News story: Troika statement on conflict in South Sudan

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) strongly condemn the continuing pattern of violations of the 21 December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement by parties to the South Sudan High Level Revitalisation Forum (the Forum), and call on all parties to immediately and fully implement the CoH in letter and spirit and ensure humanitarian access throughout the country.The Troika has seen strong evidence of violations of the CoH by Government of South Sudan forces in Unity State and by forces associated with opposition groups, including Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, in Unity State and the Greater Upper Nile region, as witnessed by ceasefire monitors. We are seriously concerned by continuing reports of the movement of forces by all sides in violation of the CoH, including the movement this week of hundreds of Government troops into Jonglei state. The Troika also notes with grave concern the strong evidence from multiple sources linking the attacks in Gudele, Jubek State, on 4 January to former SPLA Chief of Defense Paul Malong and forces under Lt. Colonel Cham Garang, an SPLA-IO commander. We remain committed to holding to account all those who obstruct the realisation of lasting peace for the people of South Sudan, whether or not they are participating directly in the Forum.The HLRF process must be conducted in the spirit of compromise by those South Sudanese leaders who are committed to working for peace. Parties must not be able to increase their influence through force of arms in advance of the second round of talks.The Troika reaffirms its full support for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to build peace in South Sudan and will continue to follow developments on the ground. We call on our IGAD partners to rapidly investigate all violations and to immediately hold those responsible to account. We will continue to work closely with international and regional partners to ensure full accountability with respect to the CoH and stand ready to impose consequences on those who violate the agreement, also in line with the African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué of 20 September 2017.Further information Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebookcenter_img Email [email protected] For journalists last_img read more

As Iranians Suffer, The Regime Funds Terror

first_imgBy Dave Reynolds / Share America October 25, 2019 In 2018, The Iranian government spent $6.4 billion on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Quds Forces (IRGC-QF), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization that supports Hezbollah, Hamas, and other foreign terror groups, and also plots attacks in Europe.Iran’s economy shrank nearly 5 percent between March 2018 and March 2019, while inflation jumped from 23 to 35 percent in the same period, making it harder for ordinary Iranians to make ends meet. The cost of vegetables, for example, shot up 155 percent in April compared to the previous year, and meat prices went up 117 percent, according to the Statistical Center of Iran. Yet Iran hasn’t stopped exporting terror.“This regime, unlike most regimes in the world, uses oil revenue to support terrorism and to fund terrorist organizations and to fund its missile program,” U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said in August.The same month, the U.S. imposed sanctions on four men for helping finance the IRGC-QF to fill the coffers of Hamas. “These facilitators funneled tens of millions of dollars from Iran’s Qods Force through Hezbollah in Lebanon to HAMAS for terrorist attacks originating from the Gaza Strip,” Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said.In recent years, many countries have disrupted IRGC-QF’s terror plots, including Bahrain, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Germany, Kenya, and Turkey. The regime has funneled at least $16 billion since 2012 to the Assad regime and other proxies in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.More spent on repressing Iranian peopleDespite the shrinking economy, the regime is upping spending on repression. Its 2019-2020 draft budget gives Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, which monitors and represses Iranians, a 32 percent increase, reports the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank.In 2018, the regime also increased funding by a whopping 84 percent for its Law Enforcement Force that polices Iranians, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank in London. The boost in domestic security follows protests that faulted the regime’s economic mismanagement and IRGC-QF funding.Saeid Golkar, a Middle East expert and political science professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, said increasing domestic security forces during hard times is standard procedure for oppressive regimes that only look out for themselves.“Ordinary people haven’t been important, aren’t important, and won’t be important for the Islamic Republic,” Golkar said. “Focusing on the military — that’s the first policy they have to follow, because they need [the military] to suppress the people.”last_img read more

Unbundled legal services rules

first_img November 1, 2002 COUNSEL Notices Unbundled legal services rules By administrative order AOSC00-5, dated February 28, 2000, the Supreme Court directed The Florida Bar to study the possible need for a lawyer to engage in limited representation (also referred to as discrete representation or unbundled legal services). On March 13 the court requested that the Bar propose amendments to the Rules of Professional Responsibility and the Family Law Rules of Procedure to address unbundled legal services both out of court and within the context of a family law proceeding in court. Following the court’s request, Past President Terrence Russell appointed the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II (hereinafter “the committee”). The committee has submitted to the court its report and proposed rule amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Family Law Rules of Procedure. This is a republication of the proposals.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before December 2, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Adele I. Stone, 1946 Tyler Street, Hollywood 33020-4517, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, scheduled in this case for February 5, 2003. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette.The Florida Bar shall file with the Clerk of this Court within 10 days from the date of this order all comments received by the Bar as part of its study of this issue. The Clerk shall post those comments, if any, within five days of receipt from the Bar on the court’s Web site. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, CASE NO. SC02-2035 RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR RULE 4-1.2 OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION (a) Lawyer to Abide by Client’s Decisions. A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decisions concerning the objectives of representation, subject to subdivisions (c), (d), and (e), and shall consult with the client as to the means by which they are to be pursued. A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision whether to make or accept an offer of settlement of a matter. In a criminal case, the lawyer shall abide by the client’s decision, after consultation with the lawyer, as to a plea to be entered, whether to waive jury trial, and whether the client will testify. (b) No Endorsement of Client’s Views or Activities. A lawyer’s representation of a client, including representation by appointment, does not constitute an endorsement of the client’s political, economic, social, or moral views or activities. (c) Limitation of Objectives and Scope of Representation. If not prohibited by law or rule, a A lawyer and client may agree to limit the objectives or scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client consents in writing after consultation. If the attorney and client agree to limit the scope of the representation, the lawyer shall advise the client regarding applicability of the rule prohibiting communication with a represented person. (d) Criminal or Fraudulent Conduct. A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is criminal or fraudulent. However, a lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine the validity, scope, meaning, or application of the law. (e) Limitation on Lawyer’s Conduct. When a lawyer knows or reasonably should know that a client expects assistance not permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or by law, the lawyer shall consult with the client regarding the relevant limitations on the lawyer’s conduct. Comment Scope Objectives of representation Both lawyer and client have authority and responsibility in the objectives and means of representation. The client has ultimate authority to determine the purposes to be served by legal representation, within the limits imposed by law and the lawyer’s professional obligations. Within those limits, a client also has a right to consult with the lawyer about the means to be used in pursuing those objectives. At the same time, a lawyer is not required to pursue objectives or employ means simply because a client may wish that the lawyer do so. A clear distinction between objectives and means sometimes cannot be drawn, and in many cases the client-lawyer relationship partakes of a joint undertaking. In questions of means, the lawyer should assume responsibility for technical and legal tactical issues but should defer to the client regarding such questions as the expense to be incurred and concern for third persons who might be adversely affected. Law defining the lawyer’s scope of authority in litigation varies among jurisdictions.In a case in which the client appears to be suffering mental disability, the lawyer’s duty to abide by the client’s decisions is to be guided by reference to rule 4-1.14. Independence from client’s views or activitiesLegal representation should not be denied to people who are unable to afford legal services or whose cause is controversial or the subject of popular disapproval. By the same token representing a client does not constitute approval of the client’s views or activities. Services limited in objectives , scope or meansThe objectives or scope of services provided by a lawyer may be limited by agreement with the client or by the terms under which the lawyer’s services are made available to the client. For example, a retainer may be for a specifically defined purpose. Representation provided through a legal aid agency may be subject to limitations on the types of cases the agency handles. When a lawyer has been retained by an insurer to represent an insured, the representation may be limited to matters related to the insurance coverage. The terms upon which representation is undertaken may exclude specific objectives or means. Such limitations may exclude objectives or means that the lawyer regards as repugnant or imprudent , or which the client regards as financially impractical. Although this rule affords the lawyer and client substantial latitude to limit the representation if not prohibited by law or rule, the limitation must be reasonable under the circumstances. If, for example, a client’s objective is limited to securing general information about the law the client needs in order to handle a common and typically uncomplicated legal problem, the lawyer and client may agree that the lawyer’s services will be limited to a brief consultation. Such a limitation, however, would not be reasonable if the time allotted was not sufficient to yield advice upon which the client could rely. In addition, a lawyer and client may agree that the representation will be limited to providing assistance out of court, including providing advice on the operation of the court system and drafting pleadings and responses. If the lawyer assists a pro se litigant by drafting any document to be submitted to a court, the lawyer is not obligated to sign the document. However, the lawyer must indicate “Prepared with the assistance of counsel” on the document to avoid misleading the court that otherwise might be under the impression that the person, who appears to be proceeding pro se, has received no assistance from a lawyer. If not prohibited by law or rule, a lawyer and client may agree that any representation in court be limited. For example, a lawyer and client may agree that the lawyer will represent the client at a hearing regarding child support and not at the final hearing or in any other hearings. Regardless of the circumstances, a lawyer providing limited representation forms an attorney-client relationship with the litigant, and owes the client all attendant ethical obligations and duties imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, including, but not limited to, duties of competence, communication, confidentiality and avoidance of conflicts of interest. Although an agreement for limited representation does not exempt a lawyer from the duty to provide competent representation, the limitation is a factor to be considered when determining the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.An agreement concerning the scope of representation must accord with the Rules of Professional Conduct and law. Thus, the client may not be asked to agree to representation so limited in scope as to violate rule 4-1.1 or to surrender the right to terminate the lawyer’s services or the right to settle litigation that the lawyer might wish to continue. Criminal, fraudulent, and prohibited transactionsA lawyer is required to give an honest opinion about the actual consequences that appear likely to result from a client’s conduct. The fact that a client uses advice in a course of action that is criminal or fraudulent does not, of itself, make a lawyer a party to the course of action. However, a lawyer may not assist a client in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know to be criminal or fraudulent. There is a critical distinction between presenting an analysis of legal aspects of questionable conduct and recommending the means by which a crime or fraud might be committed with impunity.When the client’s course of action has already begun and is continuing, the lawyer’s responsibility is especially delicate. The lawyer is not permitted to reveal the client’s wrongdoing, except where permitted or required by rule 4-1.6. However, the lawyer is required to avoid furthering the purpose, for example, by suggesting how it might be concealed. A lawyer may not continue assisting a client in conduct that the lawyer originally supposes is legally proper but then discovers is criminal or fraudulent. Withdrawal from the representation, therefore, may be required.Where the client is a fiduciary, the lawyer may be charged with special obligations in dealings with a beneficiary.Subdivision (d) applies whether or not the defrauded party is a party to the transaction. Hence, a lawyer should not participate in a sham transaction; for example, a transaction to effectuate criminal or fraudulent escape of tax liability. Subdivision (d) does not preclude undertaking a criminal defense incident to a general retainer for legal services to a lawful enterprise. The last sentence of subdivision (d) recognizes that determining the validity or interpretation of a statute or regulation may require a course of action involving disobedience of the statute or regulation or of the interpretation placed upon it by governmental authorities. RULE 4-4.2 COMMUNICATION WITH PERSON REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL (a) In representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter, unless the lawyer has the consent of the other lawyer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an attorney may, without such prior consent, communicate with another’s client in order to meet the requirements of any court rule, statute or contract requiring notice or service of process directly on an adverse party, in which event the communication shall be strictly restricted to that required by the court rule, statute or contract, and a copy shall be provided to the adverse party’s attorney. (b) An otherwise unrepresented person to whom limited representation is being provided or has been provided in accordance with the rule on objectives and scope of representation is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this rule unless the opposing lawyer knows of, or has been provided with, a written notice of appearance under which, or a written notice of time period during which, the opposing lawyer is to communicate with the limited representation lawyer as to the subject matter within the limited scope of the representation. Comment This rule does not prohibit communication with a party, or an employee or agent of a party, concerning matters outside the representation. For example, the existence of a controversy between a government agency and a private party, or between 2 organizations, does not prohibit a lawyer for either from communicating with nonlawyer representatives of the other regarding a separate matter. Also, parties to a matter may communicate directly with each other and a lawyer having independent justification for communicating with the other party is permitted to do so. Communications authorized by law include, for example, the right of a party to a controversy with a government agency to speak with government officials about the matter.In the case of an organization, this rule prohibits communications by a lawyer for 1 party concerning the matter in representation with persons having a managerial responsibility on behalf of the organization and with any other person whose act or omission in connection with that matter may be imputed to the organization for purposes of civil or criminal liability or whose statement may constitute an admission on the part of the organization. If an agent or employee of the organization is represented in the matter by the agent’s or employee’s own counsel, the consent by that counsel to a communication will be sufficient for purposes of this rule. Compare rule 4-3.4(f). This rule also covers any person, whether or not a party to a formal proceeding, who is represented by counsel concerning the matter in question. RULE 4-4.3 DEALING WITH UNREPRESENTED PERSONS (a) In dealing on behalf of a client with a person who is not represented by counsel, a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is disinterested. When the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the unrepresented person misunderstands the lawyer’s role in the matter, the lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to correct the misunderstanding. (b) An otherwise unrepresented person to whom limited representation is being provided or has been provided in accordance with the rule on objectives and scope of representation is considered to be unrepresented for purposes of this rule unless the opposing lawyer knows of, or has been provided with, a written notice of appearance under which, or a written notice of time period during which, the opposing lawyer is to communicate with the limited representation lawyer as to the subject matter within the limited scope of the representation. Comment An unrepresented person, particularly one not experienced in dealing with legal matters, might assume that a lawyer is disinterested in loyalties or is a disinterested authority on the law even when the lawyer represents a client. During the course of a lawyer’s representation of a client, the lawyer should not give advice to an unrepresented person other than the advice to obtain counsel. FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULE OF PROCEDURE 12.040. ATTORNEYS (a) Limited Appearance. An attorney of record for a party, in a family law matter governed by these rules, shall be the attorney of record throughout the same family law matter, unless at the time of appearance the attorney files a notice, signed by the party, specifically limiting the attorney’s appearance only to the particular proceeding or matter in which the attorney appears. (b) Withdrawal or Limiting Appearance. (1) Prior to the completion of a family law matter or prior to the completion of a limited appearance, an attorney of record, with approval of the court, may withdraw or partially withdraw, thereby limiting the scope of the attorney’s original appearance to a particular proceeding or matter. A motion setting forth the reasons must be filed with the court and served upon the client and interested persons. (2) The attorney shall remain attorney of record until such time as the court enters an order, except as set forth in paragraph ©) below. (c) Scope of Representation. If an attorney appears “of record” for a particular limited proceeding or matter, as provided by this rule, that attorney shall be deemed “of record” for only that particular proceeding or matter. At the conclusion of such proceeding or matter, the attorney’s role terminates without the necessity of leave of court, upon the attorney filing notice of completion of limited appearance. The notice, which shall be titled “Termination of Limited Appearance,” shall include the names and last known addresses of the person(s) represented by the withdrawing attorney. (d) Preparation of Pleadings or Other Documents. A party who files a pleading or other document of record pro se with the assistance of an attorney shall certify that the party has received assistance from an attorney in the preparation of the pleading or other document. The name, address and phone number of the party shall appear on all pleadings or other documents filed with the court. (e) Notice of Limited Appearance. Any pleading or other document filed by a limited appearance attorney shall state in bold type on the signature page of that pleading or other document: “Attorney for [Petitioner][Respondent] [address of Petitioner or Respondent] for the limited purpose of [matter or proceeding].” (f) Service. During the attorney’s limited appearance, service of pleadings or other documents related to that matter shall be served upon both the attorney and the party.center_img Unbundled legal services ruleslast_img read more

Millennials aren’t doing what we expected

first_imgby: Joe WinnThe average age of a credit union member is 47. So it stands to reason the industry has a love affair with those of a younger demographic. If only they would talk about it!Truth be told, a day cannot go by without seeing at least one discussion of Millenials and credit unions. Whether it be embracing technological solutions or offering a streamlined approach to lending, everyone has the answer to connecting with this essential generation.There were challenges, however. Millenials don’t buy homes (mortgages), they don’t use credit cards, avoid owning cars (auto loans), and have no intention of changing. Like the disappearance of Tamagotchi pets, the needs of a generation had changed. Face it, it’s hopeless to even bother being in the banking industry anymore. We’ll be lucky if we can hold some of their meager savings.Except all of this turned out to be false. When the average Millenial left school, they walked into a global recession, high unemployment, a banking sector in disarray, Wall Street in free-fall, and continuous threats of government shutdowns. Not an encouraging environment to make a stand! continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUNA Payments Blog: Surviving the shifting payments landscape

first_imgCredit union members and business customers are adopting any number of new electronic payment alternatives to traditional payment options. These changes include new payment innovations driven by technology, the millennial generation, and the changing habits of credit union members.These payment changes will alter the relationship between credit unions and their members, change the credit union’s role in retail payment transactions, and impact credit union daily operations and product offerings.The core payment systems (cash, checking, debit and credit cards, automated clearinghouse) that have traditionally been the backbone of the exchange of payment for goods and services are now being disrupted by new payment instruments created by FinTech startups and established retailers. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Senate makes progress to avoid shutdown; House preps vote on revised relief package

first_imgThe Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on the continuing resolution to extend federal funding to Dec. 11, setting the chamber up to pass the legislation today. The president is expected to sign the measure and prevent a federal government shutdown before funding expires at midnight tonight. In addition, the House could begin the process as early as today to advance a revised coronavirus relief package.The short-term funding deal includes an administration-sought provision to provide assistance to farmers, as well as $8 billion for pandemic-related nutrition assistance. It also extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Sept. 30, 2021. Congress is expected to continue spending discussions after the November election; while the House has passed its fiscal year 2021 spending package, the Senate has yet to do so.In the House, Democrats Monday evening released a revised version of the HEROES Act, which addresses “needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration and reflecting negotiations between Democrats and Republicans,” a press release stated.The revised package includes: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gold Coast real estate in the spotlight as hundreds of properties go to auction

first_img Owners Peter and Christine Taylor have been planning to take their property to auction at The Event for months.“This is the largest property event in Australia, that’s why we wanted to be a part of it,” he said.“With Magic Millions and everyone just buzzing around the place, you can’t pick a better time really.”He said it would be worth the wait even if it doesn’t sell on the day.“To be part of that big event, that does give us some additional profile in the market,” he said.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said it was the perfect time of year to hold The Event, where almost 100 properties would go under the hammer this year.“The Event has now become an iconic national event and while it could be held at any time of the year, it makes the most sense to hold it when the most people are on the Gold Coast,” he said.“Official figures aren’t out but we believe this year will have been a record attendance and events such as the Polo and the Magic Millions are now additional new events to attract more and more people through our summer months.“The Event is always designed to offer the widest variety of options for all types of buyers so we have properties that will rank among the lowest priced on the Gold Coast to (those) that are among the highest priced.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Several agencies across the Gold Coast hold auction events in January.So far six of the 103 properties listed on the 2020 program have sold ahead of auction.While Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s in-room event is the biggest on the Coast, several other agencies will host events over the next few weeks.These include Professionals John Henderson Real Estate’s event on January 21 followed by Amir Prestige Property Agents on January 23, Lucy Cole Prestige Properties on January 24 and Ray White Runaway Bay Group on January 28. Ali Mian, Ray White Runaway Bay Group principal, said 24 properties would go under the hammer at his event next week, including waterfront and golf course mansions, apartments and blocks of land. The Sanctuary Cove mansion at 7309 Bayside Close is one of hundreds of properties that will go under the hammer in the next few weeks.All eyes will be on property this week as thousands of house hunters turn their attention to auction events being held across the Gold Coast.January is traditionally the city’s busiest time of year for auctions, with several agencies hosting events to capitalise on the influx of visitors to the region.While the highly anticipated events are designed to appeal to prospective buyers, many sellers also look forward to them.Peter and Christine Taylor are taking their Sanctuary Cove house to auction at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s The Event on January 25.Mr Taylor said they planned for the renovation of their six-bedroom Bayside Close residence to be finished in time to sell it at the event. MORE NEWS: Hamptons home has the wow factor MORE NEWS: Former Olympic swimmers selling Gold Coast apartmentcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

Summertime Fun and Games at St. Leo’s Carnival

first_imgLINCROFT – St. Leo The Great Roman Catholic Church kicked off the summer fair season with its largest fundraiser of the year, the carnival, held June 17 through 22. The fair was packed with a sea of students fresh out of school as well as their families, friends and fellow parishioners. There were colorful classic rides, games of chance and summertime favorites like sausage and pepper sandwiches, zeppoles and ice cream for fairgoers to enjoy. A super 50/50 yielded $17,360 to the first-place winner. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more

RIDDEN BY CASTELLANO, FAVORED ZINDAYA SAVES GROUND AND SURGES TO HALF LENGTH WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 GOLDIKOVA STAKES; BROWN TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.38

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2016)–Favored Zindaya saved ground throughout, split horses turning for home and surged the final three sixteenths of a mile to take the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by a half length on Sunday at Santa Anita.  Trained by Chad Brown, the Belmont Park-based Zindaya got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.38.“I tried to save all the ground I could,” said Castellano, America’s Eclipse Champion Jockey the past three years, who also guided Brown’s New Money Honey to victory in Friday’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.  “We thought the six (Hillhouse High) would go and she did.  I just tried to follow her and when we swung out at the top of the lane, she gave me a powerful kick.”Off at even money in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up, Zindaya paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.40.  A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by More Than Ready, she picked up her sixth win from 15 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $561,240.“It’s special,” said Bob Edwards, who races as E Five Racing Thoroughbreds, which also owns New Money Honey.  “She’s our first ever stakes winner.  (Zindaya won her first stakes at Belmont in May, 2015, which was also Edwards’ first stakes win as an owner).  “Javier has done a great job with her and Chad has done a great job with her…This is my first time out here.  It’s been a pretty good year and winning this race makes a big difference.”California-bred Tiz a Kiss sat second the entire trip under Kent Desormeaux and battled tenaciously throughout, finishing second, a nose in front of Hillhouse High.  Off at 10-1, Tiz a Kiss paid $7.60 and $5.00.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Hillhouse High set fractions of 23.43, 47.47, 1:11.85 and 1:23.14.  Off at 17-1, she paid $7.80 to show.Sunday is closing day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.  Live racing returns to Arcadia the day after Christmas, Dec. 26.last_img read more

Bromfield to start hurdles season at Carifta Trials

first_imgCommonwealth Youth Games champion, Junelle Bromfield, will run her first 400-metre hurdles race of the 2016 season at this weekend’s Carifta trials.Bromfield has performed well in the 400 and 800 metres, but hasn’t yet contested a hurdles race. The St Elizabeth Technical High School standout is nevertheless optimistic.With ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships just around the corner, the trials present a final opportunity for the World Youth Championship finalist to get some race preparation in time.”I’m planning to redeem myself from the disappointment in World Youth, so that’s the aim,” said Bromfield last week in reference to her seventh place finish at that meet in Cali, Colombia.”I’ve been working on my technique very much,” the Reynaldo Walcott-coached athlete offered. “I haven’t done any hurdles races this season, but you’ll see me in one very soon.”Asked whether this would be the trials, she answered, “Yes.”She has the fastest times by a Jamaican schoolgirl in the 400 52.43 seconds and the 800 metres two minutes 07.37 seconds. However, after stopping at the first hurdle in the heats at last year’s Boys and Girls’ Champs, she went on to great things.Bromfield set a personal best of 58.07 seconds at the National Junior Championships, with success at the Commonwealth Youth Games to follow.The fastest Jamaican junior in the event this year is Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High. The diminutive Kalawan won the Central Championships title in 57.20 seconds.Bromfield, Kalawan and the rest of the nation’s best Under-20 athletes will compete for places on this year’s Carifta team at the National Stadium on March 5 and 6.last_img read more