first_imgFRONT RUNNING CISTRON TRANSITIONS FROM TURF TO DIRT WITH APLOMB AS HE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR UPSET WIN GOING 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 20, 2019)–Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza.  Trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old horse by The Factor notched his first graded stakes win in his 25th career start.“When we saw this race was coming up light and there wasn’t much speed, we decided to supplement,” said Sadler.  “It’s been great, Hronis Racing is as good a brand as you’ll see in racing, the safety and welfare of the horses is paramount with them.  We start from there when we go out and look for horses…hopefully we keep developing a lot of (them).”Breaking from the number two post position in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, Cistron, who is out of the Officer mare Major Allie, broke like a shot and was dominant throughout as he carved out rapid splits of 22.07, 44.70 and 1:09.57.Most recently second coming down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes March 31, Cistron was off at 6-1 and paid $15.60, $5.60 and $4.00.“The important thing for me and the horse today was that he broke running,” said Espinoza, who was aboard for the first time.  “He was able to take control right away and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘Where is everybody?’  He ran great all the way to the wire, John is an awesome trainer…It is the best feeling ever to be back and ride amazing horses and win amazing races.  I’m just blessed to be here.”With the winner’s share of $120,000, Cistron now has earnings of $480,719.  The Kona Gold marked Cistron’s fourth victory to go along with six seconds and as many thirds.Second throughout, All Out Blitz finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Dr. Dorr.  Off at 5-2 with Tyler Baze, All Out Blitz paid $3.60 and $2.40.Dr. Dorr, who broke from the rail and trailed early, was third best on the day, finishing a half length clear of 3-2 favorite Kanthaka.  Off at 2-1, Dr. Dorr, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, paid $2.40 to show.Racing resumes on Sunday with a first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Sevilla 2-Espanyol 2 Suso rescues a point for Sevilla with another VAR mess

first_imgSevilla and Espanyol tied for two goals in a duel that left one conclusion for each team and another for LaLiga in general. For the locals it was clear that Suso has come to be the protagonist and is willing to pull the car after the resignation of the alleged figures of the team. For Espanyol, that there is life beyond Raúl de Tomás since Abelardo has drawn up a plan that should lead to permanence at the end of the season. And for the world of football, there are assumptions of decisions taken after consulting the VAR that should not have been explained as is due to the protagonists of this invention called football. Goals1-0, 14 ‘: Lucas Ocampos, 1-1, 34 ‘: Embarba, 1-2, 49 ‘: Wu Lei, 2-2, 79 ‘: Suso Why the match was marked by the action of 1-1 of Espanyol. Lamb Vega had swallowed a clear lack of Sergi Gómez to Calleri susceptible to being direct red. González González urged his partner to review the play in case he considered it should be missing and red. The referee went to the monitor and decided to make a foul but not to expel Sergi Gómez, but to get yellow. The players of Espanyol did not explain why the defense of Sevilla was not expelled, while the locals did not understand that the referee was pulling on a middle road never explored to date. It is noted that the VAR only enters white or black plays, such as the foul and expulsion of Sergi Gómez, in the same way that, it seems, the referees can make use of the gray range.The foul was resolved with the goal of Embarba which matched the marking by Ocampos at a quarter of an hour The Argentine headed a magnificent pass from Suso that showed that the connection of former Milanese can give the Sevilla team a lot. However, Lopetegui’s were erased from the game and Espanyol advanced their pressure, finding the right prize for the draw and getting ahead on the scoreboard as soon as the second half began. Wu Lei took advantage of a calleri and, above all, the nth chain error of the Sevillist defense to put the parakeets ahead. The ships burned the Seville that found the exit to its obfuscation thanks to the double yellow of Víctor Sánchez. It was the left handed of Suso with a great shot from outside the area who rescued a point for the nerionenses, who cornered without luck to a Espanyol who clenched his teeth and resisted until the final whistle. center_img CardsReferee: Adrián Cordero VegaVAR Referee: José Luis González GonzálezSergi Gómez (32 ‘, Yellow) Wu Lei (37 ‘, Yellow) Victor Sanchez (48 ‘, Yellow) Gudelj (57 ‘, Yellow) Victor Sanchez (68 ‘, Red) Marc Roca (83 ‘, Yellow ChangesNolith (45 ‘, Franco Vázquez), Gudelj (53 ‘, Reguilón), Luuk de Jong (64 ‘, Banega), Victor Gomez Perea (71 ‘, Wu Lei), Calero (73 ‘, Embarba), Ferreyra (81 ‘, Jonathan Calleri)last_img read more

Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In addition to NBA video recaps, Facebook Watch will feature game recaps for all Women’s NBA, developmental G League and NBA 2K League contests, including the NBA Summer League plus pre-season and playoff matchups.The NBA also will host a weekly Watch Party on Facebook, allowing fans worldwide to watch and interact with game recaps and videos in real-time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWNBA, G League and NBA 2K League Watch Parties will be held monthly.“We are excited to provide our millions of followers on Facebook with recaps to every game,” said Sam Farber, NBA Vice President, Digital Media. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Manchester United defeats Chelsea, advances to FA Cup quarterfinals “Basketball fans around the world can interact in real-time and share in their passion for the game.”The online community debate around NBA contests is an offering that excites Devi Mahadevia, Facebook North America Sports Programming Lead.“The NBA boasts one of the most vibrant sports communities on our platform,” Mahadevia said. “By delivering these game recaps and hosting a weekly Watch Party, the league will be able to engage with fans around the world in new and exciting ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball against Team LeBron during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The Team LeBron won 178-164. (AP Photo/Streeter Lecka, Pool)The NBA, with one of the world’s largest Facebook communities, will make video recaps of every league game available on Facebook Watch, according to NBA Digital.The league, which resumes regular-season play Thursday following a break for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, has 400 million followers across all league, team and player Facebook accounts.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

‘We Are Grateful for Her Betrayal’

first_imgThe opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has described the resignation of Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff as a “betrayal to the party that brought her to the political [lime]light.”The Montserrado County Senator Thursday, May 22, announced her resignation after she was “expelled” and later “accepted” by the party during and after the conduct of the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections.Doe-Sheriff blamed her resignation on the “imperialistic tenets currently entrenched in the party,” from which she believes the party will never depart once the likes of George Solo and others are leading the CDC.The Montserrado County Senator said she was leaving the party with a “heavy heart” but could no longer sit back and see the party run in such manner and form. She tendered her exit May 19, 2014 to CDC secretary general Nathaniel McGill in Monrovia.In reaction to the Senator’s resignation, CDC chairman George Solo welcomed Madam Doe-Sheriff’s action. He noted that the party is grateful to her for the “betrayal on many different occasions.”Solo maintained that CDC respects the Senator and her decision and expressed willingness to work with her, “even if she stays in Liberia as a politician or practices politics in a foreign land.”CDC: “Madam Doe-Sheriff added value to the party when she was here and her departure tells the world that nothing is taken away from the party.We are grateful to her for the decision and wish her well whether in a new political party or at the Senate and her private life. CDC is bigger than every one of us and a single individual cannot change the direction of the institution.CDC remains focus on political activities in the country particularly those of the upcoming Special Senatorial Election and we can’t ignore that.”Meanwhile, the party Thursday announced the constitution of the Primaries Steering Committee for the ensuing election.The party named an eleven-man committee to vet candidates wanting to contest on the party’s ticket.According to CDC, the Committee is headed by Chairman George Solo with other prominent partisans on board.“All primaries are to be held from June 6 to 8 2014. The committee is mandated to begin the process of aspirants’ registration Friday, May 23, 2014 and end on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The executive committee is calling on all partisans of CDC, who intend to contest in these primaries to be cognizant of the registration period and pick up the aspirant application package to be aware of aspirant’s requirements,” CDC communicated yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New fraud accusations surface against Region 10 Works Department

first_imgTwo years after fraud accusations levelled against several employees within the Works Department of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC) had triggered investigations, new accusations have again begun to surface against some employees within that entity.This has reportedly led to another internal investigation. At the hosting of Thursday’s monthly statutory meeting, Regional Chairman Renis Morian outlined that the Council is still grappling with a number of issues relative to the Works Department.Regional Councillor Gordon Callender alluded to several alleged misdemeanorsA section of the RDC statutory meetinginvolving the staff. The allegations range from illicitly soliciting funds to inadequacies with bills of quantity, to favoritism in selecting family members to undertake contracts, and general inefficiency in the execution of contracts.Newly-appointed Regional Executive Officer (REO) Orrin Gordon, who is conducting the investigation, also alluded to inadequacies.According to Morian, inadequacies regarding bills of quantity are a sore issue for the Council. “There are a number of issues that we continue to grapple with…the Councillors do not have the confidence that the bills of quantity truly represent the work that is there, and in some cases…you see… excess quantities. It is a troubling area for us,” the Regional Chairman said, adding that there are also issues with receiving them in a timely manner.Meanwhile, Councillor Callender also pointed to alleged misdemeanors, which he noted were observed as recently as last year. “As recent as last year-end, I know projects went out from that Works Department, and I also know persons in that Works Department who bringing in sister, brother…contracts pass out of that place… We got proof. And I’m saying, persons also in that Works Department soliciting funds from people, because one man already started making allegations that one person inside there collect seven hundred and something thousand dollars from him. We know what going on…”, he said.Callender, who was quite vocal, made calls for an end to such issues, even threatening to mobilize Councillors to walk out of the Council should the issues persist.Callender added that the Council and its chairman are being disrespected by the administration, which he said is failing to execute its policies. He recalled previously when employees of the Works Department found themselves in hot water, triggering an investigation. Some of those staff, he said, were reinstated.The REO further pointed out that he is presently trying to assist with prior issues.Additionally, Councillor Sampson said the level of inefficiency within the Works Department keeps spiralling out of control. He stressed that he has seen jobs executed with variations.“Our Works Department got to step up its game…we seem to be moving very slow…,” Sampson said as he pointed to projects such as the Linden synthetic track and the construction of a new RDC building.last_img read more

Mojave District boosts anti-gang, discipline rules

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Also adopted was a new civility policy encouraging showing mutual respect between staff and parents, and regulating how to deal with unruly parents and other campus visitors who are disruptive, use foul language, or harass or stalk employees. “When parents come in, a few swear and use profanity and cause havoc. We are not going to have kids subjected to that,” Phelps said. Following a recommendation by the California School Boards Association, the district also increased the reward for information about school vandalism from $1,000 to $2,500, Phelps said. Mojave High School’s football game Nov. 4 against Frazier Mountain High School was canceled because of fears that Los Angeles-area gang members might involve themselves as a result of an earlier dispute involving students, officials said. Less than two weeks later, a suspected arson fire in the boy’s varsity locker room at the high school gym led school officials to cancel the football team’s Division XII playoff game Nov. 18, citing safety reasons. Kern County sheriff’s deputies announced Dec. 14 that three juveniles were arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony vandalism and possession of stolen property in connection with the blaze, in which several football jerseys were set on fire. The three minors arrested have no known gang affiliation and were suspected of setting fire to the football jerseys to make the burglary and vandalism appear to be gang-related, deputies said. The names of the youths were not released because of their age. The revised version of the district’s anti-gang policy defines a gang as a group of three or more persons that has a common name or identifying sign or symbol and whose members individually or collectively engage in a pattern of criminal gang activity or violation of school rules. — Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – After gang-violence fears and a locker room fire forced cancellation of two football games, Mojave Unified School District trustees have approved beefing up anti-gang and student discipline policies. The changes include referring for possible expulsion students who show gang affiliation and students who on a second offense instigate or encourage fights, whether or not the student participated in the altercation. “As a result of the actions with football, I recommended more stringent actions. I am trying to make it safer for our kids,” Superintendent Larry Phelps said. “Overall, it was not to tolerate gang activity in our schools and have high expectation of our athletes.” The board approved the policy changes at its Dec. 13 meeting, which was attended by about 300 people.last_img read more

National park for the Wild Coast

first_img30 December 2005South Africa is to have another major national park, in Pondoland on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. The country currently has 20 national parks, including the Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.Plans for the new park, part of the Wild Coast Conservation and Development Programme, were announced in September by Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk after a meeting with the Eastern Cape government in Bhisho.“Anyone who has spent any time at all on the Wild Coast knows the power of this place,” Van Schalkwyk said. “It captures the spirit of untamed mystery, combines it with untouched majesty, and presents it through landscapes of unrivalled natural splendour.“It is our intention to protect this unique heritage for our generations to come by proclaiming a new national park in Pondoland.”The Pondoland centre of biological diversity and endemism is of international ecological importance, and was recently added to the list of 26 global floristic hotspots.Instead of using the standard Big Five wildlife drawcard, the park will offer a combination of beaches, marine and estuarine escapes and African cultural heritage, in addition to wildlife viewing.It will build on the Pondoland Marine Protected Area proclaimed in 2004, and will ultimately extend the development corridor running along the KwaZulu-Natal south coast into Pondoland. In the longer term the goal is to link it to the Western Cape’s Garden Route development corridor.From degradation to developmentThe Eastern Cape Cabinet pledged its support for the park, which the provincial government will help manage.“We have seen, in some areas, serious degradation over the past few years as a result of unplanned and inappropriate development, resource overuse and invasive species,” Van Schalkwyk said.This threatened both the area’s sensitive ecosystems and the long-term economic prospects of Pondoland communities, he said. “It is ecotourism and related activities that hold the best potential for sustainable economic growth and job creation.”According to Eastern Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela, the ecotourism potential of the Wild Coast is a key part of the province’s 10-year growth and development plan.“The new park will be an asset for the people of our province and for all South Africans,” Balindlela said. “It will be focused on both conservation and ensuring local economic development and social upliftment.“The project is a positive example of how provincial and national government can work together for growth and delivery.”The government will begin a comprehensive series of public consultations soon.“The character of the Wild Coast must be fully reflected in our final product,” Van Schalkwyk said. “This will require the participation of communities, traditional leaders, women’s groups, local businesses, concerned NGOs and others.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Zuma: SA crazy about football

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma celebrates the50-day countdown with a rendition ofthe Diski Dance.(Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0470RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• World Cup 2010? Yes, we can• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever hits the roadSource: The PresidencyPresident Jacob Zuma was in Kimberley on 21 April to mark the start of the 50 days’ countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Wearing a yellow Bafana Bafana shirt, the president addressed a capacity crowd, encouraging the nation to get behind the home team, and praising the enthusiasm of South Africans in the run-up to the long-awaited football tournament.His speech follows below:Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Hazel Jenkins;MECs;Safa president Mr Kirsten Nematandani;CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan;Representatives from the 2010 Fifa World Cup sponsors, affiliates and partners;Fellow South Africans,It feels almost like a dream to say that today marks exactly 50 days to go before the kick-off of the spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in this country.That is the moment which we are all waiting for, our maiden showcase for the African continent with the tournament of this magnitude. We have spoken about the year 2010 for so many years in this country that it became synonymous with football and celebrations. But somehow it just seemed to be taking too long to come, until now!The celebration of 50 days before kick off today is a culmination of the efforts of more than a decade of hard work and dedication. We thank the organisers and all stakeholders for their tenacity and distinct character in bringing this tournament here and preparing so meticulously for it.We also thank the people of South Africa for all the initiatives which they are mounting even today, towards the success of this tournament and beyond.Included among these tourism ambassador programme, of about 15 000 volunteers who will be placed across the host cities during the tournament, as well as a wide range of efforts from various sectors.South Africans embraced the World Cup tournament many years ago. They literally cried when we failed to win the rights to host the tournament first time round, and have been on a roll ever since, preparing for this excitement of a lifetime.Esteemed guests,What is happening in the country at the moment is quite a marvel to watch. The nation is seized with exhilaration and great anticipation. The flags and the colours of the country are in display all over, in the cars, in our houses, and in the attire. Football Fridays have been so popularised that most wish they were a daily indulgence.Taxi ranks, cafes, streets and literally every corner of the country becomes bright yellow on Fridays, a nation crazy about football and determined to make this tournament succeed beyond expectations. It is heartening to see how the entire nation is united in support of our national team. This harmony should define us and resonate in a wide range of spheres even outside sports.Nowhere else has this exhilaration been so expressly demonstrated and overwhelming than last week at the ticket sales outlets countrywide, where people spent a night queuing for tickets.On this note, we pay tribute to our compatriot who unfortunately lost his life while still on queue to buy a ticket. We extend our condolences to the family and relatives; we are truly saddened by this tragic incident. His patriotism and love for his country must be repaid by the support that South Africans will give to this tournament to the end.We are also enthused by the contribution of the private sector in this tournament, particularly with their motley array of Proudly South African products, including in arts and culture activities, as well as crafts. They have also contributed in ways that might be too numerous to mention, but all of those have played a crucial role towards the success that we are celebrating today as a nation.With an estimated turnout of thousands of members of media, this country is sure to receive the publicity that it has never received before. The story of this country is going to be narrated and retold in many languages to all parts of this world.Ladies and gentlemen,We are here today in Kimberley as part of team South Africa to mobilise our people behind this tournament and to communicate our readiness to host the event. Kimberley occupies a special place in the history and heritage of this country.This is the place where the world descended in the 19th century on what was popularly known as the big diamond rush. It is the place which heralded massive change in the economic landscape of our country and it has all kinds of relics to bear witness to this. This is why it is a famous tourist site and we believe that the Uruguay side was under no illusions when they chose this place as their base camp.It was at this stadium, in January 2009, where government, the Organising Committee in partnership with the South African Football Association and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) launched the 2010 Mass Mobilisation Roadshow which focused on youth development in sports and to create awareness on this tournament. I am hopeful that one day this city and province will have a football team in the Premier division.On this note, I therefore wish to commend the non-host cities for all the efforts that they have contributed towards the tournament. Most of them have provided base camps for the teams, preparing both accommodation and training facilities.In these seemingly limited ways, they will be able to showcase our ability even outside the scope of host cities. Each and every town in this country bears ineffaceable imprints of the history of this country, and has its own variety to offer. So it does not begin and end in host cities.We must remember that there is easy communication across the country. People will be visiting places far away from the host cities in between the games. Therefore I also thank the people of Kimberley and the Northern Cape in general for supporting this tournament.Programme director,This country has made all the preparations for the tournament and it is ready for it. Our host stadiums have been completed and match-tested. Any work that is still being done is just finishing touches on the precincts. We have made massive infrastructure upgrades and as it was indicated at the beginning of this year in Parliament, these projects will also continue beyond 2010.Our airports are ready; just yesterday we were opening the expanded OR Tambo International Airport and other airfields in various towns have been upgraded.Our much touted Gautrain will be able to ferry the people with ease from Sandton to the OR Airport. Plans have also been made to take care of any eventuality arising from power supply. Backup generators have been arranged. We will also be treating the world to first class fibre broadcast information technology, thanks to Telkom and Sentech.Security has also been adequately addressed. Provinces have developed detailed security plans, which have been synchronised to the national plan.Additional funds of more than a billion rand have been allocated for safety and security matters. These include additional service personnel, helicopters and all the required resources. Our security departments are co-operating with international law enforcement agencies to eliminate all threats to the event. So there is nothing that has been left to chance and no alarms should be raised about this.Another additional issue is that there are plans to establish special courts for this tournament so as to deal with the offences promptly. Emergency measures and disaster management plans have been completed in the host cities. Sufficient funds have been allocated for this purpose.Environmental plans to relieve stress on our natural resources are also in place, and a host of beautification, green goal and waste management projects are in place.We will also ensure smooth entry and departure from various ports of entry and measures to that effect will be announced. The opening and closing ceremonies have been planned and rehearsals are underway.Esteemed guests,Considerable spin-offs have been reaped from the preparations towards the tournament. About 66 813 direct jobs were created but the number is significantly higher when we consider indirect labour impact.Close to R9-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been accrued to households, including those in the low income bracket. This tournament will contribute R4.9-billion ($616-million) to real GDP this year 2010, with the impact on the wide range of industries.It is in industries such as tourism where consumption is expected to be at its pinnacle. The Department of Trade and Industry is assisting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) sector to exploit event related business opportunities, such as crafts, hospitality, food, beverages and many others.The capital investment has also been so massive and will also be the lasting legacy which will improve our competitive edge in other tournaments. With the 846 billion rand infrastructure programme rolling out, the government is set to continue with this expansion even way beyond 2010.Therefore there is no gainsaying the fact that this tournament has made a massive impact in our economy already, and that its legacy will be equally impregnable.Now is the time for all of us to own this event, to make it our responsibility, as individuals and as a collective, to create necessary conditions for the success of this event.This is the single greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world. We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities and resilient people who embrace people from other nations and cultures.As we mark 50 days to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, even if we may still have one or two things outstanding here and there, the bottom line is that it is here, and we can feel it.Let us celebrate this moment, and be good hosts.I know that we have what it takes to do so!I thank you.Delia FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1692:tickets-160410&catid=46:2010news&Itemid=118#ixzz0lvIufe7Alast_img read more

Blockchain Has Come to the U.S. Real Estate Market

first_imgLate last year, a precedent-setting property sale in Vermont became the first real estate transaction in the United States to use blockchain, portending a new era in the sale of land and improvements. Blockchain technology is an industry disrupter on the cusp of improving transactions across all sectors and borders. It is suggested that blockchain may do for the $217 trillion U.S. real estate market what the portable phone did for communications,  and that may be an understatement. Blockchain will address high transaction costs, long time delays, and heterogeneity of real estate transaction types, accelerating the investment in real estate across sectors, the nation, and the globe.RELATED ARTICLESGiving Green Certification a Home in Real Estate ListingsTransforming the Real Estate MarketA Neighborhood Microgrid Takes Shape in Brooklyn Blockchain is a digitized, distributed ledger that records and shares information. It could enable the real estate industry to address many of its inefficiencies. Think of blockchain as the technology, or better yet the operating system, that supports Bitcoin, the digital currency launched in 2009. Cryptocurrency is only one of an untold number of applications for blockchain. In another high-profile application, Walmart just announced it is requiring suppliers of leafy green vegetables to upload growing and shipping data to blockchain by September 2019. There is no requirement that a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin or something else) be used in a blockchain transaction. Payment can be made by any ordinary means that the parties agree to. A highly regulated industry Real estate is a highly regulated industry and real estate transactions must be recorded in a government ledger to be recognized. There are more than 3,600 governmental jurisdictions in the United States alone where real estate deeds are filed. The vast majority are paper instruments filed with a court clerk. Documents are not easily accessible, except to a dinosaur industry of local courthouse title abstracters supported by a coterie of indemnity title insurance companies. There have been government studies and pilot programs, including the much-ballyhooed Cook County, Illinois, pilot that designed blockchain real estate conveyance software. But no actual transactions took place. Then Propy, a private company based in Palo Alto, California,  announced that it had used blockchain for a property purchase on February 20, 2018 in Chittenden County, Vermont, a first in the U.S. I posted this blog last year when Propy announced the very first blockchain sale anywhere: the sale of an apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017. And on October 9, 2018, Propy announced it had used blockchain for a property purchase in Seville, Spain. State laws are being updated Laws will need to be changed across the U.S. and the globe to allow more than the old-fashioned register of deeds. Today, in most of the thousands of local jurisdictions in the U.S., the transfer of ownership of real estate is enforceable only when the deed is presented for recording among the land records in the courthouse. There is, of course, some risk that a patchwork of state laws may inhibit blockchain’s growth, so most states are adopting minimalist legislation demonstrating that the jurisdiction and its courts are blockchain-friendly. States have been actively making the necessary changes in law since 2016. Vermont that year enacted House Bill 868, now a model across the country, that provides for the enforcement of transactions using blockchain by providing a rebuttable presumption of admissibility of a blockchain-based digital record as a “business record” under Vermont’s rules of evidence. Here’s what the law says: “A digital record electronically registered in a blockchain, if accompanied by a declaration that meets the requirements of subdivision (1) of this subsection [notarized], shall be considered a record of regularly conducted business activity pursuant to Vermont Rule of Evidence 803(6).” Similarly, in 2018, Ohio passed Senate Bill 200. It provides that “a record or contract that is secured through blockchain technology is considered to be in an electronic form and to be an electronic record.” Electronic signatures secured through blockchain technology are considered to have the same legal standing as any other electronic signature. In 2017, Arizona went even further by enacting House Bill 2417, which recognizes blockchain signatures and smart contracts as electronic records. Lawmakers also adopted Senate Bill 1084, which requires governmental agencies to allow the use of electronic records or electronic signatures, including for the transfer of real estate. At least 25 other states have some blockchain authorizing law, as do Dubai, Israel, Canada, Sweden, and Ukraine. Look for blockchain in lease agreements This law firm has worked with clients in the outdoor sports apparel and agricultural sectors in matters of blockchain and we see the application in real estate. Interestingly, it may well be leasing that will elevate blockchain in the real estate marketplace ahead of deeds because most leasing transactions do not require involvement of a government registrar. Owners of green buildings, among some of the most progressive in the real estate industry, will all but certainly be at the forefront of this technological revolution. But all owners of commercial real estate risk becoming as outmoded as the buggy whip industry if they do not consider adopting blockchain technology.   Stuart Kaplow is an attorney specializing in environmental law. This post originally appeared at his blog, Green Building Law Update.last_img read more

Two policemen injured in clash with cattle smugglers

first_imgSix persons, including two policemen, were injured in a gunfight between a gang of cattle smugglers-cum-illegal slaughterers and a police team, said a police officer on Saturday. The shoot-out took place when a police team, on a tip-off, raided a secluded mango orchard near Kalyanman Chowki under Beniyaganj Kotwali police station area on Friday, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Gyananjay Singh. As the police team challenged the people engaged in slaughtering there, they opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate, the ASP said. Two alleged cattle smugglers, Mujib and Habib, were injured, while a constable, Satyaprakash, too suffered a gunshot injury, said the ASP.The police also arrested a third gang member, Wali Mohammad, and seized over 15 quintal beef, besides some implements, he added. Three others managed to escape and later went into hiding in the jungles of Hathauda under Kachauna police station. The police team, which reached there, and in another gunfight a second constable Omkar Yadav and two smugglers were injured, the ASP said.last_img read more