FAVORED BIG JOHN B MAKES LATE RUN TO WIN MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; RED-HOT D’AMATO ROLLS NATURAL HAT TRICK & GOES THREE-UP IN TRAINER STANDINGS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2016)–With a realistic pace to run at, favored Big John B was able to overcome significant trouble around the final turn and charge to a 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s marathon Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by red-hot Phil D’Amato the venerable 7-year-old gelding covered a mile and one half on the main track in 2:28.79.A dedicated deep closer, Big John B was a distant last as the seven-horse Tokyo City field went into the Club House turn and had to wait for room as he continued to hug the rail around the far turn. Approaching the quarter pole, Bejarano was able to split horses three wide and he easily overhauled Class Leader a sixteenth out and waltzed to his 15th victory from 40 career starts.“I knew there would be only be two or three horses with speed and they tried to go slow, but my horse only has one style, he likes to come from behind,” said Bejarano. “I wasn’t panicking. I knew that I had a lot of horse, so I was comfortable.”Owned by Michael House, “Big John” was off at 3-2 and paid $5.00, $3.40 and $2.60. With the winner’s share of $60,000, the Florida-bred son of Hard Spun increased his earnings to $849,770.The Tokyo City marked D’Amato’s third consecutive win, as he also took races six and seven, thus enabling him to go up 35-32 over Doug O’Neill in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet trainer standings with just four days remaining.“…I never entered this meet knowing I was going to make a run at the training title at all, believe me,” said D’Amato. “But I wouldn’t mind (winning) it now. It’s bringing my whole team together.”As to the trip Big John B had behind fractions of 23.94, 48.01, 1:12.71, 1:38.05 and 2:03.33, D’Amato said, “To me, it was just a matter of whether he was going to get out or not around the turn. Once he finally got him in the clear, he showed him a big kick.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Class Leader made an eye catching move around the far turn but tired late, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Blingo. Off at 5-1, Class Leader paid $5.40 and $3.60.Ridden by Alex Solis, Blingo, who was off at 10-1, outran second choice Lieutenant Colonel for third money and paid $5.00 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Football Viewers’ Guide: Week 2

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Week 2 of the 2018 Southland Conference football season includes 11 games, starting with a Saturday afternoon affair between Lamar and Texas Tech. The day’s final kickoff will take place in New Orleans, as Nicholls tries to knock off a second consecutive FBS foe when the Colonels visit Tulane. Lamar at Texas Tech, Thursday, 3 p.m. CTRegional Television:FOX Sports Southwest PLUSDirecTV 676-2Dish 9579AT&T U-verse 1754Other Regional Affiliates:AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain+FOX Sports Arizona PLUSFOX Sports Detroit PLUSFOX Sports Florida (JIP)FOX Sports Midwest PLUSFOX Sports North PLUSFOX Sports Ohio+FOX Sports SoutheastFOX Sports Wisconsin PLUSMSGPrime TicketROOT Sports+Check local listingsOnline:http://foxsportsgo.comFOX Sports GO appsTalent:Brendan Burke, play-by-playDavid Anderson, analystChristian Steckel, reporter McNeese at Houston Baptist, Thursday, 6 p.m. CTNational Television:Eleven SportsDirecTV 623Channel finderRegional Television:Cox Sports TVLake Charles Suddenlink 42Channel finderOnline:Southland Digital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:Tom Franklin, play-by-playKen Moore, analystTina Nguyen, reporter Incarnate Word at North Texas, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+http://espnplus.comESPN appsTalent:Doug Anderson, play-by-playLaDarrin McLane, analyst Southeastern Louisiana at LSU, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTNational Televison:ESPN2DirecTV 209Dish 143AT&T U-verse 1606Online:WatchESPNhttp://watchespn.comESPN appsTalent:Anish Shroff, play-by-playRay Bentley, analystRoddy Jones, reporter ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. Tarleton at Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+http://espnplus.comESPN appsTalent:Rob Meyers, play-by-playKevin Langford, analyst Institutional Streams:Grambling at Northwestern State, Saturday, 6 p.m. CT (PPV)https://sland.social/GSUvsNSUNorthwestern State Athletics appAngelo State at Abilene Christian, Saturday, 6 p.m. CT (PPV)http://sland.social/stretchMurray State at Central Arkansas, Saturday, 6 p.m. CT (FREE)http://southland.org/liveSouthland Conference apps Nicholls at Tulane, Saturday, 7 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3http://WatchESPN.comESPN appsTalent:Trey Bender, play-by-playMason Hutson, analyst About ESPN+ Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Prairie View A&M at Sam Houston State, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+http://espnplus.comESPN appsTalent:Randy McIlvoy, play-by-playShea Walker, analystMatt Pedersen, reporterlast_img read more

Barca tries to leave Pique controversy behind with Copa

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak A draw at Mestalla Stadium will be enough to put Barcelona in the final and keep it on track to win its fourth consecutive Copa title.It’s not even clear if Pique will play because of an injury sustained after his goal celebration in the 1-1 draw against Espanyol. The veteran defender couldn’t avoid a hard tackle by Espanyol forward Gerard Moreno, who was upset with Pique’s celebration. Pique received a knock to his right knee and was listed as doubtful to make the trip to Valencia.Pique had made comments criticizing Espanyol before Sunday’s league match, and the crowd showed their disapproval by jeering him nearly every time he touched the ball at RCDE Stadium. Pique said some of the fans insulted his family throughout the match.It is not the first time the outspoken Pique has been surrounded by controversy. He is often jeered by fans when Barcelona plays away games because of his pro-Catalonia stance. Last year, after encouraging Catalans to vote in a disputed independence referendum, he was loudly booed by fans in Madrid after joining the Spanish national team at a training camp.Barcelona has faced a hostile environment at Mestalla in the past. In a league match last season, Valencia fans threw objects at Barcelona’s players while they celebrated a goal near the stands.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:25Convicted mayor links Bilibid doctor to corruption02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pique sparked controversy in a Spanish league match against the city rival last weekend, celebrating his late equalizer by telling the Espanyol crowd to be quiet. He later also criticized the club for losing its links to the city and for having a foreign owner, prompting a wave of criticism.“We are overreacting about this,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Wednesday. “This is part of the past. We talked about it before the derby, after the derby, before the Copa game, after the Copa game. … We have to move on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPique risks being suspended for his actions, and Barcelona has had to come out and publicly defend the player in the days leading up to the decisive match against Valencia.“Several other players have celebrated the same way. It’s normal after an important goal scored late in the game,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told Spanish media, referring to Pique’s gesture of putting a finger in front of his mouth. “It’s not the first time a player has silenced a stadium.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “It’s going to be an intense match,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. “We have to play it with our hearts and with our heads. We have to play it with intelligence. If we don’t defend well we will not advance. We have to be humble to know that we are not going to dominate Barcelona for the whole 90 minutes.”Valencia and Barcelona met in the Copa semifinals two years ago, with the Catalan club winning 7-0 at Camp Nou Stadium in the first leg. It then held on to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla with its second-stringers.Since that 7-0 demoralizing defeat, Valencia has lost only three of its six matches against Barcelona, winning 2-1 at Camp Nou in a league game in 2016 and drawing 1-1 at Mestalla earlier this season.Third in the league, 18 points behind leader Barcelona, Valencia is trying to make it to the Copa final for the first time since 2007-08, when it won its seventh title after eliminating Barcelona in the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, center, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — After hearing nonstop talk about Gerard Pique and his provocative celebration against Espanyol, Barcelona will be trying to get its focus back on Thursday’s Copa del Rey semifinal.Barcelona plays at Valencia, defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg as it bids to reach its fifth straight Copa final.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READlast_img read more

Javier, Pinto carry Blackwater to best franchise start

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Pinto only had eight points but notched a career-best 13 assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pumaren reminds Adamson not to take foes lightly Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Javier had two big buckets in the clutch while John Pinto knocked down the separation triple and Blackwater found itself in a strange spot after a 113-111 victory over NorthPort Tuesday night: On top of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.Javier stole a basket off a quick inbounds play and then buried a jumper from top of the key to give the Elite a 108-101 lead with 1:47 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStanley Pringle and Sean Anthony had baskets each that quickly trimmed the gap to three before Pinto detonated a timely triple to provide Blackwater with a 111-105 cushion. 31 seconds remaining.“It’s a test of character for our players,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos. “They really wanted to get this win.” LATEST STORIES It was unusual watching Blackwater keeping itself from unraveling in the stretch, rising to the challenge by knocking big shot after big shot. Even more unusual? The guys hitting those shots.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Who wouldn’t? The win kept the Elite spotless at 3-0 for their finest franchise start. And it gave them an early headstart in a tournament where a single loss can deal a team’s playoff hopes a brutal beating.And that puts NorthPort in a really sore spot.Needing a victory to halt a four-game slide, the Batang Pier zoomed to several huge leads in the first half, and had the Elite still pinned to the corner, 79-87, entering the final period. But Blackwater kept gnawing at the lead until it finally gained control in the stretch, leaning on import Henry Walker and Mike DiGregorio to give the Elite a 104-99 lead.Walker had 24 points and 15 rebounds while the sharp-shooting DiGregorio knocked in 19 as the two anchored a searing fight-back by Blackwater in the fourth quarter. National team standout Poy Erram added 19 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

‘Business Operators Face Tough Times with Customers’

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel M. Addy, said despite the stringent measures  put into place at various ports of entries to mitigate any risk of infection, business operators in the country are facing tough times in finding customers for their goods and services.Minister Addy made the assertion at a one-day business development forum held between the United States  Department of Defense and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) over the weekend in Monrovia.The forum was intended to address some of the issue that Liberian own-businesses are facing and how foreign partners who are helping us to eradicate Ebola out of Liberia would buy and promote locally produced commodities to boost the country’s economy, affected seriously due to the Ebola epidemic.Minister Addy noted that insurance premiums are on an increase for imported commodities and there has been a drop in commercial air traffic in the country.He said that Ebola is a virus menace that thrives on human kindness, and it will take a global response of human kindness to defeat it.“Our cultural norms, how we greet each other, how we take care of our sick, how we value the sanctity and dignity of death, now serve as a super highway for the spread of this disease,” the Minister lamented.According to him, the World Bank has predicted that the impact of Ebola on the country’s economy will be catastrophic if the epidemic is not contained soon.He reiterated that the country’s GDP is falling dramatically and could be negative by 2015 if Ebola is not contained.“The short-term impact on the national revenues is a $116 million dollars loss. Government is the biggest spender in town, and thus this has had a dramatic impact on the private sector. Steady inflation affects food prices due to shortages, panic buying and speculation,” he added. “This initiative—the attempt to patronize Liberian-owned businesses—shows US Government’s commitment to contributing to our country’s economic recovery by making every effort to buy locally, because when you do, you create jobs for Liberians,” he said.Min. Addy assured Liberian businesses that Commerce will work with the development partners in whatever way possible to ensure that Liberian business operators will be successful in their dealings with the partners. “To the team, we will continue working with you to encourage you to buy locally within your standards,” Addy added.For his part, the Deputy Commander General of US Army Africa, Peter Corey, said Liberia is like a home because he has travelled all around the country and has friends; so it is a great pleasure and it touches his heart to help at this time where the country is in an Ebola crisis.Brigadier General Corey stated that their primary focus is to determine how best they could support military men and women working in those counties while promoting businesses of the country in which they have their operations.One of their primary objectives in Africa, he said, is to build cardinal capacity.  At the same time, they are looking for ways to save the US tax payers’ dollars.The US Army Africa Commander General said if goods or services are purchased locally and they do not have to send for goods from the US or and any part of the globe, then they can help save their tax payers’ money.They had already done the same in Niger and Djibouti and they have had great success.Brigadier General Corey added that they will have a wide presence in Liberia for some months to come, which depends on how well they go after the epidemic and how quickly they can deflect Ebola.He added that as they are here they see it as a global mission because Ebola is a serious threat to the entire international   community.“We are here to work with you as Liberian brothers and sisters to get after this epidemic. We believe working collaboratively we will have success in defeating this disease and while we are here we believe that there are great business opportunities which will help the Liberia’s economy that has been affected due to the Ebola outbreak,” he asserted.Brigadier General Corey concluded that the group of experts from the US Defense Logistics Agency will take Liberian business operators through every process and procedures that the United States has and to help to understand how to do business with the US Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trump’s Victory – Lessons Learned when the Improbable Becomes Reality

first_imgDonald J. Trump will be the next President of the United States. The world is stunned. Many people are fearful and doubtful of America’s future and the repercussions. It is an astounding victory, but whether or not Trump will be able to effectively manage the complex system that constitutes the most powerful nation in the world remains to be seen. His words and deeds would be under microscope. By traditional matrix, the competition was between the “most qualified” and “least qualified” candidates ever to vie for that position. It was her resumé versus his judgment, but he managed to make the election about her judgment. She argued that he did not have the temperament to become the nation’s president and he countered that she was not worthy of occupying the White House because of her character. After a hard-fought race, which divided the American electorate across multiple realms – race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic location, Donald Trump won. What lessons can we learn from the American presidential elections? First, elections are not always about the quality of the candidate’s resumé when the society is brimming with a quest for change no matter who the instrument of that change is. An experienced politician, Hillary Clinton had been a first lady, senator, and secretary of state. Those splendid credentials in domestic and foreign affairs were diminished by tapping into the fears of the poor and working class Whites. The improbable became possible because Donald Trump put the legacy of the incumbent president on the ballot. As President Barrack Obama and his wife made themselves and the president’s legacy on the altar, Donald Trump, the nativist candidate, called on the White working class electorate to repudiate it. He stoked their fears, anger, and hatred and extended the divide. White collar White voters, Latinos, Blacks and women failed to forge a coalition to blunt Trump’s momentum. Second, candidates cannot be over-confident of victory to the extent that they lose their sense of the political and socioeconomic realities in which the election is embedded. All the gauges that the elites used to predict the voters’ intention missed the mark so miserably. Pundits, pollsters, and the media made Donald Trump’s character and celebrity, howbeit malignant, the lenses through which they viewed his prospects. They did so devoid of the groundswell of anger and mistrust that existed among Whites in the rustbelt states juxtaposed with the apathy of some non-White groups, principally, African-American voters who failed to vote in record numbers. Donald Trump still did better than expected with African-Americans and Latinos, which had been solidly assumed to be a Clinton constituency. These two groups plus college-educated White women, who were understood to be turned-off from Trump because of his policy and acerbic rhetoric disappointed Clinton in her historic quest for the presidency. Essentially, when you are a known quantity in politics, overcoming associated deficits might just be harder than expected. Third, the fascination of the political establishment with the candidate does not equate to the appeal of the broad spectrum of the ordinary electorate. Yes! Even a large swab of the Republican leadership lined up against Donald Trump, and some past Republican presidents expressed the desire to vote for Hillary Clinton. Clinton became the center of gravity for the political and moneyed elites, even some in the liberal media. But her campaign did not track the reality of a populist fervor, the fear, and loathing of a majority of poor and working class Whites who were attracted to Donald Trump’s protectionist rants and raves. As Trump exploited the class gap, it depicted that he understood something about the slice of the electorate that the political classes did not. Trump delivered the “greatest upset” in American presidential history by neutralizing the gender gap and by appealing to the feelings of hostility and disaffection in the constituency. This is incredible and surreal moment that wrought a “new world order” is now one that requires a soul searching. The arrogance and smugness have come back to bite the political classes and the elites. Where does the country go from here? How do you bind the tapestry after it has been torn asunder in such a destructive and disabling way? Fourth, in politics, perception is often reality. The fact that the American economy is doing well and yet, Trump’s “Make America Great” slogan resonated with those who elected Trump is surprising. Trump has set some high expectations. He promised a Moslem ban, building a wall to fend off illegal immigrants, and to investigate and prosecute his opponent.Trump has set some high expectations. Winning the presidency is now insignificant in the face of the important challenges associated with governance. How would he overcome the underlying racism, sexism, and bigotry that he rode to the White House? To the American liberal, capitalist democracy is resilient. It has impelled Hillary Clinton to concede. It has caused Donald Trump to tell his constituency that he intends to reconcile the country. He has been generous and toward his competitor. Where does America go from here? Like the country, democrats and republicans might need to muster the steel in their own spines to study what they each contributed to the rather dark universe that they created. The volatility and uncertainty associated with Trump’s election has pushed the markets downward, which is making many observers across the world anxious. A threat to dampen America’s relations with many of its longstanding allies should the president-elect act on the many main-spirited, un-American utterances that he made looms largely. Trump’s presidency will be situated in a climate with a compliant Congress, a splintered country, and an era of widespread terrorism. Cumulatively, what does a Trump Presidency mean for America and the world? We all want to see better days ahead, and hopefully, this will happen soon. THE AUTHOR: Emmanuel Dolo is the President/CEO of the Center for Liberia’s Future (CFLF) based in Liberia. CFLF is a progressive think tank which conducts studies in Public Health, Economics, Education and Social Policy. He formerly served as an Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and before that as Head of General Administration, Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Affairs and Human Resources at Arcelor Mittal. 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NEBC Yukon Trackers to host third annual Food Bank Hockey Game on Friday

first_imgSteele says the stands will fill up quickly, so if the public wants to attend the event they better get there early.The draw for the Trackers $5000 Gift Card Christmas raffle will take place during the game.The Third Annual Trackers Food Bank Hockey Game is taking place tomorrow, Friday, December 21, at the North Peace Arena. Game time is 12:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Trackers will be hosting their third annual Food Bank Hockey Game tomorrow, Friday, at the North Peace Arena.For this unique game, the Trackers will be hosting the Camrose Vikings.Admission for the game will be a donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.- Advertisement -In attendance for the game will be students from North Peace Secondary School / Energetic Learning Campus and students from other local schools.Energetic Learning Campus vice-principal, Sheldon Steele, says this event will be full of school spirit.“Having the game during the school day will allow us to be able to fill the stands with students/fans. We will have 1000+ fans. The school band will be there to play. It will be a great school spirit event. All the Tracker players attend NPSS/ELC and this will be very nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time for both teams. Most of these players would never experience a crowd this large.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Glimpse

first_imgAn artist’s studio can reveal volumes about its owner. Some painters thrive on tidiness while others find creativity in chaos. Often, studios are meccas for color, texture and form with art works covering walls and floors. Some studios command inspirational views, and some, such as basket artist Margaret Schultz’s, are filled with objects collected from nature. For visitors, there’s the voyeuristic pleasure of peeping inside private realms and catching glimpses of new work, never before exhibited. In fact, the Palos Verdes Art Center’s annual Artists’ Studio Tour is so popular that this year’s tour of nine studios will be extended to two days: from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Oct. 13 and 14. “We have expanded to two days because last year’s participants enjoyed visiting with the artists so much that they didn’t have time to visit all the studios. Now they can visit some each day,” said Nancy Backes, PVAC event organizer. The tour includes the studios of Backes, who draws pen-and-ink house portraits; painter Lerri Petersen, fabric artist Anne Sheikh and jewelry designer June Treherne will provide demonstrations on the deck at the studio. Oil painter Elma Beck’s studio will be on tour, with demonstrations by jeweler Nancy Comaford and painter Jean Stephenson. Paul Conrad, political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, opens his studio filled with bronze sculptures as well as award-winning political cartoons. Don Crocker’s Rolling Hills barn is his studio. His plein-air paintings will be on view, while Bob Doughty’s San Pedro loft is where he creates his watercolors. Anita Gerlach paints traditional landscapes and portraits in oils. At her studio, ceramist Lyn-Rae Ashley and jeweler and painter Joy Gonzalez will demonstrate. Margaret Mohr incorporates calligraphy in her luminous spiritual paintings. At her studio, painter Danny Behringer and fiber artist Pam Reid will demonstrate. Margaret Schultz makes baskets from natural materials she gathers herself. At this location, jewelry designer Marilyn Harrison, ceramist Jan Napolitan and painter Lois Olsen will demonstrate. The final studio will be that of Deborah Wright, who creates jewelry at Angels Gate Cultural Center. At the PVAC, demonstrating artists will include fabric artist Olivia Batchelder, ceramist Christy Armstrong, jewelers Karla Schmidt Commins, Donna Conklin and Portia Spurney, and glass artists Karen Pester and Tony Velasquez. The tour is sponsored by the Art Center’s Studio, a cooperative of 70 artists affiliated with the center. Tickets to the self-driven tour are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the tour. They are available from The Artists’ Studio at the PVAC, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes or at The Village, 300C Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates or by calling 310-265-2592.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dave Whelan moves aside for grandson at Wigan

first_imgDave Whelan has stepped down as chairman of Wigan Athletic and appointed his grandson, David Sharpe, as his successor.The 78-year-old will remain as owner but will no longer be involved in the day-to-day running of the Championship side, with 23-year-old Sharpe taking on his duties.In a statement on the club’s official website, Whelan said: “The time has now come to hand over the reins. I am approaching 80 years old and spend an increasingly long time abroad, and cannot make it to games. It is a decision I have been mulling over for some years and I believe David is now ready.”Whelan had been serving as Latics chairman since buying the club in February 1995, when they were in the fourth tier of English football.Under his stewardship, Wigan went on to reach the Premier League, spending eight years there, and won the first major trophy in their history with FA Cup glory in 2013.But the last few years have been difficult at the DW Stadium, with the club relegated in 2013 and struggling in the Championship this term.Whelan has also been at the centre of controversy in recent months, having being given a six-week ban from all football-related activities by the Football Association in December for comments he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people.He made the remarks in a newspaper interview defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager. Mackay is the subject of an investigation into alleged racist and anti-Semitic texts sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.Whelan told The Guardian it was ”nothing” to call a Chinese person a ”c***k” and stated: ”Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else.”Whelan accepted an aggravated misconduct charge from the FA and was fined £50,000, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to undertake a mandatory education programme. However the club issued a statement saying that according to the full findings of the case the commission was satisfied that Whelan ”is not a racist”.Whelan has now decided to leave his role as chairman, and believes his grandson is ready to take on the responsibility.Whelan added: “Contrary to some suggestions, there are no plans to sell the club, which will remain in family hands and I have every confidence that David, along with chief executive Jonathan Jackson, will lead us forwards with wisdom.“In making this announcement, I would like to say huge thank you to the board of directors, all the staff at the club, and of course the wonderful supporters of Wigan Athletic, who have helped make the journey over the past 20 years such an exciting and memorable one.” 1 Dave Whelan last_img read more