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A Thousand Stars wins Oaks

first_imgThe improving A THOUSAND STARS responded to a brilliant ride from jockey Robert Halledeen to turn the tables on her recent 1000 Guineas conqueror NUCLEAR AFFAIR to win the 77th running of the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres in a driving finish at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed a 9-2 second favourite in a field of 10 native- bred three-year-old fillies, A THOUSAND STARS staged a tremendous rally on the outside after giving way to the howling 1-9 favourite NUCLEAR AFFAIR with champion jockey Shane Ellis, from early in the straight, getting up within shades of the wire to beat her by a neck.Both raced in touch from the half mile with A THOUSAND STARS from the stables of 15-champion Wayne DaCosta getting first run 600 metres out. But NUCLEAR AFFAIR was sent in serious chase and mounted her challenge on the outside at the final bend to set the stage for a straight fight between the two top contenders. And although NUCLEAR AFFAIR galloped past the furlong pole with a slim lead, she looked to be labouring and was cut down by the renewed challenge of A THOUSAND STARS (switched from rails) in the pedestrian time of 2:12.0.first Oaks winGLYDER, who was outpaced towards the rear for most of the way, finished strongly, another 13/4 lengths away, third at odds of 55-1, while SORRENTINO’S STAR, at 5-1, was fourth.Halledeen was over the moon in notching his first Oaks win against the odds.”I’m the classic jockey on the premises now”, he said, recalling his victory aboard FUTURE KING in the recent Post to Post 2000 Guineas and his Boxing Day win aboard the DaCosta-trained colt in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile.DaCosta said: “She is at a stage of rapid improvement and, despite losing to Nuclear Affair, I thought she would make it close going two turns… Nuclear Affair just never ran her race today and that’s how it goes sometimes, but I give Halledeen full marks for a brilliant ride,” added DaCosta, who, on the previous Saturday, became the winningest trainer in Jamaica with 1,951 wins, surpassing Phillip Feanny.A dark bay filly by Storm Craft out of Heart of Gold, A THOUSAND STARS is owned and bred by the trainer’s wife, Elizabeth. This was the filly’s second win from seven starts with stakes of just over $3 million.DaCosta had a second winner on the card in event’s favourite LOTTERY TICKET in division two of the Ricochet Cup. Also saddling two winners was Neive Graham, both horses, PROLIFIC PRINCESS and ITALIANO, for popular owners O’Shaun Connection. But jockey Omar Walker was the day’s top performer with three winners in PACIFIC PRINCESS, ITALIANO and LOTTERY TICKET.last_img read more

Garbage collection fee not yet decided – Town Clerk

first_img…consultations still ongoingTown Clerk Royston King on Monday noted that the administration of the City of Georgetown is yet to make a decision as it relates to the implementation of a garbage collection fee for residents.King made this statement at Monday’s statutory meeting, adding that they were still in the consultation phase with at least five more public consultations expected before the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) voted on the issue.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase GreenAfter prematurely announcing that from February 1 the city would be collecting a $200 fee from residents for their garbage to be collected, King was instructed by Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green to hold at least one public consultation with residents. The first consultation, which was held on January 18, saw a mixed reaction from residents in attendance. One of the key factors highlighted was that citizens outside Georgetown would usually pay up to $400 to have their garbage collected. After those consultations are held, the proposal will then be eligible to be voted upon by the full council.In light of this, the Mayor on Monday felt the need to emphasise that these consultations were still ongoing. “Pay or it will not be picked up. That is not the message we want to send,” she stressed.Similarly, to that, King stated, “We have not agreed for anyone to pay for collection. We are still in the consultation phase.” He went on to note that he hopes to go into communities to hold the remaining consultations, namely – Agricola, Cummings Lodge, and South and North Ruimveldt.Central Government allocated $200 million to the debt-ridden City Hall in its 2018 budget. In disclosing how the Council would put this money to use, King had explained to Guyana Times that almost half of this money would be spent on building the city’s garbage collection independence. It is expected that City Hall would be using the bulk of that money to procure two new garbage trucks to aid with its operations. The trucks are expected to arrive by June month-end and according to the Town Clerk, the estimated cost is $70 million, while allied equipment will be an additional $15 million.Town Clerk Royston KingKing related that the objective was for the city to handle 60 per cent of its Solid Waste Management programme through collection in the city. He noted that this would be done incrementally and that the procurement of the trucks would be administered by the Communities Ministry.The move to impose a garbage collection fee is to help the city to gain much-needed revenue to execute its functions. Owing to a lack of revenue and poor management of resources, Government had to grant City Hall a bailout of $475,635, 245 to settle its debt to its major garbage contractors Puran Brothers and Cevons, as well as another company after they would have pulled their services owing to non-payment.Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevons Waste Management withdrew their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range. According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a long-standing one, with many debts going as far back as 2015.The two companies have since resumed collection and are expected to be paid monthly by City Hall. Central Government has since warned the administration of City Hall against requesting another bailout.Last September, the M&CC had implemented fees for commercial waste collection. Small business operators are required to pay $5000 per month while medium businesses will contend with $8000 per month. However, large business operators across Georgetown were required to pay the most significant figure of $12,000 per month for their waste collection.The Solid Waste Director had told the Council that while the originally approved fees for commercial garbage collection were $5000, $10,000 and $15,000 – the last two were reduced to $8000 and $12,000 after consultations.last_img read more

Larceny accused on $50,000 bail

first_imgA man accused of stealing $500,000 from a woman on Water Street, Georgetown was released on $50,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Titus Eastman, 24, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and denied that on January 4, 2019 at Water Street, he stole $500,000, property of Alisha Hinson.Eastman was represented by Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd, who, in a bail application, said there was no evidence to prove that his client stole the cash, which was payment in relation to the purchase of a car.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh did not object to bail. The case will continue on January 11, 2018.last_img

Huskies Fill the Bus Today

first_imgIt’s time to fill the bus.Today the pups will finally be knocking on doors for their annual ‘Fill the Bus’ campaign. The annual event has been increasingly successful every year, and the Huskies are hoping to surpass the 17,600 pounds of food raised last year.It’s been postponed twice due to severe weather, but with a high of -16 today, the event looks like it will go ahead. Starting at around 11am, the Huskies and other members of the community will be spreading out around town, to solicit donations, to be distributed to those in need by the Salvation Army.- Advertisement -You can also leave items out on your door step and the Huskies will pick them up.  If they don’t you can also drop off donations at the North Peace Arena all afternoon.  This is the single biggest food drive for the Salvation Army.last_img read more

Hansen discusses HST in visit to Fort St. John

first_imgThe HST has come under scrutiny recently with many residents around the province saying they had believed the Liberal government had specifically said they would not pursue implementing the HST.The way the government handled the situation has even prompted an HST recall campaign which Hansen says the government never actually promised not to implement it, but does admit the government needs to better explain the benefits of the new tax to both businesses and individuals.[asset|aid=3025|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b76045e0b07dab27f9eca1e2bb6da859-Hansen Clip 2_1_Pub.mp3] Finance Minister Colin Hansen (left) discussed the HST and related concerns with business people in the Fort St. John area after being invited by Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm./ Kimberley MolinaThe B.C. Finance Minister has visited Fort St. John on invitation from Pat Pimm to meet with local businesses and industry officials.- Advertisement -Colin Hansen says one of the main topics that came up in discussions was the HST.Fort St. John is a town close to the Alberta border and there are many companies that do business on both sides of the provincial border.Hansen says the HST will actually level the playing field for British Columbian companies since both companies in B.C. and Alberta are now required to charge the HST on items such as labour, when doing business in B.C.However he does admit that Alberta companies doing business in BC have to be made aware of how the HST works.Advertisement Before, B.C. companies would have paid an extra seven per cent in provincial sales tax -without getting a rebate on the PST. [asset|aid=3026|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b76045e0b07dab27f9eca1e2bb6da859-Hansen Clip 3_1_Pub.mp3] Mary Polak, the minister of children and family development and the minister responsible for child care, along with Bill Bennett, the minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources, will also be visiting Fort St. John this week.center_img He says companies doing business with Alberta will benefit since now they will be getting an HST rebate, instead of simply a GST rebate.Advertisementlast_img read more

Key CSUN leader, 80

first_imgFormer CSUN president James W. Cleary, who guided the college out of the tumultuous 1960s and oversaw its transformation into a university, died Saturday. He was 80. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Cleary died in Idaho on Saturday. He was president of the campus from 1969 – when it was called San Fernando Valley State College – until 1992, when he retired and moved with his wife to Boise, Idaho. “President Cleary began his appointment at a pivotal time in the history of the university,” said Jolene Koester, current president of California State University, Northridge. “During the late 1960s, Cal State Northridge experienced many of the same major upheavals and changes occurring at other universities across the nation. President Cleary brought stability to the university during difficult times.” Just before his arrival, the campus had seen civil unrest as students protested the Vietnam War, and black and Latino students demanded ethnic studies departments. CSUN officials credit Cleary with increasing diversity and equality on the campus through his support of the Chicano Studies and Pan-African Studies programs, as well as the Educational Opportunity Program, aimed at assisting economically and educationally disadvantaged students. “He was a fair-minded guy,” said Rodolfo Acu a, professor emeritus at CSUN, who helped establish the campus Chicano Studies Department. “He could have cut off (the program), but the university was, according to him, intent on giving us a fair chance,” Acu a said. “I do think he was one of the better presidents that we had at that institution.” During Cleary’s presidency, the state college increased the number of degrees offered by about 50 percent and grew into a university with an enrollment of 30,000. Cleary was the prime organizer and first chairman of the Tri Valley Alliance for Education, a consortium of Southland colleges and universities. “I’m always impressed when a college president takes the time to bring together people to talk about … what will make students as successful as possible,” said Dianne Van Hook, president of College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. She said Cleary’s efforts, which included regular one-on-one sessions with community college presidents, were something she had never experienced before. In 1986, those efforts were recognized when he was selected by the Exxon Education Foundation as one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the nation. An expert on parliamentary procedure, Cleary co-edited “Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised.” He obtained bachelor’s of philosophy and master of arts degrees from Marquette University and a doctorate in communication from the University of Wisconsin. He is survived by his daughters, Colleen and Janet, and two granddaughters. A third daughter died in 2000. His wife, Mary, died in 2002. Funeral services will be held May 16 at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise, Idaho. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want 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

Reports – Premier League side move step closer to landing former PSG winger

first_img Nene in action for Paris Saint Germain 1 West Ham looked to have moved a step closer to signing former Paris Saint Germain winger Nene after reports suggested he has now arrived in England for talks with the club.Sam Allardyce is keen to bring in another forward after club record signing Andy Carroll was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.With West Ham crashing to a 4-0 defeat against West Brom in the FA Cup last weekend, co-owner David Sullivan is looking to sign a free agent to ease the club’s crippling injury crisis.Nene cancelled his contract with Al Gharafa at the end of January and the Brazilian winger is keen to get his career back on track.The 33-year-old has already held talks with several clubs around Europe but it is believed that West Ham are now leading the chase to clinch his signature.Nene scored 20 goals in just 43 games during his spell in Qatar and has a wealth of experience playing at the top level.last_img read more

Students offered for military academies

first_imgThe following San Fernando Valley students have been nominated by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, to attend U.S. military academies: Michael Ahn of Granada Hills, Earl Lo of Northridge, Bryant Mata of Northridge, Michael Schwartz of Northridge and Brandon Scott of Chatsworth to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ahn, Mata, Michael Maxwell of Burbank, Nadir Montano of Reseda, and Schwartz and Scott were nominated to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Ahn, Mata, Schwartz, and Michael Kim and Shant Shahnazarian of Northridge to U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Lo and Mata also were nominated for the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Los Angeles sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Brian Moriguchi earned the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Sherwood Prize For Combating Hate awarded to those who fight the number and severity of hate crimes in their community. Moriguchi has been with the department’s Hate Crimes Task Force in the Antelope Valley since 1998. He was instrumental in educating his co-workers about the Sikh community, whose members became victims of increased hate crimes after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In 2005, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission selected him as the co-chairman of the Network Against Hate program for a two-year term. The Sherwood Prize ceremony is held annually at the Skirball Cultural Center. Chatsworth High School students won three of four categories at the recent Nation Reflections PTA Program Competition. Nearly 300 students from across the Valley entered the contest, whose theme this year was “I Wonder Why?” Sophomore Julianna Taylor Chavez won the literature category with her piece, “I Wonder Why Children Don’t Want to Grow up.” Senior Brian Cho won in music with his piano composition. And sophomore Breanne Lynn Gaytan won for photography with her presentation, “Lives of Freedom and Justice.” Yi-Chen Lin of Granada Hills High School won the Visual Arts category. “This was a real-life topic, and when I won I was very happy,” Gaytan said. The PTA Reflections Program has encouraged millions of students to explore their artistic talents since 1969. Students at all grade levels submit entries in the four categories, and each PTA school has judging. Those who won in the San Fernando Valley will now go to the state competition, and the winners there will go on to the national level. For the seventh consecutive year, students from Sutter Middle School delivered Valentine gift bags to and visited with senior citizens of Northridge Pointe Chalet. Homeroom teachers Nancy Potempo and Nancy Rattner organized the event and said many of their 12-year-old students said it was the best Valentine’s Day they’d ever had. “It was a great blending of young and old,” Potempo said. “Nobody listens to our kids, and nobody talks to our seniors.” Submit Community Column items via e-mail to dnmetro@dailynews.com; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills. CA 91367. 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

DWP wants new rate hikes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event The average residential user who pays about $25 a month for water would see about a $1 per month increase with a 3.9 percent water-rate hike July 1, and a 3.5 percent hike July 1, 2007. In a letter Wednesday to commissioners, DWP General Manager Ron Deaton defended the rate hikes as necessary to address increases in the cost of natural gas, water quality and infrastructure improvements, and Owens Valley dust mitigation and environmental restoration work. In an interview, Deaton said that while the agency “isn’t perfect” the additional revenue is needed to maintain the utility’s “financial viability and reliability.” Deaton said soaring natural-gas prices this year forced the power side to absorb $95 million in extra costs that it cannot afford to continue to absorb. The utility generates about 30 percent of its electricity from its L.A. Basin natural-gas fired power plants. Criticism of the DWP proposal came quickly from neighborhood council representatives and DWP commissioners who questioned why ratepayers should shoulder the hikes in the wake of wasteful DWP spending. DWP workers last year got a five-year contract with raises of up to 28 percent depending on inflation. The utility spent $51 million in overtime during the last half of 2005; and DWP officials have authorized tens of millions of dollars in contracts without commission oversight. “I have a real hard time to say any rate increase is OK when (DWP) is still transferring (nearly $200 million this year) out of DWP,” said Jim Alger, president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council and a state Assembly candidate. “I’m very cognizant of the ratepayers who can’t afford it. The people of Los Angeles are getting squeezed from every single angle.” The $360,000 study by Barrington-Wellesley Group Inc. was designed to give neighborhood councils more detailed revenue information as part of future rate-hike deliberations after the councils last year successfully blocked the utility’s move for a 7 percent water-rate hike. Deaton said the study included revenue savings and developing a “rigorous cost containment mindset.” While details of the study were not available, in his letter to commissioners Deaton summarized some of the findings and DWP efforts in response. The study found revenue requirements on the power side can be cut by $119 million over the next five years by reducing nonlabor expenses, implementing automated meter reading and eliminating discounted contract rates. The study also estimated that revenue requirements on the water side can be reduced by $20 million over the next five years, and Deaton said the utility is reviewing the cost-cutting identified in the study. The study also recommended the utility “wring out” expenses by freezing or reducing approved expenses from all business units beginning with the fiscal 2006-07 budget. And it said the utility should mitigate the need for future rate hikes by investing in technology to reduce long-term costs and ensuring the most cost-effective sources of generation are used. It also recommended installing “effective work force management practices to give the department the ability to right-size its work force.” It said the utility does not have an effective, comprehensive manpower-planning system so it cannot determine whether its power operations side is adequately staffed. And it said DWP should consider outsourcing noncore functions and investing in automation to reduce the number of full-time employees. Deaton said the proposed water rate hikes would bring in about $25 million annually, with the largest burden likely to fall on industrial-commercial users who have benefited from a cap. Deaton said the report kicks off a 90-day evaluation period, including fashioning next year’s budget and meeting with neighborhood council representatives. The rate hikes also must be considered by DWP commissioners and the City Council. “I don’t believe there’s fat,” he said. But Michael N. Cohen, a Reseda Neighborhood Council board member, said he wants to hear the department’s rationale because it’s difficult to square potential rate hikes against the utility’s current spending. “It doesn’t make sense. I’m very much concerned,” Cohen said. DWP commissioners said the rate hike recommendations will have to withstand intense scrutiny. Commissioner Nick Patsaouras, who has spearheaded DWP’s fiscal reform, said he’s far from convinced the hikes are necessary, and that there are more cuts that can be made. “Based on my tenure here, I believe it is not warranted,” Patsaouras said. “I don’t accept that we cannot find $25 million in this budget, that we have to raise water rates in July 2006.” Commission vice president David Nahai said the commission will closely review DWP’s budget and said he has made it clear it will oppose any rate hike “unless we’re certain all excessive spending has been cut from the budget.” “The budget hasn’t yet been brought to us, and we will be going through it with a very fine-tooth comb in a manner that is unprecedented … item by item. “Once we’re certain we’ve eradicated any spending abuses or inefficiencies in the system, if at that point there is no choice but to have a rate increase, then so be it.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel voted against the DWP’s last request for a water-rate hike because she said the utility did not know what was required to address its financial issues. Greuel said Wednesday that she has not yet seen the new study. “I look forward to seeing what it says and I look forward to the public process of it being discussed,” she said. “I voted ‘no’ previously because what they had presented was unclear and this is an independent review so we’ll see what it says.” Councilman Tony Cardenas, who opposed the 18 percent rate hike request, said the department still faces an uphill battle in justifying the rate increase. “The way it stands now, I don’t like what I see. I don’t like some of the gray areas. Ratepayers need to know the details.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bolstered by a long-awaited independent revenue study, the Department of Water and Power will seek a new surcharge on electricity rates in addition to renewing its efforts to win approval of a two-year, 7.4 percent water rate hike, the Daily News learned Wednesday. The renewed pressure for more revenue comes after city officials approved a controversial contract last summer with the DWP’s union granting raises of up to 28 percent over five years and after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s appointees to the DWP vowed to block new rate hikes. After the Daily News asked for the mayor’s response to the DWP rate-hike plan, his office released to the media a letter from Villaraigosa to DWP commission president Mary Nichols asking the board to “take all necessary steps to mitigate impacts on LADWP’s customers” before finalizing any hikes. The DWP is seeking a natural-gas surcharge, which has been frozen for the past decade or so and would add an estimated $1 to $3 a month to the average ratepayer’s electricity bill. last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: PAUL MCLAUGHLIN PRODUCES TOP-CLASS PERFORMANCE AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News: Sun 15.3.15 Sunday Confined.1.Paul McLaughlin (11) 41 pts. 2.Seamus Gordon (15) 38 pts.3.Brendan Devlin (1) 38 pts.Gross: Des Kemmy (5) 32 gr pts.1.Gavin McLaughlin (10) 38 pts. CSS 74.Sat 14.3.15 Saturday Open.1.Bryan Northey (7) 41 pts.2.Joe Sheridan (17) 37 pts.Gross: Garreth Mallon (2) 30 gr.pts. 1.Vivian McLaughlin (13) 36 ptsCSS 74.Fri 13.3.15 Friday Open1.Patrick McConologue (13) 40pts. 2.Ciaran McConologue (12) 38 pts.3.Kealon quigg (1) 37 pts.Tues 17 March 2015 Captain’s Drive in Mr Phelim Davenport.Fri 20 March 2015 Open any combination on The Old LinksSat 21 March 2015 Open Singles on Glashedy.Sun 22 March 2015 Glashdedy 10. Confined on both Links.Fri 15 May 2015 The Golf Digest Volvo Open on Glashedy.Entries are now being taking for the Donegal Links Classic (25, 26 & 27 May 2015).& The Great North Links Challenge (7, 8 & 9 October 2015). Call 0749376119.Check fixtures on www.ballyliffingolfclub.com for our wide range of events over the coming months.GOLF NEWS: PAUL MCLAUGHLIN PRODUCES TOP-CLASS PERFORMANCE AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: March 16th, 2015 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:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more