More proof emerges of mistreatment of migrant workers in preparation for Qatar 2022

first_imgAdvertisement The misbehavior with the migrant workers in Qatar is still continuing. The promise was made that all the workers would get the same treatment for the preparation of the World Cup in 2022. However, no promises were implemented in the field of work and still the mischief had been going on.Advertisement According to the reports in Qatar, three companies have been involved to take care of the full preparatory phase of the World Cup. These agencies are not paying migrant workers their wages. They have been sacked from the job without any prior notice and these sorts of incidents are very much common in Qatar.Advertisement After reaching this point, the workers filed a case against the authority. After filing the case situation detoriated more. The workers have not been paid a single penny after that protest. Some workers were oblidged to take off the case. They did it for getting some amount of money but they also did not get the full payment. The others who have not taken off the case have not been paid yet.The situation is getting worse day by day. The Government of Qatar should intervene into the matter because an event like World Cup is associated with it.Advertisement  Daniel James’ electric box to box run for Manchester United against Leeds  Advertisementlast_img read more

Robert Lewandowski produces insane first touch to emulate Bundesliga logo in Bayern Munich’s dominant…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Bundesliga/Hupu SportsAdvertisement hqv5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa4nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) azWould you ever consider trying this?😱2cmh36aCan your students do this? 🌚gtmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Notice the Bundesliga logo. A player jumping high with one leg stretched ahead to reach the ball. To perform such a stalwart move requires monumental physical fitness. However, at the age of 31, its a piece of cake for Robert Lewandowski.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Bundesliga/Hupu SportsAfter opening up the scoreline in the 17th minute in yesterday’s Der Klassiker, Lewandowski performed an astounding acrobatic manoeuvre to keep the ball from going out of play, and it is strikingly similar to the Bundesliga monogram.The stunt has taken all the attention all around social media, with praises from supporters and media outlets.Advertisement The Bayern forward has been in tremendous form this season. Successfully finding the net in every single fixture of FC Hollywood in this season with 16 goals in 11 domestic league matches and 6 in Champions League, the Polish international has a total tally of 22 goals as of now in the 2019-20 spell.Bayern, who are currently managed under interim head coach Hans-Dieter Flick following the sack of Niko Kovac last week, converted their single goal lead into 2-0 thanks to Serge Gnabry in the 47th minute. Following Lewandowski’s second strike in the 76th minute, Dortmund’s final concession came in the form of an own goal from Hats Hummels, just 10 minutes prior to the final whistle.Advertisement With 21 points on part with RB Leipzig, Bayern are now 3rd in the league table, trailing 4 points behind leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach. Advertisementlast_img read more

Pedestrian Safety: Two River Area Should Look West for Ideas

first_imgSeattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon know how to make their streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.Both cities, have large and increasing numbers of those who look to walk, peddle and use mass transit to get around and long term plans are geared to encourage that evolution.“When people walk, bike, take mass transit to meet their daily needs it means they’re healthier, they arrive at work happier, more energized and it means they get to know their neighborhoods, their surroundings,” noted Dylan Rivera, public information officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation.“For us this is something that we’ve been working on for decades and have made great strides,” in protecting the public, especially those walking and peddling, added James Curtin, Seattle’s director of public safety.The officials noted that some initiatives put in place over the years have actually resulted in significant reductions of serious accidents and fatalities.Curtin had data immediately available, noting that in 2007 there were a total of 14,971 police reported collisions and by 2013 that number had dropped to 10,310. For fatalities, Seattle had an average of 30 to 40 traffic fatalities a year – with “pedestrians most at risk, older pedestrians especially,” Curtin said, noting that is still true. But in 2014 that number had dropped to 14.By the middle of the 20th century large urban areas and their surrounding suburbs were being developed to accommodate more vehicular traffic rather than taking pedestrians into consideration, they said. “Like nobody was ever going to walk anywhere again,” was how Rivera characterized it.By the 1970s the thinking had begun to change, with officials giving some thought to how all of the population’s needs can be met safely.Portland has had for the last 10 years the largest bike commute rate of any major U.S. city, according to Rivera. “Now with communities and people revitalizing their downtowns and main streets,” Rivera observed, “they want people to walk and not have to rely on their cars to get around.”Portland, for instance, has more than 300 miles of bike paths, including on most of the city’s bridges, which see about 17,000-bicycle trips daily.Portland has also been installing what it calls bike boxes at the front of traffic intersections. It’s a colored designated area for cyclists to move to the front of the intersection, with vehicles queued behind the bikes and prevented from making right turns on red until the bikes proceed. “It adds visibility to the cyclists,” Rivera said, adding, “That’s been a very effective tool.”Portland officials have been reconfiguring major roadways, those with four lanes, reducing them to three, including a center lane left turn lane – what’s called “road diets” – that have improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, with studies showing that this one measure can reduce collisions by 40 percent, according to Rivera.The city has also installed more pedestrian-activated flashing lights at an increasing number of intersections.Seattle has been installing actual dividers separating bike paths from vehicular traffic for added safety, according to Curtin.For those walking, Seattle has islands separating wide thoroughfares, giving pedestrians a place to safely wait if they can’t cross in the designated time, Curtin said.The “road diets” have led to decreased motorist speeding. The city has adopted a policy of not putting striped crosswalks at three or more lane intersections without traffic lights, hoping to encourage pedestrians to cross at traffic signals, Curtin said.Like New York City and other major cities, Seattle has adopted a “Vision Zero” agenda to completely eliminate traffic/pedestrian fatalities, that is “really, really aggressive,” Curtin said.A major part of that plan involves reducing the speed limit through much of the city. “We know there is a direct relationship between speed of vehicles and survival, especially for pedestrians,” he said.Enforcement is another factor, Curtin added, with an aggressive campaign scheduled to begin at the end of April.So far camera-monitored traffic law enforcement for school zones – with fines going directly for education purposes – has been very effective, Curtin added.Portland has adopted a program where business owners can ask vehicle parking spaces be turned into bicycle parking. “We have a waiting list of dozens of businesses raising their hands, saying ‘I want one too,’” Rivera noted.Next on the agenda for Portland is looking at 10 particularly troublesome intersections, some with high fatality counts. City officials have reached out to business associations and neighborhood groups (who were all too ready to offer input) on what might be done to improve those sites, Rivera said. And while money can be tight, officials are looking at “short term, inexpensive improvements,” that can be easily accomplished, such as restriping roadways and installing flashing beacons, he said.Encouraging and protecting pedestrians isn’t just good public policy; it’s good economics for local businesses, Rivera stressed. “It’s helped our downtown businesses,” as residents are shopping more locally and has saved city residents about $2 million annually, in gas and vehicle maintenance costs, he said.By John BurtonJohn Burton can be reached at 732-219-5788 or by stories in the Two River Times Crossroads series:Local Readers Offer Solutions (April 17 edition)Hazardous Crosswalks: Ambulance Hits Pedestrian on Broad Street (April 3, 2015)Hazardous Crosswalks: Walkers Share Collision Tales (Edition of April 3, 2015)Fair Haven Cycling Safety on the Fast Track (Edition of April 3, 2015)Editorial Opinion: Pedestrian Accident Urgent Reminder We Need Safer Street Crossings (Edition of April 3, 2015)Safety Moving Forward in Red Bank (Edition of March 20, 2015)Crossroads: Results of First Editorial Meeting About Pedestrian Safety in the Greater Red Bank Area (Edition of March 13, 2015)last_img read more

Coming to Monmouth Park: New Betting Venue, Haskell Star Power

first_imgDrazin said the increased sports book revenues, combined with subsidies approved by the state Legislature in February that will bring in an additional $10 million a year for purses, helped the park compile a 2019 stakes schedule worth $7.1 million that will run through the end of October. “It would be something more comfortable for the patrons. Right now our sports book is in the grand-stand. This would be located in the clubhouse. It’ll be a little fancier with a little more comfortable furniture. A place to encourage people to come and hang out for an extended period of time.” The bipartisan bill corrected a decision by former Gov. Chris Christie to do away with state subsidies, a decision that crippled a $4 billion revenue engine for the state, one that carries with it 13,000 jobs. “We were on edge the whole time, rooting for Jason the whole time. And I was in shock at the objection to Maximum Security. It made no sense. And when we heard they overturned the result, everyone around me was in shock. People were angry. People were screaming and saying things I don’t want to repeat. It was the wrong decision. In my mind he won the Derby. But as far as the racing world is concerned the winner is another horse,” Drazin said. “The number of things in this bill to ensure that every tax dollar is being used the right way should make every New Jersey taxpayer proud,” Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) said at Tuesday’s event. “There are rigorous benchmarks that Monmouth Park has to meet and other guidelines. This is not just a giveaway. It’s something that is going to help a billion dollar industry and thousands of jobs here in Monmouth County.” “In our deal with William Hill, they have a contractual obligation to build another venue on site, on the clubhouse side of the park,” Drazin said. “The current thought is this will be a $5 to $10 million venue.” Drazin said he did notwant to interrupt the 2019season schedule with theconstruction and expectswork to begin in the fall fora 2021 launch. Monmouth Park’s 74th season will once again be highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 20. Maximum Security is trained by Jason Servis, who began his industry career as a jockey room valet at the Oceanport track, and has developed into one of the sport’s elite trainers. But announcement of a new on-site sports wagering venue drew the most interest. Drazin said Tuesday that phase of the process wasjust the beginning. Maximum Security, who was disqualified from winning the 145th Kentucky Derby, gets a pat on the head by stable hand Edelberto Rivas at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey early Tuesday morning May 7, 2019 after a van ride from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO The sports book’s footprint increased dramatically, expanding into the park’s grandstand. Drazin noted that Omaha Beach is another potential entry for the Haskell. Drazin, who was on hand at Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Derby, said he was crushed by the raw deal served to the local product. OCEANPORT – A powerful field for New Jersey’s most anticipated horse race and a bright future ahead for the local industry were on the docket for Dennis Drazin at Monmouth Park’s annual season-opening luncheon. The event’s headliner is expected to be Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the field of 19 at Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby before being disqualified 20 minutes after the run for the roses on a controversial interference ruling. Drazin also expects Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to enter at least one of his three derby horses – Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable – in the race. Dennis Drazin, CEO of Darby Development, the operator of Monmouth Park speaks at the Opening Day Press Conference & Luncheon at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey on Tuesday May 7, 2019. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO Drazin described a “glitzy” Las Vegas-style sports book and a higher-end clubhouse experience than what is currently offered. Through March of this year, the sports book has collected $5.44 million in combined revenue. Drazin said there are two options on the table for the venue. One is to construct a stand-alone building near the park’s valet parking area. However, the more plausible plan is to attach it to the Lady’s Secret Cafe, an eatery located outside the clubhouse that offers diners views of the park’s paddock and English walking ring. The ruling was appealed and that appeal was denied Monday, which led owner Gary West to remove his bay colt from the May 18 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore and return him to the stables atMonmouth Park Tuesdaymorning. STAR POWER ON HASKELL DAY It’s a race Drazin anticipates will have star power atop the bill. According to tax returns published by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the sports book generated $8.97 million in on-site revenue and another $3.5 million in online revenue from June through December 2018. STATE SUBSIDIES A BIG LIFT Omaha Beach opened asthe 4-1 morning line favoriteahead of the derby, but wasscratched May 1 due to abreathing condition. The colthas undergone a successfulsurgery to correct the issueand has an opening in hisrace schedule on Haskell day. According to Drazin, after leading a historic U.S. Supreme Court victory in 2018 that legalized Garden State sports wagering, he returned to Oceanport and immediately entered discussions to expand the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill. last_img read more

Bantam Cats off to B.C. Winter Games in Vernon as members of Team Kootenay

first_imgOther players include goalie Catalina Hartland of Kaslo, forward Stephanie McAuley of Trail forward Julie Sidoni of Trail and Kira Streliev of Nakusp.Streliev is an affiliate player for the Cats, who plays on a Bantam house team in Nakusp.The Bantam Wildcats were selected to the team following January tryouts  in Invermere.Kootenay opens play Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Fraser Valley before the opening ceremonies in the evening.Kootenay then meets Vancouver Island and Cariboo North East in round robin play before the top four team play for the medals The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats will be well represented on Team Kootenay at the coming B.C. Winter Games beginning Thursday in Vernon.No less than seven players will be in uniform when Kootenay drops the puck in action Friday in the U16 Girl’s Hockey Tournament.Three of the players are from Nelson. Those are forwards Jesse Cooper and Emma Hare and defenceman Merissa Dawson.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016)–In what looms as the most competitive race on an action-packed Sunshine Millions Day program Saturday at Santa Anita, the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course, has attracted a field of 14 older fillies and mares, with 12 to start.In a tough call, Harris Farms’ homebred Velvet Mesquite, who comes off a close seventh place run in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes down the hill on Jan. 3, may rate top billing for trainer Blake Heap. A 6-year-old mare by In Excess, she is 11-5-1-2 over the course, including a win in the Calirornia Distaff Handicap here in October, 2014. Although winless in seven starts last year, she had a pair of seconds and thirds, which included a close second down the hill in the Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes three starts back on Oct. 25.Out of the Huddle Up mare Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite is 18-5-4-2 overall with earnings of $343,446.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure, a two-time state-bred stakes winner who has been the beaten favorite in her last two starts, would appear to rate a big chance as she tries the hillside turf for the first time. A 4-year-old filly by Birdonthewire, she was most recently sixth, beaten 4 ½ lengths as the 9-5 favorite in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. She has three wins from eight starts and has earnings of $307,700.An even 10th, beaten 6 ½ lengths in the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29, trainer Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top took the one mile turf Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar three starts back on Aug. 16 and was fifth as the 5-2 favorite two back in the Maddy Stakes here Oct. 25.A 5-year-old mare by Old Topper, Chati’s On Top, who is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, is 5-1-2-1 down the hillside turf and is 17-4-6-2 overall with earnings of $296,978.Talented My Fiona, who won three state bred stakes as a juvenile, could well have needed her most recent start, a third place finish in a 6 ½ furlong allowance here on Jan. 10. A 4-year-old filly by Kentucky-based Ghostzapper, My Fiona was bred in California by Terry Lovingier and is owned by Lovingier, Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro.Originally conditioned by Walther Solis, My Fiona is now trained by Gary Sherlock, who combined with Lovingier and jockey Fernando Perez to win the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes this past Saturday with California-bred Lost Bus. My Fiona, who will be trying turf for the first time, is 8-4-1-3, with earnings of $373,934.Curt and Lila Lanning’s hard hitting Qiaona comes off a facile three length allowance win going  1 1/16 miles over a soft turf at Golden Gate on Jan. 1 and merits respect off an impressive resume that includes an overall mark of 31-7-6-4 and earnings of $585,643. A 6-year-old mare by Wilko, she is trained by Ed Moger and was a winner over the course of the California Distaff Handicap in October, 2013. She also has a second and a third place finish from five lifetime tries down the hill.Trainer Matt Chew’s Singing Kitty, a winner of the downhill Unzip Me Stakes three starts back on Sept. 26, comes off an even ninth, beaten five lengths, in the Grade II Monrovia on Jan. 3 and will be ridden back by Gary Stevens. A storybook $32,000 claim on Dec. 11, 2014, she won three stakes and banked $267,800 last year. Owned by Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong, the 4-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat is 14-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $333,238.The complete field for the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 119; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 121; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 124; Heavens Stairway, Joe Talamo, 121; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 124; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 121; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 124; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Light One, Flavien Prat, 121; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 121, and Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 119. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 119.                First post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. WITH 14 OLDER FILLIES & MARES ENTERED, 12 TO FACE STARTER IN TOUGHEST RACE ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY CARDlast_img read more


first_imgTOP HORSEMEN BACK TO COMPETE AS SANTA ANITA READIES FOR ITS 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET OPENER ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 SANTA ANITA TO HOST RECORD 10TH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2    ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2019)–America’s top horsemen will converge on Santa Anita Park next Friday, Sept. 27, as The Great Race Place opens its doors for its 23-day Autumn Meet which will also include a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.With five of the nation’s current top 14 trainers by money-won competing on a full-time basis, messrs Bob Baffert (9), John Sadler (11), Doug O’Neill (12), Richard Baltas (13) and Michael McCarthy (14), leading the way, Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet training race figures to be very competitive indeed.Along with this high-powered quintet, Mark Glatt comes into the Autumn Meet holding a red-hot hand as his barn is enjoying its best-ever year. Phil D’Amato, fourth behind Doug O’Neill, Glatt and Baltas in Santa Anita’s Spring Summer standings, figures to again be a major Autumn Meet player as does Peter Miller, with both barns well stocked and ready to run in a variety of different categories.American racing’s most recognizable figure, Hall of Famer Baffert has the nation’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, who is expected to prep for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28. Baffert also has an abundance of top two and three year old fillies and colts, and although he’s not expected to vie for the most races won, his stable is again well positioned to take home the most money.A total of four Hall of Famers, Baffert, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella and Ron McAnally all call Santa Anita home and will again be very much in evidence here this fall.Additionally, a number of other well established conditioners, such as Dan Blacker, Simon Callaghan, Jim Cassidy, Jack Carava, Vladimir Cerin, Keith Desormeaux, Peter Eurton, Carla Gaines, Paddy Gallagher, Bruce Headley, Bob Hess, Jr., David Hofmans, Steve Knapp, Brian Koriner, Eric Kruljac, Andrew Lerner, Craig Lewis, Steve Miyadi, Kristin Mulhall, Jeff Mullins, George Papaprodromou, Leonard Powell, Shelbe Ruis, Gary Sherlock, John Shirreffs, Bill Spawr, Gary Stute, Eddie Truman, Jonathan Wong, Tim Yakteen and others will all be competing on a regular basis.For comprehensive biographies on a total of 33 Santa Anita-based trainers, please visit read more

Wood eager to seize England chance

first_img19 Nov: v Fiji Wood was an integral player under former head coach Stuart Lancaster, but has not featured since Eddie Jones took charge in November 2015.Following a back-row injury crisis, Wood, 29, returned to the squad for the four autumn Tests, starting with South Africa on 12 November.”I’ve been fairly philosophical about the whole thing,” he told BBC Sport.”It’s easy to be bitter or have a chip on your shoulder but I’ve been conscious of not doing that.”I’ve kept my head down and worked hard. I knew if an opportunity came my way I would be ready to go and take it with both hands, and that’s what I’m going to try and do.”Wood, who has won 42 caps, was one of a host of senior players dropped by Jones before this year’s Six Nations, with the Australian reported to have described his performances as “distinctly average”.Speaking from England’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal, Wood said: “An awful lot was made of that, and perhaps I misspoke a little bit.”I wasn’t throwing my toys out of the pram at the time; I was just stating what had happened.”I wasn’t picked in the team because what he had seen from me wasn’t good enough, and that’s fair.”Wood was a regular presence in the England side from 2012 to 2015, captaining the team on the tour of Argentina in 2013.But he said England’s group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup was always likely to have consequences for some high-profile players.”Everyone’s neck was on the block a little bit,” he said.”It obviously didn’t go to plan and it’s a results-driven business. When you don’t get the results everyone is under pressure – that’s just the nature of it. When the team loses like that, it’s difficult.”England’s autumn Tests 26 Nov: v Argentina 3 Dec: v AustraliaNorthampton captain Wood, who turns 30 on Thursday, said he is hugely motivated by the prospect of working with Jones and his assistant coaches.”The most exciting thing about it is working with new coaches. I’ve never worked with Steve Borthwick or Neil Hatley or Eddie Jones,” said Wood.”They have big reputations. They are really highly spoken of by all the players I have spoken to, so I’m just looking forward to getting in the mix and learning off all of these guys.”With regular open-side flanker James Haskell injured, along with several of possible replacements, there is an opening in England’s back row which Wood could fill.He said Jones had “talked about me being a real defensive leader for the team, and trying to lead in that sense and bring some energy in defence”.Wood added: “There are lots of different options in the back row, and there are lots of good players in the camp. I’m here to train well and see what happens selection-wise.” 12 Nov: v South Africalast_img read more

Huddersfield captain Leroy Cudjoe set to miss Samoa clash

first_imgPhoto: A knee injury is likely to keep Leroy Cudjoe out of England’s mid-season international against Samoa The 29-year-old centre, who is in England coach Wayne Bennett’s 30-strong elite training squad, has missed the Giants’ last three matches and is due to undergo further scans on Friday to ascertain the full extent of his injury.Bennett will announce his squad for the May 6 Test on Monday and Huddersfield coach Rick Stone does not expect his captain to be included.”I think Leroy would be unlikely for that game,” Stone said. “He hasn’t played for a few weeks now and he’s still not great. He’s having another scan tomorrow and seeing the consultant because it’s not been responding to the usualtreatment.”last_img read more

K200,000 raised for Team PNG from Trukai auction

first_imgCorporate companies opened their wallets, buying Fun Run shirts for 100 different schools in the nation’s capital. 2000 shirts were sold on the night.K200,000 was raised from bidding for shirts for the schools plus an additional K5,555 from the sale of the North Queensland Cowboys premiership winning jersey signed by Jonathan Thurston.The Institute of Business Studies (IBS) topped the bidding list, buying K33,000 worth of Fun Run shirts.The Cancer Foundation was sponsored with the highest number of shirts – 900 shirts bought by Trukai Industries Ltd.Chef de Mission to Rio, Emma Waiwai expressed her thanks for all the support over the two nights of auctioning.She said the money will go a long way in ensuring Team PNG is ready for the Olympics later in August.The auction in Lae on Wednesday raised K172,000 plus an additional K4,100 from the sale of another jersey signed by Thurston.Around K381,655 was raised from the two auctions.So far, three athletes have qualified for the Olympics – Ryan Pini (swimming), Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman (taekwondo).last_img read more