With Back-to-School activities moving into high gear, Caymanas Park will stage the eighth running of the Seek Exercise Book Trophy race over 1300 metres for open allowance horses with a purse of $1 million.The race returns after a two-year absence, during which Book Empire Limited, manufacturer of Seek exercise books, turned their attention to rebranding and the promotion of its new composition mixed colour books.Significantly, 10 of the 11 races on the card will carry the names of Seek products, including the Seek Composition Colour Trophy over 1100 metres, Seek Double Line Trophy over a mile and Seek Scrapbook Plaque over 1000 metres straight.CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr said he anticipates a highly competitive race among the eight horses declared for the Seek Exercise Book Trophy.”Right now the open allowance class is the most competitive at Caymanas Park, and with this race attracting seven of the starters in the August 1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy race run over 1200 metres on August 1, which resulted in a blanket finish involving five horses, it should go down to the wire,” predicted Miller.”Back in action from that race are the winner TRADITIONAL PRINCE; the runner-up FORTUNEONEHUNDRED; SCOOP JORDYNE, who was third, and EDISON, who finished a mere half a length away fourth,” added Miller, who also named this year’s 1000 Guineas winner PUDDY POOH, who has worked well, and PETE’SWILDONE as others who could enter the reckoning.”All in all it promises to be a well-supported raceday driven by the back-to-school theme, not to mention that Book Empire will be giving away 2,000 exercise books at the track, mostly to its many customers from the Portmore Communities,” he concluded.TRADITIONAL PRINCE, who shoulders topweight of 57.0kg, will again be ridden by Aaron Chatrie, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by in-form Robert Halledeen, SCOOP JORDYNE by leading jockey Shane Ellis, EDISON by champion apprentice O’Brien White, PUDDY POOH by former champion Wesley Henry and PETE’SWILDONE by four-time champion Omar Walker.- O.C.
fashion Extravaganza, one of the events of the Jubilee Festival, featured its first set of fashions from Guyanese designers at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown on Thursday.Among the audience was Minister of Telecommunications with responsibility for Tourism, Cathy Hughes. Courtney Noel kicked off the show with his melodious voice belting his song “Arrowhead”. The first designer to display his gorgeous pieces, accessorised with handmade jewellery, on 13 female and 2 male models, was Sydney Francois.Also walking the catwalk were the delegates of the Miss World Guyana Pageant: Divya Yabindranauth (Region One Ambassador); Najuma Nelson (Region Two Ambassador); Marva Langevine (Region Three Ambassador); Ariella Basdeo (Region Four Ambassador); Ashmini Ramnauth (Region Five Ambassador); Treasure James (Region Seven Ambassador), and Nurriyah Gerrard (Region Eight Ambassador).Sharon Gittens, who has established herself as a creative designer in her seven years in the field, displayed nine unique and stunning pieces which showcased her love of colour.One of the outfits displayed during the Fashion ExtravaganzaThe next designer described as a woman who marvelled at her country and was recognised locally as well as internationally, Natasha Calderia exhibited 16 beautiful fabric creations, which held the admiration of the spectators.With a magnificent blend of cultural and modern designs, under the theme “Bring back our culture”, 13 models “wowed” the crowd as they strutted along the runway wearing patterns by Jason Shurland.Amrita Daniels’ Africa-inspired designs also captured the attention of the audience with 13 pieces for females and 3 for males.During the intermission, Roy “Sweet Sax” Stuart set a relaxing tone for members of the audience with his saxophone melodies. However, excitement wiggled through the crowd when Walter Gary, the show producer for the Miss World Guyana 2016, revealed that a free ticket to the pageant was up for grabs as it was hidden under the seat of someone in the audience.When the fashion show resumed, Rishma Persaud exhibited a range of 10 elegant evening dresses under the theme “Traditional meets modern”, which captivated viewers.Marcia DaSantos’ 13 stylish and “one of a kind” designs brought the runway segment to a close. But, not before requests from the audience to meet the talented designers.The Fashion Extravaganza, which is a three-day event, will continue on Saturday and Sunday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, starting at 17:00h.
FELLOW CITIZENS:During my remarks on Saturday, at our Independence Day Celebration, I announced that we now face a National Emergency as a result of the deadly Ebola menace. I also announced the establishment of a National Task Force which I would chair along with the Minister of Internal Affairs in his role as Chairman of the National Disaster Relief Commission. The Task Force will give support to the Technical Team headed jointly by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare and the Country Representative of the World Health Organization.The first meeting of the Task Force was held on Sunday, July 27. The meeting was attended by the key members of the Technical Team, Ministers and Government Officials, media, political leaders, the security sector, and concerned citizens.The meeting was briefed by the Technical Team on the severity of the disease which has intensified in seven counties – Lofa, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Gedeh and Margibi and was advised that daily monitoring and briefing sessions at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the public will continue.No doubt, the Ebola virus is a national health problem. And as we have also begun to see, it attacks our way of life, with serious economic and social consequences. As such, we are compelled to bring the totality of our national resolve to fight this scourge.In light of the need to address this as a national problem which could undermine the economic and social fabric of our nation the following decisions were taken:– All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points including the Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing, Ganta Crossing. At these entry points, preventive and testing centers will be established, and stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to;– A new travel policy by the Liberia Airport Authority covering inspection and testing of all outgoing and incoming passengers will be strictly observed;– Restrictions on public gatherings such as solidarity marches, demonstrations, promotional advertisement are to be restricted;– Hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers and video clubs are to play five-minute film on Ebola awareness and prevention;– Government vehicles will be commandeered, as appropriate, to provide needed logistics support to the health delivery system;– All Government facilities and public places are to install and provide public access for washing of hands and other sanitization services;– Media sensitization programs to be formulated by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism;– Standing Orders have been given to the Security Forces, including the Armed Forces of Liberia, to give support to the Technical Team and the Task Force in enforcing these regulations;– On report from the Technical Team, communities that are seriously affected will be quarantined and travels in and out of such communities restricted. Support will be provided to those directly affected by the quarantine restrictions;– Similar Task Force Structures are being established at the county level;– Citizens outreach teams are being established to support the works of the Technical Team and the Task Force;The Task Force calls upon all those institutions named in the President’s Independence Day Remarks – Women and Youth Organizations, Inter-Religious Council, Traditional Council, Labor Union, Market Organizations, Political Parties, Press Union, the Transport Unions, Motor Bikes Associations, to name a representative to participate on the Task Force.The Task Force appeals to the public to cooperate by refraining from harming or rejecting health workers and citizens’ representatives who are only trying to save lives and protect citizens.The next meeting of the Task Force will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:00 noon at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditoriumof the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Former Norwich and Cardiff man Simon Lappin has moved back north of the border to join St Johnstone.The Glasgow-born defender spent six years with the Canaries between 2007 and 2013 before joining Cardiff on loan.He then joined the Welsh club on a permanent basis in January 2013 but then never appeared for the first team again.The 31-year-old has since spent time on loan at Sheffield United but he has drawn a line under his time in English football for now after signing a two-year deal with St Johnstone. Simon Lappin [left]
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As leader of the California Assembly, Speaker Fabian Nunez, has traveled the world in luxury, paying with campaign funds for visits to fine hotels and restaurants and for purchases at high-end retailers. It is not clear how these activities have related to legislative business, as state law requires, because the Los Angeles Democrat refuses to provide details on tens of thousands of dollars in such expenditures. The spending, listed in mandatory filings with the state includes $47,412 on United, Lufthansa and Air France airlines this year; $8,745 at the exclusive Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain; $5,149 for a “meeting” at Cave L’Avant Garde, a wine seller in the Bordeaux region of France; a total of $2,562 for two “office expenses” two years apart at Louis Vuitton in Paris; and $1,795 for a “meeting” at Le Grand Colbert, a venerable Parisian restaurant. Nunez also spent $2,934 at Colosseum Travel in Rome, and paid $505 to the European airline Spanair. Other expenses are closer to home. These include a $1,715 meeting at Asia de Cuba restaurant in West Hollywood; a $317 purchase at upscale Pavilion Salon Shoes in Sacramento; a $2,428 meeting at 58 Degrees and Holding, a Sacramento wine bar and bistro; and $800 spent at Dollar Rent a Car in Kihei, Hawaii. Asked in an interview about his foreign travel in general, Nunez said that “For me, it’s a question of: Is my perspective on issues broad enough? Do I have enough context when I make decisions? This is a big state to run. You’ve got to know what you’re doing. “These trips,” he said, “at least the ones I’ve taken — I feel very confident and comfortable that they’re not only justified but necessary for the decisions I need to make on a daily basis.”
Louis van Gaal admits a top four finish for Manchester United ‘will be very difficult’ after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.United went into Saturday’s lunchtime clash knowing three points were a must if they wanted to keep their hunt for Champions league qualification alive.But Van Gaal’s men were lacklustre and out-muscled as a thumping header from January signing Lamine Kone – which went over the line off goalkeeper David de Gea – sealed a shock win for the Premier League strugglers.Another defeat – United’s eighth of the season – piles the pressure on Van Gaal, with many frustrated fans calling for the Dutchman’s head after the match.And the manager was resigned to admit the result leaves their top four hopes in the balance.“I’m very frustrated because we were in very good form,” Van Gaal said following the loss.“We were in good form, knew the next match was against Sunderland and knew what we had to do – we had to win because you want to be in the race for the top four positions in the league.“But you will always be compared to your opponents in aggression, and their hunger and aggression was higher than ours. That cannot be. We didn’t keep the ball better today.”Asked about his side’s chances of sealing a top four finish this season, the Dutchman added: “It will be very difficult now, but we will fight to the end.”The result wasn’t the only bad news for United, as full-back Matteo Darmian now faces several weeks on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder against the Black Cats. 1 Manchester United players look dejected after Sunderland’s late winner at the Stadium of Light
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes are hanging by a thread after their defeat to West Ham on Tuesday night.United must beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford on the final day and hope Manchester City slip up at Swansea to finish fourth and Louis van Gaal’s side are priced 11/2 to pull it off.Sunderland, meanwhile, can secure Premier League survival – and send Newcastle down – by beating Everton on Wednesday night.The Black Cats are 4/5 to get the win, with the out-of-form Toffees unfancied at 15/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Ahoy there! The barge leaves Donegal Town: Pic Paul O’SullivanBy Paul O’Sullivan: One of Donegal Town’s most iconic boats left the Quay at 7.15am on Friday morning last for Limerick from where it will sail up the Shannon for Lough Derg.There, it will serve as a houseboat for its’ new owner.The photo ( taken at 7.20am) shows the 119 year old vessel approaching the 14th century Old Abbey in Donegal Town Estuary. The 80ft long vessel is equipped with two bedrooms and two Ensuites as well as a Jacuzzi!The Dutch Barge was built 1n 1895 and was most recently owned by local Waterbus skipper Robert Dunleavy who sold it a number of months ago.It has been moored in front of Pier 1 on the Quay, Donegal Town for a number of years but undergoing extensive refurbishments in the past year.Waterbus skippers Robert and Nicky Harron piloted the barge as far as Doorin Rock (off Mountcharles) where they handed it over to the new owner and crew. She sailed across to Mullaghmore in Sligo and berthed there Friday night. At 6am Sat morning, she left Mullaghmore and will sail down the west coast to Limerick where she will steam up the Shannon to Lough Derg.“I’ll be sorry to see it leave Donegal, to be honest ” Robert told Donegal Daily. “It’s been a landmark in Donegal Town for nearly 10 years and a big part of my life.” LANDMARK 19TH CENTURY DONEGAL TOWN BARGE SETS OFF FOR ITS NEW HOME was last modified: May 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bargeDonegal TownPier 1Waterbus
A wheelchair-user has appeared in court for a Judge to decide if he must serve a jail sentence for dangerous driving causing death.Mr Coyle appearing at an earlier court sitting. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Daniel Coyle was jailed for four years in July 2012 but had his jail term suspended to allow him to do 240 hours community service. However, Mr Coyle of Clar, Redcastle, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court having failed to complete all of his community service time.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said he will have medical evidence showing why Mr Coyle cannot complete the rest of the community service.He also said there was psychological issues with his client which he will also inform the court of.Mr Nolan also revealed that Coyle’s house had recently been fire-bombed in an attack.In 2012, Coyle, now 31, pleaded guilty to the charge which arose out of a road traffic at Clar, Redcastle on April 19th, 2009 in which another man, Hugh Donegan was killed.Having heard submissions in the case, Judge John O’Hagan adjourned the case until next Tuesday to hear medical reports before deciding what to do in the case.WHEELCHAIR-USER APPEARS IN COURT FACING FOUR YEAR JAIL SENTENCE was last modified: July 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:dangerous driving causing deathDaniel CoylejailJUDGEredcastlewheelchair
Thibaut Courtois labelled France an ‘anti-football’ team after Belgium’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Les Bleus on Wednesday.Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header was enough to separate the two evenly-matched sides, although Belgium had the better share of the ball with 64% possession. France were effective on the counter attack and kept Belgian chances to a minimum, but Courtois thought their approach was overly negative.He said: “France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend.“I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football. [France] are just an anti-football team.”Eden Hazard shared his Belgium and Chelsea team-mate’s sentiments.He added: “I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with this France. But they do defend strongly and are very efficient. We have not found their weak point. That little moment of magic needed to score was not there.”Nonetheless Hazard, his nation’s standout player from the semi-final and the tournament overall, remains proud of Belgium’s achievements in Russia.He continued: “We have seen a fantastic Belgian team and have been eliminated by a team that was more solid than us.“We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.”Join talkSPORT for live coverage of England’s semi-final against Croatia tonight from 7pm to see if Gareth Southgate’s men can join France in Sunday’s final 1 Hazard and Courtois weren’t impressed with the French tactics