JOCKEY QUOTES JORGE VELEZ, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “This filly had worked really good for this race. She went to the rail and finished strong. I’m so excited, this is my first stakes winner in my career. I’ve been here in California nine months and Craig is putting me on horses.TRAINER QUOTES CRAIG A. LEWIS, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “I’m very grateful, luck is on my side. I can’t say I’d knew she’d win but I felt like she was going to be there.“I said on the radio this morning that this filly had a chance. She got wiped out in her last race at Del Mar and when you lose position early like that on the turf, you have no chance. I just told Jorge that I’d like him to ride her like he rode Blue Skye Jade (a 3-year-old gelding by Clubhouse Ride who ran second from off the pace in a $25,000 claimer at one mile on turf) on Friday. Just be patient and it looked like there was a lot of speed in this race. He’s very patient for a young apprentice, he can really wait. The late, great Bobby Frankel used to say, ‘I’d rather get beat staying inside on the turf than trying to win when you lose ground.’“We wanted to try and lay up a little bit closer here today to try to stay out of trouble, but she still found some trouble, she got shuffled back a bit, but when she started to run I started to feel pretty good. She’s a real good filly and I’ve loved her from Jump Street. I’m very appreciative that Ben and Sally Warren were willing to breed their grade one winning mare to maybe the up and coming stud of the decade, Clubhouse Ride. He’s phenomenal.“Clubhouse Ride was a really good horse, but I think he’s going to be a stallion for the history books. People can see that he’s by Candy Ride, but he’s out of Phipps family mare by Seeking Gold and it’s an outstanding family. To make a stallion, you’ve got to get the right mares and I want to thank Ben and Sally Warren for breeding this filly’s dam, Warren’s Veneda to him. She was a Grade I winner and it’s tough to get those kinds of mares.“Horses make trainers, trainers don’t make horses.“Jorge is a very good rider, a hard worker, he listens and always gives his best, we are very lucky to have him on our team.” NOTES: Velez is a 21-year-old native of Puerto Rico.The winning owners are Benjamin C. & Sally Warren who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Francis is expected to miss Friday’s match against the Chiefs at Eden Park due to concussion after copping an errant swinging arm from Stormers second five-eighth Shaun Treeby on the chin in the 47th minute.Speaking after the 30-22 loss which probably ends the Blues’ playoff hopes, Umaga said the team doctor confirmed Francis was unconscious as a result of the blow. The first-five was taken from the field and replaced by Bryn Gatland.Despite reviewing the incident and dishing out three other yellow cards, South African referee Jaco van Heerden and TMO Shaun Veldsman decided Treeby only deserved a penalty.Asked whether it should have at least been a yellow card, Umaga said: “From what’s happened in previous games you probably could say that. We made the right call bringing him off because he definitely was concussed. We now need to make sure he follows the right protocols in trying to get back and play when he can.”We’ve got to deal with the decisions that are made on the field. That’s what we talked about as a group.”We knew going into this game the South African referees had been giving away a lot of yellow cards, and cards in general, so we talked a lot about being disciplined and we would expect that consistency throughout the whole game.”Treeby is now almost certain to be cited but that does not help the Blues’ cause.Umaga made it clear he would approach Bray for an explanation.”I’ve got to go through the right channels in terms of reporting back – that’s what we’ll do to make sure we get some answers to some of the questions we have.”There were some tough calls that we felt went against us but that’s the way it goes. The Stormers brought a brutal intensity on defence and made it hard for us to build continuity in our game.”Blues wing Matt Duffie was sent from the field with 14 minutes remaining after being shown his second yellow card for diving on a player on the ground. Duffie’s first card came early in the match for repeated team infringements after the Blues conceded four successive penalties near their line.Earlier in the match the Blues scored two tries after Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth was binned for an open-handed push to the face of Akira Ioane.The loss to the Stormers is likely to have quashed the Blues’ playoff hopes, leaving them six points behind the Highlanders who play the Force in Perth on Saturday night.While defeat in Cape Town provided the killer and controversial blow, and the unfair finals format does them no favours, the Blues will only have themselves to blame for missing the finals after five losses to Kiwi opposition.”We always knew we had to win every game to be in contention. We obviously didn’t do that tonight. It’s disappointing but we’ve still got games to play and we want to make sure we finish on the right note. If we do get some results go our way you just never know.”We’ve created a lot of opportunities to win games against Kiwi teams but we just haven’t taken them. We’ve got to make good decisions when we get those chances because you don’t get many.”Francis’ absence for the Chiefs match is likely to see Gatland start at No 10, though Ihaia West and the uncapped Stephen Perofeta are in line to return from injury. Photo: Gallo (Blues coach Tana Umaga was frustrated no card was given for incident which saw Piers Francis knocked out).
Rep. Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County Electoral District #3Representative Clarence Massaquoi (Lofa County Electoral District #3), has expressed government’s preparedness to revisit agreements done with concession companies in the country in an effort to curb “the too many suspected discrepancies between the agreements and the existing realities.”“We did not bring investors to keep our people at a disadvantage position, because it does not make sense to protect investors at the expense of the very people we took an oath to work for,” Rep. Massaquoi said during a Truth Breakfast Radio morning talk show on Monday, January 21, 2019.Massaquoi, who is serving as the head of a special concession review committee, said at this time it should be known to companies that have been in the country for several years that now is time for Liberians to be managers of their businesses rather than they alone being at the forefront all the time.“Our economy is struggling currently. Our people are going to bed with some frustration. The effects of some of the concession agreements that we have passed or entered into are intended to bring economic relief to our people, but if the case is different, it means there is a need for us to review what we signed onto and correct what is happening at the various concession areas,” he said.Concerning how the special concession review committee came about, the Lofa lawmaker said he wrote a letter to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bhofal Chambers calling his attention to the need for the plenary to look into the need to revisit the agreements between the government of either former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or the present leadership of President George Weah.Although he did not name his fellow committee members, Massaquoi said there are Legislators of integrity who have been chosen to serve and being a Lawmaker at the Lower House for seven years now, he is sufficiently informed about all the deals the government, through the Legislature and the Executive, entered into with investors.“There are quality people on that committee and I can assure the Liberian people that nothing less than quality service will be done,” he assured.He said the reason of the review is not to undo what the previous government did but to verify as to whether the concession companies are living up to the task they promised when they got the opportunity to do business with the government.The Unity Party Lawmaker said during the two tenures of President Ellen Sirleaf the then ruling Unity Party (UP) entered into good agreements with the investment partners and going forward there are re-visitations of the deals in order to make things right.He noted that the government is continuity and as such it behooves the 54th National Legislature to continue providing the Legislative oversight on businesses that the government entered into with investors.When he was asked as to whether he was cognizant that the economy may suffer more trouble in case some companies are asked to cease operations he responded:“Aware of the fact that the government has waived tens of millions of United States dollars in taxes to concession companies in the effort to allow them to operate smoothly, more so with their promises to employ more Liberians and produce certain simple but basic things that we are still importing;“I have come to tell the Liberian people that in the wisdom of the Legislature, in its wisdom I think it will be good to have companies who are ready to deliver on their promises rather than perpetually allowing those who don’t mean well for the country to continue their operations here,” he said in an unapologetic voice.Massaquoi said his committee has already written the Bureau of Concessions (BOC), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the National Investment Commission (NIC) to send in their reports on the compliance of each of the companies operating in the country so as to help his team in its job.“The NIC will give us a list of all the investors and investments in the country while the LRA will give us their report on the compliance of companies when it comes to what they promised they were going to do,” he said.He added that the Bureau of Concessions will state within its report as to whether a company is in complete violation of the concession laws of the country.“I can boast that we have good laws but our challenge as a country is the implementation of the laws to their fullness. Our work is not meant to scare investors but it has to be established that the country is also not robbed of its benefits,” he said.According to Massaquoi, of the sixty-eight concession agreements said to have been entered into by the government and investors under the administration of former President Sirleaf, a little over twenty have reached the Legislature for ratification while the majority of them got into the business through thresholds standards.“It is very difficult to erase public perception in any political setting but I tell you the truth, we had direct control over a little number of all the concessions,” he said.The UP Lawmaker said he did not mean in any way that the Executive branch of the past government did anything wrong but according to the Legislature, concessions that are valued below US$10 million were not subject to ratification by the Legislature.He lamented on what he called high unemployment rate in the country and said the exercise by his committee could change the story in some way.“Look at what happened at the Buchanan Renewable Energy (BRE) then. Imagine the challenging cases with the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), the Firestone Rubber company, the then BHP Billiton. Many of our people are now out of jobs because of bad labor practices,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Parking meter fiascoPresident David Ganger has ordered that the parking meter fees be lowered following a meeting late Wednesday evening with city officials.Guyana Times was told on Wednesday evening that Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan is expected to meet with the Mayor and City Council and Smart City Solutions (SCS) to iron out the details for the lowering of the rates.President David GrangerOn Wednesday, widespread criticism continued against the highly controversial Parking Meter Project and Attorney General Basil Williams said that he believes that the current rates being charged for parking in the Capital City was over “saddling” the working class and called for it to be furthered reduced.In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, Williams reminded that since his initial review of the parking meter contract, he recommended that the fees for paid parking be lowered but lamented that even the adjusted rates are too burdensome.“I recommended that there is nothing unlawful but what they had to do was rework the figures, but even so, the reworking seems to be saddling the ordinary working class person, and I suppose they will have to have a look at that again,” he stated.The Attorney General added that, “$50 for 15 minutes and $1600 a day and the workers work five days, so you multiply the 1600 by five; I don’t think their salaries can accommodate that.”A Parking Meter in GeorgetownWhile maintaining that he has no authority to call upon the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) or the parking meter company – Smart City Solution (SCS) – to change their rates, the Attorney General said he will be meeting with a delegation to discuss the pricing structure in light of the public outcry.The Attorney General told media operatives that the By-laws were completely vetted and approved before Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed them. He explained that Minister Harmon was out of the country at the time and therefore was uninformed when he made the announcement.Last Thursday, the Minister of State told media operatives at a post-Cabinet press briefing that “in as much as it is signed off by Minister of Communities, (the By-laws) still have to go through the process of the Attorney General vetting it and checking to ensure that it is consistent with the laws of Guyana and that the rules, which require certain levels of fairness, are all embedded in those By-laws.”On the other hand, the public outcry against the paid parking system continues as more authorities begin to crumble to the pressure of citizens and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Opposition.In fact, the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government called for the suspension of the project. Despite refusing to support the parliamentary Opposition when it brought a motion to debate the contentious Parking Meter Project in the National Assembly, the AFC came out expressing concerns over the Georgetown Municipality overreaching its authority on a number of matters, including taxation arrangements, traffic arrangements and road ownership.It also expressed concerns that the current arrangements do not appear to be in the best interest of the people of the city and that the handling of the project from its inception to its current stage lacks sufficient prior public consultation; is absent of transparency and of a competitive bidding process; and lacks of proper planning with regard to exemptions and the pricing and penalty structures.Commenting briefly on the AFC position, Williams said the party is allowed to have its independent thoughts on any matter of national concern.However, while its governing partner has made its concerns public, the A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) is yet to pronounce on the issue. Moreover, Government as a whole has not taken a stance on the issue and appeared unmoved by the public’s plights.Marked as a unique moment in Guyana’s history, a mass protest by disgruntled taxpayers was conducted on Friday last against the Parking Meter Project. A second protest against the initiative is slated for today and it is expected to attract a much larger crowd.Many have already complained of the injustices meted out against them from employees of the parking meter company.
The award of a number of contracts by the Regional Tender Board in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has raised eyebrows, particularly as the recipient of these contracts are close relatives of a high-ranking regional official.The Region Nine administration has previously been flagged by the Audit Office for procurement violationsAccording to documents seen by Guyana Times, the recipient of one such contract is the son of the senior regional official. According to the documents seen, he was awarded a $4 million contract through selective tendering for the construction of sanitary blocks at the Kumu Nursery School in Region Nine.Another contract was awarded to the same individual was for maintenance work to the Lethem Sub Treasury Office, to the tune of $489,000.This contract was also awarded by selective tendering, a case in which the contractor has been invited to tender for a project.Meanwhile, another contractor was the recipient of a $2.1 million contract to carry out repairs on the Baitoon Primary school sanitary block. The contractor, who is reportedly the official’s son-in-law, was awarded this contract through selective tendering.Documents also show that he received an even larger contract worth $6.1 million to carry out repairs at the health post at Shea Village, also in Region Nine.This would come at a time when there are rising calls for a policy that will guard against conflicts of interest to be created. Observers have criticised the Ministerial Code of Conduct for lacking teeth and distinct penalties. Meanwhile, the Integrity Commission has complained previously about not having investigators.Region NineRegion Nine has long been a hot button region when its administration is called upon to answer for procurement violations at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly. The Audit Office of Guyana has previously red flagged the region.According to the Auditor General’s 2016 report, a sum of $73.871 million was budgeted for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies under the Health Services Programme for 2016. It stated that amounts totalling $63.871 million were expended as at December 31, 2016.“Included in the amount of $63.871 million are two inter-departmental warrants (IDW) valued $58 million (and) issued in August and November 2016 in the sums of $48 million and $10 million respectively to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to purchase drugs and medical supplies on behalf of the regional administration.With respect to the warrant of $48 million, the regional administration received a financial return indicating that the full amount was expended. However, although drugs and medical supplies were received by the regional administration, the cost was not stated on the documentation that accompanied the deliveries”, the report detailed.“As a result, it could not be determined whether the full value was received for the sum warranted to MoPH – 902. With respect to the warrant of $10 million, the regional administration received a ‘nil’ financial return indicating that the amount was unexpended, as such, the Appropriation Account was credited with the unspent amount of $10 million.”The Audit Office had recommended that the regional administration put systems in place to reconcile supplies received by the respective health facilities with the drugs’ list initially submitted. It had also advised that the region obtain the cost of the drugs and medical supplies from the MoPH, so as to reconcile the value of the drugs and medical supplies received with that of the sum warranted to the Ministry.
However, Wenger thinks his team can take encouragement from the performance, believing they have shown the brand of football they are capable of producing.“I believe from the game, it has to make us angry and even more determined,” said Wenger.“If I am a player, and I think with what we produced, we have a huge potential, and we lose the game. We cannot accept that.“That’s what you want, the players have produced a quality performance. What makes you angry is that you produce that performance and, in the end, you have nothing to show for it. That’s very difficult to accept.”Sixth-place Tottenham have been ruled out of the title race by boss Mauricio Pochettino but, despite being 15 points behind leaders Manchester City, Wenger does not accept that Arsenal’s challenge is over.“I am not Pochettino, I am Arsene Wenger,” said the Frenchman. “I am here to fight as long as I can.“As long as mathematically it’s possible, you have to fight. You cannot give any other message out.”Although Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi made errors which led to United goals in the opening 11 minutes on Saturday, Wenger is refusing to seek scapegoats for the loss.“I am not here to especially blame people,” he added. “I want Arsenal Football Club to win. When the performance is of that quality, we have to be efficient.“We are in this job to be efficient, you know. So I blame first myself. The crowd was outstanding and the team was outstanding.“But, we were not efficient. I cannot deny that. They scored three, we scored one.”–By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team were unlucky to lose against Manchester United after playing wellLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4- Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal team to use their loss to Manchester United as motivation for the rest of the campaign.The Gunners produced some fine attacking play during a Saturday night thriller but were undone by defensive errors and a brilliant display from United goalkeeper David de Gea, eventually losing 3-1.
From staff and news reports Dan Cloutier, the only goalie on the Kings’ roster with a proven track record as a starter at the NHL level, was placed on waivers Friday. Brought in last year to cure the Kings’ goaltending woes, Cloutier ended up compounding them with injury and ineffective play. One of the better goalies in the league over a three-year stretch for Vancouver from 2001 to 2004, when he played under current Kings coach Marc Crawford, Cloutier played in only 27 games over the past two seasons because of season-ending knee and hip injuries. Cloutier and his $3.1-million salary are expected to clear waivers today at 9 a.m., at which time he will be assigned to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H. “The reality is that he hasn’t played in three years,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said in a conference call. “The only way he is going to totally get his confidence back is to play.” The move leaves the Kings with three goaltenders: Jason LaBarbera, Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Jonathan Bernier. Aubin has played eight years in the league, but never been a full-time starter. LaBarbera made 21 starts for the Kings in 2005-06 before spending all of last season at Manchester. Bernier was the Kings’ first-round pick in 2006. Cloutier gave up six goals in two exhibition appearances. Ducks fall to Sharks Forward Joe Pavelski scored his first two goals of the preseason as the San Jose Sharks, appearing at home for the first time, beat the Ducks, 3-1. Ducks rookie Bobby Ryan scored his first goal of the preseason in the middle period with a bad-angle wrist shot that slipped past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov on a power play. Staff writer Matthew Kredell contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tir Chonaill Gaels Notes – 9th May 2016McArdle Cup Final Congratulations to Tir Chonaill Gaels Juniors on their hard fought win over St. Claret’s in the McArdle Cup Final at Colindale on Sunday afternoon. It was a closely contested first half with the game going from end to end. After a series of missed chances a well taken goal from Kieran Cunningham goal was the difference at the interval with the score line reading 1-03 to 0-03 at half-time. The intensity continued into the second half with the young guns managing to rack up a further three points; including a fine point from Donal Geraghty after some nice play and a further point from Killian Butler left the final score at 1-06 to 0-05. Congratulations to manager Paul Coggins, captain Ryan Kearney , backroom staff and to all the lads on the lifting of the silverware.SeniorsThe seniors lost out to a well organised St.Kiernan’s outfit in the semi-final of the Tipperary Cup at the weekend. The first half was a pretty even affair with both sides going in even at the break courtesy a goal from Eoin McGeehan at 0-06 to 1-03. The Kiernan’s dominated the second-half keeping the pressure on from throw-in to the final whistle leaving the final score at 1-14 to 1-04.Ladies Well done to Tir Chonaill Gaels Ladies who won their first round match in the Junior Championship at the weekend with an emphatic win over Heston Gaels. The Ladies are holding a fundraiser quiz this Saturday night, 14th May at Ryan’s Bar from 7.30pm – £20 for a table of four.Lottery Results – 5 May 2016Numbers Drawn 2, 10, 14 & 22 – No Winner£25 Lucky Dip Winners:Dougie Carr, c/o TCGRyan Kearney, c/o TCG Ronan Breen, c/o TCGJ. Cusack, The Three WishesNext draw 12th May – Jackpot £2,550Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.com Thank you for your continued support!GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS JUNIOR SIDE WIN MCARDLE CUP FINAL was last modified: May 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportTir Chonaill Gaels
Juventus are ready to battle Chelsea to sign teen star Sandro Tonali, according to reports in Italy.The 18-year-old wonderkid has shone for Brescia in Serie B this season and he is now expected to move clubs in the summer. RANKED REVEALED targets Italy wonderkid Sandro Tonali consoles a team-mate. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LIVING THE DREAM moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer stories Chelsea are tracking the midfielder, who has been compared to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo, and are scouting him regularly.Inter Milan are also interested in Tonali after learning his asking price is around the £20million mark.And, according to TMW, Juventus are the latest side to throw their hat into the ring to sign the youngster. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ three-way race IN DEMAND Tonali starred at the Under-19 European Championship last summer as Italy reached the final.The midfielder’s performances are then said to have caught Juve’s eye and they are now ready to firm up their interest after watching him in Serie B.