first_imgPRAT ILL, TAKES OFF HIS OPENING DAY MOUNTS LITTLE BIRD MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S BLUE NORTHERLittle Bird, a two-year-old Irish-bred filly, makes her United States debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes which drew a salty field of nine despite its relatively small purse.“She’s a filly with an attitude,” said trainer Richard Baltas. “I’ve had her for a month and a half, she’s had three works and seems to be getting better.“This is a two-year-old filly stakes and most of these horses just broke their maiden, and she’s already won two races (in England), but there are some really nice fillies in there that look like they have a ton of potential.”The Blue Norther, race eight of 10 with a first post time of 11:30 a.m.: Lighthouse, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Guitty, Joel Rosario, 5-1; Parkour, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Madame Bourbon, Joe Talamo; Overjoyed, Mike Smith, 8-1; Laura’s Light, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Blue Sky Baby, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Croughavouke, Umberto Rispoli, 7-2; and Little Bird, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.Supplementing Sunday’s program is the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes at a mile on turf for two-year-olds going as race six: Goliad, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Encoder, Joel Rosario, 8-1; The Stiff, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Liar Liar, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Royal Act, Rafael Bejarano, Hariboux, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Air Force Jet, Evin Roman, 12-1; Kanderel, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Smooth Like Strait, Geovanni Franco, 5-2.BRIGHT OUTLOOK PREVAILS FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA, WHO PICKS UP BELLAFINAVictor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today.“My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races as I can.“I’m focused on winning and I’ll go from there.”With Flavien Prat off of his opening day horses due to illness, Espinoza picked up a big mount in the Grade I La Brea today, as Simon Callaghan has named him to ride 9-5 morning line favorite Bellafina.FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat took off his scheduled six mounts today due to a stomach virus. “He texted me at four this morning saying he was throwing up and might not be able to ride, then contacted me later and confirmed that he wouldn’t,” said his agent, Derek Lawson. “He said he was sorry and apologized to the trainers who had booked him to ride. Hopefully, he’ll have a quick recovery.” . . . Santa Anita’s popular Dollar Day will be offered on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. Fans can purchase hot dogs for $2 and soda and beer for a buck apiece . . . Today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 that starts in race six has a guaranteed single ticket jackpot of $500,000 . . . Santa Anita offers a live-money handicapping contest on select Saturdays and Sundays. Fans can sign up at the Main THOROUGHBREDS Center. For details, visit . . . There were 221 recorded workouts at Santa Anita on a busy Saturday morning, including 22 on the training track . . . Agent Craig Stephen, who hit a home run with Santiago Gonzalez, is back in action representing 33-year-old Mexico City native Israel Ocampo. “He’s been working for John Sadler and he’s fit and hungry and wants back in,” Stephen said . . . Agent Ken Huth has taken the book of seven-pound apprentice Victor Flores, who has nine wins at Golden Gate Fields . . . Ron McAnally, who first came to Santa Anita in 1948, was back at Clockers’ Corner on a chilly Saturday morning, ensconced at his familiar table. “It’s been so many years, I can’t count ’em,” said the 87-year-old Hall of Fame trainer, best known for conditioning legendary two-time Horse of the Year John Henry. “I won a race at Del Mar this summer with a 70-1 shot named It’s Tiz Time owned by my wife, Debbie,” McAnally said proudly. “That shows I’ve still got it.” . . . FIRST POST TIME FOR A 10-RACE CARD ON SUNDAY IS AT 11:30 A.M.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on December 28th, 2019Richard Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Final Work Ahead of the Grade I Malibu Stakes.John Sadler Discusses Gift Box’s Time Off and Expectations for the San Antonio.Bob Baffert Discusses a Trio of Three-Year-Olds Heading Into Grade 1 Starts on Opening Day.Peter Eurton Discusses Draft Pick’s Last Race Heading into the San Antonio.WORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 12-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 12-22-19Ashleyluvssugar (Outside) and Ekklesia (Eurton) 12-22-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 12-22-19Bellafina (Callaghan) 12-20-19Gift Box (Sadler) 12-20-19Mother Mother (Outside) and Eddy Forever (Baffert) 12-20-19 LITTLE BIRD COULD FLY HIGH IN HER U.S. DEBUTcenter_img VICTOR ESPINOZA HAPPY TO BE BACK IN ACTIONlast_img read more

Tough clash – Boyz face Panama in World Cup Qualifier

first_imgREGISTERING victory will be the prime target for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team when they tackle Panama in a Group B CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) match at the National Stadium tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. The match is one of six in the Fourth Round (Semi-finals) series, which consists of three groups of four, from which the top two will advance to the six-nation (Hexagonal) to make the ultimate challenge for places at the 2018 Finals in Russia. Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schäfer has rounded up close to his strongest squad for the match, with practically all the players who participated in their successful summer campaigns at the Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup at hand. “Panama plays good against Jamaica in the past. Now we have to change this. We’ve to win. But it’s not easy,” said Schäfer, who will not be on the bench owing to a one-match ban by FIFA for a verbal spat with match officials after winning in Nicaragua. “From the first minute, we’ve to control the match. This will not be easy. We have to find a way to do what we’ve to do in the match. The players have to be intelligent,” the 65-year-old German reasoned. In the South American championship, they lost 1-0 in group games all the time despite playing well against Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, teams loaded with world-class players. Against regional rivalry, they created history by advancing to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time. They lost 3-1 against Mexico. However, this is not a time to rest on laurels. Jamaica were given a harsh reminder in third-round clashes against Nicaragua as they faced elimination following a 2-3 home loss on September 5. In the return clash in Managua, thanks to Simon Dawkins’ goal at the death, they beat the Central Americans 2-0 to prevail 4-3 on aggregate. Had Dawkins not scored and Jamaica won 1-0 to even up the scoring aggregate 3-3, the Jamaicans would have been knocked out of 2018 WCQ by way of the away goals rule. Matches at this stage promise to be more difficult in what can be considered the Group of Death (toughest group) as all the teams, on current form, are among the strongest in the confederation. Costa Rica, quarter-finalists in last year’s World Cup Finals in Argentina, and Haiti, both made the Gold Cup quarter-finals, while Panama, though playing from the first half and through extra-time with 10 players, lost 1-0 to a last-minute controversial penalty against Mexico in the semi-finals. “Our group is very strong … all four teams can go in the next round,” Schäfer observed,” noting the reason they would be hunting an early advantage in the qualification. “It’s very important for the players to go to a Haiti with a win,” he said. The fact that their number 10 player, Luis Tejada, was sent off against Mexico, though controversially as well, tells another story about the Panamanians. They play very hard and fight, literally, tooth and nail, never giving up. This makes them very hard to beat. Tejada is still unavailable as he is serving a two-match ban. In the interim, their goal hunt will be led by Roberto Nurse and Armando Cooper. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have experienced Panama’s toughness all the time, with both teams notching two victories apiece and sharing four draws in their past eight encounters, dating back to September 2004. Their closeness is also reflected by their rankings – Jamaica at 61 and Panama 65. Neither has ever won by more than one goal, and when they last met for WCQ, in 2013, the results were 0-0 in Panama and 1-1 at the National Stadium. Other matches that may have included current players saw Panama winning 1-0 at ‘The Office’, before the Boyz exacted revenge with a 2-1 victory in Panama City. That was in 2012. “It’s a very strong team. We have to concentrate 100 per cent and fight and be disciplined on the field,” the Jamaican coach noted as he called for crowd support. “I hope the stadium is full. That is important.” Now, as far as team building for these crucial WCQ matches, the Boyz are at a delicate stage. They appeared to have built a very good defensive system through Copa and the Gold Cup, but some key players were missing against Nicaragua and especially in the first game, when it all went to pieces. Now, captain Rodolph Austin is back to partner Je-Vaughn Watson in central midfield, as well as influential flank midfielders Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary, plus Wes Morgan, the Leicester City captain and defence line leader. As they have been playing together in competition for some time, they make for a stronger and more understanding system of defence. Others complementing that sector are Adrian Mariappa, an offensive threat at times, and Michael Hector, who was unnecessarily booed last occasion at the stadium. Also among the defensive options is Alvas Powell, who is still being rewarded with a spot in the Jamaica team despite walking out on his country at the Gold Cup, following their match against El Salvador in Toronto nearly three months ago. Offensively, the team has had problems scoring goals. With two per game against Nicaragua, they made fair improvements. It is also fair to predict that there will be need for better finishing as Panama are up a notch. As far as scoring goes, and for the Jamaica team, Darren Mattocks is the man. He has scored one goal in the last four games for Jamaica – in both clashes against Nicaragua, against Mexico in the Gold Cup final, and against the United States in the semi-final. Giles Barnes, his strike partner, has scored a couple but is also somewhat unlucky, with a number of his shots crashing into the goalposts or being saved. McCleary, McAnuff, and Simon Dawkins, who netted the spectacular life-saving goal against Nicaragua at the death, also numbers among the scoring options, which have a new recruit in Britain-based six-footer Clayton Donaldson. “I’m happy about those players who played against Nicaragua,” said Schäfer, adding that “Mariappa was a good leader”. He said they showed a lot of character, much of which will be needed to secure victory in tonight’s challenge against hard-to-beat Panama. No time to rest Two-match banlast_img read more

Teng brothers team up as part of Chooks Pilipinas

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody 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 “My objective is to help the team. By doing that, I can also show that I can still play,” said Jeric. “If I play well, maybe a team will take a chance on me again. But that’s not my main focus right now. I want to really help the team win in this Champions Cup.”“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ramirez gives PH its 2nd gold in Aimag LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng during Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrothers Jeric and Jeron Teng have been dreaming about playing together again since both starred for Xavier for one season in high school.In college, the older Jeric went to University of Santo Tomas while Jeron suited up for La Salle and the two even faced each other in an epic UAAP Finals in 2013 won by the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Never in their wildest dreams that the opportunity to team up again will come in an international setting.The two have been selected by coach Chot Reyes to be part of the 12-man roster of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas which will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup beginning on Friday in Chenzhou, China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s really been our dream to team up again. It’s just a blessing that we’ll be doing this for the Philippine team. I’m so excited to share the same court with Jeron again,” said Jeric.“Even in practice, we go together in just one car. We talk a lot about practice and the system and it’s very fun. It also helps because we know each other’s game and we really get closer here.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BROTHERHOOD. In a show of sportsmanship and brotherly affection, La Salle’s Jeron Teng (right) raises the hand of UST gunner Jeric Teng after the Green Archers edged the Growling Tigers in overtime for the UAAP Season 76 title in 2013. AUGUST DELA CRUZ/INQUIRERJeron shares the same sentiments as he gets the rare chance to play alongside someone he considers as one of his mentors.“It’s different when your brother is on the same team. He’s not only my teammate but also mentors me,” Jeron said.“Of course, he’s already had lots of experience because he’s more veteran between the two of us. He gives me advice and really guides me on what to do on the court.”Playing for the Philippine team in the club tournament gives Jeric a chance to prove that he still belongs in the PBA and also benefits Jeron, who is eyeing go enter the 2017 PBA Draft.But the both cleared that their focus is on helping Chooks-to-Go win in the continental club championship.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Blue Eagles earn Final Four spot, down Tamaraws

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo secured a Final Four seat after topping Far Eastern University, 70-59, to stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles rose to 10-0 while the Tamaraws, who remained at fourth seed, fell to 5-5.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nambatac silences basher, challenges him to game of 1-on-1 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matt Nieto and Verano, who outscored the whole FEU team, 15-9, in the fourth quarter, led the Blue Eagles with 14 points apiece.Ron Dennison led the Tamaraws with 12 points and eight boards while Arvin Tolentino produced an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.center_img MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ After trailing 50-47 at the end of the third, the Blue Eagles found their rhythm and outscored the Tamaraws, 23-9, in the fourth quarter.Ateneo mounted a 20-7 run to gain control of the game with Raffy Verano capping off the scoring spurt with a layup that gave the Blue Eagles a 67-57 lead with 1:05 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We didn’t start off on the right foot, we had a bad first quarter but we are quite happy with the final three quarters,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, whose team trailed, 21-12, heading into the second period.“They [Tamaraws] came into this game prepared and we have to expect that every game because it would be the case, and it would not be easier for us.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

South Africa Sweeps 26 Swimming Medals in Gaborone

first_imgSouth Africa swept 26 medals in swimming at the just ended swimming tournament in the 2nd Africa Youth Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana.South Africa finished first with 13 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals for a total of 26 medals in the swimming event.Egypt came second with 22 medals — 10 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Namibia finished third with four medals — 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze.Host Botswana could only afford sixth position with 3 medals — Naomi Ruele’s two silver and David Van Der Colff’s bronze.Liberia’s two representatives at the event did not make any significant impact as they complained that they only practiced in Lake Piso and not in any swimming pool.It was in the table tennis tournament, however, that Liberia’s table tennis gem, Lasana Weh, made a mark for himself and his country.Weh, 15, earned the feat by winning his first two straight sets, according to a dispatch from the president of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philibert Brown.Wizkid, as he is affectionately called at the Liberia Table Tennis Association, defeated his challengers from Benin and host Botswana in two of their five best series.Though Weh lost to South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana, his earlier two victories were enough to book Liberia’s ticket for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, scheduled for 16-18 August 2014.Weh is an 8th grade student of the Newport Junior High Public School.For five years Weh has won several tournaments, including the Toyota Cup and the President’s Cup and emerged runner-up twice in the Chinese Ambassador’s Cup.Weh’s interest in table tennis grew as he won cash prizes from the various tournaments.“But, as time went by, Wizkid developed passion for the game and emerged first in every tournament amongst his peers,” someone who has witnessed the boy’s growth told the Daily Observer.The president of the Liberia Table Tennis Association (LNTTA), Amos Korvah, said the association is grateful for Weh’s superb performance.Meanwhile, Liberia’s two swimmers who hail and reside in Grand Cape Mount expressed shock when they saw the Olympic-sized swimming pool, because they have not seen or practiced in a swimming pool.The two, fourth and seventh graders, practiced in Lake Piso. Liberia also failed to advance in boxing.The athletics team is expected to wear their red-white-and-blue to participate in three events which will begin today.The on-going tournament has 2,500 athletes from 54 African countries, and the games included football, athletics, basketball and netball. It is a multi-sport competition held every four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

700 Youths to Benefit from LACE Project in Bong, Lofa, Nimba

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) LACE Executive Director Julius K. SeleAt least 700 Liberian youth will benefit from a project launched by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), a World Bank-funded Community Livelihood Investment Project (CLIP) in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.Commenced on 8 April, the 5-day workshop held in Gbarnga, was organized and facilitated by LACE to prepare County Agricultural Technicians (CAT) for the implementation phase of the project.Facilitators at the workshop are placing emphasis on strengthening the capacity of participants in key aspects of sustainable food production and livelihood farming, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, inputting data, management, report writing and submission among others, to ensure they have the requisite knowledge-based approach toward implementation in line with Government of Liberia and World Bank approved standards.Seven hundred disadvantaged youths from poverty-stricken families in each community will be recruited and placed into farming jobs and paid one hundred and fifty US Dollars (US$150) monthly as a means of empowerment to sustain their undertaking over the 18 months duration of the project.With collaboration from Local Government Representatives [Superintendents], Agriculture, Youth and Sports, Public Works and County-based local NGOs selected as LACE community facilitators (CFs), the project aims to impart individuals in enterprise training that propels them to channel their earnings more productively at the household level.A total of ten thousand ’at risk’ youths will be impacted in the overall rollout of the project across the country in each county, with locals voluntarily providing 50 acres of land as their contribution to the government’s empowerment of their children.“Think bigger, expand the scope of your implementation and always make sure as much as possible that local government authorities like the Superintendents are not just present at these launching programs, but all through along the lines, they should have a regular presence and a practical involvement in your implementation of the project,” LACE Executive Director Julius K. Sele challenged the participants in his overview of the project.Mr. Sele, who led a technical team of LACE project experts to the Gbarnga CLIP project launch, also called on the Community Facilitators (CFs) not to fall short of brainstorming on actual development needs of their communities. According to the LACE Boss, this can be best achieved by the participants keeping abreast of issues affecting locals that are relevant concerns to bring to the attention of donors for redress.LACE, the Government of Liberia agency with full fiduciary responsibility to implement all community-based development projects, had earlier launched similar capacity building exercises in Region Four which includes Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh and Grand Kru. Grand Bassa, Margibi, Rivercess and Sinoe Counties constitute Region Three.last_img read more

Kitty man to face judge, jury over rape of teen

first_imgA 42-year-old Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown man was committed to stand trial in the High Court on Thursday by Magistrate Leron Daly after a prima facie case was made out against him on the charge of raping a 13-year-old girl.Odinga Greene, 42, of Lot 17 Station Street, is alleged to have raped the teenOdinga Greenebetween November 1 and 31, 2016.During the Preliminary Inquiry (PI), the prosecution contended that the teen was home alone when Greene forced his way into her room and raped her. Further, the court heard that Greene was freed twice of two separate murder charges. The first charge was for the murder of 28-year-old Nazalene Mohamed, of Lot 1 East Ruimveldt Front Road, Georgetown, which occurred between February 2 and February 12, 2007. Greene had also been convicted of the murder of Sandra Harvey on April 26, 2004, and was sentenced to death by Justice Dawn Gregory. On appeal, a retrial was ordered by the Guyana Court of Appeal and a no-case submission was upheld and Greene was freed on May 12, 2005. Harvey was murdered between December 9 and December 12, 1999.last_img read more

“Expect more Venezuelans” – human rights body

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanWith thousands fleeing Venezuela on a daily as the humanitarian crisis intensifies, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) has warned that more persons are likely to seek refuge in Guyana.Most Venezuelans are fleeing to Latin American countries that border Venezuela, but GHRA President, Mike McCormack said while the numbers here might not be as many as those other countries, they will continue to come.“It is possible that the numbers will increase here, particularly now that this crisis is getting worst,” he told Guyana Times on Wednesday, explaining that the Government must do everything to prepare for such an event.McCormack noted that countries in the Andean region seem to be reaching their capacity and they have also made life a bit more difficult than it was before for Venezuelans, by placing visa restrictions, among other things. This, he said, could lend to more Venezuelans coming here.“We will see more people coming. My sense is, we won’t see this massive number marching down roads. But I think we need to make a modest effort to try to get early warnings,” he said.The GHRA President feels persons in the bordering regions, particularly in Region One (Barima-Waini), should be educated and trained to respond to these cases.“So, if they notice the numbers are increasing and if we get that information early, we can take measures and, coordination groups in the various Ministries could respond effectively.”He also noted that the arrival of over 100 Arrau, a few months ago, was handled efficiently.“We have been learning by experience. And we have been fortunate that the border controversy, the nature of the terrain, the language barrier, may be reasons why they are not coming but that could change because there is a lot of interest being shown.”McCormack told this newspaper that the GHRA is also monitoring the situation and would encourage everyone to continue to be observant.“If we can keep up the work and the ‘don’t panic kind of attitude’…and don’t anticipate major problems before they actually arrive, I think we can keep this humanitarian obligation intact.”On that note, he commended the Government for its response, saying it has been doing a “remarkably good job” in adhering to calls by international agencies to use a flexible approach to the issue.Learning curve“Our feeling is the Government has been on a learning curve and we feel much more assured now with the official response to the crisis than… say a year ago, when the standard response of when Venezuelans coming to Guyana was either they needed a passport or a visa and then if they over stayed they were put before the courts and fined and so on,” he stated.According to McCormack, that has changed, as there is now a more flexible, efficient and comprehensive response to allowing Venezuelans who are seeking to stay in Guyana.“The way that kind of manifested, is…not only did they require passports or visas, but they got a three-month initial visa and it is renewable. Government has improved its reception procedure,” the GHRA President noted, while pointing out that medical checks are also being done. He said that is an indication of the Government being more confident from the experience of addressing the situation. McCormack also pointed to an example, where 27 females, mostly Venezuelans, were found inside a “strip club” at Bikers Bar, Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara.“A year ago, they would have all been charged for prostitution and put before the courts and deported. This time the Police raided the place, the girls were checked by the medical authorities and those who didn’t have visas, they were given and their status regularised. And the people who own the bar were prosecuted,” he observed.According to the human rights activist, this approach is much more effective and a humanitarian way of addressing the current situation of Venezuelans coming to Guyana.While Colombia has received far more Venezuelans than other countries so far, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said they are spreading out to other countries.At least 40,000 Venezuelan migrants arrived in Peru in the first two months of this year. Thousands more have emigrated to Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Spain, the United States and beyond.It has been reported also that boats carrying Venezuelan migrants have landed on some islands in the Caribbean. In January, one capsized off Curaçao, killing at least four people.The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum abroad has rocketed by 2000 per cent since 2014. Brazil is another of the countries to have received a huge influx. There is about 600 Venezuelans in Region One (Barima-Waini).last_img read more

Contact your elected officials

first_imgPRESIDENT George W. Bush • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 (202) 456-1414 (202) 456-1111 (comment line) Fax: (202) 456-2461 e-mail: GOVERNOR Arnold Schwarzenegger • State office: State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 445-4633 • Local office: 300 S. Spring St., Room 16701 Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 897-0322 Fax: (213) 897-0319 Web: U.S. SENATE Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. • Local office: (661) 327-3611 Fax: (661) 637-0867 Elton Gallegly, R-24th District • Capitol Hill office: 2427 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5811 • Local office: 2829 Townsgate Road, Suite 315 Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-3018 (805) 497-2224 (805) 497-0039 Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-25th District • Capitol Hill office: 2351 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-1956 • Local offices: 26650 The Old Road, Suite 203 Santa Clarita, CA 91381 (661) 254-2111 1008 West Ave. M-14, Suite E-1 Palmdale, CA 93551 (661) 274-9688 Fax: (661) 274-8744 David Dreier, R-26th District • Capitol Hill office: 233 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2305 Fax: (202) 225-7018 • Local office: 2220 East Route 66, Suite 225 Glendora, CA 91740 (626) 852-2626 or Fax: (626) 963-9842 Web: Brad Sherman, D-27th District • Capitol Hill office: 1030 Longworth Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5911 • Local office: 5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 420 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 501-9200 Fax: (818) 501-1554 e-mail: gov Howard Berman, D-28th District • Capitol Hill office: 2221 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4695 • Local office: 14546 Hamlin St., No. 202 Van Nuys, CA 91411 (818) 994-7200 Fax: (818) 994-1050 e-mail: Adam Schiff, D-29th District • Capitol Hill office: 326 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4176 • Local office: 35 S. Raymond Ave., Suite 205 Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 304-2727 Fax: (626) 304-0572 Henry Waxman, D-30th District • Capitol Hill office: 2204 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3976 • Local office: 8436 W. Third St., Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 651-1040 Fax: (323) 655-0502 Web: Xavier Becerra, D-31st District • Capitol Hill office: 1119 Longworth Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-6235 • Local office: 1910 Sunset Blvd., Suite 560 Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 483-1425 Fax: (213) 483-1429 STATE SENATE George Runner, R-17th District Capitol office: 4066 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 651-4017 • Local addresses: 848 W. Lancaster Blvd., Suite 101 Lancaster, CA 93534 (661) 729-6232 Fax: (661) 729-1683 23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 250 Santa Clarita, CA 91355 (661) 286-1471 Fax: (661) 286-2543 Tom McClintock, R-19th District • Capitol office: 3070 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 651-4019 • Local office: 223 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 326 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (805) 494-8808 Fax: (805) 494-8812 e-mail: Alex Padilla, D-20th District • Capitol office: 4035 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 • Local office: 6150 Van Nuys Blvd., No. 400 Van Nuys, CA 91401 (818) 901-5588 Jack Scott, D-21st District • Capitol office: 2082 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 651-4021 • Local office: 215 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 185 Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 683-0282 Fax: (626) 793-5803 e-mail: Gilbert Cedillo, D-22nd District • Capitol office: 5100 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 651-4022 • Local office: 617 S. Olive St., Suite 710 Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 612-9566 Sheila Kuehl, D-23rd District • Capitol office: 5108 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 651-4023 • Local office: 10951 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 202 Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 441-9084 Fax: (310) 441-0724 STATE ASSEMBLY Sharon Runner, R-36th District • Capitol office: 6031 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 319-2036 • Local office: 747 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster, CA 93534 (661) 723-3368 Fax: (661) 723-6307 e-mail: Audra Strickland, R-37th District • Capitol office: 4098 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 319-2037 • Local office: 2659 Townsgate Road No. 236 Westlake Village, CA 91361 (805) 230-9167 Cameron Smyth, R-38th District • Capitol office: 5128 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 319-2038 • Local office: 23734 Valencia Blvd., Suite 303 Santa Clarita, CA 91344 (661) 286-1565 Lloyd L. Levine, D-40th District • Capitol office: 6011 Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 319-2040 • Local office: 6150 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 300 Van Nuys, CA 91401 (818) 904-3840 Fax: (818) 902-0764 e-mail: Julia Brownley, D-41st District Capitol office: State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0041 Tel: (916) 319-2041 Fax: (916) 319-2141 • Local office: 6355 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 205 Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 596-4141 Fax: (818) 596-4150 Mike Feuer, D-42nd District • Capitol office: P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0042 (916) 319-2042 Fax: (916) 319-2142 • Local office: 9200 Sunset Blvd. PH-15 West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 285-5490 Fax: (310) 285-5499 Paul Krekorian, D-43rd District State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0043 (916) 319-2043 Fax: (916) 319-2143 • Local office: 620 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 403 Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 240-6330 Fax (818) 240-4632 Anthony Portantino, D-44th District State Capitol P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0044 (916) 319-2044 Fax: (916) 319-2144 • Local office: 215 N. Marengo Ave, Suite 115 Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 577-9944 Fax: (626) 577-2868 VENTURA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS • Central offices: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA 93009 (805) 654-2251 Linda Parks, 2nd District • Field office: Civic Arts Plaza, Suite C 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (805) 373-2564 Fax: (805) 373-8396 e-mail: Kathy Long, 3rd District • Field office: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA 93009 (805) 654-2276 e-mail: Peter Foy, 4th District • Field office: 3855-F Alamo St. Simi Valley, CA 93063 (805) 582-8010 e-mail: L.A. COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS • Central offices: 500 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 974-1234 Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd District • Field offices: 14340 West Sylvan St., Suite A Van Nuys, CA 91401 (818) 901-3831, Fax: (818) 997-8196 26600 W. Agoura Road, Suite 100 Calabasas, CA 91302 (818) 880-9416 e-mail: Michael D. Antonovich, 5th District • Field offices: 21943 Plummer St. Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) 993-5170 23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 265 Santa Clarita, CA 91355 (661) 287-3657 1113 W. Ave. M-4, Suite A Palmdale, CA 93551 (661) 726-3600 e-mail: L.A. MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa • Downtown office: City Hall, 200 Main St., Room 303 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 978-0600 Fax: (213) 978-0750 • Field office: 14410 Sylvan St. Van Nuys, CA 91401 (818) 778-4990 Fax: (818) 778-4995 e-mail: L.A. CITY COUNCIL • Downtown offices: City Hall, 200 N. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Wendy Greuel, 2nd District • Field office: 6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd. No. 201 North Hollywood, CA 91606 (818) 755-7676 Fax (818) 755-7862 e-mail: Dennis Zine, 3rd District • Field office: 19040 Vanowen St. Reseda, CA 91335 (818) 756-8848 Fax: (818) 756-9179 e-mail: Tom LaBonge, 4th District • Field office: 10116 Riverside Drive, Suite 200 Toluca Lake, CA 91602 (818) 755-7630 Fax: (818) 755-7637 e-mail: Jack Weiss, 5th District • Field office: 14310 Ventura Blvd., Suite 100 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 (818) 756-8083 Fax: (818) 788-9210 e-mail: Tony Cardenas, 6th District • Field office: 14410 Sylvan St. Van Nuys, CA 91401 (818) 778-4999 Fax: (818) 778-4998 e-mail: Richard Alarc?n, 7th District • Field office: 13630 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima, CA 91331 (818)756-9115 Fax: (818)756-9270 e-mail: None at press time Greig Smith, 12th District • Field office: 18917 Nordhoff St., Suite 18 Northridge, CA 91324 (818) 886-5210; (818) 756-8501 Fax: (818) 756-9122 e-mail: LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION • Main board office: 333 S. Beaudry Ave., 24th floor Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 241-6389 Fax: (213) 241-8953 Jon Lauritzen, District 3 (213) 241-6386 Fax: (213) 241-8979 e-mail: • Field office: (818) 718-2571 Marlene Canter, District 4 (213) 241-6387 Fax: (213) 241-8453 e-mail: Julie Korenstein, District 6 (213) 241-6388 (213) 241-8451 e-mail: julie.korenstein.@lausd.net160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Capitol Hill office: 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-3841 • Local office: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915 Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 914-7300 Web: Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. • Capitol Hill office: 112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-3553 • Local office: 312 N. Spring St., Suite 1748 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 894-5000 Fax: (213) 894-5042 Web: U.S. HOUSE Kevin McCarthy, R-22nd District • Capitol Hill office: 1523 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2915last_img read more

Dispute snarls plan to record city meetings

first_img“They never wanted to be videotaped in the first place,” said Wilcox. He said he planned to file a lawsuit alleging breach of contract but he wouldn’t even do that if it were not for the fact that he had lined up Montebello High School students to do the actual work. “I just want to protect my guys,” he said. Narramore said he sent the city’s agreement with Wilcox to City Attorney Arnoldo Beltran, for an opinion, which will then be sent to the City Council for discussion. Calls to Beltran were not returned. “The city [council] wants to have its meetings recorded,” said Narramore. “We will find someone who wants to do it.” Wilcox, who said he was awarded the contract in January, said his dealings with the city have cost him money. He explained that since he makes money renting out his recording equipment, the city’s delay in buying its own equipment has forced him to use his own equipment free of charge. This is the latest in a yearlong series of encounters between the city and Wilcox, owner of PM24 Digital Recording Co. In March 2006, three Montebello High School students looking for experience in video recording and editing began videotaping council meetings for a few months under Wilcox’s guidance. The incident touched off a debate among council members. Wilcox said that Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez screamed at the students. “She was very rude,” he said of the councilwoman’s reaction to the students. Vasquez said she was surprised by the cameras and was concerned about the students’ welfare and any liability risks to the city, according to a transcript of the meeting. Initial permission for the videotaping a year ago was granted by then-Mayor Bob Bagwell. At the time, Bagwell said he wanted to know more about what sort of equipment would be needed to record meetings since the city was preparing to send out requests for proposals for videotaped meetings. He also saw it was a great way for students interested in the recording field to obtain valuable, hands-on experience. Wilcox’s proposal was the only one the city received, he said. In a 3-2 vote, the council approved a $25,000 general fund expenditure to purchase necessary equipment and pay Wilcox $500 per council meeting and $1,000 for special meetings. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Local businessman Philip Wilcox says although he signed a one-year contract to videotape Montebello City Council meetings, he has been told his services are not needed. Montebello’s acting City Administrator Randy Narramore, however, tells a different version. “[Wilcox] came to me a couple of weeks ago, and told me he didn’t want to do the job, but he still wanted to be paid,” Narramore said. Wilcox claimed that was untrue. last_img read more