Horse Racing Results from Caymanas Park

first_imgWeather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTTHE LEGAL DEPARTMENT TROPHY*1. DREAMLINER RHalledeen 54.02. FUTURE KING OSewell3 54.0 11 1/2L3. VISION OWalker 54.0 1L4. IGNITION PFrancis 52.5 2 1/2LWIN: $86.00Final Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.4, ,Winner : 2yo ch colt – PORTO SANTO out of GOLDEN OLYMPIO by OLYMPIOTrainer :WAYNE A DACOSTAOwner : Y.S. (1955) LTD.Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,5) $141.00 Exacta : (5-3) $155.00Trifecta : (5-3-1) $70.00Race 2 1300 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTTHE DIRECTORS’ CUP*1. ROYAL GIRL WHenry 53.02. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 53.0 5 1/2L3. MY FAVORITE DANCER RSaunders 53.5 7 1/2L4. TWILIGHT ROCKET SEllis 55.0 2L5. WICKED TUFF SMuir 55.0 3 1/4LWIN: $95.00PLACE: $79.00, $194.00, $176.00Final Time : 1:24.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:16.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – MARKET RALLY out of ROYAL EMPRESS by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : PATRICK A CHANGOwner : PATRICK A CHANGBred by DAMIAN CHIN-YOU & LAURENCE HEFFESQuinella : (1,2) $1,961.00 Exacta : (1-2) $2,826.00D/E : (5-1) $149.00Trifecta : (1-2-3) $4,919.00Hi-5 : (1-2-3-9-5) $55,658.00JOSSETH GREY MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 3 1820 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. ABOVE THE RADAR AChatrie 56.0*2. UNBREAKABLE RHalledeen 54.0 Head3. CUTTER RWilson 54.0 15L4. AUDRE’S BLESSING OWalker 53.5 8LLate scratch : #7 POCKET MONEYWIN: $344.00Final Time : 2:01.2 Splits : 28.2, 54.1, 1:19.2, 1:46.0Winner : 6yo ch horse – TRACKING out of SUZIE’S GIFT by THE MEDICTrainer : PAUL N SMITHOwner : DELETA BREWSTERBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (1,4) $121.00 Exacta : (1-4) $750.00D/E : (1-1) $847.00Trifecta : (1-4-3) $739.00Rolling Triple : (5-1-1) $3,190.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) THE COMPLIANCE AND REGULATORY DIVISION TROPHY*1. ZEUS SEllis 56.02. SOUND OF MIRACLE SBlake3 50.5 1 1/4L3. SPROUTING WINGS MGriffiths3 48.0 2 1/4L4. LA MADRINA AChatrie 52.0 1 1/4LWIN: $90.00PLACE: $75.00, $199.00, $323.00Final Time : 1:10.2 Splits : 24.1, 49.1, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of ROYAL OCCASION by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : CLIFFORD C ATKINSON (SR)Owner : CLIFFORD C ATKINSON (SR)Bred by CLIFFORD C. ATKINSONQuinella : (2,4) $922.00 Exacta : (4-2) $876.00D/E : (1-4) $673.00Superfecta : (4-2-9-6) $57,415.00Rolling Triple : (1-1-4) $8,404.00ALBERT ROSE MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 5 1820 M (Purse $710,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. SHEBIZ WHenry 52.02. NATASHADONTPLAY OWalker 53.0 Head3. CHIEF SECRETARIAT OWhite 52.0 2 1/2L4. LORD CHEPSO SEllis 56.0 1/2LWIN: $264.00PLACE: $190.00, $213.00, $204.00Final Time : 2:02.1 Splits : 27.0, 52.3, 1:19.1, 1:46.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS out of MOLTEN LAVA by BRAVE BULLTrainer : EVERAL C FRANCISOwner : COOKIE AND SONSBred by HEATH, FELIXQuinella : (3,4) $1,603.00 Exacta : (3-4) $2,612.00D/E : (4-3) $536.00Superfecta : (3-4-8-1) $14,468.00Rolling Triple : (1-4-3) $10,427.00CHARLES RANDLE CUPRace 6 1200 M (Purse $820,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE-NOT EARNED $100,0 SINCE APRIL.1(DIV.I)1. LION OF JUDAH SBlake3 50.5*2. MEET JUSTIN WHenry 53.0 9L3. JASSUR OMullings 52.0 3 1/4L4. COLORS OF WAR AChatrie 52.5 2L5. RISING POWER HLewis 50.5 4L6. HOMECOMING SEllis 53.0 2 1/4LWIN: $240.00PLACE: $70.00, $63.00, $72.00Final Time : 1:16.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – SHANGHAI PASS out of SEA TRAVELLER by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : FITZROY GLISPIEOwner : ALVIN E CRAWFORDBred by MARCOS DABDOUBQuinella : (2,7) $263.00 Exacta : (7-2) $628.00D/E : (3-7) $1,859.00Trifecta : (7-2-9) $586.00Hit-6 : (7-2-9-6-4-) $14,731.50Rolling Triple : (4-3-7) $4,993.00Pick-4 : () $50,180.00Super-6 : () $60,615.30EMANCIPATION DAY TROPHYRace 7 1300 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($600,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW4(SPONSORED BY BETTING GAMING & LOTTERIES COMMISSION)1. CLASSY PROSPECT OWalker 55.02. FORCE DE JOUR SEllis 54.0 2 1/2L3. RUM PUNCH MGriffiths3 48.0 5L4. MERU JErwin 53.0 NeckDNF NEW KINGSTON RHalledeen 54.0WIN: $218.00Final Time : 1:21.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, 1:13.1,Winner : 8yo dkb gelding – SAINT APPEAL out of GOOD PROSPECT by TEXAS PROSPECTORTrainer : RYAN O DARBYOwner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQuinella : (2,5) $382.00 Exacta : (5-2) $1,028.00D/E : (7-5) $1,529.00Trifecta : (5-2-6) $634.00Rolling Triple : (3-7-5) $16,004.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO& UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $100,0 SINCE APRIL. 1(DIV.I) THE COMMISSIONERS’ CUP1. PREMATUREE RHalledeen 55.02. TECHNOCAT CBudhai 53.0 3 1/4L*3. JARREAU RLunan 55.0 1/2L4. OH MY GRAND PA WHenry 53.0 1 1/4L5. SMART BIDDER JErwin 55.0 2 1/2LLate scratch : #8 SIR DWIN: $308.00PLACE: $79.00, $65.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:16.3 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, ,Winner : 6yo dk b/br horse – GIACOMO out of PINK HIBISCUS by AWESOME AGAINTrainer : MARLON C ANDERSONOwner : ERROL A POTTINGERBred by ADENA SPRINGSQuinella : (1,2) $504.00 Exacta : (1-2) $1,184.00D/E : (5-1) $1,690.00Trifecta : (1-2-6) $749.00Hi-5 : (1-2-6-3-11) $2,424.50Rolling Triple : (7-5-1) $10,173.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II(NW2) THE LICENSING AND REGISTRATION DIVISION TROPHY1. DWAYNE STAR RHalledeen 53.02. TROJAN SEllis 53.0 2 1/2*3. ACTION MAN SBlake3 51.0 1 1/24. SHE GOOSE OWhite 50.5 Neck5. JENNANDROSESGIRL JErwin 55.0 36. RAS EMANUEL OWalker 53.0 1/2Late scratch : #4 MR. MARLEY, #5 ARIZONA GOLDWIN: $171.00PLACE: $67.00, $127.00, $71.00Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – STORM CRAFT out of AKIODA by LIVER STANDTrainer : PATRICK T LYNCHOwner : RISING STARBred by DION JACKSONQuinella : (8,13) $1,828.00 Exacta : (13-8) $4,497.00D/E : (1-13) $864.00 (1-4) $444.00Trifecta : (13-8-2) $1,560.00Hit-6 : (13-8-2-10-11-) $51,987.00Rolling Triple : (5-1-13) $8,819.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 5YO& UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $100,0 SINCE APRIL.1(DIV.II) THE COMMISSIONERS’ CUP1. NEVER GIVE UP PFrancis 50.52. I’M ALLWRIGHT WHenry 51.0 43. FIRST’K’BOY OSewell3 54.0 2 1/44. MR. THEOPHILUS ZMeikle4 50.5 1 1/2*5. AWESOME MARQUE SMuir 55.0 3 1/46. MIRACLE RECOVERY KPowell 50.5 1 3/47. ZANZIBAR PParchment 54.0 48. GOLD RUNNER OSimpson3 52.5 3/49. SIR WILLIE JAnderson 53.0 1210. BREATH OF LIFE OMullings 50.0 2 1/211. GERSHWIN RMcNaughton 53.0 4 1/2WIN: $201.00PLACE: $125.00, $92.00, $204.00Final Time : 1:17.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.4, ,Winner : 7yo ch mare – WAR MARSHALL out of RESTLESS NIDD by RESTLESS THIEFTrainer : DELROY SPENCEROwner : XENN RACINGBred by EVERTON JOHNSONQuinella : (5,7) $288.00 Exacta : (7-5) $680.00D/E : (13-7) $1,489.00Superfecta : (7-5-2-11) $12,553.00Rolling Triple : (1-13-7) $5,435.00BETTING GAMING & LOTTERIES COMMISSION TROPHYRace 11 1100 M (Purse $1,000,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. TRADITIONAL PRINCE AChatrie 57.02. FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RHalledeen 57.0 Neck3. SCOOP JORDYNE PFrancis 51.0 Neck4. EDISON OWalker 53.0 Sh.Head5. PHINEAS JErwin 55.0 1/2WIN: $565.00PLACE: $147.00, $62.00, $251.00Final Time : 1:06.4 Splits : 22.3, 46.2, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – TRADITIONAL out of PRINCESS LAL by SIR LAL BAHADURTrainer : PATRICK T LYNCHOwner : GLANVILLE M ASHTONDR.Bred by GLANVILLE ASHTON & LASCELLES PERRYQuinella : (8,9) $1,012.00 Exacta : (9-8) $2,274.00D/E : (7-9) $3,772.00Trifecta : (9-8-1) $4,632.00Hi-5 : (9-8-1-7-5) $26,990.00Rolling Triple : (13-7-9) $9,345.00CHARLES RANDLE CUPRace 12 1200 M (Purse $820,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE-NOT EARNED $100,0 SINCE APRIL.1(DIV.II)1. ONANDON KPowell 52.0*2. DOOLAHIN SEllis 53.0 1L3. BROWN GIRL CBudhai 52.0 14. ELDORADO WHenry 52.0 7/1 2L5. TASHIE BABY OWhite 50.0 29/1 1L6. PARTY CUP SMuir 52.0 5/1 8LWIN: $1250.00PLACE: $125.00, $56.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:15.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – WHO’S STAYIN ON out of ANNIES ONE BUCK by BET A BUCKTrainer : WAYNE D PARCHMENTOwner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENQuinella : (3,5) $604.00 Exacta : (3-5) $2,781.00D/E : (9-3) $31,865.00Trifecta : (3-5-7) $5,130.00Hi-5 carry-over : $78,217.75Rolling Triple : (7-9-3) $259,951.00Pick-4 : (4/4) (13-7-9-3) $729,360.00Super-6 : (5/6) (5-1-13-7-9-3) $18,322.50 Carry-over : $1,429,155.00Pick-9 : (7/9) (4-3-7-5-1-13-7-9-3) $113,595.50 (6/9) (4-3-7-5-1-13-7-9-3) $1,623.00 Carry-over : $1,577,767.80last_img read more

Drug charge dismissed against duo

first_imgThe duo that was jointly charged for the recruitment of persons to traffic cocaine had the charge against them dismissed on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Rolston Bacchus and Mark Sawyers pleaded not guilty to the charges which alleged that they recruited Safraz Jalaladeen to traffic 6.04 kilograms of cocaine out of Guyana from April 1-May 19, 2016.Rolston BacchusMark SawyerPresiding Magistrate Judy Latchmam said a prima facie case was not made against the defendants since the evidence of the prosecution’s witness, Gilalidine, was manifestly unreliable.Just over two weeks, Jalaladeen appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the offence. He had since been cooperating with the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) assisting with the investigations.Ranks attached to CANU were able to finger the men after Jalaladeen was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with the drugs concealed in Kerrygold milk packets in two of his suitcases.While Sawyers walked out of court a free man, Bacchus still remains remanded as he has another drug matter pending.last_img read more

Liberians Are Hungry: Why and What Must Be Done?

first_imgFor several years now this newspaper, the Daily Observer, has been calling  the attention of the Agriculture Ministry, the Liberian government and people to the poor state of agriculture in this country so rich in fertile land and rainfall.But the more we have written, the more not only we, but the problem itself, have been ignored.The person chiefly responsible for making sure that the nation’s farmers are working successfully and their farms doing well is Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth.  But the more we have written, the more she has been in denial.  She has even dismissed the Daily Observer as nothing more than a “tabloid,” which she says she no longer reads.  But despite her dismissive and unconcerned attitude, we have remained undeterred and have persistently reported that Liberia continues to import most of what we eat, including not only our staple, rice, but even such basic items as pepper, tomato, bitter balls, peanuts and even fruits, most of which are regularly brought in from Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.Now the global organization chiefly concerned with food, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has added its voice to this disturbing,  grave and urgent national crisis.The FAO Country Representative to Liberia, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, bluntly stated last week that Liberia is hungry, and that she faces a very serious problem of FOOD INSECURITY.Deliberately shunning diplomacy, he backed his statement with a series of grim statistics, which showed that people in all the counties are hungry.  These include the people of LOFA County, historically the nation’s breadbasket.Lofa is food insecure to the extent of a whopping 61.3%! Bong County, the nation’s second breadbasket, is even worse, 64.6%; while Sinoe, like other southeastern counties, is even harder hit, 65.1%.  Grand Bassa’s is 60.8%, while Agriculture Minister Chenoweth’s own home, Grand Cape Mount County, is a staggering 78.8% food insecure!Montserrado County, where the  Agriculture Ministry sits, stands at 67%. Nimba, another important food producer, stands at 41.5% insecure and Margibi at 63.2%.We have constantly complained of the absence of agricultural extension agents in most parts of the country.  But here again Agriculture Minister has been in denial.Clearly, the President of Liberia herself seems to have played a deaf ear to the Daily Observer’s consistent and unrelenting reports on the crisis in the nation’s agriculture. Yes, she fired Dr. Chris Toe years ago when it appeared that the rubber sector, especially two of the major plantations, Guthrie in Bomi and Cavalla in Maryland, was being mishandled.  But Dr. Toe’s  successor, Dr. Chenoweth, has been in office for nearly seven or more years and the agriculture sector has continued to flounder.It is simply amazing that people who have been trained at the highest level in agriculture have failed to help their own country in this most critical and vital sector.  WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?There was another PhD Agriculture Minister during the Taylor years–Dr. Roland Massaquoi.  And what did he accomplish?Last week President Sirleaf blamed the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank of Liberia for the decline in the value of the Liberian dollar compared to the United States dollar. Unfortunately, she did not mention the woeful lack of productivity in the agriculture sector. Upon what does a  country depend for foreign exchange?  It seems to us that the primary reason for the Liberian dollar’s decline is the US$300 million we spend annually importing rice alone, and even more money on almost all of the other foods we eat, including fruits, meat and vegetables.  And what do we produce on the farm for export?Nothing, especially since the world rubber price has drastically dropped.As we recently suggested editorially, we need to   reinvigorate the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) and empower it to work directly with the farmers toward increasing agricultural production. Ambassador Charles A. Minor and Vice President Joseph Boakai, who both ran LPMC, are around to advise on this.The President must pay very serious attention to   agriculture and determine what must be done to improve the sector.  Her people are hungry and this should be to her a matter of extreme urgency.  The GOL, including the Central Agricultural Research Institute, must also empower the agricultural cooperatives to work with farmers to grow more food.The President must do some drastic to arrest the nation’s agricultural decline, which threatens not only food security but security in general.   Remember April 14?  Florence Chenoweth most certainly does.She was Agriculture Minister then, too.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enmore family moves back home

first_imgCo-op feudThe family from Enmore North, East Coast Demerara who were traumatised and threatened by demolition workers on Thursday has moved back into their house following intervention from ranks of the Cove and John Police Station.The family told this publication on Friday that after their belongings had been thrown out of the house, senior Police officers ensured that the items were placed back into the building.One of the three affected persons, Nadia Rambarran, told this publication on Friday that the Police went to the area and, having assessed the situation, told them to move their items back into the house.“The Police went there yesterday (Thursday) and we fetch in back we things them.Some of the household items that were thrown out of the houseThey tell us to open the fence, and we get to put the things back into the house. And we had to go back to the Police station. Right now, we moving back into the house,” Rambarran said.This disturbance between the co-op society and residents of Enmore commenced a few weeks ago, when the co-op redistributed lands to its new members even though some of the occupiers of the lands had been resident there for in excess of 30 years, and had clearly expressed whom they wanted to inherit the portions of land they were occupying. Those residents became alarmed when, without their knowledge, the leader of the co-op society issued new documents to other persons to take control of their lands. Moreover, demolition workers were hired to demolish their houses.Rambarran, who was at the scene of the demolition exercise, explained that she was told not to return to the property, and threats were made to burn the erected buildings.The situation had gotten to a point where the residents were completely helpless, and sought assistance from former Attorney General and Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall.During his visit to the area to hear the plight of the people, Nandlall declared in no uncertain terms that what the co-op was doing was legally wrong, and ought not to be committed. The Police were later advised to provide protection to the people and ensure that they return to their dwellings.Nandlall outlined that while the co-op is in the process of redistributing the land, it cannot merely give the land to other members. He noted that when an occupier is deceased, that person’s beneficiary is supposed to be given the land. He also declared that it is not a case whereby the residents were squatting on the land.“That is not what the law says. The law of co-operative societies recognises transmission of interest upon death. If a person was a member of a co-op and would’ve been entitled to a plot of land…, when that person dies, that interest passes on to the beneficiary of that deceased person,” the former attorney general stated.Nandlall has promised that if the matter is not resolved, he would represent the residents in the High Court in order for their lands to be retrieved.“This matter will have to be resolved either amicably at the level of the co-op society, or the Chief Co-op Officer. If not, we’d have to engage in a head-on battle in the High Court, and I’ll be representing all these people who are affected by this problem,” he said.Efforts to contract the Enmore Co-op Society for a comment on the matter proved futile.last_img read more

Posta Rangers snap up Kago, AFC’s Ingotsi

first_imgPosta have also re-signed forward Cavin Odongo from Kariobangi Sharks after the youngster failed to flourish having moved to the then Premier League newbies at the beginning of 2017.“We have concentrated mostly on forward players because that was our major weakness last season. We defended very well but our quality in the final third was lacking. These are players who will add a lot of impetus to our forward play,” Pamzo told Capital Sport.“I have watched Ingotsi at AFC and I really like his energy. He is young and promising and will be a good addition. Kago comes in with a lot of experience and he is a player with quality as well,” further added the tactician. Photo/COURTESY“I have watched Ingotsi at AFC and I really like his energy. He is young and promising and will be a good addition. Kago comes in with a lot of experience and he is a player with quality as well,” further added the tactician.Kago made his name at Posta Rangers before moving to Sofapaka and eventually to Tusker where he was among the 19 players dropped at the close of the season.Meanwhile, the club has released midfielders Joseph Kuria and Edwin Mwaura, defenders Donald and Gilbert Owiti, Hashim Mukhwana and Rwandese forward Jean Karekezi.Posta Rangers coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOmollo is confident that they can improve their performance from 2017 when they finished fourth despite spending most of the first leg top of the table.“I am pleased with our performance last season. We started very well though we lost consistency at some point. This season I am quite confident we can do better. We have a very good team and everyone is looking forward to doing well,” the KPL winner with Tusker FC in 2011 added.For their pre-season training, Posta are exploring options of a two-week high altitude training camp in either Eldoret, Kericho or Nakuru.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kago made his name at Posta Rangers before moving to Sofapaka and eventually to Tusker where he was among the 19 players dropped at the close of the season. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3- Posta Rangers tactician Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo has acquired the services of former Tusker FC winger Danson Kago who re-joins the club on a three-year deal while AFC Leopards youngster Marcelus Ingosti has also been roped in ahead of the new season.The two are among six new players that Omollo has signed as he began his 2018 pre-season preparations. Also joining the team is defender Suleiman Ngotho from Thika United, Peter Ng’ang’a from Nakuru All Stars while Jeremiah Wanjala is also expected to join from Kakamega Homeboyz.last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE been drawing crowds to Malin Head for a few weeks.Now it looks as if Malin Head is drawing in…more dolphins.Up to 30 of the beautiful creatures put on a sunny Sunday display for locals and tourists alike. People starting their summer holidays at the popular Ardmalin Caravan Park were soon flocking to the shore and the pier to get a better look.One of the dolphins has already been given the name Banba (for obvious reasons).But at this rate, the locals could be running out of names for all of them.John O’Hara, on holidays from Co Down, said: “We love Donegal anyway, but when the sun’s out like this – and there are dolphins splashing around in the ocean, there’s just nowhere better on earth. “We’re here for a week – we might just add another week now.” WOW! NOW 30 DOLPHINS PUT ON A SUMMER SHOW OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ardmalin Caravan Parkdolphins Malin Headtouristslast_img read more

Coveted citizenship comes at high price

first_imgI HAVE a different perspective on why people come to this country. In January, my wife, Quyen, took her oath for U.S. citizenship at the San Diego Convention Center alongside 1,305 other immigrants from 99 countries. Ever since she came to America from Vietnam, she has dreamed of being a U.S. citizen. That’s something many native-born citizens fail to appreciate because people often take for granted what is given to them. For Quyen, the process has spanned over 30 years. Along the way, she experienced the Vietnam War up close and nearly lost her life fleeing a war-ravaged nation. When she finally made it to the U.S., she encountered a bureaucratic maze of obstacles to U.S. citizenship that necessitated endless phone calls and trips to the U.S. immigration offices, and stacks of applications and forms all involving fees, fingerprinting, interviews, studying, exams, delays, and, mostly … waiting. It’s often thought that people from poor countries flock to the U.S. in search of material wealth and opportunities. According to Ronald Takaki, author of “Strangers From A Different Shore,” there are “push/pull factors” that cause people to migrate. Pull factors include employment opportunities and dreams of riches in the form of gold mines that drew the Chinese to California in the 1850s. Push factors include the droughts and famine that propelled thousands of Koreans to set sail for the U.S. in the early 1900s. My wife’s quest for citizenship began after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Her father had worked as an agriculture specialist for the previous government, and this caused the Communists to view her family with suspicion. Her family members lost their livelihood and experienced persecution and abject poverty under the Communist regime. They had to leave. Quyen bartered the last of her possessions for a spot on a fishing boat hiding 65 refugees trying to escape Vietnam. At sea, a Communist patrol boat spotted her boat and ordered it to halt. When the fishing boat didn’t stop, the patrol boat shot at, then rammed into it, causing it to capsize. The patrol boat circled the victims in the water to create harsher waves for the people struggling to swim. Many didn’t know how to swim, and children as young as 2 died. Only when another fishing vessel approached and intervened did the patrol boat speed off. The fishing vessel took 30 survivors to shore and delivered them to Communist authorities. The other 35 refugees had drowned. The Communists confined my wife in a 20-square-foot cell for months with the other survivors as punishment for attempting to escape. She slept on bare cement without enough space to turn over because of the bodies huddled next to her. Quyen’s older brother escaped Vietnam on another boatload of refugees into Malaysia. He eventually made his way to the U.S., where he worked three jobs at once to send money back to my wife’s family. As soon as he became a U.S. citizen, he sponsored Quyen’s family. It took eight years for that process to bring my wife and her family to America. It took another 10 years for my wife to obtain her permanent resident card and another five years to qualify for the citizenship test. In the months prior to her exam, Quyen studied as if her life depended on it. Every night, she would take out her list of 100 questions about our country’s history and government and go through five at a time until she knew all the answers. So when I watched my wife stand and take the oath of U.S. citizenship, I couldn’t have been prouder, because I know what she went through. We understand why people come to America, whether legally through the endless hoops Quyen had to jump through, or illegally through whatever channels are available. Like the earliest immigrants to this country, we want to survive, escape persecution, and help our families. We contribute to this society and want to be a part of it. We deserve a fair chance to do so. Ray Wong writes a family column for Asia, a San Diego newspaper. Write to him by e-mail at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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


first_imgA DONEGAL woman who tragically lost her son after he took synthetic cannabis has successfully implemented legislation which now prohibits the sale of ‘legal highs’ in England and Wales.Jimmy Guichard died after taking a legal high in 2013.Karen Audino lost her son Jimmy Guichard 20, after he took synthetic cannabis which was considered a ‘legal high’.Jimmy who was a talented hurler with St.Eunan’s suffered a massive heart attack and brain injuries after taking the substance. Just 24 hours after taking the substance Karen was heartbreakingly forced to turn off his life-support machine.Since Jimmy’s death Karen has successfully campaigned for ALL ‘legal highs’ to be banned and introduced ‘Jimmy’s Law’ which was introduced as legislation here in the Republic of Ireland.However, Karen has worked tirelessly during her campaign to ensure all stores manufacturing and selling the ‘deadly’ products are closed.Jimmy took the ‘legal high’ while he was living in London. As of today England and Wales passed Jimmy’s Law into legislation to the delight of Karen and her family and friends.It’s recognition for all the hard work and lobbying she has done on the issue.Anyone caught selling, supplying, manufacturing, buying or distributing them by post will face up to SEVEN years in prison in England and Wales.Karen told Donegal Daily, “We’re over the moon that England and Wales have come in line with the laws we have here.“But our campaign continues because Northern Ireland and Scotland, have their own local government authorities so it is down to them to recommend the changes be put in place. Karen also states she is still lookin for a European wide ban from Brussels’s to kerb the internet trade“Although nothing will bring Jimmy back to us or take away the pain of losing him, Jimmy’s law will be a lasting legacy and a fitting tribute to his memory.Well done Karen.SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER AS ‘LEGAL HIGHS’ BANNED IN ENGLAND AND WALES was last modified: May 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesJIMMY GUICHARDKaren AudinoLEGAL HIGHSnewslast_img read more

They are among the best players in Europe, but will Arsenal sign any of them?

first_imgArsene Wenger said Arsenal will sign a ‘maximum of two or three’ players when the summer transfer window opens.However, he did feel the need to add that the Gunners are not blessed with the deep pockets other teams have.“We can spend money because we have managed the club well. Let’s not forget the amount of money spent is not a guarantee of success,” he told BeIN Sports.“We have to be clear what we understand as a big signing. Is [Rob] Holding a big signing for you or not? When you buy a player for £40m, everybody will have at the start a positive judgement. When you buy him for £2m, he can’t be good?“That means a big signing is not necessarily linked with the amount of money spent.”Sead Kolasinac is expected to join when his Schalke contract expires, but who else may join Wenger for his Europa League campaign? Virgil van Dijk – Any club looking to sign Southampton’s Van Dijk will have to spend big because the figures being quoted are around the £50m mark. The defence has been struck by injuries lately and Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are all in their 30s, so the club are likely to be looking for quality to step in alongside Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. Chelsea and Liverpool are also said to be interested in Van Dijk. Thomas Lemar – Lemar is another talent who is likely to be in demand in the summer if he decides to leave Monaco. Arsenal are said to be keen to bring the 21-year-old midfielder to the Premier League, though his club will demand to be well paid for him, with some reports saying he could cost around £40m. Operating primarily from left midfield he has scored nine times in Ligue 1 and created 12 goals. 7 7 Riyad Mahrez – Arsene Wenger said Arsenal will sign a ‘maximum of two or three’ players when the summer transfer window opens, so here talkSPORT looks at possible additions. Would Mahrez be a good addition to the Arsenal squad? The Leicester forward wants to leave the club he joined for less than a £1m in 2014 and Arsene Wenger has even talked about the player positively, but if the wide forward does move to north London then who does that spell the end for? Surely there’s a limit to how many players like this you can have in your team. Kylian Mbappe – Do Arsenal believe they have a chance of signing him? Mbappe is one of the most exciting, young strikers football has seen in a long time and this means he has his pick of clubs if he decides to leave Monaco in the summer. He is also being talked about as the first £100m player. 7 Alexandre Lacazette – Lacazette was linked with Atletico Madrid in the summer, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport have banned the Spanish side from registering anyone in the summer transfer window. This means the 26-year-old striker, who is keen to leave Lyon, is still up for grabs. In the last three seasons he has scored in excess of 20 league goals and finished the most recent campaign with 28. If they are interested then Arsenal need to act quickly considering Lacazette has also been linked with Liverpool. 7 7 Moussa Dembele – If Belotti, Mbappe and Lacazette are all deemed too expensive for Arsene Wenger then what about Moussa Dembele? He is young and he’s French and he has bags of potential – why wouldn’t Arsenal be interested in him? The 20-year-old Celtic striker scored 24 goals in the 2016/17 season and could cost around £30m. Current Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud said his immediate future is in the Premier League, so if Alexis Sanchez is sold despite Wenger’s claim that neither he nor Mesut Ozil will leave, does that mean a front line of Giroud and Dembele? 7 7 Arda Turan – Another attacking midfielder linked with the club is 30-year-old Turan and Barcelona are rumoured to be willing to cash in on the player. However, this this could also mean Hector Bellerin heads in the opposite direction. last_img read more

Busway facing uphill battle

first_imgCommuters in Los Angeles say they would love to take public transit if only … the buses came more often … the subway took them where they wanted to go … the system was faster than their cars. As the $330 million Orange Line opens this month, commuters are sizing up whether the busway – with its promise of a 40-minute ride across the San Fernando Valley – will be good enough to draw them in, or whether it will come up short. Many are intrigued by the chance to leave their cars at home. But many others complain that the busway will not be not fast enough, comfortable enough or convenient enough to get them out from behind the steering wheel. “Why would anybody with a car want to take that, even with the cost of gasoline?” said John Nakahama, a retired architect in West Hills. “I won’t do it myself. I’m not even curious to try that. It’s a bus.” But West Hills resident Barry Seybert – tired of shelling out $70 a week on gas for the 70-mile round trip he makes downtown every weekday – plans to give it a chance. “This is something I want to try,” said Seybert, who works in the entertainment industry and also is a member of his neighborhood council. “If you’re not driving, you can relax – even if it is longer,” he said. “My judgment’s not in yet because I haven’t tried it, but I’m looking forward to it.” And if ever the time was ripe for mass transit, this would be it. Angelenos’ love affair with their cars has been put to the test as soaring gas prices crimp their budgets and mounting congestion makes it increasingly tough to get around sprawling Southern California. Transportation experts warn that taking public transit isn’t quicker or easier than driving – which is why New Yorkers average a 38-minute one-way commute while Angelenos enjoy a 29-minute trip. Using public transit is just different. “It’s kind of like if you drive to work or you walk to work. You change your judgment of what was a good trip,” said Alan Pisarski, author of the book “Commuting in America,” and a former official with the U.S. Department of Transportation. “If people have grown up with transit, they perhaps have a little more faith in it. But people who have become accustomed to the automobile, it’s hard for them.” For all the buzz about the innovative busway and the substantial investment of public funds, there’s plenty of grumbling about the Valley getting shortchanged with construction of a busway rather than commuter rail or a subway. After all, it will take 40 minutes to get across the floor of the Valley – about as long as it takes to drive the distance on the Ventura Freeway. Plus, you’ve got to spend time getting to a station and connecting to your final destination. Those are the kinds of hassles that sour Angelenos, who say it’s easier just to climb in the car and drive, even if that means sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Transit advocate Bart Reed, executive director of The Transit Coalition, has cooled to the Orange Line after taking a test ride and seeing how it will connect with the rest of the MTA’s bus system. “It’s a herky-jerky ride,” he said. “Would you drive a Hyundai or an Acura? People generally aspire to get something nicer, better, an upgrade.” Buses have long suffered a historic bias in society, ever since the car became king in the 1950s. Buses were often seen as what was left for everyone else, often dividing along racial lines. In Los Angeles, buses are mostly used by the working poor and minorities. Trains, though, have a sleek ride and nostalgic attraction that wins over many fans. But trains don’t always win over passengers from their cars. The Metro Gold Line to Pasadena has been slow to gain riders. It makes the 14-mile route in 34 minutes, somewhat faster than the Orange Line will go the same distance. Former Los Angeles transit official Tom Rubin said at an average speed of 20 mph, light-rail trains wouldn’t be much faster than the Orange Line’s buses, which will go 21 mph. “I got news for ya,” he said. “If you’ve got problems with buses, you would have the same problems with rail lines.” As for those who claim they would use mass transit if it involved a train: “There’s a technical word for those people. They’re called drivers.” The Valley’s not getting a train anytime soon – having lost that chance to neighborhood opposition and budget cuts nearly a decade ago. Seybert is among those who would have preferred a train, saying the valley got “cheated.” “They put all these rails all over town. We get shorted,” he said. Still, he’s going to give the busway a shot, hoping it’ll ease the commute and save some bucks going into the gas tank. “I plan on trying it,” he said. “Even if I do it a couple of times a week, I’m ahead of the curve.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 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