AWESOME AGAIN STAKES QUOTES – Saturday September 26, 2015

first_imgVICTOR GARCIA, SMOOTH ROLLER, WINNER: “I expected him to run big. He had a lot of trouble in his last race. He was washed out, stumbled from the gate, was four or five wide both turns and only got beat a length and one-quarter. I worked the horse twice and he worked real good. Tyler was real happy with it. We’ll go to the Breeders’ Cup (Classic), absolutely. This will be my second Breeders’ Cup. I ran a filly named Approved to Fly in 1988 (fourth in the Juvenile Fillies).“I’ve been training since late 1985. It feels great (to beat the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner from last year, Bayern). I thought we had a good shot in the race, but the only way to find out is to run with the big boys, and the horse ran like I expected.”                  TYLER BAZE, SMOOTH ROLLER, WINNER: “This is his fourth race and from the very beginning Victor told me he could really run and he proved it. I worked him last week and ever since I’ve been on him down at Del Mar he’s turned into a monster work horse in the morning; he really wants to do it. Last week, Victor wasn’t here, he was at the Keeneland Sale. He called and told me to go seven eighths in 1:28. I literally breezed him in 1:25. I called him and told him ‘that’s as easy as he wants to go and he did it the right way.’“I told him to dress up for Saturday because I’m expecting him to run big and he did.“He’s a good-feeling horse. He goes out there and there’s nothing wrong with a horse that’s feelin’ good. He’s ready to do it and he’s changed and he’s really matured.” MIKE SMITH, HOPPERTUNITY, SECOND: “We ran a good race, but I just couldn’t catch the winner. He ran great. The game plan going in was pretty much what happened. I thought I’d be laying third and he was. He was laying a comfortable third. Hard Aces was coming a little early on the backside, so it turned it into a long run. But he was able to gather himself up and secure second anyway. That’s pretty much it.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, BAYERN, THIRD: “He looked like he was going nice and easy but he didn’t want to run.”IS HE THE SAME HORSE AS HE USED TO BE? “Not at all. If he was the same, he would have won. Too quiet; he didn’t show anything.” NOTES: The winning owner is Miguel Rubio of Rancho Santa Fe who races as Lucky Charm Stable.last_img read more

Gilas holds closed-door practice anew

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Present for the day are June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, and Troy Rosario, cadets Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Japeth Aguilar was absent for the session following a dental procedure, Matthew Wright is attending Phoenix’s first practice under coach Louie Alas, while Jio Jalalon is still nursing an LCL injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGilas Pilipinas returned to the court after taking a day off on Sunday.The national team is preparing for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers slated later this month. Naturalized player Andray Blatche is scheduled to join the squad on Nov. 13. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the third straight session, Gilas Pilipinas held closed door practices on Monday morning at Meralco Gym.Twelve of the 15 players initially named by coach Chot Reyes attended the session as the Philippine national team started the twice-a-day practices.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Hawks end 8-game skid, beat struggling Cavaliers View commentslast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: High hopes for Saturday’s salmon opener

first_imgThe recreational salmon season is set to reopen this Saturday, and all the signs up and down the coast look extremely promising. The entrance, and Humboldt Bay itself, are still teeming with both sardines and anchovies. The coastline — both north and south and 2 to 3 miles in length — is also stuffed with bait. The water out front of Trinidad is holding the brown, cool water that salmon crave, and the birds are working over the big schools of bait.Salmon have also been seen swimming on the …last_img

African airports conference tackles safety, service

first_img14 October 2014The South African government has a well-defined strategy to drive regional co- operation across the African continent, says deputy transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga.“. Government has entered into a number of bilateral agreements aimed at strengthening both diplomatic and economic relations between countries in the region. “These agreements were primarily forged in order to drive and promote inter-regional trade, cooperation and interdependency to ultimately achieve economic development,’ she said.Chikunga was speaking at the 23rd Airports Council International (ACI) Africa Regional Assembly, hosted by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) in Durban on Monday.“We are excited that the timing of the conference coincides with October, our Transport Month in South Africa, where all modes of transportation from aviation to rail, road and maritime feature prominently in our national calendar,’ she said. The gathering of government representatives and airport leaders also placed the spotlight on the biggest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.Deputy Minister Chikunga reiterated the South African government’s unwavering support of ACI member countries battling the virus. She said the government was committed to minimising the spread of Ebola across borders.Dedication to excellenceAirports Company South Africa head Bongani Maseko said ACSA has always been proactive in achieving service excellence in line with its strategy to build an efficient and effective customer-focused business.He said ACSA would continue to focus on building working relationships with other airports companies across the globe.Ali Tounsi, secretary general at ACI Africa, pointed out that there were large service discrepancies across the continent.“There are various reasons, some of which can be partly attributed to different cultures, languages and geographical dimensions of countries. A big challenge is also the issue of safety with the African continent having the worst safety ranking in the world.“With so much likely to happen economically in Africa over the next few years, airports will play a hugely important role and need to be given priority attention if they are to help the continent realise its undoubted potential.’ Tounsi said ACI member states should use the assembly to exchange ideas and share insights on how best the industry can improve its service levels.“Air travel reduces commuting timelines and connects different countries in the region. Our passengers need to have a common experience regarding levels of service across the region and this is what the industry needs to strive towards,’ said Tounsi. ACI Africa has 59 members operating 251 airports. In 2012, these airports collectively handled 153 million passengers, 1 795 tonnes of air cargo and over 2.5 million aircraft movements.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Rock & Roll Will Never Die? It Might on Facebook

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The graying of the Facebook population seems to have continued according to new stats released today by iStrategyLabs. And while one might expect more of the site’s now nearly 10 million users over the age of 55 to be Neil Young fans, his “Rock N’ Roll Will Never Die” refrain seems to be falling through. The listing of the term “rock and roll” as an interest is down over 60% among Facebook users in the past year.The statistics released today pertain to the 100 million U.S.-based Facebook users, which comprise nearly one-third of the site’s entire user base. They seem to support a continuing trend for Facebook – the slow growth of young and marketable users joining the site compared with their elders. We took a look at the numbers six months ago and most of the indicators seem to be only growing stronger. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson Now, a big number to look at before anything else is Facebook’s nearly 145% growth in the past year, going from 40 million to over 100 million users since January last year. But where is this growth coming from?When we last wrote about the graying Facebook population in July, users in the 55-plus demographic had skyrocketed from 1 million to nearly 6 million. This same population has now grown to nearly 10 million, a growth of 922% over the past year. This makes this age group now account for one of every 35 Facebook users. Is the boom in Baby Boomers a problem for Facebook or does it just open up new markets? It seems that the numbers for users identifying as high school or college students have returned to positive growth, and the overall demographics of the site have remained steady. Despite the explosion of senior netizens on the site, the 55-plus group still make up only 9% of the site’s entire user population, just 1% more than the last time we looked.While the over-55 group has strong numbers, the other demographic groups are still primarily responsible for the site’s exponential growth, each increasing by nearly 10 million users over the past six months. Instead of seeing this as a problem for Facebook, maybe it’s just a sign that the site is no longer popular just among teenyboppers and cool college kids. And maybe, just maybe – if we can all figure out the privacy settings – we can all coexist without our parents and grandparents ruining the party. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

State League wrap

first_imgIn round one of the South Australian State League, Eastern Stingrays and Central Scorpions were winners in both the Premier and B divisions.In the Premier division, the Stingrays were 4-2 winners over the South West Wolves, while the Scorpions were four touchdown winners over the Defence Eagles, 6-2. In the B Division, the Stingrays were too good for the Wolves winning 8-4, while the Scorpions were close winners over the Vipers, winning 9-8. Round two of the CMI State League will be played Friday, 16 October at City Touch. In the Premier division at 6.30pm, the Eagles will play the Stingrays, while the Vipers will kick off their season when they play the Wolves. The Scorpions have the bye in round two. In the B Division at 7.20pm, the Stingrays will play the Scorpions, while the Wolves will take on the Vipers. For additional information regarding the State League, visit the following website:www.touchsa.com.auIn the VT League, rounds three and four were also played on the weekend. In the Men’s division, the Uni Blues were three touchdown winners over the Western Dodgers, while the Melbourne City Lions and the Bayside Vipers both scored plenty of touchdowns against the Northern Falcons and the Casey Cougars respectively. In round four of the Men’s division, the Vipers continued their winning ways with their three touchdown win over the Blues, while the Cougars and the Dodgers were both two touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Lions respectively. After four rounds of the competition, the Vipers sit on top of the ladder of the Men’s division, with four wins from their four games.In round three of Women’s division, the Lions were six touchdown winners over the Falcons, while the Blues were too good for the Cougars, winning 5-1. The Vipers were big winners in round three, beating the Dodgers by nine touchdowns, 9-0.The Lions and the Vipers continued their good form in round four. The Lions proved too strong for the Dodgers, winning by nine touchdowns, while the Cougars and the Vipers were both three touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Blues respectively.After four rounds of the competition the Vipers and the Lions are still undefeated and will meet in the first round this weekend to determine who will continue their undefeated run. It was a busy weekend for touch in Traralgon last weekend, which hosted rounds three and four of the VT League, as well as the 20/20 drop off tournament for regional teams. Blackest Cat and Australian Men’s Open vice captain Jason Stanton was in attendance, as was Australian Men’s 20’s coach Micheal Lovett for the Trends of the Game breakfast. A Level One refereeing course was also conducted on the Sunday, to finish off a touch-filled weekend.  All teams will be tested this Saturday when both divisions play three rounds each, with the games to be played at Casey Fields in Cranbourne, commencing at 12pm. The Women’s round five games will see the Lions playing the Vipers, the Cougars take on Western Dodgers and the Blues will play the Falcons. In round five of the Men’s competition, the Dodgers will play the Falcons, the Vipers will meet the Lions, while the Cougars will face the Blues. In round six of the Women’s division, the Blues will play the Lions, Cougars take on the Vipers and the Falcons will take on the Dodgers. In the Men’s round six games, Cougars will play the Dodgers, Vipers face off against the Northern Falcons and the Blues take on the LionsIn the final round of the day, the Vipers will play the Falcons, the Lions take on the Cougars and the Dodgers meet the Blues. In the Men’s round seven games, the Falcons will play the Blues, the Dodgers will play the Vipers and the Lions will play the Cougars. For more information regarding the VT League, please visit the following website:www.vtleague.com.auSA MIXED STATE LEAGUEROUND ONE RESULTSPREMIER DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 4 def. South West Wolves 2Central Scorpions 6 def.  Defence Eagles 2Vipers byeB DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 8 def. South West Wolves 4Central Scorpions 9 def. Northern Vipers 8VT LEAGUEROUND THREE – RESULTSMENSWestern Dodgers 5 def. by Uni Blues 8Northern Falcons 6 def. by Melbourne City Lions 10Casey Cougars 4 def. by Bayside Vipers 13WOMENSMelbourne City Lions 10 def Northern Falcons 4Bayside Vipers 9 def Western Dodgers 0Uni Blues 5 def Casey Cougars 1ROUND FOUR – RESULTSMENSUni Blues 3 def by Bayside Vipers 6Northern Falcons 4 def by Casey Cougars 6Melbourne City Lions 6 def by Western Dodgers 8WOMENSNorthern Falcons 4 def by Casey Cougars 7Bayside Vipers 3 def by Uni Blues 0 Western Dodgers 2 def by Melbourne City Lions 11last_img read more

Dedication and Commitment

first_imgBy Julian BuckmasterNo two words better exemplify and embody the performance of the Australian open teams’ successful return of the Trans Tasman trophy to these shores following a 12-month sabbatical across the ditch. It was swift and sweet but it was grit and toil and a large dose of dedication and commitment at the heart of Australia’s stunning and emphatic 3-0 series win over New Zealand.But while the Australian players, coaches and support teams demonstrated these key attributes in spades over the Anzac weekend in Mudgee to secure the silverware, and notably with an exclamation mark on the eve of 2015 TWC, it’s often the unsung heroes who don’t strive for medals or titles. But, significantly, are no less deserving while putting in the hard yards and delivering quantity with quality in the service of our great sport.Immediately following the close of this successful series and on field presentations at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, the Australian teams bunkered down for a breather to reflect on their achievements at a special closed ceremony to recognise and award their great achievements. To the winners the spoils and awards assigned to those very deserving. Not the least the elusive Trans Tasman trophy happy to be back on the continent and on proud and prominent display to all who contributed to its belated return. And, significantly, awards presented also to those whose efforts beyond the stripe often go unheralded and unrewarded.TFA CEO Colm Maguire, paid special tribute to the teams and staff in light of above, but fittingly to one TFA staff member, a special tribute and award, to suit.The Phil Smith Medal is presented annually by TFA to recognise a tireless worker and performer that personifies the effort and drive and service of like individuals; much like the medal’s namesake, one of Touch Football’s true pioneers.Whether it’s posting, or tweeting or researching, reporting or photographing, no one in the sport is more dedicated and committed to the task of informing the world of the world of touch and all it’s tales and travails from TFA Central.Lauren Pritchard, whose talents are well known at TFA and in the Touch Football fraternity, but typically goes about her work with a smile and the minimum of fuss and exposure, was rightly recognised by her peers in the Australian teams’ contingent as this year’s worthy medal recipient.Her tireless efforts and often sleepless nights bears testimony to her own brand of dedication and commitment providing great social/media coverage of this and several other events in years past.It’s these attributes and Colm’s reference of dedication and commitment that so clearly reflect and resemble “Pritch”; and to which the sport and the team at TFA all truly admire and are forever grateful.Befitting the team work and selflessness that highlighted the Australian teams 2014 campaign, Lauren shared the Phil Smith Medal on equal votes with another tireless performer and invaluable volunteer, Steve Cunningham.Fresh from physio and flag bearing duties, Steve joined Lauren on stage to receive the medal and the generous applause from all in attendance.The late Phil Smith could be no prouder of these two and their unstinting support of the sport, in honour of his name and his like contribution.To these winners, the spoils.Related LinksPhil Smith Medallast_img read more

Some baloney in assertion Canadas pension fund has highest ethical standards

first_imgOTTAWA – “We expect the CPPIB, like other Crown corporations, to live up to the highest standards of ethics and behaviour and that is, in fact, exactly what it is doing.” — Finance Minister Bill Morneau during question period Monday in the House of Commons.—The New Democrats challenged Morneau this week to weigh in on new ethical questions surrounding the investment portfolio of the arms-length Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — which manages hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Canadians’ retirement savings.NDP MP Charlie Angus pressed Morneau for his opinion on CPPIB’s holdings in a tobacco company, a military weapons manufacturer and firms that run private American prisons. The prison operators and their facilities are seen as beneficiaries of the Trump administration’s controversial detention of asylum seekers and, in some cases, their children.On Monday, Angus demanded Morneau explain whether he thought CPPIB’s investments in “cigarette companies and privatized prisons” met a “credible standard of corporate investment” for the CPP.Morneau replied that the pension manager, which oversees more than $366 billion of CPP’s net assets, lives up to the “highest standards of ethics and behaviour.”Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).Morneau’s statement on its own earns a rating of “some baloney” — it’s mostly accurate but more information is required. Here’s why.THE FACTSCPPIB’s holdings in private U.S. prison operators CoreCivic Inc. and the GEO Group Inc. grew considerably between August 2017 and August 2018.Over that period, the number of GEO Group shares held by CPPIB increased nearly 13-fold to a value of US$4.2 million, while its shares of CoreCivic more than doubled to a value of US$1.76 million, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CPPIB’s holdings in the prison companies were made public in a report last week by the Guardian newspaper.CoreCivic and GEO Group are expected to receive major business boosts because of the Trump administration’s approach to dealing with asylum seekers. The policy has led to the U.S. government’s highly contentious detention of parents and their children.Michel Leduc, CPPIB’s global head of public affairs and communications, said the shares in the two prison companies were acquired through an algorithm that captures more than 3,000 companies as a way to diversify the fund’s portfolio.“I want to be crystal clear about this: no CPPIB employee made a decision … to invest in those two companies,” he said in an interview, before noting that many mutual funds and pension plans in Canada likely contain shares in the prison firms as well.He added that CPPIB is an active manager in its major investments in areas like ports, electricity grids, toll roads and shopping centres. But the fund tends to be passive when it comes to its smaller holdings in publicly traded companies.Due to CPPIB’s size — it’s one of the 10 largest retirement funds in the world — the value of the prison company shares make up only 0.001 per cent of its total investments, he said.The organization, Leduc argued, takes pride in its very high standards when it comes to ethical, environmental and social considerations. CPPIB also follows a strict policy of only investing in businesses that would be lawful if they operated in Canada.“The CPP Investment Board is seen around the world as one of the most ethical institutional investors on the planet,” he said.After Morneau defended the CPPIB on Monday in the House of Commons, Angus criticized him the following day: “Could the finance minister explain what is it about privatized American prison camps that he thinks represents any kind of ethical investment standard?”In his response Tuesday, Morneau appeared to tone down his position on the matter.“All Canadian Crown corporations, all Canadian government institutions are expected to live up to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and corporate governance. That includes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,” Morneau said.“This is important. We monitor it. We stay on top of it.”WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYMany experts credit CPPIB for having a very strong model when it comes to responsible investing. But they argue it could go even further if it truly wanted to avoid making gains from certain types of businesses.Tim Nash, a financial planner and founder of Good Investing, questions whether the for-profit U.S. prisons comply fully with Canadian laws because of the related concerns around human rights.He recognizes CPPIB is the Canadian leader on sustainable investment policies. But he also argues it’s not the highest ranked globally.“In this specific case, I would argue there is a breach of those policies and that, in fact, they are not living up to those highest standards with the inclusion of these companies within the investment portfolio,” said Nash, who added the controversial nature of these prison operators — and the possibility of lawsuits — raises the risk level of the investment.“As far as I can tell when it comes to CPPIB’s specific investment policy, they should not be owning these companies.”He said CPPIB could easily adjust its approach to omit some types of companies — without sacrificing financial returns.Lisa Kramer, a University of Toronto finance professor, said so-called ESG investing principles, which are followed by CPPIB, are part of an emerging area that’s still not well defined. ESG stands for environmental, social and governance.“Socially responsible investing is often in the eye of the beholder depending on what principles one holds dear to her own heart,” said Kramer, an expert on behavioural finance.“It can be very difficult to adopt an investment strategy that makes everybody happy.”Tessa Hebb, a Carleton University expert on responsible investment, credits CPPIB for having a very good model of responsible investing.But Hebb stressed there’s a difference between responsible investing and ethical investing. Responsible investing makes a business case for investments and helps investors avoid riskier decisions.Ethical standards, on the other hand, are far more subjective, she said.“It’s interesting that Minister Morneau would use the term ethics,” Hebb said. “If he had said that they were one of the top responsible investors — absolutely.”THE VERDICTIn this case, Morneau said CPPIB is living up to the “highest standards of ethics and behaviour” as he responded to a question about its investments in U.S. prison companies.But while experts say CPPIB is viewed in many ways as a leader in responsible investing, they argue determining ethical standards depends on an individual’s views and can vary greatly.For that reason, Morneau’s statement rates “some” baloney.METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

Safety company building catches fire in Pouce Coupe

first_imgPOUCE COUPE, B.C. – An early morning fire has destroyed a safety company on 50th street in Pouce Coupe.The fire broke out early Wednesday morning and destroyed Action Safety on 50th street. The road was closed while fire crews worked the fire, but it is now open to single lane traffic.Expect delays while you travel through the community.  The Pouce Coupe Elementary School is open.  The Pouce Coupe Fire Department is asking students to stay away from fire crews and equipment. A photo of the fire shared on Facebook The building has been destroyed and fire crews remain on scene. If you have any photos or video to share of the fire, email [email protected] once the fire is out, crews will investigate the cause.OPEN – #BCHwy2 is open to single lane alternating traffic at 50th st in #PouceCoupe. Next update 8:30 AM. #DawsonCreekInfo here: https://t.co/HCWYpn0brO— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) June 5, 2019A photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura HamannA photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura Hamannlast_img read more