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O’Shaun Connection making waves at the track

first_imgPopular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.last_img read more

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Sheriff to review slow response to missing woman

first_imgSEATTLE – A sheriff has ordered a review of the 911 calls made about a woman who spent more than a week missing before search crews found her trapped in the wreckage of her sport-utility vehicle. King County Sheriff Sue Rahr’s order comes after Tanya Rider’s husband complained that he had to fight to get authorities to launch a search for his wife. Tom Rider said he asked the sheriff’s office last weekend to use cell phone technology to try to find his wife, but was told she couldn’t be categorized as a missing person because she wasn’t a minor, suicidal or mentally ill. Authorities found the Maple Valley woman after detecting the general location of her cell phone Thursday morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rahr said her department gets up to 700 missing persons reports a year, and the vast majority involve people who fail to come home on time or “an adult who wants to leave on their own accord.” Rahr said she takes Tom Rider’s concerns seriously. “I want to know if he tried to report this and we made a mistake,” Rahr said. “If we made a mistake, we’re going to address that.”last_img read more

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First H5N8 avian influenza found in Indiana

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 11, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has been notified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory that poultry from a backyard (hobby) flock in Whitley County tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza.Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat. The Centers for Disease Control considers the risk of illness to humans to be very low.BOAH veterinarians collected samples from the flock, after the owner reported several chickens became ill and died. The hobby flock contained 77 birds of various species, including ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys. In a rapid response effort, all of the birds were removed from the site, to ensure no ongoing risk of disease spread. BOAH is reaching out to poultry owners in the Whitley County area to raise awareness and determine if the disease has spread.Initial response to this finding has been swift and focused, with coordination among BOAH, USDA, Indiana State Poultry Association and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Governor Mike Pence has been fully informed and has directed all relevant agencies to provide a robust response in support of BOAH’s efforts. Indiana is a leading poultry-producing state, nationally ranked first in the production of ducks, second in egg-type hatch, third in egg layers and fourth in turkeys.last_img read more

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Uttar Pradesh Cabinet to hold meeting at Kumbh on January 29

first_imgIn a first, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet will hold a meeting at Allahabad during the ongoing Kumbh in the city on January 29, an official said on January 27. After the meeting, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other Ministers are likely to take a dip in the Sangam, he said. “On January 29, the UP Cabinet will be holding its meeting at the integrated command and control centre in Kumbh mela area. The meeting is likely to commence at 10.30 am,” Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi told PTI.Mr. Adityanath along with his Council of Ministers will visit Akshayvat and Saraswati Koop.last_img

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Charges fly thick and fast in Punjab over 2015 firing

first_imgWith the police pointing the finger at former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal in the 2015 police firing incident in Kotkapura which claimed two lives, the game of allegations and counter-allegations has begun. Last week, the Special Investigation Team filed a chargesheet in a Faridkot court claiming that the police firing (during the protests that followed the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village) was a pre-planned handiwork of Mr. Badal, former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim among others. The ruling Congress was quick to attack the Akali Dal with senior leader and Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa saying the “Panthic” mask was off the faces of the Badals and now the family must renounce politics. He asked Mr. Badal to step down as MP and also the chief of his party after being “exposed”. The SAD accused the Congress of indulging in a political vendetta and targeting the party leaders through the SIT. Terming the probe “politically motivated”, the Akali Dal questioned the credibility of the chargesheet. Senior leader Daljeet Cheema said “the chargesheet was signed by IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap of the SIT on May 23 though the model code was withdrawn on May 26. Notably, he was reappointed a member of the SIT team on May 27. It’s a clear case of fabrication of documents with mala fide intention.”“Not only this, other members of the SIT have also questioned the partisan role of the said officer and submitted their objections to the government in writing,” he said. The Akali Dal made it clear that it would not take this lying down. Mr. Cheema said it would challenge the chargesheet and demand the investigation be handed over to an independent agency headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema (AAP) also raised the issue of ‘objections’ against the IG. “The objections raised by the other members of the SIT against the IG at a time when ‘challan’ was filed against the accused in the court seems to be a mere design to derail the process of justice delivery and protect the high-profile accused,” he alleged.last_img read more

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Torontos Greektown known for bustling patio culture becomes site of mass shooting

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s vibrant Greektown neighbourhood is best known by locals for its for bustling patios, a massive summer food festival and a plethora of dogs and strollers clogging sidewalks. It features spectacular views of the Toronto skyline, was famously home to late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, and was referenced in the Barenaked Ladies song, “The Old Apartment.”On Sunday, it became globally known for a shooting that killed two and injured 13 others. Authorities said the suspected gunman fled the area on foot and was later found dead with a gunshot wound.The horrific eruption of violence took place in an area known for family-friendly bars, restaurants and businesses, Howard Lichtman, a spokesman for the upcoming Taste of the Danforth festival, said Monday.Its eclectic mix of ice cream shops, parks, cafes, and burger joints has made it much more than just a hub for the city’s Greek immigrants who originally gave the east-end stretch its name decades ago, he says of the area, a haven for gyros, tzatziki and souvlaki, but also sushi and Ethiopian injera and kitfo.Even those who have never visited will likely recognize the impressive views it offers of downtown Toronto, with films including the 2013 romantic comedy “The F Word” showcasing a majestic skyline shot from the neighbourhood’s western boundary, next to the Don River.Famous Canadians with strong ties to the area include Blue Rodeo, whose music studio The Woodshed is within blocks of the shooting, and former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page, who on Monday tweeted a line from his nostalgic ode to a former residence.The crooner said he had lived in the area for 25 years, and it’s where his kids live today: “What an awful, violent year for Toronto,” he said on his verified account @stevenpage.Former Montreal mainstay Jay Baruchel also tweeted his sorrow from @BaruchelNDG, noting he moved to Toronto’s east end a few years ago: “I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.”Montreal band Arcade Fire, who played a show across town in the city’s west end Monday night, added they were “sending all our love to those affected.”And the Winnipeg-born star and writer of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” chimed in with her support for the area: “My heart is with all in Toronto’s Greektown,” Nia Vardalos said from her verified account, @NiaVardalos.“I hope the streets are packed tonight in defiance of fear and in solidarity of family and love.”Social media tributes also poured in from singer Jann Arden, comic Gerry Dee, former “Suits” star Patrick J. Adams and interior designers and TV personalities Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan.The colourful neighbourhood offers a unique mix of old and new, says Lichtman, noting the area has evolved dramatically as young professionals snapped up houses in leafy side streets, steps from the crosstown Bloor subway line.Markers of its historical Greek identity include an Alexander the Great statue and public square, St. Irene Greek Orthodox Church, and various cultural associations.One of its best known cultural hubs is the Danforth Music Hall, previously a silent film venue and later a Greek language theatre. Now, it hosts an array of stars both emerging and established — Justin Bieber played an acoustic set there in 2015, and Daniel Caesar held a five-show run at the venue late last year. Meanwhile, film shoots there have included the period musical “Chicago” and the New York-set disco drama “54,” according to the neighbourhood business association.Lichtman says the Danforth strip has always been considered safe, and welcoming. He says the annual Taste of the Danforth typically draws 1.6 million people and runs Aug. 10 to 12 this year.“You walk in the street and people nod and smile, that’s the kind of neighbourhood that it is.”Resident Valia Tseliou, who works at a nearby Greek radio station, described it as “like a small village for us,” while longtime resident Tina Papachristos says she feels sorry for relatives of the dead and injured.“I was up until about 5 o’clock in the morning, just devastated,” says Papachristos.George Vergados doesn’t live in the area, but like many mornings over the past 45 years, he headed to the fountain in the Alexander the Great Parkette on Monday.He said the local landmark was a popular gathering spot for residents and non-residents alike.“They all meet there, get together and have a coffee and just talk about old times and things that are happening. I guess now they’ll be talking about this tragedy.”— With files from Nicole Thompsonlast_img read more

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