Marlene My Love romps Oaks

first_imgMARLENE MY LOVE yesterday ran away from a distressed-looking BILINGUAL to romp the 10-furlong Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks by a city block, a dozen lengths to be exact. Settled in sixth position going past the stands and into the clubhouse turn by jockey Jevvanne Erwin, the bay filly sat in the pace down the backstretch before shooting to the lead three-and-half furlongs out. Anthony Nunes’ 3-5 favourite, BILINGUAL, went in chase with Robert Halledeen, but was caught flat-footed and made no impression when Erwin unleashed MARLENE MY LOVE coming off the home turn. “She got a clear run today,” trainer Dwight Chen said after the 10-furlong event. “She ran OK. The time’s not bad, ” he added, glancing at the 2:08.3 posted on the tote board. Bred to get every inch of the Oaks’ 10 furlongs, MARLENE MY LOVE, who won at odds of 2-1, is a half-sister to 2010 Triple Crown champion and three-time Superstakes winner MARK MY WORD. Chen said the Howard Hamilton-owned filly’s next stop will be June’s Jamaica Derby and confirmed Erwin as the rider. “Why not? Why change?” he asked. Late surge Erwin, who was aboard the filly for the first time in a race, said she was travelling “very comfortably” down the backstretch while SARAH LEE and THORNHILL MISS carried the nine-horse field. BILINGUAL’s expected late surge did not materialise. After being sent in chase of MARLENE MY LOVE, she flattened out and appeared erratic at the end of the race. However, she held second ahead of 29-1 outsider VICE ROYALTY. Another rank outsider, 25-1 shot BLUE TRADITION, finished fourth. Though BILINGUAL disappointed in the Oaks, Nunes shared training honours with champion Wayne DaCosta, both saddling two winners on the 11-race card. MESMERIZE opened the programme at 2-1 for Nunes before DaCosta responded with 4-5 favourite PRINCESS KATRIEL in the second. Nunes landed the fourth with down-in-class COUNTER ATTACK among $250,000 claimers. However, the team of DaCosta and jockey Omar Walker sealed a two-timer with FEARLESS SAMURAI, who outbattled ANOTHER BULLET in a one-mile open allowance event, three weeks after landing the 2000 Guineas. FEARLESS SAMURAI improved his Guineas time significantly, by 2.3 seconds, clocking 1:37.4 after posting 1:40.2 at the distance among his peers The champion trainer said he was not surprised by the gelding’s improvement. “Not at all. He has shown me in exercise before that he is capable of doing it. What he keeps doing is opening up at the two (furlongs), then when he gets lonely he slows down,” he explained. DaCosta said he was unsure whether FEARLESS SAMURAI will face the starter in next month’s Lotto Classic Governor’s Cup, a 10-furlong conditional race for three-year-olds in which stakes winners such as DaCosta’s runner carry topweight. “It all depends on the weight. Then again, if he is carrying almost topweight in open allowance, he might as well run against his peers,” he said, adding, “we will have to weigh the pros and cons and see how it goes.”last_img read more

Second-time offender jailed

first_imgA man who was previously fined for stealing a zinc sheet from the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Sport Complex building found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts yet again, this time charged for stealing a water pump.Andrew Arjune, 30, admitted to stealing the water pump valued $200,000, property of Doonauth Lalta from the Kitty Seawall on April 5, 2018 when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, Arjune was seen by Police ranks walking along Vlissengen Road, Georgetown with the pump on his shoulder and as a result, he was stopped and questioned.Further investigations revealed that the pump was stolen from a contractor doing work at Vlissengen Road.As such, Arjune was told of the offence and was later charged with the crime.After reminding Magistrate Latchman that he was previously charged, Arjune proceeded to beg for mercy.In the previous charge, Arjune had admitted to stealing galvanised zinc on February 28, 2018 at Thomas Lands, Georgetown. He was fined $30,000 for that offence.In handing down the sentence on Monday, Magistrate Latchman told the defendant that he needed to see that his actions were wrong.She then sentenced him to spend the next 18 months in prison.last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society earns UNESCO-certified title

first_imgThe Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society has announced that it is officially a UNESCO site, following 195 Member States of UNESCO voting positively to create the UNESCO Global Geopark label for all 120 parks yesterday.In Canada, this means both the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark and the Stonehammer Geopark will now be recognized and UNESCO Global Geopark sites.What is a Global Geopark? UNESCO describes it as ‘a unified area with geological heritage of international significance.’- Advertisement -Prior to this vote, UNESCO worked closely with the Global Geoparks Network, supporting the initiative to promote national geological heritage initiatives.last_img

Capital One Cup quarter-final draw: Bournemouth land big home clash with Liverpool

first_imgBournemouth have been handed a dream Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at home against Liverpool.The Cherries shocked West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday night to earn a spot in the last-eight of the competition for the first time in the club’s history, while the Premier League giants made it through with a 2-1 win over Swansea.Fellow Championship outfit Derby County have also got a big clash to look forward to when they host Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, who are in scintillating domestic form this season.Newcastle’s shock 2-0 win at holders Manchester City has resulted in the Magpies setting up a quarter-final at Tottenham, who beat Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane to earn their spot in the draw.Finally, the lowest side in the draw, League One’s Sheffield United will meet Southampton at Bramall Lane.Full Capital One Cup quarter-finals draw: Derby v ChelseaTottenham v Newcastle Bournemouth v Liverpool Sheffield United v Southampton Ties will be played on the week commencing December 15. 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Chelsea sign 23-year-old centre-back

first_img Michael Hector up against Edinson Cavani 1 Michael Hector has joined Chelsea from Reading, the club have announced.The Jamaica international centre-back moves in a £4million deal but will return to the Championship club on loan for the rest of the season.A 23-year-old defender, Hector is also a lifelong Chelsea fan and has captained the Royals this year. He also played for his nation at the Copa America over the summer.His contract at Stamford Bridge is a five-year deal.last_img

Witness finds her credibility under attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDuring the government’s investigation into Fleishman-Hillard, Moret pored over the company’s billing records with an FBI agent and an assistant U.S. attorney, pointing out instances in which she believed the firm inflated hours. During cross-examination, however, Jan Handzlik, Stodder’s attorney, showed inconsistencies in Moret’s assessments. He pointed out seven instances in which Moret said the company overbilled the DWP by inflating hours, a practice known within the company as “write-ups.” But e-mails and company records presented by Handzlik showed that, in those cases, the additional hours billed were to correct bookkeeping mistakes and were acceptable. In tense exchanges, Moret admitted she was wrong in six of the seven cases. In one case, she said, she increased the billing for a Fleishman-Hillard employee from 30 minutes to an hour for a team meeting – a write-up she told investigators was not legitimate. A defense attorney chipped at the credibility of a star prosecution witness Wednesday in the trial of two former Fleishman-Hillard executives accused of bilking the Department of Water and Power out of more than $300,000. One day after former Fleishman-Hillard Vice President Monique Moret testified under immunity that she attended a meeting with defendants John Stodder and Doug Dowie in which Stodder admitted to an overbilling scheme, Moret admitted under cross-examination to giving government investigators incorrect information at least six times. Dowie, who was head of the firm’s Los Angeles office, and Stodder, who was a senior vice president with the company, are charged with conspiracy and wire fraud. Moret, head of the firm’s Public Affairs Group who managed its DWP account, has testified that she met revenue goals set by Stodder by billing the DWP for hours of work that were never performed – with the knowledge of Stodder and Dowie. Under cross-examination, she admitted that records showed that other people at the meeting had billed for a full hour, and said she likely increased the hours because the employee had actually underbilled. “It didn’t take you very long to figure out while you’re sitting up there that this was a legitimate write-up,” Handzlik said to Moret. “What did it take, about two minutes? You were wrong about that statement, and you could’ve been wrong about a number of other statements.” Before attacking the inconsistencies, Handzlik questioned Moret about Fleishman-Hillard’s billing, painting a picture of a confusing, disorganized system prone to errors. Moret admitted that employees missed deadlines to enter billable hours, forgot to enter billable hours for meetings and entered different times for the same meeting. Write-ups were used to correct the mistakes, she said. But she said there are good write-ups and bad write-ups, and that inflated billing was standard practice at Fleishman-Hillard when she arrived in September 2002. She said it didn’t occur to her that the practice was unethical until another executive, Fred Muir, resigned. “It felt like it was a normal thing in the office,” Moret said. “At that time, it did not occur to me that it was wrong.” Cross-examination of Moret is expected to continue today. josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want 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

Zuma reassures on economy, growth

first_img13 June 2013The Presidency will be taking a hands-on approach and working closely with its social partners and government departments to boost confidence in South Africa’s economy, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament on Wednesday.Presenting the Presidency’s budget vote in Cape Town, Zuma stressed that in addressing the country’s labour issues, the government would not be taking sides or favouring any labour union over others in the mining industry.“Our interest is in finding solutions,” he said.Zuma said he had recently tasked Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with leading a ministerial team to help the country’s mining sector to stabilise.Motlanthe had over the past two weeks been holding discussions with trade unions, labour federations and the Chamber of Mines, and would meet with all stakeholders in the sector on Friday to find a broad consensus to ensure stability.With the wage bargaining season set to start soon, he urged business and labour to ensure a speedier resolution of wage negotiations, adding that the country’s law enforcement agencies had been instructed not to tolerate crimes committed in the name of labour relations.National Development PlanZuma said the root of the problems in South Africa’s mining sector dated back to apartheid, where cheap labour was provided to mines and farms.He said the National Development Plan (NDP), approved by the Cabinet last year, would help South Africa address these and other problems, adding: “While there may be differences of opinion on specific details, there is general acceptance of the broad thrust of the National Development Plan.”The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and the National Planning Commission secretariat in The Presidency are busy converting the NDP’s proposals into a medium-term strategic framework.Economic growth, infrastructureZuma noted that South Africa’s economy had grown by 83% between 1994 and 2012, with per capita income increasing by 40% from R27 500 a year in 1993 to R38 500 last year.Over the last 19 years, disposable income had increased by 43%, while employment had grown by 3.5-million jobs and social grants from 2.5-million in 1994 to 16-million to date.On the government’s infrastructure drive, which aims to boost industrialisation, economic growth and job creation, Zuma said a large part of the infrastructure expenditure of R827-billion over the next three years would be on projects that were already in progress, and for which tenders had already been issued.However, weaknesses in planning and capacity continued to delay the implementation of some projects – an issue that would be addressed by the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission.BEE, youth developmentZuma said that while over R600-billion in black economic empowerment (BEE) transactions had been recorded since 1995, direct black ownership on the JSE remained at less than five percent, while the Department of Labour’s annual Employment Equity report indicated that white males still owned and managed the economy.To address some of these challenges the government was amending the BEE law, he said.The government was also strengthening its support for youth development, following the signing in April of a Youth Employment Accord.The accord supports “second chance” matric programmes as well as other interventions at Further Education and Training (FET) college level to improve young people’s skills levels.New job opportunities would be identified for the youth in areas such as the green economy and infrastructure projects as well as in business process services, while the Expanded Public Works Programme and related public sector job initiatives were now increasingly targeting the youth.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Twitter Search Now Parses Shortened Links for Keywords

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Twitter just made a small, but important change to its search service available at search.twitter.com. It’s now parsing shortened URLs in order to discover additional keywords to aid in searches. In other words, Twitter isn’t only returning tweets where your search term is found in the 140 characters of text contained in the tweet itself, but also when your search term appears in the URL behind the pre-shortened link, like those from Twitter’s default URL-shortening service, bit.ly, for example. (For more on this story see our additional coverage, Twitter Now Parses Hashtags, URLS & More.)This change was initially discovered by Chris Pirillo, founder of the Lockergnome network and former TechTV personality, who noted that after running a routine vanity search for his name: “Over three-quarters of the results didn’t have my name anywhere in the tweet. Instead, there were shortened links in the tweets… such as those from bit.ly and ping.fm. Those links went straight to one or another of my sites, such as geeks.pirillo.com or lockergnome.com.”We’ve now done some tests of our own and have found that it doesn’t appear to be a fluke – it’s happening across the board no matter what search term we enter. Good News for PublishersFor publishers, this change is welcome news. Most writers who produce content for the Internet take care to make sure their URLs include important keywords that allow the links to be easily indexed by major search engines. But when those same links are sent to Twitter, the carefully crafted, keyword-packed URL is obscured behind a shortened link, a necessary evil due to Twitter’s 140-character limit on tweets. Now the time writers spend making SEO-friendly URLs will pay off in Twitter, too. This makes it easier for publishers’ content to be found, of course, but it also makes it easier for publishers to find who’s retweeting their content. Often, people tweet a link without including the “RT” or @ symbol that allows the original Twitter poster (the publisher) to know that someone found their content worthy of sending to Twitter. This is done either because the re-tweeter wants to claim credit for discovering the link themselves or because they honestly did just that – they found an interesting link on the Web and posted it to Twitter, without realizing the publisher had tweeted it first.In any event, the change seems like a win-win situation for all involved. Publishers can better track their content and have it appear in more searches and Twitter users can more easily find relevant links. Update: Twitter has confirmed the new feature, saying: “We are constantly evolving and improving Search, and this is a small improvement. More will be coming.”center_img Related Posts Tags:#NYT#search#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Bing for iPad Makes Browsing Beautiful

first_imgBing has launched an iPad app today, with a design for its search portal that it truly customized to the iPad experience. It’s a stark contrast to the Google app which offers a similar thing: access to search, news, and maps.Much like the Bing website, the iPad app offers a visually rich landing page with a large high resolution image. Across the bottom of the screen are boxes that will take you quickly to weather, news, and movie information. The maps box takes you to a large map pinpointing your exact location that can be viewed as a road map, aerial or bird’s eye view.There’s also tab for Trends, which will take you to a page with the day’s latest headlines – again all presented with the focus on imagery and not on “links.” Visually, it’s a great experience on the iPad. But Bing has also made this app to echo that Flipboard reading experience too. You swipe through the headlines and searches. “No more back button,” says Bing. But the aspirations of the app seem much larger than that: “No more Safari.” “No more Google,” perhaps. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Related Posts Tags:#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 Sites for Free Movie Scripts

first_imgGet screenwriting inspiration with these 9 sites for free film scripts.One of the best ways to hone your skills as a screenwriter is to spend ample time exploring the structure and format of great films. Thankfully there is a plethora of awesome script resourced around the web, many with free downloads.Break your writer’s block! In the following post, we’ve listed out 9 sites to find free scripts from a wide variety of films.1. Simply ScriptsSimply Scripts is an awesome script database where you can find film scripts, as well as scripts for TV, radio, musicals, plays and unproduced projects. From Interstellar to Singing’ in the Rain you’ll likely find the script you’re looking for here.  There’s a reason why Simply Scripts tops our list!2. Internet Movie Script DatabaseInternet Movie Script Database is another great place to find screenplays of both old and new movies. IMSDb even allows users to sort by genre making it easier to pinpoint just action or comedy films. Scripts can also be rated on IMSDb, which is nice because sometimes scripts found online can be knockoffs rather than the actual script used for the film.3. The Weekly ScriptThe Weekly Script puts out a new script every week for your reading pleasure. Instead of relying on having the largest library, the Weekly Script gets it’s charm from the curation of great screenplays. The site is also incredibly easy to navigate and minimal. In the words of the author “If you can’t find your way around this site, you shouldn’t be on the web!”4. Screenplays for YouScreenplays for You is a script database – no frills, just scripts. SFY has hundreds of screenplays spanning decades of film production. Most of the scripts found here are shooting drafts, meaning they are formatted for the way the script looked during production rather than a reproduced script written after the movie was released.5. John AugustIf you’re a screenwriter, John August is a great person to know. On his website you’ll find scripts, schedules, breakdowns, and drafts for reference. You won’t find a lot of scripts, but the ones available are all high-quality. John August is also a host on the Scriptnotes podcast where he, along side Craig Mazin, talk about screenwriting and screenplays.6. The Daily ScriptIf the Weekly Script wasn’t enough for you, you will love the Daily Script. The site boasts one of the largest collections of scripts online, as well as an extensive collection of TV scripts.7. Movie Scripts and ScreenplaysIn line with the Daily Script, Movie Scripts and Screenplays is a no-nonsense site with scripts, links and…that’s about it! The site does not appear to be actively updated, so go elsewhere if you’re looking for a recent screenplay.8. Horror LairIf you’re into horror films than Horror Lair is the place for you. Horror Lair has hundreds of scripts that all fall in the horror genre. Check it out, if you dare.9. NoFilmSchoolYou already know NoFilmSchool as a great place to find filmmaking news and information, but did you know they’ve started sharing screenplays too? NFS writer Christopher Boone has been writing articles with links to movie scripts over the past few weeks and the list is getting pretty great. You can see all of the 2014 Screenplay Articles on NoFilmSchools website.Want to take your screenwriting tips to the next level? Check out our ‘8 Tips for the Emerging Screenwriter’ post where we share a few ways in which you can create engaging stories.Know of any other places to find free scripts online? Share in the comments below.last_img read more