RUMSONEdith Frankel, political scientist, professor and author, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Congregation B’nai Israel. Frankel will be speaking about her new book, Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America. The book is the story of individuals who made the difficult and sometimes hazardous decision to leave their home, family and friends and start new lives in the U.S. and Israel. Their experiences – from their formative years in the Soviet Union to their decisions to leave and their struggles to receive permission to emigrate – illuminate the complex history of Soviet Jews.Frankel is a political scientist who has published widely on the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews. She is the author of Navy Mir: A case study of the politics of literature 1952-1958 as well as studies on the ethnic Germans of the Soviet Union, the Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet treatment of Jews and Soviet Jewish voting patterns in Israel. She has also taught at the Hebrew University of Jersuralem and Dartmouth College, Stanford University and University College London.Founded in 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It is located at 171 Ridge Road.The program, cosponsored by the Adult Education and Ezra committees, is free and open to the public. Bagels and coffee will be served. Following the program, books will be available for sale and Frankel will have a book signing. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new space with a new exhibit and a grand opening and reception.In 2013, the arts council will open its new office at the Finelines Building, 21 W. Lincoln St. The public is invited from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, to the free opening and reception with refreshments from Memphis Pig Out. An exhibition of painting by borough resident Claire Mittermann will be featured.The all-volunteer arts council brings a broad array of cultural activities to Atlantic Highlands. With strong community support, the arts council has for five years produced concerts, an arts camp for children, PaintOut!, artists lectures, exhibitions, FilmOneFest, and much more, all without employees or space.Additional information is available by visiting www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.org or calling 732-737-7160. LONG BRANCHNJ Repertory is looking for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, help clean up the cottage at 311 Liberty St. The day will consist of taking down drywall, ripping up carpet and cleaning up yard debris left by Super Storm Sandy. Those who can help are asked to wear warm clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty, work-type shoes, heavy work gloves, hammers and crowbars if you have them.The more people who can help, the easier it will be to start restoring the cottage to its former self. Any time people can volunteer that day will be greatly appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Those who can help are asked to contact cleanup organizers to let them know how many to expect at: [email protected] FAIR HAVENProject Animal Worldwide (PAW) invites the community to a Sweet Beginning: Dessert Party and Wine Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Raven and the Peach, located at 740 River Road.The evening will feature light fare and scrumptious desserts, including a chocolate fountain to ring in the New Year, as well as more than 40 gift auction baskets, a jewelry bar from Barking Blue Jay and a wine tasting presented in the restaurant’s beautiful wine cellar.Admission is $30 per person. An additional fee of $15 is requested to participate in the wine tasting. Registration is requested by Jan. 11. Tickets may be purchased at www.projectanimal.org or by calling Ellen LaTorre at 732-979-6499.Event proceeds directly support the work of Project Animal Worldwide.“Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new year with new hopes for the future as PAW continues to focus on helping dogs and cats through humane education, rescue and the need for spay and neuter to prevent unwanted animal overpopulation,” said LaTorre, acting president, Project Animal Worldwide. “We were very proud to be able to carry out our mission this year in our own backyard, helping the feral kittens in Sea Bright, N.J., when Super Storm Sandy hit our shores. We hope that people will put aside the daily stress and treat themselves to the sweeter things in life for an evening, all in the name of helping animals.” TINTON FALLSThe Jersey Shore Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, will hold a meeting on Jan. 26, in the community room at Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.The meeting will feature a beginner clinic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. conducted by Consulting Rosarians. The main meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The topic will be about the Heritage Rose District of New York City with speaker Stephen Scanniello, president, Heritage Rose Foundation.
STEVENS GUIDES PAULINA’S LOVE TO CLEVER NECK WIN OVER STORMY LUCY IN GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES; BALTAS FILLY GETS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:36.06
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2016)–Consistent Paulina’s Love registered her first stakes win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita as she held off the late charge of Stormy Lucy to prevail by a neck under Gary Stevens while covering a flat mile on turf in 1:36.06.A comfortable second to longshot Moanin going to the far turn, Paulina’s Love, with Theatre Star to her outside, took command five sixteenths from home and was all-out to hold off the late charge of Stormy Lucy, a Grade I winner.Trained by Richard Baltas, Paulina’s Love, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Mizzen Mast, was the third choice in a field of 11 older fillies and mares at 7-2 and paid $9.60, $4.80 and $3.80.“I’ve fallen in love with her,” said Stevens, who is now three for five with “Pauline” in the afternoon. “These (owners) have been so patient with her and have allowed Richard to do what he wants with her. She just keeps developing and getting better and better. She exploded at the eighth pole just like the last time…“I rode her with a lot of confidence, like she was the favorite. She minds, she lets me do what I want, whatever the pace scenario is. When she’s done, I’d like to take her home and put her in my backyard.”Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, Inc. and Head of Plains Partners, LLC, Paulina’s Love, who came off a big allowance win over the course on Dec. 30, improved her overall mark to 13-4-3-3. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $304,990.“She’s special at this distance and even better when she gets a little time between races like we did here,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who was at Fairgrounds, in New Orleans on Saturday. “She had a perfect trip. I didn’t expect Flavien (Prat, aboard pacesetting Moanin) to go out like that, but it’s okay. We came home in front and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy, as is her custom, was far back early and came with a rush late, but just fell short. The second choice at 7-2, she paid $4.60 and $3.20.“There wasn’t a straw in her path,” said Desormeaux. “She gave me a dream ride. She absolutely flew to the wire. The winner was a nose better today, that’s all. They were too good today.”Ridden by Alex Solis, Kerri Belle rallied three-wide turning for home and proved third best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths behind Stormy Lucy. Off at 6-1, she paid $5.00 to show.“I had a perfect trip,” said Solis. “She ran hard, she just didn’t get there.”Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.36, 1:10.90 and 1:23.45.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
REFORMED CLAIMER CUDDLE ALERT SPRINGS SURPRISE IN $100,000 SPRING FEVER HANDICAP, WINNING BY A HEAD UNDER DELGADILLO WHILE GETTING SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.86; MARE GIVES SALDANA HER FIRST STAKES WINNER
RACE IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)–Longshot Cuddle Alert, claimed for $10,000 this past August, rallied late to take Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita by a head under Agapito Delgadillo while getting six furlongs in 1:09.86. Trained by Melissa Saldana, the 6-year-old California-bred mare by Bedford Falls registered her first stakes win in her 21st career start.Breaking from the rail in a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Cuddle Alert was a close fourth while under restraint at the half mile pole, rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled both heavily favored Sunday Rules and pacesetter Late ‘n Left well inside the sixteenth pole to win.“I’m a little sore,” said Delgadillo, who was unseated during the running of Sunday’s second race. “My collarbone is a little sore, the same one that I’ve broken twice already but it’s nothing big…She always finishes well. I knew she likes to run in the stretch, so I waited for it.”A close fourth down the hillside turf course in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 28, Cuddle Alert was dispatched at 8-1 and paid $18.40, $6.60 and $2.60.Owned by Reed Saldana and Leopoldo Urbina, she collected $60,000 for the win, boosting her career earnings to $229,000. Her overall mark now stands at 21-6-1-7.“I can’t put it into words, to be honest,” said Melissa Saldana, who, along with her horse, collected her first career stakes win. “She’s special. She’s very, very special. The stretch run was awesome. She had to sit much closer than she usually does so she ended up going quicker than what she’s used to. She still had that final kick though and just got up…“We’ll probably give her about 30 days before we run her again because I think she does better with a little more time…She gives her all every time that we ask her to come out here.”Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Late ‘n Left set fractions of 21.93, 45.01 and 57.19. Off at 9-1, she paid $7.60 and $3.00.Sunday Rules, who had been idle since July 4, tried to rally while between the winner and runner-up, but was third best under Tyler Baze. Off at 2-5, she paid $2.10 to show.The Spring Fever Handicap is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.
The Renault corporate showroom on Capitol Bye Pass Mayor Mvogo asserts, dedicates showroomAt the dedication of the new Renault showroom in Monrovia on Thursday, July 20, the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Madam Clara Doe-Mvogo, said “The city of Monrovia is much honored to have a showroom of this caliber. It adds to the city.”The Mayor said, “When business people invest in the city of Monrovia on a boulevard such as this, it gives a facelift to the city. People visiting Monrovia now can leave and say, ‘when you go to Monrovia and drive along the boulevard, you see another French company who has added to the beauty of the city.’”(Right to left:) Together, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo and Mr. Elias Antoine cut the ribbon to the new Renault showroom, as Rudolph Antoune and his wife Lisa, look on.She recalled, “My mother had a relationship with her car. But I have a relationship with the Antoune family. When Mr. Elias Antoune started this car dealership on Bushrod Island, I was a little girl and my mother’s first car was bought from him. But, I felt sorry for him. And this is because my mother went to him for every little issue on her car. As such, Mr. Antoune always stopped at our home every time he passed by to see whether she was alright.”The managing director of Elias Antoune Motors, Mr. Rudolph Antoune, lauded his father Elias for bringing the automobile brand to Liberia in 1955. According to Mr. Antoune, the showroom was designed and constructed in keeping with Renault’s modern standards applied in France and throughout the World.“Despite the civil war and Ebola epidemic, we never stopped believing in Liberia. So, we are extremely grateful to all of our clients, suppliers, and partners for the confidence reposed in us and the commitment to stay with Renault,” he said.The Renault area manager for Anglophone Africa, Mrs. Anne Leprun, expressed joy to have been a part of the event. She noted, “It is an honor to address you in this new showroom tonight, where a new step of Renault and Elias Antoune Motors is beginning. Renault was created more than 100 years ago and is currently in over 120 countries. Renault has been expanding all over the world. Our strategy in Africa is very ambitious and clear. We rely on robust and attractive models built for Africa. We also rely on strong importers such as Elias Antoune Motors, a very good partner.”Also speaking was France’s Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, who showered praises on the Antoune family noting, “Rudolph and his father Elias have never given up in running the company and have demonstrated their confidence and fidelity to both Liberia and the Liberian people, and Renault.”Ambassador Godeau continued, “This marvelous realization located in such an elegant building has to be considered as an important milestone in the development of the French company Renault in Liberia. I also see it as a marking symbol, among others, of the dynamism of French companies who are all committed to contributing to the recovery and development of Liberia.”Established in 1955, Elias Antoine Motors remains the official dealer of Renault vehicles in Liberia. Situated at the corner of Capitol Bye Pass and Bassa Community, the elegant structure housing the new showroom is a unique venue where customers can easily go and purchase Renault vehicles.Last Thursday’s event was graced by senior Liberian clergymen, foreign diplomats, senior Liberian government officials as well as foreign and local corporate executives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SEATTLE — Liam Hendriks gave up the lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after a single and two wild pitches advanced Mallex Smith to third base and Shed Long hit an RBI single. Crawford walked it off to give the Mariners the 4-3 win and the A’s their 30th blown save.The A’s had already clinched a wild card spot with the Cleveland Indians’ loss to the Washington Nationals prior to first pitch in Seattle. They are now tied for home field advantage with Tampa Bay.Matt Olson hit a …
9 November 2007Inner city rejuvenation continues to gather pace in South Africa’s commercial capital. Property developers are refurbishing Johannesburg’s landmark 54-floor Ponte building and are offering fully furnished flats for sale to upper-middle class residents.In an effort to sell the first 311 flats, Ponte City, as it has been renamed, offers potential owners one of six different styles of finish, including “glam rock, future slick, Moroccan delight, global fusion, Zen-like and old money”.About 300 people attended the first show day on 28 October. Those attending were taken to the 32nd floor, where flats with all six styles of finish were on display. Sixty percent of the potential buyers said they were investors who planned to rent out their properties, while the rest said they would live in the flats they bought.“We got just over 80% sell on the first day,” enthused Setshwano Rametse, director at Space Marketing and Investments, who were responsible for the sale.Ponte, built in 1975 as a huge hollow cylinder, has always been a furnished rental block, with 470 flats. Soaring to 173 metres, or 54 floors, with the best views in town, it’s integral to Joburg’s skyline, more so at night with its flashing Vodacom advertisement bouncing off the top floors.The building has a chequered history: when it initially opened it was one of the city’s most desirable places to live in, but by the late 1980s it had degenerated into a haven for criminals and druglords.Such was its reputation that in 1998 a proposal – soon rejected – that it be turned into a prison, was aired. From 2001 its act was cleaned up and a new security system chased out the criminals.But what the building really needed was a huge dose of renovation.The developers, Nour Addine Ayyoub and David Selvan, want to return Ponte to its former glory as an iconic building, says Rametse. And buyers are paying big money to be part of that former glory – the developers, who won’t disclose what they paid for the building, are putting R100-million into the revamp and are selling the flats for R400 000 to R938 000, or R12 000 a square metre.In comparison, flats in The Refinery, a factory building in Milpark converted into spacious, trendy dwellings, are selling for about R6 000 a square metre.To cater for tenants already occupying the building, developers negotiated with landlords in the area to accommodate those tenants at the same rentals they had been paying while living in Ponte. Tenants were given up to four months to move, with 12 floors already vacated, and a further seven are to be cleared by the end of November.In a boost for the developers, the Johannesburg city council also announced plans to spend some R170-million in Berea and surrounding Hillbrow and Yeoville to revamp pavements, storm water drains and lighting, and to put street furniture in place.Extreme makeoverRametse was responsible for coming up with the different lifestyle categories and decor, mostly going straight to manufacturers and ordering in bulk. She said it was fun, though, and it shows: from slick red and orange sofas and chairs, granite table tops and plasma-screen TVs, to floral wing-backed chairs set against grey and white walls, the designs are set to maximise sales, which they appear to have done.Although compact and designed for uncluttered living, the bachelor, one-, two- and three-bedroom flats are stylish, with wood-floor finishes and fashionable lighting, enhanced by that magnificent view.Rametse said that floors 11 to 34 were presently being renovated, and are scheduled for occupation by July 2008. The flats will be totally made over, with entirely new bathrooms and kitchens being installed, along with new wooden floors and light fixtures, while the sliding chrome windows have been retained. In some cases, walls have been broken down to turn three-bedroom flats into two-bedroom units with two bathrooms.She added that the flats were being sold fully furnished, including a fridge, stove, washing machine or dishwasher, because the developers were “keen to do things differently” and enable young people to enter the property market without having to worry about furnishing their new homes.“You’d be amazed how many people are keen on it. It makes the sale more marketable and exciting,” she said.The bachelor flats, at 29 square metres, were going for R410 000, 38-square metre one-bedroom flats for R528 000, 52-square metre two-bedroom flats from R728 000 and 68-square metre three-bedroom flats for R938 000.The original architect, Rodney Grosskopff, initially developed one floor to house assorted shops, but it never worked because the space was subdivided too finely in an effort to recoup more rent. Now the idea will be ramped up to go with the building’s more stylish image.There will be a restaurant, a coffee shop, a DVD shop, spa and gym, and a large entrance piazza, as children’s playground plus a climbing wall. The developers have also approached supermarket groups Woolworths and Spar to take up space in the building.Ponte, just 15 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport, will feature a bus stop catering for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit system on its doorstep. And, of course, for those working in the Johannesburg inner city it’s almost within walking distance, while theatres like the Market and the Civic are within five kilometres.“It will be a destination,” Rametse said.Source: City of Johannesburg
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MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil — Highly physical, probably defensive and anxiety-ridden for sure.Not exactly the kind of happy football that fans have enjoyed so far at the World Cup, but it’s the likely scenario for the July 1 second-round match between Belgium and the United States.The stakes certainly are high enough. Belgium has not reached the quarterfinals since 1986 and the U.S. team has already exceeded expectations by emerging from a tough opening group and wants to ride that momentum.“Don’t be content,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “Nobody can claim that he reached his 100 percent yet.”That was after the Americans played three grueling games in the Amazon jungle and Brazil’s tropical northeast coast. The U.S. finished ahead of Portugal and Ghana, taking second place in Group G behind Germany.The winner will face either Argentina or Switzerland in Brasilia on July 5. With support reaching fever pitch back home, American players realize the increased attention that comes with each match is an opportunity not to be missed to promote the sport in the United States.“We want to obviously do well for ourselves, for our country, but it’s a big step for the growth of soccer if we get past Belgium,” U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley said.Getting past Belgium is no easy task. So far it has conceded only one goal — a penalty at that — in three games. And in Thibaut Courtois, the team has arguably the most exciting young goalkeeper in the world.While team captain Vincent Kompany has been excellent in the two games he’s played, the central defender has been struggling with a recurring groin strain and is a doubt for the game.“We will have to assess it tomorrow, how he moves,” said Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, adding his recovery was on schedule. “I cannot play him if he is 80 percent only.”Another starter, Thomas Vermaelen, has a hamstring injury and has resumed individual exercises. Whether he can play or not will be another last-minute decision.Add to that the cracked fibula of right back Anthony Vanden Borre and an abductor strain for Laurent Ciman, and Wilmots could be in trouble.Belgium has treaded extremely carefully to line up three one-goal victories and emerge from its group with a perfect record.Holding back, avoiding errors and pouncing late has become its mantra, and if fans deplore the lack of joy — too bad. The satisfaction of beautiful football cannot match the thrill of victory.“If you ask me whether to produce thrills and leave after the group stage, or win all games 1-0 and win the World Cup, I prefer 1-0. That is clear,” Wilmots said. “I am there to be a realist. I am not there to please the stadium fans.”And since the U.S. offense has often been anemic, don’t bet on much of a goal-fest.In the last two games, Klinsmann opted for a formation with five midfielders to feed lone striker Clint Dempsey. Jozy Altidore, the top American forward, has been sidelined since straining his left hamstring in the first half against Ghana and has been training on his own.The U.S. hasn’t played Belgium in the World Cup since winning 3-0 in its opening match of the very first tournament in 1930.“We need to find a way to bottle up their key players,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said, “but they have so many of them. It will be difficult.”(RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has announced finalists in all categories for the Annual NSWTA Awards to be held at Bankstown Sports Club on Saturday 21 July 2007.The prestigious awards will be presented at the 2007 Blues Dinner that will also commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the New South Wales Touch Association.The evening will celebrate the achievements of the last twelve months for affiliates, participants, and volunteers of the NSWTA. In a boon for the Blues Dinner, Former elite swimmer and multiple Commonwealth, Olympic, and World championship medallist Elka Graham will be the special guest speaker for the gala evening.The Blues dinner will also pay homage to Southern Suns and NSWTA legend Rod Wise, and bestow Life Membership, and Hall of Fame status to exceptional contributors to the sport in New South Wales. 140 guests have already signaled their intentions to attend the evening that promises to be a memorable occasion for both the foundation members of the NSWTA and the young guns of the sport who will celebrate the rich tradition and history of Australia’s foundation State Association.New South Wales General Manager Dean Russell is excited about the response to the Blues Dinner and is looking forward to a night of celebration and recognition for the many people in the NSWTA fraternity who help to make the sport the success it is across the State.“It should be a fantastic evening. Primarily it’s about recognizing our volunteers and the people who work so hard to make our affiliates and the sport so strong. Elka Graham’s involvement as guest speaker for the evening is tremendous, and the response from members wishing to attend so far has been overwhelming. It will be an historic occasion being the 35th Anniversary, but it will also be lots of fun and a chance for everyone to celebrate a great 12 months for the State,” Mr. Russell said.Tickets for the evening are $45- per person and are available from the NSWTA office.If you wish to attend either please contact Jarrat Wood or Kylie Russell on 1800 640 668.The Blues Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 2007 State Conference that will be conducted from Saturday 21-Sunday 22 July.The conference will be attended by 80 plus delegates from affiliates from all over the State.The State Conference offers theory and practical sessions with up to date strategic and operational tools for Administrators and affiliates, as well as technical arm development in refereeing, selecting, and coaching for affiliated members, as well as the opportunity to network with affiliate representatives and some of the sport’s leading administrators and technical personnel from all over the State.The Conference Program is available by following this link: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/uimages/419.xlsThe Finalists in the Blues Awards for 2006 are:AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR(Will be awarded from one of the six regional winners)Southern Suns:JerrabomberraWaggaMoruyaSydney Rebels:CampbelltownEastern SuburbsUNSWSydney Mets:PenrithLower Blue MountainsBlacktownSydney Scorpions:ManlyParramattaHornsbyHunter Western Hornets:ParkesNewcastle CityWallsendNorthern Eagles:Inverell JuniorsBallinaTamworthREGION OF THE YEARSouthern SunsSydney MetsHunter Western HornetsVOLUNTEER OF THE YEARCathy Moylan- PenrithLuke McKenzie- WaggaLeo Driscoll- The RockADMINSTRATOR OF THE YEARJenny Thomas- Inverell JuniorsAnnette Thomas-Schumacher- JerrabomberraJohn Ryan- Eastern SuburbsLyn Eason- Forster TuncurryCOACH OF THE YEARPeter Forrester- CanterburyWade Jenkins- CanterburyJason Hunt- Eastern SuburbsMick McDonald- Western SuburbsSELECTOR OF THE YEAR(Will be announced on the evening)MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARGarry Sonda- CanterburyDaniel Rushworth- Western SuburbsJoel Willoughby- CanterburyJason Stanton- Western SuburbsFEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARKristy Judd- Eastern SuburbsAmanda Judd- Eastern SuburbsClare Winchester- CanterburyLouise Winchester- CanterburyJUNIOR MALE PLAYER OF THE YEARDean Springfield- PenrithMaurice Kennedy- HornsbyScott Naughton- YassJUNIOR FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEARAmy Regal- WollongongNicole Beck- WollongongSophie Broadhead- Goulburn