SANTA MARIA QUOTES-SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, LA FORCE, WINNER: “Mike and Paradise Woods stumbling at the start really didn’t change anything for me. I had a great outside post and she tends to like being in the clear, my horse. It did help a little, her stumbling, obviously because it made the trip more difficult for him and only helped us.“She’s just an honest trying filly, she’s very, very classy.“Paddy put the cheaters on her today, not blinkers but the firs, just a little on the side to change a little something, change it up and I think it helped. Like I said, she really brings it every time.“It’s very rewarding getting this win with her. She ran second to Unique Bella so many times so I really believe she deserves this.”MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, SECOND:  “She stumbled really bad, which she’s done in the past. I still thought I could win it at the quarter pole, but by the time I got out, the winner kicked away from us and we couldn’t get ’em.”TRAINER QUOTESPATRICK GALLAGHER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “The filly was in a good spot. The favorite stumbled at the start. I have to watch the replay, but we thought she (Paradise Woods) would be on the lead but it didn’t turn out that way, La Force put it together and we were very happy. Chuck gave instructions to the jockey when we were in the Paddock and that was it.     “We finally got the win today after knocking on the door so many times. We’re just glad to get there and win. Winning a graded race is a big help for a broodmare prospect so now, she’s done that. We’re really, really happy with her performance.“Yes, anything can happen in racing and something just happened. The favorite (Paradise Woods) was one-to-five and she didn’t probably have her best shot today. La Force has been running in these spots for quite a while now and she’s been close and then…sometimes you get disappointed and you really shouldn’t. If you’re running second or third in a graded stakes with a filly, you should always be very happy.”OWNER QUOTESCHARLES WINNER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “It is very rewarding, thank you to Paddy who did a great job, thank you to Drayden who always rides her beautifully. She tries hard every single time. Paddy’s done a great job with her and it all worked out today. Drayden told me she’d win!“I’m so happy for my partners Ro and Ward. It was a terrific race, and to beat Paradise Woods was really special because she is a special horse. We’re dreaming!”ROBERTA WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: “We’re happy, anytime you win your happy. I’m proud of the filly, I’m proud of Paddy, I love my co-owner and my husband.“WARD WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: I’m smiling this is a thrill, winning a graded stakes at Santa Anita is as good as it gets. I’m sure there’s a few things we can maybe do more of, but this was absolutely fabulous”NOTES: The winning owners are Roberta Williford, Ward Williford, and Charles Winner.German-bred La Force’s proud owners, from left, Charles Winner, Roberta and Ward Williford, savor victory after the Grade II $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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Australia and New Zealand win Oceania U18s titles

first_imgAs regional champions, Australia’s boys will now compete at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games sevens competition in October if given the go-ahead by their National Olympic Committee (NOC). As per an International Olympic Committee ruling, only one male and one female team can attend the Youth Olympic Games from each nation.It was not all plain-sailing for Australia, the setback to Samoa having been preceded by a scrappy 29-25 win over the Cook Islands. But they rallied well, scoring 104 points with only five conceded in reply in their final three pool games against the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.As well as beating Australia, unbeaten Samoa enjoyed emphatic victories over the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands and also got the better of Fiji and Tonga in one-score games.Australia started the final in determined fashion and scored early through Jordan Williams. Less than a minute later Australian captain Jack Walsh crossed for the first of his three tries to make the score 10-0 before Samoa quickly responded with a converted try for Tuna Tuitama. Walsh crossed again, however, to take Australia’s lead into double figures at the break.  In a one-sided second half, Walsh completed his hat-trick and Williams scored a second with Tolu Koula also getting on the scoresheet.“Obviously we came off a loss against Samoa at the start but from there on we built further. We really bonded well throughout the week and the team came through for each other. It was good to get a win in the last game,” said Walsh.Fiji defeated Tonga 21-14 in the third place play-off and the Cook Islands finished the weekend strongly with a 41-5 win over the Solomon Islands in the fifth place play-off.”The rugby standard was unreal, you had no easy games. All the teams were really good and had the ability to win,” Walsh added.last_img read more

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Zeogar Jaynes Is Dead

first_imgThe death is reported of journalist Zeogar Jaynes last week, after a brief illness in Monrovia.The announcement shocked co-workers, relatives and friends. The former vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, Ms. Matilda Brooks of UNMIL Radio, wrote on her facebook, “I’m in tears this morning. How can u leave us so soon? We always look up to u for advice. There’s not a day we’ll not call upon u for a piece of advice that you’ll not give. .we will forever miss u. When I need to take a professional decision it’s u I called.”Mr. Momolu V. O. Sirleaf, former SWAL president said he was devastated to hear about his friend’s death.  The closeness of the two climaxed when the deceased was part of friends who participated in his recent wedding, as the above group photo indicates.Former SWAL President Isaac Yates wrote in his facebook, “I am devastated and broken over the news of the death of a great brother and friend Zoegar Jaynes. My eyes are teary, my day is wasted but a great friend, a family man, a man of devotion and character has departed us so soon ZQ.”Information received said Mr. Jaynes died of diabetic complications-diabetic ketoacidosis.Daily Observer’s Omari Jackson regretted his untimely death and said Liberia has lost a man who was dedicated to his duties as a family man and a colleague. He urged the family and friends particularly the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, to introduce a lecture series to honor his life.Siebo Williams wrote about his death, “So it is really true that my brother and friend alias “FABULOUS and ZQ” is gone. So it is true in the words of Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan that ‘Death is the Price We Pay for the Gift of Life?’. So long bro. RIP in the bosom of the Almighty. Your powerful voice will live on forever in broadcast journalism in Liberia and for the BBC Fast Track Sports Program.”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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Region 2 admin to get tough on littering

first_imgDespite several cleanup campaigns, the Essequibo Coast Tourism Association and other Non-Governmental Organisations and sensitisation programmes being conducted in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to educate residents and to make the region clean, persons are still in the old habit of littering.Garbage being dumped at the main access road to Lake Mainstay ResortIn the Township of Anna Regina, residents including businesses are dumping their garbage by nights on the shoulders of the road leading to the region’s main tourist attraction –Lake Mainstay Resort. Thousands use this roadway to access the resort or the other lakes in the area but are greeted with the unsightly dumping area.Speaking with this publication on Monday, Mayor of the Township of Anna Regina, Rajendra Prabhulall said that the municipality will have to get tough on those persons who are dumping garbage indiscriminately. He said that the Public Health officers and Overseer visited the area and are presently working on a long-term plan to clean up the entire area and to prevent residents from further dumping their garbage there.A meeting is planned for Thursday of this week with the Essequibo Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Mayor and Councillors of the Town of Anna Regina whereby the issue of garbage disposal will be the main topic on the agenda.The Mayor said that residents are encouraged to use the garbage disposal system that is presently in place in the region. Pooran Brothers Inc is presently contracted to remove all garbage in the region.last_img read more

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“Put Guyana first” – CIOG urges politicians

first_imgPressure continues to mount against the Coalition Government as Guyana is now less than a week away from a potential crisis, with calls pouring in this time from the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) for responsible politics to be practised. In a statement issued on Thursday, the religious organisation noted that the country is on the precipice of an economic metamorphosis unparalleled in its history, and as such reminded all across the political divide of the Prophetic Narration, which states: “Every one of you is a shepherd, and every one of you will be questioned about those under his rule: the ruler is a shepherd, and he will be questioned about his subjects; the man is a shepherd in his family, and he will be questioned about those under his care; and the woman is a shepherd in the house of her husband, and she will be questioned about those under her care… Thus, every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for those under his care.” (Al-Bukhari)Against this backdrop, the CIOG calls on the country’s political leaders to exercise “restraint and to practise responsible politics,” pointing out that Guyana is under the care of the political leaders and they need to safeguard the nation, including its people and resources.It noted that Islam places great emphasis on the dignity of human beings, regardless of their gender or race or status. The Quraan says: “We have bestowed dignity on the children of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of our creation.” (Quran 17:70)As such, the religious organisation outlined, dignity comprises rights and implies duties. Human beings have a right to life, right to freedom of religion, right to freedom of lifestyle, right to labour, right to security, and right to family; these rights are secured. It added, too, that the Quran says that all human beings are created equal by the One Creator, and are all shepherds of their families, communities, and country.“A momentous opportunity has been provided for our politicians (and their followers) to behave responsibly, with morality, dignity and integrity; to be the guardians of honour and truth and right; to communicate with respect and in good faith. In so doing, they will demonstrate that they have put Guyana first, and have raised the standard of political discourse in our country and set an example for the entire world and generations to come. Let us cooperate, unite, love, and respect. This is the teaching of Islam,” the CIOG implored.Immediately after the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2018, both President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo; but they have since changed their position.Nevertheless, in less than one week, the constitutional deadline for holding elections will expire, throwing the country into uncharted waters. Some experienced political analysts, including distinguished lawyers, have predicted that the country will head into a constitutional crisis if Government does not uphold the law and call elections.But President Granger has been insisting that he has to be guided by readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) before he goes ahead and set a date for elections.last_img read more

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Woman caught trying to smuggle ganja for imprisoned fiancé

first_imgA woman, who attempted to smuggle marijuana in blue soap for her fiancé who is incarcerated at the Lusignan Prison has now found herself behind bars.The marijuana in blue soap which was detected by prison authoritiesThe 20-year-old woman visited the Lusignan Prison at about 15:30h on Tuesday to visit her fiancé who is in the holding bay area.In a statement, Director of Prison Gladwin Samuels said that alert officers on duty conducted a detailed search on the soaps and found the marijuana concealed.Police have since weighed the contraband, which amounted to 19 grams. The woman has since been taken into Police custody.The Prison Director has since warned that persons should desist from smuggling prohibited items into the prison as there are serious consequences for such actions.last_img read more

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Pride Walk organisers say event is coming together well

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Energetic City’s first-ever Pride Walk is shaping up to be a bigger event than originally anticipated.Fort St. John Pride Committee board member Kerry France says that since the Pride Walk was announced over two weeks ago, a number of local sponsors have jumped on board to help make the event possible. In addition to sponsorship from the BCGEU and CUPE, the North Peace Savings and Credit Union has gotten on board to provide tents to the post-walk event in Centennial Park. Papa John’s and Urban Systems have also gotten on board to provide food and refreshments to the gathering in the park, which will have face-painting, music, and other activities.France says that currently, at least 150 people have expressed interest in showing up to the walk, which begins on Saturday, June 25th and Fort St. John City Hall at 12:00 PM. She added that the numbers of those interested in attending have been steadily increasing, especially in recent days. The Fort St. John Library will be offering pin-making for the event by donation right up until the start of the walk on Sunday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Everton making Brazilians cry with joy at Copa

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s flying winger Everton (right) celebrates scoring his second international goal, against Peru at the Copa America © AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOLBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jul 1 – When Neymar was ruled out of the Copa America with an ankle injury just over a week before the big kick-off, there was reason for hosts Brazil to dispair.But one player more than any other has given rise to renewed optimism within the Selecao ranks, and that’s Everton — a player reportedly courted by both Manchester clubs, City and United, and Paris Saint-Germain. The dynamic 23-year-old winger has been a revelation for Brazil since earning a starting berth in their final Copa America group game against Peru.He had already scored the third goal in a 3-0 win over Bolivia in the tournament opener after coming on as a substitute.After the dire 0-0 draw with Venezuela, Everton was one of two changes made by coach Tite to Brazil’s attacking triumvirate — Gabriel Jesus was also promoted to the starting XI — and rewarded his coach with another goal and swashbuckling performance down the left flank.And in his home stadium in Porto Alegre, where he plays for Gremio, Everton was the one player who lifted the crowd onto their feet every time he got the ball in an otherwise frustrating blank against Paraguay in the quarter-finals, before Brazil won on penalties.“He’s the one who opens up the marking, who faces up to it,” said Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis, who’s linked up well with Everton down the flank.“Those who benefit are those players playing close to him.”That’s a move that will likely materialize once this tournament is over for the player nicknamed “Cebolinha” — little onion, a reference not to him making defenders cry but to his likeness to a cartoon character of the same name due to the tuft of hair on his otherwise shaved scalp.His popularity amongst Brazilian fans is evident and largely because he’s one of just three of the 23-man tournament squad still plying his trade in his homeland.The other two — reserve goalkeeper Cassio and second choice full-back Fagner — have yet to feature, meaning Everton is the only home player gracing the Copa America that local fans are able to watch at close quarters.Although that is almost certain to change soon enough.“He’s a player who’s ready to play in Europe,” said Felipe Luis.– ‘Audacity’ –After Everton’s scoring cameo against Bolivia, one of the most respected football journalists in Brazil, Juca Kfouri, wrote in the prestigious Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that “Everton must start for the Selecao.”“You have to have the courage to pick those that have the audacity to play football,” he added.Everton doesn’t quite have the wing wizardry of one of Brazil’s greats, Garrincha, but his bustling, powerful running and impressive close control are mightily effective, as is his ability to cut inside and shoot.Like a right-footed Arjen Robben, who likewise operates on the opposite flank to the one he should naturally occupy, Everton has been particularly dangerous cutting in from the left onto his good peg.Both his goals came from that move, firing an unstoppable shot into the top far corner against Bolivia, and catching out Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a drilled low effort to the near post.“That’s one of my characteristics, I like to cut inside,” Everton said after his goal against Venezuela.“I feinted to shoot twice and then hit it hard, giving the goalkeeper no chance.”That was his first goal for the national team, in his seventh appearance, many of which had been as a substitute.“I really wanted to score that first goal, I was starting to beat myself up about it and get impatient.”He didn’t have to wait long for his next one — it came two matches later — and given the way he’s playing, he surely won’t be getting impatient again.Brazilians, though, will have to make the most of watching him here because he looks a certainty to be heading to European shores before the new season begins in August, no matter how much the fans want to hold onto him.Manchester City are waiting in the wings and although a defiant internet user suggested this would be possible only if the Premier League champions offered Sergio “Aguero and 50 million euros,” given his release clause is 60 million euros, City won’t have to part with their Argentine star if they do decide to move in on the popular Brazilian.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Gerard Pique handed Sh243.4mn tax bill

first_imgThe tribunal concluded Pique had faked the handover of his rights images to his Kerad Project company to pay less tax for 2008, 2009 and 2010.Pique, a World Cup and European Championships winner retains the right to appeal to Spain’s supreme court.The verdict comes a month after his wife, Colombian musician Shakira, was questioned by a judge near the Catalan city over alleged evasion of 14.5 million euros in taxes.Her press team released a statement in which they said the artist was innocent.The centre-back’s former teammate at the Camp Nou Neymar is under investigation by Spain’s fiscal authorities over a bonus he received at Barca as well as his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.Another of Pique’s fellow club squad members Lionel Messi, paid a two-million-euro fine in 2016 in his own tax wrangle and received a 21-month jail term.The prison sentence was later reduced to a further fine of 252,000 euros, equivalent to 400 euros per day of the original term.A Spanish court in January handed Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo a suspended two-year prison sentence for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid.The player, who joined Italian side Juventus last year, also agreed to pay 18.8 million euros in fines and back taxes to settle the case, according to judicial sources.Newspaper El Mundo reported in April authorities had accused Atletico Madrid attacker Diego Costa of fraud totalling 1.1 million euros related to taxes related to his image rights in 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gerard Pique joined Barcelona from Manchester United in 2008 © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, Jul 10 – Barcelona’s Gerard Pique will be forced to pay Sh243.4mn (2.1 million euros) to Spain’s tax authorities after his conviction for rights-image fraud was confirmed, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday.According to a May 13 decision the country’s National Court rejected Pique’s appeal against the 2016 sentence which required the former Spain international to pay 1.5 million euros in tax arrears and a 600,000 euros fine.last_img read more

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Business savvy

first_imgHollywood might technically be considered the show-business capital of the world, but it is the San Fernando Valley that is home to more than 58 percent of the entertainment industry jobs in Southern California. But the Valley business scene has diversified. It’s seeing an explosion in the biotechnology field and has become an epicenter of the insurance industry. VALLEY’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS The Walt Disney Co. 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521, (818) 560-1000. The Walt Disney Co. is the No. 2 media group in the world, with operations in television, film, theme parks and the Internet. The company has business ventures in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. In 2005, its film highlights included “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Chicken Little” and “The Pacifier.” Its classic “Cinderella” was issued on DVD. The company has about 29,600 employees in Southern California, with some 133,000 employees worldwide. Kaiser Permanente 393 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91188, (626) 405-5000 Kaiser Permanente is America’s largest not-for-profit health-maintenance organization, serving 8.5 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. An integrated health-delivery system, Kaiser Permanente organizes and provides or coordinates members’ care, including preventive services such as well-baby and prenatal care; immunizations and screening diagnostics; hospital and medical services; and pharmacy services. The company has about 31,000 employees in Los Angeles County and 149,000 companywide. Health Net 21650 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367, (818) 676-6000 Health Net provides managed health care and other medical coverage to more than 6.3 million members in California and 26 other states. Through its subsidiaries, Health Net offers HMOs, PPOs and Medicare HMOs, along with behavioral health, dental, vision and prescription benefits management plans. The company also provides health care coverage for military and other government personnel and their dependents through TRICARE contracts. Health Net has about 5,800 employees in California and 9,300 nationwide. Amgen One Amgen Center Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, (805) 447-1000 One of the world’s largest biotechnology developers, Amgen employs nearly 14,000 workers worldwide, with a little more than half at its Thousand Oaks campus. It markets anemia fighters Epogen and Aranesp, infection control drug Neupogen and rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel. It had revenues of $12.4 billion in 2005. Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522, (818) 954-6000 Warner Bros. has several film and television properties. The company produces and distributes movies through Warner Bros. Pictures, which released the blockbusters “Batman Begins” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005. The company distributes videos and DVDs through Warner and Castle Rock Home Video. Warner Bros. Television produces NBC shows “ER” and “The West Wing,” which is in its final season. The company has 5,000 to 10,000 employees in Los Angeles County, depending on television and film production. Superior Industries International Inc. 7800 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406, (818) 781-4973 Superior Industries International manufactures automobile wheels and automotive accessories. The company sells its wheels to General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Toyota, Audi and Isuzu. Retailers in the after-automotive market sell Superior Industries’ accessory lines, which include custom suspension systems, exhaust extensions, lug nuts and steering-wheel covers. The wheel maker has an employee base of about 7,000 nationwide. By June, the work force of 700 in Van Nuys will be about 350 due to announced layoffs. Washington Mutual 19809 Prairie St., Chatsworth, CA 91313, (800) 788-7000 With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual Inc. is a financial services company that serves consumers and small to mid-size businesses. Operations exist in 42 states. The company serves approximately 8.5 million households through multiple delivery channels that include more than 2,100 financial centers, with 41 in the San Fernando Valley. The company has about 7,200 employees in Los Angeles County and 57,000 employees companywide. On Jan. 18, the company announced 1,000 jobs will be transferred this year from Chatsworth to San Antonio. Providence Health & Services 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505, (818) 843-5111 Providence Health System is a not-for-profit organization that includes hospitals, health plans, clinics, physicians, long-term care facilities, low-income housing, assisted living, home care and hospice, advanced medical research and education, and community outreach programs. On Jan. 1, Provide Health System and Providence Services came together. The combined company has 3,683 employees at two medical centers and smaller facilities in the San Fernando Valley and 46,040 companywide. 21st Century Insurance Co. 6301 Owensmouth Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367, (818) 704-3700 21st Century Insurance is the seventh-largest personal auto insurance company in the United States and insures nearly 1.5 million automobiles. The company markets personal automobile insurance in nine states including Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas and Washington. Much of 21st Century’s new business comes through referrals from current policyholders; the annual renewal rate of existing policyholders is 93 percent. It employs about 1,600 people in the Valley and 2,800 nationwide. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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