Mike Matthiessen Elected President of 2016 Tournament of Roses; Reveals Parade Theme

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first_imgNews Feature Stories Mike Matthiessen Elected President of 2016 Tournament of Roses; Reveals Parade Theme “Find Your Adventure” Revealed as 2016 Rose Parade® Theme From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 9:16 pm The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Board of Directors confirmed Mike Matthiessen as president for the 2015-2016 Tournament year in a ceremony tonight. Matthiessen will provide leadership for the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and the 102nd Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual on Friday, January 1, 2016.Matthiessen announced “Find Your Adventure” as the theme for the 127th Rose Parade. “This theme has grown out of a unique relationship between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service. The 2016 Rose Parade will help shine light on the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks,” shared Matthiessen. “As proponents of the American spirit, we encourage people to find beauty in the landscape that builds the backdrop of their lives. From coast-to-coast, we will add stories of adventure to our collection while protecting our unique heritage and looking to the future.”Matthiessen has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses since 1979 and was appointed a Tournament Chairman in 2000 and a Tournament Director in 2003. Throughout his extensive Tournament career, Matthiessen has served on and chaired several Tournament of Roses committees including Communications & Credentials, Coronation/VIP Tailgate, Decorating Places and Parade Operations. He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2008.Professionally, Matthiessen is the general manager for Space Bank, Ltd. in Pasadena. In addition to his many years of service for the Tournament of Roses, Matthiessen is the past president of the Pasadena Optimist Club and a former board member of Foothill Vocational Opportunities and the San Marino Tennis Foundation. He is also a past member of the Pasadena Jaycees, Boys’ Club Advisory Council, Pasadena Kiwanis Club and the South El Monte Rotary Club. Prior to joining the Tournament, he participated as a float observer in the 1967 Rose Parade and a float driver in the 1969 Parade.Matthiessen was born in Pasadena and attended Pasadena City College and San Diego State University. He and his wife, Ann, have three adult children, Lisa, Jennie and Greg. His interests include tennis, golf, reading, gardening, bike riding and watching sports on television.About the Pasadena Tournament of RosesThe Pasadena Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. The Tournament’s 935 volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization within the community and serve on one of 31 committees that ensure the success of the parade and game. Collectively, they contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. For additional information on the Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at www.tournamentofroses.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Top of the News center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Simple Steps To Catch Your Crush’s Eye On InstagramHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more


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first_imgChris Scott’s Brookwater home sold before auction.FORMER Brisbane AFL player, Chris Scott, has scored a solid property goal before auction.The one time Brisbane Lions premiership player and now Geelong Football Club coach listed his Brookwater home for auction on May 27.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAt the time of listing the home, Mr Scott said it had appealed to them because it backed onto the Brookwater Golf Course and they were keen golfers.The home at 10 Oakview Circuit, Brookwater, has three bedrooms andthree bathrooms. It was listed through Phil Waight of Ray White Paddington.Mr Waight revealed this week the home sold to a local family before auction.It is understood the property sold for $670,000.last_img read more


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first_img“Some were injured. Some died. Mostly, it was long ago when American jocks of stature left cheering stadiums for far nastier games in World War II and Korea.”Mizell continues on, saying, “Big leaguers weren’t wealthy in 1941, when Pearl Harbor created patriotic itch. There was a military draft where first-rounders weren’t celebrated; they were prepared for European trenches or fighting in the Pacific. Ted Williams was joined by a landslide including Bob Feller, Enos Slaughter, Warren Spahn, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dizzy Dean, Gil Hodges, Yogi Berra and Larry Doby, the latter a man who wasn’t yet allowed in the majors because he was Black.However, I am disturbed by the current social and economic conditions in and out of the world of sports. Almost a decade ago I talked with the great Frank Robinson, the only player to win baseball’s MVP award in both the American and National Leagues. Robinson was also the first African-American big league manager.When I asked him about the late Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in MLB and how it affected society as a whole, Robinson said, “What happens in sports generally reflects what is currently happening in society.” He also pointed out that “the visibility of Jackie Robinson allowed White America and corporate America to become more comfortable with the presence of African-American men.”Even the slice of pie of America’s first great game, MLB is putting up grave numbers in regards to the participation of Black athletes. The Huffington Post published an article in April confirming the dwindling number of Blacks entering baseball. The article says,“MLB received an A for race and a B for gender hiring in the annual study released by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. Among major leaguers, though, the number of African-American players dropped from 10.2 percent to 9 percent last season (2009). The sport had made a small stride since reaching a low of 8.2 percent in 2007, but the latest data indicates a steady rise among African-American players might be years away.“I think it’s a reflection now of the long-standing fact that African-American youths are playing basketball and football more than baseball,” institute director Richard Lapchick said. “It’s ironic only because the role of people of color running baseball is dramatically increasing.” Boys and girls, allow me to ask you this question. Why is it because the management fellows in the front office make far less loot than the boys on the field?Recently, I discussed with you the fact that playing baseball presented less “academic” obstacles for young Americans, especially Black Americans because MLB does not worry so much about G.P.A averages or SAT scores. Major league baseball is more concerned and rightly so about, E.R.A(s), batting averages and stolen base percentages. We have to saturate the mental sponges of young Black males, enlightening them to the fact that they should not rule out any options for success whether it be athletic or academic. There are private and intimate Memorial Day celebrations every day in urban America. Just look at the crime stopper reward billboards and the RIP T-shirts that adorn the mourning family members and friends of mostly young victims of violence.Dating from the times of the our Civil War, Black Americans have had to fight just for the opportunity to fight. When our predecessors were granted the opportunity to stand up for their country, they were not allowed to “stand with” and fight beside their countrymen. Larry Doby fought for America but his biggest fight was not with Adolf Hitler on the battlefields of Europe. Doby had succeeded in winning the game of survival between life and death. He now had to fight and win the war for the pursuit of liberty and happiness at home.Before, during and after every Memorial Day we must all take a vow to make the quality of life better for all living Americans and as the holy Bible says, “Let the dead bury the dead.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741.) Forty-eight hours ago America celebrated Memorial Day. Being a Vietnam-era veteran I will always be fully cognizant of the sacrifices and blood that American men and women have shed and will shed on battlefields across the globe. In an article written in June, 2004 by Robert Mizell titled “Athletes’ contributions to war diminishing,” published by the St. Petersburg Times, Mizell says, “Far from their fields of play, in venues that could be vulgar, where there were no home runs, touchdowns or other goals of sport, some of our most notable athletes earned a long, caring D-Day ovation.last_img read more


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first_imgImage Courtesy: Pond5/GettyAdvertisement 7e3oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2wkvcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1y0i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2aWould you ever consider trying this?😱2Can your students do this? 🌚7vRoller skating! Powered by Firework Year by year, India has been gaining pace in the battle against the usage of performance-enhancing substances, and over the years, the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has discovered some of the most prominent names from the country’s sporting fraternity. However, NADA’s latest unearthing is probably its biggest catch ever. An astounding twenty two Indian rowers were recently put to a drug test, and every single of them ended up having positive results, and surprisingly, all of them tested positive for the same substance!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Pond5/GettyThe 22 male and female rowers, all aged between 16 to 18 years and members of the national under 18 squad, were tested back in July last year, during the preparation camp for the 2019 Asian Junior Rowing Championships.While the names of the teenagers haven’t been disclosed, their urine test samples, which just returned from the Doha Labratory, reveal the presence of probenecid. A drug used to treat gouty arthritis and hyperuricemia, probenecid is listed under ‘Diuretics and Masking Agents’ in World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)’s 2020 list of prohibited substances.Advertisement Following their test back in 2019 July, the U18 rowing team of 24 members had taken part at the Asian Junior Rowing Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. The minor rowers of the country had also clinched two silver medals at the event that was hosted from 16th to 22nd December.However, following the positive results, the Indian team have been served an ‘Adverse Analytical Finding’ (AAF) notice by NADA. It was also reported that the minor rowers waived off their rights for B sample testing, and haven’t opted for optional provisional suspension. As a result, they will lose the two silvers the had secured in the championships last year.Advertisement Such a huge doping scandal is an embarrassment of the Rowing Federation of India (RFI) and is sure to put a stain on their reputation, and raises several questions. However, the federation secretary general M.V. Sriram has been vocal about lending support to the young rowers, as he believes the drug test has some ‘error’ is in place.“We are very sure that it (probenecid) is from a supplement which is approved by the Sports Authority of India,” Sriram said in an interview with AFP.“Though maybe in that particular batch there may have been some spiking which we were not aware of,” he added.Speaking to Times of India, NADA’s director general, Navin Agarwal raised question on the RFI’s irresponsibility on letting such a large scale consumption of a banned substance happen.“The RFI needs to examine why such a large number of junior athletes were allowed to consume this substance in the camp. Coaches and organisers must tell the reason,” Agarwal said.“There are NSFs which seek our support for anti-doping awareness programmes. Sadly, the RFI never asked or approached us for informative sessions for their athletes,” The director general also lamanted on RFI’s disinterest.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Djokovic’s charity tennis tournament throws up more cases of COVID-19!Flight of shame: ‘White lives matter’ banner flown over Man City vs Burnley game Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – For Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger, last year was “a magnificent banner year.” He is predicting more good things for the township in 2017.Scharfenberger, who served as last year’s mayor, was again selected by the five-member Township Committee to serve as mayor for the year at the township’s reorganization meeting, held on New Year’s Day.Scharfenberger and his running mate Kevin Settembrino were re-elected in November, again securing the Republican’s exclusive majority for the five-member governing body, as they were sworn in for another three-year term.Committee member Stephanie C. Murray was selected through a unanimous vote to serve this year as deputy mayor.Scharfenberger said he was “both humbled and honored” to again serve as mayor as he spoke to a large audience that included state and county elected officials, families, as well as township employees and appointed volunteers. Looking back at the year just past, Scharfenberger referenced such developments as the Memorial Sloan Kettering outpatient cancer care facility newly opened in the township, renovating the decade-long vacant Alcatel-Lucent Red Hill Road site.The municipality transitioned to using the county 911 emergency system, which the mayor said “has been very smooth.” Another high point, he noted, was the establishment of a county waterfront park at the site of Chris’ Marina, overlooking the Swimming River, in the township’s River Plaza section. The park is “a huge win” for the township, the mayor said.Another noteworthy success is the township farmer’s market established last year and operated at the township’s commuter train parking. The response to it, Scharfenberger noted, was “overwhelmingly positive.”Much like Memorial Sloan Kettering’s renovation and redevelopment of an existing site, Scharfenberger pointed to the township committee’s support of the credo of “Utilize what’s existing” before building new. Another example of that is the redevelopment of the former Pathmark supermarket and the shopping center at Highway 35 and New Monmouth Road, with the recent opening of a T.J. Maxx department store, the forthcoming Bed Bath & Beyond at the shopping center and the redoing of the shopping center’s entire façade. That location, he said, “promises to be a successful and profitable” retail location.In the coming year, the community will look to work with county and state officials on the Port Belford redevelopment project and for a Highway 36 upgrade project extending from the township’s Ideal Beach area to Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, at the Sea Bright border.There are other challenges that local elected officials will continue to address, Scharfenberger maintained. They include the impact of the heroin/opioid epidemic that is afflicting all communities with the mayor vowing the township “will not be silent” in combating it.A major concern remains property taxes and Scharfenberger said he “hopes legislators will look at alternatives” to funding public education to offer relief to homeowners.Overall, “Middletown is in extraordinary good health” and he, his fellow township committee members and township employees, along with the scores of volunteers will continue to put forth “110 percent effort, every step of the way,” Scharfenberger said.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Bombers, playing in front of a wall of LVR supporters that filled the home sideline, surrendered the first try of the game when Boucherie pushed the ball down the left flank to open the scoring.Trailing 5-0 at halftime, LVR put together a converted try to take the lead.However, a lead the Bombers could not hold.“Defensive lapses and a key missed tackle cost us the game today,” Joyce lamented.Despite the setback, the season has been a very successful campaign for the Bombers.LVR is 6-2 on the season, with two losses coming against South Kamloops and Mount Boucherie. One of the wins came south of the 49th parallel where LVR hammered North Idaho 95-5.The Bombers travel to Red Deer for a tournament before concluding the season at home May 13 at Lakeside.LVR continues to build for the BC High School Rugby Championships in Abbotsford May 27-30.“We definitely have worked to do but we are strong in our league and then have time to prepare for provincials,” Joyce said. Mount Boucherie Bears of Kelowna scored a late try to edge the L.V. Rogers Bombers 12-7 in High School Rugby action Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.Trailing 7-5 with five minutes remaining, the Okanagan squad put together a final push that resulted in the winning score.“It’s disappointing for sure,” said Bomber sideline coach Michael Joyce.Joyce said the Bombers had trouble with the finer points of their game, mistakes that allowed the Bears to score early and late in the contest.“We had trouble today with details of the game,” he explained. “Some serious lapses in decision making and nerves, for sure.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe African Union (AU) is a body made up of 53 African states, formed in 2001 to replace the amalgamated African Economic Community (AEC) and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, its aims are the socioeconomic integration of all states on the continent, unity, solidarity, peace, security and stability, and the economic growth and development of Africa.The decision-making body in the AU is the AU Assembly of Heads of State, and its secretariat is the AU Commission.Other institutions include the Executive Council, made up of foreign ministers; the Permanent Representatives Committee, made up of the ambassadors to Addis Ababa of AU member states; the Pan African Parliament, based ion South Africa; and the Economic Social and Cultural Council, a civil society consultative body.All African states are members of the AU, except for Morocco. That country left the Organisation of African Unity in 1984 in protest against other African states’ support for the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, a disputed territory in the south of Morocco also known as Western Sahara.But Morocco does have a special status within the AU and benefits from AU services. Moroccan delegates also participate at important AU functions, and negotiations continue to try to resolve the conflict with the Polisario Front in Tindouf, Algeria and parts of Western Sahara.The AU has adopted important documents establishing norms at continental level, to supplement those already in force when it was created. These include the African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (2003) and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), as well as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and its associated Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance.Objectives and principlesAccording to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the AU’s objectives are to:achieve greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and the peoples of Africadefend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member Statesaccelerate the political and socioeconomic integration of the continentpromote and defend African common positions on issues of interest to the continent and its peoplesencourage international cooperation, taking due account of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rightspromote peace, security, and stability on the continentpromote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governancepromote and protect human and peoples’ rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other relevant human rights instrumentsestablish the necessary conditions which enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiationspromote sustainable development at the economic, social and cultural levels as well as the integration of African economiespromote co-operation in all fields of human activity to raise the living standards of African peoplescoordinate and harmonise the policies between the existing and future Regional Economic Communities for the gradual attainment of the objectives of the Unionadvance the development of the continent by promoting research in all fields, in particular in science and technologywork with relevant international partners in the eradication of preventable diseases and the promotion of good health on the continentThe Constitutive Act also sets out the principles according to which the union should function. These are:sovereign equality and interdependence among member states of the AUrespect of borders existing on achievement of independenceparticipation of the African peoples in the activities of the AUestablishment of a common defence policy for the African continentpeaceful resolution of conflicts among member states of the AU through such appropriate means as may be decided upon by the Assemblyprohibition of the use of force or threat to use force among member states of the AUnon-interference by any member state in the internal affairs of anotherthe right of the AU to intervene in a member state pursuant to a decision of the Assembly in respect of grave circumstances, namely: war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanitypeaceful coexistence of member states and their right to live in peace and securitythe right of member states to request intervention from the AU in order to restore peace and securitypromotion of self-reliance within the framework of the AUpromotion of gender equalityrespect for democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governancepromotion of social justice to ensure balanced economic developmentrespect for the sanctity of human life, condemnation and rejection of impunity and political assassination, acts of terrorism and subversive activitiescondemnation and rejection of unconstitutional changes of governments.last_img read more


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first_imgShare on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Hide Hide Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Show Quick guide Our latest trainer form table Talking Horses features On Sunday, Dennis expressed concern that Cyclop’s current handicap rating could prove a problem at Lingfield. “A rating of 120 makes life difficult for him,” the Worcestershire-based trainer said. “But he is a very good stayer, certainly handles testing ground and if he can get into a rhythm I’m sure he’ll run well.” Two other factors can help Cyclop (3.50). As of Monday morning, Dennis had three wins from eight stable runs in the last fortnight, so is definitely in form. The horse’s regular rider, Trevor Whelan, is claimed by Neil King to ride The Boss’s Dream in the same race, but Dennis has booked Aidan Coleman, who has also won on Cyclop previously and has previously ridden a Surrey National winner. Bookmakers made Fleminport an odds-on favourite earlier on the card. Jonjo O’Neill’s novice hurdler is again ridden by Coleman after the pair won at Hereford in soft ground three weeks ago. The recent form of runners from the O’Neill stable continues to be very inconsistent, however. The trainer is highly capable of staging a big revival in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival but, for now, his charge looks worth opposing with Clash Of D Titans (3.15). Warren Greatrex’s runner should be suited by this longer trip after staying-on into third place in a two-mile contest at Leicester last month.At Carlisle, Lucinda Russell saddles Haul Us In (4.05) and the trainer could have an improving staying hurdler on her hands. Haul Us In appears well weighted, and is proven in heavy going. Photograph: Tom Jenkins Share on Facebook Monday’s best bets, by Chris CorriganCyclop – a horse with two eyes, despite his name – is on a National trail again. Not the Aintree one, but Monday’s Surrey National at Lingfield. David Dennis’s seven-year-old was a specialist at this pursuit in 2017, winning the Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, after finishing second in the Southern National at Fontwell in November, second in the Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon in March, and second in the Somerset National at Wincanton in January. Carlisle 2.00 Le Drapeau 2.30 Glingerside 3.00 Swing Hard 3.35 Blottos 4.05 Haul Us In (nb) 4.40 Bako De La Saulaie 5.10 Windsor Avenue Kempton Park5.20 Queen Moon 5.50 Give Him Time 6.20 Mansfield 6.50 Magic Mirror 7.20 Luna Eclipse 7.50 Oud Metha Bridge 8.20 Ardamir Lingfield Park1.45 You Raised Me Up 2.15 After Aspen 2.45 Arquebusier 3.15 Clash Of D Titans (nap) 3.50 Cyclop 4.25 Le Musee 4.55 Man Of Steel  – Was this helpful? Was this helpful?center_img Horse racing Share via Email Support The Guardian Quick guide Horse racing tips for Monday 19 February Horse racing tips Topics Thank you for your feedback. Show Share on Messenger Fergal O’Brien 45% (11) Sue Smith 40% (10) Dr Richard Newland 38% (8) Emma Lavelle 30% (10) Kerry Lee 29% (7) Alan King 26% (31) Ben Pauling 25% (24) Warren Greatrex 25% (20) Ruth Jefferson 25% (8) Colin Tizzard 24% (29) Charlie Longsdon 23% (13) Peter Bowen 22% (9) Nicky Henderson 21% (34) Nigel Twiston-Davies 20% (30) Nick Williams 18% (11) Neil Mulholland 17% (29) Donald McCain 17% (18) Tim Vaughan 17% (12) Dan Skelton 16% (37) Lucinda Russell 16% (19) Oliver Sherwood 15% (13) David Pipe 14% (21) Venetia Williams 14% (21) Nicky Richards 14% (7) Paul Nicholls 12% (34) Ian Williams 9% (22) Tom George 9% (11) Gary Moore 8% (36) Kim Bailey 8% (12) Philip Hobbs 6% (16) Evan Williams 0% (23) Jonjo O’Neill 0% (16) Harry Fry 0% (11) Brian Ellison 0% (4) Rebecca Curtis 0% (3) Chris Cook: Quite a few yards are showing a useful strike-rate, with Cheltenham just three weeks away. In addition to Fergal O’Brien, who tops our table for the second week running, it’s interesting to see powerful yards like Alan King and Ben Pauling back above 20%. Of those with fewer recent runners, Sue Smith appears to be flying, while Dr Newland has had three from eight in the past fortnight, including one at Ascot on Saturday. It’s good to see Ruth Jefferson up at that end of the table, too, and there will be a lot of goodwill towards anything she runs this season.Venetia Williams had a couple of winners over the weekend and it was notable that her Yala Enki was the only one who could raise a gallop by the end of Haydock’s Grand National Trial. Perhaps the Ross yard is turning a corner.Paul Nicholls is lower in this table than he’d like to be, though I haven’t had many concerns about the way his horses have been running. He won a Grade Two at Ascot on Saturday and was third in the Grade One.Trainers like Dan Skelton and Tom George are going through a relatively quiet patch after being busy in the earlier part of the season. It’ll be interesting to see if they can punch their weight again at the spring festivals. Jonjo O’Neill and Philip Hobbs are much more in need of a revival.Each Monday through the core jumps season, we’re monitoring the relative success of 35 major jumps stables. The percentage figure is their win strike-rate for the last fortnight, while their total number of runners in that time is in brackets. Read more Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Odds fixed against novice bettors at racecourses, claims bookmaker Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApplast_img read more


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first_imgTFA are currently seeking referees to attend the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour from the 13-16th September 2006.The event showcases the best junior Touch players in Australia and will also be attended by some of the best referee coaches in the country.Referees with a badge level of three and up will be invited to attend the event.State Referees Directors have the necessary information and will be inviting referees from their state to attend.Nominations are only available through the State Director of Referees, not through this website, and nominations must be in by August 10th.  Successful referees will be informed no later than the 17th of August 2006.last_img read more


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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer windowby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea will need to cull their squad in January, and hinted about the position of any new arrivals.The Blues suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City at home on Saturday.Cesc Fabregas made a rare appearance in the Premier League as a substitute and Sarri suggested this was because of the excessive size of his squad.”At the moment we are too many. We have 28 players and it’s impossible to use all of them. I think 25 is the right number,” the Italian said.”We have a lot of offensive midfielders and we have only [N’Golo] Kante as a defensive midfielder, so it’s not easy now for the midfield to have the right balance.” last_img read more


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