Tosca back with cosy victory

first_imgToscanini got off the mark in his first race for 245 days when holding the late challenge of Ainippe in the Brews Hill Race at Navan. Press Association Though the runner-up put in a strong challenge and was closing with every stride, Foley was not hard on the Godolphin-owned winner and got him home for a cosy success. Halford said: “I’m happy with that and it’s good to get him started. He travelled well but wasn’t doing a whole lot in front. He’ll go to Naas now and then Ascot. “He was only ready to start and I’m very happy. Shane said he had a good blow at the furlong pole and was just doing enough from there. The faster they go the better for him and the faster the ground the better.” Halford will see how he performs in the Lacken Stakes on June 1 before deciding whether to keep him at sprint trips or step up to seven furlongs for the Jersey Stakes. He went on: “I’ll wait and see what happens in Naas. He’s in the Jersey. He hasn’t got any slower over the winter. We’ll keep our options open.” center_img Absent since finishing second to Gleneagles in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh in September, Toscanini (9-10 favourite) put himself in line for Royal Ascot with a winning reappearance. Smartly away in the hands of Shane Foley, the Michael Halford-trained colt travelled well and easily took over from the pacesetting Beach Belle just over a furlong out before holding Ainippe by a head. last_img read more

Garbine Muguruza, Sofia Kenin pull off upsets to set up final showdown

first_imgMelbourne: Unseeded Garbine Muguruza stunned fourth seed Simona Halep on Thursday to set up an Australian Open final clash with Sofia Kenin.Spaniard Muguruza fought back from behind in both sets to defeat favourite Halep and reach her maiden Australian Open final with a 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 verdict at the Rod Laver Arena.The 26-year-old is the first unseeded player to reach the women’s final since Belgium’s Justine Henin in 2010.In the other semifinal, American Sofia Kenin pulled off a shock win over local favourite and top-seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (6), 7-5.At just 21, Kenin had never gone past the fourth round at a Grand Slam in her 11 main-draw appearances before this tournament.“I wasn’t thinking I was down, at some point you’ll have your opportunities. I knew facing Simona it was going to be a hard match. I was hanging in there and fighting with all the energy I had,” Muguruza was quoted as saying by Australian Open’s official website after the match.“You don’t think like that. That’s almost two weeks ago. You go day by day and that’s what I was doing each match at a time. I’m very excited to be in the final, it’s a long way to go and I have one more match on Saturday,” said the two-time Grand Slam champion.Meanwhile, Kenin said it is a dream come true for her. “It’s a dream come true for me,” said Kenin as quoted by Australian Open’s official website.“It’s surreal. I always believed I can. I didn’t know exactly when. I feel like at this young age, I think it’s incredible. Not everyone gets to live this moment, live this dream. I’m just really grateful for it. I believed I could win even though I had two set points down in the first.“I was telling myself, ‘I believe in myself. If I lose the set, I’m still going to come out and believe’. Of course, some things didn’t go my way with the challenges and some great shots she came up with. But I didn’t let that stop me. I knew I needed to serve well. I feel like I had a clear mindset on how I want to play her.”On her opponent, she said: “She’s such a tough player,” said Kenin.“Of course, I’d like to first apologise to all of the Australian fans. I know they wanted her to win. It’s not easy for them. There was some interesting cheers. I liked it. But it wasn’t for me. I just try to lock it out and focus on each point.” IANSAlso Read: Resurgent Garbine Muguruza in first-ever Australian Open semisAlso Watch: APYC in Guwahati demands unconditional release of President Kamrul Islam Choudhurylast_img read more

Mayor: L.A. ‘capital of homelessness’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The agency counted 20,023 people living downtown – mostly on Skid Row – followed by 16,787 in South Los Angeles, 11,275 in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and 9,254 in the San Gabriel Valley. The South Bay and Harbor areas had the next-highest total at 7,369. “It’s not just a downtown Skid Row problem,” said LAHSA Commission Chairman Owen Newcomer. The $350,000 LAHSA survey also found that 221,363 people – or one in 40 people in the county – were homeless at some point in 2005. The report marks the first attempt to gather detailed data on the homeless. The survey will be used to help officials develop strategies on how to end homelessness. Last year, the Board of Supervisors allocated an extra $34 million for shelter and services. Villaraigosa has committed an additional $50 million, along with supporting a $1 billion bond measure to develop more affordable housing citywide. Nearly 50,000 people in the city and more than 82,000 in Los Angeles County slept in a shelter or on the street in 2005, a study released Thursday found, prompting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to call Los Angeles the nation’s “capital of homelessness.” The report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority estimated that 82,291 county residents were homeless on any given day last year, including 48,103 living in Los Angeles. “These are staggering numbers when you think about it,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the capital of homelessness in the United States of America. “It dwarfs the homeless problem anywhere in the state, and the city of Los Angeles is ground zero for it.” Officials also hope to use some of the $280 million that will be generated over the next three years from the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act to provide housing and other services for mentally ill homeless people. LAHSA, a city-county authority, has been successful in obtaining more federal funds to house the homeless, watching those dollars grow from $47 million in 2002 to $60 million last year. In March, LAHSA and Bring LA Home plan to release a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in 10 years. “The first project will probably be in downtown Los Angeles,” said Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department. “Housing for families that are on the edge of homelessness will be the first type of project the San Fernando Valley sees because they have lighter service needs.” Despite these recent efforts, only 12 percent of the county’s homeless receive shelter on any night. And contrary to the popular myth that homeless people from throughout the nation come to Los Angeles for its great weather, 78 percent said they had been living in the county at the time they became homeless. “We do not have a situation where hordes are coming in from outside the county,” Newcomer said. “Nearly half the homeless were renters immediately before becoming homeless. They fell on hard times.” Of the homeless, 47,813 were men, 17,543 were women, 1,088 were transgender and 19,882 were members of a homeless family. “A number that wasn’t mentioned is that there are 10,000 homeless children in the city of Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “Think about that.” The survey found that the typical homeless person resembles many low-income people with fragile safety nets. In the survey, 24 percent said the loss of a job was the primary reason for their homelessness. Of the homeless, 41 percent were black, 28 percent were white, 24 percent were Latino, 4 percent were multiracial, 3 percent were American Indian or Alaskan Native and 1 percent were Asian or Pacific Islanders. Another study by the National Coalition for the Homeless listed Los Angeles as the nation’s 18th “meanest” city for homeless people. “I don’t believe that to be true,” Villaraigosa said. “Very clearly, there is a united commitment to end homelessness here.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 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