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GOODYEARFORROSES TAKES $75,000 ASTRA STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER NAKATANI; BALTAS TRAINEES GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:28.07

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2017)–Under a confident hand ride from Corey Nakatani, Irish-bred Goodyearforroses proved best going a marathon mile and one half on turf, as she took Thursday’s $75,000 Astra Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths.  Trained by Richard Baltas, she got the distance in 2:28.07.A winner of the Robert J. Frankel Stakes over a sloppy main track at a mile and one eighth on New Year’s Eve, Goodyearforroses was off at 7-2 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares and paid $9.20, $5.60 and $3.40.Breaking from post position eight with the temporary inner rail set at 20 feet, Nakatani had his mount positioned mid-pack with a half mile to run and was third, just off the lead turning for home.“I just listened to what Richard told me to do today,” said Nakatani, who also orchestrated her Frankel win.  “I got her into a spot that I knew we needed to be in.  On the far turn, I had a target (eventual fifth place finisher, Frenzified) with Mike Smith in front of me and Bejarano (Rafael, aboard third place finisher Ryans Charm) was just to my right.  He moved out enough and it was over.”Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, which consisted of a boisterous group of celebrants who watched the race trackside, adjacent to the Winner’s Circle, Goodyearforroses, in her second start for Baltas since shipping in from Toronto, picked up her sixth win from 14 starts.  A 5-year-old mare, she got $46,800 for the win, which increased her earnings to $245,995.“I was expecting a big effort today,” said Baltas.  “I wasn’t concerned about the distance at all.  She won at a mile and a half on turf at Woodbine, at a mile and three eighths on synthetic, and she’s been training very well…My owners are great.  They love it, they have a good time and they let me do my job.”Argentine-bred Estrechada, off at 56-1 with Stewart Elliott up, stalked the pace and finished well to be second, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Ryans Charm while paying $34.40 and $9.60.The 8-5 favorite with Bejarano, Ryans Charm paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.08, 48.44, 1:14.18, 1:39.43 and 2:04.48.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Bhutan optimistic to win medals at the 18th Asian Games

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced A total of eight archers (five recurve and three compound) underwent intensive training for three months in Thimphu including a weeklong acclimatization preparation in Bangkok before the games.“While we are prepared for any challenges, we are also aware that the best archers in the world are in the same competition,” Tashi Tshering said.The coach with the compound team, Karma Tshering, is optimistic with his archers’ performance during the practice sessions. “We have managed to maintain the consistency of our scores which is usually difficult to achieve,” he said. “If we could continue this consistency, we could even win medals this time.”The Bhutanese archery team bagged five medals including a silver at the SAG.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The chef de mission of the Bhutanese contingent, Nim Dorji, said that given the practice time provided to the players for the game, the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) is expecting some medals this time.“Although the competition would be much tougher than the South Asian Games this time, we hope our players perform well and bring home some medals,” he said.In order to encourage athletes and coaches’ to excel in sports at the international competitions, the BOC, through the Sports Excellence Award (SEA), offers cash prices to medal winners and their coaches.A gold medal recipient at the Asian Games would be awarded Nu 3 million (M) through the SEA. Silver and bronze medalists would be given Nu 2M and Nu 1M respectively along with the 10 percent of the cash prize to the respective coaches. “With all the support that BOC and the government have provided to the athletes, we expect to do well at the Asian Games this time,” said Nim Dorji.Meanwhile, the Asian Games returned to Indonesia for the second time after 56 years when the Asiad torch was lit on August 18. The opening ceremony for the games was held at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium, the same stadium where the 1962 Asian games was held.More than 17,000 athletes and officials from 45 countries are competing at the 16-day event. Asian Games is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms JAKARTA — Twenty-four athletes and seven coaches from four national federations are representing Bhutan at the 18th Asian Games that began in Jakarta, Indonesia, since August 18.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Save for golf, the three disciplines – archery, boxing and taekwondo were selected for the games based on their performances during the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) in 2016.The national game, archery, is one of the disciplines where Bhutan is expected to bag a medal. Bhutanese archers have participated in the Asian Games since 1986.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’National coach with Bhutan Archery Federation, Tashi Tshering, said that the performance of the Bhutanese archers has improved considerably over the years.He is leading the Bhutanese recurve team at the games. “The players have been performing very well during the practice so far. While it is difficult to say if we would win medals, I’ve high hopes from my men’s recurve team.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Koreans marching as one highlights opening ceremony of Asian Games ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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Ellen Declares June 5th “World Environment Day”

first_imgPresdient Ellen Sirleaf – Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Monday, June 5, as “World Environment Day” to be observed throughout the country as a working holiday, a Foreign Ministry release said.The United Nations General Assembly, by a Resolution adapted in 1972, declared June 5th each year to be observed as “World Environment Day” by all member states.According to the release, as a member of the world environmental community, Liberia will join in the celebration of the day under the theme, “Connecting People to Nature.”President Sirelaf has meanwhile called upon all the people residing in the territorial confines of the Liberian state to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in executing appropriate programs befitting the occasion.The observance of “World Environment Day” provides the opportunity to focus worldwide attention on the importance of the environment, and to empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.The celebration of the Day also promotes the active participation of communities in environmental issues, including the “Green Economy” and the management of the ecosystem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Terminate lopsided CHEC Suriname stone import contract – former AFC economist

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson is on record saying that China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC) – the contractor for the US0 million Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project – has begun importing stones from Suriname because of price and capacity constraints, but his former colleague is calling for the lopsided contract for inferior stones to be squashed and re-tendered.Former Alliance For Change (AFC) economist Sasenarine Singh made his position known in a recent public missive.Patterson, who through his spokesperson, according to Singh, said the Surinamese are prepared to supply and deliver the stone landed at the Timehri docks at US$28 per tonne, compared to the local quotes which were around US$36 per tonne at Georgetown.“But one of the suppliers hit back by saying our Guyanese quarry products are of a superior quality and they were prepared to adjust the prices downwards based on the volume… Even if they had to cut their profits, every one of the Guyanese quarries would have done the right thing for Guyana.”Price capAs such, Singh has since called for the lopsided contract for inferior stones to “be squashed and re-tendered with a geographic clause inserted along with a price cap of US$30 for the better quality Guyanese stones”.He noted that at least one local stone supplier said, based on volume, it could reduce its prices significantly and may even match the price of the Surinamese supplier, “so why not give the locals a chance to put up?”Former AFC economist Sasenarine SinghSingh noted too that Head of State, President David Granger “talks about national pride all the time… Isn’t it President Granger who spoke about let us cooperate for Guyana? This tender seems not to be following the President’s wishes.”The former AFC economist recalled too that when large national projects, like the Linden-Soesdyke  Highway, were being implemented under the then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, he always ensured that the “locals shone”.“So what is really wrong with the PNC these days… where is that economic nationalism from the Burnham era?” he questioned.According to Singh, being frugal does not mean saving money, “so we may be having these stones cheap now, but it could cost us multiples in the long run with lost jobs in the economy and direct stagnation in the quarrying sector”.Inferior stonesThe former AFC economist is of the view that “we are not being economically efficient by sourcing inferior stones from a foreign country when we have world-class stones at home”.This publication recently reported on Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) President Eon Caesar calling on Government to do more to ensure that there was greater protection or consideration for local content when it comes to the implementation of foreign-funded, or foreign-executed contracts.At least two local stone suppliers have lodged complaints with regard to the news that a Suriname-based quarrying company had been awarded a mega contract to supply stones for the local project.CHEC recently inked a US$7.5 million contract with Suriname’s State-owned mining company Grassalco, to supply some 300,000 tonnes of crushed stone to be imported over a 12-month period for the CJIA Expansion Project.Caesar at the time had told  Guyana Times that while CHEC was a private company that would have to make its own decisions with regard to completing its project within its timeframe and specifications, the project was being funded by taxpayers’ dollars and as such, it was imperative Government do more to protect local content.Speaking on the complaint lodged by the local suppliers, Caesar said that even if it was a case that one of the companies could not meet the demand in terms of the amount of stones requested, at least both companies together could have met the quota.“Even if one could not supply all, both could have fulfilled the order,” Caesar said.According to international reports, Suriname’s Grassalco and Zhong Da International Engineering Company will deliver the material in partnership to CHEC in Guyana.The contracts were reportedly signed by Grassalco’s Chief Executive Officer, Sergio Akiemboto; Zhong Da International Engineering Company General Manager Wu Qiong; and CHEC Project Manager Sun Wei.The Guyana CHEC contract is reportedly the largest contract the State-owned company has signed with a foreign contractor.Local contentThe matter of the protection of local content was recently catapulted into the limelight during the construction of the US$58 million Marriott Hotel, as Guyanese labour and supplies were largely ignored by the Chinese contractor.The matter was raised again by representatives of the local Private Sector Commission (PSC) following the discovery of oil offshore Guyana by ExxonMobil.Local content has come to be known as the quantum/percentage of locally produced materials, personnel, financing, goods and services rendered and which can be measured in monetary terms.The matter of local content was also raised recently in the media by Presidential Adviser Eric Phillips, who had called for the necessary legislation to be put in place.Phillips said if managed strategically and if good governance became the norm in Government and the Private Sector, exponential growth in Guyana’s economy was a real possibility with the discovery of oil.Phillips at the time had called for a Local Content Bill, which he argued was “an absolute necessity at this time during the early days of oil exploration… Exxon and other multinational entities who occupy the value chain of oil production and associated industries, should know from day one, that Guyanese must be involved in the initial spend to produce oil and later as oil is produced”.last_img read more

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Chances Casino in Fort St. John has new GameSense Advisor

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BCLC has announced a new GameSense Advisor as a resource to support players with healthy-play habits.Karma Rondeau, GameSense Advisor for Chances Fort St. John also has the ability to refer players that are experiencing challenges with their gambling to the support resources they need.“I’m excited to get to know our local players, discuss the odds of winning different games, and share how strategies like sticking to a time and spend budget can keep gambling fun,” said Karma Rondeau, GameSense Advisor, Chances Fort St John. “My role is to support player health by sharing information as well as key resources for those who recognize they need help.”- Advertisement -GameSense Advisors support BCLC’s GameSense program by staffing the Information Centres to help players make informed choices about gambling and connect them to available support resources if they feel they need help. Last year alone, GameSense Advisors had approximately 55,000 interactions with players at B.C. casinos. The majority of patrons who have visited GameSense Information Centres and have interacted with GameSense Advisors agree they are more educated and equipped for informed play, suggesting the effectiveness of having an interaction with staff onsite when it comes to player education, based on a BCLC patron survey.The Fort St John Chances is one of several Community Gaming Centres to welcome a GameSense Advisor and Information Centre this month as part of BCLC’s expansion of the program to every gambling facility across B.C. by fall 2019. Advertisement In addition to the expanded GameSense Advisor presence, BCLC has also invested in new GameSense Information Centres, which are welcoming spaces that encourage players to visit and learn more about how games work, talk with a GameSense Advisor or just take a break. “I am proud of our efforts to invest in and enhance player health supports here in Kelowna,” said Dr. Jamie Wiebe, BCLC Director of Player Health. “Research shows that on-site advisors are a valuable resource in the promotion of responsible play and reduction of gambling-related harms.” Player health is a key strategic priority for BCLC. GameSense is the cornerstone for engaging and informing players while removing the stigma that may be associated with accessing responsible and problem gambling resources.last_img read more

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Klopp preparing Van Dijk for frosty Southampton return

first_imgKlopp admitted he will speak to Van Dijk about maintaining his concentration at St. Mary’s, but expects him to rise above the baiting.“We are all human beings, we are influenced by circumstances. It will not be a normal game, how can it be?“I think how football fans are, they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle.“Is it nice? I don’t think so. Will it have influence? I don’t think so.”However, Van Dijk is far from the only former Saint set to feature for Liverpool on Sunday.Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane have all followed the same route north to Anfield in recent seasons, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also starting his career at Southampton before joining Liverpool from Arsenal in August.And Klopp believes rather than anger, some Southampton fans might be grateful for the hundreds of millions their club has cashed in on from Liverpool.“I don’t think Southampton will say we have stolen him. It was a really public deal,” Klopp said in reference to the Van Dijk signing.“They may say thank you for all the money they have.”However, Klopp believes Liverpool’s persistent interest in Southampton players is a testament to Saints’ academy.“There are a few good players from there so maybe we should have a scouting department at Southampton,” Klopp joked.“It shows the good work they do down there.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Virgil Van Dijk has had a difficult start to his Liverpool career © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects a frosty reception for Virgil Van Dijk when the world’s most expensive defender returns to Southampton for the first time since his £75 million January move.Despite Van Dijk scoring the winner in an FA Cup Merseyside derby on debut against Everton, the Dutchman hasn’t had an easy start to his Liverpool career with Klopp’s men failing to win in his last three appearances against Swansea, West Brom and Tottenham.last_img read more

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Papal Nuncio coming to Donegal this weekend

first_imgThe Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, is coming to Donegal this weekend.He will be special guest at the annual Diocese of Clogher one-day retreat on Lough Derg, which takes place this Saturday.This will the nuncio’s first visit to the Diocese of Clogher since he took up his appointment to Ireland last year. Pilgrims from every parish in the diocese are expected on Lough Derg next Saturday. The pilgrimage will be led by the Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness and pilgrims will be welcomed by the Prior of Lough Derg, Fr La Flynn and the Lough Derg team. The retreat will conclude with the celebration of the Eucharist in the early afternoon.St Patrick’s Sanctuary at Lough Derg is under the control of the Diocese of Clogher. It is a holy place apart.Over the past 150 years, over two million people have visited the island to take part in the various exercises of prayer and conversion. Lough Derg invites people to take a detour from the daily routine, to discover the difference a day on the sacred Island can make.The One Day Retreat is different from the three-day pilgrimage in that it offers a shorter retreat experience where shoes remain on and lunch is served.One Day Retreats enable a much wider audience to enjoy the sanctity of this island made holy through the centuries of pilgrim prayer. Booking is essential. Admission fee of €40 per person Includes all refreshments, lunch, return boat service, ministry services, free car & coach parking. Boats available from 9.15am on the day; retreat begins at 10.20am. For booking and details email info@loughderg.orgFor further information on Lough Derg, visit www.loughderg.org Papal Nuncio coming to Donegal this weekend was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJude Thaddeus OkoloLough Dergvisitlast_img read more

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DONEGAL-MAD FAMILY NAME NEW DONKEY FOAL AFTER CAPTAIN MURPHY!

first_imgIT was always going to happen – All-Ireland mania, it seems, is leading to new name choices.Jim, Karl, Rory, Neil – you can take your pick of names to choose from!But the latest addition to the McDevitt family in Braade is a young foal named after All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy. And so Murphy and his mum Lucy are getting lots of attention in the Rosses, with visitors to the airport at Carrickfin even stopping off to have a look.All we need now is the Mullaghduff Band to come up with a suitable tune!PIX BY BRID SWEENEY   DONEGAL-MAD FAMILY NAME NEW DONKEY FOAL AFTER CAPTAIN MURPHY! was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Upland takes short road to victory

first_img “They feed off each other,” Upland head coach Tim Salter said of the Denton-Sellers tandem. “We are really happy to get Allan back. They make a great 1-2 punch.” But it wasn’t as if Upland had to work hard for the scores. Six of Upland’s touchdowns were drives of 50 yards or less, and a 34-yard field goal by Kyle Hughlock was also on a short drive. UPLAND – Playing on the short side of the field most of the night and taking advantage of such field position was why Upland finished its nonleague portion of the schedule with a 66-7 win against Colony. While Colony (2-3) was missing four starters, Upland (4-1) welcomed back running back Allan Denton in a big way. Denton scored three times and rushed for 136 yards on 12 carries, and teammate Brandon Sellers added three touchdowns and 97 yards. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Colony helped Upland with four turnovers and a quick kick that didn’t go according to plan. “We work on that,” Colony head coach Tim Nelson said. “It just didn’t work right. That was part of our problem tonight: We didn’t execute. “It hurt having four starters out, but I’m not sure of that would have been a difference. We still needed to play, and we didn’t play hard. And some of the players we counted on, well …” Salter thought the tone of the game changed without the Colony starters. “They were missing some good offensive players,” he said. center_img Colony finished with 129 yards in total offense while Upland rolled up 380, including 317 on the ground. The key play was a third-down kick. Down 14-0, the Titans attempted to get out from the shadow of their goal line with the quick kick. However, the kick went just 1 yard, and Denton scored on the next play. In less than 26 seconds, Upland increased its lead to 28-0 when Andrew Jones grabbed a fumble in midair and rambled 15 yards into the end zone. Denton’s 62-yard run and Hughlock’s field goal gave the Scots a 38-0 halftime advantage. Sellers scored twice in the third quarter. The first capped a 71-yard, 12-play drive – the longest of the night – and his 6-yard scoring plunge wrapped up a quick 29-yard, two-play possession. Colony averted a shutout with an impressive 72-yard drive in the closing minutes. Derrick Smith scored from 10 yards out on the 10th play, aided by a pass interference call against Upland. “I was glad I got all the kids in. It’s going to be a lot tougher than this from now on,” Salter said in reference to the Baseline League opener next week against Alta Loma. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS GET THEIR JUNIOR CERT RESULTS

first_imgTHERE was much excitement at Crana College in Buncrana as students got their Junior Cert results. PICTURE SPECIAL: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS GET THEIR JUNIOR CERT RESULTS was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CRANA COLLEGEJunior Cert 2015Resultslast_img read more

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