First Guineas races for new promoters

first_imgKINGSTON:New promoters, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), will host their first two classics, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, at Caymanas Park tomorrow.Sponsored by Cash Pot Mega Ball, both races will carry a purse of $3.5 million. The new promoters took over on March 7.Fourteen horses will run in the 1000 Guineas (fillies), while a full field of 16 will battle in the 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings. The post-position draw for the 1600 metres races was done at Caymanas Park on Wednesday afternoon.Ante post favourite for the 1000 Guineas, the Wayne DaCosta-trained SHE’S A MANEATER, will jump from post position 10. FEARLESS SAMURAI, the early favourite for the 2000 Guineas, has been drawn in post position 11. The well-fancied SOTOMAYOR, last year’s champion two-year-old, will come from gate three.last_img read more


NFL opener no classic, even with exciting finish

first_img“This stings for sure,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who certainly knows that feeling after the Super Bowl collapse two seasons back against New England, and then last winter’s divisional playoff loss here that ended almost exactly the same way as Thursday night’s defeat. “We knew this would be a competitive fight that would come down to the end, and it did.”Competitive? For sure.Classic? Not even close.“It wasn’t pretty, it was sloppy,” All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said. “But at the end we got a win.”What NFL fans got ultimately might be an indictment of the preseason.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Late rally lifts Lyceum past JRU to stay unbeaten “It just came down to closing really,” Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant said.This was one opening show that artistically deserved to close after one night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Julio Jones’ case, it’s simple to say, “Who needs it?”Jones didn’t play a down in August, but he was unstoppable against a Philadelphia defense that handled everyone else, especially the scatter-shot arm of Matt Ryan. While local native Ryan once again was struggling at the Linc, Jones still managed to make 10 receptions for 169 yards. Only when Atlanta got within the Eagles 20-yard line did Jones not dominate — in great part because Ryan kept making misguided throws.Frankly, while Jones seemed to be in all-world form, Ryan — a virtual non-participant in the exhibition games — looked rusty.The Eagles weren’t a whole lot better. Other than their opportunism and some creativity, they also were plagued by mistakes on both sides of the ball.Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles caught another pass; it didn’t score a touchdown as the quarterback did against the Patriots, but it set up one of Jay Ajayi’s two TD runs. That was fun.But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions, and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game.“It wasn’t a rhythmic game but we fought hard and did the job,” Foles said. “Winning isn’t easy, especially against Atlanta. It was a dogfight. Our defense did a great job.”If this is a harbinger of what the other openers might look like on Sunday and Monday, fans might want to juggle their viewing schedules. Remember, virtually every team preserved regulars for the games that count. Unfortunately, that just might mean counting the number of flags that fly and errors that occur from Miami to Minneapolis, from Detroit to Denver, more so than the touchdowns going up on the scoreboard.“We made a ton of mistakes today,” safety Malcolm Jenkins noted. “But every time we got out there, we dealt with the situation. If we made mistakes, we moved on and we tried to win the situation.”The Eagles did, displaying the kind of resilience that helped them to last season’s title. The Falcons flopped again in a tight spot, though it’s inconceivable such a talented group will continue to get in its own way like this again. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown And even with a weather delay featuring some lightning before the Eagles and their fans could celebrate the unveiling of the banner for their first championship since 1960, this wasn’t exactly a sparkling display of football.You can credit two pretty staunch defenses if you want. Yet despite neither team reaching 300 yards in total offense, neither D was dynamic because plays were there to be made. The offenses rarely could do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And then there were the penalties. Altogether, 30 points were scored — and two teams expected to contend for the NFL title compiled 26 penalties. It’s never a good sign when flags nearly equal points.Hey, the Super Bowl champions gained 232 yards and gave away 101 in penalties. Atlanta, which must think there are hot coals lining the red zone at the Linc, gained 299 but had 135 yards in penalties. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones, front right, cannot catch a pass against Philadelphia Eagles’ Ronald Darby during the final second of an NFL football game early Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 18-12. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA — Even with an exciting finish eerily similar to last January’s playoff game, this was pretty much a forgetful opener to the NFL season.Even with another Philly Special, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about in the Eagles’ 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Liberian Forests: the Blessings Remain

first_imgLiberia is one very blessed country! Why we are not among the most highly developed in our sub-Region is hard to answer.One manifestation of these blessing is our forests. After all these years of logging, Liberia is, according to Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director Harrison Karnwea, still the only country in the sub-Region with 43 percent of its forests intact. Intensive logging in Liberia began during the Tubman administration. Some Liberians remember filmmaker Bill Alexander’s famous documentary on Liberian forests, “Wealth in Wood.” It was produced in collaboration with the then Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (DICA), headed by Secretary E. Reginald Townsend. He commissioned many other documentaries on Liberia and, along with cultural icon Bai T. Moore, created the National Cultural Center at Kindejah and the National Cultural Troupe, which won worldwide acclaim. Townsend was also part of the decision making that created the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel, West Africa’s first five-star hotel. The Ducor was supposed to have spearheaded the launching of tourism in Liberia and West Africa—but. He also initiated the creation of the Liberian Broadcasting System, the training of scores of Liberian media and artistic personnel and the production of numerous books on Liberia. But both of these men were mistreated by the Liberian government. Bai T. was summarily removed from his job as Deputy Secretary for Culture, without even a pension. But Mr. Townsend got the worst of it—he was executed by firing squad following the 1980 coup d’état!Sometimes these diversions are necessary for historical purposes. Now back to Liberia’s forests.Last week President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Jallah, expressed concern that Liberian logging activities had “ceased,” leading to interruption in related development activities such as jobs and the construction and maintenance of roads. The Senator made his comments when he received a visiting Montana State Legislator, Dave Hagstrom, who offered to introduce hydro-electric power in Gbarpolu County. Mr. Hagstrom said in his native State of Montana, people purchase electricity at only 9 cents, compared to 53 cents per kilowatt in Liberia.It was not clear why Senator Jallah, during that conversation, jumped from cheap electricity to logging. Was Mr. Hagstrom interested in logging?Mr. hagstrom’s push for mini hydros is one of this newspaper’s constant themes. In Monday’s editorial we wondered why Liberia was not using its many rivers to produce cheap electricity. So far there is only one up-country town producing hydro-electricity— in Yandehun, Kolahun District, and Lofa County. President Sirleaf dedicated it early last year. Our Correspondent Alaskai Johnson, who coveredVice President Boakai’s Lofa visit last week, also visited Yandehum where Alaskai observed that the town was enjoying electricity “24-7.”We hope Mr. Hagstrom will fulfill his Gbarpolu plan. This will encourage government to exploit our rivers and extend cheap power throughout the country.FDA’s Managing Director was quick to react to Pro Temp Jallah’s concern of alleged cessation of logging in Liberia. Far from it, said Mr. Karnwea, logging is ongoing. In interviews with this newspaper, he named several logging companies engaged in Liberia. The Daily Observer then asked what was the status of GOL’s agreement with Norway. It is due to take effect this year, with Liberia standing to gain US$150 million for preserving its forestry reserves and promoting the campaign against carbon omissions. That agreement is on course and comes into effect this year. Mr. Karnwea then gave some details on the country’s forestry reserves. The largest is the SAPO National Reserve; then the East Nimba, between Nimba and Gedeh Counties; Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount; and the Gola Forest between Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu.Mr. Karnwea further stated that the FDA is working on legislation for other forest reserves—the Wani Gizi in Lofa, the Grebo Forest in Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties, the Kpelleh Forest between Gbarpolu and Bong Counties and the Sanquin in Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties, etc. It is a fact that Liberia is rich in forest reserves, which are thankfully in place. Several of them still have elephants and other wildlife, enhancing Liberia’s vast tourism potential. Hopefully soon, the President will find someone who can successfully organize tourism and Liberia would finally be on its way to reap its long delayed tourism bonanza. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Small states can influence international relations − President

first_imgpresident David Granger has said that, despite their sometimes limited resources, small states can influence international relations.According to the President, small states usually lack the economic, geographic and strategic powers to impose on other states their will in what he described as the contentious and confrontational amphitheater of international relations, and so must pursue their national interests through the practise of diplomacy in the international system.DEFENCE DIPLOMACYPresident David Granger addressing the opening ceremony of the 17th Heads of Mission Conference on Monday“Small states, notwithstanding (their) limitations, can seek to influence international relations in order to achieve (their) foreign policy objectives. Guyana’s involvement in the United Nations’ (UN) Mission in Haiti, which assisted in the restoration of democratic government in Haiti, and its generous assistance to Grenada in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004 are examples of the country’s defense diplomacy”, the President posited.He also said that the work of diplomats is impelled by the imperatives of their country’s national interests.“The images on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown tell the tale of where out interests lie. The flying Coat of Arms of each Caribbean Community member state displayed there reminds that everyone knows that he/she is a citizen of a country, and that country is a constituent of the Caribbean Community”, the President declared.He noted that the erection of the Caricom Secretariat, the embellishment of CARIFESTA Avenue with the flags and insignias of other states, the observance of Caricom Day as a national holiday in Guyana, and the construction of the Cubana Monument are all “expressive of the National interest — to illustrate the state’s world view at the level of citizens, country and community”.“…the duty of the diplomats gathered here today (is) to care for our citizens, country and community. The recognition of the importance of citizenship is vital to (the) national interest, since a country is made up of citizens — persons recognised under the law as legal members of sovereign states, (who) are entitled to the protection of the state,” he said. “The right of every citizen is important wherever they are.”The President said the protection of Guyana’s sovereignty is an essential element of Guyana’s diplomacy. He said Guyana lacks the economic strength to sanction other states, and the military capability to extend its power beyond its borders; but as the only English-speaking country in South America, Guyana can influence international relations both in the north and south by exploiting strategic advantages.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, in his speech, said foreign policy is an extension of national policy, which must have as its primary aim the overall development of the nation.“This being the case, our representatives must understand their roles and responsibilities,” he posited.The foregoing remarks were made by President Granger and Minister Carl Greenidge at the opening ceremony of the 17th Heads of Mission Conference hosted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown. The forum, which will end on April 8, is being held under the theme “Advancing Guyana’s Diplomacy in the 21st Century.”It will see discussions on a wide range of political and economic issues, including the challenges and opportunities presented by the current complex but evolving international situation; the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; economic diplomacy; the continuing role of the diaspora in national development; the role of foreign investment in the nation’s development; topical and urgent questions relating to the consequences of climate change; the effect of technology on modern diplomacy; and the multi-polar nature of modern international economic relations, among other issues.In addition, Guyana’s foreign relations will be examined with a view to strengthening and expanding traditional relationships, and determining whether diplomatic representation in some areas ought to be decreased or expanded. Guyana’s membership of multilateral and regional institutions such as Caricom, MERCOSUR, UNASUR and CELAC will also be given extensive consideration.last_img read more


Vilma Ebsen, dancer and instructor, 96

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Vilma Ebsen, who danced in the film “Broadway Melody of 1936” with her brother Buddy long before he became famous on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has died. She was 96. Vilma Ebsen, a dance instructor and co-owner of the old Ebsen School of Dancing in Pacific Palisades, died March 12 at the Thousand Oaks Health Care Center, her son Robert Dolan said Tuesday. As she grew up, she taught at her father’s Orlando, Fla., dance school, then joined her brother in New York for the Broadway run of the musical “Whoopee.” They teamed up and Vilma and Buddy Ebsen were featured in the vaudeville revue “Broadway Stars of the Future.” The song and dance team also appeared in the Broadway musical revue “Flying Colors,” in which they introduced “A Shine on Your Shoes.” They were featured in the 1934 edition of “Ziegfeld Follies,” in which they sang “I Like the Likes of You.” Vilma Ebsen and sister Helga started the Ebsen School of Dancing in 1943, focusing on ballet and tap dancing for children. It operated until the mid-1990s. “It really became her life,” son Robert Dolan said. “She’s got adoring students that go back for decades.” Vilma’s brother Buddy died in 2003. “She absolutely adored Buddy,” her son said. Dolan said his mother had a fabulous sense of humor and “was telling jokes the week before she died. Could she tell stories. They got better over the years and the last 10 years were the best.” One of Dolan’s favorite jokes was one his mom made up and sold to a comic for $50, he said. “My mom said, `If I ever have an out-of-body experience, I’m not going back. I’m going into Shirley MacLaine’s because she’s never there.” Besides her two sons, Ebsen is survived by two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren. Her sons said a memorial celebration for family and friends will be held later. Instead of flowers, the family asked that donations in Ebsen’s name be made to the Music Center Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, where money will go to fund children’s dance education.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They came to Hollywood the following year to appear in the 1935 MGM movie musical “Broadway Melody of 1936,” in which the Ebsens introduced “Sing Before Breakfast” on a brownstone rooftop with Eleanor Powell. They also performed “On a Sunday Afternoon” and danced in the big “Broadway Rhythm” finale. It was her only movie appearance. Buddy Ebsen went on to appear in other movies and Vilma returned to New York where husband Robert Emmett Dolan was a Broadway conductor. She appeared in the musical comedy “Between the Devil,” which ran on Broadway from 1937 to 1938. Vilma and her husband moved to Pacific Palisades in 1941 with their toddler son Robert. Dolan, who became a seven-time Academy Award-nominated film composer, and Ebsen later divorced. In 1948, she married tennis player Stanley Briggs and the couple had a a son, Michael. last_img

BC Civil Liberties Association to hold workshop on protester’s rights at Northern Lights College

first_imgThe BC Civil Liberties Association is heading north to host a workshop aimed at teaching protesters their rights.BCCLA’s Laura Track is leading the workshop, and says it is to insure that people know how to keep themselves safe when they’re participating in a protest, and so that they know their legal rights.“99% of the time, protests go really well,” Track said. “Everything is just fine, everything is safe, the police are there keeping people safe. But everyone once in a while, things go sideways, and the contact protesters have with police can turn negative.”- Advertisement -Track says the Peace Valley Landowners Association invited the BCCLA up to Fort St. John, having done the workshop in various communities across BC before.One thing that protesters should be wary of is legal boundaries. Criminal contempt of court for disobeying a court order is one, as seen on Burnaby Mountain last fall. Protesters can also be charged with obstructing a police officer if they don’t stand back, she says.But protesting is also a protected right in Canada, and it is lawful to take photos, and video of the protest and police officers.Advertisement Track says that the BCCLA has a neutral position on the issues that protesters are vocal about, and wishes to team them their rights so they can stay safe during a protest.The workshop will be held in Room 202 at Northern Lights College (9820 120 Avenue, Fort St. John) on September 16th, from 7-9 PM.last_img read more


UEFA orders ‘further investigation’ of PSG over financial fairplay

first_imgWithin weeks the club had also agreed a deal to sign teenage striker Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros. He has since become one of world football’s hottest properties.In June, UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) closed its investigation into PSG’s spending only to re-open it just a month later.UEFA said on Monday the case had now been referred “back to the CFCB Investigatory Chamber for further investigation”.UEFA rules mandate that clubs cannot spend more than they earn in any given season and deficits must fall within a 30-million-euro limit over three seasons.PSG’s case is complicated by its lucrative sponsorship deals with Qatar National Bank and the Gulf state’s tourism authority.If eventually found guilty PSG could face exclusion from European competition for one or more seasons, a huge blow to the club’s Qatari owners who have made winning the Champions League their key goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000UEFA initially opened an investigation into Paris Saint-Germain’s spending in September 2017 © AFP/File / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Sep 24 – UEFA said Monday it had ordered accusations that Paris Saint-Germain has broken its financial fair play rules to be referred to its financial unit “for further investigation”.European football’s governing body initially opened an investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s spending in September 2017 under pressure from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after the French club signed Brazilian midfielder Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($261 million).last_img read more


Everton hope ankle injury will see Barry out for ‘weeks, rather than months’

first_img1 Everton midfielder Gareth Barry suffers an injury at Sunderland Everton hope Gareth Barry will be sidelined “for weeks, rather than months” after the midfielder was stretchered off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland.The 33-year-old was substituted after only 13 minutes at the Stadium of Light with a suspected broken leg following a late challenge from Jordi Gomez.Everton’s initial fears were quickly allayed though, with the club later confirming Barry had instead sustained an ankle injury.It is understood the Merseyside outfit have identified ligament damage to the right ankle but Everton’s medical team will have to wait for significant swelling to subside before they can make a better assessment of how serious the injury actually is.And the club revealed on Tuesday evening that Barry will continue to be closely assessed by the medical team.“The player’s treatment at Finch Farm is ongoing and although it is too early to estimate a length of absence, it is hopeful the time out will be weeks rather than months,” it said.last_img read more


The goals you need to see from the UCL group stage with Martial, De Bruyne and Torres

first_img Kevin De Bruyne scored against Sevilla Check out some of the best goals from Wednesday’s round of games in the Champions League group stage.CSKA Moscow 1-1 Man UnitedAnthony Martial (Man United)Man City 2-1 SevillaYevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla)Man City 2-1 SevillaKevin De Bruyne makes it 2-1 to CityGalatasaray 2-1 BenficaNicolas Gaitan (Benfica)Galatasaray 2-1 BenficaLukas Podolski scores the home side’s second goalAtletico Madrid 4-0 AstanaOliver Torres makes it 3-0Wolfsburg 2-0 PSVMax Kruse scores the secondMalmo 1-0 Shakhtar DonetskMarkus Rosenberg (Malmo) 1last_img read more


DDTV: Donegal photographer times sunset video to perfection

first_imgA Donegal photographer had been waiting for weeks to capture the perfect line up of the sunset with Classiebawn Castle, and last night he had great success.Noel Keating set out to film the sun setting directly behind the castle in Mullaghmore, Sligo, from his location in Rossnowlagh.He determined the ideal date with much research, and on November 23, the conditions were just right. “Planning is key to anything in life,” Noel said.Check out the video below:DDTV: Donegal photographer times sunset video to perfection was last modified: November 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more