first_imgLAURA’S LIGHT SEEKS SECOND CONSECUTIVE STAKES WIN IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2020)–Fresh off a facile win going one mile on turf in an ungraded stakes, Gary Barber’s Laura’s Light cuts back in distance and heads a field of eight sophomore fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on turf in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita.Prominent in a competitive lineup, trainer John Sadler’s Irish-bred Shines Her Light was an impressive maiden winner over the course in her U.S. debut Feb. 1, Phil D’Amato’s Blue Sky Baby has run well in all three of her starts and Simon Callaghan’s Lighthouse, well beaten by Laura’s Light at a mile on turf, shortens up to what may be her preferred distance.LAURA’S LIGHTOwner:  Gary BarberTrainer:  Peter MillerA Kentucky-bred daughter of red-hot sire Constitution, she was a first-out maiden winner going six furlongs on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 2 and in her first start for Barber and Miller, went to the lead and tired late to finish second in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at one mile over the Del Mar turf Nov. 30.  Subsequently the 5-2 favorite in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes here Dec. 29, she led throughout while registering an emphatic 3 ¼ length win.  With Abel Cedillo engaged for the third consecutive time, Laura’s Light is strictly the one to beat as she seeks her third win from four starts.SHINES HER LIGHTOwner:  Zhang YueshengTrainer:  John SadlerDismissed at 13-1 in a field of 11 here on Feb. 1, this Irish-bred was handled confidently by Umberto Rispoli and rallied from off the pace to break her maiden by three quarters of a length.  Although winless in five starts in Ireland, she tipped her hand in her fourth start on Sept. 18, running a close second in a field of 20, which included males, going one mile on turf.  With Rispoli back aboard for the Sweet Life, Shines Her Light will likely employ the same stalking style in her first graded stakes assignment.BLUE SKY BABYOwner:  Michael Lombardi & Joey PlattsTrainer:  Phil D’AmatoA first-out maiden winner over the course and distance Oct. 19, this filly by Pioneerof the Nile sat second for most of the trip while finishing third, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by Laura’s Light in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes on Dec. 29.  Sent to the front in a one mile turf allowance Jan. 31, she finished a close fourth under Mario Gutierrez and will be reunited on Sunday with Flavien Prat, who was up for her maiden victory.LIGHTHOUSEOwner:  LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer:  Simon CallaghanPurchased for $375,000 at an Ocala, Florida 2-year-old in training sale last April, this Kentucky-bred filly by Mizzen Mast brings an abundance of speed to the Sweet Life party.  Third in her five furlong debut as the 4-5 favorite here Oct. 10, she made every pole a winning one in breaking her maiden by 1 ¼ lengths going five furlongs on turf Nov. 17 at Del Mar.  Off at 8-1 in the one mile Blue Norther Dec. 29, she never threatened while finishing seventh, beaten 5 ½ lengths.  With Drayden Van Dyke back aboard for a third consecutive time, Lighthouse figures to improve with the cutback to 5 ½ furlongs.THE GRADE III SWEET LIFE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. Florentine Diamond–Agapito Delgadillo–122Blue Sky Baby–Flavien Prat–122Orquidias Biz–Mike Smith–122Shines Her Light–Umberto Rispoli–122Lighthouse–Drayden Van Dyke–122Laura’s Light–Abel Cedillo–124Roadrunner’s Honor–Rafael Bejarano–122Spitefulness–Mario Gutierrez–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

La Masia, another school without children

first_img67 of the 76 athletes have their family residence in Spain. However, nine of them live outside the country. Three of them in America (1 in Chile, 1 in Mexico and 1 in Uruguay), one in Africa – specifically in Senegal – and the remaining four are divided between Serbia, Ukraine, England, Switzerland and Macedonia.With foreign residents the club has had to extreme the management capacity of its logistics department due to air restrictions in some of those countries with respect to flights arriving from Spain.The most complicated case was that of the Serbian Aleksandar Cènic, 17-year-old handball player who was the last to leave the facility due to the blockade established by the Balkan country on flights from Spain. A combination had to be found for him to return to his country and he is already with his family.The rest of the foreign residents arrived without problems at their places of origin. and now they only wait to see when they can return to the residence. Of course, with homework done. In addition to being a sports center, the Oriol Tort Training Center, La Masia del Barça, It is also one more school that, like all of Spain, remains closed. However, the residence where the young athletes who dream one day of succeeding at the Blaugrana club stay offers some of its own characteristics that make it different.The center closed its doors on March 12, sending home the 76 soccer, basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal athletes who live in the building.All of them, who are of school age, have been assigned a plan to continue your distance training. Taking into account their age, they have also made a physical planor to exercise at home. Only those over 12 took home physical duties in addition to the tasks of the classes that must follow.last_img read more

Ministers in Parliament undermine accountability – US report

first_imgThe report which was recently completed for review by USAID or the United States Government has found too that in Guyana’s politics and affairs, “the National Assembly itself does not play an effective oversight role.” The report also highlighted that there is now evident fractures in the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) government.The Tetra Tech ARD group contracted to prepare the report, found that since MPs are “answerable to their parties and not to voters, given the use of party lists for elections, MPs toe the party line.”The report pointed to the fact that in Guyana’s political system, Ministers of Government are also required to be MPs, “further reducing the separation of powers and undermining checks and balances…Thus, the Assembly is often referred to as a rubber stamp.”Pointing to the deep-seated political divisions that exists on the local landscape, the USAID report said, “an effective opposition veto of government legislation as well as the president’s non-assent to opposition-initiated legislation during the 2011–2014 Assembly created a political impasse that was not surmountable through negotiations and compromise, and which was what led to the early dissolution of the Assembly and elections in 2015.”The report has documented that now the coalition has a one-seat majority in the Assembly, the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is claiming that the government is flouting parliamentary rules.It points to the introduction of legislation by Government and voting in the same session, making it impossible for the Opposition to review the bill and to have a meaningful debate.FracturesThe report did find that, “Broadly speaking, the 2015 election results suggest to many observers an opportunity for change… The APNU+AFC ran in the 2015 elections as a coalition, on a reform agenda that includes constitutional reform.”The USAID report cautions however, “The extent of the intended reforms varies depending on whom is asked; according to senior party officials, everything is on the table, including the electoral system and parliament.”It said the coalition is a multi-party, multi-ethnic group, which may signify another shift in Guyanese politics away from ethnicity towards more issue-based politics, “however, fractures in the coalition are evident.” … MPs forced to “toe the party line”, not answerable to votersThe presence of Ministers in the National Assembly can serve to undermine established checks and balances; Members of Parliament (MPs) are not answerable to the voters and must ‘tow the party line’.The blistering findings are contained in a report funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Guyana.last_img read more

‘I Will Not Prove You Wrong’

first_imgThe Minister of Health-designate to replace retiring Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, has assured members of the Senate Committee on Health that if given the opportunity, he would help to reform the health care sector, take care of the needs of health care workers and improve access and delivery across the country.Grilled by members of the Health Committee chaired by Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman, Minister of Health-designate George T. Werner informed the Senators that he has quite a complex, yet simple background.“I have a background of long history as an educator and a health worker and I have served as clinical therapist in the United States for many years. I also was admitted into the prestigious program for leadership for neuron-disability, helping and caring about pediatrics, and how to use health care management to attend to the needs of children who have health issues at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.”Mr. Werner informed the committee that twice, he taught at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, first in Social Politics and later in Social Deviance in Technology.    “I bring to my work vast experience in education, in healthcare and public administration. These three are important issues we face in the health care sector. The Ministry of Health has the Chief Medical Officer that is primarily responsible for delivery on the medical services of the institution.”The outgoing Civil Service Agency Director General said what the Health Ministry needs and what he can give it “is proven experience in personnel management to resolve personnel issues.”Werner asserted that the country, through the Ministry of Health, is mobilizing vast resources for the post-Ebola healthcare sector, and that it will need an administrator to improve the systems that are there, “so that our development partners who are willing to give us their resources may give them to us and hasten the process to eradicate Ebola in the country; and at the same time improve the health care sector.”Prior to his appearance at the Capitol Building, Werner disclosed that he had been at the Ministry of Health where he held discussions relating to payroll issues, which he said were  solely based on his involvement with various grievances from health care workers.At the same time, he said was working with World Bank and development partners to figure out the issue of healthcare workers who died during the Ebola epidemic and their families, and what Government could do. “We have been working in that capacity; so I feel I am prepared to carry on this task.”As Director General for CSA, Werner said he had met and discussed with Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernice Dahn ways in which the health sector can be helped to move very quickly.He asserted that one of the thorny issues within the Ministry of Health is pay and equity pay. “I gave her a proposal that will be funded by our donor partners; to create one payroll for all healthcare workers, from specialized medicine to the sanitation personnel within the Ministry or within the hospital. To rationalize it—and we have to do so before the next budget year—we need one payroll administered by the CSA which authorizes the Ministry of Finance to pay.  Questioned as to whether he would try to reawaken his abandoned controversial plan of reforming the civil service sector of the government that would see tens of thousands of employees dismissed and/or made redundant, Mr. Werner clarified that on the contrary, the Ministry of Health will need about 30,000 people in the health sector.He said the country is expected to benefit from huge resources for the improvement of the health care sector, upgrading the capacity of workers both at home and abroad; while at the same time encouraging Liberian medical doctors and other trained medical practitioners to return home to help improve the sector.With all of the explanations, most members of the Committee were concerned about the qualification of Werner in the area of medicine.He was asked whether he did not see the need to advise the President that she needed to appoint somebody like the outgoing Minister (who was a medical doctor) for such an important professional job.The Chair of the Committee, Senator Coleman, who is himself a medical doctor, recalled that only twice had there been a Minister of Health that was not a practicing doctor. (There were actually four non-medical doctors who served as   Health Ministers—Mrs. Mai Padmore, President Tolbert’s first Minister of Health; Counselor Oliver Bright, the second, Estrada Bernard, the third; and under Head of State Samuel K. Doe, Martha Sendolo Belleh, a nurse, who succeeded Dr. Kate Bryant in the early 1980s.However, Werner maintained that with some basic knowledge in medicine, and the position being an administrative one, he felt prepared to carry on his next task successfully.His fate may be decided as early as this week by the Senate plenary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Several Injured at Soul Fresh Concert

first_imgHipco rap group Soul Fresh’s One Million Fans concert ended in chaos when riot broke out leaving several people injured and damaging properties estimated to be worth over US10, 000.The incident, according to multiple sources, stated when rapper Chiller Coolnanee exceeded his ten minutes performance time, but was not in a hurry to leave the stage.Sources added that this attitude resulted into the show’s MCs switching off Chiller’s mic, which got the fans upset. It was also reported that Chiller Coolnanee remarked that “haters” did not want to see him perform, which also drove the angry crowd irate.Before that, our sources said DJ As a Boy’s attempt to remove Coolnanee from the stage incensed the fans more. After Chiller was finally removed from the stage, all hell broke loose as fans started throwing stones and bottles on stage.“It was like a war zone, people were running for their lives everywhere including the show host and other artists. People who were unlucky got hurt while others lost valuable belongings. Cars that were on the beach got damaged and a lot of crazy things happened,” sources explained the horror scene from the show.Meanwhile, Soul Fresh’s manager Edwin Tisdell has expressed regret for the way the show ended and is filing a law suit against all those who incited violence during the show.“I’m continuing with my law suit and my lawyer has all of that. I do not think I can risk my life or my family’s life anymore. I feel so sad for my own investment and resources into Liberian showbiz; and I’m totally perplexed by this continuing backwardness and mischief.“It takes lots of energy to convince a sponsor to support Liberian artists because they always feel that people will throw stones and sometimes act stupid. You have to convince them that this will not happen. So I don’t think I have the face to stand in front of Cellcom or Club Beer for sponsorship anymore,” Edwin said in an interview with LIB Life.The show took place on December 11 at Bernard Beach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Revised Fishery Guidelines Won’t Ignore Public Concerns- LMA

first_imgThe Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), which is the new supervisory entity of the National Fishery Bureau (BNF), disclosed that the new fishery guidelines will not ignore the concerns of the public against President Sirleaf’s Executive Order issued in May.After the release of Executive Order 84 last month, some fishery stakeholders and environmentalists expressed concern about dangerous fishing practices, poor monitoring system and fishery laws affecting the industry. But recently the Liberia Maritime Authority’s communication director, Mulbah K. Yorgbor, Jr., told the Daily Observer that the concerns of the public have been considered in the revised fishery guidelines to relieve the technical and scientific challenges in the industry.Executive Order 84 grants the Maritime Authority full and complete supervisory oversight and fiscal authority of the Bureau of National Fishery and Liberia’s fishery resources pending the enactment of the National Fishery Act. LMA’s responsibilities include the publicizing of regulations, guidelines, fees and the granting of licenses.Also the Order reduced the 6 nautical miles Inshore Exclusive Zone (IEZ) established by the Fisheries Regulation of 2010 to three in order to attract investment and boost industry and semi-industry activities.“The new guidelines that will soon be released will look at the fishing gears used in the Liberian waters, fishing monitoring system and also the environmental aspect that the public is concerned about,” said Yorgbor.Responding to the issue of the fishery zone, Yorgbor said that Maritime and the Fishery Bureau will work to ensure a safe fishing environment for fishery parties using Liberian waters.“Our revised guidelines will create an environment where there will not be a shock competition among fishing vessels and artisanal canoes.“There will be areas of protection because we don’t want artisanal fishermen and trawlers battling over nets and other issues like the previous time.“We want to avoid vessels fishing in the same space at the same time by improving regulatory systems that will prevent such encounters. Moreover, we will employ inspectors on these vessels who will enforce industry vessels operating in their rightful space,” he said.Yorgbor disclosed that the LMA will meet with stakeholders, especially fishing communities before the revised guidelines expire.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chipman leads LBCC to fifth in row

first_imgMatt Clark hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Tigers past the Seahawks. SOFTBALL Cerritos 5, Santa Ana 0 The Falcons, just leading 1-0, scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the Dons’ fate. Stephanie Lomeli had the big hit in the inning, a two-run single to left field. Jason Walker drove in the winning run with an RBI single. Riverside 4, L.A. Harbor 3 Starter Keith Chipman pitched all nine innings to lead Long Beach City College to a 6-5 victory over Irvine Valley in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday at Long Beach. The Vikings (6-9) trailed 5-0 after 4 1/2 innings, but they came up with a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh to win their fifth in a row. center_img Jessica Navarro pitched a complete game two-hitter to improve to 6-2. Navarro went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double in the four-run sixth. 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

Gor sign partnership with Agro Chemicals

first_imgIn return, the company which intends to reap from the vast and passionate K’Ogalo fan base will have their logo perched on the shoulder of Gor Mahia’s jersey.Chairman Ambrose Rachier has urged the fans to enjoy the gin and vodka ‘enthusiastically but responsibly’ to enable the club reap from the pact as they look to bridge a vast financial gap that has been widened by the exit of main sponsors SportPesa.Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier and CEO Lordvic Aduda sign the partnership with Agro Chemicals CEO Ashok Agrawal“I know we have many fans who can be patriotic. We had similar partnerships with some bread companies and our fans consumed the product well but the companies lacked capacity to supply. I know our fans will drink enthusiastically,” he said during the launch.Agro Chief Executive Officer Ashok Agrawal hopes the partnership will place their product at the very top of the spirit drinking chain.“Football is not new to us since we have in the past sponsored a team in the top league and second division. This time, however, we decided to go for a partnership we believe works for both the football team and the company. That is why we chose Gor Mahia,” he saidMeanwhile, the company has also injected a cash donation of Sh2mn to the club as they prepare for the return leg of their CAF Confederations Cup play-off tie against DR Congo side DC Motema Pembe.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier exchanges signed partnership documents with Agro Chemicals CEO Ashok Agrawal. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have had a reprieve over their hunt for a new shirt sponsor after they signed a three-year partnership with Kisumu based state-corporation Agro Chemicals and Food Company through their flagship spirit products Patriot Gin and Patriot Vodka.The deal, similar to a previous ‘Gor bread’ deal signed a few years ago will see the 18-time Kenyan champions earn Sh5 for every bottle of the two drinks sold in what is seen as a mutually beneficial deal to both entities.last_img read more

Fire guts Malibu Colony mansion

first_imgMALIBU – Fire heavily damaged an actress’ beachfront Malibu home today, killing two cats but injuring no one. The fire at 25330 Malibu Road was reported at 12:01 a.m. and put out at 12:29 a.m., according to Betty Parker, a county fire dispatcher. Firefighters reported flames shooting throught the roof, she said. The two-story home, with living quarters over a garage, is just west of the celebrity-thick Malibu Colony. Two people were displaced by the fire, and damage estimates were expected to exceed $1 million, according to camera crews at the scene. How the blaze started was not immediately known. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Actress Bara Byrnes, who has appeared in shows such as “NYPD Blue,” lived in the house, according to camera crews at the scene. last_img read more

Man Utd BOOST as Zidane claims: ‘I like Pogba but we’ve a large squad already’

first_img Paul Pogba: The 23-year-old has been linked with a return to Old Trafford Zinedine Zidane admits he is a big fan of compatriot Paul Pogba, but the Real Madrid boss cast doubt on a summer move when he insisted his own squad is ‘difficult to improve’.The France midfielder has been linked with a big-money move away from Juventus, with a return to former club Manchester United reported to be in the pipeline as Jose Mourinho looks to further bolster the team.The European champions, meanwhile, are also long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, who left Old Trafford in July 2012 after rejecting a new contract offer.Madrid are currently at a pre-season training camp in Canada ahead of the International Champions Cup game against Paris Saint-Germain, and Zidane wants everyone’s focus on the job in hand rather than who could yet come into the club over the closing weeks of the summer transfer window.“I am happy with the squad I have got and it’s difficult to improve on it,” Zidane acknowledged at a press conference.“Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.“There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything.“We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment.” 1last_img read more