Confusion over new hot food tax

first_imgGreggs has seen a £20m drop in value as the government announced its plans to apply a standard rate tax of 20% to hot food products.The high street retail bakery saw its share prices decline by 4% to 528p on Wednesday (21 March), after details of the new VAT rules were outlined in the Budget by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer.A consultation document entitled ‘VAT: Addressing borderline anomalies’ described the move to tax hot products such as pies and pasties, which will take effect as of 1 October 2012.Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB), has labelled the new VAT rules as confusing for UK retail bakery businesses. He said: “This could have quite an impact on the bakery industry. Confusion is going to linger over this new tax on hot foods, such as classifying what ambient temperatures are.“There’s so many grey areas to this, for both companies and their customers, and in an already challenging time on the high street.”Holling added that the move could be a hidden agenda of the government as a means of stopping customers from purchasing baked goods that could be deemed unhealthy. “The bakery industry is an easy target in this instance and if this is the case I would have to disagree. We have done a lot of hard work as an industry, and at the NAMB, with the Food Standards Agency when it comes to salt reduction.”The Budget document read: “VAT will also apply, to the extent that it does not already do so, to the sale of hot food, cold food consumed on the supplier’s premises.”Closing date for comments have been set for 4 May 2012.last_img read more

An unforgettable story: Credit union changes the life of a deserving young woman

first_imgImagine walking in Kenia Calderon Ceron’s shoes.You’re 11 years old. El Salvador is home. Yet, it’s a place where authorities have lost control of gang-related violence, and the economy is poor. Despite the fact your father is a successful lawyer and your mother is 18 months away from completing her teaching degree, there is no way for them to make a living that will adequately support your family.You have relatives in Mexico, so you travel there with a tourist Visa. It expires and you’re “stuck” there for 30 days – undocumented – trying to figure out how to cross the border into the United States, the land of opportunity. Your parents find someone willing to get your family of five across the border for $7,000. Your family is grateful for the “bargain” – it’s usually $7,000 per person.The next thing you know, you’re trekking by foot across the dessert with 40 others seeking the same thing – a safe place to raise a family, jobs and the chance to live up to your potential. You watch your parents physically struggle to make it. They’re the oldest travelers; you’re the youngest. You realize it’s the ‘norm’ to travel to America this way. Everyone around you is going through the motions. You’re unsure why it has to be this way.Once in America, aunts and uncles welcome you, and you begin, slowly, acclimating to the community. You don’t speak any English and classmates use that, and several other reasons, to isolate you. The obstacles appear insurmountable. The longer you’re in America, the more hurdles you discover, and the more you miss the place you were born. You’re caught between the perception of the ‘American dream’ and the reality you’re living day-to-day.Why don’t others have these obstacles, you wonder.Scholarships provide the opportunity to attend one of the best private high schools in Iowa. You anticipate what lies ahead as you watch other students get excited about their tutors, college entrance exams and college campus visits. Then you remember: The same opportunities don’t apply to you because of your immigration status. The topic isn’t discussed by anyone; it’s just the way it is. You repeatedly ponder how America can be the ‘Land of Opportunity’ while that opportunity seems too far out of reach.The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is your saving grace. You’re granted a work permit the summer before your senior year, and you acquire a driver’s license. Although your educational plan remains static, you look past the fact an executive order prohibits you from obtaining financial aid for college and set your sights on getting a job to pay your way.With a paycheck comes another round of reality checks – this time with financial institutions. For those living paycheck to paycheck and without guidance about the importance of establishing good credit, it’s a disheartening journey.Traditional financial institutions aren’t welcoming in a way that leaves you feeling they really care about you, your story, your hopes and dreams. You’re filled with them but they appear insignificant and, at times, unattainable.Just when you think the ‘American Dream’ is evaporating, you get word of a credit union with a diverse and empathetic staff made up of people who want to reach out, understand and teach you.Your hard-earned paychecks find a home at that credit union. Because you’re overseeing your parents’ finances, as well as your own, you conduct business there nearly daily. There’s a familiarity with the credit union employees. For the first time since your journey to America began, you feel you matter. Staff who look like and talk like you make the time and effort to get to know you and your story. You also make an exciting discovery. You realize the comfort you feel and the confidence you’re developing is the result of much more than a shared language. It’s deeper than that. You have people outside your family encouraging you to pursue your dreams.Credit union employees encourage you to participate in the IDA program. Your story takes a new twist. You’re matched by a private donor and the government. You’re able to pay for the first half of your second year at Drake University. The classes required to earn this opportunity teach you about 401Ks and why credit matters – things your parents haven’t yet been taught. You see first-hand that knowledge is power. In addition to a debt-free college education, you have a better grasp on your finances than most American Millennials. The path to the American Dream is being paved. None of it is taken for granted.Today, you’re ready to give back and talk of serving one day on a credit union board of directors. You want to share your story and perspective about the journey you literally and figuratively traveled.You have insight for credit unions interested in learning how to serve the growing Latino population. Your words of encouragement include:Use the credit union in this story as an example of one that puts humanity first and sees beyond the dollar signs of a growing Hispanic community.Know that by opening your arms to this influential community known for making decisions based on word-of-mouth, you’re impacting people today and into the future, each of whom will remember your acceptance. Life-changing service for one person often leads to opportunities to serve entire families, neighborhoods and communities.See the great opportunity a Hispanic Millennial membership presents for innovation. With a high demand for digital banking, advanced apps and next generation ATMs, this audience can inspire real change for credit unions.Reach out to high schoolers so they understand financial planning for college, after college and the benefit of establishing relationships early.Show up in person in places we gather – church and cultural events, for example. You will reach multiple generations.Be respectful and gain an understanding of our culture before communicating with us.The story of Kenia Calderon Ceron’s transition from El Salvador to America isn’t the only one. There are millions of others, each with their own special perspective. Now that you’re aware of Kenia’s experience, how will you strive to help others navigate their unique paths to the American dream? 152SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: https://www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

Soros’ $600m investment push

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Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday October 24 – October 30,…

first_imgFridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: [email protected]:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at [email protected] players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at X-zyte Sports Club on Third Road. We play 10-12am Sunday, Tuesday and Friday with a mix of mostly 50+ farangs and younger Thai’s.The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email [email protected] to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games at every Sunday at 12 noon.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact John at scrabbleking @yahoo.com or call 089-932-54332:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Sunday at B.G. House & Restaurant @ 2 p.m. For further details phone 081 664 9085 or email [email protected] pattayabackgammonleague.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.3:15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 pm on Pattaya 3rd Road in front of the Buffalo Bar, opposite Soi Lengkee.  The bus leaves at 3.30 pm sharp.  More info at www.pattayah3.comTuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email [email protected] to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at [email protected] pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: [email protected] (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or [email protected]last_img read more

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

first_imgFrom left are Tom Glavine in 2008, Greg Maddux in 2008, and Frank Thomas in 1994 file photos. Glavine, Maddux and Thomas were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short.Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth-highest in the history of voting.Glavine, Maddux’s longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation, appeared on 525 ballots and received 91.9 percent. Thomas, the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter, was at 483.The trio will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee. Maddux and Glavine played under Cox for most of their careers.Writers had not elected three players in one vote since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount in 1999.Biggio received 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss. Biggio appeared on 388 ballots in his initial appearance last year and appears to be on track to gain election next year.Mike Piazza was next was 62.2 percent followed by Jack Morris, who was 78 votes short at 61.5 percent in his 15th and final appearance on the writers’ ballot.Controversy over how to evaluate stars tainted by the Steroids Era continued to impact the vote totals of players with stellar statistics. In their second appearances on the ballot, Roger Clemens dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4, Barry Bonds from 36.2 to 34.7 and Sammy Sosa from 12.5 to 7.2.Appearing for the eighth time, Mark McGwire fell from 16.9 to 11.0. Rafael Palmeiro will be dropped from future ballots after falling to 25 votes and 4.4 percent — below the 5 percent threshold necessary to remain eligible for next year’s vote.Eighth on the wins list with a 355-227 record and a 3.16 ERA over 23 seasons, Maddux won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Gloves with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego. An eight-time All-Star, he won at least 13 games in 20 straight seasons.Among pitchers with 3,000 innings whose careers began in 1921 or later — after the Dead Ball Era — Maddux’s 1.80 walks per nine innings is second only to Robin Roberts’ 1.73, according to STATS.Glavine, a 10-time All-Star and a two-time Cy Young winner, was 305-203 over 22 seasons.A two-time AL MVP, Thomas hit .301 with 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs in 19 seasons with the White Sox, Toronto and Oakland.Writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point were eligible to consider the 36-player ballot.Next year’s vote could be even more crowded when Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield become eligible, five years after their retirements. The BBWAA last month formed a committee to study whether the organization should ask the Hall to change the limit of 10 players per ballot.last_img read more

WI vs Ind 1st Test Day 1 Review: Rahane’s rescue deny Windies a blazing…

first_imgImage Courtesy: India TVAdvertisement 9sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3qvdpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Echkk5l1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b7uk2Would you ever consider trying this?😱tsmpneCan your students do this? 🌚8necyRoller skating! Powered by Firework West Indies and India kicked off their World Test Championship campaign in Antigua. The hosts were on top by rattling the Indian top order before Ajinkya Rahane came to the rescue, to even the honours.Advertisement Image Courtesy: India TVOpting to omit Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, and Wridhimann Saha, India had to bat first after the West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first.The opening partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal did not last long as the latter fell to Kemar Roach. The speedster struck again to remove Cheteshwar Pujara as well before Shannon Gabriel got the better of Virat Kohli with some extra bounce to sweep out the famed Indian top order.Advertisement Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul saw out the rest of the session. Rahul, however, fell short of his fifty to give Roston Chase his only wicket so far. Hanuma Vihari stuck alongside Rahane to stabilize the innings through an 81-run stand for the fifth wicket. Vihari fell soon after scoring 32 while Rahane followed suit 5 overs later for a well made 81.The third session was cut short as a result of rain and at stumps, India are 203-6 with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja out in the middle.Advertisement Read Also:Shubman Gill reveals how Rahul Dravid changed his careerVirender Sehwag reckons Virat Kohli will outdo all of Sachin’s records except one Advertisementlast_img read more

Middletown Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Police Officer

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Township police have charged a township man with attempted murder of a police officer and a number of related charges stemming from an incident that took place on Sunday, March 25 at approximately 11:21 a.m.Middletown police were attempting to arrest Gregory Canova, 37, Stephenville Blvd, who was wanted by the Sea Girt and Wall Township Police Departments on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, when Canova struck Middletown Police Officer Daniel Murdoch with his vehicle and dragged him a short distance.Middletown Township Police Sergeant Charles Terefenko located Canova, who then rammed Terefenko’s patrol car. Canova was apprehended when his vehicle crashed on Courtney Way in Middletown.Canova was charged by the Middletown Police Department with attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, eluding police, resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was also charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and violation of a court order by the Sea Girt Police Department and two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child by the Wall Township Police Department.Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie Justus ordered Canova held on $882,500 bail with no 10 percent payment for release permitted.Middletown Police Officers Murdoch and Terefenko were treated at Riverview Medical Center for injuries sustained during tlast_img read more

Comedy Event to Assist The FoodBank

first_imgLocal comedian Kevin Israel will host a comedy benefit at Park East Restaurant, 3352 State Route 35 in Hazlet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, to help The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.The FoodBank has been operational since the day after Super Storm Sandy, providing more than 33,000 meals in the first four days after the storm, when most other member pantries and agencies were unable to provide assistance due to power outages or flooding. Since the storm struck, The FoodBank has distributed food for more than 1 million meals, including hot meals prepared in the organization’s kitchen, military rations (MREs), shelf stable food, disaster boxes, and fresh and frozen items for organizations cooking for victims and rescue workers.“I grew up in Monmouth County and I live here now, this storm really affected everyone but we all came together so quickly to help one another,” said Israel who has been performing stand up for over 12 years. “I’ve worked with The FoodBank in other capacities and I know how much immediate good they do. This benefit will help them continue to assist those who need it the most in the coming months.“Everyone could use a laugh after the past few weeks and we’ve assembled an incredible group of comics. As soon as I approached Park East with the idea of a comedy benefit show, the folks there were immediately receptive,” Israel said. “We have Robin Fox from NickMom Night Out, Chris Covert who recently performed with Artie Lange at the Count Basie Theatre and Joseph Anthony, a finalist on TV’s Last Comic Standing. These are all Jersey comics and they’re all donating their time for this show.”Tickets are $25. Reserva­tions and additional information are available by calling (732) 739-2002 or contacting Israel at [email protected] gmail.com.last_img read more

Canucks Shoot Down Stars To Claim Fifth Straight

first_img Vancouver won’t care too much about playoff seeding.  The first round opponent will be one of Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Jose.  Of those, the Canucks would likely want to avoid the Sharks the most, followed by the Kings.  Predicting where these teams will finish (one will finish third, with the others 7-9) is almost impossible at this stage.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the last couple games of the season if the playoff picture solidifies much before then. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEA convincing win against a desperate team.  The Canucks stepped it up a notch tonight and it showed.  Vancouver is now 7-3 in its last 10 games when considering whether or not it “would have been” a playoff game. PARTING SHOTSIn-Arena Observation of the Night:  For many reasons, this was the most fun I’ve had at Rogers Arena all season long.  Mostly because of the score, the crowd was abuzz and happy for most of the second and third periods.  It was a very good environment, lots of fun, and the crowd showed that when the team puts its best effort on the ice, the crowd will do the same in the stands.Looking ahead: The Canucks face the Calgary Flames tomorrow on Hockey Night in Canada.  The Flames are desperate, and anything other than two points will officially eliminate them from playoff contention.  While the Canucks played extremely well tonight, look for a classic Flames/Canucks game tomorrow. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks continued their late-season homestand on Friday night at Rogers Arena, as they hosted the Dallas Stars, currently embroiled in a dogfight with their Pacific Division brethren for three of the four remaining playoff berths.  Vancouver rode the solid goaltending of surprise starter Cory Schneider, and saw the return of a killer instinct for goal scoring as they coasted to a 5-2 victory over the visitors.Henrik Sedin, who tallied three assists on the night, led the Canucks offensively.  Max Lapierre, promoted to the “first” line with Henrik and Alex Burrows, also added three points, scoring a goal and two assists.Chris Higgins opened the scoring for Vancouver, beating Stars’ starting netminder Kari Lehtonen at 6:17 of the first period after some nice work down the wall and a good pass into the slot from Jannik Hansen.  The first period was relatively even, but Schneider was forced to make a number of quality saves as Dallas outshot the Canucks 13-7. Media reports indicate that Daniel is progressing nicely and will likely be ready for the playoffs.  This is great news, however, with concussions, things can change instantly and he could suffer a setback at any time. It looked like AV was trying to get the top unit out against Steve Ott’s line in the third, and it paid off with two goals.  Henrik’s play on the Burrows goal was tremendous, as he held the puck on the right wall, faked a pass back to the point, and put the puck to the net where Burrows buried it.  Vintage Sedin. After giving up the tying goal to Stars’ dynamic forward Steve Ott just after the intermission, the Canucks were the better team in the second period, buoyed by a couple of power plays.  The Canucks were able to move the puck reasonably well on those power plays, and were rewarded late in the second one on a goal by Sami Salo, as he blasted it by a screened Lehtonen.  The Canucks took command of the game give minutes later, as Henrik found unlikely goal scorer Andrew Alberts creeping in from the point.  Alberts’ shot deflected off Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas and past Lehtonen for what was eventually the game-winning goal.  This second period was atypical for the Canucks, as they outshot the Stars 20-13.The Canucks put the clamp down on Dallas in the third period, only allowing four shots from the allegedly desperate visitors.  Honestly, as a Canucks supporter, it was refreshing to be in the rink for something more than a one-goal game.  The Canucks were able to score twice on their seven shots in the final stanza, Burrows and Lapierre adding the icing on the cake.  Jake Dowell beat Schneider in garbage time with less than three minutes remaining.Before the game, coach Alain Vigneault again tweaked his lines in an effort to source more offense for his club.  Lapierre was the prime beneficiary, who slotted in with Henrik and Burrows as AV reunited two-thirds of his top scoring line.  Mason Raymond was put back down on the second unit with Kesler and Booth, the third line was left unchanged, and the fourth line ran with Malhotra centering Weise and Kassian.  The tinkering clearly worked, as Henrik seemingly found his game and made a big difference offensively.Overall, this was a tremendous performance by the Canucks.  They really limited Dallas’ scoring chances throughout the game, and in a familiar story, the goaltender was there to shut the door when required (most notably, midway through the second period, Schneider made a huge save against Loui Eriksson on a two on one with the game tied at one and the Canucks on their first power play).  The Canucks, playing without Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, and Roberto Luongo, stuck to their game plan and it is continuing to work.  There wasn’t a huge difference in their play tonight as opposed to other recent efforts, other than the fact that they got a few bounces tonight, pucks came to them as opposed to away, and they were able to get a few past the other goaltender. GAME OBSERVATIONS The impact of the two goal lead (or better) is immense on the team’s ice time.  The extra cushion allows AV to roll his four lines and three D pairings more consistently.  Tonight, no forwards saw less than 10 or more than 20 minutes of ice.  As the team’s prime concern right now is managing minutes and avoiding injury, this is huge. Lapierre looked great playing up with Sedin and Burrows.  The finish on his goal was world class, as he took his time and snapped a wrist shot into the top corner.  The goal came against Stars’ backup Richard Bachman, who replaced Lehtonen midway through the third period (likely to rest him as Dallas plays another important game Saturday night).center_img With their fifth straight win, the Canucks are in a great position to overtake St. Louis for the Western Conference title.  They sit one point back of the Blues with four games to play.  Vancouver will play four games against non-playoff teams (Calgary twice, Anaheim, Edmonton), while St. Louis finishes with tougher tests against Detroit, Phoenix, Dallas, and Columbus.  The Canucks must beat St. Louis in points, as the Blues will win a tiebreaker between the teams. The Canucks D pairings were Hamhuis-Tanev, Edler-Gragnani, and Salo-Alberts, and all were extremely effective.  The defense did a better job again of stepping up and now allowing easy access into the zone.  Salo and Alberts were on the ice for the Ott goal and didn’t look good, allowed Ott unencumbered access to the font of the net, but otherwise, the entire team was good. Bieksa sat out his second straight game with an undisclosed injury.  I’m doubtful the injury is serious, but it is mildly concerning.  It’s comforting knowing that the team is being extremely conservative on these matters at this stage of the year, and Canucks’ brass hasn’t indicated that there’s any risk that Bieksa won’t be available come playoff time. Alberts made up for it by scoring only his second goal of the year.  I keep saying it, but I really like the element he adds to the back end.  For the most part, he’s been very good when inserted into the lineup in the last couple of months.last_img read more

LA Times features Winter meet opening day

first_img“An after-Christmas package: Santa Anita racetrack is opening its winter season in style” titles a recent article published by the Los Angeles Times. The Times featured our newest renovations for this current Winter meet saying, “The Winter Meet, as it’s called, is set to kick off with live music, a Guest Chef series and, of course, thoroughbred racing.” The article listed out details of this year’s Winter meet featuring our Guest Chef Series, Family Fun Zone, and American Pharaoh Trackside Package.Via Los Angeles Timeslast_img