first_imgTRAINER HAS OHIO IN WINNING STATE OF MINDOhio returns to a distance that is right in his wheelhouse Saturday when he runs in the Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile on grass.Half of his 30 career races have come at that distance on turf, where he has won five. The eight-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding meandered from his comfort zone last out, going a mile and one-sixteenth on the main track at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 9, but he still finished a creditable third, beaten less than two lengths in a field of 10.“They set a track record that day,” pointed out trainer Michael McCarthy. “Obviously, we’re very proud of his effort since it had been a long time (a string of 12 races) since he had run on anything other than grass, so it was certainly respectable.“He’s come back and trained well (four furlongs Saturday in 49.40). Even though he favors a mile, he’s a bit trip-dependent. He doesn’t have a real big turn of foot and he’s a bit one-paced, so obviously working out a trip is always important with him.“But he shows up every time. He loves his job.”Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Bruce Treitman, Ohio has nine wins, his most impressive coming by a desperate but thrillingly suspenseful nose at 9-1 in the prestigious, Grade I, Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita last March 30. He has earned $520,767.Also ticketed for the City of Hope Mile is Grade I Shoemaker Mile winner Bolo, ridden for the first time by returning Tyler Baze, who resumes his career full-time at Santa Anita with agent Craig O’Bryan after a successful six-month tour in the Midwest.Others probable for the City of Hope are Andesh, Abel Cedillo; Catapult, Rafael Bejarano; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez; Prince Earl, Geovanni Franco; Restrainedvengence, Ruben Fuentes, and True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke.McKINZIE, HIGHER POWER STILL EYE BC CLASSIC DESPITE UPSETBob Baffert and John Sadler reported Sunday morning their charges emerged from being upset by 25-1 winner Mongolian Groom in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes in good order and if all goes well, it’s on to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2.“He came out of it all right,” Baffert said of McKinzie, the 3-10 favorite who had the entire stretch to overtake Mongolian Groom but couldn’t, losing by 2 ¼ lengths after being only a half-length back at the top of the stretch.“The plan is to run him in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.” John Sadler said Higher Power “came out fine” from his third in the Awesome Again, beaten 7 ½ lengths.“It was too bad that he stumbled so badly at the start and was kind of eliminated,” Sadler added, “but if he’s in good shape, he’ll go back in the big one (Breeders’ Cup Classic).”CEDILLO WINS FIRST GRADED STAKES AT GREAT RACE PLACEIt was business as usual for Abel Cedillo Sunday morning after winning his first Grade I stakes at Santa Anita yesterday aboard longshot Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat in the Awesome Again Stakes.For good measure, the 30-year-old native of Guatemala won his first graded stakes three races earlier by capturing the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship on 9-1 shot Cleopatra’s Strike for trainer Phil D’Amato.“He worked nine horses this morning and started at 5 o’clock,” said Cedillo’s agent, Tom Knust. “He has a lot of talent, works hard, is very smart, very strong and reminds you a lot of Joel Rosario.” Cedillo caught the eye of Knust while winning races in bunches at Golden Gate earlier this year, confident he could succeed on the competitive Southern California circuit.“I’m very happy with him,” Knust continued. “As for upsetting McKinzie, you never know, because that’s horse racing. You could pay $12,000 for a horse (as Mongolian Stable did for Mongolian Groom) or you could pay a million dollars. You can never tell how good they are until they start running.”MAIDEN WINNER DONNA VELOCE RUNS AS EXPECTEDDonna Veloce fulfilled every expectation of Team Callaghan when she won her debut race Saturday by 9 ¼ lengths, leading throughout the 6 ½ furlong sprint as the 3-10 favorite under Flavien Prat.The two-year-old bay filly bred in Kentucky by Coin Broker Syndicate covered the distance on a fast track in 1:16.22, handily (read geared down) under 122 pounds.“When you’ve got one you think is extremely good, you just want everything to go right,” trainer Simon Callaghan said Sunday morning.“You never want to predict victory. She came back well and we’ll see how her next few works go and look at the possibility of getting into the Breeders’ Cup.“If she doesn’t, we could wait for the Starlet (Grade I at Los Alamitos in December).”Owned by Kaleem Shah, the $800,000 daughter of Uncle Mo’s name translates to “fast woman” in Italian, but off her debut performance, she’s a runner in any language.FINISH LINES: Veteran Donnie Meche invades from Canterbury Downs to make his California debut in today’s second race when he rides Iron Curtain for trainer Val Brinkerhoff. The Louisiana native has been riding since 1993, ridden in the Kentucky Derby twice, rode first call for Steve Asmussen for six years and is six wins shy of 2,000 in his career, according to his agent, Ken Huth. “I always wanted to try California,” said Meche (pronounced “mesh”) and I finally got here.” Huth has Meche booked to ride Tule Fog Saturday in the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno for trainer Javier Sierra . . . Joe Talamo pilots favored Mucho Gusto for Bob Baffert in today’s Grade III, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Talamo will ride Selcourt for John Sadler in Saturday’s Grade III LA Woman Stakes. Sadler has Martin Pedroza back on Horse Greedy in Saturday’s headliner, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship, in which Omaha Beach is due to make his eagerly awaited return to the races. It looms a busy weekend for Sadler, who also has unbeaten and likely favorite Encoder set for Sunday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at a mile on turf . . . In Saturday’s Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes, the six runners finished in exact order of their post position numbers: No. 1 Mirth first; No. 2 Beau Recall second; No. 3 Elysea’s World third; No. 4 Siberian Iris fourth; No. 5 Excellent Sunset fifth; and No. 6 Paved sixth . . . Agent Derek Lawson has Kentucky Derby-winning rider Flavien Prat booked on multiple Grade I winner Vasilika for Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s Grade I First  Lady Stakes at Keeneland. Prat has two other stakes mounts that day, Bowie’s Hero for Phil D’Amato and Danuska’s Girl, also for Hollendorfer . . . Morning Line Maker Jon White advises Mongolian Groom earned a lofty 110 Beyer Speed figure in winning yesterday’s Awesome Again, while runner-up McKinzie earned a 108, and dazzling two-year-old maiden filly winner Donna Veloce checked in with a Beyer of 91 . . . Having withdrawn an appeal of a suspension issued Aug. 10, Drayden Van Dyke will serve a three-day ban Oct. 19, 20 and 24 . . . Santa Anita is dark Monday, Tuesday simulcast wil be available Wednesday. Live racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. McKINZIE, HIGHER POWER BOTH EYE BC CLASSIC ABEL CEDILLO MAKES THE GRADE AT SANTA ANITA MAIDEN WINNER DONNA VELOCE ONE ‘FAST WOMAN’ LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on September 29th, 2019FEATURES:Quick Questions With Trainer Eoin Harty: Part 1 of 2WORK OUTS:Neptune’s Storm (Outside) and Via Egnatia (Baltas) 9/29/19Catalina Cruiser (Sadler) 9/28/19Kentan Road (Sadler) 9/28/19Giant Expectations (Eurton) 9/28/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19Map Maker (Inside) and Technicolor (Baffert) 9/27/17Campaign (Sadler) 9/27/19Paradise Woods (Sheriffs) 9/23/19center_img OHIO RETURNS TO MILE IN GRADE II CITY OF HOPE TYLER BAZE RETURNS FULL TIME THIS SATURDAY VETERAN  MECHE MAKES CALIFORNIA DEBUT TODAYlast_img read more

Real Madrid and Juve to battle it out for Spurs wonderkid Parrott

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hits back at Kieran Trippier over claims he forced defender out of Tottenham SPURS WONDERKID Troy Parrott has drawn admiring glances from around Europe – with continental giants Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly set to do battle for the 17-year-old’s signature.The young Irish starlet has been compared to compatriot and former Tottenham marksman Robbie Keane – who flourished at White Hart Lane over many years.1 17-year-old whizzkid Troy Parrott impressed for Spurs during pre-season outings against Juventus, Manchester United and Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to Calciomercato, Parrott’s potential has not gone unnoticed – with Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich all circling around the Ireland youth international.Parrott has yet to feature in a competitive match for Tottenham’s first team yet – but recently made his debut for his country’s under-21s, netting three times in his first two caps.Despite having included Parrott in Spurs’ Champions League squad, manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged for patience from the White Hart Lane faithful.The Tottenham boss told “I think the progress was there because he had the possibility to be involved in pre-season.”Now he’s more consistently training with the first team. But I think he needs time, we need to be relaxed. We cannot put his name in the spotlight every day because we’re not going to help him by doing that. He’s still so young.LATEST TOTTENHAM STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year”The best way to help him is to be calm and relaxed about him. If he’s going to be involved with the U23s instead, perfect. Sometimes he’ll train with us, good.”Now it’s a process where he needs to be relaxed. If we put too much pressure we’re going to force or push him to make a mistake and that’s what we don’t want.”Tottenham’s Carabao Cup third round clash with Colchester United later this month could offer the ideal opportunity for Parrott to be given his first team debut for the Lilywhites.last_img read more

Ashley hopes for rematch in Jamaica

first_imgLast Saturday night in Flint, Michigan, Jamaica’s Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley lost her World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight title to Kenyan Fatuma Zarika by split decision in what was a close fight.A review of the three scorecards shows that she was one point away from a draw decision and retaining her title.Judge Herman McKalpain scored the fight 96-94 for Zarika, judge Katealia Chambers scored it 96-94 for Ashley, while judge Ray Michaux had it 97-93 for Zarika.The consensus after the fight was that judge Michaux was way off base, and saw a totally different fight from that which was seen by his colleagues.Looking at the scoring in the first six rounds, judge Michaux gave all six rounds to Zarika. This meant that after that round, Ashley had to knock her down a few times or knock her out to win.On the other hand, judge Chambers, who voted for Ashley, had the score three rounds each, while judge McKalpain, who voted for Zarika, had it four rounds to two on the Kenyan’s behalf.In the last four rounds, judge Michaux gave three to Ashley and one to Zarika, judge Chambers scored it the same way, while McKalpain had it two rounds each.The key scorecard in the final equation, was that of McKalpain.Both Chambers and Michaux scored the last round for Ashley, while he scored it for Zarika. If he had joined them in scoring the round for Ashley, and most people believed that she won that round, the fight would have ended in a draw, which many people who saw the fight believed was the correct decision.DISAPPOINTEDIn an interview with The Gleaner yesterday, Ashley said that although she was very disappointed, she took some of the blame for her loss.”I started off slower than usual. I made her miss, but I did not counterpunch, and could have lost the first two rounds. My timing was off because of my long lay-off, but I soon found my rhythm and scored more points after that. I must say that she is a strong fighter, and that was no surprise, as she has fought in a heavier weight class,” she said.”I am not making any excuses, however, and I am looking forward to the contracted rematch. I am not wasting any time either, and will be back in the gym tomorrow,” Ashley added.She also expressed her frustration at not being able to fight regularly.”My last fight before Zarika was a year ago. Within that year, about five fights were arranged and cancelled, and it has been a roller coaster ride for me. I would train several months for a fight, and then it was cancelled, and this repeated itself. I want to fight. I especially want to fight in Jamaica,” said Ashley.”I wanted to defend my title before my people, and it never happened. I am begging Luigi (her adviser) to try to make the return fight happen there in Jamaica. That is where I would like to regain the title,” Ashley said.last_img read more

CCJ to reduce paper use in judicial process – Sir Byron

first_imgPresident of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Charles Dennis Byron informed participants of the Hague Convention Conference that the CCJ is in the final stages of developing programmes that would reduce the use of paper in judicial processes throughout the Region.Sir Charles Dennis Byron, President of the CCJ“That (programmes being developed) would facilitate that process in domestic jurisdictions throughout the Region, so it’s something that we would like to encourage acceptance to,” Sir Byron said on Friday. The three-day Hague Conference on Private International Law concluded on Friday.He explained that the CCJ has tried to eliminate or reduce the use of paper in their judicial process by allowing all matters to be filed electronically. Additionally, all reports and orders made by the Court are issued electronically and the serving of documents is permitted electronically.“In our situation, part of the reason for it had to do with expedition and cost, so for example, if we were receiving pleadings say from Belize, several copies would have to be made and sent to us by courier then you have the process of the registration, and it being returned by courier and then you’ll have the cost involved in arranging service… we have seen bills where the service of a document has cost litigants US$30 to US$40,000 and the whole service process has taken a number of weeks including the process of courts,” Sir Byron explained.He added that by implementing those measures, the CCJ has eliminated the cost of filing and service, reducing it to zero and recued the time to five minutes, “So we think there are many advantages to be gained from pursuing this process.”Former Home Affairs Minister of Guyana, Justice Stanley Moore, said Justice Byron illustrated and demonstrated one of the essential pre-requisites of a modern progressive judicial system.-“That is to say we are in the new electronic information age and therefore we need to make use of all the latest electronic devices. We have to keep up with modernity, we cannot be neo-luddites (used to describe those who are anti-technology). Therefore I believe that in the future, the discussion which we are now having will be a matter of history because the new norms will be the use and the availability of all the latest technological devices available to court systems throughout the world,” Justice Moore reasoned.These contributions came as a result of presentations made on the use and application of the Hague Service Convention by Daniel Klimow, Attorney Adviser, Office of Legal Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, United States Department of State; Jewel Major, Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Ministry, The Bahamas, Central Authority for the Hague 196 Service Convention; and the Honourable Ryan Johnson, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Antigua and Barbuda, Central Authority for the Hague 1965 Service Convention.Participants were informed during that presentation that signing on to the 1965 Service Convention provides channels of transmission to be used when a judicial or extrajudicial document is to be transmitted from one State party to the Convention, to another State party for Service in the latter.Specifically, the Convention allows member parties to effect service of judicial and extra judicial documents in a more efficient, time consuming and cost effective manner.last_img read more

Gbarpolu: Mining Activities Impede VRU Process, Says NEC Magistrate

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) Voter Roll Update is not going as smoothly as anticipated in Gbarpolu County because those that the exercise is intended for are busy attending to mining and farming activities.The NEC, prior to the commencement of the registration process was looking forward to signing up tens of thousands of young people, many of whom would be first time voters in the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial election.  However, to their surprise the young people in that part of the country seem to be casting an economic vote, mining gold and diamonds, rather than taking advantage of the VRU exercise.NEC’s Gbarpolu Magistrate, Duke Sarnor, said most of the young people in the county are wholly and solely involved in mining activities. “This seems to be an obstacle to the process.”According to magistrate Sarnor, the exercise is not proceeding as expected because the young people are not responding positively. “They are not coming out to register because almost all of them are involved in gold and diamond mining and this is an embarrassment because we don’t have the time to interact with the youths.”NEC has embarked on a process to register about 250,000 voters, with primary attention to be given first time voters. First time voters include those who were below the voting age of 18 prior to the 2011 general and Presidential elections.Speaking to reporters in Bopolu, Mr. Sarnor indicated, that the VRU process will not be a success if the present trend continues. “There are more young people in this place, but they are not taking advantage of the exercise.  They are keeping themselves too busy and this is a problem.”He also made mention of some level of difficulties being faced by the VRU team due to inaccessibility. He complained of logistical support, most especially means of transport.The NEC magistrate made reference to Henry Town as part of Bopolu which has low amount of participation in the VRU process.“Our staff made it to go in those inaccessible areas. What they do is drive to the end of the roads, get down and used porters to help them through.”The local NEC official also confirm of receiving relative low number of registrations from Henry Town.  He said the cause of the low numbers from first time voters in that part of Liberia is because both the parents and children leave the community to get to various mining sites early in the morning.“In order to help our people be part of the VRU process we included civil educators to help them by performing dramas and speaking other dialects that they understand.  Thank God that the process is going on and we can’t have the people blame anyone because this is Liberia first time carry on this process,” said Mr. Sarnor. Some youth have voiced out their preference for minding their own business, mining minerals, rather than minding politicians who will fail them.“I’m not going to be part of this process because the people we vote for are not working for the good of their citizens,” said 19 year-old Emmanuel Kamara, “so I rather go to the diamond mine early in the morning to look for my daily bread then to waste my time.”Would-be first-time voter Roseline Hinneh, 18, of Bopolu sees it differently, however.  “I registered to be part of decision making in my country because it’s my right as a citizen. I have noticed that over the years I was stopped by NEC staff from being part of the process because I did not reach the actual age, now that I am of age, I will vote the person with a heart for his people, with my voting card.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donald Kaberuka steps down after 10 years as President of the AfDB

first_imgAfrican Development Bank’s President, Dr. Donald Kaberuka steps down today, August 31 after 10 years of service with the continent’s highest financial institution.Speaking to Bank staff on Friday, Kaberuka said, “I was optimistic then, and I’m optimistic now: I leave the Bank as confident as ever about where Africa is heading. Presidents come and go, but the Bank stays. Africa needs a strong AfDB – and we have an AfDB that gets stronger by the day. “In all of our challenges, we have always been sure of the cause we were fighting for – the economic transformation of this continent. I’ve fought the fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. Whatever I do now, I know that it will be about Africa, for Africa, and most likely in Africa.”Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, speaking at the same event said: “We bid our brother Donald farewell from the Bank, but not from the continent. I thank him for his wisdom, support, encouragement. I thank him for being who he is – in loving and respecting himself first, so he could love and respect his colleagues and the people of this continent.” Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, also addressing the gathering noted: “What this continent needs is leadership and determination. Leadership and determination: that’s what Donald is all about. Are we African lions? Lions are lazy! Cheetahs are the fastest animals on the planet – when they go for something, they are 100% sure that they want it. I know a man who is a cheetah: Donald Kaberuka.” Donald Kaberuka’s successor, Akinwumi Adesina, the former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, will be sworn in tomorrow September 1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCA cricket fixtures continue

first_imgMatches organised by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will continue this weekend with some crucial fixtures.After a weekend of intense cricket, with GCC vs DCC in the final of the New Building Society (NBS) Second-Division 40-Over cricket tournament, cricketing action will be heating up in the Noble House Seafoods Second-Division (2-Day) Cricket Competition, which will see the University of Guyana Trojans battling against the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) at 10:30h on Saturday and Sunday at Camp Ayanganna. With the Trojans losing to Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in both the First and Second-Division tournaments, they will be looking to bounce back with a win against the soldiers.There will also be the GCA/Friends of Cricket Under-17 (100-Overs) Cricket Competition on Saturday at 09:30h, which will see Transport SC vs Georgetown ECO Champs at Gandhi Youth Organisation (GYO), DCC will face GCC at GNIC Ground and Bel Air Rubis will be clashing against Malteenoes SC at Ogle.In more cricketing action, there will be the NBS Second-Division 40-Over Cricket Competition 2018/2019, which will see defending champions DCC on Sunday battle it out with Diplomats SC at Queenstown as they aim to grab another trophy in Zone A. The match will commence at 10:30h.last_img read more

Afflalo leader of the Pac-10

first_imgArron Afflalo joined elite UCLA company Monday when he became the fifth Bruin to be named the Pacific-10 Conference’s Player of the Year, which is voted upon by the league’s coaches. Not only does Afflalo lead UCLA in scoring at 17.2 points per game, including 17.3 per game in Pac-10 play, but he is widely considered the best perimeter defender in the conference. He led the fourth-ranked Bruins (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) to a second straight conference title. “Deep down inside, I’m excited. I put in a lot of work, and it’s great recognition,” Afflalo said during a conference call. ” On the flip side, I’m still very concerned about our team’s state right now, and where we’re going as a team. All the individual awards are great, but if it doesn’t translate into team success, it really doesn’t mean anything. With that said, it could mean so much more if we continue to win.” Afflalo, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, was an all Pac-10 selection last season. “I’m just really happy for and proud of Arron,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He’s had an unbelievable year, and to me, the No. 1 thing that the player of the year does is make his team win. The thing that makes Arron special is he plays both ends of the floor with equal commitment, and he’s a great, great competitor. And winning comes first.” Afflalo scored in double figures the past 29 games, led UCLA in scoring 17 times this season and is the Pac-10’s active leading scorer with 1,447points. Four times Afflalo scored more than 25 points, and arguably his most impressive performance came in a 62-46 win at California on Jan. 26. Afflalo scored 25 points, and also held Bears guard Ayinde Ubaka scoreless. “I like to be defined as a player who, when put in any situation, I can flourish,” Afflalo said. “I liked to be called upon for any of my abilities, whether it’s scoring or passing, and even though my rebound numbers are down, for them to know I can rebound. I guess that’s what this award shows appreciation for.” Afflalo joins Marques Johnson (1977), David Greenwood (1978, ’79), Kenny Fields (1983) and Ed O’Bannon (1995) as Bruins to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. center_img “It means a lot to me to be one of the select few in UCLA history to be honored with this award,” Afflalo said during a conference call. “I respect all the other players. There are many other who are well deserving, including (Oregon’s) Aaron Brooks and (USC’s) Nick Young, and a few others. I believe this award is predicated off of my team winning, so I have to give a lot of appreciation to my teammates.” Also, Bruins point guard Darren Collison and the Trojans’ Young were named to the first team. Collison averaged 12.4 points and six assists per game. Young shot 53.5 percent from the field and led USC (21-10, 11-7) in scoring at 17.5 points per game. UCLA forwards Josh Shipp and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and USC guards Gabe Pruitt and Lodrick Stewart were honorable mention selections. Trojans center Taj Gibson was named to the all-freshman team. Washington State’s Tony Bennett was named Coach of the Year and Arizona’s Chase Budinger was named the Freshman of the Year. Aboya update: Howland said reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya, who missed Saturday’s loss at Washington, had his left knee examined and is expected to play Thursday in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A ‘Finnish’ Army knife? Sharks forward shows his versatility

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer referred to Joonas Donskoi a Swiss Army knife-type player capable of moving up and down the lineup and filling a variety of roles.Right now that role is playing on the fourth line with Melker Karlsson and Barclay Goodrow as the Sharks, for the time being, have all of their forwards available for the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues.“You need guys like that,” DeBoer said. “You need depth this time of year.”Joe Pavelski’s return from a …last_img

Economy X seats now available across Virgin Australia fleet.

first_imgVirgin Australia says its new Economy X seating is now available across its fleet and the extra legroom product is proving popular among passengers.The airline has reconfigured the first three rows of the economy cabin on most of its Boeing 737 fleet to give passengers prepared to shell out extra dollars an additional three inches (7.6cms) of legroom.Combined with exit row seating, this means one in five seats in its B737 economy cabin — 30 seats on a B737-800 —  are now branded Economy X.People who fork out extra for the seats on domestic flights also get preferred overhead locker space, priority boarding and priority security screening.Economy X replaces Economy Space+ on short-haul international flights and includes priority boarding where applicable. On long-haul international flights, it also features guaranteed first meal choice and premium noise-cancelling headphones.The move works on the theory that people are happier to pay more if they think they getting a better experience with additional value but get upset when airlines take away something that was traditionally included in the fare and start charging for it.It comes as Virgin is struggling to move back into profitability after posting a third-quarter net loss of $A69m.“Since Economy X went on sale earlier this year we have had incredible demand from our guests and we can’t wait for them to experience the new product from today,” Virgin Australia Airlines group executive John Thomas said in a statement.“Since Economy X went on sale earlier this year we have had incredible demand from our guests and we can’t wait for them to experience the new product from today.”Touted by the airline as an Australian first, the new product will be available for an additional $29 one-way on short sectors such as Sydney-Melbourne with prices ranging up to an extra $149 on its longest routes to Los Angeles.  A transcontinental route such as Brisbane-Perth will cost an extra $59 each wa.Platinum frequent flyers get it for free.last_img read more