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$250,000 increase in Guineas purses

first_imgPurses for this year’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas have been increased by new promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL). SVREL’s Chief Operating Officer, Brando Hayden announced the increases at a press launch for the 43-year-old race day at the winners’ enclosure at Caymanas Park on Tuesday. Both races will see a $250,000 increase from $3.25 million to $3.5 million. The Jamaica 1000 Guineas will feature native-bred 3-year-old fillies while the Jamaica 2000 will feature native-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings. Hayden thanked this year’s major sponsors of the race day, Cash Pot, who have put $2.5 million on the table as part of their ongoing Cash Pot Mega Ball promotion. “We are appreciative of the support of the Cash Pot Mega Ball promotion, which will assist us in making this the best and most well-staged Jamaica 1000 & 2000 Guineas in its 43-year history,” Hayden said. The increase in purses for the April 8 Jamaica 1000 & 2000 Guineas Classic is part of a move by SVREL to increase the overall purse structure for this racing year by $100 million, effective April 1. The increase is part of a promise made by SVREL to horseracing stakeholders prior to the official March 7 takeover.last_img read more

SBP attends Fiba World Basketball Summit

first_imgMOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The event features 40 countries, including the Philippines. Representing PH are Ricci Rivero, Rhayyan Amsali, Jeepy Faundo and RJ Abarrientos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Panlilio has also been invited to be among the speakers during the event and will be on stage along with former NBA All-Star and president of Russian Federation of Basketball Andrei Kirilenko and president of Finnish Basketball Federation Antti Zitting“Our very own, SBP President Al Panlilio is invited as one of the panel speakers and will discuss effective basketball development strategies covering the role of National Federations, schools and colleges, expectations on government, achieving the best ROI and the development of young pro players,” the press release said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe FIBA World Basketball Summit, which runs from October 3 to 4, gathers high-ranking basketball personalities from different federations all over the world.Apart from the basketball summit, Xi’an, China is also where the Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup is being held. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img View comments Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, executive director Sonny Barrios and Special Assistant to the President Ryan Gregorio are in Xi’an, China for the inaugural Fiba World Basketball Summit.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP women’s basketball: NU strips Adamson for 69th straight win Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Mz Menneh: “We Need Unity to Grow, Not Beef”

first_imgMz MennehWhat a year, a year in which Liberia’s growing music industry has experienced and recorded more beef than any other years in the country’s history!This year, it is no longer beef between artistes only but also producers and top-rated promoters, with the last one involving Dj Blue, Double H of the BlueLinks label, versus Lewis McCarthy, the manager of late artist Quincy B.The sour beef, which has now split friends and ruined relationships, started after Lewis McCarthy accused Blue and Double H of allegedly killing his artist, has been frowned on by singer and writer Mz Menneh,  who described it as “hindrance to the gains being made to build a strong music industry.”In a strongly worded statement issued to Daily Observer, the neo-traditional singer said beefing brings about hatred and hatred discourages people from working together for a good cause, a situation which is happening currently in the music industry.“Healthy competition is great to build cohesion, development, and progress for all of us as Liberians. Stop competing against each other in ways that do not build unity among us, and let’s find the best for ourselves through love, peace and positive feedbacks.“There is an old adage ‘liquids find their levels’; all of us will never be on the same level but that does not mean your level or mine is better or worse than the other. Together with all of our differences and collective ideas and potentials, we can create a better environment of respect and dignity for one another. Together we can, let’s stay the course. And avoid beef. Beef is killing the industry. We need unity to grow, not beef,” Mz Menneh said.Mz Menneh added it is very frustrating that artists are now focusing more on beef than quality songs that will expand the music landscape.“The industry we now have was not built on beef. It was built on unity and hard work. The pioneers know that beef could spawn hate and undermine their agenda of creating a better music industry for us. And this is what musicians, producers, and promoters need to understand,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man, 60, dies in 18-story leap to escape blaze

first_imgCouncilman Val Lerch, who heads the committee scheduled to discuss the sprinkler plan, said he thought, “Oh, my God, not another life,” when he heard about Wednesday’s fire at the Galaxy Towers. “I had one of the (fire) chiefs tell me today that if we had sprinklers in the Galaxy, it wouldn’t have even made the paper,” Lerch said. The lack of sprinklers has long been a problem in the city, which has a number of historic districts filled with Craftsman homes and older apartment complexes. The Galaxy Towers was built in 1966, before sprinklers were required. Thirteen condos were damaged in the fire, and 22 residents were displaced. Investigators believe the fire began in Crews’ condo, which was destroyed. LONG BEACH – A man jumped 18 stories to his death to escape a fire raging inside an oceanfront high-rise, one of more than 100 large residential buildings across the city that do not have sprinklers, authorities said Thursday. John Carlyle Crews, 60, died late Wednesday as flames raced across his condo at the Galaxy Towers. Onlookers watched helplessly as he flung himself off a balcony before firefighters could reach him. “There was a heavy amount of fire coming out of his apartment, and he had nowhere else to go,” said Firefighter Will Nash, a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department. The fire occurred less than a week before city officials are scheduled to discuss a sweeping plan that would require sprinkler retrofits in many of the city’s older buildings. The discussion was prompted after two people died in a December fire at a building that also did not have sprinklers. 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

Mukasey faces opposition over his ambiguous stances on torture methods

first_imgWASHINGTON – The nomination of Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general encountered resistance on Friday, with Democratic senators suggesting for the first time that they might oppose Mukasey if he did not make clear that he opposed waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques that have been used against terrorism suspects. The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, joined in the expressions of concern about Mukasey. Specter said in an interview on Friday that the nomination could hinge on Mukasey’s written responses to questions posed to him this week about the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policies, including its use of interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which simulates drowning, and about his larger views on executive power. At his Senate confirmation hearings last week, Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, declined to say whether he agreed with many lawmakers and human rights groups that waterboarding is a form of torture and is unconstitutional. He said he did not know the details of how waterboarding, which has been used by the CIA against senior leaders of al-Qaida, was conducted. In waterboarding, interrogators pour water onto cloth or cellophane that has been placed over the face of a suspect, creating the sensation of drowning. In an initial letter to the Judiciary Committee that was dated Wednesday and made public Friday, Mukasey repeated the assertion he had made at his confirmation hearings that torture was unconstitutional and a violation of American obligations under international treaties. But once again, he did not address the question of whether waterboarding was torture. In the letter, he also repeated his suggestion that the administration’s program of eavesdropping without warrants was legal despite criticism by lawmakers that it violated terms of federal surveillance laws. Specter said he hoped Mukasey would offer satisfactory responses, especially about his views on waterboarding. “I think now that he has had a chance to know exactly what waterboarding is, my expectation would be that – like everyone else – he would condemn it,” the senator said. “But he’s got to speak for himself.” Bush complained Friday that Democratic leaders in Congress were acting too slowly on Mukasey’s nomination, as well as on several pieces of legislation. He noted that the Senate had failed to approve the nomination “even as members complain about the lack of leadership at the Department of Justice.” On Tuesday, all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Mukasey asking him to make a clear-cut statement of opposition to waterboarding and to describe it as illegal. On Thursday, the majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, was asked by a reporter if Mukasey should be confirmed in light of his failure to make a statement of opposition to waterboarding. “We’ll have to wait and see,” Reid said, adding that he was “troubled” by Mukasey’s testimony last week about waterboarding. “I think if he doesn’t change his direction in that regard, he could have at least one concern. And that’s me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Until this week, the nomination of Mukasey to replace Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general appeared to be a sure thing. Many Democratic lawmakers say privately that he is still likely to be confirmed, given the need for leadership in the Justice Department after months of turmoil. Apart from Specter, no Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have raised public doubts about the nomination. But Mukasey’s sometimes awkward responses at his confirmation hearings to a series of questions about his views on the administration’s anti-terrorism policies and its expansive views of its wartime powers under the Constitution prompted the first significant expressions of concern about the nomination from some lawmakers. “A number of issues need clarification,” Specter said in a telephone interview on Friday. “I’m troubled by the depth of his assertion of executive powers.” Spector said he was worried specifically about whether Mukasey would advise President George W. Bush to disregard acts of Congress, including a proposed law that would limit the ability of the White House to conduct electronic eavesdropping. “I don’t know that I would confirm a guy who is going to say that he’d advise the president that he has the constitutional authority to ignore a deal he has made with Congress on a specific provision” of a law, Specter said in reference to the eavesdropping legislation. last_img read more

ANOTHER BUMPER DONEGAL CHRISTMAS ON RnaG THIS YEAR

first_imgThis Christmas, there will be lots of programmes of special interest to listeners in Donegal on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, from entertainment, to music and sport.On Wednesday 23 December, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí will hold the Rónán Beo @3 annual Christmas party, this year in Dixon’s in Mín Lárach, with lots of music and craic from 3 pm. Later that evening at 7 pm, tune in for superb traditional music from a concert in the Sliabh Sneacht Centre in Clomany held earlier this year to celebrate fiddler Dinny McLouglin’s birthday. Musicians included Altan, Arc of Tides and the Henry Girls.Sports enthusiasts may be interested in the panel analysis of the 2015 Football Championship on Sunday 27 December at 2 pm. They may also like to tune to a programme on Thursday 31 December at 11 am about Jim McGuinness and his controversial book Til Victory Always. On Monday 28 December, there’ll be a programme with talented Belfast musician Albert Fry, who also has close ties with Rann na Feirste. A five part mini-series about acclaimed Donegal author Seosamh Mac Grianna will start Monday 28 Dec 5.30 pm, and run every evening that week. The Donegal knitting industry, which once employed 20,000 people in the county, will be the focus of the programme Cniotáil on Tuesday 29 December at 11 am.Gifted storyteller Donnchadh Chassie Ó Baoill passed away during the year, and a special programme on Wednesday 30 December at 11 am will bring us some treasured memories of a funny and talented man.In Beo le Bingo on Friday 1 January at 11 am, we’ll hear from Padaí Ó Brolcháin who has spent 40 years organising the bingo nights in an Tearmann and Milford.Some of the best programmes from the series Mo Ghrá Thú in the summer will be rebroadcast over Christmas, including programmes with dance teacher and enthusiast James Mac Suibhne from Gaoth Dobhair, and Suzanne Ní Ghallchóir, who talks about her passion for culture and heritage. This is just a selection of what can be heard on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over Christmas. Full details can be found on www.rte.ie/rnagANOTHER BUMPER DONEGAL CHRISTMAS ON RnaG THIS YEAR was last modified: December 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:CHristmasdonegalRnaGlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC ATHLETES TO TAKE PART IN ALL-IRELAND INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgRosses Athletic club notes 22nd FebruarySportshall continues in RCS gym ,Dungloe .First group is from 5.45pm to 6.45 for athletes born 2006-2007-2008 with coaches Leanne Sharkey, Emer Mc Gee and Grace Garvie.second session is from 6.45pm-7.45pm for athletes born 2005 and older with coaches Louise Gillespie and Sean McGinley . fee is euro 2. Lúthchleasaíoct faoi dhíon ar an Luan 15/2/16 agus achan Luan 6pm-7pm sa Gym, i bPoalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair do pháistí 7mbliana d’aois agus níos sine.Fáilte roimh achan nduine.Táille €2.Adult training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays in the estate Gweedore starting at 7pm meeting at Euro flex. All levels of athletes welcome. Reminder that registration is now due prices for 2016 are as follows adult 20,1st child 15 euro 2nd child 15 euro 3rd child 10 euro family 40 euro. Registration starts from the calender year ( January-December) and must be renewed each January.The All Ireland Indoor Championships takes place at the National Indoor Arena in Athlone over the weekend of 12/13 and 19th of March 2016. Below is a list of club athletes who have qualified from the Ulster Indoors in Magherafelt and are eligible to compete at the National Finals. Any club member who has not already confirmed their availability for the finals in Athlone please do so by contacting the club email at rossesac@yahoo.ie or call / text club mobile on 0834665734 before 25th February 2016.All Ireland Indoor Finals at National Indoor Arena in AthloneSat. 12th March________________________check in closes @ 9.30am_/ afternoon event @ 1.30pmPatrick Marry U.14 High Jump 11.00amAoife McGee U.12 60m Sprint 2.30pm HeatsJordan Gallagher under. 13 shot put 10.00amEmma Brown U.15 60m Sprint 2.30pm Heats Sun 13th March check in closes @ 9.30am_/ afternoon event @ 1.30pmAmber Gallagher U.12 Shot Putt 10.00amMaeve Boyle U.12 Shot Putt 10.00amEmilly Croke U.14 Shot Putt 12.00pm Leah McGarvey U.14 High Jump 1.30pmSat. 19th March________________________check in closes @ 9.30am_/ afternoon event @ 1.30pmThomas Marry U.17 Shot Putt 1.30pmRelay Teams – 10.30am HeatsBoys GirlsJohnson Bangora Emma BrownCianan Gallagher Leah McGarveyKyle Doohan Emma DohertyJoe Sharkey Shannon MccreadyConor CoyleÁdh mór ar bhaill an chumainn a bhéas ag glacadh páirt igcluichí ceannais na h-Éireann, in Áth Luain. I mí MhártaATHLETICS: ROSSES AC ATHLETES TO TAKE PART IN ALL-IRELAND INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 23rd, 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:athleticsROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Pride and Prejudice” will be performed, 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 for ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Desert Inn, 44219 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 942-8401. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. “Robin Hood” will be performed, 3 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $12 adults and $5 ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Like Father, Like Son will perform, 8 p.m. today in the Black Box at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. All seats $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Quartz Hill High School students will perform the Halloween comedy “The Creature Creeps,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Oct. 29 in the 200 quad cafeteria at the campus, 6040 W. Ave. L, Lancaster. Tickets: $4, or $3 for Quartz Hill High students with Associated Student Body cards. “Samuel Beckett Gets The Blues” will be performed, 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 29 and Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Black Box Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military; and $5 for students and AVC employees. Call (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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

Boost for Cape Town film studio

first_imgTammy O’ReillyPicturesque views, film-friendly climate and posh suburbs make Cape Town a visual feast for filmmakers, and with the construction of the multimillion rand Dreamworld studio underway to further support production, the city is on its way to being dubbed SA’s Hollywood.The R450 million Dreamworld Studios is currently being built on 194 hectares of land in Vergenoegd Farm located at the gateway to the Cape’s famous Winelands. While negotiations have taken several years, construction is set to accelerate thanks to a R30 million injection from the Cape Town City Council that will go towards the provision of bulk infrastructure, which comprises the laying of water pipes, road access and the provision of electricity.The Western Cape has a burgeoning film industry worth an estimated R20 billion and has been the location of choice for several directors from Hollywood to Bollywood. Hundreds of local and international documentaries, feature films and commercials are filmed here each year. Apart from the scenery, South Africa has the expertise in the way of proven talented technicians, an English speaking work force and the necessary infrastructure to meet the needs of international filmmakers. Add to this that once operational in November this year, the studio will offer prices that are about 20% lower than those offered by similar facilities in the Canada, Australia and the U.K.EmploymentAccording to Dreamworld, the studio will comprise eight sound stages, various production facilities, digital facilities and outdoor back lot areas. An economic impact assessment undertaken by the consortium estimates that construction of the studio could result in employment opportunities for more than 8 000 people and the neighbouring areas of Khayelitsha, Blue Downs, Crossroads, Eersteriver, Gugulethu, Langa and Mitchell’s Plain in particular are set to benefit the most. Suppliers and manpower also make up 72.5% of their Black Economic Empowerment achievement.In a 2005 report by the Cape Film Commission to the City of Cape Town it was found that the city’s filming boom has attracted investments worth over R60 million to the region since July 2005.Nova Group property developers have recently announced that it has begun construction on an exclusive apartment hotel that will provide short-term accommodation specifically for the film industry in Cape Town’s trendy Sea Point area. There are also other operational film studios in the City, among them Studio City which boasts over 4 000 sqm of studio space, 7 000 sqm of office and production space, a full catering service, an animal holding area, petrol station, gymnasium and workshops.South Africa is a strong player in the movie scene having produced several international award-winning actors and movies, and Dreamworld is bound to give budding actors and filmmakers a platform for furthering their careers in the film industry.Related linksDreamland Studio City South Africa City of Cape Townlast_img read more

Ohio corn, soybean harvest near completion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Operators were busy in the fields last week as the State received cool temperatures that averaged 6 degrees below normal, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Reports mentioned significant amounts of tillage, baling, and strip till fertilizer placement occurring in addition to harvest activities. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 10.Corn jumped to 65 percent harvested, an increase of 16 percentage points from the last report, but still 14 points behind the 5-year average. The average corn moisture content was 20 percent, unchanged from the previous report. Soybeans moved to 86 percent harvested, an increase of 8 points from the previous report, but still 6 points behind the 5-year average. The average soybean moisture content was 14 percent, up one point from last week. Winter wheat was at 94 percent emerged, which was 10 points ahead of the 5- year average. It was a good week for harvest progress despite precipitation early in the week and colder than normal temperatures.You can read the full report here.last_img read more