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United Racehorse Trainers Association of Jamaica president Ryan Darby has warned this year’s apprentice graduation class that they must be respectful to each other at all times as they embark on their new career path. Darby was speaking at a recent graduation ceremony which was held last Thursday at the Jamaica Racing Commission, where 19 aspiring jockeys were awarded with apprentices’ licenses. “Being a jockey is a privileged professional position so consider yourself among the privileged and I know that many of you are eager to begin your journey,” Darby said. “Being a jockey is a risky business and a dangerous profession, so be gentle with each other and be careful at all times. Always remain grounded, humble and don’t be fooled by the quick cash or the high life.“Be committed and focused because this is not a nine-to-five job, so stop complaining and put in the work”. “Never compromise your integrity at any point in time.” Professor Kent Pantry, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, encouraged the graduates that they must always strive to be the best that they can be at all times. “Being a jockey is a livelihood and it pays bills,” he said. “You have gotten this job so you must make use of this opportunity.“Some of you may ply your trade abroad and you may have to do interviews, so take all theses lesson well. Conduct yourselves in a professional manner.”Graduating apprentices:Calvin BaileyRichard ByrdMario ChongChad ForbesKawise GentleAkeem GrantRichard Henry Rojae HenryTanoy Henry, Nicholas HibbertRichard IngramShaquil McIntoshRamon Nepare Oshane NugentKemar PingilyYouville Pinnock Marshall PorterOshadean RobinsonJawara Steadman
Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who died in the line of duty on Sunday, will be remembered as a loving and giving family man, according to a longtime friend.Martinez, a native of El Paso, had been a border agent since August 2013.“He would be the type of guy to give the shirt off his back and wouldn’t ask for nothing in response,” Emory Crawford, a lifelong friend of agent Martinez, told ABC affiliate KVIA Sunday.Crawford, who said the two were classmates at Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas, described him as caring person who wanted to make a difference in the world.“All he wanted to do was just help people and help the world and try to make a difference,” he said. “I just wish him the best, that he rest in peace, I love him.” Martinez, 36, died in West Texas while on a patrol on Sunday morning, according to the federal authorities. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not provide many details about the incident, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz described it as an “attack.”“Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty. We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked,” Cruz said in a statement.“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” he added. Meanwhile, Rep. Martha McSally, R-AZ., alleged that the Martinez had been “murdered.”“The senseless death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was murdered along our southwest border in Texas, should be a wakeup call to our country that we must have the resolve to secure our border and protect Americans from deadly threats like these,” she said in a statement late Sunday.Officials said the agents were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10 in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the U.S.-Mexico border, when Martinez’s partner reported that they were injured and in need of assistance. Responding agents provided immediate medical care, and transported both agents to a local hospital, where Martinez later died, according to the CBP. His partner is in serious condition, according to the agency.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Martinez and his family, and with the agent who was injured,” CBP said in a statement.Crawford said he got the news of his death while on social media.“Unfortunately, it was him,” Crawford said. “He was such a good guy, it’s so unfortunate.”President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences on Sunday evening as he renewed his call to build a border wall. “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt,” Trump tweeted. “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses, according to the CBP.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
SAN FRANCISCO – Federal regulators cleared the way Monday for McClatchy Co. to sell four newspapers in a $1 billion deal that will establish MediaNews Group Inc. as the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest newspaper publisher. The U.S. Justice Department removed a potential stumbling block by closing its antitrust investigation into the 3-month-old deal involving the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Monterey Herald in California and the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. “After a careful investigation, … the antitrust division determined that the transaction is not likely to reduce competition substantially,” Justice Department officials said in a joint printed statement. Regulators interviewed more than 80 people, including newspaper advertisers, subscribers, labor leaders and industry experts, during the review. McClatchy had no immediate comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.A separate inquiry into the deal by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer remains open, said spokesman Tom Dresslar. San Francisco businessman Clinton Reilly also has sued to block the deal, but a federal judge last week refused to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent McClatchy from turning over the papers to MediaNews. McClatchy took control of the papers a month ago when the Sacramento-based company bought the papers’ former owner, Knight Ridder Inc., for $4 billion. Before that acquisition closed, McClatchy agreed to sell the papers to Denver-based MediaNews in a complex deal that also involved the Hearst Corp. But the handoff couldn’t be completed until the Justice Department was satisfied the sale wouldn’t harm Bay Area readers and advertisers. As the review dragged on, McClatchy was left in the awkward position of owning four papers that it didn’t want. That situation threatened to become particularly thorny at the San Jose Mercury News, where labor contracts with about 600 workers expired June 30. The Justice Department’s blessing came on the same day that MediaNews’ financing for the deal was set to expire. In the Reilly lawsuit, MediaNews warned it might incur more than $20 million in additional expenses if its financing package unraveled. McClatchy plans to use the $1 billion to lower the debt that it took on in the Knight Ridder acquisition, saving the company about $163,000 per day in interest expense, according to papers filed in the Reilly lawsuit. McClatchy shares gained 41 cents to close at $42.39 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s stock price has dropped by 20 percent since the Knight Ridder takeover was announced in March, reflecting Wall Street’s dim outlook for the newspaper industry as more advertising shifts to the Internet. Privately owned MediaNews already owns the Oakland Tribune and a cluster of suburban papers in the Bay Area. Adding the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times will give MediaNews more than 700,000 subscribers in the region, dwarfing the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle, which listed just under 400,000 paid readers as of March 31. All told, MediaNews owns 40 papers, including the Los Angeles Daily News, The Denver Post, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Detroit News. The Justice Department’s review of the McClatchy sale focused on Alameda and Contra Costa counties, a mostly suburban region located across the bay from San Francisco where the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times compete with MediaNews’ papers. Regulators concluded that MediaNews will continue to face adequate competition from the San Francisco Chronicle. What’s more, the Justice Department said it believes consumers will benefit from the savings that MediaNews envisions by combining the production and distribution systems of its Bay Area papers. As part of the McClatchy deal, Hearst is buying the Monterey and St. Paul papers and then immediately turning over those papers to MediaNews in exchange for a stake in MediaNews’ operations outside California. The Justice Department said it might still investigate Hearst’s planned partnership with MediaNews. McClatchy had to sell the St. Paul paper because it already owned the Minneapolis Star Tribune – a concentration of media power that wouldn’t pass muster with federal antitrust authorities. The company decided to sell 11 other Knight Ridder papers, including the three California papers destined for MediaNews, after concluding that they were unlikely to meet McClatchy’s growth requirements.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!