STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

first_img3rd 60% 4 TOP O’NEILL ASSISTANT MORA RETURNS TO DUBAI AGAIN 5 6 5 $372,465 Drayden Van Dyke38 ITM% 4 2 ITM% Money Won Umberto Rispoli25 13% 42% Edwin Maldonado18 5 Abel Cedillo71 3 Bob Baffert27 11 TrainerSts $308,508 $270,379 2nd 36% 0 29% 5 Philip D’Amato29 2 6 $571,809 8 6 3 39% 18% 0 41% 74% 15% TINA TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III ASTRA 2 3 7 Michael McCarthy13 Win% 5 $79,371 15 54% 44% 25% 13 31% 1 6 5 $737,340 Jorge Velez44 Peter Miller24 5 1 21% 2 4 CARRESSA TRIES TURF IN MONDAY’S HOLIDAY FEATURE 2 Jeff Bonde7 26% 62% 14% 11% 3rd $235,962 26% Richard Mandella14 8 $79,715 1 $190,887 Steve Knapp13 13 1 Joel Rosario61 35% 2 $188,091 58% JockeyMts 0 3 23% Ruben Fuentes21 1st J.C. Diaz, Jr.28 $547,882 Doug O’Neill34 Mike Smith19 10% 10 Money Won 71% 10 45% $84,675 $609,682 $109,691 39% $1,006,032 1 Craig Anthony Lewis13 12% 2nd 6 $143,851 HIGHER POWER IN SHARP DRILL FOR RICH PEGASUS CUP 2 4 4 $288,177 $1 MILLION GUARANTEED IN RAINBOW JACKPOT TODAY Flavien Prat45 30% 1 $492,914 42% 57% 20% 5 42% $593,620 1 2 Richard Baltas38 43% 23% 1 $497,242 7 4 Win% 44% 1 3 3 Tiago Pereira28 Mario Gutierrez29 33% 9 47% 46% 4 3 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS(Current Through Friday, Jan. 17) 23% 15 5 1st 2 4 4 CARRESSA MAKES GRASS DEBUT IN MEGAHERTZCarressa makes her turf debut in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at one mile.The four-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds or Mooney, et al, is coming off a smashing 8 ¼ length win at a mile on Del Mar’s main track Nov. 22.“There wasn’t a race for her otherwise, so we thought this was an opportunity to try her on grass,” Shirreffs said. “I think Uncle Mo (offspring) can run on anything; they like the off going, the dirt, the turf. They just like the track.”The field for the Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.Monday is Dollar Day, with hot dogs on sale for $2 and beer and soda for $1 apiece.TINY TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR MARATHON ASTRAWith a little bit of luck, Tiny Tina might have won the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 28, instead of finishing second by an onrushing nose despite the fact that she bobbled at the start and was three wide in the lane.At least Phil D’Amato is hoping that’s the case when the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare runs in Sunday’s Grade III Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile-and-a-half on turf.“She’s rounding into form and doing really well right now,” the trainer said. “She’s reunited with (Flavien) Prat who has won three races on her, so I’m expecting a big effort.”The Astra, race six of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Lostintranzlation, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Tiny Tina, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Blue Diva, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; Trust Fund Kitty, Assael Espinoza, 20-1; Siberian Iris, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Ms. Peintour, Brice Blanc, 8-1; and Heathers Grey, Aaron Gryder, 10-1.$1 MILLION GUARANTEE TODAY IN SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 POOLSanta Anita Park guarantees $1 million in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot comprised of races four through nine. With five stakes highlighting the nine-race California-Cup program, four of which will be included in the Rainbow Six, fans will have plenty of lucrative betting opportunities on a card consisting exclusively of California-bred or sired horses.Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $500,000 in today’s 50 cent Late Pick 4, beginning with race six.Approximate post time for race four, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.LEANDRO MORA IN DUBAI FOR 2 ½ MONTHSSanta Anita is missing one of its friendliest faces for a spell.Leandro Mora is in Dubai for two-and-a-half months.A trusted and valued assistant of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill for 18 years, the 61-year-old Mora departed Thursday for the Middle East where O’Neill will campaign 11 horses on a regular basis for the first time.Dubai is familiar territory for Mora.“I’ve been there 13 times,” he said before leaving with O’Neill, who will spend about two weeks with Mora before returning to California. “I started around 2001. I’m excited to be going because this is a good test for American horses.“It’s the first time an American group is going, so let’s hope for the best.”SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano took off his scheduled five mounts a today after suffering injuries in a shower mishap in the jockeys’ room Friday. “He hit his head pretty good and has a black eye,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “It’s unfortunate, but it could have been worse. He won’t ride today but hopefully will tomorrow.” . . . Flavien Prat will be out of town next weekend, riding Higher Power Saturday for John Sadler in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park and Serengeti Empress Sunday for Tom Amoss in the Grade III Houston Ladies Classic. With Prat aboard, Higher Power impressed clockers this morning when he worked five furlongs in 59.60, just a shade under the bullet drill of 59.40 recorded by Sadler trainee Flagstaff . . . Heck Yeah, scratched from today’s Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, worked four furlongs this morning for Bob Baffert in 50.60. In all, there were 172 recorded workouts today, 23 on the training track . . . Word on stakes winners from the Sadler barn has Catalina Cruiser standing at stud for $20,000 live foal at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., while Cistron and Ollie’s Candy are scheduled to breeze tomorrow as they prepare for a 2020 campaign, the latter pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14. “Catalina Cruiser is doing well,” Sadler said. “He’s got a full book of mares.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 18th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Clocker Gary YoungWORKOUTS:Zucchera (Baltas) 1-18-20Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-16-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20Bold Endeavor (Papaprodromou) 1-16-20Tiny Tina (Outside) and Malakai Moxie (D’Amato) 1-14-20Legends of War (O’ Neill) 1-13-20Desmond Doss (Outside) and Lucky Long Legs (D’Amato) 1-13-20 19% 4 6 31% 17% 14% 3 $167,816 $107,060last_img read more

Toledo invites Unai Emery to celebrate its anniversary during confinement

first_imgThis April 24 is important to the Imperial City. The Club Deportivo Toledo meets throughout this Friday the 92 years of history and, despite the times we live in, from the Castilian-La Mancha group they have not wanted to miss the opportunity and a private celebration will take place. The name of Unai Emery, since the former coach of Arsenal, PSG or Seville wore the Verdiblanco team jersey over four seasons while the Salto del Caballo team looked in the Second Division of Spanish football. Emery will be joined by technicians of the stature of Gregorio Manzano or Antonio Iriondo, all with a past in the Toledo box, will be the protagonists of a special programming in video format that can be followed through the different social networks of the club.The intention is, in this period of health emergency, to entertain fans with more than eight hours of programming than different interviews, gatherings and meetings with renowned protagonists. Too there will be space for historical games of the Salto del Caballo team, as well as a clash of the feminine section of the verdiblanco painting.Among the main dishes of the day, the documentary ’90 years of illusion ‘ It will be broadcast from 1:00 p.m., a historical overview of the main events of the Imperial City club that invites football fans, whether they are from Toledo or not, to spend a different day with which to face a new day of confinement.last_img read more

Fishermen charged for stealing GRA boat

first_imgThree fishermen who reportedly stole a boat belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) found themselves before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Taijram Roopnarine, 38, and Hemchan Kenswain, 21, both of Lot 67 Annandale Market Road, ECD, and Nazim Khan, 44, of Lot 265 Narine Street, Annandale were not required to plead to the indictable charge. An alleged accomplice, Shameer Mohamed, was also charged, but did not make an appearance in court.The prosecution is alleging that while the vessel was in the vicinity of a wharf at Ruimveldt, Georgetown on July 2, the men stole the vessel, valued at $2.5 million and belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority.According to facts presented to the court, on July 2, law enforcement officers of the GRA carried out a search exercise in the same area where they seized a 55-foot wooden vessel and docked same at the Ruimveldt wharf.However, at about 02:15h the same day, the vessel went missing. A search was carried out, and the vessel was allegedly seen being towed by a smaller boat being operated by Kenswain.The men were subsequently arrested. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to the men being placed on bail, but asked that they each lodge their travel documents and report to the Ruimveldt Police Station every Friday.The men were each placed on $350,000 bail. The matter will continue of July 20.last_img read more

Duo charged for forging documents

first_imgA duo, who was on Thursday charged for supplying and uttering forged identification documents, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Twenty-eight-year-old Benvolio Valenski, also known, as Roy Anthony Sewnarine of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara and 38-year-old Ganesh Singh of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse and pleaded not guilty to the charges.The first charge stated that between February 1, 2019 and September 2, 2019, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Singh conspired with Valenski to forge one Republic of Guyana Driver’s Licence in favour of Roy Anthony, purporting to show that same was issued by the Guyana Revenue Authority.The second charge stated that between February 1, 2019 and September 2, 2019, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Singh conspired with Valenski to forge one Guyana National Identification Card in favour of Roy Anthony Sewnarine, purporting to show that same was issued by the Guyana Elections Commission.It was further alleged that on September 2, 2019, at Central Immigration and Passport Office, Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Valenski uttered to an Immigration Officer one forged Guyana national identification card #101263701 in favour of himself, purporting to show that same was issued by the Guyana Election Commission, knowing same to be false.The last charge stated that on September 2, 2019, at Central Immigration and Passport Office, Georgetown, for the purpose of procuring a new passport, Valenski made a false statement, that is to say, he signed a written declaration that he was Roy Anthony, knowing same to be false.They were both represented by Attorney-at-law Adrian Thompson who asked that his clients be released on reasonable bail. According to information, the men are known to each other.Valenski, who resides in the United States of America, returned to Guyana in January 2019 and made contact with Singh and allegedly told him that he needed a birth certificate, identification card and a driver’s licence.The duo made arrangements where Valenski paid Singh a large sum of money to provide the documents, which resulted with Singh handing over the forged documents to Valenski a few days later.On September 2, 2019, Valenski went to the Central Immigration Office where he used the forged documents to apply for a passport; however, the documents were examined by Immigration Officers and were found to be forged. He was subsequently taken into Police custody.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield had no objections to bail being granted to the defendants but he asked that conditions be applied.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, released both men on $300,000 bail each and instructed both men to lodge their passports with the court and report every Friday at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters.The construction workers are slated to make their next court appearance on September 11, when they will appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for reassignment.last_img read more

Superbowl Classic tourney this w/e at Maxx’s

first_imgMaxx’s Gym hosts its annual Superbowl Classic Squash and Racquetball tournament this weekend.Starting on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday, the event offers games for all skill levels all weekend long, plus food from Boston Pizza on Friday.On Saturday, participants can watch UFC action while enjoying a steak supper.- Advertisement -Sunday’s finals and competition prizes will wrap up in time for the Superbowl, with door prizes, draws for Maxx’s memberships and trips, and the annual chili cook-off.For more information, contact Maxx’s Gym, at 785-FITT.last_img

Last gasp Chadli goal breaks Japan hearts

first_imgThe Red Devils will face five-time champions Brazil in Kazan on Friday after scoring three second-half goals without reply to break Japan’s dogged resistance.Goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui in four devastating minutes had put Japan 2-0 up early in the second half to leave Belgium reeling.However, the Red Devils responded with quick goals of their own as Jan Vertonghen, at fault for Haraguchi’s goal, and Marouane Fellaini both scored headers before Chadli’s dramatic winner in Rostov.Relieved Belgium manager Roberto Martinez saluted his side’s resolve.“No negatives today, it was about getting through,” Martinez said. “It is a day to be very proud of these players.“Keep believing in Belgium. In the World Cup you want to be perfect but it’s about getting through, it’s about winning.”Having also exited the last 16 in both 2002 and 2010, Japan suffered knock-out stage heartbreak for the third time.From the start, the Blue Samurai’s tactics were clear – harass and hurry their opponents every time they were on the ball, while living off scraps.It almost paid off.Japan defender Maya Yoshida tries to make a gy,nastic clearance as Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini watches on. PHOTO/FIFAA long-range shot from Eden Hazard was Belgium’s brightest chance in the first 45 minutes as Japan kept close tabs on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.After a goalless first-half, the game exploded into life after the break.Japan took the lead when they won possession deep in their own half.The ball was moved downfield quickly and when Vertonghen failed to intercept the final pass, Haraguchi sprinted clear.He placed his shot just past Thibaut Courtois’ despairing glove and inside the far post on 48 minutes to delight Japanese fans.Falling behind rattled the Belgians as Hazard clattered the post moments later.Japan doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Inui unleashed a thunderbolt shot off his right boot which flew past the despairing Courtois.Desperate for a goal to get them back in the game, Lukaku headed wide with an hour approaching.Confidence grew in the Japanese ranks with attacking midfielder Kagawa calling the shots.Belgium’s Axel Witsel vies for the ball with Japan’s Shinji Kagawa during their World Cup last 16 game at Rostov on Don. PHOTO/FIFAWith 25 minutes left, Martinez swapped Fellaini and Chadli for Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco, which sparked the Belgium response.Vertonghen made amends for his mistake in the build-up to Japan’s opening goal when his speculative header from out wide looped over Eiji Kawashima’s grasp on 69 minutes.Then Belgium drew level when Hazard’s pin-point ball found Fellaini in the middle and the Manchester United midfielder unleashed an unstoppable header on 74 minutes.It was end-to-end stuff for the final quarter of an hour.As his defence started to tire, goalkeeper Kawashima kept Japan in the game his side with two saves in quick succession to deny Chadli and Lukaku.At the other end, Courtois saved Keisuke Honda’s wickedly curling free shot which led to the winning goal.The Belgium goalkeeper cleared the ball, Kevin de Bruyne spotted Thomas Meunier unmarked out wide and the Paris Saint-Germain winger whipped in a superb cross.Lukaku, who was marked, left it for Chadli to tap home and cap Belgium’s stunning win right before the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nacer Chadli wheels away in celebration after scoring a last gasp winner against Japan in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup. PHOTO/FIFAROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Jul 2- Nacer Chadli scored a stunning injury-time winner as Belgium fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Japan 3-2 and advance to a World Cup quarter-final showdown with Brazil here Monday.Chadli’s superbly worked goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time was the final act of an epic last-16 battle that saw Belgium become the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP looking to return stolen property to owners

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking to return stolen property to its rightful owners.According to RCMP, on February 5, 2019, they recovered a stolen pickup truck. Located in the truck were some pieces of property that were also believed to have been stolen.Recovered items include:a Cellebrite machine,a cordless framing nailer,a Garmin GPS, anda chop saw.- Advertisement -If you believe that any of these items are yours, you can attend the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 10648 100th Street.Owners will need to provide the file number (2019-1022) and provide any means you have to identify that the item as yours such as serial numbers, brand name and colour along with any other possible unique markings.last_img

In case you haven’t seen Joe Hart saving an Ibrahimovic penalty then watch here

first_img1 Despite this fantastic Joe Hart penalty save, Man City still threw away their lead in Paris, drawing 2-2 with PSG in the Champions League quarter-final.David Luiz was tripped by Bacary Sagna for the spot-kick, but England goalkeeper Hart got down superbly to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s effort out.Shortly before half-time Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring but a mistake by Fernando on the edge of his own box, allowed Ibrahimovic to finally get the ball past Hart.VIDEO: FERNANDO ERROR LEADS TO PSG EQUALISERThe second leg will take place on 12 April. Watch Joe Hart saving Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty last_img

Never count out the Yankees

first_imgANAHEIM Yeah, they’re back. Looking all that. You’re going to have to deal with this. Did you seriously believe they were just going to fade away, act like that $200 million was fool’s money, that they were ready to walk among baseball mortality? These are the Yankees, the most hated and loved team in all of American sport. Mostly, they are beloved by New Yorkers and ex-New Yorkers, which is apparently about half the continental United States. And despised by everyone else. It’s all that winning. All that money spent. All that attitude. All that George Steinbrenner. Sorry lover/haters of the Lakers, Notre Dame football, the Raiders but it is the Yankees who inspire more passion than any team in any sport that calls America home. Either wear pin-striped undies or burn Steinbrenner in effigy, the Yankees inspire a reaction. So those tired of all things Yankees had to be feeling pretty good when George’s Boys got off to a surprisingly dismal start, falling to 11-19 and nine games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. There was even that brief moment of unmitigated joy when the Yankees fell into last place behind the Tampa Bay Somekinda Rays, and George was having emergency meetings back in Florida. Get this: They were playing with you, toying with you, just plain teasing you. An inside joke on you. A 10-game win streak here, a six-game win streak there, and they were back in the game. Then they showed up at Angel Stadium Thursday having won 14 of their past 19 to pull within a half-game of the Red Sox in the ultra-competitive AL East. “We think pretty highly of ourselves right now,” said Yankees manager Joe Torre. And the world is round. The Yankees have managed most of this turnaround while three-fourths of their rotation has been on the disabled list. Managed it while leading the majors in runs scored. Of course, when you have a record $200 million payroll, you should be able to do something well. No one in baseball history has done more right than the Yankees, who have won a record 26 World Series. Which, truth be told, would be the main reason everyone East of New Jersey would rather get a call from the IRS than suffer through another Yankees world championship. On the road, they are a remarkably consistent draw. Yankee fans are traditionally almost as vocal in Anaheim as Angels fans. If fans aren’t cheering them, they’re mentioning something unpleasant about a family member. Yankees always hear something. “I enjoy it,” said shortstop Derek Jeter. “You see it when you’re at home, and the people love you. And when you’re on the road, you can feel people don’t like you.” Sometimes at “the cathedral” the fans can be so enamored with the local heroes as to make it difficult even for others in pinstripes. Angels broadcaster Rex Hudler, Steinbrenner’s first bonus baby, remembers the devotion Yankees fans had for second baseman Willie Randolph. When Hudler, also a second baseman, was called up and first walked into Yankee Stadium, he was greeted by a fan who screamed: “Hey, Hudler, you bum, you’ll never take Willie’s job.” Alex Rodriguez, generally considered the best overall player in the game, had a strong first season with the Yankees last year (.286, 36, 106). Yet he owns a record $252 million contract, and because his season wasn’t absolutely staggering, he heard his share of New York criticism. Some whispered the greatest of insults, that he wasn’t a true Yankee. That Yankees’ love/hate thing? “I fit right in,” Rodriguez said. “I think my contract was great preparation for anything.” This season he leads the AL in home runs (27), is third in RBI (78) and sixth in batting average (.311). This is far from a perfect Yankees team. Starter Carl Pavano remains out, starter Jaret Wright could be out for the year and ex-Dodger Happy Boy Kevin Brown is back but struggling (4-6, 5.91 ERA). Middle relief, as witnessed in the Angels’ 6-5 comeback Thursday, looms as a potential Achilles’ heel. But it should be painfully clear to the haters that the Yankees also one game back of the Twins for the AL wild card are not going to suddenly roll over and become the Kansas City Royals. Those struggles from the beginning of the season are becoming smaller in the rear-view mirror. “When you have high-profile players, like we do, they’re used to performing well,” Torre said. “You nudge them along. We had more meetings in the first few months than we’ve had in most entire seasons.” Abhor them or adore them, with the Yankees, it seems you can never simply dismiss them. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at steven.dilbeck@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Free tertiary study on the cards

first_imgSouth Africa could well be on its way toproviding free education for financiallyneedy students. President Jacob Zuma has announcedmajor changes in NSFAS loan allocations.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bonny FeldmanCommunicationsNational Student Financial Aid Scheme+27 21 763 3200Bongani NkosiThe South African government will take steps towards providing free tertiary education to financially strapped students, the ruling African National Congress announced in its annual statement on 8 January 2011.President Jacob Zuma said that undergraduate students using the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be exempt from having to make loan repayments for their final year of study – if they complete the year successfully.While the scheme will at first only benefit final-year students, the overriding aim is to apply it to all years of tertiary study. “This model will be phased in over the next few years to include students in earlier years of study,” Zuma said.“We are committed to progressively introducing free education up to undergraduate level,” he added.NSFAS spokesperson Bonnie Feldman explained that additional funds will be injected into the loan scheme to settle students’ accounts for their final year, but they will still have to reimburse students for their first two years of study – she said the government will allocate an additional R750-million (US$109-million) to NSFAS for this.“This is to make sure that the students are able to graduate without much of a burden,” she said.The existing loan scheme currently converts 40% of loan repayments into bursaries for students at all levels of study who complete their courses successfully, but this settlement will now be upped to 100% for final year studies.NSFAS will now be liable for 60% of the fees of students who perform well. The funding covers tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses.Zuma explained that final-year students will “receive a loan equivalent to the full cost of study and necessary living expenses”.“If these students graduate at the end of the year, the loan for the final year will be converted into a full bursary. They will not have to repay the amount,” said Zuma.NSFAS exclusively provides funds for university students who cannot afford the fees.The ANC, which has been in government since 1994, committed to introduce free tertiary education in 2007 – this was one of its many resolutions adopted at it its 52nd national conference.The ANC Youth League welcomed the “gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level,” Floyd Shivambu, the organisation’s spokesperson, said in a statement.“We welcome these interventions and hope that other measures will be introduced to ensure that free education is provided until undergraduate level for all academically deserving, yet poor students at all levels,” added Shivambu.Free education at public collegesEducation at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges will be completely free for students who qualify for financial assistance.FETs, which are popular among cash-strapped youngsters, are spread across the country with various campuses in some rural areas and townships.The government wants to attract more students to FETs, which churn out a significant number of professional artisans each year.The Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to see at least 1-million students enrol at FETs every year from 2015.“We have to prioritise further education and training, and provide resources including expanding bursary schemes for supporting attendance at FET institutions,” Zuma said.The government spent about R1.9-billion ($276-million) on improving infrastructure and curriculums at FETs between 2006 and 2009.last_img read more