Belmont Stakes horses, odds, expert picks & more for first leg of 2020 Triple Crown

first_imgTaking a look at all the three-year-old thoroughbreds competing, here’s breaking down the pedigree, odds and the best bets for the marquee action at Belmont Park:MORE: Full odds & post positions for 2020 Belmont StakesBelmont Stakes horses 2020Here’s a snapshot of the 10 horses in the field for the first leg of the Triple Crown, including who’s riding them and who trains them:Post positionHorseJockeyTrainer1Tap It To WinJohn VelazquezMark Casse2Sole VolanteLuca PaniciPatrick Biancone3Max PlayerJoel RosarioLinda Rice4ModernistJunior AlvaradoBill Moss5Farmington RoadJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher6Fore LeftJose OrtizDoug O’Neill7Jungle RunnerReylu GutierrezSteve Asmussen8Tiz The LawManny FrancoBarclay Tagg9Dr PostIrad Ortiz Jr.Todd Pletcher10PneumaticRicardo Santana Jr.Steve AsmussenBelmont Stakes oddsHere’s another look at all the horses ranked by their latest odds from Sports Insider and how those compare to their initial morning line odds at Belmont Park:HorseUpdated oddsMorning line oddsTiz The Law-1256-5Tap It To Win+6006-1Dr Post+7005-1Sole Volante+8009-2Pneumatic+10008-1Max Player+180015-1Modernist+180015-1Farmington Road+250015-1Fore Left+330030-1Jungle Runner+550050-1MORE: Get the latest Belmont Stakes odds from Sports InsiderWhy is Tiz The Law such a heavy favorite?Tiz The Law stamped his status as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby had it been run on May 2 by speeding to victory in the Florida Derby on March 28. With the Grade 1 race at Gulfstream Park also being 1 1/8 miles, it makes sense Tiz The Law keeps that same vibe for the Belmont Stakes.Tiz The Law has shown great instincts with his deliberate pace early in races before picking the right time to hit his fastest gear and pull away. It’s appropriate that his first Triple Crown race is in New York, given he’s both locally owned by Sackatoga Stable and bred by Twin Creeks Farm.HIs 82-year-old trainer, Barclay Tagg, once had a dominant popular horse in Funny Cide, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2003. Based on the impressive results that include four wins in five races, Tagg has conditioned Tiz The Law to be able to win with different styles from different posts.Is Tap It To Win the biggest threat to upset Tiz The Law?Tap It To Win has good recent experience at Belmont Park having just won the Allowance (1 1/16 miles) on June 4. Tap It To Win relies on starting fast and wouldn’t surprise anyone if he had the early lead on Saturday. The question is whether, even with the shorter distance, whether he can hold up until the end with Tiz The Law working to leave a lot in the tank for the stretch.Sole Volante might be a better choice for the upset as the opposite kind of horse. He needs to stay in it early because he is strength is closing. Neither horse is as well-rounded as Tiz The Law, but a big burst somewhere could end up paying off.Going deep into the field, Dr Post can give Tiz The Law some trouble right next to him at No. 9 if he can stay with him halfway through the race. Max Player and Farmington Road are the true longshots to watch, however.Max Player won the Grade 3 Withers, a 1 1/8-mile race at Aqueduct when he last raced on Feb. 1. Linda Rice, who is attempting to become the first female trainer to win the Belmont Stakes, has worked to make him feel at home on the track. Max Player is ridden by Joel Rosario, who won a much longer Belmont Stakes with Sir Winston last year.Farmington Road needs a fast, tight race but those would be ideal conditions for him to shock everyone after coming in fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby on May 2.Which post position is the most favorable in the Belmont Stakes?Tiz The Law is trying to change a long-standing trend from No. 8, which has produced only 5 past winners. No. 1 has by far produced the most winners, at 23, which is an obvious boost to the chances of Tap It To Win.Then come No. 3 and No. 5, tied for 13 winners each, playing well into the upset chances of Max Player and Farmington Road. No. 2 has been rather effective between two favorable spots, producing 11 winners and providing some hope for Sole Volante.Two years ago, Triple Crown winner Justify came through from No. 1. Sir Winston made it work with the middle from No. 7 last year.Which trainers have had the best Belmont Stakes success?Mark Casse, who trained Sir Winston for his first victory, builds a stronger case for Tap It To Win. Todd Pletcher, a three-time Belmont Stakes winner, has both Farmington Road and Dr Post in the mix. The only other trainer with a Belmont victory is Steve Asmussen with Creator in 2016, but he has two shaky entries in Pneumatic and the overwhelmed Jungle Runner.Which jockeys have had the best Belmont Stakes success?While Manny Franco and Tagg are both looking for their first wins with Tiz The Law, there’s some good experience elsewhere. Before Sir Winston, Rosario also won with Tonalist in 2014. John Velazquez is looking to make it three with Tap It To Win, after victories with Union Rags in 2012 and Rags to Riches in 2007. The 2020 Belmont Stakes will be in the unusual position of opening the Triple Crown racing season instead of closing it. The Third Jewel, for the first time in its illustrious history, will serve as the series’ first event when “The Run for the Carnations” goes down this Saturday, June 20 (5:42 p.m. ET post time on NBC) in Elmont, N.Y.With the Kentucky Derby (Sept. 5) and Preakness (Oct. 3) moved back late from their usual Saturdays in May, the Belmont Stakes arrives only on a two-week delay from its originally scheduled June 6 date. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a big schedule adjustment in relation to the other two races, the Belmont Stakes also goes from the longest Triple Crown race (usually 1 1/2 miles or 12 furlongs) to the shortest (1 1/8 mile or 9 furlongs) Jose Ortiz is going for the big upset with Fore Left after bringing home Tapwrit in 2017. HIs brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., won for Asmussen with Creator and is trying to do the same for Pletcher with Dr Post.Belmont Stakes picksWith the Belmont Stakes replacing the Kentucky Derby as the first Triple Crown race and the Preakness as the shortest one, it sets up for a predictable result and no surprise on top, especially with the extra time to rest and prepare.Tiz The Law has everything in his favor, with the right speed for the right length. Max Player is set up to sneakily emerge as a real challenger until right near the end. Tap It To Win will build enough momentum early to make sure he will at least settle for third.Win: Tiz The LawPlace: Max PlayerShow: Tap It To Winlast_img read more

Hold your bags tightly during Christmas shopping – Crime Chief

first_imgAhead of a hectic Christmas season, the Guyana Police Force (GPF), through its Crime Chief Lyndon Alves, has sent a resounding message to shoppers in Georgetown to hold onto their bags tightly.Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesThe Crime Chief issued his advisory at the GPF’s annual Police Presentation held earlier this week. According to him, women who will be shopping in Georgetown for Christmas should not carry a bag that makes them a target.A bag that dangles from the shoulder can be easily yanked off a person’s shoulder, he said. He advised that bags be carried close to the body and well tucked in.The already prepped Police Force listed a number of other safety tips to be taken into consideration during the festive season for extra protection, although the Force has planned rigorous patrols and other methods to reduce crime in Georgetown.Alves said the use of liquid cash should be minimised while credit cards should be used more frequently.“Large sums of cash should be moved under security escort,” he noted, as many a times persons would complain of being robbed while moving huge amounts of money.For persons in the business realm, the Force has called for checks to be made to Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to ensure they are properly working. In fact, the Force is encouraging that Digital Video Recorder (DVRs) be properly secured to preserve valuable information.Advice was also issued for the visiting population, while in the capital city. “The advice from the Guyana Police Force to visitors are carry your wallet in an inside jacket or inside trousers pocket. Avoid rear pockets. Keep purses on your lap when dining out. Not dangling over the back of a chair,” he pointed out.At the same event, the GPF announced plans to heighten security for Christmas. A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman noted, “We want to ensure that the citizens and other persons who will be in the Division for the season be as safe as possible in doing transactions even (if it’s) just a visit or whatever.”According to Chapman, Police patrols and outposts around the city will be boosted in a bid to ensure a secure shopping environment.He revealed that part of the efforts to ensure increased safety is the splitting of Georgetown into seven sub-sections as compared to six last year.These sub-sections run from Agricola, Greater Georgetown to Georgetown.The areas will be equipped with mobile outposts and frequent patrols will occur, with senior members of the GPF in charge of each sub-sector.last_img read more

Valley home prices post modest rise

first_imgStatewide, the median home price rose 1.9 percent to $559,640. But it decreased 1.7 percent compared with December’s revised $569,560 median price. The state median includes existing, single-family detached homes while city and county figures encompass all homes sold. Unsold inventory of existing homes jumped to 9.1 months in January after hovering around seven months since mid-2006, according to association vice president and chief economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “There was a slight increase in statewide listings last month, which is characteristic of the start of the year,” Appleton-Young said. Single-family homes took longer to sell in January, sitting on the market a median of 75 days, compared with 48 days for the same period a year ago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “After holding steady in the range of 450,000 units on a seasonally adjusted annual basis since July of last year, home sales activity was slightly lower in January,” Badagliacco added. The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California during January 2007 was $559,640, a 1.9 percent increase over the revised $549,460 median for January 2006, C.A.R. reported. Much of the Valley saw an increase in median home prices – the point at which half the homes cost more and half less – for January. Encino boasted a 64 percent rise to $722,500. Woodland Hills enjoyed a 35.8 percent increase to $720,000. Northridge’s increase was 9 percent to $730,000. Van Nuys saw an increase of 4.4 percent to $567,000. A year ago, the median home price in January was $530,000. Los Angeles County saw the second-highest level of median home appreciation in the state, at $586,980, up from $560,740 in January 2006. The county’s appreciation was second only to Marin. L.A.’s strong showing speaks to the area’s large and diversified economy that does not rely too heavily on just one sector, said real estate analyst Patrick Duffy. While home sales across California fell 12.6 percent in January, median home prices in the San Fernando Valley posted a modest rise from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday. The median price of an existing home in the Valley rose 4.6 percent, to $554,500, compared with January 2006. “On a regional basis, sales fell an average of 13 percent, while median prices declined in all areas except Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Riverside/San Bernardino,” California Association of Realtors President Colleen Badagliacco said in the report. Sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled 437,580 in January, according to the Los Angeles-based C.A.R, down from the 500,470 sales recorded in January 2006. last_img read more

Sala remembered as Liverpool, Man City resume title showdown

first_imgIn the title race, City have been forced to play catch-up since cutting Liverpool’s advantage at the top to four points by inflicting the Reds only league defeat of the season on January 3.This week City can apply pressure by cutting the gap to a solitary point as they travel to struggling Newcastle 24 hours before Liverpool host Leicester.AFP Sports picks out some of the main talking points ahead of the midweek games.Sala remembered“He’s going to be remembered as the best player we never had,” one Cardiff fan said when asked how to put Sala’s disappearance into words.Signed from Nantes for a club record fee, struggling Cardiff hoped his goals could keep them in the Premier League. Now they must somehow try to achieve survival on the field while dealing with tragedy off it.A minute’s silence will be held before all Premier League games this week in honour of Sala and the plane’s pilot David Ibbotson after the authorities called off their active search for the aircraft.Once the action gets under way, though, Arsenal have to be ruthless in the fight for Champions League qualification — victory would take them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, who visit Bournemouth on Wednesday.Cup capitulation heaps pressure on SpursMauricio Pochettino insists a top-four finish is more important than domestic cup glory © AFP / Glyn KIRK“In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League,” insisted Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino after crashing out of two cup competitions in four days.Despite doing a remarkable job to turn Tottenham into top-four regulars, Pochettino is yet to win in a trophy in his five seasons at Spurs.And by downplaying the importance of silverware, the Argentine has piled the pressure on his injury-ravaged side to hold onto their place in the top four to ensure Champions League qualification for a fourth straight season.With Harry Kane and Dele Alli sidelined until March, a kind run of fixtures that sees Watford, Newcastle and Leicester visit Wembley before a trip to Burnley over the next month is just what Pochettino needs.Solskjaer on cloud nineUnstoppable: Ole Gunnar Solskaer has won all eight of his games in caretaker charge of Manchester United © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONUnited’s caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer acknowledged he is “loving” his role and can do no wrong, with a run of eight straight wins putting the Red Devils right back in top-four contention and into the last 16 of the FA Cup.More of the same will be expected when Burnley visit Old Trafford on Tuesday fresh from being thrashed 5-0 on the other side of Manchester by City in the FA Cup at the weekend.United’s 3-1 win in the Cup at Arsenal on Friday was just as impressive and leaves Solskjaer spoiled for choice.Alexis Sanchez scored and Romelu Lukaku provided two assists to make their case for a more regular start, but Solskjaer is expected to keep faith with in-form Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who came off the bench to score at the Emirates.Can Higuain hit the ground running?Chelsea’s chances of Champions League qualification will depend heavily on Gonzalo Higuain’s form © AFP / Glyn KIRKChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri finally has the striker he wanted in Gonzalo Higuain, and must now hope the Argentine’s firepower keeps his side in the top four.Higuain failed to find the net in Sunday’s 3-0 Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday to get up to speed and will likely make his Premier League debut away to Bournemouth on Wednesday.A 2-1 win over Spurs to reach the League Cup final last week suggests Sarri’s side are a different prospect when Eden Hazard is restored to his favoured position on the left of a front three.Higuain’s presence should allow the Belgian to shine. The on-loan Juventus striker comes with a prolific record in club football.Fixtures (kick-offs 1945 GMT unless stated)TuesdayArsenal v Cardiff, Fulham v Brighton, Huddersfield v Everton, Wolves v West Ham, Manchester United v Burnley (2000), Newcastle v Manchester City (2000)WednesdayBournemouth v Chelsea, Southampton v Crystal Palace, Liverpool v Leicester (2000), Tottenham v Watford (2000)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A minute’s silence in honour of Emiliano Sala will be held at all Premier League matches this midweek © AFP / GEOFF CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Liverpool and Manchester City will resume their fight for Premier League supremacy in a midweek round of fixtures clouded by the suspected death of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.The Bluebirds are in action for the first time since the plane carrying the Argentine disappeared over the Channel Islands a week ago. They visit Arsenal in what could have been Sala’s debut for the club.last_img read more

Manchester United v Tottenham: Will Kane carry on his incredible form?

first_img Will Kane be the hero for Tottenham again? Mauricio Pochettino has a fully-fit squad to chose from when his team travels to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Sunday.Tottenham have taken 29 points from the last 39 available in the Premier League and most of this has been down to Harry Kane’s incredible goal scoring form.The young England striker has 16 goals in the league so far this season, seven of which have come since the end of January.Tottenham’s chances of beating United may rely on him continuing this form, but the Red Devils are without a win in their last five matches against Spurs.The North Londoners have also won on each of their last two trips to Old Trafford and will be hoping for a record third successive win at the Theatre of Dreams.A win for either team will increase their top four credentials, making this clash massive for both.GoalkeeperHugo Lloris has shown this season that he is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. He pulled of another impressive save late on in Tottenham’s last match against Queens Park Rangers, keeping Spurs’ top four hopes well and truly alive and such form means Pochettino has no choice but to pick the French international for such a big clash.DefenceThe Tottenham defence have only kept a clean sheet twice this year – against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and West Brom in the League.Despite this, the back four of Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Danny Rose are part of a winning formula and look set to start at Old Trafford.Rose was left out the side against QPR, but may regain his place from Ben Davies, who did no harm to his first-team claim with his performance.MidfieldThe young partnership of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb has proven highly successful for Tottenham this season.Their pace and energy has been integral to the way Spurs and Pochettino like to play and they will certainly be looking to put the Manchester United midfield under pressure.Nacer Chadli’s recent form has also been key to Spurs’ success and he looks set to start on the left side to Andros Townsend.Townsend is finally getting a run of games in the squad and his pace will certainly frighten a Manchester United back line that has looked shaky all season.AttackBehind the central striker will almost certainly be Christian Eriksen.The Danish attacking midfielder has nine league goals and two assists so far this season, many goals of which have been late strikes.As the central striker, Harry Kane will continue his charge for a call up to the England international side.The 21-year-old’s form in front of goal has been nothing short of spectacular and comes into this game on the back of two well taken goals against QPR.Kane will also be looking to make history this month by attempting to win a third player of the month award in a row.The young striker is only the fourth player to win the award twice in a row, joining the prestigious list of Cristiano Ronaldo, Dennis Berkamp and Robbie Fowler. Tottenham fans, how do you think you’ll line up this weekend? Comment below… 1last_img read more

MCELHINNEYS STOP TRAFFIC WITH THEIR MAGICAL CHRISTMAS WINDOW

first_imgMcElhinneys have unveiled their wonderful Magical Winter Wonderland Christmas Window.With their very own Frozen family – a spectacular Ice Queen, friendly polar bears and Santa’s magical reindeers, this spectacular display will get everyone in a festive magical mood.As always McElhinneys Award winning store love putting smiles on all those little girls and boys faces this time of year and with the arrival of Santa instore this Sunday from 2-5pm this is one of the most exciting days instore. McElhinneys are delighted to offer a complimentary visit with the little boys and girls receiving a gift.Stellar Photography will be instore if you would like to avail of a keepsake photo €7 each or 3 for €15.Also Don’t forget Black Friday kicks off until Midnight tonight with 25% Off Women, Men’s and Kids Brands exclusively online at www.mcelhinneys.comOpen Sundays from 1.30- 6pm MCELHINNEYS STOP TRAFFIC WITH THEIR MAGICAL CHRISTMAS WINDOW was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more

‘It’s tough to watch England at the World Cup when I’m not there’ – The Ox

first_imgAnd Oxlade-Chamberlain admits it is painful to see his Three Lions team-mates in action in Russia while he watches from his sofa at home.In an honest and open interview with talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham, the midfielder said: “It’s not an ideal time for me, if I’m being honest.“It’s obviously been really tough to miss out at this time of the season, at a time when I was feeling so good and felt like I was really finding my feet at Liverpool.“I felt I was playing some good stuff, I was playing with a lot of confidence and I was a really enjoying my football, so for it to all come crashing down in one moment, with one tackle, it’s never great – but that’s football. Oxlade-Chamberlain lies on the floor in agony after suffering injury against Roma Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has told talkSPORT he is finding it ‘tough’ to watch England at the World Cup after his hopes of playing in Russia were shattered by injury.The 24-year-old had enjoyed a brilliant first season for Liverpool before his campaign was ended prematurely in April, after suffering a serious knee injury in the Champions League semi-final against Roma.It was tragic timing for the midfielder, who not only missed out on the Reds’ Champions League final against Real Madrid but also a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. “As a character I’m positive and I’m trying not to let myself get too down, obviously I’ve got a tough rehab ahead of me and moping around isn’t going to get me through that!“I’ve been watching the World Cup, following it and supporting the boys every inch of the way.“I must admit the first game against Tunisia was tough to watch – it’s a moment when you realise what a great opportunity you’re missing, but these things happen in life and I’m keeping positive.”While devastated by his own injury, the midfielder admitted his heart was broken for his Liverpool team-mates after their Champions League final defeat.The 24-year-old was forced to watch from the stands as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 win in Kiev to claim their third straight title, after Mo Salah’s untimely injury in the first-half. 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain got five goals and eight assists for Liverpool this season center_img And Oxlade-Chamberlain said he was overcome by emotion at the final whistle as the reality of missing out on the biggest game in European football and the pain of defeat hit him.“The Champions League final was devastating to miss and at the final whistle when we didn’t win all this emotion came rushing over me and it’s something I’ve never really experienced before,” he added.“I was out on the pitch and I’m not a crier at all, but I just knew how much everyone wanted it – the city, the fans, the club, the players – and when you get injured en route to something special you hope it ends out in the right way so it was all worthwhile.“Seeing the boys put in the performances they did leading up to it and even in the final, I was so proud of them all. It was such a shame we couldn’t get that one over the line.”Listen to a clip of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain revealing his injury heartbreak above, or click here for the full interview!talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 3 Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is forced off in the Champions League final through injury 3last_img read more

PAT THE COPE DEMAND EU TRANSLATE THEIR WEBSITE INTO IRISH

first_imgDonegal MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher has called on the European Parliament to translate its website in Irish like every other EU Institution.Deputy Gallagher made the plea in Strasbourg during an Order of Business meeting.Following his intervention, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek promised to personally investigate the matter. Pat the Cope has also written to President Buzek requesting swift action. Pat the Cope Gallagher said too long has passed without the Irish language being officially recognised.“It is now almost five years since Irish became one of the 23 official languages of the European Union, on 01 January 2007. The European Parliament, however, still has its website in all languages except Irish.”“When the Irish language derogation was renewed by the Council for a further five years on 20 December 2010, the institutions of the Union undertook to continue to take steps to improve public access to information in Irish on the activities of the Union.”“The European Parliament is the only directly elected institution of the European Union and it is extremely disappointing that it is the only institution yet to translate its website into Irish.” PAT THE COPE DEMAND EU TRANSLATE THEIR WEBSITE INTO IRISH was last modified: November 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Six Bulldogs Named To NFF’s Hampshire Society

first_imgIn addition to maintaining a level of academic excellence, being a starter or significant on-field contributor and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards a degree is also needed for inclusion in the Hampshire Society. The group is comprised entirely of student-athletes that have met those requirements and exhausted their eligibility. “We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Over the past decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives.” Newell led the team with nine pass break-ups and was named All-PFL honorable mention. Reichardt was named Academic All-PFL first team and led the Bulldogs with 504 rushing yards with five touchdowns. Evans was a two-time All-PFL selection and was named second team CoSIDA Academic All-America and first team CoSIDA Academic All-District. On the field he led the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks. Ostrander recorded 29 receptions for 361 yards with four touchdowns and earned All-PFL honorable mention. A total of 1,251 student-athletes across all divisions of college football were honored with 54 coming from the Pioneer Football League. Print Friendly Version Lemke was also a two-time All-PFL selection and garnered First Team All-PFL this last season after starting all 11 games and helped the Bulldogs average nearly 27 points per game. IRVING, Texas – Six members of the Drake University football team have been named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society, the organization announced on Wednesday. Tanner Evans, Ryan Lemke, Mike Maize, Kyrell Newell, Connor Ostrander and Brock Reichardt were all named to the prestigious group that is comprised of college football student-athletes that have maintained a 3.2 or higher grade point average throughout their collegiate careers. Maize garnered All-PFL second team honors and ranked third on the team with 65 tackles.last_img read more

Zuma appoints new Public Protector

first_img19 October 2009President Jacob Zuma has appointed human rights lawyer Advocate Thulisile Madonsela as South Africa’s new Public Protector. Madonsela replaces Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who left the position on Friday after serving out his non-renewable seven-year term.Madonsela was recommended for the position by a special parliamentary committee following a week of candidate interviews.The Public Protector is an independent institution established in terms of Chapter 9 of the country’s Constitution to strengthen democracy by investigating alleged improper conduct by state agencies or officials.‘Important responsibility’Zuma said Madonsela was taking on an important responsibility. “She will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour.”An advocate with extensive experience in constitutional, human rights and equality law, Madonsela was most recently a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission.As a member of a judicial transformation task team, Madonsela helped draft bills and a strategic plan for transforming the country’s justice system and state legal services as well as the Victims’ Charter and gender and employment equity policy.Zuma thanked Mushwana for the excellent service he had given to the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more