first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2016)–In his final work in preparation for Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 9, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, who was fitted with blinkers, worked a snappy six furlongs in 1:10.04 under Victor Espinoza prior to today’s first race at The Great Race Place.Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome came on Santa Anita’s main track accompanied by a stable pony via the quarter mile chute at 11:48 a.m. and then jogged the “wrong way” up the track’s backstretch and around the Club House turn, stopping to turn around at the finish line, where he then headed back into the first turn.From there, he broke free from the pony and was sent to the rail by Espinoza approaching the six furlong pole. A striking California-bred chestnut horse who is now age 5, “Chrome” cut out splits of 23.65, 46.66, 58.30 and 1:10.04 under idyllic conditions with the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a backdrop.“He’s the best he’s ever been since I’ve had him,” said Sherman, who first took over training duties early in the chestnut’s 2-year-old year. “He looks ready to me. I got him (galloping out) in 1:22.20 for seven eighths. If he has a good trip (in the San Pasqual), he’ll be tough to beat. He hasn’t run in nine months and there’s nothing like having a race, but working like this in front of the public is the next-best thing.“He’s training good, acting good. He’s a lot different horse right now. He’s stronger and he’s more focused.”Idle since running second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup March 28, California Chrome, who won four Grade I stakes in his 3-year-old year; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Hollywood Derby, has an overall mark of 18-9-3-1, with earnings of $6,322,650.Following his second place run in Dubai, which netted the owners a tidy $2 million, California Chrome was sent on what turned out to be a fruitless journey to England, where by all accounts, he lost a substantial amount of weight and therefore did not run as planned at Ascot this past July. Subsequent to that, he was sent Arlington Park in Chicago, where it was determined he would not run as planned in the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 15.After a visit to Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky for some rehabilitation and freshening, California Chrome returned to Sherman’s Los Alamitos base on Oct. 13. Since arriving at Los Alamitos, he’s had six recorded works, beginning with a half mile in 50.20 on Nov. 21, and culminating with a seven furlong move last Sunday in 1:25.40.California Chrome will remain at Santa Anita with Sherman through next Saturday’s San Pasqual.last_img read more

La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentscenter_img Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Redemption Hospital’s Chief Administrator Arrested in London

first_imgTobias Bowen, a 47-year-old Liberian and Chief Administrator of the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, who was charged in 2010 with allegedly raping a child in western New York, has been captured in Britain.The Onondaga County, New York sheriff’s office says Tobias Bowen had been spending his time leading Liberia’s Redemption Hospital and was taken into custody after getting off a plane Saturday at a London airport.Officials say Bowen was charged with rape and criminal sex acts in March 2010, when he lived in the Syracuse, New York suburb of Liverpool.After his $10,000 bail was posted, Bowen fled to Liberia, and subsequently became Chief Administrator of Redemption Hospital, in one of Liberia slum communities.After Bowen disappeared, sheriff’s detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were able to track his travels to Liberia and the United Kingdom.It wasn’t long before his seedy past caught up with him and a local newspaper reported in August 2011 that Bowen was a ‘fugitive from justice.’The article said Bowen was wanted for having alleged sexual contacts with two children. A local newspaper had published the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office warrant with Bowen’s photo; yet he continued to run the hospital.With help from the U.S. Marshals International Investigations Branch, investigators found out that Bowen was landing in London on Saturday, where he was apprehended when he got off the plane.Detectives teamed up with the Department of State, Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office to make their move.Bowen is awaiting extradition back to the United States where the Sheriff’s office says he will face several felony related sex offense charges and an endangering the welfare of a child charge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt distributes unsigned pension books

first_img– PAC member chides ministry reps for illegal action, flimsy excusesRecent instances of old age pension books being issued with no one signing for them, in order to ensure accountability, have come to the attention of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).According to PAC member parliamentarian Juan Edghill, it is an illegal act to bePAC member Juan Edghillissuing pension books and not collecting signatures. However, he stated that a representative of the ministry has admitted that employees of the ministry did just that, during the PAC’s latest meeting.“That was an admission made at the PAC by the accounting officer at the Ministry of Social Protection — that there are pension books that were issued (for which) no signatures could be found,” Edghill stated in a recent interview.It is understood that upon being pressed by the PAC for an explanation, representatives of the ministry stated that a crowd crisis at the distribution point caused the books to be issued without being signed for.“It is an illegal issue,” Edghill affirmed. “And the explanation they gave was that there was a crowd crisis. So people collected the books without signing. It’s not plausible, it’s not acceptable and it can’t stand the scrutiny.“Because if you have a crowd crisis, what you have to do is control your crowd and continue,” the former Junior Finance Minister said. “But you can’t just be passing out books to people and they’re not signing (for them).”While in opposition, the coalition had claimed that the People’s Progressive PartyAmna Ally now heads the Social Protection Ministryhad inflated the list of pensioners by thousands. The parties had claimed that investigations and a study were done. However, demands to produce this evidence were never met by the coalition; and today, the number of old age pensioners has risen.A forensic audit had been launched into the Old Age Pension Scheme subsequently revealing that the previous Ministry of Social Protection was not being accountable for the distribution process of pension books.This was the finding of auditor Leslie Veerasammy of Nizam Ali and Company. The audit covered the period January 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015. When it was completed, there were a number of recommendations to improve the system.During the probe, Veerasammy said it was found that “there was no proper accountability for the 50,500 OAP books printed for 2015, as reconciliation is not maintained between books printed versus books used.”It has been noted that the total amount of eligible pensioners as recorded in the pension database stood at 45,262 at the beginning of 2015 during January 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015, and there were 2301 additions and 587 removals. Therefore, the total amount of eligible pensioners as per the database at May 31, 2015 was 46,976.Moreover, during the investigation, it was found that some 27 instances were found where persons collecting the pension books were not the eligible pensioners. The auditor stated that attempts were made to confirm the existence of these persons by contacting them, but the exercise was unsuccessful.Furthermore, the probe highlighted instances when pension books were distributed in hinterland areas through the Toshaos or Village Councillors; hence there is no need for pensioners to sign the prescribed distribution sheet when uplifting their books. This, Veerasammy explained, opens room for misconduct.The auditor had recommended that the ministry provide a detailed reconciliation of all OAP books for 2015, including the number of books printed, number of books issued to social workers, number of books returned by social workers, damaged books, and number of books on hand.He also made a recommendation for a monthly reconciliation to be done. It is not clear whether a monthly reconciliation system was indeed implemented in keeping with this advice. Last year, the Government had announced that an automatic distribution system for old age pension would be introduced by January 2017. As part of the new system, the ministry had announced that pensioners would be required to have the new National Identification Card, rather than the nine-digit ones formerly used.last_img read more

Exclusive – Cascarino: Chelsea right to sell Lukaku to Everton

first_imgTony Cascarino believes Chelsea were right to sell Romelu Lukaku to Everton.The Belgian forward agreed a £28million club-record switch to the Toffees on Wednesday, following a successful loan spell at Goodison Park last year.And former Stamford Bridge hitman Cascarino claims it was a good piece of business for the west London club.“I don’t think Chelsea have made a mistake [by selling Lukaku],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s 21 and been at Chelsea for a few years [without really breaking though].“He has a great goal return but a lot of Everton supporters will tell you they want more from Lukaku.“I’ve seen him in games and thought he has got a lot to learn. His touch needs to be better. Roberto Martinez will try and improve him.“If he can improve him, then Everton have got a player who can benefit the club hugely.“It has to be more than last year though. He was a bit of an enigma for Everton.“I was never quite sure if he was a guy who could dictate games or if he would go missing. Martinez must feel he can make him a much more complete player.”last_img read more

Former Chelsea forward blasts West Ham’s ‘vanity signing’ of Wilshere

first_img SORRY Wilshere, the midfielder, penned terms with the Hammers earlier this year after his Arsenal contract expired. Despite being struck by constant injuries over the past few years, Wilshere is still only 26 and capturing him was viewed as something of a coup for the London Stadium club.However, the England international started all of West Ham’s first four games of this season – which they lost – and as soon as he was dropped from the side the Hammers picked up three points.The east London club followed up last week’s defeat of Everton by holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw, and it’s hard to see why Manuel Pellegrini, the manager, would recall Wilshere to the starting line-up when’s he returned from injury. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? West Ham’s midfield looks far improved with Obiang (above) and Mark Noble playing ahead of Declan Rice predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 whoops England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Jack Wilshere is no longer suited to modern football, says former Chelsea and Ireland forward Tony Cascarino.Writing in The Times, Cascarino also called West Ham’s decision to sign Wilshere over the summer ‘vanity’. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed latest The current midfield trio of Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang is clearly better suited to Premier League football than a pairing of Noble and Wilshere, who lack any real energy to dominate a game from the middle of the park.While the opinion on Wilshere is now starting to flip towards negativity, Cascarino insists he always doubted whether the former Arsenal man was a good signing for the Hammers.“I was surprised when West Ham signed Jack Wilshere,” Cascarino wrote in The Times. “His injury record is so poor, and even though he was on a free transfer I would be surprised if many other clubs were in for him.“It seemed to be a vanity signing and I can’t believe they gave him a three-year deal. The most damning thing about Wilshere is that West Ham have looked better since his injury forced him out of the team. With a midfield three of Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang they look more balanced and, crucially, have the energy and fitness that Wilshere doesn’t have. REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense Most read in Premier League changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? There were hopes Wilshere would reignite his career at West Ham Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware “He’s got excellent technical ability but he looks increasingly unsuited to the modern-day game.”last_img read more

Four from Women’s Basketball Selected to MVC All-Conference Teams

first_imgST. LOUIS – Four student-athletes from the Drake University women’s basketball team were selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams, the conference announced Wednesday, March 7. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), were named to the All-MVC First Team while Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) garnered All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades. Drake has a league-leading 47 first team all-conference selections in MVC history. This is the second career All-MVC honor for Bachrodt, who was honorable mention last season. This season, she is averaging impressive stats across the board at 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Bachrodt, who was selected to the Preseason All-MVC First Team, leads the Valley in assists with 117 and is second in steals with 60. She has started all 96 games in her career and is No. 9 all-time at Drake in career steals with 195. Bachrodt was selected to the MVC All-Defensive Team for the second-straight season.   Dean, who averages 10.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, missed all of the 2016-17 campaign due to injury, but has appeared in all 30 games this season and earlier this year scored her 1,000th career point. Going into the MVC Tournament, Dean is one of just four active MVC players to score 1,000 or more career points. She has scored eight or more points in 22 games and leads the MVC in assists per game in league play at 4.1. Dean was the 2015 MVC Freshman of the Year and a member of the 2015 All-MVC First Team. Drake is the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs will play either No. 8 Valparaiso or No. 9 Loyola on Friday at 12 p.m. Print Friendly Version Rhine, who was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Tuesday, is on the All-MVC First Team for the first time in her career after being awarded honorable mention honors in 2016. This year, she has played in 28 games, averages 15.6 points per game (4th in MVC) and 6.0 rebounds per game (9th in MVC) and shoots a league-high 58.4 percent from the floor. Rhine, who played in just eight games in 2016-17 due to injury after being named the 2016 MVC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year, tied Hittner for most 20-plus point games with six this season. She is already one of the most accurate shooters in program history with a 59.1 percent career clip, which ranks third all-time. Rhine needs to score just 30 more points to reach the 1,000-career point mark. Hittner is a member of the All-MVC First Team for the second-consecutive season and joins former standout Lizzy Wendell as the only Bulldogs to earn All-MVC First Team honors in each of their first two seasons. This season, Hittner has started all 30 games, leads the MVC in three-point percentage at 44.0 percent, ranks second in scoring at 15.7 points per game and third in shooting percentage at 49.2. Hittner, who was the 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year, raised her already impressive play to another level in league play this year. She led the Valley in free throw percentage at 95.7 and three-point shooting at 50.7 percent, narrowly ranked second in scoring at 16.0 points per game and was fourth in shooting percentage at 53.5 percent. Hittner is the first MVC player to post 50-50-95 shooting numbers in league play in 15 seasons. She is already No.1 all-time in three-point percentage at 47.7 at Drake and No. 2 all-time in career free throw percentage at 84.9. Wednesday’s all-conference teams come after Tuesday’s announcement of the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams that all four Drake student-athletes were selected to.last_img read more


first_imgFormer Finn Harps manager Patsy McGowan has been ordered to pay a man €15,800 damages after he brutally assaulted him in the boardroom of the club.Shane McConnell leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.McGowan assaulted fellow board member Shane McConnell at the Co Donegal club following a fall-out over internet rumours. Mr McConnell, of Navenney Street, Ballybofey, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court  today after taking an action for damages against McGowan, 77.The victim, who is now 34, told the court how he had grown up beside Finn Park and was a  fan of the club all his life.He sold programmes as a young boy and went to as many games as he could.He was involved in an unofficial supporters club called ‘From Behind The Nets’ since 2004 but decided he would like to take a more active role and became a board member in 2008.He attended a board meeting on the night in question and the issue of online debate was raised and Mr McConnell accused Mr McGowan of making certain online allegations.In response, McGowan turned around and punched Mr McConnell square in the face while he had his arms folded causing him to fall back and land on the floor.In evidence, Mr McConnell then revealed that his attacker jumped on top of him, dragged him up and down the floor and pulled clumps of hair out of his head.McGowan, of Knock, Ballybofey was eventually pulled off his victim.Mr McConnell, who had a well-known butcher shop in the town, was taken to NowDoc for treatment.The victim said he could not return to Finn Park out of embarrassment and anxiety and said that many people called into the shop after hearing about the attack.McGowan was found guilty of attacking Mr McConnell at the district court and ordered to pay his victim €1,750.Barrister for the victim, Mr Seamus Breen, said to this day McGowan has in six years never tried to apologise to Mr McConnell and he has not received “a phone call, letter or email.”Barrister for Mr McGowan, James O’Donnell, said his client was a man in his 70s who said he was under a lot of pressure at the time and that he bore no ill will towards Mr McConnell.Judge John Hannan said he was not surprised that Mr McConnell had difficulty getting involved with his local soccer club but was pleased to note that he had got on with his life in general and was engaged to be married.He awarded him €15,000 and also €800 for his medical expenses.Speaking after court, Mr McConnell said he did not wish to make any further comment other than he was glad that his ordeal was now over.FORMER FINN HARPS MANAGER ORDERED TO PAY VICTIM €15,800 was last modified: March 25th, 2015 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:finn harpsPatsy McGowanShane McConnelllast_img read more


first_imgThe Confederations Cup tournament kicks off this evening with Russia facing New Zealand at the Krestovsky stadium. The tournament which runs from June 17 to July 2 will be shown on DSTV channel Super Sport 3 and Kwesefree Sports.The games have kicked off at the Krestovsky stadium in St.Petersburg today with Russia the hosts against the Oceania Nations Cup Champions New Zealand followed by games at the OtkvtytiyeArenain Moscow Kazan Arena in Kazan and Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.There are only two groups in this tournament. Group A seen as the group of death has hosts Russia , European Champions Portugal and CONCACAF champions Mexico.Group B includes African Champions Cameroon , Copa America holders Chille, World Champions Germany and AFC Asian Cup Champions Australia.By press time, Russia was leading by one goal to zero thanks to a goal from Glushakov. The game returns for second halfCommentslast_img read more

Feather Technology Resurrected in Printer After 40 Million Years

first_imgA fossil bird feather from Germany still shows that melanosomes – the cell organelles that produce iridescent colors in feathers – are still visible after an alleged 40 million years.  The structures were long thought to be remnants of bacteria that fed on the organic matter, but now are seen to consist of original feather material.  Derek Briggs of Yale said, “The discovery of ultra-structural detail in feather fossils opens up remarkable possibilities for the investigation of other features in soft-bodied fossils, like fur and even internal organs.”    Meanwhile, engineers are starting to invent things based on the light-scattering properties of these structures that produce such bright colors on the feathers of birds and the wings of butterflies.  New Scientist reported on the invention of “magic ink” by South Korean scientists.  The ink works by the “interaction of light with finely-patterned surface textures, rather than relying on pigments.”  Using nanoparticles, magnetic fields, resin and a fixer, they produce “structural colors” whose brilliance relies on the interference patterns produced by reflection off repetitive shapes.  This is the same principle that produces the flashy colors on birds, insects, and sometimes even fossil feathers.If you believe those fossil melanosomes have sat undisturbed for 40 million years, you probably also could believe that magic ink is really magical.  Once irrationality is chosen, it knows no limits.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more