‘QUEEN OF THE HILL’ VELVET MESQUITE HEADLINES $100,000 IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA; HARRIS FARMS’ HOMEBRED APPEARS STANDOUT IN TRADITIONAL TURF SPRINT FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES

first_imgSMOOVE IT: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this 6-year-old Square Eddie mare was an even fifth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, by Velvet Mesquite two starts back in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and was subsequently eighth in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes here on Feb. 20. Second, beaten a nose, in the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes five starts back in April, 2015, Smoove It has ample back class and has two wins from seven tries down the hillside turf. Trained by Doug O’Neill and for the first time she’ll be handled by Flavien Prat. QIAONA: Owned by Curt and Lila Lanning, this 6-year-old mare rallied from off the pace to finish a sharp second to Velvet Mesquite in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint here on Jan. 30 and thus, rates second billing in the Irish O’Brien. Trained by Ed Moger, Qiaona rallied to be a close second in this race a year ago and is 6-1-2-1 lifetime down the hillside turf. With seven wins from 32 overall starts, Qiaona has lifetime earnings of $615,643. DEMONICA: In what will be her third start since running a close fifth in last year’s Irish O’Brien, Demonica comes off a much improved fifth in a first condition allowance versus open company at one mile on the main track here on Feb. 12. A 5-year-old mare by First Defence, she was bred by Lee and Susan Searing and is owned by their CRK Stable. Trained by Peter Eurton, the connections are hoping for a dose of déjà vu, as they were victorious in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes with Kobe’s Back.THE IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES IN POST POSTION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRACE 2 (of 11)                                                    Approximate post time, 1 p.m. PDTDemonica – Santiago Gonzalez – 118Nite Delite – Edwin Maldonado – 118Smoove It – Flavien Prat – 118Qiaona – Victor Espinoza – 118Velvet Mesquite – Kent Desormeaux – 123First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. VELVET MESQUITE: Trained by Blake Heap, this 6-year-old mare comes off of one of the most impressive efforts of her career, a better than looked 1 ¾ length win versus state-breds in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 30–her sixth win from 12 tries down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout. Ridden confidently by Kent Desormeaux, Velvet Mesquite appears primed for another top performance in what will be her 20th career start. With all six of her wins coming down the hill, she has career earnings of $433,446.center_img NITE DELITE: Off at 9-2 in a first condition allowance down the hill on Feb. 11, trainer Art Sherman’s Nite Delite was an impressive gate to wire winner under Edwin Maldonado, as she earned a career-best 91 Beyer Speed figure in the process. Owned by F. Jack Liebau, this 4-year-old War Chant filly pressed the pace and tired to finish sixth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, by Velvet Mesquite two starts back in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 30. A winner of three of 10 starts, the Irish O’Brien will be her third hillside try. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2016)–With green beers and an abundance of Jameson Irish Whiskey at the ready, Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite heads a field of five California-bred or sired fillies and mares set to compete in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.In keeping with traditional St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Santa Anita will offer three dollar green beers and five dollar Jameson shots from St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, through this Saturday.last_img read more

Telegraph: Barça and City study a Semedo-Cancelo barter

first_imgCancelo would come to replace a Semedo that has not convinced and that the club has already put on the list of transferable. Publicly, Guardiola assured that he did not want to get rid of the Portuguese but he does not see it as essential either. “What has to happen will happen”, he assured. The former Valencia player has played less than expected and could try to force his departure.A deprecated formulaThe stoppage of soccer due to the coronavirus has also stopped the flow of income from television rights to the club box, one of its main sources of money that serves to sustain the millionaire transfers.Given the shortage of funds expected for the next market, barter is a formula that could be back in fashion in which assets are exchanged, players in this case, instead of paying in exchange for a footballer. The next transfer market could end Nelson Semedo’s time as a FC Barcelona player. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Portuguese likes Pep Guardiola and Manchester City would propose a barter with Joao Cancelo, ex of Valencia who arrived in another exchange for the exmadridista Danilo from Juventus.Semedo was close to leaving last summer, with Atlético as the main destination, but he finally stayed in Barcelona. Now, Manchester City could be their destination to compete for a spot with Kyle Walker.last_img read more

Entertainers, sponsors ‘Bring Back The Love’

first_imgConstant Spring Football Complex will be the place to be for football lovers this evening, where the 20th staging of the ‘Bring Back The Love After Labour’ football fiesta is scheduled to take place, starting at 5 p.m. The 2016 edition promises to be another exciting day of football mixed with fun and entertainment for the entire family. This year, an Entertainer Invitational will face off against a Sponsors’ Invitational team. The teams will be selected from players such as Aidonia, Chris Martin, Wayne Marshall, Agent Sasco, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Charley Black, Iba Mahr, Jermaine Mason, Nomadz, Ian Wilkinson, Ian McNaughton, Damion Gordon, Audley Boyd, Rudolph Speid, Hugh ‘Bingy’ Blair and ‘Jah Mikes’, among other former football stars, musicians and celebrities. The Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell-organised event will this year honour two outstanding Jamaicans – music icon Carlene Davis and respected news journalist Earl Moxam. Proceeds from the event will, as usual, be used to assist basic schools with funding and equipment. Admission for the event is $400 for adults. Children will be required to pay $100, while kids under 12 will be allowed free entry.last_img read more

Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia

first_imgView comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The trip raises the possibility of a reunion with Andres Iniesta, who joined Japan’s Vissel Kobe in May after 22 years at Barcelona.Fernando Torres also departed La Liga in the summer for the J-League, where the striker plays for Sagan Tosu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Barca will travel to Asia next summer to get closer to local fans and partners, and plans to visit China and Japan during the pre-season, as part of the global expansion and brand development strategy,” the club wrote in a statement.“Football is growing at a fast pace in countries like China and Japan, where the club not only wants to develop commercially, but also to capture and retain fans.” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has emphasized the importance of the Asian market to the club, who have a stated aim of reaching one billion euros in revenue by 2021.The announcement also comes after Barca agreed a four-year deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten to become their main shirt sponsor from last season. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA: Alaska grinds out win over Columbian, but Compton ‘unhappy’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Barcelona’s Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal (L) greets Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi as he leaves the pitch during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 29, 2018. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday.After consecutive years traveling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since playing a friendly in Qatar in December 2016.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Guyana can expect a fair decision

first_imgDear Editor,I was fortunate to have observed the CCJ proceedings on the case State of Guyana vs Cedric Richardson, popularly known as the “Third Term Case”. Fascinating stuff, and I am so proud to have had the opportunity to listen to the wisdom of the learned judges. I found them to be razor sharp with their questions, so much so that I felt sorry for the Head of the Guyana Bar on several occasions, Mr Basil Williams, SC, Esq.My bigger concern, however, after looking at those proceedings, is to remind those in the executive how very wrong they are when they think that this Burnham Constitution vests them with absolute power; it does not. The Guyana Constitution vests in the Judiciary the power to adjudicate upon the constitutional validity of all of the laws, without exception. If a law made by Parliament violates the provisions and spirit of the Constitution, the CCJ does have the power to declare such a law ultra vires, and not even a President of Guyana can overturn such a decision; only the people by way of a referendum can do so. And we all know who cannot face the people in 2018 in a plebiscite, because their popularity ratings is around 38%.Judicial review of the process of implementing of the Constitution is a powerful check of any attempt at absolute power. It is now clear to me that the CCJ does have the power to pull the brakes on the legislative eagerness of the Parliament, especially when they failed to change the Constitution by following due process. But I do not want to pre-suppose anything, but await the verdict.Collectively, the honorable judges have taken a very principled position, which is that it is their job to protect the basic features of the Constitution, and thus their commitment to the Theory of Basic Structure. Under no circumstance can Parliament alter the basic structure or framework of the Constitution if this act can be seen to damage, emasculate, or destroy that framework.I am so grateful that Guyana has the CCJ as its highest court, so that our affairs can be adjudicated upon without any political pressure or posturing from the Executive. And there is no shortage of that in 2018, as we observed the determined attempt by President Granger to get rid of Chancellor (ag) Cummings and Chief Justice (ag) George. From what I have seen from these honorable judges at the CCJ, Guyana can expect a fair decision.The days of the political decisions passed down by the likes of Justice Crane and Bollers in service to their political master are over.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Man dies in West Ruimveldt fire

first_imgThe one-flat wooden home of a reportedly abusive couple, is completely razed and dead is the reputed husband Christopher ‘Harry’ Bramble, 56, unemployed whose charred remains are stored at Lyken’s Funeral Home.Full details of this and other stories can be found in Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Guyana Times Newspaper.last_img

Residents in Masakenari to expect extensive development

first_imgAt a community meeting held in the Amerindian Village of Masakenari, in the deep South of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Permanent Secretary of the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Alfred King, revealed the community is about to experience major developments in 2019.According to King, plans are in place to improve the trail connecting Parabara and Kassaikaytu, as well as to the education and health services within the area.The Permanent Secretary stated that the upgraded trail will be of great benefit since it would make transporting supplies and travelling easier for residents. Additionally, King explained finance was provided to the Hinterland Entrepreneurial Youths (HEYS) programme in order to continue and expand.“We will not stop there, we will continue to work through the presidential grants to how best we can improve your livelihood. In the area of governance, we are working with your Toshao on a village improvement plan to also improve your education and health,” King said, according to Department of Public Information (DPI).Ministerial Advisor Mervyn Williams along with Deputy Commissioner, Guyana Protected Areas Commission, Denise Fraser who were also present at the meeting, grasped the opportunity to applaud the community for being the first to become a protected area.“The trend of waiting to receive instructions is being reversed and this village has led the pace. Therefore, this land is yours and will remain yours, no one will take it from you.”It was revealed that the sum of $20 million was provided to extend the Amerindian Hostel at Princes Street, Georgetown to accommodate approximately 200 people who come from the hinterland with medical issues, as well as plans to construct a dormitory facility for the hinterland students who are pursuing tertiary education.last_img read more

Police called again as tensions over Belle Vue farmlands intensify

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairIt was high drama again at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara on Thursday when farmers blocked the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman’s machinery from clearing farmlands they say has rightfully been theirs for more than 60 years. However, as the events unfolded, popular businessman Deodat Deokinandan, who has been chair of the society since 2013, denied ever threating the farmers as he accused them of squatting on the Society’s land.Police ranks called in to settle tensions that erupted on ThursdayThe intense emotions played out during the morning hours in a usually quiet community which lies near the defunct Wales Sugar Estate. Farmers were adamant that the Co-op Society and Deokinandan, called “Beard Man”, would not touch an inch of the farmland as they blocked an excavator from land clearing operations as they renewed claims of being bullied. This stemmed from an initial stand off from Sunday afternoon after the Society opted to fence sections of the lands and allow cows to graze in the fields which was incensed farmers over their loss of investment.“He bully us and take the number three section; now we got all this cultivation here and he bullying us for the number four section but we nah decide for this hymac go in one inch here; it got to come out because he taking advantage on us because he has money. He want walk pon all these poor people but this is the end of everything,” farmer Imraz Hassan declared as he stood in front of the hymac.Aggrieved farmer Rampertab RajpatHe made his position clearly known when ranks from the Wales Police Station arrived on the scene in a bid to settle escalating tensions. When tensions were less animated on Sunday, one rank had spoken with the sparring farmers that he wanted to preserve law and order but Thursday’s face-off saw a more boisterous demonstration.“This hymac come here illegally. This is not “Beard Man’s” property; this is the Society’s property and this land belongs to the Government of Guyana. We are farmers’ children that lived here for 60-odd years,” Rampertab Rajpat told this newspaper as he told stood in front of the heavy-duty machine.After sugar operations ceased, descendants of Belle Vue farmers moved to plant diversified crops but the businessman, along with several of his central committee members, categorised the demonstrators as squatters.SquattingThe Society provided documents purporting to show that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained.The Co-op Society shows that Ganpat Rajpat was paid $1.5 million in compensationHe says the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue. Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.“The arbitrator gave them a month and a half to pay off their debts and they didn’t pay up so gradually we expelled them and we accepted new members but they going about reaching Government officials until the matter reached the Cabinet with Dr Roger Luncheon. We had a meeting with them and they agree to accept compensation,” she said.She also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect. Guyana Times spoke to an unmoved Ferreira who outright denied giving up his land rights.Another scene from the heated stand-off which left the hymac suspended“I aint give up no rights; its three years after bullying that people accept money due to frustration… the Cabinet minutes said the farmers should be reinstated. I am prepared to go, this hymac is going to walk over me today!” expressed Ferreira.However, the machine was removed from the area just before lunchtime. Thereafter the farmers moved to protest the Co-Op Society in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the grazing cows and fences erected could remain in place as the society maintained that since farmers lost their rights it does not intend to pay compensation for the crops they have been planting since 2017. Deokinandan held out that he, nor his society, is obligated to pay any compensation owing to the farmers “squatting” on the land.The Belle Vue farmers are descendants of multiple sugar cane workers turned farmers who came from all across Guyana and were contracted with Bookers company to supply canes to Wales and live in the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme from 1956. Cane operations ended with Government’s closure of Wales Estate in December 2016.last_img read more

Graffiti sweep nets two

first_imgKelly said the suspects were members of a pure tagging crew, meaning they are not thought to be involved in any other significant criminal activity. But he acknowledged law enforcement officials’ concern that such crews “have the potential” to engage in other criminal activity, including forming or joining a street gang. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The items were found at two east Lancaster homes – on Oldfield and Lightcap streets. “They did very large amounts of it and spread it all over the (Antelope) Valley,” sheriff’s Detective Greg Kelly said. “They were very random. They put up their little tagger names all over town.” Wednesday’s sweep was prompted by the arrests of three adults and one juvenile late Friday in connection with a vandalism incident Tuesday night, officials said. Deputy Mike Ruiz, who made the arrests, connected the suspects with the wanted tagging crew when their tags matched graffiti on a tracking database installed in August at Lancaster’s sheriff station. LANCASTER – A sweep led to the arrests Wednesday of two men suspected of being members of a notorious graffiti crew, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies arrested 19-year-old Christopher Butler, who goes by the street name “Logic,” and Christopher “Snipe” Watts, 18, both of Lancaster, Deputy Kelly Simon said. The two are suspected of being members of a tagging crew accused of defacing thousands of square feet of private and public property, sheriff’s deputies said. On Wednesday afternoon, deputies seized spray paint, markers, cardboard graffiti cutouts and notebooks that presumably documented their work. last_img read more

Mane eager to show up Manchester United

first_img0Shares0000Mane admits United are one of the top teams in the world, but believes Liverpool are on the same level and have the quality to beat anyone.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 7 – Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is confident that the Merseyside outfit can beat Premier League rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.Manager Jurgen Klopp’s side occupy third position in the league standings but only trail United by two points, which means a victory for the Reds would see them leapfrog their hosts. Mane admits United are one of the top teams in the world, but believes Liverpool are on the same level and have the quality to beat anyone.“It will not be easy but I’ve always said we can beat any team in the world,” said Mane, according to Sky Sports. “Honestly they (Manchester United) are one of the best teams in England, of course in the world also, but we are as well.“It’s the dream for every single player to play this kind of game so everyone is looking forward to it.”Liverpool are on a seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions and come into the United clash on the back of a goalless draw with FC Porto in the Champions League – having won the first leg 5-0.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more