Creston cut the lead on the power play.With Schell in the box for high sticking, the Leaf defence completely deserted Soles, allowing Angus Johnston at least three kicks at the net before the Alberta native poked the puck into the Nelson goal.However, any momentum gained by the Thunder Cats was erased when scored three times during a six-minute span with two of the goals coming on the power play.Dustin Reimer got the offence going before Sookro, tapping in a neat pass from Willans, scored his second of the game and Seth Schmidt finished off the assault with a long point shot.Willans, scoring Nelson’s third power play of the game, and Marcel Fuchs of the Cats exchanged goals in a period Creston held a 13-8 shots advantage.”The second period was key and we also had a good start,” Schell explained.”Our preparation was a lot better before this game.”Soles, improving his season record to 13-1, faced 22 shots in the Leaf nets.Nelson is idle until Wednesday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.GAME NOTES: Nelson received an early Christmas present from divisional rival Beaver Valley as the Hawks stuck it to the Rebels 5-3 at the Hawks Nest. The Castlegar loss increases Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to seven points with the Leafs having played an extra game. . . . Brandon Sookro now has three goals for the Leafs this season. The Kootenay Ice sniper also hit the post in the second period. Sookro and the Ice face Matthew Barzal and the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs in Major Midget action Saturday and Sunday in Castlegar. Barzal, the first overall Bantam pick by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL leads the Major Midget League ion scoring with 54 points in 19 games. . . .Nelson center Bryce Nielsen continues to be sidelined with an upper body injury. Creston had the perfect opportunity to sneak into the Heritage City under the cloak of night and steal two points from a team already looking to a Wednesday night showdown with their division rivals.However, the Nelson Leafs put forth just enough effort to knock off the Thunder Cats 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson rode the offensive punch of three team leaders — Carsen Willans (three points), team captain Colton Schell (three points) and Linden Horswill (four points) — to a four-goal second period, then jumped on the shoulders of netminder Brett Soles to secure the victory against one of the league’s weaker teams.”This win was definitely important . . . especially with Castlegar coming up (the Rebels face the Leafs Wednesday in Nelson),” Horswill said from outside the Leaf dressing room.”We need the points to keep a margin between us and Castlegar.””We needed to rebuild our confidence especially with Castlegar coming up,” Schell later explained.”Despite being out shot 9-8 in the opening frame it was the Leafs heading to the dressing room leading 1-0 on a goal by Major Midget affiliate player Brandon Sookro.In the second Nelson increased its lead when a soft shot by Willans somehow found its way through the legs of Creston goalie Zach Straza less than three minutes into the second period.
The iconic Vanity, a fixture for fillies and mares since its inception at Hollywood Park in 1940, has been shortened from a mile and one eighth and will be run for the 75th time on Saturday. The Vanity has been carded as the seventh race on an 11-race program. With first post time at 2 p.m., approximate post time for the Vanity Mile is at 5 p.m. PDT. Q. Beholder has been in your care for more than four years now. She was 21-1 first time out and was a well beaten fourth in a maiden special weight going 5 ½ furlongs at Hollywood Park on June 28, 2012. Thinking back, what were your initial impressions of her? A. “We thought she was special right from the start. I thought I had her a little more ready than she was the first time out. But it turned out she needed one. I hadn’t pressed on her real hard, but we always had big hopes for her.”Q. She doesn’t seem to have lost even a half a step over the years. Is she as good now or better than she’s ever been? A. “You’d like to think she is as good. You’d like to think she’s better, but I don’t know what that would take (to demonstrate).” Q. Dating back to the 1970s, our game has been driven in large part by the commercial breeding market. That said, Mr. Hughes made the call to run Beholder at age six and following her win in the Adoration he said that if all goes well for the remainder of the year, she’ll be back in training next year, at age seven. Do you think this could encourage others to keep their horses in training longer and let the breeding shed wait? A. “The market is very important. It’s a lot more important to people like me and you than it is to Wayne Hughes. I think he added up everything it would take to have another one as good as her, but Mr. Hughes, at this point in his life (82) looked at all the percentages and said ‘Why not just keep her running?’ The chances of her producing something as good as she is are pretty tough. Think of all the yearlings, stallion fees and expenses. People tend to follow what works, so if it does, they might be inclined to keep them running. If it doesn’t, they’ll probably tell us how stupid we were for doing it.” Q. When you look at her career numbers coming into the Vanity, they’re staggering. A three-time Eclipse Award winner. Sixteen wins from 21 starts. Thirteen overall stakes wins, 11 of them graded and nine of them Grade I’s. She’s won seven in a row. She’s an amazing 12 for 13 at Santa Anita and she’s got earnings of more than $4.4 million. When you reflect on all of that, what do you think? A. “That’s what I mean when I say how hard it would be to replace her.” Q. Gary Stevens has won 10 out 11 races with her. The Vanity comes up a lot tougher than her last race, the (Grade III) Adoration did here on May 8. Do you discuss strategy with Gary? A. “I saw Gary this morning, but we just said ‘Hi’ and didn’t talk about anything. We pretty much let him figure it out, how to do it. In her last race there was only one way to go. This is a real race and there’s some good horses in there. Callaghan’s mare (Taris) comes off that big win sprinting and sometimes when horses win like that, they get pretty brave and keep winning. It should be a horse race. Sadler’s filly (Stellar Wind, Eclipse Champion 3-year-old filly last year), who knows how much she’s developed this year? We know she was a pretty good filly last year, we know that. We’ll pretty much let Gary figure out what to do.” Q. Beholder spiked a fever October when she shipped to Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which forced her to miss the race. It’s gotta be a great feeling knowing that with the Breeders’ Cup being here at Santa Anita in November, you don’t have to put her on an airplane? A. “Absolutely, yeah. We’ve not had success shipping, although I’ve got three strikes out of the way with her, so I’m ready to go on now. Seriously, it really helps, it makes us feel better, knowing we’re going to be running right here.” Q. With horses like Beholder, Stellar Wind, Nyquist, Exaggerator, Songbird, California Chrome and American Pharoah, Santa Anita-based horses seem to be dominating on many levels, nationally and internationally. That said, there are those who contend we have far too many horses that are trained by far too few people and that the game would be stronger if that issue was addressed. Do you agree? A. “I agree with that. Mr. Kilroe (Frank E., Santa Anita’s longtime Director of Racing spanning three decades, from the early 1950s to the mid-80s) would be rolling over in his grave. My overall business is fine. I haven’t had any concerns, but I honestly don’t have all the answers. If I had the answer, I’d love to put it out there and try to fix things.” ARCADIA, Calif. (June 2, 2016)–When the mighty Beholder finally calls it a day as a racehorse, she will soon join her Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella in racing’s most exclusive club. With the ultimate objective for the 6-year-old Henny Hughes mare the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November, Mandella, who already has eight Breeders’ Cup wins to his credit, reflected on what has been and what could be for his stable superstar as she seeks her eighth consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile at Santa Anita.
Commissioner Tamba giving details about Customs contribution to budgetThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Steward Tamba has disclosed that of the US$200 million Customs must contribute to the national budget, $104 million has been collected which constitutes 52% of the total contribution.Mrs. Tamba made the disclosure on Friday, January 26, 2018 in her remarks during observance of International Customs Day at the Monrovia City Hall.On July 18, 2017, the House of Representatives approved the total of US$563.6 million as national budget for 2017/2018, which lasts from the day of approval to June of the following year.Customs is government’s department responsible for collecting tariffs or duties on imported goods.In furtherance of her remarks on Customs, the LRA Commissioner General said as Customs Organizations around the world are encouraged to take stock of their work and consider other factors that enhance trade facilitation.In compliance with this duty, she noted that Customs in Liberia contributes 42% to domestic revenue in the national budget.Customs Officers assembled at the programAdditionally, she said Customs officers and brokers by extension are to ensure that collections at the various bordering points are lawful, fair and safe and free of territorial threats.Bearing in mind that Customs’ performance must be characterized by integrity in conformity with international best practices and standard, Mrs. Tamba said Liberia has commenced some transformation processes that will enhance this benchmark.Among those transformational steps taken are the introduction of new version of the Automated System for customs Data (ASYCUDA), training and testing of users of this technology (ASYCUDA), and capacity building and technical assistance provided by the European Union.The ASYCUDA technology, which Mrs. Tamba says requires the necessary infrastructures and technical support, is expected to get customers graduate from calling for declaration to using paperless technology to declare their goods anywhere via the Internet.She used the occasion to call on all stakeholders including government and international partners to render the support that will enhance the modern technology needed nowadays at Customs to ensure transparency and integrity in doing cross-border business.Regarding strides Customs and the LRA have made at some levels, Liberian businessman and keynote speaker of the International Customs Day celebration in Liberia, Amin Modad, said, “I’d be remiss if I don’t congratulate the LRA and you, our customs officers, for your evolution over the years and the role this body plays in sustaining the economy and supporting development. Ladies and gentlemen, if you look back to the state of the Bureau of Customs 12 years ago, if you look at the level of integrity, current conditions, and dismal progress made by other agencies of government, and if you understand just how much the functioning of the Liberian Government depends on customs receipts, you will join me in recognizing that the LRA has become an example to follow.”Meanwhile, the celebration on January 26 marked the 66th International Customs Day since its launch in 1953.The day was observed under the theme, “A secure business environment for economic development.” According to World Customs Organization (WCO) newsletter, members of the WCO are encouraged to look at how they can create an environment of businesses that will foster their participation in cross-border trade and how they can best serve the people and empower entrepreneurs.“By “secure,” we mean an environment that is enabling, safe, fair and sustainable, all wrapped into one. Such an environment will help businesses, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), to expand their activities and create incentives for them to participate more fully in international trade, as well as encourage them to innovate, generate employment and invest in human resources, thereby boosting economic growth and raising living standards,” WCO said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Five models from 75-100 hp offer compact power solutions for specialty crops John Deere unveils the 5G Series Tractors with narrow and highly-maneuverable configurations to expand the specialty tractor portfolio for vineyard and orchard producers and meet Final Tier 4 Engine emissions requirements.“The 5G Series Tractors build on the success of the 5EN Series to offer customers more choices for their specialty applications,” says Christopher Lammie, product manager, John Deere Augusta. “With two chassis widths for narrow (5GN) and vineyard (5GV) applications, the 5G Series Tractors bring John Deere utility tractor performance into specialty row applications.”The 5G Series Tractors are available in the following configurations and horsepower sizes: • 5075GN and 5075GV: 75 horsepower engine• 5090GN and 5090GV: 90 horsepower engine• 5100GN: 100 horsepower engineThe 5G Series Tractors offer a variety of benefits to vineyard producers. The new models – the 5GV and 5GN – are available in widths of 40.5 and 52 inches, respectively, reducing the chance that crops will be damaged in narrow rows. With a tighter turning radius than its 5EN predecessor, the 5GN reduces operator effort, time and fuel consumption during headland turns. Fuel tank capacity is improved over the 5EN with an option for an auxiliary 7.5-gallon fuel tank on the 5GN. Plus an increased cab width on the 5GN Series creates a larger, roomier work environment.The 5G Series Tractors maintain strong engine performance in the field, plus the 90 and 100 horsepower models can be equipped with optional Intelligent Power Management for an additional power boost. Economy PTO also comes standard in all 5G Series models, which reduces engine RPM by 15 percent, helping reduce input cost for operators.“Customers also have flexible transmission choices with the 5G Series Tractors,” adds Lammie. ”The new 5G offers a mechanical 12F/12R transmission or 24F/12R transmission with PowrReverser.”For more information on the new 5G Series Tractors, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.