‘Anjay’ possibly criminal ‘verbal violence’, child protection commission says

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img“If it is meant to convey one’s sense of enthusiasm for a certain situation […] or a certain product on social media, the usage doesn’t connote violence or bullying,” read the statement, which was posted on Komnas PA’s Instagram page, @komnasanak, on Saturday.However, the organization noted that anjay could also be used to verbally harass or humiliate others, in which case the speaker could be subject to legal sanctions in accordance with Law No. 35/2014 on child protection.“If the term anjay is used to reduce a person’s standing, it becomes a form of verbal violence and may be reported as a crime,” the commission said, adding that assessing multiple perspectives on the slang term was crucial given its popularity among young social media users.Komnas PA added that the use of anjay as an inside joke among close friends could be considered a simple expression of camaraderie. However, the word could take on a malicious meaning and therefore facilitate bullying if it was used against strangers or elders, the commission said. The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) had said that the use of the word anjay – a euphemistic form of the word anjing (dog), which is often used as a curse word – may be considered a form of criminal “verbal violence”. The assertion went viral over the weekend, eliciting parodies and mockery from social media users.A statement concerning the word signed by Komnas PA chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait and secretary general Dhanang Sasongko responded to a number of questions and complaints from distraught parents concerned about the widespread use of the word, especially its impact on children.The commission said the use of the word anjay had to be assessed from the speaker’s point of view, the place and situation in which it was used and the meaning the speaker wished to impart. Social media users have mocked Komnas PA’s statement, responding to the controversy with quips and puns.On Sunday afternoon, anjay was a national trending topic on Twitter.YouTube personality @kristoimmanuel joked that Indonesian actor Anjasmara might have to change his name because of its similarity to the word anjay.Breaking news: setelah anjay ilegal, Anjasmara khawatir harus ganti nama!— kristo kentang (@kristoimmanuel) August 30, 2020“Breaking news: after anjay becomes illegal, Anjasmara is worried he might have to change his name!” he tweeted.Another Twitter user, @handokotjung, imagined replacing certain lyrics of the iconic ballad “I Will Always Love You” with the controversial word.Kalau kata Anjay dilarang, gimana nasib lagu populer Whitney Houston yang liriknya ♪ anjaay will always love you ♫— Handoko Tjung (@handokotjung) August 30, 2020“If anjay is banned, what becomes of Whitney Houston’s popular song, whose lyrics go ‘Anjay will always love you’?’ he tweeted. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Grant to Provide Manufacturing and Employability Skills to Young Adults in Berks County

October 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img May 24, 2018 Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new funding to Reading Area Community College (RACC) to provide young adults with basic manufacturing production and employability skills to help them get good-paying, reliable jobs with area manufacturers.“One of the most important ways we can strengthen our manufacturing sector is by providing Pennsylvanians with the skills they need – both on-the-job and employability skills – to help them begin successful careers in manufacturing,” Governor Wolf said. “By working hand-in-hand with local partners and employers, RACC’s new program will serve as a key initiative to support local manufacturers and strengthen the regional workforce.”The grant will provide $143,000 to RACC to develop a new training-to-career program in which participants will attend full-time classes five days a week for six weeks. Curricula will consist of basic production skills along with workplace behaviors, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Upon successful completion, all participants are guaranteed an interview with the core partners or companies including Berks Workforce Development Board, Brentwood Industries, Carpenter Technology, Cambridge-Lee Industries, Custom Processing Services, R-V Industries, RM Palmer, and Sweet Street Desserts. With successful funding, the first group of trainees is scheduled to enroll in Fall 2018. In the inaugural year of the program, all tuition charges for participants will be waived. Applications will be accepted beginning summer 2018.“We are delighted to receive this funding and appreciate the commonwealth acknowledging the important role that our college, in concert with the Berks County Workforce Development Board, plays in moving people into manufacturing jobs,” said Dr. Anna Weitz, president of Reading Area Community College. “The economy of Berks County, and in fact, our entire region is fortunate to include so many companies involved in advanced manufacturing. Their continued success is highly dependent on an appropriately-trained workforce.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to provide funding for training programs to help unemployed and underemployed individuals, as well as those with barriers, to gain the skills they need to gain employment in the manufacturing sector. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more manufacturers. Governor Wolf recently announced other Training-to-Career grants to Workforce Solutions of North Central Pennsylvania, the Precision Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Research Center, the Greater Johnstown Career & Technical Center and Robert Morris University.The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Grant to Provide Manufacturing and Employability Skills to Young Adults in Berks Countylast_img read more

Miller: Mike Trout’s back and so are the Dodgers

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgDisappointed, certainly, but not devastated, the Angels are an even bigger longshot today than they were when the season began.This position is in direct contrast to some other teams, like, conveniently enough for purposes of this argument, the Dodgers.The club with baseball’s highest payroll and hottest lineup has performed every bit like a collection of corporate partners making nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in compensation.With baseball’s best record and 18 victories in their past 19 home games, the Dodgers have played their way into an enviable and unforgiving spot we in the media absolutely adore.See, with the season’s unofficial second half about to begin, they’ve succeeded so spectacularly that the Dodgers’ 2017 fate now can be whittled to two distinct possibilities:1. World Series champions.2. Complete and colossal failures.There is nothing in between, no more wiggle room than a banana is afforded by its peel.Maybe it seems a little harsh to express the Dodgers’ potential fortunes in such drastic terms, particularly seeing how winning the World Series can be so quirky that, in the past 20 seasons, five franchises have claimed multiple titles and one of them is the Marlins.But even the Dodgers themselves realize how good they are at the moment and can be throughout a long October run, this bunch challenging the annual notion that every team to some degree is flawed.Though no one in the media is allowed in the clubhouse during the most honest exchanges, I’m pretty sure the Dodgers aren’t sitting around talking about how satisfying it would be to win the National League.I mean, since late April, they are a ridiculous 52-18, the sort of mark you’d expect in conference play from Kentucky’s basketball team.For the record, this isn’t the SEC. This is the NL, which doesn’t feature a single Missouri or LSU, although it does have a San Diego Padres.Still, baseball isn’t a game designed to be won nearly 75 percent of the time, even by the best teams playing at the loftiest levels.With the trade deadline approaching, the Dodgers are the rarest of contenders in that there is no obvious deficiency that demands to be addressed.Consider the improbability of that prospect, especially at a time when perception is ruled by a general manager’s aggressiveness in seizing late-season opportunity.The Dodgers aren’t perfect — just because the only perfection in baseball comes at the end of 27 consecutive outs.Sure, there will still be public calls for roster upgrading, and the team’s decision-makers certainly will tweak what’s already there.If we’ve learned one thing about Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi, it’s that they’ll always tweak, if not more.The Dodgers, however, as constructed look good enough to win baseball’s biggest games, standing pat, in their case, nothing at all like standing still.All of which brings us back to the Angels, who are about to receive the greatest roster addition in the history of this game and in the history of July, the team trading not having Mike Trout for having him.It’s a win-win for a club two games below .500 and on the verge of deciding what August and September will be all about.“My body’s right,” Trout said. “My thumb’s healed. Everything feels great. I’m ready to go. I’m 100 percent.”Welcome to baseball’s second half, folks, during which the relentlessly average have to get better, while the simply relentless only have to keep being the best. “I did as much as I (could) cheering them on from the dugout and on the couch,” Trout said after a workout Thursday. “But I’m happy to be back.”The relentlessly average Angels — that’s a compliment given all their injuries — were one game under .500 (26-27) when Trout went down and then went one game under .500 (19-20) without him.Their refusal to understandably fade minus baseball’s best player has left them in the middle of a wild-card race that, with the American League’s rampant and infectious mediocrity, is somewhat doughy around the middle.What happens between now and the July 31 trade deadline will determine how seriously the Angels are taking themselves when it comes to competing for anything more significant than the respect they’ve already earned.“Our goals are to achieve, to make the playoffs and beyond,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, after noting that “and beyond” means winning the World Series. “Yeah, we’ll be disappointed if that doesn’t happen.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img ANAHEIM >> The expectations remain high around here, almost as high as the anticipation for tonight.And when’s the last time anyone looked forward to a game involving the Tampa Bay Rays?But it’s not who the Angels are playing. Rather, it’s the Angel who’s playing, specifically Mike Trout, returning from a thumb injury that, at the end of May, knocked him out but failed to KO his team.last_img read more

KCCA bow out of Confederations Cup in final match

August 13, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgVIDEO***** MATCH PREVIEWTunis, Tunisia | KCCA FC MEDIA|  To dream is the first step. The Kasasiro boys have written their story on the continent, and can complete the dream today.The lads were painfully ejected from the 2017 Total CAF Champions league by defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.However, another window opened for Ugandan League champions and Cup winners to showcase their prowess in the 2017 Total CAF Confederations cup.KCCA FC now has the chance to progress to the quarter finals of the competition, actually they are a point away from progression.A draw between Rivers and FUS Rabat (who play at the same time) would also be sufficient irrespective of the result in Tunis.A team that has been built on belief and free flowing beautiful football that manager Mutebi loves calling “OUR WAY” is just within touching distance of the quarterfinals of the competition.Manager Mike Mutebi vowed to play the KCCA FC way when his charges take to the pitch on Friday night.READ FULL STORIES HEREKCCA dreamsKCCA match preview Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Mutebi’s KCCA FC edged out after FUS Rabat winsRESULTAfricain ?? 4 KCCA FC ??  0KCCA FC fell short of their dream Friday, after a 4-0 defeat in the final group match, and comeback win for FUS Rabat, denied them a quartefinal place in the CAF Confederations Cup.They were edged out by FUS Rabat on goal difference.KCCA had travelled to North Africa with hopes of becoming the first Ugandan club to reach the knockout stage of a CAF competition dashed by a first-half Africain goal rush.Captain Khalifa sprang an offside trap to score on 11 minutes, Haddad doubled the lead with a fierce shot and teenager Zemzemi got the third goal four minutes before half-time.Africain completed the rout in stoppage time when Haddad broke clear, rounded the goalkeeper and pushed the ball into the net.Manoubi Haddad scored twice and Saber Khalifa and Moataz Zemzemi once as the Tunis outfit topped the final standings with 12 points from four victories.While Africain ran riot, Mohamed Fouzair calmly converted a penalty two minutes from time to give FUS a 2-1 home win over Rivers United of Nigeria.FUS finished level on nine points with KCCA, bringing the head-to-head tule into play, and the Moroccans came second having won 3-0 at home and lost 3-1 away to the Ugandans.Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Africain      6 4 0 2 13 6 12FUS            6  3 0 3  9  7 9KCCA          6 3 0 3 7 12  9Rivers        6 2  0 4  6  10 7#CAKCCA TweetsTweets about @KCCAFC last_img read more

England Golf squads receive 2015 fleet from official trolley supplier PowaKaddy

August 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_img14 Apr 2015 England Golf squads receive 2015 fleet from official trolley supplier PowaKaddy PowaKaddy today backed England’s leading amateur golfers with the presentation of a fleet of cutting edge  FW7 electric trolleys to the England Golf Men’s Squad at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The new Freeway Series from PowaKaddy, of which the FW7 is the flagship model, has been improved and upgraded for 2015 with new larger 11” wheels and a reshaped PowaFrame® to raise handle height for enhanced use among taller golfers. The fleet, gifted for use throughout the 2015 golfing calendar as part of PowaKaddy’s long-standing status as England Golf’s Official Trolley Supplier, features all-white frames complete with the England Golf logo. The presentation took place at the Open Championship venue, as the nation’s future stars prepared for the busy season ahead with a warm-up for the prestigious Lytham Trophy, competed for annually over the renowned Lancashire layout. Each of England Golf’s leading women amateurs will also benefit from the innovative PowaKaddy FW7, which will be presented to the Women’s Squad ahead of the international match against Spain at Burnham & Berrow from May 9-10. Commenting on the performance benefits that the England squads will draw from using the industry-leading FW7, PowaKaddy Marketing Manager, Mei Tierney, said: “The FW7 is beyond doubt the best-performing electric trolley that we have ever created and we have seen remarkable success for this model in 2015 already. “From a recent study we have conducted with one of golf’s most prominent specialist physiotherapists, we have conclusive evidence that electric trolleys can help golfers to play better. “We are delighted that, through our role as Official Trolley Supplier, we will be able to bring these benefits to some of the best young players in the country as they represent England while competing at the highest level worldwide.” Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, said: “Playing up to 36 holes a day on some of the world’s most challenging courses and under immense pressure places great physical and mental stresses on our leading amateurs. “Using an electric trolley has been proven to allow our squads to better deal with these demands while on the golf course, helping them to play their best when it matters most. “I’m delighted that PowaKaddy is continuing to support England Golf in the provision of this essential equipment.” For more information about PowaKaddy’s comprehensive range of electric trolleys and accessories, visit PowaKaddy.co.uk or follow the brand on Twitter at @PowaKaddy_Golf. Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Nolan Percival

August 3, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgPre-Game Meal: Mid-day – spaghetti meal, pre-game – saladBiggest accomplishment in hockey: Won BC Cup U16 Championship 2013School: L.V. RogersGrade: 11Nickname: PercyFacebook or Twitter: TwitterOther interests: Soccer in summer, golf, biking, anything outdoorsThe Nelson Daily: Being 16, what convinced you to play for Leafs instead of Major Midget with Kootenay Ice?Nolan Percival: I got to say playing for the Leafs, with the team hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup, is a pretty big deal. So I put the work this summer so I could make this team and being able to make the team as a 16-year-old, I was pretty excited. But what convinced me was I thought this was a better choice for my family and I.TND: How big is it to play for a team you grew up watching and cheering for?NP: It’s pretty weird, for sure. Some of these players I grew up watching. I was 12-13 years old I grew up watching them and now I’m playing with them, so it’s pretty cool.TND:  Half way through the season, with the ice time your receiving, do you still agree with your decision to play for the Leafs?NP: What it comes down to is everyone has a role on this team. So to make a team win, you’ve got to play your role to the best of your ability . . . . The scorers are going to score, the hitters are going to hit and what it comes down to is I’m learning a different way to play the game which is going to make me a better hockey player in the end.TND: What’s it like to be a teammate of a player with the ability of KIJHL veteran Jamie Vlanich?NP: Just the way Jamie conducts himself on the ice he just makes it look so easy. Jamie works hard both on and off the ice and just watching him play make me just want to get better.TND: Nelson is host team for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup. How important is it for this team want to win its way into the tournament?NP: We know we’re host team and we get a bye into the tournament but that doesn’t mean much to us. We really want to make it there on our own. That means a lot to every player on this team.TND: What are your goals for next year?NP: I want to try our for Junior A and see what happens there but the main thing is I want to keep all my options open.TND: In five years?NP: I definitely want to be playing for a college team. So if I could pull off a college scholarship that would be the dream.TND: In 10 years?NP: Playing hockey and loving life. When Nolan Percival heard Nelson won the right to host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup, his eyes lit up.What better way to showcase his talents for scouts than at the B.C. Junior B Hockey Championship.So the Nelson native took to the workout routine to prepare himself for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League training camp of the Green and White.The rest, as they say, is history as Percival earned a spot on the roster as one of the two 16-year-olds.As the Leafs build toward the April tournament, The Nelson Daily.com, in conjunction with Nelson Home Building Centre presents the Leafs Player Profile of the Week.This week we take a look at Nelson Minor Hockey grad Nolan Percival.The shifty Percival has played in all but one of the Leafs 31 games, scoring four goals while adding four assists.Percival will be front and center when Nelson meets Castlegar in a home-and-home series beginning Thursday in the Sunflower City.The teams return to the NDCC Arena Friday for game two of the set.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekName: Nolan PercivalAge: 16Born: Nelson, BCHeight: 5’8”Weight: 150 poundsYears in Hockey: 12Hometown: Nelson, BCFavorite NHL Player: Matt Duchene, Colorado AvalancheFavorite NHL Team: Vancouver CanucksFavorite Music: All musiclast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2015

August 2, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMike Smith3688422%$651,096 Mario Gutierrez4273817%$334,748 Mark Glatt4857810%$266,664 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Friday, June 12) Drayden Van Dyke9813121113%$587,940 William Spawr2344217%$136,190 Tyler Baze17025242715%$1,457,770 Mike Puype53712713%$462,590 Philip D’Amato51157629%$802,110 Joseph Talamo1212292418%$872,358 KNAPP HAS SLEEPERS IN DESERT STORMERSteve Knapp has two for the money in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, a six furlong sprint for fillies and mares, 3 and up, that drew 11 entrants, including 9-5 morning line favorite Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes last December.Almost fully recovered from recent gall bladder surgery, Knapp has Harlington’s Rose and Big Break entered and hopes a less eventful trip will enable Harlington’s Rose to show a return to form following her fifth-place finish in the Spring Fever Stakes on May 23.Harlington’s Rose won the Grade III Las Flores Stakes on March 8.“She was hit by a clod in her right eye in the Spring Fever and it was closed for about five days,” Knapp said. “I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but I suspect it probably did, when you get hit as hard as she did.“She was coming off a three-month layoff, she probably needed a race and she’s come back with a real nice work, so we’ll see what happens Sunday.“We had a non-winners of two in mind for Big Break but the race didn’t fill. The filly is really sharp right now. Hopefully, we’ll run big.”The Desert Stormer, race eight of nine: Tesalina, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Amaranth, William Antongeorgi III, 15-1; Cast in Silver, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Living the Life, Mike Smith, 8-1; Wasted at Midnight, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Winning Vision, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Sam’s Sister, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; Big Break, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Ramona’s Wildcat, Alex Solis, 12-1; and Mechaya, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1. Edwin Maldonado778141410%$376,926 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Jeff Bonde1541227%$181,070 Tiago Pereira621110718%$454,210 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer56714713%$519,204 Robertino Diodoro2663323%$220,930 Martin Garcia2873425%$221,410 Brayan Pena545229%$114,000 Kristin Mulhall2045020%$117,300 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Rafael Bejarano14033282124%$1,424,298 Santiago Gonzalez7971569%$333,654 Alex Solis3573420%$272,334center_img Vann Belvoir444669%$159,700 Kent Desormeaux5951278%$315,964 Michael Machowsky2355222%$137,870 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320 Gary Stevens2153424%$512,370 Fernando Perez10920171118%$780,030 John Sadler54691011%$304,374 Richard Mandella37109427%$739,140 KNAPP TWOSOME EYE DESERT STORMER UPSETQUALITY, NOT QUANTITY SUITS TRAINER TRUMAN‘PHAROAH’ DUE BACK AT SANTA ANITA THURSDAYBALTAS LIKES RICH BELMONT RACE FOR ‘QUEEN’TEXAS RED LOOKS ‘TREMENDOUS’ IN DWYER DRILL Ricky Agarie2041320%$124,600 Doug O’Neill8817161019%$738,488 Felipe Valdez9481589%$360,340 Eddie Truman1772241%$275,380 Bob Baffert2462525%$287,970 Gonzalo Nicolas8966137%$227,058 Carla Gaines2144119%$202,830 Martin Pedroza89714148%$352,424 Bruce Headley1341231%$117,490 Ignacio Puglisi4756211%$188,440 John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 Richard Baltas51176433%$842,520 BEST MEET EVER FOR EDDIE TRUMANEddie Truman doesn’t have the numbers to compete with Santa Anita’s alpha trainers this meet when it comes to most wins, but the veteran conditioner is right on top when it comes to quality.The 68-year-old, an avid bicyclist along with his brother, former jockey Jerry, has won with seven of 17 starters, a gaudy 41 percent. He also has two seconds and two thirds, giving him 11 in-the-money finishes.“I’ve never, ever had a meet like this,” said Truman, who has been training for 45 years. “An odd thing is, I’ve won the seven races with seven different riders. Five of the horses got perfect rides, perfect trips and a perfect pace. The other two were simply much the best.”FINISH LINES: American Pharoah, who is scheduled to return to his Santa Anita base Thursday morning, had his first gallop since winning last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes this morning at Churchill Downs. With both Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza looking on, the Triple Crown winner galloped a mile and a quarter on the main track . . . Richard Baltas, tied with Doug O’Neill for the training lead at 17 wins each, is leaning towards the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4 for American Oaks winner Spanish Queen, a California-bred daughter of the late Tribal Rule. “Right now we’re looking at the New York race,” Baltas said. “She’s doing well so that’s the race we’re thinking about. We’re not committing, but we’ll let the horse tell us what to do.” . . . Trainer Keith Desormeaux sent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red six furlongs from the gate in company Saturday morning under brother Kent Desormeaux in 1:14.60 in preparation for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at one mile July 4 at Belmont Park. Stablemate Go Long was clocked in 1:15.40. “He looks tremendous in flesh and in color,” said clocker Toby Turrell of Winner’s Card, speaking of Texas Red. “He’s carrying his weight beautifully and went by his mate easily. He’s right on course. He has more flesh on him than he’s ever had before.” . . . Favorites at Santa Anita for the Spring Meet continue to win above the national norm of about 33 percent. Through Friday, the average was 38.34 percent (97 of 253). On dirt, the number stood at 39.05 (66 of 169), and on turf, 36.90 percent (31 of 84) . . . Rafael Bejarano held a 33-25 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze and would appear enroute to yet another Santa Anita title . . . Thanks in large part to Lucky Mo‘s head victory at odds of 12-1 under Martin Pedroza for trainer Martine Bellocq in Friday’s eighth race, there is a Pick 6 carryover today of $57,859. Flavien Prat11921241218%$1,288,740 Peter Miller691517622%$610,910last_img read more

SAN ANTONIO STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017

August 2, 2020 0 Comments

first_img            BOB BAFFERT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER, AND MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He was training really, really well for this. It’s like the best I’ve ever seen him train. Prat worked him the other day and the track was really fast. He went 10 and four (Jan. 30). I was afraid they went too fast but they were doing it the right way.“I was really happy about Mor Spirit. I thought for sure turning for home he was going to win it. But Hoppertunity, he just grinded it out, came running, and I’m happy for the (owners) Pegram, Watson and Weitman team. This horse has been a lot of fun for them. There’s nothing like having a good horse. That’s why we’re in the business, so as long as he’s doing well we’ll go to Dubai (World Cup, March 25) and see if we can get another win.“That was the plan all along. This horse has made so much money just picking up here and there (now $4,066,425). I don’t know what I’m going to do with Mor Spirit. We’re going to play it by ear but today was a good race for him. He was part of that pace up front and they were going pretty fast . . . I think he’ll move forward because he’s a big, heavy horse. He did a lot of running early and he got beat by a Grade I horse that’s made four million dollars. It was a good race.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “This has been a great day. Before today, I knew I had a good shot to do well and everything turned out really well. Sometimes it doesn’t, even when you know you have a good chance, but today turned out very well.“Everyone knows this horse. He ran a great race. I think he may be better than he was last year. He seems better.“He’s always slow out of the gate, he’ll never be fast and he likes to come from off the pace. Once he starts running, you just have to let him run and do his thing. The worst part for me is the first part of the race, because I have to ask him. But then he just takes you to the wire.” KARL WATSON, CO-OWNER, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “I was a little concerned about the mile and a sixteenth today, but he handled it. We’re excited. He’s been doing really well and we’re keeping our fingers crossed. I think the goal is to get him back to Dubai. There’s no California Chrome this year, but we don’t know about Arrogate. There’s always somebody.” MIKE SMITH, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He needed this. Going around two turns is what he wants. I’m not too sure I got enough out of it I guess, going seven-eighths (in the Malibu).“Speed has been playing good so I tried to stay fairly close. Everything worked today, other than Hoppertunity. When (Hoppertunity) runs his A race . . . I mean he’s been running against the best in the world. My horse, he’s just now getting back to where he used to be, hopefully better.“This race should really set him up. Now he’ll be really fit to run huge next time out. But the seven-eighths…I think he got something out of it, just not enough. He still ran great.”             NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. Baffert has won five of the last eight runnings of the San Antonio.last_img read more

Fulham boss keen to sign Tottenham midfielder – report

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol wants to sign midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham, according to the Daily Mail.Linked with Huddlestone bid.Huddlestone played under Jol at Spurs and the Dutchman apparently sees him as a possible replacement for Danny Murphy.Meanwhile, Liverpool are the latest club reported to be considering a bid for Newcastle striker Demba Ba.There has been speculation about Ba’s future because of a clause in his contract which allows him to leave St James’ Park for £7m before the end of this month, and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for him.The Daily Mirror say new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also considering making an offer. The Guardian and Mail both report Chelsea’s imminent bid for Southampton’s highly-rated 16-year-old defender Luke Shaw.The Independent suggest Shaw may prefer a move to Arsenal, who are also believed to want him.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospectThe Mail also claim that Tottenham, who are poised to appoint former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as manager, are lining up a £10m move for Blues forward Daniel Sturridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Predicting Athletics’ wild card roster and approach against Charlie Morton

December 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgSEATTLE — The A’s will play a wild card game, but no starter or roster has been publicly etched in stone. Manager Bob Melvin hinted that location could play a part in that decision… Sean Manaea? Mike Fiers? Someone else? We’ll know in a few days.What we do know is that the A’s will face Tampa Bay Rays’ starter Charlie Morton, who stuns with one of the best curveballs in the game. The A’s have faced him twice this season already — in Tampa and Oakland within 10 days of each start. They know …last_img read more