‘It’s Bigdaddy’s title’

first_imgBIGDADDYKOOL cemented his claim for ‘Horse-of-the-Year’ honours with an effortless victory in the 54th running of the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup feature 2400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to bring down the curtain on a fascinating season of racing at Caymanas Park.Ridden by big-race apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes and Trinidadian owner Stephan Narinesingh, the classy 3-y-o gelding, by Sorrentino out of Beware Baby, ticked off his fifth win from 11 starts to emerge as the season’s leading stakes winner with just over $11 million and favourite for the Horse of the Year award.remarkable season’BIGDADDY’ capped a remarkable season by winning the Harry Jackson by 61/2 lengths from BRAWN but also captured St. Leger and Lotto Classic for the Governor’s Cup as well, not to mention the Burger King Superstakes on November 12 following the disqualification of first-past-the-post FRANFIELD. BIGDADDYKOOL also finished second in the Cal’s Jamaica Derby and second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the ultra-rich Diamond Mile on December 10.”He’s a ready-made favourite to win the award by virtue of the calibre of races he won,” said an elated Narinesingh, who became champion owner for the first time on the back of BIGDADDY’s performances.Nunes echoed the sentiments of the owner: “Having closed out the season with a win, he deserves the Horse of the Year award, even though some would say SEEKING MY DREAM, who also won five races, has a good case,” said the trainer who has won virtually everything but the trainers’ championship in 2016.long-time leaderNarinesingh added: “My objective at the start of 2016 was to become champion owner and this was achieved with some $22 million in stakes. This win in the Harry Jackson also enabled me to squeeze past long-time leader O’Shaun Connection with 21 wins, the most by any owner as well.”Thanks mainly to BIGDADDYKOOL. This was a great season for me. My only regret was that Nunes, having accomplished so much in the major races, failed to surpass Wayne DaCosta in the trainers’ championship. I will do everything in my power in 2017 to try and correct that,” he said in reference to Nunes, who has finished second to DaCosta nine times now.The 11-race programme saw three riders sharing the honours with two winners each – Steadman, fellow apprentice Javaneil Patterson and former champion Wesley Henry.The 2-y-o debutant, SECRET TRAVELLER (5-2, Paul Francis), outfinished the 1-2 favourite WONG DON in the round-five Stewards’ Cup, while the Nunes-trained BILINGUAL, with Steadman up, romped the 24th running of the Sweet Ruckus Trophy over 1400 metres for two-year-olds, as the 4-5 favourite.last_img read more

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Vietnamese found dead at construction site

first_img– scurity guard, another in custodyThe lifeless body of a Vietnam national was on Wednesday evening discovered by workers in the compound of a construction site, located at Track J, D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.The dead man has been identified as Nguyen Nigoc Anh, age 32. Up to the time of his demise, he was working on the new mall that is being constructed by the Chinese which is in close proximity of the Chinese Embassy.His body was discovered at about 19:00h, a few hours after he was reportedly seen at the worksite. He stayed at the living quarters that is being provided by his employers on site.Based on reports received, the man’s body was discovered by the security guard who immediately raised an alarm. Upon inspection, the Police found a laceration to the man’s head.It is unclear whether the man might have fallen from the building or he was murdered. The body is presently at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.Police have since confirmed that two persons, including the security guard who found the body, are in custody assisting with investigations as the probe continues.last_img read more

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PPP activates process to select PM candidate – Opposition Leader

first_imgAs it prepares for the hosting of General and Regional elections on March 2, 2020, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has activated the process to select a Prime Ministerial (PM) candidate who will be running alongside Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis was revealed by the party’s General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, at a press conference on Thursday.“We outline the nomination process – so you can nominate people – then where the meetings and discussions will take place, and where the selection will take place,” he posited.Pointing out that the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate is generally chosen from its Civic component, Jagdeo, a former PPP President and now Opposition Leader, said he is unsure of who the nominees for the post will be.PPP Executive Juan Edghill“I don’t know who will be the person. I can’t tell you that. We will have a number of people, I suggest, being nominated and then the discussions will take place and at the end, the party will chose,” he explained.Nevertheless, the Opposition Leader posited that the party’s PM candidate will have to be one who has an excellent work ethic, similar to that of former PPP Prime Minister Samuel Hinds.“People who have a good work ethic, who can implement things, who would be there on a sinecure position, who could actually do work…We need candidates who can work, not like Nagamootoo,” he asserted.On this note, Jagdeo lamented that Hinds did not get enough credit for his contributions to Guyana.“Prime Minister Samuel Hinds did not get enough credit because people, the APNU disparaged him. But on a daily basis, he dealt with weighty issues. Sam dealt with tons of issues in the difficult period,” he outlined.According to the Opposition Leader, the former PM was in the forefront in dealing with the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) – taking it from a period of one-week blackouts to the state when the PPP left office in 2015.Furthermore, he noted that Hinds also played a critical role in the changes in the mining sector.“So he worked very hard,” Jagdeo emphasised.The PPP had elected former Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali as its Presidential Candidate back in January and since then, there have been much speculations about his potential running mate for next year’s March 2 elections.Already, possible candidates had been making their rounds in sections of the media. Such names include former Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Bishop Juan Edghill.Earlier this year, Edghill, when contacted by Guyana Times, would only admit that he had been contacted by various persons and told of his suitability to be the candidate. However, the Opposition parliamentarian said he remained committed to the Party and was available to serve if called upon.When asked on Thursday about Edghill’s nomination, Jagdeo noted that while he was a credible individual, it will be “…really out of line if I tell you who will be nominated. I don’t know as yet”.last_img read more

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My Donegal… with Entrepreneur Kieran Kelly

first_imgKieran Kelly is the co-founder of DNK media production. Based in Donegal, DNK are all about video! Video content producers, smartphone video production trainers and multi-camera live streamers. DNK promote business, music, and the arts online. They even say themselves that “We are nothing if not adaptable!”DNK started out as a mobile music recording studio taking a self-built fully functional professional recording studio (16 channel desk and all) to festivals and music events. This evolved into making videos of the recordings to produce music videos. Developing their skills through professional training and gaining an interest in video along the way they diversified into producing promotional videos for businesses and artists to enhance their social media marketing.The latest addition to their offering is multi-camera live streaming for corporate events and CPD training. Today they also provide training to businesses, artists, and anyone one with an interest in smartphone video production.DNK’s personal motto is ‘Living locally, working Globally.’ See below for more information on classes and how to get in contact.This is Kieran’s Donegal…What is your favorite place in Donegal and why?It would have to be fishing in Deel River when I was younger.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?More good weather.Who is the one person that you look up to and why?Daniel O’Donnell. I’m not a country music fan, and I don’t listen to his music but he’s someone who’s so passionate about Donegal and is one of Ireland’s most successful artists.What is your happiest memory in Donegal?Eating Club Gold Grains at the beach when I was younger.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Letterkenny winning the Tidy Towns in 2015.What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?An old model mini cooper, in racing green.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?To put a roof on it.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?It would have to be Daniel O’ Donnell again.What is Donegal’s greatest food or product?Seafood and football special.What is the greatest compliment that you’ve ever received?That I had a lovely accent.Who is your favorite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie Bonner.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?The Salt and Batter in Ramelton, their steak is amazing.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?To go ‘On wans errand.’What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?How Brexit is going to affect the border and jobs in Donegal.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The roundabout at Dunne’s Stores. We call it the Russian Roulette Roundabout, everybody goes and everybody stops at the same time.Do you have a favorite local band? Smyler!Where is the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?In the bathroom .Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I couldn’t pick one thing, so I’d have to say all of it.Enya or Shay Given?Enya .What would be the biggest thing you would miss about Donegal?It would have to be the people.What is the most rewarding part of setting up your own business?Being your own boss and getting to do what your passion is in life.To get into contact with DNK for information on classes or for any of your media production needs visit www.dnkmedia.ie, email: info@dnkmedia.ie or contact Kieran at 086 849 4238. Email info@donegaldaily.com if you would like to share Your Donegal.My Donegal… with Entrepreneur Kieran Kelly was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare 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:DNKKieran KellyMY DONEGALlast_img read more

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A LITTLE ‘DONEGAL MIRACLE’ BORN IN AUSTRALIA

first_imgA woman with strong Donegal roots has created a first in Australia after giving birth to a baby girl using embryo genetic testing in the US.Jacinta cradles her miracle babyAfter 17 unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Jacinta Bant turned to the latest technology and now has her own little miracle.Jacinta is the daughter of John Collum from Donegal Street in Ballybofey and she still has lots of relations in the Twin Towns. Jacinta explained “We’ve been trying for four and a half years to bring Rubi into the world.“Stopping was never an option for me because I knew I would never get this child.”In a last ditch effort to get their baby, she and her partner Murray turned to new technology in the US called SPN Array.In an Australian first, geneticists at Monash IVF sent biopsies from five of Ms Bant’s embryos to the US for chromosomal testing. One was healthy enough to implant.Currently Melbourne’s Monash IVF is the only IVF clinic offering SPN Array, but the technology will eventually be available around the country.“It is the first one in Australia that’s been born from this technology so it is a miracle baby,” Dr Lynn Burmeister from Monash IVF said.SPN Array costs $3500 and is suitable for women who have had recurrent miscarriages, multiple failed IVF cycles or are older that 35.A LITTLE ‘DONEGAL MIRACLE’ BORN IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: June 3rd, 2013 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:AustraliaBallybofeyIVFJacinta BantJohn Collumlast_img read more

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Police Commission OKs plan to speed use-of-force probes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The seven recommendations presented Tuesday ran from the noncontroversial – moving to digital equipment for recording witness interviews – to stickier subjects, including the balance of criminal and administrative functions. Officials have repeatedly sought more money to buy digital recorders. The commission said it would step up efforts to secure the required $150,000. Noting that relatively few use-of-force cases make it to criminal prosecution, the task force recommended that the department shift more resources to the administrative reviews that end up at the Police Commission and can result in discipline. Other recommendations included using civilian employees more, changing some work rotations for investigators and conducting interviews with officers involved in force incidents in two phases. That drew some concern from a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, although officials said the initial interviews would be thorough and officers would not be allowed to coordinate their stories between conversations. Hoping to shave months off use-of-force investigations, police officials rolled out a raft of changes Tuesday that drew the unanimous approval of the Police Commission, which has made speeding up such probes one of its top priorities. Last month, the Daily News reported that the panel was still waiting to consider multiple cases from 2004 that were approaching a one-year deadline for imposing discipline on police officers. “Now we’re looking at a year-plus of our backs against the wall, running up against statutes,” said John Mack, president of the commission. “It frustrates the officers involved, it frustrates the community, it frustrates everybody.” The commission appointed a task force to recommend ways the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division can streamline its process so cases make it more quickly to the commission. Deputy Chief Michael Berkow, who oversees the Force Investigation Division, said he appreciates many of the recommendations although he has concerns about the tension between speed and accuracy. Berkow noted that the division is relatively new, having been created in August 2004. It inherited a large backlog of cases from its predecessor agency, he said, and the past year has seen an unusual amount of high-profile cases. “My sense is on some of these recommendations I would like to have a better sense of what the workload is six to eight months from now,” he said. The commission adopted all the changes, though, and on the recommendation of Commissioner Alan Skobin the panel asked the task force to continue meeting to produce reforms. “Despite (police officials’) best intentions, it’s not working and it’s unfair to everyone,” Skobin said. “We get cases on a Friday that we need to decide on a Tuesday.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 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

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EMMET RUSHE: EVERY MEMBER OF THE DONEGAL SQUAD IS A TRUE CHAMPION

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: The All Ireland Championship 2014 has now been and gone.There was joy, there was heartache and there was huge disappointment for the 35,000 Donegal fans that travelled to Croke Park and for the 125,000 back in Donegal who were glued to their televisions.This collective heartache however is nothing compared to the near grief that the Donegal squad themselves would have felt at the final whistle. How many of you reading this knows what it takes to become a champion?The post-mortems were done in every home and in every pub in the county last night. We all have our opinions on whom or what was to blame for our “loss” yesterday. However, we should remember that every single man, on the pitch, on the bench and in the backroom team, is a champion. They have done us proud. The only post mortem that matters is that of the team. Its function will not be to assign blame. It will be to reassess; to look forward to next year.I’m sure some of you think that you know what it takes to become a champion, but I would hazard a guess that what you think it takes to become one, and what the reality actually is, are two very different things.Most people would have an idea of the training and the games and the travelling involved, but that is only a small part of it. What the Donegal squad put themselves through day in and day out is on par with any professional team.The difference is that our 26 man Donegal squad are not professionals.They are amateurs who are playing at a professional level.Under the direction of Jim Mc Guinness, the past 4 years have been some of the best that Donegal GAA has ever seen.The level of professionalism that Jim has brought to the squad and has instilled into the players is simply outstanding. To quote Joe Brolly;“Jim Mc Guinness has taken a stag party and turned them into a well oiled machine”This level of professionalism comes at a price however.They do not have the luxury of being able to train when it suits them. They do not get paid for what they do.They sacrifice time with their partners and wives.They sacrifice time with their families and children.They have to fit training around their jobs and their college work.They play for clubs and college teams who need these guys to field out for them also.Their off season is practically non-existent.They go through early morning weight sessions and late night field conditioning sessions.But that is what they signed up to.The 26 man Donegal squad do not see this as a problem.They see it as the honour and a privilege that it is to play for your county.This is something that some people simply don’t get.People can’t understand what drives them; why they sacrifice so much for so little.That, however, is the difference between a recreational sports person and a champion.A champion has a mind-set that is single minded and all encompassing.Their focus is on one thing and one thing only; the win.As the teams progress further into the All Ireland football championship, their focus becomes greater; the taste for victory becomes sweeter.Then on the day the All Ireland final finally comes, these guys step out in front of 83,000 noisy fans and pour their hearts out for 70 minutes until one team is raised to the heights of joy and the other team are slammed into the depths of despair.We could see this at the end of yesterday’s game; pain etched on the faces of the players.It is said that you should be gracious in victory along with defeat.This afternoon, Michael Murphy stayed on the pitch until after the presentation of the Sam McGuire and went over to each of the Kerry players as they came down the steps and shook each of their hands.That is the mark of a true champion.#TrainSmartEmmet Rushe is Donegal Daily’s health and fitness columnist.EMMET RUSHE: EVERY MEMBER OF THE DONEGAL SQUAD IS A TRUE CHAMPION was last modified: September 22nd, 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:donegalemmet rushefitnessKerrylast_img read more

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Traffic and parking notice issued for Leck Blessing of the Graves

first_imgThe Leck Graveyard Service of Remembrance will take place in Letterkenny this Sunday 14th July.The Old Leck service will be held at 4pm and the New Leck service is at 5pm.To safely faciliate traffic and attendees, Gardaí have issued the following notice: “All fit and able-bodied people attending the Leck Graveyard services are requested to walk.“For those who must drive, a one way traffic system will be implemented along Leck Road towards Cullion Cross roads. All vehicular traffic approaching Leck graveyard from Cullion Cross Roads is requested to turn for home before parking and face back towards Cullion Cross Roads.“All vehicular traffic approaching Leck graveyard from the Oldtown direction and parking along Leck Road, past Lismonaghan Hill Junction are also requested to park facing in the direction of Cullion Cross roads.“Drivers are requested not to park in graveyard gateways in the event of an ambulance needing access. Disabled parking is available in the graveyard and when exiting same a left turn towards Cullion Crossroads is only permitted. Due to large attendance please leave in good time to arrive for Services.“Old Leck Graveyard service is at 4pm and the service at New Leck graveyard is at 5pm. Advertisement “Your assistance and patience is very much appreciated.”Traffic and parking notice issued for Leck Blessing of the Graves was last modified: July 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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Indian summer to remain for the weekend but gale-force winds to hit Donegal next week

first_imgThe warm weather will remain in Donegal over the weekend – but that looks set to end early next week with Hurricane Humberto set to bring gale-force winds to the north-west. Today will see pleasant highs of around 21C with long sunny spells across much of the country.But the late autumn bloom will not stick around for long, with strong winds and rain expected on Monday afternoon. Temperatures will drop, with heavy rain and high winds sticking around for the majority of next week.Met Eireann is predicting a period of ‘unsettled cool and windy weather’ for the second-half of next week.A forecaster said: “A warm and sunny weekend is in store as temperatures continue to rise – but it’s not all good news with more unsettled weather on the horizon.“Today will be quite warm with long sunny spells and highs of 17 to 21 degrees. Tonight will remain dry in most areas with good clear spells, with lowest temperatures 10 to 13 degrees.“Saturday will start off dry in most areas with sunny spells over the north and east. There will be showery rain in the southwest will spread gradually eastwards during the afternoon and evening.Indian summer to remain for the weekend but gale-force winds to hit Donegal next week was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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The Deets: The real meaning of 49ers-Ravens

first_img“There’s no best team in football right now. They decide that in February.”No question, the … Lucky us, we’re getting a highly possible Super Bowl preview on the first day of December.The Ravens and Lamar Jackson look unstoppable. The 49ers have been dominating. Sunday, they meet in Baltimore.It’s easy to go overboard with the hype for this game — unstoppable force vs. the immovable object and all that jazz.But I liked what Ravens coach John Harbaugh said about the contest Tuesday:last_img

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