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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2015)–Although she was wide throughout, combacking Lost Bus was an impressive three quarters of a length winner of Friday’s $58,000 Dixie Pearl allowance feature as she covered six furlongs in 1:10.67 under Mike Smith.Trained by Blake Heap, Lost Bus had been idle since Aug. 27 at Del Mar. Breaking from the outside post in a field of 10 sophomore fillies, the 3-year-old California-bred daughter of Bring the Heat had two horses beat going to the three eighths pole, but was full of run while about eight-wide around the turn and into the stretch.“Given the trip she had, this race is a lot more impressive than the winning margin was,” said Smith. “I was really wide, really wide. I went into the turn wide and I stayed wide, I could never get in. It just worked out that Blake put me on a talented horse.Owned by John R. Haagsma, Lost Bus was the second choice in the wagering and paid $7.40, $5.20 and $3.60. A first-out maiden winner at Santa Anita on May 26, she notched her second win from her fourth start and with the winner’s cut of $34,800, increased her earnings to $105,400.“She’s been in Florida all winter,” said Heap. “After her last race at Del Mar, we took her to Kentucky for three weeks, we turned her out and just let her run around on grass…She was battling shins at Del Mar. She didn’t like that track…I think she’s going to be a mile on the grass type of horse, maybe a stakes horse.”Runner-up Easter Fever, who was a close second going into the far turn behind early pacesetter Grand Yodeler, took command three off the fence midway around the turn but was no match for the winner late, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Alwazabridesmaid. Off at 13-1, Easter Fever paid $11.20 and $5.80.Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Alwaszabridesmaid saved ground while sixth at the quarter pole and ran gamely for third money, paying $4.40 to show.Jockey Martin Garcia, who broke from the number six post position aboard Sheer Pleasure, was unseated shortly after the break, but was uninjured. Sheer Pleasure, who stumbled badly leaving the gate, rallied extremely wide to go under the wire by about four lengths clear of the winner.Fractions on the race were 22.10, 45.17 and 57.71.Special first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. –30–last_img read more

Thebes, anniversary under pressureThebes, anniversary under pressure

first_imgOn April 26 as today, but from 2013, Javier Tebas (Costa Rica, 1962) was named president of LaLiga, then LFP, replacing Astiazarán. He came to office after being vice president and leading the G-30. Since then, he has achieved an extreme professionalization and international expansion of the organization (physical presence in 46 countries and television signal in 200), and has managed to make the clubs go from being indebted entities to leading companies in what he calls “the industry of entertainment”. Now, that growth has been slowed by this harsh coronavirus crisis, so, as experts say, “until the 2022-23 season, normalcy will not return.” Hence, Thebes celebrates this Sunday an unhappy anniversary, concerned about the effects on football and reviving the competition; with footballers and doctors anxious about the protocols and with several clubs very annoyed by the plans for promotions and descents if it is not played.The Tebas’ mandate began with the establishment of an economic control elevated today to law under the umbrella of the Higher Sports Council since the time of Miguel Cardenal. The clubs have gone from owing to the Treasury 634 million to less than 47, all of them within contests with approved deadlines for payment. A government institution with which the leader came to see himself in court (“the tax collector wants to liquidate the clubs”). In this process of sanitation, its strategy contributed to ending complaints about non-payments to players (there were 153 in 2013), before a custom embodied in dozens of reports with lock-ups in the locker room. His obsession with money was such that two months after occupying his chair, he proposed lowering his salary to 348,000 euros. His predecessor earned 395,000 and he said in the hallways that that was a lot. The intransigence with which they did not comply led Elche and Murcia to drop to 2ºB. Meanwhile, he implemented a radical change with the schedules to give each party a strip from Friday to Monday, the controversy of which still reaches our days. There, an unpopularity grew that later varied due to its position with Catalonia (“If it becomes independent, Barça and Espanyol would not play LaLiga”), its sincerity in AS (“I am a Real Madrid player”) or its affinity for VOX. “In Twitter I have no followers, what I have are persecutors, “he says.His next milestone, after balancing the accounts, was to boost revenues to compete in the best conditions with the Premier in a fierce market. His move was to hold on to the power of television. The 2015 Royal Audiovisual Decree, now reformed by Irene Lozano, marked the step and was decisive, with benefits for professional football, for amateur football and even for other federations. LaLiga, when Thebes arrived, entered 851 million for the commercialization of the rights, before individually, so the ratio between the one who earned the most and the least was 6 to 1. With it, a joint sale was formalized (3.5 to 1), with revenues skyrocketing to 2,111 million. In that growth, LaLiga joined Mediapro as a commercial agent abroad, with a significant premium.Thebes also led a new image in terms of Security and Integrity. The hacking of the signal was subtracting some 500,000 subscribers a year. With the amaños it got to write a book on this subject (Football is not like that), ignoring those veiled criticisms they make (and reach) off the record some of his opponents because the Huesca that he presided over was, supposedly, involved in various puddles in the past. Now, with the sentence of Osasuna case, also analyzed by its critics as a smokescreen to the controversy of the tests, LaLiga has been rewarded for its fight against corruption. But Thebes’s pride is his anti-ultras crusade. Jimmy’s death (2014) was a turning point. Villar’s passivity did not stop him. He prohibited them from being in the stands and asked to modify the regulations with partial closings due to physical or verbal violence, while pleading to toughen the penalties of the Penal Code. He became so serious that he dismissed Augusto César Lendoiro as ambassador for attending Jimmy’s funeral to say goodbye to the Depor fan.New times in the bossesAfter plugging the leaks in income and reputation, the clubs already enter a total of 4,100 million annually, making football account for 1.37% of GDP and feed 700,000 families. This made it possible for Thebes to force his associates to invest in the improvement of the stadiums (not only is the Bernabéu underway), perfect the audiovisual product and security to be able to sell the product at a higher price and diversify the business. The growth was such that Thebes was also improving his salary. First it went to 425,000 euros. Then to 879,033 (629,033 fixed plus 250,000 for fees). And two years ago, he put to the vote, after an offer from the Serie A that many question but which was confirmed by managers of the Italian championship itself, which will receive 1.2 million euros net plus 250,000 extra. Almost all supported him except Madrid, with whom he has had several disputes in the courts, Athletic, Celta and two Second-tier entities. It always enjoyed majority support. Although he said that he would establish a limit of two terms, He has been re-elected twice (2017 and 2020) without opposition and holds the keys to the Madrid headquarters in Torrelaguna until 2024. Alex Aranzábal (ex Eibar) tried to keep his pulse the first time, but eventually backed down. In LaLiga it is not like in the RFEF: you can only give the endorsement to a candidate and Thebes, who handled the information and deadlines, always assured them on time. However, this general confidence has waned. In the last electoral process, Madrid, Celta, Zaragoza, Barça, Athletic, Getafe, Extremadura and Sporting, due to discrepancies and because the last five preferred to act like this when forming the Electoral Committee, they did not endorse him. Perhaps due to this growing division, many leaders think that Tebas has been with the idea of ​​becoming something like the CEO of LaLiga for a long time, to focus on the international audiovisual market and hand over the day-to-day staff to Carlos Suárez (Valladolid), Quico Catalán (Levante) or a trusted dolphin.Another evolving relationship is with the Federation. After his crude war with Villar (“he thinks he has a farmhouse”), a new time seemed to begin. Rubiales’ arrival was an opportunity to improve things, but his battles have been even tougher (competitions, on Mondays, Plan Miami, VAR …), losing several of them. The tension dates back to 2015, when Tebas stopped a strike led by Rubiales and several other unionists who now work for LaLiga in AFE (“don’t come with scenes like Bildu and HB”). The Viana Pact, for which the employers will inject 200 million euros into Spanish sport in four years, indicates that there has been a truce. “I wish the RFEF president luck and that he makes the best decision,” Thebes said Friday about the redevelopment of the 2nd B. After supporting Jorge Pérez and Larrea, he is now betting on Casillas rumored Las Rozas. The effects of this union will be seen in the future. The present of Thebes is marked, like the rest of the world, by the Covid-19. The intrahistory | Insomniac ‘El Patrón’ at the helm of a telematic LeagueLaLiga, as an institution, and according to official sources, made an ERTE to part of its staff that now cannot carry out its activity. However, Thebes has the rest well occupied. As José Guerra, the general director who has replaced Javier Gómez, said in AS: “We need all of our human resources.” That is why LaLiga records that, in full confinement, it has already held more than 2,000 meetings by videoconference. In many of them is JT, how they like to shorten their collaborators. Has turned Microsoft Teams in his preferred telematic means of communication… Through this channel he has coordinated these days the Division Boards and the most important Delegate Commissions in years, where he has analyzed the possible losses (from 300 million if the championship is restarted to 1,000 if it is not played ) and has launched forceful messages such as those revealed by this newspaper: “Forget about the transfer market, count on the quarry and play out on loan”, “It will be played without an audience until 2021” or “This is what I could save from the Royal Decree …”.Thebes has long placed himself in the hands of a new signing, Rocío Pérez de Sevilla, a specialist in crisis management, while he himself often and informally acts as director of communication. “He can send you a message at 1:00 and the next at 5:30,” is the talk among the journalists. The president of LaLiga himself admits that he sleeps fairly and that the first thing he does when he gets up is to browse the media and study reports, now related to plans to return to activity in other leagues and not so much with television and new competitions. that the greats propose and that he vehemently censors. It is holding up to six and seven daily meetings of openwork with national and international organizations. The labor-legal advisory summits with the clubs are not run by him, but he usually enters them when he has a place and always demands feedback. With health protocols not a single detail is lost. He knows that now everything depends on them. He likes to delegate, although in the end he prefers to have the last word. That is why in LaLiga they know him, as precisely as loving, as The boss.last_img read more

Lonestar Cell MTN Unveils Perks for Most Loyal CustomersLonestar Cell MTN Unveils Perks for Most Loyal Customers

first_imgA Prestige member receiving a prize at MTN Prestige launchThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lonestar Cell MTN, Uche Ofodile, says the company has the most loyal customers in Liberia and that the company remains prepared to providing the best services for them.Madam Ofodile made the remarks on Friday at the re-launch of Prestige Customers program held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, which was attended by some of the company’s longstanding customers.MTN Prestige is designed to celebrate loyal customers/companies for being the “Suns in the company’s solar system”. It features exclusive rewards designed for customers to enjoy themselves and share with their loved ones. MTN Prestige customers can enjoy priority service in all Lonestar Cell MTN service centers/stores, a dedicated customer service helpline, and amazing discounts from Lonestar Cell MTN partners.MTN Prestige offers come in several prices: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Customers can enjoy minutes to Lonestar, other networks, international calls, data and they can even enjoy their data while traveling.For customers to enjoy any of the offers on Prestige, all they need to do is ensure they spend $5 or more for a minimum of six (6 months), and dial *222# to subscribe. The more a customer spends on the MTN network, the bigger the rewards and benefits they get to enjoy.The program, held on Friday, October 4, 2019, was graced by ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo; the Managing Director of the General Service Agency (GSA), Mary T. Broh; representatives of the Royal Grand Hotel, Ecobank Liberia, the United Bank of Africa (UBA), the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), and others.“MTN Prestige is also a world where bright and brilliant things happen every day for special kind of person,” Yaw Ankoma Agyapong, Chief Marketing Officer of Lonestar Cell MTN said. At the event, some of the customers won smartphones loaded with internet bundles.Madam Ofodile said the company has improved its network as requested by valued customers, thereby ensuring that Lonestar Cell MTN is the best choice for telecommunications services in Liberia.“Today, we are re-launching MTN Prestige but, this time, it’s different because it’s what you (customers) have asked the company to do. Thank you for choosing Lonestar Cell MTN. We recognize that you choose us every day, which is a choice and we are privileged to be that special choice.” she said.Madam Ofodile added, “Customers will enjoy the prestige bundles, because it’s something that no one has heard about anywhere.“About a year ago, we spoke to some of you, our highest value customers, who have been with Lonestar Cell MTN for years and continue to show loyalties. You recommended for us to keep recognizing you, something the company stopped doing according to you,” Madam Ofodile narrated.She further expressed gratitude to the many customers who abandoned their evening schedules to be with Lonestar Cell MTN to witness the re-launch of the program.Yaw A. Agyapong, Lonestar Cell MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, told customers that with Prestige, a portion of every dollar on MTN Prestige will be donated to charity. He said priority will be given to MTN Prestige customers who will visit the company service centers.“As MTN Prestige customers, you can use your data at home (Liberia) or in countries where MTN has a presence or partner, including Canada and the United States of America,” Mr. Agyapong said.He continued: “With some of the most innovative products, bundles and offers ever launched in Liberia, MTN Prestige customers are among the unique few who, for the first time on any network in Liberia, will benefit from these awesome, reserved and rewards.”Lydia Nimely, one of the valued customers, said she was excited about the re-launch of prestige, especially the accompanying evening activities including songs.“I love the entire Africa collections particularly the Nikita & Girls which shows that there is something unique about Liberia. Lonestar Cell MTN was actually born into our hands, especially for some of us who were here.” Madam Nimely said.She continued “I’m falling in love with Lonestar Cell MTN. I’m grateful to be a part of the MTN family. Lonestar Cell MTN has done an excellent job and we will continue to be with you.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Porto reach Champions League quarters with extra-time win over RomaPorto reach Champions League quarters with extra-time win over Roma

first_img0Shares0000Ricardo Pereira (R) helped Porto hold off Benfica and Sporting Lisbon to win the Portuguese league titlePORTO, Portugal, March 7 – Alex Telles converted a VAR-awarded penalty in extra time as Porto defeated Roma 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals following a 4-3 win on aggregate.Francisco Soares gave Porto the lead and edge in the tie with a 26th-minute opener that was cancelled out by a Daniele De Rossi penalty. Moussa Marega restored Porto’s lead early in the second half and Telles tucked away a spot-kick in the 117th minute to send Porto through.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Local community helping Paddy to face his biggest race yetLocal community helping Paddy to face his biggest race yet

first_imgThe community of Downings are getting behind a campaign to raise funds for one of their kindest and most-loved citizens.Patrick McBride has been to the forefront of raising vital funds for many charities down through the years.Having run 17 marathons, he has helped many people overcome their own personal battles with much-needed funds. Now Paddy is in the middle of his own personal battle.Paddy has just been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma of the nasal cavity, which further testing has revealed it has spread to his liver, lungs and bones.A spokesman said “What makes Paddy so special is that he is the kindest man who plays a huge role in the local area raising countless amounts of Money for countless causes.“He has run 17 marathons all for charity. He is also a huge part of the GAA club again raising money for them. “He is a much-loved man and this is reflected in the fact that within 4 days of setting up a go fund me page we have raised €8240. This man has touched so many peoples lives and he is simply incredible.”To help donate anything you can to Paddy’s fundraising campaign please log onto community helping Paddy to face his biggest race yet was last modified: November 6th, 2018 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:cancerDowningsGo Fund MePaddy McBridelast_img read more


first_imgCELTIC drew 0-0 with Rangers at Ibrox today – to give the Hoops the edge over Rangers.The Hoops had the chance to win the game but Samaras missed a penalty nine minutes from the end.Steven Davis was ruled to have fouled Anthony Stokes, but McGregor pushed Georgios Samaras’s late spot-kick wide. All the controversy surrounding death threats to Neil Lennon had led to a tense build up.Celtic fans travelled to Ibrox with a huge banner which showed a picture of Lennon with the words ‘Celtic to the Core’ emblazoned on it.The first half was tense – but frantic football failed to produce many clear cut chances.Rangers’ Kyle Lafferty headed wide just after the break, while McGregor also thwarted Daniel Majstorovic when it looked like Celtic were about to take the lead. And the Scotland goalkeeper’s penalty save prevented Celtic securing a victory that would have sent them to the top of the Scottish Premier League by two points with a game in hand.The build-up to the game had been overshadowed by parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two other prominent fans.Walter Smith went into his final Old Firm game as Rangers manager hoping to even up the scores with Celtic having won three and lost two of the previous Glasgow derbies this season.But an even game that ended both sides’ five-match winning run concluded with Lennon the happier of the managers as his side will now win the title if they win all five of their remaining fixtures.The first controversy came after 22 minutes when Samaras and David Weir were both given a yellow card for shoving. Scott Brown had Celtic’s first effort on goal with a low drive from 20 yards that curled a few yards wide after Mark Wilson dispossessed Davis.Steven Naismith wildly sliced wide from 12 yards at the other end when found in the clear at the far post by a long Sasa Papac diagonal ball as the first half deteriorated into a midfield war of attrition.Weir had the first chance of the second half but headed over from 14 yards after climbing well to meet a Davis corner, while Daniel Majstorovic did well to deflect a Naismith drive wide.Kyle Lafferty squandered a great chance to give Rangers the lead when he beat Mulgrew to a Wylde cross to the front post, but the forward flashed his header just wide. Celtic responded and a 22-yard Beram Kayal drive flew inches wide then McGregor produced a breathtaking finger-tip save to deflect a close-range Majstorovic header for a corner.Lafferty flashed a free-kick wide of the far post, while Naismith fired across the face of goal and narrowly past from the edge of the box.McGregor did well to tip an Emilio Izaguirre chip over the crossbar after the full-back had stepped inside Whittaker.It looked like Celtic would secure the victory when Thomson pointed to the spot after 83 minutes.Davis obstructed Stokes – but Samaras saw his penalty saved by Mcgregor.Stokes went down again in the box in the dying seconds under a John Fleck challenge, but this time Thomson booked the substitute for diving.CELTIC DRAW AT IBROX GIVES HOOPS EDGE IN SPL TITLE RACE was last modified: April 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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:CelticdonegaldailyRangerslast_img read more

Soft-drink bottler to pay polluting fineSoft-drink bottler to pay polluting fine

first_imgSeven-Up/RC Bottling Company of Southern California has agreed to pay more than $1 million in civil and criminal fines for releasing pollutants from its Vernon and Buena Park plants into rivers. The company pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to 12 violations of the Clean Water Act. The settlement, which includes a $600,000 criminal penalty and a $428,250 civil penalty, still needs a judge’s approval. An attorney for the company said it had not intentionally released the water and would spend an additional $2 million improving its facilities to prevent more releases. “It was a negligent thing,” attorney Harland Braun said. “It wasn’t deliberate, but it was a violation.” A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the settlement was the largest stemming from a Clean Water Act enforcement against a soft drink bottler. An investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 and 2003 found that the Vernon plant had discharged grease, petroleum byproducts and acidic drink “rejects,” creating a stain on a bank of the Los Angeles River. A 2003 EPA investigation found the Buena Park plant had discharged acidic industrial wastewater into the Orange County Sanitation District sewer system, which can corrode sewer pipes and weaken wastewater treatment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Warriors report: 3 things we learned from Day 5 of training campWarriors report: 3 things we learned from Day 5 of training camp

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Day 5 of training camp Monday afternoon.Here are three takeaways from the session.Patrick McCaw is again a no-showThe third-year guard opted not to attend his fifth straight practice as he decides whether to accept the Warriors’ $1.7 million qualifying offer. McCaw, who averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 assist and 1.4 rebounds last season, has until 11:59 pm ET Monday to accept the offer. However, according to sources, McCaw is mulling over a two-year, $4 …last_img read more

Takeaways: the Sharks might be better off without Vlasic right nowTakeaways: the Sharks might be better off without Vlasic right now

first_imgSAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer might need to start looking over his shoulder.Sick on the couch, the Sharks coach handed managerial duties over to his longtime bench-mate Steve Spott on Tuesday and his team completed its homestand with a 3-0 record.The Sharks also earned a win on Nov. 21, 2015 when DeBoer gave the bench to Spott in Pittsburgh to deal with personal matters. If he isn’t careful, his good friend might just steal his job.Kidding aside, the Sharks are firing on all cylinders right now, …last_img read more