A Star shines at the Park

first_imgSORRENTINO’S STAR, ridden by outgoing champ-ion jockey Dane Nelson for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny upstaged her eight opponents to win race No. 2 in the Supreme Ventures two-year-old series, the $3.6 million Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Running at odds of 4-1, SORRENTINO’S STAR, a maiden at the start, made amends for her close fourth to DREAMLINER in the October 19 Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres (race one in the series), turning the tables on Wayne DaCosta’s DREAMLINER, who could only manage fourth over the longer distance of the PIck 3 Challenge.SORRENTINO’S STAR raced close up on the rails as the previously unbeaten ZUGULU, the 6-5 favourite, led comfortably from SIMPY THE BEST (5-2) leaving the half mile. However, ZUGULU, with Shane Ellis aboard, was joined by the smooth running SORRENTINO’S STAR on the outside entering the straight. He quickly disposed of ZUGULU to win by 13/4 lengths from the late-closing FUTURE KING (3-1) widest of all with top apprentice Linton Steadman aboard.A bay filly by Sorrentino out of the Touch Gold mare Santa Baby, SORRENTINO’S STAR was notching her first win on this her fourth start. She is owned and bred by Robert Dabdoub.Nelson, who recently returned home following a stint at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada, said he couldn’t believe that SORRENTINO’S STAR was a maiden.”I had been working her in the mornings in preparation for the races and she responded well,” said the three-time champion jockey. “The trainer instructed me to break her sharply and stay as close to the pace as possible She’s a nice filly and I’m looking forward to riding her again on Boxing Day,” added Nelson, who will ride the American horse UPPA TUNE in next Saturday’s $13.5 million SVL Diamond Mile.Meanwhile, Melissa Ward, riding 9-2 chance FIFTYONE-STORM in the eighth race, became the first of the three female apprentices who graduated from the Jockeys’ School on September 26 to ride a winner against senior jockeys. And former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry high-lighted the 11-race programme with a fabulous four-timer, this on a day when the Michael Beecham-trained SIR BUDGET scored a 52-1 upset in the ninth race over the straight, then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry and objection.last_img read more

VP Boakai Visits Barkedu in Lofa, Ebola Hot Spot

first_imgThe Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, visited Barkedu Town in the Quardu Gboni district in Lofa county on Monday, September 1.Barkedu Town, from all indications, is the hardest affected community in the entire country, with 172 Ebola deaths since the outbreak in May 2014.Rep. Mariamu B. Fofana, who represents the district,  told the Vice President that the 172 deaths were all citizens of Barkedu Town, and there had been only 20 survivors of the virus. She appealed to the VP for more assistance to her people.VP Boakai, in response, said that the President of Liberia was concerned about the people of Lofa County and extended her condolences to the people of Lofa for the suffering they were going through.He said that all is not yet lost as there was still hope for a better life after the Ebola virus which, he pledged, will be defeated very soon.He then donated the amount of LD$30,000 (thirty thousand Liberian dollars) to the burial team in Barkedu town.Meanwhile, members of the Barkedu Development Association (BDA), based in the United States of America, are calling on the Government of Liberia to quarantine Barkedu Town.The BDA president, Abdullah S. Sheriff, said in a statement that government’s failure to quarantine the  Town after the outbreak of the Ebola virus has exacerbated the situation in the area, something he described as very outrageous and disappointing, especially being the town that has so far recorded the largest number of casualties as a result of the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, Mr. Sheriff has described the State of Emergency declared by President Sirleaf early last month to contain the spread of the virus, as a good move, but added that it would not have taken place if government had been very proactive from the onset of the fight against the virus.VP Boakai also visited the Telewoyan Hospital in Voinjama, the only referral Hospital in the County, where Doctor Musa Ziannah explained some of the challenges facing the health workers at the hospital.  He also spoke of the lack of sufficient health workers and equipment and called on Government for more support.Dr. Ziannah also disclosed the establishment, in the near future, of a treatment center in Voinjama MSF,  which will make it easier to treat patients in Voinjama rather than taking them Foya which is about an hour and thirty minutes’ drive. He is presently in Foya, his home town, where he spent the night to see things for himself.Lofa County remains calm and hopeful, with reports of an 85% drop in new cases and deaths, according to the county health team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zimmer latest to interview with Chargers

first_imgReid’s sons Garrett, 23, and Britt, 21, are facing separate legal issues. While McNabb is still hopeful of beginning next season as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, he said he’d be content to let Garcia start if he’s not ready to play. That is, if the Eagles re-sign the unrestricted free agent. Arizona lets go of former first-round pick: The Arizona Cardinals told Leonard Davis that they won’t name him a franchise or transition player, clearing the offensive tackle to become an unrestricted free agent. “In fairness to Leonard, we wanted to let him know our position so he can move forward and make plans,” said Rod Graves, vice president of football operations. “Our coaching staff has had an opportunity to evaluate Leonard and how he fits in with our team and we feel this is an option that makes the most sense from a football standpoint.” If the Cardinals had made Davis a franchise player, he would have received a guaranteed one-year contract of about $11 million. Davis, a 6-foot-6, 365-pound behemoth out of Texas, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 draft, behind only Michael Vick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Zimmer was hired recently as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator after doing the same job for Bill Parcells in Dallas. With Parcells’ status uncertain, Zimmer jumped to the Falcons on Jan. 9. Parcells, the Cowboys’ coach for four season, retired two weeks later. “When Bill came in, he helped me a lot in wanting to be a head coach,” Zimmer said. “Some people, that’s all they dream about. All I dream about is being the best I can be and getting the players to play as best as they can and hopefully win a lot of championships.” Others who have interviewed for the Chargers job are San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary and Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, who were teammates on the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl championship team; Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who was the Ravens’ defensive line coach when they won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season; and Norv Turner, a two-time Super Bowl winner as Dallas’ offensive coordinator in the early 1990s. Scheduled to interview today is Gary Gibbs, a former Oklahoma head coach who is New Orleans’ defensive coordinator. He will end the streak of interviewees with a Super Bowl ring. McNabb supports Reid, Garcia: Donovan McNabb is throwing his support behind Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and backup quarterback Jeff Garcia. McNabb, rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee, said he hopes everything turns out well for Reid, who is taking a one-month leave of absence to deal with his sons’ legal problems. “We all support him,” McNabb said Saturday during a charity event in Philadelphia. “I just continue to pray for him that everything will turn out for the best.” center_img The San Diego Chargers have gone 5 for 5 in interviewing head coaching candidates who have won a Super Bowl ring as either a player or assistant coach. The latest is a former Tuna helper, Mike Zimmer, who met with Chargers executives on Saturday as they continued to search for a replacement for the fired Marty Schottenheimer. last_img read more

Muchiri rescues point for Tusker in Rangers tie

first_imgTusker scored in the first half though Mike Khamati but a well struck freekick by Georson Likonoh 10 minutes into the second half saw Posta claw back.Both sides came into the tie off a poor run of just one win in their last four games and it promised to be a hugely contested affair. However, the pace wasn’t as high, drifting to some pedestrian movement at some point.Tusker had the early chances of the half, first Lloyd Wahome’s point blank header off a Khamati cross from the right being saved by keeper Baraza before Robert Achema’s cross from the right evaded the keeper and Khamati inside the box.Likonoh had his first attempt in the 13th minute taking a first time shot from distance after Tusker had lost the ball cheaply in midfield. However, the effort went inches over the bar with keeper Duncan Ochieng well beaten.Tusker FC striker Mike Khamati dribbles the ball during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 11, 2018Five minutes later, Khamati had another effort from the right when he found some shooting space but his effort rolled across the face of goal begging for the slightest of touches to direct it into the net.Tusker coach Robert Matano was forced into a change after 25 minutes, midfielder Hashim Ssempala being forced out injured and was replaced by Apollo Otieno.The brewers broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when Khamati’s well struck low shot from the right after being set up by Boniface Muchiri found keeper Baraza flat footed.The visitors took control of proceedings, manning possession and forcing the mailmen to play on the back foot.But Posta came back a changed side in the second half, chasing the game for the equalizer and a hunt for the winner.They got the equalizer just 10 minutes in when Likonoh’s well struck freekick from range found keeper Ochieng flat footed, dipping into the top left corner.The mailmen got the confidence they had been yearning for and the introduction of Kennedy ‘Agogo’ Otieno for goal scorer Likonoh added in some much needed punch in attack.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano shares pleasantries with his Posta Rangers counterpart Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo ball during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 11, 2018With his side playing second fiddle to Posta , Matano was forced into a double change bringing off Khamati and Achema for Peter Nzuki and new signing David Juma.Nzuki brought the much needed punch upfront and a well worked team move by the brewers in the 67th minute saw Nzuki break into the box but he could not pull the trigger, the Posta defense knocking the ball off.However, it only went as far as Jackson Macharia but his effort was well saved by Baraza.Posta continued to press nonetheless and they got the reward they wished for in the 77th minute when Jeremiah Wanjala had the easiest of finishes, tapping home from a yard out after keeper Ochieng spilled a shot from Dennis Mukaisi.Matano was enraged on the touchline after the goal with defender Wahome having stood still waiting for the ref’s whistle after a foul, but the official had waved play on, Mukaisi storming into the box to shoot at goal.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC midfielder Brian Osumba vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Jerry SantoNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Boniface Muchiri tapped home three minutes from time to rescue a point for Tusker who fought for a 2-2 draw with Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Monday afternoon.Posta looked to be sailing to victory after Jeremiah Wanjala had completed a comeback for the mailmen, but a lapse in concentration in the Rangers box saw Muchiri tap the ball home after Peter Nzuki had flicked on a corner from Brian Osumba.last_img read more

Ronaldo happy with ‘more attacking’ Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo says Juventus are more confident under new boss Maurizio Sarri © AFP / Marco BertorelloROME, Italy, Oct 21 – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gave coach Maurizio Sarri a vote of confidence on Monday when he said he was happy with the “more attacking” approach the club had adopted since Sarri came on board in the summer.“I think the team is getting better,” said Ronaldo on the eve of Juve’s Champions League Group D meeting with Lokomotiv Moscow. “We are getting more and more confident. We are playing a different brand of football, more attacking.“I like the way he (Sarri) wants the team to play. We are creating more opportunities, we have more confidence in ourselves, I’m happy with these changes.“Maybe we could score a little more but I’m proud of what we are doing.”So far this season, Ronaldo has scored five goals in nine games and was on target at the weekend when Juventus beat Bologna 2-1 to consolidate top spot in Serie A.“My role hasn’t changed, perhaps I have a bit more freedom,” he said.“I am happy because, bit by bit, we are getting to where Juventus ought to be. We have a difference coach, a different system, new players. We changed in order to improve.”Last week, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored his 700th career goal while playing for Portugal.“That’s already in the past. I want to move on, reach new heights to help the team. I want to play and help the team win trophies.“Of course I am proud of the individual records but the priority is to win games for Juventus and Portugal.”The Italian champions top Group D in the Champions League having drawn with Atletico Madrid and beaten Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in the last round of games.0Shares0000(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Luton Town appoint new manager

first_img Nathan Jones was previously among the coaching staff at Brighton 1 Luton Town have appointed Nathan Jones as their new manager. The 42-year-old, who left his position as first-team coach of Championship side Brighton, has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Kenilworth Road. He replaces John Still, who was sacked last month, and takes over Luton 15th in Sky Bet League Two. The Welshman had a short spell at Luton as a player before going on to the likes of Southend, Exeter, Brighton and Yeovil. After hanging up his boots, Jones eventually became assistant manager at Yeovil before taking charge of Charlton’s under 21s. He joined Brighton to link up with new boss Oscar Garcia and he was among the coaching staff under various managers before taking charge as interim last year, prior to Chris Hughton’s appointment. He opted to leave the Amex to fulfil his ambitions as a first-team manager.“On behalf of the board I am thrilled and excited to welcome Nathan Jones to Luton Town,” the Hatters’ chief executive Gary Sweet told the club’s official website. “After a lengthy and thorough process, in which we received numerous excellent candidates for the position, we believe that have found the best man to lead the Club’s footballing aspirations forward.“Nathan is a professional, disciplined, strong and open-minded character who is going to install a hard-working team ethic and, importantly, the prospect of fast-flowing football to Kenilworth Road.“The Board believe Nathan will modernise our Club’s football culture, blending the elements of our footballing heritage with a modern, forward-thinking philosophy.“As a Club we realise a change of thinking will not happen overnight, but we are already excited at the prospect of Nathan’s ideas and vision for Luton Town.”Jones will be unveiled to the press later this week.last_img read more

Bill would set limits on gases

first_imgAgoura Hills Assemblywoman Fran Pavley unveiled a bill Monday that would set the nation’s first limits on the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The landmark legislation came the same day Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Climate Action Team released its recommendations on ways to slow the production of the heat-trapping gases that trigger global warming. Together, the initiatives make California the most aggressive state on climate-change rules, and pressure on the federal government to act on strategies to slow global warming. “Californians want our government to create tough, enforceable standards on global warming that are meaningful,” said Pavley, whose 2002 bill established the world’s most stringent limits on greenhouse gases from automobiles. “As California leads and innovates, we believe that Congress and other states will also implement economy-wide clean energy standards.” Heat-trapping greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, are blamed for a slow increase in global temperatures. Projections suggest that California’s average annual temperature could increase 3 to 10 degrees by the end of the century. Introduced in Sacramento with co-sponsor Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, Pavley’s Assembly Bill 32 aims to cut by 2020 some 145 million tons of pollution from major sources of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, such as from power plants, oil and gas refiners and landfills. That would reduce the state’s emissions to 1990 levels, with the goal of slowing the gradual increase in climate temperatures, which scientists say will shrink the Sierra snowpack, endanger the state’s water supply and increase the risk of heat waves and wildfires. The bill would require the California Environmental Protection Agency to draft regulations to cap greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, refineries and other stationary sources of greenhouse gases. More importantly, environmentalists said, the bill would require companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions and add “teeth” to the governor’s climate change strategy with a cap on pollution, instead of a voluntary goal. “The history of voluntary programs is that they don’t work. The Bush administration approach to greenhouse gases is voluntary and it’s not working,” said Karen Douglas, director of the California Climate Initiative at Environmental Defense. Also, she said, mandatory programs create a market for the low-pollution vehicle, power sources and technology that will ultimately ease climate change. California is the 12th-largest source of climate change gases in the world, and in June Schwarzenegger signed an executive order setting climate change emission reduction targets. In response, the governor’s Climate Action Team developed a plan with more than 50 strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions, including planting more trees, increasing the use of energy-efficient appliances and capturing methane gas from landfills. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

Suicide car blast kills 36 in Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In the north, U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a suspected al-Qaida hide-out in Mosul and at least seven insurgents died – three committing suicide to avoid capture, Iraqi authorities said. Four Iraqi policemen also were killed and 11 U.S. troops wounded, Iraqi and U.S. officials said. Police said about 50 people were injured. On Oct. 29, a bomb hidden in a truck loaded with dates exploded in another Shiite community in the same area, killing 30 people. Earlier Saturday, a car bomb exploded in a crowd of shoppers at an outdoor market in a mostly Shiite neighborhood on the southeast edge of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding about 20 others, police reported. Witnesses said they saw a man park the car and walk away shortly before the blast. The five American soldiers – assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division – died in a pair of roadside bombings near Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. Five others from the same unit were wounded. Another soldier from the 101st died in a U.S. hospital in Germany of injuries suffered two days ago when his vehicle was deliberately rammed by an Iraqi car near Beiji, the U.S. command said Saturday. BAGHDAD, Iraq – In the hallways of the main hospital, dazed and bloodied victims of the suicide bomber lay in agony on gurneys as overwhelmed doctors and nurses tended to the most gravely wounded. Following the latest blast, near the city of Baqouba north of Baghdad, many victims were rushed directly into operating rooms. At least 36 people died in the suicide car bombing late in the afternoon as mourners offered condolences to Raad Majid, head of the municipal council in the village of Abu Saida, over the death of his uncle. Abu Saida is near Baqouba, a religiously mixed city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. The bombing raised the death toll in two days of attacks against Shiites to more than 120. Five more American soldiers died in roadside bombings. At least 2,090 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. In Cairo, Egypt, Shiite and Kurdish delegates stormed out of an Iraqi reconciliation conference, infuriated by a speaker who branded them as U.S. sellouts. They were persuaded to return after an apology. The walkout highlighted the sectarian and political divisions at the all-party gathering, which the Arab League called to prepare for a bigger meeting to be held later in Iraq. “They are insulting the Iraqi people and they are insulting the constitution on which several million Iraqis have voted,” Shiite legislator Jawad al-Maliki told reporters outside the chamber after the brief walkout. “They want the situation in Iraq to go back to the way it used to be so that the mass graves can return.” In Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said police and U.S. soldiers surrounded a house before dawn Saturday after reports that al-Qaida in Iraq members were inside, said Brig. Said Ahmed al-Jubouri, a Mosul police spokesman. As a fierce gunbattle broke out, three insurgents detonated explosives and killed themselves to avoid capture. Five more died fighting, while four police officers also were killed. Al-Jubouri said officials were attempting to identify the dead insurgents. In Baghdad, the U.S. command confirmed the firefight and said 11 U.S. soldiers, nine Iraqi army troops and one policeman were wounded. The U.S. statement put the insurgent death toll at seven. Since Friday, at least 125 Iraqi civilians have been killed in bombings and suicide attacks. They include 76 people who died in near-simultaneous suicide bombings at two Shiite mosques in Khanaqin along the Iranian border. Four people have been arrested, including one believed to have been planning another suicide attack, a security officer in Khanaqin said. Attacks against Shiite civilians by Sunni religious extremists have occurred throughout the Iraq conflict but spiked since last weekend when U.S. troops found up to 173 detainees in an Interior Ministry building in Baghdad. Most of the detainees were believed to be Sunni Arabs, who dominate insurgent ranks, and some showed signs of torture. Iraq’s Shiite-led government promised an investigation and punishment for anyone guilty of torture. Elsewhere, masked gunmen killed five members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party in a series of attacks Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, police said. Three children were killed and one was wounded when mortar rounds fired at a U.S. base about 50 miles south of Baghdad fell short of their target and struck a house, police said. As of Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at least 2,090 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,632 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The figures include five military civilians. The AP count is seven higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated at 10 a.m. EST Friday. 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

Donegal brothers scoop €530M contract for new London hotel

first_imgA construction firm operated by two Donegal brothers has won a contract to convert an older building into a modern five-star hotel.The Byrne brothers, Cormac and Patrick, who are originally from Killybegs, front the Ardmore Construction company.The company has just been given the prestigious job to convert the historic Old War Office building in Whitehall into a luxury Raffles hotel and super-prime flats. The building conversion, understood to be in the region of €530M, is thought to be the biggest single-stage, fixed-price building contract to be let in the country.The vast Edwardian building, where Winston Churchill once worked and whose 1,100 rooms are linked by more than two miles of corridors, is being redeveloped by the Hinduja Group and Spanish firm OHLD.Ardmore has already worked on a string major London hotel conversions and new build projects in recent years.The firm has now raised hoardings around the site where it will create the 125-room five-star hotel and 85 luxury apartments. Advertisement The complex project will double the number of floors from seven to 14. This will include adding three extra floors to the top as well as extending the existing two-floor basement down with four extra basement levels.A new 25m swimming pool and ballroom will be built in the new basement below the existing central quadrangle. Donegal brothers scoop €530M contract for new London hotel was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdmorecontracthotelLondonlast_img read more

Things to know: Erik Karlsson opens up about Sharks first game vs. Senators

first_imgSAN JOSE — Under normal circumstances, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer would be concerned about the trap awaiting his team at SAP Center Saturday night.After an emotional win in Las Vegas Thursday, the Sharks are returning home for a date with the NHL’s 30th ranked team, the type of opponent that can be hard to get up for after three straight division wins.Fortunately for DeBoer, the Sharks (26-13-7) are playing the Ottawa Senators (17-23-5) and the dressing room is determined to get a win for Erik …last_img read more

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