EDMONTON, Canada (CM):Jamaican Dane Nelson reeled off an impressive triple at Northland Park on Wednesday to climb back into second place in the jockeys standings.Riding on the seven-race, mid-week card, the three-time former Jamaica champion rider logged victories in race two with favorite Misty Do It and in race three with 5-1 chance Wine Stock before wrapping up with success in race seven aboard 3-1 chance On a Quest.With the haul, Nelson overtook Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin to reclaim second spot in the standings with 48 wins. Balgobin is one behind in third, with multiple-time former Northland champion Quincy Welch lying fourth on 44 wins.Five-time defending champion Rico Walcott tops the standings with 86 wins in the season which signs off on October 22.Nelson opened his account in a six-furlong trip when he made all the running with brown filly Misty Do It to trounce the two-year-olds by four lengths.In race three over 1300 metres, Nelson produced another gate-to-wire effort with Wine Stock to dispose of the three-year-old and upwards by five lengths. He and the six-year-old bay gelding duelled with Bear’s Reality through the quarter before getting clear entering the stretch and dominating the run through the lane.ON A QUESTNelson completed his triple by guiding four-year-old chestnut gelding On a Quest to a narrow win over the three-year-old and upwards in a six-furlong trip.The pair stalked pace-setter Artie in the Park, ridden by Walcott, before bidding in the stretch and nipping their rival on a head bob at the wire.Young Jamaican Shamaree Muir was also successful on the day’s card, winning race five over six furlongs with 3-1 bet Smileagainpana.
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…$163M spent by NDIA on drainageThe Public Infrastructure Ministry is currently undergoing drainage works in the capital city to ensure that floodwaters recede as the Ministry prepares for upcoming spring tides.A flooded section of Georgetown on MondayThis is although some $163 million was spent in April by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to assist in reducing the occurrence of flooding.Minister David Patterson, in an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, said this was one of his “important” projects.“I am working to ensure my full drainage network (is up) to deal with the spring tides. I am working to ensure we have everything covered,” the Minister stated.According to him, the works that are being done are vital as the spring tides make it more difficult for accumulated water to recede.“We have spring tides, so obviously the water is higher on the outside so it has a reduced time for us to drain off. So, we are doing (checks) with additional pumps to run off but it’s coming along quite good,” he reported.The Minister added that some issues were encountered with two of the water pumps in Georgetown but those were resolved.He informed that works are being done along Sussex and Commerce Street, Georgetown to ensure waters recede in a timely manner.In the meantime, Patterson assured that waters along the East and West Coast were draining perfectly. He said, “East Coast is draining perfectly and over the river is doing really well. Georgetown of course, the low-lying areas, they’re draining now but obviously the time period between the tides (is affecting it)”.Patterson was keen to note that the exercise is not a costly one as pumps and other resources are being shifted around to benefit residents and commuters in the city.In April, Guyana Times reported on the costly project undertaken by the NDIA to reduce flooding in Georgetown.It was revealed that three high capacity mobile drainage pumps would be installed at Church Street, Sussex Street, and Ruimveldt to assist in reducing flooding.The NDIA stated that the contracts have been approved for the cleaning of the city’s drainage channels, with manual cleaning operations totalling $71.9 million and mechanical cleaning operations totalling $91.6 million.However, in May when the rainy season kicked in, several sections of the capital city were flooded despite the costly works.
SIMI VALLEY – Simi Valley remains in good fiscal shape with a low crime rate, but faces challenges from rising housing costs, increasing traffic, aging sewer pipes and a shortage of office space, Mayor Paul Miller said. During his annual State of the City address Friday, Miller listed a number of goals for the city of 125,000 people, including expanding City Hall, widening the 118 Freeway, building a new cemetery and developing a new center for social services. “Our city overall is in excellent fiscal condition, and remains a safe place in which to raise a family and operate a business,” Miller said during the event at the Grand Vista Hotel, sponsored by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce. City Councilman Glen Becerra said he thought Miller offered a fair assessment. “I think the presentation accurately reflected the challenges and the good things happening in the community right now,” Becerra said. With construction this year of a $5.7 million sound wall along the Ronald Reagan Freeway, and groundbreaking scheduled Thursday on a project to widen the freeway from Tapo Canyon Road to the Los Angeles County line, the city is making progress in dealing with troublesome traffic congestion, Miller said. And within Simi Valley, officials have launched a $1 million project to synchronize traffic lights on major streets. Miller presented a video showing accomplishments over the past year, including the 12,000-square-foot expansion of the city’s senior center. The video detailed new bus routes providing service to the Simi Valley Town Center and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Although the Simi Valley Town Center has created a community gathering place and provided more opportunities to shop and dine in Simi Valley, the city still loses some $6 million in sales tax revenue each year as residents leave Simi Valley to shop, officials said. Miller, a retired police chief, said Simi Valley remains one of the safest cities of more than 100,000 residents in America with a crime rate in 2006 that was 38 percent lower than in 1986. Simi Valley Police dispatchers in 2006 fielded over 150,000 calls from the public, with 46,000 of those resulting in a police response. The police department’s response time average was 4.1 minutes for emergencies and 14 minutes for routine calls. As for future development, Miller noted that the city’s growth management plan adopted by voters in 2004 reduces residential development to 292 housing starts a year until 2012, and that Simi Valley will be looking to more residential projects on land already surrounded by homes and businesses. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602 IF YOU GO: The groundbreaking for the Ronald Reagan Freeway widening project is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Rocky Peak and Santa Susana Pass roads.
“There is no response,” said Bob Jimenez, a spokesman for Calderon, D-Montebello. “This story was generated by the president pro tem. You need to go to him.” Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for Perata, D-Oakland, had little more to say. “They were removed and replaced with senators Steinberg and Simitian,” Trost said referring to Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. “We have no further comment.” Vince Sollitto, vice president of external affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce, said committee assignments are important, but they are not the only way to get things accomplished. “The most important thing is being in the chamber, having a vote on the floor and being part of the caucus and mix,” Sollitto said. Still, in March, Perata locked out Calderon and two other Democrats from their offices. Calderon and Sens. Gloria Negrete-McLeod and Lou Correa had provoked Perata’s ire by attending a fundraising dinner held by a group of moderate Assembly Democrats known as the “Mod Squad.” All three were members of that Assembly caucus before moving to the Senate, often voting as a bloc aligned with Republicans to stymie legislation they felt was detrimental to business. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Longtime Whittier resident and philanthropist Ruth Shannon will speak at 11 a.m. Friday at the Whittier Republican Women Federated’s meeting at Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Cost is $17. For reservations, call (626)968-2125. DEMOCRATIC DINNER: The Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club’s Founder’s luncheon, originally scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. June 2, has been postponed to June 30. The time and location, Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 E. Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada, are unchanged. Former Sen. Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, will speak. If you have already purchased tickets but are not able to attend on June 30, contact John Smith, (562) 943-8527, for a refund. Cost is $25 per person. FUNDRAISER: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will hold a kickoff dinner-dance for his 2008 state Senate campaign at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the Pacific Palms Resort, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry. For reservations, call Mei Mei Huff, (909) 815-7272, or fax (909) 839-2960, or e-mail email@example.com. Tickets are $99. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. State Sen. Ron Calderon, who in March was locked out of his office by Senate President pro tem Don Perata, now has been removed from the Senate Appropriations Committee. While neither Calderon nor Perata are talking publicly, the move does come before the committee’s “suspense file” will be heard. The file is a group of bills that cost more than $150,000 and will be considered either next week or the following one. Typically, only a few bills come off the file and get sent to the floor.
Pedro Obiang battles against Watford’s Etienne Capoue Fiorentina have set their sights on West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to reports in Italy.The Spaniard has been one of the main positives to take from a disappointing campaign overall for the Hammers and his fine performances have attracted the interest of clubs from around Europe.Obiang, a former Sampdoria star, has been linked with a return to Serie A in the past but the Hammers have rebuffed any advances for the 25-year-old.However, with Fiorentina bracing themselves for a summer of departures, they are keen to tie down a deal for Obiang and will test West Ham’s resolve in keeping hold of him.The midfielder contributed one goal and one assist in 30 appearances for the Hammers last season and has a contract until 2019 at the London Stadium. 1
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti N’Koudou spent the second half of last season on loan at Burnley targets IN DEMAND REVEALED RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is closing in on a loan move to Saint Etienne.The Tottenham Hotspur winger arrived from Marseille in an £11million deal two years ago, but has failed to start a Premier League game for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM 1 Latest Transfer STories LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Burnley and played eight times for Sean Dyche’s side.The winger looks no closer to establishing himself in the Tottenham first team this term so another loan is on the cards.And, according to France Football, terms are almost agreed on a move back to France.German club Mainz looked set to sign N’Koudou but it has been reported that he would rather head back to his homeland and now Saint Etienne are on the verge of signing him. targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father A season-long loan is expected, which will include the option to buy for the Ligue 1 side.Elsewhere, defensive duo Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose look as though they are set to stay in north London, after it was revealed there are no active bids in place for either player.According to talkSPORT presenter Jim White, neither player looks set to leave before the European Transfer Window shuts at the end of this month.Paris Saint-Germain and Schalke had been linked with a loan move for Rose, while Alderweireld was a reported target for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
For a second year in a row, seventy teams have signed up to take part in Relay for Life Donegal.But what makes them do it? In 2012, Relay for Life Donegal was something new, something special, something that touched the hearts of so many people in Donegal.In 2013, there are new teams, teams returning from 2012 and a vibrancy and enthusiasm that some thought could not be repeated. So why do they relay – why do they want to walk around a track for 24 hours – why do they want to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society? So let’s ask them….. There are teams from families, businesses, local communities, schools, churches and groups of friends and many of them were so honest and willing to put into words the reasons why they Relay for Life.Some people have left these quotes as to why they are taking part.“You sometimes feel so helpless when someone is going through their treatment with cancer and being there sometimes feels like it isn’t enough.”“I have come together with family and friends who helped me through my battle, to take part in this event, raising awareness of this illness through our fundraising with the same hope as everyone else – finding a cure’ “My reason this year for getting involved again was mainly due to the amazing couple of days we all experienced the year before. It brought our extended family together in remembrance of our Dad”“I went to support my daughter who was doing the relay through her school last year and watched the candles being lit with some of my friends names on them”“Two family members were at the opening of Relay last year and said that night that we would enter a team in 2013 and our mum who finished her breast cancer treatment in December 2012 is taking part in the survivors lap this year”“Our family has been affected too many times by cancer so we will Celebrate with those who are still with us and Remember those who are no longer here”“The motivation for entering a team was to try to do something positive and to do try to do something that would help team morale in what is generally a very stress filled environmen” “Another reason for taking part is that I want to let everyone who is fighting against cancer know that the are not alone – you have to keep fighting to the very end, do everything you possibly can and NEVER give up hope’Just reading the responses and trying to convey their thoughts and feelings has made me think why I Relay for Life – all the teams are doing this for the same reason as me – I want to do something in memory of those I have loved and lost but most of all, I want to do something that will help my family’s children, something practical that will help to find a cure for this awful disease that has affected us all.If you would like to see what our teams are doing to fundraise or as team building events, please go to our Facebook page or www.relayforlifedonegal.com for a flavour of all their wonderful ideas and upcoming events.Why don’t you get involved this year? email@example.comCelebrate, Remember, Fight Back.70 TEAMS SIGN UP FOR RELAY FOR LIFE – BUT WHY DO THEY DO IT? was last modified: May 7th, 2013 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:Relay for Life
A young Letterkenny girl has received worldwide attention after pop star Christina Perri posted her doodle for her new song on her Instagram account.Kate’s cool doodle for Christina Perri’s new songAnd even more amazing is the fact that Kate O’Brien poignant drawing ‘Head or heart’ took just 30 seconds to draw.‘Jar of Hearts’ singer Christina retweeted the cool drawing to her 723,000 followers. Christina, who releases the song at midnight tonight, only picked a handful of drawings from thousands she received worldwide after asking for suggestions.And in just a couple of hours, Loreto student Kate, 13, has more than 7,000 likes after the American singer posted it on her Instagram and twitter accounts.“I just liked the idea of a head and a heart on a signpost and jotted it down. It only took me about 30 seconds.“I can’t believe the reaction it has got. Everyone is texting me,” Kate told Donegal Daily. WRITING ON THE WALL FOR DONEGAL SCHOOLGIRL AFTER POP STAR PERRI PICKS HER DOODLE! was last modified: February 10th, 2014 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:Christina PerryInstagramJar of HeartsKate O’BrienletterkennyTwitter
17 November 2003Africa’s traditions, legends and stories about the sky are set to reach a world audience with the release of Cosmic Africa, a feature-length documentary on African-based skylore, astronomy and cosmology from pre-historical times to the space age.Cosmic Africa covers 10 African countries – Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and Mali – recording the astonishing personal odyssey of Thebe Medupe as he journeys into Africa’s astronomical past, unveiling the deep connection humans have with the cosmos.Medupe, of the South African Astronomical Observatory and the University of North West, worked with filmmakers Craig and Damon Foster – known for the award-winning The Great Dance – project originator Anne Rogers and co-worker Carina Rubin of Aland Pictures to produce a panorama of Africa’s mythic and practical interaction with the cosmos.Cosmic Africa had its world premiere in Cape Town on 30 October, and opened on South Africa’s Cinema Nouveau circuit on November 14.An African’s journeyMedupe grew up in a poor village outside Mmabatho in North West province without electricity, lights or television, where he sat near the fire under the African sky, listening to the elders telling traditional Setswana stories. But his family sacrificed to send him to a modern high school in Mmabatho, where Western science and mathematics captured his imagination.Halley’s Comet inspired Medupe to build a crude telescope with a cardboard tube and lenses donated by a school laboratory technician. On an unforgettable chilly, windy night, he pointed his telescope at the moon and found himself looking at mountains, plains and craters on another world.What disturbed Medupe in his last year of high school and afterward was that so many of his friends believed that the African way of life was inferior, that learning Western ideas meant that Africa had little to offer.Later, after winning the regional Science Olympiad, studying at the University of Cape Town and in Denmark, and becoming a researcher at the SA Astronomical Observatory, Medupe’s interest in Africa’s heritage led him to join the Cosmic Africa project in exploring the ways that the lives of Africans intersect with the heavens.African skies, African peopleAnyone who has been stunned by a star-filled Karoo night will have no trouble seeing why Africans paid attention to the sky, and made it part of their story.People who lived close to the earth and the changing seasons, Africans naturally used the stars, the sun and the moon to keep track of time and times: the time to plant, the time to hunt, the time for ritual to renew the ties between people and nature.Africans told stories about the sky, and saw giraffes, lions and zebras among the stars as naturally as people elsewhere saw bears and horses. It was also in Africa that the pyramids and the far more ancient Nabta stones in the Sahara Desert were painstakingly aligned with the heavens, tying the cosmos and man together.To sample the richness of African traditions and achievements, Medupe and the filmmakers travelled around South Africa and to Mali, Egypt and Namibia, learning from local people and sharing modern perspectives.Backing and prospectsInitial seed money for a promotional video came from the South African departments of arts, culture, science and technology.Backing from American-based Cosmos Studios – best known for Carl Sagan’s documentary series Cosmos – made it possible for Anne Rogers and Carina Rubin to begin a research journey stretching from Namibia through the deserts and crocodile-infested lakes of northern Kenya, the cliff dwellings of the Dogon of Mali, and the steamy coast and jungles of Ghana, to people’s earliest astronomical monuments in the Egyptian Sahara.Solid interest from possible distributors suggests that Cosmic Africa will soon be introducing audiences worldwide to Africa’s ancient perspectives on the cosmos.Source: South African Astronomical Observatory Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material