first_imgBy: Belinda StronachChairman & President, The Stronach GroupThe COVID-19 crisis has presented the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge, one that requires personal sacrifice, a shift in perspective and has forced us to redefine our sense of community. Individuals, businesses and governments are being called upon to do their part, to stay safe, to protect others and to take care of those around us and that is precisely what the horseracing community is doing right now.This past Friday, live horseracing was suspended temporarily by order of the Los Angeles County Health Department. The horseracing community understands and will always abide by government orders. But there is much more behind the scenes than most people realize.At Santa Anita Park, our community alone is made up of an ecosystem that includes over 750 caregivers (professionally known as backstretch employees) who are employed by owners and trainers and who live in the onsite dormitories and dedicate their lives to caring for the horses we all love. For these people, Santa Anita Park is their home and that is where they are safe. On March 12, a full week before any stay-at-home orders were issued, Santa Anita Park voluntarily closed to the public for the protection of those people who call it home. Since then, we have been a self-contained, locked-down community operating under stringent and ever-evolving measures based on the best scientific guidance from health and governmental authorities to maintain social distancing and limit exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to protect the welfare of those connected to it, both human and non-human.Our community includes over 1,700 racehorses who also call Santa Anita Park home and who require constant supervision and care – from feeding, to exercise and veterinary care – racehorses are living, breathing animals who cannot, and will not, survive without daily human contact and attention. They are not machines that can be mothballed temporarily in a factory. Further, racehorses are conditioned athletes and standing in a stall without daily exercise is detrimental to their health, safety and welfare.Our community is also made up of the owners and trainers who employ jockeys and backstretch employees and who are responsible for providing the financial resources needed to care for the horses. The majority of the wages paid to those working on the backstretch and the financial resources to care for horses come directly from the earnings that are made when horses race. Those earnings come from the money wagered on live racing and so the cycle goes.The reality is that live racing, even without customers on track in these times, and the income that comes from wagering is a vital part of the ecosystem and by removing it an instability is created for those in our community who can least afford it.Simply put, by ceasing live racing operations we are jeopardizing the income stream for backstretch employees and the financial resources required to provide them and the horses they love with the care they both deserve. For our 750 backstretch employees the live racing element of the ecosystem allows Santa Anita Park to provide safe and secure housing, enables the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation to offer critical health care services at the onsite medical clinic and ensures that backstretch employees have access to no-cost critical support services. Without live racing, some may have to make a difficult choice to leave their home at Santa Anita Park, not because they want to, but because they have no other option in order to make a living. A fact that entirely defeats the objective of the stay-at-home orders.It is through this lens that the interdependent ecosystem that makes up the unique horseracing community, whether or not it is a sport you agree with, must be viewed. Horseracing is a delicate, circular ecosystem and to destroy that now will lead to an unnecessary humanitarian and animal care crisis on top of what we are all already dealing with.While some industries are able to cease or pause operations completely, this is simply not an option for horseracing. Now, perhaps more than ever in these difficult times, we must be mindful of our responsibility to prioritize the safety and well-being of the horses and those who care for them.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the nation’s most exciting talent will be on show when the Sunshine Girls take on Barbados in a tri-Test netball series against Barbados, which takes place this weekend at the National Arena from Friday, May 19 to Monday, May 22. The 15-member Jamaica squad Sunshine includes not only seasoned campaigners, but many who have starred while representing Jamaica at junior levels – especially Under-16 and Under-21 – such as Caralee Tinglin, Zonasha Hinds, Rebecca Robinson, Melissa Hinds and Jodiann Ward. The 15-member squad includes three members of the national Under-21 team, which is preparing for the upcoming World Youth Netball Championships next month. Thristina Harwood, an attacking player who either plays at goal shooter, goal attack of wing attack, is the most experienced player on the team, with 22 caps. Defenders Stacian Facey and Shamera Sterling are two of the other regular team members, with 17 and 12 caps, respectively. Centre court players Kerry-Ann Brown and Adean Thomas also have a fair bit of senior level experience representing Jamaica, which is hosting the series to assist Barbados’ preparation for the Commonwealth Games, plus gearing towards the Caribbean Championships, to be held later this year. The Jamaica team has been preparing for nearly three weeks under the guidance of new coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken. They will play the opening game of the series on Friday, beginning at 7:00 p.m.; then the second Test on Sunday, starting at 6:00 p.m.; and close out on Monday, starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission will be $500 for adults and $200 for children, while there is a special discount for school children in groups, who will be charged $100 for entry. SQUAD: Thristina Harwood, Rebecca Robinson, Shimona Nelson, Hasana Williams, Carlalee Tinglin, Adean Thomas, Kerry-Ann Brown, Melissa Wright, Antoinette Stone, Zonasha Hinds, Shamera Sterling, Stacian Facey, Tashike Salmon, Jodiann Ward, Latanya Wilson.last_img read more

first_imgConcerns are being raised by students of the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen Campus with respect to the newly introduced parking protocols that were established by the administration.The new regulations which were established includes a wheel clamping system that targets the vehicle of students.Guyana Times was told that barricades were placed on campus at a number of locations where the students would usually park their vehicles to attend classes. Now with the new system, only staff of the university are permitted to utilise those spaces.One of the signs at the Turkeyen CampusThe students related there is a calculated plan devised by the administration to have them cramped in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) parking lot. However, the disturbed students explained that the space cannot accommodate all of the vehicles, especially during the hours with the most classes when students struggle for a place to park.“Actually, the only place [that] we could park is at the GWLT parking lot, which is very much occupied, especially in the afternoon. If you park at the other places, then your vehicle will be clamped,” a student explained.This publication was also told that this decision was a unilateral one, and the student body was not informed about these changes. It was after some vehicles were clamped and signs were erected that they were notified.“This decision is the latest in a line of unilateral decisions that have been taken without consulting with the student body. We did not know about the decision until a sign appeared on campus. I think that the primary purpose of the university is a learning institution, and this is putting undue pressure on students,” another related.Meanwhile, many are more concerned about the wheel clamps which will be attached to vehicles that are parked in the now restricted areas.If the vehicles are clamped, students will be required to pay $3,000 for the clamp to be removed, and an additional $1000 for every day that the vehicle has been clamped. This, students say, is another way in which money can be extracted from them, and it adds to the large sums of money that are paid every academic year for tuition and administrative fees.It was reported earlier this year that the administrative body had made a unilateral decision to hike the administrative fees; one which the University of Guyana Students’ Society (UGSS) has condemned.Students were notified of the changes after they were told they would pay more for supplemental examinations. It was then announced that the fees were increased. In some areas, the approved rates were increased by 100 per cent. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

first_imgLake Point Golf and Country Club celebrated their 50th Anniversary this weekend. The celebration gave people the chance to get together and reminisce about 2 dollar green fees, which there were this weekend, glass coke bottles, and the fact that the course has come a long way since purchasing their first clubhouse for one dollar. The celebration over the weekend was a lot of fun, and that’s thanks to three special people; Pam O’Kranic, Carolyn Krauss, and Judy Lang Thanks very much ladies, and for everyone who made it possible.Photo: Ted Sloan/ – Justin McKinnon of Petron Communications cooking up a storm at the Lakepoint 50th Anniversary.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img1 Jack Grealish Remi Garde has revealed Jack Grealish will return to training with Aston Villa’s first team this week, and the manager will then focus on preparing to face Arsenal, the Frenchman’s former club.The talented Grealish had been forced to train with Villa’s development squad as a punishment for being filmed in a Manchester nightclub hours after the first team’s 4-0 defeat at Everton and amid allegations he also partied at a Birmingham hotel the following day.He again had no involvement in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton, but after he has played for the reserves on Monday, Garde – who has overseen two draws and two defeats since his appointment as Villa’s manager – will again consider the 20-year-old for selection.“Jack Grealish will play with the reserve team on Monday and will probably join the group after that,” said Garde, whose previous experience of English football came at Villa’s next visitors, Arsenal, where he was a player in the 1990s.“It’s a very good feeling (to face Arsenal again). But my personal feelings are not very important.“Of course I have very good memories and a strong relationship with this English football club but I know that it is a very good side and they will come to Villa Park to win the game.“For us it will be very tough but I expect my players to be like they were (in the 0-0 draw with Manchester) City.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Last year marked the third consecutive increase of 20 percent or more in prices. Prices have increased on an annual basis for nine years in a row. During the past 18 years, there have only been seven price declines – all during the massive economic restructuring of the 1990s. During that period the median price dipped to a low of $155,000 in November 1995 and again in February 1997. Link expects a more normal price increase – one or two percentage points higher than the rate of inflation – this year. “That being said, we’ve been wrong the last couple of years, so we’ll see.” Last year 12,786 previously owned single-family homes changed hands, an annual decline of 3.7 percent and in line with expectations. It was the eighth consecutive year of 12,000 or more sales. Home sales in the San Fernando Valley hit their fourth-highest total since 1988 last year even though prices kept climbing – by 20.1 percent in 12 months – to a median of $569,208 for a previously owned home, a trade association said Tuesday. Last year consumers bought 17,566 houses and condominiums, a 3.4 percent dip from 2005 but the ninth-highest total since record keeping began in 1970, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Those sales generated more than $11.97 billion for the Valley’s economy, not including the additional millions that buyers and sellers spent on related products and services, the association noted. “We anticipated that sales were going to be strong in 2005 and believe heavy resale activity will continue through 2006,” said Jim Link, association vice president. The year ended on a mixed note, with sales of 892 single-family homes in December, down an annual 22.4 percent. But the median price rose 18 percent on an annual basis to $590,000. That’s $10,000 below November’s record. And while sales are expected to continue to soften and price increases to moderate, strong demand should continue to edge those prices toward another record level and to further erode affordability. “I think we’re at a point where the single-family residence is almost out of reach of the first-time buyer or moderate-income buyer. There are a number of good loan programs out there that are frankly helping fuel the market,” Link said. But interest rates are moving up, and there are indications that lenders will respond by tightening credit standards. For example, the Web site released a study Monday that found that lenders have increased their scrutiny of loans after the default risk soared 28.6 percent across California during the second half of last year. But Southern California had one of the lowest risk levels in the state. The association president, Steve White, said a slight sales slowdown would be welcome. “After years of a one-sided argument, buyers need a little breathing room, and sellers need to bring price expectations in line with current market realities,” he said. With home prices soaring, many buyers turned to less expensive condominiums last year. This market accounted for 4,780 sales, down 2.5 percent from 2004 but the sixth consecutive year above the 4,000 mark. The median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, jumped 22.1 percent from the prior year to $364,458, also a record. In December, there were 340 condo sales, down 23.8 percent on an annual basis, but the median price soared 22.6 percent, to $390,000. That’s close to what the median price was for a single-family house in July 2003. Last year also featured record low inventories, but supply is building. At year’s end there were 3,588 properties for sale, up an annual 27.5 percent, the association said. But that’s just a 2.9-month supply at the current sales pace and less than half what’s considered necessary for a balanced market that favors neither sellers nor buyers. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., agrees the market is slowing and also expects lenders to scale back some of the more aggressive loan products, such as those with extremely low introductory rates. Kyser said one weak spot for the Valley could be that it’s heavily invested in the entertainment sector, which is dealing with a disappointing 2005 box office, and is still beset with runaway-production issues and union militancy. “The motion picture industry is probably still going to be struggling in 2006. It could have somewhat of an impact on your market so that’s one thing I would caution the Valley people about,” Kyser said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 160Want 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

first_imgHe moved to Roma in 1933 when he left Argentine club Estudiantes and quickly became a hero, helped by those 28 goals in 32 games in one season. However, on the national stage he was shunned for his efforts along with Italy’s other foreign-born players in the 1934 side.He, along with Atilio Demaria, Anfilogio Guarisi, Luis Monti and Raimundo Orsi – who scored for Italy in the final – were denied medals awarded to the rest of the team for winning the trophy, by a fascist regime driven by extreme nationalism.Guaita’s stay in the country didn’t last long and it eventually ended in scandal when he fled to France in 1935 after he was called up to the Italian army during the second Italo-Abyssinian War, after fascist leader Benito Mussolini decided to invade Ethiopia. He wasn’t alone, though, and was joined by Orsi and two other foreign Roma players – Alessandro Scopelli and Andrea Stagnaro – all from Argentina.“The case caused a national scandal, and the fascist authorities accused the four of cowardice, theft and contraband,” John Foot explains in his book, Calcio: a history of Italian football.The players never played for Italian teams again and Guaita returned to Argentina to play for Racing Club in 1936. He died in 1959 at the age of 48.THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF ERNEST WILIAMOWSKI WHO PLAYED FOR POLAND AND NAZI GERMANY With his goal in the 4-1 win against Milan, Edin Dzeko became a first Roma player to score at least 27 goals in a single Serie A season since Enrique Guaita in the 1934/35 campaign.But who is he? This is what wanted to know and it turns out his story is a very interesting one.Guaita actually represented both Argentina and Italy, winning the 1934 World Cup with the latter, and his goal against Austria in the semi-final sealed a place in the final where they beat Czechoslovakia. 2 Edin Dzeko is the first Roma striker since Enrique Guaita to score 27 goals in a season 2last_img read more

first_imgBrian McCormick Division OneGweedore Celtic 3 Milford Utd 1Kilmacrennan Celtic 3 Dunkineely Celtic 2Lagan Harps 3 Lifford Celtic 1CT Ball Division TwoCranford Utd 0 Ballybofey Utd 1Drumbar Utd 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 1Keadue Rovers 3 Glenree Utd 2Kerrykeel ’71 1 Bonagee Utd 3SOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: November 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:SOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

first_imgVIEWS of all persuasions are invited to Donegal Daily at info@donegaldaily.comBY PHILIP McFADDEN, DONEGAL ACTION AGAINST AUSTERITYAt the EU Leaders Summit in Brussels on 22nd November 2012, the Taoiseach said that there would be no bank debt relief for Ireland before the end of the year. Yet again Enda Kenny proves himself to be an incompetent negotiator. The ‘elephant in the room’ is the bondholders, and under this odious debt Ireland is drowning!In the years subsequent to the introduction of the euro, Irish banks and building societies, finding themselves with access to cheaper money, began to borrow by the billion.Those billions were loaned out by the major European banks and financial institutions and were in turn used by the Irish banks and building societies to fuel a property bubble that became more inflated with every passing year until eventually, in late 2007/early 2008, the bubble burst.In such circumstances what would normally happen is that the lender banks would take a hit or a ‘haircut’ – as it is known as in the banking industry – and move on to the next investment opportunity. This is how capitalism works. An intrinsic element of the business they’re in is making money from money. Not on this occasion. At the behest of the ECB/EU, what had been a system founded in risk/reward, profit-and-loss became simply profit-and-reward.In September 2008 our government was coerced by a legion of representatives from the Irish banks into blindly providing a ‘blanket bank guarantee’ (Brian Lenihan and Brian Cowen, then Finance Minister and Taoiseach respectively were told the total exposure was ‘only’ €5bn). Then, as that was expiring, it was the ECB strong-arming both Cowen’s government and then the Enda Kenny-led government that succeeded them into continuing to transfer that bank debt to public shoulders.Until now that bank bailout has cost the Irish people €69.6bn in direct input to the banks (NAMA’s €5.5bn contribution included). This is not the full story.Indirectly also we are continuing to bail out our banks and their failed bondholders. In 2012 the bonds paid by our banks amounted to a total of over €20bn; in 2013 it will be another €17bn; in the four years 2012/13/14/15, it will amount to over €55bn, money being bled on a weekly basis from a dying economy.Part of that comes from the bailout money but part of it we’re also paying, on an on-going basis, through the newly imposed bank charges, through the high interest rates, as we own every bank except Bank of Ireland, in which we have a large share. Meanwhile normal commerce is almost entirely suspended in Ireland, the banks we have so expensively ‘saved’ because – we were told over and over we needed a ‘functioning banking system’, are functioning only if you’re a bondholder.This was private debt – every cent of it. We, the Irish people, didn’t borrow it, had no liability for it. It was not our debt then; it’s not our debt now and will never justly be our debt. It was imposed on us without us ever having been consulted.We need to retrieve that money starting with the Promissory Notes –they should be destroyed. We must also stop paying the bank bonds – secured or not. The ECB must be informed that we’re not paying them a penny of any money we had to borrow to bail out our banks’Some would argue that we can’t do that as we now have a legal obligation to pay all of that money – which begs the question ‘where were they when all that odious debt was being imposed on us?’ And if something can be imposed, then equally it can be ‘un-imposed’.The people are sick of this austerity and will not tolerate it anymore. The poor and the working poor have to bring Fine Gail/Labour to account. We have to react before it’s too late. Protest, write letters or e-mail your local government representatives. We, the people of Ireland, have to confront the Fine Geal/Labour government representatives. We should not forget that a Fianna Fail/Green government caused this mess.We have to get radical, we have to get vocal, we have to protest for our rights.By paying the bondholders we are destroying the HSE, home help service and child benefit. As a result of paying the bondholders our rural schools are being closed down, our rural Garda stations are being closed down and our rural libraries are being closed down. Paying the bondholders will lead to the centralization of the Coast Guard service which will jeopardise the lives of our already demoralized fishermen.We do not need Germany and France to tell us we are a ‘special case’. This is patronizing and shallow rhetoric. We don’t need ‘improved terms and conditions’. This is odious debt which will be passed on to several future generations – annual reparations for a private war between private banks. We need a debt ‘write off’ and we need it NOW.Philip McFaddenVIEWPOINT: ‘WE HAVE TO GET RADICAL’ – DAAA was last modified: December 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:VIEWPOINT: ‘WE HAVE TO GET RADICAL’ – DAAAlast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — A couple of home games provided the remedy the Sharks needed to start looking like the team labeled as Stanley Cup favorites in training camp.Following a similar formula to Thursday’s win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Sharks completed a two-game homestand with perfect grades Saturday, beating the New York Islanders 4-1 at SAP Center.After the Sharks wrapped up their five-game road trip with a 2-2-1 record Sunday, head coach Pete DeBoer offered a simple road map for turning the ship …last_img read more