first_imgTHEGIRLINTHATSONG IN TUNE FOR SANTA MARIASHARED BELIEF WORKS WEDNESDAY FOR BIG ‘CAPLEGACY BACK ON TURF GRADE II BUENA VISTASANTA ANITA JOCKEYS ROLL TO CHARITY VICTORYDESORMEAUX MAKES HIS POINT FOR TEXAS RED THEGIRLINTHATSONG SET FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIAThegirlinthatsong took an immediate fancy to Santa Anita’s main track in her first startover it when she rolled to a 4 1/4-length triumph in the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 17. Jerry Hollendorfer looks for a similar effort in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“She looked like she likes Santa Anita,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, Santa Anita’s leader through 29 days with 19 victories. “It looks like there’s a lot of speed in the race, so that should help her, hopefully.”A Texas-bred filly by My Golden Song out of the Dixieland Band mare Belle of the Band, Thegirlinthatsong has a 5-4-4 record from 19 starts with earnings of $407,695 for a partnership that includes Hollendorfer.The field for the Santa Maria: Yahilwa, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Thegirlinthatsong, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Uzziel, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Legacy, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 2-1; Sweet Marini, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Awesome Baby, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Backintheacademy, Brandon Boulanger, 20-1; and Valiant Emilia, Tiago Pereira, 10-1.Tiz Midnight was scratched. (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 12) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat5995615%$425,430 Philip D’Amato4188720%$419,460 Gary Stevens5397917%$705,402 LEGACY BACK ON GRASS FOR BUENA VISTALegacy returns to graded company and the turf Monday when she runs in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on Presidents’ Day.The 5-year-old Sightseeing mare led before weakening to fourth on a wet/fast track in the Paseana Stakes on Jan. 11.“The track was a little wet,” said John Sadler, who trains the Kentucky-bred miss. “I don’t think she cared for the mud, but other than that she’s been fairly steady. The filly that beat her (Warren’s Veneda) loved the mud. My horse should run pretty well.”The Buena Vista: La Tia, Joel Rosario; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano; Annecdote, Victor Espinoza; and Uzziel, Fernando Perez.            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Edwin Maldonado6273811%$264,196 Carla Gaines2553120%$297,945 Martin Garcia7212121017%$1,081,330 Brandon Boulanger705387%$137,636 Victor Espinoza8917171219%$1,159,490 Joseph Talamo12413142010%$985,998 SHARED BELIEF TO WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPShared Belief is scheduled to have his first breeze since vanquishing Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational when the once-beaten son of Candy Ride works Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7.Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is following a familiar and successful routine with Shared Belief, who will have Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze aboard for the drill.Art Sherman, meanwhile, squelched rumors, hearsay, gossip, speculation and/or scuttlebutt that San Antonio runner-up California Chrome would race somewhere in advance of the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.“He’s going right to Dubai,” Sherman said by phone Friday morning from his Los Alamitos headquarters. “He’ll leave two weeks before the race.” Rafael Bejarano13832231823%$1,553,984 Mike Smith6714131021%$1,284,141 Richard Baltas3756314%$198,268 Corey Nakatani70128817%$629,670 Tyler Baze14117141612%$1,019,064 Mark Casse3975518%$594,800 FINISH LINES: The GoldenPick 6, a 20-cent bet at Golden Gate Fields, is a jackpot-style wager that is paid out in full when there is only one perfect ticket with all six winners in the Pick 6 sequence. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to handicappers going six for six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over into the next racing day. The Golden Pick 6 is conducted on the final six races each day. Heading into today, the jackpot at the Bay Area track stands at $220,396 . . . Richie Silverstein points out that two-time Vosburgh Invitational winner Private Zone is scheduled to work in Florida this weekend towards his ultimate major goal, the Grade I, $400,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs at Aqueduct on April 4, “if everything goes perfect.” Silverstein is the long-time agent for Martin Pedroza, regular rider of Private Zone . . . Trainer Sean McCarthy reports that Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Majestic Harbor, who finished eighth by some eight lengths in the grassy San Marcos Stakes Saturday behind victorious Finnegans Wake, will run in next Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at the Fair Grounds for trainer Paul McGee, who formerly trained the son of the late Rockport Harbor . . . Host Tom Quigley will have the following guest handicappers in theEast Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. this holiday weekend: top jockey agent Tony Matos on Saturday; handicapping author James Quinn on Sunday; and trainer and HRTV analyst Gary Mandella on Monday, Presidents’ Day . . . Mike Smith, with more Breeders’ Cup wins than any other rider (21), rides 7-2 morning line favorite Conquest Typhoon for trainer Mark Casse in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate. Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, the 1 1/8-mile race has drawn a field of 10: Donji, Pedro Terrero, 30-1; Indianaughty, Corey Lanerie, 4-1; Metaboss, Alex Solis, 8-1; Ernest Shackleton, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 5-1; Harmonic, Ricardo Gonzalez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Dennis Carr, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Russell Baze, 6-1; Conquest Typhoon, Smith, 7-2; and Mischief Clem, Kent Desormeaux, 9-2. All starters carry 122 pounds . . . Low five: She Got Away, 6-1 morning line chance in today’s third race, has finished fifth in each of her four starts, but had excuses twice when she steadied early on. The daughter of Kafwain adds blinkers today . . .Today’s eighth race is dubbed the “Happy 50th Birthday Mr. President” for a mystery celebrant, remindful of 1962 when Marilyn Monroe breathlessly and sensually sang Happy Birthday at Madison Square Garden to JFK on the occasion of his 50th. Jerry Hollendorfer9319131020%$1,928,784 Martin Pedroza10011171011%$475,660 Tiago Pereira6575811%$210,854 Bob Baffert541012819%$1,118,268 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo1201416912%$897,742 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won A. C. Avila1850228%$107,524 Drayden Van Dyke11414131712%$769,086 James Cassidy3765716%$237,080 Richard Mandella3375621%$338,630 Fernando Perez989989%$391,962 POINTS, NOT FITNESS, CONCERN FOR TEXAS RED’S TRAINERKeith Desormeaux, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, is optimistic that the son of Afleet Alex can still make the Kentucky Derby on May 2 as he recovers from an abscess in his right front foot discovered after he ran a sharp second by a neck to Lord Nelson in the seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1.“We have a positive outlook,” Desormeaux said Friday morning after a brief visit to his native state of Louisiana. “It’s something that we’ve dealt with before and we’re hoping he’s done with it in a couple of weeks.”Texas Red left Santa Anita Tuesday for a California farm where he will be treated for the abscess while swimming to maintain fitness, according to a Daily Racing Form report.Texas Red made his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente, his first race since a smashing 6 ½-length score in the Juvenile at odds of nearly 14-1 under Keith’s brother, three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux.Keith indicated fitness and a prep before the Run for the Roses is not necessarily a major concern. Having enough points to qualify for the Derby is, however. At the moment, Texas Red has 12.“I wouldn’t even be concerned with having another race at all if we weren’t at the mercy of this point system,” Desormeaux said. “I’d go straight into the Derby. But you have to run now.“You’ve got a horse with $1.2 million in earnings and he’s the Breeders’ Cup champion; he shouldn’t have to prove anything more to get into the Kentucky Derby. But we have to run.” Ron Ellis3152516%$197,700 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 John Sadler637101011%$473,646 VAN DYKE LEADS JOCKEYS TO CHARITY HOOPS WINA good time was had by all at last night’s 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys-Holy Angels School Charity basketball game at La Salle High School in Pasadena, won by the riders, 41-34.Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014, led the jockeys with 20 points, while Omar Figueroa added 13, Corey Nakatani six and Elvis Trujillo, two.Other players for the riders, who opened a 7-0 lead early on and led at halftime, 26-12, were Rafael Bejarano, Brandon Boulanger, Kent Desormeaux, Berkeley Headley (son of trainer Karen Headley), Edwin Maldonado, Joe Talamo, Iggy Puglisi and Kayla Stra.“I was in the passing lane handing out assists,” said Desormeaux, who has been the jockeys’ leading scorer in past games. “I only played four minutes.”“It was a lot of fun and there was a good crowd,” said HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, who once again coached the riders. “It looked like every seat was taken.”Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. The game was sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States. Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Santiago Gonzalez3844811%$133,250 Doug O’Neill79991011%$502,806 Felipe Valdez1954326%$99,630 Hector Palma1762035%$116,180 Kent Desormeaux10221161121%$1,195,802 Peter Miller781617721%$961,180 Peter Eurton4396721%$417,278last_img read more

first_imgRichard Baltas621112918%52%$598,163 Doug O’Neill698151112%49%$650,258 Mark Glatt3165419%48%$225,650 Jerry Hollendorfer591081117%49%$891,304 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110 Stewart Elliott70871311%40%$347,490 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 2) UNIQUE BELLA MEETS CHAMP IN GRADE II LAS VIRGENESThere are those who have mentioned Unique Bella in the same breath with herstablemate,  two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Songbird, although Jerry Hollendorfer likely would say that’s putting the cart before the horse, although he allows that Unique Bella is “a special filly.”The daughter of Tapit tries two turns for the first time in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, and is the 3-5 morning line favorite to succeed.Unique Bella won the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs by 7 ½ lengths while geared down in her three-year-old debut, beating stablemate It Tiz Well. Competition is likely to be stiffer Sunday in the form of Eclipse Award champion two-year-old filly Champagne Room, who has been firing morning bullets for her three-year-old debut.Trained by Peter Eurton, Champagne Room has not raced since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The Las Virgenes, race six of eight: Mopotism, Flavien Prat 6-1; Champagne Room, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 3-5; and Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. FINISH LINES: Happy Birthday wishes are in order for the Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona.  A native of Brisbane, Australia, Wrona was foaled 51 years ago today . . .  Midnight Storm, a multiple graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt, remains ticketed for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Absolutely,” trainer Phil D’Amato said. “That’s what we’re planning. We’re going to breeze this weekend and keep him on that schedule all the way into the race.” Marathoner Big John B. worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:02. “He’s doing great,” D’Amato said. “I missed the San Marcos with him, but we’ll probably hit the next one (San Luis Rey at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25) or the Tokyo City Cup (at 1 ½ miles on dirt April 2), which he won last year.” Also scheduled to work Saturday is three-year-old filly champion of 2015 Stellar Wind for John Sadler . . . Suspension City: Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, third in the standings with 14 wins, has been suspended three days (Feb. 12, 16 and 17) for careless riding aboard Aotearoa in Sunday’s ninth race; Martin Garcia has been banished the same three days for careless riding on Senator Robert in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from second to fifth; Flavien Prat is banned Feb. 9, 10 and 11 for careless riding on Run Macho Run in the second race Feb. 2; and the CHRB has denied Norberto Arroyo Jr.’s appeal from last October, suspending him six days (Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 17) . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Thursday worth $319,148, bought through TwinSpires.com for $648 . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch three-point favorite New England against Atlanta at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to see it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Flavien Prat9522101623%51%$1,283,793 Martin Pedroza5377913%43%$269,443 Mike Smith2161429%52%$607,500 HOLLENDORFER TARGETS THREE STAKES THIS WEEKENDJerry Hollendorfer has horses entered in six races this weekend, three of them stakes, so the Hall of Fame trainer and his assistant Dan Ward will be busy, as is their wont.The 70-year-old Hollendorfer adheres to the U.S. Postal Service credo. Be it rain, sleet or snow, the mail must get through.Hollendorfer has Ike Walker entered in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for four-year-olds and up at six furlongs and Sheer Flattery in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, both on Saturday. Sunday, Unique Bella tries two turns for the first time in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.Ike Walker sticks out like a sore thumb in the Palos Verdes, because on form, he doesn’t seem to fit. The five-year-old Bellamy Road gelding was claimed for $50,000 last out when he finished third on a wet/fast track at a mile Jan. 1. Prior to that, his previous 12 starts were all a mile or longer.“The reason we nominated and are running is because we’ve been entering him in other races and they didn’t go,” Hollendorfer said. “I don’t just want to just keep sitting on him. I didn’t have a race picked out for him at Golden Gate, and we couldn’t get in here.“We heard the Palos Verdes was going to come up short so we nominated and decided to run.“It’s probably a bad spot, but if you just keep training them, they can get hurt.”As to Sheer Flattery, who won a maiden allowance race by a nose on a sloppy track Dec. 31, Hollendorfer said, “We think he’s been training well and if he can transfer the race he ran last time to this one, he should have a fairly good chance.”The Palos Verdes, race three: Ike Walker, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Distinctive B, Tyler Baze, 7-2; St. Joe Bay, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 7-2; and Moe Candy, Victor Espinoza, 2-1. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze972119822%49%$903,417 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Santiago Gonzalez5168612%39%$264,716 Kent Desormeaux651410722%48%$913,683 Bob Baffert2953517%45%$411,316 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN ROBERT B. LEWISWith three horses entered, Doug O’Neill has 60 percent in a field of five for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, but it’s not a personal record for the trainer, who won the Kentucky Derby twice in the last four years, with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and last year with champion two-year-old male of 2015 Nyquist.“I remember having three in the Malibu in 2004 when Lava Man ran second (to Rock Hard Ten),” O’Neill said between intermittent rain drops that were not enough to cancel training Friday morning.O’Neill also sent out Harvard Avenue to finish second and Perfect Moon to run third behind Rock Hard Ten, but accounted for only 30 percent of the field as there were 10 starters.O’Neill has Oak Tree Juvenile winner Dangerfield, the maiden Irap, and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art going in the Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“The pressure’s on,” O’Neill said with a chuckle, alluding to his Lewis majority. “Seriously, all three are doing well. They have the pedigree, they have the class, they’ve got the stride. They’ve all showed glimpses of being that kind of horse, so we’re optimistic.’The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Rafael Bejarano7912101615%48%$740,768 Peter Eurton2373030%43%$324,340 Joseph Talamo60651110%37%$247,090 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 William Spawr1360246%62%$172,461 J. Keith Desormeaux1972437%68%$406,275 Luis Contreras58681710%53%$316,054 DISTANCE NO PROBLEM FOR TEXAS RYANOTexas Ryano has a win and a second at a mile and a quarter on turf at Santa Anita.Jockey Joe Talamo hopes the horse’s fancy for those conditions is in tact for Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“He kind of got backed up in his training with all the rain, like everyone else, but he’s been working very good and the distance is good for him, although to me, he’s a true mile and a half horse,” said Talamo, who has ridden the six-year-old Curlin horse eight times, winning twice, including the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup last out on Nov. 25.“If you look at his races at a mile and an eighth and a mile and a quarter, he kind of comes running, but the farther the better with him,” Talamo said. “He’s doing well enough where he can try and run ’em down.”Trained by Carla Gaines for owner/breeder Warren Williamson, Texas Ryano boasts a 5-3-3 record from 18 starts with earnings of $438,355.The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Gustnado, Conquest Daddyo and Some in Tieme were scratched. UNIQUE BELLA ODDS-ON FOR SUNDAY’S LAS VIRGENESO’NEILL HOPES TO ‘PASS GO’ WITH LEWIS MONOPOLYBUSY WEEKEND AS USUAL FOR TEAM HOLLENDORFERTEXAS RYANO SHOULD COME RUNNING IN SAN MARCOS Peter Miller451113624%67%$666,510 John Sadler2355622%70%$273,824last_img read more

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League fixtures for the 2018/19 season have been revealed and they face Newcastle United away on the opening day.It is set to be Spurs’ first campaign at their brand new stadium in N17, although we don’t know which match will be their first at the arena at this point in time. ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa REVEALED Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will lead the club in their new stadium after signing a new contract. gameday cracker Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won January 1: Cardiff (a)January 12: Man Utd (h)January 19: Fulham (a)January 30: Watford (h)February 2: Newcastle (h)February 9: Leicester (h)February 23: Burnley (a)February 27: Chelsea (a)March 2: Arsenal (h)March 9: Southampton (a)March 16: Crystal Palace (h)March 30: Liverpool (a)April 6: Brighton (h)April 13: Huddersfield (h)April 20: Man City (a)April 27: West Ham (h)May 4: Bournemouth (a)May 12: Everton (h) Manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new contract with the club, along with superstar striker Harry Kane, so supporters will be optimistic going into a new era for the north London side.Meanwhile, the Lilywhites will also be playing in the Champion League having finished third in the league last term.Tottenham Hotspur’s full 2018/19 fixture schedule is listed below…August 11: Newcastle (a)August 18: Fulham (h)August 25: Man Utd (a)September 1: Watford (a)September 15: Liverpool (h)September 22: Brighton (a)September 29: Huddersfield (a)October 6: Cardiff (h)October 20: West Ham (a)October 27: Man City (h)November 3: Wolves (a)November 10: Crystal Palace (a)November 24: Chelsea (h)December 1: Arsenal (a)December 5: Southampton (h)December 8: Leicester (a)December 15: Burnley (h)December 22: Everton (a)December 26: Bournemouth (h)December 29: Wolves (h) no dice punished possible standings crackers last_img read more

first_imgBy Tabitha McCoy, MSFlickr [120225-A-ZZ999-068 by Minnnesota National Guard, February 25, 2012, CC BY ND 2.0]For many military service members and their families, deployments, geographical separations, and long distance relationships are a way of life. Understanding how vital communication is when separated, many military families utilize Skype or other online video conferencing technologies as a means to stay connected during long periods apart. But what about when it comes to parenting?  How does Skype influence a service member’s ability to foster meaningful relationships with their children through long periods of separation?  As military service professionals we recognize the importance of parental connection, especially when a service member is away.  Thanks to technology we are now equipped with tools such as Skype that help foster communication and connection during long periods of separation.  However as wonderful as technology may be, parenting via Skype does not come without it’s own unique set of barriers.  For starters, we are talking about utilizing Skype as a means to communicate and connect with children, sometimes very young children, perhaps even toddlers. Talking with a child versus an adult over Skype is going to look much different and while parenting in itself is no easy task, parenting over Skype can be even harder. In the article Parenting Over Skype: 7 Lessons from Military Families, readers are given lessons on how to effectively incorporate Skype as a way to stay connected during periods of separation as well as how to over come some of those unique barriers. Have reasonable expectationsDon’t push itFind ways to be part of your child’s routineDevelop rituals togetherAsk specific questionsKeep your interactions positiveShow appreciationIt is important to remember that stress levels can be high for military families during long periods of separation and feeling disconnected will only further hinder a service member’s ability to parent over Skype.  As military service professionals we can easily incorporate these lessons into our conversations with the military families we serve, helping parents to foster meaningful connections with their children…even over Skype. This post was written by Tabitha McCoy, MS, a clinical service professional at FamilyWorks Therapy Clinic at Valdosta State University and a member of the MFLN Family Development team.  The Family Development Teams aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgGood audio can make or break your project, but with so many available options, how do you know which one you should use, and why?Choosing the right microphone can sometimes feel like choosing the right lens for your camera. There are plenty of options, each of which has different strengths and weaknesses. In this video, I want to simplify your selection process and show you some of my favorites.The first rule is to always avoid internal camera audio if you can. No matter what your budget is, try to at least purchase a lower-end external microphone for your video. This will immediately boost your production value. If you can afford a camera, you can afford a microphone.Let’s take a look. Here are some of my top choices.Getting Started“Very affordable” and “very versatile” are good ways to describe the RØDE VideoMic GO. It’s an affordable investment, and it will immediately improve the value of any production. You can always upgrade later, but this microphone is a good way to get started capturing better audio.Best Mic Ever!Image via RØDE.If you need a little more versatility for projects ranging from vlogs to video essays, the RØDE VideoMic Pro+ is a quality upgrade from the VideoMic GO. If you need something you can rely on for a broader range of recording conditions, I highly recommend this mic.Lav MicImage via Sennheiser.If you’re looking to expand your audio kit for more interview-style shooting, a great upgrade is a lavalier microphone. These are dynamite for documentary and guerrilla-style filmmaking. You can position them a number of ways for different types of recording, and they come in especially handy for run-and-gun style projects. I use mine nearly twice a week!Boom MicsIf you find yourself doing more interviews and cinematic-style shooting, I recommend investing in a higher-end boom microphone. I use both lavalier and boom microphone when filming interviews, since each offers a different kind of recording. When recording audio, it’s always great to have backups.Lower-End Boom Mic RecommendationRØDE NTG4Image via RØDE.Higher-End Boom Mic RecommendationRØDE NTG3Image via RØDE.While reading this list, I’m sure all you’re seeing is dollar signs and empty bank accounts. That’s totally fair — I see the same thing when I look at audio gear. However, the simple reality is that your video production will not grow unless you up your audio game.Audio RecordersThe last topic I want to cover is audio recorders. The Zoom H4n the Swiss army knife of audio recording devices, and if there’s one piece of gear on this list you should invest in it’s this!Image via Zoom.Last but not least is a little gem called your cell phone. Most of you have one, and the audio quality is good! If you’re in a pinch or don’t have the budget for expensive recording gear, a cellphone is still better than internal camera audio. I’ve used my iPhone7 on several video projects, and it’s done the trick perfectly!Looking for more video tutorials. Check these out.Video Tutorial: Give Your Projects Some Flare with Lucent WarmVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15The Art of Finding the Right Song for your Film or VideoVideo Tutorial: Create a DIY Wireless China Ball LightMinimize Your Lighting Setups For Narrative Shootslast_img read more

first_imgPakistani security officials and volunteers search the site after a suicide bombing at an election rally in Peshawar on 10 July. Photo: AFPA suicide bombing at an election rally killed at least 13 people, including a politician, in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, amid concerns about security ahead of national polls later this month.The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, which has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban.The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections scheduled for 25 July.“The attack killed at least 13 people, including (Haroon) Bilour,” Peshawar city police chief Qazi Jameel told AFP.Officials said at least 54 people were wounded.Haroon Bilour was one of the ANP’s election candidates and belonged to an influential political family in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.His father Bashir Bilour, one of the ANP’s top leaders, was also killed by a suicide bomber in 2012.“According to our initial investigation, it was a suicide attack and Haroon Bilour… was the target,” police official Shafqat Malik told AFP.Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters.Local television channels broadcast live scenes of ambulances arriving at the site and rushing victims to the hospital. Some people were seen crying.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but there have been dozens of such bombings in recent years in Peshawar.They have often been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and their allies.The city is considered a gateway to Pakistan’s troubled semi-autonomous tribal regions, where many militant groups-including al Qaeda-operated until the government launched operations to oust them.Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Peshawar.‘Big ball of fire’This was the first major attack on a campaign event for Pakistan’s 25 July general election.Police chief Jameel said the number of casualties was high because the ANP event was taking place at a house in a narrow street.An AFP reporter saw human remains, shoes, broken chairs, and caps littered at the scene.Sartaj Khan, an ANP supporter, sustained wounds on his feet.“I lost consciousness after the blast. The last thing I saw was a big ball of fire,” he said.Another party worker, Yaseen Khan, said a deafening explosion rocked the compound as Haroon Bilour shook hands with supporters.Pakistan’s Election Commission has asked the military to help hold a “free and fair election” in the face of security threats.More than 380,000 personnel will be deployed for the elections, according to Major General Asif Ghafoor, the military spokesman.The ANP and its ally the Pakistan Peoples Party were unable to campaign for the last general election in 2013 because of threats and attacks on their events and supporters by Islamist militant groups like the Pakistani Taliban.But ANP leaders have vowed to continue their campaign this year despite the bombing in Peshawar.Pakistan has been fighting a home grown insurgency since 2004, when militants displaced by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan came to its border tribal areas.These groups have often targeted political parties and leaders opposed to their views. Officials have said that while the threat remains, militants have been significantly weakened because of military operations in recent years.Pakistani militant organisations have claimed responsibility for attacks on several prominent political figures, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.last_img read more

first_imgCrumpled CNG-run auto-rickshaw. Photo: Alam PalashAt least nine people were killed in separate road accidents in Chandpur, Feni, Chuadanga and Lakshmipur on Sunday, reports UNB.In Chandpur, at least six people, including a woman and her son, were killed after a bus hit an auto-rickshaw in Shahrasti upazila.The deceased were identified as Jannatul Ferdous, 28, her son Ruman, 8, Ranjit Chandra, 52, Fakhrul Islam, 75, Mohammad Shahjahan, 45 and Abul Kalam, 62.Five auto-rickshaw passengers were killed on the spot and two others injured in the accident on Chandpur-Cumilla regional road in Kakoirtola around 9:00am, said Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti police station.Among the injured, Shahjahan died on the way to a hospital.In Feni, a man was killed and two others injured after a truck hit an auto-rickshaw at Anandapur in Fulgazi in the morning.The deceased was Khorshed Alam, 45. The injured were admitted to Feni Sadar Hospital.In Chuadanga, a motorcyclist died after being hit by a truck.Police named the victim as Shanto Miah, 30, son of Asir Uddin, resident of Makhaldanga village.The accident took place on Chuadanga-Meherpur road at Bhalaipur intersection in Sadarupazila around 5:00am, said Abdus Salam, deputy director of Chuadanga fire service.In Lakshmipur, the death of a madrasa student in a road accident sparked protest at Shakchar area in Sadarupazila in the morning.Yasin, class III student of local Hamid Miazi Madrasa, was killed after a speeding pickup van hit him while he was crossing the road for on his way to the madrasa around 10:00am.Agitated locals blocked the road and halted vehicular movement.Police later intervened and brought the situation under control, said Md Lokman Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.last_img read more

first_img Share APThis undated artist rendering provided by the Galveston Police Department shows a depiction of a boy that police are asking for the public’s help to identify. The young boy’s body was found on a beach in Southeast Texas. Galveston police say the boy, aged 3 to 5 years, was found Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Police are sifting through hundreds of tips and leads to discover the name of the little boy whose body was found on a deserted beach in Southeast Texas last week. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.Galveston police identified the child as Jayden Alexander Lopez. Authorities had named him “Little Jacob” after no one came forward to report him missing.Galveston police chief Vernon Hale announced Wednesday that the child’s mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend Dania Amezquita-Gomez, had been arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence.An affidavit says Rivera, in an interview on Tuesday, told authorities she woke up in the middle of the night after her son had died, carried his body to her vehicle and drove to Galveston with her other young child and Amezquita-Gomez.According to an affidavit, she said she put her dead son into the water because he went to the beach previously and he liked the water.Last month, in an interview with authorities, Amezquita-Gomez acknowledged being in the vehicle but did not give any other details about where they went or about the dead child being in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She reported being too drunk to remember the details.APThis undated photo provided by the Galveston Police Department shows Rebecca Rivera. Galveston police on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, announced that the unidentified 4-year-old boy whose body was found eight months ago washed ashore in South Texas had now been identified as Jayden Alexander Lopez, and his mother, Rivera, and her girlfriend have been arrested and are charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say they’re trying to determine whether the mother was connected to her son’s death. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)Rivera admitted that she abused the boy, saying “she was stressed out and took this out on Jayden by striking him with ‘whatever I could find,’” according to the court documents.Rivera told authorities that about two weeks before the boy’s death, he had bumped into a wall, causing a head injury. Rivera told police she used alcohol to clean the injury but she and her girlfriend began to argue, causing the alcohol to spill onto the child’s face.According to the court documents, she said her child’s face started to swell, and over the next two weeks his health “deteriorated.” He reportedly complained of stomach aches and became visibly more lethargic, the mother told police.Rivera also told police her girlfriend blamed the child for problems in the couple’s relationship, the affidavit says.Jail records did not list attorneys for either woman.Bryan Gaines, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, called the crime “appalling” at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrests.“No one reported Jayden as missing. No one was looking for Jayden. Jayden had no advocate other than us,” he said. “Someone took a beautiful, innocent child and discarded him in the ocean as if he was a piece of trash.”Investigators made the unusual move of releasing a photo of the face of the dead boy earlier this year, hoping it would generate new leads about his identity. Authorities had previously released a sketch of the child with a phone number to call with tips. Police on Wednesday said tips led to a possible name for the boy and a DNA comparison led to the positive identification.Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who created the sketch, said she was at home when she heard news of a break in the case.“I cried, I cried with relief,” said Gibson, who works as forensic artist at the Houston Police Department.last_img read more