first_imgPRAT IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER DERBY VICTORYCONTROVERSY REIGNS FOLLOWING DISQUALIFICATION$356,332 UP FOR GRABS AT END OF RAINBOW JACKPOTOHIO AT THE READY FOR THE GRADE I SHOEMAKER MILETEAM PRAT ON CLOUD NINE AFTER HISTORIC DERBY WINFlavien Prat won his first Kentucky Derby yesterday in historic fashion.In a tale right out of a Marx Brothers’ movie, the 26-year-old Frenchman crossed the wire second but after a lengthy review following his claim of foul against Maximum Security, who hit the wire first by 1 ¾ lengths, stewards disqualified him and moved Country House, ridden by Prat, into first.It was the first disqualification of a horse that crossed the wire first in 145 runnings of the Run for the Roses.“There were only three horses still open to ride when I hustled trainer Bill Mott for the mount on Country House,” explained Prat’s 65-year-old agent, Derek Lawson, who has been in the business more than 35 years.Told he’s paid his dues, Lawson sloughed it off with, “A lot of guys have, but I worked my way up. Flavien is the best rider I’ve ever worked with.“He didn’t care which horse we rode as long as he was in the Derby, but we only got the mount about four days before entries were taken (on April 30).”From the winner’s purse of $1,860,000, Prat’s share is $186,000, 25 percent of which–$45,000–goes to Lawson.As far as pre-race instructions, Lawson said, “We met with Mott Friday before the race and he said he expected the horse to be at the tail of the field and coming running late.  But when the gates opened, the horse broke well and put Flavien right in the race, so that changed everything. Then it was up to him. There were no specific instructions.”Prat and Lawson both were optimistic during the stewards’ viewing of the reruns, timed by one account to be 23 minutes.“It was fun for us,” said Lawson, who was in the winner’s circle area with Prat during the review. “We were going to be second one way or the other, and there was a chance we were going to win. We were joking about it, and he said, “Can you believe they’re taking this long? This is the best thing for us, because they are taking so long.“You want to ride the winner across the wire, but there are rules in racing. We’ve been taken down when we won easily, so we know the back and forth on this. That’s part of the racing rules. It happens all the time. It’s part of the game.“We didn’t celebrate too much last night. We went to Julien Leparoux and Florent Geroux’s neighborhood in one of their neighbor’s houses just outside of Louisville, opened a bottle of champagne and stayed awake until about 2 o’clock in the morning.“Then we drove to the airport and got a 7 o’clock flight from Kentucky back to LA. Mike Smith and Drayden Van Dyke were on the plane with us and we got in here at 9 o’clock. As Flavien was walking through the airport people were congratulating him because he had this great big bouquet of roses he was carrying.“Everyone was super-nice; a lot of women came over and wanted to have their picture taken with him. When he got off the plane this morning at LAX, everybody greeted him with a round of applause.”And justifiably so.PARTISANS SHARE VIEWS ON DERBY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY                             From President Trump on down, mainstream controversy reigned in the aftermath of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, a race that will live in infamy because of the disqualification from first to last of Maximum Security, the only time it ever happened in 145 runnings of the world’s most famous horse race.“The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby,” Trump tweeted, attributing the DQ to “political correctness.”There was no gray area. It was either yea or nay at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning, those in support of the stewards’ disqualification of Maximum Security, the 9-2 second choice in the Derby who crossed the wire nearly two lengths in front, or those who were steadfast in maintaining the horse’s number should not have come down.After scrutinizing replays for an interminably long 23 minutes, Maximum Security was disqualified for veering out sharply nearing the quarter-mile marker, moving the longest-shot in the race, Country House at 65-1, into first under Santa Anita’s leading jockey, Flavien Prat.“It was a bad call,” said three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza, who swept the Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah.“If the horse had been trained by Dale Romans or Bob Baffert, it wouldn’t have come down,” said one source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.“I’m glad the stewards had to make that decision and not me,” said John Shirreffs, trainer of Giacomo, who won the 2005 Kentucky Derby at odds of 50-1.Conversely, there were those in support of the disqualification, none more so than trainer David Bernstein, who experienced perhaps the most controversial reversal in Santa Anita’s storied history of more than eight decades when The Wicked North was moved from first to fourth in the 1994 Santa Anita Handicap, then offering a purse of $1 million.Now 79, down to three horses “and lucky to have those,” Bernstein remains one of the most respected horsemen in California and assuredly among the most eloquent.“I thought it was well-deserved,” Bernstein said of the Derby decision. “I really believe that outside of the grace of God we’d have had a horrible spill in the Derby, because that horse (War of Will) almost clipped heels when you see it in slow motion, and the other horses would have fallen over him. It would have been terrible. But I feel as bad for Jason Servis (trainer of Maximum Security) as I did for myself.“Yes, Maximum Security did come out, was green, doesn’t know how to run yet and kind of got away from the rider. Prat was in the right place at the right time and got moved up.“It was just like when they gave Stuka the Handicap over me; he was out in the middle of the track and Laffit (Pincay Jr.) was just riding him to get what he could get.“But I was glad there was no accident yesterday because it certainly was a bad place to have that happen. No question it was controversial, because if a horse had clipped heels and gone down, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It would have been obvious.“But now there’s a lot of speculation and conjecture, plus questions about how political it might have been, and how about the bettors who bet on Maximum Security? They took him clear out of the money.“At least I got fourth with The Wicked North, but from a million dollar purse, with $550,000 to the winner, I got $75,000. You talk about a kick in the teeth. When we went to dinner that night at The Derby Restaurant, the owners felt so bad for us they picked up the tab for the entire party.”But pro or con, safe to say the 2019 Kentucky Derby will be remembered in the same breath as both one of the most memorable and one of the most forgettable.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $356,332With a festive Kentucky Derby Day crowd of 21,450 on hand for mint juleps and tremendous racing, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved Saturday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover of $356,332 into Sunday.With $185,732 in “new” money wagered, Saturday’s total Rainbow Six Jackpot pool reached $499,540, and although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 40 consolation tickets with six, each worth $2,496.80.With a nine-race card on tap today, the Rainbow Six begins with race four, which has an approximate post time of 2:31 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Bill Mott  discusses Country House. 5-05-19Shug McGaughey discusses Code of Honor after his runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby. 5-05-19Mark Casse discussed War of Will following his game effort in the Kentucky Derby. 5-05-19XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on May 5th, 2019Boa Nova worked 3 furlongs (Meah) 5-04-19Gift Box worked 5 furlongs  (Sadler) 5-04-19 An Eddie Suprise worked 4 furlongs (O’Neill) 5-04-19Blended Citizen worked 3 furlongs (O’Neill) 5-03-19Sejo worked 5 furlongs (Sadler) 5-03-19Caribou Club worked 4 furlongs (Proctor) 5-03-19FINISH LINES: Bargain claim  Ohio, who upset favored  Catapult by a desperate nose in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 30, worked four furlongs Saturday in 49.80, after which trainer Michael McCarthy pronounced him at the ready for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf May 27, Memorial Day. The Shoemaker is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event giving the victor a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 2. McCarthy also worked John Henry Turf Championship winner  Liam the Charmer five furlongs in 1:02.20 but presently had no race written in stone for the grass marathoner . . . Also working Saturday was Santa Anita Handicap winner  Gift Box for John Sadler, going five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.60 for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day . . .  Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at 1 p.m. Friday, May 10. Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday and Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgDOHA, QatarKaliese Spencer is more determined than ever to win her first senior championships medal in the 400m hurdles this year.Spencer, who turns 29 today, twice finished fourth at the World Championships and once at the Olympics.She will today compete in the first meet of the 2016 Diamond League series being held in Doha, Qatar, having won the Diamond trophy in her pet event in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. But even the circuit will have to take a back seat this season, with the Olympics being her priority.”This (Diamond League) is definitely not my focus for this season. I am just focused on staying healthy and getting to the Olympics, and that’s my main focus, getting there and getting a medal,” Spencer said.Spencer has in the past been accused by local track and field fans of giving of her best on the circuit and falling short in the championship races. However, she blames her shortcomings at the World Championships and Olympics on injuries and said she would be out to quiet the doubters this time around.MORE FOCUSED”I am more focused right now, and I just need to stay healthy. I am always getting hurt, so once I am healthy, I should be good,” Spencer said.Spencer, who, with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club in 2015 after 10 years. She is now a member of Cameron Blazers, led by the 1983 four hundred metre World champion Bert Cameron.”Training has been going good. Great people and being there is like a family, so I am just trying to stay healthy, and once I am healthy, I believe that it should be a great season,” Spencer said. “He (Cameron) is a great 400m coach, and I have a lot of persons there working with me as well for the hurdles, so they are really trying their best to get me into top shape for the championships.”Spencer will get to test exactly where she is at the moment when she lines up against two-time reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who denied her the Diamond trophy in the event last year.”I just want to ensure that my stride pattern is correct and getting my rhythm. It is a bit off,” Spencer revealed. “So once I can get the stride pattern and the rhythm, it should be a good race.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Filipino international Neil Etheridge continued his impressive start in the English Premier League as his heroics helped earn Cardiff City’s first point of the season at Cardiff City Stadium over the weekend.For the second straight match, Etheridge rose to the challenge as he saved another penalty this time against Newcastle striker Kenedy in the sixth minute of stoppage time, allowing the Bluebirds to gain a share of the spoils.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX leads way Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Etheridge also brilliantly foiled Callum Wilson’s penalty in the 0-2 defeat to Bournemouth last week.And the Azkals goalkeeper continued his sharp form against Newcastle, stopping Kenedy and Ayoze Perez in the first half, underlining his astonishing improvement.“It’s not the result we wanted because I thought we could have taken all three points, but I’m happy to keep our first clean sheet at home and get points on the board,” said Etheridge. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA 17-year-old boy was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a larceny charge.Randy Smith of Chapelle Street, Georgetown, who was apprehended last week after being on the run for a number of months, allegedly stole four shocks and four speakers from a Hummer between February and March 2018 at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Upon his initial arrest, the accused took Police to a location where the shocks valued $280,000 were found; however, the speakers with a value of $160,000 are yet to be found.While leaving that location however, Smith escaped from the custody of the ranks and was only recaptured last week.The court heard that on the day of the robbery, Smith entered the vehicle belonging to Anthony Singh and removed the items. He will make his next court appearance today.last_img read more

first_imgIn a blatant move to have motorists pay for parking, workers attached to the Mayor and City Council on Wednesday demolished the ramp to a private parking lot which was paved for workers attached to Teleperformance Call Centre.The ramp – which was set aside for vehicles to enter the parking lot located at the intersection of North Road and Camp Street, Georgetown – was broken to piecesThe dismantled ramp reportedly removed by workers attached to City Hallby an excavator while a section of the fence was destroyed.According to information reaching Guyana Times, no explanation was proffered by the Mayor and City Council for this act. When this newspaper visited the area, Teleperformance representatives were still trying to make sense of what had transpired. An employee however told the media that the company will be issuing a press statement on the matter as soon as they are informed by City Hall why such as move was taken.In December 2016, a source attached to the call centre had disclosed that the decision to have a parking lot established was taken due to the large number of workers employed with the company headquarters at Camp and Robb Streets.Media operatives were told that the entity had been searching for a suitable spaceThe recently constructed parking lot that was partly demolished by City Hall on Wednesdayto provide secured parking for its employees and had been negotiating with the owner of the plot of land at the corners of North Road and Camp Street. It was also disclosed by the representative of Teleperformance that permission had been granted by the M&CC.At the time, City Engineer Colvern Venture had stated that while he was certain an application was submitted, he could not be certain whether the application was filed by the owner of the land or the call centre.The parking meter initiative was rolled out and implemented only on Tuesday. Persons parking their vehicles near to parking meters are now obligated to pay $50 per every 15 minutes of parking. However, since its official start date, Georgetown has seen a significant decrease in parked vehicles.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A judge threw out an allegation by five orphaned siblings that ABC Television broke a contract to provide them a permanent home after their appearance on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman’s decision Friday mirrored one handed down Dec. 21 by Judge Joseph R. Kalin, who gave Charles Higgins and his four brothers a chance to fix the complaint to see if it could stand further legal challenge by ABC attorneys. In his ruling, Gutman said he did not see any language in the contract the siblings signed with ABC that entitled them to an ownership interest in the Santa Fe Springs home built for the show. Other allegations in the case remain intact and include fraud, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The trial is scheduled to begin May 14. Pardee paid off the mortgage on the new house but the Leomitis retained the title, according to the lawsuit. But around the time that the episode first aired in late March, the Higginses moved out. Their lawsuit alleges that the Leomitis engaged in “an orchestrated campaign” to drive them away by insulting them and treating them poorly. The couple also made disparaging remarks about the siblings’ African-American heritage during their stay, according to the lawsuit. The siblings’ lawyer, Patrick A. Mesisca Jr., told Gutman in court Friday that ABC generated a “sad, sad story to get ratings, then told them at the end of the day, `You don’t get anything.”‘ But ABC attorney Mark L. Block told the judge one would “search in vain” to find any language in the contract to support the siblings’ assertions they were promised a permanent home. “We were promised a home,” Charles Higgins II said when the suit was filed. “They broke that promise.” The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The siblings are suing the network, the company that built the house and the couple who took them in after their parents died. The lawsuit is rooted in a falling out between the children – who ranged in age from 14 to 21 at the time of the show – and the couple who housed them, Phil and Loki Leomiti. The parents of the Higgins children died 10 weeks apart in the spring of 2004 – the mother of breast cancer and the father of heart failure. The Leomitis, who knew the children from church, took them in to their home in July 2004, according to the lawsuit. Producers of “Extreme Makeover” learned of the children’s plight from a television newscast. Workers demolished the Leomitis’ house in February 2005. Pardee Homes replaced it with a nine-bedroom mansion, and show producers arranged for the siblings to receive cars, groceries, computers, stereos, and other gifts. last_img

first_imgBoosters say toys with even the most basic brain-wave-reading technology – scheduled to debut later this year – could boost mental focus and help kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and mood disorders. But scientific research is scant. Even if the devices work as promised, some question whether people who use biofeedback devices will be able to replicate their relaxed or focused states in real life, when they’re not attached to equipment in front of their television or computer. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of “The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older,” said the toys might catch on in a society obsessed with optimizing performance, but he was skeptical they’d reduce the severity of major behavioral disorders. “These techniques are used usually in clinical contexts. The gaming companies are trying to push the envelope,” said Goldberg, a clinical professor of neurology at New York University. “You can use computers to improve the cognitive abilities, but it’s an art.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber. But this is no chintzy Halloween costume. It’s a prototype, years in the making, of a toy using brain-wave-reading technology. Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user’s forehead and reads the brain’s electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating. The player maintains focus by channeling thoughts on any fixed mental image, or thinking specifically about keeping the light sword on. When the mind wanders, the wand goes dark. Engineers at NeuroSky Inc. have big plans for brain-wave-reading toys and video games. They say the simple Darth Vader game, a relatively crude biofeedback device cloaked in gimmicky garb, portends the coming of more sophisticated devices that could revolutionize the way people play. Technology from NeuroSky and other startups could make video games more mentally stimulating and realistic. It could even enable players to control avatars in virtual worlds or video game characters with nothing but their thoughts. Adding biofeedback to “Tiger Woods PGA Tour,” for instance, could mean that only those players who muster Zen-like concentration could nail a putt. In the popular first-person shooter “Grand Theft Auto,” players who become nervous or frightened would have worse aim than those who remain relaxed and focused. NeuroSky’s prototype measures a person’s baseline brain-wave activity, including signals that relate to concentration, relaxation and anxiety. The technology ranks performance in each category on a scale of 1 to 100, and the numbers change as a person thinks about relaxing images, focuses intently or gets kicked, interrupted or otherwise distracted. The technology is similar to that in more sensitive, expensive equipment that athletes use to achieve peak performance. Koo Hyoung Lee, a NeuroSky co-founder from South Korea, used biofeedback to improve concentration and relaxation techniques for members of his country’s Olympic archery team. “Most physical games are really mental games,” said Lee, also chief technology officer at San Jose-based NeuroSky, a 12-employee company founded in 1999. “You must maintain attention at very high levels to succeed. This technology makes toys and video games more lifelike.” last_img read more

first_imgQueens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes Rio Ferdinand has a big part to play at the club as they look to avoid relegation back to the Championship.The Super Hoops landed the ex-England international on a free transfer after the 35-year-old was released by Manchester United, but he has struggled since his move to west London.Redknapp though feels, now the player is back from a three-match ban, Ferdinand can help them fight off the threat of demotion.“Absolutely, he can play a big role,” said Redknapp.“Hopefully he is going to be fit. He is going to train and we will assess his fitness. He has not played for a few weeks now. He had the suspension.“We will have a look at it and see how he is. Rio does not have anything to prove to anybody. He has been a fantastic player for so many years. He is not one that I have to worry about.”Ferdinand has found it tough to adapt at Loftus Road following 12 years at Old Trafford but Redknapp has backed his decision to sign the veteran centre-back.“It has been difficult,” he conceded.“He has come from a team who win every week to a team who has come out of the Championship and found it difficult. It has been a difficult period.“He probably was not getting a lot of protection. It was not just Rio, whoever played at the back found it difficult in those early games. We have looked more solid recently. I am delighted to have him here.” 1 Rio Ferdinand last_img read more

first_imgThe Bishop of Raphoe has asked people not to use the name of Jesus Christ as a form of foul language.Bishop BoyceMost Reverend Bishop Philip Boyce, urged people to treat the name with respect.And he urged people to bow their heads when pronouncing the name of Jesus Christ. “It is sad to hear the Name of Jesus being used carelessly and unheedingly, at times as a curse instead of a blessing, in uncultured and rough language. It is offensive in public, and if used over the airwaves in a reckless manner, a person would have to apologise.”Bishop Boyce made his comments in his pastoral letter to parishioners.He said for many people today, the taking of the Lord’s name has merely become a habit which many do not know they are even uttering.“For some people it becomes a habit, so that they no longer notice that they are taking the Name of Jesus in vain. And, yet, they are not completely unaware of the words they use, for if a priest happens to come into the company, you could hear them say; “Excuse the language, Father”. But it is with the Lord himself they should excuse themselves and from him ask pardon. “The words and the names we use are important. We honour a person if we use his name with respect. To say that bad language is only words, and that they mean nothing, is not true. The disrespectful use of a name dishonours another person. Furthermore, we shall honour each other if we learn to honour God, for we are made in his image and likeness.”He urged people to treat the name with the utmost respect.“The Name of Jesus is held in veneration by all who believe in Christ.” “We bow our head reverently when it is pronounced. It becomes a prayer keeping us in contact with our Lord and God, and deepening our friendship with Christ, our Saviour.” BISHOP ASKS PEOPLE NOT TO USE THE NAME OF JESUS AS FOUL LANGUAGE was last modified: January 12th, 2015 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:Bishop Philip Boycedonegalfoul languageJesus Christlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Kevin Durant was in the locker room, nursing a strained right calf. He wasn’t coming back in Game 5.Steph Curry was scuffling and the Houston Rockets were coming hard.And then, just when it appeared the Warriors would not have enough to hold off the Rockets, Curry put his fingerprints all over a 104-99 victory.He scored 12 points, including a couple 3-pointers, dished three assists and had no turnovers in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors will take a 3-2 lead to Game 6 of the …last_img read more