first_imgBELINDA STRONACH REACTS TO AFFIRMATION OF SUPPORT AS 2019 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS REMAIN AT SANTA ANITA PARK NOV. 1 & 2“Thank you to the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors for their support today in reaffirming their commitment to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita this November.  Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain steadfast in our commitment to put the health and safety of the horses and riders above all else and we are pleased that the Breeders’ Cup board recognized and shares in that goal. We also thank our state’s industry stakeholders, including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the California Horse Racing Board, along with the hard-working men and women who work directly with the horses, and those employees who take care of our customers, for embracing the reforms that have been put in place this winter at Santa Anita as we collectively work towards making California racing the safest and best in the world.”last_img read more

“I’d rather go to Espanyol, the club of my dreams, than Barcelona”

first_imgHe is the fashionable footballer. In the Netherlandswhere it was proclaimed best player of the months of January and February, before the Eredivisie was suspended, and beyond. The cancellation of that championship has led to Willem II, the team that leads from the core, will participate in the next edition of the Europa League. A sort of parrot inheritance, judging by his own words. Those of Pol Llonch. With colder but more tranquility than in Barcelona, Pol Llonch lives in Tilburg with his partner and their two children, longing for the paella, which could have tasted again in January, when he was associated with Girona, where he played precisely after leaving the Blue and Whites’ subsidiary. Not surprisingly, just over three years ago, In January 2017, he was playing Second B matches with Recreativo Granada. And now he will go to the Europa League. At least there will be a parakeet. The ‘pit bull’, As he is known for his ability to retrieve balls, at just 19 years old he faced the Barcelona first team, in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey 2011-12, being the player of L’Hospitalet. “He was the best Barça in history, with Pep Guardiola, and in the first leg we only lost 0-1, it was to be proud“Confesses Pol Llonch, who keeps at home the shirt that Gerard Piqué gave him at the end of the match. Not surprisingly, and on the question of what has been your toughest opponent, has no doubts in answering that the Barcelona. “I faced Xavi. I wanted to press it, but he was always late, he always cheated on me. I often saw him on television, but turned out to be incredibly smart in the field“Abounds.Luuk de Jong harder than FrenkieThe surprise in this regard is about his rivals in the Eredivisie: “Frenkie de Jong (current Barça player) it was very good but I found it harder to play against Luuk de Jong (who now plays for Sevilla). It is strong, big, with good technique and faster than it seems ”, he argued.And Espanyol returns to the scene when he claims that Zinedine Zidane was her childhood idolBut French was not the only one in his reference list. “But As he was a great follower of Espanyol, he also admired Raúl Tamudo, the scorer and captain. When I was four years old, my uncle, a great parakeet fan, took me to the stadium. Then I fell in love with the club. And finally I played in the subsidiary”Says the midfielder, who played for Espanyol B in the 2014-15 season.Goal! ‘); Return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The double-page story of the Dutch magazine ‘Goal!’ with Pol Llonch.Goal! In an extensive interview for the Dutch magazine ‘Goal!’, the midfielder makes a firm declaration of principles. Asked where he would like to play the day he leaves Willem II, he answers: “I would like to play someday in the Spanish, English or German League. But the club of my dreams is Espanyol. In fact, I’d rather go to Espanyol than Barcelona”Proclaims the footballer, whose phrase is the headline chosen to preside over this double-page report.last_img read more

SOCU charges discriminatory, abuse of court’s process – Ali

first_img…as High Court challenge halts magistrates’ courts caseAfter being handed 19 fraud-related charges in November 2018 by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU); Magistrates’ Courts proceedings against former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali have been put on hold as he moved to challenge the merit of the State’s case at the High Court.Ali in his writ filed, among several citations, contends that the case, related to the sale of lands at Plantation Sparendaam (Pradoville Two), East Coast Demerara is tantamount to an abuse of the court’s process. He is represented by Senior Counsel Neil Boston, Anil Nandlall, among other attorneys while the respondents in the matter are Police Commissioner, Leslie James, Chief Magistrate AnnPPP executive member and Former Minister of Housing Irfaan AliMcLennan, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack and Police Detective Corporal Muninlall Persaud.In a writ seen by Guyana Times, the Parliamentarian made a multiplicity of applications to the court consequent to the charges on the 19 individual case jackets. His position is that the charges are “irrational, arbitrary, capricious, whimsical, malicious, biased, without any proper evidential basis, made in bad faith, influenced by irrelevant and improper considerations and motives, unreasonable, discriminatory, unlawful, null, void and of no effect.”In his application, Ali is seeking two orders of Certiorari – one quashing the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge him with the offence of Conspiracy to Defraud Contrary to Common Law. The second seeks to quash the oath of SOCU rank Corporal Persaud he gave at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts in respect to the 19 charges.The applicant has sought an order to prohibit the chief magistrate or any otherPolice Commissioner Leslie JamesGeorgetown magistrate from attempting to hear the matter or take any further steps following the Corporal Persaud’s oath. Ali had also sought an interim order preventing the case being heard until the determination of the High Court challenge. Moreover, the former minister desires to secure a declaration that the particulars of the charge do not constitute an offence known to law and contravene Section 144 (4) of the Constitution and that there is not statutory or common law that requires a valuaton prior to the sale of property.Ali further wants the court to declare that the decision to lay the charges is vague and unconstitutional. Additionally, he is seeking costs, general damages, exemplary damages, aggravated damages all amounting to not less than $100,000 and whichever other directions the court views as just.SOCU is alleging that Ali defrauded the State of over $174 million but the Leonora, West Coast Demerara resident denies the allegations in the charges, which stated that he committed a criminal act without first obtaining a valuation.“I deny selling any lands to any persons. Moreover, assuming arguendo that the facts as alleged in the Charges are true, which is denied, 1 have been informed by counsel and verily believe that the particulars as contained therein do not amount to any offence known to law, which even if proven, are impossible to yield a conviction for the offences charged,” an excerpt of the case file argues.He has also highlighted that the charges have been laid nine years after the factDPP Shalimar Ali-Hackand furthermore said that the case is prejudicial to him.“It is an open and notorious fact that I am being actively considered as a presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party…and the respondents’ failure to act swiftly and without delay in prosecuting the Charges has caused and is causing me grave and irreversible damage, prejudicing my eligibility,” he said in his proceedings.He added that the allegations have caused him loss and damage and if not punished, “may result in other frivolous charges being filed against the public at large.” He also appealed for an urgent hearing which is slated to be heard on Friday.When Ali reappeared before Chief Magistrate McLennan, the matter was adjourned to February 6. However, in light of Ali’s pending High Court challenge, those proceedings will have to be put on hold. On Monday when the matter was called at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, State Prosecutor Patrice Henry, informed the court that additional statements are outstanding and as such more time is needed to obtain these.SOCU is accusing the former minister of selling 19 plots of land located at Goedverwagting and Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, below their valued prices. According to the charges, SOCU is contending that the plots of land were sold at $39.8 million when they were actually valued $212.4 million.The High Court challenged is expected to be heard on Friday.last_img read more

Company uncertainty affecting us, admits Nakumatt coach

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi (far right) on the technical bench during a past Kenyan Premier League match. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 3- Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi has admitted the uncertainty surrounding their sponsor, Supermarket chain Nakumatt Holdings has affected them but he hopes his charges can weather the storm and finish off the season successfully.The regional supermarket chain has been going through tough financial times and has been forced to close some of its branches as it grapples with debts and high operational costs. Mwangi’s side sit 11th in the Kenyan Premier League standings but they have lost all their last three matches, against Ulinzi Stars and back-to-back against giants Gor Mahia who beat them 2-0 on Saturday and 1-0 on Wednesday.“It was a good performance from us considering what we are going through. We have all been seeing in the news what the company has been going through and even the team is going through tough times. But I congratulate the boys because they have been trying despite the circumstances,” the coach told Capital Sports after the team’s 1-0 loss to Gor on Wednesday.Nakumatt FC players ose for a group photo before a past kenyan Premier League match. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNakumatt have been referred to as the ‘money-bags’ considering the hefty salaries they pay players as well as the heavy sign-on fees they have been handing to players especially when they were still in the second tier seeking promotion.They earned the much needed lift to top tier football at the start of the 2017 season when the Football Kenya Federation made the decision to increase the league to 18 teams.Mwangi admits that the uncertainty might affect the performance of the team, but maintains they will keep fighting hard to ensure they achieve their target of finishing in the top half of the table.“To be honest I don’t know much about what is happening because my work is only on the pitch. I am sure in the next couple of weeks we should know what is going on. It is somehow affecting the players bit I am trying to give them motivation,” the coach added.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere takes on nakumatt’s Kennedy Onyango. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe Premier League newcomers will put their woes behind as they travel to Nakuru to face soldiers Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium on Saturday. Mwangi is confident they can pick up a revenge win and keep their hopes on track.“We have some few injuries but we hope we can manage. Every game is different and with a different approach. It will be a tough game away from home but we have to go and get a win. I know we can still manage to keep our top half target because the gap is not that big,” Mwangi noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bandari eye CAF Confederations Cup success

first_imgThis time round, the dockers are targeting to go one better with an ultimate hope of making it into the group phase for the first time ever.“I think the target always is to go better than the last time and as at now, that is the minimum target we are working on. I have talked to the boys and told them how important continental football is because that is where they can be exposed to more teams and they can advance their careers,” head coach Bernard Mwalala said.The dockers have had one of the best pre-season training phases in their history, having gone for a week long camp in South Africa before travelling to Rwanda for the CECAFA Kagame Cup.Bandari FC players during a training session in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMwalala admits as much and says the ball now is in the players’ coyrt to ensure they pick maximum points at home and get their campaign started on a flyer.“With such home and away matches, the secret always is to do well in your home matches. This first game is very important for us and we need to go in and give our best to get a comfortable advantage. We are finishing off away from home and we got to ensure we take control of the game early,” the coach added.Meanwhile, Mwalala has admitted he doesn’t know much about Shandy, but believes they will devise a workable strategy to get maximum points.“It has been a bit difficult to get some clips of their game but what we have done is work on our own tactical plan for that game. If we can execute our strategy, I think we should not worry much about the other team,” stated the coach.0Shares0000(Visited 57 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala chats with members of his technical bench during a training session in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions Bandari FC begin their second sojourn into continental football on Saturday afternoon when they take on Sudanese side Al Ahly Shandy at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round.Bandari first played at the high table of African football in 2016 just after they won their first Shield title but were unlucky not to go past the preliminary round, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Congolese outfit St. Elloi Lupopo.last_img read more

Storm threat delays Mardi Gras parade

first_img Nearly all the Krewe of Dreux members are living somewhere else in Louisiana or another state because of the storm. Several were costumed with blue tarp, like the tarpaulins that cover damaged roofs, and their route went past piles of debris and dead trees and shrubs. One woman at the Bacchus Lounge, Patty Shore, wearing a black cape emblazoned with a giant hurricane icon, said she used to live in Gentilly and wasn’t going to let Katrina’s aftermath prevent her annual return. “I think it’s more important than ever,” she said. “This is who we are, and this is our home.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW ORLEANS – The last big weekend of the annual Carnival season drew healthy crowds to two Mardi Gras parades on Saturday, but a threat of evening showers pushed one of the city’s biggest and glitziest processions back a day. Some had stayed out overnight in tents or on sofas to claim prime turf to watch the parades staged by private clubs, called krewes. Alfred Washington, 50, a New Orleans native and a bassist in a local band, said the parades were good for the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. “We have hurricanes down here all the time. Mardi Gras is going to go on. It’s part of our culture. It is us,” Washington said as the Krewe of Iris headed down St. Charles Avenue, with the Krewe of Tucks behind them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It kept our minds off our worries for a while. After this, we’ll get back to work gutting houses and stuff,” he said. The celebrity-studded Krewe of Endymion’s parade with elaborate floats through the Uptown area, which was relatively unscathed by Katrina’s floods, was put off until today because of the threat of evening thunderstorms. It will roll after the Krewe of Bacchus, another “super krewe,” police said. Ed Muniz, Endymion’s captain, told WWL-TV that between 500 and 600 of his 2,200-member krewe live out of town post-Katrina and likely would miss today’s parade because of scheduled flights that leave before its start. In suburban Metairie, the Krewe of Isis also put off its evening parade until today, which was expected to be sunny and breezy. But in the flood-ravaged Gentilly neighborhood, about 50 members of the ragtag Krewe of Dreux set out on their 34th annual parade. They gathered in the neighborhood’s Bacchus Lounge, a shell of its former self because it had to be gutted after Katrina flooded it to the ceiling. last_img read more


first_imgThe Naomh Mhuire GAA Club from the Lower Rosses last week honoured Seamus Rodgers and Tony Doherty as their first to enter the Club Hall of Fame.Both men were founding members of the Club in 1980 and have given over 31 years of service. They both still hold positions within the tight knit West Donegal Club.“Tony and Seamus are a reflection of our Club and its community. They have worked hard against the odds at times in establishing a club for all with facilities for which we are forever grateful”….said Club Chairman Cormac McGarvey on Saturday night at the Club Dinner. NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB HONOUR FOUNDING FATHERS was last modified: January 28th, 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) Tags:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB HONOUR FOUNDING FATHERSlast_img read more

Middle colleges emerge

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gone are the stereotypical cliques, jocks, cheerleaders and others caught up in the hierarchy of being cool. At this school, where daily schedules consist of four high school classes and six college units, the 200 students are less interested in football games and dances and more focused on graduation and moving on with their adult lives. “I was bored at Saugus High School,” said Lam, a senior. “I knew I was going to College of the Canyons after graduation and thought this would be a good start.” Known as middle colleges, there are about 13 such schools in the state and 31 nationwide. The concept first started in 1974 at a New York community college as an alternative for high school students on the verge of dropping out. Since then, middle colleges have developed into an alternative school system for all types of students with a wide range of grade-point averages seeking a change from traditional high school environments. SANTA CLARITA – For 17-year-old Brendan Reape, it was the small student body and even smaller campus. With Eugene Duffy, 17, it was the chance for a more rigorous class load. Marlene Lam, 17, wanted a jump-start on college. Their reasons may be different for attending Academy of the Canyons – a high school for juniors and seniors on the campus of College of the Canyons – but their explanations for staying were the same: more challenging classes and less social pressure. The 200 students who attend Academy of the Canyons, a cluster of modular trailers tucked next to the community college’s large concrete buildings, hail from public and private school systems. Some were home-schooled. “We have students who are 2.0 and students who are 4.0-plus, and everything in between,” said Principal Jill Shenberger. All went through an application and interview process for the school, which is part of the William S. Hart Union High School District. Not all applicants are accepted to the school, which is now in its sixth year of operation. Shenberger said the teens thrive in the small school community, in part because she and the faculty know all students by name. Many students arrived there looking for an atmosphere that’s more personable than what’s found in many high schools. But as varied as the students are, Shenberger finds they often have one common trait: focus. Shenberger said the 17- and 18-year-olds at the school are all goal-oriented, whether that means graduating from high school early or jumping ahead with college transcripts. Those goals may contribute to their high achievements in their college courses. Last year, Academy of the Canyons students outperformed classmates in their college courses by about 12 percent, a three-percent increase from the year before, according to a College of the Canyons study. Students on average scored about eight percent higher last year than the 800 others from the William S. Hart Union High School District also taking classes at the community college, according to the study. In addition, after graduation from Academy of the Canyons in 2004, about 84 percent of the students continued their college education. About 68 percent of Hart district graduates that same year pursued college, according to the same study. Leslie Crunelle, assistant superintendent for educational services at the Hart district, was not surprised with the results from the study, because she said students in Academy of the Canyons are there to accelerate their education. “These students have made a conscious choice to be in an environment where that’s part of their educational experience,” Crunelle said. “That is always a powerful indicator of success.” Daniel Wise, 16, said that at Academy of the Canyons, he has a heavier workload with both sets of classes. But he finds that the studies are more involved and productive than were his classes at Valencia High School. He appreciates the change. “At high school, you learn about what happened,” the high school junior said. “Here it’s more analytical and in-depth.” Duffy said he finds his classes challenging, that they force him to think more. At his former high school, Duffy said, he was blazing through courses without a hitch. The high school senior also prefers the small campus found at Academy of the Canyons and its tightly knit student body, where he has made many friends. “There isn’t the regular stereotypical social structure here,” Duffy said. “People are friendly. I’ve made more friends here than at regular high school.” Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 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

Wenger to leave Arsenal

first_img Tags: Ardene wengerarsenaltop Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will step down from his role at the end of the season.In a statement to the club’s website, he said: “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.Details to follow“My love and support forever.”Comments last_img read more

A modern makeover for the traditional hat

first_imgBabula Gouda, a Class IX student from the remote Khajuribania village in Odisha’s Ganjam district, has improvised the traditional ‘Talari’ hat used by farmers with some modern technology. He has named his innovation ‘smart-Talari’. ‘Talari’ is a large hat made of bamboo or cane that protects agricultural labourers from the sun and rain when they work in the fields. His ‘smart-Talari’ generates solar power to run gadgets added to it. Using less than ₹500, with support and guidance of his science teacher Raghunath Behera, he has transformed the traditional ‘Talari’ to ‘smart-Talari’. Only locally available materials and gadgets were used for his innovation. Babula studies in Merikote High School of Surada block. He hails from a family of farmers. During free time he helps his parents in agricultural work. According to him, the idea to use ‘Talari’ for several other purposes came to him while in the fields. He used to play songs on a small mobile phone while keeping a watch on the grazing cattle. The battery of the mobile used to discharge fast and he had no charging facility nearby. So, he added a small solar power panel from a rechargeable torch on top of the ‘Talari’. The power generated could recharge his mobile phone.When he told about it to his teacher, Mr. Behera, the teacher-student duo decided to develop the ‘smart-Talari’. Now the solar powered ‘smart-Talari’ has two small fans to cool working farmers and a light to help at night. It also has a FM radio and audio player kit for entertainment and weather forecast.last_img read more