Douvan, already challenging for favouritism for this year’s Supreme after a thrilling Irish debut at Gowran Park in November, is also likely to be prohibitive odds when he faces five rivals this weekend. Mullins said: “Vautour won the race last year so we have taken the same route with Douvan and hopefully we might get the same results.” Douvan heads the betting for this season’s Cheltenham curtain-raiser along with the Nicky Henderson-trained L’Ami Serge, winner of last weekend’s Tolworth at Sandown. Big-race jockey Ruby Walsh feels Douvan is likely to be an even better horse next season. “L’Ami Serge has looked very good in England, but Douvan looked very good first time out,” Walsh told Racing UK. “The form of the second horse has worked out, if not the third, as Sizing John came out and won a Grade One (Future Champions Novice Hurdle, Leopardstown) “He looks good but I think with another summer’s grass and when he fills out his frame, he’ll be even better next year. “On looks he looks like a horse who will improve with time.” Willie Mullins is keeping his fingers crossed that Douvan can follow in the hoofprints of stable companion Vautour and cement his Cheltenham Festival claims in the sportinglife.com Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Press Association Vautour was made to pull out all the stops to justify long odds-on favouritism in the Grade Two contest 12 months ago, but went on to run out a brilliant winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham before following up at Punchestown. The champion trainer also struck gold with the talented Mikael D’Haguenet in 2009 before his Festival success in what is now the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.
by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council made some financial moves with revenue bonds designed to save money on interest payments, and put off the purchase of a bulldozer for the landfill at its meeting Tuesday. The simplest was the refinancing of general obligation bonds from 2008 and 2009, rolling them into a new single bond issue. The city should save around $52,000 in interest, financial consultant, said Wellington City Financial advisor John Haas. The second one was a proposal to get bids for a $4.8 million utility bond issue to help pay for the electric substation north of the city. This has been talked about for more than a year, and would make electricity more reliable for the city. It would also prevent short term outages that cause problems for industries like GKN on the north end of town. When creating the substation was first considered in 2013 the price tag was around $5.5 million. Haas was proposing the city allow him to take bids for the financing of the bonds. The city still has the option of either accepting the bids or doing nothing. The money to actually pay off this project will come from the utilities, and some from the recent rate increases. The recent rate increase was to replenish reserves as well. Haas said he would return at a meeting in January to recommend an underwriter for the bonds. At that point the city council will make the official decision of whether to proceed. This station was part of the rate increase talks that went on for more than a year. Councilman Jim Valentine questioned the project because of the city’s financial condition. Haas and other councilmen said the city had spent a lot of time talking about that while they talked about rates over the past year. Council member Kelly Green said the project â€œis an expansion that is a huge improvement to our infrastructure. This will benefit everyone in the city,â€ she said. â€œWe have discussed this for hours and hours. We already have a lot invested in this.â€ Council member Vince Wetta said when GKN has a glitch out there with a power outage, it costs them $100,000. He wants to prevent that, and he believes it will make power more reliable throughout the city. â€œWe have talked about this a lot,â€ he said. â€œThis will close the loop. We have come this far and it is in the budget. We thought it was a good idea when we started it in 2013 and this is one more step.â€ The council then took up considering a bulldozer for the landfill at a cost of $374,000. Public Works Director Jeremy Jones explained that the current bulldozer was not made for the landfill type environment which is too rough for the terrain. The engine has major problems. They have spent more than $35,000 on repairs this year, and it is not running now. To get it running they will have to spend at least another $50,000. Vendors from Caterpillar and John Deere were at the meeting and talked about their products. They said a lease type arrangement might be a possibility, but it is hard to do because this is a very specialized application even for a bulldozer. Both of them said they were not interested in offering any trade for the machine the city has now, and one of them said it was not even worth towing to Wichita because of all its problems. It could be auctioned, and perhaps a farmer could use it on a farm to move dirt for a long time, but it is not fit for other types of work, Jones said. Currently, the city is renting a dozer and based on hours of use, costs $8,000 to $12,000 per month. Valentine questioned whether it might be better to just try to fix the old machine to save money. Councilman Kip Etter liked the lease idea, and wanted to hear more from the dealers about options in that area. Wetta said the dozer has become a money pit for the city and was interested in moving on to a new piece of machinery. â€œWhat we have to decide is whether to spend $100,000 to fix an old machine until something else goes wrong, or spend our own money and pay off the rest of it,â€ he said. Council members said they wanted to hear more about leasing options and to have more solid numbers before making a decision. That could happen at the next meeting this month.In other matters: â€¢Wellington citizen Dianna Paige asked about a work session where a comment was unbecoming to a city employee. She also said private financial information on council members should be available to the public. We will have more information available on the story. â€¢The council announced a work session for 5:30 p.m next Monday to talk about the golf course. The course has a fungus on the greens an the city needs to help the golf course figure out what to do about the problem and how to pay for it. The bulldozer may also be discussed. â€¢There will be another work session at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 with members of the Kansas Power Pool. The KPP is having its convention in the next week or so, and some council members will attend. Officials of the KPP will come to the work session to give the city a presentation on how power rates are set, and other electrical issues. â€¢The city also passed a resolution continuing an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for the use of the land at Century Park. It was just a renewing of an old agreement at no cost to the city. â€¢Mayor Shelley Hansel read a proclamation for Veterans Day which is Nov. 11. Also on that day the VFW and American Legion will have a program at the high school starting at 10 a.m.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 249 weeks ago I know this won’t be popular, but how long can Jim Valentine keep up his “bury our head in the sand” approach? He is so focused on not spending any money today, that he’s completely satisfied risking the cost of increasing expenses down the road. Kicking the can is exactly what has left us in such dire straight throughout the City infrastructure. These project simply don’t get less expensive the longer you wait, that’s been proven time and time again. With his mindset, the City will never escape this cycle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Anne · 249 weeks ago My hope is that he will keep it up until our council stops spending money on projects like paving a parking lot at a seasonally used facility that you have to travel on a dirt road to access and filling unnecessary positions at the City of Wellington. Yes, kicking the can is what has gotten us in this mess. However, we as a city have got to be smarter about prioritizing the items that money is spent on or we will never dig out. You can’t ask for more money and keep spending as we currently are. There have got to be cuts made. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 249 weeks ago You’re right Anne, those projects absolutely need to be questioned and scrutinized. What I see from him though is simply a No attitude that is getting in the way of progress. Items like the dozer and electric facilities are part of that progress, and to simply dismiss them without the appearance of much thought does us all a disservice. Spending $50k on a dying piece of equipment is a bad decision. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Sue · 249 weeks ago Arkansas city commission approved a used dozer at the cost of $129,000. What was the cost of the dozer the city wanted to buy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down no name · 248 weeks ago Jim wants to be the Martyr and make the appearance that he is the city do gooder. Most fail to realize that Jim was on the council when all this spending occurred. Mist of the time voting yes along with the others. Most of these voted have been discussed in work sessions so the outcome is usy not a surprise. Easy to be a martyr when you already know the outcome d. What is sad is we have a council member proclaiming or comparing city employees to the BTK and a mayor that needs to learn that less is more. God blessed her with two ears and one mouth for a reason. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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The three-time holders will play AC Milan who battled past Lazio 5-4 on penalties in the Stadio Olympico after their semi-final remained goalless after extra time.Nikola Kalinic almost scored the winner after 117 minutes but sent the ball over the bar when alone in front of goal, sending the game to penalties.AC Milan could thank the saves of teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for a spot in the final in Rome on May 9 with centre-back Alessio Romagnoli scoring the winning penalty.“It was a night of suffering. This is a very young team, we must get them back to being the team that made the fans dream,” said Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.The win extends Gattuso’s unbeaten streak with AC Milan to 13 games, with six straight wins.But the former AC Milan midfielder insisted there was too much talk about him and how he has turned around the team.“I’m not a tactical guru. I’m just a lucky guy.”Five-time winners Milan last won the Cup in 2003, with their last final in 2016.Earlier Juventus took on Atalanta, whose Serie A game Sunday was snowed off, with light snowfall still in the Allianz Stadium.“Compliments to the lads for what they did tonight and are doing this season,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.– ‘Not an obsession’ –It will be a record 18th final for Juventus with Allegri’s side bidding for a 13th Cup in total.“We will play in a historical stadium, but it must not become an obsession,” continued the Juventus coach of their bid for a record fourth Cup crown.“In the first half we had difficulty closing them down, after the break Douglas Costa started playing in a centre-forward role and that broke the game open.”Higuain missed out as he recovers from a sprained ankle.Atalanta had come out firing with Alejandro Gomez sending over the bar with Gianluigi Buffon tested as he latched on to Josip Ilicic’s deflected cross pushing over the top.Gomez thought he had scored the equaliser for Atalanta after the break with Buffon off the line, lobbing the Juventus captain, only for the ball to bounce off the outside off the post.The breakthrough came when Juventus were awarded a penalty when Matuidi went down under pressure from defender Gianluca Mancini, with Pjanic slotting in to the fury of Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.“That penalty was non-existent,” blasted Gasperini as his side missed out on their bid for just a second Cup title after 1963.AC Milan and Lazio battled for 220 minutes in total between the San Siro and the Stadio Olympico in a tie between two ambitious sides who have rediscovered their form in Serie A and the Europa League.Lazio threatened early with AC Milan staying in the game thanks to Donnarumma who tipped over a Ciro Immobile shot within the first five minutes and then denied Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with his legs.Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha also did well to clear off Suso after a quarter-of-an hour, but almost created an own goal by badly clearing Hakan Calhanoglu freekick.Both sides had their chances in the second half with Milinkovic-Savic again missing in the final minute.After their gruelling match both sides face tough weekends in Serie A with Lazio hosting Juventus and AC Milan a derby against city rivals Inter Milan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Let’s talk: Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah jokes with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on Wednesday © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Mar 1 – Holders Juventus booked their ticket to the Italian Cup final for the fourth year in a row to set up a meeting with AC Milan after a 1-0 win over Atalanta in a semi-final second leg tie played in the snow in Turin on Wednesday.The first leg ended 1-0 in Bergamo thanks to an early Gonzalo Higuain goal, and Juventus also won the second when Miralem Pjanic slotted in a 75th-minute penalty awarded after Blaise Matuidi was fouled in the box.