It’s Bigbrowngreyhope

first_imgMIDWEEK racing resumes at Caymanas Park today with a well supported 10-race programme featuring the Alty McKenzie Memorial Cup over a mile (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) and the overnight allowance sprint over 1100 metres. Post time is 12.30 p.m. and 10 races are scheduled. The Alty McKenzie Memorial has attracted eight starters and the three that matter are JESSIE JAMES, COMPUTERIZE and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE. All three are ideally suited to a mile and should ensure a close contest, but strictly at the weights, the Marlon Anderson-trained BIGBROWNGREYHOPE the most appealing in the hands of champion apprentice Linton Steadman with only 53.0kg. True, he broke down and did not finish when highly fancied some months ago, but stepping down in class and now under the care of a shrewd trainer, gets the nod over COMPUTERIZE under leading jockey Omar Walker and the stretch-running JESSIE JAMES, the mount of top apprentice Bebeto Harvey. The overnight allowance sprint also has eight starters and should see Walker aboard DREAMLINER turning the tables on Steadman, who rides ROYAL ASSAULT. Both are proven speed horses who ran well last time out and I expect them to turn for home clear of he well-trained UNCLE TAF. Victory, however, should go to the Wayne DaCosta-trained three-year-old colt DREAMLINER, who should prove that much stronger than the four-year-old colt ROYAL ASSAULT in the last furlong. Other firm fancies on the card are SCAR to go one better in the second race over a mile, DUSSELDORF in the fifth, REIGN OVER ALL in the seventh and BIG AL in the eighth.last_img read more

Porzingis scores 30, Knicks hold off Hawks

first_imgNew York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) keeps the ball from Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory Sunday night.One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Dennis Schroder had 21 points and Ilyasova added 20 for the Hawks, who are 3-11 on the road. Taurean Prince had 17 points and eight rebounds.The Hawks led 75-71 after Miles Plumlee’s jumper with 1:28 left in the third quarter.Porzingis answered with a pair of free throws that sparked an 11-0 run during a four-minute span. It ended with two free throws from Lance Thomas that increased New York’s lead to 82-75 with 10:33 remaining in the fourth.Atlanta missed six shots and committed two turnovers during that stretch before Schroder’s layup with 9:53 left. The Hawks outscored the Knicks 7-2 to cut the margin to 84-82 with 9:04 to go.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments 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 Hawks: Rookie power forward John Collins, who has been out due to a left shoulder strain sustained on Nov. 30, worked out before the game at Madison Square Garden. The 20-year-old first-round pick from Wake Forest was averaging 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds and had started four straight games before going down with the injury.Knicks: Porzingis had eight rebounds.ON SECOND THOUGHTThe Hawks are winless in the second game of a back-to-back, going 0-6 so far this season. Atlanta has eight more sets of back-to-back games on its schedule.UP NEXTHawks: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.Knicks: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigertown: Morris, Trammell elected to baseball Hall of Fame Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Knicks appeared to have the game put away after three straight points from Jarrett Jack and Porzingis gave them a 101-92 lead with 3:46 left.The Hawks then scored five consecutive points, including three free throws from Marco Belinelli to make it 103-100 with 1:40 remaining. Porzingis answered with a quick basket at the other end to extend the Knicks’ lead 105-100 before Ersan Ilyasova’s layup drew Atlanta within three with 1:18 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseNew York made it interesting once again when Jack was able to hit only one of two from the free throw line, making it 109-106 with seven seconds left. Kent Bazemore was fouled with three seconds to go. After making the first free throw, he purposely missed the second one, but Porzingis sealed it with two free throws of his own.Jack scored 19 points for a Knicks team that had lost six of eight, including a 116-104 defeat at Atlanta on Nov. 30. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

National Writers Symposium Set for July 21

first_imgSamuel G. Dweh, president, Liberia Association of Writers (LAW)The Liberia Association of Writers (LAW) has planned a National Writers Symposium for Saturday, July 21, a release has said.The event, according to the release, is part of LAW’s 36th anniversary celebration which falls on July 17. However the event will be held on Saturday, July 21, to make time for invitees and others to participate. The program will be held in the University of Liberia (UL) main auditorium on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, beginning at 2:00 p.m.“The LAW’s national writers symposium aims to proffer solutions to Liberia’s poor culture of reading and for writing among many educated Liberians who had wished to produce a book or two,” LAW president, Samuel G. Dweh, told journalists yesterday.Dweh said that the program’s planning committee has invited renowned Liberian writers and authors to make presentations on various fields of the writing profession.Some of the invited speakers are former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (author); Samuel Kpanbayeazee Duworko, II, UL lecturer of English and Creative Writing; Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (poet), lecturer of creative writing at the Penn State University, USA; Charles B. Coffey, Jr., president, Press Union of Liberia; Ms. Mae Azongo (author), journalist with the FrontPage Africa newspaper; Otniel Forte (writer, author, publisher); Madam Una Kumba Thompson (author); Theresa Thompson, Acting Director, Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) and Madam Rita C. Pshor, president, Liberia Library Association.According to Mr. Dweh, a representative from the Ministry of Education will make presentation on textbooks, with focus on the type or kind of books the ministry expects from Liberian writers who want their books to be used in public schools.The occasion will be graced with the presence of other prominent Liberians, including  Dr. Evelyn D.S. Kandakai (author), former Minister of Education, and current Chairperson of the West African Examination Council (WAEC); Mr. Kenneth Y. Best (writer and  author), founder of the Daily Observer newspaper; Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan (poet), former Minister of Finance and of Foreign Affairs; and veteran Liberian educator (poet), nonagerian Jessie Wah King, former classroom teacher to Liberia’s former President Sirleaf, and Liberia’s former Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai.Mr. Dweh said that the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China is fully behind LAW’s 36th Anniversary celebration.“The Chinese Embassy has always come to the rescue of LAW during my leadership, first with donation of a multi-function desktop computer, presented at the induction ceremony of the current leadership on February 10, 2018,” Dweh said.“The Chinese Embassy is the first diplomatic mission to give us help, out of embassies we had appealed to for support,” added.Dweh, however, praised other Diplomatic Missions for “responding to our communications promptly, even though each told us it cannot help now due to lack of resources at the moment.”“Participants at the program will have the first-time opportunity of seeing LAW’s second president, U.S.-based Professor K. Moses Nagbe, speaking live via SKYPE,” Dweh said.The LAW was founded by writers K. Moses Nagbe, Keith Best, Madam Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and other writers on the July 17, 1984, at the UL on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.LAW was conceived as an “alternative group,” especially for “unpublished” writers who could not be absorbed into the Society Of Liberia Authors (SOLA)—Liberia’s first writers’ body that was exclusively for “published writers.” The Association comprises of both fiction and non-fiction writers. Journalists working with media institutions are members of Law.Mr. Dweh is a journalist and a member of the PUL.LAW has seven cardinal functions as objectives, which fall under Article III, Section 3.1 of the Association’s constitution. The objectives are to create a literate atmosphere in Liberia; to promote Liberian literature both at home and abroad; to expose the works of writers to a greater reading public; to bring present published works under critical review; to encourage the publishing of works at home and abroad; to assist members in the publication of their works, and to protect members from plagiarism.LAW conducts weekly writing-coaching sessions for elementary and high school students under the Association’s “Student-Writer Club” program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Health Ministry hosts ‘Public Day’

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry on Friday hosted its first Public Day activity for 2019 which saw many persons capitalising on the opportunity to inquire about several aspects of the public health system at the Ministry’s Brickdam headquarters where the event was held.Adding to that, persons benefitted from access to information, the scheduling of appointments with doctors and in some cases, financial assistance for their medical needs.In fact, Clinical and Regional Programme Coordinator at the Public Health Ministry, Caroline Hicks explained that some individuals who are in need of surgeries received financial assistance.In giving a synopsis of the day’s activities, Hicks explained, “We set aside to do a little public day in which we will be seeing staff and people from the public on any issues. Some might be concerning their work because health is extended in different departments. Persons may come about some medical issues and if they’re having difficulties seeing doctors and so on.”A member of the public being tended to by one of the health officialsShe indicated that some persons were registered so that they can be provided with a doctor’s appointment in the near future. For those who require complicated operations and surgical procedures, provisions were made for them to seek help overseas in the form of financial support.“We’re registering persons so that we’ll be able to see if we can schedule another date for them. We have a section for the nurses and the medical personnel. We’re addressing persons that want scholarships in the public health sector and also a team to address management issues.If persons are scheduled to do surgeries or any other intervention and we cannot do it here in Guyana, we give financial assistance so that they can get it corrected,” said Hicks.She informed that the Ministry intends to roll out several more public day initiatives this year. According to Hicks, the activity provides an opportunity for the Ministry’s officials to connect with the public, and for the public to be informed about developments in the health sector.“This is the first for the year. We had a few last year and we’re expecting to do many more because…we get to understand more of what is happening.”For the first half of the day, some 200 persons received support.last_img read more

Morrison’s bike recovered

first_imgIn a pleasant turn of events, the Fort St. RCMP have recovered local racer Jay Morrison’s bicycle, just in time for the athlete to fly with it to France to compete in a race.The RCMP located the bike after the public gave the RCMP a number of tips. While no charges are being laid at the moment, the RCMP have identified a male suspect.- Advertisement -Morrison leaves tomorrow with his bike to compete in the Paris-Brest-Paris Marathon, a roughly 1200 kilometers bicycle race that only happens once every four years.A big thank you goes out to the public who made the recovery possible, and a good luck to Morrison in the race.last_img read more

Knight Riders seal top-two finish with sixth straight win

first_imgTrinbago Knight Riders guaranteed a top-two finish in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a nine-run victory over Barbados Tridents at Queen’s Park Oval.The defending champions are now sure of their place in Tuesday’s Playoff 1 in Guyana, with a second bite of the cherry in the semi-final should they need it.Having been put in to bat by the Tridents, the Knight Riders made an imposing 180-5 but will still feel they could have got more on a night when half of their stellar top six found run-scoring easy and the other half found life far tougher.Chris Lynn got things started with three successive boundaries in the opening over from the first three balls he faced, adding two Hero Maximums before being comprehensively yorked by Chemar Holder for a whirlwind 29 from just 10 balls.Denesh Ramdin then continued to thrive after his recent promotion to number three as the Knight Riders raced to 50 after just 3.3 overs. He struck five fours and two sixes in his 31-ball 51.And at the end of the innings Dwayne Bravo maintained his astonishing hitting form in this season’s Hero CPL with two more sixes and three fours in a cameo of 33 from 20 balls.It wasn’t so easy for everyone, though. In-form Colin Munro found life tougher than at any other time in the tournament. His 28 did take him to the highest ever run tally in a single Hero CPL season with potentially as many as four innings remaining, but came at under a run a ball.Brendon McCullum, another mainstay of the Knight Riders’ batting this season, made just 4 from 6 balls before Darren Bravo contributed 20 not out from 24 at the death.Plenty of credit must go to the Tridents bowlers, who hauled things back impressively after Lynn and Ramdin had blasted the Knight Riders to 68-1 after the Power Play.The Knight Riders would have been looking well north of 200 having reached 104-1 at halfway, so 180-5 represented a result for the Tridents. Leg-spinner Imran Khan was excellent in claiming 2-25 from his four overs with the big wickets of Munro and Ramdin to his name, while Mohammad Irfan kept things tight amid the carnage at the start and end of the innings to give up just 28 from his four.The 180 would just about prove sufficient, though, despite a game attempt from an inexperienced Tridents top-order missing Hashim Amla, Steve Smith and Martin Guptill through injury.It was spin that proved the Tridents’ undoing with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed bowling openers Sunny Sohal and Tion Webster with a pair of googlies after a solid opening stand, and returning to have Shai Hope stumped for 26 in his final over to finish with 3-28.Tridents keeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran further enhanced his growing reputation with 44 from 32 balls, including back-to-back sixes to put a slight dent in Fawad Ahmed’s figures, and when he combined with his skipper Jason Holder to put together a 50-run stand in quick time for the fourth wicket there was a growing chance of Barbados pulling off an upset.But Pooran was brilliantly run out by Dwayne Bravo’s direct hit from cover before Holder was caught in the deep off Ali Khan – who took punishment with the new ball but returned to bowl a brilliant, decisive 19th over that brought that wicket and cost just four runs – condemning the Tridents to a seventh straight defeat to end their 2018 campaign.For the Knight Riders, though, it’s a sixth straight win in a season they will hope is far from done yet.last_img read more

All things considered

first_imgBolden will never have to hear from another one of those college recruiting Web sites, the ones that employ grown men who make their living harassing teens about their futures (although Bolden stopped taking their calls a month ago when they began contacting him daily). “People put way too much on this,” said Bolden’s coach, Anthony Rice – himself once a top-flight recruit. “You’re telling 17-year-olds that they have to commit to you, and if you de-commit, we’re going to be upset. “It’s like buying a car. You can walk in the showroom and say, `I’d like to buy this car.’ But until you put something down on paper, it doesn’t matter.” Recruiters say whatever they can to convince prospects or cajole them into giving more consideration to their respective schools. “The kid is not going to say no in your face after you say all these nice things about them,” Rice said. “Then they commit to someone else, and you say no one can trust their word. “But how many of these scouts’ words can be trusted? How many of these coaches’ words can be trusted?” When the process began, schools such as UTEP, USC, Washington, Utah and UNLV were those most heavily recruiting Bolden, who was struggling academically at the time. Once his grades came up (a 3.0 on the most recent transcript), schools like Oregon State and Arizona State jumped in and the chances Bolden would end up at a lower-profile school lessened. His 4.3 speed and exceptional athleticism earned attention from around the country. “This dude is a different case,” Rice said. “He busted his butt (academically) in order to even earn a scholarship. He’s doing the work, and just look at the stats – he’s so explosive, and that speed is hard to find.” Bolden said he eliminated Washington in January after a transcript snafu. He faxed his grades to the Huskies, only to have the school tell Bolden it couldn’t make him a scholarship offer yet because the fax was never received. But later, when talking to Bolden’s academic advisor, UW team officials quoted from the transcript – meaning they had gotten it after all. Bolden was hurt and felt like Washington lied to him, and ended up not taking a planned official visit to the school. The places he did visit – UTEP, Washington State, Arizona State, Oregon State and USC – were interesting enough. Bolden said he was impressed by ASU’s facilities, especially its world-class weight room, and enjoyed hanging out with USC running back Chauncey Washington. He also enjoyed the food. “They feed you, man do they feed you,” he said. “I got my three meals a day, and I never get my three a day.” Taking all of his allotted visits was partially based on Rice’s advice. The former Washington State player only took one visit when he was a senior, and ended up leaving WSU after one season. “I screwed myself,” he said. “I didn’t give the other colleges an opportunity, and I didn’t have anything to compare it to.” But that was the only advice Rice was willing to impart on Bolden. “I don’t influence the kids, because I don’t want the kid to come back in three or four years and say, `Hey, why’d you tell me to go here?”‘ Rice said. “I don’t get involved. I told Omar, `It’s ultimately your decision. You’ve got to man up. Take all your visits and do your research.”‘ Today, the entire exhausting process ends. Bolden will look into the camera, smile … and breathe. The relentless process leading up to today’s National Signing Day has worn him down, stressed him out and left him deciding between two schools: USC and Arizona State. Bolden, the CIF Central Division player of the year, will make his decision public at 5:30 p.m. today on FSN West’s “High School Spotlight” – although his mind was privately made up as early as Monday. On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest, Bolden said his stress level during the recruiting process was a “10, without a doubt.” “I can’t wait till (today),” he said earlier in the week. “I’ve even been getting calls in class. Maybe these coaches don’t think I’m in school or something, I don’t know.” By tonight, all the pressure on Bolden should be lifted. Perhaps then can he start turning his cell phone on again full-time, stop screening every call and make it through a school day without an incessant buzzing in his pocket. It was still cool, as Omar Bolden put it, back when the Colony High School senior and his football team were in the middle of a CIF championship run. At the time, Bolden was only getting one college recruiting call a week, along with text messages on his cell phone here and there. It was refreshing, and even somewhat flattering. Then the season ended, and the avalanche of attention came crashing down. By the time the new year arrived, Bolden started getting multiple calls a day from recruiters and receives texts every hour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Chaffey men’s basketball tops Rio Hondo

first_imgJamar Berry had 22 points and Alwyn Jordan made six 3-pointers and added 18 points as Chaffey (26-5, 10-1) defeated host Rio Hondo 93-78 in a Foothill Conference men’s basketball contest. Chaffey made 11-of-19 3-pointers in the first half to lead 53-35 before Rio Hondo closed the gap to 65-61. But Chaffey answered with three consecutive 3-pointers to pull away. Matt Chagolla scored 16 points to lead Rio Hondo (4-21, 1-10). Palomar defeated the visiting Tigers 6-1 in a nonconference game. The Tigers (5-2) scored their only run of the game in the first inning as Matt Clark, an Etiwanda graduate, connected on his second homer of the season. Anthony Morel, a Los Osos graduate, had the only multi-hit game for Riverside as he went 2-for-3. Riverside plays at Long Beach City today at 2 p.m. CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO SOFTBALL Alicia Leto hit a game-winning home run with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning as Concordia (2-2) earned a split of a nonconference doubleheader with the Coyotes (2-2) with a 5-3 victory. CAL POLY POMONA-UCR TENNIS UC Riverside (2-1) swept Cal Poly 7-0 at Riverside. Cal Poly only took one singles set, but Riverside’s Alex Khoury still defeated Kelley Wong in three sets. CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO TENNIS The Coyote women’s team opened the dual match season with an 8-1 victory over The Master’s College. The Coyotes (1-0) swept the three doubles matches and took five of the six singles matches. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CMS MEN’S BASKETBALL Mani Maceira scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (12-8, 4-5) upset first-place Occidental (14-5, 7-2), 68-51 in Claremont. Austin Soldner added 12 points for the Stags, who held Occidental to 20 points and 25 percent shooting in the second half. center_img Connor Whitman led the Tigers with 21 points. CMS made 24 of 39 free throws, Occidental just eight of nine. CHAFFEY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Sophomore Lillie Parks scored a career-high 28 points on 13-of-15 shooting to lead the visiting Panthers (20-7 overall, 9-2 league) past Rio Hondo 70-57 on Wednesday night. The Panthers led from the outset, and went 10-for-13 from the free throw line in the second half to pull away. RIVERSIDE BASEBALL last_img read more

Crime rises at Palmdale schools

first_imgThe annual cost to the district is $367,000, which covers three deputies, their patrol cars, supervisory personnel, dispatch operations, equipment and other overhead costs. “They are a huge asset to us. The more kids they see and interact with, the less problems we are going to have,” Ohren said. School deputies reported crime statistics to the board at a meeting in February and stated that a deputy at each of the district’s five intermediate school would be desirable. The district has five intermediate schools and four kindergarten-through-eighth-grade schools. The district at this time can’t afford to pay for more deputies but is looking at applying for a grant to hire more officers, Ohren said. Another possibility is using a sheriff’s community service officer, who has the authority to do some types of investigations and write reports, Ohren said. The district, also in response to deputies’ requests, will provide them with upgraded phone equipment, digital cameras, and laptops that will link with the district’s computer system and give officers access to student records, Assistant Superintendent David Brown said. (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Crime in the Palmdale School District last year included possession of weapons – mostly knives and BB guns – although one student brought an ammunition belt loaded with rounds onto school grounds, a new report shows. Student fights ranked high, with a record 108 incidents, and there were 715 citations given out for truancy, reports show. “We had a rough time with the girls, believe it or not,” Deputy George Oriel said. “We had more girl problems. They don’t let things go. Boys fight and that’s the end of it. With girls, it’s a continuous thing. They never let anything drop.” School officials and deputies said crime was up in the district over the prior year, although figures for 2005 were not available. “It goes up and down, depending on the kids,” Oriel said. “This year it’s been very calm at Juniper Intermediate. We haven’t had the number of fights we normally have.” District officials said the upward tick in crime is a reflection of what’s going on in the surrounding community. “We are seeing the same trends that the city of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley are seeing. We are not separate from them,” said Mike Ohren, administrative liaison to student services and administrator in charge of alternative education. There were 32 incidents of weapons offenses reported for 2006. Oriel, a school deputy for 11 years, said he can recall only one occasion when a student brought a real gun to school. Palmdale has contracted with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for school deputies for about two decades. last_img read more

Police searching for party killer

first_imgGRANADA HILLS – Police were searching Saturday for a suspected gang member who gunned down a 25-year-old Sun Valley man outside a party, police said. Santos Castillo was shot late Friday on a sidewalk in the 17800 block of Arvida Street, Los Angeles police Officer April Harding said. He died at a nearby hospital. Castillo, who was not a known gang member, had attended a house party when a gang member walked up to him about 11:40 p.m. and started arguing, she said. The dispute spilled into the street, where during the argument the suspect pulled out a pistol and shot Castillo in the chest and leg. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives have not determined the nature of the argument and have no description of the killer. Police ask those with information to call Devonshire Division homicide detectives at (818) 832-0537, or (877) LAW-FULL. – Daily Newslast_img read more