New riders shine at the Park

first_img It did not end there, as 21-year-old Odean Edwards had an armchair ride aboard his first ride, FIFTYONESTORM, at 8-5 in the fifth race over the straight and repeated the feat aboard 7-2 chance LUCKYBEGOOD, who made all impressively over 1300 metres in the sixth. Edwards, who is popularly called ‘Dino’, secured as many as five rides on the card. A past student of Bridgeport High, Edwards is apprenticed to trainer Richard Azan. Steadman rounded off a fantastic day for the apprentices with victory aboard the highly fancied SIR D for trainer Ryan Darby in the closing race over the straight for $180,000 claimers. Outgoing principal of the Jockeys’ School, Ina Lawrence, the JRC welfare officer, said she was elated that the youngsters came out on the first day and provided a treat for racing fans. “It was a fitting retirement present on my last day at work. I go on pre-retirement leave after today and, mindful of this, they said they would do something special for me. Five winners from 10 races is more than enough,” said Lawrence, who will be succeeded by Shantell Clarke. Meanwhile, ‘handicap certainty’ PERFECT NEIGHBOUR romped the $1.2 million Governor General’s Stakes over 2000 metres, winning the 56th running of the grade one race for the second straight year. Ridden by in-form Robert Halledeen for trainer Wayne DaCosta, the 2013 derby and St. Leger winner, came through on the inside of long-time leader, UNCLE TAF, approaching the final bend and proceeding to beat reigning ‘Horse of the Year’, TYPEWRITER, by five lengths as the 1-2 favourite. TODAY’S PROGRAMME, TIPS ON B6 IMPRESSIVE The new apprentice riders who recently graduated from the Jockeys’ School had an immediate impact on their first day in the saddle at Caymanas Park yesterday, three of them sharing five winners on the 10-race programme. Linton Steadman and Odean Edwards led the way with two winners, both winning aboard their very first rides. Steadman, 24, a past student of Waterford High, stunned the large crowd when winning aboard the 16-1 outsider, VISION, for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the third race over 1100 metres for the Keeling Memorial Cup. The grey colt ran on strongly from way off the pace to catch his previously unbeaten stable-companion DREAMLINER, the howling 1-5 favourite, in the closing stages. That marked the start of an apprentice rout, as in the very next race, Hakeem Pottinger, the 21-year-old son of ex-jockey Michael Pottinger, brought 2-1 chance MARIA’S GLORY for trainer Gary Griffiths with a strong run for a decisive win over a mile.last_img read more

Rough day for form players

first_imgForm players experienced a tough time at Caymanas Park yesterday, ensuring that the Pick-9 and first Super-6 had no takers.Both exotic bets boast attractive carry-overs to next Saturday’s Alex’s Imports Gold Cup meet, featuring the 44th running of the popular grade one race over 1400 metres.With the fancied horses failing to deliver for the most part, doubles, triples, superfectas, trifecta, hi-fives and exacts paid handsomely. The programme produced no startling upsets, but with most of the winners returning odds ranging from 8-1 to 9-2, it spelt grief for punters.Only one favourite managed to oblige – KING WITHIN – at 8-5, with former champion Omar Walker aboard in the fourth. Apprentices Linton Steadman and Hakeem Pottinger had doubles on the card.The Pick-9 carry-over is now in excess of $2 million and the first Super-6 at $1.2 million.Meanwhile, the lightly raced but progressive three-year-old gelding, GOLD MEMBER (9-2), truly impressed in winning the restricted allowance race over the straight for three-year-olds, posting his second win over the distance on consecutive Saturdays.Ridden by Ruja Lahoe for trainer Gresford Smith and owners New Blue, the chestnut gelding by Adore The Gold out of Lady Chachi won by four lengths in the smart time of 58.0. GOLD MEMBER is a half brother to 2011 2000 Guineas winner Big Man Boyu (War Marshall – Lady Chachi).last_img read more

‘We will find a way’ – Atletico struggling with injuries ahead of Real Madrid UCL clash

first_img But Gimenez was the latest player to go down, hurting a left leg muscle in the Liga win at Las Palmas over the weekend. Gimenez is a central defender but was playing as a right back to replace Torres, who was out with a hamstring ailment. Torres’ immediate substitute at right back is Sime Vrsaljko, but he has been sidelined because of a left knee injury, and is not expected to be back in time for the first leg, even though he has already returned to training. Without a specialist right back, Simeone could use his other central defender, Sefan Savic. That would mean adding youngster Lucas Hernandez to the middle of the defence to replace Savic, who has played as a right back for Montenegro. That would break up the solid duo of Savic and Diego Godin, who have started most matches in central defence. “The absences are important because it will be a new situation for the player who will have to play in that position,” Simeone said. “But this is a team sport and the rest of the squad can make up for that.” The coach may also improvise by playing a midfielder such as Saul Niguez or Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion on the right side, where Real is expected to do most of their attacking through Cristiano Ronaldo and left back Marcelo. Ronaldo, who prepared for the entire season to be in his best physical condition at this point, scored five goals in the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich. Marcelo, Real’s assist leader, scored the winner against Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday. Atletico’s defence struggled early this season when Simeone tried different formations in an attempt to make the team more attack-minded, but the changes led to more goals being conceded and a loss of valuable points early on in the Spanish league. The coach has found the right balance, keeping the team unbeaten in 11 games and conceding only four goals in its last 12 matches in all competitions. Atletico are virtually out of the title race in the Spanish league. They are fighting Sevilla for third place, but their focus is solely on eliminating Real and getting another shot at the European title that has eluded the club so far. Atletico also lost the final in 1974, to Bayern Munich. MADRID (AP): Atletico Madrid might not be able to rely on their mighty defence when they resume their run at the Champions League title. Atletico’s backline has been depleted by injuries and coach Diego Simeone will have to improvise when his team takes on Real Madrid today in the first leg of their semifinal. Simeone won’t be able to count on key defensive players such as Jose Gimenez and Juanfran Torres for the game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and they may not even recover in time for the second leg at Vicente Calderon Stadium next week. “We will find the solutions,” Simeone said, staying positive. Atletico have lost three straight times to Real in the Champions League, including the 2014 and 2016 finals. The same stout defence which helped to carry Atletico to those finals has earned the team the best record in the Spanish league, with only 25 goals conceded in 35 games.last_img read more

Italy’s decline can be traced to Serie A’s problems

first_imgItaly’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Manolo Gabbiadini react to their team’s elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)ROME — The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart.The lingering problems affecting Italy’s domestic league might just be the reason for the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Complicated laws and a lack of funding have prevented clubs from building new stadiums. In 2014, the American owners of Roma presented plans for a new stadium but haven’t been able to break ground yet due to a series of bureaucratic delays.“It’s time to make choices that perhaps in the past people didn’t have the courage to make,” Italian Sports Minister Luca Lotti said. “This world needs to be revised from the youth levels on up to Serie A.”Although Italy is no longer the draw it was once for the best in the world, it still has a large contingent of foreign-born players. And that is stunting the development of the country’s talent.Juventus has been the Champions League runner-up in two of the past three seasons, but the Turin squad has heavily relied on Argentine forwards for its success: Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.Federico Bernardeschi, one of Italy’s most talented young forwards, joined Juventus in a 40 million euro ($47 million) transfer this season but has been largely relegated to the bench. So it’s no wonder that Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura used Bernardeschi only in a bench role in the playoff loss to Sweden on Monday.The only Italian who starts for Serie A leader Napoli is winger Lorenzo Insigne, who was also reduced to abench role under Ventura in a widely criticized decision.Meanwhile, Napoli’s Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho was given his first competitive start for Italy in the second leg of the playoff. Eder, another Brazilian-born player, appeared in the first leg.With captain Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi having announced their international retirements, Italy needs a new generation of Azzurri to step up.And the younger players need space in an improved Serie A to become competitive. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Japan wary of Gilas’ speed, offense Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Italian league was once where the likes of Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit came to play in the primes of their careers. It’s where Kaka won the Ballon d’Or award with AC Milan in 2007 — the last time anyone besides Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the honor.Paradoxically, the start of Italy’s decline can be traced back to 2006 — the year Italy won its fourth World Cup. That was also the year of the “Calciopoli” refereeing scandal that saw Juventus stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated to the second division as punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneA number of top players left Juventus after the scandal and the “Old Lady” of Italian soccer required half a dozen years to recover.In the meantime, the Premier League emerged as the sport’s richest domestic competition while Italy was eliminated in the first round of the last two World Cups. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 The Premier League is where former Italy coach Antonio Conte now manages at Chelsea, having won the league in his first season. It’s where Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini also won titles at Chelsea and Manchester City, respectively.Fabio Capello coached England from 2008-12 and said he would never be interested in leading Italy’snational team.Any Italian coach who moves to England raves about the facilities there and the packed stadiums. It’s the complete opposite of Serie A, where most of the big squads play in dilapidated stadiums that were last renovated for the 1990 World Cup — the last major tournament that Italy hosted.Of Italy’s six biggest clubs — Juventus, Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Lazio and Napoli — only Juventus has a new stadium that it operates on its own.Milan and Inter play in the city-run San Siro, Roma and Lazio play in the Stadio Olimpico run by the Olympic committee and Napoli plays in the crumbling San Paolo Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

GA-FDD urges consumers to report fake products

first_imgThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) is urging consumers to make complaints against unauthentic products sold to them.The caution was issued by the Director of the Department, Marlon Cole during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday.GA-FDD Director, Marlon ColeAccording to him, there is an increased need for monitoring of those supermarkets, especially with the recent incident where the popular milk power was being relabelled.“We normally have National Food Safety and Control Committee meeting every month and they would do monitoring of those Chinese supermarkets for us in the outlining regions. If we got a complaint we would have an investigation performed,” he informed.He added that recently there has been a proliferation of Chinese supermarkets and “if we find that there is a violation, if there is a complaint, or a product is unlabelled and those types of things they (the officers) will deal with it,” the Director posited.Cole warned that members of the business community can be penalised and even lose their business licenses for having illegal, expired or even fake goods on their shelves.It was on that note that the Director pointed out that there is now an increased need for monitoring of certain stores.“There is definitely an increased need for monitoring of these products but you see public health officers are troubled with factory inspection, yard inspection, field inspection and a host of other responsibilities so it could be taxing and challenging,” he said.The Director was unable to say whether there has been a hike in the number of unauthentic products on the market but nevertheless urged that customers should report such instances to the department as well as public health officials.Back in January the GA-FDD said it will be moving to take legal actions against persons or businesses who are selling fake products on the local market.His statement was made after reports surfaced that a Bourda, Georgetown grocery store had sold a woman fake powered milk.Reports are the customer returned the milk to a store and informed the employees that the milk was not authentic and that she could not risk feeding it to her children.The customer examined the product; it was dented and had a label printed in a foreign language.Speaking with this publication, Cole said besides the regular inspections his department conducts, the GA-FDD has to act based upon complaints. He said once a formal complaint is lodged, an investigation will be launched.Part II, section 6 of the Food and Drugs Act states “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offence.”Part seven also reinforces this message, stating that “Where a standard has been prescribed for a food, any person who labels, packages, sells or advertises any article in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for such food, is, unless the article complies with the prescribed standard, guilty of an offence.”It was only last year that the Department had cause to refuse entry to these shores some 2000 cases of tuna.According to reports, the containers were labelled “BUIWICK” instead of “BRUNSWICK” and the exact address of the manufacturer in the country of origin was not stated.The actions were taken by the Department after they were informed by an inspector’s report of the issue.The department refused the cartons on the basis of the section six of the Food and Drugs Act previously quoted.last_img read more

17% increase recorded in tourism development sector

first_img…geared to create growth in Private Sector – Minister GaskinBusiness Minister with responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin, in his address to the National Assembly during the budget debate, revealed that Guyana’s tourism sector has seen tremendous and steady growth over the years.According to Gaskin, there has been a 17 per cent increase over the same period when compared to last year. “This has been very good news to Guyana because visitors bring in money into our economy which, therefore, means that there will be more money circulating in that particular sector”.The Business Minister underscored that an additional 30,000 visitors arrived in Guyana throughout the year, which means that an additional US$15 million wasBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskinpumped into the country’s economy.“If we are to assume, an average visitor spends at least US$500 when they visit – which is extremely conservative – so if we look at all the figures in totality, tourism is expected to bring in US$150 million to be spent in our economy,” he explained.Further, Gaskin noted that the Government realised the importance of this sector and its capacity to create and sustain employment and the need to develop Guyana’s tourism product to keep increasing visitors arrivals. “We do recognise the economic opportunities that tourism can create in traditionally these advantage areas, such as the hinterland where the Indigenous population lives. This is why there has been a steady increase in the budgetary appropriation for the GTA [Guyana Tourism Authority] from $123 million in 2014 to over 300 million in 2019”.Moreover, the Minister anticipated that in 2019, the sector, which fell under the remit of the Business Ministry, will be “up to date” with the annual reports.“The main thrust of our tourism drive is to develop sustainable tourism in each administrative region, starting with areas identified by stakeholders as their tourism hotspot. We are seeking to make tourism a mean of improving lives in the communities where it takes place by making the communities the main beneficiaries of the visitor’s flow that they allocate,” Gaskin noted.Meanwhile, Minister of State, Joseph Hamilton condemned those who have peddled distasteful news about Guyana’s tourism sector. (Yanalla Dalrymple)last_img read more

Chinese Govt donates medical supplies to Linden Hospital

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China through the Chinese Medical Brigade attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) has donated $6.2 Million in medical supplies and equipment.The items were donated on Wednesday by a team of doctors including the leader of the Chinese Medical Brigade to Linden Dr.Wang Feng.The items, which will also alleviate the issue of shortages of some supplies at the hospital, will be disbursed to the Kwakwani Hospital as well as the Upper Demerara Hospital as the need arises. The larger equipment on the list of itemsMembers of the Chinese Medical Brigade along with Chief Executive Officer of LHC, Dr Mohammad Ryasat (centre)donated include ultrasonic atomization, atomizer energy chips, syringe pumps, oxygen pumps, and infant oxygen hoods. Public Relations Officer of the LHC Toshanna Allicock said the staff of the medical facility is extremely grateful for the donation which is an annual exercise conducted for the past 19 years. Last year, $5Million in items was donated and Allicock related that these donations contributed significantly to the improvement of the services, especially emergency services offered at the hospital. Some critical items that were donated last year were anaesthesia machines, portable ultrasound machines and electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.The PRO said the hospital can now offer these services on a 24-hour basis since more doctors and nurses have been trained in managing them. “Since then we have been training doctors and nurses to use this equipment so that we can improve the speed at which we offer EKG testing and ultrasound as well … so instead of waiting for someone to come and have these EKG testing done, we have the nurses right there who are able to handle that, so we can get faster results,” she noted.The brigade has already asked the Management to compile a list of items needed for 2019, and Allicock said, she is confident those will be donated as the hospital looks forward to a continued relationship with Government of China.last_img read more

Edwards courts success at home

first_imgBrumfield, who takes pride in her defense, couldn’t help but chuckle at the rare blooper. Ever since seventh grade, around the time when Taja began playing travel ball for the Cal Sparks, basketball has been as much a part of her family’s life as attending church. Taja has gone from playing street basketball at Victoria Park to showcasing her skills on the travel-ball circuit to winning a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA title with the Jackrabbits in 2005 to finishing runner-up in the same game a year ago to bouncing back to win the Southern California Regional and CIF State Division I crowns. At 8:15 tonight at the Walter Pyramid, the 5-foot-11 senior forward will lead the Jackrabbits, the No. 2-ranked team in the country by USA Today and the No. 1 team in the state by Student Sports Magazine, against Brea Olinda (30-0), the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. On Tuesday, Taja Edwards scored 12 points to lead the Jackrabbits (30-1) past Bishop Amat in the semifinal and back to the finals, where they fell to Lynwood a year ago. Taja, who played a very limited role in the Jackrabbits’ 2006 championship campaign, tore her ACL during summer travel ball. Often times, Brett, Taja and her teammates analyze footage, breaking down Jackrabbit performances. On Sunday night, they had a good laugh about how Brittany Brumfield turned the wrong direction to defend a La Jolla Country Day player on an opening tip, and the player scored an uncontested layup in a game the Jackrabbits won earlier this season. CARSON – The tile in their cozy family room will remind you of the parquet floor of the old Boston Garden. Only this one is a rust color and is well-polished with no dead spots. This is where Taja Edwards of Poly High, with her parents Brett and Cynthia, retreat to spend hours going over basketball game film on their big, black mega-screen television. center_img The pain went beyond her knee, as Pac-10 and other Division I college programs backed away from offering scholarships. This past summer, however, Taja, who has been listed as one of the top players in the country by Street&Smith magazine in 2006 and 2007, proved to scouts that her knee was fine, and she signed with Fresno State earlier this year. “I can deal with life. I was more concerned about her feelings,” Brett Edwards said. “My thing was to encourage her, to try to put things into perspective. The big-time schools that were recruiting her, it’s their loss. (They) couldn’t see past the brace she had on. … I knew her work ethic, how hard she worked to get back to where she is right now. She reached her goal, which was to get a free education.” Brett and Cynthia caught basketball fever when Taja dropped out of the youth church choir and gave up the piano. “I stopped going to choir practices. I started taking basketball more seriously,” Taja said. “I don’t play piano that much anymore. I had a keyboard that sat in my room. I thought about (playing), but I was so tired from basketball practice. So I gave up my music for a pair of Nikes.” Today, for five months each year, Taja, her parents, and her sister Alaja live on the road, traveling throughout California and the country. Travel ball fees run from $1,400-$2,200. Meals are not included. “If we had to pay for it, we wanted her to be 100 percent (committed),” Brett said. “If not, she could play (in the park) where it’s free.” Brett, an electrician, and Cynthia, an accountant, may not have signed up for the entire travel-ball experience, but gradually became consumed by it. Brett is an assistant coach, and Cynthia organizes everything from fund-raisers and to travel accommodations for the girls as they showcase their skills for hundreds of college recruiters and evaluators at events across the country. “You prioritize your life,” Cynthia said. “Sometimes, I’d wake up in another state, and (think) `Wow! I’ve used up all my vacation time to come babysit.’ Then I would get them up and get them together. I love the mentoring part of it.” Earl Williams can be reached at earl.williams@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Gardena chamber is robbed of donated toys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They discovered they were out of money and then they started looking into where the money could be, so they are doing an audit,” Burnett said. Burnett said there was also an issue over a check that was written to pay the rent but was never cashed. “We have to determine if it’s criminal or a bookkeeping error,” Burnett said. Hoskins, a local bail bondsman, became president about a month ago. He and chamber officials discovered the funds were missing during a restructure of the chamber, which has 400 members. The chamber is seeking to replace the toys for next month’s event at Gardena City Hall. Toys can be donated at Gardena General Insurance, 1220 W. Gardena Blvd. Chamber officials reported the burglary at their office at 1204 W. Gardena Blvd. on Saturday. Someone took furniture, a computer and toys donated for children for a Christmas program, Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett said. Whoever stole the items apparently used a key, Burnett said. The toys, dropped off by the public, were destined for a community holiday event on Dec. 7, chamber President Henry Hoskins said. Burnett said the chamber is looking into the financial loss and plans to question employees. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 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