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Abrego wins T&T Derby with War Maker

first_imgARIMA, Trinidad (CMC):Successful jockey Nobel Abrego added a fifth Trinidad Derby Stakes to his long list of achievements when he steered War Maker to victory in the US$78,741 feature event at Santa Rosa Park here Thursday.Going off at odds of 6-1, the pair completed the 2,000-metre trip in a time of two minutes, 09.3 seconds, reaching the wire 6-3/4 lengths, to give renowned trainer John O’Brien his sixth derby win.Charismatic Groom, going off at 5-1 with United States-based Panamanian jockey Elvis Trujillo aboard, finished second, while 50-1 longshot Morning Calm with Nela Mohammed in the saddle finished third.Jamaican entrant, Kronus (Shane Ellis aboard), the odds-on bet, finished fourth.Barbadian entrant Poetic License, with the Canada-based Rico Walcott in the stirrups, led through the first quarter run in 23.4 seconds, with Bergeron Boy tracking from second and Star Sapphire stalking from third.Abrego positioned War Maker in fourth but at the 700-metre pole on the backstretch, sent the chestnut colt to the front as the pace quickened.Exiting the far turn, War Maker was three lengths clear of Bergeron Boy with Charismatic Groom trying to stay in contention in third.In the stretch, Charismatic Groom came to challenge, reducing War Maker’s lead to a length but Abrego pulled the best out of the three-year-old and he romped to the finish impressively.Abrego also added to his tally when he captured the $150,000 Diamond Stakes with favourite Bigman In Town.last_img read more

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Building, utilising local content imperative to moving sector forward

first_imgOil and gas sector…as GMSA members benefit from local business development courseSeveral high ranking Private Sector officials and members of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) have benefited from an ongoing course and in-depth discussion on the role of local content in the development of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sectors.GMSA President Shyam NoktaThe course was delivered by the Director of the Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD), Patrick Henry, and Senior Business Specialist Natasha Gaskin-Peters in the conference room of the Centre, which is located on South Road, Bourda.The main focus of the course was to give suppliers an understanding of the core concepts of local content while also exploring the common barriers to entering the oil and gas supply chain. It also saw participants benefiting from a presentation which highlighted a number of ways in which they could benefit from the limitless opportunities that would become available as a result of the emerging sectors.In brief remarks, GMSA President Shyam Nokta underscored the importance of the course and the need for industry and GMSA members to familiarise themselves with the changing dynamics that will take place in Guyana’s economy as a result of the oil exploration, development and production activities that will take place in the sector.He thanked all of the participants for demonstrating continued interest in the work of the Business Development Centre as he encouraged them to utilise all of the services it is currently offering businesses that are free.Meanwhile, Henry also welcomed the business representatives and GMSA members to the course which he said was only one step in securing a holistic and informed view of what really constitutes an effective local content policy.Henry said businesses should also strive to understand the concept of “value added” and the resources available locally to drive investments and maximise opportunities that will become available over the next few years.During a PowerPoint presentation which was delivered largely by Peters, participants heard some of the local barriers for suppliers who are seeking to benefit from the emerging oil and gas sectors and the concept of value added are insufficient knowledge of the industry development process and timelines, failure to meet industry standards, and non-compliance with health, safety and security and environment requirements. Other barriers included lack of proven experience and demonstrated track record, accessing new sources of finance for new capital investments and understanding how to do business using e-procurement systems with IOCs.The GMSA members and other officials were also made aware of the challenges related to local content. These include competitiveness, procurement and sourcing, business environment and the structure of the economy.The course facilitators also informed participants on the key to winning contracts which they said was related to how competitive their businesses and partnerships were when compared to others who were likely to provide the similar products.They were advised that in order to become more competitive, focus had to be placed on addressing issues related to capacity, cost and price, financial strength, market experience, quality standards, timelines, workforce skills, upstream capabilities, and safety record.During the three-hour event, GMSA members were also broken up into groups and asked to coin their own definitions of what Guyana’s local content policy should be before an open discussion was held on the significance of those definitions as well as the implications.last_img read more

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Draves gets final shot tonight

first_imgHACIENDA HEIGHTS – The final season of Troy Draves’ basketball career at Wilson High School has been bittersweet, to say the least. Draves leads the CIF-Southern Section in scoring, averaging 31.2 points, but his team is 4-22 this season. When the final buzzer sounds tonight against Charter Oak, Draves’ season, as phenomenal as it’s been, will be over. But just about the time anyone around Wilson gets excited about Draves’ performance, they’re reminded of things like the team not winning a game since December. “That’s what’s been tough,” Wilson coach Willie Allen said. “If he could cut off 20 of the points and get the win, he would. You don’t want to make excuses for the team, but we’ve been missing our second-best player for the whole year. “I’m not saying we were going to be great, but if you don’t have your total team, it hurts you.” Draves has scored 30 or more points 15 times this season. Some of his best performances have come against top-notch competition like Pasadena, which is ranked No. 1 in Division II-A, when Draves scored 53 points in a 21-point loss. “Everyone is saying, `He’s scoring all these points, but what type of league is he in?’ ” Draves said. “I’m just trying to show everybody that when I step on the court, it doesn’t matter who you are, I can play with you.” Locally, nobody is questioning Draves’ ability. It’s no secret that stopping the senior guard is the top priority of opposing teams. “He was very legit against us the other day. He had 45 points,” Los Altos coach Jeff Lucas said. “When he gets hot, he’s real difficult to stop. He’s scoring all those points with all the teams keying on him.” Being the focus of the opposing defense has taken its toll on Draves, who is 6-foot and 150 pounds. “They hold me, grab me and do whatever,” Draves said. “It’s painful every time I drive to the basket. They make sure to hit me extra hard so I won’t want to do it again.” Wilson entered the season with tempered expectations after losing several key contributors from last year’s team. “I’m not going to lie, I had a good season,” Draves said. “It’s nice to be able to say I scored all those points, but everyone is going to look and say they didn’t make CIF. “It’s hard. After some games, I was crying. I just had to learn to accept the fact that you have what you have. I can only do so much … I’m only one player.” aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m going to be kind of bummed,” Draves said of his likely emotions after tonight’s game. “I did want to go to CIF. It’s my last year. It just happens this way sometimes.” Draves’ season statistics read like a CEO’s tax return, with numbers galore. He leads Wilson in 3-pointers with 76. He also leads the team in rebounds with 96 and has 48 steals on defense. last_img
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Liverpool omit Shaqiri for CL trip over political tensions

first_imgThe double-eagle is viewed as a symbol of defiance in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008 in a move that Serbia still refuses to recognise.The players’ double eagle celebration caused outrage in Serbia and Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Shaqiri, both of Kosovan-Albanian descent, were fined by FIFA.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said on the club’s website on Monday: “It’s a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football.“We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and be focused 100 per cent on football and not have to think about anything else, that’s all.”Klopp added: “We are Liverpool FC, a big club, a football team but we don’t have any message further than that. We have no political message, absolutely not. We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else.“We are keen to be respectful and keen to avoid any distractions that would take focus away from a 90-minute-plus contest that is important for football and only football. So for that reason, Shaq is not involved and he accepts and understands this.”Shaqiri started Liverpool’s 4-0 home win over Red Star on October 24.Liverpool top Champions League Group C with six points, one ahead of Napoli and two clear of Paris Saint-Germain, with Red Star at the bottom.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Xherdan Shaqiri is not travelling with Liverpool for their Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 5 – Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade, the Premier League club have announced.The midfielder was at the centre of controversy along with Switzerland teammate Granit Xhaka when they celebrated goals with a pro-Kosovo “double eagle” gesture that represents the Albanian flag during the World Cup win over Serbia in Russia.last_img read more

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Manchester United to play Club Brugge in Champions League play-off

first_img Wayne Rooney enjoys a laugh in training 1 Manchester United have been drawn against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round.Louis van Gaal’s side will face the Belgian team over two legs for a place in the group stages of the competition.The first leg will take place at Old Trafford on August 18 or 19, while the second leg will be played on August 25 or 26.Club Brugge, who finished second in the Belgian league last season, beat Greek side Panathinaikos 4-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round but it will be seen as a decent draw for United, who could have been pitted against Lazio, Monaco or CSKA Moscow.United have never played Club Brugge but they have a history of meeting Belgian opposition in Europe, including a record 10-0 victory over Anderlecht in the 1956-57 European Cup.Celtic, meanwhile, will face Swedish champions Malmo in the play-off round, with the first leg taking place at Parkhead.The Scottish champions avoided potential nightmare trips to Kazakhstan or Albania after beating Qarabag, of Azerbaijan, in the third qualifying round.But Malmo, European Cup finalists in 1979, have plenty of pedigree and have won the Swedish title in the last two seasons.Malmo overturned a 2-0 deficit from their away leg with Red Bull Salzburg to win 3-2 on aggregate and have former Celtic player Jo Inge Berget in their ranks.last_img read more

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Man sorry for killing trees but still resists high fine

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn a letter of apology to each board member in March, Fitzhenry acknowledged his actions were “selfish, impulsive and completely without justification.” He’s scheduled to attend Wednesday’s board meeting in Stateline. The matter first came before the board in February, when some members said a $17,000 fine was not a strong enough deterrent and the fine should at least be doubled to $34,000. A Sierra Club representative noted some wealthy homeowners and developers include fines in the cost of doing business in Tahoe, and suggested an even bigger fine. In his letter, Fitzhenry accepted responsibility for poisoning the trees. “In the most humble way possible, I wish to sincerely apologize for the senseless poisoning of trees on my property,” he wrote. “I wish there was a way to undo this inexcusable act on my part, and hope that my shame and embarrassment are very clear as you read this letter. I have been visiting Lake Tahoe for 30 years and strongly believe in the environmental values that are worth protecting. The view I see now is not of Lake Tahoe, but of sick trees that may or may not survive due to my conduct.” Fitzhenry drilled holes in the base of the Jeffrey pines and applied a herbicide. Staffers expect the trees to die within five years. A proposed settlement requires a restoration plan, which includes monitoring the health of the trees and planting new ones to take their place.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STATELINE, Nev. – A property owner has apologized for poisoning three large pines to improve his view of Lake Tahoe, but is resisting a proposed hefty fine, land-use regulators said. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency board risks litigation if it approves a $50,000 fine against John Fitzhenry, vice president of human resources for San Jose-based computer chip maker Altera Corp. Fitzhenry apparently is unwilling to pay more than $34,000 for the violation at his Dollar Point home on the north shore, said staffers of the bistate agency charged with protecting Lake Tahoe. “If he doesn’t, we are liable to have to go to court,” board member Coe Swobe of Nevada told the Tahoe Daily Tribune. “This violation was pretty egregious.” last_img read more

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SNAPSHOT LIVE, KARAOKE SUNDAY’S AND ALL COCKTAILS JUST €5 – IT’S THE WEEKEND AT THE BREWERY

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: It’s the weekend, and that means it’s time to hit the town and enjoy ourselves after another hectic week of work.To get you in the mood, Letterkenny’s No.1 pub – The Brewery has it all the bases covered for your entertainment needs. Cocktails are just €5 all weekend – and there’s live music and football on all throughout the weekend.The talented Matthew Crampsie will kick-start the party tonight and the brilliant Snapshot will be live tomorrow night.DJ Oisin will then spin all your favourites into the early hours of Sunday morning.Then on Sunday’s it’s the famed Karaoke Sunday’s which will as usual get the place bouncing. Make sure and drop in this weekend for another top class weekend of entertainment at The Brewery.SNAPSHOT LIVE, KARAOKE SUNDAY’S AND ALL COCKTAILS JUST €5 – IT’S THE WEEKEND AT THE BREWERY was last modified: April 1st, 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:CocktailsDJLiveMUSICpartyThe BreweryWeekendlast_img read more

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SOCCER: SHAUN COFFEY SCORES FOR SWILLY U12’S AS THEY EARN DRAW WITH DUNFANAGHY

first_imgSwilly Rovers F.C. News:Lotto result numbers: 2, 3, 5, 18. No jackpot winner. Three winners with 3 numbers: Joe Coyle Ramelton, Karen Coyle Ramelton & Charmain & Karen c/o Steves Cafe. Thanks for your continued support. The under 12’s drew 1-1 away to Dunfanaghy Youths with the Swilly goal coming from Shaun Coffey. The under 14 A’s lost 1-0 to Kilmacreannan Celtic in a top of the table clash.The under 14 B’s continued their positive start to the season with a 2-0 victory away to Bonagee. The Swilly goal scorers were Lee Callan and Kian Greene.The clubs club wear ordering has been completed and the order has been placed meaning that no more orders can or will be taken.SOCCER: SHAUN COFFEY SCORES FOR SWILLY U12’S AS THEY EARN DRAW WITH DUNFANAGHY was last modified: October 27th, 2015 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:soccerSportlast_img read more

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Wobbly Express FC seek solace at Tooro United

first_imgExpress FC have 14 points so far this season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueTooro United FC vs Express FCSt. Paul National Seminary, KabaloreSaturday, 16-11-2019 @4pmExpress FC will be attempting to return to winning ways when they take on Tooro United on Saturday afternoon at the St. Paul National Seminary in Kabalore.The Red Eagles have picked just a point in their last two games, drawing 2-2 against Maroons and losing 3-0 to KCCA FC.The two results shade a clear picture of how the Red Eagles season has turned out so far as they have been extremely inconsistent.Goerge Ssemwogerere’s side has won just four games so far and won consecutive encounters on one occasion.Having struggled at the wrong end of the table for two successive campaigns, the Red Eagle faithful were hoping for better this time around but by the look of things, fortunes are yet to take a different route.The Frank duo of Kalanda and Ssenyondo has been the brightest spots in the team alongside Captain Disan Galiwango. The trio has been so pivotal for the Red Eagles, scoring 15 of the team’s 18 goals so far and will be the ones to bank on if Express is to get a positive result in Kabalore.The Red Eagles come into the contest as favorites against a side that has literally hit rock-bottom even before the season reaches mid-way.Tooro United has traditionally been a hard side to beat but they have been woeful on and off the pitch this season.In the last six days, both their CEO and PRO have resigned to take the total to three personnel to have walked away from the club after head coach Wasswa Bbosa did likewise at the start of the month.The results on the pitch have also been poor with the Car Dealers winning just one of their past 6 games.Currently, under Eric Ndifuna and Sam Kawalya, it will be sort of a miracle if Tooro United pick up three points on Saturday.Match FactsThis will be the 13th meeting between the two sides since they first met in October 2013.In the previous 12 matches, Express has won on five occasions, Tooro four with the other three games ending in draws.The last two seasons have seen either side win their home fixture.Both sides have 14 points so far this season.Tooro comes into the game without victory in their last three games (D1 L3).At home, they have already lost three games this season (W3 D1).For Express FC, they have won only one of their last five games (D1 L3).Away from home, they are yet to draw a game having won 3 and lost as many in their six games so far.The other games to be played on Saturday-KCCA FC vs Vipers SC @3pm-Maroons FC vs Wakiso Giants FC @4pm-BUL FC vs Proline FC @4pmFriday’s results-Mbarara City FC 2-0 Kyetume FC-Bright Stars FC 0-1 Police FC-URA FC 0-0 Busoga United FCComments Tags: Disan GaliwangoEric NdifunaExpress FCFrank KalandaFrank SsenyondoGeorge SsemwogerereSam KawalyaTooro United FCUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Pushing Back on Tariffs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (DTN) — Leaders of a major Iowa equipment manufacturer and Iowa farmers reiterated their calls Wednesday for President Donald Trump to remove tariffs against trading partners that have driven up the prices of steel and aluminum as well as retaliatory tariffs that are hurting farm exports.Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Ia., told business leaders and farmers at a roundtable discussion that she needed to hear their experiences so she could get the message to Washington, D.C. that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) must be ratified and tariffs against Canada and Mexico must be lifted.Roughly one-in-five jobs in Iowa is tied to trade, largely in agriculture. Wednesday’s event at Kinze Manufacturing in eastern Iowa was organized by the group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Wednesday’s event was the 15th town hall around the Midwest as groups seek to rally support to drop tariffs.Dennis Slater, president of AEM, said tariffs equate to a tax and the tax is hitting U.S. businesses and consumers. “China is not paying the tax. We are paying the tax,” Slater said.Ernst said she did not see any serious sticking points that would prevent the USMCA from ratification. Congress right now is still waiting on the Trump administration to submit the trade deal to Congress, which then starts a timeline for votes on the trade agreement. The bill would begin in the House, where Ernst said she thinks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., supports the USMCA.“The administration needs to be working with the House on how to get this through,” she said.Beyond the USMCA, there is equal angst about talks with China and the tariffs in place there. Last summer, President Trump imposed a 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods then followed up with a 10% tariff on $200 billion in goods. China has imposed tariffs on more than $110 billion in U.S. goods, including 25% tariffs on a range of agricultural products, including soybeans, and even higher tariffs on U.S. pork.Ernst said trade needs to go beyond “one-off” sales to China for products such as soybeans and pork. “We need long-term resolution and that means getting the trade deal done,” the senator said.Richard Dix, senior director of supply chain for Kinze, said the manufacturer has seen an unprecedented increase in the price of steel, which translates into higher prices for the planters, grain carts and tilling equipment Kinze makes. Then Kinze sees sales affected because farmers are worried about their own income going forward.“If they are insecure, they are not in the dealership,” Dix said. “If they aren’t in the dealership, then they aren’t buying our products.”Tariffs are having costs in a variety of ways. A study released this week by the University of Chicago and the Federal Reserve showed tariffs increased the costs for washers and dryers an average of $86 per washing machine and $92 per dryer. That added up to additional costs of $1.5 billion to consumers just for those products.Further, tariffs and higher metal prices are taking away options such as investing more money in the company or rewarding employees, Dix said. “We’re forced to make different decisions because money is being siphoned away from our company.“Our biggest fear is this becoming the new normal,” he added.Other business people in eastern Iowa told of companies losing business to European or Asian firms because of the steel and aluminum tariffs, or the tariffs placed on China. Jon Kinzenbaw, who founded Kinze, said he’s concerned about what could happen to Iowa land values because of persistent low farm prices and the effect that would have on farmers.“If we don’t get this thing turned around, I predict there will be a lot of farms and other things changing hands in the very near future,” Kinzenbaw said.Ernst said she disagrees with the way President Trump used a national-security section of an old trade law, “Section 232,” to place steel and aluminum tariffs on most trade partners, especially Canada and Mexico. Those countries retaliated and expected the tariffs to be lifted once the USMCA was negotiated. Right now, the tariffs remain in place and the Trump administration has not offered any details about lifting the Section 232 tariffs.“If there is a deal in place, and the USMCA is essentially done, then the tariffs need to be lifted,” Ernst said.Ernst is working on legislation that would require the Department of Defense to determine national security threats before such tariffs could be imposed in the future.Pam Johnson, former president of the National Corn Growers Association, said there is too much uncertainty about markets as farmers go to the fields this spring to plant a crop. She pointed to a recent University of Illinois analysis highlighting the losses farmers currently face planting either corn or soybeans.“I have never had to go into a season planting a crop with that in mind,” Johnson said.John Heisdorffer, former president of the American Soybean Association, told Ernst that U.S. farmers spent millions of dollars developing a trade relationship with China and he fears they may never get the market back like it was just over a year ago. Heisdorffer cited problems in the Dakotas trying to find a market for beans that would have been exported.“All of those funds seem like they have been lost because we are back where we started,” Heisdorffer said. Heisdorffer also talked about how much U.S. trade disputes have helped international competitors such as Brazil. “We more or less handed them our soybean exports because of the tariffs.”Ernst expressed confidence in the president on trade, especially the adoption of USMCA. “I think he is going to want to see this as a significant achievement of his administration,” she said.Chris Clayton can be reached at chris.clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/BE)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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