STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY DECEMBER 27, 2015

first_img‘CHROME,’ DORTMUND SHOWDOWN LOOMS IN SAN PASQUALUnder regular rider Victor Espinoza, California Chrome worked seven furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Sunday in 1:25.40 as he prepares for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, his first race since running second last March in the Dubai World Cup.The San Pasqual, at a mile and a sixteenth with a $200,000 purse, also is likely to attract Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, meaning it would showcase the last two Santa Anita Derby winners, California Chrome (2014) and Dortmund (2015).“He’s right on schedule,” trainer Art Sherman said of California Chrome. “The workout was perfect. He’ll have one more breeze before the race, this one at Santa Anita, but we’ll play it by ear depending on the weather and track conditions.”The over-sized chestnut Dortmund, now at 1,333 pounds according to trainer Bob Baffert, galloped Sunday morning at Santa Anita, as did top Triple Crown prospect and Los Alamitos Futurity winner Mor Spirit. NYQUIST ‘CRUISES’ IN WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTUndefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and odds-on favorite to be named champion two-year-old male of 2015, Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday morning in preparation for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb.15.“He worked great today,” said Doug O’Neill, who conditions the son of Uncle Mo for Paul and Zillah Reddam. “He went 48 and change (48.40), just cruising. As long as he stays injury-free and El Nino doesn’t come blasting through the door, we’re on for the Feb. 15 race.“His regular exercise rider, Johnny Garcia, was on him and he was all smiles.“Timing-wise, after the San Vicente, the Florida Derby would be perfect, because it would be five weeks out before the Big Dance (the Kentucky Derby on May 7). In an ideal world, it would be the San Vicente, the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby.” R&R IN STORE FOR MALIBU KING RUNHAPPYBreeders’ Cup Sprint winner and likely Eclipse Award winner as champion sprinter of 2105 Runhappy was in good shape Sunday morning after his smashing 3 ½-length victory in the Grade I Malibu Stakes Saturday.“He came out great,” said Jonathan “Finn” Green, consultant for deWaal Thoroughbreds, LLC, who accompanied trainer Laura Wohlers to Santa Anita for the Malibu.“I had my hand on his rib cage in the winner’s circle and it wasn’t even moving,” Green said. “By the time we got to the test barn, he was dry. He was great this morning.“I think the horse will leave Santa Anita Monday night to a farm in Texas. He’ll get some time off now with the Met Mile (June 11) on his agenda. We might get a prep race for him or we might train him into the Met Mile.” UNBEATEN NYQUIST DRILLS FOR SAN VICENTE‘CHROME’ WORKS FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESRUNHAPPY IN GREAT SHAPE AFTER MALIBU ROMPLIVE RACING THIS WEDNESDAY AT SANTA ANITA SANTA ANITA HAS BLOCKBUSTER OPENING DAY THREE BAFFERTS COULD ENTER GRADE II SANTA YNEZBob Baffert could have three entered in next Saturday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs: One Last Shot, Pretty Cool, and Treasuring.The Hall of Fame trainer, who has won the Santa Ynez three times, with Queen of Money (1997), Yearly Report (2004), and Indian Blessing (2008), has five of the 15 nominated to the Santa Ynez. LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY; DOLLAR DAY JAN. 1Santa Anita will offer a five-day racing week beginning this Wednesday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 3. First post time throughout the week will be 12:30 p.m.Santa Anita will be dark Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29. New Year’s Day, Santa Anita offers Dollar Day, with draft beer, hot dogs and sodas available for a buck apiece.CASSIDY EXPECTS IMPROVEMENT IN EDDIE LOGANJames Cassidy expects dramatic improvement from Mr Notorious when the French-bred colt runs in Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds at one mile on turf.“The distance is not a problem,” said Cassidy, who conditions Mr Notorious for principal owner Deron Pearson of Valencia, campaigning as DP Racing, LLC. “My owner told me I made a bad purchase,” Cassidy said with a laugh.Mr Notorious has not raced since Sept 5, when ninth of 11 by 16 ¼ lengths in his U.S. debut at Del Mar, but he has been working steadily for the Eddie Logan, named for the charismatic shoe shine man who was at Santa Anita when it opened Christmas Day 1934 and was on hand at the start of every meet hence until his death at the age of 98 on Jan. 31, 2009. FINISH LINES: Trainer Doug O’Neill on the 44,873 who attended Opening Day at Santa Anita, the largest crowd since 1994 when 46,904 were on hand: “Offer good racing, good weather, good marketing and good promotions and people will come out.” . . . Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird has the Grade II Las Virgenes on her schedule for her three-year-old debut on Feb. 6, but “everything would have to go right with the weather; we can’t miss anything,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said Sunday, a day after Songbird worked three furlongs in 36.40, her first breeze since winning the Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 30 . . . Multiple stakes winner Salutos Amigos, prepping for the Midnight Lute Stakes next Saturday, worked four furlongs for David Jacobson Sunday in 50 flat . . . Citing illness, apprentice David C. Lopez took off his four scheduled mounts Sunday . . . Apprentice rider Brayan Pena, who has 25 career wins, will lose his seven-pound weight advantage when he reaches 40 victories, or on Oct. 16, whichever occurs later. If he reaches 40 by Oct. 16, he will lose two pounds on his weight edge, from seven pounds to five.last_img read more

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Wildcats still need female hockey players

first_imgThe Fort St. John wildcats female hockey team is still looking for more players for the upcoming season.The Wildcats play in the Peace Country Female hockey League, and play begins on the 20th of October. The wildcats are really needing players if they want to make their registration quota, so if you are interested in some fun female hockey, or just want some more info, call Paul at 250-785-2759.- Advertisement –last_img

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Microsoft, Apple sign five-year pact on Office software for Macs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE (AP) – Apple Computer Inc. won’t thwart users from loading Microsoft’s Windows operating system onto its new Intel-based Macintosh computers – but don’t expect Apple to start offering a Mac running Windows. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in an interview Tuesday that the company won’t sell or support Windows itself, but also hasn’t done anything to preclude people from loading Windows onto the machines themselves. “That’s fine with us. We don’t mind,” Schiller said. “If there are people who love our hardware but are forced to put up with a Windows world, then that’s OK.” Schiller made the comments at Tuesday’s Macworld Expo, where Microsoft also said it had signed a five-year pact with Apple to develop versions of Office for Macs and announced plans to release a version of Office that will be compatible with Apple’s new Intel-based computers. Macs currently run Apple’s own proprietary operating system, which competes with Windows. However, since Windows is much more dominant, Mac users don’t necessarily have access to many software programs written only for Windows. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple on Tuesday unveiled its first computers using Intel chips, which power most PCs using Windows. The switch could technically and theoretically allow a person to load Windows onto a Mac computer, although the user would require some technical expertise to pull it off. That would allow a person to run both Microsoft and Apple’s operating systems on the same Apple machine. It was news Microsoft Corp. welcomed. “Any new machines that are on the market that run Windows are great,” said Scott Erickson, director of product management and marketing for Microsoft’s Mac business unit. Erickson said it was too early to say how Microsoft might take advantage of an ability to run Windows on Macs, saying only that it could give Mac users the potential to run Windows-based applications they previously couldn’t. Still, Erickson said Microsoft remains committed to offering a version of its Office business software for Macintosh computers. Microsoft, based in Redmond, wouldn’t say when the new version of Office for Macs will be released or what it will cost. Erickson said the company last released a version of its Office business software for Macs in May of 2004, and Microsoft generally releases updates every two to three years. Erickson said the five-year deal, in which no money changed hands, should help quell customer concerns that Microsoft will stop developing software for its rival. “What we wanted to do was just put to rest the question of, ‘Hey, are they going to be around now that (Apple is) making a major switch to Intel?’” Erickson said. This is the second time Microsoft and Apple have signed pledges to work together, although Microsoft has developed software for Macintoshes for more than two decades. — AP Technology Writer May Wong contributed to this report.last_img read more

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SECOND MAN ARRESTED AFTER HORRIFIC TAXI HI-JACKING

first_imgA second man has been arrested following an assault on a taxi driver on Sunday morning last.The man was arrested at lunchtime yesterday and remains in custody.Two men threatened and assaulted a taxi driver after they hailed down the taxi in Letterkenny and asked to be taken to Lifford. The incident took place at Galdonagh, on the Letterkenny to Lifford road.THe driver was assaulted, the car was stolen and later found burned out.One man was arrested at around 130pm on Sunday afternoon and the burnt out taxi was found in Lifford an hour later.The taxi-driver was treated for shocked, but was otherwise unharmed. The first man arrested, aged in his 20s, has since been released.  SECOND MAN ARRESTED AFTER HORRIFIC TAXI HI-JACKING was last modified: January 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ANGER AS FOUR MASTER LADIES TOLD MONAGHAN HARPS WON GAME

first_imgTHERE is considerable anger among Ladies Football fans in Co Donegal tonight after the Ulster Council awarded the Ulster Intermediate title to Monaghan Harps earlier this evening.The Ulster Council had refused to comment ahead of tonight’s meeting at which they studied the referee’s report.Thee showpiece final in Brewster Park Enniskillen ended in farce on Sunday after Four Masters were told they had WON the game and the title. However they were then told it was a DRAW!Instead of extra time, the girls – Donegal’s Intermediate Champions – were told there would be a replay.But that is not going to happen.In a statement the Ulster Ladies Gaelic officials said they had awarded the game to Monaghan Harps because they had actually WON the match! After 60 minutes the score board read Monaghan Harps 1-8 Four Masters 2-4 however the referee scored the game as a one goal victory for Four Masters. After further consultation the game was declared a draw 1-8 to 2-5.Four Masters Ladies may now appeal the decision.Surely a replay would have been better for all concerned.But as it stands, Four Masters ladies are out of a chance of going for an All Ireland title.It seems Sunday’s farce has been repeated. In a statement Monaghan Harps Ladies insisted that they are the deserved winners of the Intermediate Ulster Club Championship title.They describe the fact that they were not awarded the title on Sunday as an “injustice”.ANGER AS FOUR MASTER LADIES TOLD MONAGHAN HARPS WON GAME was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:four mastersrobbedUlster councillast_img read more

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A bad turn of events unfold behind the plate for A’s

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — A’s catcher Chris Herrmann likely needs right knee surgery that will force him to miss the beginning of the season, manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday.Although neither Melvin nor team trainer Nick Paparesta had a definite timetable for Herrmann’s return, the manager does not think it is a season-ending injury.“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, as far as the surgery goes, but he’ll be playing at some point this year,” Melvin said. “Just not at the start.”Herrmann, who signed a …last_img

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49ers report card: ‘A’ fantastic finish to an ‘A+’ game

first_imgJimmy Garoppolo’s marquee game of this season featured four touchdown passes, 349 yards and a game-winning, last-minute drive. He was dialed in from the outset by threading passes to Emmanuel Sanders (seven catches, 157 yards, TD on 75-yard bomb). George Kittle came through with the … NEW ORLEANS — Here is how the 49ers (11-2) graded in Sunday’s 48-46 win over the Saints (10-3):CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicePASS OFFENSE: Alast_img

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Big bikes rev up for good causes

first_imgHarley-Davidson’s 2012 range is sure tobe put through its paces, not just witheveryday activity but also at the manygoodwill events where the Harley brandis represented.(Image: Sean Oberholster) Journey of Hope is an annual bike eventorganised to support sufferers and survivorsof breast cancer.(Image: Journey of Hope)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael CarneyMarketing manager, Harley-Davidson Africa+27 21 674 6320 or +27 71 604 3287Sean OberholsterLoud. Menacing. Dangerous. For many people, these are the first words that come to mind when thinking about motorbikes and bikers.For bikers, it’s about the wind in your hair, the freedom a motorbike can give you, no restraints or seatbelts, a passion for speed, pushing the limits for excitement, a way of life. For Harley-Davidson riders it’s also about giving back to others.The iconic motorcycle brand recently launched its 2012 range, and whether the mighty machines inspire envy, admiration or irritation, it is important to not forget that they are used extensively for good in South Africa and elsewhere.The Turbine Hall in Newtown was the setting for Harley-Davidson’s unveiling earlier in September. The event was hosted by local soap star and Harley rider Jack Devnarain of Isidingo fame. Other big names present included award winning singer Louise Carver, TV personality Kuli Roberts, and musician HHP, as well as popular rockers, Southern Gypsy Queen, who provided entertainment for the evening.“The Harley-Davidson brand represents passion, freedom of expression, individuality, independence and adventure,” said Celine Gruizinga, Harley-Davidson’s country manager in Africa, in a statement. “The launch was proof that Harley is a unique lifestyle brand that extends far beyond the road.”Doing good around the worldHarley-Davidson’s official charity is the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa, a cause that’s promoted at rallies and other gatherings. Other chapters around the world support the cause in their own regions.Over 31 years of support, Harley riders have raised millions for research into the disease, which affects people through increasing muscle weakness and death of muscle tissue. Eventually physical functions may become so severely impaired that the individual’s quality of life is diminished.Another charity actively supported by local Harley riders is the annual Toy Run, where bikers bring a toy to give to a needy child over the festive season.  Other riders take part in events such as the Journey of Hope run for breast cancer, or Bikers Against Crime. In July 2011 the Harley brand was involved in the annual Bikers for Mandela Day initiative, which saw a group of bikers depart on a 2 200km round trip through Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces, working in soup kitchens, painting childcare centres, and helping communities wherever possible.Breaking the mouldThe stereotypical biker is a tough-looking guy with long hair, a beard, bike leathers, tattoos and piercings who belongs to a motorcycle club. While many bikers look the part, underneath they are often professional working people such as doctors, lawyers and other well-earning individuals who buy Harleys to show off their achievements in life. Harleys are generally pricier than the average bike. For many owners, customisation is key, and one Harley can differ vastly from the next one, with unique parts and qualities. This is part of the Harley tradition.Each area with a Harley-Davidson dealership has an associated motorcycle club. These clubs are very supportive of charities, and within the Harley community, over 65 000 bikers have been known to show up for fundraising events. On Harley Davidson runs, responsible riding is what it’s all about and there will always be safety officials present to make sure rules are followed. A chosen biker leads the way, setting the pace for everyone to follow. This biker may not be overtaken because he or she rides at a speed that is safe for everyone. New toys for boys and girlsWith 2012 looming, Harley-Davidson’s new range for the coming year features 29 new innovations, including a bike that changes as your mood changes. The new Dyna FLD Switchback, for touring or for cruising? It can be either within 30 seconds as the bike sports easy-to-detach saddlebags and windscreen, effortlessly changing from one style to the other.Harley celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the original V-Rod engine with a limited-availability power cruiser, the V-Rod 10th Anniversary edition, which will only be sold during 2012. This is one of three new bikes in the V-Rod range alongside the Night Rod Special and the V-Rod Muscle.The new number for Harley-Davidson is 103, as the 2012 line hasn’t just had a change in looks, but a change in heart too. Harley has selected a few of the new models to carry the 103 cubic inch engine, a more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient development.The twin-cam powerhouse, equivalent to about 1 700 cc, allows for cruising at lower revolutions, so the rider can enjoy the ride for longer. The 103 engine produces about 6% more power than its predecessor, the 96.+27 21 674 6320 or +27 71 604 3287last_img read more

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How To Create a Blinking Eye Transition in After Effects

first_imgSome projects leave more room for creativity than others. If you’re looking for some out-of-the-box elements, check out this blinking eye transition.Some media, like music videos, aren’t constrained by the usual narrative filmmaking conventions, which allows filmmakers to create something unique that would be out of place in a narrative production. If you’re working in an experimental or free-form medium, here’s a little something to make your project unique: a blinking eye transition.The effect is simple enough. It primarily involves masking out the eye area, subtracting the mask, and then placing the footage behind the eye layer. Basic After Effects. However, upon further inspection, there are a few elements of the transition that may be a small challenge. What happens to the eyelashes mid-blink, as they would be a nightmare to mask around? How exactly do you time the blink? Let’s have a look.The MethodFirst, bring the footage of the blinking eye into After Effects and create a new composition.With the footage on the timeline, find the blink that works best for your transition, and trim the footage to start just before the blink, and then end when the eye is fully closed. We only want to use one blink in the composition. By using just the one blink, we can control the transition, so we can cut in the specific place (more on that later). Moreover, masking more than one blink would be a tremendous amount of work.With the perfect blink selected, find the spot in the timeline when the eye is fully open, and create a mask. Then change the type to subtract.We now need to animate the mask path, which we can do by clicking the keyframe stopwatch for the mask path.This is where I initially expected to stumble. How was I supposed to mask around the eyelashes as the eyelid closes? Well, you don’t. While we, as editors, will be watching the eyelashes enter the path of the mask frame by frame, the audience won’t see it because the transition will be over in a blink of an eye — quite literally. Since I captured my footage at 24fps, the eyelashes are caught up in motion blur, so they’re not very visible anyway.So, when you adjust the mask path as the eye closes, don’t worry about masking over eyelashes. Your primary goal is to make sure all of the sclera (white area) and the iris gets masked. To slightly remove the harshness of the mask, we’re going to introduce a soft feather of just 2px.For the eagle-eyed readers, you may have noticed in the second picture that the mask expansion stopwatch was also active. This was to remove the mask when the eyelid closes completely.It’s also a good idea to keep the eye quite dark and out of focus. This will help keep the focus of the composition on the scenes behind the eyelid, rather than the eye itself. To fix this, we’re going to do three things: decrease exposure, add a vignette, and add a gaussian blur. Since they are creative factors, the exact settings will depend on the darkness of your eye footage. I’m also going to increase the scale, so the eye itself takes up less of the composition.Now, the actual transitioning from scene to scene.The reason why we are only going to use one blink is that we need to be able to control when we want to cut to a different scene. If we allow the eye layer to freeze-frame before blinking again, we can allow our scene to unfold for a few seconds, and then play the blink footage again, but in reverse. This creates a transition that’s entirely under your control, rather than working according to the restrictions of the pre-recorded eye.This is how it looks on my timeline.Finished result: As I said in the introduction, you will mostly find this kind of transition in experimental or free-form work. Perhaps in a dream sequence or in a scene wherein somebody gets hypnotized. When you have the chance to work outside of the box, take advantage of it. Show your audience something they’re not used to.last_img read more

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