STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 31, 2016

first_imgMartin Pedroza1041310713%29%$362,425 ESPINOZA BACK IN ONE PIECE FROM DUBAIVictor Espinoza was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning, disappearing Claude Rains-like into the crowd, no fanfare, no entourage, no ceremonial welcome, even though it’s just under a week since he guided iconic California-bred California Chrome to a 3 ¾-length victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite sashaying solo seesaw-like after his saddle slipped when the gates opened in the mile-and-a-quarter race.This afternoon, it’s business as usual for the 43-year-old Espinoza, with two mounts on the card, 4-1 morning line chance Lynne’s Legacy for Jim Cassidy in the second race and another 4-1 shot, El Huerfano for Peter Miller in the fourth. Total purse money for the two races is $116,000, tip money compared to the $600,000 Espinoza earned for his Evel Knievel-type episode aboard California Chrome. Some of that $600,000 will be donated to Espinoza’s favorite charity, City of Hope.Friday night, Espinoza throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium when Team Blue hosts the Angels in the second of their Freeway Series, with game time at 7:05 p.m.Otherwise, Espinoza, winner of this year’s Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, is flying under the publicity radar which can reach madcap proportions if not harnessed, although Espinoza always seems to have it under control.“California Chrome was doing great before the race,” recounted Espinoza, who left Dubai Tuesday night after seeing the sights and spending a day at the beach relaxing with friends.“For three straight mornings before the race, I walked him from the barn area to the track which is like two-and-a-half miles each way, so I was right next to him. He looked outstanding. He was ready to go.“But regardless of that, once the race starts, you never know what’s going to happen, right? I felt my best chance from the 11 post was to send right out of the gate and get a position, but the very first jump, the saddle started slipping. It happened right out of the gate. That was the scariest thing for me.“I didn’t know how far I could go. You never know if you can make it all the away around. But I got a position and it was perfect, right where I wanted to be. Then at the five-eighths pole, I felt like my body started to go backwards.“I realized I still had a long way to go and a lot of things were running through my head, all in a split second. I squeezed my knees against the saddle to the back of the horse because I didn’t want the saddle to go back further. I was trying to keep it where it was.“I could have waited a little bit longer, but turning for home and with the saddle so far back, I decided to open it up, thinking if I could open up three or four lengths and see the wire, if something did go wrong, I’d have a chance to correct things and still win.“I was lucky enough to stay on, maintain good balance, and cross the wire in one piece.” Mike Puype85913611%33%$422,485 Gary Stevens6412111019%52%$1,595,898 “He’s been working all right,” Ron McAnally said of the Argentine-bred horse, winner of four of his nine races in his native country. “We didn’t have any other place to run him.“Normally I’d run him in an allowance race, but we’d have to wait a month if we don’t run Saturday, and even in a month, who’s to say the race will fill? Those three-other-than races are hard to fill. It has to be a race where a horse hasn’t won in a year or something.“We’ll see what he looks like. You never know until you run them.”All four of Il Fornaio’s wins have come at San Isidro in Buenos Aires, two at seven furlongs on turf and one at a mile.Il Fornaio, who worked three furlongs Thursday morning in 36 seconds flat, is named for the Il Fornaio Restaurant in Del Mar, according to Racing Manager Fernando Fantini.The San Simeon, race seven of 11: Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Mr. Sexy, Agapito Delgadillo, 20-1; Producer, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; No Silent, Gary Stevens, 7-2; Hay Dude, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Il Fornaio, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Guns Loaded, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Brice Blanc, 12-1. LUCRATIVE TURF FESTIVAL AT GOLDEN GATEGolden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita and guaranteed Late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.Golden Gate Fields will be the only track in California with turf racing from April 14 through May 1. During that time an extra $125,000 will allocated to turf races.Free shipping from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields will be provided during the Turf Festival. Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. will have two vans going north and two vans going south every week during the event.“The Golden Gate Fields Turf Festival will benefit horsemen throughout California by bolstering purses in the North and giving Southern California horsemen a place to run their grass horses,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group.“It’s our goal to offer competitive turf racing with big fields, which should be attractive to horseplayers. We hope to generate a strong response from Northern California and Southern California horsemen throughout the Turf Festival.”There will be three grass stakes during the Turf Festival. The Grade III, $100,000 San Francisco Mile for three-year-olds and up will be conducted Saturday, April 30. The final day of the Turf Festival will feature a pair of one-mile stakes for three-year-old California-breds nominated to the Golden State Series: the $100,000 Campanile for fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan.In addition, Golden Gate Fields will offer two maiden special weight and two allowance races for California-breds the final weekend of the turf festival. The maiden special weights will be worth $35,000 on April 30. The allowances will be worth $41,000 and will be held May 1. The owners of the maiden special weight winners will receive a $10,000 bonus.Golden Gate Fields on weekends will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool at $75,000 during the Turf Festival. The guarantee will be increased to $100,000 on San Francisco Mile Day. Vladimir Cerin4796719%47%$353,424 Fernando Perez17719202311%35%$963,707 TOC NAMES 2015’S LEADING OWNERSThe Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for leading California owners. Reddam Racing LLC was leading owner in purse money won in California as well as leading owner by number of wins.Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman led all owners with California stakes wins and Kings River Ranch was leading owner by number of California starts. David and Mark Greco, Patrick Grohl and Brent Malmstrom were selected as Rookies of the Year.Reddam Racing runners earned $2,922,316 in California last year, with 49 wins from 251 starts. Top earners were Nyquist, winner of the Del Mar Futurity, the FrontRunner and the Best Pal Stakes; Mrazek, winner of the Graduation Stakes; and Found Money, winner of the King Glorious and Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.The partnership of Watson, Pegram and Weitman won 10 stakes in California last year. Their leading earners were Hoppertunity, winner of the San Antonio Stakes, Pretty N Cool, winner of the Sorrento Stakes, and multiple stakes winners Gimme Da Lute and Toews On Ice.Kings River Ranch runners made a remarkable 296 starts in California last year for earnings of $892,153. Their top runners included Bench Ruling, Del Mar Ann, Dive Down, Prevaricator, Play Hard to Get, Odin, Not Too Shiny and Good Stats.David and Mark Greco made nine starts resulting in one win and $29,671 in earnings with Miz Strawberry Dee. The two brothers share a passion for taking care of racehorses when they retire from the track. Patrick Grohl also focuses on racehorse aftercare as owner of a horse farm and rehabilitation facility. His horse Distinctive Run made three starts in 2015 for $2,305 in earnings.-more-3/3/3/3 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Rafael Bejarano28565583023%54%$3,091,781 Richard Baltas11719201416%45%$1,266,159 Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Edwin Maldonado18540171922%41%$1,276,190 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Mike Smith961191811%40%$1,649,530 George Papaprodromou5295617%38%$292,010 David Lopez16924142114%35%$744,486 Martin Garcia12920141416%37%$1,156,621 Peter Miller12714132011%37%$636,360 Victor Espinoza871110813%33%$848,350 (Current Through Sunday, March 27) Mario Gutierrez17420312311%43%$1,246,549 John Sadler841310915%38%$835,554 Kent Desormeaux12820252316%53%$1,641,234 Bob Baffert10221171721%54%$1,586,885 Drayden Van Dyke16717172610%36%$1,047,457 Steven Miyadi7013131019%51%$398,837 Mark Glatt981012910%32%$496,805 -30- Tyler Baze26626413810%39%$1,435,546 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, working for the Oaklawn Handicap on April 16, went six furlongs in company under Joe Talamo Thursday in 1:13.60 for trainer David Hofmans. Stablemate Village Kitten was timed in 1:14.60 . . . Rebel Stakes winner Cupid, prepping for the April 16 Arkansas Derby, caught the eye of clockers, working four furlongs in 50 seconds flat for Bob Baffert with Martin Garcia aboard. Agent Tony Matos has Garcia booked to ride Enchanting Lady for Baffert in the Madison at Keeneland April 9 and 13 ½-length allowance winner Donegal Moon for Todd Pletcher in the Blue Grass the same day . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe winner Danzing Candy set to work Saturday morning under Mike Smith for the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 . . . Nick Hines, TVG host and analyst, and Brooke Hubbard, Racing Manager for SAY Racing, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Jockey Edwin Maldonado has withdrawn his appeal of a suspension issued Jan. 24 and will serve a three-day ban April 9, 10 and 14 . . . The morning line for Saturday’s Grade I HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for Arabians was made by a representative of the Arabian Jockey Club. Brent Malmstrom had two wins from 12 starts last year with Forthenineteen and Egyptian Empire. He named and donated a majority of the earnings of Forethenineteen to a memorial fund for 19 firefighters who died battling a wild fire in Yarnell, Arizona.All winners will be recognized at TOC’s annual meetings at Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 6 and at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Oct. 22. Peter Eurton9315221216%53%$1,055,877 Jerry Hollendorfer14023141616%38%$1,679,573 Ron Ellis3392327%42%$232,410 CONQUERING HERO ESPINOZA RETURNSBATTLE OF UNBEATENS IN FLORIDA DERBYARGENTINE INVADER MAKES S. DEBUTTURF FESTIVAL DEBUTS AT GOLDEN GATE Kristin Mulhall51117322%41%$402,990 William Spawr41106424%49%$279,732 Doug O’Neill18429282616%45%$1,479,407 Philip D’Amato13729222321%54%$1,573,765 Joseph Talamo24030272813%35%$2,013,733 IL FORNAIO MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SAN SIMEONIl Fornaio (the baker) makes his first start in more than eight months and his first in the United States when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about six and a half furlongs on turf.-more-2/2/2/2 NYQUIST VS. MOHAYMEN IN FLORIDA DERBYThe racing world looks forward with great anticipation to Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park featuring the two undefeated Kentucky Derby favorites, the East’s Mohaymen and the West’s Nyquist, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile king trained by Doug O’Neill.Post time is 3:48 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.“I’m surprised 10 entered, because it was publicized like it was going to be a short field,” said Doug’s brother, Dennis, Thursday morning before embarking to the Sunshine State.“But I don’t think it affected us that much, as far as the pace is concerned, because most of those horses don’t have much speed.“We got a great post (four). I love being inside of Mohaymen (nine). If we break clean we should be somewhere near the lead with Mohaymen stalking us. If he gets by us, he gets by us, I guess.” Agapito Delgadillo9814111014%36%$390,017last_img read more

PNG and Nauru to battle in basketball

first_imgWith PNG ranked seventh and fifth for the men and women respectively at the 2011 Games, Nauru has  not participated since 2003-2011.The women team, known as Valivas, will head on to the court at 5pm while the men will play their game at 7pm.PNG Valivas will be banking on key players Betty Angula, Nesta Sape and captain Marca Muri who have been outstanding in the previous two matches.Nauru has Shania Ika, Kerina Adam and Jeiziannie Deraudag to power them on.PNG Marlins will be banking on the combination of brothers James and Allan Wright, Purari and Apia Muri and playmakers Iakah Leahy, Gabriel Elavo and captain Dia Muri.Being a new team to the Games, Nauru will be hoping key players Dick Royce, Paul Detenamo and Johnson Hiram will lead them to victory.Marlins have so far won two games against Fiji and American Samoa but lost to gold medal holders New Caledonia.So far, Valivas have won one game against Guam but lost to gold medal holders Tahiti.Nauru men lost to New Caledonia 98-37 yesterday while in the women’s game they were defeated by Tahiti 113-36.last_img read more

Stefano Pioli, about Suso’s possible departure: “I trust him”

first_imgIn recent days, his name has been linked by a part of the Italian sports press to Rome, which seeks a right winger for replace Nicoló Zaniolo after the serious crusader injury suffered the last Sunday.Pioli appealed to the unit in the group and did not want to stop at the market of signings, highlighting that your total attention is on the crossroads this Sunday in San Siro against Udinese, which comes with a streak of three consecutive victories.The coach praised his group and surrendered to the technical push and mentally contributed by the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, incorporated for free at the end of December and that was already decisive last week with a great goal in the triumph harvested in Cagliari.“Zlatan is proving that it is an added value for this team, We are lucky to have him. He always wants to win, also in the training and this helps us improve. That is the attitude to play in Milan “, said. Stefano Pioli, Milan coach, said Saturday that he trusts the Spanish Jesús Fernández Sáenz “Suso” and that he has the “quality to be important” in your team, in a moment of uncertainty about the future of the extreme milanista.“Critics should encourage us, they should make us grow. Must face them with determination and with character, I believe in Suso, Suso has the quality to be an important player, “Pioli said during the wheel Press before the league match against Udinese.“There is no tension, the whole group is working in the best way, with great attention and commitment “, he added, when asked about whether market rumors may condition your workforce in these weeks.Suso, that plays in Milan since 2016, is one of the living more complicated moments of his career in Serie A and has been hard criticized for his hobby for benefits that are far from Your best level.last_img read more

Struggling strikers face-off

first_img LACKLUSTRE LIVERPOOL Advocaat isn’t the only manager seemingly fighting for his job. In his fourth season in charge at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ future seems equally bleak. Liverpool only scraped past fourth-tier Carlisle via a penalty shootout to advance in the League Cup on Wednesday. Liverpool have scored only four goals this season in the league and collected eight points out of a possible 18, looking a shadow of the side that came close to winning the 2013-14 title. ELSEWHERE… Behind the Manchester rivals at the summit are surprisingly West Ham and Leicester. West Ham host Norwich tomorrow  when Leicester entertain Arsenal. Stoke host Bournemouth still searching for their first win and Southampton face Bournemouth tomorrow. Sunday’s only game sees Crystal Palace travel north of London to Watford, while West Bromwich Albion play Everton the following night. LONDON (AP): The scoring feats of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane were unrivalled in the Premier League last season. Every touch seemed to turn to goals. And yet a month into the new campaign scoring is the one thing these strikers are struggling to do. Top scorer last season with 26 goals last season, Aguero has netted only once in the league for Manchester City so far. How Kane would be glad to be off the mark for Tottenham. Last season’s scoring revelation went from zero to 21 goals in six months to finish second in the scoring chart in his first season as a regular starter. And yet as Tottenham prepare to host Manchester City tomorrow there seems little prospect of these misfiring forwards losing their places in the starting XI. Aguero at least scored in the League Cup on Tuesday as City eliminated Sunderland. Kane did put the ball in the net on Wednesday against Arsenal only for it to be ruled out for offside in a north London derby when he spurned several scoring chances and seemed short of confidence again. Kane’s drought is biting more because of the lack of goals from his Tottenham teammates: Only five in six matches as the north London club has collected nine points. City, though, have coped without Aguero finding the net in the league since the 3-0 victory over Chelsea in the second game, with 11 other goals scored. And City are the early leaders, while Tottenham are six points adrift. NORTH-EAST NIGHTMARE It’s been a bleak start for the north-east teams. Newcastle and Sunderland have each played six times and failed to win once in the league. Both were also eliminated from the League Cup this week, with Newcastle experiencing the more humiliating outcome: Losing at home to second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. Steve McClaren is still awaiting his first win as Newcastle manager going into tomorrow’s game against Chelsea. “Do we fear it? Do we say we don’t want to play in that? We have got to,” McClaren said. “We have got to get people ready for Saturday, ready to fight, and one result turns it around. “You have got to say and you have got to believe — which I do — that could be Saturday.” Newcastle have beaten Chelsea on their last three visits to St. James’ Park. Sunderland, though, have to travel to a resurgent Manchester United, with Dick Advocaat the favourite to be the first manager fired this season.last_img read more

KNOWING ONE’S IDENTITY: A KEY REQUIREMENT FOR LIVING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE (PART SEVEN): THE…

first_imgThis concluding (seventh) article of the series on the necessity of knowing one’s true identity in light of who God is and his plan for one’s life, centers on the individual and his/her environment. There is no gain saying that every person comes out and belongs to an environment or environments and the environment has some impact on him/her for good or ill. This article examines in brief the relationship between every person and his/her environment and its consequences. How then does the environment affect every individual and may every individual relate to and affect his/her environment? The sixth article on “the individual and other fellow human beings observed the following points: And now we turn to the individual and others. John Mbiti quotes an African proverb that says, “I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am”. This quotation points us to the interconnectedness of all human beings. John Donne wrote: “No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main”, Martin Luther, Jr., puts it vividly when he writes: “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” On another occasion Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”All these quotes make the single vital point that every person’s security, progress, health, happiness, and prosperity are dependent on other people’s security, progress, health, health and prosperity. Therefore if I ignore the plight and welfare of others I indirectly jeopardize my own security and peace. This has been proven again and again in history. Every now and then the marginalized, the excluded poor, and the exploited get pushed against the walls and then rise up and overthrow. Then pay day comes. The lives of those secured privileged few and those of their families and all who are closely connected to them are made miserable forever.Hence, the individual must always seek to improve self in light of helping others improve their lives and living conditions. Self-seeking, self-protecting and self-promoting at the expense of others or ignoring the same needs of others is self-defeating.Likewise the individual’s identity is somehow connected to his/her environment. The saying, “Man is a child of his environment”, contains some grain of truth. By the environment of the person we mean more than just the physical of his/her physical surroundings of weather/climatic conditions, clean or polluted, conducive or non-conducive. In addition to this, there are spiritual and psychological aspects to the environment. The mind-set or the worldview (how the social and spiritual group that one belongs to understands and interprets what is there and what happens around) deeply affects every member of that environment. In almost all ancient societies men had a low view of woman and that somehow had a profound and shilling effect on how women regarded themselves and were treated by men. The belief, value system and attitude of a social and religious group can have a deep negative or positive effect on most of its members. It therefore takes an exceptional minority to rise above the norms and conventions of social groups and initiate changes that eventually affect the whole of society. If what they succeed in bringing about has a lasting mental effect on the whole of society then it is called a paradigm shift. But in general people are children of their environments in physical and psychological senses.In this wise every person must endeavor to have the right attitude to his/her environment. Such an attitude should be one of adaptation to it and then a desire and commitment to its welfare. We are all part and parcel of our environment. The environment depends on us and we in turn depend on our environment. This is well illustrated in the biblical story of the creation of the earth and man’s place in it (Genesis 1 and2). The Bible says man (Adam) was created from the earth (Adamah) and returns to the earth at death, “Thou art dust and to dust shall thou return” (Genesis 12:38).Man and the earth (environment) belong to each other for good or ill. Mankind benefits from the earth (vegetation and all its benefits) and can contribute to the wellbeing of the earth by not destroying it or not interfering with its natural state unnecessarily. When we destroy the earth we stand at the receiving end of our bad actions. When we cut down the trees and not replace them, turn swamps into something else, take away all the minerals then we and generations to come pay a heavy price. When the trees die, the animals follow and eventually humans follow too. Therefore our identity is partly embedded in the environment and it is in our very best interest to treat our environments with care and respect and do all we can to advance its welfare. Identity matters and how we each understand, nurture and relate our identity to God and others determines our place in society and our final destiny.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parents Angry over US$220 ‘Graduation Fee’

first_imgMr. Dahn (r) with some of the parents who are dissatisfied with the amount charged.Threaten to take school administration to courtThe administration of the John Christian International School System (JCISS) has charged each of the 26 graduating 12th graders US$220 as fee for the pending exercise. The JCISS is located in Virginia, outside Monrovia.The situation, which has already caused an uproar among poverty-stricken parents, came against the backdrop of complaints the parents raised last year when the Monrovia National Office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) charged US$65 per 12th grader to sit the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).As a result of the “high fee”, a group of parents has threatened to take the school’s administration to court, if authorities of the Ministry of Education (MoE) did not abort the JCISS’ “exploitation” amid the prevailing economic crisis.The parents, some of them now aggrieved, have further accused the JCISS’ administration of extortion, deception, and of running a criminal syndicate. Therefore, they have vowed to resist the payment through the court if the MoE fails to bring the matter to a logical conclusion.JCISS proprietor, only identified as Pastor Wontaa, confirmed charging each graduating student US$220, but said the money will be used sparsely for activities covering the school’s entire 3rd exercises.“The collection of the money has been our school’s tradition since two graduations ago, so why are some parents complaining to newspapers when they agreed on the additional US$20 to the US$200 each graduate used to pay,” Wontaa rhetorically questioned via a mobile phone interview yesterday.Aaron Dahn, one of several aggrieved parents leading the fight to abort the huge money collection for the school’s graduation exercise, informed reporters that their patience has run out, and now it is time for them to take concrete actions that would compel the JCISS’ administration to rethink their decision.“The JCISS is charging us US$220 just for high school graduation program. We believe that this amount is too much for us,” Dahn said.He added, “Under the MoE’s regulation governing school administrations, any extra fees other than the regular tuition should have been discussed with parents in order to derive a compromise. So the collection of US$220 is against the rules governing school administration, and therefore, we will not pay it.”Instead, he said, “we have called on MoE’s authorities to ensure that the JCISS stops extorting money from the parents, because it is totally wrong.” However, Pastor Wontaa said the US$220 covers two days of graduation activities on campus, including hall rental fee, pre-graduation dinner for the graduates and their parents as well as each of the 11th graders and their invitees.According to him, 16 of the graduates have already paid, while the rest of them have agreed to also pay. “It is from this same US$220 we print souvenirs, including diploma covers, because as per the graduates’ desire, we print collar T-shirts; pay for video recording of the entire convocation program, and a parent is entitled to make a photocopy of the video. We also purchase a personal gift package for each of the graduates,” Wontaa said, defending his action.With all that Wontaa has explained, the parents are of the opinion that if the MoE cannot handle the situation, they will seek redress through the court to ensure that no graduation takes place.Given the nation’s economic crisis, Dahn argued that the situation is unfair, “because no school is allowed to charge huge money for graduation exercises.” By Dahn’s calculation from the prevailing exchange rate of L$150 to US$1, US$220 is equivalent to L$33,000 per graduating senior; “so the money will amount to L$858,000 just for the graduation.”Meanwhile, MoE’s Board of Inquiry has referred the outcome of the investigation it launched to the office of the Minister for further actions and recommendations.The director of communications at the MoE, J. Maxime Bleetan, has confirmed the parents-JCISS’ saga at the Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another LNG facility proposed for B.C.

first_imgMake it 21 proposed BC West Coast LNG projects as Vancouver based Steelhead LNG has announced a second Vancouver Island First Nation partnership.This one is targeted for the southeast coast of the Island, at a 525 hectare site, with five kilometres of waterfront, on Saanich Inlet.The former cement quarry was purchased last month by the Malahat First Nation, which now looks to move forward with a development agreement with Steelhead, much like the one announced last month at Sarita Bay at the southern end of Alberni Inlet, on the southwest coast of the Island.- Advertisement -However, Steelhead LNG-CEO, Nigel Kuzemko, says the hope is the two projects could share a natural gas pipeline, and he said one of the options is a line operated by Spectra Energy.  Mr. Kuzemko also says the facility would employ up to 200 people once it is in operation.Given they’re just out of the starting gate, he was reluctant to put a number, on the project cost.last_img read more

Peru captain Guerrero bids to have drugs ban lifted

first_img0Shares0000Paolo Guerrero scored a vital goal against Colombia in qualifying © AFP/File / Ernesto BENAVIDESLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 20 – Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to clear his name and have a six-month doping suspension lifted.The 34-year-old striker was originally given a one-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs, including cocaine, which would have ruled him out of the World Cup in Russia. That was reduced to six months on appeal in December, with his suspension now set to end on May 3, over a month before the start of the tournament in Russia.A CAS spokesman told AFP on Tuesday that Guerrero’s latest appeal will be heard by “the end of April”, after he asked “that the suspension decision be cancelled and no sanction imposed on him”.Guerrero tested positive for a cocaine metabolite after a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October and missed the two-leg play-off against New Zealand.The former Bayern Munich player scored the vital late equaliser against Colombia that saw Peru edge into that play-off.The South American country kick off their first World Cup campaign since 1982 against Denmark in Saransk on June 16, before further Group C games against France and Australia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA referee boss BACKS video replay technology in football

first_img1 FIFA’s referees chairman and Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce Jim Boyce, FIFA’s referees chairman and Britain’s FIFA vice-president, says he has changed his mind over video technology in football, which he now backs for penalty area incidents.The issue of video replays is on the agenda for the annual meeting of the International FA Board (IFAB) in Belfast on Saturday, and given fresh impetus by another weekend of Premier League controversy.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pointed to four incidents in his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, including two penalty claims that were rejected by referee Martin Atkinson and two challenges on his players by the Clarets’ Ashley Barnes that were not penalised.Former referees’ chief Keith Hackett told talkSPORT Atkinson’s performance was arguably the worst refereeing performance in Premier League history.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accused Tottenham striker Harry Kane of diving to win the injury-time penalty which secured a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday.FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested managers should be allowed two appeals for incidents to be reviewed via video replays, while trials have been taking place in Holland where the referee is updated via a headset from an official watching the match on TV.Boyce, head of FIFA’s referees committee, does not support Blatter’s idea but has come around to limited use of replays and will make his views known at the meeting of the law-making body IFAB.He told Press Association Sport: “I was always in favour of goal-line technology but not other forms of technology but I have started to change my mind.“I believe that if there are major decisions on incidents in the 18-yard box and technology is available then I think the time has come that it should be used.“The fourth official or another official could be in a room with a TV screen and be in contact with the referee if he is unsure or has missed something.“So many high-profile mistakes appear to be being made so maybe we do have to look at this now – but only for the penalty box – I don’t think you can do it for every incident in the middle of the pitch.”last_img read more

FINN VALLEY AC NOTES: KELLY WINS SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL

first_imgAction in both Cork and Cardiff on Sunday both early morning, indoor in the case of John Kelly in the Welsh capital as he started slowly but improved round on round to win the schools international getting out to 13-78m in the shot in just 4 throws great experience and 9cms off the Celtic record for this meet.Great results from the Letterkenny trio of English,Mc Brearty and Finnegan all returning European relative Q times and that 1.48.63 a national junior indoor record for Mark .In Cork Jeff Cassin back in action once again collected the bronze medal in the national 30k walk champ. in cold conditions. The event was won by Rob Heffernan in a new Irish record of 2.07.48 against Jeffs time of 2.21.17. His next outing Belfast indoors.This  upcoming weekend the bus stops in ALSAA ,Dublin ,underage cross country ,masters and intermediate a busy day ahead.Recalling times past its now 30 years since the death of Hugh Gallen Feb 1st at Bonagee , Letterkenny the Ulster senior cross country which Valley had just won and with his daughters Margaret and Christine were on the wining team with Geraldine Mc Nulty and Geraldine Gillespie . Hugh is remembered fondly by all who were fortunate to come in contact with him indeed he was firmly in our mind as we trained this Sunday morning . Noel Collins and Pauric Mc Laughlin are currently in Portugal training .FINN VALLEY AC NOTES: KELLY WINS SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL was last modified: January 30th, 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