Saso puts herself, team in contention for medal

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This time, Guiao wants Clarkson to punish double teams with his passing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college JAKARTA—In rhythm and growing confident by the day, Yuka Saso assembled a three-under-par 69 in the third round of the 18th Asian Games’ women’s golf competition on Saturday and set herself up for a shot at the gold medal while keeping the team in solid contention for a podium finish.The long-hitting Saso cracked par for the third straight round and will take a 54-hole 209 aggregate into Sunday’s final 18 holes where the pressure will be intense at well-manicured Pondok Indah layout as she tries to overcome a four-stroke deficit and gift the Philippines its first women’s golf medal since 2002.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Japan slid to fourth after a disastrous third round effort, with Ayaka Furue shooting a 74 and Riri Sadoyama accounting for a 73 for 147, nine strokes behind the day-best 138 of the Koreans, who got a 67 from Jeong Yun-ji.“Stranger things have happened in golf,” non-playing skipper Bones Floro told the Inquirer, when asked if overhauling a nine-stroke deficit in the final 18 holes is achievable. “As long as the players keep their focus and play well, who knows?”While the women remained on track, the men slipped out of contention, with Wei Wei Gao never recovering from a disastrous start and the team falling to sixth spot, nine strokes out of the bronze medal and 18 off the leading Japanese.Gao, who started the day just three shots off the individual pace, signed for a triple bogey 7 in his opening hole, dropped two more shots in his next six and had two more bogeys that negated his only two birdies the rest of the way for a 77 to be at level 216 overall.That put him nine shots out of the lead still being held by Japan’s Keita Nakajima, who shot a 70, even as LJ Go shot a 71 to tie Gao. Rupert Zaragosa fired a 67 to be another shot behind. Luis Castro’s 78 did not count.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Saso’s string of sterling individual efforts and the steady output from US NCAA standout Bianca Pagdanganan, who shot a 71 for 140 for the day, put the Philippines in third spot in team play at 10-under, just two strokes out of second-running South Korea but nine behind leader China.LK Go, whose older brother LJ is also a part of the men’s team, failed to count with a 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’China’s Liu Wenbo wrested the pace after a 67 for 205 while compatriot Du Mohan was second three shots behind after submitting a 73. Thailand’s Attaya Thitikul is actually tied with Saso after a similar 69.“I will surely enjoy tomorrow’s round,” Saso, a grizzled international veteran at 18, said after practice at the range. MOST READlast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks open new year with a bang

first_imgLATEST STORIES Antetokounmpo had just 15 points, but his slam over Jon Leuer was the highlight of the night. Antetokounmpo blew past Andre Drummond, jumped and reached his right arm over a leaping Leuer for the slam during the first quarter.“It’s fun to have nights like this,” Antetokounmpo said. “Everybody has energy and plays hard.”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 ChrissKhris Middleton had 22 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18 for Milwaukee. Lopez had 25 points and made 7 of 12 from 3-point range, capping off the night by nailing a shot from beyond the sideline hashmark in the fourth.“I was feeling good.” Lopez said. “We were moving the ball really well and I was just trying to space the floor. My guys were making great passes to me all night. They’re so good at attacking the basket, drawing people and kicking out.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I’ve learned that he’s going to make some of them,” Budenholzer said. “There are times when I’m like ‘What is he doing?’ Then they go in and I sit back down.”CASEY STEAMEDCasey said officials refused to review a play in the waning seconds in which he claimed Langston Galloway caught an elbow to the eye from Bucks forward Thon Maker.“I was trying to get the officials to review it,” Casey said. “(Referee) Karl Lane yelled at me: ‘Turn it in then.’ I was just saying look at it.”OPPORTUNITY KNOCKSSeldom-used rookie Khyri Thomas scored a career-high 13 points off the bench for the Pistons.“It gives you an opportunity to further your career, whether it’s being a backup or whatever position it is,” Thomas said. “That’s what I was looking for, so I just went out there and played and had fun.”TIP-INSPistons: C Zaza Pachulia (right lower-leg contusion) sat out and is also likely to miss Wednesday’s game at Memphis, Casey said. Pachulia had an MRI on Monday. … Stanley Johnson didn’t play due to a thigh contusion. … G Ish Smith, who has been out since Dec. 7 with an abductor muscle tear, is making progress in his rehabilitation. … Griffin fell to the court early in the second quarter holding his knee at the same time teammate Jose Calderon writhed in pain after getting hit in the face. Later in the quarter, Griffin again fell to the floor, this time holding his face after colliding with Antetokounmpo.Bucks: F Ersan Ilyasova has returned to practice but remains out of game action after having surgery to repair a broken nose. Ilyasova hasn’t played since Dec. 14. … Maker received a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks next to Detroit Pistons Jon Leuer (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks started the new year much like the finished the last one.Antetokounmpo threw down a spectacular one-handed dunk, Brook Lopez continued to show off his long-range shooting prowess and the Bucks cruised past the Detroit Pistons 121-98 on Tuesday night. Milwaukee has won four straight and eight of nine and is an NBA-best 26-10.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Roger Federer on winning team after facing Serena Williams for 1st time Blake Griffin had 29 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 19 points for Detroit, which fell to 16-19.After leading 92-73 after three quarters, the Bucks built a 28-point lead midway through the fourth.“That team is a very good team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “But there’s another competitive level we can get to. We’ve got some guys that are laying it on the line but not enough.”NOT BASHFULBucks coach Mike Budenholzer admitted he isn’t always thrilled with the shot selection of Lopez, who became the first center in NBA history, and the first Bucks player ever, to make seven or more 3s in consecutive games.ADVERTISEMENT 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 UP NEXTPistons: Visit Memphis on Wednesday in the first matchup of the teams this season.Bucks: Host Atlanta on Friday as Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer goes against his former team for the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Mighty-PH squad looking for Odom as it shoots for No. 1 spot

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “While we have already surpassed our one-win showing two years ago, our mission is far from over. So stay focused guys,” brothers Alex and Caesar Wongchuking, who financed the Filipino squad, said in a text message to the team here.Coach Charles Tiu got the message. And he’s hoping NBA star Lamar Odom can help the team accomplish that goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMighty goes for a four-game sweep of Group B when it collides with Al-Wahda on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship at Shabab Al Ahli Club here.After an inspiring 98-89 win over Lebanese champion club Homenetmen on Sunday, Tiu sees another exciting finish in their 9 p.m. clash (1 a.m. in Manila). Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ramirez takes lead as gov’t departments, agencies join hands for SEAG Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 “Al-Wahda also has three imports, one stands at 7-foot-4,” said the younger brother of retired Rain or Shine star Chris Tiu. “So we can’t afford to relax although we’re now assured of finishing either as No. 1 or No. 2.”Tiu, however, is hoping to get significant numbers this time from former LA Lakers star Lamar Odom, who was scoreless in the team’s last two games.The 6-foot-10 Odom scored four points against American University in Dubai.While Odom is trying to find his old groove, much of the load has been shouldered by Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and Chinese league veteran Randolph Morris, who have gotten support from Fil-Ams Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Gray, and Roosevent Adams.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Mighty Sports has already surpassed its win total from the last time it played in this tournament.But the team owners want the squad to dream big.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Teen crushed to death after jubilee rehearsals

first_imgrehearsals for the flag raising ceremony for Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary ended tragically after a young pannist attached to the Pan Wave Steel Orchestra was crushed to death by the wheels of a moving truckDead: 14-year-old Kevin Scipiofrom which he jumped on Tuesday evening.The dead lad was identified as Richard Ishmael Secondary School student, Kevin Scipio, 14, of Lot 6 Railway Embankment, Kitty, Georgetown.According to reports, while the truck transporting the Pan Wave Band equipment was reversing into the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School Compound on Mandela Avenue, Scipio jumped off the vehicle and tripped and fell under the truck. He was crushed by the rear wheels of the lorry.The teenager was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the truck is in Police custody assisting with investigations.When Guyana Times arrived at the home of the boy, relatives were gathering in the home consoling each other trying to come to grips with the loss of the young man.Scipio’s distraught mother, Alieka Davis, related that this was her only child and at about 22:00h, she was called and told the tragic news.The Ministry of the Presidency has extended condolences to the relatives of the teenager, stating that it was with deep regret that President David Granger and the Government learned of the tragic passing of Scipio.Meanwhile, Minister within the Education Ministry with responsibilities for culture, youth and sport, Nicolette Henry visited the dead teen’s relatives and offered her personal condolences and that of her Ministry.Additionally, the Richard Ishmael Secondary school’s flag was flown at half mast in respect of the young man’s passing.last_img read more

VP Bokai: “We Cannot Afford Distractions”

first_imgThe President of the Liberian Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has admonished current and incoming members of the Liberian Senate that the state of affairs of the 4th Session must summon the best out of them.Addressing the opening of the first sitting of the 4th Session of the 53rd Legislature in the Senate Chamber yesterday, Vice President Boakai warned Senators against being distracted.  He cautioned that they cannot afford distraction, adding, “The sacred trust placed in each of you must be upheld.”The President of the Senate continued: “Let us remind ourselves as I have always reminded you, that this is the Upper House; the House of Elders. Actions and utterances from here should accordingly be as elevated as they are virtuous.”During his January 14, 2014 message to the 3rd Session, Vice President Boakai brandished the possibility of a scenario in which the Senate could end up ushering in a dominance of new faces to take up most of the 15 open seats.And true to his somewhat prophetic hint, and evidenced by prevailing declarations and pronouncements, only two of the 15 seats were retained, those of Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong) and Prince Yormie Johnson (Nimba).Vice President Boakai challenged the Senators, saying “we have a lot more to do. We should not proceed from here without acknowledging that that as the Secretary of the Senate’s record shows, the majority of those Legislations received in our 3rd session still linger in committee rooms as we enter upon our 4th session.”Ambassador Boakai recalled that the Senate entered the 3rd Session with 65 legislations in committee rooms, “while today we turn the door knob open on this 4th Session with 72,” adding that the enormity of challenge in the 4th session is more as manifested in the critical nature of some of the legislations that await their disposition.Among the 72 challenging legislations in committee rooms are: the Land Act, National Youth Act of Liberia 2013; An Act to establish the National Infrastructural Plans; An Act to Amend the Telecommunications Act of 2007; the proposed Pension Bill, and an Act to Establish the Fire-Arms and Ammunition Control Act of Liberia.In a related development, 12 of the15 Senators-elect yesterday presented certificates of election and credentials to the Secretary of the Senate, which is in accordance with Chapter 2, Rule 1 Section 1of the Standing Rule of the Senate.Senators-elect from Bomi, Margibi and Grand Cape Mount Counties however, were absent from the program due to injunctions filed against them resulting from the just ended Special Senatorial Elections.In accordance with the dictates of Senate plenary, a motion was proffered and seconded that the certificates and credentials received by the Secretary of the Senate be referred to the Committee on Rules, Order & Administration, which will examine them and submit a report to the plenary for further action.Meanwhile, according to Secretary of Senate J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, the act of inducting the newly elected Senators is predicated upon the report from the Committee on Rule, Order & Administration, which may happen today during the first official plenary sitting of the 4th Session.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MTA’s drivers breaking rules

first_imgI soon learned why. No one is watching the drivers – and they know it. The MTA’s 15 supervisors patrolling the San Fernando Valley in official cars are mainly on the lookout for buses with mechanical problems, not drivers who might be violating policy. And they are simply no match for the 900 bus drivers traveling the Valley streets. Violating MTA policy During a three-day odyssey of riding and following buses, I saw some drivers start late for no apparent reason. Others deliberately displayed the wrong route numbers on the headers so they didn’t have to stop and pick anyone up. By the time he awoke from his nap in the back of the bus and gabbed on his cell phone, the driver was already running six minutes late to start his route. Two more minutes ticked by, and nothing happened. The driver didn’t even post the correct route number in the header over the windshield that tells waiting passengers which bus is approaching. I wondered whether it was the wrong bus. I came to the Burbank bus stop in search of passengers to interview for a story about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposal to cut back or eliminate under-used bus routes. Public hearings are under way, with the MTA board set to make decisions this spring. But this driver didn’t seem overly concerned about his route being changed, even though the MTA has tagged it a money-loser. And some ignored MTA policy that drivers arrive at stops no more than 30 seconds early or five minutes later than scheduled, even though the transit system takes the area’s hectic bottleneck traffic into account and aims for buses to be on time 80 percent of the time. After being tipped off that the cell-phone-talking driver was indeed behind the wheel of the bus I came looking for – even though the header listed the wrong route number – I knocked on the door to talk. “What time is your first stop?” I asked. “Five minutes ago,” he said, changing the route number in the header only after I asked him about it. When he finally drove off, he was 10 minutes behind schedule. I wondered what was really going on with these bus routes and the people depending on them. The staff photographer and I jumped in our car to find out and followed the cell-phone-talking bus driver’s route. Cruising past him, I found Jazmin Ibarra, waiting on a bus bench with her 1-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son. Ibarra rides the bus to get milk from WIC, a federal nutrition program for low-income families. The trio had been waiting for nearly two hours. “It’s supposed to come every hour,” she said. “Sometimes it doesn’t, and I go home.” No wonder the route is losing money if service is so unpredictable, I told myself, wondering whether the routes are really under-used or whether the public is just underserved. The next day, I got up early and followed more buses on routes considered for cutbacks. The first bus – Route 168 – could be eliminated because its ridership doesn’t meet the MTA’s goal of 30 passengers each trip. Leaving the station two minutes late, the driver gradually gained time along the route because there weren’t many riders waiting at the stops. The bus moved right along and soon was two minutes ahead of schedule. So those who arrived at stops based on the schedule would have missed the bus. The driver reached the end of the line three minutes early, giving him 10 full minutes to lie down in back before starting the engine again, which he did right on time. Walking around the corner, I met Alicia Plaistowe, a 22-year-old veteran of the mass-transit system who says she really gets irked when buses run late. Right now, she’s looking for work as a receptionist, so being on time is imperative. “I call in late, it doesn’t look good for me,” she said. The next bus I followed that day fared well with time, ending its route four minutes late. However, the bus went the entire route without any number displayed in the header. I wondered what the MTA would say about my experience with the bus system, so I called Richard Hunt, general manager of the agency’s San Fernando Valley Service Sector, which will recommend in March which bus lines to change. Hunt said all three employees – the cell-phone-talking driver, the one who sped through his route and the third who failed to display the route number – had violated MTA rules. He also said the three don’t represent the majority of bus drivers. He asked for the drivers’ names – a request that violates Daily News policy. It’s up to the MTA to police its own staff, Editor Ron Kaye said. Bus drivers can earn up to $24.30 an hour, family health insurance and pensions. They don’t lose their jobs when bus lines are deemed low-performing and are cut. Cuts based on counts Goldy Norton, spokesman for the United Transportation Union, which represents the MTA’s 4,600 bus drivers and rail operators, called the rule violations disturbing and said the MTA has a responsibility to make sure bus drivers are doing their jobs. “That’s their obligation,” Norton said. “We feel the overwhelming majority of our people do their jobs and follow the rules, and it disturbs us when some people don’t think the rules apply to them.” The MTA is weighing more than three dozen route changes throughout its system, including eight in the Valley. Bus-line restructuring happens twice a year, and MTA officials say it will help catapult them from a $104 million deficit and operate more efficiently. Cuts are based on passenger counts for the past six months, using automated sensors installed in the doors of about 2,300 buses that measure when people step on and off. About 220 older buses, which are about to be retired, don’t have the high-tech equipment. But there’s no way to count the people who miss the bus because the drivers are running ahead of or behind schedule or who deliberately change their route numbers. “I don’t think there’s a satisfactory reason if they don’t (pick passengers up),” Hunt said. “It would make their day easier if they don’t have to deal with passengers. But that’s what we’re in the business for.” Hunt promised to get me the number of bus drivers who have been caught deliberately displaying incorrect routes for the past five years, but he never called back. Even so, even if one rogue bus driver blew off half the route, it wouldn’t have an impact on the MTA reports, Hunt said. Passenger counts are averaged in with all the others driving the route on different shifts. So is the MTA getting the whole picture? “We hope we do,” Hunt said. Already 0 for 3, I was not convinced. So I went out again, this time riding buses on the hit list instead of following in my car. Nothing major happened until my third bus for the day. A few hundred feet short of the station, where the bus was supposed to enter the turnaround, the driver pulled over to the curb. He said he’d be right back, then left to use the bathroom, leaving me inside – alone – with the engine on and the doors wide open. Suddenly news stories about the Valley’s surging gang problem flooded my head, and I was sure the bus was about to be hijacked with me inside. The driver returned about a minute later, dropped me off at the end of the line and peeled away. He had started this one six minutes late after first hanging around a senior-living center. Now he was 15 minutes late for his next route. On board the last bus home, I asked the driver whether he ever counts the passengers. “Sometimes,” he said. With his thumb, he tapped a button on a small flat-screen device positioned next to his seat. The equipment records fare and boarding information, so the MTA can track how many students, seniors and transfers are riding with certain passes. Officials said it helps determine whether the fares collected match passenger boarding information. “They want us to count,” the driver said and shrugged. “And I don’t really care.” (818) 713-3746160Want 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

Lava Man has ’em talking

first_img (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARCADIA – Santa Anita management is stoking comparisons by holding a John Henry Day ceremony and video retrospective on the afternoon Lava Man tries to match the steel-drivin’ horse’s Big ‘Cap repeat. John Henry hasn’t raced in almost a quarter-century but might be Lava Man’s only real competition today. Lava Man goes into today’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap as a 4-5 morning-line favorite. “I’m not saying he’s not a good horse,” McAnally said of Lava Man on Friday, his tone the same as when he was first asked about the comparisons last summer. “Being a gelding, like John was, he has time to prove it. (But) you have to carry weight, and you have to (win) all over the country. “If he (Lava Man) continues doing what he’s been doing, I could see myself saying he’s as good as John Henry. That’s not impossible, even if he doesn’t have to carry the weight they used to. I admire his ability tremendously, the way he moves on other horses. He’s a pro.” John Henry and Lava Man are linked as geldings, reformed claimers, Grade I winners on dirt and turf, and – if Lava Man comes through in today’s 10th race – winners of back-to-back Santa Anita Handicaps. John Henry did it in 1981-82. (Milwaukee Brew did it in 2002-03.) But John Henry, who raced to age 9, presents Lava Man with some distant targets: John Henry won two Horse of the Year awards, $6.5 million in purses (to $4,079,706 for Lava Man), and 16 Grade I wins (to five). As well as the differences McAnally mentioned: John Henry won two Arlington Millions and a Jockey Club Gold Cup, while Lava Man is 0 for 4 outside California. And John Henry won under 130 pounds, while Lava Man has never carried more than 126. Lava Man (Corey Nakatani riding) carries 124 today, seven to 10 more than his eight opponents, going 1 1/4 miles. If the two-time Cal-Bred of the Year is at his best, an upset would require big improvement by 4-year-old Arson Squad, Spring at Last, or Awesome Gem; Ball Four to steal a soft lead; Molengao to get a sizzling pace; Boboman to be better than he was on turf, or McCann’s Mojave to bottle a second lightning bolt. El Roblar is the 20-1 long shot. center_img Track executives hope for a crowd of more than 50,000 for a noon card that includes Kentucky Derby contender Great Hunter’s 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Lava Man scored an unprecedented sweep of the state’s three heavyweight stakes in 2006, the gelding has won eight races in a row locally, and he shows no sign of slowing down at age 6. But he has a long way to go to be another John Henry, figuratively and geographically. So says John Henry trainer Ron McAnally, who might be biased but is right to say, “Whoa.” last_img read more

Fort Nelson to receive first cannabis store following adoption of bylaw

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Fort Nelson will soon be seeing its first cannabis store opening up for business.At a recent council meeting, Regional Council adopted Zoning Bylaw No.176 which permits a Storefront Cannabis Retailer to operate in Fort Nelson.The new cannabis store is to operate in a commercially zoned lot located at 4802 49th Avenue.- Advertisement -According to the Regional Municipality, a public hearing was held to allow residents of the community an opportunity to speak and express their views.The Regional Municipality says no comments were received during this public consultation process.This municipal zoning approval is required prior to the proponent submitting an application for provincial licensing.Advertisementlast_img

‘Taraabt needs to have a look at himself’ – Former QPR star backs Redknapp over unfit row

first_imgHarry Redknapp has every right to question Adel Taarabt’s commitment and the Moroccan midfielder has only himself to blame for his lack of opportunities at QPR this season, according to Steve Lomas.Taarabt, who has made only three appearances for the Hoops this season, has hit back at Redknapp for accusing him of being unprofessional and blamed his manager’s coaching methods for any fitness uses.But Lomas believes the 25-year-old deserves little sympathy, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “If Taarabt was flying and fit, Harry would use him. He has always used flair players like that – the likes of Paolo Di Canio and Eyal Berkovic.“If he is on £60,000-70,000 per week and he ain’t putting it in, he deserves to be exposed.“Where QPR are at the minute, they need committed players. Taarabt is a talent, but Harry Redknapp is not the first manager to be frustrated with him and Adel needs to have a look at himself.“If he is not training right and he is not up to speed, you are not going to throw the guy into a game in the Premier League.“Harry has a habit over of the years of getting the best out of these mercurial talents – Paolo Di Canio is the prime example. Harry has always been good at that and would never cut his nose off to spite his face.“Taarabt has got to have a look at himself. He is on a massive contract and he is not contributing to a club which is a very good club with great fans.”last_img read more