Day of upsets at Caymanas Park … Nelson, Henry among double winners

first_imgYesterday’s mid-week programme at Caymanas Park was dominated by outsiders, so much so that there were carry-overs in all the exotic bets.The first Super-6 had no takers, resulting in a $1.2 million carry-over to Saturday’s Front Runner-sponsored meet, while the twilight Super-6 also eluded punters, offering a $2.4 million carry-over to Saturday as well.If that wasn’t enough, the Pick-9 proved elusive, with only one person good enough to spot seven of nine winners to win a $137,000 consolation prize, leaving a million-dollar carry-over, while the same were true of the Pick-4, Place Pot 8 and Hi-Five embracing the closing race.With no trophy race at stake on the nine-race programme, four jockeys shared the honours with two winners each.They were former champions Wesley Henry (Dragline, Silver Slippers) and Dane Nelson (Meet Justin, Conclusion), as well as Ameth Robles (Dutchrow, Malachi) and the 3.0kg claiming apprentice Andre Powell (Traditional Storm, Turbo Machine).MANY FAVOURITES FELLThe Enos Brown-trained SILVER SLIPPERS at 1-4 in the fourth race over 1100 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up was the only favourite to oblige, as other top heavy favourites such as BRAVE PROSPECT, FIVE STAR, FIERY PATH, DUSSELDORF and MANDEYA fell like nine pins on the afternoon.Upsets were provided by MEET JUSTIN at 17-1, TURBO CHARGE at 11-1, MALACHI at 9-1, CONCLUSION at 7-1, MARKOFAPRINCE at 6-1 and the improving TRADITIONAL STORM at 5-1, the latter making most in the fourth race over 1400 to make it two in a row.Saturday’s programme will feature phase two of the Front Runner Racing Series (sponsored by Newport Mills) for three-years olds in two races – the Hot Line Stakes for native bred fillies over 1200 metres and the Sir Howard Stakes, again over 1200 metres for colts and geldings.The annual renewal of the valuable Kings’ Plate over 1400 metres for open allowance horses will also be run.last_img read more

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Free legal aid available for LGBT community

first_img… as SASOD launches paralegal servicesLocal LGBT advocacy group, the Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination (SASOD), on Wednesday launched their Community Paralegal Services initiative. This initiative was launched owing to what they described as the lack of equal justice for persons in the LGBT community.Managing Director of SASOD, Joel Simpson noted that although the organisation has been informally providing legal aid to LGBT persons for many years, this programme will aim to provide legal representation and justice for persons in theManaging Director of SASOD, Joel Simpsonlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.“So the intention of the initiative is to address the unmet needs of LGBT persons and to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities and act on their rights. We are trying to deal with a diverse range of problems which include inter-partner violence, societal discrimination, domestic abuse, child sexual abuse and family violence, civil society groups are an invaluable link to accessing justice,” Simpson explained.Meanwhile, President of Guyana Trans United (GTU), Devanand Milton, shared an experience which saw the need for him to receive legal representation through the Community Paralegal Services Initiative. Milton explained that in September 2017, he was in the process of entering a minibus at the 32-bus park when he encountered a most unfortunate experience.The GTU President was reportedly threatened by a bus driver who said, “If you know what is good for yourself you will come out this bus.” Milton continued to share saying, “Often times it is difficult for LGBT persons to get legal support and representation because we can’t afford it. With this initiative in place, vulnerable persons more, like me, now have access to qualified and trained advocates whoAttorney Mishka Purancan navigate us through the legal system.”The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) is funding the programme. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the CVC, Kristina Mena, said they received a collaborative three-year grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. She said the grant is being implemented in eight Caribbean countries mainly Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.“One of the key objectives of this grant is to improve the legal and policy environment to support the delivery of access to justice to key populations. One of the key actions under this programme is the community paralegal programme, the community paralegals would support clients in terms of providing outreaches in legal literacy and human rights documenting and reporting human rights violations using the shared instant database which is an online tool that was Caribbean developed to support documentation and reporting human rights breaches, pursuing redress for clients and providing referrals for pro bono lawyers and supporting strategic litigation,” she noted.Also working on the initiative is the Caribbean Lawyers for Social Justice (CariBono). Attorney Mishka Puran and steering committee member of CariBono noted that, “CariBono is a network of human rights lawyers and advocates dedicated to facilitating access to justice and legal services for members of vulnerable communities.” Additionally, she noted that there are five practicing attorneys in Guyana who are members of CariBono providing pro-bono services to SASOD’s Community Paralegal Services Initiative.last_img read more

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Bad bounce costs Lakers

first_imgTORONTO – There was no law of physics that could explain what happened with 12.8 seconds left in Friday’s game, when Toronto’s Chris Bosh missed a free throw so short that it somehow bounced off the front of the rim perfectly to Anthony Parker. On their 12th night away from home, playing their third set of back-to-back games, all while enduring their longest trip in 17 years, the Lakers had to accept that such bounces always seem to veer in the direction of the team that needs them the most. “I couldn’t even see if Lamar went to Parker’s body or not and really boxed him out or just went to the boards,” Jackson said. “That was a critical rebound. It changes all the dimensions of what you’re going to do on the next sequence.” After meeting with reporters, Jackson walked into the locker room and found Odom sitting at his locker. He asked one question, “Did you put a body on Parker?” and got into a box-out position as they talked. “Perfect bounce,” Odom said. “For him.” Parker made the second of two free throws – the Raptors went just 15-of-26 from the line – for a 95-92 lead. Bryant missed his 3-pointer at the other end and the Lakers now need a victory Sunday at Cleveland to break even on this trip. “The more years you’re in the league, you kind of learn how to make the ball bounce your way,” Bryant said. “You learn how to get up for certain games, how to attack teams. You become more of a cerebral player. That just comes with experience.” The Lakers went into the fourth quarter down 72-65, put a lineup of Odom and four reserves on the floor and wound up trailing by 12 when Bryant returned for the final 8:36. Bryant was kicked in the left leg and went down briefly but stayed in the game after a timeout. He scored 10 points in the fourth, but the Lakers made their run with Brian Cook, Smush Parker and Maurice Evans hitting consecutive 3-pointers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They caught up to the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter Friday, erasing what had been an 11-point deficit with 5:41 to play, only to have the road catch up to them in the final minutes of a 96-92 loss, dropping the Lakers to 3-4 on this eight-game trip. There was still a chance for the Lakers to tie on their final possession. Kobe Bryant faked Jorge Garbajosa into the air, pulled up from beyond the 3-point arc, and watched his jumper hit the front of the rim and bounce out. center_img “Just a touch short,” Bryant said. It might as well have been the theme of the night for the Lakers, who are 4-8 in their past 12 games. No play hurt more than Parker’s rebound. If Lamar Odom had grabbed the ball, the Lakers would have had a chance to win or tie trailing 94-92. Instead, Bosh short-armed the free throw only to have it bounce right to Parker. All Lakers coach Phil Jackson could do on the bench was sit with his arms crossed and stare in disbelief. last_img read more

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Ex-AVC athlete honored

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When our department defines success, one important element of that success depends on the personal success of the athlete,” AVC athletic director Newton Chelette said in a statement. “We are really proud that our athletes are so successful in the classroom as well as on the field and court.” LANCASTER – Former Antelope Valley College track and field standout Krystal Quinn was named to the prestigious Pepsi Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and will receive an award based on academic and athletic performance and citizenship. Quinn, a Palmdale High alumna who now attends California State University, Northridge, competed in three state championships, winning the 2006 title in the 400-meter run, and placing fifth in the 2005 pole vault. She was a member of the 400 and 100 Foothill Conference champion relay teams in 2006, when she was named the conference’s women’s track athlete of the year. Quinn graduated magna cum laude from AVC with an associate’s degree in letters, arts and sciences with a 3.62 grade-point average. She’s AVC’s state-leading 26th scholar-athlete award recipient. At least one AVC athlete has received such honors each of the past six years, and all but two years since the program’s 1984 inception. last_img read more

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Plaza parents object to planned changes

first_imgThe district announced in February that it wanted to redraw attendance boundaries to balance enrollment among campuses. Some schools, such as Golden Poppy, are jam-packed with children, while classrooms sit empty at Juniper Intermediate and Yucca schools, where student populations have been declining. Learning Plaza Principal Todd Cherland said parents reacted with “general panic” to the proposal, which would affect 2,400 students, including about 900 at Plaza. “People love this school. We have very active parents,” Cherland said. “We truly, truly cater to our clients, and our clients are our students and parents. They feel they have a voice at the Plaza.” Lackey noted that Plaza parents strongly supported the district’s $25 million construction bond that narrowly passed in November 2001. Part of the money was used to build the $22 million school. Dismantling the school, he said, would “diminish the confidence of the public in being able to trust officials to carry out promises.” The last time the district made wholesale changes to attendance zones was in 2002-03, when it switched from year-round to a traditional calendar. District officials intended to revise the boundaries two years ago, when three schools opened, but delayed the changes when enrollment leveled off. Golden Poppy, a K-8 campus, opened in 2004 near 60th Street East and Avenue R. It has more than 900 students, about 200 more than expected, because of housing development nearby. New students in seventh and eighth grades are being sent to Shadow Hills Intermediate about a mile away. At Juniper Intermediate, enrollment has shrunk for two straight years. The district had expected more than 1,000 students this year, but just 900 enrolled. Yucca School has 750 students, compared with projections of 900. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think it’s close to outrageous,” said parent Tom Lackey, a Palmdale City Council member and former school board member. “The history of the Plaza goes way back, and we waited a long time as parents to have our site built, and now we get the site and they are talking about taking it away and dismantling the school altogether,” Lackey said. “That is really heartbreaking to most of us.” The board directed staffers to come back with more alternatives at a May1 meeting. A public hearing will be held after that to find out what parents think. Any changes, if approved, would take effect next school year. “It’s a very large change for the school and its identity,” said interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi. “It’s certainly not a reflection on the program itself. It’s an issue of having enough facilities on the west side.” PALMDALE – Many parents involved in a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that emphasizes college prep and the arts are objecting to plans to turn the school into another neighborhood facility. Palmdale Learning Plaza opened in September 2005, offering a program that ties into the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate program at local high schools. It also has a strong emphasis on the performing arts. But now Palmdale School District officials are talking about turning the school at Division Street and Rayburn Road into a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade neighborhood school because of enrollment imbalance in the district. During a Palmdale school board meeting Tuesday night, about 40 parents showed up to protest a committee recommendation for the conversion as part of a districtwide realignment of attendance boundaries. last_img read more

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Silent auction raising funds for memorial scholarship

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Dr. Kearney Middle School is hosting its first annual Charity Musical Cafe and Artisan Silent Auction, to help raise funds for the Rebecca Young Memorial Scholarship.Local businesses have been invited by the middle school to donate products or services for the auction.The scholarship honours Rebecca Young, a Dr. Kearney teacher who passed away last summer. Originally from Newfoundland, Young was only 27 and newly-engaged when she died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage on August 31, 2015.- Advertisement -Funds from the scholarship will benefit North Peace Secondary students graduating and pursuing studies of Special Education, Music, or both. Money will also be awarded to a graduating student with special needs.This silent auction takes place on May 28 at Whole Wheat and Honey, starting 7 p.m.last_img read more

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‘Without him, Tottenham are so much poorer’ – fans love their goal hero

first_img Mousa Dembele scored against Sunderland Mousa Dembele is playing some of his best football right now.Having been out of action through injury lately he returned to the Tottenham first team against Sunderland where he scored in the 4-1 win.And Spurs fans love his skilful displays with his name being sung loud and proud from the White Hart Lane stands.Here, talkSPORT has gathered a selection of tweets from Tottenham fans who were watching him in action against the Black Cats. 1last_img

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Man stole €2,000 of perfume in two raids on Donegal pharmacy

first_imgA man who stole more than €2,000 worth of perfumes from the premises of Donegal businesswoman Ramona Nicholas must pay the cost of the stolen goods back or face jail.Mamuli Zhorzholiani took a total of 42 bottles of perfumes and aftershaves in two raids on Cara Pharmacy in Killybegs. Garda Paul McCrossan told Letterkenny District Court that the 27-year-old took the items along with another unidentified man on August 16th and 22nd last.Garda McCrossan told the court that Zhorzholiani was captured on still footage on a CCTV system at the pharmacy.A total of 25 bottles of perfume worth €1,041 was taken from the shop on August 16th but was never recovered.A few days later on August 22nd, a total of 17 bottles of perfume worth €1,118 was taken by the same two men.Ramona NicholasThese bottles were recovered when Gardai chased the suspect down the Main Street in Killybegs.The court was told that the accused man is a Georgian national who has been living in Ireland as an asylum seeker for the past six months.His address was given as Montague House Hotel in Portlaoise.When asked by Judge Deirdre Gearty what was he doing so far from his home, solicitor for the accused Mr Rory O’Brien said his client had told him he had never been in Killybegs before and simply wanted to visit.Judge Gearty asked Zhorzholiani how he was going to compensate the shop for the loss of more than €1,000 of perfume taken in the first raid.The accused man said he did not want to go to jail and asked for some time to come up with the money.Judge Gearty adjourned the case until January and said that if the money was paid she would fine the accused €100 and apply the Probation Act.However, if no attempt was made to pay the compensation, she would impose a jail sentence of one month and suspend it for 12 months.She released the accused on bail, ordered him to be of good behaviour and told him to stay out of Killybegs.Man stole €2,000 of perfume in two raids on Donegal pharmacy was last modified: August 25th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:CaradonegalKillybegstheftlast_img read more

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Council warns public of falling trees and flooding during Storm Lorenzo

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a status yellow wind and rain warning for Donegal from 9am tomorrow to 6am on Friday morning.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team has been meeting in response to Storm Lorenzo and will continue to monitor local conditions closely as the storm progresses.The public is being asked to be vigilant with regards to falling trees and debris. Trees are mostly in full leaf, so even moderate strength winds can bring down weakened trees and/or tree limbs. Heavy rain, coupled with falling leaves may block drains and gullies, leading to surface flooding and property owners and occupiers are being asked to check drains and gullies for potential blockages.Sea surges are forecasted along the West coast from the southwest coast up to Donegal of .6m to 1m and the public are being asked to be extra vigilant along the coast.The Irish Coast Guard is advising the public along coastal areas to ‘Stay back, stay high and stay dry’.The Council is asking property owners and occupiers of properties in areas susceptible to coastal flooding to be vigilant. Motorists are being asked to take extra care while driving during stormy weather and to be extra vigilant of cyclists and pedestrians and to be mindful of the risk of falling trees and debris.There is also a risk of power outages and the public are being asked to be prepared and to check on elderly or vulnerable family and neighbours to make sure they are safe and warm.Donegal County Councils Severe Weather Assessment Team will continue to monitor the situation and all Council Services are in a state of readiness as is the norm.The Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.You can keep up to date on conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil. Council warns public of falling trees and flooding during Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:councilfloodPublicStorm LOrenzotreeswarningslast_img read more

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Round-up: Neal mourned, Reus no-go, QPR boss admits next games are crucial

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Paul Canoville has led the tributes to John Neal.Neal, who managed the Blues from 1981 to 1985 and is widely credited with rebuilding the club, has died at the age of 82.Canoville told West London Sport he was “gutted” at the news and described Neal as “a lovely, lovely guy and a great football man.”Neal is fondly remembered by Chelsea fans of a certain age and there has been much sadness at his passing.Current manager Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have no injury worries ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Schalke.Mourinho has also insisted he has no interest in signing Germany international Marco Reus, who is among a host of players to have been linked with a possible move to Stamford Bridge.Another is Lionel Messi no less, with the Express suggesting Chelsea and Manchester United are competing to sign the Barcelona superstar.Meanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that his team’s next few games could determine whether they stay in the Premier League this season.Brentford playmaker Sam Saunders continued his comeback after a knee injury by scoring for the Bees’ development side in a win against Bristol City.Chelsea Ladies have signed England winger Gemma Davison from WSL rivals Liverpool.In boxing, local rivals George Groves and James DeGale are both looking forward to world title fights early in 2015 following their respective wins at the weekend.And in snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould is feeling upbeat ahead of his first match at this year’s UK Championship in York.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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