first_img                BETTYS BAMBINO:  Rallying from off the pace, he was a convincing 2 ¼ length winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on opening day, Dec. 26, which was his first start since taking the Sensational Star in February, 2015.  A winner of the Grade III Daytona Stakes two starts back on Dec. 28, 2014, this Unusual Heat gelding will be bidding for his sixth consecutive win over the course in a run that began on Sept. 27, 2014.  Bred in California by his owners, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joseph Ciaglia, Bettys Bambino is 11-7-0-3 overall with earnings of $378,036. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017)–Trainer Peter Eurton’s recent graded winner Bettys Bambino will take on Marty Jones’ comebacking Ambitious Brew as this pair heads a field of five older horses bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. The one-two finishers in the 2015 Sensational Star, these 7-year-old geldings have accounted for 11 wins over the course throughout their highly successful careers.Second in this race a year ago, trainer Peter Miller’s speedy Richard’s Boy comes off a stakes win versus state-breds on dirt and should be very tough transitioning back to a course he’s enjoyed considerable success over. Bettys Bambino–Corey Nakatani–124Richard’s Boy–Victor Espinoza–124Acceptance–Stewart Elliott–124Ambitious Brew–Mike Smith–124Forest Chatter–Flavien Prat–120First post time for a nine-race card Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit AMBITIOUS BREW: Idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here on Nov. 5, this Pamela Ziebarth homebred son of Tizbud was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner down the hill of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes two starts back on Sept. 30 and should be plenty tough off the bench for Jones in what will be his 11th career start down the hillside.  With Mike Smith back at the controls, Ambitious Brew should be attentive to the pace as he bids for his eighth career win.  With earnings of $499,225, he has an overall mark of 21-7-7-0. RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES RICHARD’S BOY: Head and head for the lead early, he comes off a game nose victory on the main track in the California Cup Sprint going six furlongs here on Jan. 28 and was a close third from off the pace behind Bettys Bambino in the Grade III San Simeon down the hill two starts back on Dec. 26.  Second, beaten a head in last year’s Sensational Star, this 5-year-old Idiot Proof gelding has been no worse than third in his last seven starts and can be counted upon to force the issue on Saturday under Victor Espinoza.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Richard’s Boy is 7-2-2-1 over the course and he has an overall mark of 19-8-5-2, with earnings of $536,080. THE SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

SA ‘will keep growing student funding’

first_img4 July 2012 South Africa will ensure that its funding for poor students as well as strong performers at the country’s universities and colleges increases every year, says Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. He was speaking at the Cosatu Education and Skills Conference in Benoni, east of Johannesburg on Tuesday. According to the Department of Higher Education and Training, state funding for South African students grew from R2.375-billion in 2008 to R6-billion in 2011. In addition, R50-million has been made available for postgraduate scholarships, and R63-million for students with disabilities, in 2011/12. Many Further Education and Training (FET) college students who would normally have qualified for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme of SA loan, now no longer have to pay fees and, in many cases, also get their accommodation or transport subsidised.Expanding workplace-based training opportunities “An important feature of our skills development policies is our emphasis on expanding workplace-based training opportunities to complement classroom-based education,” Nzimande said. “Many programmes require learners to have experience in workshops as well as in workplaces in order to qualify.” Workplaces which are prepared to accept learners are often in short supply, and one of the department’s main drives is to ensure that more employers provide opportunities for apprentices, learners, interns, cadets and articled clerks.New artisan learners on the increase Nzimande said the number of new artisan learners had now started to increase again after a long decline from the mid-1980s. He said the numbers of people passing their trade tests to qualify as artisans had more than doubled in the last four years, from 6 030 in 2007/08 to 13 168 in 2011/12. He told conference delegates that the continued growth in these numbers was essential if South Africa was to successfully undertake its planned strategic infrastructure projects and to develop the peripheral industries needed to complement them. Source: read more

Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fightAhead of UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York this weekend,  the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has made a bold move by getting rid of unwanted bodily fluids inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe governing body, which is responsible for regulating MMA fights in the state, has now banned poop, urine and vomit while competing.According to the new rules in place relayed by MMA Imports, any fighter who would release the body fluids will forfeit the fight by technical knockout (TKO). Scree grab from Youtube/Domenick Nati ShowMixed martial arts is arguably one of the craziest and most unpredictable sports there is, as anything can happen inside the cage.One of the most bizarre incidents happened in June, when UFC Strawweight Justine Kish lost control of her bowels and visibly soiled herself mid-fight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As of this writing, only the NYSAC has imposed such a rule and it remains unclear if other governing divisions in other states will soon follow.The new regulation will take effect on Saturday’s event (Sunday in Manila), headlined by a UFC Middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and the returning Georges St. Pierre. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:21’Shit happens’: Moreno steps on poop during Bonifacio Shrine inspection00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

10 months agoFulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieri

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieriby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham defender Calum Chambers is adamant the club are improving despite Saturday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The Cottagers are still bottom of the Premier League, having conceded 42 goals in 17 games.But Chambers, currently on loan from Arsenal, says the club are making strides under new boss Claudio Ranieri.”We’ve improved a lot of things over the last few weeks,” Chambers told Standard Sport. “Things are changing, things are looking positive. “We feel we played alright against West Ham, we created chances but we just didn’t put them in the back of the net. We’ve got to stay together, be positive. “We’ve got an important week coming up next week and we have to be ready for that.”We knew how important a game this was for us. We created a lot of chances and didn’t finish them, you can get punished in this league for that.” last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Wins Deal for LNG Carrier Quartet

first_imgzoomIllustration, Image Courtesy: LNG Carrier/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has clinched an order to build four liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.The shipbuilder received newbuilding orders from a US shipowner, SHI said in a regulatory filing without revealing further details.The shipbuilding deal is worth around KRW 870.4 billion (USD 774.9 million) and it would see Samsung Heavy deliver the new vessels by the end of September 2022. Samsung Heavy earlier informed that its 2019 orderbook tagret was set at USD 7.8 billion, up 24 percent over last year’s orders amid a strong appetite in the newbuilding market all over the world, particularly for LNG ships and containerships. With the latest contract, the shipbuilder has secured six LNG orders with a value of USD 1.1 billion so far in 2019, according to Yonhap News Agency.last_img read more

First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsA safe place for First Nations students to live while attending high school in Thunder Bay has long been a concern.A student residence was a recommendation from a recent inquest looking into the deaths of seven First Nations students in the city.Students there took matters into their own hands recently to finally have that safe [email protected]last_img

Gold imports dip 5.5% to $29.5 bn during April-Feb

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s gold imports dipped about 5.5 per cent in value terms to $29.5 billion during April-February 2018-19, which is expected to keep a lid on the current account deficit. Total imports of the precious metal in the corresponding period of 2017-18 stood at $31.2 billion, according to commerce ministry data. Trade experts said softening prices of the yellow metal in the world markets could be the reason for the contraction in imports. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAfter recording negative growth for three consecutive months — October, November and December 2018, gold imports grew by 38.16 per cent to $2.31 billion in January this year. It again contracted by 10.8 per cent to $2.58 billion in February. India is one of the largest gold importers in the world, and the imports mainly take care of demand from the jewellery industry. Gems and jewellery exports too dipped by 6.3 per cent to $28.5 billion during the 11 months of the current fiscal. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia’s current account deficit (CAD), or the difference between outflow and inflow of foreign exchange in the current account, widened to 2.9 per cent of the GDP in the second quarter of the fiscal, against 1.1 per cent in the year-ago period, mainly due to a large trade deficit. In volume terms, the country’s total gold imports increased by 22.43 per cent to 955.16 tonnes in 2017-18. It stood at 780.14 tonnes in 2016-17. The government has introduced several measures to restrict the import of gold, including restricting duty-free gold imports from South Korea as allowed under the India-Korea free trade agreement and imposition of self-use condition on Premier Trading House/Star Trading House authorised to import the precious metal directly from overseas bullion suppliers. It has also imposed 10 per cent import duty on gold. The domestic jewellery industry always demands a cut in the duty and relaxation of norms for increasing availability of the yellow metal to boost jewellery exports.last_img read more

NGT raps Delhi pollution control panel over air quality

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) over its failure to control air pollution in the national capital, saying it was avoiding its duties. A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, directed the Delhi chief secretary to look into the matter and take remedial measures about proper manning and effective functioning of the DPCC. “The tribunal may have to consider whether a statutory authority which is repeatedly failing to perform its duties should continue in position as one of the reasons which is contributing to unabated pollution in Delhi resulting in large scale deaths and diseases is the failure of statutory authorities to perform their duties. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “In absence of responsiveness of the statutory authorities who have to carry out the orders of this tribunal, mere passing of paper orders will not advance the purpose for which this tribunal has been constituted under the law,” the bench said. It said that no officer or authority can be allowed to defeat law in the manner it is being done on regular basis by the DPCC. The tribunal said that in such a situation, option may also have to be explored for action under Section 18(2) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, whereby the central government may handover the functions of defiant DPCC to the Central Pollution Control Board. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “Before further action, we direct the Chief Secretary, Delhi to look into the matter and take remedial measures about proper manning and effective functioning of the DPCC. The DPCC may file a proper affidavit of the action taken in the matter before the next date,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by city resident Rajesh Kumar alleging air pollution by a brake lining factory near Chajju Gate, Babarpur here. The NGT had earlier directed DPCC to furnish a factual and action taken report. “A report has been received vide e-mail dated March 29 to the effect that East Delhi Municipal Corporation has sealed the premises and the SHO (Welcome) will be keeping strict vigil. “The report does not show any steps for prosecution or recovery of compensation for damage to the environment on ‘Polluter Pays principle’,” the tribunal noted.last_img read more

Sanjeev Dua takes over as HDC MD

first_imgNEW DELHI: MMTC Ltd Chief GM Sanjeev Dua assumed charge as Managing Director of National Handloom Development Corporation Ltd (NHDC) on May Day. An alumnus of St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) New Delhi, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, and Panjab University, Chandigarh, he holds educational qualifications of PG in International Trade, MBA, and MA in Economics. He has served as Trustee Board Member on the Marmugao Port Trust, Goa and has attended program of Strategic Leadership for Senior Managers at IIM Ahmedabad. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraHe started his professional career in 1983 having worked with DCM-Shriram and Birla Groups and with multinational Woolworth Overseas Corporation USA India office and is widely travelled in India and overseas. At MMTC he has held various challenging assignments at Corporate and at Regional offices and is recipient of Best Regional Award while posted at Goa. During his distinguished career at MMTC he has handled all facets of Management covering International Trade, Corporate Planning, Finance & Accounts, Administration & Personnel, Audit, Law and International Arbitration. He lives with his wife, former Assistant Professor, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), and his son who is pursuing his MBBS degree at AIIMS.last_img read more