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‘Galloping Grandma’ Sue Martin Going Strong At Age 63; Part Of Fund-Raising Event Sunday…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare HENDERSON, Ky. (Saturday, August 26, 2017) — They call her the Galloping Grandma. But that doesn’t do Sue Martin justice. The jockey recently became a great-grandmother for the seventh time, with another on the way.Martin, mother of seven and grandmother of 18, is 63. She didn’t ride any races Friday afternoon. But that morning at Ellis Park she got on 10 horses in training and took racehorses to the post in the afternoon. On August 13, she won Ellis’ first race aboard Golden Fire Fly, trained by her husband, Wayne Martin. The victory gave Sue her second of 2017, to go with one at Tampa Bay Downs, the most races she’s won in a year since capturing four in 1990, after which she quit riding racehorses for 17 years while raising their youngest child.“It’s absolutely amazing,” Martin said. “It’s all in the Lord’s hands. When I win a race, it’s something God has orchestrated, because I just go along with whatever His plan is…. When I’m blessed with a win, I know it’s a blessing from the Lord.”She added with a laugh, “It’s nothing I did because I’m such a great jockey. I’m just hanging on. The horse, my husband and the Lord, they get the credit. I’m just along for the ride.”Martin will be among the jockeys interacting with the public Sunday as Ellis Park celebrates PDJF Day to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Activities will take place between the paddock and the paddock pavilion, including jockey autograph sessions throughout the races and a dunk tank where fans can throw balls to drop jockeys, paddock analyst Joe Kristufek and other brave souls into the water.Raffle tickets will be sold for cool jockey and racing memorabilia, including a saddle with the jockeys’ autographs. Fans will be able to purchase for a $5 donation a group photo of the Ellis jockey colony, PDJF t-shirt or jockey goggles to get signed by riders.Martin officially began riding in 1973. She’s had very limited opportunities throughout her career, while also racing quarter horses, Appaloosas and Arabians during which time she earned the nickname Crazy Sue. During her 17-year hiatus, she did compete in 25-mile endurance races in Florida, where the Martins spent winters breaking babies.How tough is Martin? She delivered her first two children at the hospital but didn’t like getting anesthesia. So she had the next four at home, with Wayne overseeing delivery. She had one more child at the hospital. An hour later, she was at Taco Bell with Wayne picking up dinner for the kids at home. Who wants to cook after you’ve just had a baby? One year, she was working as an exercise rider in New York for Johnny Campo up until her eighth month of pregnancy.“I think it’s great that she can still do it,” Wayne Martin said. “I don’t push my owners to ride her, because it’s not right, just because she’s galloping them and she’s my wife. Sometimes it’s a first-time starter, I say, ‘Let Sue right the horse.’ Because then I can learn what’s going on with the horse. She can come back and tell me a lot more (than other riders).“… They really do respect her. I don’t think they give her anything. They don’t give her any more than they would anyone else.”Said Sue: “And I don’t ask for anything. If I can’t go out there and ride with them, I’ll just gallop. I’ll quit riding. It’s not fair to expect them to get out of my way or leave the rail open. It’s a horse race. Everybody is in it to win.”How long does she expect to ride?“As long as the Lord wants me to,” she said. “Every time I get on a horse I say, ‘Lord, one more time. Here we go!’”McMahon sidelined for Saturday; back riding SundayJockey C.J. McMahon, who in Friday’s fifth race gained his first victory at Ellis since his recent return to the Kentucky circuit after four years away, missed riding Saturday after a horse flipped on him at Churchill Downs during morning training. His agent, Joe Santos Jr., said McMahon actually worked another horse after the mishap but found his ankle a bit swollen when he removed his boot. He said McMahon had it checked out by a doctor, who told the jockey to ice it down and the ankle will be fine.“He’ll be good to ride Sunday,” Santos said.McMahon, now almost 23, set a Lone Star Park record for wins (98) in a season last summer. He rode at Gulfstream Park’s summer meet this year for the time before moving on to Kentucky at the suggestion of trainer John Hancock. This is McMahon’s second go-round in Kentucky, having ridden here and Indiana for a few months in 2013 after launching his career to great fanfare in 2011 in his native Louisiana. He has won more than 200 races each of the past two seasons.McMahon, the son of former quarter-horse jockey Charles McMahon, missed out on the bush-track era in Louisiana’s famed Cajun Country. But he still got up at 4:30 in the mornings to feed horses, muck stalls, galloping 12 horses, grooming them and then going to school. The jockey says he’s a different person than when he rode in Kentucky as a 17-year-old, when he at times struggled to handle success in an adult fashion.“I have a goal, my focus,” he said. “My whole outlook, not just on horse racing, but life in general. I want to do well for my family. I watched my mom do three jobs to put my brother and myself through school…. Don’t stop believing in yourself, keep pushing forward. But it’s all part of growing up, and just being young. I had an attitude, kind of had a big head. But I’m grounded now. I’m humble and thankful God gave me another shot.”Saez finishing meet strongGabriel Saez also has returned to Kentucky after five years away while riding in Delaware and New York. Saez won Saturday’s first race on the Wes Hawley-trained Cape Diva to take over third in the Ellis standings with 14 victories.“Business is coming along, trying to get on better horses and win a few more races and finish up strong,” he said. “I went to New Orleans over the winter and was riding for most of the people here in Kentucky. I decided just to come and give it a try again. It’s been a good, successful summer. I’d just like to keep it up. I’ve been riding a bit for everybody, including Steve Asmussen again. I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been getting again.”Albarado, Hernandez gone Saturday to ride at SaratogaRobby Albarado and Brian Hernandez were at Saratoga Saturday to ride in the Travers Stakes; Albarado on Grade 1 Haskell winner Girvin and Hernandez on McCraken, who finished a nose back in the Haskell.“He’s doing so good, the horse, training-wise,” Albarado said of the Joe Sharp-trained Girvin, the Louisiana Derby winner under Mike Smith. “He worked his best work the other day, from what Joe said. He worked in 59 (for five-eighths of a mile), just so easy and within himself. He’s going into the Travers in his best form. I tell you, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone.”The Haskell was the first time Albarado rode Girvin, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby in his only finish worse than second. ‘They really do respect her. I don’t think they give her anything. They don’t give her any more than they would anyone else,’ Wayne Martin on his wifelast_img read more

Rate of smokeless tobacco use among youth has leveled off

first_img Read Full Story More than 5% of U.S. teens and adolescents use snuff, chewing tobacco, or dipping tobacco—and that rate has been about the same for a decade, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In 2011, 5.2% of middle and high school kids used smokeless tobacco; in 2000, the rate of use was 5.3%. The findings, from the school-based National Youth Tobacco Survey, were reported in the May 15, 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association.In a video interview with MedPage Today, study co-author Gregory Connolly, director of HSPH’s Center for Global Tobacco Control and professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said the fact that there’s been no recent decline in smokeless tobacco use—while cigarette use has steadily declined—is cause for concern. He noted that the government’s tough measures aimed at reducing cigarette smoking—raising taxes, requiring stronger warning labels, and banning flavors—did not carry over to smokeless tobacco.“We have to treat all tobacco products alike,” Connolly said. “Otherwise we see this switching of youngsters away from cigarette smoking to combined use of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes, and that is not going to reduce the disease risk in our nation from tobacco.”See MedPage Today article and videolast_img read more

Fish in the Dark’s Larry David Talks B’way Debut

first_img View Comments Fish in the Dark Related Shows Seinfeld co-creator Larry David is making his Broadway debut in his self-penned Fish in the Dark this spring, and he sounds thrilled. “I really got myself in a pickle,” he told David Letterman on January 15’s Late Show. “It’s a big, sour pickle and I can’t get out of it!” The Emmy winner has all sorts of reasons why he’s concerned: “I’m not an actor!” “I don’t even like the theater!” “I’m not gonna be able to remember my lines!” “I’m doing it to get laid!” Check out the hysterical interview below, in which they also discuss the silver lining of starring on Broadway: hotel sex. You can catch (a hopefully more unfazed) David, along with Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orisini, Rita Wilson and more, in Fish in the Dark beginning February 2 at the Cort Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015last_img read more

Hand to God Playwright Robert Askins on Being a Title Fetishist & Losing the Texas Tragedy

first_imgTexas-born Robert Askins is making his Broadway debut with Obie-winning raunchy puppet comedy Hand to God, which previously played off-Broadway’s MCC Theater and had three sold-out runs at Ensemble Studio Theater. His other works include the one-act Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife, which was a part of Marathon 2010 at EST, and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef, which won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics Award in 2011. His next play, Permission, will premiere at MCC Theater. sat down with Askins at Brooklyn’s Café Pedlar to talk about caffeine as motivation, how he got noticed in college and the one thing every writer must do.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I go through a series of websites to visit, so I can procrastinate one last time. I’ll do email, Facebook, Twitter and then I’ll finally get down to writing. The deal that I make with myself is that I don’t drink coffee or tea in my house and I’m an addict, so I need to get to the coffee shop to write.What time of day do you get your best work done?Always in the morning. I’ve been writing in the morning for so long that I’m not sure if that’s just how my body as a machine is built to make words.What playwrights do you look up to?How do you stay motivated to finish a piece?Getting to the end is something that I want. It’s really about pushing through the fear. I do a lot of meetings in Hollywood now, and a lot of people say they know story and character, and that’s fine. But the thing that differentiates a writer from somebody else is the fact that a writer makes pages. You have one job—a very simple job—you put marks on an empty space. It’s the whole job. You have to make the pages.What inspired Hand to God?It was a combination of a lot things: my mother did have a Christian puppet ministry when I was growing up, I was very involved in the church when I was younger, my father passed when I was 16. Those things are the bedrock foundation seminal moments in my childhood. For a long time, I was writing about them in a Sam Shepard way—trying to understand them as Western surreal tragedy. It took me a long time to figure out that it wasn’t tragedy; it was comedy.Was there a specific event that made you start writing the play?I saw Steve [Boyer] and Geneva [Carr] standing together at a party. All of those themes gelled very quickly into those specific bodies. I’d had a couple of glasses of wine, and I was like, “Oh! That’s the play!” The play is Steve and Geneva as mother and son and Geneva is f*cking his friend. I went home and wrote Tyrone’s prologue, and that’s how the play started.Where did the title come from?Hand to God is an expression about honesty. It’s a southern regionalism that’s fairly unknown in the North. It just seemed to make sense. I’m a big title fetishist: bad title = bad play. Also, you can’t overthink a title. The play should be a thought—it should be one motion and one expression. If the title does not seem obvious and apparent, you probably shouldn’t start writing it.What play changed your life?When did you know you wanted to be a playwright?When I was in college at Baylor University, which is a Baptist University in Waco, Texas. I went to school for performance first, but I didn’t get any stage time. I was a troubled and trouble-making kid. I wrote this very aggressive, very violent 10-minute play about Jesus and the devil in prison for a 10-minute play contest. It was this complex theological allegory that had some nonconsensual sodomy in it. I could be ignored and marginalized until I put things on paper. I submitted it to the festival, and I think I tied for second, but it didn’t matter. My rage was now an object. It didn’t matter what the f*ck you thought of Rob Askins anymore, now you could talk about Rob Askins’ play, and you could take that seriously. I couldn’t take the stage in one way, but I figured out a better way to do it. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?I work the 52nd Street Project sometimes—they do plays with kids in Hell’s Kitchen. Lewis Black was there helping the kids, and he said, “If you think it’s funny, it’s funny.” That’s everything.Do you keep a notebook?No, I don’t like any of that crap. All of my plays are in continuous dialogue with each other. None of them exist in isolation. Not literally—I mean I’m not writing one 12-part masterwork. I never stop thinking about the central preoccupations that you can see in my work. That’s what I’m always thinking about, so there’s no reason to f*cking write that shit down. It’s the running dialogue in my head all the f*cking time.What do you want to say to aspiring writers?Stop trying to get into grad school! Stop trying to win major prizes. F*ck that shit. Seriously. It’s destroying you. Don’t worry about the parties. Don’t worry about getting into the right circles. Theater is one of the most elitist, exclusive and alienating art forms in America right now. Get your friends together. Write until it’s good. That’s all you have to do. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. If you feel like you’re on the outside and nobody’s listening to you? Write the play.There’s a deep perversity in theater people: we love a good play. A lot of things will be forgiven and forgotten if you make a good play—suddenly doors will swing open wildly.What has surprised you the most about having a play on Broadway?I think it’s the stage door stuff. It’s just cool to see strangers there for Steve [Boyer]—or anyone in the cast. Every once in a while I go out the stage door and someone knows who I am and asks me to sign their Playbill. And that’s cool and weird—and not really why I got into this. But it’s like, “Thanks, man. I’ll sign that thing. I worked hard on this for a long time, and I’m glad you dug it.”What’s your favorite line in Hand to God? Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Hand to Godlast_img read more

Wild Pigs

first_imgWildlife managers and hunters across the nation manage many properties for the betterment of deer herds, but pest species like wild pigs literally eat into their efforts.Game feeders are often used to provide high-protein supplemental feeds to increase the body condition, antler size and overall survival rates within deer herds. Every year, thousands of tons of feed are distributed for whitetails, but a portion of that feed is consumed by wild pigs that readily displace native wildlife species.The optimal plan of action for managing wild pigs is to implement an extensive trapping program focused on removing entire sounders of pigs in one trapping event. However, this is often time-consuming and expensive, and many hunters who lease land are unwilling or unable to implement a trapping program. Without removing wild pigs from the landscape, it is nearly impossible to prevent them from using and damaging wildlife food plots. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent wild pigs from raiding protein feeders.In a study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and Agrilife Extension, researchers erected welded-wire fence enclosures of various heights and evaluated their effectiveness at excluding wild pigs from game feeders. Fence heights of 20, 28 and 34 inches were tested in two phases, during the summer and again during the fall. Game feeders were monitored using infrared cameras for two weeks before and two weeks after the fences were set.The results showed that 20-inch fences only reduced adult wild pig access, while the 28- and 34-inch fences excluded all wild pigs. The study did not indicate the effectiveness of preventing piglets from accessing the feeders. One would imagine 4- by 4-inch panels used with 28-inch fences would allow piglet access, while graduated panels would not, due to the size of the panel squares.The study found that adult deer visits to the game feeders did not decline significantly after the fences were erected. However, a different study by Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Texas A&M University found that fencing over 33 inches tall limited fawn access to feeding stations. Therefore, a fenced enclosure between 28 and 33 inches would be optimal for excluding wild pigs from game feeders while still permitting access to deer of all age classes.The cost of building a 28- to 33-inch tall fenced enclosure that is roughly 28 feet in diameter runs between $187 and $190. This is a worthwhile expense to a manager or hunter when factoring in the amount of feed being consumed by wild pigs instead of whitetail deer. Therefore, when managing your property for whitetails and using game feeders, consider erecting 28- to 33-inch fenced enclosures to prevent wild pigs from consuming protein feeds.For more research-based information from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, visit the publications website at read more

Colombia Confirms Death Of Rebel Commander

first_imgBy Dialogo February 26, 2010 Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva confirmed the death of a leftist rebel commander who authorities said headed up the guerrillas’ drug-trafficking activities in the southern part of the country. Angel Gabriel Lozada, alias “Edgar Tovar” – commander of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group – was killed on Jan. 20 but it was not until Wednesday that he was identified through DNA tests. He had once been chief of security for the FARC’s No. 2, Raul Reyes, who was killed on March 1, 2008 in a Colombian military airstrike on a clandestine rebel camp in Ecuadorian territory. Silva told a press conference in Bogota that Lozada was the FARC’s head of drug trafficking and said he had died in clashes with army troops in a rural area outside Puerto Asis, a city in the southern province of Putumayo. Another eight rebels were also killed by army soldiers in the fighting, which erupted after the bombardment of guerrilla camps. Silva said the slain commander was also the person “who controlled drug-trafficking activities for the FARC” in southern Colombia. “He also operated in Ecuador,” Silva said, adding that “he was a dangerous person” because in addition to cocaine trafficking he provided arms and explosives to other FARC fronts. Last week, the Colombian police released documents indicating that Lozada invested $15,000 in the pyramid scheme headed by David Murcia Guzman, who was extradited to the United States earlier this year to face money-laundering charges. The documents were seized by Colombian authorities at one of the rebel camps. The FARC, founded in 1964, is now thought to have around 8,000 fighters and operates across a large swath of this Andean nation. President Alvaro Uribe’s administration has made fighting the FARC a top priority and has obtained billions of dollars in U.S. aid for counterinsurgency operations.last_img read more

CUNA, World Council urge USAID to expand funding opportunities

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan joined World Council of Credit Unions President/CEO Brian Branch and Vice President of Advocacy Andrew Price, as well as and former Congressman and House Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ed Royce to meet with USAID Administrator Mark Green Tuesday to appeal for a shift in the agency’s international development funding to include a wider array of smaller, underutilized partners such as credit unions.Branch emphasized to Green that WOCCU’s global credit union network reaches more than 260 million members in 117 countries—allowing credit union volunteers, services and training to reach people across the world at the community level. Those communities often turn to their local credit unions for a response during geopolitical crises or natural disasters—and those credit unions often turn to World Council for guidance and the capacity to respond. This occurs in many countries prioritized by USAID.Nussle and Royce urged Green to leverage more USAID dollars by working with community-based credit unions to develop programs that empower the self-reliance and economic potential of local citizens. continue reading »last_img read more

53rd Annual Binghamton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade brings people from all over

first_img“People are coming out for it people of all ages I’ve seen from little kids up to retired people,” said Amy Conrad of New Milford, Pennsylvania. Some saw the day as an opportunity to bond with loved ones. “I loved it,” said one Brooklyn mother. “I had a beautiful time with my family,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The 53rd Annual Binghamton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Binghamton brought parade goers from near and far Saturday. center_img Others saw it as an opportunity to celebrate with the community they protect. “We’re here to have a lot of fun, cheer everybody on, hold the flags and just cheer our station proud,” said Caleb Gregory of the Prospect Terrace Fire Department.last_img read more

Oxfam says international response to famine ‘dangerously inadequate’

first_imgThe international community’s response to global food insecurity is “dangerously inadequate”, the NGO Oxfam said in a new report Tuesday, published just days after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme.”The threat of ‘COVID famines’ and widespread extreme hunger is setting off every alarm bell within the international community, but so far sluggish funding is hampering humanitarian agencies’ efforts to deliver urgent assistance to people in need,” Oxfam wrote.”The international community’s response to global food insecurity has been dangerously inadequate,” said the report titled “Later Will Be Too Late”. “But some of the worst funded sectors are food security and nutrition,” it added.Last Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea, as the coronavirus pandemic pushes millions more into hunger.Founded in 1961 and funded entirely by donations, the UN body helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries. The NGO complained that funding for 55 million people facing extreme hunger in seven worst-affected countries – Afghanistan, Somalia, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen – was “abysmally low”. In five of the seven countries, donors had so far given “no money at all” for the coronavirus-related nutrition assistance part of the UN’s $10.3-billion humanitarian appeal, the report said. “As of today, donors have pledged just 28 percent of the UN Covid appeal that was launched back in March this year,” Oxfam said. Every sector – gender-based violence,  protection, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene – were “chronically under-funded,” Oxfam said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Premier League clubs put on high alert as Marc Overmars confirms Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will leave

first_imgPremier League clubs put on high alert as Marc Overmars confirms Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will leave Advertisement Ziyech (pictured alongside David Neres) has played a key role in Ajax’s domestic double success this season (Picture: Getty)Ziyech has topped the Eredivisie’s assist charts in four of the last five seasons and since establishing himself during the 2013-14 campaign he has supplied 75 assists in total, considerably more than any other player in the division in that time.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are believed to be operating under a strict budget this summer and Ziyech’s low release clause would certainly suit them, while Manchester United are on the lookout for a winger having been linked with Jadon Sancho and Nicolas Pepe.Liverpool are not expected to be too busy in the transfer market this summer, however, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to move for Ziyech in order to provide competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the flanks.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 5:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Marc Overmars has confirmed Ziyech will be playing elsewhere next season (Picture: Getty)Addressing Ziyech’s future, Overmars said: ‘He leaves when a top club comes. He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer.’Ziyech is also reported to have suitors outside of the Premier League with Bundesliga duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund monitoring developments.Despite representing Morocco internationally, Ziyech grew up in the Netherlands and he has spent his entire career to date in the country of his birth, representing Heerenveen, FC Twente and now Ajax.center_img Advertisement Comment Hakim Ziyech is in demand this summer after impressing for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Ajax’s Director of Football Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer with the playmaker reported to have £25m release clause in his contract.The 26-year-old has been one of the standout stars of Ajax’s squad this season, weighing in with 16 goals and 13 assists in the Eredivisie from a wide midfield position.Ziyech also caught the eye during Ajax’s exhilarating run to the Champions League semi-final, scoring three goals and registering three assists overall including one apiece against Spurs in the semi-final.The Morocco international will not be short of offers now that the transfer window has officially opened and already Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been credited with an interest.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more