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Pensacola cyberattack the fourth reported 2019 ransomware strike on Florida city

Pensacola cyberattack the fourth reported 2019 ransomware strike on Florida city

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Dec. 7 cyberattack against the city of Pensacola’s electronic infrastructure is not related to the previous day’s shooting by a Saudi Arabian Air Force officer that left four dead on nearby Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, according to the FBI.But it was – is – a ransomware strike.Pensacola officials confirmed Friday that the city is being extorted by a hacker or hackers who are demanding a reported $1 million ransom for the return of stolen documents.City spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde told reporters that the cyberattack that crippled some of the city’s computer systems around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday is an unfolding act of extortion.According to Pensacola officials, services affected by the cyberattack include the city’s phone systems, email system, 311 customer service line and online payments for Pensacola Energy and the city’s sanitation services.The city has restored some services, including email, phone services, and utility online bill payments. Its 911 and emergency services systems were never compromised, according to city officials.Lagarde would not discuss who or what is responsible, nor elaborate on whether any personal or financial data was breached in the ransomware attack, saying only the city would notify residents and customers as warranted.The cybersecurity blog BleepingComputer reported a group behind a ransomware strain known as Maze had contacted it and claimed responsibility for the attack and demanded $1 million from the city.The Maze hackers in emails to BleepingComputer claimed they had stolen documents from the city. There was no indication of a deadline or what they’d do with the documents if Pensacola didn’t pay the $1 million.BleepingComputer editor Lawrence Abrams told the Associated Press that the hackers had “authenticated their identity” with proof of previous hacks.At least three Florida cities have had electronic systems seized by hackers this year, forcing at least two to pay “ransom” using untraceable Bitcoin to unknown thieves.Lake City, a city of about 13,000 residents 65 miles west of Jacksonville, paid 42 Bitcoin worth between $460,000 and $480,000 to end a June cyber-attack.The same month, Village of Key Biscayne, an affluent community of 13,000 east of Miami, reported a ransomware “security event.”Riviera Beach, a city of 35,000 in Palm Beach County, paid 65 Bitcoins – approximately $600,000 – in late May to regain access to its computer systems.In Lake City’s and Riviera Beach’s cases, insurance provided through the Florida League of Cities (FLC) covered the bulk of the ransom with Lake City paying a $10,000 deductible and Riviera Beach, a $25,000 deductiblePensacola, apparently, is not insured under the FLC or any provider for such an event, which means it could be forced to pay the reported $1 million ransom directly from its coffers.Purchasing ransomware insurance is “something that our risk manager will certainly be looking into,” Lagarde said.According to the FBI, there were 1,493 ransomware attacks reported in 2018 with victims – including individuals – paying $3.6 million to hackers.A study by the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future found at least 170 county, city or state government systems have been attacked since 2013, including at least 45 police and sheriff’s offices.But those numbers – and the amounts of the ransoms – increased dramatically in 2019.According to a report released Dec. 12 by cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, more than 950 U.S. government agencies, utility districts, universities, and hospitals have been struck with ransomware attacks thus far this year.Emsisoft estimates the price tag for the demanded ransoms at more than $7.5 billion, although it is uncertain how much was actually paid since settlements – if any – are often not disclosed.The cyberattack against Pensacola occurred about 18 hours after 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, opened fire in a NAS Pensacola classroom, killing three members of the U.S. Navy and wounding eight before he was gunned down by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies.The FBI said in a tweeted statement that the agency has not identified any connection between the shooting and the ransomware event. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img The Anatomy of Fear By John Haughey | The Center Square Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here TAGSCyberattackThe CenterSquare Previous articleFlorida gas prices fall six centsNext articleThe amazing growth of the Christmas tree Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Gardai detect disqualified driver with use of Mobility App

Gardai detect disqualified driver with use of Mobility App

first_img Gardai detect disqualified driver with use of Mobility App WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleNumber of Covid-19 patients in hospital has fallenNext articleCarrickmore win Tyrone Minor Championship on penalties News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – May 8, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest The Active Mobility App allows Gardaí to check a vehicle’s history, tax, and NCT status.It also allows Gardaí check the status of a driver’s licence and Insurance and process fixed charge penalty notices in real time.Gardai say the app allows them to work more efficiently and spend more time out in their communities. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The Roads Policing Unit in Letterkenny detected a disqualified driver yesterday evening with the assistance of the Mobility App.Gardai say the vehicle was seized and the driver will now face a Court appearance. Homepage BannerNews Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

November 1, 2005 On the Move

November 1, 2005 On the Move

first_img November 1, 2005 On the Move November 1, 2005 On the Move On the Move Douglas A. Walker was appointed chief administrative law judge for the Orlando office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration. The Law Office of Norman S. Moss has relocated to 813 E. Michigan St., Orlando 32806; phone (407) 888-3332; fax (407) 888-9332; e-mail [email protected]; Web site; www.nsmpalaw.com. The mailing address is P.O. Box 560665, Orlando 32856-0665. James L. Davidson joined Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale. Davidson practices in the areas of commercial litigation, business torts, contract, corporate, insurance, and real estate litigation. Jonathan E. Perlman was named a director of Biscayne Bank in Coconut Grove. Stephanie Vaughan of Stetson University College of Law has been appointed director of the Tampa Law Center. Gilbert Perez joined Henderson Franklin as an associate in Ft. Myers. Perez concentrates his practice in the area of divorce, marital, and family law. Ozzie A. Schindler joined Greenberg Traurig in Miami as a shareholder. Schindler concentrates in the areas of international tax law and corporate and private tax planning. Sharonda Mills joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Tampa as an associate. Mills joins the firm’s employment law and litigation practice. Additionally, Kenneth Grace joined the firm as an associate in the employment law and litigation practice. Brenda J. Goerks and Eric C. Boughman have joined Akerman Senterfitt as associates in the Miami office real estate group. Joshua G. White also joined the firm as an associate in the litigation group in West Palm Beach. Additionally, Marci C. Poliakoff has joined the firm as an associate in Miami in the tax group. John F. Haley was elected to of counsel for Hunton & Williams in Miami. Haley practices in the areas of corporate and securities law. Marissel Planes joined Zuckerman Spaeder in Miami. Planes concentrates her practice on complex commercial and white collar litigation in federal and state courts. Richard L. Allen, Jr., joined the Orlando office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as a partner. He focuses his practice in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on health care, real estate, and insurance. Thomas M. Ramsberger announces the formation of Ramsberger Law Group located at 2959 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg; phone (727) 327-1145; e-mail [email protected] Additionally, Ramsberger was named general counsel by SimDag Investments. Christina C. Russo and Salvador Escalón joined Akerman Senterfitt as associates in the Miami office’s corporate group. Russo focuses on acquisitions, preparing partnership and shareholder agreements, drafting business contracts, preparing securities, and advising clients on regulatory matters. Escalón practices in the areas of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, energy project development and finance, and corporate law. Additionally, Jason Whiteman joined the firm as an associate in the real estate group. Whiteman focuses on litigation, including property damage defense litigation. Brian Baliban and Scott Simon joined Broad and Cassel as associates in the real estate and commercial litigation practice groups, respectively, in West Palm Beach. Todd A. Buchman joined Morgan Lewis as a business finance associate in Miami. Buchman focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and the general representation of public and private companies. David M. Littlejohn and Robert E. Stone have joined the State of Florida, Department of Community Affairs, Office of the General Counsel. Littlejohn provides legal assistance to the Division of Community Planning and the Division of Florida Building Commission. Stone provides legal assistance to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin announces its expansion into Boca Raton with the establishment of an office at Peninsula Executive Center, 2385 N.W. Executive Center Drive, Suite 300, Boca Raton 33431; phone (561) 961-1830; fax (561) 961-1831; Web site www.kpkb.com. The firm concentrates on corporate litigation, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and transactional law. Jeffrey H. Kamenetsky has become a partner of Christopher & Weisberg in Ft. Lauderdale. Kamenetsky’s concentrates in the area of patent prosecution. Patrick Lannon and Ginny Neal joined Asset Management Advisors, an affiliate of SunTrust Banks in Orlando. Lannon joined as vice president of estate planning. Neal joined as vice president of legal resources. Lilly Ann Sanchez joined Fowler White Burnett as a partner in Miami. Sanchez will establish and lead a new department focused on white-collar crime matters. Joel L. Shulman joined Sachs Sax & Klein in Boca Raton as an associate practicing in the areas of employment law, construction and mold litigation, and insurance coverage. Lisa Gonzales Moore joined Edwards & Sells in Sarasota as an associate. Marina I. Ross joined Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson as an associate in the real estate department in Miami. Ross represents clients in the acquisition, sale, and financing of residential and commercial real estate. Melissa D. Sanchez joined Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham as an associate in their Miami office’s commercial litigation practice. Felecia Grossman Ziegler joined Harris, Harris, Bauerle & Sharma in Orlando as a partner. Sara B. Bryson joined Bush Graziano & Rice in Tampa as an associate.last_img read more

Suspect in South Korea sex blackmail case identified amid outcry

Suspect in South Korea sex blackmail case identified amid outcry

first_imgSouth Korean police took the unusual step of publicly identifying the 24-year-old accused leader of an online sexual blackmail ring after the case lead to a national outcry in a country still focused on battling a coronavirus outbreak.Cho Ju-bin was identified by police as the central suspect in the case after more than 5 million South Koreans signed multiple petitions calling for authorities to release his name.Cho is accused of organising an online network that lured at least 74 women, including 16 underage girls, into what authorities have called “virtual enslavement” by blackmailing them into sending increasingly degrading and sometimes violent sexual imagery of themselves. “Through strict investigation, the police will entirely transform the social apathy to digital sex crime and strongly root out such crime from our society,” Min Gap-ryong, the commissioner general of the Korean National Police Agency, said on Tuesday.Min said police will mobilise “all available power” to investigate those who shared the videos of sexual exploitation.He said police will strengthen cooperation with law enforcement in the United States, the United Kingdom and INTERPOL, as well as with global IT giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter to track down digital crime on foreign servers.The National Police Agency told reporters that 124 suspects had been arrested and 18 operators of chat rooms on Telegram and other social media had been detained as a result of investigations into such sexual crimes since last September. Cho is accused of being one of those 18 operators.Topics : He is facing charges of violating the child protection act, the privacy act and the sexual abuse act, as well as abuse, threats, and coercion, according to police, who have now referred the case to prosecutors.”I apologise to those who were hurt by me,” Cho said as he was led away from a Seoul police station on Wednesday, but did not respond when asked by reporters whether he admitted to the charges.”Thank you for ending the life of a demon that I couldn’t stop,” he said.The case brought new pledges from police to investigate not only the organisers, but also participants of the chat rooms who paid as much as 1.5 million won ($1,210.12) to view the images.last_img read more

Liston lifts No. 3 Duke women to 111-67 rout of Pitt

Liston lifts No. 3 Duke women to 111-67 rout of Pitt

first_imgDuke’s Richa Jackson (15) drives between Pittsburgh’s Loliya Briggs, left, and Marquel Davis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Tricia Liston broke a record and helped break open a game with one shot.It was that kind of day for Duke.Liston scored 23 points and became Duke’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers as the No. 3 Blue Devils beat Pittsburgh 111-67 on Sunday.Elizabeth Williams added 20 points for the Blue Devils (20-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor and never trailed.Haley Peters had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Duke. Amber Henson added a career-high 13 points, Oderah Chidom had 12 and Alexis Jones had 11 for the Blue Devils.“There have been games when we felt not very deep,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “Today, we felt like the deepest team in America. Everybody was doing what they can do.”Liston led the way, making 8 of 10 shots from the floor and 3 of 4 3-point attempts.Her record-breaking 223rd 3-pointer came on a jumper from the left wing with 13:24 left in the first half. The shot gave the Blue Devils a 20-12 lead and started a 15-2 run that helped them take control of the game.Liston’s record previously was held by Abby Waner.“It’s kind of irrelevant when you’re playing,” Liston said. “But off the court, it’s a great accomplishment and something I’m very proud of. But I try not to think about it too much when I’m playing, if at all.”Brianna Kiesel scored 19 points to lead the Panthers (9-11, 1-5), who shot 30 percent. Asia Logan added 17 points and Loliya Briggs had 12 points for Pittsburgh.“Duke is very talented,” Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “If you try to take away an inside presence, they kill you from outside. They’re just so balanced and have so many weapons. It was a tough matchup for us across the board. We were undersized, overmatched.”Duke reached 20 wins for the 17th consecutive season, the third longest active streak in the country. The Blue Devils also extended their ACC-record home winning streak against conference foes to 42 games and posted their 130th consecutive home victory against unranked opponents.Duke led 55-29 after a first half that featured plenty of highlights in addition to Liston’s record-breaking 3-pointer.After Pittsburgh cut Duke’s lead to 34-22 lead with eight minutes remaining, the Blue Devils delivered a 17-2 spurt to pull away.Jones had the crowd oohing, aahing and roaring in the span of a few seconds with a series of behind-the-back dribbles followed by a no-look feed to Williams for a layup. Later during the run, Henson made the first 3-pointer of her career.Duke made 17 of its first 22 field goal attempts en route to shooting 66 percent from the floor in the first half.The Panthers, meanwhile, were just 8 for 37 as they struggled to hit perimeter shots against Duke’s zone. Pittsburgh came up with 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, but those extra opportunities yielded only seven points.“Our players have the green light to take a shot,” McConnell-Serio said. “They’re all capable of hitting it. I’ve seen it. We just didn’t hit enough of them.”last_img read more

India footballer Ashalata Devi in the running to be named AFC Women’s player of…

India footballer Ashalata Devi in the running to be named AFC Women’s player of…

first_imgAdvertisement eqcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1nqreWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eafrz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7d969Would you ever consider trying this?😱57Can your students do this? 🌚89sRoller skating! Powered by Firework Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, captain of the Indian women’s football team, has been nominated for this year’s AFC Player of the Year award. The 26-year-old centre-back had an impressive season; leading India to Round 2 of the Olympic 2020 Qualifiers and a 2019 SAFF Championship title.Advertisement Image: AIFFThe Mizo footballer, played a crucial role helping her club, Sethu FC, win the Indian Women’s League trophy and shortly after, she was rewarded with the Women’s Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season by the All India Football Federation.Advertisement “This really is like a dream come true for me. You never really think of these milestones when you are growing up but I’m very happy that the hard work that I’ve put in over the years has got recognition on the continental level,” she said.“I would like to thank our coaches Maymol Rocky and Chaoba Devi for giving me the right guidance and motivation over the years. Also, the credit goes to my amazing teammates. It is an absolute privilege to lead them out onto the pitch every single match” the defender added.Meanwhile, Li Ying of China, and Japanese skipper Saki Kumagai are the other two other nominees for the AFC Player of the Year award in women’s category. While Akram Afif , the Villareal and Qatar forward along with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Tomoaki Makino from Japan are the three players nominated for the AFC’s men’s player of the year.AIFF on the other hand, received a rather surprising nomination after being named among three federations for AFC President Recognition Awards in Grassroots Football (Developing) category.The prestigious Annual Awards event is scheduled to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 2.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

first_imgThe tournament is divided into two pools of three teams playing a round robin draw to determine playoff seedings. The top four teams advance into the playoff round.Games begin Friday with the final set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the LVR Hangar. The L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the floor this weekend for the annual Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.The Bombers welcome teams from Grand Forks, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail, Mount Sentinel, Nakusp and Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2016

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2016

first_imgOUTSIDE GOOD DRAW FOR JIMMY BOUNCERJimmy Bouncer tries to remain perfect over Santa Anita’s main track when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs.The five-year-old Square Eddie gelding trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing won two sprints on the dirt course in 2014.“He’s undefeated on dirt here and he landed a good post,” O’Neill said. “It’s a small field and a Grade III in our own back yard. I think he’s got a good chance.”The Midnight Lute, named for 2007 and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner: Tough Sunday, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; St. Joe Bay, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Navy Hymn, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2. HAIL CAESAR, HALTS RUN AS TRAINER ON MONDAY            Caesar Dominguez, a mainstay among Southern California-based trainers going on four decades, will saddle his last horse Monday when he sends out Ladies Man.“That will be the last horse I’ll run for a while,” the personable and always upbeat 67-year-old El Paso native said Friday morning at Clockers’ Corner.“I don’t know if I want to say I’m retiring or I’m just taking a break, but in the meantime, I am taking a break, maybe call it semi-retired. I want to stay in racing because I love it, so I’ll try being a jockey’s agent, and if it works fine, if it doesn’t work, I still have my clients and horses in New Mexico, and I can always bring them back for Del Mar.“But as of right now, I’m going to take a break from training, but I have not talked to any jockey about taking his book. If someone comes along and looks good enough, I’ll stick around. If not, and nothing develops for two or three months and I decide I don’t want to be a jockey’s agent, I’ll resume training.“My tack and equipment will be in storage and I have six babies in New Mexico (with younger brother, Henry), so I could bring them in, but as of right now, my heart is set on being an agent. I only have two horses left. One runs today (5-2 morning line choice Really a Gem in the eighth race) and the other, Ladies Man, is entered on Monday.“I’ll give those horses to a trainer who worked with me for a long time, Walther Solis. Hopefully, whatever rider I get can ride them.”It’s not that Dominguez is hurting for money. “I just want to stay in the game and have something to do,” he said.As a trainer of quarter horses, Dominguez won more than 1,200 races and more than 100 stakes. He was that industry’s Trainer of the Year in 1989 and won seven Grade I events with Takin on the Cash, winner of the $500,000 Kindergarten that year and Sophomore Champion in 1990. Caesar’s uncles trained quarter horses in Texas and New Mexico, and he began working for them at age 10 in 1959 at Sunland Park. He moved to California in 1966.He saddled five stakes winners in 1992 at Fairplex, matching his 1991 output, and captured his first Thoroughbred training title. He tied with three others for the Fairplex crown with six wins in 1998.His first graded stakes win with a Thoroughbred came in 1993 when $10,500 yearling buy Fit To Lead won the Grade II Santa Ynez by 5 ½ lengths at 8-1 under Corey Nakatani. MIDNIGHT STORM THRIVES ON PRESSUREBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, poised to supplant reigning king of the handicap ranks California Chrome, has been entered to face four rivals in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on New Year’s Day.Whether he can match or surpass California Chrome in popularity remains to be seen, but at least one trainer opines that Arrogate may not have a walk in the park despite his 1-5 morning line odds set forth in the San Pasqual by line maker Jon White.That would be Phil D’Amato, who trains versatile speedster Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on turf and dirt coming off a smashing 7 ¾-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on a “good” main track Nov. 27.Midnight Storm, a six-year-old full horse by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Bertrando mare My Tina, was ridden by Mike Smith in the Native Diver, but since Smith is committed to Arrogate, Rafael Bejarano pilots Midnight Storm in the San Pasqual.“I’m going to leave it up to Rafael and go from there,” D’Amato said when asked about strategy, adding, “I’ll tell you one thing; the more pressure I put on this horse, the more he thrives. I’m expecting a big performance out of him.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Arrogate, Mike Smith, 1-5. D’AMATO SEES A ‘BIG PERFORMANCE’ VS. ARROGATEMOKAT ON OUTSIDE LOOKING IN FOR AMERICAN OAKSSHIRREFFS: BOBBY FRANKEL ‘CARED FOR HIS HORSES’JIMMY BOUNCER DRAWS WELL FOR THE MIDNIGHT LUTEDOMINGUEZ TO TAKE TRAINING BREAK AFTER 39 YEARSMASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER HITS $361,436 MOKAT HAS THE RIGHT STUFF FOR GRADE I OAKSMokat drew the extreme outside 13 post position for Saturday’s American Oaks, but Richard Baltas feels it won’t be a major factor for the three-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo in the Grade I race scheduled for a mile and a quarter on turf.“I don’t think it’s going to hurt,” the trainer said. “If they do come down the hill it will be a little tricky. But I’m more concerned about the rain and whether she’ll like soft turf.”Mokat was wide finishing sixth in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland last out on Oct. 15, but won the Grade II San Clemente going a mile from post eight and was second by a half length from post nine in the one mile Jimmy Durante two years ago.“The course at Keeneland was deep but not soft,” Baltas said. “Mokat galloped well this morning going a mile on the training track, so she’s coming up to the race the right way.”The field for the Oaks: Lady Valeur, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stays in Vegas, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Dreamarcher, Luis Contreras, 30-1; How Unusual, Alex Solis, 30-1; Cheekaboo, Mike Smith, 8-1; Sassy Little Lila, Luis Saez, 9-2; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Queen Blossom, Joel Rosario, 9-2; Mrs. Norris, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Sheeza Milky Way, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Dynamic Mizzes K, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; Barleysugar, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and Mokat, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. CLOSING ‘BEST GAME’ FOR KERI BELLE IN SATURDAY’S FRANKELJohn Shirreffs expects Keri Belle to return to her best style when she runs in Saturday’s Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.A six-year-old daughter of the Bobby Frankel-trained Empire Maker, Keri Belle prompted the pace in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar last July, but otherwise has shown her best form stalking or coming from well off the pace.“She’s a closer,” Shirreffs said. “That’s her best game. When she was on the pace in the Yellow Ribbon, there wasn’t much speed in the race.”Owned and bred by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Keri Belle won the Grade III Megahertz by a nose at a mile on turf almost a year ago, on Jan. 16, 2016, but usually earns a piece of the purse with a 4-3-2 record from 19 starts.Shirreffs had the utmost respect for Frankel, who died in 2009.“My best remembrance of Mr. Frankel,” Shirreffs said, “was his absolute care of his horses. He’s a guy who really cared about their well being. That always stood out, to me.“When I would see him at the trainers’ stand at Hollywood Park, it was intimidating for me to approach him. It was like going to Mt. Olympus.”The Frankel, race four of nine: Keri Belle, Nelson Arroyo Jr., 6-1 Frenzified, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Arles, Joel Rosario, 9-5; Pretty Girl, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Ryans Charm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; and Into The Mystic, Flavien Prat, 6-1. Sweet Charity was scratched. FINISH LINES: With no one hitting the Pick Six the first two days of the meet, a two-day carryover into Friday stands at a whopping $361,436. The Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover is $77,450. The total Pick Six pool today is expected to near $1,500,000 . . . Tony Matos, agent for Martin Garcia, will also represent Santiago Gonzalez effective with the new condition book due out next Wednesday . . . Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (Jan. 2, 6 and 7) for causing interference on Dabster, resulting in a disqualification from first to fourth in Monday’s third race . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest.-30-last_img read more

Nick Martini out with knee sprain, what does this mean for A’s outfield?

Nick Martini out with knee sprain, what does this mean for A’s outfield?

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s entered spring training with a surplus of outfielders and they’re going to need it.Nick Martini, the left fielder who emerged last season an on-base machine and key leadoff man throughout the A’s playoff run, is going to be shut down from all baseball activities for the next two weeks with a right knee sprain.Martini, 28, sustained the injury in Tuesday’s game after crashing into the left-field wall at Hohokam Stadium after tripping over his cleat while attempting to …last_img read more

Doctors Deny Darwin

Doctors Deny Darwin

first_imgDoctors and medical professionals may comprise the largest block of scientists with qualms about evolution.  According to a Finkelstein poll, an average of 60% of doctors, depending on religious demographics, reject the completely unguided Darwinian evolutionary explanation for life.  A new organization, Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI), has begun a website Doctors Doubting Darwin where medical professionals are invited to sign the following statement:As medical doctors we are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the origination and complexity of life and we therefore dissent from Darwinian macroevolution as a viable theory.  This does not imply the endorsement of any alternative theory.Evolution News had a report on these developments.    Another doctor raised a strong voice against the fruits of social Darwinism.  Dr. C. Ben Mitchell, writing for Baptist Press, sternly denounced the National Institutes of Health for giving a school $773,000 to “develop guidelines for the use of human subjects in what could be the next frontier in medical technology – genetic enhancement.”  Mitchell says that to all familiar with the horrors of eugenics that led to the Nazi holocaust, and who joined in the chorus “never again,” this is a dangerous development.  After reminding his readers how the original atrocities began with the most benign intentions, he warns, “This grant does not merely cross a moral line in the sand, it uses your tax dollars and mine to demolish a brick wall 10-feet wide, turning it to rubble.  We must protest the use of our tax dollars for genetic enhancement research of any kind.”How soon we forget.  We must not!  Less than two months ago, Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, President of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), lamented the willing cooperation of doctors and scientists in the Nazi regime:I must admit that it strikes me as bitter and disturbing that we … at the DFG can find barely a trace of resistance, no outcry against the exclusion of Jewish scientists and their expulsion from universities, not a murmur against the abuse of agriculture and humanities for the criminal purpose of displacement of nations in Eastern Europe, no questioning of the execution or the purpose of medical experiments.  Rather, the radicalisation of science in the service of the Nazi regime was evidently sanctioned without query.The ability of educated and otherwise rational people to quickly descend into hideous depths of human depravity for the sake of an ideology was shockingly illustrated in a sobering article by John Kekes in City Journal.  He retold the story of Robespierre, dictator during the Terror of the French Revolution, who rationalized unbelievable acts of human violence, cruelty and debauchery in the name of reason and liberty.  Kekes draws parallels with later ideologues of the Communist era, and today’s terrorists, to warn us that we must never assume such things could never happen again.  This article is a must read.  (The contrast with the American Revolution is most instructive.)    With radical Darwinists pushing the new eugenics on the one side, and radical Muslims pushing terrorism on the other, this is no time for appeasement or apathy.  Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty – and of life.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more