Commuters React to NYC Grand Jury Chokehold Decision

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – If the New York City grand jury deciding the Eric Garner chokehold death case were made up of a group of commuters at the Red Bank train station the outcome would have clearly been different.A random sampling of a diverse group of those arriving and departing on NJ Transit trains Wednesday evening, following the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 17 death of Garner had many of them expressing disappointment, in some cases anger and resignation and even some offering support for the decision.“Racism is alive and well in America,” offered one Asbury Park woman, who declined to give her name, as she waited for the train home.“It was unfair,” that decision to not indict, said Felicia Johnson, Brick. “The video itself showed it was unnecessary. There was no reason to do that,” she continued, referring to the officer’s action to place Garner under arrest resulting in a struggle.“It’s wrong they keep getting away with that,” Johnson continued, meaning police and referencing the shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, youth Michael Brown by a local police officer and that grand jury’s decision to not indict.Daniel Farley, who works in New York and lives in Metuchen, said he initially wasn’t aware of the grand jury’s decision until he checked his smart phone on the train. “Ferguson was a different ball of wax,” believing there was some question there. “There should have been an indictment here,” he said.Walking to catch the train Farley said there didn’t appear to be any disruption in Manhattan—at least none he was aware of. “I didn’t see anything. I just kept my head down and kept going,” he said. “Like always.”And he didn’t think there would be, at least not to the level that occurred in Ferguson, he added.“I’m sure there won’t be violence,” thought Ethan Ledley.But as Ledley spoke, CNN was reporting that demonstrations were beginning to get underway around New York with participants holding signs with “I Can’t Breathe” written on them.Ledley lives in Brooklyn, New York, and was in Tinton Falls Wednesday on business. “I’d think it’s unfortunate,” but not an entirely unexpected decision, he said. Given this incident and outcome, “There definitely needs to be some changes made with the NYPD” in education and training, Ledley said.In light of the jury’s decision, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday called for calm.“You can call for it, it don’t mean you’re going to get it,” responded Danny Corrick, who was waiting to get home to Newark.“There’s no difference between this and Ferguson,” Corrick said. “In both cases somebody died—unnecessarily.”Carlo Rivera, a Red Bank resident returning from Jersey City, saw it differently. “The police have to protect themselves,” he said, adding the grand jury “should give him a break,” referring to Pantaleo. Rivera, however, said “They”—meaning police—“need to learn how to deal with the disabled.”Garner was accused of selling illegal loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street this summer when he was approached by police who attempted to place him under arrest and a scuffle erupted. Police used a chokehold with Garner, who was unarmed and suffered from asthma and diabetes, complaining, “I can’t breath,” and resulting in his death. The incident was captured on video by an onlooker and has been widely broadcast.last_img read more

Manitoba back in the Brier winner’s circle, edge Ontario in final

first_imgIn the end, Ontario’s Glen Howard couldn’t win on home soil.Jeff Stoughton’s steal of two in the sixth paved the way for Manitoba to capture the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Stoughton, Jonathan Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould defeated Howard 8-6 in the final Sunday night at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont. It’s the third career Brier win for Stoughton, who will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship next month in Regina. It’s Manitoba’s first Brier title since Stoughton last won in 1999.Stoughton advanced to the final with a win Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.Meanwhile, Howard, who lost in the final in 2010, defeated his old rival Alberta’s Kevin Martin in the play-in contest before edging Gushue 7-6 in Saturday’s semi. Earlier, Gushue defeated Alberta’s Kevin Martin 10-5 to win the bronze medal.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 8, 2015

first_imgMark Glatt1522313%$75,470 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, May 7) CROWLEY TO PRESENT LAZ BARRERA TROPHY SUNDAYAlex Crowley left an orphanage in Mexico City, jumped a fence on the backside of a race track and eventually met up with Laz Barrera around 1957, forming a life-long friendship until Barrera died at the age of 66 on April 25, 1991.“Three months after I met him, Laz got permission for me to work for him on weekends,” said Crowley, who has been in racing in various capacities for 40 years, many as a jockey agent.“I would clean the stalls and take care of the ponies, things like that.”Barrera, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979 and an Eclipse Award winner as outstanding trainer four straight years from 1976 through 1979, conditioned the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed, in 1978.All this time later, for the second year in a row, Crowley will present the trophy to the winning connections of Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.The field for the Barrera: Yiannis, Victor Espinoza; The Man, Martin Garcia; St. Joe Bay, Elvis Trujillo; Forest Blue, Martin Pedroza; The Gomper, Rafael Bejarano; Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze; and Kentuckian, Mike Smith. John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 Bob Baffert621133%$89,690 Peter Miller1123118%$105,950 Philip D’Amato1562240%$239,040 BALTAS EYES GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS FOR SPANISH QUEENWith five wins through eight days of Santa Anita’s Spring Meet, Richard Baltas sits one victory behind training leaders Doug O’Neill and Phil D’Amato, who have six each.He hopes to add to that number come May 30 when he plans to run Spanish Queen in the Grade I, $400,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“She’s a little difficult to handle around the barn and in the stall, but she also has the will to win,” Baltas said of Spanish Queen, a California-bred daughter of the late Tribal Rule who won the Grade II Honeymoon Stakes by a length and a half on Sunday in only her third start.“For a horse to win first out in a Cal-bred maiden race and a Grade II in her third start is a big deal,” said Baltas, who trains Spanish Queen for a partnership.“She came out of the race good, so we’ll see how it goes for the American Oaks.”On Big Macher, winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby who was unplaced in the Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 30, and has had one breeze at Santa Anita since, Baltas said, “I’m taking my time with him. I’m letting him tell me when he’s ready. It seems like he was a little down after the Dubai trip.” DERBY SETS UP PHAROAH FOR PREAKNESS: ESPINOZAVictor Espinoza likes his chances on American Pharoah in the Preakness. And why not? The easy-going Mexican native rode the son of Pioneerof the Nile to an efficient one-length victory in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, a race Espinoza feels will only benefit the colt in the  1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 16.“I think the Derby sets him up well for the Preakness; I think he needed that kind of race,” Espinoza said of American Pharoah, who had two easy wins prior to the Derby, including an eight-length romp in the Arkansas Derby.“He really only had two races for the Kentucky Derby since coming off a layoff, and they were so easy that the Derby was a challenge, but it was a good experience for his next race.”No less an authority than Richard Mandella had high praise for Espinoza, a nominee to the Hall of Fame this year.“He’s a good athlete,” said Mandella, himself a Hall of Fame member. “He’s a good rider and he takes his business very seriously.“He has a great personality so he’s very easy to like and he has a very good rapport with the horses–a connection. He’s serious and he gives you 100 percent in his races, every day.“I think he’s good enough and the horse might be too (to win the Triple Crown) but I think he’ll have to be for Victor to get it done. You can’t do it without the horse.“The most important thing is the horse, but Victor is one of the very best jockeys and if the horse can do it, Victor will get it done.”Espinoza, who handled all the pre and post-race Derby hoopla with his usual carefree aplomb, looked a tad trimmer back at Santa Anita than he did before leaving for his Derby commitments. Did he lose weight?Victor smiled and gave a one-word answer: “Stress.” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Fernando Perez3357615%$233,030 Felipe Valdez2755119%$165,570 Tyler Baze4696820%$383,370 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS XPRESSBET’S PREAKNESS HANDICAPPING HEADQUARTERS OPENLeading online wagering provider Xpressbet has announced its 2015 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes Handicapping Headquarters is now open and stocked with the information needed to Bet the Preakness Like a Pro. Visit www.xpressbet.com/Bet-the-Preakness to download Xpressbet’s free Preakness Stakes Wager Guide, watch Xpressbet’s exclusive Video Handicapping Series and more.For the last decade, Xpressbet’s Preakness Stakes Wager Guide has brought the opinions and wagering savvy of expert handicappers to readers in this free tool. This year’s team includes Bob Neumeier, Mike Battaglia, Jeff Siegel, Jon White, Dick Jerardi and Steve Byk. In addition, Xpressbet’s own John ‘Johnny D.’ DeSantis, and Horse Player NOW’s Jeremy Plonk return to contribute contender profiles and stats and trends to help identify horses ready to run big at Pimlico.In last year’s Guide, five of the six experts correctly identified California Chrome as the ‘horse to beat’ in Baltimore, with Jon White ($109.20) and Steve Byk ($114) each turning a profit on their recommended wagers. Remember to check back on Thursday, May 14 to access Xpressbet’s updated Preakness Stakes Wager Guide, complete with post-draw thoughts and analysis from the team.Also, check out Xpressbet’s new Video Handicapping Series, in which expert handicappers Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse handicap the weekend’s races, analyze the Xpressbet.com Preakness contenders and interview the biggest names in horse racing.“As the title sponsor of the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes, we’re doing everything we can to ensure horseplayers have the information they need before betting the Preakness,” said Kerry Carlson, Xpressbet’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We’re excited to once again offer free access to our Wager Guide and Video Handicapping Series. We hope readers and viewers find these resources valuable when playing the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes.”While visiting Xpressbet.com, open an online wagering account and earn a $125 Welcome Bonus. It takes just minutes to open and deposit money into your account. Xpressbet customers can wager on more than 300 of the world’s top racetracks, including Pimlico, the home of the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes. Use promo code TC2015 at Sign Up to claim your $125 Welcome Bonus.FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos has taken the book of Martin Garcia, a mainstay in the Bob Baffert barn and regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund. Matos will continue to represent Corey Nakatani, who took off his two scheduled mounts today due to a muscle issue in his lower back . . . Services for E.W. (Buddy) Johnston will be held Tuesday, May 12, 1:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn, 1712 S. Glendale. The viewing will be Monday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the viewing room at Forest Lawn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Miraglo Foundation founded by Dr. Erminia M. Guarneri, P.O. Box 1270, La Jolla, CA 92038, and/or Scripps Health Foundation “Campaign for Cardiovascular Care,” 10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037. A major owner/breeder in California for decades, Johnston died Tuesday at the age of 77 . . . Jerry Hollendorfer reports that Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief is now at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Renton, Washington, recovering from an injured right hip suffered in the Charles Town Classic April 18. “He’s doing great,” Hollendorfer said . . . The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will host a free seminar, “Demystifying the Racing Office,” at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Panelists will include Santa Anita Vice President Racing and Racing Secretary Rick Hammerle, and Del Mar Racing Secretary David Jerkens. The seminar will be hosted by Richard Scheidt, TOC’s Northern California Director of Operations, and will cover the basic operations of the Racing Office . . . Tom Quigley’s guests at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be Daily Racing Form Western Ad Rep Jon Lindo, Saturday, and Santa Anita simulcast co-host Millie Ball, Sunday . . . There will be a special Preakness handicapping seminar in the Gallop Out following the races Friday, May 15. It is free to fans, who will receive free Preakness Stakes Thoro-Graphs. Santiago Gonzalez2134114%$112,190 Richard Mandella1324115%$196,240 FLORES EXPECTS TO RESUME RIDING IN 10 DAYSDavid Flores is expected to resume riding in about 10 days after the California Horse Racing Board granted him a jockey’s license yesterday. The 47-year-old Tijuana native had been disqualified for a year by Singapore racing authorities in late March.Flores will be represented by agent Jim Pegram. The two have enjoyed much success in the past.“I’m very happy,” Flores said Friday morning. “Uncle Buck (as Pegram is affectionately known by friends and associates) was the one who gave me a call when I was in Singapore the second day (after he had been given the year’s ban). I was down emotionally and took it as it was, and I’m thinking, ‘a year,’ but when he called me, there was hope.“That’s what made me take the next step, to come back here and pursue my career again. We’ve got some history together,” Flores said, referring to Pegram, who had his book twice before, from 1993 to 1995 and 1996 into 2004.During that time Flores and Pegram won two Breeders’ Cup races, the Juvenile on Action This Day in 2003 and the Juvenile Fillies on Tempera in 2001, not to mention the Kentucky Oaks on Keeper Hill for Bobby Frankel in 1998.“We won about eight $1 million races together,” Pegram recalled, “including the two Breeders’ Cups.”Flores has more good news pending. He and his wife, Dawn, are expecting their second child, a girl, within the next two weeks. Drayden Van Dyke2644215%$188,170 William Spawr420050%$24,350center_img Joseph Talamo2852618%$198,328 Victor Espinoza620033%$72,270 Mike Puype1421114%$103,490 Elvis Trujillo2330213%$136,050 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 Doug O’Neill2568224%$272,370 Alex Solis823125%$108,780 Richard Baltas1452136%$278,400 Flavien Prat3568217%$364,070 Jorge Periban722129%$45,870 Tiago Pereira1726312%$133,170 Edwin Maldonado2344417%$125,350 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 DERBY HELPS AMERICAN PHAROAH FOR PREAKNESSFLORES TO RESUME RIDING SHORTLY AT SANTA ANITASUNDAY STAKES HONORS MEMORY OF LAZ BARRERABALTAS ON A ROLL WITH PROMISING SPANISH QUEEN -30- Rafael Bejarano2453621%$216,120 Mario Gutierrez1322315%$108,920 Gonzalo Nicolas2632412%$100,740 Brayan Pena2021110%$49,950last_img read more

KOBE’S BACK RALLIES FROM FAR BACK TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH; STEVENS & EURTON TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:08.70

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2016)–Idle since running seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 31 and fitted with blinkers by trainer Peter Eurton, Kobe’s Back rallied from far back under Gary Stevens to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes by a half length while covering six furlongs in 1:08.70.As is his custom, Kobe’s Back, who broke from the rail in a field of five older horses, was away slowly but was in high gear while four-wide turning for home, about nine lengths off the lead.“Gary said the blinkers did make a difference,” said Eurton, who trained “Kobe” in his last eight starts. “They probably need a little more cup to them. He tends to focus on the handlers in the gate…He tends to forget about the front part of the gate when it opens, so we’re going to add just a little more shade to them.”When asked if he was concerned about being so far back early, Eurton responded, “I know him, so we’re used to it. Six furlongs is just a little short…I never felt he was completely out of it, knowing him.”The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Kobe’s Back collared favored Salutos Amigos in the final 50 yards and paid $7.00, $3.40 and $2.40.Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s CRK Stable, Kobe’s Back improved his overall mark to 17-4-3-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Flatter increased his earnings to $772,250.“We tried blinkers years ago when John (Sadler) had him and he didn’t particularly like them,” said Lee Searing. “We didn’t think it was going to make a big difference. He did come out of the gate really good today, so that may have made a difference but he’s also never been this good, so finally this may be his year. We’ll find out but it’s a good start.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Salutos Amigos was a close fourth at the rail going into the far turn, made the lead a sixteenth out, but couldn’t hold off the winner late while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Cautious Giant. Off at 7-5, he paid $2.80 and $2.20.With Santiago Gonzalez up, Cautious Giant was lapped on pacesetter Rocket Heat around the far turn, took command at the quarter pole and proved third best, finishing 3 ¾ lengths in front of Rocket Heat. Off at 6-1, Cautious Giant paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.88, 44.45 and 56.33.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Taylor Decker Tweets At Jaylon Smith, Says He’d Never Try To Injure Another Player

first_imgDetroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor DeckerBALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT pic.twitter.com/iNsILFwZjB— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Retracts, Apologizes For Comments On Colin Kaepernick

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh apologized on Twitter shortly after commenting on the motivation behind Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.Earlier today, Jim Harbaugh said he “didn’t respect the motivation” behind San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the national anthem on Friday night.Kaepernick, who played for Harbaugh in San Fran from 2011-14, explained his decision on multiple occasions, saying it revolved around the treatment of black people and people of color in the U.S.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Just minutes after his initial comments on Kaepernick went public –and caused some criticism on social media–Jim Harbaugh apologized on his favorite medium.I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016Looking at the responses to Harbaugh’s tweet, some have accepted his apology, others haven’t and some are wondering why he apologized in the first place. Seems like the man can’t help causing a stir even when he doesn’t intend to.last_img read more

GST collections drop below Rs1 lakh cr to Rs 98202 cr in

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s gross GST collections slipped below Rs 1 lakh crore to Rs 98,202 crore in August, according to official data released on Sunday. Gross revenue collections from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July stood at Rs 1.02 lakh crore. The August 2019 mop-up was, however, 4.5 per cent higher than the Rs 93,960 crore collected in the same month last year. This is the second time during this year that the revenue collection from the GST has slipped below the Rs 1 lakh crore mark. First, it happened in June when the collection was Rs 99,939 crore. Central GST collections stood at Rs 17,733 crore, State GST Rs 24,239 crore, and Integrated GST Rs 48,958 crore (including Rs 24,818 crore collected on imports) during August this year, a statement said. P12last_img

IBM demonstrates new breakthrough in AI performance

Explore further IBM has demonstrated a new breakthrough in AI performance. By using machine learning on POWER9 with NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, IBM technology can now predict the likelihood of a user clicking online advertisements 46x faster than previous published results. In a newly published benchmark by IBM Research, we demonstrated how Snap Machine Learning (AI technology) can be used to train machine learning models for massive data sets from financial records to weather forecasting to online marketing. The result for customers is lower cloud costs and faster time to insight.The insights derived from data are where real business value is—and getting those insights is a tall order when it is time- and cost-consuming to evaluate even relatively simply datasets. Speed is critical for scaling insights, and IBM is optimizing IT infrastructure to achieve that speed. Realizing the power of AI and the cloudAt Think 2018, we’re also introducing other first-of-a-kind capabilities that address both the biggest obstacles and the biggest opportunities with enterprise AI in the cloud, including data security and a technical skills shortage. In the last 12 months, 58% of enterprises have had at least one security breach, according to Forrester. To protect data in the cloud, IBM is introducing services with mainframe-level data protection for cloud databases, containers, and developer kits for Apple devices. The services are made possible by bringing IBM Z into IBM’s global public cloud data centers, giving enterprises secure data protection as they make progress on their AI journeys.Furthermore, to bridge the gap between the right hardware and the right skills, IBM will also be offering its POWER9 servers through the IBM Cloud. This includes the option to pre-install the PowerAI machine learning and deep learning software suite that’s designed to speed training in deep learning for data scientists. The POWER9 systems are purpose-built for data-intensive AI workloads and IBM worked with innovators like NVIDIA to boost performance by nearly 10x.The results are eye-opening. Tencent, a hyperscale datacenter provider, recently purchased a number of OpenPOWER-based systems to add to its growing enterprise data center. With its adoption of OpenPOWER technology, Tencent’s overall efficiency has improved by more than 30%, with savings of 30% on rack resources and 30% on server resources.”We’re betting on breakthrough technologies that are designed for cloud and AI workloads –and so are our clients,” says Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. “Whether it’s to accelerate customer insight and services delivery or provide data encryption across massive amounts of data, IBM Systems is uniquely differentiated for smarter businesses.” Provided by IBM Credit: IBM This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: IBM demonstrates new breakthrough in AI performance (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-ibm-breakthrough-ai.html Making container technology work for persistent microservices read more