first_imgFAVORED NEPTUNE’S STORM ALL BUSINESS AS HE TAKES $100,000 SINGLETARY STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH WITH VAN DYKE UP; TRAINED BY BALTAS, COLT BY STORMY ATLANTIC GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 28, 2019)–In his first start for trainer Richard Baltas, favored Neptune’s Storm looked the part of a consummate professional as he stalked the early pace and proved gamest late in winning Sunday’s $100,000 Singletary Stakes by three quarters of a length. Ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, Neptune’s Storm, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Stormy Atlantic, got a flat mile over the Santa Anita turf in 1:34.33.“This is a very game horse,” said Van Dyke. “We had (early pacesetter) Big Scott Daddy as a target and when we passed him on the far turn, he threw his ears up and waited a little bit on those other horses. When they came to him, he re-broke and really ran hard. He’s a nice horse.”Most recently a well beaten second in the March 2 Pasadena Stakes going a mile on a sloppy track, Neptune’s Storm, who is out of the Irish-bred mare Immortal Life, was the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven sophomores and paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.80.Owned by Cybertec International Inc., Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz and Daniel Weiner, Neptune’s Storm, who had been trained in his seven previous starts by William Morey, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $159,585.“We got lucky with this horse, he came to us in great shape from Billy (Morey),” said Baltas. “He was a little lazy in his first work, but he’s been training well. I saw this morning that two of the clocking sheets had each given him a B-plus, which I’ve never seen. He doesn’t show off in the morning, but as you saw, he can run.”On the lead a furlong out, Neptune’s Storm was confronted to his outside by Irish-bred Jasikan and to his inside by Shining Through, but he repelled both challenges with the look of a horse who’s got graded stakes in his immediate future.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Shining Through finished second by a neck.  Off as the second choice at 3-1, Shining Through paid $3.80 and $3.00.Jasikan, in his U.S. debut with Rafael Bejarano, finished 2 ¾ lengths in front of King of Speed. Off at 9-1, Jasikan paid $4.40 to show.With the temporary inner rail set at 20 feet, fractions on the race were 23.80, 47.06, 1:10.52 and 1:22.49.last_img read more

Fighting Corruption:

first_imgDescribing corruption as a “serious” problem that all Liberians need to tackle, outgoing United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac, has called for the enhancement of prosecution for perpetrators of crimes, corrupt officials and individuals, noting that every Liberian needs to do more to overcome corruption in order to foster development.Ambassador Malac’s remarks were in regards to a recent publication by Transparency International (TI) about corruption in Liberia and the rest of Africa, based its reports on public perception about corruption, and not on the organization’s own findings. She noted that the corrupt practice of bribery is not restricted to government, but is also rife in the private sector. The ambassador observed that individuals encourage bribery by giving money to a person discharging a certain duty to allow them be prioritized over others.Citing the education sector as one as a prime example, she said both students and teachers are complicit in corrupt practices. “On the one hand,” she said, “students buy grades in school while teachers on the other hand request money from students for grades.” She said that while it is common knowledge that police officers harass drivers for money, she said that drivers also set money aside to bribe police officers to avoid fines.Ambassador Malac told journalists last Thursday at a press conference that on many occasions, she had tough discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the issue of corruption and the need for private sector investments instead of concession based economic investments, which according to her, cannot trickle down to the general public.Commenting on the press, Ambassador Malac said that freedom of the press presents a unique opportunity for everyone to freely express themselves in Liberia, and the media can freely report on anything.She said the media has a cardinal role to play in making Liberia what it should be; and therefore should report facts, be more responsible and not sensationalize issues to confuse the public.In order to foster the spirit of development, Ambassador Malac said Liberians in the private sector should learn to invest in Liberia. She expressed the need to strengthen institutions that are tasked with the objective of holding people accountable and responsible for their actions.In closing, Malac expressed her profound sadness over the effects of the Ebola virus disease and the falling prices of iron ore and rubber on the economy, hoping that things will improve well enough to bring Liberia on par with other countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

November building numbers

first_imgConstruction in Fort St. John took another slide last month. The latest numbers from City Hall show 14 permits issued in Fort St. John in November, at a value of almost $2.65 million. The numbers don’t compare well with previous years, after nine permits issued in November of 2008, for a value of just less than $5.5 million, and 21 issued in the same month in 2007, for a value of more than $9 million. – Advertisement -The 2009 total now stands at just shy of $27 million, which is just 31% of the total at this point last year (nearly $86 million). The City’s take from the November permits is valued at $9,397, for a year-to-date total of $111,277.last_img read more

18 Air Force cadets out for cheating

first_imgJohnny Whitaker, academy spokesman, said the probe showed that some cadets had previously cheated, and that enhanced their punishment. Cadets given probation will have to write papers and meet regularly with a mentor. Air Force Academy, Colo. – The Air Force Academy said Tuesday that it will expel 18 cadets who cheated on a military-knowledge test and place 13 other cadets on probation, ending a cheating investigation that began in February. Of 40 suspects, 31 were found in violation of the honor code that says: “We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.” Twenty-nine of the 40 cadets, all freshmen, admitted cheating. Of five cadets who denied cheating, two were found guilty. The cheating occurred when cadets found quiz answers on a social networking Web site. last_img read more

Provincial government funds new childcare centre in Fort St. John

first_imgIt’s providing the North East Native Advancing Society Child Care Centre, located on 101 Avenue, with $500,000 in capital funding to build a new capacity for 12 spaces for children under 36 months, 12 more for school-aged children, and eight others for multi-aged care“Our government is committed to creating opportunities where young children can smoothly transition from childcare to school and older children can transition from the classroom to after-school care,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said.These new spaces are part of the government’s commitment under what it calls ‘the B.C. Early Years Strategy’ to support the creation of more than 1,000 new spaces by March of next year.- Advertisement -Construction and renovations for the new spaces are expected to begin at that time.last_img read more

Gasoline prices rise for 11th consecutive week

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Orange County average price rose 8.5 cents this week to $3.36, 11.9 cents below the record of $3.479 set May 8. Prices have also increased 11 consecutive weeks in Orange County. The average price rose 12.9 cents from Nov. 2-9; 5.1 cents from Oct. 26-Nov. 2; 3.3 cents from Oct. 19-26; 8.6 cents from Oct. 12-19; 2.8 cents from both Oct.5-12 and Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 1.1 cents from Sept. 21-28, 8.8 cents from Sept. 14-21; 10.6 cents from Sept. 7-14 and 2.7 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The continued November price increases are unusual, an Auto Club spokesman said. “When prices have spiked in prior fall seasons, we usually experienced the peak in September or October,” Jeffrey Spring said. “High gas prices around the holidays could put a dent in shoppers’ and travelers’ budgets.” The lower increases come as the cost of crude oil, the biggest component in the price of gasoline, has dropped from record highs. The contract price of a barrel of light sweet crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $92.68 yesterday, down $1.41 for the day and $5.94 less than the record price of $98.62 a week earlier. The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose for the 11th consecutive week this week, but at a lower rate than the week before, the Automobile Club of Southern California reported today. An 8.2-cent increase put the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area to $3.379, 36 cents more than last month, 92 cents more than at this time last year and within 10.8 cents of the record high of $3.487 registered on May 9. The average rose 13.7 cents from Nov. 2-9; 3.7 cents from Oct. 26-Nov. 2; 3.8 cents from Oct. 19-26; 9.1 cents from Oct. 12-19; 1.9 cents from Oct. 5- 12; 1.4 cents from Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 2.9 cents from Sept. 21-28; 7.5 cents from Sept. 14-21; 9.2 cents from Sept. 7-14; and 3.2 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The increase at the pump was also smaller than the previous week because of unexpected increases in crude oil and gasoline supplies. The Auto Club provided this breakdown of gasoline prices in selected portions of California and Nevada as of today: One-week Area Regular Change Record Price Los Angeles – Long Beach $ 3.379 + 8.2 cents $ 3.487 (5/9/2007) Orange County $ 3.360 + 8.5 cents $ 3.479 (5/8/2007) San Diego $ 3.404 + 8.2 cents $ 3.503 (5/8/2007) Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc $ 3.482 + 6.1 cents $ 3.614 (5/15/2007) Riverside – San Bernardino $ 3.379 + 8.2 cents $ 3.486 (5/8/2007) Bakersfield $ 3.341 +9.3 cents $ 3.489 (5/7/2007) Las Vegas $ 3.112 + 7 cents $ 3.209 (5/29/2007)160Want 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

Rory Gallagher appoints new goalkeeping coach

first_imgRory Gallagher has confirmed that Paul Callaghan will become the Donegal goalkeeping coach for the forthcoming 2017 season. Former Celtic FC, St Patrick’s Athletic and Finn Harps goalkeeper James Gallagher has been forced to step down from the role due to family commitments.Gallagher helped Glenswilly win a Donegal SFC title this season, but was forced to retire from professional football due to a succession of knee injuries. Former Donegal goalkeeper Paul Callaghan will replace the outgoing Gallagher – and will bring a wealth of experience to the role.Donegal manager Rory Gallagher told Donegal Sport-Hub, “James was a brilliant coach and a brilliant man in our group.“James has great experience and he worked really well with our goalkeepers.“James managed the change from Paul Durcan to Mark Anthony McGinley really well and our goalkeepers all liked working with him. “I would like to thank James for his services and we look forward to working with Paul, who has also given Donegal tremendous service over the years.”Rory Gallagher appoints new goalkeeping coach was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAJames GallaghernewsPaul CallaghanSportlast_img read more


first_imgA Derry man has been quizzed by Gardai after 3,000 counterfeit DvDs were seized today.The items – including some featuring the hit movie The Guard – were taken when gardai raided the ‘Movies2Go’ shop outside Carrigans.The Irish National Federation Against Copyright Theft (INFACT) believe the DvDs were made in the North. The fake films were sold for around €5 – €13 cheaper than the real thing.The quality of the counterfeit DVDs is said to be “extremely poor.” DERRY MAN QUIZZED OVER 3,000 FAKE DVDs SEIZED IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigansFAKE DVDSlast_img read more


first_imgMargaret on Winning StreakDONEGAL’S winning streak continued on RTE’s Winning Streak this weekend – as TWO players from the county bagged a small fortune on the show.Cranford man Michael Harkin, an 83-year-old former Donegal County Council truck driver, is €41,800 better off after his daughter stood in for him on the show.And Burnfoot woman Celia Hannigan came home with €36,800 There had been some confusion over which Michael Harkin from Cranford had won the right to be on this weekend’s show.But it turned out to Michael Snr.Daughter Margaret Shiels, a paramedic based at Letterkenny General Hospital, played for her dad.And she won €11,800 plus a €30,000 Opel Insignia. She admitted that out of ten brothers and sisters, just she and brother Brian had been willing to put their names into a hat to see who would play for dad Michael.Celia, a part-time hairdresser, works at the Beechill and Nazareth House nursing homes in Fahan.The mother of four won her prize in cash.Better than a Bingo win for CeliaDONEGAL WINS ON THE DOUBLE ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: April 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WINS ON THE DOUBLE ON WINNING STREAKlast_img read more

South Africa’s top award for Blatter

first_imgHe then pursued journalistic and public relations activities in the fields of sport and private industry. As director of sports timing and public relations of Longines, he was involved in the organisation of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, acquiring his first taste of the international sports scene. Promoting South African interests President Jacob Zuma bestowed the Order on Blatter during a gala dinner welcoming Fifa to the country in Johannesburg on Monday night. Long involvement in sport Source: BuaNews A visibly emotional Fifa President Sepp Blatter said he could not express his feelings after South Africa awarded him the Order of the Companion of OR Tambo – the country’s highest award for foreign nationals. He began his professional career as head of public relations of the Valaisan Tourist Board in his native Switzerland, and then became general secretary of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation in 1964.center_img Blatter was elected as the successor to Joao Havelange as the eighth Fifa president on 8 June 1998. This victory at the 51st Fifa ordinary congress in Paris elevated Blatter, who had already served Fifa in various positions for 23 years, onto the highest rung in international football. The accolade is presented to non-South Africans who have actively promoted the interests and aspirations of South Africa through cooperation and active expression of solidarity. 8 June 2010 The 74-year-old Blatter said he accepted the award on behalf of Fifa, himself and his family. “I just have to express my thanks, but my emotions are now overcoming my voice,” Blatter said in his typical French accent, this time a bit shaky. Blatter has been instrumental in helping South Africa host its first Fifa World Cup™. It was through his efforts that 14 members of the football body’s executive committee voted for South Africa in 2004, ultimately giving the country the rights to stage the world’s biggest soccer spectacular.last_img read more