BELLAFINA & CHASING YESTERDAY SQUARE OFF IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA ANITA OAKS AT 1 1/16 MILES 170 KENTUCKY OAKS QUALIFYING POINTS AT STAKE, AS WINNER TO RECEIVE 100 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2019)–A pair of tremendously talented 3-year-old fillies, owner Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina and Summer Wind Equine’s Chasing Yesterday, will face each other for the first time as they head a field of five sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks.Fresh of a gutty three quarter length win in the Grade II, one mile Las Virgenes Stakes over a “good” main track on Feb. 9, Bellafina seeks her third Grade I victory in the Oaks for trainer Simon Callaghan.Chasing Yesterday, a half-sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, comes off a facile 1 ¼ length win as the heavy favorite in the ungraded Sunland Park Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on March 24 and appears on the ascent as she seeks her fifth consecutive win for Bob Baffert.To be run for the 80th time on Saturday, the Santa Anita Oaks provides a total of 170 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points, with 100 to the winner, 40 to second, 20 to third and 10 points to the fourth place finisher.BELLAFINAOwner: Kaleem Shah, IncTrainer: Simon CallaghanA winner of five out of her seven starts, Bellafina’s only poor performance came as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies three starts back at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. Fourth, beaten 9 ¼ lengths, Callaghan ascribed the miscue to the fact his filly was in reproductive heat at the time. Dispatched as the 2-5 favorite in her next start, the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 6, Bellafina was all business, winning by 8 ½ lengths. The leading money earner in the field with $828,000, she has two Grade I wins to go with four grade scores and an overall mark of 7-5-1-0.CHASING YESTERDAYOwner: Summer Wind EquineTrainer: Bob BaffertAlthough she was a winner of the Grade I Starlet Stakes two starts back on Dec. 8 at Los Alamitos, this chestnut filly by Tapit unquestionably faces her toughest test to date when facing Bellafina on Saturday. In a surprise to some, Drayden Van Dyke, who has been aboard for all four of her wins, will be replaced on Saturday by Mike Smith, who guided Chasing Yesterday to a first out maiden score six starts back on July 28 at Del Mar. With earnings of $440,650, she has five wins from six starts.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 11 Approximate post time 1 p.m. PTFlor de La Mar–Joel Rosario–121Chasing Yesterday–Mike Smith–124Stirred–Drayden Van Dyke–121Slewgoodtobetrue–Geovanni Franco–121Bellafina–Flavien Prat–124Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
WHO says Tottenham always struggle against top-four opposition?Their 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace – who started the day fourth in the Premier League table – would have been a great relief to all those with Lilywhite blood running through their veins following their shaky start to the season.2 Wilfried Zaha had a shocker against Spurs after being linked with a moveJust one win and two draws was no cure for their Champions League Final hangover.With all the transfer windows now shut, Mauricio Pochettino told his Spurs stars in a one-hour meeting on their return from international duty on Thursday that their campaign started now – and boy was the manager right.They looked like a totally different team as they put this game to bed long before half-time with arguably their best top-flight performance of 2019.That is because unlike most previous Prem matches this year they started on the front foot, with pace from the very first whistle.Any Tottenham fan will tell you their team are at their best when their tempo is high.SPURS RATINGSHUGO LLORIS 7THE Tottenham keeper was a virtual spectator and did not have a serious save to make until the 43rd minute.His biggest challenge was staying awake.SERGE AURIER 8THE right-back was excellent going forward as he had a hand in the second and third goals. One of his best displays for Spurs.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD 9LOOKED far more assured with his pal Jan Vertonghen beside him, and hit some lovely passes, including the assist for the opener.JAN VERTONGHEN 7ENJOYED a very comfortable afternoon as Palace offered little in attack, which meant he could play the ball out at the back with ease.DANNY ROSE 7WITH not much to concern him in defence, the England left-back supported his team-mates well in attack, but was not as effectiveAurier on the other flank.HARRY WINKS 7LINKED defence and attack well and turned the ball over the quickly to ensure his side remained on the front foot throughout.MOUSSA SISSOKO 7FOR once the Frenchman was not the one who had to provide ALL of the energy for Spurs as it was shared around. But he still contributed.SON HEUNG-MIN 9THE South Korean just loves playing against Palace. After scoring the stadium’s first-ever goal against them last season, he struck another two here – including a stunning volley.ERIK LAMELA 6HE may have got on the scoresheet but it was another average display from the Argentine who must start showing he is a senior player soon.CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 6THE Danish playmaker looks as though his contract situation is getting to him.He is a shadow of his former self – as was shown by hisstoppage time free-kick, which sailed yards over the bar.HARRY KANE 7THERE cannot be many games when Tottenham have scored this many and he has not been on the scoresheet.But he was still a threat and provided the cross for Lamela to net the fourth.SUBSTANGUY NDOMBELE (for Winks 67) 5.THE record signing only had to keep Spurs ticking over as the game was already won.BEN DAVIES (for Rose 76) 5THE Welsh defender must be closing in on a return as Rose is looking like he could do with a breather.LUCAS MOURA (for Kane 85) 5THE Brazilian had little time to make an impact in his brief cameo up front.SUBS NOT USED: Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Dier, Alli.Too many times in recent weeks and months their sluggish start has set the tone for the rest of the game.But they came haring out of the traps against the Eagles, who were admittedly awful all over the park.And there cannot be many occasions when Tottenham have routed a team without Harry Kane getting on the scoresheet.But it was Son Heung-min who took centre stage in attack as he scored twice – including a stunning volley for his second.Equally pleasing for boss Poch, his players and fans would have been their first clean sheet of the season.And an added bonus was the performance of Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham on several occasions in the past.2THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itOn this evidence, Spurs dodged a bullet there.The Palace playmaker has been ludicrously over-valued by his club and representatives at £80m.The way he performed here, he would not even be worth 80million Lira!ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one
The midfielder showed that he adapts perfectly to the current needs of the team, he even helped in the movement of the ball, the air game and the midfield disputes. Marc Roca’s best version of the season was seen curiously on Saturday, with David’s escort at his side.The idea that David López acted in midfield and David Gallego swept it when he took the bench, although the recovery of Catalan, who broke his cruciate ligament in February and recovered in record time, was impossible to use in that position since that the coach was fired in early October.David López had only played a full campaign as a midfielder at Espanyol, and that was 2013-14 with Javi Aguirre. He was then transferred to Naples, where he played two courses in which he alternated both positions. Quique decided to put him central by his placement and exit of the ball, and Gallego, Rubi and Machín decided not to alter that decision. Now, Abelardo Fernández sees in him a “versatile” player, as well as a leader. Every pilgrimage, in the case of Espanyol towards permanence, needs a pastor to guide it. In the parakeet team, the chosen one is David López, who leads on the field and before the microphones, with direct and sincere messages such as those he poured after the 2-0 of Leganés (“he who does not believe that we are going to save not to return ”) or on Saturday at the end of the derby (“They’ll call us crazy, but we’re going to save“).Before giving that optimistic message like the one Iván de la Peña offered in the 2008-09 campaign when Espanyol was also a colista (and in the end he was saved after also winning a derby), the player was one of the protagonists of the match against the Barcelona. First, because of its position in the field. David López had become so accustomed to the position of central, with which he debuted for the third time in Espanyol with Quique Sánchez Flores in the 2016-17 campaign and never left, that seeing him travel more space in the midfield took a toll, being replaced sold out in minute 66. That time was enough for him to score the 1-0 of a header at the end of a foul taken by Marc Roca and to help the team leading the helm of midfield: he made 15 passes and failed nine.
The face-out armor was followed days later with an inmate at the Paterna facility. The board decided to isolate the team from the rest of the Valencian academy pioneers in Europe and despite the fact that it was a shield that became hermetic on certain occasions, not even the club’s official media was able to speak to anyone from the first team in the pre-match, it has turned out to be effective.Those of Celades They have played matches in two of the outbreaks most affected by the coronavirus, such as Milan and Vitoria and the template has not fallen into mass contagions. And a clear example is that the measures to avoid falling into the disease reached the point that Members of the club cleaned each and every one of the door handles through which the players passed.Contact of other clubsThe protocols of the Valencians have turned out to be so effective that in the face of growing concern, other clubs that were going to be in similar situations contacted those of Mestalla to imitate them.With the recent state of alert proclaimed by the President, all players will remain at home, however the technical staff has already provided them with a specific training plan that each one can carry out in their residences so as far as possible not to lose shape. The coronavirus It has spread throughout Europe at a speed hardly imaginable. The pandemic, which just a month ago was looming far away, has wreaked havoc on the old continent and more specifically in Spain where the Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has already ordered the confinement of all citizens. Nevertheless, Valencia Club de Fútbol was already considering this possibility when the virus had barely reached Europe.Because those of Mestalla were pioneers in the prevention of this disease. Over three weeks ago Official sources of the entity recognized AS that they were preparing the club structure “for something very serious” and that from Spain “was not yet aware” of the rapidity with which the disease spread. Not surprisingly, the property has kept in mind what real problems the coronavirus had because in Singapore it was one of the first places where the infection crossed the border with China and wreaked havoc.And that’s why, so the club’s top leadership has already taken measures even for the game that the team played in Milan taking the temperature to the players at almost all times since that February 19. And in fact, he also came to consider not letting Italian fans in on the return if the authorities did not take action.
The first formal meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) dubbed ‘Aide Memoire’Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), ended in Monrovia Thursday, May 29.The four-day (May 27-29) meeting, held in the Conference room of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, was hosted with the objective to jointly review the implementation of the Liberia-European Union (EU) VPA Agreement that entered into force on December 1, 2013.Other objectives of the VPA are to put into place systems to verify the legality of Liberia’s timber production, and also to strengthen forest sector governance.This process, according to a statements by participants, is expected to last for several years and will bring the Liberian forestry sector to a state-of-the-art and sustainable status, thereby leading to increased long term revenues for communities and the government, and investment and job creation.The EU has similar agreement with Ghana, the Republic of Congo, Cameroun; Indonesia and is negotiating others around the world.The Minister of Agriculture, Florence Chenoweth co-chaired the just-ended meeting. She was assisted by the Head of Delegation of the EU to Liberia, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, and was attended by other distinguished guests and observers.Among them was the Managing Director of the Forestry Development (FDA), Harrison S. Karnwea, other EU member States, and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (FDID), Civil Society, private sector and key development partners.Other members of the Liberian team included representatives from the MOA, FDA, Ministries of Justice, Commerce and Industry, National Bureau of Concessions and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Some of the issues discussed center on key milestones in the development of the timber legality assurance system, recent developments and challenges in the sector, including forestry management agreements and improved transfer of timber revenues to communities.The meeting finally reviewed the support provided by the United Kingdom and the European Union to Liberia in the forestry sector.In his remark, Ambassador Pacifici said he was encouraged by the ‘frankness and inclusiveness’ of the discussions. By that, he believes it was in recognition of recent efforts made by the Government of Liberia and the FDA to address issues surrounding community forestry management agreements rights and charting a way forward to strengthen the roll out of community forestry, with the active involvement of civil society.For his part, Mr. Karnwea welcomed the role that Liberia-based non-governmental organizations were playing in the sector.He then expressed gratitude to the EU, DFID, the United States Agency International Development (USAID) and others—who are providing support to local NGOs to build their capacities to actively carry out activities in supporting the monitoring of forestry operations and in reporting any identified irregularities to the FDA.Mr. Karnwea also stressed the importance of FDA working relationship with partners to empower Liberians solve problems. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Just a few days after unexpectedly returning from China, rap group Soul Fresh has denied previous news reports that they were jailed while in that country seeking a wider career spotlight.The news about the group being imprisoned emerged a month ago on social media through a blog. The rappers’ silence on social media and people not knowing their whereabouts added to the reports.The group has, however, termed the news as rubbish intended to tarnish their reputation.‘’We were not in prison in China, but detained for 10 days because the organizers did not have the permit to host the show,” Soul Fresh said, adding, “We were on rehearsal with several foreign artists for an upcoming show before the ugly situation happened. It came as a surprise to us.”In an interview with DJ Blue on HottFm this week, JB of the group said all artists on rehearsal that day were victimized; however, they were released at the end of the ten day detention period.Still on the affair, the group also denied rumors that their arrest was as a result of their involvement in a drug deal.“Nothing like that ever happened; in fact, our six month visa is still intact. Our visa was not terminated, and right now we can go back to China if we wish,” the group narrated.However, the group did not say where they were held in detention. The award winning rap duo are expected to shortly release a new single called ‘Play Your Role’ as well as appealing to Liberians to stop spreading false information when there is no evidence.Meanwhile, the group Xman Entertainment, who made it possible for Soul Fresh to travel to China, said they are not in the mood to comment on any issue concerning the artists.However, an unauthorized speaker, who is also an executive member for the company, said they did not know what actually happened with the group in China.“While in China they refused to communicate with us back home, but our partners, who we sent them to, is not fake. They have a permit to do shows, and the matter of fact is that we have a good relationship,” our source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 24-year-old labourer who allegedly killed two vagrants on Regent Street, Georgetown was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Devon Johnson, also known as “Spongie”, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Devon JohnsonIt is alleged that on November 11, 2019 at Regent Street, Georgetown, he murdered Raymond Samaroo, and that same day, at Regent and Light Streets, Georgetown, he murdered Andrew Benjamin.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that about 21:30h on November 11, 2019, Samaroo was standing on the southern pavement of Regent Street in the vicinity of Household Plus Store when Johnson, who was armed with a knife, approached him and dealt him several stabs about his body and made good his escape. With respect to the second charge, the Prosecutor stated that about 03:00h, Benjamin and another person were asleep at Regent and Light Streets when Johnson approached them and dealt Benjamin several chops about his body before making good his escape.Following an investigation, Police ranks obtained Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage, which allegedly showed the accused stabbing the men.The court further heard that the accused was subjected to a medical evaluation and found to be unfit to be charged for the offences. However, based on advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) he was charged. The case will continue on December 18, 2019.
At the Signal Iduna Park, Borussia Dortmund host Bayern Munich in a game that is known as Der Klassiker in Germany.With so many quality players on display we are sure to see some moments of magic and hopefully more goals to match these finishes in the two videos.Bayern won in Munich 2-1 the last time these two Bundesliga rivals met, but with Pep Guardiola’s men 31 points ahead of their opponents, who do you think will win here?
THE food police are at it again. This time the subject is salt. The American Medical Association has joined the nanny chorus calling on the federal Food and Drug Administration to limit how much salt manufacturers use in their prepared meals. The FDA staged hearings last week asking researchers to explain sodium’s well-documented links to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity. We have a better, cheaper and easier suggestion: How about haranguing shoppers into reading labels already on the package and making healthier choices. Sodium content is printed clearly on existing labels that are simple and easy to understand – for those who bother to scan them. Americans know salt is unhealthy in great quantities, and go right ahead and choose taste and convenience over what they know is good for them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEducation and public awareness are better solutions than the government messing with manufacturers’ recipes. President Bush already plans to soon launch a nationwide campaign to reduce obesity, particularly among children. The food industry would rightly prefer a voluntary effort and letting market demand dictate ingredients, as it did when trans fats began making headlines. Just as New York City and the state of California began attempting to ban trans fats, many foodmakers voluntarily removed them. We would like nothing more than to see this overweight nation slim down and eat healthier, but not at the expense of businesses and consumers being able to make their own choices.
It’s doubtful the government’s going to have to worry about dipping into that $22 billion pot for any of its impoverished military widows – due to that cutoff at $7,094 a year. “It’s an unrealistic amount, and worse, it holds out false hope for a lot of poor widows who read the story and thought they might be eligible for a few hundred dollars more a month,” Fraser said. He’s right. It stinks. Is this any way for the government to treat Johnny Cordell’s widow? Johnny and Bea were a couple of teenagers living in poverty in the mountains of Kentucky when the U.S. government came looking for young men to fight in World War II. Johnny enlisted and distinguished himself early on, rising to the rank of master sergeant as a tank driver in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army as it battled across Germany into Czechoslovakia and Austria. He was one of those young, brave guys, standing on a tank, we saw in those black-and-white newsreels – smiling and blowing kisses home when the Germans finally surrendered. Johnny came home to marry Bea, and they moved to Oregon to start a new life and their family. He worked in the mills the rest of his life, dying 13 years ago. And now his widow lives alone in a mobile-home park on $990 a month – $400 a month more than the government thinks she needs to collect some of her husband’s military pension. “As a little girl, I remember Dad talking about Patton and how proud he was to have served with him,” says his daughter, Vonda. “My father was a humble man – a proud veteran who loved his country.” You wonder how he would feel today watching the government he fought for turn down his widow for a few more bucks a month because she’s making too much at $11,880 a year? I called the VA on Wednesday, but officials there couldn’t run away from this story fast enough. It took them all day to work on a two-sentence response that passed the buck. “Pensions and other benefits are set legislatively by Congress,” spokeswoman Valerie Williams said. “VA administers the pension program within the congressionally set guidelines.” In other words, blame Congress for shortchanging the nation’s war widows, not them. I tried reaching some of our local congressmen, but, to be fair, it was short notice. I’ll give them a few more days to see if they want to respond. Michael Briggs, press secretary for Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, did send me an e-mail saying he was unable to help on the question Wednesday, but he added, “Please keep Brad in mind in the future, and thanks for your interest.” Believe me, I will definitely keep Brad in mind. In the meantime, the Frasers don’t want you to feel sorry for Bea, because money isn’t everything. She has many grandkids living nearby to visit her, and there’s nothing more important than that, Bea says. If her $990 a month doesn’t stretch far enough, the kids chip in to make sure she gets what she needs. It’d be nice, though, if the government set realistic income guidelines for the nation’s war widows – and chipped in to help them, too. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card With the $200 a month she’s spending for prescription drugs and medical-insurance payments, surely his mother-in-law was in line for some of that cash, Bob figured. She wasn’t. Not even close. To be eligible for the death benefit as a surviving spouse with no dependent children – which Bea is – she had to be living on a maximum of $7,094 a year – or roughly $590 a month. Bea could deduct a few things, such as her medical costs, to knock down her earnings, but her income still didn’t come close to meeting the VA’s guidelines. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Who, other than the homeless, survives on $590 a month? You can’t rent a studio apartment in Van Nuys for that. Forget buying food or other necessities. The Department of Veterans Affairs reached out last month to impoverished military veterans or their widows, who were asked to pick up the phone and give officials a call. Almost $22 billion goes unpaid in pension benefits because the government can’t find qualified recipients. To qualify for the money, all they have to do is be dirt-poor. Robert Fraser of Saugus read about the program in a wire service story the Daily News published Dec. 23, and he decided to call on behalf of his 89-year-old mother-in-law, Bea Cordell. She’s living in an Oregon mobile-home park, getting by on her late husband’s Social Security pension of $990 a month – $11,880 a year.