Zimbabwe water shortage: The community that gets water from a cemetery


first_img– Advertisement – Contamination, from embalming fluids and decomposition, poses risks, but with experts saying rainfall will reduce a further 20%, water sources like this might be the community’s only choice. – Advertisement –center_img The residents of Hopley, a large settlement in the south of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, have had to take drastic measures to ensure they have access to water.As community wells dry up, people have been forced to use a well situated in a nearby graveyard.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Meet the Dodgers’ minor leaguer who retired to run a cryptocurrency hedge fund


first_imgWHAT DOES THAT MEAN?Maybe you’ve never heard of cryptocurrency. Maybe you’ve Googled bitcoin or blockchain, and understand what those things are, but aren’t willing to throw money at an asset that can’t be stored in a bank or occupy a plot of land. Maybe you’re reading this in search of investment advice. (Read no further.)It’s probably easier to compare the job of a cryptocurrency hedge fund manager to that of a pastor than an investor. Throwing money at crypto in 2018 – let alone making it a career – is an act of faith. Adkison’s clients are his congregation; he is the 22-year-old shepherd leading his flock into the great unknown.Adkison’s faith runs deep.“I studied business at San Diego State and I’ve always had my eye on investing, things of that nature,” he said. “Technology has fascinated me as long as I could imagine. I was waiting in line for the release of the first iPad. I was in middle school. I sold candy to pay for it. I feel like cryptocurrency is the pinnacle of technological advancement.”If this were a baseball game, you could say the cryptocurrency market is in its early innings. Some experts call it the first, others the third. What you believe depends on who you ask and who you trust. This is just one of the challenges Adkison has taken on: to attract converts to his vision of the future for an emerging asset class. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Five years ago, he was a senior at Mater Dei High.A year ago, he was a junior outfielder at San Diego State, fast on his way to being drafted into the major leagues.Eight months ago, he was hitting .300 for the Dodgers’ farm team in Ogden, Utah, fast on his way to being promoted.Today, Tyler Adkison is the CEO of a cryptocurrency hedge fund.center_img Adkison says he already has about 30 clients, mostly professional baseball or football players. His first client was Joe Kelly, the Boston Red Sox pitcher. Others came into the fold as the word-of-mouth gospel spread. Adkison said he is the first cryptocurrency hedge fund CEO to focus exclusively on athletes.“I met a venture capitalist and explained what I do: that there’s a need for pro athletes to have that investment vehicle,” he said. “What entrepreneurs do is find a need and solve it, so I started this company. That’s literally the name of the game.”HIGH SCHOOL TO PROSAdkison was recruited out of Mater Dei by the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. His first year at San Diego State was Gwynn’s last as head coach.Adkison batted .292 as a freshman in 2014. His sophomore season ended before it began. A teammate was throwing batting practice in the preseason when a fastball struck Adkison in the face, fracturing his jaw so badly it needed to be wired shut.Healthy in 2016, Adkison added more than 100 points to his freshman slugging percentage. As a junior in 2017, Adkison batted .337 and led the Aztecs with 15 home runs and 64 RBIs. That was enough to earn the Dodgers’ notice. Adkison was drafted in the 32nd round, 970th overall.“Tyler was a good hitter, a little bit of an overachiever, going to be a corner outfielder,” said Billy Gasparino, the Dodgers’ director of amateur scouting. “The weight and bat power combination – he was a good player, probably going to have to perform his way up through the minors.”Adkison hit well for the rookie-league Ogden Raptors, batting .343 with a .945 on-base plus slugging percentage in 30 games. The Pioneer League is considered a hitter-friendly environment, enough to dampen some excitement over the raw numbers.The Dodgers promoted Adkison one level on Aug. 14. The Class-A Great Lakes Loons play in Midland, Mich., which scouts consider a neutral setting late in the summer. Adkison batted .208 in 15 games.“By that time of year those college players tend to be pretty gassed,” said Brandon Gomes, the Dodgers’ farm director.Adkison was also fighting an elbow injury. He had a bone spur removed in December, and spring training involved more rehabilitation than actual baseball. By the time the Dodgers’ minor league rosters were finalized, Gomes couldn’t say which affiliate Adkison would join once he was healthy. That’s how long it had been since Gomes had seen him play.‘A PERFECT STORM’Tony Gwynn Jr. met Adkison not long after his dad recruited him to San Diego State. They’ve remained friends since. Gwynn said he’s always appreciated Adkison’s intellect, even as a teenager.In spring training they met for dinner. Adkison told Gwynn he was thinking about retiring.“I was a little taken aback but after he got talking about cryptocurrency, you heard the passion he had about it,” Gwynn said. “I asked him if he saw himself in the big leagues. He said, ‘no.’ I asked him, are you passionate about what you do? He said ‘yes.’“I said, it sounds like you already have your mind made up.”Ultimately, Adkison agreed. During his down time from baseball, he was able to flesh out a plan for a cryptocurrency firm. He was able to attract investors. He formed an LLC, BlockTerra Capital. The tight-knit network of pro sports provided the first clients. In a matter of months, an idea had become reality.On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018 became United States law. Page 1967 contains language exempting minor league baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act, allowing them to be paid for a 40-hour work week regardless of how much time they spend practicing or playing baseball.On March 30, Adkison wrote on his Twitter account that he had retired from professional baseball.“I’m definitely not saying that my injury is why I decided to stop,” he said, “but as far as a perfect storm of what’s happening, it makes you think about life moving forward.”Every year brings stories of minor league baseball players realizing they have reached the end of the line. Maybe they have a retirement plan. Maybe they don’t. Few have what Adkison has at age 22, only two weeks into a post-baseball career.Besides a website, a business and a net worth, Adkison has the trust of peers who know little about the crypto market – and older folks who know a lot.“This movement of cryptocurrency is a very millennial-driven movement,” he said. “The developers are all millennials or younger generations. They’re all tech-savvy. The people creating and driving this space are us.“The next generation filling this asset class, it’s going to be us.”last_img read more

Chelsea frustrated in Everton stalemate


first_imgConte has already conceded his inconsistent team won’t be able to defend the Premier League title and this was another frustrating afternoon for the Italian as the Blues squandered their territorial dominance.Chelsea remain third and are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City, who play Bournemouth later on Saturday.Initially, it looked like being an encouraging day for Conte as Chelsea quickly established a pattern of complete dominance.It took an impressive double goal-line clearance by veteran defender Phil Jagielka to deny the visitors what would have been a deserved lead.The Everton captain read the situation perfectly as Marcos Alonso’s cross flew through the home area after 10 minutes, reacting sharply to block Tiemoue Bakayoko’s effort.Jagielka then responded even more impressively as Willian looked certain to convert the rebound, the defender positioning himself to keep out the follow-up effort in similar fashion.Yet for all their superiority in those opening stages, Chelsea struggled to carve out many meaningful chances to trouble home keeper Jordan Pickford.After 20 minutes, Cuco Martina was booked for a blatant foul on Victor Moses on the edge of the Everton area but Willian sent his free-kick sailing well over.And while the passing and movement of Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard was pleasing on the eye and threatening at times, Everton stuck to their defensive duties well. It was easy to see the impact Allardyce has made since his arrival at Goodison Park although Everton were not helped by the pre-match loss of in-form Wayne Rooney due to illness.In the absence of the 10-goal forward, Everton’s attacking play was likely to be hindered and so it proved, with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois a virtual spectator.– Major reshuffle –A promising counter-attack, just after the half-hour, ended with Morgan Schneiderlin sending away Tom Davies but his strike from 25 yards was always drifting away from goal.And before the interval, Dominic Calvert-Lewin showed great persistence to strip Andreas Christiansen of the ball and advance into the area where his shot was blocked by Antonio Rudiger.But Chelsea responded in kind when Bakayoko broke up an Everton attack on the halfway line before playing Pedro clear for a powerful shot which drew a spectacular one-handed save from Pickford.Allardyce made a major reshuffle at the interval, bringing on Sandro and Ashley Williams as he switched to three central defenders, a move that proved something of a gamble when he lost Idrissa Gueye to injury within five minutes of the restart and was forced to use his final substitute.By then, Chelsea had already threatened Pickford’s goal, with the keeper saving well from Pedro’s drive before Williams did well to block Alonso’s effort.There was some anxiety for the visitors when Hazard was hacked down and required lengthy treatment, with Michael Keane booked for the foul.But the Belgian quickly shook off the effects of the injury and was soon forcing Pickford into another fine diving save after receiving a pass from Willian.Williams got his head to Victor Moses’ fierce 75th minute cross, deflecting it onto the Everton bar before it flew out of harm’s way.There was also a late chance for substitute Cesc Fabregas when Jagielka stuck out a foot and deflected his powerful, long-range shot just wide.Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea wasted a chance to move level on points with second placed Manchester United as Everton maintained their improvement under Sam Allardyce in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.It marked a sixth game unbeaten for Everton under former England boss Allardyce, but Chelsea’s failure to convert possession into goals will not have pleased Blues manager Antonio Conte.last_img read more

Swimming to Fight Cancer


first_imgSwimmers stay in their lanes in the Chapel Beach Club pool during the swim marathon to benefit the American Cancer Society. Monday, July 23rd 2012Back row, from left, Gerri Kellett, Lisa Halikias, who is a cancer survivor, Marianne Vel Camp and event co-coordinator Emily VelCamp; front row, from left, American Cancer Society Director of Special Events Jen Hernandez, event co-coodinator Adele Kellett, Andrea LeLand, MiaRose LeLand, Chapel Beach Club owner Sandy Mulheren and swim teach coach Kyle DeLisa.Chapel Swim Team members from Chapel Beach Club in Sea Bright held a morning swim marathon on Monday, July 23, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Swimmers, ages 6 to 16, took part in the event that raised funds through pledges each lap the participants completed. Dozens of youngsters participated in a swim marathon to benefit the American Cancer Society.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2015


first_imgMartin Pedroza17618262310%$772,804 Thomas Proctor5386315%$564,378 Kent Desormeaux20834372716%$2,074,810 Tyler Baze31741413513%$2,451,248 Peter Eurton8715131517%$878,756 Rafael Bejarano28869453724%$3,387,918 Martin Garcia14729201720%$2,719,810 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 SAHARA SKY RETURNS IN GRADE II KONA GOLDGOOD POST FOR MASOCHISTIC IN KONA GOLDTHEATRE STAR WORKING WELL FOR COMEBACKESPINOZA: AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘AMAZING’ HORSEMIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYWARREN‘S VENEDA PREPS FOR GRADE I VANITY Philip D’Amato8019121324%$920,270 Michael Pender5288615%$217,900 Mark Casse62106816%$802,986 Victor Espinoza18535352619%$2,437,156 John Sadler14022191816%$1,473,100 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas821714721%$740,135 SAHARA SKY SET TO CATCH THE SPEED IN KONA GOLDWith speed, speed and more speed on paper in Saturday’s Grade II Kona Gold Stakes, stretch-running Sahara Sky is primed to pick up the pieces in the 6 ½ furlong race for older horses that offers $200,000 in prize money.“He’s ready,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said of the 7-year-old Pleasant Tap horse owned by Hollendorfer and the Sweetwater Stable of former trainer Kim Lloyd.“He’s not a fast worker, but he has two 13s (six furlong drills in 1:13, handily from thegate on March 28 and six furlongs in 1:13.20 on March 22), and that’s a good work for him.”On Sunday, Sahara Sky worked six furlongs in 1:16.“There are six other speed horses in there, but you know what happens,” Ward cautioned. “You look at an overnight and it looks like there are four speed horses, and somebody will go 23 and 46 by himself, so you never know.“But the horse is doing very well.”Sahara Sky, winner of the Grade I Metropolitan Mile in 2013, has earnings of $1,145,578 with eight wins, four seconds and four thirds from 21 starts.            The Kona Gold: Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 8-1; Caminetto, 8-1, Martin Garcia; Seeking the Sherif, Kayla Stra, 4-1; Sahara Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 3-1; Masochistic, Tyler Baze, 2-1; and Ankeny Hills, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1. THEATRE STAR SHORTENS UP IN LAS CIENEGAS STAKESTheatre Star is cutting back in distance after 10 career starts at a mile or longer when she runs in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. It will mark her first start in six months.The 5-year-old War Front mare trained by Tom Proctor for Glen Hill Farm has four wins, but seeks her first stakes score Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke, who has ridden the bay three times, has been aboard for her recent drills.“She’s working lights out and Tom knows where to put his horses,” said the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider of 2014. “If he thinks she belongs in that spot, I think she does. I hope for a nice, clean break and a nice trip to give her the best chance possible.”The field for the Las Cienegas: Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Home Journey, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Living the Life, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Salsita, Felipe Valdez, 50-1; Blingismything, Elvis Trujillo, 4-1; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Unforgettable U, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; and Heavens Stairway, Tyler Baze, 5-2.‘PHAROAH’ SPEAKS VOLUMES TO ESPINOZAAmerican Pharoah will try to trump stablemate Dortmund in their running battle of one-upmanship in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.Regular rider Victor Espinoza will be aboard the son of Pioneerof the Nile owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat.“He’s an amazing horse,” Espinoza said of the bay colt trained by Bob Baffert. “He’s improving all the time and every time I ride him I learn something new and different that shows me how amazing he is.“He has everything a horse needs to win the Kentucky Derby.”Espinoza should know. He won his first Run for the Roses in 2002 on War Emblem for Baffert, and captured the Derby last year on eventual Horse of the Year California Chrome. Mike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Peter Miller15729271918%$1,438,956 James Cassidy71981213%$396,690 Hector Palma3575220%$191,100 Edwin Maldonado12518121414%$614,204 Agapito Delgadillo5066512%$166,238 Flavien Prat15216182011%$930,344 Mark Glatt8314161217%$619,602 Steve Knapp4072318%$289,197 Felipe Valdez9213121614%$428,337 FINISH LINES: Streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda, prepping for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9, worked five furlongs at 6:30 Friday morning in 1:00.40 under exercise rider Manny Rotela for Craig Lewis. Asked if he was happy with the drill, Lewis said, “Everything about her makes me happy.” . . . Gusto Dolce, stablemate of 1-5 morning line choice Beholder in today’s Santa Lucia Stakes, was one of three scratches in the 1 1/16-mile race. “She hit her head in her stall and there was blood in her nose,” said trainer Richard Mandella, displaying a picture of the mishap on his iPhone . . . Joe Talamo is recovering in Palm Springs from a sore right shoulder suffered when his mount, Sensitively, fell after the finish of Sunday’s Santa Paula Stakes. Agent Scotty McClellan said the 25-year-old Louisiana native would resume riding next Thursday . . . Trainer David Hofmans passed on today’s Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland with Home Run Kitten and now will point to the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 19 . . . Safety Steward Luis Jauregui is well-satisfied with the innovation several months ago that announces the location of loose horses on the track during morning workouts. “It’s really important,” said Jauregui, a former jockey, “because when you’re on a horse, you hear the sirens (warning of a loose horse), but you don’t know where the horse is. By announcing it over the PA system, it gives the riders on the track a chance to look up and see where the incident happened. We started this at Santa Anita. I approached (President) Tom Ludt and he jumped right on board and said, ‘Let’s do it.’” Jauregui ended his career in style, going out on a winner at Hollywood Park in December of 2006 on a horse named Charming Dot trained by Roger Stein. “I’ll never forget that,” Jauregui said. “It paid $160 to win.” . . . On Sunday, April 19, Santa Anita celebrates Hispanic music and culture with a Latin music festival in the Infield. Enjoy Los Ramones and other top musical acts for concert admission of just $5. Parking is free through Gate 6 . . . John DeSantis of Xpressbet.com, and TV host/analyst Peter Lurie,will be Tom Quigley‘sguests Saturday and Sunday, respectively,11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . .Today’s Santa Lucia Stakes trophy will be presented by Anthony Barr. A 2013 Consensus All American at UCLA, Barr was the No. 9 pick in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he is currently a starting outside linebacker. Gary Stevens9817141817%$1,534,828 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Gonzalo Nicolas936546%$152,546 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 (Current Through Thursday, April 9) Richard Mandella6915101322%$944,646 Mario Gutierrez112101699%$554,602 Doug O’Neill18323162513%$1,113,242 Aaron Gryder8861187%$431,950 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo23126322311%$1,501,840 Jack Carava53710813%$222,870 MIKE LUZZI TO ACCEPT WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYMike Luzzi will accept Santa Anita’s 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony after the sixth race on Sunday.Sidelined because of a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident last Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is going through rehabilitation for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most coveted honors in racing, as it recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, is expected to be accompanied by his wife, Tania, and children Larue and Lane. Eddie Truman2373230%$325,690 MASOCHISTIC MAY RATE FOR ELLIS IN KONA GOLDThe only time Masochistic didn’t make the lead or wasn’t in front at any point in the race came in his first start, March 15, 2014, when he finished fifth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths.The 5-year-old California-bred son of Sought After won four of five subsequent starts, each time in front-running fashion, all under the aegis of trainer A. C. Avila.Purchased privately following his most recent start by Samantha Siegel and now trained by Ron Ellis, Masochistic is favored at 2-1 on the morning line to capture Saturday’s Kona Gold Stakes, although there are several other speed horses in the race.Asked if he had to be on the lead to win, Ellis said, “I hope not, because it’s kind of one dimensional. He drew a good post to be able to kind of adapt to whatever goes on. We’ll see how the break goes and see what Tyler (Baze) thinks.“I would hope he can rate a little bit. He’s been good since I’ve had him. He’s been working great.” Mike Puype10712151511%$525,346 Tiago Pereira1251791514%$503,732 MEET, GREET UNBEATEN DORTMUND AT TOC CLINIC TOMORROWAs a special bonus, all attendees at Saturday’s TOC Conformation Clinic will get an up-close look at undefeated Santa Anita Derby winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund at the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has graciously agreed to bring the towering colt out for viewing during the morning’s program.The Conformation Clinic starts 10 a.m. at Santa Anita’s Top o’ the Stretch. The workshop, which is intended to help participants develop an “eye” for a horse, will be co-hosted by trainers Dan Blacker, Matt Chew, Mike Machowsky and Howard Zucker.There is still time to register for the event by calling (626) 574-6620. Drayden Van Dyke21623262511%$1,466,663 Steven Miyadi4496620%$304,820 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 Ron Ellis63145922%$481,840 Brice Blanc6173511%$339,980 Santiago Gonzalez13317152013%$751,634 Jerry Hollendorfer16930222418%$3,292,688 Bob Baffert11026191424%$2,952,602 Fernando Perez2041824259%$867,618 -30-last_img read more

AEK and PAOK Win to Share Lead of Greek League


first_imgATHENS (AP) — Sergio Araujo scored two second-half goals to give AEK a 3-1 win over Giannena in the Greek league on Sunday and a share of the lead with PAOK.Araujo struck in the 53rd and 88th minutes. He was assisted in the first goal by Marko Livaja, who had opened the scoring in the 12th.Iraklis Garoufalias equalized in the 47th for the visitors, who played with 10 men after the 61st when Apostolos Skondras was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle.PAOK had an easier time beating host Kerkyra 3-0, with goals from Leo Matos, Djalma Campos and Dimitris Pelkas.Levadiakos raced to a 3-0 lead on its way to a 3-2 victory over Panathinaikos. That game began Saturday but had been stopped in the 10th minute at 0-0 because of a waterlogged pitch and resumed Sunday.Also, Asteras beat Larissa 3-1 and Panetolikos upset host Atromitos 1-0.Defending champion Olympiakos is two points behind AEK and PAOK. It can reclaim the lead with a home victory against Lamia on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more