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Classy Campesino wins St Catherine Cup

first_img TREMENDOUS STRETCH RUN CAMPESINO confirmed his status as one of the country’s top sprinters with a fast-time runaway victory in yesterday’s open allowance feature for the St Catherine Cup over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park. Toting topweight of 57.0kg, CAMPESINO, with Robert Halledeen riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and owner Howard Hamilton, was held off the early pace in third as SIR BUDGET (9-2) and POLLY B (5-2) jostled for the lead in the backstretch. SIR BUDGET turned for home a length ahead of POLLY B, but by then, CAMPESINO was finding his best strides on the outside. He disposed of SIR BUDGET approaching the distance and moved away to win by six lengths from stable-companion BUBBLING KITTEN (7-1), covering the distance in a fast 1:05.0 behind splits of 22.2, 45.1 for the half mile. MIRACLE STAR was declared a late non-starter, reducing the field to six. Returning from a four-week absence following his good fifth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10, CAMPESINO has now won two of his last three races, having lowered the colours of his classy stable-companion BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the November 12 Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metres. Female apprentice Andree Powell, who has looked much improved in the saddle of late, highlighted the nine-race programme with two winners. These were the Gordon Lewis-trained GLYDER (8-5), who she brought with a late run to win the second race over the straight, and 11-1 outsider CLASSY AVIATOR for trainer Gary Subratie, the 4-y-o filly producing a tremendous stretch run from last position, widest of all, to catch 4-5 favourite MISTER BONES with former champion Dane Nelson on the line for a thrilling victory, preventing Lewis from posting a double. Her namesake, fellow claiming apprentice Andre Powell, won the third race on the card aboard 6-1 chance DOUBLE DEAL in a driving finish as well. The day’s other upset was provided by the Collin Blair-trained STORM VALLEY at 17-1 in the fifth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-olds. Running on Lasix for the first time, STORM VALLEY held off the fast-finishing MILAGRO (9-2) by a head with in-form apprentice Javaneil Patterson riding in the silks of the Golden Stables.last_img read more

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Security guard remanded on armed robbery charge

first_imgA father of five found himself facing a charge of armed robbery on Monday as he stood before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Issacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that Weldon Anthony, while in the company of others and armed with a gun on November 4, 2018, robbed Robert Jackson. Jackson was relieved of his Honda motorcycle valued $425,000, a gold chain valued $100,000 and $20,000 cash.Anthony, a security guard, denied the accusations when it was read to him on Monday.The prosecution’s case stated that the Virtual Complainant (VC) was held facedown and relieved of the items by the accused and two others in front of the Education Ministry’s compound in Brickdam, Georgetown.According to Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris, who opposed bail, the defendant was arrested with the motorcycle in his possession.The prosecutor added that Anthony was positively identified during a police identification parade. The prosecution’s submissions were upheld, and the 27-year-old was remanded to prison. The case will continue on February 18, 2019.last_img read more

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Wood’s future is likely at third base

first_imgObviously the Angels liked what they saw. A month later Wood is still at third, showing surprisingly good command of a position he barely thought about prior to showing up in Tempe. The plan now is for Wood to play third exclusively at Triple-A Salt Lake this season, and though the Angels haven’t ruled out a return to shortstop at some point, they’ve seen enough this spring to believe the move to third could be permanent. And not just because he’s adeptly handled the physical aspects of the transition. “He just walks around here like he belongs,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. The switch has obvious benefits for the Angels, and could clear a quicker path to the big leagues for Wood, one of the premiere prospects in baseball. The Angels lack depth at third base. Dallas McPherson isn’t expected back until late in the season, if at all, after undergoing back surgery and with Orlando Cabrera entrenched at short and highly regarded youngsters Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis behind him, Wood had plenty of company at shortstop. That all changed this spring, when the Angels asked their top prospect to work out at third base the second day of camp. “They just said. `Go over there and show us what you got,”‘ Wood said. TEMPE, Ariz. – Brandon Wood heard plenty of speculation over the years that third base might be in his future, but the longtime shortstop never paid much attention to it. “It was mostly from the media,” said Wood, smiling. center_img Third base is far less populated. Chone Figgins is the starter, and if Wood continues to master the position, he could see action in Anaheim sometime in 2007. “He’s coming quickly,” Scioscia said. Wood, who raised his spring batting average to .300 with a hit against Texas on Sunday, is pleased with the progress, especially from a fielding standpoint. Now comes the mental hurdle. “It’s not so much the ground balls or the throws or anything like that,” Wood said. “It’s mentally knowing the things I have to do on a relay and making sure I’m in the right position. But it’s coming along pretty well. It’s been a great experience so far.” Next step: Jered Weaver will throw his second bullpen session today, and if all goes well he will likely throw live batting practice later in the week. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, isn’t expected to take the mound in an actual game until the middle of next week, at the earliest. “That’s about the window we’re looking at,” Scioscia said. Roster moves: Pitchers Ryan Aldridge, Nick Green and Kasey Olenberger were reassigned to minor league camp Sunday. vincent.bonsignore@ dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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City, BFI yet to resolve Sunshine Canyon contract-renewal differences

first_imgOn the eve of a deadline to renew the city’s contract with Sunshine Canyon Landfill, city leaders were still trying to reach a compromise Monday on disposal costs with the landfill owner. Over the past three days, City Council President Eric Garcetti spoke with Sunshine Canyon’s owner, Browning-Ferris Industries, and its parent company, Allied Waste, but they still hadn’t reached agreement by late Monday. So far, the trash company has refused to consider changing the contract to allow the city to divert some trash to other landfills, saying the contract is an all-or-nothing proposal. Garcetti said Monday that he hopes for an additional two weeks to persuade Allied to change the contract and allow L.A. to enact its new policy of reducing the amount of trash that goes to Sunshine Canyon Landfill. The policy is part of Councilman Greig Smith’s RENEW LA plan to wean the city off urban landfills in favor of developing more recycling programs and trash-to-energy technology. BFI has said that if the city sends trash to other landfills, the disposal price would nearly double to $45 per ton. That could add millions more to the city’s annual trash expenses, which come from the same fund that pays for policing and street repair. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We are guardedly optimistic that we can make the case, and nobody has to go nuclear on either side. This will require the team of council and mayor hand-in-hand making it clear to Allied where we are headed with our trash policy.” BFI officials did not return calls Monday. But the company said last week that the city’s demand to renegotiate the contract at the last minute was unreasonable and unfair. At issue is the city’s five-year, $157 million contract with BFI, which requires L.A. to send almost all its trash to Sunshine Canyon to get the low, $25 per ton, price. That works out to $29 million per year. However, last year, the City Council approved a new trash policy to reduce the amount of refuse going to Sunshine Canyon by 600 tons per day, or 17 percent, in the first year, with more reductions over five years until the city no longer uses the Granada Hills Landfill. The diverted trash would go to landfills in Riverside County or the San Joaquin Valley. last_img read more

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St. Francis answers a quick wake-up call

first_img Fourteen seconds into what was their biggest game of an undefeated season, the Golden Knights found themselves trailing to a team that had lost only twice in its history in a league that has produced three consecutive Southern Section champions. “It kind of woke us up,” St. Francis two-way starter Scott Stephens said. “We were ready to play and stuff, but that definitely put more kindle in the fire.” Alex Bonifer and Brian Lynch added a sack apiece against the Swordsmen, giving them a combined 17 for the season, Stephens added an interception – his area-leading eighth of the season – and narrowly missed picking off another pass. St. Paul running back Nicolas Grigsby, who entered the game with 758 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, was limited to 46 yards rushing on a night Jesse Martinez led the Swordsmen’s ground game with 61 yards rushing. “Our defense, they stepped up again,” said Stephens, who contributed seven catches for 113 yards. “They allowed zero points tonight. You can’t ask for more than that.” Peterson passed for 148 yards and Mark Rivadeneyra had a game-high 93 yards rushing for St. Francis, which is off to its best start in six seasons under coach Jim Bonds. “I think this is the first time St. Francis has beaten St. Paul in nine years,” Peterson said. “So this is huge.” Maybe bigger than he thought. St. Francis assistant Terry Terrazone, an All-Southern Section running back on the Knights’ back-to-back Southern Section-championship teams in the early 1960s and later St. Francis coach, said the Knights had not beaten St. Paul since those section-title years. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 dave.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Golden Knights, ranked No. 6 by the Daily News, made the most of their wake-up call, rebounding for a 17-7 victory to improve to 6-0 on the strength of two first-half touchdown passes by Stephen Peterson and a second-half field goal by Neil Favor. It was St. Francis’ first victory over St. Paul after losing the past three meetings by a combined 77 points. St. Paul, which had gone 13-2 in its first three seasons in the Mission league, fell to 3-3. The visiting Swordsmen backed up Macias’ early touchdown with a strong defense that produced first-half sacks by Devin De La Cruz, Victor Bacerra, Albert Hernandez, David Hatch and Justin Gracieux. But Stephenson was tough under pressure, completing eight of his first 10 attempts, including first-quarter touchdown throws to Ray McDonough (9 yards) and Stephens (10 yards). The St. Francis defense was equally up to the challenge against St. Paul, the last team to defeat defending league and three-time Southern Section champion Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks – 24-21 on Oct. 16, 2003 – before that team launched a winning streak that reached 28 games Friday night. center_img LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – Visiting St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs got the full attention of St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge early in their Mission League opener Friday night at Friedman Field. Swordsman senior Rigo Macias fielded the opening kickoff on his 8-yard line, cut to his left and kept going untouched down the sideline for a 92-yard touchdown run. last_img read more

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Marketing gimmick mistaken for assault

first_imgI never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to feel sorry for Bill O’Reilly. The poor guy has gone and gotten his tinsel garland all in a knot because some American retailers have started calling their stock of Christmas trees by another name this year. They’re not Christmas trees anymore. Nope. To hear those sacrilegious money-changers tell it, they’re “holiday trees.” If you ask me, the whole thing’s a great big tempest in a pot of holiday eggnog. Because where O’Reilly sees a scandalous assault on Christianity, I see nothing more than a canny marketing gimmick. With maybe a dash of diversity thrown in. Let me explain. As the child of a mixed marriage – a Northern European Lutheran mom and an Eastern European Jewish dad – I grew up celebrating two sets of holidays. But I never got confused about which symbols went with which. The Christmas tree was a Christmas tree, and the hannukiyah was a hannukiyah. We loved the holidays equally. My mom, taught her culinary skills by her mother-in-law, was one of the best Jewish cooks around. She joined B’nai B’rith, played a mean game of mah-jongg, and lit the menorah when Hanukkah arrived. My dad did his part, too. He scoured the local tree lot every year, hunting for the perfect specimen. He’d bring it home, place it carefully in the water stand, then watch as my mom, my sister and I hung lights, ornaments and strands of tinsel one by one. I think the guy who dragged the first evergreen indoors would have no problem with that. Because, if you know your history, you know that it had nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity or Christmas. That tree was a tannenbaum. And it found its way into a Germanic household one winter day in the late Middle Ages, not in celebration of Christmas, but as a symbol of life, meant to ward off the energy-sapping dangers of winter cold and dark. But now, thanks to poor Bill O’Reilly’s protestations, Christian America thinks it faces a crisis. As he sees it, corporate America has allowed an assault on his religion because some guy in the marketing department tried to bump up tree sales – or worse yet, tried to show respect to those of us who happen not to observe Christmas, but spend our dollars and pay our taxes just the same. Christians, who outnumber those of all other faiths combined in the American population, are, to hear Bill bewail it, under siege. Disrespected. Disregarded. Lumped into a generic category with all the rest of us mere heathens. I’d give his phony rant more due if he were criticizing the commercialization of Christmas. Now there’s something worth complaining about. But to whine because someone is calling a Christmas tree – oops, let’s be historically accurate and make that a tannenbaum – a holiday tree – frankly, it’s as phony as the synthetic, stringy white beard on the ho-ho-ho face of the local mall Santa Claus. I dare you. Take a walk through your neighborhood and ask someone. Anyone. Point to a tree standing proudly in the nearest living room window, and ask them what it’s called. Marketing, shmarketing. They’ll call it a Christmas tree. And wish you a happy Kwanzaa. Because this is America. Where we can live and believe and celebrate as we wish. And call a tree a tree. Or a bush. Or a tannenbaum. Or Moby Tree. It’s a free country. At least it used to be. Marcy Rothenberg is a freelance writer living in Porter Ranch.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Then we would all breathe in the aroma of pine. And smile. Our Christmas tree was a Christmas tree. Our menorah was a menorah. And these were the holidays. Time enough to enjoy it all. Things were different at our neighbors’ house. They were Jewish, through and through. But each December, they’d cart home a Douglas fir – one sprayed with that lumpy white stuff we California kids took for snow. They would adorn it with big shiny blue globe ornaments, white and blue twinkle lights, and strands of silver tinsel, then invite us in to see their Hanukkah bush. And during the first holiday season my husband and I celebrated together – while we were still in grad school and scraping every penny – another name for the holiday shrub was born. The tree we brought home that year (before we decided to celebrate only Hanukkah in our home), was a funny little thing wider than it was tall, and terribly misshapen. It looked more like a whale when lit up than anything else, and earned a sobriquet I daresay has never been given to another holiday decoration anytime, anywhere. We called it “Moby Tree.” It is in stories like these that I’m sure those advertising geniuses got the bright idea. “If we call ’em holiday trees,” some up-and-comer sales assistant posited, “we’ll expand our target market. We won’t just sell our Christmas trees to Christians. We’ll sell ’em to Jews and Muslims and Buddhists – maybe even an atheist or two. We’ll make a fortune!” Unfortunately for the poor guy, I’d bet my holiday turkey that a good number of trees sold each year already find their way into homes where nary a Christmas carol is sung. Because we Americans – coming as we do from places around the world, bringing a world’s worth of religious beliefs and practices along with us – have a funny habit of incorporating mainstream symbols into our lives. And calling them Hanukkah bushes – or holiday trees – or whatever we wish. last_img read more

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Donegal soldier is bound to the peace after assault

first_imgA 32-year-old soldier from Donegal has been bound to the peace by a District Court Judge.Gary Heaney, of 1 Rossgier Close, Porthall, was before Letterkenny District Court on charges arising out of an incident on July 18, 2015. Heaney, a member of the Defence Forces, was charged with assault, with using threatening, abusive, insulting behaviour and of being intoxicated in a public place at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Heaney to keep the peace for a period of 12 months on his own bond of €250.Donegal soldier is bound to the peace after assault was last modified: April 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Defence forcesGary HeaneyJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPorthallRossgierlast_img read more

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Di Matteo praises players but is taking nothing for granted

first_imgInterim boss Roberto Di Matteo hailed Chelsea’s players after their win in Lisbon but insisted the quarter-final tie is still very much alive.Salomon Kalou’s goal gave the Blues a 1-0 victory over Benfica and means they are overwhelming favourites to go through.“Nothing is over – there’s still another 90 minutes to play,” Di Matteo told Sky.“The players deserve all the credit, because they’ve got a lot of stick. They’ve been fantastic. They’re doing if for themselves, the supporters and the club.“We went close on a number of occasions and kept a clean sheet. And we looked good defensively, again.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Confident Johnson fires warning to Groves

first_imgGlen Johnson claims George Groves has “bitten off more than he can chew” by opting to fight him.Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight, 24, will defend his Commonwealth title against former world champion Johnson at the ExCel London on Saturday 15 December.The wily Jamaican, 43, has fought a number of top fighters, including Bernard Hopkins and Britain’s world champion Carl Froch, and he pulled off a shock win over American superstar Roy Jones in 2004.And he believes he will have too much for Groves, who is looking to take another step towards a world title shot.Johnson said: “From what I’ve seen of Groves he’s a good strong kid with lots of talent and he’s coming up in the sport. I know he’ll be looking to do a number on me.“I’ve faced the best in the business over the years against the like of Jones, Antonio Tarver and Hopkins and I believe I’m a better all-round fighter.“Groves will not show me anything I haven’t seen before. He’s got the youth, but I’ve got the experience and that will count for plenty.“He’s only had 15 fights, it shows he’s got plenty of ambition and hunger to want to face me and that’s admirable for a young fighter, but he’ll see that he’s bitten off more than he can chew.”Tickets for the fight, priced from £40, are available at www.eventim.co.uk or by calling 0844 2491000.The show will also be live on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/Virgin channel 546). Join at www.boxnation.comSee also:Groves believes he can stop JohnsonGroves and DeGale in new war of 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Giants honor franchise pillars ahead of home-opener loss

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–In the midst of an offseason where just about anything that could go wrong did, the Giants were pining for the day something would eventually go right.During a 45 minute-ceremony before Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Rays, the Giants made attendees laugh and cry and finally had the chance to reignite the emotional connection between their devoted fans and a storied franchise.Broadcaster Mike Krukow gave a …last_img read more

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