first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES     AARON GRYDER, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “I thought she was getting a very good trip, I was very confident at the top of the stretch, I gave her a chance to get into stride and get her to switch leads, she’s a very courageous filly and she’s very young so she’s a bit immature in her running, this is only her second start. Coming to the eighth pole, Rafael’s horse got to leaning out and her hind quarters were on my shoulder and we got kind of bounced and threw us off balance. She showed a lot of grit because she didn’t even stop after that, just lost momentum. Without any incident I believe she would stand in the Winner’s Circle regardless. She’s going to be a very nice filly. Phil told me before I ever worked her that she was one of his best three-year-olds and he was right.”TRAINER QUOTES     PHILIP D’ AMATO, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “She was a filly that came to us and we thought we were going to have a grass horse on our hands.  I just kept bringing her up the ranks in the dirt and she impressed me and she just took on maid after maid, finally I was having to breeze her against older stake horses and she was handling them too. It is quite rewarding and Aaron gets a lot of credit because he has developed her along the way and I think the best is yet to come. She does things so easily, you never know exactly how much she has in the tank but I just take it race by race and gradually extend her distance that’s going to help her along the way.”NOTES: The winning owners are A Venneri Racing, Inc. and Anthony Fanticola.last_img read more

Pirates raid Generals’ lair, eye 7-0 start

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate It’s a bold pronouncement, though, going into the 4 p.m. match, the fourth home-and-away playdate dubbed as the “NCAA on Tour.”The Pirates streaked to their sixth straight win by drubbing the Perpetual Help Altas, 76-58, on Friday.“We’ll have to prepare and find a way to break [Lyceum’s streak],” said Sison.Two days ago, the Generals tripped last year’s runner-up Arellano, 85-79, to claim solo third behind the Pirates and the San Beda Red Lions (5-1).But the Generals, may have to do without Hamadou Laminou, the 6-foot-9 Cameroonian who sustained a left knee injury late in the first quarter on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Fernandez says Cignal HD underdog against Marinerong Pilipino; Flying V tackles CEU So Sison expects Sydney Onwubere, who’s playing his final season, to step up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Lyceum seeks to keep its winning rampage when it visits Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament on Thursday at EAC Gym in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT The Pirates have been dominating behind CJ Perez, the energetic forward averaging a league-best 19.2 points a game on top of 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals.Moreover, there’s the Pirates’ dreaded full-court press anchored on the pesky Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee that kept them as the only unbeaten squad in the 10-team field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But coach Ariel Sison thinks homecourt advantage may give his Generals a chance.“We want to be the first team to beat [Lyceum],” said Sison. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Tempers flare in SMB-Meralco duel

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up PBA IMAGESAs if emotions weren’t already on a high, tempers flared at halftime during a game between rivals San Miguel and Meralco on Sunday.Eyewitnesses said Chris Ross and Allen Durham engaged in a trashtalk each other at the end of the second quarter and further continued as both teams went to their respective dugouts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bolts big man Kelly Nabong and Ross also had a heated commotion.Security and officials from both teams, though, were quick to pacify the situation as both teams went their separate ways.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPBA commissioner Chito Narvasa also made sure that there won’t be any trouble when the two teams returned to the court for the second half.San Miguel leads Meralco, 51-39, at the half, in a game with heavy playoff implications hanging in the balance. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Oakland’s Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthem Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ A win by the Bolts will give them the top seed and relegate the Beermen to sixth place. Meralco drops to third if it loses.A Beermen victory on the other hand, would put them in the top two if they end up winning by at least 19 pointsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

UL Digital Transition Continues

first_imgThe new computer laboratory at the UL’s Fendall Campus-Dedicates US$100K LibraryAfter weeks of achieving a concrete step toward transitioning from a manual registration process to a more advanced, digital platform, the University of Liberia (UL) has achieved another advancement that would help elevate academic activities.The University has also dedicated a US$100,000 computer laboratory on its Fendall Campus, outside Monrovia. The lab is equipped with over 70 modern desktop computers with sections for faculty and students.This is part of efforts to broaden the institution’s academic activities by making it more resourceful.The library is an initiative of the Trustees of Donations for Education in Liberia (TDEL), which originally founded the UL.According to the Historical Dictionary of Liberia (Dunn, Beyan and Burrowes, 2001) the American-based TDEL was the founding benefactor, along with the New York State Colonization Society, of the Liberia College (now University of Liberia) in 1863. These “were the exclusive sources of funding until 1878, when the Government of Liberia began contributing more to make up for the diminution of funds from the United States.”TDEL is a  non-governmental organization that receives money from private societies and individuals in America. The current president of TDEL, John Archibald, along with another trustee, were in the country for the dedication ceremony.The inauguration of the modern digital library is another boost to the recently completed digital migration process (registration exercise) that will fully integrate the University’s student registration system, including planning of courses and enhanced academic management.Dr. Weeks and Mr. Archibald cut the ribbon to the LibraryUL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the dedication exercise is a testament that the UL is now ready to transition to the modern era of academic viability and excellence.“We are currently on break and our students are away. This will be a welcome surprise for them as they will be returning to a modern library that will help enhance their academic programs,” Dr. Weeks said.“This is an initiative of TDEL that will be of great help to us. I am very grateful to partners for this support,” she added. TDEL President Trustee Archibald said students now have the whole world at their disposal — just at the tip of their fingers they can get any information that will be of use to them.“We are committed to supporting this facility and continue to make it bigger,” he said, adding that the initiative is a trial, and if it works out, then it will be replicated elsewhere on the campus.TDEL delegation from the and top UL officialsUL vice president for administration, Weade Kobbah Boley, said the UL administration will soon install a software at the cost of US$100,000 from TDEL, that will provide over two hundred sites that would enable extensive research by the students. The TDEL’s endeavor to establish a college in Liberia was led by Simon Greenleaf, a professor of law from Harvard College — a man who was already a familiar individual to both the American and Liberian governments. Greenleaf also helped in the drafting of the Liberian Constitution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo denounces Govt’s “betrayal” of miners

first_imgFollowing Government’s decision to first remove a range of concessions afforded to the mining industry and increase taxation and regulations, and its more recent consideration of giving miners below-world-market prices for their declared gold, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has denounced such a move, which will certainly pressure the already struggling local mining sector.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoIn a statement on Friday night, the Opposition Leader pointed out that his party – the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) – have always indicated its willingness to support the current Administration in implementing its manifesto promises, providing that they enhance the welfare and standard of living of all Guyanese people.However, he noted that there have been numerous cases where the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has broken those promises made in almost every sector, from rice farmers and sugar workers to public servants and pensioners.“The latest betrayal was detailed in the local media and relates to complaints from the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and the Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GWMO). This is the latest in a string of broken promises of support which were made to local small- and medium-scale miners by the APNU/AFC Government.“We in the PPP/C do not support any action aimed at reducing concessions to local small- and medium-scale miners and we do not support any reduction, compared to world market prices, in the rates paid to them for their gold,” the Opposition Leader asserted.He further outlined the PPP/C has repeatedly called for greater support to local small- and medium-scale miners, calls which have often gone unheeded. In fact, he added that the Party’s positions have been made in the National Assembly Chambers, as well as at the parliamentary Natural Resources Sectoral Committee.Jagdeo went on to recall last September, when he called for equitable support for local productive sectors and indicated that the parliamentary Opposition would support the reduction of royalty for small and medium-scale miners.Moreover, he pointed out that Government should devise plans that are more productive-sector friendly, since more than 2000 permits have already been relinquished within the last year alone due to the high costs, forcing many small miners to abandon their operations.“I want to reiterate my call for Budget 2017 to include greater support for our productive sectors – measures to address not only the plight of local small- and medium-scale miners, but also the steep decline in the forestry sector, across the country, particularly in the Ituni, Kwakwani and Linden areas,” he stated.The Opposition further added that the coalition Administration needs to be cognisant of the fact that actions such as these are only hurting the Guyanese people, whom they had promised a ‘better life’.“The Government must grasp the fact that people matter and make efforts to ensure that decisions taken do not severely and negatively impact on the lives of our people. After all it was APNU/AFC that promised ‘the good life’ during the elections campaign,” Jagdeo noted.last_img read more

Bo Hedges inspires at hometown celebration

first_imgAfter a brief meet-and-greet with the Paralympic champion, a few speeches filled the room, with Jay Hill of Apache opening up the floor, followed by Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, Jennifer Gibson of PacificSport Canada, then finally, the man of the hour, Bo Hedges. In his speech, Hedges thanked those who helped him in his journey to becoming an Olympian, and shared his memories of growing up in the Peace and his appreciation for the region.”Over the years, Fort St. John, the Peace Country, have done a lot for me in terms of helping me along my way. I’ve always felt welcome. This is where I like to spend my vacation time to come home to, to my parent’s ranch to see my friends and family up here, it’s always been home to me and where I want to go. It’s just amazing to be able to bring this gold medal back here.”In his speech, Hedges also spoke about being a part of Team Canada and the dedication he and his fellow wheelchair basketball teammates exhibited through their past Paralympic Games. He also discussed the importance of team work and unity, and the hard work Team Canada put into winning the gold medal.- Advertisement -Following his speech, Hedges was presented with various memorabilia of his past, such as his old wheelchair basketball jersey and track suit, and some pictures of him competing in his earlier days. The presentations were made even more special by the presenters: three children that said they were inspired by Hedges to take up the sport of basketball. One girl even says she’s been inspired to train to become an Olympian herself.Following the speeches, Hedges said it’s a great feeling knowing he is inspiring kids to take up wheelchair basketball.”It’s pretty amazing; I love to give back to the sport and the community. I had really good role models, so I love getting out and going to junior camps and helping out there and just being around and being their friend, knowing that if they need anything all they need to do is ask.”Advertisement Jennifer Gibson, Sport Development Coordinator for PacificSport B.C. and an organizer of last night’s event, said the turnout exceeded organizer’s expectations, and that it was great to see the community come out and show their support for Bo, who has put so much into winning the gold medal.To conclude the evening, it was announced efforts are going to be made to put wheelchairs in every school in the Peace Region, as part of a program being called “Let’s Play”. The intention of the new program is to help expose kids to the sport of wheelchair basketball and provide an opportunity to children with disabilities to compete in athletics.More photos from the event available below:last_img read more

Term-limit measure creates uncertainty for office seekers

first_imgCalifornia’s current term limits allow someone to serve up to three, two-year terms in the 80-seat Assembly and two, four-year terms in the 40-seat Senate, for a total of 14 years. The initiative would reduce the term limit to 12 years but allow legislators to serve it all in one house. Legislators such as Chan who want to move to the Senate after reaching their Assembly term limits often have to sit out for a couple of years and run against former colleagues for the fewer Senate seats that become available. The scramble resembles a political version of musical chairs. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, also wants Perata’s seat but said she won’t run against him if voters approve the initiative seeking to modify term limits. If it passes, she would be eligible to run again for the Assembly. Supporters say the initiative would increase continuity and reduce the experience drain that hits every two years, particularly in the Assembly. Chan said the current term limits, especially for Assembly members “are way too short.” Robin Johansen, a Lafayette attorney who helped write the initiative, said the authors wanted to maintain some continuity without going too far in relaxing the term limits adopted by voters in 1990. “You have to start somewhere, and you start with a transition with people who are there,” she said. Many lawmakers could have their legislative careers cut short by the initiative, although it would help them avoid the scramble that frequently takes place for seats in the other house. Freshman Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Martinez, is one of them. He would be limited to 12 years in the Legislature instead of 14 if the initiative is approved, but its passage would save him from having to make a difficult decision about what to do next year. He is weighing whether to run for re-election, possibly against Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Martinez, or to seek Torlakson’s Senate seat and face former Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg, in the Democratic primary. Torlakson is termed out of the Senate next year under the limits but is eligible to run for the Assembly. He could seek one more Senate term if the initiative passes. DeSaulnier said it would be easier for him to run for re-election in the smaller Assembly district, but he doesn’t like the idea of facing Torlakson, one of his closest friends. “Clearly, the reform of term limits is best for public policy,” he said. “Having people go through the contorted thing Tom and I have to do would not be the best public policy.” Richard Hasen, a professor at Loyola Law School who specializes in election law, said the initiative’s differing effects on candidates probably would withstand a court challenge. “States can basically set any kind of rational qualification for office,” he said. But the distinctions could make it tougher to convince voters to approve the measure because opponents probably would label it “a sweetheart deal for incumbent legislators,” he added. Meanwhile, candidates inside and outside the Legislature are waiting to see what a new term limits system might hold for them. Christopher Cabaldon, the mayor of West Sacramento, is one of them. He finished second in 2002 in the Democratic primary in the 8th Assembly District, which stretches from Sacramento’s western suburbs to the San Francisco Bay area. Now he’s running for the seat again, assuming incumbent Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis, does not. She is scheduled to be termed out in 2008. Aides said Wolk has not yet made a decision about her future. He remains philosophical about his situation. “Uncertainty around the political climate is nothing new to me,” Wolk said. “You can’t stand paralyzed waiting for it all to sort itself out.” SACRAMENTO – Former Assemblywoman Wilma Chan is hoping to survive the musical-chairs game created by California’s term limits and win a state Senate seat next year. She might have to wait a bit longer if an initiative that would alter term limits makes the Feb. 5 ballot. The proposal could thwart the hopes of dozens of other candidates who are planning to run for legislative seats in 2008. At the same time, it could enable some incumbents to remain in office longer. The proposal was revealed last month by political consultants with close ties to Democrats in the Legislature and the governor and is supported by some current lawmakers. Backers expect to begin gathering voter signatures early in April to put it on the ballot next February, when California will hold its presidential primary. Incumbents whose political careers could be extended by the proposal include Senate President pro tem Don Perata, an Oakland Democrat whose seat Chan wants. She said she hasn’t decided whether she’ll challenge Perata in the June 2008 Democratic primary if the initiative passes and Perata runs for another term, as he says he plans to do. “It does create some uncertainty,” said Chan, who was termed out of the Assembly in 2006 and has raised more than $400,000 for a Senate bid. “I have a \ committee. I’ve raised a lot of money. We are just trying to move ahead.” Chan, D-Alameda, is among nearly 90 non-incumbents who have announced their intentions to run for the Legislature in 2008, most of them for the 34 seats that would become vacant without the initiative. They include about 20 former lawmakers who hope to return to the Legislature after being termed out of one house or losing a race for another office. last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP believe foul play after body found near the city

first_imgAdam Reaburn | 3:16 PM The RCMP have now identified the victim – The Grande Prairie RCMP and RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North have identified the deceased adult female found in a remote rural area northwest of the City of Grande Prairie as being 24 year old Amber Dawn Diebert.  Amber was last seen on December 8th, 2015.  The RCMP now believe that Amber Diebert is the victim of foul play.  Amber was reported missing to the Grande Prairie RCMP on December 10th, the day before the discovery of her body. Her family have been advised.  Amber was Caucasian, 119 lbs., 5”4”, with Brown hair and Brown eyes. Adam Reaburn | 1:16 PM Grande Prairie RCMP believe foul play after body found near the city6Adam ReaburnThe Grande Prairie RCMP and RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North now suspect that the deceased adult female found in a remote rural area northwest of the City of Grande Prairie is the victim of foul play.A tentative identification has been made but an autopsy will be required to determine with certainty her identity.- Advertisement -Investigators believe that the deceased was an associate of another female, 30-year-old, Jody Michelle Topilko, who was last seen on November 29th, 2015 shopping in Grande Prairie with a family member.  The RCMP issued a missing persons media release on December 8th, 2015 regarding Jody Topilko, and because of this association are anxious to locate her and confirm she is safe and sound.  While it is not known at this time if there is an actual link between the two investigations, police are not ruling this possibility out.Jody Topilko may be associated to the following vehicle: 2015, Black Chevrolet 1500 pickup, Alberta Licence L02 511.The RCMP are asking the public for their assistance in either the case of the deceased female found yesterday or the missing person’s case of Jody Topilko, and to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you can provide any information to assist the police in solving these investigations.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe Dealer “Free-Ads” Paper today announced the planned creation of 25 jobs nationwide over the next 18 months.These jobs are being created as a result of the successful establishment of its Classified Ads Online Website, – officially launched today.The Dealer “Free Ads” Paper was founded in 1996 by Niall Harding and Eileen Laughlin, to satisfy a specialised advertising need in Donegal, currently employing 29 people, and is one of the largest selling “Free-Ads” papers in Ireland. “Based on the recognition of local businesses’ need to broaden their customers geographically and numerically in order to support their own businesses, The Dealer “Free-Ads” Paper continues to improve its services by developing our Classified Ads Online Website,,” said Niall Harding, Managing Director of The Dealer “Free Ads” Paper Ltd. and official launch of today will unveil the associated services designed to bring equal opportunity online to the market place for indigenous small to medium sized businesses in Ireland.The national rollout of these services will create 25 new jobs throughout Ireland over the coming 18 months.   AND NOW SOME GOOD NEWS…DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCES 25 NEW JOBS was last modified: January 31st, 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)last_img read more

Learning curve

first_img CSUCI professor Aloisio plans to take 25 students to Japan this month to learn about physics with the bullet train and gain lessons on global warming at Kyoto University. CSUCI students selected Aloisio as the Outstanding Professor for 2005. One of Aloisio’s students, Ronnie Sullivan, a sophomore English major, praised his professor’s approach. “Somehow he manages to bypass all of the jargon and allows us to absorb the information,” he said. “He’s the type of guy who wants to see everybody succeed.” At California State University, Northridge, which set a record campus enrollment in fall 2005 with 33,243 students, Kioussis seeks out students to attend workshops and help in his research to create smaller, yet reliable transistors in computer chips. “I think it’s quite important to involve students in research earlier on as undergraduates so that students do publish earlier on in their careers,” Kioussis said. At Mission College, Reynolds’ students are also actively involved in research. “They’re doing graduate-level research at the undergraduate level,” said Reynolds, an assistant professor of life sciences. Adrienne Paz, 21, of Pacoima is one such student who spent last summer at CSUN doing research on sea urchin embryos. “Mike is very animated with his lectures. He’ll dance in front of you if he has to. His talent brings importance to the subject,” said Paz, who plans to go to medical school. “He really reaches out to those in need and motivates anybody.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Whether it’s a community college or university, San Fernando Valley area residents need not look far for a quality education with dynamic, hands-on instructors. Colleges and universities in the Valley and nearby offer a wide range of programs – from free courses for seniors to more specialized classes to brush up on job skills. “We are fortunate to have such high quality faculty at our Valley colleges,” said Darroch “Rocky” Young, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. “We have so many talented professionals who have won awards in their fields and have chosen to teach in a community college. Our students greatly benefit from their expertise and experience.” At Glendale Community College, photography instructor Joan Watanabe teaches a full load of four classes while retouching the faces of celebrities for TV editors during her time off at home. “The textbooks have their own mind-sets. I try to break things into step-by-step demonstrations,” said Watanabe, the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award at GCC. “I try to give them practical solutions to things.” Chemistry professor Simone Aloisio transforms his forensics lab into a working crime scene for students at California State University, Channel Islands. At the Camarillo campus, students spend weeks collecting and analyzing evidence, and eventually learn DNA fingerprinting. At Mission College in Mission Hills, instructor Mike Reynolds immerses his students into graduate-level lab work at a university or a biotech company – where they are paid. And at CSUN, professor Nicholas Kioussis introduces the newest ideas in physics to his students after brainstorming with some of the world’s top scientists. Kioussis was named a 2005-2007 scholar with the prestigious Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, headed by David Gross, the 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics.last_img read more