Orpheus, Nuclear Affair for Guineas trials

first_imgThe three-year-old campaign leading up to the 1000 and 2000 Guineas on April 9 continues at Caymanas Park today with the respective Guineas trials – the Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both over 1400 metres.Ten fillies have been declared for the $1.1 million Thornbird Stakes, including top contenders NUCLEAR AFFAIR and SORRENTINO’S STAR, to be ridden by in-form three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson and leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths, respectively.When both fillies last met in the $4.25 million supreme Ventures Jamaica two-year-old Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR just failed to stave off the winner, FUTURE KING, while then favourite, SORRENTINO’S STAR finished four lengths fifth at level weights.Today, NUCLEAR AFFAIR is in receipt of 4.0kg from topweight SORRENTINO’S STAR. Following her decisive win over the promising colt ORPHEUS on her January 30 seasonal debut over 1500 metres, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, now running with a mere 53.0kg, looks hard to oppose under these favourable conditions.Trainer Subratie is looking forward to even bigger things from NUCLEAR AFFAIR, with the 1000 Guineas just around the corner.”I have very high hopes for her this season. She has definitely trained on from two to three with that good win over the progressive colt Orpheus over 1500 metres some weeks ago, clocking a good time, and is definitely a class act,” said the second-generation trainer.”She apparently has everything in her favour and should use this as a dress rehearsal for the Guineas,” added Subratie.The chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair should win easily from SORRENTINO’S STAR and GIRLY GIRLY LINKS.Meanwhile, 12 colts will face-off in the $1.1 million Prince Consort Stakes and, to my mind, it should come down to a straight fight between Nelson’s mount JAMAI RAJA and ORPHEUS, both impressive winners this season.GOD GOINGPreference is for ORPHEUS, who has pleased in all three races this season. After winning over this trip on January 1 and following up with a close second to NUCLEAR AFFAIR, over 1500 metres on January 30, ORPHEUS gained nods of approval after his impressive win over CHACE THE GREAT in the recent Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres, the chestnut colt, by Adore The Gold out of La Reina, covering the distance in the good time of 1;13.3.With in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes having him in good nick and the additional furlong right up his street, ORPHEUS, with champion jockey Shane Ellis again in the saddle, looks the right choice.Other firm fancies on the card are MR. TOPPER TOP MAN in the second race for maidens; IAN LINKS to go one better in the fourth; UNCLE G in the sixth; FUTURE KING over stable-companion HOVER CRAFT and COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race over 1500m for overnight allowance horses; and JESSE’S FAVORITE in the closing race.last_img read more

GOL, CSquared, USAID Announce Connectivity Investments for Liberia

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Advertisement – As part of Liberia’s 170th Independence Celebrations, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced that Liberia is partnering with an infrastructure company, CSquared, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring best-in-class, reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure to Monrovia. A press release yesterday said Liberia is one of the least connected countries in the world, with only 5% of citizens able to access the Internet.“This partnership is a $12M investment that will serve to strengthen essential health, education and government systems, as well as help unlock the potential of the digital economy for Liberian citizens and private enterprise,” the release said.The release quoted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as saying: “ICT is an integral part of economic development that is often overlooked and undervalued. By expanding our connectivity through this initiative, we will strengthen the support for more ICT based projects and programs in Education, Health, and Infrastructure.”The Government of Liberia has identified increasing fiber infrastructure as a vital part of its economic stabilization and recovery plan. The release said USAID is proud to support Liberia in advancing access to digital infrastructure and has committed an additional $10M to support connected programs in the areas of eGovernment, health information systems, and digital financial inclusion. USAID is also supporting the expansion of Liberia’s digital economy by providing access to a loan guarantee program for qualified, local, digital businesses and entrepreneurs.The Government of Liberia has identified increasing fiber infrastructure as a vital part of its economic stabilization and recovery plan.The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, is also quoted as saying “the United States is committed to helping Liberia provide its people increased access to the Internet.” Ambassador Elder added that “expanding connectivity in Liberia is crucial to helping USAID fulfill its mission to help Liberia end extreme poverty and build resilient democratic institutions.”This partnership builds on CSquared’s proven experience in designing and building shared metropolitan fiber infrastructure in the African cities of Kampala and Entebbe in Uganda, and the cities of Accra, Tema, and Kumasi in Ghana. To date, CSquared has built more than 800 km of fiber in Uganda and more than 840 km in Ghana. Collectively over 25 ISPs and MNOs now use these metro fiber networks to offer broadband services and 4G data to end users, with over 1,200 tower and commercial building sites connected directly to CSquared’s fiber infrastructure.Said Estelle Akofio-Sowah, CSquared West Africa regional manager: “We are excited to be expanding into Monrovia, our third country after Uganda and Ghana. CSquared is committed to working with partners like the Government of Liberia and USAID to expand the ways people around Africa can reliably and affordably connect to the Internet. With 60% of the population of Liberia under the age of 24, we anticipate unprecedented growth in data consumption.”It may be recalled that CSquared on May 16, 2017, along with Google, Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., signed an agreement to invest in CSquared, a technology company making commercially-driven investments into broadband-enabling infrastructure throughout Africa. CSquared will operate as an independent company based in Nairobi. By investing in a shared Internet infrastructure and making it available to local ISPs and mobile operators, CSquared helps bring high-quality broadband access to Africa’s major cities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Release Five Victims of Homophobia from ‘Protective Custody’

first_imgThe spokesperson of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter, said at least five persons, who were taken into ‘protective custody’ during a violent attack which rocked the quiet suburbs of Sinkor two weeks ago, has been released.The five individuals were part of a larger group of people who were said to be attending a birthday party in Sinkor at a Drop-In-Center (DIC) owned and operated by Population Services International (PSI) when they came under a massive attack from residents of the community over suspicion they were “Gays” (homosexuals).“A total of five persons were brought to our headquarters. Some of them sustained injuries as a result of the stone-throwing,” Carter said.The party, according to sources, was the 33rd birth anniversary of a staff member of PSI, and the entity seized the occasion to boost attendance at the DIC, following a previous incident last year that dampened the interest of a key section of the population who frequent the location for regular HIV/AIDS checkups.Carter said the five individuals will not be forwarded to court as they are victims who the police had ‘saved’ from mob violence and prosecution is out of the question as they were not “caught in the act of homosexuality.”Articles 14.74, 14.79 and 50.7 [of the Penal Code of 1976] consider “voluntary sodomy” as a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one-year imprisonment.However, Liberia’s gay community says harassment and discrimination are widespread against their associates, but Carter furthered that the police could not arrest any of the assailants.“It was during the night hours; we only managed to restore calm in the midst of the stone-throwing,” he said.PSI Liberia continues to remain silent on probes by journalRAGE over the level of security measures employed, which would have staved off the attack from community members.But in a statement published in local news outlets including the Daily Observer, PSI Liberia Country Director, Rajiv Dua, said rumors circulating on social media that the entity was hosting a “Gay party” are “rumors of evil.”According to the statement, Dua said that the party, hosted by ‘Saranna,’ was the birthday of one of their clients at the center, during which time PSI peer educators would take advantage to conduct HIV/AIDS testing and counseling to those vulnerable groups, most of whom showed up during the night hours.“They invaded our premises because of wrong rumors,” Dua is quoted in the statement.“We provide HIV & AIDS testing and counseling at that premises, and the party was set up to ensure that a greater part of the population of this vulnerable group showed up to be tested and counseled, but unfortunately, people with no idea of what was happening invaded and manhandled them,” he said.However, observers say the imbroglio at the center could have been prevented if the organization had employed stringent security measures. But Carter added, “The police only got involved when the altercation broke out.”Source: journalRAGEShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden businessman nabbed with illegal gun, ganja

first_imgA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) businessman was on Monday arrested by Police ranks after an unlicensed gun with matching ammunition and a quantity of cannabis were found in his possession.The gun and cannabis found by PolicePolice information reveals that the 31-year-old suspect who resides in Silver City, Wismar, Linden was carrying a 9mm pistol with 10 live matching rounds and in excess of 16 grams of cannabis. The businessman was intercepted by ranks on patrol duty at the Aranka trail at the Cuyuni River where he was searched and the items found.He is expected to make a court appearance at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.Just two days ago, 29 persons were arrested during a Police operation in the Agricola, Greater Georgetown and North Road, Bourda areas. They were questioned for offences which range from possession of a firearm and its components, cocaine, and marijuana, and armed robberies.The Police also confirmed that two motorcycles, a number of mobile phones, and other items suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully attained were discovered and confiscated.last_img read more

Williams seeks more slam titles

first_img“Yeah, I definitely would love double-digits” in major championships, said Williams, who won No. 6 at Wimbledon in July and hopes to get No. 7 at the U.S. Open this weekend. “Definitely had a few years there where some Slams were lost between injuries and a lot of other stuff happening.” Consider this: Today’s showdown with No. 1 Justine Henin will be Williams’ first semifinal at Flushing Meadows since 2002. Now look at things from the Belgian’s perspective: She had to deal with Serena Williams in the quarterfinals and must try to become only the second woman to beat both sisters during a single Grand Slam tournament. The only time it happened was at the 2001 Australian Open, where Martina Hingis eliminated Serena in the quarterfinals and Venus in the semifinals – only to lose to Jennifer Capriati in the final. “It will be a good challenge for me to play both sisters in the same tournament,” 2003 Open champion Henin said, mastering the art of understatement. By Howard Fendrich STAFF WRITER NEW YORK – Venus Williams wants more. More matches, more victories, more Grand Slam titles. Taking all tournaments into account, the Williams sisters have lost to the same player at an event a total of five times in their decade on tour. On 11 occasions, a woman made it past one Williams, then lost to the other. After edging No. 3 Jelena Jankovic in a third-set tiebreaker Wednesday night, Venus Williams made a point of saying she watched Henin beat Serena – and that she wants to play well today to uphold the family’s honor. Henin has to be aware, as well, that she is 1-7 against the older Williams, with her only victory coming in their very first match, on clay at Berlin in 2001. There is, let’s not forget, another semifinal today, with No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova facing No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze in an all-Russian matchup. Kuznetsova won the 2004 U.S. Open and also reached the 2006 French Open final, while Chakvetadze never before made it beyond the quarterfinals at a major. Neither will be given much of a chance in the final, regardless of whether the opponent is Williams or Henin. “Venus and Justine will be a great match,” Jankovic said, “and I think one of them will win the whole tournament.” In the men’s semifinals Saturday, No.1 Roger Federer will play No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko, and No. 15 David Ferrer meets No. 3 Novak Djokovic. Mixed doubles Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus won the mixed doubles championship, beating Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States and Leander Paes of India, 6-4, 7-6 (6). It’s the first Grand Slam title won together by the 18-year-old Azarenka and 30-year-old Mirnyi. They lost in the Australian Open mixed doubles final in January. Mirnyi paired with Serena Williams to win the mixed doubles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1998. 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

AT €1.39 A LITRE – HAVE WE FOUND THE CHEAPEST DIESEL IN DONEGAL?

first_imgWe have found the cheapest diesel in Donegal and at €1.39 a litre, we reckon it’s one of the cheapest in the entire country.Take a bow the Top Filling Station in scenic Dunlewey.The price of filling up your car in this quaint petrol station is cheaper than most places across the country where the average price for diesel is €1.45. And with the cost of putting the pump into the petrol tank only set to get more expensive, Donegal motorists have been urged to shop around.The AA’s Conor Faughnan said the Donegal public do some of the longest commuting journeys because of the sheer size of the country and that’s why we need to get value for money.“People really do need to continue to shop around to get the best value for money.“The days are gone when we simply pulled up to a garage and asked the guy to fill up the car without checking the price. “This is especially true in place like Donegal where there are long commutes to and from work,” he said.*If you think your garage is selling the cheapest petrol in Donegal, please let us know.EndsAT €1.39 A LITRE – HAVE WE FOUND THE CHEAPEST DIESEL IN DONEGAL? was last modified: March 9th, 2011 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

KELLY’S KITCHEN HEROES HAND OVER CHEQUE TO OUR LADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

first_imgA cheque of €3699 was handed over to Catriona from Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin Monday 1st of July, with Donna Dawson Anne Kelly Aoife O’Donnell, Catriona Mc Gloin, Tim and Breege Ward The money was raised during the recent ‘Kellys Kitchen Heros’ which Donna Dawson won. A massive THANK’S to every that came along and supported this very worthy cause and to ALL who sponsored this event. — at The Lobster Pot – A Donegal Good Food TavernKELLY’S KITCHEN HEROES HAND OVER CHEQUE TO OUR LADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:KELLY’S KITCHEN HEROES HAND OVER CHEQUE TO OUR LADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITALlast_img read more

MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER BURGLARIES

first_imgOne man will appear at Letterkenny District Court today following a pate of burglaries in the Cathedral Town.The burglaries took place at a number of houses in the Wolfe Tone and Ard Lonan areas. Among the items taken was laptop computers, DVDS, jewelery and other items.MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER BURGLARIES was last modified: February 6th, 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:burglaryletterkennylast_img read more

POWER RESTORED AFTER MAJOR OUTAGE

first_imgPOWER has been restored after a major outage affecting 3,000 homes across Donegal.Some homes lost power for just 30 seconds – whilst others were without electricity for more than an hour.ESB crews say all the faults have now been fixed.  POWER RESTORED AFTER MAJOR OUTAGE was last modified: October 19th, 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)last_img read more

Shops may lose bus service

first_img More than 100 daily passengers get on and off at the Kenneth Road and Grandview Avenue stop in Kenneth Village. The numbers show that there could be a need for service to the area, according to city officials. But since all the access streets in the area are residential, there are no remaining alternative routes for the bus, leaving only the option of ending service to Kenneth Village, officials said. If the service ended, Route 7 buses would stop two blocks downhill from the current stop. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The Glendale City Council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some businesses had to adjust when service was shut down temporarily. “We have about seven or eight beauty shops up in this area, and I know some of the people who own these shops have literally gone down to Glenoaks and picked their customers up to bring them up into the Village,” said Susan Stanton, who owns the Foothill Gift Shop and is co-president of the Kenneth Village Merchants Association. April Sakai is an architectural designer who lives in the 1200 block of Sonora. She remembers being awakened by the buses when she got back from a trip last month. “I just (wondered) what the heck’s going on,” Sakai said. “That whole idea of transportation and accessing the Village for the shopkeepers, I support that,” she said. “But I don’t think Glendale has figured out yet how to get these buses that are very large and very noisy up the street.” GLENDALE – The City Council today will decide whether to eliminate Beeline bus service to shops in the Kenneth Village area to ease traffic noise that has annoyed residents. In August, the city started what was to be a six-month trial of running Beeline Route 7 buses along a one-block stretch of Sonora Avenue to get to the shops along Kenneth Avenue. But city officials are re-evaluating the route because of many complaints from Sonora residents. “They basically said they bought their house on a quiet street across the street from a cemetery that barely makes any noise, and next thing they know they have these buses that are driving by every 15 minutes or so,” said City Councilman Bob Yousefian. About 40 businesses in the Kenneth Village area are served by the Beeline. Buses used to pass along Allen Avenue to get to the area. But that service was discontinued from November to August, after residents along Allen complained about the noise. last_img read more