Impressive win by Long Running Train

first_img Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualified The progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1).last_img read more

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6 years’ jail for man caught with gun, ammo

first_imgA 28-year-old man was on Tuesday sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after he admitted to illegal gun and ammunition charges.Linden BourneLinden Bourne, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Bourne admitted that on October 17, at Princess Street, Georgetown, he had in possession one .38 pistol when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. He also admitted that on the same day at the same location he had in his possession four 9mm ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. Meanwhile, a third charge stated that Bourne also had in his possession two .38 ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on October 17, Bourne, along with three other persons, were in motorcar PVV 3123 heading west on Princess Street; Police ranks on patrol stopped the vehicle. The court heard that Bourne, who was the driver, exited the car while holding a pouch. The ranks then carried out a search on the pouch and the ammunitions were found. Prosecutor Jeffers also informed the court that a search was carried and a gun was found under some food boxes in the backseat of the car. Bourne claimed that he found the weapon in an alleyway in North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The Chief Magistrate, after hearing the facts of the case, jailed Bourne for two years on each of the charges. However, the sentences will run concurrently. Bourne will therefore spend two years in prison.last_img read more

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Nature center overhaul opposed

first_imgThe new facility will be called the River Discovery Center. Not so fast, says a local group that believes the Whittier Narrows Nature Center is just fine the way it is, name and all. The group, Friends of the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, is opposing the state’s plans for a $27 million overhaul of the park. Last weekend, the group kicked off a series of weekly strategy sessions aimed at offering alternatives to the proposed expansion. Jim Odling, president of the group, said destroying large sections of open space designated as a natural area to make way for a tripling of parking spaces and a 150-seat conference center defeats the purpose of the park. “This is a place where people go to see a habitat in its natural state,” Odling said. “We don’t need a 150-seat classroom to teach about the environment. We just take the kids outside on nature hikes, right into the habitats as they are.” Among other things, Odling worries that the plan’s proposal for a meandering stream with a hard clay bottom will interrupt the habitat of the protected red-tailed hawks. “We could spend that money more wisely on things the kids can use and interact with outside,” he said. “The issue is complicated and is obscured by the” multiplicity of agencies involved in the project. Four agencies are involved in the project, including the Upper San Gabriel River Municipal Water District, the Central Basin Municipal Water District, the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the state’s Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC). With a targeted start date for construction of June 2009, officials hope the new center will be open by the end of 2010. Funding raised so far has come from the water districts, the RMC and a $2.2 million settlement the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts paid the state for recent sewage spills. Officials also hope to receive at least $5 million in state water bond money, Faustinos said. The new facility is designed to be “green” certified regarding its energy efficiency, building materials to be used in its construction, and its impact on the environment, she said. While Odling’s group does support “additions to the Whittier Narrows Natural Area that are for the benefit of wildlife,” it mainly opposes the size of the proposed expansion, he said. But Faustinos said the group’s concerns have been and continue to be addressed in an environmental review for the project that is currently underway. The review should be complete in May, she added. Some adjustments to the original design have already been made to leave “as little environmental impact as possible,” she said. Faustinos said the project has been in the works for more than five years. “The water districts specifically realized they had a tremendous need for a facility to educate people about water issues,” she said. “We’ll be able to use the facility to teach about recycling water, habitat protection, water sheds, the cultural history of water and then take them outside to the river. “It’s an opportunity to reach potentially 10 million people in a 20-mile radius,” she added. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER NARROWS – The small drab museum sits on 200 acres of scrubby beige landscape dotted with electrical towers. Inside, aging taxidermy displays contain owls, rodents, reptiles and other critters. If county and state officials and regional water agencies have their way, however, the quaint Whittier Narrows Nature Center will get a radical face-lift and a new name. Plans call for the current 2,000-square-foot center to be replaced by a 19,000-square-foot facility that includes an outdoor wet/dry classroom and a 150-seat conference center, said Belinda Faustinos, interim executive director for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority (SGRDCA), a joint powers authority that is overseeing the project. last_img read more

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Arsenal join race for wantaway PSG midfielder Rabiot

first_imgHowever, they could now be joined by Arsenal, whose boss Unai Emery has little cash to spend in the summer and would to take Rabiot on a free transfer.The Gunners boss is said to want three new signings, but will have to do it on a budget, according to the reports, unless he can boost funds by moving on the likes of Mesut Ozil at the end of the season.It has been suggested that Emery will now step up his interest in Rabiot, who has yet to sign a new deal and will be playing his football elsewhere next season.Competition for his services will be hot with Barcelona leading the way, but it looks as though the Gunners will make an approach of their own, while other clubs are also sure to throw their hat into the mix.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal join race for wantaway PSG midfielder Rabiot. Photo/TEAM TALKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 5 – Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot with a view to signing him on a free transfer.Rabiot is heading for the exit door after refusing to sign a new deal with the Parisians and a switch to Catalan giants Barcelona is said to be the player’s preferred option.last_img read more

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Seedorf wants crowd-pleasing Cameroon win over Benin

first_img0Shares0000Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf watches his team draw 0-0 with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt © AFP / OZAN KOSECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 1 – Cameroon coach and former Dutch star Clarence Seedorf hopes the Africa Cup of Nations trophy-holders can deliver a more crowd-pleasing performance against Benin in Egypt Tuesday.The Champions League winner as a player with Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid and AC Milan conceded that the 0-0 draw with Ghana at the weekend offered little excitement. “It may not have been good for the fans and we want to do better, but I saw two organised teams who created enough chances to have won,” he said.Here, AFP Sport looks at the Group E and Group F fixtures — the last of the group stage — with all eight countries in contention for round-of-16 places.Cameroon v BeninSeedorf defended his tactics after the clash with Ghana fell far short of expectations, saying he always aims to win.“We never start a match to draw, we start to win, but I was satisfied with a point,” he said of a result that virtually guarantees the Indomitable Lions a last-16 place.Cameroon lead Group F with four points, two more than Benin and Ghana and three ahead of Guinea-Bissau.Benin are seeking a first Cup of Nations victory after 11 failed attempts spanning four tournaments and a 0-0 draw with Guinea-Bissau was a huge setback.Ghana v Guinea-BissauAfrica legend Jay-Jay Okocha (L) is critical of Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOVAfrican football legend Jay-Jay Okocha believes Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah could be fired if they lose to Guinea-Bissau and are eliminated.The retired Nigeria midfielder says he is “disappointed with Appiah and so are Ghanaians” after draws against Benin and Cameroon have left the Black Stars unsure of qualification.“Kwesi has to win against Guinea-Bissau to keep his job,” said Okocha, who was part of the 1994 Nigeria Cup of Nations-winning team.Guinea-Bissau are among four teams who failed to score in their first two group matches with former Liverpool youth team forward Toni Silva among those misfiring.Angola v MaliThese countries played a remarkable opening match at the 2010 Cup of Nations with Mali coming from four goals behind with 12 minutes remaining to draw 4-4 against tournament hosts Angola.The chances of another goal splurge in this Group E clash are slim, however, as the first 24 matches in Egypt produced a meagre 43 goals, an average of 1.7 per game.Among those leaders Mali will look to for goals is Moussa Marega, whose six for Porto in the last Champions League was bettered only by Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.Angola have been unpredictable in two draws under Serb coach Srdjan Vasiljevic, impressing when holding Tunisia before giving a mediocre performance against Mauritania.Mauritania v TunisiaTunisia have been one of the flops of the Cup of Nations so far, taking only two points from uninspiring displays against Angola and Mali.Coach and former France star Alain Giresse has reacted angrily to public criticism that he is not starting midfielder Ferjani Sassi.“Ferjani is returning from injury and needs rehabilitation in order to return to his full level,” said the 1980s midfielder.After a 4-1 hiding from Mali, debutants Mauritania tightened up to draw 0-0 with Angola and hopes of a shock win could hinge on shackling in-form Tunisia forward Wahbi Khazri.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThis video above, shows why the stunning scenery and spectacular rock climbing in one of the most remote places in Ireland, has been shortlisted as one of the best places to go wild in Ireland. The Irish Times has chosen five finalists in the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland contest. The locations selected are, Clare Island, Co Mayo; the Erris region, Co Mayo; the Beara peninsula, Cos Cork and Kerry; the Donegal coast from Killybegs to Ardara; and the Fermanagh Lake-lands.The competition is a hunt for the best spots in the 32 counties to experience nature, from quiet paradises that offer escapes from the bustle of daily life, to dramatic locations that offer intense sports such as surfing and coasteering.The judges’ criteria include natural beauty, variety (places that offer a range of ways to experience nature) and novelty (places that were not well known).They are now visiting these locations, before naming one destination as the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland, on Saturday, June 7th. Below are a review of the locations that have been shortlisted by the Irish Times.The Fermanagh LakelandsWhat the pitch said: submitted by Matt Maguire: “A fabulous river system spanning the length of the county.From water sports to great hotels and bars to enjoy on the riverside, along with amazing walks that take in the breathtaking scenery.”What The Irish Times says: “Nature has been allowed to flourish, and conservation work is focused on restoring the geo-park back to its natural state. This area is not only protected but provides a diverse landscape for people to climb mountains, explore bogs or take to the water.”The Donegal coast, Killybegs to Ardara What the pitch said: Several readers nominated this stretch of Donegal coast, or parts of it. Climber Iain Miller wrote about the view from the 100m-high sea stack, Cnoc na Mara: “It sits in one of the most remote and inaccessible locations in Ireland. Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible.”What The Irish Times says: “Its remote nature is what makes it special. Slieve League [mountain and cliffs] itself is spectacular. It’s amazing that it hasn’t received more attention. If you like the outdoors and get the weather – bliss.”Clare Island, Co MayoWhat the pitch said: submitted by Tracie O’Leary: “You won’t find a better location to be in tune with mother nature and her elements. The island has the perfect natural features for almost every outdoor activity.”What The Irish Times says: “Barring the presence of electricity and motors, Clare Island has changed little in 100 years.Activity- oriented (from guided walks, to horse whispering, to snorkelling) and nature-friendly, it has all the qualities of a ‘wild’ destination but with amenities to suit all travellers.”Erris, Co MayoWhat the pitch said: the Erris region in northwest Mayo was the most nominated place in the competition.Deborah Reilly described Belmullet as “the west’s hidden gem, with a multitude of activities and adventures.With plummeting sea cliffs and imposing headlands sitting elegantly beside our white sandy beaches, it certainly is a little piece of heaven”.What The Irish Times says: “Erris is a glorious, wild, unspoilt and stunning little-known area.It’s almost totally undeveloped. We lost count of the gorgeous, isolated, dramatic beaches: beaches for families, for surfers; beaches where you can snorkel; and some where you could walk for miles.”Beara Peninsula, Cork and KerryWhat the pitch said: Marie Goggin wrote: “With magnificent mountains on one side and Bantry Bay on the other, the scenery is stunning.Whether you enjoy a peaceful kayak, a gentle hillwalk, a testing mountain climb, a fishing trip or a swim, the best things in life – and in Beara – are free.”What The Irish Times says: “The easy but significant transition from coastal amenities to complete wilderness is a great combination.The views from the mountains are some of the best in Ireland.”DDTV: CNOC NA MARA SHORTLISTED IN BEST PLACE TO GO WILD IN IRELAND was last modified: May 29th, 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:Best PlacesCnoc Na MaraDDTVdonegalFeaturesIrish TimesnewsShortlistedlast_img read more

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MediaNews buys three Northern California newspapers

first_imgMediaNews Group Inc., publisher of The Daily News and other newspapers, is acquiring four newspapers from McClatchy Co. for $1 billion in cash with backing from Hearst Corp., another publishing company. The four papers _ the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, the Monterey County Herald and the St. Paul Pioneer Press _ are currently owned by Knight Ridder Inc., which McClatchy is in the process of buying. The deal announced late Wednesday will strengthen MediaNews’s presence in northern California, where it already owns several papers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The four papers are among the 12 Knight Ridder properties that McClatchy has said it intends to sell since they don’t meet McClatchy’s acquisition criteria, which include being located in rapidly growing markets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event MediaNews’ interest in the newspapers had been widely known. The three northern California papers would complement the company’s existing holdings, which include The Oakland Tribune and the Marin Independent Journal. MediaNews owns a number of newspapers in geographic clusters, which helps reduce production and other costs and also allows for group advertising sales. “These were the newspapers that excited us the most about Knight Ridder,” MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton said in a statement, calling the deal “a wonderful opportunity at a fair price.” McClatchy would have faced antitrust difficulties owning the St. Paul, Minnesota paper since it already owns the Star Tribune in the neighboring city of Minneapolis. McClatchy said Wednesday that the Department of Justice told the company it would only seek additional information regarding the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, indicating that regulators didn’t see other antitrust concerns with the Knight Ridder takeover. The agreement calls for MediaNews to acquire the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times, which will then be folded into the California Newspaper Partnership, an entity in which it has a 54 percent stake. The other two stakeholders in the partnership, industry leader Gannett Co. and the privately held Stephens Media Group, have agreed to contribute their share of paying for the two papers, according to a joint statement from McClatchy and MediaNews. Separately, Hearst, publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, will buy the Monterey County Herald in California and the St. Paul Pioneer Press and then transfer them to MediaNews in exchange for a stake in all newspapers MediaNews owns outside of the Bay Area. Once the deal closes, MediaNews would become the fourth-largest newspaper company in the country in terms of circulation, with about 2.7 million daily circulation and 53 daily newspapers. The news comes a day after Singleton and Gary Pruitt, the CEO of McClatchy, avoided questions about the status of the negotiations during a joint appearance at an annual conference of newspaper editors in Seattle. Knight Ridder was forced to put itself up for sale last fall following a revolt of its three largest shareholders, who were frustrated with the company’s lagging stock price. Unlike several other newspaper publishers including McClatchy, The New York Times Co. and The Washington Post Co., Knight Ridder was not controlled by a family through a separate class of stock. McClatchy announced a deal to buy Knight Ridder in mid-March for $4.5 billion in cash and stock, plus the assumption of $2 billion in debt. McClatchy, which normally carries a relatively light debt load, is taking on $3.75 billion in debt to finance the cash portion of the deal as well as the $2 billion in debt it is assuming from Knight Ridder. The Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy has said it wants to reach deals as soon as possible for the newspapers it doesn’t plan to keep and plans to use the proceeds to reduce debt. McClatchy intends to keep 20 other newspapers owned by Knight Ridder, which together with the 12 it already owns will make the company the No. 2 newspaper company in the country behind Gannett. 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

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first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Kelley Brogan celebrated her 18th birthday in style last weekend at the Dry Arch Inn.Above are a selection of images which were taken at the birthday bash last weekend. Kelley had an absolute ball with her closest family and friends last Friday night – and a great night was had by all at the popular Letterkenny venue.Management and staff at the Dry Arch Inn would like to extend their best wishes to Kelley, and thank her for choosing to celebrate her birthday bash at the Dry Arch Inn.KELLEY HAS A BALL FOR HER 18TH – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 9th, 2016 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:18thDry Arch InnFeaturesKelley Broganletterkennynewslast_img read more

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Gangster, 18, convicted in boy’s murder

first_imgLANCASTER – A reputed teenage gang member was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in a November 2004 shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy. Jessie James, 18, of Lancaster faces 50 years to life in prison for the slaying of Israel Escobar, who was gunned down as he and companions walked along a Lancaster street. “The group that Mr. James was with approached Israel Escobar and his group. There was an exchange of words, then Jessie James started to shoot his gun, then ran around a wall, took aim at Israel Escobar and shot him in the head,” Deputy District Attorney Benny Osorio said. “It was one group going against another group.” An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before finding James guilty of murder and finding to be true gang and gun allegations. Osorio said it was clear from witnesses that James was the one who shot first, then ran around a wall and shot the victim. The shooting occurred Nov. 18 as Escobar and his companions were walking along Morningside Avenue and passed another group of teenagers, officials said. Paramedics arrived and tried to resuscitate the boy but he was already dead. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsJames was 17 when the incident occurred and was charged in adult court. The defense argued unsuccessfully that another person was the gunman. James’ attorney, David Houchin, said two witnesses – the victim’s brother and a friend of the victim – identified another person as saying, “Give me the gun, give me the gun.” “He was older, taller, and the most dominant person in the crowd,” Houchin said. One witness said shots were fired after someone said, “Give me the gun,” and that’s when the victim was struck, Houchin said. last_img read more

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Man who fell asleep in Chinese restaurant abused Gardai when he woke up

first_imgA man who fell asleep in a Chinese restaurant and then abused Gardai when he was awoken has been ordered to pay €150 to charity.Sean Ward of 14 Hilltop Crescent, Stranorlar was in Chinatown Restaurant on Letterkenny’s Port Road on February 8th last. He was extremely intoxicated and staff were trying to lock up the premises.When he was eventually awoken, Ward, aged 32, abused Gardai and staff.He appeared at Letterkenny District Court today and was asked by Judge Paul Kelly if he had a drink problem.Mr Ward, who has no previous convictions and is a mechanic by profession, denied he had a drink problem and said it was a one off occasion.Judge Kelly ordered Ward to pay €150 to a Christmas charity rising funds for Pieta House and the Donegal Hospice.Man who fell asleep in Chinese restaurant abused Gardai when he woke up was last modified: December 12th, 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)last_img read more

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