Ellis stars with four-timer

first_imgChampion jockey-designate Shane Ellis will have a merry Christmas, thanks to a fabulous four-timer on yesterday’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park.Saving the best for last, the 42-year-old jockey, son of 1960s champion Winston ‘Nero’ Ellis, scored a runaway win aboard the 43-1 outsider ROMAN SPY for trainer Donovan Plummer in the closing race over 1400 metres to move to 83 wins – 12 clear of his closest rival Robert Halledeen, who did not ride yesterday and has seemingly thrown in the towel with only two race days remaining.Ellis also won the fifth race for Plummer aboard 4-1 chance HOLOGRAM SHADOW, the six-year-old getting up in the nick of time to beat the front-running favourite RAGING PROSPECT by a neck over a mile, followed up with 8-5 favourite PERFECT FLYER for trainer Dwight Chen in the eighth, as well as 4-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT who made all impressively for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in the War Zone Sprint (11th race) supporting feature. ROYAL ASSAULT won by four lengths from ACTION MAN in the smart time of 105.3.Ellis, who won his first championship in the year 2000, was elated with yesterday’s windfall and indicated it would be much of the same next year.”My ability is unquestionable, so I will only have to put my mind to it in 2016. Looking back at the season, I told myself in mid-year there was no way I would be beaten by Halledeen and only had to avoid injury or suspension to win my second championship. The wait was long, but it was worth it,” said the popular jockey.Meanwhile, PHINEAS (3-1), with Wesley Henry riding for trainer Andrew McDonald, outfinished 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO under outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson by a neck to win the Gladiator Trophy open allowance feature over 1400 metres in the smart time of 1:24.1.last_img read more

GC Foster principal takes a dive at swimming pool project

first_img Graham-Royal, who became principal of the institution in 2014, said fixing the pool will be her next ‘big’ project and said she does not intend to begin the project until she is sure she has all the money to complete it as she does not want to start and not be able to finish. “(I need) at least three quarters of it because it wouldn’t make sense; it means work would have stopped,” she told The Gleaner. Students of the school, who train to be teachers of physical education, must now use a tiny pool in Old Harbour for swimming lessons. “So I have to pay more than $10,000 monthly for them to learn to swim. You’re not a complete PE teacher until you’re able to swim,” Graham-Royal, herself a graduate of the G.C. Foster College, who later studied abroad, said. “When I went to the University of Mainz in Germany to study, I could not graduate until I learned to swim,” she added. Meanwhile, Graham-Royal also noted that the institution as also losing money as there were some interested parties who would have used the facility had it been operational. “Just this morning some students from a university in Canada called. They had a contingent of 50 and wanted to come for the summer,” she said. “So we are missing all of that. We really do need some private sector injection. We can’t do it otherwise,” she concluded. GETTING THE MONEY The state of the swimming pool at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has been a sore point for decades. Current principal of the institution, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, said it will cost $91 million to repair the facility, which has never been used since it was built in 1980. In late 2014, Minister of Sport Natalie Neita-Headley had announced that Government would be donating the funds to repair the pool via the Sports Development Foundation. However, Graham-Royal told The Gleaner yesterday that she had since learned that the funds, which had been earmarked for the pool work, had been spent on refurbishing the synthetic track at the institution, which was reopened last October. The track cost $171 million to repair. Graham-Royal said because of the clay soil at the Spanish Town-based sporting college, repairing the track had cost much more than the projected figure. Successive principals over the last few years have threshed around with the idea and as recently as 2008, the estimate to repair the Olympic-sized swimming and diving pools was at $50 million.last_img read more

Real tie Barcelona’s 39 unbeaten games mark

first_imgMADRID (AP): Real Madrid tied Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0 in La Liga yesterday. Francisco ‘Isco’ Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Casemiro got one goal each at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Madrid are six points ahead of second-place Barcelona, who play fifth-place Villarreal today. Ronaldo, who was rested in Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg win against Seville in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, scored with a close-range header off a cross by Marcelo. Before the match, he was honoured in a ceremony to mark the Ballon d’Or award he earned last month for world player of the year. The Spanish unbeaten record set by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona last season ended with a loss to Madrid at Camp Nou in April. Madrid, who have won eight of their last nine league games, will have a chance to take the record outright in the second leg at Sevilla on Thursday. Isco opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area after a mistake by the Granada defence while trying to move the ball forward, and Benzema – in an offside position – added to the lead off the rebound of a shot by Luka Modric. Ronaldo increased the lead after Marcelo cleared a defender in the left side before making a perfect cross into the area, and Isco netted again from close range after a low cross by Modric from the right flank for 4-0. In one other match played yesterday, Atletico Madrid blanked Eibar 2-0. Atletico avoided losing even more ground to Real Madrid thanks to second-half goals by Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann. The result moved Diego Simeone’s team to fourth place but still nine points behind Madrid.last_img read more

Lillard scores 41, Blazers beat Pelicans

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ New Orleans led by single digits most of the first half and by as many as 11 twice in the third quarter, the last time on Davis’ 9-foot floater with 7:41 left in the period. But by late in the quarter, the Blazers were down just two after Shabazz Napier’s 3.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Starting F Maurice Harkless was scratched from the lineup with left knee soreness. It was the 16th game he’s missed this season. The Blazers announced after the game that Harkless would undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday in Portland to remove a loose body in his left knee. … The Blazers have scored 100 or more in 17 straight. … Portland won its seventh straight on the road. … McCollum missed 16 of 19 shots, going 1 of 6 from 3-point range, and finished with seven points. … Portland was 10 of 32 on 3s.Pelicans: Starting G Rajon Rondo, who missed New Orleans’ loss at Houston on Saturday with a sprained right wrist, was scratched from his second straight game shortly before tip-off. … Moore had 11 points. … F Solomon Hill played a season-high 21 minutes in his fifth game back from offseason hamstring surgery. He finished with nine points, four assists and three rebounds. … Holiday had two blocks in the game, both in the fourth quarter, including one from behind on Lillard.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Trail Blazers: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Visit Cleveland on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Weah debuts, Wood scores and US beats Paraguay Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Anthony Davis had 36 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks for the Pelicans, with 22 points coming after he rolled his right ankle and briefly came out of the game with 5:15 left in the third quarter. Jrue Holiday had 21 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for New Orleans.Davis and Holiday nearly helped the Pelicans avoid a second straight loss. After Holiday’s block on Pat Connaughton with 20 seconds left, New Orleans wound up with two shots to tie or lead, but both of E’Twaun Moore’s 3-point attempts rimmed out. The Blazers failed to rebound the first, but Connaughton corralled the second miss with 2 seconds left and quickly got the ball to Lillard, who was fouled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJusuf Nurkic had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, highlighted by his putback of C.J. McCollum’s miss while being fouled by Moore with 3:55 left to give the Blazers a 96-95 lead. Evan Turner scored 14 points for the Blazers, who further strengthened their hold on third place in the Western Conference.Al Farouq Aminu had 10 points and 10 rebounds, including a crucial putback of Lillard’s miss with 28 seconds left to make it 105-101. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard dunks over New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, left, and forward Anthony Davis, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Damian Lillard scored 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-103 on Tuesday night.Lillard hit his first six shots of the fourth quarter, including two 3-pointers, to push Portland into its first lead since early in the first quarter. He made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to seal the victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LBNM Certificates 25 Midwives

first_imgA three-day seminar aimed at building the capacities of nurses and midwives in Liberia has ended with the at least each of the 25 participants receiving a certificate.The program is intended to help accredited institutions, as well as students who want to continue their education in the profession, by developing a Bachelor’s degree program in midwifery, registered nurse-midwifery and certified midwifery.The seminar, which ran from September 22 thru 24, was conducted by the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) with support from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It brought together participants including midwives and nurses from the 15 counties.Cecelia Kpangbala Flomo, LBNM Registrar, who holds a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH), said the seminar was a climax of a five-year project to develop, review and revise what they referred to as “Advance Midwifery Curricula.” She described the midwifery profession as “very unique” which, she said, should be given the needed opportunity so that those already in the profession could advance themselves by learning in other parts of the world.Mrs. Flomo facilitated the training and development of the curricula. She noted that the bridging program will help institutions in teaching the required courses to be on par with international standards. “Let me tell you that the five years project is very essential because we want build our. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supertanker jets work well, but fire managers fear price

first_imgBOISE, Idaho – Federal fire managers say new supertanker jets being developed by private companies will dramatically increase the amount of fire retardant dropped on wildfires and will work in concert with other tanker aircraft and ground crews. Now managers are trying to decide if the extra airpower is worth the higher cost. “You can spend millions of dollars putting out a single stump,” U.S. Forest Service aviation specialist Scott Fisher, chairman of the Interagency Airtanker Board, said Tuesday while watching a modified Boeing 747-200 passenger jet drop 20,500 gallons of water on an empty field during a demonstration flight. Oregon-based Evergreen International Aviation is trying to persuade federal land managers to add the 747 to the fleet of 16 smaller fixed-wing air tankers used on wildfires around the country each year. Another company, Oklahoma-based Omni Air International, has proposed using a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 modified to carry up to 12,000 gallons of water, about half the payload of the 747. “We believe they will be able to meet most if not all of our requirements for certification,” said Fisher. “They are on track to providing a whole new spectrum of aerial firefighting that we have never seen before.” But the interagency team evaluating the potential use of supertankers has yet to complete a cost-benefit analysis. The federal government and the companies developing the planes have not negotiated a price for an interim contract to evaluate the aircraft in service this summer. “We have to look at the value for the taxpayer dollar as well as the political value to having this kind of suppression capability available,” said Norbury. “We protect some very valuable lands, and the public has an expectation that we will provide a certain level of fire suppression for those lands.” Evergreen has spent $40 million the past three years designing and converting the 747 passenger jet into a supertanker. The company contends the government could have saved $108 million dollars on fighting seven major fires that destroyed 1.4 million acres in 2002 if the supertanker had been used on the initial fire attack. Evergreen officials say they are not trying to replace air tankers for which the federal government has contracted to pay $17 million this fire season. Instead, they say the supertanker would work with that tanker fleet and helicopters for a multipronged first assault on wildfires. “There’s some talk that they might want to have this supertanker on standby and only bring it out for the really big fires, but we say let’s get it out early on every fire and not keep it in reserve,” said Robert McAndrew, Evergreen president. “People pay a lot of money in taxes and they deserve faster containment.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Conventional air tankers can only deliver up to 3,000 gallons of water, foam, gel or other retardant on a fire before returning to a base for reloading. Besides bigger payloads, the supertankers would add more range and reduce time between drops, company officials say. Federal land management agencies have not advertised for bids to supply firefighting supertankers, but after the two companies approached the Forest Service with prototypes, the agency created its Supertanker Operational Assessment Project to determine whether the larger jets would be an asset. “We’ve never had this capability before,” said Pat Norbury, national aviation operations officer for the Forest Service. “We had to know whether we would have to clear the area over three counties just to turn the things around.” The preliminary results from flight tests conducted for the Forest Service show the supertankers can fly low and slow enough to effectively target wildfires without interfering with ground-attack operations. Conventional air tankers frequently fly as low as 200 feet above a fire and use gravity to deliver water or retardant. The Evergreen supertanker has a new pressurized dispersing system that shoots retardant out of nozzles on the plane’s underbelly, allowing the jet to fly higher over a fire and still effectively deposit suppression material on the ground. last_img read more

Okwi set to join Kaizer Chiefs

first_imgOkwi is currently at Tanzanian Champions Simba (Photo by Agency)Former SC Villa striker Emmanuel Okwi is set to join South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.Reports coming in from Soweto indicate the Cheifs have agreed a $100, 000 transfer fee with Okwi’s current side, Simba SC of Tanzania for the services of the Uganda Cranes international.However, Okwi who is expected to join the PSL in January once a deal is done, is yet to agree personal terms with the Chiefs.Okwi has been an integral figure for the Tanzanian champions in their successful march to the CAF Champions League group stages but also in the domestic league.Should the deal finally materialise, the former Etoile du Sahel striker will join fellow countryman Godfrey Walusimbi who switched to the same club from Gor Mahia in August.Okwi has also previously turned up for Yanga Africans in Tanzania and Danish topflight side SønderjyskE between 2015-17.Comments Tags: Emmanuel OkwiKaizer ChiefsSC VillaSimba SClast_img read more

‘Eat cake!’ – Donegal boy has sweet plans for World Down Syndrome Day

first_imgA Letterkenny schoolboy has revealed that he will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 2019 in style tomorrow – by eating cake!Not only will Christopher Grant be enjoying a treat, but he’ll be sharing his cake with all his friends at school. In this way, the clever 11-year-old will be sending an important message about celebration and inclusion on World Down Syndrome Day, which is what it’s all about.This video taken by Christopher’s mum Gina Grant is sure to make you smile: Gina, who is a member of the Donegal Down Syndrome Association, is encouraging everyone in Donegal to get involved in the special celebrations this Thursday 21st March.Events are taking place around the county to promote the awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.School coffee mornings and raffles are planned locally in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome, while the association is promoting a simple message of inclusion. For Christopher’s school event, Gina has ordered the largest cake that O’Hehirs bakery can make!Gina told Donegal Daily: “We would like people to be aware and think about what they could do to make their community more inclusive – in school, in the workplace and at colleges.“Maybe just talk to somebody with Down syndrome tomorrow at work or school.“Down Syndrome is just one part of a person, it’s not who the person is. But it can sometimes be a barrier to people striking up a conversation with a person.“People don’t have to do anything hugely elaborate. They can hold fundraisers for Donegal Down Syndrome if they want to. A simple hello is a great start.”Donegal Down Syndrome Association provides support and activities for around 160 families locally. Their work is focussed on supporting members with Down Syndrome and their families to have as much independence as possible, while encouraging communities/schools and businesses to be fully inclusive. Gina said: “We are also inviting people to contact us for more information if they have any questions, if they have a family member or somebody in the workplace or school with Down syndrome and they want to learn more about inclusion.”Another goal of Donegal Down Syndrome is the campaign for better career and education options for young people after they leave post-primary education.“Those with Down Syndrome are very limited after school. We celebrate all job opportunities but we are campaigning for more choices to become available. Many limitations are caused by society, not by the syndrome,” Gina said.Something else that everyone can do on Thursday is wear #LotsOfSocks! People around the world are invited to wear brightly coloured mismatched socks (even three!) to celebrate differences and to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome usually carry. The Donegal Minor Ladies are a step ahead with this fun challenge, as they wore odd socks to training last week and raised €100 for DDS.If you would like to find out more about Down syndrome, find out about supports or fundraising please contact the Donegal Down Syndrome Association on FacebookHow are you celebrating the day? If you wish to share photos or videos from events, send them to info@donegaldaily.com‘Eat cake!’ – Donegal boy has sweet plans for World Down Syndrome Day was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CommunityDonegal Down SyndromeInclusionlots of socksWorld Down syndrome daylast_img read more

SuperSport stun Manchester City

first_img15 July 2013It wasn’t a good weekend to be a Manchester football supporter. England champions United lost 1-0 to a Singha All Stars XI in Thailand, while runners-up City went down 2-0 to South African Premier Soccer League club SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.It was an inauspicious first game in charge of Manchester City for Manuel Pellegrini after his move from Spain’s Malaga.Although missing some star players, the Sky Blues trotted out plenty of big guns for the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational match, but Pellegrini chose to play two different sides in each half and it backfired as SuperSport United upset their more fancied opponents.ChancesThe visitors created some decent opportunities in the first half, but were left to rue not taking any of them when Mame Niang netted for Matsatsantsa in the 56th minute. Kermit Erasmus then ensured a win for SuperSport with a second goal in the 81st minute.Afterwards, Pellegrini told the Manchester City Football Club website: “First of all it’s my first match in charge, but for Manchester City and for me it’s an honour to participate here in South Africa.“The players were clear with what they had to do in this game. I spoke with them before the match and we had four or five days working together.‘I’m not worried’“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play, so this was a normal match for pre-season. I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”Pellegrini used the game to give new signing Fernandinho a run-out, but his star- studded side failed to impress.Edin Dzeko had City’s best chance of an entertaining first half, but Ronwen Williams raced out of his goal to pull off a brave double-save at the Bosnian star’s feet.The contest flowed back and forth as SuperSport showed no fear of their big-name opponents and took the game to them, opening up a number of chances down the right flank.Second halfIn the second half, City’s new line-up lacked some of the cohesion the first half team had exhibited and they paid for it when United, who like City had made a number of changes, took the lead through Mame Niang, who rose high to meet an Innocent Mdledle cross and head home and put SuperSport into the lead.Substitute Kermit Erasmus then sealed the victory nine minutes from time after a strong run and shot past Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.United’s new coach, Cavin Johnson, who has taken over from Gavin Hunt, who was in charge for six years, tried to downplay the result, saying his players should not read too much into it.He did suggest, though, that similar commitment would put them in the hunt for PSL honours.AmazuluManchester City next face AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Thursday, 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Kick-off is at 20:00.AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guiness Book of Records, is on display in Durban.The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior.last_img read more

SA, Moz step up fight against rhino poaching

first_img14 May 2014 South Africa and Mozambique held a follow-up meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on combating rhino poaching and other wildlife crime last month. A draft implementation plan was discussed at the meeting, which includes initiatives such as anti-poaching measures, fundraising, wildlife trafficking, community development, and raising awareness about the plight of the rhino. The implementation of the MoU in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Management is expected to be finalised by the end of July. The two countries also agreed that the ministers responsible for the implementation of the MoU, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Mozambican Tourism Minister Carvalho Muaria, would meet annually to discuss progress and identify areas for further cooperation. The steps being taken by the two countries since June 2013 on the matter of cross-border conservation of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area to address rhino poaching include: A total of 106 people have been arrested for rhino poaching-related offences since January this year. The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa, having lost 245 rhino so far this year. The only province not affected by poaching this year has been the Northern Cape. A total of 39 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 37 in KwaZulu-Natal and 26 in North West province. South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 0860 010 111 or Crime-Line on 32211. Source: SAnews.gov.za Maintenance and erection of fencing along the eastern boundary of Kruger National Park with Mozambique;Strengthening of a buffer zone in Mozambique through the establishment of the Greater Lubombo Conservancy;Creation of an intensive protection zone in the Limpopo National Park;Deployment of a well-trained and armed anti-poaching unit for joint collaboration with the Kruger National Park team; andSynchronisation of operational plans between the Limpopo and Kruger National Parks.last_img read more