ECLIPSE WINNER STORM THE COURT TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2020)–Reigning Juvenile Champion Storm the Court heads a field of six sophomore Derby hopefuls going seven furlongs Sunday as he makes his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.An upset winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles Nov. 1, Storm the Court, who is conditioned by Peter Eurton, will be making his fifth career start and will again be ridden by Flavien Prat.Although Storm the Court is the marque horse of the moment, Bob Baffert’s Nadal, an ultra impressive first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 19, could well be the post time favorite. Baffert will also send out Ra’ad, a handy six furlong Los Alamitos maiden winner in early December.STORM THE COURTOwner: Exline Border Racing, LLC, David Bernson & Dan HudockTrainer: Peter EurtonA $60,000 Ocala Sales April 2-year-old in Training Sale purchase, this colt by Court Vision continued to exceed all expectations with a game head victory at odds of 45-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 1. Out of the Tejano Run mare My Tejana Storm, he was a first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs Aug. 10 and subsequently lost all chance in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2, when Prat was unseated shortly after the break. A well beaten third at 19-1 by highly regarded Eight Rings in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes Sept. 27, Storm the Court has been double digits in the wagering in all four of his starts, but figures to go favored on Sunday. Although he’s already got $1,172,951 in the bank, a win in the San Vicente would undoubtedly further enhance his Derby status.NADALOwner: George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman & Mark MathiesenTrainer: Bob BaffertA Kentucky-bred colt by Blame, he was an awesome first-out maiden winner, driving to the lead after the first half mile and winning as much the best by 3 ¾ lengths under J.C. Diaz, Jr., while earning a San Vicente-best 98 Beyer Speed figure. A $700,000 Fasig Tipton March 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, Nadal will get the services of leading rider Joel Rosario as he starts down the Derby trail.GINOBILIOwner: Slam Dunk Racing, Richard Baltas, Jerry McClanahan & Michael NentwigTrainer: Richard BaltasAn impressive gate to wire maiden winner in his second start going six furlongs, Ginobili got an 83 Beyer Speed figure for his efforts, which ranks third among San Vicente starters. Subsequently fourth, beaten five lengths in the Del Mar Futurity, Ginobili was then a close fourth in the five furlong turf Speakeasy Stakes as the 5-2 favorite here on Oct. 6. Although he’s got plenty to prove against solid competition, Ginobili has plenty of natural speed and looms dangerous as a fresh horse in what will be his fifth start.RA’ADOwner: RRR Racing, Inc.Trainer: Bob BaffertA well beaten fourth in his debut by last Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words, this colt by Twirling Candy was a solid 2 ½ length maiden winner at 3-5 going six furlongs over a wet track at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7. A $500,000 Ocala Sales 2-year-old in Training Sale graduate, Ra’ad is out of the Suave mare Tough Market and like so many in Baffert’s care, appears to have a very bright future. Fitted with blinkers in both of his starts, Ra’ad will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.THE GRADE II SAN VICENTE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTFast Enough–Tiago Pereira–124Ra’ad–Drayden Van Dyke–120Party Town–Jorge Velez–120Nadal–Joel Rosario–120Storm the Court–Flavien Prat–124Ginobili–Abel Cedillo–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Also, fortunately for Simeone, the team He has recovered two other troops: João Félix and Trippier. Therefore, Cholo had 21 players available, all of the first team except Héctor Herrera and Lemar, with two muscular ailments. The coach quoted everyone and before discarding Diego Costa, Arias, who has been advanced by Vrsaljko, and Saponjic, usual. The Spanish-Brazilian hastened with the deadlines to arrive at the Champions meeting and He was able to play the last quarter hour of Tuesday’s game. However, since it is a recovery in a delicate area, it will not be forced in any way. Simeone had to make three discards of the call of 21 that he gave on Saturday and, although two of them could be expected, surprised one of the names: Diego Costa. The striker had already entered the list against Liverpool and had minutes, but against Villarreal he stayed in the stands for physical problems. read more
Despite some reservationsBy Samuel SukhnandanWhile the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had made some general remarks regarding the work of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has clarified that the Party still has confidence in the body although it did not agree with all of the reports.During a recent press conference, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had expressed that she had ‘no confidence’ in the PPC, since she believed that a thorough probe would not be conducted into the award of a contract to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study on the proposed new Demerara River bridge.However, Jagdeo dismissed the “unfortunate characterisation” of comments made by the PPP/C Member of Parliament (MP). He said, “Reservations were expressed about the work of the PPC. We may have reservations about the pace in which the PPC does its work…we may not agree with all of its findings…”However, the former Head of State noted that the PPP/C would continue to work with this body. “…we will continue to supply information to the PPC to expose the serious acts of corruption taking place in Guyana by this Government … we participated in the formation of the PPC, so even with those reservations, we have not lost confidence in the PPC.”Teixeira’s ‘no-confidence’ remarks were made based on the fact that PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin promised to look into the matters raised with the relevant entities and also wrote that this would be done “within the confines of (the Commission’s) work programme and available resources”.The Opposition MP had expressed concern about the Commission’s response, noting that the law mandated it has to investigate complaints. Teixeira, who wrote requesting the probe of the feasibility contract, even described the Commission’s response as scary – when its responsibilities are considered.“The issue to flag is that phrase, within the confines of our work programme and available resources. Now the Constitution makes it absolutely clear that once there is a complaint, the PPC has to investigate it. It cannot say, well we have a work programme and we have these 10 items, we have to do these first. Or we don’t have enough resources. This is unacceptable, this is a constitutional body,” she asserted.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had stressed that the PPC’s functions and mandates are outlined in the Constitution. “So it’s not a capricious or whimsical schedule that they can construct. They have to have a work programme that is within their constitutional mandate. And the matters requested in the letter are matters that ought to find priority within their constitutional mandate.”According to the Opposition MPs, the Commission has also responded in similar fashion to requests for probes into the D’Urban Park Project and the Sussex Street bond. Opposition MP Juan Edghill had confirmed that the Commission also responded in similar fashion to his request for two probes.In a letter to PPC Chairperson Corbin, Edghill identified aspects of the D’Urban Park Project the Party is most concerned about. Edghill, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), noted that despite promises to the contrary, no account of donations received between September 2015 and January 2016 was made public. The PPP/C, therefore, queried the procurement process used for works on the project; as well as the scope a private company has to engage contractors and receive funding for a public project. The Party queried the budgeted and actual costs throughout the project, as well as the final cost. In addition, the Party demanded information on what payments were made to individuals and contractors up to June.In the case of the Sussex Street bond, Edghill also approached the PPC to call for an investigation into the contract inked between the Public Health Ministry and a known financier of the coalition Administration.Edghill had also indicated that the political Opposition was demanding “a definitive pronouncement specifically addressing if this award was done in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective manner according to our procurement laws.” read more
Georginio Wijnaldum is unlikely to stay at Newcastle if they’re relegated to the Championship 1 Newcastle are preparing for a wave of summer bids for star man Georginio Wijnaldum, who is attracting interest from a number of clubs in Italy.The Dutch international has impressed in his first season in the Premier League, scoring nine goals in 33 appearances, but may decide to jump ship if Newcastle get relegated to the Championship.According to Dutch outlet Voetbal Primeur, Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan are all tracking the former Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven hot-shot and will step up their pursuits if the Magpies go down.The 25-year-old signed for Newcastle from PSV last summer and has been one of the shining lights in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Toon. Ideally, Wijnaldum would prefer to stay at Newcastle if they managed to stay up but he is in full acknowledgement that his place in the Holland national team will be in doubt if he is not playing in a top-flight division. read more
You know a trend is over when the government shows up. So once the LAPD’s flacks hit the blogosphere, it became startling clear that the blogging revolution is officially passe. Los Angeles’ finest rolled out their blog earlier this month as part of a $238,000 redesign of the department Web site. (Apparently the LAPD brass doesn’t know about the free Blogspot. Oh, well. It’s only taxpayer money.) Through the blog, the department is reaching out to the people it once oppressed with “real-time, unfiltered information” from the men and women doing the hard work of keeping the city safe-ish. Wow. I’m sold. I want to believe The Man in Blue is cool and hip. I want to imagine that when The Man is not meting out firm but fair justice, he is sipping lattes and updating his blog with bits of personal wisdom gleaned on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Perhaps, The Man may add a snippet of cautionary haiku crafted while sweating out the uber-evildoer who had violated parole: “Men with shiny guns; Mountains of evil white powder; Pop. Pop. All fall down.” That would be an interesting blog. Too bad lapdblog.org doesn’t come close. Instead of dispatches from the dangerous dark alleys, we get press releases on a duo of scamming old ladies and sobriety checkpoints. Instead of candid or thoughtful insights by L.A.’s chief crimefighter William Bratton (“On Page Six in the New York Post again today. How did they find me in Italy!!!! LOL!”), we get crass LAPD self-promotion. If this is the unfiltered information from LAPD, please, oh please, give me the filtered version. You’ve gotta give the department points for at least trying to reach out to the public in new ways. But using a new technological gizmo or program isn’t going to reverse years of secrecy and conflict with the community. Besides, having the stodgy LAPD blog is a little like having your dad suddenly dye his salt-and-pepper hair, buy some Sketchers and flirt with girls your own age. Eww. Nor does anyone really want to hear the daily log of a life on the street. In between the few heart-pounding moments depicted with regularity on TV cop dramas are long, dull stretches of routine calls, paperwork and snack breaks. (“Lunch stop No. 1 at Wendy’s for 99-cent menu. Domestic violence call. No one at scene. Stopped at Starbucks for a latte. Took a suspicious person call. No one at scene. Got something in my eye. Maybe a bug. Stopped at McDonald’s for an eye flush and McFlurry. Followed a suspiciously slow moving vehicle. Just a car full of lost nuns.”) The site does allow for comments, which I guess does afford some community dialogue. But it’s hard to tell if many of the comments are from real live non-cop people or whether the LAPD followed the lead of a certain Los Angeles Times business columnist and made up personalities to praise itself. For example, “Former officer formby” writes of a recent in-house investigation: “Score another point for the good guys down at IA. a hero’s work is never down (sic).” And “Great coverage” wrote: “It is great to finally see some positive information about LAPD Officers. It is too bad the media does not chose to cover the great things LAPD Officers are doing every day.” In my experience, the only people to complain about the media not giving good press to the cops are the cops themselves. LAPD isn’t the first Los Angeles bureaucracy to hit the blog waves. Ed Boks has had a blog since he came to town more than six months ago to head the troubled Animal Services Department. Considering how avidly the “animal advocacy community” follows the doings in that department, and how it has run out a series of general managers in recent years, this blog makes some sense. It’ll be only a matter of time before Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicks off a daily blog (10 a.m. photo op with kids in South L.A. 11 a.m. photo op with president of Zimbabwe. Noon photo op with …”) We can’t let it come to this. Help our government help itself by just saying no to bureaucrat blogs. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at email@example.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Just your basic stuff,” he said. “Nothing out of the ordinary.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org CASTAIC – Residents concerned about a series of ‘sonic booms’ and drifting smoke near Castaic weren’t hearing barrier-breaking sounds Wednesday morning. The outbursts and haze were the combination of a controlled burn and a periodic destruction of old ordnance safely within the confines of the Pitchess Detention Center ranch property, said Sgt. Craig Anderson at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson and Explosives Unit. “We were just getting rid of some old military ordnance and evidence we didn’t need anymore,” Anderson explained. “We do it out there on the range and usually nobody hears it, but because of the low cloud cover, the shock and sound waves went right down the canyon.” A tall plume of smoke was generated by a controlled burn conducted elsewhere on the grounds, said Deputy Keith Shaw of the ranch operations unit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
Passing game: DDerek … CARSON — The Raiders’ season is teetering on the brink of extinction, if it’s not there already.After a 26-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday — the game wasn’t even as close as the final score — the Raiders remained in the AFC West cellar with a 1-4 record.Derek Carr wasn’t good, the defense wasn’t good, the running game wasn’t good, Jon Gruden wasn’t good. You get the drift.You know what else you get? This week’s Raiders report card. Have at it.
They are so set with that three-man unit – it may or may not be reduced to a two-man room by … SANTA CLARA — Burning through three quarterbacks each of the past two seasons proved no way for the 49ers to succeed under Kyle Shanahan.Of course, all the 49ers want now is to get Jimmy Garoppolo healthy and keep him that way.Plus, with Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard still in the fold in case Garoppolo’s comeback goes sideways, the 49ers are not in the market for another quarterback.
Xtreme Park in Diepkloof, Soweto constructed by City Parks in 24 hours will provide hours of entertainment for kids of this neighbourhood (Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Tamara O’ReillyJust a week ago the after school activities of kids of the Diepsloot community in Soweto would have been very different. Today, with the last bell of the school day having barely rung they can already be seen, still in their uniforms, clamouring for a spot on the newly erected park furniture of the Diepkloof XtremePark.The two-hectare park, once a wasteland being used as a rubbish dump, is now another jewel in Soweto – one that is being made full use of by the members of this community. City Parks, Johannesburg’s entity responsible for greening the city, undertook to transform this spot into a park within 24 hours – a job that usually takes four months.“I’m so excited,” says Primrose Ngama whose expression confirms her statement. “I will be here everyday but not when it’s raining.”Apart from the regular trimmings like benches and trees, with the help of 200 volunteers the $460 000 project brought to life a mini soccer field, a multipurpose court, landscaped lawns, an amphitheatre, water features and a big screen television for broadcasting soccer matches and other important events. The mini soccer field is a recent addition to many parks in the city as, although the city’s bylaws prohibit playing soccer in park, it’s a reality that many people still do and this damages the grass.Although it took 24 hours to complete, it was the three months of prior planning that saw to it that the project was a success. A team at City Parks calculated all the details of what would need to go into a project of this scale “We’ve gone as far as calculating how many seconds it takes to lay instant grass or how many seconds it takes to lay paving,” Luther Williamson, Managing Director of City Parks told the City of Johannesburg website.The Greening Soweto projectThe park is part of a broader City Parks project to redefine open spaces for recreational purposes and to plant more than 200 000 trees by the end of the year. According to City Parks, the Greening Soweto project aims to offset pollution and improve the environment of Soweto for citizens and visitors alike, and to create a sustainable environmental legacy for future generations. This area and other southern suburbs of Johannesburg were neglected in the way of outdoor recreation facilities and greening during apartheid.“The 24-hour Diepkloof XtremePark is poised to become the leading outdoor recreation hub in the southern quadrant of Johannesburg- complementing the environmental and socio-economic revival of Soweto, making the township a highly acclaimed blueprint for urban planning on the continent,” says Jenny Moodley, City Park’s spokesperson.This is the second project of its kind that the City has undertaken, the first was in nearby Eldorado Park where a piece of land half this size was transformed into a park that also includes water features, furniture like benches and swings as well as fields for different sports.Useful linksJohannesburg City Parks Soweto read more
1 July 2008While South Africa’s crime statistics for 2007/08 show a continuation of the steady decline in crime levels over the past five years, the level of crime in the country is still unacceptably high, says Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula.Decrease in most contact crimesReleasing the crime stats in Pretoria on Monday, the South African Police Service said there was a decrease in most “contact crimes” in 2007/08.Decreases in eight contact crime categories resulted in an overall 6.4% decrease in contact crimes compared to the previous year.Common assault dropped by 6.6%, common robbery by 9.5%, indecent assault by 2.1%, rape by 8.8%, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm by 4.6%, and attempted murder by 7.5%.Murders decreased by 4.7%, and robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 7.4% compared to 2006/07.Police analyst Chris de Kock said the decrease indicated that something was being done well. “This decrease shows that something is slowly but surely changing in society,” De Kock said. “It shows hard work not only from the police side but the non-governmental organisations and the society in general.”House and business robberies, vehicle hijackingsHowever, the increase in key sub-categories of robbery with aggravating circumstances was of extreme concern, De Kock said.House robberies increased by 13.5%, robberies at business premises rocketed by 47.4%, truck hijackings were up by 39.6% and car hijackings by 4.4%.“[The] government would have wanted to see a more drastic decrease in the levels, particularly given the interventions that have been made,” Minister Nqakula said.Source: BuaNews read more