COVID: Senators Propose $2k Per Month Payment

first_imgPhoto: PixabayWASHINGTON – Three prominent lawmakers have joined forces to propose monthly payments of $2,000 to U.S. residents during the Coronavirus pandemic.That includes payments for some children. The money would be in the form of a rebate program.The bill is proposed by Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Ed MarkeyIt’s in response to the worsening economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. However, the legislation has a tall climb on capitol hill, especially in the republican-controlled senate.The payments would be available to residents no matter if they have a social security number.That includes undocumented immigrants who pay taxes but don’t have a social security number. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EPA Pulls Dursban.

first_imgIf you normally buy the pesticide Dursban to fight pests likefleas, ticks and spiders, you’d better start shopping for a replacement.The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the removal of the chemical chlorpyrifos, known by mostconsumers as Dursban or Lorsban, for household use. DowAgrosciences, manufacturer of these products, voluntarily withdrew their products from the market.Tested on Fetal Rats”EPA has received information that indicates chlorpyrifoscould have some effect on fetal rats,” said Paul Guillebeauof the University of Georgia. Guillebeau is the Integrated PestManagement and pesticide coordinator for the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”EPA became concerned there could be some risks to humanchildren as well,” he said. “That’s why they are pullingthe products off the market.”The ruling stems from the ongoing implementation of the FoodQuality Protection Act of 1996. The FQPA is fundamentally changingthe way U.S. pesticides are regulated, Guillebeau said. Last summer,EPA removed methyl parathion and azinphos methyl from the marketbecause of potential health threats to children.”Products containing this chemical are widely used forboth agricultural and nonagricultural applications, largely dueto the economical control they offer against a wide spectrum ofpests,” he said. “For nearly 30 years, chlorpyrifoshas been the mainstay for controlling pests. It would still bethe best control in some situations. But it won’t be availablein five months.”Home-Use Sales Stop After 2000More than 800 products contain chlorpyrifos. Those for homeuse won’t be in the stores after 2000. The chemical can stillbe used as a termiticide for spot treatment until Dec. 31, 2002,and in new home construction until the end of 2005.Chlorpyrifos is used to control insect damage on every majorcrop in the United States, so farmers are preparing for additionalrestrictions. Guillebeau said farmers won’t be allowed to usechlorpyrifos on tomatoes, but can continue using it on other crops.”Farmers will probably be restricted on how close to harvestthey can apply it,” he said. “We expect restrictionson additional crops to come in the future.”Choose an AlternativeBut don’t panic. Alternatives are available.”There are still some other products we can turn to suchas Diazinon and Malathion that will, in many cases, do just asgood a job as Dursban,” he said. Contact your county ExtensionService agent for recommendations on alternatives.”If you have Dursban at home, use it,” Guillebeausaid. “The best way to dispose of these products is to usethem up. If you have too much to use at your house, share theproduct with your neighbors.”Guillebeau doesn’t recommend rushing to the nearest gardencenter to buy all the Dursban you can.”Some companies removed all chlorpyrifos products fromtheir shelves immediately, but legally they have until the endof the year,” he said. “I know some people are rushingto the stores and stocking up on these products now. Just don’tbuy more than a six-month or a year supply, or you’ll be stuckwith 10 gallons you can’t use.”Don’t Rush the StoresAside from wasting the pesticide by stocking up too much, Guillebeausaid the product may not be effective after a year.”Keep in mind that pesticides don’t last forever,”he said. “You may end up with a product that’s simply noteffective anymore. And you’ll have no safe way to dispose of it.”Guillebeau says the EPA ruling should have consumers feelingmore sympathy for farmers.”The positive side of this ruling is now consumers seewhat farmers face when pesticides are removed from the market,”said Guillebeau. “I think farmers are going to have a muchharder time in the future as more products are removed from use.”last_img read more

Cuomo Orders Testing Of Bethpage’s Ever-Creeping Toxic Plume

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian & Christopher TwarowskiGov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the US Navy and Northrop Grumman to provide the state and a local water district access to monitoring wells so it can test for potential contamination caused by a toxic underground plume.Samples from the so-called “Grumman Plume”—the subject of a 2012 Long Island Press investigative multimedia report exposing its continuous southward journey and disastrous public health ramifications—will be tested for hazardous carcinogens by both the state and Massapequa Water District, Cuomo’s office announced Wednesday.“There have been too many questions about the extent of contamination caused by this plume and residents are frustrated with the lack of answers from the Navy and Northrop Grumman,” Cuomo said in a news release.New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said testing of wells is “just what the doctor ordered” for residents in Massapequa, Bethpage, and South Farmingdale—communities where the plume has threatened water supplies.The news may provide some relief to residents and water district officials who’ve been lobbying the state for years to act. The plume is essentially a 4.5-mile long by 3.5-mile wide cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals which has been traveling south-southeast unabated for decades. The underground plume first crossed Hempstead Turnpike years ago and is currently on the verge of creeping past the Southern State Parkway.As recently as last November Massapequa Water District President Stan Carey wrote a letter to the US Navy and Northrop Grumman asking permission to sample monitoring wells to test for the “correlation between the TCE in the monitoring wells and the TCE emanating from” the plume. TCE is short for Trichloroethylene, which is classified as a human carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency.As part of the state’s plan, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation will collect groundwater samples from monitoring wells in order to test for potential contaminants through a process called compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA), officials said. The Massapequa Water District will conduct its own independent analysis. State testing could be expanded if necessary, officials said.Carey thanked Cuomo for granting the water district access to conduct sampling and stated he looks “forward to continuing to work with New York State to protect Massapequa’s water wells.”The Massapequa Water District has maps charting the plume’s path spanning more than two decades.Local and state officials have feuded for years as to how to contain the plume and protect water supplies, with officials from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) even supporting “post-wellhead treatment” for a time—allowing wells in the hazardous chemicals’ path to first become contaminated, then receive treatment.Critics panned the contamination-first strategy and demanded extraction wells to stop the spread of the toxic plume before it contaminated more public drinking water supplies and ultimately, the Great South Bay.In his statement, Schumer accused the Navy and Northrop Grumman of “stonewalling” the water districts in their attempts to test wells.The Navy has an agreement with the state DEC that calls for it to actively track down and remediate hot spots in the plume.Residents in the impacted areas are forced to deal with the effects of disposal practices dating back to World War II by the former aerospace and weapons manufacturer, previously known only as Grumman.Grumman was credited with helping the allies win the war, but its handling of waste has since come under scrutiny.In 1983, the 600-acre Grumman Aerospace-Bethpage Facility Site was listed in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York State.last_img read more

Winter Storm Jonas shutters Mid-Atlantic credit unions, regulators

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions, regulators and other industry offices in Washington, New York and other cities will continue to dig out from under two feet of snow Monday after a blizzard brought the Mid-Atlantic region to a standstill over the weekend.Most credit unions Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. announced Monday closures on their websites or social media. continue reading »last_img read more

Gov. Wolf, Business and Labor Leaders Unveil Strategy to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Workforce

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 27, 2020 Budget News,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf was joined by leaders of business, labor and economic development, and several cabinet members today to release the first report from the governor’s Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center. The strategic public-private partnership, created by Gov. Wolf last February, identifies barriers to employment and provides recommendations for action by the governor, legislature, and private sector.“Workers and businesses need to be at their best to thrive, which benefits all of us,” said Governor Wolf. “Employment is high, but too many people are in low-wage jobs and many businesses cannot find or retain skilled workers.“I challenged the Command Center to find innovative solutions so workers can get the skills to compete for good jobs and industry has the workforce to succeed in the global economy. The Command Center has outlined a series of recommendations. I commend them for their efforts and pledge to continue working with the legislature and the private sector to put these recommendations into action.”The Command Center identified five barriers preventing people from working and employers from hiring qualified candidates: access to affordable childcare, job training, or transportation to a workplace, burdensome occupational licensing requirements, and challenges for people re-entering the workforce from the criminal justice system.The Command Center provided 42 recommendations to address employment barriers, including:Recommendations for the Wolf Administration:Encourage and incentivize commercial and residential development to consider access to transportation infrastructure when making decisions about business expansion or relocation.Leverage additional federal workforce development funds to address transportation, child care and other barriers to employment.Assist more students with applying for federal aid to make certificates, credentials and college degrees more affordable.Increase the diversity of occupational licensing boards to better reflect Pennsylvania’s population.Recommendations for the General Assembly:Increase access to high-quality child care by evaluating the public and private funding model to create additional slots, reduce waiting lists and extend hours to help workers get reliable care for their children.Expand opportunities to work by amending the state Criminal History Record Information Act so licensing boards only withhold licenses for convictions substantially related to the occupation.Encourage workers to enroll in state-recognized job training programs by extending Unemployment Compensation beyond the 26-week maximum, which many programs exceed.Recommendations of the private sector:Increase cost-sharing programs for employers and employees to expand access to transportation, child care, job training and more.Expand PA CareerLink’s® access at correctional facilities to prepare reentrants for employment and encourage employers to participate. The Lehigh Workforce Development Board opened a CareerLink® in a county prison.Consider child care needs of employees by providing information to employees about local child care centers and consider partnership with other employers to offer on-site child care centers.$14 Million New InvestmentGovernor Wolf’s budget will invest $14 million to support the Command Center’s recommendations, building on the $124 million investment to fully fund PAsmart, career and technical centers, industry partnerships and apprenticeships which provide the job skills training that prepare Pennsylvanians for in-demand jobs.The governor’s budget proposes a $12 million competitive grant program through the Department of Community and Economic Development to address employment barriers. Evidence-based best practices that are scalable and can be replicated regionally or statewide will be prioritized for funding. Eligible applicants will include, but are not be limited to, business, education and workforce partners, community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, child care providers, and transit organizations. The governor’s budget will also provide a $2 million increase for WEDnetPA, which helps businesses with training to upskill existing employees.The Wolf Administration will also commission a study to evaluate the state’s workforce development programs and structure, including providing comparative analysis to other states and recommending best practices. The study will inform future Command Center recommendations to align programs and services across the public and private sectors.The Command Center’s recommendations will further the governor’s goal of creating the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor’s PAsmart initiative is providing $40 million over two years to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science education in schools, $20 million to expand hands-on job training through apprenticeships and industry partnerships and $10 million to support the state’s network of career and technical education centers. The governor also created the Apprenticeship and Training Office to increase apprenticeship opportunities, expanded the Teacher in the Workplace program to bring more skills and industry trends into classrooms, and launched Manufacturing PA to grow job training to career pathways in the industry.Command CenterThe governor created the Command Center last February by executive order and appointed a six-member leadership team consisting of Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Rick Bloomingdale, president of the AFL-CIO; Tony Bartolomeo, co-chair of Team Pennsylvania; Secretary Kathy Boockvar, Department of State; Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Community and Economic Development; and Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, Department of Labor & Industry. Other members of the Command Center include the Office of the Auditor General; the State Workforce Development Board; and the departments of Education, Human Services, Agriculture, Corrections, and Transportation. The Command Center traveled across the state to learn about the challenges and successes of local workers and employers in different regions and gather input from various stakeholders.“Pennsylvania’s workforce continues to be a major concern for the business community – in fact, for the second year in a row, employers ranked it as their top of mind issue in the PA Chamber’s Annual Economic Survey,” said Gene Barr, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “It’s a problem that stretches across all industry sectors in every region of the state. We’re pleased to continue our work with the Governor’s Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center and legislative leadership to raise awareness of the concerns and needs of the business community in the state’s evolving jobs market and identify innovative solutions to addressing the jobs skills gap and removing barriers to work.”The Command Center report also highlights several best practices for employers that will reduce barriers for their workers. For example, Rabbit Transit in York and the South Central Transportation Authority in Lancaster provide new bus routes to transport people to work at locations beyond the service area. Additionally, Rabbit Transit provides several routes to employers that are funded by the businesses so employees can get to work. Other employers are exploring ride sharing opportunities.“I commend Governor Wolf and all the co-chairs of the Workforce Command Center, the agencies, all those who presented and provided the foundation for this report,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. “It was a great education for me and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. The collaboration of business, unions and government will provide the foundation for creating the best workforce in the nation.”The Command Center’s recommendations are supported by a new report commissioned by Team Pennsylvania that evaluated the state’s economic competitiveness compared to other states, such as the state’s economy, median income, employment rates, higher education funding, apprenticeships, and quality of life.“Tackling Pennsylvania’s biggest challenges by bringing the private and public sectors to work together is the founding principle of our organization,” said Ryan Unger, president and CEO, Team Pennsylvania. “With public and private sector economic and workforce leaders around the table, along with the Governor’s leadership, we have been able to elevate workforce as a priority for Pennsylvania. With a singular focus on economic vitality, and with our partners around the commonwealth, we can leverage Pennsylvania’s assets to further improve what we proudly believe to be the country’s best workforce.”Command Center Data DashboardGovernor Wolf also announced the launch of the Command Center’s data dashboard. This innovative new tool will help track the state’s economic activities and workforce needs to help policymakers and the private sector make decisions.center_img Gov. Wolf, Business and Labor Leaders Unveil Strategy to Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Workforcelast_img read more

BT plans indexation cut to reduce £9bn deficit

first_imgUK telecoms giant BT plans to cut indexation for thousands of its pension scheme members as it seeks to address a funding shortfall of £8.8bn (€10bn).The company has agreed in principle with the trustees of the £50.8bn BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) to switch its inflation measure from the retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI).However, BT has referred the case to the High Court to get clarification that it is able to make the change within the scheme’s rules.In the UK, CPI is generally lower than RPI, meaning inflation-linked benefit increases would be lower. Earlier this month, Dairy Crest said it had made a similar change to indexation rules for its £1.1bn scheme. Indexation changes have been proposed as one of a number of measures to ease the pressure on underfunded UK schemes, but some pension funds’ rules do not allow such a change.A spokesperson for the BT Group confirmed: “As part of the pensions review, we’re reviewing the use of RPI as the index for calculating increases to pensions in payment for Section C members in the BT Pension Scheme, and liaising with the BTPS trustees about this.“The scope of this review includes the future increases received on benefits already built up in the BTPS, including by Section C members who have left BT and those who are currently receiving a BTPS pension.“Having agreed the approach with the trustees, we are seeking clarity, through a court application, on whether it’s possible to change the index.”Section C has approximately 80,000 members. It was set up in 1984 when BT was privatised, and provides final salary-linked benefits for members who joined before 1 April 2009. Since that date the scheme switched to a career average basis. It was closed to new members on 31 March 2001.Section C members are entitled to an inflation-linked uplift every year subject to a 5% cap, according to workers’ union Prospect. Sections A and B of BTPS already use CPI as their inflation measure.According to BT’s annual report for the 12 months to 31 March 2017, the pension scheme had a shortfall of £8.8bn. However, a scheme funding update issued by the trustees earlier this year put the deficit at nearly £14bn as of 30 June 2016.In May this year BT announced it was investigating a potential contingent asset deal with scheme trustees as another option for reducing the deficit. BT has already set out a funding plan involving contributions of more than £2.8bn between 2018 and 2021, and a further £4.9bn by 2030.last_img read more

Man City boss hits back at ‘jealous’ La Liga president Tebas

first_img Loading… Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at comments from La Liga president Javier Tebas relating to the overturning of the club’s European ban. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed on Monday that the club had been cleared of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions” and would be allowed to enter into European competitions as normal. Back in February, the club had received a two-year ban from playing in the Champions League or Europa League following a lengthy investigation from UEFA – the governing body of European football, but that decision has now been reversed. Read Also: Giroud edges Chelsea closer to Champions League qualification He is a firm believer that these business models are damaging for football generally and also for clubs in Spain’s top flight. Tebas usually courts controversy and is rarely withdrawn in his comments – he is behind the league’s attempts to play a fixture in the United States and has had a long-running feud with the Spanish FA over that issue and several other matters, including fixture scheduling. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tebas said on Monday, as quoted by BBC Sport: “We have to reassess whether the CAS is the appropriate body to which to appeal institutional decisions in football. “Switzerland is a country with a great history of arbitration, the CAS is not up to standard.” The Spanish league chief has been outspoken in recent years of Manchester City’s ownership and he had welcomed the decision back in February to ban the club from Europe for two seasons, having accused them of ‘financial doping’. However, Guardiola has now responded directly to the comments from Tebas as he told reporters on Tuesday: “Señor Tebas must be so jealous of the Premier League. “He’s an incredible legal expert. Next time I’ll ask him which judges we have to go to. He has to focus on La Liga. He is one of these people: when the sentence goes for him, it’s perfect, it happened many times in Spain.center_img “When the decision goes against him there are problems. Señor Tebas we will be in the Champions League next season.” The outspoken Tebas has been a long-term critic of both City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain –clubs who are owned by individuals with power in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar respectively. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

O’Mahony aims to repay fans

first_img Press Association “It’s the biggest game of the year for us, finishing off the November series. “And after last week we didn’t do the jersey justice.” Admitting huge frustrations in Ireland’s failure to transfer their training-field progress to the Wallabies contest, O’Mahony said Schmidt’s side must not get caught up in the myths that encircle New Zealand. He said: “We must have a performance to be proud of, and that shows how hungry we are to play for Ireland. “It’s frustrating because we’ve put some great work in, so for it not to come to fruition, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. “It’s so frustrating we’re not showing everyone how good we can be. “They are not machines, they make mistakes when they are under pressure. “If you get your detail and intensity right, then you can put pressure on them.” Jonathan Sexton will start at fly-half against New Zealand despite suffering a hamstring strain and being withdrawn at half time in the four-try Australia defeat. Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss rejected any suggestion starting the Racing Metro playmaker will be a risk this weekend. Joe Schmidt admitted he would have selected Ulster’s Paddy Jackson to start had Sexton failed in his fitness bid. But with Sexton fit, Schmidt has handed Ian Madigan the understudy role from the bench, drawing on the Leinster pivot’s ability to play at centre and full-back too. Kiss said both fly-haves in Ireland’s squad are ready to take on the reigning world champions. He said: “Jonny looks fine, he was tight at half time last week “We expect 80 minutes from him, and he expects 80 minutes from himself. “Ian Madigan’s been with us for the last three weeks, nearly four now, and he’s ready. “So I’ve got absolute faith he’ll do a job for us if called into action from the bench.” Loose forward O’Mahony said it is all very well Joe Schmidt’s men being passionate within the squad – but now they must show it to the public too. He said: “We need to have a bit of that fire and intensity for ourselves. “The fans, we haven’t given them anything back for their support. “I want them to see how much it means to us to play in an Irish jersey. “I want them to see the whites in our eyes on Sunday, see our desire – that’s important to us. “We had an honest meeting on Monday where a good load of things were brought to light. “People put their hands up and we put it to bed. “We were a bit passive, and as an eight at home, that’s the last thing we wanted to see. The Munster captain has conceded Ireland owe it to their supporters to right the wrongs from last weekend’s 32-15 defeat Australia when they take on the All Blacks. Ireland will close their Guinness Series autumn schedule on Sunday, gunning to deny New Zealand their 14th consecutive victory of 2013 and the perfect season. Peter O’Mahony admits Ireland’s underperforming stars must prove how much international rugby means to them against New Zealand on Sunday.last_img read more

Cooney hopes to put end to shooting slump as Syracuse takes on Pittsburgh

first_img Published on February 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Trevor Cooney insists there are no mind games when shots don’t fall.“I’m not saying, ‘If I make the first one, I’m going to shoot an X amount of shots,’” Cooney said. “… I’m not saying, ‘Oh, great, now I’m 1-for-5. If I miss the next one, I’m 1-for-6.’“I mean, you just keep telling yourself to take good ones and if I’m open, I’m going to shoot it.”So he does. But lately, Cooney’s mantra hasn’t yielded results — at least not at an efficient rate. The Syracuse junior has now shot less than 37 percent from the field in each of his last four games, but hopes his luck turns around Saturday when Syracuse (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) takes on Pittsburgh (17-10, 6-7) at noon in the Carrier Dome.Cooney lumbered through Wednesday night’s game, hitting just 1-of-10 from the field and totaling just three points. The Orange still prevailed over No. 12 Louisville, 69-59, despite what Jim Boeheim called the worst game of Cooney’s career because of how good his looks were.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Maybe he’s got to take tough ones, I don’t know,” Boeheim said. “But he got really good looks tonight. This was the first time this year, that I can remember, where he got a lot of good looks and he just couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”Cooney’s turned in a pair of 28-point outings in ACC play, the latest being SU’s loss at North Carolina on Jan. 26, but his drop-off from 3-point range dates back even further.In SU’s loss to Clemson on Jan. 17, five foul shots accounted for all of his scoring as he missed seven shots from the floor. He hasn’t made more than four 3s in a game since SU’s win over Wake Forest on Jan. 13 — 10 games ago.And in the four games since then that he’s made three or more 3-pointers, he’s had to fire at least eight attempts to reach that total. It’s translated to less attempts from inside the arc — tries that usually help Cooney balance out his game.“He takes the shots he takes in practice and he knocks them down,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said. “He’s going to go into practice, work on the same shots he takes and he’ll be fine.”On Wednesday, Cooney elevated from the right wing to drain a triple 32 seconds into the game for the Orange’s first points. But that was all he’d get to go down against the Cardinals.He missed in all sorts of ways and from a range of distances — including a fast-break layup that rolled off the rim for his only miss within the perimeter, and a deep, NBA-range 3-point attempt that clanked off the iron just as his other shots did.When it was all said and done, Cooney’s 10-percent clip was his second lowest in a single game this year.He’s possibly the only SU player currently averaging 10 points per game that will come back next year. Christmas only has five more games in an Orange uniform and forward Michael Gbinije’s hot streak could mean a departure to the NBA.So how Cooney finishes up the last five contests of the season could go a long way to dictating the momentum — or lack thereof — that Syracuse carries into next year.“It’s frustrating when you get good looks, you finally get good looks, and they just don’t go in,” Cooney said. “I felt like I was right on. You can compare it to baseball — just hitting line drives up the middle and they’re just getting caught in the outfield.“I mean, hopefully I’m just due. That’s all I can say.” Commentslast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Claiborne Farm’s homebred Bendable faced winners for the first time Friday at Santa Anita and responded with a polished 2 ¼ length win in the track’s $58,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Richard Mandella, she broke from the rail with Flavien Prat and although she was pressed from the outset, remained well within herself around the far turn. As the field turned for home, Prat called upon her and she left her competition in her wake, cruising to a final six furlong clocking of 1:09.59.“She’s a fast filly,” Mandella deadpanned afterward. “The nice thing about today is that she was in control and within herself. She was able to sit while getting pressured from the outside and it looked like Flavien had quite a bit under him. She was within herself and she didn’t get rank or get excited. Like I say, she’s fast.”A 3 ¾ length maiden winner here going 5 ½ furlongs June 3, she was off at 1-5 in a field of five and paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10.A Kentucky-bred daughter of Horse Greeley, out of the Arch mare, Bend, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $68,400.Last and about six lengths off the winner with a quarter mile to run, Sweet Halory, who was ridden by Mike Smith, rallied well through the lane for second, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Run for Retts. Off at 9-1, she paid $4.40 and $3.00.Next to last at the quarter, Run for Retts rallied three-wide under Tyler Baze for third and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Street Surrender. Off at 7-1, Run for Retts paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.42, 44.34 and 56.69.First post time for a nine-race card Saturday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more