STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

first_imgMcKINZIE’S FULL SISTER WORKS TOWARDS HER DEBUT SECRET SPICE IS SET FOR SUNDAY’S ZENYATTA STAKES NBC SPORTS BROADCASTS GRADED STAKES SATURDAY OMAHA BEACH FIRES BULLET FOR SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP OMAHA BEACH ‘COULDN’T LOOK BETTER’ IN COMEBACK BREEZEOmaha Beach, who has had more false starts in his comeback bid than an Olympicsprinter, worked four furlongs at 7:45 Friday morning for his much-anticipated return to the races in the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs next Saturday, Oct. 5.With regular rider Mike Smith up, Omaha Beach went four furlongs in company in a bullet 46.80 “in hand,” according to clockers, while stablemate Magic Rate was timed in 48.60.It was the fastest of 32 drills at the distance by almost three seconds, as the average time was 49.66.“Real sharp” is how Richard Mandella described the move. “I had him going the half in 46 flat. He went five-eighths but it was more of a sharp half and kind of out in five-eighths. He went in company, but he caught four others that were in front of him.“When he broke off, there was a bunch of them quite a ways in front of him and he caught all of them. He couldn’t look better in my eyes.”Omaha Beach, a three-year-old son of War Front owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, was the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby but missed the first jewel of the Triple Crown when an entrapped epiglottis the week of the race required surgery.He had been scheduled to return in tomorrow’s Grade III Ack Ack at Churchill Downs, but a bollixed workout last Friday caused Mandella to change plans and stay home.‘RELAXED’ SECRET SPICE SET FOR SUNDAY’S ZENYATTASecret Spice is coming off two seconds and a victory in her last three races, all Grade I events, and Richard Baltas is hoping the worthwhile trend continues Sunday in the Grade II Zenyatta Stakes, a $200,000 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff on Nov. 2.“She was a late-developing filly that we got to relax and stretch out; that was key,” Baltas said of the four-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat bred in Kentucky. “That’s why she got really good. She’s out of an A.P. Indy mare (Chimayo).“She’s continued to train well. She’s run bang-up races and her final breeze was easy (49.20 Monday under Flavien Prat). She’s really relaxed right now and very happy, so we’ll see what happens.”Baltas, who prides himself in operating a diversified racing stable, has 50 head on hand at Santa Anita.The field for the Zenyatta, race five of eight: Secret Spice, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Mongolian Humor, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Paradise Woods, Abel Cedillo, 5-2; Ollie’s Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; La Force, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; and Kaydetre, Martin Garcia, 20-1.NBC SPORTS TO BROADCAST ‘BC CHALLENGE SERIES’ ON SATURDAYNBC Sports’ “Breeders Cup Challenge Series” will include four live Santa Anita races on Saturday, including the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship (3:38 p.m.), the Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (4:41 p.m.) and the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again (5:13 p.m.). Laffit Pincay, III, Randy Moss, Britney Eurton, Nick Luck and Matt Bernier will serve as on-air talent.                   ZENYATTA STAKES TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON FOX SPORTS THIS SUNDAYThis Sunday’s Grade II Zenyatta Stakes will be shown live on Fox Sports as a part of its “America’s Day at the Races” show, which airs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT.A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Distaff, to be contested Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, the Zenyatta will be run at approximately 3:05 p.m. PT.Michelle Yu will provide on-site analysis and reporting and the broadcast will also feature live coverage of several stakes from Belmont Park, including the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Grade I Vosburgh Stakes, as well as closing-day Fall Meet coverage from Churchill Downs.WHITE RETURNS FOR 11TH SEASON AS SANTA ANITA’S ACE MORNING LINE MAKERAn unmistakable treasure on the American racing landscape, the indefatigable Jon White is back for his 11th year as Santa Anita’s highly respected morning line maker as the track begins its 23-day Autumn Meet today.A proud native of Spokane, WA, White’s affinity for horse racing traces back to trips with his late father to tracks such as Playfair in Spokane and Yakima Meadows, where his dad worked in their pari-mutuel departments.Upon graduating from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane (“ESPN’s Neil Everett went there, too”), White soon set about a career in racing that has seen him cast in a myriad of roles in a number of different states. (White also points out he attended Eastern Washington University, where the LA Rams’ Cooper Kupp and Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd also attended).“I’ve been in racing 45 years and involved in many different aspects,” said White, married to popular racing writer Tracy Gantz, whose stories appear in Blood-Horse Magazine and The California Thoroughbred published by the CTBA. “I started in 1974 as a chart-caller and columnist with Daily Racing Form at Northwest tracks and got promoted in 1981 to reporter-columnist at Santa Anita and the other Southern California tracks.“Racing during that period of time was incredible, as were the jockeys and trainers I dealt with on a daily basis. In 1986, they assigned me to be the DRF chart-caller and I worked on this circuit in that positon until 1993.”In addition to his print career at Daily Racing Form and as a free-lancer for several industry publications, White has also toiled as a racing steward in various locales–Yakima Meadows (1979), and Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho (1990s) and has been a licensed CHRB steward since 2010. One of his most recent CHRB assignments put him in the stewards’ stand at this year’s Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred meet in July.Following the 1993 Del Mar meeting, White hired on with the newly created HRTV, working as an on-air racing personality for some 20 years until taking his current position as Santa Anita’s morning line maker.With a soft-spoken, low-key demeanor that belies an intense passion for racing, White’s historical perspective and broad-based knowledge are legendary in racing circles. Following is a question and answer session with White, who will also be making the official morning line for this year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 and 2.     Q           Who’s your all-time favorite horse?     A           No question, it’s (Washington-bred) Turbulator.He didn’t race as a two-year-old because he became so ill he very nearly died. He didn’t race as a three-year-old because he severely injured a knee on a farm. His breeder, owner and trainer, Tom Crawford, then tried to trade the horse for two cows. But due to the injured knee, the swap didn’t take place.Turbulator finally did make it to the races as a four-year-old in 1969. He lost his first three starts, but then won seven straight in just nine weeks, from six furlongs to two miles at Playfair. In 1970, Turbulator broke three track records, one of those a world record. In another of his 1970 victories, he carried 134 pounds. A huge fan favorite, there were Turbulator T-shirts, coffee mugs, campaign buttons and refrigerator magnets, all items I possess to this day, along with two of the shoes he wore when he broke the world record for 6 ½ furlongs.     Q           Favorite all-time jockey?     A           Laffit Pincay, Jr., although Bill Shoemaker, Gary Stevens, Eddie Delahoussaye and Joe Baze, Russell’s father, certainly rank right up there. I’ve said many times that if I ever needed a horse to win a race or I would die, I would pick Laffit to ride the horse. On the last day I was ever at Longacres, in a prime example of Laffit’s sheer strength on horseback, he won the 1986 Longacres Mile by a neck on Skywalker. I flew back to LA on the plane with Skywalker and his trainer, Michael Whittingham. Skywalker would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that year with Pincay aboard.     Q           Favorite all-time trainer?     A           It’s a dead-heat between Charlie Whittingham and Laz Barrera. I was very lucky to get to know them both quite well. They were incredible horsemen and wonderful people. I miss them a lot.     Q           Favorite all-time race?     A           It’s another dead-heat, this time Secretariat’s spectacular 31-length Belmont Stakes victory to sweep the Triple Crown in 1973 and Zenyatta’s sensational win in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, which I saw in person . . . As I stood in the mass of humanity during Zenyatta’s furious late charge to become the first female Thoroughbred to ever win the Classic, I was so overcome with emotion that I had tears in my eyes.     Q           You’ve had so many great moments in racing, I know Justify’s Kentucky Derby win last year ranks way up there.     A           As we all know, Justify didn’t make it to the races until Feb. 18 here at Santa Anita. I managed to get a $100 future book wager on him at 100-1 to win the Kentucky Derby, so that was pretty incredible. But my biggest score was hitting a Pick Six at Santa Anita that paid $45,981. It was on Dec. 28, 2003, and I did it on a $120 ticket.     Q           If you retired tomorrow, what would you do for kicks?     A           I honestly don’t know. My feeling is I will cross that bridge when I get to it.White, who has also penned a weekly racing column for Xpressbet.com since 2004, will be making the official Breeders’ Cup morning line for the sixth time this Nov. 1 and 2.FINISH LINES: Saturday’s Late Pick 4 pool will be guaranteed at $500,000 . . . Map Maker, an unraced full sister to multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, breezed six furlongs from the gate Friday morning under Drayden Van Dyke for Bob Baffert. Working in company, Map Maker was clocked in 1:14.40, while stablemate Technicolor was timed in 1:01.60 for five furlongs. Map Maker is a two-year-old gray daughter of Liam’s Map out of Runway Model bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine . . . Toby Turrell, clocker and publisher of The Yellow Sheet, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday at 11:50 a.m. in the XBTV studios.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for September 27th, 2019XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on September 27th, 2019WORK OUTS:Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19Map Maker (Inside) and Technicolor (Baffert) 9/27/17Campaign (Sadler) 9/27/19Thought I’dMissyou (Kruljac) 9/27/19Nolde (Sherriffs) 9/25/19Lambeau (Outside) and Shear Class (Sherriffs) 9/25/19Roadster (Outside) and Anuket (Baffert) 9/25/19Draft Pick (Eurton) 9/22/19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 9/22/19Neptune’s Storm (Outside) (Baltas) 9/22/19Eight Rings (American Pharoah) and American Anthem (Baffert) 9/22/19Collusion Illusion (Outside) and City Rage (Glatt) 9/21/19 ODDS ARE JON WHITE’S IS BACK FOR THE MORNING LINE FOX SPORTS SHOW TO INCLUDE THE  ZENYATTA STAKESlast_img read more

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Digicel hands over gyms to STETHS, Edwin Allen

first_imgMultiple Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were the main attractions as 2016 Digicel Grand Prix winners Edwin Allen High and St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) opened their new gyms yesterday afternoon. Both schools were given $1 million towards the development of their school gyms after their victories in the female and male sections of last year’s Digicel Grand Prix. At Edwin Allen’s Frankfield-based campus, Bolt, who, like Fraser-Pryce, is a brand ambassador for the multimedia company, touched down in a helicopter, before heading to the school’s auditorium, where he reminded the students to work hard and focus on their dreams. The school had the gym outfitted with $1 million worth of new equipment as its reward for winning last year’s Grand Prix and Bolt said that the project is very important to the development of the young talented athletes available to Jamaica. “We have so much talent in Jamaica,” the world’s fastest man said. “If we got the help (from corporate Jamaica) that the likes of the United States, Great Britain, and all these other countries got, to support us and to help us push forward, I think we could turn out even more talent. I wish they would come on board and continue to help, not just track and field but every sport, to make it better so that Jamaica can strive.” Principal Everton Walters described the proceedings as “remarkable”, and said that he is excited about the development. “The fact that we have struggled along for many years in coming up with the requisite equipment for the programme, when Digicel came on board, I felt very excited, for here it will help to assist the programme to move from strength to strength,” Walters said. At STETHS, Fraser-Pryce credited Digicel’s efforts towards grassroots development. “I really feel good that Digicel has been having this Grand Prix series because a lot of high schools are now benefitting from it. They are contributing to the development of not only themselves but the legacy of Jamaica when it comes to track and field and I think it is a great accomplishment,” said Fraser-Pryce. “We are very proud of this moment,” commented STETHS’ principal Keith Wellington. “Digicel has been good to STETHS. We did the resurfacing of our playing field through the Digicel Foundation and now we have a gym courtesy of the Digicel Grand Prix. I must also commend all the persons who contributed to the development of the gym, the Member of Parliament Evon Redmand, the students who actually built the building and the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Today was a significant moment in our sports programme and we hope that in the near future we will reap the rewards from it.” – R.P. EXCITED ABOUT DEVELOPMENTlast_img read more

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Women Want Inclusion in Grand Bassa

first_imgWomen groups from the various districts in Grand Bassa County have recommended their inclusion in decision making on burning issues affecting the county.The recommendation was contained in a resolution drawn at the close of the All Bassa Women Conference, hosted recently in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County by the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA).The women said their recommendation was due to the past when the Grand Bassa County administration never considered their interests. But a source from the administration denied this. Speaking to the Daily Observer at the end of the conference, BAWODA’s executive director Madam Martha Flajay-Karnga, said 72 women participated, representing the various women groups in the various districts of Grand Bassa County.The 72 women represented 720 women who have so far benefitted from basic leadership skills training, funded by the American-Jewish World Service (AJWS) in collaboration with BAWODA.The participants formulated a network to unite and enable them speak with one voice to address issues affecting women and girls, and especially the usage of the county’s Social Development Fund.Madam Flajay-Karnga named some of the issues affecting women as the lack of benefits from the development funds, their non-involvement in deliberations of the county’s development agenda and their non-representation in identifying the priority needs of the citizenry.She, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the American-Jewish World Service for its unceasing support to BAWODA, which has assisted in the training many women and girls of the county for their sustainability.Madam Flajay-Karnga also lauded the determination of Bassa women and girls from the various districts to learn and formulate a network and their willingness to make their voice heard in the interest of the county, and their wellbeing.She advised them not to sit idly, but do something positive to sustain and brighten their future.She also appealed to Grand Bassa County authorities, headed by Superintendent Etweda Cooper, the county’s Legislative Caucus and other humanitarian groups and individuals for assistance in cash and in kind to facilitate BAWODA’s activities to support women and girls in the county.For his part, AJWS’ consultant, Dayou Johnson, expressed optimism about BAWOD’s activities and reiterated his organization’s continuous support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Changing Policy and Guyana’s ability to support Cuba

first_imgDear Editor,This letter seeks to highlight a particular observation of a small area of Cuba’s macroeconomic disposition. In recent years, private individuals were given the opportunity to pursue business endeavors in and out of the country. This new policy sought to provide a road map to economic freedom that was so desired. This was a great strategic decision by the Cuban leaders. It allowed for the opening and regularization of what could have been considered as a “shadow economy.” There is a need for a number of products in that country. While businesses there are thriving, it only allows for the conversion of local commodities into goods and services.In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Cubans visiting Guyana. This increase was driven by the new policy and the wonderful relationship between the two countries. In addition to this harmony, there was the decision of the U.S. to only issue visas to the citizens of that country through their Guyana consulate. As a result, this did not only foster the opportunity for business and trade but for the transition to the U.S.This is a great opportunity for Guyana. It stands at the center of helping to develop fragmented industries in Cuba and a path to immigration.Many Cubans from all walks of life are aware of this opportunity. The ‘bicitaxi’ rider, tour guide, hotel manager, restaurant host, and even the guy hustling cigars in the street. What does this mean for Guyana?The opportunity for trade and business operations should also help to develop local businesses. New policies and standards must be developed. They should parallel those in Cuba and aim to develop local, nationally operated businesses. There is a very unique opportunity to increase the wealth of Guyanese and Cubans if a strategic economic ecosystem is developed. Guyana’s leaders must look at this as a very strategic national interest that not only focuses on currency exchange, tax, and visitor metrics but as a functional activity that has greater economic potential for Guyana. Our businesses must understand their interests and cater to operations that are profitable for all involved.The top inputs into the ecosystem are those basic activities such as transportation, accommodation, food, and wholesale purchases. Guyana does not own the airline that manages the route nor the agencies that cater to its operations. Guyana does not control or limit purchases or regulate the activity. There is a free economy. However, the majority of purchases are at non-national businesses.In Cuba, there is a policy that states that foreign businesses must enter into a 51/49% profit share. This clearly identifies that national interests are maintained in any business. While this may be considered differently based on opinion, it shows the interest the country has in developing their local economy. In contrast, businesses operate in Guyana without such conditions. Therefore, a foreign business in Guyana that supplies goods to Cubans is evading that situation yet benefiting from a scale economy in this new ecosystem.What are the implications to Guyana? Top management in Guyana should perform a thorough analysis of this business environment. This analysis should not be limited to local activities but the entire supply chain that supports the trade agreement signed between CARICOM and Cuba. In doing so, they should look at cost structures and the profitability of conducting business with Cubans. They should focus on developing policies that not only benefit Guyana but that provide a better return on investment for those individual Cuban entrepreneurs.The reason why this should be done is because their invested capital is much greater when considering the cost of travel, food, and accommodation. In Cuba, this cost is calculated as a fraction of the price of the product sold.This is then transferred to the local Cuban customers who pay much more than us for a particular product. A classic example would be toothpaste. A tube of Colgate toothpaste cost US$ 1 in the Dollar Tree store in the U.S., about $395 in Guyana, and CUC$ 6 in Cuba, in a local individual shop. The Trade and Economic agreement falls short in defining this outcome to their local economy. Their citizens may not have the purchasing power to buy this product. This means that, contrary to the agreement, there is little or slow return on invested capital, little expansion on trade, and slow liberation, in in terms of economic and financial freedom of our Cuban family.The analysis should also parallel one of the considerations of President Donald J. Trump’s four policy objectives for Cuba. In laying the groundwork for the empowerment of the Cuban people, Cuba’s strategic management has evidently created the atmosphere for the development of economic liberty. This is indicative by the new policy mentioned above, the fact that there is trade activities, and the continuous growth of Cuba’s presence in Guyana.This means that Guyana, by proxy, is creating a favorable relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. However, while political liberty is for citizens in a nation state to decide, we can clearly observe that there is a greater potential for increased economic liberty on the island. Guyana must put resources into ensuring that a very granular economic framework is developed so that Cubans investing in shopping here have a greater return on investment and that the customers in that country can afford these products at favorable prices.Similarly, Cuba has to ensure that taxation of these products offer both customer and investor satisfaction. In this year 60 of the Revolution, there has been great progress in advancing the macroeconomic disposition of the island. Currently, there is even greater possibility for obtaining individual financial freedom and the development of fragmented industries that may become consolidated overtime. VIVA!Respectfully,Dustin E. Fraserlast_img read more

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EPA Fines Aureus Mining US$10K

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Bea Mountain Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Aureus Mining, US$10,000 for what the EPA described as “disruption of an on-going investigation into allegation that the company discharged acute toxicity of effluents into the Mafa River in Grand Cape Mount County.”EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri, who headed a team of investigators to the company’s operational site on Saturday, said “Bea Mountain Mining Corporation disrupted the investigation by blocking effluents from its Tilling Storage Facility (TSF) to the ‘point of compliance’ without notifying the EPA.” She said the investigation into the allegation, which included sites verifications, laboratory analyses of water samples and technical conference with the company’s management was in response to several complaints by residents of Jikando, Gola Konneh District.Madam Vohiri said EPA monitors received information from some of the residents of the area where fish were found dead within 3.15 km of the company’s Tilling Storage Facility due to the use of chemicals in her gold mining processes.According to her, this indicates that ‘acute toxicity of effluents was illegally discharged into the Mafa River,’ which the residents said is a primary source of trade, livelihood and domestic uses.Madam Vohiri said the residents also complained of loss of biodiversity along the diverted segment of the Mavoroe Creek as a result of overflow and the illegal discharge of ‘highly toxic effluents.’ She said although investigation into the matter was continuing, the loss of biodiversity along the diverted segment of the Mavoroe Creek as a result of its stagnation due to inappropriate stream diversion; and that the illegal discharge of effluents from the company’s Tilling Storage Facility into the environment without discharge permit from the EPA is a violation of several provisions of the environmental law of Liberia. Madam Vohiri said, “Consistent with the standards and regulations of the agency and the permitting conditions of your permit, the EPA has determined that your entity did violate conditions 6.0 and 7.0 of the permit, part V Section 56 (1) of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia, and Part III Section 21 (4) of the Act Creating the EPA.” She therefore threatened that the company’s operating permit may warrant a suspension based on the unveiling circumstances.“The EPA hereby fines Bea Mountain Mining Corporation the amount of US$10,000 payable into government revenue coffers through the Central Bank of Liberia within 42 hours. You are further directed to come along with copy of the notice of violation and the appropriate official flag receipt substantiating full compliance for the issuance of a clearance,” she told the company’s General Manager, Debar Allen, at a meeting during her visit on Saturday.During the visit, Madam Vohiri also toured Jekando, the affected community and assured the residents that the EPA as a regulator would prevail on the company not to repeat what has happened.She requested that a committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, EPA, Bea Mountain Mining Corporation and the affected community monitor the situation so as to avoid future occurrences.Mr. Allen did not register any opposition to the EPA’s position, but said that his corporation has put in place mitigation measures to avoid re-occurrence.He admitted that the company’s technical people collected dead fishes from the river and disposed of them as well as collected water samples when the company was informed about the incident.He disclosed that as part of the measure, the company has constructed two hand pumps to provide clean and safe drinking water for inhabitants of the affected community.“The company has also connected Jekando with motor road in the aftermath of the incident,” Mr. Allen said.Jekando Town Chief, Jimmy Kamara, lauded Madam Vohiri for visiting the community. He said prior to her visit, the residents had felt frustrated over the pollution of their river. The chief however also lauded the company for responding to their needs by constructing the hand pumps.He then called on the management to expand the road it constructed to link the various communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort St. John residents offering support to evacuated residents from Hudson’s Hope.

first_imgFor evacuees that don’t have family or friends in Fort St. John they will either be put up in a hotel in either Fort St. John or Dawson Creek, staying in their RV at local campsites or at the North Peace Arena.The Evacuation Centre will be open all night Wednesday, if needed, as people are still headed to Fort St. John.Residents in Fort St. John that would like to help the evacuees can volunteer their time to help staff the Evacuation Centre or can donate blankets for many of the pets now staying at the arena. If you would like to help, please contact the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-794-5178. At this time they do not any other supplies.- Advertisement -A Facebook Page has also been setup where Fort St. John residents can offer accommodations to the evacuees. You can add your name to the page by clicking here.Once again if you are a resident of Hudson’s Hope, please stop by and register at the North Peace Arena or call 250-787-8182.last_img read more

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Palestinians appeal for aid as donors demand Hamas make changes

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas militants and the Palestinian president appealed for continued aid to the struggling Palestinian Authority on Monday, saying the Palestinian people are in desperate need. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas implored European donors to avoid a threatened cut in aid, which could devastate an already battered economy, force the Palestinian Authority into a fiscal crisis and cost tens of thousands of government workers their jobs. “The European countries must understand that the Palestinian people are in bad need of this aid,” Abbas said. “I hope to God that they will change their positions, both Israel and the European countries.” A top Hamas leader promised Monday that aid would go only to ordinary Palestinians – not to attacks on Israel, which Hamas refuses to recognize – and said a Hamas government would be willing to have its spending monitored. “We assure you that all the revenues will be spent on salaries, daily life and infrastructure. You can review this,” Hamas’s Ismail Haniyeh said in Gaza. In Lebanon, a senior Hamas official said an aid cut would not affect Hamas policy. “If the European Union countries and the American administration see this as a means that could lead to a change in Hamas’ strategic position, then they are dreaming and are mistaken,” Mohammed Nazzal, a member of Hamas’ decision-making political bureau, told Al-Arabiya satellite television. Israel said Monday that it would stop the monthly transfer of $55 million in taxes and customs it collects from Palestinian workers and merchants to the Palestinian Authority if a Hamas government is installed. The election of Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in dozens of suicide bombings, threw the future of Middle East peacemaking into question and prompted a flurry of diplomatic meetings. Both the European Union and U.S. list Hamas as a terror group, making it difficult, if not illegal, for them to give money to a government led by Hamas. The so-called Quartet of U.S., Russia, the EU and United Nations agreed Monday that a Hamas-led government must commit to nonviolence, recognition of Israel and acceptance of existing peace agreements to maintain financial support, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said after a meeting of the group in London. Europe is the largest donor to the Palestinian Authority, which had a $1.96 billion budget last year. About one-third of aid goes to salaries and the rest to rehabilitate Palestinians’ war-shattered infrastructure. The U.S. gave $70 million in direct aid to the Palestinian Authority last year. Separately, the United States spent $225 million for humanitarian projects through the U.S. Agency for International Development last year, and gave $88 million for refugee assistance, according to the State Department. Annan said future aid “would be reviewed by donors against that government’s commitment to renounce violence, recognition of Israel” and other agreements, including the so-called roadmap peace plan that calls for the co-existence of Israel and a Palestinian state. President Bush said Monday that he would not support a Hamas government, saying the party “has made it clear that they do not support the right of Israel to exist.” “And I have made it clear that so long as that’s their policy, that we will not support a Palestinian government made up of Hamas,” he said. Financial problems already are looming for the Palestinian Authority, which has been widely criticized as inefficient and corrupt. European donors stopped forwarding salary money to the Palestinian Authority in December after the government gave raises of up to 40 percent to its employees and added people to its already bloated payroll. So far, $60 million have been withheld, and in the past three months, only Saudi Arabia has transferred money to pay salaries – a total of $15.4 million, said the Palestinian deputy finance minister, Jihad Wazir. The government is to pay salaries to its 137,000 workers Thursday. “If salaries are unpaid, I think that will create a very serious crisis,” Wazir said. Associated Press writers Jamal Halaby in Jordan and Anne Gearan in London contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

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Cigarettes could go up to €30 a packet

first_imgTo mark World Cancer Day yesterday, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) have urged the Irish government to raise the prices of cigarettes to €30 by 2020.Currently, a packet of cigarettes costs $25 (€17.60) in Australia, with the Australian government vowing to hike the price up to $40 (€28.50) by 2020.The Irish Cancer Society are urging the Irish government to follow suit. The ICS have highlighted that smoking causes one in four cancer-related deaths, and that raising tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of people who smoke.2,860 people die each year in Ireland due to the harmful effects of smoking.Although cigarettes are now over €11 a packet in Ireland, the ICS want to see them becoming more expensive as it will deter young people from picking up the habit.Eurostat figures show that as of December 2016, Ireland had the second highest tobacco prices in the EU, with prices almost twice the EU average. They would also like to make people aware that resources are in place to help them kick the habit.‘Tobacco Free Ireland’ outlines the Government’s goal to have a tobacco-free Ireland by 2025.Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We need to send a strong signal that the Government is serious about reaching its target of a Tobacco Free Ireland by 2025.“To do this we need to follow the example of Australia, where significant spikes in excise duty, next to policies such as plain packaging, have seen a dramatic fall in the smoking rate to 12.8% by the middle of 2016. In Ireland, the smoking rate is just under 20%”Speaking at the British Thoracic Oncology Conference in Dublin recently, Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, Western Australia and tobacco expert said, “In Australia, as in Ireland, Big Tobacco is losing battle after battle in the political arena, in the law courts, and in the court of public opinion. “We are described by the tobacco industry as “the darkest market in the world”. Ireland and Australia have taken similar comprehensive approaches to reduce smoking, which remains our largest preventable cause of death and disease.“It’s pleasing to see that the Irish Government has continued to raise taxes on tobacco products as this is the most effective way of ensuring that people quit.“I hope that Ireland, which leads the world on smoke free legislation, will follow Australia’s example on tax and push for even bigger increases in excise duty later this year.”The HSE run Quit.ie is there to help if you’re a smoker and would like some free help to kick the habit. Cigarettes could go up to €30 a packet was last modified: February 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:cigarettesIrish Cancer SocietySMOKINGlast_img read more

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Premier League clubs want the FA Cup moved to midweek and replays scrapped

first_img There could be a radical shake-up of the football calendar in coming seasons 1 FA Cup replays from the third round onwards could become a thing of the past as Premier League clubs plan a radical shake-up of the football calendar. The competition could also be moved to midweek as top-flight clubs explore options to have televised matches on Saturday and Sundays. The move is part of a broader plan to free-up time for a mid-winter break, according to the Daily Mail. Much of the time required for the break would come in January, the time when clubs from the Premier League join the competition in the third round. There were changes to last season’s competition as the traditional ‘sixth round was renamed the quarter-final and replays from this round were cancelled.Matches were spread right across the weekend, with games played on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. But this looks likely to end as the erosion of the FA Cup’s position as the pre-eminent club knockout competition in the world continues.last_img read more

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FIRST DAY OF THE DONEGAL RALLY – ALL THE RESULTS AND THE PICTURES!

first_imgThe 41st Topaz Donegal International Rally has got off to a steady start after day one with no major incidents.Garry Jennings in the Subaru has led from the start but second placed Darragh O’Riordain is closing in his Subaru. In the national category Declan Boyle has built up a solid lead on Manus Kelly.Darren Gaas, last year’s winner is down in 35th place after some penalties and a few mechanical problems. RESULTS FOR DAY ONEO/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos SS8 Road Total Diff 1st Diff Prev1 3 Garry Jennings/Neil Doherty Subaru Impreza 6 O/A 0:54.5 0:00 40:39.82 2 Darragh O’Riordan/Tony McDaid Subaru Impreza 6 O/A 0:56.0 0:00 40:55.7 0:15.9 0:15.93 8 Seamus Leonard/John McCafferty Subaru Impreza 6 O/A 0:56.6 0:00 41:13.1 0:33.3 0:17.44 5 Derek McGarrity/Paul Kiely Subaru Impreza 6 1 0:55.5 0:00 41:36.4 0:56.6 0:23.35 6 Niall Maguire/Conor Foley Subaru Impreza 6 2 0:55.6 0:00 41:51.7 1:11.9 0:15.36 7 Donagh Kelly/Kevin Flanagan Subaru Impreza 6 3 0:57.7 0:00 42:11.2 1:31.4 0:19.5 7 9 Aaron McHale/Brian Daniels Ford Focus wrc 6 4 0:59.3 0:00 42:14.5 1:34.7 0:03.38 17 Sam Moffett/James O’Reilly Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 1 1:00.1 0:00 43:19.0 2:39.2 1:04.59 133 Josh Moffett/Jason McKenna Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 2 0:59.9 0:00 43:43.6 3:03.8 0:24.610 139 Martin Doherty/Damien McCauley Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 3 1:02.8 0:00 43:54.3 3:14.5 0:10.7 11 18 Conor Harvey/Geard Callaghan Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 4 0:59.6 0:00 44:12.1 3:32.3 0:17.812 34 John O’Donnell/Aidan Friel Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 5 1:04.4 0:00 44:20.5 3:40.7 0:08.413 25 Pat Kirk/Peter Ward Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 6 1:01.2 0:00 44:29.7 3:49.9 0:09.214 47 Pj McDermott/Paul Goodman Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 7 1:02.6 0:00 45:29.0 4:49.2 0:59.315 43 Kieran Daly/Keith Moriarty Citroen C2 2 1 0:59.7 0:00 45:52.7 5:12.9 0:23.716 41 Kevin O’Connor/Shane Buckley Citroen C2 2 2 1:01.3 0:00 45:55.0 5:15.2 0:02.317 42 David Carney/Ray Fitzpatrick Citroen C2 2 3 1:02.3 0:00 46:18.5 5:38.7 0:23.518 40 Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney Renault Clio 3 1 0:59.6 0:00 46:29.7 5:49.9 0:11.219 67 Gary Cooney/Rory McBride Mitsubishi Evo 8.5 6 5 1:01.1 0:00 46:44.0 6:04.2 0:14.320 63 Declan Leonard/Dermot McCafferty Ford Fiesta 1 1 1:03.5 0:00 46:57.2 6:17.4 0:13.221 135 Stephan Bradley/Sarah Whelan Honda Civic 1 2 1:04.7 0:00 47:03.8 6:24.0 0:06.622 147 Peter Barrable/Paddy Robinson Citroen C2 2 4 1:06.5 0:00 47:05.1 6:25.3 0:01.323 44 Steve Wood/Johnny Baird Citroen C2 2 5 1:05.6 0:00 47:32.5 6:52.7 0:27.424 116 Paddy McDaid/Oliver Doherty Honda Civic 1 3 1:06.9 0:00 47:52.5 7:12.7 0:20.025 81 Eugene O’Donnell/Sean Harris Honda Civic 1 4 1:09.8 0:00 47:55.8 7:16.0 0:03.326 150 Mark Ewing/Rachel McConnell Honda Civic 1 5 1:11.1 0:00 48:05.8 7:26.0 0:10.027 71 Tony Jardine/Maurice Hamilton Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 8 1:05.5 0:00 48:31.3 7:51.5 0:25.528 114 Peter O’Kane/Mark O’Connor Honda Civic 1 6 1:12.4 0:00 48:48.5 8:08.7 0:17.229 103 Sean Agnew/Peter Deery Citroen C2 2 6 1:02.3 0:00 49:20.7 8:40.9 0:32.230 144 Gavin Harris/Paul Harris Honda Civic 1 7 1:21.8 0:00 49:25.9 8:46.1 0:05.231 96 Paddy Walker/John Sweeney Peugeot 206 2 7 1:09.3 0:00 50:12.1 9:32.3 0:46.232 118 Brian Quigley/Conal Doherty Honda Civic 1 8 1:10.8 0:00 50:21.0 9:41.2 0:08.933 80 Jp Quigley/Emmett Kelly Honda Civic 1 9 1:11.2 0:00 50:22.6 9:42.8 0:01.634 69 Rory Byrne/Jeremy Patterson Mitsubishi Evo 9 4 9 1:09.2 0:00 51:06.2 10:26.4 0:43.635 1 Darren Gass/Enda Sherry Subaru Impreza 6 6 0:55.1 11:00 52:00.7 11:20.9 0:54.536 121 Alistar Glenn/Niall McDaid Peugeot 206 2 8 1:11.7 0:00 53:09.3 12:29.5 1:08.637 100 Kieran Roarty/James Doherty Honda Civic 1 10 1:24.6 0:00 59:53.8 19:14.0 6:44.538 65 Martin O’Donnell/John O’Donnell Honda Civic 1 11 1:10.9 1:15 1:05:33.3 24:53.5 5:39.5Results for the National categoryO/A Car Driver/Codriver Make Class Pos SS8 Road Total Diff 1st Diff Prev1 12 Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle Ford Escort Mk2 14 O/A 0:58.4 0:00 43:09.22 14 Manus Kelly/Donal Barrett Ford Escort Mk2 14 O/A 0:57.7 0:00 43:42.4 0:33.2 0:33.23 29 Callum Duffy/Iain Duffy Ford Escort Mk2 14 O/A 1:01.3 0:00 44:01.3 0:52.1 0:18.94 22 Martin McGee/Denis O’Mahon Ford Escort Mk2 14 1 1:00.6 0:00 44:06.1 0:56.9 0:04.85 146 Ed O’Callaghan/Raymond Scott Ford Escort Mk2 13 1 1:03.1 0:00 44:07.1 0:57.9 0:01.06 21 Adrian Hethrington/Gary Nolan Ford Escort Mk2 14 2 1:00.5 0:00 44:08.0 0:58.8 0:00.97 15 Wesley Patterson/Martin McGarrity Ford Escort Mk2 14 3 0:57.3 0:00 44:14.3 1:05.1 0:06.38 26 Paul Barrett/John McElhinney Ford Escort Mk2 14 4 1:08.9 0:00 44:25.3 1:16.1 0:11.09 27 Daniel Doherty/Michael Doherty Ford Escort Mk2 14 5 1:01.2 0:30 44:37.2 1:28.0 0:11.910 33 Russell Woods/Gary Gallagher Ford Escort Mk2 13 2 1:02.9 0:00 44:40.5 1:31.3 0:03.311 38 Vivian Hamill/Greame Henderson Ford Escort Mk2 14 6 0:59.7 0:00 45:10.6 2:01.4 0:30.112 23 Geoffrey Dolan/Conor Murphy Ford Escort Mk2 14 7 1:00.2 0:00 45:15.5 2:06.3 0:04.913 28 Robbie Peoples/Keith Stewart Ford Escort Mk2 14 8 1:00.0 0:00 45:16.9 2:07.7 0:01.414 37 Jim McKenna/Thomas Treanor Ford Escort Mk2 14 9 1:01.9 0:00 45:27.0 2:17.8 0:10.115 140 Victor Hunter/Michael Doherty Ford Escort Mk2 13 3 1:03.6 0:00 45:27.3 2:18.1 0:00.316 31 Samuel Kelso/Mac Walsh Ford Escort Mk2 13 4 1:00.2 0:00 45:35.9 2:26.7 0:08.617 58 Kevin Gallagher/Gavin Gallagher MG 11 1 1:02.8 0:00 45:35.9 2:26.718 30 Daniel Conaghan/Terence Magee Ford Escort Mk2 13 5 1:02.3 0:00 45:37.0 2:27.8 0:01.119 54 William McFadden/Francie Devine Ford Escort G3 13 6 1:00.5 0:00 46:06.5 2:57.3 0:29.520 16 Brian Brogan/Damien McGettigan Ford Escort Mk2 14 10 1:07.4 0:00 46:07.1 2:57.9 0:00.621 72 Stephen Greeney/Kieran Feeney Citroen C2 16 1 0:59.7 0:00 46:11.0 3:01.8 0:03.922 61 Kevin Bradley/Siobhan Bradley Ford Escort Mk2 11 2 1:04.1 0:00 46:32.6 3:23.4 0:21.623 55 Graham Kelly/Fergal Kelly Ford Escort G4 13 7 0:58.3 0:00 46:33.8 3:24.6 0:01.224 56 Peter Greene/Conor Comack Ford Escort Mk2 13 8 1:16.1 0:00 46:45.7 3:36.5 0:11.925 46 Jp Logue/James Logue Honda Civic 13 9 1:05.3 0:00 46:50.2 3:41.0 0:04.526 50 Shaun Murphy/Gerard McGinley Ford Escort Mk2 13 10 1:04.7 0:00 46:51.1 3:41.9 0:00.927 134 Declan McGettigan/Jonathan Gallagher Honda Civic 11 3 1:05.1 0:00 46:53.2 3:44.0 0:02.128 52 Patrick McHugh/Pauric O’Donnell Ford Escort Mk2 13 11 1:04.8 0:00 46:58.7 3:49.5 0:05.529 48 Gary McElhinney/Paddy McCrudden Ford Escort Mk2 13 12 1:07.8 0:00 47:00.9 3:51.7 0:02.230 107 Paul Carron/Andrew Browne Toyota Corolla 11 4 1:08.5 0:00 47:13.0 4:03.8 0:12.131 73 Oran Donnelly/Paul Hughes Ford Escort Mk2 12 1 1:04.9 0:00 47:20.7 4:11.5 0:07.732 66 John Dolan/Joe Dolan Ford Escort Mk2 13 13 1:03.0 0:00 47:26.8 4:17.6 0:06.133 74 Kevin Kelly/Paul Hegarty Ford Escort Mk2 13 14 1:05.8 0:00 47:36.9 4:27.7 0:10.134 137 Thomas McCreesh/Sean Bruton Toyota Starlet 11 5 1:05.4 0:00 47:45.1 4:35.9 0:08.235 92 Daniel Lucey/Derry Healy Ford Escort Mk2 13 15 1:05.7 0:00 47:46.1 4:36.9 0:01.036 83 Eamonn Gallagher/Paul Brogan Ford Escort Mk2 12 2 1:20.7 0:00 47:56.6 4:47.4 0:10.537 141 Liam Doherty/Kyle McGettigan Toyota Corolla 11 6 1:05.5 0:00 48:03.9 4:54.7 0:07.338 97 Barry Wash McGill/Derek Tae Heena Ford Escort Mk2 9 1 1:07.9 0:00 48:26.0 5:16.8 0:22.139 53 Dermot Cannon/Alvin Alcorn Toyota Corolla 13 16 1:07.4 0:00 48:34.5 5:25.3 0:08.540 84 Garry Gallagher/Lee Cullen Toyota Corolla 11 7 1:09.1 0:00 48:35.3 5:26.1 0:00.841 98 Damian O’Reilly/Damien McCabe Ford Escort Mk2 9 2 1:08.2 0:00 48:40.9 5:31.7 0:05.642 91 Rob Alderman/Paula Alderman Ford Escort Mk2 13 17 1:09.8 0:00 48:42.1 5:32.9 0:01.243 145 Alan Sweeney/James Gallagher Ford Escort Mk2 11 8 1:04.3 0:00 48:46.8 5:37.6 0:04.744 90 Brendan Friel/John Paul Boyle Toyota Corolla 11 9 1:08.4 0:15 48:49.1 5:39.9 0:02.345 104 Joe Gallagher/Geard Mullan Mitsubishi Evo 9 16 2 1:12.2 0:00 48:55.0 5:45.8 0:05.946 93 Tommy O’Connell/Sean Magee Ford Escort Mk2 13 18 1:09.3 0:00 49:05.9 5:56.7 0:10.947 82 Darragh Kelly/Gerry Hughes Ford Fiesta 16 3 1:09.4 0:00 49:19.2 6:10.0 0:13.348 148 Daniel McCanny/Martin Gallogley Ford Escort Mk2 13 19 1:15.7 0:00 49:28.1 6:18.9 0:08.949 70 Martin Howley/Shaun Lafferty Mitsubishi Evo 9 15 1 1:12.3 0:00 49:30.8 6:21.6 0:02.750 111 Declan Hall/Chris Corr Toyota Corolla 11 10 1:08.1 0:00 49:34.2 6:25.0 0:03.451 108 William Vance/Tom Vance Ford Escort 12 3 1:11.6 0:45 49:52.6 6:43.4 0:18.452 45 Columba Heena/Declan Big Francie Toyota Corolla 13 20 1:03.8 0:00 50:03.1 6:53.9 0:10.553 79 Andrew Hegarty/Loretta Kelly Ford Escort Mk2 12 4 1:06.6 1:00 50:21.0 7:11.8 0:17.954 99 James Greenan/Jonathan Treanor Opel Corsa 9 3 1:12.4 0:00 50:34.7 7:25.5 0:13.755 109 Kevin McHugh/Evin Hughes Ford Escort Mk2 13 21 1:13.5 0:00 50:44.4 7:35.2 0:09.756 122 David Smyth/Mark Deery Toyota Corolla 11 11 1:10.0 0:45 51:00.3 7:51.1 0:15.957 89 Darragh Doherty/Damian McElhinney Toyota Corolla 11 12 1:13.9 0:00 51:14.8 8:05.6 0:14.558 123 David Baird/Chris Baird Vauxhall Astra 10 1 1:12.3 0:00 51:21.0 8:11.8 0:06.259 106 George Baskin/Trevor Graham VW Golf 15 2 1:10.7 0:00 51:27.7 8:18.5 0:06.760 112 Hugh Martin Toye/Breeda Toye Honda Civic 13 22 1:12.8 0:00 51:41.8 8:32.6 0:14.161 87 Thomas McGlinchey/Tony Curran Ford Escort Mk2 13 23 1:10.6 0:00 51:44.6 8:35.4 0:02.862 130 Sean Heraghty/Jonathan Edwards Vauxhall Nova 9 4 1:11.6 0:00 54:33.7 11:24.5 2:49.163 124 Mark Glackin/Micheal Glackin Toyota Corolla 11 13 1:15.0 0:00 54:46.5 11:37.3 0:12.864 125 Caolan Gaffney/Keith Gorell Vauxhall Nova 9 5 1:09.6 0:00 54:58.4 11:49.2 0:11.965 132 Ivan Warwick/Evelyn Warwick Audi Coupe 15 3 1:16.3 0:15 55:10.4 12:01.2 0:12.066 119 Danny Cannon/Eamonn Russell Honda Civic 11 14 1:14.3 1:00 58:29.4 15:20.2 3:19.067 126 Eamonn McLaughlin/Sean Topping Vauxhall Nova 9 6 1:12.7 0:00 1:01:11.1 18:01.9 2:41.768 105 Andrew Stewart/Tony Gallagher Mitsubishi Evo 4 15 4 1:11.8 2:00 1:19:33.8 36:24.6 18:22.7MORE PICTURES….MORE PICTURES….MORE PICTURES…MORE PICTURESFIRST DAY OF THE DONEGAL RALLY – ALL THE RESULTS AND THE PICTURES! was last modified: June 15th, 2012 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 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