Nelson Boxing Club fighters took their skills on the road to compete at the Griffins Saturday Night Boxing Card in North Vancouver.Coach Jesse Pineiro said the card was an opportunity for the local boxers to gain some valuable experience. “I’m very proud of how our fighters conduct themselves in and out of the ring,” Pineiro said following the event.“They showed skills, heart and sportsmanship as always and putting our club on the map.”Results had Brayden Hellekson drop a close decision to Robert Machikyan from Nanaimo while Jesse Lyons fought a great exhibition match against National Champion Ali Reza.“Jesse used his reach and movement and looked very sharp against Reza,” Pineiro said.The final Nelson bout had Max Berkeley gains some good experience during an action-packed bout against Aaron Madriaga from North Vancouver. This was a 12-year-old initiation bout for both fighters.
FINISH LINES: Despite steady rain that began Thursday afternoon and continued into late Friday morning necessitating the closing of the main track for training at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos, where California Chrome is entered in Saturday’s Winter Challenge, trainer Art Sherman expects the 2014 Horse of the Year to run in the race he hopes will lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 and a possible rematch with Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate. “The horse is ready to go,” said Sherman, who had expressed concern about running the “People’s Horse” on a sealed or off track in a prep for the California-bred’s final race. “The weather’s supposed to clear up soon and the people at Los Al have guaranteed me that by race time tomorrow the track will be fast.” Added Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak: “The track was sealed last night and it always bounces back pretty quick.” . . . Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward reports that super filly Songbird will return from a six-week hiatus at WinStar Farm in Kentucky to Santa Anita the first week in January to prepare for her four-year-old campaign . . . From Gulfstream Park Publicity comes word that Awesome Banner, winner of the Hutcheson and Swale at Gulfstream, is ticketed for the Grade I Malibu on opening day. “Right now we plan to take a run there,” said Norm Casse, who trains the homebred for Jacks or Better Farm with his father, Mark. “He worked really well yesterday (five furlongs from the gate at Palm Meadows in a bullet 1:00.20, breezing). The Malibu is an opportunity for him to run against straight three-year-olds one more time.” . . . Agent Derek Lawson said Flavien Prat will be ready to ride opening day after recovering from blood in his kidneys following a mishap at Del Mar Nov. 27 . . . J.R. Pegram has Kent Desormeaux booked on Isothern for trainer George Weaver in the Mathis Brothers Mile on turf opening day. MIDNIGHT STORM COULD FACE ARROGATELUNAR EXPRESS STEPS UP IN GRADE I LA BREAWALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAYPOPULAR SHOWVIVOR TO RETURN ON DEC. 26CALIFORNIA CHROME SET TO GO TOMORROWSONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA NEXT MONTHVERSATILE MIDNIGHT STORM SET FOR SAN PASQUALTrainer Phil D’Amato has versatile multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Storm set to run in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and California Chrome conqueror Arrogate.Midnight Storm, winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf at Santa Anita last June 4, captured the Native Diver Stakes on dirt at Del Mar Nov. 27 in typical front-running fashion, winning off by nearly eight lengths.“His race at Del Mar was pretty impressive and he’s always trained really good on the dirt here at Santa Anita,” D’Amato said. “He broke his maiden on the dirt here and he came out of the Native Diver in great shape.”As to the possibility of facing Arrogate, D’Amato said, “I think we’ve got nothing to lose. If we beat Arrogate, hey, that’s a major feather in our cap. If you lose, you lost to Arrogate, so to me it’s a good opportunity.“My horse is doing really well and the San Pasqual is where we’re going to go.”LUNAR EXPRESS MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN LA BREARichard Baltas, who has become a trainer to be reckoned with in recent years, hopes to catch lightning in a bottle when he runs Lunar Express in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day.Lunar Express, a daughter of Malibu Moon, won at a mile on Del Mar’s main track Nov. 12, but not against the quality of rivals she may meet in the La Brea.“She won going a mile and going 6 ½ (furlongs),” Baltas said. “She’s never run against stakes company but she beat older horses last time going a mile on dirt, so I figured this is a perfect distance for her.“We’ll give it a shot.”SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar, a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea showcased, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events: –Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events) –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. SANTA ANITA’S POPULAR ‘SHOWVIVOR’ RETURNS OPENING DAYSanta Anita’s popular free online “Showvivor” will again be available to fans via santaanita.com/showvivor beginning opening day. The contest offers $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize to be awarded to the longest “show streak” over the course of Santa Anita’s Winter Meeting, which concludes April 9.Showvivor participants are required to select one horse from one race per racing day, and that horse must run no worse than third in order for the player to “Showvive.” If the player’s selection fails to finish 1-2-3, that individual is not totally eliminated, as he or she may begin a new streak the next racing day. The player with the longest “show streak” on April 9 will be declared top prize winner of $2,500. A second “Showvivor” contest will begin Friday, April 14.The longest “show streak” is one of just five separate ways to win beginning Dec. 26:SHOW STREAK: The player who has the longest “show” or no-worse than third-place finish streak at the end of the Spring Meet will win the grand prize of $2,500. Players should note that if they fail to make an online selection on a given day, their streak is still alive but they will not receive credit for days missed.WIN STREAK: This carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to reward players who have selected the most consecutive first-place finishers. If a player fails to make a selection on a given day, his or her streak may continue, but the player will not receive credit for any days missed.TOTAL WINS: At the end of the Spring Meeting, the player with most total wins will receive a $500 prize.TOTAL PLACES: This also carries a prize of $500 and rewards the player who selects most total places or second-place finishes.LARGEST SINGLE WIN PAYOUT: At the end of the Spring Meet, the player who has selected the highest single day win payout will be paid $500.Players are encouraged to sign up as early as possible at santaanita.com/showvivor, although registration will be available after Dec. 26. Daily online selections must be made no later than 10 minutes until first race post time.For additional details, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nuno upbeat in Liverpool defeat: Wolves can’t think about tableby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was frustrated after their 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored for the Reds as they stay top of the table for Christmas.Nuno lamented, “We started the game well, chances for both teams. We didn’t maintain the consistency through the game. The start of the second half is not good. Better decisions or composure we could have harmed a very good team.”The boys worked very hard and it’s difficult to play against Liverpool especially when they’re in front.”We deserved one goal at least. We have to now rest.”I’m happy because of the way we work and pass the moments football gives. We are consistent – the table doesn’t mean anything.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio agree personal terms with Chelsea fullback Zappacostaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.TMW says Lazio have agreed to cover Zappacosta’s €2m salary at Chelsea to bring him back to Italy.Lazio now hope to close a loan arrangement with Chelsea chiefs.The stumbling block is the form of the loan, Chelsea are demanding a obligatory permanent option, while Lazio would prefer a choice in signing Zappacosta permanently.The Italy fullback moved to Chelsea 18 months ago from Torino.
Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement NEW YORK, United States — In a new report published Saturday by The New York Times, fifteen current and former male models and 13 male assistants and models have accused top fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of a pattern of coercive sexual behavior. The investigation has been in the works since at least the week before Thanksgiving.Representatives for both photographers objected to the allegations, and Weber denied them in a statement. The law firm that represents Testino “challenged the characters and credibility” of people who made complaints and said former employees were shocked.Publishing giant Condé Nast told the Times it will stop working with both Testino and Weber “for the foreseeable future” and announced a new code of conduct to protect models from sexual harassment. Both photographers work frequently with its fashion titles, including Vogue, as well as some of the industry’s top brands, including Burberry and Michael Kors. Login/Register With:
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma travellers with Pikepass stickers on their vehicles can now use the payment tags on more Texas tollways.The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Monday announced an agreement with two agencies that operate several toll roads in the Houston and Austin areas.Oklahoma officials say a Pikepass can now be used to pay for travel on roads operated by the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill (DAM’-ril) on Tuesday said the Pikepass already worked on North Texas Tollway Authority roads in the Dallas area.Damrill says Oklahoma officials hope to expand Pikepass use to more toll authorities in the Austin and Houston areas during 2019.The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — Mounties in Grande Prairie are investigating after a vehicle was allegedly damaged by a gunshot on Highway 40 south of the Swan City.On Tuesday morning at around 9:30, a vehicle was travelling southbound on Highway 40, two kilometres north of the Wapiti River bridge when the driver heard a loud noise and noticed the vehicle’s windshield had been damaged. The driver of the vehicle was not injured, but the damage to the windshield is believed to be from a firearm.This isn’t the first incident of shots fired south of Grande Prairie. Last October, three trucks were shot while driving along Highway 40, and in November another pickup truck was damaged by at least one bullet while travelling along the Forestry Trunk Road southeast of the city. Cpl. Shawn Graham with the Grande Prairie RCMP said that at this time, police do not believe this incident is connected to any previous incidents along that stretch of road.Police are asking anyone with information about the matter to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com
For a minimum donation of $7, the Drive-Thru breakfast includes a hot off the grill breakfast sandwich, a side of fruit and a beverage, all in a reusable lunch bag.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John is holding its annual ‘Drive-Thru’ breakfast to raise funds for local schools breakfast programs.Thursday, September 12th, 2019, from 7 am – 10 am, the Rotary will be set up on the open lot at the corner of 100th Street and 96 Avenue.Orders of five-plus breakfasts can be delivered by the Rotary team by calling (250) 263-7660 before the day of the event.
Manila: The Philippines was poised to officially quit the International Criminal Court on Sunday, though the beleaguered tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of possible crimes in the government’s deadly drug war. Manila’s withdrawal is to become final a year after it told the United Nations that it was quitting the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal, the second nation to do so. “The Secretary-General… informed all concerned states that the withdrawal will take effect for the Philippines on 17 March,” UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko said on Friday. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe Philippine government and the ICC on Sunday had yet to comment on the withdrawal’s effectivity. The departure of the Philippines follows the court being hit in recent years by high-profile acquittals and moves by several nations to drop out. Manila moved to quit after the body launched a preliminary examination in 2018 into President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug crackdown that has killed thousands and drawn international censure. Duterte’s drug war is his signature policy initiative and he defends it fiercely, especially from international critics like Western leaders and institutions which he says do not care about his country. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpHowever, court officials have said the preliminary probe launched by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in February 2018 into possible crimes against humanity in the drug war would continue. Under the court’s rules, any matter under consideration before a nation leaves the court is still under its jurisdiction. Duterte has made it clear his government will not cooperate with the ICC in any way. “The court “can never acquire jurisdiction over my person, not in a million years,” he said in a speech on Wednesday. Rights group Amnesty International said on Sunday the withdrawal should prompt the UN Human Rights Council to probe the killings. “Filipinos bravely challenging the ‘war on drugs’ or seeking justice for their loved ones need international support to help them end this climate of fear, violence and impunity,” said Amnesty International regional director Nicholas Bequelin. The ICC examination, which is one step before a full-blown probe, zeroes in on allegations the government has been involved in illegal killings as part of the crackdown Duterte launched in mid-2016. Police say they have killed 5,176 users or pushers who resisted arrest, but rights groups say the actual number of dead is at least triple that number. Critics have alleged the crackdown amounts to a war on the poor that feeds an undercurrent of impunity and lawlessness in the nation of 106 million. The Philippines’ move to exit follows a string of setbacks for the ICC, including the January acquittal of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo and the June 2018 not guilty verdict for former DR Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Burundi in 2017 became the first ever nation to leave the court, which was founded in 2002. In a wave of unprecedented defections, other African nations — Zambia, South Africa, Kenya and Gambia —have also made moves to quit or expressed interest in withdrawing as they accused the court of being biased against Africans. However, the court this month got a boost when Malaysia officially joined, making it one of just a handful of Asian members.