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Loan Moratorium And Interest Waiver – Live Updates from Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesLoan Moratorium And Interest Waiver – Live Updates from Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Dec 2020 12:06 AMShare This – xIn loan moratorium and interest waiver case Senior Advocate V Giri resumed his arguments before a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn loan moratorium and interest waiver case Senior Advocate V Giri resumed his arguments before a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok BhushanLive Updates 9 Dec 2020 12:38 AMThe bench says that it has to hear Senior Advocate Harish Salve and others.Since the court is to hear a Constitution bench case at 2 pm of which Justice Bhushan is a part, the current bench is rising now.9 Dec 2020 12:38 AMThere is a news that the IBA has approached the RBI to extend restructuring date to March 31, Advocate Vishal Tiwari says.Just wait, bench says9 Dec 2020 12:38 AMHave complied with all directives but at the end of the day, you have to leave it to the banks, Rohatgi says for SBI and concurs with the Centre’s stand that a blanket order for waiving off interest will lead to foregoing over 6 lac crore.9 Dec 2020 12:37 AMThese are economic policies and I don’t think the RBI or Centre could have done anything more. There are lacs and lacs of small depositors for every big borrower, court must not lose sight of this, says Rohatgi9 Dec 2020 12:37 AMRohatgi taking the bench through requisite documents.Everything is set out, he says9 Dec 2020 12:26 AMI am appearing for SBI, I am only saying that these are matters of economic policy, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi says.Has your board passed a RP? first you tell us that, Justice Bhushan asks.9 Dec 2020 12:25 AMMr. Giri, do you watch Kaun Banega Crorepati? Shah JI used to but beyond Rs. 3000, questions became difficult for me to answer, says Giri for”Because you are only on RBI RBI RBI. Beside you don’t need to watch it with RBI by your side!” Justice Shah 9 Dec 2020 12:21 AMThe eligibility of the borrower is detailed.Eligibility is mentioned under clause 3 of the Circular and stipulates eligibility on account of “stress due to covid19”.So invocation under Section 14 can be made within contours of this framework, says Giri 9 Dec 2020 12:14 AMThis only means that the borrower does not even have to carry the actual resolution plan, says Giri for RBIHe assures that court that this has already been stipulated and can put it in writing as well.9 Dec 2020 12:14 AMBorrower will only come and say that they want to take benefit of the RBI circular of August 6? Justice Bhushan>Load MoreSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Almagro: ICC Should Investigate Torture in Venezuela

first_imgBy Voice of America January 29, 2020 On December 12, 2019, Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should investigate torture in Venezuela inflicted on adversaries with the support of Cuban agents.Almagro’s statements followed the presentation at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. of the annual report on Venezuela by the Casla Institute, a Prague-based think tank focusing on Latin America.The report accuses the disputed government of Nicolás Maduro of “systematic repression” and of perpetrating “crimes against humanity.”Almagro said that the Casla Institute had found new evidence about torture methods used at clandestine centers in Venezuela, “under clear Cuban influence.”“The systematic and generalized use of torture in Venezuela to attack those who aim to restore fundamental rights and democracy is clearly a crime against humanity that should be immediately investigated by the ICC Office of the Prosecutor,” Almagro said.The OAS secretary general also stressed the lack of “essential guarantees” for citizens in Venezuela, where “the judicial system serves only the regime’s interests” and “security forces systematically persecute every individual who does not obey the dictatorial system.”“Even in the country’s urban areas, which were traditionally loyal to the regime, now the government is sending the Police’s Special Action Forces [FAES, in Spanish], as well as ‘colectivos’ [illegal armed groups that support Maduro] to keep them under control and prevent any dissent,” he added.“Thousands of extrajudicial killings” are taking place, particularly in these areas, he added.Almagro said that the July report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported 5,287 extrajudicial killings in 2018 and 1,569 from January to May 2019, confirming what the OAS had already documented in 2018.In February 2018, the ICC started preliminary investigations on alleged crimes committed in Venezuela during massive protests against Maduro in 2017, which left a death toll of 125.In a report published on December 5, 2019, the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor said that they expected to finish evaluating the documents provided by the OAS and the OHCHR, among others, “in early 2020.”last_img read more

Serena holds Wimbledon mental edge

first_imgSerena Williams heads to Wimbledon to defend her title with seeds of doubt and defeatism already sown in the minds of her opponents.The psychological scars of playing the younger Williams sister run deep in the women’s game and, now that the American has dusted off the red clay from her shoes, predictions of an upset on southwest London’s luscious lawns are few and far between.Having bludgeoned her way to a 16th grand slam and second title at Roland Garros, Williams can now tighten her grip still further on the sport she has come to dominate by claiming a fourth major in five attempts.Few rivalsIt is little wonder then that Williams’s rivals for the Wimbledon title can realistically be counted on one hand.Her opponent in the final at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova, and Belarussian world number two Victoria Azarenka are the leading candidates to throw a spanner in the works. Confidence, however, is hardly overflowing.Sharapova was circumspect to say the least on entering the French Open final having lost 12 consecutive matches to Williams.“I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me, obviously,” the Russian said of a losing record stretching back to 2004.Defeat in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January is the only smudge on a near-perfect year in which Williams has returned to the pinnacle of the rankings and re-conquered Paris, where the title had eluded her since 2002.Back then she went on to complete the “Serena Slam”, winning all four majors consecutively and few would bet against her repeating the trick. She is on a 31-match winning streak with a 75-4 win-loss record in the past 12 months and has the added comfort of knowing that her game is ideally suited to the All England Club where her huge serve and heavy hits skid through with a little extra fizz.Petra Kvitova, 2011 Wimbledon champion, is not the first to suggest that Serena’s biggest opponent is frequently herself.“I think that the players have to play 100 per cent and to play really, really well. Serena sometimes doesn’t have a great day but she’s still able to beat the other players,” she told Reuters.Few chancesWorld number five Sara Errani, who was on the receiving end of one of Williams’s most emphatic maulings in the semi-finals in Paris, losing 6-0 6-1, neatly summed up the sense of foreboding. “You have to have one of your best days and try to think she can have one bad day,” she said.At 31, Williams is already the oldest woman to win a major since Martina Navratilova claimed a ninth Wimbledon singles title in 1990.She needs two more to draw level with both Navratilova and Chris Evert who sit above her with 18 major titles on the all-time women’s list headed by Margaret Court with 24.While the ultra-competitive men’s game holds few parallels with the Williams-dominated women’s, the American needs one more grand slam to draw level with Roger Federer, often hailed as the greatest player to pick up a racket.She is the best player that ever lived. She’s a level above anyone – there’s no doubt about it. Serena is one of the greatest athletes in the history of our sport, male or female. She has such an intimidation factor it will be difficult for anyone to beat her John McEnroe,“She’s playing the best tennis of her career, mentally she’s in the best place I’ve ever seen her,” three-times men’s champion John McEnroe said during a conference call organised by ESPN.“She is the best player that ever lived. She’s a level above anyone – there’s no doubt about it.“Serena is one of the greatest athletes in the history of our sport, male or female. She has such an intimidation factor it will be difficult for anyone to beat her.”Older sister Venus, who won the last of her five Wimbledon titles in 2008, has pulled out this year with a back injury, and among the rest the title credentials are flimsy. Sharapova has reached only one Wimbledon final since winning it as 17-year-old in 2004 while Azarenka has fallen at the semi-final stage in the last two years and has enjoyed grand-slam success only in Australia.Last year’s surprise finalist Agnieszka Radwanska is playing down her hopes of going one better.“There’s always a bit of pressure when you are defending a final (appearance) but I’m just trying not to really think about it, just enjoying playing on grass, enjoying Wimbledon – it’s my favourite grand slam.”last_img read more

Dodgers 2019 spring training preview: Will 3rd time be the charm?

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco There really is only one way for the Dodgers to silence such talk – get back to another World Series and write a different ending.Flawed though they might have been, individually, the Dodgers shed a lot of productive players this offseason – outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig and pitcher Alex Wood were traded to the Cincinnati Reds, catcher Yasmani Grandal signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and shortstop Manny Machado remains among baseball’s unemployed masses.That group combined to give the Dodgers 421 hits, 81 home runs, 258 RBIs and 223 runs last season, plus Wood’s 151-2/3 innings (second on the team behind Clayton Kershaw). It’s a lot to replace and the Dodgers “intentionally shuffled the deck a bit,” as Roberts put it, betting on a more balanced roster (with the addition of outfielder A.J. Pollock and the return of shortstop Corey Seager), a renewed commitment to grit (personified by veteran catcher Russell Martin) and investment in their bullpen (Joe Kelly).“I think this team is just as talented, for me,” Roberts said, citing one of the deepest groups of starting pitchers in baseball and a bullpen fortified by the signing of Kelly. “And I think in practice it’s better because it’s a more balanced ballclub. Pollock is a big part of that. Now on any given night, regardless of who we’re facing, it’s going to be a tough offense to navigate.“I think getting arguably our best player from two years ago back healthy is something that’s a big deal. … I just don’t see any weaknesses with this ballclub where last year you could argue if we faced a lefty we could be exposed a little bit.”Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spent much of his winter trying to fill vacancies in the front office. Hanging over every move, though, was the overarching question of what it will take for the Dodgers to finish their unfinished business.“A big focus for us this offseason was ‘How do you achieve more consistency?’ ” Friedman said. “I think the team last year was the most talented team I have ever been around. But for a host of reasons, some bad luck, some real, we weren’t as consistent. And I think a big thing for us is to avoid the games where we score zero, one or two runs. As often as we can, score three or more and we will win a lot of games doing that, especially with our pitching staff.”The Dodgers were held under three runs in a game 43 times last season and lost 39 of them, many early in the year as injuries to Seager and Justin Turner fueled a “World Series hangover” that made their sixth consecutive NL West title their most difficult.“Two years in the World Series is fun. Awesome. But that feeling at the end is not,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. “You want to have that great feeling.”As spring training begins, the most significant questions facing the Dodgers are:WHEN WILL COREY SEAGER BE READY TO PLAY?The Dodgers (and Seager) have been cautiously optimistic about his recovery from hip and elbow surgeries last year. But Seager wasn’t scheduled to start taking actual batting practice until right before camp opens and his throwing program only recently progressed to long toss from 120 feet. Realistically, don’t look for Seager to appear in any Cactus League games until some time in March and don’t be surprised if he starts the season on the Injured List with a rehab assignment in the minors to shake off the rust.HOW WILL THE CATCHING TIME-SHARE SHAKE OUT?Russell Martin will turn 36 on Friday and his days of being a 130-game catcher are in the rear-view mirror. Austin Barnes regressed badly as a hitter in 2018 and has to regain the career momentum he had in 2017. The Dodgers will have to sort out how much playing time each can handle – and deserve. However it shakes out, the Dodgers will be hard-pressed to minimize the offensive dropoff from departed Yasmani Grandal.Related Articles WHERE DOES ALEX VERDUGO FIT IN?The Dodgers’ top prospect (unless you prefer Double-A catcher Keibert Ruiz), Verdugo has spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A where he hit .321 with an .842 OPS. He has nothing left to prove there and could start to regress if handed another plane ticket to Oklahoma City. The Dodgers were willing to trade Verdugo this winter. Instead, he comes to camp with a crowded group of outfielders fighting for playing time.WHO WILL BE THE ODD MAN (MEN?) OUT IN THE ROTATION?The Dodgers’ depth in starting pitching is the envy of 29 other teams. Even with the trade of Alex Wood to Cincinnati, they have six players in camp this week who made at least 15 starts for them last season – Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Add in Caleb Ferguson (who pitched well out of the bullpen in the second half last season), Julio Urias (fully recovered from 2017 shoulder surgery), Dennis Santana and Brock Stewart. The spillover will splash into the big-league bullpen or Triple-A OKC’s rotation.HAVE KERSHAW AND JANSEN PICKED UP SPEED?Most Cactus League ballparks come without radar guns so the answer to this might have to wait until the regular season begins. Both Kershaw and Kenley Jansen had – by their lofty standards – sub-par seasons in 2018 with much attention given to decreased velocity on their fastballs. After signing a new contract last fall, Kershaw said he was focused on “proving a lot of people wrong.” Jansen, meanwhile, has put health issues behind him and promised to “get ready” for a bounce-back season. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img If at first you don’t succeed, try – try again?The Dodgers will begin reporting to Camelback Ranch on Tuesday (though many have already moved their offseason workouts to the complex) and open their second consecutive spring training as the National League’s reigning champions.It has been almost two decades since any team went to three consecutive World Series – the New York Yankees did it four years in a row from 1998-2001 – and even longer since a National League team has done it. You have to go all the way back to the World War II era to find a three-year run atop the NL. The 1942-44 St. Louis Cardinals did it.Perhaps more relevant for these Dodgers, only once in major-league history has a team lost in back-to-back World Series (as the Dodgers have done) and then returned to win the championship in the third year (as the Dodgers vow to do) – the 1923 Yankees of Babe Ruth and friends. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Those Yankees did add a future Hall of Famer in Lou Gehrig during the 1923 season (though he played only 13 games in his MLB debut). Much of the focus on these Dodgers has been on what they couldn’t do the past two Octobers or what they didn’t do this winter – sign Bryce Harper or trade for J.T. Realmuto. But rather than focus on what they missed out on, Manager Dave Roberts plans to remind his team this spring what they have accomplished.“I think there’s going to be an intentional shift of narrative for me to the players as far as – this core group has done a lot of great things,” said Roberts, whose teams have won 287 games over the past three seasons and extended a run of division titles to six in a row (the third longest by any team in the divisional era). “This organization is very successful and I think you wouldn’t get that from what’s outside the organization … the people making the most noise.”Roberts refers to the chattering class, amplified by Twitter, that views the Dodgers as merely the last loser for failing to win either of the past two World Series, labeling any season that doesn’t end with a champagne party as a failure.Between vacations in Italy and Jackson Hole, Wyoming – and agreeing to a new four-year contract – Roberts took note.“It was something during the winter – and I can’t recall what moment it was – but it was just really clear to me that this is some unfair criticism,” Roberts said. “When you tell me that there’s one team that wins it all and for us, with what we’ve done, that last year was all for naught? I refuse to believe that. That just doesn’t make any sense to me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

first_imgUniversity of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt, center, addresses the media following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 22, 2014. From left are, Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator, University President Tom Ross and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham at right. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout.The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier. More than 3,100 students — about half of them athletes — benefited from sham classes and artificially high grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department (AFAM) in Chapel Hill.A report by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein indicates that the bogus classes ended in 2011. The university has since overhauled the department and implemented new policies, but it must wait to find out whether the damaging new details lead to more problems with the agency that accredits the school. The NCAA, which has reopened its investigation into academic misconduct, could also have concerns of lack of institutional control.“Bad actions of a relatively few number of people were definitely compounded by inaction and the lack of really appropriate checks and balances,” Chancellor Carol Folt said Thursday. “And it was together that really allowed this to persist for such a length of time.”The issues outlined in the report were jarring, including the clear involvement of athletic counselors who steered athletes into those bogus classes. From 1993 to 2011, those classes required no attendance and required only a research paper that received A’s and B’s without regard for quality, a cursory review often performed by an office secretary who also signed the chairman’s name to grade rolls.Those two people — retired administrator Deborah Crowder and former chairman Julius Nyang’oro — were at the center of the scheme. But Wainstein’s report also notes school officials failed to act on their suspicions or specific concerns that came to their attention. It all added up to a series of missed chances to stop the fraud and instead allowed it to escalate.Accreditation questions are now facing the university.The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges had placed the campus on its watch list until this summer and required the school to allow students who took a bogus course to take another for free. The commission will send the school a letter in the next few days asking administrators to demonstrate they are still in compliance with standards required for the seal of approval, SACS President Belle Wheelan said.“What we would do is ask them is, this is bigger than you thought it was, what are you going to do now? It’s a mess,” Wheelan said.The school’s response will be addressed by the 77-member board at its meeting in December, she said.“We are interested in more than anything in making sure that the students don’t run into problems trying to explain any degrees that they have after the fact as a result of this,” Wheelan said.SACS’ core requirements for accrediting a degree-granting university include clear control over “all aspects of its educational program,” including athletics. And the issue of institutional control could impact the NCAA probe, raise questions about what coaches knew and ultimately lead to possible wins and championships being vacated.“If we go back with the NCAA in our joint review, and … if we’ve identified that we have played students who were ineligible, then obviously we would have to vacate wins at that time,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “But as long as the courses and the credits and everything count to the accrediting agency, we’re very comfortable with our certification process — that our students were eligible to compete when they competed.”The university’s fate lies in someone else’s hands now after a hands-off approach by administrators and autonomy for department chairs.The AFAM department escaped external reviews required every five years because it lacked a graduate program. Nyang’oro was also exempt from peer reviews for tenured faculty because he was a department chairman.Folt said she believed the school would’ve caught the fraud sooner if not for those since-removed exemptions.The report points out there also were other chances to stop it.Folt is holding everyone accountable.“It really isn’t something that you could look at as only one thing,” the chancellor said. “It had the combination, and that’s why we have to make sure we can’t be complacent about it. We have to accept full responsibility for it.”___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardaplast_img read more

Thursday is Kids Day at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook65Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County FairThursday is another day packed with events, entertainment and fun for the whole herd at the Thurston County Fair. Thursday is Kid’s Day at the fair, and that means you can save with the whole herd when you celebrate summer with Sammy Steer!Thursday, July 31 is the return of Kid’s Day when admission for kids ages 5 to 14 is just $2. Admission for kids age 5 and under is always free at the fair. July 31 is also Buddy Day, when you can get two carnival ride armbands for $24 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.Thursday, July 31 is also the start of the Dessert of the Day contests, kicking off with the deliciously decadent Chocolate Cake Contest. All chocolate varieties are welcome… and encouraged! Bring your chocolate cake entry to the Thurston Expo Center between noon and 2 p.m. and get free admission to the fair for the day. All entries must include the recipe with contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org/exhibitor_guide.htm.Thursday, July 31 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled—dancing, music, art, animals, and much more. (Complete July 31 events schedule below.)For more information about these events and other fair entertainment, go to www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and click on “Daily Events Calendar.” July 31 Thurston County Fair Events8 a.m.4-H Equine Int. & Sr. Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage Seat Equitation, Harness Reinsmenship, Precision Driving – Andrews Arena9 a.m.FFA Dairy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type – West Arena-110 a.m. 4-H Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llamas/Alpacas Public Relations Contest – West Arena-24-H Dog Judging Contest (Part 2 of 2) – Chitty BarnHome Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.4-H Dairy Goat Fit/Show followed by Type – West Arena-1FFA Beef Fitting & Showing followed by FFA Type – East Arena10:30 a.m.4-H Cat Judging Contest – Petersen BarnParamount Martial Arts – Main Stage11:30 a.m.Center Stage Academy – Main Stage, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage12 p.m.Kids Activities & Games – Heritage Green, noon to 3 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage HallEnter Chocolate Cake Contest – Thurston Expo Center, noon to 2 p.m.FFA Dairy Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – Hicks Lake Barn12:30 p.m.4-H Dog Obedience – Chitty BarnSpecial Features – Food Court Stage1 p.m.4-H Cavy Type Judging – Petersen Barn4-H Beef Type – East Arena, 1 to 4 p.m. (time approx. after FFA beef show)FFA Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn 1:30 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court StageRonald McDonald – Main Stage2 p.m.4-H Cat Games – Petersen Barn4-H Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type – Hicks Lake BarnSlieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage2:30 p.m.Cymantha Burkle School of Music – Food Court Stage, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.3 p.m.4-H Fleece Goats Type followed by Fitting & Showing – Hicks Lake BarnKid’s Tractor Pull – Main StagePredators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall4 p.m.  Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage4-H Cavy Fitting & Showing – Petersen BarnChocolate Cake Contest final judging – Thurston Expo CenterFFA Dairy Goat Classes – West Arena4:30 p.m. FFA Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – West Arena5 p.m.Debbi’s Dance – Thurston Expo Center4-H & FFA Rabbit Fitting & Showing – Petersen Barn, 5 to 8 p.m.6 p.m.4-H Cat Game – Petersen Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpacas Handlers Class – Llama BarnProfessor Bamboozle – Food Court StageHigh Impact Dance – Main StageFFA Meat Goat Classes – West Arena4-H Goat Costume Class – East Arena4-H Equine Haul In & Out – East Arena, 6 to 9 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall7 p.m.Open Class Sheep Haul Out – Barns4-H Silver Bucket Event-Dairy Goat Milk Out Contest – Willuweit Pavilion4-H Dog Activities – Chitty BarnLive & Local concert series: Red & Ruby – Food Court StageLive & Local concert series: Brittany Kingery – Main Stage center_img *Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. *Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.last_img read more

CLASSY HARD NOT TO LIKE SURGES LATE AT RAIL TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES BY A NECK UNDER ESPINOZA; CLEMENT TRAINEE OVERHAULS PACESETTER FANTICOLA ON MONEY

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2015)–Classy Hard Not to Like sat mid-pack early, bided her time at the rail for an eighth of a mile late and was rewarded with a hard fought neck victory under Victor Espinoza in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. With Fanticola, ridden by Joe Talamo, dictating moderate fractions, Hard Not to Like, who is trained by Christophe Clement, moved into contention around the far turn and was just up at the wire, getting 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.87.“When she broke and crossed the dirt, everyone was going a different direction so I dropped her all the way down to the rail,” said Espinoza. “I was going to stay there and if it opened, it opened. In the stretch, when I saw the rider in front of me (Talamo) switch to his left hand, I knew that normally a horse will drift out a little. I knew it was my chance and that’s how I got through on the inside.“I called Christophe (Clement, who remained in New York) and he told me to put her in the middle of the pack and to cover her up and move her to the outside if she got rank…When she crossed the dirt…she was doing it so easily…I left her alone.”Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, Hard Not to Like shipped west from Keeneland following a third place finish in the Grade III Jenny Wiley Stakes on April 11. The second choice at 7-2 in a field of 10 fillies and mares three and up, she paid $9.20, $5.40 and $4.40.“I thought she always looked like a winner, but I thought she was going to be the unluckiest loser of the day,” said Lee Vickers, assistant to Clemente. “He’s got some pair of (shorthand for male anatomy), Victor Espinoza. That was a brilliant ride, but the man’s on fire and he rode with confidence, that’s all I can say.”A 6-year-old Ontario-Canadian-bred mare by Hard Spun, Hard Not to Like improved her overall mark to 19-7-3-2, and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $961,671.Breaking from post position four, Fanticola cruised to the lead under Talamo and set fractions of 24.53, 48.99, 1:13.20 and 1:37.73. After repelling a determined challenge from eventual third place finisher Blingismything a sixteenth out, she couldn’t hold off the rail rally of the winner right on the money.“Tough beat, a real tough beat,” said Talamo. “She ran her butt off.”Off at 8-1, Fanticola finished a half length in front of Blingismything and paid $8.20 and $5.60.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Blingismything sat second to Fanticola throughout and settled for third money, a half length in front of Irish-bred Elektrum. Overlayed at 25-1, Blingismything paid $8.80 to show.French-bred Danza Cavallo, who shipped in from Keeneland with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., checked in fifth with no apparent excuses.Simulcast wagering from around the country will be offered at Santa Anita on Thursday. The track will offer free parking and admission. Live racing resumes on Friday, with first post time at 4 p.m. Admission gates will open for simulcasting at 11 a.m.last_img read more

BLINGISMYTHING & FANTICOLA HEAD A FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES AT A MILE ON TURF

first_imgALEXIS TANGIER, BIRDLOVER & QUEEN OF THE SAND HELP ROUND OUT COMPETITIVE FIELD ON GOLD CUP DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2015)–Graded stakes placed Fanticola and Graded stakes winner Blingismything head a field of 10 in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up going a mile on the turf.Beaten a nose and a neck in her last two races, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola will attempt to return to winning form in the Royal Heroine, her last victory coming in the Megahertz Stakes at a mile on the turf Jan. 17.Second in the Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18 to Royal Heroine contender Queen of the Sand, Fanticola was beaten a neck in her most recent outing, the Grade I Gamely when east-coast invader Hard Not to Like scraped along the rail to nail her on the wire May 25.Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, the 5-year-old mare by Silent Name has two wins, a second and a third at the distance. She is 16-4-5-6 overall with $348,300 in earnings.Graded stakes winner Blingismything was a close third in the Grade I Gamely after sitting second throughout, beaten only three quarters of a length, but gained her first graded stakes victory two races back when going a mile on the turf in the Grade III Wilshire on April 26.Trained by Eric Kruljac and owned by Class Racing Stable Blingismything’s last four races have all been in graded stakes here at Santa Anita including a third place finish four races back in the Grade II Buena Vista Feb. 16 and another third place finish in the Grade II Las Cienegas April 11.Like Fanticola, Blingismything has two wins, a second and a third from four tries at the Royal Heroine distance.Blingismything is 11-4-2-4- overall with earnings of $282,330.A winner of four out of her last six races, Doug O’Neill’s front-running Birdlover comes into Saturday off a third place finish to Blingismything in the Wilshire after leading throughout with a win in her most recent race, the Mizdirection Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.With all horses assigned 119 pounds, here is the field for Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post position order: Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Stormy Lucy, Flavien Prat; Birdlover, Mike Smith; Mangita, Aaron Gryder; Famous Alice, Gary Stevens; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Alexis Tangier, Victor Espinoza; One More, Mario Gutierrez.                 First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Getting Spray Foam Right

first_imgTo maximize the chances of getting things right, we’ve started working with spray foam expert Henri Fennell. Over the course of a 40-year career, Henri has installed spray foam in projects as wide-ranging as the recent Guggenheim Museum renovation in New York City, the ARRO Research Station in McMurdo, Antarctica, and Boston’s own Big Dig. Recently Henri hung up his installer’s hat and started consulting with installers, contractors, architects, and building owners to ensure that their spray foam installations are safe and effective.Twenty years of experience coupled with Henri’s expert guidance has taught us that there are six steps to getting spray foam right:1. Select the right installer. We work with installers whose client service ethic, concern for safety, and commitment to quality match ours. This makes all the other steps much easier.2. Select the right product(s). “Spray foam” is a single term used to describe a broad range of materials that vary in cost, insulating value, and moisture management ability, among other things. Manufacturers also continue to develop new formulations and product characteristics every year. We tend to shy away from new products (we’ll let others be the guinea pigs when we can), and, working with Henri, we base our product choices on the optimum balance of cost, effectiveness, and environmental impact.3. Prepare the job site. This is our responsibility. We need to make it as easy as possible for the foam crew to access the work area and install the foam correctly and effectively. Often this requires us to remove some existing insulation. We also need to make sure that the site is safe for everyone, during installation as well as during the curing period (which typically lasts 24 hours). We set up ventilation for the duration of installation and curing; we require workers to wear personal protective equipment while in the spray zone; and we ask our clients to vacate their house until curing is complete.4. Spray the foam on-ratio. Pretty much all spray foams are manufactured on site by mixing together and heating two liquid components (part A and part B) to cause a chemical reaction of which spray foam is the result. Most air quality problems homeowners have with spray foam installations are a result of an imbalanced mixture that impedes the chemical reaction. Training and field experience go a long way towards helping ensure that the mixture is on ratio.But Henri has taken it a step further by developing a way to test the ratio. The first time we hired Henri to commission a job, he found that the mixture was off-ratio and spent several hours troubleshooting with the installer to correct the problem. While the installer knew the mixture was off, the ratio test proved invaluable in helping correct the problem in the mixing tank, before any foam had been applied. As a result the job was delayed by about half a day — a mild nuisance compared to tearing out uncured foam.5. Spray the foam at the proper temperature. Each manufacturer specifies a temperature range for installation, both for the materials and for the surfaces they are applied to. When components or surfaces are too cold, serious performance degradation can result. As a commissioning agent, Henri makes sure the installer relies on the manufacturer’s instructions and uses measurement equipment — not instinct — to evaluate whether the conditions are right for the work.6. Perform quality control testing on all installations. The best foam crew in the world will only get us 90% to 95% of the coverage that we’re looking for from a foam insulation job. This isn’t because spray foam crews are sloppy but because foam is hard to install evenly. Once the foam crew is done and the 24-hour waiting period is over, our own crew comes in with a blower door and infrared camera to test whether the installed product meets our expectations. More often than not, there are voids or gaps that we need to fill. We find them and fix them.By following these six steps, we believe we can and do deliver safe and effective spray foam applications. Some of our clients nonetheless want to avoid spray foam at all costs. More often than not, we can find alternatives for these homeowners; these alternatives are usually more labor-intensive and expensive than spray foam (otherwise we would have suggested them to begin with), but we find ways to make them work.Manufacturers and installers tend to view spray foam primarily as a product to be sold — and it certainly is that. But for it to be safe and effective, it also needs to be viewed holistically, as one integral part of a system that’s designed to provide efficiency, comfort, and safety for our clients. With Henri Fennell’s expert help, that’s the key value we try to add to our spray foam projects. Spray foam insulation scares homeowners more than it should — although this is hardly surprising given the horror stories that abound on the Internet. While some of these stories are legitimate, more are based on skewed perceptions or flawed science. The truth is that spray foam is an incredibly effective insulation material and that failures are incredibly rare.Spray foam also scares contractors less than it should. When we first started using spray foam in 1995 we were captivated by its ability to stop convective as well as conductive heat loss, its versatility, and its ease of installation (among other things). It almost seemed magical, certainly compared to alternatives like fiberglass and cellulose.While some of the magic has worn off over the past twenty years, many in our industry continue to take quality installation for granted. The truth is that spray foam is a highly sophisticated, occasionally finicky material that’s manufactured from the back of a truck on a construction site in conditions that are hard to control by people who are probably not paid nearly what they deserve. If you get it all right, you have a great insulation system in place. If you get something wrong, you can find yourself with a real mess on your hands. We’ve learned that the hard way, which is why we no longer take safe and effective installations for granted. Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamSpray Foam Jobs With Lingering Odor ProblemsSpray Foam Insulation: Open and Closed Cell Thermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for Spray FoamSpray Foam Insulation is Not a Cure-AllSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic BulletSpray Foam in Cold ClimatesDoes Spray Foam Insulation Out-Gas Poisonous Fumes?Concerns When Using Spray Foam in Retrofits Paul Eldrenkamp is the owner of Byggmeister Design Build. Rachel White is the company’s performance manager. This post originally appeared at the Byggmeister website. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more