ROYAL HEROINE STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “We broke fine at the rail. We changed our strategy when I saw Mike (Smith) was out of the race on the first turn and we went to plan B. I can never do anything wrong with this filly. No matter what I do, she covers me. She is definitely something special.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, MEAL TICKET, SECOND: “My plan was to follow the speed and when two took the first turn the way she did, it kind of forced me to change it up a bit. But, I was still pretty much where I wanted to be. I almost got myself in a good position where I could trap Vasilika, but she just proved to have too much horse to keep her bottled up down in there. My filly ran a really good race, so I’m pretty happy.”MIKE SMITH, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, EASED GOING INTO CLUB HOUSE TURN:  “No, she didn’t bolt.  I just didn’t like the way she was moving.  I’d rather be safe than sorry.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I talked to Flavien (Prat) a little bit before the race and I told him if ‘You wanted to do something a little different, I didn’t mind.’ I think he was a little nervous about being back today, so he kept her a little closer and it worked anyway. She’s doing good right now, that’s for sure.”As to what’s next, Hollendorfer said he would look at the $400,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) on Kentucky Derby Day, May 4.OWNER QUOTES GEORGE TODARO, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I don’t know what caught my eye on this mare, I didn’t expected this, some of them work out and some of them don’t, that one worked out very well and I am very pleased. Jerry (Hollendorfer) does a good job at picking out horses that can move up, there are several others like that not as extreme but he is great.”MARK SCHLAICH, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Jerry just called us up and asked if we wanted a piece of her (Vasilika) and he talked about her a little bit, I usually say yes about 3 of the 4 times, he took Vasilika to his camp  and put a little weight on her and got her into shape. We are always looking ahead and we like to compete so we will do something creative with here to stay in the competitive world. We like it.”NOTES: The winning owners are All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro.Vasilika and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM

first_imgLIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET,CLYNE SKRTEL, LOVREN, GOMEZ,MILNER, LUCAS, CAN,FIRMINO, BENTEKE, COUTINHOWEST HAM (4-3-1-2)SAKHO, PAYET, NOLAN,KOUYATE, OBIANG, NOBLE, CRESSWELL, OGBONNA, TOMKINS, REID, RANDOLPHLiverpool have yet to concede a goal this season and have gone a total of 274 minutes since they last let a goal in. They started last season in a similar vein with three straight wins and no goals conceded and, on Monday, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was unbeaten in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal.However, they have scored only two goals so far, the joint fewest in the division – with seven other clubs.Nethertheless, it is a good start for Brendan Rodgers and his men, who travel to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United in their next Barclays Premier League fixture.Before then they face a West Han United side that has struggled after the impressive opening day win at Arsenal. Since they the Hammers have lost successive home games, against early pace-setters Leicester and newcomers AFC Bournemouth.Indeed, the record books suggest another Liverpool victory. West Ham have never won at Anfield in 19 Premier League visits, losing 14 and drawing five.They last won there in the league in September 1963 in the old First Division; since that rare victory, 52 years ago, West Ham have lost 31 and drawn 11.last_img read more

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Hubert Lawrence | The one-footer

first_img QUALIFYING GOAL Ironically, it was a defender, Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, who headed the goal that clinched qualification for Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup in a memorable 1-0 win over Mexico at the National Stadium. Thankfully, all those who coach high school teams are required to be certified by FIFA, the governing body of football. That regulation is in force for prep school teams. In time, this will ensure that good footballing habits are instilled at the earliest stage possible. Some believe that talent overcomes all obstacles. In athletics a few years ago, it was felt that many very tall boys would follow the 6′ 5″ Usain Bolt into the 100m and 200m with great success. However, because Bolt is so special, the next flight of extra-tall and superfast sprinters is hard to find. The truth is that work, and not talent by itself, conquers all. With qualified coaches teaching good fundamentals, the chance of Jamaican players having rounded football skills is far better. Along with the development of better playing fields and the creation of a Jamaican playing philosophy that is used by all national teams, the footballer who can use his right foot as well as his or her left foot is a national asset. Practice still makes perfect. Perfect practice, directed by good coaches, can make Jamaican football even better. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Alfredo di Stefano, Diego Maradona, and Arjen Robben, past and present stars of the beautiful game, are all delightfully one-footed. Di Stefano, the famed ‘Blond Arrow’ of the all-conquering Real Madrid teams from the 1950s, the magically skilled Maradona, and Robben are all among the best ever in their positions, and Maradona is some people’s pick as the best footballer ever. They are examples of success without matching skills on both feet. The mercurial Dutchman Robben is notoriously right-footed, too. Yet, because of his speed of thought, he is wonderful to watch, and, for defenders, hard to contain. At lower levels, being one-footed is a footballing disability. Too often in the first round of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup wing men and flank players would lose opportunities for quick shots and first-time crosses because the ‘wrong’ foot was on the ball. By the time the ball was put on the good foot, the opposing defence in most cases had recovered. As Jamaican football seeks higher ground, the development of rounded players has to take centre stage. Whether they play in attack, defence, or midfield, rounded players offer their coaches more. Those who rank the Brazilian PelÈ above Maradona cite PelÈ’s sublime skills with both boots, his unearthly dribbling and control, and his heading as the full package. That debate has raged for decades, but one thing is certain: young players will benefit from being taught all the skills he or she will need to be really good. By the way, in the games I saw, the heading skills displayed in the Manning Cup first round were moderate. As a rule, the defensive headers were better than those intended to score goals.last_img read more

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Shaw hails historic Caymanas divestment

first_img DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS He said the new racing promoter (SVL) is expected to allow for a positive cash flow of approximately $42 million to the operations of the JRC, which will not only be used for regulation, but, in particular, towards development projects. These include the state of the art improvement of the UWI/JRC lab, which conducts drug testing for the horse racing industry; the upgrading of surveillance cameras in the testing barn at Caymanas Park; fully operational Satellite Office at the racetrack in the medium terms that will provide full registration and licensing services, levy contributions and the Establishment of a Stud Farm Development Fund. He also spoke of the planned merger of the Jamaica Racing Commission, Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and the Casino Gaming Commission into one entity to create greater efficiency. The handing over of the racetrack to Supreme Ventures will take place on Tuesday, March 7 and it was revealed that a $200 million redundancy package has been set aside for the CTL workers, most of whom will be re-employed by Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited to ensure a smooth transition. Shaw said all this has broad significance in the context of government’s policy of rationalisation of the public sector. “What are we doing with all these public bodies?” Shaw asked as he identified as many as 84 that will be considered for divestment. “This is a great day for Jamaica … a great day for Caymanas Track,” declared the Minister, who added that the lottery company’s (SVL) expertise in the gaming industry should transform Caymanas Park into a world class entertainment complex. Also speaking were State Minister in the Finance Ministry, Fayval Williams, as well as Danville Williams and Paul Hoo, who disclosed that Brando Hayden will assume the role of chief operating officer of SVL Racing and Entertainment and Chris Armond, director of racing. A “Historic occasion” was how Finance Minister Audley Shaw described the official signing over of the Government’s divestment of Caymanas Park, between Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and the new owner Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) nd Shaw himself at the offices of the Ministry of Finance, Heroes Circle, yesterday. Shaw told the large gathering, including representatives of the new company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited; the Government’s negotiating team; CTL board members, technocrats and various stakeholders, that with the process complete, it was “a win-win” for the racing industry. Paul Hoo, chairman of Supreme Ventures Limited, signed on behalf of his company, while Danville Walker did likewise in his capacity as CTL chairman. Noting that since 1987, there have been five attempts to divest Caymanas Park, Shaw said with this now a reality, the Government of Jamaica has recognised the importance of the racing industry in the scheme of things. Shaw spoke of numerous advantages not only to the wider industry but to the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, among other entities.last_img read more

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Huskies dominate Blades on home ice with 11-1 win, move into a tie for first

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies recorded their thirteenth win over the Beaverlodge Blades on Saturday night with their most complete game of the season.The Huskies took it to the visitors in the first twenty minutes as Tegan McMullen opened the scoring with a wicked wrister at 12:08, assisted by Christian Stokes and Cody Brodhagen. Just under four minutes later Shawn Wilson made it 2-0 after some slick passing between Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht and Alex Hartman. Sebastian Powsey put the biscuit in the basket for the 3-0 goal just before the first intermission buzzer, assisted by Joshua Robinson and Nathan Bragg.The home team rode the momentum from the first period into the middle frame, as Gary Loewen scored the 4-0 goal at 1:16, assisted by Nolan Legace and Geoff Dick. Christian Stokes found the net at 11:55 after a sweet setup by Teagan McMullen and Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht. Less than a minute later Nolan Legace beat the Blades netminder, assisted by Gary Loewen and Geoff Dick. The visitors broke the shutout shortly after to make it 6-1. Stokes added his second of the game at 14:56 when he roofed a backhand off a rush with Jarod Lang and Jared Lowen. Wilson then scored his second of the game thirty seconds later for the 8-1 tally, assisted by Alex Hartman and Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht. Robinson made it 9-1 with a minute and thirty-three seconds left to play in the second period after a mad scramble in front of the Blades net, assisted by Thomas Webster and Sebastian Powsey.- Advertisement -Webster scored the tenth goal of the evening for the pups 4:16 into the final stanza with a wrister from the slot, assisted by Joshua Robinson and Jared Lowen. Three minutes later Wilson scored his hat-trick marker after great board play between Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht and Alex Hartman, ending the onslaught at 11-1.Brody Greggain made 22 of 23 saves. The Huskies fired a total of 64 shots on the Blades goaltender. Fifteen players chipped in with at least a point as Lou Turnbull-Giesbrecht led the way with four assists.Assistant coach Todd Alexander said,Advertisement “It was a completely different game compared to the first time the Blades were here. We were defensively sound, played our style of game and didn’t allow them to dictate the pace or play down to their level.”Captain Jarod Lowen added,“We got contributions from everyone on the team tonight. On a night where our starting goaltender got the night off we really took it to them as a team and played sound hockey in all the key areas of the game.”With the win, the Huskies have tied the North Peace Navigators for first place in the NWJHL standings with 26 points.Advertisement Next up for the Huskies is a three-game homestand next week starting on Wednesday when they welcome Dawson Creek to town. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Chamber looking for input from business community

first_imgThe Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is looking for input from the business community.The Chamber will present on behalf of its members at the upcoming Property Tax Ratio Review.  The City has organized this review in response to concern over 2008 propery taxes.  The Chamber is looking for input from the business community in Fort St. John in order to present the business communities concerns during this review.Dr. Stanley Hamilton will hold a public meeting February 3rd in order to begin the review.  To share your concerns with the Chamber email your comments before February 2nd at 12pm to info@fsjchamber.com- Advertisement -For more on the review visit www.fortstjohn.calast_img read more

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Japan is Asia space leader

first_imgMISSION: A satellite in orbit around the moon gives country a jump on China and India. By Eric Talmadge THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Japanese officials claim the $279 million Selenological and Engineering Explorer – or SELENE – is the largest lunar mission since the U.S. Apollo program in terms of overall scope and ambition, outpacing the former Soviet Union’s Luna program and NASA’s Clementine and Lunar Prospector projects. The mission involves placing the main satellite – called “Kaguya,” after a legendary moon princess – in a circular orbit at an altitude of about 60 miles and deploying two smaller satellites in elliptical orbits, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. Researchers will use data gathered by the probes to study the moon’s origin and evolution. Takizawa said it will begin its observation phase in mid- to late-December. “The timing was very delicate,” he said at a news conference in JAXA’s Tokyo headquarters via a video link from the mission command center south of the capital. “It was important to the completion of the mission, and it was successful.” Japan launched its first satellite in 1970 but is now struggling to keep up with rival China. Japan launched a moon probe in 1990, but that was a flyby mission. It canceled a 2004 moon shot, LUNAR-A after repeated mechanical and fiscal problems. SELENE was launched on Sept. 14 aboard one of the space program’s mainstay H-2A rockets from Tanegashima, the remote island where the agency’s space center is located. To garner public interest, the probe carries sheets engraved with messages from 412,627 people around the world in its “Wish upon the Moon” campaign. China’s minister of defense and technology told China Central Television in July that everything was ready for a launch “by the end of the year” of the Chang’e 1 orbiter, which will use stereo cameras and X-ray spectrometers to map three-dimensional images of the lunar surface and study its dust. China sent shock waves through the region in 2003 when it became the first Asian country to put its own astronauts into space. More ominously, China also blasted an old satellite into oblivion with a land-based anti-satellite missile, the first such test ever conducted by any nation. That test was widely criticized for its military implications. A similar rocket could be used to shoot military satellites out of space, and create a dangerous cloud of space debris. India plans a manned space mission by 2015, using indigenous systems and technology. That will be preceded by an unmanned moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, in April 2008.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TOKYO – Japan put its first satellite into orbit around the moon today, placing the country a step ahead of China and India in an increasingly heated space race in Asia. The probe was set into lunar orbit after completing a complicated navigational maneuver late Thursday, space agency officials said. The probe will gradually move into orbit closer to the surface to the moon before conducting a yearlong observational mission. “We believe this is a big step,” said project manager Yoshisada Takizawa. “Everything is going well and we are confident.” Though four years off schedule, the mission comes at a crucial time for Japan. China is expected to launch its own moon probe by the end of the year, and India is to follow with an unmanned lunar mission in 2008. last_img read more

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Celtic draw with Qarabag to reach the Champions League play-offs

first_imgCeltic are through to the Champions League play-offs after a goalless draw with Qarabag in Baku ensured a 1-0 aggregate win.The Parkhead men led from the first leg of the third round qualifier through a Dedryck Boyata goal, but did not arrive at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium with only defence on their mind.In an open first half, the visitors gave as good as they got and amid a dearth of clear-cut chances at either end, Hoops keeper Craig Gordon make a fine save from Brazilian midfielder Richard Almeida.The home side enjoyed plenty of possession again after the break but most of it in front of a resolute Hoops defence with the Scotland keeper seeing little action as Ronny Deila’s side worked all the way to the end to keep their lead intact.The draw for the play-off takes place on Friday and Norwegian boss Deila, in his second season in charge, will be hoping for a more favourable draw after missing out on the group stage last year. 1 Celtic last_img read more

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SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE

first_imgBroadcaster Gay Byrne has said smiling more is the key to the Donegal tourism industry attracting more visitors in the years ahead. Broadcaster Gay Byrne launching the Donegal Tourism Brochure and app at Glenveagh Castle today.The former Late Late Show presenter was speaking as he launched the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app for 2015 at Glenveagh Castle today.He said he had spoken to a number of connected people before the launch and all of these had one word of advice – smile. “The secret is to smile. What people don’t realise is that very often we Irish don’t smile at eachother. We are very good at smiling at strangers.“Other nationalities tend not to smile. They’re grumpy in their service……They don’t do it very well unless they are well paid to do it.“But the ability we have in Ireland is not necessarily to smile at each other.“Just the little welcome we have for eachother – “How young doing?”, “Is there anything we can do to help you?”, “Are you having a good time?” That’s what people appreciate. “When you realise that everybody who comes here is your advertising agent because they are going back to everyone to tell them what they have found.“If they found a welcome and smiling and hospitality then that’s it. Smile – the welcome counts for everything,” he said.Gay and wife Kathleen Watkins have a holiday home outside Dungloe and have been coming to their retreat for almost 40 years.He said the weather in Donegal could be very different from anywhere else in Ireland.He admitted that because he has a holiday home in Donegal, he knew very little about the rest of Ireland. Mr Byrne was presented with Donegal Pens made by the McGarvey Brothers from Loughanure.He praised the foresight and wonderful presentation of the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app.County Manager and chairman of Donegal Tourism Mr Seamus Neely also addressed the launch.He stated “this 58 page brochure beautifully captures many images that display the diversity and majesty of Donegal. It sets out an array of activities, places of interest, and services that are available to potential visitors. Over 20,000 copies of this brochure have been printed and distributed worldwide and a PDF version has also been circulated to many tourism providers for inclusion on their websites”. He added “the new app will serve to assist visitors by providing a first class mobile friendly interface with www.govisitdonegal.com . With travellers using their mobile devices on the go to find out information, this app will let them access up to the minute information that is available on the website through their mobile devices”.The brochure uses over forty different themes and headings from popular activities, such as Surfing, Golf, and Angling; to unique Donegal amenities and resources, such as Local Produce, Islands and the Gaeltacht, and Festivals, to allow the reader to easily plan their visitThe photography is captivating and demonstrates the strengths of Donegal as a major player in the tourism sector. The themes are all complemented with useful information and contacts for whatever your interest may be and it brings to life a strong visual image of Donegal for the potential visitor. The brochure also offers the visitor six recommended touring routes for different regions of the county in addition to the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way route that has been rolled out in recent months.Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland said the 2014 figures for tourism in Donegal showed an increase of up tot 8% on 2013.Vice-chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan remarked that people often said that Donegal was a long way away.“I would ask them where it is a long way away from? I’m slightly biased but I think we have the most beautiful county in Ireland and the increase in our visitor numbers year on year is showing that other people think that as well,” he said.For more information on the brochure or app, log onto www.govisitdonegal.com or download the Donegal Tourism app from Google play store or the app store.SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE was last modified: March 12th, 2015 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 window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilDonegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelaunchlast_img read more

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Arsenal fans aren’t impressed by Wenger wanting to swap Giroud for this striker

first_imgArsenal might be in the market for a new striker this summer, but the club’s latest transfer rumour has divided fans.The Gunners, according to reports from Italy, are prepared to offer €50m plus Olivier Giroud to seal a deal for Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain – a move which the former’s agent has suggested could be considered.Higuain scored a record 36 goals in Serie A last season, cementing his status as one of Europe’s leading centre forwards.But Gunners fans are asking themselves, is the 29-year-old really worth such a fee and Giroud?Read what a section had to say below… Is Giroud on his way out of the Emirates? 1last_img read more

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