RelatedPosts Japanese firm develops robot able to kill COVID-19 with ultra-violet rays Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved Britain marks 75 years since Japan’s defeat in World War II The Tokyo Olympics will take place between July 23 and August 8 next year. The International Olympic Committee confirmed the news on Monday, which followed a meeting of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee. A decision to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games was taken last week by the IOC and the Japanese Government because of the accelerating threat posed by the Coronavirus Disease pandemic. A statement from the IOC also confirmed the new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place from August 24 to September 5. “These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read. “The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum, in the interests of the athletes and the international federations. “Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.” The confirmation of the new dates comes less than a week after the forced postponement of the Games. IOC president Thomas Bach said: “I want to thank the international federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days. “I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact. “With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government, the Japanese government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge. Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.” Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said he had proposed the July 23 to August 8 time frame to the IOC, and that Bach had agreed following consultations with the international sports federations. “A certain amount of time is required for the selection and qualification of athletes and for their training and preparation, and the consensus was that staging the rescheduled Games during the summer vacation in Japan would be preferable,” Mori said. “In terms of transport, arranging volunteers and the provision of tickets for those in Japan and overseas, as well as allowing for the COVID-19 situation, we think that it would be better to reschedule the Games to one year later than planned, in the summer of 2021.” International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons added: “When the Paralympic Games do take place in Tokyo next year, they will be an extra-special display of humanity uniting as one, a global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport. “With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 512 days away, the priority for all those involved in the Paralympic Movement must be to focus on staying safe with their friends and family during this unprecedented and difficult time.”Tags: International Olympics CommitteeJapanOlympics 2021
Madrid dominated possession but, unlike in their profligate semi-final performance, found clear-cut chances hard to come by against the well-organised Gremio defence.Luka Modric came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide of the far post.Ronaldo also hammered a long-range free-kick that dipped onto the roof of the net, whilst Edilson gave Keylor Navas a similar scare at the other end with a free-kick from range.Gremio pleaded for the referee to consult with the video assistant referee (VAR) when Sergio Ramos clipped Ramiro inside the area early in the second period.? He scored the winning goal and he was named Man of the Match in the Club World Cup final!? @Cristiano#RMCWC | #HalaMadridhttps://t.co/WPMDKnHVnR— Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) December 17, 2017 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year. ? Well done, @lm19official!#RMCWC | #HalaMadridhttps://t.co/MLJdJQIOsS— Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) December 17, 2017However, those claims fell on deaf ears and Madrid instantly broke up the other end to open the scoring.Ronaldo was tripped 25 yards from goal and the world player of the year’s resulting free-kick sneaked through a gap in the Gremio wall to skip into the bottom corner.Gremio were handed a lifeline when Ronaldo had the ball in the net again just before the hour mark, but Karim Benzema was flagged for being marginally offside in the build-up.Marcelo Grohe then turned another Modric drive onto the post and made great stops from Ronaldo and Bale in the final 10 minutes to keep Gremio in the game.However, the Brazilians failed to register a single shot on target as Madrid comfortably held out to seal their most successful ever year with a fifth trophy.Earlier, Mexican side Pachuca beat hosts Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place play-off.Share on: WhatsApp Ronaldo was once again Real’s man for the big occasion as his strike went through the Gremio wall eight minutes after the break to ensure the European club champions were also crowned world champions for a fifth straight year.“We wanted to win because Real Madrid have never won five trophies in one year,” said Ronaldo.“I think we played a very good game and deserved to win.”Ronaldo has now scored 15 goals in 20 appearances for Madrid this season despite a slow start in La Liga.“The numbers speak for themselves,” added the Portuguese. “I give my answers on the pitch. The team were phenomenal and it is another trophy for the CV.”Gareth Bale was left on the bench despite scoring with his first touch as a substitute against Al Jazira on Wednesday to book Madrid’s place in the final, as Zinedine Zidane kept faith with the same side that started Real’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus back in June.Gremio booked their ricket to Abu Dhabi by winning the Copa Libertadores for the third time last month and Madrid knew they weren’t in for a comfortable evening just two minutes in when Gremio captain Pedro Geromel raked his studs down the back of Ronaldo’s calf without any punishment from Mexican referee Cesar Ramos.? A @Cristiano free-kick against @Gremio handed us our fifth title of 2017, as we successfully defended our Club World Cup crown in Abu Dhabi!OUR REPORT, PHOTOS AND VIDEO! ?#RMCWC | #HalaMadridhttps://t.co/2yXc52FccG— Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017Ronaldo, though, confirmed he will be fit for next weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona.– Stubborn opposition –
Maryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) drives past Iowa guard Connor McCaffery during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Maryland won 66-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during a game.Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa’s athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes hosted Indiana.Fernando had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a go-ahead putback with 7.8 seconds left, to help No. 24 Maryland beat Iowa 66-65 on Tuesday night in Iowa City. In describing the game’s closing moments, Dolphin said the 6-foot-10, 240-pound African-American who was born in Angola “was King Kong at the end of the game.”This is the second time that Dolphin has been suspended this season.He sat out two games after being caught on an open microphone criticizing Iowa guard Maishe Dailey in a win over Pittsburgh in late November. Coach Fran McCaffery called Dolphin’s comments about Dailey “inexcusable,” and this incident could further enflame tensions between the two.Jim Albracht will replace Dolphin for the rest of the season. Bobby Hansen, Iowa’s color commentator, will continue in that role.Dolphin, a fan favorite who is also Iowa’s football play-by-play man, apologized in a statement released Friday.“During the broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend or disparage the player,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended. I will use this as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.”Iowa’s athletic department released a statement supporting Dolphin’s suspension, saying it “values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
In this Feb. 21, 2019. file photo, Louisville guard Asia Durr (25) looks to shoot past Virginia forward Lisa Jablonowski (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Zack Wajsgras, File) Wichita State guard Seraphine Bastin (23) pulls in a rebound next to Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Wichita, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) 209:35 AM – Feb 27, 2019 The player of the year will be voted on by the panel that votes in the AP’s weekly Top 25 poll, and will be announced at the Final Four in Tampa, Florida.“I wish you could hold your vote until after the Final Four since you think one of them will rise and carry their team,” said Lobo, who votes on the AP poll. 21 people are talking about this NEW YORK (AP) — With a few weeks left in the regular season, the college women’s basketball player of the year race is wide open.Take your pick. There’s a little bit of something for everyone with talented post players, guards and wings.Usually at this point in the season, there’s a clear-cut choice for player of the year. Sometimes it seems as if the top player in the country is almost a forgone conclusion — even before the season starts.That definitely isn’t the case this season.“I can’t remember the last time it was this wide open or there were this many potential serious candidates,” ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said. “Last year was going to be A’ja Wilson. A couple years ago, it was obviously Stewie (UConn’s Breanna Stewart). There are a lot of people who deserve serious consideration. There’s a handful of players who all make very compelling arguments why they should win it.” Twitter Ads info and privacy No clear-cut favorite for Player of the Year has emerged this season in women’s college basketball. Watch to see the top candidates and read the story here: http://apne.ws/NqEiXAW Here’s a look at a few potential candidates, in alphabetical order, though there are certainly others out there:In this Feb. 25, 2019, file photo, Texas forward Jatarie White (40) defends as Baylor’s Kalani Brown (21) works for a shot opportunity in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Waco, Texas. Baylor’s senior center has been dominant on both ends of the court. She’s averaging 15.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)KALANI BROWN: Baylor’s senior center has been dominant on both ends of the court. She’s averaging 15.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.“She gets triple-teamed every game,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “Everybody changes their game plan to play against Baylor because of that kid. If Kalani Brown was standing right there and another player in this league, who would you take? She’s 6-7. So, I mean, that’s my answer, pretty loud and clear.”NAPHEESA COLLIER: UConn’s senior forward is part of an exclusive club, becoming one of only five Huskies to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She’s also in the top 10 on the all-time blocks list at the school. Collier is averaging 19.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists this year.“I said this the other night, that every coach talks about their players as if they’re the best players ever,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t get caught up in that stuff. (But) there can’t be anywhere a player that’s playing better or does more for their team than Napheesa Collier does. That’s not possible. I haven’t seen every game, every week in every conference. There’s something about her that’s rare — you just don’t see it. You don’t see it at all.” AP Top 25✔@AP_Top25 ASIA DURR: Louisville’s senior guard will finish as the school’s second all-time leading scorer and has developed other aspects of her game. She’s averaging 20.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.“She is a joy to coach and loves the game of basketball and it shows in her work ethic,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “She has the ability to score at all three levels — the 3, pull-up jumper and gets to the rim.”MEGAN GUSTAFSON: Iowa’s senior center has already left her mark on the Iowa record book as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She has nearly 2,700 points — more than any man or woman in school history. She’s averaging 27.4 points and 13.3 rebounds this season, a year after scoring 25.7 points per game. She has hit 65.5 percent of the shots in her career, even making one of her two 3-point attempts.“It really is amazing what she has done in back-to-back years,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “When I met with her at the end of last year I said, ‘Well, you know you’re probably not going to do this again.’ And now here she is, proving me wrong. She is doing it again — and she’s doing it even better.”SABRINA IONESCU: Oregon’s junior guard has shattered every triple-double record in NCAA history. She has seven this season and 17 in her career — plenty more than anyone else. The Ducks are 17-0 in those contests, which include 10 against Power-5 programs. She’s averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists this season.“She means everything to the team and the program quite frankly,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “Her competitiveness, her consistency, her willingness to do whatever on any given night and sometimes everything on some nights is what sets her apart.”In this Sunday, April 1, 2018 file photo,Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale holds the trophy after defeating Mississippi State in the final of the women’s NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Notre Dame won 61-58. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)ARIKE OGUNBOWALE: Notre Dame’s senior guard has followed up her historic Final Four with a stellar season. She’s averaging 21.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists and became the school’s all-time leading scorer earlier this month.“She’s the face of our program,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “When you look at what she has done for us over the past four years, it’s been fun to watch her grow. When she gets the ball in transition, she’s so exciting. She’s taught me a lot of things about being fearless and letting things go.”ALANNA SMITH: Stanford’s senior forward was the first international recruit ever for the Cardinal women’s program. She likely won’t be the last with the contributions she made. She’s averaging 20.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. She’s also hit 41 percent of her 3-point attempts.“She’s just been great,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “What I’m most proud of is how much, No. 1, Alanna has improved her skill set and her toughness. She’s a warrior out there. … I love her leadership.”___Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
By The Nelson Daily SportsCastlegar did its best to ruin the weekend for the Nelson Leafs as the Sunflower City squad scored a pair of West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep League wins.Kadrian Klimchuk scored twice to lead Castlegar to a 3-1 victory Friday night at the Pioneer Arena.Saturday, Klimchuk and Tanner Costa each had three points to lead Castlegar to a 5-2 win over Nelson at the Arena Complex.The two wins leapfrogged Castlegar past Nelson in West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep League standings.Nelson managed to conclude the weekend with some positive results as the Leafs double Revelstoke 6-3 in a game played in Nakusp.“It wasn’t as bad as it looks,” said Nelson coach Rod Podgorenko. “We had very good play from Merissa Dawson and Amit Bhabra and our goalies (Curt Doyle and Joey Timmermans) also played very well during the weekend.”Friday, Castlegar scored one goal in each period to edge Nelson. Justin Podgorenko scored the lone goal for Nelson.Saturday, Castlegar blitzed Nelson for four second-period goals to win its second game in as many days.Everett Hicks and Aigne McGeady-Bruce replied for Nelson.Sunday, Justin Podgorenko, with two goals and an assist, led Nelson offensively.Jacob Shukin, Taylor Cooper, Logan Mengler and Ben Woodward added [email protected]
Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar opened the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball season with a pair of wins Saturday at the Hangar in Nelson.The Rockers jumped to a 26-7 lead, before coasting to a 46-25 decision over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in a three-team mini-tournament.Morgan Lynn led the Rockers with 11 points while Liam Harder and Marvin Archer each added eight points.Jairo Mangapot had 10 points and Joshua Jolicoeur added eight points for the Bombers. Stanley Humphries, finishing third in last season’s West Kootenay Championships in Grand Forks, dumped J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail 46-25 to complete the two-game sweep.Lynn led the offence with 17 points while Kyle Hadikan had 12 and Daniel D’Onatio added six.Nahum Colwell and Jackson Kanakin each had six points for the Hawks.In the final game of the day, the Crowe Hawks out scored the LVR Bombers 11-3 in the fourth quarter to escape with a 42-29 victory.Ayden McNamee led the Hawks with 11 points. Antonio Pasqualotto and Karssey Levng each added six points for the Hawks.Thomas Baxter scored eight points and David Hu had seven to lead the Bomber attack.LVR is back in action Thursday when the Bombers host the Rockers at 6 p.m. in the Hangar.The Junior Bombers travel to Creston Saturday to face Prince Charles and Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook in a three-team mini tournament.
Felipe Valdez5478413%$266,720 DESORMEAUX ENDORSES RIDE BY ESPINOZAKent Desormeaux won the Belmont Stakes in 2009 on Summer Bird, so the 45-year-old Hall of Fame rider certainly knows his way around the massive mile and a half oval, even though he also has some bittersweet memories. In perhaps the toughest beat ever, Desormeaux and Real Quiet were nosed out of the Triple Crown by Victory Gallop in 1998, and in 2008, Big Brown failed to complete the course as the odds-on favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Desormeaux at this point has no mount this year in the final jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, which will be decided June 6 with American Pharoah seeking to become the first winner of racing’s most elusive prize since Affirmed in 1978.If the 3-year-old colt ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Bob Baffert for Ahmed Zayat runs as he did in the Preakness last Saturday, taking the lead from the start and winning by seven widening lengths on Pimlico’s sloppy track, Desormeaux likes Espinoza’s chances.“He did the right thing, doing what he did,” Desormeaux said of Espinoza’s take-it-to-’em tactics. “He sent him like they were going across the street and that was the right strategy, to establish the lead and annihilate the field.“Two hundred yards from the gate, when he was squeezed to the fence, you could tell he was swimming. He was in six inches of water before he was getting into the race track. There was a pool down on the fence, but he splashed through that, got to higher ground, and won like the very good horse that he is.”Is he good enough to win the Triple Crown?“He’s definitely the fastest horse out there, but the true test of a champion is whether they can recover and hold their form in three weeks going a mile and a half,” Desormeaux said.“For him to put in an effort like that, he’s going to be tired. But Bob knows what to do. He’s only failed by a lip and a neck and then some of winning the Triple Crown.“Baffert knows how to get ’em ready.” Bob Baffert1231125%$145,750 (Current Through Sunday, May 17) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS UNBEATEN SUNDAY RULES SHARP FOR SPRING FEVERUnbeaten Sunday Rules will be favored to capture her fifth straight victory when she runs in Saturday’s $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. A speedy 4-year-old bay daughter of the late Tribal Rule owned and bred by Nick Alexander, Sunday Rules has won her four starts by a combined margin of nearly 24 lengths.“She couldn’t be doing any better,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, who knows another committed front-runner, Tribal Gal, drew outside of Sunday Rules in a field of six.“It is what it is; if they want to 21, 44 or whatever, we’ll keep going,” D’Amato said. “She breezed 59 the other day and it looked like she was going 1:02, she was doing it so easy. She’s just so talented. Good horses do that.“She’s had a little of this, a little of that,” D’Amato said in explaining her limited campaigns of two starts in 2013, one start last year and one so far in 2015, a 2 ½-length score on April 30. “She had some issues at two, then she got sick at three, but she’s never been as good as she is right now and I look forward to giving her a more substantial campaign this year.”The Spring Fever: Shakeitupbetty, Elvis Trujillo, 15-1; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Sidepocket Run, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Meinertzhageni, Fernando Perez, 5-1; Sunday Rules, Tyler Baze, 3-5; and Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2. Joseph Talamo581131219%$382,698 Michael Machowsky1433121%$94,120 Mario Gutierrez2232414%$155,480 BUCK STOPS WITH TRUMAN FOR GO WEST MARIEConsistent and versatile Go West Marie stretches back out to a mile when she runs in Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf for red-hot trainer Eddie Truman, who won four races last weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.“I, Gary (Stevens), Mr. Redekop (owner Peter Redekop) and Brian (Anderson), his agent, are all on board with running her two turns instead of off the hill, actually,” Truman said. “She’s run super down the hill (at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf), but we just love her at two turns.“Brian is the one who talked Mr. Redekop into giving me a chance to train for him. He’s been a friend for years and there’s a great partnership there. We won four races down the hill last weekend and I think we’ve won seven of 11 over that course.”The Fran’s Valentine: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 6-1; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Heat Du Jour, Corey Nakatani, 5-1; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Qiaona, Mike Smith, 5-1; Mangita, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; and Chilada, Elvis Trujillo, 15-1.SANTA ANITA STARTS 4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS TOMORROW Santa Anita will offer a series of six twilight racing cards dubbed “4 O’clock Fridays,” featuring a 4 p.m. first post time beginning tomorrow through the month of June.All Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club members will receive free General Admission and the track will also present a “Totally 80s” concert series, hosted by K-EARTH 101 Radio after the races, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sirona’s Sports Bar.In addition to live music (provided tomorrow by “The Young Guns Band”), fans 21 and older will be treated to the following discount drink specials in Sirona’s and in the track’s newest sports bar, The Gallop Out, on the Club House turn:–$3 Bud and Bud Light (16 oz. draft)–$5 Well Cocktails–$10 Domestic Draft PitchersSanta Anita will also open at 11 a.m. each Friday beginning May 22 for simulcast racing from across North America. For more information regarding “4 O’clock Fridays,” including a complete schedule of “Totally 80s” live bands, please visit santaanita.com/events.FINISH LINES: On a fast Santa Anita main track Thursday morning, Beholder had her first work back since missing the May 9 Vanity Stakes with a temperature, going five furlongs under David Neusch in 1:01. “It was a very nice work,” Richard Mandella said of the two-time Eclipse Award winner. “She wanted to do more. We’re still looking at the Adoration Stakes for her on June 13.” Mandella also sent Precisionist winner Catch a Flight six furlongs in 1:12.80 in preparation for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27 . . . Feeling a bit under the weather, Corey Nakatani took off the two horses he was scheduled to ride today . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival Memorial Day weekend, this Saturday through Monday. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place. Flavien Prat551211222%$676,500 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo4754711%$259,920 GRAZEN SKY TRIES ‘DIFFERENT’ TURF IN SNOW CHIEFGrazen Sky was an authoritative winner in the Silky Sullivan at one mile over a “good” turf course at Golden Gate April 26, but trainer Steve Miyadi is taking nothing for granted when the gray son of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander runs in Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three year olds at 1 1/8 miles on grass.“The win was on Golden Gate turf,” Miyadi said. “There is a difference. It’s a little bit slower turf course up there.“We got a good draw but there are a lot of horses in the race. I don’t tell Rafael (Bejarano) how to ride but I imagine we’ll be behind Pete Miller’s horse (Richard’s Boy). My horse has trained well up to the race and he’s ready to go.”Coincidentally, Silky Sullivan and Snow Chief each won the Santa Anita Derby, in 1958 and 1986, respectively.The Snow Chief is one of five stakes Saturday in the Golden State Series for horses bred or sired in California.The field for the Snow Chief, race eight of 10: Cardiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 7-2; Book Thirty Four, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Chief of Staff, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Temple Keys, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Neveradoubt, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Pulmarack, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; and Over Par, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.HENDRICKS FILLY GOES LONG ON DIRT IN MELAIR STAKESThermodynamics broke her maiden on turf, then finished third in allowance company on grass, both at one mile.Saturday it’s back to the main track for the daughter of The Pamplemousse in the $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in at 1 1/16 miles.“We thought she wanted to go long the way she’s been working, and Gary (Stevens) doesn’t think the grass moved her up as much as two turns, so we’ll give it a try,” trainer Dan Hendricks said in explaining the return to dirt.The Melair: Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 8-1; Thermodynamics, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Niassa, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Ashley’s Baby, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Fiera, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1. Richard Mandella1965132%$422,090 MILLER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN TIZNOW Peter Miller, in the mix for leading trainer as usual, sends out two horses in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track, Solid Wager and Poshky. Each will be seeking his first stakes win, although they have combined for eight career victories from a combined 32 starts.Through 15 racing days, Miller had eight victories at the Spring Meet, one behind leader Doug O’Neill. Phil D’Amato also had eight wins.The Tiznow: Sold Wager, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 6-1; Toledo Eddie, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 10-1; Short Heat Wave, David Flores, 20-1; Soi Phet, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Poshky, Elvis Trujillo, 8-1; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 5-2; and Joy Boy, Joe Talamo, 4-1. Drayden Van Dyke4174517%$275,888 Tiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 Philip D’Amato2483333%$309,170 Tyler Baze8616121719%$656,070 Santiago Gonzalez4148310%$178,336 Mike Smith1946121%$408,730 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won William Spawr1131227%$77,610 John Sadler3356515%$203,258 Alex Solis1333223%$150,960 Doug O’Neill45911520%$395,110 Peter Miller37811122%$306,360 Martin Pedroza463667%$178,938 Fernando Perez57109818%$392,980 Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 Edwin Maldonado46611813%$236,820 Eddie Truman1151145%$145,150 Bruce Headley831038%$68,350 Gonzalo Nicolas5256910%$173,558 ESPINOZA DID THE RIGHT THING IN THE PREAKNESSTRAINER FEELS GRASS IS GREENER FOR GRAZEN SKYTHERMODYNAMICS GOES LONG IN MELAIR STAKESSPRING FEVER HOPEFUL SUNDAY RULES ‘COULDN’T BE DOING ANY BETTER’TRAINER HOPES TIZNOW STAKES IS MILLER TIME4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS TOMORROW AT SANTA ANITACHAMP BEHOLDER WORKS FOR ADORATION STAKES Richard Baltas2563224%$318,420 Rafael Bejarano5911131319%$521,862
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is reminding auto dealers of the new law restricting the importation of vehicles older than eight years.Government earlier this year announced legislative changes to the Customs Act that restricts the importation of vehicles that are eight years and older, from the date of manufacture to the date of importation, from entering Guyana. This new law took effect from May 1.However, despite notices to this effect already issued in the media, importers are still bringing the restricted vehicles.“The GRA therefore urges vehicle importers to desist from purchasing such vehicles and attempting to import same, since vehicles in contravention will be forfeited and disposed, thereof, in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Laws. Other fines and penalties may also be imposed,” stated a release from the taxation body on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Commissioner General of the GRA, Godfrey Statia, told Guyana Times that the Authority wanted to remind the public of the restriction, hence the release.“A few importers and individuals are still (importing such vehicles) and claiming ignorance so we just wanted to be pellucid that this is the law,” he remarked.Moreover, Statia explained that those importers who would have already purchased or had vehicles eight years and older at the wharf when the May 1 enforcement took effect, are given a “special concession”.The vehicle restriction does not apply to heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sector and special purpose vehicles.The highly-unpopular measure was announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during the presentation of the 2016 National Budget in January, which he said was part of the coalition Government’s programme of ‘greening’ the economy and protecting the environment.The ban, seen by many as anti-poor and anti-business, covers cars, vans, busses, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), and pickups. The Government in the same vein had moved to remove the taxes on vehicles less than four years old as a cushion. The excise tax on 1500cc vehicles less than four years old was removed, while there was a 50 per cent reduction of the excise tax to 10 per cent on vehicles less than four years old between 1500cc and 2000cc.Several auto dealers had spoken to Guyana Times back when the announcement was made and noted that the ban will only benefit the upper-middle class and described the move as “jumbie economics” being implemented at a time when the Guyanese economy was struggling to “keep its head above water”.
With very little rain over the past week and the rivers on the drop, the end is likely in sight for the late, fall-run salmon season on the North Coast. The season has been somewhat of a disappointment to fishermen as only a couple major storms hit the coast and dropped enough rain to bring the Smith and Chetco up to ideal levels.While the fishing window was very small, that doesn’t necessarily mean the number of returning salmon was small. Even during the low water conditions, salmon were …
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!Whenever the Warriors’ luminaries return to watch the game they played and love, they often do one thing that becomes as memorable as marveling at the highlight reels.Either before the game or a during a timeout, they walk toward the concourse atop the lower bowl. There, Al Attles often sits on a chair. When he is not watching the game, Attles is catching up with …