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first_img(REUTERS)-Germany’s record goalscorer Miroslav Klose is starting a traineeship with the national team as the retired striker looks to kick off his coaching career, the German Football Association said yesterday.Klose, who helped his country win the 2014 World Cup and became the all-time top scorer at the tournament with 16 goals, ended his playing career last season at Lazio.“He will undergoing an individual training and trainee programme with the clear aim of starting a coaching career,” the FA said in a statement.The 38-year-old, who also played for Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, is Germany’s leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 matches.“In the past months the thought has matured in me to remain on the pitch with the perspective of the coach,” Klose said. “I would like to thank (Germany coach) Joachim Loew and (sports director) Hansi Flick for the chance to sharpen my perspective in a practical environment.”He will be part of Germany’s coaching team for their World Cup qualifier in San Marino and a friendly against Italy this month.last_img read more

first_imgA SWAT team raid of a home in Loxahatchee this week led to two arrests, as well as the confiscation of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says deputies on Tuesday arrested 46-year-old Nereida Vila and her boyfriend, Maiker Requejo, 39, on multiple charges related to marijuana cultivation, possession, and trafficking. A 12-year-old and 20-year-old were also in the home at the time.According to the arrest report, the child slept in the master bedroom with the two adults. Meanwhile, two other bedrooms and the garage had been converted into indoor cannabis labs.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators ended up seizing a total of 50 plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in addition to a gun. The marijuana had a street value of about $967,000.Vila is a convicted felon. Requejo told investigators he was unaware of the marijuana in the house. Deputies say his wallet contained receipts for liquid fertilizer and other products that are typically used to grow marijuana indoors.Just before the SWAT team entered the home with their search warrant, a deputy smelled raw cannabis coming from the property.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Con­struc­tion work for the most part will be completed by mid-August for a new facility to house the Center for Holo­caust, Human Rights and Genocide Education on the Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus.The new Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education.The center, which has been operating at the community college, 765 Newman Springs Road, for about 34 years, is gearing up for the completion of its new facility, which will be more than twice the size of its current 4,000 square feet location.The new space was built on the current site’s footprint where the center has been situated for the past 17 years, next to the college’s Bankier Library, Executive Director Dale Daniels said.The center was initially located in “a variety of tiny little spaces,” around the campus, Daniels said.Now, she said, “We’re going to have an opportunity to have a beautiful new space all our own.”Completion of the construction phase doesn’t mean the need for the money to pay for the building also has been completed. The center is conducting a capital campaign to raise the money to pay for the finished work.The campaign is working to raise $1.5 million. So far, Daniels said, the effort has raised approximately $900,000, which includes a generous donation from the college.The new facility will house the center’s programs and is expected to eventually include an expanded permanent exhibit focusing on local Holocaust and genocide survivors.The center houses the only Holocaust and genocide ar­chive in the state, according to Daniels.This space “will really allow that to expand and meet the necessary requirements for temperature and humidity control,” thus ensuring the display’s safety and continued availability for generations to come, she said.That is at the core of what the center has been doing and looks to continue.“Our focus is to educate, inspire and empower the children and the teachers, and of course, the general community members to learn and take action for social justice and make changes in our local community and beyond,” Daniels said.The center’s educational programs, which serve about 15,000 students and educators annually on the campus and around Monmouth County, have covered such topics as the history of the Holocaust, contemporary slave trade and human trafficking around the world, human rights abuses, and, closer to home, ways to address and prevent bullying for youngsters in schools and adults in the workplace, according to Daniels.The center has worked with the prosecutors’ offices in Monmouth and Ocean counties on programs with youths who committed bias crimes. So far, of the 82 offenders who have participated in the program, “not one has returned to the system for a bias crime,” she said.The center was one of 140 organizations that participated in a worldwide dramatic presentation of The Laramie Project, about the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, a victim of a hate crime.The National Endowment of the Arts recently awarded a $15,000 for the center to participate in the Big Read project. “The focus is to reach lapsed and reluctant readers” by having participants all read the same work. The work, A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines will be read by middle- and high-school students from around the county and some 50 inmates, incarcerated in the Mon­mouth County Correct­ional Institution, Freehold.The themes of the novel “resonate with our mission of human dignity,” Daniels said. “That’s exactly what we’re about.”Sister Helen Prejean, the Roman Catholic nun made famous by the book and movie Dead Man Walking is scheduled to participate in the program and will appear at the college. Gaines is expected to be available at the center through videoconferencing.In honor of the new facility, the center is sponsoring a 5K run on Sunday, Aug. 26, to benefit the capital campaign. Local Holocaust survivors will be on hand for the event and take part in a ceremonial walk and awards ceremony.The event, like others the center conducts, will allow, “our children the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and genocide from their neighbors, friends,” Daniels said, 
The center is continuing to accept donations to underwrite construction and programs. Contributions can be sent to the college in care of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide.last_img read more

first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 27,259 WITNESS 79TH RUNNING OF ‘GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL’ ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–In his first-ever try in graded stakes competition on the main track, longshot Melatonin made it look easy in taking Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in gate to wire fashion under Joe Talamo. Owned by Tarabilla Farms and trained by David Hofmans, the 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy won the Big ‘Cap by 4 ¼ lengths while covering the mile and a quarter distance in 2:02.01.Fresh off a 3 ¾ length allowance win going a mile and a sixteenth on Feb. 5, Talamo and his agent, Scott McClellan, lobbied forcefully for a chance to try the deep waters of “The Granddaddy of Them All” on Saturday.“Joe was instrumental in running in this race,” said Hofmans, who, along with Talamo, won his first career Big ‘Cap. “Joe and his agent were insistent that we go. After his last race, he said we have to run here. Joe was convinced after his last race. He said he loves this track, he’s so strong and he had so much horse left, I think he wants to run even farther, and I was convinced he was a miler.“I breezed him seven eighths the other day with Joe and was convinced to go here. Without California Chrome (who is committed to run later in the month in the Dubai World Cup), it opened up. We expected to be on the lead.”Off at 16-1, Melatonin paid $34.60, $13.80 and $6.00. The Big ‘Cap represented his fourth win from 11 career starts and with the winner’s share of $600,000, he increased his earnings to $768,552.“What a tremendous effort,” said Talamo. “I think I need some Melatonin right now to calm down from it…We had a great trip and he broke real sharp. I just put him up there and fortunately he was going so easily. When I got to the first turn, they backed off him a bit so I was able to give him a breather and he opened up turning for home.“I told Elizabeth (wife) when I left for the track today that I thought we had a big chance. I didn’t think we’d win like that but it was pretty exciting…Ever since coming to California, aside from winning the Santa Anita Derby, this was a huge, huge goal of mine. This is one of the biggest races in California and to do it at Santa Anita in front of a crowd (27,259) like this, it’s just icing on the cake.”Ridden by Abel Lezcano, Hard Aces rallied stoutly late to tag favored Effinex by a half length for the place. Off at 22-1, Hard Aces paid $19.20 and $7.20.Effinex, who was second to American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 and who had been idle since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 27, was well poised in second position, a half length off the winner a quarter mile from home, but lacked the necessary rally and finished third under Mike Smith.Off at 7-5, Effinex paid $2.80 to show.“He ran great,” said Smith, who had won the last three Big ‘Caps, dating back to 2013 with Game On Dude. “That was his first race back in just over three months…Going a mile and a quarter. I mean, that was impressive…He got to them but by the three eighths pole I felt him take a big breath and once he got his air, he didn’t put his head back down and take off again!”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Donworth, who was the second choice in the wagering at 5-2, was rank throughout and ran up on the heels of the winner around the far turn, resulting in a stewards’ inquiry. After a brief review, it was determined Donworth, who finished seventh, had caused his own trouble and the original order of finish was confirmed.Fractions on the race were 22.82, 46.28, 1:10.81 and 1:36.47.last_img read more

first_imgSTAYS IN VEGAS: Idle since running a close second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, Stays in Vegas is a four-time minor stakes winner who is two for two at a flat mile on turf. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has one local work for her return, with the rest of her breezes coming at Hollendorfer’s Northern California base, Golden Gate Fields. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, or KMN Racing, LLC, or LNJ Foxwoods, Stays in Vegas has good tactical speed and will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Alex Solis. A first-out maiden winner of the 5 ½ Juan Gonzalez Stakes on July 4 at Pleasanton, Stays in Vegas can be expected come with her “A-race” in the Senorita. Race 9 (of 11)  THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS                                                            Fourth Watch–Joe Talamo–120Mirage–Alonso Quinonez–122Decked Out–Edwin Maldonado–124Kiss N Scat–Martin Garcia–122Sheeza Milky Way–Santiago Gonzalez–120Swift Lady–Rafael Bejarano–120Be Mine–Tyler Baze–120Compel–Brice Blanc–120Stays in Vegas–Alex Solis–122First live race post time on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Saturday for simulcast wagering at 7:15 a.m. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:40 p.m. PDT. SWIFT LADY: Aptly named, this Florida-bred will try two turns for the first time as she comes off an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Feb. 14. By the Awesome Again stallion Awesome of Course, she’s trained by Bob Baffert and although she was ridden to three consecutive wins by Martin Garcia, will be handled for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. Owned by Baoma Corporation, Swift Lady bids for her fourth consecutive win and is clearly the speed of the field.THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–Recent stakes winners Decked Out and Swift Lady, along with classy comebacker Stays In Vegas, head a wide open field of nine sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita. DECKED OUT: Dead last early in a field of nine, Decked Out came running late to post an impressive 2 ¾ length victory in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes here on April 9. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother, Keith, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss will cut back in distance a furlong and be handled for the first time by Edwin Maldonado, as “Team Desormeaux” is away in Kentucky to contest the Run for the Roses with Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator. Third to Swift Lady three starts back in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Decked Out will hope for a fast pace and clear sailing. Owned by Voss or Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out closed good ground to be fifth, beaten one length in her only try at one mile on turf, the China Doll Stakes, here on March 12.last_img read more