Valley Of Queens a firm banker

first_imgTomorrow’s well-supported 11-race programme at Caymanas Park offers no Pick-9 or Super-6 carry overs, but with the races having a competitive look about them, punters should be on guard for upsets.The Pick-9, with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, will embrace races three to 11, the Sunrise Super-6 from race one to six, and the Twilight Super-6 from race six to 11.We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a restricted allowance race over 1820 metres (non-winners of three) to be contested by seven four-year-olds and up.They include super fit SWEET DIMENSION and sparingly raced TURBO MACHINE CAT. It should be a straight fight between the two.SWEET DIMENSION just failed to stave off STIR IT UP over a mile last Saturday and, all in all, she has been a model of consistency. With only 52.0kg, the 4-y-o daughter of War Marshall – Brown Sugar should bring race fitness into play and stave off TURBO MACHINE CAT, who is out for the first time since finishing 17 lengths’ sixth to MR AMBASSADOR over 1500 metres when last raced on June 30 in better company.Next on the programme is a two-year-old maiden special over the round-five course for the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup in which eight fillies have been declared. .LOOKING SHARPThe field includes four debutants, the most forward of whom is DON’T BLUSH BABE, a bay filly by Twilight Time out of Hishi Blossom, to be ridden by apprentice Anthony Thomas for veteran trainer Norman Palmer.She, along with fellow newcomer LAWS OF THE CODE (also working well) and the Gary Subratie-trained VICE ROYALTY, who chased home the highly thought of ARMAGEDDON on her recent debut over 1100 metres, should decide the outcome. Having looked sharp at exercise recently, galloping three furlongs in 35.0, DON’T BLUSH BABE is tipped to make all in this quick sprint.VALLEY OF QUEENS caught the eye when running on to finish 1 3/4 fourth to KING WITHIN over 1100 metres on September 24 and should provide the in-form claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins with yet another winner in his quest for champion apprentice. The eight-horse field is nothing much, and the Robert Darby Sr-trained VALLEY OF QUEENS should lead home WICKED TUFF and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS.A CUT ABOVEThe fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers looks tailored for the down-in-class COPPERFIELD , who beat CHEERS by a length over 1300 metres on July 20, but finished lame in his subsequent race behind CRUISING MOTION some weeks ago. The three-year-old son of Fearless Vision – Pik A Trix looks a cut above $180,000 claiming and should account for BARS OF GOLD and CLEARLY OURS in a bid for his third career win. COPPERFIELD will again be ridden by star apprentice Linton Steadman for topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, who saddled ACADEMY AWARD to win the Trinidad derby last Saturday at Santa Rosa Park.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the country’s top stayer, should win the fifth race, the grade one Governor General’s Stakes over 2000 metres for the third straight year ahead of the 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD and the 2015 St. Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL. Then close all bets with back-to-form JUNIOR DON with apprentice Bebeto Harvey in the sixth race over a mile.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SWEET DIMENSION/TURBO MACHINE CAT(2) DON’T BLUSH BABA/VICE ROYALTY(3) VALLEY OF QUEENS940 COPPERFIELD/BARS OF GOLD(5) PERFECT NEIGHBOUR(6) JUNIOR DON/JESSIE JAMESlast_img read more

A New Year, A Clean Slate?

first_img(Overheard in the bank queue while waiting to receive salaries.)“Papi, you don’t have to wait in the queue. I’m sure if you go to the front they will let you inside.”“Don’t worry, my son, let me wait while I still have strength.”“But, uncle, I remember when you were living abroad. Why did you return to Africa with all these terrible wars? I’m raising my children to get their educations, escape overseas, and never come back.”“Well, I felt that when the war ended, there might be a chance for renewal.  During the kinds of wars we’ve seen instigated across Africa, the collective consciousness of the people is subjected to a kind of “scorched earth” treatment. What is left can be seen as a “clean slate” – a big, new, shiny blackboard. We could rewrite, reseed, recover the best of African traditions and build on them.”“Ol’ man, you still think that way?”“Not exactly, my son. What I found was when the imperial powers decide to destroy a nation, a society, a culture; the strong nationalist voices are assassinated first. Only the pacified leaders and their zombie followers are in place to implement the imperial will. All the traditional culture is buried under the rubble of war and then even further buried under the imperial super-structure built atop the rubble. And cultural renewal is not usually given prominence in the rebuilding process.As soon as the “clean slate” is visible through the smoke of destruction, action takes place rapidly. First come the destroyers themselves with their weapons; hunting and gathering the choice areas on the “slate” (landscape) and forcibly securing them. Then they bring the lackey government officials hunting and gathering for their masters who assign them positions on the “slate”. Next enter the foreign opportunists hunting and gathering the cheapest, poorest quality goods and services to sell to those already in place and those to come. The local opportunists are then allowed to hunt and gather. They bring scams and schemes to take direct advantage of their fellow country people.”“Is there any room on the “slate” for the rest of us – those who are not hunters?”“Yes! On the big blackboard that was so clean and shiny for a brief moment in time, it seems the ancestors have preserved a small and beautiful section for us, the planters/harvesters. Some of us have already found our spot on a “slate”. And although our areas might be idyllic and nestled in our own rich, natural resources; finding other planters and harvesters is not easy. We are surrounded by hunters and gatherers – just like anywhere else on this planet. You may see that spark of light in the eye of a farmer in the village – an exciting experience, but I’ve learned that nurturing that spark is critical and time sensitive.And to find planters and harvesters among those educated in the western system is also rare. When we meet them we treasure and work to form a lasting bond with them. We give thanks for the planters and harvesters that will form our “redeemers network” all over the world.All over Africa there are small groups of redeemers preserving our cultural life-force through our music, dance, visual arts, oral arts and our literature. Don’t you want to join our work on the not-so “clean slate”? I welcome you!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

One of the biggest upsets we’ve seen

first_imgGilliland, 30, is a former Chino Hills and Riverside resident who will start No. 1 next Sunday in NASCAR’s marquee event. As a rookie. With all of 12 Nextel Cup races on his resume. Only a few years ago, Gilliland was driving at Perris Speedway and San Bernardino’s Orange Show Speedway and was a crew chief for his father on the Winston West circuit. Now he is top dog at Daytona after turning a lap at 186.320 mph Sunday. If it’s not the biggest upset by a local sports figure in a major sports event, it’s certainly near the top … David Gilliland, on the pole for the Daytona 500? No, didn’t see that coming. OK, we had one hint that Gilliland might make some noise in the No. 38 Robert Yates Racing Ford – when he finished second in the Bud Shootout on Saturday. Other stunning results involving Inland Empire athletes: Derek Parra of San Bernardino wins a gold medal and sets a world record in the 1,500-meter speedskate event at the 2002 Winter Olympics; Steve Scott of Upland tears more than four seconds off his American record in the mile by finishing in 3 minutes, 47.69 seconds in Oslo in 1982 – a national record that still stands; Phillips Finlay of Redlands routs the great Bobby Jones 13-and-12 to win the national amateur golf championship, in 1928. center_img How obscure was David Gilliland, before Sunday? He is not listed among the 45 drivers whose faces and car numbers appear when you click on “drivers” at NASCAR’s official Web site, nor is he pictured on his bio. On the ESPN.com site, his name links to the barest of stats – with no mug shot. We called Gilliland on his cell phone Sunday afternoon, and this is what he had to say: “Hello, this is David. Leave me a message.” Not long ago, Gilliland answered his phone. Butch Gilliland, David’s father, was easily the more famous family member – until this weekend. Butch was a motorcycle racer of note, and a serious Winston West campaigner in the 1990s. David Gilliland’s in-laws still live in Chino. His wife, Michelle, was a cheerleader at Chino High School. Gilliland had a previous brush with greatness. Gilliland played on the same Anaheim Western High School golf team as Tiger Woods, according to our colleague, Jeff Gluck. Speaking of Tiger, the Nissan Open (n e L.A. Open) this week boasts eight of the world’s top nine ranked players. But we imagine tournament organizers would trade the eight they have for the one they’re missing: Woods. Sometimes a player’s real value isn’t noticed until he’s gone. To wit: Etiwanda alumnus Darren Collison sits out UCLA’s game at West Virginia and his replacement at point guard, Russell Westbrook, goes 1-for-11 with four points in a 70-65 Bruins defeat. Get well soon, Darren. Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley colleges figure to settle the Foothill Conference men’s basketball championship Wednesday when they meet at SBVC at 7 p.m. Each is 11-1 in conference play. Chaffey is 27-5; SBVC is 24-6. Chaffey won the first game, 117-98. The CIF-Southern Section basketball playoffs begin this week, and the area’s chances of a champion look better on the girls’ side than the boys’. Especially in Division II-AA, where Miller, Diamond Ranch and Norco are seeded Nos. 1-3. Redlands High School has been playing boys basketball for a century, but the Terriers never have made it past the CIF quarterfinals. They didn’t win a playoff game between 1961, when Jerry “The Shark” Tarkanian was their coach, and 1984, during Randy Genung’s tenure. This year’s Citrus Belt League champs, 22-4, are seeded fifth in II-AA and could be a semis team. Local schools most likely to win a boys CIF title: Colony, seeded No. 3 (and defending champion) in II-AA, and Serrano, top-seeded in III-A. Rivalry, please? Cal Poly Pomona single-handedly may keep Cal State San Bernardino from playing host to the NCAA Division II Western Regional. The Broncos completed a season sweep of the Coyotes last week, winning 75-69. Cal State is 12-4 and one game behind Humboldt in conference play. Maybe Pomona and San Bernardino can come to loathe each other, as they should. Trivia we came across while researching: Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena opened in 1995. Seems like yesterday … if you’re old. No thanks necessary, Sugar Shane. We advised Shane Mosley of Pomona to get back down to the welterweight division after two defeats to Winky Wright. Mosley did just that, and won an interim welter championship in Las Vegas on Saturday. Up next? Maybe Floyd Mayweather Jr, after FMJ beats up Oscar De La Hoya on May 5. Make sure you fight at the welterweight limit, Shane. Figure on Landon Donovan as a happy camper about now. The U.S. soccer standout and Redlands native had a goal and assist in the 2-0 victory over Mexico, the team he loves to hate. More on this in our blog. Mexico can’t win on U.S. soil anymore (0-7-1 since 2000), but it can still fill the stands. More than 64,000 saw the game last Wednesday in Glendale, Ariz., and the U.S. federation thanks the 50,000 or so tricolores fans. Kudos: To Steve Scott, who ran 136 sub-four-minute miles, a world record. Condolences: To Steve Scott, who missed the 1980 Olympics because of the boycott and failed to medal in 1984 or 1988. Lookalikes: David Gilliland, Matt Leinart. And Cinderella, too. Where are they now? David Gilliland is in the No.38 Yates Racing hauler, sifting through endorsement offers. They said it: “It’s like a dream I’m afraid to wake up from.” – David Gilliland, on taking the pole at Daytona. And finally: The great thing about the Daytona pole? You revel in it for a full week. Enjoy, David Gilliland. 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

WATCH: National Fuels offer flaming hot deals for new store launch

first_imgOne of the North West’s leading fuel providers National Fuels has recently opened at new Depot at Dungloe Business Park and they are offering great opening deals to customers in the West of Donegal.National Fuels Dungloe stock a wide range of products including Coal, Oil, Gas, Logs and Smokeless Fuel Products. They also provide a Delivery Service to customers in Dungloe, Gweedore, Fintown, Glenties and surrounding areas with Free Delivery on orders of ten bags or more.Store Manager Paul invites customers to call in to check out the amazing opening deals National Fuels Dungloe have on offer or Phone 074 95 6 17 19 or follow National Fuels Dungloe on Facebook.Sponsored PostWATCH: National Fuels offer flaming hot deals for new store launch was last modified: October 19th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:National Fuelslast_img read more

Crystal Palace and West Brom keen on former Arsenal and Man City ace

first_imgCrystal Palace and West Brom are keen on signing former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna.The right-back was not offered a new deal by City boss Pep Guardiola and is now on the hunt for a new club – but he is not short of options.And, despite interest from his native France, the 34-year-old could be set to extend his stay in England with both Palace and West Brom keen on landing him, according to L’Equipe.The 34-year-old has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, where he has played his football for the past decade.He arrived at Arsenal from Auxerre for £6m 10 years ago this month and went on to make 213 league appearances for the Gunners.He moved to City on a free in 2014 and became a mainstay in their defence, racking up 54 more Premier League outings.And now he could get the chance to add to that with the English duo keen to hand him a deal. Bacary Sagna is a man in demand after leaving Manchester City 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE SNAP UP FORMER ST EUNANS MANAGER

first_imgEamonn O’BoyleNaomh Muire GAA Club have appointed former St Eunan’s manager Eamonn O’Boyle as their Senior team manager for the 2016 season.Eamonn O’Boyle is one of the county’s most successful club managers over the past ten years having won 3 Senior Championships and 4 Division 1 League titles with St Eunan’s.Eamonn is currently a staff member at the LYIT, where he is currently managing both Ladies and Men’s Senior teams, this is a return to Senior club management for the Ballina native. This is an ambitious appointment by CLG Naomh Muire where Eamonn will be joined by Gary Boyle, last year’s manager, who will act as his No 2. A strength and conditioning coach will be announced later in the week.CLG Naomh Muire narrowly missed out on a Senior Championship quarter final place in last year’s competition but the appointment of Eamonn O’Boyle shows a steely determination to build on the great work by Gary Boyle, Michael Gallagher and Kevin White and remain at Senior level.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE SNAP UP FORMER ST EUNANS MANAGER was last modified: January 30th, 2016 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:donegalEamonn O’BoyleNAOMH MUIRESt Eunanslast_img read more

MAYOR McBRIDE: ‘WE ARE TAKING DONEGAL AROUND THE GLOBE’

first_imgMAYOR of Donegal Cllr Noel McBride has been spreading the ‘Donegal’ message in Boston – and having some success.In an article for the influential Irish Echo newspaper in the States, Cllr McBride spoke of his pride of putting Donegal on the map.The article is below: “Our Donegal County Strategy has defined the community of Donegal as being made up of not only those who live in the county itself, but also including all others with a connection to, or interest in, the county, no matter where in the world they might be living.For this reason we are actively engaged in establishing firm links with our Donegal diaspora and with others who have an interest in Donegal and Ireland.In this context we have been delighted to be partners in the Golden Bridges initiative for the past three years. We see the existing and emerging links between the North West of Ireland and Massachusetts as being of vital importance to our county and we are actively engaging with a range of partners to identify and advance actions which will be of mutual benefit.Our County Strategy has identified key sectors which we are seeking to develop in our county. These sectors are enterprise and skills development, tourism, renewable energies, culture and creative industries, and the development of a Donegal brand. Our county has much to offer in terms of our natural and human resources and we are keen to ensure that we gain optimum benefit from these resources for the benefit of our whole community. We are ideally placed, for example, with regard to the development of onshore and offshore renewable energies. We are blessed with scenic beauty and are actively developing flagship tourism projects at locations such as Sliabh Liag (the highest sea cliffs in Europe) and Malin Head (Ireland’s most northerly point).We are developing a strategy with the aim of branding Donegal as a “Creative County” and we will be building on our wealth of culture and creative ability to advance projects for economic benefit in this field.2012 will see our hosting of the first “Donegal Gathering” through which we are inviting friends from all parts of the world to join us at a range of cultural and other events which are being organized to take place in all parts of our county.I am glad to be participating in the 2011 Golden Bridges Awards and Showcase. We have a strong Donegal community in the Greater Boston area made up of long established residents and also of more recent arrivals. These people continue to form a very important part of our Donegal community.I am glad to say that we have also gained many new friends in Boston and the surrounding areas and we look forward to working closely with these friends and partners on a range of sectors of mutual interest over the coming years. I wish to commend the Irish Echo for its efforts in organizing the Golden Bridges initiative which has enabled ourselves in Donegal and our neighbors in Derry to develop links and networks in the Greater Boston area. We look forward to a continued association with this initiative and with the Irish Echo.Tá áthas orm mar Méara Dhún na nGall a bheith páirteach ins an ócáid seo i mbliana agus tá muid ag súil lenár gceangailtí anseo i mBoston a láidriú agus a leathnú san am amach romhainn. Guím gach rath ar an tosáiocht tábhactach seo agus tá mé ag súil le leanacht lenár bpáirtnéireacht faoi scáth Golden Bridges sna blianta amach romhainn.”MAYOR McBRIDE: ‘WE ARE TAKING DONEGAL AROUND THE GLOBE’ was last modified: November 9th, 2011 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:bostonnoel mcbridelast_img read more

Education Minister urged to “speed up” progress on Scoil na gCeithre Maistrí

first_imgProgress has been made on Scoil na gCeithre Maistrí in Donegal Town, with the school now progressing to the architectural and design stage.Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton confirmed to Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle that the design team are to commence the first stage of architectural planning as per the Department Team Procedures 2012. This stage will allow the project to prepare design options for the proposed site, with a view to delivering the most optimum delivery for the project on the site in question.This stage will allow the project to prepare design options for the proposed site, with a view to delivering the most optimum delivery for the project on the site in question. The project is also included in the six-year capital programme for the Construction Programme of the Department of Education projects and the school is scheduled for construction in 2019 to 2021.Pat the Cope, although happy with the progress being made, is urging Minister Bruton to “speed up the delivery of this project”, as it is “clearly not acceptable to wait until 2019 for the construction of this project to commence.”He says; “There is a clear and urgent need for this school building in Donegal Town, as currently the entire school is housed in temporary accommodation and on an annual basis the school continues to grow in numbers.“I am calling on the Department and Minister Bruton to accelerate the speed of delivery of this project, and obtain planning for the new building and quickly more the project to tender stage rather than delaying the project until 2019, I believe with enough goodwill and commitment on the part of the Government this can be delivered earlier than what is currently envisaged.” Education Minister urged to “speed up” progress on Scoil na gCeithre Maistrí was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal TownPat the CopeScoil na gCeithre Maistrílast_img read more

Lass den Nerd in Dir raus mit zwei neuen Souvenirs am Pi-Tag!

first_img SharePrint RelatedVerdiene Dir neue Souvenirs – Feiere 15 Jahre GeocachingMarch 20, 2015In “Deutsch”Teste jetzt die leistungsstarke neue SuchfunktionMarch 6, 2015In “Deutsch”Zwei neue Souvenirs fürs SchaltjahrJanuary 11, 2016In “News” Lass den Nerd in Dir raus mit zwei neuen Souvenirs am Pi-Tag!Während einige Leute den Pi-Tag am 14. März mit einem Stück Pi-Kuchen feiern, machen wir das am diesjährigen Pi-Tag mit zwei neuen Souvenirs. Das erste Souvenir wurde von Menschen mit einer irrationalen Liebe zu irrationalen Zahlen inspiriert. Nimm einfach am Pi-Tag an einem Event teil und Du erhältst dieses Souvenir. Das zweite Souvenir zelebriert das Rätselhafte an Pi – finde am 14. März einen Mystery-Geocache, um es zu erhalten.A propos Mystery-Geoaches – die sind jetzt für Geocaching-Premium-Mitglieder in der kostenlosen offiziellen App für iPhone und Android verfügbar.Und zum Schluss: Wenn Du auf der Suche nach noch MEHR Souvenirs bist, solltest Du Dir auf jeden Fall das CITO-Souvenir am 25. und 26. April sowie das spezielle Souvenir am 2. Mai holen.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Punjab farmers stir: 38 trains remain cancelled, Delhi-Amritsar route severely affected

first_imgThirty-eight trains remained cancelled on Wednesday with almost all trains running between Amritsar and Delhi being disrupted amid farmers protest in Punjab, railways said.Senior Superintendent of Police Parmpal Singh, however, said in Amritsar that the agitation has been called off following an intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The trains which were cancelled include the Amritsar-New Delhi Express, Amritsar-Chandigarh Express, Haridwar-Amritsar Janshatabdi Express and the New Delhi-Jalandhar City InterCity Express. As many as eight trains were short-terminated and 11 trains were diverted, officials said. The farmers had been squatting on the rail tracks in Amritsar since March 4 in support of their demands, including full loan waiver, stopping auction of land and arrest of farmers, and payment for sugarcane crop with 15% interest.A petition seeking the removal of farmers protesting on the Amritsar-Delhi rail track was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday, with the court issuing notices to Punjab, Centre and leaders of farmers’ outfit Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee to appear before it on Wednesday.Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda informed the court that about 85 trains had been cancelled or diverted, affecting about 85,000 passengers.last_img read more