SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 23, 2016

first_imgFERNANDO PEREZ, LOST BUS, WINNER: “She ran well last time but even I didn’t know she was going to run this well in here. I got a clean break, I took her to the lead and she was comfortable the whole time and at the end, she was still trying.“Corey (Nakatani, on Finest City) was pushing me. We were bumping a little bit down the stretch, but not much to be honest. He just had to take the shot to see if he could get the disqualification.“I didn’t even see Mike (Smith, on favored Tara’s Tango) at the wire. I was too busy fighting with Corey and trying to beat him. I needed to get that done first.” NOTES: Winning owner Terry Lovingier resides in Long Beach. JOCKEY QUOTES TERRY LOVINGIER, OWNER, LOST BUS, WINNER: “I’m kinda lost for words. I didn’t expect this and not too many others did either; she was 60-1. We claimed her (for $32,000 three starts back on Nov. 19) because she battled quite a few times with My Fiona (stakes-winning filly owned by Lovingier) when they were both 2-year-olds. I don’t claim that often anymore, but I did claim quite a few horses before I started breeding them.” GARY SHERLOCK, LOST BUS, WINNER: “This race was a Grade I when I won it last time (with Intangaroo in 2008). Lost Bus was pretty much going to run before I learned Sunday Rules wouldn’t be entered, but I was running for third, and it turned out better than that.“There wasn’t a lot of speed in the race, and I told Fernando to go to the front.”Asked about her next race: “She’s a Cal-bred, so there are plenty of options.” MIKE SMITH, TARA’S TANGO, THIRD: “I tried to get her out of there quickly today and we did much better (than usual) but we couldn’t quite keep up with that forty-four pace. I was having to really, really pedal to stay head and head with them and that’s a long way to be on her, that hard, the whole time. I couldn’t keep her in a hard drive.“I thought I could let them go, give her a bit of a breather and then go at them again on the outside and it worked, but, I just didn’t get there in time.“You just try and do the right thing and sometimes when it works, you’re the hero. Sometimes though, if you don’t win, you don’t look so good.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

first_imgESPINOZA: CHROME ‘DOING HIS BEST RIGHT NOW’MELATONIN WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSICBAFFERT MULLS HIS AWESOME AGAIN STARTERSOPTIONS ARE OPEN FOR VERSATILE TARA’S TANGO CALIFORNIA CHROME ‘NEVER BETTER’ FOR AWESOME AGAIN            If anybody knows California Chrome better than trainer Art Sherman and his son and assistant, Alan, it’s Victor Espinoza.The regular pilot of the storybook California-bred, Espinoza has ridden the five-year-old chestnut 17 times, winning 12, including the last five in a row. He will be heavily favored to make it six a week from Saturday, Oct. 1, when he runs in the Awesome Again Stakes, one of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Espinoza says California Chrome is better than ever, but walked the tightrope when asked whether his “Slipped Saddle Saga” in the Dubai World Cup last March 26 or his spectacular, front-running, five-length triumph in the Pacific Classic Aug. 20 was his best race.            “He ran insane in Dubai,” the gregarious and ever-accommodating Espinoza said by phone from New York where he was visiting family. “Going a mile and a quarter on a track a world away with the saddle slipping and running the way he did was amazing.“The saddle slipped all the way to his hind end. The girth was fully up on his hips. It was tough for me to handle, but we got it done (winning comfortably by nearly four lengths).“I don’t know whether the Dubai race or the Pacific Classic was his best, but I’m confident of one thing: He’s doing his best right now.“I watched a video of his workout last Saturday and he looked great. He’s absolutely better than he’s ever been. I’ve never seen him doing as well as he’s doing now, except perhaps in his three-year-old season when he was on his way to the Kentucky Derby.”Be that as it may, it’s a no-brainer that Espinoza and Chrome are on their way to the Hall of Fame. And lest we forget, it was just 15 months ago that Espinoza guided American Pharoah to the first Triple Crown sweep in 37 years.Perhaps only one question lingers: will their selections be unanimous?The Awesome Again shares the marquee with the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, expected to lure three-time champion Beholder and Stellar Wind, the champion three-year-old filly of 2015 who upset three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30.Supplementing the headline events will be the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on Santa Anita’s renovated turf course.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet starts on Friday, Sept. 30 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 6. Friday’s feature is the $100,000, Grade III Eddie D., named for one of the game’s greatest riders, Hall of Fame member Eddie Delahoussaye who celebrates his 65th birthday today. The ever-popular Cajun will be on hand to present a trophy to the winning connections.Entries for next Saturday and Sunday’s races will be taken a week from today, Wednesday, Sept. 28. Friday’s opening day card will be drawn on Tuesday, Sept. 27. First post time opening day will be 1 p.m. First post Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be 12:30 p.m. ZENYATTA OR SPINSTER FOR TARA’S TANGOTara’s Tango, winner of the Grade I Santa Margarita at a mile and an eighth last March, is nominated to the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at the same distance here on Oct. 1 but could wind up in the Grade I, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 9.The Spinster also is at 1 1/8 miles.“She’s going to run in one or the other,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said Wednesday morning. “It would be easier for her to run in the Spinster than it would against Beholder and Stellar Wind here, that’s for sure, so it’s a possibility even though she’d have to ship. She’s training well.”Tara’s Tango, a four-year-old gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song, is owned and was bred by Stonestreet Stables, LLC, which also owns Cavorting, winner of the Grade I Personal Ensign and the Grade I Ogden Phipps.            Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Cavorting is ticketed for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Depending on how she performs in her next start, Tara’s Tango could go there also, although the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs Nov. 5 could be an option should Stonestreet opt not to run both fillies in the Distaff.Tara’s Tango has fared well sprinting, having won the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs Aug. 17 at Del Mar and finishing third by a neck in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs last Jan. 23. MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BC CLASSIC            Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin worked five furlongs Wednesday morning in 1:02 as he prepares for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5. His fractional times were 23.80, 37 flat and 50 flat.“He did it nice and easy,” trainer David Hofmans said. “We’re pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He seems to like the track. It’s in very good condition.“We backed off training over the main track at Del Mar, and although we jogged him and galloped him on the training track, I lost enough time where I couldn’t make the Awesome Again. He likes time between his races but this is a lot of time and the Awesome Again is a tough spot.”Melatonin last raced on June 25, winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita earning a fees paid berth to the Classic valued at $150,000.Meanwhile, Bob Baffert, just returned from the Keeneland Sales, was non-committal on which, if any, of the five horses he has nominated to the Awesome Again would compete in the race, although Cupid is out as he was en route to Parx for Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby.That leaves American Freedom, Arrogate, Dortmund and Hoppertunity.“It’s too early to make any calls on the race yet,” Baffert said Wednesday morning after watching Chandelier Stakes candidate American Cleopatra work five furlongs in company with Noted and Quoted. Each was timed in 59.60. “I just got back; I’ve got to watch them train.”Win the Space, who was “pulled up and walked off” when last of nine behind California Chrome in the Pacific Classic, will come back in the Awesome Again.“I guess it wasn’t his day,” trainer George Papaprodromou said of the four-year-old Pulpit colt who threw a scare into Melatonin in the Gold Cup when he finished second at 24-1 under Gary Stevens.“Maybe it was the track (at Del Mar), I don’t know. The horse came back fine. It was one of those things. He didn’t fire that day.”Papaprodromou said Stevens would be back aboard for the Awesome Again. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will offer large guaranteed pools every day this meet, starting Saturday, Oct. 1 with $750,000 on the Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 Pick 6. Thursdays, Fridays and on holiday Mondays the Late pick 4 will be guaranteed at $300,000, and $500,000 on Saturdays and Sundays after Oct. 1, when the $100,000 Pick 6 will remain in play . . . Multiple graded turf stakes winner Om, a fast-closing second to front-running winner Midnight Storm in the Del Mar Derby, is ticketed for the Grade II City of Hope Mile on Saturday, Oct. 8, with the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 5 his ultimate goal. “I’m real happy with him,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. Stakes-winning turf specialist Obviously, also set for the City of Hope, worked six furlongs on the training track in 1:12.20 Monday for Phil D’Amato, who also sent Shoemaker Mile winner Midnight Storm five furlongs on the same surface in 1:01. The leading trainer at Santa Anita’s Summer Meet and the recent Del Mar session plans to bring the latter up to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on works. “Things are going well,” D’Amato said. “I can’t wait to debut a lot of two-year-olds here at Santa Anita.” . . . The California Horse Racing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast) . . . Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked on War Envy in the Eddie D. Stakes for trainer Shelbe Ruis.last_img read more

EmaxDesign Wigs 70 cm / 28″ ~ High-Quality Cosplay Wig For Women – Amazing for the price

first_imgAbout the moon with this wig. 5ook me a whilst to model it, but after sorted seemed incredible on. I took it off at the conclude of my night out and a person of the girls stated she considered it was my pure hair.Ideal buy and deal rate.This sort of a good, superior top quality wig. These types of a excellent, fantastic high quality wig. My head is really big, so the tight bands gave me a little bit of a headache, but will be making use of all over again next calendar year.Exceptional wig for extravagant gown. The emaxdesign wig arrived incredibly very well packaged, and included with your buy is the wig by itself, a wig cap, and a brush. The wig comes in a really brilliant head, like the color of ariels (small mermaid) hair, so it would be fantastic with a extravagant gown outfit. The wig feels really great excellent, and hair feels truly delicate, so its straightforward to brush with the bundled brush. The hair is wavy, which appears definitely awesome, even so the fringe is a very little long and wild for my liking, so you may well desire to minimize and customise it to accommodate your needs. The wig is very effortless to place on and is cozy to have on with the incorporated cap beneath, nonetheless it does make your head a minimal incredibly hot. We experienced entertaining in our home messing all around with this wig, and it would make an excellent wig for a extravagant dress social gathering. Its also pretty easy to clean with chilly h2o and shampoo, so hopefully it will final for quite some time. (i was kindly sent this hair wig by the seller in the trade for an trustworthy and unbiased critique. The impression expressed listed here is fully my possess look at of this hair wig.Amazing for the priceGreat for fancy dressAn Absolute Winning WigGreat value for moneyGreat fun for fancy dress!If you need to have an Arielle the Mermaid day Will come with hair net which was fantastic as i have quite long hair, wig equipped in excess of my hair no dilemma. Was cozy and did not slip off it suits genuinely very well.I wore this all day and night for a extravagant dress occasion. The good quality was wonderful and smooth. It was mistaken for my own hair on extra than one particular celebration. Didn’t truly feel the will need to get it off at any stage which you do with some wigs.If you want to have an arielle the mermaid working day. The colour is essentially a lot more of a vivid crimson, as opposed to the orangey auburn pink demonstrated in the item photos (the purchaser illustrations or photos clearly show a a lot more correct color. I think the colour in the impression need to be up-to-date to mirror the true color of the wig. It arrives in a bag you can use to retailer the wig in, a wig comb/brush and a wigcap. Just use a tiny toddler shampoo or gentle shampoo and air dry the synthetic hair. It is adjustable and need to in shape most heads. It is certainly placing, so folks with certainly see you coming. Curiously sufficient just one of my youngest daughters has a friend (17/eighteen), who is into the complete japanese manga and lady doll glance. She has asked to use this wig to produce one of her particular and creative ‘looks’ on her very own youtube channel. It is suitable for any extravagant costume costume celebration, halloween or even if you just occur to like altering your hair and basic appearance quite working day. I gained a duplicate of this product or service, courtesy of the firm, for uses of evaluation.Just what i needed to rework into the minor mermaid. All wigs that i have tried using in the previous have been actually unpleasant to touch, with wiry knotted hair. This wig arrived, thoroughly wrapped and tangle-free. It is really smooth to the touch and falls and moves seriously in a natural way. I was seriously shocked by the excellent considering the latest retail cost as it feels like it should really cost much more than a tennerthe color is genuinely vibrant and as this kind of it will probable only be utilised by folks who are dressing up – but this could be anything from a fancy gown celebration (i have a single coming up and dependent on the wig and the theme of ‘under the sea’, i think that i will soon be remaining ariel at the time i find a shimmery eco-friendly mermaid tail) to cosplay or newbie dramatics, but there are those people ‘youngsters’ out there who could pull this off as a appear for going out, i am just not amongst themthe wig also comes with a wig cap, which tends to make it neater and tidier to retain your pure hair from poking out and spoiling the glimpse and for some men and women it may possibly make it easier to put the wig on. I uncovered it uncomplicated more than enough to set the wig on with or without having the cap, but as i have long brown hair, for a extravagant dress get together i would unquestionably go the additional mile and get my possess hair out of the way with the wig cap – which creates a snug, but at ease way to continue to keep my hair contained. Ultimately, there is a wig brush, which will help to continue to keep the wig hair tangle free – specifically any person who decides to use it trick or treating on a blustery/wet october night – you may well have to have to give it some tlc later on – so it is a welcome addition. All in all, extremely pleasantly stunned by this wig and my seven and eight 12 months old ladies are possible to want to use it for dressing up right after i have transformed into ariel upcoming monthi was despatched this wig to check in return for my truthful assessment. No try was built to impact this assessment, which is my truthful belief.Theemaxdesign wigs 70 cm / 28′ ~ high-quality cosplay wig for women. Is a long style with waves and in dazzling red. It was despatched to me as a sample for evaluation and a review of my individual unbiased impression. ^^ this is a really sensible, long haired wig and i was surprised at the good quality of it. I know it’s for fancy gown applications but it isn’t going to seem as low cost as some of them i have tried using in the previous. I feel this is down to it being one hundred% imported japanese kanekalon fiber and not the typical wig fibre i have come throughout prior to. ^^ the hair also feels delicate and normally styled. ^^ the emaxdesign have also additional a couple of extras, a wig cap and a comb, which would make it really feel a lot more of a top quality solution. I’ve by no means had a wig cap provided with a wig right before.It’d be a excellent inexpensive ample wig for me to design and style myself. For stating what the rate of this wig is i was seriously amazed. I acquired it with the intention of producing it into an isabel magnolia cosplay from attack on titan and by that i indicate cutting it and placing it into pig tails. I figured for what i desired to do with it, it’d be a very good low-cost sufficient wig for me to type myself. So i was genuinely stunned when it essentially arrived. It really is possibly 1 of the softest wigs i’ve ever had, which took me again a lot. It is a large amount of hair but not awkward, and despite the fact that folks complained about the fringe i observed that after i might swept it to one aspect it did keep place. The cap beneath is black which is a minimal aggravating, a crimson or skin colored a person would have been far better to hide the beneath. The tabs which are supposed to enable fasten it / adjust the size had no the place to be place into, so the dimensions, on mine, are unable to be adjusted. The comb you get with it is amazing, i have essentially used it on my other wigs, whilst the prime of the wig can not be brushed due to the small layers and the cap underneath you can easy it with your hands.I purchased this to go to a costume get together as poison ivy and for the price tag it can be a gorgeous wig, the color is vibrant and it has a gorgeous smooth texture. Imagining of getting some of the other colors just for enjoyable.I was sent this product straight from the seller for free in exchange for an trustworthy overview. The wig comes in a apparent deal surrounded in card to continue to keep it in put, you get a hair internet, also in clear packaging and a comb. The wig is pretty nicely designed and really gentle to contact, its a charming shiny crimson colour and the duration is 28inches/ 70 cm. At the time on it appears good and has far more of a purely natural wave to it. Im not a single for donning wigs but this was very easy to set on, you brush all your hair into a pony tail, you then place the hair web over ur hair securing it less than the net then you can place the wig on, use the comb that appear with it to brush out the wig. I would say this would be best for fancy costume and i will be working with this as component of my new several years extravagant costume costume for work ( we have to costume in extravagant gown at perform on new several years eve)washing it was uncomplicated, i used a little big of infant shampoo and put it below heat functioning water, i then gave it a minimal rub with a towel then brushed it with the comb supplied and left it to end drying which took fewer than 20mins.But it sheds a large amount, it can be much too small for my head (and i do not have a big head), the wig cap that arrived with it was worthless. I truly appreciated it but it only stays on with about 100 or so pins in to hold it in spot. Fantastic pleasurable for cos participate in or halloween, but not a major wig.Excellent wig with a nice full head of hair. I introduced this for my daughters halloween disco at college and was so amazed i requested the lengthier just one in blue for my possess halloween bash. So amazed with the pink one particular i might put on it just after halloween as well.I bought this wig as aspect of a halloween costume and i received compliments all night. It couldn’t be mistaken for genuine hair but the color and high quality was definitely excellent for what i paid and it stayed on all night, aside from when everyone experienced a go at attempting it on. The high quality was terrific to start off with but it was tangled a little bit by the stop of the night time having said that the comb that will come with it , does the trick, so i ll be equipped to have on it yet again.This item arrives with every thing you require to both equally prepare and have on it, which means there is both equally a wig cap and a wig comb bundled. At most you may well want some hair pins to cover you hair (if it is quite long) but in general this price features every little thing you would need to use the item. The wig cap was easy to put on- and hid my partner’s short hair quite sucessfullythe bottom of the wig was effortless to comb and didnt tangle that quickly once combed out. Having said that the prime was impossible to use the wig comb on, because of to the netting beneath and this meant that the top rated had to be smoothed with fingers and matted very easily. The wig is artificial but makes it possible for for heat styling, which is a big moreover. It will come styled in gentle waves, which have held well. In general, this is a terrific wig, useful for cosplay, extravagant gown get-togethers or halloween. I would recommend it***i have been despatched this products for free in exchange for a honest and straightforward evaluate, which i have provided in this article***.Was excellent for my vampire halloween costume. Probably a bit smaller, won’t healthy properly on my head, but could be thanks to my big head. Nonetheless i definitely like this product and recomend it.Only adverse is the fringe is not a great slash. But clipped back slightly it was high-quality. Would endorse absolutely for gown up. Some persons even believed it was my serious hair.Full disclosure: i was provided with a sample merchandise by the manufacturer in exchange for a reasonable and genuine critique. No attempt was made to impact my view and what follows are my accurate thoughts on this merchandise. I was shocked to be asked to check a wig, but i considered, why not?. As a person with limited brown hair it was enjoyable to see how i may look if i experienced been blessed with the hair of a cartoon character these as jessica rabbit or ariel the very little mermaid. I appreciated the transformation and while this is undoubtedly not for daily don it will be excellent for halloween or a costume get together any time of calendar year. The wig will come with a cap so you can continue to keep your possess hair in a person spot, this is generally a piece of fishnet stocking that you put in excess of your head, then you can spot the wig on, and comb it by way of with the comb offered. It can be very straightforward (whilst it worked its way off my head the first time, i managed to safe it on my 2nd endeavor) and the influence is dramaticif you are on the lookout for a wig for element of a costume, i can happily endorse this 1.Brilliant wig, worn it twice now and had nothing but favourable feedback and compliments. Supply arrived on time and in ideal situation.Terrific quality for a cut price cost. I was sent this wig in return for my straightforward assessment. For the cost i have to confess i wasn’t expecting significantly from this wig. I have experienced fancy gown wigs in the earlier that, after 1 don have to be thrown away as they are wholly knotted and unusable. I was definitely amazed with the quality of this wig. Both of those my youthful daughter and i have been providing it a great check and it even now appears to be like greatwith the wig you also receive a wig cap and fantastic comb for retaining it tidy and styled. My daughter calls this the ‘ariel’ wig (i. The minimal mermaid) and it would make a great ariel fancy costume wig it is just like her hairi am incredibly pleased with the two the high quality and look of this wig and would surely propose it to any person on the lookout for a fantastic high-quality fancy gown wig who won’t want to shell out a fortune but nevertheless wishes the good quality.last_img read more

BSF spots two drones in Punjab

first_imgThe Border Security Force on Tuesday sighted two high-flying drones along Punjab’s Hussainiwala sector, days after police recovered Pakistani drones used to air-drop arms and ammunition in border areas of the State. The BSF personnel sighted a drone four times on the Pakistani side, while once it was seen almost a km inside the Indian territory near the HK tower border outpost, a BSF official said. He said another drone was seen near Basti Ram Lal border outpost on the Pakistani side. While going back, the light and sound of the drone went off and it vanished within no time, he said. Sources said that the troops have been asked to keep an eye on such developments. The BSF has also started sensitising the border area residents to inform the police or BSF authorities if they spot anything unusual near the zero line.last_img read more

Video: Michigan’s Blake O’Neill Boots 80-Yard Punt vs. Michigan State

first_imgMichigan players down a 80 yard punt by Blake O'Neil.michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.last_img read more

Legacies of the First World War Canadian veterans battle for benefits support

first_imgOTTAWA — When the armistice that ended the First World War was signed and the guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918, Canadians wearily celebrated what they hoped was the start of a new era of peace.For thousands of Canadian veterans, however, — particularly those wounded by bullets, shells or gas attacks — a far different battle loomed: the fight with Ottawa for support and benefits.It’s a battle that persists to this day.Much has been made about Canada’s disproportionate contribution to the Allied war effort; more than 600,000 Canadians served in uniform, which represented around seven per cent of the young country’s 8 million people.But there was a heavy financial cost that came with fielding such a large force — a cost that Ottawa initially believed would be covered by London, but which would later be borne by Canadians and result in a $2-billion deficit by the end of the war.While the government did create veterans’ hospitals and disability pensions and provided some land to those who served, the services were difficult for many to access and extremely limited in actual benefits.Making matters worse was the fact many veterans had a hard time finding jobs.“There was a great fear in Canada that we might get into the terrible mess that they got into in the U.S. after the Civil War with veterans’ pensions, which were an enormous economic cost on the federal public,” says author and historian John English.“So we always had that in mind and we were conservative. But there was a sense of great disappointment.”The ensuing years would see the emergence of influential veterans’ organizations demanding Ottawa increase its support — and their sheer numbers ensured the government had no choice but to listen.Hearings were held in Parliament, federal commissions were organized and the government opened its wallet, to the point where veterans’ pensions consumed more than 20 per cent of federal revenues starting in 1920.One question went, and remains, unanswered: What does the government actually owe Canada’s veterans?Many veterans have pointed to a speech delivered to the troops by then-prime minister Robert Borden on the eve of the battle for Vimy Ridge as the genesis of a “social contract” or “social covenant” between the government and those in uniform.“You need have no fear that the government and the country will fail to show just appreciation of your service to the country in what you are about to do and what you have already done,” Borden said.“No man, whether he goes back or whether he remains in Flanders, will have just cause to reproach the government for having broken faith with the men who won and the men who died.”The difficulty, says Canadian War Museum historian Tim Cook, is that while Borden promised the soldiers that their country would care for them, “no one could define that during the war and that led to a post-war conflict of what was owed to the veterans.”Despite various agreements between veterans and the government, the dispute borne of that vague commitment more than 100 years ago continues even as it has evolved to include what is owed to veterans’ dependents, survivors and caregivers.Most recently, six disabled veterans of the war in Afghanistan cited that speech in a high-profile lawsuit that alleged Ottawa broke its contract with veterans when it replaced the disability pensions available to previous generations with a lump-sum payment in 2006.Government lawyers contended that Borden’s words were “political speeches not intended as commitments or solemn commitments” and noted that there is no “social contract or social covenant” enshrined in legislation.The government’s argument was consistent with its longstanding practice, says David Bercuson, a military historian at the University of Calgary, namely that while it may have a moral obligation to support veterans, there is no legal obligation.“In other words, ‘We’ll give you money, but you don’t have a right to that money. We have a moral obligation and also it helps to re-establish society’,” Bercuson says. “They don’t want to be nailed down to a legal obligation.”After several years of litigation and negotiation, the courts sided with the government as the B.C. Court of Appeal struck down the veterans’ claim in December and the Supreme Court of Canada said in August that it would not hear the case.The moral question persists. Many veterans, angry at the Trudeau government for not bringing back the old pensions, hope the other parties will pick up the torch in next year’s election.“Going forward, there’s only one solution and that solution at the current time is a political one,” said retired major Mark Campbell, who lost both legs in Afghanistan and was one of the six plaintiffs in the recently dismissed lawsuit.“We’re not adverse to talking to the Conservatives. We’re not adverse to talking to the NDP. We’re not adverse to talking to anybody who will work to move the yardsticks forward in a positive way for the veterans’ community.”For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February defended the new system for providing compensation to veterans, which includes money for rehabilitation, job-training and career support. He added that some vets were asking for more than the government was able to give.The comment prompted boos from the crowd in Edmonton and demands for an apology from the Tories, while highlighting the balancing act between helping veterans and fiscal prudence that successive federal governments have cited for not doing more since 1918.The reality, says Wilfrid Laurier University historian Mark Humphries, an expert on mental health among veterans since the First World War, is that there is no real answer to the moral question because society — and veterans’ needs — are constantly changing.“The veterans don’t simply end,” Humphries says. “They continue to age and they continue to then experience being a veteran differently depending on how far they are from that conflict.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A media giant in the balance ATT antitrust trial kicks off

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies.AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it’s to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment.The Justice Department’s antitrust lawyers say that if AT&T and Time Warner are allowed to combine, consumers will end up paying more to watch their favourite shows, whether on a TV screen, smartphone or tablet.“On one hand, the government is saying this is the Old World and AT&T Time Warner is saying this is the New World,” said Larry Downes, senior industry and innovation fellow at Georgetown University. “They’re arguing completely different views of how the content industries look right now, let alone in the future.”In October 2016, AT&T offered to buy Time Warner for $86 billion. Dallas-based AT&T Inc. provides wireless, broadband and DirecTV satellite services via phone and TV. New York-headquartered Time Warner owns the HBO, TNT, TBS and CNN networks and sports programing including Major League Baseball’s playoffs and the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament.The government sued to block the deal this past November.___AT&T’S CASEAlmost 60 per cent of Americans still get TV primarily from traditional cable services, according to a Pew Research Center report. But that is starkly divided by age. About 61 per cent of people aged 18 to 29 primarily use streaming services — compared with 10 per cent of people aged 50 to 64.AT&T says the merger is necessary to compete as more people use streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and others. It denies the government’s assertion that the merger will limit choice and lead to higher prices for consumers.“Blocking the transaction would deny consumers these benefits and shield large, vertically integrated firms such as Comcast/NBCU, Netflix, Google, Amazon, and Facebook from new competition on their own turf,” the company wrote in its pre-trial brief.___THE GOVERNMENT’S CASEThe government brushes off the argument that the proposed purchase is about offering consumers more choice. Instead, it says, the deal will lead to less competition and innovation while bringing higher prices for consumers, as AT&T could withhold Time Warner programming from other distributors or offer it more cheaply only on its own network.The Justice Department is similarly dismissive of the notion that the mega-merger could promote competition to big internet players such as Google and Netflix, noting that most people still watch TV via traditional cable boxes.___THE OUTCOME“The real fundamental thing this trial will decide is how much room does the media industry have to use scale to combat the internet giants that are eating their lunch right now,” said B. Riley FBR analyst Barton Crockett.If the judge blocks the deal, a chill over media deal-making is likely. Big internet players like Amazon or Google could decide to keep building up their own content offerings rather than growing them by acquisitions.But if the court lets the deal go through, it could easily spur a wave of similar deals as other distributors — think major cable, satellite and phone companies — bulk up with entertainment purchases in order to compete against rivals born on the internet.A middle-ground compromise is also possible if AT&T loses this round. The company could agree to sell off some businesses or comply with other restrictions in order to win approval for the merger.last_img read more

ADF Group reports 72million loss in latest financial year revenue up

first_imgTERREBONE, Que. – ADF Group Inc. lost $7.2 million in its latest financial year compared with a profit in its previous year as it was hit by one-time tax charges at its U.S. operations.The company, which manufactures large complex steel structures, says the loss amounted to 22 cents per diluted share for the financial year ended Jan. 31 compared with a profit of $1.5 million or a nickel per share in the previous year.ADF noted that if it not been for the change to the U.S. federal tax rates and the write-off of deferred income tax assets, it would have earned $2.0 million or six cents per diluted share for the year.Revenue increased to $180.5 million compared with $102.8 million.At Jan. 31, the company’s order backlog totalled $85.5 million, compared with $194.5 million a year earlier.Last month, ADF temporarily laid off 50 employees after three unsuccessful bids for major projects in the United States.Companies in this story: (TSX:DRX)last_img read more

The Latest Legal fight over Lake Tahoe rental home rules

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The Latest on a legal fight over a ban on most vacation rentals at South Lake Tahoe, California (all times local):10:50 a.m.City officials in South Lake Tahoe, California say they intend to work with local property owners to make sure new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals at the mountain resort doesn’t disrupt the plans of visiting families who want to spend the holidays there.City Manager Frank Rush Jr. told The Associated Press on Thursday they don’t intend to immediately enforce a new cap on the number of people who can stay in rental homes as long as they don’t violate other rules aimed at stemming neighbourhood disturbances.A group of property and business owners on the south end of the lake along the California-Nevada line filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the new rental rules votes approved in November.They say the ban on most vacation rentals that begins in 2021 is unconstitutional and the capacity restrictions that already have gone into effect can’t be enforced legally.Rush says the city wants to act reasonably and has no intention of taking a “hardline approach” given that many people already have made their lodging and transportation reservations for the holidays.___10 a.m.Property and business owners at Lake Tahoe are suing to block new restrictions on short-term vacation rentals they say are wreaking havoc on visiting families planning to spend the holidays at the mountain resort.A lawyer for the South Lake Tahoe Property Owners Group hoped to secure a temporary injunction Wednesday in California’s El Dorado County Superior Court suspending the new rental rules voters approved in November.But Andrew Pierce says Judge Michael McLaughlin cited an unspecified conflict of interest and recused himself from the case. A new hearing date hasn’t been set yet.A ban on short-term rentals affecting 1,400 properties outside South Lake Tahoe’s main tourist corridor doesn’t begin until 2020.But Pierce says a cap on the number of people who can stay in a rental home already has gone into effect. He says it’s unconstitutional.The Associated Presslast_img read more

HC stays CIC order holding EVM as information under RTI Act

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday stayed an order of the Central Information Commission which held that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) fall within the definition of ‘information’ under the RTI Act.Justice V K Rao sought response of the CIC and an applicant, who had sought access to an EVM maintained by the Election Commission (EC) under the Right to Information Act, on a plea filed by the poll panel. EC has filed petition challenging CIC’s February 12 order holding that the EVM, which is available with the EC in a material form and also as samples, is an information under the RTI Act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Senior advocate Sandeep Sethi and advocate Sidhant Kumar, representing the EC, said that EVM does not fall under the scope of the RTI Act which is primarily concerned with documentary records and representative models. “The EVMs maintained by the petitioner (EC) are utilised in the conduct of elections all over the country in accordance with law. Further, the petitioner also maintains a small number of EVMs for the purposes of training of election officials and use in awareness programmes under the strict supervision of the petitioner. It is further submitted that the petitioner does not maintain any EVM in sample or model form,” the poll panel said in its plea filed before the high court. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt said all EVMs are securely stored in accordance with the manual on EVMs issued by the EC and the Representation of People Act. The CIC’s order had come on a plea by Rajasthan resident Razaak K Haidar who had said that as per Section 2(f) and 2(i) of the RTI Act, the definition of ‘information’ and ‘record’ also includes ‘any model or any sample’ held by a public authority. He had initially filed an application with the Central Public Information Officer designated by ECI seeking access to an EVM maintained by the poll panel. It was rejected, after which Haidar filed an appeal before the Appellate Authority which also reiterated that the request is beyond the scope of RTI Act. Thereafter, he approached the CIC with the same plea. Section 2(f) of the RTI Act defines ‘Information’ as any material in any form, including records, documents… material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a authority.last_img read more