JOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “There wasn’t a whole lot of pace other than the filly in the one hole (Road Rager), she and the one next to me (Mother Mother) had some speed. I could have been up there as well but she has been running so well just settling off of it. It was nice to see her show her eagerness to be in the race early. It certainly made my job a whole lot easier.“She got into a really good rhythm once we passed over the gap at about the three quarter pole. She kind of put her head down and got into a really nice rhythm. I knew she was gonna run well at that point. I gotta take my hat off to John Shirreffs and everybody, the groom and the gallop girl that gets on her. She is a lot of work and they have done a lot to get her here and it is paying off.“She gets anxious and the fans are starting to know her. They show her a lot of respect and they get quiet for her. She just gets anxiety because she can’t see everything, but she is such a sweetheart. The best part of it all is once we get her in the gate and get her running.“I told John, that I think she wants two turns I hope I’m right. She is doing so well doing what she is doing and you can’t ask her to do anymore but it’s time to probably go around the second turn.”OWNER QUOTES JOHN SHIRREFFS, HARD NOT TO LOVE, WINNER: “She’s getting better and better. She’s getting into those repeat performances. The stewards allowed us to break from the post parade when she came out of the tunnel. Her groom, Martin Lopez, walked her around the (Club House) turn and she stayed calm. She never breaks, but she reacts very quickly. Mike said he was waiting for her to relax and then he put her into the race. I love Mike, we go back a long way and we think a lot alike. He’s such a horseman, for him, it’s all about the horse. That’s above winning or losing, it’s always about the horse. It looked like this was her best race. We’re thinking about going into the Beholder Mile (Grade I, March 14). I think as long as she can (relax), with her style of running, it shouldn’t be a problem.” NOTES: The winning owners are Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo, and Steve F. Mooney.
Jamaica was one of the top teams entering the meet. They won at the first meet in 2014 and were second in 2015 behind the United States. First-leg runner Clarke said the team was very disappointed. “We are disappointed because we came out with a lot of confidence and we really wanted to make it into the final,” Clarke said. “It is just of those things because in the relays, you have to carry the baton around and we failed to do so today.” Minzie labelled it a terrible mix-up. “I can’t blame anyone because it was just a terrible mix up on the third leg. We know that we would have won this race, but it wasn’t to be for us today.” Meanwhile, in the women’s 4×400 metres, Jamaica qualified for today’s final when they placed second to Poland in the third and final heat. Jamaica clocked a season’s best 3:29.93 with Poland winning in 3:29.42. The United States clocked the fastest time, 3:29.27, in winning heat one. The Jamaican team in running order was Christine Day, Janieve Russell, Dawnalee Loney and team captain Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby. NASSAU, Bahamas: Jamaica, one of the hot pre-meet favourites for the men’s 4×100 metres, suffered a shock exit from the event at the IAAF-BTC World Relays in the Bahamas last night. A terrible mix-up on the second leg between incoming runner Kemar Bailey-Coley and Jevaughn Minzie ended with the baton falling in heat one of the event. The Jamaican quartet got off to a brilliant start when Everton Clarke outsprinted his rivals to hand over to Bailey-Cole. However, Bailey-Cole failed to connect with third man Minzie and the baton fell to the blue track, stunning the many Jamaican fans in the stands. The event was won by the Netherlands in 38.71 ahead of the Republic of China (38.97) and Australia (39.09). TOP TEAM
“We will evaluate Adrian Forbes and see if we will need to make a replacement later on. Three games should be enough to know if we want to replace or stay with the import,” Guiao said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yeng Guiao and his NLEX Road Warriors. PBA IMAGESHoping to make up for lost time, NLEX is bringing in Adrian Forbes to replace Arnett Moultrie as its reinforcement for the upcoming 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao said the decision to make the change was due to the incessant delay of Moultrie’s arrival to the country.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments Mirotic, Davis carry Pelicans to 3-0 series lead over Blazers Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “Our biggest problem is our import couldn’t come in time, so we’re hoping the substitute will come in tomorrow so we can practice with him by Sunday afternoon. We’ll use that rest of the time to just acclimatize him and jell him with the team until our Saturday game,” said Guiao.Forbes, 29, last played in Pueblo Nuevo in Dominican Republic and averaged 21.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks where he was named as the Defensive Player of the Year. He also had stints in France, Japan, and Bahrain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMoultrie faced problems in Bahrain which stopped him from flying in and joining NLEX when it returned to training camp in early April.The door, though, is still open for Moultrie to play for NLEX as the team with Forbes’ performance in its first three games still up for evaluation. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’
LATEST STORIES Instead, the cheers came from the Gilas Pilipinas bench and behind it, as the Nationals battled back from a 17-point deficit to stay a step ahead of Japan—owner of a stunning 70-56 upset over Iran earlier in the day in Tokyo—in the footrace for the No. 3 spot in their group.“It was weird, in a way,” the 6-foot-9 beanpole told the Inquirer in Filipino. “Normally, we’d be energized by the crowd with (plays like that).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 Philippines, scolded by Fiba for a brawl with Australia during their qualifying match last July, was penalized with a closed-door home game against Qatar.“It was surreal,” coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In all his years of coaching in the PBA, Guiao had always thought of the so-called “sixth man” of the popular Ginebra team as the Kings’ psychological crutch. But as the Philippines tried to assemble rally after rally in an abysmal first half, Guiao finally understood the concept as something more tangible.“At some point when we were down, we were looking for something to grab and hold on to, something that a loud crowd would have given us,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Japeth Aguilar has played a lot of games with Barangay Ginebra and he knows one thing to be certain: When the Japeth riseth, he bringeth the house down.But the house stayed still Monday evening, when Aguilar anchored a scorching Philippines fight-back in the second half of a 92-81 victory over Qatar in their Fiba World Cup qualifying showdown at a sealed-off Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 View comments MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Cards, altas score; Maroons cry foul Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
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Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Los Angeles’ Patrick Beverley got called for a technical foul in the closing seconds of the third quarter, and George made the free throw to give the Thunder an 86-69 lead at the end of the period.Harrell scored, was fouled and made the free throw with just over a minute remaining to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to six. With the margin still six, Harrell was fouled by Westbrook on a dunk attempt with 20.7 seconds left. He missed both free throws, and the Thunder called timeout. Oklahoma City got the ball inbounds, and George passed his way out of a trap to find Grant for a dunk that put the game out of reach.TIP-INSClippers: G Lou Williams missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. … C Marcin Gortat was called for a technical in the second quarter. … Beverley, long hated by Thunder fans for his numerous run-ins with Westbrook, scored nine points but committed five fouls.Thunder: Forced 26 turnovers, the most for an opponent this season. … Shot 47 percent from the field.STAT LINESWestbrook passed Kobe Bryant for 30th in NBA history in assists.HE SAID ITGeorge, on the defensive pressure: “When we’re rotating, when we’re in the right spots, we shrink the floor. We make the game easy defensively. We cause guys that aren’t necessarily playmakers to make plays. I thought that’s what we did.”UP NEXT LATEST STORIES “I’m fine being trapped,” George said. “That’s where we’re going to need our guys the most — for them to make plays out of it. Honestly, I think that’s the easiest way for me to get myself going because I make those plays early. And we burn them, we hurt them on those plays. They can’t trap me anymore. They put two on the ball, find the open guy.”George isn’t just handling pressure, he’s thriving in it. He made 11 of 19 shots against the Clippers and didn’t have a turnover.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 Chriss“He’s great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s just so long, tough, plays at a great pace. Can’t speed him up, really. He knows he’s bigger than most of those guys that’s guarding him, so when he’s shooting the ball like that, he’s tough.”It was the fourth time in seven December games George scored at least 30 points. He’s averaging 29.1 points this month while shooting 52 percent from the field. MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers’ traps and double-teams useless.Oklahoma City’s forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Clippers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.Thunder: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and six steals for Oklahoma City. He made just 4 of 17 shots, yet he had a positive effect on his team.“The hustle plays, diving on the floor, the deflections that he generated, and by being disciplined doing that — it wasn’t like he was running around helter skelter,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He was really disciplined. I thought it was a game where, yeah he didn’t shoot it great, but I’m not really worried about that. But what he did do was impact the game in a lot of other ways, which I think were important for us.”Jerami Grant scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 16 for the Thunder, who bounced back from a 109-98 loss at Denver on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari matched a season high with 28 points, Tobias Harris scored 22 and Montrezl Harrell added 21 for the Clippers.The Thunder led 61-50 at halftime, despite Westbrook going scoreless for almost 22 minutes to start the game. George picked up the slack with 21 points in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,The extremely sensitive issue of free and fair elections in Guyana has once again become the foremost concern of Guyanese citizens at home and across the Diaspora. Our acceptance, recognition, business with international institutions, partners and other countries, will also be significantly impacted, by the level of democratic image we portray.Negative intrusions of acceptable democratic standards as a global measure, must never be tolerated from any Government or force of power. The reasons are obvious since the ultimate result, is digression into a state of anarchy through warranted internal and external counter forces. Adherence to rule of law is intrinsic to prevention, and acceptance of its application vital. Trumped-up partisan interpretations when it solely suits the Government’s interests against the will of citizens, have to be vigorously guarded against. Shamelessly and unfortunately, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government has gone right up this alley.The situation of President Granger’s inappropriate handling of the selection of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), sets up a most suspicious framework for the treatment and acceptance of results regarding future elections under the current structure. Obviously, the performance of the organisation and role of its Chairman, must and will justifiably, be given the highest level of scrutiny.As we approach the first elections under the enforced chairman of GECOM, all must be cognisant that allowance of due process is not surrender to the authoritative imposition of the Government.Rather, it reflects an acknowledgement of certain counter-checks in the legal electoral system that will be depended upon. GECOM operations have not been without fault and the Commission’s obligation to correct outstanding anomalies is expected to be systematically advance in a transparent way. It is of note that nothing much or corrective have come from the Commission, and there are significant concerns that must be highlighted.The administrators of GECOM must move to get the required deliveries of the institution right, and ensure acceptability through transparent mechanisms. The organisations’ most recent public activity was another cycle of continuous registration. This, according to Minister Ronald Bulkan, is part of preparations for Local Government Elections to be held during late 2018. However, there are already observed stumbles which demand clarifications.These concern serious questions asked by many with respect to the Official List of Electors (OLE) that the entity has circulated for political parties to validate in their house to house verification of the persons included. Notably, the unresolved issue of boundaries in some Local Authority Areas (LAAs) has been problematic, as these would have been responsible for confusion and ties at the last Local Government Elections. However, instead of providing clarifications regarding the tenuous situation, the GECOM OLE (dated Friday, June 30, 2017), creates a further and wider conundrum.Reference is made to the fact that this GECOM OLE; misrepresents the actual constituencies where voters reside, by use of descriptions of the Sub-Divisions. An example includes the case of the Eccles Ramsburg LAA where the E List (412234), now includes numerous names of persons residing in other constituency sub-divisions that does not fit the stated description of the Sub-Division on this list. This would have resulted in changing the content of other lists in the LAA. Is GECOM intent on shifting the boundaries or deliberately confusing the situation at the LGE?Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Women from the historic town of Dimeh on Bomi County highway have received LD$ 85,000 micro loan from the Flomo Theater Production. The loan is expected to improve the women’s livelihood and help in their own businesses.Olivia Nenneh Swaray, Gender Officer at the Flomo Theater said: “We have built your artistic capacity over the years. It is now time that we strengthen your livelihood so that each and every one of you receiving the loan can contribute to the country’s economy.”She added that though the funds may not be enough, when manage properly it would put them into the business world. She said further that individual success stories have proven to the Flomo Theater that the women of Dimeh are trustworthy, hardworking and businesslike. “It could have been a disaster if the first seven women that received the loan early this year, didn’t pay back in the time allotted,” she told the gathering, adding that because of their sincerity and commitment everyone is benefiting from the second phase of the initiative.The loan was given under the Ma-Gbessie Kiazolu Rural Women Livelihood and Loan Initiative Program, with 10 women receiving L$8,500 each for the start of the second phase. Five other persons are expected to receive their loans soon.According to Mrs. Swaray, the Dimeh women leadership did the selections for those that would receive the loans. The US$10 interest rate added on the initial capital is meant to increase the number of beneficiaries for the third phase.She disclosed that payment is in four phases, with a month break, and the first loan settlement of L$2,340 will begin September 31 through December 31.A one-day training course on vital business management skills is provided for women prior to receiving the loan. Mrs. Swaray said the training would help them to learn business planning, analyze the market competition, and learn how to manage the flow of cash and to defeat the fear of becoming a businesswoman.“The Flomo Theater will always be with the women of Dimeh in difficult times, building their capacity for progress, but please don’t default on the payment of your loans,” she cautioned the recipients. Hon. Haja Fatta Siryon, launching the project said, “I’m satisfied with such a good endeavor that blesses women from my district. If I just stand here without giving full support to this program that empowers grassroots women, I will be doing harm to the cause of women empowerment.“When you build the economic competence of a woman, you build a nation. These women are my people, and I promise an additional amount of US$1,000 so that the number of those benefiting from this program can increase to 25.“This program will improve the livelihood of the women, given them a good reason to believe that they too can contribute towards national growth.“I started with a little capital after the first Liberian civil war but was able to overcome the biggest struggles that prevent women from owning their own businesses.” Hon. Siryon, who is also a successful businesswoman added: “Your determination matters in order to erase the notion that all through your life you can’t achieve success in business, though all you need is to open the door through implementation, training and a good knowledge of your business.”“The training we received during the first phase of this project prepared us for a start in our business career,” said Famata Gbessey, one of several women who received the first loan. She added: “We were able to jump at the chance to start our own businesses with the micro loan.” Often the women ask Flomo Theater to help them with expert business advice and to learn from each other through policy implementation.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Yesterday evening, lawmakers from both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate, including junior and senior officials of the cabinet, tearfully received the remains of Rep. Eugene Fallah Kparkar of Lofa County District # 1 at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and escorted it to the SamuelA. Stryker Funeral Parlors in Sinkor, according to information reaching the Daily Observer.The remains of the Lofa County lawmaker were flown into the country from Lahore Society Hospital, New Delhi, India, where he met his untimely death while on treatment against a protracted illness.Rep. Kparkar, 41, died on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The cause of his death has not been formally announced but sources say he died from diabetes and kidney related issues.Prior to the lawmakers’ trip to the RIA, deep silence fell among them, when House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay revealed to members of the House of Representatives, in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature, that the body of their fallen colleague was arriving yesterday instead of today.The Daily Observer also gathered that at the RIA, there were more silent tears than was apparent at Rep. Kparkar’s house when scores of lawmakers and staff of the Legislature when to sympathize with the bereaved family.Funeral arrangements will be subsequently announced.Last week, House Press Director Isaac G. Redd announced that the “quick return” of the remains of the deceased to the country was a collective effort between the leadership of the House, the Lofa County Legislative Caucus and the family.“The Speaker of the House and members of leadership made regular calls to the hospital and Mrs. Mahaja Kparkar before and after the death of the Lofa County District # 1 Representative,” Mr. Redd said.Rep. Kparkar was a former student activist. He was elected Lofa County District # 1 Representative in 2005, and re-elected in 2011. He was an Executive Member of Liberty Party, and a ranking member of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus. He served as Chairman on the Committee on Public Utility; Co-chairman on National Defense and member on the Public Accounts and Expenditure Committee.He recently served as Chairman on the Committee on Investment and Concessions and was also a member on the Committee of Peace, Religious and National Reconciliation.Prior to his election in 2005, he came to national prominence during the radical days of student politics in the early 2000s. He subsequently served as Chairman for the Student Unification Party (SUP) of the University of Liberia, and was an instructor and counselor working with refugee schools and trauma healing programs.He first tasted national politics when he served as the Administrative Assistant to former member of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly, Fayiah S. Gbollie.He earned B.Sc in Economics from the University of Liberia and two Master’s degrees from the University of Liberia and Cuttington University in International Relations and Public Administration, respectively.He recently married Madam Mahaja Kamara-Kparkar, a union blessed with three children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“That exposure to the kids, and the different outfits and other regalia, I think it’s going to be really good for our kids to see that there is a lot of people out there that do live this lifestyle. When you become a dancer, the idea is that you live a life of sobriety. It’s good for the kids to see that.” She also argues the powwow is instrumental in giving Peace Region communities an insight into Aboriginal culture they might not normally get. “It’s important for the community to see Aboriginal people in a different way, and actually really get to experience what our culture is really about. It’s so much more than people think and it’s not anybody’s fault that they have those thoughts. The reality is, if you don’t get any exposure to a different side of Aboriginal people, then you take what you see.” The event runs from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 at the Taylor Ice Centre, with grand entries at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. There will be food vendors, and those attending are encouraged to bring chairs, and dress modestly. This is a drug and alcohol-free event, and anyone is welcome – and encouraged – to join. Advertisement President Connie Greyeyes explains that at a traditional powwow all dancers are given an honourarium, but in a competition format, there are prizes in each category. “Just the competition brings in three times more dancers and competition drumming brings a lot of drummers. I think we’re going to have a huge powwow this year,” adding that competitors are coming from as far as New Mexico this year.Judges look at several aspects of dancer’s performance, including how they dance and carry themselves, and their outfits. There are categories for dancers from eight years old to 55 plus, or the “Golden Age”, as well as buckskin dancers, who don’t compete and receive an honourarium instead.- Advertisement -Thundering Spirit from Enoch, Alberta is returning to be the host drum this year, instead of taking part in the competition. Part of the decision to switch formats this year stemmed from a desire for local Aboriginal youth to see some “top notch” dancers. Part of being a powwow dancer is committing to living a sober lifestyle, which Greyeyes hopes will be a good influence on youth.Advertisement “When somebody comes down to the powwow, you can’t help but feel good, because all of those dancers are there dancing for you,” says Greyeyes.
1 Reece James has joined Wigan from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.The 21-year-old, who made one appearance for United after coming through their academy system, has signed a three-year contract with the League One side.James had impressed Louis van Gaal on United’s pre-season tour of the US last summer and only recently signed a new contract with the Red Devils.But with Luke Shaw ahead of him in the pecking order, and Daley Blind also able to operate at left-back, his chances at Old Trafford would have been limited this season.“Reece is a young player with a bright future,” Wigan manager Gary Caldwell told the Latics’ official website“He has been schooled by one of the best academies around and has impressed both at under-21 level and whilst on loan.“He is another who will strengthen competition on that left side, and has played as a full-back, or in a wing-back role. Once again, there were clubs after him so we’re delighted to add him to the squad.” Reece James