Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA How Episcopalians can celebrate the 50th Earth Day during a pandemic Environment & Climate Change Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this photo taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit during the final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program. Photo: NASA[Episcopal News Service] For many Episcopalians, the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the interconnected nature of humanity: our health depends on the health of those around us, and small-scale individual actions can ultimately have global consequences. While the pandemic is demanding the world’s immediate attention, another crisis is looming that requires a similar level of urgent global action: climate change.That issue will take center stage as Episcopalians celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. In 1970, the first Earth Day launched the modern environmental movement, with an estimated 20 million Americans demonstrating for environmental protection; today, it is said to be the largest secular observance in the world. Fifty years ago, primary concerns in the United States included pesticides, oil spills, toxic waste dumps and other agricultural and industrial pollution. While many of these problems have been ameliorated since then by the Environmental Protection Agency (created that same year), the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, the greenhouse effect caused by carbon emissions has emerged as the most dire threat to the environment and to the future of the human race.“It’s strange and fitting that we’re marking the 50th Earth Day during a global pandemic,” said the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation.“COVID-19 has forced us to acknowledge the web of life that connects us and all of creation. We are – for better and for worse – in this together. I pray we will really look around on Earth Day, notice the presence of God in the trees that keep on blooming, the birds whose song you can now hear, the waters you long to visit as soon as we can move freely. Notice, be grateful and swear to protect and honor all that God has made. In the process, we are also saving our own lives,” Spellers told Episcopal News Service.While it may seem counterintuitive to focus on climate change amid the COVID-19 emergency, the two issues are inextricably linked. Climate change compounds the problems that lead to disease outbreaks and that limit effective responses. And a Harvard University study has found that even a small increase in long-term exposure to air pollution (which disproportionately affects African Americans) significantly increased patients’ risk of dying from COVID-19. At the same time, within the past few weeks, the Trump administration has been rolling back regulations on air pollution and ignoring its own public health experts’ recommendations on protecting citizens from industrial emissions.The Episcopal Church has long been engaged in climate action and other environmental stewardship efforts (like protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline) under the theological mandate of being good stewards of God’s creation. So, although it won’t be possible to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by holding rallies, the church invites Episcopalians to participate in other ways.Washington National Cathedral will hold two virtual worship services on Sunday, April 19. A Holy Eucharist service at 11:15 a.m. EDT will feature a sermon from the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, creation care missioner for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Then, at 2 p.m. EDT, the National Cathedral will hold a multifaith Earth Day service focused on climate action with prayer, song and a message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Episcopalians can also participate in the interfaith Nationwide Climate Prayer. Other Earth Day services and events across the church can be found at TryTank’s Digital Church Guide.The National Cathedral and the presiding bishop’s office will also co-host a discussion on creation care and environmental justice via Zoom and Facebook Live at 8 p.m. EDT on Earth Day, April 22, with church leaders including Spellers, Bullitt-Jonas and Bishop David Rice of the Diocese of San Joaquin. More Earth Day resources for congregations are available from the Episcopal Church Foundation. The presiding bishop’s office also invites Episcopalians to share their prayers for the natural world and their Earth Day experiences – how they’re taking action to protect the environment, where they see life and hope in creation – on social media.Another way Episcopalians can observe Earth Day while confined at home is to use the Carbon Tracker developed by the Diocese of California. The concept has been generating churchwide buzz since the diocese launched an early prototype of the tracker in July 2018 during the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas. Since then, web developers have continued to refine the tool while inviting more Episcopalians to test it out. The tool can track participants’ carbon emissions from all of the church’s 110 dioceses and regional areas. The Diocese of California has organized webinars to help people navigate the tool, and as of this month, it reported 1,350 participating households.Stephanie Taylor, the diocese’s communication director, said a key challenge going forward will be to broaden the pool of participants beyond those who already had been taking personal steps to curb climate change.So far, “it’s a lot of enthusiasm from people who are generally more plugged in to the environment, to care of creation, stewardship of creation,” Taylor told Episcopal News Service in an interview last month. Likewise, the West Coast is overrepresented in the early results. The Diocese of California has the most participating households, with 402, followed by Los Angeles with 180 and Olympia in Washington with 154.“The next step is going to be getting it out to the mainstream,” Taylor said. Diocesan officials are making the case to Episcopalians across the church that even simple actions to improve the environment and preserve God’s creation can be meaningful.“Small, tiny actions do matter,” Taylor said, and adding those actions to the tracker can place individual work in the context of the collective impact. “When you take those actions collectively with other Episcopalians … the numbers start to add up.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] David Paulsen, editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service, contributed to this report. 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AustraliaAsia – Pacific On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on Australia The report issued today detailed the findings of a six-week inquest into the death of British cameraman Brian Peters on 16 October 1975 in the East Timor town of Balibo. The Indonesian army killed four other journalists with him – Greg Shacketon, Tony Stewart, Gary Cunningham and Malcolm Rennie. RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia News Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more News to go further News November 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Coroner says death of “Balibo five” was premeditated war crime by Indonesian army Organisation AustraliaAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Reporters Without Borders hails the work of New South Wales coroner Dorelle Pinch, who issued an inquest report today that establishes with great detail that the Indonesian army was responsible for the death of five British, Australian and New Zealander journalists in East Timor in 1975. The report clearly shows they were eliminated because they too much about Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor, which was just getting under way.“The detailed and courageous inquest conducted by Dorelle Pinch shows that Indonesian army officers, including former special forces captain Yunus Yosfiah, are war criminals,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is deplorable that the Indonesian government immediately dismissed the findings of the Australian inquest.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the next Australian prime minister to do everything possible to ensure that those who carried out these killings and those who gave them their orders are brought to trial on Australia. Although more than 30 years have gone by, this inquest shed light on every aspect of this multiple murder. It is vital that justice should now be done.”The report issued today detailed the findings of a six-week inquest into the death of British cameraman Brian Peters on 16 October 1975 in the East Timor town of Balibo. Four other journalists were killed with him – Australian reporter Greg Shacketon, Australian soundman Tony Stewart, New Zealander cameraman Gary Cunningham and British reporter Malcolm Rennie. Pinch has urged the Australian government to bring war crimes charges against those who killed them.The Indonesian army has always refused to punish those responsible for their deaths and the deaths of other foreign journalists killed in Timor including Australian Roger East and Dutch Sander Thoenes.According to Pinch’s report, the five journalists killed in Balibo, known as the “Balibo Five,” were arrested after filming the start of the Indonesian invasion and then executed. “The journalists were not incidental casualties in the fighting, they were captured, then deliberately killed despite protesting their status,” Pinch wrote in her report.The inquest established that they were executed by Yosfia and Christoforus da Silva, another member of the Indonesian special forces, on the orders of their commander, Maj. Gen. Benny Murdani.The report also describes how the Australian, British and New Zealand governments helped cover up these murders by accepting the Indonesian version and by refusing to disclose relevant information they had obtained.An Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman today said the Pinch’s findings would not change his country’s position. “This court has a very limited jurisdiction and its decision will not change our stance about what happened,” he said.Relatives of the journalists today welcomed Pinch’s report. “I never thought I would see this moment arrive,” Peters’ sister, Maureen Tolfree said. Several relatives voiced support for Pinch’s proposal that the Australian and Indonesian government should work together to have the remains of the journalists identified and returned home for burial.The dozens of witnesses who gave evidence at the inquest included former government ministers, ambassadors and intelligence officers. They also included former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam. But former Indonesian military officers such as Yosfiah refused to testify to the inquest.
Pinterest (Photo Supplied/Crossroads Education) Indiana schools can now apply for a $50,000 grant to support e-learning capabilities and online tutoring platforms.The grants were made available after two anonymous donations totaling $500,000 were given to Crossroads Education to expand its Learning Commons model, which is a tutoring program that helps Indiana students meet mathematics standards through peer collaboration.The donation will be broken down into $50,000 grants, which will be dispersed among 10 different schools. The funds are meant to help eliminate costs by providing much-needed devices and internet access to students to support e-learning capabilities and facilitate the use of Crossroads’ online tutoring platforms.Schools interested in applying for the Crossroads grants should email [email protected] Twitter Pinterest Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – May 11, 2020 0 827 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Previous articleIndiana restaurants open Monday to 50% in-dining capacityNext articleMacy’s re-opening at University Park Mall Brooklyne Beatty Facebook Indiana schools can now apply for $50,000 e-learning, tutoring grants WhatsApp TAGS$50000coronavirusCOVID-19Crossroads Educatione-learningEducationgrantIndianaonlineschoolstutoring WhatsApp Google+
Another trend that is becoming more prevalent is group travel. More and more travelers of all generations prefer to travel with a group of friends who share similar interests and passions. Also, the so-called “group honeymoons” in which newlyweds travel in the company of their friends are becoming increasingly popular. Unexpected experiences and anniversary celebrations are one of the trends that will be most popular in 2020. Namely, the American association of luxury travel organizers Virtuoso has published its list of the most popular tourist trends for next year “Luxe Report”. The modern traveler seeks deeper experiences that foster an emotional connection to the destination he is visiting. For example, wine tastings with the owner of the winery or hiring a personal guide who will bring them closer to the local culture. They also want accommodation that best reflects the “personality” of the destination. Travelers also want to explore as many countries as possible, even on shorter trips, the report said. But they are also looking for more different experiences during the holidays. For example, in the same trip they want to stay in a big city, but also to compose an adventure in the jungle. So, the focus is on the various experiences that enrich the trip. Source / photo: Virtuoso; Croatian tourist agency; Pixabay One of the bigger trends is certainly destinations that are not overcrowded with tourists. Also, advisors in the luxury travel sector report an increase in the demand for destinations that have an interesting culture or untouched nature for travelers, such as Borneo, Greenland or Oman. In the category of the most popular emerging, ie fast-growing destinations, Croatia took the first place and left behind Antarctica, Iceland, Japan and Portugal, while in the category of the best destinations for millennials our country took a high third place behind Greece and Bali, and ahead of Iceland and Cambodia. . Croatia ranked fifth in the category of the best global destination, followed by Italy, Greece, France and Japan. As for the destination, Croatia is included in the top 5 world destinations in as many as three categories. A new trend that appears in this year’s “Luxe Report” are trips to mark various anniversaries and similar celebrations. At the top of the list is still a multigenerational journey, which involves traveling in the company of parents, children, grandchildren and other family members. Interestingly, cruises this year fell out of the top 5 rankings of the most popular trends. “Croatian tourism in the segment of distant markets has the largest tourist turnover from the USA. This report, which comes from a prestigious association such as Virtuos, further confirms the excellent position that our country enjoys in the extremely important American market and confirms that Croatia is in the company of leading destinations for guests of refined taste.”, Said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, emphasizing that so far this year there have been almost 627 thousand arrivals and over 1,7 million overnight stays from the US market, which is an increase of 12 percent over the same period last year. Gastrotourism has become a separate niche, they point out from Virtuos. Culinary experiences go beyond the restaurants themselves, and include cooking classes, visits to farms and family farms, and truffle hunting.
Alex Morgan scored the winning goal as the USA overcame the absence of Megan Rapinoe to beat England 2-1 in their women’s World Cup semi-finalLyon, France | AFP | She was determined to give the credit to other members of her team, but Alex Morgan stepped up on the big occasion with the winning goal against England to take the United States through to the final of another women’s World Cup on Tuesday.The holders were without Megan Rapinoe for the semi-final in Lyon, the scorer of all her team’s goals in the wins over Spain and France in the previous two rounds missing out with a hamstring injury.That meant Christen Press came in and duly scored the opener, and it meant Morgan wore the captain’s armband on her 30th birthday as she headed home Lindsey Horan’s cross in the 31st minute for the deciding goal in a 2-1 victory watched by more than 53,000.It was Morgan’s sixth goal of the World Cup, putting her level with Ellen White — who had earlier scored England’s equaliser — at the top of the scorers’ chart.However, it was a much-needed goal for the striker, who had not found the net since scoring five in the record-breaking 13-0 humiliation of Thailand with which the USA opened their defence of the trophy.“I wouldn’t say it was important but for me obviously it felt good to get on the scoresheet and to get the game-winning goal. We had the goals early and we had to hold on,” said Morgan, who is back in Lyon having had a spell with Europe’s leading club side in 2017.Morgan celebrated her goal by miming sipping a cup of tea, which some saw as an attempt at a wind-up towards the English.“‘Pino’ has so many celebrations and nobody asks her about them. I have only one and everyone wants to know,” Morgan said, referring to her fellow co-captain Rapinoe.“Obviously we have fun with celebrations and we had to keep it interesting.”– ‘Saved our asses’ – That goal was not the end of it, however, as the USA were grateful to the VAR for disallowing another White goal midway through the second half and to goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher for saving Steph Houghton’s 84th-minute penalty, awarded after another VAR review.“She saved our asses in that moment and we knew after that moment that the momentum was shifting and that we had to put in a huge amount of defensive work to close out the game,” said Morgan of Naeher.Press also earned praise for having a “tremendous game”, and Morgan can now look forward to appearing in a third straight World Cup final.“Yeah, it’s pretty incredible. Each tournament for me has given me something different and I’ve looked at it through a different lens,” she said.Morgan was 22 when she came off the bench to score in the 2011 final against Japan in Frankfurt, which her team ended up losing on penalties.In 2015 she was in the starting line-up for the 5-2 win over the Japanese in which skipper Carli Lloyd netted a hat-trick.“Obviously I have a greater role being a captain on this team and leading this team in a different way so for me it’s just so great,” she added.“I just saw all my teammates being so emotional after the game. We have put so much into this journey together and now we have one more game to close it out.”Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook73Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O Bee Credit UnionThe Olympia Brewery was once a major tourist attraction in the South Sound. The highlight of the plant tour was the last stop — the tasting room — where adults where served beer and children had all the root beer they could gulp down. “While the brewery may have closed, brewing is alive and well in our area and we want to bring back the spirit and community of the tasting room,” said James Collins, President and CEO of O Bee Credit Union. That’s the idea behind “O Bee Happy Hour,” a free, after-hours beer tasting for members only featuring local craft brewers.Aaron Wayne of Dick’s Brewery describes the variety of beer available. Photo courtesy: O Bee Credit Union“O Bee” stands for “Olympia Beer;” the credit union started in the Olympia Brewery and the after-hours beer tastings are a way of honoring the legacy of the tasting room while supporting the recent surge of craft brewing in the area. In addition to the Happy Hours, O Bee has been working with South Puget Sound Community College to offer a scholarship for the college’s new craft brewing course beginning in fall 2017. “We see this ‘brewing revolution’ as a positive development for the community as a whole and we want to help it succeed,” added Collins.O Bee also collaborates closely with the Olympia Tumwater Foundation to preserve and share the history and memorabilia of the Olympia Brewery. “We love that our history is tied to the brewery. We have members here who worked at the brewery back when O Bee was housed in the Schmidt family’s first home on the brewery grounds,” said Ashley Labrador, Tumwater Branch Manager.There will be two more free beer tastings this spring. The first one is already sold out; it will take place at the Tumwater Branch on Friday, May 26 and will feature Dick’s Brewing Company of Centralia. The second one will pop up at the Lacey Branch on Wednesday, June 21, also with Dick’s Brewing. As a new generation of craft brewers move into the area there will be no shortage of beer to sample as O Bee opens its doors to more beer tastings throughout fall. For more information, visit O Bee Credit Union’s website.
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT-The Borough Council election on Nov. 8 might bring a history-making event to the town: the first time a husband and wife have served as members of the governing body at the same time.Linda Lamia, whose husband John, a Republican, has been on the council since 2014, is running as one of the two Independent candidates competing with two Republicans, incumbent Brian Kelly and newcomer Jennifer Walsh, for two three-year council terms on Nov. 8.Kelly, 48, the president of Sea Bright Solar, has lived in the town for 16 years and been a councilman for 11 years. He was a strong supporter of the $5.7 million bond issue approved by a large majority in a referendum last month to pay for the town’s share of the $13 million project to replace the firehouse, police headquarters and library which were lost in Super Storm Sandy, and the existing Borough Hall. He joined with fellow Republican Peggy Bills, who will not run in this election, and Democratic council members Charles Rooney III and Marc Leckstein, to gain support for the bond issue, going door-to-door to ask for votes. The bond issue had been blocked after being approved by the council, by a petition that required it be put on the ballot.Last week, Kelly cited other projects that the borough will be working on, including the downtown streetscape project that is scheduled to begin in November and flood controls measures.“I want the town to be as resistant to storms as possible,” he said. “I just want to rebuild the town as substantially and cost-effectively as possible.”Walsh, 34, an engineering manager at Medtronic, Eatontown, has been a borough resident for 11 years. In a statement in response to questions on why she is running for the council she said she looks forward to being a partner with Kelly “to ensure sustainable redevelopment and fiscal stability for the taxpayers.”She said that she has been actively involved in the town’s recovery since Sandy and was appointed by Mayor Dina Long and the council to serve on the Sea Bright Consolidation Committee.Walsh said her 12 years of experience in business development, project management, engineering, and finance and operations management give her the skills for fiscal responsibility and communications.Lamia, 60, an emergency room nurse, who has been a nurse for 40 years, and her husband have been full-time residents of the town since 2006.Lamia stressed the importance of communication by the governing body in her response to why she is running for the council. “Best decisions are made when the facts have been considered,” she said. “Open and honest communication is the right of constituents who work hard to pay the taxes that permit our government to function.”She said she would like to “enhance government transparency, communication and budget management.”Lamia said her background in nursing has given her experience that could “bring good things” to the town, as she has learned to listen.Sustainability is her special interest, she said.Kevin Birdsall, 45, a computer programmer and developer, is running as under the banner of Sea Bright Independent. He said, “I love this town and I want to see the town stay as it is…I don’t want it to change into a sleepy little hamlet.”He cited the proposed noise ordinance, which would limit noise levels after 10 p.m. as one of the things he doesn’t want to see in the borough. “It’s always been a fun shore town,” Birdsall said.“No one wants to be locked up,” he said.He said he supported the rebuilding of the facilities lost to Super Storm Sandy. The town has to come back by building stronger and higher, said Birdsall, who has lived in the borough since 2012.
Patrick Gallagher2663523%54%$466,298 Flavien Prat16631172519%44%$1,794,712 Drayden Van Dyke10311121311%35%$647,839 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato9019141521%53%$1,047,920 Kristin Mulhall3266219%44%$270,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza5569511%36%$622,660 Carla Gaines3452215%26%$417,410 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 26) Jeff Bonde2772426%48%$167,310 Tiago Pereira703864%24%$239,499 William Spawr2775326%56%$186,997 Brayan Pena433267%26%$94,045 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano514248%20%$198,364 Steven Miyadi46911720%59%$300,059 J. Keith Desormeaux3365818%58%$238,624 FINISH LINES: Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, worked five furlongs for his four-year-old debut on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:02.60. “I’m not pushing him too hard yet,” said trainer Keith Desormeaux. “He’s in a nice rhythm, but I have no race in mind for him right now.” Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Swipe worked four furlongs for Desormeaux in 51.60 . . . Friday’s Pick Six payoff of 124.20 to 337 winning tickets resulted from favorites capturing five of the races in the sequence, and the other by a horse that was almost favored, paying $7.20. Winners in the Pick Six races were Abets Abet ($5.80), Shortstormcoming ($7.20, second choice by a dime), Amazing Lady ($3), Howdy ($4.20), Hawkedon (5.40) and Herunbridledpower ($4.20) . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free who had all six winners on top. Five out of six paid $8.80 on 1996 tickets . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Frank Conversation worked four furlongs under Mario Gutierrez in 49 seconds flat for the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 26. Trainer Doug O’Neill plans to ship Frank Conversation “about two weeks before the race” with Gutierrez arriving later to ride the son of Quality Road . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. will be UK racing commentator and this weekend’s announcer at Santa Anita David Fitzgerald . . . Of Santa Anita’s top 24 jockeys, Kent Desormeaux has the highest in-the-money percentage at 59 with an 11-21-12 mark from 74 mounts. Meet leader Rafael Bejarano, who won three races Thursday to break a tie for the top spot with Santiago Gonzalez, is second with 51 percent in the money. Mario Gutierrez13818232013%44%$1,072,266 Martin Pedroza6998413%30%$232,310 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 Mike Smith65761211%38%$931,385 Fernando Perez1191112189%34%$614,899 Kent Desormeaux7411211215%59%$973,519 AT 83, THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR AGENT DEGREGORY Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today.On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left a vertical scar of about three inches just below his Adam’s Apple.If he’s vain about his looks, he can cover the scar with a bow tie. But that’s the least of his worries.“The doctor (Warren Line) told me yesterday that when he first started the procedure he was expecting the growth to be the size of a pea, but as he went further, it became the size of a large grape,” DeGregory said. “He got it all out and thank God there’s no cancer. When I saw him yesterday he gave me a clean bill of health.“I said to him, ‘The scar’s going to remind me that God doesn’t want me to die yet.’”There are still plenty of leaves on the tree, even though the rings are growing.“I started as an agent in 1959,” DeGregory said. “My first jock was Conn Errico at Belmont Park. I went to Aqueduct when it opened later that year. Sword Dancer trained by Elliott Burch won the opening day stakes.“(Eddie) Arcaro was like a stepfather to me. He’s the one who got me to become a jockey’s agent. I had to go in front of (stewards) Marshall Cassidy and Cal Rainey at that time. “They were very, very strict and I remember Arcaro telling me, ‘Vince, never screw anybody at the draw.“When you give a person a call, stand by that. I’ve used that as my motto my whole life.“I’ve seen all the great horses of their day: Bold Ruler, Nashua, Tom Fool, Damascus, Sword Dancer, but the greatest one to me was Kelso (named Horse of the Year five consecutive years from 1960 through 1964).“When I was a young guy coming up I didn’t know enough about Thoroughbreds to give an opinion, but as time progressed and from being around the game, I learned from other people. I paid attention to trainers, and an old man I never forgot was Sam Winninger, who was a private clocker.“He would bet his own money and taught me how horses worked, how they traveled, so that when I got a rider, I could pick one horse from another. That helped throughout my career.”DeGregory, born in Greenwich, N.Y., about 10 miles from Saratoga Springs where he was raised, served in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, with Dick Groat, a lifelong friend now 85 who would go on to play shortstop with second baseman Bill Mazeroski for the World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and be named National League MVP.“My roommate in the service was (former catcher and longtime broadcaster and comedian) Bob Uecker,” said DeGregory. “He’s my buddy and I love him. He’s still kicking.”As is DeGregory, a living treasure of racing history who has represented seven Hall of Fame jockeys: Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez, in addition to Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario, each with Hall of Fame credentials as well.If there’s room for DeGregory, there would be little argument that he deserves a spot, although he’d be the last to lobby for enshrinement.He got all the glory he needed on Monday. Mike Puype52611312%38%$294,475 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Alex Solis1930416%37%$218,303 Brice Blanc403478%35%$399,025 Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 Doug O’Neill12219172016%46%$1,025,373 Joseph Talamo16418202111%36%$961,404 Peter Eurton6612161118%59%$734,968 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Peter Miller901171112%32%$444,160 Gary Stevens4796719%47%$1,052,338 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Edwin Maldonado12223101119%36%$804,515 Jose Verenzuela2931310%24%$105,855 Martin Garcia84139815%36%$825,339 Mark Glatt6377311%27%$304,425 QUARTET WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESUndefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open company in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 12.The clocking was the fastest of 30 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.45. Smokey Image, a son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, won the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 30 in his first start for Gaines and his first at two turns.Gaines was well satisfied with the drill by Smokey Image, as she was with Bolo’s five furlong workout on the main track in a minute flat.Bolo, winner of the Grade II Arcadia Stakes a mile on grass Feb. 13, is being considered for either the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf or the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt March 12.“We still haven’t decided on a race,” Gaines said, adding that at this point it makes little difference except to the media, since both races are the same day, so it doesn’t alter Bolo’s routine from a training standpoint.Smokey Image previously was trained by Greg James who is based in the Bay Area.Also working for the San Felipe Saturday was Danzing Candy for Cliff Sise Jr., who called the six furlong drill under Mike Smith in 1:13 flat “Beautiful. I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:25 and one or two.”Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino also worked for the San Felipe, going five furlongs in 1:03 with Fernando Perez aboard for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He does that all the time,” Sherlock said of the relatively slow time. “He was by himself, nobody around (at 6:45 a.m.) and he’ll do that 100 times. I’ll put another horse with him next week when he works again.”San Vicente Stakes runner-up Exaggerator, also prepping for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:00.40.Tomorrow, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s leading Triple Crown contender, is set to work under Martin Garcia for the San Felipe.The son of Eskendereya was scheduled to breeze last Tuesday with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard but the drill was aborted when the colt “lost interest,” according to Baffert.“He’ll work tomorrow and Martin will work him,” Baffert said. “He’ll either go out at 7:45 or nine (o’clock).” Baffert did not announce a distance for the workout. George Papaprodromou3372521%42%$197,905 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Tyler Baze18420292611%41%$1,055,661 SMOKEY IMAGE, DANZING CANDY BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPEOCTOGENARIAN AGENT DEGREGORY FINE AFTER THROAT SURGERYTEXAS RED IN EASY WORK FOR HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Agapito Delgadillo6898613%34%$249,412 Steve Knapp2551220%32%$150,610 John Sadler5898516%38%$449,649 Jerry Hollendorfer951291313%36%$888,426 Santiago Gonzalez18736282319%47%$1,424,339 Rafael Bejarano17738341921%51%$1,767,342
Berkeley scientists are disputing the notion that the rows of plates on the backs of stegosaurs served as heat exchangers. Instead, they were for show. EurekAlert and Science Daily explain that this was probably true of other dinosaur decorations: “The team’s analysis of stegosaur plates lends support to a growing consensus among paleontologists that the weird adornments of many dinosaurs – the horns of triceratops, the helmet-like domes of the pachycephalosaurs, and the crests of the duck-billed hadrosaurs – likely served no function other than to differentiate species, akin to birds’ colorful feather ornamentation.” If they evolved as decorations, maybe heat exchange was an “exaptation” – i.e., an incidental benefit. (Some stegosaur-like species have little or no plates.) Sexual selection is not a likely explanation, though. Kevin Padian said, “we don’t see a clear distinction between male and female stegosaurs. Without sexual dimorphism [physical distinctions between male and female], you have no evidence for sexual selection, so you can’t invoke sexual display as an explanation.” Neither does defense make sense. The structures were too flimsy to provide protection; the munch from an allosaur would be “like biting through a sandwich.” Padian argued for the only explanation left: that the structures were for “elaborate displays for social group recognition,” like bird calls, underscoring the “importance of behavior to evolution.”The structures would have to be pretty large and elaborate to function for social group recognition. How many lucky mutations did that take? A mole or nub on one stegosaur’s back would probably not be enough to get the ball rolling, to make all the others think that it was so attractive, he or she would be the only one getting a mate. Maybe some things in nature are just for looks and contribute little or nothing to survival of the fittest. Structures might be amplified by microevolution into extreme forms, but Darwinian theory would have a hard time explaining how they got there in the first place.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0