despite the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all enjoying fine spells at their clubs last term.4Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubThere are some surprise names on the sheet, with Dani Alves nominated yet again despite an injury-plagued season at PSG which resulted in his contract being run down.Dusan Tadic is also in the mix after helping Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals.The World XI will be revealed on Monday September 23.4 Harry Kane is in the mix for a place in the sideCredit: Getty Images4 Raheem Sterling is nominated after a fine seasonCredit: ReutersThe moment Virgil van Dijk wins the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Awardlast_img read more

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first_imgLet’s start with yesterday’s BBC Cecil Lake time trial, and Stephen Ferris, who annihilated the field, finishing more than five minutes ahead of the second place finisher – his old man, Pat Ferris. Bob Andrews came third, while Sandy MacDonald was the top female finisher, next up for the BBC is another Baldonnel time trial on Thursday, and then the 24th club road championship on Sunday. This is Stephen Ferris at the finish line of Sunday’s Event– Advertisement –last_img

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester City players react at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool on April 4, 2018 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Manchester City can ease the pain of their Champions League defeat to Liverpool by clinching the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday in record time.Pep Guardiola’s men will become the first team in the league’s 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad — a fitting end to a season of almost total dominance in the league. City are 16 points clear of Jose Mourinho’s second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola’s reign in England.The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final at Anfield.But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a difficult balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.“Nobody believes but we have another game,” said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men. “We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home.“We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”United, serial winners of the Premier League under former manager Alex Ferguson, will be desperate to throw a spanner in City’s works and reclaim a modicum of pride.City star Kevin De Bruyne knows staging their title celebrations while United are forced to watch is a delicious prospect for the club’s fans.“These are the games you play the whole season for. It would be wonderful, something different,” he said.“You know how it goes between City and United, you know the history, so it would be historic. The sooner we do it, the better.”– Balance of power –After decades of living in United’s shadow, City have changed the balance of power in Manchester firmly in their favour and are on the verge of their third title since 2012.Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.City set a record earlier this season by winning 18 successive league matches and a host of other statistical milestones are within their reach.Currently on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea’s Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea’s high of 30 victories set last season.United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea’s 103 netted in 2009-2010.City’s dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United’s 1999 treble winners.Yet making City wait for their place among the immortals would be some consolation for United, whose midfielder Juan Mata is well aware how important it is to show some pride.“This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game,” Mata said.“We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.”FixturesSaturday (5pm unless stated)Everton v Liverpool (2:30pm), Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Brighton v Huddersfield, Leicester v Newcastle, Stoke v Spurs, Watford v Burnley, West Brom v Swansea, Manchester City v Manchester United (7:30pm)SundayArsenal v Southampton (4:15pm), Chelsea v West Ham (6:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has said the Taoiseach’s analysis of his Sinn Fein’s alternative budget has no basis in reality. He said the claim that Sinn Féin wants a top rate of tax of 73% is nonsense.Deputy Doherty said: “It is quite obvious that the Taoiseach is deliberately misrepresenting Sinn Féin’s call for a third rate of tax on income over €100,000. “The figures he is attributing to Sinn Féin have no basis in reality.“Sinn Fein has consistently called for an extra 7% only on income over €100,000. This would increase the tax applied to income over €100,000 from 52% to 59% yet Enda Kenny has somehow come up with a figure of 73%. This is nonsense.“Each year our costed budget shows how the deficit target can be met. If the Taoiseach took on board our options water and family home taxes could have been avoided.“What we are seeing here is an attempt to pretend there no choices in politics. The Taoiseach is obviously under pressure to defend his choices faced with Sinn Féin’s alternative.”  DOHERTY ACCUSES TAOISEACH OF FANTASY LAND POLITICS was last modified: October 9th, 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:budgetEnda KennyPearse DohertyTaoiseachlast_img read more

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first_img15 April 2014 The South African government has sent condolences to the government and people of Nigeria following a deadly bomb attack at a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Monday. More than 70 people were reportedly killed and over 100 injured in the bombing, which took place as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in the capital. It is believed that Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group that has waged a campaign of violence in Nigeria in recent years, was behind the attack. The South African government “reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism,” Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement on Monday. “South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, has voiced his shock and sadness after the bomb attack, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns all indiscriminate killings and acts of violent extremism,” his office said in a statement. “The perpetrators of this attack, and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks in the northeast of the country, must be brought to justice.” Later on Monday, the UN Security Council also strongly condemned the multiple terrorist attacks that Boko Haram had carried out in Nigeria on 13 and 14 April, causing numerous deaths and injuries. In a statement issued in New York, the council said that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations was criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group. The members of the 15-nation council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism to justice. Ban urged all countries, in accordance with their obligations under international law and the relevant UN resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Once and Future Geocacher — Excalibur (GC2VQ88) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 4, 2013In “Community”Are you brave enough to enter? – Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex -The hidden chamber (GC3FH35) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” “This cache is in Luang Prabang. We left the touristy places in order to reach this geocache. What we found was unexpected… a temple right in the middle of a rural area surrounded by the forest. The place was peaceful and quiet. At GZ (ground zero) we started searching under the stare of some young monks. One of them walked toward us but didn’t say anything. He grabbed the tip of a “temple-like” construction, put his hand in the hole and there was the geocache…the scene was unreal. We felt like adventurers, lost in the jungle, reaching a grail. After signing the logbook we gave it back to the young monk, we bowed to them, smiled and left trying to believe what just happened,” Chiliconsushi. Share with your Friends:More And there you have it. Geocaching takes you to the most magical places.  What magical place do you want geocaching to take you??To see more of Luang Prabang (and additional stunning pictures), follow Chiliconsushi’s blog Seth et Lise.Squabbling roosters in Luang Prabangcenter_img The road to the temple There are no ordinary days for the adventurous geocaching duo “Chiliconsushi.” The couple spends their free time geocaching all over the world together, 30 different countries so far. They document their travels through photography, a personal blog, and detailed geocache logs. Out of their nearly 2,000 finds, GC41D89 in Laos is one of their most memorable. Here is the story behind the incredible photo they took at the geocache location.The young geocache watcherlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts taylor hatmaker Let the madness begin. Google’s much-hyped augmented reality project, known simply as “Glass,” has already hit eBay — and Google’s Sergey Brin thinks that’s absurd.Glass Bidding Wars Reach Crazy HeightsEarlier today, a fishy Google Glass listing by eBay user bla7ckat had reached more than 25 bids — nudging upward of $15,000 — before it was pulled by eBay. Another listing, by eBay member dushy_i, started at $1,500 but appears to have been shut down by the seller. In a surprise appearance at the TED Conference, Brin dismissed the $15,000 eBay listing, noting that the consumer version of Glass will retail for less than $1,500. Patience is a virtue, after all. (See also: Finally! A Look Inside The Top-Secret Google Glass Foundry)Brin also renewed the company’s promise to deliver the wearable future-tech broadly to mainstream consumers by the end of 2013, though the company’s pool of chosen developers (and some press) will get their hands on the device first. The Google co-founder’s cameo also coincided with the end of Google’s #ifihadglass contest, which invited anyone with a good idea and $1,500 to apply for access to an early batch of Glass.A Hot, Scarce Device — For NowAs for the Glass bidding wars, we can only imagine that Wednesday’s handful will be the first of many. I reached out to eBay, who told me that blac7kat’s listing was in violation of the company’s presale listings policy. Though it didn’t specify which bit, I’d venture to guess the post was yanked due to the seller’s inability to guarantee that Glass would ship within 30 days from the end of the auction — one of a presale’s stipulations. Pre-sale and “placeholder” auctions are pretty common, though the listing was a bit conspicuous, as you can see in the excerpt below:“I’ve been selected as an early adapter for Google’s upcoming release. you are buying a brand new unopened pair of Google’s Project Glass glasses. i will be personally attending and picking up my pair in either Los Angeles, or New York at Google’s Project Glass launch event, which will take place some time after Feburary 27th.”Keeping Glass In The Right HandsWhile Google Glass lacks a formal release date, the increased buzz around the Android-powered visors makes it feel like the wait will soon draw to an end for Google I/O Glass pre-orderers, known as “Glass Explorers.” Conference attendees who pre-ordered Glass (myself among them) have yet to pay a cent, and it’s possible that we’ll be required to agree to a contract that might prevent a rash of early adopter price gouging on online auction sites, as noted by the second eBay Glass seller:“DISCLAIMER: If there is a contract from Google NOT to sell the glasses (I don’t believe there is, but I want to cover that case), or if I don’t receive the google glasses for some reason, I’ll cancel the eBay transaction and refund you the entire amount.”Google certainly knows a lot about its users. It’s not hard to imagine that early editions of Glass could be tied closely to Explorers’ Google accounts and unique Glass plaque numbers to prevent more astronomical eBay bidding wars. (See also: Google Glass Project Now Open To Regular People)The company has done a remarkable job of playing its cards close to its chest with Glass. Hardly a peep emerged from Google’s first Glass hackathon last month. Well-timed subway appearances, runway debuts and surprise cameos at events like TED are just stoking the fire of the hottest, geekiest piece of wearable tech that we’ve ever laid eyes on. Ebay screenshot via Business Insider, Google Glass image via Googlecenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#ebay#Google#Google Glass Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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first_imgA day after Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu came out in support of legalising cultivation, sale and consumption of opium, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said there was need for a national drug policy to fight the drug menace.“A comprehensive formula was needed at the Central level to effectively check drug abuse,” said Capt. Amarinder, while welcoming the fact that the issue had taken centre stage due to the growing demand for opium cultivation by certain States.‘Lucrative market’“States like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were growing opium, for which they were finding a lucrative market in Punjab,” he pointed out, expressing angst at the ruination of his State’s young generation.The Chief Minister said he had taken up the issue of a national drug policy with the Centre and also raised it in the Chief Ministers’ conference. “A foolproof mechanism was needed to wipe out the scourge of drugs. One State growing drugs, especially opium, and another not doing so was leading to an unacceptable situation in the country,” he said.Drug cultivationThe national policy could also address the need for cultivation of drugs needed for the pharmaceutical industry, Capt. Amarinder said and added that the Centre should involve States and experts while formulating such a policy.Mr. Sidhu had on the sidelines of a function in Ludhiana said that he supported the demand for legalising cultivation, sale and consumption of opium in the State, raised by suspended Aam Aadmi Party MP Dharamvira Gandhi.‘Opium is way better’“It (opium) is way better than ‘chitta’ (heroin),” Mr. Sidhu had said.Meanwhile, Dr. Gandhi said the Punjab government should prepare a strong case on the basis of the failed experiment of the UN-led ‘war on drugs’ and the recent steps in many countries, including advanced countries like Canada and the U.S., to lift the ban on marijuana, and present it before Centre for helping the State of Punjab in defeating drugs.last_img read more

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first_imgThe West Bengal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Wednesday alleged that it had to cancel a public meeting of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Murshidabad district after district officials denied permission for the landing of his chopper.Mr. Chouhan, who arrived in the city during the day, however addressed another public meeting near Kharagpur in Paschim Medinipur district. Mr. Chouhan, who is also vice-president of the BJP, reached the venue by road from the airport.“(West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee is doing everything other than running the administration. All she is doing is obstructing public rallies of the BJP, not allowing the helicopter of Amit Shah to land, trying to pose challenges to the rally of Narendra Modi, not allowing Yogi Adityanath’s rally to be held and preventing my helicopter from landing,” he said while addressing the gathering. “You did not give permission for the helicopter to land but I came by car. If you stop the car we will walk to the venue,” the BJP leader said.The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also targeted Ms. Banerjee for the three-day dharna at Kolkata’s Metro Channel. Mr. Chouhan said that he had been a Chief Minister himself for 15 years and never come across an instance when a Chief Minister sat on dharna to protect a police officer.The Trinamool Congress leadership said the permission was denied to the helicopter due to security reasons.In a similar incident, former Jharkhand CM and BJP leader Arjun Munda said he was denied permission by the administration to hold a public meeting at Bishnupur in Bankura district. The police claimed that the permission was withheld for security reasons as TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee had a scheduled public event in the area. No Union Minister at Bengal Business meetMeanwhile, owing to the standoff between the Centre and the State, no minister from the Union Government is likely to attend the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) which begins in the city on Thursday. On earlier occasions prominent ministers such as Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu had participated in the BGBS, which is aimed at attracting investment to West Bengal. Ms. Banerjee said that Mr. Prabhu had sent had a video message for the event. “I have no problem. We want to work together, government to government work is different. It is our Constitutional obligation,” she said.last_img read more