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U.S. continues threats against DPRK

first_imgU.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew with F-35B fighter jets over the DPRK coast.To borrow a phrase from LeBron James, “U Bum!” would be an appropriate response to Donald Trump’s latest round of threats and racist insults hurled at the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Kim Jong Un was being relatively restrained when he called Trump’s behavior “mentally deranged.” He was responding to the U.S. president’s Sept. 19 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, which drew gasps of disbelief from the assembled diplomats when Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.”Has this sunk in with the people of the U.S.? That the person who supposedly has his hand on the nuclear button is talking like a 1920s Chicago mobster, crudely threatening war with a country that now has nuclear weapons to defend itself?The problem is not just Trump, of course. The Pentagon says that on Sept. 23, U.S. B-1B bombers and F-15C fighters flew along the coast of the DPRK above the demilitarized zone for the first time. And the U.S. government has imposed a new round of sanctions on the DPRK meant to paralyze its economy.None of this will deter the DPRK from developing the means to defend itself from a U.S. attack. In fact, just the opposite — Trump has confirmed that the Koreans can expect nothing but further hostility from the U.S. ruling class and therefore they must strengthen their country’s defense by any means necessary.The foreign minister of the DPRK, Ri Yong Ho, answered Trump in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23, the same day that U.S. warplanes were flying along the coast of his country. Ri told the assembly:“The most rampant violation of international justice can be seen on the Korean peninsula.“Unprecedented acts of injustice such as imposing harsh sanctions on a victim for the reason that the victim chose to stand up to the offender are openly committed in the name of the U.N.“The essence of the situation on the Korean peninsula is a confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S., where the former tries to defend its national dignity and sovereignty against the latter’s hostile policy and nuclear threats.“The United States is the country that first produced nuclear weapons and the only country that actually used them, massacring hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. It is the U.S. that threatened to use nuclear weapons against the DPRK during the Korean War in the 1950s and first introduced nuclear weapons into the Korean peninsula after the war.“The U.S. started large-scale joint military exercises against the DPRK during the Cold War period and further increased their scope and aggressive nature after the Cold War, staging the exercises several times a year by mobilizing more of nuclear strategic assets.“What else could be a bigger threat than the violent remarks such as pouring ‘fire and fury,’ ‘total destruction’ coming from the top authority of the world’s biggest nuclear power?“The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the U.S. and it had to strengthen and develop its nuclear force onto the current level to cope with the U.S.”U.S. imperialists underestimate DPRKTrump expresses in the crudest terms the miscalculations of an imperialist power that once had a monopoly on nuclear weapons. It was unthinkable to his class of billionaires that a small country like the DPRK could recover from the total destruction wrought by the U.S. war of 1950-1953, rebuild its economy and become a nuclear power.It tries to explain the DPRK’s astounding progress by calling its leaders “dictators” and its people “robots” who have been forced to do their bidding. In fact, the DPRK’s spectacular development has been made possible by the tremendous enthusiasm of its workers, farmers and intellectuals for building an independent socialist society free from colonial and imperialist oppression.The DPRK has been able to marshal its resources because of this. So many countries that have suffered under colonialism and then imperialism cannot provide the bare essentials of life for the people because their economies continue to be looted by the rich capitalist powers.Despite blockades, sanctions and war threats, the DPRK has achieved a high level of technological development — and its development of a nuclear deterrent is a testament to this. The Korean system of free education has produced experts in all the sciences. They have a strong spirit of self-reliance and their nuclear achievements are a source of great pride.The U.S. has never apologized for annihilating two Japanese cities with atomic bombs. If it can claim it was justified in actually using such horrendous bombs in August 1945, when Germany had already surrendered on May 7 and the world war was clearly coming to an end, how can it in any honesty excoriate the DPRK for developing such weapons to defend itself?No wonder the people of the DPRK are now elated that their scientists have achieved success in producing nuclear weapons and the missiles that can deliver them. It should lift from their shoulders the terrible possibility that they could be attacked at any time by the world’s most fearsome military power. The ball is now in the court of the people of the U.S., who must struggle — in our own interests as well as those of the Korean people — to make sure that never happens.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Bangladeshi journalists, cartoonist, arrested for Covid-19 coverage

first_imgArrested on 4, 5 and 6 May by the counter-terrorist Rapid Action Battalion, Kishore, Ahmed and Bhuiyan are on a list of 11 well-known names accused of being linked to a Facebook page entitled “I am Bangladeshi.” Those named on this charge sheet also include the well-known blogger Asif Mohiuddin, the journalist Shahed Alam and the editor of the Netra News website, Tasneem Khalil, who have avoided arrest because they are based abroad. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Police in the Dhaka suburb of Narsingdi arrested Dainik Grameen Darpan editor Ramjan Ali Paramanik, his reporter Shanto Banik and Narshingdi Pratidin news website editor Shawon Khandaker Shaheen in raids on their homes on 1 May. They were placed in detention in response to a complaint under the Digital Security Act by an inspector at Ghorashal police station about their coverage two days earlier of a man’s death in detention there. It was under the Digital Security Act that defamation charges were brought on 6 May in Barguna, 325 km south of Dhaka, against Jamal Mir, the Banglanews24.com website’s correspondent, and Suman Shikder, a reporter for News24 TV, the Bangla Tribune website and the Dhaka Tribune daily newspaper. Both were arrested that evening. According to the Dhaka Tribune, four other Banglanews24.com journalists are charged in the same case. Those provisionally detained include cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, writer and blogger Mushtaq Ahmed and whistleblower Didarul Bhuiyan. They are facing possible life sentences for “spreading rumours and misinformation on Facebook about the coronavirus situation” and “undermining the image of the father of the nation,” the “national anthem” or “national flag” under Section 21 of this Kafkaesque law. February 26, 2021 Find out more News Exploitation Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release well-known figures held in connection with their coverage of the coronavirus crisis and to drop all charges against them. At least 12 journalists and bloggers have been charged under the draconian 2018 Digital Security Act since the start of May. —————————————————————————– Update – 4 March 2021Bearing the marks of torture on his body, the cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore was released on bail today, after being imprisoned for more than 10 months. His release, six days after Mushtaq Ahmed’s death in detention in very unclear circumstances, was the result of a Bangladeshi high court decision yesterday. RSF calls on the authorities to establish an independent investigation into the degrading treatment they underwent while in detention, and calls on prosecutors to drop the baseless charges still pending against Kishore and the whistleblower Didarul Bhuiyan,who was released on bail last September.—————————————————————————–  Follow the news on Bangladesh RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Draconian provisions In Sunamganj, 275 km northeast of Dhaka, Mahtab Uddin Talakdar, the editor of the Daily Haorancher Kotha and SATV’s local correspondent, was arrested under the Digital Security Act on 4 May on a complaint by a local representative of the ruling Awami League about a Facebook post in which Talakdar reported that Bangladesh’s anti-corruption commission had arrested a local parliamentarian, Mouazzam Hossain Ratan. The next day, Talakdar was brought before a district court, which ordered his immediate detention. News RSF_en May 14, 2020 – Updated on March 4, 2021 Bangladeshi journalists, cartoonist, arrested for Covid-19 coveragecenter_img The cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore is part of a group of 11 well-known figures, including several journalists, who are being prosecuted under the Kafkaesque 2018 Digital Security Act (cartoon: ” Apu’s Cartoon” Facebook Page – photo: Netra News). Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists A journalist who reports for Dainik Manabzamina under the pseudonym of MA Hassan was also arrested on 1 May in Fulgazi, 175 km southeast of Dhaka. According to the information obtained by RSF, it was the city’s mayor who brought the complaint against him. Kishore’s “insulting” was limited to publishing a series of cartoons of politicians entitled “Life in the Time of Corona.” Ahmed simply wrote an article criticizing the shortage of personal protective equipment for health professionals. And Bhuiyan heads a working group that monitors and informs the public about cases of governmental corruption and mismanagement linked to the Covid-19 crisis. News Bangladesh is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, one place lower than in 2019. May 19, 2021 Find out more Since the start of the year, at least 22 Bangladeshi journalists have been the targets of complaints under the Digital Security Act, whose draconian provisions RSF has been denouncing since January 2018. They include six who were targeted in April because of their coverage of the coronavirus crisis, as RSF reported at the time. to go further Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Covid19ImprisonedWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts “Journalists, bloggers and cartoonists have no place being imprisoned for expressing alternative views on how the coronavirus crisis should be managed,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. ‘We call on justice minister Anisul Huq to order the immediate withdrawal of the charges against these 11 well-known figures and the immediate release of those held. Above all, the government must immediately amend the Digital Security Act, which is often exploited to curtail press freedom.” News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Covid19ImprisonedWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Two men arrested linked to bogus charity collection in Limerick

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin Previous articleLimerick campaign to reverse VAT on health food supplementsNext articleLisa Marie will not seek re-election Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Twitter Printcenter_img Gardaí have arrested 2 men in their 30s and 40s following reports of people distributing leaflets for a suspected fraudulent charity in the Annacotty area of Co. Limerick on the 7th February 2019.Gardaí received a report of a possible bogus charity collection where people were calling to houses in the Annacotty area alleging they were raising money by collecting clothing. Gardaí carried out a patrol of the area and 2 men were arrested, brought to Mayorstone Park Garda Station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. They have since been released and a file will be prepared for the DPP.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking at Henry Street Garda Station, Sgt Ber Leetch said ‘The community in Annacotty should be commended for this. Someone obviously didn’t think this was a genuine charity and phoned it in, which is exactly what we want to see. No genuine business or charity will mind you carrying out your own enquiries or calling An Garda Síochána.  If a person calls to your door offering you professional trade services, selling goods or collecting for a charity and you are worried they are not bona fide, tell the caller that you never deal with people who ‘cold call’ to your door. Ask for a brochure or documentation so you can carry out checks and verify their credibility. We always want to hear if there are people in the area who may be offering goods or services that are not genuine so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call us ’ NewsCrime & CourtTwo men arrested linked to bogus charity collection in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – February 8, 2019 2262 Email WhatsApplast_img read more

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Search for missing 27-year-old ended after body found on beach

first_imgThe US Coast Guard has ended their search for a 27-year-old man who went missing while swimming near the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park over the weekend, after a body matching his description was discovered on a beach.Anthony Graham’s body was discovered on a beach near Pepper Park Beachside on North Hutchinson Island Monday.Authorities say Graham’s family contacted them around 5:00pm Saturday after they could no longer find him in the water.The US Coast Guard searched continuously for Graham through the weekend but could not locate him.It wasn’t until 7:00 am Monday when a passerby contacted authorities about the discovery of a body that matched Graham’s description that the coast guard ended their search.last_img

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Schmidt’s winning streak continues at the Carris Trophy

first_img Ben Schmidt became just the fourth golfer in history to win both the Brabazon Trophy and the Carris Trophy in the same calendar year when he won the English Boys’ Under 18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Moor Park Golf Club.The 16-year-old from Rotherham Golf Club became the youngest ever winner of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy) at Alwoodley in June and he completed a rare double when he claimed his second national title of the season in the boys’ equivalent in Hertfordshire.His wins in both the Brabazon Trophy and the Carris Trophy mean he joins Patrick Hine (1949), Sandy Lyle (1975) and Peter Baker (1985) as the only players to have achieved that feat.Schmidt started the last day as favourite after opening with rounds of 72, 67 and 72  but in the end he had to battle all the way after dropping three shots to par over the first five holes before recovering to post a level par 72 and finish tied with Spain’s Rodrigo Martin on five-under par 283.Martin holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd green to tie with Schmidt but on the first extra hole he carved his tee shot into the trees on the right of the fairway and ultimately failed to get up and down from the edge of the green for his par. Schmidt hit a wedge to 20-feet and two-putted for a winning par.“It’s been a tough day,” Schmidt admitted. “I’ve not played my best golf, or anything like it, but I dug in and eventually found something on the back nine to help me get across the line.”I didn’t really feel comfortable all day,” he added, “but I got the job done and I’m very pleased with that. It’s great to get another win under my belt.“My goal this year was simply to play as much good golf as I could. I put a lot of work in over the winter. I was hoping that would pay off but not for one second did I think it would be anything like this.“It’s been a bit mad but I’m really enjoying it.”Further down the leaderboard Norway’s Herman Wibe Sekne closed with a two-under par 70 to finish tied in third place with England’s William Skipp on 285 while another Englishman Oscar Doran fired a 69 to finish in a share of fifth place with Louis Dobbelaar from Australia two shots further behind.It also proved to be a good event for Scotland’s Calum Scott who closed with a 70 to claim a share of seventh place with English trio Jake Hibbert, Archie Smith and Craig Passmore and Egor Eroshenko from the Czech Republic. The latter closed with a best of the day six-under par 66.Scott also went on to collect some silverware of his own by winning the Hazards Salver awarded to the leading competitor under the age of 16.That contest produced a Scottish 1-2 with the Nairn youngster beating compatriot Aidan O’Hagen by one shot on level par 288. England’s Jack Ingham, who plays out of the Eindhovensche Club in The Netherlands, was third on four-over par 292.An Italian 2 squad comprising Luca Civello, Lorenzo Bruzzone and Alessandro Gambetti won the Nations Cup staged in conjunction with the first two rounds of the individual competition. They finished on level par 288 one shot ahead of an England 1 team made up of Ben Schmidt, Conor Gough and Max Hopkins.View results 27 Jul 2019 Schmidt’s winning streak continues at the Carris Trophy Tags: Ben Schmidt, Carris Trophy, England Boys’ Squadlast_img read more

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Steelers hoping Killer Bs strike before time runs out

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown makes a catch in a drill during an NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t talk like someone eyeing the finish line.If anything, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is doing what he can to push it further into the distance.The 36-year-old overhauled his diet in preparation for his 15th season and points to the lack of time spent in the trainer’s room during camp as proof the choices he’s made are working.Asked if he feels rejuvenated and Roethlisberger nods.“I really like where this team is,” the two-time Super Bowl winner said. “I think if you didn’t have a good feeling about this team it probably wouldn’t be as exciting, but I am excited about this group.”The feeling, however, could be fleeting. Eight months removed from a stunning home playoff loss to Jacksonville , the Steelers are well aware the missed opportunities in recent seasons are starting to pile up. While Pittsburgh has reached the postseason in each of the past four years, the Steelers have just three playoff victories to show for it. Le’Veon Bell, shown here in this New Pittsburgh Courier file photo from Brian Cook, rushed for nearly 180 yards Oct. 15 against the Chiefs in the Steelers’ 19-13 win.Though Pittsburgh is heavily favored to win a third consecutive AFC North title, the window that once seemed so wide open could be starting to close. All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is likely playing his final season in black-and-gold after failing to come to terms on a new contract. The offensive line features three Pro Bowlers but also three starters in their 30s.While Roethlisberger downplays any additional sense of urgency — he’s been around long enough to know that any season that doesn’t end with a victory parade through downtown Pittsburgh in early February is considered a disappointment — he’s also well aware the standard coach Mike Tomlin mentions so frequently has not been met.“Winning games can lead to Super Bowl opportunities is always our ultimate goal,” he said. “There are 31 other teams doing the same, but that needs to be our singular focus.”A focus that was lacking at times in 2017 even as the Steelers rolled to a 13-3 record.There was the national anthem debacle in Chicago. The drama surrounding enigmatic wide receiver Martavis Bryant. The late season decision to cut linebacker James Harrison. The devastating spinal injury to budding star linebacker Ryan Shazier. Social media chatter of a rematch with New England in the AFC title game, chatter that looked foolish after the Jaguars beat the Steelers at Heinz Field for the second time in four months. The front office has done what it can to limit the distractions heading into 2018. Bryant was traded to Oakland. Harrison is retired. Longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner takes over as offensive coordinator for Todd Haley. Shazier is walking again and serving as a de facto coach/scout as his body continues to recover.The message could not be clearer: the team that’s built to win now needs to win. Now.“Time is running out for everybody,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “I know it’s all fun and games for everybody at the beginning but man it’s time to win. It’s been too long.”Other things to look for as Pittsburgh vies for a fifth consecutive playoff berth for only the third time in franchise history:REMODELED BACK END: The Steelers gave the secondary a massive overhaul after the Jaguars lit them up for 45 points in January, drafting safety Terrell Edmunds in the first round and signing veteran Morgan Burnett from Green Bay. The goal is to reduce the number of big plays allowed. Pittsburgh gave up 13 passes of more than 40 yards, tied for third-most in the league. Burnett’s sure tackling will help in the run game and Pittsburgh believes third-year safety Sean Davis’ athleticism will allow him to be an effective center fielder at free safety.FLIP FLOP: Pittsburgh exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of outside linebacker Bud Dupree in the offseason, a sign it believes the 2015 first-round pick’s best days are ahead of him despite uneven results in his first three years. The Steelers moved Dupree from the left side to the right side in the spring, confident he’ll be a more effective pass rusher attacking the quarterback’s blind side. Either way, Dupree understands he’s still in the “prove it” mode in his career and needs to become more consistent at a position that’s long been a focal point in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense.BELL’S BET: There may not be a player in the NFL with more at stake in 2018 than Bell. The 26-year-old believes he’s in a class by himself among running backs and wants to be paid accordingly. He’ll make $14.4 million this season playing under his one-year franchise tender, but thinks he’ll be even more valuable on the open market next spring. Bell shouldn’t lack for opportunities to show he’s worth a massive payday. He led the NFL in touches last season and Tomlin could opt to use him even more extensively knowing he’ll be out the door in the spring.TIGHT SPOT: The Steelers are still trying to find a legit heir to tight end Heath Miller, who quietly stepped away in the spring of 2016. While Jesse James has evolved into a solid complementary player, Vance McDonald is the closest thing to a complete package Pittsburgh has at a vital position. One problem: McDonald has struggled to stay on the field. He missed practically all of camp with a foot injury. The Steelers need him to be a factor in the passing game to help take some of the attention off Brown and second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Pittsburgh. 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U.S. Department of Labor Announces $5.5 Million to Support Transitioning Service…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Pacific Mountain Workforce Development CouncilIt is with tremendous excitement that we announce Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) has been awarded a National Emergency Grant (NEG) in the amount of $5,586,385.  The grant will fund assistance for approximately 900 transitioning service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).  It will provide these transitioning service members with case management, supportive services and training to help them apply the sought after skills they acquired through military service in the civilian workforce.Over the next year, as the military down sizes, the Department of Defense will be transitioning over 8,000 service members from JBLM.  Nearly 40% of those heroes are expected to stay in the region.  It is also expected that another 12,000 that called Washington home before joining the service will be transitioning out of other bases from around the U.S.“This region is privileged to have Joint Base Lewis-McChord in our community.  Those who have served our country deserve to be welcomed with yellow ribbons, banners and opportunities for jobs that use their sizeable skills to make our communities better,” said Cheryl Fambles, CEO of PacMtn. “The Workforce Development Councils of this state, along with all our local partners are excellent at making those connections for them to do so.  The resources of this grant will help us do it even better.”This NEG will take important next steps in the implementation of the “VOW to Hire Heroes Act”, which was written by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and signed into law by President Obama in 2011.  The primary goal of this effort is to not only lower the unemployment rate for our national heroes who are transitioning from military service, but also to connect this talented highly skilled labor force to the jobs of our region.“Today’s news serves as a shining example of what happens when we establish strong partnerships between the public and private sector in order to support our nation’s heroes,” said Senator Murray.  “For too long we’ve been patting our veterans on the back to thank them for their service and sending them out into the job market alone without the basic help they need. I’m grateful for the work being done by JBLM and the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to implement the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and provide our men and women in uniform with the tools and resources necessary to not only make it in the workforce, but to succeed.”last_img read more

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Sweeping the Beaches, Documenting the Trash

first_imgAll along the Jersey Shore Saturday, Oct. 26, volunteers could be found participating in Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps. Approximately 5,700 volunteers registered across New Jersey to help clean the beaches and catalogue what types of trash were found. The data is then compiled into an annual report used to bring awareness to the state of the beaches. At Sea Bright, approximately 250 volunteers picked up broken pieces of plastic in an array sizes from bottles, straws, cups and – a newer pollutant – e-cigarette pods. At Sandy Hook alone, over 600 volunteers combed the various beaches for trash, finding driftwood, water shoes, cups, wagon wheels, nails and potato chip bags. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img

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It’s a Rider/Als rematch Sunday in Edmonton

first_imgThe Saskatchewan Roughriders have made it back to the Grey Cup next Sunday in Edmonton.However, the Roughriders know they’ll be constantly reminded of the 2009 heartbreak over the next few days, but they’re happy to be in a position to talk about it.The Roughriders upset the Calgary Stampeders 20-16 in a frigid West final Sunday at McMahon Stadium in Cowtown. The Riders meet the Montreal Alouettes at the 98th Grey Cup game.The Als earned a third straight trip to the Cup with a 48-17 win over the Toronto Argonauts in the East final Sunday.Saskatchewan is going back to the CFL championship game to try and exorcise the ghosts of last year’s debacle.Leading 27-25 in the final minute in Calgary, the Roughriders began celebrating a title when Alouettes kicker Damon Duval missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with no time remaining.But Saskatchewan was called for too many men on the field on that kick and Duval made good on his second chance from 33 yards for the 28-27 victory.The game is set for 3 p.m., PST on TSN (The Sports Network.)last_img read more

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GORMLEY PREVAILS BY SHORT HEAD IN GRADE III, $100,000 SHAM STAKES; SHIRREFFS, MOSS & ESPINOZA WIN ONE MILE THRILLER IN 1:35.89

first_imgRUN OVER A SLOPPY TRACK, SHAM PROVIDES WINNER WITH 10 KY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2017)–In what quickly developed into a two-horse race, a short head separated Gormley and American Anthem in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, with Gormley prevailing under Victor Espinoza in 2017’s first graded prep to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8. Trained by John Shirreffs and owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Gormley, a Kentucky-bred colt by Malibu Moon, got a flat mile in 1:35.89 on Santa Anita’s sloppy main track.With Mike Smith gunning favored American Anthem from the rail, Espinoza sat a close second just off the leader’s right hip into and around the Club House turn. As the field made its way into the far turn, the top two separated themselves and “threw down” the final quarter mile in a thriller that looked like it could go either way.“That was a great race,” said Shirreffs, who sent Gormley out to win the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes here two starts back on Oct. 1. “We’re very proud of him. He’s quick. He starts quick, he gets away quickly, but then he checks himself as he gets into the race and he relaxes. It was great to see him pick it back up again and get it done.”Although favored on the morning line, Gormley, who came off a disappointing run in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5, was the 8-5 second choice and paid $5.20, $2.80 and $2.40.A first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Sept. 4 at Del Mar, he now has three wins from four starts. In addition to the winner’s share of $60,000, he also picked up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points.“This type of thing never gets old,” said co-owner Jerry Moss, who also won the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo. “He’s got a lot of heart and I know he’ll go further than this.”“I expected him to run the way he ran today,” said Espinoza, who’s ridden Gormley in all four of his races. “I know he’s still improving but I think he only gets better and better. Hopefully, he gets a lot better…In the Breeders’ Cup he broke slow but today, he came into the race in really good shape and got into it right away.”A gutty first-out maiden winner at six furlongs on Dec. 3 at Del Mar, American Anthem was faced with a tall order stretching out against the likes of Gormley in only his second start. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, American Anthem got hammered late to even money and paid $2.60 and $2.20.“For only his second time out, that was pretty impressive,” said Smith. “If we’d been on the outside…I think that probably would’ve helped out a little bit getting beat a half a nose.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Big Hit ran on for third, finishing some 13 lengths behind the top two. Off at 11-1, he paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.54, 45.46, 1:10.13 and 1:22.70.last_img read more

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