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Jamai Raja humbles Bigdaddykool

first_imgCLASSIC HOPEFUL BIGDADDYKOOL found the going too hot to handle on his three-year-old debut at Caymanas Park yesterday, finishing a disappointing third behind JAMAI RAJA at a mile.Richard Azan-trained JAMAI RAJA ran out a four-and-a-half length winner at odds of 9-5, clocking 1:39.4, beating the filly BIRDCATCHER, a 9-1 long shot.BIGDADDYKOOL finished two-and-a-quarter lengths behind BIRDCATCHER, eased by jockey Shane Ellis approaching the last furlong.It was a dismal run by BIGDADDYKOOL, who had finished third in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day, beating JAMAI RAJA out of sight at a mile.Sent off as the 1-5 favourite, BIGDADDYKOOL was slowly into stride as usual and tailed off at the half mile while JAMAI RAJA went in chase of STUNNER, who led from the start.JAMAI RAJA, treated with lasix for the first time and without his regular tongue strap, pounced on STUNNER coming off the home turn and stayed on strongly under jockey Dane Nelson, handing the three-time champion rider his second winner of the afternoon.Nelson opened the 11-race card with a win aboard 7-2 chance DWAYNE STAR, beating howling 1-5 favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by seven and a half lengths.ACTION MAN made all with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker to romp the 1100-metre Howard Phillipps Memorial by six-and-a-half lengths.last_img read more

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IOC boss: Sports bodies must clean up their act

first_imgLONDON (AP):Sports organisations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday in a New Year’s message.Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public’s expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to “change or be changed”.”One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realise that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organisations and to protect clean athletes,” Bach said. “Undoubtedly, recent developments in some sports cast a shadow across the whole world of sport.”While Bach didn’t cite any sport by name, he was clearly referring to the corruption scandal that has enveloped football’s governing body FIFA and the allegations of bribery and doping cover-ups involving the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s track and field programme.Noting the public’s growing demand for ethical behavior by athletes and sports bodies, Bach said: “It is our shared responsibility in the Olympic movement to provide new answers to new questions.”FIFA is reeling from a corruption scandal that has led to the arrests of dozens of football and marketing officials and eight-year bans for outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Union of European Football Associations head Michel Platini. Blatter is a former member of the International Olympic Committee.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended following a damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged widespread, state-sponsored doping in the country. Russia’s track and field athletes could miss next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF’s former president, Lamine Diack, was arrested and charged by French authorities with corruption and money laundering, stemming from allegations that he took money to cover up positive tests in Russia.last_img read more

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Noise nuisance

first_imgDear Editor,Government’s current concern about the country’s noise nuisance is long overdue and most welcome. Its particular concern for the comfort of visitors who stay at the Marriott Hotel which underlies the banning of noise generated for “entertainment, social and other events” above the permissible level at the hotel’s beachfront is undoubtedly good, ol’ Guyanese hospitality.There can be no doubt that Government is equally concerned about the comfort of its own citizens and must, therefore, have a new policy with regard to the noise nuisances that are Mashramani and the newly-minted Independence Carnival.The residents of Kitty and Queenstown, Georgetown, have suffered the illegal ear-splitting noise that accompanies these national celebrations for decades. The noise which shakes our homes to their very foundation and which goes on unabated all day and well into the night has actually been encouraged and approved by all past governments.However, now that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan vows to crack down on bars, restaurants, music carts, etc, that breach the peace with extremely loud music, there must also be a stated policy with regard to Mashramani and Carnival.There is every hope that these very important holidays can become national models for the kind of peace and decency, which show us to be law-abiding citizens who practise good neighbourliness and have due regard for the law.I am already breathing a sigh of relief in anticipation of Minister Ramjattan’s public announcement of Government’s policy on these particular noise nuisances which, we can be sure, will reflect Government’s concern for the comfort of all its citizens and a full adherence to the law.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

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Public Security Ministry to enforce protocol for Police donations

first_imgThe Public Security Ministry will examine new protocols for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to receive donations so that professionalism is not compromised.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan made this pronouncement on Wednesday at the Ministry on Brickdam, where he pledged to examine establishing protocols that stipulate that donations to the GPF be made through the Ministry, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.The current operational protocol states that donations to the GPF must be made to the Commissioner of Police. Minister Ramjattan noted that this protocol will be enforced in the meantime so that Police officers’ professionalism is not compromised.Donations by businesses often help to meet an immediate need of Police Stations and officers, Minister Ramjattan noted. “Indeed there are times when the Police and/or the CPGs (Community Policing Groups)… require the assistance of businessmen and there are genuine businessmen who give without wanting anything in return, and who will never compromise the professionalism of the Police Force,” the minister pointed out.However, he emphasised that donations received from businesses do not guarantee any protection if they break the law. “We do not want to see businessmen giving and expecting that they, having committed a crime, will now see that CPG group or Police Force compromising the investigation thereafter,” Minister Ramjattan said.last_img read more

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Inmate escapes from work crew

first_imgCASTAIC – A 32-year-old inmate escaped Monday after he walked away from a landscaping work crew around noon, authorities said. Roberto Alvarez, a 5-foot-10-inch Latino, weighing 185 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, is an inmate at the Pitchess Detention Center North Facility, said Deputy Maribel Rizo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Alvarez is serving time for a narcotics violation, Rizo said. He was last seen wearing yellow prison pants and shirt. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Watch: Manchester United and Liverpool target shows off in England Under-21s training

first_imgManchester United and Liverpool target Danny Ings produced a super back-heeled finish in England Under-21s training on Thursday.Ings has starred for Burnley this season with nine Premier League goals and is likely to be the subject of a transfer tussle with his contract at Turfmoor expiring this summer.last_img

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Future of Jackson’s Hotel safe after local businessman buys it

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The future of one of Donegal’s best-known hotels is safe after it was purchased by a local businessman.Jackson’s Hotel, which is currently being run by a receiver, has been bought by popular local businessman Tommy Gallen.Mr Gallen, who already owns the popular Villa Rose Hotel and Spa in the Twin Towns, completed the deal yesterday. Up until January, 2015, Jackson’s was owned and operated by another popular local couple, Barry and Margaret Jackson.The hotel, which was opened in 1945, has been operating successfully under the receiver appointed by Bank of Ireland.But the purchase of the hotel by Mr Gallen has now secured its future in local hands.Locals in the Twin Towns are delighted with the news as Mr Gallen is a hugely-respected businessman who is involved in the running of the Villa Rose. Mr Gallen could not be reached for a comment at this time.Future of Jackson’s Hotel safe after local businessman buys it was last modified: October 13th, 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:BallybofeydonegalJackson’s HotelRECEIVERTommy GallenVilla Roselast_img read more

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first_imgStunning image of Slieve League taken by Noel Keating. Photo taken by Gary Loveridge yesterday morning at 2am over Fanad.The Northern Lights from Tory Island by Owen Clarke.PICTURE SPECIAL: Above are a selection of images that were taken from different parts of Donegal which captured the mesmerising beauty of the Northern Lights. Due to the recent explosion of solar storms there is an increased chance of seeing even more Northern Lights in the coming days.Some parts of the county have been unable to view the stunning sight due to cloudy conditions.But in Slieve League, Tory Island and Fanad the conditions were absolutely perfect last night which led to these incredible images being taken. PIC SPECIAL – MORE STUNNING IMAGES OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS TAKEN ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: March 19th, 2015 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:AuroraFanadFeaturesnewsnorthern lightspicture specialSlieve LeagueTory Islandlast_img read more

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first_imgTrendy fashion label Fred Perry are selling a range of ‘Donegal jumpers’ which are actually made in…….China!The English company has been accused of cashing in on the romantic image of rural Ireland.The clothes house, which counts Modfather Paul Weller and the late Amy Winehouse among their fans, have just launched their Autumn collection. And amongst the clothing is a line of Donegal knitwear which the designer claims it took its inspiration from Ireland’s rich heritage.Its brochures boast “Take inspiration from heritage fabrics this season with this reworked Donegal tweed sweater, knitted in rich lambswool.“Giving a nod to rural styling with the additional of tonal patches on each elbow, this soft knit has the appearance of the traditional Irish tweed.”However the reality is that the wool used in its Donegal clothing does not come from Ireland at all. In fact the label claiming to be in the name of rugged sheepfarmers from Ardara, Glenties and Glencolmcille actually makes its Donegal sweaters in CHINA!A number of wool and tweed manufacturers said they knew nothing about the Fred Perry Donegal collection.And the biggest Donegal tweed producer, Magees of Donegal Town, said they certainly weren’t connected with the range.“We don’t know who is supplying them with the material but it’s definitely not us,” said a spokesman.One other wool supplier from West Donegal said “Fred who? I don’t think I’ve ever met him? “Has he a shop in Donegal? I don’t think we supply our wool to him.”And the price of garments from the aptly named Donegal range doesn’t come cheap.Some of the simply Donegal crew neck sweater which feature Fred Perry’s signature Laurel Wreath cost £100.A spokesman for Fred Perry said ”Please note that the Donegal Crew Neck Jumper for Fred Perry is inspired by the Donegal Tweed. Our version is lambswool,” he said. TOP FASHION LABEL MAKE THEIR DONEGAL SWEATERS IN ……CHINA! was last modified: October 2nd, 2011 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:Donegal crew neck sweatersFred Perrylast_img read more

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Top honour for Cape Town mayor

first_imgMayor of Cape Town Helen Zille flanked byher supporters. She has been named 2008World Mayor for her dedication to takingcare of the city and its inhabitants.(Image: Helen Zille) Tamara O’Reilly Cape Town’s charismatic mayor Helen Zille has been announced 2008 World Mayor, making her the pick of a crop of worldwide city leaders that are making a sterling contribution to their cities.The World Mayor Project has been run by London based independent internet platform since April 2003. The aim of the website is to publicise work being done by mayors in cities across the world and to raise their profiles in their countries and internationally.Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the strongest opposition party to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) took up the position of mayor of the City of Cape Town in 2006.“It is a great honour to have been awarded the World Mayor award. It is a tribute to the teams, in the mayor’s office, the city officials, my caucus colleagues, the team in Parliament and my family who work tirelessly to support me in everything I do,” says Zille. “It is a great incentive for us to keep working to build democracy in South Africa with opportunities for all.”More than 800 mayors from around the world were nominated for the award. This was eventually watered down to 50 which included 11 mayors each from Asia and Latin America, 10 from North America and 15 from Europe. Two of the three African candidates who made the Top 50 list were from South Africa – the other being City of Johannesburg Mayor, Amos Masondo. The list was then further shortened to 11 finalists, including the mayor of Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden as well as mayor of Zurich, Switzerland.Editor of City Mayors, Tann vom Hove, says Zille was the unanimous choice for the 2008 World Mayor Prize which was motivated by the comments and supporting statements readers made during the adjudication process. “The Mayor of Cape Town has dedicated all her professional life to further the well-being of all sections of South African society. She has done so with courage, tenacity and, above all, a deep-felt love for Cape Town, her country and its people.”Zille’s association with politics began as a reporter for the Rand Daily Mail where she made her mark by uncovering the truth behind the death of apartheid activist and Black Consciousness Movement founder Steve Biko.She was the Member of the Executive Committee for Education in the Western Cape and subsequently became a Member of Parliament for the DA. Within the party rose to deputy federal chairperson and became the national party spokesperson and spokesperson for education.She was a finalist in the South African Woman of the Year Award in 2003. Zille reflects the multilingualism of the country, and speaks English, Afrikaans and Xhosa (as well as the language of her parents, German).A total of more than 200,000 votes and comments on the finalist mayors were received from around the world. In previous years voters were allowed cast the make their choice with a simple click. This year though, all voters had to provide a comment for their votes to count.Commenting on Zille’s performance, one reader had this to say, “I served under the previous mayor, and now have the privilege of serving under Helen. The difference in the council is phenomenal. Every councillor is included in portfolio committees with real oversight powers and input, whereas previously input from all but the chosen few was listened to.  We now have a public accounts oversight committee (the first in a South African municipality), with an opposition party chairperson, to ensure real accountability and minimise corruption. Mayoral Committee meetings, which were previously held behind closed doors, are now open to the public and the media.  The appointment of officials is being done on merit, instead of on political allegiance. Performance is being driven from the top, and we are all being held accountable in our sphere of influence.”Runner up in the contest was Zurich’s mayor Elmar Lederberger while the third spot went to Leopoldo Lopez, Mayor of Chacao, Venezuela.Related articlesCape Town, a sustainable city South Africa’s political partiesUseful linksHelen Zille City of Cape Town SA HistoryDemocratic Alliancelast_img read more

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