first_imgAs the recent tragedies at Santa Anita have illustrated, Thoroughbred horse racing in the United States is at a crossroads. The Stronach Group is fully committed to modernizing our sport in a way that prioritizes the welfare and safety of horses and riders above all. The fact that horses running in America are five times more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury than horses running at international venues is unacceptable and must immediately change.We are proud to be working in collaboration with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) and other industry partners on key reforms unseen in our sport for decades. These critical reforms move us closer in line with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA), the world’s benchmark for equine safety and welfare. As a result of these reforms, horses that race at Santa Anita do so under the strongest medication regulation in the United States. These reforms are the start, not the end.We will work with anyone and everyone who shares our commitment and respect for prioritizing horses in preserving the legacy of the sport but also those who recognize that we must adapt to ensure the future of this great sport for generations to come.To learn more, click here.last_img read more

first_imgARSENAL are one of four London clubs eyeing up Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, according to reports.The Croat, 30, has one year left on his current deal and Jurgen Klopp is willing to let him leave when the transfer window reopens.1 Dejan Lovren is a reported transfer target for four London clubs including Arsenal and TottenhamCredit: AFP – GettyAccording to, the Gunners are ready to make an offer for the centre-back.But Mikel Arteta already has David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding – currently out injured – in his squad.Pablo Mari is on loan but expected to sign permanently in the summer with William Saliba returning from his loan at Saint-Etienne as well.Arsenal have also been linked with RB Leipzig sensation Dayot Upamecano who would undoubtedly walk into the starting XI at the Emirates.The North London club are also keen on Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes, Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona and unsettled Bayern Munich man Jerome Boateng.However, should they make an attempt to sign Lovren they could face competition from rivals Tottenham as well as West Ham and Crystal Palace who are also understood to be interested.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsIf Lovren does leave Liverpool in the summer, he would prefer to stay in England and London would be his destination of choice.However, the report also adds that teams in Italy, Spain, Germany and France have all made approaches.Liverpool are hoping to get £18million for the defender who joined from Southampton for £20m in 2014.Despite being a regular starter in his opening four seasons at Anfield, he has dropped down the pecking order in Klopp’s side.Joe Gomez is the first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk at the back with Joel Matip also ahead of Lovren.This season he has featured just 14 times across all competitions.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaHis only Premier League appearance since December 7 came in the Reds’ sole Premier League defeat of the season, the 3-0 loss at Watford.After that shock result, Lovren admitted his side were “ashamed” for throwing away their Invincibles dreams.Liverpool are likely to try and bring in a replacement for Lovren should they find a suitable buyer for the former World Cup finalist.Best free transfer XI available to Premier League clubs this summer including Arsenal target Matty Longstafflast_img read more

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Paulo Dybala outshone his more famous compatriot Lionel Messi by scoring two goals to help Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday.The result will give Juventus plenty of confidence heading into the second leg on April 19, but they will be wary of another fantastic comeback from Barcelona, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in their last match to become the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition.The other first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was called off and rescheduled for today after three explosions went off near the German team’s bus as it set off for the match, injuring defender Marc Bartra.INSTANT RECOVERYIn Turin, Juventus were aggressive from the start and almost scored in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain’s header from a free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was dropped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper recovered in time.However, the hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Juan Cuadrado pulled a cross back from the right flank for Dybala to curl the ball into the bottom left corner.Messi was largely kept quiet all night, but he provided a superb ball over the top for Andres Iniesta, whose effort was turned around the right post by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.That save proved pivotal as Juventus doubled their lead moments later when Mario Mandzukic’s cross was deflected to Dybala, who drove a first-time shot into the left of the goal in the 22nd minute.Barcelona thought they had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi’s strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.Juventus had several chances to extend their lead and finally did so in the 55th minute when Giorgio Chiellini headed in a corner off the inside of the left post.Suarez almost got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.last_img read more

first_img“All I want is to have a good team that I know can do so much. A lot of things could be improved on the team, but you know if you keep on improving and improving, you’ll eventually see the fruits of your labor,” the 59-year-old mentor said.And as they say, the rest is history.Leading the squad to five championships in three seasons, Austria’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was cited as the Coach of the Year for the third straight season, a first in the 2017 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards that allowed him to take home the Baby Dalupan Perpetual trophy for good.But amid all of his success, Austria knows that he won’t be at the level he’s in if not for his players.“I won’t be Coach of the Year if not for my players. I wanted them to excel and win a lot of championships and that reflects on the effort us coaches put in the last three years,” he said. “I think I did well with the team and that it inspires me more. Every success we achieve, I really attribute that to the players.”ADVERTISEMENT Though the Sariaya, Quezon native had a largely fruitful playing career, where he was named as the 1985 Rookie of the Year and won one title in 1990 with Formula Shell, it took him several years before making a name for himself in the coaching ranks.Even though he was gifted with a head coaching job for the newcomer Welcoat and old team Shell in the 2000s, victories came few and far in between that it led him to take a job with Adamson in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe long awaited return to the pros ended in 2013 when Austria led the San Miguel Beermen in to the championship in the ABL.That breakthrough allowed the SMC powers to give him another shot with San Miguel, this time in the PBA, as he was tasked to turn things around for the powerhouse yet dysfunctional Beermen crew. From L-R: Robert Non, San Miguel’s Chris Ross, Leo Austria, Alex Cabagnot and AlFrancis Chua.San Miguel coach Leo Austria would be the first to admit that never in his wildest dreams did he think that he’d achieve success on the sidelines in the pro league.“I never thought I’ll be a successful coach in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Ross grateful to see hardwork recognized with Defensive Player of the Year award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson At the top of the mountain for the better part of the last three years, Austria said that there’s nothing more he could ask for San Miguel in the coming season than to remain there as he seeks to lead the crew of four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, and Marcio Lassiter to more championships.“This time, I have to really work hard and prepare hard because we all know that every team we face is trying to do their best to beat us for those championships,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:15PBA Press Corps awards night01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Crawford dominates Horn to seize WBO welterweight world title View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Former Finnish Olympic gymnastics athlete in Rome (1960) and Tokyo (1964), Kauko Heikkinen, 80, rides a kitesurf in Storsand, northern Vaasa, western Finland. Image: Olivier MORIN / AFPDaily exercise is the secret to a long life, insists 80-year-old Finn Kauko Heikkinen, a former Olympic gymnast who kitesurfs, bikes or swims everyday. “I exercise every day, basically, doing about 40 kilometers (25 miles) of biking a week, and some swimming and a bit of gymnastics two or three times a week.”  NVGRELATED STORIES:LOOK: Inspiring seniors in their 80s, 90s prove no one is too old for basketball105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced After a long gymnastics career that took him to two Olympic Games — Rome in 1960 where he finished 6th and Tokyo in 1964 where he came in 40th — Heikkinen said the idea of not exercising was unthinkable.“After my Olympic years, I never stopped being active, doing sports. Being active keeps me in shape. That’s my secret, exercising and eating healthily,” he explained.“After my career, I became the women’s national gymnastics coach. And then I felt like using all this experience to do fun things … for me.”Heikkinen decided to try snowboarding and Telemark skiing.For many years, he spent a week or two skiing in the Dolomites in Italy, and he still does a bit of Telemark.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES But then again, Heikkinen has always lived an active life. In 2000, at the age of 63, he introduced kitesurfing to Finland.“I started kitesurfing in 2000, before that I did windsurfing for 20 years,” the Finn told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith his icy blue eyes and taut physique, the former gymnast needs only a brief warm-up before he gets out on the water near Vaasa in western Finland.Whether the ocean is frozen on a winter’s day or it’s a glorious spring day in May as during this training session when the wind is blowing 25 knots, the octogenarian sails through the air, mastering his moves like an athlete half his age. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers PLAY LIST 05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Out on the water, he glides, he soars, he falls, but he always gets back up. His hobby takes him far from the retirement homes and bridge games frequented by many his age.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

first_imgLittle Decontee explains to newsmen the day she encounter her devil at the age of five in Nimba County Seated in a darkroom with a sparkling flowery dress, six-year-old Decontee (not her real name) narrated a painful moment she encountered when she was raped by a twenty-two-year-old relative.With tears streaming from her eyes but with determination, she explained to journalists in Ganta, Nimba County during the five-day training on sexual and gender based violence, how the incident happened and how later she informed her grandmother.According to the six-year-old, the perpetrator, when asked by her grandmother about the allegation denied it and accused little Decontee of saying something stupid.Not satisfied, she further explained that her grandmother immediately ran to the police station, and the twenty-two year old was immediately arrested by community members and turned over to police authorities.Decontee suffers from fistula, as she explained: “I urinate and toilet on myself sometimes and my stomach can hurt me, especially when I am urinating and toileting.”The Government of Liberia and its partners are not just campaigning to end rape, but are also caring for victims.Today, rape has become one of the most challenging menaces in the Liberian society, and many healthcare professionals and others are helping to deal with the adverse effects on victims.“Hospitals take responsibility to provide treatment for those affected by sexual and gender-based violence. They also undergo counseling,” Nimba County Gender Coordinator Yaah Belleh Suah, who is the focal point for the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), in the county, said.Decontee is pleased with the care she is receiving. “They are taking care of me good (Safe Home), they can send me for treatment and provide me with food.”Nimba like any part of Liberia experiences a huge number of rape cases over time.According to Madam Suah, between August and October 2017, 18 cases of sexual and gender-based violence were reported.However, there are major issues confronting the court system, because of the delay in prosecuting perpetrators, especially those involved in a rape.“Sadly, from 2014 to 2016, only 12 cases were placed on the docket, which undermines the fight against SGBV. Only 2 persons have been prosecuted for the past three years,” Madam Suah narrated.“We have only 3 rape cases on the docket in a year; the court can free some of them, because of the delay to prosecute them. Lawyers can free some of them,” she said.Decontee got some justice when her perpetrator was sentenced to 20 years in prison.The sentence should, however, be graver, according to the six-year-old survivor, “I want them to put him in jail until he dies.”According to the Nimba County Gender Coordinator, a special court is needed in Nimba to deal with only cases related to sexual and gender-based violence.Madam Suah explained that tradition and family involvement is one of the impediments hampering the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.“Most of these cases are discussed at the community level and they are not reported. But we continue to educate the people on the importance of reporting these cases. We have people who are married and leaving their wives and taking new homes, which is also a serious problem,” she said.Survivors like Decontee face serious challenges reuniting with the community, according to Madam Suah. “Taking victims home remains a big stigma because of discrimination. We always take the survivors where they feel safe, some of the children are entrusted to close family members.”Madam Suah said there is a need for more awareness and education in order to avoid family and community interference into sexual and gender-based violence cases.“Consequences of rape do not stop halfway but continue from the time the child survived and even when they are older. Some may not have the opportunity to bear children. So we have to continue to carry on awareness and education to ensure that we prevent it,” she said.She said intervention from the government and its partners continues to make an impact as compared to the past where rape and domestic violence were not reported.She stressed the need to equip the police, including training in handling cases and equipment that will enable the police to carry out their work effectively.The SGBV training was organized by UN Women from October 30 to November 3.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAs the clock winds down on the third annual Limacol Knockout Football competition, it seems that the heat continues to rise. After a gruelling group stage and a highly competitive quarterfinal round, the competition is in its penultimate stage with four teams remaining.The four remaining teams, namely: Police, Santos, Riddim Squad and Pouderoyen, are without a doubt four of the best teams in the competition, having advanced thus far; and luck had nothing to do with it.The semifinal games being played at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue, will see two matches beginning at 18hrs. The first will feature Police coming up against Riddim Squad, while Pouderoyen and Santos will play after that for their shot at the final.Other than watching the other compete in the group matches, neither Police nor Riddim Squad have seen much of their opponent, since this will be the first time that they are facing each other.Nevertheless, the youthful Riddim Squad will bring pace and attack to the playing field, as will the Police. Riddim Squad will be keen to better their defence as the game winds down, since Police are known for their last-minute connection with the goal.It is no secret that the law enforcement team is a disciplined one, and Riddim Squad will look to take a page out of their book. The match-up will prove to be quite entertaining, as both teams possess strong determination.The later encounter, which will pit Pouderoyen and Santos against each other, should seem familiar to loyal spectators, as the teams have played against the other before.Hailing out of the same group, their first encounter went Santos’ way. Their striker, Keith Cains, had handed them the advantage by the 18th minute with a goal, and then repeated the feat in the 38th minute. Although Pouderoyen finally replied in the 80th minute on the part of Ashley Harding, it was too late for the West Bank team, who played valiantly till the last whistle was blown.If the semifinal encounter is to be anything like their first encounter, Pouderoyen will look to better their attack and complete plays which can be rewarding in the form of goals.On the other hand, Santos may be focused on their defence, as in the first game.The first whistle will sound off at 18hrs, with the second match expected to begin at 20hrs. There will be an affordable entrance fee charged for the semifinal and final games at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue.last_img read more

first_img1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona are keeping tabs on the progress of Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu ahead of a summer swoop.The Spaniard moved to Goodison Park in July of last year for £4.2m after coming through the ranks at the Nou Camp.In the deal, however, was the option for Barcelona to buy the 21-year-old back within two years of selling him.The Spanish champions can sign Deulofeu for £6.3m this summer or £9.3m at the end of the 2016/17 season.And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have dispatched scouts to watch the Spaniard ahead of a potential transfer.Manager Luis Enrique has been impressed by Deulofeu and believes he may now force his way into the club’s first-team plans.last_img read more

first_img Bush’s daylong visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, is a chance to reverse anti-American sentiment and nurture relations with Musharraf, an ally in the fight against terrorism. Some Americans think Musharraf can do more to combat terrorism, but Pakistan claims it has arrested about 700 al-Qaida suspects in the past four years, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Talks about the nuclear agreement with India probably will overshadow discussions on terrorism and economic relations. A framework for an agreement was announced by Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmoham Singh at the White House in July. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Last year, U.S. exports to India grew by more than 30 percent. While India’s growth has not touched lower-income groups, India’s middle class is buying air conditioners, kitchen appliances and washing machines – many of them from U.S. companies such as GE, Whirlpool and Westinghouse. India could be a counterweight to the rising power of China, which the U.S. views as a potential rival. India, however, professes little interest in playing that role. “There is no way better to empty a drawing room in Delhi of Indian strategists than to start talking about this idea,” said Robert Blackwill, a former U.S. ambassador to India. Bush’s stop in neighboring Pakistan follows recent demonstrations against cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that were first printed in a Danish newspaper. The protests have turned into platforms for criticism of the United States, the Pakistani government of Pervez Musharraf and the war in Iraq. Bush is not expected to stray far from the gated presidential palace in Islamabad, though he plans to participate in a cricket event. WASHINGTON – President Bush will try to seal an elusive nuclear deal when he visits India this week, but also will seek new footing with a burgeoning economic power feared by some Americans and embraced by others. With a stop in Pakistan, Bush joins presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Clinton as the only U.S. chief executives to visit both countries. India, with more than 1 billion people, is the world’s largest democracy and has the second-largest population of Muslims, after Indonesia. U.S. businesses are eyeing India’s fast-growing economy. Some estimates put its middle class at 300 million; the entire U.S. population is just over 298 million. Some in the U.S. perceive India as a threat to their jobs and are wary of the country’s cheap labor markets. The Bush administration says U.S. jobs will be created if American companies stay competitive in the global economy. last_img read more

first_imgDonegal Youth Service are working in partnership with Letterkenny Live festival this year to bring you Party in the Car Park on Saturday 18th August.The best young talent from across the county are now being asked to submit an online video of themselves playing live, with the top 12 acts having the opportunity to play the big Letterkenny Live gig rig on Oliver Plunkett Road on the Saturday afternoon.This event has been developed as a way of giving Letterkenny Live more of a festival feel, as the Donegal Youth Service will deliver their annual Party in The Park as part of the full weekend of activities. This annual event is a real showcase for local young bands combined with a range of family fun activities and attracts upwards of 1000 young people each year. This year it has been re-named as Party in The Car Park and the youth service will have access to the full Letterkenny Live set up from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.Anyone who would like to perform on the Letterkenny Live gig rig can now submit a youtube or other format video of themselves performing a song via the Party in the Car Park event page on facebook.If you do not have any previously recorded video you can also contact the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre or Loft LK for details on opportunities to have a performance recorded. The competition is open to all acts in the 12-25 age group.The top 10 acts will be chosen by a panel of adjudicators with the final 2 places being put up for grabs in a Facebook competition. This process will begin once the first 10 acts have been chosen. Deadline for posting your video is midnight on July 1st. The 10 top acts will be announced by the 6th July with the voting for the final 2 places taking place between 7th and 13th July.For more information on the Donegal Youth Service Party in the Car Park contact Letterkenny Youth Information Centre on 074-9129640. DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE UNVEIL ‘PARTY IN THE CAR PARK’ was last modified: June 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE UNVEIL ‘PARTY IN THE CAR PARK’last_img read more