first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Millionaire Ashleyluvssugar and Grade I winning Ralis head a field of 10 veterans in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, to be contested at a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf. For older horses bred or sired in California, the Turf Classic will be run for the 28th time. RALIS: Owned and bred by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, he was listed as a probable starter in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Saturday as recently as a week ago, but his connections decided to stay home and run against state-bred in the Turf Classic. Trained by Doug O’Neill and a winner of the Grade I Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, Ralis made little impact from off the pace here in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf at a mile and one half on Nov. 5. A 4-year-old colt by top California-based stallion Square Eddie, Ralis is winless in his 11 starts since winning the Hopeful in September, 2015. He may be best suited as a deep closer on turf and would therefore appreciate a fast pace on Saturday. He has three seconds from as many tries at the Classic distance of a 1 1/8 miles on turf and is 16-2-4-0 overall with earnings of $424,428. PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK, CLASSIC ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10 FOUR YEAR OLDS & UP AND IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR: Handled deftly by trainer Peter Eurton throughout his 19-race career, this 6-year-old Game Plan gelding has been idle since running second, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and half on Nov. 25 at Del Mar. A winner of the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles turf John Henry Turf Cup three starts back here on Oct. 2, he was subsequently fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 5. A four-time graded stakes winner, Ashleyluvssugar has proven effective on the lead or coming from behind. Owned and bred by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, he is 19-8-3-3 with earnings of $1,007,504. With regular rider Gary Stevens on the mend due to hip replacement surgery, he’ll be ridden by Flavien Prat for the first time on Saturday. THE $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 3:12 p.m. PST Ashleyluvssugar–Flavien Prat–126Ward ‘n Jerry–Stewart Elliott–122Ralis–Mario Gutierrez–120Temple Keys–Santiago Gonzalez–120Cardiac–Corey Nakatani–120What a View–Tyler Baze–126He Will–Rafael Bejarano–122Patriots Rule–Joe Talamo–124Tamarando–Martin Garcia–122Poshky–Jamie Theriot–124 There will be a special early first post time on Saturday of 11:45 a.m. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

Laura’s Light Heads Solid Field Of Nine Sophomore Fillies In Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes

first_imgWELL-ACCOMPLISHED LAURA’S LIGHT HEADS SOLID FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORE FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 HONEYMOON STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2020)–In what appears to be an outstanding betting race, Gary Barber’s well-accomplished Laura’s Light heads a solid field of nine sophomore fillies going a mile and one eighth on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita.  Hronis Racing’s Stela Star, a big second in her U.S. debut here on March 7 and LNJ Foxwoods’ speed Parkour both figure to provide stiff competition in the race named for movie mogul Louis B. Mayer’s brilliant California-bred filly Honeymoon, who won seven stakes in California in 1946.LAURA’S LIGHTOwner:  Gary BarberTrainer:  Peter MillerFavored in four out of her five starts and a two-time Santa Anita turf stakes winner, this filly by Constitution was attentive to the pace en route to a three quarter length win in the Grade III Sweet Life Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf her two starts back on Feb. 16 as the heavy 2-5 favorite.  Subsequently well beaten at 4-5 in a one mile ungraded stakes over a synthetic surface at Turfway Park on March 14, she’ll ship in to run on Saturday from her San Luis Rey Downs Training Center base.  A 3 ¼ length winner of the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes three starts back on Dec. 29, Laura’s Light has three wins from five starts and looms the horse to beat in the Honeymoon.STELA STAROwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerA Group III winner of a seven furlong turf stakes two starts back in her native Ireland, Stela Star ran a tremendous race in defeat in her U.S. debut, rallying from far back to finish second, beaten a half length by multiple stakes winner Warren’s Showtime in the one mile turf China Doll Stakes here on March 7.  She has continued to train well on Santa Anita’s inner dirt training track and with leading man Flavien Prat taking over on Saturday, look for Stela Star to run huge in her second start for Sadler.PARKOUROwner:  LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer:  Richard MandellaA Kentucky-bred filly by Carpe Diem, she exits a runaway 3 ¼ length allowance win going a mile on turf here March 20 when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith, who will rider her back on Saturday.  Fourth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by Laura’s Light two starts back in the one mile turf Blue Norther on Dec. 29, she was an impressive gate to wire maiden winner going one mile on the Del Mar turf three starts back on Dec. 1.  Winless in her first two races sprinting on dirt this past fall, Parkour has now won two out of her three tries on grass and will hope to slow the pace down on Saturday as she stretches out an eighth of a mile.THE GRADE III HONEYMOON WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTGuitty–Brice Blanc–120K P Dreamin–Victor Espinoza–120Fashion Royalty–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Croughavouke–Umberto Rispoli–120Laura’s Light–Abel Cedillo–122Little Bird–Mario Gutierrez–120Red Lark–Drayden Van Dyke–120Parkour–Mike Smith–120Stela Star–Flavien Prat–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to wager via or through  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

What is a pre-contract and why can players only sign them with foreign clubs?

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN and Ashley Young both joined Inter Milan this month for relatively small fees.The pair were out of contract at Tottenham and Manchester United in the summer – and could have signed a pre-agreement with the Italian giants to join at the end of the season instead.2 Christian Eriksen joined Inter Milan from Tottenham this month, but could have moved for free in the summerCredit: ReutersBut what is a pre-contract, and can players only sign them with foreign clubs?What is a pre-contract?A pre-contract is an agreement between a player and a club committing to transfer the player’s registration once their contract at their current club has expired.Under the famous 1995 Bosman ruling, players can agree pre-contracts up to six months before the expiry of their contracts.Fifa regulations state: “A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him.”A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six months.”Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showCan Premier League players agree pre-contracts with other Premier League clubs?Premier League players can agree pre-contracts with any club in England, but only up to one month before the expiry of their current deals (effectively meaning pre-contracts can only be agreed at the end of a season).This is because domestic transfers are regulated by each country’s football associations rather than Fifa.The FA restrict pre-contracts between English clubs as they are keen to avoid any conflicts of interests should a player play against his future club.For this reason, the FA also bar players out on loan in England from playing against their parent clubs in domestic competition.2last_img read more

Official: Eriksen is already Inter

first_imgChristian Eriksen is already officially a new Inter footballer. The interist club, which yesterday completed all the procedures, wanted to wait another day for the announcement to go big, and chose one of the most prestigious stages in the world for its highly anticipated signing. The Danish posed in the Scala Theater, which for the first time hosted a football event like this: it was possible, according to ‘Gazzetta’, thanks to the help of Mayor Beppe Sala, who never hid his Nerazzurra faith. The midfielder (who chose the number 24) signed this morning until 2024, with which he will charge around 8 million euros more variable net, while Inter will disburse about 20 million euros, which has demanded the Tottenham from the beginning despite the fact that the player has only a few months left on his contract. This afternoon Eriksen lived his first meal with his new teammates, before the training led by Antonio Conte: in Italy they do not exclude that tomorrow, for the Cup match against Fiorentina, the new signing is already available on the bench.last_img read more

Perasol, UP still confident of Final 4 chances despite heartbreaker to Adamson

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Despite witnessing Sean Manganti rip the heart out of the Fighting Maroons in their 80-72 loss last Sunday, UP head coach Bo Perasol remained positive of his team’s chances of entering the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m really positive about our chances,” said Perasol. “The way we see our players played, how we played is just a sign of immaturity as a group, but I told them this is not the time to think about that.”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 ChrissUP had a chance to take the no. 4 spot in the standings had it completed its ill-fated comeback attempt against the Soaring Falcons.The Fighting Maroons were down 67-48 at one point in the second half before going on a frenzied 22-7 run that cut the deficit to 74-70. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korean World Cup footballer banned over military service fakes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But that was when Manganti stepped in.Manganti found himself open at the right wing and his three-pointer with 1:14 left for the dagger, giving them a 77-70 lead.Perasol said they have to quickly recover on the soul-crushing loss and get as much wins in their remaining three games.“This is the time to do something, for us to really have a chance for the Final Four,” said Perasol. “Whether we’re immature or mature enough, it doesn’t matter. We need to do something to win the next game, the next, and the next.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college University of the Philippines isn’t giving up its fight just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

‘I Remain Who I Am’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has promised that no amount of unjust criticisms and disrespect to her office from the public, many of whom are young people, will compel her to change her disposition and become what she is not supposed to be. She promised to uphold those principles that had make Liberia a better society for all.The Liberian leader vowed to continue to respect the rights of others and will not change her characteristics of tolerance and understanding people’s attitudes, despite the level of disrespect and barrage of profanities directed at her office.The Liberian President was speaking at the end of a national prayer service held over the weekend at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center on Tubman Boulevard on.Several prominent Liberians,  many of whom are religious leaders, have in recent times   raised concerns about the level of disrespect shown to authorities in Liberia, something they also said are also responsible for some of the problems that the country faces.Some of these religious leaders, including Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Lewis Ziegler, United Methodist Bishop John Innis and many  others, complained about the level of insults directed at people in leadership, especially the office of the President, by Liberians on local radio talks shows.Similar feelings were also expressed during last week’s  national prayer service by the founder of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry (IWGC), Bishop Isaac Winker.  The IWGC operates the Dominion Christian Fellowship.But President Sirleaf, in her remarks, promised to remain engaged with all those who mean good for the country and no amount of disrespect to the presidency will deter her from performing her constitutional duties. “You can be assured that whatever we do, we do it for the good of this country and my own tolerance, understanding, and respect for the rights of others will never change,” she said.Despite the seriousness of the Ebola fight, she said, there were still some elements of the Liberian society playing politics with the situation. But President Sirleaf assured the congregation that with her engagement with partners, there is now enormous international support coming to Liberia and if Liberians unite in the fight, they will soon reverse the situation.She admonished all Liberians to continue to pray and at the same time observe all the anti-Ebola measures as released by health authorities and experts.“We have to follow their advice because we want to make sure that we kick this disease out of our country, region and the world, which is concerned is beginning also to  affect them,” she said.The Liberian leader’s comments were in response to a sermon delivered by Bishop Isaac Winker in which he spoke of total disrespect to the presidency especially by the young people of Liberia.Bishop Winker said young Liberians were now using the various radio talk shows to abuse free speech and called on them to have a change in attitude.“If you wish to be a national leader tomorrow, it’s time now that you gain respect from the people by equally addressing the presidency and other national leaders with respect and dignity,” Bishop Winker told the young people.According to him, Liberians accused others of being paid agents whenever they are told the truth about the need to respect the office of the President.  He said had no  regrets for saying this as he was mandated by God to tell the Liberian people.Bishop Winker, during the sermon, delivered a special prayer for Liberia against those who, he said, are bent on preaching war in the country.  God has and will always destroy their plan, he insisted. “War mongers,” the Bishop said, “are destined for self destruction as the church will continue to pray and thank God for the ten years of uninterrupted peace that the country recently celebrated since its return to the rule of law through Presidential and Legislative elections in 2005 that brought President Sirleaf to power.”The service was the seventh edition of a national tarry organized by the church of Liberia and held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center of the Isaac Winker Global Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RESH Trains 130 Volunteers in Ebola Psychosocial Counseling

first_imgA local non-governmental organization, Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH), has concluded a 3-day workshop aimed at training volunteers, who will be involved with counseling Ebola survivors, relatives and community members.At the close of the training, which was held at the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) High School on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia, Ernest Garnark Smith, Jr., RESH coordinator told the volunteers that with their hearts of volunteerism and patriotism, they should diligently give back to humanity.He charged them that if they do not do that they would be on the wrong side of history by having acquired a skill to help and did nothing to help.He assured them that more refreshers trainings will be provided by both RESH and her partners in order to keep them abreast.Smith told the Daily Observer that RESH had embarked on the training in order to send her equipped and passionate volunteers, who he said are “emotionally and technically balanced,” for the counseling. He disclosed that the psychosocial aspect of the war against the deadly Ebola virus, was either non-existence or in the background with no attention from the stakeholders.Topics that the volunteers were tutored in included Community Sensitization and Significance in Psychosocial Supports, Trauma Counseling, Grief Counseling and Introduction to Temperament Analysis: An Effective Tools in the Help ProfessionRESH invited professional and renowned facilitators like the Rev. Olayee Collins, who is a clergyman, social worker and therapist; Rev. William P. Kilby, I, an educator, administrator, clergyman and counselor; Mrs. Varnetta Johnson-Freeman, a trainer, journalist, and an advocate of gender equity and good governance.RESH’s Coordinator himself a psychosocial counselor, social worker and freelance psychosocial author and poet also facilitated the workshop.RESH is a Liberian NGO, which provides psychosocial support to help combat Ebola, including counseling for patients and clinical staff. It aims to provide vital psychosocial supports for victims of natural disasters and traumatic events like the Ebola epidemic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UMU Graduates 659

first_imgThe United Methodist University (UMU) yesterday graduated 659 students, who completed courses prescribed by the institution in various disciplines.The graduates represented the Colleges of Management and Administration, Theology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, Agriculture, Science and Technology.They obtained diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees respectively. UMU President Johnson N. Gwaikolo said the 2015/2016 school year was “successful and rewarding,” especially for the students who endured in order to graduate.He said there was no incident at any of the school’s campuses in Nimba, Bong and Sinoe Counties. According to Mr. Gwaikolo, 388 of the 659 graduates are female.He said for the first time in the country’s history, some of the graduates obtained the Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Statistics show that Lofa County produced the highest number of graduates, followed by Sinoe County.Over 5,000 students enrolled at the school during the 2015/2016 school year, but Mr. Gwaikolo said inadequate space to accommodate student enrolment remains a challenge to the UMU administration.Gwaikolo explained that preparations are underway to relocate UMU to a new site along the Robertsfield highway in Margibi County.He touted the school’s qualified faculty, including 16 doctorate degree holders.He told the audience that the Norwegian United Methodist Church and their Sierra Leone sister church in collaboration with the UMU will soon establish a research center in Liberia. The UMU’s 13th Commencement Convocation Speaker, former Foreign Affairs Minister Monie R. Captan, called on Liberians to be mindful not to destroy their relationships and lose their sense of humanity, as they pursue the path to national development. He challenged Liberians to continue to care for each other, adding, “We must continue to be our brothers’ keepers, and to care for the elderly in our families and communities. As we say in Liberia, ‘we must come together.’”Mr. Captan paid tribute to the graduates for their academic achievements and wished them well.He prayed that the Almighty would endow each of them with wisdom to think in a new way about their future and the future of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 5 Chairman complains about changes to budget

first_img– says ratified budget document was not properly perusedChairman of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Vickchand Ramphal, has accused his Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison and team of sidetracking him and his Vice Chairman, Rion Peters and presenting the proposed regional budget for 2019 without proper perusal.Region Five RDC Chairman Vickchand RamphalIn a letter addressed to Finance Minister Winston Jordan dated Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Ramphal called for the Minister’s intervention into the matter involving the region’s budget proposal.According to Ramphal, the Regional Democratic Office ratified its 2019 budget proposal at a special meeting held on Monday July 23, 2018, whereby changes were made in the various line items.However, he said it is mandatory that copies of the ratified budget be circulated by the REO to the Office of the Regional Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman for thorough perusal before being presented to the Finance Ministry. However, this did not happen.According to the Regional Chairman, the REO refused to make available copies of these important documents and also failed to inform the Regional Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman of the planned Budget meeting with the Finance Ministry.Ramphal said the formulation of the region’s budget was conducted through a democratic process, whereby consultations were held throughout the region by the RDC, placing the interest of its citizens first.He reminded that it is imperative that the Council through the offices of the Regional Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman be fully engaged in all the budget processes so as to fully represent the interest of the people of Region Five.As such, the Chairman said the Council does not confirm to the presentation made by the Regional Executive Officer and team, since it may not represent the decision of Council nor the needs of the people of Region Five.He therefore called on Minister Jordan to put measures in place to correct this issue.last_img read more

GTUC urges Govt, Opposition to ensure calm, stability

first_imgThe Guyana Trades Union Congress Union (GTUC) is calling on Government and the Opposition to ensure that the matter regarding the no-confidence ruling and the deadline for elections is addressed soon and treated as a matter of urgency, while maintaining calm and stability.The GTUC has recommended that both parties return to the table to work out their differences and modalities. “The GTUC holds both sides equally responsible to get this right and not seek to benefit from what might be perceived as dilatory or aggressive tactics,” it said on Sunday in a missive.The trade union body has also called on society not to examine the Constitution in isolation but to be guided by the acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s ruling which should be upheld.“This issue is not about the President or Leader of the Opposition. It is not about the respective political party’s interests. It is about we the people, the working-class people, who deserve justice in every aspect of Guyana’s governance, for this in effect impacts on our collective wellbeing and our way forward as a united and productive nation,” a statement from the Union added.In addition, the GTUC has called on the international community, business, people, civil society and all others interested in Guyana’s well-being and the application of justice to respect the ruling that not only upheld Article 106(6) but in equal measure upheld 106(7).“Individually and collectively we cannot afford to let Guyana down at this crucial juncture. In the midst of uncertainty navigating this period and the acting CJ’s ruling, society will continue to rely heavily on the media, the fourth estate, to play a pivotal role in averting undue tension by bringing credible understanding that would aid the ensuring of calm, stability and appropriate behaviours.”While acknowledging that the no-confidence case was the first of its kind for Guyana, the GTUC noted that the determination is not guided by any local precedence, clear guidelines and law as to how the nation proceeds, and as acting CJ in her ruling stated, “functions.”Constitutional duties“It is that ‘how’ which we must as a nation determine that is important to our stability. The Guyana Constitution places the President and Leader of the Opposition as part of the Executive (Title 5). Irrespective of the circumstance at this time, the holders of these offices will have to discharge their constitutional duties and seek to engage each other on issues pertinent to our national character and well-being,” the GTUC added.Further, the GTUC said it has taken note of the Opposition which said it would protest the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Government if elections are not held within three months. While the GTUC said it respects the constitutional right to protest, at the same time, it wants the Opposition and Government to carry out its duties and responsibilities to ensure that they proceed through this period in constructive not destructive manner.“Both sides must continue talking and working together because governance has not stopped. Either, in the interest of the people whom they serve, can initiate engagement to proceed in putting in place relevant guidelines, legislation or written convention that will establish parameters to deal with Article 106 (6) to expressly give meaning to the “functions of office” stated in the ruling of acting CJ,” it also added.The acting CJ ruled on Thursday that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, CJ George observed that the President and the Ministers cannot therefore remain in Government in accordance with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) after three months.Meanwhile, the Government in a statement on Thursday evening said it notes and respects the rulings. “The ruling is not in favour of the Government’s position with regard to the vote on December 21, 2018; however, due process continues and the Government will file an appeal in the Court of Appeal. The Government continues to believe that the full adjudication of this issue is in the national interest,” the statement said.last_img read more