first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs July 28, 2016 Panamax, an annual U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal and the surrounding region, kicks off Friday (July 29) at multiple U.S. military bases and in Santiago, Chile. This year’s exercise includes significant firsts: each of the land, sea, and air commands will be led by Chile, Peru and Colombia, respectively. In addition, while Brazil will serve as the Overall Deputy Commander of the Multinational Force, Colombia will lead the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command (CFSOCC), that will be based out of Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida. SOUTHCOM and Marine Corps Forces South personnel based at SOUTHCOM, as well as personnel at Army Southern Command at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas; Naval Forces Southern Command at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida; and Air Forces Southern Command at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, are among the U.S. participants taking part in the exercise. Nineteen nations will join the United States during the seven-day exercise and will use simulations to command and control multinational notional sea, air, cyber and land forces defending the vital water way and surrounding areas against threats from violent extremism and to provide for humanitarian relief, as necessary. “We’ll test our collective ability to defend our region’s most vital strategic asset—the newly expanded Panama Canal,” said Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, U.S. Southern Command commander. “The most significant aspect about this year’s Panamax is not its size, focus, or longevity. It’s that for the first time ever, all of the multinational component commands will be led by our capable partners of Chile, Colombia, and Peru, with Brazil serving as the Overall Deputy Multinational Force Commander,” Adm. Tidd added. Nations scheduled to participate this year include: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States. Panamax has evolved over the years and now includes training for many of the 21st-century threats encountered in today’s land, sea, air and cyber environments. The exercise aims to increase the ability of nations to work together, enable assembled forces to organize as a multination task force and test their responsiveness in combined operations. The Panama Canal is considered one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world. Six percent of the world’s trade travels through the canal every year, accounting for roughly 400 million tons of goods. It is crucial to the free flow of trade worldwide, officials noted, and the region’s economic stability is largely dependent on the safe transport of several million tons of cargo through the canal each year. U.S. Southern Command is one of the nation’s six geographically focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : The South Pacific nation last week scrapped domestic social distancing measures, while maintaining strong border restrictions.Ardern on Wednesday suspended the program that allowed the women to be released early from quarantine on compassionate grounds, saying New Zealand’s successful virus response could not be undermined.She stressed that the women, who were visiting a dying relative, had done nothing wrong and complied with health protocols at all times.The women remain in isolation as health officials scramble to test about 320 people they had contact with while in New Zealand. Ardern said it was “absolutely nonsensical” they were not tested earlier and it was clear border controls needed to be tightened to ensure similar failures were not repeated.She said assistant chief of defense Digby Webb had been appointed to oversee border quarantine operations and was being given access to military personnel and logistical expertise.”My view is that we need the rigor, we need the confidence, we need the discipline that the military can provide,” Ardern told reporters.Health Minister David Clark said New Zealand had successfully “eliminated COVID-19” prior to latest imported cases, after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million.center_img Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the military to oversee New Zealand’s borders Wednesday after a quarantine bungle that allowed COVID-19 back into the country.A 24-day run with no new cases was broken on Tuesday when it emerged two women who recently arrived from Britain were allowed out of quarantine early without being tested for the virus, even though one had mild symptoms.The pair were eventually swabbed and proved to be infected, but only after they made a 650 kilometer road-trip from Auckland to Wellington to see a dying relative.last_img read more

first_imgThe Allan Evridge era may finally be over.With his team down 38-7, Evridge very well might have sealed his fate by throwing an interception midway through the third quarter. In entered junior Dustin Sherer on Wisconsin’s next drive, and Evridge’s time as UW’s starting quarterback was, in all probability, history.It remains to be seen if Sherer will line up under center this Saturday against Iowa, but a comparison of his final stats to those of Evridge bear noting: 9-for-17 for 115 yards for Sherer and just 2-for-10 for 50 yards for Evridge, with each tossing an interception.Granted, the game was well over by the time Sherer entered. But he still exhibited the tools necessary to do some good things with the football.Early in the game, it was clear the UW coaching staff had little to no faith in their senior signal caller. On Wisconsin’s first possession, P.J. Hill carried on the first three plays, failing to pick up a first down. Next drive, it was more of the same story. John Clay took the ball for three straight carries, followed by another run by Hill.On a third-and-12, Evridge rolled to his left, looking for an open receiver. Finding none, he lost a yard trying to pick up something on the ground.Two possessions, zero pass attempts. Not an impressive start for a quarterback fighting for his job.It wasn’t until just over a minute remaining in the first quarter that Evridge threw his first pass Saturday — an incompletion to Travis Beckum, nonetheless. And it was with about eight-and-a-half minutes to play in the first half when Evridge finally connected with a teammate — hitting a wide-open Beckum over the middle, who ran for a 42-yard gain.The crowd finally had something to cheer about after the completion. While they may have been celebrating the big play, it seemed equally possible the applause was sarcastically aimed at Evridge as he finally completed a pass.Later in the same drive, you got the sense that Evridge was playing to save his job. After a few Clay rushes to pick up a first down, Evridge did something Badger fans hadn’t seen him do all season — make an impressive run. He scampered 19 yards — his longest rush of the season — and moved his team down to the Penn State 6-yard line, drawing comparisons to his scrambling predecessor Tyler Donovan in the process.Two plays later, on a third-and-goal from the 5, Evridge again used his legs to do something he hadn’t done all year — run for a touchdown. After extending the ball over the pylon, Evridge had brought UW to within 10 points as halftime approached.Before the teams hit the locker room, however, he put himself right back on the hot seat.The Badgers forced the Nittany Lions to punt with just over a minute remaining, giving them a chance to put some points up before halftime and cut the lead to a one-possession game. But on the first play of the drive, Evridge coughed up the football after trying to pick up yards on the ground. Penn State tacked on a touchdown off the turnover, and the game was all but over for Wisconsin.So was Evridge’s UW career.I’ve voiced my opinion on this issue before, stating at the beginning of the season that Wisconsin was making the wrong move in starting a one-and-done senior quarterback. With Sherer to likely be named the starter next season, it would have benefited the entire team if he had a year under his belt heading into 2009.Well, if Saturday’s blowout loss was any indication, he could have at least six (seven if UW becomes bowl eligible, which at this point is not guaranteed) games of experience as a starter when his senior season begins.I’m not a mind reader and I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t say for sure whether it will be No. 4 or No. 18 at the helm against the Hawkeyes, but I have seen Allan Evridge lead this Badger team to a 3-3 start — and they’re still without a win in the Big Ten.The bottom line is that Wisconsin has nothing to lose in putting in Sherer at this point in the season. They can forget about the Rose Bowl, Capital One Bowl and probably even the Alamo Bowl. They’re a team destined for the Insight Bowl or, heaven forbid, the Motor City Bowl.The least head coach Bret Bielema can do is open the job up to competition in practice this week. He alluded last Monday in his press conference that Sherer would be waiting in the wings if Evridge were to falter.Indeed, he faltered Saturday.Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. If you’ve given up on the football team and are more concerned about the starters on the basketball team, let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWith the international tournament fast approaching, here’s a breakdown of Team USA’s roster and its FIBA World Cup schedule.FIBA WORLD CUP 2019: Team Canada roster, game scheduleTeam USA roster for 2019 FIBA World CupPlayerPositionNBA TeamHarrison BarnesForwardSacramento KingsJaylen BrownForwardBoston CelticsJoe HarrisGuardBrooklyn NetsBrook LopezCenterMilwaukee BucksKhris MiddletonGuard/ForwardMilwaukee BucksDonovan MitchellGuardUtah JazzMason PlumleeCenterDenver NuggetsMarcus SmartGuardBoston CelticsJayson TatumForwardBoston CelticsMyles TurnerCenterIndiana PacersKemba WalkerGuardBoston CelticsDerrick WhiteGuardSan Antonio SpursPlayers not participating: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Julius Randle (New York Knicks), JJ Redick (New Orleans Pelicans), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets), Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)Team USA scrimmage scheduleMatchupDateTimeUSA White vs. USA BlueAug. 910 p.m. ETUSA vs. SpainAug. 1610 p.m. ETUSA vs. AustraliaAug. 225:30 a.m. ETUSA vs. AustraliaAug. 24Midnight ETUSA vs. CanadaAug. 265:30 a.m. ETTeam USA schedule for 2019 FIBA World CupMatchupDateTimeUSA vs. Czech RepublicSept. 18:30 a.m. ETUSA vs. TurkeySept. 38:30 a.m. ETUSA vs. JapanSept. 58:30 a.m. ETSecond roundSept. 6-9TBDQuarterfinalsSept. 10-11TBDSemifinalsSept. 13TBDFinalsSept. 15TBD Which NBA players will fill out the roster for Team USA ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup?That’s the big question as head coach Gregg Popovich looks to lead Team USA to a FIBA three-peat. Several NBA stars have already passed on the opportunity to play for this year’s squad, so the path to another gold medal could be difficult with strong challengers hoping to upset the red, white and blue.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook133Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondBeautiful views and paved pathways are awaiting a group of passionate cyclists on Saturday, September 28 for the annual Reach the Beach Washington.The course will take riders from four different starting points to the finish line in Westport’s scenic oceanfront for a day of fun and celebration to benefit the American Lung Association. Cyclists will choose from rides beginning in Lacey (100 miles), Olympia (80 miles), Elma (44 miles) or Cosmopolis (25 miles).Reach the Beach is ideal for serious cyclists, recreational cyclists and families. New this year is a family cycling loop in Westport where those severely affected by lung disease can participate in the ride.  Many cyclists are riding in honor or memory of those whose lives have been touched by lung disease, COPD and asthma.“Reach the Beach riders are passionate advocates for lung health and research. Each one of them has a story about why they ride. Many have a loved one affected by lung cancer, the number on cancer killer of men and women in the U.S.,” says Season Oltmann, Executive Director for the American Lung Association in Washington.To support riders, mechanics will be available at starting points and designated rest stops. The event also provides SAG vehicles, medical support, snacks, water, two full lunch stops and dinner at the finish line’s celebration.Olympia & Beyond Sports Commission has worked in partnership with the American Lung Association to make this event possible through sponsorship, helping to organize a training day and assisting in finding hotels for riders attending the event.“We are thrilled to welcome cyclists to the area for the Reach the Beach Washington event,” said Shauna Stewart, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond. “We encourage attendees to explore our numerous biking trails throughout the region, delicious breweries and restaurants before or after the event. The popular Yelm-Tenino trail is a great training trail and offers activities along the way.”REACH THE BEACHWhen: September 28, 2019Where: Starts in Lacey, WA and has numerous stops before ending in Westport, WARegistration: $55 registration fee. Riders must also fundraise or donate an additional $150 to rideRide Swag: Riders who raise $150 receive a long-sleeved Reach the Beach shirt. Riders who raise $300, will get an official Reach the Beach cycling jersey. Riders who raise $550 will receive official Reach the Beach bike shorts. Riders who raise $1,500 will receive a Reach the Beach Washington jacket.Accommodations: Stay minutes from the ride’s starting point in one of the top hotels in the region. The Holiday Inn Express is offering a $99 rate per night that includes complimentary breakfast and parking. The hotel also includes an indoor pool and fitness center to gear up or cool down from the ride. To book the rate, click here.For more information and to register for the event:  www.reachthebeach.orglast_img read more

first_imgMichael Machowsky3786422%49%$297,106 Vladimir Cerin4696620%46%$341,424 (Current Through Saturday, March 26) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Garcia12418131315%35%$1,046,229 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Kent Desormeaux12419252215%53%$1,596,495 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Agapito Delgadillo961311914%34%$374,777 David Lopez16624142114%36%$743,416 -30- Carla Gaines5386315%32%$647,700 Steven Miyadi6813131019%53%$398,147 Joseph Talamo23429262612%35%$1,974,869 Alonso Quinonez866967%24%$306,730 Drayden Van Dyke16316162610%36%$1,001,672 William Spawr41106424%49%$279,732 Edwin Maldonado18039171822%41%$1,227,090 Rafael Bejarano27865552923%54%$3,050,147 J. Keith Desormeaux48861017%50%$351,629 Victor Espinoza871110813%33%$848,350 Mario Gutierrez17420312311%43%$1,246,549 Peter Eurton9215221216%53%$1,055,532 Tiago Pereira10861186%23%$437,783 Mike Smith951191712%39%$1,642,810center_img Brice Blanc5966810%34%$524,950 Brayan Pena7045126%30%$164,690 Stewart Elliott3843311%26%$177,915 TOKYO CITY CUP DISTANCE SUITS CHINA DOLL LOVERChina Doll Lover tackles a mile and a half for the first time when he runs in next Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup for older horses. He has a lot of company.The distance is rarely run in the United States, especially on dirt, but trainer Dan Hendricks feels it will be right in the wheel house for the six-year-old gelded son of Lawyer Ron. “His works have been great. It seems a mile and a half will be better for him,” Hendricks said.FINISH LINES: Turf marathon specialist Big John B, seventh in the grassy San Luis Rey Stakes March 13 after a wide trip, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:14.20. Trainer Phil D’Amato has the seven-year-old Hard Spun gelding nominated to next Sunday’s Tokyo City Cup at a mile and a half on dirt . . . Early probables for next Saturday’s Grade III San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about six and a half furlongs on turf are Guns Loaded, Rafael Bejarano; No Silent, Gary Stevens; and Producer, Drayden Van Dyke . . .Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White relates that California Chrome spotted runner-up Mubtaahij “about nine lengths” in winning yesterday’s Dubai World Cup . . . Santa Anita will host Christine A. Moore for a Trunk Show on Saturday, April 9, at Champions Gift Shop where her Spring 2016 Collection will be showcased. Fans are invited to see a great selection of women’s and men’s styles. Tyler Baze26025403810%40%$1,393,751 Jerry Hollendorfer13522141516%38%$1,642,826 Doug O’Neill18129272616%45%$1,470,358 Bob Baffert9921161721%55%$1,570,285 Richard Baltas11219191417%46%$1,242,329 Mike Puype79812510%32%$369,930 Peter Miller12614122011%37%$629,960 ESPINOZA TOURS DUBAI AFTER SPARKLING CHROME ROMPDESORMEAUX SEEKS BETTER FINISH IN SANTA ANITA DERBYHENDRICKS LIKES MARATHON DISTANCE OF TOKYO CITY CUPSANTA ANITA WELCOMES ESPINOZA ON THURSDAYVictor Espinoza had more reason than usual to smile yesterday after guiding California Chrome to an eventful yet facile victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, worth $6 million to the winner and making the five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit North America’s all-time leading earner with $12,532,650.“I spoke to Victor about midnight our time last night,” said his agent, Brian Beach, Sunday morning. “He’s staying in Dubai for a couple days because he’s never had a chance to see the sights, but he’ll be back at Santa Anita in time to ride on Thursday.”Espinoza is named on Lynne’s Legacy for trainer Jim Cassidy in the second race and El Huerfano in the fourth for trainer Peter Miller.Espinoza, who turns 44 on May 23, two weeks after the Kentucky Derby on May 7, won the World Cup despite a wide trip and having the saddle slip, never losing his cool and winning on cruise control by 3 3/4 lengths.“It was an impressive win,” Beach said, “but I was talking with Alan (Sherman, son of and assistant to California Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman) every once in a while since he’s been over there, and he kept telling me, ‘This horse is doing better than at any point they’ve ever had him, better than his three-year-old year (2014).’ They were expecting a big effort.”“Chrome,” who made his 5-year-old debut in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes here on Jan. 9, winning by 1 ¼ lengths, will be flown from Dubai to Chicago, where he’ll then be vanned to Kentucky.The long-range agenda for California Chrome’s future races would likely culminate with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, but first things first.“They want to get him back to Taylor Made (Farm in Kentucky) and spend some time there before making plans,” Beach said. Taylor Made and Perry Martin own California Chrome.Meanwhile, Espinoza, the transnational tourist, is laughing all the way to the bank, although the self-proclaimed “happy Mexican” doesn’t need a vault of dinero to appease him.Espinoza’s cut of the $6 million winner’s share is $600,000.“Victor has a smile on his face 24-7,” Beach said.Any wonder? John Sadler831310816%37%$828,594 George Papaprodromou5295617%38%$292,010 Kristin Mulhall50117322%42%$402,645 Ron Ellis3292328%44%$229,050 Mark Glatt971012910%32%$496,460 Abel Lezcano757459%21%$526,844 Gary Stevens6312111019%52%$1,589,898 Philip D’Amato13327212320%53%$1,468,565 Martin Pedroza1001310713%30%$359,495 Fernando Perez17417202310%34%$909,362 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won TRAINER WANTS BIG FINISH FROM EXAGGERATORThe jury is still out on Exaggerator for the $1 million, mile and an eighth Santa Anita Derby on April 9, at least in the mind of trainer Keith Desormeaux.The trainer has little doubt about the colt’s ability, but the question lingers on why he didn’t finish after making a bold move on the far turn in the San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles March 12. The son of Curlin was beaten 2 ¾ lengths despite trouble in the race.“I don’t have any complaints about how the San Felipe set up,” Desormeaux said about Exaggerator’s third-place finish behind front-running Danzing Candy and closer Mor Spirit. “He ran a decent middle quarter to make up the distance that he was from off the pace, and he should be able to do that.“The horse is very talented, yet I still can’t explain why he didn’t finish better. Even if there’s more speed in the Santa Anita Derby, it doesn’t matter to me. The way my horse ran last time, I hope he does the same thing, except for the finish.“I can’t explain why he didn’t finish.”Probable for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby: Danzing Candy, Mike Smith; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux; Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza; Iron Rob, Stewart Elliott; and Denman’s Call, Rafael Bejarano.last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Coach Jon Gruden would not directly address comments Friday made by former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper that it was Mark Davis who pulled the trigger on the trade to the Dallas Cowboys.Here was Gruden’s response in its entirety, and it includes a clever swipe ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who recently aired an NFL update during which he talked of a key matchup between Chargers tight end Hunter Henry and Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.Henry is on injured reserve and Johnson …last_img read more

first_imgRick Neuheisel performing at a South Carolina bar.Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The goal of the PSRAJ is to provide tools and resources to members of this profession in Jamaica through networking, training, education and outreach. The Professional Sales Representatives Association of Jamaica (PSRAJ) was officially launched at a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel on June 5. In his address, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, called on the Association members to link their skills to increased productivity. The Professional Sales Representatives Association of Jamaica (PSRAJ) was officially launched at a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel on June 5.The goal of the PSRAJ is to provide tools and resources to members of this profession in Jamaica through networking, training, education and outreach.In his address, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, called on the Association members to link their skills to increased productivity.“This industry (sales) that we are talking about is something that is a great potential for us, but we are going to have to link productivity with sales. Your industry can help us not only to market externally but also to market internally for us to understand that what we can grow and generate here is an inherent part of our wealth creation,” he said.“With your organisation, you are helping to sell yourselves, you help to sell Jamaica and you are going to help us to sprout again,” Mr. Shaw added.For his part, PSRAJ Patron, Hon. R. Danvers Williams, noted that the profession of sales is no longer a lonely one.“The PSRAJ is here to support you. You the PSRAJ Board, executive team and affiliated companies, the sales profession in Jamaica will finally have a home. What will happen in this home, the ideas, initiatives and activities aimed at helping business become better will be developed,” he said.Mr. Williams said he is confident that the outcome of the PSRAJ will include increasing revenue, business expansion, increased profitability through strategic partnerships and improved business decision-making for its members.The PSRAJ is a member-based organisation formed on March 20, 2019 to elevate and accelerate the standards in the sales industry and the success of sales organisations and sales professionals in Jamaica and the region.last_img read more