first_imgSANTA ANITA TO REOPEN INNER EXERCISE TRACKArcadia, CA – March 7, 2019 – Starting Friday, March 8, 2019, Santa Anita will reopen its inner exercise track to all horses stabled on the grounds.  That track, about six furlongs (3/4 of a mile) in circumference, is inside both the one mile main track and seven furlong turf course at Santa Anita.  Since opening day there have been no catastrophic injuries sustained on it.Veteran trackman Dennis Moore and Dr. Mick Peterson from University of Kentucky’s Racing Surfaces Testing Lab inspected the inner exercise track. After evaluating it extensively, Moore said he’s “happy with it”.  Once it reopens, they will closely monitor that track’s condition as horses stabled at Santa Anita Park begin using it.“Like all athletes horses need to stay active, so this is a good decision for their overall health since it allows our horses to get out of their stalls and keeps them moving to aid their digestion,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.Use of the inner exercise track will be restricted to galloping or jogging only until further notice.Press Contacts:Tiffani Steer, Tiffani.Steer@stronachgroup.comMike Willman, Mike.Willman@santaanita.comlast_img read more

Modric’s incident with the Police during the state of alarm

first_imgThere is no soccer but any time is good to tell funny anecdotes of the days of confinement. During a live on Instagram, Marcelo told his partner Vinicius a most curious story that features his partner, Luka Modric.. And is that the left side of the Real Madrid He related what happened to the Croatian midfielder near his home days ago with the police. “I was playing soccer with my son and the ball fell into the street. My son went looking for him and the police told him that he was going to fine him for being on the street “, Marcelo said with a laugh. And is that Modric telephoned, somewhat annoyingly, the Brazilian player to tell him about his little altercation with the Police, during the coronavirus alarm state. Fortunately, although Marcelo did not count it, but it seems that the story ended well and everything could be clarified. And finally, there was no fine for Modric’s son.last_img read more

‘We must win’ – Coley says Reggae Boyz must deliver in Haiti after 2-0 surrender to Panama

first_imgHaving pinpointed a number of areas where Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz failed to deliver in Friday night’s 2-0 surrender to Panama at the National Stadium, assistant coach Miguel Coley conceded a painful defeat, but said there will be no ‘licking of wounds’ as his charges will go all out to bounce back against Haiti on Wednesday. The Jamaicans failed to convince in Friday night’s opening game of their semi-final campaign in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match and watched as Panama cruised to three points in Group B of the round robin phase. Armando Cooper, with a 42nd minute free kick and a Wes Morgan own goal, subjected Jamaica to defeat. Elsewhere, Costa Rica also won three points to share leadership in the group, following their 1-0 win over Haiti, who, like Jamaica, are without a point. “In terms of Panama, over the years, it is not a team that we have done so well against. It’s not about underestimating them. Panama has always got a good result from us, so it is a team that we wanted to beat more than anything else. They have now scored four set pieces against us, and it’s not about underestimating any team whatsoever. It’s football and we have to go out there and fight, and Panama is one of those teams that we needed to win against,” Coley stressed. “They have beaten us at home and we now have to get a good result in Haiti.” The Reggae Boyz, who once played at ‘The Office’ like world champions in years gone by, have now suffered successive defeats at the venue at the hands of Nicaragua (3-2) and now Panama. “We want to protect this field, it means a lot to us. It’s a lot of pressure the guys go under out there, they want to do well here. Needless to say it was a bad performance and going to Haiti we know that it’s a must win, it’s a tough group and we have to do good and win,” Coley continued. Only the top two teams will advance to the six-nation Hexagonal that ultimately decides the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. “It’s a tough loss; in the first-half I don’t think we played that much cohesive. The Panamanians came here and they pressed us, we didn’t create the best chances as possible in the first-half,” assessed Coley. “In the second half the intent was to go out there and get back the goal. But we conceded an own goal and in the last 20 minutes of time we pushed and tried to get that goal, but it wasn’t to be,” Added Coley, who was in charge of the team in the absence of head coach Winfried Schäfer, who was serving a one-match FIFA ban. He remains buoyed by his team’s communication out on the pitch and said they “will improve”.last_img read more

Henry’s 20-day ban overturned

first_imgFormer champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry has successfully appealed a 20-day suspension and $10,000 fine imposed by the raceday stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in the fourth race on Saturday, July 26.The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to the 30-1outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden race on the day in question, but the stewards were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on September 29.His suspension was to have taken effect on October 10, but he appealed to the full commission and was granted a stay until the case was reviewed on Tuesday.COMPELLINGARGUMENTSAfter hearing submissions from the stewards, trainer Patrick Lynch and compelling arguments from Ed Barnes representing Henry, the full commission overturned the decision of the stewards, allowing Henry to walk.Since his return from a stint in the United States in July, Henry has been riding very well, notching 32 wins (including a recent four-timer) to hold down ninth position in the jockeys’ standings.- O.C.last_img read more

Padda blasts ref after ‘crucial’ call in Adamson win over UE

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Adamson stops skid, downs much-improved UE for 5th spot Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown First official Angelo Haw, who is a national referee, allowed a pancake on UE’s side after Lea Ann Perez’ hit.Perez and her teammates began to celebrate after they felt they’ve scored 13-11 but Haw never blew his whistle to signal a point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“There was no pancake, clearly the ball was down, it wasn’t even close to getting a pancake,” said Padda Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “How do you call that a pancake? That was crucial.”Adamson still got the 13-11 lead on the sequence when Laizah Ann Bendong’s pass to Mary Ann Mendrez went too high and landed out of bounds. MOST READ SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University went tit-for-tat against University of the East just to get its five-set victory, 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-16, 15-12, in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.And part of that exchange was a controversial call that Lady Falcons head coach Air Padda absolutely decried against.ADVERTISEMENT “Thank God we got the point, but if we hadn’t gotten the point what would’ve happened then the score would’ve been 12-12. You can’t do that in the fifth set and it pisses me off.”The incident wasn’t the first time that the game officials drew the ire of Padda.Adamson lost in five sets against University of the Philippines, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14, in its previous game and a similar situation happened and also in the fifth set when one of Diana Carlos’ spikes were ruled legal despite Padda’s insistence that it went out.There was also Mylene Paat’s spike that was ruled out that gave UP a 12-10 lead in the fifth.“I do believe we lost the fifth set to UP because of the refs, I do believe there were two controversial calls that you can’t make those calls in the fifth set,” added Padda. “You need to be perfect as a ref, and I believe the fifth set loss against UP was because of them.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

Protected areas for each region achievable in 3 years – Granger

first_imgThe goal of creating biodiversity protected areas for each administrative region is achievable within the next three years, President David Granger said.President David GrangerHe made this assertion on his weekly televised programme the “Public Interest”, stating that given Guyana’s geographical and biological diverse position, each region should have protected areas.President Granger indicated that government has identified that there are endangered species in all ten regions, and so finds it imperative to protect them.The Head of State added that Guyana has some of the most attractive wildlife in the world and because of this ecotourism will become one of the economic booms of the country’s future.Thus, he posited that the goal should be achievable within the next three years.Recently, Guyana was charged with the responsibility to press Brazil for the Amazon Fund to be expended for Guiana Shield biodiversity scientific research when President David Granger declared the Fourth International Congress on Biodiversity of Guiana Shield open.The IV International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield is a forum organised by several local partners that sees the participation of scientists, policy makers, Private Sector entities and other stakeholders from across the Region and beyond.President Granger had suggested that since the world was under threat from human activities that decimate the environment and cause global warming, the Shield’s existence was important. He stated that it was the organisation’s duty to protect and preserve the ecosystem. Currently, the Guiana Shield comprises six nations which have dedicated their forests to conservation.Granger proposed that it was crucial for the Shield to receive funding to carry out its mandate. He also suggested the establishment of a permanent institution aimed at protecting, conserving and sustaining the Guiana Shield biodiversity.He said such an institution should be a functioning scientific research institute and be a secretariat to coordinate efforts and combine the works of the Shield. He also touted that there should be a comprehensive biodiversity policy developed to assist with information sharing.Speaking on the Public Interest, Granger stated that there are many parts of Guyana’s environment that has been damaged because of logging and mining and so it is necessary to understand the importance of the protection of the environment.He said further that the loggers and miners should become more prudent about the effects that their trade has on the environment, calling on them to conduct their works in a more responsible manner.United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Khadija Musa had stated that there is no doubt that the Guiana Shield is worth protecting, and added that it was critical for the respective governments to tap into the resources that the Fund possess.The main purpose of the Amazon Fund is to provide support for projects to stop, observe and combat deforestation, as well as for the conservation and sustainable use of forests in the Amazon.last_img read more

2 ‘Well-furnished’ Libraries Dedicated in Monrovia

first_imgTwo libraries constructed with funding provided by a retired Dutch volunteer residing in Monrovia, were dedicated over the weekend amidst widespread jubilations spear-headed by school administrators and the student body. The refurbished well-furnished libraries were dedicated at the William V.S. Tubman High and its Sinkor-based annex, the A. Glenn Tubman Elementary and Junior High School, respectively. In an exclusive interview shortly after the well-attended indoor program, Madam Jaeq Turel told the Daily Observer that the projects were borne out of her curiosity to see Liberian students adopt a culture of reading, but with comprehension.Not only did Madam Turel refurbished the two libraries, she was also instrumental in soliciting books and other useful materials that have arose the interest of students to spend most of their leisure hours in school in these libraries. According to her, it was about two years ago when she conceived the idea to revamp and or refurbish libraries of few selected schools in Monrovia especially at the Tubman High and the A. Glenn Elementary schools where she noticed the students could not properly read. Before starting the process, Madam Turel had helped tutor the students primarily with the reading subject where she herself got involved by teaching them to read and understand what they had read. “In my country-The Netherland, some parents like me, most often go to the campuses of schools, especially the primary schools, and begin to teach alongside the teachers some basics of reading to the pupils. This is what I also want to get involve in Liberia while here in my retired age.” She said, because Liberian students are noticed to be lacking (not there) behind in reading, “I started looking for the money as well as other essential reading materials, including current books for primary schools in order to refurbish the libraries. I also encourage the students to take advantage of the libraries.” Unlike in Liberia, she said, in The Netherland (her homeland), parents sometimes volunteered to teach the pupils how to read and write, while the teachers are also doing likewise.  With all the help from Madam Turel by giving the over 2,370 students the needed assistance through refurbishing the libraries, she noted that there were challenges owing to the lack of electricity to provide light and get other stand fans and other appliances (pieces of equipment) functional in the libraries. She also cited the lack of running safe drinking water for the students and their administrators. Madam Turel has expressed gratitude to the Liberian business community and individuals, who helped by making financial contributions to the projects as well as those who donated materials, including wooden tables and other materials to make the projects fruitful. She also extended thanks to the few trained librarians for their tireless efforts to impact the required knowledge to the students. At the occasion, the students as well as their administrators and even other educators, who were in attendance were provided a T-shirt each with various inscriptions, such like…”I support the National Reading Campaign, Learn to Read to Learn!!!, Reading Brightens Your Life, etc.” Several other persons, who made remarks called for help to empower the teachers, and also provide all time maintenance that would preserve the libraries.“We are grateful to Madam Turel for the projects, but we are equally concern about our students making the necessary use of the libraries wherein they would stop running to video clubs and ridding motor-bikes,” each of the speakers corroborated  the previous speakers.While urging for the maintenance of the projects at all times, Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent, A. Benjamin Jacobs called on the students to make maximum use of the facilities.“If you cannot read, you cannot go anywhere in your academic pursuit, because all of our successes in education begin with reading; one have to read to understand the necessities of life. This is how important reading is as it was also written on the T-shirts distributed among the students and others at the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Presidential Clemency Responsible for More Rape Cases

first_imgCllr. Esther Seton Cee, president of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) has said that she is worried about the manner and form of releasing rapist who had been convicted by the court, on Presidential clemency.  According to Cllr. Cee, this is something that is a contributing factor to the increase of rape cases throughout the country.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last December, as part of her Presidential clemency, released from jail over 10 persons. Among them were 81, 80 and 75-year old men, who were convicted of statutory rape.The President said her decision to release those prisoners was based on their poor health.They were released from detention at several prisons, in Lofa, Bong, Maryland and Grand Gedeh Counties.But, addressing journalists at her Broad Street office yesterday, Cllr. Cee said, though the Constitution gives the Presidency the right to grant executive clemency to convicted criminals, they should not consider rapists, murderers and armed robbers for clemency.“The President should not grant clemency to any rapist. They should serve their sentences.  If it is life, let them serve it. Let them serve their punishment and prison term,” Cllr. Cee stressed.“Why release someone who has been convicted of raping a little child?” she asked.She stated that if convicted rapists are made to serve their full term in prison, it would send a clear signal that rape is intolerable and those in the habit of violating young girls and women will not go unpunished.”They should not be pardoned. Let them face the full weight of our law.” Besides,  we are prepare to offer free legal services to the Ministry of Justice to help in the prosecution of rapists throughout the country,” the AFELL leader pledged.Also commenting on the rape and subsequent death of little Ma Musu Fofana, the AFELL executive said, the act needs to condemned, describing it as” barbaric and heinous.”The victim was raped and brutally murdered on Sunday, January 18, in the Moulton corner community, Brewerville by allegedly by a 40 year-old man identified as Musa Kanneh.“We are demanding a speedy and thoroughly investigation of the defendant and have him forwarded to court for prosecution, so as to dispel any notion that children and women are abused with impunity in the country,” declared Cllr. Cee.“Every girl child and woman will continue to be at risk, because many times after the trial, the rape perpetrators are sent to jail and after one or two years they are released.  Afterward, they reappear in the society and walk freely.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GLSC to strengthen capacity of legal division

first_imgThe Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) announced this week that there are plans to recruit additional persons to its legal department in efforts to strengthen its capacity and meeting pressing demands.This was announced by Commissioner of the GLSC, Trevor Benn, who also indicated that plans were in the pipeline to seek assistance from an external legal consultant. The employment of a larger workforce will elevate the department to five lawyers.“At the moment, we have two persons on staff and we intend to hire three others and also we have started a relationship with an external legal consultant as well who will assist the team… We’re taking steps to change the structure of our legal division to make sure it can meet the demands that is being placed on it at the moment,” said Benn.He noted that the Judicial Review Bill would have resulted in some clients seeking assistance from the judicial system to demand answers from the Commission. This has also caused some modification in their operations.“With the passing of the Judicial Review Bill, a number of clients have chosen to utilise the courts to demand answers from Lands and Surveys about the way we’ve been making decisions and which has caused us to review the way we do business here in the Commission.”Nevertheless, Benn insisted that collaboration and communication has been ongoing with other land agencies to ensure that consumers are being served promptly and their issues are addressed.The Commissioner detailed, “We continue to have meetings with our colleague land agencies, the Deeds Registry, the Central Housing and Planning Authority, the Land Registry to name a few to ensure that we are able to meet the demands of our Act as coordinated for all land agencies.”From January 8-12, 2019, Guyana will be hosting the Seventeenth Session of the Committee for the Review of the Convention (CRIC) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre.CRIC is a subsidiary body of the Conference of Parties (CoP). This event will see between 400 to 600 people from over 100 countries and will significantly raise the profile of the country as a ‘green’ state.Guyana has been a signatory to UNCCD and an active participant since 1997 and is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to have acceded to membership of the CRIC Bureau.last_img read more

Stars jet out for Ethiopia AFCON Qualifier

first_img0Shares0000The Harambee Stars starting team line up for a group photo before the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – The first batch of five Harambee Stars players departed for Ethiopia on Saturday alongside coach Sébastien Migné, ahead of their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Ethiopia.The second batch will travel on Monday, with foreign-based players also set to link up with the team in Ethiopia on the same day. Coach Migné, in the meantime, has expressed optimism that Stars will give a good account of themselves while noting that captain Victor Wanyama’s inclusion is a big boost to the team’s pursuit for a second appearance at the continental showpiece.“Of course it won’t be easy against Ethiopia since they are also equally strong, but my players are up to the task and I am confident we will get a positive result,” said coach Migné.“We won against Ghana without our captain, it will be morale boosting for us to also win with him. He is one of our most experienced players and will be crucial for us against Ethiopia,” he added.The match has been slated for Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Bahir Dar Stadium, with the return leg set to be played on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the MISC Kasarani.Saturday traveling teamFarouk Shikalo (Bandari, Kenya), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari, Kenya), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz)Monday traveling teamPiston Mutamba (Sofapaka), Patrick Matasi (Tusker, Kenya), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka, Kenya), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United, Kenya)Foreign Based PlayersMusa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg FC, South Africa), Abud Omar (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), David Ochieng (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden), Ismael Gonzales (Las Palmas, Spain), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol), Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more