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first_imgBill Oxford/iStockBY: JOSH MARGOLIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — What started as a bizarre and bogus conspiracy theory involving the novel coronavirus in Britain has apparently crossed the Atlantic Ocean, U.S. law enforcement officials believe, and they are now increasingly worried about the possibility for real-world violence.“We assess conspiracy theories linking the spread of COVID-19 to the expansion of the 5G cellular network are inciting attacks against the communications infrastructure globally and that these threats probably will increase as the disease continues to spread, including calls for violence against telecommunications workers,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported Wednesday in an intelligence report obtained by ABC News.“Violent extremists have drawn from misinformation campaigns online that claim wireless infrastructure is deleterious to human health and helps spread COVID-19, resulting in a global effort by like-minded individuals to share operational guidance and justification for conducting attacks against 5G infrastructure, some of which have already prompted arson and physical attacks against cell towers in several US states,” the report concluded.The assessment was followed on Thursday by a joint intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI, DHS and the National Counterterrorism Center. Both documents were distributed to senior federal officials and law enforcement agencies around the country.The federal officials who wrote the DHS analysis could not be more pointed about the seriousness of their concerns, saying the bulletin was “intended to highlight targeting and attacks globally against critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic and advise of online threats against critical infrastructure made by individuals including domestic violent extremists in the United States and others possibly driven by conspiracy theories. Critical infrastructure has been a longstanding target of (domestic terrorists) and current targeting observed appears to be focused primarily on locations associated with the (5G network) and the electric grid.”The conspiracy theory is totally bogus and has zero connection to legitimate science, according to numerous experts who have researched the question and have been interviewed by ABC News. Once confined to the fringe of the internet, the theory says coronavirus is caused or spread by 5G technology, which is being constructed throughout Western Europe and the US as a means of improving phone and computer communications.Eileen Culloty, a researcher specializing in countering disinformation at Dublin City University, told ABC News last month that “theories about 5G have been around for years, but were mostly confined to the fringes… For some people, the dramatic upheaval of COVID-19 demands an equally dramatic explanation. That’s the core appeal of a conspiracy theory — it reduces complexity and coincidence into a simple narrative and points at someone or something to blame.”As the pandemic first began to appear outside of China early this year, fears were heightened among law enforcement when a series of cell towers around Britain were targeted in unexplained arson attacks. By mid-April officials in the UK and US agreed the attacks were likely the result of the online paranoia having jumped from the screen to the real world.Similar incidents have now been reported in the U.S., according to the federal documents.“Since December 2019, unidentified actors conducted at least five arson incidents targeting cell towers in Memphis, Tenn., that resulted in more than $100,000 in damages,” the DHS reports say. “Additionally, 14 cell towers in western Tennessee, between February and April, were purposely turned off by way of disabling their electrical breakers,” according to separate DHS field intelligence reporting. In April, arsonists set fire to a major cell tower in Portland, Ore., damaging electrical components at the base of the structure.”Internationally, incidents were also reported in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, according to the documents obtained by ABC News. On top of that, union officials in England reported that “telecommunications workers have been threatened with physical violence in light of conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the spread of COVID-19.”The chatter about 5G towers boiled over into an April 22 Facebook posting that “encouraged individuals associated with anarchist extremist ideology to commit acts of sabotage by attacking buildings and 5G towers around the world…in furtherance of an ‘International Day of Sabotage,’” the bulletin said.Videos have also been posted online, showing people how to damage or destroy cell towers, according to the bulletin.While many try to dismiss internet craziness as words without significance, experts fear the arson incidents could become another conspiracy like “Pizzagate,” which circulated during the 2016 presidential election campaign. In that case, false allegations that a Washington, D.C., pizzeria was a front for a human-trafficking and a child-sex ring were spread online by a number of far-right commentators, leading ultimately to a shooting without injuries at the restaurant in 2016. The shooter later told authorities he went to the restaurant to rescue the “victims” he had heard about.The 5G conspiracy, unlike Pizzagate, has attracted people from across the political and ideological spectrum, according to intelligence analysts.“We are seeing more people spreading these conspiracies, but equally disturbing is that more Americans seem to be believing them,” said ABC News contributor John Cohen, who used to oversee DHS intelligence operations as the acting undersecretary of the department. “In some cases, those people that believe the conspiracy theories commit destructive and violent acts as a result. This can be dangerous.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe first two cases of coronavirus in Palm Beach County and five more in Broward County were confirmed, among 15 new ones in the state announced Thursday night by the Florida Department of Health.The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Florida stands at 50, including 42 people currently in the state, according to the department.The Palm Beach County cases are two males in their 70s and both are travel related. The department said they will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.The 73-year-old’s case is associated with a Nile River Cruise/Tour in Egypt and the 74-year-old man’s case is associated with travel to Europe.Two other cases have been linked to Palm Beach County. A 37-year-old New York man who remains in quarantine inside his parents home in South Florida after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport aboard a JetBlue flight from New York on Wednesday night. Passenger Scott Rodman told WPTV the man found out he tested positive while on the flight.On Sunday, the Health Department in Palm Beach County announced a Pennsylvania person who attended a Palm Beach County convention in February tested positive for the virus.Eleven cases are linked to Broward County.Three of the cases announced late Thursday are travel related in Broward County — a 25-year-old female, a 36-year-old male and a 20-year-old female who is a Texas resident who went to Europe. It is unclear whether a 28-year-old wman’s case is travel related, and a 68-year old female is associated with Port Everglades.Four cases are associated with Port Everglades — all connected to or employed by Metro Cruise ServicesThe 20-year-old victim is the youngest case in the state. The oldest is an 81-year-old woman in Manatee County.Two additional cases in Broward were announced earlier Tuesday — men who are 61 and 65.On Tuesday, Broward County officials declared a state of emergency.Three other cases in the state are travel related: a 24-year old female in Alachua County, a 49-year old female who is a Hillsborough County resident associated with travel to Europe and a 70-year old male in Volusia County who is associated with a Nile River Cruise/Tour in Egypt.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Trump is speaking out against some proposals to reduce or defund police departments saying it will never happen.But, defunding the police is a rallying cry for protesters and some Democrats including Representative Ilhan Omar who represents Minneapolis in Congress.Calls to defund police departments are growing here in South Florida including in Broward County as well.Protesters in Fort Lauderdale yesterday rallied at Holiday Park and marched into Wilton Manors.An organizer says police violence has not stopped despite more de-escalation training, so she’s hoping city officials will cut ten million dollars from the police budget. She says she wants that money redirected into social programs that fight discrimination.John Kazanjian, President of the Palm Beach County PBA spoke with Jen and Bill this morning on the South Florida Morning show about the prospect of defunding the police. He said it would be “very dangerous” and the police unions will fight it.Listen to the full interview here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/John-Kazanjian-interview-6-9-20.mp3last_img read more

first_imgFormer boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sits in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout as he waits to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Where Only the Truth Matters• And there’s no greater truth than this – without Tiger Woods in the Masters, the viewing percentage was down 46%.  “You know . . . that’s too much power for one man!”• I had the great opportunity to witness and interview “Iron Mike” Tyson Thursday afternoon at the Capital Grille Downtown Pittsburgh, but trust me, this was not your grandfather’s Mike Tyson.  Not the man that said his objective in the ring was to kill his opponent . . . and eat his children!  No.  This is a changed man and in a few weeks I’ll bring you the exclusive and all the details.  But not here.  No way.  Big time.  You’re gonna have to buy a Courier.  And I say that cause I know you’re tighter than ten toes in a sock and you’re the only one in Pittsburgh that doesn’t subscribe.• Hey, here’s a new sport.  It’s called Sue the Bully or the Parents of the Bully, or the School System that doesn’t bring it to an immediate end.  Sue their sorry butts until they all truly understand . . . there is now a zero tolerance for bullies!• You’re just gonna love this, I promise – – – – – I don’t know if you heard it through the grapevine, but there’s a sideshow gonna begin and it’s expected to be a fantastic voyage.  The keeper’s of the castle the one and only Champion Enterprises . . . the hardest working people in show business bring you First Friday Fantasies starting Friday, May 2nd and continuing through till October and you can “bet your last money it’s gonna be a stone gas honey!” cause everybody’s going to be there.  We got people coming from everywhere . . . Jodi Rieley, the Backstabbers, Mickey’s Monkey, My Girl, a Do Right Woman and a Do Right Man and of course it’s not a ball of confusion without Papa and his Brand New Bag.  Now those of you that are Superfly truly got that rap, but for you Sly Slick and Wickit folks, let me break in town for ya.  Friday, May 2nd – the Brewstone Restaurant in Monroeville, William Penn Highway, across from Sheets – 8:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. – free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen till midnight – 50/50 – the legend Sly Jock – the Fabulous Allure Models – and special guest Pitt All-American Jennifer Bruce . . . Duquesne University legend and Boston Celtic draftee B.B. Flenory and 4-time Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Champion J.T. Thomas, and all this for only $10 at the door.  Brought to you by the United Rays Corvette Club, Turning Corners Youth Organization and Penn Avenue McDonald’s.  For more information, call (412) 628-4856.  Now let’s get this party started and dance to the break of dawn!  (Oooohhhh Man I’m Good!)You Have Just Crossed the Finish Linelast_img read more

first_imgLITTLE SILVER- Red Bank Regional Creative Writing Majors in the Visual & Performing Arts Academy once again earned a bounty of awards in the prestigious national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Four students won national awards with Jordan Fleming of Red Bank winning a gold medal. Silver medals went to: Skylar Ebe, Willow Martin, and Mya Nunnally. Selected students will be invited with their teacher, Dr. Gretna Wilkinson, to attend the award ceremonies at Carnegie Hall on June 2. National winners represent less than 1 percent of nearly 320,000 works of art and writing submitted. Student works are submitted from all over the nation. Fleming and other gold medalist winners will have their work displayed at the National Exhibition at the New School Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery from June 2 to 12.last_img read more

first_imgInjury list reportThe list of players on the Leafs injury continues to be very long for a team wanting to make a long trek into the post season.A quick scan of the defence sees Dash Thompson questionable while Aigne McGeady-Bruce and Max Daerendinger are both out for the series.Daerendinger was injured during Friday loss to Spokane Braves.Forward Blair Andrews is day-to-day while defenceman Smith and forward Eamonn Miller are both expected back in the lineup Tuesday.Major Midgets to the rescueTo fill out the Leafs lineup, DiBella has put in a call to Kootenay Ice coach Brian Jones to ask for the services of defencemen Brendan Mckay and Kaleb Comishin and forward Riley Swiscoski.Williams to start Game oneDiBella is happy with the play of netminder Josh Williams to give the former Alberta Junior Hockey goalie the start in Game one.Williams came to the Leafs at the January roster deadline from Bonnyville Pontiacs.Williams, 18, was injured for most of the latter part of the season, playing in only three games — two against Creston and Spokane the last week of the season.DiBella said no decision has been made on which goalie — Williams or Patrick Ostermann — would start Game three. Following the decision to forfeit their final game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League 2015-16 regular season Sunday against Grand Forks, the Nelson Leafs now turn to face a humungous task as the Heritage City franchise prepares to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.The banged-up Leafs face a Broad-Street-Bully-like Nitehawk team that won the season series against the Green and White, finishing 33 points ahead of the fourth-place club with a 34-11-4-0-3 mark.Still the Leafs refuse to back down heading into Game one of the best-of-seven series that begins Tuesday in Fruitvale.“We have to use our team speed to chip pucks past them and rely on the refereeing to look after the clutching and grabbing and late hits,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella on the eve of the series.Of course it’s been well documented the Leafs plight over the past few weeks icing a lineup.Playing a schedule down the stretch that saw the team play eight games in 15 days in February, the Leafs saw player after the player spend time with the training staff.However, the coaching staff is optimistic the Leafs can give the Nitehawks a run provided key players return to the lineup.“I think if we get these (injured) players back in the lineup, some who are impact players who might take a game to shake out the cobwebs, but I know this team is a very competitive group that are excited about starting the playoff run,” DiBella explained.Game two of the series goes Wednesday in Fruitvale with the series shifting back to Nelson Friday and Saturday for games three and four at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

first_imgThe first action of the morning again focused on the Santa Anita turf track where eight of the European contenders took to the track to stretch their legs for the third day in a row.The Sir Michael Stoute trained pair of Ulysses (Turf) and Queen’s Trust (Filly & Mare Turf) led the way. Kevin Bradshaw (Ulysses) and James Savage (Queen’s Trust) stepped up the pace from Wednesday and having jogged to the 4f pole quickened the tempo, and breezed nicely down the home stretch.Third out on to the track was the German challenger Spectre (Mile) with regular work rider Valentine Bulthoof in the saddle. The 3yo put in the most serious piece of work of any of any of the Europeans so far, and having done a steady canter of half a circuit the daughter of Siyouni was asked to really stretch her legs from the 4f pole.The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained Karar (Turf Sprint) also did a nice breeze down the home stretch having limbered up with a gentle canter. Afterward Graffard said, “Everything is fine with my horse, and I think he is in good form.”James Doyle was on board Dutch Connection, who he will be partnering in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday afternoon. The pair trotted for half a circuit before picking up the pace and breezing down the home stretch.Limato (Mile) followed closely behind with race day pilot Harry Bentley on board and did a very similar piece of work to Dutch Connection. Trainer Henry Candy was trackside along with owner Paul Jacobs to witness Limato being put through his paces. Afterward Candy said of his horse, “Limato is the best horse I have trained, and he is very happy which makes me happy too. I put him through the stalls this morning, as I thought that was the right thing to do with him this morning, and Harry (Bentley) said he was as quick out of the gate as he has ever been. He’s a handful to get a saddle on, but after that he’s very professional. I’m looking forward to Saturday.”Danny Tudhope, who has a very successful liaison with Mondialiste (Turf) was once again re-united with the Arlington Million winner and with trainer David O’Meara trackside to supervise the work the son of Galileo jogged for a three furlongs before gradually stepping up the pace and coming home nicely down the home stretch. “He’s in good form” Tudhope said. “I think that he will handle the extra distance on Saturday, he stayed on well in the Arlington Million, so upping him in trip shouldn’t be a problem.”Stable companion Suedois (Turf Sprint) was following closely behind and was also doing a similar piece of work when something went amiss and rider Colin Bolger reduced the colt to a walk for the final two furlongs. Suedois was taken off the track in a horse ambulance, and was subsequently diagnosed as having suffered a stress fracture of the off fore hoof. O’Meara confirmed the horse was scratched from Saturday’s race. “Unfortunately, he has a stress fracture, but he will be OK in the long run, and will race again next year,” he said.Intricately (Juvenile Fillies Turf) once again took to the main track with the trainer’s younger brother Donnacha once again in the saddle. The daughter of Fastnet Rock did nothing different to that of the previous two days and walked a circuit of the track before returning back to the barn.French raider Cavale Doree also went out on to the main track and cantered for three-quarters of a lap.Having finally cleared quarantine the Aidan O’Brien team from Ballydoyle all went out on to stretch their legs. All 12 walked for half a circuit of the track before turning around and doing a gentle canter down the home stretch. Alice Springs (Mile) looked particularly well and her trainer Aidan O’Brien said of her. “She’s thrived since she got here, she’ll like the fast ground and she has a lot of speed.”Found (Turf) also looked totally at home and was very calm and relaxed and her work rider reported the 4yo to be “absolutely bouncing.” Seventh Heaven, who lines up in Saturday’s Filly & Mare Turf also was reported to be in “very fine form.” $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Kitcat – Chile’s Filly & Mare Turf hopeful Kitcat, galloped one lap around the training track at 6 a.m. with exercise rider Cristian Marin, reported Sebastian Silva, son of trainer Juan Silva. “She did it a little faster than routinely, not as leisurely. The filly is doing really well.”Asked about what he hopes to see in the Filly & Mare Turf, Silva said, “I would like to see a clean run race as it is very probable it will be one. To win it all that is require is a touch of luck and hopefully we can achieve a good result for South America and Chile.”For Silva and family, a start in the Breeders’ Cup World Championship is a dream come true.“My family functions like a team and I represent in this case owner Stud Vendaval. My father Juan has been training race horses for more than 50 years. He always told me that one of his dreams was to start one of his horses here in the United States in a prestigious event as the Breeders’ Cup so you can imagine the emotion. We are very happy obviously and I personally feel realized and satisfied with everything that has been done through this point. Obviously we are running against world class fillies and mares but we don’t feel inferior to them, the mare is doing very well and we are optimistic.”Kitcat, a 4yo daughter of Scat Daddy punched her ticket to the Filly & Mare Turf by capturing the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella over males and older horses in Santiago on May 22. $4 Million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile Da Big Hoss – Skychai Racing’s Mike Maker-trained Da Big Hoss left Barn 56 at 6:30 a.m. with his conditioner looking on and proceeded to gallop a mile around the Santa Anita main track under exercise rider Joel Barrientos and then school in the gate. Sixth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, he will attempt to win his fifth consecutive stakes Saturday in his return to the $4 million event. Catch a Glimpse – Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler and Windways Farm’s 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Catch a Glimpse left Barn 59 at 8:30 a.m. and galloped a mile for trainer Mark Casse. The seven-time graded stakes-winning daughter of City Zip lines up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Saturday. Ectot – Al Shaqab Racing and Gerard Normand’s Ectot galloped 1 3/8m at Santa Anita Thursday morning for a scheduled start in Saturday’s Turf.The 5yo son of Hurricane Run broke through with a five-length victory in his third U.S. start in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Oct. 10. A Group 1 stakes winner in Europe, Ectot had finished fourth in a restricted stakes and second in an optional claiming allowance at Saratoga.“It seemed leading up to that race, he was rounding into form. Those two races under his belt brought him forward. I think he’s trained even better since then,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “It’s a combination of a number of things, getting a few starts off an extended layoff, getting that fitness level again, acclimating a little longer to the U.S., all those things played a role in it.” Midnight Storm – Galloped one mile on the training track under exercise rider Norberto Olguin.“He’s won three straight graded stakes races and he’s trained very well,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “Last year the turf course at Keeneland was very soft and didn’t favor California turf horses that are used to firmer footing, especially my two. This year we’re going to get firmer surface and I expect them (Midnight Storm and Turf Sprint entrant Obviously) to run creditable races.” Miss Temple City/Ring Weekend – The Club Racing and Allen Rosenblum’s Miss Temple City galloped 1 1/2m Thursday at Santa Anita for a scheduled start in the Mile.The 4yo daughter of Temple City recorded her second triumph over males this year in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland Oct. 8 after scoring in the Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in the spring.“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained. I never had a filly that could beat the boys. I never would have even considered it,” trainer Graham Motion said. “I guess I have to thank Tepin for that. I never would have tried it. I never had a filly that I would have considered running against the boys.”Instead of running Miss Temple City against defending Mile champion Tepin in the Jenny Wiley for fillies and mares at Keeneland last spring, Motion opted for the Maker’s 46 Mile. He opted for the Shadwell Turf Mile instead of running his filly in the First Lady in the fall. The Mile will be the first meeting between Miss Temple City and Tepin, who was upset by Photo Call in the First Lady.“We have to face the music and I think this is the right time to do it. It goes beyond Tepin. It’s a very deep race but she’s still the horse to beat,” Motion said. “I have the utmost respect for Tepin. She’s got one chink in her armor and that was last time out. She probably got caught up in what was an awkward pace scenario, an awkward pace. Even the best can get caught up in that.”Miss Temple City is an imposing specimen who obviously can handle the physical demands of doing battle with males.“Physically, she is a very strong horse, but she is just very good. She’s very fast. She’s got an incredible turn of foot. At the end of the day, it’s just talent. It’s just happened that the days she’s shown it came when she was running against the boys,” Motion said. “Really, with better scenarios she could have won any of those other races. She got beat (a neck) in the Diana and a jump after the wire she was in front.”St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend also galloped 1 ½m Thursday morning.The 5yo son of Tapit, who won the Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March 2015 before being sidelined by a foot infection for 10 months, has run only four times this year, including a victory in the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga in September.“He loves this turf course. He’s a very talented horse. I told Terry (Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds) at the beginning of the year that this was the race I wanted to run him in, so it’s not like we did this at the last minute,” Motion said. “How we got here is a little bit unorthodox, but the thing I like is that he’s lightly raced. I like coming here with lightly raced horses at the end of the year. I think that helps you.” Metaboss – Turf hopeful Metaboss fractured a sesamoid on the right front ankle galloping on the Turf Wednesday and was scratched from the race.“Not life threatening but definitely career ending,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “He should live a good long life, unaffected, but his career has to end. I give a lot of credit to my exercise rider Jose Dominguez. As soon as he felt something he wrapped up on him and pulled him up right away. He made sure it didn’t get any worse and I give him a lot of credit.“(Metaboss) is fine today and we’ll heal him up and hopefully find a place for him at stud somewhere.”A 4yo son of Street Boss owned by Blue Skies Stables et al, Metaboss finished with a career record of 12 starts, three wins, two seconds and two thirds and earnings of $300,420.Displaying dynamic late rushes the chestnut colt had finished second, beaten only a nose by Ashleyluvssugar in the Del Mar Handicap in August and was fourth to the same rival when favored in the John Henry Turf Championship on Oct. 2 at Santa Anita.center_img Tepin – Six-time Grade I winner and defending Breeders’ Cup Mile champion Tepin continues to impress in the mornings for owner Robert Masterson and trainer Mark Casse. The 5yo daughter of Bernstein looks to end her season the way she did in 2015 on Saturday, with a victory in the Mile, when she breaks from post eight in a full field of 14 horses. On Thursday morning, she left Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. in company with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf contender Keep Quiet and galloped 1 ½ m on Santa Anita’s main track under the watchful gaze of assistant trainer Norman Casse.“She loves to train, she loves breezing and she loves racing,” Norman Casse said. “Obviously she’s super-fast and talented, but most importantly she loves what she does. She’s the epitome of a racehorse. Once (regular rider) Julien (Leparoux) got on her, he helped teach her how to be more professional and avoid being rank early on and that made her a much more effective racehorse.”Since teaming up with Leparoux, the bay mare is 11-for-14, including all of her aforementioned top-level wins, while two of her three losses came by a head and nose. In June, the pair made history when Tepin became the first American horse to win the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes – considered by many to be one of the toughest mile races in the world. Since then, she has raced twice, including a half-length tally in the Woodbine Mile and a shocking runner-up effort last out to loose-on-the-lead Photo Call as the 2-5 favorite versus nine of her own sex in the First Lady at Keeneland. She is 3-for-3 against males in open company, all in Grade/Group 1 turf miles.“I don’t think she was 100-percent fit going into Woodbine and then we took it easier on her after that, thinking she would regress a little off that effort,” Norm Casse said. “You’re more likely to bounce if you’re not 100 percent going into a race and run big like that. So, even though we expected her to win at Keeneland, we knew we had taken it easy on her. This should be her best race and I think she’s sitting on her best effort. She’s 100 percent now.”“I think every horse is different when it comes to bringing them back from going overseas,” Mark Casse added. “For us it was tougher with her because it’s too hot in the summer where she enjoys training the most, at Churchill (Downs) in Kentucky. So we had to give her a little break and at the same time get her ready on a surface that she doesn’t necessarily care for. Right now we’ve got her in a pattern that she likes.“She’s also become smarter as she’s got older, which makes her tougher to get ready because she doesn’t put a lot of effort into her training,” he continued. “That’s the reason we ran her at Keeneland. She likes to be on a pattern where she’s running every four or five weeks and we would have had to go seven weeks if she didn’t run. She got something out of it, but she didn’t exhaust herself. Celestine (third place in the First Lady) is a great filly in her own right and Tepin pulled away from her by three lengths and Photo Call won’t get the same set up this time, so I try to look at it that way. One of the things that makes her great is her quick turn of foot off the turn, which she should be able to use here better than at Woodbine.”The earner of $4 million may not be done competing on an international level after this season, according to the elder Casse. If all goes optimally, the 13-time winner from 22 starts may attempt to add a fourth country of Grade/Group 1 glory in 2017.“First we’re looking at Saturday and then if she runs the way we expect her to, we’ll talk about Dubai (the Group 1 $6 million Dubai Turf in late March),” Mark Casse said. “Right now her focus is so strong, she’s laid back and ready. She’s the best horse I’ve trained.” Al’s Gal – Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Mike Maker-trained last-out Grade I winner Al’s Gal left Barn 56 at 7 a.m. and proceeded to gallop a mile around the Santa Anita main track under exercise rider Joel Barrientos and then school in the gate. Sentiero Italia – Godolphin Racing’s 4yo filly galloped 1 1/2m for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Thursday morning. Using aggressive tactics, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was the runner-up to Lady Eli in the Flower Bowl Oct. 8. She faces Lady Eli and the third-place runner Sea Calisi again in the Filly & Mare Turf.“You just have to hope that the race shape is different,” McLaughlin said. “We went to the lead last time because I instructed Joel (Rosario) to because I saw no pace. It was a strategic move to do it and it almost worked. We were second to Lady Eli. Now, this race, it looks there is plenty of speed so we might have a better trip laying third or fourth and see how it goes and get the jump on her. She’s doing very well.” Ironicus – Stuart Janney III’s Ironicus galloped 1 1/4m Thursday while preparing for Saturday’s Mile at Santa Anita.The 5yo son of Distorted Humor has finished no worse than third in 11 consecutive turf starts since debuting with an off-the-board finish on dirt in November 2013.“He likes it. He likes to train and he loves to run,” trainer Shug McGaughey said. “He’s got a good pedigree. He’s just one of those horses. He’s a good horse.”Ironicus began his year with a victory in the Fort Marcy at Belmont in May before finishing second behind Flintshire following a troubled trip in the Manhattan in June. Following a four-month layoff, the gray one-run specialist surged from far back late to finish second, a head behind Miss Temple City, in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.“He’s got a strong kick. When he kicks, he kicks hard. He’s gotten beat a couple times because he didn’t get the trip, which is part of grass racing,” McGaughey said. “Last time he didn’t get the trip and in the Manhattan, if we got the trip Flintshire got, I think we probably would have won. The same thing will happen here – he’ll kick, it’s just a matter of what kind of trip he gets.” Flintshire/Money Multiplier – Like their other 10 stablemates in trainer Chad Brown’s barn, they galloped approximately 1 3/8m Thursday morning. After they cooled out and were bathed, Flintshire and Money Multiplier went to the paddock to be schooled.Two years ago, Flintshire, the Juddmonte Farms’ globetrotting 6yo homebred, finished second by a half-length to Main Sequence in the Turf at Santa Anita. He was moved to Brown’s care this year with the Turf as his late-season goal and has won three of four starts. The only blemish was a second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic over yielding ground that he did not like.“The horse is doing great,” Brown said. “He should appreciate firm turf. It’s a really tough race. It’s supposed to be for $4 million. Hopefully he gets a good trip.”Flintshire has earned $8.9 million during his career and is the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence often give their horses names from the world of finance that owners Lawrence and Seth Klarman operate in. The money multiplier is the increase in the amount of cash in circulation generated by the banks’ ability to lend money out of their depositors’ funds. Photo Call – Teresa Viola Racing Stables’ Photo Call galloped 1 ¼m Thursday morning at Santa Anita for a start in Saturday’s Mile.The 5yo daughter of Galileo captured the First Lady at Keeneland by 2 ¾ lengths ahead of defending Mile champion, Tepin leading by as many as 10 lengths while setting the pace under Kent Desormeaux. Lady Eli/Sea Calisi – Trainer Chad Brown’s Filly & Mare Turf runners both galloped 1 3/8m and then went to the paddock for schooling Thursday.Star-crossed Lady Eli, whose brilliant career was put on hold for a year by a bout with the hoof ailment laminitis, has had a successful return, with a win and a second in two starts, and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. She won the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita two years ago. There is tremendous interest in her story and how she has managed to beat the odds and come back from life-threatening laminitis.“It’s very rare, but she’s a very rare horse,” Brown said.Although she has been entered in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Brown said that he has been told that the 4yo filly owned by Sheep Pond Partners will continue her racing career in 2017. Winning another Breeders’ Cup race seemed like an impossible goal a year ago when her connections were just hoping that she could survive.“It already is an incredible story, but it would have an incredible new chapter, if she is able to do this,” he said. “I think it would secure her place in history as one of the all-time greats.” Overseas Horses Ashleyluvssugar – Peter Eurton’s trainee Ashleyluvssugar went to the main track shortly after 5 a.m. and galloped 1 1/4m under regular exercise rider Eddie Inda in preparation for Saturday’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.The 5yo grandson of Danzig has become a favorite of Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.“He’s got a great record here at Santa Anita, which is his home and favorite track, Stevens said. “He never runs a dull race and shows up every time. He is very reliable. He’s become one of my favorite horses of all times, he’s a character, he’s got a great personality and he loves to run.”Ashleyluvssugar enters the Turf off back-to-back wins in the John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar Handicap at Del Mar.last_img read more

first_imgFilipino powerlifter Eduardo Munarriz has yet to begin his campaign in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.But he’s already won the hearts of thousands after being featured on the world renowned Humans of New York (@humansofny) Instagram account, which currently has 8.8 million followers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img In the post, Munarriz shared a short story about how he pictures himself as a leader of a team of superheroes. He then, went on to stress how a leader should be and that winning isn’t really everything but family and friendship are.“I have twenty superheroes that I keep in a folder on my phone and I take it out to look at them, and I pretend that I am the leader of an entire superhero team. The whole team is counting on me to get as strong as possible because I am the muscle of the team. Being the biggest is like a way to take charge. It doesn’t even matter if I have super powers because I can use my own true strength, and the barbell is like a type of weapon. It’s important as a leader to always listen to your team. Our whole team decided together that friendship is more important than winning. Nobody will be mad at me if I lose. They don’t care if I bring home a medal. My family and my friends and Coach John and everyone in the Philippines will be proud of me even just for lifting weights,” the post read.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMunarriz is one of three Filipino powerlifters participating in the Special Olympics. The other two are Joanna Aquino Yabes and Marlon Tindoc, who had already won the bronze medal in the squat attempt.The 20-year-old Munarriz takes his turn on the stage Wednesday. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying A big feat Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But regardless of what the results may be, Munarriz has already made his case that not all superheroes wear capes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

first_imgSharon Begley, writing in the Wall Street Journal May 20, was pretty angry that an evolutionary psychologist tried to give an evolutionary explanation for why men murder women.  She called the theory by Dr. David Buss (U. of Texas, Austin) a just-so story and bad science.  In his book, “The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill,” Buss had portrayed murder of women as an adaptive strategy for some males to leave more offspring than competitors.  Not only is this theory “offensive and wrong,” Begley charged, it it is a ludicrous idea – even in evolutionary terms:As evolutionary theory, this is ludicrous.  Killing the owner of the uterus that is your only current chance to get your genes into the next generation (the evolutionary imperative), especially if she is caring for your current children and has a father or brothers who take exception to your uxoricide, is an excellent way to a dead end personally and genealogically.  Being the target of angry in-laws, not to mention life imprisonment or lethal injection, tends to limit one’s reproductive opportunities. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Why would this adaptation, she continues, work only in humans but not other species?  She quotes Jaak Panksepp, who counters, “Only a few species [like insects] kill their mating partners, and the killing is usually done by females.”  He called the ideas of Buss “ugly evolutionary icing with no basis.”  Begley ends by discounting the scientific objectivity of such storytelling:The claim that works like “Murderer Next Door” are merely following data objectively in a search for truth is getting tiresome.  The very decision to seek a “scientific” validation for killing women represents a value judgment.  The fact that the claim makes no sense scientifically is almost secondary to that.And now, the rebuttal.  Dr. Buss wrote back in an attempt to justify his position scientifically.  He was “dismayed” to see Begley’s “sarcastic, emotional and misleading depiction” of his theory, saying the issue “demands sober scientific analysis.”  Attributing murder to “poverty, pathology, exposure to media violence, poor parenting” cannot explain its predictability in certain circumstances, he said.  By comparison, he claimed, “My book presents the most comprehensive and scientifically cogent theory of why people kill, anchored in evolutionary psychology.”  In addition, “The book’s theory is based on sound evolutionary biology, anchored in the clear logic of reproductive competition,” he continued.    He continued by arguing that the only way to deal with murder was to understand its evolutionary basis:The unfortunate fact is that murder has proved to be a disturbingly effective solution to an array of adaptive problems in the ruthless evolutionary games of survival and reproductive competition.  It’s undoubtedly deeply disturbing to think that humans have homicidal circuits that get activated in certain circumstances, but that in no way implies approval or justification of murder.  Nor does it imply that murder is inevitable.  Rather, knowledge of the deep psychology of killing is required if we ever hope to prevent it.  Those who attempt to avoid this deep understanding by strident emotional appeals and cartoonish ridicule tread on dangerous moral ground.  The problem of murder can’t be solved by wishing away dark sides of human nature that we would prefer not exist.This high-visibility debate in the Wall Street Journal seems destined to sharpen the acrimony between those evolutionists and non-evolutionists over the question whether evolutionary psychology has any scientific validity.“Anchored in evolutionary psychology” he says?  Ha.  That’s like a paper anchor in soft silt.  “Sound evolutionary biology” is an oxymoron.    Buss’s theory is self refuting.  As an evolutionist, he cannot appeal to morality, yet look: he uses the words unfortunate, ruthless, disturbing, approval, justification, moral ground, dark sides of human nature, prefer and solved.  Each of these words rest on the assumption that we can make moral judgments between good and evil, right and wrong, and that murder is a moral problem needing a solution.  Why should murder be labeled “disturbing” or “dark” or a problem at all if it is a successful adaptive strategy?  Why, we should applaud the murderer for his evolutionary success.  Yet Dr. Buss says that it is his critics that are on dangerous “moral” ground for not comprehending his deeper understanding!  That shows how deep his understanding goes.    Evolutionary psychologists are the gnostic gurus of naturalistic religion.  Who is Dr. Buss to offer us “knowledge” or “deep understanding” if it means that murder is hardwired into our circuits?  How is he to prove that just-so storytelling is not hardwired into his own circuits?  If we are the product of circuits that get activated by the environment, then knowledge and understanding do not even exist, and there are no problems to solve.  If people react to such foolishness with strident emotional appeals and cartoonish ridicule, well, if the shoe fits….    Christianity teaches that murder is evil, that it is a consequence of the disobedience and rebellion against our Maker.  The Bible teaches that we are responsible to God for our actions.  Out of selfishness and lust and anger, murderers violate their conscience and act on their dark side of human nature.  Unredeemed human nature that leads to lying and murder really is dark, because it follows the lead of Satan, who was a murderer from the beginning.  All sin, including murder, incurs the righteous judgment of God, because we are each accountable for our deeds.  Evolutionary psychology gurus, on the other hand, claim that selfishness and ruthlessness are amoral, and ultimately good, because they are intrinsic factors in the mindless processes that produced our minds in the first place.  Choose you this day whom you will serve.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More KZN schools to provide food

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first_imgThrough the programme, over 1 079 high school learners will be benefit from the programme, which has been extended from 174 school days to 187 school days, with Cronje adding that the aim was to feed learners for all school days, funding permitting. Cronje also stated that the department is currently providing the nutrition programme to 3 924 primary schools in the province, especially rural schools that fall under the quintile one. Over 400 quintile one high schools in KwaZulu-Natal will soon be able to provide a hot meal to their impoverished learners as a result of the government’s school nutrition programme. 8 April 2009 Rural schools “Our ideal as the department is to provide meals for all the poor schools regardless whether it a primary or secondary school. We want all the hungry learners to be fed in our schools,” said Cronje. “The total amount the department will be speeding for the nutrition programme in the high schools is R555-million for 2009/10 financial year,” said Cronje.center_img She said the department received an additional R22-million in October 2008 from the National Treasury for quintile one secondary schools that had enrolled in the programme. A quintile is a national ranking method used by the Department of Education to measure how poor a school is, with quintile one being the poorest of all. Speaking in Durban on Monday, KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Ina Cronje said the department would extend the programme to 431 quintile one high schools which were in dire need of food. “We started at the primary schools because the children there are more vulnerable to malnutrition,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more