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State to seek proposals for sale of Monmouth Park

first_img BY DAN HOWLEY Staff Writer The state will solicit proposals for the sale of Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is preparing a request for proposals for the sale of Monmouth Park.The announcement came as Gov. Chris Christie signed several bills into law aimed at helping to keep the state’s ailing horse-racing industry afloat.According to NJSEA spokesman John Samerjian, the authority has begun drafting the request for proposals (RFP), but he said last week information on guidelines and qualifications of those who submit proposals were not yet available. OceanportMayorMichaelMahon said the borough was expecting the authority to issue the RFP.“The governor’s announcement … that the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority would issue in the near future a request for proposals for the sale of Monmouth Park, including assignment of additional off-track wagering operations, comes as no surprise to the Oceanport Task Force [on Monmouth Park],” Mahon said.“Representatives have maintained an open dialogue with the Hanson Commission, the NJSEA, the [N.J. Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association] and others that will likely play a key role in preserving horse racing at Monmouth Park.”Christie made the announcement about the RFPin a statement released last week in which he also announced his approval of Assembly billsA-2926 andA-3200.A-2926 establishes a system of exchange wagering for in-state and out-of- state horse races, while A-3200 authorizes horse-racing permit owners to establish a single-pool betting system.“These measures represent the next steps in following through on my administration’s commitment to securing a strong, independent, self-sufficient horse-racing industry in New Jersey,” Christie said Jan. 31.“Along with our ongoing efforts to transform racing at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park through private management, these measures will place horse racing on a path to economic stability and sustainability without public subsidy that New Jersey taxpayers can simply no longer afford,” he added.In addition to the wagering bills, Christie also signed Senate bill S-11 into law, which allocates up to $30 million over three years in purse subsidies for races at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands racetracks.The funding will come from proceeds from Internet gaming and savings realized through casino deregulation.Although the $30 million will not be made available immediately, Christie could choose to provide it to the racetracks if he deems it a necessity, according to the 12th District legislative office.Christie conditionally vetoed a fourth bill, Assembly bill A-1705, which provides revisions to the Off Track and Account Wagering Act to expedite the development of off-track wagering facilities throughout the state.“While I wholeheartedly endorse the objectives behind A-1705, a conditional veto is necessary to give us the necessary flexibility and latitude in negotiations, as it relates to the assignment of off-track wagering locations, and that any future OTW locations not be hampered out of the gate with additional fees on their operations,” Christie said.District 12 legislators Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assembly members Caroline Casagrande and Declan O’Scanlon praised Christie for signing the legislation into law. “Horse racing is a vital part of our regional economy and helps preserve significant amounts of open space in our state,” Beck said last week in a press release.“Exchange wagering and pari-mutuel betting will help the industry adapt to a changing market and consumer preferences and lend a much-needed boost to the racing industry’s revenues,” she said.Casagrande said the bills were a step toward creating a horse-racing industry that is able to stand on its own two feet.She went on to add that the off-track betting bill was a “critical component” of the equation for a stronger horse racing industry.“I call on my colleagues to swiftly take up the changes recommended in the governor’s conditional veto, which are neither unreasonable nor a threat to the overall objective of the bill,” she said.Mahon also thanked Christie as well as the 12th District representatives for their help in moving the legislation forward.“Horse racing is an important and vital cog in not only Oceanport’s economy and the economy of Monmouth County but the entire state of New Jersey as well,” Mahon said last week.“Horse racing contributes 7,000 jobs, $110 million in federal, state and local taxes, and 57,000 acres of working agricultural landscape and open space to our ‘Garden State.’“In addition to A-2926 authorizing exchange wagering, and the enactment of [A- 3200] to permit racetrack permit holders to provide a single pari-mutuel pool for every horse race, we applaud the governor’s signing of the bipartisan bill, S-11, … that would enable horse racing to not only survive, but to thrive,” he said.Mahon added that the Oceanport Task Force on Monmouth Park continues to believe that virtual lottery terminals, slot machines or a gaming casino in the Meadowlands are the only way to secure the future of horse racing in New Jersey.“The surrounding states of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland now have some form of gaming at their racetracks. This uneven playing field enables our competitors to lure New Jersey horsemen out of statewith larger purses and better quality horse racing,” he said. Local officials laud bills aimed at saving horse racing last_img read more

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Moving on from Star, Yap scores 10 in Rain or Shine debut

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise “Naka-move on na ako (I have moved on),” said Yap Wednesday at Ynares Center. “Sa buhay basketball hindi naman natin hawak ang mga ganyang bagay. (That’s the basketball life, we don’t have control on these types of things).”When he was still with Star, Yap faced Rain or Shine three times in the Finals and has a 2-1 record with his current team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThose two victories was during the then-San Mig Coffee Mixers Grand Slam run.“Pag sinabing Rain or Shine malakas na team yan, championship team yan (when you say Rain or Shine that’s a championship team),” said Yap. “Before, nung wala pa ako dito hirap na hirap kaming talunin, buti na lang kahit papaano napunta ako sa magandang team. (When I was still with my former team, we had a hard time beating them and I’m fortunate I was able to get to a good team).”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Diaz: Future of weightlifting is bright Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Gary David and James Yap. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-James Yap’s shocking move to Rain or Shine may still ring a different tune to spectators, but the man himself is perfectly at ease with his new orchestra.The former poster boy of the Star franchise, who had 10 points in his debut for the Elastopainters and made his 1,001st career triple, said he’s moved on from his past club.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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What will happen to Troy Doris after Rio?

first_imgDear Editor,Qualifying for a final of any kind at the Olympic level to my mind is a great accomplishment. Many will not agree with me because they will say a medal is of more importance, but at the end of the day, I stand with the International Olympic Committee’s motto which partially says that one’s participation is as important as being a medal winner.Troy Doris, a United States of America-based Guyanese triple jumper should be commended for his representation on behalf of Guyana for placing and being the world’s 7th best currently. However, what will happen to troy Doris after Rio?Is there now collaboration with the Troy Doris’ USA camp and the Ministry of Education which overlooks sports in Guyana along with the Sports Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association as he prepares for Tokyo 2020 and possibly London 2017 for the World Championships?Not so certain if the triple jump is kept at the world championships. On the other hand, I appreciate the representation of the entire Guyana contingent at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

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ECOWAS Peacekeeping Roles Commended

first_imgThe peacekeeping roles the regional body of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) has and continues to play in the stability of the West African region, especially as it relates to the prevention of threats, have been highly commended by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. ECOWAS’s role in the prevention of crises in the sub-region, thereby underscoring the importance of a regional approach to the resolution of problems, especially with the advent of the new threat of terrorism, won the appreciation of the Vice President.VP Boakai made the remarks yesterday on Capitol Hill when he received Valdemar Vrey, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law, who paid him a courtesy visit. He said ECOWAS has been forthcoming in many ways including the intervention of the regional body in crises in Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast, among others, which has brought peace and stability to the region.“The Liberian government has approved a detailed security transition plan that will enable the country to assume full responsibility for all facets of its security by June 30, the deadline that has been set by the United Nations Security Council for UNMIL’s drawdown,” a statement from the VP’s office said.The Vice President also spoke of the importance of putting an early warning system into place to prevent crises happening in the region.“An early warning is a major element of disaster risk reduction. It prevents loss of life and reduces the economic and material impacts of disasters. To be effective, the system needs to actively involve the communities at risk, facilitate public education and awareness of risks, effectively disseminate alerts and warnings, and ensure there is a constant state of preparedness,” said VP Boakai.Earlier, Mr. Vrey said he had a positive experience in Liberia and hailed Vice President Boakai for his support in the establishment of the early warning system in Liberia, the release added.Meanwhile, the country’s security transition plan, which sets clear benchmarks for Liberian authorities to take over all security responsibilities still performed by UNMIL, was prepared in close consultation with UNMIL and other stakeholders.Some of these responsibilities, such as providing a presidential guard and safely disposing of unexploded ordnances from the war, will be performed by Liberians. The plan is closely linked to UNMIL’s own drawdown, but it is less about replacing the UNMIL presence and more about addressing the challenges of maintaining security, peace and access to justice in postwar Liberia, stakeholders have said.UNMIL said for the security transition plan to succeed, the Liberian government must consistently prioritize the security sector and rule-of-law reforms throughout the 14 months remaining until the handover deadline for the presidency. Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured her full commitment to the transition, and that justice and security issues were included in the nation’s post-Ebola recovery plan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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School District proposes scale solar system along walking trail

first_imgCelestial bodies like stars, planets and asteroid belts would be located at scale distances along the trails, with informative signs. The signs would be classroom projects, and Bell suggested they could have a Quick Response (QR) code, scannable by Smartphones, that would link to a website with more information, again compiled by classes. Both Bell and Councillor Lori Ackerman agree that this project could easily expand to include older students, Fort St. John historical figures and edible plants. Ackerman believes, “this could expand into bigger and better things. I think it’s really important for kids to see that not everyone had a computer growing up.” Bell estimates each sign to cost around $65 each, as well as the posts, concrete and labour. He suggests the signs could be sponsored, adding one local company has already offered.- Advertisement – As Bell is asking the City to endorse a partnership with this project, Council requested an admin report be prepared for next council.last_img read more

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Pastor tells of scratches on murder defendant

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – John Racz had scratches on his face and hand at a counseling session 16 years ago, about the time his estranged wife vanished, the couple’s pastor testified Monday. Prosecutors in his murder trial have suggested that Racz was scratched in a death struggle with his wife, Ann Mineko Racz, who vanished 16 years ago. Her body has never been found. But a defense attorney confronted the Rev. Glen Thorp on why he didn’t tell investigators about the scratches until seven weeks after he saw them, even after the pastor already had reported Ann Racz missing. “As time went on,” Thorp said, “I began to get a sinking feeling in my stomach and began to recall those things, and that’s when I called the detectives.” John Racz, 61, a former sheriff’s sergeant from Valencia, is accused of killing his wife on April 22, 1991, just days after she filed for divorce and moved to a condo with their three children. Even though friends and family have not heard from Ann Mineko Racz since 1991, John Racz’s attorneys have argued she could have left on her own. On Monday, defense attorney Philip Israels, talking about an affair he suggested Ann Racz was having, asked Thorp if he knew she met with another man at a hotel while her husband was away at a church retreat. Judge Ronald Coen cut short that line of questioning. Thorp was offering marriage counseling to the Raczes before Ann Racz vanished. On Friday, the pastor testified that she had feared her husband would kill her if she left. Israels asked Thorp why he held back on telling authorities about that until just last month. Thorp responded that he felt constrained by confidentiality protections, since he was acting as a counselor to Ann Racz. Now, Thorp said, he believes Ann Racz is dead, and so the law has changed regarding confidentiality about what she said. Thorp, who met with the Raczes on April 21, 1991, testified that he first noticed the scratches on John Racz’s face and hand four days later in a counseling session with him. Thorp said he initially did not think much of the scratches and assumed they could have come from gardening. In response to Israels’ question, Thorp said that he did not recall the scratches when he was asked about them in May 2006. Since then, Thorp has had a chance to look at notes from interviews with detectives, and that refreshed his memory, he said. “It’s been 16 years,” Thorp said in a loud voice. “My life has gone on. … What I told the detectives back then was accurate. That’s what I recall.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 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

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L.A. leaders seek a friend in business

first_img“We need to have a partnership if we are going to succeed,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told more than 400 business leaders who converged at City Hall in an annual Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce event. And City Controller Laura Chick called for a citywide economic policy to enable businesses to more easily develop and plan for their future. “We should not have economic development on a project-by-project mentality,” Chick said. “We need a thoughtful economic plan that deals with housing and transportation, as well as measure and report on what we are doing on a best- practices policy.” Business leaders have long complained that Los Angeles policies, regulations and even customer service make it difficult to operate in the city. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Battling its stigma as a city unfriendly to business, Los Angeles officials pledged Thursday to step up tax-reform efforts, to develop policies to boost growth, and to draw up a comprehensive economic plan for the city. The emphasis comes just two days after a study found neighboring cities are siphoning off Los Angeles business with better incentives and policies. A Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. study showed this week that Los Angeles is losing business to Glendale, Burbank and the Santa Clarita Valley because its policies discourage businesses from locating in the city. Villaraigosa said he has worked to promote development throughout the city to create more housing and more jobs, and has worked to promote the city’s trade, tourism, entertainment and manufacturing industries. “Look at the LA Live project,” Villaraigosa said of the entertainment-sports- retail project under construction downtown. “That was dead in the water when I became mayor, and now it is about to open and we will be getting a Convention Center hotel. “I said when I became mayor that I wanted the crane to be the official bird of Los Angeles, and you see them everywhere.” A special panel established by Villaraigosa is scheduled to release a report on specific business policy recommendations it proposes in November. On Thursday, the lack of consistent city policy was cited by several business leaders. Bill Allen, chief executive of the economic development corporation, said City Council members have blocked developments simply because of potential community opposition. “The council person said this was my district, this is not my vision and no one would overrule him,” said Allen, who did not identify the official. “I could give you other examples where council members stopped development. We need all the council members to come together and say we need to capture these opportunities.” Brendan Huffman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association agreed. “It would be helpful if the council addressed things together rather than council district by council district,” Huffman said. City Council President Eric Garcetti said the city is attempting to change its image, citing reductions in the gross receipts tax and other tax reforms that have been implemented. “Six years ago, we couldn’t point to that,” Garcetti said. “In a city as large as Los Angeles, change comes slowly, but I think what you are seeing now is a sea change.” Garcetti said he also has undertaken an effort to make the council more aware of business issues by creating a new committee – Jobs, Business Growth and Tax Reform – to spearhead changes. Among the changes is reducing the bureaucratic red tape for businesses. Garcetti noted a bakery that wants to open in his district – but the owners had to go through 21 steps. “That needs to change,” Garcetti said. “I want to see us go from 21 to one in what is required to open in Los Angeles.” Gary Toebben, chief executive of the chamber, said he was hopeful city leaders would act on business leaders’ concerns. But Chamber President David Fleming said the city needs significant change to make up for the loss of business. “Los Angeles is the lowest in per capita sales tax revenue of any city in the county,” Fleming said. “We need to have a balanced approach to bring in the revenue the city needs to thrive. “That means a strong voice for business as well as for labor.” Improved job skills for young people and training programs are also needed. “It all starts with a job,” Fleming said. “We at the chamber are not here as ideologues. We are pragmatists who want to see the city succeed.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

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PICTURE SPECIAL: HENRY GIRLS ON STAGE AT INISHOWEN MOTORS GIG!

first_imgTHEY ARE without doubt one of Inishowen’s greatest exports – and today the Henry Girls played a gig for staff and customers to celebrate Inishowen Motors’ greatest imports….Kia and Nissan cars!The top dealer is throwing open the doors to the public for a special Open Weekend at the showroom at Drumkeen, Letterkenny.And the Henry Girls kicked off the events with a superb gig. The talented Malin girls have been playing and writing music together for more than a decade and Karen, Lorna and Joleen now have four albums to their credit – and featured music from the latest sensational CD December Moon at the free Inishowen Motors gig.Inishowen Motors have extended their opening hours on Saturday 3rd Dec 11am – 5pm and Sunday 4th Dec  2pm – 4pm.So why not take the opportunity to test drive any model from our Kia and Nissan range? © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPICTURE SPECIAL: HENRY GIRLS ON STAGE AT INISHOWEN MOTORS GIG! was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:THREE AIRY HENRYS SET FOR INISHOWEN MOTORS GIG!last_img read more

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Sacramento hypocrisy

first_imgONCE upon a time, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the hearts and minds of Californians with talk of blowing up boxes in state government. He advocated streamlining the bureaucracy and rooting out wasteful jobs and commission positions typically filled through political patronage. Right thinking, but the governor seems to have lost some of his idealistic notions. Instead, he’s rewarding his cronies with those same overpaid jobs he once promised to eliminate. An Associated Press review has found that the governor has transferred more than 40 former staffers into cushy – and mostly better-paid – state jobs. Worse, it seems as if many of his appointees have little or no experience for their new positions. Watching politicians sell out their ideals and the public good shatters voters’ faith in the system – and adds to belief that sooner or later, they all become hypocrites. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 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

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Brendan Rodgers warns Maurizio Sarri tough love no longer works

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Rodgers had some advice for Sarri BEST OF no dice REVEALED Brendan Rodgers has urged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to reconsider his approach after the Italian claimed he struggles to motivate his players.The Blues suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday night – the club’s heaviest Premier League loss since 1996.After the game, Sarri revealed he locked his players in the dressing room for an hour-long inquest, but he still couldn’t understand why his side performed so badly.And Celtic boss Rodgers believes the Italian’s struggles may be a result of a change in football culture. RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sarri couldn’t watch at times during the painful defeat Speaking to Alan Brazil and Dean Saunders on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea coach said: “When I started coaching over 20 years ago it was very different.“I always think with players you can still tell them, but the world and society has changed and that means football has changed too and players are now more protected.“Years ago, when you guys were playing, you’d have worked with managers who sometimes to be clear had to be very harsh, but you took that on. You took that on and you probably said to yourself, ‘I’m going to show them that I’m better than that’. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow REVEALED 2 ADVICE 2 “Whereas now, and this is not all players because I’ve worked with some brilliant lads who you can be harsh with, but a lot of players will take it differently now.“The culture is also now much more diverse and in their culture they might not have that.“It’s becoming much more difficult, but you have to adapt to a manager and that’s very important.”Bournemouth struck four times in the second-half to embarrass the Blues and knock them out of the top four on goal difference. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Sarri said he did not feel under pressure but was instead “frustrated” and offered an apology to supporters when he was asked about their reaction to Gonzalo Higuain being replaced.“In this moment I feel frustrated,” he added.“Not pressure, I am frustrated because I didn’t see the sign of my work so I am frustrated. We have only to say sorry to our fans because we can lose, of course, every match we can lose, but not in this way, we need to solve the problem and we need to understand where the problem is.”last_img read more