DID THE BASICS Spence said he simply did the basics … broke him sharply, rated him on the lead and his class did the rest. “I won with him on his debut over 1100 metres in February and he ran an amazing time of 1:05.3,” recalls Spence. “From then, I knew he had a touch of class, and this manifested itself today … He’s better than these horses and with further scope for improvement, I expect him to go far in racing,” added Spence, who is popularly called ‘Dolly Baby’. With the top three riders vying for the championship having a lean day, Robert Halledeen seized the opportunity to inch ahead in the title race after the Wayne DaCosta-trained MISS JUANITA (9-2) was awarded the eighth race for overnight horses on the disqualification of 9-1 chance BOLD AVIATOR, who won in a blanket finish with Aaron Chatrie aboard. Halledeen now leads with 51 wins, one ahead of Ellis and two ahead of Omar Walker, both of whom failed to ride a winner. Apprentice Renardo McNaughton stole the spotlight with two winners – MARKOFAPRINCE (9-5) and the 30-1 outsider, COOL U BOOTS, in the closing race. The progressive 3-y-o colt BUZZ NIGHTMARE completed a hat-trick of wins at Caymanas Park yesterday, making virtually all to win the third running of the O & S Tack Room Trophy restricted stakes over 1300 metres in fine style. Installed a 4-5 favourite with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, BUZZ NIGHTMARE broke smartly from the number-nine post position, but was soon joined on the inside by 2-1 second favourite, ROAD WI SEH, in the 10-horse field. But with Spence having a lot in hand, BUZZ was merely toying with ROAD WI SEH and opened up, leaving the half mile to turn for home two lengths clear of the ever-present ROYAL ASSAULT under title-chasing jockey Shane Ellis. Thereafter, BUZZ NIGHTMARE only had to be kept up to his work under the left hand stick from his 49-year-old jockey, beating ROYAL ASSAULT and the late-closing WINGS OF HOPE (24-1). Owned by 2 Penyu and bred by HAM Stables Limited, BUZZ NIGHTMARE was notching his fourth win from only five career starts and achieved the victory in yet another fast time – 1:19.2 behind splits of 23.1, 46.3 and 1:11.4 for the first 1200 metres.
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Garbrandt puts the bantamweight belt on the line when he fights T.J Dillashaw (15-3) in what could be the fight of the night on a three title-fight card.“We’re the real main event,” Garbrandt said.Garbrandt won the championship at UFC 207 when he battered Dominick Cruz, snapping his 13-bout winning streak with flair. Garbrandt repeatedly knocked down Cruz in the fourth round and handed him his first MMA loss since March 24, 2007.Garbrandt, a native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, was a competitor on the reality series “The Ultimate Fighter” for fellow Team Alpha Male teammate Urijah Faber when he famously shoved McGregor and they had to be separated. Garbrandt would later coach against Dillashaw on TUF.UFC President Dana White has said Garbrandt’s talent and remarkable charisma gives him the potential to become UFC’s most marketable budding star in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Totally able FILE – Cody Garbrandt, right, celebrates as he receives his belt after defeating Dominick Cruz, left, in a bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. Garbrandt is slated to defend his title against TJ Dillashaw on Saturday at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Cody Garbrandt got a pair of championship pep talks in the week leading up to the biggest fight of his career: Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson each stopped by for a motivational pick-me-up and to rub elbows with perhaps UFC’s next big thing.Garbrandt yearns to share more than championships with the stars — he wants to be stamped with the same greatness that defined them.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UFC wraps up its first year of cards in New York with its second trip to Madison Square Garden. McGregor headlined a card last November that set an MSG gate record of $17 million.White said the sold-out 217 show should again rake in the cash.“We’re No. 1 here and this weekend we’re going to be No. 3,” White said. “New York’s been very good to us and we’re going to continue to come. We want to be No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 at MSG.”UFC also ran a show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and one in Buffalo. UFC seems poised to expand its East Coast footprint in 2018 with a card set for Boston and a possible return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center on the horizon.“This will be the biggest year in company history. We’re on track for the biggest year ever,” White said of UFC’s profits.COVER BOYMcGregor, the lightweight champion, was revealed Friday as the EA UFC 3 cover boy. McGregor shared the cover last year with Rousey. McGregor is coming off his richest payday yet in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and said he wants a piece of the company before he returns to UFC.White was confident McGregor would return, possibly for a bout against interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.“As we go into negotiations with Conor, there’s always all kinds of crazy stuff out there,” White said. “We always get deals done with Conor. Conor has been easy to deal with, and we’ll get it done.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It humbles you to have Dana White and the UFC believe in you, finally,” he said. “I feel I am going to be the next superstar. However, that doesn’t put extra hype or pressure on me to fulfill those shoes. I go out there and perform. And look, I have fun fighting.”Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw could be the fight of the night, but here’s what else to check out at MSG:HISTORYJoanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) puts the 115-pound championship on the line against Rose Namajunas (6-3). Jedrzejczyk is set to tie Rousey’s mark of six title defenses.With a win Jedrzejczyk would make UFC history — and maybe headline her own PPV card.“There’s no if. I will,” Jedrzejczyk said.GSP RETURNSSt. Pierre ends his four-year sabbatical to fight Bisping for the middleweight championship in the main event. St. Pierre was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013.“He looks impregnated by aliens,” Bisping said.NEW YORK, NEW YORK The 26-year-old Garbrandt, a tattooed tough guy with remarkable charisma out of Ohio, makes his first defense of his 135-pound title Saturday night at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.His rapid ascent up the card — on the strength of an 11-0 record — has him positioned as a fighter who could make the leap into pay-per-view headliner and gravely needed superstar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe MSG card is headlined by two stars pushing 40 in middleweight champ Michael Bisping (38) and UFC veteran Georges St. Pierre (36). UFC mainstream stars Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey have no fights on the horizon. Jon Jones, perhaps the greatest pound-for-pound MMA fighter ever, is again out indefinitely as he faces his latest doping penalty.The cage door for a breakthrough star is wide open for 2018. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is soon expected to make a number of crucial appointments to fill a number of high profile vacancies in government. Among them are executive positions at the Central Bank of Liberia, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning Minister (MFDP), and the Liberia Maritime Authority.On the heels of former CBL Gov. J. Mills Jones’ departure from office, it is no secret that Finance and Development Planning Minister Konneh is transitioning to a new job at the World Bank, to be based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Meanwhile, Binyah C. Kesselly has also tendered his resignation from Maritime. With barely 22 months to the end of the Sirleaf administration, analysts do not believe she will install “place-holders” to fill the three positions that are so strategic to the economy. Some suggest, however, that the President, in a bid to maintain solid control of her administration and finish strong, should play it safe by appointing those she feels she can count on. While her cards are still close to her chest, the President’s selection pool could be incredibly wide or incredibly small. In the “small pool”, there are highly competent deputies in each of the three institutions who are capable of taking the helm and finishing the job. Among these, the one selected might be helped significantly by political clout. Then again, some of the administration’s ‘silent heroes’ being wooed to international organizations may well cripple the government at a crucial time when the President’s legacy is at stake and the integrity and productivity of her team matter most. While international jobs have always proved more attractive, they become especially more desirable as the political climate intensifies nearing the 2017 elections cycle. Some officials may have it in mind to steer clear of government appointments, anticipating one last rush for public resources to fund various political ambitions. Their rationale, to get out of the kitchen now before they start smelling like tainted fish. In the “wide pool”, however, there is no telling from whence the next CBL Executive Governor, for example, would come. It is random but noteworthy that neither the CBL nor the Maritime Authority has had a woman at the helm, and this might still be a shining possibility. Currently, Charles Sirleaf, the second son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, serves as Acting CBL Governor, an independent selection made by the CBL Board of Governors. The President did mention, however, that Charles would not be a candidate for the actual position.Section 10(1) of the CBL Act states, “The Executive Governor and the Deputy Governor shall be appointed by the President for a term of five (5) years each from among individuals of standing or experience in financial and economic matters, subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate, on such terms and conditions as may be specified by the Board of Governors.”Section 7 of the Act creating the Liberia Maritime Authority apportions the power of appointment and of the commissioner and deputy commissioners to the Board of Directors, which shall recommend for the President’s approval a commissioner, who shall be the Chief Executive Officer and who shall have general managing direction of the Authority, superintendence of ships registered under the laws of Liberia, and responsibility for the enforcement and administration of the provisions of the Liberia Maritime Law and Regulations or any other maritime related laws. Two other critical government functionaries are on the radar for appointments, the Daily Obsever has also learned. They are the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Sonii Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MoE) recently set up a Special Taskforce to look into complaints from parents regarding un-prescribed fees charged by some public school administrators.As a result of the early findings, according to an MoE release, the ministry has with immediate effect, suspended three of its County Education Officers (CEOs), including, G. Samuel K. S. Bondo of Montserrado County 1, Moses S. Dologbay of Nimba County, and James G. Gaye of Margibi County, “for lack of oversight,” which led to disregard for policies within their controlled school system.According to the release, the suspension of the CEOs takes effect as of Tuesday, October 15, 2019. This action followed after an all-day deliberation held between the Senior Management Team (SMT), and Education Officers, who are the direct representatives of the minister within the counties.“Henceforth, all education stakeholders, and the public are advised not to transact any matters relative to education management or operations at the county level with the suspended persons until further notice,” the release said.The SMT’s engagement, which resulted in the above action, was predicated upon the officers’ lack of appropriate communication of changes made to the prescribed fees the MoE charged, which was stipulated in the 2019/2020 National Academic Calendar. The act on the part of CEOs was considered as disregard for direct instructions and policies of the MoE.Meanwhile, the Special Taskforce remains operational, and continuing the probe into complaints originating from other counties, as well as analyzing fees charged at private schools.The exercise for private schools, the release said, is meant to gauge details of fees charged over the last two academic years, analyze, and report the variance to determine if an increment or fees charged commensurate with the service provided.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In an effort to continue to ‘do more’ for its customers, telecommunications giant GTT has spent two days in Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) conducting registration and installation of its most recent superfast Internet service powered by fibre-optic cable – GTT Blaze.Staff of GTT at Parfaite Harmonie on SaturdayThis was the second phase of the on-the-spot registration and installation exercise that began on Saturday, June 30 and ended on July 1. The first phase was conducted two weeks prior.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) was the Support Officer, Sherissa Critchlow, who said that this was an effort of GTT to provide more services to the area, since the residents only previously accessed the mobile service.“The aim is that these areas here are grassroots areas in our view, because we haven’t done anything here apart from mobile, so we want to come down here, give customers that change to have really awesome service,” she explained.“We don’t want them to wait; we want when they come to get signed up, in just a few hours, the technicians will call them and we’re at the home installing Blaze.”When asked about the response of the residents, the Support Officer said that they had accomplished over 200 sales the day prior and from those sales, half of the installations have been completed.“The response has been great, as anticipated; everyone is excited about the superfast Internet services. As much as there’s rain, our technicians are still out there getting those installations done. So, we anticipate that all of those customers that we would’ve signed up during the course of this weekend will get installed.”Currently, the Blaze service is in approximately 20 areas and is still expanding. Critchlow made it known that the company has put in immense efforts towards sensitising the public on the service and encouraging them to sign up.Teams are present on the roads, making calls, and customers have even been receiving blast texts on when the service would be available in their areas. Persons are also encouraged to visit retail stores to get signed up. As the service is made available in respective areas, after signing up, persons can get installed in 45-50 days.Critchlow is encouraging potential customers to consider the benefits of the service: “Think of what you can do with up to 50mbps of service. You can stream your videos better, gaming, no longer are you buffering. Students who want to do online programmes and so forth, now with Blaze you can do so much more, whether it’s for studies, play, or work.”Persons are encouraged to get signed up as soon as possible.The service incurs a $12,000 installation fee that does not have to be paid up front, but when customers receive their first bill. Customers purchasing this service will receive three things from each package: landline service, Internet service and a backup battery which gives power for 4-6 hours.
Increase in domestic violenceJust four months into 2018, and seven women have died at the hands of their partners while three more have been brutalised as domestic violence in Guyana continues to rise.As the country is rocked by an increase of brutal violence against women, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said it is not something that can just be tackled from a law enforcement perspective; rather, it requires intensified inter-agency collaboration.“There is a lot of socioeconomic and non-law enforcement policies that will have to take care of that. Better parenting, schooling, the religious communities, have to deal with that. Law enforcement has to do when the law is broken, but, as a Government, we have an obligation to ensure prevention; but it is a very difficult thing to prevent when someone (is) feeling angry for whatever reason,” Ramjattan said.“I don’t know what we can do, or how we can legislate against that. It is an extraordinarily difficult thing. What we have to do is to develop the community, ensure better education; but, there again, the officer (Orwain Sandy) that did what he did was an educated fella,” he added.Minister Ramjattan said a lot of the issues that lead to domestic violence include socialization, or the lack of it. He added that there ought to be closer collaboration with the religious leaders, educational institutions, and parents, to ensure better development.Twenty-six-year-old Stacy Singh, a mother of two small children, and originally from Guyana, was stabbed repeatedly in the back until dead, and left face-down in her Richmond Hill home on 103rd Ave, near 113th St, on New Year’s Day by her husband, Vinny Loknath.Loknath, 46, committed suicide just after 11:00h in Forest Park, about 1 1/2 miles from the murder scene, sources said. He was found hanging from a tree in the park.Just nineteen days after that murder, 21-year-old Lorinda Thomas of Baramita, North West District (NWD), a young mother of one, succumbed days after her reputed husband, Dhanraj Theophilus, dealt her a severe beating.The young woman was beaten after a night of drinking with relatives, and was left lying unconscious at the corner of a road. However, days after she continued to feel pain, she was rushed to a health centre, where she succumbed.Rosemary Rudder, 32 of Eccles, East Bank Demerara, tragically met her demise on March 31 after her lover strangled her during a scuffle in his Westminister, West Bank Demerara home, after which he turned himself in to the Police.She reportedly barged in on her lover and another woman, which resulted in a scuffle between herself and the man. However, in the process, the woman fell to the floor, and an autopsy later showed that she was strangled to death.Shortly afterwards, former captain of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Orwain Sandy, gunned down his reputed wife, Reona Payne, a 32-year-old mother of three, following a heated argument reportedly over infidelity.The two were travelling in a car at First Street, Alexander Village when the woman exited the vehicle in hot pursuit by Sandy, who whipped out his service pistol and shot her. When the woman fell, he shot her 13 more times.On April 13th, 36-year-old Onica King, a Guyanese mother of three, who was living in Barbados, was stabbed to death by her husband, who currently is still on the run.The nail technician’s bloodied body was reportedly discovered by her children. Darmattie Persaud, a 23-year-old mother of two, was stabbed to death by her abusive husband, who later committed suicide. The incident occurred on April 19 in front of the couple’s Mahaica home.And just three days ago, 42-year-old Dianne Hernandez was hanged by her husband of four years in their Good Intent, West Bank Demerara (WBD) home. The man, who later slit his throat, killed his dogs and torched his house following the murder, succumbed on Thursday.Three other women also almost met their demise at the hands of their partners.Thirty-two-year-old Sally Khan was tied up and severely beaten by her husband when she went to his Peter’s Hall home to pick up her two children.Cristina Totaram was burned about her body with an electric iron and brutalised by her husband.And just one day ago, 38-year-old Onica Kingston of Wismar, Linden, a mother of three, had to be rushed to the Linden hospital with first and second degree burns about her body. Those burns were inflicted on her by her husband, who threw a hot liquid on her. The woman is said to be battling for her life.Since the nine reported incidents, activists around Guyana have risen up, calling for domestic violence to be addressed urgently. Speaking on the issue, Wintress White of the Red Thread noted that the issue has taken a “callous” turn.According to the Red Thread activist, more needs to be done to fight the issue, as the current actions being taken are not working.The Red Thread member called for more community awareness programmes to be launched urgently, and for the Police to become more vigilant when domestic violence matters are reported.The Guyana Stop Violence organisation will be hosting the largest Domestic Violence Prevention march and rally to raise awareness on this issue.The march, which will commence at Brickdam, will conclude at the Square of the Revolution. (Lakhram Bhagirat and Kizzy Coleman)
BC Hydro is working to restore a small power outage near Charlie Lake.- Advertisement -The outage is affecting about 300 customers north of highway 29 near Charlie Lake. The outage should be restored by 10pm Friday. At this time the cause of the outage is still under investigation.The power went out at about 6:30pm. Update – Power was restored at 11pm Friday and Hydro now says the power outage was caused by a trees that had fallen over and knocked down hydro lines.
The station still has a 204-square-foot tower, but that antenna’s signal reaches only Los Angeles and Orange counties and it is spotty in places. The aviation community has opposed rebuilding the tower. Liberal Seekers club sets meeting LA HABRA – The Liberal Seekers Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Seasons Senior Center, 200 W. Whittier Blvd. Participants will view a video called, “Seniors for Peace,” which will be followed by a discussion. For more information, call John Fantz at (562) 696-0375 or Clay Costner at (562) 690-4806. Public safety meeting planned MONTEBELLO – Montebello public safety officials will hold a special open meeting from 8:30 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the City Hall chambers, 1600 W. Beverly Blvd. Police and fire department officials will explain their operations and expenditures to the public and project their needs for the rest of the fiscal year ending in July. Residents can learn how public safety departments are funded and will be able to ask questions. For more information, call City Hall at (323) 887-1367. Adult school plans spring classes WHITTIER – The Whittier Adult School’s business department is offering training for the data entry clerk, customer service clerk, office assistant, administrative assistant and accounting clerk when spring classes begin April 9. Spring registration fee is $35 for day classes and $10 for evening classes. A class schedule can be picked up at the school, 9401 S. Painter Ave. For more information, call (562) 698-8121 Ext. 1300 or visit www.whittieradultschool.edu. Firm to help plan aquatic center LA MIRADA – The City Council has agreed to hire Pasadena-based La Canada Design Group to provide final design concepts for Splash, the aquatic center now under construction, and the city gymnasium. The firm will be paid no more than $53,258. It will be asked to provide exterior architectural enhancement elements and finishes to the buildings of the aquatic center and gymnasium. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Adult Vocal Development classes will be offered from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning April 10 in the music room at Pioneer High School, 10800 Benavon St. The class develops articulation, projection, stage presence, solo, group and ensemble singing. Instruction includes note reading and ear training and exposure to many styles of music, including classical, jazz and contemporary. The class will run through June 12. Registration will be available on the first day of class, with a cash registration fee of $35. For more information, call Glenda Hilliard at (562) 698-8121 Ext. 1300. Study ordered on radio tower LA MIRADA – The city has hired Keeton Kreitzer Consulting to prepare an environmental impact report for a tower that KFI wants to rebuild. The company will be paid $53,000 – a fee that KFI will reimburse. The former 760-foot tower was struck down in an airplane accident about two years ago. KFI now wants to rebuild it at a reduced height of 684 feet.
And Sky Sport Italia said the 58-year-old has been offered a two-year position, which is likely to be less lucrative than his previous contract with the German champions.Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years following defeat by Sweden in a two-legged playoff in November.Ancelotti, who has also managed Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus, has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach. He has also won the league in Italy, France, Germany and England.The FIGC budget for a new coach and his staff is five million euros ($6.1 million) per year, which would be a big drop from what Ancelotti earned at Bayern Munich.Costacurta is reported to have offered Ancelotti, who has also been linked with former club Chelsea and the soon-to-be-vacant job at Arsenal, a free hand in choosing his staff.Ancelotti’s son Davide, who was his assistant at Bayern, could play a role as well as former stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Paolo Maldini.Costacurta, who was appointed to find a successor to Ventura, set a dateline of May 20 for the appointment of a new coach.Among the other names touted were Zenit St Petersburg coach Roberto Mancini, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and former Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of French club Nantes.Italy Under-21 coach Di Biagio, 46, has been holding the position on an interim basis.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carlo Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times as a coach © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE SIMONMILAN, Italy, Apr 24 – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.
Best talkSPORT caller ever We get some brilliant callers to our radio station, but Stuart the Manchester City fan is perhaps the best ever.Above is a picture of the caller queue system at talkSPORT, also starring Alan, the Newport fan.Both Alan and Stuart were calling in to the Colin Murray and friends show on talkSPORT, which usually features some brilliant anecdotes from our always entertaining listeners.But Stuart, from Glasgow, could well be the best we’ve ever had – at least, the best description in the call queue.We wonder what Stuart will regard as the best day of his life: the birth of his child, or… AGUUUERRRRRRRRRRRRO!? 1