Leafs snap two-game slide by doubling Spokane 4-2 Saturday night in Lilac City

first_imgNik Newman registered his first multiple point game of the season to help the Nelson Leafs snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Lilac City.The two teams meet Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena in the second half of the home-and-home Murdoch Division series.Newman, from Saugus, California, scored once and added two assists as the Leafs exploded for three goals in the first period past Spokane netminder Branden Amatto — including two markers in an 18-second span.The final 33 seconds was a wild time the teams combined for three goals, two by the Leafs James Sorriey and Newman and the final tally by Dylan Solberg of the Braves with six seconds remaining in the frame.Nelson then rode the hot goaltending of rookie Patrick Defoe who won his first game in the Green and White by stopping 32 of 24 shots. Spokane made a push in the third out shooting the Leafs 12-6.Leaf defenceman Riley Henderson scored his first goal of the season on the power play early in the third to give Nelson a two-goal cushion.Max Mois of Prince George opened the scoring for Nelson before Thomas McNevin replied for the Braves.Nelson, 2-1-0-1, pulls to within a point of Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch standings. Castlegar, thumping Grand Forks 9-2 Friday thanks to a five-point outburst from Anthony Delong, is third one point behind Nelson while Spokane, 1-4-0-0, is fourth. Grand Forks is winless in three starts.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgMike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Richard Baltas4469514%45%$374,358 CAL-BREDS NOT UNDERESTIMATED BY PETER EURTONAshleyluvssugar has run in a Grade I or a Grade II stakes in nine of his last 10 starts, so it might appear he’s in a softer spot Saturday when he runs in the ungraded $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank for California-bred or sired horses.Not so says Peter Eurton, who trains the consistent six-year-old gelded son of Game Plan, winner of eight of 19 career starts, with three seconds, three thirds and earnings of $1,007,504.“We’ll try to get him to run his race from the rail,” Eurton said. “The one hole is the one hole. (Flavien) Prat is a great rider so he’ll do his best to get him into a good position. The horse is doing well.“Even though it’s not a Grade I race, the Cal-breds are good. We never underestimate anybody.”The field for the Turf Classic, which goes as race seven: Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Part; Ward ‘n Jerry, Stewart Elliott; Ralis, Mario Gutierrez; Temple Keys, Santiago Gonzalez; Cardiac, Corey Nakatani; What a View, Tyler Baze; He Will, Rafael Bejarano; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo; Tamarando, Martin Garcia; and Poshky, Jamie Theriot.The California Cup Turf Classic is one of five stakes Saturday in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, offering a total of $1 million in purse money. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5074214%26%$331,230 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: According to Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, Santa Anita has absorbed a whopping 11.32 inches of rain this month. Although Sunday’s races were cancelled due to extremely wet conditions, Moore has today’s main track in “fast” condition . . . Old warhorse Royal F J, still earning his keep at age 10, makes his 92nd start in today’s eighth race. Trained by Jack Carava, the chestnut Royal Academy gelding comes off a rousing 2 ½ length win at Del Mar on Dec. 3. With an overall record of 91-8-17-14, he’s earned $535,540 . . . Sham Stakes winner. Gormley, mentioned by trainer John Shirreffs as possible for the March 11 San Felipe Stakes, worked five furlongs under Chantal Sutherland in company  with Hollywood Strike Gormley went in 1:00.60, while Hollywood Strike got 1:00.80 . . . Play ball! Of the 234 recorded workouts Thursday on Santa Anita’s fast main track (215) and dirt track (19), two were by horses named for diamond Hall of Famers, Catfish Hunter and Pee Wee Reese . . . Santa Anita simulcast host Megan Devine and XBTV.com’s Jeff Siegel will offer their selections at 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens. Tom Quigley hosts. Peter Miller3178423%61%$363,550 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 21) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat711771124%49%$908,103 Tyler Baze741610722%45%$542,602 Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY IS 11:45 A.M.In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m.  Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features a widely anticipated rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here Nov. 5, but it was Chrome who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by Art Sherman, 79, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has won 16 of his 26 starts and amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record-setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over Chrome in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. Stewart Elliott5166812%39%$227,560 UNIQUE BELLA IN BULLET DRILL FOR LAS VIRGENESBudding superstar Unique Bella worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in a bullet 58.20 under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez for the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 5.“It was a very good work,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. “We usually don’t work them that fast, but she was doing it all on her own.”Two-time Eclipse champion Songbird, meanwhile, arrived from Kentucky on Monday to prepare for her four-year-old campaign.“She trained Tuesday, Wednesday and today, but she won’t be working (breezing) for at least a month,” Hollendorfer said of the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, who has not raced since absorbing her first loss after 11 straight facile triumphs, to Beholder by a nose in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Nov. 4.The 58.20 clocking, also recorded by the Richard Baltas-trained Lunar Empress, was the fastest of 86 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.24. DESERT STEEL RETURNS TO TURF IN SUNSHINE MILLION TESTDesert Steel returns to the grass Saturday where she has run 11 of her 15 career races. She is coming off a wide third-place finish in a minor stakes over Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface, but prior to that ran in 11 straight grass races, winning three.The six-year-old gray Desert Code mare bred by Harris Farms runs Saturday in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs.“I think she’s definitely better on turf,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I don’t think she liked the surface last time, and she ran a good second last time she ran down the hill (in the California Distaff Handicap last Oct. 15) to Enola Gray. She’s the one to beat but my mare is sharp so we’re going to give it a go.”The Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, race two: Desert Steel, Rafael Bejarano; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze; How Unusual, Kent Desormeaux; All That heat, Flavien Prat; Tale of Papa Nick, Drayden Van Dyke; Late ‘n Left, Edwin Maldonado; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Lucy De, Stewart Elliott; and Cuddle Alert, Agapito Delgadillo.center_img ECLIPSE AWARD LANDSLIDE BY SO-CAL HORSESASHLEYLUVSSUGAR READY FOR TURF CLASSIC SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY: 11:45 A.M.DESERT STEEL RETURNS TO TURF VS. CAL-BREDSUNIQUE BELLA FIRES BULLET FOR LAS VIRGENES Drayden Van Dyke5059210%32%$319,441 Martin Pedroza4266614%43%$222,428 SOUTHERN CAL HORSES DOMINATE ECLIPSE AWARDSHeaded by Horse of the Year California Chrome, Southern California-based horses dominated Saturday night’s Eclipse Awards Dinner at Gulfstream Park, as seven horses took home a total of eight Eclipse trophies. Not only did the legendary six-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit win for the second time in the Horse of the Year category, he was also voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.“Chrome,” who began his 2016 campaign for trainer Art Sherman with an authoritative victory in Santa Anita’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, would go on to win six consecutive races, including the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes here on Oct. 1, before running second by a half length to Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5.A winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, California Chrome is tentatively scheduled to retire to stud at co-owner Taylor Made Farms in Kentucky following Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream.Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Arrogate, who followed his record-shattering win in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27 with his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over California Chrome in only his sixth career start, was voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate was a perfect three for three at The Great Race Place in 2016, beginning with his maiden special weight win on June 5.In addition to Arrogate, Baffert also tasted Eclipse victory with Drefong, who was voted Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter. Unbeaten in three starts here last year, Drefong capped his championship season with a 1 ¼ length win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5.“It just goes to show you how tough it is out here in California,” said Baffert. “We work very hard to compete at the top level, win big races and championships . . . that’s always our goal. I’m proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished.”In a masterstroke that has been commonplace throughout his incredible Hall of Fame career, trainer Richard Mandella oversaw Santa Anita-based Beholder’s fifth and final racing campaign, which was culminated by an epic nose victory over previously undefeated Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4. That, along with two other graded victories at Santa Anita, enabled the Spendthrift Farm color bearer to be named Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Female, making her a four-time Eclipse Champion.Undefeated in seven starts leading into the Distaff, Santa Anita-based Songbird began 2016 by streaking to four consecutive victories: in the Grade II Las Virgenes on Feb. 6, the Grade III Santa Ysabel on March 5, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 and the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18, by a combined 20 ½ lengths.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird’s nose loss to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will no doubt go down as one of the greatest Distaffs of all-time, rivaling the 1989 showdown between Personal Ensign and Winning Colors.In what trainer Ian Kruljac, 28, described as “a once-in-a-lifetime day,” his prized filly, Finest City, won Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, while Kruljac’s father, Eric, was on hand at Gulfstream to pinch hit for his son and receive Finest City’s Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter.Based throughout the year at Santa Anita, Finest City, a four-year-old filly by City Zip, capped 2016 with a three-quarter length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 5. Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City was 8-2-2-2 on the year and amassed annual earnings of $823,200.Like Kruljac, trainer Peter Eurton brought home his first Eclipse Award as well, as his Champagne Room was voted Champion 2-year-old Filly. Based at Santa Anita, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II Sorrento Stakes Aug. 6 at Del Mar and culminated her freshman season with an upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies here Nov. 5. Owned by Ciaglia, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, R. Christiansen and Sharon Alesia, Champagne Room has a 5-2-1-1 mark and earnings of $1,286,600.In addition to eight equine Eclipse Awards, Santa Anita-based Baffert and jockey Mike Smith were also finalists in their respective categories.Suffice to say, Santa Anita was The Great Race Place to be in 2016! Jerry Hollendorfer4898819%52%$743,684 Doug  O’Neill56691011%45%$382,468 Kent Desormeaux47106621%47%$679,723 Rafael Bejarano55781013%45%$531,953 Philip D’Amato2454521%58%$439,575 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 William Spawr1160255%73%$169,341 Luis Contreras43581012%53%$260,539 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler1854528%78%$254,234last_img read more

Man Utd line up January swoop for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly lining up a January swoop for Christian Eriksen.Goal claims the Tottenham contract rebel could be in line for a move to a Premier League rival after entering the final year of his North London deal.1 Christian Eriksen is being lined up for a January move to Man UtdCredit: ReutersEriksen will not be extending his stay with Mauricio Pochettino’s side and is set to leave on a free transfer next summer.The Dane also has little intention of being shunted out in the January transfer window as he believes he will have better offers at the end of the season.However, Eriksen is willing to move if the terms are right.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAnd United apparently believe they can lure the playmaker to Old Trafford at the start of 2020.Doubts remain over Paul Pogba’s future as he looks to bag a new £600,000-a-week contract.And Eriksen could be the perfect replacement for the Real Madrid and Juventus target.Latest Man Utd NewsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingSpurs are also ready to talk business as they are reluctant to lose Eriksen on a free transfer and would prefer to cash in.One man who won’t be leaving Tottenham any time soon is French midfielder Moussa Sissoko.He has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal, although Spurs will still look to land a replacement for Eriksen when he finally departs.David De Gea treated his Manchester United team-mates to a bonding meal out but Paul Pogba was among the players to give it a misslast_img read more

Knights hold off Kumuls

first_imgDespite the unforgiving humidity, the Knights held off a Kumuls come back after taking an eight point lead in the first half.Brendan Nima opened the scoring in 13th minute when Nene McDonald tapped back a Watson Boas fifth last kick to Nima to score in the right corner. Watson Boas missed the conversion giving Kumuls a 4 – 0 lead.After a penalty against Nene McDonald for dangerous play, the Knights would score in the 21st minute when try scorer Nima allowed the ball to bounce in the in goal area  for Centre Liam Sutcliffe to score.After kick-restrated, the Kumuls would regain the ball in Knights territory after taking the ball out of touch.In the ensuing set, Edwin Ipape, would take on the line and offload to Moses Meninga, who make a lovely right step to run through and score next to the posts. The unconverted try saw the Kumuls lead 8 – 4.The Knights would absorb the pressure and in the 30th minute, after Rhadley Brawa drops the ball cold in the Kumuls 20 metre, Knights winger Tom Lineham would score after Kumuls ran out of defenders on the left flank for a 10 – 8 lead. The Knights again showed some class when they found a 40-20 kick,  and Tom Davies would stroll over in the right hand corner for an easy try.  The conversion left the score at 16 – 8 going into half time.The Kumuls opened the second half with aggression and after minutes of pressure Edwin Ipape would score off a Justin Olam run in the 50th minute. The missed conversion left the score at 16  – 12.That was the Kumuls only consolation as the Knights held on.Kumuls Assistant Coach, Stanley Tepend, said too many errors cost them the match and they would bounce back.Picture credit: PNG Kumuls Facebook Pagelast_img read more

James ‘happy’ for spot in 400 final

first_imgBEIJING, China (CMC): Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada easily advanced to the final of the Men’s 400 metres, giving himself a chance to regain the World title. James won the first semi-final in 44.16, the second-fastest time, advancing to the final, with Isaac Makwala of Botswana crossing the finish line in 44.11. Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic (44.26), South African Wayde Van Niekerk (44.31), LaShawn Merritt of the United States (44.34), Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia (44.40), Great Britain’s Rabah Yousif (44.54), and Machel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago (44.64) will join James and Makwala in tomorrow’s final. “I just tried to control the race, and congrats to Santos (Luguelin) for running a nice little record,” James said. “I am just happy to get through to the final, get some rest, make sure my body is right, and just try to make it a very competitive race.” James may have to fight a major battle with the reigning World champion, Merritt, of the United States and Van Niekerk, the only man to beat James this season. Olympic bronze medallist, Lalonde Gordon (44.70) and Renny Quow of Trinidad & Tobago (44.98); Javon Francis (44.77), Rusheen McDonald (44.86) and Peter Matthews (45.42) of Jamaica; and the Bahamas trio of Steven Gardiner (44.98), Chris Brown (45.07) and Michael Mathieu (45.43) failed to advance.last_img read more

Armed Forces Day Letter to Liberia: Time for Systemic Change by Citizens, Not…

first_imgYesterday was the celebration of Armed Forces Day. We love the men and women of the military and wish them well in their career. On Armed Forces Day, it’s fair to say that the army and police protect the politicians. Politicians have body guards, drivers and cooks. Most of the politicians in Liberia claim to be trained in the United States. However, all across the United States most public servants, including senators and representatives, do not have personal body guards. So while the Liberian National Army is protecting the politicians, who protect the citizens? Service to the country must begin with those at the top. If they cannot serve, they cannot lead. If those who cannot serve are the ones who lead, then the system in which they lead cannot benefit the people. If the system is not benefiting the people, the system must be changed.The current political system in Liberia, like those in most post-colonial African countries is lacking in its legitimacy because the government is not representative of majority of the citizens it governs. From the very inception of the republic of Liberia in 1847 the system of governance deliberately excluded a vast majority of citizens from voting and any input in decision making.  Centuries later, in the just concluded ‘2014 Special Senatorial Elections’ the question of legitimacy has worsened with a whopping 74.8% of registered voters seeing no reasons for which to vote. They refused to legitimize a political ‘merry-go-round’, which, by design, can never benefit majority of the citizens. Contrary to the Constitution, it is politicians – not citizens – who have supreme powers in Liberia. Even if the current cohort of senators did win 100% of the 25.2% of registered voters who bothered to vote in the 2014 Special Elections, those in power today lack the mandate to rule because the system into which they are being baptized is intrinsically corrupt and out of touch with the majority of the electorate.In a democratic system, public servants are paid to serve. In Liberia, politicians are not servants so exactly what are they paid to do? With the 2015 annual budget of $660 million, Liberian representatives each earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. Compare the salaries in poverty stricken Liberia to Massachusetts, USA, where the 2015 annual budget is $36 billion dollars and where lawmakers earn $62,000 salary yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn a meager $200 USD per two year term. In both cases, these American lawmakers receive no cars, no drivers, no gas slips, no body guards, or other tangible benefits.The Liberian presidency now wields more power than President Barack Obama, the Pope and the Queen of England combined. Unlike Obama, the Liberian president appoints all governors of all 15 political subdivisions, all mayors of all cities across Liberia, all cabinet members, all heads of public corporations and the judges at Supreme Court. With such greater powers, things have gone from bad to worse. Thousands of students in colleges and universities will never get a job upon graduation and everyone is sending their children to school. Liberia is in trouble and the politicians are not going to talk about it because the flawed system benefits them.In order to provide civic education to Liberians and prepare citizens to lead, four Liberians have been selected to attend the Citizens’ Initiatives annual conference and training at Citizens University, Seattle, Washington will convene on March 20, 2015. Scholarships are awarded to deserving participates based on their accomplishments and organizing skills for social change.Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) is inviting 10 individuals from Africa to join me, including 4 Liberians. The goal is to give Liberians the necessary skills to peacefully change the corrupt system in Liberia by incorporating citizens Initiatives into the laws of Liberia. Citizens Initiatives gives supreme powers to citizens, not politicians, allowing citizens to propose laws and repeal laws without the permission or approval of the legislature or president. In 2014, there were over 150 ballot measures across the USA, including one in Washington State to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour and another in Arizona to limit the salaries of politicians.  Liberia needs systemic change. Change, consistent with Article one of the Constitution which clearly states that the citizens, not the politicians, have supreme powers in the republic. Liberia is neither a real republic nor a true democracy because supreme power in Liberia rests in the hands of politicians, not citizens. Everyone knows this. And no one can clean up a pool of muddy water by jumping into it. Contrary to what the President says, ‘dual citizenship’ is not the answer. Election is not democracy. Liberians have been voting since 1847 but citizens will never benefit from their citizenship until the politicians become public servants and citizens become the masters of the republic. Therefore no matter who runs for office, nothing will change until the corrupt system is changed peacefully by the people, consistent with Article one of the Constitution, which says the people have a right to change the system if it ceases to serve them.Liberia works but it works only for the elites. As long as politicians have supreme powers, anyone running for office does so to enrich themselves and their families but not to serve the common good.The names of Liberians attending Citizens Initiatives training in the United States are Joe Luamba Jr. graduating senior, University of Liberia and country Director for UHRI Liberia; Kelvin Demey, Journalist; Elvina Kolleh, Nurse; and Activist, Samuel David. They will be joining thousands of people from around the world to learn new skills on how citizens can bring about systemic change to their countries. The training will be in Seattle Washington State beginning on March 20, 2015.Citizens’ Initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the legislature or the president. The purpose of such an initiative is to permit the electorate to resolve issues where their elected representatives fail to do so or refuse to proceed with a change that the public desires. Citizens’ Initiative exists in Switzerland, The European Union and United States. No country in Africa has currently has citizens initiatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

50 Ebola Survivors Begin Psychosocial Training

first_imgAbout 50 Ebola survivors from Montserrado and Margibi counties over the weekend began three days of intensive psychosocial training in Sinkor, Monrovia.The training, according to the organizers, is part of the leadership’s effort to empower survivors with knowledge and lessen the dependency syndrome.“We call you here today to impact new knowledge into you because we believe that knowledge is power. We are delighted as leaders of this group and anticipate your full participation in this training,” Korlia Bonarwolo, president of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL), told the participants.Bonarwolo said the leadership believes when all survivors are informed, they will be transformed, as well as make decisions that affect their lives positively. 20 females and 30 males from are benefiting from the training.It was gathered that the rest of the survivors from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties will show up at a later date for a similar training.According to Mr. Bonarwolo, the upcoming training will focus on proposal writing to empower the entire leadership.“Individuals and organizations have been providing these trainings for some of our survivors, but as survivors and leaders of the organization, we have decided to engage in such an initiative by bringing together people that will provide the quality of training to ensure that we contribute to society in different ways. At the end of the training, we want to see our beneficiaries playing a greater role in society,” he said.Mr. Bonarwolo said some organizations and individuals continue to get rich in the name of providing training for Ebola survivors, noting that this is due to the inability of survivors to initiate or engage in lobbying for finance to support training and other activities for themselves.Joseph W. Doe, Jr., executive member of the West African Ebola Survivors and Affected Organization (WAESAO), said the three-day training was the two organizations’ way of giving the survivors hope and ensuring that they manage their own affairs.He then hailed organizations and individuals, particularly Sheilk A. Sackor, a Liberian, and Mrs. Oretha J. B. Yates, who lost her job in the United States while supporting Ebola survivors in Liberia. The two individuals have helped them in many ways, he said, and thanked them for their tireless efforts in contributing to the Ebola survivor community.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 has moratorium on remaining oil blocks – Trotman

first_img…applications from local companies vying with big namesBy Jarryl BryanWith a number of big names in the oil industry lined up to drill for oil in Guyana’s waters alongside applications from local companies, Government has announced there is a standing moratorium on new oil exploration licences.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman made this known to the Natural Resources committee of the National Assembly on Friday, when he was called upon to give a report on the sector.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman (centre) is flanked by his junior Minister Simona Broomes and a staffer of the Ministry, during the meeting with the Natural Resources CommitteeThis moratorium does not include United Kingdom-based company Tullow Oil. Tullow is the operator of the Orinduik Block, with a 60 per cent interest; while Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas is its partner with the remaining 40 per cent interest. The block is located in the shallow waters of the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin.“Tullow submitted its application before elections,” Trotman explained. “The Government considered that we should honour that because the agreement was negotiated prior to the change of Government. We gave the right to Tullow to proceed as they had agreed with the Government previously.”“Outside of that, we have enforced a solid moratorium. We want to know we have control and a sense of definition about what it is we are dealing with. 3.2 million barrels of oil is a major volume and billions of US dollars.”The Minister noted that Government has received applications from French multi-national company Total, Italian company ENI, United States Company Chevron, Spanish company Repsol and even local companies. In addition, Trotman revealed that they are in discussions with Brazilian State-owned oil company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).“Government recognises that the time will come when we will have to issue new licences,” he said. “But we intend to do so through the benefit and assistance of an international law firms. So we have worked up a list of law firms that do this.”Oil companiesIn a relatively short period of time, Guyana has become a hot bed of oil exploration activity. The most popular example of this is ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited which has to date, made a number of oil discoveries.This company’s domain is the Stabroek Block, which is 6.6 million acres. While Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.There is also Ratio Guyana, which is in a joint venture partnership with EEPGL in the Kaieteur Block, offshore Guyana. Ratio Guyana Limited has a 25 per cent stake in the Kaieteur Block. Ratio Energy Limited has another 25 per cent of the Kaieteur Block while EEPGL has a stake of 50 per cent.Meanwhile, the Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow since they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government in 2016.CGX Resources Incorporated, a Canadian oil company, is another major player in the local industry. CGX’s entire portfolio is focused on Guyana, in both the onshore and offshore basins.The company has stakes in blocks located offshore and onshore of Corentyne, Berbice and Demerara. The Corentyne licence applies to 1.5 million acres, while the Demerara licence one million acres. Both of these operations are fully owned by CGX.Onshore, the company holds a majority stake in the Berbice Block, through the ON Energy joint venture, owned 62.5 per cent by CGX Energy and 37.5 per cent by local investors.Following on the heels of the parliamentary Opposition urging Government to auction the remaining oil blocks, something its own Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal had recommended, Government had stated that a process of both direct engagement and select bidding would be used to allocate Guyana’s remaining oil.last_img read more

Reopened I-5 surprisingly clear as commuters take alternatives

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Trucker Ricardo Cibrian of Los Angeles is presumed to be one of the two men killed in the crash. Trucker Hugo Rodriguez and his 6-year-old son, Isaiah, are the other two believed to have died. They reportedly were from Fresno. “This is the worst accident that I have personally seen,” said Warren Stanley, assistant chief for the California Highway Patrol’s Southern Division and a 25-year CHP veteran. One team of CHP specialists was working to identify the missing drivers as well as passengers and witnesses. Another team is working to identify the commercial vehicles – some of them burned to charred metal frames – through the trucking companies. Coroner’s investigators have been through all the vehicles and believe there are no more bodies, Stanley said. The cause of the crash has not been determined. NEWHALL – Traffic zipped easily through the normally clogged Newhall Pass on Monday after Interstate 5 lanes reopened ahead of schedule and investigators continued to search for clues to a deadly chain-reaction crash that closed the key north-south highway for days. While transit officials had braced for massive gridlock, more than a quarter-million commuters took alternate routes or mass transit and left the Golden State Freeway lanes clear. But even as traffic concerns eased, officials began stepping up their probe into what set off the fiery collision of 30 trucks and a car on a rainy Friday night, leaving three people dead and 10 injured. At least nine drivers who apparently escaped from vehicles trapped in the burning truck bypass tunnel in the Newhall Pass had not yet contacted the Highway Patrol, officials said. Fire raged in the tunnel just before midnight Friday into Saturday, compromising the structure. Passenger lanes cross over the damaged tunnel and state Transportation Department officials initially thought it could take days to ensure they were structurally sound. The freeway was shut down over the weekend and commuters were warned to find alternate routes to work Monday. But crews completed shoring up the tunnel, making it safe for repair teams to move in. Engineers determined that the freeway was safe and all lanes were opened shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. “It is, for us, a very good day here in California,” said Doug Failing, Caltrans district director for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “I got into this business because I love seeing traffic move.” Failing said he will have a better idea of when the tunnel will open at the end of the week when he gets test results back. Concrete and steel reinforcement samples are being tested at a Texas lab to determine how the tunnel materials withstood the temperatures that reached 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Caltrans’ goal, he said, is to repair the tunnel without closing the freeway again. “I-5 is open to traffic and it is our intention to keep it that way,” Failing said. During the repairs, lighting will also be enhanced in the tunnel. There is no cost estimate for the repairs, but Caltrans has an emergency authorization of $2.25 million for the initial work. For now, all lanes are open except for the southbound I-5 connector to northbound Route 14. And it could be weeks or months before the southbound truck tunnel reopens. “The southbound truck bypass is closed and will remain closed for an indefinite period of time,” Failing said. Caltrans and the city of Santa Clarita urged commuters to continue seeking alternates because the endless stream of big rigs traversing California’s main north-south freeway artery will share the road with passenger vehicles – a rough mix on the busy road to work. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph. To help reduce the impact of the freeway mess on commuters, Metrolink expanded its service between northern Los Angeles County and downtown Los Angeles. The additional service will continue today. On Monday, the I-5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway that feeds it just south of the tunnel were exceptionally clear. Expecting heavy freeway traffic, about twice the usual number of commuters crowded Santa Clarita’s three Metrolink stations before dawn hoping to avoid freeway jams that never materialized. It was standing room only on the Antelope Valley Line by the time the extended six-car train reached its final Santa Clarita stop in Newhall. Even though southbound freeway lanes were open, motorists said they opted for the train to avoid the long ride home, unaware that the northbound lanes also would reopen two days ahead of schedule. “I didn’t want to drive home,” said Michelle Debardas of Valencia, a Metrolink first-time rider who works at a Glendale title company. “Getting to work didn’t look so bad, but coming home could take hours.” Richard Freund said he, too, was climbing aboard the commuter train for the first time. “I definitely thought about taking it before but now I have a good reason,” said Freund, who works for a jeans company in downtown Los Angeles. Debbie Vickers, who works in a downtown law office, opted for Metrolink after it took two hours Sunday to get five miles down the road. She finally gave up on her trip to the San Fernando Valley. “I can’t believe this crowd,” she said, as hundreds waited for the 6:08 a.m. train in the dark and fog. Regular Metrolink riders weren’t thrilled with the onslaught of passengers. “I usually sleep on my way to work,” said Kenny Miles, a Valencia resident who works as an administrative assistant downtown. “I’m not sure I’ll get to sit this morning.” On Sunday, reporters brought up truckers’ concerns about the tunnel’s safety. “Quite frankly, I was caught by surprise at that,” Failing said. “We have had no record of complaints in my office.” His staff has looked at crash records from 2004 through 2006 at the tunnel site. “During that three-year period, we’ve only identified five accidents that happened in that stretch,” Failing said. He said the agency will be following up on the complaints. “A tunnel is not usually your first choice when you are trying to solve a transportation problem, but at some point in time a tunnel is the only choice you have available,” Failing added. State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, a former Santa Clarita mayor, said he worked with the Governor’s Office to declare a state of emergency. “What that does is free up the resources of the state to enable the construction and improvements to occur as quickly as possible to improve the commerce and improve the transportation,” said Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. The Interstate Commerce Act allows trucks to mingle with cars on traditional lanes, Smyth said. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Everton confirm striker’s loan switch to LaLiga

first_img 1 Everton striker Sandro Ramirez has joined Real Sociedad on loan for the rest of the season, Everton have confirmed.The Spanish striker has struggled to make any impact at Goodison Park following his £5.2million move from Malaga last summer. He made eight appearances in the Premier League last season, failing to find the net in any of them, and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Sevilla.Ramirez started for Everton in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup victory over Rotherham and Toffees boss Marco Silva insisted after the game he wanted to keep hold of the 23-year-old.“I would like if I would stay with him in the squad because he is a player I believe in,” said Silva.“Sometimes the players want to play more and it is not easy to keep all of them. It is not easy to play in our starting XI for all, not just Sandro.“Sandro, of course, wants to play, last season wasn’t the best for him and we will see what will happen.”But with the player keen for more action, Silva has now sanctioned a season-long switch to Sociedad. Sandro Ramirez failed to score a league goal last season 🎥 🗣️ “I join a strong and committed team”. @sandroramirez9’s first words as a txuri urdin player #OngiEtorriSandro #RealSociedad ⬇️ https://t.co/pL9Brfgss4— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) August 30, 2018last_img read more