first_img$327,565 5 $551,262 AT THE END OF TODAY’S PICK 6 ‘RAINBOW’ 12 7 1 Vladimir Cerin25 31% 8% 21% 20% ITM% Money Won Flavien Prat48 5 54% 5 36% 0 4 11 OMAHA BEACH COULD RETURN TO SANTA ANITA NEXT WEEKOmaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed.Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 KentuckyDerby was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.The son of War Front trained by Richard Mandella is doing well but now won’t return to his home base of Santa Anita for another week or so.“He’s still at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, but he’s not quite healed up yet,” the Hall of Fame trainer said Saturday morning. “He’ll be on a plane to California but we don’t have a schedule to know when that is.“It shouldn’t be too long, perhaps a week or so. He is healing from the procedure, but it’s just not healed enough yet to ship him right now.”EQUINE, RIDING STALWARTS POINTING TO GRADE I HOLIDAYThe countdown is on for gold and glory at Santa Anita Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, when three prestigious Grade I races offering $1.5 million will be decided: the Gamely for fillies and mares three and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf; the Gold Cup at Santa Anita for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter; and the Shoemaker Mile on turf for three-year-olds and up.Working towards those goals at Santa Anita Saturday morning were Frank E. Kilroe Mile winner Ohio for the Shoemaker and Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box for the Gold Cup.Ohio, a bargain claim conditioned by Michael McCarthy, went five furlongs in 1:02.40, while Gift Box breezed six furlongs in 1:13.60 for John Sadler.Vasilika, yet another bargain claim, is scheduled to work Monday on the training track for Jerry Hollendorfer, with designs on the Gamely.Irad Ortiz and John Velazquez will be among the world-class riders displaying their talents on Memorial Day, as Ortiz is scheduled to pilot multiple graded stakes winner Rymska for Chad Brown in the Gamely and 2018 Kilroe winner Bowies Hero for Phil D’Amato in the Shoemaker, while Velazquez is set to ride last year’s Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso for Todd Pletcher in the Gold Cup.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $551,262Fans at Santa Anita today will be treated to a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six carryover of $551,262.With $121,496 in “new” money contributing to a total Jackpot pool Friday of $644,941, there was no single ticket winner, but 11 consolation tickets with six wins were each worth $5,900.60.The Rainbow Six starts with race five, with an approximate post time of 2:19 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19Zoe Cadman talks Preakness contenders at Pimlico Race Course.Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 18th, 2019Improbable galloped at Pimlico Race Course. 5-17-19 (Baffert)Anothertwistafate on the track at Pimlico Race Course. 5-17-19 (Wright)Elliott Walden talks about Improbable ahead of the Preakness Stakes.Bob Baffert discusses his pair of stakes contenders this weekend at Pimlico.Jimmy Barnes assistant trainer to Bob Baffert on Improbable.Preakness Memories: Kent Desormeaux recaps Real Quiet’s win in 1998.Preakness Memories: Victor Espinoza highlights War Emblem as his favorite Preakness Victory.Preakness Memories: Gary Stevens talks about Silver Charm in 1997.Cistron works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-17-19Pricing works 5 furlongs. (Proctor) 5-17-19Juggles works 4 furlongs. (O’ Neill) 5-17-19Ashleyluvssugar works 5 furlongs. (Eurton) 5-17-19Friday’s at Shady works 4 furlongs. (Bonde) 5-17-19FINISH LINES: Congratulations to long-time California breeder Terry Lovingier and partners on breeding the one-two finishers in Friday’s third race, Shady Empire, a two-year-old Empire Way colt trained by Jeff Bonde, and Side Street Dave, a two-year-old Govenor Charlie colt conditioned by Gary Sherlock. Both bred in California, each juvenile was making his first start . . . Good luck to owners Sam Waldner and Kevin Bussey, who campaign as Alydom Racing LLC with Jon White‘s 9-5 morning line favorite True Validity in today’s fourth race. The three-year-old chestnut filly trained by Andrew Lerner has won two of her last three starts, was claimed for $50,000 last out, and has been favored in eight of her 10 career races, four times at odds-on . . . The popular Spring Carnival at Santa Anita offers three days of exciting rides, games and entertainment on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. For details, please visit . . . When trainer Jerry Wallace sent out Fast Cotton to win Friday’s sixth race, it was not a one-hit wonder. His father, Jerry Wallace Sr., reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1959 with the iconic song, “Primrose Lane.” 54% Joseph Talamo59 2nd 53% $71,653 4 6 0 $120,779 $158,256 6 Andrew Lerner8 4 42% $170,353 9 Ruben Fuentes70 14% 1st Tiago Pereira66 11 10 46% 2 39% $477,074 STARS GEARING UP FOR A MAJOR MEMORIAL DAY Rafael Bejarano66 Edwin Maldonado37 4 13% 13% $328,414 2 3 4 5 12 8 4 22% 5 $113,225 $271,237 Philip D’Amato35 $634,079 26% 7 7 1 3 2 Steve Knapp20 12 Mario Gutierrez34 $569,045 15 16% $469,097 4 7 3 6 8 8 $261,817 3 5 12 65% $413,718 Doug O’Neill47 8 66% 3 56% 25% (Current from April 12 through Friday, May 17) Victor Espinoza29 18% 1 1 3 0 47% 7 56% 2 $243,291 59% 4 46% 2 0 50% $166,164 Win% 3rd 7 7 $317,776center_img 47% $459,244 TrainerMts $379,262 12 $178,186 5 $223,331 OMAHA BEACH HEALING BUT RETURN IS DELAYED Tim Yakteen12 50% $111,371 3 32% 8 18% 1 Geovanni Franco39 12% $129,902 28% 31% 8 Mark Glatt37 Richard Mandella15 8 2nd 53% 38% William Spawr12 20% 11 $501,385 $150,075 65% 63% 9 2 2 9 5 17% 11 Heriberto Figueroa31 25% 1 1st 12% 47% 64% 2 8 3 34% Kent Desormeaux29 3rd 4 3 33% Agapito Delgadillo24 7 $517,674 16% 3 J. Eric Kruljac17 6 11 $169,777 5 25% 5 J. Keith Desormeaux16 Money Won 11 0 7 50% $133,484 4 17% 3 50% $628,315 Richard Baltas36 4 3 7 3 3 39% 45% Aaron Gryder49 $640,131 John Shirreffs12 19% 19% ITM% 15 50% 2 58% $224,839 Martin Garcia29 38% 16% 67% Drayden Van Dyke49 4 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Win% Martin Pedroza24 John Sadler27 $566,599 Jerry Hollendorfer24 George Papaprodromou14 56% 3 17% 21% 13% JockeyMtslast_img read more

Danielle Williams targets PB, spot in final

first_imgBEIJING, China:Competing in her second World Championships, Jamaican sprint hurdler Danielle Williams looked smooth as she stopped the clock at 12.77 in the 100m heats at the World Championships in Beijing’s Birds Nest.Williams got the better of American hopeful Kendra Harrison 12.90 and Isabelle Petersen, 12.96 of Norway, in what was her third time in the 12.7 seconds range this season.However, the diminutive hurdler is not getting ahead of herself and is fully cognisant that she will most likely need to run much faster than 12.77 or than her personal best, 12.69, if she is to be a factor in what is one of the most competitive events at the championships.”I feel like I’ve been sitting around for way too long so I’m happy to have started,” said Williams, who said she was becoming restless with the wait for her competition to start.”I’m definitely not surprised with the time because I’ve been running 12.7s consistently all season, so I’m definitely expecting to go faster, hopefully, my legs hold up,” she added.”The aim is to run a personal best here and in any event, I think it’s what it will require to get to the finals anyway,” said Williams, who has finished in the top three in all 11 of her competitions this season.”Mentally, I am definitely more prepared than I was in 2013. Besides, back then, I hadn’t run with these world-class athletes, it was my first time coming up against them and I was a bit timid. Now I’ve been competing against them all season long so I feel on par,” Williams added.”I consider my changes as good as anybody else. It’s a hurdles race, so anything is possible. I’m a competitor at heart and I tell people that I don’t run track and field because I love it. It’s because I love the competition, so I am anxious to go out there and compete with the best of the best, toe to toe to the line,” Williams said.”I’m pretty satisfied with my execution. I’m sure my coach will probably find something that I probably didn’t do right, but I’ll watch the tape and come back and, hopefully, I can fix it going into the final,” she added.Williams, the national champion, said she is not focusing on any perceived pressure being the fastest Jamaican this year and the national champion, but is backing herself to do really well here.”I’m not really focusing on that I’m just focusing on executing, taking it round by round, race by race, and, hopefully, I run fast enough to make it into the finals,” said.-A.L.last_img read more

Stephens, Venus advance to Miami Open quarterfinals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Venus Williams reacts after defeating Johanna Konta of Germany 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Sloane Stephens’ loudest fan kept shouting advice and encouragement from the upper deck Monday, perhaps providing the nudge she needed to shake a post-U.S. Open slump.Stephens earned her biggest victory since winning last year’s Open, beating No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-4 Monday to reach the quarterfinals at the Miami Open.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism History made as PH Azkals advance to 2019 AFC Asian Cup after beating Tajiks Alexander Zverev stopped David Ferrer 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Frances Tiafoe led Tomas Berdych 6-7 (2), 6-2, 5-4 before the match was suspended at 2:13 a.m. because of rain.The winner will play Kevin Anderson later on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I’m not bad at playing tennis,” the 37-year-old Williams said, “so why not keep going?”Victoria Azarenka, another three-time champion, swept 2012 champ Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2.Stephens claimed her first major title in New York in September and is ranked 12th, but she arrived at Key Biscayne with a record of only 3-4 this year.“After winning a Grand Slam, it’s not easy to come back right out and keep playing,” Stephens said. “I was so excited after winning the U.S. Open, I was living my life to the fullest. Now I’m back to my day job. It’s a little bit difficult. It takes a little bit of confidence and a lot of hard work.”On the men’s side, qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis lost in the follow-up to his upset of Roger Federer in the second round. Fernando Verdasco rallied from two mini-breaks down in the decisive tiebreaker and beat Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).ADVERTISEMENT “Keep it in the court, girl — that’s all you’ve got to do!” the spectator hollered, and Stephens did. During a post-match on-court interview, Stephens thanked the fan, who has attended her past two matches.“I have no idea who that is,” she said later. “Day before yesterday was the first time I’d ever seen him. But it’s entertaining. Obviously he knows tennis — he was shouting all the right things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe fan might have picked a good time to jump on the Stephens bandwagon. She’ll next face Angelique Kerber with a shot at reaching the Miami Open semifinals for the first time.Also advancing was three-time champion Venus Williams, who came from behind for the second day in a row and beat defending champion Johanna Konta 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. The victory was Williams’ 64th on Key Biscayne.center_img LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Kerber advanced by rallying past qualifier Yafan Wang 6-7 (1), 7-6 (5), 6-3.Stephens won with typically dogged defense, and by attacking Muguruza’s weak second serve. The Spaniard has been battling a slump herself, falling to 8-6 in 2018.“I missed too many shots, a couple of mistakes I shouldn’t have done in important moments,” said Muguruza, the 2017 Wimbledon champion. “My serve in general could be better. It was not a big difference, but in the end a few details went to her side.”Stephens started the year by losing her opening match in consecutive tournaments, including the Australian Open. She then spent more than a month away from the tour, but said she was no longer celebrating her U.S. Open title.“After Australia I really took time to get myself together,” she said. “If you put in the work, you’re able to get results.”More than one fan is applauding her success at the Miami Open, the hometown tournament for Stephens, a South Florida native.Next year the event will move 18 miles north to the Miami Dolphins stadium. Stephens, who first came to Key Biscayne for juniors matches more than a decade ago, said she is sad about the switch — and not just because of tennis memories.“I’ll miss Sir Pizza,” she said. “I’ve been going there since I was 12. The same people still work there, and it’s such a gem. I’m definitely going to miss that place.”Other winners included American Danielle Collins defeating Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Jelena Ostapenko topping Petra Kvitova 7-6 (4), 6-3.Denis Shapovalov edged Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 and Nick Kyrgios defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

24 Recruited Finance Directors in Code of Conduct, Public Reforms Training

first_imgThe Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) will today begin intensively to orient 24-newly recruited directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector.The intensive week-long orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally school them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training runs from 8a.m. to 2p.m. Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission are expected to join in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, told newsmen yesterday that besides the expected week-long training, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to include, Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services. The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.It may be recalled that a program to kick-off the orientation of the newly recruited Directors was held last Tuesday at the MFDP building on Broad Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Female Leone Star for Return-leg

first_imgThe female soccer team of Sierra Leone has been invited to Monrovia for a return-leg match against their Liberian counterparts on April 13.The Daily Observer gathered Wednesday that LFA Executive Committee member-elect, Rochell Woodson, authorized the LFA Secretariat to communicate the arrangement to the Sierra Leone Football Association.The Liberian side traveled to Sierra Leone March 8 for a friendly match.Ms. Woodson was the head of delegation for the Sierra Leone trip. Also on the trip were the president of the Women’s Football Association of Liberia, Ciata Bishop and the coach was former Lone Star coach J. Kaetu Smith.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

CoP Rejects ECOWAS Plea for One-Day Protest Action

first_imgMeanwhile, the Supreme Court has already cited the Council of Patriots (left) to appear before Justice-in-Chambers, Joseph Nagbe (right), for a conference to show reasons why a stay order should or should not be placed on the June 7 protests.Confirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say the Council of Patriots (CoP), organizers of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest” have rejected pleas by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation to restrict the protests to a single day.According to insider sources, a member of the Liberian delegation to the ECOWAS parliament (name withheld), who according to sources, virtually lives in Abuja, has been acting behind the scenes with the intention to derail the June 7 protests.Additionally, according to sources, the said individual had attempted to sit in the meeting between the Council of Patriots and the ECOWAS delegation, however, his attempt was rebuffed by the CoP, who insisted that his presence in the meeting would have necessitated a walkout of the CoP delegation.Reluctantly, according to sources, the Liberian member of the ECOWAS parliament was forced to leave the meeting hall upon insistence of the CoP.Further, according to sources, the CoP was asked to disclose what were their demands, but they responded saying the CoP being an amalgamation of several groups, had varying demands, some of which have already been publicly disclosed. They noted further that on the day of the protest, and probably in the succeeding days the protesters, will make known their full list of demands.In a related development, it has been revealed that threats by Attorney Arthur Johnson to petition the Supreme Court to place a stay order on the June 7 protests have been actualized as the Supreme Court has already cited the parties to appear before Justice-in-Chambers, Joseph Nagbe, for a conference to show reasons why a stay order should or should not be placed on the June 7 protests.But a source close to the CoP, speaking to the Daily Observer, said the petition is an insidious attempt to quash the right of the people to freely assemble and consult on the common good, as the Constitution provides. Continuing, he said while the Supreme Court is the highest arbiter of justice in the land, it derives its power from the people and therefore lacks the power or legal right to prevent an assembly of the people in whom the Constitution says, all power is inherent.Therefore, according to the source, the CoP is more likely than not to ignore the citation from the Supreme Court, because in the opinion of the CoP, the Court is allowing itself to be dragged into a matter of a political nature that is non-justiciable.At this stage, it remains unclear how the matter is going to play out, should protest organizers fail to honor the citation from Justice-in-Chambers, Joseph Nagbe.Legal pundits say the Court may try to enforce compliance by issuing a Writ of Contempt on protest organizers, and ultimately, a Writ of Arrest.But given the very short time left to June 7, and given the very politically charged atmosphere, enforcing a Writ of arrest for Contempt could prove to be a very daunting challenge.Meanwhile, reports say, Monrovia residents have been stocking up on food and other basic necessities in anticipation of a prolonged shut down of commercial activities in the city as a result of the June 7 protests, which is expected to draw a large following.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alleged shooter in America St money changer’s murder nabbed

first_imgLess than a month after a third person was arraigned for the shooting to death of America Street money changer Sean Nurse, the alleged shooter was arrested on Thursday moments after he was released from the Camp Street penitentiary.Based on information received, William Hendricks, who was incarcerated for the past three weeks on a wounding charge, was detained by investigators and was currently being interrogated about the murder.A Police source told Guyana Times that detectives would have receivedDeceased: Sean Nurseinformation from eyewitnesses which named Hendericks as the shooter.The well-known money-changer, of Lot 33 Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was sitting in a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street on February 4, 2018 when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun.The man demanded that Nurse hand over a bag containing an undisclosed sum of local and foreign currencies. Nurse resisted, and in retaliation, the bandit pulled the trigger, shooting him once to his head. Nurse collapsed and died almost immediately.The Police retrieved a spent 9mm shell at the scene, and questioned several persons, who gave a description of the shooter. At the time of the shooting incident, the suspect was reportedly clad in a red hoodie and a pair of brown trousers.On May 10, Kacey Heliger, of Lot 42 Shell Road, Kitty, was charged with the murder of the money- changer. Two other men, Kerwin DaSantos and George Hope, both 22 years old, have also been charged with his murder.last_img read more

Cab driver quick to return $6,000

first_imgLYNNWOOD, Wash. – A taxi driver found a wallet containing almost $6,000 in the back of his car, then raced to the airport in time to return it to his owner. Vinod Mago, 55, says he never thought twice. The owner thanked him with $100, which Mago used to take his family out for dinner. “My mother always said, `If you’re an honest person, you will always have money in your pocket,”‘ said Mago, who drives a Seattle-Tacoma International Taxi Association cab. Months ago, Mago found $640 in his taxi and returned that money, too. “If money doesn’t belong to me, I don’t keep it,” Mago said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Beat goes on

first_imgThe program meets one Saturday a month from April through September, center spokeswoman Leticia Buckley said. “People just have a wonderful time, and we’ve got so many repeat customers, so to speak,” she said. “It’s on their calendar, they know it’s coming. They bring friends, and it continues to grow every year.” Belli started with a drum store in Hollywood that he ran even as he worked as a freelance drummer. As a jazz drummer, Belli did studio dates and live shows. One of his last performances was as a band member for Mae West when the classic film icon was performing there. But Belli quit drumming about the time his company started making drums. He saw the musical potential in Mylar, which the DuPont company had suggested would be good for drumheads. Unlike leather, which could sound bad in humid conditions, Mylar always delivered a good sound. He started making drumheads in the back of the store, enlisting the help of a carpenter who worked next door and a machinist. After outgrowing that facility, he moved the company to North Hollywood and eventually grew to a 170,000-square-foot operation. The company moved to Valencia more than 10 years ago and has an even bigger facility. Belli also leased a small space at his former manufacturing site in North Hollywood, where he houses his Recreational Music Center. The center has two full-time employees. Drumming in a circle can unite people and reduce stress, Belli said. “With (drumming), you can’t make a mistake, so it allows an expression that a lot of other activities don’t,” Belli said. “See, I can get you involved with a group immediately, and I don’t know of any other activity that I can do that with.” (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA Amateur drum circles have been big for years. But Remo Belli wants to widen the circle, bringing in more people so they have a healthy way to interact and make music. Fifty years after he switched from his job as a drummer to become a Mylar drumhead manufacturer, Belli, 79, is still keeping the beat. Remo Inc., the company he founded, employs about 320 people and has a manufacturing plant in Valencia. The company makes 18,000 drumheads each day, Remo said. “I never planned on doing this. I planned on being a musician,” Belli said Wednesday as he stood near an employee sanding down a spinning drum. “I never in the world planned on this,” Belli added. Manufacturing drumheads has taken Belli on trips around the world. His office has a pair of lutes made by a friend in Tunisia, and high on a shelf behind his desk sit a menorah, a statue of Buddha and other figurines. Remo Inc. recently started working on a study with UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District on the benefits of group drumming, Belli said. And for more than two years, the company has provided drums and percussion instruments to the Los Angeles Music Center, a downtown center that runs a drum circle program. last_img read more

Doing the Vegas scoot

first_img“We’re seeing more and more young people just for the fact that the Strip has gotten so big, the hotels are so large,” said Marcel Maritz, owner of Active Mobility, a scooter rental company whose inventory also includes wheelchairs, crutches and walkers. Most of those using the scooters are obese, elderly or disabled. But many are young and seemingly fit. The number of able-bodied renters has grown in the past few years to represent as much as 5percent of Maritz’s business, he said. The company, which contracts with some casinos, has a fleet of about 300 scooters. “It makes it a lot easier for people to see everything,” he said. At full throttle, the scooters open up to about 5mph, though crowded sidewalks allow little opportunity for such speeds. They can go anywhere wheelchairs can – elevators, bars, craps tables – but are banned from streets. They come with a quick operating lesson, an instruction booklet, a horn and a basket. “At first, I figured it was for handicapped people, but then I saw everybody was getting them. I figured I might as well, too,” Lezama said. Las Vegas has other transportation options, although each has its problems. The Strip is regularly clogged with cabs and drive-in tourists. A double-decker bus system, dubbed the Deuce, often gets stuck in the mess. A $650million monorail with stops at eight casinos has been plagued by poor ridership, perhaps because it runs behind the resorts, well off the Strip and out of sight. Police and casino workers often use bicycles. Some find the notion of using a device intended for disabled people unethical. “It’s the same principle as parking in a handicap spot,” said Mike Petillo, 64, a disabled tax accountant who recently visited from New York City. Several hotel bell desk workers – who handle most of the rental requests from tourists – said they try to discourage prospective scooter-renters who do not appear to need the vehicles. But refusing the self-indulgent is not really an option. “You can’t really discriminate against anybody,” said Tom Flynn, owner of Universal Mobility. “We don’t require a prescription or an explanation of why they need it.” Michelle Bailey, a slender, apparently healthy 22-year-old, used a scooter to get around a recent pool tournament at the Riviera hotel-casino. “Four-inch heels,” she explained with a laugh, pointing to her lipstick-red pumps. But Troy Burgess, a 21-year-old optician visiting from Detroit, said he considers it “immoral” for an able-bodied person to rent wheels. And not only that, but “you probably wouldn’t pick up too many chicks on that scooter.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – There’s lazy, and then there’s Las Vegas lazy. In increasing numbers, Las Vegas tourists exhausted by the four miles of gluttony laid out before them are getting around on electric “mobility scooters.” Don’t think trendy Vespa motorbikes. Think updated wheelchair. Forking over about $40 a day and their pride, perfectly healthy tourists are cruising around Las Vegas casinos in transportation intended for the infirm. You don’t have to take a step. You don’t even have to put your drink down. “It was all the walking,” 27-year-old Simon Lezama said on his red Merits Pioneer 3. Lezama, a trim and fit-looking restaurant manager from Odessa, Texas, rented it on day three of his five-day vacation, “and now I can drink and drive, be responsible and save my feet.” The Las Vegas Strip is long past its easily walkable days. Casinos alone are nearly the size of two football fields. That doesn’t count the hotel rooms, shopping malls, spas, convention centers, bars and restaurants. And that’s just inside. For tourists who plan to stroll from one big casino to another, there are crowds, construction sites and long stretches of sun-baked sidewalks between. A tourist could accidentally get some exercise. last_img read more