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Bank on General Togo

first_imgHOMECOMING, GENERAL TOGO and AIR MARSHALL in races two, three and four, respectively, can ensure a good payday for Sunrise Super-6 players at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The island’s only racetrack has been silent for the past two racedays while unionised workers went on strike but HOMECOMING (apprentice Javaniel Patterson up) can welcome back the fans at a good price in the opening Super-6 race over 1600 metres for maiden special weight four-year-olds.Trained by Steven Todd, HOMECOMING has shown little form in her past five races. However, her effort on January 30 was not as bad as the final placing suggested. Going a distance much too short to see her at her best (1000 metres round), HOMECOMING finished fifth by 11 lengths just three lengths behind the second-place horse. Now stretched out to 1600 metres and the handicaps in her favour, courtesy of Patterson’s 4kg claim, she can get the better of ante post favourite BRIDLED PRINCESS. Both have similar best times over the distance but the apprentice’s claim can tilt the balance in favour of HOMECOMING.UPTHEPACEGENERAL TOGO, Barrington Bell aboard, will not be caught in the second Super-6 race (third on the card) over 1700 metres. The conditions of the race are overwhelmingly in favour of the six-year-old. On January 30 he was up with the pace in a 1200 metres race in splits of 23.3×47.3 toting 57kg. He has since dropped 11 pounds to 52kg and is simply too light to lose.Lawrence Freemantle’s AIR MARSHALL can stun rivals in the fourth race (third Super-6) following a bullet work on Ash Wednesday. AIR MARSHALL who was highly fancied (7-2) but showed little on debut last November, breezed the last three furlongs in 35.3 the fastest on the day and looks ready for a big run with Shamaree Muir aboard.BIGDADDYKOOL, third in last year’s Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes, has little to beat in the fourth Super-6 race with just 53kg on his back and regular jockey Shane Ellis aboard. He clocked 1:39.1 on the day and that should be good enough to get the better of his six rivals.FRANCIA’S PRIDE is another who could surprise in race six. She strode 1400 metres in 1:37.1 with new equipment (tongue tie and figure eight) on January 30 and is coming to run a big race tomorrow. She has nothing to fear from PINELOPE who looked average on debut despite being heavily backed to win first time of asking.Close those Super-6s with NEVER GIVE UP (very light). He should stay close to the speed represented by MIRACLE RECOVERY, SPROUTING WINGS and REAL: VIBES MACHINE and outfinish rivals in the last 200 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) HOMECOMING/ BRIDLED PRINCESS(3) GENERAL TOGO(4) AIR MARSHALL/MY WAY(5) BIGDADDYKOOL(6) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/PINELOPE(7) NEVER GIVE UPlast_img read more

BREAKING: CCJ rules process to appoint GECOM Chair was “flawed”

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice has pronounced that Justice James Patterson was appointed as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission through a flawed process and in breach of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana.Justice Patterson was appointed hastily by President David Granger, after rejecting three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.According to CCJ President Adrian Saunders, in reading from the court summary, the court has decided that President Granger has to proffer good reason before he can reject candidates.More details in the Wednesday June 19, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more

‘It’s time we be heard before it’s too late’ – Falcarragh residents to meet tonight

first_imgA public meeting is planned in Falcarragh tonight to discuss the water supply issues in the parish of Cloughaneely.Organisers of the meeting have confirmed that it will proceed as planned, following yesterday’s announcement by Irish Water that they have secured funding to fast-track upgrade works.Meeting chairperson Michael Mc Clafferty says it’s important that local voices are heard: “It’s time we, the community came together and be heard before it’s too late, both for ourselves and the whole area in general, the young the old sick vulnerable and all local employment and businesses.” The meeting will be held at 8pm in Falcarragh Parish Hall this Friday night.Irish Water has confirmed that funding has been allocated to replace a section of pipe in the Falcarragh/Gortahork area that is prone to frequent bursts.The reason for the recent disruption to water supply in the area was put down to the existing pipework, which is asbestos concrete, a common pipe material used in the 1980s which tends to burst quite frequently as the pipes reach the end of their life cycle.In a statement yesterday, Irish Water said they have reprioritised water mains replacement work in Donegal to bring this project to the top of their list. ‘It’s time we be heard before it’s too late’ – Falcarragh residents to meet tonight was last modified: May 3rd, 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)last_img read more

Latest: West Ham 0 Fulham 0 – Hammers well on top at Upton Park

first_imgFulham were saved by the woodwork in what has been a one-sided derby so far at Upton Park.With both teams’ under-pressure managers needing a victory, West Ham dominated the early stages and almost went ahead when Mark Noble’s right-wing free-kick was headed against the post by Modibo Maiga.Martin Jol’s Fulham, who have lost four matches in a row, were also relieved to see James Collins’ header from a corner drift wide.Adel Taarabt started for the Whites in place of the absent Dimitar Berbatov and the visitors are again without the injured Brede Hangeland.Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Taarabt; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Ruiz, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Boateng, Dembele.See also:Should QPR boss Redknapp take Taarabt back to Loftus Road? 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa ‘never before this united’

first_img10 June 2010 He may have skippered the first South Africa team to play on the world stage, but Lucas Radebe says nothing can compare with the excitement currently sweeping the host country with 24 hours to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ kicks off. For Radebe, who wore the captain’s armband for Bafana Bafana for many years, the thought of what lies ahead for the Rainbow Nation over the coming month is giving him “goose-bumps”. He told Fifa.com: “I’m not sure if I will be able to sleep the night before kick-off. This is big for us, bigger than any of us have seen in our lifetime. I have been fortunate to play at two World Cups, but nothing compares with a feeling of hosting this tournament on our own soil, absolutely nothing.” Clive Barker, who was coach of the Bafana Bafana side that won the 1996 African Nations Cup, was in agreement, saying nothing in the country’s sporting history could compare with hosting the Fifa World Cup before a watching planet. From 2pm (Central Africa Time) on Friday, the world’s attention will focus on Johannesburg’s Soccer City for the start of the tournament’s opening ceremony. By 4pm, when Carlos Parreira’s side kick off against Mexico, the entire country is set for an explosion of euphoria, and Barker believes it can mark “a new dawn”. For many South Africans, there are three notable moments in their recent history: the first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, the 1995 Rugby World Cup triumph, and the footballers’ African Nations Cup success in February 1996. Recalling the third of those events, Barker said: “I remember that day when we won the Nations Cup, the whole country went crazy. Even today, I still look back at that day and smile. To me, it showed the power of sport in changing a country.”South Africans take to the streets Viewing the scenes at the South Africa squad’s pre-finals parade in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton on Wednesday, Barker said he could sense an even stronger force at work. He explained: “To most of us, 1994 was a miracle when people of all races were, for the first time, afforded a chance to vote. But that sadly happened at a time when our country was badly divided along racial lines. We spoke about unity, but in reality, we didn’t really have unity. “But today, I was walking around and I saw black and white wearing the Bafana jersey blowing a vuvuzela. For me, that was moving. It was then that I felt that this was genuinely an opportunity to heal this country and mark a new dawn in our history.” With similar parades happening in every major city, the whole of South Africa came to a grinding halt Wednesday. People from all cultures and races gathered, turning city streets into a tapestry of yellow and green – and creating quite a din with their ceaseless blowing of vuvuzelas. They danced and sang and embraced. Victoria “Mama” Vuma, 70, was among the crowds of people in Sandton. She said: “This is unbelievable – to see everyone on the streets here holding hands and celebrating, I’m completely overwhelmed. I never thought I would live to see such a day in our country.” It is less than two decades since South Africa began emerging from a painful past and the “Rainbow Nation” – the term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu – has never seen anything like it. Ronald Molatedi, another onlooker in Sandton, summed it up aptly: “What we are seeing today is the power that can only come with the World Cup, that is all I can say.” Lucas Radebe will not be the only one not sleeping on Thursday night. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

SA business mission heads for Benin

first_img7 September 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe will lead a South African business delegation on the country’s first outward selling and investment mission to Benin from 9 to 14 September. “The mission will also serve as an ideal opportunity for South African companies that would like to export value-added products and services, and for companies that are looking for investment opportunities in Benin,” Thabethe told journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday. Thabethe said the mission takes place within the context of South Africa’s strategic engagement with the rest of the continent, aimed at supporting Africa’s economic revival and promoting intra-African trade. Agro-processing, furniture and wood processing, infrastructure (rail, road and telecoms), built environment and mining and capital equipment are among the targeted sectors of the mission to the West African country. “It is important for South Africa to continue to pursue economic collaboration and partnership with African countries when crafting the way forward for sustainable economic development and the development of investment in the African region,” Thabethe said. “Benin, like most countries in Africa, presents a wealth of business opportunities for South African companies. By establishing their presence in this country, South African companies would be able to access other markets in the West African region and Africa at large.” According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Benin’s domestic economy revolves around subsistence agriculture, which accounts for 35.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is the main source of income for over half of the population. Cotton is the main commercial crop, accounting for about 45% of the country’s foreign-exchange earnings. The hydroelectric potential of the Mono River, which forms Benin’s border with Togo, is being developed, with the construction of dams for power generation and irrigation. Mineral reserves, notably of marble, iron, and phosphate, have not been fully exploited, which also presents an opportunity for investment, the DTI said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Pioneering Near-NZE in Abilene

first_imgNear-net-zero-energy performance in a new home is unusual enough in most communities to attract free publicity. A recent example: a 2,507-sq.-ft. home in southeast Abilene, Texas, that is constructed with superior exterior wall insulation, airtightness, and HVAC, careful solar orientation and well designed roof overhangs, and a 20-panel solar array.The local newspaper, the Reporter-News, highlighted several features of the recently completed house, which offers four bedrooms, three baths, and a three-car garage, and sits on two acres of land. The main focus of the story, though, was on the building’s green amenities, including exterior walls with 5 1/2 in. of Demilec Agribalance spray foam insulation (yielding R-27 thermal resistance); 7 in. of spray foam in the roof deck (R-33); a reflective, standing-seam metal roof; a conditioned attic with an R-33 deck; a rainwater collection system; and 4 kW of power capacity from the solar installation.Reckoning with winter cold and summer sunWilliam Peck, whose architecture firm designed the house – and more than a dozen near-NZE homes in other parts of the state – said it is equipped with Pella double-glazed vinyl windows with a .29 solar heat gain coefficient. He also noted, though, that all of the critical windows are shaded.And because winters in central Texas can include freezing temperatures and snow as well as mild days, the house features a high-efficiency pellet stove (capable of heating 1,500 sq. ft. of the house), and, to manage the summer heat, a 16 SEER HVAC system with timed exhaust, and variable-speed air handlers.Constructed by Abilene-based Sela Builders for about $120 a square foot (versus traditional-construction costs of about $88), the house also features two air-source heat pumps for hot water. The local power company, Taylor Power Cooperative, will be monitoring the home’s energy performance, the company’s director of business development, James McKee, told the Reporter-News. “We’re seeing this house as a bit of a test tube baby for us,” he said. “We’ll be watching very closely and gathering data for future projects.”At this point, Peck noted, the house, which is listed for $375,000, is considered “net-zero-energy-capable,” but could easily achieve NZE performance should its eventual owners decide to slightly expand the solar installation. A year of monitoring by Taylor Power should provide enough data to determine how much, if any, system expansion might be needed to reach zero.last_img read more

PBA keeping close watch over referees

first_imgNow that the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup is in the semifinal phase, expect all games to be even more intense.And when the competition is at its highest level, the referees step up on their officiating and are always on their toes at any given play.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Lady Tams book last semis trip Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Maybe not all PBA fans know that there are two cameras strategically positioned in every playing venue that monitor only the referees’ actions.Yes, these cameras never blink. They record every move the referees make on the court—missed calls, noncalls and wrong calls during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the cameras are a big help to the technical committee in determining calls during situations which require video consultations.He said the cameras also help the referees evaluate and improve their performances, while also providing real-time feedback for game officials. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “One time during an Alaska-San Miguel game, the play happened right in front of Alaska’s bench. There was a supposed noncall on Marcio Lassiter. Alaska representative Dickie Bachmann complained at once because he was right there. When the play was reviewed, it was clear that the referee’s view was blocked and so he failed to see if there was a foul or not,” Marcial related.Marcial said this system considerably improved the performance of the referees and somehow made all the teams appreciate calls or non calls—an integral part of commissioner Chito Narvasa’s mission to make officiating understandable to fans as they are to game officials and coaches.Narvasa likewise expressed satisfaction for the above-par performance of the PBA’s pool of 16 referees in the ongoing Governors’ CupHe said none of them have been suspended or fined so far and he’s looking to cut the pool to retain the higher-grade referees during the semifinals of the season-ending third conference. “The cameras are really a huge factor during games,” said Marcial. “Technical officials can monitor the entire game well and make accurate judgments.”The technical committee reviews a referee’s performance after every game. This serves as basis in determining the referee’s rating or grade level.“When a referee performs badly in consecutive games, he or she can be suspended or meted out stiff penalties,” added Marcial.But a referee can’t always be suspended or fined because of wrong calls.The technical committee looks at a referee’s position when a missed or wrong call takes place before making any decision.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

No. 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke to earn share of ACC title

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BIG PICTUREDuke: There’s no doubt the Blue Devils are a different team without Williamson, a national player of the year candidate and possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick if he goes pro. The question is how soon he might be back, with Krzyzewski expressing optimism that he could be back for next week’s ACC Tournament in Charlotte. Without him, Barrett and Reddish (23 points) had to carry the load offensively and had trouble keeping up with UNC once the Tar Heels got rolling.UNC: The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent and 7 of 13 from the foul line, so things were hardly perfect. Yet that 11-0 burst that finally jarred the Tar Heels loose in a tight game was a display of why they have lost just twice in league play: fast-paced, explosive and at times withering for opponents to chase down. And they figured out a way to hang on when Duke threatened to climb back in it late.UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils have a bye as the No. 3 seed into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament.UNC: The Tar Heels have a bye as the No. 2 seed into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament. Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 4 PLAY LIST 02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 400:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting North Carolina’s Luke Maye, left, and Duke’s Tre Jones battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Third-ranked North Carolina took down its biggest rival again, this time to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and UNC hung on late to beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-70 on Saturday, securing their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Senior Kenny Williams scored a season-high 18 points for the Tar Heels (26-5, 16-2), who led by 15 with about 6½ minutes left but had to hold off a rally by the Blue Devils, who played yet again without injured freshman star Zion Williamson. Duke lost starting big man Marques Bolden early in this one, too.The Tar Heels bumbled their way to the finish after building their big lead, letting the Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) get as close as 75-70 on RJ Barrett’s 3-pointer with 2:19 left. Ultimately UNC held on to finish tied alongside second-ranked Virginia atop the final league standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVirginia secured the No. 1 seed for the league tournament by beating Louisville earlier Saturday. The Cavaliers owned the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Tar Heels by winning in Chapel Hill last month — which is UNC’s only loss since mid-January.UNC had last swept the two-game set with Duke on Tyler Hansbrough’s Senior Day in 2009 for a team that went on to win the NCAA title.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Duke’s RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson contend for Wooden Award 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Barrett scored 26 points to lead the Blue Devils, who shot just 23 percent after halftime.Duke came in shorthanded with Williamson out for the fifth straight game since suffering a sprained right knee early in last month’s first meeting with the Tar Heels. On Friday, Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski had said Williamson had gotten in his “first really good workout” on Thursday as he continued his recovery. The next step, he said, was working on Williamson’s conditioning and getting him used to contact again.Then things got tougher when the Blue Devils lost Bolden roughly 2½ minutes when he fell into the basket support and injured his left knee while picking up a foul on a block attempt at the rim. He had to be helped off the court and straight to the tunnel, and didn’t return.Cam Reddish was terrific in the first half with 17 points to help Barrett, the ACC’s leading scorer who has been left as the no-doubt lead weapon for Duke’s offense with Williamson out.Barrett got into foul trouble by picking up his third foul late in the first half and finished with four fouls, three coming on charges drawn by Williams in the senior’s final home game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Cong may approach courts on Aadhar bill issue

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Congress today did not rule out approaching courts against a move to turn the Aadhar bill as a money bill to bypass the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks majority.”We reserve the right to take recourse to all available alternatives including a court challenge,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters asserting that “by no stretch of imagination, the Aadhar bill is money bill”.He steered clear of questions whether Congress would bring a motion of breach of privilege against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is Leader of the Rajya Sabha, for “misleading” the House on the issue.Insisting that the practice of getting a “certificate” from the Lok Sabha Speaker cannot become “methodology” of bypassing the Upper House, he said it was an insult of the Rajya Sabha.”Congress opposes bypassing of the Rajya Sabha by government by …colorable exercise of power. It is a blatant attempt to bypass the upper half of Parliamentary democracy,” Singhvi said.Replying to questions, he said the Speakers ruling may operate inside Parliament, but it is “not higher than the Constitution” and “not binding on court”.In the Rajya Sabha, party leader Jairam Ramesh attacked the Finance Minister saying he had in his attempt to justify the move “misled” the House by claiming that the past two bills, one on Juvenile Justice and another on African Development Bank, had been brought as money bills. PTI SPG ZMNlast_img read more