Track: Good Weather: FineDYE JOB SPRINTRace 1 1200 M (Purse $850,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O RESTRICTED STAKES1. BUBBLING KITTEN WHenry*2. BLUE DIXIE OWalker 53.0 6 1/2L3. KIMMY’S TRAIN OWhite 50.0 2 1/2L4. RALLY BABY PFrancis 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $217.00PLACE: $50.00.50.00, $%0.00Final Time : 1:13.1Winner : 2yo dk b/br filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – SHANDA DTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSQu $165.00 Ex: $686.00Trifecta: $413.00Race 2 1820 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)ANTHONY FERGUSON1. ABOVE THE RADAR AChatrie 53.0 5/12. LEGENDARY PLEASURE LSteadman3 53.0 6 1/2L3. BATIDOR DE MUNDO AOPowell4 53.0 1 1/2L4. SHADE OF BEAUTY MWard4 48.0 1 1/2LWIN: $303.00PLACE: $86.00, $115.00, $74.00Final Time : 2:00.3Winner : 6yo ch horse – TRACKING – SUZIE’S GIFTTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS, Owner : VICTOR G WILLIAMSQu: $929.00 Ex: $2,694.00D/E: $2,640.00Superfecta : (6-8-4-2) $10,293.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $555,000) 3-Y-O MAIDEN CLAIMING($500,0-$450,0)PILOT FRANCIS1. DREAM ADMIRAL RMitchell 52.0*2. LAZZA SMuir 52.0 5L3. MINY LEE RHalledeen 52.5 Neck4. ARTHUR JJackson 54.0 9LWIN: $253.00PLACE: $58.00, $54.00, $55.00Final Time: 1:36.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY – PURE MUDTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : P. J. K TEAMQu: $247.00 Ex: $566.00D/E: $2,718.00Superfecta: $1,723.00Rolling Triple: $35,149.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)COLIN FERGUSON1. DIFERENTGENERATION DDawkins4 50.02. SUNLIGHT EXPRESS LSteadman3 53.0 1L*3. FORCE DE JOUR HLewis 57.0 2 1/2L4. HOLOGRAM SHADOW AChatrie 54.0 1L5. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 3/4LWIN: $202.00PLACE: $69.00, $73.00, $67.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.3, 45.0Winner : 6yo b horse – CONGAREE – COTTA’S JEWELTrainer :PHILLIIP LEE Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $674.00 Ex: $1,292.00D/E: $1,472.00Trifecta: $881.00Hi-5: $6,187.00Rolling Triple: $15,185.00ANDREW H.B. AGUILAR MEMORIAL CUPRace 5 1600 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. BIGDADDYKOOL SEllis 53.0 70.00 54.002. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.0 3/1 4 60.003. MISTER BONES RWilson 53.5 7/1 3 69.004. THE PROMISE LAND WHenry 53.0 9/2 2WIN: $70.00PLACE: $54.00, $60.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:41.4 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:14.3,Winner : 2yo b colt – SORRENTINO – BEWARE BABYTrainer :ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHQu: $130.00 Ex: $181.00D/E: $220.00Superfecta: $304.00Rolling Triple: $2,925.00Race 6 1500 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)CLIFFORD ATKINSON SR.1. STAN ROY DaneNelson 54.02. NATASHADONTPLAY LSteadman3 52.0 1 1/4L*3. NO MONEY FRIEND WHenry 55.0 1 1/2L4. CHEERS AndrePowell4 56.0 2 3/4L5. SUPER HERITAGE RMitchell 54.0 2L6. ROVING STAR OEdwards3 48.5 1 1/4LWIN: $256.00PLACE: $116.00, $95.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:35.4 Splits : 24.1, 47.4, 1:14.4,Winner : 4yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT – TOUCH THE LIGHTTrainer : SPENCER CHUNG, Owner : FREDERICK FOOTE & KENT LYNQu: $1,313.00 Ex: $2,066.00D/E: $477.00Trifecta: $2,315.00Hit-6 carry-over : $44,226.00Rolling Triple: $3,068.00Pick-4: $18,176.00Super-6: $638,905.20 (6 OF 6)Race 7 1400 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACEENOS BROWN*1. TWILIGHT ROCKET LSteadman3 54.02. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 55.0 2 3/4L3. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 54.0 Neck4. PERFECT GIRL RoshJohnson4 51.0 1/2LLate scratch : #10 HOPSCOTCHWIN: $111.00PLACE: $78.00, $151.00, $111.00Final Time : 1:32.3 Splits : 25.1, 50.0, 1:17.2,Winner : 4yo dk b/br colt – TWILIGHT TIME – CLASSIC TUDORTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : LJM STABLESQu: $802.00 Ex: $1,079.00D/E: $1,209.00 (1-10) $353.00Superfecta: $22,494.00Rolling Triple: $1,311.00Race 8 1700 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1-2 SINCE AUGUST 12DALTON SIRJUE1. SIRMANDI SMuir 56.02. CUTTER RWilson 54.0 4L3. WINIT OEdwards3 54.0 Sh.Head4. FLAGRANS AChatrie 54.0 1 1/4L5. THE GUMMER PParchment 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #3 RAJ KAPOOR, #4 PREMATUREEWIN: $140.00PLACE: $91.00, $214.00, $264.00Final Time : 1:51.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.2, 1:15.0, 1:43.3Winner : 6yo b horse – GHOST RANSOM – DAME O’ MANDYTrainer : MICHAEL BEECHAM, Owner : OSCAR A BLAIRQu: $712.00 Ex: $1,124.00D/E: $274.00 (3-3) $200.00 (3-4) $87.00Trifecta: $3,987.00Hi-5 carry-over : $59,618.00Rolling Triple: $3,616.00SEYMOUR “FOGGY” MULLINGS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 9 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. ORIGINAL TRAIN DaneNelson 53.52. SOUTHERN CRUISE JErwin 53.0 1 1/2L*3. BRAWN AChatrie 56.0 2 1/2L4. SHINING LIGHT RMitchell 53.5 3LWIN: $139.00 PLACE: $56.00, $59.00, $61.00Final Time : 1:38.1 Splits : 23.2, 46.0, 1:11.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – REGINA ROYALETrainer :HARRY PARSARD Owner : HARRY PARSARDQu: $275.00 Ex: $442.00D/E: $436.00Superfecta: $1,441.00Rolling Triple: $991.00JAMAICA RACEHORSE TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION TROPHYRace 10 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)1. LITTLEMISSEMMY DDawkins4 49.02. KING WITHIN PFrancis 54.5 6 1/4L3. SWEET DIMENSION SMuir 53.0 1/4L4. FIRE ALARM WHenry 53.0 1/4L5. TROJAN LSteadman3 53.0 NoseWIN: $1,175.00PLACE: $426.00, $350.00, $212.00Final Time : 1:14.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – WEEKEND CRUISE – GAYE’S EMBLEMTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $16,292.00 Ex: $16,131.00D/E: $7,283.00Trifecta: $59,706.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $291,809.70Rolling Triple : (13-4-3) $45,520.00Pick-4 : (3-13-4-3) $53,444.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (2-1-3-13-4-3) $932,633.00 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $63,514.50 (8 OF 9); $2,027.00 (7 OF 9) Carry-over : $3,436,668.06PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $1,041,052.50
The Canadian camp is also very confident. Trainer Frank Dugay said that they have reviewed tapes of Holmes and know what to expect. “We are here to win,” he volunteered. This is the fourth round of the preliminaries in which there are eight fights. The winners will then square off in the quarter-finals over five rounds, and those winners will graduate to the semi-finals with over seven rounds each. The final will be over 10 rounds. The title belt and $2 million will go to the winner, the runner-up pockets $500,000; third place, $250,000; and fourth place, $200,000. Very confident Jamaica’s Richard Holmes will make his Wray and Nephew 2017 Contender debut tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, against Canadian Mike Breton, in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for five rounds. The action starts at 8.30 p.m. with two amateur bouts. The main event will start at 9.30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on TVJ. Holmes, who is 29, was a finalist last year, but lost to American Demarcus Corley. He told The Gleaner yesterday that it is his dream to be a Contender champion, and he will therefore be fighting hard this year to make that dream into a reality. He goes into the contest with 12 wins and six losses. His opponent is a 30-year old native of Quebec, Canada, who entered the professional ranks last year and has had four fights, winning one and losing three. He is, however, reported to be well schooled in the sport, fighting as an amateur, and has had over 40 bouts. Holmes told The Gleaner yesterday that despite the fact that Breton has not been a professional for long, he will be going into the ring tonight with a lot of respect for him. “We have seen in all the fights so far that although the Canadian boxers do not have great records, they can fight. I am expecting a tough fight tonight, and I am prepared for it.”
New Zealand’s top big man Steven Adams is open to playing for the national team as long as his schedule permits.Adams is an integral part of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, which is in midst of the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “But he’s got to weigh things up. Every off-season he’s had has been really busy in terms of his camps, and building his brand and things like that. In terms of having direct conversations with him personally we’ll have to wait till after his season,” Henare said in the same interview.Fiba made major changes with its tournament format and timeline. Among the changes are the merging of Oceania, with Australia as its other country, and Asia in one zone.“We got bored just by playing against Australia. We lost every year,” said Adams with a laugh.The 23-year-old Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the Thunder in November 2016.ADVERTISEMENT “If the timing is right,” said Adams during his media availability Tuesday at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City.The 7-foot center missed the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Manila in July of last year after reportedly begging off from his duties with the Tall Blacks due to a scheduling conflict.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’New Zealand will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon from Aug. 8-20 and Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare thinks there’s no better time for Adams to finally suit up for his country.Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark Giongco“I would like to think the Asian champs is a good option for him,” Henare told Stuff, a New Zealand-based news website. “It doesn’t directly clash with anything, the pressure is off, and it’s away from home soil.” National team pool slots at stake at BVR nat’l championships Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation
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The hit single ‘Mo Fire,’ produced by Liberian rap star Mr. Smith LIB Money and Nigerian hit producer JoPee, has skyrocketed, leaving the debut song at #10 spot on Sound City TV and spot #10 on the West Africa chart. Mo Fire is the first Liberian music video to hit both charts, an endeavor Mr. Smith says he’s been working towards throughout his career.Speaking with Mr. Smith LIB Money, who left for Nigeria back in June during the heat of the Ebola outbreak, he says he has been working on a new album called ‘The Street Music.’“A few DSTV stations are playing my video. Hip TV and MTV already have a copy. Hopefully by next month I will blow up in Lagos by God’s power,” he added via facebook.According to Mr. Smith, his ‘Mo Fire’ video can be seen live on Sound City TV every Saturday at 1p.m.Before gaining recognition in Nigeria, Mr. Smith hosted a rap competition in 2013/2014 in which a winner, Incredible Y and runner up WIZKID Morgan were selected to be the next prodigies of Mr. Smith ENTERTAINMENT. There have been lingering doubts about their future stance with the entertainment label, but Mr. Smith assures that everything is okay and on course.“I had big plans for the winners of Mr. Smith ENT rap competition 2013/2014. But given the Ebola outbreak, I couldn’t do anything back home. But I have a few new tracks, including a rapper from Kaka City called Pilipino, to drop with them soon. I haven’t signed them officially on paper yet but will surely do so on my return home. I will also launch a clothing line sometime this year and drop the ‘Street Music’ album in November 2015,” he added.To vote for Mr. Smith L.I.B Money for the next Liberian Musical Awards HIPCO ARTIST OF THE YEAR, text: 139+24 TO 6040. You could also text 154+26 TO 6040 to vote for ALBUM OF THE YEAR AFRICA RAP MUSIC REVOLUTION “HIPCO.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Finance Minister Samuel D. TweahThe Government of Liberia (GoL) and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), have signed a US$47.6 million Tree Crops Extension Project II (TCEP II) to improve food and nutrition security for about 10,000 cocoa smallholder’s producers.IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency known as the UN food and agriculture hub, based in Rome, Italy.The agreement, according to a dispatch, was signed by IFAD President, Gilbert F. Houngo and Finance and Development Planning Minister (MFDP), Samuel D. Tweah.The statement said that the project financing includes a US$11.9 million grant from IFAD, and will be co-financed by the private sector (US$3.4 million), the GoL (US$2.5 million) and the beneficiaries themselves (US$1.8 million).It said IFAD is working to fill the financing gap of US$16.2 million with climate financing and additional co-financing for rural roads in the project area.The statement quotes IFAD Director for West and Central Africa, Lisandro Martin, as saying that “TCEP II will focus on enabling poor rural women, and men to overcome poverty,” adding that it will promote economic empowerment that provides rural women with equal opportunities to participate and benefit from profitable economic activities in the cocoa value chain.Agriculture is the primary livelihood source for more than 60 percent of Liberia’s population. Traditionally, tree crops, including cocoa, rubber and timber, have been one of the country’s largest sources of employment, as well as an integral part of its social fabric.Crop diversity, according to the statement, will also be promoted through inter-cropping which can improve food and nutrition security, shade management and income generation, noting that, specific measures will be put in place to include women and youth and promote their access to benefits of the project, such as training and financial services.The project will also strengthen and climate-proof rural infrastructure through the rehabilitation and maintenance of roads and the construction of humidity-controlled warehouses to store cocoa beans during the wet season when roads are not passable.It will enhance the delivery of quality services to cocoa farmers and guarantee sustainability through improved extension services and greater access to inputs and markets.Since 1981, IFAD has financed seven rural development programs and projects in Liberia at the total cost of US$164.9 million, with an IFAD investment of US$101.9 million. These projects and programs have directly benefited 220,800 rural households.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Fort St. John Senior Flyers and Spirit River Rangers will meet tonight in game four of their first round North Peace Hockey League playoff series. The Flyers trail in the best of seven at 2-1, and will need a win tonight at the North Peace Arena to avoid going down 3-1 heading back to Spirit River for game five on Thursday.Last time out the Flyers had a rough ride on Saturday night as they lost 7-2.Regardless of what happens over the next two games for the Flyers, the team will be a busy bunch over the coming days. They’ll play in games four and five today and Thursday, and that will be followed by two games against Whitehorse this weekend in the AA playdowns on Saturday and Sunday. A game would be added to their schedule on Friday against Spirit River should Fort St. John win one of the next two games in the series.- Advertisement -Tonight’s game gets underway at 8:30.
Several BC Communities have created a coalbed methane action plan.A coalition of citizens’ groups has launched a province-wide campaign around a 5 point action plan they say could end the current stalemate on coalbed methane development.The group includes members from every region of the province including Hudson’s Hope. Their plan includes 4 key policy improvements including local communities having a clear say in deciding where and how CBM projects proceed, CBM projects undergo mandatory environmental assessments that address cumulative impacts, regulations promised in BC’s Energy Plan are fully implemented and enforced and sufficent funds are in place to prove the safety current technologies.- Advertisement -Coalbed Methane projects have been or are currently proposed in BC’s Hudson’s Hope area, Vancouver Island and Elk Island. Earlier this year the Union of BC Municipalities and BC First Nations called for a moratorium on Coalbed Methane drilling.In July of this year Vancouver based Canada Energy partners confirmed the start of a project near Hudson’s Hope. There is a potential for 315 well locations with the Hudson’s Hope project.
Elections bidsPPP calls for criminal charges if forgery detected on listsAt least 19 political parties will be making submissions of their lists of candidates and nominators to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today in their bid to contest the upcoming March 2 elections but the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has made a stern call to the elections body to institute criminal charges against any party or individuals who present lists carrying forged names.Guyana Elections CommissionThis call was made on the heels of a previous situation on Nomination Day ahead of the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), whereby dozens of names on the lists and signatures purporting to be backers of candidates were palpably defective because of forgeries.In fact, some the 50 persons of the Whim-Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) had their names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County. They claimed that they were tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators’ lists to contest the Local Government polls.This led the PPP to file legal actions to have the names removed. However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh, dismissed the cases saying that after investigations, he did not find any evidence to convince him that the nominators were forced to sign the list.As such, PPP Executive Member and former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, is urging GECOM to take the necessary criminal actions anyone who is implicated in such acts.Anil Nandlall“I call upon GECOM to report to the Police any and all incident(s) of unauthorised/forged names, either on the candidates’ lists or on the list of backers for the upcoming National and Regional Elections, with firm instructions to institute criminal charges against those implicated, including, the intellectual authors,” Nandlall stated.Today’s Nomination Day proceedings will be held at the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, commencing from 13:00h until 17:00h. Each party is required to submit their lists of candidates for the election of a President, members of the National Assembly and members of the Regional Democratic Councils to the Chief Elections Officer.The law prescribed that the submissions of the lists of candidates and nominators will have to be done strictly on Nomination Day and within the timeframe set – no time earlier or later.Each parties’ National Top-Up List should comprise of 300-330 nominators, 42 candidates (persons to be elected to sit in National Assembly) who all need a singed statutory declaration form in the presence of a Commissioner of Oath or Justice of Peace, and include the name of the Presidential Candidate.The Statutory Declaration form is what candidates sign to indicate that they are Guyanese and conform to other requirements set out in the law.Meanwhile, the Geographical Constituency (Administrative Regions) List must include 150-175 nominators from each constituency and no more than 45 candidates.With regards to the Regional Elections, the Regional Democratic Council List must comprise of 150-175 nominators for each constituency – all residing in the said region, and 12 to 36 candidates also from within the region. They too are required to sign a statutory form.Candidates and Nominators can only appear on one party’s lists – both National Top-up and Geographical Constituency Lists – but only on one of that party’s geographical lists.These requirements, as well as others, will be examined by the Chief Elections Officer and those parties’ whose lists do not meet all the requirements will be deemed defective. However, the CEO will inform of the defective list(s) and the respective parties will one day to make corrections and resubmit the lists.Nomination Day proceedings began last month when political parties had to submit their party symbols to GECOM by December 13, 2019. This, according to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward, was to allow the Commission to examine the symbols and give approval to avoid issues such as duplication. It all ows parties to be informed and make the necessary adjustments before today’s Nomination Day process.However, parties are also allowed to submit their symbols today as well.GECOM had previously reported that 19 political parties have submitted symbols thus far and of these, 14 are new parties.While the two main political parties – PPP/C and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – have been gearing up for the upcoming polls, there has been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months.These include: A New and United Party (ANUG), Federal United Party (FED UP), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Citizenship Initiative (CI), Change Guyana, The New Movement (TNM), People’s Republic Party (PRP), Kingdom Liberal Movement (KLM), Destiny to Oneness, National Congress of Progressive People’s Alliance, the Cooperative Republicans of Guyana and the Guyana United Democratic Party (UDP), Guyana National Service Party (GNS), the Democratic National Congress (DNC), the United Republic Party (URP), Horizon and Star and Organisation for the Victory of the People.
Some have said the county’s structure of five supervisors with equal authority could be complicating the process. The board has offered the job to two candidates; neither has accepted. But Antonovich has opposed the plan and questioned how much it would cost taxpayers and whether many decisions currently made by the board at its weekly public meetings would be made by a CAO behind closed doors. “What you are advocating now is a step toward closed government,” he said. “If you begin placing barriers and shutting out the public, it will become a very insensitive agency.” Janssen said the changes would improve county services. “The assumption is that by having direct accountability from department heads to a single individual, rather than five supervisors, who can only act in public on Tuesdays, that you will have more accountability and better results,” Janssen said. When he was hired a decade ago, Janssen said the county was in disarray. “We have made great progress in the last 10 years, but it’s an organization based on personalities. This will institutionalize a different organization that should produce better results,” he said. Janssen is expected to submit a plan in May outlining how much it would cost to add deputy CAOs and other staffers to his 512-employee office. But even Supervisor Gloria Molina, who has supported the proposal, said it’s important the board retain executive powers so the position does not become a dictatorship. “We have to be careful not to oversell this,” Molina said. “Dictatorships are very easy. One person is in charge. It’s their way or the highway. Under our form of government, we have these various checks and balances that go on all the time.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The supervisors moved to broaden the position’s authority in an effort to attract more candidates as well as hold one person accountable for county problems ranging from a juvenile-justice system on the verge of a federal takeover to a health system on the brink of financial collapse. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich proposed the fire-chief exemption, arguing that in emergencies the supervisors often need to call department heads directly to save lives. “Putting a barrier between the supervisors and the Fire Department is dangerous when you consider the immediate needs required when we have emergencies,” Antonovich said. While the supervisors had been expected to give final approval to the ordinance Tuesday, the change exempting the fire chief requires the ordinance to be reconsidered for final approval next week. Advocates say the change in the power structure of the nation’s largest county will improve government and help the county recruit a new CAO. Amid concerns that it would consolidate too much power in a single position, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to keep the fire chief independent of the county’s top administrative officer who would oversee most other department heads. The supervisors voted 4-1 to exempt the fire chief from the officer’s oversight, but backed giving the top administrative position authority to directly oversee, hire and fire dozens of other department heads. Only the sheriff, district attorney, assessor, auditor-controller, county counsel, executive office and Fire Department heads are exempt. The move comes as the county has struggled in recent weeks to lure a replacement for retiring CAO David Janssen.