first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–Challenged from the opening bell, Argentine-bred Vale Dori repelled a serious challenge from Finest City to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.  Trained by Bob Baffert, Vale Dori made every pole a winning one as she got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.81.Breaking from post position two in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Vale Dori had a neck on Finest City a half mile from home and finally shook loose approaching the sixteenth pole.“Today was the first time I think that she was pressured almost the whole race,” said Bejarano. “She showed me a lot of power, a lot of heart.  I don’t think she minds coming from behind, but having a clean break, I just took it from there.”A winner of five straight races, the last four graded stakes, Vale Dori, a 5-year-old mare who was a Group I winner in her native Argentina at age three, was off as the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.60.Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, she is now 13-8-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $934,943.Finest City, America’s reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter, who finished some 9 ½ lengths clear of Autumn Flower, was stretching out off a big win here in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 21, which followed her signature moment in winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back on Nov. 5.“She ran great,” said Baze, who was aboard for the first time as regular rider Mike Smith was out of town to ride at Oaklawn Park.  “This is probably a little too far for her but she ran really well.  I give the winner credit, she’d never been headed before and we were head and head the whole way.”The second choice at 8-5, Finest City paid $3.00 and $2.80.“My filly ran her eyeballs out,” said Kruljac.  “Running second in a Grade I isn’t all bad.  I’m happy with how she ran.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Autumn Flower held off Lady Tapit by a head for third money.  The longest shot in the field at 59-1, Autumn Flower paid $10.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.50, 48.23, 1:12.21 and 1:36.37.Note: Bob Baffert was away, en route to Dubai, while his primary assistant, Jimmy Barnes was at Oaklawn Park.  Vale Dori was saddled today by Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow.last_img read more

Dry spell hitting home in Highlands

first_imgThe dry weather is continuing into the fifth week.Mingende Rural Hospital in Chimbu Province is threatening to shut its operations due to having a poor water supply system.The hospital’s acting director of nursing services Peter Kelly told Loop news that all rain water catchment tanks had run out, leaving the patients and staff in dire need of water.Kelly says most of the operations of the hospital are dependent on a good water supply system and without it they couldn’t  do much.”The water supply system in this hospital has been an ongoing issue and none of the past and present MPs have ever attempted to fix it,” says Kelly.PNGLoop understands that the Sir Joseph Nombri hospital in Kundiawa has already scaled down its operations.Many schools in Jiwaka Province are already sending children home as early as 1pm, allowing them to go to nearby shrinking creeks and rivers to bathe and fetch clean water for drinking, washing and cooking.last_img read more

‘We will retain our title’ – Naggo Head coach confident of Primary Champs three-peat

first_imgDefending champions Naggo Head Primary are on course to defend their INSPORTS Primary School Athletics Championships going into today’s final day of competition at the National Stadium. The Floyd Coke-coached Naggo Head Primary, who are seeking their third straight hold on the title, lead the standings with 63 points. They are followed by St John’s (30 points), Harbour View, Greater Portmore and Spanish Town on 29 points each, Portsmouth (28), Lyssons and Belmont Park (27 each), Excelsior (26) and St Patrick’s (20). Coke said he very optimistic that they are going to retain their title today. “We are confident that we will retain our title,” said Coke. “Things have gone well so far for us, but in every championship, you are going to have mishaps, and we have had our fair share, but we are very strong on the track, and we will feature in most, if not all the finals tomorrow (today),” Coke said. Christopher Scott of Old Harbour won the boys’ Class One 200m in 24.42 seconds ahead of Yourie Lawrence of Naggo Head, 25.30 and Akeem Weir of Belmont Park, 25.36. St John’s Asanneya Tomlin captured the Class Two girls’ equivalent in 25.96 seconds to finish in front of Domoya Compass of Greater Portmore, 26.37 and Naggo Head’s Quaycian Davis, 26.81. CLASS TWO Marvin Patterson of Portsmouth captured the boys Class Two 200m in 26.06 ahead of Belmont Park’s Ra-John Gray, 26.07 and Oshane Tucker from Sargeantville, 26.60, while Lyssons’ Quana Walker sped away to win the gold Class Two equivalent in 27.10. St Richard’s Chennel Thompson was second in 27.71 ahead of Jadeann Dawkins of Ewarton, 27.71. Darnell Edwards from Harbour View won the boys’ Class One 800m in 2:19.50. Shamari Jennings from St Jude’s was second in 2:22.88, while third went to Excelsior’s Jhahiem Henry 2:25.49. Buff Bay’s Shanta Jones won the girls equivalent in 2:33.27 in front of Naggo Head’s Rusheen Morgan, 2:35.26, while third went to Greater Portmore’s Kelise Gooden (2:36.52). Excelsior’s Omarian Constable won the girls’ long jump open with a leap of 4.77m ahead of St John’s Abby-Gayle Williams (4.70m) and Keneika Brown of Portsmouth (4.67m). Anthony Willis from St Patrick won the boys’ high jump with a leap of 1.55m. Adrian Rumble from Rousseau was second with a mark of 1.54m, while Excelsior’s Nicholas Williams finished third with a leap of 1.40m.last_img read more

Pistorius case returns as prosecutors seek longer sentence

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Prosecutors had two arguments to make to the court. First, they needed to apply for permission to appeal Pistorius’ sentence. They were asked by the judges to also present their arguments for why, if their appeal is allowed, his sentence should be increased.This is the second time prosecutors have gone to the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein to challenge a decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius’ trial.In 2015, prosecutors successfully appealed against Masipa’s judgment that Pistorius was not guilty of murder. The court overturned Masipa’s verdict of culpable homicide — or manslaughter — and convicted Pistorius of murder.Legal analysts say, however, it is more difficult to get the court to change a sentence.After the manslaughter conviction was overturned, Masipa sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murder, a term just one year longer than her original sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutors called that sentence “shockingly” light.ADVERTISEMENT Judges can deviate from prescribed minimum sentences if there are compelling circumstances. The prosecution says there were no compelling reasons.“What we are saying is the court exercised its discretion inappropriately,” prosecutor Johnson said, calling the six-year sentence “unjust.”She said Pistorius still had not shown “genuine remorse” for killing Steenkamp and that Masipa put the athlete’s personal circumstances and his disability ahead of the need for “retribution” when she sentenced him.Pistorius claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder hiding in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 when, without his prosthetic legs on, standing on his stumps and feeling vulnerable, he shot four times through the cubicle door.Masipa’s initial sentence was appropriate in the circumstances, Pistorius’ defense lawyers said, and his disability was not exaggerated. Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby because of a congenital condition.“Of course his disability is mentioned, but it can’t not be mentioned,” defense lawyer Kelly Phelps said. “It is one of the factors of this case. We can’t magic away his disability.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redick’s 3s, Simmons’ triple-double lift 76ers over Pacers Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny FILE – In this Tuesday, June 14, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, after his sentencing proceedings. The Pistorius case is back in court, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, with prosecutors seeking a longer jail sentence for the double-amputee athlete after he was found guilty of murder for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — A judge “overemphasized” Oscar Pistorius’ disability and was far too lenient on the double-amputee athlete, prosecutors said Friday as they tried to convince a South African court to more than double his prison sentence from six to 15 years for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.“Murder is murder,” chief prosecutor Andrea Johnson told a five-judge panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal. She asked them to overturn Pistorius’ initial sentence and give him the prescribed minimum of 15 years. There is no death penalty in South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson If the court agrees with prosecutors that he deserves a harsher sentence, Pistorius, now 30, could remain in prison until after he turns 40.The judges did not deliver a decision on Friday. Typically, Supreme Court judges take a couple of weeks before the senior judge returns to read out the decision, which is made through a simple majority.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNearly five years after the once-admired Olympic runner first appeared in court for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door at his home, Pistorius’ fate is still not certain.He was not present at Friday’s hearing as he serves his sentence at a prison near the capital, Pretoria. He has served more than a year of his six-year term. Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, did attend. Speaking outside the courthouse, her lawyer said the Steenkamp family supported prosecutors’ attempt to get a longer sentence. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Succumbing to his true nature

first_imgDear Editor,I was confused by Mr Granger’s early behaviour when he first came to office. How was this man, intelligent by all accounts, unable to understand, in those early days, his enormous good-fortune and see that his first duty as President of Guyana was to be magnanimous – to embrace all and unite the country? It was not until a year after that I was told by a gentleman who enjoyed strong ties to the PNC, knows Mr Granger personally, held advisory roles in the Administration and moreover, was a fierce PPP critic, that our President was blinded by race. By then, this gentleman was himself already disillusioned.As the years rolled on, the real man behind the presidency emerged. His unilateral closure of four sugar estates and putting 7000 workers on the breadline, against the recommendations of his own CoI was one revelation. Just after the NCM, we saw our caretaker President express disdain for our Constitution and rule of law. He refused to acknowledge what was written in plain black and white and completely ignored established precedents related to the appointment of the GECOM Chairman. We saw him adopt nonsensical mathematics put forward by an opportunistic lawyer to stay in office, breaking democratic norms in the process. We also saw him making up his own rules as he went along.In SN editorial yesterday, the writer marvelled at the President’s blissful unawareness in the reduction of his powers since the NCM. The Editor also mentioned that the President berated the GPA on fairness, of all things, when challenged for pulling SN ads. This is what we call wrong and strong. It appears he thinks that whatever he speaks is absolute gospel and that it is accepted as such by everyone. This is a narcissistic and dictatorial failing. I have observed a similar attitude being adopted by his Ministers when publicly challenged.At this juncture, I wonder what the second tier leadership and the supporters of the AFC, if they exist, must be thinking in respect of the new and still secret Cummingsburg Accord. AFC top brass is not concerned because they are convinced that they are secure if there are spoils to go around but otherwise no one in their right mind would trust Granger. Doubters should consider that he has already circumvented the first Accord. This is, after all, a man who perceives whatever he conceives to be the reality and, therefore, cannot be reasoned with.I am still at a loss to reconcile my early perception of the President and the man I see today but maybe there is nothing there and we have all been taken for a ride because in one of WikiLeaks releases from 2015,, our caretaker President was labelled as a racist.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

DCI-Liberia, LICH Complete Community Initiative

first_imgThe Defense for Children International-Liberia (DCI)-Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Care for Humanity Inc (LICH), has completed a ten room latrine project, with a capacity building component in the Trowien and New Kru Town communities on Bushrod Island.The Program Supervisor, Jannie T. Barclay told reporters recently in New Kru Town that the project is meant to benefit the youth of Trowien Community and adjoining areas. Mrs. Barclay said the youth were able to identify four main issues with the pilot project, including the renovation of the public latrine, cleaning of the drainage that was used for solid and liquid waste, empty land space used for garbage and a school yard.She said with the ongoing project, the youth of Trowien Community and New Kru Town are direct beneficiaries, who are also expected to benefit from the second phase of the project.“We put together 10 youth groups together from the above-mentioned communities to implement the project. We were able to build the minds of the youth in what we called ‘communication for development,’ including indentifying key issues within the community,” she said.“This facility has ten rooms. We are also fixing the septic tank and other components of the latrine. The renovation of the latrine has to do with a child protection component and a WASH component because the tank was demolished while the water from the tank was spreading in the community. “We are implementing a pilot project where Liberia Care for Humanity, Inc (LICH) carryout the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) component of the project, while Defense for Children International (DCI)-Liberia is carrying on the issue of child protection.” She added that because this was a pilot project, both organizations were unable to intervene on the four main issues identified by the youth but through the ranking of the issues identified the major ones, which were completed.Also speaking, the Program Manager of Defense for Children International-Liberia, Robert Konneh, said they have been working in advocating for children and creating space in the two communities.Mr. Konneh said the project will benefit a little over 10, 000 people in and around the area.To help the youth after the completion of the renovation, he said they negotiated for the youth to play a part in the maintenance of the latrine; which was accepted, and they are now working at it. “The youth will also be provided L$5,000, which will be placed in the account of the youth. The renovation of the latrines valued over US$1, 000,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prosecutors join anti-gang effort

first_imgSeeking to close a revolving door of gang members who re-enter the United States illegally after being deported, Los Angeles officials unveiled two policies Thursday to toughen prosecutions. District Attorney Steve Cooley said he is assigning three deputy district attorneys to boost efforts by federal prosecutors to target gang members who have been previously deported, then illegally re-enter the U.S. “This is an initiative I have decided to undertake and encourage because a good chunk of our gang problem in Los Angeles County is committed by individuals who have been previously deported and then re-entered the country,” Cooley said. “We have already drafted a letter to the interim U.S. attorney’s office suggesting this program. But we are also going to be lobbying for this concept at a higher level of the Justice Department.” Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo also announced a new policy to give the U.S. Attorney’s Office the names of documented gang members who are convicted of violating gang injunctions. The move will allow federal officials to check the residency status of convicted gang members and determine whether they should be deported. “We believe this new policy will significantly aid our efforts to get convicted criminal gang members off our streets and out of our communities,” Delgadillo said. Since taking office in 2001, Delgadillo has increased the number of gang injunctions from eight to 33, covering 50 gangs and more than 61 square miles of the city. Matt Szabo, spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said the Mayor’s Office supports the policy as part of a two-month-old citywide gang crackdown. Gang violence increased 14 percent citywide last year and more than 40 percent in the San Fernando Valley. “They have moved into the area traditionally occupied by organized crime,” Delgadillo said. “They are the new Mafia.” In addition, the county Sheriff’s Department has assigned eight custody assistants to interview foreign-born jail inmates to determine whether they should be turned over to immigration officials for deportation. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said more than 20 percent of the county’s jail population – or about 4,000 inmates – are illegal immigrants. But even as officials hailed the new policies, some said a number of details still must be worked out, such as whether overcrowded jails and federal deportation centers will be able to cope with additional inmates. “That’s part of the complexity of designing a program like this,” said Richard Doyle, director of the District Attorney’s Office’s Bureau of Specialized Prosecutions. “It’s far from a done deal. It’s something we are trying to figure out: Is this a good use of resources and is it possible?” Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, said the agency has access to about 30,000 detention beds nationally. “We won’t allow violent criminal aliens to be put back on the streets,” she said. “We’ll find a place to put them.” But Kice conceded that immigration courts already have large caseloads. “In some instances, we might be able to deport a person the day we take custody of them,” Kice said. “But there may be cases where immigration proceedings extend for months or years.” (213) 974-8985160Want 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

Draxler chuckles at Mexico team’s prostitute scandal

first_imgMexican officials ruled out sanctions against the players involved because they attended the party in their free time, but the incident echoes similar scandals which have swirled around the Mexico team in recent years.“I don’t think the party has any significance on the match,” said Draxler, a 2014 World Cup winner, ahead of Germany’s Group F opener against Mexico on Sunday.“I don’t know the exact details so I don’t want to speak too much about it. It was fun to read about it, but I’m not sure what part of it was true.“I’m sure those who are here aren’t thinking about partying but instead about football. Partying isn’t of the essence!” he said with a wry smile.In September 2010, Mexico players partied with women after a game in Monterrey. On that occasion, all participants were fined while defender Efrain Juarez and forward Carlos Vela were suspended from selection for six months.In June 2011, shortly before a trip to Argentina to participate in the Copa America, Mexican players hired sex workers in a hotel in Quito, Ecuador. They were fined and suspended from the national team for half a year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Julian Draxler was Germany’s captain at last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Germany midfielder Julian Draxler admitted on Saturday it was “fun to read” reports about a Mexico farewell party involving around 30 prostitutes before the team departed for the World Cup.Nine members of the World Cup squad found themselves caught up in controversy earlier this month after they reportedly partied with the women at a private compound in Mexico City following a recent 1-0 win over Scotland.last_img read more

Guest Drivetime co-host Piers Morgan chooses his ALL-TIME Arsenal XI

first_img1 Piers Morgan Piers Morgan joins Adrian Durham on Friday for an extra special Drivetime show and the controversial journalist was pressed into choosing his all-time Arsenal XI.Morgan has publicly slammed Gunners manager Arsene Wenger in the past, with his vendetta against the Frenchman manifesting calls for a change of leadership at the top.Despite an impressive season last term and genuine optimism of a first sustained title challenge for over a decade in the coming campaign, Morgan’s contempt towards Wenger still exists – so much so that he named himself, rather than the 65-year-old, as the all-time XI’s manager.The team, perhaps unsurprisingly, contains no current Arsenal players, with the majority resonating from the unforgettable ‘Invicibles’ era.Morgan also insisted on just the one substitute; Ian Wright.Here is Piers Morgan’s all-time Arsenal XI:The Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea is live on talkSPORT from 3pm on Sunday.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Family Support Worker sought for community project

first_imgJob Vacancy: Springboard Family Support Project CLG are now recruiting for an experienced Family Support Worker. Springboard Family Support Project is a community based organisation who work across Co. Donegal with children and families in order to provide intensive family support to those most vulnerable and to ensure best outcomes for those children and families.We are currently seeking to recruit a Family Support Worker who will be responsible for delivery of individual and group Family Support processes across the project area. The Family Support Worker will ensure that the ethos, aims, objectives and actions of the project are fulfilled in line with service policies. The role is full time at 35 hours per week.The successful candidate will have:• At least five years experience in the delivery of family support• A third level qualification relevant to the post• A clear understanding of Family Support, Meitheal and existing referral pathways in Co. Donegal• Proven ability to network and work on an interagency basis• Excellent IT and Report Writing SkillsFurther information and application forms can be obtained by emailing the project administrator at: springboardfsp@gmail.comNB: CV’s will not be accepted • Short listing criteria will apply• Salary will commensurate with similar positions in the community/voluntary sector• A panel will be formed in the event of future posts becoming availableClosing date for applications: Thursday 5th July at 2:00pm.  This is a specific purpose contract for 12 months which may be extended subject to funding.Completed applications to be emailed to the Project Manager at springboardfsp@gmail.comJob Vacancy: Family Support Worker sought for community project was last modified: June 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:family support workerJob Vacancyspringboardlast_img read more