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sabato 26 marzo
Questo è per Phil.
I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.
venerdi 25 marzo
Sal wishes to remind all of his Saskabush readers that Yu Change, the Saskatchewan horse, in the UAE Derby at Meydan in Dubai will be going to the post at 7:55 AM MDT or 7:55 AM SNDCT or 8:55 CDT on Saturday March 26, 2016.
Dove si trova PVal.
giovedi 24 marzo
Let Superman and Batman spat. Sal has a new favourite caped crusader.
I went through baseball as ‘a player to be named later.’
Sal says this will be the news we can expect to see about Alberta thoroughbred racing when the present provincial government gets around to cleaning Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur out of their positions at Horse Racing Alberta.
mercoledi 23 Marzo
Sal was wondering what promotions Northlands Park was planning for the 2016 Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 26, 2016.
What would be worse for a company that has insisted privacy is core to its identity — and whose marquee device is among the safest on the market? Caving to government pressure and writing its own decryption software, or conceding its phones are not as secure as some believed.
martedi 22 marzo
Sal is desperately seeking the next Dread Pirate Roberts.
Sal’s been subbing since Phil got lambasted by the Battersea omnibus but Sal’s only subbing on an interim basis.
If you know anyone looking to be the next Dread Pirate Roberts at www.holybull.ca please have them contact Sal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
lunedi 21 marzo
Sal says they’re tired of playing second banana to Songbird.
domenica delle Palme
20 marzo domenica delle Palme e primo giorno di primavera and only 7² days including oggi left until the first Saturday in May.
Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced the renewal of the slot revenue sharing agreement at Century Downs on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Ricordare, cogliere la pallo al balzo.
Sal says that sometime Phil had some decent quotes.
Phil’s reprising a couple of quotes from Sitting Bull and JFK the President not the stallion who’s on his way to Argentina.
Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
John F. Kennedy
When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy
Minister Ceci spread the credit for the negotiating the new MOU around but fidatevi di Sal the MOU was negotiated in spite of Horse Racing Alberta not because of Horse Racing Alberta. Sal’s sure that the powers that Bee and the minions at Horse Racing Alberta are busy self adulating this morning and will be busy patting each other on the back the next few weeks. The only pat on the back that Shirley McClellan and Rick Lelacheur deserve is one administered about 55 cm. below the mid point of their shoulder blades with a swiftly moving frozen moccasin while they are pointed out the front door of Horse Racing Alberta.
Sal knows that the Minister Ceci’s office did yeoman work to gather the information required to make their decision no thanks to Horse Racing Alberta and spoke to many racing participants besides the contacts that Horse Racing Alberta provided them. Sal thanks all the thoroughbred participants especially some of the blasts from the past who spoke glowingly about the prospects for the thoroughbred industry and not so glowingly about Horse Racing Alberta and the tracks’ performances.
Sal says that the reduction in revenue is only the beginning of the changes that you’ll see at Horse Racing Alberta. When the streamlining of the many Agencies, Boards and Commissions is announced contemporaneously with the Alberta budget expect Horse Racing Alberta if it is not subsumed in AGLC to emerge with a smaller Board that will be appointed on Merit, a Chair that will be appointed on merit, greater accountability for the manner in which its funds are expended and subject to audit.
This is not the time to sit and whine about the reduction. Minister Ceci and the Alberta government have given the thoroughbred industry an opportunity to improve itself over the next ten years. As soon as Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur are removed from their positions the thoroughbred industry needs to take the steps necessary to ensure that it receives its fair portion of the revenues being controlled by Horse Racing Alberta and uses those resources well.
Sal’s To Do List for thoroughbred Racing In Alberta:
Memorandum of Understanding
- Replace Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur
- Replace Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan
- Revamp Horse Racing Alberta and Make it Accountable.
- Find a place to race thoroughbreds in the north part of the province of Alberta.
- Make Century Downs a facility that is thoroughbred horse and fan friendly.
- Have all thoroughbred race meets sanctioned by HBPA Alberta.
Ci sentiamo dopo.
“It is about passion and gambling and a whole lot of drinking,” said Michael Dickinson, now a successful thoroughbred trainer in the United States known as the Mad Englishman for his eccentricities, who comes each year for a taste of his heritage. “But it’s the most knowledgeable crowd in racing. They know and love the horses and know how hard the horsemen work to become successful.”
Edmonton Northlands presented their Vision 2020 to Edmonton city council on the ides of March and the backstabbing was mainly figurative.
Reaction by the city administration, council and citizens was fast and mainly not supportive of Edmonton Northlands.
St. Mary’s High School Edmonton AB
Are you kidding me. They are the “bombardier ” of Edmonton. Now they are asking to forgive the debt and carry on with their stupid project. The city should sell expo centre to private enterprises and disband Northlands. Tim Reid is a joke. Does he think that all members of city council and the tax payers of Edmonton are idiots. And if they fudge with the books to show that thoroughbred racing didn’t make them money they should be investigated. With all the slot machines in the grandstand, how could they lose money. Why wouldn’t they want to keep thoroughbred racing and the slots for a few more years while they try to find an answer weather they should exit or not. Colours Restaurant is one of the biggest in the country. Even when it’s Half full (during thoroughbred race meet) it is profitable and when it’s full it generates big dollars (something Northlands is not accustomed to). Why wouldn’t they keep racing going until their rope runs out? Because they are not business people and that being the case, should not be allowed to sponge off the tax payers of our city now or in the future
Coun. Ben Henderson, who was on council when the Expo loan was issued, said it was always the city’s understanding the conference centre would stand on its own.
“The Expo building was going to be paid for by revenues from the Expo building,” he said.
Henderson said when council made the decision to support the downtown arena, Northlands also intended to compete with the new facility.
“At that time Northlands was fairly determined that they were going to keep running Rexall,” he said.
Coun. Dave Loken said it’s a big ask.
“Quite frankly, I am ticked that they are coming to us at the eleventh hour,” he said.
Edmonton city council voted on a motion Tuesday to have administration further evaluate 11 aspects of Northlands’ Vision 2020 plan. That report will be presented to an executive committee sometime in August, and there will be an opportunity for public input at that time.
“There is a ton of work to do between now and August,” Mayor Don Iveson said after the motion passed.
In Sal’s neighbourhood if you couldn’t pay your markers you didn’t come back asking for more.
I have lived near Borden Park, south of the city-owned Northlands site, for more than 35 years.
With the construction of the downtown arena, Northlands is faced with reinventing itself. Its plan proposes a visionary and imaginative repurposed Rexall Place, an enlarged Agricom of uncertain value, and a massive and completely redundant 140,000 capacity open-air concert venue.
Northlands has had several years to chart its future but we are told the city must confirm its support for this new plan in a few days, spurred on and justified, no doubt, by a survey commissioned and funded by Northlands. Surely the communities surrounding Northlands, and city taxpayers and the province deserve a much more thoughtful, thorough and independent assessment of these proposals.
Graydon McCrea, Edmonton
Save city’s horse racing heritage
The Oilers’ new arena should not blind Edmontonians to the magnificent 137-year history in our city that Northlands represents. The organization is more than the building that hosted a hockey team for 40 years. Northlands’ portion of the funding for the Coliseum came from profits of a professional sport that predated hockey on the site: horse racing.
A race track existed outside the fort, before the Exhibition began in 1879 and served to connect traders and indigenous peoples doing business in the way all sports can connect us. Alberta literally celebrated its birth at the race track in the flats.
The glory days of large betting allowed Northlands (then the Edmonton Exhibition Association — rebranding has the effect of institutional memory loss) to repurpose its share (as a community not-for-profit agricultural society) into the funding of other projects deemed beneficial to Edmonton.
Now that our city has made its choice about supporting professional hockey, it should not sacrifice a community not-for-profit agricultural society or the facilities and history of horse racing.
Sandy VanRiper, Edmonton
Sal sees that Edmonton Northlands Vision 2020 has already generated a new business venture in the area around Rexall Place:
Sal’s not sure if the name was chosen from a preferred list of names for strip clubs or if it was chosen to honour Pinky Lee or Pinky MacDonald.
From Sal’s reading the lines and between the lines and listening to what was said and what was not said sounds to Sal like neither the city of Edmonton nor Edmonton Northlands achieved the great expectations promised. If you believe in great expectations go read Dickens. Sal like most horseplayers believes that past performances are the best indicator of future performance and Sal doesn’t see many positive lines or between the lines to recommend either of those two culprits.
The Board, shareholders and Senior management of Edmonton Northlands, the Senior Administration of the city of Edmonton, the mayor of Edmonton and Edmonton city council, especially the members who sit on the Edmonton Northlands Board should all be bloody ashamed of themselves and their performance when they can’t make a profit at the Expo Centre while Stampede Park in Calgary is announcing a $500 million expansion of the BMO Centre because they are so busy.
The Board, shareholders and Senior management of Edmonton Northlands, the Senior Administration of the city of Edmonton, the mayor of Edmonton and Edmonton city council, especially the members who sit on the Edmonton Northlands Board need to get off their lard asses, start doing the jobs they’re being paid to do, start competing for business and make the Expo Centre a venue that the city of Edmonton can be proud of. First off how about finding a sponsor with naming rights.
Sal got on the blower with cugino Vinny and was sorely disappointed to hear that the Pillory would be considered cruel and unusual punishment for those responsible for the brutal mismanagement of the facilities at Edmonton Northlands and that includes all the above just mentioned.
Sal was reading a short feature in Esquire the other day about what being said and what being heard are often diametrically opposed. You say that you’re ex-wife is crazy, someone else hears that you drove your ex-wife crazy.
Edmonton Northlands says that Northlands Park will be leaving the failing horse racing industry. Sal hears that Northlands Park caused the horse racing industry to be failing.
Edmonton Northlands says that Edmonton Northlands has a plan to dramatically alter their business operations. Sal hears that Edmonton Northlands failed to operate their core businesses properly and failed to take into account a changing market until it was far too late.
Edmonton Northlands says that Edmonton Northlands wants to cooperate with the new downtown arena in Edmonton and to cooperate with the Shaw Conference centre. Sal hears that Edmonton Northlands is such a poorly run
business organization that it cannot compete with other entities unless someone keeps bringing envelopes stuffed with cash to it.
Edmonton Northlands says that Edmonton Northlands wants a smaller gaming license with fewer slot machines. Sal hears that Edmonton Northlands failed to operate their gaming business in a competitive manner and that the other facilities in the city of Edmonton will be glad to take any of Edmonton Northlands slots and show them how to make them far more profitable.
Sal’s never been a fan of buzzwords cuzz they signal the buzzards circling overhead. Sal’s least favourite of all buzzwords is the phrase – win-win. Soon as you hear that phrase better check your wallet and bank account.
Sal reads that Edmonton Northlands says their Vision 2020 is a win-win for them and the city of Edmonton. Sal hears a bunch of bullshit.
Could someone please explain to Sal how putting the Edmonton taxpayers on the hook for a $48 million loan that Edmonton Northlands can’t repay is a win for the Edmonton taxpayers.
Could someone please explain to Sal how putting the Edmonton taxpayers on the hook for another $400-500 million that Edmonton Northlands may not be able to repay is a win for the Edmonton taxpayer.
Could someone please explain to Sal how permitting an organization that has proven itself incapable to run a convention facility, horse race track and a gaming facility profitability to continue to operate is a benefit to the citizens of the city of Edmonton.
Ci sentiamo dopo.
Sal says Cupid shot an arrow through the hearts of a few Derby pretenders.
Uno di più per Phil:
Sal suggests that Nellie McClung replace the Queen on the Loonie and Toonie.
“This is part of a nationwide movement to restore these native grasslands,” Lee says. “Landowners are growing more conscious and concerned about habitat for wildlife and for native pollinators. And the South, with its temperate climate, is a perfect place to make this work.” While it’s a challenge, he admits, to match the right plant species with the very different soil types around the South, “it’s phenomenal what can happen on tracts of land that are as small as just a couple hundred acres.”
Sal was wondering whether David Suzuki or Neil Young ever contributed some tangible conservation work other than adding to global warming with their hot air.