West Indies set for Zimbabwe Test tour

first_imgTHE West Indies will play against Zimbabwe in two Test matches scheduled for later this month in Bulawayo.The first match will be held from October 21-25, while the second will begin on October 29. Both matches will be played at the Queens’ Sports Club. The team which is expected to arrive in the country on 11 October – will face Zimbabwe A in a three-day practice match beginning on October 15 ahead of the start of the series.Following a disappointing season against England the regional team will hope for better luck against opponents, which it will face in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers having failed to secure automatic progression to the 2019 World Cup.The match will be West Indies’ second tour to Zimbabwe in the last 12 months. They featured there in a tri-series, also involving Sri Lanka, in November last year.Zimbabwe, who narrowly lost to Sri Lanka in the longest format in their last outing, could welcome batsman Brendan Taylor and seamer Kyle Jarvis back into the international fold after both gave up English county deals to return to their home country.last_img read more

WG, J-E football earn wins; Skaneateles outscored by General Brown

first_imgA third scoring drive led to a second Brumfield TD on a one-yard plunge, which made it 19-0. But just before halftime, F-M found the end zone to cut into that margin, setting up a tense second half.Another Wildcats scoring drive in the third quarter led to Brumfield going seven yards for his third TD, part of a night where he gained 149 yards on 27 carries.The Hornets countered by finding the end zone twice and following up with two-point conversions, but WG’s defense made enough late stops to preserve its first Class AA-2 division win of the fall.Jordan-Elbridge managed to top West Genesee in terms of the numbers it put up in the first quarter to quickly put Port Byron/Union Springs away.It took barely three minutes for the Eagles to get its first touchdown, Tyler Scott scoring from one yard out. Less than three minutes later, it was 13-0, Alex Pond going deep and finding Erik Ryan on a 61-yard pass.Joining in the fun, J-E’s defense earned points when Caleb Rouse intercepted a Panthers pass and returned it 46 yards for six points. When Avante Brown scored on a 42-yard run and Trent Thomas hit Dakota Holbrook for two points, the Eagles had earned 28 points in less than seven minutes.More big plays on both ends followed, Rouse returning a second interception 65 yards for a TD and, in the third quarter, Pond going deep to Ryan for a 78-yard scoring play.J-E will ride this momentum into next Friday’s regular-season finale, when it hosts a Skaneateles side that suddenly finds itself in its own slump as the 40-0 defeat to Cato-Meridian was followed by a wild battle with General Brown at Hyatt Stadium.Despite its 2-3 record going into the game, the Lions got on the board first, with the Lakers countering late in the opening period on Evan Brunelle’s five-yard TD run, but that was just the appetizer for the point barrage to follow.Three touchdowns were scored in less than two minutes early in the second period, but even with Jacob Nesbitt returning a kickoff 81 yards for a TD, Skaneateles found itself trailing 28-14 when it put together a drive that Brunelle capped by going 14 yards to the end zone with less than a minute left in the half.James Musso then drove the Lakers to the GB two-yard line before scrambling home to tie it 28-28 early in the third quarter. Less than two minutes later, the Lions led again, and a Musso interception led to another GB touchdown.So it was 42-28 going to the final period, which stared with Nick Wamp going five yards for the TD, but continued with GB driving twice more against a porous Skaneateles defense to build its margin to 56-35 with barely five minutes to play.Still not done, the Lakers had Nick Wamp go 85 yards for the team’s second kickoff return to the end zone. After some defensive stops, it moved to the Lions’ 17, from where Musso hit Max Wamp with 1:06 left.GB held on, though, and Skaneateles fell to 4-2, now needing a win at J-E to regain its confidence in time for the sectional playoffs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Just in time, the West Genesee football team stopped a month-long skid and kept its post-season hopes alive.The Wildcats rode a big second quarter Exavier Brumfield to a 26-22 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius Friday night at Mike Messere Field, which meant that, it it wins at Rome Free Academy next weekend, it could still find itself in the Section III Class AA playoffs.Also returning to the win column, Jordan-Elbridge broke a two-game skid when it went to Port Byron/Union Springs and scored four touchdowns in the first quarter on the way to defeating the Panthers 48-8. By contrast, Skaneateles, once 4-0 and ranked no. 2 in the state in Class C, suffered its second consecutive defeat, putting up lots of points, but surrendering more to General Brown in a 56-49 loss.West Genesee had lost three in a row since beating Corcoran 28-12 on Sept. 13. It could not afford any more setbacks and, with that urgency, proceeded to jump all over Fayetteville-Manlius following a scoreless first quarter.Early in the second period, quarterback Braeden McNeil scrambled 19 yards to the end zone to put the Wildcats on the board. Even bigger was Exavier Brumfield taking a handoff at his own 26 and dashing down the right sideline 76 yards for a touchdown.center_img Tags: footballJordan-ElbridgeskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more

Cellxpert selected to optimise Ellmount Gaming’s affiliate programme

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Share Additional sponsors join the AffiliateFEST lineup August 10, 2018 Cellxpert has been selected by Ellmount Gaming LTD to track, manage and optimise its affiliate programme for both its CasinoRoom.com and HighRoller.com brands.The new partnership will support Ellmount Gaming to ‘drive growth and optimise its business performance’ by integrating Cellxpert’s affiliate tracking software.Assaf Dor, Cellxpert CEO, commented: “We are glad to be chosen by an industry leader such as Ellmount and anticipate working together with them to support their affiliate programme growth.“We believe that our proprietary technology, deep understanding of the industry and affiliate management challenges help us offer the best solution for managing complex partnerships at scale.”By using Cellxpert’s affiliate tracking software, Ellmount Gaming LTD will be able to produce detailed reports, while gaining access to a suite of compliance tools.Miles Saacks, Head of affiliates at Ellmount group, added: “I have tried using multiple affiliate softwares and have tested them all, but none have been as clean and simple to use as Cellxpert. We believe that the intuitive interface, and granular real time data will help us optimize our business results alongside our affiliate partners.”last_img read more

Jimmy Garoppolo’s girlfriend: Who is the 49ers quarterback dating?

first_imgIf Garoppolo does have a girlfriend, he has been able to keep her out of the spotlight.Garoppolo was linked to Boston-based model Alexandra King in 2018, but he told Bleacher Report they were never an item.King posted an Instagram photo with Garoppolo on Valentine’s Day and was also spotted with him at Disneyland.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent the day with his girlfriend Alexandra King over the weekend! Check out the pics of the hot young couple: https://t.co/97TDdLKLS7— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 1, 2018RELATIONSHIP TIMELINE: Aaron Rodgers and Danica PatrickKing made headlines when she wrote the word “karma” on her now-deleted Instagram account after the quarterback sustained a season-ending ACL injury in 2018.According to several reports, the ex-girlfriend was celebrating his injury after he broke things off with her to go on a date with adult film star Kiara Mia.King also removed all photos of Garoppolo from her Instagram following his date.“Jimmy and I had an amazing dinner, and he treated me with so much respect, and class. Honestly, we’re friends,” Mia told TMZ. When you’re an NFL quarterback, it’s hard to keep your love life private. However, it appears 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been able to do just that.Very little is known about the 28-year-old’s dating history. Garrapolo, who didn’t seem to realize the media frenzy his date with Mia would create, called the outing a learning lesson.“Life is different now,” he told reporters. “My life, off the field — I’ve never really been big on being very public with things even on social media. I’m not on there a ton.”But my life’s looked at differently. I’m under a microscope. It’s like (49ers hcoach Kyle Shanahan) said, it is a good learning experience. Just have to take it in stride. It is what it is.”last_img read more

Barcelona always dangerous, says Lewandowski

first_img“It’s not a goal for me. We have few more games in the knockout round and I am just happy when I score and create goals,” said Lewandowski.The final tournament of the Champions League will be played in Lisbon. The clash between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich is scheduled for August 14.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Robert LewandowskiKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski emphasized that he is fully focused on the clash against FC Barcelona after the German champions trashed Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to advance into the Champions League quarterfinals.The Pole led the Bavarians to a massive win after he scored twice. Lewandowski needed just 10 minutes to break the deadlock as he converted the penalty, while in the closing stages he made it 4-1 through a stunning header after Alvaro Odriozola’s perfect cross from the right wing. Bayern crushed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate to secure their place in the Champions League quarterfinal.“The important thing is that we played well in attack, scored goals and had fun on the pitch,” Lewandowski told Sky Sports after the game.In the quarterfinal, Bayern will face Barcelona after the Catalans beat SSC Napoli. “Barcelona are always dangerous. They play great football. We should show our quality from the first minute. We have to remember this is just one game,” added Lewandowski.The Polish forward is on the way to becoming the Champions League top scorer as he leads with 13 goals. The 31-year-old has a chance to break the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo, who found the net 17 times in the 2013/14 season.last_img read more

Guide to purchasing a yacht in Thailand – Part 5

first_imgYacht SurveyorsThe way to find the best surveyor in your area is to ask people who know and are willing to give you an honest answer.  Insurance agents, company claim offices and yard managers are in a good position to know which surveyors know their business.  If you want a good surveyor, choose your surveyor carefully.The next most important consideration is to make sure that the surveyor has adequate time to do his job, along with good working conditions.  The surveyor can’t do a good job if he’s being hustled by a seller.  Nor can he do a good job if too many people are present on the boat.  As the buyer, you should accompany the surveyor so that you’re available to see things first hand.  Sea trials should be conducted in open water not restricted waterways.  A brief run up a river or the Intracoastal, interspersed with no wake zones won’t do.  If weather conditions don’t permit an open water run, be prepared to reschedule another day.  It’s extremely important to give the vessel a good run. After the survey, avoid letting a broker rush your decision.  They all say that if you don’t sign today, they got someone who will tomorrow.  It’s the oldest con in the book.  Surveyors need time to consider their findings, and the survey is not really finished until he has written his report.  Most surveyors get their reports done in a day or two, so give him adequate time to finish his job.Purchase AgreementsMake sure that your purchase agreement allows you to cancel the deal if the vessel does not meet your standards.  Include a stipulation that the sea trial must be conducted in open water for a minimum of two hours.If the seller warrants that he will repair any defects, make sure that you get that in writing, preferably with a maximum dollar amount attached.  It is not wise to allow the seller to repair deficiencies himself.  The reason should be obvious, but many buyers overlook the possibility that the repairs that the seller makes may not be satisfactory.  Indeed, they often aren’t.  The best procedure is to negotiate a dollar reduction to the sales price and make the repairs yourself, even if there is an element of uncertainty as to cost.  Of course you should get cost estimates on deficiencies, and better still a contract price.If you can’t get away from the seller making repairs, at least stipulate in the contract that the repair firm must be mutually agreeable to both buyer and seller.  What you’re looking to avoid is the shade-tree mechanic who doesn’t do the job right.Remember that the broker represents the seller, not you, the buyer.  If you want to believe their representations, make them put it in writing.  That way you have a contract, not just a sales pitch.Concluding the DealDon’t be too quick to condemn an otherwise good boat that has a major problem such as a bad engine.  If you’ve done your homework and have researched more than just a few boats, you know what is available and at what price.  The old saying that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t applies.  If you can get serious defects repaired well within economic range, you’ll probably end up with a better boat than the next one you look at.  The reason is simple: if the problem has manifested, it has become known.  When you’re looking at boats of comparable age, chances are those boats are also well on the way to having similar problems.  Therefore, the more problems that can be discovered and repaired, the better off you’ll be.In Summary:Make quality a major consideration. Don’t try to get the largest vessel that your budget will allow. Better to take a step down in size and a step up in quality.If size is a major consideration, seriously consider used versus new as a means of staying within your budget.Look beyond glamorous interiors, luxurious upholstery and racy designs: the beauty may only be skin deep.Calculate the full cost of ownership, including depreciation, interest, insurance, dockage, fuel and repairs. Figure maintenance as an annual percentage over the period of ownership.Once you’ve decided on several possibilities, take a tour of a marina or boat yard and see how the products of those builders hold up over the years. Talk to their owners and see what they have to say.Consult a surveyor before you buy. Most surveyors will be glad to help you make a choice.Take the time to find the best surveyor in your area.Make your purchase decision only after you’ve read the survey report.Consider the advantage of getting major machinery or parts overhauled or replaced based on a reduction in price.Now I know what to buy, What next?Now that you have chosen your boat, there are still two major options.  The first, buying your boat overseas or a new boat and having it imported and the other is buying a boat that is already local in Thailand.  Let’s take a look at both scenarios.Import your boat:It’s ‘easy’ when you know how but persons intending to import and/or register a boat in Thailand are advised to seek competent professional advice.A pleasure yacht (power or sail) can be imported into Thailand with Customs Duty at zero percent.  The only tax applicable is VAT, currently set at 7%.  VAT will be calculated on the CIF value (Cost + Insurance + Freight) of the boat.For the purpose of calculating VAT, the boat is valued at its purchase price.  However, the Customs Officer must agree that value stated is a fair market price.  If the Customs Officer believes the stated value is too low, he will research the price on www.yachtworld.com and may reject the importer’s own valuation, even if backed by a Bill of Sale/invoice/receipt etc.The above applies to both new and pre-owned boats.  In the latter case, there is room for negotiation on value depending on the boat’s condition.Procedures, and the documentation required, are complicated.  Employing a professional agency such as Gulf Charters Thailand will remove a lot of the frustration.Buying local:When transferring registration of a Thai registered boat, the Harbour department charges a stamp duty of 0.5% of the purchase price to make the transfer.  He or she will also need a valid address in Thailand to reference in the yacht registration book.The immigration office facilitates this by issuing a letter stating that you have provided them with proof of a residential address.  To do this you need to attend a brief meeting with the immigration office and provide them with such proof, a lease or the like in your name.  You will also require a passport photo and a copy of your passport showing the data page, the page showing your current visa and the a copy of the arrival card.Please note that this letter is only valid for the duration of your visa, if you do not have sufficient time left on your visa  for the registration transfer to take place (minimum two weeks) you may be required to provide a new valid letter to the Harbour department before they will issue the registration book.After having received all documents complete, the Harbor Department will issue an official number to be clearly displayed on the left and right sides of the hull.  Photographs of the vessel with the official Harbor Department number (2 photographs each on the left, on the right and the front) must be submitted to the Harbor Department who will then make a final detailed inspection and issue official registration papers and a permit to operate the vessel in Thai waters.  If all documentation is correct, it will take 3 – 5 days.For more information and advice about purchasing a new or used yacht/pleasure boat in Thailand, contact Gulf Charters on Tel. 038 237 752.last_img read more

Proud Dinka warrior…Manute Bol was a ‘special blessing’

first_imgHUMANITARIAN—Former NBA basketball star Manute Bol poses for a photograph at the Sunrise Sudan headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, June 9. by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier Without question the most memorable teammate from my 14-year pro basketball career was the late Manute Bol, affectionately known as “Nutie” by his teammates and friends. Although his 7-7 stature made him stand out in any crowd and his presence inside the lane instantly commanded attention, it was his humanitarian efforts, unique background, humor and intelligence that I came to admire most.Manute was a man of humble yet noble beginnings. Bol Nyuol, Manute’s great-great grandfather, was a chief of the Tuic Dinka tribe. His grandfather was also a very wealthy tribal chief who was said to have had 40 wives and 80 children. Although Manute’s father was not a tribal chief nor did he inherit the family wealth, he was a well-to-do tribe member. His father was said to have had 150 cows and held the honored position of tribal elder. IMPOSING PRESENCE—In this Jan. 26, 1993 photo, New York Knicks Patrick Ewing, right, is blocked by Philadelphia 76er Manute Bol during an NBA game at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Manute’s date of birth is believed to be in the fall between the years of 1961 and 1963. The exact date is not known as a result of the practice of his tribe not using birth certificates. Instead Dinkas relied on the memory of elders to approximate a birth within the tribe.I was curious to know more about African culture so I would ask Manute many questions about his life in Sudan when we were teammates from 1990 to 1993 on the Philadelphia 76ers. Out of those long conversations, what really stood out for me was the manhood rite rituals. The Dinkas subjected all their teenage boys who were candidates for manhood to a barbaric face and head scarring custom and the candidates had six teeth forcibly extracted. After watching other candidates go through this bloody and painful tribal custom, Manute rebelled. In fact, when Manute was identified by the elders as the next candidate for the ritual, Manute ran away on several occasions. Eventually, he was poignantly told by tribal elders that he had to go through the ritual or he would not be a Dinka. Manute acquiesced and endured the very painful demands of the manhood rite ritual. He visibly bore the markings of this ritual on his head and face the rest of his adult life.Dinka manhood candidates also had to learn animal husbandry. Animal husbandry involved candidates learning about the birthing, care, sale and protection of cows. I was amazed by the requirement of having a 13-year-old manhood candidate kill a lion. At the tender age of 13, Manute was charged with the duty of killing an adult lion with a spear. Then he had to cut the mane off of the lion’s neck and carry it to the tribal chief. According to Manute he accomplished this feat by going into the bush and spotting a sleeping lion. He claimed to have stealthily come up behind the lion, raised his spear high in the air and deeply injected his spear into the lion’s neck. He claims that the lion roared and struggled but quickly died. A couple years after completing all the manhood rite rituals, Manute started playing basketball when his cousin from Khartoum, Nyuol Makwag Bol, suggested he take up the sport. Eventually Manute traveled to the town of Wau and played on their local police team. Manute’s father objected and was quoted as saying that “basketball was not good work for a Dinka.” Manute did not heed his father’s warning but chose to spend hours on a local court shooting, dribbling and working on layups. One day Nyuol asked Manute “why don’t you try dunk?” Manute took one dribble and went up for a dunk. Manute often said when telling this story: “When I came down I hurt my teeth in the net.” In other words, Manute had a tooth extracted by the net. In 1979 Manute earned a spot on the city’s Catholic team where he joined his cousin Nyuol. Khartoum, however, was not an ideal place for Bol. Its very large Arab population harbored a very intense hatred of Christians and Blacks. “I did fight a lot in Khartoum,” Bol said. “I was bad. I don’t take anything. Sometimes I can say we Dinkas are crazy.”Manute was seen by several American coaches during his time in Khartoum and was invited to come to the USA. Eventually, he came to the states with the intent of playing for Cleveland State. The details were never finalized so Manute looked for other options. He eventually enrolled at the University of Bridgeport, a Division II school, where he played during the 1984-1985 season.Manute’s pro career started when he was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Clippers in 1983. Later that year the N.B.A ruled Manute had not been eligible for the draft and declared the pick invalid. He was drafted again in 1985 in the second round by the Washington Bullets. As a rookie he set the N.B.A record of 5 blocked shots per game. Manute was among the blocked shot leaders most of his career but only led the league during his rookie campaign 1985-86 and in the 1988-89 season. He was also named to the All Defensive team in 1986. He played a total of 10 years in the N.B.A for four teams—Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.In 1987, the Bullets drafted a 5-3 point guard from Wake Forest named Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. This draft placed the tallest and shortest players in the history of the N.B.A on the same roster for one season. Sadly, many in the media turned the pairing of the two into a bit of a circus act. Manute and “Muggsy” were made the butt of many insensitive jokes on the TV night show circuit and even by standup comedians like Woody Allen. I had the occasion to play with “Muggsy” on the USA team that went on to win a gold medal and I played with Manute for three years on the 76ers. Based on my experiences of playing with and against these players for many years, I can say they were competitors that were very serious about their professional careers.Being made the butt of many jokes was the least of Manute’s worries. His native country of Sudan had been engulfed by bloody civil wars since 1983. The heart of the conflict has pivoted on the Muslims desire to control and/or exterminate Christians although animist and non-Muslims were also targets of persecution. As such, the Muslims enacted the extreme measures of cold-blooded murders and forced slavery against non-Muslims for decades in Sudan as a method to impose their will on the opposition and country. The religious hostility was so severe that Manute claims to have lost 250 family members during the civil war. Manute was not the type to remain neutral in the face of such oppression and violence by Muslims. Instead he was known to fight against the oppression in various forms. “In the United States they call Black people nigger, you know, that thing. In my country, the Moslem people call us Abid (Arabic for slave). Really, I don’t like. If they say it to somebody, not even me, I fight them,” Manute said in a Washington Post article.Manute, whose name means “special blessing” in the Dinka language, also used more sophisticated measures of fighting. He was credited with championing a cause that sought and eventually was successful in unifying the warring factions in Sudan. He took part in peace talks, visited refugee camps, protested outside several embassies, giving millions to support a rebel group, the 2006 Sudan Freedom March, appearing before Congress on behalf of his tribe and starting the Ring True foundation. “Manute gave his life for his country in all kinds of aspects,” said Bol’s friend, Tom Prichard, executive director of the humanitarian organization Sudan Sunrise.Manute literally and figuratively gave all he had to help his tribe survive Muslim persecution. It is reported that he gave most of his N.B.A. earnings, a good portion of his time and even contracted the deadly Steven-Johns syndrome which eventually claimed his life while in Sudan on a humanitarian effort. “I can’t think of a person that I know of in the world that used their celebrity status for a greater good than Manute Bol. He used it for his people. He gave his life for his people,” said Sen. Sam Brownback of KansasOn June 19, Manute’s life was prematurely taken by complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome which caused acute kidney failure. Manute’s funeral was held June 29 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He is survived by two concurrent wives and 10 children.The proud Dinka warrior who fought hard to overcome poverty, for his people’s survival and in the N.B.A is no longer with us but his legacy lives on. Well done my friend and rest in peace.last_img read more

Surgical Associates’ Senior Partner to Retire

first_imgFacebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Surgical AssociatesBringing to a conclusion a distinguished 34 year career serving Thurston County as a general, thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. James (Jim) Reus announced his retirement from Surgical Associates.  “It is with a sense of profound poignancy that I announce my retirement from the practice of surgery in Thurston County. Through these many years I’ve had the privilege to be surrounded by wonderful colleagues who have supported me beyond measure. I have had the privilege to raise a family and to grow and live in a most beautiful little corner of the world.”Spending time with his grandkids is high on Dr. Reus’ list for retirement. Photo courtesy: Surgical AssociatesA graduate of the University of Washington, Dr. Reus tirelessly and compassionately served the surgical needs of the greater Olympia community in which he’s lived for over three decades.  Also serving as the President of the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, the President of the Foundation at Providence St Peter Hospital, and the President of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Reus endeavored to guide and inspire Washington’s healthcare community in the ever-evolving practice of medicine. “A wonderful mentor of mine…at the University of Washington where I trained in surgery so many years ago, once said to me, ‘Jim, learn the surgical principles because the types of operations you do will change through your career, but the principles behind the operations will not change.’ Nothing could’ve been more true. While operations have evolved, and indeed the entire practice of medicine has undergone profound change, the guiding principles of surgery and medicine which have motivated me throughout my life have not changed.”Dr. Jim and Diane Reus will enjoy retirement exploring the Puget Sound on their live-aboard boat. Photo courtesy: Surgical AssociatesDr. Reus and his wife, Diane, look forward to time on the water cruising the Puget Sound on their live-aboard, the Innisfree, as well as travel and spending time with their grandchildren.  “It is my hope that as Olympia evolves this beautiful little piece of the great Northwest will continue to be a great, great place to live and raise a family, and for those in healthcare to practice their craft for generations to come.”  Coinciding with Dr. Reus’ retirement, Surgical Associates is pleased to welcome two new surgeons to their practice: Dr. Burkley Snow and Dr. Rebecca Freeman.  Both Washington natives, Dr. Snow and Dr. Freeman are very pleased be returning to the Pacific Northwest to serve the surgical needs of Thurston County.last_img read more

BAFFERT’S SKY KINGDOM SEEKS SECOND WIN IN SATURDAY’S MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP FOR OLDER HORSES AT 1 ½ MILES

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2015)–Bob Baffert’s Sky Kingdom heads a field of eight older horses as he seeks his second career win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, to be run at the marathon distance of a 1 ½ miles on Santa Anita’s main track.An impressive winner of the 2013 Tokyo City, Sky Kingdom pressed the early pace and went on to an emphatic 3 ¾ length win two years ago under Martin Garcia, who will be reunited with the Westrock Stables, LLC color bearer on Saturday. A winner of the American Flag Stakes five starts back at Los Alamitos on July 4, Sky Kingdom, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Empire Maker, comes off a pair of double digit defeats in the Grade II, 1 ¾ miles Las Vegas Marathon at Santa Anita Oct. 31, and in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 27.Sky Kingdom enters the Tokyo City fresh and will be taking a significant drop in class off of his last two starts. He has a win and two seconds at a mile and a half and is 18-5-2-2 overall with earnings of $412,122.Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Chilean-bred Bronzo comes off an even fifth place run, beaten 6 ½ lengths by America’s top rated older horse, Shared Belief, in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap and figures prominently in the Tokyo City. A Group I winner in his native Chile, Bronzo, a 6-year-old gelding by Fusaichi Pegasus, has faced top horses, including Shared Belief, California Chrome and Hoppertunity in his three stateside efforts to date.Owned by Don Alberto Stable, Bronzo layed mid-pack early in both the Big ‘Cap and the Grade II San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, but was far off the early pace in his U.S. debut, the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan 10. He is 23-11-1-4 overall with earnings of $323,002 and will be reunited with Gary Stevens, who rode him in both the San Pasqual and San Antonio.Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Rousing Sermon broke an eight-game losing streak with a hard fought nose win in a third condition allowance race at a flat mile on Feb. 20 and like many others in the Tokyo City lineup, will try 1 ½ miles for the first time on Saturday. Although he has yet to win a graded stakes, the 6-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit has amassed earnings of $816,042 from an overall mark of 32-6-7-7. A versatile sort, he can lay close early or come from off the pace.Up and coming Arlington House, who broke his maiden in front-running fashion for a $50,000 claiming tag on Jan. 16, comes off another gate to wire score in a one mile starter allowance Feb. 22 and could have theft on his mind with Tyler Baze up for trainer Jeff Bonde.A 4-year-old Canadian-bred gelding by Harlington, Arlington House is owned by Arndt, Corsair Holdings, Roger Layarte and Mersad Metanovic. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze, as Rafael Bejarano opts to stay with Rousing Sermon.The complete field for the Grade III Tokyo City Cup, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Helm, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Decisive Edge, Alex Solis, 118; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 123; Arlington House, Tyler Baze, 118; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; Bailoutbobby, Elvis Trujillo, 118, and Sky Kingdom, Martin Garcia, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

2Switt’s Grit to Fit

first_imgHis status as being the voice behind a new sound of storytelling composition to come out of Liberia has many citizens wondering, who is 2Switt?Proclaimed by UNMIL radio recently on the Chris Wolo show as having the best Liberian humanitarian track of the year (2013) “Why She Cry” featuring F.A.; LIB LIFE deemed it necessary to catch up with this talented brother and ask him where all of this swag and storytelling flair came from.LIB LIFE: 2Switt, your name is all over Liberia about the contributions that you’re making to the industry. It’s like you fell out of the sky, and we want to know from whence you came.  2Switt: Ha-ha. I came from Gardnersville to be precise, but have been schooling and living in Sierra Leone since I was 8 years old. My father is a Sierra Leonean and that’s why I talk like this. Even though I sound very Sierra Leonean, I’m a Liberian, that’s for sure.LIB LIFE: The track “Why she cry” was not the first track that you’ve done in your lengthy career, so tell us about the other tracks you’ve made.2Switt: I’ve done “Will you be there for me”, “We did it now”, “Thank you Lord” ft Bernice Blackie, “Who dat boy deh” ft DJ Blue and “Party hard” ft Cypha D’King. I have new tracks out, including “I’m sorry” ft Quincy B and “Why she cry”, featuring F.A.LIB LIFE: You have the gift to draw a vivid picture for your audience through your lyrics and story telling. Where did you muster up such creativity?2Switt: I’ve been in music for a very long time, in fact, my father gave me my first recording studio when I was 11 years old. So, I grew up doing music with big musicians in Salone and was known as MID.LIB LIFE: There’s word that you wrote the song that won the president’s writer contest, are you that good of a writer?2Switt: I collaborated with Quincy B and wrote the song that won the president’s competition. I am good at helping to polish people’s songs, but some people feel small when somebody gives them written music here. You should not feel small but bigger in fact because other people writing your tracks can help you to sound different.LIB LIFE: So it’s important to grow in the industry, even if that means taking instruction and being critiqued by other people?2Switt: Yes! I work with people all of the time so I can get the best out of myself. Working with people allows them to tell me where I fall short, if I’m not doing too well. I want you to tell me so I can better myself. This industry is teamwork, tell me where I fall short, and I’ll tell you where you fall short.LIB LIFE: Your accent seems to be the golden treasure in your songs, but do you find it hard having a foreign accent in your own country?2Switt: People get confused that I’m not a Liberian, maybe because I’m supposed to speak “Colo”. Many Liberians don’t know what it takes to grow up in a foreign country. So when they call me foreigner, the pain that adds to that makes me feel bad.LIB LIFE: I can understand. I guess that means there are great big challenges that you have to maneuver around? Being 2Switt’s not easy is it?2Switt: Ha-ha. That’s what brought me back home, something was done to me and I was the victim. My sister asked me to come back home to start fresh. Some people didn’t want to see me at a certain place at a certain time, and that’s what happened to me and how I was the victim.LIB LIFE: With all of the challenges comes champagne and celebration, new things at the end. Tell me, what do you have in store for us this 2014 now that you’ve been rated so high by the show on UNMIL radio?2Switt: Right now I am doing a project with UNMIL and working on 2 to 3 concerts. Next month I will be participating in the East vs. West concert battle in Sierra Leone along with musicians from all over Africa.LIB LIFE: Great. With all of that said, will you be able to remain 2014’s musical prodigy in our steadily growing industry?2Switt: I can assure you that not only in Liberia, but I’m one of the best rappers in Liberia. From what I’ve heard and seen, I know that I am the best storyteller, and will make the heat and be ahead of my game. People just want to hear something different no matter who brings it, and I’m fortunate to be that person. Everybody does Colloquia, and for a change people want to see Liberia differently, and I’m the only person who sounds different right now.LIB LIFE: Before we go, I just want to know if you will be able to maintain how differently you sound now that you are no longer in Sierra Leone?2Switt: I can maintain my accent and have switched my style now to give my fans more than what they heard last year.LIB LIFE: Nice having you here and we look forward to having all of your music and seeing you in concert. Would you like to share anything before we go?2Switt: Oh yeah. No girlfriend, single and definitely looking forward to being with a beautiful Liberian woman. Thought I’d share that about myself. (Laughter) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more