By Dialogo July 17, 2009 PANAMA CITY, 15 July 2009 (AFP) – An exhibition organized by the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington, will present the history, culture, and scientific advances of Panama in a score of events that will take place in the United States between October of this year and May 2010. “We have a very simple goal, which is that people in the United States get to know Panama,” said Eduardo Díaz, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, upon announcing the exhibit in a presentation in Panama on Tuesday. “Many people know that there is a canal in Panama, or if they’re salsa fans, they know that Rubén Blades is Panamanian,” but apart from that, “there is very little knowledge of what Panama is and what its geological formation means or its importance for biodiversity,” Díaz explained. The different activities will take place primarily in Washington and New York, but there are also events planned in Panama. The organizers estimate that a least a million people will visit or participate in the various activities planned in the two countries. “Panama at the Smithsonian” will display aspects of the geological and archeological history of the country up through its present biodiversity, by way of Spanish colonization, Caribbean heritage, and the arrival of the railroad and the widening of the Panama Canal. In addition, there will be components related to traditional music like décimas or the importance of the African legacy in percussion rhythms and dances, without forgetting modern music like salsa and jazz and its importance in the present configuration of the country. The organizers emphasized that it will be possible to observe that “the formation of the isthmus began in Panama more than 3.5 million years ago” and that Panama “is the origin of many things that have affected the entire world, like the creation of the ocean currents or (being) a bridge that united two continents.” Díaz acknowledged that “it is always difficult to publicize the scientific part, because people are more interested in movies or music,” for which reason he believes that this is a good opportunity to present the scientific work done in the country. “First the indigenous people, then the Africans arrived, then the Chinese: all these arrivals of different cultures and their influence in Panama are going to be dealt with in this program,” said Eldredge Bermingham, director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, located in Panama, a co-organizer of the exhibit together with the Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama. U.S. scientists will give talks in Panama on tropical archeology and the history of the naturalists of the isthmus. The Smithsonian Latino Center seeks to ensure that Latino contributions to the arts, sciences, and humanities are highlighted, supporting various programs as part of the activities of the U.S. institution. Díaz also affirmed that a goal is that people in the United States differentiate among Mexicans, Colombians, Cubans, or Panamanians “and understand that they are not the same just because they are Latinos and that each Latin American country is different.” Colombia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico have been the subjects of previous exhibitions, and once the events related to Panama have concluded, Argentina will be the guest of honor in commemoration of the bicentennial of Argentine independence from Spain.
With a robust travel and social schedule built around spending quality time with family, George Blankenship’s third attempt at retiring appears to be the charm.Ironically, the self-appointed title he now proudly displays on his LinkedIn profile page—Director of Smiles—sums up his primary goal throughout a remarkable customer-focused career that included “comeback” stints at two revolutionary companies, Apple and Tesla Motors.Working hand-in-hand with visionary leaders Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, Blankenship served as architect of Apple’s brand-building retail methodology and then redefined the car-buying experience.Previously, he spent two decades developing real estate strategies at Gap Inc., which under former CEO Mickey Drexler became one of the world’s most successful retail clothiers through Gap and offshoots such as Banana Republic and Old Navy.“The commonality is a complete focus on customers,” explains Blankenship, who also spent a year as a consultant on Microsoft’s retail strategy. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Schenley’s Jerome Mathews was the hero of the game against the Perry Commodores for two reasons. Numero uno—he combined with junior running back Shawn Davis to accumulate 109 yards rushing on 33 attempts, 18 of which he carried for 53 yards. Then he intercepted a Greg McGhee pass inside the Schenley 15-yard line within the final minute of the game to seal an 8-6 victory on Friday at Cupples Stadium. The 109 yards the Schenley running back tandem earned matched the total of the entire Perry offense.“We have to go back to the drawing board and completely re-evaluate some things over the next week,” said Bill Gallagher, Perry’s head coach. “Our team has to understand that this is a team game and we have to learn from our mistakes in order to improve.”The first points of the game were scored on a safety when McGhee was tackled in the end zone for a safety by Schenley’s Taylor Campbell with 5:35 left in the opening quarter. Also in the first, Schenley’s junior tailback DeAndre Black scored on a four-yard run to make the score 8-0.“I am impressed right now with the maturity of our kids at this point,” said Schenley’s head coach Jason Bell. “A lot of my underclassmen are stepping up and filling in some roles for some of my veterans.”One of those veterans is senior quarterback Darren Jackson, who was injured in last week’s game against Brashear. He is expected to miss the next two to three weeks with a shoulder injury. His replacement is sophomore quarterback Calvin Beck, who went 6 of 14 passing with 79 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.The Schenley defense was strong. In addition to the total offense they allowed, they also held the Perry passing attack to 0-7 and 26 total yards in the first half. McGhee finished with eight completions on 22 attempts with 55 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.“Hats off to Schenley,” said Gallagher. “They play with so much passion and enthusiasm. They are doing such a good job in that system.”The big game coming up this week will be Schenley vs. Brashear. The Bulls were heavy favorites coming into the season after two impressive undefeated seasons in which they rolled over City League competition. However, Perry stopped all that with an upset in the first game of the season, but then lost to Schenley in the second game. This sets up the big matchup this week in which the Spartans will have sole possession of first place if they can pull off the victory. Otherwise a there will be a three-way tie.Other games:Carrick 20, Allderdice 14Carrick opened play in the City League with a win. Carrick’s senior quarterback, Ryan Roeper continues to be one of the stronger passers in the City League. He went 8 of 18 for 100 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.This would, however, be a game that would go down to the wire. With 12 seconds left in the game, Jajuan Thomas caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Rasheed McKamey. The two-point conversion was made by Roeper. That would be the second score that McKamey was involved in as he scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.Allderdice scored on runs by Patrick Ferguson (two yards) and Mike Pfleger (five yards).Oliver 24, Westinghouse 8This one was won on the hands of Tyrek Morgan, the legs of David Marshall, and the arm of quarterback Dante Jeter. Marshall started of the scoring with a 60-yard sprint to the end zone in the first quarter. Then, Jeter hooked up with Philip Upsher-Ferguson on a 50-yard touchdown pass, also in the first period. Jeter did it again in the second quarter, this time, with Morgan from 30 yards out to make it an 18-0 game going into the half.“Once again we waited too late,” said Westinghouse head coach Monte Robinson. “We need to come up with some faster starts as we go down the stretch. We have a lot of young guys who play with fire and are still learning. They really want to win.”Ryan Lucas of Oliver intercepted a Darrel Cosby pass in the third quarter and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. Cosby responded and put his team on the board in the fourth quarter on an 11- yard run. He finished completing 14 passes on 30 attempts with 149 yards, no touchdowns and one pick. David Pryor and Marcus Falls each had six catches for 72 and 61 yards, respectively.“I must compliment Westinghouse on the effort,” said Tim Keefer, Oliver’s head coach. “Their kids played hard and hung in the game.”Jeter finished 4 of 9 with 97 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions.Brashear 61, Langley 0This game had been “mercy-ruled” at halftime with a score of 47-0, all Brashear. On the opening kickoff Manny Reed bolted up the sideline for an 85-yard score on the return. Bruce Patterson looked unstoppable. He finished with 11 rushes for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns, with two in the second half. Quarterback Henri Chatman added two rushing scores of his own including a 40-yard dash up the middle shaking several defenders to get there. He tacked on an 18-yard strike through the middle of the Langley “D” to senior wideout Manasseh Garner in the second half. Victor Bragano capped off the scoring with a 42-yard fumble recovery returned for 6 points late in the final quarter.(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments of District 8 football to our website at newpittsburghcourieronline.com)(D.W. Howze can be reached at dwhowze@newpittsburghcourier .com.)WEEK 3 SCHEDULEThursday, Friday, SaturdayLangley at Peabody, Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 17Carrick at Perry Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17Allderdice at Oliver, Friday, 3:30 p.m., Sept. 18Brashear at Schenley, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18Westinghouse at Central Harrison, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 SCRAMBLING— Dante Jeter from Oliver scrambles away from Devin Palmer. Jeter threw two touchdown passes in the Bears win.
UEFA said it opened disciplinary cases for “improper conduct of their supporters (racist behavior, racist chanting).”The European football body said its disciplinary panel will deal with the cases Thursday.Spain and Russia will likely receive financial penalties if the cases are proven.Russia has already been fined €185,000 ($230,000) after being charged by UEFA over its fans’ conduct at all three of its group-stage matches in Poland.UEFA also threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in its 2016 European Championship qualifying group after some of its fans attacked stadium stewards in Wroclaw following the Czech match on June 8. UEFA has said the deduction would be enforced if fans repeated their violent behavior. The Russian FA has appealed that sanction.In the first proven case of racist abuse at Euro 2012, UEFA fined the Croatia football association €80,000 ($100,000) for a range of charges including insults directed at Balotelli.Discrimination monitors appointed by UEFA reported that around 300 Croatia supporters made monkey noises at the Italy forward during a June 14 match in Poznan.A Spanish fans’ group previously reported that some Spain followers made monkey noises at Balotelli during a June 10 match in Gdansk. The group, affiliated to the Football Supporters Europe network, said other Spanish fans intervened urging the offenders to stop.Gebre Selassie acknowledged that he was racially abused by Russians during the opening group match but declined to file a complaint.UEFA received reports from monitors supplied by FARE, a Europe-wide fans’ network, and later asked Czech team officials to help provide evidence which could be used to prosecute the case.Russian fans displayed “illicit” imperialist flags and set off fireworks at each match, while a fan carrying a national flag aloft ran across the pitch after the match against Poland in Warsaw on June 12.UEFA pledged a zero-tolerance policy toward combatting racism and discrimination inside Euro 2012 stadiums.Russia was heavily favored to advance from Group A but was eliminated as the Czechs and Greece reached the quarterfinals.On Monday, Russia FA president Sergei Fursenko announced his resignation during a televised meeting with state President Vladimir Putin. STAR FORWARD—Italy’s Antonio Di Natale, left, replaces Mario Balotelli during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Italy and Croatia in Poznan, Poland, June 14. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) by Graham DunbarKIEV, Ukraine (AP)—UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian football associations on Tuesday for racist chants by fans at the European Championship.The charges follow reports that monkey noises were directed by Spain fans at Italy forward Mario Balotelli, and that Russian fans targeted Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. Both players are Black.
The Beautiful Game kicked off its World Cup Championship Thursday in Brazil, and while most of the public was at work, a few interested fans were locked in front of the television cheering on their favourite team.On opening day it was the Faraguna house in Nelson that was decked out in the Croatian colours as Guido and Boris Faraguna got together to support their homeland. Unfortunately a questionable penalty call ruined the day for Croatia, losers 3-1 to host Brazil.Action continues today with three games.At 9 a.m. Mexico battles Cameroon; at noon defending champion Spain takes on Netherland before Chile and Australia meet at 3 p.m.All games are on CBC Television.
TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler68128618%38%$553,654 Vladimir Cerin3593526%49%$312,499 Martin Garcia991691016%35%$914,339 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s main track was sealed after Saturday’s last race, and an inch and one-fifth of rain had hit as of 7:30 Sunday morning, according to Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, but by 8 o’clock the sun was out in all its glory, reproducing the picturesque setting with the San Gabriel Mountains as its backdrop familiar to fans worldwide . . .Happy birthday to Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. A native of Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens puts up number 53 today…The $75,000 Aboretum Stakes scheduled to be run today at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, was not drawn when rain was forecast for this weekend. The race for older fillies and mares will be run Friday, March 18, as Arboretum II. All original nominations will automatically be honored, but new nominations also will be accepted . . . Santa Anita is dark Monday through Wednesday. Racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. with free Grandstand admission and free general parking . . . First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon. On-track fans will receive a free (with paid admission) Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino . . . On Saturday, March 19, Santa Anita presents the biggest Michelada Contest in Southern California, featuring live horse racing, live music, a car exhibition and an art show in its spacious Infield. For further information, visit www.micheladarumble.com . . . Through 42 racing days, favorites at Santa Anita were winning at a 36.94 percent clip, 133 out of 360. The average on dirt was higher, 39.47 (105 of 266), but lower on turf, 29.79 (28 of 94) . . . Talk about living on the rail: Johns Journey, a five-year-old gelding trained by Paul Aguirre that was scratched from today’s second race, had the No. one post position in nine of his last 12 races, the last three in a row and six times in his last seven races, never winning from the one hole in any of them. He had drawn post position five today. Jose Verenzuela3131310%23%$106,545 EFFINEX HIGHWEIGHT FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPSONGBIRD ‘PERFECT’ AFTER SANTA YSABEL ROMPBAFFERT SEEKS FIFTH WIN IN GRADE II SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM YES, OBVIOUSLY NO FOR KILROEDAUGHTER TRIES TO EMULATE DAD IN SAN CARLOS Joseph Talamo18120202211%34%$1,054,654 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 Fernando Perez1391115198%32%$659,499 Gary Stevens51116722%47%$1,148,603 Jeff Bonde3172523%45%$172,420 George Papaprodromou4073618%40%$214,235 Doug O’Neill14522212115%44%$1,169,138 Rafael Bejarano20447382123%52%$2,009,122 Santiago Gonzalez21941292519%43%$1,584,933 Mike Smith74971312%39%$1,052,510 Flavien Prat19634332917%49%$2,041,926 Agapito Delgadillo78118714%33%$305,817 BAFFERT EYES FIFTH SAN FELIPE WIN ON SATURDAY Bob Baffert will seek his fifth win in the San Felipe Stakes next Saturday when he sends out likely favorite Mor Spirit and stablemate Cupid in the Grade II, $400,000 race for Triple Crown aspirants at 1 1/16 miles.Baffert won last year with Dortmund; in 2009 with Pioneerof the Nile; 2005 with Consolidator, in 2001 with Horse of the Year Point Given; and in 1999 with Prime Timber.Probable for the San Felipe: Cupid, Martin Garcia; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez.MIDNIGHT STORM SET FOR GRADE I KILROEIf trainer Phil D’Amato wins the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf Saturday, it will be with Midnight Storm and not the speedy Obviously.“The horse is fine,” D’Amato said of Obviously, a committed front runner who missed by a neck as the 9-10 favorite in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes Feb. 13.“But I like to space his races and give him only five or six a year to keep him fresh. I will be running Midnight Storm, however.”A son of Pioneerof the Nile, Midnight Storm captured the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar’s turf course Nov. 27 under Victor Espinoza, who retains the mount for the Kilroe.Probable for the Kilroe: Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; Bolo, Mike Smith; De Treville, no rider; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Ocho Ocho Ocho, no rider; Om, Gary Stevens; and What a View, Kent Desormeaux. Edwin Maldonado13625131518%39%$873,205 Mark Glatt7098313%29%$389,605 LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER IN SAN CARLOS?Karen Headley will try to emulate her father, Bruce, when she sends out San Onofre in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs.Bruce, who was 82 on Feb. 14, won the San Carlos five times, with Surf Cat (2008 and 2006), champion Kona Gold (2001), Son Of a Pistol (2000), and Softshoe Sure Shot (1995).Karen will attempt to win with San Onofre, a 6-year-old California-bred son of Surf Cat owned by Karen’s mother and Bruce’s wife, Aase, who campaigns as Matson Racing.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, meanwhile, will seek to win the San Carlos for the fourth consecutive year, either with Wild Dude or Outside Nashville. He won with Wild Dude last year and Sahara Sky in 2014 and 2013.Probable for the San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Mystery Train, no rider; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia; Salutos Amigos, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; and Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano.Trainer Phil D’Amato said Clockers’ Corner winner Coastline could start in either the San Carlos or the Kilroe. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato10221171821%55%$1,133,070 Alonso Quinonez634846%25%$206,840 Tyler Baze20420313010%40%$1,093,021 David Lopez1242091716%37%$612,416 (Current Through Saturday, March 5) Kristin Mulhall3876218%39%$307,505 Drayden Van Dyke11813131511%35%$745,224 EFFINEX GALLOPS AS HE PREPARES FOR BIG ‘CAP East Coast invader Effinex, the probable favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, was assigned highweight of 123 pounds for the Grade I classic at a mile and a quarter and is expected to have his first and only breeze over the track Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting.“He galloped this morning,” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, who trains the five-year-old Mineshaft horse for the Tri-Bone Stables. “He’ll probably work a half mile Tuesday or Wednesday. Being highweight is no surprise. We figured he would be.”Effinex has not raced since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27. He had been working at Palm Meadows in Florida before arriving at Santa Anita early Thursday evening.The New York-bred horse was second to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 prior to his victory in the Clark. He has earned $2,112,950 thanks to a 7-2-3 record from 20 lifetime starts.Probable for the Big ‘Cap: Effinex, Mike Smith, 123; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 120; Hard Aces, no rider, 118; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 117; General A Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 115; and Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 114.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Bob Baffert8117121221%51%$1,269,915 Richard Baltas8715121317%46%$1,023,644 Patrick Gallagher3063520%47%$468,713 Peter Miller1001291212%33%$492,380 Brice Blanc474579%34%$452,580 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton7412201116%58%$766,022 Kent Desormeaux8812211614%56%$1,027,285 Alex Solis2030415%35%$219,423 Steven Miyadi51911818%55%$305,849 Jerry Hollendorfer10516101515%39%$1,063,556 Abel Lezcano5872412%22%$293,654 SONGBIRD: ‘PERFECT’ IS AS PERFECT DOESSongbird, perfect in six races after her front-running, 3 ¾-length victory in the GradeIII Santa Ysabel Stakes Saturday, was fittingly “perfect” Sunday morning.That was the succinct description offered by her trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer. Now it’s on to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 9 for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who has won her six career starts by a combined margin of more than 32 lengths, an average of slightly over five lengths per victory.Just call her American Pharoah in a skirt.“What a beast she is,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who has saddled Land Over Sea to finish second to the undefeated Eclipse Award champion five straight times, including Saturday’s Santa Ysabel, in which she was 3 ¾ lengths behind, the closest any horse has ever been to Songbird at the end of a race.“Running second to her shows how good our filly is, too,” O’Neill said. “Songbird was definitely geared down, but Mario (Gutierrez) said our filly was geared down, too.“It was a super race by Songbird, but we’re super-proud of Land Over Sea, too.”After five consecutive losses to Songbird, O’Neill said Land Over Sea would head eastfor her next race on March 26 in the Fair Grounds Oaks, a Grade II test at 1 1/16 miles offering a $400,000 purse.Songbird, meanwhile, will remain at home for the Santa Anita Oaks, a race TeamHollendorfer hopes will lead to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 6. Clifford Sise, Jr.1854128%56%$196,540 Tiago Pereira8331064%23%$258,489 Mario Gutierrez15419282112%44%$1,165,894 Carla Gaines3972218%28%$468,360 Brayan Pena553395%27%$125,345 Jeff Mullins2566024%48%$174,234 Mike Puype60611410%35%$308,435 Steve Knapp2751319%33%$153,830 Ron Ellis2352322%43%$166,650 J. Keith Desormeaux3665817%53%$241,414 Michael Machowsky3155316%42%$223,041 Hector Palma3353515%39%$138,127 Victor Espinoza6389613%37%$685,080
It is being organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) under the distinguished patronage of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange. Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage will be celebrated during the 21st staging of the Emancipation Jubilee at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.The annual event, under the theme ‘Emancipation Jubilee: The Genesis’, will be held from July 31 into Emancipation Day on August 1.It is being organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) under the distinguished patronage of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.Emancipation Jubilee will honour the contribution of the African ancestors through song, dance, drumming, drama, food and fashion.Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature a farmers’ market, craft village, and food court offering traditional Jamaican cuisine.The highlight of the day will be the signature cultural concert beginning at 8:00 p.m. with the midnight reading of the 1838 Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to slaves on the island.Executive Director of the JNHT, Dorrick Gray, said the concert will feature an exciting line-up of acts, including 2018 Jamaica Festival Song Winner, Nazzle Man; the Charles Town Maroons; Port Morant Kumina Group; Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) gold medal winners in speech, drama and dance, among others.“We want it to be a big celebration in remembrance of our ancestors and the struggles they endured for our freedom… . We have a wide array of cultural groups that will highlight that message of the genesis and who we are as Jamaicans in the 21st century,” he said.Also on July 31, the JNHT will be hosting an Emancipation Jubilee Lecture at the St. Ann Parish Library commencing at 2:00 p.m.The lecture will be delivered by the Executive Director of the African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, Bernard Jankee.The JNHT, on Wednesday (July 25), opened an exhibition in tribute to the African ancestors at the St. Ann Parish Library, which will run until August 9. Story Highlights The annual event, under the theme ‘Emancipation Jubilee: The Genesis’, will be held from July 31 into Emancipation Day on August 1. Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage will be celebrated during the 21st staging of the Emancipation Jubilee at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.