first_imgHIGHER POWER ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORK Tiago Pereira44 $107,975 14% SADLER PLEASED WITH HIGHER POWER’S CLASSIC DRILLTrainer John Sadler, seeking his second consecutive victory in the $6 million Breeders’Cup Classic this Saturday, worked Higher Power towards that goal at 6:30 this morning, sending the Pacific Classic winner six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.60 under Flavien Prat.“I had him in (one) 12 and two, which is a good work for six furlongs on this track,” said Sadler, who sent out Accelerate to capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year at Churchill Downs. “I had him out (seven furlongs) in (one) 26. He looked good.”Sadler also supervised Breeders’ Cup works this morning for Ollie’s Candy ($2 million Longines Distaff, four furlongs in 47 flat), and Selcourt (Filly & Mare Sprint, five furlongs in a bullet 59.60, fastest of 39 drills at the distance).BELLAFINA WORKS, ‘READY’ FOR FILLY & MARE SPRINTSanta Anita Oaks winner Bellafina had her final major prep for Saturday’s $1 million Filly& Mare Sprint this morning at 6:30, working four furlongs in 48.20 under exercise rider Ivan de Silva for Simon Callaghan.“It was what we expected,” the trainer said. “She’s fit and ready.”Addressing yesterday’s five furlong bullet work in 1:00.60 by Donna Veloce for the Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles, Callaghan said, “I was really happy.”A handy 9 ¼-length winner of her only start, at 6 ½ furlongs against five rivals, the bay daughter of Uncle Mo owned by Kaleem Shah seemingly faces a more daunting task against seasoned challengers with route experience in the Juvenile Fillies“She’s had only one run, but we just hope her talent can help pull her through,” Callaghan said. “It’s definitely a tough ask going from 6 ½ to a mile and a sixteenth Grade I Breeders’ Cup.“We know that, but we’re optimistic she can do it.”IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:Also on Saturday’s work tab for the Breeders’ Cup were Eddie Haskell (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 47 flat for Mark Glatt); Shancelot (Sprint, four furlongs in a bullet 46.40, fastest of 69 drills at the distance for Jorge Navarro); Stubbins (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 49.20 for Doug O’Neill); and Acclimate (Turf, five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Phil D’Amato).Also: Bolo (Mile, five furlongs in 1:02.40 for Carla Gaines); Draft Pick (Classic, five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Peter Eurton), Giant Expectations (Dirt Mile, five furlongs in 1:01 for Eurton); Secret Spice (Distaff, five furlongs in 1:01 for Richard Baltas); Seeking the Soul (Classic, five furlongs in 1:01.40 for Dallas Stewart); and on the training track, Bowies Hero (Mile, four furlongs in 49.60 for D’Amato) and Hit the Road (Juvenile Turf, four furlongs in 49.80 for Dan Blacker).Bob Baffert plans to work Juvenile contender Eight Rings at 7:45 a.m. Sunday and Dirt Mile contender Improbable an hour earlier, with Classic favorite McKinzie breezing on Monday.AMERICAN THEOREM TO SKIP JUVENILE, OPTS FOR DERBY TRAILAmerican Theorem, second to Eight Rings in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27, will not run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Friday, trainer George Papaprodromou said this morning.“I just feel he’s not 100 percent ready,” said Papaprodromou, who conditions the son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for owner Rustin Kretz. “If he’s not 100 percent for a race like this against the best horses in the world, we have to do what’s right by the horse.“He’s doing well, everything’s good, but he’s not 100 percent ready so we’re going to pass. There’s no sense pushing something we shouldn’t. We’ll wait and put him on the trail to the Kentucky Derby.”OLIVER SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN COMMA TO THE TOPDoug O’Neill hopes he has a hit on his hands in Oliver when the streaking son of Papa Clem runs in Sunday’s $75,000 added Comma To The Top Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on the main track.Owned by William Peeples, Oliver has won two straight, including the restricted E. B. Johnston Stakes over a mile at Los Alamitos last out on Sept. 7.“It seems like he’s in a good zone,” said the meet’s runaway leading trainer with 19 victories through 17 days, eight more than runner-up Phil D’Amato.“We’re real happy and excited about him. It’s a small field but a tough field.”The Comma To The Top is race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Oliver, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Leading Score, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Ground Attack, Edwin Maldonado, 5-1; and Two Thirty Five, Abel Cedillo, 2-1.XPRESSBET FIRST CALLXpressbet First Call is a weekly handicapping and analysis podcast focused on the top Thoroughbred racetracks in America. It features industry veterans Jeff Siegel as the lead handicapper and host Jeremy Plonk. To listen to this weekly podcast please visit: LINES: Jeff Bloom, founder of Bloom Racing Stable, part owner of Horse of the Year contender and Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou and a newly appointed board member of the TOC, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 11:20 a.m., in the XBTV studio . . . Fans can support a worthwhile cause during Bash at the Breeders’ Cup, a fundraiser for Thoroughbred aftercare this Friday, Nov. 1. Join Breeders’ Cup at The Langham in Pasadena for one of a kind memorabilia. All proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. For tickets, please visit LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Noses Out Songbird in the Epic 2016 Breeders’ Cup DistaffBreeders Cup Memories: Arrogate Runs Down California Chrome in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Beholder Leads All the Way in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesBREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Improbable (Baffert) 10-26-19Hit the Road (Blacker) 10-26-19Secret Spice (Baltas) 10-26-19Shancelot (Navarro) 10-25-19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 10-25-19Blue Chipper (Young) 10-25-19Dennis’ Moment (Romans) 10-25-19War of Will (Casse) 10-25-19Donna Veloce (Callaghan) 10-25-19Croughavouke (Yellow Cap) (Mullins) 10-24-19La Force (Gallagher) 10-24-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-23-19 44% 5 2 56% 1 $773,963 Win% $232,377 Flavien Prat65 7 15% 3 63% 18% 15% $228,619 4 33% 1st 48% 2 Vann Belvoir13 $891,676 10 Martin Garcia46 Richard Baltas42 13 16 JockeyMts 8 25% 11% 11 ITM% 2 58% 11 3 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 4 60% 19% 4 Jorge Velez77 11% 5 Mark Glatt34 4 3 57% $336,488 Evin Roman39 9 OLIVER IN ‘GOOD ZONE’ FOR COMMA TO THE TOP 49% 18% 2 31% Geovanni Franco46 6 6 John Shirreffs11 6 10 Peter Miller32 18% 2 41% 7 $247,962 36% $616,538 2 5 $84,894 24% Drayden Van Dyke41 6 $116,343 Richard Mandella23 Mario Gutierrez29 3rd 4 2nd 62% 3rd 6 Ruben Fuentes62 44% 8 19 9 $334,119 8 5 $188,192 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 25) 15% 52% 4 $259,753 Doug O’Neill66 Money Won 7 48% 17% 44% TrainerSts ITM% $111,955 19% 3 11 13% 2 14 3 7 34% Philip D’Amato42 8% 7 19% 13 4 26% Abel Cedillo97 $801,554 $437,299 3 3 Win% 1st 7 29% Bob Baffert27 5 3 $240,633 Mike Smith25 52% $564,116 $228,650 35% 17% 19% 19% 13 9 John Sadler41 3 9 6 3 35% 47% 50% 4 4 Andrew Lerner16 3 13 $259,062 21% 1 13% Edwin Maldonado32 $456,773 10 4 3 4 2nd Rafael Bejarano52 5 57% 6 J. Keith Desormeaux16 $1,027,442 20% 17% 5 50% $187,086 3 4 BELLAFINA BREEZES FOR FILLY & MARE SPRINT AMERICAN THEOREM TO MISS THE BC JUVENILE 36% 26% 64% 13 5 5 Jeff Mullins26 16 36% 69% $460,676 $48,932 3 7 7 $285,924 $298,887 Simon Callaghan14 $323,570 4 Craig Anthony Lewis14 7 J.C. Diaz, Jr.48 5 6 21% 3 0 4 48% 1 5 Money Won Jack Carava20 12% 23% 46% 0 44% 17 0 Hector O. Palma21 $390,424 $655,673 $71,957last_img read more

WICB ‘dysfunctional’, untrustworthy’ – Holding

first_imgKINGSTON (CMC): Cricket legend Michael Holding has blasted the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as “dysfunctional” and “untrustworthy” and cautioned that the game is in danger of further deterioration if changes are not made. Holding’s public rebuke of the Dave Cameron-led WICB comes amid reports of defiance at the board’s quarterly meeting in St Lucia on Saturday. The WICB said it has retained the services of Dominican lawyer Anthony Astaphan to provide advice on the recommendations of the CARICOM report calling for the dissolution of the board. A WICB release quotes Astaphan as saying that the way forward is for the board and CARICOM to work together to improve the game in the region. “As for the state of West Indies cricket, that will only get worse as long as this current crop of board members remain there and the structure and culture remains the same,” Holding told Fairfax Media. “You cannot have a healthy productive employee workforce while the employer is dysfunctional, untrustworthy and not liked by the employees.” West Indies cricket has been marred by a turbulent relationship between the board and the players and last year the team abandoned a tour of India, leading to a US$42 million lawsuit from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The latest humiliation for the former world beaters came on the weekend when they crashed to an embarrassing innings and 212-run loss to Australia inside three day in the opening Test. – CMClast_img read more

Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments Samantha Kyle Catantan of the Philippines (R) competes with Singapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi during the women’s foil individual final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRYKUALA LUMPUR A pair of teenaged fencers gifted the Philippines a silver and bronze in the women’s fencing foil event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at MITEC Hall 6.Fifteen-year-old Samantha Kyle Catantan dropped a 15-7 decision to SIngapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi, 15-9, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Catantan, a two-time MVP awardee in the UAAP fighting for University of the East, barged into the semis along with 16-year-old teammate Maxine Isabel Esteban.Esteban also bowed to Berthi, 15-9, in the semis en route to the Singaporean’s gold medal triumph.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’Catantan bested Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan also of SIngapore, 15-14, in the semis. MOST READ PH salvages silver in women’s wushu event National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Michele Gumabao applies for Bb. Pilipinas 2018, says report

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This will be a new challenge for the 25-year-old Gumabao, who has made a name for herself as one of the key players of the De La Salle team that won three UAAP championships. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichele Gumabao is taking her act from the volleyball court to the pageant ramp.According to Powerhouseph, a page dedicated to beauty pageants, the former La Salle star is joining Binibining Pilipinas 2018. Gumabao, though, has yet to confirm the news.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES UST formally welcomes Aldin Ayo as new head coach Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 The 5-foot-10 stunner has also represented the country in the international stage. She is currently with Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League.Also trying her luck in the pageant is Kayesha Chua, girlfriend of Ginebra forward Aljon Mariano.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

APNU/AFC councillors disrupt RDC meeting

first_imgRegion Five RDC impasseAPNU/AFC Councillors in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) are reportedly maintaining their unwillingness to sit around the horseshoe table to discuss the region’s business with People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillors at monthly statutory meetings.On Thursday, the Coalition again deprived Region Five residents of the services the RDC has to offer by disrupting the Council’s statutory meeting.Convicted AFC councillor Abel Seetaram, who is out on bail pending an appeal of a wounding charge, was very prominent at Thursday’s meeting.Under agenda item correction/omission, Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal said the Council must ratify the minutes of the February Statutory Meeting, since he had presided over that meeting.The APNU/AFC Councillors, along with the Clerk, had, in March 2018, reconvened a meeting and prepared illegal minutes and wanted the Council to preside over those.Regional Chairman Ramphal said because the Council could not reach an agreement, he was forced to adjourn the meeting.In Region Five, the general infrastructure is collapsing. Drainage and irrigation canals and trenches are heavily clogged with weeds, and many farmers have suffered losses due to the Council not making sound decisions for people of the region.The Regional Chairman has since made a call for councillors of the coalition to work in the best interest of the people of that region.In 2016 and 2017 the Coalition councillors had refused to sit in most of the meetings.Between January and July 2016, the Coalition councillors refused to sit in the meetings, demanding an apology from the Chairman for not attending a function in the Region at which President Granger was the guest of honour. In was not until the President had addressed the issue in August of that year by stating that he did not want an apology that the Coalition counsellors returned to the table.In May 2017, they walked out after Regional Executive Officer Ovid Morrison demanded from the Chairman an apology, saying that his credibility was at stake when Ramphal called for an investigation into allegations that two NDC officials had used an NDIA machine to carry out personal work.Morrison said he had seen the machine being used, and is of the opinion that since he stated that he saw the machine carrying out personal work, no investigation is needed; and to call for an investigation is an insult to his integrity. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Explore, do not exploit the Caribbean – investor

first_imgEntrepreneur and investor, Kirk Anthony Hamilton has aired his views about the Caribbean and the doors of opportunity that can be opened if resources are utilised and injected in the correct sectors.At the American Chamber of Commerce (Am-Cham) Guyana lecture at Duke Lodge, Kingston, Georgetown, Hamilton relied on his experience as he listed the unlimited potentials of Guyana and other countries, which are growing to become “economic stalwarts”.“We don’t take a view of the Caribbean as it is but we sell a version of the Caribbean that we think it can and should be…The Caribbean is not just what we’re promoting in terms of stones, sand and seas but actually a remarkable area of intact potential and opportunity that is simply looking for collaborative non-exploiting partners to help create a vibrant economic team,” said Hamilton as heEntrepreneur and investor, Kirk Anthony Hamilton making his presentationaddressed a group of diverse stakeholders.He explained that the economic shift among Caribbean islands is also significant to observe and how impactful it can be to the region and its people. He posed to mention the isolated gap which existed between counties outside of the region and how this was bridged by social and infrastructural expansion.“We’re currently living in a very hypo-connective world where devices through the Internet created a whole new eco-system, a whole new social world and ultimately, in the age of automation and robotics, a lot of things are shifting that in many cases, we are not one in control,” he continued.Hamilton explained that while these technological advancements have proven to ease the world of certain physical activities, it also advocates for isolation since it builds a new social hierarchy.However, the idea of inclusive growth is something that should have been obvious throughout the years since “expectations are changing” and “knowledge is spreading”.Am-Cham featured the investor at a time when Guyana is about to extract first oil by 2020. ExxonMobil made its 10th discovery last week. The Pluma-1 well is located some 27 kilometres (17 miles) South of the Turbot-1 well and follows previous discoveries on the Stabroek Block.The well was safely drilled to 5013 metres (16,447 feet) in 1018 metres (3340 feet) of water. The previous recoverable resource estimate on the Stabroek Block was more than four billion barrels.This discovery reinforces the potential of the country being able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025 and the potential for development in the South-East section of the Stabroek Block. The Stabroek Block is 26,800 square kilometres.According to the Natural Resources Ministry, the Noble Tom Madden is expected to begin drilling the Tilapia-1 prospect located some 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) West of the Longtail-1 well. The Stena Carron drillship has recently completed operations at Hammerhead-1 and will soon drill its next well following scheduled maintenance.last_img read more

La Roche in hot pursuit

first_img“Obviously, I have thought about what I have to do (to make the club),” La Roche said. “But all I can do is control myself and work hard.” There was a sense as recently as 48 hours ago, after Betemit went hitless in his first four spring at-bats and committed two errors in his first game, that the job was La Roche’s for the taking. But La Roche committed two errors of his own in this game, including a routine grounder by Moises Alou that would have ended the fifth inning that La Roche instead allowed to scoot between his legs and into left field. But La Roche’s finest moment came in that ninth inning. The Dodgers trailed 2-1 and had runners on second and third with none out after a double by Fernando Tatis. For many a young player pining to make a season-opening roster, this would have been the perfect situation to try to impress, to swing hard at everything in hopes of getting the big hit that would turn that one-run deficit into a one-run lead. But instead of getting over-anxious and chasing pitches out of his zone, La Roche patiently worked Adkins for a walk to load the bases and ultimately scored what would have been an important run if this would have been an important game. And that is the sort of thing general managers and managers tend to notice. But the funny thing is there is a chance this whole opening-day third baseman thing might be firmly in his control. If La Roche – the last man still waiting to reach the big leagues among a promising quintet of Dodgers prospects once known as the Jacksonville Five – continues to hit the way he has in the club’s first three exhibitions, he possibly could force his way into a spot that otherwise will go to incumbent Wilson Betemit. La Roche already is 3 for 8 for the spring, including a hard single off Mets fireballer Billy Wagner. He also drew a walk in the midst of a four-run, ninth-inning rally against Mets righty Jon Adkins. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Andy La Roche dug out all the obligatory cliches after the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game on Saturday, a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets at Tradition Field. The third-base prospect said his main goal this spring is to play the way he always has, to stay within himself and to not worry about things beyond his control. center_img “That last at-bat, I was a little more selective,” La Roche said. “I was just trying to get on base.” That’s the kind of approach that allowed La Roche to post a combined on-base percentage well above .400 while splitting last season with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas. Betemit’s big-league on-base percentage last year, which he split between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, was well under .350. Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, whose bid to land the fifth starter’s job officially began with two shutout innings in relief of Brad Penny, is pitching out of a windup without runners on base. Kuo didn’t do last year because he pitched out of the bullpen until moving into the rotation late in the season. “It’s just something they wanted me to do,” he said. “I have been working on it the whole off-season. Last year, at the end of the season, they told me to try to work on it.” Kuo said he didn’t use the windup while pitching in the Asian Games in December. Until now, he hasn’t used it since before his second Tommy John surgery in 2003. (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!last_img read more

Finalists named for Rio Hondo post

first_imgOn Friday, the board sent out a statement saying it would interview the two finalists chosen by the committee – and up to another three of its choosing from among the other applicants. “Now, we feel excluded,” said Jim Newman, president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association, who was part of the screening committee. “Here’s the thing: If the board felt the candidate pool we sent to them was insufficient, then why not suspend the process and \ to bring in more candidates?” Newman asked. “Why dip down into the pool of candidates that were passed over by a significant representation of the community and the college?” Board President Maria Elena Martinez said Friday she has yet to hear of complaints from the committee about the decision. But ultimately, “We didn’t violate any procedures. We accepted \ recommendations, but we also did go back and pull some more applicants,” Martinez said. “We have a potential president in that pool – maybe it’s one of their finalists, maybe it’s one we’ve asked to come up,” she added. “But we’ve done everything possible to search for the best candidate. And we are going to proceed.” The college also released the list of finalists Friday. They are: Daniel Castro, who most recently served as Riverside City College president; Della Condon, assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton; Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon; Monte Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach; and Rajen Vurdien, vice president for instruction at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – With just about a month to go before the semester ends, Rio Hondo College trustees say they are set to interview a handful of top candidates who are vying for the campus’ top leadership post. But the search process itself has now come under fire by Rio Hondo employees, who say they feel slighted in the way the board has chosen the final pool of candidates, who will be interviewed during a closed-session meeting Thursday. Trustees had initially asked its screening committee – a large group of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members – to choose between three and five finalists for the president/superintendent position, which was vacated in December by Rose Marie Joyce. But the screening committee said only two candidates met their standards, and only passed those two names on to the board for interviews. last_img read more

Chelsea puzzled over Morata injury

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was forced to sit out the visit to Everton on December 23, 2014 while he served a one-match suspensionLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Chelsea remain in the dark over how long Alvaro Morata will be on the treatment table after being sidelined by a puzzling back injury.Morata hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s FA Cup third round tie against Norwich City on January 17, with the Spanish international due to miss Monday’s encounter with West Brom. Chelsea’s medical team have performed a number of tests on the 25-year-old, but have not got to the bottom of the problem – leaving under-fire manager Antonio Conte unsure on when he will next be able to call upon the former Real Madrid man.“I don’t know because he has this problem and we tried a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back,” Conte said.“If you ask if me he needs one month, one day, two months, the rest of the season, I don’t know.“For this reason I’m a bit worried because you know very well the importance of the player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgLocal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said that the Government is adding to the distress of struggling homeowners by failing to give any clear signal about how they intend to tackle the crisis of mortgage debt in this country.The Donegal Senator said: “The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has denied suggestions that the crisis for mortgage holders is ‘snowballing’, despite the fact that the number of people in mortgage difficulty has gone from one-in-ten to one-in-eight.“During media interviews this week, Minister Noonan refused on several occasions say whether or not the Government believes that banks should be writing off mortgage debt for homeowners in extreme difficulty.  He continued to sit on the fence, even after he clearly stated that banks that were bailed out by the State have the money to cover debt write-offs.” The Senator said that figures from the Central Bank this week show that a further 70,000 mortgages were restructured in the three months to the end of June.However the Minister has been ‘utterly vague’ about whether the Government believes that debt should be written off as part of that process.“There is total confusion at the heart of Government on this issue.  Their failure to communicate a clear approach is fuelling the confusion and uncertainty for families with large mortgage debt,” said Ó Domhnaill.“The Government is waiting for the deliberations of an interdepartmental group before deciding what to do.  What they should be doing is engaging with the Free Legal Advice Centre and groups like New Beginning that are at the cold-face in dealing with people with mortgage debt. “Fianna Fáil has published radical plans on tackling mortgage arrears and proposed legislation which would allow people in serious difficulty with their mortgages to avoid repossession and stay in their family homes. We have called for a deferred interest scheme, reform of the mortgage interest supplement, the introduction of a debt settlement system outside of the courts, and an overhaul of Ireland’s bankruptcy laws.“The Fianna Fáil plan was published in July, and included two Bills and several other measures to help homeowners in Donegal and across the country who are struggling with their mortgages. But the Government voted down our plan to protect the Family Home, despite that other parties, independents and interest groups gave it their backing.“The longer the Government dithers on this issue, the more stress is put on mortgage holders who feel they are stuck in hopeless financial situations. It’s time to stop sitting on the fence and take real action to offer these people some support.”GOVERNMENT ISN’T HELPING STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS – SENATOR was last modified: September 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:mortgagesÓ DomhnaillSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more