ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2020)–In accordance with instructions received from Los Angeles County Health Department, Santa Anita Park will temporarily close for live racing effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Santa Anita Park, there are over 1,700 horses stabled who require daily care. That care is provided by the 750 backstretch team members, most who live on-site and have been operating under stringent new measures for protection aligned with the best guidance from local and international health and government authorities on COVID-19. The track has been closed to the general public and closed to all but essential personnel since March 12, 2020. SANTA ANITA PARK WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR LIVE RACING EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC At Santa Anita Park, the health, safety and welfare of every person and every horse in our community is our top priority. At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Santa Anita Park. This measure is being taken in response to a mandate from LA County officials. We apologize for the late notice affecting today’s racing program, but Santa Anita is abiding by the instructions issued this morning by the California Horse Racing Board to operate under the sanction of the local health authorities. We look forward to the return of live racing at Santa Anita as soon as approval is received from local regulators. We will continue to work with authorities to familiarize them with the protocols which have been put in place to protect the health and safety of those who work with the horses and the horses themselves.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday’s deciding Game 7.This is the first major sports championship that a Cleveland team has won since 1964.In perhaps the biggest game of his career, LeBron James had the game of his life.James was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.The vote was unanimous, according to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.James scored his 16th triple double in the playoffs and seventh in an NBA Finals game — only two other players had recorded triple doubles in a Finals Game 7, according to ESPN.
Embattled INSPORTS administrative director Ian Andrews has accused the agency’s board of directors of victimising him for adhering to the organisation’s guidelines and protocols and has called on Sports Minister Olivia Grange to intervene after he was suspended on allegations of misconduct. In a memo to staff members yesterday, which was obtained by The Gleaner, Andrews defended his position and underlined several issues with the Lloyd Pommells-chaired board, ranging from accusations of governance and protocol breaches to what he described as the undermining of his role. The rehiring of retirees Ann-Marie Heron and Cloyfeld Thomas-Davis has been one of the main sources of contention for Andrews in this, his latest run-in with the INSPORTS Board. However, he added that the board not only undermined his authority, but deliberately hindered the process to access resources, which resulted in the agency not meeting its obligation to creditors. “I honestly believe I am being victimised simply because I did not follow the inappropriate instruction of the board to hire two retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service,” Andrews’ letter read. “The board not only put a lot of effort in undermining my authority at the agency, but also deliberately hindered the process in accessing resources payable to INSPORTS, which resulted in the agency not being able to meet its obligation to its creditors. “I will seek Minister (Olivia) Grange’s intervention in having the matter of the board’s inappropriate behaviour rectified.” Andrews, in his letter, noted that in 2007, he was instructed to hire 18 individuals off budget, and this led to a significant shortfall in salaries, which affected pension contributions and resulted in pensions not being paid. ALLEGED UNAUTHORISED PROMOTION In 2013, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis reported that INSPORTS did not conduct annual performance staff appraisals and that Andrews took a decision to reclassify 13 of 14 appraised staff members to higher positions. This resulted in unauthorised payments of J$24.6 million for June 2007 to June 2011. In 2015, the previous Don Anderson-led board removed Andrews’ signing authority and sent him on administrative leave. But he was returned with signing privileges after a Ministry of Finance directive. Andrews wrote to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports on February 3, 2017, listing concerns about the governance of the INSPORTS Board of Directors. Among other things, the letter pointed to the retirees issues, accused the board of attempts to coerce Andrews to disregard the agency’s policy and governance framework, as well as its refusal to sign off on documents for the accessing of funds payable to INSPORTS.
Canada’s Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement from mixed martial arts during a press conference in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL, Canada—Georges St-Pierre retired Thursday after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC’s worldwide expansion.The 37-year-old Canadian made the announcement at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me,” he said. “I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision over Karo Parisyan in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship by knockout over Matt Hughes in 2006. After losing the title to Matt Serra, he recaptured the belt by TKO in their rematch in Montreal.“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” UFC President Dana White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport.”In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at more than $12 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The crowd of 55,724 was the second-largest attendance in UFC history.ADVERTISEMENT Overcoming hurdles LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion,” he said in a statement. “It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life. But I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health.”He has fought just once since stepping away from the sport in late 2013 after nine straight welterweight title defenses. But in November 2017 he dethroned middleweight champion Michael “The Count” Bisping in his comeback bout at UFC 217.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSt-Pierre gave up the 185-pound crown a month later, citing concerns with ulcerative colitis. Despite limited activity, he is eighth in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018.He thanked family, fans and coaches as well as trainers, training partners, sponsors and agents. He also made it a point to laud his opponents. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief
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Few of the bribery suspects, as claimed by Global Witness, in the Sable Mining case (clockwise): Sen. Varney Sherman, J. Alex Tyler, Dr. Eugene Shannon, PPCC Chairman Willie Belleh, Sen. Morris Saytumah and Dr. Richard V. TolbertThe Sable Mining bribery case involving past and present top-ranking government officials appears to have taken a new twist with news reports that the Government of Liberia has dropped charges against British businessmen Phil Edmonds and Andrew Groves and by extension the top government officials linked to the bribery case.According to corruption watchdog, Global Witness, in a published report entitled “the Deceivers,” “Philippe-Henri Edmonds was one of England’s most brilliant and controversial cricketers. Andrew Groves was the hard-talking son of a Zimbabwean policeman. Together they developed a near-infallible system for gaming the stock market.”The report showed how Phil Edmonds and Andrew Groves concocted “intricate insider deals to skim off millions of dollars of investors’ funds. They floated a string of companies on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)—the barely regulated little brother of the London Stock Exchange—and set out to fill them with African assets, bribing officials as their agents intimidated rivals.”It may be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in May 2016, ordered an inquiry into Sable’s attempt to acquire an iron ore concession in northern Liberia after the Global Witness made accusations of wrong-doing.This was followed by an indictment of several individuals named in the report. The indictment had named as defendants, Sable Mining, then-House Speaker Alex Tyler, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, then serving as Chairman of former President Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party, and then Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy Ernest C.B. Jones, as well as Christopher Onanuga, a Liberian businessman.All four men were arrested in Monrovia but were later released on bail. The case was tried under the gavel of Judge Yamie Gbeisay but was taken on appeal before the Supreme Court on a Writ of Certiorari.A Writ of Certiorari is an order a higher court issues to review the decisions and proceedings of a lower court to determine if there were any irregularities.Government prosecutors had prayed for the Writ in the wake of Judge Gbeisay’s denial of their request to have controversial emails and spreadsheets marked permanently included in their oral and documentary presentations.However, the case was suspended in last October by the Supreme Court in order to focus on cases that would have arisen from elections related irregularities during the October 10 Presidential and Legislative elections.“We are going to concentrate on cases that would come from the ongoing electoral process for now, but not criminal matters,” the Court said on October 3, 2017.The Supreme Court’s decision came as a result of government prosecutors’ petition for a Writ of Certiorari against Judge Yamie Gbeisay’s denial of the prosecution’s request to have controversial emails and spreadsheets marked permanently included in their oral and documentary presentations.During the October 3 hearing before the Supreme Court, lead lawyers for the prosecution of persons of Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould and Jonathan Fonati Koffa were absent. Cllr. Gould had since passed away while prosecutor Jonathan Fonati Koffa had resigned his post to contest legislative elections in Grand Kru County.A grand jury in Monrovia accused the defendants of bribery among other crimes, according to the indictment.The indictment alleged that the defendants conspired to have used their positions to amend Liberia’s public procurement and concessions law to have allegedly benefited Sable Mining to win the concession without a tender. In the end, however, Sable Mining was not awarded the property, known as Wologizi.A spokeswoman for Sable Mining at the time said the company could not comment on the accusations made in the indictment, which covered a period including 2010 and 2011.Previously Sable Mining said the Global Witness report appeared to be based on “unreliable” testimony from three former business partners.It may be recalled that although several individuals including a son of President Sirleaf were named in the Global Witness report, state prosecutors however singled out Senator Varney Sherman, then-House Speaker Alex Tyler and former Lands and Mines Minister Eugene Shannon, later identified as ‘Big Boy 1’ mainly for prosecution.The indictment believed by many to have been politically motivated was, according to legal experts, botched from the very start by state prosecutors led by U.S. ex-convict Jonathan Fonati Koffa who, according to legal experts, appeared to be playing a hatchet man role for President Sirleaf.The Government of Liberia is believed to have spent at least US$750,000 on the case up to October 2017.Highly placed sources at the time said President Sirleaf had a long-standing beef with Senator Sherman stemming from his alleged unethical takeover of business interests of businessman Christian Maxwell who had fled the country in the wake of the 1980 military coup.The case dragged on up to the period of the October 10 elections when the Supreme Court announced it was postponing hearings into the case in order to concentrate on cases arising from elections irregularities.The case has not since resumed and with the latest announcement that the Government of Liberia has announced it is dropping charges against Groves and Edmonds, it appears that criminal charges against former Speaker Alex Tyler, Varney Sherman and others may be dropped as well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Matthews Ridge in Region One (Barima-Waini) are thrilled at the economic prospects resuscitation of the manganese industry will bring to their community; but are also desirous of meeting with the major players involved in the industry — a request which Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley has said can be facilitated.The Chairman was part of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s delegation which visited several communities in Region One On Saturday, and met with residents of the village.One of the concerns residents raised was their lack of knowledge about what is unfolding in the community regarding the project. They requested that officials of the Guyana Manganese Incorporated (GMI) meet with them.The Regional Chairman told residents that the council had recently met with, and had requested a proposal from, the company on how the RDC can lend its support. He explained that the council is only interested in the welfare of the residents.“My concern, as Regional Chairman, is not to say yes when a company has come into the region — that we want them to work and provide jobs; but it must be something that is sustainable, and the people must not be shortchanged,” Ashley declared.“So, we are going to hold them to their words; at the end of the day, the people are the priority and they must benefit,” he expressed.Some of the residents of Matthew’s Ridge at the meeting, with Barima-Waini’s Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley addressing residents in the presence of Minister of Communities Ronald BulkanLast Monday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, along with Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, visited the site to assess the progress that has been made since Guyanese Manganese Incorporated purchased the area from Reunion Manganese Incorporated (RMI) of Canada.Minister Trotman charged the company to honour its corporate social responsibility, and singled out the community hospital for attention in this regard.“We expect you to be a good corporate citizen, and to give back,” Minister Trotman said.When construction of the plant commences in July this year, some 550 Guyanese are expected to be employed. Extraction of the manganese is expected to begin in early 2019.
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAlthough he was an Anglican, Blair attended Catholic Masses at Westminster Cathedral, while on holiday in Italy, and with his wife Cherie at 10 Downing St. The couple’s children have attended Catholic schools. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who is the spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, wished Blair the best in his spiritual journey. “Tony Blair has my prayers and good wishes as he takes this step in his Christian pilgrimage. A great Catholic writer of the last century said that the only reason for moving from one Christian family to another was to deepen one’s relationship with God. I pray that this will be the result of Tony Blair’s decision in his personal life.” Blair, who is now a Middle East peace envoy, met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in June. LONDON – Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has left the Church of England and converted to Catholicism, the faith of his wife and children. Blair converted during a Mass Friday night at the private London chapel of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the church said. “I’m very glad to welcome Tony Blair into the Catholic Church,” Murphy-O’Connor said. The church said Blair had been a regular worshipper at Mass with his family and in recent months had been following a program leading to his reception into the church. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the path Blair has been on “was not improvised, has lasted a long time and has been deep and serious.” Lombardi added that the Catholic community was “happy to welcome such a prominent person … at the end of a deeply spiritual personal path.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Frank McGlynn hasn’t trained since Donegal’s win over Fermanagh.SPORT: Donegal have doubts over key duo Frank McGlynn and Martin McElhinney ahead of their Ulster SFC semi-final with Monaghan. Rory Gallagher confirmed that neither player have trained since sustaining injuries in the victory over Fermanagh.Gallagher made the reference to the injured duo after responding to ‘gamesmanship’ claims which were made by Pete McGrath in the aftermath of Donegal’s win. Gallagher told The Irish News, “We are all very heated during games and after games.“We had two players, Martin McElhinney and Frank McGlynn who left the field with injuries and neither of them have trained since.“Maybe Peter did not realise that at the time.“I do not agree with Pete’s comments. He was referring a lot to the second-half but with the quick turnaround we did not refer too much to the Fermanagh game.” Donegal were defeated by Monaghan in last year’s Ulster final by a single point.Many pundits are tipping Monaghan to edge out Donegal again this year when the sides meet tomorrow evening in Breffni Park, Cavan.What are your thoughts? Can Donegal reach their sixth Ulster SFC final in-a-row? DOUBTS OVER MCGLYNN AND MCELHINNEY AHEAD OF ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL was last modified: June 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAMonaghannewsSportUlster SFC