Having saddled five of the six winners of the major trophy races in the last quarter of last year, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta is likely to continue where he left off in 2015 by winning the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy overnight allowance feature with down-in-class ALL CORRECT at Caymanas Park today.DaCosta will mount a two-pronged challenge in the 1820 metres event as in addition to ALL CORRECT, he will saddle last year’s winner ROYAL VIBES in a nine-horse field. A year ago, ROYAL VIBES got up in the nick of time to deny hot favourite ALL CORRECT by a head.Since then, ALL CORRECT has rubbed shoulders with the best in grade one company, while ROYAL VIBES has declined in ability.better run expectedWith DaCosta calling up four-time champion Omar Walker, ALL CORRECT having finished eight lengths, sixth to stable-companion SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Diamond Mile, clocking a personal time of 1:38.0 in that fast-run race, will report even better today. As such, he is likely to stave off the vastly improved HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who won the Royal Dad Trophy over this trip on November 21, and will again be ridden by newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.DaCosta capped a record-breaking season on Boxing Day by winning the co-feature races, the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes with FUTURE KING and the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup with top distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR for an 11 straight trainers’ title and an unprecedented 15 overall, surpassing Hall of Famer Philip Feanny with 14.DaCosta not only won the Boxing Day co-features, but saddled PERFECT NEIGHBOUR to win the Burger King Gold Cup on October 17, DREAMLINER to win the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy for two-year-olds on October 19, and SEEKING MY DREAM who won the inaugural running of the $13.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5.Also on the 10-race programme are the New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, here the DaCosta-trained DRIPPING IN GOLD (Robert Halledeen up) starts favourite; and the $180,000 claiming race over 1820 metres for the McKay Security Trophy to be run in two divisions, both attracting 11 starters.In division one, OH MY GRANDPA has a strong chance based on his close third to GO GO TRAIN in a blanket finish over this trip on a $210,000 claiming tag on October 24.Division two looks tailored for GOFORTHEGLORY, who not only has appealing form, but steps down two classes to vie for this trophy.He can win from PERFECT FLYER and CAUSE FOR CONCERN, who won this race in 2014 when owned by Carlton Watson.
The proprietors of Flamboyant Supermarket are counting their losses after thieves broke into theirThe empty structure where the gas cylinders were stored before being stolenestablishment and carted away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth in items.Reports are that thieves broke into the supermarket at about 01:00h on Monday and stole 52 cylinders of gas from the business which is located at 3rd Avenue, Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara. The items were valued at $560,000.Speaking with Guyana Times, the owner of the entity, Keirtie Brasse, said the business was secured at 20:00h but subsequently received reports from residents in the area that at about 22:00h, two men were seen jumping the fence of the premises.According to the businesswoman, the men shifted the security cameras’ focus and left the business. However, reports are they returned later and broke the locks to the structure where the gas cylinders were security and carted off the items. This newspaper was told that the men they loaded the gas cylinders into two awaiting white cars before making their escape. Additionally, this newspaper was told that even as the men were removing the items, the Police was called but never showed up until the following morning.When this publication contacted the Diamond/Grove Police Station about the incident, this newspaper was told that an investigation has been launched into the incident. However Police there were tightlipped about the failure of ranks to respond to the robbery.
TAYLOR, B.C. — After receiving many reports of a distressed man seen near the Taylor bridge, the Fort St. John RCMP is now enlisting the public’s help to find the man and ensure his well-being.Cpl. Dirk Finkenseip says the man is about 35 years old, was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, and white skateboard shoes — and was seen at the south end of the bridge.After receiving the calls just after 9 p.m. last night, RCMP, along with Police Dog Services, attended the scene, but were unable to find the man. Later, the police was presented with evidence that the man left the in a vehicle on the North side of the bridge.- Advertisement -Police are requesting anyone was in the area at the time and may have seen the male, or may have information leading to the identity of the male, to contact the Fort St. John RCMP.
Tom Rennie hosts the Premier League Preview Show – looking ahead to the big matches of Game Week four.This week the former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke tells us that Danny Welbeck will be a big hit at the Emirates, while former Manchester United defender Gary Neville tells talkSPORT he can’t believe United sold him.The former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy picks his three to watch this weekend, Brendan Rodgers tells talkSPORT he’s not happy Daniel Sturridge got injured with England… and Gareth Wheeler for TSN in Canada plays Tom against the World.Every Premier League game is available outside the UK & Ireland on talkSPORT.com and on the Tune In Radio App – search for ‘talkSPORT’.
Aaron Cresswell in action for West Ham Sam Allardyce says West Ham have received no bids for Aaron Cresswell – despite reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.The left back has been one of the Hammers’ star performers this season after arriving from Ipswich last summer for £4m.The 25-year-old’s performances have led to claims he could make a big-money move to Chelsea or Manchester City after just a season at Upton Park.But, Allardyce says West Ham have received no offers from any clubs.“As far as I am aware nobody has bid for Aaron Cresswell. So it is pure rumour and speculation which has to fill the huge amount of media space that you have to fill,” said Allardyce.“Somebody will have whispered in your ear somewhere that Chelsea or whoever are interested in one of our players and it shifts across the board.“I have even heard somebody say that we have put a £25m buyout [clause] on him. It’s the first I know.“I haven’t heard anything from the owners to say if somebody wants Aaron Cresswell then we want £25m.” 1
Sebastian Giovinco’s goal for Toronto FC last night was magical – but that wasn’t even the most impressive thing about it.The Italian forward bamboozled the entire New York Red Bulls defence just 48 hours after playing for Italy in their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway.Giovinco is available for loan in January when the MLS season takes a break, which has manifested links with Premier League clubs Liverpool and Tottenham.Would the 28-year-old prove a shrewd acquisition? On this evidence, you’d think so…
A Donegal businessman is returning from England where he is set to launch a “child friendly” doll.Ballybofey man Ian Harkin already has a successful company, Arklu, which has sold thousands of dolls including his famous Kate Middleton royal doll.Now Ian has launched Lottie, a ‘responsible’ doll, and plans to create 10 jobs in the process. The businessman has already won three international awards for the doll.“We did a lot of research amongst parents who were worried that their daughters were growing old too quickly and that many dolls appeared too sexual.“The doll, which is aimed at 3 to 9 year olds, is based on the body of a 9 year old using scientific data.“And we have given her pets such as a dog called Biscuits and a horse called Black beauty and we are concentrating on her getting outside into the outdoors and having a healthy lifestyle. “We have her enjoying the things a nine year old should be doing and not being a pop star, going shopping or going nightclubbing,” he said.Lottie is already selling across Ireland and Ian is planning to launch her across the US next month.Not a man to rest on his laurels, he is also planning a range of six other dolls.“We will be looking for sales people, finance support and people with design-based skills.“Lottie has really taken off but as the market grows we will need people to fill those positions,” he said. DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN HOPES TO CREATE 10 JOBS WITH ‘RESPONSIBLE’ DOLL was last modified: October 11th, 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:ARKLUDOLLIan Harkin
The oyster cages at Linsfort Beach.The Save Linsfort Beach campaign has hit out at claims that the Donegal farmer behind a controversial oyster farm has been subjected to vile online abuse.Derek Diver said he merely wants to provide jobs in the area but has been the target of a hate campaign on social media.The Save Linsfort Beach campaign say they in no way condone any form of abuse online but have reiterated their opposition to the oyster farm at the stunning Inishowen beach. This is the full text of their statement. “We wish to reiterate that we do not in any way condone online or any other abuse on either side of the current debate about the Oyster Farm and we monitor our Facebook page constantly to ensure that no inappropriate comments are posted.“Any abusive comments from both sides of the debate are removed immediately. We would also like to clarify for the record that our issue is with the Department of the Marine who have failed in their duties in the way that the licence applications have been assessed and issued.“Despite how it might appear to Mr Diver, the focus of our campaign is not on the developer, because he seems to have complied with all of the Department’s requests and is now in the unfortunate position of having to defend his actions. “The real issue is that the location of this Oyster Farm is completely inappropriate and has not been properly considered by the Department of the Marine in awarding the licences.“The lack of public consultation has cheated the local and wider community out of its right to participate in any debate about the rights and wrongs of this application. The campaign is trying to reclaim this right by raising it as a local and national issue and not allowing the Government to dismiss our genuine grievances.“The new Government Draft Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development proudly talks about the need for openness, transparency and proper planning involving all stakeholders as if it has invented a new concept. There has certainly been no transparency or openness in how the Department handled this application and the apparent lack of due diligence casts major doubts on how the licence was granted:The Department of the Marine seem to have gone out of their way to ensure that no public consultation was carried out.The legislation requires a notice to be published ‘in a newspaper circulating in the vicinity of the location of the proposed aquaculture’. The Department recommended the Donegal Democrat which has a circulation of approx. 100 copies in the entire Inishowen area, which has a population of 40,000 according to the last census. “The notice wasn’t specific about the exact location – it simply stated ‘Lough Swilly’ which has a coastline of approx. 80 km and could have been on either side of the Lough.“The notice wasn’t specific about the species – it stated ‘Oysters’ and not specifically Pacific Oysters which are known to be invasive and would possibly have alerted the scientific community.“Notwithstanding the vagueness of the published notice, a public consultation process would have been legally required under EU Regulations (Aarhus Convention) because of the close proximity to the Lough Swilly SAC if the Minister had not waived the requirement for an EIA. The reasons why this requirement was waived were listed in his Ministerial Determination but it is difficult to see how he could have objectively come to this conclusion given the factors to be considered.‘The nature and scale of the proposed aquaculture activity’ This is a large scale enterprise both by local and national standards. It will cover 42 acres which is the equivalent of 21 football pitches along a total length of almost 1.25km of foreshore. This would be enormous if it were an industrial development so why is Aquaculture considered to be any different?‘The limited magnitude and extent of the direct impacts arising from the proposed aquaculture activity’This will have a direct impact on the local residents and visitors who use the beach on a daily basis. It is also hazardous to wildlife.‘The absence of any protected structures or recorded monuments in the area of the proposed aquaculture activity’“There is a Promentory Fort on the foreshore at Mount Paul directly adjacent to this enterprise and this is a recorded national monument which has a legally protected status. Did the Department consider this as part of their assessment?‘The low population density of the surrounding area’This is a densely populated area, both directly behind the foreshore and in the immediate vicinity of Linsfort and Desertegny. The nearest town of Buncrana is 4 miles to the South and has a population of approx. 4,000. Inishowen has a population of 40,000 of which the majority are situated around the coast and Derry is only 15 miles away.‘The low visual impact of the proposed aquaculture activity’I could forward some photographs of the spectacular views from the beach but these simply do not do it justice and it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. 42 acres of rusting steel would have a huge visual impact on any site never mind a pristine sandy beach.‘The minimal impact on recreational use of the adjoining foreshore’The beach will become a no-go area for recreational users. Who would want to look at or allow their children to play in such close proximity to 42 acres of rusting steel cages and oyster waste? How is this a minimal impact?“The significance of any one of the items listed above is grounds to require a complete EIA to be carried out but when all of these factors are taken together, it is astounding that the recommendation of the Department’s Screening Group was to determine that an EIA wasn’t required. Interestingly, there has been a plethora of similar Ministerial Determinations for aquaculture developments all around the coastline in the past 3 years (available on the Department’s website). The Department does seem to make it very easy for these licences to be granted without too much fuss. It also helps that the Environmental screening group is not an independent group but made up of Department employees including department engineers who had been advising the licencee from the start of the process.“Local Councillors have stated that the Local Authority was not notified as part of the consultation process but this needs to be formally verified by Donegal County Council. If this is found to be the case, then the Department has not carried out due diligence under the regulations in relation to consultation.“Finally, Failte Ireland and the Government are doing a great job promoting the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ as a tourist attraction and this has been acknowledged in glowing reports from well-respected and influential travel writers from abroad.The following quote from Jeremy Irons taken from ‘Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way’ on RTE is particularly pertinent in capturing the sense of injustice at the incredible lack of vision displayed by the Government in making their decision and shows what others think of this National Treasure and what this enterprise is putting at risk.“If you want to really know the Wild Atlantic Way, you have to stop the car, probably come on a bicycle, and really follow your nose, because the secret places are always on the seaside, because the coast is such that you won’t have the main road clinging to the coast, you’ve gotta walk, or you have to cycle.“This is gold-dust and should be dealt with really carefully, with great intelligence, because it is one of the last remaining wild outposts of Europe.”BEACH CAMPAIGNERS CONDEMN ONLINE ABUSE TOWARDS OSYTER FARM DEVELOPER was last modified: August 12th, 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)
After becoming the 13th Bulldog to win the Missouri Valley Cross Country Championship and placing seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, Drake University senior Reed Fischer is now on his way to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. Fischer’s 10k championship race starts at 11 a.m. “It’s a gratifying feeling winning the MVC title and qualifying for the NCAAs, but it is also something that gives me a sense of relief,” Fischer said. “It’s good to see all my hard work pay off and know there is more to come.” “I think the biggest thing is that this is a place that fosters success and makes you want to be as good as you can be,” Fischer said. “When I won conference, Sandy Hatfield Clubb sent me an email congratulating me. It’s the little acts of support like that, along with the Bulldog way, that all pile onto each other and help lead you to success.” “This year, I tried coming at the season with a more ‘don’t take things for granted’ attitude,” Fischer said. “I have been focused on making running fun again because I keep telling myself that this could potentially be my last race, so if it is, I might as well enjoy it.” In high school, Fischer qualified twice for the state championship and said he was good, but not as good as his present success would indicate. He points to coach Hostager as being “the man when it comes to training guys like me.” As much as coach Hostager has taken over his training and helped him develop, there are also a number of upperclassmen who are now graduated that set a path for Fischer, which he is trying to continue setting for the underclassmen. “To be completely honest, I never thought I would a two-time NCAA qualifier when I was a freshman,” Fischer said. “In the last two years, it has become more of an expectation for me and coach Dan Hostager than a goal. But this past season has been the first time I was confident I could make it to the NCAAs.” Fischer also attributes a lot of his success and determination to the overarching support the Drake Athletic Department offers. Print Friendly Version “It’s basically the peak of college running,” Fischer said of the NCAA Cross Country Championships. “It’s a little nerve-racking knowing you are going to race guys who have multiple NCAA titles to their names. But at the same time, it is very exciting because I think I can be one of those guys who makes a name for himself in a race like this.” But, his goals won’t keep him from competing. With indoor and outdoor track seasons ahead, Fischer and Hostager both agree they will be big seasons. Fischer has his sights set on the Drake record book with the goal of recording new records in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters and the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Unlike other sports, most of the preparation for a race like this has been at the beginning of the season and built upon previous seasons. The best way to prepare now is to stay relaxed and let your body recover. Fischer says his junior year was when he focused on grinding workouts and working hard on his performance. This year, he has taken a different approach to the season. “I want to get a bid to the national championships for the indoor 5k and I want to get back to the NCAAs for the outdoor 10k,” Fischer said. “The ultimate goal, which is pretty lofty but I think is in the realm of possibility, is competing in the USA Track and Field Championships next summer. That would be after I graduate, but I’m hoping I will be able to run it in a Drake uniform.” Fischer completed the 10k course at NCAA Midwest Regionals, his first of the season, with an impressive time of 30:29.8. But if you ask him, he would say he did not picture himself in this position his first year at Drake. Traveling to Terre Haute, Ind., Fischer will run against, as he describes, “the cream of the crop.” Fischer sees himself finishing in the top 40 and bringing home All-America honors, which would be the first for Drake since 1981.
A sex abuse case had to be abandoned just minutes before it was due to start after the judge realised he knew one of the potential witnesses personally.Judge John O’HaganThe case against a Donegal man was due to start this morning at Letterkenny Circuit Court. The accused, who is in his 70s, is charged with indecent assault and gross indecency.The accused is charged with seven different charges including one of gross indency and six of indecent assault.At least one witness had come from outside the jurisdiction.A videolink had also been set up for the alleged victim to give evidence in the trial which was expected to last up to three days.However Judge John O’Hagan said he could not press ahead with the trial said it would be simply unfair to all parties if he did.He said he did not realise the person was involved until he came out of his chambers and saw the person sitting on the witness bench.“There is nothing I can do about it but it would be utterly wrong for me to hear it (the trial),” he said.He adjourned the case until the next sitting of the circuit court in April and said he would contact the President of the Circuit Court on the matter.SEX CASE HALTED AFTER JUDGE RECOGNISES POTENTIAL WITNESS was last modified: February 3rd, 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:donegalJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtsex casewitness