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first_imgSTATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP     On behalf of everyone at Santa Anita Park, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the support we have received during one of the most challenging times in our history.All of us have been beyond devastated by the tragedies that befell this meet, none more so than the several thousand Californians who work at Santa Anita Park, both in the stable area and in the grandstand, and many of whom call it their home.  They are also the people who have been first in line to embrace the historic reforms we proposed – and our California regulators have enacted – that resulted in a seismic shift in how Thoroughbred racing is conducted in our state.California Thoroughbred racing is now consistent with or better than International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities’ medication standards which, over time, have shown to be much safer.Since the new rules took effect in the middle of March, Santa Anita Park has seen significant improvement, including a 58 percent decrease in the number of fatalities during racing. We have seen an even greater decrease – approximately 80 percent – during training. All told, since these reforms were enacted, Santa Anita has seen an incident rate of 1.86 per 1,000 starters during racing and approximately .019 per 1,000 training sessions including morning gallops and workouts.  During the course of this meet, Santa Anita’s population of equine athletes raced or trained more than 270,000 times over the tracks.Even with these significant improvements, The Stronach Group and Santa Anita Park will continue, each and every day, to push for additional improvements and reforms to modernize our sport. We recognize that Thoroughbred horse racing is, above all else, a stakeholder sport, and we are grateful for the collaboration as we continuously strive to improve.We thank our industry partners – the Thoroughbred Owners of California, California Thoroughbred Trainers, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the jockeys at our track and the fans who support our races – for adapting with us and continuing to be committed to a sport where horse and rider safety comes first.We also thank our state regulators and elected officials who have shown an incredible commitment to making California Thoroughbred racing the safest and best in the world.  The California Horse Racing Board, under the Chairmanship of Chuck Winner, pulled together with us to put in place much-needed medication reforms that now serve as a model for the nation.  We would also like to express our utmost appreciation and thanks to Governor Gavin Newsom and to Secretary Alexis Podesta, both of whom have responded to this challenge by implementing significant reforms while recognizing the importance of horse racing throughout the state.Santa Anita is proud and excited to have the privilege of hosting this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November for a record 10th time.  We would like to thank the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors for its progressive leadership and support.We look forward to welcoming you all back to “The Great Race Place” in September.last_img read more

Caballero comes up big for City in League Cup final

first_imgLONDON (AP):A week after letting in five goals, Willy Caballero made three saves in a penalty shoot-out against Liverpool to help Manchester City win the League Cup yesterday and claim their fifth major trophy since 2011.Though the Argentine goalkeeper is second-choice behind Joe Hart in the Premier League and the Champions League, he has been a regular in the cup teams fielded by coach Manuel Pellegrini. And Pellegrini’s faith in the 34-year-old keeper was duly rewarded with a memorable display in the penalty shoot-out after the two sides had ground out a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium.City started the second half brighter and took the lead in the 49th minute when Reds keeper Simon Mignolet failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernandinho. It should have been a routine save, but the ball went straight through Mignolet.Philippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the 83rd minute from close range after an effort by Lallana hit the post and rebounded neatly into the path of the Brazilian midfielder.Caballero stood firm during the shoot-out, opting not to second-guess which way the Liverpool players would send their penalties. His decision paid dividends as the spot-kicks of Lucas Leiva, Coutinho, and Adam Lallana were all saved as City won the shoot-out 3-1.”I tried to see all the penalties last night, but my intuition got me through,” a tearful Caballero told Sky Sports on the Wembley turf. “It was a hard week for me, but we had a talk that we could do it.FIRST TROPHY”It’s important, emotional for me, my family, to be in this great team,” he added. “It is a first trophy for me and for my family in Argentina.”Pellegrini held firm to his decision to give Caballero a final berth despite calls by some City fans to catapult England’s number one, Hart, into the side to face Liverpool.”I prefer to lose the title than to lose my words,” Pellegrini said.Pellegrini, who is in his final months at City following the club’s announcement earlier in February that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is to join in the summer, heaped praise on both his goalkeepers.He said Caballero “deserved this moment” and that Hart’s demeanour over the decision showed him to be “a very good person” in addition to his traits as a top goalkeeper.Next up for City is Liverpool again in a league fixture on Wednesday.last_img read more

To contain Ebola Spread, Ann Sandell Distributes Educational Materials

first_imgAnn Sandell International School with support from a Switzerland-based non-governmental organization (NGO), Aid For Liberia, has embarked on the distribution of assorted anti-Ebola supplies among residents of ‘poor’ communities in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.Aid for Liberia is a group founded by Liberians living in Switzerland. The organization is aimed at helping needy Liberians with non-interest loans; benefiting the likes of market women and other institutions such as schools and vulnerable communities dwellers.Some of the items the school authority is distributing include reading materials for school-going children, who now sit home in the absence of functional academic institutions. Other supplies are several bags of 25-kg rice, scratch cards to enable community dwellers make call whenever they suspect any outbreak, flyers with Ebola preventive messages, etc.Ann Sandell Proprietor, Laybeah Gbowee, who is spear-heading the distribution exercise put the cost of the items at US1, 550. She said the money was provided through the kind gesture of Aid for Liberia leadership.“We are distributing these educational materials to enable students who are sitting at home in the wake of school closure to keep them learning as they await recommencement of classes,” Madam Gbowee declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mendy misses Man City match due to knee problem

first_imgHe returned to action in April, in time to make France’s squad for their World Cup-winning campaign in Russia, where he played once, in the final group match against Denmark in Moscow.But Guardiola revealed that Mendy, 24, missed Saturday’s 3-0 win at the Etihad with a knee problem.“I don’t know how many days he will be out,” said the Spaniard, whose side play Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.Guardiola said Mendy could be missing for “weeks or days and maybe longer,” according to the Metro newspaper.The manager is demanding improvement from City despite the victory against Fulham that keeps them on the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool.The City boss’s frustration was evident throughout the game as he showed his irritation on the touchline with what he saw as sloppy play.“When a guy has a simple ball but they make an extra pass, an extra dodge and they miss the pass, I’m angry, I’m upset with my players,” said Guardiola. “They know that, we spoke many times.“If they miss the goals or assists, I don’t care. If they are dribbling and lose the dribbling it doesn’t matter.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Benjamin Mendy (right) missed most of the 2017/18 season with a knee ligament injury © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Pep Guardiola has revealed that Benjamin Mendy missed Manchester City’s Premier League victory against Fulham because of a knee problem and he does not know how long the French defender will be out.The left-back missed much of last season with a knee ligament injury sustained against Crystal Palace last September.last_img read more

No interest in Everton! Bundesliga defender rubbishes £7m link to Toffees

first_imgWerder Bremen defender Jannik Vestergaard insists he has “no interest” in a move to the Premier League amid reported interest from Everton.The 22-year-old has been a big hit at Bremen after signing in January from Hoffenheim and the Toffees have been tipped to a launch a £7million bid.But Vestergaard has ruled out making the switch to Merseyside this summer, with the Denmark international enjoying his time at the Weserstadion.He told “I have no interest. I am super happy here and am looking forward to next season with Werder Bremen.“I could imagine playing there (in England) someday. But if I stay here for the next 10 years, I’m happy.“I get confidence out of (playing for) Werder and am glad that I can play here – I appreciate it. For my development, it is the most important thing that I can play. That’s why I’m going to be here next season.” 1 Jannik Vestergaard last_img read more

‘My team will play at full throttle’ – Klopp vows to bring new approach to Liverpool

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp is relishing the challenge of leading Liverpool and has vowed to instil a playing philosophy that is ‘very emotional, very fast and very strong’.The former Borussia Dortmund boss was confirmed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor on Thursday night, signing a three-year contract along with assistants Zeijko Buvac and Peter Krawietz.“I am very excited by the challenge we face and eager to start the job and begin implementing our ideas and ways of working with this team,” the German told the club’s official website.“This is a talented group of players and there is still much to compete for this season.”Klopp was known for introducing an exciting, attractive brand of football at Dortmund, and he is promising more of the same at Anfield.“Winning is important but so is how you win and how you play the game,” he said.“I believe in a playing philosophy that is very emotional, very fast and very strong. My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game.“It is important to have a playing philosophy that reflects your own mentality, reflects the club and gives you a clear direction to follow. Tactical of course, but tactical with a big heart.“Liverpool has extraordinary supporters and Anfield is a world renowned home, with an incredible atmosphere. I want to build a great relationship with these supporters and give them memories to cherish. I hope we can feed off each other’s energy and that we take this journey together.”Klopp’s standing in the game is high after his impressive seven-year spell at Dortmund, during which he won the Bundesliga twice.His signing is understandably seen as a major coup for the club, with chairman Tom Werner stating: “In Jürgen Klopp we have appointed a world-class manager with a proven track record of winning and someone who has the personality and charisma to reignite this football club and take the team forward.“When an opportunity presents itself to acquire one of the most sought-after leaders in the game, it is something you have to pursue decisively and we are delighted he has accepted our invitation.“He possesses all the qualities we are looking for in a manager – he is a strong, inspirational leader, who has a clear philosophy of high energy, attacking football. Critically, he is also a winner and someone who can connect with and enthuse our supporters“It is our job now to support Jürgen every step of the way and help him achieve his full potential at this great football club.“He is enthusiastic about the squad of players and wants the team to fight to achieve success this season and beyond. His attitude is infectious and we believe it will lift the entire club.”Klopp will take over a Liverpool side currently 10th in the Premier League after securing just one victory in their last six league games – although they are just three points off the top four and only six behind leaders Manchester City.His first game at the helm will be away from home, at Tottenham next Saturday, and his first appearance in the Anfield dugout comes five days later when the Reds face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.last_img read more

NBA roundup: Pistons win sixth in a row

first_imgDetroit 105, at New York 79 Richard Hamilton scored 26 points and Rasheed Wallace added 23 as the Pistons won their sixth in a row, beating a Knicks team down a player because of Antonio Davis’ suspension. The Knicks, who trailed by as much as 30 points, lost their fourth in a row. 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

Can Donegal retain title of All-Ireland Chowder Champions?

first_imgFEATURES: Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council is inviting chefs across the county to apply for this year’s All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off. Donegal is hoping to retain the title, after Inishowen chef and restaurateur, Kieran Doherty, brought the award home to the county for the first time last year.The first stage of the competition is a regional heat, which takes place in Killybegs, as part of the Hooked! Maritime Festival on Saturday, 24th September 2016. Hosted by ‘The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative,’ the regional heat will see local chefs to go head-to-head in a bid to be crowned the regional winner. The winning chowder on the day, as voted for by the public, will go on to represent Donegal at the 7th annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off in Kinsale, Co. Cork early next year.  The Donegal representative will join over 30 chefs from all around Ireland to compete for the title of the 2017 All-Ireland Chowder Champion. The national winner will receive a trophy and travel to Newport, Rhode Island as a guest chef in 2018.The current All-Ireland Chowder Champion, Kieran Doherty of Nancy’s Barn, is encouraging local businesses and chefs to apply.“I’m thrilled to be the current All-Ireland Chowder Champion and would recommend this competition to anyone. The regional heats are great fun and it’s a wonderful way to share Donegal’s food story with a wider audience. It would be brilliant to keep the title in Donegal for 2017.”Adding to this, Eve-Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council, said: “The Food Coast is about encouraging people to work together to help make Donegal famous for food. Kieran Doherty’s success last year helps reinforce the message that Donegal offers an unrivalled culinary experience. This year, we’re going for two in a row, so if you’ve got a passion for seafood and think you’ve got the chowder recipe to take the crown, then we’d love to hear from you.” Places for the All-Ireland Chowder Cook Off regional heats are limited and chefs are encouraged to apply for the competition as soon as possible. Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 6th September and the regional finalists will benefit from local profiling and marketing, while the winner will receive additional marketing opportunities both regionally and nationally.Hooked! Killybegs 2016 is a family friendly event which allows people of all ages to experience aspects of the fishing and coastal life. Taking place on Saturday, 24th September, the festival includes talks on the history of boats, factories and people of the town as well as face-to-face interactive displays. Local businesses and craftspeople will also showcase their work and children will be entertained with live fish displays, games, competitions and performers.Entry forms for this year’s competition can be downloaded via more information on The Food Coast and how you can get involved, contact Eve-Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office on 074-9160735.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020CanCan Donegal retain title of All-Ireland Chowder Champions? was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:all-irelandBusinessChowderFeaturesnewslast_img read more

AC Milan agree to sell defender to Everton, claim reports in Italy

first_img1 AC Milan are preparing to sell defender Gustavo Gomez to Everton, following talks with representatives of the Merseyside club.The Toffees have sent a delegation to Italy in an attempt to lure some of the country’s finest talent to Goodison Park.And it has now emerged that they have set their sights on Gomez, with Milan ready to sell the Paraguay international, according to Calciomercato.The 24-year-old joined the Italian giants last summer in a £7m switch from Argentinian side CA Lanus and Milan are hopeful of recovering a similar fee this summer.Everton’s representatives are expected to hold talks with manager Ronald Koeman before deciding whether or not to go ahead and complete a deal for Gomez.The defender made just 11 starts in Serie A last season and has a contract until 2021. Gustavo Gomez could be on his way out of AC Milan last_img read more


first_imgBY PAUL McLAUGHLIN, BALLAGHDEARG GARDEN CENTRE, LETTERKENNYDelightful DahliasIf you think that your garden lacks colour at this time of year it might be worth thinking about planting some Dahlias. These half hardy perennials are great for filling gaps in borders or for growing in containers and will provide you with a bright long lasting display of flowers well into the autumn. Dahlias are available in almost every colour with a wide variety of shapes and sizes of plants available.While Dahlias have suffered from being out of fashion for the last number of years, the good news is that with a number of new varieties coming on the market the Dahlia is back with a bang.Dahlias are what’s known as half hardy annuals, which means that they are usually too tender to survive outdoors all year round but if the tubers are lifted and dried just after the first frost they can be replanted in the spring.Dahlias are very easy to grow from seed and it is usually less trouble to grow new plants each year and to treat them as annuals. Dahlias require very little attention after planting out and will grow in almost any soil but they will really thrive in a sunny position in well drained fertile soil. They really benefit from organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure being dug into the soil and once planted should be watered and fed with a liquid fertilizer in the same way as other bedding plants. It is also important that you dead head regularly to extend the flowering season and to treat the surrounding area for slugs and snails.While Dahlias will provide you with months of enjoyment in the garden, their beauty is not restricted to the outdoors. All types of Dahlias make excellent cut flowers for indoor decoration. Dahlia flowers cut for indoor display will normally last more than a week if the water is changed daily. Dahlias grow quickly and flowers removed for display will soon be replaced.Flower buds on these plants usually grow in threes and if you are growing them for cut flowers you should remove the two side buds as this will devote the plants energy into making the remaining flower.* Want more information? Call in and see me at our garden centre today.Any questions: email me on PAUL McLAUGHLIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: DELIGHTFUL DONEGAL DAHLIAS was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:PAUL McLAUGHLIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: DELIGHTFUL DONEGAL DAHLIASlast_img read more