first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOE TALAMO, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: “We had a really good trip, he broke really sharp, I noticed the two outside horses went and I was just trying to track them around there. He was just full of run turning for home. He just tries really hard and you can do whatever you want with him, he finally drew the outside today so we were able to kind of sit outside. With the right trip, I don’t think this colt has any distance limitations.  If he settles like he did today, he’s gonna be very tough.  He can go to the lead or sit second or third, as long as he settles, he’ll finish.”MIKE SMITH, ROADSTER, SECOND:  “My horse ran good, but Mucho Gusto is really good right now.  We just couldn’t run him down, but this should set him up good for next time.”TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: “I thought maybe Kingly would be on the lead but I think he was just playing it by ear but when the one (Visitant) went they just sat. I told Joe, if we are going to win any bigger purses this horse need to learn to relax instead of going out there fast all the time. I think this horse is maturing, he is a late foal and he’s getting better. That race at Sunland (Grade III Sunland Derby, two starts back on March 24) set him back a little. They went so fast. There’s some derbies around, but I think he’ll probably go to the Haskell (Invitational, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles July 20 at Monmouth Park).  As long as he relaxes, he’ll run that far. When we run him in these races we just try to get something positive from him, but I think Mucho has really improved.“Roadster was coming at the end but he’s not quite where he was, this was a positive move forward. He needs a little bit more weight on him after the Derby. He’s not where he was (when he won the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 6), but he’ll get there.  He needed a turnaround race and hopefully this is it.“It’s just one of those thing where we are just happy that we won it because when you have three of them in a race you hope you win it with one of them.”NOTES: Bob Baffert trained both runner up Roadster and Kingly. The winning owner is Michael Petersen.last_img read more

IBank May Face Criminal Charges

first_imgThe two controversial checks bearing the names of Cllr. Mose Paegar and Roberta Parker, in the amounts of US$10,000 and US$75,000, respectively, instead of allegedly Alex Tyler and Richard Tolbert.International Bank Liberia Limited (IBLL) could face criminal charges, if the ongoing investigation proves that the bank deliberately changed the names that were previously written on two of its checks in the amount of US$10,000 and US$75,000 allegedly cashed and paid to former National Investment Commission boss, Richard Tolbert and former House Speaker, Bomi County, District #1 Representative Alex Tyler, as claimed by the Global Witness bribery report.The two controversial checks, one dated June 23, 2010, in the amount of US$10,000 was said to have been paid to co-defendant Tolbert, while the other check dated August 25, the same year in the amount of US$75,000 was paid to co-defendant Tyler.The bank had insisted that the June 23 check was made out to Cllr. Moses Paegar, managing partner of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm. Paegar is also the president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).The August 25 check was in the name of Mrs. Roberta Parker, a staff of the law firm.The monies, the GW claimed, were withdrawn by the pair from the account of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, owned by co-defendant Varney Sherman, a lawyer for Sable Mining, a UK based company as a bribe to alter the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) Act to award the Wologizi Mountain to the company without it going through the competitive bidding process.The government has already submitted the two checks to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to begin a probe to pursue criminal action against the bank if it is found that the original names on the checks were replaced.The investigation will also target Sabanoh Printing Press, the entity allegedly hired by the bank to print its checks, in order to authenticate the serial numbers and other features on the checks.Prosecution’s strong position against the bank was due to IB’s inconsistency when the bank was summoned by the court to account for the checks.The IB officials initially denied having any knowledge about the two checks, alleging that they had destroyed or turned over to the law firm documents regarding the firm’s financial transactions with the bank prior to the case dating back to 2010.Those statements were made when the bank was threatened by the court to produce the checks, which prosecution argued it would not proceed further with the case in the absence of the two checks because they were among its major documentary evidences against the defendants.Based on the court’s ultimatum the bank, a week later, produced the two checks in court, but with two different names on them. This prompted the probe and if found liable of any alteration of the ‘original’ names on the checks, could warrant subsequent government criminal action against the bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell is coming out of retirement – just months after he said he was planning to put his feet up.The chart-topping star revealed the news as he received the Freedom of his native Donegal at a glamorous occasion on Friday in Lifford.The singer, 50, has been taking things a lot easier after he announced he was taking a break after three decades of performing. His fans around the world rushed to see the star after he said he would not be playing any more long tours.But Daniel reassured fans that he never planned to hang up his microphone just yet.‘When I announced I was planning to take things easier, some people said that I was retiring.“That was never the plan. I just wanted to take things a little easier after being on the go for so long. “I’ll be back next year with a full tour of Ireland. I think I have a few good years left yet,” he said.A genuinely overwhelmed Daniel was surrounded by family and friends including wife Majella and mother Julia, 92, when he became just the fifth person to be presented with the freedom of Donegal.Daniel joked it was an honour to hear so many good things said about himself which most people would only hear at their funerals.Among those who said they were sorry they could not make it to Donegal to see Daniel honoured was his personal friend Sir Cliff Richard who sent his apologies.However one person who was there was the legendary Dublin singer-songwriter Pete St John who penned The Fields of Athenry. Pete said he travelled to Donegal to congratulate his friend.“We all only wish we had Daniel’s fan-base. The real reason I came here is to see if he will sing one of my songs,” laughed Pete.DANIEL REVEALS HE IS COMING OUT OF ‘RETIREMENT’! was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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