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copa agua alta 2015 costa careyes polo clubThe Copa Agua Alta was held for the 16th time at the Costa Careyes Polo Club in Mexico. (© Jorge Reyes)

Third consecutive win for Porsche

The Porsche Polo Teams got crowned as the supreme winners for the 3rd consecutive time of the Copa Agua Alta and Copa Agua Baja celebrated from the 28th March to the 11th April at Costa Careyes Polo Club in Mexico.
At the XVI Copa Agua Alta in the 8-10 goals 6 teams participated, while in the Agua Baja of 4-6 goals 4 teams fought for the crown. All these events took place within the Careyes Polo Festival, which lasts for 2 weeks and also hosted a Juniors Cup, an Amateurs Cup and the famous Gold Cup, whose 2nd edition showcases the highest and most competitive level that can be experienced in Mexico, with a handicap of 16 and 18 goals.

Old sports rivalries, passion for Polo and an excellent game level, fully captured the crowd’s attention, who filled the terraces and suites of the 2 fields were the games were held, while the evenings highlighted every corner of Careyes, culminating with the delirious closing night White Party by clothing brand Tucané, which between a tropical band and Dj’s, kept everyone dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

One of the most important remarks of the event is the arbitrage by 3 International referees, including Matias Baibiene, who has been invited to referee some of the most important finals of the world, including the USA, UK and Argentine Opens.

The Porsche Team, with Billy Steta, President of the Mexican Polo Federation, at its head was the winner of the Copa Agua Alta in a hard-fought game against the USA-Costa Careyes Team, led by Giorgio Brignone, in which technique, skills and both teams experience showered the audience with endless excitement up until the last minute of the game, ending with a 9-8 score. During the Copa Agua Baja, the Porsche Team, again lead by Guillermo “Billy” Steta took the highest prize.

Guillermo Li was named Best Professional Player of the Copa Agua Alta, the award for the Best Amateur Player of the Copa Agua Alta was presented to Cedric Schweri.

Amongst beach activities, polo games, driving experiences, photo exhibitions, parties and special activities, the hosts, Alberto Ardissone and Giorgio Brignone, were proud to show their organization and hospitality by showcasing such a magnificent event. It is worth mentioning that for the 3rd consecutive year the Copa was presented by the German car brand Porsche, who were displaying all their line of sports cars, adding a touch of luxury and adventure to the guests’ experience, in what it is the most important tournament held in Mexico.

Across the event, the public were able to enjoy special driving experiences throughout the beautiful Costalegre at the South of Jalisco, where in its very heart lays Costa Careyes, halfway between the port cities of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta.

The guests to these activities enjoyed the Porsche cars, driving them across the jungle scenery of the zone (Barra de Navidad, Tenacatita, Chamela and Pérula), besides doing speed and skill trials at the future aerodrome of Costalegre (7200 feet), pleasuring the lovers of these high performance vehicles, thanks to the presence of the whole scale of models, ranging from the recently launched Boxter and Cayman on its GTS versions, the emblematic Race 911, the Macan in its Turbo modality to the Panamera and Cayenne in its version S e-hybrid.

The dates for next year’s edition of the Polo Festival, XVII Copa Agua Alta and the III Copa de Oro are from the 21st March to 4th April 2016.

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OLYOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

The fresh faces of diving gathered in Guadalajara (MEX) for the FINA Diving Qualifying Event for the Youth Olympic Games, which will be organised in Nanjing (CHN) from August 16-28, 2014, revealing to the world diving's next generation of stars.

Diving powerhouses China and Mexico dominated the first day of competition, where the competitors showed their talent to earn a spot for their respective country at the upcoming Nanjing YOG but also leaving an impression for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Guadalajara.

Participants met the requirement to display their mandatory dives, where they showed elegance and technique. Then they delighted the audience with dives with free degree of difficulty, where they exhibited promising prowess.

In the women's 10m platform, Xiaohui Huang (CHN) showed her class by winning the gold medal with 487.95 points. Alejandra Orozco (MEX) won the silver medal with 480.35 and Ingrid Oliveira (BRA) settled for a bronze-medal finish with a total 411.55.

With a big smile, Alejandra Orozco recalled that in London, she was the youngest Olympic medallist in Mexican history - a silver in the women's 10m platform synchro with Paola Espinosa.

At 17, she's now writing her own individual story as an Olympic hopeful: "I feel good to win at home, with my family and friends in the stands. The medal in London is over, now I have to work to earn my place in each event."

Ingrid Oliveira of Brazil, on her bronze, said: "I'm training because I want to go to Nanjing. The bronze is a very good result for me, it's the beginning of a great dream."

In the men's 3m springboard final, Rodrigo Diego (MEX) took out the gold medal, totalling 630.75 points. The Mexican create a sensation at home, clinching his first international award, delivering a brilliant performance. Hao Yang (CHN) and Nikita Shleikher (RUS) tied for second with 571.75.

Diego, whose mother fell ill and suffered a stroke six months ago, was able to perform his best in Guadalajara.  

"My medal is dedicated to my mom and my coaches because it is not just my job," said Rodrigo Diego, who was inspired by home heroes Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez to start diving.

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Ochoa has been around him for the better part of a decade, though he didn’t immediately stand out. Ochoa would come home from college at Arizona and practice with the juniors at Guadalajara Country Club, and she recalls a little boy who loved his golf.

“He was there every afternoon,” Ochoa said in a telephone interview from Mexico City. “I used to see the little kids running around and practicing and playing. He was just a little one, a happy guy. Every time I came home, I see him growing. He was very skinny, very tall. And he was hitting the ball very hard.”

Ortiz made a few trips to America for junior events, though he never played well enough to get anyone’s attention.

Brad Stacke, the golf coach at North Texas, managed to find him with a little help and some intuition.

Stacke had a player from Mexico named Kenji Maruyama who had played on his junior college team in Iowa, and the coach told him to keep an eye out for any promising young players from south of the border.

“He called me three weeks later and said, ’I’ve got a player for you. He’s really good,”’ Stacke said. “I said, ’Why don’t you go play with him?’ So he went and played with Carlos and he said, ’He’s really good.’ I said, ’What did he shoot?’ He said, ’He’s really good.”’

Once the coach finally got a number out of him, he paused. Ortiz had shot 81. But it was enough of an endorsement for Stacke to remember the name, especially a few weeks later when Ortiz had rounds of 63-65-67 to set a 54-hole scoring record in a Mexican junior tournament he won.

“I was sold,” Stacke said.

Ortiz headed to Denton, Texas, for four years he wouldn’t trade. He won three times as a sophomore. He qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. He earned a degree in international studies. And he started to believe he was good enough to achieve everything he had dreamed.

“It took me a while when I came to the States,” Ortiz said. “I looked up to all these guys. To play with them made me realize I was good enough. People always tell me, ’You’re good enough,’ but I need to see it with my eyes.”

He was hard to ignore last year on the Web.com Tour. He picked up his first win in Panama with a 66-64 weekend. Playing a month later before a home crowd in Mexico, he recovered from an opening 74 with rounds of 67-66-68. Ortiz nearly lost a three-shot lead until he birdied the last hole to beat Justin Thomas.

Could he be the male version of Ochoa? That might be asking too much of anyone.

Ortiz looked up to Ochoa as the best player in her sport and the best person in golf. Ochoa was renowned for her humility and her charity even as she rose to No. 1 in the world. And there is the pressure of playing for a country with a limited golfing heritage.

Ochoa still keeps in touch with that little kid, the “happy guy” she saw running around the golf club.

“I emailed him right away when he won his last tournament,” Ochoa said. “He said, ’You can feel what we all felt when we were following you.”

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Puerto Vallarta, Jal. - Certified instructors from several city schools are offering yoga classes to people of all ages and at any level, every Saturday at Los Arcos del Malecón.  Classes will start 7:30 a.m., to finish at 9:00 a.m. During summer classes will start at     8 a.m.

 This unique gathering is an idea of most of the shalas (yoga school), to give the majority of people the opportunity to learn yoga and their different styles. Yoga instruction is for all those who want to be in best vibrations with itself, with the environment and with the planet in general.
 
The yoga schools that are involved in this activity, so far, are:  Atman Yoga, Penta Alfa, Kupuri Yoga, Yoga in Afrika, Moreno Yoga, library Los Mangos, Circle of Peace, O  Center, Happy Project, Muriel Yoga, Korima Yoga, the Tree and swing, Erika Carlin, Yoga Tree, The Westin Resort & Spa and Vibrating High.

Martha Sánchez, one of the organizers, reported that participants must bring a yoga mat, a towel, and water. They should also wear comfortable clothes.  Everyone is welcome, from children to adults and seniors. Hotel guests are also welcome.  It will surely be an extraordinary experience for tourists; it will make their stay more enjoyable, and it will give a holistic aspect to their vacation.

He emphasized that yoga is a physical and mental discipline of Hindu origin, involving practices of meditation, breathing, and of various physical postures.  Among its benefits are that you remember and honor God, helps to fight  insomnia, relaxes the nervous system, activates and balances the digestive system, helps to eliminate toxins, increases lung capacity, it teaches how to breath and the benefits of breathing correctly.

It also balances brain hemispheres and the endocrine system, and makes the tendons, ligaments and muscles more flexible and strong.
 
"It has always been our wish take yoga beyond the community, so they can practice it; doing so in a cultural way, as well as showing what its benefits are.  We want to reach all people with the only idea of making yoga accessible to all ", said the Organizer.

For this initiative we have the support of Focus Rojo and I Print.  As well as several other institutions like the H., City Hall of Puerto Vallarta that facilitates the space at the Jetty Arches. Puerto Vallarta tourism trust also supports this activity which will take place in natural surroundings, with an oceanfront setting.  Yoga classes are now added to the list of health and well-being activities that Puerto Vallarta offers to its visitors.

For more information on this activity you can to talk to the general coordinator Martha Sánchez (at Noche Akbal) Atman Yoga, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you at  Los Arcos del Malecón, starting Saturday 28 March.

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The Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation is hosting a Youth Soccer Tournament over the Fourth of July weekend that will include a team of 12-year-old players from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, one the community’s kindred cities.

The Puerto Vallarta team will be accompanied by members of the Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee and parents of some children participating in the tournament.

Guests from Puerto Vallarta will march with the Sister Cities Foundation in the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade. During their stay, they also will be escorted on a tour of Chicago and participate in other local events.

Other teams participating in the tournament include Deportivo Highland Park, a team formed by the Hispanic community in Highland Park and Highwood; AYSO Highland Park; Lake Forest Select and Chicago Fire Juniors.

Games will be played starting at 9 a.m. July 5 and  6 at Olson Park located on Ridge Road north of Deerfield Road.

Parent Power Chicago, a nonprofit organization, is the event sponsor.  Bernardi Securities is the Puerto Vallarta team sponsor.

“We’ve had a great response from the Mexican community locally,” said Richard Wolfe, a vice president of the Sister Cities Foundation for the Puerto Vallartan connection. “People want to come out and see how the Puerto Vallarta team plays because they have such good players at 12 years old.”

The Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation was founded in 1989 to further global understanding through people-to-people exchanges. In addition to Puerto Vallarta, Highland Park is a Sister City to Modena, Italy, Yerucham, and Israel.

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With every move they have made this offseason it’s clear the New York Yankees are preparing for the early jettison of Alex Rodriguez from their roster in 2015. The signing of Chase Headley to a four-year contract left him without a position in the field and the acquisition of lefty slugger Garrett Jones as a possible DH Friday further takes away potential at-bats for A-Rod.

It makes you wonder if the Yankees really expect – or want – Rodriguez, who’ll turn 40 in July, to play for them at all. It’s almost as if they are giving him a good-faith gesture in allowing him an opportunity to show he can still hit after a year-long suspension for PEDs. However, if he’s hitting .220 with a homer and 10 RBI in the middle of May, the real plan is to hand him his walking papers by Memorial Day and eat the remaining $60 million or so on his contract which runs through 2017. The surest bet in sports right now is that A-Rod will never play through the rest of that pact.

It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between GM Brian Cashman and A-Rod with manager Joe Girardi seemingly his only ally in the organization. So, if A-Rod’s bat is slow and he’s striking out a lot against young flamethrowers, the Yanks can say to their fans “Hey, we gave him a shot but it just didn’t work out”. The leash will not be a long one and most of their fans will not be sad to see him go. A team like Seattle could sign him to the minimum, let him play third and give him a longer look.

The same fate could be in store for starter C.C. Sabathia as well if he cannot recover from chronic knee problems. The signing of lefty Chris Capuano to a one-year deal seems to be an insurance policy if Sabathia can’t go. Sabathia is also due approximately $60 million through 2017 so, if he were released also, the Yanks would be paying more than $120 million, more than the entire payroll of some teams, to be rid of two players.


And you wonder why they’ve maintained they are not interested in signing Max Scherzer to a $200 million deal? That stance seems legitimate considering the club’s current financial state. They also have a lot of dollars invested in aging vets Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran through 2016.

Although the Yankee brass would never say it, it seems like the team is sacrificing the next two years until it can open some payroll slots. A position its fans are not accustomed to.

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aaareIt is with great pride that I announce that the 23rd Annual Banderas Bay Regatta is scheduled to take place March 3 -7, 2015. Registrations are now open for this fun filled week of music, good food, great camaraderie, and great racing.