The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located.Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year.Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics, was among the first-time eligible players on the ballot. U.S. national team members Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gómez and Clarence Goodson also were among 14 first-time eligible players on the 42-person ballot. June 23, 2020 Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities.Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18.Rose said there may be an opportunity for the winter, spring and possibly fall athletes to participate and compete in some form after Jan. 1. But there will be no elimination of programs or furloughs or cuts to athletic administration, staff or coaches.Newman said she is hopeful conditions will improve enough by October that the school will be able to open some on-campus programs. Associated Press ___Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.Tomlin said Tuesday the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work.Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.___ The Latest: NJ track to resume live horse racing July 3 The karate worlds are held every two years. The scheduled 2022 event has also been put back one year to 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.___Another tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition series organized by Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia.Viktor Troicki says he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus. The former top-20 player from Serbia played against Djokovic in Belgrade during the first part of the two-leg tour.Djokovic was the face behind the Adria Tour. The series started in the Serbian capital and then moved to Zadar, Croatia, last weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists — including seven in the U.S. — announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. They announced Tuesday they weren’t selected, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets.Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse said simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL.The Penguins are among 24 teams that are in Phase 2 of the league’s Return to Play program, which consists of small group workouts without coaches. Those 24 teams will eventually be part of an expanded playoff format, with 12 teams committed to each of the two host cities.Canada’s federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities.___ ___This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The governing body says “the well-being and safety of competitors and fans could not be ensured amid the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.”Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria said Sunday he has tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive.Djokovic left Croatia after the final was canceled and was tested in Belgrade. The results are expected soon.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic.“We know our fans are as eager to return to Monmouth Park as we are to have them back,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, which runs the track.The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.___Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
MARK Boucher, South Africa’s new head coach, would welcome the availability of Kolpak players and recent retirees, including AB de Villiers, as he plots the national team’s way forward.Having worked in the franchise system for the last four seasons, Boucher has first-hand knowledge of the calibre of players available to the national side and acknowledged that the country’s talent pool could do with deepening.Asked whether he would like to be able to select players based abroad, Boucher said: “If I can answer from a coach’s perspective, absolutely. If you look at rugby, the way the Springboks won the World Cup … the experience they got from players playing overseas was invaluable.From a coach’s perspective, I’d love to have the opportunity to deepen and strengthen the squad. It will keep everyone on his toes and will bring more excellence into the game in this country.”While Boucher is not in control of the regulations around Kolpak, he may be able to have a say among recent retirees, especially those with whom he has a close relationship. Boucher played with de Villiers and currently coaches him at the Tshwane Spartans, who will play in the Mzansi Super League final tomorrow.de Villiers is fourth on the tournament run-charts and has demonstrated strong strokeplay and innovation throughout the tournament. His white-ball form remains consistent and his ability unmatched.de Villiers retired from all formats of international cricket in May 2018, citing a heavy workload, but with a T20 World Cup 10 months away, Boucher was not averse to trying to convince de Villiers to come back. “When you go to a World Cup, you want your best players playing for you,” Boucher said. “If I feel he is one of your best players, why wouldn’t I want to have a conversation with him? I’ve only just got into the job; I might have conversations with quite a few players and see where they are.”He also indicated players may be allowed greater flexibility if they can add value to South Africa cricket. “You want your best players playing in the World Cup and if there are a couple of issues you need to iron out, with media, with team-mates, and if it’s for the good of South Africa, why not, let’s do it.” (ESPN Cricinfo)
In the game of golf, there are many factors that can affect a player’s performance on any given day — the course and its difficulty, the competition and the weather, among other things.As a member of a collegiate team, another factor is the presence of teammates. For the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team, Dan Woltman has had a positive impact this season.Woltman, a sophomore transfer from Kentucky, has immediately asserted himself within Wisconsin’s lineup. So far this season, Woltman is second on the team with a scoring average of 72.96.However, it’s no big surprise Woltman has become comfortable so quickly with UW’s team. After all, he had already played with many of the members prior to this season.”I just talked to some of the guys up here, and we’ve been playing golf together for about 10 years,” Woltman said. “I wanted to come back and represent my home university, and I’m glad I made the change.”And since Woltman’s arrival this season, the Badgers have enjoyed much success. Wisconsin began the fall season with a pair of team victories followed by an individual title for Woltman. The individual victory was the first in school history since Joel Rechlicz in 2003.The Badgers continued their strong play through the rest of the fall season as they finished fifth or better in every tournament.In the spring season, the Badgers have been consistently ranked among the top 40 teams in the nation and continue to play well with three top-five finishes.Among those three is a fifth-place finish at this weekend’s Big Ten championships, Wisconsin’s best since taking fourth-place in 1999. Wisconsin’s only finishes out of the top five came in the first two weeks of April at weather-shortened events.With the addition of Woltman’s strong play, the Badgers have been able to consistently finish higher this season than in the past. Last season, Wisconsin had an average finish of 9.5 in 14 tournaments. This year, the Badgers have finished with an average of 4.5 through 10 tournaments.Another significant improvement for the Badgers this season has been the team stroke average. With an average of 292.50 heading into the weekend, the team is on pace to break the previous mark of 293.22 set in 2004-05.While Woltman’s addition has helped, one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Wisconsin men this year has been the fact that their success has been a true team effort.”If you take a look at the scores, we’re a team that is pretty consistent from players one through five,” head coach Jim Schuman said.This team effort can be seen in the fact that each of the Badgers’ top-five golfers has had at least one top-10 finish this season, and four of the five have finished in second place or higher.Depending on who gets selected to the 27-team field as the NCAA Central Regionals at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, Ill., UW’s season could be over. However, given the program’s success this season, and the fact that the Badgers are in the upper half of the 45 schools in the region, they will likely have another opportunity to play this season. If that’s the case, it will be Wisconsin’s first regional appearance since 1994.And if Wisconsin were to advance to the NCAA Championships, it would only be the third time in the last 40 years.As Wisconsin hopes to make history this season, there is no doubt Schuman is glad to have Woltman along for the ride.”I think it speaks volume(s) to our program here, our university, when you see players like Dan Woltman,” said Schuman in an April 23 press conference. “For whatever reason, he gravitates toward Kentucky, you know, and finds out maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side and ends up back here.”
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries — the world’s largest repository of LGBTQ materials — will digitize 4,200 LGBTQ political posters and protest signs from its collection. The materials will be made accessible through the USC Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America for free public access. Photo courtesy of ONE Born this way · The ONE Archives strive to paint a picture of the LGBTQ community’s history of social and political activism.According to the Council on Library and Information Resources, the collection, named “Out Front: 60 Years of LGBTQ Political Graphics,” houses mostly signs and posters from Pride celebrations and protests.“Some highlights are iconic posters created by ACT UP, the Gay Liberation Front and 1950s-era homophile organizations like the Mattachine Society,” CLIR reported. “These posters, stored in flat files at the ONE Archives’ facility, are exceedingly difficult to access. They comprise some of the few remaining visual traces of pioneering activists and organizations that advanced the struggle for LGBTQ equality.”The ONE Archives focus on collecting, preserving and making available documents to help paint a picture of the LGBTQ history and culture. ONE founder Jim Kepner cultivated his own personal collection of LGBTQ archives and then merged with ONE Institute in 1994 to create the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. The collection of archives has grown to become the largest storehouse of LGBTQ content in the world and the oldest ongoing LGBTQ organization in the country.Loni Shibuyama, a ONE Archives librarian, explained that the main goal for the organization is to make the collections available to as many people as possible.“Generally speaking, most of what we have is one of a kind, so if anybody wants to look at the materials, they would have to physically visit our archives in order to look at them,” Shibuyama said. “By digitizing our materials, we have the ability to make them available online. This makes it easy for people from all over the world to be able to look at the archives and use them for different purposes.”According to Shibuyama, the archives will be accessible to anyone affiliated with USC.“Whether you’re a student, a documentary filmmaker, scholar or professor you are able to look at the primary materials that we have,” Shibuyama said. “You can interpret them and share them, add to the dialogue on the LGBT community and their contributions [to] society.” Catherine Quinlan, dean of USC Libraries, conveyed a similar focus for the project.“We try to collect materials that build our LGBT or ONE library,” Quinlan said. “The focus, however, is not just on the archives, but on having archives that really speak to the specific research and teaching that’s done at this campus. We try very hard to provide materials that really support and enhance what our students and our faculty do here.”Quinlan hopes that by sharing these visual materials, USC will not only be able to document LGBTQ viewpoints since the 1950s, but also spearhead a continued collection of data and analysis of the lives of the LGBTQ community.“The more people hear about what we have, the more interested they are in making sure that we fill in gaps in our collection,” Quinlan said. “A lot of archival materials are held in the hands of individuals — not just institutions — and we’re trying to make sure those individual collections are preserved and can be accessible.”Quinlan also said that people oftentimes feel encouraged to share their materials with the library once they realize the historical importance of the documents they own.“When people find out that we have these political graphics at the ONE Archives they think, ‘ I have some stuff. I didn’t know it’d be of interest to anybody, would you like to add it to your collection?’ It really helps develop and enhance our collection even further,” Quinlan said.
The logo of online retailer Wish will appear on the Lakers’ jerseys this season as part of a three-year sponsorship agreement announced Thursday.“We are thrilled to welcome Wish as a new partner of the Los Angeles Lakers,” said Tim Harris, the organization’s chief operating officer. “When it came to the jersey patch, knowing its prominent placement, our goal was to partner with an innovative and ambitious global company. Wish more than checks that box.”A mobile shopping platform founded in California in 2011, Wish offers cut-rate prices by shipping directly from overseas factories – as long as shoppers don’t mind a slower delivery time. The company that bills itself as the world’s sixth-largest e-commerce site recently saw its value spike to $8.5 billion, according to a Forbes report.“They are a leader in e-commerce and are constantly striving to grow and improve their brand and how they connect with their consumers,” Harris said. “In addition, and most importantly, we are excited to partner with a company that shares our commitment to giving back to the community.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe deal will be for $12-14 million annually, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal. The jersey sponsorship ranks second behind the Golden State Warriors’ deal with Rakuten, which is worth $20 million annually and includes naming rights to the Warriors’ team facility.Wish CEO Peter Szulczewski called the Lakers the “NBA’s most iconic brand” and said “the Lakers epitomize a legacy of excellence and worldwide success.”The Wish logo will also appear on the jerseys of the Lakers’ Gatorade League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. Wish will also have a presence at the team’s new UCLA Health Training Center and at home games at Staples Center.All 30 NBA teams are adding a jersey sponsor this season, as the league transitions from Adidas to Nike-designed jerseys. Patches will be located on the left shoulder of the jerseys. The Clippers, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are other big-market teams that have yet to announce their jersey sponsorship deals.The Lakers will sport the patch in their preseason opener on Sept. 30 against Minnesota at Honda Center Anaheim.
The national basketball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina of Belarus won the representation of the Balarus on the first match of international tournament held in Sarajevo.On the first preparatory meeting for the qualification for the European Championship 2015, the players chosen by Duško Ivanović celebrated with the result 85:60. The tournament is played for aid for the flooded areas in Bosnia-Herzegovina.The BH national team was led by Mirza Teletović and Nemanja Mitrović who have achieved each 21 points, while Pasalić added ten more points.BH team will play its next meeting tomorrow against Italy, starting at 17:00 o’clock. (Source: Fena)
RELIABLE RESERVE–Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Josh Harrison throws to first base during a baseball spring training workout, Feb. 13, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterBRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Clint Hurdle no longer digs his cleats in the dirt. That’s a thrill he believes should be reserved for players. Besides, the Pittsburgh Pirates manager has too much on his mind these days to fool around in the batter’s box to take a few hacks.Hurdle has six weeks to turn the group of 61 players who will be on the field in Pirates City this weekend into a 25-man club by April 1. He has to find a fifth starter. He has to figure out what his bullpen will look like and who will flank All-Star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen.Oh, and then there’s the pesky little business of trying to figure out how to turn around — for good — the fortunes of a franchise that has gone two decades since playing meaningful games in October.The Pirates flirted with success last season. More than flirty actually. From mid-June to mid-August they were arguably one of the best teams in baseball. They soared to 16 games over .500 and appeared to be a legitimate threat to Cincinnati for the NL Central title.Then the bottom fell out. Pittsburgh plunged to a 79-83 finish. And Hurdle, who is entering the final season of his three-year deal, knows it can’t happen again.“These men want more and they know if you want more you’ve got to do more and that comes down to getting better every day, to create a mindset where you’re going to improve as the season goes on,” Hurdle said.Something that didn’t happen as August turned into September. Yet Hurdle believes the Pirates are ready to take the elusive step to respectability.“My feeling is that these men are definitely committed to winning,” he said. “You look around to our core players … we’re all in.”Hurdle’s task over the next few weeks is filling in the gaps.While the front end of the rotation is set and the Pirates appear to be strong up the middle with new catcher Russell Martin, healthy second baseman Neil Walker and McCutchen, things on the fringe appear to be murkier.The revamped bullpen will undergo a massive makeover. Set-up man Jason Grilli will try to prove his 36-year-old right arm is healthy enough to close for the first time in his nomadic career. The back of the rotation is deep but in flux. The fifth spot should eventually go to lefthander Francisco Liriano whenever he recovers from a broken right arm. Until then Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Jeanmar Gomez and non-roster invitee Jonathan Sanchez could all get a shot.Then again, they may merely be placeholders for Liriano, Charlie Morton — who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and should be back by June — and former No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole.Cole will spend some time with the big club during camp but is expected to start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. How long he stays there, however, is unclear. If he can duplicate his impressive 2012 in which he rose from the Single A Florida State League to Triple-A in a few short months, the burly right-hander could be in Pittsburgh by July 4.Then there’s the outfield, where Starling Marte and Travis Snider appear to have the first crack at starting alongside McCutchen but should be pushed by Alex Presley and a healthy Jose Tabata, who has struggled since signing a contract extension in 2011.That’s a lot to chew on, though Hurdle is hardly complaining. The Pirates have the kind of potential depth this spring that would have served them well last autumn, when the rotation broke down and things started to fall apart.It may take awhile for things to shake out. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. After two straight seasons of hot starts followed by abysmal finishes, the Pirates are OK if they need some time to get a sense of themselves.“We’ve got to control the grind which is one of the biggest challenge of all sports,” Hurdle said. “Sometimes you can get caught up in the vacuum of the season where the grind can overwhelm you.”Whatever it was, Pittsburgh was overwhelmed late in 2012. It was a difficult but necessary process.“We have the lessons that have been learned that have been meaningful,” Hurdle said. “I think we very honestly self-evaluated.”NOTES: The Pirates expect to have all but two players on the field for Friday’s workout. Newly acquired infielder Brandon Inge should arrive in camp on Friday after traveling from his home in Michigan. Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel remains in the Dominican Republic due to visa issues but is expected to be in Bradenton by the weekend.Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP
Facebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Ericka Cooley for Cooley SleepBack when I was a kid, there was an ad that ran pretty frequently on daytime television for a book called, “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies,” and even as a child, I have to admit, I was fascinated.Try rubbing aspirin on a bee sting!Quiet a colicky baby by running the vacuum cleaner!Swallow a teaspoon of sugar to cure your hiccups!I’m not sure what it is that I found so fascinating about curing ailments with common objects they had lying around the house, but obviously I wasn’t the only one. The book has sold something like 16 million copies and is still available on Amazon today.One of the big selling points of cures like these is that they’re “natural.” We’re not taking some lab-designed chemical to solve the problem. We’re using something that’s readily available in nature.You know. Like aspirin.I should stipulate here that I’m not anti-homeopathy, nor am I anti-pharmaceutical. I feel that health decisions are something that should be carefully considered by the individual with the advice of their doctor. If probiotics will improve your gut health, I say go for it. If you need serious medication to lower your cholesterol, then you should probably take that too.But anything your going to put in your body, and every bit as importantly, your child’s body, should be evaluated for its efficacy and possible side effects, which is why I think we should have a quick talk about melatonin. Melatonin has been touted by a lot of homeopathic experts as a safe, natural way of helping people get to sleep, and in a lot of ways, that actually very true, but there’s a whole lot more to understand about it before you take it yourself or give it to your child.So what is it, exactly? Well, melatonin is a hormone that’s secreted from the pineal gland that helps to settle your body and mind wind down when it’s time to sleep. How exactly it does that is a very complicated process and involves more biology that I can possibly hope to understand, much less explain. So in the simplest terms, melatonin is your brain’s way of drawing the curtains for the night. Cortisol is its counterpart, which opens them back up, and the two together make up a large part of what we call our “body clock,” but more on that later.An important point here is that melatonin is not a traditional sleep aid. As Dr. Luis Buenaver, a sleep expert from Johns Hopkins explains it, “Your body produces melatonin naturally. It doesn’t make you sleep, but as melatonin levels rise in the evening it puts you into a state of quiet wakefulness that helps promote sleep.”How does our body know when to start producing melatonin? Quite naturally, actually. When it starts to get dark, the body recognizes the onset of night, and gets the melatonin pumps up and running. That worked like a charm for a couple of hundred thousand years, until we invented the light bulb. And the television. And the smart phone. And the laptop. Nowadays our eyes are flooded with so much artificial light that it can be difficult for our brains to determine when night is actually coming on, and it can interfere with melatonin production. That can mess up our body clocks and contribute to insomnia. Now, in some cases, jet-lag and shift work being the biggest two, a melatonin supplement can help reset our body clocks if they’ve been thrown out of whack, but it’s not a solution to sleep issues. My first piece of advice to people who are having trouble sleeping is to turn off their screens a couple of hours before bed, turn down the house lights, and come up with a bedtime routine. Let your body know that it’s time to sleep, and it’ll do almost all of the leg work for you.Side note: This is not the case for insomniacs. People with psychological or physical conditions thatinhibit their sleep should definitely consult with their physicians.Now, when it comes to kids, all of this information still applies. Newborns are something of an exception, as they don’t start producing melatonin and cortisol until they’re about two months old. Until then, they’re kind of flying by the seat of their pants, sleep-wise, as I’m sure you probably already know if you have any of your own. But past the two month mark, they start to establish a 24-hour light-dark sleep cycle, which is the standard sleep cycle that we follow throughout our lives.So now we get to the big question… “Will giving my child melatonin help them sleep through the night?” And the answer is, “No, it will not.”It might help them get to sleep at night, but it will not help them stay asleep. This isn’t just my opinion, by the way. This is the general consensus of sleep specialist, researchers, and doctors worldwide. The National Sleep Foundation has found that, “…when scientists conduct tests to compare melatonin as a ‘sleeping pill’ to a placebo (sugar pill) most studies show no benefit of melatonin.”I do think being fully informed is important, of course. Melatonin is a hormone and can have serious side effects. There have also been studies that showed early sexual development in animal subjects given melatonin, but the link in human children hasn’t been established.Again, I am not in any way against homeopathic or naturopathic medicine. Even in cases where the effects are psychological, and for some people, melatonin does indeed get them to sleep quicker and help them sleep through the night. If it’s just a placebo effect for some of them, no biggie. They’re getting the sleep they need and that’s vitally important in its own right. But when it comes to young kids, I feel that it’s essential for us as parents to teach them the skills they need to fall asleep and stay asleep on their own.And here’s the good news. Kids and sleep go together like biscuits and gravy. They need a lot of sleep, and for a short period in their lives, everything in their bodies is tuned to help ensure they get it. All they need from us is a little guidance and a determination to step out of the way sometimes so they can develop the ability to get to sleep and stay asleep on their own. You can check out some of my other blog posts for tips on how to teach independent sleep skills, since this is already getting a little wordy, but giving them any kind of sleep aid is definitely not the answer, whether it’s melatonin or Benadryl. Just like learning any other skill, it takes practice and time. There’s no supplement that can teach you how to play an instrument, teach you long division, or sharpen your golf game. Sleep is, in essence, exactly the same thing. It’s a skill that needs to be developed, and once it is, it comes easily and naturally, so before you reach for the pills, try establishing a predictable, consistent bedtime routine, shutting down the TVs and tablets a couple of hours before bed, and encouraging your child to fall asleep without feeding, rocking, or other forms of outside help. I promise you, the results will be better than anything you’ll get from a pill, and they’ll last them a lifetime.Ericka Cooley is a certified sleep consultant in Olympia, specializing in helping parents and children develop healthy sleep patterns. Ericka is currently offering free sleep advice to tired families looking to get their questions answered in a Facebook advice group. Take the free online assessment to see if we can help you and your family sleep like a baby (actually better).Ready. Set.Catch some Zzzzs!
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2016)–With a $50,000 top cash prize to shoot at, the 2016 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge will be offered to horseplayers wagering on all live races at Santa Anita, along with the Grade I Preakness Stakes and the Grade II LONGINES Dixie Stakes from Pimlico Race Course on May 21-22.This live money contest will include a $4,500 buy-in ($3,000 bankroll and $1,500 prize pool) with players required to wager a minimum of $250 per race on at least four races a day ($2,000). The remaining $1,000 must also be wagered during the contest. There are no maximums but players must wager a minimum of their entire $3,000 bankroll over the course of the contest.Contest wagers include Win/Place/Show/Exacta and Daily Doubles. PRIZES, BASED ON A MINIMUM OF 80 ENTRIES, ARE AS FOLLOWS: –FIRST – $50,000–SECOND – $20,000–THIRD – $10,000–FOURTH – $5,000–TOP FIVE FINISHERS will receive a 2017 National Handicapping Championship Prize Package that includes a hotel room and round trip airfare to Las Vegas.–TOP THREE FINISHERS will receive a Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Prize Package of $10,000 (BCBC entry fee).–DAY ONE LEADER will receive paid entry into the Santa Anita Gold Cup Challenge on June 25-26 ($4,500 plus two nights’ hotel accommodations).–HIGHEST TOTAL WAGERS BONUS. The player who wagers the most on a single contest entry will receive paid entry into the Santa Anita Gold Cup Challenge on June 25-26 ($4,500 plus two nights’ hotel accommodations).–SANTA ANITA RACE 5 LUCKY SHOT PRIZES. The Santa Anita Preakness Challenge leader after Race 5 on both contest days (May 21-22) will receive a $1,000 voucher to wager on a remaining Santa Anita race of their choice. (This will not be included in the contest bankroll).All entries include seating for the contest participant and a guest in the following Santa Anita premium areas: The Eddie Logan Suite, FrontRunner, Turf Terrace Restaurant or Box Seats. Food is included. Players are encouraged to sign up online at santaanita.com/horse-racing/contests, or to contact Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby at email@example.com or by phone at (626) 574-6391.
Our Farm Reporter Gloria Tamba made a partial tour of Bong County last week and reported that many small rubber planters are seriously suffering for two main reasons. The first is the steep drop in the global price of rubber.A few years back there was a rubber boom, and farmers were earning US$2000 or above per metric ton. Then it dropped to US$1000. That was still not too bad. But when it dropped further to US$500 per metric ton things became very bad. Farmers, especially the small ones, could not cover the cost of production, so most of them suspended operations.One such farmer interviewed by Reporter Tamba was Mr. Napoleon Rennie of Zeansue, Bong County. He told her the second reason why small farmers are closing their farms. It is because the farm workers, rubber tappers, etc., are demanding higher wages. This is a demand that small farmers cannot meet, due to the drastic drop in the rubber price. Rennie belongs to the second generation of many young men from Bong and other counties that were raised and educated by Mr. C.H. Rennie, a successful rubber planter in Cinta, Margibi County. Napoleon’s father Blyden Rennie was one of them. Mr. C.H. Rennie bought land up country for most of these young men and got them started in agriculture.The C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata is named for Mr. Rennie, a highly public spirited man. In addition to the young men he fostered on his farm, Mr. Rennie, a native of Granada in the West Indies (otherwise known as the Caribbean), sent for many of his nephews from Granada and educated them in Liberia. Many, including Dr. Mark, a pediatrician and Dr. Thomas, a general practitioner, following their medical training in England, returned to Liberia and ran their clinics until the war. Another was Dr. Cox, a surgeon, who served for many years at the J.F. Kennedy Medical Center and later became a professor of medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Napoleon inherited the farm from his father Blyden Rennie. It included 80 acres of rubber and 20 acres of other produce, including pepper, other vegetables, plantain and other crops.Napoleon told Reporter Tamba that for now, until the price of rubber improves, he will concentrate on growing food crops.Gloria also held an extensive interview with the Team Leader of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suacoco, Mr. Aaron Marshall. He told her, among other things, that CARI had produced 504 metric tons of seed rice which it is distributing to farmers.Gloria has scheduled an interview with Mr. Ben Garnett, president of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), to find out what the Association is doing to help small farmers in distress.It seems to us that the Association should be reaching out to small farmers to find ways of keeping their rubber farms open. About two years ago President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf encouraged the Central Bank of Liberia to arrange a loan scheme of US$5 million to help rubber planters keep their farms open and, in the process, keep their tappers and other farm workers employed.It took some time for the banks to disburse the funds under this scheme, but the process is ongoing and many have benefitted, but not Napoleon Rennie. We assume there are many other small farmers in that same category as Mr. Rennie.We urge RPAL to make immediate contacts with CARI, who being situated in Bong County, one of the nation’s breadbaskets, would contact all Bong rubber planters, including Mr. Rennie. The aim here is to ensure that RPAL reaches out to all small rubber planters with whatever help the Association together with CARI can offer.We applaud CARI for its bold initiative in supplying seed rice to rice farmers and for the varieties of cassava it has produced to supply farmers in this sector. We also hope that CARI can develop a strategy to support rubber planters, too, toward helping them keep their farms open. This is because too many people are employed in this sector to ignore.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)