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MARLEY’S FREEDOM & SELCOURT SET TO AGAIN SQUARE OFF IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 BEHOLDER MILE AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgMARLEY’S FREEDOM & SELCOURT SET TO AGAIN SQUARE OFF IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 BEHOLDER MILE AT SANTA ANITAFIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE PROGRAM ON SATURDAY IS SET FOR 1 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2019)–One-two finishers when last they met, Bob Baffert’s Marley’s Freedom and John Sadler’s Selcourt will each stretch out an eighth of a mile as they head Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita, which has attracted an outstanding field of seven older fillies and mares.Dispatched as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes here Feb. 16, Marley’s Freedom overhauled Selcourt late to win by 1 ¼ lengths over a stubborn Selcourt, who was off at 5-1.MARLEY’S FREEDOMOwner:  Cicero Farms, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertRidden with confidence by Drayden Van Dyke, Marley’s Freedom was an impressive winner of the Santa Monica, which followed what was no doubt one of her best career efforts, a one turn mile win by a neck in the Grade III Go For Wand at Aqueduct on Dec. 1.  A resounding winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Ballerina Stakes four starts back on Aug. 25 at Saratoga, this 5-year-old Blame mare appears strictly the horse to beat in the Beholder on Saturday.  A winner of six out of her last seven starts, five of them graded stakes, Marley’s Freedom is 15-8-2-0 overall with earnings of $935,935.SELCOURTOwner:  Medallion Racing & Keith AbrahamsTrainer:  John SadlerLightly raced and blessed with immense talent sprinting, this 5-year-old Tiz Wonderful mare will try two turns for the first time in what will be her 10th career start.  Breaking from the number two post position in a field of five in the seven furlong Santa Monica, Selcourt made all the early running, leading through splits of 22.40, 45 flat and 1:09.60 over a track listed as “good.”  Although she was collared late by Marley’s Freedom, Selcourt battled gamely to the wire, holding Mopotism at bay by a half length for the place.  Ridden by Joe Talamo last time out, she’ll be reunited with Tyler Baze, who had ridden her to four victories in her eight previous starts.THE GRADE I BEHOLDER MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 9 of 10  Approximate post time 5 p.m. PTSecret Spice–Geovanni Franco–121Selcourt–Tyler Baze–121Paradise Woods–Evin Roman–121Exuberance–Victor Espinoza–121Marley’s Freedom–Drayden Van Dyke–121Just a Smidge–Assael Espinoza–121Mopotism–Mario Gutierrez–121First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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Nations Cup semi-finals set for this Wednesday

first_imgOnly the top two teams from Pool A and B have qualified.After thrashing Samoa 8-0 last night, hosts PNG Kapuls shot up to finish in first place in Pool A on 5 points (1 win and 2 draws).Second place went to New Caledonia also on 5 points (1 win and 2 draws).For Pool B, giants New Zealand won all their 3 games to be on top on 9 points. Solomon Islands scraped through in second place with 3 points from the 1 win.It will be a criss-cross format for the finals with New Zealand to take on New Caledonia at 4pm followed by the second semi between PNG and Solomon Islands at 7.30pm.last_img

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Barriga heads Filipino pugs sweep in China

first_imgMOST READ It was the seventh straight win in as many bouts for the 24-year-old Barriga, who handed the 32-year-old Thai his seventh loss against 33 victories.Unbeaten Ronnie Baldonado also put up a remarkable performance for the six boxers sent by MP Promotions, knocking out Indonesian Iwan Zoda in the sixth round with body shots to retain his WBO interim Oriental flyweight belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOnly 21, Baldonado notched his 10th victory, seven via the short route.Other Filipino victors over Chinese foes were Jay-ar Inson, Rdene Mark Cuarto, Vincent Astrolabio and Genesis Libranza. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILIPINO light flyweight Mark Barriga (blue). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAOlympian Mark Anthony Barriga thoroughly dominated Thai Wittawas Bassapean to clinch the WBO international minimumweight crown and lead a Filipino sweep of foreign opponents Friday night in Beijing, China.So imposing was Barriga, a Southeast Asian Games champion and Asian Games bronze medalist, that he earned a unanimous 100-90 decision from the three judges at Heyuan Royal Garden Hotel, according to a Philboxing report.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ice on the prizecenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Inson bested Jin Yancheng, the reigning WBO China welterweight champion, by unanimous decision while Cuarto knocked out Li Guangxiong in the third round.Astrolabio and Libranza both won by unanimous decision over Ayati Sailike and Zeng Yuzie, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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2013 Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli sets come back

first_imgIn this  July 6, 2013 photo, Marion Bartoli of France smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the Women’s singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. (AP FILE PHOTO)Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, said she is coming out of retirement and returning to the tennis tour next season.ADVERTISEMENT Then came the magical two-week run to the championship six years later. Bartoli never dropped a set and capped her fortnight with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sabine Lisicki in the final, closing the match with an ace.A year later, Bartoli became the first woman in 17 years who declined to try to defend her Wimbledon title.At a news conference before the 2014 tournament, Bartoli tugged at the collar of her white top to reveal strips of blue tape providing support for her right shoulder and explained: “Literally, I can’t even lift my arm every morning.”That, she said, was why she harbored “definitely no regrets at all” about walking away from tennis back then.She since moved on to other pursuits, including TV commentary, launching a shoe line, and designing jewelry.                       /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson ‘Unconventional’ debut Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals The 33-year-old Frenchwoman made the announcement via a Twitter post on Tuesday.“Hi, guys. I have something to tell you: I am coming back. … It’s going to be a huge challenge,” Bartoli said in a video she put on Twitter. “I have still a lot of practice ahead of me, but I am hoping to be ready for March and the Miami Open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBartoli mentioned three events she is particularly looking forward to: the French Open, the Fed Cup, and, of course, Wimbledon.She surprisingly won her only Grand Slam title while seeded No. 15 at the All England Club four years ago. Less than two months later, after losing a match at another tournament, she abruptly retired from professional tennis. Bartoli was an original player — and personality — during her playing career.She hit two-fisted shots for forehands and backhands, just like her idol, Monica Seles, whom Bartoli recalled admiring as early as 7 years old.Bartoli was coached by her father, a doctor, and they came up with other unique elements.She would cross her arms before serving, never bouncing the ball before a toss. She would stand well inside the baseline to receive an opponent’s serve. And she would hop in place or take practice swings between points.Her first big breakthrough came in 2007, reaching the Wimbledon final before losing to Venus Williams.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Johnson Gwaikolo Takes Over UMU

first_imgMr. Johnson N. Gwaikolo was yesterday inducted into office as the new president of the United Methodist University (UMU) during a thanksgiving program held at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun and Gurley Streets. Reverend Dr. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of UMU urged the newly inducted president to uphold the values of the institution.According to Bishop Innis, the decision to appoint Mr. Gwaikolo to the position met the approval of the Board of Directors and was supported by Mr. Gwaikolo’s performance over the past one year when he served as interim president of the institution.The induction ceremony was witnessed by an array of government officials including the director-general for the National Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Michael Slawon as well as UMU students. “We want to encourage Mr. Gwaikolo and his team to give their best, because this is a Christian institution. We want to build friendships and ensure that this university grows,” Bishop Innis admonished.He encouraged the president to be idealistic and a motivational leader to ensure that the students and faculty participate in the growth of the university. “We want you to be the ethical standard bearer of the university. Our students should be competent and outspoken. This is the fastest growing university in Liberia with over 5,000 students,” Bishop Innis recorded.Mr. Gwaikolo is the fourth president of the university who Bishop Innis has expressed the Board of Directors’ confidence in to lead the institution. For his part, Mr. Gwaikolo called on the religious department of the university including the bishop to pray with him for God’s guidance, protection and wisdom in the forward march of running the affairs of the institution.The UMU, he said, is generally charged with the responsibility to impart knowledge to those who desire it.Beyond that, said Gwaikolo, it has a specific duty to provide quality education in a dynamic environment where innovation, openness, and creativity are captured, thereby producing intellectual and God fearing individuals which distinguishes UMU from other universities in the country.He said his ascendency as the fourth president of the university marks a new era of the institution, which begins the transformation process with courtesy.He lauded past leaders, including Rev. Dr. Emmanuel F. Billy for laying the foundation upon which current and future leaders will build.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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To present findings to President by Saturday

first_imgLindo Creek CoI wraps upThe Commission of Inquiry into the June, 2008 deaths of miners Cedric Arokium, Dax Arokium, Horace Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Compton Speirs, Nigel Torres and Clifton Berry Wong has wrapped up its work, and is set to present its findings to President David Granger on or before Saturday, June 30.In a release on Friday, the CoI said it had extended invitations to former President Bharrat Jagdeo; Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; and Home Affairs Minister at time of the incident, Clement Rohee, to offer information; but they all declined.The CoI noted that the three men had all held important positions in 2008, and their names were mentioned a number of times by various persons who testified.Victims of Lindo Creek“In response to the Commission’s first invitation in May, 2018, all three officials, through their Attorneys-at-law, Mohabir A. Nandlall & Associates, by way of letter, responded by stating that ‘It is with regret that I inform you that my client/s will not voluntarily attend any private hearing of the Commission. An invitation to attend a public hearing may have attracted a different response from my client/s’.A second invitation was sent by the Commission to the officials in June 2018, inviting them to submit witness statements relating to the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry, and informing them that consideration would be given to according them a public hearing should the Commission consider it necessary. This invitation was again declined by way of letter from Attorneys-at-law Mohabir A. Nandlall & Associates,” the statement explained.On June 21, 2008 miner Leonard Arokium discovered the charred remains of Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Sp,eirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres, who all worked with him at Lindo Creek in the Upper Berbice River area.The Police are contending that the Fine Man Gang killed the men, but Leonard Arokium is holding out that it was the Joint Services who murdered the men.Following discovery of the bodies, a high-level team comprising acting President Sam Hinds, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, late Police Commissioner Henry Greene, and other senior Police officers had visited the home of Arokium, where Hinds allegedly tried to convince him that Fine Man was responsible for the deaths of the men.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which began during a crime wave that began in 2002.The work of the commission will come to an end on June 30, when Chairman Donald Trotman is expected to submit his findings to President Granger.last_img read more

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Speedway’s success not in seats sold

first_imgRandom thoughts for a Tuesday morning, with NASCAR gone until September, wondering whatever happened to Tammera McLinn, the 1991 CIF 4A 400-meter champion from Eisenhower High School. It’s been written before, and it will be again today: Success at California Speedway is not dependent on whether 93,000 grandstand seats are sold. While it may sound and appear sexy, it isn’t the deciding factor. Furthermore, the Fontana track is not in danger of losing one of its two NASCAR Nextel Cup Series dates. Neither the sanctioning body or its many sponsors want to lose the valuable Los Angeles market, although they would probably want to see a little less of the red and yellow-backed seats on television. Remember, this is a business and despite the small crowd on Sunday, there was a line of money trucks leaving the speedway throughout the weekend. That’s the sight that track owner International Speedway Corp. is more interested in. Of course more ticket sales would generate a few more armored trucks. Fontana isn’t the only venue that struggles to sell tickets on the NASCAR tour, although it might be the only stop where neither of its two dates sell out. Declining ticket sales and television ratings have dogged NASCAR the past year and we’ll see later this year if the sports can pull out of its slight dip. But give speedway president Gillian Zucker credit for making her track fan-friendlier. She has listened to complaints and moved on them. Her next step will be to improve the physical aspects of the 10-year-old track. … Department of Corrections: In this space a week ago, we questioned the CIF playoff committee for placing the public-school Sunkist League in IV-AA with smaller parochial leagues. They were right, we are still shaking in disbelief at the quarterfinals results. Palm Springs Desert Chapel (enrollment of 89) beat Bloomington (3,031); Huntington Beach Brethen Christian (313) over Garden Grove Bolsa Grande (1,600) and Ontario Christian (47) over Jurupa Valley (2,859). Only Kaiser (2,600) prevailed against a smaller opponent, San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret’s (404). center_img Regardless of all the others in school, it still comes down to the five on the court. … John Ross, Kaiser High School athletic director, called to say the All-City Track Meet is scheduled for Thursday at Fontana. It will mark the first time Fontana, Miller, Kaiser and Summit will compete exclusively against one other. To ensure the meet will be run in accordance with all he rules, veteran track coach Gary Picket will come out of retirement to serve as meet director. Pickett won various Citrus Belt League titles at Fohi and also coached Chaffey College. Kaiser has rented an automated timing service for the 3:15 p.m. meet. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students to offset costs. Anyone interested in volunteering their services for the meet should contact Ross at (909) 357-5900, ext. 8044. … Let’s get right to the point: Is Gillian Zucker’s tenure as president of California Speedway in danger? Despite what columnist Paul Oberjuerge wrote on Sunday, Zucker is not in a precarious situation. She has been very well received by the region’s business leaders, a major plus, and is respected by Southern California’s movers and shakers. However, that doesn’t make her road to the Labor Day Sunday Nextel Cup race any easier. There is plenty of hard work in front of Zucker and her staff. She must fill at least three key positions, including marketing and communications. She must find a sponsor for both Labor Day races, Nextel Cup and Busch Series. Zucker will be in charge in September unless the foundation of the economic model totally crumbles. That’s what her bosses at International Speedway Corp. are concerned with the most: the bottom line. … Who’s paying for those Boise State football billboards found throughout Southern California? Our guess is the school is using some of the big money earned from the Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma. The Broncos have quite a few players from the area, so this can’t hurt their future recruiting. … Tracie Zerpoli of La Verne will lead a group of six young women who will walk Sunday’s L.A. Marathon. It’ll be the seventh Marathon stroll for the 45-year-old Zerpoli, an ROP program manager for Baldy View. The girls include Ramona Middle School 12-year-olds Anna Zerpoli, Brittany Redd and Madeline Turner; Megan Brown, a student at El Roble Intermediate School; and Bonita High School’s Elizabeth Redd, 15. They started training in early November and their goal is to finish in seven hours. …. Aiding Zerpoli with the girls will be Anna Redd and Connie McNaught. City track update: Other districts with multiple schools should consider the same approach. It’s great and healthy competition and settles plenty of arguments. … Mainstream NASCAR: Consider this, both Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were invited to Vanity Fair’s Oscar after-party on Sunday night. You say your invitation was lost in the mail? It was a function for Hollywood’s elite and, apparently, two of Hendrick Motorsports top drivers. … A group of locals that have run in every L.A. Marathon includes: Paul Aguirre and Alan Carlisle of Upland, Fontana’s Luis Alatorre, Stephen Collins of Pomona; Chino’s Alfred Gonzales; Rosie Rieger and Joseph Wojick of Claremont; and Sylvia Toste-Rodgers of Rancho Cucamonga. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Parents blaming VA in vet death

first_imgIn the 310-bed rehab center, patients are expected to administer their own medications, which they keep in their rooms in a locker. The exact cause of Bailey’s death is awaiting coroner’s toxicology reports. Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating the case. Bailey friend Dimitris Rentzis said the VA is responsible, noting that the young man’s medical records contain several references to his history of abusing prescription drugs. “He came back saying, `Mom, I shot women and children. I can’t deal with this,”‘ said Bailey’s mother, Danielle Floyd, 53, of Henderson, Nev. The death led the hospital to include more random urine tests, increase staffing on weekend nights and step up room checks for drugs. The parents of an Iraq war veteran blame the Veterans Affair Department for the drug-abuse death of their son, saying doctors at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center should have watched him more closely. Marine Corps veteran Justin Bailey, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a groin injury, checked himself into the VA hospital just after Thanksgiving because of his addiction to prescription and street drugs. The 27-year-old Bailey got prescriptions filled Jan. 25 for five medications, including methadone, according to medical records. He was found dead of a drug overdose the next day in his room at the hospital’s rehabilitation center. “My son had made a decision to get help, and they didn’t help him. They gave him the bullet,” said his father, Tony Bailey, 47, of Las Vegas. “Our programs are excellent, but they’re not perfect,” said Dr. Dean Norman, the hospital’s chief of staff. “And we always strive to make them better.” An Army-funded study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that almost one in five combat veterans returning from Iraq suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which increases the risk of substance abuse. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Specialty food a one-size-fits-all gift at holidays

first_imgMONROE, Wis. – Hundreds of tiny blocks of chocolate cake and cream ramble down the conveyor at The Swiss Colony. A waterfall of chocolate splashes over them before a bakery worker drizzles more chocolate on top. The catalog company’s bakery produces nearly 54million petits fours per year, with most sold during the Christmas season. It claims to be the nation’s largest producer of the tiny French pastries, which are one of its best-selling items. While Americans are spending less overall on presents, sales of food gifts grew almost 50percent to nearly $16billion from 2004 to 2006, according to Packaged Facts, a division of Rockville, Md.-based MarketResearch.com. About one-third of consumers shop for food gifts during the winter holidays, it said. Researchers and shoppers say food has the same one-size-fits-all appeal as gift cards, but with the added allure of giving friends and family something they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile shopping for family in other parts of the country, people might not know what clothes or electronics to get, but food “is a universal gift,” said Kenneth J. Sousa, who teaches e-marketing at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Debbe Geiger, 43, of Cary, N.C., said she is giving a variety of food gifts this year after her nephew sent her Omaha Steaks’ bacon- wrapped filet mignon last year. “I thought he pegged me well,” she said, explaining that she enjoyed the steaks but was too practical to buy them for herself. Food gift companies can do as much as 75percent of their business during the winter holidays. Competition is fierce, said John Baumann, president of Swiss Colony. “All you have to do is go on the Internet and look up `cheese gift’ or `sausage gift’ or `food gift’ or `food items,’ and there are literally thousands of different shopping options are going to pop up.” Food gift companies also compete with other manufacturers with catalogs or a Web presence. “The average consumer does not necessarily believe they have to get a food gift,” Baumann said. The most successful companies offer uncommon products that people are willing to pay both a premium price and the cost of shipping to get, said Domenick Celentano, who teaches entrepreneurial studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Most people wouldn’t ship basic foods such as bread, but they will pay extra to get a layered raspberry and chocolate cheesecake. “When you get out of the major metropolitan areas, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to find some of the items like those you’d see at Swiss Colony,” Celentano said. The company started by shipping sausage and cheese in the 1920s. But as specialty grocers made those items more common, the bulk of its food business shifted to hard-to-make candies and layered cakes. One of its specialties is petits fours – miniature layered cakes first served by the French uppercrust in the 1800s. In the United States, they are usually only served at wedding receptions or other special occasions because of the time and cost of making them, said Gary Welling, who directs the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. “They’re not your everyday eating,” Welling said. They are Erin Patterson’s favorite holiday treats. The Milwaukee lawyer’s father is a parochial school principal who often gets several boxes of Swiss Colony petits fours as Christmas gifts from parents. When Patterson and her four siblings were young, her mother saved the boxes until Christmas Eve, when the children would gorge on pastries, egg nog and soda. Her family still indulges on the holidays, but now they pair petits fours with drinks and shrimp cocktail. “I love the Swiss Colony,” said Patterson, 27. Food gift companies bank on family tradition. Medford, Ore.-based Harry & David started shipping Comice pears, which it sells as the trademarked Royal Riviera pears, in the 1930s. They are still its top seller, executive Vice President Bill Ihle said. The company aims for “the customer saying: `Gee, I remember this from Mom and Dad’s house. I remember this from Grandmom’s house,”‘ Ihle said. Caryn Mauser, 45, of Kenosha, began sending her family Harry & David gift baskets that include the pears two years ago after her mother sent her a gift from the company. “For that particular gift, I knew they would all like it,” she said. “I had no doubt.” Faced with shopping for her sister, brother-in-law and niece this year, she said she’ll probably send them another basket. “That’s part of it, too,” she said. “I don’t have to decide what to get each of them. They all enjoy that.” Gail Glover, 44, of Port Crane, N.Y., sends her family in South Africa food baskets from Woolworths, a retailer based in Cape Town. She and her 13-year-old son spend several weeks picking out items from the online catalog. “It’s giving him some `Grandparent’ time, even though we are miles away,” she wrote in an e-mail. It also “beats the heck out of mailing packages. It works out to be a lot cheaper and so much more convenient!”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Most Latinos fear deportation of loved ones

first_imgHer three children all have bright futures. One is a Hollywood makeup artist, another works with a veterinarian, and a third is a massage therapist. Still, Rojas believes immigrants are more vulnerable today than in years past. “There is an environment that is creating fear and discrimination,” she said. The Pew Center poll shows similar findings across the U.S., where Latino enclaves have blossomed in rural areas in the past decade. In the past five years, Latinos have become increasingly concerned about discrimination. Today, about 41 percent of Latinos say they have – or someone close to them has – experienced discrimination. The number jumped from 31 percent in the 2002 survey. Pollsters found a sharp difference of opinion over immigration enforcement between Hispanics and non-Hispanics. More than half of non-Hispanics approved of workplace raids, while only 20 percent of Hispanics did. And 85 percent of non-Latinos think states should check immigration status before issuing driver licenses, while that number shrinks to 40 percent among Latinos. Nationally, deportations have nearly doubled in the past five years, from about 119,000 in fiscal year 2001-02 to nearly 300,000 for fiscal year 2006-07, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. “ICE conducts targeted enforcement actions based on investigations, intelligence and well-established priorities, and we take extraordinary steps to address the humanitarian issues of individuals we encounter while enforcing the law,” Virginia Kice, ICE spokeswoman, said in response to the Pew report. “We do not conduct random sweeps. However, anyone illegally in the country runs the risk of being detained and placed into removal proceedings if encountered by law enforcement.” The poll showed no indication of immigration backlash among U.S.-born Latinos, but they differed somewhat from foreign-born Latinos on the more-aggressive enforcement policies. For instance, 83 percent of foreign-born Latinos opposed police involvement in immigration enforcement, while 74percent of U.S.-born Latinos did. About 84 percent of Latino immigrants disapproved of workplace raids, while 63 percent of native-born Latinos did. But the biggest difference came about verifying legal immigration status before issuing a driver license: 61 percent of U.S.-born Latinos approve of a state doing that, while 33 percent of Latino immigrants do. Lencha Renteria, who manages Lenchita’s, her parents’ 25-employee Mexican restaurant in Pacoima, sides with non-natives on licenses, workplace raids and police involvement. But she said she doesn’t believe that the immigrant community in Pacoima is racked with fear of being deported. “I don’t think a lot of Latino people here are intimidated,” said Renteria, a U.S.-born daughter of an American mother and a Mexican father who has helped several employees gain legal immigration status. “I don’t know who is here illegally and who is not, but I see the same faces every day.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 818-713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMeasuring Latino perspectives on pressing issues, pollsters surveyed 2,003 people by phone from Oct. 3 to Nov. 9, focusing on the immigration debate and perceptions of discrimination. As did many of those polled, Mexican immigrant Raquel Rojas said over the past several years she has steadily watched fear grow among immigrants as images of raids become more commonplace on Spanish-language television. “All the people that I know are scared that they are going to get deported,” she said, noting she recently helped organize a Panorama City meeting to inform illegal immigrants of their rights. “Many have lived here for so long that they don’t have a home or family in their home country.” Rojas, who has lived in the U.S. for more than three decades, became a citizen when tens of thousands of illegal immigrants were given amnesty in the 1980s. With immigrant deportations on the rise, more than half of U.S. Latinos are afraid someone close to them will be deported, even though only a quarter of the country’s 47 million Hispanics are here illegally, according to a report released Thursday. The annual poll conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Latinos – regardless of citizenship – are increasingly feeling the sting of discrimination and are sharply against increased enforcement, especially when local police are involved. “Latinos are feeling vulnerable in the current political and policy context of this country,” said Paul Taylor, acting director of the Washington, D.C.-based center. “They are feeling a range of negative effects from the increased public attention and the stepped-up enforcement measures that have accompanied the growing national debate over illegal immigration,” Taylor said. At the same time, Latinos of all incomes had a rosy view of the future, with 78 percent believing their children will have better jobs than they do and make more money. last_img read more

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