Road Wi Seh goes all the way

first_imgROAD WI SEH, racing for the first time since his unplaced effort in the June 13 Jamaica Derby, returned with a bang to win yesterday’s Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) Trophy race over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park in post-to-post fashion. Installed as a 5-2 second favourite with champion apprentice O’Brien White aboard, ROAD WI SEH, who changed stables since the derby, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, held on well by 13/4 lengths from the 34-1 outsider, SEEKING HOPE. ROAD WI SEH was early in the lead from 90-1 outsider BRAVE PROSPECT and soon opened up approaching the half mile. He turned for home four lengths clear of SEEKING HOPE and ACTION MAN (7-1) and, although drifting out in the straight, kept on well to hold SEEKING HOPE at bay for his second win in six career starts. Although getting him a month ago, Kirlew said he was confident of victory. “I put in a lot of hard work to straighten him out,” he emphasised. “I had to rebuild him for this race and if you noticed how he drifted out approaching the furlong pole, there are still issues to be addressed, but I think he’ll go on from here,” added the second-generation trainer. ACTION MAN, the mount of leading all-time jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, finished another five lengths third, while the 9-5 favourite TARANIS, under leading jockey Shane Ellis, was fourth. A three-year-old chestnut colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher, ROAD WI SEH is owned by Outa Road Racing Stables and bred by Ham Stables. With no favourite obliging in any of the 10 races, the programme proved a nightmare for form players. GOLDEN BULLET (4-1), ridden by Orlando Foster for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, outfinished his front running stable-companion and even-money favourite, BAGS OF GOLD, to win the day’s secondary feature for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres, while former champion Wesley Henry and title-chasing Robert Halledeen shared the riding honours with two winners each. programme a nightmarelast_img read more

Kerber exorcises New York demons in Tokyo

first_imgCarpio 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 Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kerber, seeded seventh, crashed to a shock 6-3, 6-1 first-round defeat by Osaka in New York last month as defending champion. But a repeat never seemed likely on Monday as the German quickly took control.READ: Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US OpenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year’s Australian and US Open titles, ripped forehands past her teenage opponent seemingly at will in the first set.Osaka’s game unravelled completely in the second, giving Kerber a welcome opportunity to work her way back to form after a poor run of results and to seal victory in an hour and 23 minutes. Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during the first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKAFormer world No. 1 Angelique Kerber thrashed Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament on Monday to avenge a humiliating loss at the US Open.Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic suffered an epic Tokyo meltdown, meanwhile, as she was pulverised by China’s Wang Qiang, who inflicted the dreaded “double bagel” on the eighth seed to win 6-0, 6-0 and reach the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “It gives me confidence that I was able to turn it around,” said Nara. “Hopefully I can take that spirit into the next match.”Two-time champion Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded sixth, pulled out of the tournament with a virus, according to organisers.Wimbledon champion and new women’s world number one Garbine Muguruza heads a strong field in Tokyo featuring several top 10 players including Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees “I was trying to come out, focus on every single point and make it better than last time,” said Kerber.“Naomi is a tough opponent and a great talent. For sure she will have great success in the future.”The 19-year-old Osaka, born of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, went on to reach the third round of the US Open after stunning Kerber.But the world number 44 almost appeared to be tanking at times at the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, such was her lack of gusto. She committed 38 unforced errors — including a wild forehand on match point — in a performance she will want to forget in a hurry.Elsewhere, Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View commentslast_img read more

New seniors’ apartment gets boost in construction through large donation

first_imgApartment 4 – which is expected to have 26 units – is slated to open August 1, 2015.There’s currently a wait list of 44 seniors for these units. The entire cost of Apartment 4 renovations is estimated at $1.9 million, according to Chairman of the board Gail Weber.“We do have enough reserves right now to cover – it’s going to be tight – but to cover the completion of Apartment 4,” says Weber.Weber says plans are already in the works for yet another apartment building, and she’s putting out a call for corporate and/or residential donations.- Advertisement -“We can write tax receipts, so anybody that wants to make a donation, no matter how big or how small, it’s all helping in going to a great place,” says Weber.The PRRD’s funds came from its Fair Share reserve, according to Area B director Karen Goodings – a point of contention over the past few months.“Without the assistance, it would be much more difficult for them to be able to put these apartments into good use, and they’re certainly being well used,” says Goodings.Advertisementlast_img read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for ‘dream sponsors’

first_imgPlease contact the organization at 250-787-9674 if you would like any more information, or to help. Staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters say they have noticed an alarming trend during the Holiday Hamper program: many families in need did not have beds for the children, and when they did, they were well-worn, ripped mattresses.To combat this issue, Big Brothers Big Sisters, along with the Fort St. John Sleep Shop, is hoping to find ‘Dream Sponsors’ who will help buy beds and mattresses at a special price.They currently need to secure:5 twin size mattresses, box springs and frames ($370 each)1 twin size mattress ($170)1 toddler bed ($125)- Advertisement -Executive Director Danielle Armstrong said this made her sad to think of children going without a bed to call their own.“This need is not something we have come across in previous years of the Holiday Hamper program, but is something our organization feels strongly about helping with,” she said.Big Brothers Big Sisters says these donations will ensure that each of the families in need have adequate beds for each member of their family this holiday season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kings notes: Murray quiet on who is starting in goal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kings coach Andy Murray knows who will start in goal for him in tonight’s season opener in Dallas. He just wasn’t inclined to reveal who it was before boarding an afternoon flight to Dallas Tuesday following a short practice in El Segundo. Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera will get the starting nod, but in an effort to prevent Dallas from preparing for one or the other Murray kept his decision quiet. Garon and LaBarbera are both relative unknowns in terms of NHL service, and Murray is hoping to take advantage of the lack of intelligence on them by delaying his announcement. “Our opponents don’t know either goalie that well and this makes their work a little tougher,” Murray said. “I don’t usually have a problem saying, but I think right now I’d prefer not to say.” Murray did inform Garon and LaBarbera of his decision; although he made it clear he wanted them to keep mum. “I just said I don’t think anyone else has to know,” Murray said. Game-day decision: Mattias Norstrom, who is eligible to come off the injured list before tonight’s game, was not expected to fly with the Kings to Dallas Tuesday while recovering from the flu. Depending on how he’s feeling, Norstrom could join the team in time to play tonight. Norstrom is fully recovered from the strained hamstring that landed him on the injured list. If Norstrom is activated, the Kings have to make a move to clear a spot on their 23-man roster. The final 23: To get to the 23-man limit the Kings placed Norstrom, right wing Valeri Bure and defenseman Richard Petiot on the injured list. Bure, out with a strained back, is eligible to be activated after the Kings’ home opener Thursday against Phoenix. Left wingers Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn both cleared waivers and were loaned to Manchester of the AHL. Filling in: One of Murray’s concerns heading into camp was replacing emotional leader Ian Laperriere, who signed with Colorado as a free agent. But Laperriere’s loss has been softened thus far by the play of newcomer Tom Kostopoulos, one of the surprises in training camp. “We lost a great player in Ian, he was such a heart and soul guy and it was really tough to see him go,” Murray said. “But the word from our scouts was that (Kostopoulos) could come in and do some of those things and I think he’s done that. Now we just have to see if he can do it in the regular season.” Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 last_img read more

Hospital employees donate supplies for needy

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital employees showed their belief in the adage that it is better to give than to receive with their latest charitable project: a “shoe box” drive for the Grace Resource Center. Between Nov. 14 and 18, hospital employees brought in more than 100 shoe boxes filled with personal hygiene items that are often difficult for agencies like Grace Resource Center to maintain in adequate supply. Soap, toothpaste, diapers, shampoo, antiperspirant and many other personal supplies were loaded in shoe boxes and delivered to the nonprofit Lancaster center, which will distribute them to people in need throughout the Antelope Valley. “People ask us for these things every day, but we can’t afford to buy them,” Grace Resource Center executive director Steve Baker said. “Now, we can put them on a shelf and hand them out as needed. The hospital came up with this idea, and we’re very thankful for their creative thinking and generosity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Grace Resource Center provides food and other resources to the homeless or near-homeless, unemployed and needy Antelope Valley families. “There are many food drives at Thanksgiving, so we decided to collect items that are often forgotten at the holidays,” said hospital marketing coordinator Laura Young, who spearheaded the drive said. “We’re very pleased with the response, since employees only had a short window of time in which to bring their donations.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Latest: QPR 1 Swansea 0 – Fer strikes after Rangers’ early let-off

first_imgLeroy Fer’s fabulous goal put QPR ahead at Loftus Road after Swansea had made the better start.Fer smashed home a right-footed effort from 30 yards – the Dutch midfielder’s third goal since his arrival from Norwich in the summer.Rangers had a lucky escape in the opening minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson’s through ball carved open their defence and keeper Rob Green appeared to be outside his area when he handled the ball after racing from his line to deny Wayne Routledge.Former QPR man Routledge was involved in much of the early action, shooting wide of Green’s right-hand post as the visitors continued to threaten.But it was the home side who opened the scoring and Bobby Zamora missed a chance to double the lead when he headed Eduardo Vargas’ right-wing cross over the bar. QPR: Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Zamora, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett. Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Ki, Dyer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Gomis.Subs: Tremmel, Richards, Bartley, Carroll, Emnes, Barrow, Bony.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kurtenbach: The Warriors beat the Rockets at their own game — now they have to find theirs

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors were injured. They were tired. They were rushed and undisciplined.The Houston Rockets had their rivals exactly where they wanted them in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal series Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena.And yet the Warriors won.Nothing about Golden State’s 104-100 victory was beautiful. It was a game played on the Warriors’ court, but on Houston’s terms, which is to say that it barely passed as basketball. Flow was impossible, as the …last_img read more

South Africa welcomes African Union summit

first_img8 June 2015African leaders from across the continent have gathered in the capital for the 25th summit of the African Union (AU), which runs until 15 June, under the theme: “Year of women empowerment and development towards Agenda 2063.”It is being hosted by South Africa for the first time since the formation of the AU in Durban in 2002.It follows the World Economic Forum on Africa, which was held in Cape Town from 3 to 5 June. According to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), it is an opportunity for South Africa to showcase to the world a country that embodies the spirit of partnership and commitment to Africa’s socio-economic development through Agenda 2063.The summit began with the 30th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee, convened at the International Relations and Co-operation Department offices yesterday.Agenda 2063The session was co-chaired by South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. The meeting discussed the agenda prepared for the 25th AU Summit, to be held later this week. It is expected that, leading to the Heads of States summit which follows, discussions at this summit will focus on the imminent adoption of the Agenda 2063 agreed by member states in 2013.Agenda 2063 is a call for action and a road map to achieve continental development goals. It represents a collective effort and an opportunity for Africa to regain its power to determine its own destiny, and is underpinned by the AU vision to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, an Africa driven and managed by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.African countries are committed to the regional economic integration which will enable the free movement of goods, services, people and capital between national markets, according to the South African government. “This is fundamental to achieving robust and equitable growth in Africa. The regional integration agenda incorporates a range of objectives,” it says.It is about giving African producers access to regional markets and integrating them into more productive regional value chains. It includes integrating financial markets, to enable capital to flow more readily among national economies.It includes promoting the free movement of labour for more efficient regional labour markets and for improved access to skilled labour for specialist production. These objectives are believed to be essential to achieving structural transformation in African economies, boosting productivity per worker and therefore living standards.Observers have said Agenda 2063 should be seen as a new phase in efforts by Africans to catalyse development of the continent and strengthen African integration and unity.The Heads of State and Government meeting, to take place later this week, will consider the report of the commission on the Ebola crisis, the report of the ministerial retreat on the first ten-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063 and modalities for implementation of the alternative sources of financing the AU, the report of the peace and security council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, and progress report of the commission on maternal, new born and child health.During the summit, visitors will be invited to on tours that will profile South Africa as a country with a rich history of diverse cultures, a land of possibility and opportunity, as well as a proud heritage that continues to shape South Africa’s journey to a thriving democracy. The goal is to show South Africa’s competitive strengths including its culture, heritage, archeology, science, technology and innovation.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Lipstick-on-a-Pig Million-Dollar Home Syndrome

first_imgExhibit 1: Ductopus in a $3.4-million homeMartin Holladay, the Energy Nerd here at GBA, came to Georgia earlier this year, so I took him to see the green community, Serenbe. On our way back, I drove him by the Atlanta White House, and it just so happened that the house across the street, built by the same home builder, was having an open house. It was built for $3.4 million, one of the real estate agents said, but was listed at a mere $2.49 million. What a deal!After exploring the lavish finishes upstairs, we discovered two mechanical rooms in the basement and the ductopus above is from the first one. The other had a ductopus, too, but not quite as impressive as this one. (And yes, that’s 6 mil poly on the basement walls. In Atlanta. They put it on the attic-side of kneewalls in the two bonus rooms, too.) Why do so many expensive homes get Walmart-class HVAC?Sadly, this problem is all too common. The big expensive homes always get the fancy finishes. They often get the hot, green products as well: spray foam insulation, tankless water heaters, ground-source (a.k.a. geothermal) heat pumps… If they’re putting in a forced-air HVAC system, though, they usually get crap for a distribution system.Whose fault is this? It’s hard to say in general, but here’s a list of some of the main culprits:HVAC contractor. They did the work, so they have to bear at least some of the responsibility. Still, good ones will walk away from jobs where they think they’ll have to compromise too much, leaving that work to the companies that don’t know how or don’t care to install high-quality HVAC systems.Home builder. They hire the HVAC contractor to fit the budget. A cheapo budget gets cheapo HVAC, so they need to adjust their budgets for HVAC.Architect. Million-dollar homes usually have architects, who often have little understanding of the importance of HVAC. I spoke earlier this year with an architect who’s done work on expensive homes, and he said they rarely include HVAC as part of their design because it’s too hard to sell the client on it.Homeowner / buyer. For many, the obsession with granite countertops, or whatever the latest finish fad is, dooms the HVAC system to Walmart-class. This applies to spec homes as well as those built on contract. Mostly, though, it’s because they don’t understand how much more comfortable a home with high-class HVAC can be.In the ideal case, all of these parties work together as a team, along with the HVAC designer and the other trades whose work affects the performance of the home. I know that not a single home is ever built to the ideal case, but we could certainly do a lot better. RELATED ARTICLES Exhibit 3: Crappy flex install in a spray-foamed homeIn photo 3 below, the proud fellow, Deep Deshpande, is standing in the home he’s having built. It’s his dream home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about affluent home buyers getting their own jumbo construction loans to do just as Mr. Deshpande has done. Usually, they hire a home builder to build the home, but if you look at that photo, you’ll see a mistake that’s common even in million-dollar homes.See all that flex duct? That’s Walmart-style. Wait, I think I’m being too generous. It’s probably more like Big Lots or Dollar General-style.I can’t see much of the duct system in that photo, but I can see enough to tell me that they may well end up with comfort problems.The bundle of flex duct behind Mr. Deshpande is strapped a little tightly. If they’re running three ducts in the same direction, why didn’t they use a trunkline?Worst of all, they ran flex duct in the roofline.It’s a shame that they’ve done this, too, because they used spray foam insulation in the walls and roofline. Someone obviously cared a bit about making the house comfortable and efficient, but as usual, that didn’t apply to the duct system. I wonder about a lot of things. I wonder what life would be like if gravity were stronger. I wonder why Americans don’t dance more. I wonder why so many people who can afford million-dollar homes get cheapo HVAC systems. That last one bugs me more more than the first two, by the way. It weighs on my mind because cheapo HVAC seems so out of step with the rest of a million-dollar home.Certainly, some expensive homes get HVAC systems appropriate to their class, but I’ve seen and heard of so many contrary examples that homes with high-quality HVAC are probably in the minority. Here are five examples I’ve seen, either in person, in the media, or through others in our field. How to Install Flex Duct ProperlyShould Flex Duct Be Banned?The 7 Biggest Opportunities for HVAC ContractorsKeeping Ducts IndoorsWhy Don’t More HVAC Contractors Own Duct Leakage Testers?Duct Leakage TestingSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?center_img Exhibit 2: Pretty — but ineffective — flex ducts in a 10,000-square-foot homeIn photo 2 below, you can see a mass of flex duct that one person on the Energy Vanguard Facebook page compared to the CERN particle accelerator. Yeah, the installers made it look pretty, but guess what — those ducts all go to the master suite, which is one of the least comfortable areas in the house.The master bath gets too hot in winter and too cold in summer (i.e., too much air). The master bedroom gets too hot in summer and too cold in winter (i.e., not enough air). They should have designed and commissioned the system properly. A good design probably would have specified trunklines instead of all those individual ducts, and the air flow would have been much better. Exhibit 5: Atmospheric combustion inside the building enclosureSee that furnace in photo 5? If you know anything about HVAC systems, you’ll recognize immediately that the furnace you’re looking at is a standard efficiency (80%), atmospheric combustion model. (In case you’re wondering, the flue was intentionally disconnected and won’t be left this way.) The problem here is that it’s in a million-dollar house with a million-dollar view on a beautiful lake. Why would anyone do this?In addition to an atmospheric combustion, low-efficiency furnace just not fitting in, there’s also the problem of it being an atmospheric combustion furnace. They’ve put it in a mechanical room in the basement in this house, which means that room will have to be isolated from the rest of the house, and that probably wasn’t done well when they finished the house. Code also requires two big holes in the house to bring combustion air into that room. (Read more about the problems of atmospheric combustion inside the house.) The home in Exhibit 2 above also had 80% furnaces and natural draft water heaters in the basement. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Exhibit 4: Panned rafter return ductsThis one blows my mind. They’re using a pair of rafter cavities in a vaulted ceiling as a return duct in this 9,000-square-foot, $1.5-million-dollar home in Kentucky. The building code, at least in some areas, does allow you to use building cavities for return air, but running that return air right next to the roof deck is just stupid. That little bit of bubble wrap isn’t going to help a lot, and there’s no evidence of any sealing there either.The real mind-blowing part, though, is that PVC pipe running through “duct.” At first, I thought maybe it was going to be part of the condensate line, but Jamie Clark, who sent me the photo, told me it’s part of the attic ventilation system. Notice that there’s another one in one of the bays to the right. Hmmmm. I wonder how effective that will be at moving air from soffit vents to the ridge vent.last_img read more