Walcott at the double as Caribbean riders dominate

first_imgEDMONTON, Canada (CMC):Barbadian Rico Walcott won twice to lead a Caribbean domination of the seven-race card at Northlands Park here Wednesday.The 26-year-old, hunting a fifth consecutive title at the western Canada race track, scored with favourite Holy Force in race two and returned in the day’s final race to win with 12-1 outsider Skimmer Jim.With just over a month left in the season, Walcott is the comfortable leader with 116 wins, already 57 clear of the second-placed Scott Williams on 59.Young Jamaican Tony Maragh is back in third on 40 wins.Walcott opened his account in race two over a mile, making all the running with the four-year-old filly Holy Force, to beat the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares, which have never won three races, by five lengths.In another mile trip in race seven, Walcott guided the five-year-old bay gelding Skimmer Jim to a strong two-length victory over the three-year-olds and upward.The pair stalked from just off the pace set by favourite Herculean before driving strongly into the stretch and edging away late on.Meanwhile, 17-year-old Anti-guan jockey Kwame Joseph continued to impress, albeit notching only his fifth win in 73 rides this season.narrow winThe virtually unknown rider reached the winners’ enclosure when he steered 12-1 bet Jazzy Notion to a narrow win over the three-year-old and upward maidens.Going a mile, Joseph opened up a near five-length lead with the three-year-old gelding, was then forced to duel into the stretch with 38-1 longshot Never Everever, before staving off the fast-finishing Airship by a nose.There were also wins for Maragh, who won race five over six furlongs with Clever Classy Gal and for fellow Jamaican Dane Nelson, who captured race six over six furlongs with 11-1 chance Grandpa George.last_img read more

Sand Town Residents Urged to Uphold Accountability in Development

first_imgPatience Varkona, chairlady of the association: “We intend to focus on cleaning the community, educating parents and girls about teenage pregnancy, which is on the increase in Sand Town.”J. Freeman Garway says accountability in both public and private sectors remain cardinal to Liberia’s development, because that lack of accountability has killed the country over the years.Garway, the first man to open a school in the Sand Town Community, located opposite the Isaac A. Davis School at ELWA Junction, made the remarks over the weekend at a program honoring several residents for their outstanding services to the Sand Town Community and the official launch of Sand Town Unification and Development Association.Mr. Garway, who was also honored, called on citizens to support the government’s effort in the development of Liberia, and also be accountable to funds for development initiative.“We have to provide the needs of the community and remain accountable to the people who we serve. There are thousands of graves out there, because of lack of accountability to the people,” he said.Mr. Garway, who first moved to the community with his parents in the late 70s, said the development of Sand Town and the lifespan of the organization will depend on the level of accountability of the association.“We don’t have a public latrine, which is bad for the entire community. There is only one hand-pump in Sand Town. The community dwellers and I will be looking forward to seeing the necessary changes,” he said.Mrs. Patience Varkona, chairlady of the association, said she was delighted to see people of like mind coming together to support the development of their community.“We intend to focus on cleaning the community, educating parents and girls about teenage pregnancy, which is on the increase in Sand Town. We will also encourage young boys and girls to take education seriously, providing an opportunity to enable them to go to school and other development initiatives,” Mrs. Varkona said.An advisor to the association, Danieltta F. Sleyon, said they remain committed to the development of the community.“We have to help instill a good behavior in our young people and also ensure that they are educated. Our young people do not know how to approach or talk to older people,” Madam Sleyon said.According to her, the community lacks some basic things, including public latrines and hand-pumps, and these must be addressed.Other residents honored included Mother Comfort Smith, Mother Sarah Gbotee, Aaron P. Sayon, Dr. Garmonedeh Clinton, Mother Hawa Moses, Isaac Marnwenh, Peter F. Clinton, James M. Strother, Alfred G. Juweh Jr., Mother Sarah Barcon, Amadee Kamara and Philip Nathan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brazoban on slow road to recovery

first_imgForgotten man. Ten months after a season-ending elbow reconstruction, Brazoban still hasn’t thrown off a mound and isn’t close to returning. Club officials insist he is right on track in his recovery, and there is little reason to think he isn’t. He is playing catch on flat ground and should begin throwing off a mound in the coming weeks. Still to be determined, though, is what order Brad Penny, Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf fit into the second, third and fourth spots and who of the seven-plus candidates will emerge to claim the vacant fifth spot. “We’re going to look at the match-ups and all that,” Little said. “We started looking at that way back in December, as soon as we saw some sort of a roster that we might be dealing with. The objective right now is to get through spring training healthy. If (that happens), we have a good idea how we’re going to do it.” Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who batted .300 in the leadoff spot last season, arrived in camp and promptly said he doesn’t care whether he bats first ahead of newly signed Juan Pierre or second behind him. “For me, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning,” Furcal said. “It doesn’t matter as long as I’m in the lineup.” Little is expected to reveal that alignment in the next day or two. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But given the fact Brazoban isn’t expected to be game ready until at least mid-April, and given the fact the bullpen appears set even at this early stage of spring training, it is hard to imagine the right-hander and one-time flame thrower still occupies a prominent place on the organizational radar. “I’m not too worried, because the most important thing right now is that I just have to get better physically and continue my rehabilitation,” Brazoban said, with Dodgers public relations director Josh Rawitch translating. “It hasn’t been too tough. Obviously, I got hurt. But I’m just going to keep battling to get back, and hopefully I will be back pitching in an important role.” Brazoban, 26, saved 21 games for the Dodgers in 2005 and broke Steve Howe’s franchise rookie record while Eric Gagne missed most of the season with injuries. But Brazoban faltered down the stretch and was told less than a month into last season he needed Tommy John surgery. That procedure normally takes about a year to come back from. Meanwhile, Takashi Saito has commandeered the closer’s role, Jonathan Broxton is the setup guy and the bullpen appears to be full even if club officials decide to carry a 12-man pitching staff. Brazoban still has all his minor-league options left and probably is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas when he is ready to pitch. After hinting at such for days, manager Grady Little finally announced right-hander Derek Lowe will be the Dodgers’ opening-day starter on April 2 at Milwaukee. It marks the third consecutive season Lowe has drawn the assignment. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the first two seasons after the Dodgers acquired him from the New York Yankees, Yhency Brazoban went from a promising prospect to a premature major leaguer to a lights-out setup man to an accidental closer. From there, though, all that promise seemed to dissolve into a miasma of ineffectiveness and, ultimately, injury. By Tuesday morning, when he sat before his locker wearing a too-tight T-shirt over what appeared to be an expanding midsection, Brazoban had devolved into a new role. last_img read more

Airborne laser program threatened

first_imgJoining Hyslop in calling for full funding were Guy Renard, the program manager from Northrop Grumman, and Art Napolitano, the program manager from Lockheed Martin. The proposed budget cut was included in the “mark up,” or shaping of, the 2008 defense authorization bill by the Strategic Forces subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek. The committee is responsible for determining how about $51 billion of the defense budget should be spent. As Congress tries to rein in spending, the subcommittee was given about $1 billion less to work with in shaping its suggested budget. The subcommittee opted to focus on existing or near-term weapons systems and less on research and development programs such as airborne laser. “In ballistic missile defense programs, the mark-up reflects our support for addressing real, near-term missile threats facing the `warfighter’ – short and medium-range missiles – and making only prudent investments in high-risk, immature programs,” Tauscher said. Program officials said they have costs under control and that they have not encountered any insurmountable technical risks. “Because of our progress, the technical risks on the program are coming down,” Hyslop said. “The ABL is fast becoming a reality.” Hyslop noted it was still very early in the budget process and that the contractors hoped full funding would be restored. Program officials envision future airborne laser aircraft patrolling in pairs at more than 40,000 feet and inside friendly territory, scanning the horizon for missiles. When a missile is detected, a set of lasers would track and illuminate it, and computers would measure the distance and calculate its course and direction. A second high-energy laser, fired through the aircraft’s nose-mounted turret, would destroy the missile. The weapon laser is made up of six modules, each weighing 4,500 pounds and about the size of a sport utility vehicle. The weapon laser is being refurbished after being tested on the ground at Edwards. The plan is to begin installing it on the aircraft this summer, with work likely to stretch into mid-2008. A test against an actual ballistic missile is scheduled for 2009. If that test is successful, there are plans to begin development of another airborne laser aircraft. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A congressional subcommittee wants to cut $400 million from the proposed $549 million budget for the airborne laser program, a move that would potentially cripple a major research program at Edwards Air Force Base, contractors said Tuesday. Representatives of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have urged Congress to fully fund the program, which employs about 700 workers at Edwards. The contractors said they are close to proving a flying laser weapon can bring down a ballistic missile. A test of the system is planned for 2009. “We stand on the verge of fully demonstrating a revolutionary war-fighting capability,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing’s vice president and program director for the airborne laser program. “It would be imprudent to cripple or terminate this program just when we are on the cusp of demonstrating ABL’s capability.” last_img

Part two: Building Site C –diversion tunnels, new transmission lines, turbines and generators

first_imgThat in turn will be followed by installation of the turbines and generators, and construction of a power loss safety net auxiliary spillway.The final construction steps will include the clearing and filling of the reservoir area, and the latter should take about three months.Then the first turbine and generator will be connected to the sub-station, with the remaining five units coming into service in the following year and completing the now estimated $8.8 billion project. Again we note we are using information provided by the BC Hydro website to go step-by-step through the construction process set to begin this summer and to be completed in 2024.We pick up the story today on what follows completion of the south bank coffer dam, which is work on a large concrete wall support buttress to provide a foundation for the generating station and spillways.This will serve to improve stability and provide seismic protection, and once completed will lead to the construction of both the north and south portions of the earth filled dam, as well as the power house on top of the completed segment of the buttress.- Advertisement -This will be followed by the opening of the diversion tunnels, which as reported yesterday, will be completed earlier to provide a path for continuous water flow downstream around the main dam site.Work will then begin on larger upstream and downstream coffer dams which will redirect the river though the completed diversion tunnels allowing for a dry construction site to build the central portion of the earth filled dam.This work on the dam will be done simultaneously with the beginning of spillway construction and also that of the approach channel, and in addition a Site C substation will be built, along with two new transmission lines connecting it to the existing Peace Canyon dam substation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Akumu targets CAF CL final with Zesco

first_img“It hasn’t been an easy ride since I joined but with hard work we have managed to get results. I have enjoyed the first two seasons and the success that came with it and now the target is to get better. We reached the semis in 2016 and now the target this year is to get to the final and even win it,” the soft-spoken midfielder noted.He added; “We have a very strong team with experienced players and everyone knows how it is playing at the top. So we will give it our best shot.”Zesco kick-off their campaign away in Zanzibar against local champions Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) and if they skip this stage, they will earn a first round berth to play against either Buffles du Borgou of Benin or Ivory Coast giants ASEC Mimosas.The midfielder who cut his niche at Gor Mahia in the Kenyan Premier League has already bagged three titles in Zambia, winning the Zambian FA Cup, also known as the Barclays Cup in his first season while last year, he won the league title.At the same time, he believes that the influx of Kenyan players in Zambia will open doors for more players to move there. Akumu plays at Zesco with Jesse Were and David ‘Calabar’ Owino while neighboring Buildcon has Clifton Miheso and John mark Makwatta.“This just goes to show that there is so much talent in Kenya and I believe for us performing well here it is like opening a door for more of our colleagues at home. I would be very happy to see more Kenyan players here,” added Akumu.He is currently winding up his short holiday before returning to his club’s base in Ndola. He used his Christmas break to play local tournaments in Huruma and Ziwani and was an integral part of South B Combined’s squad that won the Koth Biro tournament.“I am thankful for the opportunity to come in and play these tournaments. For me, it was not all about winning, but this was an opportunity for me to come in and give motivation to the younger players. They should know that with talent and hard work, you can play anywhere you want,” added the midfielder.“The experience has been great; there is a lot of talent but most of them lack the opportunity to play in the top leagues. But they shouldn’t lose hope,” Akumu further encouraged.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Akumu joined the side at the beginning of the 2016 season from Sudanese side Al Khartoum and played a major role as the team had their best continental performance in history, getting to the semi-finals.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11- Harambee Stars midfielder Anthony Akumu targets to steer his Zambian Premier League side Zesco United to the final of the CAF Champions League as he prepares to begin his third season with the Ndola-based outfit.Akumu joined the side at the beginning of the 2016 season from Sudanese side Al Khartoum and played a major role as the team had their best continental performance in history, getting to the semi-finals.last_img read more

Trouble in paradise; Gor players on strike

first_img0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team that started against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27- Despite the huge success on the field, all is not rosy in the Gor Mahia camp. Players failed to report to training on Wednesday, a day after their huge 5-0 win over Posta Rangers in Kisumu, their contention being owed allowances.According to some players who spoke to Capital Sport on condition of anonymity, they are not ready to get back to training, or even honor any match until the club’s management honor their promises. “We have not gone back to training because we are tired of how the management is treating us. We will not play any match until our grievances are addressed. It has been like this for a while but we are tired of it,” one of the players said.From what Capital Sport has gathered, the players were promised a quarter of the Sh27mn received by the club from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for qualification to the group stages of the Confederation Cup.This, according to the players has not been fulfilled.The players and technical bench members were also promised Sh2mn of the Sh3mn SportPesa Super Cup prize money, but the promise was not fulfilled.“Everyone is very angry because they gave us only Sh1mn from the prize money. As players we are doing all the hard work in training and in games, but the money goes to them. It is quite unfair for us,” another player added.Gor Mahia are scheduled to play Sony Sugar in Kisumu on Friday, a match that stays in limbo if the situation is not arrested.Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their five goals against Thika United during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyA player said; “We will not play. The decision we have taken is final because the players are not happy at all. They even threatened to give us release letters because of the strike, but we are ready for it.”Gor Mahia have had considerable success this season, their Group Stage campaign in the Confederation Cup standing solid as they are second in their group. They are leading the Kenyan Premier League log with an unbeaten run.They have amassed 46 points off 18 games, 12 points ahead of second placed Sofapaka who have played two matches more.They also won the Super Cup in Nakuru and are on the path of FKF Shield glory having made it to the round of 16.Efforts to reach Gor Mahia officials were futile as our calls went unanswered. Coach Dylan Kerr on his side was distraught and chose to steer clear of the topic.The latest happenings inside Kenya’s most successful football club also put their participation in the Kagame Cup in doubt as they were scheduled to travel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after their scheduled KPL game against Sony on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The mistake that totally undid Joe Hart’s fantastic penalty save

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic and Adrien Rabiot scored for PSG in their 2-2 Champions League quarter-final draw with Man City.But it was a mistake at the back from Manuel Pellegrini’s side which led to Ibrahimovic’s opening goal.Before that, Joe Hart saved the striker’s spot-kick and Kevin De Bruyne put the visitors ahead in Paris, but then PSG went 2-1 ahead before Fernandinho’s equaliser.VIDEO: JOE HART SAVES ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC’S PENALTY Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal against Man City 1last_img read more

TWO NEW TRAWLERS GIVES KILLYBEGS FLEET A HUGE BOOST

first_imgAbout two hundred well-wishers were on the quayside in Killybegs yesterday for the arrival of two new trawlers.KillybegsThe matched pair, each 27 meters long and weighing 325 tonnes, were designed and constructed by the Vestaerftet yard in Hvide Sande, Denmark, for the Killybegs Seafoods processing company.The boats are a welcome addition to the fleet of around 30 vessels which currently fish out of the harbour. The vessels are replacements for the trawlers, “Colmcille”, “Westward Isle” and “Carmarose” and will carry the names “Colmcille” and “Westward Isle”.TWO NEW TRAWLERS GIVES KILLYBEGS FLEET A HUGE BOOST was last modified: August 4th, 2015 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

DDTV: SEE LAUNCH OF DONEGAL’S UNIQUE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

first_imgThe launch of the Donegal Prospectus video yesterday by the Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, marks the latest step in the Council’s campaign to promote Donegal as a great place to live, work and do business.The video, which was produced by local company Wallace Media, has already been a huge hit.“This video, which has been already view more than 11,000 times on the Councils You Tube channel, captures the essence of the Donegal that we as business owners, employers, employees, families and residents of the county know and love” said the Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan. “This video takes us on a trip around Donegal, presenting the county to the global business community as an excellent location for their business operations and highlights a range of international and local companies already operating successfully in and from Donegal. The video also profiles local services such as transport, recreational opportunities, health and educational facilities and demonstrates the wonderful quality of life available to people and families who are thinking of making Donegal their home.”Chief Executive Seamus Neely thanked everyone involved in making this video saying “producing this Video has been a team effort from start to finish and I am delighted that many of the companies and organisations that were involved in the production have been able to join us here this morning.”He also acknowledged the presence of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh saying “we also have the face of the Donegal Prospectus video – Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh of Altan with us today and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mairead for her enthusiastic input and her professionalism in making the video. Mairead’s genuine love for, and pride in her county is clearly evident from the video and this instils a sense of pride in all of us from the outset”.He added “Altan has kindly offered to take the video on tour with the band and this in itself will mean that the DVD will reach huge audiences around the world. We would like to extend our gratitude to Altan as ambassadors of Donegal, in helping to share our message”. The video will complement the recently produced brochure as important tools in the campaign to attract inward investment; to create jobs and promote economic development and; to reach out to members of the diaspora and to anyone with an interest in or a connection to Donegal.SIMPLY CLICK ON THE VIDEO TO PLAYDDTV: SEE LAUNCH OF DONEGAL’S UNIQUE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO was last modified: September 29th, 2015 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:DDTVDonegal County Councilvideowallace medialast_img read more