Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about attempts to intimidate cyber-dissident Huang Qi, who is in the government’s sights again for posting comments and photos about a demonstration by retired workers in the southwestern city of Chengdu on his website, www.64tianwang.com, in June. Nanguang, a company operated by state agencies, published a propaganda leaflet accusing him of helping to organise the protests. RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures to go further Follow the news on China News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about attempts to intimidate cyber-dissident Huang Qi, who is in the government’s sights again for posting comments and photos about a demonstration by retired workers in the southwestern city of Chengdu on his website, www.64tianwang.com, in June. Nanguang, a company operated by state agencies, published a propaganda leaflet accusing him of helping to organise the protests.“Huang already served a five-year prison sentence, from 2000 to 2005, for articles he had posted online,” the press freedom organisation said. “He does not organise workers’ rallies, he just covers them on his website. We call on the Chinese authorities to stop this harassment.”The authorities have accused Huang of illegally leading and supporting retired employees of the Chengdu-based company Nanguang who regularly demonstrate to demand payment of their pensions. “I am a human rights activist and the Nanguang workers deserve to be talked about by me on my site,” Huang said.The bureau of commerce leaflet also claims that the Nanguang workers have links with foreign organisations and journalists working for the US-based Radio Free Asia. Workers are singled out as anti-communist activists, which means they are under constant threat of arrest.Huang was arrested at his Chengdu home on 3 June 2000 for posting articles about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on his website, which was moved to a server in the United States after being banned in China. Indicted in January 2001 for “subversion” and “incitement to overthrow the state authority,” he finally received a five-year sentence in May 2003. After being freed on 5 June 2005, he said he was mistreated while in prison.Reporters Without Borders awarded him its Cyber-Freedom Prize in 2004. November 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident Huang Qi again threatened by local authorities
There have been a further 11 Covid-19 deaths reported this evening with 366 new cases. 34 of the new cases are in Donegal.The 14 day incidence rate per 100,000 people is now down to 121, however, in Donegal the figure has risen slightly again, and now stands at 282.Nationally, the total number of cases since the panmdemic began is now 68,688, with 1,995 Covid related deaths.There have been 549 new cases of Covid 19 in the North in the last 24 hours.An additional nine Coronavirus related deaths have also been revealed.Two of those deaths were outside the 24 hour period.It brings the death toll in Northern Ireland to 878, while there have been 47,711 cases since the start of the pandemic. Longford<5110.145 Ireland366121.35,778 Twitter Facebook Roscommon24167.3108 Google+ Wexford<544.767 Previous article133 staff off duty at LUH as a direct result of Covid-19Next articleDonegal GAA Chairman delighted with support for fundraiser News Highland By News Highland - November 17, 2020 Tipperary18109.1174 *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 36 confirmed cases. The figure of 68,686 confirmed cases reflects this.Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 16 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) Waterford17162.7189 Donegal34282.0449 Leitrim084.327 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Kildare882.7184 Mayo8113.4148 WhatsApp Meath12128.7251 Clare<5111.9133 Kerry5123.2182 Kilkenny6118.9118 Louth13160.6207 Offaly6143.7112 Dublin84123.81,668 Westmeath12160.0142 CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 16NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (03Nov2020 to 16NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(03Nov2020 to 16NOV2020) Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThe Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 11 additional deaths related to COVID-19. All deaths reported today occurred in November.There has been a total of 1,995 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Monday 16th November, the HPSC has been notified of 366 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 68,686* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;169 are men / 197 are women61% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 38 years old84 in Dublin, 44 in Limerick, 34 in Cork, 34 in Donegal, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties.As of 2pm today 272 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “I am increasingly concerned that the positive trends we had seen recently have not been maintained.“The 5-day moving average of daily cases has increased from an average of 350 cases on the 11th November to 424 today.“We have two weeks to continue in our efforts to drive down community transmission of this disease as much as possible. The lower the incidence the more flexibility the country will have in easing measures.”The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.ENDS// Cavan<585.365 Monaghan<5109.167 Facebook Cork3485.7465 Wicklow565.393 Laois<5103.988 11 Covid-19 deaths and 366 new cases in ROI, 34 in Donegal Twitter Carlow582.647 Google+ WhatsApp Galway1584.5218 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick44241.7471 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Sligo<591.660 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
View post tag: News by topic UK: Royal Navy Sailors Beat Warship to Plymouth View post tag: Warship May 9, 2013 Royal Navy sailors from Plymouth-based HMS Sutherland were given a heroes’ welcome when they won a race to beat the ship back to Plymouth from Scotland.The five sailors have raised more than £3,500 for the Royal Navy/Royal Marine Charity by not only beating the ship back to HM Naval Base Devonport by land, but also by completing imaginative tasks along the 833 miles, set by the ship as it sailed south.The triumphant team were given the charity challenge as a way of raising funds with the handicap of starting off without transport, phones or money and somehow surviving but still reaching their goal.They therefore, successfully used their survival instincts, wits, charm and leadership skills – all important attributes in the Royal Navy.Waiting on the jetty as the ship arrived this morning were Master At Arms Dean Latham from Salford, Manchester, age 38; Petty Officer (Above Water Tactical) Russell Simpson from Plymouth, age 34; Leading Chef Brad Morton from Castleford, age 25; Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer) Steve Weaver from Droitwich age 27; and Able Rate (Warfare Specialist) David Grey from Rye age 29.The five men were selected from the 180-strong crew for the event which began on Monday (April 29) while the ship left Scotland on Wednesday.They managed to impress enough businesses and individuals of the good cause they were collecting for to be given at least two vehicles for transport, all their meals and accommodation free of charge.Team member Petty Officer Russ Simpson, from Plymouth, said:“It’s great to be back in Plymouth and to have beaten the ship to Devonport. This challenge was one of the best things I’ve done in the Navy. We were thrown different tasks each day out of the blue, which added to the excitement and pressure.“We were constantly amazed and humbled by the generosity of the people we met on the way, both ordinary members of the public.“This was a daunting challenge to start with only a ruck sack with no money or credit cards to pay for accommodation or food and none booked ahead. We relied on the goodwill of people and businesses we met and the rose to the occasion.“It helped that we were doing this for the military. When people saw we were in the Navy and were raising money for people who need help in the Navy and Marines they were very keen to help us.’’He thanked among others, One Call Direct which donated a van, the Master Mariners, Taunton Race Course, FlyBe and Enterprise Rental, Costa coffee, Ron Dewdney pasties, Waterstones, Greggs Bakers.They had to prove all their tasks, one of which was to meet an MP – they met Helen Grant, Minister for Justice and Equality at the House of Commons.Additional tasks completed were a photo of them outside No’ 10 Downing Street, meeting the head of the Royal Navy (proven by leaving a specially struck ‘Sutherland Coin’ on his desk in his absence), meeting Lord Thurso (MP) of Sutherland and meeting a the first winning jockey and horse at Taunton Race Course on Thursday).[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Royal View post tag: Beat View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: sailors View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Sailors Beat Warship to Plymouth View post tag: Plymouth Training & Education Share this article
Thank you very much indeed Madame President, and as it’s the first time I personally take the floor, allow me to congratulate you on assuming your new role. I’d like to join my Peruvian colleague in particular in thanking the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, but also our Kuwaiti colleague for all the excellent arrangements. Without that, we would not have been able to cover so much in our trip. And like my Kuwaiti and Peruvian colleagues, we really did appreciate everything we saw from the UN teams on the ground and the help we had from the Secretariat. And I think, if I can speak for all the Council, I think all Council members found it a very productive and interesting, if difficult, visit.Madame Chairman, I will speak about what we did on the third day with our field visit to Northern Rakhine. We had a briefing on one made by the Chief Minister of Rakhine state and we took a helicopter trip over Northern Rakhine. We were accompanied by the Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin and the Chief Coordinator of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development, which is known as the UEHRD, and that was Dr Aung Htun Thet.The members of the Security Council on that trip flew over an area that showed widespread devastation of land and villages and it was clear Madame President that these had been burned out. We saw physical arrangements for return being prepared by the Myanmar government. This included a reception center and a transit center at Talaat. This was intended to accommodate up to 30,000 people.We met members of local communities in Northern Rakhine. We had a town hall meeting with Rakhine Muslim and Hindu groups. We met community members who had seen their families be victims of ARSA attacks, and we met a Rohingya community whose homes have been rebuilt by the authorities. We were also able to have a meeting with members of civil society at Sittwe airport, though our time was unfortunately brief.In line with my colleagues, I’d like to offer the Council some reflections on what we saw. I think the first reflection I have is the sheer scale of the devastation. I have only ever seen one camp like it in my professional life before and I was very struck by the magnitude of what the refugees face and what the governments face and what the UN faces as they try to get the people home. We did see widespread devastation from the air and this is obviously one reason for the scale of the refugee camps in Bangladesh.I think the second reflection would be the need for the Burmese authorities to increase the scale of their response and to allow the UN in with unconditional access to assist them. Only the UN has the technical expertise and know-how to deal with an event of this magnitude.Myanmar has two reception centres. Together they can receive at best 300 people a day.There are some 90,000 refugees, Madame President, so nowhere near the scale that would be required to bring so many refugees home. And as I said, the UN needs to be involved because it is the only institution in the world that has the ability to provide assistance at the scale required.My third reflection would be that we didn’t receive enough information about the prospect for long-term solutions. Council members heard that refugees would be housed only temporarily in the transit centre, but there was no convincing explanation about how they would actually get back to their villages and on what timeframe. And we did note, I think the Council was struck by the fact that the IDP camps in Sittwe have been there since 2012.My fourth reflection: an emphasis on the physical arrangements and development as opposed to the underlying political issues. Council members heard about UEHRD development plans which are privately financed and about the physical arrangements for repatriation. But two points, if I may, on that Madame President: there are risks to private financing, and anything delivered without Rohingya participation risk reinforcing displacement, not resolving it. I think we accept that the Myanmar authorities have a very deep concern about development issues in Rakhine state as a whole and I think the Council believes that that is one aspect that will need to be addressed. But it is not the foremost aspect in getting the Rohingya to start going back to their homes in safety and security, Madame President, and I think I was particularly struck again by the contrast between what is being offered on the ground in Myanmar and the scale of the problem.There is little progress on tackling the political issues, as my two colleagues noted in the meetings they described. Many of these political issues were raised in the Annan Commission recommendations. They centre around community reconciliation, around regularising citizenship status of Rohingya, around human rights such as freedom of movement and access to education and livelihoods, and holding the perpetrators of violence to account. Again Madame President, we heard from some of the other villagers and officials about attacks on them from the ARSA. So it is clear to me speaking nationally that there does need to be an accountability mechanism for all the alleged violations of human rights committed, violations and abuses of human rights committed in Northern Rakhine. But again I start from the point that it is the Rohingya that the Council went to examine and it is the Rohingya that is overwhelmingly the largest part of the problem.And lastly, Madame President, we have in recent days been very concerned by reports that Myanmar security forces have threatened Rohingya villages not to talk openly with the Security Council delegation and that the people who did so are being looked for by security forces now. It’s obviously unacceptable that anyone should feel intimidated from talking to the Security Council who after all undertakes these missions on behalf of the international community. And I would be most grateful if the Myanmar authorities could clarify that as a matter of urgency.Thank you very much indeed, Madame President.I would like to just make one last point if I may. I was struck by the unity of the Council throughout the trip, and I think my colleagues were as well. And I think we all would like to find a way to preserve that unity as under your direction, Madame President, we go forward.
I’m so ready for a new bike. I can’t seem to get the Pivot 5.7 off my mind ever since bounding down the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Although it would be so sad to sell my bike and buy a new one only to learn that it was the magic of the Wasatch Mountains that made my ride so sweet.Instead of dropping thousands of nonexistent dollars, I brought my Stumphumper to the shop for an overhaul. It’s back to being a Stumpjumper now. It was easier spending hundreds of dollars on new components and a helpful mechanic.The last ride I took made me wish I had a singlespeed since I couldn’t use any of my gears anyway. At least with a singlespeed I don’t keep thinking that I can’t make it up the hill without several gear choices.My cables and housing were so mucked up and the cassette so clapped out that my favorite gears were completely inaccessible. I’m sure you can guess that means my granny gear, and the two leading down to it, were gone. Not only did that make my climb up Inglesfield Gap excruciating, but it made me keep trying to mash the shifters into those gears with the hopes that something might change. In case you too are tempted to behave this way, it’s a far worse choice than just grinding up the mountain in a bigger ring. All it did is hurt my thumb and cause the chain to slip back and forth between gears with a loud “cachunk!” every time I stood up in the pedals. I’m certain this led to the demise of my chain. That’s not all that was demolished. The mechanic said that the middle ring practically fell off on its own when she was evaluating whether it needed replacement.My descents were no better. I had to use the heel of my hand to force the shifter into giving me the big ring on the flats and down hills. This maneuver would coincide with my front wheel dabbing into a gully or meeting with a rock throwing me gracefully off trail. By the way, none of these tactics offered a flow to my ride. At least I was no longer riding on the shredded seat, which had been missing the padding for my left butt cheek. Who needs to sit anyway? I finally traded it out for an old one that I pulled out of the rubble from the box of old bike parts. 1 2
Dear Mountain Mama,I’m the proud dad of a healthy two-month old baby girl. My wife and I hope to raise her to enjoy the outdoors. How early should we start introducing her to the outdoors?Thanks,Outdoorsy DadDear Outdoorsy Dad,I applaud your desire to raise a child who loves the outdoors! The desire to wonder about the natural world begins as an infant. It’s up to us parents to nurture that connection early and often.From the first few days of life, when my baby started to fuss, an easy solution was to take him on a walk outside. Something about the cool air in his face and the sound of birds chirping soothed him.When the weather was warm enough, I’d place him on a blanket. He first learned how to roll outside, off the blanket and onto the grass. Rolling around on the grass led to learning to crawl outside. Crawling outside, in turn, has naturally progressed to learning to walk outside.It’s true that spending time outside can mean contending with grass burns, bug bites, dirt, sun, rain, and wind. Babies get germs, they get dirty and they can even get hurt. We can’t baby-proof the outdoors. My little guys has fallen in puddles, scratched himself, eaten a few not-yet-ripe tomatoes, and has gotten bitten by a bug or two along the way. He’s also become comfortable outside. He’s learning that nature is something he is meant to explore, along with my kayak!Outdoorsy Dad, let your babe feel the joy of sunrays on her skin, and to laugh as blades of grass tickle her toes. Encourage your sweet baby girl to relish the cool relief that splashing around in water provides on a hot summer day. You’ll be helping her develop life-long habits that keep her active in nature.Yours,Mountain MamaGot a question for Mountain Mama? Send it here
In this April 3, 1995 photo, UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon celebrates after his team won the championship NCAA game against Arkansas in Seattle. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ed O’Bannon knows it’s not over, far from it. He’s ready for the appeals, and welcomes a challenge to the ruling that could change big-time college sports forever.After five years of battling the NCAA, O’Bannon isn’t about to back away from the fight. Not when he is such a believer in the cause.“You want to go to the Supreme Court, let’s go,” O’Bannon said in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday. “I’ve got my ticket already.”The former UCLA basketball star and face of the lawsuit that has shaken the NCAA to its core could have been out celebrating Saturday, a day after a federal judge issued an injunction paving the way for future college football and basketball players to receive payments for service to their schools.Instead, he was headed back to the auto dealership in a suburb, where he sells cars, happy that other players will get the benefits he and his teammates on the 1995 national championship team never did.“This means a lot to me because I know what potentially the college athlete is set to receive now,” O’Bannon said. “I get it because I lived it.”U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on Friday shot down the NCAA’s arguments that its model of amateurism was the only way to run college sports. She said the NCAA had to allow football players in FBS schools and Division I men’s basketball players at least $5,000 a year for rights to their names, images and likenesses, money that would be put in a trust fund and given to them when they leave school.Legal experts and NCAA observers agreed the ruling would not cripple to the NCAA.“I think O’Bannon wins in the sense that the judge sided with him on antitrust malices for the most part,” said Michael McCann, director of the sports and entertainment law center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. “But it’s not the slam dunk victory that will radically change college sports the way some critics of the NCAA were hoping.”The ruling did leave college administrators pondering its potential ramifications and how they might go about implementing such a compensation system.“It goes on the list of items that will need to be part of our budget projections,” SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. “As we prioritize how we allocate resources we’ll try to get a better feel of what this will represent.”Some athletic directors were reluctant to speak publicly about the ruling as they digested the possibilities, though it did get a few working on the weekend, meeting with university leaders and lawyers and talking to conference officials.There are plenty of questions to answer such as: Who will handle the trust fund? Could this money be taxable because it exceeds federal financial aid limits? Will paying one group of male athletes put schools in danger of violating federal gender equity laws covered by Title IX?“There’s not a lot of clarity,” Hart said.Also, will the NCAA appeal?“I would expect an appeal,” McCann said. “The Supreme Court takes less than 1 percent of cases, but this is an interesting case and it involves so many people. But I think it’s very hard to predict it would go to the Supreme Court because it takes so few cases.”The ruling came just days after the NCAA approved a proposal to restructure how it passes legislation, allowing schools in the five wealthiest conferences — Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic coast Conference, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference — the freedom to make rules without the consent of the rest of Division I.Once given autonomy, the Big Five plans to increase the value of athletic scholarships its schools hand out to cover costs beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees.“I think if they’re going to put it new rules (toward full cost of attendance), they’re going to have sit down and take into account this decision,” said Jim Ryan, who represents educational institutions for New York-area based law firm Cullen and Dykman and is an expert on NCAA compliance and Title IX.“But it only deals with FBS football and men’s basketball, so it’s a narrow ruling in that sense. That leads to a whole other set of issues under Title IX and those are the things that are going to be really problematic.”O’Bannon and the 19 other names plaintiffs gave up their rights for damages before the trial in a legal maneuver, though they will get some from settlements the NCAA and EA Sports made for similar claims about videogames. But he said getting involved in the lawsuit was never really about money.“My kids aren’t missing any meals so to me it’s OK,” O’Bannon said. “To me this was all about bringing about change, and we did that.”____AP Sports Writer Mike Marot in Indianapolis and AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed to this report.
By Michele J. KuhnThe battering of area properties by Super Storm Sandy has not been just to beaches, buildings, cars and boats. Gardens, plants, trees and shrubs have certainly been impacted too.“I think everyone and everything has been so astonishingly devastated,” said Leeann Lavin, a garden and landscape designer and owner of Duchess Designs in Atlantic Highlands. “For some of my clients, their garden was just gone. We walked into the yard … and it was as if Sandy – and Athena after it – just sort of mowed off the side of the earth.”Since shortly after the Oct. 29 storm, Lavin has been helping her clients work through the things they need to do to help ensure their landscaping and gardens will return to their former beauty.“I think the first thing is assessing what has happened,” she said. “Even last fall, right after the storm, I went to my clients to see and assess what the damage was… As soon as we could, we started with a seven-part cleanup plan that I put together.“It’s kind of curious – here are all these tradesman going in to do the kitchen and the flooring to redo the house and then they look at us and say, ‘You know, I never heard about the plants.’ I say, ‘Look at the investment that the homeowners put into the landscaping.’ Plus these are alive, they are living things, they aren’t like a chair.”Clearing the debris and sea grass that was deposited on clients’ property was the first order. Washing vegetation with clear water to clean off the salt came next. She then worked the soil with gypsum to counteract the salt, added lime to correct the pH plus an organic soil nutrient and then soil enriched with horse manure to help restore the earth. She also mulched.“I think it’s really important for everyone to test the soil,” she said. Soil testing kits are available at many hardware and garden stores. Rutgers University also runs a soil-testing laboratory and kits are available from county cooperative extension offices or forms may be downloaded from the lab’s website at njaes.rutgers.edu/soiltestinglab.Another problem Lavin has been dealing with is restoring vegetation that has become compromised by pathogens because of the storm. A lot of shrubs have been impacted, “especially you’ll see the devastation around holly. A lot has this Indian wax scale on them … You’ll see this around. A lot of pathogens have set in,” Lavin said.The garden designer recommends that, as she has done for her clients, area gardeners wash their plants, if they haven’t already done it, and add gypsum to the soil. “It can’t hurt it,” she said. Then work to repair and nourish the soil after having it tested to determine what it needs.“In horticulture circles, people often say, ‘If you feed the soil, the soil will feed the plants.’ If you do little else, if you get the soil right, the plants have a better chance.“The other thing that is really, really important is that trees have been devastated.”Some trees were damaged by utility companies cutting branches – she believes strongly in putting utility lines underground. Trees must be properly pruned, she said.“I think we have a disregard for our trees; we don’t take care of them. Sometimes people say to me, ‘I can’t really afford to take care of them.’ I say, ‘If you don’t do that, you will pay somewhere down the line with higher heating or cooling costs or perhaps the tree will fall on a house’ … Much of the devastation was caused by trees falling on houses. The trees were not taken care of,” Lavin said.“I look at gardens as not only art but as outdoor living,” she said. “If you are going to be living out there, you really need to treat the outdoor garden room as an extension of the home.”She recommends gardeners look at the use of “good, native plants” and prune trees and shrubs during the next few weeks.“I will be focusing, now going forward, to do an inventory and see what has survived the winter and see what is good,” she said. “I’ll make up lists … and see what can we do for the plants to help them help us.”Lavin also favors gardens that can feed the gardener. “In general, I think we need to grow more edibles,” she said. “People have gotten away from growing their own food but it makes a difference to your health.”She also is one of the many area residents who are happy to see spring return.“Plants are resilient and hopefully, after the storms and the long, dark winter, everyone will now be looking for the spring and color and a happy time,” she said.Leeann LavinLavin, who works in the New Jersey, New York and Long Island area, describes her work as “artful designs” that feature native plants. She has worked at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is a painter – working in watercolors – and a writer of food and drink and is the author of the book The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook.She will be appearing 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society to give a talk about how to create a kitchen garden.Lavin can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling 732-500-7121.
HEAVILY FAVORED HOT SEAN TAKES $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS PEDROZA & BAFFERT TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:38.48 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2016)–Under strong urging from Martin Pedroza, heavily favored Hot Sean kept to his task through the lane and prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths in Thursday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 2-year-old colt by Flatter, who was trying two turns for the first time in his third career start, got a flat mile in 1:38.48.With eventual third place finisher Tell Me a Story hustled from his rail post position, Hot Sean sat just to his outside throughout and took a short lead approaching the sixteenth pole while holding runner-up Secret House at bay.“Turning for home I thought he hit a wall,” said Baffert. “Martin said he thought he would run long, but the only way you can find out is to go ahead and stretch them out. He’ll run in a stake next time.”Off at 1-2 in a field of five, Hot Sean paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hot Sean now has two wins and a second and with the winner’s share of $31,800, he increased his earnings to $75,000. (Baffert noted that Hot Sean was named by Weitman in honor of Sean Miller, who is the head basketball coach at Weitman and Baffert’s alma mater, the University of Arizona).Ridden by Flavien Prat, Secret House, who sat a close third until passing the pacesetter late, finished second, three quarters of a length in front of Tell Me a Story. Off at 9-2, Secret House paid $3.80 and $3.00.Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Tell Me a Story set fractions of 24.09, 48.62, 1:12.78 and 1:25.23. Off at 4-1, he paid $2.40 to show.
QPR trail at Loftus Road, where a win would see them close the gap on second-placed Burnley.Three points would take them to within seven of the Clarets, who were beaten at home by leaders Leicester earlier today.But Rangers went behind when David Goodwillie took advantage of some shoddy defending and bundled the ball in at the far post after Andrew Halliday’s 10th-minute corner had been flicked on by Chris Basham.The lively Ravel Morrison has looked QPR’s best hope of an equaliser but has been well contained by Blackpool, not least when he wriggled away from two defenders only for his shot to be blocked by Gary MacKenzie.On a brighter note for the home fans, Danny Simpson is back in action after more than two months out with a back problem.Simpson came on in the 38th minute as a replacement for Aaron Hughes, who was struggling at right wing-back and appeared to pick up an early knock.And Simpson went close to scoring a minute before half-time, when keeper Matt Gilks had to produce a good save to keep out his header from Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s left-wing cross.QPR (3-4-1-2): Green; Onuoha, Dunne, Hill; Hughes (Simpson 38), Henry, Carroll, Assou-Ekotto; Morrison; Keane, Zamora.Subs: Murphy; Yun, Hoilett, O’Neil, Maiga, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook