The Young Guns, coached by Iain Harvey, stayed with Co-op throughout the contest, and with the score tied 6-6 in the final minutes, went ahead for good.Members of the winning Young Guns includes, back row, L-R, Erick Norberg, Luke Mori, Mitch Melanson, Iain Harvey, Kevin Lewis, Simon Sheppard and Andrew Woodward. Front, Louis Loeschnik, Russell Rae, Mitch Popadynetz and Ryan Lewis.The other teams in the running for the Mallard’s honour are:The Scornets, outlasting the Creamers in an upset to claim the Bridge Ladies Rec title; Neon Indians coming out on top of the Finley’s Co-Ed League with a 6-2 win over Marshmellow Conspiracy of Selkirk College and Bia Bora rallying back to defeat Abacus 6-3 in the Jackson’s Hole Masters Men’s Final. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports didn’t need to look far for potential entrants into this week’s winner of Team of the Week as Soccer Quest concluded the season with its Champions Weekend. No less than four winning teams were crowned this past weekend at Soccer Quest Indoor facility. But the judges went with the Young Guns after the squad knocked off defending champion Kootenay Co-op 8-6 in the final of the Finley’s Men’s Open.
Team BC’s run at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia ended Saturday morning with a 6-5 loss to Bryan Cochrane of Team Ontario during semi final action.Team BC lost a chance to finish in the medals after dropping a 7-5 decision to Alan O’Leary of Team Nova Scotia in the Bronze Medal match.Meanwhile, Cochrane doubled Randy Neufeld of Team Manitoba 6-3 to capture the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in the Gold medal game.What’s even more crushing to Skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson of Kelownaa, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson was the fact Team BC held the advantage with last rock in the final end in semi final action against the eventual 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Champs.However, Cochrane overcame not having the hammer to steal one and the hearts of Team BC at the same time.”We lost that game by a quarter of an inch,” Ursel’s third, Fred Thomson said following the game.Thomson said Ursel’s first stone in the end caught something on the ice, which put the pressure even more on the Team BC rink.Then with Ursel’s final shot, needing a double takeout to win the game, Team BC’s rock came up ever so close to scoring the winning point.”Bob hit (the stone) where we thought we had to hit it,” Thomson explained. “There wasn’t a measurement, but we both looked at the two stones for a minute before realizing Team Ontario’s rock was shot.”Team BC had the advantage coming home, leading 5-3 after six ends.However, Cochrane scored a deuce in the seventh before completing the comeback with a single in the eighth.Thomson said Team BC third Dave Stephenson, who was injured Friday, played, and played well for the westcoast province. Team BC suffers huge setback, qualifies for playoffs at 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling ChampionshipsJust when everything was going so well . . . well, then this happens.Team BC suffered a huge setback Friday at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia when third Dave Stephenson injured a knee walking off the ice following the morning draw.“We had just played Team Ontario when Dave stepped in a spot at the end of the sheet with no ice and slipped,” third Fred Thomson of the Bob Ursel rink told The Nelson Daily.“He thought he was okay but while we were eating after he noticed the knee swelled so he went to get it check out.”Turns out Stephenson tweaked something in his knee.Skip Bob Ursel, Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson had just handed Team Ontario an 8-2 thrashing — skip Bryan Cochrane’s only loss of the Championships.However, the injury prevented Stephenson from taking to the ice for Team BC’s final game of the Championships, a 6-0 loss to Team Manitoba — a game that was called after five ends.“We’re hoping Dave is okay for (Saturday),” said Thomson, adding the rink was not really into playing the final game, especially after Stephenson went down.“He’s doing everything he can to be ready for the semi final.”Team BC, finishing with a 7-3 record, advances to the Playoff round as the fourth seed.Team BC, which meets Team Ontario at 5:30 a.m. PDT, moved Thomson to third and called in a spare to play lead against Manitoba.If Stephenson is ready to give it a go, Thomson is confident Team BC has just a good a chance to win the Championship as any of the other three rinks — Team Ontario, Team Nova Scotia and Team Manitoba.“We believe we’re have just a good a chance as any of the team,” Thomson said.“The way we’re curling, especially after the Ontario game, we feel we have a good shot at this.”That’s, of course, with Stephenson healthy playing third. Right now everyone in BC has fingers crossed.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2016)–Last early, a rejuvenated Decked Out rallied wide turning for home to register and emphatic 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes, the first of six stakes events on Santa Anita Derby Day at The Great Race Place. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his Hall of Fame brother, Kent, Decked Out negotiated 1 1/8 miles over a turf course listed as “good” in 1:52.72.“I wish I could say that I’ve done something different with her, but really, it’s just been the switch to turf that’s turned her around,” said Keith Desormeaux, when asked if he could explain his filly’s rapid improvement. “It only took us about eight races to figure out that we should try the grass, and really, that’s been the biggest reason.”Breaking from the rail in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, Decked Out was hammered down to 3-1 off of a morning line of 8-1 and paid $8.60, $5.40 and $3.80. Owned by Gene Voss and Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss, picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $202,768. In garnering her stakes win, Decked Out improved her overall mark to 10-2-1-3.“She’s matured,” said Kent Desormeaux. “She’s letting me drive, instead of wanting to go all out…Now she can go a mile and an eighth. That’s just maturity and Keith’s training.”Irish-bred Jeremy’s Legacy traded punches on the front end with Do the Dance and wrested control mid-way around the far turn, opened up two length advantage approaching the furlong pole, but was inhaled by the winner approaching the sixteenth marker and finished second, a head in front of an on-coming Nodiac.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Jeremy’s Legacy was off at 19-1 and paid $17.40 and $10.00.Nodiac, who was also bred in Ireland, finished well under Rafael Bejarano at 7-2 and paid $3.60 to show.Lady Valeur, who was favored at 2-1 with Gary Stevens, was attentive to the early pace but flattened out late to finish fifth.With the temporary rail set at 20 feet, fractions on the race were 23.51, 49.17, 1:15.14 and 1:40.36.
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Parking meter burden…different approach by City Council could have avoided troubles – PresidentAs the controversy surrounding the paid parking system continues to mount, Government has now come out saying it is not satisfied with the deal between thePresident David GrangerGeorgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions Incorporated (SCSI).This pronouncement was made by President David Granger on the weekly televised programme – ‘The Public Interest’ – which aired on Friday evening. The declaration came on the heels of City Council returning to the discussion table; firstly, to iron out issues and concerns of civil society and secondly, to have renewed arrangements with SCS, the company contracted to implement the paid parking system in the country.“Let me say that the Government of Guyana is not satisfied with the general provisions of the Parking Meter Project. The Government engaged with the municipality to have another look at the project and engage with civil society and the business community with a view of arriving at an outcome which is acceptable to both sides,” the President said to reporters during the programme.There has been widespread public outcry against the Parking Meter Project over the past months with a movement staging protest actions against the “draconian” costs and penalties of the project. This cry for help from Central Government prompted a meeting between the President and M&CC last week. Following that meeting, it was announced on Friday that the clamping of vehicles and institution of fines will be placed on hold pending talks to revise the parking fees as well as discussions with civil society.According to the Head of State during the televised programme, his Administration believes that the rates are high and that there should have been certain parking exemptions from the inception, issues which he said have largely contributed to the troubles the project is facing.At the same time, he sought to address the concerns of businesses who are claiming that since the operation of the paid parking system in the city they have been experiencing a dip in their business activities. The President outlined that while he understands the predicament of the businesses, the City Council needs to generate revenues.“Nobody likes paying taxes but how will the city run… One of the leading protesters, I would even say an instigator, has actually wrote the City Council for waivers of taxes which are due. You are saying there must be no Parking Meter Project and on the other hand, you want waivers… Pay your taxes and let the city run properly and we won’t have to resort to these measures,” he stated.However, Government had initially maintained that it was not going to intervene into the matter as it was giving the M&CC its independence to run the city.Governance Minister Raphael Trotman at a recent post-Cabinet press conference had said “No,” when asked if Government is likely to intervene, given the rejection and huge outcry by citizens on parking meters.Closely guarded contractSince the signing of the contract, the document has been closely guarded with Council members only allowed viewing. After concerns were raised, Cabinet directed that the contract was reviewed by the Finance Ministry and the Attorney General Chambers during which it was found that most of the terms are overwhelmingly in favour of Smart City Solutions and contains a ‘terror clause’.It was reported that the review highlighted that if the City unilaterally terminates the agreement, it would be bound to “pay the concessionaire a lump sum payment equivalent to the total direct and indirect, hard and soft cost cumulative gross investment of the concessionaire in the project”.Asked whether M&CC erred in handpicking the Mexican-based company as oppose to following proper procedures and going to tender, President Granger posited that he has not “double guess” the nature of the contract but thought these controversies could have been avoided had there been more consultations with stakeholders by the City Council before venture into the agreement.“We do feel that the contract is burdensome and we feel that there was simply was enough communications with the other partners and civil society. We feel that was injurious to the character of the final contract. I believe if a procedure had been followed in which there was wider advertising, there could have been a different outcome but as I said, we have not double guessed the work of the Council and it’s a matter for the Council to decide. I don’t think that any law was broken but at the same time I fell that the approach of the City Council could have been different,” Granger pointed out.Impose solutionNevertheless, the Head of State noted that despite its dissatisfaction with the deal, Government is not going to impose a solution on the municipality and instead, will await the outcome of talks between the City Hall and civil society.Against this backdrop, Granger sought to reiterate that he is not against a paid parking system in Georgetown since the city is in dire need of revenues to meet its daily needs.“Government regards the parking meters as a legitimate means of getting taxes to run the city’s affairs. We use the roads, we see the canals, we enjoy certain facilities and these things have to be paid for,” he noted.The Guyanese leader added that having a consensual Parking Meter Project would have served to address the traffic congestion in the city.“It’s the national capital and it is felt that by the use of parking meters in certain areas, the congestion would be reduced so Government is not against the notion of a Parking Meter Project but… we felt that there needs to be more consultation and more communication and the arrival at a more consensual solution,” Granger asserted.