Stoute's Workforce to rest up

2010-Jun-25, 11:35

ALTHOUGH the Epsom Derby form was not enhanced by runner-up At First Sight's poor showing in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, there will still be many admirers of the winner keen to see Workforce, who beat Aidan O'Brien horse by seven lengths at Epsom, in his next outing.

That will be at Ascot on July 24 in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, rather than the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby next weekend. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "Workforce will go straight to the King George. The thinking is he had a tough enough race in the Derby and the Irish Derby just comes a little bit too soon.

"He's a big, scopey horse and we want to give him that bit more time for the King George. He's in good form, the Arc will be the objective after that and we'll have to see how he gets there."

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute confirmed the decision. "I had a discussion with connections and we just felt that 22 days, including travelling, was a bit tight and we'd prefer a bit longer," he said.

There is no decision yet, however, about whether Workforce's stablemate, Harbinger, will take on the Derby hero in the King George.

The progressive colt made it three wins from three starts this season with a runaway success in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday and is now ready to tackle Group 1 company.

A return to Ascot on July 24 would seem the likely next step but Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, says a decision on this ultimately will be made by Stoute.

Herbert said: "He is a classic Sir Michael improver and you can see that in the physical development of the horse.

"Sir Michael said all last season this would be his year and it's very exciting for everyone that he's won three prestigious races.

"I think the time has come for him to move up to Group 1 status but, as yet, I haven't spoken to Sir Michael about whether he goes for the King George.

"We obviously will have a chat about it and if we do go that way, we'll have to take on a stable companion and Derby winner. You would think the King George would be a likely scenario as we have to take that step at some point and it would be a dream to have a runner there.

"He is also in the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting. That's a Group 2 and Sir Michael may want him to run there under a penalty."


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Strain's Joy At Field Of Dream

2010-Jun-25, 11:35

Byline: MICK HYDES

IRVINE MEADOW ..4 KILBIRNIE ..0 JUBILANT gaffer Chris Strain joked that Meadow want to move into Newlandsfield after his rampant side cruised to Cup Winners' Cup glory.

The win over 10-man Ladeside - with strikes from Chris Robertson, Brian McGinty, David Hamilton and Chris McGowan - came weeks after their West of Scotland Cup win at Pollok's ground.

And Strain said "Newlandsfield is turning into a cup win venue for us. We may consider moving here."

Meadow took the lead against the run of play in 15 minutes, defender Robertson heading home John Dillon's corner.

And any chance Kilbrinie had was gone on the half hour when keeper Paul McCann was sent off after downing Richie Barr.

McGinty tucked away the spot-kick.

Hamilton added a third before the break with a neat finish and despite McGinty being dismissed for Meadow after a mass melee in the second half, McGowan made it 4-0 from close range.

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Pot shops fail to halt shutdow

2010-Jun-24, 11:19

Three days before hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries must close under a new city ordinance, a Los Angeles judge on Friday denied a flurry of requests from clinics seeking to block the shutdown.

The decision by Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant paves the way for city officials to enforce the long-awaited law that will initially slash the number of dispensaries to 187 and eventually to as few as 70.

"I think this is great news for the residents of the city," said Jane Usher, special assistant to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. "We can begin to process some of the applicants for the more permanent and regulated operations. And the rest of today's dispensaries, which are essentially selling marijuana to all comers, will be asked to close."

The voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996 allows patients who have a doctor's recommendation to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use.

Hundreds of pot shops have cropped up in recent years as the City Council wrestled with an ordinance to enforce the state law.

After a yearslong effort to regulate clinics, the City Council authored a law that limits how many dispensaries can operate. Those that registered before a 2007 moratorium can stay open if they adhere to new guidelines, which include being 1,000 feet from schools, parks and other public gathering sites.

Among those is the TLC Collective in North Hollywood, whose operator said he'll be at City Hall on Monday to file the necessary documents.

"I'll be there with all my paperwork and the other 140 or so who are filing," Frank Sheftel said. "I know people are nervous over this, and they want to make sure they get all the paperwork done."

Monday is also the deadline given to nearly 450 dispensary and property owners that must close or face criminal charges and penalties of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

Pot patients' attorney fears result

Attorney Eric Shevin, who represents medical marijuana patients, said he expects most of the dispensaries to close over the next month. The result, he said, is that many people suffering from AIDS, cancer and other illnesses who rely on marijuana as a treatment will experience "real hardship and real suffering."

"When you start taking medicine away from patients, those patients are going to rise up, and I don't think the court, the police or the city attorney can anticipate what an uprising they are going to see," Shevin said.

"They are denying access to potentially 100,000 medical marijuana users in the city of Los Angeles."

While Chalfant rejected requests to stop the ordinance from going into effect, there were still unresolved issues from a host of lawsuits, including whether it's discriminatory to allow some dispensaries to stay open while closing others.

David R. Welch, an attorney representing several collectives that did not register before the 2007 moratorium, hopes the courts will eventually overturn the city ordinance.

"What we are saying is the city law is basically discriminatory between collectives," Welch said. "There was no rational basis to discriminate against my clients, who are almost identically situated to other clinics."

Playing the waiting game


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Potholes work on main route

2010-Jun-24, 11:19

ONE of the main routes into Calverton will be closed for improvements.

Notts County Council is invest Pounds 300,000 to resurface George's Lane and install new kerbs, drains and signs.

The work will take place from June 14 to August 6. All traffic, including the Calverton Connection bus, will be diverted at Dorket Head along Lime

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MTI Global Provides Update on

1970-Jan-1, 12:00

MTI Global Inc. ("MTI" or the "Company") (TSX: MTI) announced today that 3M Canada Holdings Ltd. (a permitted assignee of 3M Canada Company under the note and share purchase agreement) ("3M Canada") and MTI Global have mutually agreed to denominate the closing price for the previously announced sale of MTI PolyFab Inc. and other aerospace-related assets of the Company to 3M Canada in Canadian dollars based on an exchange rate of $1.0626. Consequently, the purchase price has been fixed at Cdn$25,502,400, subject to certain pre- and post-closing adjustments, rather than US$24,000,000 as previously announced.

3M Canada and MTI anticipate closing the transaction on or before June 7, 2010. However, there can be no assurance that all conditions of closing will be satisfied or waived on or before that date and therefore it is possible that the closing may be delayed.

As soon as reasonably practicable following completion of the sale transaction, the Company intends to complete a special distribution by way of a payment to shareholders, currently expected to be between $0.225 and $0.325 per common share, from funds available pursuant to a reduction in the stated capital of the Company. Further information regarding the special distribution will be made available once the details of the distribution have been finalized following closing of the sale transaction.

About MTI Global:

MTI Global Inc. (TSX: MTI) designs, develops and manufactures custom-engineered products using silicone and other cellular materials. The Company serves a variety of specialty markets focused on Aerospace and Fabricated Products. The Company designs and fabricates energy management systems from a variety of flexible, cellular materials. MTI's primary market is aerospace. Secondary markets include sporting goods, automotive, industrial, institutional, and electronics. MTI's head office and Canadian manufacturing operations are located in Mississauga, Ontario, with a contract manufacturer venture in Ensenada, Mexico. The Company's website is .

The foregoing press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the anticipated closing date of, and the Company's proposed use of the net proceeds from, the sale of MTI PolyFab which are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Although MTI Global Inc. believes that the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are reasonable, the results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. These forward-looking statements are based on the terms and conditions of the purchase agreement and the anticipated results of certain procedures and processes contemplated therein, as well as management's best estimate of the Company's remaining liabilities following closing of the transaction. Many factors could cause results or events to differ from current expectations, including those discussed in the Company's management information circular dated March 22, 2010. For additional information with respect to these and other factors, see the reports filed by MTI Global Inc. with the applicable securities regulatory authorities at . MTI Global Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Contacts: MTI Global Inc. Bill Neill President and Chief Executive Officer (905) 564-9700 Fleishman-Hillard Canada Anne Lachance Investor Relations (416) 214-0701


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Massey miners skip blast inter

1970-Jan-1, 12:00

Half of the Massey Energy employees who have so far been asked for information about the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster have not shown up for scheduled interviews, government investigators confirmed Wednesday.

The no-shows could hamper efforts to pinpoint the causes of the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in 40 years, officials said.

But federal regulators can't subpoena witnesses without opening the interviews into a public hearing setting, something the Obama administration has refused to do. And so far, state investigators have hesitated to use their separate power to force witnesses to appear for the closed-door interviews.

"Obviously, we have subpoena power," said Ron Wooten, director of the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training. "If we need to use subpoena power, we will."

Wooten said his agency wants to issue subpoenas as a last resort, and only if specific witnesses who don't voluntarily appear are determined to have information that is vitally important to the investigation.

Investigators still haven't gotten back into the Raleigh County underground mine to begin the on-site part of their probe into the disaster. Air quality in the mine appears to be improving, though, and officials were hoping they could start back into the mine as early as next week.

Meanwhile, MSHA and the state already completed interviews of their own mine inspectors and of at least some of the mine rescue team crews who were in the mine after the explosion.

Interviews of employees of Massey and its operating subsidiary, Performance Coal Co., began last week at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy near Beckley.

Wooten said that through Tuesday, seven of the 14 Massey or Performance employees who had been asked did not appear at their scheduled interviews.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment on the interviews.

Under federal law, MSHA does not have authority to use subpoenas to force witnesses to appear for the closed-door interviews. MSHA has subpoena power only if it is trying to force witnesses to appear at public hearings or interview sessions.

State law gives Wooten's action authority to subpoena witnesses for the private interviews, but so far the Manchin administration has not chosen to exercise that authority.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger threw out a lawsuit in which the United Mine Workers union and the families of two miners who died in the disaster sought to force MSHA to conduct witness interviews in public.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and MSHA chief Joe Main have argued that they needed to have the witness interviews behind closed doors to encourage Massey employees to answer questions about working conditions in the mine prior to the disaster.

Earlier this week, one Upper Big Branch worker and several family members of miners killed in the explosion testified publicly at a congressional hearing in Beckley, telling lawmakers that Massey cut corners on safety and threatened to fire workers who objected to unsafe conditions.

Twenty-nine miners died in the April 5 explosion, making it the worst U.S. coal-mining disaster in 40 years. Investigat
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