first_imgITM% LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN READY FOR THE SAN SIMEON BONDE HAS TWO FOR THE IRISH O’BRIEN MONEY 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 21% 44% $372,789 17% 44% 67% Aaron Gryder58 Peter Eurton45 $289,700 9 8 34 3 20% $1,439,255 $734,266 31 Geovanni Franco181 $482,030 (Current Through Friday, March 29) 60% $817,644 9 Money Won 56% Richard Mandella38 13% 42% $1,125,028 10 13 10 37% 14% 8 $1,125,588 15% 12 13% Peter Miller103 24 50% Steve Knapp50 27 $1,103,117 18 8 58% 39% $893,703 Tyler Baze188 BELLAFINA, GIFT BOX, NOLO CONTESTO IN GRADE I BREEZESThree major players seeking gold and glory on Santa Anita’s sensational stakes spectacular this Saturday, April 6, worked toward their goals this morning– Bellafina for the Santa Anita Oaks, Gift Box for the Santa Anita Handicap and Nolo Contesto for the Santa Anita Derby, prestigious Grade I races all.As fellow Frenchman Brice Blanc deputized for Bellafina’s regular rider, Flavien Prat, who was in Dubai, the daughter of Quality Road went five furlongs in 1:00.20 for trainer Simon Callaghan, while Gift Box went six furlongs in 1:13.40 and Nolo Contesto the same distance in 1:13.60, both for John Sadler.“It was an excellent work; I couldn’t be happier,” Callaghan said of Bellafina, winner of five of seven career races with earnings of $828,000 for owner Kaleem Shah. “She started off in 24 and change and Brice just sat into her the last eighth and she flew home.“It was just what we wanted to see. She went a little easier last week (five furlongs in 1:04.60 on March 24) so we wanted to get something more today seven days out.”Probable for the Santa Anita Derby: Game Winner, Roadster, Instagrand, Nolo Contesto, Extra Hope, Sparky Ville and Synthesis. Sparky Ville worked four furlongs this morning in 49.80 for Jeff Bonde.” Gift Box went very well in company with Acker,” Sadler said. “It was his last work before the race, and he has plenty of foundation so he didn’t need much. Nolo Contesto schooled behind another horse. We wanted him to get used to having dirt in his face.”In all, there were 179 recorded workouts Saturday, 30 on the training track. Among them was a five-furlong move in 1:01.40 by 11-year-old stakes winner Soi Phet, being pointed to a mid-April return by trainer Leonard Powell.Also on the work tab this morning was Improbable, headed to the Arkansas Derby on April 13 for Bob Baffert, who had the son of City Zip drill six furlongs with blinkers on in a bullet 1:12.80, fastest of 24 moves at the distance. “Very nice; I liked it,” Baffert said.Omaha Beach, who handed champion Game Winner his first defeat in the second division of the Rebel Stakes on March 16, worked four furlongs Friday in a bullet 47.80 for Richard Mandella, who has the son of War Front returning to Oaklawn Park for the Arkansas Derby on April 13. Omaha Beach went in company under retired Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.“I didn’t realize it was a bullet,” Mandella said. “He went great.”Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza April 6, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for the biggest day in racing so far this year will be 12 noon.LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN ON GOOD BEHAVIOR FOR SAN SIMEONMark Glatt is looking forward to downhill turf course specialist Law Abidin Citizen running in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on the unique going.“He’s training real well and he’s got a good record going down the hill,” Glatt said of the five-year-old Twirling Candy gelding, who has three wins from six starts over the course. “It’s a tough race, but they usually are around here. We hope we can come out on top.”The San Simeon, race four of nine races with a 1 p.m. first post time: Conquest Tsunami, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-5; Law Abidin Citizen, Tiago Pereira, 9-2; Arms Runner, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; Cistron, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Mesut, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Air Vic Marshall, Martin Garcia, 10-1; and La Sardane, Joel Rosario, 8-1.BONDE PAIR TRAINING WELL FOR IRISH O’BRIENJeff Bonde has two for the money in Sunday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes, Coco Kisses and Ismelucky. Best-case scenario would be a dead-heat for win, but optimism aside, the trainer hopes each at least runs well.“Coco Kisses got stuck down on the fence, and that’s not favorable by any means,” the trainer said of the daughter of Empire Way, who will be making only her second turf start in 14 career races.Ismelucky, a four-year-old daughter of Lucky Pulpit, has not raced since last Oct. 13 and makes her second start on the downhill course at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, having been unplaced in the restricted Sweet Life Stakes in February 2018.“I freshened her up and gave her time off,” Bonde said, “but she’s training really well.”The Irish O’Brien is for California-bred or sired fillies and mares and goes as race eight: Coco Kisses, Heriberto Figueroa, 15-1; Queen Bee to You, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Donut Girl, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Fiery Lady, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Gypsy Blu, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Algorhythmic, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Ismelucky, Ruben Fuentes, 30-1; Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; X S Gold, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; S Y Sky, Geovanni Franco, 5-2; and Scathing, Alonso Quinonez, 30-1.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Improbable (Outside) in company with  Once On Whiskey work 6 furlongs (Baffert) 3-30-19Bellafina works 5 furlongs (Callaghan) 3-30-19Enaya Alrabb works 6 furlongs (O’Neill) 3-30-19Market Sentiment (Outside) and  Platinum Equity work 4 furlongs (Knapp) 3-30-19Big ‘Cap Memories:  Bob Baffert Recalls Game on Dude’s 2011 Victory in the Santa Anita HandicapBig ‘Cap Memories:  Mike Smith talks about his three wins in the Santa Anita HandicapBig Cap Memories:   Gary Stevens reminisces on his 1990 Santa Anita Handicap victory aboard RuhlmannBig Cap Memories:   Tim Yakteen describes Sir Beaufort’s thrilling victory in the 1993 Santa Anita HandicapEmboldened (Outside) and  Dabster work 5 furlongs (Baffert) 3-29-19 Omaha Beach (Outside) in company with  Next Gen work 4 furlongs (Mandella) 3-29-19Ms Bad Behavior in company with  Untouched Elegance work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 3-29-19Draft Pick works 4 furlongs (Eurton) 3-29-19FINISH LINES: Respected clocker Andy Harrington ( will be TomQuigley‘s guest handicapper from the XBTV studios Sunday at 11:50 a.m. 14% 12 $493,848 41% 37% 4 41% 52% 20 14% 50% $501,890 Joel Rosario207 Mario Gutierrez102 $804,228 12 $1,146,490 16 5 42% 9 18 13 $481,478 Win% 13 $1,430,892 17 51 23 5 10 Ruben Fuentes86 22 13% 19 2 59% 33% 6 3 Joseph Talamo126 11 Edwin Maldonado67 11 10% Mike Smith69 $875,315 55% 10 Philip D’Amato89 8 16% 23 7 10 Bob Baffert63 16% $204,074 37% 26 16 10% 10 Jeff Mullins47 11% 27% 7 $1,153,057 34 17% $2,751,718 Win% 19 $246,741 $1,390,487 $340,223 2nd $1,097,951 Flavien Prat176 18% Money Won 40% 28 26 Tiago Pereira149 $2,545,756 $974,970 Doug O’Neill163 12% 24 1st Rafael Bejarano138 18 3rd 33% 49% 36 $587,067 $1,076,435 3rd 61% 25 8 6 20 18% 45% $303,819 8 23 22 31 17 25% 18% 1st TrainerMts 13 John Sadler75 Jerry Hollendorfer91 2nd 15 $498,577 10 Mark Glatt65 JockeyMts 16% 16 43% 26 12 13 11 26 $1,134,746 10 $307,251 William E. Morey56 40% 13 10 18% 21 7 29% 8 Richard Baltas108 Heriberto Figueroa170 ITM% Assael Espinoza116 11% 15 48% 9 41% 19% 55% Kent Desormeaux92 Simon Callaghan31 21 J. Keith Desormeaux55 13% 21 13 12 11 46 34% 14 24% Vladimir Cerin50 51% $399,527 16 2 4 Drayden Van Dyke134 9 26% 45% 10 11 20 19 20 Agapito Delgadillo57 11 11 18% 8 THREE WORK FOR GRADE I STAKES ON SATURDAY 40% 17%last_img read more

Liverpool shows Atlético how it goes back in Anfield

first_imgAlthough the game, which began with a header from Wijnaldum at 9 minutes that turned into a goal, seemed a priori comfortable for the leaders, soon turned their faces. It didn’t take three minutes for Diop to match the meeting with another big shot, although for the house of the champions of Europe it was seen almost more as an eventuality than as a real problem. But the minutes passed, Fabiansky resisted the trident’s envies and, shortly after the second half began, Fornals, with a semi volley at the first touch, sowed nervousness in the stands. He was not feared so much for the league title, which is more than in his pocket, but for the possibility of confirming that Hercules is not immortal.The goal gave way to the hint of Kloppy’s bugle, after a few minutes in which they kept hitting the wall of David Moyes, Salah, who shot with more faith than real chances of scoring, found a gift from the goal of the hammers, who slipped the ball between their legs.The bewilderment, rage and disbelief took over both West Ham players that Liverpool, who knew how to assert their quality, It was not long before the third was scored by Sadio Mané, who finished the ball to the net at pleasure to keep the incredible streak of his own. Both the reds, those who correctly annulled a goal, and the hammers, who Alisson pulled a hand to hand with his face, had more chances in a crazy final match, but finally the light did not move again and the Pool got a result that wakes you up and reinforces in the face of what is to come. Atlético de Madrid is not aware of the damage it has done to Liverpool. The reality slap of the Metropolitan Wanda had its echo this Monday at Anfield himself, that aging stadium that Enrique Cerezo almost mocked and in which the reds were forced to overcome an adverse result against a West Ham that is in the relegation zone. To flip the marker they had to throw their hearts and all their artillery, as they fired more than 20 times between the three sticks and, two of them, they were stamped by van Dijk and Firmino in the wood.This result allows those of Klopp, in addition to maintaining the advantage of 22 points with Manchester City, equalizing the record of 18 consecutive victories in Premier League, although for this they had to deal with a match in which they conceded more goals than in the last 11 days.last_img read more

Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. United States’ Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. APABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Serena Williams is returning to competition with an exhibition match Saturday (Sunday Manila time) in Abu Dhabi against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Williams has not competed since winning the Australian Open last January while she was pregnant. She will face Latvia’s Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the first year that women will be taking part, tournament organizers announced Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September,” the 36-year-old Williams said in a statement.Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era. She is expected to compete for her 24th at the Australian Open, the first major of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWilliams gave birth to a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.“The Mubadala World Tennis Championship has long marked the beginning of the men’s global tennis season and I am excited and honored to be making my comeback as part of the first women to participate in the event,” Williams said. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Crowd-favorite Ginebra opens a season of promise with showdown against ‘Clasico’ rival Magnolia Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 The Australian Open starts Jan. 15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Adjustment battle

first_imgLA Tenorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeo Austria now knows what to do, and Tim Cone certainly knows what not to.Defending champion San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra have had their field day in the series and after two blowout results, their coaches have had plenty to look at. And now they brace for a crucial tiebreaking Game 3 in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title playoffs Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Austria applied the necessary adjustments to rebound from what he said was a “humiliating” Game 1 loss, force-feeding the Kings with some humble pie later when Cone made a critical error of starting with a small lineup.San Miguel, Austria said, coughed up just “70 percent” intensity in Game 1, and that his Beermen played with a walk-through attitude, losing big as a result.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And just when the collective confidence of the Kings were at their highest following a 127-99 win, Austria turned things around by having his squad play 100 percent on the way to a 134-109 thumping.Then again, Cone rolled the dice a bit in Game 2 and paid dearly for it. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Cone will make the adjustments for the 7 p.m. contest, which he expects to be “chippier” because of the intensity prevailing even between the two sister teams.“It certainly got chippy and you will see that the whole series,” Cone, a 20-time champion with two Grand Slams, said. “We’re sister teams but we’re not friendly. We see them as a mountain to be conquered and they see us as a threat to their throne.Chippy“There’s no love lost between sister teams. I don’t think it’s going to be laid down for either team. We’re coming out hard,” he went on. “I expect it to be chippier.”So chippy was Game 2 that the PBA handed out fines to cool things off a bit.Beermen import Renaldo Balkman and Santos were each slapped P5,000 for their flagrant fouls.Santos was ejected at the 5:18 mark of the fourth quarter after being initially called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 after the elbow on Thompson.Upon review, the league downgraded the call on Santos as a flagrant foul penalty 1.San Miguel guard Chris Ross was also fined P2,600 for his pair of technical fouls during his verbal spat with Ginebra’s Joe Devance, who was also slapped with a P1,000 fine for second motion.Devance’s teammate, Kevin Ferrer also received a P1,000 for second motion. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img MOST READ ‘We never recovered’“We tried to disrupt their game plan and we kind of fell right to it,” Cone said after keeping the 7-foot Greg Slaughter and do-it-all guard Scottie Thompson out of the starting unit. “We made turnovers early, nine in the first quarter, and they turned that to transition points and easy baskets.“It kind of mushroomed from there,” Cone went on. “We never recovered.”Ginebra played to its never-say-die attitude despite being down early, but the Kings now know that they can’t have the Beermen gather steam at any point in the contest, for San Miguel fights for the lead like crazy once it gets to set the pace.“We out-hustled them,” Austria said when asked to finger the turning point of Game 2. “This is our game.”Though the second game was also a blowout, it wasn’t bereft of the intensity of a championship, as things got ugly in the dying minutes with Arwind Santos giving Thompson a cheap shot and Chris Ross and Joe Devance throwing elbows in one rebound play.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Our basketball here begs to be healed 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 awardlast_img read more

Accounting officers given notice of looming sanctions – PAC Chairman

first_imgAG’s reportThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has put officials, including Regional Executive Officers (REOs), on notice that sanctions will be inevitable if areas of concern raised by the Auditor General’s 2015 report are not addressed.This comes in the wake of several PAC meetings, which have seen regional officials being grilled by the Committee over red flags raised by the report. According to PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali in a recent interview, the PAC will exercisePAC Chairman Irfaan Aliits responsibility to ensure that public officials expend public monies.“The PAC has made it very clear that public officials must take (integrity) seriously when they come before the PAC. We have a responsibility to ensure that public resources are expended in an accountable and transparent manner.”“We had brought all the REOs together with the elected officials. And we would have highlighted to them some of the consistent weaknesses we have seen in the system. And we have highlighted areas where we would have no tolerance with and their improvement is needed,” Ali pointed out.“The Financial Secretary, who is an adviser to the PAC, has already written a number of accounting officers in relation to breaches and warnings in terms of sanctions. So the PAC is looking at those accounting officers who are not improving their work.”Ali stated that there would definitely be disciplinary measures through the relevant agency, which he noted is the office of the financial secretary, for recalcitrant accounting officers. He was also asked about the fate of REO of Region One (Barima-Waini), Leslie Wilburg. He stated that that matter would be addressed when the PAC meets on March 27.In February 2016, Wilburg was questioned by the PAC about some $30 million in overpayment to contractors in 2010 and 2011. He had stated that they were written to in order to inform them of the monies owed. But it was when Wilburg claimed to have sought legal advice from the Communities Ministry that things went downhill.The PAC ascertained from the Communities Ministry Permanent Secretary, Emil McGarrel, that a letter he had sent to the contractors was sent to the PS, but no legal advice was actually sought. This and the fact that some of the overpaid contractors were still working with the Region caused Ali to eject Wilburg from the chambers.last_img read more

Shock Man United transfer claim! Red Devils ready to hijack Chelsea deal for Cuadrado

first_img1 Adnan Januzaj Manchester United are ready to offer Adnan Januzaj as part of a deal for Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in Italy.The Colombia international has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, with the Blues in turn reportedly willing to part with Andre Schurrle to raise the necessary funds.However, according La Nazione, Manchester United have also expressed an interest in bringing Cuadrado to the Premier League.United were chasing the 26-year-old during the summer, but baulked at the winger’s £26m release-clause.Manager Louis van Gaal is now hoping that a deal can be struck by offering Januzaj as makeweight in the transfer.The 19-year-old has failed to nail down a first-team place this season, making just 13 appearances in all appearances.last_img

Arsenal and Chelsea linked with a move for Napoli winger

first_img Jose Callejon 1 Arsenal and Chelsea are keen to secure the signature of Napoli winger Jose Callejon, claim Italian media reports.The London rivals are understood to be among a number of Premier League clubs who are interested in the 28-year-old and Liverpool are also monitoring the player’s situation.Callejon is reportedly to be open to a move away from Napoli this summer after the Partenopei failed to qualify for the Champions League last term.And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal have edged ahead of Chelsea in the race to land the attacking midfielder, although a deal is not thought to be close.last_img

Super clubs target De Gea, Liverpool teen to Germany, Chelsea stars to AC Milan?

first_img REVEALED Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has ruled out a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but had suggested he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer – FULL STORYJuventus and Paris Saint-Germain will go head-to-head to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who is out of contract with the Red Devils in the summer. (The Sun)Manchester  United are actively tracking West Ham’s Declan Rice, and sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old in action in the Hammers’ 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. (Metro)Liverpool’s 17-year-old forward Bobby Duncan, the cousin of Anfield legend Steven Gerrard, is a target for German clubs Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. (Daily Mail) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Manchester United may delay their pursuit of 22-year-old Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini until the summer transfer window, after discovering a release clause can be triggered at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)Jordi Alba’s future at Barcelona is uncertain, with news the 29-year-old has not been offered a new contract at the club. (ESPN)Ousmane Dembele has asked to leave Barcelona in the January transfer window, with his departure likely to trigger the return of Neymar from PSG. (Goal) targets 3 getty round up all the biggest football news and transfer gossip from Monday’s newspapers and online… LIVING THE DREAM Transfer gossip on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND AC Milan are plotting a triple Chelsea swoop, with the Italian side said to be in talks over deals for Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen (Football Italia)Chelsea and Arsenal are both considering moves to sign Manchester United’s 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira in January. (The Sun)Everton are hoping to sign on-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes in a permanent deal. (Liverpool Echo)Everton have also been linked with a move for 22-year-old Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa. (Tutto Mercato Web)Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a potential return to Serie A if he is unable to win trophies at St James’ Park. (Newcastle Chronicle) Gabriel Barbosa was hailed as ‘the next Neymar’ but has struggled since joining AC Milan in 2016. he is currently back at Santos on loan The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool teen Bobby Duncan has turned the heads of clubs in Germany Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 targets 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on last_img read more


first_imgHEALTH Minister James Reilly has dismissed fears that running Donegal’s healthcare system under a new trust from Galway will diminish the service – vowing more cooperation with the North.Health services here in the county are already run from Galway via the HSE.But Letterkenny General Hospital and Sligo Regional Hospital will become part of a new West/North West Hospital Group. Dr Reilly told Pat Kenny on RTE’s Prime Time last night however that he was looking to hospitals in Enniskillen and Altnagelvin to help provide a new cross-Border healthcare system.Pat Kenny questioned the Minister on the State’s one helicopter ambulance.“If that helicopter is down in Bantry and I’m in Letterkenny and I’m in trouble that helicopter won’t be available to me,” said Kenny.The Minister replied: “In cooperation with the North of Ireland who want to bring in their own ambulance service to cover Letterkenny and down into Donegal, our ambulance helicopter service and cover down south right to the tip of Cork. “And that will allow for further synergies between Letterkenny, Altnagelvin, Sligo and Enniskillen to allow for 24/7 stenting for people who have a heart attack.“With that service it will be possible to get people to that service within 90 minutes which is critical for the best outcomes.”The Minister admitted that smaller hospitals would lose major and complicated services, and gain other specialities.He said there was a lot of fragmentation and duplication in the hospital service at the moment and he said the new system would rectify this problem.Mr Reilly reiterated that no acute hospital will close as a result of the reorganisation because he said the capacity in the system would not allow for this to happen. He said that smaller hospitals were trying to produce and provide all level of services which he said was not safe and could not continue.The interview has raised concerns in Letterkenny that some services will transfer to Derry – or even Galway.HEALTH MINISTER: I WILL LINK DONEGAL HEALTHCARE TO THE NORTH was last modified: May 15th, 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:HEALTH MINISTER: I WILL LINK DONEGAL HEALTHCARE TO THE NORTHlast_img read more

Council presidency transfer could be smooth after all

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Garcetti made a brief run for the council presidency last summer but dropped it when he was unable to get the eight votes needed. With the upcoming Senate race, however, several members said they approached Garcetti and asked him to try again. Garcetti has been working the phones to ensure he has the votes that could force Padilla to step aside – possibly as early as this week, but by the end of the year at the latest. Padilla has been serving as council president since 2001 and there have been grumblings in the past about how long he would hold on to the post in a time of term limits and others wanting a chance to lead. Padilla, who is being termed out in 2007, has announced plans to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, where he will challenge Assemblywoman Cindy Montaez, D-Mission Hills. In other developments, Padilla received some bad news Friday when members of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles and county firefighters announced they were endorsing Montaez. Up until then, Padilla had picked up endorsements from most of the major unions and organizations in the city. As political pressure mounts over the operation of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Board of Education is expected to decide this week whether to hold a special election or appoint someone to complete the term of Jose Huizar, who was elected to the City Council. Huizar will not take over his new job until early December, but the board wants to make a decision as soon as possible on what path to take, board President Marlene Canter said. “We are studying the legal opinions, but our main concern is that the people and the students in his district are represented and have someone who can speak for them,” Canter said. Surprising, she said, has been the lack of input from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has ratcheted up his rhetoric on the need to change how the school district operates. “I thought we would have heard from him, but we haven’t heard a word,” Canter said. “With all his talk about the governance issue, it wouldn’t be unusual for the mayor to have a suggestion.” Villaraigosa said he has purposefully stayed away from suggesting anyone – possibly to avoid having any one person be ruled out because of the growing animosity between the mayor and the board. “They will make their decision,” Villaraigosa said. “The only thing I’ll say is I would like to see someone on that board who wants to be a reformer and will support a change in governance.” The mayor proved to be a strong draw last week at the meeting of the San Fernando Valley’s United Chambers of Commerce – both for those opposed to some of his policies and others drawn to him. About a dozen members of the Animal Defense League, carrying signs and shouting through bullhorns, paraded in front of the Marriott Hotel as Villaraigosa was speaking. Inside, it was a different story. After his speech, the mayor was inundated by business leaders and others vying to have their pictures taken with him. “If they could charge $5 a photo, they could retire the debt of the city,” mused Bruce Ackerman of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. In contrast to Villaraigosa, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had to travel all they way to China to feel the love. Reporters accompanying the governor and his entourage reported that the governor – who faced his first major political loss in the special election earlier this month – was received enthusiastically everywhere he went in China. “Fortunately, there are no television ads from California teachers and nurses running over here,” one Schwarzenegger staffer joked, as reported in The Roundup, a daily bulletin of doings in state government. Daily News Staff Writer Lisa Sodders contributed to this report. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talks between Council President Alex Padilla and Councilman Eric Garcetti over a shift in power have come after months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by various council members. Padilla – facing a mid-January deadline to formally enter the race for a state Senate seat as well as the time constraints of a campaign – has been getting pressure to step aside and allow someone else to take over running the council. Without his agreement, he would face the embarrassment of an ouster at a time when he is seeking to portray a positive image to voters. Several council members have complained about a lack of opportunity to take a leadership role and are frustrated by what they see as passivity in developing new policies for the city. last_img read more