Glendora Girl Scout Troop 1834 presents a check for $3,300 to the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA)

first_imgALL SMILES–Glendora Girl Scout Troop 1834 presents a check for $3,300 to the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) following Saturday’s second race at Santa Anita Park.  CARMA, based at Santa Anita, assists in the placement of retired Thoroughbreds, many of whom are re-trained for careers as riding horses or hunter-jumpers.last_img

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Fila Fuamatu powers to Pacific Games

first_imgThe powerlifter is perfecting her form in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.She will represent Samoa in the male-dominated sport. “I just want to encourage others,” she says.”There are so many opportunities for women out there. They just don’t know how strong they are.”Fuamatu, wo lives in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga, was born in New Zealand but worked in Samoa for eight years as a sports co-ordinator.It was during this time she discovered all of the benefits of being involved in sport.”You think you’re just playing a game but it opens the door for so many other opportunities,” she says.These opportunities have included competing regularly at the Pacific Games.Fuamatu has also represented Samoa in both sevens and touch rugby in 2007 and 2009.Touch was not included in the 2011 New Caledonia games so Fuamatu decided to take a shot at powerlifting “I found that I could actually lift quite heavy weights.”The sport includes three different exercises: the squat, dead lift and bench press.In just her first year at the Pacific Games Fuamatu won the silver medal in the under-84kg category.But it has not always been an easy road for the athlete.Shortly after her success Fuamatu slipped a disk in her back during training.”I lifted quite heavy on the dead lift but it was just too much pressure,” she says.”I had a break from being injured and didn’t think I could get back to the same level.”However after some serious hours at the gym Fuamatu is back and ready for competition on July 9.She also hopes to help other women discover how strong they are.”I eventually want to get into coaching.”If you feel strong then you feel better as well.”last_img read more

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Wilson: G.C. Foster’s Olympians training well

first_imgRio de Janeiro Olympians Sashalee Forbes, Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby, and Ristananna Tracey have all made good starts to training for the 2017 season. That’s the assessment of their coach, Maurice Wilson, who says if all goes well, next season could be exciting.Wilson, who coaches the trio of first-time Olympians at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, made the observation at the launch this week of an upcoming road race being organised by the institution.”So far, I think we have started well,” he said. “I think they have superseded all marks from last season, this time, already,” he tabled, “so it seems to me that once they stay injury free, we’re going to have a very exciting season.”He had high praise for Forbes and McLaughlin-Whilby, who won Olympic silver medals for their contribution in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, and for Tracey, who set a lifetime best of 54.15 seconds in the final of the 400 metres hurdles.Speaking of Forbes, he enumerated, “If you were to check the records, I think only Sherone Simpson, who has made that huge transition, moving from 11.3 to 11.1 under Stephen Francis coming out of high school.”In her first season out of Manchester High School, Simpson improved her 100m personal best 11.37 seconds to 11.01 and reached the 2004 Olympic final in her first year with UTech/MVP coach Francis directing her workouts. Holmwood Technical High graduate Forbes moved her best from 11.55 to 11.17 in 2016.Wilson, who was Jamaica’s technical leader at the 2016 Olympics, was nevertheless cautious. “Last year,” he recalled, we felt that Rasheed Dwyer would run 19.7.”PROMISINGDwyer and Anatascia Leroy, teammates in Wilson’s Sprintec Track Club, and Demish Gaye, a G.C. Foster College student-athlete, all looked promising early in the Olympic season. A lifetime best of 10.10 seconds for 100m on April 16 indicated progress for Dwyer in the 200m, where he was Commonwealth champion in 2014. Hit by Zika, Dwyer never approached his 200m best of 19.80 and wasn’t even able to run the final at the National Senior Championships.In similar fashion, the virus erased fine early form shown by Leroy, who has won World Championships and Commonwealth gold medals as part of Jamaica’s 4×400 metre squads. She had lowered her 200m personal to 22.85 on April 16.Gaye was enjoying a breakthrough season in the 400 metres and had wins at the Gibson-McCook Relays and the Inter-Collegiate Championships for G.C. Foster.Wilson also gave an update on these three athletes. “Dwyer seems to be in excellent shape, also Demish,” he reported. “There’s a little bit of a challenge with Ana (Leroy), but I’ve taken it on myself to make sure as one of my longest-serving athletes that I do everything in my power,” he pledged, “to get her back to the highest level.last_img read more

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Can’t Amir provide bigger test for Manny?

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names What does he plan to do?“If it’s Pacquiao, it’s Pacquiao. If not, we will go to someone else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Khan, a former Olympian, is scheduled to fight little-known Samuel Vargas in Birmingham, England, on Sept. 8.In his last bout in April, Khan blasted away a certain Phil Lo Greco in less than a minute. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Khan continued to say Pacquao would be great and any fighter would love to do it.The closest Khan came to fighting Pacquiao came in April 2017, but negotiations fizzled out due to absence of proper funding.This subsequently led to Pacquiao clashing with Jeff Horn, the fight resulting into a dreadful upset that led to Pacquiao’s dethronement as WBO welterweight champion.Reports say Pacquiao plans to fight early December, before he turns 40.First names mentioned for the new WBA welterweight champion included Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachecko, both unbeaten and leading pound-for-pound stars.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team It’s not surprising that the name of former world boxing champion Amir Khan often lingers at the tailend whenever they do a list-up of Manny Pacquiao’s possible next opponents.“I’m sick of waiting,” Khan cried, “I’m just tired waiting around and hoping for a title fight.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Blu Girls blank WS rivals MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced There was also tentative mention of Khan’s name among Pacquiao’s possible next foes.Pacquiao himself has not commented about his former stable mate in Freddie Roach’s famous Wild Card camp.But in a happy twist for Khan, his name was singled out by Pacquiao conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who noted the Bolton boxer would easily fill up the vast Wembley stadium in Great Britain if he happens to be paired against Pacquiao.Experts have noted that Khan should be able to provide a more interesting fight than dethroned WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.Khan has been listed to have lost three times by stoppage. But all those falls were fighting defeats, with Khan making a gallant stand before ending up flat on his back.Matthysse was criticized for a gutless stand versus Pacquiao, when he suffered three knockdowns before inexplicably giving up on his knees in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur last July 15.From veteran news correspondent Jun Velasco of Dagupan: My condolences to Atty. Jess Santiago on the passing of his wife, Dr. Teresita Reyna, 77, of Dagupan City. She was the daughter of the late former Mayor Liberato Ll. Reyna Sr.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Regulating minibuses

first_imgDear Editor,Conveniently, a letter was penned by one Rowena A. Elliot clarifying the increase by the minibus in regard to the editorial published the day before.Whist the writer finds time to make the clarification, nothing was mentioned about the increases that have already taken place on certain routes by the minibus operators, or how to remedy these situations.As it stands presently, the increase would cause some commuters at least $160 more a day, whilst the buses will be earning at least $300 more per trip. With all the glorious plans of enhancement as promised by the minibus union, I would like to know what percentage of bus owners the union represents, and if it’s in all the zones.Most of the minibuses operate without conductors, and they still hold out to transport the minimum of 15 passengers. At Vreed-en-Hoop that is very much prevalent, and the monitor assigned there assists in loading these buses. Now passengers are forced to be in discomfort of opening and closing the door, and extra time is being wasted by this act. Already, the increase has started before the stipulated time, and with the increase, buses are still being overloaded. There are still bus operators telling you a fare which is far above the agreed fare, and this occurs mostly when buses are limited to passengers, especially in the evenings at the Route 32 Park in Georgetown.Editor, since the authority responsible for monitoring the speedboats has begun publishing the rules, fares and numbers for complaints, massive changes could be seen by the boat operators, especially on the Georgetown/Vreed-en-Hoop route. This has all come about because the authorities are fed up with receiving complaints, and now people have access to telephone numbers that they could call immediately and report.Perhaps the Guyana Police Force could explore the possibility of doing likewise, and establish centres within the Traffic Department of each station, and assign for each station a direct number that commuters can call and lodge complaints. Commuters can call a station, and the ranks could go out and wait for the oncoming bus, and press charges if the complaints are found to have merit.With all the planned changes the union has promised, I am certain that most of those plans will not materialise. In order for bus operators to regulate themselves, they would have to be monitored closely, and a quick contact with the station is one of the best options in my opinion.As for the dress codes, I surely hope to see the day that happens. If all the minibus operators cooperate and work in an orderly fashion, there would be no need for touting. While touting is illegal, I see the union and Ministry have plans to help enhance this.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

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‘Women Have Not Done Enough for Themselves’

first_imgCross-section of participants, facilitators and WISH officials at the workshop in Buchanan, Grand BassaWilliams tells women’s group in BuchananEddie Williams, protocol and communications officer of Grand Bassa County, has urged women and girls to take advantage of every available opportunity to empower themselves. Mr. Williams said, “In terms of decision-making in Liberia, women have not done enough for themselves, citing the number of female lawmakers in the legislature and the number that registered as potential voters with their male counterparts.”“The government of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has done more to empower Liberian women and to give them a voice among the men,” Williams added.He made the observation at the start of a two-day workshop under the auspices of the Buchanan City Women’s Initiative for Self Help (WISH)-Liberia Incorporated, held in Buchanan on WISH’s nine (9) months project titled: “Rescue My Sister.”The project is a campaign for the abandonment of Female Genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against women and girls in rural communities and to promote and encourage girls to go to school to increase their capacity in decision-making.The participants were drawn from a cross section of the Liberian society including teachers, community, religious and youth leaders, students, civil society representatives and the Grand Bassa County authority. The participants were taught about the root causes of gender based violence and the harmful effects of FGM, the need to sensitize young girls about the importance of education and the negative impacts of early marriage.WISH program officer Louise Harvest Hilton, who served as a facilitator, said the project has been a dream of the organization’s to advocate for girls in rural communities to turn away from vices that often retard their progress. “I am not against cultural practices; all I am promoting is education. Let them continue their practice, but they should allow the girls to grow up and be mature and decide for themselves where they want to go,” Madam Hilton said. She said the FGM practice is executed with harmful instruments that are used on many girls at the same time, which she said cause a myriad of medical conditions for the girls.Imam Mohammed L. Gaytaweh of the Vai Town mosque in Buchanan, said he wants men to respect the rights of women and treat them with love and kindness. “Let the women have their will, let the women have their freedom. We must give our women free will,” he said.The “Rescue My Sister” project is funded by AmplifyChange-UK and implemented by WISH Liberia Incorporated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Some drilling rigs shut down due to diesel shortage

first_img Sneh Sital, spokesperson for Petro-Canada, says the company had made plans to minimize the effect of its scheduled shutdown of a plant in Edmonton, but due to circumstances beyond their control, some of those plans have fallen through. [asset|aid=471|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1c91d9c3e6121d547ddcdc4234ffa282-Seetal_1_Pub.mp3] Sital says it’s difficult to know when diesel supplies will return to normal levels. The president of the Canadian Oilwell Drilling Contractors has confirmed that some drilling rigs have had to shut down as a result of the diesel shortage sweeping across western Canada. Don Herring says this isn’t the first time the industry has operated under threats of a fuel shortage. [asset|aid=469|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1c91d9c3e6121d547ddcdc4234ffa282-Herring-1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – Herring says the shortage isn’t just affecting the rig sites themselves, it’s also preventing companies that provide secondary services from being able to make it out to the rig site. He also says that right now, oil and gas will have to take a backseat while farmers use available diesel to bring in their crops. [asset|aid=470|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1c91d9c3e6121d547ddcdc4234ffa282-Herring-2_1_Pub.mp3] The shortage is partly caused by a shutdown of diesel-refining plants owned by Petro-Canada and Imperial Oil, who are both doing scheduled maintenance on their plant. Suncor Energy’s oil sands refinery, which was subject to an unplanned shutdown earlier this year, is now in the final stages of restarting its plant.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mavs, Nash stand out at break

first_imgThe best answer to that is “tradition,” although “revenue” is actually the more accurate answer. With all of the teams having completed at least 50 games of their 82-game schedule, we can gleam a lot about this season so far, although some pronouncements made earlier in the season, such as “There is no way Miami is repeating!” might not be no-doubt-about-it, take-it-to-the-bank true. Photos NBA All Star “It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.” Those words were said to me by not one, but three NBA-ers during the first half of the season. Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and Sam Cassell all made that point – in those words – and if indeed the NBA season is a marathon, then why are 82 regular-season games necessary before the most fun – the postseason – comes? As far as the individual stuff, here is a look at what the NBA’s awards should be, if they were handed out this weekend in Las Vegas. Most Valuable Player: Steve Nash My initial feeling when he won the MVP two years ago was that it was a borderline pick with Shaquille O’Neal still dominating the game. With Phoenix struggling horribly with Nash out with a shoulder injury, his worth is being underscored, and he could become the first player since Larry Bird in 1985-86 to win the award three times in a row. LeBron James might be the best overall player in the league, and Kobe Bryant is the best competitor/closer. But Nash is the MVP. Coach of the Year: Avery Johnson There are a lot of ways to look at this award, but the fact that the Mavs have such a great record and Johnson righted them after their poor start when they were ripe to implode makes him the choice. Another way to look at the award is who has made the most with the least — and that might be Jeff Van Gundy in Houston. The Rockets lost Yao Ming for 25 games and Tracy McGrady for eight games, and they are holding steady as the top-ranked defensive team in the league. Rookie of the Year: Brandon Roy The Portland Trail Blazers guard would have been an easy pick, but he missed 20 games due to injury. Still, he averages a rookie-high 14.6 points per game with no other rookie close to his production. Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Garnett This is a wide-open category, and Garnett gets the nod because his defense often goes underrated. He is an athletic wonder, who rebounds, blocks shots and gets steals. The only problem is that Minnesota probably isn’t going anywhere this season, and that’s happened too much in Garnett’s career. Sixth Man of the Year: Leandro Barbosa Barbosa probably is the fastest player in the league, and his production – 16.8 points per game – is just too high to overlook as the best sixth man. Plus, as such a speedy guard, he is a bear to guard by anybody, especially other reserves. Most Improved Player: Josh Howard Sacramento’s Kevin Martin has made bigger leaps statistically than Dallas’ Josh Howard, but the Kings haven’t made any leaps at all. J-Ho got on the All-Star team, although that’s a borderline pick in the loaded Western Conference, but he and his 19.3 points and 7.3 rebounds have been huge to the Mavs. Out and aboutA lot of talk this week has been about John Amaechi becoming the first former NBA player to come out of the closet. However, I’ve realized that beyond that fact, not a lot of people know that much about Amaechi and his story. Excerpts from “Man in the Middle” by Amaechi on ESPN.com are enlightening, entertaining and well-written. He makes a lot of strong points in the book, including the antigay sentiment of players in the league. “Over time, I realized their antigay prejudice was more a convention of a particular brand of masculinity,” Amaechi writes. “Homophobia is a ballplayer posture, akin to donning a ‘game face,’ wearing flashy jewelry or driving the perfect black Escalade.” Amaechi, who was the first player raised in Great Britain to play in the NBA, also has written some funny excerpts about nearly coming out late in his career. “Every time I did something eccentric, like bringing my fabulously flaming friends to games, people would quip, ‘Oh, he’s just English. Leave him alone.”‘ The fact that Amaechi was coming out was first reported by Outsports.com, which was co-founded by former Press-Telegram sports editor Jim Buzinski. A shameAmaechi’s outing has spurred a national debate on gay rights, and that could be positive. However, Tim Hardaway’s antigay comments also got a lot of play this week. Those comments were full of hate and were a shame. In case you missed it, Hardaway said, “I hate gay people, so let it be known. I don’t like gay people, and I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the United States.” Commissioner David Stern responded in a fast and smart way, banning Hardaway from All-Star weekend. Hardaway was scheduled to make several public appearances on behalf of the league. Mr. Style Roscoe Nance deserves credit for an illuminating story in USA Today on Cleveland Cavaliers shooter/fashion star Damon Jones. Jones says he owns 450 suits and 150 pairs of shoes and claims to not only be the best shooter in the world, but the best dresser in the NBA. As for the keys to being a well-dressed man, Jones says to avoid mismatching belts and shoes and wearing oversized clothes. He added, “The biggest fashion mistake is trying to reach my level. “That cannot and will not happen. No one will ever be able to put clothes on the way I do.” Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Miami sure doesn’t look like it will repeat, but if the Heat and a healthy Shaquille O’Neal make it to the playoffs as any seed, they will have a reasonable chance to get through the weak Eastern Conference. Hardly anything is ever a certainty in this league, and that was shown in last season’s playoffs. In hindsight, many will say they expected Dallas to win Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals in San Antonio. Many also will say they expected Detroit to fall to Miami in the Eastern Conference finals. But hardly anybody was talking about Miami as a title contender during last year’s regular season, and though that Dallas/San Antonio series was as wacky as can be, it’s hard to bet against a home team in a Game 7. Anyway, the biggest thing that we’ve seen this season is that, yes, Dallas is darn good. The Mavericks stand at 44-9, and this came after an 0-4 start. They are the obvious favorite to win the NBA title, but getting through the ridiculously tough Western Conference is no gimme. Plus, if Dirk Nowitzki goes down, the Mavs will be done. last_img read more

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The pros and cons of building a Site C dam

first_imgFederal conditions include B.C. Hydro maintaining a minimum release of 390 cubic metres per second from the dam, creating provisions for assessing potential risks to infrastructure caused by low water flows, and developing a water quality management plan to address potential environmental effects to the aquatic environment.Some of the province’s conditions include building 50 rental units in Fort St. John with some for low income housing, providing medical staff for on site care, and establishing a fund of $20 million to compensate for lost agricultural lands and activities.The province continues to boast the potential of Site C will create a total of 29,000 direct and indirect jobs while also wiping the entire provincial debt, and opponents continue to argue the cost of electricity will inevitably fall into the lap of taxpayers, while also putting the Peace River in serious threat of irreversible damage. “This decision will benefit future generations,” Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq said yesterday in a written statement. “Over the life of the project, Site C is expected to help mitigate the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by preventing the discharge of between 34 to 76 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent… Our government is committed to making environmental assessment decisions based on the best available scientific evidence, and balancing economic and environmental considerations.”But that doesn’t mean the fight is over for those who strongly oppose the project, according to the Peace Valley Environment Association.In their argument, the association specifically points to the findings of Federal/Provincial Joint Review Panel, which has gone on record saying there’s no immediate need for the dam, expressed concerns about the cost and environmental impacts, while also recommending more time to investigate alternative means of power.- Advertisement -“The Treaty 8 First Nations, in whose territory the project is planned, stated several times in the last few months that if government chooses to proceed with Site C, then intend to take court action,” Coordinator of the Peace Valley Environment Association, Andrea Morison said in a written statement. “The Joint Review Panel determined that there were many significant adverse and unmitigable effects that would result from the project, impacting treaty rights and cultural practises.”B.C. Hydro continues to insist it will be the source of clean, cost effective electricity, which will annually power the equivalent of 450,000 B.C. homes. Meanwhile, the Provincial and Federal Governments say they’ve outlined strict conditions for B.C. Hydro to follow if the project moves forward into construction.“In the decision statement that I released today, there are over 80 legally binding conditions that must be fulfilled by the proponent, BC Hydro, throughout the life of the project in compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012,” Minister Aglukkaq said during her announcement. “Failure to meet these conditions is a violation of federal law.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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BCCOS is reminding people to have a safe and responsible long weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS)would like to send a friendly reminder to be responsible and stay safe while recreating outdoors this long weekend.The BCCOS is reminding British Columbia’s whether you are boating, riding, hiking, or camping, to plan ahead and bring the appropriate safety equipment. As spring is in full swing, bears are active and it is important to manage food and other attractants by locking them in bear-proof containers or keeping attractants out of reach from wildlife.Campfires need to be monitored at all times and ensure all fires are put out completely before leaving shares the BCCOS.- Advertisement -If you witness any poaching, polluting, or other environmental violations taking place please give the Report All Poachers & Polluters (RAPP) number a call at 1-877-952-7277 read more

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