Bigdaddykool to romp Harry Jackson feature

first_imgThe 2016 season comes to a close at Caymanas Park today with an 11-race programme featuring the grade one race over 2400 metres for the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup, which was traditionally run on Boxing Day since its inception 54 years ago but which has been moved for the first time.Offering a total purse of $1.25 million, the race has attracted six starters, including ‘Horse of the Year’ contender BIGDADDYKOOL, the season’s leading stakes winner with $10.2 million.One of four horses from the stables of in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, BIGDADDYKOOL, who recently finished second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the ultra-rich Diamond Mile, can expect stiff competition from stable-companion HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who was third in the Diamond Mile, and the imported colt BRAWN from the Gary Subratie stable.Although BIGDADDYKOOL just held off the vastly improved HOUDINI’S MAGIC for second in the December 10 Diamond Mile, the Superstakes winner should prove a different kettle going two turns, especially with 2.0kg claiming apprentice Linton Steadman again in the saddle.IMPRESSIVE RECORDBIGDADDY boasts an impressive record going two turns, having won the St Leger, Lotto Classic, and the Superstakes (in the stewards’ room) following the disqualification of FRANFIELD on November 12.The three-year-old gelding by Sorrentino out of Beware Baby also finished second in the derby, and with this sort of record over a distance of ground, should outstay rivals from the convenient mark of 54.0kg. If he wins today, his Trinidadian owner, Stephan Narinesingh, could well snatch the ‘Horse of the Year’ award to go with his champion owner award.Other firm fancies on the card are STORMING to win the opening race over a mile ahead of old rival BRAVE PROSPECT, BILINGUAL in the third for the Sweet Ruckus Trophy for two-year-olds, HOLY LIGHT in the fifth, TURBO MACHINE in the sixth, and CORALANDO in the ninth.last_img read more


first_imgMadden & Finucane Solicitors, who are representing Francois De Dietrich, issued a statement from the businessman today.“I strenuously deny all of these allegations,” he said.” My businesses are legitimate and as a consequence of the actions of the FSA, various business bank accounts have been frozen. This has resulted in the forced closure of my businesses. “The FSA action has left me unable to trade, which led to the loss of many jobs. Despite the FSA action we are committed to working with our customers regarding full return of outstanding monies. The matter is before the Court and will be decided upon in due course. ”The firm of solicitors did not make reference to the fact the High Court in Belfast has ordered a ruling that he had been in breach of a restraining order preventing him from collecting money for his scheme.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATON: ‘I’LL GIVE PEOPLE THEIR MONEY BACK,’ SAYS FRANCOIS was last modified: January 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA young woman who is in a critical condition in a hospital in Indonesia has strong Donegal connections.Lisa Orsi: Fighting for her life in hospital.Lisa Orsi, from Woodside Heights in the Waterside, Derry is in a critical condition in a hospital in East Java after taking ill last Friday. Friends have set up an account to raise money to pay for her medical care.Her grandparents live in Donegal as do many of her other relations. Lisa’s mum Sharon urged people here to pray for her daughter.She thanked all those who are praying Lisa and the family.“Lisa’s suitation is possibly as bad as it could be,” said Sharon.“Unfortunately we cannot move our baby until the swelling is reduced wich is a big job. “As soon as we can, we will move Lisa to Singapore as we feel that she needs friendly voices she might recognise.“Lisa at the moment is not responding to the treatment. We are eternally grateful to you all for the support. God bless you all.”You can help them by donating here, a physiotherapist in Singapore, was found unconscious while on holiday in Java.Please donate what you can, even the smallest donation will go a long way. GIRL FIGHTING FOR LIFE IN INDONESIA HAS STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS was last modified: February 23rd, 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:DerrydonegalhospitalLIsa Orsilast_img read more


first_imgTHE world of football came together today to help former Donegal soccer star Mark Farren in his battle with cancer.Teams managed by the two international managers – Michael O’Neill and Martin O’Neill – played out a friendly at the Brandywell in honour of the ex Derry City striker.A gala fundraising event tonight, starring Phil Coulter, is being held at the Everglades Hotel. Mark flies to Mexico on Monday hoping treatment there will help stop a the progress of a brain tumour.“Everyone in football wishes Mark a speedy recovery and everyone came along to support him,” said Martin O’Neill.Pix: NorthWestNewsPix PICTURE SPECIAL AS FOOTBALL FANS SALUTE MARK FARREN was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 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:brandywellfundraiserMark Farrenlast_img read more

City Section Semifinals

first_imgFRIDAY’S SCORES CITY Taft 48, Sylmar 28 Crenshaw 20, Dorsey 13 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals INVITATIONAL Marshall 21, Wilson 6 Eagle Rock 41, El Camino Real 34 SOUTHERN SECTION SEMIFINALS DIV. I Loyola 14, Mater Dei 0 DIV. II Hart 24, Mission Viejo 12 DIV. III Notre Dame 28, St. Francis 0 DIV. IV St. Bonaventure 28, Rio Mesa 7 DIV. V Norco 43, La Sierra 36 DIV. VI Placentia Valencia 19, La Palma Kennedy 13 DIV. VII Orange 35, Santa Fe 17 DIV. VIII Ridgecrest Burroughs 38, Palm Desert 14 DIV. IX Tesoro 45, Covina 33 DIV. X Crespi 54, Lompoc Cabrillo 39 DIV. XI Oaks Christian 35, Nordhoff 7 DIV. XII Aquinas 32, Boron 7 DIV. XIII Rio Hondo Prep 17, St. Margaret’s 7 SOUTHERN SECTION FINAL EIGHT-MAN (LARGE) Faith Baptist 49, Joshua Springs 26 SATURDAY’S SCORES SOUTHERN SECTION SEMIFINALS DIV. I Esperanza 31, Servite 21 DIV. II Canyon 42, Valencia 13 DIV. III Dominguez 24, Peninsula 15 DIV. IV Moorpark 14, Ventura 7 DIV. V Temescal Canyon 14, Corona Santiago 6 DIV. VI Newport Harbor 28, Tustin 0 DIV. VII South Hills 70, South El Monte 21 DIV. VIII Palm Springs 28, Kaiser 21 DIV. IX Northwood 22, La Habra 9 DIV. X Lompoc 31, Santa Maria St. Joseph 7 DIV. XI Grace Brethren 20, San Jacinto 7 DIV. XII Ontario Christian 30, L.A. Baptist 13 DIV. XIII Campbell Hall 28, Whittier Christian 14 SOUTHERN SECTION FINAL EIGHT-MAN (SMALL) Desert Chapel 45, Big Pine 42 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

Men’s Golf Readies for Season Opener at Gene Miranda Falcon Invite

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team will open its 2017 fall season Friday, Sept. 8 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 54-hole invitational will be played over three days beginning at 7:30 a.m. (MT) all three days. The event is slated to have 19 teams including host school Air Force, Abilene Christian, Colorado, Colorado State, George Washington, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Southern Utah, Texas State, UNLV, Utah State, Utah Valley, UTEP, Weber State and Wyoming. Following the Falcon Invitational, Drake will travel to Edwardsville, Ill. from Sept. 25-26 for the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational.   Print Friendly Version Story Linkscenter_img Drake head coach, Matt Lewis, is in his sixth year at the helm of the Bulldog program. Lewis will return seven of his eight players from last season including senior Drew Ison who led the team last season with a 74.3 average over 33 rounds. Ison finished 18th at the 2017 MVC Championship while fellow Bulldog Tommi Avant tied for a 21st place finish. Other returners include senior Matt Lavery, juniors Jack Kennedy ) and Arjun Reddy and sophomores Kyle MacDonald and Chase Wicklund. The Bulldogs welcome freshman Tim to the 2017-2018 roster. Live Results last_img read more

SA’s broadband usage to double

first_img6 December 2005South Africa’s broadband internet population is set to almost double in the next year, according to a new survey by technology research firm World Wide Worx.Their report, “Broadband in South Africa 2005”, shows that 147 000 South Africans enjoy high-speed internet access, and predicts that this figure will reach 266 000 in 2006.Growth rate“It’s the kind of growth rate we saw in the early years of internet take-up in South Africa,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck, “but it’s still going to be a big disappointment for some operators.“Those who are investing in broadband roll-out expect instant take-up by the public, and that simply does not happen in what is still a luxury category.”2005 saw the release of a number of new broadband product categories in South Africa, the most successful of which has been Telkom’s ADSL service. Telkom, the parastatal with a fixed-line monopoly, holds two-thirds of the market. Goldstuck believes that this is unlikely to change significantly in the next year.A second national fixed-line operator is expected to be licensed by the end of 2005, ending Telkom’s monopoly. The new operator may enter the wholesale market, although it is not yet known what effect this will have on consumers.Third generation“The good news is that we are seeing real choice beginning to emerge, not just among the five broadband providers, but also within the product range of each of the operators,” Goldstuck said.In the past year, Vodacom and MTN, South Africa’s two leading cellular providers, have joined the broadband market with their 3G services.3G refers to the third generation of cellular data transfer, giving users download rates of up to 384 kps.The other broadband providers in South Africa are the two wireless providers, Sentech and WBS.“The premium offerings may be expensive, but for the ordinary user with average internet needs, there is a price point to suit the pockets of most working people who have computers and phones at home.”Digital divideDespite the growth in broadband use, the vast majority of South Africans do not have ready access to the internet.“Technology by itself won’t change the lives of the disadvantaged,” said Goldstuck.“For that you need a commitment from government, and that commitment must run from top to bottom. In the absence of meaningful policy leadership, access to technology will remain the domain of the privileged.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Unearthing SA’s soccer talent

first_img11 March 2008Shona Khona – meaning “Go for it” – is a youth soccer development initiative started three years ago to develop role models among South African school children, with a special emphasis on rural and poorer communities. The SA Football Association-endorsed programme is now paying exciting dividends.The brainchild of the former general manager of Reckitt Benckiser South Africa, Roberto Funari, Shona Khona has attracted some significant sponsors since launching in 2005.Reckitt Benckiser began the initiative with Metro Cash & Carry. Its partners now include Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns, Manchester United sponsors AIG, leading sports management agency ForwardZone, Imperial Motors, and The Sowetan newspaper.How Shona Khona worksThe programme gives youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 the opportunity to take part in training camps through competitions involving specially marked household products made by Reckitt Benckiser. They SMS the lucky number found on the packaging, and numbers are drawn which allocate the winners to a training camp closest to their cities or towns.Regional camps are held in 20 different locations across the country. At each camp, the most talented players are selected by South African Football Association (Safa) coaches and former football greats to attend a national Shona Khona weekend soccer and life-skills camp, which takes place in July each year.This year, the special weekend camp will include the Sundowns and Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches. After the camp, a handful of the most talented children will be selected to travel to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, for a week of training at the famous club’s facilities.SuccessesAmong the successes achieved so far are five boys who were accepted into, and are currently enrolled at, the Safa/Transnet School of Excellence.Another youngster, Sifiso Mnguni, who was discovered at the very first Shona Khona training camp, has just signed a three-year playing contract with the under-19 development team of Premier Soccer League club Platinum Stars.However, the most exciting accomplishment was recently achieved at the Sao Paulo Futebol de Base in Brazil where, since December 2005, 24 youngsters selected by Shona Khona have undergone a week’s training.It has become the experience of a lifetime for 12-year-old Tyroane Sandows who, after being selected to go to Brazil, so impressed Sao Paulo’s coaches that he has been signed to a three-year contract with the club.After the three years are up, Sandows will be re-evaluated, with the prospect of being able to join the senior section of the club’s academy, which means he would then be eligible to start the process of becoming a professional soccer player in accordance with Fifa guidelines.Moving to Brazil“Sandows has managed to set himself apart from his peers – he continues to shine,” said Stan Whiting, Shona Khona’s project coordinator.Since being discovered, the quiet Sandows has let his talent speak for itself. His passion and consistency is what impressed his Brazilian coaches and earned him a contract.Sandows’ experience started with the purchase of a specially marked Reckitt Benckiser product from his local Metcash store. What seemed then a simple purchase has not only earned him the chance of a lifetime, but has also changed his family’s life; they will relocate to join the elder of their two sons in Brazil in August.“I do not have enough words to thank you for your commitment to this project and for making Tyroane’s dreams a reality,” Sandows’ father, Joe, told the Shona Khona sponsors.“At first it was just a wonderful weekend experience, then an incredible opportunity for Tyroane to travel to Brazil for a week, and now, nearly two years later, we are on our way to actually live in Brazil.”Opportunities in EnglandThe opportunities for talented youngsters will shift from a South American powerhouse, Sao Paulo, to an English powerhouse, Manchester United, in 2008, and project co-ordinator Whiting is excited about the impact Shona Khona is making.“By taking the training and life-skills camps into communities, Shona Khona is able to reach more children than ever before,” Whiting said. “And with AIG on board, the most talented children will have the chance to travel to the UK, Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, where they will receive a week of world-class football training.”The national soccer camp, featuring the best of the best from the community-based camps, will give coaches from the Manchester United Schools programme and the Mamelodi Sundowns technical team a chance to put the youngsters through their paces, with various skills and training drills covering all aspects of the game of soccer. These will provide the coaches and other selectors a chance to make a qualified decision about the players.During the camps, the learners will also take part in life-skills education sessions designed to be interactive and fun.Shona Khona is set to continue up to and beyond the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which will be hosted by South Africa. If its successes are anything to go by, South Africa will have players to answer the call to “shona khona” in tournaments well beyond 2010.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Rebate boost for SA film

first_imgWarner Brothers’ Blood Diamond,nominated for five Academy Awards in 2006, was filmed on location in South Africa.Mary AlexanderThe South African government is to inject millions of rands into the country’s fledgling film industry with two new schemes aimed at encouraging local filmmakers to produce big-budget movies, and foreign filmmakers to use the country’s diverse and stunning landscape for their locations.Launched by the Department of Trade and Industry in February 2008, the South African Film and Television Production and Coproduction Incentive offers a 35% rebate on the cost of films and full-length television programmes produced by South African filmmakers. The second scheme, the Location Film and Television Production Incentive, offers foreign film companies a 15% rebate on the costs of filming in the country. Both schemes, set to run for six years until 2014, cap the rebate at R10-million (US$1.25-million) per production.“South Africa has a growing and vibrant film sector, attested in the recent past by productions such as the award-winning Tsotsi and the internationally acclaimed Blood Diamond,” said Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa at the launch of the incentives. “Opportunities abound and producers continue to benefit from the cost competitiveness of the country’s beautiful locations.”Tsotsi, a wholly South African production, won the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006. Warners Brothers’ 2006 film Blood Diamond, filmed on location in South Africa, was nominated for five Academy Awards. The country’s other recent movie successes include Yesterday, nominated for an Oscar in 2005, and U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, awarded a Golden Bear at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in 2005.The local film industry is one of the priority sectors indentified by the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgisa) as having excellent potential for growth. Asgisa aims to boost the country’s growth rate to 6% in order to halve unemployment and poverty by 2014.The local production incentive scheme is designed to support South Africa’s film industry and create job opportunities, while the location incentive for foreign filmmakers aims to encourage and attract big-budget films to the country, increasing both foreign direct investment and the country’s international profile.“In addition to incentives,” Mpahlwa said, “the DTI is working with other role-players on raising the profile of the sector in general an a number of strategic cooperation treaties are set to improve distribution locally and internationally.”Both schemes are for the production of feature films, telemovies, television drama series, documentaries and animation, produced to top commercial standards. Excluded are reality TV, news, sports, advertising and variety shows, as well as pornography and material that promotes religious intolerance.Qualifying for the incentivesTo qualify for the South African Film and Television Production and Coproduction Incentive, the company producing the film must be incorporated in the country, must have a majority of South African shareholders, and must comply with the black economic empowerment codes of good practice. Only one film per production company is eligible.Only films with a minimum R2.5-million total production budget will qualify, with the company committing 25% of this budget.The majority of the film’s intellectual property must be held by South Africans. The director has to be a South African, as do those with top writer and producer credits, three or more of the top five highest paid actors, and most of the film’s heads of department and key staff.The Location Film and Television Production Incentive is available only to foreign-owned films, with the producers required to incorporate a special purpose corporate vehicle in South Africa for the sole purpose of producing the movie. The South African portion of the budget must be between R12-million ($1.5-million) and just under R100-million ($12.4-million).At least 50% of the principal photography, and a minimum of four weeks’ photography, must be shot in South Africa.Related articlesTelevision in South AfricaMore Oscar glory for South AfricaUseful linksDepartment of Trade and IndustryFilm and Television IncentiveTsotsiYesterdayBlood Diamondlast_img read more

All of Your Limits Are Self-Imposed

first_imgBecause you are human, there is no upper limit to your growth. You can be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. Your upper limit is only limited by your beliefs and your actions.What you are capable of: You can be far more than you are right now. So can I. And so can everyone with whom you come in contact, regardless of what they appear to be now. Anyone can make a 180 degree turn and end up being someone that you can’t imagine—if and when they imagine it for themselves. Others can make a 1 degree turn and, over time, end up being something very different than what their general direction suggested.There is no limit to who you can become, but for the limits you place on yourself.The amount of work you can do: You can do far more than you might believe. You can do more work, and you can do better work. You can do more of the things that you want to do, the things that help you to grow, and the things that you enjoy. The only limit to you squeezing the juice out this life is the limits that you impose on yourself by procrastinating, watching other people live their lives, and not investing the energy in living it.Your life is going to be made up the experiences you decide to engage in, for good or for ill.Your income: When you become more and do more, it’s natural that you would also have more. That’s more money, for sure. But you also have more experiences, more nice things, and more opportunities. You will have what you believe you are worth, and only if you are willing to follow that up with the doing more.There is no limit to what you can have, and you can have more without depriving anyone else of also having more.What you can contribute: The best reason to be more, do more, and have more, is so you can contribute more. The difference you can make is limited by your imagination and your willingness to give back, both of which are yours to exercise as you wish. I once heard about a man who went to college to major in Philanthropy. But charity doesn’t require a degree. It doesn’t even require money. You can give the greatest gift, your time and your attention, whenever you decide to contribute more. Having more means you can scale the difference you make, but it isn’t required.There are no upper boundaries to the difference you can make.All of your limits are self-imposed. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more