first_img### Santa Anita has only had four primary track announcers since it opened in 1934, though others have filled in throughout the years. “I’m overjoyed and humbled that Santa Anita is entrusting me with a booth occupied by so few announcers in the track’s storied history,” said Wrona. “I shall try my utmost to honor the great legacy of my predecessors – each of whom was of the highest caliber. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and friendship of the Golden Gate Fields management, since I first worked there in 1992.” “This was a much harder decision than anyone could have imagined,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The finalists presented us with four incredible options, each a world-class announcer in his own right. In the end, as we said from the beginning, we listened to our fans, our horsemen, the media and our employees. It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita. We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of The Great Race Place. He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” “While we are pleased to welcome Michael as the next Voice of The Great Race Place, this opportunity also showcased three very gifted announcers in Frank, Craig and David,” Morris added. “We encourage them to continue to seek opportunities within The Stronach Group as they become available and we look forward to the chance to work with them.” The announcement comes after auditions by Wrona, veteran Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald. Mirahmadi has alternated the Santa Anita announcing duties with Wrona since the season began, while Evans and Fitzgerald were the finalists from a world-wide search that included over three dozen candidates. Popular Australian Tops Competitive World-Wide SearchArcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) – Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park. A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland. He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade. Wrona will continue to call Santa Anita’s races through the end of the Winter/Spring Season on April 10, including the $1-million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. He will begin his full-time position on May 5 when Santa Anita opens its Spring/Summer Meeting. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate Fields will be named in the upcoming weeks and will begin in early May.last_img read more

Thompson equals 100m world lead

first_img Akan’s Track Club’s Javon Francis was fastest in the men’s 400 metres, winning his heat in 46.39. Jonia McDonald of MVP was second in 46.48, with UTech’s Twayne Crooks third in 46. 52. Michael Frater clocked 10.60 seconds in 2.4 metres per second wind in the men’s 100 metres. However, Julian Forte stole the spotlight. Running in -1.6 mps wind, he clocked 10.28. Sprint Tech’s Rasheed Dwyer was second overall in 10.43, while MVP’s Andrew Fisher was third with 10.50. Former World Youth 400m hurdles champion Marvin Williams of UTech had a top time of 51.88 seconds. Second overall was Dwayne Extol of Eagles Track Club, in 52.27, with Andre Peart of MVP third in 52.41. St Jago High’s Keenan Lawrence took the men’s Open 800m 1:52.66, defeating UTech’s Trey Graham (1:53.99). Edwin Allen and Jamaica College (JC) captured the high school sprint relays. Edwin Allen won the girls’ event in 45.05 seconds ahead of Excelsior High (45.78), while JC clocked 40.59 seconds in winning the boys’ event ahead of Excelsior (41.50). UTech’s Orlando Thomas won the men’s javelin with 16.56m; UTech’s Tajay Gayle won the men’s long jump with 7.25m; while Geneva Greaves took the women’s shot put with 14.37m. WORLD 200 metres silver medallist Elaine Thompson produced a world-leading 11.07 seconds in the women’s 100 metres at the Senior Link-Up track and field meet at Stadium East yesterday morning. Thompson joined the United States Morolake Akinosun atop the world list after her win a week ago in Texas. Thompson sprinted away from a competitive line-up to post her impressive time as Anneisha McLaughlin Whilby was some way off in second spot in 11.41 seconds, with her training partner at Sprint Tech, Audra Segree, third in 11.45. Ronda Whyte returned to competition in style, scoring an impressive win in the women’s 400 metres hurdles. Whyte stopped the clock at 56.1 seconds, defeating Shannon Kallawan (56.3) and overseas-based Sparkle McKnight (56.6), who is a part of the MVP Track Club. Nikita Tracey, who also competes for MVP, was fourth in 57.3. Janieve Russell clocked 51.79 seconds in to win the women’s 400m ahead of Namibia’s Tjipekapora Herunga (52.03), representing MVP Track Club, and her training partner, Jody Muir (53.00). World 400 metres finalist, Stephenie McPherson, was too good for teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson in the 200m. McPherson won in 23.12 seconds ahead of Jackson (23.21), while Fraser-Pryce was third in 23.24. JAVON FRANCIS WINlast_img read more

Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I’m happy I’m still around. Rafa fought well through again today. I’m happy for him, too. We’ll see if it gets done or not. I’m curious to see myself.”Federer is having a banner season after some suspected he might never lift another Grand Slam trophy, taking the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.Nadal has done the same at age 31, winning his 15th Slam title by capturing his record 10th French Open crown.But the long-time rivals will team up on September 22-24 for the Laver Cup in Prague, a new three-day team event pitting Bjorn Borg’s European squad against a World lineup guided by John McEnroe.Federer and Nadal will work together alongside Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Good for a change, yes, after all these years,” Federer said. “If I can help him, great. If he can help me, even better.”Federer rolled into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, extending his bid for a 20th career Grand Slam title by downing Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 36-year-old Swiss third seed, seeking a record sixth title on New York hardcourts, could meet world number one Nadal in a Friday semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the one Slam where they have never played.“For many years Rafa and me, we’ve tried to play against each other here, and it just didn’t work out,” Federer said. “Now this week, I don’t feel necessarily the pressure’s there. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Rafa, he has been such a wonderful champion and a good friend of mine on the tour, one of my big rivals for life, that it’s just nice to be able to spend some time with him and support him,” Federer said.Federer, who would be the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (since 1967), was also excited about the chance to spend time with 61-year-old Swedish legend Borg, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who captain’s the European side.“For me to spend time with Bjorn, it’s quite rare,” Federer said. “He doesn’t spend so much time on the tour. When he shows up, it’s short. I feel every minute you get with him is a privilege.“Here we are, he’s going to be stuck with us. So it’s going, I think, to be very special for all of us, particularly me. I mean, I have incredible respect for him.”Federer said if he could turn back the clock and face one all-time icon from another era, it would be Borg in his prime, when he was winning six French Open and five Wimbledon crowns from 1974 to 1981.“If I could play one player ever going back, I feel like it would be Bjorn,” Federer said. “I feel he’s that incredibly good, for what he did for the game. If I look how he played, what he brought to it, it’s crazy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) shake hands after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer is as curious as tennis fans around the world to see if he will finally play against Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open.But even if not, the two career leaders in men’s Grand Slam titles will have the chance to bond as teammates and possibly even doubles partners later this month in a new Europe versus The World team event.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View commentslast_img read more

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Brac-Liberia Sensitizes Farmers, Others on Food Security

first_imgBrac-Liberia, a Bangladeshi agro-based organization operating in Liberia, recently ended a one day inception workshop aimed at sensitizing Liberians on the need to address food and nutrition security challenges in the country.Currently, Brac has received a 1.5 million-euro project geared towards addressing food and nutrition security to help end hunger in Liberia. The project, which is expected to commence early next year, will be implemented in six counties, including Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Margibi and Bong Counties.To launch the two year project, Brac has embarked on a workshop that seeks to sensitize farmers and stakeholders in the country’s agriculture sector on food and nutrition security in the six selected counties.Speaking last Monday at the first workshop in Bentol, Montserrado County, Brac-Liberia Senior Manager Emmanur Shikder said the project will focus on supporting poor farmers who are facing difficulties.He said farmers will be empowered with basic agricultural tools to enhance crop and animal production in order to improve food and nutrition security.“Our project’s mission is to support the poor in food production and nutrition insecurity to react to crises and strengthen resilience in Liberia,’’ Mr. Shikder said. “This project will strive to improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by developing resilient agriculture, resilient markets and resilient people who are able to generate diverse livelihoods that provide stable incomes and adequate food and nutrition in the face of recurrent stresses and shocks.”For his part, A. K. M. Rafiqul Islam, Brac-Liberia Agriculture Manager, said the project will target 7,501 farming households across the six counties. He said Brac-Liberia will also consult with 50 senior government officials and 90 market actors to form part of the project’s activities.“Before this project ends in 2018, 390 most vulnerable household groups will be engaged in cash for work, 1,625 poor households will receive training on poultry and livestock rearing, and the capacity of 5,200 smallholder farmers will be built on climate smart agriculture technologies,’’ Mr. Islam said.He further said 26 agricultural entrepreneurs will be developed, while 2,340 pregnant and lactating women from those households will be trained on improved nutrition.For his part, the Agriculture Coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Edward S. Fatorma, said the rearing of goats, sheep, cows, pigs, among other domestic animals, is a key component that farmers need not neglect. He noted that the constant importation of livestock into the country is not a healthy practice for the farming sector.“Share your knowledge with someone and help each other as you try to produce more food and other agricultural products for either commercial or subsistence purpose,’’ he said, adding that Liberians need to be more innovative in the farming sector. Also speaking, Thompson N. W. Chea, the agriculture coordinator at the Bong County Superintendent’s office, said Brac’s initiatives boost Liberia’s stride to eliminate hunger through productive and sustainable agro-based activities.“The Superintendent’s office, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, has already called on all districts in Bong to cultivate not less than 100 acres for each of their agricultural products,’’ Mr. Chea said.He commended Brac-Liberia for its contribution to the nation’s freedom from food poverty and the enhancement of a viable economic sector.The Bentol workshop brought together farmers, government officials and small business owners. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Sunderland to stay up with ‘magic Sam’ at the helm

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman tells us how bookies reacted to the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager at struggling Sunderland.It seems the relegation fears have eased at the Stadium of Light, with odds moving from six-on from 2/7, while the Black Cats are now 5/2 to stay up, with bookies now confident ’Big Sam’ can work his magic on Wearside.Meanwhile there are all the latest odds as Euro 2016 qualification draws to a close, with England 2/5 favourites to make it ten wins from ten against Lithuania on Monday night.And, after breezing through their qualifying campaign, is it worth taking a punt on the Three Lions claiming Euro 2016 victory? Hodgson’s men are 11/1 to take the crown in France.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_imgIT’S the weekend – and fitness guru Michael Black continues his series for donegaldaily.com on the A to Z of exercise and fitness. Here’s Part 5.Previous articles can be found at the end of this article.TTable TennisDetail: When table tennis is played at the right tempo, it is an extremely physically demanding sport. The stamina, strength, and agility needed in order to play a high speed table tennis match is remarkable. But when played socially or for leisure it is rare for amateurs to get up to the speeds required to burn the calories desired. Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 5/10Tae Kwon DoDetail: Originally learnt as a form of self defence Tae Kwon Do practices techniques involving punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints to defeat your opponent. Although it doesn’t provide a strenuous aerobic workout Tae Kwon Do will improve strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, stamina, and posture. Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 6/10Toning: 7/10TennisDetail: Indoor, outdoor, grass, or concrete it doesn’t matter, wherever you’re playing, tennis is an immense workout for the whole body.  Tennis will increase your flexibility, agility, strength, stamina and your spatial awareness. Facilities and equipment are easy to find too.Weight loss: 7/10 Muscle building: 5/10Toning: 7/10TrampolineProbably the most fun you can have whilst trying to stay fit and healthy.  Trampolining is a low impact cardiovascular workout that will enhance your coordination, strength, flexibility, timing and balance.Weight loss: 4/10 Muscle building: 1/10Toning: 6/10TriathlonDetail: A Triathlon combines swimming, cycling and running which are all part of a single race in which the competitor will participate in all three sports one after the other.  Triathlons exist locally for all levels of athletes but training prior to competing is essential.Weight loss: 8/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 8/10VolleyballVolleyball can be played indoors, at the beach and even in water.  It’s easy to pick up and enjoyable to play.  As well as being a good cardiovascular exercise, due to the game’s quick changes of pace and direction it will build up you speed, agility, spatial awareness and improve you teamwork and communication skills.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 6/10YYogaDetail: Yoga is a relaxing low intensity Hindu discipline that improves your flexibility, strength, and posture. A combination of breath exercises, Yoga positions, body locks, and meditations make up a Yoga session. It takes discipline to accomplish each Yoga pose, but if you persevere the results are worth it.Weight loss: 2/10Muscle building: 1/10Toning: 4/10WWalkingDetail: You do it everyday without even thinking about it, so just walk that little bit further.  You don’t even have to go anywhere; you can do it on the treadmill at home or at the gym, but getting out and about will also give you that feel good factor!Weight loss: 6/10 (Depending on Intensity)Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 6/10Weight LiftingDetail: Weight lifting is great for toning and strengthening muscles but there is a common misconception that weight lifting alone will also burn fat.  It is important to incorporate some aerobic exercise in to your workout in order to increase your metabolism and lose weight and keep it off.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 8/10Toning: 7/10Personal Trainer &Sports Coachmichael@optimalfitness.iewww.optimalfitness.ieTel: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports Coachingyou can read part one and part two and part three by clicking the links below:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/06/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-one/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/14/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-2-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/20/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-3-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF FITNESS PART 4 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESSMICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE PART 5 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalexercise columnMichael Blacklast_img read more

Valley home sales declining

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Home sales fell an annual 24.8 percent in the San Fernando Valley during February and the median price eased back from January’s record high amid a surge in inventory as the market continued cooling, a trade group said Thursday. Prices have been basically flat for six months and in February inventory ballooned an annual 77 percent to a 5.3- month supply of properties, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. This is now a market tilted in favor of buyers. “For the first time in three years, buyers have a choice,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. Last month, 610 previously-owned single-family houses changed hands, 201 fewer than a year ago, the fewest sales for a February since 1995, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Condominium sales fell an annual 23.9 percent to 258 transactions. Sales in both sectors increased by 28 units from the prior month, though. Combined sales of houses and condominiums fell an annual 30.8 percent. February’s sales dip followed a 31.6 percent annual plunge in January. Meanwhile, inventory has been building and at month’s end there were 4,572 properties for sale. Inventory sank to a record low 1,492 properties in March 2004 and hit a high of 14,976 in July 1992 when the market was tanking. Even though sales are well under the year-ago level and and have been since last October, home prices remain strong. They’ve been in the high $500,000 and low $600,000 range since last May. In February, the median gained an annual 18.2 percent, or $91,000, to $591,000. It fell $14,000, or 2.3 percent, from January’s record $605,000. The condominium median price soared an annual 27.7 percent, or $90,000, to a record $415,000, the association said. That was the median price of a single-family home in February 2004. Unlike the last time the market soured in the early 1990s, prices collapsed, too, and dipped below year-ago levels for months on end. That’s not likely to happen this time, though, because the overall economy is on much sounder footing. The expectation is that the annual rate of appreciation will fall back into single digits. It’s already happened in San Diego County, a market that is further along in its cycle than the Valley. Santa Clarita Valley Realtor Steve White, the association’s president, believes that the market today favors buyers. “Home buyers have … more time to negotiate, and, frankly, buyers ought to be relieved that they are far less likely to get swept up in a bidding war,” he said. January and February are traditionally slow months and both Link and White believe the market will gain strength in the spring. Sales should end the year between 5 percent and 8 percent under last year’s level, the association said. That, along with inventory increasing, means sellers will have to adjust their prices accordingly and this may happen over the next several months. “They’ll still get top dollar but not top dollar-plus,” Link said. The association tracks sales in communities from Toluca Lake to Calabasas. Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said that including the Burbank and Glendale numbers with the association’s shows a similar pattern. So far this year, sales for the extended market are down 15 percent from a year ago. “We’re looking at a softening market and the question is, now will this come down to about zero percent price appreciation or below zero percent price appreciation,” Blake said. And the answer to that question is still a couple of months away. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Man who left scene after crashing into wall disqualified from driving

first_imgA Castlefin man has been disqualified from driving for three years after he crashed into a wall and left the scene before being apprehended.Adam Mulrine, of 1 Emmet Park, Castlefin, crashed a Honda Civic into a wall at the property of Colette Carlin, at Sessaighallison, Castlefin. Detective Garda O’Sullivan and Detective Garda Doyle responded to a report that a car had crashed into the wall before making off in the direction of Raphoe.The Gardai followed marks on the road for seven miles to Convoy, where they observed Mulrine alighting from the vehicle, which was missing its front bumper.The vehicle and its undercarriage were also damaged. Gardaí detected a strong smell of alcohol from Mulrine, who was found to have been over the legal limit.Mulrine (24) was also charged with causing criminal damage, for failing to remain at the scene and for having no insurance.Solicitor for Mulrine, Patsy Gallagher, said his client – who wrote a letter to the Court by way of an apology – was remorseful.“He is getting help and it is a constant battle,” Mr Gallagher said.“There is remorse there.”Judge Paul Kelly directed that Mulrine pay €200 to Ms Carlin, fined him €250 and disqualified him from driving for three years.Mulrine was also placed on a 12-month probation bond.Man who left scene after crashing into wall disqualified from driving was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Adam MulrinecastlefinconvoyJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPatsy Gallagherlast_img read more

DDTV: Why the new M&S Christmas advert is doing it for women everywhere!

first_imgThe Christmas adverts are coming thick and fast and it’s not even the middle of November yet.We especially like the Marks and Spencer TV advert which has just been released which proves once again that behind every good Santa is a good Mrs Claus! DDTV: Why the new M&S Christmas advert is doing it for women everywhere! was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more