WhatsApp Taoiseach deeply concerned about large number of Covid-19 cases Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 The Taoiseach said he’s deeply concerned about large number Covid-19 cases reported yesterday.200 infections were recorded yesterday, the highest in one day since the beginning of May.On his Twitter account Micheal Martin said the figures were “deeply concerning” adding that he had discussed the evolving situation with the Tánaiste, Green Party Leader, Health Minister and acting Chief Medical Officer.He said the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team will “continue to monitor the situation closely”. Previous articleBundoran make it back to back wins in Donegal SFC FT Report & ReactionNext articleSt Michael’s advance to Quarter Finals with victory over Ardara News Highland Pinterest Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Twitter By News Highland – August 16, 2020 Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
The species composition, abundance, vertical distribution, biovolume and carbon content of gelatinous nekton in the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone are described from a series of RMT25 hauls collected from a series of 200 m depth layers between 0 and 1000 m. In total, 13 species of medusa, 6 species of siphonophore, 3 species of ctenophore and 1 species of salp and nemertean were identified. On average gelatinous organisms contributed 69.3% to the biovolume and 30.3% to the carbon content of the samples, although the ranges were high (0 to 98.9% and 0 to 62.6% respectively). The most important contributor to the biovolume and carbon content was the scyphomedusan Periphylla periphylla. Some specific associations and restricted vertical distributions were related to trophic interactions among ostracods, amphipods and cnidarians. Observations made near South Georgia showed that medusae and ctenophores were preyed upon by albatrosses and notothenioid fish respectively. The results support the premise that gelatinous organisms are a major and, at times, are the main component of the oceanic macroplankton/nekton community in the Southern Ocean.
Doesn’t it feel good when something you envision actually comes to life?A couple of years ago I wrote about how a group of high school students near Dell’s headquarters in Texas took on the challenge to design the library of the future. At that time I noted how the students were happy to hear that their hard work – which was completely volunteer and did not earn a grade – was being taken seriously by business, community and school leaders.So seriously, in fact, that it has now become a reality.“The first time we walked in it looked more real than anything, like, this is what I designed. This is what came to life,” one of the students remarked. </p><p>“The plan was, do not give them any constraints. Let their minds wander, let their creativity show,” said Career and Technology Academy Specialist Rachel Sotelo at Cedar Ridge High School.That same spirit of freedom and student decision-making also translates to the Dell technology that the school uses. From laptops to desktops, Dell Chromebooks to interactive projectors, students are encouraged to choose whatever tool meets their needs.“Instead of assigning one device per student, we ask the children to think about their learning experience – what’s the purpose here, and which devices will best support me,” explained Gabi Nino, principal of Joe Lee Johnson Elementary School.That every student should have a voice and choice in the learning process is something in which our Dell Education team believes. They spend a lot of time in classrooms, talking with students and educators to design solutions that support them as the redefine the learning environment.To learn how they can help personalize learning, check out more case studies, white papers, brochures and webcasts in our online library.
Governor Announces Bold Multi-state Effort to Prepare Students across New England for Success in the 21st CenturyGroundbreaking four-state collaboration will work to reinvent the high school experienceMONTPELIER (December 15, 2008) – Governor Douglas today announced the formation of the New England Secondary School Consortium, a groundbreaking regional partnership encompassing four states: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.The Consortium is funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has committed $1 million to support the Consortium, which includes a $500,000 partnership grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic foundation.”This important collaboration will bring resources and expertise to Vermont in order to provide the best possible education for our high school students,” said Governor Douglas. “By working together, our small states can make a big difference for our future citizens. Recognizing that collaboration and regionalization will be the engines of educational transformation over the coming decades, the Consortium intends to become a multi-state initiative that can serve as a national model.”Coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership at the Mitchell Institute of Portland, Maine, the Consortium will initially include four states-Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont-and bring together their departments of education, districts, and high schools with independent school-support organizations and educational leaders from across New England in a far-reaching regional alliance. The group will share resources, talents, and expertise while exploring cost-saving efficiencies in pursuit of a common mission: ensure that by 2016 every public high school student in the four states will receive an education that will prepare them for college, career, and civic responsibility in the interconnected global community of the 21st century.”All four of the states have made great strides on their own in recent years, but together we can reach every student in every school,” said Bill Talbott, Vermont’s Acting Commissioner of Education. “For more than a year, we have been laying the groundwork for this important partnership. We know that we share the same goals and that we can work together effectively. This important grant will help us advance our transformation work from vision to implementation.”Recognizing that the traditional ways of educating students are no longer aligned with today’s civic and professional expectations, and that the time has come to rethink the traditional American high school experience on a regional scale, the Consortium will support the development of high-performing, internationally competitive schools and new learning experiences that will better mirror the lives and learning needs of today’s students. These transformed schools will no longer be limited by building design, geography, or educational convention, but will be flexible, borderless, multidimensional community learning centers that blend secondary and postsecondary education-students will conduct research in their communities, acquire real-world skills through challenging internships, take online and on-campus college courses, use powerful new technologies to access the world, and engage in other innovative learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.”We’re thrilled to be working with the Consortium and the Gates Foundation to stimulate the transformative change needed in our public schools,” said Nellie Mae Education Foundation President and CEO Nicholas C. Donohue. “We also remain open to extending membership to the rest of the New England community as the work of the Consortium develops. This is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that learners across New England acquire the skills and knowledge necessary today to be economically self-sufficient, lifelong learners.”Building on the success of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), the Consortium will leverage forward-thinking policies, model educational programs, positive messaging, and the combined resources and expertise of four states to launch a coordinated regional movement that will bring to scale systemic and sustainable innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education. Collaboration will be the engine of effective and sustainable large-scale educational transformation over the coming decades, and the Consortium intends to become a pioneering multi-state partnership that can serve as a model for the nation.”Far too many young people leave high school without the education they need or deserve,” said Andrew Smiles, Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We are proud to partner with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and are excited about the prospect this work holds for improving education in New England and beyond.”During the initial eighteen-month phase of this multi-year effort, participating states will conduct a comprehensive review of the rules, regulations, and laws governing education. The resulting policy map will inform development of new state and local policies that will stimulate educational innovation, encourage implementation of new models of teaching and learning, require personalized support for each student, and clarify performance expectations for both educators and students.The Consortium will also undertake a wide-ranging examination of state learning standards, teaching strategies, assessment practices, professional development programs, and student outcomes in relation to the highest-performing international educational systems. New England students are part of a global community that has redefined the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that students need, and this work will identify the characteristics of effective education in the 21st century and apply these lessons to the creation of new models of teaching, learning, and leading.A steering council consisting of representatives from governors’ offices and key legislative, education, and business leaders will be established to guide and build support for the Consortium’s work. For more information visit http://www.newenglandssc.org/(link is external).The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropy in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation provides grants and other support to education programs and intermediary organizations in order to stimulate transformative change in public education systems and ensure that all of New England’s learners are prepared to succeed. The Foundation investigates, promotes and supports a greater variety of high-quality educational opportunities that enable all citizens-especially and essentially those from underserved populations-to obtain the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to become civically-engaged, economically self-sufficient, life-long learners. Since it was established in 1998, the Foundation has distributed nearly $83 million in grants. Currently, it primarily provides funding through five strategic initiatives: Early Learning, Pathways to Higher Learning, Time for Learning, Adult Learning, and Systems Building. (www.nmefdn.org(link is external))Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.(www.gatesfoundation.org(link is external))The Great Schools Partnership at the Mitchell Institute works to redesign and strengthen public and private education to improve the quality of learning for all students. With decades of collective service in support of public secondary schools, the Partnership develops cutting-edge tools and resources, oversees the implementation of major public and private grants, and provides school coaching, professional development, technical assistance, and consulting to educators, schools, districts, organizations, and government agencies. The Partnership is led by J. Duke Albanese, former commissioner of education for the state of Maine, and David Ruff, former executive director of the Southern Maine Partnership at the University of Southern Maine. (www.greatschoolspartnership.org(link is external))###
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for July 15, the day Col. Zebulon Pike set out with his men on the Pike Expedition in 1806 to explore the southern Louisiana Territory and find the headwaters of the Red and Arkansas rivers. All they found was a big mountain, and future ultra-dangerous race track, which he named after himself:Kayaker Shannon Christy Dies on PotomacWhat was supposed to be a celebration of the Potomac River turned tragic over the weekend when one of the kayakers scheduled to participate died at Great Falls. Shannon Christy, 23, of Greenville, S.C. was warming up for the Potomac River Festival’s annual Great Falls Race on Thursday when she became pinned and drowned below “Subway,” one of the most dangerous sections of the falls. The race was cancelled and instead, kayakers and paddlers gathered for a memorial service at Great Falls Park before paddling out below the Class V+ falls to spread flowers on the water and reflect. Christy was a graduate of Western Carolina University, rafting guide, an experienced kayaker – she had even run that same falls earlier in the week – and worked for kayak and canoe manufacturer Confluence Watersports in Greenville, where she was also honored by kayaking colleagues.Stranded Cyclist Turns Out to Be FamousLet this be a lesson to you: next time you see a cyclist on the side of the road, you may want to pull over and lend them a hand because they could end up being a famous person. This is what happened to Emily Kraus over the weekend. On her way to a Dave Mathews Band show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Kraus and her boyfriend pulled over to assist a biker who was stranded on the side of the road with a bike malfunction and no cell phone. That guy was Dave Mathews himself, out for a pre-show ride when disaster struck in the form of a popped tire. Kraus loaded up the bike on her car, and loaded Mathews in the back, and took both to the show. She was rewarded with backstage passes, front row seats, a mid-set shout out from the man himself, and dinner.New Tennessee State Park at Rocky ForkThe history of Tennessee’s Rock Fork tract has been, well, rocky. The 10,000 acre section of land abuts both Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina and was long held under private ownership, much to the chagrin of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts. The tract is like a mini Great Smoky Mountains National Park with rivers running cold and filled with native brook trout, endangered animals like salamanders (more species than in GSMNP), the Appalachian Trail and bold mountains with killer views around every corner. The land was acquired in 2009 by a group lead by the Conservation Fund in one of the largest and most significant land grabs in the Southeast, and now a portion of the site has been tapped to be Tennessee’s 55th State Park. At the beginning of July the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officially acquired over 2,000 acres in the middle of Rocky Fork and plan to turn it into a low-impact facility with development limited to access roads, welcome center, picnic area, campground and trails. Oh, my, the trails. The A.T. will be rerouted, and the area will be developed for mixed use (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian). Tennessee State Parks see 31 million visits a year, and produce $725 million a year in revenues related to services.
SANDY HOOK – On January 1, 2012, the American Littoral Society will hold its 36th annual Dery Bennett New Year’s Day Beach Walk on Sandy Hook. Society staff will lead members and the general public on a bracing walk on the beach, departing at 11 a.m. from Society Headquarters, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ, 07732. After the walk, the group will gather at Society headquarters for free hot dogs, hot cocoa, cider, and desserts.The annual walk was started in the 1970s by Dery Bennett, who led the American Littoral Society for more than 30 years. He wanted the public to start each year with a focus on the coast. After Bennett passed away in 2009, the Society renamed the walk after him to honor his many years of protecting and preserving New Jersey’s coastal wildlife and habitat and for inspiring so many others to follow his path.The walk is free and open to the public but donations are always welcome. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a dessert to share – finger foods only, please. This is a rain or shine event; however, in the case of an extreme weather event, check the Society’s homepage for a cancellation notice by 7 a.m. the day of the event.The American Littoral Society is a membership-based, non-profit, coastal conservation organization headquartered on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ. Since 1961 the Society has promoted the study and conservation of coastal marine life and habitat, defended the coast from harm, and empowered others to do the same through advocacy, education, and conservation. To learn more visit www.littoralsociety.org.
SANDY HOOK – Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock are undergoing positive changes and upgrades that will have a significant effect on the park’s future.Representatives of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Fort Hancock Advisory Committee participated in a Two River Times editorial board meeting on March 24 to discuss developments at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook and the Fort Hancock, the former and historic military installation at the park’s northern tip. They joined staff members of The Two River Times to discuss the park’s ongoing Sandy recovery work, other developments and park improvements in the works, along with the hopes of the NPS and its advisory committee concerning the rehabilitation of some of the aging and deteriorating fort structures.“We have our challenges there,” said Jennifer T. Nersesian, superintendent of the NPS Gateway division. Nersesian was talking specifically about the Fort Hancock efforts, but her comments could have been about the entire park as the federal agency continues to work on its infrastructure after it was smacked around by Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012, and it works on a viable public/private partnership to renovate and preserve the fort buildings.Joining Nersesian was Peter McCarthy, Sandy Hook unit coordinator; Daphne Yun, a NPS public affairs specialist; and Gerry Glaser, who co-chairs the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, as well as serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Sandy Hook Foundation, the official friends of the park group.The advisory committee has 20 members, made up of various stakeholders, from government education and the private sector. The NPS established the committee in 2012 to investigate ways to hopefully save the aging structures by establishing partnerships that would lead to the restoration of the buildings without necessarily requiring taxpayer dollars.The Park service had sought requests for expressions of interest for a pilot program that would allow six buildings formerly used as officer’s living quarters to be developed for possible for-profit bed and breakfast businesses, residential use and for not-for-profit office space. “There was a very high level of interest,” from parties for the program, Nersesian said, with the park service getting 40 responses, 19 of which were for residential uses.The NPS subsequently has been seeking formal requests for proposals for the six structures, with the deadline for those set for April 17, Nersesian said.“We want to see a real vibrant community out there,” Glaser said. And this pilot program is a means of “testing the waters for what the community would like to see there,” Glaser added.But any agreement would require potential tenants to undertake restoration of the structures to conform to the U.S. Department of Interior historic guidelines. Any costs incurred by the tenants would be taken into consideration in the lease agreements, Nersesian said.Under federal law, lease agreements can be as long as 60 years, she added.Ongoing work for the beach areas include redoing the park’s telecommunications infrastructure and overhauling the sewerage system, both impacted by Sandy, with the sewerage system upgrade expected to take another couple of years to complete, Nersesian and McCarthy said. In addition, the Park service is working on a pre-Sandy project, building another portion of the multi-use paved path that runs most of the length of the approximately seven-mile park and is a popular feature for joggers, walkers and cyclists.Work is underway on repairing the boardwalk that runs through the park’s 64-acre maritime holly forest. And plans are in the works to repair and adapt the park’s Sandy-damaged History House site to better withstand storms. “This is not just about fix it and get it up quick,” but to prepare it for the long-term use, Nersesian said.Sandy Hook had sustained considerable damage from Sandy, battering structures and infrastructure along with eroding the beach areas, as the park was hit with as much as 13-foot tidal surges, park representatives and federal officials said at the time. Despite the damage, most of the park was sufficiently repaired and open and available to the public by May 2013.For the summer there will again be commuter ferry services from New York City to the park, provided by SeaStreak, and the Park’s camping grounds will be available from mid-April to Sept. 30. The bicycle rental service will again be on-site for this summer season, according to McCarthy.For the next two summers, however, park visitors will have to again settle for food vendor trucks, McCarthy said. Work is continuing on the buildings that had housed the now-defunct Sea Gulls’ Nest restaurant and bar and the other food serve areas damaged by Sandy. But the NPS is working on a plan for its future use, McCarthy said.Another change park visitors could see is an increase in parking fees in 2017. For the season running from Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily parking is proposed to increase from $15 to $20, and seasonal parking $75 to $100.Local, state and federal lawmakers had been critical of the fee hike, but Nersesian insisted the fees are competitive with other area beach costs.Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook is situated on a barrier island in Middletown, separating Sandy Hook Bay on its west and Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast. It became a federal park in the 1972 when Congress established the Gateway National Recreation Area, making it one of three locations in the New York/New Jersey region providing recreational opportunities for largely urban areas.McCarthy has said previously the park gets approximately 2.2 million visitors a year, with roughly 2 million coming between Memorial and Labor Day. –By John Burton
“John is a big, strong player with a high skill level who always competes hard and Cody is a dynamic guy offensively who was probably the best skater in Junior B hockey this past season. I’m very pleased that John and Cody have chosen to take the next step in their academic and hockey careers at Selkirk College.” Proctor, a 6-foot-4 winger, scored 16 times and totalled 41 points in 36 regular season games last season and tacked on another 14 points in 23 playoff contests.Over three-plus junior seasons split between the Ice Hawks and North Delta Devils, Proctor scored 43 goals and totalled 93 points in 116 games. He also saw 49 games of postseason action, including a trip to the PIJHL finals in 2010, picking up 18 points overall. “I’m very excited to attend Selkirk College this fall to further my education and continue to play the sport I love at a competitive and high level,” said Proctor, who lists his size, shot and playmaking ability amongst his strengths.”I’m a good teammate who always puts the team first. I also consider myself a disciplined agitator; I draw a lot of penalties but rarely take any myself.” “After winning the 2012 leaque championship with the Delta Ice Hawks, I’m hungry to win another at Selkirk,” he adds.”I am also looking forward to going back to school in a disciplined but positive and fun environment.” Fidgett, a 5-foot-11 winger, netted 16 goals and 28 points in 33 regular season games before leading the Ice Hawks with 24 points in 19 PIJHL postseason appearances and six points in four games at the Cyclone Taylor Cup.In 109 games with the Ice Hawks over three-plus seasons, Fidgett scored 55 goals and totalled 87 points in 109 regular season contests and excelled during the postseason with 34 goals and 59 points in 49 playoff appearances. “I’m excited for the opportunity to play the game I’m passionate about while furthering my education,” Fidgett explaind.”I like to think of myself as an unselfish team player who can create opportunities on every shift using my speed and ability to read the play. I’m looking forward to helping my team achieve their goals while raising my level of hockey and working towards a degree in business.” Proctor and Fidgett are the 12th and 13th players to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season. They join a forward group that includes Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL),Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie Ghostriders, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), as well as defenceman Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL) and Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL) and goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL). The Selkirk College Saints hope two champions can bring championship experience to the West Kootenay college.Selkirk head coach Jeff Dubois is pleased to announce forwards Cody Fidgett (Richmond, B.C.) and John Proctor (Port Moody, B.C.) have committed to attend Selkirk College for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season. Proctor and Fidgett recently completed their junior careers with the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Delta Ice Hawks, who they helped to a 2012 PIJHL Championship and a third place finish at the Cyclone Taylor Cup. “John and Cody both bring championship experience with a top-end junior organization in Delta,” Jeff Dubois said.
The Nelson Leafs kept pace with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the race to the top of the Neil Murdoch Division by putting an good old-fashioned whipping on the Castlegar Rebels in KIJHL action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Final score: 9-0 Leafs.Former Rebel Jamie Vlanich finished with five points, including three goals, to lead the Leafs.Linemate Alec Wilkinson added four points with two goals while Travis Wellman also scored twice.Adam Hodge and Darnell St. Pierre added singles. Brad Rebagliati was stellar between the pipes to register the shutout as Nelson out-shot the Rebels 31-29. Patrick Zubick was in goal for Castlegar.In Fruitvale, the Hawks scored twice in each period to rout the Golden Rockets 6-2.Riley Brant and Sam Swanson each scored twice to lead the Hawks. Taylor Stafford and Jeremy Lucchini also scored for Beaver Valley.Beaver Valley out-shot the Rockets 47-27, making a winner out of netminder Brett Clark.The Hawks lead Nelson by one point in Murdoch Standings.The Leafs have a chance to leapfrog the Hawks when the Green and White hosts Grand Forks Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley is idle, seeing its next action Tuesday by hosting Creston at the Hawks Nest.Castlegar hosts Creston Saturday in the Sunflower City.
MAGIC MARK: Idle since winning the one mile Bertrando Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos one year ago, this 6-year-old Benchmark gelding will hope to run well fresh for owner/breeders Dorine and John Lanza. Trained by Ron Ellis, he has a sparkling six furlong gate drill in 1:11.20 here on June 26 (best of 13 at the distance) and must be respected with five wins from 14 starts. Out of the Deputy Governor mare Jewel Magic, he has earnings of $258,734. LOVE MY BUD: A 5-year-old Pamela Ziebarth homebred gelding, he was bred in Kentucky and is California sired, by Tizbud. A state-bred or sired allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs two starts back on April 22, he tired late to finish sixth, beaten 2 ½ lengths, in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf here on May 19. A longshot, he’s out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen and he has two wins from five starts. RACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 8 (of 9) Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT RAISED A SECRET: Third, beaten 6 ¾ lengths by eventual Grade I Triple Bend Stakes winner Lord Nelson on June 3, this Mark Glatt trainee was a close third two starts back in the Grade III, six furlong Los Angeles Stakes on April 16 and rates a huge chance dropping in class on Monday. Owned by Rodney Orr, the 6-year-old full horse by Songandaprayer will hope to get a stalking trip from his rail post position. Never worse than third in nine tries at six furlongs, Raised a Secret is 30-5-10-8 overall with earnings of $490,130. MRAZEK: By red hot sire Square Eddie, he’s out of the Wild Rush mare Heckuva Rush. A well beaten 10th in the Grade II, seven furlong Woody Stephens Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, he was second, beaten a neck two starts back here in the Grade III, seven furlong Lazaro Barrera Stakes on May 14. A winner versus statebreds of Del Mar’s 5 ½ furlong Graduation Stakes last August, Mrazek is quick from the gate and should relish his post position on the far outside. He has earnings of $169,437 from an overall mark of 7-2-4-0. Raised a Secret–Santiago Gonzalez–123Love My Bud–Rafael Bejarano–117Forest Chatter–Mike Smith–122Nardo–Flavien Prat–118Magic Mark–Drayden Van Dyke–122Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–115First post time on Monday, Independence Day, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Monday is also Fan Appreciation Day and there will be one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs offered throughout the day. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Reddam Racing’s homebred Mrazek returns from a disappointing foray to Belmont Park on June 11 to head Monday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap at Santa Anita. To be contested at six furlongs, the Thor’s Echo, which attracted a field of six, is a part of the Golden State Series and is for California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up.Mrazek’s competition includes Raised a Secret, who comes off a third place finish to recent Grade I winner Lord Nelson, consistent Forest Chatter, comebacking Magic Mark and Nardo, who comes off a pair of recent allowance wins. FOREST CHATTER: Winless from just one start on dirt, all five of his career wins have come on turf, which is no longer an option at the current meet. Trained by Richard Mandella, he showed good speed in his only main track appearance, a close fourth three starts back versus statebreds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 22. Third and subsequently second in a pair of statebred stakes down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Feb. 27 and May 28, the 5-year-old Kentucky bred and California-sired gelding by Dixie Chatter retains the services of Mike Smith. His overall mark stands at 13-5-2-2 and he has earnings of $268,510. NARDO: Trained by Mike Puype, he comes off a pair of recent allowance wins at 6 ½ furlongs and appears to be a “now” commodity for owner/breeders Tony and Suzy Narducci. A 4-year-old gelding by Olmodavor out of the Decarchy mare Bella Castagna, Nardo appears to be coming to his best as he tries stakes competition for the first time. With an overall record of 7-3-1-2, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Flavien Prat.