Abrahams is champion tipster

first_imgVeteran racing analyst and commentator Howard Abrahams (IRIE FM) has emerged The Gleaner/CTL champion tipster for 2015, topping the standings with 259 winners to capture the $80,000 prize money.Taking control from mid-year, Abrahams finished 13 clear of closest rival Jimmie of THE STAR, who in turn was four clear of Francisco’ Linky’ Mills (Cable News Network) in third on 242. Mills held off a wall of tipsters, including Tony Chadman (News Talk), Kirk Kong (Track & Pools), RJR (Patrick Anderson), Sports Globe (Collin ‘Pebbles’ Blair) and the 2014 champion Orville Clarke (The Gleaner) for the $20,000 third prize, as Jimmie picked up $30,000 for second.For the third consecutive year, the wagering section of the competition had no winner. All tipsters finished in the red with a minus quantity, Chadman coming out best of the 15 media tipsters with minus $6.950.00 The unclaimed prize money will be carried over to this year.Meanwhile, RJR won the sixth and final bi-monthly category, coming through on the final raceday of the year to nab Chadman on the wire by a single winner (44-43) for the $20,000 prize.last_img read more

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Federal budget increases credit to seniors, businesses and tax-free savings

first_imgThe Canadian military will get an additional $11.8 billion over 10 years, starting in 2017, while the RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Canada Border Services Agency will get nearly $300 million over five years for anti-terror efforts.The government is also looking to rev up manufacturing.The budget proposes faster write-offs for companies buying new machinery between 2015 and 2026.It also promises lower taxes for small businesses, with the rate falling in stages to nine per cent in 2019 from the present 11 per cent.Advertisement The government hopes those measures prompt new hiring, while the budget also contains new money for training and education programs that aim to fill existing gaps in the labour market. The budget also reveals that the controversial sale earlier this month of the government’s remaining shares of General Motors yielded a net gain of $2.1 billion, fully half of which has been applied to the bottom line.The election-year budget includes changes to registered retirement income funds to allow seniors to preserve their nest eggs, a near-doubling of the contribution limit on tax-free savings accounts and six months of compassionate-care benefits for Canadians caring for gravely ill family members.The federal government is increasing the annual contribution limits to tax-free savings accounts to $10,000 from $5,500.- Advertisement -Also included in this year’s budget is a new tax credit for seniors and those with disabilities doing home renovations to increase safety and accessibility in their homes.The credit is worth up to $1,500 for those spending $10,000 on things like wheelchair ramps, walk-in bathtubs and grab bars.It also provides $750 million over two years starting in 2017-18, plus $1 billion a year thereafter, for a public-private partnership fund to promote investment in public transit.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Former Arsenal and West Ham striker closing in on Umm Salal move

first_img Jeremie Aliadiere 1 Former Arsenal and West Ham striker Jeremie Aliadiere is closing in on a move to Qatari club Umm Salal.The 31-year-old, who has less than a year left on his deal at Ligue 1 side Lorient, is set to continue his career in the Middle East, with Umm Salal willing to fork out around £300,000 to secure his services.Aliadiere, who was at Arsenal between 1999 and 2007, had loan spells at Celtic, West Ham and Wolves before joining Middlesbrough in 2007.The Frenchman was released by the Teesside club in 2010 and spent a year without a club before reviving his career back in his homeland with Lorient.He has been prolific at Lorient – he has notched 25 league goals in the past three seasons – and was tipped to return to the Premier League last summer, when Everton, Swansea and Sunderland were among his suitors.last_img read more

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Tottenham hit Everton for six

first_img0Shares0000Hit for six: Christian Eriksen (right) was among Tottenham’s goalscorers in a 6-2 win at Everton © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Tottenham Hotspur showed why manager Mauricio Pochettino is a wanted man by thrashing Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday to close to within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.Spurs have had to cope with the unwanted attention of Pochettino being linked with the Manchester United job following Jose Mourinho’s sacking this week. But they showed no signs of being distracted as they roared back from a goal down thanks to doubles from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen also on target.“There is a lot of rumours but our job is Tottenham and we have to be focused to try to be successful,” said Pochettino.Fatigue may yet still derail Tottenham’s bid to win a first trophy under Pochettino with Spurs still involved in four competitions.But with Liverpool facing Arsenal and Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash in their next three games over the festive period, Tottenham have the opportunity to haul themselves into a three-way title race if they maintain the standards set at Goodison.“Football is about being consistent. If we are consistent and able to play like we did today then maybe we are alive until the end of April and be a real contender,” added Pochettino.“We are involved in four competitions but I think today we surprise everyone because not only the quality, but the energy we showed today was amazing.”Everton struck first against the run of play in a wildly open contest when Theo Walcott stabbed home at the near post from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross.But Spurs looked as if they could score with almost every attack and were soon on level terms with the aid of a Jordan Pickford error.The England number one rushed from his goal but only succeeded in getting in the way of his own defender Kurt Zouma and Son took advantage with a wonderful finish from a narrow angle.“We dominated the game from the start, we created so many chances, so we were unlucky to be 1-0 down,” said Son.“But we bounced back, showed our character and our mentality. We are happy to get three points here.”– Tottenham blitz –Once back on level terms, Spurs were relentless as Pickford denied Son a second but Alli charged into the box to sweep home the rebound to turn the game around.Kane is now just one goal behind Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in the race for the Premier League golden boot and showed his predatory instincts to side-foot into an empty net after Kieran Trippier’s fine free-kick came back off the post three minutes before half-time.“I think everyone is talking about Liverpool and Man City, but we are just doing well as we normally do,” said the England captain.“We’ve had a great week, we’ve got games coming up thick and fast but games we can win.”Both teams face the least rest time of any Premier League side over the festive period with another three games to come between now and New Year’s Day.However, there was no let up in the pace of the game after the break as Eriksen produced a technically-perfect volley from the edge of the box to make it 4-1 before Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for Everton three minutes later.Yet, any hope of a fightback was extinguished just after the hour mark when Son’s fine control cushioned Erik Lamela’s pass before he finished through the legs of Pickford.It was announced this week that the South Korean will go to the Asian Cup in January despite already representing his country at the World Cup and Asian Games this year.And Son showed why he will be missed by his club in January once more with an inch-perfect cross for Kane to slide in for his second of the afternoon 16 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Unfamiliarity breeds concern

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Watching Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch is like waiting for a YouTube video to load. There are stops, starts, hiccups and glitches before the finished product is revealed. The Angels will face the phenomenon that is Matsuzaka for the first time tonight, will be doing it under the heat lamps of postseason play, and will have to figure out this puzzle with their season hanging in the balance. With all that Matsuzaka offers, it might be that first look that causes the most problems. The Angels typically have struggled the first time they have faced a pitcher, and Matsuzaka usually is not kind to new opponents. By the end of May, Matsuzaka was 7-3 and only the New York Yankees had been victimized twice. He could have easily been 9-1, but in two April defeats, the Red Sox gave him just one combined run of support. So the Angels will load up on highlight tapes and then see first-hand tonight just what the fuss is all about. They trail, 1-0, in the best-of-5 American League Division Series and would feel just fine with things if they headed home with a split in Boston. “You have to get in the batter’s box and you have to experience it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about facing Matsuzaka. “You can watch videotape all you want and look at tendencies and look at some charts. That will give you a little piece of the puzzle, but you have to get in there and experience it. “I don’t think it’s a general rule that you’re not going to have success against a guy you’ve never seen, but certainly there is a little edge that will go toward the pitcher until you see some pitches.” It wasn’t by accident that Red Sox manager Terry Francona moved playoff-tested veteran Curt Schilling to Game 3 and gave Matsuzaka the Game 2 start. He cited the Angels’ unfamiliarity with the right-hander. Matsuzaka can now pitch twice if the series goes five games while Shilling will be limited to one start. But it was a curious move to put somebody with so little major league experience into such a key role. “We have enjoyed watching the way he has handled certain things that have been thrown to him,” Francona said. “And we have seen all of the bumps in the road. But being intimidated or shrinking from a challenge won’t be one of them. We feel that is really one of his strengths.” If anybody in the Angels clubhouse is panicked about a matchup with Matsuzaka and his extensive arsenal of pitches, he isn’t showing it. A nasty slider might be Matsuzaka’s best pitch. “He’s 14-12 this year, so somebody saw (his pitches),” Garret Anderson said. “It’s not like he’s 20-2 or something like that.” As of Thursday afternoon, Chone Figgins said he hadn’t even watched tapes of Matsuzaka. He said he would get around to it. “I just like to watch what his ball kind of does – his curveball, changeup, slider, whatever he throws just to see how he moves,” Figgins said. “And then after that, get in the box and get ready to hit.” After collecting just four hits Wednesday and getting shut out by Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, the Angels don’t need another slow start tonight. They might not have any choice, though. “When you see a guy you haven’t seen, it’s just weird because I’m a feel guy,” Anderson said. “I like to have a feeling. Usually when I face guys I haven’t seen, I just try to look for a mistake out over the plate. “I try to just know what he has and what he throws and not really worry about what he likes to do to finish guys off. Then you’ll find yourself guessing up there and I don’t want to guess. I just like to know the pitches he has, and hopefully, I can keep him in the zone.” Maybe this is the perfect spot for Vladimir Guerrero to step to the forefront. He isn’t bothered about facing a pitcher for the first time and has shown that as long as the pitch is thrown, he likes the location. “I don’t see an advantage (for the pitcher) because you face so many guys throughout the years that you haven’t faced before,” Guerrero said through broadcaster Jose Mota, serving as interpreter. “You’ve got to go up there and see how they pitch you the first time. We see a lot of video. Obviously it’s not the same, but I’ve got to see how he pitches to me and then I’ll make an adjustment.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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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Hector Bellerin signs long-term deal with Arsenal

first_img1 Hector Bellerin has signed a long-term deal with Arsenal, the Gunners have announced.The Spanish full-back enjoyed a breakthrough season in the last campaign, making the most of the opportunity presented to him by Mathieu Debuchy’s injury.The 20-year-old made 28 appearances and scored twice after proving his worth on the right side of Arsenal’s defence.A short statement from Arsenal read: “Everyone at the club looks forward to Hector’s continued progress with the club.”Arsenal signed Bellerin from Barcelona in the summer of 2011 and he was promoted to the first team a year ago. Hector Bellerin last_img read more

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‘It will get better’ for Liverpool, claims McAllister

first_img Liverpool players celebrate victory over Carlisle Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister believes performance will improve and results will come following Wednesday night’s League Cup win over Carlisle United.However, the nature of their laboured win at Anfield, needing a penalty shoot-out to beat the League Two side, has done little to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.Rodgers named a strong side for the clash, but was dealt a blow in the first-half with an injury to summer signing Roberto Firmino.Danny Ings put the hosts ahead with his second goal in two games, but Carlisle fired back to level before the break, with Liverpool winning 3-2 from the spot after in remained 1-1 after 120 minutes.Adam Bogdan, a free signing this summer, was the hero with three penalty saves to see the Reds into the fourth round of the cup, but Rodgers remains under scrutiny.The club were forced to dismiss reports they had approached veteran Italian and two-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti as a potencial replacement for the struggling manager, but former Kop hero McAllister believes Wednesday’s victory will pull the side together.“When it comes to a penalty shoot-out, there is that coming together of players in the middle of the pitch and we’ve stepped forward and got through,” the Scot said after Liverpool booked a fourth-round date at home to Bournemouth.“We’ve shown that bit of character and we’re delighted for Adam Bogdan, making the saves to get us through.“Maybe this is one of those little things that can just pull us together as we look forward to the weekend [home game against Aston Villa on Saturday].“We want to perform better and that is what we are striving to do, to get that rhythm back we’ve seen in the past.“It will get better. The feeling is that we are working hard at training, we will persevere and we will try to win games and perform well.” 1last_img read more

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Leicester lining up Monaco winger as Mahrez replacement

first_img 1 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Ghezzal is being lined up as Mahrez’s replacement Leicester City are mulling over a move for Monaco winger Rachid Ghezzal.The Foxes are in the market for a wide player after selling Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City earlier this month. IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Leicester banked around £60m from that sale and they are ready to reinvest the money back in the playing squad.According to Le 10 Sport, Ghezzal has emerged as a serious target and the Foxes are weighing up a move.The Algerian moved to the French club last summer from Ligue 1 rivals Lyon, but he could already be on his way.The 26-year-old has attracted interest from clubs in England in the past and he is open to trying his hand in the Premier League. targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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Warren, Smith bringing music, mirth’ to center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Tickets for “A Marriage of Music and Mirth” are $32 general admission and $27 for seniors, or $84 general, and $72 senior, for the entire series. Parking is free. Order by calling (562) 907-4203 or visit www.shannoncenter.org. Coming up in the Cabaret Series are: Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman in “Music Movie Madness” (Dec. 3) and Kevin Spirtas in “Days and Nights” (Feb. 25). — From staff reports WHITTIER — “A Marriage of Music and Mirth,” starring Broadway singer Annette Warren and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Paul Smith, opens the second season of the Ruth B. Shannon Performing Arts Center’s Cabaret Series at 8 p.m. Saturday. Warren and Smith comprise a popular duo who have impressed audiences at the Shannon before with their combination of piano, songs and stories from the golden age of entertainment. Their performance Saturday is produced by the Ruth B. Shannon Center for Performing Arts in association with Little Bits Productions and is co-sponsored by Cabaret West: The Association of Cabaret Performers, Presenters and Patrons. Warren started out as a young, nationally award-winning pianist. She was then transformed into a popular singer, performing in New York, London and Montreal nightclubs, and in off Broadway productions with such actors as Bea Arthur and Ed Asner. She has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” on recordings and in “voice overs” for such stars as Ava Gardner and Lucille Ball in movies. In the mid-1950s, Warren married Paul Smith, whom she had known for 10 years. From then on they combined their family life and musical careers. Smith has been playing piano since the age of 8 in San Diego. He formed his first band in high school and by the time he was in his mid-20s he was playing with the Les Paul Trio. He moved on to become pianist and arranger for Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra. He then came to Los Angeles, where he signed on as staff pianist at Warner Brothers and next spent a decade at NBC collaborating with such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughn, Pearl Bailey, Dina Shore, Nat King Cole, Tony Martin, Carol Burnette, Pat Boone and others. 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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WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

first_imgDonegal Foróige volunteer Killian O’Kelly has been named national volunteer of the year.Killian has been supporting the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project for 5 years now.Caroline Cooke, youth worker at the Project nominated Killian. “When the Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project were told we had to cut the project 5 years ago as we had no space to work from due to lack of funding, Killian offered the project his own business space to work from for a full year free of charge,” she said.“This allowed us to sustain the project. Five years on and the project is really going from strength to strength. We are now a full time Youth Project in Bundoran with over 22 volunteers and with huge community and family support. Our services are now on offer to more than 200 young people and families in the Bundoran area alone.“Not only did Killian support the project when we needed it most but he also came on board and offered free surf lessons to over 30 young people every summer throughout the last 5 years. Some of the young people who started out learning to surf 5 years ago are now youth surf coaches!“Killian has provided endless opportunities for the young people. The young people look up and admire Killian as such a positive role model. They really admire the way he is always so kind, giving, and supportive and more importantly fun to be around. We could never thank Killian enough for all he does for the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project. “He is never too busy to help others. One of the nicest things about Killian is that he has no idea what a difference he makes to help others.”Killian was named Volunteer of the Year in the Youth/Children’s category at the Volunteer Ireland Awards last night.The ceremony was held at Dublin City Hall – and the award presented by RTE’s Keelin Shanley. WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEARlast_img read more

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