Perfect Neighbour for Governor General’s Stakes

first_img HERCULEAN EFFORT The annual renewal of the mile and quarter Governor General’s Stakes grade one race is the principal feature at Caymanas Park today and this should provide the country’s top stayer, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with his third consecutive lien on this trophy. The 2013 derby and St Leger winner from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta reverts to his pet distance after failing to impress behind BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the recent None Such Sprint, this after missing the break. But he is truly focused for this Superstakes prep, with leading jockey Omar Walker aboard and looks the right choice. Having worked well in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in 1:14.0 at exercise recently, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is the most accomplished in the six-horse field and although set to give 6.0kg to the 2015 St Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL, his proven class should see him through. Also on the 11-race programme is the inaugural running of the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over a mile for the Errol ‘Big Sub’ Trophy, in memory of the late trainer who died last year. It would be fitting to see BLUE DIXIE coming out on top in the eight-horse field, seeing that he is trained by the son of Errol Subratie, Gary Subratie. But is would take a Herculean effort from BLUE DIXIE to win this race, given the presence of the classy 3-y-o filly, PINELOPE and two-time ‘Horse of the Year’, TYPEWRITER, who races for the first time since Boxing Day of last year, but will report well trained. Despite this, it could be asking too much of TYPEWRITER to snap the winning streak of a race-fit PINELOPE, who steps up in class with a mere 49.0kg and apprentice Dane Dawkins again riding for trainer Patrick Fong. Following her near track-record run over 1700 metres recently, PINELOPE, who now bids for the hat-trick, is definitely going places, hence it will take a brave punter to oppose her in present frame of mind. Other firm fancies on the cad are VALLEY OF QUEENS to win the third race over 1200 metres, COPPERFIELD in the fourth, JUNIOR DON in the sixth, PRINCE KAMALI in the eighth and JDA in the ninth.last_img read more

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Petrol Prices Decreased

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry in close consultation with the management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), has with immediate effect, announced another reduction in the pump prices of gasoline and diesel by 25 cents each.The circular confirming the price reductions was signed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy, and LPRC Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams, II respectively, and took effect as of Tuesday, October 28, 2014.The reduction in these petroleum products came about as a result of the price on the world market. The Ministry release further indicated once the prices of these products drop, the ministry will also act upon it.This is the third time in a month that the prices of gasoline and diesel have been decreased, the statement said.According to the LPRC management, this means the wholesale price for gasoline is US$3.63 cents, and diesel is put at US$3.68 cents, while the pump price for gasoline is US$3.81 (L$325), and diesel is US$3.86 (L$330).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgIn this February, we will focus on a series of articles on “Ebola Educates.” Starting next month, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, in close collaboration with its strategic partners and other private companies, will launch its “Ebola Educates” annual campaign for 2015.The main purpose of this campaign is to raise fund for the production of 20,000 booklets on Ebola stories for 20,000 school children in primary and secondary institutions across Liberia. The booklet when produced is intended amongst other anticipated outcomes, to enhance preventive Ebola Education in schools.Our motivation for this campaign stems from the need to know, the responsibility to protect future generation and the essential need to document some of the core lessons learned from the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.As part of the healing process, Ebola Educates will allow people and organizations to share their photos and experiences. It will provide the platform for people to tell their stories that will fill us all with hopes.MOP-Liberia booklet on Ebola will focus on the history of Ebola, self care, Ebola Education in schools, how to talk to our children about Ebola, real life stories, hand washing techniques and other preventive and control measures. MOP-Liberia firmly believes that when children have access to better health education, it increases their ability to take action and it increases their resilience to cope with the Ebola epidemic.Experience over the last 10 months has taught us many things. It has taught us the rules of basic personal hygiene, new ways of greeting each other, how to bury our dead, community cooperation and action.Ebola outbreak in Liberia has led to the creation of new health facilities, rehabilitation of schools; the provision of comprehensive educational reform program and has shown us the power of volunteerism in the fight against a common enemy.If there can be any lesson learned from the Ebola epidemic, this would be the full support and unconditional cooperation of our international partners, including America, Japan, China, Nigeria and others. We need partnership because the world is interconnected and we cannot succeed by ourselves.The Ebola epidemic teaches us to be a bit quicker, responsible and more responsive the next time we are confronted with any epidemic. What other lessons can we learn the next time and what level of preparedness do we need to put in place are contingent on how adequately we document our experience.MOP-Liberia demands that government listens and responds to all people, especially youth in ending the war against Ebola. We call on every agent of change and development in our society to adopt bold and ambitious agenda that includes young people in post-Ebola era.Along the same line, we call on young people to support the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL). There is an urgent need to accelerate the development of vaccines for disease prevention. We owe this to generations coming after us. After all, the use of experimental medicines at the onset of the epidemic throws new light in the provision of palliative care and eventual treatment of persons infected with EVD.We need the support of young people in telling their stories and we need the kind generosity of the public in supporting our cause. Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind or with your donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-Self Care”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mann Foundation endows institute at Purdue

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mann Foundation for Biomedical Engineering, based in Valencia, donated $100 million to endow an Alfred Mann Institute at Purdue University. The institute is being designed to develop commercial biomedical technologies that improve human health. The $100 million endowment is the largest single endowment ever created for Purdue. “We now can enhance our capabilities to meet the growing need to translate our faculty members’ discoveries into useful products,” Purdue President Martin C. Jischke. The agreement between Mann and the university states that preferential consideration will be given to Indiana companies wanting to license the university technologies developed by the Institute. The endowment marks the third of at least 12 such research institutes the foundation plans to create worldwide, foundation President A. Stephen Dahms said. The first opened in 2001 at the University of Southern California, and the second in October at the Technion University in Haifa, Israel. Alfred Mann, who built his company in the Valencia Industrial Center, said his goal is to build a bridge between academia and industry to accelerate the availability of health-related products to doctors and their patients. The new institute will be housed in 30,000 square feet at Purdue’s Discovery Park. The institute will have a board of 10 directors, composed equally of Purdue and Mann Foundation representatives. Mann, or his designee, will serve as chairman. The institute will help identify approximately two new biomedical projects per year out of the hundreds at Purdue with commercialization potential, growing to as many as six ongoing projects when in full operation. “The goal is to increase the likelihood that biomedical technologies are brought to full development with speed and sufficient capital,” Mann said.last_img read more

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Champions League – will the English 5 survive?

first_img0Shares0000Combination of pictures created on December 11, 2017 shows the slips of Chelsea FC (L) and FC Barcelona during the draw for the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on December 11, 2017 © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINILONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 11 – Chelsea’s mouthwatering tie with five-time European champions Barcelona is the standout fixture for English clubs in the Champions League last 16 as the Premier League sides scent blood.Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all progressed from the group stage, making England the first country to have so many sides through to the knockout phase. That quintet suffered just three defeats between them in the group stage and scored 80 goals in total, while reigning English champions Chelsea were the only team not to win their group.The first legs will be played on February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second legs on March 6/7 and 13/14.Basel v Manchester CityManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident of success with the CitizensRunaway Premier League leaders Manchester City will not be losing too much sleep over the prospect of a clash with Swiss side Basel, who finished second in Manchester United’s qualifying group.Champions League favourites City, who have never won the competition, are on a 14-match winning streak in the Premier League and they were only denied a perfect record in the group stage when a much-changed side lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in their final match.Chelsea v BarcelonaAntonio Conte’s Chelsea will face Spanish league leaders Barcelona for the sixth time in the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club competition.The Blues were the only English club not to progress to the last 16 as group winners and, currently third in the Premier League, are struggling to find the consistency that took them to the league title last year.Barca have lost some of their lustre with the departure to Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar but they still boast the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack and will be formidable opponents.The La Liga club have progressed from six of their past seven Champions League knockout ties against English opposition — the exception being their 2012 semi-final defeat by Chelsea, when the London club went on to lift the trophy.Juventus v TottenhamTottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (C) battles with Watford’s Christian Kabasele (R) during their match at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on December 2, 2017Tottenham have been handed a tough tie against last season’s beaten finalists Juventus after topping a challenging group that included reigning champions Real Madrid.The Italian side will approach the tie with trepidation, having been eliminated in each of their past five European knockout ties with English teams.Spurs have endured a tricky recent spell in the Premier League but their performances in Europe this season suggest they have matured under manager Mauricio Pochettino after the disappointment of crashing out in the group stage last year.Porto v LiverpoolFive-time European champions Liverpool sealed top spot in their qualifying group with a 7-0 win against Spartak Moscow in which all of their “Fab Four” front men found the net.Jurgen Klopp’s men stuttered earlier in the season but have hit their stride in the Premier League and the Champions League, with Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane dazzling in front of goal.Too far off the pace to realistically challenge in the Premier League, Liverpool — who qualified from the group phase for the first time since the 2008-2009 season — will be confident of overcoming the Portuguese league leadersSevilla v Manchester UnitedManchester United players celebrate after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Manchester United and CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford in Manchester, EnglandManchester United, who have won the competition three time, will face Sevilla for the first time in a competitive fixture with manager Jose Mourinho gunning for his third Champions League trophy.United are second in the Premier League but are a whopping 11 points behind City and know despite the heavyweight teams left in the competition, the Champions League is probably a more realistic chance of silverware.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Now prove it again’: Klopp tells Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to maintain the momentum from their win at Tottenham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Jurgen Klopp challenged Liverpool to extend their blistering start after the Premier League leaders delivered a statement of intent with a “perfect” 2-1 win against Tottenham.Klopp’s side made it five successive victories as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino rewarded their dominant display at Wembley on Saturday. Erik Lamela’s late strike for Tottenham prompted a nervous finale as the hosts appealed in vain for a penalty when Sadio Mane challenged Son Heung-min.But anything less than three points would have been cruel on Liverpool, who punished mistakes from Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm and the rest of his error-prone team.Liverpool are off to their best start since 1990-91 as they chase a first English title since 1989-90.This mature display marked them out as the most likely challengers to champions Manchester City.But Reds boss Klopp, a winner at Wembley for the first time, wants to see his men produce a sustained spell of excellence before he agrees with that sentiment.“I’m really happy and proud about the performance because the boys came back (from international duty) only on Wednesday and Thursday,” Klopp said.“With all good results, of course you have momentum. Now we won a few games, that’s good, but it doesn’t change anything for us. It’s a long season.“I’m happy with my squad, it’s really good, but we will have problems in the season. How we deal with that, I don’t know.“I’m not a personality to wait for problems, but I’m old enough to know they will come.“Nobody will play the perfect season. It’s still early, five games, fantastic we won all five and improved. I like that development.“Now we have to prove that and do it again and again.”After suffering four defeats against their top six rivals last season, including a 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham, this was exactly the kind of composed performance Klopp wanted to see.Liverpool have yet to scale the attacking peaks they hit during last season’s run to the Champions League final.But they are so well drilled and are playing with such hunger that no-one has been able to rattle them yet.– ‘Outstanding’ –Jurgen Klopp said it was Liverpool’s best performance of the season © AFP / Adrian DENNISKlopp was delighted with the way Liverpool passed their first test against a genuine title rival.“The performance was better than the result and the result is perfect,” he said.“Winning here is so difficult. I would never expect that, you need a really outstanding performance and that’s what the boys delivered.“We could have scored more. We controlled the game. It was the best game of the season. We had 85 brilliant minutes.”The only cloud for Klopp was the eye injury that Firmino suffered in a clash with Jan Vertonghen.“Maybe an injury with Roberto, something in his eye, we don’t know in this moment. It is not comfortable for him,” he added.Tottenham have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since 2016, puncturing the optimism engendered by three successive wins to start the campaign.“The performance wasn’t great. If we analyse the first five games, the performances were similar but today the opponent was Liverpool,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.“When you make mistakes of course you will be punished by the quality they have. Of course they deserved to win.”Tottenham have made a habit of falling short on the big occasions under Pochettino, who is yet to win a trophy since joining the club.And he admitted Tottenham must improve dramatically to challenge for major silverware this season.“The reality is this type of game shows we need to improve if we want to be contenders at the end to win some titles,” he said.Hamstrung by injuries to Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris, as well as Harry Kane’s post-World Cup malaise, Pochettino added: “It’s the toughest season because it’s a challenge to work with a team that arrived a few days before the start of the competition.“I’m not worried. We are going to win a lot of games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Falcao will come good when it matters, claims Man United legend

first_imgManchester United legend Bryan Robson has told talkSPORT Radamel Falcao will become a big player for the club despite his tough start to life at Old Trafford.Louis van Gaal landed the Colombian strike sensation on a loan deal in the summer but injuries and a lack of match fitness have restricted him to just 283 minutes of Premier League action.But with Falcao in line for a return to the pitch against Liverpool, Robson insists he is showing glimpses of being a big success for the Red Devils.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “When he first came in he really did do well and he looked a real player but unfortunately he has picked up this injury and he’s been out for quite a time but on the training pitch you can see the quality that he’s got.“I’m sure he will be a big player for Manchester United when it really matters.”last_img read more

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New budget chief faces tough battle

first_imgNussle chaired the House Budget Committee for six years, playing a role in implementing Bush’s tax-cut agenda in 2001 and 2003. Some Democrats, such as Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., opposed Nussle’s nomination to make a statement against Bush’s fiscal record. When Bush came to office, both White House and congressional estimators predicted large budget surpluses for many years. Those predictions were too optimistic. But Bush’s tax cuts and huge spending afterward on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also played a big role in the return of deficits. “I am voting against this nomination to send a signal – a signal to this administration that we cannot continue on this fiscal course,” Conrad said. “The president has pursued a failed fiscal strategy for nearly seven years now. He has run up a record debt.” Bush has also come under criticism from fiscal conservatives in his own party on spending, but in fact he has had success in recent years in squeezing domestic agency budgets passed by Congress every year. With Capitol Hill Republicans vowing to uphold Bush’s vetoes, it’s clear Democrats will have to scale back expectations to increase spending for education, grants to local governments and many more budget increases in the appropriations bills. “The Democratic majority does not have (the votes) it needs to win on spending more taxpayer dollars,” said White House Budget Office spokesman Sean Kevelighan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Veto threats hang over most of the bills and a long and contentious fall budget season is expected. It’s commonly assumed that whichever bills are vetoed or not even passed by the Senate will be bundled into a multibill “omnibus” measure. Some Democrats questioned whether Nussle – who gained a reputation as a partisan unpopular during eight terms in the House – is the right choice to be Bush’s point man in budget talks with Democrats. At some point, it will take backroom talks to produce a deal on the unfinished appropriations bills. But Bush has staked out a hard line in his public statements so far, vowing to veto spending bills that exceed his $933 billion “cap” on the one-third of the federal budget dished out by the appropriations committees each year. Democrats exceeded Bush’s appropriations limits by about $23 billion in drawing up their budget plans. “I look forward to helping to develop and implement the president’s agenda by working with Congress on our common goal of balancing the budget and making government more efficient,” Nussle said after the vote. “We also need to hold the line on spending.” However, the Senate on Tuesday took up a bill providing $64.7 billion in discretionary budget funding for veterans’ programs and military base construction. Bush has not threatened to veto that bill – funding politically sacrosanct medical programs for veterans – even though it’s $4 billion higher than his request. WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Jim Nussle, President George W. Bush’s new budget director, is likely to find himself in the middle of a series of fights with the Democratic-controlled Congress. Foremost among challenges for the Iowa Republican – confirmed by the Senate on a 69-24 vote Tuesday – is a glut of unfinished spending bills. Other budget battles between the administration and congressional Democrats include extending farm subsidies and a popular health insurance program for the poor, and renewing more than 40 expiring tax cuts. The Oct. 1 beginning of the 2008 federal budget year is looming, and the Senate has passed just one of 12 bills to fund the agency budgets that Congress is required to pass each year. “We must work together quickly to get the people’s work done on time,” Bush said in a statement after the vote. last_img read more

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Senate approves more war funding

first_imgPOLITICS: Democrats join vote for $150 billion as House prepares for action on pullout plan. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Thwarted in efforts to bring troops home from Iraq, Senate Democrats on Monday helped pass a defense policy bill authorizing another $150 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 92-3 vote comes as the House planned to approve separate legislation today that requires President Bush to give Congress a plan for eventual troop withdrawals. The developments underscored the difficulty facing Democrats in the Iraq debate: They lack the votes to pass legislation ordering troops home and are divided on whether to cut money for combat, despite a mandate by supporters to end the war. Hoping the political landscape changes in coming months, Democratic leaders say they will renew their fight when Congress considers the money Bush wants in war funding. Democrats say their options include directing that the money be spent on bringing troops home instead of combat; setting a date when money for the war is cut off; and identifying a goal to end the war to try to pressure Bush to bring troops home. Similar attempts have been made but fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate. “Many of us have reached a breaking point on this,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “I’ve done this for too many years. I’ve waited for the president to start bringing this war to an end. I’m not going to sign up for this any longer.” In the House, Democrats are pushing for a bill that would require the administration to report to Congress in 60 days and every 90 days thereafter on the status of its redeployment plans in Iraq. The bill, sponsored by Democrats John Tanner of Tennessee and Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, was initially cast aside as too mild by Democratic leaders focused on tougher proposals ordering troops home this fall. But after Democrats were unable to peel off Republican support, the Iraq debate stalled and some four dozen rank-and-file Democrats demanded a vote on the Abercrombie-Tanner bill. “This will be the first time since the war in Iraq began that we are working together as a Congress instead of one party or another to be a constructive voice in the civilian management of operations in Iraq,” Tanner said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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