No stopping Seeking My Dream

first_imgBalloting for ‘Horse of the Year’ and other awards not based on statistics by a 17-member panel comprising members of the press and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) officials, is under way and early indications are that the 2015 derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM will be crowned ‘Horse of the Year’ by unanimous acclaim. Voting will conclude tomorrow inside the CTL Racing Office at Caymanas Park.Trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, SEEKING MY DREAM enjoyed a record-breaking season. He won the two richest races on the calendar – the Cal’s Jamaica Derby in June with a purse of $7 million and the inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile on December 5 which offered a record purse of $13.5 million, both with the season’s leading money-winning rider Omar Walker aboard.Having finished second in the 2000 Guineas, St Leger and CTL Invitational Mile on November 14, SEEKING MY DREAM pushed his 2015 earnings to a record $14.2 million, well clear of stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in second with $5.1 million and Superstakes winner FRANFIELD in third with $4.9 million.Bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, the chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Alsafra was never worse than second in 10 starts last year – winning five races and finishing second in five as well.SEEKING MY DREAM should also be named champion three-year-old, champion middle-distance performer and champion native-bred horse.hoping for top awardsAs far as DaCosta is concerned, his horses should sweep the top awards. Speaking at Caymanas Park on New Year’s Day, the trainer said:”Seeking My Dream is unchallenged for Horse of the Year, having won the two biggest races on the calendar last year, while Perfect Neighbour who captured important races such as the Gold Cup and Harry Jackson Memorial Cup looks a cinch for first runner up, champion stayer and champion four-year-old and up”, he predicted.”The second runner-up award could be close between my horse Poker Star and the consistent grade-one campaigner Uppa Tune, but Poker Star is a safe bet for champion sprinter and Future King the obvious choice for champion two-year-old,, argued DaCosta.The Horse of the Year Committee will also choose the most improved trainer from a list of four nominees – Harry Parsard (30 wins), Donovan Plummer (19 wins), Marlon Anderson and Neive Graham with 17 wins each as well as most improved jockey from a list comprising Robert Halledeen (72 wins), Paul Francis (52), Shamaree Muir (43), Aaron Chatrie (38) and Jevanne Erwin (36).last_img read more

Murray moves closer to top spot

first_imgVIENNA (AP):Andy Murray closed in on the No. 1 ranking by winning his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open yesterday.The Scot can overtake Novak Djokovic atop the ATP rankings next week if he wins the Paris Masters and the Serb doesn’t reach the final.”I get a step closer with every win, but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way, but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots, but is a lot easier.”In yesterday’s final, Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (6) for his personal-best seventh title of the season, and 42nd overall. Djokovic has also won seven events this year.”I was thinking more about how you are going to win the match rather than what it would mean if you did win it. But obviously, it’s nice to win my seventh tournament,” Murray said. “A lot of them have come in the last few months. After the Australian Open, I struggled a little bit for a couple of months, but the last few months have been very good.”Murray extended his unbeaten streak to 15 matches after also winning in Beijing and Shanghai.”I think I played my best tennis of the tournament today. That’s pleasing, obviously, as you want to improve as an event goes on,” he said.The 15th-ranked Tsonga, who was the 2011 champion, appeared in his first final of the season, which has been marred by adductor and left knee injuries.GREAT WEEK”It was a positive week for me. It was very good to be in the final,” Tsonga said. “I played good tennis. It was nice to play five matches in a row. It hasn’t happened many times these last couple of months.”Murray advanced to the final after defending champion David Ferrer pulled out with a left leg injury, while Tsonga saved a match point in his 2 1/2-hour semi-final against Ivo Karlovic on Saturday.Murray, who also won in Vienna on his only previous visit in 2014, dominated yesterday’s final from the start. He raced into a 3-0 lead by taking 14 of the first 19 points of the match.He avoided break points in his games, and missed a set point on the Frenchman’s serve at 5-2 but clinched the opening set the next game with his second ace.Murray conceded just two points on his way to a 2-0 lead in the second set. but started to struggle with his first serve as his percentage dropped to 18 halfway through the second set.He hit a forehand long on the only break point for Tsonga to help the Frenchman level at 4-4.Murray missed his first match point in the tiebreaker as he netted a forehand return, but closed out the win on his second chance with an ace.last_img read more

World Bank Approves US$16.36m

first_imgTo Support Reforms and Poverty Reduction The World Bank has approved supplemental financing of US$16.36 million for the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-lll) for Liberia.This operation will help respond quickly to the country’s urgent needs, generated by the twin shocks of the Ebola and the sustained slump in global commodity prices, in addition to the impact of the withdrawal of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).These factors have worsened the already sharp economic downturn, with severe adverse consequences for employment and fiscal revenues.“The World Bank Group (WBG) has been an active partner in supporting Liberia through the times of crises. It mobilized financial and technical assistance in close coordination and cooperation with other development partners. The WBG stands ready to further support the Government of Liberia in the effort to transform the economy, make it resilient to shocks and improve the well-being of the Liberian people,” said Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Country Manager in Liberia.This supplemental financing for the PRSDPO-lll comprises US$6.5 million International Development Association (IDA) grant, US$5.5 million IDA credit and US$4,366,500 grant from the Liberia Forest Landscape Single Donor Trust Fund provided by the Kingdom of Norway.This single tranche operation is supplementing the third in a programmatic series of four development policy operations undertaken by the World Bank and is consistent with its Country Partnership Strategy. It will help sustain and deepen the Government of Liberia’s reform efforts in the context of the implementation of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), which remains the country’s extant medium-term strategy in the wake of the Ebola and commodity price crises.“The twin shocks and the UNMIL drawdown have intensified fiscal pressures and weakened macroeconomic stability. Beyond the short-term response to the twin shocks, Liberia must undergo through deep institutional, economic and social transformation to address key constraints to sustainable and inclusive growth,” said Marina Bakanova and Daniel Boakye, World Bank Co-Task Team Leaders of the Project.This supplemental financing will help to protect priority expenditures and to implement reform measures to put the economy on sound footing under a credible macroeconomic framework. “This will not only support the economic recovery and provide jobs but will also be critical for building resilience to future shocks,” they said.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960 helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.3 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about $19 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA black GOLF GTI identical to the car that i owner back in the 80’sON THE ROAD, AGAIN. BY BRIAN MCDAIDAll time best carGOLF-TANGO-INDIA. I was asked recently what was the best car I ever drove? I went into a trance in an effort of trying to answer the question. Ironically the car that seem to give me the most grief and attention from the law was the car that I reminisce about most.Back in the 80’s, I had admired this motor since it arrived a couple of years earlier from Dublin in a sorry state. The late Danny Caddye had this battered up Black Golf GTI  in the corner of his garage on the Church Lane where he slowly but surely breathed life back into this hot hatch. He upgraded a lot of stuff on it like suspensions and brakes etc. and fitted a new janspeed exhaust system.The exhaust would have help increased the power output of the 1600 fuel injected engine, but for a young idiot like me it was the raw sound that the GTI produced that was so infectious.So a couple of years later, when this car came on the market, I felt this GTI had my name on it. Funny enough when I went into my not-so-friendly bank manager, he wasn’t looking at the same hymn sheet as I was. He was crying about the payments that I missed on the car that I had, and asked how I could manage the payments of a costly car like this? “Make no mistake about it”The car left the factory in Germany with 110 brake horse power and to recall the words of the late Danny Caddye , “make no mistake about it” it probably left that old tin garage in the Church Lane with another few ponies of horse power when Danny was finished with it.I finally got the car of my dreams and after a long talk with the bank manager, he gave me the money.  I know this car might not look that fast on paper, but compared to the cars of today some 30 years on,  this was a flying machine.One of  the things that made them so exciting to drive was the chance that you might not get them stopped due to the very poor brakes. This was only a problem on right hand drive Golfs with the brake servo system fitted to be of most effectiveness to the driver on the left hand drive on the continent.I don’t think it was only the GTI Golf that had this problem with the brakes. It was just that you were going so fast in a GTI, it’s that the lack of brakes was a bigger problem. This Golf was so raw to drive, no power steering and with the stiffened springs and lowered suspension you could feel every stone on the road. I will never forget the memory of driving this car , which is easy to rekindle like when on the Derry Rd. out of Letterkenny. There is a small bump on the main busy road, just past Donaghey’s Motorhomes which is locally known as Shell Bridge. My old GTI would lift and loss the grip on the road as it went over it.Even years on if I am heading out that road on the outside lane, no matter what I am driving. The feeling that you get in your stomach when you become airborne reminds me of them great days behind the wheel of the Golf GTI.Blown Engine.I am not so proud of this today but I managed to blow the engine in this GTI two weeks after I got it. Looking back it probably had more to do with the high mileage than my driving.  The engine was rebuilt and I was back on the road and warned by the mechanic to run the engine in very slowly under 40 mph for the first 500 miles. That’s where the problems started for me. On a trip back from Derry one night –  doing what I was told to, for a change, driving slowly –  I noticed a car following me from Newtowncunninghan to Letterkenny. I made a couple of efforts to move onto the hard shoulder for the car to overtake me but they were ignored.As I arrived on the outskirts of Letterkenny, I noticed the car behind turned out to be unmarked  Garda car. Feeling that I had nothing to hide I pulling into Fabies chipper on the High Rd, and  surprise surprise the Garda Car pulled in behind me.  Two plain clothes detectives approached me and ask to see my driving licence, which I showed them as well as answering questions of my whereabouts that evening. I ask them was there anything wrong, they admitted that I drew attention to myself for driving so slow in a high performance car. That particular evening there was a robbery near Newtown and  I ended up as a possible suspect for driving suspiciously too slow. That was the first evening I heard my GTI referred to on the Garda Radio as GOLF-TANGO-INDIA (GTI)Craigavon BridgeI was heading along the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge, listening to the glorious sound made by my golf in the confined space when all of a sudden the oil light came on. Newly built engines burn oil and knowing that I forgot to check it as regular as I should. I quickly switched off the engine and free wheeled it to where I could get  it up on the footpath and out of the traffic .I headed up to the Waterside to buy a gallon of oil, when I found an auto factors they wouldn’t  take my punts so I had to go and get sterling from a nearby  ATM , then head back to the busy auto factors to buy my oil.I didn’t think I was away from my beloved GTI that long  but when I returned the R.U.C. had the whole of the bridge sealed off. In the distance I could see  the British army unloading a remote control robot which was preparing to head in the direction of  my car to preform a controlled explosion on what the thought was a suspect vehicle, my beautiful Golf!I had some bit of convincing to do, me standing there with my gallon of oil. Did you think it would be OK to leave a Dublin registered free state car abandoned  with the hazard lights flashing and the footpath/traffic island, not a good idea. SIR !You could just imagine the looks I was getting when the security services finally decided to open the road after they all gave me a push to get started as the hazard lights flattened the battery. I can still hear one of the out of breath police officers saying to himself as he listened to a message on his radio, “Any developments on GOLF-TANGO-INDIA ?.. Over “  he replied, “I told you,  we should have blown this yoke up.”Thirty years on and I still have a Golf , not a GTI unfortunately but a six year old diesel version , which I love,  I think the Golf  has grown old very gracefully now in their Mk5. The cars still stand out as some with as a car of understated class. Great memories.Donegal Mayor Launches DrawJames Cullen was pictured with Donegal’s Mayor Cllr. Ciaran Brogan who launched the draw for a chance of a holiday of a life time to the Rally Finland Later this year.Donegal Mayor Launches DrawJames Cullen was pictured with Donegal’s Mayor Cllr. Ciaran Brogan who launched the draw for a chance of a holiday of a life time to the Rally Finland Later this year. It’s all a part of the plan to get James Cullen back on the stages for the 2016 Donegal International Rally by taking part in our Bonus Ball competition. Your entry will go towards helping fund James’ run in the Rally and you can win Trip for 2 to Rally Finland with Alan Verso valued at over €2000 The Prize include Return Flights from Dublin Airport, Car Hire, 5 Nights Accommodation in Jyvaskyla ,Stage Passes, Draw will be the National Lottery Draw Saturday 30th April 2016 at 8pmFuel watchI thought for a minute that Applegreen were giving away their petrol and diesel for nothing on the Derry Rd. in Letterkenny this week,  until I noticed the makeshift handwritten sign with the prices for Diesel and Petrol on it. Both prices are moving up slowly across donegal over the last few weeks. we will keep you postedAND FINALLY……Well done to the Donegal crew of Marty Gallagher and Dean O’Sullivan who were one the best performing teams of the weekend.After three retirements from the last three rallies, they managed a 33rd overall. It was a great finish considering they lost a lot of time with a puncture on the rally.MY FAVOURITE CAR AND BOMB ALERTS – ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH BRIAN McDAID was last modified: April 14th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to attacking a doorman at a Letterkenny bar.Letterkenny District Court.Ian Balfour, a father-of-four, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with assault causing harm to Sean Gallagher at the Central Bar on February 23rd, 2013. A previous siting of the court heard how the injuries caused to Mr Gallagher were “extremely serious.”Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said she was waiting the outcome of a medical report on the matter.Judge Keenan Johnston adjourned the case until April 1st for a report from the probation service.The accused, 37, currently lives at Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh and is signing on at a Garda station in Cavan.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACK ON LETTERKENNY DOORMAN was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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:assaultCentral BarIan Blafourletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgTERMON’S Operation Transformation volunteers certainly know how to fight the flab.The group has already lost an astonishing 20.6 stone!And there’s more to come off, they say – including local independent councillor Michael McBride. “It’s a fantastic result so far,” said Mary McGrenra, taking full advantage of the news to inform Donegal Daily readers that there’s no excuses for anyone wanting to get fit.So if you are looking to make the first move for fitness come along to any of the classes at An Craoibhin. It’s just €4 per class.New classes added:6.45am spin class Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9.30am Circuit class every Tuesday and Thursday morningGreat for parents who are dropping their kids off at school.Glenveagh Eagles, Termons Basketball Club, train here every Saturday morning, so why not come along and give it a try Under 9 train at 9.30 and U-11’s at 10.30 with Dermot Kelly . Just €3 per child or family rate of €5.Craoibhín parent & toddler group meet every Tuesday morning at 10.30-12.30 in our hall, a safe friendly environment for New mums, babies, toddlers and expectant mums. Open to the Daddys also!  Just €2 per family. Refreshments included.Craoibhín Childcare is open from 8am -6pm offering ,Before & Afterschool, Naoinra & Creche places also available under CCs & Ecce schemes. Irish classes are run here every Tuesday evening, for info call or e-mail us.Easter Camp– If you want to register your child for our Easter camp, Please call us. Min numbers apply.Termon Jujitsu here every Thursday from 6.30pm new members always welcome and first class is free.Slim R Us with Karen Mc Glinchey every Thursday at 7pm Contact number is 074 91 19988 or 086 8437407Email: info@craoibhintermon.ieJUST BRILLIANT: TERMON’S OPERATION TRANSFORMATION LOSES INCREDIBLE 20 STONE! was last modified: January 29th, 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:JUST BRILLIANT: TERMON’S OPERATION TRANSFORMATION LOSES INCREDIBLE 20 STONE!last_img read more

Montebello runners showcase talents

first_img The format at the San Gabriel Valley Championships called for five varsity races for both boys and girls. The first race pitted each school’s best runners against each other, and the second featured each school’s second-best runner, and so on. While the meet afforded Montebello the opportunity to run against some of the East and West San Gabriel Valley powers, the Oilers were also able to preview their own league. Almont League rivals Alhambra, San Gabriel and Keppel also competed in the invitational. The Moors were by the far the most competitive of the aforementioned trio. Sophomore Phillip Benavides (16:11) finished third in boys race one, a good 29 seconds behind Ceja. Alhambra’s Carlos Hernandez (race two, 17:57) and Brian Figueroa (race four, 18:49) both finished 16th in their races. On the girls side, the Moors’ Jazmine Martinez (21:34) took fifth in race four. “I expect my kids to be near the top of the league this year,’ Flores said. “This type of running will get you prepared for league.’ Saturday’s race had a couple of surprises, including Arcadia winning its first Division I championship at Mt. SAC. “This is special,’ Arcadia coach Ray Mynster said. “The last two years we came in second. It feels good to win.’ The Apaches were led by Joanne Boulat’s (19:45) second-place finish in girls race two. The Arcadia trio of Roxy Pacheco (race three, 20:56), Tiffany Salvador (race four, 21:19) and Jennifer Yip (race five, 22:07) finished third in their respective races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior Javier Ceja was the top area runner of the day, taking second place in boys varsity race one. Ceja’s time of 15:42 was good for 15th place all-time at Mt. SAC. “Javier is an excellent runner,’ Oilers coach Victoria Flores said. “He and David (Santana) and Chris (Teran) are my top three runners. I expect them to be near the top.’ WALNUT — While there was a small number of Whittier-area cross country teams at Saturday’s San Gabriel Valley Championships at Mt. San Antonio College, there was no shortage of local winners thanks to a strong performance by Montebello High School. While the Oilers did not finish high in the overall team standings, the Almont League powerhouse showcased several strong individual performances. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Two races later, both runners lived up to their coach’s expectations by finishing first in races two and three, respectively. Santana (16:06), who was the top runner in race two, held off Damien’s Rami Totari by two seconds. “This feels pretty good,’ a winded Santana said. “Yeah, I really like this course. My goal here was to see how good I really was and to hopefully be one of the top runners.’ Teran (16:37) had a slightly easier time in race three, far outpacing Glendora’s Nick Nichols (17:10). Other solid Oilers’ finishers included Adriana Roque (22:54), who finished 15th in girls race three, and Judith Flores (24:31), who took 16th in girls race four. last_img read more

Datebook: Thursday, December 22

first_imgTODAY: The Valley Ice Center will premier “Winter Wonderland,” an ice skating charity event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., 8750 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City. Admission: $10, with $1 donated to a Valley-based charity. A Winter Holiday Show will be held, 7 p.m. at the North Hollywood Recreation Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 763-7651. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will host a guest speaker, 7:30 p.m. at the Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd. Encino. Free admission. FRIDAY: The youth dance troupe The Top Hats and “A Place Called Home” dancers will perform, noon at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive-Town Square, Fairfax District in Los Angeles. — Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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


first_imgSinn Fein Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has said Irish Water’s refusal to meet with Donegal County Councillors is a display of contempt for the people of Donegal. Cllr Gallagher said today: “Donegal County Council has continuously asked for a meeting between the representatives of the people of Donegal and Irish Water in order to discuss numerous issues regarding water Infrastructure and charges being imposed on the people of this county.“Irish Water has refused to meet the council. This is beyond contempt considering the priceless piece of infrastructure that was handed over to them by the government – the biggest case of daylight robbery of the people of this county.” “Irish Water has instead organised eight regional meetings which include numerous councils meeting together in a centralised location. I would estimate that these regional meetings could cost tens of thousands of euro, and again it will be the people who will pay for this. This is a scandalous situation, and another example of how out of touch this monstrous quango is with the people.” ANGER AS IRISH WATER REFUSE TO MEET DONEGAL COUNCILLORS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 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:donegal councilIrish WaterSinn Feinlast_img read more

Urgent crime alert issued over suspicious vehicle

first_imgGARDAÍ have issued an urgent crime alert over a suspicious vehicle.The occupants of a Silver Ford Focus have been seen acting suspiciously in the Ramelton, Ballyarr and surrounding areas on a number of occasions since 6pm.If you see the vehicle or can trace its whereabouts, gardaí in Milford are waiting on your call. The number to call is 074 91 53060.Officers have also issued a text alert in the area to residents warning them of the crime alert. Urgent crime alert issued over suspicious vehicle was last modified: February 19th, 2018 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:crime alertRameltonlast_img read more