Stunning upset by 95-1 shot Larusa

first_imgPunters were stunned into silence at Caymanas Park yesterday following a huge upset by LARUSA at 95-1 in the seventh race over 1300 metres for five-year-olds and up, non winners of two.Ridden by 4.0kg claiming apprentice Jerome Innis for trainer Rudolph Hardial, the six-year-old mare, whose form over the past year had been dismal, to say the least, emerged from the doldrums to hold off 4-5 favourite OMEGA and 9-5second favourite GIRSHOMin a driving finish. This ensured there would be carryovers to Saturday in both the Pick-9 and late Super-6.Both the jockey and trainer werepleasantly surprised despite not being too optimistic about the chances of LARUSA based on her indifferent form.Hardial disclosed that the chestnut mare by Tracking out of Yourpointismade finished lame in her last race behind Awesome Marque over the straight ($180,000 claiming) on January 31, but got significantly close (91/2 lengths ninth) that day and he anticipated an improved performance.”I told the rider to put her in the pace from early and see where it takes her. When I saw her in front entering the straight, I knew then that she could hold on and just barely made it. That’s the nature of racing … a horse can throw the form out the window at any time and surprise everyone,” said Hardial, who had his fair share of challenges with his string of horses in recent times.FIFTH CAREER WINInnis, a past student of Eltham High in St Catherine, said he rode LARUSA to the trainer’s instructions and things just fell into place.”She turned for home full of running with Omega in chase and responded well to the right hand stick for the victory,” said the 27-year-old apprentice, who notched up his fifth career win since graduating from the Jockeys’ School last September.On a day when top jockeys Dane Nelson and Shane Ellis rode two winners each, the 2014 champion sprinter POTCHEEN, running on strongly at odds of 5-2 with Jevanne Erwin aboard, out-finished the highly-fancied PUDDY POOH by half a length over the straight to win the open allowance feature in the good time of 57.2.last_img read more

NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Red Warriors, who finished at the bottom of the standings last season, faded in the second half after a promising start. Alvin Pasaol paced UE with 14 points.“It was good because we won. It feels good that we won, but still a lot of things to work on,” said new NU head coach Jamike Jarin. “A lot of mistakes. It’s always hard to play the opening game because you don’t know what time you’re going to play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogYu sparked a big third quarter by NU, which went on a 17-3 run that broke a 42-deadlock and set the tone for the rest of the second half.Alejandro found ways to be effective despite having a tough offensive outing with a big part UE’s defensive game plan focused on limiting the veteran guard. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu gave National University a big lift to put away University of the East, 86-69, at the start of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Yu scored 14 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting from the field while team captain Jay Alejandro had an all-around effort with 11 points five rebounds, five assists and seven steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES “This guy, he just played consistent,” Jarin said, referring to Alejandro.NU also drew quality minutes from its Senegalese import Issa Gaye, who nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds on top of three blocks. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Phoenix turns back TNT

first_imgMichael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Phoenix played catch-up practically all game, and despite their efforts, Alas is not about to give them a rest, even with the Meralco game scheduled on Wednesday next week.“I gave them (a day’s) rest after the Ginebra win, and it didn’t work well,” he said.There was also a scary moment with 11:36 left in the fourth, when TNT’s Troy Rosario took a horrific face-first fall after a pile-up play for a rebound. Rosario was taken out on a stretcher after being unintentionally undercut by rookie Jason Perkins while airborne.In the second game, Scottie Thompson had 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as Barangay Ginebra ripped KIA, 103-77, to also improve on its playoff position.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “After winning over (Barangay) Ginebra, we lost by 22 (points) to Alaska,” Alas went on, knowing fully well that his Fuel Masters, after rising to 4-4, cannot afford to take another loss with jockeying for a top six berth in the playoffs about to enter its most critical stages.“And besides, Meralco is (our) next (opponent), and they need a win, which makes them very dangerous,” Alas said. “We need to be ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGunner Matthew Wright knotted the count at 72 with a triple and played perfect decoy before spotting Kramer for the winning basket as Phoenix dealt the Texters also their fourth loss in eight games to muddle up the standings further.The Phoenix win took away TNT’s chances of landing a spot in the top two, leaving San Miguel Beer, Magnolia, Alaska and a long shot in Rain or Shine to slug it out with three weeks left in the elimination round. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jason Perkins and Phoenix claw their way past Mo Tautuaa and TNT.—SHERWIN VARDELEONPhoenix Petroleum brought down another PBA Philippine Cup powerhouse on Wednesday night, but a bothersome concern has tempered coach Louie Alas’ celebratory mood.“My main concern is that after winning big, our performance has the tendency to dip (in the next game),” Alas said after Doug Kramer hit the go-ahead one-handed jumper with three seconds left before helping seal a 74-72 win over TNT KaTropa with brilliant defense at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak NU zooms to solo lead Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Listen More Closely to Africa’s Voice on Climate Change

first_imgAs more than 120 world leaders converge on New York this week for an unprecedented UN climate summit, one highly significant voice needs to be heard.  That voice belongs to Africa. In all the global discussions around rising sea levels, shrinking rain forests, imperiled species and biodiversity, green bonds and carbon prices, Africa’s unique stake and contribution to a global climate strategy needs to be more front and center. This is only right for a continent that has contributed the least to the profound changes underway in the Earth’s climate but whose people will suffer its withering impact the most.Consider that Africa is responsible for only 3.8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions yet from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa to the south of the continent, African countries experience first-hand the devastating effects of increasingly severe droughts and floods and more extreme weather patterns that scorch or drown their crops. Africa’s political and business leaders are already committed to a climate-resilient growth path, yet the path promises to be bumpy. Recent World Bank research outlines a disturbing scenario for Sub-Saharan Africa in a 2°C warmer world, forecasting dramatic effects on agriculture and food production in a region where 80 percent of Africans rely on agriculture to make ends meet for their families. Consequently, we cannot separate agriculture and food security from climate change. Agriculture in Africa accounts for 30-40 percent of GDP. A 1.5°C to 2°C increase in temperature by the 2030s and 2040s will lead to a 40- to 80-percent reduction in the area of land suitable for growing maize, millet and sorghum. These cereals are the mainstay of African diets. They provide the bulk of people’s daily food intake especially in the drylands of the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. We must also amplify the links between climate change and conflict. In a groundbreaking 2013 paper published in Science magazine, economists Solomon Hsiang, Marshall Burke, and Edward Miguel argued that there is strong evidence linking climatic events to human conflict in Africa and across all other major regions of the world. The magnitude of climate change is substantial they wrote: for each one standard deviation change in climate toward warmer temperatures or more extreme rainfall, median estimates indicate that the frequency of interpersonal violence rises 4% and the frequency of intergroup conflict rises 14%.Africa’s harsher climate of the future will also change traditional livelihoods. As temperatures rise, Africa’s iconic savanna grasslands will dry up and threaten the livelihoods of their pastoral communities. Given the sensitivity of livestock—their goats, cows, and other animals—to extreme heat, too little water and feed, and disease, pastoralism as a centuries-old way of life is likely to be in danger.Rainfall patterns will dramatically change; droughts and floods will be more frequent and lead to a 3-percent expansion in total arid areas. Coastal populations in Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Mozambique would face the greatest risk of inundation and storm surges. Coastal erosion represents a major threat as a large part of Africa’s GDP derives from activities such as fishing, tourism and trade.  Entire cities and villages along the coast – capital cities and crucial deep-sea ports — could be wiped out due to rising sea-levels. Countries such as Togo, Ghana and Mozambique could lose more than 50 percent of their coastal GDP, according to recent estimates. Sustainable management of the region’s rich natural resources—forests, water, land—can contribute to the storage of carbon, while supporting livelihoods and generating economic benefits. Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, also harbors 5 percent of the world’s known biodiversity. Before the country’s political crisis, nature-based tourism was a $500-million industry, growing at 10 percent per year. But the island is also on the list of the most climate change-vulnerable countries which will have a significant impact on its biodiversity.Africa is one of the world’s fastest-urbanizing continents. Parched rural hinterlands will steadily force people to move to already-crowded cities, creating overcrowding, stressing supplies of safe drinking water and drainage and sanitation.At the African Union Summit in Malabo, last June, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete reminded his audience that the “effects of climate change are likely to strike to the detriment of the whole continent”.  He added that Africa now requires in excess of US$15 billion per year to combat climate change, a figure that continues to rise.The good news is that Africa is uniquely well positioned to build resilience, especially in energy and agriculture, and has already embraced sustainability. Being green is good for business. In Kenya, small farmers are now earning carbon credits from sustainable farming. In South Africa, the city of Johannesburg recently issued its first green city bond to finance low-carbon infrastructure. In Mauritania, solar energy now powers 30 percent of Nouakchott’s energy use. In Africa, wind and solar potential can be over 1,000 GW but needs to be fully exploited. The continent has embarked on a clean power revolution that brings more electricity to people’s homes, businesses, clinics and schools. With only one in three Africans having access to energy, the task is urgent.  Africa has tremendous untapped hydro, geothermal, and solar power and must be developed to provide the electricity needed to offer sustained – and green – growth for the benefit of all its citizens.The World Bank is stepping up to the challenge.  We are financing transformational projects that attack poverty from multiple angles. We are supporting governments to promote “climate-smart agriculture” so that African farmers can achieve higher yields and make their farming more resilient to the changing climate.  In DRC, a $73.1-million technical assistance project will pave the way to bring hydroelectric power to 9 million people. These interventions are just a starting point – not nearly enough to address the monumental energy needs of the continent.  Though prices for renewables have declined significantly in the past decade, these energy sources are still costly.  The green energy revolution in African cannot be achieved without financial support of the international community, to bring down the costs of adopting these clean technologies.    The warning signs are clear: climate change under even the 2°C scenario is a menacing threat to sustainable development in Africa. These impacts could potentially overwhelm existing development efforts. We ignore the early warning signs at our collective peril. But, through collective action, we can ensure a climate-resilient future that benefits all Africans and the entire planet.Makhtar Diop is the World Bank Vice President for the Africa RegionShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Audit of GCAA likely soon – new Director

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRAn international audit on aviation is expected to be conducted into the operations of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA). Soon to be appointed Director General, Egbert Field, made this revelation at the welcoming ceremony of the inaugural flight of Fly AllWays airline at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Tuesday.His comments came on the heels that most air carriers operating out of Guyana are unable to land at airports in North America due to the lack of international Category One aviation status. On this note, Field told reporters that immediately upon him taking office, one of the priorities will be to raise the country’s level of compliance in line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).“No airline that is registered and based in Guyana has the ability to go to airports North America because we are in Category Two,” he noted.It was explained that ICAO representatives will soon be in Guyana to carry out an assessment after which it is hoped that the country can move from a Category Two status to Category One.“After the audit, depending on our level of compliance, we may have some corrective actions to do but I can see us moving toward Category One [which] we will gain from the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority)… gaining Category One will allow airlines starting up and basing themselves in Guyana will have the opportunity to fly to North America,” the new GCAA Director noted.With his 40 years of experience in the aviation sector, including some 30 years as a Guyana Airways pilot and later a stint in Jamaica’s Aviation Authority, Field posited that this has made him suitable to lead the country’s aviation sector.“I’m a retired Colonel, also a captain… with over 30 years experience flying – over 18,000 hours, I know what I can do for this industry and we may have a return to Guyana Airways in the future,” Field expressed.The retired military officer shared the view that Guyana achieving the improved aviation status is especially timely since he believes that air traffic will increase once the oil sector takes off.Established in March 2002, The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is guided by Civil Aviation Act (2000) which governs navigation, licensing and security regulations for air transport services in Guyana.last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgWhere: Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita Monday Health: Braille mobile van What: The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired. The van offers a wide variety of services for the visually impaired without the time or trouble of visiting the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. Services include the sale of assistive devices, library services registration, resource referrals and more. To meet with a low-vision consultant, you must make an appointment by calling John Taylor at the Senior Center at (661) 259-9444. When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Today Art Events: Meet the author: Ray Bradbury What: Come listen to Ray Bradbury discuss his book “Fahrenheit 451” and other topics. This event is part of The Big Read, a nationwide reading initiative designed not only to revive literary reading and restore reading to the center of American culture, but to encourage reading for pleasure and bring communities together to read and discuss one book. For information, call (661) 259-8942. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall Tuesday Health: Bereavement support group What: A grief support afternoon group open to all sponsored by Kaiser Permanente meets in the second floor conference room. There is no fee for attending. The groups are facilitated by trained bereavement volunteers provided by the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Department. For more caring support or information, please call the Bereavement Line at (818) 375-3528. Registration is not required. When: 4-5:30 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Medical Offices, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia Day Activities: Latino story time What: Hola, Amigos! Join us as we listen to rich Latino stories of our families. For information, call (661) 259-0750. When: 3:45 p.m. Where: Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall Wednesday Classes: Beginning Spanish What: This course is designed for the non-native speaker. Students will learn vocabulary related to family, school, community and introduction to the conjugation of verbs. This comprehensive and fun course will put the Spanish you learn into practice right away. Class fee is $38. For more info, call (661) 252-8852 or visit www.golden When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Valencia High School, 27801 Dickason Dr., Valencia Health: Truth about weight-loss surgery What: You’ve heard the hype, now hear the truth. More and more people are turning to weight-loss surgery to lose unwanted pounds. From gastric bypass to the lap-band, it seems like the key to losing weight is surgery. Or is it? Learn the facts about bariatric surgery from Dr. A Tovar, who presents, “Bariatric Surgery: Is it for you?” When: noon – 1 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia Thursday Meetings: All Valley LeTip What: The local All Valley LeTip Business Referral Group is a group of local professionals that is dedicated to helping its members grow their businesses. Our Business Referral Group meets every Thursday morning for breakfast at Marie Callendars on The Old Road. Meetings conclude by around 8:20 a.m. Come join us for a free breakfast and bring some business cards to pass around. There is no pressure to join, and we would love to meet you and learn more about your business. For information, call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or Robert Mansour at (800) 799-7449. When: 7 a.m. Where: Marie Callendars Restaurant, 24201 The Old Road, Valencia Saturday Sports: Walking for Hope 5K and Convoy for Hope What: Circle of Hope’s third annual non-competitive fundraising walk, Walking for Hope 5K, to raise money for individuals with breast cancer who live, work or receive treatment in the SCV. Dogs welcome, must be on a leash at all times. The event includes a Convoy for Hope, a procession of big rigs that will kick off the walk. The Company Band will provide entertainment after the walk until 1 p.m. For information, call (661) 254-5218 or visit When: Registration 8 a.m., walk begins 9:30 a.m. Where: Castaic Lake General: Celebrate Fahrenheit 451 What: The public is invited to attend these events related to One Book-One Santa Clarita’s Big Read of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451. Noon: Canyon Theatre Guild staged reading; 1:30 p.m. book discussion; 2:40 p.m., essay contest winners announced; 3 p.m., Sam Weller, Ray Bradbury’s biographer; 4:30 p.m., SciFi author panel discussion featuring Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove and others; 6:15 p.m.,author signings. For information, visit When: noon-8 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market Street, Newhall Clubs: Astronomy Day What: Astronomy Day will be celebrated with solar observation, exhibits, and lectures through the afternoon. Night viewing will include the moon, Saturn, nebula, and galaxies. Lots of learning and family fun for everyone. Visit or call Steve at (661) 609-1739 for more information. When: 1-9 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia Charity: Henry Mayo’s Casino Royale What: The community is invited to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Casino Royale a fundraiser offering casino favorites including blackjack, craps and roulette. Funds raised benefit the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Services. For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call (661) 253-8082 or visit When: 8 p.m.-midnight Where: Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 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

Afflalo expands horizons

first_img The 6-foot-5 South Gate High grad averaged 10.8 points per game last season, but often deferred offensively to Thompson or point guard Jordan Farmar. Afflalo said his role played a part, but so did the energy he expended on the defensive end. After developing into UCLA’s best defensive player last season, sophomore guard Arron Afflalo wants to show a more well-rounded game. Afflalo said he is in better shape, and with the scoring void created by Dijon Thompson’s exit, he is ready to take on a scoring role. “My intention this year is to be able to play both ends of the floor,” Afflalo said. “Take on a huge load at both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively. I had to get in the best shape so I could do those things to the best of my ability.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m a scorer. That’s my instinct,” said Afflalo, who shot 44.2 percent from the field. “I’ve always been a scorer, but that really wasn’t my job to do those types of things last year.” UCLA NOTES: Coach Ben Howland said freshman power forward Alfred Aboya could return to practice Nov. 9, and perhaps play in the season opener six days later. Aboya underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Oct. 12. Also, center Michael Fey is still unable to practice because of a groin strain, and it appears unlikely he will be ready for UCLA’s first exhibition game Nov. 4. center_img 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

Reality TV adventures in SA

first_imgExpedition Unlimited is a collaboration between South African Tourism and the Netherlands’ VSB Fonds and National Committee for International Co-operation and Sustainable Development. A new reality TV show, Expedition Unlimited, is showcasing the South African adventures of five models and five young people with physical disabilities on Llink television in the Netherlands. In the first episode, broadcast on 10 November, five teams, each comprising one model and one disabled person, were assembled. Over the next nine episodes, the teams perform a series of challenges – including a specially developed tandem bicycle route – at scenic locations across South Africa. 14 November 2008 Expedition Unlimited provides viewers with a glimpse of different worlds: South Africa versus the Netherlands, models versus people with disabilities, the African bush, the desert, the sea and mountains. “As such, each episode aims to depict South Africa to Dutch consumers as both exotic and challenging, but also accessible and engaging.” SAinfo reporter “South Africa is a prime example of a country full of contrasts and extremes – the ideal place for challenge and adventure,” says Ilse-Marie Sobering, marketing and communications manager at South African Tourism in the Netherlands. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While each stage involves cycling, each episode also includes new and uniquely South African challenges as teams compete for a head start in the next episode – and ultimately for the 20 000 first prize. For more information, visit Expedition Unlimited.last_img read more

Apple Farm Service, Inc. honored by New Holland

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Apple Farm Service, Inc., with locations in Covington, Mechanicsburg  and Botkins has been named to New Holland’s exclusive President’s Club, the highest honor New Holland bestows on a dealership. The award recognizes superior service to customers, as well as excellence and continuous improvement in business performance.New Holland President’s Club Award winners achieved the highest levels in excellence in six categories in the company’s onPoint! Dealer Standards program: service, business management, sales, marketing and customer focus, parts and facilities.“By earning this award, Apple Farm Service has met New Holland’s highest standards for dealerships, an assurance to customers of excellence in business practices,” said Bret Lieberman, New Holland Vice President, North America. “President’s Club award winners have worked very hard to deliver exceptional service and support to their customers. We’re very proud to present this type of recognition to the best of the best.”last_img read more