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Chatrie hit with 10-day ban, $20,000 in fines

first_imgJOCKEY Aaron Chatrie was yesterday hit hard by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for incidents on last Saturday’s racecard as well as a riding infringement the previous week aboard BOLD AVIATOR. Starting Saturday, the jockey will sit out 10 racedays for what the stewards last Saturday described as “ungentlemanly behaviour” after his mount, first-past-the-post WOMAN IS BOSS, was disqualified. Chatrie was also fined a total $20,000 – slapped with a pair of 10,000 fines – one for WOMAN IS BOSS and the other for the previous Saturday when he also had his number taken down after passing the post in front astride 9-1 outsider BOLD AVIATOR. Unless Chatrie wins an appeal, he will not return to the saddle until Heroes Day, Monday, October 19. A source close to the jockey said he had expected the worst. “I knew he would have got some days. I was 80 per cent sure, based on what I was hearing around the track,” he said. Chatrie was stood down from his last two mounts Saturday, deemed “a danger to himself and others” and “was in no condition to continue riding” for the remainder of the racemeet, the stewards reported. “We could not send him back out there,” said operation steward Eustace Williams, explaining the panel’s reason to stand him down for his two remaining rides on the 10-race card – SEEKING HOPE in the eighth event and STAMP OF AUTHORITY in the nightpan. “He was in no condition to continue riding,” steward Haldene Johansen added.last_img read more

Taylor leads England fightback

first_imgDURBAN, South Africa (AP):James Taylor led England’s fightback on the first day of the first test against South Africa as his half-century took the tourists out of trouble and to 179-4 at stumps yesterday.The 5-foot-6 Taylor – affectionately nicknamed ‘Titch’ – stood tall for England to make 70 after Dale Steyn’s fiery early burst had the tourists struggling at 12-2 in overcast, fast-bowler-friendly conditions in Durban.”It couldn’t have been more perfect conditions for the South African bowling unit, so, overall, I thought it was a pretty solid day for us,” Taylor said.Steyn struck the first blows with the dismissals of England captain Alastair Cook for a duck and Test debutant Alex Hales for 10. Joe Root’s aggressive innings of 24 ended swiftly, leaving Taylor and Nick Compton to steady the innings.Compton was 63 not out and helped Taylor rescue England with a 125-run partnership on the opening day of the four-Test series against the top-ranked Proteas.Steyn ended their resistance when he tempted Taylor to hang his bat out and feather an edge to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers right at the end of the day.”I loved batting today. It’s just a shame I couldn’t kick on,” Taylor said.last_img read more

DTL not going anywhere – Trotman

first_img… says industrial unrest to be resolvedContrary to reports in the media that Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL) has been phasing out operations with the intention of ceasing operations in Guyana, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has disclosed that the company has no such plans.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotma6In fact, he explained at a press conference on Friday that the logging company has indicated to government its intention to continue operations here. However Trotman pointed out that because of the slowdown in the Asian markets, Demerara Timbers has scaled down operations.“Following consultations between the ministry and the company, we have been assured that the company has every desire to continue in Guyana, but of course because of the slowdown in the Asian markets, they have slowed some operations and production but there is no intention to leave the country or to surrender their operations,” the Minister asserted, adding that a statement to this effect from the company is imminent.DTL has attracted much criticism of recent over the sacking of 11 protesting workers, who were advocating for pay increases. It was reported that some 72 workers were on a retrenchment list, which would be effected by December.The company reportedly disclosed its intended plans during a meeting held on Tuesday last with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), after it was asked to defend its decision to fire the workers who protested at DTL’s headquarters in Kingston, Georgetown, the week before.On October 3, workers took industrial action in their quest for a pay raise. However, the next day nine DTL employees were handed pink slips and the other two met the same fate over the next few days. A move vehemently condemned by GAWU.In fact, the union on Wednesday issued a statement pointing out that this is the first time that a private or public entity has taken such an action despite the country’s labour laws, which prohibits workplaces from dismissing workers for taking industrial action. GAWU had pointed out that DTL’s actions are a violation of Section Eight of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.These events raised concerns within the Natural Resources Ministry, which during the past week said that the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has been mandated to investigate and provide a report on the situation with the company.Nevertheless, Minister Trotman noted on Friday that the Social Protection Ministry is looking into the industrial unrests involving the company, its workers and the union, and is currently engaging the logging company.“So we are thankful the Ministry of Social Protection has intervened and so we expect the matter will be resolved quickly to the best interest of both the company and the workers; and as a norm, hopefully the workers will regain their employment and not be punished,” the Natural Resources Minister posited.Demerara Timber Limited has over 516,000 hectares in Timber Sales Agreement in areas at Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), making it one of the largest concession holders in the country. The company is officially controlled by an investor, who is said to be from Malaysia.last_img read more

Howland will face alma mater

first_imgBack in the late 1970s, when Kim Zahnow was a Weber State cheerleader, a basketball player fancied her, and eventually the two were married. Twenty-six years later, that same player called Weber State athletic director Jerry Graybeal and recommended Randy Rahe for the Wildcats’ vacant men’s basketball coaching position. That player, now in his fourth season as UCLA’s coach, is Ben Howland, who remains very much in touch with his Weber State roots. So when the NCAA Tournament selection committee matched No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 15 Weber State in first round of the West regional Thursday in Sacramento (tipoff is tentatively scheduled for 4:25 p.m.), Howland admitted seeing the irony of the matchup, even if he didn’t see any humor in it. More pressing than the connect-the-dots lineage of Howland’s basketball career is the mindset of his Bruins, whose confidence remains shaken after dropping their past two games to non-NCAA Tournament participants Washington and Cal. “I would say 90 percent (is the confidence level),” Bruins sophomore Alfred Aboya said. “We need just a couple more days to boost it to 100 percent.” Aboya said UCLA’s confidence was “really low” after the Pac-10 tournament loss, and Howland began to rebuild it during Saturday’s practice. Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s All-American guard, said Howland altered his practice setup of starters against reserves. Afflalo and point guard Darren Collison were on one side, and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and wing Josh Shipp on the other. “We had a very hard practice, and it feels like we’re a winning team again,” Afflalo said. “It was real competitive, very intense. Coach mixed up the teams and it made it very competitive.” Getting a win in the tournament will build confidence, but the Bruins face a Weber State team that has improved dramatically from the beginning of the season and a program known for pulling first-round upsets. The Wildcats (20-11), who won the Big Sky Tournament title with 10 new players, are well-versed in NCAA upset lore. As a 14th seed, they defeated North Carolina in 1999, and Michigan State in 1995. “Pretty much anybody that plays against UCLA has to look at them as mighty UCLA,” said Pepperdine transfer David Patten, who is scoring a team-high 14.4 points per game for the Wildcats. “They are, in my opinion, the best college (program) ever. They have just a great history, and this year is no different with the way they’ve been playing. “They had a great Pac-10 season, a little disappointing at the end of the year, but that makes them even more of an edgier team coming into the NCAA Tournament.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m happy for (Rahe), and in some way, doing the right thing may end up biting me from behind here,” said Howland, who graduated from the Ogden, Utah, school in 1979. “I hope not. I’ve known Randy for probably 15 years. He’s very good.” The Bruins (26-5) lost the top seed in the West with its first-round loss to California in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. Instead, Kansas is the West’s top seed. But UCLA faces several potentially juicy meetings along the road to Atlanta, site of the Final Four. UCLA opens against Howland’s alma mater, and if it wins would play the winner of No. 7 seed Indiana vs. No. 10 seed Gonzaga. Not only did Howland begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Gonzaga, but the Bruins rallied from 17points down to beat the Bulldogs in the regional semifinals last March. And there is also a possible Sweet 16 meeting in San Jose with Howland’s other favorite team, No. 3 seed Pittsburgh, where he coached before taking over at UCLA. “I’m not surprised by it. I don’t chuckle, but I’m not surprised by it,” Howland said. “CBS is paying a lot of money to telecast the NCAA Tournament, about $700 to $800 million a year over the lifetime of the deal … so, of course, if good TV is available, it’s going to be more commanding to viewership.” last_img read more

KCB on track back to KPL after two years

first_img0Shares0000Dennis Ng’ang’a vies for the ball against Mike Osundwa during the training session of KCB FC at Ruaraka Sports Club.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – KCB FC head coach Leonard Saleh has challenged his charges not to get carried away by their lead in the National Super League (NSL) standings as the club seeks to return to the Kenyan Premier League after a two-year absence.KCB were relegated to the second tier in 2015 after finishing 15th in the then 16-team Kenyan Premier League table, and experienced tactician Saleh has exuded confidence the team will be in the 2018 top flight league even as they seek to maintain their lead in their remaining six matches. The Bankers who are leading the log on 67 points, two ahead of Vihiga United will take on former KPL side Ushuru at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Saturday and the coach is positive they will bag maximum points.“We still have six matches to go and our record is very good especially in the second leg where we have only lost one game from there we won all through. This weekend we are playing a team that is very close to us (Ushuru) and I want to believe we will go over them and we have planned for them effectively,” Saleh said after the team’s morning training.KCB FC Ronald Okoth(L) and BethwelWarambo(R) warm up during the training session of at Ruaraka Sports Club.“Our plan is to go back to the top league and all the players are working hard to see we top the league. Our target is to win all matches and I am confident on my payers especially upfront, this season we have a deep depth and we cannot complain,” he added.KCB are on a good run in the NSL having won 20 matches in their 29 played games but face stiff challenged from Vihiga and third placed Ushuru FC who are on 63 points.Initially top three teams were to earn promotion with the fourth placed team going for playoff but according to KPL the issue will be determined after the Court of Appeal full ruling November 3.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA UNDER-14 LADIES: DONEGAL EASE PAST MONAGHAN

first_imgTHE COUNTY’S U-14 ladies side had an easy win over Monaghan at the weekend – eventually winning by a massive 29-point margin.In a very one-sided encounter (understatement of the year!) the Donegal girls won by 7-14 to 1-03.Katie McGowan was the star of the day in this clash scoring 1-6 on the day. Termon’s brilliant player Lauren McElwaine scored a brilliant hat-trick, while Sarah Jane O’Donnell hit five points. Lucy O’Flynn weighed in with a great 2-1.The side play Down next after victories now over Monaghan, Armagh and Tyrone.Manager Dermot Foy said of the weekend victory: “We have a very fit team which works very well together. It was a great all-round team performance.”GAA UNDER-14 LADIES: DONEGAL EASE PAST MONAGHAN was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare 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

COUNTY MUSEUM SENDS OUT SOS FOR SPORTING MEMORABILIA

first_imgDonegal County Museum needs your help with a forthcoming exhibition on various Donegal Sporting heroes. The exhibition which opens in early September, will look at a wide variety of sports across Donegal.They include Gaelic games, soccer, water sports, motor sports, athletics, boxing, Martial arts, Community Games, surfing, golf , badminton, rugby, cricket, Paralympics, Special Olympics, shooting, hockey and even Tug o War and many more. We are looking to borrow sporting objects and memorabilia relating to the sports in which the participants have competed at a National or International levels only.If you can help, please contact the museum on 074 9124613 or email museum@donegalcoco.ie COUNTY MUSEUM SENDS OUT SOS FOR SPORTING MEMORABILIA was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegalDonegal County Museumsport memorabilialast_img read more

CHILLY AROUND THE SWILLY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY CHARITY SWIMMERS

first_imgWE hope the electric was on when they got home!Dozens of hardy souls have taken to the  freezing waters of Lough Swilly in Inishowen for the annual Christmas Day morning swim at Lisfannon. CHILLY AROUND THE SWILLY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY CHARITY SWIMMERS was last modified: December 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Christmas Daylisfannon swimlast_img

Library update taking shape

first_img50 percent larger than the present building. It will have about 240 underground parking spaces. Though the City Council has approved a model and selected Glendale-based Charles Walton Associates to design the project, details are still being hammered out and will be re-presented to the council. The transition period between old and new will not be without pains. The city is looking at two options for the temporary library. One is to put up large tents in a yet to be designated parking lot. The other, “most serious,” option is to house the library in the Granada Park Gymnasium, said . Because the gym is city property, it will not have to pay rent. The gym, at 2000 W. Hellman Ave., is about 2.5 miles south of the current library. The city is exploring options to bus people to and from the gym, Fuentes said. In December the city begins accepting bids to convert the gym. Whatever route the city chooses, residents will have to sit tight. “I don’t want anyone to believe it is going to be peaches and cream,” Fuentes said. “It’s going to be a little rough for 22 months. We’re just going to have to hang together on a short-term basis.” The library will likely maintain its services, including children’s services and inter- library loans, but they will be scaled back, Hernandez said. The last construction work was done on the library in 1974, when it was expanded from 12,000 square feet to its current 30,000-square-foot size. Alhambra’s population has increased from 62,100 in 1970 to 85,800 in 2000. Though the city considered expanding on the current library, it was decided there would not be enough space for parking. construction on the the new library is scheduled to begin in August. The library is expected to be completed a little less than two years later. City Manager Julio Fuentes patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week“We literally have to unplug something to put another computer in,” Hernandez said. “Otherwise the power goes out.” Though the city failed to win state money to help fund the estimated $24 million project, it plans to pay for the new library through refinanced city bonds and the upcoming sale of the present library site. The site at 410 W. Main St. is part of a downtown redevelopment plan. The city has entered into a 90-day exclusive right to negotiate with J.H. Snyder Company. The firm plans to tear down the existing structure and build condominiums and commercial units. It has agreed to pay the city $9 million for the site, or its appraised value, whichever is greater. At 45,000 square feet, the new library will be about ALHAMBRA – Plans for the city’s new library have entered design stages, and The present building has been outgrown by the community and outpaced by technology, officials said. “The kids are literally sitting in the aisles of the bookstacks,” said Carmen Hernandez, the city’s library director. In addition to insufficient space for more computers, she said, the 1974 building has inadequate wiring and power. last_img read more

Compromise on Patriot Act

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Important parts involve the ability of investigators to gain access to a wealth of personal data, including library records, as part of probes into suspected terrorist activity. The measure provides a four-year extension of the government’s ability to conduct roving wiretaps – which can involve multiple phones – and to seek access to many of the personal records covered by the bill. Also extended for four years is the power to wiretap terrorists who might operate on their own as loners, without control from a foreign agent or power. White House officials signaled their satisfaction, and Specter, R-Pa., has credited Vice President Dick Cheney with intervening this week to help bring the House and Senate together. Critics from both the left and the right said the legislation is a bad deal. WASHINGTON – Key Republicans from the House and Senate reached a White House-backed compromise Thursday to renew the broad powers granted to law enforcement agencies in the days after the 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. GOP leaders pledged to pass the Patriot Act extension for President George W. Bush’s signature by the holidays, although bipartisan criticism flared. Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., threatened to filibuster a bill he said lacked adequate safeguards to protect constitutional freedoms. “We hammered out what I think is a good bill, … not a perfect bill, but a good bill,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who announced the compromise at a news conference in the Capitol. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the measure would assist “in the detection, disruption and dismantling of terrorist cells before they strike.” “Taking away our rights does not make us safer,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., one of several lawmakers demanding changes in the measure. Six critics, three from each party, signed a joint statement: “We still can, and must, make sure that our laws give law enforcement agents the tools they need while providing safeguards to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.” Feingold, one of the six, went further. “I will do everything I can, including a filibuster,” to block passage, said the Wisconsin Democrat, the lone senator to vote against the original legislation passed in 2001. Under a filibuster, 60 votes are required to block a vote on final passage. Republicans said they intended to proceed without further changes. Some aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that purely in political terms, they relished the prospect of Democrats trying to block an extension of anti-terrorism legislation. “We should unite in a bipartisan way to support the Patriot Act, to stand up for freedom and against terror,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. Capping weeks of fits and starts, the agreement came after a day of confusion and mixed signals. Specter held a late-morning news conference on the compromise and confidently predicted that the five other Senate Republican negotiators involved in talks with the House would back the deal. But within a few hours, a House Judiciary Committee aide circulated an e-mail notice citing a “misrepresentation by Sen. Specter’s office” and saying the legislation was unlikely to be completed this week. Several Republican officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said GOP Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Jon Kyl of Arizona had not yet given their approval. Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who had made last-minute concessions reluctantly, refused to answer questions on the subject. Leahy held a news conference in which he and other Democrats urged Republicans to agree to a three-month extension to give time to consider a longer-term measure. “This is too important to the American people to rush through a flawed bill to meet some deadline that we have the ability to extend,” he said. By late afternoon, several officials said Kyl and Sessions were supporting the measure. One official said the two senators wanted to know, before giving their approval, why the measure contained four-year extensions instead of the seven-year renewals suggested in an earlier compromise. They noted that the change to four years had failed to persuade Leahy to drop his opposition. These officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to provide details of private conversations. 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