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A STATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP

first_imgA STATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUPThis afternoon, Emtech, a three-year-old colt, was humanely euthanized on the track after the eighth race on Saturday, September 28th at Santa Anita Park.  After breaking down on the track, Emtech was evaluated immediately by a team of on-track veterinarians, led by Santa Anita Park veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead. Dr. Stead observed that Emtech had two broken front forelimbs and made the decision to humanely euthanize the horse.Jockey Mario Gutierrez was uninjured.“As is protocol at Santa Anita, we will open an immediate review into what factors could have contributed to Emtech’s injury,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian for The Stronach Group.  “Santa Anita will work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to brief our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in.  Emtech will undergo a necropsy at the University of California – Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, as is mandatory for all on-track accidents.  The accident and the necropsy report will be reviewed by a team to learn what, if anything, could have been done to have prevented the accident.”The thoughts of the management and staff of The Stronach Group and Santa Anita go out to everyone who cared for Emtech since he was claimed last August 8th at Del Mar.Emtech had two wins – including his previous run at Los Alamitos — in five career starts. He had a second and third-place finish, as well.The Stronach Group and Santa Anita safety measures put horse and rider safety above all else.  There is an expected level of safety and accountability that is required to participate at a Stronach Group racetrack.  If anything less is found which could have contributed to this incident, it will be addressed immediately.  Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain committed to leading transformative change in this traditional sport.last_img read more

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EX-NOCAL CEO Sued for Defaults on US$173K Loan

first_imgFailure on the part of former National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christopher Z. Neyor to pay back a US$173,490.38 loan to Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) has led him into trouble at the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice.Neyor with his Morweh Energy Group is expected to stand trial shortly. On December 22, 2015, the bank alleges that it granted Neyor, also CEO of Morweh Energy Group, a “Time Loan Facility” valued at US$150,000 for a period of six months to partly finance his personal obligations.According to the bank, Neyor’s ‘deliberate refusal to settle his US$150,000 debt,’ including other costs, such as the 14 percent interest on the loan and 17 percent legal fees, summed-up the total amount to US$173,490.38.Further to the complaint, the bank’s lawyer, Attorney Jonathan Massaquoi, claimed that the credit facility provided for six equal monthly installment payments of US$25,000.Additionally, Atty. Massaquoi said the defendant signed a domiciliation agreement promising to have all of Morweh’s assets sold if he did not meet up with the terms and conditions of the loan. Under a domiciliation agreement, a unique code is obtained from the bank which identifies the agreement between the bank and the customer. “But Defendant Neyor has refused and neglected to make one single payment against the facility,” Atty. Massaquoi complained to the court.They claimed that the “Time Loan Facility” was granted to the company at a rate of 14 percent.The bank also said it issued several written communications to Mr. Neyor before taking the issue to court.The suit named one lot of land situated in Oldest Congo Town as some of Neyor’s security collateral for the loan, which he had earlier registered in favor of the bank’s security interest during the loan transaction.They told the court that after several failed attempts to recover the amount from Neyor, they hired the services of an external lawyer at a rate of 17 percent service fee of the outstanding amount, to file the suit against the defendant at the court.“This action is intended to recover from the defendant the default amount of US$173,490.38, plus all other costs of recovery consistent with the Time Loan Agreement,” the bank pleaded in the suit.It may be recalled that Neyor contested the 2014 mid-term senatorial election for Montserrado County, but lost. He is yet to respond to the bank’s claim.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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BC Regional Jobless Numbers

first_imgThe Northeast region of the province was one of only three in BC where the jobless rate was below 8 percent last month.Still at 7.9 it was slightly above the provincial average, which fell from 8.1 in June to 7.8 percent in July. As reported earlier, that drop occurred despite the fact the provincial economy lost 11,500 full time jobs last month and that’s because 17,000 people left the work force.BC Stats. says the lowest regional July unemployment rate was in Vancouver Island/Coast region, at 6.4 percent, largely due to Victoria’s rate of 6 .1 percent.- Advertisement -The other region below the provincial average was Mainland/Southwest at 7.4 percent.At the other end of the scale was the Cariboo at 14.2 percent and the only other region in double digits was North Coast/Nechako at 10.5 percent.last_img read more

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‘Raging’ Hull boss Bruce calls for video replays after controversial Stoke draw

first_imgHull manager Steve Bruce was left “raging” after a number of contentious referee decisions cost his side an against the odds victory over Stoke.The Tigers boss was forced to rejig his line-up after they found themselves down to ten men inside 15 minutes, with James Chester being shown a deserved red card for an ill timed last-man challenge.There was little doubt it was the correct decision but, after Hull took a surprise lead through Nikica Jelavic just before the break, the hosts may feel they were robbed of a second victory in two games by a controversial call from officials.Stoke were wrongly awarded a throw-in with a little less than ten minutes left which, with Hull players out of position, resulted in a late equaliser for Mark Hughes’ side as Ryan Shawcross bundled in to salvage a 1-1 draw.And with referee Jonathan Moss having to rely on the Premier League’s new goal-line technology to award Shawcross’ scrappy leveller, Bruce sees no reason why video technology cannot also be implemented in the top flight.“I can’t complain about the first one [Chester’s dismissal], we know the rules and it looks as though he was denying a goal scoring opportunity,” said the Hull boss.“The referee got that one right, but the decision for the throw-in was really baffling.“I was standing 30 yards away from it and I could see that the ball bounced off the Stoke player, he knows it’s come off him and knows it’s our ball, we’ve got three officials there all around where i was standing but they still can’t get it right.“Ultimately, because we genuinely believe it’s ours, we’re not in position and they score.“I’m raging now… we’re disappointed because we were absolutely terrific for 80 minutes with ten men.“The last thing I want to do is criticise referees, I know how difficult a job it is, but we’ve got all sorts of technology to award the goal, so how come when there is a dubious incident the fourth official can’t just watch a video clip and tell the referee the correct decision.“They’re all miked up and taking to one another anyway, so what will the difference be?”last_img read more

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Guardiola says Champions League ultimate test after Lyon draw

first_imgCity need a point from their final game at home to eliminated Hoffenheim to secure top spot in Group F, although they were fortunate to avoid a second defeat by Lyon — the only team to score more than once against them this season.“Today the Champions League showed me again that it’s another different competition and especially for one reason. The players are better,” said Guardiola.“That’s why every time we think about the Champions League and people say it’s easy for Manchester City, they are really confused about this.“Words are words. The people who say this never saw a game of Lyon, a game of Hoffenheim, or a game of Shakhtar.”City set a Premier League record with 100 points as they strolled to the title last term, and are again setting the pace this season having scored 40 times in 13 matches while conceding on just five occasions.“You have time in the Premier League, you have 38 games. Here you have 90 minutes, 180 minutes — you make mistakes and they punish you,” said Guardiola.Lyon already trail Paris Saint-Germain by 15 points in Ligue 1 after just 14 matches, but Bruno Genesio’s side once again pushed City all the way having beaten them 2-1 in the reverse fixture in September.“People say in France it’s just PSG. But they don’t know how tough it is in France. The league is so complicated, so good, so that’s why I give a lot of credit for the result and the performance today,” said Guardiola.“I’m really impressed about the amount of good young talent here in France. Both (Lyon) holding midfielders (Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele) are exceptional.“They’re strong and they have vision. The people in front — (Memphis) Depay, (Nabil) Fekir…it’s a team that’s well organised but that’s typical in the Champions League.”“Now we can focus on the Premier League and other competitions and try to arrive in February with everyone fit and try to compete against the best 16 teams in Europe,” he added.– ‘Proud’ Genesio –Lyon need to avoid defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk in their final game to join City in the last 16 after the Ukrainians scored a stoppage-time winner to earn a 3-2 victory at Hoffenheim and keep their qualification hopes alive.“I’m proud to see how my team performed tonight. They’re one of the best teams in Europe,” said Genesio. “But there’s also a bit of frustration that we didn’t qualify tonight. There wasn’t much in it, here or in Hoffenheim.”Lyon looked on course for another impressive win over City when Cornet scored his second goal to put Lyon 2-1 up with nine minutes to play, only for Aguero to level just two minutes later.“The players put in a display of very high quality. When we conceded the second goal I think we were still a bit euphoric and that’s what allowed them to score,” admitted Genesio.His team will conclude their group stage against Shakhtar on December 12 in Kharkiv.“I see it as a final for qualification, but we go into it full of confidence because we’re still unbeaten despite a lot of draws.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola was again impressed by Lyon as Manchester City rallied for a draw in France © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDLYON, France, Nov 28 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the Champions League poses a tougher challenge than any other competition after his side salvaged a 2-2 draw at Lyon on Tuesday to qualify for the knockout phase.The Premier League leaders clinched a place in the last 16 for the sixth season in a row as headers from Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero helped City twice recover after falling behind to goals from Maxwel Cornet.last_img read more

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Aston Villa goalkeeper joins non-league Solihull Moors on loan ahead of FA Cup clash

first_imgAston Villa have sent reserve keeper Benjamin Siegrist on a month-long loan to local non-league side Solihull Moors.The Conference club have an injury crisis between the sticks so the 23-year-old joins in time for their FA Cup third round qualifying match with Worcester City this weekend.Moors boss Marcus Bignot said: “For the Moors this is a big step in the loan market.“We have been in talks with clubs about some top end academy goalkeepers from Premier League and League clubs and this shows where the club has come in being able to attract such a talented individual.“What a game for Benjamin to start his Solihull career. We all know how important FA Cup matches are to clubs at this level and it should be an exciting game for the spectators.” 1 Benjamin Siegrist last_img

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Crisis of faith can be especially difficult for the devout

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Doubting God. For the devout, it’s a very painful realization, one that can lead to a loss of faith or a much more powerful belief. Ironically, it was Mother Theresa of Calcutta, the Roman Catholic nun who dedicated her life to God by helping the poorest of the poor, who brought this crisis of faith out of the shadows. “Come Be My Light,” a biography of Mother Theresa, who died a decade ago, included letters she wrote in the 1950s and ’60s expressing her own agonizing soul-searching over the existence of God. She had requested that the letters be destroyed upon her death, but the Catholic Church refused, instead using them in studies to determine whether the founder of the Missionaries of Charity should be elevated to sainthood. Christine Rusch looks back about a dozen years to her darkest days. She was in her late 40s – dealing with grief and stress – and for the first time in her life she wondered about the existence of God. It came in the weeks after her mother died unexpectedly of a stroke at home in Iowa. Her dad, she said, was already gone, lost in the shadows of severe dementia and in need of constant care. She had no choice but to travel to Iowa for several weeks to settle things. The trip came at a bad time – things were a little shaky at her own home in Chatsworth, with a 17-year-old son who suddenly seemed aimless as college neared, and she and her husband were squabbling. And there was her grief. “It was really the first time I questioned God. It was kind of frightening,” Rusch said. “It was really the first time I asked myself questions. I went to Catholic school and you don’t tell a nun you wonder if there’s a God.” The letters spoke of “that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.” The disclosures shocked the public. But Jeff Siker, chairman of the Department of Theological Studies at the Catholic Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles said such doubt is normal among the faithful and widely discussed in Christianity. “We have been addressing this forever,” Siker said. “Part of it has to do with the age of the students we teach – they’re primarily 18 to 22 – in terms of the development of faith, the stages of faith. This is a time when they are appropriately questioning and challenging what they’re taught. They want to know more.” Siker, who is Presbyterian, said LMU religion professors do not presume that students are Catholic – just 60percent are. They do teach them to look at faith with a critical eye to help them find answers to their questions. “This is not catechism, this is a university,” Siker said. “It’s perfectly appropriate for students of this age to have all kind of questions, doubts.” In fact, one class offered at LMU is titled “Belief and Unbelief.” For followers of Islam, doubt is blasphemy, said Diana Steigerwald, a professor of religion at California State University, Long Beach, who specializes in Islamic culture. “A Muslim never doubts that God exists, it would be a sin,” Steigerwald said. “There’s never the doubt … You can’t say it. Allah exists, and no one can question it.” Faith in Islam means absolute certainty while doubt is the equivalent of disbelief, according to teachings. Those who doubt are deemed hypocrites because their hearts waver and the sin is far greater than misdeeds because it festers in the heart. By contrast, Jews accept doubt as part of faith, said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. “Human beings are not robots,” Hier said. “They go through crises, they face health issues. “A religious person will have doubt and overcome it on a regular basis,” Hier said. “We ask `what’s going on here?’ when a loved one has succumbed to a terrible illness. “I would answer that God created an imperfect world deliberately so man could become his partner. Otherwise there could be no passion, we would not strive, we would have no zealous creativity because if we lived forever we would be like the rock at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, sitting there for hundreds of millions of years.” Jews, as a group, have faced by far the biggest crisis of modern time, the Holocaust, and survived in faith because they are “perennial optimists,” he said. “Our greatest contribution to mankind is the fact that given whatever cards we’re dealt, we still remain loyal to the concept the best is yet to come. It’s very difficult to believe – it’s easy to have doubt – after Auchwitz, but that’s what we believe.” The Rev. Thomas Clerkin, a Catholic priest who counsels all faiths as a chaplain at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, said faith can be put to the test when a parent faces a child’s serious illness or death. “Some people think their child’s illness is a punishment from God,” Clerkin said. “It’s the, `Why’s he doing this to me?’ or something to the effect that `God is getting even for some sin I may have committed years ago.”‘ And such heartbreak can test faith. “The more you are connected to the fragility of the human condition, the more questions you have,” Clerkin said. “There’s nothing wrong with doubt – doubt is a sign of an honest person. The honest person is the one with the question. The one with the relationship with God is able to say, `God, why are you allowing this to happen? followed by `God I don’t understand what’s happening. I’m dealing with my son’s, my daughter’s cancer. I don’t know why, but please give me the help I need.”‘ What he finds in counseling parents is that the more actively involved they are in their religion, the stronger their faith when things gets tough. “There is a correlation in my experience,” he said. “I find that those parents who attend church fairly regularly or are active in their church are able to accept and deal with the sickness of their children. They’re able to cope better than those parents that don’t have the connection with a faith community.” Clerkin said he’s worked through his own struggles. “I have doubts all the time – not in the existence of God – I believe in God and eternal life, but I do have questions, like why do bad things happen to really, really good people.” Hier agrees – he doesn’t doubt God’s existence, but questions the plan. “There are fleeting situations where I say to myself, `Where is he? Can’t he see what’s happening?’ I always catch myself. God has the same question: `Where the heck is man, my partner?”‘160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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As wolves’ numbers surge, controversial move would remove them from endangered list

first_imgCritics, however, say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is moving too fast, and could be setting the stage for a slaughter that would push wolves back to the brink in the Rockies. For cattle ranchers like Petrich in the Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone, who already have the right to kill predators threatening their stock, the killing of wolves who established new territories outside the park has already begun. Seven times in the last five years, Petrich, a third-generation rancher, has shot a wolf for killing or harassing cattle. It took $24 million of federal funds and more than two decades to bring wolves back from near-extinction in the northern Rocky Mountains – the result of a government eradication program in the mid-1900s that included widespread poisoning of wolves. After years of debate, an initial 66 wolves were transplanted into the park from Canada beginning in 1995. Now, an estimated 1,545 roam Idaho, Montana and Wyoming – more than enough, federal official say, to justify removing them from the endangered species list. “The more of something you have, the less valuable each individual piece becomes,” said Ed Bangs, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s wolf recovery project leader. Environmentalists fighting the plan argue that at least 2,000 to 3,000 wolves are needed in the region to keep them from again disappearing from the American West. PRAY, Mont. – For rancher Randy Petrich, the removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list – a move that would open up the animals to hunting in the Northern Rockies for the first time in decades – couldn’t come soon enough. On the same land where it was once rare to see the animal, Petrich has seen fresh wolf tracks almost every morning this fall – close enough to threaten his cattle. “I believe that any wolf on any given night, if there happens to be a calf there, they will kill it,” Petrich said. “In reality, to help us now, we need to be trapping them, shooting them – as many as possible.” Just 12 years since the wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park after years of near-extinction, federal officials say the sharp rise in the wolf population in the region justifies removing them from the endangered species list. “This is all about wolf killing,” said Doug Honnold, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice. “This approach of managing wolves to the knife-edge, where they say the population would be at risk of extinction, is simply crazy.” In recent years, as the wolf population re-established itself, the number of cattle, sheep and other domestic animals killed by wolves has soared from 123 in 2000 to 330 this year through early October. The number of wolves killed in response – by ranchers and federal wildlife agents acting on their behalf – increased sevenfold in the same period, from 20 to 146. Under the plan to delist the animal, hunters and trappers would be allowed to obtain permits to kill wolves. As long as at least 450 wolves survived, the animal would remain fair game. Any fewer and hunting and trapping would be curtailed. If their numbers dropped below 300, they would go back on the endangered list. Several environmental groups are promising lawsuits to halt delisting. Anticipating court delays, the Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a backup plan that would keep wolves on the endangered list but loosen restrictions on when they could be killed to protect game animals such as elk – the wolves’ natural prey. Federal wildlife officials offer a paradoxical reasoning for their bid to remove the animal from the endangered list. To survive in the Rockies, they say, wolves must be hunted and killed. By reclassifying them as “big-game,” wolves could emerge from centuries of persecution and find a niche along other regularly hunted predators such as mountain lions and black bears. Those predators, too, were once at risk of disappearing but rebounded after their status changed from predators that could be shot on sight to big-game animals with limits on how many can be hunted. Similarly, if wolves are removed from the endangered list, proponents argue, states could tailor the number of wolf-hunting permits around target population levels. But some wolf experts say managing wolves is not so simple. David Mech, a University of Minnesota researcher considered one of the world’s leading experts on wolf behavior, predicted populations in the Northern Rockies could hold steady or keep expanding, even with hunting permitted, if the wily animals prove too smart for hunters. Since reintroduction, wolf numbers have increased 20percent to 30percent a year as the animals thrived in a habitat flush with elk, moose and other prey. Petrich’s tale offers testimony to that resiliency. The seven he killed – plus another taken out by a fellow rancher and two more shot by federal wildlife agents – were all from a single pack. Each time, the pack’s numbers quickly rebounded and the killing of livestock resumed, according to federal data.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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DESSIE LARKIN IS ANNOUNCED AS NEW LETTERKENNY TOWN MANAGER

first_imgThe recently formed Letterkenny Town team has announced the appointment of Mr Dessie Larkin as the new Town Centre Manager.Mr Larkin, a former town and county councillor, recently retired from local politics.On announcing the appointment, Mark Bundschu, who has been leading the initiative, said  they are delighted to announce the appointment of Dessie Larkin. “We are confident that the new Town centre Manager has all the key skills required to bring together all the key stakeholders in implementing the plan to revitalise the Town centre.“Since the beginning of this initiative there has been much support and enthusiasm, particularly from the private sector,who are its driving force at present Dessie has very strong networks as well as an excellent understanding of funding and public sector processes, his appointment will be instrumental in giving this initiative a future beyond its initial one year.”It is recognised that 1 in 6 properties in the traditional Town Centre are currently empty and a priority of this project is to attract new retailers to fill the empty spaces while attaining the best retail mix for the town centre.Letterkenny has much to offer visitors.“This appointment is essential to oversee our goals and visions realised. We are delighted with the appointment and are confident that working together with this very clear focus will ensure our town centre will thrive well into the future,” he added. The early days of the initiative will be to prepare an investment prospectus for the Town Centre, detailing the Properties available, the opportunity, and the deficiencies in the current mix of retail.This prospectus will act as a tool in the active recruitment of new tenants who will complement the existing retail offering. As the initiative develops citizen involvement will become even more important and then it will concentrate on making the Town Centre a more attractive place to visit.Dessie was born and reared in Lower Main Street , has lived and worked in this town all his adult life and has come through the selection process as the preferred and most suitable candidate.The Letterkenny Town team said he presented with a broad and extensive knowledge of Letterkenny and its environs, a well established working knowledge of the successes to date and the issues at hand, and a deeply rooted enthusiasm and passion to drive this project to fruition. DESSIE LARKIN IS ANNOUNCED AS NEW LETTERKENNY TOWN MANAGER was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Dessie Larkindonegalletterkennylast_img read more

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SIBERIAN COLD SET TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER WEEK (AT LEAST)

first_imgA buzzard over Co Antrim on Sunday.Pic Irish Weather Online/Brian McCulloughDONEGAL escaped the worst of the wintry weather blasting eastern Ulster, but the biting cold is set to continue – right through to Easter.Forecasters say temperatures could fall as low as -7C later this week, making it the coldest end to March in Donegal in years.Irish Weather Online is reporting that the cold blast will continue – with snow affecting north Leinster and east Ulster right through until Good Friday. And with the Siberian weather system from the east still dominating over the Gulf Stream, the cold weather will continue – although it will be mainly dry in Donegal, there will be severe frosts all week.So be careful on the roads. SIBERIAN COLD SET TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER WEEK (AT LEAST) was last modified: March 25th, 2013 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 weatherSIBERIAN COLD SET TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER WEEK (AT LEAST)last_img read more

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