Maragh maintains form with double at Aqueduct

first_imgQUEENS, New York (CMC):Jamaican rider Rajiv Maragh produced contrasting rides as he won twice on Thursday’s nine-race card at Aqueduct.The 31-year-old captured race one aboard favourite Shimmering Moon in a gate-to-wire effort and returned to win race five with 2-1 bet Breeze Burner in a stalking ride.Maragh lies third in the standings on 18 wins from 97 wins, eight adrift of leader Irad Ortiz, with Kendrick Carmouche second on 20.Into the second of the three-month meet at the east coast racetrack, Maragh wasted little time in opening his account when he paired with four-year-old bay filly Shimmering Moon to trounce the four-year-old and upward maidens by a whopping 17-1/2 lengths.Going six furlongs, Maragh broke the filly sharply and quickly pulled away from Sliding Stones and Town Fair to establish a clear lead.In the stretch, the pair had no challengers, but Maragh still drove Shimmering Moon through the lane strongly before easing up at the wire.Maragh’s second victory came in another six-furlong trip when he steered the bay gelding Breeze Burner to a 3-1/4 length score over the three-year-olds.Lenny and favourite Margarita Sunrise made the running through the first quarter before Breeze Burner came to challenge near the half as Margarita Sunrise took sole possession of the lead.Once in the stretch, Breeze Burner had little trouble disposing of his rival to get to the front and had an uncontested run up the wire.last_img read more

Put political differences aside, help refugees – Region 1 Chairman

first_imgAs more Venezuelans continue to cross Guyana’s porous borders, a bi-partisan approach is being seen as the most appropriate way to tackle the issue at hand. This is according to Region One (Barima-Waini) Chairman, Brentnol Ashley during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday.“We have to put aside whatever might be seemingly political and start looking at the situation in a humanitarian manner and so everyone should work hand in hand, cooperatively to resolve the issue,” Ashley said.According to him, there are presently over 578 persons of the Warrau tribe, who are occupying spaces in more than five communities in the region.He said while some villagers are very concerned about the wellbeing of theRegion One Chairman, Brentnol Ashleymigrants, others maintain that they should not be encouraged in the country.“Not only Toshaos but by citizens in general from many communities I would have visited, they are of the view that it should not be encouraged. Some persons even from the level of the Town Council, they are very reluctant, they are not in favour of even having our Warrau brothers and sisters in the communities. They are concerned about security, but we are assured by Central Government that they will be working towards ensuring that the people remain safe,” the chairman explained.Further, it was pointed out that villagers are not only concerned about their safety but their health in area.Ashley stated that the views of these persons must be respected, since the recent influx continues to put a strain on the area.The Chairman nevertheless informed that immigration personnel are on the ground to ensure that the migrants are registered. He asserted, “We also have immigration personnel who have been visiting the communities and registering (the migrants). Most of them were granted a three-month stay in the country”.A few days ago, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix announced that a plot of land in Mabaruma was identified for the establishment of a homestead settlement area or a humanitarian centre for registered Venezuelans who have fled to Guyana.According to the Minister, the land has been identified as a result of a collaborative effort of the Mayor and Town Council of Mabaruma and the Citizenship Ministry. The decision was taken during a multi-agency coordinating committee meeting on August 14.The Public Health Ministry has since established health posts in the outlinedSome of the Venezuelan refugees in Region Oneareas, including at Mabaruma and Morawhanna, and is expected to establish yet another outpost at Imbotero Village by which migrants and residents would be screened and vaccinated. Additionally, the Ministry will bolster its presence in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). Refrigerators for the storage of vaccines at the locations have already been procured and were to be dispatched.Following calls by the Region One Chairman for Government and donor agencies to provide more assistance to Venezuelan refugees, the Administration on August 6 signalled its intention to construct several facilities to respond to the Venezuelan influx. This was announced by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at his post-Cabinet briefing. A number of local businesses and Guyanese have provided food and clothing to the refugees.Venezuelan refugees, mainly from the Warrau tribe, have been fleeing the economic and political turmoil in the Spanish-speaking country.last_img read more

Dybala, Mertens hat-tricks as Juventus, Napoli stay perfect

first_img0Shares0000Juventus’ forward Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring a goal against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia on September 17, 2017 © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 17 – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from Champions League disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, while Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0. Inter Milan beat Crotone 2-0 on Saturday for a maximum 12 points in the campaign.Benevento were no match for Napoli, looking for a strong response after their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.“We were unlucky in Ukraine,” said Belgian forward Mertens.“Against Shakhtar we made mistakes and didn’t play our game, but today we showed we can do damage.”Napoli’s striker Dries Mertens scores his second penalty kick against Benevento on September 17, 2017 at San Paolo stadium in Naples © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLIBrazilian Allan opened after three minutes and Lorenzo Insigne added a second after quarter of an hour in Naples.Mertens kicked off his hat-trick with a 27th-minute volley, and then converted two penalties, with Jose Callejon also getting on the scoresheet in the first half.Napoli are the new leaders on goal difference, but Mertens played down title talk.“It’s still a long journey, Inter and Juve are doing well but we’ll see game after game,” he added.– ‘Unstoppable Dybala’ –Dybala’s heroics helped Juve bounce back after their 3-0 Champions League flop in Barcelona.The Argentine left the pitch ten minutes from the end to a standing ovation at the Mapei Stadium following a masterclass performance by the 23-year-old, who has now scored eight goals in four league games.His first was a left-footed volley from the edge of the box to beat Andrea Consigli on 16 minutes, the second a close-range effort again surprising the Sassuolo goalkeeper just after the break and the third a sublime free-kick on 63 minutes.Sassuolo managed to get a consolation through Matteo Politano after a Stephan Lichtsteiner error on 51 minutes.“I wanted to score one and three came along,” said Dybala after his second hat-trick of the season and his 52nd goal in his 100th match for Juventus.“The team gives me confidence and I also compliment the coach who gives me the freedom to play where I want.”But despite Dybala’s heroics, Massimiliano Allegri said there was room for improvement.“He (Dybala) is very young and has much room for improvement. When he plays like that he is unstoppable,” said Allegri.Behind the leaders, Lazio are fourth after struggling to get past Genoa 3-2 in Liguria to bring their tally to ten points.AC Milan’s forward Nikola Kalinic celebrates after scoring against Udinese at the San Siro stadium in Milan on September 17, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAThe Romans could once again count on Ciro Immobile, who scored a double, in reply to a brace from Genoa’s 16-year-old forward Pietro Pellegri.AC Milan showed they had recovered from their 4-1 defeat by Lazio last week with a 2-1 win over Udinese thanks to a Nikola Kalinic double on his first Serie A start for the club.“Overall, it was a step forward in various different ways, including the attitude,” said Milan coach Vincenzo Montella.Cagliari won 2-0 at promoted SPAL and Torino were held 2-2 at home by Sampdoria.Roma eased past Verona 3-0 on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘We have always had a good unity and stuck together,’ – Swansea City boss Garry Monk insists his job is safe

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has moved to dismiss further speculation linking him with an exit from the Liberty Stadium.Monk guided Swansea to a record-high eighth-placed finish in the Premier League, but his side are currently on a bad run of form.The Swans, 14th in this year’s Premier League after 12 matches, have won just one of their last eight matches – and just three all season.Recent reports have suggested chairman Huw Jenkins is ready to bring in a more experienced boss.“Look, I’ve got a fantastic relationship with the chairman and he’s very supportive towards me, I’ve said this before,” Monk said, ahead of the return of club football after the international break, where Swansea host Bournemouth.“I am fully aware [of the pressure].“What you learn from management in recent years is that if you’re not getting results, it obviously creates pressure.“I don’t spend my time focussing on that, I focus on trying to put things right, to show your strength of character and how you feel about these situations with the players.“On the football pitch, you try to focus on the things we can improve from and try put that right.”After last season’s on-field success in the 36-year-old’s first full campaign in charge, Jenkins said Monk was the best manager in the South Wales side’s history and later in the summer he was being touted as a potential future England manager.Commenting about his understanding with Swansea and its board of directors, Monk added:“In terms of my relationship with the club and the situation we are in, of course I am well aware of it and things need to improve but the chairman, the fans, the club itself – we have always had a good unity, stuck together and been very supportive.“It gives you great confidence to try and go forward and make sure we progress as a club and a team in the next few games.”last_img read more

Wet floor ends exhibition game

first_imgFrom news services The NBA preseason game between the New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics was canceled after one half Friday night because of damp court conditions at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Boston led, 36-33, at halftime when the game was called because of condensation forming from ice beneath the floor. The 25-year-old city-owned facility is home to the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. “The players felt like they were risking injury by playing on the court,” said Danny Ainge, the Celtics director of basketball operations. “They didn’t feel like they could get any footing and they were slipping and sliding, so it was pretty unanimous among the players and the officials and the coaches that the game should be called.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He said the dampness was noticed earlier in the day, when the outside temperature reached 71 degrees, but it seemed to improve before game time. Around the league Mavericks: Forward Josh Howard was suspended for the first two games of the regular season as punishment for a fight with Sacramento center Brad Miller earlier in the week. Howard was ejected from an exhibition Tuesday against the Kings after delivering a forearm to the back of Miller’s neck. He also pushed Miller, who had shoved Dallas guard Devin Harris to the ground. NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said Howard escalated the confrontation by running across the court toward Miller and other Kings’ players. Kings: Police plan to send the findings of their sexual assault investigation of Sacramento Kings player Justin Williams to prosecutors, but said they do not know how long that might take. “We will do a complete and thorough investigation and then forward that information to the district attorney,” said Sgt. Matt Young, a spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. “At that time, it will be up to them on how they’d like to proceed.” On Thursday, police announced they were investigating allegations by a woman in her 20s who said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 12. The player’s attorney, William Portanova, issued a statement calling the allegations against his client “unfounded.” 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

Arsenal’s final league XI of the season? Predicted team v Everton

first_img 11 18. Nacho Monreal (centre back) Arsenal take on Everton in their final Premier League game of the season – a clash you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2.The Gunners are the outsiders to the top four in fifth position heading into the game, and if they pick up a win this Sunday, have to hope Liverpool drop points to Middlesbrough.Arsene Wenger will also have one eye on the FA Cup final with Chelsea, so who might he start against the Toffees?Scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI. 11 8. Aaron Ramsey (centre midfield) 11 11 11 3. Kieran Gibbs (left wing-back) – check out the full predicted Arsenal line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 24. Hector Bellerin (right wing-back) 12. Olivier Giroud (centre forward) 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre back) 16. Rob Holding (centre back) 11 11 11 11 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 29. Granit Xhaka (centre midfield) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 7. Alexis Sanchez (attacking midfield) last_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThe final of the An-Cu Veterinary 525 is the feature race on tonight’s greyhound card at Lifford Stadium.There are were races down for decision.The runners are (first race 8.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Friend of Jack; 2, Ballougry Bound; 3, Rodneys Babe; 4, Killuran Way; 5, Candys Pride; 6, Pollys Ace.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Mullrook Lornie; 2, Hillcroft Lass; 3, Giltiaero; 4, Monacetta; 5, Tydon Marquis; 6, Fridays Berlin.Race 3 The Try a Trio 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather For Luck; 2, Mullrook Kofi; 3, Tommylees Buddy; 4, Coolcholly Kate; 5, Ballyhill Civi; 6, Maid of More.Race 4 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Doctor Bill; 2, Tullna Island; 3, Whoop Whoop; 4, Lillie Mais Boy; 5, Longrange Bazie; 6, Ballybun Glen. Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Townsend Panter; 2, Barberfort Rock; 3, Quare Flame; 4, Local Whitesocks; 5, Drumsna Royal; 6, Crashball.Race 6 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, China Moments; 2, Quare Evening; 3, Saberry; 4, Backdoor Bucko; 5, Fridays Hondo; 6, Beraghill Monty.Race 7 The Upcoming Sweepstakes (525 yards): 1, Tahina Sabrina; 2, Thrill Me; 3, Mongys Flyer; 4, Farloe Pixie; 5, Hather Bonnie; 6, Do It Boy.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special (525 yards): 1, Goodinthehood; 2, Tahina Keavey; 3, Smurfing Manx; 4, Corrin Gooch; 5, Shanmoyle Legend; 6, Hather Lock.Race 9 The Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Maybe; 2, Ill Get That; 3, Hather Two Bake; 4, Mongys Girl; 5, Colarhouse Lady; 6, Dartrey Snow. Race 10 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Final (525 yards): 1, Drumbee Shadow; 2, Sunrise Belle; 3, Fridays Brett; 4, Turbine Tulip; 5, Quare Lemon; 6, Rampant Razzle.Race 11 www.liffordgreyhound.com 525 (525 yards): 1, Harebell; 2, Varra Nifty; 3, Fridays Warsaw; 4, Bua Pakie; 5, Mullrook Dabhoyo; 6, Myre Willow.Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Drumsna Prince; 2, Take Cover; 3, Storm Warrior; 4, Do It Kim; 5, Budders Reward; 6, Another Choice.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordlast_img read more

Former Liverpool star hits back at Roy Hodgson over Mo Salah ‘dive’ claims

first_imgDean Saunders has defended Liverpool star Mohamed Salah amid claims he cheated the referee into awarding a penalty during Monday night’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.The Reds were awarded a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time when Salah went down under a clumsy challenge from Mamadou Sakho, which James Milner coolly converted.Palace players were fuming at the decision, and manager Roy Hodgson after the game appeared to accuse Salah of diving to win the spot-kick. Mo Salah is felled in the box for former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho 3 Crystal Palace players fume as the referee points to the spot Roy Hodgson was not happy with Mo Salah – but Dean Saunders insists it was a definite penalty Hodgson admitted his “frustration and anger” at the decision and said: “It’s not a penalty – if that’s a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition.”READ MORE: Sadio Mane sets unique Liverpool record on 150th appearance in English footballBut former Liverpool striker Saunders has hit back at the Eagles boss, saying there was definite contact and that the Hodgson was wrong to point the finger at the Egyptian ace.Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Welshman said: “It’s a penalty.“Sakho has had one nibble and then lunged in again.center_img 3 “He’s got too tight to Salah who has rolled him inside, you know how sharp he is, Sakho has stuck his leg out and Salah didn’t go over, but then he’s stick his leg in again, he’s made contact with his shins and he’s gone over.“He tripped him!“I wouldn’t put any blame on Mo Salah at all.” 3 “He’s pinned him as he rolled inside.”Dean Saunders hits back at Roy Hodgson and insists Salah didn’t dive.Do you think it was a dive? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dZnaFJz6CN— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 21, 2018last_img read more

MAN WHO CAUSED COLLAPSE OF TRIAL WARNED HE COULD GO TO PRISON IN FUTURE

first_imgA man who caused the collapse of a trial after he failed to turn up as a witness has been warned he faces going to jail or being fined if he does not comply in future.Conor Kelly appeared at Buncrana District Court today charged with being in contempt of court.He was due to give evidence in a trial of a man charged with dangerous driving but because he failed to do so, the case collapsed. Kelly, who runs PC Repairs at St Mary’s Road, Buncrana, told the court that he was self-employed working with computer repairs and could not get off work.Garda Patrick Henry told the court there had been some confusion and that he believed Kelly was due to appear at 2pm on the day of the trial.Judge Paul Kelly said it was Kelly’s civic duty to appear in court.“It is not a satisfactory answer to say that you were working on the day. A trial could not go ahead because you were not here,” he said.Judge Kelly added that the result was an expense which had to be met by the taxpayer.However, he said in light of Garda Henry’s evidence, he would dismiss the case.He warned Kelly to ensure he appeared again if he was ever a witness in a court case.MAN WHO CAUSED COLLAPSE OF TRIAL WARNED HE COULD GO TO PRISON IN FUTURE was last modified: January 9th, 2014 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:buncranaConor Kellycontempt of courtcourtlast_img read more

New Record-Setting Living Fossil Flabbergasts Scientists

first_imgA remarkably-detailed fossil ostracode, a type of crustacean, has been announced in the Dec. 5 issue of Science1 that is blowing the socks off its discoverers.  Erik Stokstad in a review of the discovery in the same issue2 explains its significance in the evolutionary picture of prehistory:Over the past half-billion years, evolution has dished up an almost endless variety of novelties: lungs, legs, eyes, wings, scales, feathers, fur.  So when paleontologists find a creature that doesn’t change, they take note. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Two things about this fossil are exceptional.  (1) It has a “jaw-dropping” amount of detail, such that even small fragile parts and soft tissues were perfectly preserved.  (2) It is indistinguishable from modern ostracodes:What’s most amazing, ostracode experts say, is how eerily similar the soft-tissue anatomy is to that of modern relatives.  “I was flabbergasted,” says Koen Martens, a zoologist at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This fossil, found near Herefordshire, U.K., was found in Silurian deposits estimated to be 425 million years old.  That means that its modern counterparts are living fossils, virtually unchanged for all that time:Some ostracode specialists are stunned.  “This is a demonstration of unbelievable stability,” says Tom Cronin of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia.  Whereas ostracodes diversified into some 33,000 living and extinct species, “these guys have just been plodding along totally unfazed.”This fossil, named Colymbosathon, is also upsetting those who look for evolution in the genes:Finding a modern cylindroleberid in the Silurian clashes with molecular data, which suggest that the group and related families originated relatively recently, says evolutionary biologist Todd Oakley of the University of California, Santa Barbara.  There’s no conflict for zoologist Anne Cohen, a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, who thinks Colymbosathon actually belongs to a long-extinct family.  In any case, the new fossil indicates that a basic ostracode body plan was already present in the Silurian.  It could also help sort out evolutionary relationships of fossil ostracodes.David Horne (Queen Mary College, London) predicts more “long-lost evolutionary blueprints” may emerge from these deposits.  “The probability that they will find similarly preserved representatives of other ostracode lineages, and of other arthropods, is both high and extremely exciting.”1Siveter et al., “An Ostracode Crustacean with Soft Parts from the Lower Silurian,” Science Dec. 5, 2003.2Erik Stokstad, “Invertebrate Paleontology: Gutsy Fossil Sets Record for Staying the Course,” Science Volume 302, Number 5651, Issue of 5 Dec 2003, p. 1645.This is just one more of many remarkable, astounding, flabbergasting examples of living fossils.  “Unbelievable stability” is not a prediction of Darwinism.  The Darwinian world is supposed to be a fluid world, filled with diversification, radiation, and innovation.  During the imaginary 425 million years, the continents moved all over the world, animals crawled onto the land and became geckos and crocodiles and birds and caribou.  Mountains rose and valleys sank, and glaciers repeatedly advanced and retreated over much of the planet.  Some animals moved back into the oceans and became whales, porpoises, manatees and sea lions in just a small fraction of this much time, and humans emerged from grunting chimpanzees, invented language and abstract thought, and conquered space.  Is it reasonable to assume that in this slow whirlwind of continuous dynamical change, these ostracodes just reproduced themselves over and over millions of times without any change whatsoever?    Darwinists are caught in a crossfire of antagonistic evidence.  Only a well-armored Darwinist could be excited about incoming bombshells like this.  Only by wearing Kevlar-lined lead helmets around their brains can they keep the bullets from penetrating and the insides from exploding.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more