Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 The Tehran prosecutor general, Ghorbanali Dory Najaf Abadi, said yesterday: “The journalist could be freed if she were to request a pardon from the Supreme Leader of the Revolution. Otherwise, justice will take its course.”Seven journalists and two bloggers are currently imprisoned in Iran, which was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en Timeline of Saberi case- 31 January: Roxana Saberi is arrested.- 1 March: The US public radio network NPR breaks the news of her arrest (after being alerted by her father on 10 February).- 2 March: Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi says Saberi was working “illegally” in Iran.- 3 March: Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi says she has been “arrested on the order of the Tehran revolutionary court and is being held in Evin prison.”- 9 April: Saberi is charged with spying by deputy prosecutor Hassan Zare Dehnavi. This charge is often used by the Iranian authorities to arrest journalists and tighten the muzzle on freedom of expression.- 13 April: Saberi is tried in a closed-door hearing on a charge of spying for the United States.- 18 April: Saberi is sentenced to eight years in prison.- 20 April: Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi announces that she will join the Saberi defence team.- 21 April: Saberi begins her hunger strike.- 25 April: Her lawyer files an appeal against her conviction. Four members of Reporters Without Borders today began their third day of a hunger strike in Paris in solidarity with Saberi. The protests are intensifying and are spreading around the world in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Saberi’s lawyer, Abdulfatah Soltani, told Reporters Without Borders that he tried in vain to visit her yesterday to ask her to call off her hunger strike. He explained that the deputy prosecutor refused to let her sign a legal representation contract with the Human Rights Defenders Centre, which is led by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, a human rights lawyer. IranMiddle East – North Africa “We appeal to Roxana to end her hunger strike,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We have already taken over the hunger strike in Paris and we will soon be doing the same in London, New York, Madrid and Brussels. She needs to know that she is not alone.” Follow the news on Iran Organisation Receive email alerts Saberi’s father, Reza Saberi, was summoned yesterday to the office of Tehran deputy prosecutor Hassan Zare Dehnavi (better known as Hassan Haddad) because of his statements to the international media that she was on hunger strike and appeared weak from going without food. Dehnavi put a lot of pressure on him to retract these statements. June 9, 2021 Find out more “The Iranian authorities are applying a great deal of pressure on Roxana’s parents to get them to deny that their daughter is on hunger strike,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Iranian authorities to stop this intimidation. We also urge them to let her lawyers visit her in Evin prison and to respect her rights.” News Ebadi herself said: “Under Iranian law, Roxana has the right to be freed on bail pending the appeal, so why isn’t she being freed?” News May 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nobel laureate supports Roxana Saberi and Reporters Without Borders News to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders condemns the Iranian government’s attempts to intimidate Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, her family and her lawyers. February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Human rights lawyer and Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Human Rights Defenders Centre has voiced her support for jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi and the solidarity hunger strike being staged by Reporters Without Borders.“Roxana Saberi’s life is now in danger,” Ebadi said. “The hunger strike she has been on since 21 April to protest her innocence and press for her release is a courageous act. It is important that she should be able to stop this hunger strike while having the assurance that others all over the world are continuing the campaign for her release.“Press freedom activists including Reporters Without Borders are conducting solidarity hunger strikes in several countries. I support their commitment.“We want the rights of Roxana Saberi and eight other journalists and bloggers to be respected, we want their defence rights to be respected, and we want the pressure on Roxana Saberi and her family to stop at once. Even if Iran’s judicial authorities are opposed to her defence being organised by the Human Rights Defenders Centre during the appeal, I am continuing to watch the case very closely.“The Roxana Saberi case is above all a battle for freedom of expression and respect for the rights of imprisoned journalists.”————————————————————————————30.04.09 – Roxana Saberi’s family and lawyers under strong pressure from Iranian authoritiesReporters Without Borders condemns the Iranian government’s attempts to intimidate Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, her family and her lawyers. Sentenced to eight years in prison on a spying charge, Saberi been on hunger strike since 21 April. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders continues to call for Saberi release. Such an act of clemency by the Iranian authorities in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day would be seen as a conciliatory gesture, the organisation added.
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If the Leafs want any chance of catching the front-runners in the KIJHL’s Murdoch Division Nelson must beat the lesser teams in the league.And the last time anyone looked, the Spokane Braves is one of those lesser teams in the standings.The Leafs rode the three-goal performance of Nik Newman to a 4-2 doubling of the Braves Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The win completed the weekend sweep of the home-and-home series and helped Nelson keep pace with the two Murdoch leaders, Beaver Valley and Castlegar.The Hawks hammered the Columbia Valley Rockies in Invermere while Castlegar bounced Summerland Steam, both games ended in identical 9-3 scores.Saturday was a far cry from the offensive explosion Friday in Spokane that saw the teams combined for 14 goals.After a scoreless first period the teams exchanged goals with Newman opening the scoring and Uriah Machuga replying for Spokane.However, seconds into the third Newman scored his second of the game on the power play from defenceman J.J. Beitel.Defenceman Jonathan Petrash, with his second goal of the weekend on the power play gave Nelson a 3-1 advantage.Machuga cut the lead to a single goal scoring his second of the game on the power play.But Newman, named the game’s first star, combined with Brett Norman during the latter stages of the contest to seal the win for Nelson.The Leafs out shot the Braves 26-24 during the game making goalie Andrew Walton a winner for the second time in as many days.Nelson, improving to 17-9-0-2, remains two points behind Castlegar in Murdoch standings and six away from division leading Beaver Valley.Nelson, 4-1 in its last five games, travels to Grand Forks Thursday to meet the Bruins.The next home game is Friday, December 9 when Nelson hosts the Castlegar Rebels.Spear, Ninimiken, Martin lead Hawks past RockiesMason Spear scored twice and Justin Niminiken and rookie Craig Martin each added four points to lead the Hawks to the 9-3 rout of Columbia Valley.Ryan Edwards, Martin, Chris Derochie, Christian Johnson, Jacob Boycuk and Max Flanagan also scored for the Hawks.Spear, Edwards and Johnson finished the game each with three points.Mike Vlanich had an easy time in net, facing just 14 shots to register the win.The three-point night by Edwards increased his KIJHL scoring lead to four points over teammates Derochie and Martin.Beaver Valley remains one of the hottest teams in the KIJHL, going 8-1-0-1 in its last 10 games.The Hawks face a tough challenge Friday when Beaver Valley travels to Fernie to face the Eddie Mountain leading Ghostriders.The teams return to Fruitvale Saturday for the back half of the home-and-home series.Morriseau works some magic against SteamScott Morriseau is quickly rounding into form for the Castlegar Rebels.The gifted sniper had a six-point night to lead the Rebels to the romp past the Steam.Despite only playing 13 games this season, the diminutive forward already has 19 points. Saturday Morriseau finished the game with three goals.Stuart Walton chipped in with five points — a goal and four helpers — while Erik Alden, Arthur Andrews and Tyler Jones each had three points.Jones also had two goals with singles going to Walton, Anthony Delong and Alden.Castlegar, 18-7-0-2, and 8-2 in its last 10 games, remains four points behind Beaver Valley in Murdoch standings.Conner Beachamp stopped 20 shots to record the win in goal. Castlegar out shot the Steam 43-23.Castlegar returns home to play two games next weekend at the Community Complex Arena.Friday the Rebels host Princeton Posse while Saturday, Golden Rockets invade the Sunflower [email protected]
SMOOVE IT RETURNS IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINTSmoove It returns to the races Saturday in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint after a six-month absence. The five-year-old Square Eddie mare trained by Doug O’Neill for owners/breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam last raced on Aug. 16, 2015, finishing fifth in the Solana Beach Handicap at a mile on grass.“She just got a little body sore so we freshened her up,” explained O’Neill. “But she obviously likes this course with two wins and five in-the-money finishes in six starts, and she’s doing very well, so we’re excited to see her back at the races.”Mario Gutierrez has ridden Smoove It in all of her 20 starts.“That shows the loyalty Reddam has for Mario,” O’Neill said. Their union dates back to 2012, when Gutierrez piloted the Reddams’ I’ll Have Another to victory in the Kentucky Derby.The field: Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Heaven’s Stairway, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Light One, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1 and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 30-1.Yana, My Fiona and Sheer Pleasure were scratched. George Papaprodromou1932216%37%$79,030 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 28) Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Steven Miyadi2436513%58%$124,384 Peter Miller5183516%31%$270,890 William Spawr1865133%67%$152,414 Mark Glatt3543111%23%$137,220 Santiago Gonzalez11223141121%43%$825,498 Rafael Bejarano811616820%49%$829,610 David Lopez761461218%42%$407,228 Jack Carava1432121%43%$70,360 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat761161314%39%$575,588 Tiago Pereira452624%22%$163,962 Brayan Pena1520013%13%$36,170 Fernando Perez73851211%34%$435,526 Peter Eurton35511514%60%$238,860 Joseph Talamo8512121014%40%$520,964 Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 Richard Baltas4676315%35%$471,634 Martin Pedroza3952113%21%$94,440 UNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE TRIES TWO TURNS IN CAL CUP DERBYUndefeated Smokey Image seeks his sixth straight victory and his first for Carla Gaines when the son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image goes two turns for the first time in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles.“He’s been here since the first week in November,” Gaines said of the chestnut colt owned by Betty Irvin of Pacific Palisades, who campaigns as Irvin Racing Stable. Smokey Image won his first four races by daylight margins, and his last, the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar on Oct. 30, by three-quarters of a length after he bobbled at the start and steadied at the 5/16 marker.“We have a good feeling about his going two turns,” Gaines said. “We’ll find out Saturday. His pedigree indicates he’ll do it and we’re hoping he’ll improve going two turns, but if he doesn’t, he’s still a good sprinter. He’s always galloped out beautifully from his workouts.”Gaines also has Record Highs entered in the Derby. Son of another Santa Anita Handicap winner, Heatseeker in 2008, the chestnut colt owned and bred by Harris Farms came out of his disappointing sixth-place finish in the King Glorious on Dec. 12 a bit under the weather, so Gaines feels he had a legitimate excuse in that one mile race.In other Derby news:Richard Baltas admits Demonslayer faces a tough task in the race, coming off two career sprints, but feels conditions merit a go.“I think he’ll probably get the distance,” Baltas said of the son of Tale of the Cat owned by Perry Ranck and Barbara Ron of Berkeley, who race as Cicero Farms. “Obviously, he’s lacking on seasoning, but these kinds of races don’t come up very often.“He ran a good number last time. He sat off the pace and he’s had longer works, so we’ll see. I’ve got Bejarano. How bad a shape can we be in?”The Derby field: Tough It Out, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Record Highs, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Demonslayer, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 4-1; Xingontothebone, Martin Pedroza, 8-1;and Loyalist, Flavien Prat, 12-1. FINISH LINES: Fans can obtain California General and VIP packages at santaanita.com/events for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions & Wine Festival, which will offer food from some of the best local wineries and food vendors. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Three-time champion Beholder arrived at Santa Anita today from Julie Adair-Stack‘s facility in Chino Hills. “She’ll gallop here tomorrow,” trainer Richard Mandella said . . . Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said unbeaten champion Songbird may or may not work “an easy half Tuesday, depending on the track conditions,” prior to her three-year-old debut next Saturday in the Las Virgenes Stakes . . . Richard Baltas has engaged Mike Smith to ride Imperative in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes a week from Saturday . . . Bob Baffert says he’ll know more about Dortmund‘s status for the San Antonio after the Santa Anita Derby winner breezes this week . . .Happy 49th birthday to trainer Keith Desormeaux . . . Brice Blanc worked Flamboyant six furlongs on the main track Friday in a bullet 1:13.20 for Paddy Gallagher, who has the San Gabriel winner ticketed for the Grade II San Marcos Stakes next Saturday . . . Santa Anita was in the news last Friday in the form of the New York Times’ mobile crossword puzzle. Readers had to fill in the correct missing word in “California’s Santa _____ racetrack.” Did you guess Anita? Duh! WIN MACHINE G.G. RYDER SET FOR TURF CLASSICBettors and horsemen alike have one thing in common about horses like G.G. Ryder: confidence. When a Thoroughbred wins 11 of 25 starts, his consistency and will power are noteworthy features.Jerry Hollendorfer and assistant Dan Ward hope that trait continues in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank.“He’s versatile, and he’s going to have to be,” Ward said, “because there’s a lot of speed in the race. He’s going to get a good trip because he’s going to be up close.”A five-year-old horse sired by the A.P. Indy stallion Chhaya Dance, G.G. Ryder numbers two Grade III stakes among his 11 triumphs for owners George Todaro and Hollendorfer. A win or a second would push G.G. Ryder’s earnings over the $500,000 mark. To date, he has won $455,294.A Turf Classic victory is worth $137,500; second, $47,500.The Turf Classic, one of five stakes races worth a total of $1 million for California-bred or sired horses on Sunshine Millions Day: Tamarando, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; G.G. Ryder, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Unusually Green, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 15-1; defending champion Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 12-1; $25,000 supplemental nominee What a View; Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Something Unusual, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Poshky, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 10-1; and Awesome Return, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1.Leonard Powell said that for the first time since he’s trained Soi Phet, a span of 24 races, the eight-year-old Tizbud gelding will race in blinkers for the Turf Classic.FAVORED SAN ONOFRE DRAWS RAIL IN CAL CUP SPRINT San Onofre, speedy winner of half of his 10 starts including the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Jan. 2, his first race in more than six months, must overcome the rail and additional committed front-runners in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for older horses at six furlongs.Karen Headley, who trains San Onofre for her mother, Aase, campaigning as Matson Racing, shrugged off any pre-conceived negatives.“I’m fine with the rail,” said Karen, whose father, trainer Bruce, bred San Onofre, making the gelded son of Surf Cat an all-family affair.And as far as Karen perplexing Hall of Fame rider Alex Solis with pre-race instructions for San Onofre, forget it.“A good jockey always knows what to do,” she said.The field for the Sprint: San Onofre, Alex Solis, 4-5; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 9-5; and Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1. Abel Lezcano3031210%20%$133,620 Alonso Quinonez434739%33%$175,210 Mike Puype2735011%30%$133,920 Kent Desormeaux3757514%46%$368,200 Robertino Diodoro1234125%67%$96,090 Mario Gutierrez83915911%40%$486,194 Tyler Baze10111181211%41%$566,952 Philip D’Amato48981019%56%$558,460 Bob Baffert4377816%51%$474,940 Drayden Van Dyke5467611%35%$369,134 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza302617%30%$276,880 Edwin Maldonado66126818%39%$392,460 Alex Solis1030230%50%$174,884 Jeff Bonde1342131%54%$96,300 Doug O’Neill67891212%43%$407,902 J. Keith Desormeaux2250623%50%$135,790 John Sadler3445312%35%$197,170 Gary Stevens2643215%35%$521,810 Steve Knapp1431221%43%$97,570 Agapito Delgadillo3145413%42%$123,694 Kristin Mulhall1642125%44%$154,310 Brice Blanc232069%35%$217,500 Patrick Gallagher1642225%50%$265,008 -30- Jeff Mullins1133027%55%$95,980 RUN FOR RETTS TRIES GRASS IN CAL CUP OAKSRun for Retts makes her first start on grass in Saturday’s $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks at one mile. Trainer Steve Miyadi hopes her breeding lets her adapt from dirt to turf.“She’s actually bred for grass,” said Miyadi, who trains the daughter of Ministers Wild Cat for owner/breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC. “Of horses bred for turf that run on it for the first time, I’d say only 10 percent actually improve on it.“So I’m hoping Run for Retts does improve on turf, because on paper, I don’t think she can compete with these. I’m hoping the turf moves her up. We put blinkers on her and we’re ready to rock and roll.”The lineup: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 4-1; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and $25,000 supplemental nominee Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1. J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Martin Garcia4865713%38%$383,484 Jerry Hollendorfer5655109%36%$325,622 Karen Headley530060%60%$127,700 UNDEFEATED SMOKEY IMAGE IN RICH CAL CUP DERBYG. RYDER SEEKS 12TH CAREER WIN IN TURF CLASSICRAIL NO ISSUE FOR SAN ONOFRE IN VALPREDO SPRINTRUN FOR BETTS MAKES TURF DEBUT IN CAL CUP OAKSSMOOVE IT RETURNS IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT
CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS READY FOR SANTA YSABELNYQUIST IS ‘FULL OF ENERGY’ IN HALF-MILE BREEZENEW TURF COURSE INSTALLATION STARTS JUNE 20SHUTTLE SERVICE TO SANTA ANITA BEGINS SATURDAY Abel Lezcano5252410%21%$217,564 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Jerry Hollendorfer981591315%38%$974,826 Peter Miller961191211%33%$476,090 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano18741361922%51%$1,858,317 Gary Stevens50106720%46%$1,113,803 Mark Glatt6487313%28%$364,425 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 William Spawr2875325%54%$187,342 Brice Blanc454579%36%$451,595 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 28) Joseph Talamo17018202111%35%$964,564 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tyler Baze19020312711%41%$1,072,081 Philip D’Amato9420151621%54%$1,075,485 Jeff Bonde2872425%46%$168,010 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 Hector Palma2953517%45%$134,202 Mario Gutierrez14318242113%44%$1,092,624 Steven Miyadi46911720%59%$300,059 Peter Eurton6912161117%57%$743,317 Agapito Delgadillo7298613%32%$251,147 J. Keith Desormeaux3565817%54%$241,069 Martin Garcia92159916%36%$891,254 Edwin Maldonado12925111219%37%$848,860 Doug O’Neill12822172117%47%$1,111,803 Kent Desormeaux8111211414%57%$990,934 Richard Baltas7913121016%44%$944,394 Vladimir Cerin3293528%53%$305,710 NYQUIST IN ‘GREAT’ WORK FOR FLORIDA DERBYUndefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist worked a half mile under exercise rider Jonny Garcia Thursday morning on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 48.80 as the son of Uncle Mo prepared for the Florida Derby on April 2“He went great, full of energy,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the bay colt for Paul and Zillah Reddam. “I loved what we saw and we’re very happy. We’re just trying to stay in front of the rain that might be coming this weekend.”O’Neill added that all Nyquist’s major works for the Florida Derby will be at Santa Anita prior to shipping. “The plan is to have all breezes here,” O’Neill said.SANTA ANITA TO INSTALL NEW TURF COURSE JUNE 20Santa Anita announced yesterday that it will begin installation of a completely new Bermuda turf course on June 20, which will be ready for use in advance of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet which begins in late September.“With the impact of additional racing dates and increased demand for turf racing, the replacement of the course is something we have been anticipating and planning for several months,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The new course will be very tight-knit and uniform, and we’re confident that we can have it fully installed by early July, which will give it the time it needs during optimum growing conditions.“Turf racing is extremely popular with our fans and horsemen, and with our expanded racing calendar, we are placing demands on this course that have never before existed. The new turf is designed to be robust enough to handle the additional use. The horsemen are fully supportive of this project, and together, we look forward to its implementation.” Trainer Jim Cassidy, President of the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), said the following: “A completely new and durable turf course is essential to successful year ’round racing at Santa Anita. Track leadership has been careful to consider our suggestions and we are pleased to endorse their plan.”Beginning June 6, preparations will begin on the hillside portion of the course, with the turf oval scheduled for closure beginning June 20. The first course of action will be to remove the existing turf and prepare the soil for the installation of the fully mature Bermuda, which has been grown in La Quinta, Calif.With an oval that measures about seven furlongs, Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course is unlike any other in North America, in that it features a hillside component, which measures about 6 ½ furlongs (4,777 feet) from the top of the hill to the finish line.With Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet drawing to a close on April 10, turf racing in California will shift to Golden Gate Fields as they conduct their 75th anniversary Turf Festival, which will run from April 14 through May 1. Turf Festival purses will be increased and horsemen will be offered complementary vanning between Santa Anita and Golden Gate.As a result of Santa Anita’s turf course project, there will be no turf racing here from June 23 through closing day of the track’s Spring Meeting on July 10.Turf racing will resume with the onset of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet, which runs from Sept. 30 through Nov. 6. ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SONGBIRD ON SATURDAYThe fact that nine three-year-old fillies were entered to run against undefeated champion Songbird in the Santa Ysabel Stakes on Saturday was surprising, but on the other hand, it did not cost anything to go in and with rain forecast for the weekend, horsemen were inclined to roll the dice when entries were taken on Wednesday. “Everybody’s looking at the weather forecast, from what they say,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, trainer of Songbird. “There’s a 40 percent chance of rain, but we can’t do anything about that.”Doug O’Neill has two entered against Songbird, including Land Over Sea, who has been beaten a combined margin of 30 ½ lengths in her last four starts against Songbird, all in a row.“Both our fillies are doing well and the race is in our own back yard,” O’Neill reasoned.“Songbird is as good as they come. Obviously, you’d rather not run against her, but with her presence, we were hoping for a shorter field.”The field for the Santa Ysabel, race four of nine: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Pageant Material, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 50-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-9; Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti, 20-1; Jade Princess, Rafael Bejarano, 30-1; Not Now Carolyn, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; and Mokat, Flavien Prat, 20-1.SONGBIRD LOWEST MORNING LINE CHOICE SINCE ZENYATTASongbird has been pegged a rare 1-9 favorite on Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes.“The last time I made a 1-9 morning-line favorite was Zenyatta six years ago when she was making her first start of the year in the Santa Margarita,” White noted. “Zenyatta was coming off her tremendous performance in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic when she made history by becoming the first filly or mare to ever win that race.“When Songbird made her first start of the year in the Las Virgenes last month, I made her a 1-5 morning line favorite. But she never, ever moved off 1-9 on the tote board. In fact, she never came close to moving off 1-9 because she actually went off as a 1-20 favorite, paying only $2.10 for a $2 win wager.“I’ve made Land Over Sea the second favorite for the Santa Ysabel at 12-1. It certainly is unusual to have a second favorite at such a high price, but I actually am cutting her price in half from the Las Virgenes when she went off at just slightly under 24-1.“Land Over Sea did finish second in the Las Virgenes, but Songbird was super impressive, winning for fun by 6 ½ lengths. And it was the fourth straight time Songbird has defeated Land Over Sea. That suggests to me that even though Land Over Sea might well go off as the second favorite this Saturday, she likely will be in double digits.“Songbird is an undefeated Eclipse Award winner. She is a Breeders’ Cup winner. Some even believe she is the best 3-year-old in the country, not just the best 3-year-old filly in the country. And here she is, running in a Grade III race against 3-year-old fillies Saturday. I will be very surprised if Songbird’s price on the tote board ever budges from 1-9 Saturday.” SHUTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE BEGINNING SATURDAYSanta Anita has announced it will offer fans free shuttle service to and from the new Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station, beginning with the Gold Line’s Arcadia launch this Saturday, March 5.Beginning Saturday, the Metro Gold Line will, for the first time, provide service to Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and as far east as the Azusa/Glendora border near Citrus Community College.The Santa Anita Shuttle will run on all race days and will operate in addition to Arcadia’s Transit Shuttle Service, providing fans with a non-stop trip to and from The Great Race Place, which is located a mile from the Arcadia Station. The Santa Anita Shuttle will be offered through closing day of the track’s Spring Meet on July 10.“Along with many thousands of others, we are very excited about the Metro Gold Line launch on Saturday and we believe our free shuttle is going to be a great way for fans throughout metro L.A. to connect with us,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President, Marketing. “This is a welcome development and a great alternative for many of our fans and employees who regularly commute on the crowded 210 Freeway.”The Santa Anita Shuttle will operate on a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. basis with pickup and drop off service available every 20 minutes. Santa Anita Ambassadors will staff each shuttle and be available to assist fans who may have questions regarding racetrack seating, dining, etc.The Arcadia Transit Shuttle, which features stops at Santa Anita, Methodist Hospital, the Westfield Santa Anita Mall and the L.A. County Arboretum, will operate seven days a week from 7:10 a.m. to 6:36 p.m. and be offered free of charge through June 15.FINISH LINES: Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will run 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Effinex in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, according to Racing Director, Mike Lakow. Effinex will arrive from his base at Palm Meadows later today and be stabled here with trainer Eoin Harty . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe contender Danzing Candy scheduled to work Saturday at 9 a.m. for the Grade II race on March 12 . . . Richard Baltas has engaged Santiago Gonzalez to ride San Antonio runner-up Imperative in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino on March 12. First post time on Big ‘Cap Day is 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. . . . Nick Coukos, President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, and TVG host/analyst Peter Lurie, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Aces wild: Out of Patience, 4-1 chance in today’s fourth race, breaks from post position four after drawing the rail four straight races for trainer Leonard Powell. Santiago Gonzalez20038282419%45%$1,497,144 Mike Smith67761310%39%$943,730 Patrick Gallagher2763522%52%$466,643 Victor Espinoza5979612%37%$666,715 Kristin Mulhall3576220%43%$306,060 Bob Baffert7717111222%52%$1,252,025 George Papaprodromou3873618%42%$210,530 Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Mike Puype56611311%36%$299,665 Drayden Van Dyke10912131411%36%$699,544 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Carla Gaines3662217%28%$452,670 John Sadler60108517%38%$470,419 Flavien Prat17933222718%46%$1,909,481 Fernando Perez1291113189%33%$636,604 Steve Knapp2651319%35%$153,370
DAY 2 ALL NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Here are all the results from day two of the All Nations Championships in New Zealand. These results will be updated regularly throughout the day as results come to hand from TouchNZ. Christchurch weather for today: Maximum 26 degrees, low 11 degrees. For all the results please click here: ***************************************************************** MENS OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (14) def Fiji (1) Australia (13) def England (1) New Zealand Maori (15) def Niue (1) Cook Islands (14) def Tonga (2) Round 5 Australia (7) def New Zealand (6) Fiji (11) def Niue (2) Cook Islands (9) def England (4) New Zealand Maori (7) def Tonga (3) ***************************************************************** WOMENS OPEN: Round 3 New Zealand (20) def Singapore (0) Australia (14) def Cook Islands (1) New Zealand Maori (14) def England (2) Niue- Bye Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (2) New Zealand Maori (14) def Singapore (0) England (2) def Niue (1) Cook Islands- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (6) def New Zealand Maori (1) Singapore (6) def Niue (3) Cook Islands (4) def England (2) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** MIXED OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (6) def Australia (4) Singapore (4) def Scotland (3) Samoa (8) def Cook Islands (2) Niue (11) def Thailand (3) Round 5 New Zealand (10) def Singapore (0) Australia (17) def Cook Islands (0) Niue (14) def Scotland (2) Samoa (9) def Thailand (3) ***************************************************************** MENS 30’s: Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (4) Samoa (7) def USA (1) Cook Islands (7) def Fiji (6) Wales- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (7) def Samoa (3) USA (5) def Fiji (4) Cook Islands (12) def Wales (1) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** WOMENS 30’s/35’s: Round 2 New Zealand 30 (14) def Cook Island 35 (0) New Zealand 35 (2) def Oceania 35 (0) Australia 30 (3) def Australia 35 (0) Round 3 New Zealand 30 (6) def Oceania 35 (1) Australia 30 (5) def Cook Island 35 (0) Australia 35 (8) def New Zealand 35 (2) ***************************************************************** MIXED 30’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def New Zealand Maori (3) Australia (12) def Samoa (1) Round 4 New Zealand (17) def Samoa (1) Australia (6) def New Zealand Maori (4) ***************************************************************** MENS 35’s: Round 3 New Zealand (12) def Niue (0) Australia (9) def Samoa (0) Round 4 New Zealand (10) def Samoa (1) Australia (10) def Niue (0) ***************************************************************** MENS 40’s: Round 5 Cook Islands (10) def Singapore (3) Australia (6) def New Zealand Academy (3) New Zealand- Bye Round 6 New Zealand (10) def Cook Islands (6) Australia (15) def Singapore (1) New Zealand Academy- Bye Round 7 New Zealand (8) def New Zealand Academy (2) Australia (7) def Cook Islands (2) Singapore- Bye ***************************************************************** MENS 45’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def Niue (1) Australia (4) def New Zealand Academy (0) Round 4 New Zealand (4) drew New Zealand Academy (4) Australia (9) def Niue (1) By Rachel Grant, [email protected]
APTN National NewsThe Pickton inquiry heard once again Tuesday from the deputy chief of the Vancouver police department.Doug Lepard told the inquiry things have changed between his force and the RCMP since the cases of women going missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside were being reported back in 1999.Here is part of the testimony.
APTN National News OTTAWA–If Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a delegation of First Nations chiefs in Ottawa Friday, he could face demands to scrap the Indian Act and to repeal his government’s omnibus budget bills, which have already passed into law.The location of the planned meeting was still unknown Wednesday evening and it was even unclear whether the meeting would take place after Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is in the midst of a nearly month-long hunger strike, urged chiefs not to attend unless Gov. Gen. David Johnston, whose office said would not show up, also appeared.The Prime Minister’s Office announced the Jan. 11 meeting last Friday, days after Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo requested via letter that Harper and Johnston meet with chiefs on Jan. 24.The meeting comes against the backdrop of ongoing flash mob round dances, rail and highway blockades along with rallies occurring at historical proportions.Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said it was imperative for Johnston to be there.“If there is any honour in this Crown the governor general better get his ass there,” said Madahbee, whose organization represents 49 Ontario First Nations.Madahbee, however, said late Wednesday afternoon chiefs had still not decided whether they would accept to attend the meeting if Johnston refuses to change his mind.“There is an ebb and flow to these discussions (and) we are not there to make a determination one way or another, we are listening to people,” said Madahbee.Chiefs met in regional caucuses late into the evening Wednesday discussing and teasing out their plans and positioning for the coming days.According to a draft position from Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization obtained by APTN National News, it appears First Nations leaders are planning to put repealing the Bill C-45 and Bill C-38, the government’s omnibus budget bills on the table.The draft outline, which APTN National News was told broadly reflected the direction of discussions, also called for Canada to set a timeline and process to scrap the Indian Act and replace it with a “Treaty Recognition and Implementation Act.”The draft outline also set Feb. 11 as a deadline for the government’s response.The Manitoba delegation is expected to officially lay out its position during a press conference Thursday.While the meeting with the prime minister is seen by some as a pivotal moment, it’s doubtful the outcome will have any major impact on the still expanding Idle No More movement. Idle No More, which was sparked by opposition to the omnibus bill, is also hosting a gathering the same day in Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan that will also be live streamed.“It’s about the people, the people are the key, the people are the ones that no one listens to and that has to change,” said Idle No More founder Nina Wilson.Wilson said she doubted the outcome of Friday’s meeting with a select delegation of chiefs would have any impact on Idle No More.“This is long-term,” said Wilson. “We have to keep going whatever happens.”Mass Idle No More-linked rallies are also in the works for Friday and another day of action is also in the planning stages for Jan. 16.Canada has witnessed a tireless campaign of flashmob round dances, rallies, highway and rail blockades for over a month which shows no signs of abating.And while the action continues on the streets and in the political backrooms, a traditional spiritual element was also unfolding in the lead-up to Friday’s meeting. In Ottawa and across the country, elders, spiritual leaders and grassroots people have also engaged in traditional prayer and ceremony. People gathered in ceremony in a room at the Delta Hotel next to the hall where chiefs gathered discussing their plans and strategies.But even as chiefs discussed their planned approach for Friday’s encounter with Harper, they were also trying to find a way to end Spence’s nearly month-long hunger strike.Spence, who met with chiefs at Ottawa’s Delta Hotel Wednesday afternoon, has said she won’t attend the meeting unless Johnston also shows up. The governor general’s involvement in the meeting has been one of the core prerequisites for Spence to end her hunger strike, which began on Dec. 11. Spence has said she wouldn’t end her hunger strike unless she was satisfied with the outcome of a treaty meeting between Harper, Johnston and First Nations leaders.Johnston’s office has said he was not planning to attend the meeting.Spence’s spokesman Danny Metatawabin told the chiefs earlier in the day Spence would like them to consider cancelling or walking out of the meeting if the governor general failed to appear.Six Nations Chief Bill Montour said Spence should end her hunger strike on Friday and the chief should go to meet with Harper.“For her own health, Jan. 11 should be the end of the hunger strike…she has the attention of the world and let the world judge Harper,” said Montour, whose community is in Ontario. “You never walk out of a meeting, if you walk out you are defeated.”Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said there is some concern about the extent of control chiefs feel the prime minister is trying to exert over the meeting, but she called on the leadership and the grassroots to remain unified.“We need to remain unified as First Nations people across this country, we support Chief Theresa Spence and we continue to support her,” said Cook-Searson, whose community is in Saskatchewan. “There are questions about who will be present at the prime minister’s meeting and it is controlled by the prime minister…We need to have a strong position and present it to the prime minister and if the prime minister doesn’t accept that position on Jan. 11 then we continue with our movement.”The chiefs have been told the prime minister would only be appearing briefly, for 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 minutes at the end of the meeting. The Prime Minister’s Office, however, said the details were still being worked out.Friday’s meeting is also putting the Assembly of First Nations to the test and National Chief Shawn Atleo’s still young second term may be defined by what transpires over the next two days.Atleo was scheduled to hold a press conference along with members of the AFN’s executive committee, including Saskatchewan regional Chief Perry Bellegarde and British Columbia regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould on Wednesday to set lay out their expectations for the meeting with Harper.The press conference, however, was cancelled on short notice and rescheduled for Thursday after it became apparent the chiefs could not find common ground by Wednesday afternoon.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association predicts continued cooling of the provincial housing market in 2018, but it cautions would-be home buyers that prices likely won’t soften.The association has released its 2017 Fourth Quarter Housing Forecast showing an expected 8.8 per cent decrease in residential sales across the province this year and a further 10.4 per cent decline next year.Data shows estimated home sales in 2018 are expected to dip to 91,700 units, down more than 10,000 from the record set in 2016, but still well ahead of B.C.’s ten-year sales average.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says the supply of homes for sale is at or near its lowest point in decades and the imbalance between supply and demand has been largely responsible for rapidly rising house prices.The average price of a home in B.C. is forecast to increase 3.1 per cent to $712,300 this year, and a further 4.6 per cent to $745,300 in 2018.Muir doesn’t see much relief, saying in a news release that higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage qualification rules “will reduce household purchasing power and erode housing affordability.”The association says interest rates are expected to rise in the next year and new mortgage qualification rules will carve into purchasing power.“Given the rapid rise in home prices over the past few years, the effect of these factors will likely be magnified,” Muir says.But he also points to a potential for more balanced market conditions, as weakened consumer demand and a surge in new home completions next year is expected to curb upward pressure on home prices.
WEMBLEY, A.B. – Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16 year old Madison Dugray. Madison was last seen on January 23, 2019 in Wembley.Madison is described as:– Indigenous female– 5’6″, 160 lbs.– Brown hair, brown eyes– Wearing a red sweater and jeans The investigation is ongoing and there is a general concern for her well-being. If you have information on the whereabouts of Madison Dugray please call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.