Large number of entries for SVL’s Diamond Mile

first_imgEntries for the richest ever race in the Eastern Caribbean, the $13.5 million Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Diamond Mile (grade one) to be run at Caymanas Park on Saturday, December 5, closed in the Racing Office on Wednesday afternoon with 26 hopefuls based on lifetime earnings. With the rich and prestigious Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres scheduled to be run Saturday, November 14, the positioning of the horses based on earnings to date could change significantly in a few cases. The top 16 are PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (55.0kg) from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; two-time Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER 55.0kg (trained by Spencer Chung); COMMANDING CHIEF 55.0 (Everal Francis); ALL CORRECT 55.0 (Wayne DaCosta); POTCHEEN 55.0 (Harry Parsard); the American horse UPPA TUNE 57.0kg (Harry Parsard); UNCLE TAF 55.0 (Solomon Sharpe); TRADITIONAL PRINCE 55.0 (Patrick Lynch); HOVER CRAFT 55.0 (Wayne DaCosta); Derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM 53.0 (Wayne DaCosta); TIME FORARMS 55.0 (Fitzroy Glispie); 2000 Guineas winner ALI BABA 53.0 (Wayne DaCosta); PETE’SWILDONE 57.0 (Harry Parsard); RACING PROSPECT 55 (Patrick Lynch); FORTUNEONEHUNDRED 57.0 (Wayne DaCosta); and the Richard Azan-trained FRANFIELD 55.0 completing the top 16. The also eligibles in order of earnings are CAMPESINO, CRUCIAL APPEAL, PHINEAS, MIRACLE STAR, PUDDY POOH, POKER STAR, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, SOUTHERN CRUISE, LONG RUNNNING TRAIN, and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE. Significantly, Wayne DaCosta, who is safely on course for a record 15th trainers’ title this season, which would surpass Hall of Famer Philip Feanny, has six horses in the top 16 along with POKER STAR in the also eligibles, while veteran trainer Harry Parsard has three in addition to LONG RUNNING TRAIN on the reserve list. Purse money will be paid to the top 10 past the post, an unprecedented move. The winner will receive a whopping $6.5 million, second $2.1 million, third $1.2 million, and fourth $754.000. Imported three-year-olds and up will carry 57.0kg, native-bred four-year-olds and up 55.0kg, native-bred three-year-olds 53.0kg. Fillies and mares are allowed a 2.0kg sex allowance.last_img read more

Nandlall’s questions were not offensive – Ramkarran

first_img…the public is entitled to knowFormer Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran on Sunday disagreed with the decision by current Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland to disallow questions by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall calling for the release of the names of some 70 prisoners who were pardoned by President David Granger.Nandlall’s questions were submitted on May 24, 2016 and sought to elicit from Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan the names, addresses, offences committed and criminal records, length of sentences, process and criteria employed relating to prisoners pardoned by President Granger over the past year.The questions also sought to ascertain how many persons who were granted pardons were subsequently charged with offences, the names of those persons and the offences for which they were charged.Current SpeakerDr Barton ScotlandHowever, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs on May 30, 2016, by way of letter, informed Nandlall that in accordance with Standing Order 20 (2), Dr Scotland opined that the questions were an abuse of the right of questioning and as such, they were disallowed.The Speaker did not specify the reason for not allowing the questions.Commenting on the controversy surrounding the disallowing of the questions, Ramkarran declared that Nandlall’s questions appeared “quite innocuous”, even if the information sought was a bit much.Writing on his weekly blog, The Conversation Tree, Ramkarran said that while the Speaker was not required to, and did not give any reasons for his ruling, over the past 15 years, Speakers have sought to explain their rulings in order to demonstrate that their decisions were based on rational considerations. This effort was intended to limit allegations of bias.He explained that the Standing Orders did not define what an abuse of the right to question is, but among the 15 rules stated, he singled out Standing Order 20(2) which states that, “ If the Speaker is of the opinion that any Question of which a Member has given notice to the Clerk or which a Member has sought permission to ask without notice, is an abuse of the right of questioning or infringes any of the provisions of this or any other Standing Order, he or she may direct that it be printed or asked with such alterations as he or she may direct; or that the Member concerned be informed that the Question is inadmissible.“The Speaker is, therefore, clearly seeing something that we are not. And the fact that he did not direct any alterations means that he felt that the questions were inadmissible in their entirety,” Ramkarran opined.Ramkarran, who served as House Speaker for more than 10 years, said that these issues would never have arisen had President Granger released the names and other particulars of the persons whom he had pardoned in response to questions rightly posed to him.Further, he stated that the decision was controversial because no criteria were announced, except that only non-violent offenders were pardoned“There is no doubt that the President has the power under Article 188 (1) of the Constitution to pardon prisoners. The exercise of that power is a commendable initiative and hardly likely to attract serious or sustained opposition in principle. But the public is entitled to know the criteria employed by the President, the names of the prisoners who have been released and the offences for which they have been charged. This is not and should not be treated as confidential information or state secrets,” Ramkarran argued in support of Nandlall’s questions.He reminded that the President was accountable to the people of Guyana who elected him and who now employed him and his Government and paid their salaries.“He and the Government work for us and act on our behalf. We, therefore, have a right to ask him and them reasonable questions relating to our business, namely, the basis on which they perform their duties on our behalf and they have a duty to answer us,” the Senior Counsel noted.He reminded that the pardoning of prisoners was a very important matter, adding that the prevailing secrecy and lack of transparency offended basic democratic norms.“The Guyanese people through their lawful representatives, Members of the National Assembly, are concerned. They sought but failed to elicit the information from the President. They resorted to the National Assembly. They failed there as well,” Ramkarran noted.“Are we to understand that the President will now continue to pardon prisoners twice a year for as long as he holds office and refuse to account to the Guyanese people?” he asked.Nandlall had criticised the House Speaker’s decision.“Something must be fundamentally wrong in a democracy when a non-elected member of the House seeks to prohibit an elected member of the House from asking questions that are indisputably of public importance and for which the public crave answers,” Nandlall had said.Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo had also criticised the Speaker’s decision, accusing Dr Scotland of preventing transparency in Parliament, the supreme body, by taking his lead from the President’s position.President Granger, upon assumption of office in May 2015, pardoned, as part of the Independence anniversary celebrations,  prisoners who were incarcerated for “minor offences” – a decision which many questioned because of the secrecy, as the Administration continued to reject calls for the names and offences of those pardoned to be made public. In December and as part of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, he again pardoned several prisoners.Last month, 19-year-old Kelvin Bates, who was pardoned by President Granger, was slapped with six robbery under arms charges, one attempted murder charge, and one charge of illegal possession of arms and ammunition and a possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking charge.He, along with another accused, is currently on remand.last_img read more

NHL notes: Smyth, Guerin, Bertuzzi changing sweaters

first_imgThe Sharks sent left wing Ville Nieminen, college forward Jay Barriball and New Jersey’s first-round pick, which they acquired last year, to the rebuilding Blues for Guerin. Bertuzzi was traded by the Panthers after playing only seven games with them in an injury-plagued season. The Panthers acquired forward Shawn Matthias and up to two conditional draft picks in the deal. If Bertuzzi signs with Detroit after this season, the Red Wings will part with one pick this year and another next year. Bertuzzi, acquired by Florida from Vancouver for top goalie Roberto Luongo on draft day last year, hasn’t played since he had lower back surgery in November. The Buffalo Sabres took a big step toward replenishing their injury-ravaged lineup by making four deadline-day deals. The biggest brought forward Dainius Zubrus to town from Washington. The Sabres also dealt backup goalie Martin Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second-round pick and then acquired Columbus Blue Jackets’ backup goalie Ty Conklin for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. The big deal trumped those made earlier in the day that sent Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues to the San Jose Sharks and Todd Bertuzzi from Florida to Detroit. New York sent first-round picks Robert Nilsson (2003) and Ryan O’Marra (2005), along with the Islanders’ first-round choice in this year’s draft to Edmonton for Smyth, who has 31 goals and 53 points in 53 games this season. Along with Zubrus, a consistent offensive forward, Buffalo also landed prospect defenseman Timo Helbling. The Sabres dealt rookie forward Jiri Novotny, who’s ready to return from a high ankle sprain, and a first-round pick to the Capitals. The New York Rangers, on the outside of the Eastern playoff race, made two deals. They sent Aaron Ward to the Boston Bruins for fellow defenseman Paul Mara, and traded newly acquired forward Pascal Dupuis to the Atlanta Thrashers for a third-round draft pick and prospect Alex Bourret. The Pittsburgh Penguins took steps to win now, acquiring 40-year-old Gary Roberts and noted fighter Georges Laraque. To land Roberts, who waived a no-trade clause, Pittsburgh sent defenseman Noah Welch to Florida. Forward prospect Daniel Carcillo and a 2008 third-round pick were shipped to Phoenix for Laraque. The Penguins then dealt Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a third-round pick and acquired defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski from Florida for a fourth-round choice. Oilers retire Messier’s No. 11: Mark Messier skated onto the ice at Rexall Place in full equipment and hoisted the Stanley Cup for an Oilers crowd that seemed to cherish him more than ever. After his No. 11 jersey had been raised to the ceiling on Tuesday, Messier took a final lap of the ice in the old building where he helped turn the Oilers into a dynasty. The sold-out crowd roared loud enough to shake the arena. “I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your support,” Messier told the 16,839 in attendance. “(The Oilers are) an institution in the world of sports.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The New York Islanders kept their leading scorer and stole the one that makes the Edmonton Oilers go. Just minutes before the NHL trading deadline expired Tuesday afternoon, the Islanders plucked Ryan Smyth away from the Oilers after deciding to hold onto Jason Blake. last_img read more

New Shanghai SIPG boss vows to go one better

first_imgPereira, who had notoriously poor relations with Dutch striker Robin van Persie before being sacked by Turkish giants Fenerbahce in August 2016, is tasked with breaking Guangzhou Evergrande’s stranglehold on the Chinese Super League (CSL).Villas-Boas left SIPG two weeks ago after a turbulent season failed to yield a trophy despite reaching the last four of the Asian Champions League, the final of the Chinese FA Cup and coming second behind Guangzhou in the CSL.“The Chinese league is a big challenge at the moment, a lot of (foreign) coaches come here, a lot of good players come to this league at this moment,” said Pereira, who plans to speak to his fellow Portuguese and “friend” Villas-Boas about the job.“I will do my best to help the club to fight to achieve our goals. I know what the club wants and I know what I want for my career, and both of us want to win titles,” he told a press conference at his unveiling.“This is the main reason why I decided to come here to China, to Shanghai. Together, for sure, we will reach our targets at the end of the season.”Pereira was number two to Villas-Boas at Porto in the 2010-2011 season and together they won the Portuguese League, Cup and Europa League.Villas-Boas subsequently left for Chelsea and Pereira took charge of Porto, lifting the Portuguese League twice, before spells in charge of Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia, Olympiakos in Greece and then Fenerbahce.SIPG boast a squad led by 60-million-euro attacking midfielder Oscar and his fellow Brazilian international Hulk, while in winger Wu Lei they have China’s best offensive player.Hulk worked under Pereira at Porto and the new coach said he was looking forward to reacquainting with the powerful forward.“I was with Hulk at Porto for three years and I know the personality and the quality of the player,” said Pereira.“For sure he will help us a lot, but the key player for me is the team.”Compared to former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Villas-Boas and the Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro at Guangzhou, Pereira is a relative unknown to Chinese football fans and some SIPG supporters were quick to criticise his appointment.“To be honest, from the bottom of my heart, I feel like he won’t be able to control the dressing room,” wrote one unhappy fan on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.“Not really looking forward to his performance, but I hope the results will prove me wrong.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shanghai SIPG unveiled new coach Vitor Pereira, the former Porto and Fenerbahce boss, who has been out of football management since leaving 1860 Munich in May © AFP/File / FRANCISCO LEONGSHANGHAI, China, Dec 12 – Vitor Pereira wants to go one better than predecessor Andre Villas-Boas by winning a title after being named coach of big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday.The 49-year-old, who was once assistant to Villas-Boas at Porto, has been out of football since leaving 1860 Munich following relegation to the German third tier in May.last_img read more

Emery squashes Arsenal’s fruit drink cravings

first_imgInstead, the Arsenal manager wants the team to follow his lead and drink a healthier alternative.The Gunners picked up their first win with a 3-1 victory over West Ham, having lost their opening first two games under Emery to Manchester City and Chelsea.They face a trip to promoted Cardiff on Sunday, with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery insisting his new players are on board with his guidelines about what they should drink.“Yes, this is true,” he told reporters when asked about the drink ban on Friday.“I like fruit a lot and I like fruit juice. But with a lot of sugar? Not very good.“It’s for that and when I was very young, my father was coming every day with one fresh orange fruit juice.“I like it in my life, more of that. It’s for that, when I arrived here, I asked only for that from the cook. And the players, I think, are the same. They prefer their orange juice fresh.”Mesut Ozil, who missed the win over West Ham through injury, is fit to return at the Cardiff City Stadium following reports Emery had fallen out with the German midfielder over his failure to adapt to his preferred high-tempo pressing game.“He’s training normally with the group, in every session this week,” Emery said.“We started on Tuesday and every day he has been training with the group. He’s OK. Also I’m looking at him well every day.”Emery also confirmed Reiss Nelson is set to join German side Hoffenheim on loan for the remainder of the season, although he has also signed a new long-term Arsenal deal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Unai Emery has banned sugary fruit drinks from the training ground © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Unai Emery has banned his Arsenal players from high-sugar fruit drinks as he steps up his overhaul of the Premier League club in the post-Arsene Wenger era.Emery has asked Arsenal’s canteen staff to remove non-freshly squeezed juices from the club’s London Colney training base.last_img read more

Three incumbents, new face elected in Westlake Village, Agoura Hills

first_imgEdelston, who was elected to the council four years ago, said he believes the five-member council works well together and has been able to accomplish its goals, including a new park, two major bridge construction projects aimed at improving traffic conditions, and the restoration of the Community Emergency Response Team program.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Westlake Village residents elected one new City Council member and returned an incumbent, while two incumbents appeared retained their seats on the Agoura Hills City Council, according to a final tally early Wednesday. Incumbent Philippa Klessig, a businesswoman, and Ned Davis, a businessman, won election in Westlake after all precincts were counted. “Four years isn’t enough time to get things done,” Klessig said before the election. “There’s more on my to-do list. I want to make sure what I’ve done keeps rolling.” Jim Bruno, who was elected to the Westlake Village council in 2003, did not seek re-election, opening the seat for Davis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Davis said his years of community involvement and leadership, set him apart from the other candidates. “I have a lot of experience and time committed already in the things that are important in Westlake Village,” he said. “I wanted to step it up to a level that I have now where I can take on a job on the City Council. The others … don’t have that demonstrated, relevant experience at all.” Challengers Carol Kirschbaum, a retired risk manager and Theodore Corwin, a physician, finished third and forth respectively. In Agoura Hills, incumbents John Edelston, a health-care executive, and Los Angeles County public defender Dan Kuperberg defeated challengers Michael Forney, a businessman, and George Thomas, a newspaper publisher. Kuperberg, who’s been on the council 12 years, said he was looking forward to another term to take on new challenges, like the construction of a recreation center and the development of Agoura Village, a mixed-use project planned along Agoura Road and designed to be the city’s central hub. last_img read more

‘He wants to go to Man United!’ – Agent reveals Dortmund star’s Red Devils dream

first_img Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga last season Mino Raiola has revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer – and sign for Premier League giants Manchester United.The highly rated Armenia was one of the best players in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 11 goals and registering 20 assists on the way to a second place finish.However, for all his success under Thomas Tuchel, the winger is looking for a move away from the Westfalenstadion – and there is only one club he wants to move to.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola revealed that the 27-year-old only wants to sign for Manchester United, and that talks are ongoing to sanction a departure from Dortmund.“He wants to go to Manchester United and we are still trying to resolve the situation,” Raiola said.“We are still talking to Dortmund. We are trying to be reasonable. They are aware that Micki wants to leave now.”Mkhitaryan would solve one of the key problems in the Red Devils’ squad, with no real right winger of quality available for new manager Jose Mourinho.Since being appointed boss at Old Trafford, the Portuguese coach has brought in one player – promising Ivorian defender Eric Bailly. 1last_img read more

TODAY’S OBITUARY NOTICES – SUNDAY JUNE 19TH (UPDATED)

first_imgMcLAUGHLINThe death has taken place at the Buncrana Community nursing unit of Tessie McLaughlin, Old Post Office, Linsfort Buncrana. Remains are reposing at McLaughlin’s funeral home, Lower Main Street Buncrana. Viewing time from 5pm to 8pm this evening (Sunday). Removal from there on Monday at 12 noon going to her sister Bridget’s residence at 6 Crana View, Cockhill. Funeral from there on Tuesday morning at 11.30am going to the Star of the Sea Church, Dessertegney for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Interment afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryMcGONIGLE The death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Packie McGonigle, Doemore, Isle of Doe, Clonmany. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral from this home on Tuesday, going to St Mary’s Church, Clonmany for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryMcLAUGHLINThe death has occurred of Michael McLaughlin of Drumatrummon, Kerrykeel at St. James Hospital, Dublin. Deeply regretted by his brothers Daniel, John and Brendan, sisters Margaret and Cecelia, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews nieces, relatives and friends. Reposing at his late residence. Funeral arrangements later.CAMPBELL The death has occurred of Mickey Campbell, Burnfoot. Reposing at his niece, Mary Doherty’s residence, Crislamore. Removal tomorrow, Monday, at 10am to St. Mura’s Church, Fahan, for 11am requiem mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoning cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, in lieu, to Medical 1, Letterkenny General Hospital.HAMILTONThe death has been announced of Alice Hamilton, Crucknagerragh, Dungloe. Reposing at her daughter, Kathleen Barrett’s residence in Crucknagerragh. Prayers today, Sunday, at 1.30pm, prior to removal to St. Crone’s Church of Ireland for Service at 2pm. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Dungloe Hospital Day Care for the Elderly.FLOYDThe death has occurred of Una FLOYD of Shore Road, Dunkineely, Donegal. Removal today from Letterkenny General Hospital at 3pm to the home of her daughter, Susan Molloy, Cashelcarn, Kilcar. Removal on Sunday from her daughter’s residence to the Church of St. Joseph and St. Conal, Bruckless for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private on the morning of the funeral, please. TODAY’S OBITUARY NOTICES – SUNDAY JUNE 19TH (UPDATED) was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:TODAY’S OBITUARY NOTICES – SUNDAY JUNE 19THlast_img read more

Longtime critic wins council seat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – One of the most outspoken critics of Montebello’s City Council will finally get a dose of his own medicine: the chance to feel the heat of public scrutiny.Community activist Jeff Siccama won one of three open seats in Tuesday’s election, his second attempt to join the fray of city politics.Mayor Bill Molinari, the sole incumbent, and Rosie Vasquez, the wife of outgoing Councilman Ed Vasquez, won the other two seats.For years, Siccama has criticized the council – and Molinari in particular – from the safety of the podium during the public comments portion at regular meetings.He routinely has requested documents in order to monitor council actions, and Siccama has been an active member of Montebello Citizens for Open Government – a residents’ group that has accused council members of keeping secrets.“I’ve been a watchdog for the City Council,” Siccama said Wednesday. “I just wanted to make sure things were done right and problems with the Brown Act brought to the attention of council. I’ve been speaking on behalf of the people and looking out for them. They need to trust their council members.”Siccama said he would have no problem working with his former adversary.“I’m a team player, so I’ll work with the entire council, of course,” Siccama said. “As long as they’re doing what’s right for the community, I’ll go with it. But if it’s for special interests, then I won’t.”Molinari declined to comment for this article.Siccama said he wants to see Montebello become moreproactive in getting information to residents about city actions.“I want to keep closed-door sessions to a minimum,” Siccama said. “I would like to begin with televising City Council meetings and updating the Web site with financial and budget information. And I want to include decisions made in past meetings.” pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

Humboldt B52s look ahead after dropping first series of the 2016 season

first_imgEureka >> Summer baseball is officially in full affect for the semi-pro Humboldt B-52s after winning game one and losing games two and three against the visiting Novato Knicks in a three-game series to open the season. “Obviously it was good to get a win for the first game,” said B-52s board member and pitcher Brian Meyer. “We had a couple of heart-breaking losses for Saturday and Sunday, but overall our team seems to be clicking well and I have a good feeling for how the season is going to …last_img read more