STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

first_img56% $640,219 14 JACKPOT IS $869,976 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ 48% Tim Yakteen14 50% 2 4 5 2nd 3 14% Richard Baltas50 9 4 0 4 5 $686,236 37% 19% $462,528 10 19 15 34% 29% 64% Martin Garcia44 10 10 Heriberto Figueroa36 $700,095 Flavien Prat78 $1,158,639 5 14 15 0 SERANITSA IN FIRST START FOR DRYSDALE Money Won 5 4 45% 10 16% Victor Espinoza41 ITM% 6 Kent Desormeaux43 $246,728 $655,889 7 $905,946 (Current from April 12 through Sunday, May 26) $522,923 35% $187,376 8 Jerry Hollendorfer36 15% $445,983 Drayden Van Dyke66 3 14 3 $383,214 68% 9 9 11 Richard Mandella21 4 5 37% 9 8 Aaron Gryder60 9 $408,170 2 18% 9 50% 51% 10% 23% Rafael Bejarano88 5 $284,791 50% Peter Miller32 5 Martin Pedroza31 17% 14% 13% 63% 4 ‘PARADISE’ SET TO SHOW HER BRILLIANCE 50% $860,332 $851,452 2 $244,022 1 15 62% 5 14% 42% $203,981 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.20 11% 51% 21% 12 4 7 $388,372 4 15 5 13% 13 8 ARCADIA, SANTA ANITA HONOR TIM CONWAY   2 1st 46% 7 55% 13 7 J. Eric Kruljac21 5 ITM% 8 47% 40% 56% 19 52% 5 $211,883 6 $138,488 44% 13 Bob Baffert21 7 26% $428,282 1st John Sadler42 10 5 Doug O’Neill69 48% 59% 18% Mark Glatt52 13 John Shirreffs14 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 17% 1 $481,220 24% 8 10 50% $551,644 16% 5 4 Mario Gutierrez49 $137,522 3 17% 1 Win% 6 2nd 5 5 $163,715 TrainerMts 7 5 $762,833 5 20 17% Tiago Pereira90 4 10 12 Ruben Fuentes82 $192,768 24% 52% 11 $186,414 9 5 Joseph Talamo82 50% 15% Philip D’Amato50 Andrew Lerner10 5 Money Won JockeyMts 28% 50% 19% 11 4 J. Keith Desormeaux22 19 2 62% $315,033 Jorge Velez36 4 4 Vladimir Cerin31 Geovanni Franco62 19% 12 28% 3rd $811,138 4 3 Edwin Maldonado53 $216,148 25% 17% 3 1 TRAINER ROGER STEIN IS DEAD AT AGE 65 24% Win% 45% 3rd Steve Knapp24 NO ZENYATTA, BUT PARADISE WOODS HAS BRILLIANCEZenyatta won 19 straight races before suffering her lone defeat, and in every one of the victories, her backers and her trainer, John Shirreffs, had to hold their breath until she caught the leader with her devastating stretch run.Not so with Paradise Woods, the five-year-old mare Sherriffs has had for three races, winning the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes from just off the pace by 10 ½ lengths on April 27.The bay daughter of Union Rags justifiably is Jon White’s 1-5 morning line favorite to capture Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, only the tactics will be completely dissimilar.Zenyatta, Horse of the Year in 2010, won 17 graded stakes all from out of the clouds. Paradise Woods has been on or near the lead in each of her 14 career starts, winning four, two of them Grade I’s.“There is one difference between the two,” Shirreffs said at his barn early Friday morning. “Paradise Woods has this brilliance, so much brilliance. It makes for a totally different dynamic from Zenyatta.“Zenyatta had to catch them all the time. Paradise Woods can dominate from the front end, and she’s training equally as well for this race as she did for her last.“Everything looks good.”With a bankroll of $945,890 already accumulated and $120,000 awaiting the winner of the Santa Maria, Paradise Woods would achieve millionaire status with a victory.The field for the Santa Maria, race eight of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Just a Smidge, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Paradise Woods, Mike Smith, 1-5; Exuberance, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Tapped, Flavien Prat, 8-1; and La Force, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1.TRAINER ROGER STEIN DEAD AT AGE 65Trainer Roger Stein died this morning at his home in Hidden Hills after a lengthy battle with a myriad of illnesses. He was 65.Stein, who hosted a horse racing radio show on KLAA AM 830 for many years until June of 2017, began training Thoroughbreds in 1987 but obtained his harness trainer’s license in 1979 after two years as an owner and groom, dominating the circuit from 1979-84 by winning 10 percent of all harness races in California and 17 straight training titles.Perhaps his most noteworthy Thoroughbred was Southern Truce, whom he claimed for $16,000 in March of 1991 and developed into a multiple stakes winner. Her victories included two Grade I’s, including the 1993 Santa Margarita when she upset two-time champion Paseana.His richest Thoroughbred victory came when Forty Niner Days captured the $400,000 Golden Gate Handicap in 1990, one of 470 career Thoroughbred wins for Stein, who was the leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 1990.“Roger was always supportive of me from the time I had the ‘bug,’” recalled jockey Aaron Gryder. “He had a good stable back then and I was out every morning. Obviously, the last 10 years he hadn’t been out much because of health issues, but I kept in touch with him and would visit with him from time to time.“I’d sit and talk with him even though he was frustrated because he was bedridden most of the time and in and out of the hospital struggling, but Roger was good to me. He had his ways about him, but he was always good to me.”Stein is survived by his mother, and two grown children, daughter Shayna and son, Sam, as well as one grandchild. Services will be Sunday, according to Roger’s brother, Rick, 63. No further details were available at press time.SERANITSA DEBUTS FOR DRYSDALE IN HONEYMOON STAKESSeranitsa, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Dialed In, makes her first start for Neil Drysdale in Saturday’s Grade III Honeymoon Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.“I’m pleased with how she’s doing,” said the Hall of Fame trainer. “She’s been working well here.”  Drysdale was alluding to two bullet works on Santa Anita’s training track.Previously trained by Mikhail Yanakov who campaigned the chestnut at Gulfstream and in Kentucky, Seranitsa has been out of the money only twice in eight starts and was third in a restricted stakes at Gulfstream on March 30 after breaking her maiden going 1 1/16 miles at the Hallandale track.The Honeymoon, race seven: Lady Prancealot, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Over Emphasize, Alonso Quinonez, 6-1; Seranitsa, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Holly Hundy, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; $2,000 supplemental nominee Dr Wysong, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Maxim Rate, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; and Hostess, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1.FASIG-TIPTON SALE AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 5Santa Anita’s first ever Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old in training sale takes place Wednesday, June 5.It will start at 1 p.m. in Santa Anita’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring. Vehicular access to the sales barns is best served by entering Santa Anita’s Gate 5 on its northeastern perimeter. For additional information, visit fasigtipton.com or call 626 574-RACE.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $869,976Santa Anita’s Memorial Day Weekend finished strong, with the track offering three Grade I stakes as part of a 10-race program Monday and at the end of the day, the popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved for the 22ndconsecutive racing day, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $869,976.With $372,479 in “new” money bet, Monday’s Jackpot pool exceeded the $1 million mark, reaching $1,157,174. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 24 consolation tickets with six, each worth $8,291.10.Approximate post time for today’s third race, which starts the Rainbow Six, is 2 p.m. PT.SUNDAY WILL BE ‘TIM CONWAY DAY’ IN ARCADIAThis Sunday, June 2, has been declared “Tim Conway Day” in the City of Arcadia and the late comedic giant will be memorialized with a race named in his honor at Santa Anita, following which, Tim Conway, Jr. will be presented with a proclamation from the city in a Winner’s Circle ceremony.“I can’t think of a better place for all of us to come visit Dad’s money than right here at The Great Race Place,” said Tim Jr., who hosts the popular “Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI, AM 640.“Although he seldom cashed, he had so many great moments here, and at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. I truly believe he’d be thrilled to know that a bunch of us are going to be getting together and trying to bet on the winner of his race!”The “Tim Conway-Dorf Half Cup” will be carded as Sunday’s sixth race, with a Winner’s Circle ceremony to follow. Born Dec. 15, 1933 near Cleveland, Ohio, Tim Conway, who at one time aspired to be a jockey, passed away following a lengthy illness at age 85 on May 14.A tireless advocate for injured riders, Conway and his wife Charlene, along with Chris and Judy McCarron, founded the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockeys Fund in 1987 and raised money to assist more than 2,000 jockeys over a distinguished 25-year-run.One of the most naturally funny American-born comedians of all time, Conway, through one of his characters, jockey Dirk Dorf and in numerous other appearances on national television, brought continued high-profile exposure to Santa Anita and Thoroughbred racing.A video honoring Conway, which includes time spent at Santa Anita, will be part of the Sunday’s Winner’s Circle ceremony.SANTA ANITA HOSTS JOCKEY BENEFIT JUNE 22On June 22, a once a year fundraising event known as Jockeys and Jeans will be held at Santa Anita for the first time.Started by retired riders for the benefit of their peers who have experienced catastrophic injuries, it will be the sixth annual event which to date has raised more than $1 million for fallen riders, with all proceeds benefitting the Permanent Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).The event schedule at Santa Anita: autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. near the Paddock starting gate; Silent Auction available to all on-track fans, 11 a.m. throughout the day near the Paddock Starting Gate; and a Chandelier Room Party starting at 12 noon.Cost to enter is $65. Cost for a guaranteed seat is $100, while a premium ticket guaranteeing seating, morning barn tour and a signed Justify pennant are $200. Tickets include buffet lunch from 12 to 3 p.m., racing program, wagering tip sheet, specialty silent and live auction items, ceremonial festivities, and more.Those unable to attend may make a donation to the PDJF of $25 via santaanaita.com.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Rijeka worked 3 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baltas)Dr. Dorr (outside) and Victory Element worked 4 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baffert)Once on Whiskey (outside) and Hot Sean worked 5 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Baffert)Mika the Mistress worked 4 furlongs. 5-29-19 (Metz)Peter Eurton & Leonard Powell Discuss: Beloved Veterans, Ashleyluvssugar & Soi PhetA Day in the Life: Santa Anita Park’s Bugler Jay Cohen Part 2Stronach 5: All-Star Ticket for May 31st, 2019XBTV Friday: What to watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 24th, 2019Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19Don’t Sell worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (O’Neill)Governance worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Baltas)Claudelle worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Sadler)Cee Sam’s Girl worked 4 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Papaprodromou)Der Lu worked 5 furlongs. 5-27-19 (Baffert)FINISH LINES: Condolences to family and friends of trainers David C. Cross, Jr. and Henry Dominguez, who both passed away over the past few days. Cross, who died in Lexington, Ky. at age 84, was a native of Vancouver, B.C. and gained worldwide renown for winning the 1983 Kentucky Derby with Sunny’s Halo, who had spent a good part of that winter swimming at Hollywood Park. A jockey for a short time, Cross worked for several years as an exercise rider in Southern California for Alberta Ranches in the late 1950s and early 60s. With Vance Longden serving as trainer and the legendary JohnnyLongden doing most of the riding, Alberta Ranches campaigned a number of top horses, including 1961 San Felipe Stakes winner Flutterby and Four and Twenty, who took the 1961 Santa Anita Derby . . . Dominguez, a former quarter horse jockey and one of the most likeable trainers in America, died suddenly Wednesday in his native El Paso at age 60. One of New Mexico’s all-time leading trainers, Dominguez worked in Southern California for D. Wayne Lukas for nine years prior to going on his own in 1990. 29% $292,586 28%last_img read more

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NRL appoints first female referee for Broncos v Bulldogs clash

first_imgBelinda Sharpe will on Tuesday be confirmed as the first woman to take control of an NRL match, assigned as the assistant referee for Thursday night’s Broncos and Bulldogs clash at Suncorp Stadium.The Queensland-raised Sharpe and Kasey Badger were earlier this year elevated to the NRL’s full-time referees squad, paving the way for the former to take the whistle in round 18.She has been a constant as an NRL touch judge in recent times, as has Badger, but it won’t be until this week that one of the pair has been given the task of refereeing an NRL fixture.Rugby league officials have noticed a spike in the number of budding female rugby league referees at a grassroots level since Sharpe and Badger started patrolling the sideline in NRL games.”If my role in just doing my job week in week out can inspire other people to become involved, particularly other females to become involved as referees, then that’s something I’m proud of,” said Sharpe, who refereed the women’s State of Origin match at North Sydney Oval in June.”I don’t necessarily think I need to do anything differently, but if they can see an opportunity to get to this point with the same pathway as any other official then that’s a positive.”There’s been some nice moments where I’ve met young girls at games and different places and they’ve said I’ve become involved because they’ve seen the opportunities available as a referee and I think that’s a really positive thing.”We’re seeing more and more females becoming involved as referees at various levels of the game.”Sharpe, a former journalist and marketer, will referee alongside one of the NRL’s most experienced whistleblowers, Ben Cummins, at Suncorp Stadium.She admitted to being a touch surprised when told of her appointment this week and immediately rang husband Clayton, who has also been a member of the NRL officiating ranks.”I was really excited and I guess a little bit surprised, but I’m certainly looking forward to Thursday night and am really thrilled to receive the news,” Sharpe said.”I’ve been on the pathway for quite a while now and I’ve certainly done the same work and been on the same pathway as every other official that has made it to this point. I’m certainly confident that’s what [the appointment] is based on.”I’ve been around a while now in first grade as a touch judge and I think most of the players are used to seeing me out there on the field. At the end of the day they just want you to do your job and if you do that well I don’t think they care who it is.”Sharpe’s milestone will come in the same week NRL head of football Graham Annesley claimed criticism of referees since the State of Origin decider had been “unwarranted”, just a week after he conceded they made a number of “serious errors” in the fortnight prior.last_img read more

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UAAP: Baltazar, Melecio lift La Salle over NU for 1st win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustine Baltazar buried the go-ahead basket as La Salle came back to beat National University, 80-76, for its first win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Balztazar hit a jumper from the left baseline off an inbound pass to put the Green Archers ahead, 78-76, with 28 seconds left.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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I think I’ve ran that play for like a 100 times in practice. Like what I told you guys before Justine will play a big role for us this season,” said La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez, whose squad rallied from 11 points down in the second period.“I told him to shoot when he gets the ball,” Gonzalez recalled of his crucial play that left Baltazar wide open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe third-year big man notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Aljun Melecio led all scorers with 19 points for La Salle, which bounced back from a 68-61 loss to Far Eastern University on September 9.The Archers ended the game on a 6-0 spurt after Troy Rike gave the Bulldogs a 76-74 edge with 1:42 remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Whatever the odds, the adversity they faced earlier in the game, I looked at them and saw their composure,” Gonzalez, who is in his first year at La Salle’s helm following the transfer of Aldin Ayo to University of Santo Tomas in December of last year.Rookie Dave Ildefonso led NU, which slipped to 1-1, for the second straight game with 16 points.Rike had 15 points and six rebounds but missed two free throws that would’ve put NU in the driver’s seat with 53 ticks remaining.The Bulldogs faltered when it mattered most with major lapses on both ends in the last two minutes.Up by two, 76-74, Enzo Joson fouled Melecio while taking a 3-pointer with Melecio making 2-of-3 free throws with 1:25 left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Asia League: Bad luck hits iECO as Howell ‘doubtful’ for PH team’s next game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU also couldn’t get the ball inbounds after Baltazar’s jumper and wasted a chunk of the time left before intentionally fouling to stop the clock.Andrei Caracut sealed the game with a pair of freebies with only 11 seconds to go.last_img read more

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Govt focusing on small contractors’ role in public procurement – Harmon

first_imgGovernment has established a Cabinet Subcommittee to look into small contractors’ involvement in the public procurement system, according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Minister of State Joseph HarmonThe subcommittee was established following many concerns raised by the contractors at a recent symposium held by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) for new entrants into the pool of prequalified companies that are awarded government contracts.The Minister of State disclosed at the post-Cabinet briefing on Wednesday last that the issue grabbed the attention of Cabinet at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.“It was agreed that every effort would be made to give legitimate support to small contractors, including their involvement in the public procurement process, and in this regard, Cabinet had mandated that a committee headed by Prime Minister (Moses Nagamootoo),” he stated.The other members of the subcommittee include the Ministers of: Legal Affairs, Basil Williams; Public Infrastructure, David Patterson; Business, Dominic Gaskin; Finance, Winston Jordan, and Communities, Ronald Bulkan.Harmon noted that the committee will look at how best small contractors can be incorporated into government’s procurement system.According to the Minister of State, the decision to establish a subcommittee was taken to create a level playing field and for small contractors to be given the opportunities they deserve.He pointed to the reference in the Small Business Act that says that at least 20 per cent of State contracts should be awarded to small contractors.“The question is how do you quantify that; what mechanisms you put in place to guarantee that that happens? So these are things the committee will look at and see how best we can give effect to what is already there in the law,” he outlined.Moreover, the Minister explained that the subcommittee will have to come up with recommendations to be handed over to the subject minister for implementation after approval by Cabinet.However, Harmon noted that Minister David Patterson has already embarked on the process with the recent procurement seminar during which the MPI meaningfully engaged contractors.The symposium provided the opportunity for small and new contractors to learn more on the National Procurement Act and prequalification for contracts as well as how to become compliant with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); National Insurance Scheme (NIS); and local insurance.Participants were also enlightened about the bid evaluation process and were made privy to a simulation bid submission. The simulation highlighted the “dos and don’ts” of bid submissions by providing participants with realistic examples.Additionally, focus was placed on informing participants on the contract award process as well as the protest process.Government recently established the ‘Bid Protest Committee’ in an effort to ensure transparency and accountability in the procurement process. This committee allows contractors who are not satisfied with the evaluation to make an objection to the process.One company has already made an objection to the Committee. Cevon’s Waste Management Inc recently filed objections to the award of the $221 million contract to Puran Brothers Inc for the management of the Haags-Bosch Landfill site at Eccles Industris Estate, East Bank Demerara.Puran Bros Inc had emerged the most suitable contractor to maintain the disposal site from a lineup of several bidders and bagged the 12-month contract which was signed last Thursday.last_img read more

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‘Education a Basis for National Development’

first_imgThe president Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate and Senior Senator of Grand Bassa County, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, has underscored the essence of education, saying “no nation can thrive if education is not the code and a basis for its national existence.”Senator Findley made the statement recently when he served as a keynote speaker at a program marking the 25th graduation and closing exercises of the Bassa Seventh Day Adventist High School in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. He said, “Without education our people will not be able to know their rights and responsibilities to the rule of law and share their individual and collective quotas in the socio-economic and infrastructural development of post war Liberia.” The Grand Bassa Senior Senator pointed out that the basis for national development will only be a reality if citizens, especially the young people, are studious to obtain quality vocational and academic education to become responsible future leaders who will move the country forward for national recognition and admiration.He stressed on the dire need for the Liberian government to re-enforce its educational sector and provide quality education for the younger generation by building their capacities to empower them develop the country. He noted that if the government educates the younger generation to adulthood, they will know their rights and rules in the family, society, and their communities to develop principles that will make them become assets, through their achievements. He said the brutal civil crisis (1989-2003) did not only destroy the country, but turned the guns against ourselves and our people through the influence of adults who were greedy for power by then.He re-echoed the Government of Liberia’s continuous commitment to illiteracy eradication as evidenced by the launching of the free compulsory education scheme by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the younger generation in both vocational and academic disciplines. He cautioned the younger generation that while it is true that the free compulsory education scheme is expedient, they must take advantage of it for a successful future.Findley has served as a Senior Senator for Grand Bassa County since 2005 and has just crossed carpet to the Unity Party, where he was last Friday unanimously endorsed as Senatorial aspirant to re-contest the 2014 Special Senatorial election on the UP’s ticket for Grand Bassa County.Also speaking at the colorful occasion, the Principal of the Bassa SDA High School in Buchanan, Mr. Levi W. Flahnma congratulated the graduates that comprised 31 females and 34 males, and lauded teachers for their immense contributions and parents for their tireless support.For his achievements, Mr. Flahnma revealed that he has restructured and built the capacity of the teaching staff for the viability of the school system.He said his administration has also enforced on the school’s campus to avoid the infiltration of residents and passersby during school hours, opened a computer facility for internet services, among others.He named some of his challenges as the lack of an auditorium, science laboratory, and requisite textbooks among others, and called on the Ministry of Education to impart and distribute among schools in the country modern requisite textbooks rather than what he termed as out-dated textbooks from the USA, Europe and other countries.   He also appealed to the South-East Liberia SDA Mission Board, the national government and international community as well as other humanitarian groups and personalities to help solve some of the major problems in the school.   Earlier, in her valedictorian message on the topic: ‘The Power of Knowledge,’ Miss Grace Nyantee of Grand Kru County, said every Liberian must use his/her power acquired from knowledge to positively benefit the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden Fund commissions new office

first_imgPaula Walcott-Quintin cutting the ribbon, flanked by LFU members and Mayor Waneka ArrindellNon-Governmental Organisation, Linden Fund USA (LFU), and its local affiliate Linden Fund Guyana Inc on Friday commissioned its permanent office in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The organisation, which has been in existence for 20 years, has members both locally and across the diaspora, who work against the backdrop of giving back to the community through promoting and enhancing the academic, social, health and well-being of Linden and Region 10. The building, which was donated by Habitat for Humanity, was commissioned during a building dedication ceremony at the location along Washer Pond Road, Mackenzie.In her remarks, LFU Chairman Paula Walcott-Quintin noted that she is proud to represent the organisation, which, she noted, has thrived over the past 20 years. She said that the organisation is grateful to Habitat for Humanity Guyana and also expressed gratitude to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for supplying the land for the building as she further acknowledged its late Chairman Horace James.Walcott-Quintin added that the plans for the building will evolve along with the needs of the community as she stated that these are always developed in collaboration with the community.In expressing gratitude to For the Children Sake Foundation and others, she outlined that the Regional Education Department is one of the organisation’s key collaborators in its educational endeavours. Walcott-Quintin said the organisation is evolving as she outlined plans to include a computer hub for the constabulary compound and industrial catchment areas in addition to a training room and meeting facilities.Since the construction of the building, the organisation has launched its Scholarship for Success initiative which offers scholarships to local students. The annual Spelling Bee and Parent Teachers Association Workshop will also continue, according to the LFU Chairman.Habitat for Humanity Guyana Representative Jennifer Welch in her remarks noted her organisation’s hope that the programme executed through the building will be beneficial to all as the LFU continues to give back to the Linden community.Deputy Regional Executive Officer Maylene Stephen congratulated those who played a pivotal role in the success of the organisation as she noted the significance of the services extended to the people of the region.Also delivering remarks were Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell. The occasion was marked by the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque.last_img read more

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Croatia take on Nigeria in Russia’s European bolthole

first_imgNigeria, long one of African football’s underachievers, boast several players with English Premier League pedigree, and will hope they can secure only their second win in their last 12 World Cup matches.The stage for Saturday’s clash is Kaliningrad, a thickly forested outpost of Russia wedged between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea — a potentially challenging location for some fans to reach.FIFA’s official site showed tickets still available 24 hours before kick-off.Saturday will also prove a crucial test for FIFA’s anti-discrimination drive, with tension running high in the build-up to the tournament over a spate of recent incidents.Racism has plagued Russian football since clubs began purchasing foreign players after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.Russia’s football federation was last month slapped with a 25,000-euro fine after racist chants from supporters during a friendly against France.FIFA has instituted a three-strikes policy against any racist abuse from fans across the tournament, threatening to abandon matches if supporters ignore a stadium speaker announcement and then a pause in play.Chelsea winger Victor Moses, on the far left, will likely lead Nigeria’s attack against Croatia © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEINigeria’s Dutch-born defender Will Troost-Ekong told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper last month that the players would react as one to any abuse.Croatia, appearing at their fifth World Cup, boast a host of world-class talent, including Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic of Juventus.The Balkan nation lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly in the run-up to the tournament that marked Neymar’s return to international football, before a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Senegal on June 9.Nigeria lost 2-1 to England at Wembley and fell to a turgid 1-0 defeat by the Czech Republic to leave their German coach Gernot Rohr plenty of selection headaches, particularly in attack.The Super Eagles are this World Cup’s youngest squad, and several Premier League regulars, including Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Leicester’s Wilfried Ndidi and Victor Moses of Chelsea will be crucial.Ndidi is one of three Leicester City players in the squad.Both sides will be keen to get off to a winning start in Russia to give themselves the best chance of exiting a tough Group D that includes Iceland — who topped Croatia’s qualifying group — and two-time winners Argentina.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr talks to Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi in their World Cup training camp © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIKALINIGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Former World Cup semi-finalists Croatia take on African powerhouses Nigeria in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday in their opening Group D match that may prove a test of the organisers’ anti-racism drive.It is 20 years since Croatia surged to the final four at France ’98 with a resounding quarter-final win over favourites Germany, and fans will be buoyed by a squad brimming with attacking talent.last_img read more

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Residents get the 411 on the 818 area code crisis

first_imgFacing a dwindling number of available phone numbers for a growing number of San Fernando Valley residents, California officials began holding a series of public hearings Monday on how to introduce a new 747 area code within the 818. Officials are weighing whether the Valley should be split into two zones – one area keeping 818 and the other getting 747 – or whether to “overlay” 747 across the region by assigning the new area code only to new users. Michael Evans, a regulations analyst for the PUC, said that if a new area code is not introduced, the Valley will run out of available phone numbers by summer or fall of 2009. But some at the Glendale City Hall meeting said they were concerned about how the change could affect them. “I think an overlay code is a nightmare,” she said. “How many numbers do I need to dial to call the person right next door to you?” Jim Bottoms owns three moving companies, with a dozen trucks between them, and said he does not like the prospect of an area code change. “It would be expensive – you got to change all your paperwork, all your trucks, and I’m sure there’s a lot of things I’m not even thinking about,” he said in an interview after the meeting. Officials expect to make a decision next year on how to introduce the new 747 area code in the Valley. More information on the proposed area code change is available at www.cpuc.ca.gov. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 Area code meetings The Public Utilities Commission will hold public meetings this week on a new area code for the San Fernando Valley: 1:30 p.m. today at the Las Virgenes Water District headquarters, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas; 7 tonight at San Fernando City Hall, 117 N. Macneil St.; and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys.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.John Zachman, a 35-year Glendale resident, urged the PUC to let him keep his 818 by adopting the overlay option. “I belong to the 818 community, if you will,” Zachman said. “All my friends know me as the 818 community.” Because the overlay method would assign 747 to any new numbers, it could lead to a situation in which a household with multiple phone lines could have one with the 818 area code and another with the 747, officials said. The overlay method also would require callers to dial the full area code plus phone number for all calls – even within their own area code. Bridget Oberlin, an actress from North Hollywood, said the Valley should adopt an area-code split, with the east part of the Valley getting the 818. last_img read more

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TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE FINDS HAPPINESS AGAIN WITH BIRTH OF BABY BOY

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The mother of the two teenage girls who took their own lives has found happiness again after giving birth to a baby boy.Lorraine Gallagher – delighted with new arrival Lennon.Lorraine Gallagher’s life fell to pieces when daughters Erin, 13 and Shannon, 15, died by suicide within weeks of eachother last year.Now Lorraine, from Ballybofey, has taken the first steps to rebuilding her life after giving birth at Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday last. Lorraine and fiancée Phelim Quinn, who got engaged in January, have named the baby Lennon.The couple say they are over the moon with their new arrival.Lorraine already has a son Sean James who is five.Lorraine is back at home in Ballybofey and said she is delighted that the baby is healthy. The late Erin and Shannon GallagherShe said “We are just relieved that we are home and that little Lennon arrived okay.“He is a very happy little boy and we are just asking to be left alone so we can start our lives together,” she said.Lorraine, 37, said she is trying her best to get on with her life following the devastation of losing her two daughters last year.She said she is planning to tell little Lennon all about her older sisters in time.“Nothing will ever ease the pain fully and there’s not an hour that goes by that I don’t think about Erin and Shannon. “They were my life and now they are gone forever.“I have tried by best to lead as normal a life as possible for Sean James but it’s difficult.“Now I have two lovely little boys to look after, I can try and rebuild my life.“When the time is right, I will tell Lennon what beautiful sisters he had and how much joy they brought to everyone they knew,” she said. Erin and Shannon, both pupils at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar, died within less than two months of eachother last year.Erin, 13, was found dead at her home on October 27th last amidst claims that she was being bullied.Her sister Shannon, 15, took her own life on December 14th.At the time mum Lorraine said her eldest daughter simply could not carry on without her best friend and younger sister Erin.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE FINDS HAPPINESS AGAIN WITH BIRTH OF BABY BOY was last modified: May 22nd, 2013 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:baby LennonErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

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Curry on Warriors Game 2 history: ‘We understand the drill’

first_imgOAKLAND – Steph Curry was at it again, basking in yet another series-opening win at home on the Warriors’ projected path to their fifth straight NBA Finals.Game 2 will be tougher, right? The Portland Trail Blazers will adjust after their 22-point defeat? The Warriors won’t be strutting into a trap game, will they?“We understand what the drill is,” Curry responded after the 116-94 win that opened the Western Conference Finals.The Warriors are 14-4 in Game 2s since 2015. All but one have been …last_img

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