Maragh makes his mark

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH, Florida, (CMC):Rajiv Maragh got off the mark this season at Gulfstream Park on Monday’s 11-race card.The Jamaica-born jockey landed a double on the Boxing Day card, but remains way off the pace being set by Paco Lopez with 20 wins.Maragh got the day’s racing off to an exciting start with a one-length victory aboard the 10-1 chance COLD BLOOD in the US $15,000 first race contested over 1,400 metres on the dirt.COLD BLOOD brushed a rival at the start before Maragh put the three-year-old, chestnut gelding to press the pace from the two-path into the stretch, where they finished determinedly to edge to victory in a time of one minute, 24.43 seconds.Maragh was involved in another tight finish astride the 17-2 chance BAREEQA which won 11/2 lengths clear in the US$24,000 fifth race going 1,500m on the turf.BAREEQA was taken in hand at the start, saved ground a couple paths off the inside and continued in a relaxed gallop near the back.Maragh began to move up the three-year-old, bay filly midway through the far turn and swung her into action entering the top of the stretch, where she was set down eight wide, responding willingly and rallied under a strong hand ride to finish in a time of 1: 29.88 secs.last_img read more

Area cities still among safest

first_img Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita have all tried to keep crime down while dealing with significant population growth. From 2000 to 2004, the three cities have each seen jumps of more than 6 percent. “The more people you have, the more possibility you have for higher crime,” city of Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. “In 2004, we had five murders. For a city of 170,000, that’s really good. We’d rather have none, but it’s still very low. We’re talking very small amounts of crime in a medium-size, growing city.” Ortiz questioned Morgan Quitno’s methodology, which only used six types of crime and weighted them evenly. Santa Clarita’s serious crimes – which include violent crimes and property crimes like auto theft and burglary – have dropped from 39 per 1,000 people in 1994 to 21 per 1,000 people in 2004, she said. “The best measure of how safe a community is isn’t these statistics,” Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick said. “You look at the big picture – the property values, school test scores and health of the economy. We know we’re fortunate to succeed by all counts.” To view the complete list, go online to www.morganquitno.com. The company charges $1.99 for an immediate 28-page download. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Glendale and Santa Clarita remain among the safest cities in the nation, despite a suburban population boom that pushed two of them down in the rankings. Thousand Oaks held steady at No. 7 in 2004 for cities with a population of more than 75,000, according to rankings released this week by Morgan Quitno, a publishing company that crunches FBI statistics. Simi Valley dropped from No. 17 to No. 22, and Santa Clarita fell 26 spots to No. 36 – behind No. 26 Glendale, the top-ranked city with a population more than 200,000. “People have come to expect that Thousand Oaks remains one of the safest cities in the nation,” Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pea said. “As we continue to grow, we are going to attract a few more problems, but overall, Thousand Oaks can be very proud of maintaining its title as one of the safest cities in the nation.” Morgan Quitno ranked 369 cities with a population greater than 75,000 based on FBI crime statistics from 2004. The company used six crime categories, all weighted evenly – murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor-vehicle theft. Newton, Mass., Clarkstown, N.Y., and Amherst, N.Y, were ranked the safest cities in America. Burbank checked in at No. 75, Palmdale at No. 223, Lancaster at No. 261 and Los Angeles at No. 290. Glendale led cities with a population of more than 200,000, despite the Glendale Police Department’s claim that it is understaffed. The city hired 25 officers in the past two years, pushing the total to 270, and the City Council has pledged to hire 75 more over the coming decade. Glendale is the ninth-ranked city with a population over 100,000, down from No. 7 last year. “Certainly, as far as a large city with a population in excess of 200,000, that is excellent, something we can be very proud of,” Glendale Assistant Police Chief Ron DePompa said. “When you look at the 100,000 population benchmark, which is what we typically use, it is a little disconcerting that we have over time lost some ground there.” last_img read more

News in brief: QPR youngster’s loan deal, Blues U21s draw, Chelsea Ladies signing

first_imgMidfielder Baker featured in the gameChelsea Under-21sIzzy Brown grabbed an 89th-minute equaliser as the young Blues drew 1-1 with Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Premier League International Cup.The 17-year-old nodded in after seeing his first shot saved by visiting keeper Niklas Bolten to secure a point, cancelling out Mario Rodriguez’ opener. Andreas Christensen, John Swift and Lewis Baker all played 90 minutes, while Nathan Ake got an hour and Ruben Loftus-Cheek played the first half.Chelsea LadiesRepublic of Ireland international defender Niamh Fahey has joined the club from Arsenal. The 27-year-old is the Blues’ third close-season signing, following the arrivals of winger Gemma Davison and midfielder Millie Bright. Fahey has more than 50 Ireland caps to her name and was part of the Arsenal side that won the FA Women’s Cup last season and the treble-winning team of 2008.Capital One CupThe dates for Chelsea’s semi-final with Liverpool have been confirmed. The first leg at Anfield will be played on Tuesday 20 January, with the return match at Stamford Bridge the following Tuesday. Both matches are 7.45pm kick-offs.QPRThe home games with Tottenham and Arsenal later in the season have been pushed back by 24 hours. Spurs’ visit to Loftus Road is now on Sunday 1 March, with a 2.05pm kick-off. However, if Tottenham are in the Capital One Cup final that day, the match will be rescheduled again. Rangers’ home game against Arsenal, originally set for Tuesday 3 March, has been moved to the following night.Cole KpekawaQPR’s teenage defender has extended his loan at Colchester United for another month. The 18-year-old has featured four times for the League One side since joining last month and will remain with them until 24 January.BrentfordAcademy teenager Josh Bohui has been called up for an England Under-16 training camp next month. Bohui will be with the national squad from Tuesday 6 January to Thursday 8 January. He is the second Bees academy player to get England recognition this season after Harry Francis was called up for an England Under-15s training camp.Eoin MorganThe Middlesex limited-overs captain will lead England at next year’s World Cup after Alastair Cook was removed as one-day skipper. Morgan is England vice-captain and stood in during the fourth one-day international in Sri Lanka this month, after Cook was suspended for a slow over rate. The 28-year-old’s first duties as captain will be the tri-series against Australia and India, before the World Cup begins in February.Martin GouldThe Pinner snooker star has qualified for February’s German Masters after beating Scotland’s Ross Muir. World number 27 Gould shared the first two frames with Muir, ranked 73 places below him, but motored away to win the match 5-1, including breaks of 73 and 64.HarlequinsDetails of rounds five and six of the European Rugby Champions Cup have been confirmed. Quins will host Wasps on 17 January, with a 7.45pm kick-off, and then travel to Castres Olympique on 24 January, 1pm kick-off UK time.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pilots should have been monitoring speed

first_imgThe US crash investigator has laid responsibility of the slow speed of the Asiana 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport on the weekend, killing two, with the pilots.Yesterday one of the Asiana pilots, responsible for monitoring the instruments, said he assumed that the auto throttle was maintaining the minimum speed required for safe flight. However, the US National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman told a media conference that the pilots are required to also monitor their instruments during landing.“Let me be very clear the crew is required to maintain a safe aircraft. That means they need to monitor and we have a flying pilot and we have two other pilots who have a monitoring function,” said Mrs Hersman.“And one of the critical things that needs to be monitored on an approach to landing is the speed.” The instructor check captain, Lee Jung Min (49) who was assisting captain Lee Kang Kook, 46 being endorsed on the 777, told investigators that he assumed that the auto throttle – similar to cruise control in a car – was maintaining the required speed of 137knots (253km/hr).However, while the auto throttles were engaged, it is not clear as yet what mode they were in. The 777’s speed sank to just 103 knots (190km/hr) just before it hit the sea wall.The two pilots are supposed to work as a team with one flying the plane the other supporting with read backs on critical data, setting flaps and lowering undercarriage and reading checklists.Instructor captain Lee Jung Min also told investigators that he saw three red and one light on the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) indicating the plane was too low and called for more power. Then he told investigators he could see four red lights and noticed the airspeed was in the hatched area on the display – indicating too slow. Mrs Hersman also confirmed that a third pilot – a first officer – with over 4,500 hours of flying experience, was the observer pilot in the cockpit.Interestingly, and in a sign of what was to come, he said he could not see the runway or PAPI lights because the 777’s nose was too high.In a normal approach an observer in the cockpit can see both the runway and the PAPI lights if the attitude of the 777 is correct.A pilot from a plane waiting for take-off also noticed the very high angle of the 777’s nose, which would account for the rapid speed loss, if – as was the case – the engines were at idle.Automation has had an extraordinarily positive impact on improving aviation safety but it can be – and has been – a trap for the unwary.A number of years ago one crew of a 747 entered the heading they wanted to fly into the auto throttle, instead of the speed and the aircraft almost stalled after take-off.last_img read more

Congress wins majority of seats in local body by-elections in Rajasthan

first_imgCongress on Tuesday won the majority of seats in the by-elections to Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and municipal wards in Rajasthan. Congress won all the four Zila Parishad seats, 16 of the 27 seats in Panchayat Samitis and seven of the 13 municipal wards. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won in 10 Panchayat Samiti wards, while one seat went to an independent candidate. The BJP candidates were elected in six municipal wards. The Zila Parishad seats and local body wards, for which by-elections were held last week, are situated in 26 districts of the State.The seats in various rural and urban local bodies had fallen vacant in Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Banswara, Dausa, Sriganganagar, Pratapgarh, Nagaur, Baran and other districts. Congress candidate Rajendra Patidar won by a margin of 3,178 votes for the Zila Parishad seat in Banswara.Jubilant over the party’s victory in the by-polls, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP’s days were “numbered” in Rajasthan and its countdown had begun. “The Congress gave a tough fight to BJP in Gujarat. The Rajasthan government has completely neglected the people in both rural and urban areas during the last four years,” he said.Mr. Pilot said the by-poll results in the State, coming just after the Gujarat Assembly election results, were “very encouraging” for Congress, as the local bodies which went to polls were geographically situated all over Rajasthan. “The results have depicted people’s disenchantment with the BJP and a renewed faith in Congress,” he said, adding that his party would win in the upcoming by-elections to two Lok Sabha and one Assembly seats as well.last_img read more