Police officer freed after being held for 24 hours over critical articles

first_imgNews News Reporters Without Borders is pleased to learn that Murtadha Al-Shahtur, the police spokesman in the governorate Dhi Qar and a contributor to the local newspaper Al-Zaman and other newspapers and websites, was released on the evening of 4 April, a day after being arrested in Dhi Qar’s capital, Nasariyah, by members of the Baghdad government’s special forces. News Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more April 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police officer freed after being held for 24 hours over critical articles December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq ——-04.04.2011 – Provincial police spokesman arrested for criticizing government as journalistReporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Murtadha Al-Shahtur, the police spokesman in the governorate Dhi Qar who also writes as a journalist for the local newspaper Al-Zaman and other newspapers and websites, was arrested in the provincial capital of Nasariyah (370 km southeast of Baghdad) on 3 April by the central government’s special security forces.“This arbitrary arrest is a flagrant violation of Iraq’s laws and constitution, as well as the international obligations signed and ratified by the government, one that recently boasted of not having any journalist in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for Shahtur’s immediate release.”According to report by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory that was quoted in the local media, Shahtur was arrested for writing several articles more than six weeks ago in which he openly criticized government policy as regards security and public services. One of his articles, published in February on the Kitabat website, was particularly scathing about the province’s electricity problems.According to the JFO’s Nasariyah representative, Akram Al-Tamimi, several local politicians had taken a dim view of his articles and had not hesitated to “request this arrest in order to silence his criticism.” Ghassan Saleh, a lawyer who has spoken to Shahtur since his arrest, told the JFO he was arrested on an order issued by the government, not one issued by any court. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Possible Solutions for Borrowers Unable to Make Payments

first_img Possible Solutions for Borrowers Unable to Make Payments Forbearance Loss Mitigation Urban Institute 2020-12-14 Christina Hughes Babb Home / Daily Dose / Possible Solutions for Borrowers Unable to Make Payments  Print This Post Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Market Studies, News Share Save Based on its recent research and panel discussions, the Urban Institute on Friday published “Three Ways to Help 3.2 Million Struggling Homeowners.”The Institute has discovered that while some 3.7 million homeowners, as of November, had resumed mortgage payments and exited forbearance, another 2.8 million remain in forbearance while 369,000 are delinquent on their mortgage payments without the protection of forbearance. Adding to the potential problems, many borrowers who are in forbearance are closing in on the six-month limit and could be forced to exit forbearance unless they reach an agreement with their servicers.”At a recent webinar, Urban Institute researchers presented evidence of a sizable number of households who are delinquent on their mortgage payments without pursuing loss mitigation, a lack of homeowner awareness of repayment options, and stark disparities in housing payment status by race, ethnicity, and income,” the Institute reported.Following the presentation, those researchers identified three priorities for policymakers, mortgage servicers, and financial institutions to help struggling homeowners:1.Reach the 369,000 borrowers who are delinquent but are not in forbearanceOf about 775,000 borrowers who have become delinquent since the outbreak of COVID-19, 299,000 never entered forbearance plans, and 476,000 had a plan but became delinquent after the plan had expired. The Urban Institute has found that some borrowers do not understand or cannot navigate the complexities that sometimes accompany forbearance plan initiation or extensions.The Institute reports that Dana Dillard of Housing Finance Strategies and Lisa Rice of the National Fair Housing Alliance have shown that many households facing multiple issues need help navigating their mortgage options.”These households may be experiencing health issues, struggling with schooling their kids, and stressing about unstable employment. Even if servicers try to communicate and make the process easy for clients, navigating complicated forbearance and repayment options can be challenging.”One useful tool, the UI pointed out, is consumer counseling by HUD-approved advisors.2. Prepare for homeowners to exit forbearance this springThe Institute has discussed myriad ways in which borrowers appear to be confused, and the researchers stressed the need for a better communications plan from the industry.”The 2.8 million homeowners who remain in forbearance are likely to end up in worse financial shape than the 3.5 million who exited forbearance earlier,” the Institute reports. “About 23% of households in forbearance said they did not know whether they will have to make an increased monthly payment or a lump-sum payment to their mortgage servicer once forbearance ends. 54% of households said they have no or slight confidence that they will be able to resume monthly payments when forbearance ends.The National Consumer Law Center’s Diane Thompson said that forbearance and repayment options should be clear and streamlined to avoid confusing servicers and consumers, according to the report. Thompson also emphasized the need for better clarity among government guided systems.3. Address inequalities across race, ethnicity, and incomeData from the Urban Institute show that households of color and those with lower incomes are more likely to fall behind on housing payments.Halting negative credit reporting and strengthening anti-discrimination laws are a couple of the solutions panelists recommended. One researcher suggested a bond that could provide direct funding to those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Another proposed providing automatic forbearance for borrowers beyond 60 days delinquent “because early intervention is often more effective in helping households get back on track.”All of the analysts on the panel said that telling human stories backed by the data is critical.”Crises will happen again, and the housing industry cannot reinvent ad hoc responses each time,” concludes the author of the article. “Vulnerable homeowners deserve better policies and systems to enhance their financial resilience to weather COVID-19 and future crises.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Forbearance Loss Mitigation Urban Institute Previous: Rental Investors Take Interest in Tiny Homes Next: How Floods and Wildfires Will Impact 2021 Housing Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. December 14, 2020 1,791 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

The Florida Bar Foundation articles

first_img January 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Public service grants awarded Foundation awards $10 million in legal aid grants Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Florida Bar Foundation awarded close to $10 million in IOTA grants December 7 to Florida legal aid providers and devoted another $1 million to “special purpose” programs to help meet the legal needs of the poor.William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee, said this year’s general support grants are equal to what was awarded last year, halting a trend which had seen Foundation funding for legal aid to the poor decline by 8.3 percent last year and 7 percent the previous year.“This year, thankfully, we are not going to be required to make any cuts over the funding from last year,” Davis said. “We certainly were not able to award what was requested but many of the programs — because the committee had previously announced we wanted to have level funding — asked for the same grant amount they got last year.”Davis said cuts in bank interest rates over the past few years have taken a toll on the IOTA program. In the past, the program has raised as much as $19 million a year to fund legal aid, administration of justice, and law student assistance projects. From 1993 until 1998, annual grant allocations were kept relatively stable through the use of the IOTA contingency reserve — which was established before bank interest rates began to drop — and by allocating more and more of the Foundation’s income to legal assistance to the poor programs and less to the administration of justice and law student assistance projects.The Foundation also was able to offset declines in IOTA contributions by the favorable returns it received on its investments. The reserve funds, however, are now depleted, and investment income is down.The applications for general support grants for local programs are based upon a per capita formula, depending upon the number of poor people in a county.Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, income maintenance, and consumer matters.The Foundation’s board of directors approved the general support grants on the recommendation of its Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Committee.Of the funds distributed, $5 million went to general legal services programs that also receive Legal Services Corporation funds; $1.2 million went to legal aid organizations that do not receive any LSC money; slightly more than $1 million was awarded to immigration service projects; $423,000 was provided for legal assistance to the institutionalized; $30,000 went to law school clinical projects; and almost $1 million was awarded to statewide legal aid programs. LSC Programs Foundation grants for general support to programs which also receive LSC funding include: Bay Area Legal Services, $607,126; Central Florida Legal Services, $458,845; Florida Rural Legal Services, $673,859; Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, $212,098; Gulf Coast Legal Services, $457,487; Jacksonville Area Legal Services, $360,527; Legal Aid Services of Broward County, $449,653; Legal Services of Greater Miami, $582,119; Legal Services of North Florida, $419,087; Northwest Florida Legal Services, $228,804; Three Rivers Legal Services, $324,466; and Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, $259,098.IOTA general funding grants awarded to organizations which do not also receive LSC funding include: Brevard County Legal Aid, $72,387; Clearwater Bar Foundation, $32,740; Community Law Program, $42,817; Cuban American Bar Association, $28,479; Dade County Bar Association, $256,062; Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society, $96,190; Lee County Legal Aid Society, $48,176; Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association, $32,151; Legal Aid Society of Collier County, $32,095; Legal Aid Society of Manasota, $16,506; Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $238,581; Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, $292,064; Okaloosa County Legal Aid, $22,652; and the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, $54,331. Immigration Services Foundation grants to organizations which provide immigration services include: American Friends Service Committee, $111,030; Dade County Bar Association, $67,412; Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, $572,845; Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Homeless Project, $65,190; Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, $124,208; and Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $77,725.Grants for legal assistance programs for the institutionalized or incapacitated went to Florida Institutional Legal Services, $217,126; the Florida Justice Institute, $149,432; and the Guardianship Program of Dade County, $56,958.IOTA grants for law school clinical projects in the amount of $5,000 each went to Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Stetson University, the University of Florida, and the University of Miami.General support grants for statewide projects went to Florida Legal Services, $873,773, and Southern Legal Counsel, $75,342. Special Purpose Grants The Florida Bar Foundation also gave slightly more than $1 million in special purpose grants to four legal aid programs providing representation that federally funded programs can no longer offer.The money will be used to fund class actions, migrant farm worker representation, policy advocacy, and cases that might generate attorneys’ fees. Federal legislation enacted a number of years ago prohibits programs that accept Legal Services Corporation funding from working in those areas.To file class actions and cases that might generate fees, the Foundation awarded Florida Legal Services for policy advocacy, $311,251; FLS Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, $376,713; the Florida Justice Institute, $162,911; Southern Legal Counsel, $134,389; and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $118,454.The 2002 grant year will mark the 20th time IOTA funds have been awarded in the legal assistance for the poor category. Florida’s IOTA program, the first in the nation, has awarded more than $133 million in IOTA LAP grants over the program’s 19-year history. Foundation seeks directors The Florida Bar Foundation articles Eight positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan which provides for 18 of the 29-member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Bar Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: William S. Graessle, Jacksonville; and Judge Florence Snyder Rivas, Tallahassee (Florida Supreme Court appointees); Daryl D. Parks, Tallahassee; Lawrence J. Phalin, Orlando (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees); Patrice Pilate, Viera; and Kathleen McLeroy, Tampa (Foundation appointees). Graessle and Rivas are not eligible for additional terms. One at-large position will be filled for a one-year term beginning July 1 to fill the unexpired term of William H. Davis, Tallahassee, who was elected secretary-treasurer of the Foundation effective July 1. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of The Florida Bar also must be members of the Bar Foundation. Bar Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The eighth board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by Georgina A. Angones of Miami, who is eligible to serve a second two-year term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.Since 1981, the Foundation’s principal activity has been setting policy and overseeing operation of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Persons interested in applying for any of the eight Foundation board positions should obtain the appropriate application form. Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440.Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 15. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. See the Notice on page 2.)The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors embraces the concept of diversity. According to the Foundation, “a diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live.” The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for most out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities. O’Malley to lead the Foundation Tampa’s Andrew M. O’Malley has been elected president-elect designate of The Florida Bar Foundation by its board of directors.Meeting December 7, the Foundation board also elected William H. Davis of Tallahassee secretary/treasurer.O’Malley will assume the Foundation presidency in 2002-2003, following William L. Thompson, Jr., of Orange Park, who will take office when the term of Darryl Bloodworth, Jacksonville, expires in June.The names of O’Malley and Davis were placed in nomination by the Foundation Nominating Committee, which consists of Bloodworth, and past Florida Bar Foundation presidents A. Hamilton Cooke, James A. Baxter, Rene V. Murai, and Neal R. Sonnett. The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2002 Medal of Honor Awards.The Foundation has two categories for the medal of honor award. A nominee for the first category must be a member of The Florida Bar who has demonstrated dedication to the objectives of the Bar: “…to inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.”Nominees in this first category also must be Florida residents who are actively engaged in a profession relative to the practice of law including, but not limited to, practicing lawyers, judges or teachers in the legal field. Recent recipients in this category are: Steven M. Goldstein, William O.E. Henry, Justice Richard W. Ervin, Burton Young, Samuel S. Smith, Joseph W. Hatchett. Last year’s award was presented to Patrick G. Emmanuel.Nominees are also being solicited for a second medal of honor award category. This category recognizes the achievement of nonlawyers, or lawyers not actively engaged in the practice of law. Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of such character and quality that, in the judgment of the Foundation, warrant the highest award that can be bestowed by the Foundation.Nominees in the second category also must be Florida residents and may be members of The Florida Bar. Recent recipients in this category are: The Rev. Fred L. Maxwell for his leadership and perseverance in seeking permanent housing for the homeless in Orlando, Gene Miller for his integrity and passion as an investigative reporter for The Miami Herald in the coverage of the murder trials of two wrongfully convicted death row inmates, and John B. Orr, Jr., for his courageous stand against a package of bills filed in the 1956 Florida Legislature’s special session whose purpose was to perpetuate school segregation.The Medal of Honor awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the Foundation during The Florida Bar Annual Meeting June 20, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.Nominations should list the specific achievements which would qualify an individual to receive a medal of honor and should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee.Nominations should be sent to: The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, Post Office Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553, (800) 541-2195, (407) 843-0045. Nominations also may be faxed to (407) 839-0287 or sent via e-mail to [email protected] deadline for submission of nominees is January 30. The Florida Bar Foundation recently awarded $152,500 to public service programs at seven Florida law schools.IOTA Public Service Fellows programs range from traditional civil legal clinics to developing public policy proposals focusing on the legal needs of women and children to advocacy for the disabled. In addition to direct public service work, law students also undertake projects to involve other students in public service activities.The funds are awarded directly to the law schools, which select students based on demonstrated commitment to pro bono and public interest work.“Not only do the fellows help provide legal services, but they get exposed to that kind of work and, hopefully, will be more prone to enter into it either as a legal service attorney or a pro bono attorney later in their careers,” said William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee.The presence of the program on the campus for each law school also provides an awareness in the student body of the importance of public interest law practice, as a career and as a pro bono activity.Florida Coastal will receive $14,000; Florida State University will receive $23,000; Nova Southeastern University will receive $23,000; St. Thomas University, $20,000; Stetson University, $23,000; the University of Florida, $22,100; and the University of Miami, $27,400. Foundation seeks Medal of Honor nominees last_img read more

2 Long Islanders Nabbed in $12M Theft Ring

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Long Islanders were among a dozen suspects arrested for their alleged roles in a sophisticated crime ring that stole $12 million in electronics and ink cartridges from stores in 28 states and then sold the stolen goods online, prosecutors said.Kevin Cerrato, 22, of Elmont, and 53-year-old Roger “Captain Rog” Ringhiser of Long Beach were charged Wednesday in Manhattan court with enterprise corruption, money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Investigators dubbed the 10-month probe culminating in a 41-count indictment “Operation Sticky Fingers.”“Retail theft is becoming increasingly organized, with crime rings preying on businesses and creating a vicious cycle that ultimately harms consumers, when the costs are passed on in the form of higher prices,” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, calling the case “one of the largest-ever busts of a retail theft ring.”Authorities said they seized more than 5,300 stolen electronics and ink cartridges and more than $7.7 million from the defendants’ homes, financial institutions and Amazon and PayPal merchant accounts. The crews targeted Staples, Office Depot, BestBuy and other retailers for over 20 years and resold the stolen items for up to half their retail price, according to investigators.The crew mapped out their often daily thefts in advance and used custom-made vests known as “bazookas” that concealed large amounts of merchandise, prosecutors said. They also used “kryptonite” devices to deactivate security alarms at store exits, authorities said. In addition, they allegedly monitored store security personnel by using short-wave radios.The crews then shipped the goods to the alleged ringleader’s home, where investigators tracked shipments, Schneiderman’s office said. While investigators were executing a search warrant, five packages of stolen merchandise arrived, authorities added. The crews were also caught on surveillance videos, prosecutors said.The suspects face between eight and 25 years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

Enyeama makes bold Eagles prediction ahead of AFCON 2021 qualifiers

first_imgFC Cologne’s Kingsley Ehizibue and Heracles Almelo’s Cyriel Dessers were handed their maiden international call-ups, while Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho returns to the team.In his assessment of the German’s squad, Enyeama who helped Nigeria win a third Afcon title in 2013 claims Rohr has assembled a good team that is capable of beating anybody.“This is a very good team.this generation can conquer everyone,” he tweeted. Coach Gernot Rohr announced his 24-man squad to face Sierra Leone in March’s double-header Africa Cup of Nations – a list not lacking in quality. Loading… Former Super Eagles shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama believes the current squad ‘can conquer anyone’.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also: Iheanacho reacts after Leicester City progress into FA Cup quarter-finalThe three-time African champions will host the Leone Stars on March 26 before heading to Freetown for the return leg at the Siaka Stevens Stadium four days later.Nigeria are currently sitting top of Group L on six points, having won all two of their fixtures to date.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

Trail Orioles conclude amazing season with State Tournament showing

first_imgThe future is so bright the coaches of the Trail Orioles American Legion Baseball team had better find a pair of shades.The Silver City-based squad, with players from throughout the region, combined a solid season with an amazing performance at the District Tournament to qualify for State Finals.“Every player on the team made a significant contribution to our success,” said Orioles manager, Ron Mace.“The team made great improvements from the start of the year to the end, as can be seen by us getting to the State tournament which has not been done in Trail for some time.”The Orioles finished third in the American Legion Division with a 10-4 record before making a run during Districts to qualify for the elusive State Tournament in Seattle.Trail blasted University High 8-1 to open the Districts before edging Mead 8-7 in a thriller.The Orioles suffered a 9-1 loss to Mount Spokane. However, Trail rebounded to dump Pullman 7-4 to qualify for the State Tournament.The Orioles finished the tournament losing a close one, 9-8 to Asotin.At the State Tournament, the young Orioles, with no less than a player in the eighth grade, three in the ninth, four in the tenth and two in both the 11th and 12th grades, Trail dropped both games 7-2 to Bellingham and 12-4 to Yakima.“We were the youngest team at States and look to improve for next year as we have all but two players eligible to return,” Mace, who along with his son Kyle Mace and Kyle Paulson, form the coaching staff for the for the Orioles.“The coaches are also very proud of some individual accomplishments from our players this year as we have two players heading to college to continue to play baseball.”Mace said Nathan Soukeroff is headed to play in Lethbridge play in the Prairie Baseball Academy while Austin Tambellini has received a scholarship at Hill College in Texas.Two other players are continuing on playing as Brendan Makay is off to the Dominican Republic to represent Canada in a tournament while Daniel Gagnier will get a chance to strut his skills at a fall baseball showcase in Calgary.As for next year, Mace is pumped for the return of pitchers Brendan Makay, Tyler Atkinson, Derek Green and Colton Miracle as well as catchers in Reese Tambellini and Bradly Ross.Austin Cox, Ross St. Jean, Casey Harrison, Atkinson and Gangier will lead the core of the infield.“We will be looking for some strong players to add to this team and hope to see many athletes out for the tryouts next spring,” Mace concluded.last_img read more

ROO’S VALENTINE, PACIFIC HEAT, PATRIOTIC DIAMOND & JUST GOOGLE ME ALL PROMINENT IN $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS FOR THREE YEAR OLD FILLIES GOING ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016) – With the only turf attempt under her belt, Roo’s Valentine heads a field of eight in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the turf.Owned and Bred in California by Kretz Racing, LLC, Roo’s Valentine has never been out of the money in five lifetime starts. After two thirds and a second when sprinting over the main track in maiden special weights late summer and into the fall, Roo’s Valentine seemed to finally find her footing around two turns. After breaking her maiden going a mile on the grass Nov. 5 at Del Mar, she followed up with a win in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos.Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Roo’s Valentine is by California sire Vronsky, out of the Cindago mare Black Valentine. Cindago, who died in Sept. 2012 was a California sire who stood at Legacy Ranch.Roo’s Valentine is 5-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $116,240.The post time favorite in two out of three lifetime starts, Pacific Heat will look for redemption this Saturday at Santa Anita after an eighth place finish in the Grade I Starlet. Bred in California by Harris Farms and Don Valpredo, Pacific Heat is by California sire Unusual Heat out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Hotlantic.After breaking her maiden by 13 ½ lengths at Los Alamitos on Sept. 25, Pacific Heat, who was purchased at the 2014 Barretts Limited October Yearling Sale for $175,000, won the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths at Del Mar on Oct. 29. Most recently, she ran eighth in the 1 1/16 miles Grade I Starlet on Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos. Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Taylor Legan, Pacific Heat is 3-2-0-0 overall with $140,250 in earnings.Patriotic Diamond hopes to rebound off a sixth place finish in the Starlet and will have Rafael Bejarano back in the saddle, once again, to help her do so. A winner of the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 28, Patriotic Diamond ran third in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes to Pacific Heat before winning a six furlong allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 26.Patriotic Diamond was Bred in California by Kin Hui Racing Stables, LLC, and is owned by Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Patriotic Diamond is by Hat Trick out of the Whywhywhy mare Patriotic Viva. ‘Diamond’ is 5-2-1-1- overall with earnings of $153,550.Stakes winner Just Google Me will look for her second added money victory Saturday. Bred in California by Golden Eagle Farm and owned by C T R Stables, LLC, Just Google Me is trained by Scott Rollins and comes off a second place finish to Roo’s Valentine in the Soviet Problem Stakes on Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.The bay filly by Golden Eagle Farm’s Stormin Fever, out of the Crytoclearance mare Lila Paige is 6-2-2-1 overall with earnings of $147,750.The complete field for the Cal Cup Oaks, to be run as the fourth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 119; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 123; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 119; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 123; Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 119. There is a special first post time of 12 noon on Saturday. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. Presented by Xpressbet, the Cal Cup Oaks is one of five statebred stakes on annual Sunshine Millions California Cup Day at Santa Anitalast_img read more

Russell drops 23 points, 8 assists as Nets beat Suns

first_img“Give them credit, they challenged us well,” Suns interim head coach Jay Triano said. “We tried … to see if we could get a bunch of guys going and it was tough to make shots.”MR. 3,000Booker reached 3,000 career points with a 19-foot jumper with 7:46 to play in the first quarter. He needed six points to reach 3,000 entering the game.Booker, 21, is the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 3,000 points, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.“It means a lot,” Booker said after the game. “My dream my whole life is to play in the NBA. Once I got here I realized I wanted to leave a mark. … I’m trying to do it, and trying to get wins along with it.”TIP-INSNets: F Rondae-Hollis Jefferson played 17 minutes in the first half but did not return in the second half due to a right hip contusion. … F Trevor Booker (sore lower back) did not play and is day to day, coach Kenny Atkinson said. Booker didn’t take part in the pregame shootaround. … F Quincy Acy played despite a left groin strain, his first action since Oct. 27.Suns: Veteran F Jared Dudley played a season-high 21 minutes and scored his first six points of the season. … Former NBA All-Star and Suns forward Clifford Robinson attended the game. … The Suns have lost three straight at home to the Nets.UP NEXTNets: At Denver on Tuesday night, the third game of five on a Western road trip.Suns: Host Miami Wednesday night. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Irving takes charge, Celtics beat Hawks for 9th straight win Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets reacts alongside Quincy Acy during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 6, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 98-92. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — The Brooklyn Nets had lost their scoring touch during a four-game losing streak, so they turned to defensive pressure to end the skid.D’Angelo Russell scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Brooklyn held the Phoenix Suns to 34.9 percent shooting in a 98-92 win Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Russell added eight assists, Joe Harris scored a season-high 18 points and Brooklyn won a game that featured 32 turnovers and 59 fouls.“It wasn’t the prettiest game ever played in the NBA,” Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said. “A lot of fouls, but we found a way. Our defense was good. We had contributions from a lot of guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Suns rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to lead 75-74 after Jared Dudley’s layup with 9:17 to play. The Nets went back ahead moments later and held on for their first road win of the season, with Russell scoring eight of his team’s next 12 point after it lost the lead.“Just didn’t want to lose and tried to do whatever it took to win,” Russell said. “Everybody came through as a collective unit and did what they were supposed to do.” DeMarre Carroll added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Allen Crabbe scored 15 points.“That was the first time we held a team under 100 (points) this year,” Crabbe said. “I think we all just came in focused.”T.J. Warren had 20 points as the Suns dropped their third straight, including Sunday at San Antonio. Devin Booker scored 18 points before fouling out late in the game.The Suns started well, with Booker scoring 11 points in the first seven minutes, before the Nets used a 16-0 run to go up 28-16.Phoenix cut the lead to one twice in the second quarter but finished the half making 10 of 40 shots. The Nets, behind 14 first-half points from Harris, led 47-41 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Chennai city wins Ileague beats Minerva Punjab by 31

first_imgCoimbatore: Chennai City were Saturday crowned champions of the 12th I-League, which refused to be dwarfed by the uncertainty around its future, twisting this way and that till the last moments. Chennai City came from behind and got the better of Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final day of the league. Chasing the leaders, travellers East Bengal finished second after beating Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 in Kozhikode. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Roland Bilala had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead in the third minute. But Pedro Manzi, one part of a deadly triumvirate that served Chennai City with distinction through their third season, converted from the spot to draw parity. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAssam’s 20-year-old Gaurav Bora’s brace (69′ and 90+3′) then sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side. Chennai City ended on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in yet another photo finish. East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continued even after they won their game against Gokulam Kerala. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFor Chennai City FC, founded by two young football-loving owners based out of the southern metropolis, the triumph is nothing short of a dream. The club has exhibited immense vision in its short existence, right from the appointment of and freedom given to Singaporean coach Nawas. From scouting and building the team for the season, to getting on board top European club FC Basel as part owners of the club in a land mark deal earlier in the year, he had a free hand, and it paid rich dividends. In the last game, the Delhi-based Bora did the star turn with two second-half goals, as Chennai City FC won their maiden title, beating the defending champions Minerva Punjab. Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league, but the day undoubtedly belonged to the young Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder who capped off a brilliant season with a double-strike when it mattered most for his team. It did not begin perfectly as Minerva took an early lead in the third minute through Ukranian recruit Roland Bilala. It was off a Juan Querro free-kick from the right flank, that he rose to beat his marker and lodge his header into the back of the net. Chennai kept pressing thereafter and with Nestor Gordillo missing through suspension, it was left to his fellow Spaniard Sandro Rodriguez to fuel all attacks. He along with Slovakian Jozef Kaplan and Romario Jesuraj, both of whom were constantly switching flanks, were constantly trying to create for Manzi. For Minerva, most of their openings were being created by Querro from the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard finding goal-scorer Roland again in the 40th minute with a wonderful cross, but the Ukranian could not make most of a free-header this time. Upon commencement of the second half, Chennai continued to control the game better. A Sydney Vanspaul effort in the 53rd minute from distance missed the target, but not by much. Two minutes later, Chennai got the opening they were looking for on a platter. Akashdeep Singh in an effort to clear inadvertently handled the ball inside the box and referee Santhosh Bhaskaran had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Manzi displayed outrageous confidence in pointing the goalkeeper to the spot where he would be placing the ball and did exactly what to bring Chennai firmly back into title reckoning. Bora then made a name for a lifetime with two stunning strikes to put the issue beyond anyone’s doubt. Both goals came off corners taken by Sandro from the right flank.last_img read more