Seeking My Dream wins rich Diamond Mile

first_imgThis year’s derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM, running as the 3-1 second favourite, turned in a ‘Horse of the Year’ performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the inaugural running of the rich Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile.Ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker in the green and black chequered silks of Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the classy 3-y-o colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta stormed through on the inside early in the straight to win by 2 1/4 lengths from the 2012 derby winner and two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ TYPEWRITER (9-2) with jockey Aaron Chatrie aboard, followed by the DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the 2013 derby winner, finishing another two lengths away third.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was the 2-1 favourite for the race which had a purse of $13.5 million, the largest ever offered for any race in the English-speaking Caribbean.With the winning owner receiving a record $6.5 million and purse money paid to the first 10 past the post, DaCosta, who is safely on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, not only saddled the winner and third horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Robert Halledeen aboard, but fourth past the post ALI BABA (19-1) as well.BLISTERING EARLY PACEDaCosta, who saddled as many as six horses in the field, sent his speedy American 5-y-o gelding FORTUNEONEHUNDRED (74-1) to ensure a blistering early pace from the outside post position. He was joined by another fleet-footed American horse, UPPA TUNE (9-2), under champion jockey Dane Nelson and both had a prolonged duel for the lead in the backstretch, as SEEKING BY DREAM bided his time off the pace in fifth before starting his winning run on the inside approaching the 600-metre pole to win in a fast 1.36.2.Bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, SEEKING MY DREAM, by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’ and Triple Crown winner Alsafra, has now won the two biggest races for the year to become the season’s leading stakes winner with $13.7 million.For owner Derrick Smith, it was part two of a dream come true. “My dream was always to win the derby. But having realised that back in June, I had to dream again and this time it came up big with the Diamond Mile,” said the former minister of national security, who was accompanied by his wife Karleen and their three sons, Derrick Jr, Jay and Duane.DaCosta said that following his close second to PHINEAS under topweight in the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile, SEEKING MY DREAM had the conditions in his favour.”Walker rode a perfect race and I am happy with the outcome, in that Perfect Neighbour placed third and Ali Baba fourth,” he explained.Sales went through the roof with records falling all around. The Diamond Mile sold $2.5 million in win tickets alone and sales touched close to $70 million on 14 races.last_img read more

Workshop on sustainable development held for city officials

first_imgOfficials from the various municipalities have benefited from a workshop on sustainable management and development, held on Thursday at Cara Lodge in Quamina Street, Georgetown.Those present were addressed by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who explained that participation is the key towards driving sustainability into the towns of Guyana.“In Guyana, we’re in a transition as far as the governance architecture is concerned. This is a transition from a centralised approach to governance to a decentralised one, and the trajectory is moving in a different direction,” the minister posited.He added that the restoration of these towns cannot be an ‘overnight endeavour,’ and would therefore involve work on the part of many entities and individuals.These discussions would also facilitate the ideas which would prove to be beneficial to the townships, after looking at external factors which would be assisted by the Office of the Climate Change of the Ministry of the Presidency.“Our local democratic organs, including our municipalities and NDCs (Neighbourhood Democratic Councils), are not cosmetic organs. They’re not appendages of the Central Government, but this shift from the centralised model that is largely obtained is not one that will happen overnight.”While highlighting the remodelling that was done to the newly introduced towns, Bulkan explained that Central Government is willing to extend a helping hand to see materialisation of the additional initiatives proposed by the councils.Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall also shared his remarks on some of the initiatives that his town hopes to achieve in the future. These include the concepts of electric bicycles and hybrid cars, which they hope to bring soon to the community under collaborative efforts with public and private entities.In relation to Thursday’s planning and discussions, he advised, “Whenever we make decisions, our intentions are often in the right place but we have to able to analyse our decisions and consider the unintended consequences.”The mayors, town clerks and councillors of these respective towns, along with United Nations (UN) representatives, were given the chance to demonstrate their ideas and opinions for the establishment of sustainable townships.Meanwhile, from the discussions, it was revealed that some areas of concern should be taken into consideration before these are developed: such as acknowledgement of diversification, protecting and capitalising the natural resources, the inclusion of innovations and sustainable energy.last_img read more

Blunt Mathare eye redemption against Vihiga

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United forward Clifford Alwanga celebrates his brace with teammates in a 2-1 win over Vihiga United on February 4, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15- With only one win in their last 11 games, second placed Mathare United will be looking for redemption when they host Vihiga United at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Saturday afternoon.Mathare, who started the season with superb form, will still be without head coach Francis Kimanzi who returned from national team duty and asked for a short extension to his leave for personal reasons. Mathare’s last win was a blanking 3-1 victory over Zoo Kericho in Machakos, but before then, their previous win was on April 8 against Tusker FC.In the 11 games that followed, they have picked six draws and lost four times, seeing them drop five points behind leaders Gor Mahia who have played four matches less.A win against a struggling Vihiga on Saturday will hoist them to within two points of Gor and it they will be under pressure to pick up maximum points and get their league title campaign back on track.Mathare United players celebrate their late winner against Nzoia Sugar during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 11, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedDespite the gulf of difference between them and the leaders, forward Clifford Alwanga whose goal scoring prowess has played a vital role in lifting Mathare believes they still have an opportunity to vie for the title.“The team is playing well and everybody has the belief that we can do it (win the league) this season. Morale is high and personally I am motivated to help the team achieve its target by scoring as many goals as possible,” Alwanga told the club’s official website.The former KCB and Tusker FC man has scored 10 times already this season having made his debut in the first leg against Saturday’s opponents scoring both goals in their 2-1 win.Alwanga will be high in hope to add on to his tally as he chases down leader Elvis Rupia of Nzoia whose scintillating form has seen him hit the back of the net 15 times this season.“I will continue working hard in training because 15 matches are enough for me to overtake Rupia. It is possible with the right commitment and focus,” Alwanga further told the club’s official site.The Vihiga United squad that started their first ever Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United on February 4, 2018 at the Bukhungu Stadium. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedVihiga meanwhile come into the tie with huge struggles of their own having lost all their last three matches. They have lost to Zoo Kericho, Bandari and Thika United, all in 1-0 margins.Their record away from home hasn’t been the best as they have won on only two of the 10 occasions they have been on the road.Mathare has been boosted with the return of defender Johnston Omurwa and midfielder Chris Oduor who have been away with the national team in India. Skipper George ‘Wise’ Owino has also returned to training after recovering from a hairline fracture, but will not be fit enough to make the squad.-Bottom side battle- Elsewhere, the Kericho Green Stadium will host a possible relegation brawl when bottom sides Zoo Kericho and Sony Sugar battle out, each looking to crawl off the drop zone. Zoo are 15th in the standings with 19 points while Zoo are second from bottom with 17.Zoo Kericho head coach Sammy Okoth. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe Sugar Millers, who have roped in experienced players to aid their push off the bottom won the first leg 1-0 in Awasi and having won their last game 3-1 against Nakumatt, they will be keen to pick back to back victories.Zoo also come into the tie with some boosted confidence having picked up a 1-0 win away to Vihiga United in midweek.KPL weekend fixtures:Saturday: Mathare United v Vihiga United (Camp Toyoyo), Zoo Kericho v Sony Sugar (Kericho Stadium), AFC Leopards v Chemelil Sugar (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos).Sunday: Nakumatt v Kakamega Homeboyz (Camp Toyoyo), Nzoia Sugar v Gor Mahia (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Sofapaka v Thika United (Narok Stadium), Kariobangi Sharks v Posta Rangers (Camp Toyoyo), Tusker FC v Wazito FC (Ruaraka), Ulinzi Stars v Bandari (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Local gardener recognized on national level in Best Backyard Contest

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local resident has been recently recognized on a national level for their backyard garden.Carla Demers, of Fort St. John, was the recent recipient for the grand prize of the Communities in Bloom 2019 Canada’s Backyard Contest.Demers says, back in July, she came across the contest on Facebook and, not having much of a horticultural background, decided to enter it on a whim with no thought of actually being a finalist or of even winning it.- Advertisement -“I entered the contest on a whim one day, while I was drinking coffee in the morning, and actually I never thought much about it until I got the phone call saying that I was a finalist. I just thought “what the heck, I’ll give it a try” and never really thought about it again.”Demers had entered three photos into the contest and was up against about 400 other entrants from across Canada.As being a top winner, Demers received a $1,000 Home Hardware gift card, which she says will be put to good use for the next garden season.Advertisementlast_img read more

DONEGAL CONTINUES TO SNUB HOUSEHOLD CHARGE WITH ALMOST 75% REFUSAL RATE

first_imgIt’s official – Donegal is still saying no to the controversial household charge in massive numbers.Latest figures show that 73% of homeowners here, the highest number in the country, have not registered for the controversial charge.Government efforts to track down homeowners refusing to pay the household levy have moved a step further with new rules agreed on the sharing of personal data details with collectors. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) — the body collecting the charge for the department — will now prepare to cross-check details of those who paid and did not pay with the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection, and electricity suppliers as well as the Private Residential Tenancies Board.Latest figures show that just 17,408 registered to pay the charge out of an estimated 65,331 estimated as liable to pay across Co Donegal.Donegal is followed by Roscommon on 66%, Galway has a 63% non-compliance rate while 61% of householders in Cork have not yet registered.Donegal has remained among the leading counties opposed to the charge. It follows a succession of angry meetings across the county organised by the ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ lobby group.The group continue to hold meetings to urge people not to cave in and pay the charge.Environment Minister Phil Hogan continues to warn that local authorities will lose out on funds if there is a shortfall in the collection.Anyone who doesn’t pay the €100 charge before the end of September will have to fork out an additional €10.Those who don’t pay until between October and the end of March next year will have to pay an extra €20 charge. Householders who don’t pay until after Apr 1 will have to pay €130. DONEGAL CONTINUES TO SNUB HOUSEHOLD CHARGE WITH ALMOST 75% REFUSAL RATE was last modified: April 29th, 2012 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:73%Can’t Pay Won’t PaydonegalHOUSEHOLD CHARGErefusallast_img read more

VOODOO VENUE REPLACE ARTHUR’S DAY WITH DERMOT’S DAY

first_imgThis Thursday September 25th Voodoo Venue is having it’s own version of Arthur’s Day.As the traditional Arthur’s Day has now been cancelled by Guinness and replaced with Guinness amplify, management at Voodoo Venue have decided to honour the day with their own version called DERMOT’S DAY.It’s in honour of their longest serving barman Dermot ‘Bar-fly’ Breslin. Three amazing music acts will be performing from 6pm.At 6pm, NATIVE all the way from Westport will perform, followed by the great Justin Black at 8.30pm and they’ll finish off with the one of the best bands THE LOGUES at 10.30pm.Kevin Lennon will provide tunes in between acts.Pints of Guinness start off at 6pm to 7pm at €2.50, 7pm to 8pm at €3.00, 8pm to 9pm €3.50, 9pm to 10pm €4.00 and €4.20 from 10pm It promises to be a musical treat not to be missed!!VOODOO VENUE REPLACE ARTHUR’S DAY WITH DERMOT’S DAY was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Set for Two MVC Road Matches this Week

first_imgMissouri State shutout UNI, 1-0, in its last game on Oct. 7. Drake defeated Missouri State, 3-1 in 2016 in Des Moines. Senior May Disidore leads the Bears with four goals. Illinois State will play at Valparaiso on Wednesday night. The Redbirds rallied for a 3-2 win over the Bulldogs last year. This week, Drake is vying to get six more points to build upon its lead in the standings. Following this week, the Bulldogs close the regular season on Oct. 26 when Loyola visits Cownie. The Ramblers are currently tied with UNI for second place in the standings. First kick against Loyola is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the finale will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. The Bulldogs earned a pair of wins last week. Drake started the week with a 2-1 home victory over in-state rival UNI on Wednesday as sophomore Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) and redshirt senior Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) each scored one goal. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday at the Cownie Soccer Complex but was pushed back due to heavy rains and an unplayable field. The Bulldogs’ win was the first over the Panthers since the 2011 season, and it snapped a four-year run of the teams battling to four consecutive draws. Drake followed its in-state victory with a 4-1 comeback road win at Evansville on Saturday. The Purple Aces scored the match’s first goal midway through the first half, but the Bulldogs got the equalizer from senior Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.) with less than one minute before halftime. In the second half, it was all Drake as senior Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) scored two goals and freshman Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) added one goal.Bormann and senior defender Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) were recogonized by the MVC office on Monday for their play last week. Bormann was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week for a league-high third time this season while Smith was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Bormann is tied is tied for the team lead in assists with four and tied for second on the team in goals with three. Smith started and played every minute in each of Drake’s wins over UNI and Evansville. She leads the team in minutes played with 1,349 and has helped the Bulldogs record five shutouts. The Lenexa, Kan. native is tied for the team lead in assists with four and scored her first career goal earlier this season.  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s soccer team is set to play two Missouri Valley Conference road matches this week. Drake (11-3-1, 4-0-0 MVC), which is in first place in the MVC, will play at Missouri State (6-9-0, 2-2-0 MVC) on Tuesday night and close the week at Illinois State (8-6-2, 2-2-0 MVC) on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL

first_imgThe brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly are Firestar Firelighters and will represent Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin on 22 April.Farm SIS (Safety is Success) is representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards and the team includes Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston.Excitement is building for student entrepreneurs from Donegal, who are preparing to represent the county at the Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park on April 22nd.Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., launched the programme in September last year and since then, around 17,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.The student enterprises representing Donegal at the National Finals on April 22nd in Croke Park are:  Senior Category: Farm SIS (Safety is Success) representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe. The team of Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston designed farm safety jigsaw puzzles based on three themes – ‘Beware of the Bull’, ‘Stay Away from Moving Machinery’ and ‘Stay Away from Slurry – toxic fumes’. Ms Davina McCandless is the teacher in charge. Intermediate Category: Firestar Firelighters representing Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana. The brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly made firelighters soaking pieces of wood in kerosene. The teacher in charge is Ms Martina McBride. Over 300 finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The judging panels will takes numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.As well as gaining substantial business experience, there is an impressive prize-fund on offer for the young entrepreneurs, including a European trip, a national trophy and cash prizes.  DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

VW wins R12bn filter export contract

first_img19 June 2008Volkswagen South Africa, along with catalytic converter and exhaust systems manufacturer Eberspacher SA, have been awarded a R12-billion contract to supply the Volkswagen Group with diesel particulate filters for the next five years.“It is a coup for the South African automotive component manufacturing industry,” Volkswagen SA managing director David Powels said in a statement this week, adding that the deal was one of the biggest export contracts for a single part ever awarded to the company.A diesel particulate filter is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. The component forms part of the latest common rail engines manufactured by the Volkswagen Group.Volkswagen SA and Eberspacher SA, who will share the production volume, are to invest approximately R55-million in tooling and equipment to manufacture the parts. In addition, the investment in the national supplier base – 80% of whom are based within the Nelson Mandela Bay region (greater Port Elizabeth) – will be approximately R26-million.The new contract will secure more than 100 jobs in the region, with intensive training of operators and quality personnel to ensure that strict international standards on diesel particulate filters are met.The training will include processes involved, particulate filter handling and inspection criteria, quality requirements, important part characteristics, world-class manufacturing, tool change skills, effective problem solving and team work.“The skills transfer opportunities from this contract are significant,” Powels pointed out.At the forefrontAccording to the statement, Volkswagen SA and Eberspacher SA are at the forefront of diesel particulate filter manufacture, having secured access to the most modern manufacturing method, known as calibrated stuffing, which encompasses new laser measuring and sizing technologies.“This is the benchmark in the Volkswagen Group and will benefit the South African catalytic converter industry as a whole,” said Powels, adding that production would commence in November this year.The parts will be shipped to the Volkswagen Group’s Kassel plant in Germany, where they will be completed and sent to various user plants in the group’s global network.“The decision to award the contract to Volkswagen SA proves emphatically that South Africa can be globally competitive in terms of pricing and technology, even when measured against the best global players in the diesel particulate filter industry,” said Volkswagen SA purchasing division head Karlheinz Hell.Benchmark for the futureEberspacher SA managing director Henry Eksteen said the project was unique in its approach of co-operation and utilisation of manufacturing capabilities of two companies.“This type of parallel project, we believe, will become the benchmark for the future, where an original equipment manufacturer can join forces with a specific technology partner to optimise processes and, thereby, be able to gain access to global business for their region and country,” he said.Eksteen added that the diesel particulate filter technology was a rapidly advancing field of expertise, and with global emissions standards becoming more stringent, the company would strive to remain a provider of innovative exhaust gas treatment solutions through their global research and development teams.“We are very proud to be involved in this joint program with Volkswagen SA and look forward to further enhancing our presence with global platforms such as this one,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Google takes world on a tour of Robben Island

first_img24 April 2015As South Africa prepares to celebrate Freedom Day this year, the 21st anniversary of its first democratic elections, the Robben Island Museum and Google have announced the release of the first-­ever Street View imagery of Robben Island, as well as an audio-­visual tour hosted on Google Cultural Institute.A collaboration between Google and the Robben Island Museum to make the Unesco World Heritage site accessible to the world via the internet represented an effort to marry history with the future, the museum said in a statement. Mandela’s 2×2 prison cell. He rolled and unrolled his bedding each night as the majority of space in the tiny cell was taken up by his desk and book shelves. (Image: Google Cultural Institute) Sibongiseni Mkhize, chief executive of the Robben Island Museum, said at the launch that the museum was embracing technology to avoid becoming “irrelevant”. “We are using technology to enhance the story of the island.” He said the educational element of the island would be highlighted with this new partnership.“The reason Robben Island is now a museum is to educate people about the part of South Africa’s heritage that is embodied in the island’s multilayered history. Together with Google we are making this heritage accessible to people all over the world,” he said.Luke McKend, country director for Google South Africa, said that they had launched the project just days ahead of Freedom Day because “Robben Island is a symbol of South Africa’s fight for freedom”.“Once a symbol of the oppressive apartheid regime, Robben Island is now a memorial and a reminder of the human spirit’s irrepressible search for freedom. We hope you’ll take a moment to step back in time to explore and be inspired by the island’s story of hope and humanity,” McKend writes on the official Google blog.It is hoped that the tour will help educate people around the world about the prison colony, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned by the apartheid regime for nearly two decades. WATCH: Former Robben Island prisoner Vusumsi Mcongo recalls the incident that led to the closure of the lime quarry on the island. The newly launched guided tour of Robben Island includes a virtual visit to Mandela’s prison cell as well as to activist Robert Sobukwe’s house. It uses a combination of Google’s Street View technology, videos of a tour guide (former political prisoner Vusumsi Mcongo) as well as original still images.As part of this project, Google Maps will also develop teaching notes on Robben Island for educators who will be using this interactive tour as an educational tool.Ahmed Kathrada, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, a former inmate and close friend of the late Mandela, welcomed the initiative at the launch on Wednesday.“Not being able to see or interact with children for 20 years was possibly the most difficult thing to endure during my time on the island,” he said. “There’s a poetic justice that children in classrooms all over the world will now be able to visit Robben Island using this technology.” The house on Robert Island where Robert Sobukwe was sentenced to solitary confinement during the 1970s. (Image: Google Cultural Institute) Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said, “The internet is the world’s most powerful source of information and thanks to Google’s partnership with the Robben Island Museum, more people than ever before have access to this World Heritage Site.“We hope that this initiative not only allows for the world to reflect on South Africa’s struggle for freedom, but also showcase its beauty,” Hanekom said.The Robben Island Museum announced in April that they would be overhauling the ailing user experience on the island. The app and partnership with Google was a step in the overall improvement of the island, the museum said.The Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory also confirmed it would update their Cultural Institute exhibits with new layouts and add Street View panoramas of Robben Island.The Robben Island interactive tour can be accessed on mobile phones, from desktops and from Google’s Cultural Institute, where Robben Island Museum will host five exhibits depicting the history of the island.Download the app from the Google Store SAinfo reporter and news24.comlast_img read more