first_imgSANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET TO AGAIN FEATURE WORLD CLASS JOCKEY COLONY AS SMITH, PRAT, ESPINOZA, VAN DYKE, CEDILLO, TALAMO, BEJARANO, & MANY MORE ALL RETURN FOR FULL-TIME ASSIGNMENTS 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY & WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2019)–Fans and horsemen will once again be treated to an abundance of world class riding talent as Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, opens this Friday, Sept. 27.With Hall of Famer “Big Money” Mike Smith, America’s all-time leading Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey again ready to roll, a deep and talented pool of young riders, including Flavien Prat, Victor Espinoza, Drayden Van Dyke, Joe Talamo, Rafael Bejarano and newcomer Abel Cedillo comprise an incredibly competitive Jockeys’ Room.Smith, who has won a record 26 Breeders’ Cup races (including four Classics), is scheduled to ride Bob Baffert’s McKinzie, America’s top ranked older horse, in this Saturday’s Grade I Awesome Again Stakes, a key prep for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2. A native of Roswell, NM, Smith, 54, has also won two Kentucky Derbies and at age 52, became the oldest jockey to win a Triple Crown aboard Baffert’s Justify in 2018.  He leads all jockeys with 26 Breeders’ Cup victories.A physical marvel, Smith has a strict daily training regimen which is enabling him to thus far defy Father Time. America’s second leading rider (to John Velazquez) with career purse earnings of more than $320-million, Smith is a tireless promoter of racing and many charities, including the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.Flavien Prat, a 27-year-old native of Melun, France, is unquestionably one of the top riders in the country and could well be an Eclipse Award finalist for 2019. A winner via disqualification of this year’s Kentucky Derby with the Bill Mott-trained Country House, Prat, who is regarded as a great judge of pace, strong finisher and fierce competitor, also won this year’s $1 million Pacific Classic with the John Sadler-trained Higher Power, who he is now scheduled to ride in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.The amazing Hall of Famer Victor Espinoza, who was sidelined due to a broken neck a year ago, has come back strong this year, finishing seventh in the Del Mar Summer standings while winning the Grade I Bing Crosby aboard the John Sadler-trained Cistron and the Grade II Del Mar Derby with John Shirreffs’ Nolde. A winner of the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah, Espinoza, 47, like Mike Smith, adheres to a strict workout regimen.A 25-year-old native of Louisville, KY, Drayden Van Dyke has been compared by many to the legendary Bill Shoemaker.  Small at 5’6″, he tacks a feathery 106 pounds and is a great athlete with an unflappable demeanor. A three-time time leading rider in Southern California, Van Dyke has led two Del Mar meets and one at Los Alamitos.Although his status was in question due to sustaining what is described as a “crush, with no fracture,” to his right arm in a spill out of the gate while riding 1-2 favorite Eight Rings in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2, Van Dyke has been breezing horses since this past Saturday and will be back full-time on opening day.A perennial leader at Golden Gate Fields, Abel Cedillo, a 30-year-old native of Guatemala, shifted his tack to Southern California on a full-time basis this past summer and has made an immediate impact, finishing third in the Del Mar Summer Meet standings while impressing everyone with his work ethic and powerful finishing ability.  With trainer Doug O’Neill firmly in his corner, Cedillo is a cinch to make the Autumn Meet Top 10 and could possibly contend for leading rider honors.A 29-year-old native of Marrero, LA, Joe Talamo, who’s closing in on 2,000 career wins, comes off a solid fourth place finish this past summer at Del Mar and with Bob Baffert providing a regular supply of competitive mounts, he’s positioned to have another solid meeting.A five-time leading rider at Santa Anita, Rafael Bejarano, 37, has come back from serious injuries to once again contend for leading rider honors. Second only to Prat in this past Spring/Summer Meet standings at Santa Anita, the popular Peruvian has good business coming into the Autumn Meet and should be flashing his signature smile in the Winner’s Circle on a regular basis.Up and coming Ruben Fuentes, 22, and hot apprentice Jorge Velez, 21, both figure to continue their ascent up the So Cal jockey ladder. Veterans Tiago Pereira, 42, Martin Garcia, 34, Geovanni Franco, 28, Aaron Gryder, 49, Edwin Maldonado, 36, Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, 49, and others are all scheduled to ride on a regular basis and when combined with a number of top eastern-based jockeys who will be coming in for major stakes commitments, there will be no shortage of competition throughout the 23-day stand.First post time for a nine-race card this Friday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit read more

Mourinho wants Bayern revenge as Spurs kids are brushed aside in Munich

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO wants revenge on Bayern in the Champions League quarter or semi-finals.The Tottenham boss saw his second string beaten easily 3-1 in a Group B dead rubber.3 Jose Mourinho says Spurs would give Bayern a far tougher match with a full-strength team and when he knows his players betterCredit: PA:Empics Sport3 Scorer Ryuan Sessegnon believes Spurs learned they cannot afford to miss good chances against the best teamsCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut Mourinho, who made six changes, said: “My wish is to come back here later in the tournament — and that can only mean the quarter-final or semi-final — so we can give them a proper match with a proper team.“We tried to organise a team where we could rest players and give more experienced players who had not played some assurity.“In the first half they had more chances to score goals, but we were just one minute from going into half-time at 1-1.“It was just important for us to get out with some dignity.”’CRAZY PERIOD’Tottenham, who lost 7-2 at home to the Germans in October under previous boss Mauricio Pochettino, had already qualified for the next round as Group B runners-up behind  winners Bayern.They face either Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig or Valencia in the last 16.Mourinho, who has been in charge at Spurs for just over three weeks, added: “The teams that finished first, they will wish not to play against us. We are one of the strongest teams in the second group.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“We are in a country that goes through a crazy period this time of year that could leave marks on players, but come February we  will be ready. I will have been here longer and we will know each other better.”Ryan Sessegnon marked his full debut with a 20th-minute cracker which cancelled out Kingsley Coman’s opener for Bayern.But sub Thomas Muller put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time before Philippe Coutinho scored their third after the break.Mourinho said: “The fact we beat Olympiakos 4-2 in the last game allowed me to risk what happened.most read n footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“Bayern had four top players on the bench to rescue them if it went wrong. I decided not to have even Harry Kane or Dele Alli on bench. We manage our teams in different ways.”Scorer Sessegnon, 19, said: “I felt good. Physically towards the end I was a bit tired but in myself I felt good. To get the goal on my first start was a special moment.“We learned lessons. If you don’t take your chances against big teams then you will be punished. But we gave it a go and we are disappointed we didn’t get the result.”3 Brendan Rodgers is now the third best paid manager in the league… behind only Guardiola and MourinhoSolskjaer heaps praise on Fred as resurgent form could spell end for Pogba at Man Unitedlast_img read more

Durant says he needs to be more ‘poised’ after 3rd ejection this season

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? With over a minute left in the game, the one-time league MVP figured in a verbal spat with notoriously temperamental center DeMarcus Cousins, resulting in both players being thrown out of the game.READ: Curry hobbled after Warriors roar back on PelicansFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Speaking to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the 29-year-old forward said he had to compose himself better, but felt the latest ejection was “pretty quick.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I got to be more focused, I got to be more poised. I can’t let anybody take me off my game,” he said.“I’ve been in the league too long. Especially somebody like Cousins, we know that he’s feisty, we know that he’s emotional. We know that he plays that way, so I can’t get involved in that. That’s who he is; I got to be me.”Durant is currently leading the league in ejections during the 2017-2018 NBA season, while Cousins is the only other player with more than one.Still, Durant makes sure that his outbursts won’t cost the team a victory, by not putting himself in any danger of getting tossed in the early stages of a game.“It’s late in the game. Every time I get ejected, I make sure it’s late in the game,” he said. “I’m not messing up like that in the first or second quarter—make sure it’s late in the game if I want to do something.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio 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 MOST READ Since joining the Golden State Warriors last year, NBA fans have seen a feistier and more confrontational version of Kevin Durant.His aggressive side was once again on full display on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) when he got ejected against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center—his third disqualification in 18 games.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prior to this season, Durant only had one ejection in his first 10 years in the league.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales win election to Boxing HOF Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Warriors beat Blazers to avenge earlier loss this week

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia James Harden keeps rolling with 41 as Rockets overcome Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, puts up a shot on Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Oregon— A road game for the Golden State Warriors felt a little like home for Klay Thompson.Perhaps that helped him shoot his way out of a slump.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Damian Lillard hit six 3-pointers and scored 40 points. It was the fifth time this season Lillard, who made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the victory at Oracle Arena, has scored at least 40 points.Golden State avenged that loss with improved shooting and better defense. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the floor (40 of 80), and made 12 of 25 from 3-point range.Durant was 10 of 19 from the floor, while Kevin Looney was 5 of 6, and made his first 3-pointer of the season.Kerr said it made a difference on defense to expand his rotation to 11 players Saturday.“I didn’t like what I did the other night, playing eight guys,” Kerr said. “I thought everybody who stepped on the floor did a really good job for us.”Jusuf Nurkic finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Blazers.Leading 30-27 after one quarter, Golden State scored the first 10 points of the second, including seven consecutive by Curry. Golden State led by as many as 17 points during the first half, settling for a 58-50 halftime lead.But the Warriors lost Andre Iguodala at halftime after he was ejected for hurling the ball deep into the end zone seats at the buzzer.Though Lillard scored 20 points during the third quarter, Golden State increased its lead to 93-83. The Warriors led by as many as 18 points in the fourth before holding off a late Portland rally.“We kept battling. I thought we made some good comebacks, but in the end, we let our guard down a few times. When you let your guard down, they take advantage of it,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio 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 “I missed you. It’s good to see you again,” Thompson said. “It’s been a five-game absence or so where he hasn’t been in the game, so to finally see the ball go in at a high rate felt really good.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr said there wasn’t anything different about Thompson’s game. He was merely due.“Shots just went in,” Kerr said. “I didn’t think the quality of his shot attempts looked that much better. I think the law of averages just took over.”If there’s a place outside Oakland where Thompson feels most comfortable, it’s Portland’s Moda Center, known as the Rose Garden during his childhood.“It’s like a second home here. I was very fortunate to come to a lot of Blazer games at the Rose Garden,” Thompson said. “To be back here playing for my family is surreal. It feels like I’m getting old. It feels like yesterday I was back in these hallways trying to snag autographs. It’s always a pleasure to come back here.”ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State, 6 of 15 from the free throw line during Thursday’s game, made its first 10 Saturday, and went 23 of 28 overall. … The Warriors had three technical fouls in the game, including one on Durant for hanging on the rim.Trail Blazers: Lillard’s fifth 40-point game this season ties a career high. He also scored 40 points five times during the 2016-17 season.MISFIRED SHOTAfter Iguodala’s heave into the stands at the end of the first half, officials spent more than a minute at a courtside monitor before deeming his throw a “hostile act,” warranting an ejection.“Andre said he was just shooting the ball,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t a very good shot. Went a little long.”UP NEXTWarriors: Monday night at PhoenixTrail Blazers: Sunday night at home against Philadelphia. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Thompson, who grew up in Portland as the son of former Trail Blazer Mychal Thompson, scored 32 points Saturday night to lead Golden State to a 115-105 victory.Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each had 25 points as Golden State evened the score after losing at home to Portland 110-109 on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThompson broke out by hitting 12 of 21 shots, going 4 of 5 from 3-point range. At one point after making a 3-pointer, Thompson began talking to his right hand.What did Thompson say? MOST READlast_img read more

“Our Mandate is to build Africa”

first_imgThe Management of Ecobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has reiterated that the Bank’s mandate is to build Africa and develop Africans, and that ELL will not depart from this core mandate.Ecobank Managing Director Kola Adeleke was speaking Thursday at the grand finale of the Ecobank Deposit Mobilization Campaign (EDMC) in Sinkor where  a customer of Ecobank’s Zwedru Branch emerged as the lucky winner of a brand new four-door Chevrolet valued at US$15,000.Madam Cecelia Harris Jolo is a resident of Zwedru, the provincial capital of Grand Gedeh County.She current works at the Zwedru airstrip. Speaking with Ecobank officials via mobile phone, Madam Jolo said she was surprised.“I can’t believe it. What did I do to emerge winner of the car?” she asked. Responding to Madam Jolo’s inquest, the head of marketing & Communications at Ecobank, Madam Ivy Fairley added “you won because you regularly deposited money in your United States dollars savings account at our Zwedru Branch.”The brand new vehicle is the Ecobank Giant Prize Giveaway. The draw was held at the Ecobank Branch in Sinkor in the presence of the Board of Directors of the Bank.On June 12, 2013 the campaign started with the Ecobank Management encouraging USD savings account holders to regularly deposit US$100.00 to allow them to form part of the draw.About 31,000 customers’ account numbers were qualified for the grand prize, which Madam Cecelia H. Jolo won. Supervised by the Liberia National Lotteries, the over 31,000 account numbers were placed in a rolling drum by three Ecobank Board of Directors.Madam Jolo’s account number was picked by a male customer who had gone to conduct a transaction at the Sinkor branch. The drum was rolled over and again before the customer, named withheld, turned his back and picked the winner.Many bystanders were amazed that the winner of the grand prize was from rural Liberia.Madam Jolo was expected to arrive in Monrovia Friday to take delivery of her brand new Chevrolet. The promotion, analysts observed, was a win-win for customers and Ecobank.A bystander noted that while it is true that only one person is taking delivery of the car, the rest of the customers that make up the 31,000 regular depositors now have savings accounts that they can refer to. The bystander also noted that Ecobank benefitted because the Bank was able to mobilize more deposits, thereby increasing its assets base.The Ecobank MD told the public that Ecobank is here to fulfill its founding objective of “helping with the rebuilding process of Liberia and improving the livelihoods of ordinary Liberians.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fisherman remanded for wounding drinking partner

first_imgSenior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday remanded a 25-year-old Albouystown, Georgetown, resident when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for unlawfully wounding his friend.Kevin Allicock of Lot 32 James Street, Albouystown, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which detailed that on April 17 at Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Joseph Barker with the intent to maim, disfigure, or cause grievous bodily harm.The court heard that on April 17, 2019, the Virtual Complaint and Allicock were both imbibing whilst playing around with knives. During the said activity, the defendant armed himself with one of the knives and dealt Barker a stab to his neck.The police report was made and Barker was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he received medical attention for his wound.Prosecutor Richard Harris in court on Friday revealed that the victim had to be readmitted to the health facility for treatment for the said wound. On that note, the prosecutor objected to bail.The unrepresented man was remanded to prison. The case will continue on July 29, 2019.last_img read more

Mayor confirms heart-attack

first_imgThe city has confirmed Mayor Bruce Lantz checked himself into the hospital yesterday, suffering from a heart attack.Mayor Lantz has issued his own statement, saying he was suffering from chest pains Monday morning, and promptly drove himself to the hospital. He says a heart attack was diagnosed on his arrival, but he had arrived early enough to allow medics to treat it successfully. The Mayor says “I am resting comfortably at the Fort St. John hospital and due to the excellent care I have received here, the prognosis is good”- Advertisement -He expects to remain in hospital for further testing until Friday.last_img read more

Lakers notes: Cook in with no incident

first_imgJackson didn’t hesitate in playing Cook against the Toronto Raptors one day after the forward’s perceived act of disrespect – discarding his warm-up top in the coach’s lap – led to Jackson removing Cook as soon as he checked into the game. “I think in any family you’re going to have arguments,” Cook said. “I think we just had a family argument. We still love each other. I just tried to come out and just be a professional today. That’s how I am. I just come to work. Sometimes family members get mad. Both ways.” TORONTO – The Lakers had given up eight straight points to start the second quarter of Friday’s game when coach Phil Jackson decided it was time to go to his bench. He called for Kobe Bryant, who had sat for not even twominutes, as well as forward Brian Cook. As Cook headed to the scorer’s table, he took off his shooting shirt and the memories of his blowup Thursday at Detroit receded into the past. Jackson joked before Friday’s game, “Is he the only one? We’ve got about four or five on our team,” but wasn’t about to disagree. Radmanovic came to the Lakers with the reputation as being a one-dimensional shooter, though his defensive effort was praised during training camp. As Jackson put it Friday, “We think that he has the ability but he hasn’t defined himself as a player yet.” Radmanovic has started while Luke Walton has been sidelined by a sprained ankle. Walton hopes to practice today and could return Sunday at Cleveland. If not, Jackson might have to consider starting Cook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Cook finished with sevenpoints and made 2 of 4 shots in 17 minutes. He played the final 10:13 of the second quarter and came back for the last 6:41 of the game when Jackson needed to get Lamar Odom a breather. Cook did miss a 21-footer with 25.9 seconds left. With Cook apologizing after Thursday’s incident, Jackson said he decided: “We’ll just go ahead and go forward with this. This is going to interrupt what we’re trying to do as a team.” Not so rad: Jackson’s patience with Vladimir Radmanovic ran out three minutes into the second half after he watched Radmanovic miss two shots and fail to get back on defense against Chris Bosh. He sent Ronny Turiaf for Radmanovic, who didn’t play the rest of the game. Jackson afterward summed up things succinctly, saying, “Vlade’s had two stinkers.” Earlier in the day, Radmanovic earned a spot on one Sports Illustrated writer’s list of the five worst defenders in the NBA. last_img read more

Hawthorne garbage collector answers charges

first_imgSERVICE: Allied Waste Services says skipping pickups is the only way to get some customers to pay up. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER The streets of Hawthorne seemed to be alive one recent morning – with the mechanical sound of chugging, humming trash trucks. Along one residential route, two Allied Waste Services garbage collectors worked quickly. One man drove and operated the truck’s robotic arm that picked up the bins, dumped them in the back, and replaced them by the curb. Another walked in front of the truck, pulling bins blocked by cars into the street so the robotic arm could embrace them. But the workers also had a list of bins to avoid: Allied has stopped taking some trash because it said it is losing too much money – more than $40,000 – to residents who haven’t paid their bills in months. “In order to get anyone to call us, we have to leave the trash there,” said Greg Loughnane, Allied’s Los Angeles district manager. “When you don’t pick up the trash, you’re flooded with calls. ? Until we contact these people, we can’t fix the problem.” Since it took over trash routes from H&C Disposal in May, Allied has weathered numerous service complaints from residents who were happy with the previous hauler’s service, and dissatisfied by problems and changes brought by the new company. Allied officials said last week they take some responsibility for problems but also place blame on nonpaying residents and the former trash hauler, H&C Disposal, which did not provide complete billing and service records when it left. “We didn’t get very good information,” Loughnane said. “It’s been outdated from the beginning. ? It’s taken us quite a while to get information, and to get people lined up for the proper service. In our opinion, it’s a dysfunctional situation in terms of the previous hauler.” Allied officials acknowledged missing pickups, arriving too late in the day, and leaving bins akimbo in the streets this summer. They said collections have steadily improved despite many setbacks, and the company has plans to polish the rough edges of its service. Allied has received approval to change truck routes to run in front of street sweepers. Company officials said that change will shave at least two hours off each route because the most time-consuming part of the routes is moving trash bins to accessible spots for the truck arms. Officials also said they’re not completely to blame for some of the problems. William Wilson III, general manager of Allied Waste Service’s Gardena office, said some complaints come from apartment owners whose level of service is too low for their volume of trash, causing their bins to overflow. This month, the company has been taking pictures of overloaded bins, and sending them along with letters to the building owners. They are asking them to increase the size of their trash containers or the frequency of their service. One of those buildings is owned by Ollie DeLuna, who told the Daily Breeze earlier this month that she has had many problems with Allied’s service, including missed pickups that caused her trash to overflow. “We’ve had trouble ever since they came in here,” she said. But Allied officials, who have previously been tight-lipped about the issues, said DeLuna’s trash is overflowing because she’s scheduled only one pickup a week at a 34-unit building that should have at least two pickups. Nonpaying customers are another problem, they said. On Friday, the company logged 387 customers who were seriously delinquent in their payments – down from 590 earlier this month. “There are still people not paying their bills and not acknowledging we’re picking up their trash,” Wilson said. Nonpaying customers were sent letters and called in June and July, according to records from Allied. In August, the company tagged stop-service notices on hundreds of bins, and the city sent letters to the same people demanding payment. Two weeks ago, Allied sent auditors to knock on doors and request payments. They also said that H&C kept bad records while they were operating, and serviced many customers who didn’t pay. In June, company officials said they recovered about 800 trash bins that had never shown up on H&C accounts. H&C Disposal was forced out of its contract in April, after it racked up about $1.5 million in unpaid city franchise fees. Allied agreed to pay that money to the city in order to get the hauling contract. It raised residential rates about 5 percent and introduced more service fees. But, it also offered free commercial recycling service, Wilson said. Though company and city officials agree that H&C was badly managed, many residents said they preferred their old service over Allied. H&C “was more conscientious, they never had a problem and stuck to schedule,” said a resident who gave only the name Mike C. “They would pick up trash they dropped. Now we’ve got bags of trash just piling up.” Mike C. acknowledged that Allied’s service improved considerably at his apartment building in September, but he said he is not convinced it will continue. “I don’t feel confident with these people,” he said. “I think it’s too soon to say if they’re going to continue on, or whether they’ll get sloppy again.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Advertisers come to ‘Kid Nation,’ but viewers are leaving

first_imgThe New Mexico attorney general’s office began an inquiry into whether the program had violated state child-labor laws. A spokesman for the attorney general said last week that the inquiry was continuing; CBS, which during the taping denied access to a state labor department inspector, said it had violated no laws. A CBS spokeswoman said Friday that the network “is pleased with the performance of the show.” No injuries have been shown on camera during “Kid Nation,” although there were some tense moments during the third episode when one child led a group that was harassing some obviously agitated cattle. The third episode also included some less-than-friendly behavior. CBS censors bleeped out a string of vulgar words shouted by Greg, the 15-year-old from Nevada who is one of the oldest participants, during an argument with some of the younger children.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A McDonald’s executive said Friday that the company had decided to advertise on the show after finding that its content fit the company’s family-friendly message. “We believe `Kid Nation’ brings families together and provides entertainment and a fun, shared experience for both children and parents,” Anja Carroll, director of media for McDonald’s USA, said in an e-mail message. Some of the advertising commitments were made before the show went on the air. A spokeswoman for PetSmart said it had agreed to buy its commercial time in the third episode in August, before the premiere. “Kid Nation” began drawing criticism from child advocates and causing jitters among advertisers well before the program arrived in September. The show takes 40 children, ages 8 to 15, and has them live in a New Mexico ghost town for 40 days without adult supervision, to see if they can build a working economy and society. But after taping of the show ended last spring, the mother of one girl who had participated complained to New Mexico state authorities about the living and working conditions and said several children had been injured on the set. CBS acknowledged that one girl had been burned on her face while cooking and that three children had accidentally drunk bleach from an unmarked soda bottle. “Kid Nation,” the CBS reality program that had trouble attracting advertisers because of early criticism of its kids-alone-in-the-desert premise, has nearly tripled its number of advertisers since the series premiere, though the audience has continued to shrink. In the program’s third episode, broadcast Wednesday, several marketers that had stayed away from the show bought advertising time, among them McDonald’s, PetSmart, Lysol and T-Mobile. Those spots increased the number of advertisers supporting the show to more than 20, up 60 percent from a week ago and nearly triple the number on the series premiere. As advertisers arrive, however, they are finding fewer viewers. According to estimates from Nielsen Media Research, the third episode of “Kid Nation” drew 7.4 million viewers, down from 7.6 million a week earlier and 9.4 million for the series premiere. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the crucial group for advertisers, the number of viewers fell to 3.2 million last week from 4 million in its debut. The lone bright spot in viewership has been among children. The number of 2- to 11-year-olds watching “Kid Nation” rose to an estimated 787,000 in the third week from 777,000 for the series premiere. last_img