BRILL, CARRESSA, KEEPER OFTHE STARS & SUPER PATRIOT ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2020)–A recent stakes winner over the course, OXO Equine’s Brill heads a solid field of eight fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Don Chatlos, Brill sped to an impressive gate to wire victory in the one mile turf Lady of Shamrock Stakes on opening day, Dec. 28, which was her first-ever try on grass.In a very competitive lineup, trainer John Shirreffs’ Carressa, a lightly raced 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo, has been idle since daylighting allowance foes at one mile on dirt Nov. 22 and appears ready for her first stakes assignment, which will also be her first try on turf.Runner-up as the 6-5 favorite to Brill in the Lady of Shamrock, Keeper Ofthe Stars, a winner of the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes over the course three starts back rates a huge chance for trainer Jonathon Wong and California-bred Super Patriot, who comes off a nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes Nov. 8 at Del Mar, rates a big chance as well.BRILLOwner: OXO Equine, LLCTrainer: Don ChatlosA $1 million 2-year-old in training sale purchase in 2017, Brill, although twice graded stakes placed, appears poised to garner her first graded victory in what will be her ninth career start. Off at 7-2 in the eight-horse Lady of Shamrock, Brill bounded to early lead when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith and won well within herself. Her biggest concern early could be Carressa, who employed similar tactics in her allowance win on dirt.CARRESSAOwner: Mercedes Stables, LLC & West Point ThoroughbredsTrainer: John ShirreffsWell beaten in a pair of main track sprints this past spring, she resurfaced on Aug. 22, 2019 at Del Mar and was a galloping 4 ¼ length maiden winner at odds of 5-1 in what was her third career start. Second in her next start, a one mile allowance her Oct. 6, Carressa then pressed the pace and took charge heading down the backside en route to a smashing 8 ¼ length one mile allowance tally on Nov. 22 at Del Mar. With a Megahertz-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 90 in hand, Carressa, who will be making her sixth career start, could be extremely tough in her first try on turf.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer: Jonathan WongAttentive to the pace throughout, Keeper ofthe Stars was second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Brill on opening day with no apparent excuses as the favorite. Favored in three out of her last four races and a winner of two of them, the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute has proven most effective when she’s allowed to ramble on the front end, which could prove problematic with several front-running fillies engaged.SUPER PATRIOTOwner: Little Red Feather Racing, Peskoff or Salvatore, et alTrainer: Richard BaltasA 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, she comes off a desperate nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 8, a race in which she rallied from far off the early pace. Claimed five starts back for $35,000 on June 8, Super Patriot, who will be making her first graded stakes start, could be the beneficiary of rapid early pace on Monday.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCarressa–Victor Espinoza–120Take These Chains–Umberto Rispoli–120Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124Tonahutu–Andrea Atzeni–120Streak of Luck–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Brill–Mike Smith–122La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Super Patriot–Joel Rosario–120 First post time for an eight-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Sergio Camello, Óscar Clemente and Rodrigo Riquelme, attackers of the subsidiary of Atlético de Madrid, complete the Diego Simeone’s call for Saturday’s game against Eibar, with the well-known casualties of Diego Costa, Koke Resurrección, Thomas Lemar, Kieran Trippier and José María Giménez.Trippier he added on Friday, for a pubalgia, to the list of absences for the duel in Ipurua that already formed Diego Costa, operated at the end of November of a cervical disc herniation; Gimenez, due to muscular edema in the left leg; Koke, for a myotendinous lesion; and Lemar, for a muscular ailment. Nor do they travel Sime Vrsaljko, already in the final part of its commissioning of the operation on the knee to which it was submitted 11 months ago, nor Ivan Saponjic, again ruled out by technical decision, even again with strikers of the subsidiary cited by Simeone.The call consists of 18 players: goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Antonio Adam; the defenders Santiago Arias, Renan Lodi, Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso and Felipe Monteiro; midfielders Marcos Llorente, Saúl Ñíguez, Thomas Partey, Héctor Herrera and Víctor Machín, ‘Vitolo’; and the strikers Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and Joao Félix, as well as Camello, Oscar Clemente and Rodrigo Riquelme.
John-Ross Campbell’s century has put Melbourne in pole position to beat the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup quarter-final clash at Up Park Camp.Sent to bat, Melbourne capitalised on a flat wicket by posting 423 for seven before declaring early in the post-tea session on yesterday’s first day.The JDF, back-to-back defending champions, thereafter closed the day on 45 for one, 388 runs behind.The hard-hitting Campbell, batting in the unfamiliar position of number seven as a result of what coach Robert Samuels said was a team decision, scored an unbeaten 115. His knock included seven fours and a six.Fellow Jamaica batsman, Andre McCarthy, 67; Sadiki Bolt – the brother of sprint icon Usain Bolt – 63; and opener Trevon Griffith of Guyana, 46, also scored well for Melbourne.There was also 40 from United States batsman Steven Taylor, who was playing in his second game for Melbourne.RETURNINGFROMINJURYNational left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli, with four for 90, led the bowling for the army men, with Sheldon Cottrell, returning from a knee injury, ending with none for 51 off five overs.National opener Jermaine Harrison, 21, is the batsman to be dismissed so far for the soldiers.Joseph Palmer, 21, and Rasheed Outar, 12, will resume batting on today’s second and final day.”I think we are ahead in the game as we have a good amount of runs,” said Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller. “But we can’t just sit back on our laurels. We need to go out there and get the balls in the right areas and get the required wickets.”JDF’s captain Damion Grey said they intend to put up a fight.”They have the upper hand as 400-odd runs is a lot of runs,” he said. “But we have a long batting and tend to bat deep, so the aim is to try and bat out the day and see if we can get the runs.”Meanwhile, at the Goodyear Oval, the other semi-final between St Thomas CA and St Ann CA had the latter leading on first innings.St Thomas first made 201, then St Ann replied with 226. Batting a second time, St Thomas closed on 19 for two.
Teng said he goes to the Aces’ practice at Gatorade Hoops Center when he gets the chance to show his support for his team, which currently sits with a 7-3 record at the second place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I feel better, I’m recovering well and now I come here to practice but of course I still can’t practice with the team but I go here to show my support for them,” said Teng in Filipino.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 crown“Once in a while I come here, and just watch them at practice.”Teng had surgery a day after the incident and needed a month to go through his first phase of recovery before returning to the hospital for reassessment. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Maradona says he’s well after being treated at World Cup LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “Actually my stab wounds are still restricted and I’m not that mobile yet,” said Teng. “I’m just following the doctors’ orders.”“I’m just focusing on my recovery and at the same time show support to my teammates, be there even though I’m not practicing but just being there for support.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSlowly but surely, Jeron Teng is on his way to recovery.More than three weeks after getting into a stabbing incident in Bonifacio Global City, the Alaska rookie is back with the team and although he still can’t participate in basketball drills he’s doing what he can to get back to playing shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Nomination Day 2018It was all high praises for the Returning Officer in the La Grange/Nismes Electoral District for ensuring that process of submitting the lists of candidates contesting the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) was one that was thorough and smooth.At 14:00h on Friday, the nomination process closed with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) contesting the seven constituencies in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). The PPP representatives said they are all confident of a clean sweep in the six constituencies they are contesting.Heading the PPP delegation was Anjanie Narine who said the nomination process was the same as last LGE; however, one concern was the number of representatives allowed to hand over the list of candidates.“The last election they had allowed the contingent of all the candidates that areThe PPP candidates and supporters at the La Grange/Nismes NDC Office prior to submitting their list of candidatescontesting to witness the presentation of the list and this year they did not allow that but a few of us alone. That’s one thing and that’s a concern actually and we need to sort that out at GECOM,” she said.The PPP’s list was accepted with no difficulties as well as APNU’s. The La Grange/Nismes NDC district had some nine constituencies but because of the recent downsizing by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, the number was reduced to seven. The APNU are contesting four of those constituencies while the PPP is aiming for six.“We are expecting a clean sweep. We are expecting to win the two Bagotville and Nismes constituencies because we have had favourable responses from theAnjanie Narine presenting the PPP’s list of candidates to the Returning Officerresidents there and we have contested those and lost it last Local Government Elections. Two of the constituencies are unopposed and APNU is contesting two but we are certain of winning them,” Narine said.Narine related that they have already begun campaigning and are expected to intensify the house-to-house campaigning. She said the main focus is to ensure their constituents are educated about the importance of local governance.APNU was the first party to present their list of candidates but their representative declined to offer a comment to the media. They were followed by the PPP and the United Republic Party (URP) but the URP bowed out of the race at the last moment.
…as EBD Nomination Day goes smoothly By Vahnu ManikchandTired of promises from political parties, some frustrated residents from the Grove and Diamond communities on the East Bank of Demerara decided to take matters into their own hands and have formed the People’s Village Movement (PVM) to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).On Friday, political parties and independent groups as well as individuals across the country flocked the offices of the Returning Officer within their Local Authority Areas to submit their lists of candidates for the November 12 Local Government polls. On the East Bank of Demerara, the process went fairly smoothly at the various locations.The newly formed PVM members as they head into to submit their lists of candidates for the upcoming LGEsPrior to submitting the list for his newly formed “movement”, PVM leader, Gerald Forde, told Guyana Times that the group is learning from the mistakes of larger political parties and is aiming to take a hands-on approach to tackle issues affecting the communities. In fact, he said the Movement has already had a community cleaning-up exercise.According to Forde, while it is generally believed that Local Government is just about cleaning drains and parapets, the PVM will be focusing on other aspects of Local Government such as employment creation, taking care of vulnerable people, tackling crime and turning the area into a hub.APNU candidates were satisfied with the process after submitting their list for the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority AreaMoreover, the PVM leader posited that they have also been working on getting youth involved in the movement. Being 28-year-old himself, Forde explained the importance of this since the youths are considered the leaders of tomorrow.However, he did point out that it is proving to be a challenge to get young people involved.Of the nine constituencies under this Local Government Authority, the PVM is contesting in five of them. They were the last to submit their list to the Returning Officer at the New Grove Primary School on Friday morning.PPP submissionMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) turned up with an entourage at the location and was the first to submit their list, which was accepted after vetting by the Returning Officer.Heman Ramphal told Guyana Times that they were generally satisfied with the process, which took about 20 minutes. According to the current Grove/Diamond NDC Councillor, the party is confident about regaining majority seats at this year’s Local Government polls. In fact, he posited that they are expecting to win at least 15 of the 18 seats compared to 12 seats won at the 2016 LGEs.Unlike the PPP, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU’s) list for that area was submitted by two representatives.EcclesMeanwhile, at the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority Area, the APNU list was presented to the Returning Officer at the Peter’s Hall Primary School just before midday and included in that team was Attorney James Bond, who related that the process there was also satisfactory. However, Bond did recommend for the Elections Commission to go paperless, saying that there was unnecessary wastage of paper.“It is a complete waste of paper, time, energy, ink and resources. It will be easier for both us the parties as well as GECOM if we can just bring the photos on a flashdrive… We need to go paperless and we have get modernised in this country, it’s not too late,” he insisted.
Budget 2018…pensioners get $500 increase…countrywide rates and taxes may increaseBy Samuel SukhnandanAfter months of public pressure from parents, civil society and the Opposition, Government has announced plans to remove the Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education, which will take effect from January 1, 2018.The announcement was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during his presentation of Budget 2018 in the National Assembly, who said the decision was based on representations made.Former Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnarine congradulates Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Budget 2018The concerns and protests against the 14 per cent imposition of VAT on private education tuition fees had prompted the Government to meet with parents and guardians in April.However, the decision was never withdrawn, and President David Granger later stated that the imposed VAT was a means by which Government widened its revenue and tax base.The President had explained that Government has to find $30 billion for education and these funds were sourced from taxation. But many persons had argued that it was unfair.Jordan said Government would lose $342 million now that the tax has been removed. “At the same time, efforts will continue by the GRA [Guyana Revenue Authority] to ensure these institutions become tax compliant,” he said.Meanwhile, the Finance Minister also announced that the tributors tax on gold miners has been slashed from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, and they would still be required to file annual tax returns.Jordan said this decision was made following representation by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), who had also met with the Opposition to raise their concerns.“Both the GRA and the GGMC will intensify their efforts to bring operators in the industry within the tax net. Replacement of the current two per cent of the gross proceeds regime with a sliding scale percentage that is based on the price of gold,” the Minister explained, providing specific guidelines.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called on Government to reverse the tax measures implemented by the Government on the mining industry, dubbing the taxation policy “draconian”.Further, Government announced plans to conduct a countrywide valuation exercise to bring all property values up to date; as such, this could mean that rates and taxes may be increased.Minister Jordan told the National Assembly on Monday that the valuation was aimed at helping town councils get sufficient cash to deliver quality services.He noted that “outdated land values must be addressed” and that was one reason for Government allocating $2.9 billion towards helping to prepare for the next local polls due in December 2018.BenefitsDespite these new measures, Budget 2018 contained very few benefits, one being the increase of Old Age Pension from $19,000 to $19,500, a 2.6 per cent increase. Minister Jordan noted that this increase represented an almost 49 per cent rise in just two and a half years.The Minister also reminded that pensioners were relieved from the payment of departure tax, driver’s licence and passport fees. Additionally, he announced that public assistance would be increased to $8000, which represents an approximately 36 per cent increase over the period of two and a half years.Teachers who work in interior locations will also benefit from the new measures to be implemented for Budget 2018, and these include an 80 per cent increase in remote area incentives.The Finance Minister said this increase was aimed at cushioning the impact of the high cost of living in those regions. He noted that ensuring the availability of good teachers was vital for education advancement.In an effort to move and retain teachers in far-flung areas of Guyana, he said the remote area incentive would be increased from $5000 to $7000 and from $9000 to $12,000.AmnestyMeanwhile, companies and individuals will be granted amnesty to file outstanding tax returns in 2018. But Minister Jordan warned that if bogus returns were filed, individuals and companies would be penalised.“Taxpayers who expect to benefit from this amnesty must file true and correct returns. Those found to be in violation will be subject to an audit and the attendant penalties and interest will be applied,” he said.He said all corporate and individual taxpayers who have not yet filed true and correct tax returns and paid their taxes would have between January 1 and September 30, 2018 to do so.He explained that taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018, would have all interest and penalties waived. Those, he said, who file and pay all principal taxes between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 would get 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived.In relation to provisional licences, Jordan announced a temporary removal of the administrative procedure to be granted licences mainly for small businesses such as grocery shops and snackettes.“After careful consideration of the current requirements, I propose that a provisional licence be issued for a period not exceeding two years…” he said.The Finance Minister stressed that upon expiration of the provisional licence, no extension would be granted. This measure takes effect from January 1, 2018.
BLACK History Month kicked off with me getting pulled over for a DUI investigation. While I wasn’t speeding or driving erratically, the California Highway Patrol officer was nevertheless inquisitive as to why my SUV kept weaving two inches past the white solid line to my right. Now granted, I was tired and anxious to get home. Listening to jazz and contemplating how I would ensure that my boys were adequately exposed to their culture over the next 27 days, I truly was driving while black. But my grandiose ideas came to a halt when I saw those red lights in the rear. Even with my two degrees, eight years as a prosecutor and seven years as a judge, I still get uncomfortable whenever I encounter law enforcement on the street. Not that I had any reason to be uneasy. I am one of those “clean and articulate” brothers. The type who understands that when such a compliment is extended by someone – usually nonblack – that the person is often oblivious as to why I would be left feeling slighted. But the slight is real. As real as being forced to walk a straight line, count silently for 30 seconds, and explain that the substance in the oversized cup in the center console is nothing more than water. It was at this exact moment that I found myself excited about Sen. Barack Obama’s plans to run for president in 2008. Obama is a competent, qualified brother trying to make history and change the world. When Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden referred to Obama as “clean and articulate,” it was the equivalent of stepping into a racial and political hornet’s nest. Taking a page from the Will Smith/Tiger Woods playbook, however, Obama punted – realizing that not responding to being “clean and articulate” is without question the new black. Getting angry over a sentence that usually ends with “for a black man” is so ’70s. Ask anyone progressive and they will tell you, being ghetto and angry is out. It’s pass . During my ordeal, I told the officer that while I couldn’t help but feel that had he not pulled over an African-American male, at night, on a relatively dark street, in a luxury vehicle, the whole process would not have been as prolonged. “You being black had nothing to do with it,” the officer insisted. “I’m just thorough. Besides, you were initially very aggressive towards me.” “Aggressive” is another word that carries with it more significance for a black man facing possible criminal charges than the patrolman could probably fathom. But unlike Biden, this officer was not inclined to apologize, although he did ultimately concede that racial profiling still exists, and that not being sufficiently deferential during a custodial investigative stop is not the same as being aggressive. On Super Bowl Sunday all I kept thinking was how incredible it was to lie on the sofa with my boys, watching two black coaches make history. Both Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith were classy, smooth, impressive and a credit to fellow African-Americans in the same vein as Barack Obama is and will be. Not to mention clean and articulate. But then again, I can say that. Former L.A. Superior Court Judge Kevin Ross is a writer and political commentator.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Mohamed Salah again struggled to find the net as Liverpool drew at Chelsea © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASPARIS, France, Oct 1 – Ivorian Gervinho caught the eye among the African stars in Europe for a second successive weekend as Egyptian Mohamed Salah struggled to replicate his form of last season.Former Arsenal winger Gervinho followed up an Italian Serie A wonder goal in the previous round by notching the winner for Parma against Empoli. Salah, the leading 2017/2018 English Premier League scorer with 32 goals, missed several chances for Liverpool before being substituted in a draw at Chelsea.EnglandALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)The Nigerian came off the bench in place of Aaron Ramsey, in the 64th minute and was soon making his presence felt as Arsenal scored twice late on to beat Watford 2-0.It was from his cross that Watford’s Craig Cathcart put the ball into his own net in the 81st minute.And two minutes later, Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette played a neat one-two that ended with Mesut Ozil bundling the ball home.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)He is not the first striker to falter while trying to back-up a brilliant season and the Egyptian’s struggles continued in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea that ended Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League campaign.Salah showed plenty of speed and purpose at Stamford Bridge, but missed several chances and was substituted in the 66th minute.IDRISSA GUEYE (Everton)The defensive midfielder from Senegal played his part in helping the Toffees keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at home to Fulham — Everton’s first league victory in six weeks.ItalyFRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ivorian midfielder Kessie played a key role as AC Milan bounced back from three consecutive stalemates with a 4-1 win which prevented Sassuolo moving second in Serie A.Kessie opened the scoring after 39 minutes when he went on a powerful sole run from inside his own half, splitting the Sassuolo defence with a low drive for his second league goal this season. It gave mid-table Milan just their second win of the season.GERVINHO (Parma)Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored his third goal in five games as Parma edged Empoli 1-0 in a showdown between promoted teams.Gervinho scored the only goal after 33 minutes from n Antonino Barilla ball, breaking through to beat Pietro Terracciano at the near post in the Empoli goal.The 31-year-old former Arsenal player was substituted as a precaution five minutes after the break with a muscular problem.GermanySALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivorian forward played a decisive role in his side’s shock 2-0 defeat of champions Bayern Munich.Hertha took the lead from a penalty after Kalou was brought down by Jerome Boateng, and the 33-year-old was later involved in the build-up to Hertha’s second goal.HAMZA MENDYL (Schalke)The Moroccan defender put in a crucial block to deny Jean-Philippe Mateta a stoppage-time equaliser for Mainz as Schalke held on to 1-0 lead to pick up a much needed first win of the season.FranceNicolas Pepe converted a penalty for Lille to score his fifth goal of the season © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENNICOLAS PEPE (Lille)The 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger was a handful for a flat-footed Marseille defence in his team’s 3-0 win as Lille moved into second place in Ligue 1.France-born Pepe opened the scoring in the 65th minute when he scored a penalty having been brought down by goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Pepe now has five league goals this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Manuel Pellegrini 1 All was well at Manchester City two weeks ago after they had stormed to six straight wins.But it’s not looking so good for them now after they crashed to a second consecutive Premier League defeat on Saturday, with Tottenham putting FOUR past them at White Hart Lane in the lunchtime kick-off.For many City fans, their disappointing turnaround in form is down to one man – Manuel Pellegrini – with his decision to leave Joe Hart on the bench drawing huge criticism. Some even believe the Chilean should be SACKED. See some of the best reaction to City’s defeat at Tottenham below…