Topofthegame ruled out for the season | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “I’ve scratched him from the Betfair (Chase) and Ladbrokes Trophy as I’ve just had to draw stumps for the season with him,” said Nicholls on Monday.“The warning lights have been flashing for the last couple of weeks. I was not happy with him last week and we had the vet scan him today and although there is no tear he just needs more time to recover, so we will leave him for the rest of the season and get him back for next season.“He had the tendon injury last season and he is still not strong enough to do full training. If we had carried on he would have broken down, but as we have stopped there is a good chance we will get him back for next season.- Advertisement – Paul Nicholls has been forced to rule his classy chaser Topofthegame out for another season.Winner of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in 2019, Nicholls had high hopes he would develop into a Gold Cup contender last season.- Advertisement – “We had done everything can, but when the warning lights come on you simply have to stop and after having him scanned this morning it confirmed what myself and Clifford (Baker) thought.”The Betfair ambassador added: “It’s part and parcel of the game and he was always going to be difficult as he is so fragile, but hopefully we will get him back for another day. We have lots of other horses for these races, but I’m gutted for his owners.” However, as his preparation for last year’s Ladbrokes Trophy was stepping up a gear he was halted by a leg injury.While the problem was nothing too serious, Nicholls felt a year on the sidelines would give him the best chance of returning this season – with the Ladbrokes Trophy again his aim – in tip-top shape.Unfortunately, with the Newbury feature just weeks away, the eight-year-old has been ruled out again.- Advertisement –last_img read more

New land release as buyer demand rises at North Shore

first_imgThe latest home sites released at North Shore.MORE land has been released at North Shore on the back of buyer demand spurred on by the new North Shore State School.A total of 11 home sites have been released at the masterplanned community in the La Glorie section which is next to the new school.The school will be the first government school to open in Townsville in 15 years and is scheduled to open in 2018.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the demand had come from young families wanting to be close to the new school.“As a true masterplanned community, that integrates shops, schools, parks, playgrounds and community facilities, North Shore is very attractive to young families,” Mr Astorquia said. “And this is only further enhanced with the new North Shore State School coming out of the ground and now a reality. “As a result we have seen an increase in demand to be not only within the new school catchment but also within a masterplanned community.“The school will be a demonstration STEM school with an innovative design and very passionate and experienced principal, and I think the word has now got out.”Land in La Glorie starts from $119,000.For more information visit the North Shore Sales and Information Centre at 126 Sunhaven Boulevard, North Shore or go to read more

Union threatens strike action as Royal Mail confirms DB closure

first_img“Although Royal Mail’s own consultation exercise revealed massive opposition to its closure plan, the company has decided to ignore the views of its workforce and proceed with closure without consent,” said Ray Ellis, acting deputy general secretary for postal workers at the CWU.He added: “CWU has made clear that any attempt by the company to impose change without agreement will be met with the strongest possible opposition including a ballot for industrial action. We will not stand by and watch the company abandon the pension promises it made at the time of privatisation which threatens our members with massive cuts to their future pension benefits and insecurity and poverty in retirement.”Brian Scott, officer for the Royal Mail at Unite the Union, said the closure was “a cause for serious concern for a hardworking and dedicated workforce”.He added that “the important part will be the replacement scheme which we are in ongoing discussions about… We will study the implications of today’s announcement very carefully and consider all the options going forward. If we don’t achieve a satisfactory outcome, we can’t rule out an industrial action ballot on this issue.”Royal Mail said it appreciated “how important pension benefits are to our colleagues” but maintained the scheme was not affordable in its current form.“We continue to work closely with our unions on a sustainable and affordable solution for the provision of future pension benefits,” the company said. “We will write to plan members once further decisions have been made.”The CWU has proposed a risk-sharing replacement scheme with a guaranteed payout and indexation linked to investment performance. The union has said the investment portfolio would be “aggressive” and equity-based, in contrast to the majority of UK DB schemes, which tend to be predominantly invested in fixed income. Royal Mail is to close its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual on 31 March 2018.The £7.6bn (€8.9bn) Royal Mail Pension Plan is in surplus, but this was expected to run out next year, according to an update issued this morning by Royal Mail.Employer contributions are set to hit £1bn a year, compared to the current level of £400m, “if no changes are made”, the company said.However, workers’ unions have disputed the need to close and have threatened strike action, which would hit the UK’s postal service. In a statement issued this morning, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said members of the scheme stood to lose more than £4,000 a year if they were switched to a defined contribution scheme.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Game 7: Phish, ‘Gloria,’ a wedding and celebrating the Blues’ playoff run

first_imgAgain, the timing — and people involved — were perfect.“Aside from maybe the Blues’ locker room,” Tom told me, “that might have been the happiest place on earth last night.” Maybe I’m the Blues’ good-luck charm. Hell, I’ve played the role of jinx to perfection.MORE: Blues are Stanley Cup champs, and we’re just as surprised as youIt’s not that the Blues never wanted to bring the Stanley Cup home to St. Louis, and it’s not like I never wanted to get married. But in both cases, the time and people involved had to be right. As I sit here at my laptop on Thursday morning, the timing and people involved are, well, perfect. Tate is my own personal Jordan Binnington.Not to bore you with details about our wedding when you want to hear about hockey, but I did want to share one little story: When Tate and I met with our wedding DJ a month or so ago, he asked if we had any must-play songs. We rattled off a couple and then I told him, “You have to play ‘Gloria.’”As diplomatically as he could, he said, “From the Lumineers?”I laughed, then explained the situation. We needed the Laura Branigan song, the anthem that had almost unbelievably become the soundtrack for the local hockey club’s stunning run through the most grueling playoff in American sports.The Blues were near the end of their second-round series against the Stars, and if they at least made the Western Conference Finals, we were going to make sure we heard “Gloria.” By the time a follow-up email was sent a week later, the Blues were playing the Sharks and “Gloria” was locked in.We tried to keep that song as a reception surprise for my relatives who made the trip from St. Louis to Charlotte — Team Fagan always travels strong — heading into wedding day, but rest assured it was suggested to me multiple times. During the dinner portion of the reception, Charlie, the DJ, went around table to table and asked for requests.“Our whole table, all at once, yelled #playgloria!! And he looked confused and said ‘I’ve already had about 20 requests for that song!’” That was part of a Facebook post from my lifelong friend Trey Herweck, a pastor who officiated the wedding.So “Gloria” was played not once, but twice, due to the overwhelming demand. By the second playing, with everyone from St. Louis on the dance floor and everyone from Charlotte or elsewhere wondering why this random ’80s song was playing again — “I mean, it’s good but it’s not that great” a friend told me — I had to do a little explaining to those who seemed most bewildered.It was pretty great.MORE: Six facts that show how long Blues have waited for Stanley Cup titleAnd, OK, I have one more story, if you’ll indulge me. I have many, many friends who are diehard Blues fans, and all of them wanted to do something special on the night of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Some watched at the Enterprise Center, the Blues’ home ice, where every ticket was sold to watch the game on the big screen. And the Cardinals, who were on the road in Miami, opened up Busch Stadium for fans who couldn’t get into the Enterprise Center. And despite the rain, thousand and thousands and thousands of fans showed up there, too.Phish was playing in St. Louis on Wednesday night, the second show in as many nights at Chaifetz Arena to kick off their summer tour. What to do if you’re a diehard fan of both the band and the hockey team? You watch both.My buddy Tom Breckenridge, whom I’ve known literally since he was born (two years after me), brought a TV and an HD antenna to set up in the parking lot to watch the game. When it started raining, one of the crew backed up a van and they all piled in to watch from that relative dryness.And then they started getting texts from friends inside the venue — the game was on all the TVs, despite the fact that they’d been told, explicitly, earlier in the week that wouldn’t happen. But Phish wanted the game on, so the game was on.Everyone rushed into the arena after the first period. They watched and they listened and they were nervous and they were relaxed. I’ve been to three Phish shows — I’ll see my fourth at the end of next week — and I can promise you, the juxtaposition between the nerves of watching playoff hockey and the joy of listening to a Phish jam is stark.The game ended during the concert’s set break, and Phish came back out with the one song every single person in that venue wanted to hear: “Gloria.” Two things have happened in the past week that some people in St. Louis have been waiting to see for a long, long time.On Saturday, I got married. On Wednesday, the Blues won the Stanley Cup. Somehow, hell has not frozen over, though it is cold and rainy in Boston today. The Blues have me in years; they waited 51 seasons before hoisting the Cup. I’m only 43, but I’m not so sure those two much-anticipated events are coincidental. See, I’m from St. Louis, and I’m actually moving back there with my wife — boy, that word is new and shiny and wonderful to use — and our beautiful 9-month-old BabyGirl later this summer, after 10 years in Charlotte.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Sept. 27 – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

first_imgSaturday, September 28, 2013•2:04 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary and criminal damage to property in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•2:14 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite of a known suspect in the area of 21 Shady Lane, Wellington.•11:11 p.m. Christopher C. Rains, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof of insurance, transporting an open container, illegal registration and refusal of preliminary breath test. Wellington Police notes for Friday, September 27, to Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013•9:00 a.m. Officers took a report of Suspicious Activity in the 300 block S. Ash, Wellington.•9:30 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 1200 block S. Washington, Wellington.•11:13 a.m. Officers investigated endangering a child by a known subject in the 200 block W. 4th, Wellington.•3:25 p.m. Non-injury accident in the 1400 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jacob R. Jones, 27, Wellington and Zachary S. Lawrence, 33, Wellington.•3:53 p.m. Non-injury accident at 4th and Jefferson, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Cathy D. King, 42, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Roger L. Brownlee, Wellington.•4:23 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone in the 1200 block N. A, Wellington.•6:50 p.m. Non-injury accident in the 400 block N. Crestview, Wellington involved a vehicle on fire operated by Aaron M. Jones, 34, Caldwell, Ks.•8:45 p.m. Travis J. Clark, 24, Wellington was arrested and confined on a city of Wellington warrant for theft.•8:45 p.m. Travis J. Clark, 24, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Harper County Warrant for burglary.•10:16 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10:56 p.m. Curtis W. Callaway, 28, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington Bench Warrant for failure to appear.last_img read more

College Football Playoff: Who could push Alabama out of final spot?

first_imgThe AP and Coaches polls set the tone on Sunday by putting the Crimson Tide at No. 4 after they lost 46-41 to LSU in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Expect the CFP committee to proceed similarly, placing Alabama no lower than No. 5, with SEC East leader Georgia in the No. 4 position. Of course, the Crimson Tide could also be No. 4 behind the unbeaten trio of LSU, Clemson and Ohio State.MORE: How Bama’s loss to LSU affects Playoff raceThe message will be simple at that point. The CFP committee will challenge the other six Power 5 contenders (Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Baylor and Utah) to wrest the No. 4 spot from Alabama. Can any of those teams force the committee to tell Alabama and Nick Saban “no” for the first time in the CFP era?Here is exactly what those teams face.Georgia is still in control of its destiny, but must prove it can win the SEC outright. That means going through Auburn and LSU, most likely, in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs would not finish ahead of Alabama with another loss.Oregon has the best look at the No. 4 spot if Georgia loses. The Ducks can still win the Pac-12 with a one-loss record, but that defeat against Auburn could get entangled with the Iron Bowl, especially if Alabama dominates the Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It feels like the committee would take the conference champion here, but there are no guarantees.Utah faces the same challenge as the Ducks, but the Utes might not bypass the Crimson Tide even if they won out and beat an 11-1 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game. That’s based off the Utes’ 30-23 at USC on Sept. 20. This might be the time for Utah to send out mass emails reminding everyone they won the 2009 Sugar Bowl.Oklahoma must win out in the Big 12 and play better defense doing it. The Sooners won’t impress the committee by holding off furious comebacks from the likes of Iowa State. Oklahoma has a brand that can match Alabama’s — but Ohio State thought the same thing in 2017.Baylor and Minnesota have undefeated records, but they also have little chance of placing ahead of the Crimson Tide if they suffer even one loss, knowing where they stand in the rankings now (Nos. 12 and 17 in the initial Playoff rankings, respectively).Penn State must beat Ohio State on Nov. 23 just to get back in this conversation, but if that happens, then the argument could come down to the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide for the No. 4 spot. Which loss would be considered “better” — LSU or Penn State? Would Alabama be favored, considering quarterback Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t 100 percent in the LSU loss? Would Chase Young still be suspended for Ohio State and, if so, would that weigh on the committee’s decision?MORE: Week 12 Playoff pictureThese are the conversations the committee will field involving that crimson elephant in the room over the next four weeks.The hypotheticals are going to play out, but at the end of the day it’s not going to be easy for one of those teams to push Alabama out of the Playoff.The rest of the conversation is predictable, with two sticking points: Would Alabama beat all those teams trying to knock them off that No. 4 perch? Probably. Does the Tide’s strength of schedule warrant that fourth spot over a Power 5 conference champion with one loss? Probably not.Everything else will be good theater. Pundits will talk down the Tide and question their credentials, just like they did in 2017. Saban will make his case — with that Emperor Palpatine-like touch — just like he did on SportsCenter minutes after the Big Ten championship game finished in 2017. Don’t be surprised if a “healthy Tagovailoa” becomes a large part of that case.In the end, the CFP committee is the one that will have the best chance to push the Crimson Tide out. Leave them in, and the call for an eight-team Playoff will grow louder than ever, even if Alabama wins it all again. Keep them out, and there will be questions about whether it’s worth it to be in the best conference in college football. The eight-team argument could be made there, too, because the Crimson Tide would be the best at-large candidate. This is becoming an offshoot of “The Process,” and by now the rest of the FBS schools have to know there’s a different set of rules that apply to this dynasty that has hung over college football.That question is a challenge.We’ll believe the answer is “no” when we see it. It’s going to take more than logic-twisting hypothetical arguments and social media warfare to settle what will be the debate the College Football Playoff committee sparks with its second set of rankings on Tuesday.The question is more of a challenge at this point: What team is going to keep Alabama out of the College Football Playoff?last_img read more

Traffic Fix Coming At Memorial Sloan Kettering Entrance

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – With the opening of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new facility scheduled shortly, a potential traffic glitch appears to be getting fixed.The cancer treatment facility, located at 480 Red Hill Road in Middletown, poses difficulty for motorists traveling south on Red Hill Road to access the site, given there is really no direct left-hand turn onto the property. But a recent discussion with a township official and representatives from the medical facility with representatives from the state Turnpike Authority has produced what they hope will be a solution.“It’s an issue we identified a while back, actually,” acknowledged Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante. The issue for drivers has been there going back to when the location was used by Alcatel-Lucent Technologies as an office complex. Employees, however, in relatively short order realized they could get into the site by using the Garden State Parkway Exit 114 northbound roadway, Mercantante said. “After the first day or so you’ll know you’re supposed to make that little turn,” with a curb cut allowing access to the location from that onramp, he said.At the Memorial Sloan Kettering Nov. 28 grand opening ceremony, Mercantante said a couple of attendees mentioned in casual conversation their trouble getting into the site, and he acknowledged he witnessed some making that inappropriate left turn onto the property.While employees may learn the ways in and out, as the facility begins welcoming day-stay cancer patients for treatments and their families, given many aren’t going to be familiar with the location, it could pose confusion for some, Mercantante said.“It’s clearly a problem that really doesn’t need to exist,” he said.Red Hill Road is too narrow at that section to allow for a designated left-hand turn, leaving the Parkway entrance the only viable way to accommodate traffic traveling south, Mercantante said.Vehicles traveling north on the roadway have an easier time of it, simply turning right, using the Red Hill Road entrance, Mercantante pointed out.During a meeting with New Jersey Turnpike Authority representatives last week, Mercantante, joined by those from Sloan Kettering, made the argument that additional signage would be warranted to help direct traffic looking to enter from the south. The authority is resistant to what it calls commercial signage along these roadways, not wanting to be inundated with requests from businesses, Mercantante explained, with the authority initially opposing this request. “But in this case it was such a tricky maneuver,” turnpike officials agreed to it, Mercantante said.Thomas Feeney, a Turnpike Authority spokesman said in an email response this week, “That’s what the jug handle is there for,” at the Parkway entrance, allowing access to the facility.“The Turnpike Authority has no issue with Memorial Sloan Kettering directing people to use it,” Feeney said.Mercantante said the series of about four signs offering directions into the site is expected to be installed in approximately a week. “They’ll provide plenty of direction,” he said.Memorial Sloan Kettering did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The medical facility anticipates starting to treat patients on Dec. 12.last_img read more