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first_imgIRISH-BRED OSCAR DOMINGUEZ HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES AT MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURFVETERAN GELDING TO BE RIDDEN BY RISPOLI WHO IS NOW REPRESENTED BY MCCLELLAN  ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2020)–Recent graded stakes winning Oscar Dominguez, a 7-year-old Irish-bred gelding, heads a field of seven older horses going a marathon mile and one half on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Richard Baltas, who heads the Winter Meet standings with 21 victories, Oscar Dominguez will be ridden for the first time by Italian-born Umberto Rispoli, who is now represented by highly respected veteran agent Scotty McClellan.McClellan, who over a span of five-plus decades has represented top riders such as Darrel McHargue, Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, had been idle since Joe Talamo shifted his tack to Oaklawn Park in early January.Most recently a close third to top turf horse United in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and one quarter Feb. 1, Oscar Dominguez was a late running winner of the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back on Dec. 1 and should relish the mile and one half distance on Saturday.Trainer Mike Puype’s California-bred Ward ‘n Jerry finished less than half a length behind Oscar Dominguez when third in the Hollywood Turf Cup and he comes off a second place finish versus state-breds in the Cal Cup Turf Classic at a mile and one eighth here on Jan. 18.Trainer Steve Knapp’s Swamp Souffle ran huge in his first race off of a $32,000 claim, daylighting a starter allowance field at a mile and one quarter on dirt here Feb. 29.  With three wins from nine tries on grass, he’s a dangerous horse that may employ front-running tactics.California-bred Ashleyluvssugar, who won the 2015 San Luis Rey, will be making history on Saturday, as it’s believed he’s the only horse in Santa Anita history to start in the same race a total of four times.  Winless in his last 15 starts, dating back to May, 2017, the 9-year-old gelding by Game Plan will be a longshot with Brice Blanc up.OSCAR DOMINGUEZOwner:  Nancy Messineo & Bruce SandsTrainer:  Richard BaltasClaimed for $40,000 eight starts back on Feb. 7, 2019, winning two races and finishing off the board just twice in his seven starts with team Baltas.  Best suited as a deep closer, he rallied from last to finish third, beaten three quarters of a length by United in the San Marcos and rates a huge chance under turf master Rispoli at a mile and one half on Saturday.  With one win from four starts in his native Ireland, “Oscar” is now 38-6-6-5 with earnings of $451,630.  A winner of the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back and close in all of his last five starts, all graded stakes, he’s strictly the horse to beat in the San Luis Rey.WARD ‘N JERRYOwner:  Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. WilliamsTrainer:  Mike PuypeThird, beaten a neck by Oscar Dominguez two starts back in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup, this 7-year-old California-bred gelding by Luck Pulpit disappointed when second as the 2-1 favorite in the mile and one eighth Cal Cup Turf Classic.  A first condition allowance winner in open company going 1 3/8 miles on turf three starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 28, Ward ‘n Jerry should appreciate the mile and one half trip on Saturday with leading man Flavien Prat taking over in the saddle.  With five wins from 19 starts, Ward ‘n Jerry, who has never run for a claiming tag, will be seeking his first stakes win.SWAMP SOUFFLEOwner:  Steve Knapp, Sabina Romo-Zolotas & Steven Zolotas                Trainer:  Steve KnappClaimed out of a sixth place effort going 1 1/8 miles on turf two starts back for $32,000, this 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Bodemeister ran the race of his career in taking a starter allowance at   1 ¼ miles on dirt by 2 ¾ lengths Feb. 29.  Ridden for the first time by Rispoli, he pressed the early pace and opened up by three lengths heading to the far turn in a dominant performance.  With Rispoli committed to Oscar Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez takes over on a much improved horse who may opt to press the likes of Ashleyluvssugar for early supremacy.THE GRADE III SAN LUIS REY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTSwamp Souffle–Mario Gutierrez–120Camino Del Paraiso–Tiago Pereira–120Ashleyluvssugar–Brice Blanc–120Oscar Dominguez–Umberto Rispoli–124Go for a Ride–Edwin Maldonado–120Ward ‘n Jerry–Flavien Prat–120French Getaway–Rafael Bejarano–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  In accordance with health dictates issued by the state of California, and in the local, state and national effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, there will be no public admittance at Santa Anita until further notice.last_img read more

LeBron has Durant, reunites with Kyrie in NBA All-Star draft

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “Kyrie was available on the draft board, he’s one of the best point guards we have in our league,” James said. “It was an easy choice for me.” 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 Noah sidelined by Knicks for ‘personal reasons’ — coach LATEST STORIES The league was widely criticized for not televising the draft, a decision that was made to protect players from any embarrassment over being chosen last.“The fans should have been a part of this for sure and everybody who loves the game,” James said, “but it’s the first year and I think it’s going to be pretty cool going into the future.”Team LeBron has all five players in the game who have won All-Star Game MVP awards: James (2006, 2008), Westbrook (2015, 2016), Davis (2017), Durant (2012) and Irving (2014).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ James and Curry will be the captains Feb. 18 in Los Angeles for the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t use the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format.James had the No. 1 pick as a result of earning the most votes in fan balloting, while Curry had the first pick in the reserve round after the starters were selected. He passed on Russell Westbrook, the NBA MVP who instead ended up on Team LeBron.The league is hoping that trying something new will bring back some old-school intensity that has been absent from the last two games, when the West nearly scored 200 points.James also took the New Orleans duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. His other reserves are Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Washington guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Kristaps Porzingis of New York.After taking starters Joel Embiid of Philadelphia and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto, Curry rounded out his roster with Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Portland’s Damian Lillard, and Boston’s Al Horford.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics shake hands after a Cavaliers 102-99 victory at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — LeBron James got Kevin Durant and reunited with Kyrie Irving in the NBA’s first All-Star draft.Stephen Curry picked James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s top two scorers, and grabbed his other two Golden State teammates in the selections Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track The draft was not televised, and neither James nor Curry would reveal who they chose first when they were interviewed on TNT when the rosters were unveiled.James was among those who said fans should have watched the proceedings and his decision to draft Irving could have made for a must-see moment. The point guard asked out of Cleveland last summer and the Cavaliers traded him to conference rival Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

USAID-FED, MoE Develop New Agriculture Program

first_imgTo improve access to valuable skills for the development of the agricultural sector of Liberia, the United States Agency for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development program (USAID/FED) in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE), has developed the first market-based, regional integrated vocational training program in agriculture.According to the communication specialist for USAID/FED, Nico Parkinson, the agricultural program “the National Diploma for Agriculture (NDA)” will go into effect in September of this year at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa County Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI).Mr. Parkinson said that the NDA is an innovative, skills-focused two-year vocational diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship.“Students would graduate with in-demand marketable skills giving them expanded employment options tied to the country’s growing agricultural market and industry needs. USAID/FED’s Centers of Excellence in Agriculture will lead the practical training program through demonstration farms, extension services and showcasing of best practices and innovations in agri-business,” he disclosed.The new diploma is the country’s first of its kind fully-approved by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) curriculum and represents an important step towards regional integration.USAID/FED and MoE used Nigeria’s vocational agriculture curriculum as a foundation; adapting it to the Liberian context, market demands and needs of Liberia’s youth. In addition to core courses like Crop Cultivation, Irrigation, Soil Science and Animal Husbandry, the Liberian diploma program includes essential knowledge and skills-building in key areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Communications.The MoE’s Director of Technical Vocational Education and Training, Saku Dukuly, has described the new agriculture program as ‘significant.’“The agriculture diploma is perhaps most important for Liberia’s workforce. It will be a valuable part of the process to equip Liberian farmers with practical skills to support the growing agricultural sector and to improve long term sustainable farming,” he said.For her part, the chief of party of USAID/FED, Agnes Luz, said, “These skills are critical to the needs of a post-conflict Liberia in the process of rebuilding its agricultural markets and connecting them to the region. The NDA will improve overall capacity of future farmers. Liberian youth will also acquire skills, such as record keeping and financial management, needed to create a business.”Madam Luz added that the skills play a key role in addressing not only the immediate employment needs of graduates, but also the development and growth of the agricultural and food production sectors of the country.Over the last two years, the two institutions have held a series of technical workshops to review and shape the agriculture diploma. Education and agriculture stakeholders, as well as Liberia’s largest agricultural employers, helped define the skills that are most needed by agribusinesses in Liberia.Curriculum piloting is underway at the Nimba County Community College where students are testing a total of eight courses including Agri-Business and Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition. After the two-year program is rolled out at the Centers of Excellence, lessons learned and best practices will be consolidated to guide the expansion of the curriculum to four more vocational training centers in Liberia under the MOE in 2016.The USAID FED Program for Liberia aims to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians by increasing agricultural productivity and profitability across food based value chains, stimulating enterprise development and building the agriculture workforce. The program is implemented in six counties: Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.USAID FED is Africa’s largest project under President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, which promotes a move away from subsistence and increasing food security by working with public and private bodies, including the Government of Liberia, the private sector, local NGOs and other key stakeholders.The United States—Liberia’s largest donor and closest ally—supports the nation’s priorities to build sustainable, local capacity and make a difference in people’s lives by moving towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Case dismissed against alleged chain snatcher

first_imgChief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday dismissed a robbery under arms case against Leon Duncan, an office assistant of Festival City, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who allegedly stole a quantity of jewellery from Michael Wills.The victim told the court under oath that he did not wish to give evidence against the 28-year-old man for the alleged offence since he did not fit the identity or description of the man who had robbed him.It was alleged that on December 28, 2018 while in the vicinity of Norton Street, Georgetown, Duncan stole one gold chain valued $560,000 while being armed with a gun and in the company of another man.The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard Da Silva.last_img read more

Aging Sahara casino sold to investor group

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Owners of the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, a Rat Pack hangout and the setting of the original “Ocean’s Eleven” film, have agreed to sell the aging property to an investor group. Officials from Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment Group LLC and San Mateo-based Stockbridge Real Estate Funds said they’ve entered into a contract to purchase the Moroccan-themed casino and hotel from Gordon Gaming Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The Sahara is one of the last remaining original properties on the Las Vegas Strip, and we are thrilled with the possibilities that it presents,” SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian said in a statement late Friday. The sale includes a 17.5-acre parcel on the north end of the Strip and the hotel-casino with 1,720 rooms. The Sahara is one of the oldest properties on the Strip. It lost its high-end clientele as upscale development on the Strip moved south.last_img read more

North Peace Cultural Centre needs new dimmer rack

first_imgGroups including North Peace Secondary’s, Dr. Kearney’s and Bert Bowe’s Musical Theatre Programs, Studio 2, Stage North, and the Theatre BC festival hit the stage at the Cultural Centre each year. School District 60’s Beginner Band is also hosted in the theatre four times a week. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Cultural Centre is asking for donations to replace a dimmer rack that has started failing after nearly a quarter of a century of productions.In 1992, the Cultural Centre opened with brand-new, state of the art equipment, and worked well for the next 20 years. However, the dimmer rack has shown signs of aging in recent years, and has even failed entirely during show. Now, the Cultural Centre has to purchase a new dimmer rack altogether.“It’s been on it’s last legs for about four years, but we kept on doing things like replacing certain parts,” said Operations Manager Oliver Hachmeister.- Advertisement -The dimmer rack quit during a show a few weeks ago, but luckily, a back up plan allowed the show to go on and finish. He explained that the problem with the dimmer rack with the detection of airflow, and the unit seems to think it’s overheating when it’s not.The cost to purchase and install a new light is $50,000, and the facility is accepting corporate or personal donations. Hachmeister said $13,000 has been raised so far, from donations from organizations.The Cultural Centre says all donations over $25 will receive a charitable tax receipt, donations over $500 will be recognized on their Donor Wall. Donations over $2,000 will be recognized from the stage, and donations over $5,000 will have their logo or name displayed on their new LED sign outside of the building, as well as print recognition.Advertisementlast_img read more

Body found at a home in Glendale

first_imgGLENDALE – A man was in custody today for allegedly beating his live-in girlfriend to death at the home they shared in Glendale, police said. The body of Susan Kim, 52, was discovered about 7 last night in the kitchen of the house in the 1300 block of North Raymond avenue, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. “Officers determined she had been beaten,” Lorenz said. “This appears to be a domestic-related homicide.” Brandon Kim, 45, was booked for murder, Lorenz said. The crime may have been committed because the pair were separating, Lorenz said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

Celtic to play Armenian side Alashkert in Champions League qualifying

first_img Celtic beat Belgian side Anderlecht 3-0 away in last season’s Champions League group stage 2 Brendan Rodgers’ side are seeking to reach the Champions League group stages for the third consecutive year.FC Alashkert, based in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, will be remembered by Scottish football fans are the side who St Johnstone out of the Europa League three seasons ago.Celtic are currently due to play the first leg at away from home, although selections are subject to change.The Scottish champions begin the first of what they hope are four qualifying rounds on July 10-11. Brendan Rodgers had led Celtic to the Champions League group stages in the past two seasons Celtic face a trip to Armenia to open their Champions League qualifying campaign after they were drawn against FC Alashkert in the first round. 2 Meanwhile, Northern Irish champions Crusaders were paired with Bulgarians Ludogorets, the highest-ranked team in the draw.Cork City were also handed a tough encounter against Polish side Legia Warsaw.Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints will face Macedonian champions Shkendija. The seeded Welsh side are due to play the first leg away.Shkendija drew twice with Aberdeen in the Europa League three years ago – their most recent European experience – with the Scots progressing on away goals.Selected Champions League First Qualifying Round ties:Alashkert (Armenia) v CelticKF Shkendija (Macedonia) v The New SaintsLudogorets (Bulgaria) v CrusadersCork City v Legia Warsaw (Poland)Ties will be played on July 10-11 and 17-18.last_img read more


first_imgAll hail the West! Eoin McGarvey in a hail stormMOTORISTS are being urged to drive with extreme caution tonight as temperatures dropped – and a new storm began.Thunder, lightning and hail storms are sweeping across the county in the past hour.Our picture shows one downpour near Annagry. Met Eireann says showers will continue throughout the evening before the winds slacken and temperatures drop to -3C overnight.This will cause major problems on the roads.Donegal County Council said gritting lorries are being deployed on all major routes from 9pm and overnight as a result of the forecast.One reader in Churchill says the roads around the village are already frozen over. Gardai and AA Ireland have appealed to motorists to take care overight.Meanwhile Irish Weather Online says a storm due on Wednesday will cause winds of up to 130km/hr. The storm will land in Donegal. ICE WARNING AS HAIL STORM SWEEPS INTO DONEGAL was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal daily weatherhaillighteningthunderlast_img read more


first_imgCounty Councillor Seamus O’ Domhnaill has slammed the takeover of water services by Irish Water warning customers will have to pay up to €760 per annum.Cllr Seamus O’DomhnaillIn a scathing attack he warned that Irish Water has mis-spent tax payer’s money when there was no need to do so.The Fianna Fail councillor said the massive amount of €50 million which was ‘squandered’ by Irish Water could have been saved if a request was made to receive the same expertise from local councils. “All too often these ‘Quangos’ don’t listen or ask the people with the knowledge on the ground of their views and this is another such case”.He continued “This cost of €50 million will be passed onto the bill-payers even though in my opinion there was no need to have spent the money in the first place. It shows the negligible way in which this government is spending monies at a time when basic, much needed services are being slashed.“Minister Hogan must take responsibility for this calamity as he allowed the Irish Water fiasco to become a Run Away Train with he himself at the helm. It became evident to me when the Fine Gael & Labour Party were not prepared to accept amendments from any of the opposition Parties or Independents in the Daíl that the Government had something to hide. It all appears to be coming to light now and Minister Hogan must take responsibility for another shambles created by him.”Cllr O’Domhnaill added that having received figures from the Houses of the Oireachtas research library in recent days, he claims that homes across our County will be charged on average €760 per annum for the provision of water. “This figure represents a base figure with Irish Water only breaking even and doesn’t allow for a profit. The cost of producing water in Ireland is over € 1.2 billion with approximately 1.3 million houses being served by the public supply and approx 200 million being collected currently from commercial customers. The €50 million spent on consultants must also be recouped which will further drive the cost upwards.”He said it is a simple fact that people across Donegal cannot afford such prices and this is simply a revenue generating exercise too far for the citizens of Donegal.“The money which has been squandered in setting up Irish Water would have been better spent upgrading the pipe network around our country thus creating employment and reducing the amount of water which is actually used, as up to 50 % of the water that leaves the treatment plant is lost before it reaches the tap.“I await anxiously the answers and explanations which will be given by the Irish water executives and Minister Hogan and also await his apology to the people for another calamity created under his watch”. O’DOMHNAILL WARNS CUSTOMERS THAT WATER WILL COST THEM €760 A YEAR was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Cllr Seamus O DomhnaillIrish Waterwaterlast_img read more