Time to go on a Cruise

first_imgSOUTHERN CRUISE, who was third in the St Leger as a three-year-old in 2015, should give Super-6 players a flying start when he runs in the opening race (restricted allowance III) over 1400 metres, to be contested by seven starters.Trained by Anthony Nunes, SOUTHERN CRUISE is easily the most accomplished in the field, and following his close second to TARANIS in the recent New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, the 4-y-o son of Western Cruise cannot be opposed with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard. Stable companion BALLON D’OR should follow him home.The second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds up has attracted 10 starters, and indications are it will come down to a straight fight between IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST (Robert Halledeen up) and SIR LEYLAND HALL (Ryan Nelson), both of whom have shown promise.The Paul Hylton-trained SIR LEYLAND HALL finished second to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1200 metres when last raced in September 2015, while the Burt Tomlinson-trained IAMALLABOUTHEBEST showed good speed when finishing fourth to LAGUNA POINT over the straight on January 1.With Lasix administered for the first time, IAMALLABOUTHEBEST (working fairly well) is preferred to SIR LEYLAND HALL, who has not been seen at exercise and is apparently training at sea.The second banker in the first Super-6 comes in the third race over 1500 metres in the form of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who was caught on the line by FUTURE KING in the SVL 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day.Trained by Gary Subratie, the 3-y-o daughter of Nuclear Wayne reports in fine fettle (working well) and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson having secured the ride, should account for old rival ANOTHER FURY under Wesley Henry.EL CLIENTE, now dropped in class for the fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers, will prove hard to deny from the convenient mark of 54.0kg due to apprentice Odean Edwards’ 3.0kg claiming allowance. The six-year-old gelding has run some good races against better horses in recent months, and despite the sound claims of the recent winner EUSEBIA and super-fit ENHANCE PROSDPERITY, the choice has to be EL CLIENTE.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by TURBO MACHINE CAT (knocking at the door) and the well-forward first-time runner MEGATRON (Shane Ellis up) in the sixth, division one of the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings. Their respective dangers are MAN IN BLUE and newcomer BOLD SYMPHONY (working fairly well).FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SOUTHERN CRUISE(2) IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST(3) NUCLEAR AFFAIR(4) EL CLIENTE/EUSEBIA(5) TURBO MACHINE CAT(6) MEGATRON/BOLDSYMPHONY- O.C.last_img read more

UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon

first_imgAlbay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas.  APAlthough her last two matches ended in brutal knockout losses, Ronda Rousey remains one of the catalysts in catapulting women’s MMA (mixed martial arts) into the mainstream.But as far as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is concerned, Rousey may never step foot on the octagon again—this time, for good.ADVERTISEMENT PH chinlone squad catches eye of gold-medal coach Teen gunned down in Masbate At 30 years old, Rousey might still have plenty of fight left in the tank but has remained mum about her future in fighting.She also got recently engaged to fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne and has continued pursuing an acting career.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READcenter_img 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “I think she’s going to retire,” White candidly spoke of Rousey to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim. ”She hasn’t announced that. She hasn’t said that to me, but it’s what I believe.”The former Olympian judoka’s recent actions certainly point to an early retirement from the sport—refusing to answer any MMA-related questions from the media and instead focusing on TV and movie appearances.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’Furthermore, Rousey is the only ranked UFC fighter to have not gone through USADA’s (United States Anti-Doping Agency) mandated testing in 2017, after being tested on nine occasions last year.Rousey’s first career setback came at UFC 193 in 2015, when she was on the receiving end of a brutal head kick from Holly Holm. She returned a year later but suffered the same fate against current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

From Pinoy orphan to Aussie hero: Christopher Remke ends 24-year gold drought in men’s vault

first_imgImage: Twitter/@CommGamesAUSAthlete Christopher Remkes, once a Filipino orphan until he was adopted by an Australian couple when he was 2 years old, brought honors to his adopted country as he won an elusive gold in men’s vault.Standing a mere 4 feet and 10 inches (147 centimeters), Chris won the gold for men’s vault at the international 2018 Commonwealth Games, held in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 4-15.ADVERTISEMENT Chris’ win, with the scores 14.866 and 14.766, marks the first time an Australian has won gold for the event in the past 24 years. The last time Australia took home the gold, won by Bret Hudson, was in 1994, according to The Courier Mail.The diminutive 21-year-old athlete credited his small stature as the key to his victory. He said, “My height is almost like a super power, I’m lucky to have the build I have, it means I can go fast in the air.”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 crownBut most of all, he thanked his adoptive parents for this crowning achievement. “Without my parents I wouldn’t be here today, I would probably still be in the orphanage,” said Chris.Adopted at the age of 2 by Australian couple Mike and Dora Remkes from an orphanage in the Philippines, Chris grew up happy with “nothing but smiles and bubbly and full of life,” said Mike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RELATED STORIES:New Australia coach reflects on USA Gymnastics abuse scandalPH gymnast Yulo wins anew, bags silver in Qatar tiltDisgraced USA Gymnastics doc sentenced to another 40-125 yearsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ View comments Venus, Serena Williams join Billie Jean King equal pay push Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident As a baby, Chris was left at a hospital when he was just 2 days old. He was later handed to the orphanage where nuns took care of him until his adoption by the Remkes.“When we got notification from the adoption agency, we saw a photo of him and we couldn’t say no,’’ recalled Mike.He added, “We talked to the nuns at the orphanage and they had never seen him smile or happy.”Chris would later get into gymnastics at the age of 5 and has passionately pursued the sport until now.His proud father said, “His passion is so strong and his journey is still continuing.”  Alfred Bayle /raADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales PLAY LIST 02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest00:58Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

What Is the Long-term Solution to Monrovia’s Sanitation Crisis?

first_imgEver since the beginning of the Tubman administration Monrovia, the capital of Africa’s oldest independent republic, has exhibited serious sanitation problems.  Tubman created the National Public Health Service (NPHS) in the mid-1940s, giving it also responsibility for sanitation.During that period there were dumpsites and drains in many places around the city, especially on Randall, Benson, Gurley, Center and Clay Streets.  These drains have been perpetually used also as garbage dumps, totally negating their intended   purpose.  It is impossible for a trench to channel excess water freely when it is clogged with garbage.That is why Monrovia, from Newport to Center Street, has always been the obnoxious location of filth and stench from these overflowing gutters spilling on to those streets, especially during the Rainy Season.  Other areas which are prone to this garbage induced flooding include Waterside, Vai Town, and Old Road Junction near the President’s residence.  All of this is in addition to heaps of garbage at dumpsites that the city authorities struggle with limited success to manage.It is not only garbage, but residents building in the way of drains as well as the failure of public works and other authorities to stop or dismantle these structures and to regularly free the gutters of sand from erosion in order to prevent the serious flooding that occurs during the rains.Public Health, now Ministry of Health, from the 1940s through the 1960s constantly had sanitary officers going around spraying the city with DDT to prevent the breeding of malaria infesting mosquitoes and other disease carrying flies, rats, roaches and other harmful insects and rodents.There are several government agencies that have over the decades cooperated to deal with the city’s sanitation problems—Public Health, Public Works, Monrovia City Corporation and Water and Sewer, which later became the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation. Last week three of these agencies named got together with the assistance of the British NGO, Oxfam, to tackle the age-old problem of   offensive drains.  Our reporter Leroy Sonpon named the other two agencies as Public Works and LWSC.  We do not understand why the Ministry of Health was not involved in this critical exercise.  After all, they say prevention is better than cure.  Everyone knows that it is these offensive drains and perennially unmanaged garbage and sewer mess that have combined to make Monrovia one of the most unhealthy places to live. To make matters worse, we stilI see irresponsible and uncaring Liberians throwing trash from their cars, dropping rubbish on the streets and dumping garbage anywhere.  So the problem lies not just with government, but with us the people.  Is there any wonder, then, that Ebola spread so fast in our country, overtaking with infections and deaths the Republic of Guinea where it started, and Sierra Leone?  It is indeed hard to understand why, after all these decades, we have not fixed our health and sanitation problems.  Is it  that we lack the technical or political capacity to fix this problem that has for decades bedeviled us? So many Liberians have lived in London, New York, South Africa and other cities with populations far bigger than the whole of Liberia.  So these cities’ health and sanitation problems, because of their huge populations and the abundance of food, are far bigger than Liberia’s.  So what is the problem?  Why can’t we get our act together?Now we have turned to Oxfam—a mere NGO—to help us.  We have forgotten that even the World Bank and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation have intervened to help fix sanitation in Monrovia, but to what avail? Even though things have improved a bit, Monrovia is still plagued with filth and squalor even in the city center, and worse yet in the slums, including Buzzy Quarter, right under the nose of the center of power—the Legislature, Executive Mansion and Temple of Justice.  There is also West Point—right below the Ducor, our first five-star hotel— Water Side, Duala, Sinkor Old Road, the housing estates and, of course, Paynesville Red Light, the nation’s largest food and general marketplace.   This newspaper has for over a decade written frequently about the filth and squalor in which our market women, children and men have to work from five a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to earn their living by supplying food to Monrovia.We understand that this market will soon be relocated to the former Omega site.    What plans, if any, are being made to ensure that this sickening, sour, stinking scenario does not transfer to the new site?   The only suggestion we can offer at this time is to send a team of intelligent, conscientious and serious-minded Liberians to a few African cities, beginning with Kigali, Rwanda and Kampala, Uganda, to study how they manage water, sewer and sanitation.  Maybe our observers will return with workable ideas to fix our problems.  It will then be left to the politicians to provide the resources and the political will finally to get the job done once and for all. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPDATE – Pine Pass could re-open today

first_imgUPADATE – MLA and Transportation Minister stated this morning that Highway 97 from MacKenzie and Chetwynd will re-open as of 7 p.m. Wednesday. The highway will only be open to single-lane alternating traffic in some spots. The road will only be open to small vehicles. We will have more info later today on the restrictions once the road opens.The Ministry still states they have a low confidence level that the road will open by 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Ministry will provide another update on if the road will open today at 10 a.m.On June 23, the Peace Region was hit with the start of a three day rain storm that dumped about 115 millimeters at the Fort St. John airport and more than 160 in the Pine Pass.- Advertisement -To access southern B.C., the ministry is still advising BC Peace Region motorists to use Highway 40 south of Grande Prairie.For further information, you can visit www.drivebc.calast_img read more

Brighton seal loan deal for Forest utility man

first_img1 Greg Halford Brighton are on the verge of landing former Sunderland defender Greg Halford on loan from fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest.The 29-year-old, who played Premier League football for the Black Cats as well as Reading and Wolves, is out of favour at Forest and is now set to leave.Halford can operate in defence, on the wing or as a centre-forward and it is thought his versatility appeals to Brighton boss Sami Hyypia, who is in need of cover throughout his squad.And it has been reported the loan deal could be completed by the end of the day and he will become Brighton’s sixth current loanee.last_img read more

Confirmed: Burnley complete signing of Manchester United defender

first_img1 Jimmy Dunne has penned a two-year deal with the Clarets Premier League newcomers Burnley have signed defender Jimmy Dunne from Manchester United.The 18-year-old, who was a fixture for United’s youth team last season, has penned a two-year contract at Turf Moor with the option of a third.It means he will link up with former United man Michael Keane, and Dunne says he is hoping to learn from his fellow defender.After completing his free transfer, Dunne told Burnley’s official website: “Michael Keane is someone I look at to try to improve and I haven’t got talking to him yet but he’s similar in terms of being tall and lean.“He’s been through a similar format at Manchester United so hopefully I can learn from him.”last_img read more

IS YOUR BUSINESS UP FOR THE NORTHFIT CORPORATE FITNESS CHALLENGE?

first_imgAre you looking to increase employee engagement, boost morale or looking for an event to have a bit of fun as a workforce?If so, then the NorthFit 2014 Corporate Challenge is for your business.On the 4th of October at Letterkenny Community Centre, local Letterkenny businesses will come up against each other in fun and wacky challenges creating the first steps of employee wellness. Packie Mailey gave Donegal Daily an insight into the event earlier in the week, but remained tight lipped on what exactly the challenges are that lay ahead for the participants.Teams are made up of eight employees who will undertake outdoor wet and dry challenges to see which Letterkenny business comes out on top on the day.There is no prior training needed for this event, and we want to emphasise this is about encouraging employees to create a healthy lifestyle.The event will last for three hrs with plenty of time to refuel and mix with employees from the other businesses who are taking part. Founder of NorthFit Annette Houston is really excited for the upcoming event.She told Donegal Daily that this event will help spread NorthFit’s message which is to help businesses take positive action towards the Health/Wellness/Fitness of their teams.Annette said, “We are delighted with the response from Letterkenny businesses who value their employee wellbeing but also shows they are up for a bit of fun.“Work can be a very serious environment which can lead to high stress levels and this event is one of the ways NorthFit can help improve productivity and morale in the workplace.If you business is up for the challenge contact Annette– 086-8329336 Packie–086-4039064 now!! IS YOUR BUSINESS UP FOR THE NORTHFIT CORPORATE FITNESS CHALLENGE? was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALLERS OFFER €2,000 PRIZES IN GOLF CLASSIC

first_imgTHE DONEGAL Ladies Gaelic Football Association are planning a golf classic spectacular – with €2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!The event takes place on August 14 and Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club.Entry fee per team is €100 with some super golf gear among the prizes. There’s even plans for a BBQ on the 10th hole.Anyone interested in taking part should call 074 91 31093 to book their place. DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALLERS OFFER €2,000 PRIZES IN GOLF CLASSIC was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by John2Share 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:charitydonegalGolf classicLGFAlast_img read more

FANS DISAPPOINTED AS UNION J CANCELS LETTERKENNY CONCERT

first_imgX FACTOR stars Union J have cancelled a gig due to take place today (Thursday) at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.The news came just a few hours after winners of tickets to the event had been notified by the hotel.Promoters Poptastic said all the Irish gigs had been cancelled after one of the band members George was injured in an accident. The singer later tweeted to fans apologising for missing the trip to Donegal.“So sorry to everyone in Ireland. I have had an accident so we won’t be able to perform tomorrow, so our gigs have been pulled. Sorry,” he tweeted.He added: “I’m fine. Just had an accident and won’t be able to perform tomorrow. Will be fine in a week or so.”Many fans have been left angry and disappointed by the news. One angry mum who contacted Donegal Daily said: “It’s bad news for my two girls who were looking forward to it.“Nothing we can do about it now, but we hope they come in the next week or so.”Tickets had sold out for the event. Many had been offered in prizes and raffles in the run up to Christmas.   FANS DISAPPOINTED AS UNION J CANCELS LETTERKENNY CONCERT was last modified: January 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FANS DISAPPOINTED AS UNION J CANCELS LETTERKENNY CONCERTlast_img read more

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