Briefs

first_imgn A teenage robber, who held up a bakery in Burnley with a rolling pin, before making off with a chocolate orange gateau, has been sentenced to nine months in jail by Burnley Magistrates Court. Drunken Andre Lennox (19) pulled off victim Robert McKenna’s glasses, threatened him with a rolling pin and then snatched £60 from the till at Birtwistle’s Bakery, in Padiham last August.n Livingstone-based biscuit company Paterson Arran won the Food from Britain ’Best Food Product’ award for its Café Bronte luxury biscuits at the ISM sweets and biscuits fair held in Cologne, in Germany. The range includes cookies and shortbread bars.n One of the oldest bakeries in Ireland is to close with the loss of 10 jobs. Donnelly’s Bakery, which supplies bread to Cork, said increasing costs and cheaper competition no longer made the niche bakery viable. Staff at the family-owned bakery on Shandon Street, which has operated since the 1920s, are to be made redundant.n North West pie company Holland’s Pies took its mascot Stan The Van Man and its new Holland’s To Go range on tour this month. The company handed out free samples in 100 Asda stores across the country and local children were able to get their picture taken with Stan. The new range includes Cumberland Sausage Roll, Steak & Onion Slice and Chicken Balti Slice.n A new type of milk has been introduced to the Spanish market by Leche Celta. It contains green tea extract teavigo an antioxidant that is said to help cut the risk of cardio-vascular illness.and reduce the formation of cavities.last_img read more

Interim President Guaidó Pays Bonus to Health Workers in Venezuela

first_imgBy Diálogo October 08, 2020 Funds confiscated from the Nicolás Maduro regime in the United States that belong to the Venezuelan people are being used to pay a bonus to health workers in Venezuela, in a program designed by the team of Interim President Juan Guaidó.According to National Assembly (AN, in Spanish) lawmaker Manuela Bolívar, who heads the group executing this program, the final list of beneficiaries amounts to 62,697 people, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as workers and administrative personnel of public health centers.She explained that starting on September 14, beneficiaries began receiving notifications about the first of three payments of $100 each to their accounts. The two remaining payments will be made in October and November.The funds for this program come from an account that the Venezuelan Central Bank had at Citibank, which the U.S. government froze following sanctions imposed on the Maduro regime, said Miguel Pizarro, an exiled lawmaker who serves as Guaidó’s commissioner for humanitarian assistance.Pizarro said that authorities confiscated $325 million and made $80 million available, with the approval of the AN and the U.S. Federal Reserve. The commissioner said that part of this $80 million was delivered to the International Red Cross and the Pan American Health Organization to send humanitarian assistance to Venezuela.Well-deserved moneyOn September 15, Margot Monasterios received a message that relieved her. She got an email confirming her first remittance of $100.“This is a very positive measure to cover, for example, our transportation,” she said.Monasterios is a nurse. She lives in a small town near Barlovento, more than 100 kilometers east of the capital, and each day takes public transportation to get to the hospital at Caracas University Campus. She said that she spends about $3.30 every month just to come and go.“One has several needs […]. This bonus is a benefit, not a gift. This was hard-earned [money],” she said.According to the Venezuelan Medical Federation president, Douglas León Natera, a professional nurse like Monasterios is likely to earn the equivalent of only $5 per month, in the best case scenario. As a result, transportation is an expense that exceeds 60 percent of the salary.Resource scarcity in Venezuelan public hospitals and dispensaries has caused more than 170 health workers to die of COVID-19 as of mid-September. Of these, León Natera said, 100 were doctors.In the third week of September, Guaidó’s group was evaluating whether to extend this bonus to health workers beyond November, or if it will try to reach other public workers.last_img read more

Data use cases for credit unions: Chapter 1

first_img continue reading » Data Use Cases is an ongoing series showcasing real use cases of success that credit unions have had using data analytics to solve real world problems. Data analytics was once the sole domain of giant tech companies – Amazon’s suggestions “If you bought that you might like this”; Facebook’s algorithms that determine which of your friend’s posts you most want to see on your timeline; Google’s ability to propagate data about you so that when you search for something like “hotels in San Francisco” you start seeing ads for restaurants in San Francisco on other sites. With the proliferation of data across multiple systems, the increase in computing power at a decreasing price, and tools to extract and harness data, the science of data analytics to create solutions to business problems, also known as business intelligence, is being increasingly used by credit unions to make better decisions. And it’s not just the biggest credit unions introducing business intelligence through data analytics to their staff. Credit unions with under $500 million in assets are realizing that use cases for data analytics drive ROI, better member experiences, and increased product penetration across their member base. Almost ironically, it is the smaller credit unions that absolutely need to embrace the use of data analytics – they are the ones that need to remain competitive or be merged out of existence.Data Just For Data’s Sake – NOT!It’s important to keep in mind that no company, regardless of what industry, invests in data analytics just for the technology. The cost of the tools, the hardware (or more commonly, the cost of cloud storage), investment in staff such as business analysts and possibly a data scientist, consulting services to help get started, can represent not just a significant up-front investment, but an on-going cost that must be justified. The justification comes in the form of use cases – individual examples of data-driven decision-making that makes a difference in how members are rewarded, or sold-to, or what products are offered, or just making a member feel more connected to their credit union through targeted, meaningful campaigns. In fact, for a credit union that’s just embarking on the data analytics journey, the best way to start is with the end in mind. Pick a single use case, a single vexing problem to solve, ideally one that has a fairly high payback if solved correctly. There are many articles that talk about the intangible benefits of business intelligence. But credit unions, especially their CFOs, want to see a return on their investment. The following paragraphs are a few real use cases that credit unions have shown to prove out their investments. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Croatia has what others do not have – family accommodation

first_imgWhen 1000 people from all over Croatia appear at the conference in Zagreb on the first snowy weekend this year, despite the barely passable roads, it is a confirmation that they are very eager for new knowledge and the need for networking because they are aware that this is the only way they can be more successful. .The Fourth National Forum of Family Accommodation (FOS), held on February 2 and 3 in the Congress Hall of the Zagreb Fair, will be remembered not only for the excellent attendance and good organization, but also for the news that could be heard there, which should further strengthen the largest branch of tourism. markets in the country. The great response was also impressed by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who stated on stage that Croatia has what others do not have, and that is family accommodation!It was a moment of encouragement for those gathered that the state is aware of the importance of small private renters and wants to help them raise the quality of this service, which with 92.000 registered facilities makes up more than half of the domestic market. Cappelli said that finally this year we can expect recategorization and favorable HBOR loans for this type of accommodation with interest rates of up to 3 percent, which will be preceded by the adoption of changes in the law in the hospitality industry. He explained that this does not mean that someone will have to stop dealing with it due to high categorization due to high investment costs, but that the state will make it easier for him to invest since the quality of this accommodation is just as important as in camps and hotels.Today, the guest will rather pay more for an experience in a hut at 1000 meters altitude, where the host will prepare organic potatoes under the baking lid, than for a 5-course gala dinner in a hotel or restaurant.The first man of the European Association of Family Accommodation, Carlos Villaro Lassen, also landed at the Forum from Brussels, supporting the demand for household accommodation and higher-than-expected growth. Numerous online platforms that have built their businesses on the offer of accommodation have certainly contributed to this, as well as the ever-improving quality of the offer and the need to experience local communities and people. He confirmed that the trends are changing rapidly in favor of small household capacities, saying that 11 million beds were registered in hotels in Europe, and as many as 20 million in “short-term rental” facilities. While some European cities such as Berlin, Paris and Portugal are trying to suppress it, and some are even denying it, such as Venice, he cited Croatia as a country that has managed to adequately regulate it. Lassen personally congratulated Cappelli on our model of flat-rate taxation of household service providers and more than 540.000 registered beds, noting that we are cited in Europe as an example in creating legislative frameworks.That we managed to create recognition, we convincingly confirmed at last year’s awards ceremony for the best European holiday homes, where Croatia won in 4 of 8 categories. The winners (Villa Vista Zamask in Istria in the category of the most original house, Villa Sreser from Peljesac for the best house on the coast, Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle for the best family house and Villa Vadedija near Zminj for the best wellness house) were awarded by Lassen at the Forum.Photo: HGKAt the same time, the awards “Tourist flower-quality for Croatia 2017″ were awarded. in 11 categories, and the title of the best accommodation of the year was awarded to Linden Tree resort & ranch from Velika Plana. This intimate and luxurious refuge nestled on 50 hectares of the Velebit mountain also won in the category for the best eco-accommodation. The best accommodation for a family is Sunny Apartments in Zagreb, the best accommodation for an active vacation is Villa Falcon Rook from Konavle, the best accommodation for pets is the cottage Bobica from Pokupsko, the best accommodation without barriers is boarding house Mamica from Puscina, and the most original accommodation Bear’s Log from Rakovica. The award for the best accommodation in rural tourism went to B&B Tinka from Momjan, for the best accommodation in nature was chosen B&B Casa Rustica from Vodnjan, the best accommodation on the coast was Villa Evelyn from Fažana, and the best accommodation in the city was the apartment Emerald from Zagreb.On the first day, a panel was held on the possible impact of the recently postponed real estate tax on family tourism, where we heard that Croatia is not even close to its introduction because, as Željko Uhlir, State Secretary of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, said, we have only 3,5% data between land registers and cadastres, and we lack a real estate register. Assistant Director of the Tax Administration Marijana Vuraić Kudeljan confirmed that this tax is not currently a topic in the Ministry of Finance, and hopes that it will remain so, said Nedo Pinezić, one of the most deserving persons for the development of family accommodation in Croatia, saying that the introduction of new charges is unacceptable. just because we have too expensive and inefficient public administration.However, Luka Benko from the Zagreb Tourist Board showed that the rapid development of short-term rent should not be left to itself. In the last 10 years, private accommodation there has grown by an incredible 3181 percent! Not so long ago in 2007 there were only 57 renters in the city, and today there are 2954 of them with a total of 7121 beds. Such growth brings with it the other side of the coin. Out of 100 open facilities, 25 are closed, which means that this activity is not for those who think that it is enough to refresh the paint on the walls and change the bed linen and towels, and guests will flock in large numbers. To survive in an increasingly competitive market, it is necessary to understand the rules of the new digital revolution, market trends, finances, communication skills, speak foreign languages ​​and be original and excellent in the offer because guests are looking for the maximum for their money.What financially means short-term bed rental we heard from family accommodation advisor Anamarija Cicarelli, who showed the average annual amount of basic costs of a double apartment (which includes VAT on commission, price of advertising on portals, investment in real estate, overhead costs, cleaning, bed linen washing, welcome of guests and flat tax and sojourn tax) in the amount of 17.000 kn. Only when we take all this into account, we can create the price of our bed and see if it is achievable given the competition and the attractiveness of the destination. We saw that Croatia with an average price of 45 euros is cheaper than Montenegro and Slovenia, which is not in our interest because we really have something to offer and according to guest ratings and the latest Booking.com research, we are the best hosts in Europe. We strengthen the price by additional offer and connecting in clusters through the branding system, which is the only way to avoid the image of a cheap destination and sustainable tourism.One of the most interesting lectures was by Vanja Šebek from the University of Algebra on the life cycles of our users and their behavior on the Internet. This certified Google trainer explained how the user goes through 4 key stages before choosing a destination before becoming our guest, and the better we understand his habits, the sooner we will catch him in our network, i.e. sell him our bed. This process can take from a couple of hours to a year, and when the guest finally arrives, in 85% of cases it is only on the spot that he decides on the activities at the destination. By then we must already have enough information to offer him innovative content according to his wishes. “Learn from your guests because they are your mirror”, Said Sebek.RRIF advisor Ljerka Markota spoke about the tax obligations of household accommodation providers, emphasizing that everyone must have a VAT identification number and pay VAT on commission to foreign OTA platforms as small taxpayers because it is our obligation since joining the EU. The head of the Croatian Climate Change Panel, Vjeran Piršić, reminded that Croatia, like the rest of the world, is exposed to the negative effects of climate change, which also result in significant economic losses. Disasters such as prolonged droughts, floods or fires paralyze tourism, but this topic is often imposed too late only when disasters like last year’s fire in Dalmatia occur.The forum was best concluded by UNDP international tourism expert Tim Clancy, who said that we are our greatest strength and that today the guest would rather pay more for an experience in a hut at 1000 meters, where the host will prepare organic potatoes under the baking lid, than for a 5-course gala dinner at a hotel or restaurant. According to UNWTO estimates, the passion for travel will continue to grow in the coming period, and we are the ones who must attract them with original content and hospitality as promoters of the indigenous lifestyle. At the same time, we must be careful not to eat ourselves because of tourism, because as a small country we already have one of the highest tourist traffic densities in the EU of as many as 3 arrivals per capita.Otherwise, we could be hit by a Spanish or Italian scenario where their most visited destinations suffer greatly from the consequences of mass tourism. One of the founders of the concept of sustainable tourism, Jost Krippendorf, best described it in the eighties – “Where a growing crowd seeks rest, fewer and fewer find it”.Related news:MINISTER CAPPELLI ANNOUNCES RECATEGORIZATION OF FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AND FAVORABLE HBOR LOANSLINDEN TREE RETREAT & RANCHA FROM VELIKA PLANA NAMED THE BEST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION IN CROATIAlast_img read more

King Nadal continues Paris reign with record-equaling 20th Slam

first_imgSpaniard Rafael Nadal inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats on great rival Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on Sunday, thrashing the world number one 6-0 6-2 7-5 to lift a record-equaling 20th Grand Slam men’s singles title.Tennis fans would have been salivating at the prospect of another epic clash in one of the sport’s greatest rivalries but it proved to be one of the most one-sided Grand Slam finals in the Open era under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.The roof, which made its debut at this year’s rescheduled Grand Slam, was closed just before the start of play, sending fans and pundits on social media into a frenzy on which player would benefit from the indoor conditions. Most thought it would favor the Serbian’s game against the 34-year-old Nadal, who was bidding for a 13th title on the red claycourts at Roland Garros.But Nadal adapted brilliantly as he has done all fortnight to the new brand of balls and the much colder and wet conditions at this year’s event which started in late September rather than its usual May-June slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”Of course, we were hoping for a great final and this is not going to go down as a great final. I am more surprised, I didn’t think Rafa was going to play this well,” Eurosport tennis expert and seven-times Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said.The stakes were high for both players in their ninth meeting in a Grand Slam final – they were tied 4-4 previously – with the added incentive of lifting another major trophy in the battle to be considered the men’s “Greatest of all time”. Nadal has now tied Roger Federer’s haul of 20 majors with Djokovic, the last active player to beat the Spaniard at Roland Garros, three adrift.”To win here means everything. I don’t think today about the 20th and equal Roger on this great number, today is just a Roland Garros victory and that means everything to me,” the world number two said.”This love story I have with this city and this court is unforgettable.”The 39-year-old Federer, who has been recovering from knee surgery this year, congratulated his friend.”As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players,” Federer posted on Twitter, along with a photo of him with Nadal.”Therefore it is a true honor for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory.”Before the match Djokovic had said Roland Garros was Nadal’s home and the Spaniard did not once leave the door ajar for the Serbian to make a comeback into the match.Djokovic, 33, who had won five Grand Slam finals in a row since losing to Stan Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open, still leads Nadal 29-27 in career meetings but the scar of Sunday’s defeat will run deep.The drop shots on the slow claycourts served Djokovic well in earlier rounds and he used plenty of them in his opening game on Sunday but Nadal ran most of them down, blunting the Serbian’s weapon and gameplan.Djokovic struggled with his first serve and was unable to come up with a Plan B as Nadal continued to be the aggressor while making just two unforced errors in the opening set to hand his opponent a rare bagel in the opening set.Nadal showed exemplary athleticism and court coverage to get his racket to Djokovic’s crunching groundstrokes as the bewildered Serbian watched on, fast running out of ideas on how to win important points.In the second set there was no letup in intensity from Nadal, who continued to hit deep returns to keep his opponent pinned to the back of the baseline.Djokovic got on the board at the start of the second set after managing to save three breakpoints but Nadal maintained his iron grip by breaking the Serbian’s next two service games to take a 2-0 lead in the match.In a high-quality third set, Djokovic broke Nadal’s serve for the first time for 3-3 but dropped serve on a double fault in the 11th game before the left-hander went on to bag his 100th victory at Roland Garros with an ace.Topics :last_img read more

McIlroy keen on pre-Ryder Cup rest

first_img Victory in the Tour Championship would have seen McIlroy also win the overall FedEx Cup title and enjoy an amazing payday, but the world number one struggled to a closing 71 as playing partner Billy Horschel won both prizes instead. McIlroy and Horschel started the day tied for the lead but the Northern Irishman’s chances suffered a massive blow when he found water on the sixth to double bogey, while he also dropped shots on the ninth, 10th and 11th. Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking forward to seeing the back of his golf clubs for a few days after failing to land a £7million jackpot in Atlanta. “I was making bad swings at the wrong time and getting punished for them,” McIlroy told Sky Sports 4. “When Billy was making bogey on 10 I thought I had a decent chance and then I three-putt there for the second day in a row and I felt like any chance I had to win the golf tournament went.” Asked about his season overall, McIlroy added: “To win two majors, my first WGC event and give it a real good run in these FedEx events, I’m really proud of myself the way I hung in there and dug deep the last few weeks. When I look back on the year as a whole it’s been my best year to date so I can’t complain.” The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles from September 26-28 now looms large and McIlroy added: “I’m excited about it. I’m excited to take a few days off to be honest and then I will gear up for the Ryder Cup. “Right now I just want to get a bit of rest and not see my golf clubs for a few days. I want to be itching to get back on the range at the end of the week.” Horschel will not be in the United States’ team at Gleneagles as his brilliant run of form came after Tom Watson had chosen his three wild cards, the 27-year-old missing the cut in the first play-off event but then finishing runner-up in the Deutsche Bank Championship and winning the BMW Championship. “It’s unbelievable,” said Horschel, whose closing 68 gave him a three-shot win over McIlroy and Jim Furyk, who was tied for the lead with three holes remaining but bogeyed the 17th and 18th after Horschel reclaimed the lead with a birdie on the 15th. “I remember flying home (after The Barclays) and talking to my wife. She said you’re probably just waiting until the season is over because it hasn’t been a great year and I sort of was, but at the same time I knew my game was in the right shape and I just needed to get out of my own way, allow my golf game to show and it has showed the last three weeks.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stadiums to be split into ‘zones’ as Premier League returns

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League stadiums will be divided into three zones when the season resumes behind closed doors, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said Saturday.The Premier League will resume on June 17 after a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.Clubs met on Thursday to discuss logistics and safety protocols, with Brady saying stadiums would be divided into red, amber and green zones.“Red zone will be the most severely restricted area, including the pitch, the tunnel, technical areas, changing rooms will be limited to 105 people maximum, to include players, coaching staff, match officials and all the essential staff only,” Brady wrote in her Sun newspaper column.“And only those who have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past five days can enter this area…“The amber zone will be restricted to the minimum number of staff required to meet contractual requirements for broadcasting, media and club staff… And anyone entering this area will be subject to a temperature check and a health questionnaire. Share on: WhatsApp “And the green zone is the stadium exterior, eg car parking.”Players have been told they must not shake hands, spit or share drinks, while social distancing will be observed even in the dressing room and showers, with a 15-minute limit for pre-match talks by managers.“A new strict accreditation process will be developed, including an isolation room should someone unfortunately develop symptoms of COVID-19 whilst within the stadium,” Brady added.Television viewers will have access to 360 degree replays and pre-match tunnel shots, while players’ shirts will feature the logo of Britain’s state-run National Health Service.“So we are in good shape,” Brady said. “We are ready. We are raring to go.”last_img read more

Enhancing Our Estuary

first_imgAdvocates Brainstorm Ways to Improve the NY-NJ Harbor WatersBy Joseph SapiaKicking off a forum on the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice talked about its waters, a short distance away from where she stood.“These waters are essential,” Le Grice said. “I consider them our front yard.”The estuary’s 250 square miles of open water, along with its 1,600 miles of shoreline, basically runs from the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River to the north to Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay in the south, west to east from Perth Amboy to Sandy Hook. Associated with it are the various waterways that drain into it, including the Navesink River and Shrewsbury River.The New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program (HEP) is now developing an “action agenda” for 2017 for its five goal areas: water quality, habitat restoration, public access, a viable and sustainable port, and public education. So, it is reaching out to the public, groups interested in the estuary and government officials to develop the agenda.“We’re traveling around the estuary essentially to create a to-do list,” said Rob Pirani, program director for HEP, which is part of the Hudson River Foundation, a science and research group based in New York City.: Fishing on Sandy Hook Bay with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Manhattan skyline in the background haze.As HEP travels around, one of the stops was at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Center along Sandy Hook Bay, where Le Grice and others took part. The Monmouth County Environmental Council, which advises the county Planning Board, hosted the event on Thursday, May 26.About 20 or so people – a combination of Environmental Council members, government officials, representatives from environmental groups and the public – attended the Atlantic Highlands forum, asking questions and offering suggestions for the action list.Responses at the meeting included:— Cleaner water benefits swimming areas and shellfisheries.— Challenges to improving water quality are easy drainage to waters via impervious surfaces, lawn fertilizer pollutants and plastic litter finding its way into the water.— Key habitats are coastal wetlands, now threatened by such things as an invasion of phragmites grass; those for shellfish; and the lower end of the food chain.Another point that came up was public access to shorelines.“On the Navesink River, you can access the river, but you can’t park your car,” said Joe Reynolds, co-chair of the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council. “(Or)you can park your car, but you can’t access the river.”Regarding non-point source pollution entering the waterways via drainage, it was suggested perhaps people should be educated not to swim a day or two after it rains.Challenges to moving forward HEP’s goals, according to Pirani, are the dense development around the estuary, the area being home to 14 million people, and limited monies and political attention.“My personal sense is there’s many more people enjoying the water than before,” Pirani said.In Monmouth County, there are 26 miles of bayshore, said Kyle R. Clonan, an environmental specialist for the county Division of Planning and the division’s staff advisor to the Environmental Council.About 25 municipalities and 312,000 residents, or just under half the population of the county, are part of the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay watershed, Clonan said. The area is important for recreation, the environment and the economy, according to Clonan.Also, according the Michael Fedosh, chair of the Environmental Council, “The health of Raritan Bay impacts the health of the ocean in Monmouth County.”One of the attendees was Ebru Altinsoy, a member of the Environmental Council from Asbury Park.“I just want to learn and get involved as much as I can,” said Altinsoy, an environmental scientist.Another attendee – Ralph Wyndrum, chair of the Fair Haven Environmental Commission – said forums such as this one are good because they can educate people who would not know about these issues or specifics related to them.The HEP survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWZR9FQ.Upcoming Central Jersey forums on compiling HEP’s 2017 agenda are scheduled for:— June 9, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Keyport Borough Hall, 70 W. Front St. Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Baykeeper.— June 14, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlesex County Administration Building, Lower Level Tax Court, 75 Bayard St., New Brunswick. Sponsored by the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership.The Hudson River Foundation is at 17 Battery Place, Suite 915, New York, N.Y. 10004; 212-483-7667; hudsonriver.org.last_img read more

BEN’S DUCHESS TRIES TO REBOUND IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES; SADLER CHARGE PROMINENT IN FIELD OF NINE FILLIES & MARES GOING SEVEN FURLONGS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2016)–Doubledown Stables’ consistent Ben’s Duchess heads a field of nine older fillies and mares going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by John Sadler, Ben’s Duchess, who was an impressive 3 ¼ length winner of the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong L.A. Woman Stakes two starts back on Oct. 4, comes off a fourth place finish in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies here on Dec. 26.The La Brea was the only race in which the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings has been out of the money in 10 career starts, as she has a lifetime mark of 10-4-1-4, with earnings of $240,936. A bona fide sprinter, Ben’s Duchess has won at distances from 5 ½ to 6 ½ furlongs, but is winless in two tries at seven furlongs.A hard-hitting 6-year-old mare, Living The Life was a Grade II winner going 6 ½ furlongs on synthetic two starts back on Sept. 7 at Presque Isle Downs (near Erie, Pa.), and she shortens up off a troubled sixth in the Grade II, one mile turf Goldikova Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 1.An Irish-bred who had raced exclusively in England prior to coming to trainer Gary Mandella’s barn in the summer of 2014, Living The Life has acclimated well, winning four of nine stateside starts. Owned by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing, LLC, Living The Life is 12-4-3-2 at seven furlongs and she’s          28-9-5-2 overall with earnings of $791,704.A winner of the Grade II Monrovia Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, trainer Jim Cassidy’s classy Prize Exhibit, who has three Southern California graded stakes wins on turf to her credit, will try to transfer that form to the main track in the Santa Monica. Owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old filly will try natural dirt for the first time in her 21st career start. With six wins from 20 lifetime tries, she has earnings of $530,800.Second, beaten a nose, by eventual Eclipse Award winner Stellar Wind in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Summertime Oaks here four starts back on June 20, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Tara’s Tango seeks her first graded stakes win for Jerry Hollendorfer.The complete field for the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 123; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 118; Kiss At Midnight, Gary Stevens, 118; Lost Bus, Fernando Perez, 118; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 118; Room for Me, Martin Garcia, 118; Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 123; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 118, and Finest City, Corey Nakatani, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

SANTA ANITA TO STAGE KENTUCKY DERBY DAY HAT CONTEST ON MAY 7; $1,000 CASH PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TO FIRST PLACE WINNER IN THREE CATEGORIES

first_imgONE RANDOMLY SELECTED WINNER COULD WIN A 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC COURTESY OF RUSNAK/ARCADIA ON JULY 4 AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE ARCADIA, Calif. (April 27, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which has served as a launching pad for three out of the last four Kentucky Derby winners, will host a trend-setting Kentucky Derby Hat Contest on Derby Day, Saturday, May 7.A $1,000 top cash prize will be awarded in three different categories–Best Hat, Best Fascinator and Best Overall Fashion. The contest is open to both men and women, 18 and older and is free of charge to enter on Derby Day in person, or online at santaanita.com/events in advance.For those signing up on-track, there will be an event tent located in the East Paddock Gardens that will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (With a large Derby Day crowd expected, participants are encouraged to register online).A total of 15 finalists (five in each category) will be selected by a panel of judges and these names will be announced and contestants notified prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby, with all finalists required to report to the Winner’s Circle.In addition to the $1,000 top cash prize in each category, all second place finishers will receive a $200 gift card redeemable at Santa Anita’s Champions! Gifts and Apparel and all third place finishers will receive a $100 gift card.As a special bonus, one of the top three prize winners will be selected at random to also receive an automatic entry into the finals for a chance to take home a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia on July 4, 2016 at The Great Race Place. Complete rules and restrictions are available at santaanita.com/events and on-track at the THOROUGHBREDS center on the Grandstand main floor.Santa Anita’s admission gates open early on Derby Day at 7:15 a.m. and first live race post time is at 12 noon. Post time for the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs is at approximately 3:40 p.m. PST.last_img read more