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first_imgMidweek racing resumes at Caymanas Park today, with the annual renewal of the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup maiden condition race for three-year-olds over 1300 metres taking the spotlight.The maximum 16 starters have been declared, among them the Carl Anderson-trained VALLEY OF THE CATS, who was a disqualified winner over this trip on August 17.She ran on strongly to win by 11/2 lengths from COLEEN, but caused interference and was demoted by the stewards and the race awarded to COLEEN.Still in maiden company although passing the post first, VALLEY OF THE CATS seemingly has much in her favour, with in-form claiming apprentice Javaniel Patterson riding her from the convenient mark of 52.0kg. But she’s not the only one with appealing form in the lineup and will have to fight to win.Others such as RUNNING STAR, REASSURANCE, SILVER SLIPPERS and BROOKLYN should enter the reckoning, none moreso than RUNNING STAR, a lightly raced filly by Deputy Glitters out of Akioda, who has finished second in three of her five races to date.She really caught the eye last time out when failing by a neck to beat UNION FOUR over the straight five course and having looked best at exercise in this large field, only needs to avoid traffic from the number one post position to go one better.PREPARATIONRUNNING STAR pleased at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping 51/2 furlongs in 1:09.0 on September 4. With trainer Patrick Lynch now calling on the experience of jockey Jevanne Erwin to chart a winning course, RUNNING STAR gets the nod over VALLEY OF THE CATS and REASSURANCE.Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, which commences at 12;45 p.m., MISTER BONES and SUPER COP, both well drawn on the stands’ side, should fight out the finish of the competitive looking eighth race over the straight five course.The Gordon Lewis-trained MISTER BONES has been knocking at the door and following his strong second to BIG DATA recently, having the then favourite SUPER COP behind in the process, is given the edge.Other firm fancies are OUR CREATION in the third race, OMEGA in the sixth and down in class PAPER N LACE to stave off BLESSEDNESS in the closing race over a mile.last_img read more


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first_imgView comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Up until late in the first set Saturday, Williams did play quite well.In 2011, she revealed she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause exhaustion and joint pain. Williams has since spoken about how she turned to a plant-based diet and learned other ways to get by. A half-dozen exits from majors after her opening match made some think Williams might stop playing tennis, let alone return to its biggest stages.“There were definitely,” Williams said this week, “some issues.”But she never lost her love for the sport or a desire to get her game back in order.“I’m just very surprised that she’s hungry to keep winning. She has won almost everything. She’s not (still) young, to be looking forward to all these matches. She just shows this toughness,” Muguruza said. “I don’t know if I will be like this @ her age.”The strongest initial sign of a renaissance for Williams came during a run to the Wimbledon semifinals a year ago. Then, this January, she got to the Australian Open final for the first time since 2003, losing to her sister, Serena. And then came these past two weeks and her first appearance in the Wimbledon final since a loss to Serena in 2009.“I’ve been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles. That’s the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in,” Williams said. “It’s just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.”She was asked more than once by reporters Saturday whether the Sjogren’s or the accumulated fatigue or her age played a role in the way the match unfolded. But Williams deflected those questions, instead offering praise of Muguruza, whose power and precision gave the American problems.“Credit to her,” Williams said. “She just dug in there.”Williams hit five double-faults, three in one game and once to get broken to begin the second set. She finished with 25 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Muguruza. Williams twice was a point from taking the opening set before unraveling completely, dropping the last nine games and losing 7-5, 6-0 to Muguruza, who earned her first Wimbledon championship.“This is where you want to be. I like to win. I don’t want to just get to a final,” said Williams, at 37 the oldest woman to play in a title match at the grass-court major since 1994. “It’s just about playing a little better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’She appeared ready to take control Saturday, ahead 5-4 in the first set and with Muguruza serving at 15-40. But Williams netted a forehand to close a 20-stroke exchange on the first set point. And on the second, she sent a return long. Muguruza would go on to win that game — and the next eight, too, to earn her third Grand Slam trophy.Williams owns seven of them — five at Wimbledon in 2000-01, 2005, 2007 and 2008; two at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. But her coach, David Witt, offered one explanation for the way everything came undone for Williams against Muguruza.“It was just nerves,” Witt said.“She never, I thought, looked like she was relaxed out there,” he added.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. Two weeks after the crash, a 78-year-old passenger in the other vehicle died. At a news conference following her first-round victory at Wimbledon, Williams was asked about the episode, and she tried to respond, before wiping away tears and briefly leaving the room to compose herself.Witt said they hadn’t discussed what happened with each other once the tournament began, hoping Williams could “just focus on the tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Venus Williams of the United States holds the runners-up plate after losing to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the Women’s Singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. David Ramos/Pool Photo via APLONDON — Through it all, Venus Williams kept working, kept striving, kept eyeing yet another Wimbledon championship.Through it all, through the difficult days of adjusting to life with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, through the disappointing days of first-round losses that led to questions about retirement, through all of the accumulating years, she pressed on. And on Saturday, facing Garbine Muguruza in the final, Williams had a shot at her sixth title at the All England Club — nine years after her last one and, remarkably, 17 years after her first.ADVERTISEMENT “She started pressing in the second,” Witt observed, “and balls were flying out like you don’t see.”This was Williams’ 16th Grand Slam final, second of 2017.She sounded certain that it won’t be the last.Asked during the on-court trophy presentation if she had a message for Serena, who is off the tour while expecting a baby, Venus said: “Oh, I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there’ll be other opportunities. I do.”After all that’s gone on, why doubt her now?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more


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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Saitanan topped Batangas with 19 points and six rebounds, Bautista shot 3-of-7 from threes and wound up with 18 markers, eight boards, four assists, and two steals, and Ablaza tallied a double-double in tune of his 17 points and 10 rebounds.“I’m very thankful to God for helping us sustain this game and I’m thankful to the players that even though Joseph is not with us, we were still able to respond to the challenge,” said coach Eric Gonzales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Paolo Pontejos tried to bring Racal back in the game late, cutting the deficit to as low as two, 92-90, with 31.9 seconds left, but Ablaza calmly drained two freebies to seal the win for Batangas in the clutch.It was a sorry defeat for Racal, which made the Finals last conference but will now miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 Foundation Cup with a 3-5 card. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Pontejos drilled 26 points to lead his side in the losing effort, while Jamil Ortuoste had 10.The Scores:BATANGAS 95 – Saitanan 19, Bautista 18, Ablaza 17, De Joya 10, Isit 8, Zamora 7, Napoles 4, Ragasa 4, Dela Peña 3, Laude 2, Anderson 2, Mendoza 1, Mag-isa 0.RACAL MOTORS 90 – Pontejos 26, Ortuoste 10, Ayonayon 9, Capacio 8, Cortes 8, Tallo 7, Apreku 6, Gomez 6, Mangahas 4, Cabrera 3, Grimaldo 3, Faundo 0, Octubre 0, Lozada 0.Quarters: 21-19, 49-43, 73-69, 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT Jessie Saitanan. PBA IMAGESBatangas booted Racal Motors out of the playoff race and closed in on a quarterfinal seat in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 95-90 triumph Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Without leading scorer Joseph Sedurifa, who has since been called up by Meralco in the PBA, the Batangueños leaned on the trio of Jessie Saitanan, Jhaps Bautista, and Cedrick Ablaza to carry the load and improve their standing to 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Visiting Perpetual nips Mapua at home in NCAA On Tour Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgBy Radiatu Haja Sheriff-Kahnplaye, Policy Advisor, Natural Resources Women Platform BackgroundLiberia is currently in the middle of a defining presidential and legislative election with about 20 presidential candidates and thousands of legislative candidates. The electoral process for 2017 including a controversial Supreme Court decision has brought into question as to whether the outcome would be credible and peaceful, especially given that the United Nations peace keeping force is also withdrawing from the country.As Liberians cautiously observe the electoral process, they are also being reminded of the havoc of the years of civil war which resulted in the death of approximately 250,000 people driven by widespread greed over natural resources and wealth illegally obtained from such resources. There were violations of human rights which were compounded by systematic inequality and the loss of livelihoods. Women became the worst victims and suffered the most. They painfully experienced some of the most egregious and indescribable forms of violence and abuse. Land and natural resources fueled that conflict. It is therefore important that as Liberians decide the direction of our country on October 10, we are reminded about the role land and natural resources played in our conflict.In the last eleven years, despite improvement in legislations that provide protection to customary land and property rights, the Government of Liberia has failed to guarantee the free, prior and informed consent of communities, especially women depending on land and natural resources  affected by large-scale land development, violating not only the rights of community members to control and manage the land they directly cultivate but the broader territory inclusive of natural resources, medicinal plants, hunting grounds, fishing grounds, rivers, streams, shrines, sacred sites and other forest resources.The rights of communities to land and natural resources, especially women depending on land and natural resources, are fundamental in securing the set of rights related to livelihood, culture, self-identification, self-management and the right to determine their own priorities for development. This means that if communities have control over development affecting them and their lands and resources, they will be able to maintain and strengthen their institutions and promote their development in accordance with their aspirations and needs.The lack of community participation in the granting of large-scale concessions over ancestral and/or traditionally-held lands has led to resource-based violence across many agriculture, forestry and mining concessions, leading to heightened tension between community members and concession holders on the one hand and community members and government on the other. This is also worsening the poverty situation of marginal and vulnerable forest-dependent peoples, mostly women, in the rural areas. The results have included the intimidation, arrest, torture and detention of human rights defenders of land and natural resources in Liberia by government and concession holders.The problems In late September of 2016, the Natural Resources Women Platform with support from Green Advocates launched a report, “Women: The Least Secure Tenure: Assessing the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions on women’s tenure rights in Liberia.” The report through series of cross case analyses focused on women’s tenure rights in natural resources, where it found that even though women are the primary users of natural resources, their tenure rights are much less secure than men. Per the report, women’s situation and circumstances is further made even more tenuous where large scale land development is imposed on local communities thereby extinguishing most rights and privileges women may have had under customary tenure, pushing them beyond even marginal lands.The report detailed disturbing rights violations and documented how women human rights defenders protesting the grabbing of their customary lands have faced threats, arrests and imprisonment as well as series of criminal charges and offenses. It notes that “the lack of gender considerations in working conditions and practices was outstanding and had deterred women from much needed access to productive work relegating women to the background with little recognition of women as important and equal stakeholders in decision making over the use (or disposal), management and control of land and natural resources.”The report established how the “loss of land, forests and water resources had affected women in their reproductive, productive and community management roles” concluding that “women can be considered less fortunate because in the context of natural resources they hold the least secure tenure.”Reversing insecurity of tenure for women, especially women depending on land and natural resources in Liberia, is a humongous task. This is because in Liberia, women’s insecurity of tenure has been informed and entrenched by centuries of taboos, traditions and customary practices often reinforced by supernatural beliefs.Partial View of women participants at the Participatory Rural Appraisal-Darbu TownIt is these traditions and archaic superstitious beliefs that have held hostage the rights of women to land and property rights in Liberia. This is what must be unpackaged to secure women’s customary land and property rights not just in Liberia but perhaps globally.The Wologizi Mountain range -the Failed attempts to secretly award it and the political falloutsOne of the five case study areas, that the Natural Resources Women Platform, carried out its field investigation to assess the impact of large scale concession land development that informed the report, “Women the Least Secure Tenure,” was among Wologizi communities in Lofa County.This case study location was selected because it had not experienced large scale land concession development and customary practices were very much intact.Wologizi therefore provided a potential not just because it would contribute to the establishment of a robust and informed community institution to ensure the recognition and protection of collective rights to land and resources, but that it was also an important study area to observe the interplay of how centuries of taboos, traditions and customary practices are serving as barriers and impediments to securing women’s customary land and property rights in Liberia.It remains one of Liberia’s traditional communities where community members have customary ways of recognizing land and resource rights of individual members or households, the collective rights to self-determination, cultural integrity and development. Community members have traditionally occupied and owned the land and resources in Wologizi, which was inherited from their ancestors.For community members, it is the traditional occupation and use which is the basis for establishing community land rights and self-identification as well as maintaining and strengthening collective rights to land and natural resources.There have already been two failed attempts to grant out the mountain range as a concession. The Government of Liberia, in 2013, tried to secretly award Wologizi to Jindal Steel & Power Limited, and the recent row to secretly award Wologizi to Sable Mining Company by changing Liberia’s procurement law.Deconstructing the Insecurity of Tenure- A robust and participatory local institution In late April of 2017, the Natural Resources Women Platform in partnership with Green Advocates embarked on a process of contributing to addressing the issues of security of tenure through the establishment of a robust and informed community institution to ensure the recognition and protection of collective rights to land and resources by local communities and indigenous people inhabiting the Wologizi mountain range already earmarked for expansion of concessions in Liberia.In May of 2017, the Natural Resource Women Platform (NRWP) joined by Green Advocates and their county-based partner organization, conducted six participatory rural appraisal (PRA) workshops in six project targeted communities surrounding the Wologizi mountain range.During the PRA, the women platform focused on facilitating women’s leadership and representation in the current and future governing institutions associated with the management of land and natural resources located within the Wologizi mountain range and the surrounding communities.Legal and policy experts working with the women platform and Green Advocates recommended that by utilizing the Community Rights Law, the Land Rights Policy and the Draft Land Rights Act, a robust, gender focused, informed and resilient community based institution would be expected to serve as a preventive measure against the violation of community rights while empowering community members to increase their control and management of their land and natural resources and put them in the driver seat of their own development and priorities.This approach seems to be a material paradigm shift from current approaches to protecting collective land rights. For example, over the past years, civil society organizations and their local community partners have assisted local communities to demand their rights in land areas already occupied by large-scale concessions.Community members have succeeded in slowing down, delaying and in some instances holding back the monstrous pace of large-scale concessions development in Liberia. In some instances, the Government of Liberia publicly admitted that there were errors in awarding concessions outside community consent, promising to consult communities in decision making over future concessions.However, despite the public admissions of error and blunder in awarding concessions, reversing such concessions to recognize and respect collective rights to land and natural resources, restore sacred sites and damaged water systems has been slow and difficult.Challenges associated with facilitating women leadership and representation on customary governance institution  The Women Platform and Green Advocates researchers organized and divided the six communities into two working groups based on the geographic locations around the Wologizi range as well as the demographic characteristics of each of the six communities. Group one engaged Wobeyanmai, Beideyeziba and Karzah, while group two engaged with Dabu, Kpademai and Betibah.The team conducted the research in a way that allowed all field assistants, researchers and community participants to benefit from an improved understanding and shared experience of the methodology of the workshop. The entire team participated in facilitating the first research workshop held in Beideyeziba, which gave everyone on the team a better understanding of the design of the workshop, the composition of the participants and the facilitation and/or presentation processes.The team was divided into their respective groups ensuring that there was at least one female researcher on each of the two working groups as well as at least two female participants from each of the communities, a timetable developed with topics and timeframes for presentation.Given the sensitivities surrounding women participation, the Women Platform made extra efforts to ensure that at least two women were selected to form part of the participants from each of the communities. As an additional safeguard, the participatory mapping training workshop was organized outside of the six communities in the municipal capital of Lofa county, Voinjama city.Preliminary findings Women participants invited from all six communities that participated in the workshop including the three other women participants from neighboring towns (Jenneh, Gondorla and Wanlema) that were invited to the Darbu workshop had no idea as to how land is owned by their communities or the commitments or rights their customary leaders have granted outsiders to their land and resources.All the women participants had no knowledge that benefits or social contributions were being given to their leaders as compensation by strangers as rights to live on, use, access or harvest resources from their land.Even though women had knowledge about the existence of traditional governance institutions, they were, however, rarely consulted or encouraged to participate in natural resources decision making processes, except in situations concerning domestic complaints or dispute resolution processes.In all the six communities, community leaders included women as participants, though women were afraid to ask or respond to questions because of traditions that have existed over the years in their communities restricting women from speaking or making any decision in meetings related to their communities.As the various workshops made progress, it became clear that traditional, customary, taboos and superstitious belief practices by communities around the Wologizi Mountain had created obstacles which were serving as barriers to women participation and impeding women’s performance during discussions at the workshops in the six communities.Breaking away from customary practices, traditions and taboos Women were observing centuries of customary practices and taboos that prevented them from speaking or making decisions when men are present. In the towns of Beduiyeziba and Wobeyanmai, when women were directly asked by the facilitator to give feedbacks on laws being presented during the workshop, not a single woman spoke up or could say a word – it was voiced by elders of the town that women are to remain quiet during meetings.It was a queer moment with an eerie feeling as the room was so quiet, that the participants could hear the rustle of the leaves against the branches of the trees surrounding the workshop room.It took a delicate negotiation with the elders and chiefs as well as an affirmative gender based balancing act by the women platform to break the ice permitting the women participants to talk in the presence of their men.A woman participant breaking away from taboos and tradition during the mapping training session in Bet bahAfter the elders and chiefs consented, the women who had been quiet began participating and asking questions. The chief Zoe of Wobeyamai Town (Zita Kolubah- not her real name) said she’s happy about all the good laws that give communities rights to the land and resources they have resided and owned for so many years.Lorpu Midi (not her real name) said she worked for Firestone Rubber Plantation Company when workers were paid 10 cents and later 20 cents. She inquired “whether monetary value is attached to the land demarcation that the community’s representatives will be trained to map” She inquired “my reason for asking this question is we gave money to some surveyor for the demarcation of our land to allow the community obtain deed for the land. Since the transaction, we have not gotten the deed to our land.”Another woman participant inquired “whether the organizers will support and defend the Wobeyanmai Community.” Musu sumo (not her real name ), a woman participant from Wobeyanmai Town, said that women have not had the opportunity to make decisions or point out things moving in the right direction only because “our men believe that women are not able to make any positive change in society.” An elderly woman asked “what will be the cost of suing the government in a case where they violate the rights of a community?”A young woman participant inquired “with common boundaries between communities around the Wologizi Mountain, if one community has investment into their community and the investors cross the boundary into the next community what should the community do?” Another woman from the town of Gondorla asked what “if a company is allowed to harvest timber in a community but the community later observed the company extracting iron ore, what should be done by the community?”A woman participant from Darbu Town asked “if a company operation requires the community to relocate to another community what should be the community’s reaction?” Finally, an elderly woman from Darbu Town asked “Do I have the authority to extract gold and diamond from my community since the land and resources on the land are owned by my community?”The workshop was all of a sudden alive and the women, all smiling and joyful, were asking questions one after another. It was a sigh of relief and its seems a huge burden had been lifted.The workshop facilitators and field research assistants from Monrovia could not believe the depth and level of knowledge, expertise and experience flowing from out of the questions and queries of these women.All of a sudden, it was like a scene in a marketplace and the chit chat of these women took over the room like a storm as the men watched and observed in amazement, and probably dumb founded that their women participants could ask such intelligent and informed questions.Navigating the taboos, traditions and customary practices that serve as barriers to securing women customary land and property rights The various questions and inquiries were a shocking reminder of how taboos, traditions and superstitious beliefs among communities around the Wologizi Mountain had created an obstacle of grading women’s performance during discussions at the workshops in the six communities.Thus, it was recommended by the Natural Resource Women Platform that men give their women power and authority participate in all future community meetings.The Women Platform took extra time to explain to all participants why it was important for men to understand women have rights and form a cardinal part of the issues around land and resources, especially since woman even use the land and natural resources more than men.To conclude, in a campaign designed to establish a robust and informed community institution, especially if the goal is to also facilitate and enable women leadership and representation, development experts, field researchers and activists must be able to navigate the taboos, traditions, superstitious beliefs and customary practices that serves as barriers and impediments to securing women’s customary land and property rights.It is therefore important that as Liberians decide the direction of our country on October 10, we are not only reminded about the role land and natural resources played in our conflict, but much more important our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, and wives.We must commit to unshackle centuries of taboos and traditions that have held them as unequal to men and guarantee them equal rights to land and natural resources.[1]http://www.forestpeoples.org/sites/fpp/files/news/2012/10/Final%20complaint%20to%20%20RSPO%20on%20Golden%20Veroleum-%20Butaw-sinoe%20county%20(2).pdf[2]http://rightsandresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Power-Potential-Liberia-Case-Study-1.pdf[3]http://inchrliberia.com/images/ButawRiotReport.pdf[5]https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/human-rights-violations-unacceptable/Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_img“We’re a little disappointed not to win (at Masters), but were very happy to qualify for (State),” Schurr coach Wayne Watanuki said. “At the beginning of the season, that was our goal. “He (Zuniga) is feeling fairly confident. We’ll prepare the same way we’ve done all year, and go with what got us here.” Warr is advancing to the State championships after placing second at divisionals and fifth at Masters, where he advanced to the semifinals before losing to Barstow’s Donavan Barela. This weekend’s event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day with the championship matches slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Rabobank Arena is located off the 99 Freeway on the corner of Truxton Avenue and N Street. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He’s wrestled great,” Santa Fe coach Sal Garcia said. “Because of the formula (at Masters) he had to wrestle the No. 3 guy in the state in the quarterfinals. He wrestled smart. “But his next goal is to place at state. He’s feeling confident, but he is in a tough (weight class) and he knows he has to continue to work hard. He’s not satisfied.” Romero, who won a CIF-SS individual title last season, advanced to State for the first time after placing second in the Inland Division and fourth at Masters this season. Zuniga makes the trek north after winning an individual title at the Inland Division finals and finishing fifth at Masters, where he advanced to the quarterfinals before losing a close match to eventual champion John Hernandez of Oxnard Pacifica. Zuniga then fought his way through the consolation rounds before scoring a 5-2 win over Northview’s Robert Alcantar in the fifth-place match. Santa Fe High School’s Marcus Orona leads a list of four area wrestlers who will be competing at this weekend’s CIF State championships in Bakersfield. Also headed for the event, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena, are the Chiefs’ Lenny Romero (275), California’s Ruben Warr (130) and Schurr’s Julian Zuniga (215). center_img Orona, one of the favorites at 119 pounds, has been ranked fourth in the state all season, earning the rating with a 29-1 record and individual titles at the CIF-Southern Section Inland Division meet two weeks ago and the CIF-SS Masters meet last weekend. His title run at the Masters included a quarterfinal victory over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel’s Jason Lara, who is ranked No. 3. The junior then won a 2-1 decision over Northview’s Oscar Molina in the semifinals and then beating San Dimas’ Angel Garcia, 4-3, in the finals. last_img read more


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first_imgThe city will own a 21/2 percent share of the facility, Klinkner said. The major shareholder is the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, with a 92 percent share. The contract will allow the Southern California Public Power Authority – the group cities will pay directly for use of the facility’s power – to buy out the facility in 10 years, thus giving ownership to the contracting cities, Klinkner said. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 PASADENA – The City Council has authorized an agreement with a wind power-generating facility to be constructed in Utah, furthering its stated goal to be more environmentally conscious. The Milford Wind Corridor Phase I is a 200-megawatt generating facility to be constructed in Millard County, Utah. The corridor is just 60 miles from the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project in Delta, Utah, which the council decided not to extend contracts with in December 2006. On Monday night the council directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance approving the agreement with the corridor and authorized the city manager to enter into a power sales agreement for a 5-megawatt share of the total output. This would increase Pasadena’s renewable energy portfolio to about 12,700 megawatt hours annually – or 1 percent of the city’s energy sales – according to a staff report. In October 2003, the council adopted a standard that called for the addition of cost-effective renewable resources to meet 10 percent of the city’s retail electric energy needs by 2010. That standard requires Pasadena Water and Power to have 20 percent renewable resources by 2017. “This is another step, helping us get there,” Councilman Sid Tyler said Monday night. The Milford Wind Corridor is set to be completed and ready for commercial operation by Jan. 1, 2009. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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first_imgFinn Harps have announce that following a positive response from supporters, the club will be continuing the Kids for a Quid promotion for the whole season.All Children u-12, who are accompanied by an Adult, can come along to the clubs home games at Finn Park this season for just €1 each!Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary said “We have had a great response from supporters to the family promotion so we are delighted to extend the offer for the whole season. The team are playing some very exciting football at the moment, so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of younger fans come to Finn Park to cheer on their local side.“ The Club would request that, if possible, supporters could arrive early for Friday nights game v Wexford Youths to avoid a bottleneck situation at turnstiles approaching kick-off time. KIDS ARE ‘QUIDS IN’ AT HARPS FOR REST OF SEASON was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsquidseasonlast_img read more


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first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – NASA scientists say they’ve learned from Genesis’ crash landing in the Utah desert in September 2004 and feel confident that their Stardust mission is not destined for a repeat performance on Jan. 15.The $212 million mission has traveled nearly 3 billion miles since 1999 on a round-trip journey to collect and deliver samples of the dust coming from comet Wild 2. Principal investigator Don Brownlee from the University of Washington describes Stardust’s cargo as a gift from the edge of the solar system. “We’re actually just using the comet as a carrier, as sort of a library that scarfed up the building blocks of the solar system, preserved them far away from the sun at low temperatures for 4 1/2 billion years and have now dumped them off,” Brownlee said.Scientists hope to analyze thousands of minuscule particles of cometary and interstellar dust in order to piece together a better understanding of the ring of debris out of which the planets in our solar system formed.The return capsule is scheduled to blaze through the atmosphere traveling 28,860 mph and gently fall to the floor of the Utah desert with the help of two parachutes in the wee hours of the morning of Jan. 15.This time around, mission plans do not call for a daring mid-air helicopter retrieval, as they did with NASA’s Genesis mission. Still, Ed Hirst, mission system manager for Stardust at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the team performed a “rigorous and extensive” review of the parachute mechanisms for landing in light of the Genesis mishap. “We’re convinced that that is not going to happen on Stardust,” he said. But he added the precautionary note that Stardust will be the fastest man-made object ever to enter Earth’s atmosphere. “So bringing it home for the first time is the only way to test a system like this,” he said.Tom Duxbury, Stardust project manager at JPL, said testing suggests that even in the case of a hard landing or a breech of the capsule upon touch down, “we can finish the rest of our science opportunities.”JPL is managing the mission for NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems developed and operates the spacecraft and the samples will be opened in a cleanroom at Johnson Space Center in Houston.Stardust follows the spectacular display put on by the Deep Impact mission, which coordinated a high speed collision between a spacecraft and the comet Tempel 1 in July. Brownlee said Stardust and Deep Impact are highly complementary. But Stardust will allow scientists to look at the makeup of a comet in a totally different way – at the single atom level in some cases, in labs around the world.He said he believes the particles Stardust collected from the comet are no different from those that formed the comet 4.5 billion years ago. “That’s the magic of this mission,” Brownlee said. “We are getting the very best primitive samples that there are in the solar system. In my view, it’s even better than we would have had if we had landed on the comet.” kimm.groshong@sgvn.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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first_imgSouth Africa is one of the pioneeringhosts of the electric racing series. The EF01 series is expected to be acatalyst for the development of greenmotoring innovations. (Images: Formulec South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • David BarrièreFormulec press office+33 6 88 20 04 19 RELATED ARTICLES • SA market hungry for the Joule • A joule of an energy-efficient car • Model ‘green’ car in SA for World Cup • Powering towards a green economy • SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled outMark ReidThe future of international motorsport is on its way to South Africa – 2012 sees the birth of 100% electric motor racing with the official launch of the Formulec World Series.The Formulec Electric Formula EF01 World Series, based on the Formula Three concept, is set to be decided over 10 races on five continents and will be racing through South Africa in October 2012.By 2014, the Formulec team hopes to throw open the championship to independent manufacturers with their own cars.Local events company Eco Promotions has scooped the Formulec contract as the official event promoter in South Africa. Experienced in staging renewable energy events, the company is now scouring the country for a suitable location, as the cars will be racing not on a track, but through city streets.The low noise output of the vehicle makes it well suited to an urban street race, and because the event is not limited to a track, cities around the country can take turns to play host.Green motoring technology Motor racing has long been a platform for the development of new technologies, which in turn lead to these technological advancements filtering down to consumers.With the world market for electric vehicles expected to reach 10% of total production by 2020, Formulec is looking to the future. The company intends to contribute to the acceleration of green automotive research, and help improve the efficiency of electric vehicles.South Africa, as an EF01 host, will take its place at the forefront of renewable energy technology innovations. The country has already made its mark in this field with the development of the all-electric Joule, which is currently between the prototype and full production stages. It’s expected to debut on local showroom floors in 2014.As concern grows over climate change and the planet’s oil reserves, the focus is shifting to finding new sustainable transport solutions such as electric vehicles, as manufacturers gradually look to phase out fossil fuel engines. With no exhaust, the electric car is eco-friendly and quiet, and is an attractive alternative in large cities where commuters grapple with the problem of increasing traffic.The EF01 series will open up opportunities for innovators in the eco-energy industry to publicly showcase their technologies in a festival atmosphere at each event.High performance Designed to equal the performance of its cousin, the combustion-driven Formula Three car, the single-seater EF01 is more than capable. The fastest racing electric car in the world accelerates from 0-100kpm in a blistering time of under three seconds and reaches a top speed of around 260 km/h.The two-wheel-drive Formula Three cars have 2 000cc four-cylinder engines. Formula Three is seen as one step below Formula One, with fine drivers such as Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, and Takuma Sato coming through the lower ranks to achieve success in the high-powered racing championship.The EF01 took 30 months to come to life. In developing the EF01, Formulec and its partner, engineering specialist Segula Matra Technologies, have brought with a host of motoring experts on board, including Siemens, which is responsible for the car’s two electric motors; Michelin, which has adapted new energy-saving tyres to the power of the EF01 motors; Oz, which provided the rims; Hewland, which developed a unique transmission system for the EF01; and Saft, which developed the car’s special lithium ion battery system.The bodywork has been shaped by, among others, the highly experienced Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team.The EF01 first took to the track in September 2010 at Magny-Cours in France, followed soon after by an outing on the Bugatti track at Le Mans. Its battery life allows it to race for up to 25 minutes, says Formulec, depending on the track, with a qualifying time similar to that of the Formula Three vehicle.The car debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010.last_img read more


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first_img29 January 2015“What do you love about cricket,” Protea cricketers asked 11-year-old fan and player Kieron Adams in this video from the official Proteas Supporters Club. “The way it brings people together … the way it hypes you up, gives you the passion and makes you want to play the game,” the 11-year-old responded.The players then challenged Keiron’s school mates and neighbours in the Cape Town suburb of Southfield to a game of street cricket.last_img