Australia opens pop-up coronavirus test clinic at Bondi Beach

first_imgTopics : “We can’t let our foot off the pedal, we can’t relax,” New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in Sydney. “It doesn’t take long for things to get out of control.”NSW, the country’s most populous state, is responsible for almost half of the national cases and has imposed the strictest penalties for anybody found breaching the rules restricting movement.At Bondi Beach, health workers wearing masks and plastic gloves greeted people at the pop-up testing clinic. NSW officials said earlier this week the virus may have been transmitted in the Bondi community via an infected backpacker who was not aware they were carrying the disease.”Bondi is one of those places where we are seeing local transmission, and we have seen cases among backpackers in recent days,” NSW Health director Jeremy McAnulty said in Sydney on Wednesday. Bondi made headlines in March when thousands of people were seen ignoring social distancing rules at its world-famous beach.Official data showed that young people aged 20-29 account for the highest rates of coronavirus infections across the country, followed by those in their early 60s. Experts told local media the former were most likely to travel or socialize in groups, while the latter represented the cruise ship demographic.The rate of growth in new infections across Australia has slowed to just under 10% over the past three days, from 25-30% a week ago, raising hopes that Australia is starting to “flatten the curve”.”Whilst there are still more cases each day, we’re not seeing the scenes and the kind of growth in cases that so many other parts of the world are experiencing right now,” Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, the country’s second most populous state, said in Melbourne.The federal government has planned for up to 100 pop-up clinics across the country to ramp up testing in transmission hot spots.In South Australia, the Barossa Valley wine region has closed schools and facilities this week due to a localized outbreak, while six baggage-handlers working at the state’s Adelaide airport have also tested positive to COVID-19.Barossa council mayor Bim Lange said that put pressure on vineyards and related businesses at the height of the grape-picking season.”We’ve had three years of drought, and now this,” Lange told Reuters.A single aged-care facility in Sydney accounts for a quarter of the national death toll.Economic fallout The Reserve Bank of Australia warned on Wednesday the country’s A$2 trillion ($1.23 trillion) economy would likely experience a “very material contraction” in economic activity that would spread across the March and June quarters and potentially longer. The RBA held an out-of-cycle meeting on March 18 when it reduced its cash rate to a record low 0.25% and embarked on a bond buying program to try and shield the economy from the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Like many countries, Australia’s financial and jobs markets have been roiled by the outbreak, prompting the government to unveil several stimulus packages, including a A$130 billion ($79.9 billion) six-month wage subsidy.center_img Australian authorities opened a pop-up coronavirus testing clinic at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Wednesday, as the country’s central bank warned the economic fallout from the pandemic could last for more than a year.Authorities were zeroing in on specific areas that have reported clusters of infections, following a sustained slow down in new cases in recent days to around 4,700 nationally. The death toll stands at 20, after a steady creep upward in recent days.Officials have stressed the need for continuing strict social distancing measures despite the slowdown, including restricting the number of people meeting in public to just two and the closure of parks, beaches and gyms.last_img read more

China’s economy shrinks for first time in decades as virus hits

first_imgChina’s economy recorded the first contraction in decades in the first quarter as the coronavirus outbreak shut down large parts of the world’s second-largest economy and dimmed the global outlook.Gross domestic product shrank 6.8 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the worst performance since at least 1992 when official releases of quarterly GDP started, missing the consensus forecast of a 6 percent drop. Factory output fell 1.1 percent in March, retail sales slid 15.8 percent, while investment decreased 16.1 percent in the first three months of the year.The sharp contraction underscores the pressure that Chinese policy makers face as they attempt to revive the economy without nullifying efforts to contain the virus. The continued spread around the world also threatens to add fresh downward pressure on China’s exporters in a feedback loop that could throw millions out of work. “The first quarter contraction is not a surprise, considering the nationwide lock down in late January and February,” Robin Xing chief China economist at Morgan Stanley Asia, said on Bloomberg TV. “Most major economies are still in the lockdown stage. As a result, growth in the second quarter will be shallow, just marginally above zero.”China’s markets held gains after the release as investors digested the data. The Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.7 percent at 10:02 a.m., while the Chinese currency was 0.2 percent stronger versus the dollar. The Hang Seng Index climbed 2.4 percent in Hong Kong.China’s economy was forced into a paralysis in late January as the epidemic that first started in Wuhan spread across the country. The economy remained shuttered for much of February with factories and shops closed and workers stranded at home. The process of resuming business has been disappointingly slow and the return rate only inched up to around 90 percent at the end of March, Bloomberg Economics estimates.To cushion the economic blow, China has unveiled a range of support measures, although not on the scale of other nations.That includes 3.55 trillion yuan (US$502 billion) in low-cost funding provided to financial institutions, 1.29 trillion yuan in pre-approved local government special bonds, and 1.6 trillion yuan in cuts to various fee taxes, according to the nation’s cabinet.The central government is also mulling other policies like raising the deficit-to-GDP ratio, issuing special sovereign bonds and increasing the local government special bond quota, in order to fuel a faster economic recovery, according to a recent article from a senior official.Exports fell less than expected in March as production capacity was gradually restored, but economists warn bigger headwinds lie head as the rest of the world shuts down and external demand diminishes.Topics :last_img read more

Paul Merson tips Unai Emery to play a three-man defence with David Luiz at Arsenal

first_imgDavid Luiz is set to become a key part of Arsenal’s defence (AMA/Getty Images)Paul Merson believes Unai Emery is working towards playing a three-man defence at Arsenal following the arrivals of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.Luiz was a surprise signing from Chelsea on deadline day, while the Gunners also strengthened their left-back by landing Tierney from Celtic in a £25 million deal.Tierney is currently injured while Luiz was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.But Merson believes both players will eventually become a key part of Emery’s system at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT‘When you’re looking at them and you’re naming them players, I wouldn’t be surprised if he started going to a three at the back,’ Merson said on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’ show. Advertisement Comment Paul Merson tips Unai Emery to play a three-man defence with David Luiz at Arsenal Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic (Getty Images)‘Play them two and David Luiz in the middle of them.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He can come out and play, you’ve got Tierney playing as one wing-back.‘I think it suits all of the defenders.‘If you have three centre-halves playing there it gives all of them something to fall back on.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If Tierney can get forward he can play, so he’ll want to get forward.‘They’ll want to bomb forward down the other side and they can score goals.‘I’m looking forward to Arsenal this season. I was quite impressed [against Newcastle], I was quite impressed.‘It was a hard game, going to Newcastle, first game of the season, a couple of new players.‘For me it was comfortable and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang what a goal, what a goal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Aug 2019 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

Still Square Dancing With The Middletown Ramblers

first_imgBeverly and her husband, Richard, graduated from the square dancing program in 2005.She likes the activity because, “it helps you physically and mentally.” The dancing provides low-stress aerobic exercise, which is good for any age, and having to work on remembering the different movements and working with others in a square is a good problem-solving exercise, Beverly said.Along with those benefits, “It does keep me out of trouble,” she said, offering a little smile, then adding, “I still get in a little trouble around here.”There are about 78 basic calls dancers learn, such as the do-si-do (or dosado), swing your partner, promenade and grand square, which are the more commonly known ones. And while it takes time to learn the basic moves, “All you have to do is pay attention,” to begin to understand and do them, Frechette said. “There’s no dancing ability needed.”Another appeal of square dancing, participants explained, is that unlike, say, ballroom dancing or tango lessons, you don’t need to bring a designated partner to take lessons or join in the dances. “I think people think you have to know how to dance,” said Bill Smith, Port Reading. “You don’t.”Or have the partner. There are women who regularly dance the man’s part, if there is a shortage of males on a given evening. All it takes is to have eight dancers to form the square, Frechette said.Yackel said she can dance both men’s and women’s parts. But that has its difficulties, she acknowledged. “The hardest thing to remember is to move right or to move left,” she confided.Smith, who started square dancing thanks to friends in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recommended it to him. “I went to a barn dance and enjoyed it and here I am.”Smith enjoys the exercise and said, “You get to meet different people you wouldn’t get to meet other wise.”The music ranged from some classic pop tunes, swing-era standards to even Jimmy Buffett. “Whatever the caller wants,” explained caller Gotta.Gotta, North Brunswick, has been square dance calling for 54 years. The caller’s role, she said, is to “create the dance pattern and communicate it to the dancers.”“If I stop calling everything stops,” Gotta said.“Not that it’s about power,” she kidded with a small wave of her hand.Gotta has been square dancing since she was 5, attending dances at the Metuchen YMCA. “A lot of us started dancing when we were young,” she noted. “So pretty much anyone can do it without tramping on their own feet.”Red Bank resident Phyllis Lamarche was “looking for an activity to do solo.” She wound up meeting Ted Inge, Freehold, when they both started taking classes as part of the SCAN (Social Community Activities Network) program conducted at Monmouth Mall, in Eatontown. Now “We’re dance partners, at the very least,” Lamarche said.And that was a good selling point for her. “The best part is all the friends you make,” she said.The Middletown Ramblers was founded in 1970 and decided, first jokingly, to take its name from the type of car owned by three of the original members, the American Motors Rambler.The group will be holding an open house, offering an introduction to square dancing, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, 805 Newman Springs Road/County Route 520, Lincroft. Story and photo by John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Swinging your partner and do-si-do’s have had members of the Middletown Ramblers coming together for more than four decades, enjoying the shared wonderful company, the activity and of course the pleasure of square dancing.“It’s the best activity you can find for the body and the mind,” insisted Prudence Frechette. Frechette, an Eatontown resident who likes to be called Pru, has been square dancing for 35 years and really appreciates the physical activity and “the social part.” On top of that, Frechette said, what she likes is its way of leveling the playing field, its democratization on the dance floor. “When you’re on the square,” she said, “nobody knows who’s the street sweeper or the CEO.”Frechette was one of about 50-plus who squared off to the commands of caller Betsy Gotta last Friday evening at the township’s senior center, at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, in the township’s Leonardo section, for the group’s regular dance.Beverly Yackel, a River Plaza resident and the Ramblers’ coordinator, said those attending the Friday night dance, were “plus” dancers, Yackel explained, who have reached a certain accomplishment level. Club members have reached “a higher level” of square dancing that comes when they complete the nearly year-long set of two programs conducted by the Monmouth County Park System at a cost of $50 per person for each set of 12 two-hour sessions. Lessons are held at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Highway 36 and Avenue D, Leonardo. Classes for the next session begin on Sept. 27 and the first class is free.last_img read more

Even the Littlest Hands Help at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair

first_img“I wanted to show them that volunteering and service to others is part of life,” said Meg Chrisner-Keefe, who volunteers and brings her four children, ages 7 and younger, to help. The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, the annual fund drive for the fire department, runs through Saturday, Aug. 31. “It’s summertime so we’re competing with beach clubs, friends and, well, summer!” FAIR HAVEN – They arrive on foot, on bike and in their parents’ cars descending on the quiet fairgrounds at 8 a.m. Each morning up to 40 children of all ages and sizes come to pitch in to make the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, the oldest firemen’s fair in New Jersey, a culinary success. The help is invaluable, according to Nancy Ostrander, who coordinates the effort, keeping the young volunteers safe and equipped with tools. What’s become somewhat of a rite-of-passage for many, children as young as 2 will join in the community project. Parents accompany the littlest ones and often kids come every summer until they leave for college. When the rescue truck pulls up with the morning’s vegetables, the kids stand ready to shuck the corn, peel the eggplant, restock the condiments and bread the fish – whatever tasks are needed. The eager volunteers are rewarded with ride or meal tickets. Some tips for prepping food from the kids: If you’re breading fish, it helps if you like to eat fish. And for peeling the sometimes slippery eggplants, “get a good peeler.” By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez | Photos by Nancy Ostranderlast_img read more

Bombers blast past J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsFreshman point guard Garrett Perry had a breakout game as the L.V. Rogers Bombers blasted the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 76-44 in Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball League action Thursday night at the Hangar.Perry checked in with 20 points, but it was his fine distribution of the ball that caught the attention of Bomber head coach Blair D’Andrea.“Garrett stepped up at the point guard position,” D’Andrea said. “He hasn’t been playing with a lot of confidence of late but tonight he distributed the ball well and hit a lot of his shots.”“He deserved the 20 points he got tonight,” he added.Bombers turned a close game early into an easy win, especially after struggling Tuesday against Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Jason D’Andrea led all scorers with 24 points, including three from three-point land. John Zak had 18 points before spraining an ankle.Maverick Seed was a force on the boards for LVR. Jesse Zak also left the game with an ankle injury.“I’m happy with my UN (United Nations) team on the bench,” D’Andrea said with a chuckle. “They (David Chen, Jae Tak and Leonard Batubura) all chipped in with valuable floor time.”LVR is idle until Feb. 4-5 when the Bombers host a four-team tournament. The event is combined with four girls teams.On the boy’s side are Mount Sentinel, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Kalamalka Lakers of Vernon.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Neptunes

first_imgSilver was the medal of the Kootenay Regional Swim Championships for the Nelson Neptunes held recently in Colville, Washington.The Neptunes, led by coach Rebecca Afford, won more silver than most countries competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the swimmers overcame hot, hot conditions in the Washington State City. Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the medal haul with Team of the Week honours for Team Neptunes.The team includes, Sage Cowan, Joanna Blishen, Olivia Cowan, Coach Afford, Samuel Matthew and Matthew Holitzki. Front, Madeline Holitzki, Elissa Centrone and Jaylen Rushton. Missing, Emma Borhi.last_img

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016

first_imgDoug O’Neill7310111214%45%$469,152 SONGBIRD MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAYThe countdown to the much-anticipated three-year-old debut of undefeated champion Songbird is underway in earnest.The Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly of 2015 drew post position six in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, one of four graded stakes on an attractive and challenging nine-race card set to unfold in summer-like weather with temperatures in the 80s.“It seems like she drew a good post and we’re excited about getting her back to the races,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.“We got everything in with her training that we wanted; we were lucky with the weather in that regard.”The Las Virgenes: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-5; and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1. FLAMBOYANT NO LONGSHOT THIS TIME IN SAN MARCOSFlamboyant lit up the tote board when he got up by a neck at 46-1 under Brice Blanc in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt will be a substantially shorter price when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at a mile-and-a-quarter on turf.Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Jan. 29 in a bullet 1:13.20 with French-born Blanc aboard.“He’s a nice work horse,” Gallagher said of the five-year-old gelding. “He didn’t go too fast or too slow and he acts like he’ll go a mile and a quarter.”So Gallagher wouldn’t mind a French-bred horse winning for an Irish-bred trainer?“No,” he said. “Winning is all I want to do.”The field for the San Marcos: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Hay Dude, David C. Lopez, 5-2; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 15-1; and Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1. CAT BURGLAR A SLEEPER IN SAN ANTONIO STAKESCat Burglar sneaks in to Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Stakes under the radar in quest of his first stakes win for owner Michael Lund Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert.The six-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song doesn’t have the glowing credentials of Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who was not entered in the Grade II San Antonio for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, or even those of Hoppertunity, who was entered, but assuredly Cat Burglar is better than an empty stall.Dortmund and Hoppertunity are both trained by Baffert.The chestnut Cat’s Burglar won an overnight race under Rafael Bejarano on Jan. 8, his first start in nearly five months, and has knocked on the door in graded stakes. Twice he was third in the Grade III Pimlico Special and ran third in the Grade II Brooklyn at Belmont in 2014.“He’s got speed and I think he can go the distance,” Bejarano said. “He was beaten less than a length in the Brooklyn, and that was at a mile and a half. He should be all right, and he should move forward off his last race.”In 14 career starts, Cat Burglar has won four, with four seconds and three thirds, with earnings of $334,400.The field for the San Antonio, race seven: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Imperative, Mike Smith, 5-2; and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 6-1. Victor Espinoza353829%37%$477,060 Richard Baltas4876315%33%$477,274 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 31) Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 Kristin Mulhall2052125%40%$193,610 Mike Puype383728%32%$172,380 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 JOCKEYS ANNUAL CHARITY GAME ON FEB. 11The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played a week from tonight on Thursday, Feb. 11, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders are expected to participate, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.TVG’s Kurt Hoover, who will be reporting live from Santa Anita on Thursday, will coach the jockeys for the 15th consecutive year.“We’ve got Desormeaux back,” said Hoover. “And as good as Drayden Van Dyke was last year, that’s all we need, believe me.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. Brayan Pena2030015%15%$51,750 Philip D’Amato5512101122%60%$778,210 Steve Knapp1631219%38%$99,290 Agapito Delgadillo4065515%40%$160,412 Mario Gutierrez919161010%38%$520,624 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Drayden Van Dyke6577911%35%$429,824 Robertino Diodoro1334123%62%$96,340 Rafael Bejarano992122921%53%$1,073,120 Mark Glatt4155212%29%$257,270 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 Michael Machowsky1833317%50%$157,806 Peter Miller6193715%31%$332,790 Tyler Baze11712211410%40%$660,292 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Edwin Maldonado82137916%35%$523,110 William Spawr1965132%63%$154,442 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Martin Pedroza4664213%26%$156,390 Gary Stevens3044313%37%$561,810 ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAYCAT BURGLAR TIPTOES INTO SAN ANTONIO STAKESI WILL SCORE TACKLES MOR SPIRIT IN ROBERT LEWISFLAMBOYANT OUT TO PROVE HE’S THE REAL DEALSANTA ANITA RIDERS’ CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 John Sadler3555314%37%$230,770 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Patrick Gallagher1742324%53%$267,768 Fernando Perez85951411%33%$468,056 Alex Solis1430321%43%$193,018 Jeff Bonde1952326%53%$121,360 David Lopez871781520%46%$525,326 Alonso Quinonez504738%28%$184,820 Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo10013131413%40%$625,054 Jerry Hollendorfer6556118%34%$344,966 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 SONGBIRD STABLEMATE I WILL SCORE IN LEWISI Will Score has two things in common with Songbird: he’s unbeaten and he’s trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.Other than that, the three-year-old son of Roman Ruler has much to prove to be mentioned in the same breath with the champion Songbird, but Hollendorfer is optimistic about the colt’s future.“We think he’s a horse with some promise, so we look for him to run a good race,” Hollendorfer said, speaking of Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes.I Will Score, who has won his only two starts, both sprints, will go two turns for the first time in the Lewis. He has two bullet works at Santa Anita since taking a first condition allowance here on Jan. 3.The field for the Lewis, which goes as race four: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 5-2; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 8-1; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 5-1. Flavien Prat961671417%39%$798,088 FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Om worked five furlongs on the main track Thursday in a minute flat under Gary Stevens for Dan Hendricks, who has his sights on the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on grass Feb. 13 . . . Three-time champion Beholder galloped on the main track Thursday for Richard Mandella . . . Trainer Carla Gaines reports that undefeated Cal-bred Smokey Image came out of his smashing 8 ½-lenghth triumph in the California Cup Derby in excellent shape and at this stage is being pointed to the Grade III, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes against open company on March 12 . . . Jockeys Santiago Gonzalez and Tiago Pereira have been suspended an additional day (Feb. 6) for riding in more than one designated race while under suspension . . . A reminder about previously made announcements that on Super Bowl Sunday, Santa Anita will not offer guaranteed pools. However, the lucrative guarantees will continue today and Friday, as the Late Pick 4 both days has guaranteed pools of $300,000. Saturday, the Late Pick 4 will be guaranteed at $500,000 and the Pick Six pool at $150,000 . . . DRF/NTRA National Handicapping champion Paul Matties, who won $800,000 and an Eclipse Award, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. There will be no seminar on Super Bowl Sunday. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Garcia5476813%39%$458,844 Kenneth Black830038%38%$230,250last_img read more

Steve O’Meara v Tony Randell in pictures

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook A selection of images from Steve O’Meara’s victory over Tony Randell at York Hall on Friday. The West Londoner’s win keeps him on course for a shot at the British or Commonwealth light-middleweight titles. (Click on an image to start slideshow)See also:Victory moves O’Meara closer to title shotO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win titlelast_img

Amid trade fight Trump says hell make it up to farmers

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they “will be better off than they ever were.”Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump addressed the Chinese threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other agriculture staples grown in rural America, a move that could hit Midwestern farmers, many of whom are strong supporters of the president.“If during the course of the negotiation they want to hit the farmers because they think that hits me. I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I tell you our farmers are great patriots,” Trump said. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country. We’ll make it up to them. In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”China is threatening the tariffs in response to Trump moving to enact protectionist measures as punishment for Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. The U.S. bought more than $500 billion in goods from China last year and now is planning or considering penalties on some $150 billion of those imports. The U.S. sold about $130 billion in goods to China in 2017 and faces a potentially devastating hit if China responds in kind.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was working with his team “to determine how best to respond to China’s attack on American farmers” and had asked the Agriculture Department to provide him with a plan to protect U.S. farmers.As the economic saber-rattling shakes global markets, Trump said Monday he had a good relationship with China and with President Xi Jinping, but repeated his claim that China has been “taking advantage of the United States for many years.” He added that he doesn’t blame China, but American leaders for creating a “lopsided” set of trade rules.Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted about the “STUPID TRADE” with China, saying that when a Chinese-made vehicle is sent to the U.S., the tariff is only 2.5 per cent, while American cars exported to China are slapped with a 25 per cent tariff.China charges total duties of 25 per cent on most imported cars — a 10 per cent customs tariff plus a 15 per cent auto tax. Since December 2016, Beijing also has charged an additional 10 per cent on “super-luxury” vehicles priced above 1.3 million yuan ($200,000).The president made fixing the trade imbalance with China a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, where he frequently used incendiary language to describe how Beijing would “rape” the U.S. economically. But even as Trump cozied up to Xi and pressed China for help with derailing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, he has ratcheted up the economic pressure and threatened tariffs, a move opposed by many fellow Republicans.China has pledged to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump decides to follow through on his latest threat to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods — after an earlier announcement that targeted $50 billion. Beijing also declared that the current rhetoric made negotiations impossible, even as the White House suggested that the tariff talk was a way to spur China to the bargaining table.The new White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Sunday that a “coalition of the willing” — including Canada, much of Europe and Australia — was being formed to pressure China and that the U.S. would demand that the World Trade Organization, an arbiter of trade disputes, be stricter on Beijing. And he said that although the U.S. hoped to avoid taking action, Trump “was not bluffing.”“This is a problem caused by China, not a problem caused by President Trump,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.”But he also downplayed the tariff threat as “part of the process,” suggesting on CNN that the impact would be “benign” and said he was hopeful that China would enter negotiations. Kudlow, who started his job a week ago after his predecessor, Gary Cohn, quit over the tariff plan, brushed aside the possibility of economic repercussions.“I don’t think there’s any trade war in sight,” Kudlow told Fox.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he didn’t expect the tariffs to have a “meaningful impact on the economy” even as he left the door open for disruption. He allowed that there “could be” a trade war but said he didn’t anticipate one.Trump’s latest proposal intensified what was already shaping up to be the biggest trade battle in more than a half century.Trump told advisers last week that he was unhappy with China’s decision to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U.S. move to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods. Rather than waiting weeks for the U.S. tariffs to be implemented, Trump backed a plan by Robert Lighthizer, his trade representative, to seek the enhanced tariffs.Further escalation could be in the offing. The U.S. Treasury Department is working on plans to restrict Chinese technology investments in the U.S. And there is talk that the U.S. could also put limits on visas for Chinese who want to visit or study in this country.___Associated Press writers Hope Yen and Thomas Strong contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemirelast_img read more