Cautious outlook for small businesses in 2017

first_img TAGSBrexitbusinessDonald Trumpsmall businessSMEUS Twitter Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Previous articleLimerick crime figures show increase in guns and weapons offencesNext articleICHAS Graduations held in the Castletroy Park Hotel Staff Reporter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow BusinessNewsCautious outlook for small businesses in 2017By Staff Reporter – January 11, 2017 753 Facebook Email Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Enterprise Support Grant should include older self-employed people Linkedin WhatsApp Print SMALL businesses have a cautious outlook to 2017 with the mood reflecting the uncertainty that the next 12 months has amid Brexit and the change of leadership in the US.This week, the Small Firms Association (SFA) found in its ‘Small Firms Outlook 2017’ survey report that 50 per cent of owner-managers feel that the business environment is improving.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However this figure is down from the 2015 number of 77 per cent and 2016s half yearly report of 66 in May. 18 per cent of those businesses surveyed felt that the economy is disimproving.Patricia Callan, SFA Director, said “2016 has been a challenging year for small business. The optimism that existed at the beginning of the year has given way to a much more cautious sentiment among small businesses, due to emerging wage demands, Brexit and downward revisions of growth forecasts. Still, 52 per cent of SFA members say their businesses are growing, with only 9 per cent declining. This shows that 2017 still has the potential to be a strong year, if the risks are managed effectively at firm level and Government level.”Asked what they see as the biggest opportunity for their business in 2017, domestic economic growth was highlighted by 32 per cent of businesses. Other positive factors included specific sectoral opportunities, bringing new products to market, new brand/marketing campaigns and exporting.One in three of survey respondents indicated their intention to recruit over the coming year, down slightly from a pre-Brexit survey in May. This strong job creation outlook was welcomed by Ms Callan.“Small firms already employ over half of the private sector workforce and almost two-thirds of our members will be hiring in 2017. Small firms have a crucial role to play in job creation around the country, reducing unemployment and attracting emigrants home to work.”The survey results, however, highlight a number of areas of concern for small firms. Ms Callan continued, “A number of risk factors for 2017 have been highlighted. These include wage inflation (#1 at 22 per cent), Brexit/Sterling exchange rate, domestic economic stagnation and cashflow issues. Many of these require decisive measures at Government level and the SFA will work with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and other departments to ensure the appropriate actions are taken.”In conclusion, Callan stated, “The fundamentals of the Irish economy are strong and economic growth and job creation are forecast to continue in 2017. If the specific concerns of small businesses are addressed, 2017 will be a very positive year for the sector, allowing the small business community to fulfil its potential in terms of job creation, enhancing local communities and driving economic progress. The Government must put small business at the heart of its policies by embracing the ‘Think Small First’ principle and ensuring that all policies are job-proofed.” Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up last_img read more

Shrinking Space For Dissent

first_imgColumnsShrinking Space For Dissent S Devika13 Oct 2020 8:43 PMShare This – xThe order of the Supreme Court in the Shaheen Bagh protests case is part of a trend where the space for dissent is shrinking rapidly, at great cost to democracy. Background and context The occupation of Shaheen Bagh by women began in December 2019 when violence against Jamia Millia students was unleashed. It continued as a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, a law…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe order of the Supreme Court in the Shaheen Bagh protests case is part of a trend where the space for dissent is shrinking rapidly, at great cost to democracy. Background and context The occupation of Shaheen Bagh by women began in December 2019 when violence against Jamia Millia students was unleashed. It continued as a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, a law that discriminates against Muslims. It came to an end in March 2020 due to the COVID- 19 pandemic and the lockdown, alluded to as the “Hand of God,” by the judges. The protest was unprecedented for many reasons – it was led by women without the support of an organized union or political party, it was organic and spontaneous, it was a round the clock sit-in and reminiscent of occupy movements of the world, it had no leaders, it sparked off similar protests in the rest of the country, it acquired an iconic status and was keenly observed by the rest of the world, the protestors remained non-violent throughout and people from all over the country travelled to the site to express support and solidarity, the tenacity and determination of women inspired hope, empowered the participants and observers and the oldest participant, Bilkis Dadi was featured as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in the Times magazine. A petition was initially filed before the Delhi High Court seeking regulation of this protest on the ground that it disrupted the free movement of traffic and affected the rights of commuters. The Delhi High Court disposed of the case on the date of admission, 14/01/2020, leaving it to the wisdom of the police to manage and control traffic, bearing in mind the ground realities. The petitioner then approached the Supreme Court. The relief sought had become infructuous when the Supreme Court passed a final order on 07/10/2020. The judges acknowledge this fact but decide to set certain parameters for future protests. While appearing to affirm a citizen’s right to protest, the Supreme Court imposes restrictive measures that are severely prohibitory. The order bans : 1) use of public areas for protests unless such areas are designated for that purpose 2) indefinite occupation of public space and 3) assembly of indeterminable number of persons whenever they choose to protest. No doubt a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution is never absolute and must yield when there are competing rights deserving a better claim. It is a tricky and arduous task to assess which of the competing rights will prevail and it is usually a subjective one. No rigid formula can be applied, in a case such as this, as situations and context may influence and change the decision as well as the process. Situs and timing of protest determines its efficacy The right to protest involves the exercise of several interdependent and interconnected fundamental rights and is essential for securing all human rights. It is an indispensable tool for building pressure to bring about political, economic or social change. It strengthens the fundamental social and constitutional fabric of a democracy A protest in a public space is an expression of disagreement with a state action, in full public gaze, to draw the attention of the authority in the hope of remedial response. It is an appeal to the conscience of the community and an invitation for discussion, support, participation and solidarity. A protest can be spontaneous, like a flash mob, in response to an immediate grievance. It can also be intended to disrupt a routine – like a group of women blocking a road as they have been denied drinking water for weeks. A protest can be inconvenient to other members of the public and may encroach upon their rights. The location, mode and timing of a protest are chosen to ensure maximum visibility and proximity to the authority that can redress the grievance. The efficacy of a protest is dependent on these factors. Recognising this, the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Saska v Hungary (ECHR 27 Nov 2012) held that the right to freedom of assembly includes the right to choose time, place and modalities of assembly, subject to lawful limits. When the state is allowed to choose sites, areas with low or no visibility are designated to subvert the protest and defeat its purpose. Sanitization of protests and gentrification of dissent Blanket site and duration restrictions pose a real danger to the efficacy of a public demonstration. Imposing a cap on the number of participants makes a mockery of the right to protest, as one of the objectives of a demonstration is to show the extent of support. An observer is entitled to become a participant. Any participant in a protest would vouchsafe that numbers may swell if the cause resonates with the onlookers. Despite the large numbers and the groundswell of support for the Shaheen Bagh protestors, the government refused to engage with the citizenry. The Supreme Court has made it easier for such a government to ignore voices of dissent. Protest as much as you want, but limit the crowd and time, do not be seen or heard and while you are going about it do not inconvenience any other person, is the message. The aversion of the privileged to the troublesome din of democracy and the cacophony of contests will now acquire legitimacy. Sanitizing a protest and stripping it of tools necessary for building pressure to bring about change has serious ramifications for a democracy that can exist only with effective public participation.Cartoon by the author of the articleAbuse of power and pigeonholing of protests Almost all parts of the country have regulations that impose a blanket ban on protests without prior permission. As any permanent law imposing such prohibitions will fail the test of constitutional scrutiny, they are introduced as temporary measures through notifications and renewed repeatedly keeping alive the ban. This clearly is an abuse of executive power intended to frustrate the right to protest, in breach of the reasonable restrictions test. Applications for permissions are rejected routinely or onerous conditions imposed. Information about names of speakers, content of speech and banners/placards, duration, personal details about participants is invariably demanded. Protests, however, do not follow a script and cannot be pigeonholed into slots. Such information also compromises the rights of the participants and divests the protest of its fluid nature and spontaneity. Prior intimation can be seen as a legitimate inroad into the right to protest but prior permission cannot be the norm. Restrictive measures fail to meet obligations under ICCPR United Nations Human Rights Committee’s General Comment 37, adopted on 23/07/2020, on Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (right to peaceful assembly), calls upon the state to discharge positive obligations and negative duties to enable effective exercise of the right to protest by facilitating peaceful assemblies within sight and sound of the target audience and by not prohibiting, restricting, blocking, disrupting such assemblies without compelling justification, the onus being on the authority to justify prohibition. UNHRC recognizes that assemblies with a political message should enjoy a heightened level of accommodation and protection and redirecting traffic, blocking roads and providing security are measures that should be taken by the state. Even disruptive assemblies are entitled to a significant degree of toleration. An important departure from the “reasonable restriction” jurisprudence is found in the UNHRC document-restrictions must be necessary and not just reasonable and expedient. India though being a signatory to ICCPR has failed to discharge these obligations and continues to adopt repressive measures to stultify the right to protest. The additional restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court do not meet the standards set out in ICCPR, as clarified in UNHRC General Comment. Rights of commuters After considering the competing claims – freedom of assembly and expression of protestors vis-à-vis freedom of movement of commuters, the Supreme Court decides in favour of commuters. UNHRC General Comment sheds light on the balance test: “… peaceful assemblies can sometimes be used to pursue contentious ideas or goals. Their scale of nature can cause disruption, for example of vehicular or pedestrian movement or economic activity. These consequences, whether intended or unintended, do not call into question the protection such assemblies enjoy. To an extent that an event may create such disruptions or risks, these must be managed within the framework of the Covenant.” “… assemblies are a legitimate use of public and other spaces, and since they may entail by their very nature a certain level of disruption to ordinary life, such disruption must be accommodated, unless they impose a disproportionate burden, in which case the authorities must be able to provide detailed justification for restrictions.” The main reason for the inconvenience caused to commuters, in this case, was blocking by the police of two alternate routes, Kalindi Kunj Mithapur road (that runs parallel to G D Birla Marg, the protest site ) and Khadad Kalindi Kunj road. This blockade was a deliberate act of subversion, intended to deprive the commuters’ freedom of movement. The order does not mention the complicity of law enforcement officials in creating a situation where one right was intentionally pitted against another, to impair the essence of the right to protest. The right of a commuter to unrestricted movement is constantly compromised by events like political parties’ rallies, VIP cavalcades, religious processions and security measures for visiting dignitaries. This right, in practice, is never an absolute one and is normally considered unimportant by the state. To hold that the right to protest is subservient to such a right will stultify and weaken a democracy. Courts in other parts of the world have balanced these claims differently. Justice A.E.N Mpagi Bahigeine of Uganda’s constitutional court in the landmark case of Muwanga Kivumbi v Attorney General [(2008) UGCC 4 (27 May 2008)] says : “… if the police entertain a “reasonable belief” that some disturbances may occur during the assembly, all that can be done is to provide security and supervision in anticipation of disturbances. It is the paramount duty of the police to maintain law and order but not to curtail people’s enshrined freedom and liberties on mere anticipatory grounds.” Justice Byamugisha J.A, in that order opines: “A society especially a democratic one should be able to tolerate a good deal of annoyance or disorder so as to encourage the greatest possible freedom of expression, particularly political expression.” The attempt to reverse this order through a legislative measure was stymied in a recent order in the case of Human Rights Network & 4 others v Attorney General [(2020) UGCC 6 (26 March 2020)] where the Uganda constitutional court held : “Provided a protest or public gathering is peaceful, it does not matter that it may be disruptive or even inconveniencing due to the large numbers of individuals that may participate in the same.” Counter demonstrations cannot negate a right to protest The Supreme Court’s observation that persons with a different point of view may emulate the Shaheen Bagh protest leading to a chaotic situation is counter-intuitive. It is the obligation of the state to ensure that such counter-protests are peaceful and do not cause any disruption. UNHRC General Comment, envisaging such a situation, states that it is the responsibility of the state to enable both kinds of protests, even within sight and sound of each other. A recent example is the Black Lives Matter movement in U.S.A, where white supremacists resorted to violence to disrupt the protests. To cite the possibility of violence by counter-demonstrators as a reason for negating the right to protest is nothing short of an absurdity. The UK Supreme Court in Redmont – Bate v Director of Public Prosecution (1999 EWHC Admin 733) (23 July 1999) declares that it is the responsibility of law enforcers to stop others from behaving unlawfully in reaction to a protest and the solution does not lie in stopping the protestor from proceeding with the protest. Presumption of state benevolence The order seeks to make a distinction between protests during colonial times and post-independence era. There is a presumption that the relationship between the citizenry and an elected government in power is egalitarian, that the latter would not abuse its powers lightly and antagonism towards and suspicion of a colonial power cannot or does not exist against elected governments. This assumption, as we know, is not correct. A majoritarian government easily tramples upon basic rights and uses intimidation, incarceration under draconian laws (including those that served the purpose of brutal colonialism) and institutions that enforce and protect rights to silence dissent. What we are witnessing today is the rise of authoritarianism that is much more alarming than a colonial rule. Dissenters are quickly labelled anti-nationals and terrorists. Charges of sedition and terrorism are indiscriminately slapped on any person who musters the courage to question those at the helm of power. Forms of protest resorted to during the colonial rule have not lost its relevance even today, as the state continues to employ the same methods as that of colonial regimes to suppress mass movements. Therefore, the observations of the highest court of the land that the “erstwhile mode and manner of dissent against colonial rule cannot be equated with dissent in a self – ruled democracy, ” do not reflect ground realities.To conclude, the Supreme Court’s order leaves us with very little space for dissent and meaningful participation in a democracy. It sets the stage for Dyerism under the veneer of legality. It will lead to legitimization of oppressive measures against dissenters.We can only draw strength from judge Learned Hand’s prophetic words, “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.”(The author is an advocate practising at the Madras High Court. She may be reached at [email protected]) Next Storylast_img read more

Who’s the most benevolent of them all?

first_imgby: Joe WinnSome may say the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference is a glorified lobbying event. They would not be wrong. But it is far more than solely a political maneuver. It’s a family reunion.When you put a few thousand credit union executives, staff, and board members in a single room, an interesting dynamic emerges. They do not brag about loan volume, capital expenditures, or legislative pressures. Instead, topics revolve around how much their members were helped by initiatives and services. It becomes a competition of benevolence.“Everything the credit union does is for its members. We don’t say yes to everything, but we do consider what can serve all of them best.” This refrain was far from uncommon. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Power, City Oilers march on in Africa Zone 5 basketball

first_img2.30pm Gondar vs ABC4.30pm APR vs KPA6.30pm Patriots vs City Oilers8.30pm KPA vs Power********Day 1 Africa Zone5 Champs 2017APR 45  KCCA 57Hawassa  43 Patriots 110KPA 108  Gondar 35UCU 108 Horseed 42Equity 70 Don Bosco 48City Oil 93 Savio 46Power 87 ABC 55MenGROUP A – City Oil – Uganda; Patriots – Rwanda; Savio – Tanzania; Hawassa City – EthiopiaGROUP B – Betway Power – Uganda; Gondar City – Ethiopia; A.B.C – Tanzania; K.P.A – KenyaWomen (round robin)UCU,  KCCA,  Equity, KPA,  Horseed , APR, Don Bosco Power in action on Monday. PHOTO @cityoilersKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ugandan basketball sides Power and City Oilers continued their dorminance of the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships with thumping wins on Monday in Kampala.New signing Jordan Mayez led the scoring with 16 points, while Laundry Ndikumana got 14 as defending champions Oilers rolled over Ethiopia’s Hawasa 111-41.City Oilers guard Mayez told that, “It felt good to go out there and win with the guys. We were confident that we were going to win this game. We came out, ran the floor and played defense. We played our game and the outcome was in our favor.”Power then capped the day for the Ugandans with a 111-31 score against Gondar City, also from Ethiopia. The Ugandan men’s sides have won their two opening matches.The game of the day however came in the women’s contest, where Mukono based UCU came from behind to stun Kenya’s KPA 69-68. KPA led 68-66 at 1 min 34 to end of the game.The week-long tournament started Sunday morning at Lugogo. The Zone 5 winners will qualify for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup set to be held in Tunisia in December.Africa Zone 5 Championships 2017MONDAY: DAY 2 resultsPatriots 79 Savio 50City Oil 111 Hawasa 41Power 111 Gondar 31ABC 77  KPA 81****APR 84 Don Bosco 74Equity 56 KCCA 51UCU 69 KPA 68TUESDAY: Day 3 fixtures8.30am Don Bosco vs Ucu10.30am Horseed vs Equity12.30pm Savio vs Hawassa Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Fair Haven Antique Dealer Finds Homes For Treasure – Each With…

first_imgBy Art PetrosemoloThe watches, clocks, jewelry and silver on the shelves at Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven all come with a story. Some of them are even as interesting as that of its octogenarian owner Isaak “Ike” Burstein.For more than 40 years, Burstein and his wife Myra have sold unique antique treasurers acquired locally or from locations across the world out of the shop. “It’s a labor of love,” he says, “and many times it is very hard to part with things I have acquired.” It is understandable as Burstein lost everything during the Second World War and lived through the horror of the Holocaust.A look in the store safe confirms Burstein’s sentiments for many of his treasures – trays of watches and jewelry – are locked up each night and brought out daily for display.“I always have been a clock collector,” says Burstein, “and am known for that in the business. Many people will bring their timepieces to me to expedite repair, to sell or just to appraise.”One of Burstein’s favorite and most treasured timepieces is a rare, 1746 Henton Brown Musical Bracket Clock made in London that plays six tunes. Burstein has owned it for more than a half century.In a business where many equate age into high price, Burstein cautions buyers that quality trumps age most times. “Remember,” he smiles, “they made junk 100 years ago just as they do today!”Born in Lithuania in Eastern Europe in 1929, Burstein, experienced the horror of World War II and Nazi atrocities firsthand. The family was unable to escape their homeland after the German invasion in 1941. Burstein survived for four years doing slave labor at Dachau, north of Munich in Southern Germany.Dachau was the first concentration camp the Nazi’s opened in Germany in 1933. There were some 32,000 documented – and thousands of undocumented – deaths during its 12-year existence.Burstein was freed by the allies in May 1945 after Dachau guards marched the remaining prisoners west away from the camp toward the German border in what he describes as a “death march.”Although the memories will be with him forever, Burstein today focuses on what happened since 1945, not before it. “My parents made sure I could speak English as a child,” Burstein says,” and I still speak several languages.”After being liberated, Burstein worked for one year as an interpreter for the United States Army in Munich before immigrating to the United States and starting a new life in New York City not yet having celebrated his 20th birthday.Burstein met his wife on New Year’s Eve in 1947. They were married in 1950 and have lived in New Jersey for more than 40 years. “Myra was interested in, loved and understood antiques and collectibles,” Burstein says, “and we opened the shop here in Fair Haven.”In the 1980s, the Bursteins renovated the building and he gave up his corporate job in New York City to focus on timepieces, jewelry and antiques, something both he and his wife loved.Today Burstein, 86, still travels to estate sales and flea markets looking for hidden treasures but more often than not, collectors bring items to him. He also has a client list with names we’d all recognize and he understandably protects. “You’d be surprised how many people buy quality watches, jewelry and antiques as an investment,” Burstein says. “Many times I actually buy back items from clients for more than I sold it to them because of appreciation.”The Burstein’s have two children. Their son Matt is a well-known antique restorer based in Boston and daughter Beth is a photographer in New Jersey.Burstein is patient with browsers and dabblers who visit his shop looking – many times – for a present with no idea of what they want or the cost involved. We have antiques in all price ranges he smiles as not everyone can afford a Patek Philippe, Breitling or Bvlgari watch that – even used – is expensive.Burstein recalls a woman who came in to have her dad’s Rolex watch looked at and repaired. She said her dad also was considering selling it and she wanted to know its value. “I looked at it,” Burstein says, “and told her that indeed it could be fixed and the watch was so valuable that I would be happy to give her dad a new Rolex to replace it as well as a sizable check.” Burstein says the woman was shocked and talked to her dad who decided he would keep the watch.When describing what makes a timepiece so valuable, Burstein is in his element. He reminds visitors that if you just need to tell time, a battery powered Timex will give you hours, minutes, seconds and probably even the date just fine.“But,” he goes on, “if you value a piece of engineering with hundreds of moving parts that tells time accurately plus accounts for the different length of months, leap year or even the phases of the moon – a watch which could take years to complete as well, running flawlessly for decades inside a precious metal case, and will appreciate in value every year – well that’s a work of art.”Many of Burstein’s collectors look for the unusual and unique. He cites a limited edition Longines’ watch – only 80 were made – to celebrate the 80th anniversary in 2007 of the Charles Lindberg’s trans-Atlantic flight. Burstein had a chance to buy one from an owner and gladly paid more than the retail price. It sits patiently in his shop waiting for its next owner.Burstein has good advice to new collectors of antiques, jewelry and watches. “Be sure you buy something of quality. Keep it serviced and care for it,” he says. “Buy one item of quality rather than waste your money on 10 items because they’re cheap.”last_img read more


first_imgPEGASUS UNFURLS BITTERSWEET STORYLINECHAMP CHAMPAGNE ROOM VS. UNIQUE BELLASHEER FLATTERY WORKS FOR GRADE III LEWISGRAZEN WINNERS AMONG STRING OF CHALKVAN DYKE IS RECOVERING FROM BROKEN ARM ARROGATE REIGNS SUPREME AFTER PEGASUS VICTORYIf there were any doubts after the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there should be none now.There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Arrogate.California Chrome, on the other hand, is heading out of Dodge.Sure, The People’s Horse had an excuse with a bum right knee in the final performanceof his storybook career, never mounting a threat in Saturday’s inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park won geared down by Arrogate, who was 4 ¾ lengths clear of 19-1 runner-up Shaman Ghost.California Chrome came out of the race with a possible chip in his right knee.Thus the widely anticipated rematch between Arrogate and Chrome, who were a dramatic half-length apart at the finish of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, never got close to becoming a reality.Arrogate will race again. Californian Chrome will not. He will make his new home in Kentucky as a stallion at Taylor Made Farm.The Pegasus thrill of victory, agony of defeat storyline stood out in bold relief, emotions ranging from euphoric to crestfallen in a heartbeat.Jerry Hollendorfer, winner of 7,218 races in his remarkable career, has felt both.“I was standing on the other side of the race track when Shared Belief pulled up (afterthe start of the 2015 Charles Town Classic, in which he suffered an injury that prevented him from finishing the race), and there’s just nothing you can do,” Hollendorfer said. “You’re helpless.” Hollendorfer was helpless too when Shared Belief, champion two-year-old male of 2013 and winner of the 2015 Santa Anita Handicap, died on Dec. 3, 2105, after colic surgery.The 70-year-old Hall of Fame trainer is not prone to high fives after a big victory, or extended periods of mourning after major setbacks. “I try to stay steady,” Hollendorfer said, adding he had no remedy as to how to deal with the inevitable disappointments. “You just hope that it never happens,” he said, “but if you run enough horses, it’s going to happen.”Added private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young: “Arrogate is a great horse, but it was really sad to see a great horse like California Chrome so empty so early. Starting up the backside at a time when Victor’s (Espinoza) usually got his arms full just trying to restrain him, you could see he wasn’t restraining him at all.“Soon after the five-eighths pole, he was actually chirping to him and trying to get him up there. He had all he could do to hold his position to try and keep Mike (Smith) boxed in there.”Chrome and his legion of fans can savor cherished memories of a fairytale better scripted for Hollywood, but for the unhappy ending. Chrome’s successes on the racetrack will be embellished in retirement, perhaps to the point of legend.“Now,” as Secretary of War Stanton said after Lincoln died from an assassin’s bullet, “he belongs to the ages.”Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, he went out like Willie Mays. Doug O’Neill647141011%48%$616,513 Stewart Elliott61861113%41%$320,115 VAN DYKE RECOVERING FROM SURGERYDrayden Van Dyke was doing well at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena Sunday recovering from surgery on his broken right arm suffered when the 22-year-old rider was involved in a two-horse spill at Santa Anita in Thursday’s fourth race.“He’s resting, he’s got a right forearm fracture and he’ll take his time and let it heal,” his agent, Brad Pegram, said Sunday morning, taking solace in the fact that the other rider he represents, Hall of Fame member Mike Smith, won the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Saturday aboard Arrogate.“There’s no time frame (on how long it will take before Van Dyke resumes riding),” Pegram said. “We’ll take our time. The good thing is he’s young, it’ll heal and go from there.” JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas52910717%50%$502,698 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 28) Jerry Hollendorfer551081118%53%$886,174 CHAMP CHAMPAGNE ROOM WORKS FOR LAS VIRGENESBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and eventual Eclipse Champion Champagne Room worked five furlongs Sunday in a minute flat, breezing, in preparation for her three-year-old debut against monster Santa Ynez winner Unique Bella in next Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile.“Awesome” is how trainer Peter Eurton summed up the drill under exercise rider Jose (Pepi) Aragon. “I’m very pleased with her work.”Champagne Room, a bay daughter of Broken Vow, has been firing bullets since her Breeders’ Cup win last Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Four of her last seven recorded breezes were the fastest at their respective distances.Among the 123 recorded works on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday was a seven furlong move by Sheer Flattery, a contender for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-old Triple Crown prospects. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer called it “a nice workout’ under exercise rider Freddie Rodriguez. Tyler Baze861817821%50%$833,072 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Woncenter_img Philip D’Amato3484624%53%$560,335 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5985314%27%$401,485 Kent Desormeaux58129621%47%$850,313 Rafael Bejarano701191416%49%$683,968 Peter Eurton2273032%45%$323,995 FINISH LINES: Santiago Gonzalez, who has been aboard Grade I-winning stretch runner Hard Aces in his last six races, including a victory the Grade III Cougar II Handicap, retains the mount in Saturday’s Grade II San Antonio Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Masochistic, prepping for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on March 11, worked six furlongs Sunday for Ron Ellis in 59 flat . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival next Saturday, Feb. 4. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at . . . Next Sunday, Feb. 5, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Wednesday. Live racing resumes Thursday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. FAVORITES ROLL A SEVEN IN ‘NICK’ OF TIME            Owner/breeder Nick Alexander had back-to-back winners sired by Grazen Saturday when Enola Gray captured the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for trainer Phil D’Amato and All of a Sudden came back to take the next race for trainer Steve Miyadi.The two winners were part of a string of seven straight favorites Saturday, ranging from And Then Some (5.80) in the first race; Enola Gray (3.20) in the second; All of a Sudden (4) in the third; Gypsy Ju Ju ($5.20) in the fourth; Sircat Sally ($3.80) in the fifth; Richards Boy (6) in the sixth; and Ashleyluvssugar ($4) in the seventh.River Echo ended the chalk streak big time when he won the eighth race paying $44.40 for trainer Peter Miller, who also saddled 19-1 longshot Aldrin ($21.40 to place) to finish second, forming a $246 exacta for $1.“I’m relieved to win,” Alexander said after Enola Gray’s victory. “We haven’t won a race since the last race she won in October. We’ve been nosed out twice. We got disqualified once, on New Year’s Eve so, we needed a win.“She’s a neat horse, she really is. The dam had not had anything worth a darn before that. Everyone that gets on her says you can’t even feel her hit the ground. She just has one of those big, long strides. She’s a sweetheart.“She threw in two horrible races at 1-9 and 1-5 and she got beat, with no apparent excuse. I think she has to be on the lead, or fighting for it. I think you have to go as fast as you can and that’s the way she likes it. That’s the way her daddy liked it, too.” Flavien Prat841991223%48%$1,166,118 Peter Miller41913422%63%$574,650last_img read more

Redknapp ‘considering Eduardo’ as West Ham and Stoke are also linked

first_imgWest Ham are reportedly among the clubs interested in former Arsenal man Eduardo, who is one of a number of strikers being considered by QPR manager Harry Redknapp as a possible signing. Eduardo almost moved to Loftus Road from Shakhtar Donetsk in January and is available on a free transfer this summer.Stoke City’s former QPR boss Mark Hughes has been linked with a move for the 31-year-old Croatian as well, while the Daily Mirror say West Ham are also keen.Lascelles is wanted by QPRSo too, apparently, are Lazio and Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahce.Related West London Sport story: QPR in talks with Ajax over deal for strikerQPR face competition from Tottenham for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail.West London Sport this week revealed that Rangers had made an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back. Forest have since insisted that he is not for sale.And the Mail say Spurs are planning to table a £5m bid for Lascelles, who made 34 appearances for Forest last season.It is also suggested that the player would prefer to stay in the north rather than move to London.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Corning battles border town rival Orland; Los Molinos hosts Happy Camp

first_imgRed Bluff >> Fresh off its first win of the year, the Corning High football team looks to make it two in a row at Orland Friday night. Game time is set for around 7:30 p.m. for the teams separated by about 15 miles. Orland comes in 0-2 for the first time since 2007. The Trojans lost to Bear River, 49-7, in Grass Valley two weeks ago and at Anderson 36-20 last Friday night. Corning, meanwhile, got back to its game with a solid rush attack this past week in a 28-7 win over Las Plumas. The …last_img read more

Sablan looks at positives despite UST’s 41 turnovers

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “There’s still a positive take because when you think about it, we committed 41 turnovers and we still didn’t get blown out,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum following the Tigers’ 88-81 defeat.“We could’ve even won if we managed to limit our errors. We were up in assists, rebounds, it’s just that we committed so many turnovers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUST did outrebound Adamson, 47-32, and had three more assists, 19-16, but off the Tigers’ miscues, 16 of which came off steals.Sablan, though, rued his team’s lack of chemistry with half of his team’s 16-man roster are new players. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL UST head coach Boy Sablan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan remained positive despite the Growling Tigers sloppy performance in a loss to the Adamson Falcons Saturday.UST turned the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University committed 44 turnovers back in 2003, but Sablan still saw a silver lining.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Honestly, the team’s chemistry isn’t that solid,” said Sablan. “We still haven’t translated the things we’ve done in practice into our games.”  Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Manipur PSC to recruit at 52 various posts

first_imgManipur Public Service Commission has notified for recruitment at various posts. The candidates eligible for the post may apply through prescribed format before August 25, 2014.Vacancies: 52Manipur Education Service Grade- III: 41 Inspector of Taxes: 8 Deputy Director (TRI): 1 Under Secretary (Law): 1 Assistant Draftsman (Law): 1Pay ScaleRs.9300-34800/- + GP Rs.4300/- for Manipur Education Service Grade- III.Rs.9300-34800/- + GP Rs.4200/- for Inspector of Taxes.Rs.9300-34800/- + GP Rs.5400/- for Deputy Director (TRI), Under Secretary (Law) and Assistant Draftsman (Law).Eligibility CriteriaEducational QualificationManipur Education Service Grade- III: Candidates should have a Master’s degree with B.Ed.Inspector of Taxes: Candidates should be at least a graduate with minimum 55 per cent marks & have done a certificate course in basic Computer Application.Deputy Director (TRI): Candidates should have a master degree in Sociology/History/Political Science/Anthropology/Geography.Under Secretary (Law): Candidates should have a bachelor or master degree in Law or equivalent.Assistant Draftsman (Law): candidates should have a degree in Law or equivalent and adequate proficiency in English and Manipuri.Age LimitCandidates should belong to the age group of 21 years to 38 years as on July 01, 2014 for Manipur Education Service Grade- III.Age limit of the candidates should not exceed 38 years as on July 01, 2014 for remaining posts.Selection ProcessEligible candidates will have to go through a  written examination and the short listed candidates will be called for an Interview. before final selection.How to ApplyApplication Form, duly complete in all respect along with attested copies of all required Certificates / Documents and mentioned as “Application for the Post of ________” on the envelope in which the form would be sent should be submitted to the Manipur Public Service Commission, North AOC/ D.M. Road, Imphal-795001 Manipur/ India  Candidates should mention “Application for the Post of ________” on the envelope in which the form would be sent.Application feeGeneral/OBC category applicants have to pay Rs.200/- and SC/ST category candidates have to pay Rs.50/- as application fees in cash payable to Secretary, Manipur Public Service Commission, Imphal.Physically Handicapped candidates are exempted from examination fee.Important DatesOpening Date of Application Forms: July 25, 2014Closing Date of Application Forms: August 25, 2014advertisementlast_img read more