What’s the Plan for Fannie and Freddie?

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 22, 2019 1,808 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe What’s the Plan for Fannie and Freddie? Share Save About Author: Seth Welborn A plan to return Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to private-shareholder ownership could be released as early as next month, The Wall Street Journal reports. The plan is expected to ensure the firms have adequate capital to absorb loan losses in a future housing slump, putting the GSEs on a sound footing before returning to private hands.According to WSJ, the plan was originally expected earlier this summer, but was delayed in part due to revisions from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury. Sources state that privatizing Fannie and Freddie would likely take several years and would involve allowing the firms to retain earnings and raise tens of billions of dollars from investors. Reuters reported earlier this year that the U.S. Treasury is dealing with several other issues, putting the plan for the GSEs on hold for now. According to Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria, he hopes Fannie and Freddie will have exited, or will be ready to exit, conservatorship before his term ends in 2024. Calabria told Reuters that he is not operating toward a hard deadline.“That’s my time horizon,” he said. “I’m under no expectation to try to get all this done. … So if in four years, nine months they’re not out of conservatorship, I’m not pushing them out.”Calabria stated that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is currently “juggling a number of balls,” while Craig Phillips, Mnuchin’s adviser who had been closely involved in the reform plan, also left in June.Additionally, Calabria stated that the Treasury will back some form of government guarantee for Fannie and Freddie in the report, and notes that the government does not have forever to overhaul them and needs to progress while the housing market remains stable.“The market looks pretty strong now, so that to me is the time when we want to make real repairs,” he said. Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Conservatorship Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac 2019-08-22 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Conservatorship Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on First American, Cloudvirga, and More Next: Gateway First Bank Announced New Chief Servicing Officer Home / Daily Dose / What’s the Plan for Fannie and Freddie?last_img read more

CIC Rejects RTI Plea Seeking Rahul Gandhi’s Religion And Passport Details [Read Order]

first_imgRTICIC Rejects RTI Plea Seeking Rahul Gandhi’s Religion And Passport Details [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 May 2020 8:07 AMShare This – xThe Central Information Commission has dismissed an appeal filed by an RTI applicant who had sought personal information such as religion and passport details of the Congress Leader and Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi. The following queries were made before the External Affairs Ministry by Dr. Sanjeev Goel. As the ministry refused to answer his queries, he had approached the CIC…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Information Commission has dismissed an appeal filed by an RTI applicant who had sought personal information such as religion and passport details of the Congress Leader and Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi. The following queries were made before the External Affairs Ministry by Dr. Sanjeev Goel. As the ministry refused to answer his queries, he had approached the CIC in appeal. How many passports have been issued by any Government in the world to Mr. Rahul Gandhi or alias, if any, bearing photograph of Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, India? If more than one passport has been issued bearing his photograph, address and details of all passports be provided. What was his religion at the time of birth? What is his religion by virtue of his faith at present?” The appellant contended that he has a right to know the religion of  Rahul Gandhi who is a public figure and considering the public interest in the matter, the information pertaining to his passport details and religion should be disclosed to him, as no exemption is applicable in this case. The ministry contended that disclosure of the information sought would cause unwarranted invasion of the third party’s privacy and no any larger public interest is involved in the matterThe Commissioner Neeraj Kumar Gupta, referred to various Supreme Court and High Court judgments on the scope of the provisions of Section 8(1)(j) of the Right To Information Act. Section 8 provides that information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has not relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information The contentions put forth by the appellant with regards to ‘public interest’ element on the premise of Mr. Rahul Gandhi being a public figure does not stand a chance for disclosure of his personal information such as religion and passport details. Furthermore, the appellant has also failed to substantiate that the information sought is in line with the proviso appended to Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005. Hence, in the absence of any larger public interest in the matter, this Commission comes to a conclusion that the information sought by the appellant qualifies to be the ‘personal information’ of third party which is exempted under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005 and therefore, it cannot be provided to the appellant. Click here to Read/Download OrderRead Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra To Bring Hot Tuna, Rumpke Mountain Boys, & More To Jamaican Jam In The Sand

first_imgDark Star Orchestra have revealed plans for their fifth annual Jam In The Sand, returning to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 18-22, 2018. While the days are open to the beach and enjoying everything the resort has to offer, the nights are reserved under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra, along with very special guests Hot Tuna and Rumpke Mountain Boys. The Grateful Dead tribute band will perform two-set shows on each of the four consecutive nights, while the rest of the lineup will perform three shows. Expect several collaborations across the board!Packages for Jam In The Sand include four nights at the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort, which includes luxurious accommodations from guest rooms to butler-service suites; all meals and snacks at 6 restaurants; unlimited Premium Drinks at 6 bars; daily Activities and Entertainment; enhanced water sports activities center featuring sunset cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, reef snorkeling excursions; Hobie Cat and non-motorized water sports; complimentary green fees at the (18) hole championship Runaway Bay Golf Club; complimentary WIFI resort-wide; weekly; dive-in Movies; fitness center training and a myriad of classes, a Paracourse (Fit Trail®) that spans the entire property with strategically placed workout stations; airport transfers from Montego Bay Sangster International Airport, along with all the music you could possible want. All information can be found here.Returning Jam In The Sand-ers are open to Pre-Sale tickets, which begin Monday May 22 at 10AM EST right here. Public On-Sale begins on Wednesday, May 24 at 10AM EST here.[photo by Suzy Perler on Jam In The Sand website]last_img read more

Croatian wines are becoming more and more recognizable in Europe

first_imgThe recognizability of Croatian wines in Europe is getting stronger and better every day, and the right opportunity for additional promotion and branding of our wines has been recognized in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and actively in the last year through the brand Vina Croatia participate in various fairs to take advantage of the fact a tourist hit back a couple of years.”I am sure that this presentation of Croatian wines is a good way to create the image of Croatia as a wine country. Our wines are recognized by top wine experts right here in the ‘City of Wine’, so this is a clear confirmation that Croatia must continue to brand products such as top Croatian wines and further implementation of the strategy of the brand Vina Croatia – vina mosaica. Our winemakers have shown once again that they are ready for the most demanding markets through the potential of their premium wines where wines of indigenous and international varieties are valued. ” said Igor Barbarić, Secretary of the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, at the presentation of Croatian wines gathered under the brand Vina Croatia – mosaic wines as part of the Croatian Weekend in Bordeaux, adding that further work is needed to create an image of Croatia as a country of such top products.The program in the City of Wine (La Cite du Vin), a theme park and museum dedicated to wines in Bordeaux, began on Friday with a welcome dinner and a welcome speech by the Croatian Ambassador to France, Filip Vučak, and ended on Sunday with a guided wine tasting (Masterclass) Barbara Bačić. During the weekend, our wines could be tasted, Darko Preiner, assistant professor at the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, presented Croatian winemaking and viticulture, and Mladen Boban from the Faculty of Medicine in Split gave a presentation on Wine and Health. Numerous other promotions of our winemaking and wine were held, along with indigenous food and music.The Wine Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has accepted a partnership with the City of Wine and will present itself in the first three years with more than three thousand bottles of the most important Croatian wines. From this year, numerous wines can be found in the City of Wine, representing Croatia through the following wineries: ATC Coronica, Krauthaker, Badel 1862, Kozlović, PZ Janjina, Vinarija Radovan, Dingač Skaramuča, PZ Vrbnik, Vina Carić, Osilovac – Feravino, Terra madre, PP Orahovica, PZ Maslina i Vino, Veralda, Stina vino, Vina Matošević, Vina Kalazić, Vinarija Iuris, Zlatan Otok, Vinarija Raak, Benvenuti and Kuća vina Ivan Katunar – Katunar estate winery.”The affirmation of the Croatian wine scene and Croatian winemakers is being done in destinations like this. France is a leader on the wine scene and participating alongside the biggest names and portrays us in the right light. Organized and thoughtful promotion of Croatian winemakers is necessary and I think that even bigger activities are yet to come”, Said Vlado Krauthaker, owner of Krauthaker Viticulture and Cellaring, adding that Croatia is a tourist hit and that it is time for our winemakers to become an export brand. “Given that Croatia is still poorly recognized as a wine country, it is necessary to use every opportunity to promote it. The richness of indigenous varieties and the great diversity of climatic conditions gives us an advantage over many, much larger wine-growing countries, however, on the other hand, it represents a great challenge for the promotion of its winemakers and wines, ” said Preiner, noting that the presentation of Croatia as a wine country in the center of the wine world, Bordeaux, will certainly give positive results.By the way, in 2016, Croatia exported only 9,500 liters of wine worth 56 thousand euros to this demanding and traditional wine market, mostly bottled wines with an average export price of 5,12 euros and sparkling wines only 365 liters, but at an average price from 25 euros. In the same period, we imported wines worth 4,6 million euros and 700 liters from France, mostly sparkling wines and bottled wines. “Certainly we as a country need to be present in a place like this, where some of the best and most famous wines are in the whole world and where all the countries that have serious wine production, consumption and culture are. The significance for Croatia is huge, from the promotion and recognition of Croatian wines and viticulture, to concrete business agreements for Croatian wineries. The potentials in Croatian winemaking are huge and by working together for better and stronger recognition, we will certainly be more competitive in the future and export more and more to world markets.”, Concluded Barbarić &lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig late for home opener, replaced in lineup by Matt Kemp

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Yasiel Puig’s late arrival to Dodger Stadium on Friday morning caused the Cuban outfielder to miss his rotation in batting practice and consequently be replaced in the lineup by Matt Kemp for the home opener against the San Francisco Giants.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly originally elected to sit Kemp in his long-awaited return from injury, the first of what could be a series of difficult decisions involving his four high-profile outfielders.When Puig wasn’t in the building by 9:40 a.m., when the Dodgers began their team stretching exercises, Mattingly changed course. Puig has already been the subject of a team meeting this season. On March 25, the Dodgers met to address, among other things, two base-running mistakes by Puig during the season-opening series in Sydney with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mattingly expressed frustration with the 23-year-old Puig for leaving one of the two Dodgers’ victories over the Diamondbacks with an apparent back injury. One positive for the Dodgers manager is that Kemp, who didn’t hide his displeasure about originally being left out of the lineup, will be appeased for now. Kemp has missed 279 games over the past two seasons, but will be making his return from an ankle injury.Kemp will take Puig’s second spot in the Dodgers lineup and play center field. Andre Ethier moves from center to play right field for Puig. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Long-time PIAA official and track icon Len Johnson dies

first_imgPIAA TRACK LEGENDS—Leonard Johnson, left, is shown with Norm Crawford, who died last summer. In August 2009, the Pennsylvania track and field community lost Norm Crawford. Last week, it was his fellow officiating icon, Len Johnson. Johnson, 67, of sewickley, died May 16 at The Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford. He started officiating after graduating from Michigan State University while living and working in Michigan and Illinois in computer sales and service for companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM before moving back to western Pennsylvania. He started his own business, Bidwell Technical Services, and was a tech person for the Alma Illery Health Center in Homewood.He was a graduate of New Castle High School where he starred in track, winning the PIAA State 100-yard championship in 1959.Johnson was elected to the Lawrence County Hall of Fame in 1988. He was Rules Interpretor for the Fort Pitt Chapter of PIAA Track and Field Officials and started many major high school and college invitationals and conference meets in the area, including the WPIAL District 7 and Pittsburgh Public Schools City League District 8 Championships/Finals.He was a member of Triumph Baptist Church and the Pittsburgh Rotary.The viewing was May 21 at Richard D. Cole Funeral Home in sewickley. Services were held May 22 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Good Samaritan Hospice House, 3500 Brooktree Rd., Wexford, Pa. 15090; or The Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, 5432 Butler St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201.(Reprinted from PennTrackXC.com.)last_img read more

Thurston County Celebrates National Public Health Week: Veteran’s Assistance program

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyIt’s National Public Health Week!  We are celebrating this week by sharing more about the work that Thurston County Public Health & Social Services (PHSS) Department staff do every day to support the work of the community. Veterans are a treasured part of our local community. Thurston County has many residents that are serving or have served our country in the military, and we thank each and every one of them for their service!Photo courtesy: Thurston CountyWe are fortunate to have the Lacey Veteran’s Service Hub that offers an array of services to local veterans. One of the services offered comes from the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Veteran’s Assistance program. This program is one example of a social services program offered through PHSS.The Veteran’s Assistance program offers eligible veteran’s help with services including rent, mortgage, and utilities. The services can be used twice in a lifetime. During this time of many closures from the COVID 19 pandemic, this service is still available and ready to help. You can reach a representative Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.There are some basic requirements to qualify you to use these services. These services are based on family size and income. You must also:Be a “veteran” as defined by law including having received an honorable discharge or a general under honorable characterization of service for a medical reason.Be a resident of Washington State for at least six months immediately prior to applying.Be a resident of Thurston County for at least 31 days immediately prior to applying.Be income eligible.Be able to provide documentation proving eligibility.If you, or someone you know, could benefit from some help during this time of the pandemic and economic slowdown, please reach out this program by calling 360-867-8236. When you call, a representative will ask you about family size and income to help determine if you are eligible then give you a list of documents you will need to submit. If you leave a message, please leave your full name, contact information, and the type of financial assistance needed.Our veterans are a valuable community asset. PHSS is proud to support this program as a part of the work we do every day!last_img read more

Campaigns Fueled by Army of Volunteers

first_imgBy John BurtonThey are the ones who carry the water, figuratively speaking, and do much of the heavy lifting – often quite literally – during the autumn political season. Whether Republican or Democrat, volunteers are the true believers, giving of their time and effort for party and politician, hopefully putting them on the path to office.“We could not run countywide campaigns without them,” Vin Gopal, the Monmouth County Democratic Committee chairman, acknowledged about the efforts provided by the group of people who provide support for the candidates and party.“You can just feel their passion,” said Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman, as he surveyed the work they were doing at his county headquarters in Colts Neck this week. “The volunteers, they’re the heartbeat of the organization,” said Golden, who is also the incumbent Monmouth County sheriff and seeking re-election this year.“As someone who started as a volunteer,” said Vincent Solomeno, the Democrat running for county surrogate this year, “I know volunteers are the engine that drives the campaign.”Solomeno said his grandmother volunteers daily at Democratic headquarters in Hazlet working for his campaign and the slate of candidates in this year’s election.Ellen Ramey, a retired Belmar resident, said during campaign season she spends her days – all day – at the Democratic campaign headquarters on Belmar’s 10th Avenue. “I come at 8:30 in the morning and I don’t go home until 8 o’clock,” she said. Recently her days have been taken up working the phone banks, calling prospective voters, encouraging them to consider the Democrats.Ramey conceded working the phones can be tough. “Some folks are just plain nasty,” she said.But she continues to do what is needed, in part because “it’s fun,” and more importantly, “I know it’s all for the better,” of her community and county, she said.“It is kind of weird when you call someone and they tell you they don’t like you or worse,” said Lauren Albrecht, Wall, who was offering her time and energy for Democrats, too. “But I get over that pretty quickly.”“They can make a huge difference in a campaign, especially on the county and local level,” said Thomas Szymanski, the county Republicans’ executive director. Szymanski told of how volunteers last year provided support in the Red Bank Borough Council election, putting out the candidates’ message to residents. The Republican candidate won by literally a couple of votes, securing the first GOP victory in Red Bank in more than a generation.“Suffice it to say,” Szymanski said, without those volunteers we wouldn’t have had a Republican majority in Red Bank this year.”The county GOP organization has more than 250 volunteers this campaign season, with the presidential election responsible for an “uptick” in the number this year, he said.They range in age from 16 – many are students from nearby Colts Neck High School and part of an internship program – to “well into their 80s” Szymanski said.“Some just want to learn about the process,” and others are here to support individual candidates or the party, he said. Many of them return year after year. “The key is building an environment that they want to be part of,” he said, “and feel they want to make some kind of difference.”Jill Zakerowski, whose husband is the local GOP municipal chair, was on hand this Tuesday evening preparing mailers to be delivered to voters’ homes. She was here, she said, to support the GOP slate of candidates in her hometown of Neptune City Borough. “I know these people a long time,” she said, “and I’m here to keep them in our government, to keep it a great town.”Gopal said the county Democrats get “hundreds” of volunteers, without being able to get more specific, from “diverse” age groups. There are also usually 20 to 30 college student interns who get class credit for participating in the organization’s activities. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm that’s out there,” from all of those offering their support, regardless of age or background, Gopal added.These people who give up their evenings and weekends usually find themselves among others working a bank of phones, working from a brief script and hoping not to alienate any who pick up the call. Barbara Shafer, a Neptune City borough councilwoman, explained “You have to know when not to go to the door, when not to call. Don’t knock on the door during football games; don’t call during dinner hour.”Others will go out and knock on doors in neighborhoods around the county, offering campaign literature and maybe working directly with candidates as they look to engage voters. Still others, Szymanski explained, work on data collection for the professionals to analyze. Gopal said volunteers also help with social media postings, getting the message out.“It really does go back to that old saying, ‘All politics is local,’ ” observed Golden.And for their efforts they may get a T-shirt, lukewarm Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and doughnuts and maybe pizza and soda. But the reward is more than that, many of the volunteers stressed.“With the exception of my family and work, this is by far the most rewarding thing I can do with my time,” said Albrecht. She serves as the Monmouth County chair of the LGBTQ Caucus and offered a full-throated support for Hillary Clinton. “I’m willing to do whatever needs to be done,” to advance the party’s success on Nov. 8. “Fundraising, phone calls, whatever.”Gopal was joined Sunday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Murphy, Middletown, and the party’s candidates for freeholder, sheriff and surrogate for a pep rally-style event at the Belmar location, pumping everybody up before canvassing in Belmar for the candidates.“We don’t take anything that they do for granted,” Murphy said of the group. “These are people who help make a difference, who bleed the same issues as we do. These are people who make a difference,” he said.Elijah Nishiura, Red Bank, while only a gentle 17, is already a three-year veteran of campaigning, working locally and on the county level. “This is about directly affecting public policy for a lot of people,” Nishiura said of his work. “I want to do what I can.”Besides, he acknowledged, it’s a good training ground when he pursues elected office himself in the future. “I definitely want to continue to be involved.”At Republican headquarters, just after work as it was getting dark on Tuesday, about 25 people, many from Neptune City, rolled up their sleeves and stuffed envelopes and made phone calls. “It’s a busy place,” observed Golden.“They are supportive not only in the physical tasks but the mental tasks. They bring moral support,” said Neptune City Mayor Robert Brown about those doing yeoman’s work. “They really do care.”Neptune City’s Tamara Tallman was working to get her son Alex Tallman elected to borough council and because “I’ve always been a huge supporter of the Republican party.”Interestingly, she’s found people have been more inclined to talk about local elections. “People are mum on the presidential election,” she’s noticed.She plans on continuing working through Election Day. “I’m happy to give what I can.”Matt Filosa, Old Bridge, on the Monmouth/Middlesex county border, has worked for the county GOP for nine years as a volunteer. “I think it’s important that people who have the right values and common sense ideas get elected,” he explained.Now it’s down to the wire. “This weekend we’ll be rocking,” at headquarters and in the communities, Golden maintained.On the Democratic side, volunteer Prasad Atluri, Marlboro, promised “We’ll do as much as we can.”last_img read more

Osprey Nest Gets a New Address

first_imgWith replacement platforms safely housing the nests in plain view of former posts, returning ospreys should find their new perches without a hitch, thanks to the work and initiative of JCP&L and Troop 58. By Jenna O’DonnellSpring is in the air, which means many migratory birds will soon return to various waterside perches to mate and raise chicks – a perilous task when some nests are built on electrical equipment.One such osprey nest atop a Monmouth Beach utility pole was recently moved to a safer nearby platform thanks to the combined efforts of Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) and a local Boy Scout troop.Michael Hornung, 17, a member of Troop 58 of Oceanport, said he learned about the Griffin Street osprey nest from his father, who works as a lineman.“I saw the nest on the (utility) platform, which was a very dangerous place for it to be,” Hornung said. “We decided that, since we’re Boy Scouts, we should work to help protect nature because that’s the fun of scouting.”Hornung took the task on as part of his Eagle Scout project and worked with fellow Scouts to build a wooden platform to house the osprey nest. JCP&L, which has committed to relocating several osprey nests built on utility poles in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, supplied a pole to support the platform and nest. On Feb. 25, Troop 58 helped JCP&L workers successfully move the nest to its specially constructed perch.Members of Boy Scout Troop 58 from Oceanport show the osprey nesting platform they builtbefore it was raised into place by a team from JCP&L. Photo courtesy of JCP&L“Scouting is mainly about helping nature and protecting the community,” Hornung said, noting that moving the osprey nest to a safer spot while also reducing the risk of power outages to Monmouth Beach residents made it a good project for aspiring Eagle Scouts.With the pending return of the migratory birds, JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said the utility company is working to get all the nests previously identified for relocation moved this month and is working closely with the Department of Environment Protection and conservation groups to make sure they comply with regulations.“The nest moving is well under way,” Morano said, noting the program would be complete before the ospreys returned.Ospreys, distinctive raptors with a speckled brown and white plumage, return to the same nests, year after year. They seek high roosts, like utility poles and streetlights, and often nest within sight of the coastal water ways where they dine primarily on fish. Nesting in coastal communities like Monmouth Beach, ospreys use available materials like grass, sticks, seaweed and often trash to build large nests that can weigh as much as 200 pounds. The birds’ inclination to build heavy stick nests on dangerous electrical equipment and other utility structures presents unique challenges for coastal towns and conservationists alike.last_img read more


first_imgMark Glatt5967210%25%$287,100 Victor Espinoza545959%35%$589,060 J. Keith Desormeaux3265719%56%$234,904 ZENYATTA’S SON SHOWS PROMISE IN FIRST RACEAlthough not victorious, Ziconic had an encouraging debut, closing like his mother Zenyatta from 15 lengths last at the half-mile marker to finish third, beaten less than two lengths, in Saturday’s third race, a seven furlong test for allowance maidens.Conditioned by John Shirreffs, who also trained 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta for Jerry and Ann Moss, the chestnut colt sired by Tapit broke a bit slowly from his No. 5 post position in a field of seven three-year-olds and finished well after going wide into the stretch under Gary Stevens.“We knew he was going to break slow and it took him a little while to get wound up,” Stevens said. “I was at the three-eighths pole and was so far back I said, ‘Buddy, your momma could win from here, do it!’ I told John that I never got to ride the big mare Zenyatta but I know what she felt like now.“They’re going to have a lot of fun with Ziconic. The best part is that he enjoys his job, he loved what he was doing, especially that last eighth of a mile.” Peter Miller811041012%30%$399,555 Santiago Gonzalez17031262018%45%$1,279,474 Peter Eurton6210151016%56%$670,368 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 20) FINISH LINES: In his first work since winning the Grade II San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 6, Flamboyant went four furlongs Sunday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 49.60 under regular rider Brice Blanc for trainer Paddy Gallagher . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Wild Dude worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer, who said the come-from-behind specialist is a candidate for the San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 12 . . . Probable for next Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in the Golden State Series: Alert Bay, Martin Garcia; Aotearoa, Drayden Van Dyke; Boozer, Gary Stevens; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith; McHeat, Fernando Perez; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat; and Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza. McHeat worked four furlongs on the main track Sunday in 50.20 for Barry Abrams . . . Committed stretch runner Big John B worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 for leading trainer Phil D’Amato, who has three races under consideration: the Santa Anita Handicap, the San Luis Rey, and the Tokyo City Cup. D’Amato also worked Midnight Storm five furlongs on the dirt training track in 1:01.60 for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12. Fernando Perez11011101710%35%$598,924 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SONGBIRD COULD SURFACE IN THE SANTA YSABELSMOKEY IMAGE HAS ‘EASY’ DRILL FOR SAN FELIPEZENYATTA’S SON PROMISING THIRD IN DEBUT RACEAGENT HAS WINNING DUO IN MALDONADO, LOPEZ Edwin Maldonado1152110918%35%$744,125 Flavien Prat15128162219%44%$1,705,947 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas70119916%41%$857,969 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Jeff Bonde2472329%50%$155,685 John Sadler5377413%34%$367,129 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Gary Stevens4696620%46%$1,045,378 Rafael Bejarano16533321720%50%$1,585,157 Mike Smith64761111%38%$924,665 Jerry Hollendorfer901071311%33%$800,681 George Papaprodromou3162519%42%$150,460 J.R. PEGRAM HAS MALDONADO, LOPEZ ON A ROLLDon’t look now, but combined, under the aegis of agent J.R. Pegram, Edwin Maldonado and David Lopez have won more races at Santa Anita this meet than individual leader Rafael Bejarano (33) or runner-up Santiago Gonzalez (31).Through 34 racing days, Maldonado had 21 wins, while apprentice Lopez, who has missed the last six days due to soreness suffered in a riding mishap on Feb. 12, was stalled at 20, for a total of 41 between them.Hard work is paying off.“They’re good workers and they do everything that’s asked of them,” Pegram said. “We’re getting a little bit of business with everybody. That’s the key. They’re not doing it for just one person, they’re doing it for everybody.“It makes a big difference when every trainer out there is willing to use your jocks. It makes it easier. They’re both well liked so we’re just kind of going with it.“I’ve been an agent since 1992. Everything’s going good. I can’t complain.”Added Maldonado, who rode maiden winner Bistraya to a ninth-place finish after prompting the early pace for trainer Ricky Agarie in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes:“I’m very happy. J.R. is a good guy and he knows what he’s doing. We started 2016 on the right foot. I had two wins for Phil D’Amato last Saturday, I’m still riding for Jeff Bonde, and Doug O’Neill has put me on a few. It all helps.” Steven Miyadi3979518%54%$250,219 Philip D’Amato8418141321%54%$1,013,715 Joseph Talamo15217192011%37%$926,069 Patrick Gallagher2463525%58%$464,833 Kent Desormeaux6911191016%58%$935,759 UNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE WORKS FOR SAN FELIPEUndefeated Smokey Image worked five furlongs in company Sunday morning in 1:00.40 under Victor Espinoza for his first foray in a graded race, the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12.Smokey Image, a California-bred son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, worked with Excessive Kid, who was clocked in 1:01 flat.“I just worked him in company to give him a little target,” trainer Carla Gaines said of Smokey Image, winner of all six of his starts, including an 8 ½-length romp in the California Cup Derby on Jan. 30.“He did it pretty easily,” Gaines said of the workout. Doug O’Neill11716162014%44%$917,033 Bob Baffert6916101023%52%$1,185,160 Mario Gutierrez13116221912%44%$990,856 Martin Pedroza6176311%26%$186,420 SONGBIRD IN ‘BRILLIANT’ DRILL; COULD GO IN SANTA YSABELChampion filly Songbird could make her next start in the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth on March 5.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer did not rule out the $100,000 race after the undefeated Eclipse Award winner as best in her division as a two-year-old last year worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday in 1:00.80 under regular rider Mike Smith.Asked if the brilliant daughter of Medaglia d’Oro might run in the Santa Ysabel before the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, Hollendorfer left the door open, saying, “I haven’t made my mind up,” but either way, he was delighted with the work.“A minute and four-fifths and just as easy as you please,” he said.Smith summed up the work in one word: “Brilliant.”Songbird made her three-year-old debut in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6, winning off “by a pole” as the saying goes, the actual margin being 6 ½ lengths. Martin Garcia78128815%36%$775,954 William Spawr2675327%58%$186,652 Drayden Van Dyke93991210%32%$541,434 Agapito Delgadillo6096615%35%$224,677 Trainer             Sts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze16819272511%42%$998,871 Kristin Mulhall3165219%42%$266,135 -30-last_img read more