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first_imgIRISH-BRED TRUE VALOUR GIVES CALLAGHAN TWO STAKES IN A ROW AS HE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 THUNDER ROAD STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH; LONGSHOT RIDDEN BY ATZENI GETS MILE ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 1:36.35 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2019)–With heavily favored River Boyne bottled up late, longshot True Valour rallied from off the pace to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes by a half length while providing trainer Simon Callaghan with his second stakes win on the day and Italian-born Andrea Atzeni, 27, with his first ever Santa Anita stakes victory.  A 5-year-old Irish-bred horse, True Valor got a flat mile over a “good” turf in 1:36.35.A close fifth and on the move around the far turn, True Valour wheeled three-wide turning for home and ran down Ohio and Le Ken late to post his first win in four stateside starts.  Most recently a close third in a one mile turf classified allowance here on Jan. 13, True Valor was off at 11-1 in a field of six older horses and paid $25.00, $10.00 and $9.20.Owned by Qatar Racing, Ltd., True Valour, a Group III winner going seven furlongs on turf four starts back in his native Ireland, improved his overall mark to 18-4-2-6.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $235,112.Fresh off a minor stakes victory going one mile on turf at Turf Paradise Jan. 12, Brazilian-bred Ohio, ever game at age eight, finished a neck in front of Le Ken and paid $6.80 and $6.20 while off at 6-1 with Ruben Fuentes up.Argentine-bred Le Ken, who defeated the winner by a half length when second in a classified allowance on Jan. 13, was off at 22-1 with Tyler Baze and paid $9.20 to show while finishing a half length in front of River Boyne, who was full of run when he steadied a sixteenth of a mile out.Fractions on the race were 23.94, 48.52, 1:12.89 and 1:24.66.last_img read more

Spurs chiefs worry axing Pochettino will benefit rivals as Man Utd and Real circle

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first_imgAngry Poch claimed there were “different agendas in the squad” following the defeat on penalties to League Two opposition.That includes the fact Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are all out of contract at the end of this campaign.The club were also willing to listen to offers for Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier over the summer.2 Tottenham have failed to agree a deal with Christian EriksenCredit: EPASpurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is to blame and not keeper Loris Karius for his performance against Liverpool WORRIED Tottenham chiefs fear rivals will benefit if they pull the plug on their manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants to give Poch time to turn around a dismal start to the campaign.2 Daniel Levy wants to give Poch time to turn their bad patch of form aroundCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Argie coach would get the four years left on his contract paid up if he is axed.And more importantly, he would also walk into his next job without compensation going to the club he started rebuilding five seasons ago.Real Madrid and Manchester United are long-term admirers of the 47-year-old coach and both have managers under scrutiny.Zinedine Zidane has struggled with poor results this season after returning to the Spanish giants.While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a huge battle to get United into the top four of the Premier League.Pochettino’s stock is still high at Europe’s top clubs after his work at Spurs since getting appointed in 2014 from Southampton.But Tuesday’s shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of minnows Colchester underlined the problems at the club since reaching the Champions League final last season.last_img read more

Controversial tourism documentary receives second release

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgCREST found filmmakers Charlene Music and Peter Jordan, a U.S. husband-and-wife team with lots of experience in global and progressive subjects. They interviewed locals on the Pacific Coast and put together a film that illustrated the findings in CREST’s report.When the film was first released in Costa Rica, CREST faced a great deal of criticism.“Basically, we ran into some buzz saws,” said Honey. “It caused a huge uproar, particularly from ICT [the Costa Rican Tourism Board]. And I think some of their criticisms were valid.”While Honey felt that the film was factually accurate, and CREST did not recall the copies that were already available in Costa Rica, they shelved it for two years. But not everyone was happy with this decision, and many organizations lobbied for the film to be rereleased.Before committing to a second round, CREST found two major allies: the Corcovado Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting Corcovado National Park, and Margarita Penón, former First Lady of Costa Rica (1986-1990) and a past lawmaker. Penón was interviewed in the film and has been one of its most ardent champions.“It is our hope that this film and the CREST study will stimulate a much-needed public discussion of what types of tourism are most appropriate and beneficial in Costa Rica,” Penón said, as quoted in press material. “If properly managed, tourism can bring benefits to communities and to conservation, and Costa Rica can choose now to turn the tourism industry into a green and sustainable industry. It can choose not to kill the goose that lays golden eggs. We hope you will give us a hand in this endeavor.”Still, CREST responded to scrutiny by modifying the original cut.“We basically redid large parts of the film,” Honey said. “This is not a marketing film. This is for education. Costa Rica has the right stuff to do ecotourism well. Those ingredients rarely exist in other developing countries. Costa Rica is kind of an exception – not totally, but it certainly has its advantages: a strong middle class, good infrastructure, and an incredible park system. There’s an entrepreneurial spirit. All those ingredients actually made it possible to move into ecotourism extremely rapidly.”The revised version of “Golden Eggs” had its premiere at the World Bank in 2013, and the film recently debuted at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Copies are currently making rounds among policymakers in Costa Rica, and the Corcovado Foundation has been using the film extensively to educate supporters. The film is currently available for download, in Spanish and English, on CREST’s website for $8.98.“We’re very, very pleased,” said Honey of the film’s long road to redistribution. “A film, unlike a report, can really have an impact.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Search continues in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park for missing US hiker 8 ways to beat Costa Rica’s rainy season Final search underway for US hiker missing in Corcovado National Park Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Everybody knows that Costa Rica is a tourists’ paradise. But in the documentary “The Goose with the Golden Eggs,” we hear another side to the story: The industry may be a boon in general, but not every kind of tourist is good for the country.Originally titled “Cracking the Golden Egg,” the film stirred controversy in 2011 and was withdrawn from circulation. After significant revision and a new title, the documentary has been re-released and is making rounds at film festivals.An alarming studyWhen Dr. Martha Honey visited Costa Rica in 2008 to do a talk on tourism, she met residents who were concerned about the rampant development on the Pacific Coast of condos and large-scale hotels, along with infrastructure and businesses to accommodate cruise ships.“It became clear that a lot of people were not on top of fast-paced development in Guanacaste and some of the challenges this was presenting,” Honey recently recalled to The Tico Times. “We began talking about the possibility of doing a study. It became clear that this was something that would be welcomed by the Costa Rican government.”A seasoned journalist and expert on tourism development, Honey is co-founder and co-director of The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a nonprofit research institute based in Standford University and Washington, D.C. Between 2009 and 2010, Honey and a 15-person team studied the impact of the tourism industry on Costa Rica, particularly in the northwestern province of Guanacaste and the Osa Peninsula, in the Southern Zone. The project received a grant from the environmentally focused Blue Moon Fund.Their findings were alarming: Many hotels were not up to code, cruise line passengers contributed little to the local economy, and swimming pools and golf courses were detrimental to local water supplies. One of the leading contributors: Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, which services direct flights from the United States, accelerating the flood of foreigners – and by extension, foreign entrepreneurs.“It happened so quickly that it kind of caught Costa Ricans off-guard,” Honey said. Because of the development hysteria, the study claimed that building projects were often hasty and conducted illegally. “Part of it was bureaucracy, and part of it was that developers found it easier to pay the fines,” she said.A controversial filmThe CREST staff felt it had produced a groundbreaking study, but they couldn’t expect the average citizen to read it. Such studies are often difficult to slog through, and many of the people affected by rampant development are not sophisticated readers. So CREST decided to commission a documentary.“What was missing were the voices of people on the coast – how they had experienced this tremendous growth of tourism,” recalled Honey.last_img read more