Similar measures have been taken at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, where a mare stabled at the Northern California racetrack aborted and the fetus tested positive for the virus. Outbreak in Minn. Minnesota high school wrestling programs were suspended Tuesday because of a widespread herpes outbreak. The Minnesota State High School League banned competitions and direct contact between wrestlers in practice until Feb. 6 after 24 cases of herpes gladiatorum were reported by 10 teams. The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact, and symptoms include lesions on the face, head and neck. Race director upset The horses died Saturday, and the barns were quarantined on Sunday, Arthur said. Biosecurity measures are in place for all communal areas, including the receiving barn, post parade and starting gate, he said. Equine herpes virus killed a thoroughbred and a stable pony at Los Alamitos Race Course, leading to the quarantine of two barns. Laboratory results are pending on several other suspected cases of the virus at the Orange County racetrack, said Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board. The Tour de France’s race director expressed frustration over the slow progress of Floyd Landis’ doping case. “The anti-doping commission in the United States won’t meet until the first days of March to study the Landis case – that’s too much time,” Christian Prudhomme was quoted as saying in sports daily As. “The situation is unbearable.” The Tour no longer considers Landis the winner of cycling’s biggest race after the American tested positive for elevated testosterone levels after his dramatic win in the 17th stage. “The disappointment is that we’re going to know who the winner of 2007 is before we get to know who won in 2006,” Prudhomme said. Ronaldo farewell Ronaldo’s farewell to Real Madrid didn’t include any fond words for coach Fabio Capello. The World Cup’s all-time leading scorer left Madrid for AC Milan, returning to Italy’s Serie A for a reported $9.73 million transfer fee. The 30-year-old Brazil striker will join Milan until 2008 – the same length as the remainder of his contract at Madrid. “My heart’s breaking, but life goes on,” Ronaldo told reporters in Madrid. “I’m a great Madrid fan. I’m not so sure about the coach.” “I know that Ronaldo is Milan’s,” Capello said. “I wish him good luck, that he does what he used to be able to do, that is be a great player.” American defender Oguchi Onyewu joined Newcastle on loan in a move that will keep him in the English Premier League for at least the rest of the season. U.S. women win U.S. women’s soccer team coach Greg Ryan came to southern China searching for a third striker, and production from his midfielders. He found both in a 2-0 victory over China in Guangzhou. Goals from midfielder Lori Chalupny and striker Natasha Kai gave the Americans a record fifth Four Nations tournament title – a warmup for the World Cup in China this fall. Jones bought out The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Eddie Jones after agreeing to a buyout of his contract. Jones didn’t play in Monday night’s victory over Sacramento, and The Commercial Appeal reported that he had agreed to a buyout. Jerry West, the team’s president of basketball operations, announced in a statement that the guard had been waived. Jones was believed to be considering signing with several teams, including the Miami Heat, for whom he played before being traded to Memphis prior to the 2005-06 season. He will be eligible to sign with a new team on Thursday. Shaquille O’Neal was inactive for the Miami Heat’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. O’Neal, who has played only six games this season because of a knee injury, hurt his calf in practice Monday and is day-to-day. The All-Star center returned to the lineup after an extended stay on the injured list last week. The Cleveland Cavaliers put their foot down and told LeBron James to rest his sore toe. The All-Star forward was advised by the club’s medical staff to rest his sprained right big toe, and he was inactive for the Cavaliers’ game Tuesday night against Golden State. Nuggets guard Allen Iverson will miss today’s game against the Trail Blazers in Portland after spraining his right ankle. Oden on leave Ohio State center Greg Oden left the Buckeyes to return to his childhood home in Terre Haute, Ind., for the funeral of a close friend killed in a car accident last weekend. Travis Smith, Oden’s best friend from his adolescent years, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday night in Muncie, Ind. Smith was a freshman at Ball State and a member of the golf team. Also, junior forward Othello Hunter lost both a grandmother and a grandfather over the past week in their native Africa. South Carolina’s Ousmane Konate has left the basketball team for the second time this month for personal reasons, and coach Dave Odom says it’s unlikely the reserve center will play again. Miller focused Bode Miller wants what he hasn’t got – a slalom world championship. To get it, Miller might not defend his downhill title at the upcoming world championships so he can avoid the demanding jumps on which he injured his left knee last year. Miller is trying to become the first skier with world championship titles in all five disciplines. The only one missing from his collection is the slalom. Briefly Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler underwent successful hip surgery in Colorado and will be out the rest of the regular season, but might return for the playoffs. The Dallas Stars activated center Mike Modano from injured reserve, and he was expected to play in the team’s game at San Jose after being sidelined for nearly two months. Rafael Nadal was picked to represent Spain at the Davis Cup against a Swiss team without top-ranked Roger Federer. Fabrice Santoro ousted Guillermo Canas 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Zagreb Open in Croatia, spoiling the Argentine’s return to the ATP circuit following a 15-month doping suspension. Top-seeded James Blake cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over fellow American Robert Kendrick at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. Roberta Vinci upset eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Russia’s Igor Andreev defeated fourth-seeded Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the $448,000 Movistar Open ATP tournament in Vina Del Mar, Chile. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN FRANCISCO – Gap Inc. has jettisoned 1,500 workers so far this year in a purge driven by a three-year sales slump. The job cuts, disclosed Thursday as part of the San Francisco-based company’s monthly sales report, weren’t a surprise. Management confirmed in May that some workers would be laid off to help bring expenses more in line with Gap’s shrinking revenue as more people shopped elsewhere. Gap hadn’t revealed how many of its 154,000 workers would be released. The job cuts disclosed Thursday translated into about 1 percent of the company’s payroll, within the range that industry analysts had anticipated. The company handed out about 1,100 pink slips during its fiscal second quarter, a 13-week period ending Aug. 4. Another 400 jobs were cut earlier in the year, Gap said Thursday. As part of its turnaround efforts, Gap recently hired a new chief executive – Glenn Murphy, a fashion industry outsider whose previously ran retailers that sold pharmaceutical drugs, books and groceries. Murphy replaced Chairman Robert Fisher, who had temporarily steered the company after Gap parted ways in January with its previous chief executive, former Walt Disney Co. executive Paul Pressler. Although Gap’s sales continued to sag, the company’s second-quarter earnings yielded a pleasant surprise. Excluding a tax benefit and expenses incurred in its recent cutbacks, Gap said Thursday that it expects to report earnings of 19 cents or 20 cents per share. The projection topped the average earnings estimate of 13 cents per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Gap’s shares gained 7 cents to $15.66 Thursday. The company’s stock price has plunged by nearly 20 percent so far this year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The payroll reductions in Gap’s ongoing operations don’t include workers let go as part of the recent closure of an experimental chain called Forth & Towne that catered to women 35 years and older. Including Forth & Towne’s demise, Gap has eliminated about 2,000 jobs this year. Besides the chain that shares the corporate name, Gap also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic. Gap didn’t quantify how much money it expected to save from second-quarter streamlining. In a recorded message Thursday, management said it would provide additional details about its cost-cutting plans Aug. 23 when the company is scheduled to release second-quarter earnings. Stung by a succession of fashion missteps, most of Gap’s stores have steadily been losing customers. Gap’s same-store sales have fallen in 12 consecutive quarters, including a 5 percent decrease in the most recent 13-week period. The closely watched yardstick measures sales at stores open at least a year.
Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, says that the various agencies that have responsibility for dealing with children in the justice system must be vigilant in safeguarding their rights as mandated by the Child Care and Protection Act. She was addressing the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court Parent Month exposition on November 30, 2012 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The Chief Justice made the remarks even as she acknowledged that the authorities were having a challenge in housing the number of youngsters in children’s homes and lockups, which she said, “is increasing at such an alarming rate.” She said that the courts are also experiencing challenges, because in many instances, parents are not willing to live up to their responsibilities. She said they are seeking instead, to put those responsibilities on the authorities. Nevertheless, the Chief Justice said that judges in the Children’s Court must be astute enough to realise that many children, who face them as offenders, are in fact, victims of abuse by adults and sometimes their parents, which influences their behavioural problems. She noted that the judiciary has to be sensitised on how to deal with children in court and the psychological impact that it has on them. She informed that a number of seminars and workshops have been held on the matter. “I have been encouraging judges for example, that when you have victims and you have witnesses, you have to be careful to see that they are not kept together. The person, who has offended the child or molested a child should not be in the same space with that child… seeing that person causes the child to be traumatized. Sometimes the smell of the person causes the child to be traumatised, seeing the person in the community after the offence has occurred causes trauma to the child,” she stated. She commended the Victim Support Unit in the Ministry of Justice for the role it has been playing in educating the judiciary on the traumatising effect of the court system on children. She also expressed support for the new Parenting Policy, noting that “we need information and knowledge of what constitutes good parenting. We need to get back to basics”. Guest speaker at the event was Convener of Hear The Children’s Cry, Betty-Ann Blaine, who encouraged parents to be good stewards of their children. She noted that if parents get it right the first time by instilling good family values, then most of the problems that the country now faces would be a thing of the past. Mrs. Blaine also urged the children to work hard and graduate from school, telling them that teenage pregnancy was a passport to poverty. Also addressing the exposition was Principal Executive Officer of the Court Management Services (CMS), Deborah Gardener, who pledged continued support to the Family Court and the Family Court Attendance Centre. Mrs. Gardener described the court as a “beacon of hope” in the country, noting that the preventative aspect of the court’s work was very important. The event received full support from parents, judges and staff of the Family Court system, students of the Family Court Attendance Centre and members of the public. Several pieces of craft work such as carvings, pillows and pillow cases, created by the children, were also on display.
Earth To Paris, a coalition of partners helping to drive awareness about the connection between people and planet as well as the need for strong climate action, announced it will host “Earth To Paris—Le Hub” a two-day, high-impact, live-streamed summit on 7 and 8 December in Paris during COP21 — the United Nations climate conference to deliver a new universal climate change agreement.Earth To Paris—Le Hub will provide the opportunity for cross-sector, solutions-oriented engagement in climate change conversations around COP21; a platform for amplifying the conversation across social and digital media; and series of activations through inspiring calls to take bold, meaningful action to address climate change. Experts, advocates, CEOs, and other leaders in Paris will discuss creative and impactful solutions to climate change, while participants around the world take part through multi-language livestreamed video and real-time interactions across multiple social media platforms using the unifying hashtag #EarthToParis.A unique mix of speakers will share their visions for the future. The first tranche of speakers – with more to come – includes:• Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris • Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) • Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF • Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO • Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Special Envoy, United Nations; Deputy Chair, The Elders; Board Member, United Nations Foundation • Esther Agbarakwe, Digital story-teller and SocialGood Advisor • Dr. Paul Bunje, Senior Director of Oceans, XPRIZE Foundation • Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation • Singer Rocky Dawuni, songwriter, Ambassador for United Nations Foundation-hosted Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves • Dr. Sylvia Earle, Marine biologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence • Andrew Freedman, Science editor, Mashable • Livia Firth, Film producer; Executive producer, The True Cost • Blanca Juti, Chief Brand Officer, Rovio Entertainment Ltd. • Dr. Jane Goodall, Primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist; United Nations Messenger of Peace • Runa Khan, Executive Director, Friendship Bangladesh • Ismaël le Mouël, Co-founder & President at HelloAsso; Founder, Social Good Week Paris; +SocialGood Advisor • Anne-Sophie Novel, Economist, journalist, and organizer of Place to B COP 21 • Dr. M. Sanjayan, Conservation scientist, writer, and Emmy-nominated television news contributor • Max Schorr, Co-Founder and Director, GOOD Magazine • Jakob Trollbäck, Founder, Trollbäck + Company • Ted Turner, Founder and Chairman of United Nations Foundation and Turner Enterprises, Inc. • Timothy E. Wirth, Former United States Senator; Vice Chair, United Nations Foundation Board of DirectorsCOP21 is an extraordinary opportunity for the international community to rise to meet the threat of climate change. With the world recently adopting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a new set of global goals to end poverty in all its forms, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030, Earth to Paris—Le Hub is primed to capture and build on the desire for leaders, businesses, organizations and individuals from the world to come together and call for real change.The first day of Earth To Paris—Le Hub, 7 December, will convene at the Petit Palais in partnership with the City of Paris, and the second day, 8 December, will be held at UNESCO headquarters.More information, including background and partner information and a live-stream of Earth to Paris—Le Hub, can be found at www.EarthToParis.org.