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Be wary of Raising The Bar, Fortuneonehundred

first_imgPUNTERS hunting quick-fire bankers on today’s 11-race card at Caymanas Park should be wary of the two obvious choices – FORTUNEONEHUNDRED in the 1000-metre round opening event and RAISING THE BAR in the nightcap at 1100 metres.FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has not trained on the track since turning for home with a two-length lead in the Diamond Mile on December 5. Tumbling to $550,000 claiming from grade one, where he campaigned most of last year, suggests something has gone amiss in the last 70 days since the talented United States-bred last raced.Even on an off day, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED should easily put away his six rivals, especially at the minimum distance. However, punters are advised to tread carefully in the opening event by backing up their bets with sound horses such as DWAYNE STAR, ITALIANO and speedy COME DANCE WITH ME.Similar to FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, RAISING THE BAR has taken a shocking drop in class from non-winners-of-four to the second-lowest claiming level, a $250,000 tag.It should be noted that RAISING THE BAR, a renowned speedster, has been slowly into stride in his two races this year. First, it was January 9 at 1500 metres, followed by January 31 at 1000 metres straight.In neither of those races did the four-year-old filly recover, even briefly, to show some speed. In addition, she has been sparingly trained, which makes her suspect against horses who she should easily put away.Options to RAISING THE BAR are consistent INFANTRY OFFICER and CLASSICAL TRAIN, who’s hunting a double, carrying 48.0 kilos, but up in class.HOWARD PHILLIPPS MEMORIALMeanwhile, ACTION MAN should prove too quick for his eight rivals in the 1100-metre Howard Phillipps Memorial.Omar Walker partners ACTION MAN, who heads the scale at 56.0 kilos. However, the four-year-old colt is not too heavy to take charge of the event coming off the final turn.Included in the nine-horse field are five fillies, none of whom can match ACTION MAN for speed. His other three rivals, two geldings and a colt, have neither the form nor speed to deny him following his strong third-place run behind DWAYNE STAR at 1000 metres straight on January 31.Partnered by apprentice Bebeto Harvey last time out, ACTION MAN disputed the lead with LEGAL ACCOUNT from the start before DWAYNE STAR closed in mid-track to overhaul both a half furlong out.DWAYNE STAR had reported for that race with solid runs under his girth, finishing no more than five lengths behind winners such as LONG RUNNING TRAIN, TARANIS, ROYAL ASSAULT and BRAWN in four consecutive races.The filly DINNER BY SEVEN has some speed, but was well beaten by ACTION MAN in their last three meetings.The two expected closers, COMMANDING AVIATOR and TURBO MACHINE CAT, are recent graduates to non-winners-of-three, having both beaten non-winners-of-two in the last two weeks.last_img read more

Despite early exit, FIVB Manila Open a learning experience for Soriano, Tan

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “It’s good for the Filipino beach volleyball community to really learn from this,” added Soriano.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentscenter_img Charo Soriano and Bea Tan in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCharo Soriano and Bea Tan fizzled out in the group stages after losing to Canada’s Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank 21-12, 21-15, in the FIVB World Tour Manila Open Friday at SM Sands by the Bay.Tan and Soriano failed to enter the Round of 12 after accumulating two losses in Pool B where they settled at the final spot after the second day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Newsome to defend his PBA Slam Dunk title Despite the disappointing result, the two former Ateneo Lady Eagles were thankful for the opportunity in representing the Philippines in its first foray in international  beach volleyball.“We’ve learned so much, Charo and I, as a tandem,” said Tan. “Being able to play against these tough teams not just in Asia, but globally, it gives us more hope and also we’re very excited we were able to play here and we were able to play here and hopefully we’re able to play more in the future not just in this tournament, but more to come.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTan and Soriano, who are founders of the Beach Volleyball Republic which organized the event,l lost to Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Ayumi Kusano 21-10, 21-9, in their first game on Friday.“It widened our perspective in terms of our level of play and in terms of what we really expected to see and to use to become better,” said Soriano. “So now we know a lot of things on what we can improve on. We’ve seen how the Europeans play, how the rest of the Asian countries play, and how the Americans play.” Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Who Is Poisoning Our Wells?

first_imgEarly Sunday morning people in the capital, Monrovia, awoke to the terrible news that a certain band of individuals were going around spilling formaldehyde in wells in the general vicinity, beginning in the Roberts International Highway area in Margibi County.There are those who believe it is not formaldehyde but some other highly poisonous substance being used to contaminate the wells.Early Monday morning there was commotion at the New Georgia Junction on Somalia Drive when a man or group of men was spotted putting unknown substances in wells with syringes.The first story was immediately reported by the state-run Radio ELBC.When the Daily Observer reporting team went to Zone 8 near ELWA Hospital junction, they were told to proceed to police operations further up the Robertsfield Highway, because the people poisoning the wells had first been spotted in the Margibi area not far from the Roberts International Airport (RIA).Indeed the Daily Observer web site carried early Monday the photograph of a man who had been arrested for allegedly putting substances into wells in the Margibi area.The Observer web site also reported that 10 persons had died in Dolo’s Town along the Robertsfield Highway; and later that another 20 or more people had perished after eating food at a repast in the town.  The site carried photographs of the incident, including that of a dead dog which had also been poisoned.But there were two developments that, in the midst of all this, created serious suspicion: ELBC, which had first broken the story, back-tracked on it, saying that it was a “mere rumor.”  The suspicion intensified when it was later learned that the National Traditional Council of Chiefs had gotten involved in the investigation, taking it over from the police.  Now for Heaven’s sake, what do traditional chiefs have to do with a criminal investigation? This very serious and alarming matter should be in the hands of professionally trained criminal investigators working for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and, given the reports of so many dead, the entire Joint Security.But the back-tracking by ELBC and the alleged sudden involvement of the Traditional Chiefs in the investigation have raised alarm bells as to what is really going on.  Is this something far bigger that it appears?  Who is behind it?  Is this a new form of ritualistic killings, only on a massive scale as the elections approach?  Are there higher-ups involved?  Who are they and why do they want to traumatize the already Ebola-terrified Liberian people?The man arrested on the Robertsfield Highway was quoted as having said that he was not alone in this criminal and murderous adventure.  “We are many more, about 250 of us, who have been well trained to carry out this exercise,” he was said to have revealed.It is indeed mindboggling (unbelievable) that in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, anyone would want to inflict upon the hapless Liberian people another deadly menace, such as pouring poison into the people’s sources of drinking water.What on earth is the motive?  Is it a ritualistic exercise feeding the ruthless ambitions involving higher ups seeking or consolidating political power?  Or is it politically motivated by detractors to destabilize the country in order to force regime change?And why are the Traditional Chiefs involved?  What business do they have to do with this criminal investigation?  Do they know the people involved in these wicked deeds?  Is there any connection between them and the suspects?With people dying from poisoned drinking water, and reports of other marauding murders intent on poisoning more wells to kill more people, it seems to us that this is a very serious matter that demands the immediate intervention of the Ministry of Justice and the entire Joint Security Force, including UNMIL, to get to the bottom of this new deadly menace that has befallen the already Ebola-traumatized national landscape.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies hammer Blades, ready for showdown with Jr. Canucks

first_img“In a game like this, you have to work on keeping good habits,” added Sebastian Powsey. “Guys had more space out there even though at times it didn’t feel like it. We have to take the good hockey we played tonight, reset, and be prepared to play in Dawson Creek and find a way to win in their barn in what will be a playoff game like atmosphere. A feat we have yet to do so far this year.”With the win, the Huskies move back into first place in the NWJHL standings with a 25-7-2 record.Next up the Pups hit the road for a clash against the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks at the Memorial Arena on Friday. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The Fort St. John Huskies dismantled the visiting Beaverlodge Blades on Wednesday night.The Huskies took it to their opponent in the first period as Shawn Wilson broke the deadlock after burying a loose puck from five feet out at 7:21, assisted by Joel Bourgeois and Jeridyn Loewen. Wilson netted his second of the frame three minutes and thirty seconds later as he snuck a shot through the pads of the Blades’ netminders pads. With forty-nine seconds remaining Sebastian Powsey finished off a pretty passing sequence with Jacob Lang and Jeridyn Loewen. The Pups took a 3-1 lead into the locker room after the Blades one late despite being outshot 29-3.Powsey added his second of the game 1:55 into the middle stanza as he and Josh Robinson executed a give and go to perfection. Darian Fay made it 5-1 as he deposited the biscuit in the basket three minutes later, Matthew Apsassin and Teagan McMullen with the helpers. Apsassin got in the goal column at 9:04 as Fay, McMullen and himself played keep away with the Blades players for roughly 40 seconds. Cody Brodhagen tallied the 7-1 marker at with 7:19 to go in the middle frame as he roofed a slick saucer pass from Wilson and Jarod Lang. With three minutes remaining before the second intermission, Fay added his second of the contest as he hammered home rebound off a Bourgeois shot for the 8-1 goal.- Advertisement -The Huskies kept at it in the third period as Gary Loewen scored 3:26 into the frame after Jeridyn Loewen found him wide open at the side of the net. Jacob Lang bulged the twin four minutes after as he skated down the wing and ripped a low shot that fooled the visitor’s netminder to the blocker side as Powsey and Jeridyn Loewen gained control of the puck in the neutral zone. After the Blades got one back, Powsey scored his hat-trick goal with thirty-three seconds to play as he tapped in a loose puck off a shot courtesy Jarod Lang at the point. Final score Huskies 11 – Blades 2.Powsey and Jeridyn Loewen both finished the night with four points while 12 skates contributed at least a point as the team fired 64 rubber biscuits on the Blades netminder.“I was happy with the contributions throughout the lineup,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “It tough playing against that team to not play down to their level which I felt we did for bits of the game. We will need to work on re-focusing and playing our brand or hockey for what will be our biggest game of the year on Friday.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Protecting coastline requires steady hand

first_imgThere is no question that California’s coast faces unprecedented challenges. Recent studies, including a comprehensive report from the Pews Ocean Commission, highlighted concerns such as overfishing, a growing population (eight of 10 state residents now live in coastal counties) and resource extraction. (California’s ban on offshore drilling will come under fire as pressures increase for new sources of oil.) These were among the many reasons the Legislature approved the 1999 state Marine Life Protection Act. The question now facing a state advisory group is how to implement the act on the coastline that stretches from southern San Mateo County to Point Arena. Specifically, the group will determine which areas of the local coastal waters should remain as is, which should be turned into reserves (where fishing could be prohibited) and which should be turned into conservation areas (where some commercial and recreational fishing will be allowed). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The challenge will be to develop a plan based on the best fisheries science available, while not destroying the livelihood of Californians who are dependent on the ocean economy. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat 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

Child hood obesity growing in Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “There’s huge disparities in the frequency of childhood obesity,” said Director of Public Health Dr. Jonathan Fielding.Low-income communities are plagued by the epidemic in part because residents may lack access to safe places for children to play and to healthy, non-processed foods, Fielding said.But he cautioned that a variety of causes contribute to widespread childhood obesity, and that the condition affects communities across socio-economic lines.“The general problem is increasing within the whole county,” Fielding said.The report, released Friday, looked at 2005 data for fifth-, seventh- and ninth- graders in 128 communities and cities in the county. • PDF: Health Report on obesityLow-income areas of the San Gabriel Valley have some of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Los Angeles County, according to a recently released report.The worst rates of the growing health epidemic were found in areas with comparatively higher poverty and a low number of public parks, according to the study from the county Department of Public Health.The link between poverty and overweight youth has been made before. But county officials said this study, which is the first to break down obesity rates by community, showed the correlation particularly starkly. In addition to poor areas of the San Gabriel Valley, some parts of inner-city Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley also showed high rates of childhood obesity. The lowest rate, 4.2 percent, was in Manhattan Beach.Locally, more than 26 percent of children were obese in low-income, park-poor areas such as Baldwin Park, El Monte, La Puente and South El Monte, South Whittier and Valinda, the study showed.Wealthier cities with more park space per person – such as Glendora, Monrovia, San Dimas and San Marino – tended to have much lower rates of childhood obesity.“(Lack of) access to safe, green space is a barrier to healthy exercise for kids,” said Dr. Paula Varrette, who directs a nutrition program for children at risk for obesity at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.“The more green space they have available, the lesser the incidence of obesity,” said Varrette.The county average for childhood obesity was almost 23 percent. Nationally, rates for the condition have tripled in the last 30 years.Childhood obesity is linked to diabetes, hypertension, low self- esteem, decreased school participation and adult obesity, Varrette said. Treating related health problems is increasingly expensive, experts say.“The long-term consequences for California are really staggering,” said Amanda Purcell, policy director of the nonprofit California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which has studied childhood obesity statewide.Researchers have speculated that this could be the first modern generation to live shorter lives than their parents, due in large part to diabetes and obesity, Purcell said.Prevention is crucial, she said, since weight loss is so difficult.The county’s study advocates steps that local governments can take to combat childhood obesity. Recommendations include city planning decisions that require walking and biking paths, increased access to and safety in parks, and the creation of school programs that promote healthy eating.The study also called for cities to require local restaurants to provide nutrition information on menus.Those kinds of tools are part of a new trend in ways to address obesity, experts say. The epidemic cannot be combatted solely on the level of individual weight gain, but must be looked at from a broader perspective.“We’re realizing that we’ve engineered things into our communities and our homes and our work sites so that we’ve made the easy choices, not the healthy choices,” Purcell said. “We need everybody and their spheres of influence engaged in this.”melissa.pamer@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want 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

NHL notes: Heatley gets lukewarm reception

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He was greeted by some cheers mixed with boos when he came out for the pregame warmups and when the starting lineups were announced the boos were somewhat louder than the cheers from the Philips Arena crowd. When play began, Heatley drew boos each time he touched the puck, with the loudest coming when he scored. “It was a big game for him,” Ottawa goalie Ray Emery said. “It was no big deal for us, but for him it was. Maybe for him it’s good to get it behind him.” DiPietro sits: Rick DiPietro’s injured left knee kept him out of the New York Islanders’ game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. The U.S. Olympic goalie sprained his knee Friday in New York’s 4-3 loss at Ottawa when he fell to the ice during a scramble in the first period. He is day-to-day. Dany Heatley expected a warm reception from Atlanta fans in his first game against his former team. He didn’t get it. With the fans booing Heatley’s every move, Vyacheslav Kozlov had three goals and an assist and Marian Hossa – acquired from Ottawa for Heatley in late August – added two goals and an assist Monday in the Thrashers’ 8-3 victory over the Senators. “I wasn’t putting too much emphasis on it (the booing). I think that you have to put it behind you,” said Heatley, who scored a goal with 6:37 remaining – his eighth straight game with a point and 26th goal of the season. Heatley, the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2001-02 with the Thrashers, requested the trade to get away from the constant reminders of his 2003 Atlanta car wreck that killed Thrashers teammate Dan Snyder. center_img 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

GARDAI CALLED OUT AFTER 11 PONIES FOUND

first_imgGARDAI in Letterkenny have appealed for help after 11 ponies were found on the loose in the town today.The animals had been spotted in several parts of the town before ending up on the Golf Course Road.Local people and Gardai managed to round up the animals and they have now been secured in a field just off the road today. “We are not sure if they have been abandoned or if they have escaped from somewhere,” said one local woman involved in today’s rescue.“There are 11 ponies altogether and obviously there was a danger to them and possibly to the public because they were running stray.“Hopefully the owners of these ponies can be found.”Gardai in Letterkenny confirmed they are investigating the incident. Officers, they said, had helped to take the ponies into a field on the Golf Course Road today.Anyone with information about the animals is asked to call 07491 67100.GARDAI CALLED OUT AFTER 11 PONIES FOUND was last modified: December 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI CALLED OUT AFTER 11 PONIES FOUNDlast_img read more

Have your say on Letterkenny’s Irish Language Plan at this week’s public event

first_imgA meeting will take place this Wednesday 18th September to gain insights from the public on what should be in the Letterkenny Irish Language Plan.Letterkenny is set to gain new investment to develop and deliver an Irish Language Plan as a Gaeltacht Services Town over the next seven years.The plan will bring unique opportunities to the town and will be based on input from local businesses, community groups and individuals. Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, the body appointed to draft the language plan, is hosting a public event on Wednesday 18th September at 7:00pm in Dillon’s Hotel Letterkenny to outline how the plan will support the learning and usage of the Irish language in Letterkenny.There will be an opportunity for attendees to share their opinions about the language plan and to discuss what they would like to see included.It is hoped that as many members of the community as possible will attend the event. There’s a space for everyone in the language plan, regardless of the level of fluency in Irish that you currently have.There will be new opportunities for young people, for local businesses, for parents raising their children through Irish and for the entire community as a whole. The more input that the community has in the language plan, the better the language plan will be for the area. If you’d like more information on the Irish language plan or about the public meeting, you can email us on lionralc@gmail.com or ursula@cinnteacht.ie. If you would prefer to call, you can contact 0044 2830 898 242.Cruinniú Poiblí Beidh cruinniú poiblí ar siúl in Óstán Dillon i Leitir Ceanainn Dé Chéadaoin an 18ú Meán Fómhair ag 7:00pm maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn.Ag an chruinniú, roinnfidh Líonra Leitir Ceanainn eolas ar an phlean teanga, a chruthóidh deiseanna nua sa cheantar leis an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim agus a úsáid. Beidh deis ann fosta dóibh siúd atá i láthair a gcuid tuairimí a roinnt linn maidir leis an phlean teanga agus cad a ba mhaith leo a fheiceáil istigh ann.Ba mhaith linn cloisteáil ón oiread sin daoine agus is féidir. Tá spás ann do gach duine sa phlean teanga seo, is cuma cén cumas sa teanga atá acu. Beidh deiseanna nua ann do dhaoine óga, don lucht gnó, do thuismitheoirí atá ag tógáil clainne le Gaeilge agus don phobal trí chéile. An mó ionchur atá ag an phobal is fearr don phlean teanga sa cheantar.Más maith leat tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar an phlean teanga nó ar an chruinniú poiblí seo, is féidir ríomhphost a chur chuig lionralc@gmail.com nó chuig ursula@cinnteacht.ie. Más fearr leat scairt a chur, déan teagmháil linn ar 0044 2830 898 242. Have your say on Letterkenny’s Irish Language Plan at this week’s public event was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Letterkenny Irish Language PlanLíonra Leitir Ceanainnlast_img read more

Stay.com Reboots Travel

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#user-generated content#web curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about social travel site Stay.com‘s expansion. After months of retooling, the user-built travel guide site has relaunched and we have had a chance to play the virtual flâneur. Among other changes, Stay.com has struck deals with TripAdvisor, TopTable and OpenTable. They are planning on adding in more such information as they go forward. Users of Stay.com pull elements such as hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and gardens together with a click, to create a guide crafted to their needs, tastes and destinations. It can be consulted on computer or smart phone, or printed out as a pocket-sized .pdf. Users can broadcast their itinerary or parts of it to friends via Facebook and Twitter. Each guide that gets created adds to the library of itineraries available to users. Stay.com’s goal, according to its publicist and materials, was to make a very intuitive interface for travelers and they seem to have done that. The cities, lodging, bars and so on, are arranged hierarchically from most likely to be needed to possibly useful. The ability to both read it online and to print it out serves those who either wish to untether or who find electronics less useful on their trick (not enough power or too many pickpockets, for instance). For some types of sites, the more dazzling they are, the more enjoyable. This is not necessarily the case with travel. You’re already traveling, after all. Oh, the sights you’ll see – they’re more important than the sites. In that respect, the pleasant but clean design, in service of the travel, is appealing. Additional features Stay.com plans to roll out include user-added venues and places, third-party sharing widgets, full mobile integration and geolocation and video guides. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more