Garbutt commits to Everton

first_img Press Association Garbutt made 10 appearances for the Toffees last season and the 22-year-old full-back was delighted to extend his stay at the club he joined as a scholar from Leeds six years ago. “It’s an honour to commit my long-term future to Everton,” Garbutt told the club’s official website. “I’ve been made to feel very welcome at the club since I signed my scholarship six years ago. “Over the years, I have grown to have an affinity with the club and I feel a sense of belonging here. “Under the manager, the future looks bright and positive and I want to be a part of that. It is a great club to be a part of and the staff and supporters have been great with me from day one. “Last season was great for me in continuing my development, my personal highlight being the Europa League adventure as I gained a lot of experience in those games playing against top-quality opposition. “Everything we went through last season and the experience we gained as a group will only make us stronger as a team ahead of the new season.” Garbutt, who represented England Under-21s at this summer’s European Championship in the Czech Republic, will continue to compete with Leighton Baines for a place in Roberto Martinez’s back line next term. center_img Everton prospect Luke Garbutt has signed a new five-year deal at Goodison Park, the Merseyside club have announced.last_img read more

Mater Dei Seraph Fund Stands at $962,000

first_imgFollowing Saturday night’s gala at which $95,000 was raised, the Save the Seraphs Fund now stands at $962,000. The goal is to raise $1 million.Elizabeth Wulfhorst, public relations chairwoman for the Save the Seraphs Fundraising committee, said that the money came from ticket sales, raffles, silent auction items and even sales of Mater Dei Prep Pandora bracelet charms at its gala at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands, which drew a crowd of 455 people, including NBC News’ Brian Williams.With this momentum, hitting the $1 million goal seems within reach, said Wulfhorst.“We’re so excited. It means basically we can move forward,” she said in an interview Sunday evening. “The million dollars is what we need to get to be financially viable.”The fund has about $350,000 in cash donations, and the balance in pledges. It recently acquired 501(c)(3) status. “Now we’re going to start turning those pledges into donations,” she said.She declined to identify who the big donors are, saying that the school treasures all of the donations the campaign has received. “We’ve had a lot of generous donors,” she said.The school community is striving to raise $1 million to close a funding gap, or face closure in its 50th year as a regional parochial high school in Middletown, NJ.— By Muriel J. Smith and Christina Johnsonlast_img read more

Nitros rain on Leafs parade, edge Green and White 2-1

first_imgThe score remained the same until Brock Palmer scored an unassisted marker in the third to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.Leaf defenceman Michael LeNoury cut the margin in half with a goal three minutes later.But that would be all the offence the Leafs would muster as Nelson suffered its first loss of the season.Nelson outshot the Nitros 34-23 in the contest, including a 12-3 margin in the third.Kimberley defeated Columbia Valley 6-1 Friday to open the season 2-0.Nelson continues its home stand Friday when the Leafs host Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Saturday, the Columbia Valley Rockies pay a visit to the Heritage City before Nelson sets out on a four-game road trip with stops in Spokane, Creston and Grand Forks.In other Murdoch action, Castlegar bounced back from a season-opening loss to rock Columbia Valley 8-2 while Beaver Valley is now 1-1 after the Dylan Heppler scored twice and added four assists to lead the Hawks past Fernie 6-0.Grand Forks leads the Murdoch Division after scoring its second OT victory of the season, 5-4 over Spokane Braves. Two games into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and the Nelson Leafs continue to search for an offence that can compete with the elite teams.The Leafs scored only one goal for the second time this season in dropping a 2-1 decision to the visiting Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opened the season Friday handing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks a 1-0 loss.Saturday, Nelson started much better than Friday, opening the contest sending flurry of shots at Nitros goalie Broc Merkl.However, it was Kimberley opening the scoring Cam Russell beat Quinn Yeager with the game’s first goal midway through the first period.last_img read more


first_imgMCCARTHY HAS BERT’S MELODY READY TO ROLL IN IRISH O’BRIEN            Idle since winning the one mile turf Fran’s Valentine Stakes here last May 28, Oakcrest Stable’s homebred Bert’s Melody is primed for a big effort in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California.“She’s training super,” said trainer Sean McCarthy. “She looks great and she’s carrying good weight. I’m confident she’ll run well, but it’s a tough race and we’re up against California’s Champion Filly or Mare (Enola Gray). When they haven’t run in a long time, you worry that maybe she’ll be fresh and a little too aggressive early in the race. But she’s six years old now and I think she can relax and settle well . . . I look for her to run a good race.”By Bertrando and out of the Tale of the Cat mare Unchanged Melody, Bert’s Melody is lightly raced, but has made the most of her limited afternoon appearances, evidenced by her overall mark of 12-4-1-3 and earnings of $231,893.“I’ve been training for John and Betty (Barr, who race as Oakcrest Stable) about six years now,” said McCarthy. “They’re great people to train for . . . real horse people who fully understand the realities of our business. They never put any pressure on you.”Although she’s winless in two hillside starts, Bert’s Melody was a solid fourth, beaten one length, in the 2015 Irish O’Brien, which will no doubt be taken into consideration by those playing the race tomorrow. (In a talent-laden field of 10, she’s 8-1 on the morning line).McCarthy also noted that he has a talented half brother to Bert’s Melody, who’s being readied for a return to training in the near future.“He’s a three year old, named Caiifornia Clone. He broke his maiden here last October (9, in his third start, a Cal-bred maiden special weight, winning by 4 ¼ lengths at six furlongs).  He’s a nice horse and he’ll be back here in about 40 days or so.”Note:  An owner and breeder in California for more than 40 years, John Barr is President of the Oak Tree Racing Association, a Board Director of the CTBA and is a member of The Jockey Club’s National Thoroughbred Safety Committee.FORMER TOC PRESIDENT JOHN VAN DE CAMP PASSES John Van de Kamp, who was TOC President and General Counsel from 1996 through 2004, died March 14 at his home in Pasadena following a brief illness. He was 81.Van de Kamp was born in Pasadena into a prominent family known for its popular baked goods and windmill-themed bakeries. He graduated from Stanford Law School in his early 20s and served a short stint in the military before being appointed an assistant U.S. attorney. He was a towering political figure who made his mark as the top prosecutor in Los Angeles County and then California, serving as California’s Attorney General in the 1980s. Most recently he served as counsel in Mayer Brown LLP’s Los Angeles office.As the second TOC president, he helped define the position of a new entity in the industry’s decision-making process. Through his strong leadership and dedication, he gave the horse owner a greater voice in the California thoroughbred industry.“I learned early in my tenure that if industry progress was to be accomplished, nearly every element of the industry had to be on board,” said Van de Kamp upon his retirement. “When divided, we would fall short.”In the late 90s he was instrumental in obtaining license fee and tax relief that meant an additional $20 million a year in purses to owners, and in 2004 he successfully worked for the passage of AB 701, which provided workers’ compensation relief. He strengthened funding for the organization by obtaining an increase from one percent to 1/1/2 percent of purse revenues for TOC and CTT. Also during his tenure, he oversaw the implementation of the Cal-bred Bonus Program and expansion of simulcast wagering. He also served as a member of the NTRA board.“I was privileged to work with John during his years on the NTRA board,” said TOC President and CEO Greg Avioli. “He was a brilliant lawyer and always a strong advocate for horsemen. He was well known for his integrity, honesty, and professionalism. Our industry has lost a great man.”Van de Kamp is survived by his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Diana. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Pasadena.TOC is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters. Martin Pedroza10915202114%51%$632,158 ENOLA GRAY LOVES GOING DOWN HILL, IN A GOOD WAY            With two wins from two starts on Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf venue at about 6 ½ furlongs, Enola Gray is the epitome of a horse for course.The four-year-old gray daughter of Grazen goes for her second win in a row over the layout Saturday in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes, part of the lucrative Golden State Series restricted to California-bred or sired horses.Enola Gray, a play on words of the plane that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 (Enola Gay), has never been out of the money in eight starts, winning five and earning $449,100.“She’s doing really well and loves that hill,” said Phil D ‘Amato, who trains Enola Gray for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, a major player in California for years and current Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). “Those performances were probably two of her most impressive. Hopefully, we’ll use this race as a springboard to the Royal Heroine (a Grade II race at one mile on turf April 8 with a $200,000 purse).”D’Amato, an assistant to the late Mike Mitchell for 10 years, knew Alexander during that span. “I’ve probably known and worked for Nick 15 years. He’s a very loyal owner, understands the highs and lows of the game and was a big supporter of Mitchell. He’s a big-time backer of the Cal-bred program and a big reason for my success early on as a trainer.“It’s very special, too, because most of these horses I get are by Grazen and Mike and I always thought very highly of him as a stallion. It’s just fun to watch his offspring flourish here.”The Irish O’Brien, which goes as race seven: Chaulk O Lattey, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze, 8-5; Desert Steel, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Lily Kai, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Cuddle Alert, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Emmy and I, Joe Talamo, 20-1; and Late ‘n Left, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1. Flavien Prat21949334322%57%$3,140,770 FINISH LINES: Doug O’Neill said Friday that California Derby winner So Conflated will join stablemates Iliad and Term of Art in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, and pass the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park next Saturday, March 25. Borderland Derby runner-up Irap will be back in New Mexico to run in the Sunland Park Derby next Saturday, O’Neill added . . .Victor Espinoza and Mike Smith ride in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park tomorrow, Espinoza aboard Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Royal Mo for John Shirreffs and Smith on Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem for Bob Baffert . . . With the Winter Meet drawing ever nearer to a close three weeks hence on April 9, Tyler Baze is hanging tough against jockey leader Flavien Prat. Thanks to three wins yesterday, the hard-working 34-year-old Seattle native moved to within seven wins at 49-42. The trainers’ race is considerably tighter, Peter Miller three up on Jerry Hollendorfer, 28-25. Miller has started 94 runners to Hollendorfer’s 119, but Hollendorfer leads all trainers in purse earnings with $1,657,909. Prat is more than $900,000 ahead in purse earnings over Baze, $3,140,770 to $2,207,962 . . .  Trainer Ron Ellis and Horseplayer Jason Avila will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . The date for the California Horse Racing Board meeting originally set for March 23 at Golden Gate Fields has been changed to April 6. The meeting of the Racing, Breeding and Stabling Initiatives Committee will still take place March 23 at Golden Gate at 10 a.m. Rafael Bejarano12920222216%50%$1,371,875 Corey Nakatani72128717%38%$747,087 John Sadler5810101217%55%$609,580 Bob Baffert581381022%53%$1,302,356 J. Keith Desormeaux4294521%43%$504,600 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.971910920%39%$820,176 William Spawr29114338%62%$335,996 Santiago Gonzalez12413201710%40%$657,383 SHOW STEALER EYES SANTA MARGARITA UPSETENOLA GRAY IS A HORSE FOR DOWNHILL COURSEMcCARTHY MARE ‘TRAINING SUPER’ FOR O’BRIENFORMER TOC PRESIDENT VAN DE CAMP DIES AT 81 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Stewart Elliott14716162111%36%$767,208 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 Tiago Pereira10412111512%37%$404,135 (Current Through Thursday, March 16) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Doug O’Neill14218282113%47%$1,622,486 Kent Desormeaux13529171521%45%$1,673,082 Tyler Baze23542442918%49%$2,207,962 Philip D’Amato8415121318%48%$1,077,870 Richard Baltas12020211817%49%$1,171,536 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer11925182221%55%$1,657,909 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller942821930%62%$1,355,286 Edwin Maldonado731171015%38%$352,696 Peter Eurton55115720%42%$571,857 Mark Glatt749111012%41%$452,655 PACE WOULD AID SHOW STEALER IN SANTA MARGARITA            Show Stealer has finished second in her last two starts behind streaking Vale Dori, who led throughout in the La Canada Stakes and the Santa Maria Stakes, each a Grade II race at a mile and a sixteenth.Trainer Art Sherman is hoping the added sixteenth of a mile in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes and a faster pace will result in a victory for the five-year-old daughter of Eskendereya owned by longtime Sherman client, owner/breeder George Krikorian.“The race has come up a little tough but my mare is doing well and she’s been running good,” Sherman said. “I’m hoping for another good performance.”Show Stealer has been a gem of consistency. In 21 career starts, she has finished worse than fifth only twice, winning three, with four seconds and three thirds, good for a bankroll of $257,180.“It looks like the Santa Margarita will have a good pace. There are a couple good speed horses in there,” Sherman said, alluding to the aforementioned Vale Dori and champion older female sprinter of 2016 Finest City. “I need a lively pace up front.”Krikorian is a native of Salem, New Hampshire, who turns 72 on July 27. He was raised in the shadows of the grandstand at old Rockingham Park in New England, where his father, George Sr., was a noted trainer.George Jr. owned a chain of movie theatres in Southern California but sold eight locations to Regal Cinema in 1996 and later opened his own company, Krikorian Premiere Theatres. Sherman understandably is proud of their long and successful association.“George is a super guy to train for,” Sherman said.The field for the Santa Margarita, race nine of 10: Autumn Flower, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Vale Dori, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; Finest City, Tyler Baze, 8-5; Show Stealer, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Estrechada, Stewart Elliott, 15-1. Joseph Talamo14920151913%36%$684,093 Steven Miyadi58815614%50%$385,761last_img read more


first_imgCleared: Martin BegleyA DONEGAL man has been cleared of rape charges.Martin Begley told Donegal Daily his life had been “ruined” by the allegations against him. Earlier this year police in England issued a ‘wanted’ poster naming and picturing Mr Begley, 47, after he failed to appear in court.After the appeal Mr Begley, from St Johnston, gave himself up to police and went before a jury at Bolton Crown Court on several charges.He was found not guilty on all charges.” I did six months on remand in an English prison and all together it has taken two years of my life to fight the lies made against me.“In that time time I have lost my business, my home and my good name,” said Mr Begley.DONEGAL MAN CLEARED ON RAPE CHARGES was last modified: October 15th, 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)last_img read more

Train crews reject Canadian Pacific Railway oneyear contract extension

first_imgCALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) says it’s disappointed but not deterred that train crews voted to reject a one-year contract renewal.CP Rail said it’s meeting with leaders of the union representing rail workers on Thursday to discuss the results of the vote in which a majority of members rejected the proposed extension.“We look forward to working with the union membership to better understand this result and to discuss next steps,” said CEO Keith Creel.“We remain optimistic that we can come to a mutually beneficial agreement.”A memo posted by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said that of the 1,725 members who voted on the contract renewal, 1,158 said no to the proposal.The union represents approximately 3,000 Canadian conductors and engineers at CP Rail.“The TCRC is assessing the entire situation and consistent with the Labour Code will be contacting CP to begin the bargaining process,” said Teamsters president Douglas Finnson.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,207.41, down 148.64 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Up 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, to eight cents on 24.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $8.10 on 11.5 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 17.09 per cent, to $1.37 on 8.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.40 per cent, to $11.94 on 7.3 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $46.11 on 5.7 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 80 cents, or 2.81 per cent, to $27.69 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Transportation. Down $4.14, or 1.84 per cent, to $221.26 on 350,739 shares. The union representing some 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers at CP Rail says the workers have voted to authorize a strike by a margin of 94.2 per cent. The job action could occur as early as 12:01 a.m. on April 21.last_img read more

Peladeau says Habs failure to make playoffs delivered a body check to

first_imgQuebecor Inc.’s CEO blamed the failure of the Montreal Canadiens to make the playoffs for a major hit to its media ad revenues, a “disappointing” dent in a quarter that nonetheless saw the company skate to $1.04 billion in overall revenue.The Montreal-based communications giant’s second-quarter revenue edged up 0.50 per cent from the same time last year, largely due to growth at its telecommunications arm as revenue at its media arm fell six per cent.“The results of our media operations were heavily impacted by TVA Sports, which…suffered from the absence of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs,” Pierre Karl Peladeau said on a conference call with investors Thursday.Revenue from the sports and entertainment division was relatively unchanged at $36.9 million.With playoffs spanning the bulk of the quarter, advertising revenue from the TVA Sports specialty channel plunged 36 per cent from the year-earlier period, when the 101-year-old team made the first playoff round, said TVA Group president and CEO France Lauziere.Growth at Quebecor’s Videotron cable, internet and wireless business boosted revenue from telecommunications to $847.2 million, up from $826.6 million last year.Quebecor had $41.3 million of net income attributable to shareholders in the second quarter, amounting to 18 cents per share.That was down from $137.8 million or 57 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017, when Quebecor’s profit was boosted by a gain from the sale of a spectrum licence.Adjusted income from continuing operating activities, which excludes the spectrum sale and other items, was $106.2 million or 45 cents per share, up from $88.6 million or 37 cents per share the year prior.Peladeau said the company achieved a major milestone in the second quarter when it became 100-per-cent owner of Quebecor Media, after buying out its strategic partner — the Caisse de depot.“With access to all the cash flows generated by the subsidiary, the corporation will now be better equipped to seize business opportunities as they arise, to achieve its objectives with respect to its dividend payment policy, and to take full control of its development projects,” Peladeau said Thursday in a statement.Strong telecommunications sales yielded revenues that slightly exceeded analyst expectations in a “seasonally weaker quarter,” said RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Drew McReynolds.Roughly 32,000 net new wireless subscribers outweighed a drop in television subscriptions — a decrease typical of the lead-up to Quebec’s traditional moving season, which sees most leases expire July 1, said Videotron president and CEO Manon Brouillette.Quebecor’s stock price jumped more than five per cent Thursday, ending the trading session at $28.40, its highest closing price in at least ten years.Peladeau said in a Facebook post earlier this week that Quebecor’s ability to do business with the Quebec government was jeopardized because he had pleaded guilty on July 10 to violating the province’s election act by personally reimbursing a $137,000 debt accumulated by his campaign to become leader of the Parti Quebecois.He said the province’s treasury board and premier have the power to declare an exception to the act’s automatic penalties and a Quebecor statement on Tuesday said it was confident that the matter “will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients.”Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

Auto sales dip 19 per cent in October as passenger car sales

first_imgTORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales were down by 1.9 per cent in October compared with the same month last year.Sales were down by about 3,000 units to 161,125 as a 0.2 per cent climb in light truck sales was offset by a 6.9 per cent decline in passenger cars.Year-to-date sales are down 1.6 per cent compared with last year’s record high, but still up 3.9 per cent from the 2016 figures.Several major auto companies saw pronounced dips in October, including a 14.8 per cent decline from last year for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an 8.7 per cent drop for Honda, and a 12.9 per cent drop for General Motors, though GM kept its top spot despite the drop.Ford Motor Co. recorded a 1.6 per cent gain, while a combined 10.2 per cent increase from Toyota and its Lexus brand pushed it into the second-place slot behind GM.Land Rover and Porsche both boosted sales by about 20 per cent, while Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, recorded a 175 per cent gain from last year to 132 vehicles sold.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously reported the number of cars sold, month of sales and percentage increase from 2016.last_img read more