Featured Jobs & Calls John C. Cain, Jr. helps a man choose reading glasses during a medical clinic at Santo Tomas Episcopal Church in Guatier, Dominican Republic. Cain is part of a medical team from upstate New York that is running a medical clinic March 3-7 at the church. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic] Two hours. That’s how long it took a medical mission team from upstate New York to set up its clinic at Santo Tomas, an Episcopal Church in Gautier.The mission, now in its 16th year, runs like clockwork in the former sugarcane community located not far from the popular tourist beach in Boca Chica.Patients arrive with problems including high blood pressure, respiratory trouble, gastrointestinal difficulties, skin rashes, diabetes. A visit can take between three and four hours, depending on the number of patients awaiting treatment; the team typically sees between 1,000 and 1,500 patients during the five-day clinic.Upon entering the clinic, a patient visits a registration table, where forms are issued. Intake follows, where weight and blood pressure are measured. Then Rita Bush, a dietician and diabetes educator from Malta, New York, pricks the fingers of those wishing to have their blood sugar tested. Many patients have high blood pressure and diabetes, and many go without medication.If a person has fasted, normal blood sugar, or glucose, levels range between 70 and 100 milligrams per deciliter. If a person has eaten, you might see 130 milligrams. Anything over 160 indicates diabetes. On the morning on March 3, two patients had blood sugar levels of 500 milligrams, one of them an insulin-dependent child, said Bush.Rita Bush, a dietician and diabetes counselor, tests a patient’s blood sugar during the first day of the medical clinic at Santo Tomas in Gautier. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceAfter these preliminary checks, the patient waits to see a doctor or physician assistant before visiting the pharmacy. The final stop is a prayer station to receive, not only prayers, but also a care package with soap, toothpaste and other practical personal-hygiene items.“For some of these people, it’s the only time [during the year] they see a doctor,” said Kevin Bolan, a physician assistant from Newcomb, New York. As the week progresses, he added, people arrive at the clinic from further and further away.The upstate New York team’s journey began around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 when the members boarded a bus bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport at St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid. Besides their personal luggage, they brought 40 large plastic bins filled with supplies and medication.Just as the New York group arrived in the Dominican Republic, another medical mission team from North Carolina was traveling back to Santo Domingo from Jimaní, a border town where it had spent the week operating a clinic out of San Pablo Apostol, another Episcopal Church.It was the first time Giga Smith, a registered nurse and member of Christ Church in New Bern, North Carolina, joined a medical mission team.“I’ve always wanted to do this,” she said. “At first it felt very emotional, but then I got into the mindset that I was going to do all I could.”Dr. Richard Taft of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina, treats a young patient during a medical clinic at San Pablo Apostol in Jimaní. A medical team from North Carolina ran a clinic out of the church Feb. 24-27.Jimaní, population 13,000, is one of two main border crossings between the Dominican Republic and its neighbor to the west, Haiti. In four days, the team treated 716 people, ranging in age from 22 months to 90 years. A local Haitian doctor was on hand throughout the clinic and will provide follow-up care for the patients.“In giving of their time, the teams are showing an example of God’s love to all humanity,” said Karen Carroll, an Episcopal Church-appointed missionary serving the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.To administer medical care in the Dominican Republic, professionals must provide valid credentials and a list of all medications, including expiration dates, lot numbers and intended uses, to Carroll, who files the appropriate paperwork with the public heath ministry.In total, 14 U.S.-based medical mission teams will travel to the Dominican Republic in 2014, up from nine teams in 2013, said Carroll.It’s as much about being a Christian mission and accompanying the Dominican church as it is about providing medical care, say team members.“First and foremost, we are a Christian mission,” said Connie Reynolds, a licensed practical nurse and a Baptist member of the upstate New York team. “And then a medical mission.”Connie Reynolds, an LPN, and Laura Bolan, who plans to become a physician assistant, measured medication in the pharmacy at Santo Tomas Episcopal Church in Gautier. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceStill the doctors, nurses, dieticians and physical therapists provide medical care to many poor and impoverished people who otherwise might fall through the cracks of the country’s public-health system.In 2001, the Dominican Republic approved health-care reforms aimed at providing universal coverage to its citizens. The implementation, however, has been lacking, with rural areas lagging behind urban areas, and fee-based medical care surpassing the care offered through the public system, according to the World Health Organization.International medical missions are sometimes described as “Band-aides,” with criticisms including foreign practitioners’ disrespect for local health-care providers; missioners’ lack of appropriate cultural practices; teams’ inadequate language skills and interpretation for treating patients in a foreign language; and the high travel costs when funds potentially could be spent in more appropriate ways.Well aware of the criticism, the teams making annual visits to the Dominican Republic say that saving just one life and seeing the overall improvement in health and hygiene in the community from year to year justifies their worth.For instance, a young man came to the clinic in Jimaní on the verge of a diabetic crisis, said Dr. Richard Taft, a retired OBGNY from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina. After receiving insulin, the young man quickly recovered. Another man whose eyelids were swollen shut began an immediate recovery when treated with antibiotics, added Taft.There used to be a large sugar cane plantation in Gautier and many Haitian migrants lived nearby in bateyes like this one. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceGautier has one medical clinic staffed by a doctor; the nearest hospital is 15-20 minutes away by car. Jimaní has a rudimentary hospital that was built in 1948 and is staffed by six general practitioners, two OBGYNs and one general surgeon, according to North Carolina team members who toured the facility.In many ways, said Dr. Allen Van Dyke, an OBGYN from Ashville, North Carolina, “the medical care is relative to the living conditions.”Witnessing the amount of suffering on the border stirred emotions and thoughts about the U.S.-health care system in team members from North Carolina.Anne Bena, a physical therapist, fits a patient with a walker. Before receiving the walker, the patient, who Bena has known for four years, used two crutches to get around. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIt was hard to reconcile the enormous amount of money spent on medical care in the United States, said Sandy Johnson, a pediatric nurse, with the enormous amount of suffering many people endure.“I don’t know what you do with the disparity,” said Susan Bickery-Mercer, who’d read “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” Tracy Kidder’s biography of Dr. Paul Farmer and his experience providing medical care to people in Haiti, before making the trip.One of the most powerful things Bickery-Mercer, youth minister at St. Paul’s in Greenville, witnessed as part of the team was the ease with which the local people share their lives.When people are clearly suffering and in need, the connection tends to be at the heart level, she said. It was something Taft sensed as well, and added, that for Christians, ritual Sunday worship can sometimes become a blinder to the Spirit.“To see the rawness of life is a very powerful thing,” said Taft. “Getting out of your comfort zone allows you to step back and reflect. That’s the essence of mission.“We just happen to do it with medicine.”Back in Gautier, community residents must travel either to Boca Chica or Santo Domingo to visit a hospital, said Ermita Reyes, a community and church leader, and even though the hospital in Boca Chica is just a short distance away, it can cost a life.“Their [the team’s] presence is an example of the grace of God in the community,” she said.Savannah Gordon registers a patient on the March 3, the first day of the five-day medical clinic at Santo Tomas. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe New York team’s medical clinic is the only full medical clinic to visit the community annually, said Connie Reynolds, the LPN, who brings her daughter, Savannah Gordon, along to help out.It was the fifth time Gordon, a college student, took part in the medical mission.“After the first year, I came back a different person,” she said. “It’s humbling to see how people live and be part of the community and develop friendships.“It’s heartbreaking to come back and learn that someone has died.”Kevin Bolan’s daughter also accompanies him. Laura Bolan recently graduated with a master’s degree in public health and plans to follow her father’s example and become a physician assistant. To her, the need for more frequent clinics and follow-up trips, as well as efforts toward disease mitigation, are obvious.“It would be great if we could partner with another group and come down every six months,” she said.Paul Gutmann and Domingo de la Rosa display the three-bucket water filtration system. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe care packages, providing soap and toothpaste, and the clean-water bucket-filtration system that Paul Gutmann provides are important because many of the problems people present with come from drinking parasite-infected water and poor personal hygiene, said Laura Bolan.Gutmann works with a local contact to distribute the filtration systems. Each unit costs about $33, but Gutmann raises money and contributes his own money to make them affordable. He may not have high success rates now, but he hopes the next generation, one that has grown up knowing the risks of drinking contaminated water, will begin to filter its own water, he said.With 40 bins of supplies and medication, each weighing between 40 and 50 pounds, the New York medical team brings enough medication to leave behind to be distributed by a nurse working locally. Patients leave the clinic with three months’ worth and can return for follow-up tests and more medication, as needed.“The challenge is leaving them with enough medication,” said Kevin Bolan, who already had been thinking about organizing a skeleton crew to return and run a clinic over Labor Day weekend. “It’s a work in progress; we have to figure out what works.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By Lynette WilsonPosted Mar 6, 2014 July 31, 2017 at 3:33 pm Is this clinic still up and running? I do mission work in the DR and we have a boy who we are trying to get in to school. The medical analysis done by the school said he cannot start because he has “an amoeba and dirty blood”.We have found we cannot trust hardly anyone: lawyers, pastors, doctors, vets, etc. One doctor has told us it will cost $600 to treat this boy, but he refuses to tell us what medicine he will use to treat him. He is also saying the boy will have to be brought to him twice a day for treatment.Can you help us?? 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By News Highland – June 18, 2019 Twitter Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows 2019 Tip O’Neill recipients unveiled AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Frank McGuinness -A native of Buncrana, author and playwright Frank McGuinness is best known for his plays including The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Dolly West’s Kitchen. He was educated locally in Buncrana and studied Pure English and Medieval Studies at University College Dublin. Professor McGuinness retired last year from University College Dublin where he lectured in English. He is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest living writers.Pat Doherty -Employing over 500 staff across the local community and generating over €100M in revenue in Donegal over the last 10 years, Pat Doherty “The Donegal Man” has never forgotten his roots returning to Buncrana regularly. He takes great joy in reinvesting in Donegal with substantial redevelopment projects such as the Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Redcastle Hotel and Spa and in more recent years in the only five-star Hotel in Donegal, Lough Eske Castle.Patrick C. Dunican Jr -Patrick C. Dunican Jr is Chairman and Managing Director at Gibbons Law Firm, based in Newark, New Jersey. He is recognised not only as a leader in the legal industry but also as a community leader in the United States. Elected Managing Director in 2004 at the age of 36, he has transformed Gibbons into a major force in the Mid-Atlantic legal market. Mr. Dunican’s four grandparents emigrated to the United States from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Offaly and Mayo.Daniel J. Hilferty -Daniel J. Hilferty is Chief Executive Officer of Independence Health Group, parent of Independence Blue Cross, one of the leading health insurers in the US. Since becoming CEO in 2010, the company has tripled in size, expanding through its affiliates to 25 states and the District of Columbia, and serving nearly 8 million people across the US.All four will be honoured at the Gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana on Friday September 27th. Pinterest WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp The 2019 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award recipients have been unveiled today.The four notable members of the diaspora set to receive this prestigious award in September are author and playwright Frank McGuinness; Dublin based businessman Pat Doherty; US based attorney Patrick C. Dunican Jr, and; US based businessman Daniel J. Hilferty.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Councillor Nicholas Crossan says he is delighted that the Tip O’Neill Awards Committee is recognising four members of the broad Irish Diaspora for their achievements and interest in, and support of the Irish community:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/crossan5pmnew.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Facebook Previous articleDerry court date to be set for Soldier FNext articleNew fire engine sanctioned for Gweedore News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
kali9/iStock(BLADENSBURG, Md.) — A Maryland police officer has been criminally charged for allegedly using excessive force and injuring a woman during a traffic stop last year.Michael A. Luciotti, a nine-year veteran of the Bladensburg Police Department, was indicted Feb. 11 by the Prince George County Maryland State’s Attorney’s Office and arraigned Feb. 26 on second-degree assault and misconduct in office charges, police announced Monday.An internal investigation was launched after a woman alleged Luciotti used excessive force during a traffic stop in February 2020. The department presented the findings of the investigation to the State’s Attorney’s office for criminal consideration in December.“Our preliminary investigation revealed the citizen sustained facial and head injuries while in custody and in handcuffs,” the Bladensburg Police Department said in a press release.At the time of the indictment, Luciotti was already on suspension on a separate personnel matter.Officials said Luciotti was wearing a department-issued body camera during the stop, but that footage hasn’t been released.Last week, on April 13, a Prince George’s County judge denied Luciotti’s motion to have the case dismissed, police said.“As Chief of Police, it was deeply concerning to me after learning about the details of the complaint and then reviewing the body worn camera footage of the traffic stop. I demand that our officers respect the constitutional rights of every citizen. We will not tolerate mistreatment of any citizen of the community that we swore an oath to serve and protect,” Bladensburg Police Chief Tyrone Collington Sr. said in a statement.“The criminal process is underway and should serve as a sobering reminder that our officers are and will continue to be held to the highest standards of law and expectations of human dignity,” he added.Luciotti remains on administrative suspension with pay pending the results of the criminal proceedings, the chief said. An internal administrative investigation will be completed after the criminal proceedings wrap up.A lawyer for Luciotti declined ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Ingredients supplier Bakels has added four new product launches and six new and improved recipes to its line-up of cake and sponge mixes, all aimed at increasing convenience for bakers.Leading the launches is Genoese Mix Complete for producing a Genoese slab for celebration and novelty cakes that require a flat and smooth surface, said the company.Meanwhile, Deluxe Creme Cake & Muffin Concentrate needs the addition of flour, sugar, egg, oil and water to create a wide variety of loaf cakes and muffins with excellent volume, flavour and shelf-life, said Bakels.Also in the range are Deluxe Chocolate Creme Cake & Muffin Concentrate and new Mid Muffin Concentrate.Pauline Ferrol, Bakels’ national sales controller, wholesale, said: “Everyone is aware how popular muffins and cupcakes are and we are offering bakers a choice between premium products and so-called ’price-fighters’.”The aim is to give our customers products that exactly match their needs.”www.bakels.co.uk
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[singlepic id=1023 w= h= float=none]MIDDLETOWN –Remediation is continuing this week and will be ongoing following an undergound oil tank overflow at Marlpit Hall, Kings Highway last Wednesday.Emergency crews, township and county workers, and staff from the Monmouth County Historical Association worked together last week, capping the oil tank and resolving the immediate serious issue before it became an environmental calamity.“We were anxious to retain the services of a company we knew had extensive experience in resolving the type of problem we encountered,” said Evelyn Murphy, director of the Historical Association, speaking of hiring Charles Hoffmann & Son company of Wall Township.Murphy herself was on the scene last week as soon as she received word of the flow, apparently caused by rainwater seeping into what initially appears to be a break in the tank. Workers also worked quickly to separate water from oil, and capture the oil before it created environmental problems.The Fire Department quickly closed off a portion of Kings Highway at the height of the work to stop the flow, which was running down the driveway of Marlpit Hall. An oil company, which serviced the Association quickly identified the source of the flow and employees were able to cap off the tank and make temporary corrections. Firemen also went through the basement of the historic building to ensure there was no damage there or any possibility of any future damage. Within 18 hours, Hoffmann & Son was on the scene pumping all the residual fluids in the tank and beginning the remediation process to ensure against any further leakage.There was no damage to Marlpit Hall, the director continued, referring to the 1757 home of the Taylors, a prominent Loyalist family in colonial times. The historic structure, one of five owned by the county Historical Association, is a stop on the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail and is the scene for the annual King George Birthday Party held to commemorate the large Loyalist population that lived in this section of Monmouth County along with the Tories during the Revolution. The house is adjacent to the Taylor-Butler House, a Victorian mansion built approximately a century later than Marlpit Hall, by later generations of the Taylor family and also owned by the Association. Marlpit Hall is currently closed for the season, as are all the homes open for visitation and educational experiences during the spring, summer and fall months.Nor was the present administration at the association aware there was an underground tank on the premises, Murphy said. “We’ve been heating with natural gas for years and did not know this tank existed.”Hoffman & Sons worked throughout the night last week to scrape away all the surface oil and dig up the tank. Because of heavy rains since then, work could not be completed; however, the company isolated the contaminated dirt and covered it securely with tarps to prevent any leakage, and has also closed off the affected area to ensure continued safety.“But so much more damage could have been caused, so many more environmental issues could have occurred, had it not been for the outstanding efficiency and cooperation of all those who came to resolve the problem,” Murphy said. “It’s so reassuring to know Monmouth County and Middletown in particular, are so quick and capable to respond to emergencies.”Although the tank is securely capped and emptied, the detailed plan for continued remediation and cleanup is still ongoing, so the director could not give any estimate of the cost of the project.— By Muriel J. Smith
“Obviously we’d like to win by five goals every game but that’s not going to happen playing a team like BV,” St. Pierre explained.“This series has the potential of going the distance and there’s going to be a lot of one goal games.”Despite getting the split, and home-ice advantage, Hawks coach Terry Jones was not pleased with the performance of his team.Jones was frustrated with lack of effort shown by the Hawks.“The way we played tonight I’m not surprised of the score because we didn’t make any effort . . . we were so passive, so uncommitted . . . it was very disappointing,” Jones said.Jones didn’t sense any overconfidence in the Hawks dressing room before the game after Beaver Valley scored a 4-3 win in Game one Friday, thanks to a late tally by captain Archie McKinnon.“I didn’t think it was overconfidence. I just think guys were on their own agendas,” Jones fumed. “We had guys taking three-minute shifts and glide around . . .. We’re not going to win many games playing like that.”Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 21-14, including a third period where the visitors played most of the game in the Nelson zone.The series now shifts back to the Hawks Nest, where Beaver Valley finished the season 3-1 against Nelson.However, the lone home-ice loss in the series against the Leafs came in the final game of the season — a win St. Pierre is hoping can inspire his team to victory again.“That last game of the (regular) season was one of the biggest wins in my junior hockey league career,” St. Pierre said. “I think all the boys in that (Leaf) dressing room now believe we’re capable of winning in Beaver Valley and there’s no reason we can’t win again.”MURDOCH NOTES: Again more than 700 fans showed up to see two of the top teams in the KIJHL square off . . . . At the end of the game, Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson skated the length of the ice to retrieve the game puck after the victory. . . . Hawks leading scorers Dallas Calvin and Riley Brant had their respective scoring streaks snapped at four and five games. . . .In the other Kootenay Conference series, Kimberley Dynamiters tied the Eddie Mountain Final at 1-1 with a 4-2 win in Creston. Meanwhile, the Osoyoos Coyotes keep on winning, capturing its sixth straight game to take a 2-0 lead against North Okanagan. In Kamloops, the Storm opened its series against 100 Mile House with an 8-3 win. It’s ironic how sometimes in the sport of hockey your biggest rival can become your greatest ally.Patrick Zubick, of Castlegar Rebels fame, stopped all 21 shots to backstop the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The victory evens the best-of-seven Murdoch Division series at 1-1.Games three and four are Monday and Tuesday in Fruitvale.“It’s unfortunate that both of our goalies are hurt but Patrick (Zubick) has come in here and played just excellent for us,” Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre said after the narrow win.Nelson got all the goals Zubick would need when leading scorer Jamie Vlanich scored on a Leaf power play 15 minutes into the game.Vlanich, playing his second game of the playoffs after sitting out the entire Murdoch Division semi final against Spokane, jumped on a loose puck in the Hawks goal crease after teammate Travis Wellman rattle a shot off the post.The home side then rode the solid netminding of Zubick, who is playing for Nelson on an emergency basis after both regular goalies, Adam Maida and Brad Rebagliati, were lost to the Leafs due to injury, to even the series in a must-win game.
CLARK, ELLIOTT, LEPAROUX, MURPHY & STEVENS TO FACE NATIONWIDE VOTE OF THEIR PEERS ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, with the winner to be announced in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide.Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens are the finalists for the prestigious trophy that has been presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950.One of the most coveted awards in all of racing, the Woolf Award, which can only be won once, is presented to a different jockey each year and it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The trophy is a replica of the life-sized statue of legendary jockey George Woolf, which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, was regarded as one of the top big-money riders of his era. Known affectionately as “The Iceman,” he was revered by his colleagues, members of the media and fans across America as a fierce competitor and consummate professional who was at his best when the stakes were high.The 2017 Woolf ballot, which will be distributed to active jockeys across the country, features five highly regarded riders who have plied their trade with honor and distinction.A Louisiana native who catapulted to national fame by winning the 2015 Kentucky Oaks at the age of 56, Kerwin Clark has long been respected by fans, horsemen and his fellow jockeys as a rock-solid rider who has conducted himself with a quiet distinction for more than 40 years.The son of a jockey who started at bush tracks in his native Louisiana, Kerwin Clark rode his first winner at Fairgrounds in New Orleans on Jan. 3, 1976. When asked about his Oaks victory, which came some 39 years later, he simply responded, “Best day of my life.”Through Dec. 2, Clark has 2,997 career wins.Born in Toronto, Canada and best known for his Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories aboard Smarty Jones in 2004, Stewart Elliott shows no signs of slowing down at age 51. Through Dec. 2, Elliott has amassed 4,707 wins. Regarded as a strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2015 and has quickly established himself as one of the circuit’s top riders.The son of a jockey-turned trainer, French-born Julien Leparoux is a 10-time leading rider at Keeneland and is regarded as one of America’s elite young riders at age 33. Known as a “finesse” rider who enjoys tremendous success on turf, Leparoux, in a 2012 interview, said “I just try not to fight so much with my horses. I try to be gentle around their mouths.”Married to the late trainer Mike Mitchell’s daughter, Shea, Leparoux ranked 12th nationally by money-won last year and appears poised for superstardom at this stage of his career. A winner of seven Breeders’ Cup races, his most recent BC triumph came at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, when he won the Juvenile with trainer Mark Casse’s Classic Empire. Through Dec. 2, Leparoux had won 2,329 career races.An iconic figure at Sunland Park near El Paso, Glen Murphy broke his maiden at Sunland on Oct. 28, 1984, and he notched his 3,000th career victory at Zia Park on Dec. 18, 2015. Sidelined due to a fractured pelvis incurred in a paddock mishap in February, 2015, he rebounded quickly and enjoyed a fine year.A model of consistency, Murphy, 50, who is a graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso, has been among the nation’s top 100 jockeys by money-won every year since 2012. Through Dec. 2, he has 3,047 career wins.Long active in the support of his fellow riders, Scott Stevens has overcome life-threatening injuries to become one of America’s most highly respected jockeys in every respect. A member of the Canterbury Park and Idaho Racing Halls of Fame, Stevens is now within striking distance of 5,000 career wins, as he has amassed 4,616 victories through Dec. 2.At age 55, Stevens is currently based in Phoenix, Az., and he’s showing no signs of slowing down at Turf Paradise, as he booted home 118 winners over the 2015-16 meeting, good for his eighth “Turf” riding title.The older brother of Hall of Fame jockey Gary, Scott Stevens broke his maiden on May 30, 1976, at Le Bois Park in Boise, Idaho.For more information on the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, please visit santaanita.com.