first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED BELVOIR BAY DELIVERS IN SATURDAY’S $70,000 WISHING WELL STAKES AS SHE ROMPS BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY MILLER, SHE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON A ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 56.39 DUE TO RECENT RAINS, RACE IS SHIFTED FROM 6 ½ FURLONGS ON HILLSIDE TURF TO TURF OVAL ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2019)–Conditions were to order for heavily favored Belvoir Bay on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she dominated eight rivals in powering to a 4 ¾ length win in the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes under Joel Rosario. Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, the Wishing Well was transferred to five furlongs on the turf oval due to heavy recent rains.  Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, the 6-year-old English-bred mare got the distance over a turf listed as “good” in 56.39.“I felt very confident,” said Rosario.  “She broke out of there very nice.  Gary (Barber) said ‘Let her do her thing, let her be happy,’ and she came with a tremendous run, it was easy.  She broke nice and was in-hand the whole time, she’s just the best.”A sharp 1 ¼ length winner of the Las Cienegas Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on a wet-fast main track on Jan. 12, Belvoir Bay was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40.With the Wishing Well victory, the amazing Belvoir Bay collected her 10thcareer stakes win and her sixth win from nine starts over the Santa Anita turf.  With the winner’s share of $43,260, she increased her earnings to $685,787.  With 10 of her 11 wins coming on turf, Belvoir Bay now has an overall mark of 24-11-4-2.Although never a threat to the winner, longshot Lady Suebee kept to her task and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths over A Little Bit Me.  Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, Lady Suebee was off at 14-1 and paid $7.80 and $7.40.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, A Little Bit Me was off at 9-1 and paid $4.20 to show.Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was unseated shortly after the break aboard number one, Poster Girl, checked out 100 percent physically following the race, according to his agent, Brad Pegram.Fractions on the race were 22.02 and 44.82.Today’s Wishing Well Stakes was named in honor of the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence, who won that year’s Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic.last_img read more

Eze rescues Altas at home

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins But Edgar Charcos exploded with 17 of his 18 points in the second half and Eze muscled his way for the winner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “I would really go to Prince (Eze) on that last shot and you know it with that tip in,” said Perpetual Help coach Frankie Lim.The win kept Perpetual at No. 4 with a 3-2 (win-loss) record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Perpetual’s victory came despite the Altas falling behind by 21 in the first half.SSC’s Allyn Bulanadi sank a triple that gave the Stags a 39-18 lead, their biggest of the game, late in the second period. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Hello again, mate: After ‘basketbrawl,’ PH battles Australia anew in Fiba U18 MOST READ Prinze Eze tipped in the game-winner at the buzzer as Perpetual Help escaped with a 78-76 nail-biter over San Sebastian Thursday to stay in the top four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.With 3.3 ticks to play, AJ Coronel took the inbounds pass and threw a well-placed lob to Eze, who hit the marginal basket to the delight of the home crowd at the Altas gym in Las Piñas.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

I am faced with a health hazard

first_imgDear Editor,Not one, but two young female health workers are attached to the Good Hope/ Pomona NDC in Region #2; but even with their presence, no action has been taken on a complaint made by me, of being faced with a health hazard.My next-door doctor neighbour is rearing poultry on a large scale, and the cleanings from the pens are dumped by my back fence, where the stench becomes unbearable, as well as the nuisance caused by the infestation of flies.My home at Lot 23 Dryshore, Essequibo Coast is made miserable because I have to endure considerable discomfort, inconvenience, and suffering, which could well have been avoided if the health workers were properly performing their duties.It is not even comfortable to have a proper meal, because some of the flies land on the food items being consumed at the time, and the items have to be thrown away.Although more than two weeks ago it was made known to the health workers that fumigation could help, as well as other ways exist to solve this problem once and for all, it just seemed to be like a big joke to them, to laugh about without making any inspection or contacting the person responsible for my discomfort.These officers seem to be under delusion that I am begging them a favour, when in fact they are obligated and are duty bound to be of service to the community.With so much being said to promote a healthy environment, it cannot be achieved from such a lackadaisical attitude, when better needs to be done.Sincerely,Linda Savorylast_img read more

Disaster averted…GPL transformer catches afire

first_imgThe services of the GuyOil Gas Station on Regent Street were brought to a stand-still as a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) transformer burst into flames on Thursday.The GPL transformer burst into flames in front of GuyOil Gas Station on Regent StreetAccording to reports, the fire started around noon in the vicinity of Regent and Wellington Street.Ranks of the Guyana Fire Service were quickly on the scene and successfully contained and put out the fire.last_img

“We have a vision for the extractive industry” – Broomes

first_img…sweeps aside criticisms of mining sectorBudget debate 2018 was spiced up on Wednesday with the presentation of Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes, who said her Government has a vision for the extractive industry, accusing the previous Administration of leaving the industry in a mess.Broomes told the National Assembly that the Government is also working onMinister Simona Broomes during her presentation in the National Assembly on Wednesdaymaking the sector more transparent; one that promotes accountability, has a level playing field and does not discriminate against women miners, and one that can someday become free of human trafficking.Speaking passionately before the House, the activist turned Minister said the coalition Government will also work with all stakeholders in the industry more closely. The aim, according to her, is to also formulate a policy that will guide the extractive sector in future years.“Mr Speaker, within that framework, one of the things we had inherited was the fact where there was no oneness in the sector. The small miners cried out for bullyisim and all the (isims). But we are in the business of fixing and it is this Government that brought about the syndicates,” Broomes asserted.The syndicate project was undertaken as a means of making mining lands available to small miners who could not afford a claim on their own. As a syndicate, small miners now have access to the concessions being offered to other mining groups in the sector.In providing an update on this initiative, Broomes said to date there are 13 syndicates, and out of this amount, there are 339 registered members. This means there is employment for 2635 people and based on the number of dredges, some 10,000 plus households are also benefiting.“It is because of a vision, come 2018, all miners in the sector can look forward to the good life. Mr Speaker, in this year’s budget consultation, the miners came together and we are happy to report that despite dealing with a divided sector… social cohesion is at its best in the extractive sector,” she added.Speaking about the reduction in Tributor’s Tax for medium and small-scale miners from 20 per cent to 10 per cent effective from January 1, 2018, Broomes said this is another good initiative of Budget 2018.However, it was the coalition Government that introduced through the Guyana Revenue Authority the imposition of the Tributor’s Tax for persons engaged in the gold or diamond mining industries who are rewarded for their labour under the tribute system which includes drivers and sailors, among others.The Minister also gave her commitment that Government will continue to place focus on promoting better health and safety standards in the extractive industry and will continue to work towards making all mining operations in Guyana fatality free.The Natural Resources Ministry, she said, will also embark on the training of miners to improve their mining practices and reduce mining-related fatalities by some 80 per cent.“On the same day that His Excellency (President David Granger) was sworn in, there was pit cave in where 10 miners lost their lives… that is what this Government is heading to 100 per cent fatality free. We are an ambitious Government,” she said to the applause from her colleagues.The Minister noted that there are also allocations in the budget to improve the efficiency of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the regulatory agency for the mining agency.She noted that $86.1 million has been budgeted for a ‘tail ends’ management project, while $36 million will go towards the monitoring of water quality in communities in and around mining districts.Broomes also added that $140 million will be spent to improve inspection and monitoring by the Mines Division, $419 million for the Mines Inspectorate Division and $50 million for the Land Management Division.“This Government is ensuring that adequate information is at the GGMC that we will be able to improve the mining sector by having information to give to the miners,” the Minister stated.Minister Broomes used the opportunity on Wednesday to brush aside criticisms of the sector, adding that miners are happy because the Government has listened and reasonably addressed their distresses based on all the initiatives that have been included in Budget 2018.last_img read more

Neighborhood Councils’ interim head leaving post

first_imgThe embattled interim general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Councils is stepping down to take the job of managing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s ambitious effort to plant a million trees in Los Angeles. Lisa Sarno has been at odds with several leaders in the neighborhood council movement, and the decision Tuesday was welcomed by the chairman of the Congress of Neighborhood Councils. “It’s nice to see the mayor has listened to us,” said Brady Westwater, who also serves on the Downtown Neighborhood Council. “This is a good move for him and for her. Lisa has tremendous organizational skills. That was never her problem. Her problem was her inability to work with us in the neighborhood councils.” In recent months, Sarno had been criticized for her administration of the department, including a new requirement on how the neighborhood councils handle their money and hold their elections. The citywide million-trees initiative is just getting under way, and Villaraigosa is assembling the team to oversee its implementation. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Villaraigosa aides said he expects to nominate a successor within the next several weeks. Ken Draper, editor of CityWatch, a newsletter about the neighborhood councils, said he believed it was a good move for Sarno and the department. “Hopefully, it will pave the way for a new direction and new attitude from the department,” Draper said. “Lisa was generating a lot of division within the neighborhood councils. I think, now, the city is capable of creating a new mood.” Criticism of Sarno began almost from the moment she was named as interim general manager to replace Greg Nelson, who retired. Nelson worked on the original plans to develop neighborhood councils and was seen as a tireless advocate on their behalf. last_img read more

Chelsea Clinton mum on prospect of ‘first kid’ return

first_imgNEW YORK – First impressions sometimes create lasting images, and so it is with Chelsea Clinton. For many, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter is still a curly-haired 12-year-old with braces and a shy smile – the first “first kid” since Amy Carter to spend her formative years in the White House. Chelsea Clinton now is a 27-year-old single woman working in the financial sector in New York City. With her mother’s trailblazing quest to win the presidency in 2008, the nation could see Chelsea Clinton return to the White House in a very different role, as an occasional visitor or perhaps even a bride at a White House wedding. Chelsea Clinton has kept a low profile since her mother joined the presidential field in January. She has yet to speak publicly about the prospect of becoming “first kid” a second time. But those who know her describe an exceptionally bright and grounded young woman who will decide for herself what role to play in her mother’s campaign. “She’s not a child living in the White House anymore, so it’s entirely different this time,” said Lisa Caputo, who was Hillary Clinton’s press secretary in Bill Clinton’s first term. “But Chelsea is such a poised young lady in her own right, if anyone has the maturity to deal with the situation, it’s her.” Even so, the Clintons are mindful of their daughter’s privacy and have been determined to protect her from the campaign fishbowl. Requests for interviews with Chelsea Clinton for this story were declined. “She is an adult, so she gets to make those decisions for herself,” Hillary Clinton said in an Associated Press interview in Iowa last weekend when asked what her daughter might do in the campaign. Former President Clinton recently said the family was determined to let Chelsea live as normally as possible. “She has got her own life to live. She works. She does her own range of other activities,” Clinton said in a CNN interview. Advisers say Chelsea Clinton probably will step up appearances later in the campaign as she did in 2000, during the closing months of her mother’s first Senate race in New York. For now, Chelsea is busy with her work at Avenue Capital, a $12 billion New York-based hedge fund run by Marc Lasry, a longtime Clinton donor. Avenue Capital employees have contributed more than $30,000 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid so far, campaign finance records show. She often is spotted around New York with her boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker. 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

Local credit union recognized across the globe as leader in innovative services

first_imgThe story begins in Canada, where NPSCU was the recipient of the National Innovation Award from the Credit Union Central of Canada, and the Service Innovation Award from the Central 1 inNOVAtion Awards. These awards were given in respect for being the first to implement Personal Teller Machines (PTM), providing full financial services to low density areas in northern B.C.The success of PTM technology has led NPCSU to become a resource for other credit unions looking to incorporate these types of innovations into their own branches.NPSCU was also recently showcased at the 2014 World Credit Union Conference held in Australia, where CEO of NPCSU, Mitchel Chilcott was asked to speak. It was there where he presented Building Strong Relationships in Low Density Communities, which featured the needs of northeast B.C. to over 300 credit union attendees from around the world.- Advertisement -“As a credit union, we face challenges that any financial institution would incur,” Chilcott explained. “Being in the northern region that we are, we have to be innovative, and face theses hurdles from a different perspective.”In essence, Chilcott explained the technology used is vital in meeting their member’s needs, as conventional branch designs would not be functional for serving more remote areas.Meanwhile, Branch Manager of Virtual Services, Jackie Bishop will be heading to Uganda in January 2015, as she’s been selected for the Credit Union Management Program. With a select group of Canadian credit union representatives, Bishop will assist credit unions in Uganda in finding innovative ways to meet their member’s needs and help create models to deliver on membership growth.Advertisement NPSU has been serving northern B.C. for over 65 years, with 12,000 members among its four branches.NPSCU says their goal is to remain “committed to the social and economic well-being within the communities it serves,” offering retail and business banking, as well as investment and insurance products.last_img read more

Derby 1-0 Blackburn: Rams record back-to-back Championship wins

first_imgDerby won at home for the first time since Boxing Day and the 1-0 victory over Blackburn keeps them in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race.An outstanding early strike from Jacob Butterfield settled a game lacking in real quality and, although Blackburn had plenty of possession, they created few clear chances until stoppage time when Jordi Gomez headed against the top of the bar.Blackburn came into the game having failed to win any of their previous five league meetings with Derby and they were trailing after seven minutes when Butterfield turned on a headed clearance on the edge of the area to send a shot into the bottom left corner.It was an excellent finish from a player who has scored some spectacular goals this season but Blackburn responded well with Danny Graham, who had a loan spell at Derby in 2005, almost breaking clear six minutes later.Derby’s first league win of 2016 at Brentford on Saturday had clearly restored confidence given the way they moved the ball around, with Jason Steele forced to scramble to hold a deflected shot from Johnny Russell, but Blackburn had a chance in the 21st minute when Ben Marshall got in on the right only to chip tamely into the hands of Scott Carson.Graham had a great chance to equalise in the 32nd minute when he held off Richard Keogh before turning Jason Shackell to open up the goal but, from 10 yards out, he spooned the ball over the bar.It was a big let-off for Derby and they came close to increasing their lead in the 43rd minute when Cyrus Christie back-heeled the ball to Russell who whipped a shot from just inside the area past Steele’s right post.Blackburn began the second half brightly but were let down by a lack of quality with the the final ball which Derby delivered to create two chances in the space of a minute.First Russell was denied by a superb tackle from Shane Duffy before Chris Martin went through in the 60th minute only for Steele to save diving to his right.Blackburn did find a telling pass when Darragh Lenihan played Graham in but the angle was tight and his shot was comfortably saved by Carson, who had a far more demanding stop to make in the 72nd minute when he clawed away a 25-yard free-kick from Marshall.Derby were struggling to keep hold of the ball but Blackburn’s delivery remained disappointing until the fourth minute of added time when a corner bounced invitingly to Gomez at the back post but his header bounced off the bar and behind. Jacob Butterfield scored the game’s only goal 1last_img read more

‘Cats hooked by Aldridge

first_img “Coach said they’re relentless on the 3-point line,” Gibson said. “And we would have to get out and contest their shots.” In the locker room, Barnes also challenged Aldridge to be a force on offense after spending the first half looking for a turnaround jumper that never materialized. “He said, ‘Are you going to shoot turnaround jumpers all night, or get in the lane and make some layups for us?”‘ Aldridge said. “I had to get deeper in the paint.” The second half was more smothering defense and missed 3-pointers. Villanova kept working the ball around the perimeter looking for open shots only to miss the first seven attempts from long range in the half. “I didn’t feel any frustration,” Foye said. “Just because I miss a couple of shots doesn’t mean I’m going to quit shooting.” Aldridge started his late flourish with a dunk on an inbounds pass from Tucker. After Lowry’s three-point play tied it at 50, Aldridge put back a blocked shot to regain Texas’ lead. “He was great,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said of Aldridge. “There were a lot of times where we got to the rim and he made us change our shots.” 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Our defense was outstanding again,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “That has been the difference in our team.” So was Aldridge, who scored eight points in the final 4 minutes, including two free throws with 8.3 seconds left that gave Texas a three-point lead. He also tied his career-high with five blocks. Daniel Gibson hit two more free throws with 3.9 seconds left before Villanova’s Randy Foye bounced a running 3-pointer off the backboard. Kenton Paulino added 13 points for Texas (14-2). Foye, Kyle Lowry and Allan Ray each scored 13 points for Villanova (11-2), which came in shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. Villanova’s defense held P.J. Tucker, Texas’ leading scorer this season, to two points in the first half and the Wildcats led 26-24 at halftime as both teams shot under 35 percent. Texas has won six straight since consecutive blowout losses to No. 1 Duke and Tennessee, including two victories over Top 10 opponents. The Longhorns have done it with stifling defense that held all six opponents in the streak under 40 percent shooting. On Saturday, Villanova shot 27 percent, including a miserable 7-of-30 performance from 3-point range where the Wildcats have been so dangerous. center_img AUSTIN, Texas – Forget that mid-December slump. Eighth-ranked Texas is looking more like the team that began the season ranked No. 2 and talking about the Final Four. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and the Longhorns smothered No. 3 Villanova with its best defensive game of the year to pull out a 58-55 victory Saturday. last_img read more